Gregory Wood Wins HPT Lawrenceburg Main Event. In his third HPT final table of the year, and fifth overall, Wood defeated George Janssen heads-up to take home the $119,101 first-place prize.
While Janssen came into the final table as the overwhelming chipleader, it was Wood who did most of the damage by claiming three eliminations.
HPT Lawrenceburg Main Event Final Table Results
As mentioned, this was Wood’s third HPT final table of the year, finishing in eighth and ninth places previously. He had just over $100,000 in career earnings coming into the HPT Lawrenceburg, and now he will more than double his lifetime earnings. Wood also picked up the $3,500 HPT Championship package that will take place at a to be determined location later this year.
Wood plans on continuing to make a presence at most of the stops on the HPT throughout the rest of the year. He also indicated that he would like to take his family on a trip to Europe with his newly found wad of cash.
As for Janssen, he only had two recorded cashes on his poker resume, both coming in his home state of Michigan. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go his way once he reached heads-up.
“I made a few light calls, but it was still a huge success for me,” he said. “Once you get this far in the tournament, you just have to enjoy it.” He mentioned that he is still pleased with the result as he will be pocketing $73,573 for his efforts.
HPT Lawrenceburg Main Event Final Table Recap
The final table kicked off with nine players returning to the felt and Mike Shin started as the short stack. He managed to nearly double his chips in the first orbit, but he soon found himself all in with ace-queen against Joey Hiudt‘s pocket nines. Shin was unable to connect with the board and became the first elimination in ninth place.
Angela Shade was the only lady to reach the final table, but she also found herself on the short stack not long after. Shade got the last of her chips in the middle in a three-way all in against Ian Richardson and Janssen. She held the same cards as Janssen and despite flopping a flush draw, was unable to improve, sending the pot to Richardson who had the only pair.
After the first break of the day, Donald Kalb returned with just over five big blinds and got his chips in the middle with ace-ten. Douglas Songer woke up with pocket tens and Kalb was drawing to just three outs. A queen-high board was no good for Kalb, and he was ousted in seventh place.
It was a quick turn of events for Songer who ran ace-queen into Wood’s pocket queens and then put his short stack in the middle in the next hand with two small live cards. Janssen looked him up with ace-high, and Songer missed the board completely to bow out in sixth place.
Gary Breslauer remained fairly quiet for most of the final table but still managed to gather some chips and ladder his way up the pay table. He eventually decided to turn second pair into a bluff on the river, but he was picked off by the two pair of Wood. Breslauer headed to the payout desk in fifth place good for nearly $25,000.
With just four players remaining, Richardson was playing some sound poker and was looking to build his stack even further when he called Hiudt’s all in. Hiudt held ace-nine and was dominated by Richardson’s ace-ten; however, a nine on the flop gave Hiudt a big double up. Richardson fell to the short stack and finally found a spot to get it all on after flopping an open-ended straight draw. Wood trapped him with a pair of kings and Richardson was unable to catch up on the turn or river.
The final three players went on their second break of the day, and Hiudt returned as the chip leader after dragging in some healthy pots. However, the tides turned in a hurry when he lost multiple three-bet pots to Wood. With Hiudt on the short stack, he flopped top pair against Janssen’s middle pair. All the chips went in on the turn when Janssen made trips, and Hiudt walked away in third place for $48,219.
That led to the heads-up battle between Wood and Janssen with the trophy and a big payday on the line. Janssen took the early lead in heads-up play, but back-to-back key value bets from Wood propelled him into a massive lead. In the last hand of the tournament, Janssen got his nine big blind-stack in the middle with king-jack against Wood’s seven-five of hearts. Wood picked up a five on the flop and held on wrap things up in a timely manner.