Heartland Poker Tour Attracting Big Attention in the States

24th Jul 2007

Heartland Poker Tour events are becoming a big hit at the moment in the US, attracting a lot of national attention. The small televised HPT originated just 3 years ago from Midwest America and is steadily mounting in popularity across the country. Audience figures for the televised HPT event are on the rise.

The prize pools are comparatively smaller than those of the WSOP and WPT, however they mean just as much to local players who have a chance to play at a televised final table and the average prize pool for the events is still around the $250k mark. The Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York recently played host to the first east coast HPT event. There were 8 events scheduled for play between June 10-16th, ending with 2 televised live finals. The $1,000 buy-in event saw 164 players playing to reach the final event which had a prize pool of $260,850. There was a lot of interest from many young internet prodigies who were experiencing live poker for the first time. The final event at Turning Stone, one of only a handful of casinos to have a minimum age limit of 18, had a field of 111 players battling it out for their share of the money. Because of the lowered age limit, this tournament was a huge hit with younger online professionals who could previously not compete in live tournaments. In Sundays event, an 18 year old high school student scooped 3rd place.

The next part of the HPT will be at the Majestic Star Casino in Buffington Harbour, Chicagoland at the end of July. This event is rumoured to have a record breaking pool of $1 million!

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