Thursday July 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm

The 2019 World Series of Poker continued with the start of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship. This year's Day 1A is one of the biggest in recent memory with an 44% uptick from last year with 1,336 entries. 2013 bracelet winner Bryan Campanello bagged up the Day 1A chip lead with 417,500. Meanwhile, Frenchman Jeremy Saderne won his first bracelet with a victory in WSOP Event #69 $1,000 Mini Main Event. Saderne banked $628,654.

And so it begins! The World Series of Poker Main Event is the most prestigious tournament in all of poker. There are other events with bigger buy-ins and cooler and way less corporate events all over the world, but there's always something magical and historical about winning the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. Even though poker has reached every continent on the planet, the best of the best flock to Vegas every summer to see who is the biggest and baddest poker player on the planet. Sure, there's hundreds and thousands of better players in and around Vegas and scattered in every nook and cranny where they gamble in the world. But it still takes a bit of reckless courage to do what Hunter Thompson referred to as "Buy the ticket, take the ride." Mostly everyone will get a ride but come up empty handed. But one fortunate soul will fondle a mountain of cash and achieve poker immortality if they're the last player standing after two weeks of poker madness.

Meanwhile, France locked up a second bracelet this summer when Jeremy Saderne outlasted a massive field to win the Mini Main bracelet and $629K in cash.

Event #73 $10,000 NL Main Event Championship - Day 1A Update

The 2019 WSOP Main Event kicked off with Day 1A at the Rio on the eve of the Fourth of July. It would be the first of three opening flights with the third day always the most popular flight.

Even though Day 1A hosted on a Wednesday, it felt like a Friday vibe with players taking a shot at the glory, attention, cash, and bling.

This year's Day 1A saw an impressive number of entrants which featured an 44% boost compared to last year's opening flight with 925 runners.

Bryan Campanello bagged the Day 1A lead with 417,500. But did he really want the lead because of the dreaded curse of the Day 1 chip leader?

Raymond Travis Rice was second with 335,000 and the only other player over the 300K mark.

Timothy Su finished Day 1A with the third biggest stack with 297,300, followed by Quentin Roussey's 266,400 and Takehiro Kato in fifth with 259,200.

Among the notables with healthy stack of at least 100K were former Main Event Champ Qui Nguyen, Dan Strelitz, Jesper Hougaard, Jeff Lisandro, Alex Foxen, Faraz Jaka, Sara Hall, Dong Guo, Martin Kabrhel, Joey Weissman, Adam Levy, Jack Sinclair, Isaac Baron, Kelly Minkin, Pete Carini, Billy Baxte, Connor Drinan, Romain Lewis, Brian Hastings, Jared Hamby, Matt Glantz, Jeremy Ausmus, Allen Cunningham, Tony Dunst, Sarah Bilney, Kalidou Sow, Brian Rast, Hoyt Corkins.

Players who survived with stacks under 100K included... Justin Bonomo, Chris Moneymaker, Michael Lang, Dan Schmiech, Keith Gipson, Did Not Report, Brett Richey, Jason Strasser, Elio Fox, Jen Shahade, Alex Bolotin, Denis Ethier, Jared Grenier, Ala Cummins, Damian Salas, Bryan Devonshire, Don O'Dea, Mike Gorodinsky, Alex Keating, Stephen Chidwick, Ema Zajmovic, Clayton Maguire, Katherine Fleck, David Bach, Andy Bloch, Alec Torelli, and Dylan Wilkerson.

Event #69 $1,000 NL Mini Main Event - Final Results
Pic by WInamax

The Mini Main Event is an interesting concept with a buy-in that is only 10% of the actual marquee 10K Main Event. This year's Event #69 attracted 5,521 runners. They were all vying for a prize pool worth nearly $5 million.

The top 829 places paid out with a hefty amount of the cheesecake set aside to the top three finishers. Among the notables who went deep and cashed in the Mini Main Event included... Jeff Madsen, James Dempsey, Blair Hinkle, Michael Noor, Robert Peacock, Stephen Song, Zu Zhou, Capt Tom Franklin, Vincent Propcopio, Trung Pham, Jesus Ferguson, Garry Gates, John Phan, David Peters, Jeff Hakim, Ari Engel, Matt Affleck, Katherine Fleck, and Kent Battles.

Atrayon Trevino bubbled the final table. The final nine included Jeremy Saderne, Lula Taylor, Andres Korn, Yi Ma, Koji Takagi, Stefan Widmer, Philip Gildea, Ben Alloggio, and James Stewart.

Three Europeans made the final table with Ireland, Switzerland, and France represented. Three Americans were at the final table along with two players from Asia and one from South America. A truly international final table in Las Vegas.

The lone Frenchman would go on to defeat an America Lula Taylor. The unknown newcomer from Reno, Nevada certainly knew how to play super-aggro poker. She didn't back down and no one could stop her until it got heads up. Heck with a name like Lula, you expect her to be a cardshark from Reno or a character out of a Johnny Cash song.

