Florida - Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room
Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room
Daytona Beach, Florida
October 1-12, 2015
Total Prize Pool: $575,720
Congratulations to Corey Thompson for winning $131,720
and the HPT champion's bracelet!
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Winter Park, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
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Goes Rail to Rail on HPT for $131k
man tops field at Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Daytona Beach, FL (October 12, 2015) – Corey Thompson more than tripled his
previous best live tournament cash Monday by winning the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event at Daytona Beach Kennel Club
& Poker Room for $131,720. The poker player from Winter Park came into the
day with the chip lead and managed to ride that edge all the way to victory.
Steve Karp was the last man standing in Thompson’s way. The road to the
final two was not an easy one for Karp. The entrepreneur from Miami began the
day with less than 12 big blinds, but was able to stave off elimination time
after time. Alas, his luck ran out on the final hand when his pocket nines were
defeated by Thompson’s pocket tens. Karp collected $81,326 for the runner-up
Dallas, Texas’s Matt
Bond has had an impressive couple of months on HPT. Bond, a pro poker
player, has made the televised Final Table at the last three events he’s played
with the tour. He was able to improve on his previous two finishes Monday when
he climbed all the way to the final three before being eliminated by the
eventual champ. The third-place finish was good enough for a $54,122 payday for
Thompson also took out fourth-place finisher Plamen Stoyanov. The software engineer
put all of his chips in the middle with ace-ten only to be called by Thompson’s
pocket aces. Stoyanov earned $37,513 for his efforts. The St. Petersburg, Florida man plans to use
his newfound winnings to play in larger buy-in events.
This was HPT’s seventh visit to Daytona Beach since 2011.
The field of 389 was larger than any of the previous six stops. The Kennel Club’s
parent company, Delaware North, had a 100-year anniversary celebration that
coincided with this weekend’s nationally-televised Main Event. Some of the
festivities are sure to be highlighted when the episodes make it to television.
Poker enthusiasts traveled from all over the country to
take part in Florida’s only HPT series. Several referenced the tour’s
player-friendly structure as their reason for making the trip. Denver, Colorado’s
Corey Zedo was one of them. Zedo
finished in fifth place for $28,350. He plans to apply a portion of the
winnings toward motorcycle upgrades.
Cambridge Massachussetts’ Aditya Prasetyo left his
tournament life to fate when he went all in with pocket queens and was called
by Bond’s ace-king. A king on the flop left Prasetyo on the losing end of the
proverbial coinflip. He exited in sixth place – good enough to earn $22,050.
Thomas Giorgi is no stranger to the bright lights of an
HPT Final Table. The Valrico, Florida resident finished third at this event in
2013. The title remains elusive as Giorgi would end up in seventh this time
around for an $18,327 score.
Shortly before Giorgi hit the rail, David Jackson made his
departure in eighth place. Jackson, from Jacksonville, Florida, made good on
his first ever HPT tournament by cashing for $15,177.
The first elimination of
the day came when Giorgi hit a three-outter on the river to end Andrew Dykeman’s
day prematurely. Dykeman would walk away with $12,829 as the ninth-place
From here, HPT will load up
its cameras and head to Vicksburg, Mississippi for the next event. Only three
stops remain on the 2015 schedule. For details on dates and locations for each
of those stops, visit HPTpoker.com.