Aces on the final hand flop a set and hold as Bill Byrnes defeats Keith Heine heads-up to win the @HPTpoker $1,650 Main Event at @StLouisPokerHC for a $148,587 payday.
Byrnes opened for 300,000 on the final hand, Heine called, then Heine made it 500,000 on the Ace-High flop. An all-in from Heine on the turn with a flush draw drew an insta-call from Byrnes with the top set. The Aces held and the HPT St Louis Title belonged to Byrnes.
Heine earned $91,735 as runner-up.
Less than six hours for the entire deep-stacked final table was not what most anticipated, but the nine players never took their feet off the gas pedal all afternoon long.
Stephen Green took 3rd for $61,049, while Dave Simon went from 4 million chips to out in 3 hands for a rough exit in 4th place, a $42,314 cash, and Kou Vang grabbed 5th for a $31,978 score.
Andy Echele (6th place, $24,872) had his Aces cracked by the 6-7 of Heine when Echele limped to try and get action, only to get more than he hoped for when Heine turned a full house.
Tim Burden came to the final table with a big chiplead and extended that lead quite a bit in the first hour of play - at one point holding more than one-third of all the chips in play 8-handed.
From 7-handed play, however, Burden's stack went continually downhill, and he cashed out in 7th for $20,673.
Joe Landazzi (8th, $17,120) and Greg Wood (9th, $14,471) rounded out teh final table cashes.
Among the players who eared a payout in the main event was Jason mangold (14th, $8,334), Jason Darland (15th, $8,334), Shawn Roberts (19th, $5,166), Allen Kessler (30th, $4,199), Mary Sturges (31st, $4,199), Ryan Gregor, (32nd, $4,199), Andy Rogowski (35th, $4,199) and Ryan Tepen (40th, $3,533).
A few hands after Bill Byrnes rivered a gutter for a straight to take a 4-1 chiplead, @Keith_Heine 3-bets preflop to 225,000 and Byrnes calls here in the @HPTpoker @StLouisPokerHC Main Event heads-up match.
The flop goes
Byrnes leads out for 500,000, there's an all in from Heine, and an announced snap-call from Byrnes.
Heine - for an overpair
Byrnes - for top pair
No help for Byrnes on the turn or river and the chiplead is down to 2-1 for Byrnes.
Just five hours since cards went in the air, @HPTpoker $1650 Main Event @StLouisPokerHC is down to the heads-up match between Bill Byrnes (above) and @Keith_Heine (below). There's $148,587 to the winner, with runner-up receiving $91,735. Levels move to 30-minutes in length as the match begins.