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Buy-In: $1,100
Prize Pool: $319,130
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$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em $200K GTD

  • May 10, '19 - May 13, '19


Updates on Final Day (May 13, 19)


Dylan Drazen Wins 2019 CPPT bestbet Jacksonville Main Event ($62,613)

Dylan Drazen has won the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, defeating a field of 329 total entries to take home $62,613. This was the second largest score of the 43-year-old poker pro’s career, and it brought his lifetime live earnings to more than $770,000.

“It’s completely vindicating,” said Drazen about coming out on top in this event. “You play enough poker, you’ll go through these droughts where nothing happens. You just think that nothing is ever going to happen again, and then it happens…. complete shock. It’s a very comforting feeling, I’ll put it like that.”

The bulk of Drazen’s prior tournament earnings came from a runner-up finish in the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship event. The Ft. Lauderdale resident took home $528,322 for that finish. Yi Li, who finished fourth in that event, was also at the final table in Jacksonville and finished ninth for $6,855.

Maurice HawkinsDrazen came into the final table as one of the middling stacks, but quickly scored a double up through 13-time World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins. Hawkins had raised to 60,000 from early position and Drazen called from middle position. Men Nguyen called from the hijack and the three saw a flop of JClub Suit9Diamond Suit4Heart Suit. Hawkins bet 50,000 and Drazen raised to 135,000. Nguyen folded and Hawkins called. The turn was the 4Spade Suit and Hawkins checked. Drazen bet 205,000 and Hawkins called. The river was the 2Club Suit and Hawkins checked again. Drazen moved all in for 315,000 and Hawkins called. Drazen showed 9Spade Suit9Club Suit for a full house and doubled up against Hawkins’ JHeart Suit10Heart Suit.

Men Nguyen was the next player to hit the rail, running JHeart Suit9Heart Suit into the KClub SuitQClub Suit of Thad McNulty. Nguyen failed to make the best hand and was eliminated in eighth place ($8,712)).

Hawkins was never quite able to recover from losing the big pot against Drazen. He lost a preflop race with pocket jacks to be left short and was knocked out in seventh place not long after. The $10,611 payday brought Hawkins’ lifetime earnings to $3,692,728.

Talesh Patel was the next player out the door. He had slipped down the chip counts, while Mark Hodge had managed multiple double-ups in the early going. Patel ultimately got his last chips in with AHeart SuitASpade Suit against Hodge’s 7Heart Suit6Heart Suit. Patel flopped top set, but Hodge made a running straight to send him home in sixth place ($12,638).

John Sanchez has hung around with a short stack for a while, but his run came to an end when his pocket nines couldn’t hold up against the JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit of John O’neal. Sanchez was awarded $15,270 as the fifth-place finisher.

Thad McNulty started the final table out strong, but saw his stack dwindle during four-handed action. He got his last chips in with KClub Suit5Club Suit, only to run into the ASpade SuitADiamond Suit of Hodge. McNulty failed to come from behind and was eliminated in fourth place.

Just a few hands after McNulty was knocked out, Jacksonville cash game regular John O’Neal got all-in with 7Diamond Suit7Club Suit up against Drazen’s AClub Suit10Diamond Suit. Drazen flopped an ace and held from there to send O’Neal to the rail in third place ($30,898).

Runner-up finisher Mark HodgeWith that Drazen took a better than 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play and the negotiations between him and Hodge began. Eventually, a deal was struck that saw Hodge take home $54,000 as the runner-up, while Drazen secured the title and a $62,613 payout.

Drazen had plenty of positive things to say about his experience at bestbet Jacksonville. “I really like this room. It’s very comfortable, the people are really nice and the dealers are very friendly,” said Drazen. “I came for the first time back in January. In that tournament, I busted on the first bullet, and on the second bullet, I had 200,000 and busted on one of the last hands of the day, which was heartbreaking. This was my second time here, and I once again had 200,000 on my second bullet at the end of the day. I was like, ‘Oh my god, don’t give these chips away!’ So I didn’t, and here I am.”

