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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 2018 Schedule for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker has been released and there has already been plenty of excitement. This year there will be a total of 78 bracelet events that include the return of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. The action will start on May 29th and run through to July 17. As expected, it will all take place at the fabulous Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you intend on participating then get to the Rio by May 29 to register. Then on May 30th, Event 1, the $565 buy in “Casino Employees” will start at 11 a.m., followed by Event 2, a brand new $10,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty at 3 p.m. May will close out on Thursday, May 31st with Event 3, the familiar $3,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Shootout,” at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Event 4 will close the month with the $1,500 “Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.”

All that action and excitement just during the first few days of this year’s World Series of Poker! Will you be able to take it all in? Will you be there for any of it? If not, have no fears. Simply check here with us on a regular basis and we will keep you posted. As usual, our eyes and ears will be reporting to us from the Rio’s WSOP Events rooms. Just a heads up; the $1,000,000 buy in “The Big One for One Drop.” is scheduled as Event 78.

According to the official schedule from the WSOP, it looks like this year the hugely popular “Main Event,” Event 65A, will actually start on the morning of July 2nd through July 4th. On Day 3 all fields will merge and play everyday until there’s a Final Table and the ultimate crowning of this year’s World Series of Poker Champion.

Any of you have a favorite in mind?

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve always said that sometimes, no matter how good you think your hand is, you may still get beat. That’s what happened to Motoyuki Mabuchi  when he hit quad aces on the river and shoved all in. Mabuchi knew his hand was the nuts, but then Justin Phillips snap-called him and everyone in the room gasped as Phillips showed a royal flush that sent Mabuchi to the rails shaking his head.

Bad beats happen all the time but they are seldom as impressive as the beat that Phillips exercised over Mabuchi. This past year at the “Big One for One Drop” we witnessed another huge bad beat. This time it was for a million dollars. Cary Katz, under the gun, bets $225,000 with pocket aces. The table folded around to Connor Drinan who re-raised to $580,000, then Katz four-bet to $2,000,000. Katsz tries to give some friendly advice. He says “Save your money kid, you can’t win every pot.” Drinan smirks and shoves all in to $4, 970,000, Katz snap-calls and both players show pocket bullets. Drinan held the ace of diamonds and ace of clubs while Katz held the ace of hearts and the ace of spades. Everyone assumed they would split the pot; in fact, it was a 96 percent chance they would. But then a heart came up on the flop. And another on the turn and the kill was another heart on the river giving Katz the flush and the win. Possibly the worst beat in the history of poker at a $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker tournament.

With a name like “Pocket Bullets” Paris, I especially felt Drinan’s pain as he stepped back from the poker table. Damn! Watch the video below and you too could share in Drinan’s pain.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The Eurythmics said “Sweet dreams are made of this, Who am I to disagree?” I totally agree but my version is slightly different. Mine goes like this: “Poker dreams are made of this, who are you to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas playing poker and you may find what you’re looking for.”

These guys have certainly had their poker dreams come true.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu the “Poker Kid” has won six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championship titles. As of 2014, his poker dreams have provided him with live tournament winnings that exceed $29,750,000

Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, born Amir Esfandiari, was a professional magician, and now is known for his elaborate chip tricks and his impressive poker earnings. He has won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets in his career, including the “Big One for One Drop” in 2012, a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament benefiting the One Drop Foundation. As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $26,250,000

Phil IveyPhil Ivey  is another dreamer who never let go of his poker dreams and became one of the top money-making professional poker players. He has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. As of 2014, Ivey’s total live tournament winnings exceed $21,400,000.

Erik Seidel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010 and continued dreaming to amass, as of 2014, total live tournament winnings exceeding $20,800,000.

Sam Trickett is another dreamer turned professional poker player who, as of February 25, 2014, had total live tournament winnings of  $19,877,332, placing him 5th on the all-time poker money list.

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phillip Hellmuth, the “Poker Brat,”  dropped out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue his dreams of a poker career. As of 2014, one could say that his dreams paid off. He has total winnings of more than $18,175,000 and has earned an incredible 13 WSOP bracelets. He still dreams of being the greatest poker player of all-time. By many people’s standards he has already seen that dream come true at the poker tables.

There are a lot more players who have traveled the world and the seven seas looking for something, and who have found that what they were looking for was the right cards, at the right time, at the poker tables. Many of them, men and women, too many to mention here,  certainly know that poker dreams are made of this. Who are we to disagree?

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