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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

These days seems like you just finish one poker tournament in time to get ready for the next one. Around the globe, the biggest tournament, of course, is the World Series of Poker; in second place comes the Aussie Millions – Australia, followed by the Latin America Poker Tour – Brazil, then the World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans. There are way too many for us to give you a complete list, but we will do our very best to keep you informed with plenty of time for you to gather your $$$, your senses, and of course, giving you enough time to sit at any poker table and hone your skills.

Super High Roller BowlFor now, here’s one for you to keep your eye on; perhaps you can shoot for it next year as it has already sold out for this year. In fact, hard as it is to believe, it sold out on the very first day with a buy-in of $300,000! There are a total of 50 players which created a prize pool of $15 million with $5 million going to the winner.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl sold out so fast that it has been confirmed as the World Championship of High Stakes Poker. 35 seats were sold out the first day and the remaining 15 seats were held back and will be chosen by the Aria Resort and Casino.

Every player wants to play in The Super High Roller Bowl. Not everyone can get in. The following are the confirmed players for the tournament:

Christian Christner Antonio Esfandiari Igor Kurganov
Matt Berkey Connor Drinan Steffen Sontheimer
Jake Schindler Pratyush Buddiga Rainer Kempe
Sean Winter John Juanda Dominik Nitsche
Christoph Vogelsang Stefan Schillhabel Andrew Robl
Brian Rast Bryn Kenney Fedor Holz
David Peters Jason Les Ben Tollerene
Tom Marchese Erik Seidel Sam Soverel
Scott Seiver Ankush Mandavia David Einhorn
Nick Petrangelo Haralabos Voulgaris Isaac Haxton
Andrew Lichtenberger Doug Polk Ben Sulsky
Byron Kaverman Koray Aldemir

The remaining 15 players will be announced by the Aria Resort and Casino. If your name is not on the list above, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get in next year. Good luck to y’all.

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By: Queen of Hearts Paris

As the second week of online GPL matches continues, I have found myself extremely pleased that I made the decision to follow this new, highly innovative form of team poker.  I had approached it tentatively, thinking it would be fun to write a few blogs about it and then move on, but that isn’t what happened. I got hooked!

Queen of Hearts ParisSo, you are now looking at my current work set-up: laptop for working, including writing blogs, and second screen to follow the 6-Max and Heads-Up matches when they’re live streaming on www.globalpokerleague.com  or www.twitch.tv/gpl on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Most people who know me will find this hard to believe, since I have never been the poker player in the family and never particularly enjoyed watching poker being played, live or online. My husband is the poker enthusiast, which is one of the reasons we created the Texas Poker Store four years ago. He’s the one who plays in a friendly poker game once a week and online most nights. He’s the one who has gone to Vegas to “cover” the WSOP Final Nine each year (at least that’s what he tells me) and he has the photos to prove it.

Anyway, yesterday, I was watching a Heads-Up match between Kitty Kuo of the San Francisco Rush and Joao Samoa of the Sao Paulo Metropolitans ( the end result of the 6-Max match among a member of each team from the Americas Conference ) I started to get deeply involved in one of the most unusual and entertaining aspects of the GPL: the live webcams inviting the viewing audience into the minds, strategies and personalities of the players. It was fun listening to Kuo saying “Ooooh; I want to win” and then screaming for joy as she won the match for her team.

And it’s been fascinating to hear other players share their thoughts with us. Xuan Liu was narrating her every move and observed, “So much fun when you’re getting good hands. I hope I didn’t jinx myself.” She didn’t, winning points for the Montreal Nationals. Sam Trickett, of the London Royals had a very different approach, remaining stoic and unemotional (even as he let us see his dog!) in his match against Randy Lew of the Hong Kong Stars. Lew revealed so much of his thought process and showed his emotions throughout, finally taking the win in the rubber match. And then, as I tried desperately to write this simple blog, I got totally caught up in a never-ending Heads-Up between Dominik Nitsche of the Berlin Bears (it seems all the Bears love to entertain and inform the audience) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy of the Moscow Wolverines. In fact, that’s when I took it too far and wound up starting an entire meme in the chat room based on my public observation of how hot he was. He finally won, giving the Wolverines some big points.

Somewhere in the midst of all of that I had an epiphany. I understood why Alex Dreyfus believed he could sportify poker, because he had already reeled me in. I’m a huge sports fan, mostly football and basketball, so I know what it feels like to root for your team.  And I also know that even people who don’t follow college basketball at all still get involved in March Madness. Dreyfus understood that. He knew if he could just get the attention of non-poker fans by being innovative, giving them teams to pull for and personalities to attract and excite us (not to mention that L.A., making the very last wildcard pick, added the wildly popular actor/poker player, Aaron Paul) that the Global Poker League might just make a huge impact in the poker world.  I think, within the next couple of years, he’s going to wind up being right.

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pocket-bullets-parisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The 2014 WSOP has entered into their history book more than a third of this year’s events and there is no denying that players from the U.S.A. have taken control, blowing away the competition at the Rio in Las Vegas. This year there were 65 bracelets to be awarded; thus far 23 of those have been snatched up with American players taking an overwhelming lead by slipping 20 of those bracelets on their wrists.

U.S. players have filled their bank accounts with $38, 059, 289.00 in winnings from a total of 2,720 cashes. The closest country now in distant second place is Canada with $1, 531, 605.00 with just over 270 cashes and no bracelets yet. The only other bracelet winners so far are Germany with two bracelets but only $972,205 and Belgium with one bracelet and just $660,793.

Here are the latest winners from the WSOP poker tables at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino:

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Ted Gillis Wins Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em ($514,027) Texas

Kory Kilpatrick Wins Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout ($254,891) Georgia

Dominik Nitsche Wins Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em ($335,659) Germany

Christopher Wallace Wins Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($507,614) Minnesota

Doug Polk Wins Event #23: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em ($251,969) Nevada

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Dominik Nitsche

Twenty-one year old Dominik Nitsche from Minden, Germany was crowned winner of Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em.  The last day started with just 51 players, out of a field of 4,620, still standing and still reaching for the bracelet. The remaining field was quickly cut to only 29 after just two hours, and down to just 16 after four short hours. Then young Nitsche roared like a tornado and blew everyone away to win his first WSOP bracelet and pocketed $654,797.

Nick Schulman is from Manhattan, New York. He is not just a pro poker player; he is also a smooth  pro pool player. He was the winner of Event #60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit). 101 of poker’s best put up $10,000 each to play in this challenging event. On June 12, 2009, Schulman won his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 World Championship No Limit 2-7 Draw event. This year he captured his second bracelet, plus the sum of $294,321 to add to his career winnings of more than $5 million.

And now there’s only one event left. With a field of 6,598 the Main Event, the one that determines the Final Table;  Event #61 No-Limit Hold ’em started when Director Jack Effel kicked off the tourney of all tourneys by stating “This is the day! The time is now!” The chase for this year’s elusive, most-coveted prize in the world of poker:  the title of Champion and the 2012 WSOP Gold Bracelet has started. Good luck to all!

Who do you think will be the Final Nine standing around the poker table at the end of this event? Who will be moving forward to the Final Table in October?

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