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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Another eight events have now been completed at the 49th Annual WSOP and $3,716,140 of first prize money was picked up by the following bracelet winners for 2018.

Starting with Events #43 and #46  which had not been completed in time for our last report of the action going down at the Rio Hotel and Casino:

Timur Margolin Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by a new champion, Timur Margolin from Israel, and he gladly posed for his obligatory bracelet-holding photo before making his way to the cage to pick up his winnings of $507,274.

 

David BrookshireEvent #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was completed after a long and hard battle that was eventually won by David Brookshire, who now adds his first WSOP Gold Bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit Ring. Oh yeah, he also took home $214,291 to party with.

Tommy NguyenEvent #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK belongs to Tommy Nguyen, the first Canadian to take home gold, and the ninth millionaire crowned at this year’s WSOP. After a long and somewhat anxiety-ridden battle, Nguyen walked away with a sweet $1,037,451. Not bad for a $1,500.00 investment.

Loren KleinEvent #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship Loren Klein made it three in a row after destroying three-time WSOP bracelet winner Rep Porter. Klein walked away with not only his third bracelet in as many years, but also took home a massive $1,018,336.

 

Jay KwonEvent #50: $1,500 Razz was conquered by Razz Specialist Jay Kwon, who has stated that Razz is his favorite game. Kwon takes home the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $125,431.

 

Ryan LengEvent #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty was swept up by Ryan Leng for his very first WSOP gold bracelet along with a very juicy check for $272,765.

 

 

Scott SeiverEvent #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Scott Seiver, who has done so much in poker that he has earned the right to boast. After winning more than $23 million in live tournaments, he now takes home his second bracelet and adds another $296,222 to his war chest.

Joey CoudenEvent #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better even though “Kid Poker” (our “Queen of Hearts” Paris’s favorite player) did not make it all the way, we still watched until the very end when Joey Couden bested Bruno Fitoussi to take home his first WSOP Gold Bracelet and a fat paycheck of $244,370 to put a smile on his face.

First place winnings now top 14 million dollars with lots more coming. You still have time to go get your piece of the pie, and maybe even make it to a final table. Good luck.

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

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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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

So indeed, more than 11 Million Dollars have already lined the pockets of those fortunate and talented players who took not only their adjusted shares of that 11 million, but are also proudly wearing their new championship bracelets. With just a little over half of this year’s WSOP already in the history books, there is still plenty of poker left to play and plenty of chances for you to take some buckets full of cash home with you. Let see how the chips have fallen these past week.

Matthew Davis

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Matthew Davis. This was the biggest Seniors Event ever and Davis was certainly delighted to walk away with $662,983 and his first bracelet.

 

Michael MizrachiEvent #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship conquered by Michael Mizrachi, who now has picked up his 4th WSOP Bracelet, along with the distinction of now having won the PPC Event for the third time. All that, plus depositing another $1,239,126 into his already fat poker winnings account most definitely put a giant smile across the Grinder’s face.

Robert PeacockEvent #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em picked up by Robert Peacock winning his first bracelet and a very sweet paycheck for $644,224.

 

 

Yueqi ZhuEvent #35: Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) claimed by Yuegi Zhu, taking home his very first WSOP gold bracelet and $211,781 to add to his bankroll.

 

Farhintaj BonyadyEvent #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was finally taken by Farhintaj Bonyady on the fourth day of play by defeating Robert Beach, taking home a very nice $311,451 along with her first gold WSOP bracelet. And, she is the first female to win a bracelet event this summer.

 

Eric BaldwinEvent #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em belonged to Eric Baldwin as he wrapped his second bracelet around his knuckles for the obligatory picture and with a super smile stuffed his pockets with $319,580 for his efforts.

 

Yaniv Birman

Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship won by first-time-WSOP gold bracelet winner, Yaniv Birman. Birman walked away with a total of $236,238 after defeating a field of 83 other hungry players.

