It is Saturday September 1st, 2018. Another week has passed by, and I am doing another update on my Twitter campaign. As of right this moment I have 739 tweets I am following 4311 people and I have 1159 followers I have a bunch of likes 25 likes to be exact no lists. Let me take a look at some of the stats. Almost 35, 000 Impressions over the last 28 days. 35.3 to be exact. Ironed 1.2 thousand Impressions per day my audience has grown at around 29 new followers per day visit my Twitter page to see the data. And stay tuned for more updates.
A quick review of the cannabis legalization efforts around the globe.
Seriously, we are two days away from August, and I couldn’t really put this News segment in the August section because it’s happening now. But I didn’t really want to put it into the July section either, because obviously we’re at the end of July anyway. So… end of July Weed News with SovietStoner. Here we go.
Our first big news story comes to us from Georgia. And not the state of Georgia. The country of Georgia. The one over there, that used to be part of the Soviet Union. But is now an independent country. Georgian Constitutional Court ruled that cannabis consumption is not a threat to public health and safety. (No shit !!) But rather a responsibility of the user who has to live with the consequences of their actions. (the use of cannabis). So that is a major step for a former Soviet Union country in the legalization of cannabis. Soviet Union, and Russian speaking countries, we’re fairly strict when it comes to penalties for possession and paraphernalia. Their judiciary system awards larger fines and sentences, then we are probably comfortable with. And seeing a country legalized marijuana is great news for cannabis users worldwide. Georgia is a beautiful country. With excellent and unique cuisine, and especially great wine. If you are a cannabis tourist, you know what I mean, you should consider visiting Georgia. Now that there is no danger of going to jail for having a couple of joints on you. Read the Full Story.
In the United States, there’s also some good legalization news. In Oklahoma the marijuana advocacy group Green the Vote got enough signatures to put legalization on the ballot. Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cannabis for medical use, about a month ago. But there was some problems with the wording of the language, and there was some opposition or restrictions imposed by the government that were not satisfactory to most people. Like there was a clause in there that you couldn’t smoke the flower. It had to be vaped if it was considered for medical use. Something similar is going on in Ohio right now. As a result the petition was circulated to put a simple question on a ballot regarding the legal adult use of cannabis, for the November elections. The group announced that it collected the necessary signatures, but they were still needed to be verified. So whenever that happens, there might be or there might not be question on the ballot of the November elections in Oklahoma. Hopefully it all gets sorted out and people in Oklahoma can blaze up. Legally. The full story is HERE.
Also great news from Pennsylvania. Democratic State Republican Jake Wheatley is planning to introduce a bill to legalize the adult use of cannabis. In his press release, the representative calls for the abandonment of the “ugly stigma of cannabis”. (probably because he smokes himself, and he knows what’s up.) He also wants Pennsylvania to take some of the economic advantages of the legalized cannabis market. Obviously, it’s all about the fucking money. But you can still be happy that people won’t be going to prison for smoking weed. See the Full Story.
And on the Federal level, a new bill is introduced to protect the employment of federal government employees who are legal marijuana consumers. (according to their state laws). Under the current policies, a federal worker who tests positive for cannabis can still be fired, even though most of the states have legalized marijuana for medical reasons. The bill would protect all civilian federal agency employees, except those with a top secret security clearance. And it does not give the the right to be high at work. Still good news though. Read about it.
I had no idea, but apparently there is world class poker in Russia. And I’m not even talking about Moscow or Saint Petersburg, but a city of Sochi. Yes, that very Sochi that hosted the Winter Olympic games in 2014. There is a casino there, called Sochi Casino and Resort, and it started to host regular big name tournaments. The very last festival they had, The WSOP Circuit Sochi, that ran from 13 to the 30 of May, 2018, brought a fairly big turnout. And the big European Poker Tour Sochi that ran in March of 2018 was even televized.
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- Event #32, The $1,000 buy-in Seniors NL Hold’em drew 5,918 entries and created an impressive prize pool of $5,326,200. This tells me one thing, old people like to play poker! In the end Matthew Davis, an amateur player from California took the bracelet and the $662,676 in prize money. This was Matthew’s third cash ever. Attaboy!!
