Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Mt. Pleasant, MI
November 14 - 23, 2014
 
Total Prize Pool: $666,600
Congratulations to David Gutfreund for winning $156,649
and the HPT Championship Package!

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Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Quick Summary


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Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Top 9

First Place

David Gutfreund
Chicago, IL

$156,649
Second Place

Reginald Roberts
Springfield, MO

$96,657
Third Place

Micheal O'Neil
Royal Oak, MI

$63,327
Fourth Place

Cuong Tran
Midland, MI

$43,996
Fifth Place

Vincent Fiorenza
Oviedo, FL

$32,663
Sixth Place

James Wetherell
Coleman, MI

$25,331
Seventh Place

Antoinette Fiorenza
Daytona Beach, FL

$21,931
Eighth Place

Joe Cada
Shelby Township, MI

$17,998
Ninth Place

Yaroob Kaskorkis
Grand Rapids, MI

$14,665

Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Top 45 Finishers

PlacePlayerCash
1. David Gutfreund $156,649
2. Reginald Roberts $96,657
3. Micheal O'Neil $63,327
4. Cuong Tran $43,996
5. Vincent Fiorenza $32,663
6. James Wetherell $25,331
7. Antoinette Fiorenza $21,931
8. Joe Cada $17,998
9. Yaroob Kaskorkis $14,665
10. Roland Harrison $11,666
11. David Blickenstaff $11,666
12. Michael Meyers $11,666
13. Dapreesch Scates $8,599
14. Dakota Burnett $8,599
15. Henry Zou $8,599
16. Ben Castle $6,399
17. Jeffrey Ziegler $6,399
18. Michael Martin $6,399
19. Alex Barill $4,933
20. Barry Brown $4,933
21. Matthew Davis $4,933
22. Mark Ader $4,933
23. Jay Bishop $4,933
24. Keith Hanzel $4,933
25. Edward Ochana $4,933
26. James Casement $4,933
27. Kevin Albers $4,933
28. Kim Schinco $4,066
29. Gregory Lamson $4,066
30. Richard Tate $4,066
31. Tamar Hudson $4,066
32. Nick Jivkov $4,066
33. Chris Lane $4,066
34. Joseph Burke $4,066
35. Aaron Clark $4,066
36. Phillip Chandler $4,066
37. Aaron Steury $3,600
38. Keith Gransden $3,600
39. Peter Hotaling II $3,600
40. Jerry Delisle $3,600
41. Jonathan Chen $3,600
42. Vincent Grill $3,600
43. Mark Wahba $3,600
44. Eric Stocz $3,600
45. Zhaoxing Wang $3,600

Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Recap

Third Time a Charm for Gutfreund on HPT

$156k prize awarded at Soaring Eagle

Mt. Pleasant, MI (November 24, 2014) – David Gutfreund came oh-so-close to a Heartland Poker Tour championship twice before, but the cards didn't fall in his favor on either trip to HPT's TV table. The third time proved to be a charm at HPT's most prestigious event of the year, the annual Championship Open at Soaring Eagle Casino Resort. The Chicago man finally came out on top of a tough field that included most of the season's champs, picking up $156,649 for the win.

“I thought if I got here enough times, I’d run good at a Final Table,” said the new champ. “It makes up for a lot of times when things didn't go my way...It’s a great feeling and I can’t wait to get paid.”

Among Gutfreund's opponentsin front of the cameras at the Final Table were a mother and son duo, a two-time HPT champ, and a former world champion.

The lastplayerstanding inGutfreund'sway wasReginald "Shawn" Roberts,who was making a run at his third HPT title.The lengthy heads-up match came to a closewith Robertsholdingjacks to Gutfreund'sace-eight. An ace on the river gave Gutfreund the championship he's coveted for years.Roberts, a business owner from Springfield, Missouri, will add $96,657 to his total earnings for second place.

Many champions from throughout 2014 made the trip to the Michigan property for the season-ending Championship Open. Among them was Aaron Masseywho officially became HPT's 2014 Player of the Year. A big year with two championship titles gave him enough points to land the prestigious honor and the Main Event buy ins that go with it. He joins an elite list of past POYs including Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler.

Vincent Fiorenzahad a taste of success earlier this year when he won an HPT Title in Daytona Beach. The bar manager from Oviedo, Florida showed that his win was no fluke by making another Final Table at Soaring Eagle. His quest for a second Season X Title came up short when Gutfreund knocked him out in fifth place for $32,663.

Vincent wasn’t the only Fiorenza among the final nineon Monday. His motherAntoinettealso made the televised Final Table. She came into the day with the smallest stack, but managed to double on the very first hand. From there, the retiree from Daytona Beach was able to ride her chip stack to a seventh-place finish. She took home $21,931 for her efforts, bringing the mother/son duo’s weekend earnings to a total of $54,594.

Joe Cada,2009 WSOP Main Event Champion,was playing under the lights with HPT for the second time. He was in good shape to become the chip leader when he got all of his chips into the middle with pocket kings against Vincent Fiorenza’s ace-ten. However, an ace on the river gave Fiorenza the pot and Cada, from nearby Shelby Township, was sent to the rail with $17,998 for eighth place.

At the start of the day, the chances ofMichael O’Neilllasting very long were slim. Only one player had less chips than him when play began. O’Neillmade the best of the stack and played his way to a third-place finish. The purchasing manager from Royal Oak, Michigan will take home $63,327 forhis efforts.

Midland, Michigan residentCuong Tranfaced a tough decision on a flop that read ten-nine-four. After going deep into the think tank for several minutes, the nail technician finally made the call and put his tournament lifeon the linewith king-nine. To his dismay, he was up against the ace-ten of Roberts. The turn nor river produced a king or a nine and Tran was sent home in fourth place for a score of $43,996.

Retired pipefitterJames Wetherellhad the least money invested of anyoneat the Final Table. The Vietnam vet qualified for the tournament for just $370 and quietly parlayed that all the way to a $25,331 payday for sixth place. Wetherell, a native of Coleman, Michigan, plans to use his newfound earnings to play more poker.

Restaurant ownerYaroob Kaskorkinotched his highest career cash when he was eliminated in ninth place for $14,665. The Grand Rapids, Michigan man attempted to double up early but came out on the losing end of a coin flip with Roberts.

In its monumental tenth season, HPT had more stops than ever before and awarded over $11 million dollars in Main Event prize money. The first stop of Season XI will begin this weekend at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. From there, the tour will end the year with a series at Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. Log on toHPTpoker.comto view all upcoming stops.

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