World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open Day 2: Jattin Leads Final 55



On Sunday, the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open resumed with Day 2 action featuring the remaining 160 survivors of a 320-player field. A $1,504,000 prize pool was on the line, but only the top 36 were slated to be paid. Everyone had their eyes set on the $400,600 first-place prize, though the players didn’t reach the money because approximately 55 players remained at the end of the night.

Darren Elias entered the day as chip leader, and though he finished in second place on Day 2, it was Farid Jattin who topped the chip counts after five levels of play. Jattin built his stack through Amine Chabane, who had finished Day 1b as chip leader. It happened when Jattin made trip queens against Chabane’s {10-}{10-}, giving the former 400,000 and the chip lead. Chabane made his exit in Level 12.

According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, former World Series of Poker November Niners Matt Giannetti and John Racener got their stacks in the middle on a {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} board with the former holding {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, which crushed the latter’s {K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. The river was of no consequence, and Racener was sent packing while Giannetti chipped up to 204,000.

In another hand, Richard Grant was under the gun and opened for 4,200. The next player to act three-bet to 8,400, both Brian Hastings and Grant called, and the flop fell {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Action checked to Hastings who promptly bet 11,500. Grant responded with a check-raise to 35,000, the other player folded, and Hastings made the call. Even before the {8-Clubs} was put out on the turn, Grant announced he was all in for approximately 174,000, which Hastings called.


Hastings {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}
Grant {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

It was a brutal set-over-set situation with Hastings on top. The {5-Spades} river changed nothing, and Hastings was shipped the 400,000-chip pot while Grant was sent packing.

Other players who hit the rail throughout Day 2 included Keith Ferrera, Mike Sexton, Shannon Shorr, Gloria Joseph, Jeff Vertes, Ted Lawson, Jonathan Little, Joe Serock, Brandon Barnes and Tom Nguyen.

While many fell, some other notables managed to survive including Justin Zaki (45,000), James Calderaro (70,000) Andy Frankenberger (90,000), Taylor von Kriegenbergh (94,500), Allen Kessler (123,000), Matt Marafioti (163,000), Tony Dunst (169,000), Darryll Fish (183,500) and Fred Goldberg (222,500).

Here’s a look at the chip leaders after Day 2 of the WPT Jacksonville BestBet Open:

Place Player Chips
1 Farid Jattin 718,000
2 Darren Elias 636,000
3 Shawn Cunix 411,000
4 James Dempsey 404,500
5 David Tuthill 381,000
6 Peter Campo 341,500
7 Will Failla 335,000
8 Byron Kaverman 292,000
9 Barry Hutter 275,000
10 Matt Giannetti 274,500

Day 3 action will kick off on Sunday at 1400 EDT (1900 BST) and the remaining 55 players or so will break through the money bubble on their way to the final table. Stay tuned to for daily updates from the World Poker Tour.

*Hands referenced from the WPT Live Updates Team.

*Photo courtesy of BJ Nemeth at

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