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I don’t know about you, but I can’t get too excited now about any of the remaining 2017 WSOP Events until the Main Event begins today, July 8th.  Actually, I had been extremely pumped when I learned that the World Series would be live-streamed on, but I lost a bit of my enthusiasm for it when I realized several things:

First, so many of the Events were Live during the daytime hours but by the time my husband and I wanted to watch at night, it was no longer Live and we had to go to the On Demand category if we wanted to see that particular event. Second, PokerGo neglected to put the Event numbers on their recorded events which made it a bit more challenging to find the one you’re looking for.

Third, PokerGo didn’t record all the events, so they didn’t always have the one I wanted to see. If they did, of course, I already knew who had won. My husband and I still enjoy watching hands being played mostly for the poker strategies which are far more complicated than the average recreational player  realizes. However, some of the color commentary on PokerGo was SO complex, SO filled with specialized poker jargon that it became annoying; it almost sounded to me like they were showing off their poker knowledge. I’d be interested to know how the poker community felt.

Still, kudos to PokerGo for a fantastic first effort, as well as providing plenty of good poker content on their site.

Daniel NegreanuThe last Event I really cared about was Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship because it was the one my favorite pro, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, wanted to win so desperately. I know that because I’d been watching his Vlog (video blog) where he not only takes you behind the scenes and  into his world, but also honestly reveals his intentions, his thought processes, his moods (ups and downs) and his moments of exhilaration and frustration.

I was really rooting hard for him to win this Event because it meant so much to him; he’s had a lot of cashes but no 7th bracelet yet; he loves the mixed game format and it was also important for WSOP POY (player of the year) points. PokerGo didn’t cover this event so I had to keep hitting UPDATE on the WSOP site, especially as it got down to the last day.  I got extremely  excited as his chip count grew to more than 5.9 million, and then very disappointed as his chip count went steadily down.  I could almost feel his pain when he came in fifth.

Elior SionSo, Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship was ultimately won by Elior Sion, who took home a whopping $1,395,767 and the gold bracelet. Sion was quoted as saying that he’d considered Negreanu his biggest threat, adding; “To see him not getting any cards at the final table… he really didn’t have a chance to win.”

Rulah DivineEvent #63:  $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em had 1,750 entries and was won by Rulah Divine, who took home $262,501 and his first bracelet.



Sebastian LangrockIn Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix, Sebastian Langrock won his first bracelet and took down $268,555 in a mere 156 hands.



Shai Zurr

Event #65: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) was won convincingly by Shai Zurr, in record time. He was the second Israeli bracelet winner of the summer (Ben Maya, won Event #47 earlier this summer). Zurr won $223,241 and his first gold bracelet, and said of his win: “I’m so happy to join the bracelet winner’s family, also the Israeli bracelet winner’s family.”

Events #66 — #72 are all in progress as of this writing.

And then, it will be interesting to see how ESPN handles coverage of the Main Event. We know they will be going with Lon McEachern (pronounced McCarron) and Norman Chad for play- by-play and color, and adding some great pros for additional color.

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Millions of poker fans look forward to the WSOP every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, with the elimination of the November Nine, the live coverage by ESPN (of the Main Event in July) and the promise of streaming coverage throughout by, we were even more excited than usual.

PokerGo Streaming the 2017 WSOPSo, this has been our experience so far. We quickly learned that pokercentral is offering streaming through their new subscription service, PokerGo. That meant we, and millions of others, had to sign up and pay $10 for a month or $99 for a year. Not bad, but not what we had been led to believe. Plus, it took us about six tries to get the code online to match the code on our TV.

Anyway, on our first night trying to watch Day 4 of the most expensive event on the WSOP schedule, the $111,111 HR for One Drop, we finally had to pause it with two hours to go. The final table was stacked with great players and we were pumped to watch the last two hours. Unfortunately, the navigation was totally off the next night so we couldn’t go back to watch the final two hours – all we could find was a 30-minute highlight video.

Doug PolkThe third night (by then we already knew that Polk had beaten Elky in Heads-up play) we figured out the navigation (or PokerGo fixed it; we’ll never know) and we got to watch the handsome Italian, Dario Sammartino bust out in 3rd place, winning $1.6milion, and then the super-charming Doug Polk killing it with some gutsy poker. Second place for Elky was a cool $2.2 mill and Polk won his third WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $3.6+million.

