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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down live poker events for most of 2020, poker fans quickly realized that the WSOP Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas wasn’t going to happen, at least not the way it always had in the past. Over the summer, the WSOP held a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14. It was very successful, since many more players could compete online without the expenses associated with the usual 101- live event.

2020 World Series of Poker Main Event

Now, it seems that WSOP executives are planning to try a mix of live and online tournaments in a 2020 Main Event. Of course, the thousands of players who competed in the Season Finale this summer thought that was the Main Event, but now there is another one. It is officially called the 51st WSOP 2020 Man Event and will combine online and live poker in the US and internationally. It will be a more traditional event, more closely mimicking the one in Las Vegas each year. It will require a $10K buy-in ($9,600 + $400) and offer no reentries. Players will receive 60K chips and play 30-minute levels.

Unfortunately, players in the United States must be located in either Nevada or New Jersey in order to participate in the tournament on WSOP.com. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 13, noon PST:  Day 1 with 20 levels of play (6 hours of late registration)

Monday, December 14, noon PST:  Day 2 to play down to 9 at the final table

Monday, December 28:  Final table play to a winner

The US final table will play out live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel &Casino in Las Vegas and be filmed by ESPN. However, if any player tests positive for Covid-19 prior to play, it will disqualify that person from competing at the final table. That person will receive ninth-place money.

For more details, check out the Player’s Guide at wsop.com/online-players-guide/?sf239998309=1

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Pocket Bullets Paris

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

A lot has happened at the 2018 WSOP in the last few days. Another nine events have been completed but it is still far from over. In fact, there are still another 16 events to go with several of them being two, three or more day-events including, of course, the main event which has already begun and will continue until a new Champion is crowned. Here are the latest bracelet winners:

Diogo Veiga Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Portugal’s Diogo Veiga ran away with this event stuffing his pockets with $522,715 and a brand new, shiny gold bracelet for defeating a field of 1,020 entries.

 

 

Giuseppe Pantaleo - Nikita Luther

Event #55: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em After a long hard-fought battle, the winning tag team was Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther. After taking down a field of 1,032 players, Giuseppe and Nikita both grabbed two coveted gold bracelets and $177,805 to split between them.

 

Calvin Anderson

Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship was taken away by Calvin Anderson who battled his way through a field of 119 hungry players. Anderson made his way through the crowds, smiling and showing off his second WSOP bracelet, to the cage to collect a nice fat check for $309,220.

Jessica DawleyEvent #57: $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship Took a long time, but finally, after a full three days of play, Jessica Dawley grabbed up her first gold bracelet and a very nice first-prize of $130,230.

 

Jean-Robert BellandeEvent #58: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Jean-Robert Bellande smiled broadly to take his picture after defeating a field of 621 and taking his first bracelet and a hefty total of $616,302.

 

Mike TakayamaEvent #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Mike Takayama made his way through a tough field of 2,065 players to take all the marbles home, including his first bracelet and $198,568 for his troubles.

 

Phil GalfondEvent #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Phil Galfond takes his third WSOP Gold bracelet along with $567,788 first prize money to help with all the expenses of bringing a new baby home sometime in Dec 2018. Congrats Phil and Farah.

 

Ryan TosocEvent #61: $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship Ryan “Toosick” Tosoc defeated Anthony ‘Flawlessbink’ Maio to take away his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $238,778.

 

Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed – $888,888 Guaranteed 1st Place – Still being played

Chance KornuthEvent #63: $3,200 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em High Roller was conquered by Chance “BingShui” Kornuth after running through 480 other players and defeating David “bewater” Goodman heads up to take home a WSOP gold bracelet and a very nice $341,598.

 

Stay tuned. We still have another 16 or so final tables to go in the 49th World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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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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