HPT Wraps at Golden Gates with Many Stops Ahead

HPT Wraps at Golden Gates with Many Stops Ahead

The Heartland Poker Tour has been a popular poker tour based in the United States with a focus on the middle of America – its heartland. The HPT was created in 2005 and still operates under the philosophy of “Real People, Unreal Money.”

The HPT does maintain partnerships with a variety of cable networks, mostly catering to the US market, to air weekly television shows featuring the main events of each of its tour stops that take place throughout the year.

Now in its 15th season, the HPT has awarded more than $90 million thus far and continues to tour America to bring mid-stakes tournament options to poker players.

As the most recent stop concluded at Golden Gates in Colorado, the tour heads to St. Louis and many other stops as the year progresses.

HPT in 2019 Thus Far

When the HPT kicked off the year, it was at the Ameristar East Chicago. The results of that stop’s Main Event and the ones that followed were as follows:

Ameristar East Chicago:  January 3-14, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,650

Entries:  554

Prize pool:  $797,760

Winner:  Nick Davidson ($178,709)

HPT on the High Seas:  January 26 – February 2, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,100

Entries:  230

Prize pool:  $223,100

Winner:  Marty Gorenc ($39,403)

Golden Gates Casino Denver:  February 6-18, 2019

Buy-in $1,650

Entries:  588

Prize pool:  $864,360

Winner:  Nicholas Pupillo ($194,478)

Hollywood Casino Toledo (Mini Series):  March 7-17, 2019

Buy-in:  $350

Entries:  956

Prize pool:  $284,608

Winner:  David Worden ($51,961)

Hollywood Casino St. Louis:  March 7-18, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,650

Entries:  444

Prize poo:  $646,020

Winner:  Bill Byrnes ($148,587)

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg:  March 21 – April 1, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,100

Entries:  555

Prize pool:  $532,800

Winner:  Greg Wood ($119,101)

The Meadows Casino Pittsburgh:  April 4-15, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,100

Entries:  345

Prize pool:  $334,650

Winner:  Dan Wagner ($76,165)

Hollywood Casino Columbus:  April 18-29, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,650

Entries:  588

Prize pool:  $191,723

Winner:  Spenser Cramer ($191,723)

Ameristar East Chicago:  May 2-14, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,650

Entries:  570

Prize pool:  $183,899

Winner:  Chris Moon ($183,899)

Golden Gates Casino Denver:  July 10-22, 2019

Buy-in:  $1,100

Entries:  732

Prize pool:  $710,040

Winner:  Austin Peck ($152,671)

To St. Louis and Beyond

As the HPT heads to St. Louis for its second visit to Hollywood Casino, organizers anticipate a big turnout for all of the events. Action kicks off on July 25 with a $350 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $200K guarantee and three starting days.

The series will then continue with a seniors’ event for players aged 50 and over, a 7-game mix, deepstack NLHE, a NLHE guaranteeing everyone in the top 10% receiving at least $1K and another guaranteeing $2K, a bounty event, NLHE 6-max, and a tag team event. And it will end with a $1,650 Main Event that offers three starting days and a $500K guarantee.

With this included, these are the events that will run the HPT through the rest of this year:

–Hollywood Casino St. Louis:  July 25 – August 5, 2019 ($1,650 Main Event buy-in)

–Ameristar Vicksburg:  August 1-12, 2019 ($1,100 Main Event buy-in)

–Ameristar East Chicago:  August 22 – September 2, 2019 ($1,650 Main Event buy-in)

–Hollywood Casino Toledo Mini Series:  September 5-15, 2019 ($350 Main Event buy-in likely)

–Golden Gates Casino Denver:  September 11-23, 2019 ($1,650 Main Event buy-in)

–The Meadows Pittsburgh:  September 26 – October 7, 2019 ($1,100 Main Event buy-in)

–Daytona Beach Card Club:  October 17-28, 2019 ($1,100 Main Event buy-in)

More events may be added to the schedule before the year ends, but there is already one event on the schedule for the start of 2020. HPT on the High Seas will be played on the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship in partnership with Card Player Cruises in the Caribbean. That Main Event will require a $1,100 buy-in and is set for January 25 to February 1, 2020.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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