The MSPT Bally’s Black Hawk Main Event has come to an end after four scintillating days of play where a huge field of 683 was played down to a winner after almost eleven hours of play.
That winner was Billyray Gallegos of Denver who took home the MSPT trophy and a grand prize of $104,890. Gallegos has just $7,283 in career tournament earnings before this win as he stated he is mainly a cash game pro and that he has been pursuing poker full time for about two years now after quitting his job. This win is sure to be a huge launching pad for his career as he felt it was just his time to win.
“It’s just my time man. I knew it inside. I have always made Day 2, cashed but this time I was like today is different. I dressed up today! I’m usually that hoodie guy, sweatpants and everything. But today I was feeling good so I dressed up”.
Gallegos was one of the ten Day 1a survivors and bagged a big stack on Day 1 to head into Day 2 amongst the top ten. He stayed steady in the start of the day and then exploded as the final neared. He would become the chip leader around the three-table mark and stayed on top until the final table where he would not take any major hit in chips and rode his stack to the title.
Action of the Day
The day started with 80 players and play would slow significantly on the money bubble at 73 players left as it took almost an hour for the bubble to burst.
After the money was reached, eliminations would come at a steady pace as several notables hit the rail including; Ben Keeline (55th), Jessica Vierling (44th), Aaron Johnson (33rd), Will Givens (26th) and Scott Stewart (13th) until the final table was reached.
Devin Garcia became the first victim of the final table as he fell to a set. Colin Gordon was next to go in eighth.
Vincent Moscati put together another deep tournament run as he exited in seventh place. Sam Husar went out in sixth place and Jared Ingles in fifth.
Chris Gfull was the last elimination of the night when he was felted in fourth place to set up a three-way chop discussion between the remaining contestants. It was determined to do an ICM chop based on chip count, which put Brady Bullard in third place and Ronald Scott in second with Gallegos taking the top prize and the trophy.
That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of the MSPT Black Hawk Main Event. Be sure to tune in for other events in the coming weeks.