Greg Raymer Wins Title at Heartland Poker Tour in New MexicoFriday, August 3rd, 2012 by Ryan
Greg Raymer, also known as “The Fossilman” is well-known for winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. He was spotted playing in the Heartland Poker Tour at it’s stop at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Heartland Poker Tour has been having an excellent season drawing in some solid fields and paying out some big prizes to winners. At this most recent event, there were 131 total players who bought in, and the prize pool was a guarantee of $250k. This meant that the field was going after a prize pool that was worth $71,875. Raymer’s run to the end wasn’t an easy one though, as he was up some big named players.
A few players that were in the field including Kathy Liebert, Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler, and some players who had already taken down Heartland Poker Tour titles in John Sacha, Rob “veeRob” Perelman, and Craig Casino. While all of these players listed above were in it, they actually failed to make it into the cash. Raymer though, had his “A” game on, and made an incredible run through this one. When the final table began, he was holding the chip lead and simply went to work from there. He played strong, and just grinded his way through, hitting big hands when it mattered most. To set up the heads up match, Scott Dougherty pushed all in and was called by the A-Q of Raymer. Dougherty was holding A-9, and was unable to improve his hand. This set up Raymer against Robert Crawford for the championship.
Crawford actually won his way into this tournament through a satellite that was worth $180, and was now up against one of the biggest names in the poker world in Raymer. While Crawford did come up short against the poker pro, his second place pay day of $42,500 was absolutely nothing to turn your nose up at, especially since he only had to invest $180 to get into it!
Interestingly, Raymer is a big fan of these events, but had never even cashed one up until this point. As he said, he “likes the attitude and demeanor on HPT”, and went on to say that “even if you knock someone out, they leave smiling.” Many of the players who made it to the final table really wanted to mix it up with Raymer, since he had the big name and the big game. Obviously, everyone who tried came up short, and Raymer went home with the big pay day of $71,875.
As the HPT grows, more and more big names seem to be showing up. Will “The Thrill” Failla played in the stop in St. Louis and took down the win, and we’ve also seen players like Annie Duke, Tiffany Michelle, and Maria Ho show up as well. There is now a break before the next event on the HPT resumes, as it will now head to Black Hawk, CO in September from the 9th to the 16th, and then heads back to St. Louis from the 21st to the 30th.