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Craig Casino Wins HPT Soaring Eagle for $153K & 2nd Title

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(pokernews.com)- On Monday, Craig Casino won the Heartland Poker Tour Soaring Eagle Casino for $153,323 and his second career HPT title. He did so by topping a final table that included 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe Cada and recent Big Brother reality TV star Vanessa Rousso.

“I love the HPT. It’s my home game,” said Casino, a certified arborist from Winfield, Illinois who has won more money, been to more final tables (8), and cashed in more tournaments (20) than any other player in HPT history. “I’m feeling very fortunate and it’s great to have the second win.”

Casino’s first HPT win came back in 2011 when he took down the HPT Black Hawk Main Event for $293,270, his biggest score to date. All told, Casino has $765,045 in live tournament earnings.

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The HPT Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort $1,650 Main Event, also known as the season-ending Championship Open, attracted 465 entrants, which created a prize pool of $666,600. It was also the last chance for players to earn points towards the Season XI Player of the Year race, which ultimately went to tour veteran Reginald “Shawn” Roberts after he finished 23rd in the Main Event, enough to lock up POY honors and earn complimentary buy-ins and hotel accommodations to six tour stops in 2016.

Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Craig Casino Winfield, IL $153,323
2 Jimmy Dennis Elmwood, IL $93,724
3 Joe Cada Shelby Township, MI $62,127
4 Danny Hannawa W. Bloomfield, MI $43,196
5 Chan Pelton College Station, TX $32,330
6 Andrew Holland Macomb, MI $24,998
7 Steven Hagar White Lake Township, MI $20,331
8 Vanessa Rousso Las Vegas, NV $16,665
9 Mark Johnson Warren, MI $13,332

According to updates from the event, Casino began the final table as the chip leader and proceeded to eliminate five of his eight competitors, though that didn’t include the first two. Rousso, who placed third on Big Brother this past summer, scored the first knockout when her pocket jacks held against the tens of short-stacked Mark Johnson, who took home $13,332 for his ninth-place finish.

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