Former grocery bagger turned poker pro, Jason Dewitt, has bagged first place at the WSOP 2016 $1500 Millionair Maker Tournament. It was the first time the top two prizes guaranteed $1 million dollars. The event had 1,079 entries for a prize pool of $9,706,500. This tournament had players from age 21 to 92. The Millionaire Maker event takes place over five days. Dewitt who hales from San Diego claimed the first place 1,065,403 prize.
For Dewitt, this marks his seventh WSOP final table appearance and brings his total WSOP earnings to $2,557,482. He also received his second gold bracelet for the win.
Dewitt’s strategy throughout the tournament was to raise, re-raise and put the competition on the defensive. Raising and re-raising almost automatically puts fellow players into doubt about their cards strength since only a royal flush is guaranteed and every thing else is negotiable. Many will opt to fold. As a strategy over multiple hands, this is a very effective way to build a nice chip stack . It helps to have good strong hands as well.
The final hand was heads up against Garrett Greer a was won with a King high hand against Greer’s Queen high hand.
Other tournament highlights were: a schoolteacher from Washington, Lisa Meredith, scraped enough money to make the tournament and walked away with $500,000. This was her first WSOP and impressive that she won third place . She’s previously won the Pendelton OR tournament.
Alex Jacob, tv show Jeopardy’s most winning player finished in 52nd place.
The top finishers were:
Jason Dewitt $1,065,403
Garrett Greer $1,000,000
Lisa Meredith $500,000
Frank Rusnak $366,787
Luke Brereton $276,632
Arkadiy Tsinis $210,112
Mikhail Semin $160,725
Alessio Dicesare $123,828
Stanley Lee $96,091

Here is highlight of Stanley getting eliminated at 9th place.

This the heads up match between Dewitt and Greer.

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Paul Volpe, a WSOP veteran has won the Eight Game Mix at the 2016 WSOP tournament. This brings his total WSOP earnings to $1,484,475 with 27 WSOP cashes as well. The tournament is a combination of limit, pot limt, no limit and stud games. Usually experienced players who committed themselves to the art of poker play in these tournaments. There tend to be older more versatile players here. Many of them will compete in additional tournaments as well. There were 491 entries with prize pool of $662,850. Paul Volpe ruled.
The Philly native pockets not only $149,943 but also gets a gold bracelet, his second. In addition to being professional poker player, he is also a sports gambler. The tournament was played over three days. The final hand was won playing a Pot Limit Omaha round against Jason Stockfish, who finished in second place.
The top winners were:
Paul Volpe $149,943
Jason Stockfish $92,638
Ron Ware $60,882
Benjamin Ludlow $40,911
Anthony Lazar $28,123
Gavin Smith $19,787
Bart Lybaert $14,257
Tom Coker $14,257
Chris Klodnicki $10,526

This is the second cash for Bart Lybaert in the WSOP 2016 so far!

Ryan Laplante, the openly gay poker player, won the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP. For his win, he collects $190,328 and a gold bracelet. As he stood at the podium, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, he stated how proud he is to be gay and gave a nod to his fiance.
He started the final day in sixth position but proceeded to bust all of them except Sean Shah. The final hand brought 9 diamonds and 6 and 3 of Hearts for the flop. Laplante bet 325,000. With a potential straight and pair of nines, Shah repotted with a check raise to 1,375,000. The turn brought a queen with Laplante getting a pair. The win for Laplante sent Shah to runner up for $117,531. It was a great game and Laplante’s speech added a touch of emotion to the event. At 26, look for more in poker world from this winner.

The top winners in this event were:

Ryan Laplante $190,328

Sean Shah $117,531

Tesfaldet Tekle $85,870

Richard St. Peter $63,304

Charles Coultas $47,092

Adil Khan $35,353

Matthew Livingston $26,786

Darryll Fish $20,484

Grant Ellis $15,813

This is an emotion video clip showing Laplante as he comments on winning and the Orlando shooting.

 

The WSOP 2016 Dealer’s Choice Tournament was won by Jean Gaspard. A former professional basketball player. He can claim his largest cash to date. His total WSOP and Circuit earning are nearly $900,000 but this is his first bracelet. To win the Dealer’s Choice Tournament a considerable amount of knowledge and skill must be known about 19 variants of poker games. Players who win here are considered more overall poker players and are often masters of the individual poker games. For his win, he pockets $306,621. Runner up William O’Neill collected $189,505.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below.
No Limit/Pot Limit Games
No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event.
Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder.
Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant.
Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing.
Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments.
No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting.
No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for.
Stud Games
Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game..
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge.
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win.
Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game.
Limit Flop Draw Games
Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem.
Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations.
Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players.
Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins.
Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical.
Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game.
Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out.
Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:

