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Thursday, October 19, 2017

We're Heading Back to @DBKCandPR


The next @HPTPoker series runs Oct.19-30 at Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club. Come out and join in all the action - from the opening $250 Monster Stack all the way through the $1650 HPT Main Event.

Jermaine 'Lion' Gerlin defeated former WSOP-APAC Main Event champ Scott Davies heads-up to take down the 2016 HPT Daytona Beach title and a $106,732 payday. You can Watch last year's Main Event final table right here.

Check out the Full Tournament Schedule, and you can see all the structure sheets for every event is available here.

You can pre-register online for all series tournaments by clicking here.

Special HPT rates are available at nearby hotels during the series.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Shawn McCracken - @HPTPoker @AmeristarKC Champion - $91,123


Dr. Shawn McCracken earned the biggest payday of his tournament poker career, taking down the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City for $91,123.

McCracken, from Bolivar, MO made it through a field of 279 entries to score the win. He defeated Travis Hiteshew of Springfield, IL heads-up, with Hiteshew earning $58,238 as runner-up.

The tournament pretty much ended one hand before the final hand, the two players getting just about even stacks in the middle, McCracken with two pair and Hiteshew with Ace-King. McCracken held and eliminated Hiteshew the very next hand.

"I'm just happy, I've had several friends who have won (HPT titles) like Shawn Roberts," said McCracken.

Third place went to Nick Jivkov of Des Plains, IL, earning $39,024. Jovkov was eliminated by McCracken a few hands after Jivkov missed on a ton of outs with McCracken all in for his tournament life, their stacks flipping at that point.

The infamous Kansas City Monday Night Poker crew, including Blair and Grant Hinkle, James Mackey, Cash Carpenter, Ted Forshey and more, came out cheering for Pug - aka Christopher Juul. Pug's run came to an end in 4th place when he lost a race against Hiteshew (A7 < QJ), cashing for $27,535.

Jay McVeigh, from Shawnee, KS, was 6th at HPT Kansas City 18 months ago. He followed that up finishing 5th in this Main Event. Short-stacked much of the day, he moved in with Six-Seven suited and ran in to the pocket Queens of Jivkov. McVeigh cashed for $20,601.

Jivkov put Daniel Thomas of Lincoln NE all-in during SB vs BB battles a few times, once doubling up Thomas. The final hand for Thomas came when he called off his stack preflop holding Ace-Six, but he ran in to the Ace-Ten of Jivkov and was out in 6th place ($16,640)

Juul doubled through Beau Wilshire from Shawnee, KS (TT > A9) and Wilshire went all-in the very next hand, finding himself well ahead of Shawn McCracken - all-in preflop AJ vs. KJ. McCracken, however, flopped top two pair for the elimination of Wilshire in 7th place ($13,866).

The biggest pot of the early part of play was a huge cooler, as Kansas City's Joe Maggio has his pocket Aces cracked, all-in preflop against the Queens of Jivkov. It was Jivkov rivering a straight for the elimination and a big chiplead. Maggio went out in 8th place ($11,489).

There was an elimination on the first hand of final table play, as short-stacked Michael Hahn was knocked out by Shawn McCracken (A8 > K2). Hahn cashed for $9,924. Former HPT Champions who cashed in the Kansas City Main Event included Hahn (9th), Shawn Roberts (10th), Matt Paten (12th) and Greg Jennings (28th).

Here are the final results from the October 2017 HPT Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City.

