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WSOP Update/Bracelet Winners

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Ted Forrest

Beat Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win his 6th bracelet at the WSOP.  Hellmuth, who was gunning for a record 14th bracelet, and Forrest exchanged the chip lead 12 times. Forrest, a future Hall-of-Famer, won this same event back in 1993, his first bracelet.

Did you know?
Phil Hellmuth has a record 103 cashes at the WSOP and nearly half of them, 49, have been final tables.  Another remarkable stat?  He’s finished first 13 times and second 10 times.

Hellmuth Hype
Hellmuth Blow-Ups

Vanessa Selbst

The proud owner of three World Series of Poker bracelets, Selbst is the #1 female player in the world. She is one of the best period. Selbst ties Barbara Enright for the bracelet lead among women, all of Selbst’s coming in ‘open’ events.

Selbst is the only player to wi the same North American Poker Tour event twice.

2008: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $227,933
2012:  $2,500 10-Game Six Handed $244,259
2014: $25,000 Mixed Max NLHE $871,148

Fun Facts
Davidi Kitai is one of only five players to win poker’s ‘triple crown’, joining Gavin Griffin, Bertrand Grospellier, Jake Cody and Roland de Wolfe.  The triple crown consists of a WSOP, WPT and EPT title.

World Poker Tour

Buying in for the Big One!

Jean Robert Bellande, one of the original ‘Bad Boys’ of professional poker, proudly standing at the cage with his $1 million entry fee for Event #57, the Big One for One Drop.  JRB, one of 56 players vying for the championship and the largest prize in sports history – more than $20 million.

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The Millionaire Maker

The 2014 Millionaire Maker produced one of the largest fields in poker history with 7,997 runners.  Wow.  Jonathan Dimmig, proudly wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey, took it down and is now $1.3 million richer.  
  Dimmig turned his intial investment, a $1500 entry fee, into 867 future buy-ins of the same value.  That’s what you call a fantastic ROI.

45th Annual World Series of Poker

Bracelet winners so far:

Event #1:  Roland Reparejo ($82,835)
$500 buy-in Casino Employees Championship
Event #2:  Vanessa Selbst ($871,148)
$25,000 Mix Max
Event #3:  Brandon Shack-Harris (205,634)
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Event #4:  Kyle Cartwright ($360,435)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #5:  Tuan Le ($335,324)
$10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #6:  Alex Bolotin ($255,211)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #7:  Ted Forrest ($121,196)
$1,500 Razz
Event #8:  Jonathan Dimmig ($1,319,587)
Millionaire Maker
Event #9:  Jeff Smith ($323,125)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #10:  Brock Parker ($443,407)
$10,000 Limit Omaha Split 8 or Better
Event #11:  Justin Bonomo ($449,980)
$1,500 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #12:  Gregory Kolo ($169,225)
$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
Event #13:  Paul Volpe ($253,524)
$10,000 2-7 Single Draw Lowball
Event #14:  Nick Kost ($283,275)
$1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Low
Event #15:  Davidi Kitai ($508,640)
$3,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Event #16:  Todd Bui ($124,510)
$1,500 Limit 2-to-7 Draw
Event #17:  Dan Heimiller ($627,462)
$1,000 Seniors Championship
Event #18:  George Danzer ($294,792)
$10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Event #19:  Ted Gillis ($514,027)
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Event #20:  Kory Kilpatrick ($254,891)
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #21:  Dominik Nietsche ($335,659)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Event #22:  Christopher Wallace ($507,614)
$10,000 HORSE Championship
Event #23:  Doug Polk (251,969)
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Event #24:  Kevin Eyster ($622,998)
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed
Event #25:  John Kabbaj ($267,327)
$2,500 Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi Low
Event #26:  Andrew Rennhack ($408,993)
$1,500 No Limit Holdem



WSOP Starts Tomorrow! WSOP Highlights.

Hey High Rollers, we’re on the eve of the World Series of Poker…where good players become great players and great players become legends.  To get you in the mood, we have some WSOP Did you know?’s for you.  Enjoy.



Johnny Chan

In 1987, the ‘Oriental Express’ became the first forign born player to win the world championship, proving the WSOP was a global affair.  He beat 152 players and pocketed $625,000 for his efforts.

In 1988, Johnny Chan went back-to-back in the main event defeating 167 players.  All the while, Chan kept an orange on his chips to combat the smell of smoke in the room.  He would bite into the orange to release its fresh aroma.

