Live Events 1
Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,650
Prize Pool $855,540
Players 588

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000



Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Spenser Cramer Wins HPT Hollywood Casino Columbus for $191,723

Chad_Holloway • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Spenser Cramer
Spenser Cramer

The Heartland Poker Tour’s first-ever stop at Hollywood Casino Columbus drew a bigger-then-expected field of 588 entries. On Monday, the final nine players returned to battle it out in what will be Ohio’s first nationally-televised final table.

After three long days of play, Spenser Cramer came out on top of a stacked final table to capture a $191,723 first-place prize. Prior to the win, Cramer had less than $6,000 in lifetime tournament cashes, which makes sense given he prefers to spend his time playing pot-limit Omaha cash games.

“I was not a very good tournament player before this tournament,” Cramer said. “It’s been a long weekend but it’s been a great weekend. It’s great to finally win a big one. The final table was great. That was the most stacked table I’ve ever seen before. Every player at that table was a great player, I have a lot of respect for all of them.”

As for the big payday, the 25-year-old poker pro has some plans: “I have a newborn to take care of and a trip to Vegas this summer."

Cramer’s win was made all the more special given the competition he had to defeat, which included two World Series of Poker bracelet winners, a World Poker Tour champion, and a former MSPT winner.

HPT Columbus Results

1Spenser Cramer$191,723
2Ryan Wince$118,434
3Mandeep Sah$77,621
4Jeff Hart$53,934
5Thila Narayanan$39,194
6Abdul Amer$30,418
7Kevin Eyster$25,561
8Adam Friedman$21,301
9Joey Couden$17,041

Final Table Action

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Joey Couden was the first final table casualty after calling off on the river with the nut straight only to see Ryan Wince roll over jacks full of nines. Couden’s friend and fellow bracelet winner Adam Friedman followed him out the door after losing a flip with jacks to Mandeep Sah’s Big Slick for most of his stack.

World Poker Tour champ Kevin “1$ickDisea$s” Eyster fell when his king-queen failed to get there against Mah’s ace-eight all in preflop, and then start-of-the-day chip leader and 2018 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open champ Abdul Amer busted shortly after his ace-king was overcome by Jeff Hart’s ace-nine all in preflop, and Thila Narayanan took his leave when his ace-queen succumbed to Cramer’s ace-ten when a ten spike on the flop.

HPT Columbus final table
HPT Columbus final table.

Hart ran jacks into Cramer’s pocket aces to bust in fourth place, and Sah was Cramer’s next victim after jamming with ace-three and failing to get there against two black nines.

Cramer began heads-up play with a little less than a 2:1 chip lead over Ryan Wice. In the final hand of the tournament, Wice three-bet jammed with eight-nine suited only to see Cramer call with aces, which held.

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Ryan Wince Eliminated in 2nd Place (118,434)

jeffmcmillan • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Ryan Wince
Ryan Wince

On the button Spenser Cramer picked up some good news as he looked down at the {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}. Ryan Wince in the big blind raised his short stack all in with the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}.

Cramer immediately called and turned over his hand, almost tasting the title. But the flop provided some hope for Wince when it came {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts} giving him a pair and a straight draw.

The turn was a blank {2-Spades} for Wince and the river was no help either when it came the {3-Clubs} to finish Wince's tournament as runner-up.

Wince will take home an amazing $118,434.

Spenser Cramer us
Spenser Cramer
us 17,640,000 2,640,000
Ryan Wince us
Ryan Wince
us Busted

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Cramer Wins another Pot Heads up

Leo_Contreras • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Spenser Cramer raised to 300,000 on the button and Ryan Wince reraised to 910,000. Cramer called the three-bet on the button to see a flop, which came {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Wince bet 750,000 and Cramer made the call.

The turn came the {6-Spades} and it was checked around to the river, which was the {7-Spades}. Wince bet 800,000 and Cramer raised to 3M. Wince mucked his hand.

Spenser Cramer us
Spenser Cramer
us 15,000,000
Ryan Wince us
Ryan Wince
us 2,900,000

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Cramer's Straight Deals Blow To Sah

jeffmcmillan • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

On a board that read {j-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{q-Hearts} Mandeep Sah held top pair with the {q-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Spencer Cramer held {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

The river was the {5-Spades} to complete the straight for Cramer. Sah bet 425,000. Cramer waited for a few moments before raising to 1.9 million.

Sah took a while to think about the decision before putting in the call. Cramer immediately turned over the nuts and collected the huge pot.

Spenser Cramer us
Spenser Cramer
us 9,400,000 3,200,000
Mandeep Sah us
Mandeep Sah
us 1,400,000 -3,600,000

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Jeff Hart Eliminated in 4th Place ($53,934)

jeffmcmillan • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Jeff Hart
Jeff Hart

Spenser Cramer looked down at the {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} on the button and raised it up to 300,000. Jeff Hart had the {j-Clubs}{j-Spades} and decided to three-bet to 900,000.

Cramer four-bet all in and Hart called to put his Main Event life at stake as a big underdog.

The aces held for Cramer as the board would not provide any saving grace for Hart when it came {k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}.

Hart walked away in fourth place.

Spenser Cramer us
Spenser Cramer
us 6,200,000 2,300,000
Jeff Hart US
Jeff Hart
US Busted

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