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Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Main Event Begins Friday

$200,000 Guaranteed Event Features Two Starting Flights


The fan-favorite bestbet Jacksonville poker room is once again playing host to the Card Player Poker Tour, marking the seventh consecutive year that the North Florida gem has been a stop on the tour.

The 11-tournament series officially kicked off May 3, with a $100,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em event and continued with a variety of action-packed events, with buy-ins ranging starting at just $150.

Now, it’s time for the $1,100 buy-in main event.

The four-day no-limit hold’em tournament starts Friday, May 10 and has two starting flights, which should allow the prize pool to grow well beyond the posted $200,000 guarantee.

The past two CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main events have seen the guarantee significantly shattered, eclipsing $360,000 on both occasions. The May 13 final table will be streamed on Card Player in conjunction with bestbetLIVE.

Ben DieboldThe last player to hoist the CPPT champions cup in Jacksonville was 24-year-old cash game specialist Ben Diebold. The Charleston, South Carolina poker pro pocketed $75,655 for topping a field of 373.

While Diebold was the headline of the tournament, the subtitle belonged to Tallahassee, Florida’s Jared Reinstein, who narrowly missed out on the final table, busting in tenth place. Reinstein has been the most consistent performer in the CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event, having finished 22nd in 2014, eighth in 2016, and first in 2017 before falling just short of defending his title last year. He also has three more CPPT bestbet preliminary final tables on his poker resume.

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 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 it’s top-rate cash game action, which includes games spread such as Omaha, Big O, Stud, and limit hold’em.

Beginners can take advantage of the monthly ‘Poker 101’ course taught at Orange Park, which introduces new players to the basics of poker and wraps up the experience with a tournament to get their feet wet. Everyone 18 and older is welcome. For those players looking for more action, besbet also offers games such as High Card Flush, Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, and One Card Poker.

Players looking for a bite between hands won’t be disappointed with what bestbet has to offer. For a quick meal, the poker room deli has everyone covered with everything from sandwiches to salads. Or, you can choose from one of the best sushi bars in Northeast Florida, featuring creative daily specials that will satisfy even the most demanding palates. Your food, along with a full-service bar, are even available to enjoy tableside while you continue to rake in the chips.

Even those players who aren’t in Jacksonville can stay plugged into all of the action with bestbetLIVE. The live streamed Twitch show features tournaments and cash games of all limits. The sophisticated RFID technology results in a slick production that makes following the game easy and enjoyable.

“We are proud of our live stream set,” admits Pham, who also serves as the live stream producer. “Our production is professional and very popular. We stream a live game at least one day each week.”

Additionally, bestbet is home to the bestbet Poker Show, which airs live every Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST. The popular broadcast is hosted on 1010XL AM by ‘Allie McDeal,’ Jesse ‘The Boss,’ and Johnny ‘Phamtastic.’ The show dives deep into the world of poker for news and commentary and even gives listeners a chance at winning prizes such as tournament tickets and buy-ins. Special guests on the program have included the likes of Mike Sexton, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Rousso, and Matt Glantz.

Check out bestbetLIVE on Twitch, or you can follow the property for news and updates on Twitter, or on YouTube and Instagram. For more information about the upcoming CPPT stop at bestbet Jacksonville, visit the tour homepage.