Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2015 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller

Jonathan_Duhamel_OneDropWinner2010 Main Event Winner Jonathan Duhamel has finally won his second WSOP bracelet and his second seven figure victory. The charity ONE DROP event attracted a surprisingly large field of 135 players creating a first prize of $3,989,985.

Along with the $8,944,310 he won at the 2010 Main Event and his other scores on the tournament trail, his total live tournament winnings now amount to $16,819,897 which places him 8th on the all-time money list.

Duhamel beat retired business man Bill Klein to take the title. Klein is donating his entire second place money of $2,465,522 to the ONE DROP Foundation. Klein doesn’t play the game for money—not only does he donate all his winnings to charity, but every time he loses, he also donates an equal amount to charity.

“Don’t let me break even,” he says. “Either beat me really badly, or let me win really big.”

Last year’s Big One for ONE DROP winner Daniel Colman came in third this year. The buy-in for this event alternates between $1 million and $111,111, but each year’s winner at whichever buy-in is considered to be the defending champion.

The event nearly produced a huge story, but it didn’t quite get there. Phil Hellmuth turned in a remarkable performance, and though he was the chip leader at one point with six players remaining, the poker gods deserted him and his quest for bracelet number 15 as he exited the tournament without getting any closer to the first prize.

At one point during three-handed play, the game was halted to allow medical treatment for a spectator who suffered a heart attack.

“That moment really gave this all a sense of perspective,” Duhamel said about the incident. “Obviously, we are all hoping he will make it and be okay. It was so unfortunate.”

$5,555 of each entry fee is donated to the ONE DROP Foundation which means the charity will receive $749,925 plus of course the huge donation from Bill Klein. The charitable element proves attractive to wealthy players—typically a $100,000 buy-in tournament attracts a much smaller field. The World Poker Tour Alpha 8 event held in Las Vegas at the end of last year attracted a strong field of 55 players, less than half the size of this year’s WSOP event.

On a side note, Phil Ivey turned up in Vegas to play this event. It was the first he entered in this year’s WSOP. It did not go well, and he was one of the first players to be sent to the rail.

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