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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The 2018 Schedule for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker has been released and there has already been plenty of excitement. This year there will be a total of 78 bracelet events that include the return of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. The action will start on May 29th and run through to July 17. As expected, it will all take place at the fabulous Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you intend on participating then get to the Rio by May 29 to register. Then on May 30th, Event 1, the $565 buy in “Casino Employees” will start at 11 a.m., followed by Event 2, a brand new $10,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty at 3 p.m. May will close out on Thursday, May 31st with Event 3, the familiar $3,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Shootout,” at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Event 4 will close the month with the $1,500 “Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.”

All that action and excitement just during the first few days of this year’s World Series of Poker! Will you be able to take it all in? Will you be there for any of it? If not, have no fears. Simply check here with us on a regular basis and we will keep you posted. As usual, our eyes and ears will be reporting to us from the Rio’s WSOP Events rooms. Just a heads up; the $1,000,000 buy in “The Big One for One Drop.” is scheduled as Event 78.

According to the official schedule from the WSOP, it looks like this year the hugely popular “Main Event,” Event 65A, will actually start on the morning of July 2nd through July 4th. On Day 3 all fields will merge and play everyday until there’s a Final Table and the ultimate crowning of this year’s World Series of Poker Champion.

Any of you have a favorite in mind?

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

In what comes as a welcome surprise to the state’s numerous poker fans, the World Poker Tour’s DeepStacks recently announced it will be making a stop in Houston, Texas, located at 10739 Gulf Freeway. That’s right, despite Texas’ strict no gambling laws, the city of Houston will play host to the $100K GTD WPT DeepStacks Main Event from September 21-25. The $1,000 buy-in tournament will take place at the FreeRolls Poker Club.

FREEROLLS Poker Club Houston Texas

Why is this such a big surprise? Because poker clubs in Texas have to adhere to stringent requirements in order to offer poker at all. Their games must be held in a private place; all players must have an equal chance of winning; and all payments taken must be paid out as winnings to participants. The last provision, of course, makes it impossible for card rooms to earn any money from games, so all gambling at membership clubs are“non-profitable activities”.

The FreeRolls Poker Club, however, (along with other up-and-coming poker clubs that have also figured out the winning, and completely legal, formula) offers daily, monthly, or annual subscriptions allowing members to play at the venue for as long as they like, with no further associated costs. The club also earns some extra money, via advertisements shown on touchscreens located on each individual table.

In order to enter the WPT DeepStacks Houston, a player must first pay a $100 membership, with all other funds collected subsequently going directly towards the tournament’s prize pool, meaning any re-entries will cost just $1,000. In other words, the card room will earn its revenues only from memberships fees, in addition to money derived from its advertisers and sponsors.World Poker Tour DeepStacks

Meanwhile, WPT DeepStacks executive director, Chris Torina, says that his brand is excited to be leading the way in Texas, and was hopeful that the “first-class live event” would pioneer the way for future tournaments to be held in Texas. Furthermore, the event has already attracted a great deal of buzz on social  media, indicating that it was likely to be an extremely popular event.

The question is, how many of our Texan followers will rush to enter this event. We can think of several who are probably already salivating, let us know who you are.

Send us your comments and or questions.

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The Global Poker Index, which honors the best and brightest in the poker world, will once again be handing out the coveted hardware for the fourth straight year. As American Poker Awards President, Alexandre Dreyfus, said, “We are very excited to return to the Los Angeles area for a fourth year to reward the most deserving poker players, industry leaders and media members in the business”.

“As always, Dreyus continued, there will be several already-confirmed winners: the top male and top female player on the GPI’s points ranking system, along with the American Player of the Year. This year, Adrian Mateos and Kristen Bicknell will take home the male and female honors, respectfully, although the Spaniard Mateos will collect his award at the European Poker Awards if he isn’t in California for the American version.”

The ceremony, to be held at Andaz West Hollywood rather than at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills as before, has been scheduled for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. If you feel motivated to attend the event, please follow this link. More details will certainly follow and we’ll keep you posted.

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I am a very loyal fan. I still root for the New York Yankees and Giants, despite not living in NY since 1988. Which is why I am so disappointed, Alexandre Dreyfus, about the absence of a Season Two for the Global Poker League.  The GPL is what turned me into a poker fan. I wrote more than 30 blogs extolling its virtues during its inaugural season; there were times I felt like an (unpaid) marketing director!

Chengdu Pandas GPLI understand that you and Mediarex Enterprises have been incredibly busy, coming up with your new tagline: Compete Globally, Play Locally, while forging strategic relationships in China and India. What’s more, GPL China had an extremely successful six-month season, as teams from 12 cities competed in regional leagues. The winning teams from each city became the championship franchise, and ultimately, the Chengdu Pandas defeated the Hong Kong Treasure Ships to win the first season of GPL China.

Meanwhile, there are six teams that now constitute GPL India, including the Chennai Sharks, Kolkata Creators and Nipun Java, with each team manager already named and Season I poised to launch.  And, based on the tremendous success of the GPL’s first season in Brazil, which fielded its own team, the Sao Paulo Mets, GPL Brazil is already becoming a “thing.”

All very well and good, but still no GPL Season Two (as promised) in the U.S. What happened to my favorite team, the LA Sunset, with poker superstars Fedor Holz, Olivier Busquet and manager, Maria Ho? What happened to the two-year contracts all the brave pioneers of the original GPL signed?

Custom Rockwell Poker TableIf you go to the GPL website like I did, you get a hint of something along the lines of a World Championship coming, with winners of each regional league competing against powerhouse teams from around the world. But there was a link on one page that said Season I has ended. Go on to Season II. I tried, but the link didn’t go anywhere. I hope that isn’t the fate of the original GPL that got me hooked on poker and even get my own poker table!

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