Archive for the ‘Poker News’ Category

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.

Send us your thoughts, comments or questions!

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.

Send us your comments!

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…

Send us your comments!

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

Millions of poker fans look forward to the WSOP every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, with the elimination of the November Nine, the live coverage by ESPN (of the Main Event in July) and the promise of streaming coverage throughout by pokercentral.com, we were even more excited than usual.

PokerGo Streaming the 2017 WSOPSo, this has been our experience so far. We quickly learned that pokercentral is offering streaming through their new subscription service, PokerGo. That meant we, and millions of others, had to sign up and pay $10 for a month or $99 for a year. Not bad, but not what we had been led to believe. Plus, it took us about six tries to get the code online to match the code on our TV.

Anyway, on our first night trying to watch Day 4 of the most expensive event on the WSOP schedule, the $111,111 HR for One Drop, we finally had to pause it with two hours to go. The final table was stacked with great players and we were pumped to watch the last two hours. Unfortunately, the navigation was totally off the next night so we couldn’t go back to watch the final two hours – all we could find was a 30-minute highlight video.

Doug PolkThe third night (by then we already knew that Polk had beaten Elky in Heads-up play) we figured out the navigation (or PokerGo fixed it; we’ll never know) and we got to watch the handsome Italian, Dario Sammartino bust out in 3rd place, winning $1.6milion, and then the super-charming Doug Polk killing it with some gutsy poker. Second place for Elky was a cool $2.2 mill and Polk won his third WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $3.6+million.

Meanwhile, I just tried to sign into PokerGO on my laptop as I did yesterday and it tells me that no one with that email address (the one we used for the last three days) is a member of PokerGO. Beyond frustrating. On the third try, it must have recognized me and I was in. Nothing streaming live until tonight but that gave me the opportunity to go to their “On Demand” category and catch some fun moments from a few other events.

Abe MosseriI watched Day 4 of what was supposed to be a 3-day event, the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up, mainly because my all-time favorite, “Real Kid Poker” was going for his seventh bracelet against Abe Mosseri. Both love to play mixed games, which puts me at a real disadvantage; I just learned the rules for Texas Hold’em two years ago so these variants confuse the hell outta me. Anyway, it took about ten minutes for Mosseri to win the bracelet, but Negreanu had a second place finish after a third place the day before so he’s still doing incredibly well.

Then I caught some of the $10,000 Heads Up Event – poker in its purest form, where one player survives the single-elimination event with 128 players in the field. The commentators said the heads-up event was one of the most prestigious at the WSOP, so I decided to watch 22-year old Adrian Mateos face off against 42-year old Negreanu on Day 1, right after DNegs had finished playing in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up. This was a really tough first match-up, Daniel didn’t get many good cards and he lost (gracefully and with humor) in the first round.

Adrian MateosOn the other hand, Adrian Mateos went on to knock off five more players to go up against 70-year-old John Smith in the final round. Smith had been the runner-up in this event last year; I watched his Day 3 match against Ryan Riess and could see that he was a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, Smith ultimately lost to Mateos to be runner-up again. And, Mateos’ win made him the youngest player ever to win three bracelets by the age of 22.

PokerGo has great coverage and extremely knowledgeable commentators and after a few initial glitches has worked out well for us. If you want to know all the results of every event, you can go to pokernews.com or WSOP.com. No point in us reinventing the wheel!

Send us your thoughts!