Posts Tagged ‘Heartland Poker Tour’

Global Poker Index: McDonald Rejoins To 10

by | Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.

 

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Keven Stammen 893.30 -
2 Ole Schemion 803.21 -
3 Alex Bilokur 800.07 -
4 Scott Seiver 633.26 -
5 Shyam Srinivasan 626.96 -
6 Mike McDonald 608.20 -
7 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -
8 Ami Barer 594.74 -
9 Dan Heimiller 588.53 2
10 Alexander Denisov 581.06 -1

 

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After Dan Heimiller’s efforts over the past couple of weeks, with wins at the Chicago Poker Classic, he’s broken back into the Top 10 GPI Player of the Year race – straight into 9th place. Heimiller finished 61st in the Heartland Poker Tour California State Poker Championship this week, and his 21st cash prize of 2014 shot him straight back into the top 10.

Jeff Madsen, winner of the California State Poker Championship, is now right outside the top 10 at No. 11 position. His win netted him $160,060 to his pockets and shot him up 13 places on the list.

Keven Stammen remains at the top of the POY race with close to 900 points, but his score hasn’t changed since last week. Neither has second placer Ole Schemion behind by just 90 points, who also happened to win the 2013 GPI Play of the Year.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3971.85 -
2 Scott Seiver 3710.41 -
3 Byron Kaverman 3450.70 1
4 Vanessa Selbst 3427.99 1
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 3366.52 1
6 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -3
7 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
8 Stephen Chidwick 3282.26 -
9 Mike McDonald 3241.52 7
10 Jason Mercier 3222.40 -1

 

Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the Player of the Year race, but he’s well and truly out in front in the Top 10 of the GPI 300 players. With a score of 3971.85, he’s over 260 points clear of his nearest rival Scott Seiver.

Mike McDonald is back in the top 10, jumping seven places to land at No. 9. The player nicknamed “Timex” has cashed only two prizes since his Aussie Millions win, but three of his first four wins were for over one million dollars, which gives him some leeway.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Philipp Gruissem dropped three places to No. 6. The German’s score will only continue to fall, since his score from the GuangDong Asia Millions will fall into Zone 3 in a few weeks’ time. Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, and Byron Kaverman all benefitted from his slide, moving up one spot each.

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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

 

Milner’s win teaches us two things: you’re never too old to dominate in the sport of poker, and an amateur can easily beat notable favorites.

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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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