Shawn Cunix Snags WPT Jacksonville Title

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2012 WPT Jacksonville champ Shawn Cunix. Photo: BJ Nemeth

Shawn Cunix is the 2012 WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open champion after beating a stacked final table last night in Florida.

Cunix, a primarily recreational player, outlasted a table full of pros including Will Failla and Tony Dunst to earn $400,600 plus a $25k seat in the upcoming WPT Championship at Bellagio for the win.

Making the win even more impressive, Cunix played the entire event with a broken collarbone after literally saving his son’s life avoiding a four-wheeler accident earlier in the week.

The win is Cunix’s first major tour title and boosts his career earnings up over $1 million.

James Calderaro, Cunix’s heads-up opponent, earned $236,560 for his runner-up finish.

Failla, Dunst Fall First

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First WPT final table for Dunst.

Despite coming in as the chip leader, Cunix’s ride to the title wasn’t an easy one as he had to navigate past five experienced pros at the final table.

Will “The Thrill” Failla, already a WTP title holder and final-tablist again this year, entered the final table third in chips and looked to be a threat but fell out first in sixth.

His sixth-place finish did put him back atop the points race for the WPT Player of the Year however.

Tony “Bond18” Dunst, the WPT Raw Deal announcer, made his first-ever WPT final table but couldn’t finish higher than fifth.

Daniel Buzgon, also a WPT final-tablist this year with a third-place finish at the Borgata Open, fell one spot shorter in this one in fourth.

Darren Elias, another respected pro, busted out in third to set the stage for the heads-up match with Calderaro.

For a full recap of the final-table action, check the WPT live updates.

Final-table results and payouts:

1st: Shawn Cunix - $400,600 (includes $25,500 WPT World Championship seat)

2nd: James Calderaro - $236,560

3rd: Darren Elias - $147,850

4th: Daniel Buzgon - $94,624

5th: Tony Dunst - $66,532

6th: Will Failla - $54,70

Check out Cunix’s winner interview with the WPT’s Jess Wellman below:


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