Live Events 2
$2,000 NLH Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $2,000
Prize Pool $692,730
Players 387

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 60,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 8



$2,000 NLH Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Tyler Payne Outlasts 387 Runners to Win the 2022 bestbet Winter Open Main Event ($140,058)

MattHansen • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Tyler Payne
Tyler Payne

Tyler Payne of Fayetteville, North Carolina beat Raymond Leone heads-up to win the $2,000 Main Event in the 2022 Winter Open at bestbet Jacksonville. The culminating event of the popular winter series attracted 387 runners to generate a $692,730 prize pool, from which Payne claimed $140,058 for the win.

It was the biggest score of Payne’s poker career and the win brought his career earnings to just shy of $400,000. Leone finished in second for $96,369, and Adam Wells was the bronze medalist after staying out of the way for most of the afternoon to ladder up to a $68,574 payday.

2022 Winter Open $2,000 Main Event Final Table Results

1Tyler PayneFayetteville, North Carolina$140,058
2Raymond LeoneCharleston, South Carolina$96,369
3Adam WellsTallahassee, Florida$68,574
4Ryan HohnerSouth Plainfield, New Jersey$50,986
5Gavin MunroeMontgomery, Alabama$38,383
6David DibernardiYoungstown, Ohio$29,292
7Matt MauldinColumbia, South Carolina$22,595
8Warren SheavesAsheville, North Carolina$17,673

Winner’s Reaction

Payne began playing poker around the age of 18, and he quickly discovered the range of skills required to be successful. He studied early and often, looking for ways to master the game.

But the lion’s share of credit, he says, goes to his wife and young son. Payne’s son turns two years old in just a few days, and he’s excited to get home and share the win with his family.

“If support won these tournaments, I would have a lot more,” Payne said in his post-win interview. “They’re my biggest fans.”

The champ will spend some time enjoying the win, but he’s just as excited to get back to the felt with his newly minted bankroll.

“I’ll be at the WSOP this Summer,” he says about his near-future.

As for the WSOP Main Event?

“It’s more than likely at this point.”

Final Table Highlights

Payne fell behind early, but quickly chipped back into the lead when he spiked the river for a full house and left Gavin Munroe with crumbs. Munroe turned it around right away with a double through Warren Sheaves that left Sheaves on the ropes.

It wasn't long before Sheaves hit the rail in eighth place after he ran his king-ten into the pocket queens of Payne.

Warren Sheaves
Warren Sheaves

The eliminations picked up at a brisk pace, and Matt Mauldin was out next when he couldn't improve his suited queen-nine against Payne's ace-queen. David Dibernardi was happy to see two players eliminated before him, and he quickly found a double through Munroe before Wells left him on the ropes. Dibernardi was finally eliminated in sixth place when he shoved with king-six and got called by Well's ace-seven.

Munroe found his spot with ace-jack, but he was out in fifth place when Payne woke up with pocket nines and Munroe couldn't hit his overcards. Payne continued his torrid streak of eliminated with Ryan Hohner, who hit the rail in fourth when his king-jack couldn't catch up to pocket sixes.

Wells was the remaining short stack, and it wasn't long before he found a chance to shove with ace-queen. Unfortunately, Payne had ace-king, and the champ's streak of successful run outs continued as Wells hit the payout window in third place.

Raymond Leone
2022 bestbet Winter Open Main Event runner-up Raymond Leone

It was down to Leone and Payne, and Payne held the lead thanks to his string of knockouts. Heads-up play continued for nearly a level, but the big moment came when Leone bluff-shoved with king-jack and sent Payne into the tank. After several minutes, Payne looked up Leone with a pair of aces and sealed the tournament victory. It was a fast final table that wrapped up play in just three hours.