- Event #33, The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship had 87 players and built up the prize pool to $4,176,000. The first place and the bracelet, along with the $1,239,126 prize money was claimed by Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. This is his fourth overall bracelet and the third time he is winning the $50k buy in championship. He took the same tournament in 2010 and 2012. This score brings his overall tournament earnings to just over $9 million. “The Grinder” defeated a tough final table on his way to his victory. Poker legend Phil Ivey busted out in 9th place and took $111,447 for his effort. Brian Rast, Greg Mueller, Aaron Katz, Benny Glaser, Mike Leah, Dan Smith and John Hennigan soon followed.
- Event #34, The $1,000 buy-in DOUBLE STACK NL Hold’em attracted 5,700 players and built up the prize pool to $5,130,000. In the end, the big money ($644,224) and the bracelet went to Robert Peackock, a Las Vegas native. $644k is a great score, considering that the entry fee was only $1,000.
- Event #35, The $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) attracted 773 players, and brought the prize pool up to just over a million, $1,043,550 to be exact. 116 people made the money, but it was a Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, who captured the title and the $211,781 to go with it.
- Event #36, The $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors NL Hold’em attracted 2,191 players, and created a prize pool of $1,971,900. The bracelet and the $311,451 in prize money went to Farhintaj Bonyadi, from California. This was her first big cash.
- Event #37, The $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em event attracted 1,330 players and built the tournament prize pool to $1,795,500. The bracelet and the $319,580 were claimed by Eric Baldwin, a Nevada based poker pro. Several other poker pros made the final table, including Mathew Moore (9th place, $24,032), Michael Finstein (6th place and $55,077), Robert Georato (5th place, $74,434) and Aaron Massey (4th place, $101,819). Ian Steinman went heads up against Eric Baldwin, but had to settle for 2nd place and $197,461.
- Event #38, The $10,000 buy-in Seven Card Stud Championship had 83 entrants and built the prize pool to $780,200. Thirteen people made money in that tournament, and the high honors (bracelet) went to Yaniv Birman, from Los Angeles, California. He pocketed $236,238 for the effort. This was Yaniv’s first WSOP bracelet.
- Event #39, The $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em Shootout attracted 908 players, and brought the tournament prize pool up to $1,225,800. In the end, it was an amateur player from California, Preston Lee, who captured the title and the $236,498 to go with it. This was Preston’s first major cash. Attaboy! Russian pro, Alexander Lakhov busted out in 8th place, and earned $24,728. Some other pros at the final table included Royce Matheson (7th place and $32,198), Young Phan (6th place, $42,476), Dylan Linde (4th place, $76,829) and Anthony Reategui who took 3rd place and $105,307. But it was an amateur player, Corey Dodd who went heads up, and eventually settled for second place and $146,146.
- Event #40, The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Big Bet tournament attracted 205 players, and generated a prize pool of $461,250. When it was all over, the bracelet and the top prize of $122,138 were claimed by Scott Bohlman, a professional poker player from Illinois. This is Scott’s first bracelet.
- Event #41, The $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 596 players and created a prize pool of $804,600. In the end, the bracelet and the $173,568 went to Robert Nehorayan, from Sherman Oaks, California.
Picking up right where I left off yesterday.
- Event #25, The $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament drew 596 entrants and created a prize pool of $804,600. A young British poker professional Benjamin Dobson took the first prize money and the bracelet. He earned $173,528 for his victory. Several poker pros made the final table, including Tom McCormick (5th place, $37,504), Jesse Martin (3rd place and $74,324) and Tim Finne who ended up taking 2nd place and $107,243.
- Event #26, The $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 986 players and created a prize pool of $887,400. The coveted bracelet and the $169,842 went to Filippos Stavrakis from Maryland.
