November Niner Phil Collins Wins HPT Palms

Posted by Tyler "pureonyx" Hancock at 19 April 2012 08:06
The Palms Casino Resort played host to the Heartland Poker Tour this past weekend with nearly 200 players registering for the $1,650 buy-in event. Several notable players made deep runs in the event, including Randy Dorfman, Michael Craig, Christina Lindley, and Dutch Boyd, who bubbled the final table in seventh place.

After the bubbling of Boyd, what was left was, hands down, the most impressive six-handed final table ever in an HPT event. The combined lifetime earnings of the final table were in excess of $20 million and every player had at least one major title under their belt.

Terry Presley, who finished sixth, was the winner of the HPT Main Event at the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma and currently sits at the top of the HPT Player of the Year Leaderboard.

Fifth place finisher Daniel O’Brian is the former roommate of Collins and has dozens of WSOP and World Poker Tour cashes as well as experience as a live commentator for poker tournament broadcasts.

Leo Wolpert, who finished fourth, has a WSOP bracelet, which he won in the 2009 $10,000 Heads-Up World Championship, as well as almost $1 million in online tournament wins.

Third place finisher Steve Gross is one of the biggest names in online tournament play. He was ranked #1 back in 2010 and has over $5.8 million in recorded online tournament winnings to date.

Runner-up Matt Marafioti hails from Toronto and has almost $2 million in live tournament winnings, but is best known for his online play where he is a regular in the high stakes games, going by the name “ADZ124”.

And finally Phil Collins, who won the event for $71,556, is best known for his appearance at the final table of last years WSOP Main Event where he finished in fifth for $2,269,599. But before becoming a member of the November Nine, Collins was best known for his online play where he amassed over $3 million in tournament cashes under the name “USCphildo”.


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