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

Nine highly talented (and very lucky) players remain to duke it out from the field of 7,221 poker players who hoped to be sitting among them at the Final Table of the 48th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event.The 2017 World Series of Poker

Each of the Final Nine is guaranteed to bring home $1 mill or more and each hopes to win the first-place prize of $8,150,000, the bracelet and the title. Two of the Nine are repeating the almost impossible feat of playing at the Main Event Final Table for the second time: Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout.

The last three action-packed days begin on Thursday night, at 5:30 Vegas time and will continue until only six players remain. On Friday, the six will play down to three, and on Saturday, July 20, they will play down to the winner and the 2017 – World Series of Poker Champion.

The following is the lineup for the Final Table:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 John Hesp United Kingdom 85,700,000 107
2 Scott Blumstein United States 97,250,000 122
3 Antoine Saout France 21,750,000 27
4 Benjamin Pollak France 35,175,000 44
5 Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 20,200,000 25
6 Damian Salas Argentina 22,175,000 28
7 Ben Lamb United States 18,050,000 23
8 Bryan Piccioli United States 33,800,000 42
9 Dan Ott United States 26,475,000 33

The 48th WSOP Final Nine Who are you rooting for; the current chip leader . . . the two-time final niners . . .the surprising 64-year-old Brit in the multi-colored jacket? We’re rooting for all of them and hoping they provide the excitement and heart-stopping moments that always occur at the biggest poker tournament in the world!

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

And thus as this year’s exciting, sometimes even thrilling, often hard to imagine what some of the thousands of adventurous players did or did NOT do, this year’s WSOP is fast coming to a conclusion, with only 22 players left out of a field of 7,721 of Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship. And it has most definitely  proven, once again, that poker is not a hobby, but after 47 years is a full-fledged competition for the title of WORLD CHAMPION of POKER.

Starting today’s report with the thrilling ride taken by Adrian Moreno that concluded yesterday at close to midnight when he overcame a field of 4391 for Event #74: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em. For his efforts Moreno takes home his first gold bracelet and $528,316.00.

As far as the Main Event goes, it is most definitely approaching the Final Table. As of 4:30 pm Central Time there are 22 players still breathing with the highest chip count going to John Hesp with 41.665,000 chips and the lowest belongs to, for the moment, Alexandre Reard with a tiny stack of 4.130,000 chips. The Final Nine players will earn the following amounts:

1st – $8,150,000 2nd -$4,700,000 3rd – $3,500,000
4th – $2,600,000 5th – $2,000,000 6th – $1,675,000
7th – $1,425,000 8th – $1,200,000 9th – $1,000,000

Who are you rooting for? Right now I’m going with Ben Lamb who is currently in 9th place with 17,760,000 chips to move around.

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

I know that for many, the appeal of the Main Event at the WSOP is that anyone who has the $10,000 buy-in or who qualifies by winning a satellite tournament can become the next world champion and walk away with $8.15 million. You know, the “Moneymaker Effect.”

If you’re playing as an amateur or a typical grinder in the Main Event, knowing that anyone can win is what gives you hope. But if you’re like me, and you’re a fan, watching the 2017 WSOP live, you might feel a bit let down.

Most of the poker superstars I love to watch have already been eliminated. My favorite, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, busted on Day 2, as did Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand “Elky”Grospellier.

Then on Day 3, before the money bubble burst, even more big poker names had been busted, including 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, 2-time Main Event winner Johnny Chan, Brian Rast, Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Rainer Kempe and three more of my favorites, Jason Mercier, Doug Polk and last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.

At the time of this writing on Day 4, there are 626 players remaining in the hunt out of the original 7,221, including two previous Main Event finalists, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert. Chip leaders include: Ibrahim Nasief, 2,200,000; Eugene Kotlyarevskiy, 1,970,000; Nick Maimone, 1,910,000; Mickey Craft, 1,820,000; Damien Salas, 1,800,000; David Woo, 1,800,000 and so on. By the time I finished my list, it had changed four times! If you want the very latest chip count, you can check it our yourself at the WSOP website.

In the meantime I’m waiting for the “Final Table” as we’re sure most poker fans and enthusiasts are.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

After 72 Events have been completed, the 48th Annual World Series of Poker continues at a break neck speed with the Main Event’s Final table just around the corner;  you can spot anxious players rubbing their hands in anticipation and dreaming of the Championship Title.

Chris KlodnickiEvent #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em took longer than expected and a 4th day was added with Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki returning for a final table heads-up duel. It was Klodnicki who emerged victorious and took home $428,423 dollars to add to his poker winnings of more than nine million and his very first, finally, gold WSOP bracelet.

 

James CalderaroEvent #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller was conquered by James Calderaro for his first gold bracelet and $1,289,074 to add to his many other poker victories. And he does it not just for the thrill of victory but also for his kids. He gave his WPT Championship to his first born son and this bracelet will go to his second son.

 

Harrison GimbelEvent #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by  Harrison Gimbel, giving him a sweet check for $645,922 but most importantly, his first WSOP gold bracelet. With this win Gimbel became poker’s newest “Triple Crown” winner. To earn a Triple Crown, a player has to win a World Poker Tour main event, a WSOP bracelet, and an EPT or PokerStars Championship main event and Gimbel accomplished just that with this win.

 

Jason Gola

Event #69: $1,500 Razz gave Jason Gola $132,957 and his first WSOP gold bracelet after taking down David “ODB” Baker after a six-hour heads-up. Gola outlasted a tough table that included Phil Hellmuth who was knocked out in sixth place by Baker.

 

Heidi May

 

Heidi May captured her first bracelet in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship after she easily destroyed Deborah “Debs the Destroyer Worley-Roberts and picked up $135,098 for the win.

 

Nipun "Javatinii" Java

Event #71: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship was picked up by Nipun “Javatinii” Java. For his victory, he won $237,668 as well as his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

 

 

Mike WattelEvent #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship – Mike Wattel won his second WSOP gold bracelet and the $245,451 first prize when he ran over infamous Chris “Jesus” Ferguson after six hours of heads up play.

 

The Main Event is well on its way and we will keep you posted as our eyes and ears at the Rio report to us on all final tables action.

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