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February 25 - 28, 2016
Regional Event: Entrants
Winner: Blake Whittington
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EVENT RECAP

bestbet - Jacksonville, FL

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.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
FL 
$45,492
567
2
SC 
$27,540
500
3
GA 
$16,728
467
4
FL 
$11,016
433
5
FL 
$7,956
400
6
FL 
$6,528
367
7
FL 
$5,508
333
8
SC 
$4,488
300
9
FL 
$3,672
267
10
FL 
$3,060
233
11
FL 
$2,448
233
12
FL 
$2,448
233
13
FL 
$2,448
200
14
SC 
$2,040
200
15
FL 
$2,040
200
16
FL 
$2,040
167
17
FL 
$1,632
167
18
SC 
$1,632
167
19
FL 
$1,632
133
20
GA 
$1,632
133
21
SC 
$1,428
133
22
Macon 
GA 
$1,428
133
23
FL 
$1,428
133
24
FL 
$1,428
133
25
NC 
$1,428
133
26
FL 
$1,428
133
27
FL 
$1,428
133
28
FL 
$1,428
100
29
SC 
$1,428
100
30
FL 
$1,428
100
31
NC 
$1,224
100
32
GA 
$1,224
100
33
FL 
$1,224
100
34
Ocala 
FL 
$1,224
100
35
GA 
$1,224
100
36
FL 
$1,224
100
37
SC 
$1,224
67
38
FL 
$1,224
67
39
FL 
$1,224
67
40
FL 
$1,224
67
41
MN 
$1,020
67
42
GA 
$1,020
67
43
FL 
$1,020
67
44
FL 
$1,020
67
45
NY 
$1,020
67
46
GA 
$1,020
33
47
FL 
$1,020
33
48
FL 
$1,020
33
49
NC 
$1,020
33
50
SC 
$1,020
33
52
NC 
$816
33
55
GA 
$816
17
56
York 
PA 
$816
17
57
 
 
$816
17
58
GA 
$816
17
59
FL 
$816
17
60
FL 
$816
17
62
GA 
$714
17
64
AL 
$714
17
65
GA 
$714
17
66
Tifton 
GA 
$714
17
67
FL 
$714
17
68
FL 
$714
17
69
FL 
$714
17
70
AL 
$714
17