Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650 Recap
Doctor Puts on a
Clinic in Kansas City
McCracken wins $91k on HPT at Ameristar Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri (October
16, 2017) – Veterinarian William
McCracken ousted a field of 279 entries at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
this past weekend to win his first Heartland
Poker Tour (HPT) title along with $91,123.
“I’m just happy. It’s been a long time,” said Dr. McCracken on
his road to victory. “I’ve had several friends who have won.”
The Bolivar resident has nine previous cashes on his HPT resume,
dating back to 2009. Before Monday, he had never finished higher than eighth place.
The victory was the largest McCracken has seen in his days on the felt.
Hiteshew was the last man standing between McCracken and the title. The two
battled it out for nearly an hour before getting all of the chips into the
middle with nearly even stacks at the end on a six-two-two flop. McCracken held
seven-six for top pair and Hiteshew had the ace-king for two over cards. The
sixes held and the tournament was virtually over. McCracken took the remaining
chips on the next hand to make it official. Hiteshew collected $58,238 for his
“You can never give up. As long as you’ve got chips in front of
you, you’ve got a reasonable chance,” McCracken said after the win.
It was a day of ups and downs for the eventual winner, who looked
as though he was on the verge of being eliminated more than once during the
day. When play began, notable poker pro Nick
Jivkov held a commanding chip lead over his eight opponents. At times, the
Des Plaines, Illinois resident looked poised and ready to capture his first HPT
title. Ultimately, his luck ran out and Jivkov was sent to the rail in third
place with $39,024.
Local purchaser Christopher
Juul has played in several HPT events in the past, but has never seen as
much success as he did Monday. Juul, affectionately known as “Pug” by his poker
friends, had an overwhelming amount of support from the spectators’ rail. The
crowd erupted with excitement with each hand he won. In the end, the Kansas
City man was knocked out in fourth place for a $27,535 payday.
Shawnee, Kansas’s Jay
McVeigh has previous experience playing under the bright lights of an HPT
final table. The accountant finished sixth in last year’s event at Ameristar
Kansas City. McVeigh was able to improve on that result by one spot this time
around, going home in fifth place with $20,601.
Daniel Thomas took a break from his day job as a real estate investor to
enter the event. The Lincoln, Nebraska native made the best of his appearance
cashing for $16,640 in sixth place. Just before Thomas’s exit, Beau Wilshire was eliminated at the
hands of McCracken in seventh place for $13,866. Wilshire played his way to the
final table on a minimal investment of just $200.
In similar fashion, local man Joseph Maggio was also in for just $200. The airline employee got
tangled up early on in a huge hand with Jivkov. The two found themselves all in
for the chip lead with Maggio holding pocket aces to Jivkov’s queens. Maggio
was in good shape until the board brought a straight for Jivkov. That hand ended
the day for Maggio. He took home $11,489 for eighth place.
Michael Hahn was the lone past HPT champion at the final table.
Unfortunately for him, he started the day with the smallest stack. The
Indianapolis man got all his chips in the middle on the first hand and was
unable to double up. Hahn was the ninth-place finisher, good for $9,944.
The next HPT series will be in Daytona Beach,
Florida October 19-30. From there, the tour will make its way to Pennsylvania
for the first time. Visit HPTpoker.com
for a full list of upcoming tour stops.