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Tyler Payne Leads the Final 8 into Day 3 of the $2,000 Main Event at bestbet Jacksonville

MattHansen • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Tyler Payne

Tyler Payne of Fayetteville, North Carolina leads the final table in the $2,000 Main Event of the 2022 Winter Open at bestbet Jacksonville. The final eight players survived a Day 2 field of 55 players from a grand total of 387 runners. The field generated a prize pool of $692,730, from which the winner will take home $140,058.

The final eight players will return on Monday at 4 p.m. EST for a final table that will be broadcast on bestbetLIVE.

Payne is trailed closely by Raymond Leone, who finished the day just above 2 million, and with Gavin Munroe rounding out the top three stacks. They’ll be joined at the Day 3 finale by Warren Sheaves, Adam Wells, Matt Mauldin, Ryan Hohner, and David Dibernardi.

2022 Winter Open $2,000 Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

PlaceNameHometownChip CountDay 3 Big Blinds
1Tyler PayneFayetteville, North Carolina2,240,00075
2Raymond LeoneCharleston, South Carolina2,210,00074
3Gavin MunroeMontgomery, Alabama1,990,00066
4Warren SheavesAsheville, North Carolina1,020,00034
5Adam WellsTallahassee, Florida945,00032
6Matt MauldinColumbia, South Carolina560,00019
7Ryan HohnerSouth Plainfield, New Jersey450,00015
8David DibernardiYoungstown, Ohio265,0009

Day 2 Highlights

Kelley Slay fell behind early, but he found a remarkable run when he picked up pocket aces in back-to-back hands to scoop up over 500,000 chips. Slay didn’t qualify for the final table, but the run was good enough for a 22nd place finish.

The eliminations were steady throughout the afternoon, but once the tournament reached its final two tables the knockouts picked up to a lightning pace. It started with Michael Scoma, who finished in 16th place when his pocket jacks ran into Payne's pocket aces. Brian Kent was right behind him in 15th place when his ace-jack couldn't improve against Payne's pocket tens.

Michael Scoma
Michael Scoma

Sheaves took out Bradley Beetz in 14th place when he made the nut flush to crack pocket kings. James Leonardfell in 13th when Leone's sixes held up against his suited king.

Leone continued his run by knocking out Austin Reilly in 12th place with a straight. Moments later, Caleb Owens was out in 11th when his pocket tens couldn't catch up to Payne's queens. Leone scored another knockout a few hands later when he made the better flush against 10th place finisher Johnny Landreth.

The players went on a brief break before returning to eliminate one more. It didn't take long for Ben Allen to get it all-in with kings, but Leone scored again when he made a set of eights on the flop and improved to quads on the river.

In all, the final two tables took about 50 minutes to play down to eight. The final eight players are guaranteed at least $17,673 and the winner will take home $140,058.

$2,000 Main Event Final Table Payouts


Day 3 continues on Monday at 4 p.m. EST. Final table action will kick off in Level 23 with 26:59 left and blinds at 15,000/30,000/30,000. The entire final table will be broadcast on bestbetLIVE shortly after cards go in the air.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team on Monday night for all of the final table action from the $2,000 Main Event in the 2022 bestbet Winter Open.

Tags: Adam WellsAustin ReillyBen Allenbestbet JacksonvillebestbetLIVEBradley BeetzBrian KentCaleb OwensDavid DibernardiGavin MunroeJames LeonardJohnny LandrethKelley SlayMatt MauldinMichael ScomaRaymond LeoneRyan HohnerTyler PayneWarren Sheaves