Golden Gates Casino

Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Black Hawk, Colorado
September 20-October 5, 2008
Total Prize Pool: $582,600
1942 players in Qualifiers; 386 players in the Main Event
Congrats to Andreas Ramadanis taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $174,780!

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Golden Gates Casino Quick Summary

I told my girlfriend Id buy her a car if I won, said Ramadanis. Shes my lucky charm. I guess now well have to go shopping.

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Golden Gates Casino Top 6

First Place

Andreas Ramadanis
Denver, CO

Second Place

Kyle Orvis
Longmont, CO

Third Place

David Bellacose
Denver, CO

Fourth Place

Chuck Plante
Denver, CO

Fifth Place

Jeff Wright
Denver, CO

Sixth Place

Tracy Wittbecker
Erie, CO


Golden Gates Casino Top 40 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Andreas Ramadanis $174,780 1,000
2. Kyle Orvis $87,390 750
3. David Bellacose $52,434 600
4. Chuck Plante $40,782 450
5. Jeff Wright $34,956 400
6. Tracy Wittbecker $29,130 350
7. Daniel Montoya $19,692 300
8. Trent Kite $16,604 250
9. Scott Holtzer $11,943 200
10. Kurt Criter $9,904 150
11. Christopher Gamble $8,506 100
12. Cliff Waite $7,574 95
13. Steven Bondurant $6,700 90
14. Sunil Murray $5,709 85
15. Khoa Nguyen $5,127 80
16. Sheri Bishop $4,544 75
17. Derek Dillehay $4,544 70
18. William Mietz $4,544 65
19. Mark Herrera $4,544 60
20. James Bott $4,544 55
21. Frank Montelongo $3,146 50
22. Robert Lee $3,146 45
23. James Rice III $3,146 40
24. Doanh Tran $3,146 35
25. Randall Greaves $3,146 30
26. Adam Hudson $2,505 25
27. James Taylor $2,505 20
28. Joshua Rodri $2,505 15
29. Jerome Goldenberg $2,505 10
30. Casey Weston $2,505 5
31. Luis Rosa $2,214 0
32. Anthony Palladino $2,214 0
33. Donald Colburn $2,214 0
34. Christopher Ortiz $2,214 0
35. Christopher Drake $2,214 0
36. Joseph Leta, Jr. $1,864 0
37. John Reno $1,864 0
38. Kamuar Razavian $1,864 0
39. Timothy Watkins $1,864 0
40. Richard Stein $1,864 0

Golden Gates Casino Recap

A 31 year old sound engineer from Denver, Colorado rode a wave of prosperity to an HPT championship this evening and a first place prize $174,780. Andreas Ramadanis, whos largest tournament cash to date was only $500, parlayed a $340 qualifier entry into one of the largest cashes of the year on the HPT, winning the Mile High Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.

I told my girlfriend Id buy her a car if I won, said Ramadanis. Shes my lucky charm. I guess now well have to go shopping.

Once again it was an exciting atmosphere for two straight weeks during the Mile High Poker Open as thousands of players played in satellites and qualifiers, with the hope of taking down the top prize. Golden Gates ran over 500 single table satellites over the two week period, with a total of 1942 players competing in the popular HPT qualifiers throughout the week. Advancing in the qualifiers is the only way to make it to the main event in Colorado where gaming laws prohibit direct buys into the finale. In all, 386 players made it to the main event, making it one of the largest tournaments in Colorado history.

With his girlfriend Kortni watching casually from the front row, Ramadanis entered the final table as chip leader and never looked back, riding a run of good cards and good flops. One pivotal hand occurred early in the match when Ramadanis flopped a set of sevens and knocked out one of his nearest competitors.

Yeah it was unreal, said Ramadanis. I just kept getting great flops. The set was huge, and a couple hands before that I won a big pot when I flopped a straight holding 9-6. It was a great night.

Ramadanis said emphatically that hes planning to have a really good time with his new found cash before dedicating some to bills.

The Heartland Poker Tour is in the homestretch for season four with a breakneck schedule over the next seven weeks. Here is the upcoming schedule for the rest of 2008.

Turning Stone Resort & Casino Verona, New York, October 10th to 20th

Greektown Casino Detroit, MI, October 17th 26th

Meskwaki Casino Tama, Iowa, November 2nd 9th

Running Aces Card Club Columbus, MN, November 9th 17th

Majestic Star Casinos Gary, IN (year end HPT Championship Open), November 12th 24th

HPT officials say the 2009 season is nearing completion and will be ready for release within the next couple weeks.