Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Gaurav RainaGaurav Raina took down Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em after winning the heads-up battle against James Calvo – Took home $456,822 along with the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

 

Frank MaggioEvent #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship was taken by Frank Maggio, who capped off a four-and-a-half-hour final table to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and $617,303. Maggio defeated William Murray for the championship.

 

Vladimir ShchemelevEvent #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix was conquered by Vladimir Shchemelev, giving him his second WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet prize of $193,484

 

Chris FrankChris Frank Wins Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Took home $384,833 along with the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, his first of maybe many to come for this 22-year-old German player.

 

 

Ben YuDéjà Yu! Ben Yu won his second bracelet in Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship and a very nice paycheck of $232,738 for taking the championship title away from the legendary Shaun Deeb.

 

James MooreEvent #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by James Moore who captured his second Super Seniors Title and won $259,230 along with his second gold bracelet.

 

 

Nadar KakhmazovEvent #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed was taken down by Russian player Nadar Kakhmazov to win his first bracelet and a lot of spending capital in the amount of $580,338. Not too shabby of a paycheck.

 

 

Thomas ReynoldsThomas Reynolds ran away with Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, pocketing his first bracelet along with $292,880 for having to wade through a field of 2,019 other players.

 

 

Joe McKeehenEvent #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen. He added a sweet $311,817 to all his previous earnings plus his second shiny gold bracelet.

 

 

Rifat PalevicEvent #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY was taken by Sweden’s Rifat Palevic, who outlasted 1,867 players to be crowned champion, collect his first gold bracelet, and pocket $183,903 for his efforts.

 

Ernest BohnEvent #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was locked up by 68 year-old Ernest Bohn for his long awaited first gold bracelet and $173,228 in first prize money after battling a field of 595 players and coming out on top.

 

We’re off on a little road trip to the Gulf of Mexico for some fun and relaxation and will be back in a few days; our field eyes and ears on the floor of the Rio will keep us posted so that we may keep you updated on what’s happening at the 48th Annual WSOP Events Final Tables.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Variance, which frustrates many poker players, can be thought of as “the difference between the earnings you expect to have long term and the money you win in the short term.” And, despite the complaints you might hear, variance is really a good thing; it’s what keeps weaker players at the poker tables with dreams of winning big. Obviously, they wouldn’t be playing at all without believing they have a chance to get lucky and win in the short term, so we need to understand that and use it to our advantage.

Your win rate is by far the most important factor when determining your variance and the higher it is, the lower your variance will be. Of course, these days we have much smaller edges than before and naturally encounter bigger down swings. Your opponents get tougher and tougher as well, so it’s important to keep learning, studying and improving your game to stay ahead of the curve and improve your win rate. Nevertheless, there are also some common sense tips to reduce your variance.

For example, table selection is a critical factor that is overlooked by many. Finding good cash game tables or carefully selecting your tournaments, whether live or online, could dramatically increase your win rate, and I am sure you agree that winning is fun!

Obviously, I am not saying you should be chasing around weak players and playing only against them. Nevertheless, playing in the games where you can barely win is not very reasonable either. Do yourself a favor and, for the most part, select good games – it is the only way to win in the long run!

Another tip is to try to play your “A” game, regardless of the skill level of the other players. Of course, no one can play their “A” game all the time, and it is unrealistic to expect that. Nevertheless, you should do all you can to play it as often as possible because the difference in results you have playing “A” vs. “C” games is enormous.

It inevitably requires some off-the-table work and generally correlates with your ability to control your emotions, prepare for your sessions and keep your concentration for an extended period. It is an essential part of reducing variance and winning more. However, it is a broad topic, and if you want to learn more, I highly recommend getting my free poker book on self-management and improve your awareness with it.

A third tip is to quit playing at the right time. Everyone has been in a spot where they won money just to lose it back later. It is frustrating, but part of the game. However, if you start making poor decisions because of other distractions, or your emotions, it’s probably time to stop playing.

So, if you start losing your ability to concentrate, or you’re on tilt because of a bad beat and can’t focus your attention on playing – you should take a break. This way you will save a lot of valuable buy-ins and surely increase your win rate.

If you follow these tips and incorporate them into your approach to poker, you will probably increase your win rate and reduce your variance at the same time.

In the meantime, you must study your game, keep learning and analyzing your mistakes and improving, maybe even get some poker coaching to skyrocket your results. I will be back soon to share more strategy tips with you!

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As the 48th Annual World Series of Poker continues making dreams come true for some and dashing the hopes of others, here are the results for Events 23-30.

