Poker Showdown in the Show-Me State

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Kansas City, Missouri (Sept. 26, 2017) - For years, poker enthusiasts in the Kansas City market were clamoring for a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) stop in their backyard. The reputable tour made its inaugural stop in Kansas City in 2014 and has since awarded more than $3 million in prize pool money. HPT returns Oct. 5-16 for another event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City.

The series opens with a $350 tournament tagged with a $100,000 prize pool guarantee. The following weekend's $1,650 Main Event is sure to be the highlight of the series. That multi-day event comes to a head Monday, Oct. 16 when the final nine competitors play down to a champion on HPT's custom-designed production set with 16 HD cameras tracking every check, bet and raise along the way. Click here for a look at the full schedule.

"We love hosting this tournament," said Keith W. Henson, senior vice president and general manager. "This tour brings poker players from all across the country. We look forward to welcoming them with Midwestern hospitality and we hope they enjoy all that Ameristar Kansas City has to offer."

HPT events bring in a variety of poker aficionados from novice beginners to veteran pros. The tour is well known for its qualifiers and satellites, which allow players to win a seat into the Main Event at a discounted rate. Buy-ins start at just $75.

"It's not unusual to see someone come in and turn a small investment into a six-figure payday," says HPT director of operations Ken Lambert of the tour's events. "We see it time and time again. It truly is possible for anyone to win the whole thing."

In 2016, HPT crowned two Main Event champions at Ameristar Kansas City. Local operations manager Ryan Gregor topped a field of 342 entries in the spring to earn the top prize of $111,696. When HPT returned to Kansas City in the fall, Walt Lustgraaf was the last man standing. Lustgraaf collected $111,370 for his efforts. Both of those events have since aired on national television and the episodes are available to view here.

The spacious Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City consists of 140,000 square feet of gaming excitement. The property boasts the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. Guests will enjoy the exceptional gaming experience which offers more than 2,200 slot and video poker machines and 66 table games.

In addition to prime gaming, Ameristar Kansas City features an 18-screen movie theater, a video arcade and seven dining options. From choice cuts at Great Plains Steakhouse to freshly baked pastries at Falcon Diner, guests are sure to satisfy their taste buds.

The full-service hotel has 184 well-appointed rooms and suites available at discounted rates to those traveling in from out of town. Rooms start at just $99 per night with code HPTKC. Book a reservation while they last by calling 800-499-4961 or visiting

For more information on HPT's Oct. 5-16 series at Ameristar Kansas City, log on to

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