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RGPS Jamul Casino $575 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $212,500
Players 425

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 60,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 94
RGPS Jamul Casino $575 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Miguel Cardenas Wins RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event for $43,070

GeoffFisk • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Miguel Cardenas
Miguel Cardenas

As the Poker Shift Manager at the Thunder Valley Casino poker room, Miguel Cardenas frequently sees big name poker players and major tournament wins.

Cardenas found himself playing the role of a poker champion Sunday night, coming away with the victory at the RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event. Cardenas made the trip from the Sacramento area down to San Diego's Jamul Casino, and that trip ended with Cardenas posting the biggest poker win of his life.

Cardenas outlasted a field of 425 entries, coming away with the $43,070 first-place prize. Cardenas also scores an RG All-Stars ring and a seat in the RGPS Pro-Am at PokerGO Studio this December.

RGPS Jamul Casino $575 Main Event Final Table Results

1Miguel Cardenas$43,070
2Gary Bousquet$30,205
3Alex Green$19,420
4Harvey Alegado$13,060
5Joshua Goldsmith$10,040
6Nissar Quraishi$8,330
7Seth Barmes$6,980
8Brian Fenzel$5,640
9Quincy Collins$4,310

When asked where the win rates among his poker accomplishments, Cardenas put this weekend's victory at the top of the list.

"Number one, without a doubt," Cardenas said. "I've never had a win like this."

Cardenas said he didn't expect a deep run in the RGPS Jamul Casino Main Event. He entered final table play as one of several players with ample chips for a potential championship effort.

Once Cardenas crossed the three-million chip threshold, his place in the winner's photo almost seemed like destiny.

Day 2 Action

Day 2 started with 96 players vying for 54 money spots. It took nearly ten hours of play for that 96-player field to trim down to the final nine.

Among the final table contenders were RGPS Ambassadors Brian "Golden Blazer" Frenzel (8th - $5,640)and Alex "AlexOptional" Green (3rd - $19,420). The pair of RunGood representatives even ran into each other a couple of times with two tables remaining, including a bluff attempt by Frenzel that was hero called by Green.

The final table slowed down considerably during five-handed play. The elimination of Joshua Goldsmith (5th - $10,040) started a wave of quick eliminations, with Cardenas on the winning end of several big hands.

Harvey Alegado (4th - $13,060) came up three spots short of a second ring win in the RGPS Jamul Casino series. Alegado won the series Casino Championship but bowed out in fourth place in the Main Event at the hands of Cardenas.

Cardenas and Alegado will see each other again in December, with both earning spots in the RGPS Pro-Am at PokerGO Studio in December.

The Main Event drew 425 entries, pushing the prize pool well past the $100,000 guarantee. The 54 money finishers split $212,500 in total prize money.

The next stop for the RGPS goes to Cardenas' home turf, as the tour stops by Thunder Valley for the RunGood Poker Series Golden Ticket event.

RGPS Jamul Ring Winners

TournamentPrize PoolEntriesWinnerPrize
Senior's Ring Event$10,100101Stoney Powers$2,372
Opening Night Ring Event$26,040248Harvey Alegado$2,430*
DeepStack Ring Event$42,340292Brian Limon$7,866*
Two Green Chip Bounty Ring Event$20,460124Eduardo Palmerin$2,580*
Pot-Limit Omaha Ring Event$15,08058Alex "Optional" Green$5,425
$575 Main Event$212,500425Miguel Cardenas$43,070
Black Chip Bounty Ring Event$21,935107George Junak$3,370

*Indicates a chop deal

Tags: Harvey AlegadoJoshua GoldsmithMiguel CardenasRunGood Poker Series

Alex Green Eliminated in 3rd Place ($19,420)

GeoffFisk • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Alex Green
Alex Green

Alex Green and Gary Bousquet got all of the chips in preflop, with Green's stack at risk.

Alex Green: {j-Spades}{10-Spades}
Gary Bousquet: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

Board: {9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{q-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Green pulled ahead on the turn, but Bousquet made a better straight on the river to end the Main Event run of "AlexOptional."

Miguel Cardenas us
Miguel Cardenas
us 6,250,000 250,000
Gary Bousquet
Gary Bousquet
2,250,000 750,000
Alex Green
Alex Green

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Harvey Alegado Eliminated in 4th Place ($13,060)

NicholasBaltz • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Harvey Alegado
Harvey Alegado

With 350,000 in the middle and the board reading {6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Alegado checked and Cardenas bet 300,000.

Alegado called and the turn came {10-Spades}. Alegado checked again and Cardenas jammed.

Alegado called it off but was sickened to see the {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} held by Cardenas. Alegado flashed {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and exited.

Cardenas is now the overwhelming chip leader.

Miguel Cardenas us
Miguel Cardenas
us 6,000,000 1,200,000
Harvey Alegado
Harvey Alegado

Cardenas Puts Alegado To The Test

NicholasBaltz • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Miguel Cardenas opened to 100,000 and Harvey Alegado made it 340,000 to go.

Cardenas called and the flop came {10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

Alegado continued for 300,000 and Cardenas called.

On the turn {5-Spades} Alegado bet again to the tune of 575,000.

Cardenas tanked for a moment before raising all-in and Alegado quickly folded.

Cardenas has now crossed 3,000,000 chips.

Miguel Cardenas us
Miguel Cardenas
us 3,000,000 750,000
Harvey Alegado
Harvey Alegado
1,300,000 -1,550,000

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Green Doubles Through Cardenas

NicholasBaltz • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante

Miguel Cardenas raised to 100,000 and Alex Green moved all-in for 610,000 total. Cardenas called and we were off to the races.

Green: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Cardenas: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {k-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Spades}, clean for Green as he secured the double.

Alex Green
Alex Green
1,300,000 100,000

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Joshua Goldsmith Eliminated in 5th Place ($10,040)

GeoffFisk • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Joshua Goldsmith
Joshua Goldsmith

Harvey Alegado opened to 100,000 in the cutoff, and Joshua Goldsmith three-bet shoved for 725,000 from the button. Alex Greengado called.

Joshua Goldsmith: {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}
Harvey Alegado: {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Board: {q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Spades}

Alegado found a pair of nines on the turn, and the river brought no help to Goldsmith.

Harvey Alegado
Harvey Alegado
2,850,000 750,000
Joshua Goldsmith
Joshua Goldsmith

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