We have a winner in the opening event of the HPT series at Ameristar St. Charles. Brad Coultas went on a heater as soon as the final table started and played the big stack accordingly. Coultas single-handedly eliminated all but two of the final ten players.
Coultas had Mike Bell covered 8:1 when heads up play began. Though Bell did find one double up early, his run at a comeback ended pretty quickly.
On the final hand, Coultas went all in with and got a call from Bell's .
The flop came giving Coultas the lead. Bell called for a queen which he needed for the straight. His wish was granted as the came on the turn.
Bell began to celebrate but the celebration was premature as the river came the . That gave both players a flush wish Coultas holding the jack for the higher flush.
Bell was eliminated in second place and earned $25,687. Coultas has outlasted 616 entries to win the $350 NLH Event #1 here at Ameristar St. Charles for $41,583. It's the largest score of the Estero, Florida man's poker career.
Action continues all week here in St. Louis. The first of two flights for the $1,650 Main Event is Friday. Click HERE for a full schedule of events.