Shawn Cunix Takes Down World Poker Tour Bestbet JacksonvilleMonday, May 7th, 2012 by Ryan
The final table of the World Poker Tour’s Bestbet Jacksonville event featured three players who are fighting for the WPT Player of the Year crown currently, and also had another well-known poker host in there as well. But when all was said and done, it wouldn’t be any of these players who was able to take down the crown as the World Poker Tour Bestbet Jacksonville champion, as this was a player from Ohio who not only got the championship, but also won $400k for his efforts as well. When the final table began it had all of the makings of an exciting six handed table, and it was just that but two of the more well-known players were actually the first two players sent home.
The first player who was sent to the rail is one of the better known players out there, and also a player who is currently a serious contender to be the World Poker Tour’s player of the year in Will “The Thrill” Failla. The Thrill has been a force over the past year, and we expect to hear his name quite a bit over the next few months with some big events coming up at the World Series of Poker. He still made a nice run all the way to sixth place in the event, meaning that he also passed Joe Serock for the leader in the Player of the Year race as well. The other player sent home was Tony Dunst, who has become quite popular in the live poker world over the past year or so.
After that we saw a bit of a more unknown player sent to the rail in fourth place in Daniel Buzgon. Buzgon has done well on the live tournament circuit through this point so far though this year though. This is when the action hit three handed play, and while Cunix had been the chip leader during the early parts of the final table, he started to fall off a bit during this point, and his chip stack went from 5 million chips to just around 1 million chips. It was essentially just Cunix and Darren Elias going at it back and forth while the third player, James Calderaro, watched the other two go back and forth.
Interestingly enough though, Calderaro actually made it to heads up play with a lead even though he seemed to remain pretty inactive during the heads up action. He was holding a 5.5 million to 4 million chip lead over Cunix, but it only took two big hands over a span of four hands for Cunix to take over the chip lead and set himself up to take down the championship. It was only a few hands after that he sent Calderaro home in second place, and won the grand prize of $400k. This was Cunix’s first major tournament victory, but he has over $1.2 million in live tournament earnings in his career. For his efforts, Calderaro took home $236,560 for finishing in second place.