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Friday, June 11, 2010
DeWitt edges out talented final table

By Andrew Feldman
ESPN.com

Jason DeWitt's poker career has been full of close calls. In 2006, he made the final table in a shootout event, finishing sixth. In 2008, he finished second in a Heartland Poker Tour event. In 2009, it was more of the same at the WSOP, as he made two final tables, earning great money for his second- and third-place results, but no bracelet. In 2010, DeWitt wouldn't let another opportunity pass him by as he won his first bracelet in Event 17, the $5,000 no-limit hold 'em event.

Jason DeWitt
Jason DeWitt earned his first bracelet and $818,959 with his victory in Event 17.

DeWitt earned $818,959 for out lasting the 792-player field, which was significantly up from the 655 runners when Brian Lemke won in 2009. In fact, it was the largest $5,000 buy-in event in WSOP history. To win his first bracelet, DeWitt would have to defeat one of the toughest final tables to date. Young superstars Jeff Williams (one bracelet, $1.9 million in earnings), Amit Makhija ($1.4 million in earnings), David Benefield (online pro, $373,659 in live tournament earnings) and James Carroll (online pro, $1.1 million in online tournament earnings) would all put up a battle, but would fall just short. DeWitt entered the final day of play as the chip leader and finished the tournament with all the chips stacked in front of him.

"This really was what I envisioned," said DeWitt after his win. "When I came into the final table, I was fourth or fifth in chips. I lost two flips, and then from that point forward I really play perfect. Out of all the tournaments I've played, I thought I played this one perfect. I feel like I didn't make any mistakes at the final table. There is not one move that I regret. I was happy with every play I made."

DeWitt was not only challenged by his heads-up opponent Sam Trickett, but also Trickett's friends who cheered him on throughout the final table. While Team Trickett spent thousands of dollars on bottles of Cristal to keep them going, DeWitt kept his cool and enjoyed the moment.

"When I am involved in the hand, I tuned it out," he said. "But I could hear the crowd going nuts. It was amazing. I just love it."

Other notable finishers from Event 17 include Antonio Esfandiari (12th), Phil Hellmuth (50th) and Annette Obrestad (72nd).

Below are the complete results of Event 17 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 17: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $5,000
Entries: 792
Prize pool: $3,722,400
Players in the money: 72

1. Jason DeWitt ($818,959)
2. Sam Trickett ($505,725)
3. Jeff Williams ($328,762)
4. Peter Gilmore ($241,472)
5. Amit Makhija ($179,866)
6. David Benefield ($135,718)
7. James Carroll ($103,594)
8. Paul Foltyn ($79,957)
9. Manny Minaya ($62,350)
10. Perry Friedman ($49,024)
11. Jesse Chinni ($49,024)
12. Antonio Esfandiari ($49,024)
13. Nico Behling ($39,159)
14. Anthony Gargano ($39,159)
15. Joshua Cooper ($39,159)
16. Dragan Galic ($31,305)
17. Veronica Dunn ($31,305)
18. Joshua Macciello ($31,305)
19. Matthew Schwarmann ($25,386)
20. Eugene Todd ($25,386)
21. Matt Iles ($25,386)
22. Alexia Portal ($25,386)
23. David Miscikowski ($25,386)
24. Vivek Rajkumar ($25,386)
25. Kristof Harris ($25,386)
26. Josh Arieh ($25,386)
27. Lawrence Barbetta ($25,386)
28. Anton Nikaj ($20,845)
29. Amnon Filippi ($20,845)
30. Lennart Holz ($20,845)
31. Isaac Baron ($20,845)
32. Steven Goosen ($20,845)
33. Mohsin Charania ($20,845)
34. Andrew Frankenberger ($20,845)
35. Alex Bolotin ($20,845)
36. Steven Burkholder ($20,845)
37. Peter Jetten ($17,309)
38. Melvin Faw ($17,309)
39. Ted Lawson ($17,309)
40. Ryan Schmidt ($17,309)
41. Chau Giang ($17,309)
42. Bryn Kenney ($17,309)
43. Hieu Luu ($17,309)
44. Robert Hwang ($17,309)
45. Samuel Iola ($17,309)
46. Lisa Hamilton ($14,517)
47. Michael Leah ($14,517)
48. Frank Calo ($14,517)
49. Shawn Buchanan ($14,517)
50. Phil Hellmuth ($14,517)
51. Owen Crowe ($14,517)
52. Brian Smith ($14,517)
53. Magide Kerzazi ($14,517)
54. David Robinson ($14,517)
55. Alex Santiago ($12,283)
56. Thang Pham ($12,283)
57. David Machowsky ($12,283)
58. Marco Liesy ($12,283)
59. Takashi Ogura ($12,283)
60. John Racener ($12,283)
61. Stuart Rutter ($12,283)
62. Allen Bari ($12,283)
63. Jeffrey Forrest ($12,283)
64. Tom McCormick ($10,497)
65. Vitaly Lunkin ($10,497)
66. John Patgorski ($10,497)
67. Thorsten Schafer ($10,497)
68. David Rheem ($10,497)
69. James Dempsey ($10,497)
70. Sean Nolan ($10,497)
71. Craig Boyd ($10,497)
72. Annette Obrestad ($10,497)