The kickoff event of the 2021 Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville series drew a total of 525 entries, creating a prize pool of $257,250 that was paid out among the top 67 finishers. In the end, the largest share of that money was awarded to local Jacksonville poker pro Eddy Mroczkowski, who earned $41,248 after striking a heads-up deal with fellow local James Brown to secure the title.
This was the largest live tournament score of Mroczkowski’s career, surpassing the $35,224 he earned as the runner-up finisher in a 2019 World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble preliminary event. The victory increased his career earnings to $444,658.
Mroczkowski has now made nine final tables during CPPT series, all coming at bestbet Jacksonville. He also finished seventh in the first-ever CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event held in 2013, earning $11,705 for his deep run.
This event featured a $560 buy-in, with 525 entries made across three starting flights. Day 1A drew 92, while Day 1B added another 160. The third flight was the largest, with 273 entries made for day 1C. Lukina Yekaterina bagged up the largest stack of any of the 67 players to survive to day 2. She went on to finish third for $24,367 when her K10 ran into the KQ of James Brown.
The final table was broadcast on bestbetLIVE, complete with holecards and commentary. You can check out a full replay of the action below.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings||Card Player POY Points|
This event was the first of 11 tournaments featured in the 2021 CPPT bestbet Jacksonville series. The CPPT $2,500 buy-in main event will run from June 25-28. There are two starting flights offered, kicking off at noon on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. Players will start with 30,000 in chips, with 40-minute blind levels to start.
Like every tournament on the schedule for this series, the main event will feature unlimited re-entries during the registration period. Registration for the tournament will remain open until the start of level 10. The final table will also be live-streamed with cards-up coverage of the action.
Outside of the main event, other highlights during the 2021 CPPT bestbet Jacksonville series include the $360 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, the $1,200 six-max no-limit hold’em event, the $360 H.O.R.S.E. event, and the $360 buy-in Ladies no-limit hold’em event. A featured table and the final table of the Ladies event will be live streamed on bestbetLIVE on June 22. bestbetLIVE is the venue’s high-quality live streaming show, which broadcasts cash games and tournaments from the poker room with cards-up coverage and commentary. The popular show is available on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook LIVE.
Check out bestbet’s complete schedule of events in Card Player’s tournament database, or in the listings below:
|Event||Start Date||No. of Days||Buy-In|
|$560 No-Limit Hold’em*||Jun 17||4||$560|
|$360 Pot-Limit Omaha||Jun 19||1||$360|
|$460 No-Limit Hold’em $100 Bounty||Jun 20||1||$460|
|$260 No-Limit Hold’em||Jun 21||1||$260|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em Ladies||Jun 22||1||$360|
|$260 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo $50 Bounty||Jun 22||1||$260|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack||Jun 23||1||$360|
|$1,200 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max||Jun 24||1||$1,200|
|$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em*||Jun 25||4||$2,500|
|$360 H.O.R.S.E.||Jun 26||1||$360|
|$500 No-Limit Hold’em||Jun 27||1||$500|
*Indicates a multi-day event.
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About bestbet Jacksonville
bestbet Jacksonville got its start in 1934 under the banner of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing. Along with its sister property in Orange Park, the brand now operates two of the most successful poker rooms in the state of Florida, run by Hollander and Women in Poker Hall of Fame member Deborah Giardina.
Poker was first introduced at the new Jacksonville location in 2012. The room currently hosts 63 poker tables and 24 tables of other action-packed games, such as High Card Flush, Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, One Card Poker, and DJ Wild.
In addition to major series like the Card Player Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour, the venue also hosts daily tournaments, with a variety of no-limit hold’em and Omaha offerings. The property is known for its exciting cash game action, which includes games like no-limit hold’em, Omaha, Big O, seven card stud, and limit hold’em. There are always plenty of exciting promotions for players, including jackpots and daily high hands. Monthly information about promotions can always be found on the official website.
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The bestbet Poker Show airs live every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on 1010XL AM / 92.5 FM, with hosts ‘AllieMcDEAL’, Jesse ‘The Boss,’ and Dustin. The show dives deep into the world of poker for news and commentary and even gives listeners a chance at winning prizes. Tune in to hear special guests and legendary pros such as Tyler Patterson, Matt Glantz, and Jason Mercier, who share their stories and tips on how to become a better player. Archives of past shows can be found on the website.
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Make sure to check out bestbetLIVE on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live, or you can follow the property for news and updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For more information about the upcoming CPPT stop at bestbet Jacksonville, visit the tour homepage at www.CardPlayerPokerTour.com.
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