On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, poker pro Tyler Patterson earned the largest score of his career and second major tournament title when he won World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble $5,000 Main Event. Patterson earned $375,270 for the victory, etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup, and moved to over $2 million in career live tournament earnings.
The bestbet Jacksonville event drew 412 entries and generated a prize pool over $1.9 million.
Final Table Results
*First-place prize includes a $15,400 seat in WPT Tournament of Champions.
Patterson began the official WPT six-handed final table third in chips behind chip leader Marvin Karlins and second place Ben Zamani. On Hand #26 of the final table, Zamani worked his way into the chip lead, but then Karlins stole it back on Hand #44. It wasn't until Hand #85, though, that the first player was eliminated.
According to the event's live updates, Jake Schwartz opened with a raise to 130,000 from the hijack seat with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with an ante of 10,000. Patterson reraised from the cutoff seat to 275,000, and then Schwartz moved all in for 1.15 million. Patterson called with the , and Schwartz had the . The board ran out , and Schwartz was eliminated in sixth place.
For Schwartz, the score was the second largest of his live poker career behind only that of his second-place finish in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout event at the 2013 World Series of Poker for $202,035.
The next elimination was Ryan Dunn, and it happened on the very next hand when he moved all in from the big blind over a raise from Zamani on the button. Zamani called with the to have Dunn's dominated. Dunn couldn't find any help on the flop, turn, or river, and he was eliminated in fifth place for $90,057.
Unlike Schwartz, for Dunn the score was by far the largest of his career, dwarfing that of his previous best of $5,529.
On Hand #98, the start-of-day chip leader, Karlins, was eliminated. He fell at the hands of Patterson in a hand that really gave Patterson a firm hold on the tournament heading into three-handed play.
Patterson had opened to 175,000 from under the gun, and Karlins moved all in for 2.75 million on the button. Patterson immediately called with the to see he was ahead of Karlins' . The board kept Patterson's queens in front, and he soared to 6.14 million in chips — over half of the chips in play.
Karlins, who is nicknamed "the Flying Duckman," received $119,957 for his finish and the best score of his poker career.
Three-handed play between Patteron, Zamani, and Stan Jablonski lasted just 10 hands before Jablonski fell in third place. He was on the dominated end of an -versus- battled against Patterson and couldn't pull out the miracle victory.
For Jablonski, he scored a healthy $162,210 for his finish. It proved to be his best live tournament cash to date, but more importantly the result moved him into first place in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race with 1,400 points. He's now 200 points ahead of a four-way tie for second place between David Paredes, Jason Brin, Mike Shariati, and Andjelko Andrejevic.
Entering heads-up play, Patterson held 8.865 million in chips to Zamani's 3.045 million. That was good for a near 3-1 lead, but Zamani battled hard for another 54 hands before Patterson finally finished the job.
With the blinds up to 60,000/120,000 and an ante of 20,000, Patterson raised to 255,000 on the button. Zamani reraised all in from the big blind for 2.455 million, and Patterson called with the . Zamani had the .
Zamani picked up an open-ended straight draw on the flop. The on the turn didn't change much, and Zamani was left needing an ace, queen, jack, or nine on the river, of which Patterson held two blockers.
The river was the to pair the board and shoot Patterson into the winner's circle.
For his runner-up finish, Zamani earned $252,267. That was the third largest score of his career and second largest score of 2015 behind his goals bracelet victory at the summer's WSOP for $460,640.
Coming into the event, Patterson had seven prior WPT cashes and one previous WPT final table. In 2012, he placed third out of 1,181 entries for $298,950 in the WPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship Event. Patterson also adds a WPT title to his résumé that already includes a WSOP gold bracelet from 2014, when he won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low event for $270,992.
**Photo courtesy of the WPT.