Live Events 2
$1,100 Main Event
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Highlights

Highlights

$1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Luke Graham Leads Final Table of HPT Daytona Beach Main Event

MartianNews • Level 26: 20,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Luke Graham
Luke Graham

Day 2 of the Heatland Poker Tour Main Event in Daytona Beach saw 79 return for a shot at an HPT final table appearance. It took just over ten levels of play to whittle down to the final nine that will be appearing on the live-streamed final table, with Luke Graham leading the way.

Graham started the day with just above average in chips and managed to hover just above that average for the better part of the day and once the final two tables hit is when Graham really started to catapult, winning pot after pot. Graham boasts over $1.1 million in live career earnings and has two six-figure cashes this year alone, both over the quarter-million mark.

Following Graham on the totem pole is Martin Borras who managed to spin up an impressive 2,855,000 stack by night's end. Borras started the day near the top and jumped on a roller coaster ride that ended with him sitting in second. Borras came into the final three tables just above average in chips and started to pile chips, knocking out two players almost simultaneously. Once near the top he just kept adding chips, finishing the day just under the leader.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ronnie DowdyUnited States800,00016
2Arthur BoatmanUnited States500,00010
3Martin BorrasUnited States2,855,00057
4Michael RosenbergUnited States870,00017
5Tom NguyenUnited States690,00014
6Paul ChungUnited States1,785,00036
7Eric SalazarUnited States1,680,00034
8Miguel HernandezUnited States665,00013
9Luke GrahamUnited States3,505,00070

Day 2 Action

The original 445 registration slips sold had whittled down to just 79 players by the start of Day 2 and with only the top 45 finding a payday. Play started out slow, but instantly a fleury of people were eliminated just before the second level began. Many notables took an exit during that period, including Charles Johnson, Ed Mroczkowski, Tony Ruberto, and Raminder Singh, all finishing just shy of the money.

Players started to tighten up as the money bubble loomed and it was not until level 20 that it popped. Unfortunately for Carlos Guerrero it was him that took an exit one before the money. Guerrero found himself as a short stack and looked down at king-queen of spades on the button, he moved all in. Miguel Hernandez woke up with cowboys in the big blind and snap-called. The board ran out clean and Guerrero took an exit, all players were then guaranteed at least $2,355 for their efforts.

Three levels went by before the final three tables were set and it was Corey Zedo leading the way. Tony Miles and John Ho were among the first to dip out, losing almost instantly after the final three tables began to pitch the cards. It didn't take long before Zedo had gone from hero to zero as he took an exit in 19th place when Borras sent him packing with ace-king versus the ace-five of Zedo.

The unofficial final table came just two levels after and a lot of well-known players failed to make it but did find a cash, including Fred Li (11th - $7,321), Eric Chastain (12th - $7,321), Stan Jablonski (14th - $5,523), David Jackson (16th - $4,153), and Stephan Nussrallah (17th - $4,153).

An unofficial final table was set and two short stacks quickly doubled, both through Ronnie Dowdy as Tom Nguyen and Arthur Boatman climbed through one of the bigger stacks to start the table. Just moments after it was Mark Zullo who tried his hand at doubling. Zullo check-raised all in with two pair on the turn and was called by Borras who had an overpair of bullets. The river paired the board, giving Borras a higher two pair and the pot, sending Zullo out as the official final table bubble boy.

The remaining nine players will return tomorrow at noon to duke it out for a title and of course the $98,476 first-place prize. The blinds will resume at 20,000/50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante and there will be a 15-minute break after every three levels of play. The final table will begin at noon tomorrow and will be live-streamed on a delay that is roughly 30-minutes. Play will not end until a new champion is crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you all of the updates in the HPT Daytona Beach Main Event, so stay tuned as all of the action unfolds.

Tags: Luke GrahamMark Zullo

Mark Zullo Eliminated in 10th Place ($7,321)

MartianNews • Level 26: 20,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Mark Zullo
Mark Zullo

Martin Borras opened to 105,000 from under the gun, Ronnie Dowdy called on the button and Mark Zullo defended his big blind.

The dealer fanned out {k-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts} on the flop, action checked to Borras who bet 125,000 and only Zullo called to see the {5-Diamonds} turn card.

Zullo checked to Borras who bet 200,000 and Zullo quickly check-raised all in for around 440,000. Borras called, tabling {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} for an overpair of aces but it was behind when Zullo showed his {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, giving him two pair.

A very fortuitous card hit on the river for Borras when the dealer burned and turned a {4-Diamonds}. Borras took the lead with his higher two pair and Zullo was eliminated in 10th place.

Martin Borras US
Martin Borras
US 2,855,000 1,855,000
Mark Zullo us
Mark Zullo
us Busted

Tags: Mark ZulloMartin BorrasRonnie Dowdy

Level:
26
Blinds:
20,000/50,000
Ante:
50,000

Unofficial Final Table

MartianNews • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Ronnie Dowdy1,560,00039
2Arthur Boatman275,0007
3Mark Zullo940,00024
4Martin Borras1,000,00025
5Michael Rosenberg800,00020
6Tom Nguyen310,0008
7Paul Chung1,850,00046
8Eric Salazar2,100,00053
9Miguel Hernandez800,00020
10Luke Graham3,125,00078

Fred Li Eliminated in 11th Place ($7,321)

MartianNews • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Fred Li
Fred Li

Mark Zullo opened to 80,000 from under the gun and Fred Li called all in for that exact amount from the big blind, players tabled their hands.

Fred Li: {q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Mark Zullo: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came down {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Li needed to hit to keep his tournament going. An {8-Hearts} had Li drawing to a lady to take down the pot but the {6-Hearts} river was not that as Zullo's ace played, eliminating Li from the tournament.

Mark Zullo us
Mark Zullo
us 940,000 -45,000
Fred Li us
Fred Li
us Busted

Tags: Mark ZulloFred Li

Eric Chastain Eliminated in 12h Place ($7,321)

MartianNews • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Eric Chastain
Eric Chastain

Eric Chastain moved all in for around 220,000 and action folded to Luke Graham in the big blind, he called and the two players put the cards on their backs.

Eric Chastain: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}
Luke Graham: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}

The flop came down {q-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Chastain was still in the lead with his pair of nines. The {a-Diamonds} landed on the turn, shifting the lead to Graham who now had Chastain up against the ropes.

The {6-Hearts} river cemented the pot for Graham, sending Chastain out of the tournament in 12th place.

Luke Graham us
Luke Graham
us 2,600,000 125,000
Eric Chastain us
Eric Chastain
us Busted

Tags: Eric ChastainLuke Graham