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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down live poker events for most of 2020, poker fans quickly realized that the WSOP Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas wasn’t going to happen, at least not the way it always had in the past. Over the summer, the WSOP held a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14. It was very successful, since many more players could compete online without the expenses associated with the usual 101- live event.

2020 World Series of Poker Main Event

Now, it seems that WSOP executives are planning to try a mix of live and online tournaments in a 2020 Main Event. Of course, the thousands of players who competed in the Season Finale this summer thought that was the Main Event, but now there is another one. It is officially called the 51st WSOP 2020 Man Event and will combine online and live poker in the US and internationally. It will be a more traditional event, more closely mimicking the one in Las Vegas each year. It will require a $10K buy-in ($9,600 + $400) and offer no reentries. Players will receive 60K chips and play 30-minute levels.

Unfortunately, players in the United States must be located in either Nevada or New Jersey in order to participate in the tournament on The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 13, noon PST:  Day 1 with 20 levels of play (6 hours of late registration)

Monday, December 14, noon PST:  Day 2 to play down to 9 at the final table

Monday, December 28:  Final table play to a winner

The US final table will play out live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel &Casino in Las Vegas and be filmed by ESPN. However, if any player tests positive for Covid-19 prior to play, it will disqualify that person from competing at the final table. That person will receive ninth-place money.

For more details, check out the Player’s Guide at

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris2018 49th WSOP

The 49th Annual World Series of Poker has begun. This year the WSOP features a grand total of 78 Official Gold Bracelet Events with the Main Event beginning on the 2nd of July and running through to July 14th when the new WSOP Champion will be crowned. The WSOP’s partners ESPN and PokerGO have made it clear that they will offer daily live video coverage of the Main Event.

Here is the official schedule for the Main Event as reported directly from the WSOP:

“The event will begin earlier this year. Starting flights will be held on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3, with the very final day to enter the WSOP Main Event scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. These are officially flights A, B & C of Event #65. On Thursday, July 5, flights A&B return to play their Day 2, while Flight C players have the day off. Any Flight A or B players that survive Day 2, will have Friday, July 6 off, while Flight C players play out their Day 2 on this day. The fields combine for the first time on Saturday, July 7 and play every single day until we reach the final table on July 11 and crown the champion on Saturday, July 14.”

Today, May 29th is showtime for Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em – this event features one re-entry per player. Following on Wednesday May 30th starting at 3 pm will be Event #2: $10,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty which features a $3,000 Bounty for every player. Then starting Thursday at 11 am on the last day of May, the 31st will be Event#3: $3,000 N0-Limit Hold’em Shootout followed by Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 3pm. Both Event#3 and #4 will play out for 3 days.

That will be all the fun for the month of May at the poker tables of the 2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker. Come back for our continued coverage in a few days.

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

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get too excited now about any of the remaining 2017 WSOP Events until the Main Event begins today, July 8th.  Actually, I had been extremely pumped when I learned that the World Series would be live-streamed on, but I lost a bit of my enthusiasm for it when I realized several things:

First, so many of the Events were Live during the daytime hours but by the time my husband and I wanted to watch at night, it was no longer Live and we had to go to the On Demand category if we wanted to see that particular event. Second, PokerGo neglected to put the Event numbers on their recorded events which made it a bit more challenging to find the one you’re looking for.

Third, PokerGo didn’t record all the events, so they didn’t always have the one I wanted to see. If they did, of course, I already knew who had won. My husband and I still enjoy watching hands being played mostly for the poker strategies which are far more complicated than the average recreational player  realizes. However, some of the color commentary on PokerGo was SO complex, SO filled with specialized poker jargon that it became annoying; it almost sounded to me like they were showing off their poker knowledge. I’d be interested to know how the poker community felt.

Still, kudos to PokerGo for a fantastic first effort, as well as providing plenty of good poker content on their site.

Daniel NegreanuThe last Event I really cared about was Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship because it was the one my favorite pro, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, wanted to win so desperately. I know that because I’d been watching his Vlog (video blog) where he not only takes you behind the scenes and  into his world, but also honestly reveals his intentions, his thought processes, his moods (ups and downs) and his moments of exhilaration and frustration.

I was really rooting hard for him to win this Event because it meant so much to him; he’s had a lot of cashes but no 7th bracelet yet; he loves the mixed game format and it was also important for WSOP POY (player of the year) points. PokerGo didn’t cover this event so I had to keep hitting UPDATE on the WSOP site, especially as it got down to the last day.  I got extremely  excited as his chip count grew to more than 5.9 million, and then very disappointed as his chip count went steadily down.  I could almost feel his pain when he came in fifth.

