The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has introduced a number of new events this year, and one of them was the $1,500 buy-in 50/50 NL Hold’em event. Its unique format allowed half the player field to finish in the cash, the minimum prize being $1k. The payout structure was normalized when the field boiled down to 10% of its original size, and the prizes began to get higher.
Brandom Wittmeyer, a professional sports bettor aged 31, emerged as the winner of this event, which was sponsored by DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports site. A native of Chicago and resident of Las Vegas, Wittmeyer succeeded in defeating a player field as large as 1,123 to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and the top pot of $200,618.
This summer, Wittmeyer reached the final table twice. He had finished third in the $2,500 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament held four days before the 50/50 event and had collected a pot of $215,964. His live tournament winnings have now touched the $500,757 mark.
The winner said: “I’ve played about eight tournaments 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.”
Winning the championship title was not easy for Wittmeyer as he had to beat Derek Gomez, part-time poker reporter and tournament poker star, in a heads-up match. When the final hand was being played, Gomez held an Ace of Diamonds and a Ten of Spades against Wittmeyer’s Queen of Hearts and Ace of Hearts. Gomez got the best hand when the flop displayed a Two of Clubs, a King of Spades, and a Ten of Hearts.
It was the river that helped Wittmeyer to win the title as it showed a Queen of Clubs, forcing Gomez to finish in the runner-up position and collect a prize of $123,907.
The players who finished in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth positions were Ping Liu ($77,516), Mukul Pahuja ($56,245), Tom Braband ($41,540), Matt Affleck (31,079), Perati Muhamet ($23,650), Stefano Terziani ($18,268), and Michael Whitman ($14,266), respectively.
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