Ho-Chunk Summer Bounty poker event features Hellmuth

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Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells hosted its $240 Summer Bounty tournament on Aug. 19, but this was no ordinary bounty event. Phil Hellmuth, a 12-time World Series of Poker bracelet-winner was on hand as a bounty, as were the waggish Gavin Smith and 2007 WSOP main event champ Jerry Yang.

In addition to the poker pros, local radio personality Johnny Danger and local pro Mike “Wisco” Murray served as bounties. The tournament attracted 209 players and created a prize pool of $41,800, plus the house added $400 bounties on each of the aforementioned players, plus $3,200 in mystery bounties. Here’s a look at the bounty hunters: Francesco Romano eliminated Hellmuth; Norman Gillingham eliminated Smith; Ron Koch eliminated Yang; Murray took out Danger, but Matt Fierro knocked out Murray.

Other non-bounty participants included Hellmuth’s parents, Lynn and Phil Sr., Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon, Steve Verrett and Morgan Machina. In the end, Faramarz Behzadi, Ken Evans and Eric Rueckirt worked a three-way chop, each taking home more than $7,400.

— Chad Holloway is Ante Up’s Wisconsin Ambassador. He’s a senior writer for PokerNews.com and a member of Team Blue Shark Optics. Email him at anteupchad@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @ChadAHolloway.