$575 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $575
Prize Pool $301,000
Players 602
Players Left 6
Average Chip Stack 2,508,333
Total Chips 15,050,000

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 6
Entries 150
$575 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Max Le Wins 2022 RGPS Contenders Horseshoe Tunica $575 Main Event ($31,234)

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Max Le
Max Le

The RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Contenders Tunica $575 Main Event drew 602 entries over three starting flights, with 150 returning for Sunday's Day 2 inside the Horseshoe Casino Tunica. A total prize pool of 301,000 was to be distributed to the top 63 finisher, with $66,849 up for grabs to the next RGPS champion.

Ten hours later, the final table of nine was reached, where three players quickly fell before the remaining six played for another two hours without losing a single player. During that time, stacks got into the middle four times, all of which resulted in the all-in player doubling up; and after that fourth time, all six players willingly agreed to split the remaining prize pool evenly and take home $31,234 apiece for their efforts.

Of the six, Max Le had the chip lead at the time of the deal, and he claimed the victory as a result. For his win, he took home the RGPS Contenders Trophy and will earn a seat into the 2022 RunGood Pro-Am that will be played later this year at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas.

Also involved in the chop were Teresa Lammie-Anders, David Lee, Matthew Kassela, Brock McCoy, and Kyle Cartwright, with final counts ending in that respective order after Cartwright doubled Kassela up with ace-queen suited to pocket tens, proving to be the catalyst to the deal.

RGPS Horseshoe Tunica Final Table Results

1Max Le$31,234*
2Teresa Lammie-Anders$31,234*
3David Lee (TN)$31,234*
4Matthew Kassela$31,234*
5Brock McCoy$31,234*
6Kyle Cartwright$31,234*
7Edward Fisher$10,686
8Myke Hibler$10,686
9Kenneth Douglas$6,171

*Denotes six-handed deal.

Day 2 Action

Nearly half of the 150 players to return found their way to the rail in the first two hours of play, as just 80 were left by the first break of the afternoon. From there, play slowed down, and it took over an hour for the next 15 players to fall. Then, Walker Miskelly lost with jack-ten to two players' ace-kings in David Lee and Matthew Kassela, both of whom would be among the final six standing nearly nine hours later.

RunGood Ambassadors Preston McEwen, Michael Sanders, and Daniel Lowery all fell short of in-the-money finishes, while others such as Day 1 chip leader Kenny Dang (58th - $1,023), JW Carter (34th - $1,505), and Papa Karn (30th - $1,505) all found the payout desk prior to the redraw for the final three tables.

Moments after three tables were reached, BJ McBrayer went out in 27th ($1,806) with ClubGG Qualifier Hao Zhu (22nd) and RunGood Ambassador Julie Cornelius (19th) following shortly behind in the same payout bracket. An hour later, 15 remained before four eliminations occurred within a 15-minute period to take the field down to 11. Then, Lee began to catch fire, winning back-to-back coin flips to knock out James Hart (11th - $3,913) and Jay Gray (10th - $3,913) and enter the final table with roughly one-third of the chips in play as the clear chip leader.

David Lee (TN)
David Lee (TN)

Eliminations continued at an insane pace to start the final table, with Kenneth Douglas being the first to fall after his turned trips from the small blind with six-four lost to a full house of eventual champion Le's six-deuce, which made a full house. Less than 15 minutes later, just six remained after Myke Hibler shoved king-queen into Kassela's ace-queen and then Edward Fisher saw his king-nine suited run into two more kings that were held by Lee, on his direct left.

Lee then maintained the chip lead for nearly an hour of six-handed play before losing it to Teresa Lammie-Anders, whose top pair, top kicker held versus an overcard with the nut flush draw against Kassela after she overbet-jammed on the flop with it. For Lammie-Anders, the hold was a microcosm of what wound up being her ticket to glory all day: winning preflop all ins. In fact, Lammie-Anderson found herself down to just 7,000 at one point prior to the bubble bursting and hit a three outer to stay alive before finding a triple and continuing to spin that stack for the remainder of the night.

However, Lammie-Anders then ceded a double of her own when her pocket queens wound up second best against Le's nut flush with ace-jack of clubs, giving him the chip lead. By this time, six-handed play was nearing two hours in length, and average stacks dropped during that time as the blinds continued to rise. Chips went in all directions, with both Kassela and Brock McCoy also finding themselves short. They would both double, with Kassela then becoming the shortest stack before he also doubled with pocket tens to Cartwright's ace-queen suited.

After that final double, all six settled on a deal before another hand could be played, marking the end of the tournament with Le taking home the hardware and the title while all six players became $31,234 richer than they were when they arrived for the day.

RGPS Horseshoe Tunica Side Event Winners

TournamentPrize PoolEntriesWinnerPrize
$165 Seniors$20,010145William Rowse$3,855
$135 Guest Bounty$31,760317Joanne Cain$4,467
$185 Deep Stack$64,637452Kenneth Nicoletti$12,238
$145 One-Day NLH$16,000125Frank Wyville$3,900
$200 Double Green Chip Bounty$24,035207Chad Marsh$3,295
$300 PLO$16,64064Grant Hart$5,324
$145 Turbo Closer$10,815105Michael Sanders$2,750

The RGPS will now head to South Florida for a recently-announced stop at Seminole Hard Rock Coconut Creek.

