California - Thunder Valley Casino & Resort
Thunder Valley Casino & Resort
September 15-29, 2014
Total Prize Pool: $702,675
Congratulations to Joseph Christman for winning $165,130
and the HPT Championship Package!
for results from all numbered events.
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Jon Des Pois
San Francisco, CA
California - Thunder Valley Casino & Resort Top 45 Finishers
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California - Thunder Valley Casino & Resort Recap
Dominates HPT for $165k at Thunder Valley
Lincoln, CA (September 29, 2014) – Joseph Christman lived
the dream of many poker players Monday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. With
16 cameras capturing his every move, he led the way from start to finish at a
nationally televised Final Table. Under the bright lights on the Heartland Poker Tour set,Christman earned a
championship title worth $165,130.
It took the Pacifica,
California poker player 29 hands to dispose of his final opponent, Jon
Des Pois. The last hand saw Christman call a river bluff
from Des Pois to win all the chips with a pair of queens.
A six-figure payday for the
runner-up took the sting out of narrowly missing the title. "I’m tickled
to death,” Des Pois said of his $101,888 payday. The Auburn, California
resident made his way to the Final Table on a minimal investment of just $300.
Local man Erle Mankin had lots of
support from his virtual rail of Twitter followers on Monday. The
social media site was chirping all day with well
wishes for the colorful real estate
investor. His fans were able to watch the
Sacramento native climb the pay ladder to third place for
a score of $66,754. “I like the players that come out…” Mankin said
of HPT. “They tend to be regular guys like me.”
Sargon Shiba was the
first casualty of the day after he was eliminated on the fifth hand
of play. The solutions architect from Cupertino, California was unable to
catch up to Alex Greenblatt’s pocket aces and made the
early exit in ninth place for $15,459.
Greenblatt was one of the more
recognizable faces at the Final Table on Monday.
The Atherton, California resident has made a name for himself with HPT, earning
more than a quarter of a million dollars with the tour in the last 13
months. Greenblatt started off well by knocking out Shiba early, but
the coveted title remains elusive. The pro player found himself in a classic
race for his tournament life, holding pocket fours to Christman’s ace-king. A
king on the flop meant Christman’s hand would prevail and Greenblatt was out in
fifth place. He took home $34,431 for a weekend’s worth of work.
Greenblatt wasn’t the only
player at the Final Table representing Atherton. Archie Snider also
calls the small Northern California town home. Snider came into
the day with the shortest stack and was never able to amass any chips.The
semi-retired real estate developer’s ace-king came out on the wrong end of
a race with Mankin’s pocket jacks. Snider was sent to the rail with $18,872 for
his eighth-place finish.
Haroun “Chino” Dalaig of
San Francisco is a full-time student, United States Air Force veteran, and now
fourth-place HPT finisher. He picked up $46,377 for tuition, to spoil his
daughter, and to play in more HPT events.
Immigration lawyer Jeff
Griffiths compares his career to his approach at the poker table.
“It’s kind of your job to extract information, so I guess that helps out a
little bit,” said the San Francisco man. Griffiths lasted 35 hands before he
was ousted in seventh place by Christman. He’ll take home $23,118 for his
Seven hands after Griffiths was
eliminated, Abrahim Aboukhalil saw his day come to a close at
the hands of Mankin. The Hillsborough, California native plans to
use part of his winnings for an early birthday celebration.He
has a party budget of $26,702 after a sixth-place finish.
Heartland Poker Tour is
in the middle of a series of eight consecutive
nationally-televised events that will see the tour travel from
coast to coast. Next up is the final stop of the second annual Gold Rush series in Fresno, California.
it was here every week,” the new champ said of HPT.