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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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2004 World Series of Poker Champion Greg Raymer Arrested

by | Published: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer was arrested in a prostitution sting at a Wake Forest hotel earlier this week.

The Wake Forest Police Department said that Raymer was one of six men arrested after responding to a message posted by an undercover policemen acting as a female prostitute.

Raymer is facing charges of prostitution and attempted crimes against nature.

Raymer released a statement through his attorney Wade M. Smith apologizing for the embarrassing arrest.

“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment,” Smith said.

“He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends and fans.

“Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”

Raymer burst onto the poker scene at the 2004 World Series of Poker when he won the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Main Event and took home the first place prize of $5,000,000.

The following year Raymer made another deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 25th, a feat that is considered one of the most impressive in the history of the World Series of Poker.

In recent years Raymer has been a strong advocate for the rights of poker players and is a member of the board of directors for the Poker Players Alliance.

Raymer had an extremely successful 2012 poker season claiming four separate tournament victories on the Heartland Poker Tour for a total score of $371,967.

The forty-eight- year old is currently placed 38th on the All Time Poker Tournament Money list with $ 7,391,123 in career earnings.

It remains to be seen how his arrest will affect Raymer’s poker career or his work with the Poker Players Alliance.

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Raymer Dominates Heartland Poker Tour

by | Published: Friday, November 23rd, 2012

2004 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer has capped off his domination of the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour by winning the HPT Championship Open at Belterra Casino Resort this week.

Raymer had already won three Heartland Poker Tour Event events in three months and his $106,030 payday now makes him the HPT all-time money leader with $371,967.

The forty-eight-year-old won the HPT Albuquerque event, the Main Event at River City Casino & Lumiere Place in St. Louis and had already wrapped up the HPT Player of the Year award after winning at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in October.

Raymer is generally a man of few words and that was no different when he was interviewed after winning the latest tournament.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Raymer.

It was an incredible performance from Raymer who had to come back from a short-stack on three different occasions to win the tournament.

Raymer’s success has given the Heartland Poker Tour publicity that it richly deserves.

The tour is very popular with players and has been praised for its organization.

Fred Bevill, executive producer of the HPT, was over the moon with the success of the tour in 2012.

“It was a great year on tour,” Bevill said.

“Numbers are up, our casino partners are first-class, and our crew is the hardest-working team in poker but it’s the players who make our work so rewarding.”

Bevill is confident that the HPT will continue to grow in 2013.

“HPT will stop in new markets across the country while still visiting some of our favorite casinos and loyal players,” he said.

Raymer won $5,000,000 in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and since that time has become one of the most popular poker players in the world and one of the leading ambassadors of the industry.

Raymer has been one of the leading proponents of the fight to have poker regulated and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Poker Players Alliance.

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Massey Claims Breakthrough Victory

by | Published: Friday, September 7th, 2012

Poker Professional Aaron Massey has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the WinStar World Casino River Poker Series Main Event.

Massey defeated a field of 1396 entries, including former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Grey Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, to take the first prize of $651,559.

The victory was easily the biggest of Massey’s career, whose biggest previous win was in the $ 300 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry event at last year’s Indiana State Poker Championship.

The breakthrough win clearly meant a lot to the grinding poker professional who broke into tears of joy after the final hand was dealt.

“It’s the most amazing feeling in my life. I’ve been working through this for so long that’s why I was crying. I’ve been through so many heartbreaks and I’ve had spots like ripped away from me by the turn of the river card. I just kept showing up and showing up and I finally broke through,” an emotional Massey said.

The American believes that the six figure pay-day will change his life significantly.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words. A lot of things are going to be different. My family is going to be alright and I’ve got validation with this first place, I earned it,” Massey said.

The turning point for Massey came in a hand with Matt Newcombe when only three players remained in the tournament.

Newcombe had been chip-leader for the majority of the final table but had his stack crippled by Massey, who doubled-up and took the chip lead.

“Matt Newcombe is a tough cookie. He has been giving me the business for three days now. I had to deal with him all of day two and he was really really tough. I put a strategy together and I thought that his aggression was going to get the best of him and I made a set and he didn’t get there for once,” Massey laughed.

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WSOP Legends To Rematch On ESPN

by | Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

ESPN is set to host a special WSOP Rematch series that will see famous Main Event winners and runners up face off again.

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There will be three rematches in total, with the participants for the first two already decided and the last to be decided by a poll on Facebook.

To start the WSOP Rematches off, there will be a 2 out of 3 game match to repeat the end of the 2003 WSOP Main Event between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. The first game will see them play with the same chip stacks they had going into heads up play. The second game will reverse the stacks to explore how things might have gone if the chip advantage were different. If neither player has won both games, there will be a third game with equal chip stacks to see which player can dominate from an even start.

In the second match, we will get to see Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth face off once more in a repeat of the end of the 1989 WSOP Main Event. This will be a one match deal from even starting stacks, and it will be very interesting to see how they have adapted to deal with one another in the more than 20 years since their first legendary meeting.

The third match will be decided by a vote on Facebook, with four choices that include:

  • 1988 WSOP Johnny Chan v Erik Seidel
  • 2004 WSOP Greg Raymer v David Williams
  • 2006 WSOP Jamie Gold v Paul Wasicka
  • 2010 WSOP Jonathon Duhamel v John Racener

This final match will have equal starting stacks. If the top voted match up cannot occur, then the next most popular choice will be played.

The game will be played at the Amazon Room in the Rio and filmed by ESPN on 2 June. Voting on the third match will begin on 2 May, and the games will be broadcast in a two-hour special on ESPN on 26 July.

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