Scott Stewart claims victory at the 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open Main Event
WSOP five-Time Circuit Ring Winner won A field of 510 Entries to cash out $177,817
510 entries in total was made in the 2021 Winter Open $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event at bestbet Jacksonville, raising an enormous prize pool of $918,000 which was disbursed out between the 64 top finishers. Scott steward got the Lion share, he earned $177,817 of the money as the champion.
The five-time World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring winner from Lakewood, California got more than $2.4 million in career tournament earnings to his name.
Behind the $535,000 he earned as the 13th-place finisher in the 2017 WSOP main event and the $202,400 he took home for a 17th-place showing in the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship, This was the third-largest cash of Stweart’s career.
Stewart was awarded 840 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, aside the title he got and the money. This was his second POY-qualified score of the new year, having finished sixth in a $1,100 buy-in event at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $21,350 and 280 points in January. Stewart now sits in fourth place in the overall 2021 POY race standings with the two scores, this is sponsored by Global Poker.
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The event featured two starting flights on Jan. 29 and 30. From the 510 entries, 78 players pulled through to day 2 on Sunday, Jan. 31. The cash bubble break out early in the day, with plenty of big names cashing but failing to get to the final table, including Justin Liberto WSOP bracelet winner (62nd – $3,213) and Byron Kaverman (57th – $3,213), Jacksonville local David Jackson (52nd – $3,580), TK Miles (48th – $4,131), 2010 WSOP major event sixth-place finisher John Dolan (46th – $4,131), Justin Zaki (30th – $5,508), and James Calderaro bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion (16th – $9,364).
Matt Mauldin held the chip lead when the final table kick started, with Ken Stacy in second and Stewart basically tied for third place with Thad McNulty. Stewart secured the very first knockout of the final table, which he picked up A-K against the K-J of Card Player’s National Sales Manager Barbara Rogers. Stewart ended up with aces full by the river to earn the pot and get rid of Rogers in eighth place ($22,491).
Matt Mauldin smashed the next two players at the final table, sending Chuck Tabor (7th – $28,917) and Luan Nguyen (6th – $37,454) loading to add to his stack. Thad McNulty had the last of his short stack in with Q-4, only to enter into the pocket sevens of Stewart. A flopped set gave Stewart a huge lead, which he sustained through the river to eliminate McNulty in fifth place ($49,113).
Stewart added to his stack during four-handed play, but Mauldin kept pace by defeating Chris Perry in fourth place ($65,178) and Ken Stacy in third place ($87,394). Stewart grabbed 7,490,000 into heads-up activity against the 5,260,000 of Mauldin. He extended the lead, building roughly a 5:1 chip advantage by the time the final hand arose. Mauldin shoved from the button for 1,920,000 with ADiamond Suit8Heart Suit and Stweart called with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit in the big blind. The board ran out QHeart SuitQClub Suit7Club Suit5Heart SuitJDiamond Suit and Stweart secured the final pot and the title. Mauldin took home $118,422 as the second place finisher.
Below is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Place Player Earnings POY Points
- Scott Stewart $177,817 840
- Matt Mauldin $118,422 700
- Kenneth Stacy $87,394 560
- Christopher Perry $65,178 420
- Thad McNulty $49,113 350
- Luan Nguyen $37,454 280
- Chuck Tabor $28,917 210
- Barbara Rogers $22,491 140