Dakotah O’Dell wins the second ring of the RunGood Poker Series at the Joplin Stop
Dakotah O’Dell – Photo credit: GDPR
Dakotah O’Dell won her second RunGood poker series play at the Downstream Casino and Resort near Joplin, Missouri on April 16, which gave him the grand prize of $63,647. His first GDPR the victory came at the Iowa stop last February. Those two GDPR the rings will join the World Series of Poker circuit gold ring O’Dell won in Choctaw in July of last year in his trophy cabinet. O’Dell now has more than $300,000 in career earnings, an impressive total considering the cash game player reportedly only started playing seriously in 2019.
“It’s great, this is my hometown casino,” O’Dell told the PokerNews journalists after the victory. He continued: “I travel to a lot of circuit events, but doing it here feels like a dream come true. I learn by talking to better players than me, absorbing a lot of content and grinding. It’s not always easy, just staying focused and playing.”
The $600 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament attracted a field of 683 entries over four initial flights, and the total prize pool worth $348,330 easily exceeded the $100,000 guarantee. The top 84 players all took home at least $871 in prize money, and notables who cashed included Mark Martin (33rd), Pete Petree (42nd), Ashley Frank (54th), Joey Gargiulo (64th) and Shantanu Garg (75th) .
There were 82 players who returned for the final day of play and it only took three hours to reach the final table. O’Dell was less than a big blind above the short stack when play began in the back nine, but he didn’t let go. “When you get to the final table with five big blinds, sometimes you get bored. I had people on my side and it worked this time,” O’Dell said.
It would take six hours to play the final table, and O’Dell started his run to the top when he doubled up during eight-handed play, only to take the chip lead a short time later. O’Dell then eliminated Jael Lewis, who was shooting before three players doubled through him. O’Dell got his footing back when he knocked out Richard Hawkins in fourth place, followed by a one-punch knockout against Jason Darland in third place after a long battle between the bottom three.
O’Dell led into heads-up play with 14 million to 6.5 million WSOP gold bracelet and five times WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Blair Hinkle. There was a double up for Hinkle, but the second time he moved all in the cards weren’t so kind. The final hand saw Hinkle move all-in preflop with pocket fours, and O’Dell called to cover him with Aces5. The board is out of AQ682, and Hinkle busted in second place, good for $42,427. The seasoned tournament and online pro failed to win his third GDPR ring, but has seen his career earnings grow to close to $5.1 million
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The next RunGood poker series The event will take the tour to the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa April 28-30 for a $700 buy-in main event. The full tournament series will run from April 20-30, and you can find the series schedule right here.