Drazen earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. It was his first POY-qualified score of the year. Maurice Hawkins was awarded 120 points for his tenth final-table finish of the year. Hawkins climbed into 1st place in the 2019 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Dylan Drazen $62,613 480
2 Mark Hodge $54,000 400
3 John O’Neal $30,898 320
4 Thad McNulty $19,802 240
5 John Sanchez $15,270 200
6 Talesh Patel $12,638 160
7 Maurice Hawkins $10,611 120
8 Men Nguyen $8,712 80
9 Yi Li $6,855 40

Dylan Drazen Wins After Heads-Up Deal

After John O’Neal was eliminated, Dylan Drazen and Mark Hodge began negotiations about a heads-up chop. After about 10 minutes of negotiating, the two agreed to terms.

Drazen, who held better than a 3:1 chip advantage coming into heads-up play, gets credit for the victory and takes home $62,613, while Hodge will finish in second and earn $54,000.

A complete recap will be posted shortly.

Player Tags: Mark Hodge,   Dylan Drazen

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Here is a look at the chip counts at the outset of heads-up play.

Dylan Drazen – 6,290,000
Mark Hodge – 1,935,000

Player Tags: Mark Hodge,   Dylan Drazen

John O'Neal Eliminated in 3rd Place ($30,898)

John O’Neal raised to 130,000 on the button and Dylan Drazen moved all in out of the small blind. Mark Hodge folded his big blind and O’Neal called.

O’Neal was all in for 1,200,000 and flipping for his tournament life with 7Diamond Suit7Club Suit up against Drazen’s AClub Suit10Diamond Suit.

The flop was AHeart SuitQHeart Suit6Diamond Suit, putting Drazen in the lead. The turn was the 6Spade Suit and the river was the 9Spade Suit. Drazen won the pot to eliminate O’Neal in third and take a massive chip lead into heads-up play against Hodge.

Dylan Drazen – 6,290,000
John O’Neal – Eliminated

Player Tags: John O'Neal

Thad McNulty Eliminated in 4th Place ($19,802)

Thad McNultyMark Hodge raised to 135,000 from under the gun and Thad McNulty moved all in for 365,000 on the button. Hodge called.

Hodge showed ASpade SuitADiamond Suit and was in the lead against McNulty’s KClub Suit5Club Suit.

The board came 10Diamond Suit8Heart Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit10Heart Suit and Hodge’s aces held up to eliminate McNulty in fourth place for $19,802.

Mark Hodge – 2,050,000
Thad McNulty – Eliminated

Player Tags: Thad McNulty

Level 27

Players have returned from the break to increased blinds of 30,000-60,000 with a 60,000 big-blind ante for level 27.


Chip Counts At The Break

Here is a look at the chip counts of the final four heading into the second break of the day:

Seat Player Chip Count
1 Dylan Drazen 3,350,000
2 Mark Hodge 2,225,000
3 Thad McNulty 845,000
4 John O’Neal 1,805,000


The players are taking a 15-minute break. When they return, blinds will be 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante.


John Sanchez Eliminated in 5th Place ($15,270)

John SanchezJohn O’Neal raised to 125,000 from under the gun and Mark Hodge called on the button. John Sanchez moved all in from the small blind for 375,000 and was called by both players.

Action was checked down as the board ran out AHeart SuitJSpade Suit8Diamond Suit5Club Suit2Diamond Suit. Sanchez showed 9Diamond Suit9Heart Suit, O’Neal tabled JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit and Hodge turned up 10Heart Suit8Heart Suit.

O’Neal won the pot with a pair of jacks and eliminated Sanchez in fifth place.

John O’Neal – 2,200,000
Mark Hodge – 1,800,000
John Sanchez – Eliminated

Player Tags: John Sanchez

Talesh Patel Eliminated in 6th Place ($12,638)

Talesh PatelTalesh Patel raised to 110,000 on the button and Mark Hodge three-bet to 375,000 out of the small blind. Patel moved all in for 530,000 and Hodge called.

Hodge showed 7Heart Suit6Heart Suit and needed a lot of help against Patel’s AHeart SuitASpade Suit.

The flop was ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit3Spade Suit and Patel flopped top set to leave Hodge drawing nearly dead. Hodge turned some outs when the 4Spade Suit came and drilled the gutshot on the river when the 5Club Suit came.

Hodge went runner-runner to make a seven-high straight to crack Patel’s set of aces and eliminate him in sixth place.

Mark Hodge – 1,950,000
Talesh Patel – Eliminated

Player Tags: Talesh Patel
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