Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago

Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
East Chicago, Indiana
January 14-25, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $962,640
Congratulations to Steve Jewell for winning $211,777
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

Steve Jewell
Dyersville, IA

Second Place

James Casement
Pingree Grove, IL

Third Place

Kris Bradshaw
Jackson, MI

Fourth Place

Andrew Mills
Davie, FL

Fifth Place

Craig Casino
Winfield, IL

Sixth Place

Jorge Postigo
Evanston, IL

Seventh Place

Steve Karp
Miami, FL

Eighth Place

Raney Yousif
Madison Heights, MI

Ninth Place

Ryan Hohenstein
Eden Prairie, MN


Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Top 72 Finishers

1. Steve Jewell $211,777
2. James Casement $131,208
3. Kris Bradshaw $86,156
4. Andrew Mills $60,165
5. Craig Casino $43,993
6. Jorge Postigo $33,692
7. Steve Karp $28,205
8. Raney Yousif $23,585
9. Ryan Hohenstein $19,253
10. Mike Shanahan $14,728
11. Todd Sladek $14,728
12. Jacob Baumgartner $14,728
13. Andrzej Rogowski $10,493
14. Bob Chow $10,493
15. Richard Rosas $10,493
16. Ryan Tosoc $7,894
17. Millard Hale $7,894
18. Nicola Streamwood $7,894
19. Brendan Shiller $6,065
20. thomas brachowski $6,065
21. Peter Kelly $6,065
22. Marc Bernal $6,065
23. Matt Shepsky $6,065
24. William Spiegel $6,065
25. Jonathan Gaviao $6,065
26. Joe Cada $6,065
27. Jeffrey Brin $6,065
28. Jack Torcolese $5,006
29. Vladimir Reuniaga $5,006
30. Oleg Badmayev $5,006
31. Steven Fox $5,006
32. Michael Kielbasa $5,006
33. Michael Younan $5,006
34. Nicholas Andricopulos $5,006
35. Tom Koral $5,006
36. Daniel Schacher $5,006
37. Steven Hensley $4,139
38. Andrew Rosskamm $4,139
39. Michael Vanderwoude $4,139
40. Ala Aqe $4,139
41. Ben Castle $4,139
42. Alexander Doroshko $4,139
43. Greg Koutelidakis $4,139
44. Alessandro Paotaio $4,139
45. Kevin McGee $4,139
46. Mark Harris $3,658
47. George Pappas $3,658
48. Justin Lee $3,658
49. Nerijus Kvedaras $3,658
50. Sean Saulsberry $3,658
51. Josip Golub $3,658
52. Robert Geith $3,658
53. Gheorghe Farima $3,658
54. Daniel Stickel $3,658
55. Numit Agrawal $3,273
56. Rashad Ibrahim $3,273
57. Oleg Sobol $3,273
58. Joseph Darnell $3,273
59. Michael Meyers $3,273
60. Bekr Ali $3,273
61. Tim Vance $3,273
62. Tony Pena $3,273
63. Michael Kamenjarin $3,273
64. Paul Fisher $2,888
65. Matthew Harris $2,888
66. Robert Michael $2,888
67. Anton Perkovic $2,888
68. Keith Lutz $2,888
69. Scott Sisler $2,888
70. Kenneth Daciolas $2,888
71. Roger Campbell $2,888
72. Steve Zazaian $2,888

Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Recap

Jewell Crowned Champion for $211k

Record-breaking event at Ameristar East Chicago

East Chicago, IN (January 25, 2016) – A nurse anesthetist topped the largest field Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) has ever seen in Chicagoland on Monday. Stephen Jewell of Dyserville, Iowa beat out 670 entrants in the televised Event at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago to take home $211,777. Impressively, Jewell won his seat into the tournament through a $375 qualifier earlier in the week.

“I felt that it was my destiny to get here,” said the new champ.

Jewell flopped a flush heads-up against James Casement on the final hand to seal the deal. Casement also parlayed his way into the event by winning a $375 satellite. The attorney from Pingree Grove, Illinois ran that up to a six-figure score and collected $131,208 for the second-place finish.

Jackson, Michigan’s Kris Bradshaw pushed the last of his chips into the middle with ace-five only to be called by Jewell’s pocket kings. The kings held up and Bradshaw was sent to the rail with $86,156 for third place.

The chip leader when the day began was Andrew Mills. A poker dealer by trade, Mills had nearly twice as many chips as his closest opponent at the start of play. Though he fell short of the victory, the Florida man still earned a handsome payday. Mills walked away in fourth place with $60,165. “It was a great tournament,” he said of his first HPT event. “I couldn’t believe how well it was ran.”

One player who is very familiar with how an HPT tournament is ran is the tour’s all-time money leader, Craig Casino. Fresh off of a win at Soaring Eagle, Casino was making his second Final Table appearance in a row. This time it was on his home turf. The certified arborist from Winfield, Illinois fell short in his quest for back-to-back wins, but still earned $43,993 for finishing in fifth place.

Industrial engineer Jorge Postigo says he spends most of his time studying for his MBA. On Monday, he decided to skip class to take a shot at life-changing money. Though he came into the day ninth in chips, Postigo managed to climb the pay ladder to a sixth-place finish. The Evanston, Illinois man took home $33,692 for his efforts.

The field of 671 players at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago was the largest turnout for an HPT event outside of Colorado in the tour’s eleven-year history. There were plenty of recognizable faces at the tables throughout the weekend including reality TV star Vanessa Rousso and former world champions Joe Cada and Greg Raymer.

“The Ameristar Casino is first class,” said Miami, Florida’s Steve Karp. “The rooms are beautiful. I’ll definitely be back.”

Karp is no stranger to the bright lights of an HPT Final Table. He finished runner-up at an event in Florida a few months back. Though he was hoping to improve on that finish, Karp would have to settle for a seventh-place finish for $28,205 this time around.

Raney Yousif played well early on but, in the end, luck was not on his side. The poker dealer from Madison Heights, Michigan was in great shape to double up when he put his remaining chip stack on the line with pocket aces against Bradshaw’s ace-jack. Unfortunately for Yousif, the board brought a straight and his day abruptly came to an end. He collected $23,585 for eighth place.

The first elimination of the day came when poker player Ryan Hohenstein fell at the hands of Mills. As one of the short stacks at the table, Hohenstein needed to make a move early on to have a shot at winning the event. Alas, his ace-queen was outdrawn by Mills’ ace-seven and he found himself exiting in ninth place with $19,253.

Next up for HPT is a trip to Black Hawk, Colorado in mid-February for an anticipated tenth consecutive million-dollar prize pool. The tour also added a March stop in Southern Indiana to its schedule. For a full list of upcoming events, visit 

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