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I know that for many, the appeal of the Main Event at the WSOP is that anyone who has the $10,000 buy-in or who qualifies by winning a satellite tournament can become the next world champion and walk away with $8.15 million. You know, the “Moneymaker Effect.”

If you’re playing as an amateur or a typical grinder in the Main Event, knowing that anyone can win is what gives you hope. But if you’re like me, and you’re a fan, watching the 2017 WSOP live, you might feel a bit let down.

Most of the poker superstars I love to watch have already been eliminated. My favorite, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, busted on Day 2, as did Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand “Elky”Grospellier.

Then on Day 3, before the money bubble burst, even more big poker names had been busted, including 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, 2-time Main Event winner Johnny Chan, Brian Rast, Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Rainer Kempe and three more of my favorites, Jason Mercier, Doug Polk and last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.

At the time of this writing on Day 4, there are 626 players remaining in the hunt out of the original 7,221, including two previous Main Event finalists, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert. Chip leaders include: Ibrahim Nasief, 2,200,000; Eugene Kotlyarevskiy, 1,970,000; Nick Maimone, 1,910,000; Mickey Craft, 1,820,000; Damien Salas, 1,800,000; David Woo, 1,800,000 and so on. By the time I finished my list, it had changed four times! If you want the very latest chip count, you can check it our yourself at the WSOP website.

In the meantime I’m waiting for the “Final Table” as we’re sure most poker fans and enthusiasts are.

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We last reported on Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha that was won by Anthony Zino, here is what happened on all other events leading up to the Main Event.

Paul HoeferEvent #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop was decidedly won by Paul Hoefer from Leipzig, Germany. 4,555 players packed the tournament field, all of them anxious to participate in a tournament with the goal in mind to help people in developing countries gain access to clean water. Great cause, and a great game in which Hoefer destroyed the final table, winning $645,969 and his first gold bracelet.

Jack DuongJack Duong picked up Event #62: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em and walked away with his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $333,351 for first prize after defeating a field of 2,178.


Andrew Barber Event #63: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship was swept up by Andrew Barber giving him the WSOP gold bracelet along with the $517,776 that comes with it. Barber had to overcome some strong competitors that were amongst the 204 total entries into this event; they included Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, Eli Elezra, Greg Raymer, Johnathan Duhamel, just to name a few.


Anthony SpinellaEvent #64: Online No-Limit Hold’em goes to Anthony “case dismissed” Spinella after he shoved all-in on the button and Hunter Cichy called but fell short after 4th and 5th streets do nothing to help him. Spinella walked off with $197,743 and his first bracelet. This was the first-ever WSOP online bracelet event and it was certainly appropriate that an online super star who’s best known for banking more than $4.5 million online under the moniker “holdplz” took it.

Gerald RingeLondon native Gerald Ringe defeats a field of 547 players who registered for Event #65: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. After four grueling days Ringe walked away with his first WSOP gold bracelet, and $180,943 to party with.

Event #66: $777 LUCKY SEVENS No-Limit Hold’em is still being played out with five players left out of a field of 4,422 players as of this writing….

Quinn DoEvent #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship was taken away by Los Angeles Poker Pro Quin Do. Quinn pocketed $319,792 and captured his second gold WSOP bracelet by being the last man standing out of a relatively small field of 108 poker wolves.

I’m getting very anxious and wish I could be there now but I know I’ll make it in time to cheer on the final Main Event Table and will report directly from there. Until then this is what’s happening as of this writing: The 46th Annual WSOP Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event got started on Sunday July 5th (yesterday) and right from jump street the action got wild. Day 1A of the $10,000 Main Event took center stage and concluded with William Kakon topping a 741-Player Field. It is now Day 1B and the action has not let up and I certainly wouldn’t expect it to…. Good luck everyone. See y’all soon….

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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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Endless days and nights continue at the 44th Annual WSOP. Our various friendly eyes and ears at the Rio are exhausted but remain enthralled by the constant buzz around the poker tables. Buzz is probably not the right word since it’s more like a constant whirlwind that has made so many players’ dreams come true while, for now, crushing the hopes of so many others.  That’s the very essence of the World Series of Poker, and what poker has always been.

Tom SchneiderBack on day 13, Tom Schneider, a 53-year-old pro from Scottsdale, Arizona,  grabbed up his third gold bracelet in Event 15, a $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. And now he has done it again, only difference is that this time it was the $5,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament that he championed. He’s having a hell of a series; so far this marks his second bracelet for 2013 pocketing another $318,955 dollars, his sixth cash at this series, making this one a total of four career gold bracelets. To say that Schneider is hot would be an understatement..

Chris DombrowskyEvent 30 drew in 2,108 players with dreams of killing it at the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tourney; only 216 made it to the money and, as always, only nine to the final table. Chris Dombrowski, 26-year-old poker pro from Tampa, Florida, did kill it and couldn’t stop smiling as he grabbed up his first WSOP title, gold bracelet and $346,332. Dombrowski’s dream finally came true after 18 smaller cashes attributed to the WSOP.

Jarred GrahamLast night Jarred Graham defeated a field of 936 players in event 31, a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low tournament. The 24 year-old Graham, from the land down under, Australia, fought hard and reigned supreme over a final table that included three prior gold bracelet champs: Perry Green, Barry Greenstein and Eric Rodawig. No one was able to take out Graham, who was bolstered by his Aussie friend, Joe Hachem, cheering him on from the rails as he ended up with his first gold bracelet, the WSOP Championship Title and a nice payday of $255,942.

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