Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2nd Bracelet in High Roller for One Drop

The Amazon Room was buzzing Monday with Day 2 of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop playing down to a winner. Then the late event continued the high roller action with the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.

Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2nd Bracelet in $111,111 High Roller for One Drop

Jonathan Duhamel won his 2nd bracelet and almost $4 million in the High Roller for One Drop.

Jonathan Duhamel won his 2nd bracelet and almost $4 million in the High Roller for One Drop.

Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion, was one of 135 players to put up $111,111 for the two-day High Roller for One Drop. He played his way to the final table, got down to heads-up with Bill Klein and won his second career bracelet for $3,989,985.

“I feel so amazing right now, it doesn’t get any better than this. The biggest buy-in of the summer, it’s for charity and all those combined for probably the second-best day ever,” Duhamel said. “I feel so blessed, so lucky to be where I am and just an amazing day.”

“I got lucky early with pocket aces and after that I used my chips to play well,” Duhamel said. “Three-handed was tough – Daniel Colman is an amazing player and Bill (Klein) was pretty tough, I didn’t think he would play that good to be honest. He had some moves here and there – it certainly wasn’t easy and it was anybody’s game at that point, we were all pretty even.”

2014 Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman played his way to the final table, found himself short after doubling up Duhamel late in the tournament and was eliminated a couple hands later.

A unfortunate incident occurred where a spectator collapsed in the audience, causing the tournament to be paused for over 20 minutes mid-hand of Colman’s elimination while emergency personnel provided emergency aid.

Phil Hellmuth held the chiplead going into the final table and had bracelet number 15 in his sights, but ran into a cold deck and was eliminated in sixth place.


  1. Jonathan Duhamel – $3,989,985
  2. Bill Klein – $2,465,522
  3. Daniel Colman – $1,544,121
  4. Ben Sulsky – $1,118,049
  5. Dan Perper – $873,805
  6. Phil Hellmuth – $696,821
  7. Anthony Zinno – $565,864
  8. Sergey Lebedev – $466,970

Brandon Wittmeyer Wins $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 for $200,618

Brandon Wittmeyer got a rare second chance for a WSOP final table and didn't let it go to waste.

Brandon Wittmeyer got a rare second chance for a WSOP final table and didn’t let it go to waste.

Professional gambler Brandon Wittmeyer made the final table of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event less than a week ago, he found himself in a spot where he didn’t go with his guy and he felt that cost him his chance at a bracelet.

Wittmeyer promised himself he wouldn’t do that again should he make a final table again and his opportunity came much quicker than he expected. He made the final table of the $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 event and played his way to a bracelet and $200,618.

“I’ve played about eight events this year it was amazing to have back-to-back final tables,” Wittmeyer said. “I played the event because it was next on the schedule and thought it would be neat to cash again since half the field got paid. I didn’t expect to come this far.”

“I really felt comfortable at the final table,” he added. “There was huge hand (at the previous final table) where I didn’t trust my read, didn’t pull the trigger and it might have cost me the tournament. I decided this time around to go with my reads and trust my instincts.”

Mukul Pahuja and Matt Affleck each put together final table runs after 28 players returned for Day 3. Matt Matros, Dominik Nitsche and Darryl Kirchner cashed but fell short of the final table.


  1. Brandon Wittmeyer – $208,618
  2. Derek Gomez – $77,516
  3. Ping Liu – $56,245
  4. Mukul Pahuja – $41,540
  5. Matt Affleck – $31,079
  6. Perati Muhamet – 23,650
  7. Stefano Terziani – $18,268
  8. Michael Whitman – $14,266

Stephen Graner Leads 26 Players to Day 2 in $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Stephen Graner bagged up almost a million chip lead after ten levels on Day 2 of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. The day had 278 players return to play for the 270 spots that paid and 26 players remain heading into Day 3.

Graner ended the day with 1,869,000 and second place Paul Vas Nunes put 936,000 in the bag. Michael Wolf, Adam Geyer and Kelly Kim are among the returning players.

Matt Waxman, Leo Wolpert, Jon Turner and Tony Ruberto made deep runs for a cash but did not survive the day.

Chip Counts

  1. Stephen Graner – 1,869,000
  2. Paul Vas Nunes – 936,000
  3. Thomas Loya – 910,000
  4. Robert Piltz – 886,000
  5. Glenn Lafaye – 832,000
  6. Jonas Lauck – 713,000
  7. Michael Wolf – 695,000
  8. Robert Bakker – 627,000
  9. DID NOT REPORT – 614,000
  10. Frederico Dabus – 507,000

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Draws 2,155 Entrants

The noon $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event drew 2,155 entrants and 11 levels of play trimmed the field to 309 remaining players. Kevin Killeen tops the counts after bagging up 177,900.

Barry Shulman, Steve Sung, Jamie Gold and Tony Hachem all finished above the chip average.

The field combined for a $2,909,250 prizepool for the top 216 finishers. A trip to the final table guarantees $39,085 and the winner earns $531,037.

Chip Counts

  1. Kevin Killeen – 177,900
  2. Luke Marsh – 174,000
  3. Bradley Goulding – 153,400
  4. Eduards Kudrjavevs – 152,400
  5. Andrew Kelsall – 150,300
  6. Christopher Bell – 149,400
  7. Shankar Pillai – 138,600
  8. Alex Smith – 136,900
  9. Alessandra Dos Santos – 134,900
  10. Aurelien Guiglini – 133,400

James Park Leads $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller

The second high roller event in as many days kicked off with the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller at 4 p.m. The event drew 166 entrants, with registration open until the start of Day 2, and 67 bagged up. James Park leads the field with 465,700.

Scott Clements, Talal Shakerchi and Brian Hastings finished in the top ten. Phil Galfond, Christian Harder, Brian Rast and Jason Koon begin Day 2 above average while John Racener, Ben Lamb and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are short-stacked.

Fresh off his One Drop bustout Hellmuth joined, but was eliminated along with Jason Mercier and Robert Mizrachi.

Chip Counts

  1. James Park – 465,700
  2. Scott Clements – 460,000
  3. Joseph Sanders – 434,900
  4. Alexey Makarov – 433,000
  5. Talal Shakerchi – 420,400
  6. Prakash Patel – 400,240
  7. Richard Austin – 387,600
  8. Stian Usterud – 382,200
  9. Victor Saedon – 376,800
  10. Brian Hastings – 338,200

Looking Ahead

Tuesday kicks off the $1,111 Little One for One Drop with two flights – one at 10 a.m. and the second at 4 p.m. The event is unlimited re-entry for the first six levels of each flight. The tournament is slated for four days due to the expected high turnout and amount of chips in play.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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