Saturday is synonymous with college traditions, but the collegiate battles weren’t reserved for the gridiron on Saturday; the Jacksonville bestbet hosted its first ever College Poker Championship. 132 college students of all ages, majors, and skill levels came from all over the southeast and beyond to battle it out on the felt. The College Poker Championship was a welcome break from all of the midterms and studying that befalls most college students this time of year, but the tests you take in the classroom are hardly a far cry from the decisions you face when you’re sitting at the final table. Just ask the first ever College Poker Champion Edvin Hot.
Hot is a regular at the bestbet Jacksonville who heard about the tournament while playing there and thought he’d take a shot at bringing home the title of College Poker Champion along with the nice payday that comes with it. Edvin, a 27 year old New York native, is currently enrolled at Florida Coastal School of Law and is looking to take his legal education back to New York to practice law when he graduates. Using all the skills he’ll need in the courtroom at the final table, Edvin maneuvered himself into a heads-up dogfight Taylor Trace. He was the short stack going into the final two hands, but as luck would have it the chips were about to swing back Edvin’s way. Edvin got KQ of spades, and opened for 25k. Taylor shoved over the top and all-in with K-10 and Edvin quickly called. Taylor was dominated, and no 10 was to be found anywhere on the board giving Edvin the chip lead. Taylor had 15k left and pushed the rest of it in when he woke up with pocket 3’s, Edvin called with A5 and the flop came J-10-J keeping Taylor’s hopes alive. The turn was a deuce, and it looked like a double up for Taylor was on the horizon, but the river had other plans; a 10 fell, counterfeiting Taylor’s pocket 3’s and sending Edvin on his way back to school on Monday with a nice story to tell, and a 1k payday in his pocket.
We’d like to thank all of the wonderful college students who came out for making the first ever College Poker Championship at the Jacksonville bestbet such a blast and we hope to see all of you again next time. Now it’s time to hit the books and study for your finals, as well as your final tables!