2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series

Event #1: $560 NLH
Day: 2
Event Info

2022 bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
50,000 / 100,000
Players Info - Day 2
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Event #1: $560 NLH

Day 2 Completed

Mary Darnell Wins Event #1: $560 NLH After Four-Way ICM Chop ($36,450)

Level 28 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Mary Darnell
Mary Darnell

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)."

Event #1: $560 NLH Final Table Results

 1Mary DarnellCrawfordville, FL$36,450*
 2Gregory SalemDorian, AL$35,673*
 3Steve ZhangJacksonville, FL$30,000*
 4Mac JohnsonJacksonville, FL$27,513*
 5Timothy ForsbergJacksonville, FL$14,178
 6Brian DumaplinHinesville, GA$10,809
 7Eric ChastainNashville, TN$8,336
 8Edward MroczkowskiJacksonville, FL$6,504

*Denotes four-way deal

$560 NLH Final Table
$560 NLH Final Table

Day 2 Action

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.

Mary Darnell and Bryan Brockmeier
Mary Darnell and Bryan Brockmeier

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 on a Heater

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."

More Action to Come

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.

bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series Remaining Schedule

Apr 25$260No-Limit Hold'em
Apr 26$360No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Apr 27$660No-Limit Hold'em
Apr 28-May 1$1,680NLH Main Event w/Mystery Bounty
May 1$500No-Limit Hold'em The 500

Tags: Alexander MonroeBrenda MillerBrian DumaplinBryan BrockmeierEdward MroczkowskiGloria JacksonKeith JonesMac JohnsonMary DarnellMatthew Sundberg

Mary Darnell Wins Event #1: $560 NLH After 4-Way Chop

Level 28 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Mary Darnell
Mary Darnell

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.

 1Mary Darnell$36,450
 2Gregory Salem$35,673
 3Steve Zhang$30,000
 4Mac Johnson$27,513

Timothy Forsberg Eliminated in 5th Place ($14,178)

Level 28 : 50,000/100,000, 100,000 ante
Timothy Forsberg
Timothy Forsberg

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.

Timothy Forsberg: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Steve Zhang: {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The flop of {8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades} gave Zhang a Wheel draw and the {4-Clubs} on the turn gave him a flush draw. The {10-Clubs} on the river brought him the flush to send Forsberg out in sixth place for $14,178.

Level: 28

Blinds: 50,000/100,000

Ante: 100,000

Brian Dumaplin Eliminated in 6th Place ($10,809)

Level 27 : 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante
Brian Dumaplin
Brian Dumaplin

Mary Darnell opened in the hijack and Brian Dumaplin three-bet shoved a stack of 755,000 from the big blind. Darnell called.

Brian Dumaplin: {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}
Mary Darnell: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The flop came {6-Spades}{q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} to give Darnell the lead with a pair of queens and improved to two pair on the runout of {k-Spades}{3-Hearts} to send Dumaplin out in sixth place for $10,809.

Player Chips Progress
Mary Darnell us
Mary Darnell
4,200,000 1,950,000
Brian Dumaplin us
Brian Dumaplin
Day 1A Chip Leader

Tags: Brian DumaplinMary Darnell

Eric Chastain Eliminated in 7th Place ($8,336)

Level 27 : 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante
Eric Chastain
Eric Chastain

Timothy Forsberg opened to 225,000 from the cutoff and Eric Chastain moved all-in for 430,000 from the small blind. Forsberg called.

Eric Chastain: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Timothy Forsberg: {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Chastain was flipping for his tournament life and the flop came {7-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{q-Hearts} to give his opponent the lead with a pair of queens. The {5-Hearts}{5-Spades} runout didn't change things and Chastain was sent home in seventh place for $8,336

Player Chips Progress
Timothy Forsberg us
Timothy Forsberg
2,000,000 160,000
Eric Chastain us
Eric Chastain

Tags: Eric ChastainTimothy Forsberg

Chastain Doubles Through Salem

Level 27 : 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante

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.

Eric Chastain: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Gregory Salem: {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Salem was drawing thin before the flop of {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts} gave him some life before ultimately finishing out {6-Clubs}{5-Spades} to give Chastain a double.

Player Chips Progress
Gregory Salem us
Gregory Salem
2,025,000 -650,000
Eric Chastain us
Eric Chastain
1,460,000 850,000

Edward Mroczkowski Eliminated in 8th Place ($6,504)

Level 27 : 40,000/80,000, 80,000 ante
Edward Mroczkowski
Edward Mroczkowski

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.

Edward Mroczkowski: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}
Mary Darnell: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

Mroczkowski had Darnell dominated, but the flop came {4-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds} to give Darnell a wheel and to have Mroczkowski drawing to just a backdoor flush. The {k-Clubs} on the turn had him drawing dead and the {q-Clubs} on the river finished the board for Mroczkowski to be sent out in eighth for $6,504 in just the third hand.

Player Chips Progress
Mary Darnell us
Mary Darnell
2,250,000 780,000
Edward Mroczkowski us
Edward Mroczkowski