As a faithful and long time supporter of the troubled Heartland Poker Tour, his pure loyalty finally paid off for him. As last night he won the HPT New Mexico Event for $71,875.
He had already come into the day as chip leader as we had reported the other day, and he managed to keep that status right throughout the final table. This event which was held at the prestigious Route 66 Casino was a $1,500 NLHE Championship event; it had a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000 and managed to attract a very healthy 131 players which actually exceeded that prize pool by $53,000.
This marked Raymers fifth title and hi biggest payout for a good three years since he came third in a special $40,000 buy-in event back in the 2009 World Series Of Poker.
“Of course it feels a heel of a lot better when you win” he said. Raymer had been constantly tweeting throughout the days of playing, letting his army of fans know just how well he was doing. He even tweeted when he was set to leave for the tournament with “Ugh why am I awake at 7am? Oh that’s right I am about to fly to ABQ and win the HPT Main Event”.
How He Did It!
The six handed final which was broadcast on TV took just a bit more than three and a half hours to be completed. He successfully negotiated his way through the final table and actually knocked out the third place runner Scott Dougherty, he was then left heads up with Robert Crawford.
At the heads up stage Raymer held nearly 70 percent of the tournaments chips and had never let the chip lead go since he took it a few days back. After finally seeing off Crawford and taking home the win he spoke about how much he enjoys HPT events every year. “I have always just really liked the attitude and the demeanor of everybody involved with the HPT” the new champion added “Even if you eliminate a player from the competition, they always leave with a smile”
He also received a lot of compliments from players that had never had the opportunity to play against a former world champion before. One such player was Allan Hedin who finished in a very well deserved fifth place and took home $16,250 said” Greg is an exceptionally nice guy to play with, there is none of the ego or arrogance that you may expect from a player of his standing” he also added “Every poker player has a fantasy to play against world class and world renowned players”
Here is how the final standings looked:
Greg Raymer – $71,875
Robert Crawford – $42,500
Scott Dougherty – $26,875
Benjie Benaviden – $21,550
Allan Hedin – $16,250
Steven Carruthers – $14,375
John Bechard – $11,875
Alberto Herrera – $10,625
Julian Melancon – $9,375