The late Jerry Buss, a poker fanatic and owner of the LA Lakers, promised Johnny Chan an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row.  Incredibly, in 1989, Chan navigated a field of 178 players to find himself heads-up with Phil Hellmuth, a 24 year old from Wisconsin.  Hellmuth won!  While Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have also won two world champions in a row, Chan is the last person to do it.  The Hall of Famer has won 10 bracelets, tied for seond on the all-time list with Doyle Brunson.

Hellmuth Hype
True legend.  On June 11th, 2007 “The Poker Brat” became the only player to win 11 WSOP bracelets, topping a huge field of 2,628 in a $1500 buy-in event.  Five years later Hellmuth beat Don Zewin, who finished third in the main event the year the ‘Poker Brat’ won, to capture barcelet #12 in a $2,500 razz event.  Then, in the fall that same year, 2012, Hellmuth secured his dominance by taking down the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event for #13.  He is the only player to win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

1972 world champion Amarillo Slim Preston parlayed his title and charismatic personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes.  Thanks to Preston CBS ensured a camera would be at the main event the following year to a total of 11 appearances on The Tonight Show and also a feature on 60 Minutes.  In 1973, a CBS camera crew was on hand to film a documentary about poker’s marquis event.

Tom McEvoy

In 1983, McEvoy became the first to parlay a satellite entry into a world championship.  It was also the first year amateurs outnumbered professionals in mian event.

Tom McEvoy Q&A

The idea of a ‘satellite’ was dreamed up by WSOP poker manager Eric Drache, who spied a group of players in a cash game playing with just about $1,000 each. He suggested they play a single-table freezeout for a main event buy-in. So, they did and just like that one of them was in the big dance and the satellite was born.

Annette Obrestad

To this day, she is still the youngest bracelet winnerat 18 years and 364 days old, despite a total of 38 bracelets being awarded at the WSOP Europe and five more at the WSOP Asia Pacific, with all 43 events being open to players 18 or older.  She won
£1,000,000 and a place in WSOP history as the first player under the age of 21 to win a gold bracelet.


1998 Main Event – Year of Dreams

Susie Isaacs – Ladies Legend

The 1998 WSOP – The Year of Dreams

By: Derrick Oliver-Dewan

The World Series of Poker has produced a number of remarkable stories of fate over the years and two of the best ever come from the 1998 main event.   Perhaps, the most famous anecdote comes from Mike Matusow and his book Checkraising the Devil, when he opted not to play the world championship that year because he had a dream ‘The Prince of Poker’ Scotty Nguyen would win the event and the $1 million that went with it.  Confident his vision was accurate, Matusow gave half his buy-in, $5000, to Nguyen so that he could play instead.  His friends and family thought he was ‘Nuts’ but ‘The Mouth’ was confident, maintaining to this day he never doubted his decision for a second, not once, because he had a dream and saw the outcome vividly.   The rest, as they say, is history; Nguyen defeated Florida’s Kevin McBride heads-up to win, uttering one of the most famous quotes in poker in the process, “You call, it’s gonna be all over baby.”  McBride did call and it was over and Matusow collected $333,333, his agreed to share for helping Nguyen enter the tournament.

Well, 1998 produced another phenomenal story involving one of the most recognizable names in women’s poker, ladies legend Susie Isaacs.  Isaacs, from Nashville, Tennessee, started battling the boys at the World Series of Poker in 1986 and has certainly left her mark; 15 money finishes including back-to-back Ladies Champinships in 1996 and 1997.  A year later, she would come oh so close to joining Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright as the only woman to ever reach the main event final table.  Enright finished 5th three years earlier and might have won the thing if her pocket 8’s weren’t outdrawn by an opponent’s 6,3 offsuit.  Isaacs bubbled the final table in ’98 finishing 10th but she wasn’t even supposed to be playing, as she told us on High Roller Radio:

“I had been studying No Limit Hold’em for a number of years and felt like I was ready for the main event.  Back in those days, they had a number of super satellites where a number of players would qualify for the tournament.  I had been struggling to qualify and I had just enough money left for a single-table satellite and I had to win that just to get into the super satellite.  Well, I came up against this yahoo fella who was riding a rush and on a winning streak.  You can avoid guys like that but not when you’re heads-up against them and sure enough he ran an under quality hand against my Ace Queen and busted me.

“So, I was headed to the parking lot, resigned to the fact I wouldn’t be playing the main event, when out of nowhere I heard my name being called.  Low and behold it was the guy who just busted me and I was a bit annoyed because he just took my last buy-in.  His name was Bill Story and he asked me if I was playng that night’s super-satellite.  I, of course, said ‘No’ and pointed out that he had ruined my chances.  Then he says, ‘I had a dream last week that you made the money n the main event and I want to put you into tonight’s super and give you another bullet as well.’  Sure enough I won the seat!  Mr. Story said he wasn’t surprised and, in fact, he and his wife flew in from Oklahoma to cheer me on the final day of the world championship in 1998.”

