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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Lots of things can happen in five days at the Annual World Series of Poker. You will certainly see tons of unhappy, maybe disgruntled, perhaps even angry players who didn’t make cash. Then you look around and realize that other players are walking around grinning from ear to ear and making b-lines to the cashier to collect their winnings.

And then there are the few who walk away with their brand new WSOP bracelets, Poker Championship titles, and huge fat paychecks. Below is a list of the last nine players who are showing off their new sparkling gold bracelets:

Roberly Felicio Roberly Felicio knocked down Event #7: COLOSSUS – $565 No-Limit Hold’em. In a tough, long battle Felicio was finally able to defeat Sang Liu heads-up for the coveted bracelet, his first, plus an extraordinarily hefty check for $1,000,000.

Johannes BeckerEvent #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball was conquered by Johannes Becker. After busting out of the $100,000 High Roller Event, Becker smiled brightly for the cameras as he pocketed $180,455 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Paul VolpeEvent #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ended with Paul Volpe taking home his third WSOP bracelet, plus a tidy little sum of $417,921 to add to his previous poker winnings.

Event #10: $365 ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em – Won by William “Twooopair” Raymond who can claim the first “Online” bracelet of 2018 and drops $154,996 into his growing bank account. (No image of Raymond available)

Event #11: PLO GIANT – $365 Pot-Limit Omaha – Still being played.

Jeremy Harkin Jeremy Harkin won Event #12: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed and finally realized his dream of winning a bracelet. Harkin takes home, not only his first bracelet, but a healthy $129,882.

Benjamin MoonEvent #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was finally crushed by Benjamin Moon after a long battle that ended when Romain Lewis jammed with A-d – 2 – d and Moon snapped called with A- c – J- s. Moon takes home his first WSOP bracelet and the sweet sum of $315,346.

Daniel OspinaEvent #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw belonged to Daniel Ospina after running through a field of 260 players to grab up his first WSOP bracelet and $87,678.

Andrey ZhigalovEvent #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. saw Andrey Zhigalov take down a field of 731 to bring home his first bracelet along with $202,787 to add to his previous $350,000 career poker tournament winnings.

Justin BonomoFinally for now; Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship was yanked away from 114 players by none other than Justin Bonomo, a young 32-year-old who is having a phenomenal 2018, having so far amassed 0ver $14 million in winnings. Bonomo takes home his second bracelet, and another $185,965 to add to the vast fortune already earned this year.

Although it is only June 10 as of this writing, $6,446,939 has already being awarded to the 13 bracelet winners and with all ready more than 30.5 million dollars in prize money paid out by the 49th Annual World Series of Poker thus far, there is still a lot more coming from the 49th Annual WSOP poker tables.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

First things first. Our friend James Alexander, who finished 19th in the 2013 Main Event, finished in sixth place out of a sizeable field of 2,242 players in Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em.  This marked his fourth WSOP cash.  Although it was not as big as his Main Event winnings ($285,408), he still pocketed a very nice $58,758. The Flying Walrus in McAllen, Texas

Go James; I’m expecting at least one round of drinks at The Flying Walrus.

Now to pick up where we left off a few days ago. We left off at Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed which was wrapped up by Jean “Prince” Gaspard. So here we go, straight from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Vegas.

Ryan LaPlanteEvent #12: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
Ryan LaPlante, a 26-year-old poker pro from Brainerd, MN.,  collected $190,328 in prize money and his very first gold bracelet, making this one of the biggest wins of his career.  Event #12 ended up being his respectable 18th time to make the payouts at the WSOP. This was a record setting event with a huge total of 2,483 entrants which, of course, became the biggest Pot-Limit Omaha competition ever, at least in live poker history.

Reb PorterEvent #13: $1500 Seven Card Razz
Rep Porter, a poker pro from Woodinville, WA, won his third bracelet and entered into the exclusive three gold bracelet club.  Porter collected $142,624 in prize money by hanging strong during the fierce battles in the field of 461 entries.

Jason DeWittEvent #14: $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em
A professional poker player from San Diego, CA, Jason DeWitt, defeated a field of 7,190 entrants. DeWitt walked away with $1,065,403, plus his 2nd bracelet. He was quoted as saying “To win a tournament with a 7,000-player field is just insane. It’s just incredible.”

Paul VolpeEvent #15: $1500 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
Paul Volpe conquered a field of 491 players and collected $149,943 in prize money, and his 2nd bracelet. Although winning any event is extremely satisfying, Volpe stated ““Honestly, the first win was more meaningful. It was on such a bigger stage because it was heads-up versus Daniel Negreanu.  There were so many more people sweating that one.  But this is also special because it’s Eight-Game Mix, which is very hard to do.  So, this one means a lot, but in a different way.”

