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bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open $2,000 Main Event

Event Info

Players 510

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 78
bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open $2,000 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Scott Stewart Wins 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open $2,000 Main Event for $177,817

HillKerby • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart entered Day 2 of the 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open $2,000 Main Event with more than $2.2 million in lifetime earnings but had never had an outright win worth more than $105,245. That changed Sunday night as he topped a field of 510 entries, winning outright for a top prize of $177,817.

Stewart began the day fifth in chips out of the 78 runners that returned. He remained one of the top stacks in the room through the first part of the day as the bubble burst and the top 64 places were paid. He ascended even further and found himself at the top of the counts when three tables remained.

From there, Stewart played a part in further reducing the field, nearly single-handedly dismantling another big stack in 16th-place finisher James Calderaro. A short-handed battle with eventual runner-up Matt Mauldin left Stewart coming into the final table third in chips, but he continued to battle and stay in the thick of things until pulling away during short-handed play and never looking back.

Final Table Results

1Scott StewartLakewood, California$177,817
2Matt MauldinColumbia, South Carolina$118,422
3Ken StacyBristol, Virginia$87,394
4Chris PerryTampa, Florida$65,178
5Thad McNultyJacksonville, Florida$49,113
6Luan NguyenLawrenceville, Georgia$37,454
7Chuck TaborCharlotte, North Carolina$28,917
8Barbara RogersLockhaven, Pennsylvania$22,491

Day 2 Action

Fourteen eliminations were needed to burst the bubble from the time play began on the day. That feat was accomplished around an hour into play, and in unusual fashion saw 20 full minutes go by before the first in-the-money elimination occurred.

When the bust outs did start happening, Justin Liberto (62nd place), Dapo Ajayi (58th place), and Byron Kaverman (57th place) were all among the first wave of them. 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 had concluded.

As previously mentioned, Stewart was at the top of the counts at that time. However, others in Mauldin and Ken Stacy sent four combined players to the rail in Kelly Slay (13th place), Day 1b chip leader Tyler Payne (12th place), Jason Block (11th place), and Day 1a chip leader Dustin Holladay (10th place) in a short timespan. Then, Thad McNulty eliminated Mitch Smith on the final table bubble after his ace-ten hit running Broadway cards to beat Smith's ace-queen, and just eight remained.

Matt Mauldin
Matt Mauldin

The Final Table

Barbara Rogers entered the final table as the short stack with less than six big blinds and was the first to fall after her king-jack lost to Scott's ace-king all in preflop. Chuck Tabor had also found himself short by that time, and he went shortly thereafter when his ace-five suited could not improve to Mauldin's ace-queen.

Six-handed play then continued for two full levels until Luan Nguyen was knocked out by Mauldin in sixth, and McNulty fell to Stewart in fifth just one hand later. From there, two more levels went by with play four-handed until eventually Chris Perry became the next one to go after he ran pocket kings into Mauldin's pocket aces.

During that time, third-place finisher Stacy put up a fight but eventually saw his luck run out with his stack following suit. His elimination came at the expense of Mauldin as well, ensuring that the pair of Mauldin and Stewart would account for every single final-table elimination.

After Mauldin eliminated Stacy, he entered heads-up play with a slight disadvantage in the counts. It proved to be one he would be unable to overcome, with Stewart grabbing the momentum from the get-go and never relinquishing it. Stacy then found himself at a 5:1 chip disadvantage and shoved his last 13 big blinds in with ace-eight, only to run it into pocket nines for Scott, who held to claim the title and $177,817 in prize money.

bestbet Jacksonville 2021 Winter Open Winners

The Main Event was the culmination of a 10-event series, one that catered to a combined 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'em for $4,248 and then the next day bested 222 entries to take down Event #5: $360 NLH Monster Stack for $12,551.

*TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize*    
Event #1: $560 No-Limit Hold'em592$296,000Huilin Chen$30,460    
Event #2: $260 H.O.R.S.E.65$13,975Daniel Wise$2,717    
Event #3: $360 NLH w/ $100 Bounties196$40,180Patrick Michael$9,003    
Event #4: $160 No-Limit Hold'em195$24,377Eddy Mroczkowski$4,248    
Event #5: $360 NLH Monster Stack222$68,820Eddy Mroczkowski$12,551    
Event #6: $260 NLH Turbo104$17,160Taylor Howard$5,235    
Event #7: $320 NLH Ladies Only70$18,900Diane Casino$4,237    
Event #8: $1,000 NLH 6-Max141$129,720Fernando Rodriguez-Vazquez$27,411    
Event #9: $360 Pot-Limit Omaha70$21,000Tammer Ilcaffas$7,352    
Event #10: $500 No-Limit Hold'em165$73,425Nabil Hirezi$10,000    
$2,000 Main Event510$918,000Scott Stewart$177,817    

