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Cord Garcia Earns HPT Title, Wins $164,988

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  • Lance 'Cord' Garcia wins HPT's Champion title ($164,988) over Drazen Ilich @gates_poker final table.

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 {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop. Garcia held the {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, while Ilich held a pair, with the {9-Spades}{6-Spades}, and the same straight draw. The {2-Hearts} 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

PlacePlayerStatePrize
1Cord GarciaTX$164,988
2Drazen IlichNE$100,861
3Gary GermannWY$66,858
4Joshua TurnerMO$46,485
5John BeauprezCO$34,792
6Bryan JohnsonCO$26,901
7Ryan GregorMO$21,879
8Ronald ScottCO$17,934
9Garrett CritesCO$14,347

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