Will "The Thrill" Failla has added yet another big win to his live tournament resume after winning the Heartland Poker Tour's 100th event in St. Louis, Missouri. Failla defeated 328 players to claim a $199,604 first prize.
Will "The Thrill" Failla has added yet another big tournament win to his results sheet after taking down the Heartland Poker Tour's 100th event in St. Louis, Missouri.
Failla, who won the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event in August last year for a $758,085 payout, entered the Missouri $1,650 Missouri event alongside 328 players, and ended up finishing on top after two days of play.
The seasoned pro entered the televised final table as the chip leader and managed to secure the win for a $199,604 first prize alongside the title as the HPT's 100th champion.
The cash will additionally bring "The Thrill"'s total 2012 earnings to more than $400,000 a little more than three months into the year.
Ironically Failla didn't even plan to play the tournament, as he was participating in the World Poker Tour's Shooting Star event in California just days before.
Fellow pro Allen Kessler however managed to persuade Failla to make the trip almost across country, much to the delight of the newly crowned champion.
"Allen Kessler dragged me here," Failla admitted to the Heartland Poker Tour staff following his win.
"Everybody needs an Allen Kessler in their lives," he added.
The Missouri event saw 33 runners finish within the money, including several qualifiers who ended up cashing in big on their efforts.
The biggest winner in this respect was undoubtedly third-place finisher Bill Matula, who entered the event via a $190 satellite and ended up cashing in a stunning $42,863.
The Heartland Poker Tour will now move on to its next event, which is set to be played in Las Vegas next month.
The popular tour's 101st stop will be played at the Palms Casino on the famous Las Vegas strip, and will feature a $1,650 Main Event, set to be played from April 12th through 15th.