Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Back in July the FBI arrested Wei Seng “Paul” Phua and his son, Wai Kit ‘Darren’ Phua for allegedly leading a multimillion-dollar World Cup betting scheme. Richard Yong and his son Wai Kin Yong were also arrested for being connected to the same illegal betting operation supposedly being masterminded by Phua and operated from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Caesars did not have anything to do with this alleged illegal betting operation and they weren’t in any way implicated by the FBI. This past Tuesday Phua and his son pleaded not guilty to illegal gambling charges.Phil Ivey and Daniel Cates to the rescue

Some of our best known and certainly classiest poker players sprung into action during this years World Series of Poker. Phil Ivey and Andrew Robl posted $2.5 million to bail out Phua and his son. That was not all, later that week Ivey and Dan “jungleman” Cates put up another $2 million to bail out Yong and his son.

Johnson “John” Juanda and Tom “Durrrr” Dwan also pitched in. Juanda sent a letter to the FBI calling the Yongs men of “honor and integrity,” and Dwan put up his Las Vegas homes for the defendants as a part of their release.

Both Phua and Yong have been involved for years in the super high-roller community. They both have played in numerous six-figure events in Macau and Las Vegas and everywhere in between. They both played in the inaugural $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP. They are not just well known classy players, they’re both extremely well respected through out the world of poker.Phil Ivey on Tilt

Poker may be a game where anyone can go on tilt and turn the poker tables upside down but when you’re a player of integrity and honor, even if you go on tilt from time to time, poker players got your back!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I have to admit it was really hard to keep my full attention on both the World Cup and the World Series of Poker, especially with Brazil playing Columbia in the quarter-finals. When Columbia came back from a deficit of 2 – 0 on James Rodriguez’s penalty kick,  for a moment Columbia was back in it . . . until the time ran out and the game ended with Brazil over Columbia 2-1. So, back to the WSOP!

In Las Vegas, the tensions were just as high as the action continued at the Rio Hotel and Casino. And as expected, lots of players had their dreams and hopes ended, much like Columbia, while several others were crowned champions and awarded lots of money for battling it out at their final tables and coming out on top, much like Brazil.

Jared JaffeeJared Jaffee skated through to win Event #58: $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em and take home his first gold bracelet and a very sweet $405,428.

Phillip HuiPhillip Hui mastered a field of 457 players to win Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better and ended up with $286,976 and his first WSOP gold bracelet to share with his girlfriend, Loni Hardwood. He defeated Zack Milchman who ended up with a not-too-shabby check for $177,609.

Salman JaddiSalman Jaddi was grinning ear to ear after winning the last $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament of the year. He won Event #60 by beating 2,563 players which gave him a nice payday of $614,248 and his first WSOP bracelet

Matt GrapenthienMatt Grapenthien put away Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship by beating Todd Brunson (Doyles’s son) in a long, hard heads-up battle.  Grapenthien earned a sizable $268,473 to dump into his bank and his first gold WSOP bracelet.

Happy 4th of July 2014 - celebrate with a little poker and a little soccer
All this and fireworks, too! Happy 4th of July to all!!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It’s hard to keep our attention on the World Series of Poker while the World Cup is on, but for now, here are the latest happenings from the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

John HenniganJohn Hennigan wins Event #46: the $50,000 Poker Players Championship after defeating over 100 of the world’s best players. Hennigan not only takes home $1,517,767 but also a WSOP gold bracelet, and the prestige of etching his name on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Jesse McEuenJesse McEuen wins Event#47 – $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em. McEuen ran over a field of 714 players to get to his first-ever final table then, with pocket-aces, took down Jonas Lauck heads-up to take home a very sweet  $212,093 and his first gold bracelet.

Tyler PattersonTyler Patterson wins Event #48 –  $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low. It was a long 6 1/2 hour heads-up battle against two-time WSOP champion Scott Clements but Patterson held on and denied Clements his third bracelet . Finally he can walk proudly with his first brand new gold bracelet and $270,992 in his pocket.

Miscikowski SzecsiEvent #49 is still playing and it’s down to heads-up between David Miscikowski and Norbert Szecsi. In the meantime we have our old favorite, Phil IveyPhil Ivey, taking home his 10th bracelet in Event #50: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix and adds $167,332 to his bankroll.



Brazil vs ChileAnd now, Saturday the 28th of June, we have to go watch the latest happenings from Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte in Brazil. It is Brazil 1 – Chile 1 – and going into the 30-minute overtime. Who’s your favorite?


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