– General Introduction –
Jason DeWitt is an American professional poker player. He was born on September 30th, 1983. He is from the state of Indiana.
DeWitt is a 2-time WSOP gold bracelet winner. He took down the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $818,959 in 2010 and the famous $1,500 Millionaire Maker NLHE event for $1,065,403 in 2016. Overall, he cashed for $3.180 million in live tournaments during his career – most of his results are from WSOP events.
Online, he plays under the screen name “TheMasterJ33” on PokerStars, where he has played both tournaments and cash games.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2004: He starts playing poker with his friends while working in a supermarket in Indiana.
- 2010: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet. He finishes first in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $818,959.
- 2016: He wins his second WSOP gold bracelet, He finishes first in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em event for $1.065 million. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date
– Jason DeWitt’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
According to his unsourced Wikipedia page, DeWitt started playing poker with his friend at the age of 21. It was 2004, right at the onset of the Moneymaker boom.
The young DeWitt was working at a supermarket in South Bend, Indiana at the time. In these private games, he noticed he was winning more than his fair share. So he got motivated to pursue poker seriously and started to learn strategy from books and online forums.
Eventually, he was making enough money to quit his supermarket job and play cards for a living. His first big scores came from online MTT’s.
→ Live Tournaments ←
DeWitt’s Hendon page shows $3.180 million in live tournament earnings. He’s amassed that sum over the course of 13 years and 44 events.
His first recorded cash is from the 2006 World Series of Poker. The vast majority of his tournament scores are from the WSOP in Las Vegas.
As for events outside the WSOP: in July 2008, he finished 2nd in the $2,500 Main event at the Heartland Poker Tour for $103,136.
He also has 3 major scores from the L.A. Poker Classic.
In February 2009, he came in 41st in the $10K Main Event for $32,740. In February 2012, he finished 11th in another $10K L.A. Poker Classic event, this time pocketing $60,610. And finally, in February 2011, he came in 9th in the $10K event again, winning $94,800.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Jason DeWitt has won 2 WSOP gold bracelets so far.
In 2010, he took down the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $818,959. He beat none other than the British poker star Sam Trickett heads-up for the title.
In 2016, he finished first in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker NLHE event. The “Milly Maker” is the WSOP’s famous tournament which guarantees at least $1 million first prize money every year – hence its name. Usually, this event draws massive fields that rival the Main Event. This was the case the year when DeWitt won as well – the American poker pro bested a 7,190-player field. He won $1.065 million, which is the biggest single live tournament score of his career to date.
DeWitt can be considered somewhat of a WSOP specialist. 27 out of his 44 live cashes are from World Series events (and an additional 4 are from WSOP Circuit events). With those 27 ITM finishes from the WSOP, he cashed for a combined $2.784 million in total.
In 2009, he came very close to capturing another bracelet. He had to be contented with a runner-up finish for $313,227 in the $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold’em championship. He lost to the German Jörg Peisert heads-up for the title.
DeWitt also has a final table finish in the 2017 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship. He ultimately busted in 5th place and won $197,533. In 2009, he came in 3rd in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event for no less than $78,826.
He has managed to make it in the money in poker’s biggest tournament every year, the WSOP Main Event, once. In 2010, he came in 274th in a field of 7,319 players for $41,967. That year, the Canadian Jonathan Duhamel won the Main Event title.
→ Live Cash Games ←
While DeWitt has played some online cash games, he isn’t much of a live cash player. He’s never appeared on any poker TV show or online live stream where they play live cash games publicly either.
→ Online Poker ←
DeWitt plays under the screen name “TheMasterJ33” on PokerStars.
According to his Wikipedia page, his first major scores were from online events. It writes: “After six months as a professional, Jason won two online tournaments on Christmas for $90,000.”
However, the results aren’t public on DeWitt’s PocketFives profile. PocketFives is a reliable online poker tournament database. Thus we cannot corroborate these results, nor can we know which tournaments DeWitt won exactly.
However, what DeWitt does have is a relatively small tracked sample of high stakes cash game hands. According to the online cash game database, DeWitt won $68,817 between January 2011 and January 2013 on PokerStars, playing around 4,600 hands of $25/$50 Pot Limit Omaha.
The biggest pot he’s ever won was a cool $50K. He took that one down after turning the nut flush against the mysterious online poker crusher “azn_baller3’s” set of Kings.
→ Scandals ←
Cussing out Annie Duke at the 2012 WSOP
In the $1,500 6-Max NLHE event at the 2012 World Series of Poker, Annie Duke was drawn to the same table as Jason DeWitt. DeWitt was still very frustrated about the 2011 Black Friday events at the time – he had some grudges against many of the major names involved in that scandal.
Annie Duke was a spokesperson for UltimateBet – one of the big poker rooms that went under. It was also the poker room where players had the most trouble retrieving their funds from – some of them are still waiting for their money to this day…
DeWitt took issue with Duke still collecting her spokesperson salary from UB. He claims to know that that salary was $300,000 per year.
So, what happened at the $1,500 NLHE 6-Max event between DeWitt and Annie Duke? Here’s how DeWitt recanted it in an interview with an obscure poker website QuadJacks.com:
“She got moved to my table. (…) She sat down, and I was instantly, like, irritated – I was looking at her face for the next two hours. So I’m like ‘I’m just gonna 3-bet her every hand, I just don’t wanna see her face anymore’. (…)
So, I got like half her stack. And then, in her last hand, she ends up shoving over a raise with Ace-seven, and another guy calls with Ace-Jack, and, you know, she loses. And, I mean, I just told her to go fuck herself and that she’s a disgrace to the poker community.
I mean, I feel like she shouldn’t feel comfortable sitting at a poker table and walking around. (…) She’s a piece of crap, and I feel like people should say something.”