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Heartland Poker Tour Arrives in California

The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) begins its next tour stop today at the California-Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage where 12 days of exciting poker action will conclude with the final table of the $1,650 Main Event on Monday, Sept. 8.

Players who enjoy HPT events will be pleased to know that three other tour stops are on the schedule in the Golden State next month. On Thursday, Sept. 4, action will kick off at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles and run through Monday, Sept. 22. The highlight is the $1,650 Main Event slated to begin with Flight 1A on Sept. 18.

On Sept. 15-28, cards will be in the air at the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in Lincoln. There are tons of satellites and qualifiers on the docket allowing players to win their way into events at higher stakes at a fraction of the entry fee.

The Club One Casino in Fresno will be HPT’s next California destination. Live poker action gets underway with single table satellites on Sept. 24. Five events are scheduled with the last being the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event that begins Friday, Oct. 3. Final tablers should be prepared to have their play scrutinized by Mario Ho and Fred Bevill as the tourney action on Monday, Oct. 6 will be filmed for television.

Aaron Massey Victorious at East Chicago Event

HPT just finished a run at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago, Indiana. Aaron Massey of Elmwood Park, Illinois took down the Main Event title and $177,502 in prize money. He managed to capture the chips of all 538 players when his two pair held up versus the straight draw of runner-up Stan Jablonski who earned $108,504 for his second-best performance.

“I just kept firing away and firing away until I finally won,” Massey said of his aggressive, winning play.

The victory allowed Massey to take over fourth place on HPT’s all-time winnings leaderboard with $278,942. He is looking up at only Craig Casino ($395,646), Greg “FossilMan” Raymer ($393,278) and Michael Harris ($352,657).

The HPT leaderboard for 2014 finds Doug Milner of Salt Lake City, Utah on top with $230,582. Utah allows no legalized gambling whatsoever, forcing Milner to leave his home state to compete at live poker tournaments. Odds are that Milner can be found at the HPT poker tables in the adjoining state of California that begin today in Rancho Mirage and transition to various venues throughout the Golden State until Oct. 6.

Online Poker Regulation May Arrive in California

California has dozens of card rooms and is also getting serious about online poker legislation. The odds of Californians having the choice of playing live poker or on regulated online poker sites in California in 2015 are looking up, considering that Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer has stated his intention to propose a new bill in December that aims to address the issues that have stalled legislative progress in the past.

In the meantime, California players can make their way over to Rancho Mirage, Los Angeles, Lincoln and Fresno and enjoy the live events hosted by the Heartland Poker Tour.



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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.