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  • January 23, 2021

Steve Jewell Beats Record Field at HPT Ameristar East Chicago

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( The Heartland Poker Tour Ameristar East Chicago stop is always one of the marquee events on the schedule, and the Season 12 edition didn’t disappoint, bringing in 670 players, a record for the stop. Amateur player and satellite qualifier Steve Jewell took down the $1,650 buy-in event for $211,777, topping a final table that included two-time HPT champ Craig Casino.
Jewell also won a $3,000 package to the HPT season-ending championship.
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Jewell also won a $3,000 package to the HPT season-ending championship.
Final Table Payouts

1Steve JewellDyersville, IA$211,777
2Jim CasementPingree Grove, IL$131,208
3Kris BradshawJackson, MI$86,156
4Andrew MillsDavie, FL$60,165
5Craig CasinoWinfield, IL$43,993
6Jorge PostigoEvanston, IL$33,692
7Steve KarpMiami, FL$26,205
8Raney YousifMadison Heights, MI$23,585
9Ryan HohensteinEden Prairie, MN$19,253

The tournament paid 56 places and a number of notable names booked cashes, including Tom Koral(35th), Michael Younan (33rd), 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada (26th), Jonathan Gaviao(25th), Matthew Shepsky (23rd), and Millard Hale III (17th).
By the time the final table was reached, Jewell was sitting with a mediocre stack of about 1.6 million with blinds at 30,000/60,000/5,000, according to the live updates. Everyone was looking way up in the counts at Andrew Mills, who has over 100 big blinds, nearly double the stack of second-place Casino.
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