Raymer Takes Down His Second HPT Title Of The Year
Greg Raymer has decided this year to skip some of the bigger and better known Poker Tours in favour of the Heartland Poker Tour and it has certainly proved to be a good decision so far. He has now won his second event of the tour after taking down the HPT River City Casino.
He managed to navigate his way past a large field of 335 players in the NLHE Main Event to scoop the title and the winner’s cheque of $121,973. This score was the 4th largest in his entire career whilst he now heads the list for the HPT Player Of The Year.
His first win in the HPT came just a few months ago in July when he won the Main Event at the WPT Albuquerque, which paid him a very healthy $71,875 for his troubles. Raymer has said that winning two events now has him very excited and he didn’t expect it at all.
He has now become only the second player to have won two back to back HPT events since Jeremy Dresch.
His Third Major Main Event Win!
This win represents his third Main Event victory in his career and he has now won a total of $7 million in careers earnings. Of course many of us will already know that Raymer’s biggest moment in his poker career came when he won the World Series Of Poker Main Event back in 2004 for a winner’s prize of $5 million. He then came close to retaining that title the following year when he finished in a very respectable 25th.
Raymer found himself heads-up against the 21 year old Ryan Hickey in this event with the final hand happening when both players went all-in pre-flop. Hicky held the pocket queens whilst Raymer showed the pocket kings. His hand held strong and he took the title, with respect to Hickey, being runner up in an event like this at the tender age of 21 is certainly something he can be proud of and deserves the $69,034.
In fact the player who finished in third was also 21, Alona Susnynina winning $43,908 after a very impressive performance from the girl from St Louis.
Greg Raymer may have felt out of place amongst so many youngsters but he proved that experience counts for a lot in poker and despite the talent of these players they still have some way to go to be regarded in the same way that Raymer is.
The Final Standings:
1. Greg Raymer – $121,973
2. Ryan Hickey – $69,034
3. Alona Sushynina – $43,908
4. Shawn Roberts – $37,810
5. Penelope Banhidy – $29,272
6. Stan Jablonski – $23,906
7. Dennis Phillips – $14,636
8. Marvin Glowczewski – $13,904
9. Brad Albrinck – $12,246