Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

 
Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Tama, Iowa
March 2-9, 2008
 
 Total Prize Pool: $271,881
Congrats to Jesse Green taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $80,664!
 

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Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Top 6

First Place

Jesse Green
Harcourt, IA

$80,664
Second Place

Mark Cornelius
Cedar Falls, IA

$40,332
Third Place

Pat Schroeder
Norfolk, NE

$24,199
Fourth Place

Dan Quade
St. Cloud, MN

$18,822
Fifth Place

Dave Westrum
Delano, MN

$16,133
Sixth Place

Larry Barbetta
Wayzata, MN

$13,444

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Top 30 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Jesse Green $80,664 1,000
2. Mark Cornelius $40,332 750
3. Pat Schroeder $24,199 600
4. Dan Quade $18,822 450
5. Dave Westrum $16,133 400
6. Larry Barbetta $13,444 350
7. Cale Logsden $9,411 300
8. Michael Anderson $8,066 250
9. Zachery Mohn $6,722 200
10. Edward Nassif $5,378 150
11. Bradley Smith $4,571 100
12. Stephannie Childs $4,033 95
13. David Kolsrud $3,495 90
14. Mike Halley $2,958 85
15. David Grandstaff $2,689 80
16. Ray Babb $2,285 75
17. Greg Gervais $2,285 70
18. Allen Calhoun $2,285 65
19. Derek Gardner $2,285 60
20. Jared Kenworthy $2,285 55
21. Chris Pierce $1,828 50
22. Dennis Dubey $1,828 45
23. James Mutchler $1,828 40
24. Michael Urbain $1,828 35
25. Jason Bender $1,828 30
26. Tim Godfrey $1,479 25
27. Jim Godfrey $1,479 20
28. John Walsh $1,479 15
29. Vong Long $1,479 10
30. Travis Janko $1,479 5

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Recap

Jesse Green was supposed to be in Cancun, Mexico. Instead, he decided to spend his vacation near his home town playing in the Heartland Poker Tournament at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa.

“This was really awesome,” said Green, 23, a local farmer from Harcourt, Iowa. “And it was especially great that my dad could be here to watch the whole thing.”

Green went on to describe how, while growing up on the farm and trapped indoors due to the weather, his father and brother would play seven card stud.

“I owe it all to my dad, he taught me the game,” said Green.

Green outlasted a main event field of 189 players, earning the championship and a first place prize of $80,664, plus a champions package of $3,000.

It didn’t come easy. With his Dad watching from the front row, Green entered the final table as the chip leader but quickly found himself playing the role of underdog. The trip to victory was nothing short of a roller coaster for Green who at one point found himself with a mere handful of chips, completely dominated by the remaining players. After some fortunate flops and some raw aggression, Green clawed his way back into contention, finally taking down the championship when his pocket deuces held up on the final hand, in the wee hours of the Iowa morning.

Next on the HPT schedule is a return trip to Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, home of one of the best tournaments on the HPT schedule. Qualifiers for that event begin March 29th.

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