Monday, September 18, 2023 7:45 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 7 hours ago)
David Hengen - Winner of the WSOPC Council Bluffs Main Event
After just under five hours of play, the final group of six was brought down to just one at the WSOPC Council Bluffs Main Event. Each one of the final six started the day with $21,097 guaranteed, with each one of them looking at the first-place prize of $116,846.
After a lengthy and swingy heads-up battle, it was three-time WSOPC winner David Hengen who collected his fourth ring as well as his first Main Event title. “This is my biggest cash,” the new champion mentioned in comparison to the other cashes he has had on the circuit. “I probably felt the most confident and comfortable.”
When three-handed play began, Hengen was by far and away the shortest stack. Mo Nuwwarah started the heads-up match with a massive lead, but through some timely double-ups, he was able to even the chips up. “As I’ve gotten more experienced with poker, being able to control my emotions is something I have improved tremendously. You have some bad runouts, but you just kind of have to go with the flow. That’s something that helps me do as I do.”
Hengen finished in third place in an event earlier this series and managed to top that finish with his score here today. Tomorrow, Hengen is traveling on vacation. “My wife and I are going to be taking our kids to Savannah, Georgia; it is our 15th wedding anniversary, as well as our son’s 14th birthday. I’m sure we will do something extravagant for the celebration.”
Hengen also wins a seat in the 2024 Tournament of Champions, a fact he is very excited for.
Final Table Results
David Hengen - $116,846
Mo Nuwwarah - $72,216
Daniel Lowery - $51,838
Michael Henery - $37,801
Timothy Garles - $28,011
Matthew Dodd - $21,097
Max Havlish - $16,155
Daniel Thomas - $12,580
Banipal Simonovich - $9,966
Final Day Action
Timothy Garles came into the final day with the chip lead, but an early pot where he held tens against Michael Henery’s kings saw Henery take the chip lead, and Garles fall to the short stack. He was not the first to exit the final table though. Matthew Dodd would be the first player to exit after he defended his big blind with ten-eight suited, then moved all in when he flopped a flush draw, only to get called by Daniel Lowery’s queens. The flush did not come home for Dodd, and he finished in sixth place, collecting $21,097 for his efforts.
Garles would exit in fifth place shortly after that. He moved in his final chips with king-jack suited, and Lowery looked him up with ace-nine suited to eliminate him after no help came. Garles collected $28,011 for his best WSOPC finish ever.
Despite taking an early lead at the final table, Henery would be unable to maintain the momentum as both Lowery and Mo Nuwwarah took sizable pots off of him. His final hand saw him making the bottom end of a straight, while Nuwwarah made the top end and held a flush draw to boot. Henery could not find the two outer chop on the river, and the 84-year-old exited the tournament in fourth place, collecting $37,801.
Nuwwarah and Lowery held the vast majority of chips in play as Hengen was left on the short stack. Lowery held the lead for a bit, but the hand that put Nuwwarah into the lead saw Lowery move all in with ace-jack, only for Nuwwarah to wake up with pocket aces and hold to take the lead. Shortly after that, it was Lowery all in with the pocket aces while Nuwwarah held pocket nines. All seemed safe for Lowery to double up, but the river nine gave Nuwwarah a set and the 14-time WSOPC ring winner exited the tournament in third place for $51,838.
Nuwwarah took a massive lead into heads up but seemed to be unable to avoid the runouts of the deck. Hengen doubled up a few times early into the match, and the chip lead shifted back and forth between the both of them. At one point, Hengen was all in with bottom pair and a gutter, while Nuwwarah had called him with top pair and the opposing gutter. Despite both players blocking the other’s straight draw, Hengen hit his and Nuwwarah could not improve to two pair, which gave Hengen the overall lead in the match.
A few hands later, Nuwwarah had pulled back into the lead, but another confrontation saw it change hands once more. Nuwwarah had turned two pair, while Hengen had flopped a set of fives, and when both players got all their chips in, Nuwwarah was drawing very slim. Hengen won the pot to take over the lead to put Nuwwarah with the short stack. In the end, Nuwwarah got in his last chips with a pair of threes, and Hengen called him with ace-king, and the king high flop saw an end to Nuwwarah’s run as he took home a career-best $72,216 for his runner-up finish.
