The fan-favorite bestbet Jacksonville poker room will once again play host to the Card Player Poker Tour, marking the seventh consecutive year that the North Florida gem has been a stop on the tour.
“We are excited to be hosting the Card Player Poker Tour again this year,” said Vice President of Poker Operations Deb Giardina. “This tour brings many out-of-town players to our facility. Players from cold climates will especially enjoy the perfect weather that Jacksonville, Florida offers in May.”
The 11-tournament series officially kicks off May 3, with a $100,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em event. This $360 buy-in tournament features four different starting flights spread across May 3-4, with a final day scheduled for May 5.
The series continues with a variety of action-packed events, with buy-ins ranging from just $150 up to the $1,100 buy-in main event. The four-day no-limit hold’em tournament starts 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.
The series schedule will also include three $350 buy-in bounty tournaments, which will run May 5, 11, and 12. Players looking for a quick tournament fix can get their fill with the $290 six-hour Ironman event on May 8, or the $240 turbo on May 12. Those looking for a deeper structure and more play will enjoy the $350 monster stack on May 7. Even Omaha players are represented by the $350 Big O tournament scheduled for May 11.
“With more than $300,000 in total guaranteed prize money, and a mega satellite that will guarantee five players a travel package that includes a seat into the WSOP main event this summer, we expect great action during this CPPT series,” said Director of Poker Operations Jesse Hollander.
The 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 2016 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.