Turning Stone Resort & Casino Recap
A 21 year old internet pro took down the latest Heartland Poker Tour event and a first place prize of $90,773. Chris Dombrowski used a break between World Poker Tour events to play in his first HPT event. It turned out to be time well spent as he bested the field and got his best live cash to date.
“I was just playing a WPT event in Niagara Falls and was on my way to Foxwoods when my friend suggested we stop in New York and play in the HPT,” said Dombrowski. “I guess it worked out pretty well for me.”
Dombrowski, who is already a seasoned professional having made a living playing on-line poker for the last several years, is having a good year in live play as well, having four cashes in the World Series of Poker earlier this year. The young player credits his accomplishments to years of internet play where he logs at least 50 hours per week.
“To me, playing on-line poker is just like any other job,” said Dombrowski. “That’s the way I look at it. Of course there are bad days and good days playing for a living but fortunately the good days outweigh the bad ones.”
Joining Dombroski on the final table at Turning Stone were two HPT veterans. Newton “Tony” Graziano finished in second on the heels of his other HPT final table this past June. Bill Bostick, who recently took sixth at the HPT event in Mt. Pleasant Michigan, traveled to New York this past week for the latest HPT event and earned a 3rd place finish and his second final table of the season.
From here, the Heartland Poker Tour goes straight to Detroit, Michigan for the Greektown Mega Stack tournament which is already underway. Qualifiers for this event are running all week with the Main Event starting this weekend. Over 500 players are expected in the event which would make it one of the largest HPT events ever.