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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Colorado - Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour Quick Summary

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Colorado - Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour Top 9

First Place

Lance Garcia
Houston, TX

Second Place

Drazen Ilich
Lincoln, NE

Third Place

Gary Germann
Gillette, WY

Fourth Place

Joshua Turner
St. Louis, MO

Fifth Place

John Beauprez
Denver, CO

Sixth Place

Bryan Johnson
Edwards, CO

Seventh Place

Ryan Gregor
Kansas City, MO

Eighth Place

Ronald Scott
Dolores, CO

Ninth Place

Garrett Crites
Fruita, CO


Colorado - Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour Top 54 Finishers

1. Lance Garcia $164,988
2. Drazen Ilich $100,861
3. Gary Germann $66,858
4. Joshua Turner $46,485
5. John Beauprez $34,792
6. Bryan Johnson $26,901
7. Ryan Gregor $21,879
8. Ronald Scott $17,934
9. Garrett Crites $14,347
10. Noomis Jones $11,621
11. Fernando Galvan $11,621
12. David Hass $11,621
13. Mark Bryan $8,680
14. Steven Swensen $8,680
15. Thomas Bouziden $8,680
16. Alexander Czemik $6,671
17. Richard Hanley $6,671
18. Ian Mangan $6,671
19. Douglas Moore $5,093
20. Zachary Ackley $5,093
21. Jamal Sawagdeh $5,093
22. Kevin Boudreau $5,093
23. James Weaver $5,093
24. Brian Harvey $5,093
25. Nils Bardsley $5,093
26. Kevin Eyster $5,093
27. Rusty James $5,093
28. Collin Grubaugh $4,161
29. Chandler Duncan $4,161
30. Andrew Geffen $4,161
31. Benjamin Perez $4,161
32. Jordan Turoff $4,161
33. Hunter Cichy $4,161
34. Ryan Dodson $4,161
35. Anthony Martinez $4,161
36. Stephen Miclean $4,161
37. Ho Park $3,372
38. Krzysztof Stybaniewicz $3,372
39. Reginald Roberts $3,372
40. Eric Smith $3,372
41. John Rice $3,372
42. Rex Clinkscales $3,372
43. Tanner Stieglitz $3,372
44. Oscar Marti $3,372
45. Nikita Leshchinskiy $3,372
46. Jason Vanstrom $3,085
47. Steve Harvey $3,085
48. Matthew McMurray $3,085
49. Christopher Fulton $3,085
50. Tony Smoth $3,085
51. Aaron Thomas $3,085
52. John Schray $3,085
53. Jason Mull $3,085
54. Michael Hinde $3,085

Colorado - Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour Recap

Garcia Earns $164k on HPT in Colorado

Accomplished 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.

Garcia, 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.

Perhaps 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.

Another 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.

Edwards, 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.

Current 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 ninth place.

From 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


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