Heartland Poker Tour Season Finale Main Event Day 1 Update
Day 2 begins as Tiffany Michelle, Bernard Lee, Maria Ho run deep; Nguyen, Moon busted
Day 1 of the Heartland Poker Tour “Championship Open” $1500 +$150 Main EventÂ tagged-and-bagged @ around midnightÂ at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI with 60 players remaining of the original field of 413 (*huge* for HPT.)Â This is the finale for season VI of the TV show, and tour regulars comment that it is by far the most star-studded event in their history.
There were five notable pros playing the Main, who attending the PPA-sponsored charity bounty tourney benefiting the Disabled American Veterans on Thursday.
Tiffany Michelle & Maria Ho = future USO?
@TheScottyNguyen was the first of them to fall on D1, with his aces cracked in Level 6 (see rungood.tv|bustout interview vid.)Â Darvin Moon’s 99′s pre-flop shortshack jam fell to 77′s set late in Level 11.Â @TiffnyMichelle and ESPN Poker’s @BernardLeePoker are healthy; @MariaHo has just over 10BBs.
Play for D2 resumes shortly after 10a EST/7a Vegas today at L13 (40 min levels), playing to 6.Â The final TV table of the “HPT Six” is scheduled to begin taping @ 5p EST/2p Vegas.
POI (person-o-interest) Chip Counts:
Tiffany Michelle: 162.5k
Brandon Dosch: (HPT Champ & POY Contender): 162.5k
Matt Alexander: (HPT Champ & POY Contender): 136.5k
Bernard Lee: 118k
Maria Ho: 68.5k
Average Stack = 103,250
Big Stack ~ 230k
Day 2 -> L13 Antes/Blinds = 500/3k/6k
Cash bubble @ 41 players today, and the winner will take down an estimated ~ $177k. (hey, I’m not @KevMath y’all, even *inside* the tourney room.)