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) 22[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
88, 2010

Todd Witteles is an American professional poker player.

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.[2] He was also named CardPlayer Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.[3]

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 21 times at the World Series.

With over $553,000 in cashes at WSOP Limit Hold 'em events, Witteles ranks 12th all time on the WSOP Limit Hold 'em money list.[4]

As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $885,000.[5] His 22 cashes at the WSOP account for over $737,000 of those winnings.[1]

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.

Since 2012 Witteles has run the successful online forum Pokerfraudalert.com which focuses on poker and specifically stories on cheaters and shady goings on in Poker among players as well as hotels and casinos. There are also subsections for discussions on general topics as well as Casinos including player club offerings from places like Ceasers and MGM. Witteles runs a separate online forum VegasCasinoTalk.com which covers all facets of gaming besides poker including methodology in Video Poker strategy as well as table games like Craps and Roulette to name a few.

He also hosts an almost weekly poker podcast live on his PFA forum which covers all varieties of topics relevant to poker and gaming in general. The radio shows are not a fixed length and can run from sometimes as short as a few hrs to sometimes approaching 8-9hrs when there is a lot of gambling and poker news to cover. He also will delve into topics of general interest. The radio show is available on iTunes as well as Stitcher apps available through IOS and Android. Repeat shows run on his PFA forum randomly when a live show is not being produced and aired.

Also unique is a call to listen line which allows people to dial in and listen to live or repeat shows without using data to stream. The call to listen line numbers as well as to contact Todd Witteles either during the show airing to call in or even text him are all available on the forum Radio information tab.

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