A martahon 11-hour-plus final table came to a close with Jake Baumgartner defeating Jason Mangold heads-up to win the HPT Main Event at Ameristar East Chicago for $206,114.
Mangold earns $127,689 as runner-up in the 653-entry Labor Day Weekend tournament that pulled a prize pool of $940,320. Baumgartner also picks up a $3,500 package to the 2018 HPT Season Championship $2,500 held in November at Ameristar East Chicago.
Heads-up play lasted more than 90 minutes, the lead changing hands multiple times, with Baumgartner pulling away at the end. Mangold was all-in many times in the final 20 hands without a call. Both players flopped a pair on the final hand, Baumgartner's was larger, but Mangold turned a double-belly-buster straight draw, missing the river and bringing the tournament to a close
There was only one elimination - Johny Sam, 9th for $18,736 - in the first 3.5 hours of play, setting the tone for the entire Labor Day of poker. Mike Shanahan (8th, $22,952), Jerry Siemienas (7th, $27,449), Derek Schroeder,(6th, $32,789) David McGowan (5th, $42,813) and Ralph Massey (4th, $58,511) were eliminated in the next five hours.
Ossama Estafanous - at his 3rd HPT East Chicago Final Table - finished 3rd for an $83,845 cash and also moves in to first place in the HPT Player of the Year race by 1 point over Aaron Johnson. Baumgartner is now 3rd, just 3 points back of Estafanous, with Mangold in the top-15 with three tournaments remaining on the schedule (Blackhawk later this month, Daytona Beach in October and the Season Championship at this property in November).
Others cashing in the Main Event included former HPT main event champions Matt Shepsky (15th, $10,211); Rob Wazwaz (22nd, $5,902); Nick Davidson (26th, $5,902); Darryl Ronconi (45th, $4,028); Aaron Massey ( 51st, $3,560); Greg Raymer (53rd, $3,560) and Gary Herstein (61st, $3,185).
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