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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Many of our faithful followers know that we have been longtime Daniel Negreanu fans. We love watching him play, with that uncanny ability he has for “knowing” what cards his opponents are holding. We loved his documentary, “Kid Poker” which revealed everything we wanted to know about the man and the legend he became. I always enjoyed his video blogs (Vlogs) during the World Series, when he would invite us all into his life as he explained various poker moves he had made that day, or showed us his exercise routine or how much he  loved playing with his adorable doggies.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisWe were mesmerized watching as his romance with Amanda Leatherman blossomed into marriage in 2019 and of course, we loved it when Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, aka my husband, met DNegs at the WSOP and, after chatting with him for a while gave him a signed copy of his memoir, “Them Changes.”

 

With poker news being a bit slim during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been blogging a little less often. But since Kid Poker decided to try to draw some attention to it, we decided to go along for the ride. In a Tweet on Friday, the Poker Hall of Famer put a challenge out that he would win a bracelet in 2020. He also stated that it didn’t matter if it were the online version of the event or, if it happens, the physical version in Las Vegas.

He spelled out the rules: “I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020,” he stated.  This includes the upcoming “online” WSOP in Nevada and New Jersey or during the run that will be held on GGPoker. Negreanu also includes a caveat that, if there are tournaments held this fall in Las Vegas under the WSOP banner (still a possibility), that those too would be included in the bet. “Tough to win against huge online fields,” Negreanu teased as he looked for action.”Will bet up to $1 million. There have already been a bunch of takers, although at first glance it might seem foolish to bet against Negreanu, considering he just missed winning the 2019 Player of the Year and won it in 2018. However, the Kid hasn’t won a bracelet since 2013. Would you bet against him? We wouldn’t.

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Just think about it, if you make the right bet with him you might win enough to get yourself a poker table like this one with your winnings. Good luck.

 

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most poker fans assumed, The 51st Annual World Series of Poker, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26 from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has officially announced its postponement as a result of COVID-19. It is among the last of the major sporting events to do so, hoping to make up the event in the fall of 2020. Of course, the exact dates are to be determined.

2020 WSOP Postponed

“We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”

Changes are anticipated in the length of the 2020 WSOP schedule as a result of the postponement. Once details are finalized the revised schedule will be announced.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I know my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, along with many of our poker-playing friends, as well as poker fans and Texas Poker Store customers, start to get a little jittery in March until the Event Schedule for the upcoming World Series of Poker has been finalized. That’s when they start making their travel plans, and checking to see who they can meet up with at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That’s also when they start getting curious and want to read up on any changes (hopefully improvements) they’ll encounter at the 51st Annual WSOP, set to run from May 26th to July 15th. They don’t want any surprises.

2020 World Series of Poker

Fortunately, the WSOP has addressed the registration process first, in an effort to ease congestion and speed up wait times. For the first time at the WSOP, in-person registration and payouts for events will be separated into different rooms, allowing for more stations to be added to both areas, something that’s been very much needed. As WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster. We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”

With regard to registering, the main registration area remains in the Tropical Ballroom, near the back end of the Rio Convention Center, with more stations added to both the main registration cage and the VIP cage. All guests will need to present a valid picture I.D. such as a state-issued driver’s license license or country-issued passport in order to obtain the required Caesars Rewards loyalty card to enter any WSOP event.

The Payout Office will be located next to the registration area in the Palma Ballroom (formerly the Media Center) Anyone who has funds to collect also needs to bring their valid ID, their Caesars Rewards card and any relevant banking/wiring information if necessary, to the ballroom in order to expedite the transaction times. If you are lucky enough to be receiving funds, you can choose your preferred method of payment, including cash, wire transfer, casino chips or have it deposited in your Personal Tournament Account.

In our next blog we will tell you all about the WSOP Tournament Account, online registration for event selection and self-service kiosks for selecting your seat at the tables. It’s all a bit more hi-tech than before, but don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of time to get it right!

Make sure to hit as many poker tables as you can and practice, practice, and practice some more to perfect your poker game before heading to the WSOP. I know my husband is already practicing. Hope to see you all there.

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Time to continue with our highlights of the 50th annual World Series of Poker, as relayed to us by our friends straight from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas:

Roman Korenev


Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em Marathon
was taken down by Roman Korenev after a long 6-day battle to pick up his first gold bracelet and a hefty $477,401.

 

 

Michael Mizrachi
Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Michael Mizrachi walked away with his 5th bracelet and a nice $142,801.

 

 

Stephen Song
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Stephen Song fought like a true WSOP warrior to wrap his first gold bracelet around his wrist, and $341,854 to celebrate with his rail.

 

 

Greg Mueller
Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Greg Mueller took down a field of 172 players and walked away with an impressive $425,347 and his third WSOP bracelet.

 

 

Luis Zedan


Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
after a long arduous four days, Luis Zedan, with a giant smile, won the battle and picked up $236,673 and his first gold bracelet.

 

 

Thomas Cazayous
Event #31: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
known by his opponents as the the “Silent Assassin,” Thomas Cazayous won the battle and took home $414,766 and his first bracelet.

 

 

Howard Mash
Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship
was crushed by Howard Mash to win his first bracelet and $662,594 after defeating a field of 5,916 players.

 

 

No report as of yet for Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw

 

Joseph CheongEvent #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em After years and years of playing professionally, Joseph Cheong picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet by taking down a field of more than 6,200 eager competitors and added to his already healthy bank account a fat $687,782.

 

 

Adam Friedman
Event #35: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship
Adam Friedman walked away with his third gold bracelet and $312,417.  Plus, he joined the back-to-back winners club by defending his 2018 title for the same event.

 

 

David Lambard
Event #36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout
David Lambard was all smiles when he knocked out the last of his opponents from a field of 313 entries to pick up his first bracelet and the tidy sum of $207,193.

 

 

Robert Mitchell
Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
was taken by Robert Mitchell giving him his first WSOP gold bracelet and a first place prize of $297,537 for his pocket aces.

 

 

Event #39 $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em still playing.

 

Ismael BojangEvent #40: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Ismael Bojang ran through a field of 1,216 anxious players to win his very first WSOP gold bracelet and $298,507 to add to his previous 10 cashes in the 2019 WSOP and to his 75th cash in professional poker.

 

 

There were also a couple of ONLINE tourneys that were conquered by the following digital gamblers:

Event #38: WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty Upeshka ‘gomezhamburg’ De Silva won $100,262.72.

Event #46: $500 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Dan ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo knocked everyone out to win $145,273.90.

So there you have it.  After 23 days of the 50th WSOP,  there has already been more than $13,750,407 dollars paid just to the first place winners, and naturally a whole lot more to all who were lucky enough to make it past the bubbles.

Stay tuned for our next report from the floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the meantime, come visit us at the Texas Poker Store.

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