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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

We’ve written about how generous many poker players are about donating a portion of their earnings to various charities before, but there are some that have a passion for a special cause and create a tournament dedicated to raising money for it. For example, there’s poker super star Vanessa Selbst, who is hosting her “Justice Is Blinds” (see what they did there?) event for the third year in a row, on September 26, in New York City. Tickets are $1,500 to enter and $2,000 for VIP access.

Selbst loves the idea of helping her home town’s most socioeconomically challenged populations by raising money for the Urban Justice Center (UJC) a non-profit that provides legal services to thousands of NY residents, including survivors of domestic violence, international refugees, veterans, the homeless, and more. A huge advocate in the fight for a just and equal society, Selbst feels that she can best support the UJC by hosting this extremely popular annual tournament.

As she said, “There’s actually a great community of poker players [in the city] who don’t get to play very often because poker isn’t legal here, but charity poker is. There are a lot of people who come out just for charity events.”

And a lot of celebrities and poker stars show up, too, which helps make this one of poker’s premier charity events. This year they are expecting Erik Seidel, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Little, not to mention co-hosts Daniel Negreanu and Olivier Busquet.

“Justice is Blinds has been a tremendous success the last two years,” said Gretchen Wagner Nealon, director of development at the UJC. “Vanessa knows how to throw a poker tournament! We have heard many people at the tournaments say it’s the best poker tournament they have ever been to. We raised over $180K last year and hope to surpass that this year.”

Top prize will be a $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Players can also win other tantalizing prizes. The best prize, of course, is helping a worthy cause.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

These days seems like you just finish one poker tournament in time to get ready for the next one. Around the globe, the biggest tournament, of course, is the World Series of Poker; in second place comes the Aussie Millions – Australia, followed by the Latin America Poker Tour – Brazil, then the World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans. There are way too many for us to give you a complete list, but we will do our very best to keep you informed with plenty of time for you to gather your $$$, your senses, and of course, giving you enough time to sit at any poker table and hone your skills.

Super High Roller BowlFor now, here’s one for you to keep your eye on; perhaps you can shoot for it next year as it has already sold out for this year. In fact, hard as it is to believe, it sold out on the very first day with a buy-in of $300,000! There are a total of 50 players which created a prize pool of $15 million with $5 million going to the winner.

The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl sold out so fast that it has been confirmed as the World Championship of High Stakes Poker. 35 seats were sold out the first day and the remaining 15 seats were held back and will be chosen by the Aria Resort and Casino.

Every player wants to play in The Super High Roller Bowl. Not everyone can get in. The following are the confirmed players for the tournament:

Christian Christner Antonio Esfandiari Igor Kurganov
Matt Berkey Connor Drinan Steffen Sontheimer
Jake Schindler Pratyush Buddiga Rainer Kempe
Sean Winter John Juanda Dominik Nitsche
Christoph Vogelsang Stefan Schillhabel Andrew Robl
Brian Rast Bryn Kenney Fedor Holz
David Peters Jason Les Ben Tollerene
Tom Marchese Erik Seidel Sam Soverel
Scott Seiver Ankush Mandavia David Einhorn
Nick Petrangelo Haralabos Voulgaris Isaac Haxton
Andrew Lichtenberger Doug Polk Ben Sulsky
Byron Kaverman Koray Aldemir

The remaining 15 players will be announced by the Aria Resort and Casino. If your name is not on the list above, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get in next year. Good luck to y’all.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

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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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Sometimes there is way too much action to pay attention to all of it at once. Yesterday was one of those times. I was pumped up for the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and the European Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller Poker Championship at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

As a betting man, my money was on Floyd Mayweather and although the fight seemed to be a dance off more than the brutal and blood thirsty event that everyone seemed to anticipate, at the end Mayweather won by a unanimous decision.  Dance moves at the Fight of the CenturyThe purse for the fight was set at $300 million to be split between the two fighters at a 60/40; that gave Mayweather a bit over $179 million or approximately five million dollars per minute of the dance. While Pacquiao, whose dancing was not quite as impressive as the moves put on by Mayweather, and therefore was the designated loser of the Fight of The Century, still makes out like a champ, taking home right around $120 million, or about three and a half million per minute of dancing … errr … fighting.

Erik Seidel After the fight I had to find out what was going on in Monaco at the Final Table of the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event. I was rooting for either Erik Seidel or Scott Seiver, both from the U.S., to take all the chips and walk off with the title and, albeit measly by comparison to the fight purse, two and a quarter million dollars. After many, many hands and much shuffling of chips, one by one of these champions  got knocked out, with Seiver being one of the first final nine out in quick order. Heads up between Dzmitry Urbanovich and Erik Seidel began just after the dinner break. Seidel played very patiently for a couple of hours waiting for just the right moment. Urbanovich shoved all in with theking-diamonds-9-spades and Seidel snap called with a dominating 10-clubs-10-hearts. The dealer flipped  a board of theboard and gave Seidel the win. That win pushed Seidel from fifth to third on the poker’s all-time money list, surpassing Phil Ivey, with more than $22 million in career tournament cashes.

I for one would rather win $22 million playing poker than chance getting the crap beat out of me for 120 million, but I would take the latter if all I really had to do was throw a bunch of punches and dance around for 36 minutes. What about you?

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