Running Aces Harness Park

The Card Room at Running Aces Harness Park
Columbus, Minnesota
November 5-17, 2008
Total Prize Pool: $326,332
702 players in Qualifiers; 226 players in the Main Event
Congrats to Corey Fromm taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $97,000!

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Running Aces Harness Park Top 6

First Place

Corey Fromm
Ham Lake, MN

Second Place

Patrick Seeb
St. Paul, MN

Third Place

Judd Greenagel
Minneapolis, MN

Fourth Place

Bill Allen
Eagan, MN

Fifth Place

Barry Schmiess
Fargo, ND

Sixth Place

Chad Ogle
Maple Grove, MN


Running Aces Harness Park Top 29 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Corey Fromm $97,000 1,000
2. Patrick Seeb $48,500 750
3. Judd Greenagel $29,100 600
4. Bill Allen $22,633 450
5. Barry Schmiess $19,400 400
6. Chad Ogle $16,167 350
7. Anda Gregory $11,317 300
8. Rob Wazwaz $9,700 250
9. Mark Fink $8,083 200
10. Doyle Rogers $6,467 150
11. Javier Suarez $5,497 100
12. Thomas Smith $4,850 95
13. Paul Gilbert, Jr. $4,203 90
14. Daniel Kallhof $3,557 85
15. Matthew Alexander $3,233 80
16. Tam Le $2,748 70
17. Maksim Slobodyanik $2,748 65
18. Kevin Hendricks $2,748 60
19. Naundra Ghanshiam $2,748 55
20. Ryan Johnson $2,199 50
21. Paul Pederson $2,199 45
22. John Alexander $2,199 40
23. Jeffery Henkel $2,199 35
24. Linda Coleman $2,199 30
25. Bounhume Thammavongsa $1,778 25
26. Gerald Durand $1,778 20
27. Jesse Olberding $1,778 15
28. Bobby Harris $1,778 10
29. Jason Sell $1,778 5

Running Aces Harness Park Recap

A cabinet maker, and part time poker player, took advantage of a chance casino visit to parlay a satellite win into an HPT championship and $97,000 over the weekend at Running Aces Harness Park, located a few miles north of the Twin Cities.

“This place is only a few miles from home so I decided to stop in last Friday and play a qualifier” said Corey Fromm, 36, a local business owner. “I was able to win my entry into the main event and here I am.”

Fromm entered the final table as chip leader and was able to navigate a very difficult final table that included a Judd Greenagel, former HPT champion, as well as Chad Ogle, a former Canterbury Park Main event Champion.

“I think this was the toughest field I’ve ever seen in Minnesota,” said eventual sixth place finisher Ogle. “We had a bunch of HPT champions here and some WSOP bracelet holders. It was a very tough.”

In all, 226 players played in the $1650 two day main event, ending two weeks of poker action at the sparkling new card club. Running Aces opened July 3rd of this year and is a harness racing park for part of the year and an impressive card club all year long, featuring over 20 poker tables as well as other table games and off track betting. This was the inaugural 10,000 Lakes Poker Championship, 14 days full of tournaments and qualifiers.

For the Heartland Poker Tour, the final event of the 2008 season is already under way at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, IN. Qualifiers are running now into the HPT Championship Open with the main event starting Friday November 21st. It promises to be one of the largest events of the season.

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