Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

This has been an extremely exciting series and although it still has a couple of unfinished events, it has already demonstrated to us and the world that poker remains a very serious game that attracts thousands and thousands of players and spectators to Las Vegas every year. The question is; will you try your luck and test your skills at the 50th WSOP next year?

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship WOW!!! is all we can say about this year’s WSOP Main Event. It was a hard fought battle with over 7,800 poker warriors, but in the end only two would be left standing: Tony Miles and John Cynn.

John Cynn with Tony Miles

After a phenomenal back-and-forth, lead-changing 10 hours of heads-up poker, (the longest battle in heads-up history at the WSOP Main Event) the end came in  Hand #442. John Cynn had K-J while Miles held a Q-8. John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles re-raised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and KK flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an 8 turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with his KJ  for trips. Miles turned over his Q8 for kings up and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the 4 and the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finally ended with John Cynn as the new world champion, taking away the 8.8 Million Dollar payday.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

Guoliang WeiEvent #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em Guoliang Wei ran away with the Little One for One Drop after defeating a field of 4,732 players. Wei picked up the fourth Chinese Bracelet after a picture perfect heads-up with Francois Tosques. After all the cards were in play it was Wei who would run away with it all after hitting a straight flush to crush Tosques set of Jacks.

Jordan PolkEvent #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Jordan Polk came ready for battle, and all his hard work and planning finally paid off after beating a field of 707 hopefuls. Polk walked away with his first bracelet and $197,461.00.

 

Denis TimofeevEvent #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Denis Timofeev grabbed his first bracelet and a sweet paycheck of $199,586.00 after running through a field of 1,221 hungry players.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Shaun Deeb picks up his fourth bracelet plus a hefty $814,179.00 to add to his coffers. He also became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2018 World Series of Poker. He won Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller back in June for his third bracelet and $1,402,683.

Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee still playing

Brian HastingsEvent #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Conquered by Brian Hastings for his fourth WSOP bracelet and a very nice payday of $233,202.

 

 

Ben YuEvent #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) After a long and grueling two days of play, Ben Yu took it all away from Sean Winter heads-up. Yu ran off smiling with his third WSOP bracelet and a very serious $1,650,773 to keep that smile going for a very long time.

 

As we said earlier, there are still a few events to finish the 49th Annual World Series of Poker and we will report those results as soon as they are available to us. In the meantime let us suggest that you pick up some books and/or DVDs from the Texas Poker Store.

Until next time, stay focused and practice your poker skills. Send us your comments or thoughts!

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

I would have thought that some of the more well known players would have lasted through the perils and pains of battling a field of 7,874 hungry participants at the Main Event of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. However, most of the participants weren’t poker stars or big money-makers prior to the Main Event, with the exception of Joe Cada, of course, who won the Championship in 2009.  We watched anxiously as the field was whittled down to ten players. After Yueqi Zhu was eliminated in 10th place, the final nine players were set, and when all the congratulatory slaps on the back were done, it was time  to begin the race to grab the much-coveted Main Event Championship title, the Gold Bracelet, and $8,800,000 to party with. Here is your Final Nine:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 15,475,000 26
2 John Cynn United States 37,075,000 62
3 Alex Lynskey Australia 25,925,000 43
4 Tony Miles United States 42,750,000 71
5 Nicolas Manion United States 112,775,000 188
6 Aram Zobian United States 18,875,000 31
7 Michael Dyer United States 109,175,000 182
8 Joe Cada United States 23,675,000 39
9 Antoine Labat France 8,050,000 13

….and here is a quick video of how a wild three-way hand decided the final nine….

Phil HellmuthWe will keep you all posted as the nine get eliminated one by one until the final player is crowned. In the meantime, we thought it only right to tell you that good ol’ Phil Hellmuth, has done it again. He secured his 15th Gold WSOP Bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and took home another $485,082 to add to his ever-expanding net worth. He may be “the brat,” but he sure can play poker!

There were also a couple other events that were completed in the last couple of days:

Ronald KeijzerEvent #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was taken down by Ronald Keijzer for his very first bracelet and $475,033 to ease the pain of such hard work over three days of battling 900 other players.

 

Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed after three days of play,  Yaser Al-Keliddar emerged victorious with pocket 4s and took home his first bracelet and $154,338 bucks to play with.

Until next time, the battle for the Championship will be on ESPN tonight, Friday night and Saturday, so I know what we’ll be doing. And I’m sure we’ll all keep practicing at our favorite poker tables; maybe next year we’ll see you at the 50th World Series of Poker.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As we continue with the madness, drama, and excitement that has defined the World Series of Poker for the last 48 years, we recognize that every year has brought bigger and bigger audiences and thousands more participants. Imagine how shocked Johnny Moss, the winner of the first real Main Event against only a handful of players, would be to witness this year’s Main Event, with a players’ list surpassing 7,800 and a prize pool of $74,015,600. Of course, we’re all waiting to see who wins the 2018 championship, but there are still a lot of great poker players in the hunt.

