Missouri - Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles
St. Charles, MO
October 26 - November 7, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $577,940
Total Entrants: 407
Congratulations to Matt Donaldson for winning $132,917
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

Click HERE for full series results

Missouri - Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles Top 9

First Place

Matthew Donaldson
Kansas City, MO

Second Place

Ari Engel
Las Vegas, NV

Third Place

Nicholas Constantin
Belleville, IL

Fourth Place

Andrew Eisen
St Louis, MO

Fifth Place

Derek Schroeder
St. Charles, MO

Sixth Place

Stephen Mitchell
Caseyville, IL

Seventh Place

Robert Geith
Indianapolis, IN

Eighth Place

Nicholas Weber
Foristell, MO

Ninth Place

Mary Sturges
Rolla, MO


Missouri - Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles Top 45 Finishers

1. Matthew Donaldson $132,917
2. Ari Engel $82,067
3. Nicholas Constantin $54,615
4. Andrew Eisen $37,855
5. Derek Schroeder $28,608
6. Stephen Mitchell $22,251
7. Robert Geith $18,494
8. Nicholas Weber $15,315
9. Mary Sturges $12,946
10. Michael Rieck $9,883
11. Steven Sheldon $9,883
12. James Henry $9,883
13. Mitchell Allen $7,455
14. Sam Ho $7,455
15. Jason Ramos $7,455
16. Joseph Brinkley $5,606
17. Robert Haas $5,606
18. Leif Nelson $5,606
19. David Coffman $4,624
20. Rick Gordon $4,624
21. Ross Guthrie $4,624
22. Frank Williams $4,624
23. Jim Balestrere $4,624
24. Zhongliu Sun $4,624
25. Kyle Cartwright $4,624
26. Martin Warren $4,624
27. T.M. Williams $4,624
28. Peter Brooks $3,757
29. Richard Birner $3,757
30. Philip Youngclaus $3,757
31. Andreas Ioakimides $3,757
32. Lawrence Schneider $3,757
33. David Schwartz $3,757
34. Harold Evans $3,757
35. Christopher Underwood $3,757
36. Mark Myers $3,757
37. David Yingling $3,179
38. Gregory Smith $3,179
39. Joseph Biancardi $3,179
40. Kane Lai $3,179
41. Ronald West $3,179
42. Jacob Bazeley $3,179
43. Stephen Green $3,179
44. Tod Schmitz $3,179
45. Rashad Ibrahim $3,179

Missouri - Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St Charles Recap

Compliance Officer Wins $132k on HPT

Matt Donaldson outlasts over 400 at Ameristar St Charles

St. Charles, MO (November 11, 2016) – Matt Donaldson topped a tough field at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles this weekend to capture his first Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) title and $132,917. Donaldson, a compliance office by trade, became the second player local to Kansas City to win an HPT event in less than a month. His college roommate, Blair Hinkle, won the tour’s championship event just outside of Sacramento a few weeks ago.

“I feel great. It’s a huge score for me,” said Donaldson. “It’s by far my biggest and I’m really proud of the way I played.”

The road to victory is never easy, but Donaldson built a big chip lead early and never looked back. Ari Engel had pulled close to even with him when the two players began heads up play. His ace-queen was unable to hold up against Donaldson’s ace-ten on the final hand, however, and Engel was knocked out runner-up for a score of $82,067.

Engel has won nearly $4 million at the poker tables over the course of his, including a first place finish in a St. Louis HPT event back in 2013. “It was a very exciting final table and I was glad to make it as far as I did,” exclaimed the Las Vegas man after the tournament.

Many of the 407 entries in the Main Event at Ameristar St. Charles played their way in at a discounted rate through HPT’s popular qualifier system. Nicholas Constantin was one of those players. He made it to the televised final table on an investment of just $200 dollars. The warehouse and logistics employee from Belleville, Illinois would parlay that investment into a third-place finish for $54,615.

Local man Andrew Eisen won his seat into the tournament through a qualifier as well. This was the commercial underwriter’s first HPT Main Event and he made it one to remember. Eisen took fourth place, good for a $37,855 payday. He plans to use the winnings to take his daughter to Disney World.

Derek Schroeder had an interesting answer when asked of his plans for the prize money. “Buy some socks,” he said. He’ll be able to buy quite a few pairs of socks. The local web developer played his way to a fifth-place finish and earned $28,608.

Machine operator Stephen Mitchell had one of the largest stacks at the start of the day. He was in good shape to win a big pot against the eventual champ with two pair, threes and fours, vs. Donaldson’s pocket kings. The king on the turn left Mitchell drawing dead. The Caseyville, Illinois man hit the rail in sixth place with $22,251.

Indianapolis’ Robert Geith was one of the few players at the table with previous HPT experience. This was his fourth cash with the tour in 2016. The title would remain elusive, though, as he was knocked out in seventh place. Geith, a business owner, collected $18,494 for that finish.

The first two eliminations of the day came at the hands of Engel. Rolla, Missouri’s Mary Sturges became Engel’s first victim going out in ninth for $12,946. Shortly after that, Engel eliminated Nicholas Weber in eighth place. Weber, of Foristell, Missouri, won $15,315 for his weekend’s worth of work.

From here, HPT will travel across the state of Missouri for its next stop in Kansas City. The series kicks off Thursday and begins with a $350 event that has a $100k guarantee. The newest HPT champ plans to be there to defend his title.

“I love the HPT,” Donaldson said with a big smile on his face.


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