Nevada - Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno $1100 Recap
Klein Takes Cash and Bracelet in Reno
Local grinder earns $47k for the HPT victory at Peppermill
Reno, NV (October 10, 2016) – Local poker player Loren Klein added to an already stellar year at the poker tables Monday when he topped the field in the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Klein collected $47,099, a $3,600 championship package, and the silver HPT bracelet for his efforts.
By the time Klein and fellow poker player Anton Dimagiba got to heads up play, there were only 50 big blinds left in play. So, it was no surprise when the two of them got all the chips in the middle on the first hand against one another.
Klein held the ace-seven of clubs while Dimagiba had the king-six of clubs. When a king hit the flop, it looked as though Dimagiba would double up. However, runner-runner clubs on the turn and river gave Klein a flush and the title. Dimagiba, from Sacramento, took home $29,028 for second place.
“I’m just so happy that I made it here,” said Dimagiba after the runner-up finish. “To make a final table is always so exciting.”
Just minutes before the final hand, Jae Pak was eliminated by Klein when his king-queen came up short against the eventual champ’s pocket queens. Pak and Klein went back forth throughout the day, doubling each other up several times. In the end, Pak won $19,416 for third place.
Walker, California’s Harley Wilmot was playing in his first ever HPT event. The fireman and deputy sheriff played well, but his day also came to an end at the hands of Klein. Wilmot took fourth place, good for a $13,937 payday.
Marty Gorenc began the day with the chip lead and was aiming to top his third-place finish from last time he made an HPT Final Table. Gorenc, a semi-retired poker player from Reno, was in good shape to capture his first major title when Klein caught a 3-outter on the river to knock him out of the tournament. Gorenc earned $10,573 for his weekend’s worth of work.
All eyes were on Lance “Cord” Garcia at the start of the day. Garcia won an HPT event in Colorado last month and was poised to take over the top spot in the Player of the Year race with a win. Unfortunately for the Houston, Texas man, it wasn’t in the cards. Garcia was eliminated in fifth place and took home $8,651.
One of the more experienced players at the table was New Orleans’ Jared Ingles. Ingles has $1.2 million in career earnings and was looking to add an HPT win to his resume, but fell short. The Louisiana poker player was sent to the rail in seventh place with $7,305. He said he plans to use the winnings to go to Disney World.
It’s been quite some time since Casper, Wyoming’s Samuel Britton made an HPT Final Table. Nearly ten years ago, Britton won an event in South Dakota. This time he would have to settle for eighth place. The truck driver won $6,248 for his efforts.
The first player of the day to be eliminated was retired dentist and real estate developer Samuel Kobrinsky. Kobrinsky earned $5,190 for ninth place, more than doubling his previous career earnings total on the felt.
The final tour stop of HPT’s Season XII kicks off later this week near Sacramento, California. That series has over $850k in guaranteed prize pool money. At the end of the month, the tour heads back to its Midwest roots with an event just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. For a look at the full upcoming schedule, visit HPTpoker.com.