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.
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|
|Jason Young||Poker Shrink|
|Craig Cunningham||Michele Lewis|
|California Jen||Kid Dynamite|
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 PL.com 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 PokerListings.com 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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