Archive for June 2017

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s unbelievable how time flies when you’re playing poker, and never more so than at the World Series of Poker. It has now been 30 days since the kick-off of the 2017 WSOP with Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, taken down by Poker Dealer Bryan Hollis. There have been 50+ events completed, slightly more than 115 Million Dollars awarded in total prize money and more than 50 + WSOP gold bracelets to the first place winners.  Here are the latest Event Winners:

Nathan GambleEvent #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was captured by Nathan Gamble who, after stating “Let’s get this done in one hand,” ended his day with a giant smile, his first gold bracelet, and a sweet $223,339 to take back home.

Brian Yoon

Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK was taken down by Brian Yoon. After four days of battling back and forth, he snatched up his third gold bracelet and a MONSTER first prize payout of $1,094,349.


Chris Vitch

Chris Vitch won his second bracelet in Event #48 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Vitch took this one down after running through a small field of only 125 competing players. After picking up the title, bracelet and $320,193 he stated; “It was just one of those days where everything really went my way.”

Louie CalvoEvent #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed had a total of 630 entries all anxious to grab the bracelet. It was Louie Calvo who got the job done and walked away with all the goodies; the bragging rights of championship, his first coveted golden bracelet, and the first prize dollars in the amount of $362,185.


Chris Bolek

Event #50: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em BOUNTY took four days to wipe-out the field of 1,927 players to reach the final table. Chris Bolek held on tight and took down the title, his first gold bracelet and $266,646 dollars to help ease the pain of it all.


Bryce Yockey

Bryce Yockey won Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship and walked away with a very handsome $511,147 dollars, the rights to claim the title of the very first $10K PLO8 tournament in the history of the WSOP, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.



Mohsin CharaniaMohsin Charania runs away with Event #52: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’Em. This win gave Charania his first WSOP gold bracelet and a payday that would make anyone smile to the tune of $364,438.



Max SilverEvent #53: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed with a small field of only 256 hungry players was taken down by Max Silver for $172,645 dollars to add to his more than $3,000,000 in past winnings, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.


And we still have more than twenty (20) events to go with millions more on the line. Are you gonna get any of it?

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Another two million dollars plus has been paid out in first-prize money since our last blog on Friday and a total thus far of more than 18 million dollars doled out to all first place winners through 45 events of the 2017 World Series of Poker. And there is a lot more poker to be played.

Loren KleinEvent #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha gave Loren Klein his second bracelet in as many years. Klein ran through a small field of 870 players with the chip lead from start to finish, giving him more than just his second gold but also a $231,483 paycheck, and the bragging rights for having captured gold in consecutive years.


Dmitry YurasovDmitry Yurasov from Russia picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet when he defeated Tommy Chen just nine hands into heads-up play in Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship. To go along with his new found gold jewelry, he ran away with a sweet $775,923 for his efforts.


Matthew SchreiberEvent #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT was captured by Ben Maya to take away his first WSOP gold bracelet and the first place prize of  $257,764. The Israeli realtor survived a field of 1,025 tough players to emerge as the champion.

Matthew Schreiber emerged the winner of Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table to capture his first bracelet and $256,226. To get there he had to run through a field of only 399 players; although the field was small, everyone was playing large.

Chris BrammerEvent #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) was dominated by Chris Brammer from the U.K., who outlasted a field of 505 entrants to walk away with his first gold bracelet and more than a half million bucks, $527,555 dollars to be exact.

Several events are in progress as of this writing, but we’ll fill you in on more first prize and bracelet winners at the poker tables in a day or so.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Gaurav RainaGaurav Raina took down Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em after winning the heads-up battle against James Calvo – Took home $456,822 along with the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet.


Frank MaggioEvent #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship was taken by Frank Maggio, who capped off a four-and-a-half-hour final table to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and $617,303. Maggio defeated William Murray for the championship.


