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Friday, July 19, 2019

Berger Bags Monster Stack

David Berger caught fire in the second flight of the Main Event at Golden Gates Casino Thursday to bag an impressive 638,000 chips. The Denver native bagged nearly twice as much as his nearest competitors.

In all 18 players advanced from 128 entries in Flight B. Add the 82 entries from the opening flight and the current entry total for this $1,100 nationally televised event is 210.

The two remaining flights are expected to be the biggest of the tournament. Flights C and D are scheduled for a noon start on Friday and Saturday. Greg Geller bagged the top stack in Day 1A with 336,000 chips.

Michael Sherry and Neil Blumenfield amassed 357,500 and 320,500 respectively in Day 1B. Matt Livingston, Andreas Ramadanis, Rex Clinkscales and Aaron Johnson were among the other notables to advance through the flight and secure a seat for Day 2 action on Sunday.

Hill Kerby of PokerNews is reporting on this weekend's event in Black Hawk, Colorado all weekend long at Visit that link for up to the minute coverage, including names and chip counts for all players that have advanced from the first two flights.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Cards in the Air for Flight B in Black Hawk

Play is underway in the second of four flights at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, Colorado. There are already several notables in the field including Chris Moon, Aaron Johnson, Matt Livingston, and Neil Blumenfield.

Flight A drew 82 total entries with 17 finding a bag at the end of the night. That opening flight did play the full 15 levels at 40 minutes each. That means that all three remaining flights will also play 15 full levels before the bag-n-tag each night.

Day 2 is scheduled for an 11am start Sunday and the nationally televised final table will take place upstairs at noon Monday.

Poker News will be reporting on this weekend's Main Event at Golden Gates. To follow along with their coverage, visit

Geller Leads Day 1A in Colorado

Golden Gates regular Greg Geller bagged the top stack at his home casino Wednesday. Geller put 336,000 chips in the bag for Flight A of the $1,100 Main Event.

The flight drew 82 total entries, 17 of which played out the full 15 levels and advanced to Day 2 on Sunday. The second of four flights kicks off today (Thursday) at noon. Visit for a full Day 1A recap as well as names and counts of those 17 players who advanced.

PokerNews will be reporting on this event start to finish throughout the weekend at

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Cards are in the air for the $1,100 Main Event at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour. PokerNews (@PokerNews) will be reporting on this tournament all weekend long at

Golden Gates has been a staple on the HPT schedule since the first time the tour visited back in 2007. Over $25M has been awarded at the Black Hawk, Colorado venue since that first stop.

This weekend's big blind ante event features four starting flights (Wednesday through Saturday). Each flight will play fifteen 40-minute levels or down to 13% of the field, whichever comes first. At that point, the remaining players will bag and tag their chips for the night.

Players who advance from their respective flights will combine and return to the felt Sunday for Day 2 action at 11am. The field will play down to the final nine Sunday before stopping for the day. Those final nine participants will take their seat under the lights of HPT's nationally televised set Monday at noon to play down to a winner. The final table will be streamed at and will also be aired on TV in the near future.

Last July this event drew 763 total entries across four flights. In the end, Ben Brown came out on top for a $159,131 score.

Be sure to follow along with the tournament action from Golden Gates all weekend long through PokerNews' updates at

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Heartland Poker Tour returns to Colorado for another series at Golden Gates Casino (@gates_poker) July 10th through 22nd.

HPT has a history of tournaments with monster prize pools at this venue in the quaint city of Black Hawk, nestled in the mountainside of the Rockies at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

Golden Gates Casino has hosted HPT 28 times since 2007 and collectively awarded well over $25,000,000 in Main Event prize money at those stops.

The schedule for the July series is loaded with a variety of tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $60 to $1,100. Click HERE for the full schedule.

The newest addition to the schedule is a unique $400 Tag Team event that has become the most popular tournaments on the schedule at most locations. A pair of players put up $200 apiece and each gets their own 12,000 chip starting stack. Partners are seated at different tables. From there, the tournament plays normally until the tournament staff randomly announces "Switch!" every 8-20 minutes. When the announcement is made, the clock is paused and players switch seats with their partner. Even if in the middle of a hand!

The biggest turnout of the week will likely be for the opening $400 NLH event. That tournament features four flights. Players who advance from their respective flights will come back Sunday for Day 2 action and play down to a winner. The opening event at Golden Gates has seen upwards of 1,000 entries in the past.

The biggest prize of the series will almost assuredly go to the winner of the $1,100 nationally televised Main Event on the second weekend. Last July's Main Event saw 763 total entries. Ben Brown came out on top for a $159,131 score.

This series is a great stop to hit on the way home from a successful summer in Vegas!