Monday, January 26, 2015

Nick Shkolnik - HPT Main Event Champion - $159,599

Nick Shkolnik, First Place, January 2014 HPT Main Event. Shkolnik owned this final table, eliminating 5 of the other 8 players by himself. In the end he took less than 25 minutes heads up to defeat Hop (Ricky) Lay by calling Lay's all-in with 88 and Lay was holding 77. The board blanked for both players, the eights held, and Shkolnik's career earnings almost exactly doubled with this nearly $160k win.  (Additional information courtesy of