Bernard Lee Wins Inaugural RunGoodGear Main Event

March 12, 2014

Downstream Casino Resort, Quapaw, Oklahoma was the venue for the’s inaugural poker event which had a buy in of $675. The prize pool of $100,000 was almost doubled as nearly 344 players entered the tournament. Bernard Lee, Team Run Good member emerged as the final winner of the competition and took home $47,555 and secured a seat for himself in the World Series of Poker, 2014.

After an ecstatic win, Lee spoke to PokerNews saying that it was a brilliant experience to interact with the professionals of RunGoodGear. The event was a unique experience that doubled up into a tournament as well as a party for all. The final table of course was all about serious play. He was up against some heavy duty players from the WSOP circuit including John Reynolds and Ross Bybee. Lee expressed his immense happiness on finally winning the inaugural main event after competing with such solid players.

First Elimination

At the final table, Bybee opened for 35,000 and this brought the first elimination in the game. Mike Scarsdale called from the small blind. As Mike checked in, Bybee continued to bet for 35,000. The former then check raised for 350,000 and soon Bybee made the call. Bybee’s over pair turned out to be better than his competitor’s. Scarsdale hit the rail and took $4,755 for coming in at the ninth place.

Chengce Jiang ($5,548) and Jessie Bryant ($7,926) followed him leaving the final table in the eighth and seventh place respectively. Grant Elmer was the sixth player to leave the final table for $8,718. Elmer’s elimination happened when he opened for 60,000 and Bybee three-bet to 120,000. After checking his top pair, Elmer called as Bybee bet 120,000. In the end, Elmer was unable to catch the river and hit the rail for $8,718.

George Huber was eliminated in fifth place and it was Lee who opened that hand with a raise to 120,000. Casey Hindman decided to move all in for 320,000. It resulted in both players showing their cards as Lee snap-called. Things became interesting as Casey decided to pair up his queen, but then a flush-draw was picked up by Lee. Hindman was in desperate need of either a queen or a jack to stay in the game, but it turned out to be a disappointment as those cards did not show on the board which saw him leave the table for $13,474, settling in at fourth place.

It was then time for Reynolds to join the eliminated players as he the rail for $13,474, finishing in the third place. This basically left Bernard Lee (3.8 million) and Ross Bybee (1.35 million) to battle it out at the final table. Bybee took an instant big hit right at the beginning. The final hand saw him getting his stack all in with seven high. Lee got a hammerlock from the flop and Bybee was officially left drawing dead with the ‘K’ turn. The final game put Bybee in the second place with a consolation prize of $29,722.

This made Bernard Lee the official winner of the Inaugural main event 2014!

According to Tana Karn, CEO and President,, it was mind blowing to see the excitement and energy that the series had to offer. She further added that the team at was looking forward to doing another one soon. Tana Karn thanked the Downstream’s staff as well as the players for such a successful and lively event.
Champion Bernard Lee (born May 16, 1970), who is a professional poker player, first came into the spotlight when he finished in 13th place at the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. There has been no looking back for Lee since then!

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