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Who Won at the 2023 Lodge Championship Series?

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The biggest tournament series in the history of the Lodge Card Club took over in Round Rock, TX from April 26 through May 16.

The 2023 Lodge Championship Series resulted in some of the biggest prize pools and payouts ever seen at the Lodge. 

LCS Main Event champion Preston Duron scored $426,801, the biggest tournament score ever recorded at the club. The Main Event saw the prize pool go over the $2 million mark.

Here’s a look at some of the big winners from the 2023 LCS:

$2 Million Guaranteed Main Event (May 10-16)

Preston Duron now holds the biggest tournament score in the history of the Lodge after taking down the $2 Million Guaranteed Lodge Championship Series Main Event.

Duron outlasted a field of 776 entries, and took home $426,801 for the outright win. 

Other top finishers included Jason Daly (2nd – $290,864), Devin Ullman (3rd – $207,852), Justin Saliba (4th – $151,727) and Daniel Rezaei (5th – $112,462).

The 2023 LCS Main Event awarded the largest prize pool in the history of the Lodge at $2,134,000.

$2 Million Guaranteed Main Event (May 10-16)$500K Guaranteed NL Hold’em (May 4-7)

Dylan Duran bested a field of 1,109 players in the $500K Guaranteed NLH event, and took home a seven-figure payday in the process.

Duran’s outright win in the tournament netted an $111,057 first-place payout.

Other top finishers included Thierry Quintin (2nd – $87,507), Sung Cho (3rd – $65,115), Billy Ward (4th – $49,922) and Matthew Jewett (5th – $35,813).

$500K Guaranteed NL Hold’em (May 4-7)

Seniors $10K Guaranteed (April 26)

The $10K Seniors event kicked off the 2023 LCS, and ended with one of the Lodge’s familiar faces taking down the win.

Dennis Brand topped the field for the tournament championship, winning the first-place payday of $6,369.

Places 2-5 each took home $3,000, and that list included Frank Berry, Al Mood, Christopher Beard, and David Dillard.

Seniors $10K Guaranteed (April 26)

NLH Freezeout $20K Guaranteed (April 26)

The $20K NLH Freezeout ended in a three-way even chop at the top of the payout ladder.

Timothy Wiles, Hao Wei Chang, and Tim Gray each took home $4,973 in the deal.

The tournament drew 155 players, with the prize pool reaching $25,420.

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$300K Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em (April 29-30)

The $300K NLH event played out as a two-day tournament, and crowned an outright winner.

Ravee “Sonny” Sundar took home the Event #4 trophy, and the $80,060 first-place prize.

$300K Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em (April 29-30)Ladies $10K Guaranteed

The Ladies $10,000 Guaranteed event paid eight places, and ended with an outright winner.

That player was Gloria Davila, who took home the tournament trophy and the $3,812 first-place prize.

Other top finishers included Sara Cushman (2nd – $2,344), Melissa King (3rd – $1,618) and Samantha Perryman (4th – $1,154).

Ladies $10K Guaranteed

$30K Guaranteed Six Max (May 1)

The May 1 Six Max event guaranteed $30,000 in prize money, and the eventual tournament champion took home a five-figure score.

That player was Eric T, who won $13,261 and the championship trophy.

$30K Guaranteed Six Max (May 1)

$20K Guaranteed Big-O (May 2)

The LCS $20K Big-O drew 177 entries, with the prize pool reaching $44,604.

Mitchell Toth came away as the tournament champion, scoring $8,007 for first place.

Other top finishers included Steven Alvaraez (2nd – $5,800), Jeffrey Hood (3rd – $6,896), Cristobal Luna (4th – $4,167), Victor Van (5th – $4,629) and Sami Hamid (6th – $5,025).

The final six agreed to an ICM deal, then played on for the remainder of the prize pool and the tournament trophy.

$20K Guaranteed Big-O (May 2)

Tuesday Night Freeroll $30K Guaranteed LCS Edition (May 2)

The special Lodge Championship Series edition of the Tuesday Nighe Freeroll doubled the normal guarantee to $30,000.

The final eight players in the event agreed to an ICM deal. That list included Kenneth Glaser (1st – $4,645), Kyle Sagert (2nd – $3,905), P. Patlolla (3rd – $3,641), and James Osburn (4th – $3,522).

Rounding out the final eight were R. Gordhandas (5th –  $3,414), Billie Martin (6th – $3,414), Matt Dang (7th – $3,203) and Shadi Farraj (8th – $2,636).

Tuesday Night Freeroll $30K Guaranteed LCS Edition (May 2)

$20K Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em (May 3)

A total of 167 runners came out for the $20K Guaranteed NLH event, with the prize pool reaching $27,388).

James Naughton took down the win and the first-place payout of $7,775.

Other top finishers included Donald Cowie (2nd – $4,876), William Popwell (3rd – $3,251), and Huyen Do (4th – $2,302).

