The Heartland Poker Tour has just had its latest stop at the Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour for the Mile High Poker Open, where for the third year in a row the attendance was good enough to create a prize pool in excess of $1 million.
This year it Mike Harris who became the owner of the biggest slice of that prize pool as he took home $245,073 for his efforts. He did well to navigate his way past a large field of 739 players and to defeat Carla Sabina in the heads up session.
She will surely be happy enough with a payout of $139,839 which put her on top of the all time earners list for this tour.
The $1,600 event certainly attracted its fair share of big name players with the likes of David Baker who managed a final table appearance and actually finish 6th, Greg Raymer and Bryan Devonshire. With Raymer actually having seven re-buys into this event and still failed to make a cash place.
Other than those select big names it was a fairly local affair with televised coverage being shown in the county. Despite that, the growing attendances at the HPT tournaments are slowly starting to attract many more of the world’s best poker players.
The next event is set to happen on the 21st of September and run until October the 1st at the river city casino in Missouri. Until then, here are the final standings:
Mike Harris – $245,073
Carla Sabini – $139,839
Dan Jensen – $89,825
Richard Perego – $73,302
Jeff Wertepny – $58,220
David Baker – $47,130
Igor Kurganov Leads the English Poker Open!
The Fox Poker Club was as expected completely jam packed for the first flight of the English Poker Open. The 250k Guaranteed event had 71 players all with their eyes on the first place prize. By the end of the day though, that field had been reduced to just 30 who will now be waiting to see the results of Day 1b to see who else will be joining them on Day 2.
European Poker Tour Grand Final $25k High Roller victor Kurganov had an excellent day and now leads the leader board with 117,450 chips. This puts him only slightly ahead of Rhys Jones who sits with 116,100.
Next up is Ian Simpson on 106,325 and Mathew Frankland on 99,175. Though further down the line are some big names to keep the leaders looking over their shoulders such as 2012 WSOP Poker Hall Of Fame nominee Chris Bjorn who has a comfortable 86,575 as well as British Player Of The Year Sam Trickett who has 77,975 chips.
Come back tomorrow for an update on the second flight of The English Poker Open to see who else fancies a shot at this title.