Saturday June 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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The 2018 World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas this week. So far, we have two events in the books. Jordan Hufty won the first non-open event with a victory in Event #1 $565 Casino Employees. The 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event Champion Elio Fox won his second-career bracelet when he outlasted 243 other players to win Event #2 $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty for almost $394K.

The WSOP is finally here! Time to shuffle up and deal in Sin City with the 2018 World Series of Poker. This year's WSOP marks the 49th running of the donks and it's expanded to include 78 bracelet events. This is the 14th year the WSOP is hosted at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Wow, time flies, eh? It was just yesterday when I covered my first-ever WSOP in 2005, which was also the first year the WSOP moved to its new home after being held at Binion's Horseshoe downtown.

This year's schedule expanded to 78 events. Yeah, 78 pieces of bling will be awarded to the best donkslayers in Nevada. The 2018 WSOP will be the biggest, baddest, most epic series in the history of all things poker on the biggest degen planet in the solar system. Okay, I have no proof of intelligent life on other planets (aside from one wicked DMT trip, but that story is for another time). There might be a bunch of casinos on the far side of one of Jupiter moons that spread hold'em. And Zeta Reticuli could be chock full of uber-degen three-eyed space monsters that love to gamble it up in some sort of variant of cosmic baccarat. We really don't know what's out there... but one thing is for certain on Earth... Las Vegas is ground zero for all things poker in the summer. And for the 14th year in a row, the Rio will be epicenter for the most prestigious tournament in all of gaming.

In case you missed it, two events are in the books including the Casino Employees NL and the first open event on the calendar with a brand-new one called the $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty.

Event #1 $565 Casino Employees NL - Final Results

Jordan Hufty 2018 WSOP

The World Series of Poker kicks off with a closed-event specially designed for casino employees. Initially, this was for poker dealers in Vegas and other casino workers who had an affinity for poker. For many years, this event was akin to the "poker dealer championship" until poker industry and media folks started trickling in. With pros blurring the lines of media/employees, the event has now taken on a slightly different vibe.

Jordan Hufty, a poker dealer and supervisor (originally from Southgate, Michigan) shipped the first event on the 2018 calendar. Hufty faded a field of 566 runners to win nearly $62K. The total prize pool for this $565 buy-in event was only $283K.

Hufty's previous biggest claim to fame was that he dealt on the TV program Poker After Dark.

Hufty beat out Jodie Sanders heads-up for the win. Kate Kopp busted in third place. Zack Seymour took fourth.

The Club Poker WSOP Name of the Day goes to... Won Kim! Won didn't win this one, but finished in fifth place.

Several pros cashed in this event. They qualified for one reason or another by having affiliations with a casino in some manner.

Among the "pros" who cashed in the "employees" event included... Maria Ho, Todd Witteles, Benny Glasser, Allen Kessler, Gank, Aron Dermer, John Racener, Robert Mizrachi, Mark Gregorich, David Levi, Dan Weinman, David Bakes Baker, and Glen Cozen.

2018 WSOP - Event #1 $565 Casino Employees

Entrants: 566

Prize Pool: $283,000

Payouts: 137


Final Table Results:

1. Jordan Hufty (USA) $61,909

2. Jodie Sanders (USA) $38,246

3. Kate Kopp (USA) $26,250

4. Zachary Seymour (USA) $18,332

5. Won Kim (USA) $13,031

6. Thomas Booker (USA) $9,432

7. Thomas Yenowine (USA) $6,953

8. Skyler Yeaton (USA) $5,222

9. Jason Pepper (USA) $3,998

Event #2 $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty - Final Results

Elio Fox 2018 WSOP

The 2018 WSOP introduced a new event. Say hello to the Super Turbo Bounty bracelet event. This single-day noob event had a $10K entry fee. Who doesn't like fast-paced events? But this super-turbo bounty sorta reminded me of those online events. Maybe that was the point? This $10K buy-in event featured KO bounties worth $3K.

