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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

A lot has happened at the 2018 WSOP in the last few days. Another nine events have been completed but it is still far from over. In fact, there are still another 16 events to go with several of them being two, three or more day-events including, of course, the main event which has already begun and will continue until a new Champion is crowned. Here are the latest bracelet winners:

Diogo Veiga Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Portugal’s Diogo Veiga ran away with this event stuffing his pockets with $522,715 and a brand new, shiny gold bracelet for defeating a field of 1,020 entries.

 

 

Giuseppe Pantaleo - Nikita Luther

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em After a long hard-fought battle, the winning tag team was Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther. After taking down a field of 1,032 players, Giuseppe and Nikita both grabbed two coveted gold bracelets and $177,805 to split between them.

 

Calvin Anderson

Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship was taken away by Calvin Anderson who battled his way through a field of 119 hungry players. Anderson made his way through the crowds, smiling and showing off his second WSOP bracelet, to the cage to collect a nice fat check for $309,220.

Jessica DawleyEvent #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Took a long time, but finally, after a full three days of play, Jessica Dawley grabbed up her first gold bracelet and a very nice first-prize of $130,230.

 

Jean-Robert BellandeEvent #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Jean-Robert Bellande smiled broadly to take his picture after defeating a field of 621 and taking his first bracelet and a hefty total of $616,302.

 

Mike TakayamaEvent #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Mike Takayama made his way through a tough field of 2,065 players to take all the marbles home, including his first bracelet and $198,568 for his troubles.

 

Phil GalfondEvent #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Phil Galfond takes his third WSOP Gold bracelet along with $567,788 first prize money to help with all the expenses of bringing a new baby home sometime in Dec 2018. Congrats Phil and Farah.

 

Ryan TosocEvent #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship Ryan “Toosick” Tosoc defeated Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio to take away his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $238,778.

 

Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place – Still being played

Chance KornuthEvent #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller was conquered by Chance “BingShui” Kornuth after running through 480 other players and defeating David “bewater” Goodman heads up to take home a WSOP gold bracelet and a very nice $341,598.

 

Stay tuned. We still have another 16 or so final tables to go in the 49th World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Stay in touch with us, send us your comments or thoughts!

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

I’m sure all you poker players and fans have heard of the Poker Hall of Fame, considered one of the highest honors in the poker world. In order to be eligible, poker players must meet the following requirements:

  • must have played poker against acknowledged top competition,
  • Played for high stakes,
  • Played consistently well and gained the respect of peers,
  • And stood the test of time.
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

Currently, the PHOF has 54 members, mostly because of the new age requirement added in 2011 – a player had to be 40 years old or more before becoming eligible.

But, have you ever heard of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF?) It was founded in 2008 by Lupe Soto to honor women in poker who have acquired prominence and have made contributions to the poker world. Their goal is not only to honor women in poker but to contribute to causes that benefit the community as well.

This year there were 11 highly qualified candidates (out of 50 submissions) hoping to be inducted into the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame, including Lupe Soto, Kara Scott, Jennifer Tilly, Terry King, Karina Jett and Maria Ho. To be eligible, all the women must have been active as a player and/or industry leader for at least ten years, be a proponent of women in poker, be at least 35 years old and have contributed to the poker world in some meaningful way.

On May 1st, after all the votes were tallied, Maria Ho and Lupe Soto were selected for induction in the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Upon learning of her selection, Ho responded, “Wow! What wonderful news to receive! I am honestly incredibly shocked and beyond honored to hear this.”Both women exemplify the organization’s motto, “Celebrating excellence, contribution and performance.”

Soto and Ho will officially join the Hall at the WiPHoF Luncheon Celebration & Induction at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their partner, Poker Gives,  a charity that serves homeless veterans and military families in need.

Our question for all the ladies who follow the Texas Poker Store Blog is, who of you are sitting at the poker tables practicing your skills so that someday you could be immortalized by the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame?

Send me your thought or comments.

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The 2018 Schedule for the 49th Annual World Series of Poker has been released and there has already been plenty of excitement. This year there will be a total of 78 bracelet events that include the return of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. The action will start on May 29th and run through to July 17. As expected, it will all take place at the fabulous Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you intend on participating then get to the Rio by May 29 to register. Then on May 30th, Event 1, the $565 buy in “Casino Employees” will start at 11 a.m., followed by Event 2, a brand new $10,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty at 3 p.m. May will close out on Thursday, May 31st with Event 3, the familiar $3,000 “No-Limit Hold’em Shootout,” at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Event 4 will close the month with the $1,500 “Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.”

All that action and excitement just during the first few days of this year’s World Series of Poker! Will you be able to take it all in? Will you be there for any of it? If not, have no fears. Simply check here with us on a regular basis and we will keep you posted. As usual, our eyes and ears will be reporting to us from the Rio’s WSOP Events rooms. Just a heads up; the $1,000,000 buy in “The Big One for One Drop.” is scheduled as Event 78.

According to the official schedule from the WSOP, it looks like this year the hugely popular “Main Event,” Event 65A, will actually start on the morning of July 2nd through July 4th. On Day 3 all fields will merge and play everyday until there’s a Final Table and the ultimate crowning of this year’s World Series of Poker Champion.

Any of you have a favorite in mind?