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41 PLAYERS NOW CONFIRMED FOR BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP

$1 Million BUY-IN POKER EVENT RETURNS JUNE 29 - JULY 1st DURING 2014 WSOP
 
[Las Vegas, Nevada - Photo credit: JOE GIRON] – With a 56 player cap, players are moving fast to ensure they get a seat at the biggest poker game in the world.  Just 15 seats remain open less than two weeks before cards officially hit the felt with organizers optimistic the event will be a sellout.
 
Several businessmen and poker players have anted the $1,000,000 buy-in to participate in the second installment of the The BIG ONE for ONE DROP which returns to the famed Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
 
The BIG ONE for ONE DROP will take place over three days, from June 29 to July 1, 2014, with play beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the Sunday starting day.
 
As part of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, The BIG ONE for ONE DROP is a $1,000,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em charity poker tournament limited to 56 players willing to put up the highest entry fee ever offered.
 
Later this month, a seat will be up for grabs for anyone interested for as little as $200. On June 28th at 6pm, the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will hold a $25,300 satellite.  Players will have no fewer than seven mega-satellite “step” opportunities, ranging from $200 to $3,750 on June 26th and June 27th to generate entry into the culminating $25,300 tournament with a Big One entry on the line.
 
The new participants are:
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2014 WSOP Event #33 $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Dutch Boyd won Event #33, a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em affair, that attracted 1688 players and offered a $1,519,200 prize pool.  The top 171 finishers received a part of the purse with $288,744 going to the winner.

Boyd won his first WSOP gold back in 2006, then four years elapsed before he won his second in 2010 then four years elapsed before he won his third bracelet today and... Do I see a pattern developing here?  Will Dutch Boyd's fourth bracelet come in 2018?  Stay tuned folks.

Day three saw a relatively short final table and when two players remained for the heads-up match it was over in a quick 17 hands.  Dutch Boyd remained in control throughout and dispatched second place finisher Steven Norden in short order.

Steven Norden of Princeton, New Jersey goes home with $178,490 and a great story about what could have been.

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2014 WSOP Event #34 $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Most everyone that has sat around a table and played poker has tried their hand at a few variations of the game including Seven Card Stud or even Five Card Stud. Once the staple of the game before the infusion of Hold'em took over in the seventies meant you could always find a Stud game in Vegas.

Whether you wanted to play $1-2 limit at the old Mint Casino's two table poker room downtown or head up to the Strip and try one of the nose-bleed-limit games, stud was king.  Did you know that the Circus-Circus Casino even offered $1-3 limit Six Card Stud?  I sat in one of those games once and came in third best with quad Kings during one of the hands.

Even though the stud games' popularity has taken a hit it's still played in poker rooms around the world including the WSOP.  A $1,500 buy-in event just concluded after xxx topped the field of 345 entrants to receive a WSOP gold bracelet and $118,785 in cash.

Alex Kravchenko of Moscow, Russia took the second position and moves on with an additional $73,360 in his play bank.  The top 40 finishers collected prize money from the $465,750 purse.

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2014 WSOP Event #32 $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed Championship

Joe Cadaby Joseph Smith Sr.

Another WSOP World Championship $10,000 buy-in event determined a champion following the elimination of second place finisher Jeremy Ausmus.  This scheduled 3 day event signed up 264 players, each posting the $10,000 buy-in for a seat and an opportunity to become part of poker history.

Among the entrants was 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Cada.  Cada holds the record for being the youngest poker player to win a WSOP Main Event at the age of 21-years-old. He collected $8,547,044 after topping a field of 6,494 players.  He also received the very special WSOP Championship bracelet reserved for Main Event winners.

Joe Cada now has another championship bracelet following his sterling performance tonight at the 2014 WSOP.

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2014 WSOP Event #31 $1.5 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.
 

Event #31, a popular $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, drew a crowd of 1,631 entrants and offered a prize pool of $2,201,850 to be distributed among the top 171 finishers.  Staying true to form and demonstrating the draw power of owning WSOP gold the field included some familiar faces among the hopefuls.
 

About a half hour before the midnight hour the heads-up play between Ronald Sullivan and Brett  Shaffer came to an end when Shaffer's set of deuces outpointed Sullivan's Ace high.  Sullivan will have an extra $258,695 in his bank account back home in Bradenton, Florida for his second place finish.

Brett Shaffer of Beloit, Kansas walks away with a nice $418,435 in cash, his second gold WSOP bracelet and perpetuity in the great World Series Of Poker history book.  

