Event #4: $400 NLH

Event Info

Buy-in $400
Prize Pool $526,640
Players 1,556
Players Left 5
Average Chip Stack 6,224,000
Total Chips 31,120,000

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 5
Entries 1,556
Event #4: $400 NLH
Day 2 Completed

Rudy Cadenas Takes Lion's Share of Deal in Event #4 ($54,231)

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Jonathan Letempt and Rudy Cadenas
Jonathan Letempt and Rudy Cadenas

The fourth event of the Lodge Championship Series has come to an end here in Round Rock, Texas. A total of six Day 1 flights were played in Event 4: $400 NLH $500,000 Gauranteed, gathering 1,556 registrants throughout. This created a $526,640 prize pool that had the eventual winner set to take home $82,024 for their victory.

When the final day began there were 186 runners, all of which had made the money, and when the field hit five-handed play a deal was agreed upon between Rudy Cadenas, Benjamin Perez, Seth Simmons, Chris Staats, and Jonathan Letempt.

Cadenas took home the lion's share for a total of $54,231, but it was Letempt taking home the trophy after the two flipped a classic piece of American copper. Letempt won the last flip of the tournament, which secured him the trophy to go along with his $41,408 pay day.

Lucky Penny Snags Trophy for Jonathan Letempt
Lucky Penny Snags Trophy for Jonathan Letempt

Final Table Payouts

1Rudy CadenasLas Vegas, NV$54,231*
2Benjamin PerezPlainview, TX$46,937*
3Seth SimmonsNathrop, CO$45,347*
4Jonathan LetemptSan Marcos, TX$41,408*
5Chris StaatsTuttle, OK$39,981*
6Elijah RuffinChandler, AZ$17,379
7Eider Da CruzGardena, CA$13,693
8Scott BrewerN/A$10,533
9Hieu TranAmarillo, TX$8,426

*denotes deal made at final table

The fourth event here at The Lodge Poker Club had a very enticing $500,000 guarantee, especially for only being a $400 buy-in. Six Day 1's were lined up to pump the prize pool, and the 1,556 registration slips that were accumulated during that time did just that, having a total of $526,640 for the remaining 186 Day 2 qualifiers to fight over.

Many short stacks fell to the wayside early in the day, and as the field began to plummet some of the leaders followed. Cosmic Medrano and Alexander Connolly both began near the top of the leaderboard but quickly began to lock horns. After going blow-for-blow on table 119, they both moved and quickly vanished from the field. Some other notables that failed to find the final table include Blake Whittington, Eric Salazar, Jason Gooch, and Benjamin Anderson who took a couple of bad beats during the last two tables of the night, sending most of his stack to Letempt.

Lodge Championship Series Event 4 Final Table
Lodge Championship Series Event 4 Final Table

Kevin Xu fought as long as he could and almost made a complete turn around before falling to Eider Da Cruz, setting the official final table. Just before the first break of the final table, Cadenas pulled out his one-time card on Simmons. He pushed a turned board with nines and Simmons tank-called holding a pair of dimes for the best hand. Cadenas then found a fortuitous nine on the river to stay alive, doubling through Simmons in the process.

Just after the break, it was Hieu Tran who was the first to take an exit, dropping back-to-back hands with Cruz finishing him off. Cadenas then hopped in for a few hands with Scott Brewer, which resulted in Brewer taking a walk to the payout desk. The start of Day 2 chipleader was next on the chopping block after he shoved ace-jack of spades and was called by Staats who held just ace-seven. A hockey stick on the river doubled Staats, leaving Cruz in shambles. He pushed shortly after with a pair of sevens, only to run into the pocket nines of Perez who then flopped a set to eliminate Cruz.

Some talk was in the air about a chop when it reached the final six but Elijah Ruffin found himself a little to shallow-stacked to complete the conversation and took a shot with five-deuce. Perez called with kojak and ended the hand with a boat, eliminating Ruffin from the field in sixth place.

