Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100

Belterra Casino Resort
Florence, IN
November 24 - December 5, 2016
Total Prize Pool: $332,160
Total Entrants: 346
Congratulations to Bruce Hugon or winning $75,571
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100 Quick Summary

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Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100 Top 9

First Place

Bruce Hugon
Indianapolis, IN

Second Place

Scott Poling
Findlay, OH

Third Place

Michael Weber
Fishers, IN

Fourth Place

Al Hencheck
Loveland, OH

Fifth Place

Dale Robinson
Otisco, IN

Sixth Place

Larry Romine
Louisville, KY

Seventh Place

Nathan Willis
Florence, AL

Eighth Place

Nick DePalma
Lima, OH

Ninth Place

Robert Castoire
Cecilia, KY


Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100 Top 36 Finishers

1. Bruce Hugon $75,571
2. Scott Poling $47,838
3. Michael Weber $32,025
4. Al Hencheck $22,342
5. Dale Robinson $16,757
6. Larry Romine $13,142
7. Nathan Willis $11,105
8. Nick DePalma $9,200
9. Robert Castoire $7,918
10. Michael Hahn $6,243
11. Ian Richardson $6,243
12. Paul Kardules $6,243
13. Robert Geith $4,698
14. Steven Lotshaw $4,698
15. Clinton Keown $4,698
16. Tim Chocklett $3,680
17. Nick Blackburn $3,680
18. Jalen Coyle $3,680
19. Gary Herstein $2,957
20. Nick Jivkov $2,957
21. Gregory Elkins $2,957
22. Kenneth Ware $2,957
23. Troy Weber $2,957
24. James Lushin $2,957
25. Khang Luu $2,957
26. Sean Loring $2,957
27. Steven Wallace $2,957
28. Roger Campbell $2,464
29. Frank Athey $2,464
30. Tyler Smith $2,464
31. Michael Scarborough $2,464
32. Robert Koch $2,464
33. Chad Hahn $2,464
34. Kenneth Baime $2,464
35. Nicholas Davidson $2,464
36. George Lusby $2,464

Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort $1100 Recap

Attorney Captures HPT Title at Belterra

Bruce Hugon outlasted 345 entries to earn $75k in Indiana

Florence, 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 $332k.

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


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