This year, in its eighth season, the Heartland Poker Tour has been exciting. Greg "FossilMan" Raymer has been on a rampage all year and has put together a winning streak never before seen in poker. After winning three HPT events in three months, he put the crown on his season by winning the HPT Championship Open last weekend in a specatacular Main Event.
Greg played it the hard way. In a weekend rollercoaster, he came up from being short-stacked on three separate occasions to get back to the top chip leader. But, as he headed into the final table, he found himself short-stacked again. He doubled up on his first hand and continued riding the wave to take the title.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Raymer. He has grown a following for himself since winning the WSOP Main Event in 2004. With his performance this year in the HPT, Greg has secured his place in poker history as one of the most consistent professionals in the game.
The final results were:
- Greg Raymer -- $106,030
- Jacob Bazeley -- $59,706
- Bruce Ostrander -- $38,088
- Iverson "Cotton" Snuffer -- $32,941
- Jason Gwinn -- $25,324
- Kenny Hicks -- $20,588