Prize Pool: $892,290 | Entrants: 607 | Congratulations to Mike Englert for winning $200,762!
1st - Mike Englert - $200,762
2nd - Matt Bond - $124,028
3rd - John Beauprez - $81,288
4th - Steve Klaus - $56,482
5th - Will Berry - $41,045
6th - Nick Pupillo - $31,855
7th - Michael Hinde - $26,769
8th - Chris Denz - $22,307
9th - Jacob Phillips - $17,846
10th - Charisse Case - $13,741
11th - Michael Williams - $13,741
12th - Benjamin Keeline - $13,741
13th - John Furjanic - $10,261
14th - James Hoeland - $10,261
15th - Alexander Carmosino - $10,261
16th - Todd Anderson - $7,852
17th - Joshua Kieval - $7,852
18th - Daniel Halverson - $7,852
19th - Reginald Roberts - $5,885
20th - Christopher Carey - $5,885
21st - Dominykas Mikolaitis - $5,885
22nd - Matthew Livingston - $5,885
23rd - Jeffrey Fielder - $5,885
24th - Charles Aron - $5,885
25th - Steven Cahill - $5,885
26th - Phillip Cummings - $5,885
27th - Darrin Hunt - $5,885
28th - Phil Mader - $4,908
29th - Ryan Propernick - $4,908
30th - Casper Hintz - $4,908
31st - Jorge Nieto Jr. - $4,908
32nd - Randal Needens - $4,908
33rd - Paul Miller - $4,908
34th - Richard Dixon - $4,908
35th - James Bott - $4,908
36th - Brian Becker - $4,908
37th - William McCracken - $4,105
38th - Joshua Turner - $4,105
39th - David Warga - $4,105
40th - Behrouz Keshtavar - $4,105
41st - Derek Dekok - $4,105
42nd - Jordan Meylan - $4,105
43rd - Cody Brinn - $4,105
44th - Ekrem Bozkurt - $4,105
45th - Theodore Driscoll - $4,105
46th - Raj Dhanekula - $3,480
47th - Benjamin Ector - $3,480
48th - Reed Hensel - $3,480
49th - Greg Collins - $3,480
50th - Christopher Barrett - $3,480
51st - Wesley Cutshall - $3,480
52nd - Joseph Whitlock - $3,480
53rd - Derek Dillehay - $3,480
54th - Ryan Pringle - $3,480
55th - Jacob Bazeley - $3,212
56th - Lisa Fleishmann - $3,212
57th - Thomas Gabriel - $3,212
58th - Jeffrey Santarelli - $3,212
59th - Louis Cohen - $3,212
60th - Frederick Garcia - $3,212
61st - Samuel Phillips - $3,212
62nd - Ryan Remington - $3,212
63rd - Ernest Boudreaux - $3,212
Black Hawk, Colorado (February 19, 2018) – Realtor Mike Englert is no stranger to the cameras and bright lights of a televised Heartland Poker Tour set, but it wasn’t until Monday that he was able to call himself an HPT champion. The Windsor native beat out a field of 607 entries at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour to lay claim to the $200,762 first-place prize.
“The staff and everyone does a great job running it,” Englert said of the HPT event at Golden Gates. “It’s just a well run tournament”.
Englert previously finished eighth and ninth in HPT events at Golden Gates. The score on Monday was his largest to date and was enough to double his career earnings. The road to victory wasn’t an easy one, though. It was HPT veteran Matt Bond who held the edge when heads up play began with a chip lead of nearly two to one. It was Bond’s fifth appearance at an HPT final table and he looked poised and ready to take down his first title when heads up play began.
After a lengthy back and forth battle, Bond found himself with the shorter stack when the two players got all of the chips into the middle on an eight high flop. Bond’s pair of eights were trailing Englert’s pocket queens. The turn nor the river improved Bond’s hand and he was out in second place. The poker player from Dallas earned $124,028 for the runner-up finish. Bond says he’ll use the funds for investments and to play more poker.
“This is my bread and butter. This is my favorite tour to play for sure,” said Bond after adding another six-figure score to his resume. “The structure is the best in the business for this buy-in level.”
Denver man John Beauprez also referenced HPT’s popular structure as one reason he likes to play HPT events. Beauprez, co-founder of a poker coaching company called Chip Leader Coaching, had a sizable chip lead when play began on Monday. Eventually he found himself short stacked and went all in with king-nine only to be called by Bond’s pocket tens. A ten on the flop sealed Beauprez’s fate and sent him to the rail in third place with $81,288. He plans to put his newfound earnings toward the purchase of a new home.
HPT events at Golden Gates have historically been among the tour’s largest stops. This time around was no exception. The opening $400 Kick Off tournament set a Colorado state record with 912 entries. The Main Event drew 607 total players, building a prize pool of $892,290.
Steve Klaus made his way to the final table on a $380 investment after winning his seat through a qualifier earlier in the week. The Denver chiropractor managed to quietly play his way to a fourth-place finish, good for a $56,482 payday.
Poker pro Will Berry needed a top three finish to catapult his career earnings total over the $1 million mark. Unfortunately, he came up two spots short when his pocket sevens failed to hold up against Englert’s ace-queen. Berry, who lives in Norman, Oklahoma, intends to invest his winnings into the cryptocurrency market. The fifth-place finish earned him $41,045 to put towards the cause.
Past HPT champion Nick Pupillo made a strong run at his second title early in the day. As the tournament progressed, the young poker professional from Gilbert, Arizona found himself short on chips. Eventually he went all in with pocket jacks only to be called and eliminated by Bond’s king-ten. Pupillo collected $31,855 for his efforts.
Freight broker Michael Hinde was one of the shorter stacks when play began. Though he was never able to get anything going, he was able to ladder up a few spots on the payout chart. Hinde, from nearby Monument, went out in seventh place to the tune of $26,769.
Wheat Ridge’s Chris Denz and Ozark, Missouri’s Jacob Phillips were sent to the rail in eighth and ninth respectively. Denz’s eighth-place finish was good for $22,307, far and away the biggest career score on the software salesman’s list of tournament cashes. Phillips’ took home $17,846 for ninth place.
“It’s like a bucket list item to get on a final table that’s televised,” said Denz with a smile.
From here, HPT will make its way to the Eastern Caribbean for a tournament at sea in early March. After that the tour will make stops in Southern Indiana and Pittsburgh before returning to Vegas in early April for the first time since 2014. A full list of upcoming events, along with full schedules and hotel offers, is available at HPTpoker.com.