Mississippi-Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg

Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg
Vicksburg, Mississippi
October 10 - October 20, 2014
Total Prize Pool: $145,320
Congratulations to Chris Lane for winning $43,597
and the HPT Championship Package!
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Mississippi-Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Top 9

First Place

Chris Lane
Brandon, MS

Second Place

Jesus Cabrera
Atlanta, GA

Third Place

Jay Bishop
Pearl, MS

Fourth Place

Jonathan Hart
Jackson, MS

Fifth Place

Gary Germann
Gillette, WY

Sixth Place

Shane Lea
Petal, MS

Seventh Place

Ryan Enis
Corinth, MS

Eighth Place

Jay Friedman
Eads, TN

Ninth Place

Marco Moran
Raymond, MS


Mississippi-Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Top 9 Finishers

1. Chris Lane $43,597
2. Jesus Cabrera $26,158
3. Jay Bishop $17,438
4. Jonathan Hart $12,861
5. Gary Germann $9,664
6. Shane Lea $7,993
7. Ryan Enis $6,539
8. Jay Friedman $5,086
9. Marco Moran $3,996

Mississippi-Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Recap

Mississippi Man Captures HPT Title in Vicksburg

Chris 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 sixth-place finish.

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 wife’s birthdays.

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 at HPTpoker.com.