HPT on the High Seas - Card Player Cruises

HPT on the High Seas with Card Player Cruises
Western Caribbean
January 28-February 4, 2017
Total Prize Pool: $116,400
Total Entrants: 120
Congratulations to Scott Waltenburg for winning $34,920
and the HPT title!

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HPT on the High Seas - Card Player Cruises Top 6

First Place

Scott Waltenburg
Northbrook, IL

Second Place

Mark Milam
Coral Springs, FL

Third Place

Eli Elezra
Las Vegas, NV

Fourth Place

Jacky DiMeglio
Bermuda, NA

Fifth Place

Alex Gem
Tampa, FL

Sixth Place

Mona Otto
Prescott Valley, AZ


HPT on the High Seas - Card Player Cruises Top 12 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Scott Waltenburg $34,920 0
2. Mark Milam $21,583 0
3. Eli Elezra $15,367 0
4. Jacky DiMeglio $11,163 0
5. Alex Gem $8,269 0
6. Mona Otto $6,243 0
7. Joel Tasman $4,802 0
8. Sheldon Johnston $3,761 0
9. Ron Schiffman $2,998 0
10. David Levi $2,432 0
11. Bob Hoag $2,432 0
12. Don Otto $2,432 0

HPT on the High Seas - Card Player Cruises Recap

Waltenburg Wins HPT at Sea

Eli Elezra among the final table participants

Western Caribbean (February 4, 2017) – Scott Waltenburg managed to turn a $250 investment into $34,920 by winning the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event – all while sailing through the Caribbean on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.

The cruise marked HPT’s fifth time teaming up with Card Player Cruises for a voyage at sea. The poker room aboard the ship was packed each day of the weeklong cruise, with cash games and tournaments running all day and night.

Over 450 guests signed up for the cruise and the $1100 Main Event drew 120 total entries. The field had a nice mix of seasoned pros, HPT regulars, and casual players. Orel Hershiser, Stan Jablonski, David Levi, and Barry Brown were a few of the notables who played.

For Waltenburg, the cash was the largest of his poker career. He won his seat into the event through a $250 qualifier. “I’m just as excited as could be. This is a great experience. Happy to be here and take this thing down,” said the champ after the win.

Mark Milam was the final competitor standing between Waltenburg and the title. The two battled back and forth heads up for over two hours of play before Waltenburg was able to send Milam to the rail. Milam, a consultant from Coral Springs, Florida, collected $21,583 for second place.

One of the highlights of the day for the champ was eliminating one of the game’s all-time greats, Eli Elezra. At times, the day seemed to belong to Elezra as he consistently faded outs and caught cards. In the end, his luck ran out and the Vegas pro went out in third place with $15,367.

Jacky DiMeglio quietly played his way to a great finish. The Bermuda man came into the six-handed Final Table with the second smallest stack of chips. He played well and hung around for a few hours, but still exited in fourth place. DiMeglio took home $11,163.

Electrical Engineer Alex Gem was playing in his first ever HPT event. The Tampa, Florida man made it one to remember by playing his way to a fifth-place finish, good enough for $8,269.

The crowd favorite at the final table was Card Player Cruises regular Mona Otto. The room erupted when her name was announced at the start of play. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards as she was the first player eliminated. Otto, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, earned $6,243 for sixth place.

“We’re going to go on a vacation at the end of the month,” Waltenburg said in his winner’s interview. “And then we’ll reinvest it back into the HPT”.

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