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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

So here we are folks, approaching the end of the 47th Annual World Series of Poker summer events with, of course, the Main Event’s Final Table concluding, as always, in November, with this year’s champion to be determined then. Here’s what has happened since our last report:


Yue DuEvent #59: $5000 No-Limit Hold’em
– A 48-year-old amateur from China, Yue Du, walked away with his first gold bracelet and a very nice check for $800,586. Du eliminated Natasha Barbour, who finished in third-place. Barbour collected a whopping $348, 374 dollars, and although she missed out on a gold bracelet, she did collect a ring when her boyfriend, Jason Mercier, proposed marriage in front of the rail.

 

David Prociak

Event #60: $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was championed by an amateur who just started playing seriously less than a year ago. David Prociak from Kissimmee, FL., pocketed $156,546 along with his first gold bracelet. Not bad after cashing for the third time in a WSOP Event this summer.

 

Ryan Fee, and Doug Polk Tag Team

Event #61: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em The first-ever tag-team WSOP tournament belonged to Doug Polk, 27, from Las Vegas and Ryan Fee, 28, from Philadelphia. After defeating a field of 863, the teammates collected $153,358 to share and bracelets for both champions.

Jens KyllonenJens Kyllonen, the PLO pro from Finland sat down at his first Final Table and won Event #62: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) and ran off with $1,127,035 and his very first gold bracelet.

 

Tony DunstEvent #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em ended in the pockets of poker pro and well known commentator for the World Poker Tour TV series, Tony Dunst. Tony collected his first gold bracelet and walked away with a big fat check for $339,254.

 

Kyle BowkerEvent #64: $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better  Kyle Bowker, a 33-year-old poker pro from Walton, NY, defeated a field of 473 hungry players, including himself, and took home his first gold bracelet along with $294,960 for his 35th cash at the WSOP since 2006.

 

Courtney KennedyCourtney Kennedy, a 37-year-old poker dealer from Detroit, MI, won Event #65: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship along with her first WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet $149,108. Kennedy stated “It’s just a pleasure and an honor, I finally got a little piece of the pie now and I’m excited.”


Event #66: $1000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em
after Day 1 is led by Clayton “Starduck” Maguire. The event has a total of 1,247 participating players and it is still being played with only six players remaining.


Fedor HolzEvent #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
was conquered by one of our favorite Global Poker League players, 22-year-old Fedor Holz from Germany, and after collecting a huge $4,981,775 along with his first WSOP gold bracelet, he was heard saying “I just feel overwhelmed.  I didn’t think it would be like this.”

 

Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship with 1733 entries so far, has started and at the end of Day 1A, Gary Sewell led the way. Then on Day 1B, Andrey Zaichenko led with a 292, 700 stack of chips in front of him.

 

Jason Mercier proposes to Natasha BarbourSo far this year’s WSOP has not disappointed us. In fact, it has provided all of us poker enthusiasts with a few surprises, not the least of which was Jason Mercier dropping to one knee and proposing to Natasha Barbour for the entire world to see.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

In just two days the 47th Annual World Series of Poker will shuffle up and deal to the first flight of the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event #68. Are you ready for it?

We know that we are more than ready to see who will be this year’s Main Event’s November Nine by July 18th. Then heading to the Final Table at the Rio Hotel and Casino by the end of October. The excitement is already building and if you’re at the Rio now, you can feel it. It’s palpable, and the buzz is loud and clear with everyone anticipating and hoping that their favorite players will be part of the November Nine.

Till then here is what has happened since our last report.

Brandon Shack Harris

Event #51: $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship picked up by Brandon Shack-Harris and takes home his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, not to mention a very sweet $894,300 big dollars.

 

Andrew LichtenbergerAndrew Lichtenberger finally wraps his hands around his first WSOP gold bracelet by winning Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold’em and pocketing $569,158 to help him keep his new gold bracelet nice and shiny.

 

Allan LeEvent #53: $1500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8/8; and Big O was taken down by Allan Le after pushing through a field of 668 players. Le takes home his very first gold bracelet along with a bucket full of money adding up to $189,223 and giving him a total of 30 cashes at the WSOP.

