Todd Witteles

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Todd Witteles
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Todd Witteles in the 2008 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Dan Druff
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 16
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
88, 2010

Todd Witteles is an American professional poker player. A former computer scientist, Witteles made poker his full-time pursuit in 2003.

Poker career[edit]

Witteles is primarily a cash game player. After four years in poker, he finally entered his first tournament at the 2005 World Series of Poker, where he played the $1500 Limit Texas hold 'em event. He finished in third place out of a field of 1,049 entrants, cashing nearly $116,000. As a gimmick, Witteles used a small Head & Shoulders bottle to protect his cards while playing, in reference to his online moniker "Dan Druff."

During the same World Series of Poker, Witteles played the $3,000 Limit Hold 'em event finishing first, earning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $347,385. Witteles set a World Series of Poker record, as no other player in history has finished better in their first two events.[1] He was also named CardPlayer Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.[2]

Todd made two other final tables at the World Series. The first was in 2006, at $1500 No Limit Holdem, where he finished 4th. In 2013, he finished 5th in the $5000 Limit Holdem event. In addition, Todd barely missed WSOP final tables three other times, finishing in 10th place twice and 12th. His best Main Event performance was an 88th place finish (out of 7,319 entrants) in 2010, where he cashed nearly $80,000. Overall he has cashed sixteen times at the World Series.

With over $547,000 in cashes at WSOP Limit Hold 'Em events, Witteles ranks 10th all time on the WSOP Limit Hold 'Em money list.[3]

As of 2013, his total live tournament winnings exceed $868,000.[4] His 16 cashes at the WSOP account for $718,780 of those winnings.[5]

Appearances in Media[edit]

Witteles was a victim of the Absolute Poker/Ultimatebet "Superuser" cheating scandal. He and several other online players took part in uncovering and proving the cheating. This attracted enough media attention to where it became the subject of a story on the TV news program "60 Minutes", where Witteles was featured. The episode aired on November 30, 2008.[6] Witteles appeared on the front page of The Washington Post about the same matter.[7] On December 16, 2009, he appeared on CNBC to discuss the cheating. In the CNBC special, Witteles claimed that legalization and regulation of online poker was necessary in order to prevent future cheating scandals. He also appeared on a Blu-Ray Extra attached to the movie Runner Runner, entitled House Of Cards: The Inside Story of Online Poker.[8]

In March 2008, Witteles was selected among eight other top online poker players to participate in ESPN's "Online Poker Think Tank."[9] In 2009, he was a guest broadcaster on ESPN360 for the final table of a World Series of Poker event. He co-hosted two poker-related podcasts, The Cold Call Show and The Dan Druff +EV Show, from 2008-2011.

Witteles currently operates a website called PokerFraudAlert.com, where he analyzes scams and scandals within the online poker community. He currently co-hosts an internet radio show, The Druff & Friends Show, which broadcasts from his site.

Personal life[edit]

Witteles has a son, Benjamin, born in October 2010. During his radio show, he identified the child's mother as a college friend that he reunited with on Facebook, after being out of contact for 16 years.

Witteles is Jewish, and grew up primarily in the Los Angeles area.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ World Series of Poker 2005 Event #36 Tournament Report
  2. ^ Card Player Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Recap
  3. ^ World Series of Poker All Time Limit Hold 'Em Money List
  4. ^ Hendon Mob Poker Database: Todd Witteles
  5. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com
  6. ^ 60 Minutes Preview for November 30th
  7. ^ Washington Post Story about Online Poker Cheating Scandal
  8. ^ Blu-Ray Review:Runner Runner
  9. ^ ESPN Online Poker Think Tank, Week 1