Northern California Casino To Host RunGood Poker Series Season Finale

Written By Steven Schult on October 28, 2022 - Last Updated on October 31, 2022
RunGood Poker Series California

The RunGood Poker Series wraps up its 2022 season at one of Northern California’s most popular casinos.

The two-time American Poker Award-winning series heads to Thunder Valley Casino Resort for its 2022 RGPS Season Finale.

The Northern California casino is located just outside Sacramento and will get cards in the air Nov. 25. The 10-event series kicks off with a $1,000 no-limit hold’em opening event and concludes on Dec. 6 with a $500 HORSE.

In total, there is $1.55 million in guaranteed prize pools, highlighted by the $1 million guarantee on the $2,500 no-limit hold’em RunGood Season Finale main event.

A seven-figure prize pool is bound to draw large numbers, especially at a California poker room as popular as Thunder Valley. As a result, the four-day event will feature two starting flights, a Day 2 and a Day 3 on the series’ final day.

Complete 2022 RGPS Season Finale Schedule

DatesBuy-InEventPrize Pool Guarantee
11/25-11/27$1,000No-Limit Hold'em$250,000
11/27$300No-Limit Hold'em BountyN/A
11/28$135Bomb Pot Ambassador BountyN/A
11/29-11/30$255No-Limit Hold'em $55,000
11/30-12/2$600 No-Limit Hold'em "PokerGO Studio Ticket"$100,000 + Entry to Pro-Am
12/2$500 Pot-Limit OmahaN/A
12/3-12/6$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em finale $1 Million + Entry to Pro-Am
12/5-12/6$1,000No-Limit Hold'em$100,000
12/6$500 HORSEN/A
12/6$500 No-Limit Hold'emN/A

RGPS makes its second stop at Thunder Valley this year

Thunder Valley bookended this year’s schedule. The 2022 RGPS kicked off with a stop in Lincoln. However, it was just a six-event series with a $565 no-limit hold’em main event.

It’s a far cry from the stakes being played for in a month. But the turnout was still impressive.

Kasey Orr topped 890 entries in the main event to win $65,728. With the victory, Orr earned himself a spot in an invitational Pro-Am tournament in December.

Thunder Valley is the last chance to qualify for Las Vegas Pro-Am

Last year, the RGPS partnered with PokerGO to run the RGPS All-Stars Pro-Am event. And they are doing it again this year.

At each stop, the DeepStack and the Main Event winner will receive a $550 buy-in and a $250 travel stipend for the invitation-only tournament.

Last year, there were 32 qualifiers and 32 invitees, bringing the total field size to 64. But this year, RunGood is reducing the field size to 48. The tournament is comprised of the qualifiers and the invitees.

According to the RunGood website, the invitees will be a mix of poker personalities, reality TV stars, Twitch streamers, influencers and other poker media personnel.

The event will be hosted at the PokerGO studio, outside the Aria Resort Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It will be a two-day tournament on Dec. 16-17.

Tour heads to San Diego before Thunder Valley

A couple of stops are left before Thunder Valley’s festivities get underway.

Today, the tour kicked off a stop on the Royal Caribbean cruise line in conjunction with Card Player Cruises. But more importantly to poker players in the Golden State, the penultimate stop will be at Jamul Casino from Nov. 15-20.

The California tribal casino is one of the most popular stops on the tour. It’s the second time this year they head to Jamul. Last February, local grinder Noel Eicher won the $575 main event.

Eicher topped a 500-entry field to win $38,390 in a four-way deal at the final table.

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Steve serves as managing editor for PlayCA and a handful of other sites across Catena Media. The New York native is a veteran of the gambling world. He started covering high-stakes tournaments in 2009 for some of poker's most prominent media outlets before adding the broader US gaming market to his beat in 2018.

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