Coming up on the World Poker Tour is a trip to Jacksonville, Florida, for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble $5,000 Main Event taking place October 21-25, 2017. This event has been a part of the World Poker Tour schedule dating back to Season X, but the current bounty format was first introduced in Season XIII.
For a hefty handful of players, there is a $2,500 bounty on his or her head. Knock one of these players out, and you could earn half of your buy-in back in one hand of poker, and you can do so way before the money. With this fun, competitive twist in the mix, let’s take a look at some of the players who have been designated as bounties for Season XVI.
WPT Executive Director Matt Savage will be back in Jacksonville as a bounty. This is the perfect opportunity for players to lock horns with Savage on the felted battlefield as opposed to the digital space that is Twitter.
Savage isn’t just a world-renowned poker authority, though, and he brings to the table just under $100,000 in live tournament earnings across 20 cash results. Most recently, Savage placed 134th in the WPT500 Las Vegas event, turning his $565 buy-in into $2,500.
Everybody loves Mike Sexton. The former WPT commentator and prominent poker ambassador won his first WPT title in Season XV after what had been a long time coming. Sexton will be back in Jacksonville for the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event to chase his second title, and he’ll be doing so with a $2,500 bounty on his head.
Athletes love to transition to poker, and we’ve seen many of them do so over the years. One such player is former NFL star Richard Seymour, and he’ll be one of the bounty players in the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event.
Seymour is widely known for his dominant presence on NFL defensive lines, where he won three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, but he has plenty of skills at the poker table as well. Seymour boasts just under $140,000 in live tournament earnings, including a very impressive finish in the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event. In one of the world’s most elite poker tournaments, surrounded by the who’s who of the game, Seymour played his way to an 18th-place finish worth a career-best score of $52,174.
Darren Elias and Anthony Zinno
In the legendary history of the World Poker Tour, only five players have won three WPT titles. Two of those five are Darren Elias and Anthony Zinno, and both of these WPT Champions Club members will be bounty players in the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event.
Elias’ three World Poker Tour titles came from winning the Season XIII WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, the Season XIII WPT Caribbean Main Event, and the Season XV WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event. From those three victories, Elias earned nearly $1.3 million total.
Elias has also earned some winning success from bestbet Jacksonville, although it wasn’t in the WPT Main Event held at the property. Last season, Elias took first place in the $2,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em preliminary event as part of the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble schedule.
Interestingly enough, Zinno, Elias’ fellow three-time WPT champion, won two of the the same events that Elias won. Zinno won the Season XII WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship, the Season XIII WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event, and the Season XIII WPT L.A. Poker Classic Championship. For those three wins, Zinno earned more than $2.14 million.
In the Season XIV WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event, Zinno finished 12th for $23,633.
Speaking of that Season XIV WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event, that’s the season Tyler Patterson won, earning his first WPT title and $375,270 in prize money. Patterson backed up that performance with another run to the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event final table in Season XV, ultimately falling short of winning the same event in back-to-back seasons with a fourth-place finish for $100,643.
With two great results at bestbet Jacksonville in the two previous seasons, a lot of eyes will be fixed on Patterson to see if he can make it a third season in a row reaching this final table.
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
Two-time WPT champion Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is another bounty player schedule for the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event. Mizrachi’s two WPT titles were worth $.1859 million and $1.173 million for more than $3 million total, and those two massive scores have helped him become Florida’s second all-time money earner in live poker tournaments with nearly $15.7 million in winnings.
Eric “Barstool Nate” Nathan
If you’re a fan of sports and a user of social media, there’s a very good chance you know who “Barstool Nate” is. What you may not know is that his real name is Eric Nathan and that he loves poker.
Nathan is known as a personality of Barstool Sports, and he garnered a bit of attention in the poker world earlier this year when playing in the WSOP Main Event. Nathan ran up a stack, but failed to cash, and even had a ton of fun with new WPT Raw Deal host Phil Hellmuth.
Nathan is as fun and outgoing as they come, and he’s a witty personality on social media. If there’s anyone who is going to play up to being a bounty player in the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event, it’s Barstool Nate, and we can’t wait to see him in action.
The final player we’ll single out for this article is John Hesp, who became “everybody’s favorite old man” with his outstanding fourth-place run in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. The Brit wore his heart on his sleeve the entire time, playing with a raw, natural love for the game that many would argue is lost in today’s poker world. Hesp is a player you won’t want to be gunning for, but because he’s a bounty, you will be.
Nevertheless, there is little doubt that Hesp will be the ultimate treat to have at your table in the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event. He’ll treat the tournament like it’s an entertaining home game with friends, but most importantly, his attitude and personality are so infectious that he’ll make you treat it the same way, too.
These aren’t the only players listed as bounties for the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event, so be on the lookout for the others because they too can earn you a $2,500 payday if you knock them out.
The Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event is coming up October 21-25 and there’s plenty of time to qualify through one of the great satellites on offer at bestbet Jacksonville. We hope to see you there!
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