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James Calderaro Headlines World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event Final Table

Final Table Of Six Outlasted 258-Player Field To Battle For $206,041 First-Place Prize


A total of 258 entries were made in the 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open. building a $825,600 prize pool. From that mass of players now only six remain to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $206,041.

The chip leader heading into the final day Nabil Hirezi with 2,792,000. Second in chips is recent WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event champion James Calderaro with 1,916,000. He topped a field of 415 players in that event in early February, winning $271,103 for his first WPT main event title. Two-time prior WPT final tablist Faraz Jaka has now made his third, coming into the final day with 542,000.

Faraz JakaThe final table was set when Bryan Irish-Jones was sent to the rail in seventh place. Hirezi min-raised to 32,000 in early position and Irish-Jones moved all-in for 260,000. Hirezi made the call with the KSpade SuitJClub Suit which was behind Irish-Jones’ ASpade SuitQSpade Suit. The board ran out KDiamond SuitJDiamond SuitJHeart SuitKClub Suit5Spade Suit, giving Hirezi an overflowing full house and sending Irish-Jones to the rail on the final table bubble with $31,760.

Other notables who made deep runs in this event include two-time WPT runner-up in 2014 Dylan Wilkerson (19th – $8,507), Dan Heimiller (18th – $9,722), Jason Mercier (16th – $9,722), John Racener (13th – $11,424) and 2013 WPT bestbet Jaconsonville Fall Poker Scramble_ main event champion Jared Jafee (12th – $13,935).

Here is a look at chip counts heading into the final table:

Place Player Chip Count
1 Nabil Hirezi 2,792,000
2 James Calderaro 1,916,000
3 Nghia Le 1,083,000
4 Jordan Cristos 975,000
5 Faraz Jaka 542,000
6 Brian Green 444,000

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / BJ Nemeth.