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

Exotic -sounding places like Macau, Montenegro and Malta represent just a few destinations for big-name professional poker players to travel to, sit down at the poker tables and win big. With poker becoming even more of a big deal all over the globe (consider the recently-formed GPL-India, GPL-China and GPL-Brazil) that’s a lot of frequent flier miles!

Take the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series, for example. The Triton series began in January 2016 as part of the WPT National Philippines. That event broke records for WPT as its highest buy-in event ever, at US $200,000 per entry. With 52 entries, my boy (GPL team member of the LA Sunset) Fedor ( @CrownUpGuy) Holz came away with the title and a whopping prizepool of US $3,072,748.

Naturally, when I was looking over the current SHR event happening now in Macau, I couldn’t help but notice that Fedor Holz had made the final table again. In fact, he’s in second place with 4,325,000 chips while the chip leader is Spanish phenom Adrian Mateos, with 4,785,000. Up for grabs is the top prize of $2.872 million.

The rest of the final table consists of Dietrich Fast (3,370,000), Kahle Burns (2,625,000), Timothy Adams (2,185,000), start of Day 2 chipleader Stephen Chidwick (1,395,000), Isaac Haxton (1,075,000), and Poker Hall of Fame member John Juanda (990,000).

And this is just one final table at one tournament. Poker is being played non-stop, everywhere (including Montenegro where the second in the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series took place, with the win by Manig Loeser from Germany.)

Follow the poker players and you’ll see the world. You might even be able to point out Montenegro and Macau on the map!

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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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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I was debating with someone the other day about what it took to get into the Poker Hall of Fame when my wife walked by and said, “You mean, there’s actually a Poker Hall of Fame?” She seemed just skeptical enough to make me want to prove it to her; after all, why wouldn‘t there be a Hall of Fame for great poker players? So then she asked if getting in was based on total earnings or  longevity or popularity or what, and since I had to look it up, I figured I’d share it with any of you who might have the same question.

Jen Harman and John JuandaThe two latest players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 were Jennifer Harman and John Juanda, who became the 49th and 50th members. The public nominated 10 potential inductees, and then Harman and Juanda were officially selected by a 39-person panel of existing Poker Hall of Famers. Their induction ceremony took place on November 6 at 7:00 pm in the former Benny’s Bullpen inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, which hosted the first final table of the WSOP in 1970. Both Harman and Juanda have played high stakes poker for more than 20 years with great success. (Incidentally, there has not yet been a European player who has garnered enough votes to get in yet.) But what, exactly, did it take for Harman and Juanda to make it?

Daniel Negreanu - Poker Hall of Fame 2014To answer that question I turned to Hall of Famer and my personal favorite player, Daniel “The Kid” Negreanu. Before this year’s voting, he posted a list of the criteria that must be met in order to be considered a true Hall of Fame contender. I have “borrowed” his list to share with you: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition; they must have played for high stakes; they must be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination; they must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers and they must have stood the test of time. In addition, there is also a category for non-players, who “must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

So there it is. No flash-in-the-pans. No overnight successes.  And no 22-year-olds! And my wife was satisfied because the answer came from Negreanu, who happens to be her favorite, too. Now I can get back to the tables and practicing my game.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Mike KachanOur eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino called to tell us how flabbergasted they were at the ludicrous, nearly insane, amounts of money being pocketed at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker.

Mike “babyshark33” Kachan ran away with Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He bagged $403,483 plus his first WSOP bracelet which he stated that he couldn’t wait to put on his 10-month-old son’s wrist.  “Babyshark33” eliminated Jeff Blenkarn heads-up, leaving him with out a bracelet but with $250,815 in cash.

Daniel Colemand and Daniel NegreanuThen came Event #57: The Big One for One Drop. Forty-two players ponied up $1,000,000 each to shoot for it all but when the dust settled after 114 hands played Daniel Colman, just 23 years of age and appearing at his first WSOP final table defeated Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu heads up. Coleman walked away with the title of Champion, a huge payday of  $15,306,668  and the platinum one of a kind bracelet.

Although this was  “Kid Poker’s” second runner-up finish at the 2014 WSOP taking second in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship — the $8,288,001 he earned for 2nd place in Event# 57  is the largest score of his career. This makes him the all-time live tournament money earner. Topping the first ONE DROP winner, Antonio Esfandiari. Negreanu was heard telling news reporters on the scene that “The $8 million is good, but… it’s important to reinforce that $4.6 million was raised for charity. Otherwise, it’s a bunch of rich people with too much money gambling for stakes that are obscene.”

Here is the top ten list of money, bucks, moola, cash won by poker’s tournament players (according to the Hendon Mob.):

1. Daniel Negreanu – $29,796,381
2. Antonio Esfandiari – $26,244,377
3. Phil Ivey – $21,431,318
4. Erik Seidel – $20,445,359
5. Sam Trickett – $20,065,545
6. Daniel Colman – $18,200,842
7. Phil Hellmuth – $18,146,522
8. John Juanda – $16,052,904
9. Michael Mizrachi – $14,579,583
10. Scott Seiver – $12,607,348

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