Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
November 10-21, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $484,220
Total Entrants: 341
Congratulations to Walt Lustgraaf for winning $111,370
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Quick Summary

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Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Top 9

First Place

Walt Lustgraaf
San Tan Valley, AZ

Second Place

Nicholas Summervill
Manhattan, KS

Third Place

Keith Murrell
Kansas City, MO

Fourth Place

Chris Scott
Blue Springs, MO

Fifth Place

Jonathan Hanner
St. Paul, MN

Sixth Place

Nam Phan
Lenexa, KS

Seventh Place

Garrett Riley
Quincy, IL

Eighth Place

Ryan Gregor
Kansas City, MO

Ninth Place

Andrew Ernstein
Overland Park, KS


Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Top 36 Finishers

1. Walt Lustgraaf $111,370
2. Nicholas Summervill $70,502
3. Keith Murrell $47,211
4. Chris Scott $32,927
5. Jonathan Hanner $24,695
6. Nam Phan $19,369
7. Garrett Riley $16,367
8. Ryan Gregor $13,558
9. Andrew Ernstein $11,670
10. Greg Radosh $9,200
11. Beau Wilshire $9,200
12. Andre Allen $9,200
13. Bradley Beetz $6,924
14. Tai Du $6,924
15. Randy Phillips $6,924
16. Jason Brin $5,423
17. Peter Kaemmerlen $5,423
18. Ryan White $5,423
19. James Mackey $4,358
20. Jeffrey Brin $4,358
21. Nick Jivkov $4,358
22. Jovan Sudar $4,358
23. Ian Cohen $4,358
24. Jason Darland $4,358
25. Roger Eggers $4,358
26. Michael Sanders $4,358
27. Harold Evans $4,358
28. Luke Einsel $3,632
29. Chan Pelton $3,632
30. William McCracken $3,632
31. Christopher Freeman $3,632
32. Daniel Kloepper $3,632
33. Schuyler Thornton $3,632
34. Reginald Roberts $3,632
35. William Webb $3,632
36. Donald Farshey $3,632

Missouri - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Recap

Lustgraaf Wins HPT Title for $111k

Tops field of 341 at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City 

Kansas City, MO (November 21, 2016) – Walt Lustgraaf more than doubled his career poker earnings Monday by defeating a field of 341 entries to win the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City. The Arizona man collected $111,370 for the victory, which he plans to use by celebrating with friends, paying off some bills, and keeping himself in action on the felt.


“The tournament was well organized,” said Lustgraaf after winning the first HPT tournament he’s ever participated in. “Everything was very top shelf.”


The victor wasn’t the only one playing with HPT for the first time. Local server and bartender Nicholas Summervill was also making his debut with the tour. The Manhattan, Kansas man made the most of the opportunity. With $0 in previous earnings, Summervill was guaranteed to receive the biggest payday of his life. He slowly built his stack throughout the day and in the end found himself heads up with Lustgraaf for the title.


On the final hand, Summervill pushed the last of his chips in the middle with ace-jack only to be quickly called by Lustgraaf’s pocket queens. A queen on the flop pretty much sealed the deal. Summervill was more than pleased to walk away with $70,502 for second place.


“I’m getting married in May,” said Summervill with a smile. “I think we probably upgraded our honeymoon a little bit. It’s a nice little nest egg to start our life with.”


One of the biggest chip stacks when play began at the televised final table belonged to Keith Murrell. The Kansas City native won a few key pots early to build a sizeable lead on the competition. As the table progressed, Murrell saw that lead fade away. He was eventually eliminated in third place for a score of $47,211. Not bad, considering that Murrell won his way into the event through a $375 qualifier event.


The only player with more chips than Murrell at the start of the day was Blue Springs, Missouri’s Chris Scott. The regional sales manager bullied short stacks early and often for the first few hours before tangling with Murrell in a monster pot. The two went back and forth before the flop, eventually getting all of the chips in the middle with Scott holding pocket nines to Murrell’s ace-queen. Scott was in good shape to double up and take the chip lead until a queen on the river left him with only a few big blinds. He was knocked out in the following hand. Scott would go home with $32,927 for fourth place.


Minneapolis’s Jonathan Hanner had previous experience playing under the lights at an HPT final table, having finished ninth in an Iowa event a few years back. Hanner was able to improve on that finish this time around, but the title still eludes him. He went out in fifth place with $24,695.


Local DJ Nam Phan and Quincy, Illinois’ Garrett Riley went out in similar fashion. Both went all-in with pocket tens only to end up getting sent to the rail. Phan took sixth place for $19,369 and Riley collected $16,367 for seventh.


The most familiar face at the table was current HPT Player of the Year Ryan Gregor. The local operations manager was looking to repeat as champion in this event. He took it down the Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City in April for a six-figure payday. That win sparked a run that led to him earning POY honors. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be this time around. Gregor went out in eighth place for a $13,558 payday. 


Overland Park’s Andrew Ernstein came into the day knowing he’d have to make a move early if he wanted a shot at making a deep run. Unfortunately for him it wasn’t meant to be as his ace-queen fell to Gregor’s pocket kings. Ernstein became the first casualty of the day, exiting in ninth place for a $11,670 score.


From here, the HPT truck will head straight to Southern Indiana for its last event of the year. That series will take place at Belterra Casino Resort. A $300 buy-in $100k guarantee and $1100 Main Event are a few of the schedule highlights. Visit HPTpoker.com for all the details. 


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