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Since 2015, our Hold’em Live Updates team has been providing all the live tournament reporting from each Heartland Poker Tour Main Event across the country.

You’ll be able to find the HPT Live Updates right year for each Main Event.

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Wendy Freedman Leads HPT Final Table

Wendy Freedman

Wendy Freedman is just shy of a million chips clear of the rest of the field as today’s HPT Black Hawk final table plays down to a winner today.

Freedman – at 3.345m – is ahead of a field that includes last September’s HPT Black Hawk champ Alex Greenblatt and last week’s WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley 4th place Paul Richardson.

Follow the LiveStream at Twitch.TV/HPTpoker or our NO SPOLIERS updates at HPTupdates.com

Time for HPT Black Hawk

HPT Black Hawk

Join us all this week as our Hold’em Live Updates team provides full coverage of the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Gates – inside the Golden Gates Casino – plays host three times a year to a HPT Main Event – a $1650 each February, An $1100 each July and a $1650 each September.

Some of the largest HPT prize pools each year are generated by the players coming to Black Hawk.

Follow along with all the updates at HPTupdates.com

Baumgartner Grabs HPT East Chicago Win

Jake Baumgartner

Jake Baumgartner made his way through a HPT East Chicago Labor Day Weekend record-crowd of 653 entries to emerge as the champion, earning $209,564, including an entry in November’s HPT Season Championship at Ameristar East Chicago.

The final table was nearly a 12-hour-long marathon challenge that left the players wiped out from the challenge of being sharp and on-game for that long. A 653-entry filed crates those challenges and Baumgartner survived the best at the end.

Check out our coverage of the final table and the entire tournament here. We’ve been the HPT Main Event reporting team since late 2015.

Estafanous Leads Day 1A HPT East Chicago

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Boulos ‘Ossama’ Estafanous is 100,000 clear of the field after 20 players advanced from Day 1A of the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 main Event at Ameristar East Chicago.

Estafanous – at 434,000 – leads a pack who all bagged 300k or more.

We are providing all the tournament reporting for this and all HPT main events around the country. Check out all the Live Updates at HPTupdates.com

Labor Day Weekend at HPT East Chicago

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Join our Hold’em Live Updates team as we spend Labor Day Weekend at Ameristar East Chicago for the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event.

Some of the biggest HPT Main Event fields each year are at this property just across the Indiana border, on the edge of Lake Michigan.

We’ll be bringing full start-to-finish Live Updates coverage beginning Thursday afternoon. Check out all those updates at HPTupdates.com

Hawkins Adds HPT Title to Resume

Hawkins Wins HPT St Charles

Maurice Hawkins fought back from being down to fewer than 10BB 3-handed – and a 4-1 deficit heads-up – to claim the Heartland Poker Tour main event title at Ameristar St. Charles.

Hawkins was running over the final table early on, moving from 1.6 million to as high as 3.7 million. He went downhill fast when 3-handed play began, falling as low as 800k of the 10.4 million in play. A triple-up to 2.7 million sent his stack back upwards.

HB Sablotny and Hawkins played heads-up for more than three hours, staying close to even the first two hours, before Sablotny opened to a 4-1 chiplead over the next hour. Hawkins rapidly regained his composure, his chip, and then closed out Sablotny in a massive cooler, his 5-7  > A-6 by flopping a straight against a turned two pair.

Check out the full updates we did for this and att HPT Main Events at HPTupdates.com

McBrayer Takes HPT Vicksburg Title

McBrayer Wins HPT Vicksburg

Pushing his career poker tournament earnings to almost $1 million, BJ McBrayer won the Heartland Poker Tour’s $1,100 Main Event at Ameristar Vicksburg in Mississippi.

McBrayer was mid-pack through much of the final table, gaining his lead late, then he nearly ended the tournament three hands in to heads-up play against James Patrick. Ahead pre-flop and with a 7-1 chiplead to start heads-up play, McBrayer seemed on his way to a quick victory.