It also played out super fast. Ah, I miss those single-day events! Fitting that a New Yorker won the turbo. NYC peeps are used to fast-paced action. Elio Fox made waves in 2011 when he won the WSOP Europe Main Event for approximately $1.9 million. But the pro had to wait seven more years until he binked his second piece of bling.

Fox told the WSOP reporting pool: “I'm really happy about this one because I haven't won a live poker tournament in a really, really long time, so it feels good. The first one was just such a shock that I wasn't really that excited about it in the moment, but I'm really happy about it now. It's a great way to kick off a summer.”

Elio Fox edged out Adam Adler heads-up for the title and $394K in cash. Adler walked away with a consolation prize worth $243K, Not too shabby, eh! Paul Volpe was dunzo in third place.

The 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada made the final table, but he'd have to wait another day to win another bracelet. Cada was the first player to exit the final table when he busted in ninth place. Taylor Black had another strong performance, but his run ended in 8th place. Alex Foxen had an impressive sixth-place finish.

Bryn Kenney bubbled off the final table in 10th place.

The top four places locked up a cash worth six-figures.

Notables who went deep in Event #2 and cashed included... Eric Blair, Justin Young, Talal Shakerchi, John Racener, Griffin Paul, Kenny Hallaert, Danny Strelitz, Marc Macdonnell, Antoine Saout, Nam Le, Allan Le, Noah Bronstein, Ben Palmer, Ben Heath, and Tracy Nguyen.

All Americans at this final table. Yeah, all nine players had the star spangled banner flying next to their names.

2018 WSOP - Event #2 $10,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty

Entrants: 243

Prize Pool: $2,284,200

Payouts: 37


Final Table Results:

1. Elio Fox (USA) $393,693

2. Adam Adler (USA) $243,323

3. Paul Volpe (USA) $169,195

4. Danny Wong (USA) $119,659

5. Charles Yohannan (USA) $86,096

6. Alex Foxen (USA) $63,042

7. David Eldridge (USA) $46,993

8. Taylor Black (USA) $35,671

9. Joe Cada (USA) $27,582

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Monday June 18, 2018 at 3:18 pm
2018 WSOP: The Grinder leads final 12 in $50K Players Championship

Only 12 players remain out of 86 original entries in the 2018 WSOP $50,000 Players Championship. Everyone of vying for the Chip Reese Trophy and a first-place prize worth $1,239,126. Phil Ivey bagged up third most chips at the end of the night and The Grinder is the chip leader. Also still alive... Mike Leah, Aaron Katz, Johnny World, Dan Smith, Benn Glasser, Chris Vitch, Brian Rast, Greg 'FBT' Mueller, Shaun Deeb and Bobby Bellande. Watch the free live stream starting at 3pm local time via Twitch.

Sunday June 17, 2018 at 8:04 am
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2018 WSOP: Nirvana record producer Steve Albini wins bracelet

Steve Albini shipped Event #31 $1,500 Seven Card Stud at a star-packed table that included Jesus Ferguson, whom he busted in fourth place. Aussie pro Jeff Lisandro was seeking his seventh bracelet but the record producer of Nirvana's In Utero and punk musician Steve Albini stood in his way. Albini denied Lisandro's quest for numero seven and Albini won his first bracelet, plus $105,629 in cash.

Saturday June 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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2018 WSOP: Johnny World Hennigan wins 5th bracelet

Johnny World Hennigan won his fifth WSOP bracelet when he outlasted a field of 166 runners in Event #27 $10,000 HORSE. Hennigan beat Bakes heads-up for the win and walked away with $415K in cash. Australian pro Michael Addamo won the long-distance Marathon event and survived a tough table that included 2014 WSOP Main Event Champ Martin Jacobson. Addamo shipped his first bracelet with a victory in Event #24 $2,620 NL Marathon for $653,581.

Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm
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2018 WSOP: Brian Rast wins 4th bracelet; Doyle Brunson 6th place

Brian Rast won his fourth bracelet when he shipped WSOP Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. The legendary Doyle Brunson made the final table and finished in sixth place. Brunson confirmed that this would be his last WSOP event before he retired. Brunson missed a bracelet by a few spots, but he rode off into the sunset before making one last cameo at a WSOP final table in Las Vegas. Happy trails, Tex Dolly.

Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm
2018 WSOP: Philip Long and Jeremy Wien win bracelets

Two more first-time winners at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Philip Long won WSOP Event #22 $1,500 Eight Game Mix for his first bracelet and thwarted Daniel Negreanu's run for his seventh bracelet. Also, Jeremy Wien shipped WSOP Event #20 Big Blind Antes $5,000 NL. Wein, a derivatives trader from New York City had to call in sick to work to finish the marathon heads-up battle that lasted five-plus hours and extended the three-day tournament to an additional fourth day.

Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm
2018 WSOP: Doyle Brunson chasing 2-7 Lowball bracelet

Doyle Brunson is still alive... and he's still alive in the 2018 WSOP Event #23 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship. Tex Dolly is retiring this year and this is probably his last tournament. This year's 2-7 event attracted 95 runners. Tex Dolly is 5th overall with 11 to go. Mike Wattel bagged up a massive lead last night. Both Doyle and Todd Brunson survived the cut. Brian Rast, Johnny World, Freddy Bonyadi, Galen Hall and Shawn Sheikhan are still left in the hunt. Watch the final table live stream over at PokerGo.

Monday June 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm
2018 WSOP: Adam Friedman and Ognyan Dimov win bracelets

Three more bracelets were up for grabs at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Adam Friedman proved to be the master of 20 mixed games when he won WSOP Event #18 $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed for his second bracelet. Bulgaria's Ognyan Dimov shipped Event #17 $1,500 NL 6-Handed and outlasted a tough final table that included four bracelet winners. Lastly, Colorado's Craig Varnell took down Event #19 $565 PLO for his first bracelet.

Saturday June 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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2018 WSOP: Justin Bonomo wins $10K HU Bracelet

Can anyone stop Justin Bonomo? The pro won seven heads-up matches en route to a victory in WSOP Event #16 $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship. In the last 2 weeks, Bonomo won the Super High Roller Bowl, 2 $25Ks at the Aria, and now a WSOP bracelet in a $10K event. Bonomo won his first WSOP bracelet in 2018 and he added another piece of bling to his most recent horde. Since late March 2018, Bonomo has won $15M in tournaments. Also, cash-game specialist Ben Moon won Event #13 Big Blind Antes NL for a score worth $315K.

Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm
2018 WSOP: List of Bracelet Winners

The 2018 World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas features 78 bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $365 to $1 million. We compiled a list of 2018 bracelet winners, which will be updated daily. There will be multiple High Roller events in the $100K, $50K, and $25K range. In addition to the Big One for One Drop with a price tag of a cool million. There's also the Little One for One Drop and your favorite branded events like the GIANT, MILLY MAKER, COLOSSUS, and the MARATHON. Oh, and how could we forget the big kahuna of them all... the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship!

Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 5:50 am
2018 WSOP: Nick Petrangelo wins $100K High Roller for $2.9 million

Nick Petrangelo earned his second-career bracelet after he outlasted a field of 105 runners to win the 2018 WSOP 100K High Roller. Petrangelo banked $2,910,227 for first place. The 100K High Roller final table also Elio Fox, Andrea Eiler, Bryn Kenney, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, Adrien Mateos, and Fedor Holz. Petrangelo prevented Elio Fox from winning his second bracelet this summer. Fox earned $1.7 million for second place.

Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm
Negreanu, Koon at SHRB Final Table

Six players are still alive at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas for the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. The $300,000 buy-in SHR affair attracted 48 runners. First place was guaranteed to win $5 million, with the top 5 places paying out at least seven figures. Defending champion Christoph Vogelsang is still alive, albeit as the short stack. Mikita Badziakouski bagged up the chip lead, with Daniel Negreanu and Justin Bonomo right behind. Jason Koon and Nick Petrangelo round out the final table.

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