Colorado - Golden Gates Casino

Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Black Hawk, Colorado
April 9-22, 2012
 
Total Prize Pool: $1,231,500
Congratulations to Steen Ronlov for taking home the
 HPT Championship Jacket and $270,905! 


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Colorado - Golden Gates Casino Top 6

First Place

Steen Ronlov
Westminster, CO

$270,905
Second Place

Michael McCloud
Telluride, CO

$151,721
Third Place

Wesley Myers
Johnstown, CO

$98,274
Fourth Place

Julian Melancon
Farmington, NM

$80,048
Fifth Place

Michael Bonetto
Golden, CO

$63,792
Sixth Place

Franklin Pfeifer
Grand Junction, CO

$49,260

Colorado - Golden Gates Casino Top 81 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Steen Ronlov $270,905 50
2. Michael McCloud $151,721 45
3. Wesley Myers $98,274 40
4. Julian Melancon $80,048 38
5. Michael Bonetto $63,792 36
6. Franklin Pfeifer $49,260 28
7. Gil George $30,049 26
8. Dimitrios Andrianakos $27,709 24
9. Alex Defekce $24,630 22
10. Kory Mitchell $21,552 20
11. Marc Goldman $19,704 15
12. Robert Evans $18,473 14
13. Brian Gallegos $17,241 13
14. Nancy Todd $16,010 12
15. Michael Nguyen $14,778 11
16. Krzysztof Stybaniewicz $13,547 10
17. Glenn Steimer $12,315 9
18. Thomas Keriotis $11,330 8
19. Russell Hudson $9,114 6
20. Barry Faecher $8,375 5
21. McDonald Ledbetter $8,375 5
22. Don Patrick $8,375 5
23. Frank Hutfless $8,375 5
24. Phillip Dent $8,375 5
25. John Larson $7,266 5
26. Tom Lynde $7,266 5
27. Anton Meick $7,266 5
28. Francois Safieddine $7,266 5
29. Joseph Perna $7,266 5
30. Angel Howell $7,266 5
31. William Candelaria $6,035 5
32. Scott Smith $6,035 5
33. Rosie Paules $6,035 5
34. Zachary Schiffer $6,035 5
35. Robert Miller $6,035 5
36. Michael Otoole $6,035 5
37. Jeff Heiberg $6,035 5
38. Clinton Ferguson $4,680 5
39. Danny Vo $4,680 5
40. Jeremy Dresch $4,680 5
41. William Prieto $4,680 5
42. Charles Anderson $4,680 5
43. Sally Richman $4,680 5
44. James Lenagham $4,680 5
45. Virek Padmanabhan $4,680 5
46. Shawn Heidekrueger $3,818 5
47. Steve Rogowski $3,818 5
48. Lhakpa Bhuti $3,818 5
49. Stephen Porter $3,818 5
50. James Gaspard $3,818 5
51. Benjamin Mintz $3,818 5
52. George Clark $3,818 5
53. Sam Gurierrez $3,818 5
54. Jerry Wosk $3,818 5
55. Alan Karpelowitz $2,956 5
56. Garrett Crites $2,956 5
57. Feddie Hefley $2,956 5
58. Stephen Chavez $2,956 5
59. James Gerre $2,956 5
60. David Stratton $2,956 5
61. Andreas Ramadanis $2,956 5
62. Kelli Bernard $2,956 5
63. Thomas Starkey $2,956 5
64. Joshua Fussner $2,956 5
65. Christopher Hodgson $2,463 5
66. Jason Johnson $2,463 5
67. Eric Brosius $2,463 5
68. Shanon Grumland $2,463 5
69. Joseph Tosake $2,463 5
70. Peng Ung $2,463 5
71. Chad Bruntz $2,463 5
72. Cheryl Jones $2,463 5
73. Daniel Gray $2,463 5
74. Darren Hicks $2,463 5
75. John Green $2,463 5
76. Constantine Vianos $2,463 5
77. Gary Germann $2,463 5
78. Raymond Wright $2,463 5
79. William Givens $2,463 5
80. Brian Hartner $2,463 5
81. Charles Salwei $2,463 5

Colorado - Golden Gates Casino Recap

HPT Sets New Record in Colorado

Steen Ronlov Bests Field of 820 Players at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour

 

Black Hawk, CO – (April 23, 2012) After making headlines for delivering a million-dollar prize pool last October, the nationally-televised Heartland Poker Tour broke its own record this week at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, Colorado.  The Main Event in the scenic gaming community attracted 820 players, the largest field in HPT history and in the state of Colorado.  The $1.23 million-dollar prize pool exceeded all expectations for the popular biannual event at Golden Gates.  Ultimately, 67-year-old retiree Steen Ronlov of Westminster, Colorado took down the championship for $270,905 after investing just $360 in the tournament. 

 

Going into the Final Table, Ronlov said of his strategy, “I’m going to have fun, I’m going to do what I do, I’m going to be me.”  He added, “You have to learn to enjoy it, otherwise it’s a miserable game.”

 

No stranger to Golden Gates, HPT’s ten previous stops at the casino were hugely popular.  A new, highly-praised tournament structure with longer levels and re-entry availability likely helped to build the mile-high prize pool to unprecedented heights.  A handful of notable players made the trip to Black Hawk, including Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, Darvin Moon, and Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, who were all eliminated on Day One. 

 

“The entire team at Golden Gates looks forward to our HPT events,” said Gates General Manager Shannon Keel, “Not only is it an exciting time for our property and our players, but the HPT crew has become like family. Their grassroots background shows in everything they do.”

 

The Main Event looked like a tournament of champions with several past HPT champs hoping to reclaim their titles, including Kyle Simpson, Dash Dudley, Jeremy Dresch, Craig Casino, Andreas Ramadanis, William Givens and Matt Mason.  It was three-time champ Jeremy Dresch of Minnesota who gained the most traction, cashing in 41st place for $4,680.  Dresch will make his next attempt at a 4th HPT title next weekend at Canterbury Park Card Casino in Shakopee, MN.

 

Four of the Final Table players invested just $360 in the tournament, including runner-up Michael McCloud of Telluride, Colorado who earned $151,721.  “This is certainly a lot better than my home game,” said sixth-place finisher Frank Pfeifer.  The retired biologist turned $360 into $49,260.  “As everyone knows, there’s some luck involved in poker.  I got lucky a few times,” Pfeifer said of getting through the massive field.

 

Golden Gates regular Wes Myers of Johnstown, Colorado also turned $360 into a big payday, surviving to third place for $98,274.  Undeniably a great return on investment, the livestock trader estimated the prize money would buy “about 100 head in today’s market.”

The young gun at the table, 26-year-old Mike Bonetto, recently scored $63k when he finished second in another tournament.  As HPT’s fifth-place finisher Monday, he doubled his money, winning another $63,792.  “I’ve had a real good time,” he said, “I like the new structure.  The people have been great. I think I played well.”

 

In contrast, 40-year-old Julian “Logan Knight” Melancon was highly critical of his play after being eliminated in fourth place.  “Everything I did was wrong,” said the 40-year-old from New Mexico.  Melancon may take another shot when HPT visits his home state for the first time in July.  Despite his disappointment, an $80,048 boost to his bankroll means an overall positive experience.  “HPT is my favorite major tour,” he said.

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