Mississippi-Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Recap
Man Captures HPT Title in Vicksburg
Lane tops the field at the Ameristar property
Vicksburg, MS (October 20, 2014) –Graphic
designer ChrisLane almost
no-showed for his appearance on Heartland Poker Tour. After making it to the
final nine at Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg, the Brandon, Mississippi man
struggled to find someone to pick up his 12-year-old son from school Monday
afternoon. He found some last-minute help and made the most of his day.
He battled his way through a tough Final Table and claimed the victory for
$43,597. He plans to use the prize towards the purchase a new home.
The last hand of the table saw
some back and forth action between the eventual champion and Jesus Cabrera. Ultimately, both
players got all of the chips into the middle with Cabrera’s ace-ten
trailing Lane’s pocket kings. The kings held up and the new champ
celebrated as Cabrera walked away as the runner-up with $26,158.
When HPT visited Ameristar
Vicksburg in March, county supervisor Jay
Bishop topped the field to take home the cash and the title. On Monday,
Bishop found himself at the nationally-televised Final Table again, poised to
repeat his championship. The Pearl, Mississippi man started the day as the chip
leader. In the end, Lane thwarted his attempt at back-to-back titles. Bishop
was eliminated in third place, earning $17,438 for his efforts.
Pro poker player Jonathan Hart fell victim to the former
champ when his ace-eight was outdrawn by Bishop’s king-jack. Hart, from
Jackson, Mississippi,earned $12,861 for the fourth-place finish.
At one point, Cabrera knocked
out three players in a span of just 25 hands. Corinth, Mississippi’s Ryan Enis was the first to fall at the
hands of Cabrera. Enis is excited for his young son Griffin to see his dad
playing on television when the episodes from Vicksburg air across the
globe.The financial advisor exited
in seventh place for $6,539.
Cabrera’s second victim of the
day was Shane Lea of Petal,
Mississippi. After losing the majority of his chips on a few larger pots, Lea
pushed his short stack to the middle with seven-three. Cabrera’s ace-queen came
out on top and Lea was sent to the rail. He’ll take home $7,993 for the
The third player eliminated by
Cabrera was also the player with the most HPT experience. This was Gary Germann’s fourth appearance at an
HPT Final Table.The Gillette, Wyoming resident can add $9,664 to
his earnings total after finishing fifth on Monday. The retired business owner
has now made over $70k at HPT events.
Used car salesman Jay Friedman was knocked out in eighth
place, taking home $5,086 for his efforts. Friedman resides in Eads,
Tennessee and plans to use his winnings to celebrate his daughter's and
It didn’t take long for the
action to heat up at Ameristar Vicksburg. The first elimination came on the
opening hand when Marco Moran’s
jack-ten was defeated by Bishop’s ace-king. Moran, a pharmacist and CEO,
earned $3,996 for the ninth-place finish. Upon exiting, Moran said of the
venue, “This is my place of choice to play in Mississippi.”
HPT’s next series is
already underway just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. After that stop
wraps up next week, the tour will take a short break before returning to Sin
City in mid-November. Full schedule details for each upcoming event are up now