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It’s hard to believe (and extremely embarrassing) that we managed to cover the 2019 World Series of Poker throughout more than 70 events, only to limp in with zero coverage of Event #73: the much anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Yes, we reported which nine players made it to the Final Table, but that was it. We never even announced the winner of the dramatic heads-up play between 2nd place winner, Dario Sammartino  ($6 million) and the overwhelming chip Ensan Hossein leader and Main Event Champ, Hossein Ensan ($10 million and the World Championship Bracelet!). We have no excuse (at least not one we can share with y’all). In fact, all we can do is apologize profusely and carry on.

Interestingly, we have actually been watching a lot of late-night poker on television during the last couple of weeks. That’s because the World Poker Tour (WPT) broadcasts Main Tour events throughout the country at 8 p.m. on Sundays and 11 p.m. on Wednesdays on FSN. Each event is broken down into three one-hour episodes, anchored by the lovely Lynn Gilmartin, with witty and knowledgeable commentary by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten.

Of course, once the WSOP had run its course, the World Poker Tour (WPT) got underway for its 2019-2020 season. They just concluded the WPT Gardens Festival, won by 34-year-old Roger Teska. In addition to taking home $368,475 for the first Season XVIII championship, Teska also won a 2019 BMW X1 as well as a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions that takes place at the end of the season.

If you enjoy watching great poker players make their moves while you decide how you feel about their strategy from the comfort of your couch, the WPT provides many hours of enjoyment for poker players and fans alike. Check them out with the links below and you might learn enough to take down that big pot next time you find yourself at a poker table.

World Poker Tour on FSN 

Roger Teska celebrates his win at the WPT Gardens Poker Festival.

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

After seven days of play, the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the final table. After more than 8000 eager participants were systematically dwindled down to the final nine players the Final Table was set.

We’ve reported most of the results from all other events and now we’re ready to see who of the niners will take home the most coveted World Series of Poker championship, the Gold Bracelet, and $10,000,000 dollars to sweeten the moment.

We watched intently as Hossein Ensan moved up the field to take the lead. On day 4 he had around 3,000,000 in chips, day 5 he came in at just over 7,000,000 chips, then day 6 he amassed roughly 34,000,000 and looked unstoppable. By the end of day 7, Ensan was clearly the leader of the pack with an outstanding 177,000,000 chip count. The 2nd closest chip count belongs to Garry Gates, with just over 99 million chips.

And thus the Final Table has been set. Everyone will get a much needed rest until later today with play resuming at 6:30 p.m.

Here are the Final Nine:
Seat 1 – Hossein Ensan – 177,000,000 Chips – CHIP LEADER
Seat 2 – Nick Marchington – 20,100,000 Chips
Seat 3 – Dario Sammartino – 33,400,000 Chips
Seat 4 – Kevin Maahs – 43,000,000 Chips
Seat 5 – Timothy Su – 20,200,000 Chips
Seat 6 – Zhen Cai – 60,600,000 Chips
Seat 7– Garry Gates – 99,300,000 Chips
Seat 8 – Milos Skrbic – 23,400,000 Chips
Seat 9 – Alex Livingston – 37,800,000 Chips

Here’s the remaining final table schedule:

Sunday, July 14 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 15 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 – 5:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 6:00 p.m. Play will continue until the 2019 World Champion of Poker is crowned.

Good luck gentlemen. We all know you need lady luck on your side now more than ever.

We recognize that other events have been played, big money has been won, and a few events are still being played concurrent to the Main Event . We will acknowledge all the winners in a final post.

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

As hard as it may be to believe, the 2019 50th World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas is almost done. In our last post we reported on events #50 through #63, so we will now begin with Event #64.

Rick Alvarado

Event #64: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em This one was a little tough for the ultimate winner, Rick Alvarado, who finally snatched up his first bracelet and a cool $888,888 after re-buying a total of seven times.

 

 

John DoeEvent #65: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Was taken home by Nick Schulman, giving him his third gold WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $463,670 after defeating a field of 193 hungry players.

 

 

David ODB BakerEvent #66: $1,500 Limit Hold’em David “ODB” Baker held on tight through four days of play to finally outwit a field of 541 players and come out on top to grab his second bracelet, along with $161,139 to help him celebrate this well-deserved win.

 

 

No information as of yet on Event #67: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

 

Event #68: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship Picked up by Nicholas “Illari” Baris, running off with his very first gold bracelet and a handsome pay out of $303,738.75. Not bad for one day’s work!

