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Archived Poker Interviews, Now on Youtube!

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while for any blog posts but we have been busy uploading our interview library to youtube and the video making process is taking aome time. Of course, we are trying to make each video of high quality, with interesting facts about our guests, some of their achievements ecetera. Congrats to Michael Bisping of the UFC, completes his destiny by knowcking out Luke Rockhold…wow.  Are you playing the World Series of Poker? It’s now underway at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino…good luck to all those playing.

The Colossus drew more than 21,000 runners, less than last year but still massive. Yours truly will be playing one event, Number 57, PLO8 July 1st weekend. Send me some mojo baby! We are now on youtube baby! HERE

Below, please enjoy some of the recent interviews we’s put on youtube, from the archives: 

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Dr. Jaclynn Moskow and her claims of sexual harrassment and racism at Poker Night in America.

Robbie Strazynski, founder of Cardplayer Lifestyle, one of the best poker blogs in the world. Right up there with ours, right?

Mike Leah discusses the WSOP, his recent success at SCOOP and his goal to smash the all-time WSOP cash record.

Darren Elias, a back-to-back winner on the World Poker Tour. History maker!

Douglas Smith, president of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, about their big show in Las Vegas. Rare poker chips anyone?

Chad Holloway, former managing editor PokerNews.com, about his WSOP bracelet win in the Casino Employees Championship a few years ago.

The Blackjack Ball? A secret gathering of the best blackjack players on the planet and Nicholas Colon was there! Great chat!

And, the Sensei of Poker Neil Channing! Funny guy. He can play too.

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Poker Legend Puggy Pearson, Ivey v Bilzerian, Gambling Fun Facts

Hey High Rollers, hope you are winning at the tables and the cards have been kind. Bubbled a few events as well recently but had a nice score this past weekend, chopped the daily $25 Omaha Hi Low for $447. Sweet!

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Puggy Pearson Quotes

Hall of Famer and WSOP main event world champ.
“I’ll play any man from any land, any game he can name, for any amount he can count…provided I like it.”

“Ain’t only three things to gambling; knowing the 60-40 end of the proposition, money management and knowing yourself.”

“Losing is like smoking, it’s habit forming.”

“The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willing’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gambler’s know that.”

Poker Tips for Beginners

Implied Odds = The estimated amount of money that you can expect to win if you complete your drawing hand, regardless of the immediate odds the pot is currently laying you.

Value Bet
What Is It?
A bet made with the intention of being called in order to extract more money or chips from a likely worse hand. Value bets are made when a player’s hand has a positive expectation.

“Aces are larger than life and greater than mountains.”
– Mike Caro

Gamers Spend Money
A new report says nearly half of all social gamers spend money on the activity rather than just continuing to play for free. Most are men between 21-and-35 but 41% are women. The social gaming market is $2.9 billion in the US.

Fun Casino Facts
It’s thought Roulette was invented by the well-known scientist Blaise Pascal as a result of his attempts and numerous tests to create a perpetual motion machine.

Alec ‘Traheho’ Torelli
Alec Torelli is a high stakes cash game terror, who recently crushed his opponents on Poker Night in America Florida for close to $60,000 over two days. He’s a regular in Macau at nose bleed stakes and writes for Card Player magazine. Listen now to our fantastic chat:

For his ‘Hand of the Day’ check out his blog site www.alectorelli.com

Phil Ivey versus Ban Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian is currently estimated to beworth around $150 million while Phil Ivey has a net worth of around $100 million. While Ivey has the inferior net worth, the majority of Ivey’s worth can be attributed to poker while much of Bilzerian’s wealth allegedly comes from his family.

Did you know?
Dan Bilzerian recently signed a sponsorship deal with the fantasy sports site DraftKings. Bilzerian has a whopping 1.25 million followers on twitter and 11.5 million on Instagram.
NOTE: Phil Ivey has over $23 million in live tournament earnings, 10 WSOP bracelets, a WPT title.

 

Soccer Star Hits Royal Flush

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr, the Brazilian football star who represents PokerStars, has generated a lot of buzz online for the hands he’s been getting. In August, 2015, Neymar Jr hit a royal flush in spades on a board reading KSpade Suit 5Club Suit 4Heart Suit 10Spade Suit QSpade Suit during a €50 Super Stack tournament. He later went on to make the final table, though it was completely insignificant money for him. He makes at least $30 million a year. He posted a photo of the hand on Instagram and it was liked more than 510,000 times. Good publicity for PokerStars.