Well, you see, what happened was … Patrick doubled, doubled again, came back to take the chiplead, and eventually fell to McBrayer in a heads-up match that lasted more than two full hours.

Take a look at our full main event coverage we provided for HPT at their updates site, HPTupdates.com.

Live from Historic Vicksburg This Weekend

Ardoin After Vicksburg Title

Hold’em live Updates travels to Vicksburg, Miss. this weekend to provide full tournament reporting of the Heartland Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event at Ameristar Vicksburg.

The event should draw close to a 200-entry field with a prize pool at about $190,000.

Follow along at HPTupdates.com for the full tournament reporting, including Monday’s LiveStream final table scheduled for a Noon CST start time.,

Fielder Bags Another Win

Fielder Wins HPT KC

We’ve crossed paths with Jeff Fielder at many poker tournaments in the last year, on-hand as he’s won his share.

Fielder is the newest Heartland Poker Tour champion, taking home $94,713 as he topped a 290-entry field at Ameristar Kansas City.

Fielder defeated Jovan Suder heads-up at a final table that included Nick Jivkov (3rd), Mick Pupillo (5th) and Vince Moscati (6th).

Check out all the HPT Kansas City Main Event updates at HPTupdates.com.

Two Main Events This Weekend

There’s two main events we’re at or part of this weekend, the $500,000 Guarantee Ante Up World Championship $1,650 at TVPokerRoom at Thunder Valley Resort in northern California and the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City.

Catch all the Ante Up Worlds action at ThunderValleyPoker.com.

Check out the HPT Kansas City action at HPTupdates.com

Brown Wins HPT Black Hawk $1100

Brown Wins HPT $1100

From a record-field of 756 entries, Ben Brown takes the title in the Heartland Poker Tour‘s $1100 Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Brown used a massive hand at the final table – Pocket_Kings vs the Pocket_queens of Chris Tryba – to vault himself to a huge chiplead that he never relinquished.

Check out Korey Stewart’s full coverage of the final table and the entire main event here.

Live from HPT East Chicago

HPT East Chicago

Our Hold’em Live Updates team is providing all the coverage this week of the $1,650 Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Ameristar East Chicago.

This is the first time HPT has offered a Big Blind Ante Main Event – and if the response from players is positive there’s a likelihood more HPT stops are going to see BB Ante Main Events as well.

Follow along right here for all the action, or go straight to HPTupdates.com.

Radosh Now a 2x HPT Champ

Radosh Celebrates

In 2015, Greg Radosh was a dealer at the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event final table at Ameristar St. Charles.

In 2016, Radosh won that very same HPT Main Event.

Today, Radosh became part of a small group of players to have two HPT titles, and a smaller-yet group to have two titles at the same location, as he once again wins the St. Charles Main Event.

Radosh took the top spot in a 305-entry field, earning $99,612 when he held off Michael Esquivel heads-up.

Here’s all the results from the main event and our full coverage of the tournament.

Time for HPT St. Charles

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The latest Heartland Poker Tour main event is just across the Missouri River from St. Louis at Ameristar St. Charles … so close even I can reach St. Louis with a Sand Wedge from here.

There’s three starting flights in the $1,650 Main Event – Day 1A today, Day 1B starts 2pm Friday and the final starting flight is set to begin at 1pm Saturday.

30,000 starting stacks, 40-minute day 1 levels, 60-minute day 2 levels and a LiveStream final table on Monday.

Follow all the Main Event Live Updates – provided by our Hold’em Live Updates team – at HPTupdates.com

O’Neill Wins HPT Belterra

O'Neill Wins HPT Belterra

Day 2 chipleader Michael O’Neill maintained his advantage for two full days, taking down the Heartland Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event at Belterra Casino in Florence, IN.

O’Neill takes home $93,340 and a Championship Package to the HPT Season Championship at Ameristar East Chicago at the end of the season. He defeated Frank Guerra heads-up for the victory.

