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As I watched, and thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 World Series of Poker, especially the Final Table at the Main Event and the Big One for One Drop, I thought it might be fun to take a more in-depth look at four poker players who not only amassed a whole lot of on-screen time, but also some incredible amounts of prize money as well.

The first poker player I want to focus on is, of course, Justin Bonomo. After winning the Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million, he then won the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl for a whopping $5 million. At the 2018 WSOP he went on to win his second bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship plus cashing in a few $25,000 High Rollers at the Aria before entering the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop at the WSOP.

When asked about his amazing streak thus far, Bonomo said, “I have been on the streak of a lifetime, obviously never expected anything like this. I think I am a great player but what I have done is above and beyond what I ever expected or even deserved, to be honest.”

So how did the 32-year-old prepare to play in the $1 million tournament, which he called a great privilege and responsibility? He meditated daily, studied hard and got a lot of rest to be as prepared as possible for the buy-in size and skill level of the field. He also thought about something else: the all-time money list, saying:“it would be kind of sweet if I passed Negreanu.”

After conquering the The Big One for One Drop and winning $10 million, Bonomo made poker history by moving into first place on the All-Time Money List. ( and indeed, surpassing my main man, @Real Kid Poker, in the process). In fact, with this win, Bonomo has locked up the biggest year in the history of poker, eclipsing the $22.3 million-year Dan Colman had back in 2014.

I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished but I don’t let it get to my head, Bonomo stated. I understand that results don’t mean that I’m the best player in the world and I don’t actually think that I’m the best player in the world. I certainly think I’m up there but I’m going to try not to let the results go to my head.”

Fortunately, Bonomo’s father was in attendance to watch his son win the biggest tournament of his career. After previous trophies and bracelets wound up in the hands of Bonomo’s mother, this one went right to his dad. “It feels really nice to be able to give him an extra special bracelet so he’ll have something to keep of his own,” Bonomo said.

After his history-making run, Bonomo plans to take some much-needed time off, including a return visit to Burning Man.

I best start practicing harder and spend longer hours at our poker table if I want to wrap a WSOP bracelet around my wrist.

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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.

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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?

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I’ve been following the 2018 WSOP Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo or Better  for the last four hours. The reason is simple; I love having someone or something to root for. That’s why I took such a liking to The Global Poker League; I rooted for my team, the LA Sunset, and in the process of writing more than 30 blogs about the GPL, I became a poker fan. Unfortunately, Alex Dreyfus and the GPL ultimately let me down by reneging on their promise of a Season Two, but that’s another story.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisAnyway, I’ve been a Daniel (Kid Poker, D-Negs) Negreanu fan ever since he so graciously posed with my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris at the 2016 WSOP, I’ve felt a personal connection to him. The film, “Kid Poker” was fantastic and totally solidified my admiration for him. So, during the WSOP I always try to keep tabs on how he’s doing, and I faithfully follow his VLOG, which is an entertaining and transparent look into his lifestyle, mindset and personality.

When I began to write this blog, I wasn’t very happy. “Kid Poker” was still in the mix (one of the final 10 players out of 935 entries) but just barely; he was short-stacked at 19,000 with the next lowest chip count at 380,000! It was not looking good for my favorite poker player. But then things began to turn around for D-Negs. He doubled his stack to 35,000 very quickly and then continued to double until he reached 236,000.  A few minutes ago, Nathan Gamble was eliminated in 10th place, leaving nine players to fight it out. Negreanu still has the lowest chip count at 277,000, but as we all know, anything can happen at the poker tables, especially if you’re “Kid Poker.” With the players on a break, I’m going to post this blog and hope for the best. Get ready for this final table showdown, we will be screaming for Kid Poker.

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In what he says will be his FINAL tournament appearance, poker legend Doyle Brunson – aka Texas Dolly – returned to the World Series of Poker on Day 14 to play in Event #23:  $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. After an amazing 62-year career as a professional poker player, no doubt his millions of fans were hoping for an 11th bracelet.

James Alexander and Doyle BrunsonIronically, it was another Texas poker player, our friend James Alexander, who dashed that hope. With seven players left, Brunson drew to an eight-six against the ten-nine draw of Alexander. The icon was outdrawn for the final time at the Rio when he pulled a king and Alexander made his hand with a deuce. (Brunson finished 6th for $43,963 and Alexander finished 4th for $81, 986). Alexander paid his respects with a Fist Bump and stated “It was my great honor to play with Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, Poker’s truest legend and an absolute joy to play with.”

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A tip of his cap and a standing ovation for Doyle Brunson. Living legend ends WSOP career with a final table run in the $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Championship.

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James Alexander with Jim ParisMy husband, Jim Paris, met professional poker player James Alexander, along with his poker player brother, Duane and his lovely mother, Tina, about six years ago when attending the 44th WSOP in Vegas. Alexander finished in 19th place in the Main Event (cashing out at $285,408) Jim cheered him on from the rails and they’ve been friends ever since.

Of course, if it weren’t for the irony of that final match-up, this would simply be a blog to pay our respects to Doyle Brunson. Considered the “Godfather of Poker,” the almost 85-year-old can still compete in high-level games at the poker tables with the best poker players in the world, all of whom hold him in the highest regard.

But it’s time, he says. “My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine.” Brunson and his beloved wife, Louise, have been married for 62 years.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" BrunsonIn 2013, Brunson–recognizing the inevitable end of his career–paraphrased Dr. Suess, saying “You don’t cry because it’s over. You smile because it happened.”When he says his final good-bye to poker, Brunson will be leaving the game that brought him fame, fortune and a legacy that no one in the poker world will ever match, or ever forget.

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