Last weekend, the $1,650 buy-in Main Event of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) was held at the Indigo Sky Casino at Wyandotte in Oklahoma. The event attracted a field of 89 players and generated a $125,160 prize pool. The participants were talented poker players, but it was Reginald Roberts who won the event and grabbed the third HPT title of his career along with the first-place prize of $40,051.
Roberts, a businessman based in Missouri, said: “It’s awesome to come back here and win it back-to-back.” He had won the HPT 2013, which was also held at Indigo Sky.
The players who finished third and fourth were Daniel Snowden of Kansas ($16,396) and Deborah Phillips of Ozark ($11,890), respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Craig Casino of Winfield ($8,761) and James Darnaby of Tulsa ($6,884), respectively. Greg Raymer of Raleigh and Ronald Hines of Cullman, the players who finished seventh and eighth, won $6,008 and $5,382, respectively. The first player to be eliminated from the final table was Gil George of Desoto in Texas, who won $4,756.
The nine finalists had together won eight championship titles and had reached the HPT final tables 19 times. The Texan player Gil George had reached the HPT final table twice, but he was the first to be eliminated when he reached the HPT final table for the third time.
Ronald Hines, a player who had reached the HPT final table for the first time, finished in the eighth place, and he was followed by Greg Raymer, the HPT 2012 Player of the Year. Raymer, who had begun playing on a short stack, carried home a prize of $6,008.
The next players to be eliminated were James Darnaby, the former HPT champion; Casino, who had finished in the eighth place a couple of weeks back in Colorado; entrepreneur Deborah Phillips, the only female poker player to take part in the Main Event; and Daniel Snowden, a dentist.
This left Land and Roberts playing heads-up against each other. Ultimately, Land finished as the runner-up of the event while Roberts emerged as its champion and took home the first-place prize of $40,051.
The HPT will stop at Kansas City, where another poker festival with 10 tournaments will be held. Then, the tour will visit Vicksburg in Mississippi.
Those interested in knowing the complete schedule of event can visit the tour’s official website at HPTpoker.com.