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Run It Up VII has almost run its course. The series of tournaments will conclude with several side events, but the majority of the action is now in the books. Walking away with titles, and trophies, are two of poker’s most recognizable figures – Jeff Gross and Matt Stout.
Gross is known for his poker skills, but also for his Poker Flow Show. He took down the $550 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, which had attracted 51 entries, to win the trophy and $8,075. It was a victory that almost wasn’t, as Gross was close to being eliminated with only five players left in the game. He found his footing and outlast players such as Jordan Spurlin and Kevin Gerhart to take the top prize. Gerhart would end up as the tournament runner-up, pocketing $5,200.
Stout, who has seen a number of major final tables that have helped him build a bank worth more than $4 million, saw his way to the finish line at the series’ $600 Main Event. He beat a field of 687, ultimately facing off against Run It Up Ambassador Kevin Martin in the final heads-up battle.
The tournament saw a number of popular players, such as Dan Chevrie and Anthony Yeh. In the final hand of the tournament, Stout and Martin had scored strong diamond-suited hands – Stout with A-7 and Martin with K-J – but the board ran out with no help to either. Stout ran with top card, taking home $70,000. Martin was awarded $48,210 for his runner-up finish.