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73 Year-Old Retiree Wins Heartland Poker Tour for $230,582

by | Published: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, CO. came to a close on Monday.

The $1,650 buy-in Main Event attracted 713 entrants, who helped create a whopping $1,048,110 prize pool. The tournament attracted a number of notable poker stars such as Greg Raymer, Bryan Devonshire, and Dan O’Brien, yet despite all this it was 73 year-old retiree Doug Milner from Salt Lake City, UT who emerged victorious in the event and earning the $230,582 first-place prize pool.

Max Chrisp was the first one eliminated from the final table despite an early double. “I hope to see you guys in the future at another Final Table,” Chrisp said as he made his way to the payout desk to collect $20,962 for his ninth-place finish.

Dan Heimiller, the most accomplished player at the table, was shockingly the next to go. Heimiller was the headliner of the final table due to his $4 million career winnings, eight wins, and 54 final table appearances. Despite this, he was beaten by Colin York’s rivered full house, earning him eighth place and $25,679.

In another surprising twist, Keith Love was the next elimination despite beginning the final table as chip leader. He was soon followed by Adam Hudson and Steven Levy, who were both eliminated on the same hand by York. They finished in sixth and fifth place, respectively.

York went on to dispatch both James Richards and Ryan White, which set up a heads-up match between Milner and York. They lasted a marathon 111 hands, one of the longest in HPT history, but came to a head in Level 36. York was in need of some help, but the board was against him this time. He had to settle for runner-up and $142,857 while Milner became the latest HPT champ and took home the $230,582 top prize.

“$230,000 will change my lifestyle,” said the champ. “I am comfortable retired but not overly retired.”

2014 Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Final Table Result

Place     Player                          Hometown                      Prize

1st          Doug Milner              Salt Lake City, UT          $230,582

2nd        Colin York                  Las Vegas, NV               $142,857

3rd         Ryan White                Leawood, KS                  $92,806

4th         James Richards       Denver, CO                     $65,507

5th         Steven Levy                Larkspur, CA                  $47,899

6th         Adam Hudson           Denver, CO                     $36,684

7th         Keith Love                  Denver, CO                     $30,710

8th         Dan Heimiller            Las Vegas, NV               $25,679

9th         Max Chrisp                 Arvada, CO                     $20,962


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Cliff Josephy Doubles His WSOP Bracelet Collection

by | Published: Friday, June 7th, 2013

Cliff Josephy became the first bracelet winner to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker by taking out the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Josephy overcame a field of 477 players as well as a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet and the $299,486 first place prize.

The former stockbroker won his first bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament during the 2005 World Series of Poker and was delighted to add another to his collection in what he considers to be his premier game.

“This is my biggest achievement as a poker player, I’ve always wanted a Hold’em gold bracelet,” Josephy said.

“It’s my best game. Some people told me the game passed me by, that the young kids are all better but obviously they are not all better, we have a few chips up our sleeve.”

The final table included bracelet winners David Baker, Max Steinberg and Ryan Hughes but Josephy believes his table on the second day of the tournament was one of the toughest he has ever faced.

“Yesterday was the toughest Shootout table I’ve ever been at by far,” Josephy said.

“I’ve been at a couple of tough ones, but (this table featured) Dan O’Brien, Kyle Julius, Brock Parker, Bryan Piccioli and Randy Dorfman.

“I ran pretty well and got a lot of starting hands that made it pretty easy for me.”

Josephy was one of the most feared online poker players before the events of Black Friday forced him to change his approach to poker.

“I used to really enjoy playing online,” Josephy said.

“I would go out and rush to get back home and miss meals. It’s really not the way someone in his forties should be living, but I loved it so much it was what I wanted to do.”

“So when the changes took place, I didn’t miss it right way and I was able to spend more time with my family, especially on Sundays.”

Josephy plans on returning home to be with his family today but will return to Las Vegas in time for the World Series of Poker Main Event.