Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
November 13 - 23, 2015
Total Prize Pool: $666,600
Congratulations to Craig Casino for winning $153,323
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Quick Summary

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Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Top 9

First Place

Craig Casino
Winfield, IL

Second Place

Jimmy Dennis
Minooka, IL

Third Place

Joe Cada
Shelby Township, MI

Fourth Place

Danny Hannawa
W Bloomfield, MI

Fifth Place

Chan Pelton
College Station, TX

Sixth Place

Andrew Holland
Macomb, MI

Seventh Place

Steven Hagar
White Lake, MI

Eighth Place

Vanessa Rousso
Las Vegas, NV

Ninth Place

Mark Johnson
Warren, MI


Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Top 54 Finishers

1. Craig Casino $153,323
2. Jimmy Dennis $93,724
3. Joe Cada $62,127
4. Danny Hannawa $43,196
5. Chan Pelton $32,330
6. Andrew Holland $24,998
7. Steven Hagar $20,331
8. Vanessa Rousso $16,665
9. Mark Johnson $13,332
10. Carlos Monteiro $10,799
11. Steve Foutty $10,799
12. Tim Greiner $10,799
13. Paul Welke $8,066
14. Joel Tasman $8,066
15. Cheryl Wetherall $8,066
16. Richard Roberts $6,199
17. Dennis Shute $6,199
18. Duke Lee $6,199
19. Tyler Rauh $4,733
20. Bryan Norris $4,733
21. Henry Zou $4,733
22. Scott Sisler $4,733
23. Reginald Roberts $4,733
24. Gary Farhat $4,733
25. Lawrence Chenlo $4,733
26. Paul Hodge $4,733
27. Firas Toma $4,733
28. Victor Foster $3,866
29. Harry Hunter $3,866
30. Stephen Kempski $3,866
31. Andrew Peplinski $3,866
32. Dale Hackney $3,866
33. Aaron Lynch $3,866
34. Josip Golub $3,866
35. Firas Sadou $3,866
36. Jose Serratos $3,866
37. Nick Shkolnik $3,133
38. Cuong Tran $3,133
39. Mark Doljevic $3,133
40. Srinivasa Vadlamudi $3,133
41. Larry Baxter $3,133
42. Colin Mahon $3,133
43. Brian Hoy $3,133
44. Nemer Haddad $3,133
45. Bledar Shaholli $3,133
46. Robert Koss $2,815
47. Mallory Meyers $2,815
48. Jordan Jayne $2,815
49. Hussian Charara $2,815
50. Robert Ciaffone $2,815
51. Ron Kruk $2,815
52. Steven Fox $2,815
53. Christopher Delgado $2,815
54. Sadeed Anton $2,815

Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Recap

'Mr. HPT' Wins Second Title and $153k
Over 450 players at Championship Open event in Michigan

Mt. Pleasant, MI (November 23, 2015) - Craig Casino has seen plenty of success with Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) since he won his first title over four years ago. He’s been to seven TV Final Tables, won more more money, and cashed in more tournaments than any other player in HPT history. However, that second title has always eluded him. Until now. On Monday, the certified arborist from Winfield, Illinois defeated a star-studded Final Table that included a reality TV star and a former world champion to earn $153,323 at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.

“I love the HPT. It’s my home game,” said the man who has become known on tour by his nicknames ‘Mr. HPT’ and ‘The Legend’. “I’m feeling very fortunate and it’s great to have the second win.”

It only took Casino two hands of heads up play to dispose of runner-up Jimmy Dennis. The two found themselves all-in before the flop with Dennis holding two sevens to Casino’s king-ten. A ten on the flop all but sealed Dennis’s fate. The turn nor the river produced a seven and he was sent home with $93,724. For Dennis, the payday was all profit. The poker dealer from Elmwood, Illinois won his seat by making the Final Table of HPT’s cruise event back in February.

One of the biggest names at the table Monday was former world champion Joe Cada. With two previous HPT Final Tables and over $10 million in career earnings, Cada is no stranger to high-pressure situations. The Shelby Township, Michigan man came in with one of the smaller stacks but used his experience to climb all the way to a third-place finish. Cada earned $62,127 for his efforts.

Pro poker player and reality TV star Vanessa Rousso was making her first appearance under the bright lights of an HPT Final Table, though she is no stranger to the cameras. Rousso recently finished in third place on the hit TV show Big Brother. The Las Vegas resident had the support of hundreds of her fans on the virtual rail of the live stream. She was eliminated in eighth place, taking home $16,665.

The season-ending Championship Open event at Soaring Eagle drew a total of 465 players. It was also the last chance for players to earn points towards the Season XI Player of the Year race. Tour veteran Shawn Roberts finished in 23rd place, good enough to lock up POY honors. Roberts will receive complimentary buy-ins and hotel accommodations to six tour stops in 2016 for the accomplishment.

Things were looking great for West Bloomfield, Michigan’s Danny Hannawa until he ran into the eventual champ’s ace-king. Hannawa’s king-five never caught up. He exited in fourth place, good enough for $43,196.

Not long before Hannawa’s departure, Chan Pelton hit the rail. Pelton, a rancher from College Station, Texas, won an HPT event earlier this year in Mississippi. He would have to settle for fifth place this time around. Pelton collected $32,330.

Poker player Andrew Holland would also fall at the hands of Casino. The local man from Macomb, Michigan can add $24,998 to his career earnings for the sixth-place finish.

Steven Hagar became another of Casino’s victims when he shoved his short stack with ace-queen. Casino called with a suited king-seven. A king on the turn sent Hagar home in seventh place with $20,331. The real estate developer from White Lake Township, Michigan plans to donate a large sum of his winnings to charity.

Ninth-place finisher Mark Johnson will invest his newfound earnings. The Warren, Michigan native was the first player eliminated Monday. A poker player by trade, Johnson was at the bottom end of the chip counts when play started and was never able to get much going. He earned $13,332.

HPT will take the rest of the year off before kicking off Season XII with a mid-January stop in East Chicago. To see details for that series as well as a list of other 2016 tour stops, visitHPTpoker.com.