An incredible story from an incredible player.  “I am a student of the game and I try to never stop learning ,” says Isaacs, who admits things have changed drastically from her heyday.   “Compared to today, poker was minute back then.  When I finished 10th there were just 376 entries.”

Regarding her back-to-back WSOP Ladies titles, she shrugs off any comaprisons to Johnny Moss, Stu Ungar or Doyle Brunson, who all captured world championships back-to-back.  “I have made it in the poker world, however your comparison is way off base;  my two bracelets are in the Ladies event and, much like the seniors event, that doesn’t really factor into the bracelet race because not everyone can play them.”

Isaacs is still a regular at the RIO come June and July and still plays at a high calibre.  She’s  cashed a few times in recent years but admits the older she gets the tougher it gets.  “The events nowadays are three or four days long and on Day 1 and Day 2 I fare well.  I am very tired by Day 3.”

Watch out for Susie Isaacs in 2014!


Here is the article as it appeared in Poker Player Newspaper





Did you know? Poker & Gambling Anecdotes

Hey High Rollers, watching the NCAA intently and t’s been extremely exciting; how about the Mercer Bears?  Wow….big match-up with Tennessee on Sunday.  Warren Buffet’s Billin Dollar bracket is DONE….no winners…everyone’s busted on just the 2nd day.  9.5 quintillin to one or something like that….you gotta believe if someone’s offering that kind of money they had to be SURE no one would claim the prize.  Great marketing!  It got a ton of play, heck even the President filled oput some picks.

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Did you know?

Did you know?  At first, WSOP bracelets did not have much prestige. Ten-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson said that his first bracelet “didn’t mean anything” to him and that he did not even pick up two of them.

Bracelets have not always been awarded for winning events.  In 1970, the first WSOP Champion received nothing but a silver cup and whatever cash he won during the event. From 1971–1974, the winner received a somewhat “corny trophy”.  In 1975, the winners received a sterling plate.  The following year, 1976, the WSOP started the tradition of issuing bracelets to the event winners.

Cigars, Women & Poker
Paul “Cigar” McKinney is an American poker player who won a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 80.  McKinney won the 2005 World Series of Poker Seniors World Poker Championship No Limit Hold’em became the oldest person to win a WSOP event at the age of 80.  On his bio sheet for the World Series of Poker he listed his hobbies as “moonshine, cigars and young women.”

‘Poker Alice’
Alice Ivers Tubbs; aka: Poker Alice (1851-1930)  was perhaps the best known female poker player in the Old West.  At the age of 79 she underwent a gall bladder operation in Rapid City, but died of complications on February 27, 1930.   In her later years, Alice claimed to have won more than $250,000 at the gaming tables and never once cheated. In fact, one of her favorite sayings was: “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets.” 

Greatest Trick of them All!
Antonio Esfandiari pocketed a whopping $18,346,673 after claiming the largest buy-in tournament in poker history. In total, 48 players ponied up the astounding $1 million buy-in to play in the The Big One for One Drop, at the 2012 World Series of Poker. It was largest prize ever awards in sports history.

Can you say Ganjifa?
Archaeology Ganjifa Playing Cards come from Iran.  Ganjifa and Aas-Naas are traditional Iranian card games whose history goes back to the 15th century Safavid period. Apparently Ganjifa was similar to Hokm and Aas-Naas to Poker. These hand-painted playing cards are all from the late Qajar period and are made of lacquered papier-mâché.

Playing like the Boys
In 1941, the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, CT held a night like no other; they indulged in traditionally male pastimes like cigar smoking, poker playing, and wrestling. The night confused the majority of Milford’s male population but made quite a splash none-the-less.

The Ace of Clubs House Museum

What a great historical landmark in Texarkana, TX. (1885) This 22- sided house is built in the shape of a “Club” playing card. The local legend is that entrepreneur James H. Draughon built the house with the winnings from a poker game. The winning card was the Ace of Clubs. Each room represents a specific period in the history of the house. The house is located at 420 Pine Street and is part of The Texarkana Museums System.

“It’s impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously. It is the equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Lombardi Trophy in football.”
– Jeffrey Pollack
2006 WSOP bracelet ceremony

Legend has it, the longest poker game in history was played in this town, Thurmond, WV, circa 1915.

