Pocket Bullets Paris

As of our last report, 11 events had been completed and 11 Bracelets were handed out, along with almost $4,000,000 dollars. Let’s catch up with the action since then:


Femi FashakinEvent 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by Femi Fashakin. This was the largest tournament ever with 28,371 players chomping at the bit, but Femi succeeded in outlasting them all to collect, not just his very first gold bracelet but $1,147,499 dollars to fatten his bank account. Not a bad return on a $500 dollar investment.


Murilo SouzaEvent #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. was won by Murilo Souza with a little help from his screaming rail and lady luck giving him quads to defeat Jason Stockfish to take home his first gold bracelet and $207,003.




Sean SwingruberEvent #15 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Sean Swingruber won his very first WSOP gold bracelet in just his second time to cash. This time he outlasted a field of 112 players and finally defeated Ben Yu with a flush. Swingruber collected $186,356 and the much coveted WSOP bracelet.


Isaac BaronEvent #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed was picked up by Isaac Baron after taking down a field of 1,832 players. Finally, after more than 12 years he grabbed hold of his first WSOP gold bracelet and, with a giant smile, walked to the cashier’s cage to pick up $407,739.00.



Brett ApterEvent #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Brett Apter proudly and laughing out loud grabbed up his first gold bracelet and the grand prize of $238,824 after conquering a field of 917 players.



Frankie O'DellEvent #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship King of the Omaha hi-lo bracelet count, Frankie O’Dell, did it again and snatched up his third gold bracelet. All three of his bracelets were in this variant of Omaha. He also took down the hefty first prize of $443,641.00.


John GorsuchEvent #19: $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch came from behind to win this Millionaire Maker event and was beyond ecstatic when he took down Kazuki Ikeuchi with two pairs against Ikeuchi’s pocket bullets. Gorsuch took home $1,344,930 and his first gold bracelet.


Eli ElezraEvent #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra joined the ranks of four-time bracelet winners with this event, making his prediction that he would take home a bracelet in stud become reality. Elezra took home $93,766 plus that elusive 4th bracelet.


Vince MussoEvent #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Jim Bechtel has been around the poker tables a long time and has now set the record for the longest period spent between bracelets, a total of 26 years. He’s had plenty of cashes during all those years and now he can add $253,817 plus his second WSOP gold bracelet.


Jorden FoxEvent #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Jorden Fox picked up his first bracelet by running through a field of 3,253 anxious players. He not only takes home the bracelet but also a very hefty $420,693.00 to celebrate with his poker-playing family.



Rami BoukaiEvent #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix Rami Boukai runs off with his second career WSOP bracelet and a sweet $177,294.00 after outlasting all 612 players that entered this event. Boukai expressed his feelings when he stated “It’s 170 thousand, so yeah, it’s a big deal, I’m here for the money.” Go get it Rami.


Josh PollockEvent #24: $600 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot Limit Omaha 6-handed Josh “loofa” Pollock ran away with the win and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, plus a nice fat check for $139,740.




Andrew DonabedianEvent #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack championed by Andrew Donabedian after defeating a large field of 2,577 hungry poker players, all trying to reach for that elusive pot of gold. But it was not to be for 2,576 of them as Donabedian danced his way through them all and walked away with his first gold bracelet and $205,605.00.

So now after 25 events more than Nine Million Dollars have been awarded in first prize to the winners and lots more to all who made it past the bubble.

Stay tuned for our next report from the floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the mean time come visit us at the Texas Poker Store.

Send us your comments or questions!  

Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker is indeed moving fast and furious. Here is an update from our eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino. These event are done but there are still a lot more to go.

Nicholas HaynesEvent #1: The $500 Casino Employees Event Was taken down by Poker Dealer Nicholas Haynes, winning his first WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet $62,248 dollars to help him through the night.


Brian Green

Event #2 $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Put away by Brian Green winning the first 2019 WSOP gold bracelet and his first bracelet along with $345,669.


Event 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em EVENT IN PROGRESS: 5 players remaining.


