The third and final day of the $1,650 HPT Black Hawk Main Event returned nine players from the 588 entrants. Nick Pupillo entered the final table with the chip lead, hit a couple of big hands and went on to win his second HPT title for $194,478.
Pupillo notched three of the eight knockouts during the final table and bested Reginald 'Shawn' Roberts in a brief heads up match. Roberts entered the final table second in chips and nearly had Pupillo eliminated when he held pocket queens to Pupillo's king-jack after the turn. Pupillo hit a king on the river to make two pair.
Roberts is within an HPT win of overtaking the all-time HPT money list from Craig Casino. John Sacha finished third and was looking for his second HPT title after winning this event in 2009.
Mike Itoafa, Dapo Ajayi, Kareem Abuzar and Sacha all hail from the local area and their familiarity gave the final table a home game feel.
HPT heads to St. Louis next for the first event at the Hollywood Hotel & Casino. The series kicks off March 7 and runs through March 18.
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