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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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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

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” Paris

The 49th WSOP is only seven days old today and there has already been more than 16 Million Dollars awarded in Prize Money. We already told you about Event #1; The $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em that was won by Jordan Hufty who took home $61,909 plus his first WSOP bracelet. Here are the rest of your winners so far:


Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty was taken down by Elio Fox who also won his first bracelet along with a very sweet $393,693 paycheck.

 

Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout belonged to a very familiar face, Joe Cada,  who took this Shoot-Out all the way to the bank with a fat $226.218 check plus his third bracelet.

 

 

Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better – Picked up by Julien Martini who took the fourth gold medal at this year’s WSOP.  Martini take home his first bracelet plus $239,771 for a job well done.

 

 

Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller – Nick Petrangelo battled a field of 105 to come out on top and grabbed up his second career WSOP bracelet and to go along with that championship bracelet,  a very nice payday of $2,910,227.

 

There is a lot more action yet to be completed, and there are a couple of other events that have been completed, we will catch you up on them on our next blog. Right now we have to go check out the new poker supplies we ordered.

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Daniel Negreanu’s VlogDaniel Negreanu with Marissa Rachelle (video/blog) is back which means it’s WSOP time again! With Bazanji’s “The Life I Chose” setting the hot hip hop beat for the vlog , @realkidpoker tells his fans he’s ready for action. He’s definitely displaying some high energy as he makes his green smoothie, teases his super-hot girlfriend Marisa, and heads off to the gym to sweat – after four days playing the Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria he says he definitely needs a workout. According to Dnegs, he lost six pounds during the SHR, but it sounds to me like he came out ahead anyway (actually, he came in 2nd and added another $3 million to his bank account).

Negreanu’s Vlogs are fun to watch, and I always look forward to them. His enthusiasm and love of the game are infectious, and his walks through the casino can be highly entertaining as we pick up the Rio atmosphere and try to spot who’s at the different poker tables. Nevertheless, there are times when his high voltage personality can be somewhat grating (like when he spots a very mellow Phil Ivey at the poker table and shines his spotlight on him). Clearly, the attention was not welcome.Daniel Negreanu's Vlog

The engaging parts are when he takes us behind-the-scenes, which during the first three Vlogs included watching him be “Pool Daddy” as he cleaned his swimming pool before his viewing party for the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals (his beloved Vegas Knights are in the finals in their first year!). Daniel knows how to throw a party; his house is perfectly set up for partying and watching sports and he seems so comfortable just hanging out with Marisa, his friends, family, and 20 pizzas, cuddling with his two adorable dogs, and even taking on a buddy to play chess.

But then, after the Knight’s loss (they were down 2-1 as of this writing) he “has to go to work,” which is not a bad gig if you’re a superstar poker player. During breaks in the action, Daniel walks the corridors of the Rio and explains why he is currently down $212,500 K after three days at the tables. So far he’s played in the $2500 Mixed Draw, the $10K Omaha 8 Championship and the $100K NLE High Roller. He’s pretty casual talking about hands he lost, misplayed or just didn’t get the cards and takes us through several of the more interesting ones.  I find it refreshing to hear him be so open when’s not playing well, or when he bluffs or how his mind works against better players vs. unknowns.

He didn’t do anything in the Omaha 8, which happens to be one of his favorite poker variations. Still, Negreanu is ready and eager for more action. As he put it at the end of Vlog 3, “There’s plenty of poker left kids. Don’t get discouraged; I’m not.”

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