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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Another eight events have now been completed at the 49th Annual WSOP and $3,716,140 of first prize money was picked up by the following bracelet winners for 2018.

Starting with Events #43 and #46  which had not been completed in time for our last report of the action going down at the Rio Hotel and Casino:

Timur Margolin Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by a new champion, Timur Margolin from Israel, and he gladly posed for his obligatory bracelet-holding photo before making his way to the cage to pick up his winnings of $507,274.


David BrookshireEvent #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was completed after a long and hard battle that was eventually won by David Brookshire, who now adds his first WSOP Gold Bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit Ring. Oh yeah, he also took home $214,291 to party with.

Tommy NguyenEvent #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK belongs to Tommy Nguyen, the first Canadian to take home gold, and the ninth millionaire crowned at this year’s WSOP. After a long and somewhat anxiety-ridden battle, Nguyen walked away with a sweet $1,037,451. Not bad for a $1,500.00 investment.

Loren KleinEvent #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship Loren Klein made it three in a row after destroying three-time WSOP bracelet winner Rep Porter. Klein walked away with not only his third bracelet in as many years, but also took home a massive $1,018,336.


Jay KwonEvent #50: $1,500 Razz was conquered by Razz Specialist Jay Kwon, who has stated that Razz is his favorite game. Kwon takes home the much coveted WSOP gold bracelet and $125,431.


Ryan LengEvent #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty was swept up by Ryan Leng for his very first WSOP gold bracelet along with a very juicy check for $272,765.



Scott SeiverEvent #52: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship was won by Scott Seiver, who has done so much in poker that he has earned the right to boast. After winning more than $23 million in live tournaments, he now takes home his second bracelet and adds another $296,222 to his war chest.

Joey CoudenEvent #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better even though “Kid Poker” (our “Queen of Hearts” Paris’s favorite player) did not make it all the way, we still watched until the very end when Joey Couden bested Bruno Fitoussi to take home his first WSOP Gold Bracelet and a fat paycheck of $244,370 to put a smile on his face.

First place winnings now top 14 million dollars with lots more coming. You still have time to go get your piece of the pie, and maybe even make it to a final table. Good luck.

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While my partner in crime, and all else, Queen of Hearts Paris takes a small break from blogging about all the excitement going on right now with the GPL (Global Poker League), I thought I would jump in here and give you an update on the 2016 WSOP (World Series of Poker) which is due to start in just over two weeks from now, on May 31 and will run (as usual) to July 18, 2016 and then back  in November for the  battle of the year; the November Nine Final Table. I know that we’re ready, are you?Jim "Pocket Bullets" Paris

Many of you know that I journey to Las Vegas every year to check out all the action that will eventually lead to the Main Event’s final nine players by the middle of July. I’m sure some of you might see me this year at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Every year’s WSOP has never been short on excitement, battles have been fought at every event, each and every player hoping to grab the gold ring, in their case the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisDuring my annual journey to the WSOP I have met a lot of the professional players while enjoying their game, and even tried reading their tells (if any) at the poker tables. Last year’s road to the final table of the Main Event featured some familiar faces, some of which I was able to meet and even had time to hang with for a brief time.

During a very short break I met Daniel Negreanu and had just enough time to compliment him and unashamedly confess that he was our favorite player. I told him that I had just written and published my memoirs as a Rock and Roll producer in a past lifetime and asked if he would mind snapping a quick photo of us together with him holding my book  “Them Changes.”

Max Steinberg with Jim ParisI also had the privilege of briefly meeting Max Steinberg,  who was and is not only a great player but a total gentleman. He not only made it to the Final Nine but actually took 4th place at the November Nine Final Table and walked away with a fat check in the amount of $2,615,361.

Phil Hellmuth with Jim ParisThere have been a lot of players whom I have studied all through the years, read their books, watched their instructional videos, but few are as intense as Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth. And, indeed, he may be “The Poker Brat” for his temperamental personality. But after winning 14 WSOP gold bracelets I think anyone could easily turn into some form of spoiled brat.

And now it’s that time of the year again, when amateur and professional players prepare for the ultimate poker battle, the 2016 World Series of Poker. Good luck y’all, hope to see you there.

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Queen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris   

It’s hard to believe, but the Global Poker League, the creation of Alexandre Dreyfus that began as a concept to shake up the poker world three years ago, is about to embark on its first GPL season tomorrow, April 5th. Although not drawing quite as much attention as the start of the MLB season, every poker-related site has been covering GPL- news steadily since the 12 teams and their team managers were announced, and USA Today is now covering the league in their sport’s section.

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The GPL’s inaugural draft, live-streamed on, more than lived up to its hype and the suspense that built up before each team’s wildcard picks has kept social media buzzing. It’s clear to me that each of the team managers has not only totally bought into the “poker as a team sport” concept but, more importantly, understands and embraces his or her role as “chief marketing officer and brand ambassador” for their team.

So far, only two team managers (Andre Akkari for the Sao Paulo Metropolitans and Phillip Gruissem for the Berlin Bears) decided NOT to play themselves and chose to name two wildcard players. We’ll fill you in on the remaining wildcard picks as they are revealed

As this series continues, we’ll explore many of the nuances of the league as well as some of the unknowns that are yet to be grappled with. For the time being, however, we know that there will be three online-match days per week every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – either 6-Max matches or Heads-Up matches.

The following is the general schedule announced by the GPL:

  • The GPL Regular Season: April 5th, 2016 –September 22nd, 2016 – Three match days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • The GPL Summer Series: June 6th, 2016 –July 8th, 2016 – 33 days of daily heads-up battles filmed live on location in GPL’s Las Vegas studio.
  • The GPL Playoffs: (Dates TBA) – The Global Poker League’s Final Eight play for one of four places in the final.
  • The GPL Finals: November 22nd-23rd, 2016 – Live from London at the SSE Arena, Wembley Stadium, where the first ever GPL Champion will be crowned.

Go to for a more detailed schedule.

TPS Poker ChipsAs the season progresses, we’ll do our best to keep you informed about each of the teams so you can begin to identify your favorite team and become a fan. Of course, all the action will be carried online and live-streamed on along with live commentary delivered by online legends Sam Grafton and Griffin Benger. Get on board, poker players! Poker Chips begin flying on Tuesday. It’s going to be an exciting ride.

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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

In fact, just 1,140 entries (.0088%) of the 13+ million who entered the ESPN Tournament Challenge had the correct Final Four teams. And, the chances of anyone choosing 10th-seed Syracuse, a team that barely made it to the dance, were beyond slim, except for the die-hard Cuse fans that may have filled out a wishful thinking bracket.

Talk about an unlikely Final Four! In case you’ve been under a rock, you know by now that there is only one #1 seed, University of North Carolina, playing in the Final Four. UNC will face Syracuse, and since nothing seems impossible in this extremely mad March, the Cuse could come from behind, as they have throughout the tourney, to move on to the National Championship.

Two #2 seeds will also face off: Oklahoma and Villanova. Only 4.6% of the 13 million brackets picked both teams to make the Final Four.

Poker table from the Texas Poker StoreWe have a far better chance of winning big at the poker tables than attempting to predict who will win the National Championship, so let’s all just sit back and enjoy the dancing.

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