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Each year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowns a Player of the Year (POY). I must admit that in the past, I haven’t paid much attention to who won, but this year was different. I knew my all-time favorite poker player, “Kid Poker” himself, was in the running; he entered the WSOP Europe in third place for the coveted title.

Daniel Negranu WSOP Player of the Year 2019Going into the Colossus, the final event of WSOP-E, the title was still up for grabs with four players vying for the POY title:  Daniel Negreanu, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb and Anthony Zinno.  In the end, however, with no one able to surpass his point total, Negreanu was crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year.

The 2019 Player of the Year race included all open bracelet events of the 2019 calendar year, including events at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (May 28 – July 16) and WSOP Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (Oct 15-Nov 4).

One could say that Negreanu had himself a helluva good year.He cashed six times at WSOP Europe prior to the Colossus event and cashed an amazing 17 times at the WSOP in Vegas. But perhaps his favorite event of 2019 had little to do with poker.
Wedding Day for Daniel and Amanda
On May 17, 2019, Kid Poker married the love of his life, Amanda Leatherman, in Palos Verdes, California, surrounded by family, friends and numerous poker stars. What an incredible year!

Hope to see you soon at the Poker Tables, maybe you can be next year’s POY!

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We been asked many time who we thought were the best WSOP poker players for a particular year. There are way too many players we have followed who are serious contenders to make our personal list. Nevertheless, we thought you would appreciate learning who has in fact made it to the top of the hill to be considered the best of the best WSOP Players over the last five years.

WSOP Player of the Year AwardSo here are the last six Players of the Year :

2013 — Daniel Negreanu roared mightily that year, winning two bracelets, making four final tables and cashing 10 times. (Negreanu also was POY in 2004.)

2014 — George Danzer outran a lot of players to earn three bracelets, hitting five final tables and cashing 10 times.

2015 — Mike Gorodinsky made it through even though he only grabbed one bracelet for the year, making three final tables and cashing out eight times.

2016 — Jason Mercier won two bracelets, playing strong enough to reach four final tables and cashing a whopping 11 times.

2017 — Chris Ferguson who has been around seemingly forever picked up just one bracelet, making four final tables and cashing an outstanding 23 times.

Shaun Deeb 2018 WSOP Player of the YearAnd that brings us to 2018 and Shaun Deeb. We have been watching Deeb for several years now, and have always appreciated his slo-roll playing style. This year he finally picked up what many consider to be the most coveted award in the world of poker. He also took with him two bracelets, cashing an outstanding 16 times, and banking $2.5 million this year, the most ever for the Player of the Year.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

This has been an extremely exciting series and although it still has a couple of unfinished events, it has already demonstrated to us and the world that poker remains a very serious game that attracts thousands and thousands of players and spectators to Las Vegas every year. The question is; will you try your luck and test your skills at the 50th WSOP next year?

Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship WOW!!! is all we can say about this year’s WSOP Main Event. It was a hard fought battle with over 7,800 poker warriors, but in the end only two would be left standing: Tony Miles and John Cynn.

John Cynn with Tony Miles

After a phenomenal back-and-forth, lead-changing 10 hours of heads-up poker, (the longest battle in heads-up history at the WSOP Main Event) the end came in  Hand #442. John Cynn had K-J while Miles held a Q-8. John Cynn made it 9 million from the button and Tony Miles re-raised to 34 million from the big blind. Cynn called and KK flopped. Miles bet 32 million. Cynn called, bringing an 8 turn. Miles jammed for 114 million. Cynn tanked over a minute and called with his KJ  for trips. Miles turned over his Q8 and was drawing dead.

The meaningless river was the 4 and the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finally ended with John Cynn as the new world champion, taking away the 8.8 Million Dollar payday.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 John Cynn United States $8,800,000
2 Tony Miles United States $5,000,000
3 Michael Dyer United States $3,750,000
4 Nicolas Manion United States $2,825,000
5 Joe Cada United States $2,150,000
6 Aram Zobian United States $1,800,000
7 Alex Lynskey Australia $1,500,000
8 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $1,250,000
9 Antoine Labat France $1,000,000

Guoliang WeiEvent #68: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em Guoliang Wei ran away with the Little One for One Drop after defeating a field of 4,732 players. Wei picked up the fourth Chinese Bracelet after a picture perfect heads-up with Francois Tosques. After all the cards were in play it was Wei who would run away with it all after hitting a straight flush to crush Tosques set of Jacks.

Jordan PolkEvent #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Jordan Polk came ready for battle, and all his hard work and planning finally paid off after beating a field of 707 hopefuls. Polk walked away with his first bracelet and $197,461.00.

