Cord Garcia Claims Historic 2nd HPT Title

Cord Garcia Claims Historic 2nd HPT Title

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Cord Garcia achieved history by claiming the same event within six months, when he clinched the HPT Golden Gates $1,650 No-limit Hold’em Main Event recently for $248,732, after plowing through a field of 787 entries. Five months ago, Garcia defeated a field of 488 to bag $164,988 at the same event.

Garcia claimed the spotlight after winning the first-ever  World Series of Poker (WSOP) Colossus event in 2015.

The HPT Golden Gates Main event saw Garcia facing an accomplished set of pros at the final table, including 2016 Colossus winner Zo Karim, Ben Keeline, and Dan O’Brien.

Leading the final table was Karim with Garcia in second, until the latter eliminated Karim at fifth place. That crucial hand saw Garcia with card 2card 3 overcome Karim’s card 3card 3 getting a lead that propelled him all the way to the top.

Heads up Garcia had a 3 to 1 chip lead against O’Brien and a tussle raged for a while, until Garcia began pulling ahead.

The hand that ended O’Brien’s tournament life saw him with card 1card 3 up against Garcia’s card 3card 3. The flop and the turn were blank, but the river card 1 favored Garcia leaving O’Brien with hardly a few blinds and a little while later he finished in second place for a prize of $153,982.

FINAL TABLE STANDINGS:

1. Cord Garcia - $248,732

2. Dan O’Brien - $153,982

3. Andrew Dean - $100,881

4. Saad Vasquez - $69,760

5. Zohair Karim - $50,903

6. Benjamin Keeline - $39,103

7. Edward Sebesta - $32,277

8. Justin Enger - $26,956

9. Torii Beeding - $21,634