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Golden Gates Casino

November 6 - 15, 2015
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Phanora Prom
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EVENT RECAP

Golden Gates Casino - Black Hawk, CO

November 12-15, 2015

Main Event: 510 Entrants

Phanora Pham Wins MSPT Meskwaki Casino, $123,180!

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The Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino attracted a record 510 entries to Black Hawk, Colorado to compete for their share of a $494,700 prize pool. On Sunday, the final 87 players returned to the famed poker parlor to battle down to a winner. After 13 hours of play, Phanora Prom emerged as the last man standing to collect the $123,180 first-place prize.

Prom, who hails from nearby Denver, had $75,744 in live tournament earnings before the win, which included a ninth-place finish in the MSPT's visit to Black Hawk back in March 2014.

When the day began, 33 players needed to hit the rail to make the money. Among those to leave empty handed were MSPT Grand Falls champ Alan CurlKevin "1sickdisease" Eyster, World Poker Tour One to Watch Jose Serratos, Colorado poker pro Bryan Devonshire, MSPT Team Pro Nick Pupillo, and defending champ Kane Lai, who began the day with a ton of chips but ultimately picked the wrong spot to shove.

With 55 players remaining, David Gutfreund opened for 23,000 from early position and Igor Balaban three-bet to 40,000. When action reached Ben Marsh on the button, he four-bet jammed for 141,000, and Gutfreund shoved all in over the top, which inspired Balaban to fold.

Marsh: A♥K♥
Gutfreund: AxAx

Marsh was in big trouble, and it got even worse when Gutfreund flopped a full house on the AxQxQx flop. A third Qx on the turn meant Marsh could chop if the fourth lady appeared on the river, but it wasn't in the cards. Marsh exited as the bubble boy in 55th place, ensuring the remaining players a minimum $1,979 payday.

From there until the final table was set, the in-the-money eliminations racked up and included reigning World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker champ Adrian Buckley (50th - $1,979); the last woman in the field Norelia Austin (35th - $2,474); MSPT Golden Gates $360 Regional champ and start-of-the-day chip leader Bobby Sanoubane (32nd - $2,474); MSPT Team Pro Matt Alexander(20th - $2,721); and two-time WSOP bracelet winner David Warga (13th - $4,947).

When the final table of 10 was reached, Don Angstead led the pack, but with the blinds so high it was really anyone's game. The short-stacked George Clark was the first to go after running A♥6♣into Michael Sanders' pocket queens, and then Corey Zedo exited in ninth place after losing a race to Ben Keeline.

Day 1a chip leader Ross Reichart was the next to go after running pocket jacks into the queens of Prom, and then Dave Kohnke saw his A♥J♠ go down in flames to the A♠K♣ of Aaron Thomas.

From there, Sanders was crippled after running king-jack into the pocket aces of Prom, and then busted a hand later to Thomas. One hand after that, Keeline shoved with the A♥Q♦ only to run into the A♥Q♦ of Prom.

Prom then eliminated Angstead in fourth place – the former's A♥J♠ holding against the latter's K♥10♦ in a blind-versus-blind battle – and took a big chip lead into three-handed play.

Prom then eliminated Thomas in third place after turning trips, and finished off Sammy Aweida in just two hands of heads-up play. In the first hand, Prom shoved the button and Aweida folded. in the second hand, Aweida shoved and Prom called.

Prom: A♣6♦
Aweida: A♦8♠

Aweida held the better kicker with his ace, so he was primed to double in those instances there wasn't a chop or Prom got lucky. However, Prom spiked two pair on the 6♣A♠2♠ flop, and neither the K♦ turn nor 9♥ river helped Aweida, who fell in second place for $69,258.

The MSPT will now head to Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo, Wisconsin for the penultimate stop of Season 6. That $1,100 Main Event will kick off Friday, and you can find out all the details here.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Denver 
CO 
$123,180
1,600
2
CO 
$69,258
1,400
3
TX 
$44,532
1,300
4
CO 
$35,370
1,200
5
CO 
$27,703
1,100
6
AR 
$22,755
1,000
7
CO 
$18,056
900
8
SD 
$14,098
800
9
Denver 
CO 
$9,893
700
10
Parker 
CO 
$6,431
600
11
TX 
$6,431
600
12
IL 
$6,431
600
13
Golden 
CO 
$4,947
500
14
MN 
$4,947
500
15
CO 
$4,947
500
16
Gypsum 
CO 
$3,710
400
17
CO 
$3,710
400
18
Ames 
IA 
$3,710
400
19
CO 
$2,721
300
20
MN 
$2,721
300
21
MN 
$2,721
300
22
CO 
$2,721
300
23
IL 
$2,721
300
24
CO 
$2,721
300
25
Denver 
CO 
$2,721
300
26
SD 
$2,721
300
27
CO 
$2,721
300
28
CO 
$2,474
200
29
CO 
$2,474
200
30
Denver 
CO 
$2,474
200
31
CO 
$2,474
200
32
Aurora 
CO 
$2,474
200
33
CO 
$2,474
200
34
Aurora 
CO 
$2,474
200
35
Denver 
CO 
$2,474
200
36
CO 
$2,474
200
37
CO 
$2,226
100
38
CO 
$2,226
100
39
Arvada 
CO 
$2,226
100
40
Aurora 
CO 
$2,226
100
41
Erie 
CO 
$2,226
100
42
CO 
$2,226
100
43
Craig 
CO 
$2,226
100
44
CO 
$2,226
100
46
CO 
$1,979
50
47
CO 
$1,979
50
48
OH 
$1,979
50
49
Denver 
CO 
$1,979
50
50
CO 
$1,979
50
51
IL 
$1,979
50
52
Aurora 
CO 
$1,979
50
53
NE 
$1,979
50
54
 
$1,979
50