Derrick Yamada Wins the Ring After Deal Ends Wild Heads-Up Duel at RGPS Jamul ($31,565*)

Derrick Yamada Wins the Ring After Deal Ends Wild Heads-Up Duel at RGPS Jamul ($31,565*)

San Diego's Derrick Yamada took down the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Jamul $600 Main Event late Sunday evening after nearly 12 hours of play on Day 2 to earn a payday of $31,565 after a heads-up chop deal with Steve Hoang. The deal also included the RGPS ring as well as a seat and travel package to the Dream Seat Invitational in Thunder Valley next week.

The Main Event, which offered three starting flights, attracted 299 entrants to generate a prize pool of $155,480. Only 39 of those players made it to Day 2, all of whom were guaranteed a min-cash of $855.

Yamada and Hoang decided to do a deal after both players took turns being a massive favorite, and ultimately ended when Yamada held the upper hand with a 3:1 chip lead.

Yeah, I mean, it was a great deal for me, he offered a great chop money-wise and we both knew we were just going to be sticking it in pre-flop, Yamada explained, who originally refused to do a deal.

Final Table Results

1Derrick Yamada$31,565*
2Steve Hoang$25,690*
3Johnny Groat$15,325
4Maurice Thomas$9,665
5Jasmin Grabic$7,455
6Brendan Wiley$6,175
7Randy Shamo$5,185
8Anastasia Knapp$4,260
9Richard "Coach" Furfaro$3,395

*indicates chop deal

Hot Streak

Yamada, who is a local recreational player, adds this latest score to his growing poker resume and extends his hot run this year. He had several cashes at the WSOP over the summer and also scored a big first-place finish for $72,777 at another local tournament back in May.

My wife only lets me keep playing as long as I win, he had joked earlier in the day, but there may be some truth to this as he seems to keep the streak alive.

Yamada was the star of the show all day as he came in as the overall Day 1 chip leader and kept the train rolling by busting out several players and amassing a giant stack early on. The action started out fast and furious as the 39 original field was quickly cut down to the final table in only a few hours. One of the names unfortunate to hit the rail was Caitlin Comeskey who was the last RunGood Ambassador in the running but unfortunately was eliminated by Stan Dixon who also went on a hot run.

Final Table Action

Once the final table was reached, however, the action slowed to a crawl and there were no bustouts for quite a while as the players tightened up. It took a crazy cooler to send out the first casualty when Richard "Coach" Furfaro got it all in with the nut straight on the turn but Randy Shamo hit a runner-runner flush to eliminate him.

Next to go was Anastasia Knapp who moved all in with pocket fives but ran into the pocket aces of Maurice Thompson to send her out in 8th place. In seventh place came Randy Shamo who fell to Hoang as he started his meteoric rise.

Immediately after busting Shamo, Hoang won a massive pot with ace-jack versus Yamadas ace-king to make him the dominant chip leader, causing a big change in table dynamics.

After some more slow-paced play, Brendan Wiley made his way to the exit in sixth when his pocket sevens couldn't hold up to Hoangs ace-three when he spiked an ace on the flop. After holding the lead for a while, Hoang then handed it off to Johnny Groat when he doubled up twice through him. This didnt last too long, however, as Hoang knocked out Jasmin Grabic in 5th place with pocket queens to retake the chip lead.

In fourth place came Maurice Thomas, who was down to only a few big blinds at one point but managed to make a deep run that was ultimately ended when his ace-four ran into the superior ace-jack of Hoang.

Last to exit in regulation play was Groat who was left short after losing a huge pot to Yamada and got it all in preflop against both opponents. The action checked through to the river until Yamada bet to isolate but then tabled the nut straight to send Groat out in third place.

Heads-Up Roller Coaster

After Groat made his exit, Yamada and Hoang entered heads-up play with the former holding a 3:1 chip lead over the latter. This quickly changed, however, as Hoang won a huge flip early on with pocket nines by flopping a set against the ace-jack of Yamada.

Shortly after that, Hoang took a massive lead when Yamada called his all-in on a board of deuce-three-ten with both players holding a ten. Hoang had Yamada outkicked with a seven versus a five and after the runout, he was awarded the huge pot to take a big lead.

After a few hands, it seemed like Yamada was out of the running until he one hand when he hit a miraculous gutshot straight on the river to double-up. He then followed that up with another huge double with ace-king versus the queen-four of Hoang.

Soon after, Hoang offered the chop deal and Yamada readily agreed to end the tournament by taking the title and the perks along with it.

Side Event Winners

Congratulations to double-ring winner Joshua Saewitz for victories in the $150 Series Opener and the $250 One Day events.

EventEntriesWinnerPrize PoolPrize
$150 Seniors Event123Michael Souza$14,760$4,282
$150 Series Opener108Joshua Saewitz$12,840$3,852
$200 Ambassador Bounty157Luis Montano$25,120$5,195
$250 DeepStack210Allen Moheimani$42,000$10,203
$250 One Day88Joshua Saewitz$17,600$4,642
$200 Green Chip Bounty81Najib Kero$8,910$2,874
$160 Flip and Go32Anthony Bland$4,320$1,945
$300 PLO54Brian Karp$13,500$4,363
$150 Ladies Event Sponsored by PLON20Jeannie DiMattia$2,400$977
$300 Black Chip Bounty106Robert Macgregor$15,900$4,770
$250 Tag Team Closer Sponsored by Helix Poker126John Kral and Ranjit Randhawa$12,600$4,170

That concludes the coverage of the RGPS Jamul Main Event but be sure to keep up with everything poker here on PokerNews.

And remember San Diego, stay classy.


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