10/12-16/17
$1650 Main Event
279 Entries
$396,180 Prize Pool
31 Places Paid


1WIlliamMcCrackenBolivar, MO$91,123
2TravisHiteshewSpringfield, IL$58,238
3NickJivkovDes Plains, IL$39,024
4ChristopherJuulKansas City, MO$27,535
5JayMcVeighShawnee, KS$20,601
6DanielThomasLincoln, NE$16,640
7BeauWilshireShawnee, KS$13,866
8JoeMaggioKansas City, MO$11,489
9MichaelHahnIndianapolis, IN$9,944
10ReginaldRoberts$7,726
11ShannanRoberts$7,726
12MatthewPatenSt. Charles, MO$7,726
13ZacharyCampbellMemphis, MO$5,665
14RyanRamsdellShawnee, KS$5,665
15LeeJohnson, Jr.Kansas City, MO$5,665
16DavidMohanOverland Park, KS$4,952
17SethEvansLake Tapawingo, MO$4,952
18MaryMartinLenera, KS$4,952
19TajeshPatelSt. Louis, MO$4,437
20JeffSofferHouston, TX$4,437
21RonaldOngSt. Louis, MO$4,437
22DouglasMillerLawrence, KS$4,160
23OmerMillerHumboldt, IL$4,160
24TedForsheyDe Soto, KS$4,160
25RobertGeithindianapolis, IN$4,160
26GregoryRadoshBarnhart, MO$4,160
27JulianBlackKansas City, MO$4,160
28GregJenningsOverland Park, KS$3,605
29BenMcCabePrairie Village, KS$3,605
30JonathanLawsonOmaha, NE$3,605
31CliffordSchinkoethGranite Bay, IL$3,605

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Travis Hiteshew - 2nd Place - $58,238


Travis Hiteshew moves all in preflop for his last 3BB and Shawn McCracken makes the call to put Hiteshew at risk for his tournament life

Hiteshew - Kc Kc
McCracken - Kc Kc

The board runs out Kc Kc Kc Kc Kc and Hiteshew is eliminated in second place, cashing today for $58,238.

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Racing for Even Stacks


The almost equal stacks of chips start flying postflop between Travis Hiteshew and Shawn McCracken, as Hiteshew makes it 975,000 and McCracken raises to 2 million. Hiteshew moves all in and McCracken calls.

The flop wasKc Kc Kc.

McCracken - Kc Kc for two pair
Hiteshew - Kc Kc for two overs

The board goes Kc Kc and Hiteshew is left with just 3BB.

Blinds - 50k/100k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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Level Up


Shawn McCracken and Travis Hiteshew are now playing 50,000/100,000 blinds with 10,000 antes in their heads-up match to take down the Ameristar Kansas City title.

Hiteshew regained the chiplead on the last hand, both players pretty close to even stacks of 4.2m each.

Blinds -
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McCracken Doubles Through Hiteshew


And the stacks flip back ... Shawn McCracken moves all in on the flop and Travis Hiteshew calls to put McCracken at risk

The flop is Kc Kc Kc and Hiteshew has flopped top pair with his Kc Kc.

McCracken, however, has the overpair Kc Kc.

The turn is Kc and McCracken lock up his double. The stacks flip back again and it is now McCracken at 5m and Hiteshew at 3.4m

Blinds - 40k/80k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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HIteshew Catches Broadway


Travis Hiteshew leads out on the flop, McCracken raises to 950,000, Hiteshew moves all in for 2,585,000 and McCracken calls to put Hiteshew at risk.

The board is Kc Kc Kc

McCracken - Kc Kc for middle paid and a flush draw
Hiteshew - Kc Kc for two overs, a gutter Broadway draw and a backdoor flush draw.

The turn is Kc, with Broadway showing on the river, Hiteshew catches Kc for the double.

The stacks just about flip here, with Hiteshew taking a commanding lead, 6m to 2.4m

Blinds - 40k/80k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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First Big HU Pot to McCracken


Shawn McCracken opens, Travis Hiteshew raises, McCracken 4-bets to 1,375,000 and Hiteshew makes the call.

McCracken makes it 1,500,000 on the Kc Kc Kc and Hitshew gets out of the way.

McCracken extends his chiplead, moving to 6,000,000 while Hiteshew is at 2,370,000.

Blinds - 40k/80k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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HU4Rollz


4.46m for Shawn McCracken to 3.875m for Travis Hiteshew as heads-up play is about to begin for the HPT Kansas City title. There's $91,123 to the winner and the runner-up earns $58,238.


Blinds - 40k/80k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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Nick Jivkov - 3rd Place - $39,024


A few hands after losing with a ton of outs against Shawn McCracken, @NickJivkov is all in and put at risk by McCracken.

Jivkov -  qc Kc
McCracken - Kc Kc

The board runs out Kc Kc Kc Kc Kc

and Jivkov is eliminated in third place, cashing for $39,024.

Heads-up play between McCracken and Travis Hiteshew begins in a few moments, once they take a short break.

Blinds - 40k/80k
Antes - 10k
Remaining - 2/279

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