Vladimir ShchemelevEvent #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix was conquered by Vladimir Shchemelev, giving him his second WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet prize of $193,484


Chris FrankChris Frank Wins Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Took home $384,833 along with the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, his first of maybe many to come for this 22-year-old German player.



Ben YuDéjà Yu! Ben Yu won his second bracelet in Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship and a very nice paycheck of $232,738 for taking the championship title away from the legendary Shaun Deeb.


James MooreEvent #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by James Moore who captured his second Super Seniors Title and won $259,230 along with his second gold bracelet.



Nadar KakhmazovEvent #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed was taken down by Russian player Nadar Kakhmazov to win his first bracelet and a lot of spending capital in the amount of $580,338. Not too shabby of a paycheck.



Thomas ReynoldsThomas Reynolds ran away with Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, pocketing his first bracelet along with $292,880 for having to wade through a field of 2,019 other players.



Joe McKeehenEvent #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen. He added a sweet $311,817 to all his previous earnings plus his second shiny gold bracelet.



Rifat PalevicEvent #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY was taken by Sweden’s Rifat Palevic, who outlasted 1,867 players to be crowned champion, collect his first gold bracelet, and pocket $183,903 for his efforts.


Ernest BohnEvent #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was locked up by 68 year-old Ernest Bohn for his long awaited first gold bracelet and $173,228 in first prize money after battling a field of 595 players and coming out on top.


We’re off on a little road trip to the Gulf of Mexico for some fun and relaxation and will be back in a few days; our field eyes and ears on the floor of the Rio will keep us posted so that we may keep you updated on what’s happening at the 48th Annual WSOP Events Final Tables.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Variance, which frustrates many poker players, can be thought of as “the difference between the earnings you expect to have long term and the money you win in the short term.” And, despite the complaints you might hear, variance is really a good thing; it’s what keeps weaker players at the poker tables with dreams of winning big. Obviously, they wouldn’t be playing at all without believing they have a chance to get lucky and win in the short term, so we need to understand that and use it to our advantage.

Your win rate is by far the most important factor when determining your variance and the higher it is, the lower your variance will be. Of course, these days we have much smaller edges than before and naturally encounter bigger down swings. Your opponents get tougher and tougher as well, so it’s important to keep learning, studying and improving your game to stay ahead of the curve and improve your win rate. Nevertheless, there are also some common sense tips to reduce your variance.

For example, table selection is a critical factor that is overlooked by many. Finding good cash game tables or carefully selecting your tournaments, whether live or online, could dramatically increase your win rate, and I am sure you agree that winning is fun!

Obviously, I am not saying you should be chasing around weak players and playing only against them. Nevertheless, playing in the games where you can barely win is not very reasonable either. Do yourself a favor and, for the most part, select good games – it is the only way to win in the long run!

Another tip is to try to play your “A” game, regardless of the skill level of the other players. Of course, no one can play their “A” game all the time, and it is unrealistic to expect that. Nevertheless, you should do all you can to play it as often as possible because the difference in results you have playing “A” vs. “C” games is enormous.

It inevitably requires some off-the-table work and generally correlates with your ability to control your emotions, prepare for your sessions and keep your concentration for an extended period. It is an essential part of reducing variance and winning more. However, it is a broad topic, and if you want to learn more, I highly recommend getting my free poker book on self-management and improve your awareness with it.

A third tip is to quit playing at the right time. Everyone has been in a spot where they won money just to lose it back later. It is frustrating, but part of the game. However, if you start making poor decisions because of other distractions, or your emotions, it’s probably time to stop playing.

So, if you start losing your ability to concentrate, or you’re on tilt because of a bad beat and can’t focus your attention on playing – you should take a break. This way you will save a lot of valuable buy-ins and surely increase your win rate.

If you follow these tips and incorporate them into your approach to poker, you will probably increase your win rate and reduce your variance at the same time.

In the meantime, you must study your game, keep learning and analyzing your mistakes and improving, maybe even get some poker coaching to skyrocket your results. I will be back soon to share more strategy tips with you!

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