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As this year’s World Series of Poker inches closer and closer towards the main event, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, the excitement at the Rio Hotel and Casino continues to boil over with surprises, moments of huge elation as well as moments of major disappointments.

Here is the latest run down from our eyes and ears at the Rio’s poker tables.

JJacquelyn Scottacquelyn Scott, 66-years-old from Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, never looked back as she defeated a field of 795 that signed up for Event #53: $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Ms Scott registered her first ever WSOP cash and took home not only the $153,856 first prize check but also her first gold bracelet.

Alexander PetersenEvent #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, with 387 eager players, was taken by Alexander Petersen, an “on-line” poker pro from Aarhus, Denmark. Petersen walked away with an extremely nice pay day of $927,655 and his first gold bracelet. This was also his first WSOP cash and his first-ever final table appearance.

Brandon WittmeyerBrandon Wittmeyer, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, ran through a field of 1,123 to snatch Event #55: $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold’em and take home a sweet $200,618 plus his first WSOP gold bracelet. This marked the first time that a WSOP event was officially designated with a name sponsor.

Kevin MacPheeEvent #56: $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by 34-year-old Kevin MacPhee from Coeur D Alene, Idaho, a professional poker player with 26 WSOP cashes and three final table appearances, who finally walked away with all the marbles. A pay day of $490,800 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Congratulations, Mr. MacPhee.

Takahiro NakaiEvent #57: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em was grabbed up by 36-year-old Takahiro Nakai from Osaka, Japan when he not only survived but stayed on top of a huge field of 2,497 players. Nakai walked away with more than a giant smile; he also pocketed a fat check for $399,039 and wrapped his first gold bracelet around his wrist.

Jonathan DuhamelJonathan Duhamel, the winner of the WSOP Main Event Championship in 2010, takes  Event #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP. He not only takes home the HUGE pay-out of $3,989,985 for first place, but also his second career WSOP gold bracelet. Duhamel stated, “as a former spokesman for One Drop, winning this event was very dear to me, this is like a double win.”

Alex LindopEvent #59: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is officially taken by Alex Lindop, from Stoke-on-Trent, U.K., earning $531,037, and his first WSOP gold bracelet after besting a total of 2,155 players and making him the second Britt to take home a bracelet this summer.

Anthony ZinnoLawyer turned Poker-Pro Anthony Zinno from Boston, MA, walks away with Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha. At 33 years-old, Zinno could not be a happier man than he was on July 1, 2015. After playing for eight long years, cashing 12 times at the WSOP and making five final tables, he finally wrapped his fingers around his first WSOP gold bracelet . . . and to top that off, he took home one of the summer’s largest cash prizes in the amount of $1,122,196.

I will be at the Rio starting on July 11th to hang out at the Main Event and see who ends up at this year’s final table to be part of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker “November Nine.”  Hope to see y’all there.

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We left off on the taking of Event #41 so here’s what’s transpired since then. The following events were no easy battles and all the winners deserve our most sincere congratulations.

Adrian ApmanEvent #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Adrian Apmann, making this his sixth WSOP cash and his first bracelet win. He takes home $478,102 after almost a week of intense grinding in an event that normally would not last more than three days until the seventh hour of the fifth day, when he came out on top.

Jon AndovecJon Andlovec from Boise, Idaho picks up the win of the inaugural WSOP “Super Seniors” Championship;  Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. 70 year-old Andlovec earns his first-ever gold bracelet along with a nice fat check for $262,220.

Mike GorodinskyEvent #44: The Poker Players Championship welcomed Mike Gorodinsky into its Elite Club. Gorodinsky with this, his 12th WSOP cash and second gold bracelet, plus $1,270,086 first-place prize money, finally realizes his dream of having his name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. His is only the ninth name in history to be etched upon this trophy.

Upeshka De SilvaEvent #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was completely controlled by Upeshka De Silva; he basically knocked out everyone to go heads up with Dara O’Kearny until he sent him to the rails with just a King-Ace high. With that, De Silva walked away with a sweet $424,577 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Vasili FirsauVasili Firsau won his first gold bracelet by outlasting a field of of 682 hardened players in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed.  Firsau, only the second-ever bracelet winner from the nation of Belarus, took home a hefty check of $437,575 for his troubles.

Matt O'donnellEvent #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em paid out $551,941 for first place to Matt O’Donnell, making this his fifth WSOP cash and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. It came down to a very heated heads up battle between O’Donnell and Timur Margolin that lasted 166 hands. On hand #167 O’Donnell moved all in with . Margolin snap called turning over , the flop was putting O’Donnell into the lead and the turn sealed his victory when the dealer dropped the .

Eli ElezraEvent #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was grabbed up by old-time poker pro Eli Elezra, putting yet another $112,590 into his poker coffers and snatching up his third gold bracelet.


Young JiYoung Ji pockets the first place prize money in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Ji takes $231,102 plus his first WSOP Gold Bracelet. This was also his very first final table.

Ben YuEvent #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is pocketed by Ben Yu from Las Vegas. This marks Yu’s fifth final table appearance and, finally, his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a check for $291,456.


