Daytona Beach KC & Poker Room-Daytona Beach, FL Recap

Schwarmann Wins HPT Race in the Sunshine State


Daytona Beach, FL – (October 9, 2011) The race was on at Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker room, and frontrunner  Nick Schwarmann of Orlando never surrendered his lead.  The chip leader going into the final table of Heartland Poker Tour, he personally knocked out every opponent on set until he had the first-place money in his hands. Just steps away from one of the world’s most-famous racetracks, he’ll use much of the $167,944 to build a car from the ground up.   


After only a few hands heads up, Schwarmann’s queen-six flopped a six against Rebecca Koransky's ace-nine, sending Koransky back to Longwood, Florida with $83,970 in second place.


Located near the Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room offers a different kind of racing of its own, live greyhound races.  Since opening a new high-tech facility with a fifty-table poker room in 2008, the complex has become a major entertainment destination on the Central Florida Coast.  HPT producers could not overlook the ongoing poker boom in Florida and jumped at the invitation to stop in Daytona Beach.  The first HPT event in Florida exceeded expectations, said HPT President Todd Anderson.  “The Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room could soon become one of our biggest stops on the tour.”


Dan Francati, President and General Manager of DBKC, agrees, “We look forward to building a strong partnership with the HPT organization during our multi-year contract.”  HPT will return to the property twice in 2012, in early February and in the fall.


Some of HPT’s tour regulars used the opportunity to vacation in the Sunshine State, including a group of soldiers on leave from their tour in Afghanistan.  HPT has a large military following through their partnership with the nonprofit organization, Disabled American Veterans.  HPT’s commitment to veterans did not go unnoticed by fourth-place finisher Rod Rodrigue of Longwood, Florida.  The busy CEO learned to play poker in the navy and passionately helps wounded vets through a return-to-work program.  His first HPT event earned him $39,186.

Travis Klein (third place) and Joe Stempek (fifth place) were two of five locals representing Florida at the final table.  Stempek was able to double his short stack, but was eliminated by Schwarmann for $33,588.  For Klein, his $50,382 payday doubled his previous biggest poker win.  “I’ve never had success like this,” said the 23-year-old.

The outsider at the table, Houston loan technician Ronnie Lamb, had a profitable trip to Florida.  He returns to Texas with $27,990 in sixth place after pushing all-in with nine-nine against Schwarmann's kings.

When the HPT crew returns to their headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, producers will get to work on two one-hour episodes of the poker show, which will air nationwide in January.  HPT programming can be seen in over 100 million U.S. homes, broadcasting on hundreds of stations 52 weeks each year.  In addition, Heartland Poker Tour also airs in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Celebrating their first visit to the DBKC, HPT staff stepped away from the poker room Saturday night and headed to the track for an HPT-themed race, with eight dogs each representing differentHeartland personalities.  Celebrity pro Annie Duke found herself in the winner’s circle when her dog won by a nose.


It looked as though Duke’s luck would continue at the felt.  She went into day two of the Main Event Sunday ranked among the top twenty chip leaders.  Miami-based pro Darryll Fish ultimately ended her run in 47th place, just a few places short of the money.  World Series of Poker’s 2004 Main Event champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer also survived into day two, but like his dog in the HPT-themed race, Raymer failed to win, place, or show.


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