Alexis Meyer Wins Top Prize After Final Two Deal at The Lodge ($113,367)
The ninth event of The Lodge Championship Series in Round Rock, Texas has ended and Alexis Meyer claimed the largest portion of the prize pool after a heads-up deal. Event 9: $800 No-Limit Hold'em saw 1,116 entrants battle their way through six Day 1 flights to generate a prize pool of $756,480, surpassing the guarantee, and a top prize of $130,000.
Day 2 started with 135 players with eyes and it ended when short-stacked Collin Ball was eliminated in third place. The final two players agreed to a deal which awarded Eric Afriat with $100,000 for the smaller stack and sent $113,367 to Meyer for finishing with nearly two-third of the chips in play.
Event #9: $800 NLH Final Table Results
|1||Alexis Meyer||Monterrey, Mexico||$113,367*|
|2||Eric Afriat||Miami Beach, FL||$100,000*|
|3||Collin Ball||Northlake, TX||$60,518|
|4||James Calderaro||Englewood, FL||$46,221|
|5||Kristen Foxen||Las Vegas, NV||$34,834|
|6||Aden Salazar||Cleveland, TX||$26,482|
|7||Nathan Hays||Kearney, NE||$20,425|
|8||Evan Burrow||Lubbock, TX||$15,886|
|9||Thomas McGaffigan||Austin, TX||$12,860|
*denotes heads-up deal
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Day 2 Highlights
Meyer rose impressively to the top of the leaderboard when he was responsible for the final table exits of both Aden Salazar in sixth place and Kristen Foxen in fifth. Sitting in between Afriat and James Calderaro on the final table, Meyer remained calm and collected as he snagged most of the chips in play.
The final table featured two big personalities in Calderaro and Afriat. Both players were chatting, laughing, and enjoying the moment. They’re also both fans of quick play, and action moved fast and furious when they were involved in the hands.
“Can we get a shot clock for the final table,” Calderaro asked multiple times, showing his fandom for acting quickly.
Ball was the short stack once things got to the final four. He hung in there long enough to ladder up when Calderaro was eliminated just before him. His friends were on the rail with him all evening and celebrated with him with every hand he won.
Several notable players fell just short of the final table action. Andrew Ostapchenko was a chip leader for much of the day, but he fell off near the end and ended in 21st place. Michael Rossitto battled hard after coming into the day as one of the chip leaders, but made his exit in 27th. Also falling one spot short of the final table was Michael Wang. He lost a flip with Alexis Meyer near the end of the day and exited in 10th place while Meyer took a big stack to the final table.
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Terrance "TJ" Reid is a writer, poker player, and lover of games of all types. He played professional poker in his twenties before deciding to pursue his love of writing. Terrance is part of the 2022 PokerNews WSOP team.