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3-Bet: Scott Stewart, Chad Bjorkman & Mark-Ellis Cortez Win Titles as Live Tournament Scene Starts Opening Up in the US

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  • RUPAM THAKUR February 4, 2021
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With live poker stops in the US gradually getting back on track after a prolonged hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has recently been a flurry of activity on the tournament circuit.

The 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open $2,000 Main Event found a worthy champion in Scott Stewart, who defeated Matt Mauldin (2nd for $118,422) heads-up to collect $177,817.

In the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls Casino, Minnesota-based Chad Bjorkman topped the 488-entry field, netting a cash prize of $101,450.

Mark-Ellis Cortez shipped the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event for a career-best $81,720 and a customized silver belt buckle.

Scott Stewart Champions 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open Main Event For $177,817

The 2021 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Poker Open $2,000 Main Event had 510 runners (Day 1A – 195 and Day 1B – 315) joining the action across two starting flights. Topping them all was Scott Stewart, who defeated Matt Mauldin in heads-up play to win $177,817. Mauldin collected $118,422 for his runner up finish.

The Lakewood, California native, Stewart, began Day 2 fifth in chips out of the 78 survivors and remained among the top stacks throughout the day.

Stewart entered the final table third in chips. He eliminated four players on the eight-handed final table, namely, Matt Mauldin (2nd), Ken Stacy (4th), Thad McNulty (5th), and Barbara Rogers (8th) en route to winning the title. This happens to be his third-best live score, pushing his lifetime live earnings to $2,378,871.

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Scott Stewart – $177,817
  2. Matt Mauldin – $118,422
  3. Ken Stacy – $87,394
  4. Chris Perry – $65,178
  5. Thad McNulty – $49,113
  6. Luan Nguyen – $37,454
  7. Chuck Tabor – $28,917
  8. Barbara Rogers – $22,491


Chad Bjorkman Ships MSPT Grand Falls For $101,450

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) landed at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Lowa, on January 16, with a series of $250 satellites feeding into the $200K GTD Main Event. The $1,100 entry buy-in tourney ran from January 22-24 and had a decent showing, with 488 entries joining the action.

Chad Bjorkman from Minnesota ran past the competition to win his career-first MSPT title and a career-best $101,450.

Talking to reporters after the win, Bjorkman said, “Feels good, it still hasn’t quite sunk in, but I’m giggly, happy, and warm.”

Bjorkman had played his last live poker hand at MSPT Grand Falls, so this was his comeback to live poker. “I didn’t do too well the last go around I was here, but the atmosphere is great, the staff is great, and the stay was wonderful, so it was an easy choice to come back,” he added.

“I was looking at the schedule and am definitely planning on playing the Venetian and then map out more future events,” he added optimistically.

Bjorkman defeated Cory Nordstrand in the heads-up match, and the latter took home $62,339 for his runner-up finish. On the final hand of the night, Nordstrand shoved with to Bjorkman’s . The board gave Brojkman a rivered flush and the title!

Chad Bjorkman
Chad Bjorkman


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Chad Bjorkman – $101,450
  2. Cory Nordstrand – $62,339
  3. Dave Sanderson – $44,921
  4. Cy Church – $33,974
  5. Anthony Scarborough – $25,480
  6. Ha Nguyen – $19,346
  7. Phil Gioia – $15,100
  8. Drazen Ilich – $11,797
  9. Larry Loose – $8,965


Mark-Ellis Cortez Wins Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Main Event For $81,720

The Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event in Houston, Texas, wrangled in 877 entrants across its four starting flights. Mark-Ellis Cortez outpaced them all to walk away with the lion’s share of the $447,270 prize pool (more than twice the advertised $200K guarantee) worth $81,720 and a customized silver belt buckle!

The final table also featured Lone Star Poker Tour co-founder Hayden Fortini and poker pro Chan Pelton.

Brandon Bergin finished runner-up for $49,550.

Mark-Ellis Cortez
Mark-Ellis Cortez


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Mark-Ellis Cortez – $81,720
  2. Brandon Bergin – $49,550
  3. Kristopher Burchfield – $35,800
  4. Hayden Fortini – $25,400
  5. Richard Semander – $18,200
  6. Amir Soleymani – $13,850
  7. Ryan Vanderpoorten – $10,500
  8. Chan Pelton – $8,600
  9. Jeremy Tinsley – $7,200


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