Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
East Chicago, Indiana
April 28-May 9, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $779,040
Total Entrants: 541
Congratulations to Casey Carroll for winning $174,469
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Quick Summary

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Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Top 9

First Place

Casey Carroll
Wyoming, MI

Second Place

John Seyferth
Chicago, IL

Third Place

Andy Hwang
Sugarland, TX

Fourth Place

Kevin Beck
Schererville, IN

Fifth Place

Chan Pelton
College Station, TX

Sixth Place

Michael Esquivel
Clarendon Hills, IL

Seventh Place

Mark Oushanna
Elgin, IL

Eighth Place

Robert Castoire
Cecilia, KY

Ninth Place

Andres German
Skokie, IL


Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Top 63 Finishers

1. Casey Carroll $174,469
2. John Seyferth $107,786
3. Andy Hwang $70,643
4. Kevin Beck $49,085
5. Chan Pelton $35,670
6. Michael Esquivel $27,683
7. Mark Oushanna $23,263
8. Robert Castoire $19,386
9. Andres German $15,509
10. Hao Sun $11,942
11. Mike Deis $11,942
12. Johanssy Joseph $11,942
13. Shiva Dudani $8,918
14. Curtis Anderson $8,918
15. Christopher George $8,918
16. Aaron Massey $6,824
17. Kenneth Dacioles $6,824
18. Jorge Postigo $6,824
19. Joseph Kuether $5,118
20. Jackson White $5,118
21. Scott Waltenburg $5,118
22. Andrzej Rogowski $5,118
23. Gary Olson $5,118
24. Jamey Kramer $5,118
25. Lily Kiletto $5,118
26. Ryan VanSanford $5,118
27. Peter Steffen $5,118
28. Kalpesh Shuh $4,265
29. Aaron Johnson $4,265
30. Greg Raymer $4,265
31. Jeffrey Halcomb $4,265
32. Sasidhar Bobba $4,265
33. Jacob Phillips $4,265
34. Mike Puccio $4,265
35. Brian Reinert $4,265
36. Allen Kessler $4,265
37. James Carr $3,567
38. Steve Sloan $3,567
39. Craig Casino $3,567
40. Frank Cerminara $3,567
41. Matthew Lubawski $3,567
42. Corey Zedo $3,567
43. Jason Terry $3,567
44. Ryan Hickey $3,567
45. Michael Vanderwoude $3,567
46. Brad Sailor $3,024
47. Alan Krockey $3,024
48. Gary Herstein $3,024
49. Raymond Haddad $3,024
50. Garrett Monnier $3,024
51. Daniel Conway $3,024
52. Allen Van Houten $3,024
53. James Lushin $3,024
54. Samar Williams $3,024
55. Matthew Harris $2,792
56. Daniel Kratzer $2,792
57. Xiao Zhang $2,792
58. Hussain Sajwani $2,792
59. Aditya Prasetyo $2,792
60. Mike Shanahan $2,792
61. Kyungmin Park $2,792
62. Robert Mitchell $2,792
63. James Casement $2,792

Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Recap

Carroll Collects $174k on HPT

Over 540 players in Chicagoland Main Event

East Chicago, IN (May 9, 2016) – Casey Carroll more than tripled his career earnings by winning his first Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) title Monday. The poker player from Wyoming, Michigan collected $174,469 for the victory at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago.

When asked about his plans for the money, Carroll replied “I told my mom I’d get her something really cool for Mother’s Day.”

Runner-up John Seyferth plans to put his newfound earnings toward upcoming wedding expenses. With Carroll holding nearly a ten to one chiplead, Seyferth was left with no choice but to go all-in with eight-nine offsuit. The eventual champ quickly called with pocket twos. When a two came on the flop, it was all but over. Seyferth, a paralegal professional from Chicago, had an up and down day and in the end was quite satisfied with coming in second place for a $107,786 payday.

“These HPT tournaments really are my favorite,” said Seyferth after the tournament. “The crew, the staff… They’re all top-notch.”

The HPT series at Ameristar East Chicago opened with the largest field the tour has ever seen in its 12-year history. The opening $300 event ended with a total of 1,247 entries. That momentum carried on throughout the week with the nationally televised Main Event drawing 541 poker enthusiasts from across the country to create a prize pool of $779,040.

The winningest player at Monday’s televised table was Andy Hwang of Sugarland, Texas. Hwang has earned more than $1.8 million on the felt over the years. He began the day as chip leader and started off by building on that stack early on. Eventually the deck ran cold for Hwang and he found himself short-stacked. Carroll would go on to eliminate him in third place, which was good for $70,643.

Schererville, Indiana’s Kevin Beck was on the opposite of the career earnings spectrum with a total of $4,000 collected over the course of his poker career. A sales associate by trade, Beck only invested $150 to play in the HPT event. He would run that sum up by finishing in fourth place and taking home $49,085 for his efforts.

Chan Pelton is no stranger to the bright lights of an HPT televised table. The College Station, Texas man has appeared at three of them in the last year. He was unable to add a second title to his resume though as he was sent to the rail at the hands of Hwang. The fifth-place finish earned him $35,670.

Much like Beck, poker pro Michael Esquivel parlayed his way into the tournament at a discounted rate. He won his seat through a qualifier that cost him only $375. Esquivel’s first HPT event was a memorable one as he went on to finish in sixth place for $27,683. He will apply those winnings towards the purchase of a new home for his family.

Local man Mark Oushanna started the day in the middle of the pack, but was never able to get much going. In the end, the Elgin, Illinois native found his tournament life at risk with ace-five against Hwang’s king-eight. After the flop and turn, it looked as though Oushanna was in the clear for a clean double up. The river 8, however, would bring his day to an end in seventh place. He earned $23,263.

Robert Castoire of Cecilia, Kentucky was making his second consecutive appearance at a televised HPT table after a fourth-place finish last month. The retired ship captain was unable to improve on that this time around. He exited in eighth place for $19,386.

The shortest stack at the start of play belonged to Skokie, Illinois’ Andres German. The roofing contractor made his move early on, but a victory wasn’t in the cards. He was the first player of the day to be knocked out, collecting $15,509 for ninth place.

Next up, HPT will head straight to St. Louis for a 10-day series at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles. Action begins this weekend with a two-day $350 NLHE event. The full schedule of remaining 2016 tour stops can be found online at