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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 49th Annual World Series of Poker  ran from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it has now come to an end.  There were a record 78 bracelet events and more than $267 million dollars paid out in prize money from all 78 events. We have had a lot of up and down emotions throughout our reports. We will conclude this series with our final coverage of this year’s spectacular series closing with none other than The Big One For One Drop.

Joe CadaEvent #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee – Joe Cada, who came in 5th at the Main Event’s final table, went on to win “The Closer” for his second bracelet of this series. This makes it a total of four bracelets for Cada, who not only bagged a lot of chips at this year’s WSOP but undoubtedly bagged a lot of new fans as well.

 

Justin Bonomo Event #78: The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em  Twenty-Seven High Roller players dropped a million dollars each for the chance to take home some of the $24,840,000 prize pool. But at the end it was Justin Bonomo who triumphed and picked up the win and with that, took over the top spot on the all-time money list of Poker Winnings. Bonomo earned  a very very sweet $10 million after a heads-up battle with Fedor Holz (who had to settle for $6 million) That win put his total cashes at just under $43 million, surpassing the long-time top money earner, our favorite, Daniel Negreanu ($39,656,197).

Now we all have to get back to our normal daily routines until next year, when the sure to be historic 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker is celebrated. The remaining questions  would be; Will we see you there? Will you get to a final table?

The 49th World Series of Poker Bracelet

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It seems like there is never a break during the World Series of Poker and this year is no exception. It’s damn near impossible to report on all the action at the many poker tables on the floors of the Rio Hotel and Casino.

In our last blog from this year’s WSOP we reported on all the action up to the conclusion of event 16 with the phenomenal Justin Bonomo picking up his 2nd bracelet and a sweet $185,965. And now we have the daunting task of bringing you up to date with 15 more gold bracelets handed out and a total of $5,285,234 DOLLARS in first prize moneys alone. Here is a quick list of all the latest WSOP Bracelet Winners and Champions:

Ognyan Dimov

 

Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Ognyan Dimov for his first bracelet and $378,743.

 

 

Adam Friedman

Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed belonged to Adam Friedman taking down his second bracelet and $293,275.

 

 

Craig Varnell

 

Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha – Craig Varnell won his first bracelet and took home $181,790.

 

 

Jeremy Wien

 

Event #20: Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em conquered by Jeremy Wien – first bracelet and a fat $537,710.

 

Arne Kern

 

Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER – Our favorite event was won by Arne Kern – first bracelet and now new Millionaire with the prize of $1,173,223.

 

Philip Long

 

Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix – picked up by Philip Long first bracelet and $147,348.

 

 

Brian RastEvent #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship – Brian Rast ran away with his fourth bracelet and $259,670.

 

 

Michael Addamo

Event #24: THE MARATHON – $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em taken by Michael Addamo  winning his first bracelet and a fat $653,581.

 

 

Benjamin DobsonEvent #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better checked off by Benjamin Dobson picks up his first bracelet and $173,528.

 

 

Filippos StavrakisEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Filippos Stavrakis grabs his bracelet and $169,842.

 

 

 

John HenniganEvent #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. belonged to John Hennigan who won his fifth bracelet and a cool $414,692.

 

 

 

Gal Yifrach Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Gal Yifrach for his first bracelet and $461,798.

 

 

 

Hanh TranEvent #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – Hanh Tran wins his first bracelet and $117,282.

 

 

 

Ryan BambrickEvent #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Ryan Bambrick grabs his first WSOP gold bracelet and pockets $217,123.

 

 

 

Steven AlbiniEvent #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud – finished with Steven Albini walking away with his first gold bracelet and $105,629.

So after the cashier payed out a grand total of $5,285,234 just in first prize money and handed out another 15 Gold WSOP Bracelets, everyone left somewhat enriched by their winnings, or if nothing else, by their experience at the 49th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. And there is a lot more action still to experience. Hope to see you there.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Lots of things can happen in five days at the Annual World Series of Poker. You will certainly see tons of unhappy, maybe disgruntled, perhaps even angry players who didn’t make cash. Then you look around and realize that other players are walking around grinning from ear to ear and making b-lines to the cashier to collect their winnings.

And then there are the few who walk away with their brand new WSOP bracelets, Poker Championship titles, and huge fat paychecks. Below is a list of the last nine players who are showing off their new sparkling gold bracelets:

Roberly Felicio Roberly Felicio knocked down Event #7: COLOSSUS – $565 No-Limit Hold’em. In a tough, long battle Felicio was finally able to defeat Sang Liu heads-up for the coveted bracelet, his first, plus an extraordinarily hefty check for $1,000,000.

Johannes BeckerEvent #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball was conquered by Johannes Becker. After busting out of the $100,000 High Roller Event, Becker smiled brightly for the cameras as he pocketed $180,455 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Paul VolpeEvent #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ended with Paul Volpe taking home his third WSOP bracelet, plus a tidy little sum of $417,921 to add to his previous poker winnings.

Event #10: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em – Won by William “Twooopair” Raymond who can claim the first “Online” bracelet of 2018 and drops $154,996 into his growing bank account. (No image of Raymond available)

Event #11: PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha – Still being played.

Jeremy Harkin Jeremy Harkin won Event #12: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed and finally realized his dream of winning a bracelet. Harkin takes home, not only his first bracelet, but a healthy $129,882.

Benjamin MoonEvent #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was finally crushed by Benjamin Moon after a long battle that ended when Romain Lewis jammed with A-d – 2 – d and Moon snapped called with A- c – J- s. Moon takes home his first WSOP bracelet and the sweet sum of $315,346.

Daniel OspinaEvent #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw belonged to Daniel Ospina after running through a field of 260 players to grab up his first WSOP bracelet and $87,678.

Andrey ZhigalovEvent #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw Andrey Zhigalov take down a field of 731 to bring home his first bracelet along with $202,787 to add to his previous $350,000 career poker tournament winnings.

Justin BonomoFinally for now; Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship was yanked away from 114 players by none other than Justin Bonomo, a young 32-year-old who is having a phenomenal 2018, having so far amassed 0ver $14 million in winnings. Bonomo takes home his second bracelet, and another $185,965 to add to the vast fortune already earned this year.

Although it is only June 10 as of this writing, $6,446,939 has already being awarded to the 13 bracelet winners and with all ready more than 30.5 million dollars in prize money paid out by the 49th Annual World Series of Poker thus far, there is still a lot more coming from the 49th Annual WSOP poker tables.

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