$20K Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em (May 3)

$20K Guaranteed PLO8 (May 3)

The $20K Guaranteed Pot-Limit Omaha Eight or Better event saw 114 players compete for $28,728 in prize money.

John Fauver came away with the tournament trophy and the first-place prize of $7,070.

Other top finishers included Marco Pessoa de Oliveira Fhilo (2nd – $6,893), Aaron Anders (3rd – $3,763), Andrew Robinson (4th – $2,729) and Yonatan Smith (5th – $2,011).

$20K Guaranteed PLO8 (May 3)$50K Guaranteed Six Max (May 7)

The May 7 LCS Six Max guaranteed $50,000 in prize money, and the eventual winner took home nearly $25K.

The man in the winner’s photo, Ryan V., took down the tournament for a $24,778 score.

$50K Guaranteed Six Max (May 7)

$20K Turbo (May 7)

Event #14 featured a turbo format, and the winner took home a nearly $10K prize.

Fabian B. topped the field, winning $9,222 in the process.

$20K Turbo (May 7)

$50K Guaranteed PLO (May 8)

The $50K Guaranteed Pot-Limit Omaha event saw the final three players each take home five-figure scores.

The final two of those players agreed to a heads-up deal. Michael Bahls (1st – $22,030) came away as the tournament champion, while Praise Ogwo (2nd – $19,000) and Robert Rough (3rd – $10,931) took the second and third spots on the payout ladder.

$15K No-Limit Hold’em (May 8)

The $15K NLH event drew 91 players to the Lodge on May 8. The final prize pool reached $22,932.

Andrew Tran took down the tournament and the $6,879 first-place prize. Other top finishers included Patricia Arends (2nd – $4,265) and James Little (3rd – $3,004).

$15K No-Limit Hold’em (May 8)

$25K Guaranteed NLH (May 9)

The $25,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event brought 77 players to the Lodge on May 9. The final two players agreed to a heads-up deal.

Charlie Shields took the first-place prize of $10,000, with Dennis Brand finishing second for $8,032).$25K Guaranteed NLH (May 9)

$15K Guaranteed Black Chip Bounty (May 9)

The final four players in the $15K Black Chip Bounty agreed to an ICM deal to end the tournament.

The winner’s list included Bala Talasila (1st – $4,734), Nischa Colluru (2nd – $4,500), Roy Loverde (3rd – $3,869) and Les Urbanovsky (4th – $3,381).

$15K Guaranteed Black Chip Bounty (May 9)

$3,000 Buy-In PLO High Roller (May 9)

The High Roller portion of the Lodge Championship Series kicked off with the May 9 Pot-Limit Omaha event.

Isaac Kempton topped a field of 77 players, winning $71,995 in the process. The tournament prize pool reached $211,750.

$3,000 Buy-In PLO High Roller (May 9)

$5,000 Buy-In NLH High Roller (May 10)

One of poker’s most accomplished tournament players came away with the win in the $5K buy-in High Roller.

Shaun Deeb topped a field of 77 runners, taking home the $121,214 first-place prize.

Other top finishers included Connor Rash (2nd – $75,224), Nikolai Mamut (3rd – $49,198), Doug Polk (4th – $34,581) and Billy Bailey (5th – $25,669).

Shaun Deeb

$10,000 Buy-In Six Max High Roller (May 11)

James Galloway topped a field of 40 players to win the $10K Six Max High Roller event.

Galloway took home a $176,710 payday in the process.

$50K Guaranteed 50 for 50 (May 14)

The aptly names 50 for 50 event guaranteed $50,000. A total of 163 players came out to compete, with the final prize pool reaching $69,275.

Terry Morales (1st – $17,353) and Zack Herrera (2nd – $15,000) agreed to a heads-up deal to end the tournament.

Other top finishers included Adam Rothschild (3rd – $8,313), John Gallaher (4th – $5,888) and Cristian Fuentes (5th – $4,156).

$50K Guaranteed 50 for 50 (May 14)

$15K Guaranteed NLH/PLO Bounty (May 14)

The NLH/PLO mixed bounty event saw 134 entries register, creating a prize pool of $20,368 and $13,400 in bounties.

Benjamin Perez took down the event for a $5,259 payday. Other top finishers included Stuart Wilkinson (2nd – $4,070), Harmeet Chawla (3rd – $2,699) and Collin McGee (4th – $1,884).

$15K Guaranteed NLH/PLO Bounty (May 14)

$5,000 Buy-In NLH High Roller (May 14)

The $5K buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller drew 23 entires, with the top three players paid.

Brian Luo came away with the win and the first-place payout of $53,245.

$50K Added Ladies Event

The LCS Ladies Event awarded $196,699, and ended in a four-way ICM chop.

The top four included Christina R. (1st – $28,466), Krisha A. (2nd – $27,641), Brittney C. (3rd – $20,942) and Ashley “Pokerface Ash” Frank (4th – $23,343).

$50K Added Ladies Event

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