Oklahoma - Indigo Sky Casino Recap
Roberts Captures Third HPT Title in Oklahoma
Tour veteran outlasts all-star lineup at Final Table
Wyandotte, Okla. (March 10, 2015) –Heartland Poker Tour veteran Reginald “Shawn” Roberts defeated a stacked Final Table at Indigo Sky Casino Monday to earn his third career HPT Title and $40,051. Roberts, a business owner from Springfield, Missouri, also won this event the last time the tour visited Indigo Sky in 2013.
“It’s awesome to come back here and win it back-to-back,” said Roberts.
Coming into the day, the nine remaining players had a total of 19 HPT Final Table appearances and 8 Titles on their resumes. The last man standing between Roberts and the championship was John “Cowboy” Land. The chips went back and forth for more than 60 hands in the heads up match before Roberts hit a straight to send Land to the rail in second place for $25,032. The general contractor from Frisco, Texas was pleased with the runner-up finish which happened to come on the weekend of his birthday.
Daniel Snowden of Arkansas City, Kansas became the third-place finisher when his pocket sixes failed to catch up to Land’s pocket nines. The semi-retired dentist would walk away with $16,396 for his efforts.
Business owner Deborah Phillips was the only woman to enter the Main Event at Indigo Sky. She played all the way to a seat under the lights on Monday before exiting in fourth place at the hands of Snowden. She plans to donate a portion of her $11,890 earnings to the domestic shelter near her hometown of Ozark, Missouri.
Craig “The Legend” Casino has already built quite a resume for himself on HPT. The tour’s all-time money leader now stands alone at the top of the list for most cashes as well. Casino, from Winfield, Illinois, was competing at his second consecutive televised table after an eight-place finish in Colorado two weeks earlier. The certified arborist came in with the chip lead and was looking forward to facing the tough competition. “You’ve got to play the best to beat the best,” he said. Unfortunately, a second career Title wasn’t in the cards as Casino was sent to the rail in fifth place for $8,761.
Another past champion at the table was James Darnaby of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Darnaby pushed the last of his chips into the middle holding king-queen and was called by Land’s pocket tens. A king hit the flop, but it was followed quickly by a ten. Land’s set held up and Darnaby was the sixth-place finisher, taking home $6,884.
One of the tour’s winningest players is former world champ Greg “Fossilman” Raymer. With a plethora of experience playing in front of the cameras and more than $7.5 million in career earnings, Raymer has grown used to the pressure of a televised table. The 2012 HPT Player of the Year came into the day with the smallest stack, but he made the most of it, climbing the ladder to a seventh place finish. Raymer earned $6,008.
Cullman, Alabama’s Ronald Hines was one of the few players at the table who did not have any experience at a televised Final Table. The retiree admitted to feeling a little nervous when play began. On his final hand, Hines got his chip stack in with top pair against Casino’s straight draw. The straight came and Hines’ run at the Title came to an end. He collected $5,382 for eighth place.
The first player eliminated at the Final Table was Gil George of DeSoto, Texas. About an hour into the day, George found himself all in with ace-queen against Casino’s pocket queens. The queens held up and George was sent to the rail in ninth place with $4,756.From here, HPT makes its way to Kansas City for another 10-day series before heading south to Vicksburg, Mississippi. For a full look at the upcoming schedule of events, visit HPTpoker.com.