 

Denis TimofeevEvent #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Denis Timofeev grabbed his first bracelet and a sweet paycheck of $199,586.00 after running through a field of 1,221 hungry players.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship Shaun Deeb picks up his fourth bracelet plus a hefty $814,179.00 to add to his coffers. He also became the first player to win two bracelets during the 2018 World Series of Poker. He won Event #42: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller back in June for his third bracelet and $1,402,683.

Event #75: The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) – $1 Million Guarantee still playing

Brian HastingsEvent #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Conquered by Brian Hastings for his fourth WSOP bracelet and a very nice payday of $233,202.

 

 

Ben YuEvent #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Big Blind Antes) After a long and grueling two days of play, Ben Yu took it all away from Sean Winter heads-up. Yu ran off smiling with his third WSOP bracelet and a very serious $1,650,773 to keep that smile going for a very long time.

 

As we said earlier, there are still a few events to finish the 49th Annual World Series of Poker and we will report those results as soon as they are available to us. In the meantime let us suggest that you pick up some books and/or DVDs from the Texas Poker Store.

Until next time, stay focused and practice your poker skills. Send us your comments or thoughts!

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

So indeed, more than 11 Million Dollars have already lined the pockets of those fortunate and talented players who took not only their adjusted shares of that 11 million, but are also proudly wearing their new championship bracelets. With just a little over half of this year’s WSOP already in the history books, there is still plenty of poker left to play and plenty of chances for you to take some buckets full of cash home with you. Let see how the chips have fallen these past week.

Matthew Davis

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Matthew Davis. This was the biggest Seniors Event ever and Davis was certainly delighted to walk away with $662,983 and his first bracelet.

 

Michael MizrachiEvent #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship conquered by Michael Mizrachi, who now has picked up his 4th WSOP Bracelet, along with the distinction of now having won the PPC Event for the third time. All that, plus depositing another $1,239,126 into his already fat poker winnings account most definitely put a giant smile across the Grinder’s face.

Robert PeacockEvent #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold’em picked up by Robert Peacock winning his first bracelet and a very sweet paycheck for $644,224.

 

 

Yueqi ZhuEvent #35: Mixed $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) claimed by Yuegi Zhu, taking home his very first WSOP gold bracelet and $211,781 to add to his bankroll.

 

Farhintaj BonyadyEvent #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was finally taken by Farhintaj Bonyady on the fourth day of play by defeating Robert Beach, taking home a very nice $311,451 along with her first gold WSOP bracelet. And, she is the first female to win a bracelet event this summer.

 

Eric BaldwinEvent #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em belonged to Eric Baldwin as he wrapped his second bracelet around his knuckles for the obligatory picture and with a super smile stuffed his pockets with $319,580 for his efforts.

 

Yaniv Birman

Event #38: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship won by first-time-WSOP gold bracelet winner, Yaniv Birman. Birman walked away with a total of $236,238 after defeating a field of 83 other hungry players.

 

 

Preston LeeEvent #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Preston Lee walked in ready for action and defeated Corey Dodd in a grueling battle that lasted more than 12 hours and 121 hands of heads-up play and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a  fat check for $236,498.

 

Scott BohlmanEvent #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Sweet victory was finally claimed by Scott Bohlman. After 51 World Series of Poker Cashes he finally walked with his first gold bracelet and $122,138 by running over a field of 205 anxious players.

 

Robert Nehorayan

Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em was taken down by Robert Nehorayan after running through a field of 596 players, securing his very first WSOP Gold Bracelet and $173,568 to celebrate with.

 

Shaun DeebEvent #42: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller proved to be an epic battle between Shaun Deeb and Ben Yu. Deeb came out on top, taking down the biggest cash of his career with a whopping $1,402,683 and his third bracelet.

 

Event #43: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em …. still in play…

Nicholas SeikenEvent #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship was championed by Nicholas Seiken after defeating a field of 109 other hopefuls. He walks away with a very satisfying $287,987 and his first bracelet.

 

Mario Prats Garcia

Event #45: Big Blind Antes $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) Mario Prats Garcia is all smiles as he defeats 1712 players to take home hist first bracelet and a sweet $258,255. Not a bad return on a $1000 investment and only two days of work.

 

Event #46 $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better… still in play…

 

Matthew Mendez

Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed –  Matthew ‘Mendey’ Mendez runs away with the first-ever WSOP Online PLO Bracelet and $135,077.

After it’s all said and done, with more than 11 Million dollars awarded to first-place winners and more than 91 Million Dollars paid out in total prize money thus far, and with more than 30 Events yet to be played, aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try out your luck at one of the many poker tables still in the game.

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