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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It seems like there is never a break during the World Series of Poker and this year is no exception. It’s damn near impossible to report on all the action at the many poker tables on the floors of the Rio Hotel and Casino.

In our last blog from this year’s WSOP we reported on all the action up to the conclusion of event 16 with the phenomenal Justin Bonomo picking up his 2nd bracelet and a sweet $185,965. And now we have the daunting task of bringing you up to date with 15 more gold bracelets handed out and a total of $5,285,234 DOLLARS in first prize moneys alone. Here is a quick list of all the latest WSOP Bracelet Winners and Champions:

Ognyan Dimov

 

Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Ognyan Dimov for his first bracelet and $378,743.

 

 

Adam Friedman

Event #18: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed belonged to Adam Friedman taking down his second bracelet and $293,275.

 

 

Craig Varnell

 

Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha – Craig Varnell won his first bracelet and took home $181,790.

 

 

Jeremy Wien

 

Event #20: Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em conquered by Jeremy Wien – first bracelet and a fat $537,710.

 

Arne Kern

 

Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER – Our favorite event was won by Arne Kern – first bracelet and now new Millionaire with the prize of $1,173,223.

 

Philip Long

 

Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix – picked up by Philip Long first bracelet and $147,348.

 

 

Brian RastEvent #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship – Brian Rast ran away with his fourth bracelet and $259,670.

 

 

Michael Addamo

Event #24: THE MARATHON – $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em taken by Michael Addamo  winning his first bracelet and a fat $653,581.

 

 

Benjamin DobsonEvent #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better checked off by Benjamin Dobson picks up his first bracelet and $173,528.

 

 

Filippos StavrakisEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Filippos Stavrakis grabs his bracelet and $169,842.

 

 

 

John HenniganEvent #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. belonged to John Hennigan who won his fifth bracelet and a cool $414,692.

 

 

 

Gal Yifrach Event #28: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed picked up by Gal Yifrach for his first bracelet and $461,798.

 

 

 

Hanh TranEvent #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – Hanh Tran wins his first bracelet and $117,282.

 

 

 

Ryan BambrickEvent #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Ryan Bambrick grabs his first WSOP gold bracelet and pockets $217,123.

 

 

 

Steven AlbiniEvent #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud – finished with Steven Albini walking away with his first gold bracelet and $105,629.

So after the cashier payed out a grand total of $5,285,234 just in first prize money and handed out another 15 Gold WSOP Bracelets, everyone left somewhat enriched by their winnings, or if nothing else, by their experience at the 49th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. And there is a lot more action still to experience. Hope to see you there.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I know that for many, the appeal of the Main Event at the WSOP is that anyone who has the $10,000 buy-in or who qualifies by winning a satellite tournament can become the next world champion and walk away with $8.15 million. You know, the “Moneymaker Effect.”

If you’re playing as an amateur or a typical grinder in the Main Event, knowing that anyone can win is what gives you hope. But if you’re like me, and you’re a fan, watching the 2017 WSOP live, you might feel a bit let down.

Most of the poker superstars I love to watch have already been eliminated. My favorite, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, busted on Day 2, as did Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand “Elky”Grospellier.

Then on Day 3, before the money bubble burst, even more big poker names had been busted, including 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, 2-time Main Event winner Johnny Chan, Brian Rast, Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Rainer Kempe and three more of my favorites, Jason Mercier, Doug Polk and last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.

At the time of this writing on Day 4, there are 626 players remaining in the hunt out of the original 7,221, including two previous Main Event finalists, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert. Chip leaders include: Ibrahim Nasief, 2,200,000; Eugene Kotlyarevskiy, 1,970,000; Nick Maimone, 1,910,000; Mickey Craft, 1,820,000; Damien Salas, 1,800,000; David Woo, 1,800,000 and so on. By the time I finished my list, it had changed four times! If you want the very latest chip count, you can check it our yourself at the WSOP website.

In the meantime I’m waiting for the “Final Table” as we’re sure most poker fans and enthusiasts are.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

These days seems like you just finish one poker tournament in time to get ready for the next one. Around the globe, the biggest tournament, of course, is the World Series of Poker; in second place comes the Aussie Millions – Australia, followed by the Latin America Poker Tour – Brazil, then the World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans. There are way too many for us to give you a complete list, but we will do our very best to keep you informed with plenty of time for you to gather your $$$, your senses, and of course, giving you enough time to sit at any poker table and hone your skills.

Super High Roller BowlFor now, here’s one for you to keep your eye on; perhaps you can shoot for it next year as it has already sold out for this year. In fact, hard as it is to believe, it sold out on the very first day with a buy-in of $300,000! There are a total of 50 players which created a prize pool of $15 million with $5 million going to the winner.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl sold out so fast that it has been confirmed as the World Championship of High Stakes Poker. 35 seats were sold out the first day and the remaining 15 seats were held back and will be chosen by the Aria Resort and Casino.

Every player wants to play in The Super High Roller Bowl. Not everyone can get in. The following are the confirmed players for the tournament:

Christian Christner Antonio Esfandiari Igor Kurganov
Matt Berkey Connor Drinan Steffen Sontheimer
Jake Schindler Pratyush Buddiga Rainer Kempe
Sean Winter John Juanda Dominik Nitsche
Christoph Vogelsang Stefan Schillhabel Andrew Robl
Brian Rast Bryn Kenney Fedor Holz
David Peters Jason Les Ben Tollerene
Tom Marchese Erik Seidel Sam Soverel
Scott Seiver Ankush Mandavia David Einhorn
Nick Petrangelo Haralabos Voulgaris Isaac Haxton
Andrew Lichtenberger Doug Polk Ben Sulsky
Byron Kaverman Koray Aldemir

The remaining 15 players will be announced by the Aria Resort and Casino. If your name is not on the list above, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get in next year. Good luck to y’all.

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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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