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Has anyone seen Phil Ivey lately? If you have, it certainly wasn’t in the U.S. where he’d been embroiled in legal battles that finally ended in 2017. Instead, Ivey has played mostly in Asia, including frequenting casinos in Macau and attending the Triton Super High Roller tournament in Manila last year.

But, you can expect to see Ivey, the ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back in the spotlight very soon. He recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro short deck ante-only event*. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries, including finally going head-to-head with poker star Dan “Jungleman” Cates, to win $617,396, bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744. It was his first live tournament cash in more than two years!

When asked by pokernews.com about what his plans were, Ivey said, “I plan on playing the in the 2018 WSOP in Vegas this year.” That should make a lot of poker fans extremely happy!

Since Ivey has always been one of our favorites we can’t wait to see him at the 2018 WSOP poker tables.

* For those of you who have never heard of Short Deck Hold’em, it is similar to the traditional no-limit hold’em known around the world, with the exception that it’s played with just 36 instead of 52 cards. The deuces, threes, fours, and fives are omitted, making for rankings that are rare in traditional hold’em, now a lot more common. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

What do you think? Send me your comments or thoughts!

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It has been announced by the World Series of Poker that the Big Blind Ante format will be introduced to 8 of this year’s 78 gold bracelet events, as well as several side events.

Texas Poker Store Poker ChipsThis is a basic reworking of the ante format. Instead of being a specific amount that each player pays every hand it now will be a specified amount that each player pays each round. Because the Big Blind Ante is like the Big Blind, it only affects the player on the Big Blind of each hand. This way all players are treated equally.

In other words, you no longer need to worry about whether or not you put up your ante and the dealer doesn’t have to collect or figure out if someone missed paying the ante. This makes for a faster game and allows each player more chances to play hands at every level.

As reported by the WSOP, The Big Blind Ante format works this way:

“In variants with an ante, instead of each player posting an ante each hand, the player in the Big Blind will post an amount equal to the Big Blind.

For example, with blinds at 500-1,000, the player in the Big Blind will post 1,000 for his/her Big Blind, followed by 1,000 for the Ante.  His/Her total contribution to that pot is 2,000. The Ante (1,000) is dead and is immediately brought into the pot. The Big Blind (the other 1,000) is live and is part of the pre-flop betting.

If a player in the tournament does not have the required amount for both the Big Blind and the Ante, the Big Blind will be paid first, followed by the ante.

No matter how many chips a participant starts with he/she can always win the entire ante. For example: the blinds are 4k/8k and the big blind also antes 8k. A participant who is not in the blinds who starts the hand with only 1k gets involved in a three-way pot against the blinds. If that participant wins, he/she wins 11k (his/her own 1k wager, plus 1k from each opponent, plus the 8k ante). In this scenario, 1 chip can win 11 chips.”

Below is a list of the 2018 WSOP Events that will feature the Big Blind:

2018 WSOP EVENTS USING BIG BLIND ANTE
Event #5: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels)
Event #54: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #74: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Event #77: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em
Event #78: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
4pm: $200 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
10pm: $150 Daily Deepstack (one-day event) Daily May 29-July 17
King’s Lounge: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Friday at 8pm
King’s Lounge: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Every Sunday at 8pm
Mega Satellites: A variety running daily in Pavilion Room. See staff.

Hope to see you at the poker tables during the 49th Annual World Series of Poker.

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I’m sure all you poker players and fans have heard of the Poker Hall of Fame, considered one of the highest honors in the poker world. In order to be eligible, poker players must meet the following requirements:

  • must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
  • Played for high stakes,
  • Played consistently well and gained the respect of peers,
  • And stood the test of time.
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

Currently, the PHOF has 54 members, mostly because of the new age requirement added in 2011 – a player had to be 40 years old or more before becoming eligible.

But, have you ever heard of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF?) It was founded in 2008 by Lupe Soto to honor women in poker who have acquired prominence and have made contributions to the poker world. Their goal is not only to honor women in poker but to contribute to causes that benefit the community as well.

This year there were 11 highly qualified candidates (out of 50 submissions) hoping to be inducted into the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame, including Lupe Soto, Kara Scott, Jennifer Tilly, Terry King, Karina Jett and Maria Ho. To be eligible, all the women must have been active as a player and/or industry leader for at least ten years, be a proponent of women in poker, be at least 35 years old and have contributed to the poker world in some meaningful way.

On May 1st, after all the votes were tallied, Maria Ho and Lupe Soto were selected for induction in the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Upon learning of her selection, Ho responded, “Wow! What wonderful news to receive! I am honestly incredibly shocked and beyond honored to hear this.”Both women exemplify the organization’s motto, “Celebrating excellence, contribution and performance.”

Soto and Ho will officially join the Hall at the WiPHoF Luncheon Celebration & Induction at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their partner, Poker Gives,  a charity that serves homeless veterans and military families in need.

Our question for all the ladies who follow the Texas Poker Store Blog is, who of you are sitting at the poker tables practicing your skills so that someday you could be immortalized by the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame?

Send me your thought or comments.

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last year at this time we were making our own side bets as to who would make it into the 48th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event, who would eventually make it to the Final 9, and ultimately who would end up taking it down, walk away with the much coveted title of Poker Champion, take the Championship Bracelet, and the millions of dollars.

It ended up being Scott Blumstein who took it all home and stuffed $8.15 million into his bank account. In 2016 Qui Nguyen took the title and $8, 005, 310, and in 2015 Joe McKeehen took it all down and walked with $7.68 million, but who will be in it and who will take the 49th WSOP Main Event glory and riches home this year? It is still too early to know.

As we have already reported, the 49th Annual WSOP is scheduled to start on May 29th for registration and the first event will begin on May30th. The Main Event will begin July 2nd and it’s expected to reach the Final Table by July 12th.

For those of you who want or hope to enter any of this year’s events here is a link to the complete list of the 2018  49th Annual World Series of Poker Schedule. Do you have any favorites for this year? Will you be heading to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this year? If so, we hope to see you there.

Send us your comments and or questions.