Jason MercierEvent #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
Jason Mercier ran over a field of only 100 players and became the newest member of poker’s elite four gold bracelet club. He became the 39th player in history with four or more WSOP titles to his name. Mercier collected $273,335 in prize money along with his fourth bracelet.

Chase BianchiEvent #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em
Chase Bianchi took down his premier WSOP cash, taking home a nice big paycheck for $316,920 and the much coveted gold bracelet to go along with it. This event recorded a total of 2,242 players. This is also the event that our friend, James Alexander, cashed out in 6th place.

Marco JohnsonEvent #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E.
Marco Johnson. a professional poker player from Walnut Creek, CA, roped in the win of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. This event lasted three days and nights. Johnson picked up $259,730 in prize money and his second gold bracelet by crushing a field of 400 hungry players.

Sam SoverelEvent #19: $1000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Sam Soverel, a professional poker player from West Palm Beach, FL, with more than two million dollars in total winnings, triumphed in this event consisting of a field of 1,106. Soverel raked in $185,317 in prize money and his very own first gold bracelet.

Ray DehKharghaniEvent #20: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Ray Dehkharghani walked off with all the marbles after trashing  Jason Mercier and a field of 100 hopeful players. Dehkharghani collected $273,338 in prize money and danced away with his first WSOP gold bracelet. This exciting tourney attracted 100 entrants.

We are now at better than $21 million paid out so far with still about 49 events to go. Y’all need to take your place at your local poker tables and practice, practice, practice, that is if you want a slice of the WSOP annual pie.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We have already reported on Events #1 through #6, so here is what happened at Events #7 through #15:

Tuan LeEvent #7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Low-ball Championship showed us Tuan Le repeating his last year’s triumph over the same event. Le takes home $322,756 top prize while picking up his second gold bracelet.

Paul MichalisEvent #8: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em was scooped up by Paul Michaelis, giving him a nice pay-check of $189,818 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.


Max PescatoriEvent #9: $1,500 Razz was ruled by poker pro Max Pescatori, winning $155,947, his third WSOP gold bracelet and making this his 46th WSOP cash.


Keith LehrEvent #10: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship saw Keith Lehr walking off with $334,430 in first-place prize money as well as his second WSOP gold bracelet.


William Kakon

Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em was taken by William Kakon, giving him a sweet little pay-day of $196,055, his first gold bracelet and his 7th WSOP cash.


Idan RavivEvent #12 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed belonged to Idan Raviv, who triumphed over this tournament, taking home a fat check of $457,007 and his first gold bracelet.


Konstantin Maslak

Event #13: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was mastered by Russian Chess Grandmaster, Konstantin Maslak, winning $269,612 and his first gold bracelet.


Barry Hutter

Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout was won by Barry Hutter, who took home $283,546 plus a brand new shiny WSOP gold bracelet while marking off his 14th WSOP cash.


Shaun Deeb

Event #15: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship was conquered by Shaun Deeb, a High-Stakes Poker Pro, who defeated Paul Vope to take home $318,857 plus his first WSOP gold bracelet.

That was Paul Volpe’s second time to fall just a little short of the mark and ending in second-place at this year’s WSOP. The gold bracelet slipped through Volpe’s fingers in Event #15 and in Event #10 when Keith Lehr defeated him. Nevertheless, I would say that Volpe had enough winnings, just slightly more than $400K, to drown away the sorrow of being left in second place not once but twice at this very exciting WSOP. Just goes to show you that anything can and will happen at the tables.

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Day 5 of the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker features a battle that began when an old poker warrior, who started playing in the WSOP in the 70s, directed the dealers to “shuffle up and deal.”  Three- time bracelet winner, 76-year-old Perry Green, of Anchorage, Alaska, then took seat 5 at table 375 with 304,000 in chips.

As of this writing at 5:20 pm central time, the top three players are all holding more than 3 million in chips, with Pennsylvania’s Paul Volpe, sitting at table 401, in the lead with 3,550,000 in chips. Volpe is only ahead by 150,000 in chips with nearest competitor, Robert Corcione,  holding 3,400,000.

We are glad to see a few familiar faces still hanging on; 2011 November Niner,  Sam Holden, is at table 394 with 1,060,000 in chips and sitting at table 405 with  495,000 in chips is Daniel Negreanu, just to name  a couple. There are only 216 players left out of the original field of 6,598 and every one of them will cash out with the first 48 eliminated today getting a sweet little payday of $38,453 for their finishes.


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