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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

This has been an extremely exciting series and although it still has a couple of unfinished events, it has already demonstrated to us and the world that poker remains a very serious game that attracts thousands and thousands of players and spectators to Las Vegas every year. The question is; will you try your luck and test your skills at the 50th WSOP next year?

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship WOW!!! is all we can say about this year’s WSOP Main Event. It was a hard fought battle with over 7,800 poker warriors, but in the end only two would be left standing: Tony Miles and John Cynn.

John Cynn with Tony Miles

After a phenomenal back-and-forth, lead-changing 10 hours of heads-up poker, (the longest battle in heads-up history at the WSOP Main Event) the end came in  Hand #442. John Cynn had K-J while Miles held a Q-8. John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles re-raised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and KK flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an 8 turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with his KJ  for trips. Miles turned over his Q8 and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the 4 and the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finally ended with John Cynn as the new world champion, taking away the 8.8 Million Dollar payday.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

Guoliang WeiEvent #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em Guoliang Wei ran away with the Little One for One Drop after defeating a field of 4,732 players. Wei picked up the fourth Chinese Bracelet after a picture perfect heads-up with Francois Tosques. After all the cards were in play it was Wei who would run away with it all after hitting a straight flush to crush Tosques set of Jacks.

Jordan PolkEvent #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Jordan Polk came ready for battle, and all his hard work and planning finally paid off after beating a field of 707 hopefuls. Polk walked away with his first bracelet and $197,461.00.


Denis TimofeevEvent #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Denis Timofeev grabbed his first bracelet and a sweet paycheck of $199,586.00 after running through a field of 1,221 hungry players.


Shaun DeebEvent #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Shaun Deeb picks up his fourth bracelet plus a hefty $814,179.00 to add to his coffers. He also became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2018 World Series of Poker. He won Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller back in June for his third bracelet and $1,402,683.

Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee still playing

Brian HastingsEvent #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Conquered by Brian Hastings for his fourth WSOP bracelet and a very nice payday of $233,202.



Ben YuEvent #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) After a long and grueling two days of play, Ben Yu took it all away from Sean Winter heads-up. Yu ran off smiling with his third WSOP bracelet and a very serious $1,650,773 to keep that smile going for a very long time.


As we said earlier, there are still a few events to finish the 49th Annual World Series of Poker and we will report those results as soon as they are available to us. In the meantime let us suggest that you pick up some books and/or DVDs from the Texas Poker Store.

Until next time, stay focused and practice your poker skills. Send us your comments or thoughts!

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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It’s only June 9 and there are already 15 new WSOP champions wearing their well-earned WSOP bling . . . aka the 2012 WSOP gold bracelet. Not to mention the few dollars they each put in their pockets . Our hearty congratulations go out to all the latest winners including:

Brian Hastings who won Event 12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em and  bagged his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet along with a $371,498 pay day.

David Arsht took Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em  to win his first gold bracelet and a sweet $211,921 payoff .

Brandon Schaefer was the winner of  Event 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout, along with his first WSOP bracelet and a pot of gold worth $311,174.

Adam Friedman conquered Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better,  his first career WSOP bracelet and a total of $269,037.  This had to have been the most exciting event that Friedman ever played. After all, he defeated Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Todd Brunson even as Todd’s dad Doyle stood by and watched his son go down in flames.

We’ll come back with more updates soon, but for right now we’re on our way to the cage to cash in our poker chips.

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