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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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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

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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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
So here we are a few days into the 2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker and the first bracelet has already been picked up!

Brian Green, who has been playing poker since 1984, topped a field of 204 runners to win Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty for $345,669 and his first gold bracelet.

This win came only three months after he relocated from Texas to Las Vegas. After spending some 100 days per year for at least the last 20 years coming to Vegas, he finally made the jump and moved to Vegas and as he stated, he now enjoys a home court advantage.

Green had more than $3 million in lifetime earnings prior to this victory. Including last September, when he finished runner-up to David Peters in the 2018 Poker Masters Event #1: $10,000 NLH for $138,000, he also took home $1,117,923 for finishing fifth in the 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop.

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Brian Green United States $345,669
2 Ali Imsirovic United States $213,644
3 Asher Conniff United States $145,097
4 Loren Klein United States $100,775
5 Ping Liu United States $71,614
6 Daniel Negreanu Canada $52,099
7 Martijn Gerrits The Netherlands $38,823
8 Zachary Clark United States $29,650
9 Cary Katz United States $23,224

Where any of you there to see Green’s smiling face after taking down a field of 214 eager players that included one of our favorite players at any poker table, the newly married Daniel Negreanu?

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The 49th Annual World Series of Poker  ran from May 30 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it has now come to an end.  There were a record 78 bracelet events and more than $267 million dollars paid out in prize money from all 78 events. We have had a lot of up and down emotions throughout our reports. We will conclude this series with our final coverage of this year’s spectacular series closing with none other than The Big One For One Drop.

Joe CadaEvent #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee – Joe Cada, who came in 5th at the Main Event’s final table, went on to win “The Closer” for his second bracelet of this series. This makes it a total of four bracelets for Cada, who not only bagged a lot of chips at this year’s WSOP but undoubtedly bagged a lot of new fans as well.

 

Justin Bonomo Event #78: The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em  Twenty-Seven High Roller players dropped a million dollars each for the chance to take home some of the $24,840,000 prize pool. But at the end it was Justin Bonomo who triumphed and picked up the win and with that, took over the top spot on the all-time money list of Poker Winnings. Bonomo earned  a very very sweet $10 million after a heads-up battle with Fedor Holz (who had to settle for $6 million) That win put his total cashes at just under $43 million, surpassing the long-time top money earner, our favorite, Daniel Negreanu ($39,656,197).

Now we all have to get back to our normal daily routines until next year, when the sure to be historic 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker is celebrated. The remaining questions  would be; Will we see you there? Will you get to a final table?

The 49th World Series of Poker Bracelet

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