In the meantime, we’ll bring you up to date on a few events that had not been completed as of our last report:

Jeremy PerrinEvent #6: GIANT – $365 No-Limit Hold’em was finally concluded when Jeremy Perrin defeated Luis Vazquez in heads-up to take home his very first gold bracelet along with the sweet sum of $250,966.

 

Tim AndrewEvent #11: PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Not easy to run over a field of 3,250 entries but Tim Andrews managed to do just that to take away his first bracelet and $116,015.

 

Galen Hall Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Galen Hall was all smiles as he turned over pocket nines to top jack-ten and take it all down. Hall picked up his first WSOP bracelet and a dazzling $888,888 to fatten his bank account.

And now for the latest:

Dan MatsuzukiEvent #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was taken down by Dan Matsuzuki to win his first gold bracelet and pocket $364,387 for his effort. Not bad, Dan.

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – STILL IN PLAY

 

Longsheng TanEvent #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Longsheng Tan managed to hold on to take home his first WSOP bracelet and $323,472 to celebrate with.

 

 

Event #67: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty  Anderson Ireland emerged victorious after ten hours of play at the final table to grab his first bracelet and the top prize of $141,161. Not a bad paycheck for a few days of work/fun.

 

So another couple of million dollars paid out in just first prize money with only six more events completed and we still have a long ways to go with more than 10 events remaining, including of course, The Main Event Final Table.

If you want to get in on all this action you better get yourself a nice poker table and practice, practice, practice  as much as you can. Then maybe by next year, you too could walk away with your own bracelet and tons of cash from the 50th World Series of Poker.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

For those who need reminding, there were 7,874 entries for the WSOP’s Main Event, each putting up $10K to take a wild swing at that $8.8 million championship money and that golden bracelet. Most are just hoping to get a piece of that astounding prize pool of $74,015,600. What’s always been amazing to me is that you can win about half-a-million dollars coming in 12th – 15th. Or, a million dollars for being in ninth place. Where else can you do that?

But there’s another facet to the Main Event that’s also pretty amazing. You can be among the greatest poker players of all time and go home with nothing.

Daniel Negreanu After busting out of the Main Event on Day 1, Daniel Negreanu recorded his VLOG with good humor and no excuses. Well, except for the fact that he drew no pairs, no straights, no flushes, no flops, no nothing, which was not an excuse since I watched it happen. Nothing went “Kid Poker’s” way.  Following him around as he navigated the rail and the floor, it was refreshing to watch him smile and pose for selfies with every fan who approached him, keeping his spirits up for his fans. When his two jacks got beaten by a pair of 10s (with another 10 on the flop), he ‘faked” a bad tilt, got some laughs and walked away from the table looking somewhat confused. On his way out he said, among other things, that it was almost impossible to go broke on Day 1. I could see the frustration in his eyes, but he held it together beautifully. All that, plus he and his girlfriend of four years broke up a couple of weeks ago.

Scott Blumstein

Of course, Negreanu wasn’t the only big name to be eliminated on Day 1, just the one I cared about the most. Last year’s Champion, Scott Blumstein, also busted on the first day, as did 2007 champ, Jerry Yang and 2016 champ, Qui Nguyen.

The only good thing about it was that “Kid Poker” was free to add color commentary, along with Norm and Lon on Day 3. I like listening to him talk strategy (way over my head, of course), teach a little, predict what certain players will do (and usually get it right, or poke fun at himself when he’s completely wrong) but I can’t help wondering what’s going on inside his head. I KNOW he wanted to make a deep run.

John HespI just checked the latest chip counts online and at this moment Ignacio Sanchez is leading with 620,200 and there are 47 players with more than 400,000  chips. But it’s just a moment in time. Any of them could double up or go broke; the next time I check, the chip leaders could be Cliff Josephy and Phil Ivey – there is so much poker left to play. But not for some other big names who have already been eliminated, like Jason Mercier, John Hesp (last year’s sensation), and Maria Ho. It doesn’t matter Maria Ho what you did last year or last week at the Main Event. I know I’m excited to see what will enfold over the next couple of weeks. Are you enjoying the action, too?

 

 

You too could get one of these diamond encrusted bracelets. All you need is to make it to the WSOP, drop down 10 grand to enter the main event, then outlast thousands of other players, make it to the Final Table and it could be yours. Easy, right?

WSOP Main Event Championship Bracelet

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