We have seen large fields in side events all week long in Chicagoland for the Heartland Poker Tour series at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The best is yet to come. Today marks the start of the nationally televised $1,650 Main Event. The first of three starting flights for that tournament kicks off today at 2pm.
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HPT's last visit to Ameristar East Chicago in May yielded a Main Event prize pool of $898,560. Alex Ziskin outlasted the competition in that tournament to take home the top prize of $201,391.
All players who enter the Main Event start with a 30k stack and blinds are set at 40 minutes. Today's flight will play 15 full levels or down to 13% of the field, whichever comes first. Players get a 15-minute break every three levels with a full one-hour dinner break coming after Level 9.
When players return from the dinner break, at approximately 9:30pm this evening, registration will be closed for the opening flight. Flight B is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00pm and Flight C is at 12:00pm Saturday.
Players who advance through their respective flights return Sunday at noon for Day 2 two action. On Sunday, they'll play down to the final nine. That group returns Monday to play down to a winner under the bright lights. Fans and family can tune in to watch the final table livestream, with hole cards, Monday at twitch.tv/hptpoker.
Greg Raymer put on a classic clinic at the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Ameristar East Chicago $1,650 Main Event final table, taking down his record fifth HPT Main Event title, along with $171,411 in prize money, and a $3,500 Championship Package for the HPT Season XVI Championship at the end of the season.Read more
The final nine players in the $1,650 Main Event from Ameristar East Chicago will take their seats at noon today to play down to a winner. You can watch the table on a short delay at twitch.tv/hptpoker. Here's the story on the final table as told by PokerNews' Brandon Temple:Read more
The third and final flight of the $1,650 Main Event from Ameristar East Chicago is underway. The first two flights drew 269 total entries. For a recap of the first two flights, or to follow along with the action the rest of the way, head to PokerNews.com. Here's a recap of Day 1b action as told by Brandon Temple of PokerNews:Read more
The first of three flights in the $1,650 Main Event from Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago kicks off today at 2pm. Players start with 30,000 chips and 40 minutes levels in this big blind ante event and registration is open until the start of level 10, or approximately 9:45pm. Players are allowed a single re-entry in each flight.Read more