- Event #27, The $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament drew 166 entries and created a prize pool of $1,560,400. The bracelet and the $414,692 went to John Hennigan, who overcame a stacked final table to gain this victory. The final table was full of poker pros. Australian poker pro Robert Campbell took 9th place and $31,656. Michael Noori went out in 8th place and earned $40,155 for the effort. Next to bust out was Daniel Zack, who earned $52,016 for 7th place. Randy Ohel busted in 5th place and took home $92,808. Laith Salem went out in 3rd place with $179,216 in his pocket. And David “Bakes” Baker went heads up against our champion, but could not do anything against him and ended up in 2nd place with a $256,297 payday.
- Event #28, The $3,000 buy-in NL Hold’em 6-Handed attracted 868 players and built the prize pool to an impressive $2,343,600. Very beautiful Ana Marquez from Spain made the final table, but busted out in 6th place with $67,116. James Mackey ended up in 2nd place with a $285,377 payday. And the first place and the bracelet and the $461,798 went to Gal Yifrach from Los Angeles.
- Event #29, The $1,500 buy-in Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw tournament attracted 356 players, and built the prize pool to $480,600. Hanh Tran from Austria took the bracelet and the $117,282 in prize money.
- Event #30, The $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 799 players and built the prize pool to $1,078,650. In the end, Ryan Bambrick from New Jersey was crowned champion, and received the bracelet and the $217,123 in prize money.
- Event #31, The $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Stud attracted 310 players and built the prize pool up to $418,500. Several poker pros made the final table, including Michael “Big Score” Moore (7th place, $11,095), Paul Sexton (6th place and $15,096), Frankie O’Dell (5th place, $21,035), Chris “Jesus” Ferguson (4th place, $29,999), and Jeff Lisandro who finished 2nd and got $65,282 for the effort. But it was Steven Albini who captured the title, and the $105,629 go with it.
You go Danny ! You’re my hero !
#poker #tournament #2018 #WSOP #WorldSeries
Ok people. I don’t know if you follow poker as much as I do, but for those unaware, the biggest poker tournament series of the year is going on in Las Vegas right now. The 2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker will include 78 events, and will finish off the poker season with a $1 million buy in event #78 Big One For The Drop. Since we are about halfway through the series, I thought I would mention some of the notable results.
- Event #1, The $565 buy-in Casino Employees kicked off the 2018 festival by drawing 566 entries, and generating a prize pool of $283,000. At the end, the top prize of $61,909 went to Jordan Hufty, of Michigan. This was his first ever cash, and he goes on to cash twice more in this tournament series : in Event #7 for over 3k and in Event #17 for 2k. My own state of Ohio was represented at the final table by Kate Kopp from Cleveland. She went on to take 3rd place and $26,250.
- Event #2, The $10,000 buy-in NL Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty saw 243 entries, and generated a prize pool of $2,284,200. When the dust settled, a poker pro from New York, Elio Fox, claimed the bracelet and the $393,693 top prize. (Elio is having a great summer so far, placing 2nd in Event #3 and earning $1,798,658, and cashing in Event #21 for $8,976). The Final Table was stacked with such pros as Joe Cada (9th place, $27,582), Taylor Black (8th place, $35,671), Alex Foxen (6th place, $63,042), Danny Wong (4th place, $119,659), Paul Volpe (3rd place, $169,195), and Adam Adler who took 2nd place and $243,323.
- Event #3, The $3,000 buy-in NL Hold’em Shootout gathered 363 entries, and generated a prize pool of $980,100. Fifty people made the payday, and Joe Cada ended up on top. He took the bracelet and the $226,218 in prize money. Some notable names at the final table included Joe McKeehen (3rd place, $101,766) and Harry Lodge (5th place, $55,480), as well as a fairly unknown grinder from Minsk, Belarus by the name of Ihar Soika. (Igor ???) He took 6th place and $41,559.
- Event #4, The $1,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament attracted 911 players, and put together a prize pool of $1,229,850. In the end, the top prize of $239,771 went to Julien Martini from France. I have to give a “Thumbs Up” to a couple of local boys that made the final table: Chad Eveslage (6th place, $39,182) from Indiana and William Kopp (4th place, $74,058) from Ohio.
