On Monday, the Heartland Poker Tour River City Casino & Hotel came to a close in St. Louis, Missouri. The $1,650 buy-in Main Event attracted 324 entries and created a prize pool of $466,560. In the end, it was Terry Ring of Durant, Iowa who emerged victorious to capture the $111,968 first-place prize.
That name may sound familiar as Ring notched a third-place finish at the HPT Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Iowa last fall. “I’d like to get a first place with HPT,” Ring said at that stop. Well, on Monday his dream came true.
|1st||Terry Ring||Durant, Iowa||$111,968|
|2nd||Parminder Singh||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||$67,931|
|3rd||Chris Cornell||Clarksville, TN||$45,490|
|4th||Keith Brodie||St. Louis, Missouri||$31,726|
|5th||Darryl Ronconi||Naperville, Illinois||$23,795|
|6th||Roger Campbell||Centralia, Illinois||$18,662|
|7th||Michael Hahn||Indianapolis, Indiana||$15,770|
|8th||Trevor Renner||Akron, Ohio||$13,064|
|9th||Haris Delic||St. Louis, Missouri||$11,197|
*Prize includes $3,000 HPT Championship package
According to the HPT, the first elimination of the final table was the short stack, Haris Delic. In one of the first few hands, he got it in with and was well ahead of Darryl Ronconi’s . Unfortunately an ace hit the flop and Delic was bounced in ninth place for $11,197.
The next to go was Trevor Renner, who had made the final table at the 2012 HPT Daytona Beach. “I worked hard to get here again,” said Renner, who failed to best that fifth-place finish when he fell in eighth place for $13,064.
Not long after, Michael Hahn of Indianapolis found himself all-in for a three-way pot with pocket jacks. Unfortunately for him, Parminder Singh’s pocket aces held and Hahn was out in seventh place for $15,770.
Defending champ Roger Campbell, an executive from Centralia, Illinois, was looking for a title defense, but that ultimately came to an end in sixth place for $18,886. Ronconi, who finished fourth at an HPT stop in Indiana last year, then fell in fifth place courtesy of Ring. Ronconi, who hails from Naperville, Illinois, took home $23,791 for his performance.
After St. Louis nativeKeith Brodie, who finished seventh last time HPT visited his hometown, fell in fourth place for $31,726, Chris Cornell, a logger from Clarksville, Tennessee, fell in third place for $45,490. He plans to use part of that money to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event for the first time.
That left Singh, who traveled from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Ring to battle heads up, an affair that lasted a lengthy 128 hands. On Hand #271 of the final table, which happened in Level 34 (150,000/300,000/40,000), Ring limped and Singh checked his option, which brought about a flop of . Singh checked and then called off his stack when Ring moved all in.
Singh had flopped middle pair, but it was no good as Ring held top pair. Neither the turn nor river helped Singh, and he finished as runner-up for $67,931.
Congratulations to Terry Ring, the latest HPT champion who took home $111,968!
The HPT’s next event will take place this weekend at Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Palm Springs, California.
*Data and photos courtesy of Heartland Poker Tour.