Golden Gates Casino

 
Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Black Hawk, Colorado
March 28 - April 13, 2008
 
 Total Prize Pool: $602,700
Congrats to Mike Thulson taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $180,810!
 
 

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Golden Gates Casino Quick Summary

Another "Rocky Mountain High" in Colorado

Please check out the full event write up below.


Golden Gates Casino Top 6

First Place

Mike Thulson
Centennial, CO

$180,810
Second Place

Michael Pempin
Strongsville, OH

$90,405
Third Place

Xue Vang
Thornton, CO

$54,243
Fourth Place

Brian Johnson
Grand Forks, ND

$42,189
Fifth Place

John Reno
Commerce City, CO

$36,162
Sixth Place

Mark Herrera
Denver, CO

$30,135

Golden Gates Casino Top 40 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Mike Thulson $180,810 1,000
2. Michael Pempin $90,405 750
3. Xue Vang $54,243 600
4. Brian Johnson $42,189 450
5. John Reno $36,162 400
6. Mark Herrera $30,135 350
7. Ted Shenefelt $20,371 300
8. Robert Renemans $17,177 250
9. Craig Martin $12,355 200
10. James Ballard $10,246 150
11. Amy Van Orman $8,799 100
12. John Kerrins $7,835 95
13. Anthony Delphia $6,931 90
14. Rodger Johnson $5,906 85
15. Dennis Sharp $5,304 80
16. William Duran $4,701 75
17. Edward Zamudio $4,701 70
18. Clinton Ferguson $4,701 65
19. Xavier Garcia $4,701 60
20. Jordon Meylan $4,701 55
21. Shawn Shymanski $3,255 50
22. John Edwards $3,255 45
23. Aric Mann $3,255 40
24. Adam Hudson $3,255 35
25. Daniel Montoya $3,255 30
26. Warren Phelps $2,592 25
27. Margaret Macrae $2,592 20
28. David Gomez $2,592 15
29. Jeff Wright $2,592 10
30. Michael Jones $2,592 5
31. Marilyn Barr $2,290 0
32. Michael Caplinger $2,290 0
33. Randy Lavalleur $2,290 0
34. Mike Hackenberger $2,290 0
35. Patrick Davey $2,290 0
36. Isaac Kirchner $1,929 0
37. Roger Lim $1,929 0
38. Clarence Medina $1,929 0
39. Michael Farnham $1,929 0
40. Dennis Simmons $1,929 0

Golden Gates Casino Recap

Keeping with the tradition of “real people, unreal money” the Heartland Poker Tour today awarded a monster first place prize of over $180,000 to a kitchen designer from Denver, Colorado.

“I had such a great time,” beamed Michael Thulson, a 49 year old kitchen designer and part time poker player. “Who could have thought this would happen.”

Thulson entered the final table as the chip leader and used a combination of power poker and a few lucky breaks to take down the HPT championship. Now Thulson, whose largest tournament cash prior to this was $2,000, has to make good on the promise he made to his wife which was to buy her a horse if he won the tournament.

Thulson was one of thousands of players who came to Black Hawk during the two week tournament, creating the largest prize pool in Colorado history.

“What a phenomenal event,” said HPT co-founder Todd Anderson. “All I can say is the people in Colorado really love their poker. This is why we come here twice a year.”

Thousands and thousands played in satellites and qualifiers, producing a main event that had to be held in three separate flights, totaling 402 entries, and a prize pool of over $600,000.

The Heartland Poker Tour marches on as the fourth event of the new season gets under way April 17th at Majestic Star Casinos in Gary, Indiana. Expectations are high going into the spring event at Majestic where a prize pool of over $1M is anticipated.
 
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