Ryan Dunn Wins bestbet Jacksonville Summer Warm Up Main Event

Ryan Dunn made his first cash since 2017 pay off in a big way.

While most of the poker world's attention is focused on Europe, plenty of action is still going down stateside, with bestbet Jacksonville among the poker rooms hosting tournament series that recently wrapped.

There, Ryan Dunn capped off the bestbet Summer Warm Up by shipping the $570 Main Event to the tune of $68,443 in prize money. Dunn topped a field of 595 entries.

In the process, he logged his first recorded tournament cash since 2017, one he certainly made count. He adds the prize money to the $510K he had already won in live tournaments.

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Ryan DunnTallahassee, Florida$68,443
2Carlos PereiraJacksonville, Florida$40,757
3John PappasCharlotte, North Carolina$25,287
4Andrew GerrardTallahassee, Florida$16,362
5David JacksonJacksonville, Florida$11,900
6Jonathan StrangeCharleston, South Carolina$10,412
7Louis De PasqualeJacksonville, Florida$8,925
8Jeremy BostonOrlando, Florida$7,437
9John O'NealJacksonville, Florida$5,950

The event surged past its $200K guarantee to create a prize pool just shy of $300,000 across its three starting flights. Among those cashing but missing on the final table included Marvin Karlins and WSOP Circuit reg Charles Johnson, the latter finishing 11th to just miss the streamed final nine.

Dunn Rolls to Victory

Dunn held the chip lead going into the final table, though he had some tough competition remaining, particularly David Jackson, a pro with about $2 million in cashes and several live wins under his belt.

However, the early levels would only cement Dunn as the favorite as he surged even farther past his competition, amassing 8 million out of about 14.9 million total by the time the tournament was five-handed. At that point, his nearest competition was Carlos Pereira at 2.58 million.

Down to 11 big blinds at that time, Jackson stuck his chips in with ace-five and ran into a player holding queens behind him.

The eliminations of Andrew Gerrard in fourth and then John Pappas in third paved the way for Dunn to face off with Pereira after about three hours of final-table play. Pereira had made up some ground and was down about 9.3 million to 5.6 million at 80,000/160,000/160,000.

That's right around where stacks were in the final hand when Pereira opened on the button, Dunn three-bet with {k-}{q-} and Pereira shoved it all in with {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. Dunn wasn't excited to make the call but did just that. The ace-high flop left him drawing slim and looking very likely to give up the chip lead, but running kings ended the tournament in his favor as he went start-to-finish as the leader.

WPT Looms

While Summer Warm Up might seem an odd name for a tournament series that's all but closing out the summer, the term hints at a big upcoming tournament, which is exactly what looms for the players and staff at bestbet.

The $5,000 World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble kicks off Oct. 11, featuring a $1 million guarantee. Satellites have already started running.

The full series starts Sept. 27, including $100,000 guaranteed and $200,000 guaranteed multi-flight events. Check out the schedule here.

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