Bill Byrnes, a 47-year-old defence attorney almost didn’t play the final day of the main event. Coming into the final table, he was third in chips but had a court meeting on the day that could have stopped him from playing.
“I had a case set for jury trial this morning. If it was going to run, I would’ve had to be blinded down,” he said. “I wouldn’t have made it back here. The case was pretty far down the list so didn’t think they’d get to it, but I was holding my breath.” Fortunately for him, they didn’t get to him and he walked away with $148,587.
The Heartland Poker Tour was taking place at the Hollywood Casino St. Louis for the first time. 444 entries paying the $1,650 buy-in made for a nice $646,020 prize pool.
“It was awesome,” Byrnes said after his win. “I was pretty comfortable the whole time. I came in third in chips today, which I felt good about. The guy that came in second, I’d been playing with the past couple of days, he was a hell of a player. I was definitely worried about him. There were a number of good players at the table but I felt comfortable going in. I’m going to take my wife to Europe, not sure what else to do with the rest.”
Charity Wins Also
Some of it he is giving to the First Descents charity. It offers young adults who live with or have survived cancer a free outdoor adventure that is designed to empower them.
A shout out also has to go to Craig Welko. He managed to win not one, not two but three side events.
The St. Louis Main Event Final Table completed as follows:
Congratulations to all winners from everyone at LateReg!
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