Mississippi - Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg

Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg
Vicksburg, MS
March 20 - 30, 2015
Total Prize Pool: $102,120
Congratulations to Larry White for winning $32,678
and the HPT Championship Package!

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Mississippi - Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Top 9

First Place

Larry White
Braxton, MS

Second Place

Jeff Niedelman
Houston, TX

Third Place

Ben Thomas
Baton Rouge, LA

Fourth Place

Michael Traylor
Spring, TX

Fifth Place

Michael Monaghan
Jackson, MS

Sixth Place

Freddie Ardoin
Lacassine, LA

Seventh Place

John Land
Frisco, TX

Eighth Place

Scott Mauer
Chattanooga, TN

Ninth Place

Antonio Payne
Hazlet, NJ


Mississippi - Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Top 9 Finishers

1. Larry White $32,678
2. Jeff Niedelman $20,424
3. Ben Thomas $13,378
4. Michael Traylor $9,701
5. Michael Monaghan $7,148
6. Freddie Ardoin $5,617
7. John Land $4,902
8. Scott Mauer $4,391
9. Antonio Payne $3,881

Mississippi - Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg Recap

Local Man Crowned HPT Champ in Mississippi

Larry White wins the Title at Ameristar Vicksburg

Vicksburg, MS (March 30, 2015) –Larry White avoided getting tangled up in too many big pots early on at the Heartland Poker Tour Final Table on Monday. The retiree from Braxton, Mississippi hid in the shadows long enough to quietly play his way to an HPT Title and a payday of $32,678 inside the Bottleneck Blues Bar at Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg.

“Luck was on my side,” said the new champion, who is fittingly known as “Lucky Larry”.

Houston’s Jeff Niedelman eliminated three players at the Final Table, but he wasn’t able to get the one that counted most. When heads-up action began, White had nearly two-thirds of the chips in play. Niedelman made a run and nearly pulled back to even before the fireworks of the last hand ended his night. The two players got all of the chips in the middle on the flop with White’s two pair way ahead of Niedelman’s middle pair. The turn nor river changed the outcome and Niedelman, a poker player by trade, was sent to the rail in second place with $20,424.

Baton Rouge native Benjamin Thomas was one of two players at the table with previous experience in front of the HPT cameras. The engineer finished eighth at Ameristar Vicksburg this time last year. Although he was unable to capture the Title, Thomas did improve this time around by climbing his way to a third place finish. He’ll take home $13,378.

The other player with TV experience was John “Cowboy” Land. Land, a general contractor from Frisco, Texas, was coming off of a runner-up finish at an HPT event in Oklahoma just a few weeks ago. He was in good shape to double up early on when he got all-in with pocket queens against Michael Traylor’s pocket tens. Alas, a ten fell on the flop and Land’s day was finished. He earned $4,902 for seventh place.

Traylor made the most of his freshly earned chips and rode out a few more eliminations before losing a couple of keys pots and becoming the short stack. The poker player from Spring, Texas would go on to lose at the hands of Thomas for a fourth place finish that was good for $9,701.

The player with the smallest chip stack when the day began was Michael Monaghan. The self-employed man from Jackson, Mississippi played a solid game and climbed the pay ladder before exiting in fifth place for $7,148.

Building contractor Freddie Ardoin has respectable plans for his newfound earnings. The Lacassine, Louisiana man took home $5,617 for his sixth-place finish and he plans to pass those winnings on to his grandchildren.

Scott Mauer was proud to have Final Tabled his first ever HPT event. Unfortunately for the florist, his stay at the nationally televised table was short-lived. Mauer, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was eliminated in eighth place. He plans to apply the $4,391 that he won towards the purchase of a new car.

The player with the most social media support was Hazlet, New Jersey’s Antonio Payne. Twitter was buzzing with well wishes for the professional photographer when the day began. The part-time poker player was poised to make a deep run before losing a big coin flip early on to Ardoin. Payne wasn’t able to get things going from there and ended up getting knocked out in ninth place for $3,881.

The next HPT series starts later this week at River City Casino & Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The Main Event for that tour stop is scheduled to begin next Friday. From there, the tour will make its way to the Chicago area for another televised event in early May. For details, visit HPTpoker.com.