Frank Patti won the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Ameristar Kansas City Main Event. He held the chip lead throughout the final table action, at the end of which he won the first-place prize of $103,326. The event, which had a buy-in of $1,650, had three starting flights and a field of 312 players. Among the finalists were Dan Lowery, member of the RunGood Team Pro and winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit ring.
Patti, a resident of Missouri, won the second largest cash prize of his live poker tournament career. He had won $138,160 when he finished third in the ninth event of the WSOP 2014, the $1000 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament. Patti has therefore won a total of $300,000 playing live poker tournaments.
The final table results are as follows. As the champion of the event, Frank Patti won $103,326 while the runner-up Matthew Lawrence won $65,415. The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth were Aaron Wilt ($43,805), Travis Remmert ($30,551), Dan Lowery ($22,913), and Martin Abraham ($17,971), respectively. The players who finished seventh, eighth, and ninth were Bryan Moon ($15,186), Pete Rios ($12,580), and Kenny Baggert ($10,828), respectively.
After Day 2 of the event, the player field had boiled down to 61 players, and 36 of those players would finish in the cash. Among the players who did not finish in the cash were Terry Presley, Brandon Steven, and Zal Irani, although they came close to doing it. The money bubble was reached when Alex Masek, who won the WSOP Circuit ring eight times, defeated Sean Lindsay. Among the first players to collect payouts were Masek, who finished 32nd; Reginald Roberts, who finished 28th; and Andrew Rubinberg, who finished 27th.
When Pete Rios was eliminated in the eighth place, Patti and Lowery had collected stacks of 2.9 million and 2 million chips, respectively. Matthew Lawrence, on the other hand, had only 1.3 million chips in his hands.
The heads-up match between Patti and Mathew Lawrence began with Patti as the chip leader. While Lawrence had only 2.2 million chips in his stack, Patti had a whopping 7.1 million chips. The final table action did not last more than one hour. Patti called when Lawrence made a three-bet with 215,000 chips. Ultimately, it was Patti who emerged as the champion.
He later said that he is going to use the money “to start a college fund” for his daughter.