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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Lots of action going on in Brazil these days. As if going to Rio for the Olympics wasn’t enough, now you’ll have to repack your bags and head south from Rio to São Paulo for the Brazilian Series of Poker. This particular series has now been around since 2006 and has quickly become one of the hot tickets in the world of poker. In fact, according to its organizers, it is now the world’s largest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas.

Bazil Series of PokerPokerStars will be sponsoring the 2016 edition of the BSOP Millions with a total of 36 events. Held between Nov. 22 and Dec. 1 in the Golden Hall of the Sheraton WTC in São Paulo, Brazil. The anticipated highlight, as always, will be the Main Event and the winner will receive at least R$1,000,000 (approximately $300,000).

Other highlights of the BSOP Millions 2016:

  • A Heads-Up tournament, with R$3,000 (almost $930) buy in and 64 players cap
  • The NLH Mix-Max event will return after success in other legs of the BSOP.
  • Event #19 is a NLH Turbo tournament with a R$500,000 (about $154,680) guaranteed prize pool.
  • Super High Rollers with a buy in of R$15,000 (about $4,700). With a starting stack of 100,000 chips, the SHR will feature two starting days and 60-minute levels.

So book your reservations and make your way back to to the sweet land of Brazil (sugar is one of the country’s top exports). There will be lots more action, so make sure to check out the event schedule and get ready to compete in the biggest poker championship that Brazil has ever had. As always, remember that practice, practice, practice makes you a better player at the poker tables, wherever they may be.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The final shoot-out to reach and become a part of the Final Nine players in the 45th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event  finished in style around 2:00 a.m. this morning.  These guys are all that remains of the massive field of 6,683 players. Congratulations to all.

The seat assignment for these guys is as follows:

Seat 1 – “Billy Pappas” Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000 – 29-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, who is playing for the first time ever in the WSOP Main Event.

Seat 2 – Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000 – 23-year-old from Oslo, Norway. Although he has never cashed at the WSOP, this is his second year in a row playing in the Main Event.

Seat 3 – Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000 – 31-year-old from Eindhoven, Netherlands. van Hoof  has three previous WSOP cashes but has never cashed in the Main Event. He enters this final table as the chip leader with 19% + of chips in play.

Seat 4 – Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000 – 29-year-old now from Las Vegas, Nevada, has the distinct honor of becoming the first-ever November Niner to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables. Newhouse finished in 9th place in 2013, collecting $733,224. He has eight previous WSOP cashes and has a total of live poker tournament winnings of $2,776,172.

Seat 5 – Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000 – 22-year-old from Basque, Spain, is the youngest player remaining in the field. Larrabe only has three previous WSOP cashes and this is his second year in a row playing in the Main Event.

Seat 6 – William Tonking – 15,050,000 – 27-year-old from Flemington, New Jersey. Tonking came into this Main Event with three previous WSOP cashes but this is his first time to cash in the Main Event.

Seat 7 – Daniel Sindelar – 21,200,000 – 30-year-old from Columbus, Nebraska, comes into this Main Event with 17 previous WSOP cashes but, although he has played the Main Event every year for the past six years this marks his first time to cash in any of them. He has played a total of 19 WSOP events this summer.

Seat 8 – Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000 – 27-year-old originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Enters this event with over a million in WSOP cashes ($1,224,706 – 15 total cashes). Jacobson finished in 6th place during last year’s $111,111 One Drop High Roller event and earned $807,42,000.  However, this is the first time he has cashed in the WSOP Main Event.

Seat 9 – Bruno Politano – 12,125,000 – 31-year-old from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Politano is the first Brazilian ever to make the WSOP Main Event final table. He entered ten events this year and has cashed in three of them including this Main Event. He enters by the skin of his teeth with the shortest stack.

2014 WSOP November NinerThis year the total payouts will be:
1st place: $10,000,000
2nd place: $5,145,968
3rd place: $3,806,402
4th place: $2,848,833
5th place: $2,143,174
6th place: $1,622,080
7th place: $1,235,862
8th place: $947,077
9th place: $730,725

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I have to admit it was really hard to keep my full attention on both the World Cup and the World Series of Poker, especially with Brazil playing Columbia in the quarter-finals. When Columbia came back from a deficit of 2 – 0 on James Rodriguez’s penalty kick,  for a moment Columbia was back in it . . . until the time ran out and the game ended with Brazil over Columbia 2-1. So, back to the WSOP!

In Las Vegas, the tensions were just as high as the action continued at the Rio Hotel and Casino. And as expected, lots of players had their dreams and hopes ended, much like Columbia, while several others were crowned champions and awarded lots of money for battling it out at their final tables and coming out on top, much like Brazil.

Jared JaffeeJared Jaffee skated through to win Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em and take home his first gold bracelet and a very sweet $405,428.

Phillip HuiPhillip Hui mastered a field of 457 players to win Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better and ended up with $286,976 and his first WSOP gold bracelet to share with his girlfriend, Loni Hardwood. He defeated Zack Milchman who ended up with a not-too-shabby check for $177,609.

Salman JaddiSalman Jaddi was grinning ear to ear after winning the last $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament of the year. He won Event #60 by beating 2,563 players which gave him a nice payday of $614,248 and his first WSOP bracelet

Matt GrapenthienMatt Grapenthien put away Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship by beating Todd Brunson (Doyles’s son) in a long, hard heads-up battle.  Grapenthien earned a sizable $268,473 to dump into his bank and his first gold WSOP bracelet.

Happy 4th of July 2014 - celebrate with a little poker and a little soccer
All this and fireworks, too! Happy 4th of July to all!!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It’s hard to keep our attention on the World Series of Poker while the World Cup is on, but for now, here are the latest happenings from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

John HenniganJohn Hennigan wins Event #46: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship after defeating over 100 of the world’s best players. Hennigan not only takes home $1,517,767 but also a WSOP gold bracelet, and the prestige of etching his name on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Jesse McEuenJesse McEuen wins Event#47 – $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em. McEuen ran over a field of 714 players to get to his first-ever final table then, with pocket-aces, took down Jonas Lauck heads-up to take home a very sweet  $212,093 and his first gold bracelet.

Tyler PattersonTyler Patterson wins Event #48 –  $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low. It was a long 6 1/2 hour heads-up battle against two-time WSOP champion Scott Clements but Patterson held on and denied Clements his third bracelet . Finally he can walk proudly with his first brand new gold bracelet and $270,992 in his pocket.

Miscikowski SzecsiEvent #49 is still playing and it’s down to heads-up between David Miscikowski and Norbert Szecsi. In the meantime we have our old favorite, Phil IveyPhil Ivey, taking home his 10th bracelet in Event #50: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix and adds $167,332 to his bankroll.



Brazil vs ChileAnd now, Saturday the 28th of June, we have to go watch the latest happenings from Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte in Brazil. It is Brazil 1 – Chile 1 – and going into the 30-minute overtime. Who’s your favorite?


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