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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The dates for the 50th Annual World Series of Poker have been announced. Poker’s most well known and extremely popular poker tournament series is now set to take place from May 28th to July 16th, 2019. As usual the series will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and as of now it is expected to award more than $200 Million Dollars.

There will be a special Historic Event in honor of the tournament’s 50 Birthday that is currently slated to start on opening weekend, May 30-June 2. This will be “The Big 50” -$500 buy-in, 50,000 chips, and 50-minute levels with a $5,000,000 million guaranteed prize pool & $1,000,000 to the winner.  “We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered.  This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

There will also be lots of new events added to this year’s WSOP. To me, one of the coolest new event additions has to be a $1,000 buy-in Mini Main Event. Beginning a couple of days before the $10,000 buy-in actual Main Event gets on the way, the Mini Main Event will begin Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. Like its bigger namesake counter-part, the Mini Main Event will see players start with 60,000 in tournament chips and features the same blind structure with the only difference being a 30-minute  instead of 120-minute levels.

The popular Colossus event is back, with starting days on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. The Colossus will be the lowest-priced gold bracelet event on the 2019 schedule, with a $400 buy-in – down $165 compared to last year’s $565 buy-in. It comes with 40,000 in starting chips and will play 40-minute levels throughout. On June 28 the survivors see the field combined for Day 2 with the final table scheduled for Saturday, June 29.

There will be One-Day Super Turbos, the only live way to earn a bracelet in a day at the WSOP. In the $1,000 version, each player is a $300 bounty, while in the $1,500 version, each player is a $500 bounty.

Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual series of tournament events.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April after all events have been determined and approved by regulators. WSOP.com’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event, as well as to participate in the exclusive online WSOP official gold bracelet events.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2019. All above-announced dates, times, and events are subject to change, according to the WSOP press release.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last week we featured four more celebrities that always capture our attention when they are sitting at a poker table. Sometimes you’ll catch them laser- focused on their hand; you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads as they hesitatingly splash their chips in.

Christian Slater - Phil Hellmuth - SlashOther times you may catch any one of them goofing around with some superstar POKER PLAYERS like in this picture with film star Christian Slater on the left, superstar poker player Phil Hellmuth in the middle, and Rock n Roll superstar Slash.

Celebrity poker lovers come in all sizes, varying skill levels, and various degrees of taking the games they enter into seriously. Most celebrities I have witnessed seem to be very seriously committed to the game.

Michael PhelpsTake one of the most beloved Olympic legends of all time, Michael Phelps. Although he hasn’t quite broken through yet, he has cashed about a half dozen times and if he keeps practicing and enters more tourneys, he just might push through and win more. After all, he’s Michael Phelps!

 

Paris HiltonWhen or where was the last time you saw or heard that Paris Hilton was in the house? Well, if the house happens to be a poker room then you may have seen her up close and personal. She loves poker so much that it has been reported she once bet away her Bentley Continental GT and she still runs to the tables to play her favorite game.

MiniMe Verne TroyerThen there was Mini Me, Verne Troyer, of the Austin Powers movies, who unfortunately passed away this past April. He will be missed by fans of his films and by many who remember this 2′ 8″ giant at poker tables around the world.

 

Pamela AndersonHow many of you lusted after Pamela Anderson  in the “Baywatch” television series? She still has a huge fan base worldwide and over the last several years she’s added a whole new fan base through her appearances at poker tables everywhere. If you play often enough, you might get lucky and spot her pushing chips across the felt.

There are a lot more television, film, and sports personalities who love to hit the poker tables at their closest casinos in hopes of making a deep run . . .  and maybe even reach a final table at their favorite tournament.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As promised in our last blog, we continue now with a few more of our favorite poker playing celebrities. The poker bug is capable of biting anyone, whether you’re a well known celebrity, or just a poker junkie. It doesn’t care if you’re a film star, a television regular, a sports legend or just famous for being famous. And it doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, man or woman, as long as you have enough chips for the minimum buy-in, you’re welcome.

Ray RomanoWe’ll start with one of my all-time TV comics from “Everyone Loves Raymond”, Ray Romano. Although he seems to be spotted at the poker tables quite often, he hasn’t had much success; in fact over the course of the last 10 years he’s only picked up about 20 grand in prize money. But Romano loves poker so much that I doubt he will stop trying.

