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Tim Burden Leads Final Table After Day 2 of HPT St. Louis; Kou Vang & Keith Heine Still In

Tim Burden

Day 2 of the 2019 Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) St. Louis Main Event came to its conclusion Saturday night playing down from 81 players to its final nine. Leading the way is 2018 Indiana State Poker Champion Tim Burden who bagged up a massive 3.8 million.

Others joining Burden at the final table include MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang, MSPT Meskwaki Champ Keith Heine, and Greg Wood.

HPT St. Louis Final Table

SeatPlayerCount
1Greg Wood555,000
2Joe Landazzi800,000
3Bill Byrnes1,815,000
4Stephen Green715,000
5Andy Echele2,080,000
6Keith Heine1,220,000
7Kou Vang785,000
8Dave Simon1,550,000
9Tim Burden3,800,000

Burden first got a monster pot after he flopped a pair of sixes and then turned trips and cracked Josh Mullins' pocket kings. Burden’s luck kept rolling as he obtained 25% of the chips in play after he and Danny Hoeft got into the largest pot of the evening.

It began when Burden raised to 40,000 and Hoeft, three-bet to 200,000. Action folded back to Burden who called the raise. A flop of {9-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Spades} was check-called by Burden after Hoeft bet 200,000. The dealer burned and turned the {4-Clubs} and Burden slammed down a bet of 500,000 and Hoeft called. Burden moved all in for 1.099 million after the {8-Hearts} came on the river and Hoeft, who had 1.04 million, called with the {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}. It was no good though as the 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champion had flopped a set with his {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}.

Dan Hoeft
Danny Hoeft

Day 2 started with 81 players but of those only the top 45 got paid. Some notable players who started Day 2 but didn’t make the money were 2018 HPT Player of the Year Aaron Johnson, 2018 MSPT Meskwaki runner-up Ian Matakis, and WPT champ Ravi Raghavan, who has over $3 million in career earnings.

Peter Brooks was the 46th player out making him the bubble boy. Those to cash but fall short of the final table were Day 1b chip leader Josh Mullins (13th - $8,334), Danny Hoeft (18th - $6,266), Shawn Roberts (19th - $5,168), Jeff Landherr (21st - $5,168), Helen Denton (29th - $4,199), Mary Sturges (31st - $$4,199), Day 1a chip leader Ryan Gregor (32nd - $4,199), and Gil George (44th - $3,553).

The final nine players will return to action Monday at Noon local time and will play down to a winner. Once again the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

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