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

I know that for many, the appeal of the Main Event at the WSOP is that anyone who has the $10,000 buy-in or who qualifies by winning a satellite tournament can become the next world champion and walk away with $8.15 million. You know, the “Moneymaker Effect.”

If you’re playing as an amateur or a typical grinder in the Main Event, knowing that anyone can win is what gives you hope. But if you’re like me, and you’re a fan, watching the 2017 WSOP live, you might feel a bit let down.

Most of the poker superstars I love to watch have already been eliminated. My favorite, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, busted on Day 2, as did Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand “Elky”Grospellier.

Then on Day 3, before the money bubble burst, even more big poker names had been busted, including 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, 2-time Main Event winner Johnny Chan, Brian Rast, Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Rainer Kempe and three more of my favorites, Jason Mercier, Doug Polk and last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.

At the time of this writing on Day 4, there are 626 players remaining in the hunt out of the original 7,221, including two previous Main Event finalists, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert. Chip leaders include: Ibrahim Nasief, 2,200,000; Eugene Kotlyarevskiy, 1,970,000; Nick Maimone, 1,910,000; Mickey Craft, 1,820,000; Damien Salas, 1,800,000; David Woo, 1,800,000 and so on. By the time I finished my list, it had changed four times! If you want the very latest chip count, you can check it our yourself at the WSOP website.

In the meantime I’m waiting for the “Final Table” as we’re sure most poker fans and enthusiasts are.

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Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

What do you think? Should poker players stay out of politics?

If you’re like me, then you believe that poker players, just like actors, well-known athletes and others in the public eye, have just as much right to express their political opinions as any other citizens. Still, I have met Kid Poker and the Poker Brat on a few occasions at the WSOP over the last few years and neither  gave me the impression that they might be in the slightest bit interested in politics. But I was as wrong about that as I would be trying to beat either of them at their own game. In fact, DNegs has been very vocal, especially on Twitter, about his progressive leanings.

So I wasn’t surprised to see that Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu both have their opinions about the current race for the White House, and they are not shy about expressing them.

Daniel Negreanu and PoliticsDaniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, a Clinton supporter, was quick to state “The key is, she has to hit him where it hurts so he gets off-track and reckless,” Negreanu said to Wired. “Then she can just sit back and say, ‘See?'” .

“The first debate should be a feeler debate, a chance for both candidates to see how it goes, look at the polling and pundits and adjust for the second debate,” Negreanu continued. “If you’re doing poorly after both of the first debates, then number three is the time to go all in.”

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Phil Hellmuth PoliticsPhil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth gave both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump high grades in their first heads-up debate.

“Trump played the outsider card really well,” said Hellmuth to TheStreet. “He kept highlighting the fact that we made a lot of deals that cost us a lot of money. People are sensitive to money issues. It’s like their cousin who screwed them in a deal or their friend or the cable company.”

“I think she did a great job — attacking was smart for her. I think she highlighted Trump’s lack of experience and the temperament stuff was effective. She did a really good job of attacking those two things. Trump is going to attack her much more heavily in the next debate.

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Now, while I believe that politics has no place at the poker tables, it’s refreshing to see that both of these Poker Superstars are paying attention to much more than the cards they’re dealt.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We know it is still way too early to predict the outcome of this year’s Main Event at the WSOP but that’s no reason not to cheer for your favorites, that is if they’re still in it. It’s no secret that we here at the Texas Poker Store have several favorites, including last year’s winner Ryan “The Beast” Riese, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu with six World Series of Poker bracelets, Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth with thirteen World Series of Poker bracelets, and of course the Phenom himself, the Ivey Leaguer, the Tiger Woods of Poker Phil Ivey with ten World Series of Poker bracelets.

Ivey is now looking good at this year’s Main Event, holding the lead and advancing to Day 3 as the overall chip leader with a nice stack of 505,000 chips. So although it is still way too early, we are certainly excited for him and cheering him on ….

Here are the current top ten chip leaders going into Day 3:
Ivey Leaguer - Phil Ivey1. Phil Ivey – 505,000
2. Timothy Stansifer – 481,500
3. Raul Mestre – 477,900
4. Thomas Cannuli – 407,800
5. Morgan Popham – 407,600
6. Tony Ruberto – 402,700
7. Joe Kuether – 401,200
8. Peter Neff – 389,200
9. Isaac Baron – 387,200
10. Steve Tripp – 380,400

Good Luck to all – but specially our man, Phil Ivey.

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vinny-with-shades2Confessions of a Grinder

At a poker table, there is no better feeling than looking at a pair of queens. The third best hand in poker. Queens do exist in real life, too. Today, Texas Poker Store salutes two beautiful queens of poker– Jim’s wife, Lynn Paris, and my wife, Kaustavi Sarkar.  Lynn is a communications coordinator in the division of marketing and communications at Texas A&M University, College Station, and a prolific writer. Kaustavi is a PhD student at Ohio State University, Columbus, and a successful Indian Classical dancer. These women aren’t poker players. Other than being two gorgeous, successful, hardworking, proud citizens of the free world, they are wives, friends, partners in crime, and most importantly – an inspiration to people like Jim Paris and me – who are in the poker business.

Lynn Paris Kaustavi Sarkar Poker Queens

Here are some other women who have stood by poker players throughout their vicissitudes.

Luise Brunson
Luise Brunson, wife of “Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson
Katherine Sanborn
Katherine Sanborn, wife of Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth
Aidiliy Mizrachi
Aidiliy Mizrachi, wife of Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
Julie Nguyen
Julie Nguyen, wife of Scotty “The Train” Nguyen









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