Next up for the HPT is a return to Las Vegas and a $1,650 Main Event at the Westgate Resort and Casino – home ot the worlds-biggest sports book.

Englert Moves Up 2 Steps, Captures HPT Title

Englert Wins HPT Black Hawk

@MoneyFlickaMike Englert – 3rd place at the Heartland Poker Tour $1100 Main Event last July at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO – came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Matt Bond heads-up for the HPT Black Hawk Title yesterday.

Englert takes home $200,762 and a HPT Watch for his victory, with Bond collecting $124,208 for his second-place finish in the 607-entry event.

Here’s the full recap from our Hold’em Live Updates team, on site for reporting coverage of the Main Event.

Back in Black (Hawk)

HPT Poker

Our Hold’em Live Updates team returns to Colorado starting at noon today for wire-to-wire coverage of the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event hosted by Gates Poker Room at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk.

This is the first of four daily noon-start Day 1 flights, players kicking off with 30,000 stacks and playing 40-minute Day 1 levels.

Those surviving a Day 1 flight advance to Sunday’s Day 2 with 60-minute levels, playing down to Monday’s LiveStream Final Table of Nine.

Follow all the action right here as we post direct to HPTupdates.com, moving along with our fourth full year of providing HPT Live Updates.

Ronconi Earns HPT East Chicago Title

Darryl Ronconi

His fourth top-10 finish in a Heartland Poker Tour Main Event wrapped up for Darryl Ronconi with a victory at Ameristar East Chicago for his career-best $175,482 cash.

Ronconi captured the January 2018 title by defeating Ryan Kulovitz heads-up FTW. The $108,401 cash for Kulovitz was not only his first HPT payout, it was his first-ever poker tournament cash.

The 544-entry tournament created a $783,360 prize pool.

Ari Engel Wins HPT Championship, Player of Year

Ari Engel HPT

Ari Engel came to the Season XIII Heartland Poker Tour $2500 Championship at Ameristar St. Charles needing to win outright – and have everyone in the top-10 fail to cash – for him to win the HPT Player of the Year award.

Everything above happened and Engel walked off with win the $162,154 first palce prize and also entries in to six HPT Main Events of his choice next year as their Season XIII Player of the Year.

Engel defeated Jake Bazeley heads-up FTW, with Bazeley earning $102,647 as runner-up in the 316-entry tournament.

Check here for our full coverage from the tournament.

Live This Weekend from HPT Season Championship

HPT Ryan Gregor

We are just outside St. Louis, MO this weekend, providing the Live Updates coverage of the $2,500 Heartland Poker Tour Season XIII Championship.

The race for their Player of the Year is pretty close, with Gary Herstein leading Cord Garcia by little more than a mincash.

Follow along here with all the action or go direct to HPTupdates.com.

Keven Stammen Claims HPT Belterra Title

Keven Stammen HPT

Keven Stammen earned his first Heartland Poker Tour Main Event title by taking down the 399-entry field at Belterra Casino in Florence, IN.

Stammen earns $87,303 and an entry in to the Season XIII Championships at Ameristar St. Charles next month.


All three of Stammen’s HPT final table appearances were at Belterra, according to Jessica Parente of Hold’em live Updates, Stammen finished 6th in November 2013 and finished 8th in March 2016.

Check out all of Jessica’s HPT Belterra Main Event reporting here.

Wentling Captures HPT Meadows Title

HPT Austin Wentling

Urged on by a loud and celebratory rail, Austin Wentling earns more than $100k by taking down the Heartland Poker Tour $1100 Main Event title at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA.

Wentling defeated John Yocca heads-up, in huge part due to cracking Aces despite far behind and needing a river 3-outer to keep from being eliminated.

The 462-entry filed was the largest for a HPT $1100 Main Event outside of the tournaments held at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Here’s our full coverage of the tournament from the Hold’em Live Updates team.

