Daytona Beach KC & Poker Room-Daytona Beach, FL Recap
Schwarmann Wins HPT Race in the Sunshine
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
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
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.
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.
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.