Greg “Fossilman “ Raymer made a conscious decision at the start of the poker season to concentrate on the Heartland Poker Tour more than any other series, with that decision really starting to look like a good one.
Yesterday he won his third HPT title at the Heartland Poker Tour Prairie Meadows. The WSOP Main Event winner from 2004 navigated his way past a field of more than 100 players to take down the title and payout of $72,089.
He won by successfully working his way through the opponents on the final table and eventually found himself heads up against Chad Lawson. The latter obviously finished as runner up after a strong performance and netted himself a score of $41k.
The final table was not a weak one either by any means, the player who finished in third, aptly named Craig Casino was a HPT champion himself after previously winning the HPT Black Rock event, and he won a total of $26k for his third place finish here.
Once he got to heads up, it was only going to finish one way as he had quite a significant chip lead. There was no surprise either as the session was over fairly quickly and Greg Raymer had won his third HPT in as many months.
Raymer was certainly determined to win this event as he actually bought back into the tournament on five occasions, having to cough up the $1,650 entry fee on each occasion. His fifth bullet seemed to be the lucky one however as he eventually went on to win the tournament.
It hasn’t been such a bad four months for the “Fossilman”, having won the HPT New Mexico at the end of July he then went on and won the very next event, the HPT St.Louis at the end of September. Those events brought him $121,973 and $71k respectively.
Additionally, this win has made him practically insurmountable in the race to be the Heartland Poker Tour Player Of The Year. Though it is not mathematically impossible for him to be caught, it would take something extremely special.
Raymer has 150 points in that race and his next threat Gary Lambert is sat on only 83 points, meaning his opponent would have to win the remaining two HPT events with Raymer scoring nothing on both occasions. Highly unlikely!
The Final Standings:
1. Greg Raymer – $72,089
2. Chad Lawson – $41,771
3. Craig Casino – $26,275
4. Ben Stroh – $22,233
5. Ed Sinnott – $16,978
6. Josh Birkenbeul – $14,526
That’s the end of another tournament on the poker calendar, though there is still plenty more to come for the year.