Event #1: $560 NLH
Day 2 Completed
Event #1: $560 NLH
Day 2 Completed
Mary Darnell of Crawfordville, Florida took down Event #1: $560 NLH at the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series on Sunday evening following a four-handed ICM deal at the final table. Darnell, who had a slight chip lead over her competitors, earned $36,450 for her first-place finish in addition to the beautiful blue bestbet trophy.
Other players who got in on the chop include Alabama's Gregory Salem ($35,673) and fellow Floridians Mac Johnson ($27,513) and Steve Zhang ($30,000).
The opening event of the bestbet Jackson Spring Series attracted 571 runners across three starting flights to generate $274,080 in prize money. Only 71 players returned for Day 2 and were all guaranteed a minimum payout of $867.
After the career-best victory, Darnell, who had $71,174 in live earnings heading into the tournament according to Hendon Mob, told PokerNews she was "overwhelmed" and "excited" to lock up the victory.
"It was definitely a yo-yo," Darnell said about her Day 2. "One minute I was down and the next minute I was up. I'm surprised I made it to the final two tables. I took such a bad hit after having over a million in chips and just two hands took me down to only 120,000. And I pretty much thought i was already out. But I ground that up to 1.3 million and it took me to the final (table)."
|PLACE||PLAYER||HOMETOWN||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Mary Darnell||Crawfordville, FL||$36,450*|
|2||Gregory Salem||Dorian, AL||$35,673*|
|3||Steve Zhang||Jacksonville, FL||$30,000*|
|4||Mac Johnson||Jacksonville, FL||$27,513*|
|5||Timothy Forsberg||Jacksonville, FL||$14,178|
|6||Brian Dumaplin||Hinesville, GA||$10,809|
|7||Eric Chastain||Nashville, TN||$8,336|
|8||Edward Mroczkowski||Jacksonville, FL||$6,504|
*Denotes four-way deal
It didn't take long for the field of 71 to dwindle down to just a few dozen players. Some of the players who were eliminated early in the day included World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Michael Morusty, Brenda Miller, Gloria Jackson, Keith Jones, Terry Davis and Moose David Hughes.
Day 1b chip leader Matthew Sundberg was eliminated halfway through the day when he jammed a flop with middle pair and Alexander Monroe called with an open-ended straight draw before getting there on the turn.
Darnell built up her stack early, including in a memorable hand where she took a pot off an opponent with a river jam while just holding ace-high. The day before, she took another pot that didn't belong to her away from Bryan Brockmeier, who folded a set of fives before Darnell showed a lower set holding pocket fours.
The two were seated next to one another at one point in Day 2 and reflected on the pivotal hand.
"Why were we going at it as the two table chip leaders?" Brockmeier asked.
"Because you didn't introduce yourself or tell me your name," Darnell replied.
Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Justin Matecki went out on the live-streamed final table bubble when his pocket tens were cracked by the ace-nine of the eventual champion.
Not long after, Jacksonville's Edward Mroczkowski went out in eighth place in the third hand of the final table when he got it in with ace-queen against the ace-three or Darnell, who managed to flop the nuts with a Wheel.
It was clearly a good day for Darnell, who went on to eliminate Day 1a chip leader Brian Dumaplin in sixth place by winning a flip with king-queen against pocket sevens.
Timothy Forsberg was next out in fifth when his pocket jacks couldn't hold against the ace-three of Zhang, who made a flush on the river, and the remaining players reached a deal soon after.
Darnell ran pure throughout the tournament, but her hot streak didn't begin here. Just a few months ago at the bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open, she made three final tables to earn a total of $19,457, an impressive feat for the bestbet Jacksonville regular.
What's the secret to her success?
"Just a lot of getting your tail beat left and right, over and over," she said. "After a while, you quit doing to do the things that caused you to get your tail beat."
Additionally, Darnell credited getting to play against and learn from "amazing players" at final tables.
"When you're at a final table, you're really with the best of the best, and whether they got there by luck, the majority of them are there by skill," she told PokerNews. "You'll see the same faces continuously. They didn't get there all the time accidentally."
There are still a number of events left the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series, including the $1,680 buy-in Main Event from April 28 to May 1 that includes mystery bounties. PokerNews will be live reporting the Main Event, so stay tuned.
A full list of events remaining in the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series is available in the table below.
|Apr 25||$260||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Apr 26||$360||No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack|
|Apr 27||$660||No-Limit Hold'em|
|Apr 28-May 1||$1,680||NLH Main Event w/Mystery Bounty|
|May 1||$500||No-Limit Hold'em The 500|
Mary Darnell is the winner of Event #1: $560 NLH at the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series after a four-way ICM chop with her as the chip leader.
Details about the chop are available in the table below and a full recap of Day 2 is to follow.
|PLACE||PLAYER||PRIZE (IN USD)|
Steve Zhang opened to 380,000 from the cutoff and Timothy Forsberg three-bet shoved a stack of 620,000 from the small blind. Zhang called.
The flop of gave Zhang a Wheel draw and the on the turn gave him a flush draw. The on the river brought him the flush to send Forsberg out in sixth place for $14,178.
Mary Darnell opened in the hijack and Brian Dumaplin three-bet shoved a stack of 755,000 from the big blind. Darnell called.
The flop came to give Darnell the lead with a pair of queens and improved to two pair on the runout of to send Dumaplin out in sixth place for $10,809.
Timothy Forsberg opened to 225,000 from the cutoff and Eric Chastain moved all-in for 430,000 from the small blind. Forsberg called.
Chastain was flipping for his tournament life and the flop came to give his opponent the lead with a pair of queens. The runout didn't change things and Chastain was sent home in seventh place for $8,336
Gregory Salem opened to 275,000 from early position and Eric Chastain three-bet shoved a stack of 650,000 from the small blind. Salem called.
Salem was drawing thin before the flop of gave him some life before ultimately finishing out to give Chastain a double.
Mary Darnell opened to 1,210,000 from early position and Edward Mroczkowski three-bet shoved from the cutoff. Darnell entered the tank before calling.
Mroczkowski had Darnell dominated, but the flop came to give Darnell a wheel and to have Mroczkowski drawing to just a backdoor flush. The on the turn had him drawing dead and the on the river finished the board for Mroczkowski to be sent out in eighth for $6,504 in just the third hand.