Poker player Greg Raymer has won as many as four titles in just one year, an almost unheard of feat. On Nov 19, Monday, Greg Raymer emerged as the last man standing of a field of 283 players to win the Heartland Poker Tour Belterra NL Hold’em Main Event, which was held in Florence. This happens to be the fourth Heartland Poker Tour title this year, a record breaking poker achievement.
Sharing his experiences, Raymer said that he is overwhelmed. Having emerged as the last man standing of the event, Raymer, who won the Main Event of World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2004, collected a prize of $106,030 and 456 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) Points. Raymer, who plays under the user name Fossilman, has won a total of $371,967 in the Heartland Poker Tour of 2012. This makes him not only the player who won the largest amount of money in the HPT, but also the only poker player who won four HTP titles.
On July 30, Raymer bagged his first HTP championship at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque in New Mexico for $71,875. He won an ever larger amount of $121,973, playing the HPT Main Event in St. Louis. In late October, he won the HPT Prairie Meadows title, which was being played at Des Moines in Iowa and collected a prize of $72,089 just a few weeks before his latest achievement. Raymer’s lifetime live poker tournament winnings have crossed the $7.3 million mark.
When Raymer emerged as the finalist of the event, he had the shortest stack of chips. However, his very first hand turned out to be lucky for him and he soon became the chip leader. Raymer’s journey to victory was tough as he had to outwit tough poker opponents such as Jacob Bazely, who emerged as the runner-up of the event. Bazely, a professional poker player from Cincinnati, has earned around one million dollars playing live poker tournaments and around the same amount playing online poker tournaments.
As the runner up of the event, Bazely collected a prize of $59,706 and 308 POY Points, which pushes him to the 51st position on the POY leader board. He emerged as the finalist thrice this year, grabbing a prize of $322,294 as the runner-up of the $1k WSOP NL Hold’em tournament.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth are Bruce Ostrander, Iverson Snuffer, Jason Gwinn, and Kenneth Hicks Junior, respectively.