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Poker Pro Ben Diebold Wins 2018 Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Main Event

Cash Game Specialist Outlasts Field Of 373 Entries Over Four Days


The sixth annual Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville main event wrapped up Monday with 24-year-old cash game specialist Ben Diebold sitting with all the chips. He took home the top prize of $75,655 for outlasting a field of 373 entries.

The $1,100 buy-in at the prestigious bestbet Jacksonville card room began Friday with the first of two starting days. A final table was made on Sunday, with the live streamed final table kicking off at 2 p.m. local time on Monday. The final table took about four hours to finish.

Diebold, a poker pro from Charleston, S.C., is a PLO specialist who rarely plays tournaments, but he plans on entering more thanks to his win on the Card Player Poker Tour. The runner-up was Phillip Pompper, a poker player from Salem, N.J.

Phil PompperThe last hand of the final table began with Diebold having close to a 2:1 chip lead with only about 80 big blinds in play. Pompper had the button, and Diebold was sitting in the big blind. Pompper opened to 250,000 and Diebold called.

Their cards:

Diebold: QClub Suit8Club Suit
Pompper: JHeart SuitJClub Suit

The flop fell KClub Suit9Club Suit4Club Suit, which was a disaster for Pompper. All the money eventually went into the middle, and Pompper was drawing dead. The board completed 10Heart Suit on the turn and 5Diamond Suit on the river, giving Diebold the win and the CPPT trophy.

Here’s a look at the final table results:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ben Diebold $75,655 600
2 Phillip Pompper $52,965 500
3 Lee Thomas $34,050 400
4 Gregory Paryani $22,363 300
5 Brian Arbaugh $17,222 250
6 Daren Mulhern $14,248 200
7 Brandon Caputo $11,940 150
8 Corey Lipke $9,762 100
9 Nicholas Raio $7,565 50

Defending champion Jared Reinstein was the final table bubble. He almost made three straight CPPT bestbet Jacksonville final tables. In the entire history of the event, Reinstein has cashed four times. He finished 22nd in 2014, and eighth in 2016 before winning it all last year.

Watch a replay of the final table below:

About bestbet Jacksonville

Opening its doors in 1934 under the banner of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, bestbet currently operates two of the state’s most successful poker rooms at its Orange Park and Jacksonville locations under the direction of Director of Poker Operations Jesse Hollander and Vice President of Poker Operations Deborah Giardina.

Tournament Director Johnny Pham’s daily tournament schedule at bestbet is one of the most consistent draws in the state, featuring a variety of no-limit hold’em and Omaha tournaments.

The property is also known for second-to-none cash games that make the pulse of the room pound on a daily basis. The most popular of these are the $2-$5 no-limit hold’em and $2-$2 no-limit hold’em, which are always running and available from 10 a.m. until close (and 24 hours on weekends). Other games spread include Omaha eight-or-better, pot-limit Omaha, Big O, stud eight-or-better, stud and limit hold’em. Also offered are Three Card Poker, Two Card Poker, One Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Pai Gow Poker.