Tags: Barbara RogersByron KavermanChris PerryChuck TaborDapo AjayiDustin HolladayHamid IzadiJames CalderaroJason BlockJustin LibertoJustin ZakiKelly SlayKen StacyMatt MauldinMitch SmithScott StewartThad McNultyTimothy MilesTyler Payne

Matt Mauldin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($118,422)

HillKerby • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Matt Mauldin
Matt Mauldin

Matt Mauldin open-jammed for his last 1.92 million on the button with {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. Scott Stewart had {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and quickly called.

Mauldin was unable to find an ace as the board ran out {q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and was eliminated in second place as a result, earning $118,422 for his showing.

The two players met and congratulated one another on their finishes, shaking hands and exchanging a hug before Mauldin made his way to payouts and Stewart's rail came to join him for the winner's photo.

Scott Stewart has won the 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open $2,000 Main Event for $177,817. A full recap of the tournament will be posted soon.

Scott Stewart us 12,750,000 3,250,000
Matt Mauldin US Busted

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Stewart Gaining

HillKerby • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

No showdowns have occurred as of late, though Scott Stewart has increased his chip lead over Matt Mauldin and now holds roughly a three-to-one chip advantage.

Scott Stewart us 9,500,000 1,855,000
Matt Mauldin US 3,250,000 -1,855,000

Back and Forth

HillKerby • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

A few small pots have been played to start the match with no significant swings in either direction.

Scott Stewart us 7,645,000 155,000
Matt Mauldin US 5,105,000 -155,000

Ken Stacy Eliminated in 3rd Place ($87,394)

HillKerby • Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Ken Stacy
Ken Stacy

Ken Stacy raised to 380,000 in the small blind with {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Matt Mauldin reraised all in for 3 million in the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Mauldin's stack covered that of Stacy's, and after about a minute of thought Stacy announced a call.

Ken Stacy: {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

"Who wants to bet it's a chop?" said Scott Stewart. "They've been chops all night."

Unfortunately for Stacy, there was no chop this time as the runout came {2-Spades}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and he was eliminated in third place as a result, earning $87,394 for his performance.

Stewart and Mauldin are now heads up for all the marbles, with Stewart taking a slight advantage into the battle.

Scott Stewart us 7,490,000 1,190,000
Matt Mauldin US 5,260,000 910,000
Ken Stacy US Busted

Tags: Ken StacyMatt MauldinScott Stewart


Chris Perry Eliminated in 4th Place ($65,178)

HillKerby • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Chris Perry
Chris Perry

Scott Stewart raised to 350,000 in the cutoff with {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and was three-bet by Matt Mauldin with {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} in the small blind. Chris Perry could four-bet jammed for 1.55 million in the big blind and received a fold from Stewart. Mauldin then called with his bullets Perry saw the bad news.

No help came on the runout {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Perry was eliminated in fourth place.

Scott Stewart us 6,300,000 -135,000
Matt Mauldin US 4,350,000 1,195,000
Chris Perry US Busted

Tags: Chris PerryMatt MauldinScott Stewart

Mauldin Takes More From Stacy

HillKerby • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Ken Stacy had {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs} on the button and opened to 275,000. Matt Mauldin called in the small blind with {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and action went heads up to the flop {6-Hearts}{k-Spades}{j-Hearts}.

Mauldin check-called a continuation-bet of 325,000 from Stacy with his flopped middle pair, and both players checked through the turn {6-Clubs} and river {7-Diamonds} to take the hand to showdown where Mauldin's jacks were best to take down another pot from stacy.

Matt Mauldin US 3,155,000 605,000
Ken Stacy US 1,550,000 -570,000

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Stacy Folds The Best Hand

HillKerby • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Matt Mauldin opened to 275,000 in the cutoff with {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} and was called by Ken Stacy in the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. The flop came {8-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{a-Spades} and Stacy checked over to Maludin, who made a continuation-bet of 325,000. Stacy called with his top pair.

The turn came {j-Spades} and Stacy checked again. Mauldin applied maximum pressure, shoving his remaining 1.175 million into the middle. All of a sudden, Stacy was faced with a decision for half of his remaining stack, and he found himself unable to find a call with his top pair, four kicker.

With the pot, Mauldin has chipped up to 2.55 million while Stacy now has 2.12 million.

Matt Mauldin US 2,550,000 70,000
Ken Stacy US 2,120,000 -1,780,000

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