Cord Garcia Earns HPT Title, Wins $164,988
Lance "Cord" Garcia (also known as Colossus Cord or HPT Cord) started the day as chip leader and made his way to Heartland Poker Tour champion and $164,988 at the Colorado Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour final table September 19.
Before receiving a bracelet for winning the 488-entry tournament, Garcia bested Drazen Ilich in heads-up play, after moving all in with both a straight and flush draw on a flop. Garcia held the , while Ilich held a pair, with the , and the same straight draw. The on the turn crushed Ilich, as it gave Garcia the flush and the title.
Ilich didn’t give up easily, even during the heads-up play, and he doubled up twice after being down early. However, Garcia was quick to come back and maintain his dominance, forcing Ilich into a second-place finish for $100,861.
Josh Turner busted in fourth and Gary Germann, who won his seat through one of the tour's $380 qualifiers, was eliminated in third.
Garcia had never played at a televised table until this one, but already has $1.4 million in career earnings. The tournament ran September 8th through 19th with a total prize pool of $717,360.
Final Table Results
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