Just 150 miles from his hometown of Sterling Heights, Mich., Josh Marvin overcame 505 competitors to win the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event, taking home $166,565 for his efforts. The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort $1,650 Main Event event had a $724,200 prize pool.
Retired art teacher Patrick Smolinksi was the first to go from the final table and small business owner Kyle Gasiorowski was next when his pocket 7s failed to yield a result.
The final hand was an emotional rollercoaster. Runner-up Chris Moon had A♧, A♢ while Marvin’s hole cards were K♡, J♧. Marvin flopped two pair ahead of Moon, but the turn paired the board with 5s to put Moon back in front. Then Marvin hit a J♡ on the river to give him the full house, Jacks full of Kings, and the win.
Moon earned a nice $101,823 for his runner-up finish, though having his aces cracked on the river certainly stung.
Earlier this year, Marvin won $14,740 at the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament. Those two cashes comprise the bulk of his $189,601 career live earnings.
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Next, the Heartland Poker Tour will head to the Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City in Missouri on Aug. 14.
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