Scott Stewart wins 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open Fundamental Occasion ($ 177,817)

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February 01, 2021
Hill Kerby

Scott Stewart entered the second day of the Bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open 2021 $ 2,000 Main Event for more than $ 2.2 million for life, but never had an aggregate win worth more than $ 105,245. That changed on Sunday night when he led a field of 510 entries and won a grand prize of $ 177,817.

Stewart started day five with chips from the 78 runners who returned. He remained one of the top stacks in the room for the first part of the day when the bubble burst and the top 64 places paid out. He rose even further and was at the top when three tables remained.

From there, Stewart helped shrink the field further, almost single-handedly building another big stack in 16th place, James Calderaro. A shorthanded fight with eventual runner-up Matt Mauldin left Stewart third in chips on the final table, but he kept fighting and staying right in the middle of the action until he pulled back during the shorthanded game and never looked back.

2021 bestbet Winter Open Main Event final table results

place player Hometown price
1 Scott Stewart Lakewood, California $ 177,817
2 Matt Mauldin Columbia, South Carolina $ 118,422
3 Ken Stacy Bristol, Virginia $ 87,394
4th Chris Perry Tampa, Florida $ 65,178
5 Thad McNulty Jacksonville, Florida $ 49,113
6th Luan Nguyen Lawrenceville, Georgia $ 37,454
7th Chuck Tabor Charlotte, North Carolina $ 28,917
8th Barbara Rogers Lockhaven, Pennsylvania $ 22,491

Day 2 action

It took fourteen eliminations to burst the bubble since the game started that day. This feat was completed about an hour into the game and, in an unusual manner, 20 full minutes passed before the first elimination in the money occurred.

When the bust-outs began, Justin Liberto (62nd place), Dapo Ajayi (58th place) and Byron Kaverman (57th place) were among the first. Timothy Miles (48th place), Justin Zaki (30th place) and Hamid Izadi (27th place) also followed as the tournament progressed, and the final three tables were reached before four hours of play.

As mentioned earlier, Stewart was high on the list at this point. However, others in Mauldin and Ken Stacy sent up four combined players in Kelly Slay (13th place), Tyler Payne (12th place), Jason Block (11th place) and Dustin Holladay (10th place), day 1a chip leaders the rail location) in a short time. Then Thad McNulty eliminated Mitch Smith on the final table bubble after his ace-ten hit with Broadway cards against Smith's ace-queen, leaving only eight.

Matt Mauldin

The final table

Barbara Rogers entered the final table short stacked with less than six big blinds and was the first to fall after her king-jack lost to Scott's ace-king pre-flop. Chuck Tabor was also short at this point and left shortly after when his ace-five suit failed to upgrade to Mauldin's ace-queen.

The six-hand game then continued for two full levels until Luan Nguyen was knocked out by Mauldin in sixth and McNulty fell to Stewart just one hand later in fifth. From then on, two more four-handed levels passed until Chris Perry eventually became the next after running pocket kings into Mauldin's pocket aces.

During that time, third-placed Stacy struggled but eventually saw his luck running out on his stack following the example. His elimination was also at Mauldin's expense, ensuring that the Mauldin-Stewart couple were responsible for every single elimination at the final table.

After Mauldin eliminated Stacy, he entered the count at a slight disadvantage. It turned out to be one he couldn't overcome as Stewart picked up the momentum from the start and never gave it up. Stacy then had a 5-1 chip disadvantage and put in his last 13 big blinds with ace-eight to then run for Scott, who claimed the title and $ 177,817 in prize money.

bestbet Jacksonville 2021 Winter Open winner

The Main Event was the culmination of a series of 11 events that totaled 2,330 entries and awarded $ 1,621,557 in prize money. One of the biggest stories to emerge from the side events was Eddy Mroczkowski's impressive two-day performance. First, he topped a 195 entry field to win Event # 4: $ 160 No-Limit Hold & # 39; em for $ 4,248, and the next day he beat 222 entries to win Event # 5: $ 360 NLH Monster Stack for $ 12,551 defeat.

*Competition Entries Price pool winner Price*
Event # 1: $ 560 No-Limit Hold & # 39; em 592 $ 296,000 Huilin Chen $ 30,460
Event # 2: $ 260 H.O.R.S.E. 65 $ 13,975 Daniel Wise $ 2,717
Event # 3: $ 360 NLH with $ 100 bounties 196 $ 40,180 Patrick Michael 9,003 USD
Event # 4: $ 160 No-Limit Hold & # 39; em 195 $ 24,377 Eddy Mroczkowski $ 4,248
Event # 5: $ 360 NLH Monster Stack 222 $ 68,820 Eddy Mroczkowski $ 12,551
Event # 6: $ 260 NLH Turbo 104 $ 17,160 Taylor Howard $ 5,235
Event # 7: $ 320 NLH For women only 70 $ 18,900 Diane Casino $ 4,237
Event No. 8: 1,000 USD NLH 6-max 141 $ 129,720 Fernando Rodriguez-Vazquez $ 27,411
Event # 9: $ 360 Pot-Limit Omaha 70 $ 21,000 Tammer Ilcaffas $ 7,352
Event # 10: $ 500 No-Limit Hold & # 39; em 165 $ 73,425 Nabil Hirezi $ 10,000
$ 2,000 main event 510 $ 918,000 Scott Stewart $ 177,817