St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles
St. Charles, MO
September 20-October 2, 2017
Total Prize Pool: $479,960
Total Entrants: 338
Congratulations to Matt Paten for winning $110,386
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650 Quick Summary

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St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650 Top 9

First Place

Matthew Paten
St. Charles, MO

Second Place

Craig Casino
Winfield, IL

Third Place

Tom Morse
Wentzville, MO

Fourth Place

Jeffrey Cremer
Jefferson City, MO

Fifth Place

Paul McGuire
St. Louis, MO

Sixth Place

Brock McCoy
St. Charles, MO

Seventh Place

T.M. Williams
Indianapolis, IN

Eighth Place

Ted Forshey
De Soto, KS

Ninth Place

Derek Schroeder
St. Charles, MO


St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650 Top 36 Finishers

PlacePlayerCashPoints Earned
1. Matthew Paten $110,386 0
2. Craig Casino $69,882 0
3. Tom Morse $46,796 0
4. Jeffrey Cremer $32,637 0
5. Paul McGuire $24,478 0
6. Brock McCoy $19,198 0
7. T.M. Williams $16,223 0
8. Ted Forshey $13,439 0
9. Derek Schroeder $11,567 0
10. Oldrich Skala $9,119 0
11. David Simon $9,119 0
12. Reginald Roberts $9,119 0
13. Edward Sebesta $6,863 0
14. Scott Sisler $6,863 0
15. Mike Puccio $6,863 0
16. David Coffman $5,376 0
17. Melissa Bryne $5,376 0
18. Donald Baumer $5,376 0
19. Roger Campbell $4,320 0
20. Patrick Lawson $4,320 0
21. Robert West $4,320 0
22. Matthew Donaldson $4,320 0
23. Darrell Haywood $4,320 0
24. Cliff Schinkoeth $4,320 0
25. Michael Hahn $4,320 0
26. Salvatore DiCarlo $4,320 0
27. Brian Koch $4,320 0
28. Ben Castle $3,600 0
29. John Scognamiglio $3,600 0
30. Benjamin Geismano $3,600 0
31. Jay Friedman $3,600 0
32. Robert Ormont $3,600 0
33. Bradley Beetz $3,600 0
34. William McCracken $3,600 0
35. Paul Keesee $3,600 0
36. Mark Koeln $3,600 0

St. Louis, MO - Ameristar St Charles - $1,650 Recap

Paten Wins Six Figures on HPT in St. Louis

Hometown man 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 last.

“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 coaster hands.

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