Everyone remembers Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane – Superman’s main squeeze, or as Paris Carver, Agent 007’s ex-lover in “Tomorrow Never Dies.” If you ever got the chance to speak with her, as I did one night several years ago (that’s me with Ms. Hatcher in the photo on the left) she would tell you that she is a closeted poker player, and now she loves having a whole new fan base in the poker world.

Don Cheadle There are those who fall in love with poker and it somehow doesn’t seem to matter whether they win or lose;  they apparently play just for the sheer rush or the banter around the table. Such is the case with Don Cheadle who gave us such an outstanding performance in “Hotel Rwanda”, an inspiring actor who loves poker and doesn’t seem to care if he ever cashes. Cheadle is the co-founder of the “Ante Up For Africa” foundation, dedicated to raising money for Africans in need.

SlashPoker attracts people from every walk of life including hard-playing rock and rollers. We all know Slash from “Guns and Roses,” but not many of us know about his love of poker. He has gone so far as to be the main ingredient in a free poker-playing app, “Poker Slash.”

 

That’s it for now, but we will be back soon with some more well know poker-playing celebrities. Until then have fun playing your favorite poker games; hopefully on one of our premium poker tables .

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

So indeed, more than 11 Million Dollars have already lined the pockets of those fortunate and talented players who took not only their adjusted shares of that 11 million, but are also proudly wearing their new championship bracelets. With just a little over half of this year’s WSOP already in the history books, there is still plenty of poker left to play and plenty of chances for you to take some buckets full of cash home with you. Let see how the chips have fallen these past week.

Matthew Davis

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Matthew Davis. This was the biggest Seniors Event ever and Davis was certainly delighted to walk away with $662,983 and his first bracelet.

 

Michael MizrachiEvent #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship conquered by Michael Mizrachi, who now has picked up his 4th WSOP Bracelet, along with the distinction of now having won the PPC Event for the third time. All that, plus depositing another $1,239,126 into his already fat poker winnings account most definitely put a giant smile across the Grinder’s face.

Robert PeacockEvent #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em picked up by Robert Peacock winning his first bracelet and a very sweet paycheck for $644,224.

 

 

Yueqi ZhuEvent #35: Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) claimed by Yuegi Zhu, taking home his very first WSOP gold bracelet and $211,781 to add to his bankroll.

 

Farhintaj BonyadyEvent #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was finally taken by Farhintaj Bonyady on the fourth day of play by defeating Robert Beach, taking home a very nice $311,451 along with her first gold WSOP bracelet. And, she is the first female to win a bracelet event this summer.

 

Eric BaldwinEvent #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em belonged to Eric Baldwin as he wrapped his second bracelet around his knuckles for the obligatory picture and with a super smile stuffed his pockets with $319,580 for his efforts.

 

Yaniv Birman

Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship won by first-time-WSOP gold bracelet winner, Yaniv Birman. Birman walked away with a total of $236,238 after defeating a field of 83 other hungry players.

 

 

Preston LeeEvent #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Preston Lee walked in ready for action and defeated Corey Dodd in a grueling battle that lasted more than 12 hours and 121 hands of heads-up play and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a  fat check for $236,498.

 

Scott BohlmanEvent #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Sweet victory was finally claimed by Scott Bohlman. After 51 World Series of Poker Cashes he finally walked with his first gold bracelet and $122,138 by running over a field of 205 anxious players.

 

Robert Nehorayan

Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em was taken down by Robert Nehorayan after running through a field of 596 players, securing his very first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $173,568 to celebrate with.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller proved to be an epic battle between Shaun Deeb and Ben Yu. Deeb came out on top, taking down the biggest cash of his career with a whopping $1,402,683 and his third bracelet.

 

Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em …. still in play…

Nicholas SeikenEvent #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship was championed by Nicholas Seiken after defeating a field of 109 other hopefuls. He walks away with a very satisfying $287,987 and his first bracelet.

 

Mario Prats Garcia

Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Mario Prats Garcia is all smiles as he defeats 1712 players to take home hist first bracelet and a sweet $258,255. Not a bad return on a $1000 investment and only two days of work.

 

Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better… still in play…

 

Matthew Mendez

Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed –  Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez runs away with the first-ever WSOP Online PLO Bracelet and $135,077.

After it’s all said and done, with more than 11 Million dollars awarded to first-place winners and more than 91 Million Dollars paid out in total prize money thus far, and with more than 30 Events yet to be played, aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try out your luck at one of the many poker tables still in the game.

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