Dan O’Brien Denies Loren Klein Third RIU Reno Main Event Title

Dan O’Brien Denies Loren Klein Third RIU Reno Main Event Title

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Table Of Contents

  • Final Table Results
  • Andy Pokrivnak Captures First RIU Reno Title
  • Joe Brindle Captures Second Title of RIU Reno VIII

The eighth edition of Run It Up Reno ended Monday night with the conclusion of the $600 buy-in Main Event, a tournament that attracted 629 runners. Nine players returned to the Peppermill Casino to battle it out on the live-streamed final table, and it was poker pro Dan O’Brien denying Loren Klein a third RIU Main Event title to capture a $46,681 first-place prize.

The win brought O’Brien’s lifetime earnings up over $3.3 million and, in a sense, symbolizes his return to tournament poker after laying relatively low in 2018. Surprisingly, it marked just his third documented win and is arguably the most prestigious.

"It’s really nice to put in all that work and see immediate results."

“It feels really good to win, it really does. It was a lot of fun,” O’Brien said. “I ran really well the entire tournament obviously. I tried to focus on playing well and really not worrying about anything else.”

He continued: “I really didn’t play much in 2018, I was working on some other things. In the fall I decided to actually put some work in. It’s really nice to put in all that work and see immediate results even though it’s still a lot of luck to get here.”

As for Klein, he has more than $2.7 million in lifetime earnings. In addition to being a two-time RIU Reno Main Event champ – he won both the RIU Reno III and V – he is also a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner after taking down last summer’s $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336, the 2017 WSOP Event #41: $1,500 PLO for $231,483, and the 2016 WSOP Event #45: $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $241,427. He’s also finished runner up in two other WSOP tournaments for $552,713 and $195,147 respectively.

“He’s incredible. He has a really high success rate in tournaments, and generally, he doesn’t play that many,” O’Brien said of his heads-up foe. “He’s definitely a tough opponent. I like him as a person but I was certainly rooting against him.”

Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Dan O’Brien $46,681
2 Loren Klein $30,950
3 Austin Roberts $22,180
4 Tim Tucker $17,120
5 Vito Distefano $13,920
6 Julio Uribe $11,640
7 Kevin Gerhart $9,825
8 Chris Gallagher $8,245
9 Robert Valdez $6,750

The short-stacked Robert Valdez bowed out right at the start of the final table – the result of losing a flip with pocket nines to Vito Distefano’s ace-jack – but then it took several hours for the next player to fall. It happened when Chris Gallagher three-bet jammed king-seven suited and received a call from Klein, who had ace-ten. Gallagher paired his seven on the flop but a river ten sent him packing in eighth place.

Kevin Gerhart was next to go losing a flip with king-six to Klein’s pocket fours, and then Julio Uribe followed him out the door in sixth place running ace-deuce suited into O’Brien’s aces. Distefano, who began the final table as chip leader, dwindled before getting all in with queen-jack and failing to get there against Klein’s ace-eight to exit in fifth place.

Loren Klein
Loren Klein

Not long after, RIU Reno IV champ Tim Tucker hit the rail when his pocket jacks were cracked by Klein’s queen-jack after a queen spiked on the flop. The elimination of Austin Roberts in third place – his queen-ten suited couldn’t overcome O’Brien’s ace-queen – saw the eventual champ take a small chip lead into heads-up play against Klein.

The two battled back and forth for quite some time and swapped the chip lead on several occasions. Eventually, a big hand played out that saw Klein flop two pair and O’Brien turn a bigger two pair. The latter doubled and a couple of hands later it was all over.

Andy Pokrivnak Captures First RIU Reno Title

Andy Pokrivnak
Andy Pokrivnak

Andy Pokrivnak is a regular at Run It Up Reno, but one thing that escaped him during early visits was a RIU title. That changed on Sunday night when he topped an 83-entry field to win the $340 buy-in, $20K GTD Short Deck Championship.

The $24,153 prize pool was paid out to the top 13 players including Donnie McCormick (13th – $600), Frank Lagodich (10th – $960), Nathan Manuel (6th – $1,665), and Jason Pease (3rd – $2,840).

