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3-Bet: Kevin Garosshen, Derek McMaster & Joe Walters Win Live Titles

3-Bet: Kevin Garosshen, Derek McMaster & Joe Walters Win Live Titles
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  • RUPAM THAKUR February 25, 2020
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The international tournament circuit has been raging with thrilling action and replete with sagas of big wins over the past few days.

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood St. Louis $1,650 Main Event found a worthy winner in Kevin Garosshen who defeated Brent Cunningham (2nd for $80,991) heads-up to win the title, $131,184 in cash prize and a $3,500 Championship Package. Indian-origin Neil Patel also made it to the final table, placing eighth for $15,115 (~₹10.85 Lakhs)!

In the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Canterbury Park, bracelet winner Derek McMaster topped the 488-entry field, netting $100,824 in prize money. Meanwhile, Joe Walters came out on top in the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Jamul Casino $575 Main Event to win $31,280 following a heads-up deal with Kevin Meyers.


Kevin Garosshen Wins HPT St. Louis $1,650 Main Event For $131,184

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood St. Louis $1,650 Main Event saw 392 runners joining the action. Topping them all was Kevin Garosshen, who defeated Brent Cunningham heads-up to walk away with $131,184 along with a $3,500 Championship Package. Cunningham collected $80,991 for his runner up finish.

Talking to HPT Tournament Director Jeremy Smith after the win, Garosshen said, “It’s still sinking in. I didn’t come in with a top stack, and there were a lot of solid players at the final table. I just ran pretty hot, picked my spots pretty well, and it worked out.”

“I’m definitely going to fire a lot more events now; maybe fire some more HPT stuff. It’s definitely gone well!” he added.

Garosshen had his work cut out for him with two bracelet winners on the final table, namely, Kyle Cartwright and Brett Apter. Despite the stiff competition, he managed to clinch the title and now boasts of $430,000 in live career earnings.

Also making a final table finish in the event was Indian-origin Neil Patel who finished eighth for $15,115 (~₹10.85 Lakhs).

The heads-up match didn’t last long, and on the final hand, Cunningham tried to steal with but ran into Garosshen’s .

Kevin Garosshen
Kevin Garosshen


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Kevin Garosshen – $131,184
  2. Brent Cunningham – $80,991
  3. Laura Hoppe – $53,899
  4. Brett Apter – $37,359
  5. Kyle Cartwright – $28,233
  6. Austin McCormick – $21,959
  7. Brian Reeder – $18,252
  8. Neil Patel – $15,115
  9. Lucas Tae – $12,776


Derek McMaster Ships MSPT Canterbury Park For $100,824

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) came visiting Canterbury Park recently and pulled in 488 entries over two starting days. In the end, it was the Minnesota based bracelet winner Derek McMaster who ran past the competition to win his second six-figure score worth $100,824.

McMaster defeated former MSPT Canterbury champ Dan “DQ” Hendrickson in the heads-up match, and the latter took home $61,948 for his runner-up finish. On the final hand of the night, Hendrickson shoved with but came up short against McMaster’s .

Derek McMaster
Derek McMaster


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Derek McMaster – $100,824
  2. Dan “DQ” Hendrickson – $61,948
  3. Nathan Fair – $44,644
  4. Dedric Henderson – $33,764
  5. Umut Ozturk – $25,323
  6. Kevin Boyer – $19,227
  7. Dennis Stevermer – $15,006
  8. Phil Mader – $11,724
  9. Brandon Waalen – $8,917


Joe Walters Ships RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino Main Event

The RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event in California logged in 294 entrants, and taking down the title was Joe Walters, who ran hot after bagging the end of Day 1B chip lead to ultimately lift the trophy!

Walters walked away with $31,280, the RGPS ring, and a seat worth $550 into RGPS Pro-am that takes place at the PokerGO Studios in December following a heads-up deal with Kevin Meyers. Meyers had carried a short stack on Day 2 and did exceptionally well to finish runner up, collecting $23,505 for his efforts.

Speaking of his heads-up opponent, Walter later said, “For him to start the day with 26k, then finish second, is just an amazing accomplishment. I was glad to play him heads up, it was fun.”

On the final hand of the night, all the chips went in on the flop . Meyers tabled for the top pair, and Walters showed for the nut flush draw. The turn was of no help to Walters, but the on the river completed his flush, getting him the title!

Joe Walters
Joe Walters


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Joe Walters – $31,280*
  2. Kevin Meyers – $23,505*
  3. Robert Fortuno – $14,655
  4. Tim Acker – $9,150
  5. Chris Carney – $7,065
  6. Imad Kero – $5,950
  7. Spencer Tep – $4,915
  8. Papa Karn – $4,045
  9. David Para – $3,200
    *denotes heads-up deal


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