Missouri - Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles Recap
From Dealer to Champ on HPT for $113k
Greg Radosh tops the field at Ameristar St Charles
St. Charles, MO (May 23, 2016) – Greg Radosh made his second appearance at a nationally televised Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Final Table today. His first showing came last year when he was in the dealer’s box pitching cards to the final nine competitors. This time around Radosh was there as a player. When it was all said and done, the Barnhart, Missouri man was crowned champion at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles to the tune of $113,000.
“It feels pretty surreal,” said Radosh after securing the victory. “Like I’m dreaming right now.”
Local attorney Christian Montroy was the last man standing between Radosh and the title. The final hand saw the two get all the chips in the middle with Montroy holding a pair to Radosh’s straight. Montroy was playing in his first live tournament and was thrilled to finish in second place. “I’m going to buy the largest TV ever created,” he said in his exit interview. The second-place finish was good for a $71,536 payday.
One of the most successful players in HPT history, Reginald “Shawn” Roberts, has plenty of experience under the bright lights of an HPT Final Table. The Springfield, Missouri man sat down in front of the cameras for the ninth time on Monday. Roberts is also HPT’s current Player of the Year. Though he was unable to add a fourth victory to his long list of accomplishments, he did climb all the way to third place before being eliminated. That finish earned him $47,904.
Several tour regulars were spotted in the field at Ameristar St Charles throughout the weekend, including past champions Greg Jennings and Paul Belken. All-time money leader Craig Casino added another cash to his resume as well. In all, there were 346 entrants in the Main Event. Last week’s opening event saw over 500 participants.
Poker player Paul Fehlig is another player who is no stranger to playing on TV with HPT, with two previous appearances. The title remained elusive for Fehlig who was eliminated in fourth place for $33,410. He plans to use the winnings to “buy my cat something nice.”
William Fitzgerald enjoyed his first time playing with the tour. Fitzgerald, of Germantown, Tennessee, came into the day with one of the smaller stacks at the table. He played his stack well and managed to climb the pay ladder all the way to a fifth-place finish for a $25,057 score.
Chesterfield, Missouri’s Joe Christian invested just $400 to get to Monday’s Final Table. The technology salesman listed his career winnings at $0. Christian can now add $19,653 to that total as that is what he collected for sixth place.
Michael McKuin plans to donate a portion of his earnings from the tournament to the Jr National kids youth program. The Fisk, Missouri native wasn’t able to get much going early on. McKuin put the last of his chips in the middle before the flop with five-six. He was called by Montroy’s ace-jack. The flop and turn gave McKuin a shot at a flush, but alas the diamond he needed did not come on the river and he was sent to the rail in seventh place. He will take home $16,607 for his efforts.
Like Fitzgerald, Tim Bullard was playing in his first HPT event. The retired salesman from Houston, Texas would go on to finish in eighth place, collecting $13,757 along the way. Not bad for a weekend’s worth of work.
Detention Specialist Tremell Jones had the least amount of chips at the table when play began. He put the last of them at risk with pocket queens only to be called by Robert’s ace-king. Jones came out on the losing end of the proverbial coinflip, sending him to the exit. The Edmunson, Missouri man earned $11,841 for the ninth-place finish.
From here, HPT will take a short break before returning to the road in July. The next scheduled tour stop is in Colorado July 7-18. That series will culminate with an $1100 Main Event. Several other 2016 stops are listed at HPTpoker.com, including the Season XII championship event in Northern California which will feature a $2,500 nationally televised Main Event.