The small town of Deadwood, S.D., saw its population increase by more than 50% over the weekend as people flooded in from all across the United States for the Heartland Poker Tour event at the Lucky Nugget card room. More than 600 people signed up for the qualifiers, and the main tournament ended up with 186 players.
Toppling that field to take home the victory was Sam Britton. The Gillette, Wyo., resident made the short trip across the border back to Wyoming $75,006 richer.
The tournament took place just steps away from the Saloon Number 10 where Wild Bill Hickock was shot while playing draw poker, making aces and eights the infamous "dead man's hand."
Lucky for Britton, it didn't take a dead man's hand to win the tournament. Instead, it was his pocket threes that held up against Chris Bedowitz's two overcards for the victory.
The final table results were as follows:
"I think all the players had a great time, and the event was flawless," said Todd Anderson, HPT co-founder. "I know for a fact that Deadwood, S.D., is now a favorite stop for all the players on the Heartland Poker Tour, including me."
The event turned out to be one of the largest fields ever for a poker tournament in Deadwood, and it's likely that the HPT will return for future events in the city.
The next stop on the HPT will be in Tama, Iowa, at the Meskwaki Casino Hotel March 15-18.