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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Global Poker Masters - World Cup 2015A couple of days ago, on Friday, March 20, at the Hilton Hotel, in St. Julians, Malta, the first-ever Global Poker Masters (GPM), also being being hailed as the “World Cup of Poker,”  started with a special draw party for players, tournament officials, and the media.There will be 25 total eight-max matches played in five rounds of five concurrent matches – which will be followed by the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

The first match began playing cards yesterday with 40 of poker’s best players forming eight teams representing eight countries including Russia, U.K., Ukraine, U.S.A, France, Italy, Canada and Germany. Each team has five players and the action was non-stop as every one of these players did their best to add points to their team.

Team USA at the Global Poker MastersMost of the glory on Saturday went to Dan Smith, the clear winner of the hand of the day securing a bye to the final table for Team U.S.A. The standings at the end of the day were:

Place    Team    Points Earned
1    Team USA    68,000*
2    Team Germany    67,000
3    Team Italy    62,000
4    Team Russia    60,000
5    Team France    52,000
6    Team Ukraine    50,000
7    Team Canada    43,000
8    Team UK    23,000**

*Team USA has earned a bye to the final table.
**Team UK has been eliminated.

The action continues today and we’re sure it will be heated.

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pocket-bullets-parisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The 2014 WSOP has entered into their history book more than a third of this year’s events and there is no denying that players from the U.S.A. have taken control, blowing away the competition at the Rio in Las Vegas. This year there were 65 bracelets to be awarded; thus far 23 of those have been snatched up with American players taking an overwhelming lead by slipping 20 of those bracelets on their wrists.

U.S. players have filled their bank accounts with $38, 059, 289.00 in winnings from a total of 2,720 cashes. The closest country now in distant second place is Canada with $1, 531, 605.00 with just over 270 cashes and no bracelets yet. The only other bracelet winners so far are Germany with two bracelets but only $972,205 and Belgium with one bracelet and just $660,793.

Here are the latest winners from the WSOP poker tables at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino:


Ted Gillis Wins Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em ($514,027) Texas

Kory Kilpatrick Wins Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout ($254,891) Georgia

Dominik Nitsche Wins Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em ($335,659) Germany

Christopher Wallace Wins Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($507,614) Minnesota

Doug Polk Wins Event #23: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em ($251,969) Nevada

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Our blogger Vinny, who posts under the guise of the “Grinder” in “Confessions of A Grinder” is currently at the WSOP and we expect to see some pics that we will share with y’all in the next few days. In the meantime, here is what’s happened since we last reported;

Benny ChenOn Tuesday Benny Chen, 32 years old, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, may no longer be considered just an amateur poker player who manages a restaurant as his real job, because he is now a millionaire after winning the first-ever “Millionaire Maker” No Limit Hold’em Event at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker.  Chen fought valiantly through a very lengthy final table and defeated Michael Bennington heads-up earning him a nice little pay day of $1,199,104 plus, of course, the sought-after WSOP gold bracelet. Chen became the second Canadian bracelet winner of this series.

Matthew WaxmanMatthew Waxman took control over a  field of 1,837 players and eventually battled hard in the biggest heads-up fight of his young career against former bracelet winner Eric Baldwin, taking Baldwin down after six hours and more than 200 hands  to grab a payday of $305,952, plus his first very own shiny new WSOP bracelet.

Michael Malm29-year-old Michael Malm from Coquilam, British Columbia, reigned over Event 8  to become the third Canadian-born champion of the WSOP 2013. It wasn’t easy but he pushed through and took his first bracelet and $225,104 in the $2,500 Eight Game Mix event.

Cliff JosephyCliff Josephy,  considered by many to be a legend of the online poker world, has claimed his second gold bracelet by showing a bunch of younger poker pros that you don’t have to be young to win. New Yorker Josephy championed the final table of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout and took home not only bracelet number two but a little check for $299,486.

Brent WheelerBrent Wheeler never gave up and finally, after the third time of reaching the final table, he broke through a field of 645  in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em  Event 10. Coming from St. Charles, IL. Wheeler had cashed at a couple of final tables before, but finally on Thursday morning he crushed the hopes of Mark Mierkalns and stopped him from becoming the fourth Canadian to take a bracelet home. Wheeler takes home not only the bracelet he snatched away from Mierkalns but he adds a cool $191,605 to his bank account.

Levi BergerLevi Berger came out victorious in the $2,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Event, winning his first bracelet and earning him the sweet sum of $473,019 after defeating two-time gold bracelet winner Scott Clements.  Berger, a 22-year old from Los Angeles, California, originally hails from Ottowa, Canada, adding to the hot run the Canadian players are having this year.

We are very excited about this year’s WSOP Events thus far and we have our eyes and ears on the floor at the Rio watching as many poker tables as we can, so stay tuned we’ll be bringing you lots more action.

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