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Monday, September 18, 2023 6:21 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
David Hengen - Winner
David Hengen raised to 500,000 from the button and Mo Nuwwarah three bet all in for 3,000,000 which saw Hengen call and the cards were on their backs.
Mo Nuwwarah - 2nd place finisher
The board ran out and Hengen made top two pair to best Nuwwarah's pair of threes.
Nuwwarah and Hengen shook hands, both finishing for their best live score ever and Hengen took his title as the new WSOPC champion of Council Bluffs.
Stay tuned for a full tournament recap to follow.
David Hengen - 14,080,000
Mo Nuwwarah - Eliminated in 2nd place for $72,216
Monday, September 18, 2023 6:10 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Mo Nuwwarah called on the button and in the big blind, David Hengen checked his option.
On the flop, Hengen checked over to Nuwwarah who bet 200,000 and Hengen called.
The turn of saw Hengen check over to Nuwwarah who bet 550,000. Hengen moved all in for 5,000,000 total and Nuwwarah called.
Nuwwarah had turned two pair, but he was drawing slim against the set of Hengen. The river did not improve Nuwwarah's hand and Hengen took a massive lead in the heads up battle.
David Hengen - 11,080,000
Mo Nuwwarah - 3,000,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 5:34 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 9 hours ago)
Monday, September 18, 2023 5:21 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
The players have gone on a 15-minute break.
Here are the chip counts. A few hands went Nuwwarah's way before break to give him the lead.
Mo Nuwwarah - 9,300,000
David Hengen - 4,780,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 5:09 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
David Hengen raised to 400,000 on the button and Mo Nuwwarah called in the big blind.
The flop came out and Nuwwarah checked over to Hengen who bet 325,000. Nuwwarah responded by raising to 1,000,000 and Hengen came over the top by moving all in for 3,450,000. Nuwwarah asked for a count before making the call.
"I need your four," remarked Hengen as the board was going to be dealt.
His wish was granted as the board ran out and Hengen made a six-high straight to take a significant lead over Nuwwarah.
David Hengen - 10,800,000
Mo Nuwwarah - 4,000,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 4:42 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Mo Nuwwarah raised to 375,000 from the button and David Hengen defend in the big blind.
The flop came out and Hengen checked to Nuwwarah who bet 250,000 and Hengen raised to 650,000 which Nuwwarah called.
On the turn, Hengen bet 750,000 which Nuwwarah called.
Hengen sized down on the river to 575,000 and Nuwwarah called.
"If you got a diamond you're good," said Hengen as he tabled for kings and queens. Nuwwarah showed for a flush and he took down the pot to open up a significant lead.
Mo Nuwwarah - 10,530,000
David Hengen - 3,550,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 4:25 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Monday, September 18, 2023 4:25 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 10 hours ago)
Action was picked up in a limped pot where action checked all the way to the river.
The board read and Nuwwarah checked to Hengen who bet 600,000. Nuwwarah raised to 2,500,000 and Hengen moved all in for 3,550,000 effective and Nuwwarah called.
Nuwwarah had turned a flush to beat Hengen's rivered two pair and once more Nuwwarah pulled into the chip lead.
Mo Nuwwarah - 7,460,000
David Hengen - 6,620,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 4:10 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
Action was picked up on the turn in a brewing pot between David Hengen on the button and Mo Nuwwarah in the big blind.
With a board reading , Nuwwarah checked over to Hengen who bet 800,000 and Nuwwarah called.
On the river, Nuwwarah checked over to Hengen who bet 1,500,000. Nuwwarah rechecked his hole cards and put in the call, quickly mucking when seeing Hengen's for three nines with a ten.
With that pot, Hengen pulls into the chip lead.
David Hengen - 8,700,000
Mo Nuwwarah - 5,380,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 4:06 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
Mo Nuwwarah had lost the chip lead for a bit, but took it back in this hand.
Nuwwarah raised to 255,000 on the button and in the big blind, David Hengen three bet to 720,000 which Nuwwarah called.
