2021 World Series of Poker

HPT Champ Bill Byrnes Victorious in Ameristar Poker Open Main Event

Bill Byrnes

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

1Bill ByrnesWentzville, Missouri$38,924*
2Jason SimonO’Fallon, Missouri$36,069*
3Danny ShurtzGranite City, Illinois$35,727*
4Shawn BrownSt. Charles, Missouri$34,569*
5Gregory LissJoliet, Illinois$12,802
6Gregory RadoshBarnhart, Missouri$9,706
7Rita BrejotMt. Zion, Illinois$7,822
8Alexander HoffO’Fallon, Missouri$6,609
9William HanerCollinsville, Illinois$5,491

*Denotes four-handed deal.

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