Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100 Recap
Attorney Captures HPT
Title at Belterra
outlasted 345 entries to earn $75k in Indiana
IN (December 5, 2016) – Coming into the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) final table Monday, Bruce Hugon only had
20 big blinds left. When it was all said and done, the attorney from
Indianapolis had all of the big blinds. Hugon topped a field of 346 at Belterra
Casino Resort to take home the first-place prize of $75,571.
Findlay, Ohio’s Scott Poling was Hugon’s final
competitor. In what amounted to the deciding hand of the match, both players
got all of their chips in the middle with two pair. Poling held a higher two
pair, but a river diamond gave Hugon a flush. Two hands later, Poling lost the
rest of his stack to go out in second place for $47,838. The mortgage loan
officer plans to put the money toward a college fund for his children.
Michael Weber made the most of a small starting
stack. The Fishers, Indiana man ran it up early and was in contention for the
win before letting his chips slip away late. Ultimately, he was eliminated in
third place by Hugon. Weber still collected $32,035 for his efforts.
Real estate broker Al Hencheck has made poker a
lucrative side job over the years, amassing an earnings total of more than
$150k on the felt. Just a few years back, his hopes of playing at a televised
HPT table were spoiled when he was knocked out in tenth place. This time
around, Hencheck got to play under the lights and he played his way to a fourth
place finish for a $22,342 payday.
This was HPT’s fifth visit to Belterra in recent
years. The Southern Indiana resort boasts over 38,000 feet of gaming space and
more than 600 guestrooms and suites. Several notable players were spotted in
this weekend’s Main Event field, including Craig “The Legend” Casino and Greg
“Fossilman” Raymer. The total prize pool for the $1100 tournament grew to over
Dale Robinson barely had enough chips to survive
an orbit when the final nine competitors took their seats under the lights. He managed
to double up a few times early before hitting the rail in fifth place to the
tune of $16,757. Robinson, an insurance agent from Otisco, Indiana, plans to
vacation and play more HPT events with his newfound winnings.
Local retiree Larry Romine earned his career-high
cash by finishing in sixth place. The Louisville man took home $13,142 for his
weekend’s worth of work.
Nathan Willis knew he needed to make a move and
build chips early if he wanted any hope of capturing the title. Alas, it wasn’t
meant to be. The Florence, Alabama native exited in seventh place with $11,105.
The second biggest stack at the start of the day
belonged to Lima, Ohio’s Nick DePalma. Nothing seemed to go DePalma’s way early
as he doubled up Weber and found himself with a short stack. Eventually,
DePalma pushed his remaining stack in with a pair of kings only to be called by
Poling’s two pair. DePalma was the eighth-place finisher and collected $9,200.
There was one table at the table with far and
away more HPT experience than the others. Robert Castoire was making his fourth
appearance at an HPT final table. The retired ship captain will have to wait
another day to claim his first victory. His pocket nines lost to Poling’s set
of eights early. Castoire went out in ninth place and earned $7,918.
The stop at Belterra marked the last event of the
calendar year for HPT. Next up is a series in Chicagoland in mid-January. For
details, visit HPTpoker.com.