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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s a little difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening at the World Series of Poker. Did you realize that the WSOP is larger than football, baseball, basketball or hockey in overall numbers? For example last year the WSOP attracted more than 107,000 players from over 100 countries and paid out more than $221 million to the winners.

This year the series is expected to be bigger and richer than ever with a total of 74 different events to be played out over the course of 54 days. That, my friends, is more than just a little difficult to keep on top of. Most other sporting events that fans follow are linear in nature. At some point, in other words, it comes down to the top eight, then the top four, and then the two finalists and then the champion. That model even holds true for the Global Poker League.

Not so in poker, especially at the WSOP. There are numerous events going on, some simultaneously, and if you’re an avid fan like we are at the Texas Poker Store, you have a lot of “favorite players” to keep your eyes on, as well as favorite events. So, we love the COLOSSUS ever since its inauguration in 2015 when Cord Garcia plopped down his $565.00 buy-in,  and triumphed over a field of more than 22,000 players to collect his gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars.

Other big favorites, including ours, is the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold’em; the Millionaire Maker with its $1,500 buy-in and guaranteed $1 million first prize, and, of course, the WSOP Main Event, which last year boasted more than 6,700 players and paid the winner, Qui Nguyen, more than $8 million.

With all of the above in mind, we can tell you the following:

Of the finished events:

Event 1 – Casino Employees $565 No-Limit Hold’em won by Bryan Hollis

Event 2 – $10,000 Tag team NL Hold’em won by Igor Kuganov and Liv Boeree

Event 3 -$3000 NL Hold’em Shootout won by Upeshka De Silva

Event 4 -$1500 Omahi Hi-Lo 8 or Better won by Benjamin Zamani

As of this writing, the leader in the $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em is the hugely popular Bertrand” Elky” Grospellier, who holds a commanding chip lead with only nine players remaining. Martin Jacobson, Dario Sammartino, Chris Moore and Rainer Kempe are also among the last nine. With a first-place prize of $3,686,865and a bracelet, this should be one helluva final table!

Of course, by the time we publish, that all might change. That’s just part of why we love the compelling and unpredictable world of poker!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Y’all know that I got back from the 46th Annual World Series of Poker last week feeling elated by what I was able to get done during my week in Sin City – Las Vegas. What you may not know is how elated I was at having resisted most of what Sin City had to offer. Apart from having way too many tequila shots with old and new friends alike, I returned home unscathed, and even came out on top at the few tables I had time for.

I spoke to a lot of people that played in the various WSOP Events, including the Main Event, and I came to the realization that I have always reported on the big winners, and never took into consideration the thousands of players who, although not making it into final tables did, however, cash out big time and walk away, perhaps a little disappointed at not getting to their final table or earning a WSOP Gold Medal, but nevertheless didn’t exactly go home broke.

For example, in Event #68 The Main Event $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em, the prize pool of $60,348,000 was shared by the top 1,000 players. The total number of registered players was 6,420. The first 5, 420 players lose it all, but after that it’s profit time for the remaining one thousand men and women who get to that magic spot known as cashing. If you were unlucky enough to get bounced out, any where from 1,000th place to 649th place, you still made your money plus 50% back (649th-1000th – $15,000). And the player on the bubble (10th place) for the final table, Alexander Turyansky, still took home a whopping $756,897.

Cord Garcia and me

Cord Garcia and me

We won’t even try to get into details of all the other not-so-lucky players who got sent to the rails early in the other 67 Events this year, but still managed to reach cash. Here are just a few of those “unlucky losers:” Event #5: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em – Cord Garcia invested $565.00, took first place and walked away with $638,880; that’s more than a 1,100 to 1 payout, while Breck Schwartz, who busted out at number 2,241 still raked in $1,096, almost doubling his money. In Event #16 MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em the winner, Adrian Buckley, took home $1,277,193 or almost a thousand times his initial investment while the last person to cash in that event was Jamie Cohen, who came in 747th place and took away $2,749, close to doubling his money.

Daniel Negreanu holding my book "Them Changes"

Daniel Negreanu and me

Of course, it’s not always about the money, often times is about the prestige, the glory, the honor of being crowned Champion. As was the case with one of poker’s most recognized names, Daniel”Kid Poker” Negreanu, who, although known as the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $29,750,000 in prize money, has never won the Main Event and was not a happy camper to once again go out before reaching that elusive final table. He is still our man, and we will always be there for him.

At the end of it all you gotta think…. hmmmm, those are some pretty solid odds; maybe I should try it out next year. Well, I would have to agree with you, but just remember. Don’t gamble with more than you can afford to lose and always remember our motto; “some days you can win with an ace high and other times you can’t win with quad aces.”

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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