St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650 Recap
Paten Wins Six Figures
on HPT in St. Louis
bests field of 338 at Ameristar St. Charles
St. Charles, Missouri (October
5, 2017) – Matt Paten
nearly quadrupled his career earnings total Monday when he won the Heartland
Poker Tour (HPT) main event at Ameristar St. Charles for $110,386. The St.
Charles man defeated a field of 338 entries and his toughest opponent was his
“It feels great,” said Paten in his post-game interview with HPT’s
Jaymz Larson. “It was an excellent day.”
In the end, Paten found himself heads up against HPT’s most
winningest player, Craig “The Legend”
Casino. With two wins, 11 final
tables, 28 cashes and $741,733 in earnings, Casino holds all of the tour’s top
records. Heads up play was fast and furious and it was all over in four roller
The certified arborist from Winfield, Illinois doubled up right
away to take a small chip lead on Paten. The third hand, however, saw the two
get all the chips in the middle after the river with Casino holding a set of sixes
to Paten’s seven-high straight. That hand left Casino with just a few blinds
and it was all over on the next hand. The second-place finish pads an already impressive
career at the felt for Casino. He earned $69,882 for that finish.
“He owned me all day and he played great,” Casino said of the
new champion. “He deserved the win.”
Past HPT champion Tom
Morse came into the day with a commanding chip lead and for a while it
looked as though he would repeat his victory. Morse won this event at Ameristar
St. Charles back in April. Ultimately, the computer programmer from
Chesterfield fell just short, finishing in third place for a $46,796 payday.
The 12-day series at Ameristar St. Charles was a success. Over
3,400 participants took part in the events with nearly $1 million dollars in total
prize pool money awarded. HPT will return to the St. Louis area property for
its year-ending Championship Open November 29-December 12.
Jefferson City native Jeff
Cremer made his way into the event on a $375 investment. Cremer won his
seat through a qualifier earlier in the week and rode his luck all the way to fourth
place. That finish was good for $32,637.
Paul McGuire has played in several HPT side events before, but this was his
first time playing in the main event. McGuire, who works in sales by trade,
made the most of it by climbing his way to a fifth-place finish. He collected
$24,478 for his efforts.
The award for most resilient player of the day goes to Brock McCoy. The self employed St.
Charles man came into the day with the second-smallest stack but refused to be
eliminated. McCoy found himself at risk several times throughout the day, but
seemed to always find a way to survive. Ultimately, he was sent to the rail by
Paten. Much like Cremer, McCoy only had $375 invested in the tournament. He
parlayed that into $19,198 when he took sixth place.
Business owner T.M.
Williams quietly played his way to a seventh-place finish. Williams, from
Indianapolis, Indiana, would go home with $16,223. Shortly before his exit, the
colorful Ted Forshey was knocked out
in eighth place with $13,439. Forshey is from De Soto, Kansas. He vowed to get
his revenge in HPT’s upcoming event at Ameristar Kansas City.
The first player eliminated Monday was web developer Derek Schroeder. The St. Charles
resident has seen much success on HPT. This was his second time playing under
the lights of a final table. He’ll have to wait until next time for a shot at
the title as he went out in ninth place and earned $11,567.
HPT’s next series kicks off this weekend in
Kansas City. From there, the tour travels to Florida before heading north for
its first ever event in Pennsylvania. For a look at the full schedule of
upcoming events, visit HPTpoker.com