Turning Stone Resort & Casino

 
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Verona, New York
June 21-29, 2008
 
 
 Total Prize Pool: $375,000
Congrats to Dan Smith taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $101,960!
 

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Turning Stone Resort & Casino Quick Summary

“My buddies talked me into coming out here this weekend. I guess it worked out pretty good for me.”

Please check out the full event write up below.


Turning Stone Resort & Casino Top 6

First Place

Dan Smith
Manalapan, NJ

$101,960
Second Place

Nicholas Tollefson
Mountain Top, PA

$62,710
Third Place

Greg Miller
Corning, NY

$39,395
Fourth Place

Carl Doyon
Montreal, QC

$28,045
Fifth Place

Tony Graziano
Cheektowaga, NY

$20,442
Sixth Place

Garen Nichanian
Montreal, QC

$15,714

Turning Stone Resort & Casino Top 30 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Dan Smith $101,960 1,000
2. Nicholas Tollefson $62,710 750
3. Greg Miller $39,395 600
4. Carl Doyon $28,045 450
5. Tony Graziano $20,442 400
6. Garen Nichanian $15,714 350
7. Dennis Dubey $12,840 300
8. Matthew Wolfson $10,840 250
9. G.J. Chamberlain $8,984 200
10. David Grana $7,165 150
11. Matthew Mendez $5,347 100
12. Ryan Macek $4,983 95
13. Robert Brown $4,620 90
14. Dale Remington $4,255 85
15. Shirley Wright $3,892 80
16. Kevin Evoy $3,528 75
17. Kalen Carslaw $3,165 70
18. Derek Hayes $2,800 65
19. Rob Gilbert $2,437 60
20. Patrick White $2,073 55
21. Lucio Procopio $1,891 50
22. Michael Liscio $1,891 45
23. Jason Case $1,891 40
24. Thomas Tibbs $1,891 35
25. Arthur Demmerly $1,891 30
26. Levon Dedeyan $1,820 25
27. Ryan Torgersen $1,820 20
28. Wayne Emmons $1,820 15
29. Daniel Freshman $1,820 10
30. Emil Lebovich $1,820 5

Turning Stone Resort & Casino Recap

Dan Smith, a 19 year old University of Maryland student, was the last man standing today at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York, pocketing over $100,000 for his efforts by capturing the Heartland Poker Tour title. Smith basically went wire to wire in the tournament, establishing an early chip lead on day one of the event, and riding it to victory, besting 250 total players in the HPT main event that started Saturday morning. For Smith it was his first tournament cash in a live poker event at the 18 and over casino.

“I actually wanted to stay home and go to the beach,” said Smith. “My buddies talked me into coming out here this weekend. I guess it worked out pretty good for me.”

Smith, a diehard New York Yankees fan, was wearing his lucky Yanks Jaba Chamberlain jersey for the event.

“I just bought this jersey a couple weeks ago,” said Smith. “Chamberlain is a nasty pitcher and I wanted to be play poker like he pitches…nasty.”

For the Heartland Poker Tour, Smith is just the latest in a long line of “real people” to win an HPT event and take home “unreal” money. Smith says he plans to use his winnings to finish paying for his education.

Next up for the HPT is a return trip to the Majestic Star Casinos in Gary, Indiana. Qualifiers for that event start July 19th.

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