Ute crowns World Series BJ entrant

Dec 20, 2005 2:55 AM

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 tournaments.

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 dollars!

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.