Greektown Casino

 
Greektown Casino
Detroit, Michigan
May 31 - June 8, 2008
 
 Total Prize Pool: $717,100
Congrats to Bob Buxman taking home the "HPT Champion Jacket" and $214,230!
 

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Greektown Casino Quick Summary

“We couldn’t be happier,” said Ed White, poker room manager at Greektown casino. “This was our first event with the Heartland Poker Tour and we already set an attendance record.

Please check out the full event write up below.


Greektown Casino Top 6

First Place

Bob Buxman
Hemlock, MI

$214,230
Second Place

Ray Putrus
West Bloomfield, MI

$107,115
Third Place

Anis Sayed
Ann Arbor, MI

$64,269
Fourth Place

Jeremy Wagner
Harrison Township, MI

$49,987
Fifth Place

Mike Sopko
Keego Harbor, MI

$42,846
Sixth Place

Brett Faustman
Fowlerville, MI

$35,705

Greektown Casino Top 48 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Bob Buxman $214,230 1,000
2. Ray Putrus $107,115 750
3. Anis Sayed $64,269 600
4. Jeremy Wagner $49,987 450
5. Mike Sopko $42,846 400
6. Brett Faustman $35,705 350
7. Ryan Pham $22,566 300
8. Ryan Kosecki $19,281 250
9. Peter Males, Jr. $13,711 200
10. Ben Castle $11,354 150
11. Matthew Newton $9,640 100
12. David West $8,783 95
13. Richard Rice $7,712 90
14. Patrick Akerley $6,641 85
15. Richard Saintlouis $5,856 80
16. Cy Spinler $5,070 75
17. Ryan Henline $4,927 70
18. Saimir Kadiu $4,570 65
19. Kevin Ray $4,499 60
20. Orlando Cognetto $3,999 55
21. Aaron Robinson $3,428 50
22. Brandon Lamrock $3,428 45
23. Monte Hoover $3,428 40
24. Nemer Haddad $3,428 35
25. Kenneth Basmadjian $3,428 30
26. Moustapha Ahmad $2,856 25
27. Artis Slater $2,856 20
28. Jeffrey Patricca $2,856 15
29. David Nagey $2,856 10
30. Aaron Clark $2,856 5
31. Anthony Lupo $2,642 0
32. Gary Champine $2,642 0
33. Jason Federoff $2,642 0
34. Brett Kodet $2,642 0
35. Robert Emery $2,642 0
36. Victor Marzouq $2,142 0
37. Eric Stocz $2,142 0
38. Robert Constable $2,142 0
39. Kevin Stefut $2,142 0
40. James Courtney $2,142 0
41. Joshua McNaughton $1,999 0
42. Brian Warnimont $1,999 0
43. David Lankford $1,999 0
44. Thamer Kato $1,999 0
45. Jon Hoellein $1,999 0
46. Brian Pietrzak $1,999 0
47. Mike Halley $1,999 0
48. Brian Carter $1,999 0

Greektown Casino Recap

The largest poker event in Michigan history concluded tonight as Greektown casino hosted its first ever Heartland Poker Tour event, crowning a new champion in the most attended field in HPT history. Bob Buxman, a retired General Motors employee, outlasted 484 entrants into the main event, taking down $214,230 in prize money.

For the majority of the final table, play was dominated by local favorite Raid “Ray” Putrus, who eliminated four players cruising to a huge chip lead. Cheered on by his buddies, an unlit cigar ever present between his teeth, Putrus looked to be on his way to a coronation right up until the very end. Buxman meanwhile, stayed patient and avoided big pots against the chip leader and found himself head up against Putrus trailing 6 to 1 in chips.

The key hand for Buxman occurred early in heads up play. Both players hit a miracle gut shot straight draw on the river and got it all in, only Buxman’s straight was one card higher and he doubled up, making it a horse race again. Everything went his way after that and his patience paid off, making him the newest HPT champion.

“This is really great” said Buxman. “I’m going use the money to pay off some bills, help out the kids, then I’m going to Vegas to have some fun.”

For Putrus, it was bittersweet as he looked nearly invincible all day long, promising to light his cigar only when the championship was his. In the end it wasn’t to be, but he’s still over 100k richer for his efforts.

Included in the all Michigan final table was a very recent World Poker Tour Champion. Brett Faustman, winner of the Tunica WPT event, made the final table saying he wanted to be the first winner of both the HPT and WPT. He came close, finishing in sixth place.

This was the first of several trips to Greektown casino located in a beautiful part of downtown Detroit. Despite competing against the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Greektown drew record crowds for the tournament. Thousands of players played in satellites and qualifiers. The main event had to be spread over three flights to fit everyone into the tournament.

“We couldn’t be happier,” said Ed White, poker room manager at Greektown casino. “This was our first event with the Heartland Poker Tour and we already set an attendance record. We can’t wait for October when the HPT comes back to downtown Detroit.”


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