Monday, February 18, 2019

Nick Pupillo Wins HPT Black Hawk Main Event

 

Chipleader to begin the final table, saved by a river King, back up to the lead and eventually to the title. Nick Pupillo is the HPT Black Hawk Champion, earning $194,487 for his second-largest career cash and his second HPT Main Event crown.

Pupillo defeated 3-time HPT Main Event champ Reginald 'Shawn' Roberts heads-up to claim the win. Roberts collected $120,146 as runner-up.

The three starting flights in Black Hawk, CO., combined to draw a 588-entry field, the players creating a prize pool of $864,360.

Although Pupillo began the nine-handed final table as chipleader, Roberts began shifting chips his way early on and Pupillo soon found himself facing an all-in for his tournament life when Roberts moved in on him.

Pupillo called with top pair, King kicker, on a Jack-high board, only to see Roberts holding Queens. Pupillo spiked a river King to remain in the tournament and Roberts came back to the back with that double to Pupillo. Roberts and Pupillo kept each other in check as final table play began, but it was another player who soon emerged as a force.

John Sacha began final table play as the short-stack and made a serious run at earning his second career HPT Black Hawk Main Event title. Sacha said he would win if he could climb to 3 million chips. He made it all the way to 10 million, then pretty much ran second-best to Pupillo for an entire hour before being eliminated by Pupillo in 3rd place, cashing for $78,743.

Pupillo began heads up play with nearly a 3-1 chiplead on Roberts, quickly extended that to a 6-1 chiplead, then calling to put Roberts at risk the first time Roberts moved his chips in.

Roberts and Pupillo were racing, A-9 for Roberts, K-8 for Pupillo. An 8 on the flop put Pupillo ahead, and he dodged Aces and nines on the turn and river for the win.

Daniel Wojcik (4th, $54,714), Karim Abuzar (5th, $39,761), Jack Peterson (6th, $30,858) Ryan Dodson (7th, $25,931), Mike Itoafa (8th, $21,609) and Dopa Ajayi (9th, $17,287) rounded out the final table cashes.

Others who cashes in the main event included Adrian Buckley (11th, $13,311),  Shawn McCracken (12th, $13,311), Will Berry (13th, $9,940), Craig Casino (18th, $7,606), Alex Greenblatt (22nd, $5,705), Matt Livingston, (28th, $4,754), Aaron Frei (31st, $4,754), Teresa Hemingway (41st, $3,976), Ben Keeline (42nd, $3,976), James Carroll (48th, $3,371), Ed Sebesta (50th, $3,371) and defending champion Mike Englert (60th, $3,112).

Among those who came out for the main event but did not find a cash was Faraz Jaka, Allen Kessler, Ralph Massey, Aaron Massey, Josh Turner, Vince Moscati, Kevin Eyster, Nick Davidson, David Gutfreund, Danny Gonzales, Rich Dixon, Corey Zedo, Cary Marshall, Greg Geller, Nils Bardsely, Nader Wahdan, Svetlana Martie, Jay McVeigh, Bryan Johnson, Marty Gorenc, Shane Faulk and Fernando Galvan.

Here's the final results.


2/14-18/19HPT Black Hawk
$1,650Main Event
588Entries
$864,360Prize Pool
63Places Paid
PLACENAMEPAYOUT
1NicholasPupillo$194,478
2ReginaldRoberts$120,146
3JohnSacha$78,743
4DanielWojcik$54,714
5KarimAbuzar$39,761
6JackPeterson$30,858
7RyanDodson$25,931
8MikeItoafa$21,609
9DapoAjayi$17,287
10PierceMcKellar$13,311
11AdrianBuckley$13,311
12WilliamMcCracken$13,311
13StuartBrown$9,940
14WilliamBerry$9,940
15BrandonWitt$9,940
16DavidLitt$7,606
17MansourAlipour-fard$7,606
18CraigCasino$7,606
19TaiNguyen$5,705
20RoderickMontoya$5,705
21ChristopherOcksrider$5,705
22AlexanderGreenblatt$5,705
23RonnieLamb$5,705
24AndrewPeragallo$5,705
25ZacharyGutierrez$5,705
26RobertOpila$5,705
27JasonBlount$5,705
28MatthewLivingston$4,754
29AlbertWinchester$4,754
30JordanTuroff$4,754
31AaronFrei$4,754
32JoshuaMullins$4,754
33RobertStocklmeier$4,754
34ThoNguyen$4,754
35LaurenceBlazer$4,754
36CraigDubbenstein$4,754
37DavidLewis$3,976
38DanielSepiol$3,976
39EricHall$3,976
40AdamDemmersseman$3,976
41TeresaHemingway$3,976
42BenjaminKeeline$3,976
43JonathanAtzman$3,976
44JasonBeasley$3,976
45EdoZucker$3,976
46StephenOlds$3,371
47DonCarlton$3,371
48JamesCarroll$3,371
49SydMasters$3,371
50EdwardSebesta$3,371
51BrianLeitch$3,371
52KhoaNguyen$3,371
53AngelHowell$3,371
54JamesCallanan$3,371
55StevenChaill$3,112
56TedDriscoll$3,112
57JimMorrison$3,112
58ThomasBouziden$3,112
59WallyPrintz$3,112
60MikeEnglert$3,112
61DerrickOlson$3,112
62StevenKlaus$3,112
63NavalSubbarayan$3,112

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

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