Chris Moon Far Ahead at HPT East Chicago Final Table

Chris Moon Far Ahead at HPT East Chicago Final Table

Chris Moon

After a flurry of eliminations put a furious finish to Day 2, the final table of Heartland Poker Tour Ameristar East Chicago $1,650 Main Event is set with Chris Moon pacing way in front of the competition after bagging more than one-third of the chips in play.

With over $300,000 in cashes, Moon certainly isn’t lacking experience, but he still seeks his first trophy in live poker. Several years back, in 2015, he had his closest call, which came in another HPT event in his home state of Michigan. Moon would finish in second place for his biggest cash, $101,823.

He’s certainly put himself in fantastic position to break through with a win. Moon will enter the final table toting just shy of 6.2 million, more than double that of second-place Craig Casino.

Aside from Casino’s 2,750,000, Artem Zverkhovskyy is the only other player north of 2 million at 2,160,000.

HPT Ameristar East Chicago Final Table

Seat Player Stack
1 Eric Salazar 760,000
2 Craig Casino 2,750,000
3 Bret Martin 545,000
4 Dennis Ng 1,000,000
5 Paul Elfelt 1,265,000
6 Artem Zverkhovskyy 2,160,000
7 Mike O’Neill 970,000
8 Chris Moon 6,195,000
9 Bryant Miller 1,470,000

When it comes to HPT events, perhaps nobody has as much final-table experience as Casino. He has two wins and 10 other final table appearances, most recently last July in Colorado.

Casino was able to win a massive pot when he flopped the nut straight with nine-seven and watched in amazement as two players moved in ahead of him, a short-stacked player with top pair and another player who flopped top pair. Casino held up for essentially a double knockout, moving well over 100 big blinds to get to the final table bubble.

As for Moon, he found himself all in with three outs fairly early in the day but hit a seven with ace-seven against ace-king. He didn’t look back from there as he busted player after player, most notably fellow big stack Mark Morris in a dream spot holding top pair when Morris couldn’t find a fold with a weaker pocket pair on the turn and had just two outs.

Among those to bust in the money on Monday were Nick Davidson (13th – $9,399), Nick Pupillo (16th – $7,192), Rich Alsup (22nd – $5,294), Nadya Magnus (26th – $5,394), Keith Heine (29th – $4,495), Aaron Johnson (32nd – $4,495), and Keven Stammen (40th – $3,760).

The last nine players compete on the streamed and televised final table starting Tuesday at noon, with the stream coming in on a slight delay. There’s $183,899 plus an HPT Championship Package worth $3,500 on the line, with everyone having $16,346 locked up.

Lead photo courtesy of HPT/Hayler Hochstetler.

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