$1,680 NLH Mystery Bounty Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,680
Prize Pool $405,000
Players 405

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
$1,680 NLH Mystery Bounty Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Nick Raio Wins bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series Mystery Bounty Main Event ($60,000)

connorrichards • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Nick Raio
Nick Raio

Nick Raio of St. John's, Florida was the winner of the $1,680 NLH Mystery Bounty Main Event at the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series after a five-handed deal at the final table that earned him the bestbet trophy and $60,000 in prize money. Those who got in on the chop included Tyler Phillips, Gil Levy, Justin Swilling and Jason Cummings, each of whom earned $41,813 for their efforts.

The exciting bounty tournament, which had an elusive $50,000 bounty up for grabs, attracted 405 runners across three starting flights to generate $405,000 in prize money in addition to the bounty prize pool.

Raio, who had $175,018 in live earnings heading into the tournament and a previous best score of $13,367 according to The Hendon Mob, told PokerNews he was "feeling good" after getting his best-ever live cash.

"I've been playing a lot at bestbet," he said after the victory. "I have never (won an event here), I finally closed one out ... It just feels good to finally just ship it and dominate the whole field."

bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series Mystery Bounty Main Event Final Table Results

 PLACEPLAYERHOMETOWNPRIZE (IN USD)
 1Nick RaioSt. John's, FL$60,000*
 2Tyler PhillipsCharlotte, NC$41,813*
 3Gil LevySanford, FL$41,813*
 4Justin SwillingPort Orange, FL$41,813*
 5Jason CummingsJacksonville, FL$41,813*
 6Jason LeeJacksonville, FL$17,031
 7Russell QuickJacksonville Beach, FL$13,144
 8Charles LonaiseTallahassee, FL$10,269

*Denotes five-way deal

Bounty Madness

Only 50 players returned for Day 2 and all of them were excited for a chance to bust an opponent for a shot at winning a big bounty.

First up was Edward Mroczkowski, who bagged two starting flights and therefore earned a free bounty pull. Mroczkowski pulled a $5,000 bounty prize, while Greg Robinson, who had also bagged twice, was next up and pulled a $2,000 bounty.

It didn't take long for the second-largest bounty of $25,000 to find an owner when it was picked up by Cummings, who was one of the big winners of the day as he later pulled a $10,000 bounty.

A few hours into the day, Dickie Malone peeled the $50,000 envelope to win the largest bounty prize. It was the 22nd bounty pull of the day, and Malone had a good feeling as that happens to be his lucky number.

"When he showed me that number ... it's my racing number, baseball number, basketball number ... I said 'this has got to be it,'" he said afterward.

Other bounties up for grabs included one $15,000 bounty, a dozen $1,000 bounties and 19 $500 bounties.

Day 2 Action

Some of the players who bowed out early in the day included Ben Scrogins, Bryan Brockmeier, Jesse Crenan, Jessica Cai, Matt Sundberg and Opening Event champion Mary Darnell.

Day 1a chip leader Timothy Pollard was eliminated on the final table bubble when he moved in with bottom pair and got called by the overpair of Phillips. While he didn't get to play on the live-streamed final table, Phillips did earn $8,124 for his deep tournament run.

bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series Main Event
The final five bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series Main Event players

Charles Lonaise was the first player to go out at the final table when he got it in with top pair against the flush and straight draws of Raio, who binked a straight on the river after putting his opponent all in on the turn.

In a surprising turn of events, Russell Quick, who entered the final table as chip leader and had accumulated nearly a dozen bounties over the course of the day, was out next after getting short-stacked and moving in with ace-seven. Quick ran into the pocket tens of Levy, who he had double up a few hands earlier, and couldn't get there to keep his tournament run going.

Justin Lee went out in sixth place for $17,031 in brutal fashion in a flush-over-flush hand against Raio, who extended his chip lead and soon after reached a deal with his four remaining competitors.

"I just played super aggressive," Raio said when asked how he accumulated chips throughout the day. "I played my draws very aggressive. Put some people in some tough spots to choose for their tournament life and it worked out for me."

