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The Heartland Poker Tour believes that its Main Event champions are worthy of more than just first place prize money and will be awarding bracelets to the winners of the remaining ME events scheduled in Season XI.

The sterling silver bracelet “is encrusted with authentic diamonds and a heart-shaped ruby,” said an HPT representative. Engraved on the back of the bracelet will be the date and venue of the event.

Josh Marvin Tops the Field

The first HPT bracelet has been awarded to Josh Marvin, winner of the ME at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Marvin defeated runner-up Chris Moon to grab the new jewelry and $166,565 in prize money.

Moon’s pocket Aces got cracked on the last hand of the tournament. He opened with a 250,000 raise, only to see Marvin re-raise to 700,000. Moon called and watched as the dealer flopped K-J-5.

After getting a count on Moon’s chips, Marvin bet 700,000. Moon shoved his stack of 2,700,000 in the middle and Marvin quickly called with two pair – holding K-J. The turn card came up the 5 of clubs, giving Moon the edge with a higher two pair. With excitement building, a Jack on the river gave Marvin a full house and the Soaring Eagle Main Event title. Moon earned $101,823 for second place.

More Bracelet Winners Ahead

The next HPT tour stop is the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri from August 14-24. The $1,650 Main Event gets underway on Friday, August 21.

East Chicago, Indiana follows on the HPT schedule, again at an Ameristar Casino Hotel. Players who can make it to the Hoosier State should circle August 27-September 7 on their calendars.

Guest Commentators

HPT commentatorsFor poker fans who enjoy the television broadcasts of HPT Main Event final table action, a couple new special guest commentators will get behind the microphone next to Jaymz Larson. Poker pros Robert Williamson III and Dutch Boyd have been tabbed to give their insights in upcoming episodes.

Williamson III has appeared on over 100 TV shows to date. His resume includes live tournament winnings over $2.2 million, highlighted by the  capture of a WSOP gold bracelet in $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha in 2002 and $201,160 in prize money.

Boyd obtained a law degree after his 18th birthday, an age when most of us are graduating from high school. He found poker more to his liking and has won almost $2.5 million on the live tournament circuit.

Boyd wrote a book about his life in 2014 along with co-author Laurence Samuels entitled “Poker Tilt.” He chronicles his experiences on and off the table, including various stays in mental institutions due to bipolar disorder. Boyd has three WSOP victories to his name, his most recent last year in $1,000 NLHE that was good for $288,744.

Williamson III and Boyd will appear in HPT episodes beginning later this month.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.