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Poker and Gambling Quotes on High Roller Radio

Hey High Rollers, still recovering from all that WSOP action? What a summer. Editor’s Note: We are looking for contributors, either audio segments on sports betting, poker strategy, or casino news or written articles on anything gambling/poker related. Interested in getting your name out there? Want to join our team? There is NO pay, but we will promote you with your own page on the website and through social media. 2-to-1 you’ll LOVE it! We’d love to have you!

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Phil Ivey vs Borgata

Can you say Countersuit?

Phil Ivey countersues the Borgata Hotel & Casino over the controversial $9.6 million ‘edge sorting’ case,suggesting the casino committed fraud against them because they destroyed the playing cards/evidence in question. Below is a statement form Ivey’s legal team:
(NOTE: Everything centres on faulty playing cards.)

“Plaintiff’s complaint is barred because of the plaintiff’s own spoliation of evidence, specifically plaintiff’s failure to preserve, sequester or in any other way produce the actual playing cards used in the course of the defendants’ play, thereby irretrievably prejudicing defendants’ ability to secure judgment, and otherwise constituting suppression of evidence that would result in the entry of judgment on behalf of the defendants…Plaintiff intentionally destroyed each and every card and deck of cards it produced for play to defendants Ivey and Sun for that entire five month period preceding defendants’ final play at the Borgata in October of 2012.”

“In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”
– Ace RothsteinCasino

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.”
– 
Ace Rothstein: (voice-over), Casino

At the movies…
A collection of great poker and gambling films.

“I hadn’t been in Vegas 20 minutes when I got word the bookmakers were offering 3-to-1 that Frank wouldn’t show for my wedding.”
– Sammy Davis Jr.

“Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.”
– Steve Wynn

You can lead a horse to water but a donkey will follow you all the way to the river.

– Anonymous

“Every time I go to Vegas, I seem to incur some kind of fine.”
– Artie Lange

In a bet there is a fool and a thief.  
~Proverb

“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon. There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.” 
 Norman Mailer

“In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number.”
– Steven Wright

Hockey in Vegas?
“I just don’t see it not happening. We have a solid owner, an arena and we sold 13,000 season tickets. Vegas has 2.2 million people. It’s a sports town. We’ve been starving for a professional franchise of any kind for many years.”
– Daniel Negreanu, on Las Vegas getting an NHL team.

Freeroller to High Roller

“I started playing poker seriously during my sophomore year of college in 2005. I had played some $5 home games in high school and stuff before that, but it was mainly an excuse to drink in our basements. I had kind of forgotten about poker, to be honest, but my little brother was really into it. He’s five years younger than me, and one day when I came back to visit from college, he was in the play money games on PokerStars. I thought it looked fun, so I started playing too. Then I found out about all of the freerolls they had on some of the other sites, won one of them, and all of a sudden I had a $100 bankroll. It was pretty much a standard poker boom story. I read some strategy books, got better and started building up my bankroll. I never had to make a deposit and I never went broke. By the time I had reached my senior year I was doing really well. During the last week of my finals, I had won over six figures.”

– Amit Makhija

Poker Hall of Fame
What’s the Criteria for Entry?

Inductees must be at least 40 years old and must have “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and “for high stakes,” while playing “consistently well” and “gaining the respect of peers.” The player must have lasted in the poker world too, as another standard is that they “stood the test of time.” For those who didn’t more or less play full-time, they must have “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

Did you know? There are currently 48 members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
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Bluff Catcher
A hand with marginal strength that is not good enough to bet or raise with, but strong enough to go to showdown against an opponent’s bluffs.

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46th Annual World Series of Poker Highlights, Bracelet Winners, Poker History

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while….busy summer with the World Series of Poker, watching the WSOP Live Streams. Congrats to David Tuchman and all of his co-hosts, another fantastic offering of poker variety, thrills and spills, great action with bad beats and remarkable feats. Below you’ll find all the bracelet winners and some highlights from the 46th annual WSOP.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer

Be sure to check out the new trailer for the gambling road movie Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendohlson…looks great, and got awesome reviews at the film festivals. The greatest since Rounders? We’ll see.

Dogs Playing Poker


A Bold Bluff

This is just one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 16 pieces in his famous American Classic painting series. Did you know they were originally painted to sell cigars?

Dogs Playing Poker

John Reading Interview

This Minnesota Native cashed 7 times at the WSOP, made two final tables and won a bracelet in the first ever Hyper Hold’em event that saw 20 minute blind levels. It took just 11 hours to reach a final table.

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46th Annual WSOP

– The first ever WSOP.com online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet. One of our former guests, Hunter Cichy finished runner-up. Another former guest Dutch Boyd cashed.

