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CPPT Lone Star State Poker Championship: Forrest Collins Wins Seniors Championship

Day 1B of $580 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Starts Saturday, Aug. 4


The fourth title of the series has been awarded at the 2nd annual Lone Star State Poker Championship, presented by the Card Player Poker Tour. The series began earlier this week at the Post Oak Poker Club in Houston, the first licensed poker club in the Lone Star State, and already three champions have been decided. The Lone Star State Poker Championship Main Event, which features a $500 buy-in (plus the $80 seat rental), is running Aug. 3-5, with day 1B kicking off at noon on Aug. 4. You can check out the full schedule of events here.

$230 Lone Star State Seniors Poker Championship

Forrest CollinsThe $230 no-limit hold’em Lone Star State Seniors Poker Championship drew a total of 141 entries to create a $28,200 prize pool.

In the end, the largest share of that money was awarded to Forrest Collins after he defeated John Carter heads-up. Collins was awarded $5,977 and a custom gold championship ring for his first live tournament title.

Thomas Vinas was the third-place finisher. The Houston resident has more than $525,000 in lifetime live tournament earnings, including three final-table finishes at the World Series of Poker.

There were two female players at the final table. Lottie Patterson finished ninth for $705, while Brenda Clayton took home $1,128 as the seventh-place finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Forrest Collins $5,977
2 John Carter $4,149
3 Thomas Vinas $3,938
4 Ramond Hernandez $3,593
5 Jerome Moon $2,696
6 Patrick Skipper $1,466
7 Brenda Clayton $1,128
8 Billy Seber $874
9 Lottie Patterson $705

“We are really going to have a lot of fun and Card Player is the perfect partner to help us get the word out,” said Post Oak Poker Club founder Daniel Kebort.

“We are working to create a festival atmosphere around the event complete with a freeroll tournament, giveaways and a complimentary buffet highlighting the best of Texas in order to welcome Texas Hold’em back home in style,” Kebort said.

The custom gold ring for the pot-limit Omaha eventCustomized gold rings were made for the winners of the following events: the Lone Star State PLO Championship, Lone Star State Seniors Poker Championship and the Lone Star State Poker Championship Main Event. The championship rings are crowned with the Texas state gem, blue topaz, cut in a Lone Star shape and featuring black onyx and rubies.

Click here for discount hotel rooms available from the Post Oak Hilton Galleria.

About the Post Oak Poker Club

The Post Oak Poker Club opened in August of 2017 as the first private poker club in Houston. Since then, POPC has continued to pioneer the poker industry in Texas. Along with the Card Player Poker Tour, the Post Oak Poker Club is now poised to set the standard for what players can expect from a major tour stop in Texas. POPC is located in the heart of Uptown Houston, the most exclusive neighborhood in Texas for shopping, dining and now poker.

“Come out and see the best of Houston as we show the world what poker in Texas is all about,” Kebort said. “As the first major tour stop in Texas we are looking forward to sharing our world-class venue and unique membership model poker club with the national poker community.”

In order to fully comply with Texas gambling law, POPC doesn’t take a rake but rather charges fees for seat rentals and other amenities poker players love.

Here’s another look at the schedule for the series:

Date Buy-In Event Chips Levels
30-Jul $330 Black Chip Bounty ($100) 8,000 30 minutes
31-Jul $230 Deepstack NLH 15,000 30 minutes
1-Aug $580 PLO Championship 12,000 30 minutes
2-Aug $230 Seniors NLH 10,000 30 minutes
3-Aug $580 Main Event Flight A 20,000 30 minutes
4-Aug $580 Main Event Flight B 20,000 30 minutes
5-Aug $120 Last Chance NLH 8,000 20 minutes