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We left off on the taking of Event #41 so here’s what’s transpired since then. The following events were no easy battles and all the winners deserve our most sincere congratulations.

Adrian ApmanEvent #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Adrian Apmann, making this his sixth WSOP cash and his first bracelet win. He takes home $478,102 after almost a week of intense grinding in an event that normally would not last more than three days until the seventh hour of the fifth day, when he came out on top.

Jon AndovecJon Andlovec from Boise, Idaho picks up the win of the inaugural WSOP “Super Seniors” Championship;  Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. 70 year-old Andlovec earns his first-ever gold bracelet along with a nice fat check for $262,220.

Mike GorodinskyEvent #44: The Poker Players Championship welcomed Mike Gorodinsky into its Elite Club. Gorodinsky with this, his 12th WSOP cash and second gold bracelet, plus $1,270,086 first-place prize money, finally realizes his dream of having his name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. His is only the ninth name in history to be etched upon this trophy.

Upeshka De SilvaEvent #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was completely controlled by Upeshka De Silva; he basically knocked out everyone to go heads up with Dara O’Kearny until he sent him to the rails with just a King-Ace high. With that, De Silva walked away with a sweet $424,577 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Vasili FirsauVasili Firsau won his first gold bracelet by outlasting a field of of 682 hardened players in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed.  Firsau, only the second-ever bracelet winner from the nation of Belarus, took home a hefty check of $437,575 for his troubles.

Matt O'donnellEvent #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em paid out $551,941 for first place to Matt O’Donnell, making this his fifth WSOP cash and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. It came down to a very heated heads up battle between O’Donnell and Timur Margolin that lasted 166 hands. On hand #167 O’Donnell moved all in with . Margolin snap called turning over , the flop was putting O’Donnell into the lead and the turn sealed his victory when the dealer dropped the .

Eli ElezraEvent #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was grabbed up by old-time poker pro Eli Elezra, putting yet another $112,590 into his poker coffers and snatching up his third gold bracelet.


Young JiYoung Ji pockets the first place prize money in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Ji takes $231,102 plus his first WSOP Gold Bracelet. This was also his very first final table.

Ben YuEvent #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is pocketed by Ben Yu from Las Vegas. This marks Yu’s fifth final table appearance and, finally, his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a check for $291,456.


Justin LibertoJustin Liberto moves all in and picks up first place in Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and takes a nice little check for $640,711 and a flashy WSOP gold bracelet.


Carol FuchsEvent #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice is championed by Screenwriter/Film Producer Carol Fuchs from Los Angeles. She wins her first gold bracelet at her very first final table appearance and takes home $127,735.

So, another four million dollars plus was awarded to all the first place winners for Events #42 through #52 and we’ve still got a lot of final tables to play before we even get to the Main Event at this year’s WSOP. Good luck to all.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The 46th Annual World Series of Poker has certainly not been disappointing. Our eyes and ears on the floor have witnessed the tears of defeat as well as the tears of sheer joy as some dreams are smashed while, albeit comparatively few, have become overwhelming realities for those lucky few.

Jason Mercier


Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Good to see Jason Mercier come back to take this event and take home his third bracelet along with the tidy sum of $633,357.

Benny GlaserEvent #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Benny Glaser ends up a whole lot better than last year when he ran into brick walls on every event he entered and did not cash on any of them. This year he persevered and took it all, winning $136,215 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Andre BoyerEvent #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em is taken by Andre Boyer, who at 72 years old, takes home a sweet $250,483 and his second gold bracelet, ten years after winning his first.

Dan IdemaDan Idema from Vancouver came out on top of Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., and snatched his third gold bracelet and a nice paycheck for $261,774.


Corrie WunstelEvent #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha is grabbed up by Corrie Wunstel and he takes home his first ever WSOP bracelet and $267,435 for him to do whatever he wants.


Byron KavermanByron Kaverman plows ahead and takes Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship, pocketing $657,351 and his first brand new, shiny, gold WSOP bracelet.


Thiago NishijimaEvent #38: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em is conquered by Thiago Nishijima from Brazil. Nishijima walks away with in this, his 17th WSOP cash, $546,843 for a total of $1,060,481 in WSOP earnings and finally, his first gold bracelet.

Brian HastingsBrian Hastings is the first double winner of 2015 when he takes Event #39: $1,500 Ten-Game Mix just ten days after his first win (Event #27). Hastings takes home another big check, this one for $133,403 and, now his third bracelet. He is now sitting on total WSOP earnings of $1,272,776. How sweet it is.

Travis BakerTravis Baker outlasts all the other seniors to take Event #40: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship and run to the bank with $613,466 and his first bracelet. At only 50 years-young Travis just made the minimum age requirement to participate in this event and I would bet all the other seniors hated getting beat by this youngster.

