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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We been asked many time who we thought were the best WSOP poker players for a particular year. There are way too many players we have followed who are serious contenders to make our personal list. Nevertheless, we thought you would appreciate learning who has in fact made it to the top of the hill to be considered the best of the best WSOP Players over the last five years.

WSOP Player of the Year AwardSo here are the last six Players of the Year :

2013 — Daniel Negreanu roared mightily that year, winning two bracelets, making four final tables and cashing 10 times. (Negreanu also was POY in 2004.)

2014 — George Danzer outran a lot of players to earn three bracelets, hitting five final tables and cashing 10 times.

2015 — Mike Gorodinsky made it through even though he only grabbed one bracelet for the year, making three final tables and cashing out eight times.

2016 — Jason Mercier won two bracelets, playing strong enough to reach four final tables and cashing a whopping 11 times.

2017 — Chris Ferguson who has been around seemingly forever picked up just one bracelet, making four final tables and cashing an outstanding 23 times.

Shaun Deeb 2018 WSOP Player of the YearAnd that brings us to 2018 and Shaun Deeb. We have been watching Deeb for several years now, and have always appreciated his slo-roll playing style. This year he finally picked up what many consider to be the most coveted award in the world of poker. He also took with him two bracelets, cashing an outstanding 16 times, and banking $2.5 million this year, the most ever for the Player of the Year.

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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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Confessions of a Grinder Vinny the VenetianConfessions of a GrinderKrishna

The Indian God Krishna was believed to have killed many a demon with his Chakra– a sharp metal disc that perpetually spun on his index finger that he hurled on his enemies, decapitating them. Well, its always handy having a tool like that with you at all times. Krishna might have used his weaponry to kill demons, but Jesus uses his, to cut fruit!

Chris "Jesus" FergusonI am not talking about the son of God who walked on water. I am referring to Chris Ferguson known in the poker circuit as Jesus. Other than being a Jesus look-alike, a scholar with a PhD in computer science from UCLA, a graceful swing dancer, and a millionaire poker player, Jesus also has the ability to hurl playing cards from a considerable distance, fast enough to slice bananas and other fruit. I don’t know about you, but I would never want to give Jesus a bad beat on the poker table. Why would you want him to hurl his cards in anger?—it might just decapitate you.

Here is a video of Jesus showcasing his banana splitting talent.

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Howard Lederer was at one time a director of Full Tilt Poker. That company got slammed by the Feds and accused of running a Ponzi Scheme that paid out $444 million of customer money to themselves and the firm’s owners.

You may also know that Lederer provided PokerNews with an extensive, seven-hour interview, in which he responded to questions regarding Full Tilt Poker, the board, the investors, Ray Bitar, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Black Friday and a whole lot more. Following the release of the now famous Lederer Files, Howard Lederer promised Diamond Flush an exclusive interview, so Diamond Flush reserved all comments on the veracity of the Lederer Files, waiting to set the record straight during the promised interview. That interview never happened, however, because Lederer backed out at the last minute, saying that it would cause too much stress for him and his family. Diamond Flush has now responded with the promise of a lot more stress to come. It will certainly be fascinating to follow the series that Diamond Flush has just begun writing, wherein DF promises to reveal the inconsistencies and distortions in the previous versions and to expose the “true”story behind Lederer and Full Tilt Poker.

What do you think about all this? Where you left hanging after Black Friday? How does all this effect your play at the poker tables?

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