On the flop of , Hengen bet 450,000 which Nuwwarah called.
Action checked through on the turn to the river where Nuwwarah bet 800,000 which checked to, which Hengen responded to by folding.
Mo Nuwwarah - 8,500,000
David Hengen - 5,900,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 3:53 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
Action was picked up with cards on their backs between Mo Nuwwarah and David Hengen with Hengen all in and at risk for his final 2,000,000.
The board ran out and Hengen rivered a straight to double through Nuwwarah.
A few hands later, Hengen moved all in from the button for 3,080,000 and Nuwwarah called.
The board ran out and the ace king held up for Hengen to narrow the gap significantly between himself and Nuwwarah, both of whom are looking for their third WSOPC ring.
Mo Nuwwarah - 8,520,000
David Hengen - 6,280,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 3:37 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 11 hours ago)
Daniel Lowery - third place finisher
Mo Nuwwarah raised to 275,000 on the button and in the small blind, Daniel Lowery three bet to 600,000 which Nuwwarah responded to by moving all in for 4,300,000 total and Lowery called.
The flop and turn came safe for the aces as the board peeled off , but the river gave Nuwwarah a set of nines to take a massive chip lead into heads up while 14-time WSOPC ring winner Daniel Lowery exited the tournament in third place.
Mo Nuwwarah - 12,100,000
Daniel Lowery - Eliminated in third place for $51,838
Monday, September 18, 2023 3:20 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 12 hours ago)
Monday, September 18, 2023 3:17 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 12 hours ago)
Daniel Lowery raised to 200,000 on the button and David Hengen called in the small blind. In the big blind, Mo Nuwwarah three bet to 625,000 which saw Lowery move all in and Nuwwarah called for 3,820,000 total.
The board ran out and the aces held up for Nuwwarah to take over the chip lead.
Mo Nuwwarah - 7,790,000
Daniel Lowery - 4,400,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 3:08 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 12 hours ago)
Michael Henery - fourth place finisher
Action was picked up on the turn in a significant pot between David Hengen, Michael Henery, and Mo Nuwwarah.
With a board reading , action checked to David Hengen on the button who bet 200,000. In the small blind, Michael Henery raised to 600,000 and Nuwwarah moved all in which saw Hengen fold and Henery called to put himself at risk for his last 1,800,000.
The river was not the chop that Henery needed to stay alive and Nuwwarah took a significant pot while the 84-year old exited the tournament in fourth for his best WSOPC finish ever.
Mo Nuwwarah - 4,800,000
David Hengen - 1,100,000
Michael Henery - Eliminated in fourth place for $37,801
Monday, September 18, 2023 2:51 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 12 hours ago)
Daniel Lowery raised to 250,000 from the button and in the big blind, Michael Henery three bet to 450,000 and Lowery called.
The flop came out and action checked through to the where Henery checked over to Lowery who bet 350,000, which Henery called.
On the river, Henery checked once more to Lowery who bet 750,000 and Henery quickly folded his hand, ceding the pot to the new chip leader.
Daniel Lowery - 8,100,000
Michael Henery - 2,100,000
Monday, September 18, 2023 2:32 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 12 hours ago)
Timothy Garles - fifth place finisher
Timothy Garles moved all in for 1,310,000 in the cutoff and in the small blind, Daniel Lowery called to put him at risk.
The board ran out and Garles wished his opponents luck as the Iowa native exited the tournament area.
Daniel Lowery - 5,400,000
Timothy Garles - Eliminated in 5th place for $28,011
Monday, September 18, 2023 2:22 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 13 hours ago)
Matthew Dodd - sixth place finisher
Daniel Lowery raised to 250,000 from the hijack and in the big blind, Matthew Dodd defended.
The flop came out and Dodd moved all in for 710,000 total and Lowery called.
The board ran out and no help was brought to the flush draw of Dodd and the Minnesota player ended his run in sixth place.
Daniel Lowery - 4,400,000
Matthew Dodd - Eliminated in 6th place for $21,097
Monday, September 18, 2023 2:05 PM Local Time (about 4 days and 13 hours ago)