Ameristar East Chicago to Host HPT in August

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Ameristar East Chicago to Host HPT in August

East Chicago, Ind. –After a long history of success in Chicagoland, Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is movin’ on up to a first-class property for their next visit to the area. Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago, Ind. will become home to one of HPT’s biggest events of the year.  An action-packed ten-day series will start with a deepstack event Aug. 8, and conclude with a nationally-televised Main Event beginning Aug. 15. 

“Chicago players have asked for this move for years,” said Jeremy Smith, HPT’s tournament advisor from the Chicago area, “We anticipate another huge event in this market. Ameristar will be ready to meet the demand.”

HPT has awarded nearly $8 million in neighboring Gary, Ind., and crowned 14 local champions on national TV. Leon Morford of Rockford reigned as HPT’s all-time money leader for years after winning $233,015 in 2007. HPT’s stop in Gary last August sold out with 520 entries.

Players from around the country will appreciate the convenience of Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago. The property is less than 25 miles from downtown Chicago and has a full-range of amenities. Players can stay on property in the popular 288-room hotel or find a room nearby in any price range.  Like other Ameristar locations across the country, the dining options receive rave reviews and include favorites such as Bugatti’s Steak & Pasta, Amerisports and the Heritage Buffet. To ensure an optimal environment, all tournaments will take place in Ameristar’s comfortable and roomy Discovery Ballroom. 

“We are very excited to bring the excitement of HPT to Ameristar East Chicago,” stated Matt Schuffert, Vice President and General Manager. “The HPT will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a quality, nationally-televised poker event along with all of our exciting amenities here at Ameristar.” 

HPT televises more tournaments in the world than any other tour, bringing a full production set to each stop. The episodes filmed at Ameristar will be syndicated to more than 100 million homes throughout the United States, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.        

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About HPT - Heartland Poker Tour

Founded in 2005, HPT is built on a grass-roots philosophy of “Real People, Unreal Money”. HPT is currently filming Season X and is available in over 110 million homes throughout the United States each week, in addition to widespread distribution throughout Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit


With more than 56,000 square feet of casino space on four levels, Ameristar East Chicago offers more than 1,900 slots, 47 table games and a dedicated baccarat room.  The facility offers a variety of dining choices including the Heritage Buffet and Bugatti's restaurants.  A 290-room upscale hotel, the Star Awards player's lounge and a state-of-the-art promotions center known as Winners Square are additional amenities that guests can enjoy when visiting.  Ameristar East Chicago is conveniently located minutes from I-80/94 off Cline Avenue, Exit 5.  Coming from the Chicago Skyway, take Exit 10 for 912N and follow the signs to Ameristar.