Spring Series Side Event Winners

 TOURNAMENTENTRIESPRIZE POOLWINNERHOMETOWNPRIZE (IN USD)
Event #1: $560 NLH571$274,080Mary DarnellCrawfordville, FL$36,450 
Event #2: $460 NLH w/ $100 Bounty132$38,940Warren TealAugusta, GA$6,617* 
Event #3: $260 NLH112$24,080Norma RosinJacksonville, FL$3,870 
Event #4: $360 NLH Monster Stack132$39,600David TannerPearson, GA$10,127 
Event #5: $660 NLH49$27,930Lucas TaeSt. Charles, MO$7,911* 
$1,680 NLH Mystery Bounty Main Event405$405,000Nick RaioSt. John's, FL$60,000* 
Event #6: $500 NLH The bestbet 500116$49,808Pablo ValdiviesoJacksonville, FL$9,000* 

*Denotes final table deal

Tags: Ben ScroginsCharles LonaiseDavid TannerDickie MaloneEdward MroczkowskiGil LevyGreg RobinsonJason CummingsJustin SwillingLucas TaeMary DarnellMatt SundbergNick RaioNorma Rosin

Nick Raio Wins $1,680 NLH Mystery Bounty Main Event After 5-Handed Deal

connorrichards • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Players have reached a deal five-handed that will see Nick Raio taking home the trophy and the biggest payout as he had the chip lead. The players will evenly chop the remaining bounties.

Information about the chop is available in the table below. Stay tuned for a Day 2 recap and winner's interview.

 PLACEPLAYERHOMETOWNPRIZE (IN USD)
 1Nick RaioSt. John's, FL$60,000*
 2Tyler PhillipsCharlotte, NC$41,813*
 3Gil LevySanford, FL$41,813*
 4Justin SwillingPort Orange, FL$41,813*
 5Jason CummingsJacksonville, FL$41,813*

*Denotes five-handed deal

Justin Lee Eliminated in 6th Place ($17,031)

connorrichards • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Jason Lee
Jason Lee

Nick Raio opened to 80,000 on the button and Justin Lee called out of the big blind.

Lee checked on the flop of {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and called a bet of 55,000 from his opponent. Lee checked again on the {a-Hearts} turn and called a bet of 135,000 from Raio.

The river brought the {j-Diamonds} and Lee led out for 225,000. Raio raised to put him all-in and he snap-called with 180,000.

Lee had a flush with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} but got heartbreaking news as Nick Raio had {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for the nut flush to send Lee out in sixth place for $17,031.

Nick Raio us
Nick Raio
us 5,100,000 1,680,000
Justin Lee us
Justin Lee
us Busted

Russell Quick Eliminated in 7th Place ($13,144)

connorrichards • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Russell Quick
Russell Quick

Russell Quick had just doubled up Gil Levy when he moved in with a straight draw only to. run into the flopped flush of Levy.

Shortly after, Quick moved all-in for 370,000 from the hijack and Gil Levy called on the button.

Russell Quick: {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Gil Levy: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

Quick needed to hit an ace and couldn't do so as the board ran out {k-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{q-Clubs} to send him out in seventh place after he entered the final table with the chip lead.

Gil Levy us
Gil Levy
us 885,000 535,000
Russell Quick US
Russell Quick
US Busted

Tags: Gil LevyRussell Quick

Level:
23
Blinds:
15,000/30,000
Ante:
30,000

Raio and Levy Check It Down

connorrichards • Level 22: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Gil Levy opened t0 65,000 in the cutoff and Nick Raio called on the button.

Levy checked on the flop of {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and Raio checked back. Levy checked again on the {6-Clubs} turn and Raio checked as well.

Both players also checked on the {2-Clubs} river and Raio showed {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} to win the pot with a pair of queens.

Nick Raio us
Nick Raio
us 3,420,000 465,000
Gil Levy us
Gil Levy
us 350,000 -850,000

Quads for Raio

connorrichards • Level 22: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Tyler Phillips opened to 50,000 in early position and Nick Raio three-bet to 150,000 from the hijack. Russell Quick cold-called in the big blind and Phillips folded.

Quick checked on the flop of {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and called a bet of 75,000 from Raio. The turn brought the {5-Hearts} and Quick led out with a bet of 300,000. Raio raised to 800,000 and Quick rapidly folded.

Raio turned over {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for quads, while the live stream revealed Quick held {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}.

Nick Raio us
Nick Raio
us 2,955,000 555,000
Russell Quick US
Russell Quick
US 1,575,000 -195,000
Level:
22
Blinds:
15,000/25,000
Ante:
25,000

Charles Lonaise Eliminated in 8th Place ($10,269)

connorrichards • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Charles Lonaise
Charles Lonaise

In a single-raised three-way pot on a flop {10-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} Charles Lonaise bet 120,000 and only Nick Raio called.

The turn brought the {7-Diamonds} and Lonaise bet 250,000. Raio raised all-in and Lonaise tanked before calling with 520,000.

Charles Lonaise: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Nick Raio: {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Lonaise was ahead with a pair of aces but Raio had flush and gutshot straight draw. The river brought the {k-Diamonds} and Raio hit the Broadway straight to eliminate Lonaise in the first hand of the final table.

Nick Raio us
Nick Raio
us 2,400,000 1,000,000
Charles Lonaise US
Charles Lonaise
US Busted

Tags: Charles Lonaise