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Nabil Hirezi Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open

59-Year-Old Local Dentist Denies Runner-Up James Calderaro Second WPT Title Of 2014


A total of 258 entries were made in the 2014 World Poker Tour Jacksonville bestbet Open. building a $825,600 prize pool. After two starting days and three more full days of poker action that number was whittled down to just one champion: Jacksonville local Nabil Hirezi.

The 59-year-old dentist and avid poker player earned $206,041 and 612 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. Hirezi defeated James Calderaro heads-up for the title, with the tournament coming to a close when Hirezi’s 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit beat Calderaro’s AClub SuitKDiamond Suit. In early February Calderaro topped a field of 415 to win the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, but fell just short of winning back-to-back Florida-based WPT titles.

James CalderaroCalderaro, a 48-year-old investor, earned $133,764 and 510 POY points for runner-up finish, which combined with the $271,103 and 1,080 points from his earlier win to move him into 15th place in the overall Player of the Year standings.

Other big names 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) and Faraz jaka (6th – $38,241).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the six-handed final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Nabil Hirezi $206,041 612
2 James Calderaro $133,764 510
3 Brian Green $86,043 408
4 Peter Le $63,682 306
5 Jordan Cristos $47,802 255
6 Faraz Jaka $38,241 204

Photos courtesy of the World Poker Tour.