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January 19-22, 2017

$350 Regional Event: 561 Entrants

Mick Robilotto Wins $350 MSPT Regional at bestbet Jacksonville, $26,814!

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The second Regional Event of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 8, and the 15th ever held, took place at bestbet Jacksonville January 19-22. The event drew 561 runners, which surpassed the $100,000 advertised guarantee by creating a $168,300 prize pool.

After one of the most unique final tables in MSPT history, the final four players struck a deal that saw them each lock up $19,000 with $7,814 and the title to play for. After numerous chip lead changes, two outers, and a few coolers, it was 37-year-old local player Michael “Mick” Robilotto of Fernandina Beach, Florida who emerged victorious to take home $26,814.

“It’s exciting,” Robilotto said after the win. “We made a deal but there was still a lot of money up at the top, so once I got into shooting distance for the win, I really wanted to get it.”

Joining Robilotto in the final four were Jonathan Cronin, Chris Walker, and Toby Boas. At the time of the deal, Boas seemed to get the best of the bargain as he was down 2-1 in chips compared to the other three players. Still, they managed to come to terms. Despite fourth, third and second places all paying the same, everyone except Robilotto proceeded with caution.

“What difference does it make?” he says when asked about calling off to a three-bet shove from Cronin. “The king-seven was a big hand. I was just gambling; I didn’t think I was ahead. I put 300,000 in, not gonna hold a million back.”

Robilotto managed to win the race against Cronin’s pocket fours, which gave him a big chip lead. After Boas and Walker fell, Robilotto took a massive 30-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Cronin. The man from Savanah, Georgia put up a good fight, but in the end Robilotto’s chip lead proved too much to overcome… it also helped he picked up aces in the final hand.

“This is one of my top three cashes, and I’ve been playing poker a long time,” said Robilotto. “I’ll be playing in the Main Event next week.”

When it comes to bestbet Jacksonville, it’s unwise to bet against Robilotto. In October 2016, he placed 21st in the World Poker Tour Bounty Scramble Main Event for $16,380, and he also made back-to-back final tables in the MSPT bestbet $200 NLHE Prelim event finishing runner-up for $7,472 in Season 6 and seventh for $2,044 in Season 7.

Others who cashed the event were Day 1c chip leader Tan Nguyen (17th – $1,488), Day 1b chip leader Kelley Slay (10th - $2,479), and Day 1a chip leader Bryan Brozman (5th - $6,612). In addition, Brozman was awarded a $1,500 chip leader bonus in his flight, while Kelley and Tan earned $1,000 and $500 respectively. Defending champ Blake Whittington was not in attendance.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Mick Robilotto $26,814533
2 Jonathan Cronin $19,000467
3 Chris Walker $19,000433
4 Toby Boas $19,000400
5 Bryan Brozman $6,612367
6 Josh Smith (South Carolina) $5,785333
7 Jason Bender $4,959300
8 Richard Grant $4,132267
9 William Braman $3,306233
10 Kelley Slay (husband) $2,479200
11 Allan Deguino $2,149200
12 Kyle Cotton $2,149200
13 Lyman Sanford $2,149167
14 Ryan Mallow $1,818167
15 David Desorcy $1,818167
16 Nicholas Leupold $1,818133
17 Tan Nguyen $1,488133
18 Brandon Adams $1,488133
19 Ron Robinson $1,488100
20 Edward Leech $1,488100
21 James Brown $1,157100
22 Eddy Mroczkowski $1,157100
23 John O'Neal $1,157100
24 Scott Kehr $1,157100
25 Allan Bardon $1,157100
26 Rick Boyle $1,157100
27 David Damone $1,157100
28 Nathan Blankenship $1,15767
29 Willie Lawrence $1,15767
30 Chau Chantahou $1,15767
31 April Davis $99267
32 William Selsor $99267
33 James Leonard $99267
34 Jose Santos $99267
35 David Rittenhouse $99267
36 Vincent Caruso $99267
37 Peggy McNally $99233
38 James Johnson $99233
39 Peter Garijanian $99233
40 Chris Arcidiacono $99233
41 Marcus Wuhamel $82633
42 Richard Swain $82633
43 William Davis $82633
44 Jack Sumner $82633
45 Randy Strong $82633
46 Carrie Tyree $82617
47 Salvatore Gentile $82617
48 Ewan Leatham $82617
49 Tim Forsberg $82617
50 Davina Haigh $82617
51 Alex Recio $66117
52 Alex Recio $66117
53 Gloria Jackson $66117
54 Ryan Emling $66117
55 Curtis Hoftyzer $66117
56 Joseph Adams $66117
57 Mike Wright $66117
58 John Sullivan $66117
59 George Zinaty $66117
60 Todd Staples $66117

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