Joseph Di Rosa RojasJoseph Di Rosa Rojas ran away with the first WSOP event of its kind, Event #23: The Marathon $2620  No-Limit Hold’em,  to pick up his first WSOP gold bracelet and the tidy sum of $690,469 dollars for his efforts. He eliminated Alexander Lynskey in a heads-up war with pocket 10s after the board was kind to him and paired queens, giving Rojas a higher two pairs (10s and queens) than Lynskey’s  pair of nines and sixes.

Shane BuchwaldIn Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, Shane Buchwald won $177,985 and the gold bracelet in his first-ever WSOP event. He was quoted as saying he was headed to culinary school and might never play again!

 

 

Tyler GrothEvent #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was conquered by Tyler Groth after running over a field of 1,058. Groth took home his first bracelet and a cool $179,126 — not a bad R.O.I for a mere $1,000 buy-in. He took the title with a bigger full house of aces over tens against Jonathan Zarin’s boat of sixes over jacks.

 

 

James ObstJames Obst plopped down 10K for Event #26: the $10,000 Razz Championship, defeating a field of 97 players and picked up a sweet return of $265,138, the coveted gold bracelet and the right to call himself a WSOP Champion after knocking out Eric Kurtzman.

 

 

Chris MoormanChris Moorman, who has over 18 million dollars in poker earnings, won Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and finally captured his first gold bracelet by outlasting 957 tough players before going head-to-head with Bernardo Dias for more than a three-hour final table battle; he took the whole ballgame with an ace-king over Dias’ king-ten. Holding his brand new and only gold bracelet, Moorman pocketed a sweet  $498, 682 greenbacks to add to his impressive earnings.

Event #28: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw with just 326 entries was taken down by mixed-game pro Brian Brubaker who went home with a first-place prize payout of $109,967. Brubaker grabbed his first gold bracelet with a giant smile after knocking out Brendan Taylor.

 

 

We watched the final table of Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship because our favorite poker player, Daniel Negreanu was still in it, and although he got sent to the rails in 6th place it’s always good to watch him in his natural element, chasing bracelets. But, at the end of the day, it was David Bach who ran over runner-up Eric Rodawig and collected $383,208, as well as his third WSOP gold bracelet.

We’ll be back with more results from final tables and other highlights from the 2017 WSOP in a few days.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As of today there have already been 23 Events completed at the 2017 WSOP with a total Prize Pool of just a shade under 53 million dollars and we’re still not even halfway there, with more than 50 events to go. For those few people that still have no clue just how rich the WSOP payouts are, take this in and wonder no more — thus far the 48th Annual WSOP has paid out more than 10 million dollars in first place prize money alone.

2017 WSOP Bracelet WinnersAt this point the biggest winner (in terms of $$$) is, by far, Doug Polk who walked away from Event 6 the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop with a sweet paycheck of $3,686,865 and his third Gold Bracelet. Not a bad payday for four days work. You might remember that Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris mentioned him in her WSOP Highlights blog just a few days ago.

The following is a list of the current winners that have taken home first place prize dollars along with the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelets.

  • Bryan Hollis – Event 1 – $68,817
  • Team Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree – Event 2 – $273,964
  • Upeshka De Silva – Event 3 – $229,923
  • Benjamin Zamani – Event 4 – $238,620
  • Thomas-Pomponio – Event 5 – $1,000,000
  • Doug Polk – Event 6 – $3,686,865
  • Jesse Martin – Event 7 – $130,948
  • Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell – Event 8 – $122,314
  • Abe Mosseri – Event 9 – $388,795
  • Team Aditya Sushant – Nipun Java – Event 10 – $150,637
  • David Bach- Event 11 – $119,399
  • David “Dragon” Pham – Event 12 – $391,960
  • Frank Kassela – Event 13 – $89,151
  • David Singer – Event 14 – $203,709
  • Adrian Mateos – Event 15 – $324,470
  • Anthony Marquez – Event 16 – $393,273
  • John Racener – Event 17 – $273,962
  • Tyler Smith – Event 18 – $244,344
  • Pablo Mariz – Event 20 – $1,221,407
  • Ron Ware – Event 21 – $145,577
  • John Monnette – Event 22 – $256,610
  • Shane Buchwald – Event 24 – $177,985

There is a lot more ahead. There are still more than fifty Final Tables to be conquered; will you be at one of them? Will you join the group of  conquerors of this 2017 World Series of Poker? If you ARE there, don’t forget to take a picture or video holding a sign that has three little words on it – TEXAS POKER STORE – You would make us very happy and we generously reward those who make us happy. Check out the entry details here…

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