The tournament clock was then paused and the rest is history. Congratulations to Rudy Cadenas on taking home the biggest prize, and also to Jonathan Letempt on securing a trophy for his mantle.

That wraps it up for the PokerNews live coverage of Event 4, but tune in tomorrow for all the updates on the $600 Mystery Bounty.

Tags: Alexander ConnollyBenjamin PerezBlake WhittingtonChris StaatsCosmic MedranoEider Da CruzElijah RuffinEric SalazarHieu TranJason GoochJonathan LetemptKevin XuRudy CadenasScott BrewerSeth Simmons

Deal Has Been Struck

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The final five runners in Event 4: $400 NLH $500,000 Guaranteed have agreed upon an ICM chop. Payouts will be posted shortly along with a recap of the event.

Elijah Ruffin Eliminated in 6th Place ($17,379)

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Elijah Ruffin
Elijah Ruffin

Elijah Ruffin put his stack of about 800,000 into the middle and Benjamin Perez snapped it off from the big blind, putting Ruffin at risk.

Elijah Ruffin: {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Benjamin Perez: {k-Clubs}{j-Spades}

"I've got live cards!" Ruffin said with a smile. The dealer then fanned out {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, "Nevermind," laughed Ruffin as he stood up. A {q-Clubs} turn and {j-Hearts} river cemented it for Perez who sent another player out the door.

Benjamin Perez us
Benjamin Perez
us 6,450,000
Elijah Ruffin us
Elijah Ruffin
us Busted

Tags: Benjamin PerezElijah Ruffin

Eider Da Cruz Eliminated in 7th Place ($13,693)

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Eider Dacruz
Eider Dacruz

The action was on Eider Da Cruz, he shoved from the button and Chris Staats called in the big blind for less, totaling 2,200,000.

Chris Staats: {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Eider Da Cruz: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

The flop came down {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades}, leaving Cruz in the lead with his kicker. A {2-Diamonds} peeled off on the turn and it looked like Staats was going to be headed to the payout desk until an unlikely {7-Spades} popped off, hitting Staats with the money card to survive.

Cruz then shoved a few hands after and Benjamin Perez called, putting the start-of-day chipleader at risk of elimination.

Eider Da Cruz: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Benjamin Perez: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}

An unfortunate pull of cards for Cruz saw no help on the {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} board that landed. Perez pulled in the pot and Cruz was eliminated in 7th place.

Benjamin Perez us
Benjamin Perez
us 5,200,000 900,000
Chris Staats us
Chris Staats
us 4,700,000 2,600,000
Eider Da Cruz br
Eider Da Cruz
br Busted

Tags: Benjamin PerezChris StaatsEider Da Cruz

Blind Shove Turns into Biggest Pot as of Late

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Benjamin Perez
Benjamin Perez

Benjamin Perez pushed his 970,000 blind from under the gun and Eider Da Cruz three-bet shoved the hijack, totaling 2,925,000. Rudy Cadenas called in the small blind and Jonathan Letempt woke up from the big blind, announcing he was all-in. Cadenas quickly chucked his hand and they turned over their cards with Letempt in a spot to knock out both.

Benjamin Perez: {9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}
Eider Da Cruz: {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Jonathan Letempt: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The threeway flop came {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, hitting Perez with a nine to take the lead. A {10-Spades} fell on the turn, changing not much as two players were sweating their tournament lives.

The safe {q-Hearts} river missed Letempt and both players at risk survived to see another hand. Perez quadrupled his stack and Cruz took down the side, increasing his stack as well with sailboats.

Eider Da Cruz br
Eider Da Cruz
br 6,015,000 2,365,000
Jonathan Letempt US
Jonathan Letempt
US 5,675,000 -3,125,000
Rudy Cadenas us
Rudy Cadenas
us 4,850,000 -2,250,000
Benjamin Perez us
Benjamin Perez
us 4,300,000 3,325,000

Tags: Benjamin PerezEider Da CruzJonathan LetemptRudy Cadenas