 

Hung Le A 53-year-old amateur from Dayton Ohio, Hung Le, outlasted a field of 6,761 players to win  Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em.  Le collected $888,888 and stated “I have five kids.  We are a lower middle class family.  We work hard.  This is life changing money for us.” Obviously this was Le’s first gold bracelet; it was also his first time playing at the WSOP where dreams do come true.

Brian RastEvent #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) championed by Brian Rast, a 34-year-old professional poker player living in Vegas. This marks the second time Rast has won this event and collected a whopping $1,296,097 with this win, and his third gold bracelet to go along with all that money. He now has over five and a half million dollars in WSOP earnings from a total of 29 WSOP cashes.

David PetersEvent #56: $1500 No-Limit Hold’em taken by David Peters from a field of 1,860 players. Peters picked up $412,557 and his first gold bracelet. After 38 cashes at the WSOP this win was a much anticipated and well deserved victory.

 

David NowakowskiDavid Nowakowski took Event #57: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better after a long three days and nights of battling through a field of 732 entrants. Nowakowski walked away with his first gold bracelet and $203,113 walk around money.

 

Corey ThompsonEvent #58: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) belonged to Corey Thompson who was the last man standing from a field of 1,397. After picking up his first gold bracelet and $221,163, Thompson stated “My dad taught me so much, he is my hero.”

 

So that is your latest WSOP Events list of winners as of July 5th with nine more Events to go before our waiting is over and the 47th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event begins. See you all then.

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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

In the four days since our last report, another 10 Events have taken place at the 47th Annual WSOP, with the winners collecting almost four million dollars of first prize money.

Mitchell TownerMitchell Towner won the ‘Monster Stack” when he ended up as the last man standing at Event #41: $1500 MONSTER Stack No-Limit Hold’em and collected a huge $1,120,196. That’s not too shabby for a $1,500 investment after playing for four days and three nights and conquering a field of 6,927 eager players.

Phillip McAllisterEvent #42: $3000 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em consisted of only 400 players and 399 of them fell short when Phillip McAllister, a young 22-year-old from the UK, walked off with the gold bracelet and a first prize check for $267,720 a nice return on his investment of $3,000 and three days of his time.

George DanzerEvent #43: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship gave George Danzer his fourth gold bracelet after taking it all away from from a final table that included eight out of ten players with prior WSOP titles and bracelets … and I’m certain he was smiling and danzing all the way to the bank to collect $338,646 for this, his latest win.

Steven WolanskySteven Wolansky pushed all his chips in from the button to take down Event #44: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em. Wolansky was holding a pair of Snowmen and was snap called by Wenlong Jin with Queen-Jack off suit. The flop showed a third Snowman with no help for Jin, then the turn sealed the deal with a fourth Snowman giving Wolansky four little Snowmen (quad eights) dancing on the table. He collected $298,849 along with his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Loren KleinEvent #45: $1500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Loren Klein picked up his first gold bracelet defeating a field of 919 players, each and every one of them – including Klein, had their eye on the gold, but only Klein ended up with the gold bracelet wrapped around his wrist and a sweet $241,427 in prize money.

Kristen BicknellThe first woman to win in this 2016 WSOP series, Kristen Bicknell, took down Event #46: $1500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold’em and walked away with her second gold bracelet and a lot of dollars, in fact the biggest amount of her young poker career amounting to $290,768.

 

Johnny "World" Hennigan

Event #47: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship  It’s always thrilling to win your first gold bracelet, and the thrill is never gone, even after taking down 14; just ask Phil Hellmuth. And Johnny “World” Hennigan can attest to that after winning his fourth cherished WSOP gold bracelet. Hennigan walked of with the Champion title, his fourth gold and a much appreciated $320,103 to add to his ever-growing bank account.

Ankush MandaviaEvent #48: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) with a rather small field of only 524 entries was championed by Ankush Mandavia, receiving his first gold bracelet, a killer $548,139 and the total satisfaction of outlasting 523 players who had their eyes glued on the prize. Mandavia stated “So, it’s really gratifying to win.  It feels really good.” No kidding Ankush; it must feel really really good.

