Posts Tagged ‘Qui Nguyen’

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

For those who need reminding, there were 7,874 entries for the WSOP’s Main Event, each putting up $10K to take a wild swing at that $8.8 million championship money and that golden bracelet. Most are just hoping to get a piece of that astounding prize pool of $74,015,600. What’s always been amazing to me is that you can win about half-a-million dollars coming in 12th – 15th. Or, a million dollars for being in ninth place. Where else can you do that?

But there’s another facet to the Main Event that’s also pretty amazing. You can be among the greatest poker players of all time and go home with nothing.

Daniel Negreanu After busting out of the Main Event on Day 1, Daniel Negreanu recorded his VLOG with good humor and no excuses. Well, except for the fact that he drew no pairs, no straights, no flushes, no flops, no nothing, which was not an excuse since I watched it happen. Nothing went “Kid Poker’s” way.  Following him around as he navigated the rail and the floor, it was refreshing to watch him smile and pose for selfies with every fan who approached him, keeping his spirits up for his fans. When his two jacks got beaten by a pair of 10s (with another 10 on the flop), he ‘faked” a bad tilt, got some laughs and walked away from the table looking somewhat confused. On his way out he said, among other things, that it was almost impossible to go broke on Day 1. I could see the frustration in his eyes, but he held it together beautifully. All that, plus he and his girlfriend of four years broke up a couple of weeks ago.

Scott Blumstein

Of course, Negreanu wasn’t the only big name to be eliminated on Day 1, just the one I cared about the most. Last year’s Champion, Scott Blumstein, also busted on the first day, as did 2007 champ, Jerry Yang and 2016 champ, Qui Nguyen.

The only good thing about it was that “Kid Poker” was free to add color commentary, along with Norm and Lon on Day 3. I like listening to him talk strategy (way over my head, of course), teach a little, predict what certain players will do (and usually get it right, or poke fun at himself when he’s completely wrong) but I can’t help wondering what’s going on inside his head. I KNOW he wanted to make a deep run.

John HespI just checked the latest chip counts online and at this moment Ignacio Sanchez is leading with 620,200 and there are 47 players with more than 400,000  chips. But it’s just a moment in time. Any of them could double up or go broke; the next time I check, the chip leaders could be Cliff Josephy and Phil Ivey – there is so much poker left to play. But not for some other big names who have already been eliminated, like Jason Mercier, John Hesp (last year’s sensation), and Maria Ho. It doesn’t matter Maria Ho what you did last year or last week at the Main Event. I know I’m excited to see what will enfold over the next couple of weeks. Are you enjoying the action, too?

 

 

You too could get one of these diamond encrusted bracelets. All you need is to make it to the WSOP, drop down 10 grand to enter the main event, then outlast thousands of other players, make it to the Final Table and it could be yours. Easy, right?

WSOP Main Event Championship Bracelet

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last year at this time we were making our own side bets as to who would make it into the 48th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event, who would eventually make it to the Final 9, and ultimately who would end up taking it down, walk away with the much coveted title of Poker Champion, take the Championship Bracelet, and the millions of dollars.

It ended up being Scott Blumstein who took it all home and stuffed $8.15 million into his bank account. In 2016 Qui Nguyen took the title and $8, 005, 310, and in 2015 Joe McKeehen took it all down and walked with $7.68 million, but who will be in it and who will take the 49th WSOP Main Event glory and riches home this year? It is still too early to know.

As we have already reported, the 49th Annual WSOP is scheduled to start on May 29th for registration and the first event will begin on May30th. The Main Event will begin July 2nd and it’s expected to reach the Final Table by July 12th.

For those of you who want or hope to enter any of this year’s events here is a link to the complete list of the 2018  49th Annual World Series of Poker Schedule. Do you have any favorites for this year? Will you be heading to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this year? If so, we hope to see you there.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s a little difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening at the World Series of Poker. Did you realize that the WSOP is larger than football, baseball, basketball or hockey in overall numbers? For example last year the WSOP attracted more than 107,000 players from over 100 countries and paid out more than $221 million to the winners.

