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The St. Charles $1,650 Main Event at the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) pulled in a battalion of 347 entries, generating a prize pool of approximately $492,740. Dominating the large field was the lively pro Maurice Hawkins (cover image).
The man known as the ‘master of the World Series of Poker Circuit’ for the 11 WSOPC gold rings that he has won over the course of his 13-year long career, topped the star-studded field that included the likes of Harry Sablotny, Alan Perry and John Richards, to take home the top prize of $113,322, swelling his total live earnings to $3,269,168.
Final Day Recap
With the top 36 places receiving payouts, several notables made it in the money including Johnny Riley (11th for $9,362), Brennan Murphy (13th for $7,046), Jesse Gallaher (17th for $5,519), Scott Hall (20th for $4,435), Michael Holm (28th for $3,696) and Christopher Staats (30th for $3,696).
Jonathan Dahlberg finished 10th for $9,362 and became the final table bubble boy.
Ryan Julius started as the final table chip leader with over 1.8 Million in chips and Hawkins was a close second with 1.6 Million.
Final Table Recap
The first elimination on the nine-handed final table was Steve Graham. His sevens ran into the ace-king of HB Sablotny, leading to his ninth-place finish.
The short-stacked Greg Wood was then busted by Ryan Julius in eighth place.
However, Ryan Julius was not able to keep his place for very long. He lost a big pot when his pocket nines lost out to Sablotny’s , who picked up two pair of queens and eights on the flop . Soon, Julius moved allin for his remaining stack with against Keith Heine’s . With a queen on the flop, Julius had to make an exit in seventh place.
Next to go was three-time WSPOC ring winner John Richards. He went all-in holding pocket kings against Daniel Loizzo’s pocket sevens but was unable to hold as a seven appeared on the flop giving Loizzo the better hand. He was reduced to 20 big blinds. Next up, Richards defended his big blind with king-four and even paired his King on the flop. However, luck was not on his side as he once again ran into a set of sevens and was railed by Sablotny in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was Daniel Loizzo who was also sent packing by Sablotny.
Alan Perry was eliminated by the former Mid-States Poker Tour champion Heine in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, Heine and Hawkins were tied in chips, while Sablotny held the other half of the chips and over 100 big blinds.
Hawkins managed to chip his way back to the top and even orchestrated Keith Heine’s elimination. With the community cards fanning out , Heine 3-bet all-in holding . Hawkins called tabling for an unbeatable full house. Heine picked up a straight on the river but without a chop in the offing, he had no option but to collect the third-place prize money.
The heads-up play began with HB Sablotny in the lead with 8,375,000, while Hawkins was trailing with 2,025,000. The confrontation continued for three hours, until only 50 big binds were left on the table. On the final hand of the event, Hawkins flopped a straight and Sablotny tabled pocket rockets after moving all-in. With the river missing both players, Sablotny settled for the runner-up spot, while Hawkins claimed the title and first-place prize money worth $113,322.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Maurice Hawkins – $113,322
2. HB Sablotny – $71,743
3. Keith Heine – $48,042
4. Alan Perry – $33,506
5. Daniel Loizzo – $25,130
6. John Richards – $19,710
7. Ryan Julius – $16,655
8. Greg Wood – $13,797
9. Steve Graham – $11,875