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In what he says will be his FINAL tournament appearance, poker legend Doyle Brunson – aka Texas Dolly – returned to the World Series of Poker on Day 14 to play in Event #23:  $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. After an amazing 62-year career as a professional poker player, no doubt his millions of fans were hoping for an 11th bracelet.

James Alexander and Doyle BrunsonIronically, it was another Texas poker player, our friend James Alexander, who dashed that hope. With seven players left, Brunson drew to an eight-six against the ten-nine draw of Alexander. The icon was outdrawn for the final time at the Rio when he pulled a king and Alexander made his hand with a deuce. (Brunson finished 6th for $43,963 and Alexander finished 4th for $81, 986). Alexander paid his respects with a Fist Bump and stated “It was my great honor to play with Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson, Poker’s truest legend and an absolute joy to play with.”

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A tip of his cap and a standing ovation for Doyle Brunson. Living legend ends WSOP career with a final table run in the $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Championship.

Posted by PokerGO on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James Alexander with Jim ParisMy husband, Jim Paris, met professional poker player James Alexander, along with his poker player brother, Duane and his lovely mother, Tina, about six years ago when attending the 44th WSOP in Vegas. Alexander finished in 19th place in the Main Event (cashing out at $285,408) Jim cheered him on from the rails and they’ve been friends ever since.

Of course, if it weren’t for the irony of that final match-up, this would simply be a blog to pay our respects to Doyle Brunson. Considered the “Godfather of Poker,” the almost 85-year-old can still compete in high-level games at the poker tables with the best poker players in the world, all of whom hold him in the highest regard.

But it’s time, he says. “My wife is not in very good health, and I will stay with her for the duration of either her life or mine.” Brunson and his beloved wife, Louise, have been married for 62 years.

Doyle "Texas Dolly" BrunsonIn 2013, Brunson–recognizing the inevitable end of his career–paraphrased Dr. Suess, saying “You don’t cry because it’s over. You smile because it happened.”When he says his final good-bye to poker, Brunson will be leaving the game that brought him fame, fortune and a legacy that no one in the poker world will ever match, or ever forget.

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Jodie SandersAfter almost four hours of a Heads-Up Match between Jodie Sanders and Jordan Hufty at this year’s customary WSOP Event #1 – $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em, and after dreaming about this for the last 15 years, his dreams came true as he finally defeated Sanders and walked away with $61,909 and his very first WSOP Bracelet, the first bracelet of the 2018 series.Jordan Hufty

The winning hand came at Hand #190 when Hofty opened with a raise to 80,000 but Sanders moved all in for 720,000 which, naturally made Hufty gulp for a second before calling with K Clubs and Q Diamonds . Sanders showed a pair of 3s Clubs and Hearts and both waited for the flop  of 10 Spades, 9 Spades and 2 Diamonds. The turn, a 7 Diamonds, was no help to either player. The river spelled Sanders defeat when the K Hearts gave Hufty a pair of cowboys. Sanders still walked away with a nice fat paycheck of $38,246 for two days of fun and games or work, whichever way you want to look at it.

James Alexander with your truly, Jim “Pocket Bullets” ParisNow we’re ready to see how our friend, James Alexander, will fare at Event #5:  $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller starting today at 3pm pst. Best of luck James, keep tight to your strategy.

Remember to always keep your cool at the tables.

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The 47th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event is down to only 251 players out of a total field of 6,737 participating players, each and every one of them reaching for the same thing, the 2016 WSOP Championship Bracelet. Cashing would be good, reaching the Final Table would be great, but nothing would compare to taking down that final table, outlasting the 6,737 players and walking away with the much-coveted Championship 2016 WSOP BraceletBracelet, not to mention the millions of dollars, eight million to be exact,  to stuff under their mattresses.


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As of day four and entering day five the current leader is Bryan Piccioli with a bag of 4,026,000 in chips.  But he will have lots of competition, all eager to take his entire stack. Here is the current breakdown of the top nine players entering day 5:


1. Bryan Piccioli – 4,026,000 – 2. Daniel Colman – 3,711,000 – 3. Thomas Miller – 3,684,000 – 4. Pierre Merlin – 3,396,000
5. Farhad Jamasi – 3,380,000 – 6. Goran Mandic – 3,216,000 – 7. Adi Abugazal – 3,180,000 – 8. Daniel Zack – 3,085,000
9. Melanie Weisner – 3,078,000

Maria Ho There are lots of other notables who are still in it and we all know that anything can happen in poker, so we wouldn’t count any of the 251 remaining players out quite yet. Good luck to each and every one of you. One of our favorites, Global Poker League’s Maria Ho, is definitely still in it and we are sending Lady Luck to stand by her side.