Justin LibertoJustin Liberto moves all in and picks up first place in Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and takes a nice little check for $640,711 and a flashy WSOP gold bracelet.


Carol FuchsEvent #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice is championed by Screenwriter/Film Producer Carol Fuchs from Los Angeles. She wins her first gold bracelet at her very first final table appearance and takes home $127,735.

So, another four million dollars plus was awarded to all the first place winners for Events #42 through #52 and we’ve still got a lot of final tables to play before we even get to the Main Event at this year’s WSOP. Good luck to all.

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The 46th Annual World Series of Poker has certainly not been disappointing. Our eyes and ears on the floor have witnessed the tears of defeat as well as the tears of sheer joy as some dreams are smashed while, albeit comparatively few, have become overwhelming realities for those lucky few.

Jason Mercier


Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. Good to see Jason Mercier come back to take this event and take home his third bracelet along with the tidy sum of $633,357.

Benny GlaserEvent #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Benny Glaser ends up a whole lot better than last year when he ran into brick walls on every event he entered and did not cash on any of them. This year he persevered and took it all, winning $136,215 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Andre BoyerEvent #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em is taken by Andre Boyer, who at 72 years old, takes home a sweet $250,483 and his second gold bracelet, ten years after winning his first.

Dan IdemaDan Idema from Vancouver came out on top of Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E., and snatched his third gold bracelet and a nice paycheck for $261,774.


Corrie WunstelEvent #36: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha is grabbed up by Corrie Wunstel and he takes home his first ever WSOP bracelet and $267,435 for him to do whatever he wants.


Byron KavermanByron Kaverman plows ahead and takes Event #37: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship, pocketing $657,351 and his first brand new, shiny, gold WSOP bracelet.


Thiago NishijimaEvent #38: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em is conquered by Thiago Nishijima from Brazil. Nishijima walks away with in this, his 17th WSOP cash, $546,843 for a total of $1,060,481 in WSOP earnings and finally, his first gold bracelet.

Brian HastingsBrian Hastings is the first double winner of 2015 when he takes Event #39: $1,500 Ten-Game Mix just ten days after his first win (Event #27). Hastings takes home another big check, this one for $133,403 and, now his third bracelet. He is now sitting on total WSOP earnings of $1,272,776. How sweet it is.

Travis BakerTravis Baker outlasts all the other seniors to take Event #40: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship and run to the bank with $613,466 and his first bracelet. At only 50 years-young Travis just made the minimum age requirement to participate in this event and I would bet all the other seniors hated getting beat by this youngster.

Max PescatoriEvent #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship is taken by Max “the Italian Pirate” Pescatori, who also won Event #9 earlier this month taking home $155,947 for that win, now takes another fat paycheck for $292,158 giving him a total (so far)  of $448,105 from the 46th Annual WSOP tables. He now has four gold bracelets to his name.

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Meanwhile, back at the Rio Hotel and Casino the excitement keeps building as more and more pro and amateur poker players keep stuffing their pockets with cash and wrapping gold bracelets around their wrists. Here is the latest to catch you up.

Arash GhaneianEvent #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.  was taken by Las Vegas Poker Pro Arash Ghaneian. He was cheered to victory by his wife, who is pregnant with twins. His payday of $239,750 for first place will go a long way to help with expenses of their expected twins, plus he now has his first WSOP gold bracelet .

Jeffrey TomlinsonEvent #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed belonged to Jeffrey Tomlinson. Tomlinson, a high school teacher and football coach from Jupiter, Florida, and part-time amateur poker player surprised everyone when he held his ground and emerged victorious to take home a sweet $567,724 pay check and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Aaron WallaceEvent #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was captured by Aaron Wallace after he turned his Satellite Entry into a pocketful of dollars in the largest Non-Texas Hold’em Tournament in history. He walked away with $226,985, his first ever WSOP cash and his first gold bracelet after defeating a total of 1,293 players.

Brian HastingsBrian Hastings, high-stakes cash game player from Hanover Township, PA, wrapped up Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and stuffed his pockets with  $239,518 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #28: MONSTER STACK $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em is still being played as of this posting it is heads up between Eric Place and Perry Shiao, our money is on the chip leader Eric Place with more than twice as many chips.

Phil GalfondPhil Galfond championed over Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and walked away with $224,383 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. Although it was a rather small field of only 77 players, it was filled with poker pros like Eli Elezra, Erik Seidel, and more, but Galfond held strong and walked away with all the marbles.

Franko Ivan LucaThe first ever Argentinian, a 23 year-old poker pro picked up Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Franco Ivan Luca came to win and he did just that; he took Event #30 by the horns and never let go. Now he can go back home to Buenos Aires with his $353,391 in prize money and a shiny new gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker.

Jeff MadsenJeff Madsen won his fourth career World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and took home a fat pay check of $301,314 bringing his total WSOP earnings to more than 2.5 million dollars. Not bad for a 30 year-old.

We’ll be back with more the next time we hear from our eyes and ears at the Rio.

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