Salsberg, Cousineau Just Miss WPT Jacksonville Final Table

Matt Salsberg

Local Danny Schechter will take the overwhelming chip lead to the WPT Jacksonville final table while noted poker players Matt Salsberg and Tony Cousineau fell out of contention late yesterday.

The penultimate day of WPT Jacksonville began with 25 players chasing the final table and David Diaz crushing with 1,705,000.

Unfortunately for Diaz, Day 3 wasn’t kind to him and although he secured a spot at the final table, he’ll enter as the short stack with 375,000.

Day 3 wasn’t kind to the big name players in general. David Sands was one of the first players to hit the rail as he lost two pivotal coin flips in a row to bust in 20th place.

Matt Giannetti (22nd) and Raj Vohra (14th) were also among the early eliminations.

Here are the final-table chip counts:

  • 1. Danny Schechter – 3,825,000
  • 2. Michael Linster – 2,150,000
  • 3. David Bell – 1,980,000
  • 4. Pete Chwala – 1,180,000
  • 5. Pete Tinnesz – 1,035,000
  • 6. David Diaz – 375,000

Salsberg Denied Fourth Final Table Appearance

Tony Cousineau
Tony Cousineau

Salsberg appeared destined for yet another WPT final table but got into trouble just five players from the final table.

The Hollywood writer/producer ended up smashing ace-nine into Pete Tinnesz’ ace-king to finally bust in 10th place for $14,277.

Can’t feel too bad for Salsberg as he won WPT Paris for $478,415 last fall.

Salsberg was already leading WPT Player of the Year but adds another 50 points for his 10th place finish in Jacksonville and is now up 150 points on closest competitor Paul Volpe.

Long-time grinder Tony Cousineau ended up being the final table bubble boy as he flopped a pair of queens with queen-nine and shoved only to be snapped off by David Bell who had pocket aces. 

The final six players are certainly lesser-known, outside of David Diaz, but there’s a good chance the title will remain in Florida as many of the players are local.

Action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET and you can follow WPT live updates here in addition to a live stream.

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