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Did you know? Poker/Gambling Anecdotes.


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– Joe Hachem, an Australian, was the last player to win the title at its original home, Binion’s.

– Tom McEvoy defeated Rodney Pete heads-up in one of the longest heads-up battles in World Series of Poker history (roughly 8 hours).  He’s co-authored more than a dozen poker books and was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013, alongside Scotty Nguyen.

– A name synonymous with poker, gambling and extravagant prop bets.  One of the greatest gamblers of all-times, Amarillo Slim was one of the first ‘known’ players to try and take the game mainstream; from underground, and sometimes shady, card rooms to the masses.  After winning the 1972 World Championship, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He also guested on other television shows, like 60 MinutesGood Morning America, the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder and he was in the movie California Split, which was directed by Robert Altman and starred George Segal and Elliot Gould.

– Howard Schwartz of the world-renowned Gamblers Book Club, a Las Vegas institution, was a guest on High Roller Radio and told us about the making of California Split:  “Slim wouldn’t take any direction from the director and demanded to use his own lines in the movie.  They left all of it in!  It was more genuine poker lingo than the script.” 

– World Series of Poker bracelets owned by Amarillo Slim
• 1972.  $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship (prize money -$60,000)
• 1974.  $1,000 No Limit Hold’em (prize money – $11,100)
• 1985.  $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha (prize money – $85,000)
• 1990. $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha (prize money – $142,000)

– Doyle Brunson’sSuper/System had a different title when it was first published in 1978.  It was called, How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker.

Fun Facts
The famous Gamblers Book Club received a credit in the movie Rounders, starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Jonothan Turturo and featuring a cameo by 2-time WSOP Main Event Champion Johnny Chan.

Poker Quotes
“Poker is like sex.  Everyone thinks they’re great at it but most don’t have a clue!”
– Dutch Boyd

“If there wasn’t any action around he’d play Solitaire – and bet against himself.”
– Groucho Marx (…about his brother Chico)

What’s in a Name? 
Moneymaker’s ancestors made silver and gold coins for a living and chose the name “Moneymaker” as a modification of their German last name, “Nurmacher”

Moneymaker:  How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker

“Not too many players try to bluff me.  If there’s going to be bluffing or stealing going on, I’m  going to be the one doing to it.”
– Johnny Chan

‘Titanic’ Thompson
Amarillo Slim is widely known to have learned many of his proposition bet schemes from Alvin Clarence Thomas, a gambler and hustler, known as ‘Titanic Thompson.’  His reputation as a golfer, card player, marksman and pool shark is legendary, his skills often compared to Merlin himself.  ‘Titanic Thompson’ travelled the USA wagering at cards, dice games, even horseshoes and he’d make enormous prop bets when he had the obvious edge.

A roving gambler in an age when gamblers carried guns for protection, it’s believed Thomas killed five men in his life; shot four of them shot in self-defence when they tried to rob him of his winnings one night.  He was also involved in a high-stakes poker game that escalated into, what was then called, the
 ‘Crime of the Century’.

Tidbit: In the wee hours, on November 4th, 1928, crime boss Arnold Rothstein lost $500,000 but welched on the payment because he believed the poker game was rigged.  And it was, by ‘Titanic Thompson!  Rothstein was murdered (not by Thompson) in what was then the ‘Crime of the Century.’ 

Fun Fact: After taking 500 bucks off a rival in a pool game one night, a spectator asked, “what’s his name?” The opponent replied, “It must be Titanic; cause he sinks everybody.”

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Did you know?

– Open-faced Chinese Poker is being offered at the 2013 WSOP, as part of the Carnivale of Poker. It’s a WSOP first and the event is expected to attract many big name pros.

– Johnny Moss, with a win at the 1971 WSOP, became the first person to have won multiple lifetime WSOP “bracelets.”  The first actual bracelet was given in 1976.  Moss was also the first person to win five lifetime bracelets, with a win at the 1975 WSOP.

– Johnny Chan, with a win in Event No. 25 at the 2005 WSOP, became the first person to win 10 lifetime WSOP bracelets, just a few days before Doyle Brunson won his 10th bracelet in Event No. 31 of that same WSOP.  Phil Hellmuth is the overall bracelet leader with 13.

– The first person to win two bracelets in the same WSOP was Johnny Moss in 1971.

– The first person to win three bracelets in the same WSOP was Walter “Puggy” Pearson, in 1973. As of the start of the 2013 WSOP, only four other players have won three bracelets in a single WSOP.


