Nevada-Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower
Las Vegas, Nevada
November 7-17, 2013
Total Prize Pool: $510,615
Congratulations to Richard Lyndaker for winning $122,549
and the HPT Championship Package!

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Nevada-Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower Top 9

First Place

Richard Lyndakar
Lowville, NY

Second Place

Steve Patch
Colorado Springs, CO

Third Place

Cory Waaland
Wilmington, NC

Fourth Place

Shaun Suller
Honolulu, HI

Fifth Place

Timothy West
Los Altos, CA

Sixth Place

Tony Cuppone
Nantucket, MA

Seventh Place

Ed Liu
Seattle, WA

Eighth Place

Dan Alspach
Las Vegas, NV

Ninth Place

Dylan Hortin
Las Vegas, NV


Nevada-Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower Top 36 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Richard Lyndakar $122,548 50
2. Steve Patch $74,346 45
3. Cory Waaland $49,785 40
4. Shaun Suller $34,722 38
5. Timothy West $26,041 36
6. Tony Cuppone $20,425 28
7. Ed Liu $17,259 26
8. Dan Alspach $14,297 24
9. Dylan Hortin $12,255 22
10. Olav Prinz von Sachsen $9,702 20
11. Michael Benvenuti $9,702 15
12. Wendy Freedman $9,702 14
13. Daniel O'Brien $7,302 13
14. Jay Ginsbach $7,302 12
15. Travis Schumaker $7,302 11
16. Dennis Phillips $5,566 10
17. Robert McVeigh $5,566 9
18. Justin Young $5,566 8
19. Robert Reints $4,340 7
20. Allen Kessler $4,340 6
21. Jeffrey Swetow $4,340 5
22. Derek Wolters $4,340 5
23. Trevor Pope $4,340 5
24. Larissa Bushman $4,340 5
25. Andrew Ostapchenko $4,340 5
26. Jorge Walker $4,340 5
27. Mike Simon $4,340 5
28. Joshua Sayat $3,574 5
29. Mansour Alipourfard $3,574 5
30. Christina Lindley $3,574 5
31. Anthony Gareano $3,574 5
32. Truman Walker $3,574 5
33. Donald Henzlik $3,574 5
34. John Mosbach $3,574 5
35. Christopher Valdez $3,574 5
36. Erica Schoenberg $3,574 5

Nevada-Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower Recap

Lyndaker Claims First Career Title on HPT


Las Vegas, NV (November 19, 2013) In 2008, Richard Lyndaker transitioned from being a college student to a professional poker player. Although he has accumulated over a million dollars in winnings, there was still something missing from his resume five years later: a win.  That changedMonday night when the Lowville, New York man earned his first championship title at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower, and he did it at his first-ever televised Final Table.  When the episodes air early next year, over 160 million households worldwide can tune in to see Lyndaker win $122,549 on Heartland Poker Tour


The heads-up battle saw Lyndaker win every all-in situation, three of which had him at risk. In the fourth, he had the chip lead and the lead in the hand with his king-six over Steven Patch's nine-eight. A six on the flop only improved Lyndaker's hand, while Patch didn't catch a single card to stay alive. Patch of Colorado Springs, Colorado collected $74,346 as the runner-up.


HPT’s first event at the iconic Stratosphere drew 353 players in the Main Event from throughout the United States and beyond.  The tournament attracted some of poker’s most elite players to the Stratosphere for the first time. Dennis Phillips, Dan O’Brien, and Allen Kessler all earned respectable paychecks. Scotty Nguyen, Layne Flack, and Hoyt Corkins advanced to Day 2 but fell short of the money.


A popular tournament structure designed by pro Daniel Negreanu attracted notable players to HPT stops throughout the year. Gavin Smith, Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, and Kessler are already committed to play HPT’s next stop at Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt Pleasant, Michigan next weekend. 


“My first impression of the field was that it was a pretty tough one for this buy-in,” said Lyndaker, “although I wasn’t very intimidated.”


Dan Alspach wasn’t intimidated either. The Vegas pro made his second HPT Final Table appearance and collected $14,297 in eighth place.  “The field was stacked with people that I know very well,” he said, “and I know how they play.”


Eight states were represented at the nine-handed Final Table. Cory Waaland of Wimington, North Carolina circled the date on his calendar months ago, telling his friends he was going to Las Vegas to win an HPT Main Event. He was not disappointed with a third place finish worth $49,785.


Shaun Suller’s trip from Honolulu, Hawaii was worthwhile after a fourth-place finish netted him $34,722.  He narrowly avoided an earlier demise when Tony Cuppone of Nantucket, Massachusetts moved all-in with ace-six. Both Suller and Lyndaker held ace-king.  A two-heart flop brought Lyndaker a flush draw that could have eliminated both Suller and Cuppone. Another heart did not come, saving Suller who chopped the pot with Lyndaker. Cuppone collected $20,425 for his sixth-place finish. Suller went on to eliminate HPT Final Table veteran Tim West of Los Altos, Californiain fifth place for $26,041.


Suller was also responsible for the first elimination of the day. Vegas pro Dylan Hortin moved all-in after the flop with pocket aces.  Suller called with a pair of jacks and a jack on the board.  When an ace did not come on the turn or river, Hortin picked up $12,255 in ninth place.


Like Lyndaker, Ed Liu from Seattle, Washington started his poker career straight out of college.  His paycheck Monday totaled $17,259 for a seventh-place finish.  “Being a professional poker player has a lot of ups and downs,” he said, “but it’s been pretty fun so far.”