This fall the Card Player Poker Tour will return to bestbet Jacksonville, home of the largest poker room in Florida, for a 16-event tournament series running from Oct. 27 – Nov. 14. This marks the ninth time that the CPPT has teamed up with the North Florida poker mainstay.
“This will definitely be our biggest Card Player Poker Tour event. It will have the largest main event buy-in yet, it also has a mystery bounty tournament and a big opening event,” said bestbet Executive Director of Poker Operations Jesse Hollander. “I believe this is going to be the biggest CPPT event yet, and we are excited to welcome the tour back to Jacksonville.”
As Hollander mentioned, the buy-in for this year’s CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event will be the highest yet: $3,000. Prior to this, the largest cost to enter was the $2,500 buy-in of 2021.
The series begins with a $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that will run from Oct. 27-30, with six starting flights available to choose from and the final table streamed on bestbetLIVE, the card room’s popular YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live channel that hosts tournament and cash game action. This will be the first of three big weekend tournaments spread throughout the series. The second will be a $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘mystery bounty’ event that runs from Nov. 3 – 6, featuring bounty payouts ranging from $500 up to $50,000. The venue hosted this red-hot new tournament format earlier this year, with the event being a well-received success.
“It went great and was a lot of fun,” said Hollander. “There was a lot of camaraderie amongst the players, with everybody sweating each other’s envelope draw to see how much they would win. The biggest prize was $50,000. We live streamed a feature and final table of day two of the mystery bounty event, and we were able to cut away and live stream, everybody pulling their bounty prize. It created a very fun, party-like atmosphere. It was a great time and we can’t wait to do it again.”
This year, the mystery bounty and the $320 no-limit hold’em ladies event will have both feature and final table live stream coverage, while the final tables of both the kickoff event and the main event will be broadcast on bestbetLIVE.
This year’s CPPT $3,000 buy-in main event will run from Nov. 11-14, the final weekend of the festival. There are two starting flights offered, kicking off at noon on Friday and Saturday. Players will start with 40,000 in chips, with 60-minute blind levels to start.
Like every tournament on the schedule for this series, the main event will feature unlimited re-entries during the registration period. Registration for the tournament will remain open until the start of level 9.
The most recent CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event took place in June of 2021. The $2,500 buy-in tournament attracted 339 total entries, building a prize pool of $759,360. 25-year-old hometown hero Ben Scrogins emerged victorious, taking home $158,915 as the champion after defeating World Series of Poker bracelet winner and eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Kyle Cartwright heads-up for the title.
Below is a list featuring info on Scrogins and the seven other previous CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event champions crowned since the event was first held in 2013.
|Date||Champion||Top Prize||Buy-In||Entries||Prize Pool|
|Jun 28, 2021||Ben Scrogins||$158,915||$2,500||339||$759,360|
|May 13, 2019||Dylan Drazen||$62,613||$1,100||329||$319,130|
|April 30, 2018||Ben Diebold||$75,655||$1,100||373||$361,810|
|May 8, 2017||Jared Reinstein||$75,714||$1,100||378||$366,660|
|June 27, 2016||Zac Stites||$61,136||$1,100||289||$280,330|
|Aug. 24, 2015||Anthony Vidmer||$83,838||$1,500||390||$526,500|
|May 12, 2014||Sean Winter||$84,000||$1,500||218||$300,000|
|Sept. 9, 2013||Harvey Vandeven||$76,985||$1,500||255||$344,250|
With this buy-in being higher than all previous CPPT main events at the venue, Hollander made sure to note that there will be plenty of ways for players to win their way into the main event and other marquee tournaments throughout the series via satellite.
“There will be tons of opportunities to win your way into the big events,” said Hollander. “We also have some package guarantee satellites where we’re giving away packages to the opening event, plus the mystery bounty and the CPPT main event with each package worth $5,100 in buy-ins. The satellite schedule is very robust.”
Outside of the three big weekend events and the ladies tournament, the 2022 CPPT bestbet Jacksonville series will feature plenty of other exciting options, including a $360 bounty event, a $260 H.E.R.O.S. tournament (the new preferred order of the mixed-game standard formerly known as H.O.R.S.E.), a $500 pot-limit Omaha event, and a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-max event.
Check out the series’ complete schedule of events in Card Player’s tournament database, or in the listings below:
|$400 No-Limit Hold’em*||Oct. 27||4||400|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em $100 Bounty||Oct 30||1||$360|
|$200 No-Limit Hold’em||Oct 31||1||$200|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack||Nov 1||1||$360|
|$260 H.E.R.O.S.||Nov 01||1||$260|
|$300 Big O 8/OB||Nov 02||1||$300|
|$260 No-Limit Hold’em||Nov 02||1||$260|
|$1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Mystery Bounty*||Nov 03||4||$1,700|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em $100 Bounties||Nov 06||1||$360|
|$260 No-Limit Hold’em||Nov 07||1||$260|
|$360 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack||Nov 08||1||$360|
|$320 No-Limit Hold’em Ladies||Nov 09||1||$320|
|$500 Pot-Limit Omaha||Nov 09||1||$500|
|$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max||Nov 10||1||$1,000|
|$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em*||Nov 11||4||$3,000|
|$500 No-Limit Hold’em||Nov 13||1||$500|
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 Women in Poker Hall of Fame member Deborah Giardina.
Poker was first introduced at the new Jacksonville location in 2012. The room currently hosts 63 poker tables and 24 tables of other action-packed games, such as High Card Flush, Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, One Card Poker, and DJ Wild.
In addition to major series like the Card Player Poker Tour, the venue also hosts daily tournaments, with a variety of no-limit hold’em and Omaha offerings. The property is known for its exciting cash game action, which includes games like no-limit hold’em, Omaha, Big O, seven-card stud, and limit hold’em. There are always plenty of exciting promotions for players, including jackpots and daily high hands. Monthly information about promotions can always be found on the official website.
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. Players can also dine at one of the best sushi bars in Northeast Florida, featuring creative daily specials that will satisfy even the most demanding palates.
Every week a tournament or cash game is live streamed by bestbetLIVE with a 15-minute delay where anyone can watch the action on bestbetLIVE’s Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live, channels. The sophisticated RFID technology results in a high-quality production that makes following the game easy and enjoyable. The livestreams have become so popular that clips have been used for training videos by industry professionals like Bart Hanson from Crush Live Poker.
Make sure to check out bestbetLIVE on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live, or you can follow the property for news and updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For more information about the upcoming CPPT stop at bestbet Jacksonville, visit the tour homepage at www.CardPlayerPokerTour.com.
Poker fans should also make sure to check out the new bestbet cardroom and sports bar in St. Augustine, Florida which opened in late August. The 40,673-square foot facility will boast 49 gaming tables, a sports bar, a sushi bar, tableside service, simulcast wagering, and more than 70 flat-screen TVs. In addition to poker, bestbet will also offer One Card Poker, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow, DJ Wild Stud Poker, I LUV Suits, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.