A record number of entrants tried their hands in Black Hawk, Colo., for the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Golden Gates Casino. Phanora Prom needed just 13 hours to top the other 509 participants, taking home $123,180 for his efforts.
The cash was easily the biggest of Prom’s career. The Denver native had a total $75,744 in live tournament earnings before the win. His previous best finish came back in March of 2014, when he was ninth in the MSPT at Black Hawk.
Thirty-three players made the money on the second day, but a few big names weren’t around when the bubble burst – including defending champion Kane Lai and WSPT Grand Falls champion Alan Curl.
By the time the final table of ten was reached, Don Angstead had the chip lead. The short-stacked George Clark was the first to be eliminated when a poorly-timed A♡, 6♧ didn’t have a table to back it and fell to Michael Sanders’ pocket queens.
Day one chip leader Ross Reichert exited the tournament in seventh place after pitting jacks against Prom’s queens,. Dave Kohnke went home in sixth, falling with A♡, J♤ against Aaron Thomas’ A♤, K♧.
Sanders was the next to be eliminated despite a strong showing leading up to his final hand. He successfully ran a king-jack against Prom’s pocket aces before busting just one hand later to Thomas. One hand after that, Keeline was bested by Prom.
Fourth-place winner Don Angstead was also taken down by Prom when the former’s A♡, J♤ couldn’t hold against Prom’s K♡, 10♢. The torrid pace kept up once it was down to the final three. Prom secured trips on the turn to bust Thomas, and then Sammy Aweida lasted just two hands in heads-up play. Aweida shoved with A♢, 8♤ and Prom called with A♧, 6♢. The flop came 6♧, A♤, 2♤ to put Prom on top and the turn and the river (K♢, 9♡) changed nothing.
Aweida’s second-place finish came with $69,258.
Final table results:
The MSPT will now head to Wisconsin.
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