Main Event Monday – WSOP-Time Baby!

Hey High Rollers, Main Event Monday, as the World Series of Poker resumes play, here in Canada we’ll join the action an hour and a half late because of the hockey game, yes hokey is still more popular than poker in Canuck land.  JC Tran has the chip lead, Lon McEachern and Norman Chad at the mic…the world watching as the November 9 play for all the money – $8.5 million for 1st place.  WOW!  The Penn and Teller theatre will be rocking, no doubt, as each player, they’ve already received 9th place money, fly’s in their respective entourage’s.  The fans will be decked out in matching colours, blue for this guy, red for that one….it’s so fun and so exciting.  One thing to watch foe tonight is how the players react to each progressive pay jump…the money bubbles are enormous and they are playing foe life altering money.  Each jump in pay is staggering….some will be playing fo that while a few will be playing foe the world title….that group most certainly includes JC Tran.

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Good luck to everyone at the final table….your time to shine, indeed.  Las Vegas lore, a photo forever immortalizes at the Rio and a place in WSOP history up for grabs.  Good luck indeed.

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Greg Raymer Interview Notes

October 25, 2013:  Hey High Rollers, amazing Q&A w/ The Fossilman Greg Raymer, 2004 main event champion, when his Deuces full of 8’s bested David Williams’ Deuces full of 4’s for a cool $5 million.  Below, interview notes for our chat…which was sponsored by VegasTopDogs.com, America’s #1 Handicappers & Bet Online, bet with us at Bet Online by clicking the banner below.  Good luck and good gambling.


‘The Fossilman – Greg Raymer

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What a thrill…and I mean that…an absolute thrill…to be speaking with our guest today….can you say world champion?  Today’s interview is brought to by our friends at VegasTopDogs.com, America’s #1 sports handicappers…featuring the like of Tony K and Joe Duffy…they pick winners…at vegastopdogs.com

I’ll never forget the image…I think it was a delayed reaction, we’re going to ask him about that today…but then the hands raised, a primal scream…joy, elation, relief, probably all rolled into one…because in 2004…this guy…climbed to the top of the poker mountain…a view, by the way, only a very special few get, to win the main event of the World Series of Poker…minted a world champ forvever…and a little slice of WSOP immortality…not to mention the money…and it was a good chunk, $5 million….oh, and those glasses….gave poker face a whole new meaning…

I said it off the top…it is a thrill to welcome The Fossilman, Greg Raymer to the show, Greg, welcome, thanks for being a High Roller.

I’ve always wanted to ask you….that final hand against David Williams…your full house, what was it deuces full of 8’s….it seemed to me like you hesitated before raising your arms in victory…not sure if that was the tv edit…but did it take you a moment….to realize you had just won the title?

We just had Pamela Brunson on…I know you know her dad…but have you met her before…

Greg, I met you in London England, the Hilton Metropole for the EPT London…we shook hands, I said I was a fan and you were accommodating, very gracious….does that come natural to you?Because…with the title comes exposure, fame…the lot….was it an easy adjustment for you?

I read some where that you made a deal with your wife…you’d play on a $1,000 bankroll, if you lost it…you’d quit poker…is that true, and how close did you come to a balance of zero before you hit the jackpot?

I’m sure poker was changing at the time you won won…ho has it changed since…are the kids really that crazy and ultra aggressive?

What has poker taught you about life…I mean, you travel the world….been to a lot of places, seen a lot of things?

Lot of people know you used to be a patent attorney…not too many, I’m guessing, know you have a masters degree in biochemistry…what kinds of things were you tackling there and any relation to poker?

I assume the poker world today, because there’s so much money to be won…is full of very smart people…can you give us an idea…isn’t Chris Binger a rocket scientist or something…you’ve got bankers, stock guys, engineers…it’s a tough racket?

Hall of Fame inductions officially take place November 3…Scotty Nguyen, Tom McEvoy, another world champ…your thoughts on the inductees this year? Is that something you aspire too?

Is there a fraternity of past winners of the main event?

After you win the main event…you finish 25th the next year…what kind of grind was that?  That was quite an accomplishment.

Mike Matusow…that classic run-in with him…how s your relationshiop with him now?

World championship of online poker?

Fossils?  Where did this start…?

How many fossils have you given away?

Shades at the poker table…Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, shot clock in poker?

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World Champs Raymer & McEvoy to Gues on SHOW – YES!

October 22, 2013Hey High Rollers, how great is this?  Not only a sign, an indication, we’re growing our library by two quality – HIGH QUALITY – guests, but we are also GROWING the SITE too.  We are so happy, thrilled actually, to report we have confirmed a couple of world champions for the show.  YES!

