WPT returns to Jacksonville for first time since 2019 with bestbet Scramble

The World Poker Tour returns to Jackson Ville for the bestbet Scramble
Dave Woods
Posted on: October 20, 2023 23:00 PDT

All eyes might be on the $40 million guaranteed WPT World Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas in December, but there are still two big main tour stops on the WPT to come between now and then.

Next on the list is a return for the WPT to Jacksonville, Florida's biggest city, for the first time since 2019 for the much-anticipated WPT bestbet Scramble.

The 14-event, 19-day stop on the World Poker Tour kicks off with a $400 buy-in, $200k guaranteed no-limit hold'em event with six day 1 flights. There's a range of tournaments for everyone, with buy-ins from $300 up to $2,100, including a $1,700 Mystery Bounty event, ahead of the $5,000 Main Event that runs from November 10–14.

Back in 2019, it was Joshua Adkins who bagged the big one in Jacksonville, a $331,480 scoop after defeating Tan Nguyen heads-up from a field of 349 entries.

Josh Adkins won the 2019 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event for $331,480

This time around? Well, that remains to be seen, but there will be plenty of contenders for the crown and numerous ways for you to get in on the cheap.

A slew of satellites and super satellites ranging from $120+$20 rebuys to $580 could see you taking your seat for the Main Event.

There are also satellites for the biggest event of the winter, the WPT World Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas in December, a 10-day, one-tournament shootout for a share of a guaranteed $40,000,000.

Catch Bin Weng if you can

The two remaining stops, starting at Jacksonville, and the monster World Championship guarantee will offer some hope to those looking to catch Bin Weng in the WPT Player of the Year race.

Two huge wins, including the WPT Wynn Summer Classic ‘Everyone for One Drop’, leaves 40-year-old Weng sitting atop the leaderboard by a country mile - and with $3.5 million in winnings, with his nearest competitors still on six-figures.

Seat Player POY WPT Earnings
1 Bin Weng 1,950 $3,498,304
2 Sri Sangannagari 1,150 $745,000
3 Richard Lee 1,100 $550,267
4 Jared Jaffee 1,100 $426,100
5 Ky Nguyen 1,000 $376,030
6 Scott Eskenazi 1,000 $361,660
7 Jeremy Joseph 950 $253,650
8 Mitch Garshofsky 900 $550,000
9 Martin Kozlov 900 $360,244
10 Dojie Ignacio 900 $261,000

First things first, though, and it’s Jacksonville next week as the WPT tour rolls into town. You can check the full schedule and all the details to make sure you're a part of it on the WPT site. After Jacksonville, it's Hollywood for the WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open, before all roads lead to Las Vegas.

Photos by WPT