Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker’

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Although this happened almost a year ago we thought it was worth a small walk through the memory lane of the Poker World to remind us again what a bad beat looks like. Back on the 30th of October 2016, at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln California, during the “Poker Night in America” Cash Game Season 5 event , Bart Hanson,  with a very strong K A  ran into Quad Fours of billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya

For those of you who may not know these players here is a bit about each.

Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist born in Sri Lanka, raised in Canada, and has worked for much of his life in Silicon Valley. He made it really big after joining Facebook to lead their Mobile and International user growth. He became Facebook’s longest tenured senior executive and amassed a fortune rumored to be worth $1 billion. Palihaptiya is an owner and board member of the Golden State Warriors. He has three WSOP and two WPT cashes for a total of $175,801. In 2011, he finished 101st out of 6,865 entries in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event.

Bart Hanson is a Poker coach, commentator, CrushLivePoker.com training site owner, and an excellent Professional Cash game trainer. Hanson has been producing strategy content for over seven years. He first started on PokerRoad back in 2007, moved to Deuces Cracked and has been producing a weekly poker strategy podcast ever since. Besides all that, he has commentated on several network poker shows including WSOP final tables and is the regular co-host of “Live at the Bike.” He has observed and analyzed more poker hands than almost anyone else in the poker industry. Hanson has cashed for a total of more than $690,381.

And so lastly,  for your enjoyment is the video capturing all the thrill of victory and the very nasty and painful agony of defeat. That’s the game folks; always expect the unexpected at the Poker Tables.

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I asked my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, if there’s a time limit on the players’ action in his weekly poker game. He said no, unless someone is obviously wasting time on every hand, but that rarely happens.

But time has definitely been a factor on the professional circuit and stalling has become a concern recently in live tournaments, notably the World Series Of Poker. When a player takes too long to act, the game slows down, and with many of the coveted audience of millennials and GenZ’ers already thinking that poker is too slow to interest them, that’s NOT a good thing.

So, to pick up the pace to appeal to a broader  audience, similar to the concept behind the Global Poker League (and by the way, where are you Alex Dreyfus?) and partially in response to the controversial slow-betting ‘speech play” of  William Kassouf in last year’s WSOP Main Event, we saw a new clock rule at this year’s WSOP.

The two-minute rule was eliminated. (The old rule was that someone could call the clock after a “reasonable amount of time, which was actually two minutes. Then the dealer had to call for the floor manager. The floor manager slowly responded, walking over to ask the dealer if the player had a “reasonable amount of time.” If he answered yes, the floor manager gave the player another minute to make a decision on his hand!) That’s some serious time-wasting!

The new WSOP rule isn’t a great improvement. Now, players can call the clock whenever they want to. The same process occurs between the dealer and floor manager. The floor manager can then give the player anywhere between 0 and 30 seconds to make a decision.

Some of the older, iconic players love the clock. In fact, Daniel Negreanu has stated that he doesn’t like playing games without a shot clock and has reduced his No-Limit Hold’Em schedule until the WSOP institutes one. He’s not alone; a vast majority of players like the shot clock, especially those who also play online and are accustomed to a much faster pace.

The World Poker Tour, however, has heard the message loud and clear. They have announced that the WPT will be using a 30-second Action Clock during all Main Tour events, to be utilized one full table off the money bubble and remain in play until the conclusion of the tournament. Players will be limited to 30 seconds for each action, but will also receive time extension chips for use during difficult moments in the later stages of the tournament.

As Matt Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director, stated, “The World Poker Tour is proud to be the first to implement the Action Clock across its Main Events. He thinks that speeding up the game is a no-brainer.

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Poker fans worldwide have had their eyes glued to the 48th Annual World Series of Poker’s Main Event, now down to the Final Three: Scott Blumstein, Dan Ott and Benjamin Pollak. Of course, the fans include me and Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, my darling husband and Texas Poker Store partner.Final Three: Scott Blumstein, Benjamin Pollak,  and Dan Ott

Since all of our favorite players busted way before the Final Table, we had to find someone to root for as they played their way down to three on Friday night. We joined the crowd of John Hesp fans, because how could you not love the charming 65-year-old Brit who entered the Main Event to cross off an item on his bucket list? His improbable landing in the Final Nine earned him a whole lotta love, plus a staggering $2.6 million when he hit the rail in 4th place.

But honestly, the Final Table never quite lived up to my excitement expectations due to the massive chip count amassed by Scott Blumstein. All the shorter and short stacks hung in for a long time but could never get close to Blumstein, who was able to push them around all night. Not only did he maintain his huge chip advantage throughout play, but he also had luck going for him, hitting crazy hands on the turn or the river enough times to ward off any challenges. He played his huge stack just the way he needed to.

Going into tonight’s battle he brings with him more than 226 million chips. In second place is Ott, with 88,375 million and Pollak, with 45,850 million. Ott surged to make it into the final three, continuing to chip up until the end of play. In my opinion, he was the only player who appeared to be playing for the championship rather than the pay jump. Pollak was smart, cool and steady, with a couple of his best plays being extremely well thought-out folds.The 2017 Gold Bracelet and a lot of cash

We’ll see what tonight brings, but it sure looks like it’s Blumstein’s title, unless he gets unbelievably careless and his luck turns. That’s highly unlikely, but it would make the final table much more exciting.

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Nine highly talented (and very lucky) players remain to duke it out from the field of 7,221 poker players who hoped to be sitting among them at the Final Table of the 48th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event.The 2017 World Series of Poker

Each of the Final Nine is guaranteed to bring home $1 mill or more and each hopes to win the first-place prize of $8,150,000, the bracelet and the title. Two of the Nine are repeating the almost impossible feat of playing at the Main Event Final Table for the second time: Ben Lamb and Antoine Saout.

The last three action-packed days begin on Thursday night, at 5:30 Vegas time and will continue until only six players remain. On Friday, the six will play down to three, and on Saturday, July 20, they will play down to the winner and the 2017 – World Series of Poker Champion.

The following is the lineup for the Final Table:

Seat Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 John Hesp United Kingdom 85,700,000 107
2 Scott Blumstein United States 97,250,000 122
3 Antoine Saout France 21,750,000 27
4 Benjamin Pollak France 35,175,000 44
5 Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 20,200,000 25
6 Damian Salas Argentina 22,175,000 28
7 Ben Lamb United States 18,050,000 23
8 Bryan Piccioli United States 33,800,000 42
9 Dan Ott United States 26,475,000 33

The 48th WSOP Final Nine Who are you rooting for; the current chip leader . . . the two-time final niners . . .the surprising 64-year-old Brit in the multi-colored jacket? We’re rooting for all of them and hoping they provide the excitement and heart-stopping moments that always occur at the biggest poker tournament in the world!

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