Maurice Hawkins Wins HPT Main Event in Missouri for $113,322

Maurice Hawkins Wins HPT Main Event in Missouri for $113,322

The Heartland Poker Tour St. Charles took place at the Ameristar Casino resort in Missouri from August 9-20, and featured an eleven event schedule that culminated in its $1,650 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. The tournament attracted a total of 347 competitors to create a prize pool of $492,740, and following four days of action it was perennial winner Maurice Hawkins who would eventually lift its title to walk away with a top prize of $113,322.

Maurice Hawkins

Maurice Hawkins was a biology and chemistry college student who had his eyes on a medical career before deciding to turn his attention towards poker. In 2005, the Florida pro then booked his first live cash, a 69th place finish at the PCA $8k WPT Main Event for $ 11,600. Thirteen years later, and Hawkins now boasts $3,269,168 in career winnings. Furthermore, since 2014, he has amassed roughly half a million dollars each year playing tournament, give or take, and this year is already up to $336,384 in winnings.

Hawkins takes a supremely positive and focused attitude into all the tournament he enters, which has helped him to win an incredible 11 WSOP Circuit rings, the last of which came in May of this year. Giving an insight to his winning mindset, the 38 year-old player recently posted the following axiom on his twitter page:

“My plans are my dreams and my dreams are my future”#HawksView”

Notable Cashes

The HPT St. Charles $1,650 Main Event attracted a slew of accomplished pros, including the likes of Ari Engel, Blair Hinkle, Greg Raymer, Allen Kessler, and Nick Pupillo, the latter of whom was eliminated on the competition’s money bubble. Amongst the notable pros finishing in one of the 36 money spots and seeing a return on their buy-ins was Joshua Turner in 33rd ($3,696), Chris Staats in 30th ($3,696), Mike Holm in 28th ($3,696), and Richard Bai in 25th ($4,435).

When just two tables remained, Hawkins (A-7) found himself in a spot of bother after calling his opponent’s (K-K) all-in on a 6-K-A-7 board. Instead of  becoming a short stack, though, Hawkins hit an ace on the river to secure him the chip lead, after which he commented:

“That never happens to me. I never get it in that bad.”

By the time the final table had been reached, Hawkins was still sitting on a huge stack of 1.6m chips, making him second only to Ryan Julius on 1.827m.

HPT Final Table

At the final table, HB Sablotny (A-K) eliminated Steve Graham (7-7) in 9th place, while Ryan Julius took care of Greg Wood in 8th. Nevertheless, Julius became the table’s next victim in 7th after first being reduced to a short stack by Sablotny, before losing his remaining chips after a preflop shove holding A-2 to Keith Heine’s K-Q.

Sablotny then busted 3-time WSOP Circuit ring winner John Richards in 6th, followed by Daniel Loizzo in 5th whose pocket nines ended up second best to his A-Q. Next, Keith Heine (A-Q) sent Alan Perry (K-J) to the rail in 4th, while Hawkins eliminated Heine in 3rd to usher in heads-up play for the title.

Maurice Hawkins vs HB Sablotny

Sablotny started the final battle holding a 4-1 chip lead, but Hawkins managed to forge ahead three hours later by the time the deciding hand was played. In the hand in question, Hawkins hit a straight on the flop, while Sablotny made two pair on the turn, but ultimately missed on the river to bow out in a runner-up position worth $71,743. Meanwhile, Maurice Hawkins was crowned the HPT St. Charles Main Event champion, and added yet another impressive title to his poker resume.

Final Table Result

1: Maurice Hawkins $113,322
2: HB Sablotny $71,743
3: Keith Heine $48,042
4: Alan Perry $33,506
5: Daniel Loizzo $25,130
6: John Richards $19,710
7: Ryan Julius $16,655
8: Greg Wood $13,797
9: Steve Graham $11,875