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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 Jeff Lisandro 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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By: Queen of Hearts Paris

It’s Day Two for the Global Poker League and if you haven’t checked it out, you should. Go to Twitch.com/GPL or GlobalPokerLeague.com for live streaming of 6-MAX and Heads–Up matches every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Before you plunge right in, however, I highly recommend that you catch up on the GPL concept, including the rules, teams, formats, scoring or anything else about the League. (You can read our previous blogs — just enter GPL in the blog’s search function — but for in-depth information explore the GPL site.)

Global Poker LeagueBecause I’ve been following the formation of the GPL on our blog for a few weeks, I was ready to watch the minute they launched. Judging by the chat room participants on Twitch on Day One, most had absolutely no idea what they’d stumbled upon. There were lots of haters, tons of crazy comments and a million questions about where to get more info.

Daniel Jungleman CatesIt was interesting to see that the people chatting today already seemed more informed about what they were watching. Of course, it’s brand new and it’s bound to take a year or two for global team poker to catch on, which is exactly what its creator, Alex Dreyfus, predicted. But when it does, there’s no telling how big it might get.  Once they added the head cams today in the H-U matches, it became personal and exciting even for a total poker dummy like me.  Suddenly, the chat room was buzzing with positivity as we all had the privilege of observing each player’s strategy and listening to some of the more vocal and entertaining players as they let us inside their heads. Dan “Jungleman” Cates, representing the Berlin Bears, was especially open and extremely funny.

Justin BonomoAs of this writing, Justin Bonomo, for the London Royals is playing heads-up against Timothy Adams, for the Rome Emperors and even though I have so much work to do, I can’t seem to pull myself away. I can just imagine how hard it will be for me not to watch once I’ve picked a team to root for (probably the New York Rounders since I always root for NY teams; it’s where I grew up) and gained more poker knowledge along the way.

And that’s truly the whole point of the GPL: building an appreciation of poker for a brand new audience, attracting more and more fans by giving them a team to root for, until ultimately there’s a big enough appetite to watch team poker that it attracts sponsors. Suddenly it’s not just for points and pride; the players are making money without having to spend their own. You know, like other team sports.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

When you believe you have what it takes to enter the  WSOP and come out a winner, you are probably wrong and should stay home and practice more. Learn as many of the games that you’ll encounter at the WSOP and learn them well. Learn to play No-Limit Hold’em as well as Pot-limit Hold’em. Study how Seven Card Razz is played, maybe hone your skills in Omaha Hi-Lo.  Choose whichever game you decide might provide you with better than average chances at besting hundreds, if not thousands, of other players. Remember, they’re all thinking the exact same thing you are. Plus, don’t forget about the pros who are likely to infiltrate your event. Choose your game well, then pick an event featuring the game that also fits your budget, be prepared for the worst and don’t cry when you lose. If you are one of those hopefuls who thinks that you’ll enter a satellite event by any means you can, including using your rent money, borrowing from your friends, neighbors or family and that this will be your ticket into the WSOP, you should probably stay home, pay your rent and get a real job.

Maybe you think of yourself as some sort of poker genius and somehow manage to convince a few fool-hardy suckers to “sponsor” you. Because they don’t know any better, we would, of course, wish you the best of luck, for their sake. We’ve known a few guys like this, and they’re all the same. They’ll frequent your local games, boast about their capabilities, whoop and holler when they win a pot from you. They’ll call you a fool or worse for betting against them, then follow their rants with something like “I knew what you had, fool.”  But when they lose, they always come up with some lame excuse like “I knew what you had … I’m just setting a trap.” Win or lose, these guys always boast about how good they are and then try to get you to sponsor them. If you run into this type of player and they ask you to sponsor them, just laugh and say sure thing, maybe next year.

At this year’s World Series of Poker there have already been 17 Gold Bracelets won and more than $36 million distributed to the winners who made the cut. None of the self-titled poker geniuses described above has made it into the winners circle. If you’re a serious contender and not a loud-mouth bragging amateur, then we wish you the best of luck in building your chip stack.

45th Annual Worls Series of Poker Gold BraceletsHere are your latest bracelet winners and their earnings from the 45th Annual World Series of Poker: Alex Bolotin $259,211, Jonathan Dimmig $1,319,587, Jeff Smith $323,125, Brock Parker $443,407, Justin Bonomo $449,980, Gregory Kolo $169,225, Nick Kost $283,275, Davidi Kitai $508,640, Todd Bui $124,510, Dan Heimiller $627,462, and George Danzer $294,792. Congratulations”

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