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Greg Raymer Wins Record Breaking Fourth Heartland Poker Tour Title of 2012

'Fossilman' Becomes HPT's All Time Earnings Leader


Winning three poker tournaments on the same tour in one year is impressive, but winning four titles in as many months? That’s just unheard of.

But that is exactly what happened on Monday, Nov. 19 when Greg Raymer topped a field of 283 to win the inaugural Heartland Poker Tour Belterra no-limit hold’em main event in Florence, IN to win his record-setting fourth HPT title of 2012.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Raymer.

For the win, the 2004 World Series of Poker main event champion earned $106,030 and 456 Card Player Player of the Year points. The man known as “Fossilman” has now cashed for a grand total $371,967 on the HPT in 2012, good enough to make him the tour’s all-time money leader and the only player to ever win four titles on the HPT.

Raymer won his first HPT title on July 30 at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico for $71,875 and followed that up with an even bigger win at the HPT St. Louis main event, taking home $121,973. Then in late October he took down the HPT Prairie Meadows title just outside of Des Moines, Iowa for $72,089 just weeks prior to this most recent win. As a result of his incredible success in the past months, Raymer has increased his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $7.3 million.

Raymer entered the final table as the shortest stack, but doubled up on the very first hand and just over one orbit later he overtook the chip lead. Raymer’s path to glory was far from easy however, as he had to outlast a number of tough opponents including runner-up Jacob Bazely, a Cincinnati-based pro with nearly a million dollars in live tournament earnings and roughly as much in online tournament cashes.

In the end Bazely ran his an ace-six into Raymer’s ace-queen and was unable to improve, hitting the rail as the runner-up with $59,706 in earnings and 380 POY points. Bazely now sits in 51st place in the overall standings, with three prior final table finishes this year including a $322,294 score for once again finishing runner-up, this time in a $1,500 World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em event.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Greg Raymer $106,030 456
2 Jacob Bazeley $59,706 380
3 Bruce Ostrander $38,088 304
4 Iverson Snuffer $32,941 228
5 Jason Gwinn $25,324 190
6 Kenneth Hicks Jr $20,588 152



5 years ago

very impressive....raymer is a great tourney player..even way back at foxwoods before his wsop title


5 years ago

Yes, winning 4 of these tournys is quit impressive.....but lets not forget these are re-entry events. At the Prarie Meadows stop he won, I played there with him. He fired 5 bullets investing a total of something like $6,500 bucks. Re-entry takes away the whole essence on NLH if you ask me. Its alot easier, especially in the early levels, to call of your stack on a flush draw when you know you can reach into the ol wallet and , whalla! , your back in the hunt and only slightly below chip average! WHAT A JOKE. re- Entry SUCKS


5 years ago

he didn't play it like a cash game. he played it like a re-buy MTT; exactly what it is. you're just angry you don't have deep pockets.

the whole point of the early going in a re-buy is to accumulate a monster stack. you can afford to take more risks because your tourney life isn't at stake. is that really a difficult concept?


5 years ago

While certainly impressive, these are small, weak fields reentry events. The fact that he can buy in so many times gives him an enormous edge over the field of local amateurs and pros with smaller rolls(or no backers). Notice that you don't see this kind of thing going on with the WPT, and only once in a blue moon does anyone win even two titles on it.


5 years ago

He is a WSOP Champ playing below his level in a common entry level touney.