Shaun DeebNo stranger at the poker tables, Shaun Deeb, from Troy, NY, ran away with Event #49: $1500 Seven Card Stud. In a field of only 331 players, Deeb easily made off with the gold bracelet plus $111,101 bucks, marking his 35th cash at the WSOP and his third Championship title.


Safiya UmerovaEvent #50: $1500 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em  brought the second female 2016 WSOP champion, Safiya Umerova from Los Angeles, CA, when she outlasted a field of 1,050 to capture her first WSOP gold bracelet and a very satisfying $264,046. Not bad when you consider that she’s only been playing professionally for about 18 months but as she said, “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t work hard on my game.”

So there you have it, 50 events out of 69 events completed, more than four million paid out, and that’s just to the first place winners of these ten events, and there are still 18 more events to go before the much anticipated 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. Do any of y’all have any idea who will take the biggest and most prestigious title of Main Event Champion? If you do, click here to leave your comments and we hope to see you at the Rio Hotel and Casino to see who makes the Final Nine.

 

Queen of Hearts ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I haven’t written much about the Global Poker League lately, mostly because there hasn’t been a whole lot to report. Don’t get me wrong; the League has been thriving, we know which teams are clearly going to make the playoffs and I’ve been enjoying watching the heads-up matches in The Cube tremendously.  I find it mesmerizing to watch the same men and women who I’ve seen sitting at tables at huge events like the WSOP, WPT or Super High Roller matches displaying their “poker pro” personalities and then, when they come to play a GPL match, they morph into “performance” mode, actually entertaining us while playing poker.  The 6-max and heads-upGlobal Poker League matches played in the first part of the season were interesting for a different reason. The players on the webcams thought out loud; they explained their strategy or game plan or state of mind to us, the audience, but their opponents couldn’t hear them. That was a great learning tool for me as a beginning poker player, and a way to get to know the players better as well.

And, that’s when the concept of individual poker players feeling committed to their team (almost an oxymoron) and supporting each other began to take hold — and when I found myself rooting for my favorite teams (LA Sunset and NY Rounders) and checking out the standings. In fact, part of what helped me enjoy a match when my team wasn’t playing was the overall standings. That, and the opportunity to learn something new from some of the brightest, and in some cases best-looking professional athletes around. Hold on a minute; I just wrote “athletes.” Alex Dreyfus’ vision to “sportify” poker has already started working on me.

But there’s never been anything quite like standing up, face-to-face with your opponent, in a 20-ton glass soundproof Cube out of which you can neither see nor hear a thing, knowing your hole cards are exposed for all the world to see, while the viewing audience can see and hear everything, including the good bluffs and bad folds, the constant chatter, trash talk, teasing and off-beat humor, even the beads of sweat on your upper lip. It’s hot in The Cube, and the soundtrack is intimidating, especially when the heart beat starts pounding and the time clock is on. Boys still sound like boys but boys can conquer men in The Cube (think Fedor vs. Mizzi ).

The Cube - Aaron Paul vs. Fabrice SoulierAnd where else in the world could I have watched 3-time Emmy award winning, poker-loving, sexy-cool actor, Aaron Paul (brilliant wildcard pick by Liv Boeree for the LA Sunset) go face-to-face against The Paris Aviators’ team manager, the also sexy and undeniably hot poker superstar, Fabrice Soulier? Paul used both his poker and acting skills, including the Jesse Pinkman stare down, to win 2-1, but the match was an inspired way to open competition in The Cube. The potential for future wildcard picks who play poker is phenomenal.

Team Texas Poker Store's Night Hawk Poker TableIt sounded gimmicky to me at first, but I’m forced to admit it. Putting poker players in The Cube to face off in a poker match has proven to be another brilliant move by Alex Dreyfus. Bringing in the professionalism and polish of Joe Stapleton, along with Eric Danis for commentary and Laura Cornelius for interviews has upped the ante. With the Summer Series coming to a close and the playoffs beginning, who knows what additional twists, turns and enhancements – faster action, more music, light shows, more projection – will be added to The Cube and to the GPL in general. What I now know I can count on is that it’s bound to be fun, and bound to be innovative.

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