Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650

Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
October 5-16, 2017
Total Prize Pool: $396,180
Total Entrants: 279
Congratulations to William McCracken for winning $91,123
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650 Quick Summary

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Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650 Top 9

First Place

William McCracken
Bolivar, MO

Second Place

Travis Hiteshew
Springfield, MO

Third Place

Nick Jivkov
Des Plaines, IL

Fourth Place

Christopher Juul
Kansas City, MO

Fifth Place

Jay McVeigh
Shawnee, KS

Sixth Place

Daniel Thomas
Lincoln, NE

Seventh Place

Beau Wilshire
Shawnee, KS

Eighth Place

Joe Maggio
Kansas City, MO

Ninth Place

Michael Hahn
Carmel, IN


Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650 Top 31 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. William McCracken $91,123 0
2. Travis Hiteshew $58,238 0
3. Nick Jivkov $39,024 0
4. Christopher Juul $27,535 0
5. Jay McVeigh $20,601 0
6. Daniel Thomas $16,640 0
7. Beau Wilshire $13,866 0
8. Joe Maggio $11,489 0
9. Michael Hahn $9,944 0
10. Reginald Roberts $7,726 0
11. Shannan Roberts $7,726 0
12. Matthew Paten $7,726 0
13. Zachary Campbell $5,665 0
14. Ryan Ramsdell $5,665 0
15. Lee Johnson Jr $5,665 0
16. David Mohan $4,952 0
17. Seth Evans $4,952 0
18. Mary Martin $4,952 0
19. Tajesh Patel $4,437 0
20. Jeff Soffer $4,437 0
21. Ronald Ong $4,437 0
22. Douglas Miller $4,160 0
23. Omer Miller $4,160 0
24. Ted Forshey $4,160 0
25. Robert Geith $4,160 0
26. Greg Radosh $4,160 0
27. Julian Black $4,160 0
28. Greg Jennings $3,605 0
29. Ben McCabe $3,605 0
30. Jon Lawson $3,605 0
31. Cliff Schinkoeth $3,605 0

Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Kansas City - $1,650 Recap

Doctor Puts on a Clinic in Kansas City

William 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.

Springfield’s Travis 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 runner-up finish.

“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.

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