Ireland's Phil Gildea hit the bricks in seventh place. Switzerland's Stefan Widmer was next to go out in sixth place, but he cashed for six-digits with $121.5K.

Koji Takagi from Japan busted in fifth place, which paid out $160,715. Yi Ma from China's epic run ended in fourth place. Ma banked $214K.

Argentina's Andres Korn got picked off in third place. He earned $287K for third and the finale was set between Jeremy Saderne and Lula Taylor.

Taylor trailed the young French pro when heads-up began. Even though the rail was filled with supporters from France, they all cheered on Taylor. On the final hand, Saderne got it all-in with pocket Aces, which held up against Taylor's Queen-ten.

Lula Taylor earned a runner-up payout worth $388,281. Not too shabby for second place. She also won the hearts and minds of every French supporter at the Rio. The poker world needs more Lulas.

Jeremy Saderne won his first bracelet and the second for France this summer. He also banked $629K for first place. I'm sure his crew is still partying after that fun and joyous victory.

2019 WSOP - Event #69 $1,000 NL Mini Main Event

Entrants: 5,521

Prize Pool: $4,968,900

Payouts: 829


Final Table Results:

1. Jeremy Saderne (France) $628,654

2. Lula Taylor (USA) $388,284

3. Andres Korn (Argentina) $287,219

4. Yi Ma (China) $214,047

5. Koji Takagi (Japan) $160,715

6. Stefan Widmer (Switzerland) $121,586

7. Philip Gildea (Ireland) $92,686

8. Ben Alloggio (USA) $71,199

9. James Stewart (USA) $55,188

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Thursday July 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm
Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim inducted into 2019 Poker Hall of Fame

The 2019 World Series of Poker announced the newest class of inductees into the Hall of Fame. Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim got nods this year. They were the only two recognized on a ballot of ten possible candidates that also included Antonio Esfandiari, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Jesus Ferguson, Ted Forrest, and Mike Matusow.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 9:18 am
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The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship concluded at the Rio Casino when Germany's Hossein Ensan defeated Italy's Dario Sammartino heads up to win $10,000,000 and the coveted Main Event bracelet. Three players began Day 10 with Ensan holding a sizable lead. Canada's Alex Livingston busted in third place for a $4 million score. After 101 hands of heads-up action, Sammartino banked $6 million for a runner-up consolation prize. Ensan, 55, became the oldest Main Event Champ since Noel Furlong in 1999.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 6:55 am
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The 2019 WSOP Main Event continued with Day 9 action that saw the returning five players play down to the final three. Germany's Hossein Ensan began the day with the big stack and by the end of Day 9, he retained the lead with 375M. On Day 9, Chicago Cubs superfan Kevin Maahs busted in fifth place and Garry Gates got picked off in fourth place. Alex Livingston is second in chips, while Italian pro Dario Sammartino is the short stack. They return on Tuesday to play down to a champion.

Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:07 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads with 5 to go

The 2019 WSOP Main Event final table played down from nine to five players on the first of three days of action. Two players busted in the first 11 hands and four players were eliminated overall including Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Tim Su, and Milos Skrbic. At the end of Day 8, Hossein Ensan continued to hold the lead with 207.7 million, while Garry Gates was not far behind with 171.7 million.

Sunday July 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
2019 WSOP: Keith Tiltson wins 100K High Roller; Negreanu 2nd

Daniel Negreanu cashed in his 15th event this summer and advanced to his fourth final table, but he fell short in his quest for bracelet #7 when Keith Tiltson defeated him heads up to win 2019 WSOP Event #83 $100,000 High Roller for a sensational score worth $2,792,406. Tiltson made a pair of final tables in the final week of the 2019 WSOP with a sixth place finish a couple days earlier in the FINAL FIFTY. Meanwhile, Negreanu launched a late assault on the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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2019 WSOP: Germany's Hossein Ensan leads final table with 9 remaining

After a lengthy Day 7, the final table for the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship is set. Only 35 players began Day 7 and when it ended, nine players were still alive and in the hunt for $10 million. Germany's Hossein Ensan bagged up the lead with 177M. Also advancing to the final table are... Garry Gates, Zhen Cai, Kevin Maahs, Alex Livingston, Dario Sammartino, Milos Skrbic, Timothy Su, and Nick Marchington. Action resumes on Sunday.

Friday July 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
2019 WSOP Main Event: Nicholas Marchington leads final 35 on Day 6

On Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship, they played down from 106 to 35 players. When play ended, Nicholas Marchington bagged up the lead with 39.8 million. Rounding out the top five are Tim Su, Milos Skrbic, Henry Lu, and Garry Gates. Among the notables who busted on Day 6 were Same Greenwood, Chris Hunichen, Lars Bonding, Alex Winter, Romain Lewis, Jake Schindler, Dan Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jeff Madsen.

