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The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) recently completed its second stop of Season 11, which took place at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The $1,650 Main Event attracted 498 entrants and created a prize pool of $714,120, and after three days of play, it was landscape contractor Mike Puccio of Deerfield, Illinois, that emerged victorious to capture the $164,249 first-place prize.

Michael Puccio WDG375 GPID is a unique identification number, assigned to each individual player, that will be used in the future in order to register for most poker tournaments around the world. Ryler Rauh came close to matching Roberts with 299,000 going in the bag. Vanessa Rousso finished near the top with 257,000 and she'll be joined by Craig Casino, Chan Pelton, Nick Shkolnik and Mike Puccio on Sunday. Scotty Nguyen took to the felt today, but did not survive the day. The final table of the Main Event at last week’s Heartland Poker Tour Tournament at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago came down to a standoff between Mike Puccio and Bledar. Stud poker nasıl oynanır Results for heartlandpokertour top / all jaclyn puccio nychitwn dec 18 mike puccio underdog wins heartlandpokertour was it the redbull or your wife that gave heartlandpokertour hpt poker photobombed daytona beach kennel club terry rings gets redemption, 111k on heartland poker tour. Mike Puccio, a landscaper from Deerfield, Ill., won the Heartland Poker Tour’s main event at Ameristar East Chicago, earning $164K and he said his first nationally televised final table was a nerve-racking experience. “I’ve been excited and nervous for the last two days,” he said afterward.

'I've been excited and nervous for the last two days,' Puccio said of the experience. 'I haven’t been able to close my eyes. It’ll be a nice Christmas, I’ll tell you that.”

Final Table Results

1Mike PuccioDeerfield, IL$164,249
2Bledar “Blade” ShaholliSt. Clair Shores, MI$100,405
3Joshua TurnerSt. Louis$66,556
4Shiva DudaniChicago, IL$46,275
5Ben CastleWestern Springs, IL$34,635
6Arris KontosBaldwin, MI$26,780
7Nicholas LaFataSpringfield, IL$21,781
8Yaroob KaskorkisGrand Rapids, MI$17,853
9William MinerChicago, IL$14,282

According to HPT live updates, the first elimination of the final table came in Level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000) when William Miner open-shoved under the gun and Shiva Dudani isolated by moving all in over the top.


Miner picked up a gutshot straight draw on the flop, but he failed to complete it as the blanked on the turn followed by the river. The college grad exited in ninth place and took home $14,282 for his performance.

After Yaroob “Ruby” Kaskorkis, who was at an HPT final table last month, and Nicholas LaFata, who qualified via a $375 satellite, fell in eighth and seventh places, respectively, investment banker Arris Kontos followed them out the door in sixth.

From there, Ben Castle fell in fifth when his failed to hold up against the of Josh Turner, and then Dudani exited in fourth when he ran pocket tens into the jacks of Turner. Despite scoring back-to-back eliminations, Turner was the next to go when he got his stack all in holding the and was a slight favorite against the of Bledar “Blade” Shaholli. The flop gave Shaholli the lead, and he held onto it as the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river. Turner took home $66,556 for finishing third while Shaholli took a nearly 3-1 chip lead into heads-up play over Puccio.

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The two played for nearly three hours, during which time Puccio clawed his way into the chip lead. Then, in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000), the final and went down when Shaholli got his chips all in on a flop.


Shaholli was in trouble as Puccio had flopped two pair, but he picked up some help when the turn delivered him a flush draw. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t come in as the blanked on the river. Shaholli finished as runner-up for $100,405, while Puccio captured the title and $164,249 first-place prize.

“It’s going to be a good Christmas this year,” Puccio told the tournament reporter after the win. “My wife’s in tears. I was worried when he had me 3-1, but then I hit a rush of cards.”

The HPT is done for the year, but returns in 2014 with a weeklong poker cruise before heading to Northern California and Reno/Tahoe.

For more on the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago stop, check out the HPT’s interview with Greg Raymer:

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