Greg ‘The Fossilman’ Raymer and our program director Derrick Oliver-Dewan have been corresponding by email…and it looks like things are set for 2pm EST Wednesday.  Raymer, of course, the 2004 world champ, when he defeated ‘young gun’ David Williams heads up with a full house, deuces full of his pocket eights…Williams held a boat as well…deuces full of his 4’s….$5 million richer for his efforts and a piece of WSOP immortality.  Heard a story that initially, Raymer’s wife wasn’t too happy with his play online so he struck a deal with her…he would play a $1,000 bankroll and should he lose that he would quit poker….the rest, as they say, is history.  Can’t wait to chat with the Fossilman.

I met Greg at the EPT LONDON at the Hilton Metropole, very briefly a few years about and he shook my hand, said hello, graciously accepted my compliments and was very accommodating.  This guy has been GREAT for the game.   Now, we know he’s had some bad press lately, but we will certainly will NOT be broaching that subject, unless he wants to.  Our site is about poker history, legends of the game…which Raymer most certainly is!  Thank-you Greg for agreeing to guest with us.  Oh man, can’t wait.

'The Fossilman" a guest on www.highrollerradio.net

‘The Fossilman” a guest on www.highrollerradio.net


1983 woeld champ...newly minted member of the Hall of Fame.

1983 world champ…newly minted member of the Hall of Fame.

How about it…Tom McEvoy, YES!!!!  The 1983 world champ, an author, a gentleman of the game, and now a newly minted Poker Hall of Famer.  A credit well deserved…you know he’s been on the ballot 5 straight years…from Bridesmaid to Bride in ’13.  McEvoy is a 4-time bracelet winner and has always been good for the game,

I met Tom in Montreal, at the Poker Pro Canada Classic, where he played as part of a Deepstacks University Course offered to anyone who would pony up $500.  It was well worth it…you can make that money back in one pot with the information the pros conveyed.  Great stuff.  The course also included Adam Levy, otherwise known as Roothlus online, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, and Tristen Wade, an excellent online sniper.  Tom was absolutely delightful, gracious, kind in his answers…his table manner and his instruction were both inviting…and it was quite interesting to recognize the differences in the two styles of instruction:  Tom more old school…while The Grinder, Levy and Wade represented the new age player…ultra aggressive…get those chips at any cost…fight, fight, fight for each hand.  I am not saying Tom is tight…just that his play is different, for sure.

Tom McEvoy has been great fiends with Kathy Liebert, another former guest and $6 million plus in career earnings, but I’m not sure if they’re close anymore.  I may ask about that?  Here’s the thing…this honour means the world to Mr. McEvoy and he deserves it.  Interesting though, that in past years he was waiting and waiting for the phone call and it HURT him when it never came.  This year…he told me…he just ‘let go’…whatever happens happens…and not two weeks later he got the call….wow!  A lesson there somewhere, right?

Not 1 – but 2 world champs on High Roller Radio in one week.  Thank-you guys.  We are absolutely thrilled….as is The Nation…at 551 and counting.  Congrats, by the way, to Ed Barkhouse, latest winner of a HRR t-shirt….Ed, I need your mailing deets.  LIKE our facebook page to enter:



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Thrills, Spills & Tests of Wills – The 2013 WSOP

Thrills, Spills & Power of Wills’….Ups, Downs & Clowns

The 2013 World Series of Poker

By: Derrick Oliver

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Spectacular!  Yes, if I had to, in a word, describe the 44th annual World Series of Poker I’d say confidently, ‘Spectacular.’  Each year it seems the calibre of play gets better, the fields are so deep and so talented that to navigate your way through all the mine fields is seemingly impossible.  It’s quite a feat, winning a bracelet is, the equivalent perhaps to winning the Stanley Cup in hockey, in fact, double bracelet winner, Greg ‘FBT’ Mueller, one of the most feared players on the planet, a cash game killer, put it this way when he guested on High Roller Radio:

(Greg Mueller)

Mueller won both his bracelets in 2009, this year he made three final tables and was formidable in each event he played.  The man they call FBT, ‘Full Blown Tilt’, certainly one of the elite sharks the poker world has to offer.

Heading into the series, there was a lot of talk about a new measure allowing security to search players bags and knapsacks as they entered the playing area…can never be too safe following 9/11…some expressed concerns over privacy…as it turned out, it wasn’t much of an issue at all…in the wake of Black Friday, and the inability for Americans to qualify for events online, the pundits wondered about the numbers, attendance was good…right from the opening bell, close to 1000 runners in the Casino Employees Championship, to the final round and 6352 in the Main Event….Poker is alive and well, online qualifiers are not.

