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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Day 34 WSOP 2015: One Drop Won by Jonathan Duhamel; DraftKings 50/50 Finds a Winner

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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 {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} couldn't overcome Daniel Colman's {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}.

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

1Jonathan DuhamelBoucherville, QC, Canada$3,989,985
2Bill KleinLaguna Hills, CA$2,465,522
3Daniel ColmanHolden, MA$1,544,121
4Ben SulskyBrewster, MA$1,118,049
5Daniel PerperHighland Park, IL$873,805
6Phil HellmuthPalo Alto, CA$696,821
7Anthony ZinnoBoston, MA$565,864
8Sergey LebedevTroitsk, Russia$466,970
9Andrew LichtenbergerLas Vegas, NV$390,875

Read More on Duhamel's win here.

DraftKings 50/50

Brandon Wittmeyer
Brandon Wittmeyer

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.

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"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

1Brandon WittmeyerLas Vegas, NV$200,618
2Derek GomezOrange, CA$123,907
3Ping LiuChicago, IL$77,516
4Mukul PahujaCoconut Creek, FL$56,245
5Tom BrabandLas Vegas, NV$41,540
6Matt AffleckMill Creek, WA$31,079
7Perati MuhametItaly$23,650
8Stefano TerzianiItaly$18,268
9Michael WitmanHorseshoe 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 {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, and Gomez rolled over the {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. The {k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop favored Gomez, the {2-Hearts} on the turn was a safe card but the {Q-Clubs} 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

1Stephen Graner1,869,000
2Paul Vas Nunes936,000
3Thomas Loya910,000
4Robert Piltz886,000
5Glenn Lafaye832,000
6Jonas Lauck713,000
7Michael Wolf695,000
8Robbie Bakker627,000
9Takahiro Nakai614,000
10Frederico Dabis507,000

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:

1James Park465,700
2Scott Clements460,000
3Joseph Sanders434,900
4Alexey Makarov433,000
5Talal Shakerchi420,000
6Prakesh Patel400,200
7Richard Austin387,600
8Stian Usterud382,800
9Victor Saedon376,800
10Brian Hastings338,200

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

1Kevin Killeen177,900
2Luke Marsh174,000
3Bradley Goulding153,400
4Eduards Kudrjavevs152,400
5Andrew Kelsall150,300
6Christopher Bell149,400
7Shankar Pillai138,600
8Alex Smith136,900
9Alessandra Dos Santos134,900
10Aurelien Guiglini133,400

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.

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