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2014 WSOP Event #29 $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

World Series of Poker Event #29 came to a conclusion early Monday morning and finished the distribution of the $2,650,375 prize pool to the top 117 finishers. The $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament attracted a crowd of 1,165 players.

The scheduled three day event included some of poker's better known professional players.  In the mix and also on the payout sheet were Brock Parker, Rep Porter, David Pham, Matt Affleck, Tony Dunst, the 1998 Main Event Champion, Scotty Nguyen and 2008 Main Event Champion, Jerry Yang.

An unofficial ten handed final table was reached at about 5:15 and played for two hours before a player, David Benefield, bubbled out to leave the official nine-handed final table.  That's a two hour stretch showing how serious and dedicated these players are for WSOP gold.  The winner's large pile of cash might also be a motivating factor.

In the end, Pierre Milan of Bagneux, CA, France rose above all the other entrants and claimed his first WSOP gold and a little over a half million in prize money after defeating Justin Oliver heads-up.    

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2014 WSOP Event #30 $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

by Joseph Smith Sr.
 

Walking by the WSOP tables and seeing those playing in this event you would never guess it's a relatively low $1,500 buy-in match.  With the likes of Ted Forrest, David Levi and Hoyt Corkins one would be more likely to believe it was one of the $10K buy-in championship events.

Almost six hundred players, 588 to be exact, signed up and paid the $1,500 fee to try and outlast everyone else in their quest for the WSOP gold and poker immortality.  Just like days of old when thousands of hopefuls climbed White Horse Pass on their way to bagging their share of Alaska's gold the WSOP gold has the same magnetic force on those players seeking fame and fortune.

This event ended with Calvin Anderson besting second place finisher Joe Tehan and walking away with his first WSOP gold bracelet and $190,538 in his pocket.  

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2014 WSOP Event #28 $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

World Series of Poker Event #28 was a $10,000 buy-in World Championship of Pot-Limit Hold'em.  One hundred sixty players, including many well known professionals and WSOP bracelet holders, settled into their seats at the Rio Hotel & Casino for the run to the cash and gold.   

The top 18 players earned a share of the $1,504,000 prizepool with the winner taking down almost $400 thousand and one of those most sort after WSOP gold bracelets.

A few of the familiar faces at the final table belonged to Todd Brunson, Barny Boatman and Chino Rheem.  Another well known poker professional, Dan Shak, bubbled out of the final table and collected $30,516 for 10th place.

Alex Bilokur of Russia had to overcome a 9 to 1 chip disadvantage to defeat Matt O'Donnell in heads-up play to win the World Championship event.

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2014 WSOP Event #27 $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E.

by Joseph Smith Sr.

WSOP event #27 attracted 743 hopefuls vying for the top prize of a WSOP gold bracelet and the $230,744 winner's share of the $1,003,050 prizepool.  Each of the poker players put up the $1,500 buy-in for a seat in the H.O.R.S.E. Tournament.

Winner, Tommy Hang, collected all the chips when he rivered a Ten and completed his Queen high straight to trump all-in Jim Collopy's pocket Kings.  Tommy Hang's largest previous cash in the World Series of Poker  was $194,674 received for a 3rd place finish in the 2008 World Championship Limit Hold'em.

Hand will be returning home to Seattle, Washington with his first WSOP gold bracelet.  

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5 Great Restaurants in the Rio in case some of the poker-players have exhausted the Poker kitchen

by M. G. Smith

#1 Buzio's  Seafood
Fresh sea-food overlooking VooDoo Beach.
The average entree price is $25 to $40.
Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 5PM to 10PM
Friday and Saturday 5PM to 10:30PM

Reservations can be made at 702-777-7697
A fresh oyster bar over looks an open kitchen.
Casual attire is fine and remember to save room for the seven layer, chocolate cake for dessert!

#2 All American Bar and Grill
If you are craving an open mesquite wood grilled steak, chop or burger you won't be dissapointed.
The average entree price is $15 to $ 25.
Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 11AM to12AM
Friday and Saturday   11AM to 2AM
Known for fast "in and out" dining makes it a favorite for all the poker- players in the World Series.

#3  Martorano's
If you love to dance and party this restaurant is more like a nightclub. A full bar shows gangster scenes
and music videos.
The average entree price is $ 27.
The family style Italian portions are huge.
Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 530 PM to 10 PM
Friday and Saturday    530 PM to 10:30 PM

702 (777-7740) will make this an unforgettable experience.
You will be comfortable in business attire.

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