This year the series is expected to be bigger and richer than ever with a total of 74 different events to be played out over the course of 54 days. That, my friends, is more than just a little difficult to keep on top of. Most other sporting events that fans follow are linear in nature. At some point, in other words, it comes down to the top eight, then the top four, and then the two finalists and then the champion. That model even holds true for the Global Poker League.

Not so in poker, especially at the WSOP. There are numerous events going on, some simultaneously, and if you’re an avid fan like we are at the Texas Poker Store, you have a lot of “favorite players” to keep your eyes on, as well as favorite events. So, we love the COLOSSUS ever since its inauguration in 2015 when Cord Garcia plopped down his $565.00 buy-in,  and triumphed over a field of more than 22,000 players to collect his gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars.

Other big favorites, including ours, is the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold’em; the Millionaire Maker with its $1,500 buy-in and guaranteed $1 million first prize, and, of course, the WSOP Main Event, which last year boasted more than 6,700 players and paid the winner, Qui Nguyen, more than $8 million.

With all of the above in mind, we can tell you the following:

Of the finished events:

Event 1 – Casino Employees $565 No-Limit Hold’em won by Bryan Hollis

Event 2 – $10,000 Tag team NL Hold’em won by Igor Kuganov and Liv Boeree

Event 3 -$3000 NL Hold’em Shootout won by Upeshka De Silva

Event 4 -$1500 Omahi Hi-Lo 8 or Better won by Benjamin Zamani

As of this writing, the leader in the $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em is the hugely popular Bertrand” Elky” Grospellier, who holds a commanding chip lead with only nine players remaining. Martin Jacobson, Dario Sammartino, Chris Moore and Rainer Kempe are also among the last nine. With a first-place prize of $3,686,865and a bracelet, this should be one helluva final table!

Of course, by the time we publish, that all might change. That’s just part of why we love the compelling and unpredictable world of poker!

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

One thing I never thought Daniel Negreanu needed was a sidekick! Don’t get me wrong; his pairing with Phil Hellmuth as ESPN analysts during their coverage of the 2016 WSOP’s Final Table was positively brilliant, and the pair’s expertise was only exceeded by their dazzling repartee (along with the unpredictable and engaging play of last year’s champion, Qui Nguyen) .

At the time, “Kid Poker” repeatedly made the point that people (especially if they’re new to the game) need to have fun and be entertained—which includes different personalities, exciting styles of play, amusing table talk– if they’re going to become the next generation of poker fans. Negreanu always enjoyed “trash-chatting” at the poker table, but it has gotten harder to do with so many serious young players hiding under their headphones and refusing to engage.

Comedian Kevin Hart

Still, I’m not sure he could have predicted that the fun would be provided by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, recently signed as a spokesperson by PokerStars. At a press conference ostensibly called by the superstar, Hart, accompanied by PokerStars Team Pro Negreanu, made the announcement that he was partnering with PokerStars “to make poker fun again.” Hart described how deeply in love with the game he is, and cited that he’d played in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas back in January and was in Monte Carlo where he had just played the Super High Roller; in fact, he said he’d been playing poker for at least 10 years.

But, Hart continued at the presser, he could see what the game is missing, saying, “and the game is missing ME.”  He went on to say that the game has had Daniel for quite some time, and “Daniel has done his job and brought fun to the game, but what Daniel is missing . . . is the black sidekick!”

Kid Poker did not just play straight man to Hart, often showing his own funny side as they fielded questions from the press, making it very obvious that the two had already developed a close relationship. Most importantly, both are clearly dedicated to the concept of elevating poker so that it’s fun to play and fun to watch. What a boon to poker, and what a party for poker fans.

If you have the time, the full press conference can be found on Pokernews.com, along with the article written by Frank Op de Woerd.

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