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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As of our last report, 11 events had been completed and 11 Bracelets were handed out, along with almost $4,000,000 dollars. Let’s catch up with the action since then:



Femi FashakinEvent 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by Femi Fashakin. This was the largest tournament ever with 28,371 players chomping at the bit, but Femi succeeded in outlasting them all to collect, not just his very first gold bracelet but $1,147,499 dollars to fatten his bank account. Not a bad return on a $500 dollar investment.



Murilo SouzaEvent #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. was won by Murilo Souza with a little help from his screaming rail and lady luck giving him quads to defeat Jason Stockfish to take home his first gold bracelet and $207,003.



Sean SwingruberEvent #15 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Sean Swingruber won his very first WSOP gold bracelet in just his second time to cash. This time he outlasted a field of 112 players and finally defeated Ben Yu with a flush. Swingruber collected $186,356 and the much coveted WSOP bracelet.



Isaac BaronEvent #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed was picked up by Isaac Baron after taking down a field of 1,832 players. Finally, after more than 12 years he grabbed hold of his first WSOP gold bracelet and, with a giant smile, walked to the cashier’s cage to pick up $407,739.00.



Brett ApterEvent #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Brett Apter proudly and laughing out loud grabbed up his first gold bracelet and the grand prize of $238,824 after conquering a field of 917 players.



Frankie O'DellEvent #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship King of the Omaha hi-lo bracelet count, Frankie O’Dell, did it again and snatched up his third gold bracelet. All three of his bracelets were in this variant of Omaha. He also took down the hefty first prize of $443,641.00.



John GorsuchEvent #19: $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch came from behind to win this Millionaire Maker event and was beyond ecstatic when he took down Kazuki Ikeuchi with two pairs against Ikeuchi’s pocket bullets. Gorsuch took home $1,344,930 and his first gold bracelet.



Eli ElezraEvent #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra joined the ranks of four-time bracelet winners with this event, making his prediction that he would take home a bracelet in stud become reality. Elezra took home $93,766 plus that elusive 4th bracelet.



Vince MussoEvent #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Jim Bechtel has been around the poker tables a long time and has now set the record for the longest period spent between bracelets, a total of 26 years. He’s had plenty of cashes during all those years and now he can add $253,817 plus his second WSOP gold bracelet.



Jorden FoxEvent #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Jorden Fox picked up his first bracelet by running through a field of 3,253 anxious players. He not only takes home the bracelet but also a very hefty $420,693.00 to celebrate with his poker-playing family.



Rami BoukaiEvent #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix Rami Boukai runs off with his second career WSOP bracelet and a sweet $177,294.00 after outlasting all 612 players that entered this event. Boukai expressed his feelings when he stated “It’s 170 thousand, so yeah, it’s a big deal, I’m here for the money.” Go get it Rami.



Josh PollockEvent #24: $600 ONLINE Pot Limit Omaha 6-handed Josh “loofa” Pollock ran away with the win and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, plus a nice fat check for $139,740.



Andrew DonabedianEvent #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack championed by Andrew Donabedian after defeating a large field of 2,577 hungry poker players, all trying to reach for that elusive pot of gold. But it was not to be for 2,576 of them as Donabedian danced his way through them all and walked away with his first gold bracelet and $205,605.00.


So now after 25 events more than Nine Million Dollars have been awarded in first prize to the winners and lots more to all who made it past the bubble.

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We last reported on Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha that was won by Anthony Zino, here is what happened on all other events leading up to the Main Event.

Paul HoeferEvent #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop was decidedly won by Paul Hoefer from Leipzig, Germany. 4,555 players packed the tournament field, all of them anxious to participate in a tournament with the goal in mind to help people in developing countries gain access to clean water. Great cause, and a great game in which Hoefer destroyed the final table, winning $645,969 and his first gold bracelet.

Jack DuongJack Duong picked up Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em and walked away with his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $333,351 for first prize after defeating a field of 2,178.


Andrew Barber Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship was swept up by Andrew Barber giving him the WSOP gold bracelet along with the $517,776 that comes with it. Barber had to overcome some strong competitors that were amongst the 204 total entries into this event; they included Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, Eli Elezra, Greg Raymer, Johnathan Duhamel, just to name a few.


Anthony SpinellaEvent #64: Online No-Limit Hold’em goes to Anthony “case dismissed” Spinella after he shoved all-in on the button and Hunter Cichy called but fell short after 4th and 5th streets do nothing to help him. Spinella walked off with $197,743 and his first bracelet. This was the first-ever WSOP online bracelet event and it was certainly appropriate that an online super star who’s best known for banking more than $4.5 million online under the moniker “holdplz” took it.

Gerald RingeLondon native Gerald Ringe defeats a field of 547 players who registered for Event #65: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. After four grueling days Ringe walked away with his first WSOP gold bracelet, and $180,943 to party with.

Event #66: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em is still being played out with five players left out of a field of 4,422 players as of this writing….

Quinn DoEvent #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship was taken away by Los Angeles Poker Pro Quin Do. Quinn pocketed $319,792 and captured his second gold WSOP bracelet by being the last man standing out of a relatively small field of 108 poker wolves.

