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

Millions of poker fans look forward to the WSOP every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, with the elimination of the November Nine, the live coverage by ESPN (of the Main Event in July) and the promise of streaming coverage throughout by, we were even more excited than usual.

PokerGo Streaming the 2017 WSOPSo, this has been our experience so far. We quickly learned that pokercentral is offering streaming through their new subscription service, PokerGo. That meant we, and millions of others, had to sign up and pay $10 for a month or $99 for a year. Not bad, but not what we had been led to believe. Plus, it took us about six tries to get the code online to match the code on our TV.

Anyway, on our first night trying to watch Day 4 of the most expensive event on the WSOP schedule, the $111,111 HR for One Drop, we finally had to pause it with two hours to go. The final table was stacked with great players and we were pumped to watch the last two hours. Unfortunately, the navigation was totally off the next night so we couldn’t go back to watch the final two hours – all we could find was a 30-minute highlight video.

Doug PolkThe third night (by then we already knew that Polk had beaten Elky in Heads-up play) we figured out the navigation (or PokerGo fixed it; we’ll never know) and we got to watch the handsome Italian, Dario Sammartino bust out in 3rd place, winning $1.6milion, and then the super-charming Doug Polk killing it with some gutsy poker. Second place for Elky was a cool $2.2 mill and Polk won his third WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $3.6+million.

Meanwhile, I just tried to sign into PokerGO on my laptop as I did yesterday and it tells me that no one with that email address (the one we used for the last three days) is a member of PokerGO. Beyond frustrating. On the third try, it must have recognized me and I was in. Nothing streaming live until tonight but that gave me the opportunity to go to their “On Demand” category and catch some fun moments from a few other events.

Abe MosseriI watched Day 4 of what was supposed to be a 3-day event, the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up, mainly because my all-time favorite, “Real Kid Poker” was going for his seventh bracelet against Abe Mosseri. Both love to play mixed games, which puts me at a real disadvantage; I just learned the rules for Texas Hold’em two years ago so these variants confuse the hell outta me. Anyway, it took about ten minutes for Mosseri to win the bracelet, but Negreanu had a second place finish after a third place the day before so he’s still doing incredibly well.

Then I caught some of the $10,000 Heads Up Event – poker in its purest form, where one player survives the single-elimination event with 128 players in the field. The commentators said the heads-up event was one of the most prestigious at the WSOP, so I decided to watch 22-year old Adrian Mateos face off against 42-year old Negreanu on Day 1, right after DNegs had finished playing in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up. This was a really tough first match-up, Daniel didn’t get many good cards and he lost (gracefully and with humor) in the first round.

Adrian MateosOn the other hand, Adrian Mateos went on to knock off five more players to go up against 70-year-old John Smith in the final round. Smith had been the runner-up in this event last year; I watched his Day 3 match against Ryan Riess and could see that he was a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, Smith ultimately lost to Mateos to be runner-up again. And, Mateos’ win made him the youngest player ever to win three bracelets by the age of 22.

PokerGo has great coverage and extremely knowledgeable commentators and after a few initial glitches has worked out well for us. If you want to know all the results of every event, you can go to or No point in us reinventing the wheel!

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

For those of you who haven’t heard the big news yet (think WSOP, not DJT) let me be the first to clue you in.

Do you remember the November Nine? Well, it’s about to be only a memory. Starting now, the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion will be determined in July! No more waiting three months for the players to resume playing for the coveted bracelet. Instead, from day 1 of the main event, ESPN and Poker Central will provide live coverage (on a 30-minute delay per gaming regulations).

This year, the final table will resume after only one day off, which will allow for a Final Table Preview Show to bring fans up to speed and, one assumes, to imbue the requisite hype to the event. Then, the final nine will play down to a champion over the span of three days, from July 20-22. Wow!

ESPN and Poker Central have formed a new partnership regarding the WSOP and have so far agreed to a four-year deal for this updated coverage.The WSOP also noted that any coverage not aired by ESPN will be streamed exclusively through Poker Central’s digital distribution channels.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited by this news! …

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It has been a very exciting World Series of Poker that brought a lot of tears of joy and even more tears of frustration through a total of 69 Events that started May 31 and culminated with the WSOP Main Event Championship.

