How to play in the bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open Series

How to play in the BestBet Jacksonville series
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Geoff Fisk
Posted on: January 20, 2021 17:18 PST

Live tournament festival hits Jacksonville, FL Jan. 19-31

The bestbet poker room in Jacksonville, FL sits as one of the biggest tournament poker hubs in the southeast United States. Betsbet Jacksonville plays host to festivals offered by the World Poker Tour, WPT DeepStacks, and Card Player Poker Tour each year, as well as producing in-house live events.

The latest edition of bestbet Jacksonville’s in-house branded poker tournament festivals kicks off this Tuesday. The 2021 Winter Open runs Jan. 19-31, offering a full slate of live tournaments over the 11-day event.

The 11-event tournament slate features buy-ins starting at $160. The pinnacle of the series plays out Jan. 29-31, in the form of the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

Main Event registration and structure

All tournaments on the 2021 Winter Open schedule take place in the bestbet Jacksonville main poker room. Tournament registration is available on-site for all satellite tournaments, side events, and the $2,000 Main Event.

The Main Event features a pair of Day 1 flights, with Day 1A beginning Friday, Jan. 29, and Day 1B commencing Saturday, Jan. 30. Both flights begin at noon.

A direct buy-in to the Main Event ($1,800 plus $175 entry fee and $25 staff gratuity) gives players 25,000 starting chips. The blinds begin at 100/100, and the tournament structure plays through 40-minute levels of eight-handed play.

Late registration for the Main Event is available up until the start of Level 10 for each of the Day 1A flights. The surviving players from Day 1A and 1B then return for Day 2 on Sunday, Jan. 31, with the tournament playing down to a champion.

The $2,000 Main Event will stream live on the bestbet live Twitch channel. All players must register in-person inside the bestbet Jacksonville main poker room.

Satellites into the Main Event are currently underway at the poker room. Each satellite offers a chance to spin up a $280 buy-in into a seat at the Main Event.

Travel and accommodations

Bestbet Jacksonville sits in a centrally located area in the city, with several hotels within a 10-minute drive or less.

Nearby options include Candlewood Suites Jacksonville East Merril Road, Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville I-295/East Beltway, Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville East, and Hampton Inn Jacksonville East Regency Square. All four of these hotels are within two miles or less of the bestbet Jacksonville poker room.

Players thinking about making the trip to the 2021 Winter Poker Open are recommended to fly into Jacksonville International Airport, with about a 25-minute drive or ride to the poker room from there.

Plenty of poker action awaits for both tournament players and cash game grinders during the upcoming Winter Open festival. Betsbet Jacksonville hosts 70 poker tables and offers several different casino poker games as well.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Pai Gow Poker, and One Card Poker represent just a few of the non-traditional poker games available at the bestbet Jacksonville poker room.

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