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Pfeifer Wins Huge HPT Event in New York
Randy Pfeifer outlasted 443 players to win $157k at the Heartland Poker Tour’s Turning Stone event in New York this week.
Pfeifer, a 40-year-old former nightclub owner from Hamburg, NY, had to beat a final table that included noted poker celebrity Bernard Lee and professional player Evan Lamprea.
“This is very surreal,” said Pfeifer after winning. “It’s tough being on the road now that I have a new daughter, but this money will pay for her college education so it’s all worth it.”
It was a huge turnout for the New York event with the 443 runners each paying the $1,500 buy-in to create a $664k prizepool.
The tournament also attracted more pros than expected with Dennis Phillips, Lacy Jones and Darvin Moon in attendance. Jones had a particularly impressive run, eventually finishing in 27th place.
Since online poker’s so-called Black Friday, attendance in small to medium size buy-in live tournaments has been up across the United States and HTP Turning Stone certainly reflected that.
Bernard Lee, who finished 13th in the 2005 Main Event and currently co-hosts ESPN’s Inside Deal, was in prime position to take the tournament down but eventually fell out of the race in third place.
Lee picked up $52k for his efforts and is now within a few thousand dollars of qualifying for the Epic Poker League.
That led to a heads-up battle between Pfeifer and Canadian pro Evan Lamprea. It took some time but Pfeifer eventually beat Lamprea with Ace-King over Ace-Jack. Lamprea picked up $88k for his efforts.
The next Heartland Poker Tour event is scheduled for Sept. 23-Oct. 2 at the Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, Colorado.