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Jeff Fielder has been running strong at the poker tables for the past couple of years. He has already secured two WSOP Circuit rings, as well as two WPTDeepStacks victories that helped him build a bankroll sitting at around $1.6 million. He has now added another title to his name, that of the winner of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Ameristar Kansas City Main Event.
290 players descended on the Ameristar Casino for the $1,650 buy-in tournament. The regional tournament saw participation by a number of regulars, such as Eric Medved, Nick Pupillo, Vincent Moscati and Frank Patti, who previously won the event in 2015. While he didn’t make it all the way this year, he managed to hang on to score a cash win with his exit in 13th place.
The final table saw some intense action and a few upsets. WSOP Circuit bracelet winner James Mackey was the first to go, taking $10,336 as his J-10 fell to Jovan Sudar’s pocket Kings. Rohman Viar would exit next after his pocket fours didn’t find a set and he lost to Fielder’s pocket tens. Moscati, who has picked up seven WSOP Circuit rings, then doubled up against Saied Moradi with King Kong against Moradi’s A-10 of diamonds and Moradi was eliminated on the following hand.
Moscati’s position didn’t last long. On the next hand, he got it all in with pocket eights against Fielder’s pocket rockets and was sent to the rail in sixth place for $17,296.
Pupillo fell shortly after, followed by Medved. Medved’s A-Q didn’t find a match and Fielder’s pocket tens held and he collected a massive pot to take the chip lead. Now down to three, Fielder would have to overcome Jovan Sudar and Nick Jivkov to win the event.
Jivkov eventually shoved in the big blind spot with pocket tens, only to have Fielder find an Ace on the flop for the elimination. Pocket Aces by Fielder proved to be too strong for Sudar when he shoved a pair of flop-hit Jacks, and Fielder took the title. Sudar earned $60,535 for his runner-up finish.