RGPS Comeback Tour

The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) has announced the official cancellation of its planned July stop at Horseshoe Tunica in Robinsonville, MS. The stop was slated to run July 6-11, 2021, but instead of being delayed or shifted to another venue, the stop has been cancelled in its entirety.

RGPS Comeback Tour

Despite two highly successful series in the past six weeks, the mid-major RunGood Poker Series’ “Comeback Tour” hits a bump in the trail with the pandemic-related cancellation of its planned Tunica stop in July. (Image: Facebook/RunGoodGear)

RGPS founder Tana Karn originally had high hopes for the Tunica series as a follow-up to successful recent stops in San Diego and Council Bluffs, but he had announced via social media weeks ago that the Tunica stop wouldn’t run as scheduled. Attempts to move the stop elsewhere, perhaps to another venue in Mississippi, also proved unsuccessful.

A banner at the site’s online home, rungoodevents.com, offers a brief confirmation of the news: “The RGPS Tunica event has been cancelled due to circumstances outside of our control.”

Stop faced hurdles created by long pandemic shutdown

Karn acknowledged that shifts in the labor market have resulted in shortages for qualified dealers and many other needed jobs; after being unable to deal live poker for more than a year, many dealers have moved into other lines of work. Isolated poker markets such as Tunica may be more susceptible to this type of labor shortage, though the evidence remains anecdotal at this time.

As Karn wrote, “It was an unfortunate day to get the call that the RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Tunica was being cancelled. I know many were looking forward to trekking to the property for a week of cards and gambling at one of our biggest stops of the year. To help clear the air, the cancellation was due to being unable to staff the event to a level to produce a ‘Best Mid-Major’ experience for players and fans of the tour.

“We are huge fans of the property as we’ve befriended many of the players and staff over the years building memories for many inside the poker room. The pandemic has left a good amount of new hurdles to overcome as life gets back into the swing of things. I want to give a shout-out to all the folks who heard about the cancellation and got with me instantly to help brainstorm solutions or book another venue for the dates.

“We want to see our southern players again soon and hope you’ll stay patient with us as we work towards getting back to you all. Every setback just makes the final product that much sweeter.”

RGPS announces August stop at Coconut Creek

Though not a direct replacement for the cancelled Tunica stop, Karn and the RunGood Poker Series were able to announce a near-future series, to be held at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, near Fort Lauderdale, in August:

The Coconut Creek stop, at a venue which has previously hosted WSOP Circuit and other series stops, will run August 23-27, 2021. RunGood’s August visit will include the seven official ring events common to most RGPS stops, though additional details on the Coco Creek stop remain to be finalized.

Written by

Haley Hintze

Contributing writer Haley Hintze is a 20-year veteran of the poker world, a Women in Poker Hall of Fame finalist, and two-time Global Poker Awards finalist.

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