- Event #5, The $100,000 buy-in NL Hold’em High Roller drew 105 entries, which brought the prize pool to a whopping $10,185,000. The huge buy-in attracted the top professional poker players in the world, so it was not unusual to see names like Fedor Holz (9th place, $240,265), Adrian Mateos (8th place, $295,066), Jason Koon (7th place, $372,894), Stephen Chidwick (6th place, $484,551), Bryn Kenney (5th place, $646,927), Andreas Eiler (4th place, $886,793), Aymon Hata (3rd place, $1,247,230) and Elio Fox who took 2nd place and $1,798,658.
- Event #6, The $365 buy-in NL Hold’em GIANT is STILL IN PROGRESS.
- Event #7, The $565 buy-in NL Hold’em COLOSSUS attracted a massive field of 13,070 players, and put together a prize pool of $6,535,000. After a grueling few days, Roberly Felicio, a Brazilian amateur player emerges as the champion, and takes a cool million for his efforts, while another amateur, Sang Liu finishes 2nd and earns $500,000. A couple of seasoned poker pros made the final table among the amateurs, including John Racener (8th place, $74,178), and Timothy ‘TK’ Miles (5th place, $166,091).
- Event #8, The $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball saw 321 entries, and created a prize pool of $722,250. In the end, it was a German poker pro, Johannes Becker, that claimed the bracelet and the $180,455 in cash, while a Las Vegas based Scott Seiver took 2nd place and $111,516. Other notable names at the final table include Christopher Vitch (4th place, $47,166), Luis Velador (6th place, $22,304), and Mike Leah who took 9th place and earned $11,870 for his efforts.
- Event #9, The $10,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship drew a field of 169 players, and created a prize pool of $1,588,600. First place and the coveted bracelet went to Paul Volpe, a professional poker player from Pennsylvania. He overcame an incredibly tough final table that included well known players like Robert Mizrachi (7th place, $52,866), Dustin Dirksen (6th place, $69,971), Viacheslav Zhukov (5th place, $94,370), and Eli Elezra who took 2nd place and added $258,297 to his lifetime winnings.
- Event #10, The $365 buy-in WSOP.com ONLINE NL Hold’em drew 2,972 players, and created a prize pool of $974,816. The first place and the bracelet went to William Reymond, who earned $154,996 in his first notable cash ever.
- Event #11, The $365 buy-in PLO GIANT is STILL IN PROGRESS.
- Event #12, The $1,500 buy-in Dealers Choice 6-Handed drew a field of 406 players, and created a prize pool of $548,100. Jeremy Harkin took the first place and $129,882. This was his first gold bracelet. Celebrity actor James Woods also made the final table, but quickly busted out in 5th place. He earned $23,686 for his efforts.
- Event #13, The $1,500 buy-in Big Blind Antes NL Hold’em attracted 1,306 players. The new tournament format was well received by the poker community. Prize pool ended up at $1,763,100, and the top prize and the bracelet went to Benjamin Moon from California. This marks his first cash in a recorded tournament.
- Event #14, The $1,500 buy-in NL 2-7 Lowball Draw tournament had 260 entries, and generated $351,000 for the prize pool. This time, the champion was a Colombian Daniel Ospina. Along with his bracelet, he took home $87,678.
- Event #15, The $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. drew a field of 731 entrants, and created a prize pool of $986,850. In the end, a Russian player, Andrey Zhigalov claimed the first place and the coveted gold bracelet. He took home $202,787 for his efforts. The final table saw poker pros like Matt Woodward (4th place, $62,379), Scott Clements (7th place, $24,531) and Ismael Bojang who took 9th place for $14,240.
- Event #16, The $10,000 buy-in Heads-Up NL Hold’em Championship attracted 114 players, and composed a prize pool of over a million dollars. 8 people got paid, with the bracelet and the top prize of $185,965 going to a Colorado based poker pro Justin Bonomo. (Justin later cashed in the Event #20 for over 12k).