James Alexander and yours truly Pocket Bullets ParisWe’d like to give a shout out to our friends; Tina, Duane and James Alexander for proving that the family that plays together stays together; all three entered the Main Event this year and undoubtedly had a great time. Duane has cashed once before at the WSOP, his brother James has cashed eight times including six times this year, and their mom, Tina, is a poker pro in the making.

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First things first. Our friend James Alexander, who finished 19th in the 2013 Main Event, finished in sixth place out of a sizeable field of 2,242 players in Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em.  This marked his fourth WSOP cash.  Although it was not as big as his Main Event winnings ($285,408), he still pocketed a very nice $58,758. The Flying Walrus in McAllen, Texas

Go James; I’m expecting at least one round of drinks at The Flying Walrus.

Now to pick up where we left off a few days ago. We left off at Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed which was wrapped up by Jean “Prince” Gaspard. So here we go, straight from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas.

Ryan LaPlanteEvent #12: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
Ryan LaPlante, a 26-year-old poker pro from Brainerd, MN.,  collected $190,328 in prize money and his very first gold bracelet, making this one of the biggest wins of his career.  Event #12 ended up being his respectable 18th time to make the payouts at the WSOP. This was a record setting event with a huge total of 2,483 entrants which, of course, became the biggest Pot-Limit Omaha competition ever, at least in live poker history.

Reb PorterEvent #13: $1500 Seven Card Razz
Rep Porter, a poker pro from Woodinville, WA, won his third bracelet and entered into the exclusive three gold bracelet club.  Porter collected $142,624 in prize money by hanging strong during the fierce battles in the field of 461 entries.

Jason DeWittEvent #14: $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
A professional poker player from San Diego, CA, Jason DeWitt, defeated a field of 7,190 entrants. DeWitt walked away with $1,065,403, plus his 2nd bracelet. He was quoted as saying “To win a tournament with a 7,000-player field is just insane. It’s just incredible.”

Paul VolpeEvent #15: $1500 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
Paul Volpe conquered a field of 491 players and collected $149,943 in prize money, and his 2nd bracelet. Although winning any event is extremely satisfying, Volpe stated ““Honestly, the first win was more meaningful. It was on such a bigger stage because it was heads-up versus Daniel Negreanu.  There were so many more people sweating that one.  But this is also special because it’s Eight-Game Mix, which is very hard to do.  So, this one means a lot, but in a different way.”

Jason MercierEvent #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
Jason Mercier ran over a field of only 100 players and became the newest member of poker’s elite four gold bracelet club. He became the 39th player in history with four or more WSOP titles to his name. Mercier collected $273,335 in prize money along with his fourth bracelet.

Chase BianchiEvent #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em
Chase Bianchi took down his premier WSOP cash, taking home a nice big paycheck for $316,920 and the much coveted gold bracelet to go along with it. This event recorded a total of 2,242 players. This is also the event that our friend, James Alexander, cashed out in 6th place.

Marco JohnsonEvent #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E.
Marco Johnson. a professional poker player from Walnut Creek, CA, roped in the win of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. This event lasted three days and nights. Johnson picked up $259,730 in prize money and his second gold bracelet by crushing a field of 400 hungry players.

Sam SoverelEvent #19: $1000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Sam Soverel, a professional poker player from West Palm Beach, FL, with more than two million dollars in total winnings, triumphed in this event consisting of a field of 1,106. Soverel raked in $185,317 in prize money and his very own first gold bracelet.

Ray DehKharghaniEvent #20: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Ray Dehkharghani walked off with all the marbles after trashing  Jason Mercier and a field of 100 hopeful players. Dehkharghani collected $273,338 in prize money and danced away with his first WSOP gold bracelet. This exciting tourney attracted 100 entrants.

We are now at better than $21 million paid out so far with still about 49 events to go. Y’all need to take your place at your local poker tables and practice, practice, practice, that is if you want a slice of the WSOP annual pie.

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