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Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris 

After seven days of play, the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the final table. After more than 8000 eager participants were systematically dwindled down to the final nine players the Final Table was set.

We’ve reported most of the results from all other events and now we’re ready to see who of the niners will take home the most coveted World Series of Poker championship, the Gold Bracelet, and $10,000,000 dollars to sweeten the moment.

We watched intently as Hossein Ensan moved up the field to take the lead. On day 4 he had around 3,000,000 in chips, day 5 he came in at just over 7,000,000 chips, then day 6 he amassed roughly 34,000,000 and looked unstoppable. By the end of day 7, Ensan was clearly the leader of the pack with an outstanding 177,000,000 chip count. The 2nd closest chip count belongs to Garry Gates, with just over 99 million chips.

And thus the Final Table has been set. Everyone will get a much needed rest until later today with play resuming at 6:30 p.m.

Here are the Final Nine:
Seat 1 – Hossein Ensan – 177,000,000 Chips – CHIP LEADER
Seat 2 – Nick Marchington – 20,100,000 Chips
Seat 3 – Dario Sammartino – 33,400,000 Chips
Seat 4 – Kevin Maahs – 43,000,000 Chips
Seat 5 – Timothy Su – 20,200,000 Chips
Seat 6 – Zhen Cai – 60,600,000 Chips
Seat 7– Garry Gates – 99,300,000 Chips
Seat 8 – Milos Skrbic – 23,400,000 Chips
Seat 9 – Alex Livingston – 37,800,000 Chips

Here’s the remaining final table schedule:

Sunday, July 14 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, July 15 – 6:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 – 5:30 p.m. PDT start. Live on ESPN starting at 6:00 p.m. Play will continue until the 2019 World Champion of Poker is crowned.

Good luck gentlemen. We all know you need lady luck on your side now more than ever.

We recognize that other events have been played, big money has been won, and a few events are still being played concurrent to the Main Event . We will acknowledge all the winners in a final post.

Send us your thoughts or comments!

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: ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty Upeshka ‘gomezhamburg’ De Silva won $100,262.72.

Event #46: $500 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.

Send us your comments or questions! 


Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As of our last report, 11 events had been completed and 11 Bracelets were handed out, along with almost $4,000,000 dollars. Let’s catch up with the action since then:



Femi FashakinEvent 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by Femi Fashakin. This was the largest tournament ever with 28,371 players chomping at the bit, but Femi succeeded in outlasting them all to collect, not just his very first gold bracelet but $1,147,499 dollars to fatten his bank account. Not a bad return on a $500 dollar investment.



Murilo SouzaEvent #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. was won by Murilo Souza with a little help from his screaming rail and lady luck giving him quads to defeat Jason Stockfish to take home his first gold bracelet and $207,003.



Sean SwingruberEvent #15 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Sean Swingruber won his very first WSOP gold bracelet in just his second time to cash. This time he outlasted a field of 112 players and finally defeated Ben Yu with a flush. Swingruber collected $186,356 and the much coveted WSOP bracelet.



Isaac BaronEvent #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed was picked up by Isaac Baron after taking down a field of 1,832 players. Finally, after more than 12 years he grabbed hold of his first WSOP gold bracelet and, with a giant smile, walked to the cashier’s cage to pick up $407,739.00.



Brett ApterEvent #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Brett Apter proudly and laughing out loud grabbed up his first gold bracelet and the grand prize of $238,824 after conquering a field of 917 players.



Frankie O'DellEvent #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship King of the Omaha hi-lo bracelet count, Frankie O’Dell, did it again and snatched up his third gold bracelet. All three of his bracelets were in this variant of Omaha. He also took down the hefty first prize of $443,641.00.



John GorsuchEvent #19: $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch came from behind to win this Millionaire Maker event and was beyond ecstatic when he took down Kazuki Ikeuchi with two pairs against Ikeuchi’s pocket bullets. Gorsuch took home $1,344,930 and his first gold bracelet.



Eli ElezraEvent #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra joined the ranks of four-time bracelet winners with this event, making his prediction that he would take home a bracelet in stud become reality. Elezra took home $93,766 plus that elusive 4th bracelet.



Vince MussoEvent #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Jim Bechtel has been around the poker tables a long time and has now set the record for the longest period spent between bracelets, a total of 26 years. He’s had plenty of cashes during all those years and now he can add $253,817 plus his second WSOP gold bracelet.



Jorden FoxEvent #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Jorden Fox picked up his first bracelet by running through a field of 3,253 anxious players. He not only takes home the bracelet but also a very hefty $420,693.00 to celebrate with his poker-playing family.



Rami BoukaiEvent #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix Rami Boukai runs off with his second career WSOP bracelet and a sweet $177,294.00 after outlasting all 612 players that entered this event. Boukai expressed his feelings when he stated “It’s 170 thousand, so yeah, it’s a big deal, I’m here for the money.” Go get it Rami.



Josh PollockEvent #24: $600 ONLINE Pot Limit Omaha 6-handed Josh “loofa” Pollock ran away with the win and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, plus a nice fat check for $139,740.



Andrew DonabedianEvent #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack championed by Andrew Donabedian after defeating a large field of 2,577 hungry poker players, all trying to reach for that elusive pot of gold. But it was not to be for 2,576 of them as Donabedian danced his way through them all and walked away with his first gold bracelet and $205,605.00.


So now after 25 events more than Nine Million Dollars have been awarded in first prize to the winners and lots more to all who made it past the bubble.

Stay tuned for our next report from the floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the mean time come visit us at the Texas Poker Store.

Send us your comments or questions!  

Pocket Bullets Paris

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker is indeed moving fast and furious. Here is an update from our eyes and ears at the Rio Hotel and Casino. These event are done but there are still a lot more to go.

Nicholas Haynes


Event #1: The $500 Casino Employees Event Was taken down by Poker Dealer Nicholas Haynes, winning his first WSOP gold bracelet and a sweet $62,248 dollars to help him through the night.



Brian Green

Event #2
$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty Put away by Brian Green winning the first 2019 WSOP gold bracelet and his first bracelet along with $345,669.



Event 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em EVENT IN PROGRESS: 5 players remaining.


Derek McMaster

Event #4 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Taken by Derek McMaster for $228,228 and his very own first WSOP gold bracelet.




Ben Heath

Event #5 High Roller – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Captured by Ben Heath taking home his career-best $1,484,085 paycheck plus his first gold bracelet.



Dan ZackEvent #6 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw After an incredible comeback, Dan Zack claims his first bracelet and a very nice $160,447 to add to his account.



Event #7 $400 ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Won by Yong “LuckySpewy1” Keun Kwon who laughs all the way to the bank with $165,263.


Event #8 $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em Still not played.


Jeremy Pekarek


Event #9 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Jeremy Pekarek collects lifetime-best $398,281 payday with this victory and picks up his first career WSOP bracelet.


Scott Clements


Event #10 $1,500 Dealers Choice Is now history and Scott Clements couldn’t be happier walking away with his 3rd gold bracelet and a very sweet $144,957 to party with.


Daniel Strelitz


Event #11 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Daniel Strelitz claimed his first WSOP gold bracelet and stuffs his bank account with $442,385.


Daniel Park


Event #12 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Put away by Daniel Park for his first gold bracelet and $226,243 for his troubles.


Yuval Bronshtein


Event #13 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Mastered by Yuval Bronshtein taking home $96,278 and his first gold bracelet.


So as of this report there have now been 11 bracelets and $3,754,084 dollars to line the winners’ pockets. But it is a long way from over.

Stay tuned for our next report from the floor at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the mean time come visit us at the Texas Poker Store.

Send us your comments or questions!