Jay McVeigh began the HPT Main Event final Table at Gates Poker Room in Black Hawk, CO., as the short stack at 445,000. He slipped to 7bb at one point and needed a river Ace to keep from finishing in 9th place.
He was all in with Jacks against Queens and turned a straight to survive once again. By 4-handed play he was the chipleader and went on to earn the $137,876 first-place prize.
"I sucked out in every possible way," McVeigh laughed shortly after the winner's interviews were completed. He sat with his wife and watched the final few hands on an iPad awaiting the final photos.
McVeigh went to heads-up play with a 10-1 lead against start-of-day chipleader Tan Hoang and closed out the win after a few hands. McVeigh earns the win at his third HPT final table. He was 6th in 2016 and 5th in 2017 in Kansas City, where he lived before moving to Colorado a year ago.
Jason Meglich had the chiplead for a while before exiting in third place with a $56,649 payday, followed by John Small in 4th ($39,365). The entire rail, livestream commentators and more were cheering on Gloria McCall all day, as she picked up a 5th-place finish and a $29,673 for her first-ever tournament cash.
David Levy (no, not David Levi) was 6th ($23,079), Jeff Banghart, who never had cards throughout the final table, took home $19,183 in 7th, with Corey Williams 8th ($15,886) and Jason Su in 9th ($13,428).
Among those who came and earned a Main Event cash was the leader of the HPT Player of the Year leaderboard, Nick Pupillo in 12th ($10,251), just 2 days after a 7th place finish in Atlantic City.
Here's the final results.
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