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Run It Up Reno VII is almost completed, but there are a couple of events that need to be played out before it is completely wrapped up. One of those events is also a special $30,000 Platinum Pass freeroll. However, the two most important events in this tournament have passed, and we already know the winners – Matt Stout and Jeff Gross. Matt Stout won a trophy and a hefty sum of $70,000 in one of the biggest events in Run It Up Reno. He managed to win the field of 687 players and beat Kevin Martin in the heads-up battle. Martin is the ambassador of Run It Up and a team member of PokerStars Pro Online. Speaking of the PokerStars Team, another member also managed to win a trophy in an event in Run It Up Reno – Jeff Gross. He won in the event called $550 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha. The final prize was $8,075 and a trophy.

Big Winner

Let’s go back to Matt Stout. He is a veteran in poker and has played many World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour tournaments during his lifetime. He already has more than $4 million in live cash earnings and was already considered too big for Run It Up Reno level of play. He stated that the only reason he applied for the tournament was that his girlfriend wanted that. She wanted to play some poker before the two of them become parents, and that is about to happen in a month. This was a great way for Stout to showcase his skills and that there is still a fire burning inside him. He was doing alright for the most of the tournament. His only bad move happened against Kyle Besaw when he lost a lot of chips. However, the experienced player managed to return to the game when he won a hand against Anthony Yeh with ace-king against Yeh’s ace-queen. He managed to eliminate two more players after that – Dan Chevrie and Deb Swift.

After a couple more eliminations, the two event favorites remained in the heads-up play. It all concluded pretty fast with Kevin Martin going all in on King-Jack against Ace-Seven that Stout had. Neither of the players managed to make at least a pair, which meant that Martin had to be satisfied with the second place and a sum of $48,210. There was an intense battle in Jeff Gross’ event, although the sums were much lower. Gross was all about high buy-ins, but there was a theory that the guy just wants to have fun, and this low buy-in with low prizes turned out to prove it. He is also an experienced player that seemed too big for the event called $550 Six-Max PLO. However, he did not go through easily. At one point, Gross had just a couple of big blinds, but he managed to come back to the game and eliminate some of the other veterans and experienced poker players such as Kevin Gerhart and Jordan Spurlin.