Event 40: The Final Four is Set with Kornuth vs. Tice and Baumstein vs. Madanzhiev

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  4 of 28

Chance Kornuth

Event 40 of the 2024 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em, is down to the final four players from the starting field of 28.

The remaining four players are in the money and guaranteed $33,250.

The final four is set as Chance Kornuth will take on Landon Tice, while Scott Baumstein will battle Stoyan Madanzhiev.

Here were their respective paths to this point:

 Chance KornuthLandon TiceScott BaumsteinStoyan Madanshiev
Round of 32Zhen CaiBrian GreenKevin Rabichowbye
Round of 16Lachezar Petkov Joshua HeinzlJoe McKeehenBin Weng
Round of 8Michael RoccoNitis UdornpimFrank LagodichKai Cohen

Cards will be back in the air at noon on Tuesday.

1st: $133,000 + Showdown Trophy
2nd: $66,500
3rd: $33,250
4th: $33,250

Event 40: Scott Baumstein Defeats Frank Lagodich

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  4 of 28
Blinds:  1,500/3,000

Scott Baumstein

Frank Lagodich limped in for 3,000 on the button, Scott Baumstein raised to effectively 30,200 from the big blind, and Lagodich called all in with Ah6s. Baumstein showed KdQd.

The board came QcQh5cKc7c, giving Baumstein queens full of kings to defeat Lagodich and advance to the final four where he’ll face Stoyan Madanzhiev.

Event 40: Stoyan Madanzhiev Defeats Kai Cohen

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  5 of 28
Blinds:  1,500/3,000

Stoyan Madanzhiev

Kai Cohen raised all in for 25,300 from the button and Stoyan Madanzhiev called in the big blind.

Cohen:  Kd6s
Madanzhiev:  Qh7h

The board ran out 8h6h4dJd7d, giving Madanzhiev a pair of sevens to eliminate Cohen and advance into the money.

Madanzhiev will face the winner of Frank Lagodich vs. Scott Baumstein.

Event 40: Scott Baumstein Pulls Way Ahead

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  6 of 28
Blinds:  1,000/2,000

Scott Baumstein limped for 2,000 and Frank Lagodich checked his option.

The flop was Ts8h6s, Lagodich checked, Baumstein bet 2,000, Lagodich check-raised to 4,500, and Baumstein called.

The turn was the 4d, Lagodich bet 14,000, and Baumstein called.

The river was the Qc, Lagodich bet 40,000, and Baumstein thought for about two minutes before he called.

Lagodich showed As9s for missed draws and ace high, while Baumstein turned over Th7d for a pair of tens to win the pot.

Scott Baumstein  –  133,500  (67 bb)
Frank Lagodich  –  26,500  (13 bb)

Event 26: Cuba Levenberry Wins ($301,920); Ya Yun Liu – 2nd Place ($200,000)

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool:  $2,334,280 | Structure | Payouts
Level 37:  300,000/600,000 with a 600,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 4,489

Cuba Levenberry

The final hand of the tournament saw Ya Yun Liu get all in for less than 20 big blinds on the button, and Cuba Levenberry quickly called to cover him. The two players then revealed their cards.

Levenberry: KcKd
Liu: Qs10d

Board: 10s5d4cAc3s

Liu was eliminated in second place for the runner-up prize money worth $200,000, and that crowned Levenberry as the champion of the tournament for $301,920 up top along with the guitar pick trophy. Stay tuned for the winner’s photo and exit interview that will be posted a little later tonight.

Ya Yun Liu

Event 40: Scott Baumstein Doubles into the Lead Against Frank Lagodich

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  6 of 28
Blinds:  800/1,600

Scott Baumstein

Frank Lagodich raised to 3,200 from the button, Scott Baumstein reraised all in for 43,800 from the big blind, and Lagodich thought for a while before he called.

Lagodich:  AhTc
Baumstein:  AcKc

The board ran out 3s3h2cQh3s, safe for Baumstein to double into the lead.

Scott Baumstein  –  87,600  (55 bb)
Frank Lagodich  –  72,400  (45 bb)

Event 26: Chip Count Update

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool:  $2,334,280 | Structure | Payouts
Level 36:  250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 4,489

Here is a look at the chip counts at the final table. A series of small-ball pots have slowly led to Cuba Levenberry building a big advantage.

Seat 1: Ya Yun Liu – 11,050,000 (18 bb)
Seat 4: Cuba Levenberry – 78,730,000 (131 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $301,920 + Showdown Trophy
2nd: $200,000

Event 40: Stoyan Madanzhiev Doubles into the LEad

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  6 of 28
Blinds:  600/1,200

Stoyan Madanzhiev

On the turn of an AsQhJd4s board with about 19,000 in the pot, Kai Cohen bet 10,000 from the big blind and Stoyan Madanzhiev called.

The river was the 6c, Cohen bet effectively 41,400, and Madanzhiev called after about 40 seconds with Ah6s for aces and sixes, besting Cohen’s QcJh for queens and jacks.

Stoyan Madanzhiev  –  122,000  (102 bb)
Kai Cohen  – 38,000  (32 bb)

Event 40: Frank Lagodich Back in the Lead

$10,000 Heads-Up NLH (32 Max)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  6 of 28
Blinds:  500/1,000

Frank Lagodich

Scott Baumstein raised to 2,000 from the button and Frank Lagodich defended his big blind.

The flop was QsJc9d, Lagodich checked, Baumstein continued for 1,500,and Lagodich called.

The turn was the 8s and both checked.

The river was the Qd, Lagodich bet 3,500, Baumstein raised to 14,000, and Lagodich called.

Baumstein showed KsQh for trip queens, but Lagodich tabled Th2h for a queen-high straight to win the pot and retake the lead.

Frank Lagodich  –  94,000  (94 bb)
Scott Baumstein  –  66,000  (66 bb)