Meanwhile, I just tried to sign into PokerGO on my laptop as I did yesterday and it tells me that no one with that email address (the one we used for the last three days) is a member of PokerGO. Beyond frustrating. On the third try, it must have recognized me and I was in. Nothing streaming live until tonight but that gave me the opportunity to go to their “On Demand” category and catch some fun moments from a few other events.

Abe MosseriI watched Day 4 of what was supposed to be a 3-day event, the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up, mainly because my all-time favorite, “Real Kid Poker” was going for his seventh bracelet against Abe Mosseri. Both love to play mixed games, which puts me at a real disadvantage; I just learned the rules for Texas Hold’em two years ago so these variants confuse the hell outta me. Anyway, it took about ten minutes for Mosseri to win the bracelet, but Negreanu had a second place finish after a third place the day before so he’s still doing incredibly well.

Then I caught some of the $10,000 Heads Up Event – poker in its purest form, where one player survives the single-elimination event with 128 players in the field. The commentators said the heads-up event was one of the most prestigious at the WSOP, so I decided to watch 22-year old Adrian Mateos face off against 42-year old Negreanu on Day 1, right after DNegs had finished playing in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up. This was a really tough first match-up, Daniel didn’t get many good cards and he lost (gracefully and with humor) in the first round.

Adrian MateosOn the other hand, Adrian Mateos went on to knock off five more players to go up against 70-year-old John Smith in the final round. Smith had been the runner-up in this event last year; I watched his Day 3 match against Ryan Riess and could see that he was a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, Smith ultimately lost to Mateos to be runner-up again. And, Mateos’ win made him the youngest player ever to win three bracelets by the age of 22.

PokerGo has great coverage and extremely knowledgeable commentators and after a few initial glitches has worked out well for us. If you want to know all the results of every event, you can go to or No point in us reinventing the wheel!

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In honor of the 2017 World Series of Poker, the Texas Poker Store invites you to enter our contest and score big!

To score $200 off of any poker table in our store!

Whitney at the 2017 WSOP1.  If you plan to attend the WSOP for even a day, take a selfie, photo or brief video that demonstrates where you are . . . and then find a clever way to display these three little words: Texas Poker Store. Hold up a hand-made sign, write it on a napkin with a sharpie, print it on your hat like our lovely model is doing, or simply say “I love the TEXAS POKER STORE” on video and submit it to me at

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2. If you can’t attend the WSOP in person, do not despair. With the Main Event being covered live on ESPN and numerous events streaming on PokerGO, simply follow the same instructions but show the WSOP playing on your T.V., computer, tablet or phone, and submit it to me at

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The qualifying entries will be announced at the end July and posted on our Facebook page – the winners will be determined by . . . you guessed it – the staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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One thing I never thought Daniel Negreanu needed was a sidekick! Don’t get me wrong; his pairing with Phil Hellmuth as ESPN analysts during their coverage of the 2016 WSOP’s Final Table was positively brilliant, and the pair’s expertise was only exceeded by their dazzling repartee (along with the unpredictable and engaging play of last year’s champion, Qui Nguyen) .

At the time, “Kid Poker” repeatedly made the point that people (especially if they’re new to the game) need to have fun and be entertained—which includes different personalities, exciting styles of play, amusing table talk– if they’re going to become the next generation of poker fans. Negreanu always enjoyed “trash-chatting” at the poker table, but it has gotten harder to do with so many serious young players hiding under their headphones and refusing to engage.

Comedian Kevin Hart

Still, I’m not sure he could have predicted that the fun would be provided by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, recently signed as a spokesperson by PokerStars. At a press conference ostensibly called by the superstar, Hart, accompanied by PokerStars Team Pro Negreanu, made the announcement that he was partnering with PokerStars “to make poker fun again.” Hart described how deeply in love with the game he is, and cited that he’d played in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas back in January and was in Monte Carlo where he had just played the Super High Roller; in fact, he said he’d been playing poker for at least 10 years.

But, Hart continued at the presser, he could see what the game is missing, saying, “and the game is missing ME.”  He went on to say that the game has had Daniel for quite some time, and “Daniel has done his job and brought fun to the game, but what Daniel is missing . . . is the black sidekick!”

Kid Poker did not just play straight man to Hart, often showing his own funny side as they fielded questions from the press, making it very obvious that the two had already developed a close relationship. Most importantly, both are clearly dedicated to the concept of elevating poker so that it’s fun to play and fun to watch. What a boon to poker, and what a party for poker fans.

If you have the time, the full press conference can be found on, along with the article written by Frank Op de Woerd.

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