The final table became a reality yesterday as the last couple of players were eliminated. The well know phrase “so close yet so far away,” will resonate in John Cynn’s mind again and again after he was eliminated in 11th place by Gordon Vayo, who secured his place in the world famous 2016 November Nine. The same phrase is surely going to haunt Josh Weiss – eliminated in 10th place when he went all in for 850,000  with an eight of clubs and ace of diamonds. He was called by Michael Ruane from the small blind and Gordon Vayo from the big blind and Ruane ended up taking the pot with two pairs.

A little more than a week after Event #68: $10,000 MAIN EVENT No-Limit Hold’em Championship started, with more than 6,700 players,
the Final Table is set with the November Nine happily taking a much deserved break. They’ll return to the Rio Hotel and Casino on October 30 and play down to the 2016 WSOP Championship Title, the most coveted WSOP bracelet, and a little spending cash of $8,000,000 bucks.

The November Nine are:

2016 WSOP November Nine

Cliff Josephy 74,600, 000 chips
Qui Nguyen 67,925,000 chips
Gordon Vayo 49,375,000 chips
Kenny Hallaert 43,325,000 chips
Michael Ruane 31,600,000 chips
Vojtech Ruzicka 27,300,000 chips
Griffin Benger 26,175,000 chips
Jerry Wong 10,175,000 chips
Fernando Pons 6,150,000 chips

Now y’all know that all of the November Nine constitute poker’s newest guaranteed millionaires, but for your personal knowledge, the
payout breakdown is as follows:

1st place: $8,000,000
2nd place: $4,658,452
3rd place: $3,451,175
4th place: $2,574,808
5th place: $1,934,579
6th place: $1,463,906
7th place: $1,250,000
8th place: $1,100,000
9th place: $1,000,000

Of course, the pride of winning this particular event is priceless.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

In just two days the 47th Annual World Series of Poker will shuffle up and deal to the first flight of the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event #68. Are you ready for it?

We know that we are more than ready to see who will be this year’s Main Event’s November Nine by July 18th. Then heading to the Final Table at the Rio Hotel and Casino by the end of October. The excitement is already building and if you’re at the Rio now, you can feel it. It’s palpable, and the buzz is loud and clear with everyone anticipating and hoping that their favorite players will be part of the November Nine.

Till then here is what has happened since our last report.

Brandon Shack Harris

Event #51: $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship picked up by Brandon Shack-Harris and takes home his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, not to mention a very sweet $894,300 big dollars.


Andrew LichtenbergerAndrew Lichtenberger finally wraps his hands around his first WSOP gold bracelet by winning Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold’em and pocketing $569,158 to help him keep his new gold bracelet nice and shiny.


Allan LeEvent #53: $1500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8/8; and Big O was taken down by Allan Le after pushing through a field of 668 players. Le takes home his very first gold bracelet along with a bucket full of money adding up to $189,223 and giving him a total of 30 cashes at the WSOP.


Hung Le A 53-year-old amateur from Dayton Ohio, Hung Le, outlasted a field of 6,761 players to win  Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold’em.  Le collected $888,888 and stated “I have five kids.  We are a lower middle class family.  We work hard.  This is life changing money for us.” Obviously this was Le’s first gold bracelet; it was also his first time playing at the WSOP where dreams do come true.

Brian RastEvent #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) championed by Brian Rast, a 34-year-old professional poker player living in Vegas. This marks the second time Rast has won this event and collected a whopping $1,296,097 with this win, and his third gold bracelet to go along with all that money. He now has over five and a half million dollars in WSOP earnings from a total of 29 WSOP cashes.

David PetersEvent #56: $1500 No-Limit Hold’em taken by David Peters from a field of 1,860 players. Peters picked up $412,557 and his first gold bracelet. After 38 cashes at the WSOP this win was a much anticipated and well deserved victory.


David NowakowskiDavid Nowakowski took Event #57: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better after a long three days and nights of battling through a field of 732 entrants. Nowakowski walked away with his first gold bracelet and $203,113 walk around money.


Corey ThompsonEvent #58: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) belonged to Corey Thompson who was the last man standing from a field of 1,397. After picking up his first gold bracelet and $221,163, Thompson stated “My dad taught me so much, he is my hero.”


So that is your latest WSOP Events list of winners as of July 5th with nine more Events to go before our waiting is over and the 47th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event begins. See you all then.

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