Tuesday, November 13, 2018
AARON JOHNSON WINS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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.
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