I’m getting very anxious and wish I could be there now but I know I’ll make it in time to cheer on the final Main Event Table and will report directly from there. Until then this is what’s happening as of this writing: The 46th Annual WSOP Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event got started on Sunday July 5th (yesterday) and right from jump street the action got wild. Day 1A of the $10,000 Main Event took center stage and concluded with William Kakon topping a 741-Player Field. It is now Day 1B and the action has not let up and I certainly wouldn’t expect it to…. Good luck everyone. See y’all soon….

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We left off on the taking of Event #41 so here’s what’s transpired since then. The following events were no easy battles and all the winners deserve our most sincere congratulations.

Adrian ApmanEvent #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Adrian Apmann, making this his sixth WSOP cash and his first bracelet win. He takes home $478,102 after almost a week of intense grinding in an event that normally would not last more than three days until the seventh hour of the fifth day, when he came out on top.

Jon AndovecJon Andlovec from Boise, Idaho picks up the win of the inaugural WSOP “Super Seniors” Championship;  Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. 70 year-old Andlovec earns his first-ever gold bracelet along with a nice fat check for $262,220.

Mike GorodinskyEvent #44: The Poker Players Championship welcomed Mike Gorodinsky into its Elite Club. Gorodinsky with this, his 12th WSOP cash and second gold bracelet, plus $1,270,086 first-place prize money, finally realizes his dream of having his name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. His is only the ninth name in history to be etched upon this trophy.

Upeshka De SilvaEvent #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was completely controlled by Upeshka De Silva; he basically knocked out everyone to go heads up with Dara O’Kearny until he sent him to the rails with just a King-Ace high. With that, De Silva walked away with a sweet $424,577 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Vasili FirsauVasili Firsau won his first gold bracelet by outlasting a field of of 682 hardened players in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed.  Firsau, only the second-ever bracelet winner from the nation of Belarus, took home a hefty check of $437,575 for his troubles.

Matt O'donnellEvent #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em paid out $551,941 for first place to Matt O’Donnell, making this his fifth WSOP cash and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. It came down to a very heated heads up battle between O’Donnell and Timur Margolin that lasted 166 hands. On hand #167 O’Donnell moved all in with . Margolin snap called turning over , the flop was putting O’Donnell into the lead and the turn sealed his victory when the dealer dropped the .

Eli ElezraEvent #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was grabbed up by old-time poker pro Eli Elezra, putting yet another $112,590 into his poker coffers and snatching up his third gold bracelet.


Young JiYoung Ji pockets the first place prize money in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Ji takes $231,102 plus his first WSOP Gold Bracelet. This was also his very first final table.

Ben YuEvent #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is pocketed by Ben Yu from Las Vegas. This marks Yu’s fifth final table appearance and, finally, his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a check for $291,456.


Justin LibertoJustin Liberto moves all in and picks up first place in Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and takes a nice little check for $640,711 and a flashy WSOP gold bracelet.


Carol FuchsEvent #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice is championed by Screenwriter/Film Producer Carol Fuchs from Los Angeles. She wins her first gold bracelet at her very first final table appearance and takes home $127,735.

So, another four million dollars plus was awarded to all the first place winners for Events #42 through #52 and we’ve still got a lot of final tables to play before we even get to the Main Event at this year’s WSOP. Good luck to all.

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Meanwhile, back at the Rio Hotel and Casino the excitement keeps building as more and more pro and amateur poker players keep stuffing their pockets with cash and wrapping gold bracelets around their wrists. Here is the latest to catch you up.

Arash GhaneianEvent #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.  was taken by Las Vegas Poker Pro Arash Ghaneian. He was cheered to victory by his wife, who is pregnant with twins. His payday of $239,750 for first place will go a long way to help with expenses of their expected twins, plus he now has his first WSOP gold bracelet .

Jeffrey TomlinsonEvent #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed belonged to Jeffrey Tomlinson. Tomlinson, a high school teacher and football coach from Jupiter, Florida, and part-time amateur poker player surprised everyone when he held his ground and emerged victorious to take home a sweet $567,724 pay check and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Aaron WallaceEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was captured by Aaron Wallace after he turned his Satellite Entry into a pocketful of dollars in the largest Non-Texas Hold’em Tournament in history. He walked away with $226,985, his first ever WSOP cash and his first gold bracelet after defeating a total of 1,293 players.

Brian HastingsBrian Hastings, high-stakes cash game player from Hanover Township, PA, wrapped up Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and stuffed his pockets with  $239,518 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #28: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is still being played as of this posting it is heads up between Eric Place and Perry Shiao, our money is on the chip leader Eric Place with more than twice as many chips.

Phil GalfondPhil Galfond championed over Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and walked away with $224,383 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. Although it was a rather small field of only 77 players, it was filled with poker pros like Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, and more, but Galfond held strong and walked away with all the marbles.

Franko Ivan LucaThe first ever Argentinian, a 23 year-old poker pro picked up Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Franco Ivan Luca came to win and he did just that; he took Event #30 by the horns and never let go. Now he can go back home to Buenos Aires with his $353,391 in prize money and a shiny new gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker.

Jeff MadsenJeff Madsen won his fourth career World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and took home a fat pay check of $301,314 bringing his total WSOP earnings to more than 2.5 million dollars. Not bad for a 30 year-old.

We’ll be back with more the next time we hear from our eyes and ears at the Rio.

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