The game we all love is now officially part of the main stream…I expect the numbers to be good for years to come.  The World Series of Poker is it…the game’s marquis event….it’s showcase…and each year it seems to get better.

There were a few kinks….many players, especially the top notch pros, guys like Greg Mueller, complained it was unfair that Daniel Negreanu walked into the RIO more than 400 points up on his closest rival in the WSOP Player of the Year race after Kid Poker won the main event of the WSOP Asia Pacific…Mueller and many others feel the series in Vegas should be played first…giving those who do well there, the option to travel the world in a quest for ;;player of the year honours.

Some players argue some of the earlier levels should be eliminated, suggesting it will provide for more play later on…during the money stages of the tournament…and thus avoiding those dreaded all-in and call coin flips.  Pro’s feel a format change will lower the luck factor….

A couple of other issues were brought to the fore and to light on High Roller Radio recently by one of our favorite guests Padraig Parkinson, the Irish legend, finished 3rd at the ’99 Main Event, inaugural winner of Late Poker across the pond:  Always opinionated, Parkinson says shades at the table need to be BANNED, says the phrase ‘poker face’ is a joke these days, and he is outraged by the amount of time its taking players to make a decision….says the game needs to be sped up:

(Padraig Parkinson)

Back in 2006, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollak stated, “”It’s impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously, it is the equivalent of winning the Lombardi Trophy in football.”

That still holds today…just ask my buddy Chad Holloway, senior writer at Poker News, who kicked it all off by winning Event #1, the Casino Employees Championship, an absolute thrill for the Madison, Wisconsin native:

(Chad Holloway)

That guy’s a poker junkie, left law school to follow his poker dream….a dream come true now thanks to his newfound WSOP gold…that sentiment was shared by Calen ‘Big Wheel’ McNeil, a Canadian, who captured his first bracelet in Event #20, Omaha Hi/Low Split 8 or Better:

(Calen Mcneil)

McNeil was part of the so-called Canadian Invasion, Canucks winning 10 bracelets out of 61 events…wow!  Considering Canadians make up only 5% of the entries, that is an incredible clip….and it may be 11 bracelets following the main event…Marc McLaughlin is currently 3rd in chips…could he bring Quebec its 2nd world title?  Remember, Jonathan Duhamel’s triumph three years ago.

Kudo’s to a few stand-outs…another Canadian Benny Chen turned $1500 into more than $1 million by taking down the new Millionaire Maker….that tourney set a record for a single one-day turn-out of more than 5000 players….astonishing.

Britain’s Matthew Aston…3 or 4 final tables and that victory in the 50k Players Championship….he currently leads the Player of the Year race….just a few points ahead of Daniel Negreanu…who almost won his 6th bracelet….finishing 2nd to Eli Elezra in a Deuce-to-7 event.

Tom Schneider…another former guest who had a terrific series…winning two more bracelets, 4 in all now…he won two back in 07….when he says the stars were aligned…I assume it was a little bit of the same this year!

(Tom Schneider)




This year’s World Series of Poker featured a record 480 poker tables…Open Face Chinese poker was brought back as part of the Carnivale of Poker….Did you know? Steve Zolotow ons a vbracelket in Open Face Chinese…he’s the only one…

A couple of women won open events….Dana Castenada and Loni Harwood….no women at the final table…Australia’s Jackie Glazer was the last female standing – 31st – Barbara Enright, another former guest of High Roller Radio, the only woman ever to do it…1995, she finished 5th…her pocket 8’s busted by an opponent’s 6 3 suited….a beat that to this day hurts…

(Barbara Enright)

We had one for the grey hairs too, as Michael BIG STORE Moore outlasted everyone in the 5k limit hold’em championship.  He was down to just a few chips at one point and battled back.  It was a year of comebacks….a number of huge chip disadvantages were erased….a Chip and a Chair resonating in 2013 , a phrase coined years ago, by legend and hall of famer Jack ‘tree top’ Strauss.

And how about Barney Boatman….one of the most likeable and competitive players on the circuit…finally got his WSOPM gold…to the delight of a huge rail from London England…well done BARNEY.

It was an excellent series!  Many thanks to the WSOP and Poker News for the updates, a month and a half of hard work for all those involved…David Tuchman, who did play by play on all the final table LIVE streams, terrific work my man….he was joined in the booth by a plethora of household name, big time poker players….they were so entertaining and so informative….

