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PokerNews Coverage from Chicagoland Begins Today

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.

January 16, 2020 1:41 PM

PokerNews will provide media coverage on this event all weekend long. To keep up with the action, head to and find the "2020 HPT East Chicago" tab at the top under "Live Events".

This Chicagoland stop is historically one of the largest of the year for HPT. Past January events at this property have seen prize pools soar to well over $900,000. The most recent HPT winner at Ameristar East Chicago is well known professional poker player Josh Reichard. Reichard topped a field of 579 here in September to take home $186,812.

This is the first stop on HPT's Season XVI schedule and thus the first stop for players to collect points towards the Player of the Year race. Today's flight is the first of three. Flight B is tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm and the final flight is scheduled for a noon start on Saturday.

Players who advance from their respective flights will reconvene at the tables Sunday at 11am to play down to the final table. Those nine players come back Monday to play at the televised final table which will also be streamed at


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