Derek McMaster

Event #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Taken by Derek McMaster for $228,228 and his very own first WSOP gold bracelet.


Ben Heath

Event #5 High Roller – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Captured by Ben Heath taking home his career-best $1,484,085 paycheck plus his first gold bracelet.

Dan ZackEvent #6 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw After an incredible comeback, Dan Zack claims his first bracelet and a very nice $160,447 to add to his account.

Event #7 $400 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Won by Yong “LuckySpewy1” Keun Kwon who laughs all the way to the bank with $165,263.

Event #8 $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em Still not played.

Jeremy PekarekEvent #9 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Jeremy Pekarek collects lifetime-best $398,281 payday with this victory and picks up his first career WSOP bracelet.

Scott ClementsEvent #10 $1,500 Dealers Choice Is now history and Scott Clements couldn’t be happier walking away with his 3rd gold bracelet and a very sweet $144,957 to party with.

Daniel StrelitzEvent #11 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Daniel Strelitz claimed his first WSOP gold bracelet and stuffs his bank account with $442,385.

Daniel ParkEvent #12 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Put away by Daniel Park for his first gold bracelet and $226,243 for his troubles.

Yuval BronshteinEvent #13 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Mastered by Yuval Bronshtein taking home $96,278 and his first gold bracelet.

So as of this report there have now been 11 bracelets and $3,754,084 dollars to line the winners’ pockets. But it is a long way from over.

Stay tuned for our next report from the floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the mean time come visit us at the Texas Poker Store.

Send us your comments or questions! 

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
So here we are a few days into the 2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker and the first bracelet has already been picked up!

Brian Green, who has been playing poker since 1984, topped a field of 204 runners to win Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty for $345,669 and his first gold bracelet.

This win came only three months after he relocated from Texas to Las Vegas. After spending some 100 days per year for at least the last 20 years coming to Vegas, he finally made the jump and moved to Vegas and as he stated, he now enjoys a home court advantage.

Green had more than $3 million in lifetime earnings prior to this victory. Including last September, when he finished runner-up to David Peters in the 2018 Poker Masters Event #1: $10,000 NLH for $138,000, he also took home $1,117,923 for finishing fifth in the 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop.

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Brian Green United States $345,669
2 Ali Imsirovic United States $213,644
3 Asher Conniff United States $145,097
4 Loren Klein United States $100,775
5 Ping Liu United States $71,614
6 Daniel Negreanu Canada $52,099
7 Martijn Gerrits The Netherlands $38,823
8 Zachary Clark United States $29,650
9 Cary Katz United States $23,224

Where any of you there to see Green’s smiling face after taking down a field of 214 eager players that included one of our favorite players at any poker table, the newly married Daniel Negreanu?

Click here to leave us your comments!!

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

I know it’s hard to believe that the 2019 World Series of Poker will open its doors on Tuesday, May 28th at the world famous Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas. But here we are, one week away from the 50th anniversary of the most famous tournament series of poker, and we can’t wait.

2019 WSOP

Are you ready? Will we see you there? Perhaps you’re thinking of entering the “Main Event” which has been set for July 3rd thru the 16th but if you don’t have the 10 grand buy in …. maybe you can follow in the steps of so many past champions that started small and filled their accounts with enough to drop the necessary ten grand to compete against thousands of eager players reaching out to grab the Main Event Championship title, the Gold Bracelet, and the millions of dollars that go with it.

One good way to win your way into the Main Event this year could be  to enter “The Big 50” special event celebrating the WSOP’s 50th Anniversary. The buy in of just $500 gives you a chance to take down $1,000,000 if you’re the winner. But, if you don’t take it all, then maybe you’ll just get a smaller piece of the $5,000,000 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool.  You’ll have to get there soon though, as this event starts on May 30th.

The Lumen Poker Table

Stay tuned in for all the action. Tune up your game, practice practice and practice more every day. Sit and play at your poker table, and if you don’t have one, then come visit us at Texas Poker Store… Good Luck.

click here to leave us your comments!