JACKSONVILLE – Paul Petraglia of St. Augustine won the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event with a prize pool over $1.5 million, held at bestbet Jacksonville.
Petraglia topped the 323-entry field in the Season XVI WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event to capture his first WPT and the $315,723 first-place prize. Petraglia defeated Sam Panzica, defending WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event champion, in heads-up play and denied Panzica his third WPT title.
On the final hand, Petraglia was dealt 9s7s while Panzica received Jh3h. Petraglia opened with a raise to 350,000 with the blinds at 75,000-150,000 with a 25,000 ante. Panzica made the call and the flop showed 8h6h5d. Panzica checked, Petraglia bet 400,000 and Panzica check-raised all in for 2.35 million. Petraglia made the call and the turn showed 8c, the river 2c giving Petraglia the victory.
“We are very proud of and happy for Paul. Not only is Paul a great player, and a frequent player in our cardroom, he is a personal friend and just a good person. We wish him the very best in the WPT Tour Championship he will compete next year,” said Jamie Shelton, President bestbet Jacksonville.
“It’s surreal right now,” Petraglia said after the win. ‘It hasn’t sunk in, but it’s a great feeling. I’m just so happy that I was able to do it for my hometown crowd here at bestbet. Great group of people, and I’m just happy to bring it home.”
As a corporate pilot, Petraglia was undoubtedly flying high after the win, but he doesn’t see himself leaving his career to become a poker player anytime soon.
“Flying is my passion; it’s always been my passion,” Petraglia said. “I love playing the game. Could I do it for a living? I don’t know if I could deal with the pressure to do that. I’d rather fly airplanes for a living, but this is just a great outlet, and it’s a lot of fun to do.”
Not only did Petraglia capture the $315,732 first-place prize but he also received a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
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