WPT Regional Jacksonville Won By Chris ConradAugust 24, 2011 10:13 am
Chris Conrad has won the WPT Regional at Jacksonville, after defeating a 461 strong player field over four days to lift the title, and collect the $143,145 first place prize.
The $1,500 event was held at the Orange Park Poker Room in Jacksonville, Florida, and created a prize pool worth $622,350. It was also the highlight of the eleven event Summer Poker Series which attracted almost 2,000 players from across the U.S. with the total prize pool exceeding $1 million.
Over the course of the competition, Tampa’s Chris Conrad managed to negotiate his way past a field consisting of pros, semi-pros, and amateur players, half of whom qualified via satellites.
Eventually, just 23 players would start Day 3, with the final table of 10 then getting underway the following day. Seven gruelling hours of play later and Chris Conrad then emerged the victor after overcoming Ray Leone heads-up, whose flopped pair of aces was no match for Conrad’s flopped set of nines.
Ray Leone then picked-up $90,245 for his deep run in the tournament, while Chris Conrad was declared the WPT Regional Main Event Champion and collected the $143,145 top prize.
Chris Conrad has now earned $277,473 from live tournament since his first cash in 2008, his previous biggest scores coming in 2010 at the Spring Break Poker Classic, Biloxi, where he finished 2nd in the $2,400 event for $61,266, and 1st in the $500 event for $32,465.
Apparently, Chris Conrad originally quit his job as a bartender at Chili’s Grill & Bar after managing to grind out a living playing poker online under the screen name ‘King Suckout.’ Since Black Friday, Conrad has had to exclusively focus his efforts playing live with continued success.