Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker’

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

In what he says will be his FINAL tournament appearance, poker legend Doyle Brunson – aka Texas Dolly – returned to the World Series of Poker on Day 14 to play in Event #23:  $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. After an amazing 62-year career as a professional poker player, no doubt his millions of fans were hoping for an 11th bracelet.

James Alexander and Doyle BrunsonIronically, it was another Texas poker player, our friend James Alexander, who dashed that hope. With seven players left, Brunson drew to an eight-six against the ten-nine draw of Alexander. The icon was outdrawn for the final time at the Rio when he pulled a king and Alexander made his hand with a deuce. (Brunson finished 6th for $43,963 and Alexander finished 4th for $81, 986). Alexander paid his respects with a Fist Bump and stated “It was my great honor to play with Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, Poker’s truest legend and an absolute joy to play with.”

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A tip of his cap and a standing ovation for Doyle Brunson. Living legend ends WSOP career with a final table run in the $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Championship.

Posted by PokerGO on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James Alexander with Jim ParisMy husband, Jim Paris, met professional poker player James Alexander, along with his poker player brother, Duane and his lovely mother, Tina, about six years ago when attending the 44th WSOP in Vegas. Alexander finished in 19th place in the Main Event (cashing out at $285,408) Jim cheered him on from the rails and they’ve been friends ever since.

Of course, if it weren’t for the irony of that final match-up, this would simply be a blog to pay our respects to Doyle Brunson. Considered the “Godfather of Poker,” the almost 85-year-old can still compete in high-level games at the poker tables with the best poker players in the world, all of whom hold him in the highest regard.

But it’s time, he says. “My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine.” Brunson and his beloved wife, Louise, have been married for 62 years.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" BrunsonIn 2013, Brunson–recognizing the inevitable end of his career–paraphrased Dr. Suess, saying “You don’t cry because it’s over. You smile because it happened.”When he says his final good-bye to poker, Brunson will be leaving the game that brought him fame, fortune and a legacy that no one in the poker world will ever match, or ever forget.

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Lots of things can happen in five days at the Annual World Series of Poker. You will certainly see tons of unhappy, maybe disgruntled, perhaps even angry players who didn’t make cash. Then you look around and realize that other players are walking around grinning from ear to ear and making b-lines to the cashier to collect their winnings.

And then there are the few who walk away with their brand new WSOP bracelets, Poker Championship titles, and huge fat paychecks. Below is a list of the last nine players who are showing off their new sparkling gold bracelets:

Roberly Felicio Roberly Felicio knocked down Event #7: COLOSSUS – $565 No-Limit Hold’em. In a tough, long battle Felicio was finally able to defeat Sang Liu heads-up for the coveted bracelet, his first, plus an extraordinarily hefty check for $1,000,000.

Johannes BeckerEvent #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball was conquered by Johannes Becker. After busting out of the $100,000 High Roller Event, Becker smiled brightly for the cameras as he pocketed $180,455 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Paul VolpeEvent #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ended with Paul Volpe taking home his third WSOP bracelet, plus a tidy little sum of $417,921 to add to his previous poker winnings.

Event #10: $365 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em – Won by William “Twooopair” Raymond who can claim the first “Online” bracelet of 2018 and drops $154,996 into his growing bank account. (No image of Raymond available)

Event #11: PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha – Still being played.

Jeremy Harkin Jeremy Harkin won Event #12: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed and finally realized his dream of winning a bracelet. Harkin takes home, not only his first bracelet, but a healthy $129,882.

Benjamin MoonEvent #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was finally crushed by Benjamin Moon after a long battle that ended when Romain Lewis jammed with A-d – 2 – d and Moon snapped called with A- c – J- s. Moon takes home his first WSOP bracelet and the sweet sum of $315,346.

Daniel OspinaEvent #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw belonged to Daniel Ospina after running through a field of 260 players to grab up his first WSOP bracelet and $87,678.

Andrey ZhigalovEvent #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw Andrey Zhigalov take down a field of 731 to bring home his first bracelet along with $202,787 to add to his previous $350,000 career poker tournament winnings.

Justin BonomoFinally for now; Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship was yanked away from 114 players by none other than Justin Bonomo, a young 32-year-old who is having a phenomenal 2018, having so far amassed 0ver $14 million in winnings. Bonomo takes home his second bracelet, and another $185,965 to add to the vast fortune already earned this year.

Although it is only June 10 as of this writing, $6,446,939 has already being awarded to the 13 bracelet winners and with all ready more than 30.5 million dollars in prize money paid out by the 49th Annual World Series of Poker thus far, there is still a lot more coming from the 49th Annual WSOP poker tables.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris2018 49th WSOP

The 49th Annual World Series of Poker has begun. This year the WSOP features a grand total of 78 Official Gold Bracelet Events with the Main Event beginning on the 2nd of July and running through to July 14th when the new WSOP Champion will be crowned. The WSOP’s partners ESPN and PokerGO have made it clear that they will offer daily live video coverage of the Main Event.

Here is the official schedule for the Main Event as reported directly from the WSOP:

“The event will begin earlier this year. Starting flights will be held on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, with the very final day to enter the WSOP Main Event scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. These are officially flights A, B & C of Event #65. On Thursday, July 5, flights A&B return to play their Day 2, while Flight C players have the day off. Any Flight A or B players that survive Day 2, will have Friday, July 6 off, while Flight C players play out their Day 2 on this day. The fields combine for the first time on Saturday, July 7 and play every single day until we reach the final table on July 11 and crown the champion on Saturday, July 14.”

Today, May 29th is showtime for Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – this event features one re-entry per player. Following on Wednesday May 30th starting at 3 pm will be Event #2: $10,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty which features a $3,000 Bounty for every player. Then starting Thursday at 11 am on the last day of May, the 31st will be Event#3: $3,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Shootout followed by Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. Both Event#3 and #4 will play out for 3 days.

That will be all the fun for the month of May at the poker tables of the 2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Come back for our continued coverage in a few days.

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Has anyone seen Phil Ivey lately? If you have, it certainly wasn’t in the U.S. where he’d been embroiled in legal battles that finally ended in 2017. Instead, Ivey has played mostly in Asia, including frequenting casinos in Macau and attending the Triton Super High Roller tournament in Manila last year.

But, you can expect to see Ivey, the ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back in the spotlight very soon. He recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro short deck ante-only event*. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries, including finally going head-to-head with poker star Dan “Jungleman” Cates, to win $617,396, bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744. It was his first live tournament cash in more than two years!

When asked by pokernews.com about what his plans were, Ivey said, “I plan on playing the in the 2018 WSOP in Vegas this year.” That should make a lot of poker fans extremely happy!

Since Ivey has always been one of our favorites we can’t wait to see him at the 2018 WSOP poker tables.

* For those of you who have never heard of Short Deck Hold’em, it is similar to the traditional no-limit hold’em known around the world, with the exception that it’s played with just 36 instead of 52 cards. The deuces, threes, fours, and fives are omitted, making for rankings that are rare in traditional hold’em, now a lot more common. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

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