Monday, February 20, 2017

Cord Garcia Wins HPT Golden Gates For the Second Time In a Row


Cord Garcia Wins HPT Golden Gates

Cord Garcia is the winner of the HPT Golden Gates Main Event and has won back-to-back HPT Golden Gates. He will take home $248,732 for his effort and is on top of the HPT Player of the Year Leaderboard. On top of all that, he also wins his second HPT Bracelet, which he says he will be giving to his mother.

Garcia topped a field of 787 players and eventually defeated Dan O'Brien heads up thanks to a little help from the ace of spades that came on the river to earn him a huge double and leave O'Brien with a little more than ten big blinds.

The final hand saw Garcia get all in with king-nine. He was against the eight-four suited of O'Brien. O'Brien flopped a gut-shot straight and turned a pair, but again Garcia pulled some magic on the river, hitting a nine and winning his second HPT Golden Gates and $248,732.

Garcia started off the day eliminating the first two players, Torii Beeding (9th) and Justin Enger (8th). Then O'Brien eliminated the next two, Ed Sebesta (7th) and Ben Keeline (6th). Then Garcia eliminated Zo Karim (5th), before O'Brien eliminated Saad Vazquez (4th).

Garcia then eliminated Andrew Dean (3rd) and went on to eliminate O'Brien to win his second HPT Gold Gates HPT Main Event in a row.

Here is a list of the final table payouts:


PlayerPlacePayout
1Cord Garcia$248,732
2Dan O'Brien$153,982
3Andrew Dean$100,881
4Saad Vazquez$69,760
5Zo Karim$50,903
6Ben Keeline$39,103
7Ed Sebesta$32,277
8Justin Enger$26,956
9Torii Beeding$21,634

Thanks for keeping up with HPT Golden Gates and congratulations to the HPT's newest champion, Cord Garcia. The next HPT kicks off in Florence, IN at Bellterra Casino. The series starts March 10 and the Main Event kicks off March 16.

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates

Heads Up at HPT Golden Gates: Cord Garcia Catches a Big One

Cord Garcia spikes an ace on the river

After Dan O'Brien came out of the break hot, it looked like he might win the tournament when he got all in with pocket kings against the KcKc of Cord Garcia.

Dan O'Brien

Garcia opened to 650,000 and O'Brien reraised to 2,000,000. Garcia said all in and O'Brien snap-called. O'Brien showed KcKc and was ahead until the river when the Kc hit and gave Garcia the crucial double up.

That left O'Brien with a little more than 3-million.

Blinds - 150,000/300,000
Antes - 50,000
Entries - 2/787

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates

Heads Up at the HPT Golden Gates: Two in a Row for O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

In the first two hands back from the break, Dan O'Brien has retaken the lead and won two pots in a row.

The first hand, Garcia opened to 700,000 and O'Brien called. The flop came KcKcKc and O'Brien checked. Garcia bet 600,000 and O'Brien raised to 1,500,000 before Garcia folded.

The next hand, O'Brien opened to 600,000. Garcia called. The flop came KcKcKc and Garcia checked. O'Brien bet 400,000 and Garcia folded.


Blinds - 150,000/300,000
Antes - 50,000
Entries - 2/787

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates

Heads Up at HPT Golden Gates: Cord Garcia Up Slightly at the Break

Cord Garcia

The last few levels have been relatively uneventful. Dan O'Brien was behind when the two began their heads up match. He managed to come back, and take the lead after winning two big hands. Garcia then used the next two levels to slowly chip up and overtake O'Brien again just before the break.

Dan O'Brien


Here are the counts at the break.

Cord Garcia - 12,605,000
Dan O'Brien - 11,055,000


Blinds - 150,000/300,000
Antes - 50,000
Entries - 2/787

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates

Heads Up at HPT Golden Gates: Garcia Evens It Out

Cord Garcia
Nothing special has happened over the last 20 minutes or so of play, but Cord Garcia has managed to even out the stacks heading into the next level.


SeatPlayer Chip Count
1Dan O'Brien12,000,000
2Cord Garcia11,600,000


Blinds - 100,000/200,000
Antes - 25,000
Entries - 2/787

-- Brent Harrington - Hold'em Live Updates