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.