Thursday July 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm
2019 WSOP: Main Event down to 106, Tim Su leader at end Day 5

The 2019 WSOP Main Event played down to 106 entrants on Day 5. Tim Su bagged the chip lead with 19.2 million. Also still alive are Sam Greenwood, Antonio Esfandiari, Romain Lewis, Chad Power, and Chris Hunichen. Among the notables to bust on Day 5 were Andrew Brokos, Chainsaw Kessler, Danielle Anderson, former NFL player Richard Seymour, Chance Kornuth, Adam Friedman, Galen Hall, Todd Brunson and Todd Wittles.

Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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Monday July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm
2019 WSOP: $10M to Main Event champ and 2,880 remain in second-biggest field ever

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event allowed late registration up to the start of Day 2 (ABC) and 444 runners took advantage of the extended time. A total of 8,569 are in this year's field, which marks the second highest of all time. The 2019 champion will bank $10 million with all final table players winning at least $1 million. Only 2,880 players advanced to Day 3 with Julian Milliard sitting on the big stack with 948K.

Sunday July 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm
2019 WSOP Main Event: Earthquakes, Naked Guys, and Second Largest Field in History

The 2019 WSOP Main Event hit its second day of action and thus far the total is 8,225 runners and counting. Late registration is still open until Day 2C. The combined Day 1A and Day 1B flights competed into Day 2AB and when the dust settled, only 1,100 or so players remained. Tim Sui bagged the lead with 791K and counting. Of course, Day 2AB was rather boring compared to Day 1C, which was punctuated with a 7.1 earthquake that sent players scattering for cover and a naked guy that went viral.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm
2019 WSOP: Chainsaw Kessler with a big stack after Main Event Day 1B

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event continued with Day 1B action on the Fourth of July holiday. A total of 1,915 runners took part in the second of three opening flights. At the end of the night, only 1,417 players survived Day 1B and live on to fight in Day 2. British pro Adam Owen bagged up the big stack with nearly 352K. Chainsaw Kessler bagged up 301,800, which was good for fifth overall. John Hesp, one of the more popular players from last year's Main Event final table, busted on Day 1B.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm
2019 WSOP: Juha Helppi wins 10K Limit bracelet, Joao Vieira wins 5K NL bling

Another blast from the past won a bracelet at the 2019 WSOP in Las Vegas. This time, Finnish pro Juha Helppi emerged victorious after outlasting a field of 118 runners in Event #72 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. He banked $306,622 for the win. Meanwhile, Joao Vieria from Portugal won Event #70 $5,000 NL 6-max and outlasted 815 players for his first bracelet and a sick payout worth $758,011.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm
2019 WSOP: Robert Campbell wins 10K Stud 8, First double-bracelet winner this summer

Australian pro Robert Campbell won his second bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker to become the first and only player with multiple bracelet victories in 2019. Campbell moved into first place in the WSOP POY Race ahead of Dan Zack with a victory in Event #67 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship. He outlasted a small field of 151 runners to bank $385,763.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 1:41 am
2019 WSOP: David 'ODB' Baker wins second bracelet with LHE score

David 'ODB' Baker outlasted a field of 541 runners to win 2019 WSOP Event #64 $1,500 Limit Hold'em. His final table included Greg FBT Mueller and Jesus Ferguson. ODB banked $161,139 and moved over $3M in career WSOP earnings. Also, over in Event #68, Nicky 'Illari' Baris won the bracelet in the $1,000 NL ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP and a first-place prize worth $303,738.75. He also prevented Jesus Ferguson from winning a bracelet and denied David 'Bakes' Baker another title.

Saturday June 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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Philip Hui faded a field of 74 runners to win the 2019 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship after he outlasted a tough final table and defeated Josh Arieh heads-up for the victory. Hui banked $1,099,311 for first place and he earned his second career bracelet. Meanwhile, Anthony Zinno won his second bracelet with a victory in Event #60 $1,500 PLO8 for a score worth $279,920.

Friday June 28, 2019 at 5:58 am
2019 WSOP: Josh Arieh Leads $50K Poker Players Championship final table

And then there were six remaining in the 2019 WSOP Poker Players Championship. Phil Ivey was the big stack at the end of Day 2 and Day 3 in the 50K PPC. However, on Day 4 Ivey met his fate in 8th place. David Oppenheim bubbled the final table that includes big stack Josh Arieh, Bryce Yockey, Phil Hui, John Esposito, Shaun Deeb, and Dan Cates. First place pays out $1.1 million on Friday.

Thursday June 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm
2019 WSOP: Kainalu McCue-Unciano wins MONSTER Stack for $1M, Ivey Leads 50K PPC with 12 to go

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Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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Three more first-time winners won bracelets at the 2019 WSOP. Dash Dudley took down Event #52 $10,000 PLO 8-Handed for his first bracelet and $1,086,967. Spain's Santiago Soriano won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #53 $800 NL Deepstack. Over in the Razz craziness, Kevin Gerhart was the last player standing in Event #54 $1,500 Razz to win his first bling.

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