Posts Tagged ‘Final Nine’

Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

While my partner in crime, and all else, Queen of Hearts Paris takes a small break from blogging about all the excitement going on right now with the GPL (Global Poker League), I thought I would jump in here and give you an update on the 2016 WSOP (World Series of Poker) which is due to start in just over two weeks from now, on May 31 and will run (as usual) to July 18, 2016 and then back  in November for the  battle of the year; the November Nine Final Table. I know that we’re ready, are you?Jim "Pocket Bullets" Paris

Many of you know that I journey to Las Vegas every year to check out all the action that will eventually lead to the Main Event’s final nine players by the middle of July. I’m sure some of you might see me this year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Every year’s WSOP has never been short on excitement, battles have been fought at every event, each and every player hoping to grab the gold ring, in their case the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisDuring my annual journey to the WSOP I have met a lot of the professional players while enjoying their game, and even tried reading their tells (if any) at the poker tables. Last year’s road to the final table of the Main Event featured some familiar faces, some of which I was able to meet and even had time to hang with for a brief time.

During a very short break I met Daniel Negreanu and had just enough time to compliment him and unashamedly confess that he was our favorite player. I told him that I had just written and published my memoirs as a Rock and Roll producer in a past lifetime and asked if he would mind snapping a quick photo of us together with him holding my book  “Them Changes.”

Max Steinberg with Jim ParisI also had the privilege of briefly meeting Max Steinberg,  who was and is not only a great player but a total gentleman. He not only made it to the Final Nine but actually took 4th place at the November Nine Final Table and walked away with a fat check in the amount of $2,615,361.

Phil Hellmuth with Jim ParisThere have been a lot of players whom I have studied all through the years, read their books, watched their instructional videos, but few are as intense as Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth. And, indeed, he may be “The Poker Brat” for his temperamental personality. But after winning 14 WSOP gold bracelets I think anyone could easily turn into some form of spoiled brat.

And now it’s that time of the year again, when amateur and professional players prepare for the ultimate poker battle, the 2016 World Series of Poker. Good luck y’all, hope to see you there.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Well, I stayed to the bitter end, and although I tried to get more pictures for this report, when the final tenth player was knocked out, the house exploded into a crazed room filled with a cheering audience and a delirious Final Nine, making it impossible to get any pics.

It certainly was a long hard battle with an unbelievable amount of ups and downs for most of the 6,420 registered players to the 46th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event. But at the end it all came down, as always, to the Final Nine – The November Nine.

The 2015 November NineThe 2015 November Nine are:
Joe McKeehen – 63,100,000 chips
Zvi Stern – 29,800,000 chips
Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000 chips
Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000 chips
Max Steinberg – 20,200,000 chips
Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000 chips
Josh Beckley – 11,800,000 chips
Patrick Chan – 6,225,000 chips
Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000 chips

Daniel NegreanuUnfortunately, our favorite player, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, wasn’t quite able to hold on and was knocked out in 11th place. He was, very obviously, extremely disappointed. Better luck next time. It was a bit sad to watch him lay down on the floor only moments after he had done 30 pushups a couple of hands prior to his demise.

I’m on my way home now and will fill in more details in a later blog in the next few days.

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pocket-bullets-parisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The 45th Annual World Series of Poker 2014 – got underway with Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em. Roland Reparejo, a California chef turned poker dealer sat down at the poker tables on Thursday afternoon and after outlasting 845 entries to go heads up with Corey Emery (who he quickly defeated after only half-a-dozen hands) won the first gold bracelet of 2014 and a purse of $82,835. All we can say is, congratulations Mr. Reparejo.Roland Reparejo

Now we’re waiting for all the next events to see who will walk away with titles and bracelets as the energy builds towards the main event in July. We are still undecided about who we believe will be at the Final Nine. However we did state that we liked how Vanessa Selbst has been playing and she has already shown to be on top of her game by running over 129 entries to go heads up with Jason Mo in Event #2 $25k Mixed Max NL Hold’em. As of this writing, they were still battling after 60 hands played. Go Vanessa!

This year’s excitement has already started building and we can’t wait till we get there to see the live action play down to the Final Nine. We wish everyone the best of luck! 65 of y’all will walk out with a nice shiny new bracelet!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

As we all know the 2014 World Series of Poker gets underway today at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. So are you ready? Are you in it to win it? If not, do you have a favorite you believe may take it all the way to the Final Nine? Could your favorite end up with the 2014 Title and the riches that have become the norm at this world class sporting event?

Daniel Negreanu and Phil IveyThis year there are a total of 64 events leading up to the Main Event and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Las Vegas. Plenty of room for just about anyone to take home a bracelet, but the most coveted one will, of course, be there only for the very best. As you would expect we have a few of our own thoughts about who will take the WSOP Championship Title and Bracelet, but for now we’ll keep most of them to ourselves. We will go as far as saying that we really like Vanessa Selbst and we are certain she’ll make a giant push.  We’re also going to keep a very close watch on Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. They both are due and and they both need a new bracelet.

With what we figure will be between 6,500 to 7,500 players fighting for that elusive pot of gold waiting at the Final Table, getting to it will not be easy. We have friends that will be playing hard to grab the title and we wish them all luck, y’all know who you are.

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