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Bally's Black Hawk Casino

January 17 - 28, 2024
Main Event: 822 Entrants
Winner: Mo Nuwwarah
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EVENT RECAP

Mo Nuwwarah Wins MSPT Season 15 Bally's Black Hawk Showdown Series Main Event ($155,189)

Created (1/29/2024 12:02:16 AM by Anthony Thompson)

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to the beautiful mountainside at Bally's Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, and hosted a 15-trophy Showdown Series which was headlined by its $1,110 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event.

A total of 822 entries (171 from Day 1a; 264 from 1b; 387 from 1c) were tallied through three starting flights and generated a $795,840 prize pool.

On Sunday, 101 players returned for Day 2 action, and after roughly 12 hours of action, it was Mo Nuwwarah who came out on top to win the $155,189 top prize and his first MSPT title!

“It feels great,” Nuwwarah continued to say after his victory, “I mean, I started playing these (MSPT) events when I started covering them for work and that was about 10 years ago so, I had a couple close shaves but was final able to close one out.”

The shaves Nuwwarah mentioned included a second place finish back in 2019 for $42,349 but he was able to top that today with a career best six-figure score, bringing his MSPT earnings to $274,709.

MSPT Season 15 Bally's Black Hawk Showdown Main Event Final Table Results
Place Player Prize POY
1 Mo Nuwwarah $155,189 1,800
2 Jeremy "Woody" Wood $93,497 1,600
3 Antonio Vargas $70,352 1,500
4 Jeff Soffer $52,535 1,400
5 Jack Corrigan $39,792 1,300
6 Mansour Alipourfard $30,242 1,200
7 Sean Lee $23,079 1,100
8 Shant Marashlian $18,304 1,000
9 Michael Giardina $14,325 900
Day 2 Action

With 90 slated to get paid, only six players needed to exit before players reached the money. Among those to leave empty-handed were Nick Bossard, Josh Remitio, Ryan Galpern, Allan Salloum, and two-time MSPT champ Nick Barksdale just to name a few.

MSPT Season 14 Black Hawk Showdown Series Champ Nick Barksdale
MSPT Season 14 Black Hawk Showdown Series Champ Nick Barksdale

Once the tournament reached the hand-for-hand process, only a few hands were played before Sherry Hammers pocket aces were set up by Roger Low’s pocket queens, and the march to the final table began.

Among those to fall along the way, albeit with a payday, were Michael Campbell (10th Place - $11,142), three-time MSPT champ Carl Carotenuto (11th Place - $11,142), MSPT Season 14 Player of the Year Umut Ozturk (21st Place - $6,685), Angela Jordison (23rd Place - $5,650), and MSPT Hall of Famer Josh Reichard (26th Place $4,616).

Final Table action

Once the final table was set, Nuwwarah sat at the bottom of the counts while Jeremy “Woody” Wood sat at the top of the counts, but after three levels of double-ups took place, Nuwwarah was able to come out with the first elimination after his pocket kings flushed out Michael Giardina’s pocket aces on the river.

After that action hand, Shant Marashlian found himself in a similar cooler holding a made hand of kings against Antonio Vargas’ pocket aces.

Unlike Nuwwarah, Marashlian’s cowboys were unable to pull ahead and became the second final table elimination.

Following Marashlian to the payout desk was Sean Lee, who roller coaster of a final table came to an end after he failed to hit live cards against Nuwwarah.

Nuwwarah would continue his elimination spree after his Big Slick dominated Mansour Alipourfard’s ace-jack, eliminating him his in sixth place and then quickly followed with another knockout after he flushed out Jack Corrigan’s ace-king in fifth place for $39,792.

Start of Day Chip Leader Jeff Soffer

After Corrigan departed, four-handed action saw a three-way all-in with Nuwwarah’s pair of ladies ahead of the shared ace-king hands of Jeff Soffer and Vargas.

