Casino Del Sol

Casino Del Sol
Tucson, Arizona
November 10 - 18, 2007
Total Prize Pool $204,118
Congrats to Andreas Foulias taking first place and $56,313
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Casino Del Sol Top 6

First Place

Andreas Foulias
Gilbert, AZ

Second Place

Don Sjulstad
Phoenix, AZ

Third Place

Todd Lundwall
Scottsdale, AZ

Fourth Place

Ray Yee
Tucson, AZ

Fifth Place

Seth Krasne
Tucson, AZ

Sixth Place

Chuck Weaver
Sahuarita, AZ


Casino Del Sol Top 30 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Andreas Foulias $56,313 1,000
2. Don Sjulstad $28,157 750
3. Todd Lundwall $18,101 600
4. Ray Yee $14,078 450
5. Seth Krasne $12,067 400
6. Chuck Weaver $10,056 350
7. Daniel Mahler $8,045 300
8. James Fen $7,039 250
9. Ned Shabou $6,034 200
10. Michael Cole $5,028 150
11. Guido Frioli $4,022 100
12. Ron Frakes $3,520 95
13. Christian Garcia $3,017 90
14. Dennis Dubey $2,514 85
15. Nick Adanakis $2,011 80
16. Anthony Markz $1,609 75
17. Eric Stemp $1,609 70
18. Steve Cohn $1,609 65
19. Mike Sanchez $1,609 60
20. Larry Stavers $1,609 55
21. Alex Roberts $1,408 50
22. Steve Reed $1,408 45
23. Kenny Olmos $1,408 40
24. Darris Garman $1,408 35
25. Robert Mauser $1,408 30
26. Omar Taph $1,207 25
27. Alvaro Guesbio $1,207 20
28. Sarah Salam $1,207 15
29. Mike Halley $1,207 10
30. Robert Hezmig $1,207 5

Casino Del Sol Recap

The Heartland Poker Tour made its first ever stop in Arizona this past week and crowned a new HPT champion. Andreas Foulias, 53, Gilbert, AZ, took down the championship and close to $60,000. For Foulias, he’s proven to be the player to beat in Arizona, at least for 2007. Besides this most recent title, Foulias was the recent winner of the Arizona Poker Championship held in the Phoenix area this past August. With his latest win, Foulias plans to splurge the winnings and relax.

“This is very exciting” said Foulias. “I think I’m going to buy a car and then with the rest, nothing but fun stuff.”

Foulias was one of six Arizonians at the HPT final table, despite several players from all over the U.S. in the field. In the end, it was he and an old foe heads up for the HPT crown.

Foulias battled Don Sjulstad of Phoenix for the title. “I’ve played poker with Don for 14 years,” said Foulias. “We play together a lot at our home casino in Phoenix.”

That experience proved invaluable for Foulias. After several swings in the chip count, Foulias faced a re-raise all in by Sjulstad in the pivotal heads up hand when the two players were nearly exactly even in chips. After only a few seconds of deliberation, Foulias called the all in showing Qc9c as Sjulstad turned over 8d6d.

“I knew I had the best hand there,” said Foulias. “I’ve played with him a long time and I know something he doesn’t think I know. He has a tell that I remembered noticing 10 years ago.”

That hand crippled Sjulstad who was only left with $36,000 chips out of over 2M in play. It got somewhat interesting after that as Sjulstad doubled up four times in a row until finally losing when Foulias hit a set of deuces on the deciding hand.

“Maybe I should have been more patient” said Sjulstad. “He’d folded every other time when I went over the top of him like that."

For Sjulstad, it was still a nice cash for a trip to the HPT that coincided with a visit to his daughter, who’s in medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “I came to Tucson to see my daughter and play some poker,” said Sjulstad. “It all worked out pretty good.”

For the Heartland Poker Tour, there is one stop left on the 2007 schedule, the HPT Championship Open which starts next week at Majestic Star Casino in Gary Indiana. “It’s been a great year for us,” said HPT co-founder Greg Lang. “We’re looking forward to our championship event where we’re expecting our first million dollar prize pool.”

The 2008 HPT season is now set and will get under way in February at Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Minnesota. The entire 2008 schedule of events is available at

While the Casino Del Sol event was going on for the HPT in Arizona, another HPT veteran was having some success of his own in another part of the West. Mike Banducci, a two time HPT final tablist, finished sixth at the WSOP Circuit event in Lake Taho, NV. Banducci was eliminated by Chris Ferguson when Ferguson moved in on a draw and hit the river.

HPT Casino Del Sol

Total Prize Pool - $204,118

Total Main Event players 141