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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.

Send us your comments and or questions.

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Every year at this time we practice our poker skills prior to heading to Las Vegas to rake in all the excitement of the yearly World Series of Poker . This year is no different, we’ve been grinding online non-stop, fast and furious for what seems like forever, just trying to perfect our skills in a non-perfectible game of (mostly) luck.

We have tried all the usual “Free-Roll Games,”  from the WSOP’s own free online game to the WPT’s game, to Facebook’s Zynga and several others. You can find dozens, if not hundreds, of free-roll sites online as well as many free-roll games around your local communities, including the many restaurants and bars that also offer free-roll games.

Free-roll games, whether online or live, are a great way to practice your game without risking the family’s jewels. Once you feel confident with your game skills and you think you might be ready for the big time , then why not head for Vegas by the end of May and sign up for the 2017 World Series of Poker? The 48th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially opens its doors Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Start off slowly and carefully. Sign up for the$565.00 Colossus III on June 2, and if you reach cash then continue working your way through as many events as you dare to try. Then maybe, just maybe, if Lady Luck, and your learned skills hold up for you and you win enough cash, you might wanna try dropping 10 GRAND for the Main Event and possibly change your life forever, especially if you make it to the final table.

Send us your thoughts and keep on grinding!!

Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

2016 WSOP Main Event Final TableAs hard to believe as it may seem to some of us, Day one for the Final Table, the “November 9” of the World Series of Poker Main Event, is in the history books. The day saw some back and forth swings of the chip lead between Qui Nguyen and Cliff Josephy. Josephy came into the first day with the chip lead. On the very first hand, Nguyen, who was in second place, came out swinging as he four-bet Josephy to 8,250,00. Josephy quickly folded, giving Nguyen the chip lead.

Qui Nguyen vs Cliff JosephyAlthough that chip lead was exchanged several times between these two guys, the night delivered some unexpected moves that saw almost half the field sent to the rails. First out was the Spaniard, Fernando Pons. When he shoved, Josephy snapped called and Pons was eliminated in ninth place and went home with a million dollars. Not bad for his first time! The eliminated players thus far are:

  1. Fernando Pons (9th $1,000,000)
  2. Jerry Wong (8th $1,100,076)
  3. Griffin Benger (7th $1,250,190)
  4. Kenny Haellart (6th $1,464,258)

Here are the chip counts heading into Day Two of the Final Table:

Seat 1: Vojtech Ruzicka – 62,250,000 (62 bbs)
Seat 2: Qui Nguyen – 128,625,000 (128 bbs)
Seat 3: Cliff Josephy – 63,850,000 (63 bbs)
Seat 4: Michael Ruane – 23,700,000 (23 bbs)
Seat 5: Gordon Vayo – 58,200,000 (58 bbs)

Our eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino are anxious for the Day Two action to start at the Final Table. It looks like Nguyen could be impossible to beat, but we all know that things can turn around swiftly at the poker table. My wife is pulling for Michael Ruane, however, and it doesn’t look too good for him right now. For both of their sake, hopefully Lady Luck will finally throw some good cards his way.

If you run into any of our guys there make sure to say “Hi” from the team at the Texas Poker Store.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It has been a very exciting World Series of Poker that brought a lot of tears of joy and even more tears of frustration through a total of 69 Events that started May 31 and culminated with the WSOP Main Event Championship.

The final table became a reality yesterday as the last couple of players were eliminated. The well know phrase “so close yet so far away,” will resonate in John Cynn’s mind again and again after he was eliminated in 11th place by Gordon Vayo, who secured his place in the world famous 2016 November Nine. The same phrase is surely going to haunt Josh Weiss – eliminated in 10th place when he went all in for 850,000  with an eight of clubs and ace of diamonds. He was called by Michael Ruane from the small blind and Gordon Vayo from the big blind and Ruane ended up taking the pot with two pairs.

A little more than a week after Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship started, with more than 6,700 players,
the Final Table is set with the November Nine happily taking a much deserved break. They’ll return to the Rio Hotel and Casino on October 30 and play down to the 2016 WSOP Championship Title, the most coveted WSOP bracelet, and a little spending cash of $8,000,000 bucks.

The November Nine are:

2016 WSOP November Nine

Cliff Josephy 74,600, 000 chips
Qui Nguyen 67,925,000 chips
Gordon Vayo 49,375,000 chips
Kenny Hallaert 43,325,000 chips
Michael Ruane 31,600,000 chips
Vojtech Ruzicka 27,300,000 chips
Griffin Benger 26,175,000 chips
Jerry Wong 10,175,000 chips
Fernando Pons 6,150,000 chips

Now y’all know that all of the November Nine constitute poker’s newest guaranteed millionaires, but for your personal knowledge, the
payout breakdown is as follows:

1st place: $8,000,000
2nd place: $4,658,452
3rd place: $3,451,175
4th place: $2,574,808
5th place: $1,934,579
6th place: $1,463,906
7th place: $1,250,000
8th place: $1,100,000
9th place: $1,000,000

Of course, the pride of winning this particular event is priceless.

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