Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort - $1,100

Belterra Casino Resort
Florence, IN
March 10-20, 2017
Total Prize Pool: $418,691
Total Entrants: 436
Congratulations to Michael Scarborough for winning $95,470
and the HPT champion's bracelet!

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Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort - $1,100 Quick Summary

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Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort - $1,100 Top 9

First Place

Michael Scarborough
Lawrenceburg, IN

Second Place

Adam Stephens
Hamilton, OH

Third Place

Kurt Jewell
Frankfort, KY

Fourth Place

Rex Maiden
The Plains, OH

Fifth Place

Barbara Walston
Cincinnati, OH

Sixth Place

Matthew Lawrence
Clarksville, TN

Seventh Place

Christopher Hoagland
Lexington, KY

Eighth Place

John Nelson
Curtice, OH

Ninth Place

Donald Dukate
Indianapolis, IN


Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort - $1,100 Top 45 Finishers

1. Michael Scarborough $95,470
2. Adam Stephens $58,943
3. Kurt Jewell $39,226
4. Rex Maiden $27,188
5. Barbara Walston $20,547
6. Matthew Lawrence $15,981
7. Christopher Hoagland $13,283
8. John Nelson $11,000
9. Donald Dukate $9,298
10. Allen Kessler $7,098
11. Steve Miller $7,098
12. Patel Tajesh $7,098
13. Robert Quigley $5,355
14. Geoffrey Boes $5,355
15. Anthony Saragas $5,355
16. Joseph Meehan $4,026
17. Robert Gordon $4,026
18. Nick Blackburn $4,026
19. Ernest Smith $3,321
20. Richard Bolden $3,321
21. Chris Cornell $3,321
22. Charles Dawson $3,321
23. Michael Woods $3,321
24. Jerome Pachiarz $3,321
25. Daniel Hummer $3,321
26. Nathan Willis $3,321
27. Abdul Amer $3,321
28. Jeremy Detamore $2,698
29. Brian Flitcraft $2,698
30. Frank Fehsenfield $2,698
31. Dominic Andwan $2,698
32. Jacob Menzic $2,698
33. Gary Tsui $2,698
34. Jerry Martin $2,698
35. Robert Noel $2,698
36. Samuel Steele $2,698
37. Warren Janney $2,283
38. Kirk Moore $2,283
39. Barry Brown $2,283
40. Joseph Abrams $2,283
41. Charles Smith $2,283
42. Jared Frank $2,283
43. Gregory McCurry $2,283
44. Peter Froehlich $2,283
45. Iverson Snuffer $2,283

Indiana - Belterra Casino Resort - $1,100 Recap

Sales Manager Wins $95k on HPT
Total prize pool over $418k at Belterra Casino Resort

Florence, IN (March 20, 2017) –Local sales manager Michael Scarborough topped a field of 436this weekend at Belterra Casino Resort for his first Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) title. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native collected $95,470 for the victory.

After his win, the new champ spoke about his experience with HPT at Belterra. “It’s one of the best tournaments for value and you couldn't play against nicer people. I just love it and everybody’s super nice,” he said.

Scarborough came into the final table fifth in chips. He managed to stave off elimination early and ramped up the aggression late. His final competitor was Hamilton, Ohio’s Adam Stephens. Stephens, a regional manager at a fitness center, only invested $260 into the tournament. He was quite pleased when he ended up finishing second to Scarborough for $58,943. That score more than doubled his career earnings.

When asked of his plans for the money, Stephens said with a smile, “Disneyland is the cliché answer, right?”.

Perhaps the most experienced player among the final nine was Kurt Jewell. The poker player from Frankfort, Kentucky has over $1 million in previous earnings on the felt. After giving up the chip lead to Stephens in a large hand, Jewell pushed his last twelve big blinds into the middle with jack-ten. He was called by Stephens’ king-queen and a king on the turn sealed his fate. Jewell walked away with $39,226 for third place.

Land surveyor Jeff Maiden had only played one HPT before and he finished in 18th place. He managed to improve on that results this time around, climbing his way to a fourth place finish, good enough for a $27,188 payday.

Shortly before Maiden hit the rail, Barbara Walston was eliminated in fifth place. The lone woman at the table played well all day, but was ultimately ousted by Scarborough when her ace-ten lost to his king-queen. Walston, a retired bank manager, would collect $20,547 for her efforts.

Matthew Lawrence came in as the chip leader, but didn’t have any luck running his stack up as the day progressed. On his final hand, Lawrence’s pocket kings were cracked by Maiden’s pocket sevens and he was sent to the rail in sixth place with $15,981. Lawrence is a landscape business owner from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Fleet manager Chris Hoagland didn’t have a single tournament cash to his name when the weekend began. He won his seat into the HPT Main Event through a $260 qualifier. When it was all said and done, the Lexington, Kentucky man had played his way to a seventh place finish that was good enough for $13,283.

Don Dukate and John Nelson were the first two player to be eliminated at Monday’s final table. Dukate, an independent contractor from Indianapolis, earned $9,298 for ninth place. Nelson resides in Curtice, Ohio and he went out in eighth place with $11,000.

From here, HPT continues its Midwest leg of the tour with a stop just outside St. Louis, Missouri. That event kicks off March 29 and ends the following weekend. Buy-ins start at just $75. Visit for all the details.

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