California - The Commerce Casino Los Angeles

The Commerce Casino
Commerce, California
September 4-21, 2014
Total Prize Pool: $845,350
Congratulations to Jonathan Chen for winning $159,780
and the HPT Championship Package!

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California - The Commerce Casino Los Angeles Top 9

First Place

Jonathan Chen
Alameda, CA

Second Place

David Rosenbloom
Los Angeles, CA

Third Place

Daniel Geyser
Redondo Beach, CA

Fourth Place

Bruce Kramer
Westminster, CA

Fifth Place

Peter Hengsakul
Pasadena, CA

Sixth Place

Chris Hyden
Laguna Beach, CA

Seventh Place

Ron Jenkins
Los Angeles, CA

Eighth Place

Jeff Madsen
Santa Monica, CA

Ninth Place

Gary Hawkins
Long Beach, CA


California - The Commerce Casino Los Angeles Top 72 Finishers

1. Jonathan Chen $159,780
2. David Rosenbloom $112,010
3. Daniel Geyser $72,020
4. Bruce Kramer $53,340
5. Peter Hengsakul $39,990
6. Chris Hyden $32,040
7. Ron Jenkins $26,710
8. Jeff Madsen $21,300
9. Gary Hawkins $15,980
10. David Levi $11,750
11. Patrick Ray $11,750
12. Jesse McVicker $11,750
13. Eric Hershler $9,550
14. Lance Allred $9,550
15. Andrei Oprea $9,550
16. Behzad Teranie $8,200
17. Kai Yang $8,200
18. David Baker $8,200
19. Jeffrey Loiacono $7,190
20. Chi Nguyen $7,190
21. Neo Hoang $7,190
22. Thu Nguyen $6,420
23. Patrick Biancone $6,420
24. Michael Rocco $6,420
25. Michael Schwartz $5,660
26. Corey Emery $5,660
27. Dana Kellstrom $5,660
28. Nam Le $4,900
29. Seung Lee $4,900
30. Steven Firestone $4,900
31. Xuan Nguyen $4,900
32. Macradij Yacoubian $4,900
33. Christopher DeMaci $4,900
34. Tyler Cormney $4,900
35. Shawn Motameni $4,900
36. Kegham Dawidian $4,900
37. Bobby Suer $4,230
38. Erik Velie $4,230
39. Tony Gordy $4,230
40. Stan Jablonski $4,230
41. Joel Kop $4,230
42. Kamran Katuzian $4,230
43. Stephen Moreschi $4,230
44. Said Elsanafiri $4,230
45. Lily Kiletto $4,230
46. David Forster $3,640
47. Charles Lei $3,640
48. Dong Tao $3,640
49. Tovar Israel $3,640
50. Wisam Abbod $3,640
51. Michael Park $3,640
52. Christopher Kay $3,640
53. Douglas Randall $3,640
54. Allan Le $3,640
55. Candace Collins $3,040
56. Carlos Lucero $3,040
57. Jonathan Chen $3,040
58. Seon Kim $3,040
59. Phuoc Nguyen $3,040
60. Erle Mankin $3,040
61. Farhad Karmi $3,040
62. Quang Vu $3,040
63. Nipon Java $3,040
64. Ben Hoy $2,620
65. George Rahme $2,620
66. James Hughes $2,620
67. Amir Dehghan $2,620
68. Arek Djermakian $2,620
69. Mike Phu $2,620
70. Edmund Sexton $2,620
71. Adam White $2,620
72. Alexandru Masek $2,620

California - The Commerce Casino Los Angeles Recap

Last Entrant Is Last Man Standing on HPT

California man wins $159k at The Commerce

Commerce, CA (September 22, 2014) –Jonathan Chen was the final player to register for the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at The Commerce Casino this weekend. When it was all said and done, he was also the last player with chips. Chen finished off a tough field at the nationally-televised Final Table on Monday to earn $159,780 and an HPT Title.

The recent college grad has been playing poker professionally but says he plans to get a new job soon because, “my mom’s making me.” It took the new champ only sixteen hands to defeat film editor David Rosenbloom. When the two got all of the chips in the middle Chen held top pair and Rosenbloom had a straight draw. The straight never came and Rosenbloom was eliminated in second place for $112,010. “I’m very happy with how it all turned out,” said the runner-up from Los Angeles.

Poker pro Jeff Madsen may have had the most at stake when the day began. Madsen, who won this event in May, needed a top two finish in order to take the lead in the Player of the Year race. He was in good shape when he went all-in with pocket aces against the ace-queen of Chen in a massive pot. However, the board brought two queens and Madsen’s quest to repeat was thwarted, sending him packing in eighth place. The Los Angeles native earned $21,300 for his efforts. “I’d like to play more events on HPT,” Madsen said. “It’s a good mix of recreational players but also good players. I just felt very comfortable here.”

Peter Hengsakul reiterated that thought. “HPT is awesome. Everyone’s super friendly. It’s definitely the friendliest tour of all the major tours,” remarked the real estate investor from Pasadena. Hengsakul had made one previous Final Table with HPT, finishing in eighth place at Commerce last September. He was able to improve on that performance this time around with a fifth-place finish for $39,990.

Third-place finisher Danny Geyser plans to use his newfound winnings to purchase a new car. The software engineer from Redondo Beach should have plenty of options after earning $72,020.

Players who entered the Main Event at The Commerce Casino hailed from all over the country, but each of the elite nine at the Final Table call California home. The tournament saw 583 entrants build a prize pool of $845,350. Stan Jablonski set a landmark over the weekend, finishing in 40th place for $4,230 to move ahead of Craig Casino for most career cashes on the HPT. Other notables in the field included David “ODB” Baker and last year’s Gold Rush champion, Shawn Motameni.

Commerce is the second of four California stops that make up the second annual Gold Rush series. In this series, players compete for points in preliminary events and the Main Event at each stop. The player with the most points at the end of the series earns a sponsorship package to play the HPT Main Event in Las Vegas in November. Learn more about the Gold Rush here.

Ron Jenkins of Los Angeles became the third player knocked out at the Final Table when his king-queen was unable to outdraw the ace-king of Hengsakul. Jenkins, a real estate broker, collected $26,710 for his weekend’s work.

One of the favorites coming into the nationally-televised table on Monday was Chris Hyden. The poker pro felt very good about his chances of coming out on top. “Commerce is kind of a home for me in a sense. I’m very comfortable here,” said the poker pro from Laguna Beach. Hyden’s run for the title came to an end in the form of a classic race when he found himself all in with ace-king against Chen’s pocket queens. The queens held and Hyden was sent to the rail in sixth place with $32,040.

Shortly after Hyden’s departure, Bruce Kramer made his exit. Kramer finished in fourth place and walked away with $53,340. The owner of a commercial construction business enjoyed his time at the venue. “Commerce Casino is excellent,” said the Westminster, California man. “The staff here is perfect.”

The only true short stack coming into the day belonged to Gary Hawkins of Long Beach. He knew he’d have to get lucky early on. Unfortunately, the poker gods were not on his side. The event consultant was the first to be eliminated, earning $15,980 for ninth place. The early exit didn’t lower Hawkins’ spirits. “HPT is awesome. I love it,” he said.

HPT now heads to Lincoln, CA for the third leg of the Gold Rush series. From there, the tour returns to Fresno California to crown the Gold Rush champion before heading east to Daytona Beach, Florida. See a full schedule of upcoming events at