Missouri-Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles Recap
Man Turns $375 into $129k
wins the Title at Ameristar St. Charles
St. Charles, MO (October 27, 2014) – Matt Culberson invested $375 into Heartland
Poker Tour's Main Event at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St.
Charles. The local baseball instructor knocked
it out of the park and beat a tough field in the
nationally-televised tournament, parlaying his investment into $129,147.
At the start of heads up
play, Culberson had almost four times as many chips as his opponent, Michael
Ross. In impressive fashion, Ross was able to quickly erase that deficit
and even the stacks.In the end,the poker player from Chicago,
Illinois lost all of his chips as quickly as he earned them. With the two
players nearly dead even, they got all of the chips in the middle with Ross
holding pocket queens to Culberson’s aces. Culberson won the hand and Ross was crippled.
He lost the remainder of his stack on the next hand, eliminating him in second
place for $78,350.
Jeffrey Brin will likely have nightmares about the way he was knocked
out. In his elimination hand, the Olathe, Kansas resident went all in
with a flopped full house, only to be called by Culberson’s bigger full
house. The carpet store owner has nothing to be ashamed of as he took home
$52,466 for third place.
Engineer Ron Amos was
playing to put his two kids through college.The Quincy, Illinois native put a dent
in tuition with a $36,592 payday in fourth place. Amos enjoyed his time at
the St. Charles resort casino.“The Ameristar property is awesome,” he
said. “The rooms are fantastic and it’s been a really great experience.”
Matt Cannella voiced a similar opinion about HPT's newest Missouri stop.
“I couldn't be more pleased with this property… It’s just a great
facility.” It's no wonder he liked the venue; the advertising executive
fared especially well at Ameristar. He took ninth place in a side event earlier
in the series. The O’Fallon, Illinois man played his way to fifth place in the
Main Event for $27,444.
None of the players at
the nationally-televised Final Table had as much HPT experience as Reginald “Shawn” Roberts, a two-time champion. Cannella
forced him to share the wealth this time by ousting him in sixth place.
The business owner from Springfield, Missouri adds $21,525 to his career
Coming into the day
second in chips, Carl “Johnny” Masters was
poised for a promising finish. Those plans changed when Masters, from
Clarksville, Tennessee, found himself all-in against Culberson for nearly
40% of the chips in play. Masters, a junk dealer by trade, held pocket nines
to Culberson’s pocket queens. The queens held up and Masters was out
of the tournament in eighth place, collecting $15,067.
Perhaps the biggest
beneficiary to Masters’ demise was Joshua Turner. He had
less than one big blind and was forced to put his chips in the middle on
the very next hand.The St. Louis poker player came into the day with
the smallest stack, but managed to climb the pay ladder to a seventh-place
finish for $18,188.
Matt Mueller was the first player sent to the rail Monday when his ace-ten squared
off with Cannella’s pocket queens. The poker player from Columbia, Illinois
earned $12,915 for ninth place.
Next up for HPT is a
return visit to Las Vegas. The 10-day series at The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel,
and Tower kicks off next week. For a schedule, or to see information on other
upcoming stops, visit HPTpoker.com.