Already in his mid-50's, Greg "FossilMan" Raymer proved this week that age doesn't matter in the world of poker as he took down the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Ameristar East Chicago $1,650 Main Event. This latest victory is actually his record fifth HPT Main Event title, and with that he won the prize money worth $171,411 plus a $3,500 Championship Package for the HPT Season XVI Championship at the end of the season.
This year's main event kicked off on Saturday with the first of three starting flights (1a, 1b & 1c). Day 1 A gathered close to a thousand players (943). There were a few known faces that was seated during the first day such as "Joe Cada, Pius Heinz, Olivier Busquet, Brian Rast, Justin Bonomo, Elio Fox and Ivan Demidov". However, none of them finished the day in top 10:
The second start flight had a higher number of participants when the 1,942 players sat down around the tables on Sunday. Day 1 B had no less than five former WSOP Main Event champions: Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker and Dan Harrington. Top 10 Chip Count:
We will be back with chip counts once Day 1 C has been concluded.
Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, the winner of the 2004 WSOP Main event, has had an incredible winnings streak at the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour. On Monday, he won the year-end HPT Championship Open at Belterra Casino Resort in Indian for $106,030. This was his fourth title of the year and now he's HPT's all-time money leader with $371,967. He was also named the 2012 HPT Player of the Year after the victory last Monday.
Greg Raymer followed up his great success on the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour with his third win on Monday's event at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Raymer was the last man standing out of a field of 185 participants. He left the event carrying a bag weighing $72,089.
This was Raymer's third win on the 2012 HPT. The previous wins on the tour were at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico and River City Casino in St Louis, Missouri.
Monday's HPT final table results:
Greg Raymer is the 2004 WSOP Main Event winner. He has a total of $7,217,206 in live event earnings and his online earnings are estimated to $184,823. His nickname "Fossil Man" comes from his hobby of collecting fossils which he often use as card protectors.
The second out of the three opening fields in this year's WSOP Main Event concluded late on Monday night. Main event 1B attracted no less then 2,114 players. This means that the two starting fields has so far a total of 3,180 participants. From the 1B starting field only 1,387 remained after the first 12 hour opening session. In combination with the remaining players from the 1A field, the number of players that, as of now, will continue to day 2 is 2,044. According to WSOP.com reporter Nolan Dalla "Predictions indicate that at there will be more players for Day 1C than Day 1A and Day 1B combined".
Like the 1A field, the 1B field also saw some past bracelet winners leave during the first session. These included the 2001 world champion Carlos Mortensen, 2004 Main Event winner Greg Raymer and the mighty five time WSOP bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen.
The Main Event 1B concluded with John Hoang as the chipleader. The top ten standings from Day 1B is: 1. John Hoang - 180,000 2. James Schafer - 171,250 3. Vanessa Selbst - 168,350 4. Anh Van Nguyen - 163,050 5. Jeff Beckley - 158,550 6. Matthew Woodward - 158,500 7. Cornelius Foley - 146,875 8. Shawn Quillin - 146,300 9. Jason Somerville - 144,725 10. Fergal Nealon - 141,825
Almost a week has now passed since F.B.I. and the Department of Justice closed down PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker due to suspicion of bank fraud, illegal gambling offenses and laundering millions billions in illegal gambling proceeds etc. Yesterday, the 2004 World Series of Poker Champion Greg Raymer went on Fox Business to discuss Friday's poker indictment.
A few days ago Greg Raymer, the 2004 WSOP Main Event winner, wrote on his twitter that he's no longer representing PokerStars and that he has no further comments. PokerStars hasn't announced anything yet either, but it's clear that Greg Raymer is no longer part of their team as he has been removed from the website.
So, what's the reason Greg Raymer is leaving PokerStars after so many years? Well, there are quite a few rumors, but most likely is that the conditions for the PokerStars pros aren't as good as before and that's the reason he left. We will probably get the answer very soon.
The 2004 WSOP Champ Greg Raymer is one of the players who made it to Day 2 in the Main Event of EPT Monte Carlo yesterday. Even though he was doing very well the whole day, he still got so annoyed and frustrated at one point that he threatened to punch another player at the table.
351 players took the felt in Day 1a of EPT Monte Carlo, which was played yesterday. Around 180 players made it through the day and will now get a day of rest before its time for Day2. Among the players who made it to Day 2 we find a few notables - Chris Moneymaker, Neil Channing, Men Nguyen, Chris Bjorin, Greg Raymer and a few more.
Many big names failed to make it to Day 2 as well. Just to mention a few, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Barry Greenstein, Phil Laak and Gavin Griffin.
Around 500 players are expected to take part in Day 1b of the tournament. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more acton filled and exciting than Day 1a was.
429 players signed up for Day 1b of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The field included some really big names, just to mention a few of them, Peter Eastgate, Greg Raymer, Betrand "Elky" Grospellier, Freedy Deeb, Luca Pagano and Ludovic Lacay. All of the players above, except Greg Raymer, made it to Day 2 of tournament. Luca Pagano (picture) had the best possible start in Day 1b and has accumulated a stack of 185,000 chips. Luca will bring the second most chips to Day 2.
The chip leader from Day 1a, Robert Cezarescu, is still in the lead with 216,900 chips. However, Robert Cezarescu, will have to face a much stronger field in Day 2 of the tournament, as the most pros played Day 1b of the tournament. 405 players will return to the tables at noon today to play Day 2 of EPT Deauville. A total prize pool of €3,686,400 is up for grabs, and the winner will get €847,000.
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