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Each year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowns a Player of the Year (POY). I must admit that in the past, I haven’t paid much attention to who won, but this year was different. I knew my all-time favorite poker player, “Kid Poker” himself, was in the running; he entered the WSOP Europe in third place for the coveted title.

Daniel Negranu WSOP Player of the Year 2019Going into the Colossus, the final event of WSOP-E, the title was still up for grabs with four players vying for the POY title:  Daniel Negreanu, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb and Anthony Zinno.  In the end, however, with no one able to surpass his point total, Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

The 2019 Player of the Year race included all open bracelet events of the 2019 calendar year, including events at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (May 28 – July 16) and WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (Oct 15-Nov 4).

One could say that Negreanu had himself a helluva good year.He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event and cashed an amazing 17 times at the WSOP in Vegas. But perhaps his favorite event of 2019 had little to do with poker.
Wedding Day for Daniel and Amanda
On May 17, 2019, Kid Poker married the love of his life, Amanda Leatherman, in Palos Verdes, California, surrounded by family, friends and numerous poker stars. What an incredible year!

Hope to see you soon at the Poker Tables, maybe you can be next year’s POY!

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Pocket Bullets Paris

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 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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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Pocket Queens Paris

For those of you who have been following my blog about the Global Poker League, it seems like a good time to catch you up on the team standings and to make some random observations after the first two weeks.  And by the way, you can watch replays of all of the matches on

Global Poker LeagueThe audience for the live streaming events has been pretty impressive considering this is a brand new team poker concept that can only be watched by going to According to his tweet on April 5th, Alex Dreyfus noted there were more than 429,000 views and 290,000 unique visitors. As a variety of minor glitches as well as some good suggestions were tweeted or came up in the chat room, @GPL responded quickly and/or made adjustments, demonstrating how engaged they were with the fans and how invested they are in turning out an exciting and high-class product.

The players also appeared to be highly invested in supporting their teams, entertaining the viewers and playing some good poker. This is especially obvious when the web cams are on and players reveal their personalities and poker savvy. That has not only made for some closely contested matches but a lot of “corollary” activity to build their fan bases. Each team has a Facebook page and a Twitter account; the more active the team pages and the individual players are on social media the more likely they are buying into the concept of the GPL in terms of bringing poker into the mainstream and attracting a whole new audience.

The League has already begun to change the narrative in the poker world. If a poker player from the NY Rounders wins big at a WPT or WSOP tournament, and happens to defeat a player from the LA Sunset or the San Francisco Rush in the process, the player is now automatically associated with their Global Poker League team whenever the results are written or tweeted about, bringing free advertising and recognition to the fledgling League.

In fact, my only criticism of the screen format for the 6-Max and Heads-Up matches streaming every week is that the names and faces of the individual players are easy to see, and of course, their hole cards and the river cards are prominently displayed, as well as their chip count and the pot. However, it’s much more difficult to see the team each player is representing – most of the time the team logo is covered by the hole cards.

Obviously, the majority of the players are far more familiar to their fans than are their teams, but eventually that has to change if the GPL’s innovative vision for team poker is realized. Clearly it’s a big advantage to have star players on your team and, just as in any sport, they usually grab the most attention: take Kobe, Curry, Manning (either one) and Brady as examples. But if you don’t know what team they play for there’s something wrong with the marketing plan. It’s the team that grows the fan base and excites those who root for them with a passion, motivating them to buy team banners, t-shirts, caps, season tickets . . . and ultimately bringing in sponsors. To continually reinforce the team concept, I believe it’s critical for Dreyfus and the GPL to implement a re-design of the screen layout so that the team name and logo are always easy to see.

For those of us who are just dipping our toes into the poker-watching water, it’s having a favorite team to root for that’s going to turn us into fans. In the end, it’s not Thomas Marchese taking on Anthony Zinno in a Heads-Up poker match; it’s the NY Rounders beating the Las Vegas Moneymakers six to three in GPL play. That’s how the GPL will change poker.

Standings After Two Weeks:

Eurasia Conference: 

Eurasia Conference




  1. Paris Aviators:                         30 points
  2. Hong Kong Stars:                   23 points
  3. London Royals:                       19 points
  4. Moscow Wolverines:              19 points
  5. Berlin Bears:                           18 points
  6. Rome Emperors:                    16 points

Americas Conference:  





  1. Montreal Nationals:                 29 points
  2. New York Rounders:               25 points
  3. LA Sunset:                               23 points
  4. Las Vegas Moneymakers:       20 points
  5. San Francisco Rush:               14 points
  6. Sao Paulo Metropolitans:        13 points

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

As this year’s World Series of Poker inches closer and closer towards the main event, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, the excitement at the Rio Hotel and Casino continues to boil over with surprises, moments of huge elation as well as moments of major disappointments.

Here is the latest run down from our eyes and ears at the Rio’s poker tables.

JJacquelyn Scottacquelyn Scott, 66-years-old from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, never looked back as she defeated a field of 795 that signed up for Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Ms Scott registered her first ever WSOP cash and took home not only the $153,856 first prize check but also her first gold bracelet.

Alexander PetersenEvent #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, with 387 eager players, was taken by Alexander Petersen, an “on-line” poker pro from Aarhus, Denmark. Petersen walked away with an extremely nice pay day of $927,655 and his first gold bracelet. This was also his first WSOP cash and his first-ever final table appearance.

Brandon WittmeyerBrandon Wittmeyer, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, ran through a field of 1,123 to snatch Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em and take home a sweet $200,618 plus his first WSOP gold bracelet. This marked the first time that a WSOP event was officially designated with a name sponsor.

Kevin MacPheeEvent #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by 34-year-old Kevin MacPhee from Coeur D Alene, Idaho, a professional poker player with 26 WSOP cashes and three final table appearances, who finally walked away with all the marbles. A pay day of $490,800 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Congratulations, Mr. MacPhee.

Takahiro NakaiEvent #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by 36-year-old Takahiro Nakai from Osaka, Japan when he not only survived but stayed on top of a huge field of 2,497 players. Nakai walked away with more than a giant smile; he also pocketed a fat check for $399,039 and wrapped his first gold bracelet around his wrist.

Jonathan DuhamelJonathan Duhamel, the winner of the WSOP Main Event Championship in 2010, takes  Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP. He not only takes home the HUGE pay-out of $3,989,985 for first place, but also his second career WSOP gold bracelet. Duhamel stated, “as a former spokesman for One Drop, winning this event was very dear to me, this is like a double win.”

Alex LindopEvent #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is officially taken by Alex Lindop, from Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., earning $531,037, and his first WSOP gold bracelet after besting a total of 2,155 players and making him the second Britt to take home a bracelet this summer.

Anthony ZinnoLawyer turned Poker-Pro Anthony Zinno from Boston, MA, walks away with Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha. At 33 years-old, Zinno could not be a happier man than he was on July 1, 2015. After playing for eight long years, cashing 12 times at the WSOP and making five final tables, he finally wrapped his fingers around his first WSOP gold bracelet . . . and to top that off, he took home one of the summer’s largest cash prizes in the amount of $1,122,196.

I will be at the Rio starting on July 11th to hang out at the Main Event and see who ends up at this year’s final table to be part of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker “November Nine.”  Hope to see y’all there.

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