Tuchman, FYI, another former guest of High Roller Radio:


So, after a month and a half of poker, day in day out….fame and riches won….glory achieved…heartbreak for some….devastation for others….we are down to 9….

The MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE….JC Tran is your chip leader with 38 million….Amir Lehavot and Marc McLaughlin not far behind, neither are Jay Farber and Ryan Reiss.  Sylvain Loosli, Michiel Brummelhius are in the middle of the pack while Marck Newhouse and the well-known David Benefield are your short stacks….Carlos Mortensen was your final table bubble boy…El Matador won the thing in 2001….he would have added much drama to this November 9…as it stands now…one of the aforementioned 9 will win the world title, and 8.4 million…

There is no other tournament like it…created by the infamous Benny Binion, a guy who’s thought to have killed a few men in his lifetime, back in 1970…Johnny Moss the elected champ that year….Doyl Brunson was at that final table….Texas Dolly would eventually in back to back championships in 78 and 79….he’s 79 now…and said he wouldn’t play this year….well he did, the main event….and he went deep, finishing 400th or so…but he cashed…..that’s what he does…he makes the money…,been doing it for years…on his way out of the Rio, after busting…he received two rousing standing ovations…the best storyline of the summer….Brunson, like the series itself…Legendary!

Now, the poker world waits and watches, a three month lay-off before the famed November 9…as the final tablists hire coaches, run mock scenarios and get ready for what will be the most important poker of their lives…each pay jump at this point is huge…its life altering money…first prize the richest payday in all of sports…that’s what its become…a true world series….the winner forever enshrined on the walls at the RIO….forever immortalized in Las Vegas lore….

Good luck to the 9…and good gambling!

WSOP Latest – Day 3

Hey High Rollers, July 12th, 2013just thought I’d provide a bunch of tidbits from the World Series of Poker…how quickly we’ve dropped to be, low 900 players left…remember 6352 started….today is Day 3, just two players have climbed above the million chip mark.  Hope you enjoy this post…comments are welcome:


The 44th Annual WSOP

WSOP Latest:

891 remain in the 44th annual World Series of Poker.  Two players have cracked the million chip mark; Dick Van Luijk & Max Steinberg.

Winner of the Millionaire Maker, Canadian Benny Chen sits in top 20 in chips with 600,000.  WSOPE main event champion Annette Oberstad has 500,000.  Doyle Brunson is 38th in chips w/ 420,000….Greg Mueller 39th w/ 405,000.

NOTE:  As a 15 year old, Annette Oberstad won an online tournament without ever looking at her hole cards (until the final hand, she glanced at her cards to see what she was about to in the tournament with).  Oberstad had taped a piece of paper on her computer monitor to cover her hole cards.  She played the entire tourney based on what her opponents were doing; their stack sizes, bet sizing, calling patterns etc.  Can you say phenom?

My man, Phil Hellmuth has been eliminated!

The winner of 12 bracelets!

The winner of 12 bracelets!

Found this post today from facebook friend Pamela Brunson:


Daughter of a legend

Pamela Brunson
I just got home. Haven’t checked the WSOP.com updates yet. Todd said he texted Dad 10 minutes ago and he had 410,000 in chips!!!! GO DAD GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(No kidding, it would only be the greatest feat in WOP history, his 3rd ME championship at 79?  Way better than Stuey Ungar’s comeback win in 1997.)

Compelling human interest story:

Laura Green & Scott Born, newlyweds spending their honeymoon in Vegas playing the series and they spent most of the day at the same table…Wife’s got 41,000 hubby’s got 38,000.  Good Luck.

Two former world champs were busted on Day 2C; Joe Hachem and Jamie Gold Daniel Negreanu busted as well.  Soccer star Gerard Pique and NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo were eliminated…as were Jennifer Harman, Barbara Enright and Gus Hansen.

Mark Kroon was your Day chip leader….if you recognize the name, that’s because he was also the Day 1 Chip Leader.  Last player to hold the chip lead after Day 1 and Day 2?  Ben Lamb, two years ago.  Kroon has 507,000, the only player above the half-million chip mark.  Kroon, 52, owns a bar in Madison, Wisconsin and is the host of then Man Up Poker Show…and…he is known as ‘PokerHo’ online, formerly a sponsored pro at Ultimate Bet….good friends with Phil Hellmuth.

Greg Merson, your defending champion, is in the top 50 right now, with 275,000 chips.  In perspective, 275,000 represents a Big Blind at the start of final table play last year.  LONG WAY to go.

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