We’re in PA With HPT This Weekend

Darvin Moon HPT

Follow along with our Live Updates coverage for the Heartland Poker Tour $1100 Main Event coming to you this weekend from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino just outside Pittsburgh, PA.

The 3-flight $1100 buy-in marks the first time HPT has traveled to Pennsylvania for a Main Event.

We are doing all the live reporting from beginning to end, just as we’ve provided for every HPT Main Event since late 2015.

HPT Title for Scrogins

Ben Scrogins

21-year-old Ben Scrogins outlasted a 282-entry Heartland Poker Tour $1650 field at Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club to grab the win Monday, making it through a final table that included the likes of Cord Garcia and Nick Schwarmann.

Scrogins was one of the dominant stacks through all three days he played the Main Event, parlaying his aggressive style to a $94,515 cash plus entry in the HPT Season XIII Season Championships at Ameristar St. Charles in December.

Check out our full coverage and the full results here from our Hold’em Live Updates team, the official Live Updates team of the HPT since 2015.

Live This Week from HPT Daytona Beach

HPT Maurice Hawkins

We jump from West Coast to East Coast this week and settle in at Daytona Beach Racing and Kennel Club for a weekend of coverage focused on the Heartland Poker Tour annual Florida $1650 Main Event.

We’re here as the Live Updates Team – as we’ve been for all HPT Main Events since late 2015.

Follow along all weekend as we bring you live coverage form the tournament’s first hand Thursday afternoon until there’s a winner declared Monday night.

McCracken Captures HPT Kansas City Title

Shawn McCracken

Seven hours of final table play wrapped up tonight with veterinarian Shawn McCracken taking down the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event title At Ameristar Kansas City.

McCracken defeated Travis Hiteshew heads-up in a battle decided on a flip that Hiteshew missed, leaving him with just 3BB.

The tournament drew 279 entries, a prize pool just shy of $400,000 and a $91k payday for McCracken.

Our Hold’em Live Updates team provided the tournament coverage – as we’ve done for all HPT Main Events since late 2015. You can check out the full coverage here.

We’re Live from HPT Kansas City


Our Hold’em Live Updates team is doing the live reporting all weekend from the Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Ameristar Kansas City.

Day 1A goes at 2pm Thursday and Day1B at 2pm Friday. Saturday’s final starting flight begins at 1pm, and Sunday’s Day 2 also set for 1pm starts. Monday’s LiveStream final Table is set for a noon broadcast – live with no hole cards due to Missouri State Gaming Laws prohibiting and live/delayed broadcasts showing hole cards.

Follow our Live Updates coverage here.

Paten Scores HPT St. Charles WIn

Matt Paten

Matt Paten went on a serious run late in final table action to take home the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event win Monday at Ameristar St. Charles.

Paten came back from being down to as few as 10BB at the final table to defeat HPT Legend Craig Casino heads-up for the $110k first prize.

Casino, the All-Time HPT Money Leader, added $69k more to his impressive total.

We provided all the Live Updates reporting from HPT St. Charles, the 30th consecutive HPT Main Event we’ve provided reporting for.

Casino Crushes HPT Day 1B

Craig Casino

Craig Casino – the All-Time Money Leader in Heartland Poker Tour history – dominated play the final three levels last night to bag nearly 400,000 in Day 1B of the $1650 Main Event at Ameristar St. Charles, just across the Missouri River from St. Louis.

Bagging a 13x stack is quite a way to move in to Sunday’s Day 2, where competition continues until a final table is set.

You can watch Monday’s HPT St. Charles final table from here or go direct to Twitch.tv/HPTPoker

HPT St Charles Kicks off Today

HPT St Charles

Heartland Poker Tour returns to one of the nicest venues they visit all year long – Ameristar St. Charles just outside St. Louis – for a $1650 Main Event this weekend.

The Main Event features three starting flights – Today, Friday and Saturday at 2pm – with Sunday’s playdown day beginning at 1pm and the LiveStream Final Table scheduled for noon on Monday.

