HPT Las Vegas 2011 Won By Rob "VeeRob" Perelman

Rob ‘veeRob’ Perelman has won the 2011 Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Las Vegas, after defeating a field of 533 players over two days to collect the $158,755 first place prize.
The Heartland Poker Tour has been going since 2005 and its seventh season kicked-off on January 15th at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
The winner at the $1,100 main event Rob Perelman (pictured top right) is best known as a poker consultant and having worked on such shows as “Poker After Dark” and “High Stakes Poker.” However, in an ironic twist Perelman found himself competing at the tournament instead of working on it after failing to secure a contract at the Red Rock event due to time constraints.
Amongst the top names attracted to the HPT Las Vegas Main Event were such pros as Annie Duke, Scotty Nguyen, Tiffany Michelle and Jennifer Harman, none of whom managed to make it through to Day 2 of the tournament.
Also making an appearance at the event was the 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up  Darvin Moon, who had raffled off half his HPT winnings to benefit the charity Poker Gives. Moon finished in 37th spot for a $1,487 pay-day.
As the tournament played down to its final table of six, aside from Rob “VeeRob” Perelman, other noticeable names at the table included “JJ” Liu with $2,227,645 in live poker tournament earnings, as well as American Heavyweight professional mixed martial artist come actor Heath “Crazy Horse” Herring. Also at the final table were Laszlo Gaspar, Dick Heidman and Bob Garman.
Eventually, at 4 o’clock in the morning Rob Perelman went heads-up against Laszlo Gaspar and just two hands later Perelman was crowned the winner after his
A-J held up against his opponent’s Q-4.
Despite feeling tired after the gruelling two days of action, Laszlo Gaspar felt delighted to be walking away with $79,059 in prize money, whilst Rob “VeeRob” Perelman hit the pinnacle of his poker playing career with his $158,755 victory in Vegas.

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