Heartland Poker Tour Grand Series beginning

HPT Majestic Casino final table
The final table of the HPT Majestic Star event.

The Heartland Poker Tour Grand Series is set to begin tomorrow, with the $2,000+$200 buy-in Main Event scheduled for Aug. 26.

Hosted by the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Minnesota the series will be comprised of nine events spread over eight days. In the past the HPT has drawn players from 37 states and three countries to compete in the series.

The first four events will have a very reasonable buy-in of $175+$25 or less and all the winners will receive a qualifier seat for an event in the latter part of the series. All the events will be No-Limit Hold'em although Event 4 will be a bounty affair: whoever busts out the celebrity players who have a bounty on them will win $100 and an HPT jacket. Participants need only be 18 years old so expect the young guns to be out in full force.

It's all leading up to the Main Event, which will feature a televised final table. The winner will not only receive a boatload of cash but will gain entry into the HPT Championship Open.

The HPT, while not in the same league as series like the WPT and WSOP, is certainly getting more and more recognition these days.

Started by Todd Anderson and Greg Land in 2005, the tour has since grown exponentially. The HPT is currently viewed by more than 50 million households.

Most recently Home Depot employee Dan Zogman won in the HPT Majestic Star event, which drew a record-breaking 1,481 players. The HPT approaches poker with the average Joe in mind. The buy-ins are low enough that just about anyone can play but that doesn't mean the prizes aren't good. Zogman took home a cool $227,811 for his victory.

It's very likely the Grand Series will be the most successful venture for the HPT yet so stay tuned to PokerListings.com to see how it all plays out in Minnesota.

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