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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We been asked many time who we thought were the best WSOP poker players for a particular year. There are way too many players we have followed who are serious contenders to make our personal list. Nevertheless, we thought you would appreciate learning who has in fact made it to the top of the hill to be considered the best of the best WSOP Players over the last five years.

WSOP Player of the Year AwardSo here are the last six Players of the Year :

2013 — Daniel Negreanu roared mightily that year, winning two bracelets, making four final tables and cashing 10 times. (Negreanu also was POY in 2004.)

2014 — George Danzer outran a lot of players to earn three bracelets, hitting five final tables and cashing 10 times.

2015 — Mike Gorodinsky made it through even though he only grabbed one bracelet for the year, making three final tables and cashing out eight times.

2016 — Jason Mercier won two bracelets, playing strong enough to reach four final tables and cashing a whopping 11 times.

2017 — Chris Ferguson who has been around seemingly forever picked up just one bracelet, making four final tables and cashing an outstanding 23 times.

Shaun Deeb 2018 WSOP Player of the YearAnd that brings us to 2018 and Shaun Deeb. We have been watching Deeb for several years now, and have always appreciated his slo-roll playing style. This year he finally picked up what many consider to be the most coveted award in the world of poker. He also took with him two bracelets, cashing an outstanding 16 times, and banking $2.5 million this year, the most ever for the Player of the Year.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

This has been an extremely exciting series and although it still has a couple of unfinished events, it has already demonstrated to us and the world that poker remains a very serious game that attracts thousands and thousands of players and spectators to Las Vegas every year. The question is; will you try your luck and test your skills at the 50th WSOP next year?

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship WOW!!! is all we can say about this year’s WSOP Main Event. It was a hard fought battle with over 7,800 poker warriors, but in the end only two would be left standing: Tony Miles and John Cynn.

John Cynn with Tony Miles

After a phenomenal back-and-forth, lead-changing 10 hours of heads-up poker, (the longest battle in heads-up history at the WSOP Main Event) the end came in  Hand #442. John Cynn had K-J while Miles held a Q-8. John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles re-raised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and KK flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an 8 turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with his KJ  for trips. Miles turned over his Q8 and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the 4 and the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finally ended with John Cynn as the new world champion, taking away the 8.8 Million Dollar payday.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

Guoliang WeiEvent #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em Guoliang Wei ran away with the Little One for One Drop after defeating a field of 4,732 players. Wei picked up the fourth Chinese Bracelet after a picture perfect heads-up with Francois Tosques. After all the cards were in play it was Wei who would run away with it all after hitting a straight flush to crush Tosques set of Jacks.

Jordan PolkEvent #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Jordan Polk came ready for battle, and all his hard work and planning finally paid off after beating a field of 707 hopefuls. Polk walked away with his first bracelet and $197,461.00.

 

Denis TimofeevEvent #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Denis Timofeev grabbed his first bracelet and a sweet paycheck of $199,586.00 after running through a field of 1,221 hungry players.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Shaun Deeb picks up his fourth bracelet plus a hefty $814,179.00 to add to his coffers. He also became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2018 World Series of Poker. He won Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller back in June for his third bracelet and $1,402,683.

Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee still playing

Brian HastingsEvent #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Conquered by Brian Hastings for his fourth WSOP bracelet and a very nice payday of $233,202.

 

 

Ben YuEvent #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) After a long and grueling two days of play, Ben Yu took it all away from Sean Winter heads-up. Yu ran off smiling with his third WSOP bracelet and a very serious $1,650,773 to keep that smile going for a very long time.

 

As we said earlier, there are still a few events to finish the 49th Annual World Series of Poker and we will report those results as soon as they are available to us. In the meantime let us suggest that you pick up some books and/or DVDs from the Texas Poker Store.

Until next time, stay focused and practice your poker skills. Send us your comments or thoughts!

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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Jim "Pocket Bullets" Paris

 

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

In the four days since our last report, another 10 Events have taken place at the 47th Annual WSOP, with the winners collecting almost four million dollars of first prize money.

Mitchell TownerMitchell Towner won the ‘Monster Stack” when he ended up as the last man standing at Event #41: $1500 MONSTER Stack No-Limit Hold’em and collected a huge $1,120,196. That’s not too shabby for a $1,500 investment after playing for four days and three nights and conquering a field of 6,927 eager players.

Phillip McAllisterEvent #42: $3000 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em consisted of only 400 players and 399 of them fell short when Phillip McAllister, a young 22-year-old from the UK, walked off with the gold bracelet and a first prize check for $267,720 a nice return on his investment of $3,000 and three days of his time.

George DanzerEvent #43: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship gave George Danzer his fourth gold bracelet after taking it all away from from a final table that included eight out of ten players with prior WSOP titles and bracelets … and I’m certain he was smiling and danzing all the way to the bank to collect $338,646 for this, his latest win.

Steven WolanskySteven Wolansky pushed all his chips in from the button to take down Event #44: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em. Wolansky was holding a pair of Snowmen and was snap called by Wenlong Jin with Queen-Jack off suit. The flop showed a third Snowman with no help for Jin, then the turn sealed the deal with a fourth Snowman giving Wolansky four little Snowmen (quad eights) dancing on the table. He collected $298,849 along with his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Loren KleinEvent #45: $1500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Loren Klein picked up his first gold bracelet defeating a field of 919 players, each and every one of them – including Klein, had their eye on the gold, but only Klein ended up with the gold bracelet wrapped around his wrist and a sweet $241,427 in prize money.

Kristen BicknellThe first woman to win in this 2016 WSOP series, Kristen Bicknell, took down Event #46: $1500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold’em and walked away with her second gold bracelet and a lot of dollars, in fact the biggest amount of her young poker career amounting to $290,768.

 

Johnny "World" Hennigan

Event #47: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship  It’s always thrilling to win your first gold bracelet, and the thrill is never gone, even after taking down 14; just ask Phil Hellmuth. And Johnny “World” Hennigan can attest to that after winning his fourth cherished WSOP gold bracelet. Hennigan walked of with the Champion title, his fourth gold and a much appreciated $320,103 to add to his ever-growing bank account.

Ankush MandaviaEvent #48: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) with a rather small field of only 524 entries was championed by Ankush Mandavia, receiving his first gold bracelet, a killer $548,139 and the total satisfaction of outlasting 523 players who had their eyes glued on the prize. Mandavia stated “So, it’s really gratifying to win.  It feels really good.” No kidding Ankush; it must feel really really good.

Shaun DeebNo stranger at the poker tables, Shaun Deeb, from Troy, NY, ran away with Event #49: $1500 Seven Card Stud. In a field of only 331 players, Deeb easily made off with the gold bracelet plus $111,101 bucks, marking his 35th cash at the WSOP and his third Championship title.


Safiya UmerovaEvent #50: $1500 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em  brought the second female 2016 WSOP champion, Safiya Umerova from Los Angeles, CA, when she outlasted a field of 1,050 to capture her first WSOP gold bracelet and a very satisfying $264,046. Not bad when you consider that she’s only been playing professionally for about 18 months but as she said, “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t work hard on my game.”

So there you have it, 50 events out of 69 events completed, more than four million paid out, and that’s just to the first place winners of these ten events, and there are still 18 more events to go before the much anticipated 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. Do any of y’all have any idea who will take the biggest and most prestigious title of Main Event Champion? If you do, click here to leave your comments and we hope to see you at the Rio Hotel and Casino to see who makes the Final Nine.