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

by , Nov 21, 2010 | 7:56 am

Day 1 of the Heartland Poker Tour “Championship Open” $1500 +$150 Main Event tagged-and-bagged @ around midnight at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI with 60 players remaining of the original field of 413 (*huge* for HPT.)  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.)  Darvin Moon’s 99’s pre-flop shortshack jam fell to 77’s set late in Level 11.  @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.  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.)

Follow @TiffnyMichelle, @BernardLeePoker, @MariaHo for table-twitfeed.
Follow me @scarlet_lv today for live-tweets from the rail.

5 Comments to “Heartland Poker Tour Season Finale Main Event Day 1 Update”

  1. BJ Nemeth

    Kevmath or no, this was a great update. You told me everything I needed to know, and nothing more — perfect.

    Thanks, Scarlet!

  2. Maria Ho

    Yes, Scarlet has done an amazing job getting the necessary info out as well as possible a few fun pics of some shot taking…hehe.

    BJ- Why aren’t you here in your home state hanging with us?! =)

  3. BJ Nemeth

    I need more advance warning — it takes a very long day for Rhapsody and I to drive back to Michigan. Next time?

  4. Scarlet Robinson

    Thank you BJ and Maria! You are very kind to the newkid.

    Maybe BJ can join us next time for some kamikazes, Maria??

  5. Scarlet Robinson

    Note: I missed WSOP Bracelet holder Dean Hamrick (who has just finished 4th) in this writeup – as I did not recognize him, but hopefully corrected it with followup post.