Jonathan Chen Wins HPT Commerce Casino For $160kSeptember 24, 2014 12:50 pm
Last weekend, the Heartland Poker Tour’s $1,650 Main Event took place at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California, and by the time the tournament eventually drew to a close it was the last player to buy-in to the competition, Jonathan Chen, who emerged victorious and walked away richer by $159,780.
The tournament attracted 583 players to create a prize pool worth $845,350, and amongst the notable pros then placing in one of the 72 paid money spots was Alexandru Masek in 72nd ($2,620), Lily Kiletto in 45th ($4,230), Christopher De Maci in 33rd ($4,900), Nam Le in 28th ($4,900), and David Baker in 18th ($8,200).
By the time the final table of nine had been reached, Jonathan Chen was the chip leader, but amongst the players still remaining was a number of consistent winners in the guise of Jeff Madsen, Bruce Kramer, and Peter Hengsakul.
Jonathan Chen (A-Q) subsequently called a preflop shove by Jeff Madsen (A-A) and after the board rolled out Q-9-4-4-Q Madsen hit the rail in 8th for $21,300. Next, Chen (Q-Q) eliminated Chris Hyden (A-K) in 6th ($26,710), and after three-handed play was established Chen (A-7) got lucky against Danny Geyser (A-Q) whom he eliminated in 3rd for $72,020, to herald in the final battle between Chen and film editor David Rosenbloom for the Heartland Poker Tour title.
It would then take just sixteen hands before the decisive hand was played with Rosenbloom (J-9) and Chen (A-9) moving all-in on an A-Q-10 flop. The dealer then produced a Q and 6 on turn and river to consign Rosenbloom to a runner-up finish worth $112,010, while Jonathan Chen was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1 Jonathan Chen – $159,780
2 David Rosenbloom – $112,010
3 Danny Geyser – $72,020
4 Bruce Kramer – $53,340
5 Peter Hengsakul – $39,990
6 Chris Hyden – $26,710
7 Ron Jenkins – $26,710
8 Jeff Madsen – $21,300
9 Gary Hawkins – $15,980