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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s a little difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening at the World Series of Poker. Did you realize that the WSOP is larger than football, baseball, basketball or hockey in overall numbers? For example last year the WSOP attracted more than 107,000 players from over 100 countries and paid out more than $221 million to the winners.

This year the series is expected to be bigger and richer than ever with a total of 74 different events to be played out over the course of 54 days. That, my friends, is more than just a little difficult to keep on top of. Most other sporting events that fans follow are linear in nature. At some point, in other words, it comes down to the top eight, then the top four, and then the two finalists and then the champion. That model even holds true for the Global Poker League.

Not so in poker, especially at the WSOP. There are numerous events going on, some simultaneously, and if you’re an avid fan like we are at the Texas Poker Store, you have a lot of “favorite players” to keep your eyes on, as well as favorite events. So, we love the COLOSSUS ever since its inauguration in 2015 when Cord Garcia plopped down his $565.00 buy-in,  and triumphed over a field of more than 22,000 players to collect his gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars.

Other big favorites, including ours, is the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold’em; the Millionaire Maker with its $1,500 buy-in and guaranteed $1 million first prize, and, of course, the WSOP Main Event, which last year boasted more than 6,700 players and paid the winner, Qui Nguyen, more than $8 million.

With all of the above in mind, we can tell you the following:

Of the finished events:

Event 1 – Casino Employees $565 No-Limit Hold’em won by Bryan Hollis

Event 2 – $10,000 Tag team NL Hold’em won by Igor Kuganov and Liv Boeree

Event 3 -$3000 NL Hold’em Shootout won by Upeshka De Silva

Event 4 -$1500 Omahi Hi-Lo 8 or Better won by Benjamin Zamani

As of this writing, the leader in the $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em is the hugely popular Bertrand” Elky” Grospellier, who holds a commanding chip lead with only nine players remaining. Martin Jacobson, Dario Sammartino, Chris Moore and Rainer Kempe are also among the last nine. With a first-place prize of $3,686,865and a bracelet, this should be one helluva final table!

Of course, by the time we publish, that all might change. That’s just part of why we love the compelling and unpredictable world of poker!

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

If you watch poker games as much as we do you’ll catch some very valuable lessons from time to time. Such as when Daniel Negreanu said to Upeshka De Silva … “I didn’t know what I was going to do if he raised me.”

Daniel Negreanu This took place at Level 25 of the 2015 World Series Main Event. He was heads up with Neil Blumenfield and both players raised and re-raised each other to the flop, then both checked the turn and the river. Negreanu took down the pot with {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}against Blumenfield’s {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. Negreanu said to Blumenfield; “I was thinking you had tens or queens.” Then Kid Poker mumbled under his breath “I could have bet one there.”

DeSilva heard that and simply said, “he would not have called you,” to which Negreanu responded as I stated above, and there in lies the valuable lesson:

Before you bet (or raise), know what you’ll do if your opponent raises you back. If you don’t know, it’s usually better to check than to bet, or to call rather than to raise.

Texas Poker Store Nighthawk Poker TableNext time you are at a table and find yourself in a similar situation remember this valuable little lesson and maybe, just maybe, you’ll run the table and win enough to get your very own custom Nighthawk Poker table like the one pictured here on the right. Good Luck!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We left off on the taking of Event #41 so here’s what’s transpired since then. The following events were no easy battles and all the winners deserve our most sincere congratulations.

Adrian ApmanEvent #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Adrian Apmann, making this his sixth WSOP cash and his first bracelet win. He takes home $478,102 after almost a week of intense grinding in an event that normally would not last more than three days until the seventh hour of the fifth day, when he came out on top.

Jon AndovecJon Andlovec from Boise, Idaho picks up the win of the inaugural WSOP “Super Seniors” Championship;  Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. 70 year-old Andlovec earns his first-ever gold bracelet along with a nice fat check for $262,220.

Mike GorodinskyEvent #44: The Poker Players Championship welcomed Mike Gorodinsky into its Elite Club. Gorodinsky with this, his 12th WSOP cash and second gold bracelet, plus $1,270,086 first-place prize money, finally realizes his dream of having his name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. His is only the ninth name in history to be etched upon this trophy.

Upeshka De SilvaEvent #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was completely controlled by Upeshka De Silva; he basically knocked out everyone to go heads up with Dara O’Kearny until he sent him to the rails with just a King-Ace high. With that, De Silva walked away with a sweet $424,577 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Vasili FirsauVasili Firsau won his first gold bracelet by outlasting a field of of 682 hardened players in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed.  Firsau, only the second-ever bracelet winner from the nation of Belarus, took home a hefty check of $437,575 for his troubles.

Matt O'donnellEvent #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em paid out $551,941 for first place to Matt O’Donnell, making this his fifth WSOP cash and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. It came down to a very heated heads up battle between O’Donnell and Timur Margolin that lasted 166 hands. On hand #167 O’Donnell moved all in with . Margolin snap called turning over , the flop was putting O’Donnell into the lead and the turn sealed his victory when the dealer dropped the .

Eli ElezraEvent #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was grabbed up by old-time poker pro Eli Elezra, putting yet another $112,590 into his poker coffers and snatching up his third gold bracelet.

 

Young JiYoung Ji pockets the first place prize money in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Ji takes $231,102 plus his first WSOP Gold Bracelet. This was also his very first final table.

Ben YuEvent #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is pocketed by Ben Yu from Las Vegas. This marks Yu’s fifth final table appearance and, finally, his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a check for $291,456.

 

Justin LibertoJustin Liberto moves all in and picks up first place in Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and takes a nice little check for $640,711 and a flashy WSOP gold bracelet.

 

Carol FuchsEvent #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice is championed by Screenwriter/Film Producer Carol Fuchs from Los Angeles. She wins her first gold bracelet at her very first final table appearance and takes home $127,735.

So, another four million dollars plus was awarded to all the first place winners for Events #42 through #52 and we’ve still got a lot of final tables to play before we even get to the Main Event at this year’s WSOP. Good luck to all.

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