Ryan Gregor won the Heartland Poker Tour Kansas City $1,650 Main Event for $111,696 on Monday, defeating a final table that included 2008 bracelet winner Grant Hinkle. It's just the second live cash recorded by Gregor, after an eighth-place finish in a 2009 World Series of Poker Circuit event in Tunica for $1,596.
Final Table Results
|1||Ryan Gregor||Kansas City, MO||$111,696|
|2||Jason Darland||Overland Park, KS||$70,709|
|3||Jeff Wigh||Olathe, KS||$47,350|
|4||Robert Castiore||Cecilia, KY||$33,024|
|5||Mike Vanier||Lincoln, NE||$24,768|
|6||Jay McVeigh||Shawnee, KS||$19,426|
|7||Si Vo||St. Louis, MO||$16,415|
|8||Grant Hinkle||Overland Park, KS||$13,598|
|9||Deborah Phillips||Ozark, MO||$11,704|
The tournament drew 342 entrants and 36 received payouts. Jeff Bryan (36th), Cash Carpenter (30th), Yash Mudireddy (29th), Craig Casino (19th), Jeff Fielder (17th), and 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer (16th) were among those making the money.
According to the live updates, Gregor entered the final table as the massive chip leader with nearly 100 big blinds, almost double second-place Hinkle.
Hinkle was in a prime position but slipped up early on, handing out two doubles to Nebraska-based cash grinder Mike Vanier. Down to his last 409,000 at 15,000/30,000/4,000, Hinkle shoved all in over an open with only to have Jason Darland wake up with behind him. The board ran out dead for both players after Hinkle flopped an open-ender, and he was done in eighth.
Si Vo followed him out in seventh after falling to the flush draw of Jeff Wigh, and that left Wigh nearly on par with Gregor stack-wise. Jay McVeigh and Vanier then busted, the latter after a series of doubles enabled him to ladder up despite working with a short stack at the final table.
Gregor had made little headway and fallen to the short stack with about 20 big blinds, but he soon picked up the four-handed and called the three-bet shove of Robert Castiore. The board ran out dead and Gregor was back in business He surged back into the lead by dinner break but it was Darland eliminating Wigh to take a 2-1 lead into heads-up play.
Gregor moved into the lead in the match and finished things when he opened the and called the shove of Darland, who held the . A board later, and it was all over in favor of Gregor.
*Image courtesy of the HPT.