Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Once again, it’s hard to believe that the 48th Annual World Series of Poker is almost here. The 2017 WSOP doors officially open Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Every year at about this time, the staff at the Texas Poker Store starts checking out all the new players who may be the ones to keep our eyes on. And this year is no different.
We’re certain that most of the big-time players will be there, including Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, Phil “The Brat” Hellmuth, Phil “The Tiger Woods of Poker” Ivey, Eric “Sly” Seidel, Fedor Holz, and more. But the newbies to watch out for are serious about their game and will more than likely be a force to reckon with.
The Newbies that we’re watching are:
Johanssy Joseph – With just north of a million dollars in live cashes to his name, and more than a dozen cashes already this year, Joseph is planning on playing most tournaments that are $1,55 or less because his track record shows that to be his most successful road to travel.
Will Berry – Coming fresh from a sweet win at the inaugural Main Event at the March 2017 Hard Rock Tulsa Circuit, taking home slightly more than $180,000 and his very first Circuit ring, Berry is feeling his oats and has scheduled himself for several events. And, Berry says he’s ready to try his measured style at this year’s Main Event
Alex Rocha – Having studied and learned well by closely watching Phil Ivey, Rocha has certainly learned well. With slightly over a million and a half in live tournament cashes, Rocha is most definitely a very accomplished player and one to keep your eyes on.
Jim “JJ” Juvancic – He has won a total of more than half a million dollars in live earnings and likes to be diverse in his poker game. He has won WSOP Circuit Rings in H.O.R.S.E. and PLO. Plus, he has scored wins in Stud Poker as well as PLO8 and, of course, has several final table finishes throughout the WSOP Circuit.
Josh Reichard – Reichard has been around for a while, with his first score coming in Las Vegas at the $185 No-Limit Holdem II back in 2012. There he got his first blood win, taking 25th place for $829. Since then, he has amassed just over half a million dollars and is planning to add to that at the 2017 WSOP.
In the words of “The Police,” all I can say to these guys is; Every Move you make, Every Single Day, Every Game You Play, I’ll be watching you. Will you be watching too?