Tuesday, October 16, 2018


There are two more full series' left on the Season XIV schedule. The first kicks off Thursday in Florida. Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club (@DBKCandPR) will play host to its tenth Heartland Poker Tour event October 18-29.

Over the course of the first nine HPT events, more than $4 million in prize pool money was awarded. A hefty sum is sure to be added to that total by the time the upcoming event comes to a close at the end of the month.

Buy-ins start at just $65. The series will culminate with the $1,100 nationally televised Main Event on the second weekend. Other schedule highlights include the opening $250 Monster Stack, a $165 Seniors and the 6-Max NLH. Most tournaments on the schedule feature a big blind ante format.

Click HERE for the full lineup of events in Daytona Beach.

Poker enthusiasts looking to travel in will be happy to learn that Daytona Beach Card Club has set up exclusive rates at the nearby Quality Inn starting at just $71/night. To make a reservation, call 386-255-3661 or click HERE.

Sunday, September 30, 2018


After over 11 hours of play, Terrence Mattison has outlasted a field of 450 to take down the $500 HPT Mini Series Main Event at The Meadows Casino outside of Pittsburgh. Mattison earns $42,821 for the win.

Mattison came into the day 18th out of 43 players with 217,000 chips. By the end, he had collected all 9M chips in play. The unofficial final table of 10 players started around 3:30pm. It looked like the day could be over by late afternoon.

Instead, we witnessed a marathon final table that lasted well over six hours. The final three players battled for nearly three hours before Bobby Noel went out in third place.

Mattison and his final opponent, Ricky Ali, got the last of the chips into the middle on a 8dQhAd9h board with Ali's 8h5h trailing Mattison's Ah7h. The river 10s sealed the win for Mattison.

According to our research, this is Mattison's first major tournament cash. He certainly made it one worth celebrating.

Next up for HPT is a Mini Series October 17-21 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. From there, the tour will head to Daytona Beach, Florida for a televised series at Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club. All of the details, including schedules and hotel offers, are available at HPTpoker.com.

2ND PLACE | RICKY ALI | $26,445

After a grueling three hours of 3-handed play, Ricky Ali and Terrence Mattison found themselves heads up for all the marbles. Day 2 action began over 11 hours ago so it has been a long day for both players.

At the start of heads up play, Ali had a slight lead, but Mattison had plenty to work with. The two traded blows for about an hour before the following hand ended the tournament:

After Mattison raised to 400k preflop and got a call from Ali with blinds at 80k/160k, the flop came KcKc qc.

Ali checked, Mattison bet 550k and Ali called.

The turn was the Kc. Ali open shoved his remaining chips and Ali called.

Ali - KcKc

Mattison - KcKc

Both players had a pair and a flush draw. Unfortunately for Ali, Mattison had a higher pair and a higher flush draw.

The river Kc ended the tournament with Ali going out in second for $26,445.


We're down to two players in the $500 Main Event after ten and a half hours of play. Ricky Ali (pictured) and Terrence Mattison are the final two players from a starting field of 450.

The two have been playing heads up since Bobby Noel was eliminated in third place about 30 minutes ago. Ali and Mattison just stepped away for a quick bathroom break. When they return we'll play down to a winner. The two are nearly even in chips with Ali holding a slight advantage. Blinds are at 60k/120k.

Ricky Ali - 4.825M

Terrence Mattison - 4.175M

Level: 30 (10:00 remaining)
Blinds: 60k/120k
BB Ante: 60k
Remaining: 2

3RD PLACE | BOBBY NOEL | $17,615

Bobby Noel's run just came to an end. With the blinds at nose bleed levels, Noel was the short stack of the three remaining players. He's pushed all-in preflop several times in the last few orbits.

On a flop of KcKcKc Noel and Terrence Mattison got all of the chips in the middle. Mattison had Noel covered.

Noel - KcKc

Mattison - KcKc

Noel needed to see a club or a jack to stay alive. Neither of them came and he was eliminated in third place for $17,615.

Ricky Ali and Terrence Mattison are heads up for the HPT Mini Series Main Event title here at The Meadows Casino

Level: 29 (1:00 remaining)
Blinds: 40k/80k
BB Ante: 40k
Remaining: 2
Next Payout: $26,445