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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

So indeed, more than 11 Million Dollars have already lined the pockets of those fortunate and talented players who took not only their adjusted shares of that 11 million, but are also proudly wearing their new championship bracelets. With just a little over half of this year’s WSOP already in the history books, there is still plenty of poker left to play and plenty of chances for you to take some buckets full of cash home with you. Let see how the chips have fallen these past week.

Matthew Davis

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Matthew Davis. This was the biggest Seniors Event ever and Davis was certainly delighted to walk away with $662,983 and his first bracelet.


Michael MizrachiEvent #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship conquered by Michael Mizrachi, who now has picked up his 4th WSOP Bracelet, along with the distinction of now having won the PPC Event for the third time. All that, plus depositing another $1,239,126 into his already fat poker winnings account most definitely put a giant smile across the Grinder’s face.

Robert PeacockEvent #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em picked up by Robert Peacock winning his first bracelet and a very sweet paycheck for $644,224.



Yueqi ZhuEvent #35: Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) claimed by Yuegi Zhu, taking home his very first WSOP gold bracelet and $211,781 to add to his bankroll.


Farhintaj BonyadyEvent #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was finally taken by Farhintaj Bonyady on the fourth day of play by defeating Robert Beach, taking home a very nice $311,451 along with her first gold WSOP bracelet. And, she is the first female to win a bracelet event this summer.


Eric BaldwinEvent #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em belonged to Eric Baldwin as he wrapped his second bracelet around his knuckles for the obligatory picture and with a super smile stuffed his pockets with $319,580 for his efforts.


Yaniv Birman

Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship won by first-time-WSOP gold bracelet winner, Yaniv Birman. Birman walked away with a total of $236,238 after defeating a field of 83 other hungry players.



Preston LeeEvent #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Preston Lee walked in ready for action and defeated Corey Dodd in a grueling battle that lasted more than 12 hours and 121 hands of heads-up play and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a  fat check for $236,498.


Scott BohlmanEvent #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Sweet victory was finally claimed by Scott Bohlman. After 51 World Series of Poker Cashes he finally walked with his first gold bracelet and $122,138 by running over a field of 205 anxious players.


Robert Nehorayan

Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em was taken down by Robert Nehorayan after running through a field of 596 players, securing his very first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $173,568 to celebrate with.


Shaun DeebEvent #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller proved to be an epic battle between Shaun Deeb and Ben Yu. Deeb came out on top, taking down the biggest cash of his career with a whopping $1,402,683 and his third bracelet.


Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em …. still in play…

Nicholas SeikenEvent #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship was championed by Nicholas Seiken after defeating a field of 109 other hopefuls. He walks away with a very satisfying $287,987 and his first bracelet.


Mario Prats Garcia

Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Mario Prats Garcia is all smiles as he defeats 1712 players to take home hist first bracelet and a sweet $258,255. Not a bad return on a $1000 investment and only two days of work.


Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better… still in play…


Matthew Mendez

Event #47: $565 ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed –  Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez runs away with the first-ever WSOP Online PLO Bracelet and $135,077.

After it’s all said and done, with more than 11 Million dollars awarded to first-place winners and more than 91 Million Dollars paid out in total prize money thus far, and with more than 30 Events yet to be played, aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try out your luck at one of the many poker tables still in the game.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

As we reported on Monday July 6, the only 2015 WSOP Event left to finish before the Main Event was Event #66: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em.

Connor BerkowitzA 25-year-old man from Freehold, NJ, Connor Berkowitz, indeed took hold of the final table and never let it go. He weathered the storm of a huge field of 4,422 players, won his first gold bracelet, and took home his first place prize money in the amount of $487,784. Congrats, Mr. Berkowitz.

Then it was time for the 46th Annual World Series of Poker 2015 Main Event, the much anticipated Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT with a field of more than 6,400 pros and amateurs alike, each and every one of them dreaming of reaching some kind of payday, some of them hoping that they might reach the last few tables, and yet others praying that they will reach the FINAL TABLE and be forever known as part of the FINAL 9The November Nine …. who knows, maybe even be crowned the 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion. But you can bet that many of them are having nightmares, waking up in cold sweats after dreaming that they saw themselves sent to the rails before reaching pay dirt.

We wish them all good luck, play well, do not tilt and do not commit Hara-Kiri if you’re bounced to the rails too soon.

The Main Event began Day 1A on Sunday, July 5th, played through into the wee hours of Monday the 6th and already some unlucky players were sent to the rails. Our eyes and ears say that Mr. Mohammed Ayyash was one of, if not the first, to bust out. Better luck next year sir. Out of the 741 players that hit the felt only 470 survived to see another day. So Mr. Ayyash shouldn’t feel alone; another 300 players were sent to keep him company at the rails. Day 1B got started on Monday at noon and finished on Tuesday the 7th at about 2a.m. with Hamid Feiz taking the overall chip lead with 182,675 in chips so far. But it wasn’t all that great for everyone, in fact some poker pros, including Rob Mizrachi, Eric Baldwin, and Ben Lamb were just a handful of the players who were sent to the rails with their dreams put on hold until next year.

Wednesday’s Main Event action consisted of two separate flights of players divided into two different areas of the Rio Convention Center. The 470 Day 1A survivors fit snugly inside the Amazon Room, while the 1,154 survivors from Day 1B were spread throughout the Pavilion and Brasilia Rooms. Day 1C on Wednesday concluded with John Gorsuch as the chip leader with 198,100. Many more players fell but many still remained. Among those who joined Gorsuch at the top of the chip counts are Zarik Megerdichian (180,400), James Juvancic (166,350), Timo Pfutzenreuter (150,075), Jeff Griffiths (140,400) and Craig Varnell (140,000).

Finally, today the action began at about 1 a.m for Day 2AB and after all the smoke cleared in the wee hours the top 5 chip leaders were as follows: Amar Anand – 603,500 … Calvin Lee – 500,700 … Luther Tran – 479,700 … Charles Chattha – 423,300 … Alan Mastic – 400,000. The action resumed at about 11:30 a.m. today with Day 2C and it’s playing down as of this writing with 3,393 players still in it,  just a little more than half of the original field of 6,420 registered entries of the 46th Annual WSOP Main Event.

We’ll see you at the Rio on Saturday; I’ll be at the rails cheering for the November Nine.

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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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