Steen Ronlov Wins HPT Black Hawk
Sixty-seven-year-old retiree Steen Ronlov of Westminster, Colorado won his seat to the Main Event in a $360 qualifier. Ronlov parlayed that satellite win into $270,905 when he was the last man standing, or sitting as it were, at the end of the tournament.
As he prepared to take his seat at the final table, Ronlov discussed his strategy with the HPT staff, “I’m going to have fun, I’m going to do what I do, I’m going to be me. You have to learn to enjoy it; otherwise it’s a miserable game.”
Other notable players in the massive field included Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, Darvin Moon, and Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, all of which were eliminated on Day 1. Several past HPT champions were also on hand including Kyle Simpson, Dash Dudley, Jeremy Dresch, Craig Casino, Andreas Ramadanis, William Givens and Matt Mason. Dresch, a three-time HPT champion, had the deepest run of the group, finishing 41st.