Teen wins HPT Turning Stone event

Tyler Reiman
Tyler Reiman, 19-year-old winner of the Heartland Poker Tour $1k event at Turning Stone Casino in New York.

He didn't win the main event of the Heartland Poker Tour event at the Turning Stone Casino near Syracuse, N.Y., but 19-year-old Tyler Reiman was still big news when he won the $1,000 event.

Turning Stone is one of the few places in the United States where the age limit is 18 rather than 21, so the HPT saw a lot of teens show up to compete. Reiman, an online pro poker player, bested the field of 164 players to take the top spot.

For his win, he came up against another young Internet pro, Jason Somerville from Miller Place, N.Y.

The two seem to have been able to make the transition from virtual tables to the real felt relatively easy. Reiman took home $48,335 for his win, and Somerville received $30,702 for second.

Of course, all eyes were on the $2,500 main event of the HPT after the young guns had taken down the $1,000 event. However, it was age and experience that would win the day there.

A 57-year-old retiree named Mike Baran from Binghamton, N.Y., walked away with the win and the first-place prize of $88,442.

With 45 years of experience playing poker, Baran was confident he'd be able to pull out a win according to the HPT Web site.

Though he went into the final table about average stacked, he managed to build it up before coming face-to-face with the chip leader Bill Kontaratos.

The two traded the chip lead back and forth until Baran picked up pocket queens and went all in against Kontaratos' A-T. Baran flopped a full house and won the event.

He plans to donate a portion of his winnings to his favorite charities.

The final table results were:

Place Name Prize
1stMichael Baran
2ndBill Kontaratos
3rdJeff Schettler$31,482
4thBill Johnson
Timothy Montjoy
Alex Venovski

The next HPT event will be at the Majestic Star Casinos in Gary, Ind., July 21-30.

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