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

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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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The 49th Annual World Series of Poker  ran from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it has now come to an end.  There were a record 78 bracelet events and more than $267 million dollars paid out in prize money from all 78 events. We have had a lot of up and down emotions throughout our reports. We will conclude this series with our final coverage of this year’s spectacular series closing with none other than The Big One For One Drop.

Joe CadaEvent #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee – Joe Cada, who came in 5th at the Main Event’s final table, went on to win “The Closer” for his second bracelet of this series. This makes it a total of four bracelets for Cada, who not only bagged a lot of chips at this year’s WSOP but undoubtedly bagged a lot of new fans as well.

 

Justin Bonomo Event #78: The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em  Twenty-Seven High Roller players dropped a million dollars each for the chance to take home some of the $24,840,000 prize pool. But at the end it was Justin Bonomo who triumphed and picked up the win and with that, took over the top spot on the all-time money list of Poker Winnings. Bonomo earned  a very very sweet $10 million after a heads-up battle with Fedor Holz (who had to settle for $6 million) That win put his total cashes at just under $43 million, surpassing the long-time top money earner, our favorite, Daniel Negreanu ($39,656,197).

Now we all have to get back to our normal daily routines until next year, when the sure to be historic 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker is celebrated. The remaining questions  would be; Will we see you there? Will you get to a final table?

The 49th World Series of Poker Bracelet

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

This has been an extremely exciting series and although it still has a couple of unfinished events, it has already demonstrated to us and the world that poker remains a very serious game that attracts thousands and thousands of players and spectators to Las Vegas every year. The question is; will you try your luck and test your skills at the 50th WSOP next year?

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship WOW!!! is all we can say about this year’s WSOP Main Event. It was a hard fought battle with over 7,800 poker warriors, but in the end only two would be left standing: Tony Miles and John Cynn.

John Cynn with Tony Miles

After a phenomenal back-and-forth, lead-changing 10 hours of heads-up poker, (the longest battle in heads-up history at the WSOP Main Event) the end came in  Hand #442. John Cynn had K-J while Miles held a Q-8. John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles re-raised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and KK flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an 8 turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with his KJ  for trips. Miles turned over his Q8 and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the 4 and the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finally ended with John Cynn as the new world champion, taking away the 8.8 Million Dollar payday.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

Guoliang WeiEvent #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em Guoliang Wei ran away with the Little One for One Drop after defeating a field of 4,732 players. Wei picked up the fourth Chinese Bracelet after a picture perfect heads-up with Francois Tosques. After all the cards were in play it was Wei who would run away with it all after hitting a straight flush to crush Tosques set of Jacks.

Jordan PolkEvent #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Jordan Polk came ready for battle, and all his hard work and planning finally paid off after beating a field of 707 hopefuls. Polk walked away with his first bracelet and $197,461.00.

 

Denis TimofeevEvent #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Denis Timofeev grabbed his first bracelet and a sweet paycheck of $199,586.00 after running through a field of 1,221 hungry players.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Shaun Deeb picks up his fourth bracelet plus a hefty $814,179.00 to add to his coffers. He also became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2018 World Series of Poker. He won Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller back in June for his third bracelet and $1,402,683.

Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee still playing

Brian HastingsEvent #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Conquered by Brian Hastings for his fourth WSOP bracelet and a very nice payday of $233,202.

 

 

Ben YuEvent #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) After a long and grueling two days of play, Ben Yu took it all away from Sean Winter heads-up. Yu ran off smiling with his third WSOP bracelet and a very serious $1,650,773 to keep that smile going for a very long time.

 

As we said earlier, there are still a few events to finish the 49th Annual World Series of Poker and we will report those results as soon as they are available to us. In the meantime let us suggest that you pick up some books and/or DVDs from the Texas Poker Store.

Until next time, stay focused and practice your poker skills. Send us your comments or thoughts!

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

I would have thought that some of the more well known players would have lasted through the perils and pains of battling a field of 7,874 hungry participants at the Main Event of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker. However, most of the participants weren’t poker stars or big money-makers prior to the Main Event, with the exception of Joe Cada, of course, who won the Championship in 2009.  We watched anxiously as the field was whittled down to ten players. After Yueqi Zhu was eliminated in 10th place, the final nine players were set, and when all the congratulatory slaps on the back were done, it was time  to begin the race to grab the much-coveted Main Event Championship title, the Gold Bracelet, and $8,800,000 to party with. Here is your Final Nine:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Artem Metalidi Ukraine 15,475,000 26
2 John Cynn United States 37,075,000 62
3 Alex Lynskey Australia 25,925,000 43
4 Tony Miles United States 42,750,000 71
5 Nicolas Manion United States 112,775,000 188
6 Aram Zobian United States 18,875,000 31
7 Michael Dyer United States 109,175,000 182
8 Joe Cada United States 23,675,000 39
9 Antoine Labat France 8,050,000 13

….and here is a quick video of how a wild three-way hand decided the final nine….

Phil HellmuthWe will keep you all posted as the nine get eliminated one by one until the final player is crowned. In the meantime, we thought it only right to tell you that good ol’ Phil Hellmuth, has done it again. He secured his 15th Gold WSOP Bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and took home another $485,082 to add to his ever-expanding net worth. He may be “the brat,” but he sure can play poker!

There were also a couple other events that were completed in the last couple of days:

Ronald KeijzerEvent #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed was taken down by Ronald Keijzer for his very first bracelet and $475,033 to ease the pain of such hard work over three days of battling 900 other players.

 

Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed after three days of play,  Yaser Al-Keliddar emerged victorious with pocket 4s and took home his first bracelet and $154,338 bucks to play with.

Until next time, the battle for the Championship will be on ESPN tonight, Friday night and Saturday, so I know what we’ll be doing. And I’m sure we’ll all keep practicing at our favorite poker tables; maybe next year we’ll see you at the 50th World Series of Poker.

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