A trip down Route 66 for Greg Raymer turned out to be a profitable one. On Monday the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event champ took down the Heartland Poker Tour event at the Route 66 Casino Hotel to add $71,875 to his lifetime earnings.
The $1,500 championship event, which had a $250,000 guarantee, drew 131 players, creating an overlay of $53,500. This is Raymer’s fifth career tournament win and biggest score since he finished third in the special $40,000 buy-in event at the 2009 WSOP.
“It feels so much better when you win,” Raymer said. Prior to the event starting Raymer actually tweeted that he was on his way to Albuquerque.
— Greg Raymer (@FossilMan) July 27, 2012
The six-handed TV final table took a little over 3.5 hours to complete. Raymer eliminated Scott Dougherty in third place before getting heads-up with Robert Crawford. When heads-up play began Raymer had 68% of the chips in play and never relinquished the chip lead. After the win Raymer talked about how much he enjoyed being a part of the HPT. “I just like the attitude and demeanor on HPT,” the champ added, “Even if you knock someone out, they leave smiling.”
For many players the opportunity to test their skills against a former world champion was something to remember.
“He’s an incredibly nice guy to play with,” said Allan Hedin, who finished fifth for $16,250. “Every poker player has had the fantasy of playing against a world champion.”
The next HPT stop is at Golden Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, CO this September.
Heartland Poker Tour Route 66 Final Table Payouts
- Greg Raymer – $71,875
- Robert Crawford – $42,500
- Scott Dougherty – $26,875
- Benjie Benaviden – $21,550
- Allan Hedin – $16,250
- Steven Carruthers – $14,375
- John Bechard – $11,875
- Alberto Herrera – $10,625
- Julian Melancon – $9,375
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