Fiorenza dominates HPT at Daytona Beach

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The Heartland Poker Tour returned to Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room with a bang in October and with it 343 of the South’s finest players. The $1,650 event garnered a $512K prize pool and saw nothing but Sunshine State players at the final table.

While no victory at a final table is easy, especially in a field as tough as the HPT, champion Vincent Fiorenza of Ovieda did his best to make it look like a cakewalk, eliminating five players en route to a $122K payday.
Another notable at the final table was pro Corey Burbick of Davie, who made $34K to push his live career earnings to $721K.

There was another Corey at the table: Corey Zarnoch, who has been working toward playing poker for a living. He lost a monster hand to Fiorenza just before the final table that would have eliminated Fiorenza and left Zarnoch with 40 percent of the chips in play. Instead, he went home with his biggest career cash ($17K).

John Holley was the first casualty of the final table before it even started, as the pro from Destin went out on a double-elimination the night before the recording of the televised final table. This made back-to-back HPT final tables for him at DBKC.

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