We provide the Live Updates for all HPT Main Events – as we have since late 2015 – and I am on site for this one. Follow my up-to-the-minute updates all weekend long by clicking on Live Updates as They Happen.

As for the venue itself, the rooms are great, the casino floor doesn’t feel smoke-filled, the restaurants are very good, and you’re within walking distance of downtown St. Charles with its great array of welcoming businesses.

Do NOT miss Hendricks BBQ – sit on the outside patio while enjoying amazing St. Louis BBQ, great regional craft beers and more.

Titles for Friends on Monday

Alex Greenblatt

Alex Greenblatt took down the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event in at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk Monday afternoon. Watching on the LiveStream while playing a WSOP Circuit event at Thunder Valley was his buddy Brett Murray.

About 7 hours later, Murray won his circuit ring in the 8-Max.

Greenblatt – twice a HPT Runner-up (2013 Commerce, 2014 Black Hawk) – took home $179,274 for the win at Gates Poker Room.

Murray – with 23 previous WSOP Circuit cashes for slightly more than $100,000 – earned his first Circuit Ring last night.


HPT Black Hawk Final Table Today


A LiveStream is set for today’s Heartland Poker Tour $1650 Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Follow as Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau, Danny Gonzales, Alex Greenblatt and more take a run at their share of the more than $700k prize pool.

Our Jessica @LadyJ_Poker Parente is providing the Live Updates – as she did for the entire Man Event.

Day 2 HPT Black Hawk Today

HPT Black Hawk

$179,274 to the winner of this weekend’s HPT Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Our Hold’em Live Updates team is on site for the live reporting – as we are for all HPT Main Events in the US since 2015.

Jessica Parente is at the keyboard for this event, keeping folks entertained as she reports on the tournament

CHECK HERE for all the updates.

HPT Heads to Black Hawk

Cord Garcia

Gates Poker Room at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, CO hosts again the Heartland Poker Tour’s $1650 Main Event, running Sept. 13-18.

Cord Garcia earned just shy of $165,000 last September for the HPT Black Hawk tourney.

This event frequently hits a prize pool of more than $1 million.

Jessica Parente from Hold’em Live Updates is on scene starting Wednesday to bring all the live reporting coverage at hptupdates.com.

Herstein Captures HPT East Chicago Title

Gary Herstein

Talk about a great run in local $1100 and $1650’s. 

Gary Herstein defeated a field of 517 entries to claim the HPT $1650 East Chicago title, just two weeks after chopping the America’s Poker Tour $1100 Majestic Star title only 2 miles away.

Herstein earned $170,404 for the win, holding off Darrell Haywood in a solid heads-up match.

This was Herstein’s 4th final table in East Chicago and Gary in $1100 or $1650 Main Events since April, 

Ardoin Claims HPT Vicksburg Title

Freddie Ardoin

Freddie Ardoin of Lake Charles, LA marks today as his second HPT Main Event final table appearance and his first HPT Main Event win.  

In March 2015, Ardoin finished 6th here in Vicksburg.  With a six-figure tournament cash record, Ardoin adds to his poker resume by finishing today in 1st place.

Check out the final hand and the entire tournament coverage from Jessica Parende of Hold’em Live Updates


Faulk Captures HPT Black Hawk $1100 Title

Shane Faulk was a BigStack early on his starting flight and kept near the leaders the entire Heartland Poker Tour $1100 Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO.

Faulk defeated David Charnick heads-up for the win and the $132,000-plus for the win in the tourney that drew more than 600 total entries.

Check out the full coverage of the event – provided by our own Hold’em live Updates team.

129 Return for HPT Black Hawk Day 2

From a field of more than 600 entries, the HPT $1100 Main Event at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO., is down to 129 coming back Sunday for Day 2.

Play is scheduled to go down to the final table, with those 9 players returning Monday for Final Table play.

Here are chipcounts for the 129 returning for Day 2. Follow along with all the action from our own Hold’em Live Updates team.