Ute Mountain Casino, in
conjunction with GSN, The Network for Games, recently crowned an entrant into
the million dollar World Series of Blackjack.
The lucky blackjack player,
Patricia M. Nicholas of Durango, Colorado is the first of three representatives
for the televised finals in Las Vegas.
Ute Mountain Casino, the largest
casino in southwest Colorado, is currently hosting three preliminary blackjack
The top winner of each tournament
will win one of the 40 seats in the World Series of Blackjack which will be
taped early next year. A total of three seats will be awarded at Ute Mountain
Casino, with Nicholas already claiming one of them.
After an amazing comeback from
last place, Nicholas of Durango, Colorado will play for her share of one million
Not only will she be competing
for a total prize pool in the finals in Las Vegas of $1,000,000 with more than
$500,000 going to the grand prize winner, she also walked away with $3,150 as
first place winner in the Ute Mountain Casino’s preliminary event.
Nicholas joined six other players
at the final table for the satellite tournament, and after the first round of
play found herself in last place and short stacked.
But in fifteen minutes of amazing
play and strategic wagering as if out of a Hollywood movie, she came back to
capture first place and a guaranteed prize from the Ute Mountain Casino of
$3,150 and a seat at the World Series of Blackjack to be held in Las Vegas.
“After the first round I
only had $1,800 in chips. I thought to myself: don’t throw dirt on the grave
yet,” said Nicholas, owner of a well-known Durango quilt shop. “I just
had to dig in and I turned that $1,800 in chips into $16,000 to take first
place. I’m so excited to be going to Las Vegas as a winner from Ute Mountain
Casino. All my friends and family can’t believe that I won.”
Patricia Nicholas was not the
only person to walk away with cash in her pocket. The other six final table
players split a total of $10,000 from the Ute Mountain Casino. Many immediately
signed up for the second and third tournament to be held January 6 and January
20 at Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort.
Ute Mountain Casino will be
hosting their second and third tournaments on the 6th and 7th of January, and
the 20th and 21st of January with GSN being on site taping some of the action
and interviewing the winners for usage in the series.
Ute Mountain offers a large
variety of slot machines and table games with blackjack being one of its most
popular card games. Blackjack enthusiasts who would like further information
about the Ute Mountain blackjack tournaments can call toll free: 1-800-258-8007.
Located 11 miles from Cortez,
Colorado, The Ute Mountain Casino — Hotel & Resort is the gateway to
Colorado, located minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners.