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

Each year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowns a Player of the Year (POY). I must admit that in the past, I haven’t paid much attention to who won, but this year was different. I knew my all-time favorite poker player, “Kid Poker” himself, was in the running; he entered the WSOP Europe in third place for the coveted title.

Daniel Negranu WSOP Player of the Year 2019Going into the Colossus, the final event of WSOP-E, the title was still up for grabs with four players vying for the POY title:  Daniel Negreanu, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb and Anthony Zinno.  In the end, however, with no one able to surpass his point total, Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

The 2019 Player of the Year race included all open bracelet events of the 2019 calendar year, including events at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (May 28 – July 16) and WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (Oct 15-Nov 4).

One could say that Negreanu had himself a helluva good year.He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event and cashed an amazing 17 times at the WSOP in Vegas. But perhaps his favorite event of 2019 had little to do with poker.
Wedding Day for Daniel and Amanda
On May 17, 2019, Kid Poker married the love of his life, Amanda Leatherman, in Palos Verdes, California, surrounded by family, friends and numerous poker stars. What an incredible year!

Hope to see you soon at the Poker Tables, maybe you can be next year’s POY!

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We all know how good a poker player Daniel Negreanu is, but how many of you knew that he has a huge advantage because he is also a psychic? Watch this little video where he is playing against Jerry Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Daniel actually calls for an 8 of diamonds and a jack of diamonds and gets them both on the turn and the river to beat Buss with a straight flush against his ace high flush.

When I saw this my immediate thought was that I would give up any of my poker chip sets to become a poker psychic. And my second thought was to never ever play against Daniel Negreanu. How about you; are you a poker psychic? What would you give up to become the Edgar Cayce of the Poker World?

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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 ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Another eight events have now been completed at the 49th Annual WSOP and $3,716,140 of first prize money was picked up by the following bracelet winners for 2018.

Starting with Events #43 and #46  which had not been completed in time for our last report of the action going down at the Rio Hotel and Casino:

Timur Margolin Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by a new champion, Timur Margolin from Israel, and he gladly posed for his obligatory bracelet-holding photo before making his way to the cage to pick up his winnings of $507,274.

 

David BrookshireEvent #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was completed after a long and hard battle that was eventually won by David Brookshire, who now adds his first WSOP Gold Bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit Ring. Oh yeah, he also took home $214,291 to party with.

Tommy NguyenEvent #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK belongs to Tommy Nguyen, the first Canadian to take home gold, and the ninth millionaire crowned at this year’s WSOP. After a long and somewhat anxiety-ridden battle, Nguyen walked away with a sweet $1,037,451. Not bad for a $1,500.00 investment.

Loren KleinEvent #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship Loren Klein made it three in a row after destroying three-time WSOP bracelet winner Rep Porter. Klein walked away with not only his third bracelet in as many years, but also took home a massive $1,018,336.

 

Jay KwonEvent #50: $1,500 Razz was conquered by Razz Specialist Jay Kwon, who has stated that Razz is his favorite game. Kwon takes home the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $125,431.

 

Ryan LengEvent #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty was swept up by Ryan Leng for his very first WSOP gold bracelet along with a very juicy check for $272,765.

 

 

Scott SeiverEvent #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Scott Seiver, who has done so much in poker that he has earned the right to boast. After winning more than $23 million in live tournaments, he now takes home his second bracelet and adds another $296,222 to his war chest.

Joey CoudenEvent #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better even though “Kid Poker” (our “Queen of Hearts” Paris’s favorite player) did not make it all the way, we still watched until the very end when Joey Couden bested Bruno Fitoussi to take home his first WSOP Gold Bracelet and a fat paycheck of $244,370 to put a smile on his face.

First place winnings now top 14 million dollars with lots more coming. You still have time to go get your piece of the pie, and maybe even make it to a final table. Good luck.

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