Indiana - Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Recap
Wins $142k On HPT in Chicagoland
defeats tough table at Ameristar East Chicago
East Chicago, IN (September 7, 2015) – Jeremy Kloeckner exterminated the
competition at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Monday evening to earn
$142,386 and the Heartland Poker Tour
(HPT) championship bracelet. The pest control employee from Lockport, Illinois
had a few minor cashes under his belt coming into the day, but nothing near the
six-figure score that he captured for the victory.
“I don’t even know how to feel right now,” said
the new champ. “I’m extremely excited and this win is going to change my life.”
The last opponent standing between Kloeckner and
the Title was Robert Edelstein of
Chicago. A poker player and fisherman by trade, Edelstein got the last of his
chips in holding a pair of nines to the eventual champ’s pair of kings. His
hand didn’t improve and he was sent to the rail as the runner-up with $87,909.
This was Mike
Deis’s second appearance under the bright lights of a televised HPT Final
Table. The Ann Arbor, Michigan man was able to improve on his 2013
seventh-place finish by four spots Monday. Deis, who works in logistic sales,
will take home $58,503 for his third-place finish.
Chicago Police Officer Michael Younan plans to use his winnings to get a new car
for his wife. He’ll have $40,550 to make the purchase after earning that much
for fourth place. Younan enjoyed his weekend experience at Ameristar East
Chicago. “HPT has been run phenomenally,” he said.
The Main Event at Ameristar East Chicago drew 432
entries, creating a total prize pool of $619,080. Several notables were spotted
in the field throughout the weekend, including poker pros Greg “Fossilman”
Raymer, Jeff Madsen, and Robert Williamson III. Madsen and Williamson joined
Jaymz Larson to provide commentary for live streaming of the event as did past
HPT champion Dave Gutfreund.
The overwhelming chip leader at the start of the
day was Buffalo Grove’s Greg
Koutelidakis. The poker player was able to ride his stack to a fifth-place
finish for a score of $30,644. He hopes to put that sum towards buying
Local business owner Joe Sidoryk has amassed over $1 million in career earnings playing
poker online. Until Monday though, his best reported cash in a live tournament
was just over $6,000. Sidoryk, of Elmhurst, Illinois, nearly quadrupled that
number by taking home $23,835 for sixth place.
Shortly before Sidoryk’s elimination, the
colorful Kenny Nguyen became the
third player to get knocked out on the day. Nguyen kept the conversation at the
table lively and will be a fan favorite when the episodes from this tour stop
make their way to television. The business owner from Lansing, Illinois
finished in seventh place for $19,811.
Sloan was the eighth-place finisher. The Sublette, Illinois man was making
his first HPT Final Table appearance since 2007 and he dedicated it to his
daughter Ashley who is currently serving in the United States Army. Sloan
earned $16,406 for his efforts.
The first elimination of the day came when Milos Ivanovic’s pocket threes were
outdrawn by the king-jack of Koutelidakis. Ivanovic added $13,867 to his career
earnings total for the ninth-place exit.
Next up for HPT is a trip to Blackhawk, Colorado
for an anticipated ninth consecutive million dollar prize pool. That event goes
underway Wednesday. From there, the tour heads further west for stops in Reno,
Nevada and Lincoln, California. Visit HPTpoker.com
for a list of all upcoming stops.