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Buy-In: $1,100
Prize Pool: $361,810
Entrants: 373

$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em $200K GTD

  • Apr 27, '18 - Apr 30, '18
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Updates on Final Day (Apr 30, 18)

 
 

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

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:

 

Phil Pompper Eliminated In Second ($52,965)

Phil PompperThe last hand of the final table began with Ben having 5.6m, and Phil was sitting with 3.7m. Phil had the button and Ben was sitting in the big blind. Phil opened to 250,000 and Ben called.

Their cards:

Ben: QClub Suit8Club Suit
Phil: JHeart SuitJClub Suit

The flop KClub Suit9Club Suit4Club Suit, which was a disaster for Phil. All the money went into the middle, and Phil was drawing dead. The board completed 10Heart Suit on the turn and 5Diamond Suit on the river, giving Diebold the 6.8m chip pot on the win.

Player Tags: Phillip Pompper
 

Diebold Makes A Backdoor Flush To Take The Lead

With the 8Spade Suit4Club Suit Phil Pompper limped in and Ben Diebold checked with the 6Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit.

The JHeart Suit4Diamond Suit3Heart Suit hit the flop and Diebold check-called a bet of 125,000.

The 7Diamond Suit gave Diebold a flush draw to go with his straight outs and he checked again. Pompper bet 250,000 and Diebold check-raised to 700,000. Pompper madethe call and the river brought the 8Diamond Suit, completing Diebold’s flush.

Diebold fired out a bet of 1,250,000 and Pompper made the call with his two pair, only to get the bad news. He fell to 3,700,000 after the hand while Diebold surged into the lead with 5,600,000.

 

Heads-Up Play Begins

The final two players discussed making a deal, but after a while, the deal fell through and the two decided to continue playing.

 

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Ben Diebold – 3,410,000
Phil Pompper – 5,920,000

 

Lee Thomas Eliminated In Third Place ($34,050)

Lee ThomasPhil Pompper bet 650,000 from the small blind, and Lee Thomas went all in for 2.8m from the big blind. Phil called. Thomas had AClub Suit7Heart Suit, while Phil had 8Diamond Suit8Club Suit.

The board ran out 10Club Suit9Heart Suit4Club SuitKDiamond SuitJClub Suit. Lee was down to just 335,000.

Just a couple of hands later, Thomas was all in with 9Club Suit5Diamond Suit, and Pompper called him with JSpade Suit10Diamond Suit. The board KDiamond SuitKClub Suit7Club Suit2Heart Suit2Club Suit offered no help to Thomas and he was gone in third.

Player Tags: Lee Thomas
 

Chip Counts

Lee Thomas: 3,300,000
Phil Pompper: 3,300,000
Ben Diebold: 2,700,000

 

Greg Paryani Eliminated In 4th Place ($22,363)

Greg ParyaniLee Thomas opened UTG with JHeart Suit9Heart Suit to 200k, while Greg Paryani three-bet to 590,000 with QSpade SuitQClub Suit, and Phil moved all in with AHeart SuitASpade Suit. Thomas folded and Paryani called. He had Pompper covered by only about eight big blinds.

The board ran out 10Club Suit7Heart Suit2Club Suit2Spade Suit10Diamond Suit, and Phil doubled to 2.5 million. Paryani was down to about 800k.

A couple of hands later, Paryani moved all in with AHeart Suit2Diamond Suit from the big blind and was called by Ben who had KSpade SuitQSpade Suit.

The board ran out KHeart Suit10Spade Suit3Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit, sending paryani to the rail. Ben was up to 2.9m.

Player Tags: Gregory Paryani
 

Level 30

Players have returned to increased blinds of 50,000-100,000 with an ante of 15,000 for level 30.

 

Chip Counts At The Break

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas – 3,920,000
Greg Paryani – 2,000,000
Ben Diebold – 2,285,000
Phil Pompper – 1,125,000

Player Tags: Lee Thomas
 
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