HPT Champ Bill Byrnes Victorious in Ameristar Poker Open Main Event
This past weekend, the Ameristar Poker Open at Ameristar St. Charles completed its four-event series in the St. Louis poker market. All told, the regional series catered to a combined 1,506 entrants and awarded $422,385 in prize money.
Things kicked off with Event #1: $200 NLH Deepstack, which attracted 225 runners and saw Jason Simon of O’Fallon Missouri come out on top to win $8,092.
In Event #2: $250 Seniors NLH (50+), David Nickel topped a 176-entry field to claim a $1,497 top prize, and in Event #4: $200 NLH Deep Stack it was Richard Birner prevailing over a 166-entry field to win a $7,839 top prize.
Bill Byrnes Wins Main Event
As for the Ameristar Poker Open $400 Main Event, the tournament attracted 939 runners and offered up a $319,260 prize pool to the top 105 finishers.
Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Trey Bartlett (10th - $4,310), Vinson Boothe (17th - $2,363), Randy Shearer (22nd - $1,852), Chad Bienz (28th - $1,630), Robert Dunn (38th - $1,440), Alex Masek (45th - $1,440), and Jeff Copeland (58th - $1,085).
It was at the final table that a four-handed deal was struck ensuring the remaining players at least $34K in prize money. Bill Byrnes, a criminal defense attorney from Wentzville, Missouri, was deemed champion to claim the trophy and $38,942 in prize money.
It wasn’t the first time Byrnes has had success in the St. Charles area. Back in March 2019, he bested a 444-entry field to win the $1,650 HPT Main Event at Hollywood Casino St. Louis, good for $148,587.
Byrnes also finished 11th in the 2015 WSOP Colossus event for $55,968.
Ameristar Poker Open Main Event Final Table Results
|1||Bill Byrnes||Wentzville, Missouri||$38,924*|
|2||Jason Simon||O’Fallon, Missouri||$36,069*|
|3||Danny Shurtz||Granite City, Illinois||$35,727*|
|4||Shawn Brown||St. Charles, Missouri||$34,569*|
|5||Gregory Liss||Joliet, Illinois||$12,802|
|6||Gregory Radosh||Barnhart, Missouri||$9,706|
|7||Rita Brejot||Mt. Zion, Illinois||$7,822|
|8||Alexander Hoff||O’Fallon, Missouri||$6,609|
|9||William Haner||Collinsville, Illinois||$5,491|
*Denotes four-handed deal.
Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.