Max PescatoriEvent #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship is taken by Max “the Italian Pirate” Pescatori, who also won Event #9 earlier this month taking home $155,947 for that win, now takes another fat paycheck for $292,158 giving him a total (so far)  of $448,105 from the 46th Annual WSOP tables. He now has four gold bracelets to his name.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Meanwhile, back at the Rio Hotel and Casino the excitement keeps building as more and more pro and amateur poker players keep stuffing their pockets with cash and wrapping gold bracelets around their wrists. Here is the latest to catch you up.

Arash GhaneianEvent #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.  was taken by Las Vegas Poker Pro Arash Ghaneian. He was cheered to victory by his wife, who is pregnant with twins. His payday of $239,750 for first place will go a long way to help with expenses of their expected twins, plus he now has his first WSOP gold bracelet .

Jeffrey TomlinsonEvent #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed belonged to Jeffrey Tomlinson. Tomlinson, a high school teacher and football coach from Jupiter, Florida, and part-time amateur poker player surprised everyone when he held his ground and emerged victorious to take home a sweet $567,724 pay check and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Aaron WallaceEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was captured by Aaron Wallace after he turned his Satellite Entry into a pocketful of dollars in the largest Non-Texas Hold’em Tournament in history. He walked away with $226,985, his first ever WSOP cash and his first gold bracelet after defeating a total of 1,293 players.

Brian HastingsBrian Hastings, high-stakes cash game player from Hanover Township, PA, wrapped up Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and stuffed his pockets with  $239,518 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #28: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is still being played as of this posting it is heads up between Eric Place and Perry Shiao, our money is on the chip leader Eric Place with more than twice as many chips.

Phil GalfondPhil Galfond championed over Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and walked away with $224,383 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. Although it was a rather small field of only 77 players, it was filled with poker pros like Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, and more, but Galfond held strong and walked away with all the marbles.

Franko Ivan LucaThe first ever Argentinian, a 23 year-old poker pro picked up Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Franco Ivan Luca came to win and he did just that; he took Event #30 by the horns and never let go. Now he can go back home to Buenos Aires with his $353,391 in prize money and a shiny new gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker.

Jeff MadsenJeff Madsen won his fourth career World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and took home a fat pay check of $301,314 bringing his total WSOP earnings to more than 2.5 million dollars. Not bad for a 30 year-old.

We’ll be back with more the next time we hear from our eyes and ears at the Rio.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Adrian BuckleyYoung Adrian Buckley runs away with Event #16: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. This marked Buckley’s first ever WSOP win, in fact, it is his first cash at any WSOP event. With that this 27-year-old part-time poker player from Dacono, Colorado takes home, not only his first gold bracelet but a sweet paycheck for $1,277,193. Big Bucks for Mr. Buckley.

Phil HellmuthThen came Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship, not a game that I personally like very much, but one that I’m certain  Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth loves. Hellmuth dominated the  final table to earn his record-extending 14th WSOP bracelet. He gets $271,105 for this victory, bringing his lifetime earnings at the WSOP to an astounding $12,783,905 with a record 109 cashes at the WSOP and, ready for this? 52 of those being final table appearances.

John GaleAnd from the other side of the big pond we have England’s John Gale claiming Event #18: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em. Gale takes home first place prize money of $298,290 and his second career gold bracelet.


Matt ElseyEvent #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed belonged to Matt Elsby, from Torrance, CA now residing in Chandler, AZ . Elsby knocked down a field of 319 hungry poker players to take home $230,799, in this his third WSOP cash, and his very first gold bracelet.

Ben ZamaniBen Zamani scooped up his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory. Zamani avenges a runner-up finish from less than one week ago by capturing Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and taking home $460,640 in pocket change. With his spot in the winner’s circle cemented, Zamani now owns two cashes at the 2015 Series totaling more than $600,000 and vaulting him into Player of the Year contention.

Daniel AlaeiEvent #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was taken down by Daniel Alaei. Remarkably this California native has now picked up his fifth career gold bracelet an he is just 30-years old. Alaei collects $391,037, but he’ll be remembered mostly being the second-youngest player in history  to have that many wins.

Sam GreenwoodSam Greenwood is the latest winner at the 2015 World Series of Poker.  Greenwood tops 1,915-Player Field in Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and Wins $318,977 along with his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Christian PhamVietnamese-born poker pro now living in St. Paul, MN, Christian Pham, accidentally signed up for the wrong tournament, and wins his first gold bracelet. Pham won Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball and collected $81,314 in prize money, not too shabby for sitting down at the wrong poker table.  This marked his third occasion to cash at the 2015 series, way to go Christian, that’s the way to make the best out of your mistakes.

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