 

 

Jeremy SaderneEvent #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event After a wild three days, Jeremy Saderne conquered a field of 5,551 serious players to reach the finale and walk off with his first WSOP bracelet and a pocket full of gold totaling $628,654.

 

 

Joao VieiraEvent #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6 Handed delivered Joao Vieira his first bracelet and his first prize winnings of $758,011 after defeating Joe Cada heads-up.

 

 

Susan FaberEvent #71: $500 SALUTE TO WARRIORS No-Limit Hold’em Was the perfect tourney for Susan Faber to check off from her bucket list and win her first bracelet and $121,161.

 

 

Juha HelppiEvent #72: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship After a grueling three days of play, Juha Helppi walked away with his first bracelet, and a sweet $306,622.

 

 

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship Still in play….

Event #74: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Brandon “DrOctagon” Adams emerged victorious, picking up his first bracelet along with $411,560.70 for one day’s work. Not too shabby.

Event #75: $1000 +$111 Little One for One Drop Still being played.

Event #76: $800 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed won by Shawn “Bucky21” Buchanan to grab his first bracelet and first prize of $223,119.

That is all for now. After more than $26 million bucks paid to just the first place winners, that should be enough for you to make your final decision to start practicing for next year’s World Series of Poker.

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

Here’s our latest recap of the 2019 50th World Series of Poker currently going strong at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas. We last left off at Event #47 and as of right now, Events #48 and #49 have no updates yet. So we will start with Event #50.

Kainalu McCue-UncianoEvent #50: Monster Stack – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em has created the newest millionaire. Kainalu McCue-Unciano defeated a field of 6,035 hungry players and walked off with his first WSOP bracelet and an incredibly sweet payday of $1,008,850.

 

 

Yuri Dzivielevski

Event #51: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was conquered by Yuri Dzivielevski after a grueling three days, and more than 30 levels, to pick up his first gold bracelet plus a healthy $213,750 for his hard work.

 

 

Dash DudleyEvent #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship ended on day 4 with Dash Dudley battling his way through to grab his first WSOP gold bracelet and an impressive $1,086,967 to party with.

 

 

Santiago SorianoEvent #53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack a field of 3,759 entries saw this event come to a close with Santiago Soriano on top to pick up his first gold bracelet and a nice $371,203. You know he’s going to remember this day forever.

 

Kevin Gerhart
Event #54: $1,500 Razz
another first time bracelet winner, Kevin Gerhart was all smiles after coming out on top and picking up his bracelet and $119,054.

 

 

Jason Gooch
Event #55: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack
was taken down by Jason “TheBigGift” Gooch for his first gold bracelet and $241,492.94.

 

 

Jonas Lauck
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty
after just 15 or so hours of play, Jonas Lauck was rushed by his rail to congratulate him for winning his very first bracelet and a cool $260,335.

 

 

Phil HuiEvent #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship after winning what many consider the toughest tournament worldwide, Phil Hui picked up his second bracelet plus $1,099,311. And, he will be forever remembered with his name engraved in the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

 

Joe ForesmanEvent #59: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship saw Joe Foresman holding strong after defeating a field of 6,140 competitors to grab his first WSOP bracelet, and take home a fat payday of $397,903, plus an added $10,000 seat into the 50th WSOP Main Event. Good luck Joe.

 

Anthony ZinnoEvent #60: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better there were more than a thousand players throwing everything they had at this event but only one could be named the winner. That was Anthony Zinno, who was proud to pose with a big smile and his second gold bracelet before he  rushed to the cashier to pick a sweet $279,920.

 

Sejin Park
Event #61: COLOSSUS – $400 No-Limit Hold’em
Sejin Park picked up his second bracelet and $451,272 after a rather fast five hours or so pushing through a field of 13, 109.

 

 

Scott SeiverEvent #62: $10,000 Razz Championship Scott Seiver, no stranger to the WSOP, captured his third bracelet, defeating a small field of just 116 and taking home $301,421 to add to his almost five million dollars of WSOP earnings.

 

 

Anatolii Zyrin
Event #63: $1,500 Omaha Mix
conquered by Anatolii Zyrin for his first bracelet accompanied by a healthy $199,838. Way to go, Anatolii!

 

 

That is as far as we can take it for now, come back soon for what might be the final 2019 50th World Series of Poker reports. For those of you who may be wondering, there has now been more than $22 million dollars paid out to first prize winners.

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

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