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It’s hard to believe (and extremely embarrassing) that we managed to cover the 2019 World Series of Poker throughout more than 70 events, only to limp in with zero coverage of Event #73: the much anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Yes, we reported which nine players made it to the Final Table, but that was it. We never even announced the winner of the dramatic heads-up play between 2nd place winner, Dario Sammartino  ($6 million) and the overwhelming chip Ensan Hossein leader and Main Event Champ, Hossein Ensan ($10 million and the World Championship Bracelet!). We have no excuse (at least not one we can share with y’all). In fact, all we can do is apologize profusely and carry on.

Interestingly, we have actually been watching a lot of late-night poker on television during the last couple of weeks. That’s because the World Poker Tour (WPT) broadcasts Main Tour events throughout the country at 8 p.m. on Sundays and 11 p.m. on Wednesdays on FSN. Each event is broken down into three one-hour episodes, anchored by the lovely Lynn Gilmartin, with witty and knowledgeable commentary by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten.

Of course, once the WSOP had run its course, the World Poker Tour (WPT) got underway for its 2019-2020 season. They just concluded the WPT Gardens Festival, won by 34-year-old Roger Teska. In addition to taking home $368,475 for the first Season XVIII championship, Teska also won a 2019 BMW X1 as well as a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions that takes place at the end of the season.

If you enjoy watching great poker players make their moves while you decide how you feel about their strategy from the comfort of your couch, the WPT provides many hours of enjoyment for poker players and fans alike. Check them out with the links below and you might learn enough to take down that big pot next time you find yourself at a poker table.

World Poker Tour on FSN 

Roger Teska celebrates his win at the WPT Gardens Poker Festival.

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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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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 WSOP.com 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.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
So here we are a few days into the 2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker and the first bracelet has already been picked up!

Brian Green, who has been playing poker since 1984, topped a field of 204 runners to win Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty for $345,669 and his first gold bracelet.

This win came only three months after he relocated from Texas to Las Vegas. After spending some 100 days per year for at least the last 20 years coming to Vegas, he finally made the jump and moved to Vegas and as he stated, he now enjoys a home court advantage.

Green had more than $3 million in lifetime earnings prior to this victory. Including last September, when he finished runner-up to David Peters in the 2018 Poker Masters Event #1: $10,000 NLH for $138,000, he also took home $1,117,923 for finishing fifth in the 2016 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop.

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Brian Green United States $345,669
2 Ali Imsirovic United States $213,644
3 Asher Conniff United States $145,097
4 Loren Klein United States $100,775
5 Ping Liu United States $71,614
6 Daniel Negreanu Canada $52,099
7 Martijn Gerrits The Netherlands $38,823
8 Zachary Clark United States $29,650
9 Cary Katz United States $23,224

Where any of you there to see Green’s smiling face after taking down a field of 214 eager players that included one of our favorite players at any poker table, the newly married Daniel Negreanu?

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