Missouri-River City Casino

River City Casino & Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri
November 1-11, 2013
Total Prize Pool: $604,800
Congratulations to Ari Engel for winning $142,125

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Missouri-River City Casino Top 9

First Place

Ari Engel
Las Vegas, NV

Second Place

Paul Fehlig
St. Louis, MO

Third Place

Jose Ivan Montes
Bronx, NY

Fourth Place

Jacob Bazeley
Cincinnati, OH

Fifth Place

Joseph Sanfilippo
St. Louis, MO

Sixth Place

Peter Brooks
St. Louis, MO

Seventh Place

Keith Brodie
Columbia, MO

Eighth Place

Andy Kazen
Chesterfield, MO

Ninth Place

Kyle Caslin
St. Louis, MO


Missouri-River City Casino Top 45 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Ari Engel $142,125 50
2. Paul Fehlig $87,696 45
3. Jose Ivan Montes $57,456 40
4. Jacob Bazeley $39,917 38
5. Joseph Sanfilippo $29,635 36
6. Peter Brooks $22,982 28
7. Keith Brodie $19,898 26
8. Andy Kazen $16,330 24
9. Kyle Caslin $13,306 22
10. Darryl Ronconi $10,584 20
11. Rick Gordon $10,584 15
12. Greg Masterson $10,584 14
13. Reginald Roberts $7,802 13
14. Patrick Fleming $7,802 12
15. Josh Tucker $7,802 11
16. Patricia Bott $5,806 10
17. Jessie Bryant $5,806 9
18. Joe Pulliam $5,806 8
19. Terry Stuhldreher $4,476 7
20. Tyler Hancock $4,476 6
21. Cody Brin $4,476 5
22. Daniel Chandler $4,476 5
23. John La Rose $4,476 5
24. William McCracken $4,476 5
25. John Kurfman $4,476 5
26. Phillip Schechter $4,476 5
27. Roy Egeditch $4,476 5
28. John Metheny $3,689 5
29. Mike Holm $3,689 5
30. Harold Evans $3,689 5
31. Bradley Widdows $3,689 5
32. John Holley $3,689 5
33. John Adams $3,689 5
34. Nathan Lansford $3,689 5
35. Roger Campbell $3,689 5
36. Adam Elpayaa $3,689 5
37. Ryan White $3,266 5
38. Garry Garrison $3,266 5
39. Amir Pelattini $3,266 5
40. Al Hencheck $3,266 5
41. Jian Zhang $3,266 5
42. Andrew Bolte $3,266 5
43. Joshua Turner $3,266 5
44. Brian Nguyen $3,266 5
45. Chris Louviere $3,266 5

Missouri-River City Casino Recap

Ari Engel Scores Biggest Career Win on HPT

30-year-old pro adds $142K to over $1.16 in career winnings


St. Louis, MO (November 12, 2013)- Las Vegas-based poker pro Ari Engel has made a name for himself in poker with 91 career cashes totaling over $1.16 million since 2006. His enviable live tournament resume includes 39 Final Tables and a dozen wins.  He’s got more World Series of Poker Circuit rings than he could wear on one hand. The 30-year-old has traveled the world collecting paychecks in London, Prague, and Manila, but it was a stop in America’s Heartland that earned him his biggest payday to date. Engel took down a record field at River City Casino and Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for $142,125 on the nationally-televised Heartland Poker Tour.


Engel’s pocket sevens ended his heads-up match with Paul Fehlig of St Louis in eight hands. The runner-up earned $87,696 for his national TV debut.     


All the way from Bronx, New York, Jose Ivan Montes saw the best ROI of the event. He turned a $60 satellite entry into $57,456 in third place.  The cash comes at a good time for Montes and his family with a baby on the way.


Stay-at-home dad Joseph Sanfilippo of St Louis plans to give his kids a great Christmas after his $200 investment took him to fifth place for $29,635. Another area player, Andy Kazen, turned $160 into $16,330 in eighth place.  Kazen is well-known in the St Louis poker scene for his radio program, “Two Guys Talking Poker.” 


Another recognizable player at Monday’s Final Table was Jacob Bazeley of Cincinnati. His poker resume includes over $1.1 million in career earnings, two wins, 21 Final Tables and 48 cashes.  HPT viewers will know him best from his heads-up match with Greg “Fossilman” Raymer at HPT’s Championship Open last year.  The battle resulted in Raymer’s historic fourth-straight win on HPT.  Bazeley fared better than Raymer this time around; he earned $39,917 in fourth place while the world champ was eliminated early in Day 2.


River City Casino’s new hotel and tournament reputation proved to be a draw for HPT’s latest event in St Louis.   Over 5,000 entries were sold in the series and the Main Event saw a 25 percent increase over the same stop last year.  “I think River City is probably the best casino in the area,” said Kazen of Two Guys Talking Poker, “They do the best job running an event.”


Raymer was one of many notable players who traveled cross country and left empty-handed, including Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Dennis Phillips, Stan Jablonski, and Craig Casino. The local grinders kept much of the $600k prize pool in St Louis.  Area business owner Peter Brooks collected $22,982 in sixth place one hand after another local entrepreneur, Keith Brodie, was eliminated in seventh place for $19,898. The first player to go was St Louis’s Kyle Caslin. He made the best of his day 2 short stack and ascended to ninth place for $13,306.


HPT anticipates field sizes will continue to grow for the rest of the 2013 tour after successful stops from St Louis to California this fall. The next champion will be named on Monday at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas.  Information about upcoming stops can be found at HPTpoker.com.