After three tournament days of play (four calendar days), the World Poker Tour (WPT) bestbet Bounty Scramble has gotten down to its six-handed final table. Leading the way going into Tuesday’s action is Josh Kay with 4.075 million chips.
Kay is a local of sorts, living in Delray Beach, Florida, four hours south of bestbet Jacksonville, a straight shot down I-95. He has over $1.6 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, according to TheHendonMob.com. His biggest cash is $367,928, claimed for a win at the 2015 LAPT Bahamas Main Event. As it turns out, that is his only record live tournament victory.
The were a total of 349 entries for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble, creating a prize pool of $1,615,870. The top 45 players made the money and the first prize is $331,480.
The chip counts going into the final table are fairly spread out up and down the hierarchy. After Jay is another Josh, one Josh Adkins, who has 3.220 million chips. Down into the next million-chip stratus is Tan Nguyen with 2.690 million. Then it’s Jonathan Cronin with 1.780 million and Jason Lee with 1.465 million chips (not the Jason Lee of Mallrats fame). The short stack is Jeff Cunningham with 690,000 chips. That’s a lot of guys with “J” names.
The leader board would have looked a lot different were it not for the final hand of Monday night. Kay raised to 85,000 pre-flop (blinds and antes 20,000/40,000/40,000), Carlos Guerrero called, and Cronin re-raised to 300,000. Kay moved all-in for 2.045 million and then Guerrero called all-in for 1.700 million. Cronin folded.
Kay flipped over two black Queens, while Guerrero had A-K offsuit. It was a race. None of the community cards were higher than a Nine and it was a sudden exit for Carlos Guerrero in seventh place. Just like that, Kay was the chip leader with over 4 million chips. Had the hand gone differently, Kay would have been crippled and Guerrero would have been sitting in the pole position.
There are no more bounties remaining in the tournament. There were just two remaining entering Day 3: Marvin Rettenmaier and Jessica Dawley. Rettenmaier was eliminated in 17th place; Dawley hit the rail in 20th place. Each won $14,001.
The final table has just gotten underway at bestbet Jacksonville and will continue until just one player remains. Fans who wish to follow the action and see how all the J-names do can watch the live stream on WPT.com. Well, it is almost live, broadcast on a 30-minute delay. Don’t read the text updates if you don’t want spoilers!
2019 World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble – Final Table Chip Counts
- Josh Kay – 4,075,000
- Josh Adkins – 3,220,000
- Tan Nguyen – 2,690,000
- Jonathan Cronin – 1,780,000
- Jason Lee – 1,465,000
- Jeff Cunningham – 690,000