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For those who need reminding, there were 7,874 entries for the WSOP’s Main Event, each putting up $10K to take a wild swing at that $8.8 million championship money and that golden bracelet. Most are just hoping to get a piece of that astounding prize pool of $74,015,600. What’s always been amazing to me is that you can win about half-a-million dollars coming in 12th – 15th. Or, a million dollars for being in ninth place. Where else can you do that?

But there’s another facet to the Main Event that’s also pretty amazing. You can be among the greatest poker players of all time and go home with nothing.

Daniel Negreanu After busting out of the Main Event on Day 1, Daniel Negreanu recorded his VLOG with good humor and no excuses. Well, except for the fact that he drew no pairs, no straights, no flushes, no flops, no nothing, which was not an excuse since I watched it happen. Nothing went “Kid Poker’s” way.  Following him around as he navigated the rail and the floor, it was refreshing to watch him smile and pose for selfies with every fan who approached him, keeping his spirits up for his fans. When his two jacks got beaten by a pair of 10s (with another 10 on the flop), he ‘faked” a bad tilt, got some laughs and walked away from the table looking somewhat confused. On his way out he said, among other things, that it was almost impossible to go broke on Day 1. I could see the frustration in his eyes, but he held it together beautifully. All that, plus he and his girlfriend of four years broke up a couple of weeks ago.

Scott Blumstein

Of course, Negreanu wasn’t the only big name to be eliminated on Day 1, just the one I cared about the most. Last year’s Champion, Scott Blumstein, also busted on the first day, as did 2007 champ, Jerry Yang and 2016 champ, Qui Nguyen.

The only good thing about it was that “Kid Poker” was free to add color commentary, along with Norm and Lon on Day 3. I like listening to him talk strategy (way over my head, of course), teach a little, predict what certain players will do (and usually get it right, or poke fun at himself when he’s completely wrong) but I can’t help wondering what’s going on inside his head. I KNOW he wanted to make a deep run.

John HespI just checked the latest chip counts online and at this moment Ignacio Sanchez is leading with 620,200 and there are 47 players with more than 400,000  chips. But it’s just a moment in time. Any of them could double up or go broke; the next time I check, the chip leaders could be Cliff Josephy and Phil Ivey – there is so much poker left to play. But not for some other big names who have already been eliminated, like Jason Mercier, John Hesp (last year’s sensation), and Maria Ho. It doesn’t matter Maria Ho what you did last year or last week at the Main Event. I know I’m excited to see what will enfold over the next couple of weeks. Are you enjoying the action, too?



You too could get one of these diamond encrusted bracelets. All you need is to make it to the WSOP, drop down 10 grand to enter the main event, then outlast thousands of other players, make it to the Final Table and it could be yours. Easy, right?

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

As this year’s World Series of Poker inches closer and closer towards the main event, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, the excitement at the Rio Hotel and Casino continues to boil over with surprises, moments of huge elation as well as moments of major disappointments.

Here is the latest run down from our eyes and ears at the Rio’s poker tables.

JJacquelyn Scottacquelyn Scott, 66-years-old from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, never looked back as she defeated a field of 795 that signed up for Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Ms Scott registered her first ever WSOP cash and took home not only the $153,856 first prize check but also her first gold bracelet.

Alexander PetersenEvent #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, with 387 eager players, was taken by Alexander Petersen, an “on-line” poker pro from Aarhus, Denmark. Petersen walked away with an extremely nice pay day of $927,655 and his first gold bracelet. This was also his first WSOP cash and his first-ever final table appearance.

Brandon WittmeyerBrandon Wittmeyer, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, ran through a field of 1,123 to snatch Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em and take home a sweet $200,618 plus his first WSOP gold bracelet. This marked the first time that a WSOP event was officially designated with a name sponsor.

Kevin MacPheeEvent #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by 34-year-old Kevin MacPhee from Coeur D Alene, Idaho, a professional poker player with 26 WSOP cashes and three final table appearances, who finally walked away with all the marbles. A pay day of $490,800 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Congratulations, Mr. MacPhee.

