Hirezi Takes WPT Jacksonville, Jaka Out First

Faraz Jaka

Local Nabil Hirezi went wire-to-wire at the final table of the WPT Jacksonville bestbet Open while consummate grinder Faraz Jaka was bounced early from the contest.

Jaka, who is still seeking his first major poker title despite $4 million in earnings, was the first player be eliminated yesterday.

The San Jose-native entered the final table second-to-last in chips so it wasn’t a complete surprise he busted early but he did take a sick beat when he ran pocket kings into Peter Le’s pocket aces.

Jaka picked up $38,241 for coming in sixth place in the tournament.

Calderaro Comes Close but Can't Clinch Victory

James Calderaro
James Calderaro falls just short.
 

Jordan Cristos, who won WPT Legends last August, was the next player to be eliminated as he ran into a rivered Hirezi straight.

After Cristos was eliminated it was pretty much the Hirezi and James Calderaro show as both players were responsible for most of the eliminations.

Eventually Hirezi entered heads-up play as the slight dog with 3.6 million chips to Calderaro’s 4 million.

Hirezi grinded his way back to the chip leader over the span of 50 hands and then finished the tournament in emphatic fashion.

Calderaro called all-in for his tournament life with A K against Hirezi’s T T.

The board was a roller coaster as it ran out K 6 5 Q T. Hirezi spiked a one-outer on the river to win the tournament. Hirezi received $206k for taking it down.

Here are the complete final table results:


  • 1st: Nabil Hirezi - $206,041
  • 2nd: James Calderaro - $133,764
  • 3rd: Brian Green - $86,043
  • 4th: Peter Le - $63,682
  • 5th: Jordan Cristos - $47,802
  • 6th: Faraz Jaka - $38,241

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