Monday, January 14, 2019

Nick Davidson Wins Ameristar East Chicago Main Event for $178,709


Nick Davidson takes the early HPT Player of the Year lead.

Seven hours and eight levels after cards first flew at the $1,650 HPT Ameristar East Chicago Main Event final table, Nick Davidson fought his way back during heads up to best Mike Sabbia for his second HPT title, a championship package and $178,709.

"I still can't believe I won," Davidson said. "It's overwhelming. The first one was amazing and to win two of them is just unreal."

"Tournament poker can go every which way," he added. "You can go up and down all in a level. I just decided to go for it. I figured if I won that hand with ace king I could go on to win."

"I was a little nervous about that hand with the flush," he said about his key double up. "I thought he might have had a full house, I knew he had a big hand."

Davidson said following his trophy presentation that the prize money is going to buy a lot of diapers. His wife is expecting in March and has three kids at home already - the oldest being 3.5 years old.

"I guess I'm just lucky that I can play poker," he said. "I have an amazing wife."

The event drew 554 entrants over three starting flights and generated a near $800,000 prize pool. The top 63 players earned a cash and all the final tablists earned valuable HPT Season XV Player of the Year points. This was the 15th HPT series the Ameristar East Chicago has hosted.

The HPT packs up the table heads to the Caribbean for a seven-day cruise on the HPT On the High Seas tour. The event runs from January 26 - February 2 on the Symphony of the Seas - the flagship of the Royal Carribean fleet.

Following the fun in the sun, the HPT flips the page and heads to the mountains of Colorado for the Golden Gates series kicking off February 6 - 18.

-- Live Updates by Paul Oresteen

Mike Sabbia Eliminated in 2nd Place ($110,402)


Nick Davidson opened and Mike Sabbia moved all in for 2.6 million. Davidson thought for a moment, called and the hands were tabled.

Davidson: 9c 8c
Sabbia: 3c 3d

The board ran As Kd Js Qs 8d and the dramatic river ended Sabbia's event and Davidson won the final hand.


BB Ante - 100,000
Blinds - 100,000/200,000
Entries - 554
Remaining - 1

-- Live Updates by Paul Oresteen

Davidson Doubles


Nick Davidson doubled up to take a large chip lead. The board was As 4d 4d 2s 7s, Sabbia bet 1.2 million on  the river and Davidson moved all in. Sabbia stood up and called.

Sabbia had 6s 5s for a flush but Davidson held Ks 3s for the higher flush.

Nick Davidson - 14.6 million
Mike Sabbia - 2 million

BB Ante - 100,000
Blinds - 100,000/200,000
Entries - 554
Remaining - 2

-- Live Updates by Paul Oresteen

Davidson Making Up Ground


Mike Sabbia and Nick Davidson went to a raised flop of Jd Jh 6d. Sabbia checked, Davidson bet 400,000 and Sabbia called. The turn came Kd, Sabbia bet 600,000 and Davidson called. The river came 5d, Sabbia bet 1.3 million and Davidson shoved. Sabbia folded and Davidson closed the gap.

BB Ante - 100,000
Blinds - 100,000/200,000
Entries - 554
Remaining - 2

-- Live Updates by Paul Oresteen

Blend 'Em & Send 'Em


We're back in action after the short break.

Nick Davidson - 6,085,000
Mike Sabbia - 10,565,000

BB Ante - 100,000
Blinds - 100,000/200,000
Entries - 554
Remaining - 2

-- Live Updates by Paul Oresteen