Beau Rivage Wraps Up 2019 Million Dollar Heater Series; Edmund Sexton Jr. Wins Main for $105K
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The annual Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater wrapped up its 14-event schedule this past week. The series spanned 13 days and offered tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $2,700.
“We’ve had more than 5,000 poker players participate in this year’s Million Dollar Heater,” said Beau Rivage Poker Room Manager Henry Garrison. “The tournament continues to grow and is considered the premier poker event in the South.”
The $2,700 buy-in Main Event, which ran from January 12-14, attracted 158 entrants, which surpassed the $300K GTD by generating a $395,500 prize pool. After three days of action, Edmund Sexton Jr. took the $105,282 first-place prize back to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Prior to the win, Sexton had just $17,423 in lifetime earnings including a prior career-best of $10,705 for finishing sixth in the 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold’em.
“This is a great way to start off 2019,” Sexton said after the win. “I feel like I’m waking up from a dream. I played with guys way better than me and won. It feels amazing.”
Others to cash but miss out on making the final table were Luther Tran (16th - $6,414), video poker jackpot expert Kyle Cartwright (13th - $7,923), and final table bubble boy Judge Leo Boothe (11th - $8,678), who retired from the Seventh Judicial District in 2014.
2019 Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Edmund Sexton, Jr.||$105,282|
Big Winners in Beau Rivage Side Events
Sexton wasn’t the only big winner at the Beau Rivage. Two weeks ago, the series kicked off with Event #1: $360 No-Limit Hold’em, which offered up a $600K GTD. With 2,763 entries, the guarantee was smashed as an $801,270 prize pool was created.
The top 329 finishers got paid including David Bradshaw (3rd - $46,420), Durand Bass (15th - $8,376), David Nicholson (24th - $5,583), and Gary Blackman (27th - $5,583). In the end, it was William Stanford who emerged victorious to capture the $92,684 top prize, the biggest payout outside the Main Event.
Another player to capture a five-figure prize was Dennis Hicks, who bested a 504-entry field to win Event #9: $360 NLH Monster Stack for $36,139. That tournament crushed its $50K GTD by generating a $146,160 prize pool.
In addition to the Monster Stack, there was Event #13: $200 Little Monster, a tournament that drew 267 entries and created a $40,050 prize pool. Mack Ham won the one-day event for $11,300, while Chris Adams and Al Dapkus took second and third for $6,041 and $3,410 respectively.
2019 Beau Rivage Million Dollar Heater Winners
|#1 $360 No Limit Hold’em $600K GTD||William Stanford||$92,684|
|#2 $300 No Limit Hold’em||Shawn Calvit||$22,609|
|#3 $300 Big O||Nikita Patalinghug||$9,382|
|#4 $300 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em||Chris Dupuy||$6,242|
|#5 $300 No Limit Hold’em||Charles Campos||$11,892|
|#6 $300 Limit Omaha 8/B||Robert McCay||$5,687|
|#7 $300 No Limit Hold’em Seniors||Charles Temple||$23,681|
|#8 $500 Pot Limit Omaha||Keith Ray||$10,247|
|#9 $360 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack||Dennis Hicks||$36,139|
|#10 $300 No Limit Hold’em with $50 Bounties||Sandra Brown||$8,705|
|#11 $300 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em||Trace Henderson||$3,413|
|#12 $200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max||Justin Sharp||$8,690|
|#13 $200 Little Monster||Mack Ham||$11,300|
|#14 $2,700 Main Event $300K GTD||Edmund Sexton Jr.||$105,282|
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