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February 25-28, 2016

$350 Regional Event: 690 Entrants

Blake Whittington Wins $350 MSPT Regional at bestbet Jacksonville, $45,492!

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Event #1 of the Mid-States Poker Tour stop at bestbet Jacksonville – the $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Regional – began with 690 entries, but after 14 hours of play on Day 2, only one remained in 24-year-old professional poker player Blake Whittington, who took home $45,492 and a coveted trophy.

Amazingly, the win marked Whittington's seventh career victory and his third at bestbet Jacksonville. The first two came back in 2012 within a week of each other and marked the first two cashes of his career. Since then, he's won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring, taken down a World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open preliminary event, and won a couple events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Whittington's final table experience paid off in a big way. He entered the final table of ten as chip leader, and while he would relinquish it, he regained his composure four handed and put on a masterful display of what it means to play shorthanded poker, which included pulling out to a big chip lead and subjecting his opponents to relentless pressure.

One by one he ran over his opponents which included Neil Autrey (4th - $$11,016), who he had to spike a lucky ace to eliminate; the card dead Cody Durden (3rd - $16,728); and James Blick (2nd - $27,540), who gave Whittington a run for his money during heads-up play only to fall when he failed to complete a flush draw.

Final Table Results
1-  Blake Whittington (Jacksonville, FL) - $45,492
2 - James Blick (Hanahan, SC) - $27,540
3 - Cody Durden (Knoxville, GA) - $16,728
4 - Neil Autrey (Crawfordville, FL) - $11,016
5 - Ken Baker (Jacksonville, FL) - $7,956
6 - Eric Yim (Fayetteville, FL) - $6,528
7 - Marc Heng (Bryceville, FL) - $5,508
8 - George Galloway (Florence, SC) - $4,488
9 - Jeff Reese (Jacksonville, FL) - $3,672
10 - Jeff Olive (Jacksonville, FL) - $3,060

Notable Finishes: Chris Love (11th - $2,448), Brandon Maner (18th - $1,632), Cory Biddle (31st - $1,224), MSPT Pro Matt Alexander (41st - $1,020)

Whittington will be at the MSPT bestbet Jacksonville all week and has plans to play the $1,100 Main Event, which begins on Friday. For more on the remaining scheducle, click here.

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Blake Whittington Jacksonville FL $45,492567
2 James Blick Hanahan SC $27,540500
3 Cody Durden Knoxville GA $16,728467
4 Neil Autrey Crawfordville FL $11,016433
5 Ken Baker Jacksonville FL $7,956400
6 Eric Yim Fayetteville FL $6,528367
7 Marc Heng Bryceville FL $5,508333
8 George Galloway Florence SC $4,488300
9 Jeff Reese Jacksonville FL $3,672267
10 Jeff Olive Jacksonville FL $3,060233
11 Christopher Love Charleston FL $2,448233
12 Christopher Brauch Jacksonville FL $2,448233
13 Steve Mitchell St. Augustine FL $2,448200
14 Matthew Zimmerman Charleston SC $2,040200
15 Toby Boas Gainesville FL $2,040200
16 Mario Oliveira Jacksonville FL $2,040167
17 Men Nguyen Jacksonville FL $1,632167
18 Brandon Maner Players Lounge SC $1,632167
19 Tim Forsberg Jacksonville FL $1,632133
20 Michael Cooper Locust Grove GA $1,632133
21 Jeremy Hawks Charleston SC $1,428133
22 Brandon Adams Macon GA $1,428133
23 Pete Tinnesz Jacksonville FL $1,428133
24 Christopher Johnson Jacksonville FL $1,428133
25 Thomas Larson Mint Hill NC $1,428133
26 Kristen Kober Jacksonville FL $1,428133
27 Mike Apelian Ponte Vedra FL $1,428133
28 Matthew Border Palm Coast FL $1,428100
29 Jeremiah Pierce Florence SC $1,428100
30 Mike Heflin Atlantic Beach FL $1,428100
31 Cory Biddle Charlotte NC $1,224100
32 David Jackson Atlanta GA $1,224100
33 Richard Grant Jacksonville FL $1,224100
34 Harvey Vandeven Ocala FL $1,224100
35 David Pozorski Savannah GA $1,224100
36 Tansu TurDag Tallassee FL $1,224100
37 Barry Teel Darlington SC $1,22467
38 William Davis Jacksonville FL $1,22467
39 Ron Johnston Port Orange FL $1,22467
40 Matt Oswalt St. Augustine FL $1,22467
41 Matt Alexander Minneapolis MN $1,02067
42 Willie Reid jr Augusta GA $1,02067
43 Charles Misterek St. Augustine FL $1,02067
44 John Redlitz Orange Park FL $1,02067
45 Weiyi Mo Cheektowga NY $1,02067
46 Tommy Wood jr Willacoochee GA $1,02033
47 Sebastian Charles Jacksonville FL $1,02033
48 Derek Updegraff Cooper City FL $1,02033
49 Robert Kramer Carthage NC $1,02033
50 Michael Bratovich Six Mile SC $1,02033
51 Paul Szczepanik Jacksonville FL $81633
52 Chad Brown Fayetteville NC $81633
53 Leonard Lewandowski West Allis WI $81633
54 Nabil "Doc" Hirezi Jacksonville FL $81633
55 Charles Johnson Atlanta GA $81617
56 David Rittenhouse York PA $81617
57 $81617
58 Roeby Chandley Columbus GA $81617
59 Stephen Cheski Jacksonville FL $81617
60 Leon Bolton Charleston FL $81617
61 Stephen Fraser Jacksonville Beach FL $71417
62 Selvan Manthiram Atlanta GA $71417
63 Dennis Bergeron St. Augustine FL $71417
64 Robert Melton Enterprise AL $71417
65 William Sineath Voldosta GA $71417
66 Christian Glisson Tifton GA $71417
67 Tomas Singson Jacksonville FL $71417
68 Lana Wlodka Jacksonville FL $71417
69 Jayson Lee Panama City FL $71417
70 Kenneth Allison Maylene AL $71417

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