The conclusion of the Main Event officially wraps up a very successful 2022 Winter Open at bestbet Jacksonville. Here are the results from the other 10 events:

2022 Winter Open Results

Event #1: $560 NLH740Daniel KusnerakNewton, North Carolina$62,223
Event #2: $260 H.O.R.S.E.80Neill McNeillCharlotte, North Carolina$1,127*
Event #3: $360 NLH w/ $100 Bounties228Lisa BuckOrange Park, Florida$6,794*
Event #4: $160 NLH179Mark MarcellusJacksonville, Florida$5,338
Event #5: $360 Monster Stack238Casey JarzabekThorold, Ontario, Canada$13,324
Event #6: $260 NLH Turbo w/ $50 Bounties94Jarrod StokesLake City, Florida$3,146*
Event #7: $320 NLH Ladies Event64Aja OwensSt. Augustine, Florida$3,009*
Event #8: $1,000 NLH163Tony BoasJacksonville, Florida$34,304
Event #9: $360 Pot-Limit Omaha63Daquon WilsonCharleston, South Carolina$5,150*
Event #10: The bestbet 500200Michael JagrooOrlando, Florida$20,035
*- Denotes chop deal    

Congratulations to Tyler Payne for his victory in the $2,000 Main Event of the 2022 Winter Open at bestbet Jacksonville!

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Tags: Adam Wellsbestbet JacksonvilleCasey JarzabekDaniel KusnerakDaquon WilsonDavid DibernardiGavin MunroeJarrod StokesLisa BuckMark MarcellusMatt MauldinMichael JagrooNeill McNeillRaymond LeoneRyan HohnerTony BoasTyler PayneWarren Sheaves

Raymond Leone Eliminated in 2nd Place ($93,369)

MattHansen • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Raymond Leone
Raymond Leone

Tyler Payne limped in and Raymond Leone raised to 480,000. Payne called and the flop was {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{a-Clubs}.

Both players checked the flop and {2-Hearts} dropped on the turn.

With a flick of the wrist, Leone silently shoved for 3,250,000 and Payne went deep into the tank with {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. After several minutes, he tossed in the chips to call and Leone turned over {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. Payne's arms went into the air for the victory pose while the inconsequential {3-Clubs} hit the river and Payne's big call won the tournament with aces and deuces. Fan-favorite Leone finishes in second for $93,369.

Tyler Payne us
Tyler Payne
us 9,675,000 4,005,000
Raymond Leone us
Raymond Leone
us Busted

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Leone Hanging Around

MattHansen • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Action has been back and forth for a number of hands, but Leone is hanging in there and looking for a spot to build momentum.

Tyler Payne us
Tyler Payne
us 5,670,000 300,000
Raymond Leone us
Raymond Leone
us 4,010,000 -300,000

Leone Doubles Up

MattHansen • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Tyler Payne raised to 150,000 and Raymond Leone three-bet to 260,000. Payne called and the flop was {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs}.

Both players checked the flop to see {8-Clubs} on the turn. Leone bet 400,000 and Payne shoved.

Leone snap-called for his last 1,765,000 and turned over {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Payne had {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}.

The river was {8-Spades} with no help for Payne and Leone scored the big double.

Tyler Payne us
Tyler Payne
us 5,370,000 -1,575,000
Raymond Leone us
Raymond Leone
us 4,310,000 1,575,000

Payne Pulling Away

MattHansen • Level 26: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Tyler Payne limped in and Raymond Leone checked. The flop came {7-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}.

Leone bet 100,000 and Payne called to see {k-Spades} on the turn.

Leone continued for 200,000 and Payne called again. The river was {q-Diamonds}.

It was another 250,000 from Leone on the river and Payne raised to 650,000. After a few moments of thought, Leone tossed in chips to call. Payne turned over {k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for three kings, and Leone mucked the losing {j-Clubs}{2-Spades}.

Tyler Payne us
Tyler Payne
us 6,945,000 1,015,000
Raymond Leone us
Raymond Leone
us 2,735,000 -1,010,000

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Ryan Hohner Eliminated in 4th Place ($50,986)

MattHansen • Level 25: 25,000-50,000, 50,000 ante
Ryan Hohner
Ryan Hohner

Tyler Payne raised to 100,000 and Ryan Hohner shoved from the big blind for 380,000. Payne called and Hohner was at risk.

Ryan Hohner: {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Tyler Payne: {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Spades} and the sixes held to eliminate Hohner in fourth place for $50,986.

Tyler Payne us
Tyler Payne
us 5,270,000 1,300,000
Raymond Leone us
Raymond Leone
us 3,355,000 725,000
Adam Wells us
Adam Wells
us 1,065,000 -395,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner
us Busted

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