Takahiro NakaiEvent #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by 36-year-old Takahiro Nakai from Osaka, Japan when he not only survived but stayed on top of a huge field of 2,497 players. Nakai walked away with more than a giant smile; he also pocketed a fat check for $399,039 and wrapped his first gold bracelet around his wrist.

Jonathan DuhamelJonathan Duhamel, the winner of the WSOP Main Event Championship in 2010, takes  Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP. He not only takes home the HUGE pay-out of $3,989,985 for first place, but also his second career WSOP gold bracelet. Duhamel stated, “as a former spokesman for One Drop, winning this event was very dear to me, this is like a double win.”

Alex LindopEvent #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is officially taken by Alex Lindop, from Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., earning $531,037, and his first WSOP gold bracelet after besting a total of 2,155 players and making him the second Britt to take home a bracelet this summer.

Anthony ZinnoLawyer turned Poker-Pro Anthony Zinno from Boston, MA, walks away with Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha. At 33 years-old, Zinno could not be a happier man than he was on July 1, 2015. After playing for eight long years, cashing 12 times at the WSOP and making five final tables, he finally wrapped his fingers around his first WSOP gold bracelet . . . and to top that off, he took home one of the summer’s largest cash prizes in the amount of $1,122,196.

I will be at the Rio starting on July 11th to hang out at the Main Event and see who ends up at this year’s final table to be part of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker “November Nine.”  Hope to see y’all there.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Sometimes you just have to go “Hmmmm, I wonder what would have happened if I had invested in learning how to play poker instead of….” Of course, you quickly realize that although it’s never too late; you just may have to face a hell of a lot of tougher and younger competition.

It seems as if every year younger and younger players get into the mix and often come into it from the “online”  world of digital poker. They have already played thousands of hands dealt to them on their computer screens, electronic pads, or even their cellular phones. In many cases, they became proficient way before they ever sat down at a live table with live players. Their usual aggressive online strategies sometimes destroy their chances, but often it goes the other way, and they soon find their way around reads, tells, and all the other nuances of live games and come back to rake in all the poker chips.

Here is a list of some of today’s current youngest players with more than $4 million in winnings from live games as well as online games:

Sam Trickett – 28
Young Poker Millionaires $19,696,445

Chris Moorman – 29
$16,000,000 +

Martin Jacobson – 27

Jonathan Duhamel – 27

Jason Mercier – 28

Pius Heinz – 25

Ryan Riess – 24

Jesse Sylvia – 27

Jake Cody – 26

Now, a final table with these nine poker superstars, before they turn 30, would be one hell of a game that I’d love to watch live from the rails. I know there are many more players out there that could be included in this list, but there are just too many of them to add here.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Because we recently posted a blog about a poker player who seemed to be the luckiest man ever  (January 16th),  we thought it only fair to present the other side of the coin, the unluckiest man. Or at the very least one of the unluckiest players ever to sit in on a game.

This happened at the 2010 World Series Of Poker and we would bet that Matt Affleck will never forget this crazy bad beat. After the other players had folded, it was heads up between Jonathan Duhamel, 22, and Matt Affleck, 23.

Affleck was sitting pretty with pocket aces. Duhamel had pocket jacks. The flop showed the T♦9♣7♥, and the turn a Q♦. Naturally, Affleck shoved all in. Duhamel took his time, but he eventually called . . . two jacks was worth a call. Instead, Duhamel hit the 8♦ on the river, giving him a straight to the Jack. He raked in a pot worth 42 million tournament chips.

Affleck, who was visibly stunned, dropped his head into his hands to hide his tears. You can see his reaction in the video below. He eventually got up and wandered around the casino in a daze, probably wondering if he was the unluckiest man ever to sit at a poker table. Duhamel went on to win all the marbles at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, along with a nice little paycheck of almost nine million dollars.

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