Elior SionSo, Event #62: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship was ultimately won by Elior Sion, who took home a whopping $1,395,767 and the gold bracelet. Sion was quoted as saying that he’d considered Negreanu his biggest threat, adding; “To see him not getting any cards at the final table… he really didn’t have a chance to win.”

Rulah DivineEvent #63:  $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em had 1,750 entries and was won by Rulah Divine, who took home $262,501 and his first bracelet.



Sebastian LangrockIn Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix, Sebastian Langrock won his first bracelet and took down $268,555 in a mere 156 hands.



Shai Zurr

Event #65: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) was won convincingly by Shai Zurr, in record time. He was the second Israeli bracelet winner of the summer (Ben Maya, won Event #47 earlier this summer). Zurr won $223,241 and his first gold bracelet, and said of his win: “I’m so happy to join the bracelet winner’s family, also the Israeli bracelet winner’s family.”

Events #66 — #72 are all in progress as of this writing.

And then, it will be interesting to see how ESPN handles coverage of the Main Event. We know they will be going with Lon McEachern (pronounced McCarron) and Norman Chad for play- by-play and color, and adding some great pros for additional color.

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

Millions of poker fans look forward to the WSOP every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, with the elimination of the November Nine, the live coverage by ESPN (of the Main Event in July) and the promise of streaming coverage throughout by, we were even more excited than usual.

PokerGo Streaming the 2017 WSOPSo, this has been our experience so far. We quickly learned that pokercentral is offering streaming through their new subscription service, PokerGo. That meant we, and millions of others, had to sign up and pay $10 for a month or $99 for a year. Not bad, but not what we had been led to believe. Plus, it took us about six tries to get the code online to match the code on our TV.

Anyway, on our first night trying to watch Day 4 of the most expensive event on the WSOP schedule, the $111,111 HR for One Drop, we finally had to pause it with two hours to go. The final table was stacked with great players and we were pumped to watch the last two hours. Unfortunately, the navigation was totally off the next night so we couldn’t go back to watch the final two hours – all we could find was a 30-minute highlight video.

Doug PolkThe third night (by then we already knew that Polk had beaten Elky in Heads-up play) we figured out the navigation (or PokerGo fixed it; we’ll never know) and we got to watch the handsome Italian, Dario Sammartino bust out in 3rd place, winning $1.6milion, and then the super-charming Doug Polk killing it with some gutsy poker. Second place for Elky was a cool $2.2 mill and Polk won his third WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $3.6+million.

Meanwhile, I just tried to sign into PokerGO on my laptop as I did yesterday and it tells me that no one with that email address (the one we used for the last three days) is a member of PokerGO. Beyond frustrating. On the third try, it must have recognized me and I was in. Nothing streaming live until tonight but that gave me the opportunity to go to their “On Demand” category and catch some fun moments from a few other events.

Abe MosseriI watched Day 4 of what was supposed to be a 3-day event, the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up, mainly because my all-time favorite, “Real Kid Poker” was going for his seventh bracelet against Abe Mosseri. Both love to play mixed games, which puts me at a real disadvantage; I just learned the rules for Texas Hold’em two years ago so these variants confuse the hell outta me. Anyway, it took about ten minutes for Mosseri to win the bracelet, but Negreanu had a second place finish after a third place the day before so he’s still doing incredibly well.

Then I caught some of the $10,000 Heads Up Event – poker in its purest form, where one player survives the single-elimination event with 128 players in the field. The commentators said the heads-up event was one of the most prestigious at the WSOP, so I decided to watch 22-year old Adrian Mateos face off against 42-year old Negreanu on Day 1, right after DNegs had finished playing in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up. This was a really tough first match-up, Daniel didn’t get many good cards and he lost (gracefully and with humor) in the first round.

Adrian MateosOn the other hand, Adrian Mateos went on to knock off five more players to go up against 70-year-old John Smith in the final round. Smith had been the runner-up in this event last year; I watched his Day 3 match against Ryan Riess and could see that he was a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, Smith ultimately lost to Mateos to be runner-up again. And, Mateos’ win made him the youngest player ever to win three bracelets by the age of 22.

PokerGo has great coverage and extremely knowledgeable commentators and after a few initial glitches has worked out well for us. If you want to know all the results of every event, you can go to or No point in us reinventing the wheel!

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