Former world champion Joe McKeehen fell just short of the final table at the WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble in Jacksonville. The 2003 WSOP Main Event winner was eliminated in ninth place, good for $31.648. But he isn’t one of the six remaining players who will chase the $331,480 prize on Tuesday.

WPT Bestbet Josh Kay

Josh Kay holds the WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble chip lead heading into the final table. (Image:

Josh Kay will have the chip lead at the WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble when play resumes at 2 pm ET. With 4,075,000 chips and blinds resuming at 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante, he’s the only one with over 100 big blinds. But everyone, save for Jeffery Cunningham, who bagged 690,000, is in good shape. And even Cunningham, with 17 big blinds, isn’t yet in desperation mode.

Final Day at WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble

The $5,000 WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble began on October 11 with 349 players and is now down to six. Josh Kay holds the chip lead despite entering the final level on Monday with just 16 big blinds. He went on a sick heater, winning a few monster pots to finish out the session.

The biggest hand was the final hand of the day. Kay, holding pocket queens, put Carlos Guerrero all-in for about 1.7 million. Guerrero pondered his decision with A-K for a minute before making the call. The board ran out 8-7-3-2-9, giving Kay the biggest pot of the tournament and Guerrero a trip home in seventh place ($51,274).

Dana Cowles was eliminated by Jonathan Cronin moments before that hand. Cowles, who held 10-8 of spades, flopped a flush draw on an 4-7-A flop and then hit running trips to take down a monster pot. Cowles received $40,039 for eighth place.

Joe McKeehen, one of the best live large field tournament players in the world, took a bad beat to bust in ninth place ($31,648) against Jason Lee. The 2015 world champion lost with pocket kings against A-Q when the board ran out J-8-10-10-A, giving his opponent the only pair – aces – that could beat his cowboys.

WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Josh Kay 4,075,000
  2. Josh Adkins 3,220,000
  3. Tan Nguyen 2,690,000
  4. Jonathan Cronin 1,780,000
  5. Jason Lee 1,465,000
  6. Jeffery Cunningham 690,000

Blinds are at 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante.

None of the final table members are past Main Tour winners on the World Poker Tour. But Cronin has a chance to become just the second player ever to win a WPTDeepStacks and WPT Main Tour title. He won the WPT DeepStacks Jacksonville in March for $107,386.

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