Matt Stout Wins 2018 Run It Up Reno ME

By Ben Hamill - November 04 2018

Matt Stout Wins 2018 Run It Up Reno ME

Poker pro Matt Stout and his girlfriend are expecting their first child before the end of the year, and this upcoming life-changing event has seen him moving away from the full time tournament circuit.

The Las Vegas professional has over $4 million in lifetime tourney earnings under his belt, but has recently started to shift his focus to pot-limit Omaha cash events and working on improving his Charity Series of Poker non-profit firm.

With his baby arriving soon, the happy couple made a trip to the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno for a last, action-packed tournament trip. Both Stout and his girlfriend Brittany Barnes made the money in the 2018 Run It Up Reno $600 No-Limit Hold’em main event, with Barnes finishing in 87th place for $1,020 out of 687 entrants, and Stout capturing the winning title, taking home a top prize of $70,000 and an impressively-sized trophy.

Pro Pockets 420 POY Points

Commenting on his win on the Run It Up blog after the fact, Stout revealed that he was feeling great at the time. It’s a lot of hard work to participate in tournaments, he said, and every year or so you get to ‘feel like a genius again’ when walking away with a first-place win.

As well as taking home the winning title and the hefty cash win, Stout also earned a total of 420 Card Player Player of the Year points for coming out on top. This came as his 6th POY-qualified score of 2018, and was also enough to boost him to 174th place in the overall ranking list.

Stout took down Canadian Kevin Martin heads-up to get his hands on the title. The Canadian poker pro and popular Twitch streamer was arguably one of the strongest and most accomplished players seated at the final table – aside from Stout, that is.

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Martin Takes Home Second Place

Speaking about Martin, Stout said that if he were to rank all the players with whom he would want to play heads up in this tournament, Martin would definitely have been at the bottom of the list. He added that the Canuck played admirably throughout the entire tourney, and was certainly an adversary worthy of his respect.

During the final hand of the event, Stout opened his game with 450,000 on the button with the A7. Martin pushed his chips all-in for 4.5 million from the big blind, after which Stout made his call. His ace high was enough to help him capture the prize pot and the winning title, while Martin went home with second place and $48,210 – the largest live payout of his career so far.

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