Josh Reichard outlasted a field of 579 entries to win the 2019 Heartland Poker Tour $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event at the Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. This was Reichard’s second main event win on the HPT, having won the main event at this same casino back in November of 2018 for $221,293. These HPT title runs resulted in the two largest paydays of Reichard’s career. With the latest win he increased his lifetime live earnings to over $1.5 million.
Reichard entered the final table of the event in second chip position behind only Mike O’Neill. He scored his first knockout of the day when he called the call-in of Nikola Budzakoski holding 99 on a 986 flop. Budzakoski was drawing with the J10. Reichard made a full house by the river, with a K turn and the 8 on the end. Budzakoski took home $20,757 as the eighth-place finisher.
The next player to hit the rail was Kevin Albers, who shoved with K10 and received a call from Reichard’s AQ. Reichard flopped a pair of aces and held from there to chip up even further, while Albers settled for $24,908.
David McDermott picked up pocket aces and won a three-way all-in to narrow the field to four. Henry Zou earned $29,640 as the sixth-place finisher, while Brett Apter cashed for $38,192 in fifth place.
McDermott went on to knock out Mike O’Neill (4th – $52,555) to chip up even further. Reichard busted Eddie Blumenthal in third place ($75,637) to take 11,115,000 into heads-up play against McDermott, who sat with 6,290,000. Reichard was ablet to extend his advantage even further before the final hand arose. Reichard shoved from the button with 73 and McDermott called holding KJ. The board ran out A43310 and Reichard made trips to lock up the pot and the title. McDermott cashed for $115,406 as the second-place finisher.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table: