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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

Whether they are playing the part of a poker player on the big or little screen, or whether they are playing in a real poker game, these are some of our favorite film and TV actors who truly love the game of poker almost as much as we do.

You can see their love and joy at poker tables around the world, as Kevin Hart was heard saying “I love to live, love and laugh. I want to bring this energy to the game of poker. And when I do this, poker will be elevated.” And Aaron Paul stated “I’m obsessed with gambling, winning and losing money! What’s so great about poker is that you can play it for your entire life. You can play against a pro and sometimes win. It’s unlike any other sport. And I think it is sort of like a sport.”

We could go on and on about the love celebrities have for the game but that would fill an entire book … maybe we’ll write that poker book in the future but for now here are just a few of our favorite celebrity poker players:

Kevin HartKevin Hart has only pocketed about 50 Grand playing poker but his love of the game keeps him going whether it is win, lose, or draw I think we will be seeing him making the rounds of poker rooms everywhere for a while.

 

Aaron PaulAaron Paul made his debut in the Global Poker League’s revolutionary Cube, as he played for his L.A. Sunset team versus Fabrice Soulier of the Paris Aviators. We loved him in his part as Jesse in “Breaking Bad,” as the cult leader in “The Path” and now follow him through his poker adventures.

 

Matt DamonMatt Damon has been around poker for quite a while and he sure knows how to play, perhaps he picked up more than we suspected in his role as the genius reformed gambler in the poker classic, “Rounders.”

 

Ben AffleckBen Affleck has stated that it was what he learned from his poker coaches, Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi that hooked him in. He won the $10,000 California State Poker Championship tournament at the Commerce Casino in 2004 for a first prize of $356,000.

 

Jennifer TillyJennifer Tilly won the 2005 World Series of Poker Ladies Only Event and took home the much coveted Gold WSOP Bracelet, forever placing her name in our Poker List of top players. She has now earned better than $800,000 and is still going strong.

James WoodsJames Woods has been one of my all time favorite actors and he’s not that bad of a poker player. He’s been playing for quite a while and has picked up more than $300,000 in poker winnings.

 

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We will continue this list in our next blog posting in a few days. Right now we have to rush out to one of our local home games and we promised to contribute a case of our Texas Poker Store Poker Chips.

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As I watched, and thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 World Series of Poker, especially the Final Table at the Main Event and the Big One for One Drop, I thought it might be fun to take a more in-depth look at four poker players who not only amassed a whole lot of on-screen time, but also some incredible amounts of prize money as well.

The first poker player I want to focus on is, of course, Justin Bonomo. After winning the Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million, he then won the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl for a whopping $5 million. At the 2018 WSOP he went on to win his second bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship plus cashing in a few $25,000 High Rollers at the Aria before entering the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop at the WSOP.

When asked about his amazing streak thus far, Bonomo said, “I have been on the streak of a lifetime, obviously never expected anything like this. I think I am a great player but what I have done is above and beyond what I ever expected or even deserved, to be honest.”

So how did the 32-year-old prepare to play in the $1 million tournament, which he called a great privilege and responsibility? He meditated daily, studied hard and got a lot of rest to be as prepared as possible for the buy-in size and skill level of the field. He also thought about something else: the all-time money list, saying:“it would be kind of sweet if I passed Negreanu.”

After conquering the The Big One for One Drop and winning $10 million, Bonomo made poker history by moving into first place on the All-Time Money List. ( and indeed, surpassing my main man, @Real Kid Poker, in the process). In fact, with this win, Bonomo has locked up the biggest year in the history of poker, eclipsing the $22.3 million-year Dan Colman had back in 2014.

I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished but I don’t let it get to my head, Bonomo stated. I understand that results don’t mean that I’m the best player in the world and I don’t actually think that I’m the best player in the world. I certainly think I’m up there but I’m going to try not to let the results go to my head.”

Fortunately, Bonomo’s father was in attendance to watch his son win the biggest tournament of his career. After previous trophies and bracelets wound up in the hands of Bonomo’s mother, this one went right to his dad. “It feels really nice to be able to give him an extra special bracelet so he’ll have something to keep of his own,” Bonomo said.

After his history-making run, Bonomo plans to take some much-needed time off, including a return visit to Burning Man.

I best start practicing harder and spend longer hours at our poker table if I want to wrap a WSOP bracelet around my wrist.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As we continue with the madness, drama, and excitement that has defined the World Series of Poker for the last 48 years, we recognize that every year has brought bigger and bigger audiences and thousands more participants. Imagine how shocked Johnny Moss, the winner of the first real Main Event against only a handful of players, would be to witness this year’s Main Event, with a players’ list surpassing 7,800 and a prize pool of $74,015,600. Of course, we’re all waiting to see who wins the 2018 championship, but there are still a lot of great poker players in the hunt.

In the meantime, we’ll bring you up to date on a few events that had not been completed as of our last report:

Jeremy PerrinEvent #6: GIANT – $365 No-Limit Hold’em was finally concluded when Jeremy Perrin defeated Luis Vazquez in heads-up to take home his very first gold bracelet along with the sweet sum of $250,966.

 

Tim AndrewEvent #11: PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Not easy to run over a field of 3,250 entries but Tim Andrews managed to do just that to take away his first bracelet and $116,015.

 

Galen Hall Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Galen Hall was all smiles as he turned over pocket nines to top jack-ten and take it all down. Hall picked up his first WSOP bracelet and a dazzling $888,888 to fatten his bank account.

And now for the latest:

Dan MatsuzukiEvent #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship was taken down by Dan Matsuzuki to win his first gold bracelet and pocket $364,387 for his effort. Not bad, Dan.

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship – STILL IN PLAY

 

Longsheng TanEvent #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Longsheng Tan managed to hold on to take home his first WSOP bracelet and $323,472 to celebrate with.

 

 

Event #67: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty  Anderson Ireland emerged victorious after ten hours of play at the final table to grab his first bracelet and the top prize of $141,161. Not a bad paycheck for a few days of work/fun.

 

So another couple of million dollars paid out in just first prize money with only six more events completed and we still have a long ways to go with more than 10 events remaining, including of course, The Main Event Final Table.

If you want to get in on all this action you better get yourself a nice poker table and practice, practice, practice  as much as you can. Then maybe by next year, you too could walk away with your own bracelet and tons of cash from the 50th World Series of Poker.

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