Luckily for Nuwwarah, his ladies held strong to score the double elimination sending Soffer home in fourth place for $52,535, while Soffer took 3rd place for $70,352.

From there, Wood was able to take a quick double-up against Nuwwarah in their heads-up battle, but he couldn’t catch enough steam as he was set-up a few short hands later and took a runner-up finish for $95,469 while Nuwwarah secured his first MSPT trophy and career payday good for $155,189!

The MSPT (Mid-States Poker Tour) will be making its way to JACK Cleveland Casino from January 31st - February 4th to host another trophy series, and MSPT team will be on hand providing updates for the $500K GTD $1,110 Main Event so make sure to come back!

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Omaha 
NE 
$155,189
1,800
2
Denver 
CO 
$95,497
1,600
3
CO 
$70,352
1,500
4
Denver 
CO 
$52,525
1,400
5
Denver 
CO 
$39,792
1,300
6
CO 
$30,242
1,200
7
Denver 
CO 
$23,079
1,100
8
CA 
$18,304
1,000
9
CO 
$14,325
900
10
SD 
$11,142
800
11
MN 
$11,142
800
12
WY 
$11,142
800
13
SD 
$9,550
700
14
MN 
$9,550
700
15
CO 
$9,550
700
16
NE 
$7,958
600
17
Aurora 
CO 
$7,958
600
18
CO 
$7,958
600
19
WY 
$6,685
500
20
CO 
$6,685
500
21
MN 
$6,685
500
22
NY 
$5,650
400
24
SD 
$5,650
400
25
Denver 
CO 
$4,616
350
26
WI 
$4,616
350
27
NM 
$4,616
350
28
Denver 
CO 
$3,502
300
29
FL 
$3,502
300
30
WY 
$3,502
300
31
Denver 
CO 
$3,502
300
32
Denver 
CO 
$3,502
300
33
Aurora 
CO 
$3,502
300
34
NM 
$3,502
300
35
CO 
$3,502
300
36
Aurora 
CO 
$3,502
300
37
TX 
$2,865
250
38
Denver 
CO 
$2,865
250
39
Aurora 
CO 
$2,865
250
40
CO 
$2,865
250
41
Oxford 
MI 
$2,865
250
42
TX 
$2,865
250
43
CO 
$2,865
250
44
CO 
$2,865
250
45
CO 
$2,865
250
46
CO 
$2,547
200
47
Denver 
CO 
$2,547
200
48
SD 
$2,547
200
49
CO 
$2,547
200
50
CO 
$2,547
200
51
WI 
$2,547
200
52
CO 
$2,547
200
53
CO 
$2,547
200
54
AZ 
$2,547
200
55
IL 
$2,388
150
56
CO 
$2,388
150
57
Denver 
CO 
$2,388
150
58
Aurora 
CO 
$2,388
150
59
Denver 
CO 
$2,388
150
60
Denver 
CO 
$2,388
150
61
Denver 
CO 
$2,388
150
62
CO 
$2,388
150
63
MN 
$2,388
150
64
Denver 
CO 
$2,228
100
65
Parker 
CO 
$2,228
100
66
TX 
$2,228
100
67
NV 
$2,228
100
68
CA 
$2,228
100
69
Perham 
MN 
$2,228
100
70
CO 
$2,228
100
71
FL 
$2,228
100
72
SD 
$2,228
100
73
CO 
$2,149
75
74
WI 
$2,149
75
75
CO 
$2,149
75
76
CO 
$2,149
75
77
MN 
$2,149
75
78
FL 
$2,149
75
79
Casper 
WY 
$2,149
75
80
TX 
$2,149
75
81
Denver 
CO 
$2,149
75
82
WY 
$2,069
50
83
CO 
$2,069
50
84
CA 
$2,069
50
85
FL 
$2,069
50
86
Denver 
CO 
$2,069
50
87
SD 
$2,069
50
88
LA 
$2,069
50
89
Denver 
CO 
$2,069
50
90
CO 
$2,069
50