Tags: Max Le

Deal Agreed Upon Unanimously

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Moments after Matthew Kassela's pocket tens held versus the ace-queen suited of Kyle Cartwright, all six players immediately agreed to an even chop of $31,234 apiece. The deal came after two hours of six-handed play without a single elimination and chips exchanging hands across the board in all directions.

Of the six, Max Le finished with the chip lead and will claim the title, trophy, and RunGood Pro-Am seat as a result. Stay tuned for a tournament recap.

McCoy's Turn To Double

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Teresa Lammie-Anders opened to 180,000 under the gun and Brock McCoy re-jammed for 720,000 on the button. Action folded back to Lammie-Anders and she thought for a bit before announcing a call.

McCoy: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Lammie-Anders: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}

The runout {9-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} left McCoy's jacks in front and he secured the double at the expense of Lammie-Anders.

Teresa Lammie-Anders US
Teresa Lammie-Anders
US 3,125,000 -725,000
Brock McCoy us
Brock McCoy
us 1,640,000 540,000

Lammie-Anders Flops Broadway

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Action was heads up on a completed board of {k-Clubs}{10-Spades}{q-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs} with Kyle Cartwright checking in the big blind to put action onto Teresa Lammie-Anders, who bet 300,000 into a pot of roughly double that size. Cartwright found a call.

Lammie-Anders quickly tabled {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for the flopped nut straight, earning her the pot upon Cartwright mucking.

Teresa Lammie-Anders US
Teresa Lammie-Anders
US 3,850,000 530,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 2,300,000 -280,000

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Cartwright Picks Off the Bluff

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Kyle Cartwright opened to 160,000 in the hijack and received calls from David Lee on the button and Matthew Kassela, defending his big blind.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and Kassela checked to Cartwright, who continuation-bet 190,000. Lee folded and Kassela called.

Heads-up action checked through the turn {j-Spades} and the river fell {4-Hearts}. Kassela bet 350,000 and Cartwright thought for a bit, counting his stack of around 1.25 million before committing chips to call.

Kassela showed {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for the missed flush draw and Cartwright confidently tabled {a-Spades}{6-Clubs} upon seeing it, good for the pot to take him back above 2.5 million. After losing the pot, Kassela now has under 1 million and is now the shortest stack among the six still in contention.

David Lee (TN) US
David Lee (TN)
US 3,300,000 -800,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 2,580,000 1,030,000
Matthew Kassela us
Matthew Kassela
us 900,000 -545,000

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Le Doubles Through Lammie-Anders

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Max Le
Max Le

Teresa Lammie-Anders opened to 200,000 in the hijack and was called by Max Le in the cutoff. Action went heads up to a flop of {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn came {8-Clubs} and Lammie-Anders bet 350,000. Le called and the river landed {9-Clubs}. Lammie-Anders bet 800,000 and Le jammed for 1.15 million, with Lammie-Anders calling the difference.

Le: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Lammie-Anders: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

Lammie-Anders's overpair was up against Le's backdoor nut flush, which earned him the dub and brought the two to similarly-sized stacks as six-handed play continues.

Max Le us
Max Le
us 3,600,000 1,710,000
Teresa Lammie-Anders US
Teresa Lammie-Anders
US 3,320,000 -1,780,000

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Lammie-Anders Raises Again

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Brock McCoy opened under the gun and Teresa Lammie-Anders called on the button.

Action went heads up to a flop of {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and both players checked, bringing the {k-Hearts} on board. McCoy made a delayed continuation-bet of 120,000 and Lammie-Anders immediately raised to 400,000.

McCoy thought for a few moments and then folded, taking his stack down to 1.1 million while Lammie-Anders finds herself over 5 million.

Teresa Lammie-Anders US
Teresa Lammie-Anders
US 5,100,000 250,000
Brock McCoy us
Brock McCoy
us 1,100,000 -500,000

Tags: Brock McCoyTeresa Lammie-Anders

Lammie-Anders and Cartwright Going In Opposite Directions

HillKerby • Level 27: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Teresa Lammie-Anders limped from the hijack and action folded around to Kyle Cartwright, who checked his option in the big blind.

Cartwright led out for 120,000 on {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Lammie-Anders called, bringing the turn {3-Spades}. Cartwright bet another 180,000 and Lammie-Anders slid out a raise to 400,000.

Cartwright immediately folded, sending his cards to the center of the table face down to earn Lammie-Anders the pot, which has taken her up to 4.85 million and brought him to 1.55 million.

Teresa Lammie-Anders US
Teresa Lammie-Anders
US 4,850,000 805,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 1,550,000 -650,000

Tags: Kyle CartwrightTeresa Lammie-Anders