Louviere wins HPT at Prairie Meadows in Iowa

December 03, 2013, Ken Warren  

Chris Louviere from Bangs, Texas, captured the Heartland Poker Tour stop at Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Altoona in October. The main event drew 125 players for a $180K-plus prize pool.

Louviere took home $54,225 when he called an all-in shove by Rick Goulden from Des Moines. Goulden’s A-8 lost to Louviere’s Q-10 when a queen landed on the flop. The victory also earned Louviere the MVP award for the HPT season. Goulden earned $32,535 for second. Terry Ring from Durant pocketed $21,690 for third.

MESKWAKI: The next week, Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel hosted the Mid-States Poker Tour in Tama, attracting 296 players to compete for the $300K guarantee. Jesse Spooner from Easton, Mo., had a 9-to-1 lead over Tom Tracy from Apple Valley, Minn., to start heads-up play, but Tracy eventually too the lead for a bit before Spooner rallied to claim the top prize of $81,060. Tracy collected $43,425 for second.

HORSESHOE: Looking for something to do between Christmas and New Year’s? Be sure to head to Horseshoe Council Bluffs for its Horseshoe Holiday Classic, which runs Dec. 26-30. There will be various events, including no-limit hold’em, Omaha/8 and PLO. Buy-ins are $45-$750 with satellites available. In addition to these great tournaments, there are always great cash games around these Horseshoe events, so there’s surely something for everyone.

RIVERSIDE: On Oct. 13, Tucker Stone captured the Fallout Championship at Riverside Casino. Stone took home $30K and the championship watch.

Ten days later, the bad-beat jackpot hit in a $1-$2 NLHE game. While the names of the players weren’t released, it was a Riverside record of $151,080. The secondary pot has kicked in, putting the new jackpot at about $57K at press time.

This room also held its Cold Turkey Poker Showdown on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Some of you may be lucky enough to see this story before this popular Southeast Iowa tournament kicked off. The buy-in is $500 and there are satellites running the week before so there should be a large field once the main event begins.

— Email Ken Warren at anteupken@gmail.com.