Denver, CO - Golden Gates Casino - $1,650

Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour
Black Hawk, CO
September 6-18, 2017
Total Prize Pool: $796,740
Total Entrants: 542
Congratulations to Alex Greenblatt for winning $179,274
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Denver, CO - Golden Gates Casino - $1,650 Quick Summary

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Denver, CO - Golden Gates Casino - $1,650 Top 9

First Place

Alex Greenblatt
Atherton, CA

Second Place

Matthew Livingston
Windsor, CO

Third Place

Fernando Galvan
Denver, CO

Fourth Place

Kevin Boudreau
Colorado Springs, CO

Fifth Place

Israel Garcia
Denver, CO

Sixth Place

Danny Gonzales
Denver, CO

Seventh Place

Bobby Garcia
Denver, CO

Eighth Place

Evan Ross
Denver, CO

Ninth Place

Eric Greenberg
Longmont, CO


Denver, CO - Golden Gates Casino - $1,650 Top 63 Finishers

1. Alex Greenblatt $179,274
2. Matthew Livingston $110,747
3. Fernando Galvan $72,583
4. Kevin Boudreau $50,434
5. Israel Garcia $36,650
6. Danny Gonzales $28,444
7. Bobby Garcia $23,902
8. Evan Ross $19,919
9. Eric Greenberg $15,935
10. William Givens $12,270
11. Hugh Rowe $12,270
12. Chad Wassmuth $12,270
13. Michael Trujillo $9,163
14. Bryan Wienhoff $9,163
15. Ryan Van Sanford $9,163
16. Joshua Turner $7,011
17. Joe Redunski $7,011
18. Greg Jennings $7,011
19. Jamie Collins $5,258
20. Edward Sebesta $5,258
21. Nick Jivkov $5,258
22. John Reyes $5,258
23. Robert Geith $5,258
24. Abel Tabuyo-Cardenas $5,258
25. Osama Aweida $5,258
26. Jay Daignault $5,258
27. John Rock $5,258
28. Steve Abramowitz $4,382
29. Darcie Allen $4,382
30. Griffin Malatino $4,382
31. Stephen Tanner $4,382
32. Kevin Eyster $4,382
33. Nils Bardsley $4,382
34. Jackson White $4,382
35. Deluvina Gries $4,382
36. Scott Horvath $4,382
37. David Gutfreund $3,665
38. Aaron Frei $3,665
39. Kris Pickett $3,665
40. Thomas Helne $3,665
41. Jordan Turoff $3,665
42. Warren Janney $3,665
43. Charles Workman $3,665
44. Scott Stanko $3,665
45. Chan Pelton $3,665
46. Kyle Stickler $3,107
47. Colby Geolfos $3,107
48. Ian Sylvester $3,107
49. Zurijet Mujic $3,107
50. Roger Low $3,107
51. Vy Tran $3,107
52. Gregory Geller $3,107
53. Norris Le $3,107
54. Rodney Graham $3,107
55. Mark Knudsen $2,868
56. Douglas Moore $2,868
57. Paul Holder $2,868
58. Thomas Fuller $2,868
59. Jamal Sawaqdeh $2,868
60. Matthew Dixon $2,868
61. Richard Dixon $2,868
62. Christopher Barrett $2,868
63. Mohammad Sharif $2,868

Denver, CO - Golden Gates Casino - $1,650 Recap

Greenblatt Wins $179k on HPT in Colorado
Win pushes seasoned pro over $1M in career earnings

Black Hawk, Colorado (September 18, 2017) – Alex Greenblatt has been a force to be reckoned with on the poker circuit for several years. It wasn’t until Monday, though, that the young poker pro secured his first major title. Greenblatt beat out a field of 542 entries at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour to win the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event and $179,274.

“This is probably my greatest poker accomplishment so far,” said the new champ. “I had no marquee wins yet, so this is the first big one.”

The six-figure victory pushes Greenblatt’s career earnings over the $1 million mark. This was the San Francisco, California man’s third appearance under the bright lights of an HPT final table.

Greenblatt faced a large chip deficit against opponent Matt Livingston when the final two players squared off for the title. The eventual champ stayed patient and waited for good spots to make moves, ultimately turning that deficit into a large chip lead. On the final hand, Greenblatt’s ace-nine held up against Livingston’s ace-six and ended the tournament. Livingston, a poker player from Windsor, collected $110,747 for his runner-up finish.

Denver’s Fernando Galvan was poised and ready for a double up when he put his chips in the middle with pocket aces before the flop against Livingston’s king-queen. It wasn’t meant to be as Livingston hit two pair and sent Galvan to the rail in third place with $72,583.

The feel-good story of the tournament belonged to Colorado Springs’ native, Kevin Boudreau. After suffering a serious brain injury in 2013, Boudreau has made a remarkable life recovery as well as an impressive poker comeback. Early on at the nationally-televised final table, it seemed that today was Boudreau’s day. He built a good-sized chip stack and looked ready to make a run at the title until coming out on the losing end of two large pots. Boudreau finished in fourth place and took home $50,434 for his efforts.

Cash game specialist Israel Garcia had never cashed in an HPT Main Event before Monday. He made the most of this one by playing his way to a fifth-place finish, good for $36,650. The Denver native found himself short stacked and in the end, his king-queen couldn’t hold up against Livingston’s seven-six.

Danny Gonzales has established himself as a staple at HPT final tables in recent years. The Denver man was making his seventh appearance under the lights, six of which have been at Golden Gates. Unfortunately for Gonzales, he'll need to make at least one more to capture his first HPT title. Gonzales was eliminated by Livingston in sixth place for a $28,444 payday.

Bobby Garcia came into the day with one of the smaller stacks in play. He made the most of it, playing well for several hours before losing a proverbial coin flip for all of his chips with ace-king to Israel Garcia’s pocket queens. Bobby Garcia finished in seventh place with $23,902.

Golden’s Evan Ross made a move early but was eliminated by Boudreau in eighth place. Ross earned $19,919 for that finish. The first player of the day to hit the rail was Ben Greenberg. The Longmont resident only made it two hands into the day before his pocket aces were busted by Boudreau’s set of fours. Greenberg collected $15,935 for his ninth-place finish.

HPT is finishing the year out strong with six more scheduled events in 2017. Next up is a trip to Ameristar St. Charles, just outside of St. Louis. That series kicks off Thursday and runs through Oct. 2. For more information, including a full list of upcoming events, visit

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