Three more World Series of Poker champions were crowned last night as Events #14, #17 and #18 came to a close: Jason DeWitt, Chase Bianchi and Marco Johnson won their respective events.
Event #14: $1,500 buy-in “Millionaire Maker” No-Limit Hold’em
California professional poker pro Jason DeWitt joined the ranks of the multiple WSOP gold bracelet club as he won the Millionaire Maker and added his second WSOP title to his resume.
Winning $1,065,403 in prize money, this is the biggest win of DeWitt’s career. He won his first bracelet in a $5000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event in 2010.
The field was huge as this year the Millionaire Maker attracted over 7,000 entrants—making it the 8th largest tournament of all time.
“It’s hard to get through these big fields,” DeWitt acknowledged. “I usually play just No-Limit and Pot-Limit and they draw the biggest fields. So, it’s not surprising that it would take so long to get back here again. I mean, these fields are so big. To win a tournament with a 7,000-player field is just insane. It’s just incredible.”
“I really think this is a validation to win a second gold bracelet,” he continued. “I feel that everybody has one bracelet with so many events on the schedule. If you play the whole WSOP, and most pros do that, most of them have (at least) one now….so this definitely is validation because it’s so hard to do.”
Second place went to Garrett Greer of New Port Beach, California and third to Lisa Meredith, a school teacher from Vancouver, Washington.
Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em
Chase Bianchi of Golden Colorado won $316,920 along with his first gold bracelet in Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em.
Bianchi outlasted 2242 entrants that generated a total prize pool of $2,017,800. Erik Silberman came in second place winning $195,738 in the process.
Event #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E.
Marco Johnson from Walnut Creek California also joined the multi bracelet club as he too won his second WSOP gold bracelet of his career in Event #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E.
He won $259,730 in prize money making this one of the biggest wins of his career. His last win came a few years ago back in 2013 when we won a $2500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em event.
“This one feels a lot better, for sure,” Johnson said afterward. “I just got married and my wife is six-months pregnant, so with a kid on the way, this is more special. I also had two of my friends make a bet for a significant amount of money that I would win a gold bracelet this year, so they also won a lot of money – so that feels good.”
Second place finisher was Jared Talarico from Houston Texas and Brit Gerald Ringe came third—the latter of whom was on the hunt for a second gold bracelet of his own, but unfortunately came up short.
Events To Look Out For Today
Event #19: $1000 Pot-Limit Omaha finishes up today with Garrett Garvin as chip leader against the final 12 players. Garvin has 1,002,000 in chips—Bruno Borges is behind with the next biggest stack of 722,000.
Hedge fund manager and high stakes poker player Dan Shak is still alive in the middle of the pack with 377,000 in chips.
In Event #20: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship, Jason Mercier has pulled into the lead as the event heads into its final day. Mercier is on the hunt for his second bracelet of the 2016 tournament and his fifth overall.