Card Player Cruises Recap
Curl Dominates Tournament at Sea
Western Caribbean (February 19, 2016) - Allen Curl made quick work of the competition at the six-handed Card Player Cruises Final Table Friday. The trucking company owner from Belle Fourche, South Dakota was crowned the newest Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) champion just over two hours after play began. He earned $28,800 for the victory.
Curl’s final opponent was Bentonville, Arkansas’ Robert Johnson. Johnson, an engineer, quietly played his way to the runner-up spot, avoiding most of the day’s biggest pots. He took home 17,800 for the second-place finish.
The overwhelming chip leader when play began was Joel Nimmo of Springfield, Missouri. Nimmo lost a massive pot to Curl early on and was never able to regain that sizable lead. Nonetheless, Nimmo finished in third and added $12,700 to his career earnings.
Leena Carriere was eliminated in fourth place. The anesthesiologist from Olympia, Washington was short-stacked for the majority of the tournament but still managed a top four finish for a $9,210 payday.
Poker player Jon DiMatteo took fifth place. DiMatteo has won over $200k at the tables over the course of his young poker career. The Lisle, Illinois native took home $6,820 for his fifth-place finish.
The first elimination at the short-handed Final Table was tour veteran Barry Brown. This was Brown’s second appearance at an HPT Final Table. The Grand Rapids, Michigan man collected $5,150 for sixth place.
In all, there were 98 entries in the Card Player Cruises Main Event. Some of the notables in the field included past HPT champion Kenna James and former MLB pitcher Orel Hershiser. This is the third time HPT has teamed up with Card Player for a tournament at sea and a 2017 nautical voyage has already been confirmed.
Visit www.cardplayercruises.com for a list of upcoming cruises or www.hptpoker.com for a full list of this year’s HPT stops.