– Event #60, the 25k High Roller, won by former lawyer turned poker pro Anthony Zinno, was the richest PLO tournameny in history, generating a prize pool of more than $4 million.

2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel topped a stacked field in the $111,111 buy-in Big One for One Drop. He defeated businessman Bill Klein heads-up for the title and his 2nd bracelet. Bill Klein donated his entre 2nd place winnings, $2,465,522, to charity.

Trivia: Who finished 6th in the main event and plays on the same dodgeball team as Jonathan Duhamel?
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– Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

– Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

– Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

– Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

– Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

– After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

– The Colossus was exactly that! It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.

WSOP Bracelet Winners 2015
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O’Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7’s NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event????

Who’s your November 9?

Seat 1:  Zvi Stern — 29,800,000
Seat 2:  Pierre Neuville — 21,075,000
Seat 3:  Joshua Beckley — 11,800,000
Seat 4:  Max Steinberg — 20,200,000
Seat 5:  Thomas Cannuli — 12,250,000
Seat 6:  Joe McKeehen — 63,100,000
Seat 7:  Patrick Chan — 6,225,000
Seat 8:  Federico Butteroni — 6,200,000
Seat 9:  Neil Blumenfield — 22,000,000

Gambling Quotes
“The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.”
– Heywood Hale Broun

 
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Padraig Parkinson Q&A, Ultimate Slow Roll, Poker Funnies & the HRR T-Shirt

Hey High Rollers, great interview with Irish legend Padraig Parkinson today, well actually at midnight last night our time, 6 a.m. his time in Paris, but edited today and on the website now at www.highrollerradio.net (give it a few minutes to load.) Padraig was 3rd at the 1999 main event, won Late Night Poker across the pond, which made him a household name in the UK, and he’s got a new book out, Rebel Without a Pause, and believe me you’ll want to pick yourself up a copy. He is a funny guy and dynamic storyteller; we spoke about the passing of Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, the Irish Open and that classic slow roll gone wrong. What was the German thinking? Slow rolling the Grandfather of Irish Poker Donnacha O’Dea, at the final table no less. He got what he deserved.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the commentators reaction, obviously Irish and fans of O’Dea:

Crazy! “Justice is done! Justice is done.!” Padraig has heard one possible reason for the slow roll, but you have to listen to the interview, Part 2, at www.highrollerradio.net

Luck of the Irish?

Stable boy turned millionaire.  In March 2012, 29-year-old Irishman Conor Murphy placed the luckiest bet of his life at Cheltenham.  He wagered $75 on all five of his boss’s horses to win and, guess what, they did.  Murphy scooped a stunning pot of $1.5 million in the accumulator.

This guy's a High Roller!

This guy’s a High Roller!

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Longest of Longshots

The 1913 Kentucky Derby produced the longest long-shots in the history of the race when 91-to-1 outsider Donerail claimed victory.   One hundred years ago, those putting $2 on Donerail would have collected $184.90.

Jockey

Incredible!  Jockey Frankie Dettori left bookmakers with their jaws dropped in 1996 when he won all seven races at the Ascot Festival in the United Kingdom at odds of 25,000-to-1.  Darren Yeats placed a £59 ($89) accumulator bet on all of Dettori’s races and it paid off, big time.  Yeats took home £550,000 ($830,000) richer.

Scotty Nguyen Baby! (Pronounced ‘winn’)

•  5 WSOP bracelets
•  1998 World Champ
•  1 World Poker Tour title
•  8 final tables on the WPT

Did you know?

Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, one of the best players on the planet, wrote in his book, Check Raising the Devil, that a few days before the 1998 Main Event had a dream, which vividly depicted Scotty Nguyen as the Champion.  Despite his friends and mother’s objection, Matusow decided to opt out of the tournament and instead give his entry fee to Scotty for 33 per cent of any prize money.  One week later, Nguyen became World Champion and ‘The Mouth’ was $333,333 richer – his share of the $1 million payday.

Tidbit:  One day after the 1998 World Championship, Scotty Nguyen’s brother was killed in a car accident back home in Vietnam.  To this day, Nguyen does not wear his Main Event gold bracelet.

A Putt for his Life?

Once, during a discussion about golf, Doyle Brunson said that if he had to pick one guy to make a 10-foot putt for his life it would be Puggy Pearson.  Wow.  Not Nicklaus, nor Palmer, nor Watson.  Puggy Pearson! “He’s the greatest pressure putter I’ve ever seen,” Brunson said.

