The RunGood Old West Poker Series (RGPS) ran from December 4-9 and was a huge success, especially the Main Event. The events were held at Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma and the Main Event proved to be a huge draw. It set an attendance record for the casino, attracting 386 entries. That crushed the former record of 344 that was set four and a half years ago. In the Simon Webster comes off the ropes to take down the RGPS Downstream Casino eventend, a surprise performance by a player out of Texas showed that poker is still anyone’s game Dewa Poker 88.
Simon Webster took down RunGood Ambassador Daniel Lowery to win the Main Event and pocket the top prize of $44,391. Webster has a number of strong finishes this year – including ten final table appearances and one championship win – but this win was by far his best. He turned on the afterburners at just the right time to overcome a major deficit that, for anyone else, would have signaled sure defeat.
When he made it to the final heads-up battle,
Webster found himself against Lowery in a very precarious position. He was protecting a stack of only 915,000 chips, while his opponent was comfortable with 6,805,000 chips. It was all uphill from there.
Webster was able to secure a few small pots to give him an extra boost of energy. He then doubled up when he picked up a set that turned into a boat on the river. He moved all in and, perhaps thinking a bluff was in the cards, Lowery called. Webster had now increased his stack to 2.125 million in chips.
A mere 30 minutes later,
Webster pulled off another impressive win. He doubled up once again when his AK was too strong for Lowery’s A-J and the board gifted him with 9-5-5-A-3. Now, Webster added another 2.285 million in chips to his count.
On the final hand, Webster showed why he was the winner. Both players were betting slowly when the flop came J-8-6. Webster limped in, only to have Lowery raise about 2.5 times the amount. Webster called and the turn revealed a 4. At this point, Webster only checked, but Lowery wasn’t going to slow down. He moved all-in and Webster immediately called.
The eventual winner had scored a straight, and a possible diamond straight-flush draw, and sat in a powerful position. Lowery was playing with just a pair and the hopes of pulling off a miracle with a river card that might give him the straight as well, but a 2 secured his fate, forcing him to settle for second place and $27,406.