The WPTDeepStacks Main Event at Jacksonville, Florida attracted 372 entries that battled it out over 3 days for pole position. It was Jonathan Cronin hailing from Savannah, Georgia who eventually came out on top to take home a cool $107,386 as well as the trophy for his efforts. Cronin also received a $3000 package for the WPTDeepStacks Championship.
Cronin actually busted the tournament within an hour of play on Day 1. He re-entered for the same buy-in of $1500 and ran up his stack to enter Day 2 as 7th in chips. He survived the day and finally entered final table as the second shortest stack with 584,000. Mario Oliveira who eventually finished 3rd entered the final table as chip leader with 1.76 Million chips.
A look at the final table payouts:
1. Jonathan Cronin – $107,386
2. Adam Shuman – $73,078
3. Mario Oliveira – $46,980
4. Jimmy Ilanlou – $30,856
5. Eric Chastain – $23,762
6. Ben Scrogins – $19,658
7. Luke Graham – $16,474
8. Scott Hall – $13,468
9. Ashley Brown – $10,438
“Right now, it feels amazing. It hasn’t quite hit yet, but it’s getting there, it’s definitely getting there,” Cronin told reporters after the event, according to pokernews. “I’ve had a lot of great tournaments, a lot of great runs, but this definitely tops all of them,” he added.
The chip lead switched hands several times between Jonathan Cronin and Adam Shuman during heads-up play. Eventually, both players were all in with Cronin Holding K-K and Shuman showing A-10. The board ran out with no help to Shuman and Cronin was crowned the champion.
With this victory, Cronin moves up rankings to 90th on Georgia All Time Money List and brings his total live poker earnings up to $182,899.