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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The 45th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event began yesterday, Saturday the 5th,  with the kick off-off  Day 1A Event# 65A which saw an impressive, albeit modest, field of 771 players that included some of the WSOP’s best players. Some of these best players and Main Event Champions from past years who pushed through Day 1A were Tom McEvoy, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Merson, and Ryan Riess.  That’s some serious competition. But, we’ve only just begun.

wsop-mainevent2Mean while “The Little One for One Drop” is still going on while other events have been completed. Here are the most recent results:

Jackduyph DuongJackduyph Duong leads Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop. We wish Duong the best of luck starting today as the other eight of this final nine table, without a doubt, are all going to try to knock him out.


Bryn KenneyBryn Kenney emerged victorious in Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix to win his first gold bracelet and walk away with a hefty $153,220 in prize money after defeating Jan Suchanek who takes second place and $94,618.

Pat WalshPat Walsh conquered Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship besting a field of 418 entrants. Walsh won his first  bracelet and a fat first-place prize of $923,379 after defeating Javed Abrahams with the second place prize of a measly $570,284 (Yeah right – I’ll take that measly sum anytime).

Day 1B of the Main Event is now under way and we’ll sign off for now but will bring you all the action as we can… so stay tuned and we wish all players the best of luck!!!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy Pocket Bullets Paris

From home to office poker games; from online poker tourneys to live games at the casinos’ poker tables worldwide, millions of dollars have already been won by amateur players just like you as well as by professional players who may have inspired you to learn the game. How much have YOU won?

Ben “Jenbizzle” Jones has already amassed closed to $150,000 from his online exploits. Jake Schindler took the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller game away from Greg Merson and walked away with $1,192,624. Dominik Panka has taken the title of  2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion and a sweet payday of $1,423,096, along with a “Steel and Black” design SLYDE watch worth €5,550

Ben "jenbizzle" Jones Jake Schindler Dominik Panka

(By the way, it’s hard for me to write about this without mentioning that the decision by New Jersey to allow Internet Gaming has already generated $8.4 million in its first six weeks. That resulted in $1.3 million collected in state taxes. Why every other state isn’t doing this is mind boggling to me, but that’s another blog.)

The winners will keep coming all year long. The question remains; where are you in all of this? We expect huge live events with bigger and bigger payouts and we will see fortunes made online around the world. We know, of course, that there will also be fortunes lost, but that is ultimately the risk that we as poker players accept. Whether at home or office games, or if we play online or ultimately dare to venture out and make it to the live events, it is the thrill of victory, even knowing we may experience the agony of defeat, that we crave.

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Doyle BrunsonI showed up at the Rio Hotel and Casino on Saturday at around 2:00p.m. By then all my poker heroes had been vanquished, including legendary “Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson who managed to beat out some 5,900 other players before getting knocked out himself in 409 place. The “Godfather of Poker” exited the room as the entire place paid their respects to him with a standing ovation.

Annette ObrestadBy the time I arrived there were only a few notables left. Greg Merson was holding strong at the feature table and Annette Obrestad was one of only a few women still in contention. I watched Merson splash his chips all in and rake the pot a couple of times only to ultimately be knocked out before the dinner break. Merson survived day 4 but was unable to hold on through day 5. By the time I returned after dinner, the feature table had changed to include Obrestad, but she, too, would soon be sent to the rails by the end of day 5. However, she finished strong at 89th place and must have been delighted with what she had accomplished, not to mention the fact that she cashed($71,053).

Jackie GlazierBy the end of the day there were only 68 players left, including only one woman left standing, Australian poker pro Jackie Glazier (ranked 12th) holding some 4,045,000 poker chips. I’m heading to the Rio in about an hour and we’ll see what’s happening and who is still alive. I’ll tell y’all about it tomorrow.

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Back at the beginning of it all, in 1970, a guy named Johnny Moss was elected by his peers as the first World Champion of Poker and received a silver cup as a prize. A year later, in 1971, he defeated a field of six (including himself) and was awarded the championship title and a total of $30,000 . Flash forward 42 years to 2012, and a guy named Greg Merson was declared the World Champion of poker and took home $8,531,853 after defeating a field of 6,598 players. Now it is the 44th annual World Series of Poker and it continues to amaze us; it continues to create millionaires and change lives forever. Who will be this year’s WSOP Champion?

Here’s the latest from the floor at the Rio:

Ben VolpeEvent 45 drew a field of 678 to the poker tables to battle each other in the $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Ben Volpe, The 26-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, comfortably ran through that field until he was heads-up with Paul Lieu. Then it turned into a back and forth war where, for a while, it looked like Volpe was through. He was holding a pair of queens and snap called an all-in by Lieu holding pocket fours. The river gave Lieu the win with trip fours and it seemed as though Volpe just gritted his teeth, recouped his poker chips and went in for the kill. Volpe took the WSOP title, his first gold bracelet and $201,399.

Vladimir ShchemelevVladimir Shchemelev, 40 years old from St. Petersburg, Russia, championed event 46, a $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low tournament. Shchemelev outlasted a fairly heavy field of 435 players chasing the dream, among them Mike Matusow, Gavin Smith, Joe Hachem and several other prior bracelet winners. Shchemelev fought heads-up against two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah and came out on top to win his first gold bracelet and WSOP title plus $279,094 to celebrate his victory.

Marco JohnsonMarco Johnson, a 27-year-old poker professional from Walnut Creek, California, finally wraps his first gold bracelet around his wrist. Johnson has been close before. He came in second in the same event last year and just  a few days ago he was runner up yet again. But, he wasn’t satisfied and this time in event 48, a $2,500 Six-Handed Limit Hold’em event, he held tough and outplayed a total field of 343 players  and easily defeated Jeff Thompson heads-up to finally take home the bracelet that has eluded him in the past, along with a 2013 Championship title and $206,796.

And so the 44th Annual World Series of Poker, in what has now become traditional, continues to amaze, continues to make millionaires and continues to change lives.

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