Akio Kashiwagi

Biggest Gambler in the World? At one time, in 1992, yes he was! This Japanese property developer liked to play baccarat and holds the world record for the biggest loss EVER playing that game – a whopping $10 million in one session at the Trump Casino.  Soon afterwards, he was stabbed to death outside his home.

Lori Kolstad wearing the High Roller Radio t-shirt. Look, feel & play like a High Roller baby, get yours today!

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WSOP History & Ryan Laplante Interview

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while since we’ve blogged….but we’ve got a ton of great stuff for you tonight; interview with ‘young gun’ Ryan Laplante, who had 6 cashes and a final table (his 3rd) at the World Series of Poker this summer.  He’s cashes more than 3300 times online and has won more than a million dollars.

Ryan Laplante Q&A HERE

During the month of September, Laplante expects to play some 1,500 tournaments at the World Championship of Online Poker over the course of three weeks. His buy-ins will total between $70,000 and $100,000.  The life of a dedicated pro!

Laplante says playing a 1¢/2¢ cash game online is the equivalent to sitting down in a $1/$2 game at the casino.  He says a 2¢/5¢ game is about the same as a $2/$5 game live.  Online poker is tough!

Visit Ryan’s website for coaching:
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2014 WSOP Cashes
Event #49: 56th, No Limit Hold’em, ($10,794)
Event #45: 106th, No Limit Hold’em, ($2,253)
Event #39: 5th, No Limit Hold’em ($113,796)
Event #29: 38th, No Limit Hold’em ($11,449)
Event #23: 23rd, No Limit Hold’em ($7,370)
Event #8: 636th, Millionaire Maker, ($3,446)

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WSOP History

Aces get cracked against Aces in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop:

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This is what they’re palying for…

It is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize in poker – the bracelet!  Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual World Series of Poker.  In the early years only a few bracelets were awarded each year.  In 1990, 14 bracelets were handed out.  By 2000, that number jumped to 24.  In 2014, there were 65 bracelet events at the RIO.  Bracelets are also handed out at the World Series of Poker Europe, the WSOP National Championship and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific.

Tidbit:  As of the 2013 WSOP APAC, there have been 1008 bracelets awarded in the torunament’s 45 year history, 462 of which were won by 140 players who have won at least two bracelets.

Bracelet Design

Jason Arasheben, famed jewelry designer and owner of Jason of Beverly Hills, was chosen as the official bracelet manufacturer in 2012.  Arasheben has designed championship rings for the 2009 & 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2011 Green Bay Packers, among others. The 2012 main event bracelet featured each suit in the deck in either rubies of black diamonds.  It featured 160 grams of 14 karat gold and 35 karats of flawless diamonds.

* At first, the WSOP bracelet didn’t have much prestige. 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson says his first one “didn’t mean anything” to him and admits he didn’t even pick two of them up.

* “Better than an Oscar,” Jennifer Tilly, on winning her WSOP bracelet in the 2005 Ladies Championship.

“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

“Look honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand.  But, they forgot one thing; I can dodge bullets baby.” – Phil Hellmuth

More POKER QUOTES

 

Moneymaker & Gamble?

Chris Moneymaker sold a 20% stake of himself for the 2003 World Series of Poker main event to his friend, David Gamble.  Moneymaker and Gamble?  Really?  A tidbit that got lost in the shuffle.

Flashback

Sammy Farha played a big hand at the end of Day 2 at the 2003 main event, losing to Barry Greenstein when he hit a straight on the river.  Farha was crippled with only 5000 chips left.  He played and won every remaining hand of the evening, seven of them, including the first two ‘in the dark’, boosting his stack to 54,000.  He eventually finished 2nd losing to Chris Moneymaker in their classic heads-up duel.

Did you know?
In a bid to prevent men from playing in the WSOP Ladies Championship, and men have in the past played it on principle, organizers charge men $10,000 to play.  Women only have to play $1,000.  Some men believe it’s unfair women have their own event, where a bracelet is awarded. 

* Nolan Dalla has presided over EVERY bracelet ceremony at the World Series of Poker since 2002. Every single one!

Origins
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments held each year in Las Vegas.  Its origins date back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time. The winner, Johnny Moss, was determined by secret ballot.

Legend has it…
The modern day World Series of Poker originated from a two-person poker match between Nicholas Andreas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss between January 1951 and May 1951. Set-up as a tourist attraction, the two played nearly every variation of poker in existence. Both were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.

Ladies Night

In 2012, Gaelle Baumann of France and Elisabeth Hille finished 10th and 11th respectively, what is known in poker circles as ‘Bubbling’ the final table.

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