Wednesday February 25,2015 : NEW YORK POKER PRO OFF TO A GREAT START IN 2015
 
Another big win for Jose Montes.
 
New York poker pro Jose Montes (29) is enjoying a great start to 2015, following his $352,669  triumph last month in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Durant, where he bested a field of 1,363, with another significant win this week.
 
In his latest victory the New Yorker beat 761 entrants in the $1,650 buy-in Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates tournament to claim a first prize worth $240,523.
 
In the heads up Montes faced a formidable foe in the highly experienced Albuquerque pro, Joe Serock and the evenly matched duo went at it for several hours, with the lead changing a number of times before Montes managed to eliminate his opponent and send him home with the runner up prize of $148,895.
 
Other final table cashes were:
 
James Bryan $97,548
Alex Yen $67,456
Jake Bazeley $49,221
Kane Lai $37,811
Danny Gonzales $31,211
Craig Casino $26,065
Travis Northrope $20,919