Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Chan’

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 ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Andrew LiporaceDay 3 saw some major upsets and major shifts in the leading players. Andrew Liporace currently leads the field of 746 players. Only a few more unfortunate souls are left who will not make it to the cash and go home empty handed.

Our man Phil Ivey is still in it and has even increased his chip count to 522,500 to rank him at 72nd place. But he was quickly surpassed yesterday by 71 players in  heated battles through out the night. Of course these included Liporace, who ended the night on top of the heap to enter Day4 with 1,128,000 followed closely by Ivey’s table mate , Mehrdad Yousefzadeh with 1,124,000 for second place.

Yesterday saw a whole lot of favorites, ex-champions and big time celebrities sent to the rails including former WSOP champs Ryan Riess, Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker, and Robert Varkonyi as well as Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel,  NBA superstar  Paul Pierce and actor Kevin Pollak.

When day 4 got started at 12 noon PST today your top ten chip leaders were:

WSOP Poker Chips1. Andrew Liporace – 1,128,000
2. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh – 1,124,000
3. Raul Mestre – 988,500
4. Jesse Wilke – 975,500
5. Scott Blackman – 935,000
6. Andoni Larrabe – 923,000
7. Stephen Graner – 911,000
8. Per Karlsson – 891,500
9. Rasmus Larsen – 883,000
10. Roman Valerstein – 850,000

The cards are in the air and the action has begun…. by break time at 1:00 p.m. PST it’s down to 703 players remaining, that is just 10 from the money. Who else will be knocked out before the bubble is reached is still  anyone’s guess, if you’re still in it, we hope you make it past the bubble. Good luck everyone.

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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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Vinny the GrinderBy: The Grinder

At some point, movie lovers who also play poker have dreamt of going back in time with a sports almanac and sports-betting their way to becoming billionaires, like Biff Tannen does in the movie “Back To The Future.”

To some of us, it seems like that would be the only way to mint that kind of dough. To others, like Mike McDonald and Erik Boneta, time travel seems unnecessary to roll in the benjies. Their poker aliases also suggest that time is, and has always been, on their side. Mike Mcdonald amassed over half-a-million dollars grinding online with the nickname ‘Timex”, while Erik “Rolex” Boneta clicked heels with legendary players on GSN’s High Stakes Poker.

With his online bankroll, Timex has done everything right. In 2008, at the age of eighteen, he won $1.3 Million in an EPT event, and hasn’t looked back since, making $10 million playing live, with several big tournament cashes and wins.

While Rolex, on the other hand, has an infamous reference to his alias, as he was charged by the police for smuggling over 200 gray-market Rolex watches. You wouldn’t say Rolex’s poker game is worthy of praise, after watching him go nuts against Johnny Chan’s Aces here, but he sure must have done something right to be able to play those stakes. When it comes to watches, not a single soul would prefer a Timex to a Rolex.

However, if you had to bet all your poker chips, or as my friend Kenny would say, if you had to ‘bet all your cows and buffaloes‘ on one of these players, it would have to be Timex!

Erik 'Rolex' Boneta

Erik ‘Rolex’ Boneta

Mike "Timex" McDonald

Mike “Timex” McDonald


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