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2016 WSOP: Two Players Get A Million Each In Millionaire Maker Event

Tags: 2016 wsop, Garrett Greer, Jason Dewitt, millionaire maker.
Posted on 15 June 2016 by "T".

Jason DewittThe $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker event ended early this morning after 4 days of intensive play. The tournament drew a field of 7,190 entries, the 8th biggest live tournament in poker history, and 32-year-old America poker pro Jason Dewitt received $1,065,403 and his second gold bracelet for being the last man standing - while runner-up Garrett Greer (also from USA) received $1 million as a "consolations prize".

"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.

He added, "It helped that I got lots of good cards. When I'm dealt good cards, it's easy to be the aggressor.  I also didn't make any big mistakes.  But it's easier when you keep getting dealt good cards."

Winner information (from
Name:  Jason DeWitt
Birthplace:  Mishawaka, IN (USA)
Age:  32
Current Residence:   San Diego, CA (USA)
Marital Status:  Engaged
Children:  None
Profession:  Poker Player (former grocery bagger)
Number of WSOP Cashes:  20
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances:  7
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament):  1
Best Previous WSOP Finish:  1st (2010)
Total WSOP Earnings:  $2,557,482
Personal Facts:  DeWitt's two WSOP victories have been worth $818K and $1.065 million.


Since there were two starting days, re-entry was optional.  There were 5,479 unique (one-time) entries. 

There were 1,711 duplicates (two entries).

The ages of participants ranged from 21 to 92.  The eldest player in the field was Norman Spivock.

The average age of participants was 39 years.

The country breakdown of participants was 5,804 Americans and 1,386 players from elsewhere.  The top five nations represented included - United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Germany.

The field broke down by gender, as follows:  95.6 percent male / 4.4 percent female

All players started the tournament with 7,500 in chips.  At the end of the tournament, the winner had all 53,025,000 in chips.

Through the first 15 events of the 2016 WSOP, overall numbers are up from 31,412 entries (2015) to 38,933 (this year).

Prize money is also up by an event larger margin.  At this point last year, $27,493,490 had been awarded.  Total prize money this year increased to $34,119,350.


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6 comments on "2016 WSOP: Two Players Get A Million Each In Millionaire Maker Event"

 doubletop77715/06/2016 08:53:56 GMT
Many congratulations to Jason Dewitt on winning his second bracelet in this event. To beat a field of over 7,000 entries, this guy must have played extremely well. Congrats again to him
 Tony_MON7ANA15/06/2016 09:26:40 GMT
Very well played, everyone, especially to those who managed to finish in the top 3 among the field of 7,190 entrants. Hats off to Jason Dewitt and Garrett Greer for grabbing one million dollars or more, and to Lisa Meredith for finishing third, earning her a half million dollars.
 tropical15/06/2016 15:28:38 GMT
Nice payout. Looks like a deal was agreed heads up. Who can blame them. i would be shitting myself if i were in their position. Binking this would end in me retiring Smile
I feel for the other donks that did not cash. Oh well there is always next year. The low female representation in such a juicy tournament is a concern.
 pajalnick16/06/2016 09:18:29 GMT
He added, "It helped that I got lots of good cards. When I'm dealt good cards, it's easy to be the aggressor. I also didn't make any big mistakes. But it's easier when you keep getting dealt good cards."
here he is absolutely right .. when you have a good map, you can play safely and confidently ... but you try to win like 2-7 ... you can?
 vaci3816/06/2016 09:30:42 GMT
Many times the 2 7 winning combination , you just have to negotiate when Smile , poker is a game where you need a lot of luck so that says a man , you can not win if you do not have good cards , if you guess lucky day then can you be millionaire
 DaCapo7120/06/2016 09:30:21 GMT
Wow what an unbelievable prize pool and two Player wons over one Million $! I never heard about Dewitt before, but this american poker pro wons relly a big big cash prize and it seems, he was a verry good Player.

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