 

 

Preston LeeEvent #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Preston Lee walked in ready for action and defeated Corey Dodd in a grueling battle that lasted more than 12 hours and 121 hands of heads-up play and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a  fat check for $236,498.

 

Scott BohlmanEvent #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Sweet victory was finally claimed by Scott Bohlman. After 51 World Series of Poker Cashes he finally walked with his first gold bracelet and $122,138 by running over a field of 205 anxious players.

 

Robert Nehorayan

Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em was taken down by Robert Nehorayan after running through a field of 596 players, securing his very first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $173,568 to celebrate with.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller proved to be an epic battle between Shaun Deeb and Ben Yu. Deeb came out on top, taking down the biggest cash of his career with a whopping $1,402,683 and his third bracelet.

 

Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em …. still in play…

Nicholas SeikenEvent #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship was championed by Nicholas Seiken after defeating a field of 109 other hopefuls. He walks away with a very satisfying $287,987 and his first bracelet.

 

Mario Prats Garcia

Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Mario Prats Garcia is all smiles as he defeats 1712 players to take home hist first bracelet and a sweet $258,255. Not a bad return on a $1000 investment and only two days of work.

 

Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better… still in play…

 

Matthew Mendez

Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed –  Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez runs away with the first-ever WSOP Online PLO Bracelet and $135,077.

After it’s all said and done, with more than 11 Million dollars awarded to first-place winners and more than 91 Million Dollars paid out in total prize money thus far, and with more than 30 Events yet to be played, aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try out your luck at one of the many poker tables still in the game.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It seems like there is never a break during the World Series of Poker and this year is no exception. It’s damn near impossible to report on all the action at the many poker tables on the floors of the Rio Hotel and Casino.

In our last blog from this year’s WSOP we reported on all the action up to the conclusion of event 16 with the phenomenal Justin Bonomo picking up his 2nd bracelet and a sweet $185,965. And now we have the daunting task of bringing you up to date with 15 more gold bracelets handed out and a total of $5,285,234 DOLLARS in first prize moneys alone. Here is a quick list of all the latest WSOP Bracelet Winners and Champions:

Ognyan Dimov

 

Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Ognyan Dimov for his first bracelet and $378,743.

 

 

Adam Friedman

Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed belonged to Adam Friedman taking down his second bracelet and $293,275.

 

 

Craig Varnell

 

Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha – Craig Varnell won his first bracelet and took home $181,790.

 

 

Jeremy Wien

 

Event #20: Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em conquered by Jeremy Wien – first bracelet and a fat $537,710.

 

Arne Kern

 

Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER – Our favorite event was won by Arne Kern – first bracelet and now new Millionaire with the prize of $1,173,223.

 

Philip Long

 

Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix – picked up by Philip Long first bracelet and $147,348.

 

 

Brian RastEvent #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship – Brian Rast ran away with his fourth bracelet and $259,670.

 

 

Michael Addamo

Event #24: THE MARATHON – $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em taken by Michael Addamo  winning his first bracelet and a fat $653,581.

 

 

Benjamin DobsonEvent #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better checked off by Benjamin Dobson picks up his first bracelet and $173,528.

 

 

Filippos StavrakisEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Filippos Stavrakis grabs his bracelet and $169,842.

 

 

 

John HenniganEvent #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. belonged to John Hennigan who won his fifth bracelet and a cool $414,692.

 

 

 

Gal Yifrach Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Gal Yifrach for his first bracelet and $461,798.

 

 

 

Hanh TranEvent #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – Hanh Tran wins his first bracelet and $117,282.

 

 

 

Ryan BambrickEvent #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Ryan Bambrick grabs his first WSOP gold bracelet and pockets $217,123.

 

 

 

Steven AlbiniEvent #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud – finished with Steven Albini walking away with his first gold bracelet and $105,629.

So after the cashier payed out a grand total of $5,285,234 just in first prize money and handed out another 15 Gold WSOP Bracelets, everyone left somewhat enriched by their winnings, or if nothing else, by their experience at the 49th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. And there is a lot more action still to experience. Hope to see you there.

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