Majestic Star Casinos

Majestic Star Casinos & Hotel
Gary, Indiana
April 17-28, 2008
 Total Prize Pool: $603,100
Congrats to 2007 POY James Mutchler taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $180,030!

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Majestic Star Casinos Top 6

First Place

James Mutchler
Brighton, CO

Second Place

Judi Bilar
Homer Glen, IL

Third Place

Nicholas Woolworth
Plainfield, IL

Fourth Place

Jeff Boehm
Bloomington, IL

Fifth Place

Scott Rokita
Willowbrook, IL

Sixth Place

Frank Rusnak
Chicago, IL


Majestic Star Casinos Top 31 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. James Mutchler $180,030 1,000
2. Judi Bilar $90,015 750
3. Nicholas Woolworth $54,009 600
4. Jeff Boehm $42,007 450
5. Scott Rokita $36,006 400
6. Frank Rusnak $30,005 350
7. David Baldwin $21,004 300
8. Fred Pavlich $18,003 250
9. Kurt Jewell $13,502 200
10. Anastas Mukoski $11,402 150
11. Mike Hirschensohn $9,902 100
12. Nicholas Zoretic $9,002 95
13. Richard Idrovo $7,801 90
14. Nathan Richmond $6,601 85
15. Edmond Mekertichian $6,001 80
16. Nathan Buttrey $5,041 75
17. Michael Farah $5,041 70
18. Albert Wojewnik $5,041 65
19. Jason Trezak $5,041 60
20. Puplik Duro $5,041 55
21. Mark Owens $3,961 50
22. Geremi Wicinski $3,961 45
23. Mike Hudson $3,961 40
24. Robert Wiacek $3,961 35
25. Njazi Hysenaj $3,961 30
26. John Gravagna $3,301 25
27. Frank Berrettoni $3,301 20
28. Juan Medina $3,301 15
29. Kevin Wilson $3,301 10
30. Joshua Shmerl $3,301 5
31. Anirudh Seth $3,301 0

Majestic Star Casinos Recap

On his fourth try at a Heartland Poker Tour final table, Colorado resident James Mutchler finally reached his goal today by winning his first HPT event and pocketing over $180,000 at the Majestic Star Casino.

“This is so awesome” said Mutchler. “I finally got the monkey off my back.”

Mutchler was named Player of the Year in 2007 on the Heartland Poker Tour when he final tabled three times during the ’07 season. After taking down today’s final table, besting over 300 players in the event, Mutchler is now in the lead for the 2008 POY.

It must have been in the cards for Mutchler who traveled to this event despite the fact that he and his fiancée were scheduled to close on a new home the same day as the HPT final table was due to happen.

“My fiancée and realtor both told me to make plans to be on the final table today” said Mutchler, who signed power of attorney documents just before leaving. “I was all set to fly home Sunday to be back in time for closing on my house. Guess it worked out for me.”

Mutchler and his new fiancée will have plenty of cash to furnish their new home in Brighton, Colorado. The $180,000 first place was one of the largest awarded on the Heartland Poker Tour.

Second place finisher Judi Bilar was all smiles at the end of the tournament as well after she entered the final table as one of the short stacks and still finished second, pocketing $90,000 for her efforts. Not bad for someone that was once told by a poker pro to quit the game.

“Twenty-five years ago someone told me to quit because I just wasn’t very good,” said Bilar. “I took his advice for a long time and started playing again after I retired. Guess I’m getting better.

It was another great event for the HPT and one of its favorite stops on the tour, Majestic Star Casino in Gary, IN. Thousands played in the two week event and the first flight got under way this past Friday. In all, there were 311 players in the HPT main event over the weekend.

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