Jean Gaspard $306,621

William O’Neil $189,505

John Monnette $135,061

Randy Obel $96,876

Mikhail Semin $69,937

Viacheslav Zhukov $50,818

James Obst $37,167

Andrew Brown $37,167

Dan Smith $27,362

Professional poker player Ian Johns won his second gold bracelet in the 2016 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Though last in chips at the end of the first day, he rallied subsequent days and came back to defeat a table of fellow top poker professinals. His take home for his work was $212,604. To date his WSOP earnings hover in the $700,000 range. The outcome shows that nothing is cast in stone in poker. From lowest in chip stack on day one to winner of the tournament demonstrates the highs and lows poker players often go through. His previous gold bracelet was ten year ago.
H.O.R.S.E.
H.O.R.S.E. has been featured at the WSOP for 15 years. It’s a mix of five poker games including Holdem, Omaha High Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better. Mix game tournaments have become more popular. These types of tournaments cover a wider spectrum of poker games. The first H.O.R.S.E. tournament was won by Doyle Brunson. Players in these games are usually more well rounded poker players.
The top finishers were:
Ian Johns $212,604. His 18th WSOP cash and fourth WSOP final table.
Justin Bonomo $131,412. Top poker pro with over $2.7 million in WSOP winnings.
Christoper Vitch $92,374 Multiple WSOP cashes under his belt.
Noah Bronstein $65,866. His 31st WSOP cash.
Georgios Sotiropoulos $47,651. He had 11 cashes since 2011.
Andre Akkari $34,984. Has had nearly one million dollars in WSOP earnings.
Svetlana Gromenkova $26,070. Russian New Yorker who won Ladies World Championship.
Scotty Nguyen $19,724. Top poker pro with over $5 million in WSOP earnings.

Part time poker player Alan Percal has won a gold bracelet by winning the WSOP $10,000 Heads Up Tournament. At 23 he’s one of the youngest winners. While he’s had three WSOP Circuit wins, this is his largest cash to date with $320,574. It was an amazing victory as Percal won seven straight heads up matches in a row. His full time job is that of an actuary. Dealing with statistics, he will continue to play poker part time since the odds of making it in the poker world are slim.
The top final results were:
Alan Percal $320,574
John Smith $198,192
Alex Luneau $123,929
Olivier Busquet $123,929
Matthew Diehl $56,202
Nick Yunis $56,202
Benjamin Geisman $56,202
Orlando Romero $56,202
Sam Stein $24,596
Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of $18,000,000 One Drop for Water in 2011 also cashed in the event for $24,596.

The 2016 $1500 No Limit Holdem Poker tourney was won by Swedish Poker Player Peter Eichhardt. Age really has nothing to do with it in this case. He’s 50 and the runner up 69! He started playing poker as a hobby but later took it more seriously. He has entered the WSOP Main Event eight times but has never cashed. He collects $439,255.
At the victory hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are:
Peter Eichhardt $439,255
David Aalvik $270,842
Michael Addamo $196,202
John Racener $143,563
Tim Farrelly $106,115
Bruno Borges $79,241
Raymond Phu $59,787
Anthony Zinno $45,582
Richard Dubini $35,121
Actor James Woods cashed in this event. This was his second cash of this year’s WSOP. Other in the money winners were Kyle Julius, Matt Jarvis, and Tyler Patterson.

From casino dealer to poker pro, Lawrence Berg has won the 2016 Dealers Choice Six Max tournament at the WSOP. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer. The Dealers Choice Tournament is a combination of several games including lesser known poker games like Baduecey. The player on the button gets to choose the poker variant game to play.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were:
Lawrence Berg $125,466
Yueqi Zhu $77,466
Andrew Brown $50,250
Paul Volpe $33,393
Joey Couden $22,765
John Templeton $ 15,932
Daniel Habi $11,454

Robert Mizrachi has won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event at the 2016 WSOP. In 2014 he won the Dealer’s Coice event and 2015 he won the Omaha Eight or Better event. For his win, he picks up a prize of $242,662 and gold bracelet. This is his fourth bracelet
He started the final day as chip leader and had quite few competitors. It’s not every day that a chip leader can hold that lead to first place but somehow he managed. Among his competitors were Ted Forrest and three time bracelet winner George Danzier.
The head to head tournament was comprised of Mizrachi and Matt Grapenthien, who previously won this event in 2014. Even though he lead going into the showdown, it took three hours of card playing till the final hand came.
The final hand was won by Mizrachi who had pocket aces against Grapenthien’s unsuited four and three. For second place Grapenthien picks up $149,976.
The top finishers were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Robert Mizrachi $242,662
2 Matt Grapenthien $149,976
3 George Danzer $103,230
4 Ted Forrest $72,971
5 Steve Weiss $53,012
6 David Benyamine $39,611
7 Bill Chen $30,466
8 Calvin Anderson $24,142

From a field of 667 entries to one winner, Kyle Julius has one the first bracelet of the WSOP 2016 in the Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem event. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and he lands a first place prize of $142,972.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio or online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.