In the end, the title came down to Pokrivnak and Mark Mazza, with the former ultimately getting the monkey off his back to capture the title and $5,083 first-place prize.

Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Andy Pokrivnak Orlando, FL $5,083
2 Mark Mazza Los Angeles, CA $3,675
3 Jason Pease La Porte, IN $2,840
4 Paul Holder Crested Butte, CO $2,320
5 Frank Carter Denham Springs, LA $1,950
6 Nathan Manuel Brooklyn, NY $1,665
7 Christopher Brandt Sparks, NV $1,415
8 Marty Gorenc Reno, NV $1,185

Joe Brindle Captures Second Title of RIU Reno VIII

Joe Brindle
Joe Brindle captured his second title of the series.

Earlier in the series, the UK’s Joe Brindle won the $125 6-Max Triple Stud for $1,627. On Sunday night, he also navigated an 83-entry field to win the $125 Taiwanese Poker Double Board tournament for $2,460 and his second victory of the series.

Not only did he become the only two-time winner at the RIU Reno VIII, but he also became an overall three-time champ to tie him in second place with Jason Daniele and Andrew Cha for most titles in RIU Reno history (Jimmy Cappucci holds the record with six wins).

Among those to cash the Taiwanese tournament were Jesse Capps (17th – $200), Stanley Wang (10th – $250), Steven Filipovic (7th – $410), DJ Fenton (4th – $845), Bill Butcher (3rd – $1,100), and Valerie Perea (2nd – $1,580).

Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Joe Brindle London, England $2,460
2 Valerie Perea Reno, NV $1,580
3 William Butcher Atlanta, GA $1,100
4 Dale Fenton Yuba City, CA $845
5 Gail Sarett Huntersville, NC $675
6 Colton Blomberg Tempe, AZ $540
7 Steven Filipovic Cambridge, ON $410
8 Vincent Newland Las Vegas, NV $320

The RIU Reno VIII is in the books, but it’s never too soon to look ahead to the next edition. The exact schedule will be released in the future, but PokerNews can confirm that the RIU IX will take place at the Peppermill Casino from October 11-21, 2019.

Here’s a look at those who won titles at the RIU Reno VIII:

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
$440 Mini Main Event 285 $110,580 John Boriolo $26,073
$125 Short Deck Hold’em 113 $10,961 Sherman Mah $3,153
$125 6-Max NLO8 91 $8,827 Sarah Sherman $2,000
$235 6-Max H.O.R.S.E. 94 $20,000 Adam Owen $5,955
$125 Superstack Supersonic 140 $13,580 Patrick Tardif $3,030
$235 Pro Bounty 174 $30,500 + $4,500 Bounties Jim Petzing $7,930
$125 NL Bomb Pot 124 $12,028 John Lewis $2,440
$235 Black Chip Bounty 236 $22,184 + $23,600 Donnie McCormick $5,060
$125 All In or Fold 149 $15,000 Kyle Anderson $3,185
$235 8 Game Championship 109 $21,146 Nicholas Kiley $5,220
$125 Win the Button 175 $16,975 Steven Filipovic $4,125
$125 N.O.R.S.E. 82 $7,954 Jimmy Cappucci $2,219
$1,100 Thursday Thrilla 176 $82,720 + $88,000 Adin Cota $20,400
$125 6-Max Triple Stud 66 $6,402 Joe Brindle $1,627
$125 2, 3, 4, 5 Mix 95 $9,215 Patrick Truong $2,215
$340 Short Deck Championship 83 $24,153 Andy Pokrivnak $5,082
$125 Taiwanese Poker Double Board 83 $10,000 Joe Brindle $2,460
$600 Main Event 629 $329,471 Dan O’Brien $46,681
$235 NLH Progressive Bounty 131 $12,314+$13,100 bounties Timothy “VaderNader” Guilford $2,314
$125 NLH Turbo Deepstack 99 $9,603 Hank Lin $2,653

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