The 2015 World Series of Poker's biggest buy-in event, the $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP, came to an end on Day 34 of the WSOP. The DraftKings 50/50 found a winner. The $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller put cards in the air and the race is on to the finish line.
The recap of Day 34:
$111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP Won by a Familiar Face
The start of Day 2 found 46 players ready to fire up the action for a shot at the biggest buy-in event of the summer's first place prize and a gold bracelet — the 2015 World Series of Poker $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP! The field started with 135 players and a $14,249,925 prize pool of which more than $750,000 was earmarked for charity.
2010 WSOP Main Event champ and longtime ONE DROP supporter Jonathan Duhamel was the last man standing at the end of the battle and took home his second gold bracelet and the $3,989,985 first-place prize.
"I feel so amazing right now," Duhamel said after his win. "It doesn't get any better than that. The biggest buy-in of the whole summer, for charity also, all those things combined it's an amazing day. It's probably my second-best day ever after winning the Main Event. It's so amazing, I feel so blessed, I feel so happy, so lucky to be where I am right now"
Players who left early on Day 2: Jason Koon, Ben Tollerene, Paul Volpe, Sorel Mizzi, and Erik Seidel. The money bubble was claimed by Justin Bonomo. Updates from the event, state that Bonomo fell after his couldn't overcome Daniel Colman's .
Duhamel started heads-up play against Bill Klein holding a 1.3:1 chip lead. It only took 22 hands for the tournament to find a winner. Klein had the misfortune of running into Duhamel's pocket kings when he went all-in with king-jack.
"Bill was playing pretty tough," said after the win. "I didn't think he'd play that tough to be honest. He had some moves here and there, and it was tough to play against him. I give a lot of credit to the two guys [during three-handed play. I think it was anyone's game at that point, we were all equal in chips. I feel even more blessed because of that."
Klein donated all of his $2,465,522 in prize money to the ONE DROP charity.
Final Table Results
|1||Jonathan Duhamel||Boucherville, QC, Canada||$3,989,985|
|2||Bill Klein||Laguna Hills, CA||$2,465,522|
|3||Daniel Colman||Holden, MA||$1,544,121|
|4||Ben Sulsky||Brewster, MA||$1,118,049|
|5||Daniel Perper||Highland Park, IL||$873,805|
|6||Phil Hellmuth||Palo Alto, CA||$696,821|
|7||Anthony Zinno||Boston, MA||$565,864|
|8||Sergey Lebedev||Troitsk, Russia||$466,970|
|9||Andrew Lichtenberger||Las Vegas, NV||$390,875|
Read More on Duhamel's win here.
When Event #55: $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No Limit Hold'em started, there were 1,123 runners all looking for the biggest piece of the $1,516,050 prizepool. Day 3 started with 28 survivors and the plan was to play down to a winner. The projection wasn't wrong, it did take a full day of play but a professional sports bettor from Las Vegas, Brandon Wittmeyer, won the $200,618 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The following is from WSOP.com:
"Honestly, I did not really think about the sports betting and Draftkings connection," said Wittmeyer. “This just happened to be the next tournament on the schedule after I finished third in the other event. So, it was nothing I planned out."
He continued: "I’ve played about eight tournament this year so far. It’s amazing to have this happen to me back-to-back making two final tables, and now this. I just thought it would be neat to cash again since they were paying half the field. I didn’t expect to come this far again, let alone win it."
Final Table Results
|1||Brandon Wittmeyer||Las Vegas, NV||$200,618|
|2||Derek Gomez||Orange, CA||$123,907|
|3||Ping Liu||Chicago, IL||$77,516|
|4||Mukul Pahuja||Coconut Creek, FL||$56,245|
|5||Tom Braband||Las Vegas, NV||$41,540|
|6||Matt Affleck||Mill Creek, WA||$31,079|
|9||Michael Witman||Horseshoe Bay, TX||$14,266|
Players that dropped along the way on Day 3 were: Dominik Nitsche (24th - $6,049), Joao Simao (18th - $7,354), Matt Affleck (6th - $31,079), and Mukul Pahuja (4th - $56,245).
When heads-up play started, Wittmeyer had a 3-to-1 chip lead over Derek Gomez, a Wynn Casino poker dealer.
The final hand happened in Level 30 (40,000/80,000/10,000) on Hand #146. Gomez limped from the button, Wittmeyer raised to 300,000, and Gomez shoved all-in. Wittmeyer called with the , and Gomez rolled over the . The flop favored Gomez, the on the turn was a safe card but the on the river sent Gomez out with a second place finish!
Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 will kick off with 26 players fighting for gold and the first-place prize in Event #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. The chip leader when Day 3 begins will be Stephen Graner — his stack is almost double that of the player second in chips.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|2||Paul Vas Nunes||936,000|
Still looking to overcome the field are Pedro Oliveira (295,000), Mayu Roca (288,000), Adam Geyer (276,000), Kelly Kim (203,000) and Jude Ainsworth (111,000).
Matt Waxman (27th - $11,416), David Randall (38th - $7,595), Leo Wolpert (44th - $7,595), Jon Turner (45th - $7,595), Harley Thrower (47th - $6,292) and Tony Ruberto (52nd - $6,292) all finished in the money.
The tournament resumes at 01:00 PM and is scheduled to play down to a winner.
Event #60: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Monday saw the beginning of Event #60: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller — one of the new events on the 2015 WSOP schedule — and 166 players arrived at the starting gate. Day 1 played through 10 levels and registration remains open until the tournament starts on Day 2. When the chips were bagged for the night 67 players remained.
Here are the top 10 chip counts:
Play resumes at 02:00 PM Tuesday and 10 levels are scheduled for the day.
Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1 played through 11 levels in Event #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Out of the starting field of 2,155, the remaining 309 have eyes focused on the first-place prize of $531,037 and a gold bracelet.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
|9||Alessandra Dos Santos||134,900|
The tournament resumes at 01:00 PM Tuesday and is scheduled to play through 10 levels.
Tuesday will see one event with two starting flights kick off: Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop - Flight 1A begins at 10:00 AM and Flight 1B starts at 04:00 PM local time.