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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Last year at this time we were making our own side bets as to who would make it into the 48th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event, who would eventually make it to the Final 9, and ultimately who would end up taking it down, walk away with the much coveted title of Poker Champion, take the Championship Bracelet, and the millions of dollars.

It ended up being Scott Blumstein who took it all home and stuffed $8.15 million into his bank account. In 2016 Qui Nguyen took the title and $8, 005, 310, and in 2015 Joe McKeehen took it all down and walked with $7.68 million, but who will be in it and who will take the 49th WSOP Main Event glory and riches home this year? It is still too early to know.

As we have already reported, the 49th Annual WSOP is scheduled to start on May 29th for registration and the first event will begin on May30th. The Main Event will begin July 2nd and it’s expected to reach the Final Table by July 12th.

For those of you who want or hope to enter any of this year’s events here is a link to the complete list of the 2018  49th Annual World Series of Poker Schedule. Do you have any favorites for this year? Will you be heading to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this year? If so, we hope to see you there.

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

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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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Gaurav RainaGaurav Raina took down Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em after winning the heads-up battle against James Calvo – Took home $456,822 along with the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet.


Frank MaggioEvent #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship was taken by Frank Maggio, who capped off a four-and-a-half-hour final table to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and $617,303. Maggio defeated William Murray for the championship.


Vladimir ShchemelevEvent #32: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix was conquered by Vladimir Shchemelev, giving him his second WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet prize of $193,484


Chris FrankChris Frank Wins Event #33: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Took home $384,833 along with the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, his first of maybe many to come for this 22-year-old German player.



Ben YuDéjà Yu! Ben Yu won his second bracelet in Event #34: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship and a very nice paycheck of $232,738 for taking the championship title away from the legendary Shaun Deeb.


James MooreEvent #35: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by James Moore who captured his second Super Seniors Title and won $259,230 along with his second gold bracelet.



Nadar KakhmazovEvent #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed was taken down by Russian player Nadar Kakhmazov to win his first bracelet and a lot of spending capital in the amount of $580,338. Not too shabby of a paycheck.



Thomas ReynoldsThomas Reynolds ran away with Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, pocketing his first bracelet along with $292,880 for having to wade through a field of 2,019 other players.



Joe McKeehenEvent #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen. He added a sweet $311,817 to all his previous earnings plus his second shiny gold bracelet.



Rifat PalevicEvent #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo BOUNTY was taken by Sweden’s Rifat Palevic, who outlasted 1,867 players to be crowned champion, collect his first gold bracelet, and pocket $183,903 for his efforts.


Ernest BohnEvent #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was locked up by 68 year-old Ernest Bohn for his long awaited first gold bracelet and $173,228 in first prize money after battling a field of 595 players and coming out on top.


We’re off on a little road trip to the Gulf of Mexico for some fun and relaxation and will be back in a few days; our field eyes and ears on the floor of the Rio will keep us posted so that we may keep you updated on what’s happening at the 48th Annual WSOP Events Final Tables.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The World Series of Poker continues its annual tradition of ever-growing popularity to the overwhelming joy of the winners and the disappointment of the losers. Many come to learn and sharpen their skills for next year, while hoping that they may get really lucky this year and walk away with a pocketful of new found wealth. Others come to add to their existing WSOP earnings, while still others come simply to have fun, rub elbows with the greats and hope they don’t lose too much this time around.

Let’s catch you up with the current results:

Adrian Mateos

Event #33: $1500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by Adrian Mateos, a young 21 -year-old from Madrid, Spain, who  bested a field of 1,840 poker lovers. This was a brand new event corresponding with the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – giving players that much more time to reach for the gold. But 1,839 players were denied the title of champion and Mateos walked away with $409,171 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Andrey ZaichenkoEvent #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Russian poker player, Andrey Zaichenko, had a smile on his face when he realized he was sitting at the final table, a bigger smile when he realized that he reached his goal of getting the gold bracelet, and an even bigger smile when he collected $117,947 for his efforts and patience. Now he can return to his home in Moscow as the 11th Russian gold bracelet winner in history.

Michael GathyEvent #35: $5000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 27-year-old Michael Gathy from Brussels, Belgium, wrapped up his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet and walked away grinning ear to ear knowing he had to make his way to the payout room and collect his well earned victory cash of $560,843, for total poker winnings of $1,463,269 big bucks.

Hani AwadEvent #36: $2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was taken away by Hani Awad, who is originally from Israel and now calls Las Vegas home. With this win the high stakes recreational poker player reached the gold bracelet club when, at age 65,  he put on his first WSOP gold bracelet and received a big fat paycheck of $213,186.

Jiaqi XuEvent #37: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Jiaqi Xu from Columbia, MD, was determined to win, and win he did. This amateur poker player outplayed a field of 776 participating players and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a sweet $212,128, his biggest win ever. As Xu said, “The cards fell my way at the right time,” and the cards seemed to favor him all the way to the final table and his eventual championship.

Rafael LebronEvent #38: $3000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em Rafael Lebron from Puyallup, WA, was all smiles when he defeated a field of 245 to reach the final table, which included the reigning Main Event Champion, Joe McKeehen, and other formidable players. As Lebron accurately stated, “I wasn’t the best player at the final table at all, I might have been the worst.  But, I got lucky.  This was my day.” Lebron goes home with $169,337 … not bad for the worst player at the final table.

Martin KoslovEvent #39: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship. It took 293 players to be sent to the rails for Martin Kozlov to finally reach the coveted gold bracelet and a whopping payday of  $665,709. This was his fifth time to cash at this year’s WSOP — not bad for this Aussie pro.

Christopher VitchEvent #40: $2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) 33-year-old professional poker player, Christopher Vitch, finally captured his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and took home $136,854 after defeating a relatively small field of 236 entrants in this first-time event at the WSOP.  The competition included three forms of lowball draw poker, played in rotation.  The games were Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, Ace-to-Five Triple Draw and Badugi.

So there it is, another eight WSOP gold bracelets and more than two million dollars paid out just for these eight event champions, let alone all the other players who reached cash status through these events. That’s a lot of greenbacks; was any of that awarded to you? If it was, we’d love to hear your story, so send us your comments.

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