Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Josh @JReichard45 Reichard dominated play at the @HPTpoker Season XIV Championship final table @AmeristarEC. Taking the chiplead early, knocking out each of the final four players, Reichard rolled to win the Season Championship,.

Reichard takes home $221,293, the watch, the trophy and a $3,500 package to the Season XV HPT Season Championship. He eliminated Rich Bai in 5th, Adam Greenberg in 4th, Jim Kasputis in 3rd and flopped a flush to eliminate Bobby Noel on the final hand.

6th-place finisher Aaron Johnson claimed the HPT Season XIV Player of the Year title with his finish. Johnson won HPT Belterra, then twice made a HPT East Chicago final table. He had a sweat to the end, though, for Kasputis would have won the title with a victory in the Season Championship.

Ossama Estafanous and Jake Baumgartner came in to the Season Championship in first and second place, respectively, but neither were able to cash in this tournament that closed out Season XIV.

Among those who did gain a cash in the Season Championship was Mark Morris (11th), Ed Ochana (14), Mike Scarborough (15), Ari Engel (16), Keven Stammen (24), Matt Shepsky (26), Andy Rogowski (27), Shawn Roberts (28), Casey Carroll (35), Ryan Julius (38) and Cody Brinn (44).

Here's the final results from the Season Championship.

$2,500Season Champs
$965,650Prize Pool
45Places Paid
1JoshReichardJonesville, WI$221,293
2BobbyNoelPittsburgh, PA$136,625
3JimKasputisRockford, IL$90,923
4AdamGreenbergLong Grove, IL$63,021
5RichardBaiChicago, IL$47,626
6AaronJohnsonRed Wing, MN$37,043
7AlaAqelOrland Park, IL$30,789
8JerryGumilaStreamwood, IL$25,497
9GeorgePappasRoselle, IL$21,552
10EmmettHickeyArlington, TX$16,453
11MarkMorrisSpring Lake, MN$16,453
12MichaelScarboroughLawrenceburg, IN$16,453
13YoonKimCaledonia, WI$12,412
14EdwardOchanaElfin, IL$12,412
15FadiHamadOrland HIlls, IL$12,412
16AlanEngelLas Vegas, NV$9,333
17MichaelMeloneJoliet, IL$9,333
18ShivaDudaniChicago, IL$9,333
19KeithThurmanGlen Ellyn, IL$7,697
20WyattDenisArnold, MO$7,697
21Huyn SungLeeKevil, KY$7,697
22YusufMuhammedFayetteville, NC$7,697
23SampanthDe SilvaAustin, MN$7,697
24KevenStammenCelina, OH$7,697
25MichaelSabbiaOverland Pk, IL$7,697
26MatthewShepskyGlenview, IL$7,697
27AndrzejRogowskiChicago, IL$7,697
28ReginaldRobertsOzark, MO$6,254
29AlanCutlerNorthbrook, IL$6,254
30MohamedEl KasstawiChicago, IL$6,254
31GarryKalmanovichChicago, IL$6,254
32MichaelMonicattiChesterfield, MI$6,254
33DanielKitzisChicago, IL$6,254
34BrianSanguinetSt. Louis, MO$6,254
35CaseyCarrollWyoming, MI$6,254
36FrederickAdamsChicago, IL$6,254
37ChristopherWeberChicago, IL$5,292
38RyanJuliusPeoria, IL$5,292
39HamidIzadiMarietta, GA$5,292
40JackTorcoleseChicago, IL$5,292
41Gary HersteinChicago, IL$5,292
42AlinCotolanChicago, IL$5,292
43WilliamFirebaughIndianapolis, IN$5,292
44CodyBrinnElgin, IL$5,292
45JudsonTigermanChicago, IL$5,292

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates
-- Hayley Hochstetler Photos


Josh Reichard has begun to open up his lead again over Bobby Noel, after Noel doubled three different times.

The flop is Kc Kc Kc and before anyone can blink, all the chips are in the middle.

Reichard - Kc Kc for a flopped flush
Noel - Kc Kc for top pair and a draw to a better flush

The board runs out Kc Kc and Reichard eliminates Noel to win the HPT Season XIV Championship.

Noel cashes for $136,625.

Remaining - 1/434

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates
-- Hayley Hochstetler Photos


Josh Reichard opens for 225,000 and Bobby Noel makes the call. Reichard makes it 250,000 more on the Kc Kc Kc flop, with Noel coming along.

700,000 more from Reichard on the Kc turn, Noel calling one more time.

Kc on the river, Reichard moves all in and Noel snap-calls off his last 1,750,000.

Noel - Kc Kc for a King-high straight
Reichard - Kc Kc for a Queen-high straight

Noel is now at 5.5 million
Reichard is at 7.5 million

SB Ante - 50k
Blinds - 50k/100k
Remaining - 2/434

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates
-- Hayley Hochstetler Photos


Bobby Noel completes from the button, Josh Reichard bumps it to 375,000 and Noel calls.

The flop is Kc Kc Kc and both players check.

Reichard moves all in on the Kc turn fand Noel snap-calls off his last 1,750,000.

Noel - Kc Kc for a flopped two pair
Reichard - Kc Kc for a gutter to a 3 .. and there's been a boatload of 3's showing up on flops, turns and rivers today.

River is Kc and Noel earns another double, moving now to 4 million and Reichard is to 8.9 million.

SB Ante - 50k
Blinds - 50k/100k
Remaining - 2/434

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates
-- Hayley Hochstetler Photos


With his 6th place finish today - his 3rd @HPTPoker final table of the year - Aaron @AyeGeeJay Johnson wins the HPT Season XIV Player of the Year title.

Johnson - winner of the HPT Belterra $1,100 Main Event in March for a $86,189 cash - followed that up with an 8th place finish at HPT East Chicago in May, taking the Player of the Year lead at that time.

Ossama Estafanous - also with three final tables - took over the Player of the Year lead in September, with Johnson in third place. Once Estafanous did not cash in this HPT Season Championship, Johnson needed an 8th place or better finish today (along with varied results from other players) to secure the win.

Johnson took 6th place, temporarily moving to the lead, but left to sweat as Jim Kasputis could have won with a victory in the Season Championship.

Kasputis went out in 3rd and Johnson claimed the title, earning $10,000 in HPT Main Event buy-ins during Season XV, along with hotel accommodations at each HPT tour stop he goes to.

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates
-- Hayley Hochstetler Photos