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Doug Polk Leads Pack of 39 in The Lodge Championship Series $3,000 Main Event

Doug Polk

Day 2 of 2022 The Lodge Championship Series €3,000 Main Event wrapped up in the early hours of the morning on Monday, May 23, with the initial field of 259 being whittled down to just 39 players at The Lodge Poker Club. Fittingly, leading the pack is the one and only Doug Polk who bagged and tagged a stack of 2,755,000 when play concluded.

Polk was on a steady climb during the first half of the day but really started to heat up after he eliminated Thomas Penza. The queen-high, two-spade, flop saw Penza jam queen-six of spades and Polk called with ace-queen. Polk held to drop Penza and add a nice chunk of chips to his stack. Polk's stack continued to ascend after busting Thong Nguyen in what was the biggest pot of the day.

Closest behind Polk on the totem pole is Alain Bauer who completely ran over the second half of the day, pulling in pots constantly en route to ending the day with 1,945,000. Stephen Song ran up a stack with his usual aggressive style early in the day and really broke through when he check-raised a flush against Bin Weng who paid him off. Song took that pot and cruised his way through the rest of the night, ending third with 1,895,000 chips.

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Event 13: $3,000 Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerHomeTOWNChipsBig Blinds
1Doug PolkLas Vegs, NV2,755,000138
2Alain BauerN/A1,945,00097
3Stephen SongWest Palm Beast, FL1,895,00095
4Farid JattinBarranquilla, FL1,485,00074
5Nir CohenBrooklyn, NY1,440,00072
6Alex KeatingSaratoga, CA1,370,00069
7Steven RiveroHialeah, FL1,295,00065
8Andreas IoakimidesBallwin, MO1,215,00061
9Wendy NguyenDublin, OH1,135,00057
10Schuyler ThorntonCorpus Christi, TX1,075,00054

Some other heavy-hitters made great strides on the second day, including Event 10: $5,000 High Roller runner-up Farid Jattin who sits in fourth place ahead of Day 3. Nir Cohen rounds out the top five chip stacks after he doubled through Andreas Ioakimides who pushed a missed flush draw, only for Cohen to snap with top two. Cohen bagged 1,440,000 and has a shot at beating his personal best cash of $110,955 if he places in the top four.

Farid Jattin
Farid Jattin Looks for Another Deep LCS Run

The day started with 259 of the original 617 entries and it was not until after the dinner break that the bubble started to loom. On Level 17 Badr Imejjane found himself with a pair of kings and pushed his stack into the middle. Directly on his left was Thong Nguyen who obliged with a pair of aces. Imejjane failed to crack the bullets and the rest of the field was then in the money, dubbing Imejjane the official bubble boy of this event.

A flurry of eliminations then saw many fall to the wayside. Some players that cashed but failed to find a bag include Elliot Smith (42nd - $8,000), Brian Green (48th - $7,400), Andrew Neeme (52nd - $7,400), Guilebaldo Flores (62nd - $7,000), and Brett Murray (70th - $6,600).

Final Table Payouts


Maxwell Young Wins Event #15: $1,000 NLH Turbo for $25,497*

Maxwell Young
Maxwell Young

Also wrapping up at The Lodge Poker Club was Event #15: $1,000 NLH Turbo, which saw Maxwell Young as the last player standing. The Florida resident captured the trophy and $25,497 up top after a heads-up deal was made with runner-up Nick Pupillo.

The players agreed to chop the first and second place prizes evenly, then played it out for an extra $99, the trophy, and bragging rights after Young explained that "[Our] stacks are shallow and we don't really feel like either of us has an edge."

The final hand saw both players all-in preflop and Young, with his {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts} made a flush on the {8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} runout to outdraw Pupillo's flopped top pair.

In total, the event saw 119 entries which was not enough to eclipse the $100,000 guarantee. The top 12 players made the money, with the min-cash being $2,199.

Event #15: $1,000 NLH Turbo Final Table Results

1Maxwell YoungNorth Palm Beach, FL$25,497*
2Nick PupilloGilbert, AZ$25,398*
3Blake BarousseLafayette, LA$13,718
4Alejandro MadrigalUmatilla, OR$9,948
5William NunleyConshohocken, PA$7,330
6Daniel MarinBastrop, TX$5,655
7Kevin GarosshenLas Vegas, NV$4,398
8Patrick FridayWebster, NV$3,456

*Indicates Heads-Up Deal

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2022 The Lodge Championship Series Results

Michael Perrone
Event #10 - NLH $5,000 High Roller Winner Michael Perrone
May 4Event #1 - NLH $300 Seniors172$43,000John SkrovanGranger, TX$9,557
May 4Event #2 – PLO $500119$50,575Pejman NiyatiPlano, TX$15,173
May 4Event #3 - NLH $1,000 Six Max125$110,000Badr ImejjaneFrisco, TX$24,673*
May 5Event #4 - NLH $400 Multi-Flight1,556$526,640Rudy CadenasLas Vegas, NV$54,231*
May 8Event #5 – NLH $600 Mystery Bounty528$300,000Mohammad BagheriDallas, TX$40,024
May 10Event #6 – NLH $500 Tag Team34$20,000Matthew Sottek & Walter GlasierTexas$4,837
May 10Event #7 – NLH $300 Veterans Charity Event47$15,000Roger PettitKilleen, TX$2,507*
May 11Event #8 - NLH $1600 Mystery Bounty659$1,000,000Zachary HambriceSan Antonio, TX$96,408*
May 15Event #9 - NLH $8001,116$756,480Alexis MeyerMonterrey, MX$113,367*
May 18Event #10 - NLH $5,000 High Roller82$120,704Michael PerroneChicago, IL$120,704
May 18Event #11 - BIG O $500140$59,500Diego DiazLeander, TX$12,140
May 18Event #12 - NLH Freezeout $300215$53,750Justin BelfortiMedway, MA$13,343

*Inidicates Deal Made

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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