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March 4-6, 2016

Main Event: 459 Entrants

Arthur Andrade Wins MSPT bestbet Jacksonville, $112,990!

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The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) bestbet Jacksonville Main Event – a tournament that attracted 459 entries and created a $445,230 prize pool – came to an end on Sunday night after Arthur Andrade from Tampa, Florida finished as the last man standing to capture the $112,990 first-place prize and the championship trophy.

Prior to the win, Andrade had just $14,452 in live tournament earnings, all in 2015. His best previous cash $8,659 for a third-place finish in the 2015 Coco Poker showdown Event #2: $125 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack, and now he finds himself with six-figures in his bank account and a MSPT trophy on his mantle.

At the start of Day 2, 78 players returned to action, which meant 33 needed to hit the rail before the money was reached. Among those to leave empty handed were MSPT Pro Matt Alexander. Bowing out in 46th place was local player Nguyen "Wayne" Phan, who got his last 24,000 all in preflop holding ace-king only to fall to Christopher Brauch, who held ace-jack and paired his kicker on the flop.

From there, the in-the-money finishes came quick and included the likes of World Series of Poker bracelet winner Andrew Badecker (39th - $2,211), poker pro Maurice Hawkins (22nd - $2,742), two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Tripp Kirk (21st - $2,742), Day 1a chip leader Talesh Patel (20th - $2,742), the last woman in the field, Diane Casino (17th - $3,494), and Michael "Carwash" Schneider (15th - $4,422).

The final table, which was live streamed with hole cards on a 30-minute delay, was a slow affair, but eventually the bust outs came beginning with Joe DiChario, who had won Event #4: $350 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty for $8,098 less than a week earlier, and followed by Danny Romano, who exited in ninth place.

After Atlanta's David Jackson took his leave in eighth place – the result of his king-ten failing to get their against Andrade's pocket nines – the final table lost one of its biggest names in 24-year-old poker pro Blake Whittington, who topped a field of 690 entries to win Event #1 $350 Regional for $45,492 just a week prior.

Whittington grew short, and in Level 28 (30,000/60,000/10,000), action folded to him in the small blind and he shoved his last 180,000 holding the  10s 3h‚Äč, which Andrade called from the big with the  jc jd. Whittington needed some major help, but it never came as the board ran out a lackluster  kd ah 6d 9d 9s.

Brauch, a poker dealer at bestbet Orange Park, was the next to go after his ace-jack lost a race to the pocket sevens of Jermaine "Lion" Gerlin, and then local cash game player John O'Neal fell in fifth place.

From there, a series of big hands resulted in Gerlin going from chip leader to out in fourth place, which was followed by the elimination Kenneth Kemple in third place. That set up a heads-up match between Andrade and local player David Mitchell, and their battle proved to be a back-and-forth affair with each player holding the chip leader on numerous occasions.

In what would be the last hand of the tournament, which happened in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000), Mitchell got his last 2.7 million all in preflop holding king-queen against the pocket fours of Andrade. Mitchell paired his queen on an all-spade flop, but Andrade reclaimed the lead when a fourth spade on the turn gave him a flush. Mitchell had a redraw to a full house, but he failed to hit it as an ace blanked on the river.

Congratulations to Arthur Andrade, the 2016 MSPT bestbet Jacksonville champion!

Season 7 of the MSPT will continue March 12-20 at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa. The stop will host a $300,000 Guaranteed Main Event from March 18-20. For more information, visit



Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Arthur Andrade Tampa FL $112,9901,500
2 David Mitchell Jacksonville FL $65,2291,300
3 Kenneth Kemple Tallahassee FL $39,8011,200
4 Jermaine Gerlin Jacksonville FL $32,0621,100
5 John O'Neal Jacksonville FL $25,2071,000
6 Christopher Brauch Jacksonville FL $21,006900
7 Blake Whittington Jacksonville FL $16,805800
8 David Jackson Atlanta GA $12,825700
9 Danny Romano Jacksonville FL $8,845600
10 Joe DiChiaro Jacksonville FL $5,749500
11 Jitendra Patel Jacksonville FL $5,749500
12 Mel Lyon Moore SC $5,749500
13 Andrew Gerrard Tallahassee FL $4,422400
14 Timothy Miles Tallahassee FL $4,422400
15 Michael Schneider (GA) Covington GA $4,422400
16 John Redlitz Orange Park FL $3,494300
17 Diane Casino Jacksonville FL $3,494300
18 Wissam Shaya Ponte Vedra FL $3,494300
19 Darin Bentley Jacksonville FL $2,742200
20 Talesh Patel St. Augustine FL $2,742200
21 Tripp Kirk Atlanta GA $2,742200
22 Maurice Hawkins Lake Worth FL $2,742200
23 Jared Reinstein Tallahassee FL $2,742200
24 Conrad Lau III Neptune Beach FL $2,742200
25 Mike Morris Fleming Island GA $2,742200
26 Jason Cummings Jacksonville FL $2,742200
27 Christopher Mendiola Orlando FL $2,742200
28 Alan Ramkhalawan Tampa Bay FL $2,432100
29 Joseph Crull Mount Dora FL $2,432100
30 Brian Woods Jacksonville FL $2,432100
31 Detron Parks Jacksonville FL $2,432100
32 Justin McWilliams Auburn AL $2,432100
33 Steven Snyder Huntersville NC $2,432100
34 John Dubard Tallahassee FL $2,432100
35 Jim Mankowski Palm Coast FL $2,432100
36 David Pozorski Savannah GA $2,432100
37 Shanna Chizer No City FL $2,21150
38 Jeffrey Chang Bethesda MD $2,21150
39 Andrew Badecker Vernon CT $2,21150
40 Matthew Zimmerman Charleston SC $2,21150
41 Nathan Washington Jacksonville FL $2,21150
42 Brett Silverman Atlanta GA $2,21150
43 Men Nguyen Jacksonville FL $2,21150
44 Robert Keller Gulf Shores AL $2,21150
45 James Armstrong Keeseville NY $2,21150

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