World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open Day 4: Failla & Dunst Headline Final Table



On Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Jacksonville BestBet Open, the final 16 players battled down to the final table. Will “The Thrill” Failla began the day as chip leader and used his big stack to coast to the final table, where he was joined by WPT personality Tony Dunst; however, both men trail the big stack of Shawn Cunix.

Action, which began in Level 20 with the blinds at 5,000/10,000 and a 1,000 ante, saw two eliminations within the first 90 minutes. According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, the first came when Farid Jattin got his last 170,000 all in preflop holding {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} and racing against Failla’s {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} and Jattin hit the rail in 16th place for $16,263.

Not long after, Justin Conley open-shoved for 137,000 holding {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and James Calderaro made the call from the big blind with {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Conley was behind, failed to improve and was eliminated in 15th place for $20,699. From there, David Tuthill, Tony Parille and Robert LeBeau were eliminated in 14th, 13th and 12th places respectively.

In Level 23, with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 and a 3,000 ante, Calderaro opened for 45,000 under the gun only to have Peter Campo, who was next to act, move all in for 304,000. The rest of the field got out of the way and Calderaro made the call.


Calderaro {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Campo {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

The {K-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop wasn’t very exciting, and neither was the {3-Diamonds} turn. Campo needed a ten on the river to stay alive, but the {7-Hearts} appeared. Campo was eliminated in 11th place for $25,134, and the final 10 players were combined to one table.

On hand No. 17 of the 10-handed final table, a short-stacked Blake Purvis moved all in from middle position for 28,000 and Darren Elias isolated. The rest of the field folded and Elias rolled over {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}, which was way ahead of Purvis’ {5-Spades}{6-Hearts}. The board ran out an uneventful {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts} and Purvis fell in 10th place for $25,134.

Eleven hands later, which coincided with the end of the level, Matt Marafioti opened for 70,000 from middle position and Cunix looked him up from the big blind. When the flop came down {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, Cunix checked and Marafioti moved all in for nearly 600,000. Cunix snap-called and rolled over {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}, which dominated Marafioti’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. The {9-Hearts} turn gave Marafioti some hope, but the {7-Clubs} river took it away and sent him home in ninth place for $34,005.

With that elimination, Failla, who had won the WPT Legends of Poker earlier in the season, retook the lead in the WPT Player of the Year race.

On hand No. 47, Amelio Amato met his demise at the hands of Cunix, who ushered him out in eighth place for $39,919, bringing about the TV final-table bubble. It took quite a while for the bubble to burst, 41 hands, in fact, and came when Byron Kaverman moved all in under the gun for 415,000 and was called by Calderaro from middle position.


Calderaro {J-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Kaverman {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

It was a classic race at a crucial point in the tournament, but Kaverman needed to catch to stay alive. The {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts} flop meant a jack would give him Broadway, but of course, Calderaro held two in his hand. The {4-Hearts} turn was a blank, as was the {4-Spades} river. With that, Kaverman finished in seventh place for $47,312 while the final table was set.

Here is a look at the WPT Jacksonville BestBet Open Final Table:

WPT Jacksonville BestBet Open Final Table

Seat Player Chip Counts
1 James Calderaro 2,110,000
2 Daniel Buzgon 570,000
3 Will Failla 1,535,000
4 Tony Dunst 1,315,000
5 Shawn Cunix 2,770,000
6 Darren Elias 1,280,000

Play, which will return on Wednesday at 1600 EDT (2100 BST) to play down to a winner, will be streamed on a 30-minute delay with hole cards and commentary from Darryll Fish and James Dempsey. You can also check back right here on for the final table recap.

*Hands referenced from the WPT Live Updates Team.

*Photo courtesy of BJ Nemeth at

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