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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 AmountPoints
1 Blake Whittington $45,492567
2 James Blick $27,540500
3 Cody Durden $16,728467
4 Neil Autrey $11,016433
5 Ken Baker $7,956400
6 Eric Yim $6,528367
7 Marc Heng $5,508333
8 George Galloway $4,488300
9 Jeff Reese $3,672267
10 Jeff Olive $3,060233
11 Christopher Love $2,448233
12 Christopher Brauch $2,448233
13 Steve Mitchell $2,448200
14 Matthew Zimmerman $2,040200
15 Toby Boas $2,040200
16 Mario Oliveira $2,040167
17 Men Nguyen $1,632167
18 Brandon Maner $1,632167
19 Tim Forsberg $1,632133
20 Michael Cooper $1,632133
21 Jeremy Hawks $1,428133
22 Brandon Adams $1,428133
23 Pete Tinnesz $1,428133
24 Christopher Johnson $1,428133
25 Thomas Larson $1,428133
26 Kristen Kober $1,428133
27 Mike Apelian $1,428133
28 Matthew Border $1,428100
29 Jeremiah Pierce $1,428100
30 Mike Heflin $1,428100
31 Cory Biddle $1,224100
32 David Jackson $1,224100
33 Richard Grant $1,224100
34 Harvey Vandeven $1,224100
35 David Pozorski $1,224100
36 Tansu TurDag $1,224100
37 Barry Teel $1,22467
38 William Davis $1,22467
39 Ron Johnston $1,22467
40 Matt Oswalt $1,22467
41 Matt Alexander $1,02067
42 Willie Reid jr $1,02067
43 Charles Misterek $1,02067
44 John Redlitz $1,02067
45 Weiyi Mo $1,02067
46 Tommy Wood jr $1,02033
47 Sebastian Charles $1,02033
48 Derek Updegraff $1,02033
49 Robert Kramer $1,02033
50 Michael Bratovich $1,02033
51 Paul Szczepanik $81633
52 Chad Brown $81633
53 Leonard Lewandowski $81633
54 Nabil "Doc" Hirezi $81633
55 Charles Johnson $81617
56 David Rittenhouse $81617
57 $81617
58 Roeby Chandley $81617
59 Stephen Cheski $81617
60 Leon Bolton $81617
61 Stephen Fraser $71417
62 Selvan Manthiram $71417
63 Dennis Bergeron $71417
64 Robert Melton $71417
65 William Sineath $71417
66 Christian Glisson $71417
67 Tomas Singson $71417
68 Lana Wlodka $71417
69 Jayson Lee $71417
70 Kenneth Allison $71417

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