Colorado - Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Black Hawk, CO
September 8-19, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $717,360
Total Entrants: 488
Congratulations to Lance 'Cord' Garcia for winning $164,988
and the HPT champion's bracelet!
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Garcia Earns $164k on
HPT in Colorado
pro bested 488 entrants for the win
Black Hawk, CO (September
19, 2016) – Young poker pro Lance “Cord”
Garcia already has $1.4 million in career earnings at the poker table, including
a win in the largest live poker tournament in history. Until Monday, though, he
had never played at a televised table. Garcia made the most of his first
appearance under the bright lights, capturing the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) title at Golden Gates Casino & Poker
Parlour for a $164,988 payday.
from Houston, Texas, held a 5 to 1 chip lead early in heads up play against his
final opponent, Drazen Ilich. It
looked like it would be a quick match, but Ilich battled back and even took the
lead for a short time. Eventually, the two got the remaining chips in the
middle with Garcia drawing to a straight and a flush and Ilich holding a pair.
The flush came on the turn and Ilich became the runner-up, collecting $100,861.
Gary Germann was
making his fifth appearance in front of the HPT camera. The Gillette, Wyoming
man was able to land the biggest tournament cash of his career as he played his
way to a third-place finish, good enough to earn him $66,858. Germann won his
seat into the event through one of the tour’s popular $380 qualifiers.
the player at the table with the best shot of overtaking the eventual champ on
Monday was Joshua Turner. The St.
Louis native seemed to be playing a perfect game early in the day, building a
significant lead with only five players left. Turner’s day took a turn for the
worse, however, when his ace-king lost to Garcia’s pocket jacks in a classic
coin flip situation for a significant pot that he was never able to recover
from. Soon after, Turner was eliminated in fourth place. He would take home
$46,485 for his efforts, good enough to push his career earnings total over the
$1 million mark.
player at the table with previous Final Table experience was John Beauprez of Denver, Colorado. The
local man finished runner-up at the Golden Gates HPT event in 2010.
Unfortunately, Beauprez was not able to improve on that finish this time
around. He was sent to the rail in fifth place for $34,792.
Colorado’s Bryan Johnson was thrilled
just to have been one of the final nine players. The local construction worker
had a poker earnings total of $0 until this Golden Gates Main Event. Johnson
can now adjust that figure to $26,901 as that is what he earned for grinding
his way to sixth place.
HPT Player of the Year points leader Ryan
Gregor extended his lead in the POY race this weekend. The operations
manager from Kansas City now holds a considerable lead over the field in the
POY standings. He’ll look to stave off the competition through the final three
events of the season to claim that title. Gregor was eliminated by Turner and
earned $21,879 for seventh place.
For Ronald Scott, making the Final Table of
back-to-back HPT events was an accomplishment in itself. Scott, who works as a
grants and contracts administrator, took fifth place when HPT visited Golden
Gates in July. The Dolores, Colorado man was never able to get anything going
on Monday and found himself exiting in eighth place for a score of $17,934.
Garrett Crites was
the first to get knocked out. Crites got his chips into the middle with the
best of it holding pocket kings after getting called by Garcia’s ace-king. On a
day where everything seemed to go right for Garcia, an ace came on the flop and
Crites’ day was cut short. The Fruita, Colorado man would earn $14,347 for
here, HPT travels straight to Daytona Beach, Florida where its next series is already
underway. That event will be followed by stops in Reno and Northern California.
For a full list of upcoming events, along with schedules, visit HPTpoker.com.