Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
Day 3 Completed
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 $6,000 in lifetime tournament cashes, which makes sense given he prefers to spend his time playing pot-limit Omaha cash games.
“I was not a very good tournament player before this tournament,” Cramer said. “It’s been a long weekend but it’s been a great weekend. It’s great to finally win a big one. The final table was great. That was the most stacked table I’ve ever seen before. Every player at that table was a great player, I have a lot of respect for all of them.”
As for the big payday, the 25-year-old poker pro has some plans: “I have a newborn to take care of and a trip to Vegas this summer."
Cramer’s win was made all the more special given the competition he had to defeat, which included two World Series of Poker bracelet winners, a World Poker Tour champion, and a former MSPT winner.
HPT Columbus Results
Final Table Action
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Joey Couden was the first final table casualty after calling off on the river with the nut straight only to see Ryan Wince roll over jacks full of nines. Couden’s friend and fellow bracelet winner Adam Friedman followed him out the door after losing a flip with jacks to Mandeep Sah’s Big Slick for most of his stack.
World Poker Tour champ Kevin “1$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.
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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On the button Spenser Cramer picked up some good news as he looked down at the . Ryan Wince in the big blind raised his short stack all in with the .
Cramer immediately called and turned over his hand, almost tasting the title. But the flop provided some hope for Wince when it came giving him a pair and a straight draw.
The turn was a blank for Wince and the river was no help either when it came the to finish Wince's tournament as runner-up.
Wince will take home an amazing $118,434.
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 .
Wince bet 750,000 and Cramer made the call.
The turn came the and it was checked around to the river, which was the . Wince bet 800,000 and Cramer raised to 3M. Wince mucked his hand.
Mandeep Sah moved all in for 1.49M on the button and Spenser Cramer made the call from the small blind.
The board ran out and Cramer's pocket nines held up to eliminate Sah in third place.
On a board that read Mandeep Sah held top pair with the and Spencer Cramer held .
The river was the 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 looked down at the on the button and raised it up to 300,000. Jeff Hart had the 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 .
Hart walked away in fourth place.
Thilia Narayanan moved all in for 1M chips under the gun and it folded around to Spenser Cramer, who made the call in the big blind.
The board ran out and Cramer's tens were enough to eliminate Narayanan in fifth place.