Linster wins World Poker Tour title in Jacksonville

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The World Poker Tour Jacksonville Main Event at bestbet belonged to Mike Linster, who bested an impressive field of 350 players for a $296K payday. The $3,500 buy-in resulted in a prize pool that surpassed $1.1 million, and Linster’s cash (and $25K seat at the WPT World Championship) was easily the biggest of his career.

During the series, the winners were all either regulars, Florida residents or serious out-of-state players as nearly 1,900 players entered the undercard events, making this another incredible success for bestbet Jacksonville.

One of the early storylines that caught everyone’s attention was Jonathon Henry, who won the first and third event of the series.
But, as usual, the main event was the big story. Notables joining Linster at the final table were Pete Tinnesz, Piotr Chwala and Danny Schecter, who finished third. Before this victory, Linster’s claim to fame was back-to-back wins at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

DAYTONA BEACH: Daytona Beach Kennel Club held its April Spring Fling, attracting 371 entries for a prize pool of $75K. The final table decided to do a seven-way chop, but first place went to Shana Mandeville. … Results from its popular Deep Stack Charity Classic will be in next month’s issue.

— Email Chaz Allen at anteup.chazallen@gmail.com.

WPT/bestbet Jacksonville Spring Series, April 11-30

Event 1 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 548 • Pool: $164,400
Jonathon Henry, $30,688*
Event 2 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 103 • Pool: $30,900
Stan Komsky, $5,232*
Event 3 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 100 • Pool: $20K
Jonathon Henry, $7,600*
Event 4 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 132 • Pool: $24,600
Marlon Thompson, $1,848*
Event 5 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 96 • Pool: $19,200
Joseph Dichiaro, $5,200
Event 6 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 624 • Pool: $187,200
Ted Lawler, $39,752*
Event 7 • $200 AIOF
Entries: 119 • Pool: $20,230
Daniel White, $3,849*
Event 8 • $230 O/8
Entries: 67 • Pool: $13,400
Kevin Olsta, $5,226
Event 9 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 107 • Pool: $32,100
Roston Stukes, $4,365*
Event 10 • $340 6-Max
Entries: 62 • Pool: $18,600
Ian Ohara, $6,200
Event 11 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 87 • Pool: $17,400
Jang Hong, $5,008*
Event 12 • $340 PLO/8
Entries: 80 • Pool: $24K
Edgar Russ, $9,120
Event 13 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 94 • Pool: $28,200
Andrew Dykeman, $9,500
Event 14 • $560 NLHE
Entries: 90 • Pool: $45K
Paul Boatright, $5,408*
Event 15 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 103 • Pool: $20,600
Thomas Cage, $7,190
Event 16 • $1,060 NLHE
Entries: 92 • Pool: $92K
Luke Graham, $34,960
$3,500 Main Event
Entries: 351 • Pool: $1.12M
Michael Linster, $296,521
Event 17 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 88 • Pool: $17,600
Michael McDonald, $3,564*
Event 18 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 121 • Pool: $36,300
Steve Mitchell, $8,762
* Denotes deal or chop