Return of the Run-Good Challenge!

17 November 2008, Created By: Matthew Showell
Return of the Run-Good Challenge!

The PokerListings Run-Good Challenge is back, and this time it's personal! As Hollywood has taught us over and over again, sequels never miss. With that in mind we present to you RGC2 v.2.

Just like every sequel, the second run always surpasses the original, and that's exactly what we're going for here. With more big-name bloggers and a few guest pros along for the ride, getting a piece of the cash pie won't be easy for anyone.

Here at PokerListings we subscribe to that old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The four-event structure of RGC 1 worked like a charm so we're using it for a second time. Three prelims with $1,000 up for grabs in each, and one Grand Final with a whopping $2,500 on the table.

The only catch is that to get to the Final you must earn points in the first three events. Points are awarded on a reverse scale to the top nine spots. Nine points for first, one point for ninth and everything in between. The top nine performers get tickets to the big dance.

Myself and Dan Skolovy will be representing the mighty and we'll be doing our best to deprive our fellow bloggers of as much of the prize pool as possible.

Since we work for the sponsor it just didn't seem right to keep the money. Well, it seemed all right to us, but apparently our bosses didn't feel the same. As a result any and all cash we take down will be rolled over to the next event, and in the case of the Grand Final, to the next RGC series.

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce the players.

David G. Schwartz Change100
Liz Lieu (official page) Dr. Pauly
  Amy Calistri
Matt Stout Spaceman
Jason Young Poker Shrink
Craig Cunningham Michele Lewis
LuckBox Shortstacked Shamus
California Jen Kid Dynamite
Benjo Michalski

In addition to the core group of the poker blogging elite we had along for RGC1, you'll notice a few new notable names in the list.

Liz Lieu is no stranger to poker fans. A regular on the tournament circuit and a seasoned cash-game specialist, Liz has been on front covers and final tables all over the world.

Christina Lindley should also be a familiar face, having been featured in such faves as Playboy and Maxim. She was featured on a certain magazine cover recently with FOPL Lacey Jones, which was more than enough to land her a seat in this series.

David G. Schwartz has been called "gaming's leading historian" and is the Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Las Vegas. He has an awesome blog and we're looking forward to seeing how his game skills stack up.

Matt Stout is a well-known online professional who has had some great results on the live circuit in the last few years. Matt has written a blog here at for some time, sharing with us an inside look at his tournament play and life as a traveling pro.

Jason Young was an unknown to us before he won a bracelet at the year's World Series of Poker. This year Jason is making a run at professional poker and will be blogging his progress right here at PokerListings.

Everyone you see on the list above is worthy of investigation so check out their blogs for some of the best poker writing on the Web.

The first event is slated for Sunday, Nov. 23. We'll be posting more event details before the tournament and a recap right after so make sure to hit us back and follow along. The whole thing is going down on PokerStars so feel free to find us in the Special Tournaments tab and sweat a few hands.

If you don't already have a Stars account make sure to click through and lock one up.

Additionally, if you or someone you know has a poker blog we don't know about, drop us a line in the comments below to get involved. The blog has to be at least eight months old, have a dedicated following and be regularly updated. It's just that easy.

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Fadi Char 2008-12-06 03:11:00

Please could anyone tell me
whats is the password of the Run-Good Challenge for the second installment of plz..

Matt Showell 2008-11-25 18:51:00

BowlingListings Roll-Good must happen! Next summer at the Gold Coast obv

Rafael Araujo Fernandes 2008-11-23 18:23:00

I want to be part of the challenge and play good run with the big beasts of poker ......carefully ....

Dan Michalski 2008-11-22 01:51:00

I'm waiting for the BowlingListings Roll Good Challenge.

michele lewis 2008-11-18 01:35:00

Good point PokerShrink, however, I think a good prop bet would be an over under on how many times Pauly types in a specific word. Or on Michalski's time of showing up.

Daniel Skolovy 2008-11-17 19:23:00

I'm looking forward to another back to back bracelets followed by back to back first outs.

Pauly 2008-11-17 11:31:00

I want another heads up rematch with Skolovy!

Jason Young 2008-11-17 08:41:00

High stakes only in terms of embarassment...seeing stout wearing a dress at the main event is worth far more than any dollar amount...something more along those lines...

PokerShrink 2008-11-17 04:28:00

If you want to win any prop bets, might I suggest taking all the ladies against the men and Michalski. Last time around the ladies were 1, 2, 3, which is interesting since there were 1, 2, 3 of them in the field.

Matt Showell 2008-11-17 03:43:00

High stakes prop betting in the RGC, always good to spend more on bets than there is in the prize pool!



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