Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
April 8-18, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $485,640
Total Entrants: 342
Congratulations to Ryan Gregor for winning $111,696
and the HPT champion's bracelet!
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St. Louis, MO
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Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Recap
Local Man Wins $111k
tops the field at Ameristar Kansas City
City, MO (April 18, 2016) – Ryan Gregor outlasted the
field at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Monday to lay claim to $111,696
and his first Heartland Poker Tour
(HPT) title. It took 13 hours and 284 hands of poker for the operations manager
to become the victor.
Patience was the name of the game for Gregor. He
began the day as chipleader and never looked back. Attorney Jason Darland was
the final competitor standing in the way of the eventual champ. After a lengthy
heads up battle, Darland got the last of his chips in the middle with
queen-nine against Gregor’s ace-six. An ace on the turn sealed Darland’s fate
and the Overland Park, Kansas man was sent home with $70,709 for second place.
Jeff Wigh of Olathe, Kansas played well
consistently all day. An engineer by trade, Wigh was able to avoid elimination
until he got tangled up in a big hand with Darland. He found himself all-in
before the flop holding king-nine to Darland’s ace-ten. The board did not
deliver a king or a nine and with that Wigh was sent to the rail in third place
for a $47,350 payday.
The Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City saw a
total of 342 entrants over the course of the weekend, creating a prize pool of
$485,640. Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and Craig “The Legend” Casino were among the
notables to cash in the tournament but fall short of the nationally televised
Cecilia, Kentucky’s Robert Castoire has experience
playing under the bright lights of an HPT Final Table. The retired ship captain
finished third at an event nearly a year ago. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to
top that finish this time around as he was knocked out in fourth place.
Castoire collected $33,024 for his efforts.
Poker player Mike Vanier had one of the smallest
stacks at the start of the day, but he was able to use his skill to his
advantage and chip up to a fifth-place finish for $24,768. Shortly before
Vanier’s departure, accountant Jay McVeigh made his exit as well. McVeigh, of
Shawnee, Kansas, finished second in the first event of the HPT series at
Ameristar Kansas City last week. He continued his good run with an appearance
at the televised table before going out in sixth place for $19,426.
Si Vo of St. Louis, Missouri put the last of his
chips at risk with a pair of jacks on a flop that read ten-two-three with two
hearts. He was called by Wigh’s king-six of hearts and eventually lost when a
king hit the river. Vo would go home in seventh place with $16,415.
Perhaps the most recognizable player at the table
was Grant Hinkle. The IT consultant from Overland Park has over $1 million in
career winnings at the tables. He had an active cheering section early on but,
nonetheless, Hinkle’s stay was short as he became the eighth-place finisher for
a $13,598 payday.
Business owner Debbie Phillips became the first
player to be eliminated when her pocket jacks failed to hold up against Wigh’s
king-jack on the very first hand of the day. Phillips collected $11,704 for the
ninth-place finish. The Ozark, Missouri woman plans to donate a portion of her
winnings to domestic violence victims.
From here, HPT will make a return trip to Chicagoland
for a stop at Ameristar East Chicago. That series kicks off April 28 with a
$300 buy-in $100k guarantee event. In January, the Main Event at that property
nearly eclipsed the $1 million mark. For schedule details and a look at other
upcoming tour stops, visit HPTpoker.com.