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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Mike KachanOur eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino called to tell us how flabbergasted they were at the ludicrous, nearly insane, amounts of money being pocketed at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker.

Mike “babyshark33” Kachan ran away with Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He bagged $403,483 plus his first WSOP bracelet which he stated that he couldn’t wait to put on his 10-month-old son’s wrist.  “Babyshark33” eliminated Jeff Blenkarn heads-up, leaving him with out a bracelet but with $250,815 in cash.

Daniel Colemand and Daniel NegreanuThen came Event #57: The Big One for One Drop. Forty-two players ponied up $1,000,000 each to shoot for it all but when the dust settled after 114 hands played Daniel Colman, just 23 years of age and appearing at his first WSOP final table defeated Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu heads up. Coleman walked away with the title of Champion, a huge payday of  $15,306,668  and the platinum one of a kind bracelet.

Although this was  “Kid Poker’s” second runner-up finish at the 2014 WSOP taking second in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship — the $8,288,001 he earned for 2nd place in Event# 57  is the largest score of his career. This makes him the all-time live tournament money earner. Topping the first ONE DROP winner, Antonio Esfandiari. Negreanu was heard telling news reporters on the scene that “The $8 million is good, but… it’s important to reinforce that $4.6 million was raised for charity. Otherwise, it’s a bunch of rich people with too much money gambling for stakes that are obscene.”

Here is the top ten list of money, bucks, moola, cash won by poker’s tournament players (according to the Hendon Mob.):

1. Daniel Negreanu – $29,796,381
2. Antonio Esfandiari – $26,244,377
3. Phil Ivey – $21,431,318
4. Erik Seidel – $20,445,359
5. Sam Trickett – $20,065,545
6. Daniel Colman – $18,200,842
7. Phil Hellmuth – $18,146,522
8. John Juanda – $16,052,904
9. Michael Mizrachi – $14,579,583
10. Scott Seiver – $12,607,348

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Last night we put our poker chips away at the Texas Poker Store while we watched the end of the biggest tourney in poker history “The Big One For One Drop” with the biggest prize paid to any winner in ANY sport!  The event took only three days to complete. The first day saw a field of 48 players (all of whom put up one cool million just for the privilege to sit) get whittled down to 37 by the end of the day.

By the end of the second day there were only eight players left.  One of them was a professional magician turned poker player, 33-year-old Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.

We watched and cheered on our faves. We watched Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth get taken out in 4th place. Then we felt  bad, but not too bad,  for David Einhorn, the hedge fund genius, who was knocked out in 3rd place  and picked up $4,352,000, all of which he vowed to donate to “City Year”, a charity focused on education.

Then we were heads up between Esfandiari and Sam Trickett, the 26-year-old pro poker player from the UK. Heads up was very quick.  Only 16 hands were dealt and finally, in a raise, check-raise, and “The Magician” re-raising all in; Trickett calling with  a diamond flush draw to Esfandiari’s set of 5s after the flop. Both the turn and the river were blanks and Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari wins “The Big One”…he wins $18,346,673.00 and his second WSOP bracelet. Of course, in this case the bracelet is not a gold bracelet. This one is a platinum bracelet with a 0.78-carat diamond shaped like a drop over the WSOP logo worth $350,000.00.

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Can’t start this report without mentioning the historic Big One for One Drop. It is now the third day and the field is already down from the original 48 to six remaining players including the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth and one of our favorites, Antonio Esfandiari.

Now for the rest of the news on other events, including who’s walking away as winners from the poker tables at this year’s WSOP:

Yen Dang

Panayote “Peter” Vilandos was declared the winner of Event #50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and was awarded the sum of $952,694 and his third WSOP bracelet, defeating a field of 1,001 players

Denver resident and former law student turned poker pro, Yen Dang, defeated a field of 936 ladies to win Event 51: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. She ended up turning her $1,000 entry into the sweet sum of $170,587 and her first WSOP bracelet, which I’m sure she’ll wear often.

Vanessa Selbst scores big; she wins Event #52, $2,500 Ten Game Mix Six-Handed. She’s no stranger to the winner’s circle. In fact, she has reached five final tables and and won a WSOP bracelet in 2008. Selbst took home $244,259 and her second WSOP bracelet.

Neil James “Jim” Willerson won Event #53: $1,500 Buy-In Limit Hold’em after besting a huge field of 3,166. Willerson is a 36-year-old attorney from Dallas, Texas who will be returning to Texas with a lot to brag about, including the fact that not only did he pocket $737,248, but he’s now sporting his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.

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Last night we began shooting our new music video for the poker song I wrote with Randy Pavlock and, If I do say so myself, we absolutely nailed it. Thanks to all our friends and fans who participated and, of course, a huge thanks to our video producer, Kyle Netterville, for his patience, not to mention his obvious production talents. We will shoot the next segment of the video as soon as Pavlock returns from his current European tour and we hope to have it all done before the 2012 WSOP FINAL TABLE in October.

The Big One for Big DropSpeaking of the 2012 WSOP, here is a synopsis of what has happened since our report last Friday. First things first, we need to mention that the single most extraordinary poker event in the history of poker has now started. Of course we’re speaking about “The Big One for One Drop.” There is a full lineup of 48 of the most sincere individuals . . .  who’s love for poker is only exceeded by their love for humanity and desire to help. Follow all the action by clicking here. Now, here is what has happened so far in other events:

Greg Hobson was confirmed the winner of Event #49: The first ever $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold’em. Hobson tore through a field of 939 players to snatch up the first place prize of $256,691 as well as his first WSOP bracelet. This brings Hobson’s career tournament earnings to almost $4.9 million. Congrats Greg!

That brings us up to date for now and we will keep our eyes on all the tables to see who’s raking in all the poker chips and report back to youl. We will also keep you posted on the progress of the production of the music video for our poker song ” I May Be Bluffin’ ” soon to be released.

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