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Monday, March 18, 2019


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. [Ah]

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).

Here's the final results.

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Media Live
-- HayleyOcho Hochstetler photo

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