Las Vegas resident Brandon Wittmeyer, 31, was crowned the winner of the $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold'em event after besting a field of 1,123 entrants in three days of play.
It was Wittmeyer's second WSOP final table appearance but his first gold bracelet. In addition, he received $200,618 - the second biggest cash of his career after his 3rd place finish in Event #47 for $215,964.
"I've played about eight tournament this year so far. It's amazing to have this happen to me back-to-back making two final tables, and now this," Wittmeyer said. 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."
A total of 562 players cashed in this event. The tournament buying was $1,500 and the minimum cash was $1,000 (282 - 562 finishers). Players got their buy-in back who made it until the top 118, and then earned a profit behind the 117th play position.
Final table results:
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS:
Aside from the final table finishers, other gold bracelet winners who cashed in the top 100 included - Matt Matros (19th), Dominik Nitsche (24th), Todd Witteles (40th), Scott Montgomery (47th), Kyle Cartwright (67th), and Dutch Boyd (76th).
Other notable and recognizable names who cashed included - Jim McManus (writer/author) and Linda Kenney-Baden (famous defense attorney).
There were 1,073 males and 50 females who entered this event.
The average age of participants was 41 years, slightly older than average. Ages of participants ranged from 21 up to 80-years-old.
There were 44 different nations represented in this tournament.
Name: Brandon Wittmeyer
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Professional Gambler (Sports Bettor)
Number of WSOP Cashes: 5
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 2
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 3rd (2015)
Total WSOP Earnings: $446,557
Personal Facts: Prior to engaging in sports gambling, Wittmeyer was a holistic fitness trainer for two years