From a starting field of 392 entrants, just nine return for the final day of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood Casino St. Louis $1,650 Main Event. The final table, which will be filmed for a future television broadcast, will also be streamed on the HPT's Twitch channel on a short delay (no hole cards will be shown due to Missouri gaming laws), featuring Jerod Smith and the HPT's Korey Stewart on commentary. The PokerNews blog coverage will sync with the stream.
The returning players already have a $12,776 cash locked up, but all eyes are on the top prize of $131,184, along with the trophy and a $3,500 Championship Package good for the Season XVI HPT Championship at the end of the year.
Austin McCormick returns to his second HPT St. Louis final table with the chip lead today, with a stack of 2,775,000 to work with, good for nearly 140 big blinds at the start of play. WSOP Bracelet winners Kyle Cartwright (2,120,000) and Brett Apter (1,735,000) sit in the other two medal positions at the moment, while Kevin Garosshen (1,590,000) and Brent Cunningham (1,125,000) round out the chip millionaires club.
Final Table Seat Draw
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Stay tuned to the PokerNews blog throughout the day, as we crown the latest HPT champ here at Hollywood Casino St. Louis!