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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The dates for the 50th Annual World Series of Poker have been announced. Poker’s most well known and extremely popular poker tournament series is now set to take place from May 28th to July 16th, 2019. As usual the series will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and as of now it is expected to award more than $200 Million Dollars.

There will be a special Historic Event in honor of the tournament’s 50 Birthday that is currently slated to start on opening weekend, May 30-June 2. This will be “The Big 50” -$500 buy-in, 50,000 chips, and 50-minute levels with a $5,000,000 million guaranteed prize pool & $1,000,000 to the winner.  “We’re excited to commence our golden event,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “We expect our opening weekend Big 50 event to be one of the largest in our history, and certainly one of the best value tournaments ever offered.  This is part of our concerted plans to make the 2019 WSOP a better value all-around.”

There will also be lots of new events added to this year’s WSOP. To me, one of the coolest new event additions has to be a $1,000 buy-in Mini Main Event. Beginning a couple of days before the $10,000 buy-in actual Main Event gets on the way, the Mini Main Event will begin Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. Like its bigger namesake counter-part, the Mini Main Event will see players start with 60,000 in tournament chips and features the same blind structure with the only difference being a 30-minute  instead of 120-minute levels.

The popular Colossus event is back, with starting days on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. The Colossus will be the lowest-priced gold bracelet event on the 2019 schedule, with a $400 buy-in – down $165 compared to last year’s $565 buy-in. It comes with 40,000 in starting chips and will play 40-minute levels throughout. On June 28 the survivors see the field combined for Day 2 with the final table scheduled for Saturday, June 29.

There will be One-Day Super Turbos, the only live way to earn a bracelet in a day at the WSOP. In the $1,000 version, each player is a $300 bounty, while in the $1,500 version, each player is a $500 bounty.

Nearly 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual series of tournament events.

Individual event online pre-registration won’t open until March/April after all events have been determined and approved by regulators.’s real-money online poker offerings in New Jersey and Nevada will be the exclusive online home for players in these states to win seats into WSOP events, including the Main Event, as well as to participate in the exclusive online WSOP official gold bracelet events.

The full event-by-event schedule is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2019. All above-announced dates, times, and events are subject to change, according to the WSOP press release.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

What a tournament, what a contest … 22,374 entries participated. The $565.00 Colossus broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%. The $5 million prize pool guarantee was more than doubled to $11,187,000. There was a huge year difference between young and old poker players. The youngest player, actually two players, both being 21 years and 1 day old, while the oldest player was 96 years and 2 months old when the tournament began. What a scene it was at the Rio Hotel and Casino as one by one of these anxious, excited poker pros and amateurs sat at the tables in search for poker fame and fortune.

Cord GarciaAnd so it was that in a matter of seven days of battling furiously, Cord Garcia finally over took his last opponent, Brad McFarland, with pocket fours. The flop showed the , the turn was the  and the river turned up the . McFarland announced “all-in” and Garcia snap called and threw down his for the win with a boat while McFarland was left shaking his head and taking home the second place purse of just $386,253 to console him. While Garcia kicked back to enjoy his first WSOP gold bracelet, the sweetness of $638,880 pay-day and the notoriety of winning the biggest poker tournament ever.

Here are the final table results from the Colossus:
1. Cord Garcia – $638,880
2. Brad McFarland – $386,253
3. Ray Henson – $308,761
4. Paul Lentz- $234,927
5. Kenny Hallaert – $182,348
6. Adi Prasetyo – $140,956
7. Garry Simms – $109,632
8. David Farber – $87,817
9. Anthony Blanda – $67,681

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

As unbelievable as it may seem, the 46th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has already begun.

And, the very first 2015 gold bracelet has already been claimed. Brandon Barnette overcame some hard beats to finally take home the bracelet and more than 75k, which was made even sweeter because it was his first WSOP event! Congratulations for raking all the chips Brandon, job well done.Brandon Barnette

Today’s big thrill,  of course, is the amazing, highly touted, eagerly anticipated debut of “Colossus”, the $565 buy-in event that guarantees a $5 million prize pool. The more than 14,000 players . . .registered 24 hours before the event was scheduled to begin . . .  guaranteed absolute insanity at the Rio today and tomorrow, or as PokerNews has called it, the “Rumble at the Rio.”5 Million Dollars Colossus

We have eyes and ears at the Rio following the action and we will do our best to post the highlights for you here.

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By: Pocket Bullets Paris

Pocket Bullets ParisWOW…. It’s hard to believe how fast the time has flown by since last year’s Final Table of the 45th annual World Series Of Poker (WSOP) and the celebration of Martin Jacobson winning it all and  taking home $10 million. Now here it is 2015 and the 46th annual WSOP is almost here. It’s time to Rock and Roll, and the WSOP will officially put cards in the air, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, with nearly $200 million in prize money up for grabs. As always, there will be several new events and changes that are designed to provide more excitement.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has once again geared up and is ready to host poker’s most popular and prestigious festival from May 27 to July 14, 2015 when, as usual, the November Nine will emerge and prepare to do battle at the final table in November.

One of the new events that we are anxious to see will be on May 29 when the WSOP debuts the “Colossus” $565 buy-in with an outstanding $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Wow!

New Events: This year, eleven exciting new events will debut. They are:

  1. May 29-30: Event #5 – $565 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
  2. May 31: Event #6 – $1,000 Hyper No-Limit Hold’em with a fast, two-day structure.
  3. June 20: Event #42 – $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em featuring longer, 90-minute levels.
  4. June 21: Event #43 – $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. Must be age 65+ to enter.
  5. June 26: Event #53 – $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em, two-day structure with a high buy-in.
  6. June 27: Event #55 – $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em. Half the field to be paid.
  7. June 29: Event #60 – $25,000 High Roller 8-handed Pot-Limit Omaha. 4-day event.
  8. July 1: Event #62 – $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em. Every player is a bounty. Each is worth $500.
  9. July 3: Event #65 – $777 Lucky 7’s No-Limit Hold’em, featuring a first-ever $777 price point.
  10. July 3: Event #67 – $10,000 Dealers Choice, featuring 19 variants – the most ever played in a single WSOP event.

I don’t know about you, but to me those are enough reasons to book my flight to Vegas immediately. But if you can’t make it to the Rio, you can still participate in this year’s World Series of Poker. For the first time ever this year there is an 11th new bracelet event, Event #64, that you can participate in right from the comfort of your home (the only catch is that you reside somewhere in Nevada). The online real-money poker home of the WSOP announced their first-ever online bracelet event to be held on July 2 at 12 noon. This will be a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event and it will award the first-ever online WSOP gold bracelet. For all preliminary details click here.

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