Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We had a lot of comments on our last blog entry from players wanting more suggestions for their Poker Rooms and or Man Caves, so without any further delay here are a couple of ideas for you.

The private Man Caves we have had the privilege of being invited to range from tiny rooms to large open spaces that could fit several poker tables as well as maybe a craps table, a pool table, and even a full bar. Therefore, rather than dictate the perfect design for yours,  we’ll just give you a few insights as to how to furnish your perfect man cave.

First and foremost for any poker-themed room would, of course, be the perfect table, and that would obviously depend on your budget. So, we’ll begin today with some ideas for a medium- budget room:

The Ultimate Poker TableThe Ultimate Poker Table is most deserving of its name for anybody on a budget. It’s a beautiful 10-player positions table with 3″ stainless steel cup holders. Unlike your lesser grade folding leg tables, this folding leg table features a  steel welded frame that will support up to 200 lbs. So even if some of your players get a little out of hand, go on tilt and bounce off the table, it will take most, if not all of their abuse. And if someone gets careless and spills a drink, you have nothing to worry about. The surface is completely removable, so you can easily resurface and upgrade the felt. All that, and it is delivered to your front door at $729.00.

Our Lumen HD Poker TableThe Lumen HD Poker Table, priced at just under $2000, is a kidney-bean shaped table measuring 101.5in x 46in x 30.5in (armrest) / 28in (playing surface) with 11 positions (10 players + a dealer). It has integrated LED lighting, optional cup holders, optional chip tray and optional drop box as well optional built in USB Ports with Solid wood Black or Mahogany Napa Pedestal Legs, and can be fully customized with your own graphics. The Lumen HD is a casino quality poker table that will stand up to 24/7 play and countless compliments.  Great table, perfect for that medium-end budget.

1000 count Claysmith Desert Heat chip setThen, of course, you’ll need some poker chips. The perfect set for this set-up,  the 1000 count Claysmith “Desert Heat” chip set in an acrylic carrying case, comes in at just slightly more than $200.00.

You can then decorate your room, again depending on your budget, with a large screen TV, maybe a few poker signs, a cool sound system to play your favorite tunes, a bar with a mini fridge, and you’re ready to host some friendly poker games.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Folding 78inch Poker TableThere are various kinds of poker tables available in the market and choosing the right poker table for your game room is important. There are folding poker tables that are excellent for the casual home or office games and there is a wide variety of table tops that are easy to store away in your closet or take with you on trips. Or our full size folding table. The Ultimate Folding Poker Table



And, of course, there are the professional poker tables that would fit in the best game room in your house or office.

Nighthawk Poker Table

Choose a permanent piece of furniture like our Nighthawk 55″ diameter round Poker Table or our Rockwell 94″table that features solid oak pedestal legs and 5″ racetrack, finished in a mahogany gloss, with 10 player positions and more.



The Rockwell Poker TableIf you take your game seriously then your poker table needs to be a comfortable place for your friends to gather and play for hours.

You can also choose from any of our classic standard casino style tables to octagonal folding tables or table tops and with different color felts, with the most popular being green – but they also come in red, black or blue felts to complement your décor. Choose wisely and have fun.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

The Global Poker Index, which honors the best and brightest in the poker world, will once again be handing out the coveted hardware for the fourth straight year. As American Poker Awards President, Alexandre Dreyfus, said, “We are very excited to return to the Los Angeles area for a fourth year to reward the most deserving poker players, industry leaders and media members in the business”.

“As always, Dreyus continued, there will be several already-confirmed winners: the top male and top female player on the GPI’s points ranking system, along with the American Player of the Year. This year, Adrian Mateos and Kristen Bicknell will take home the male and female honors, respectfully, although the Spaniard Mateos will collect his award at the European Poker Awards if he isn’t in California for the American version.”

The ceremony, to be held at Andaz West Hollywood rather than at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills as before, has been scheduled for Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. If you feel motivated to attend the event, please follow this link. More details will certainly follow and we’ll keep you posted.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

This is the last of the three articles in my mini-series about exploitative play, and today I want to touch on river bluffs. Surely, it is one of the most powerful weapons, which you could put in your arsenal and I highly recommend taking advantage of that.

You can put even more pressure on your opponents if you are playing tournaments because of ICM poker strategy concepts (Independent Chip Model), but in cash games alike, it works like a charm.

Betting on the last street

While c-betting on the flop and following with your bluffs on the turn is very standard play, people are still struggling to run 3 barrel bluffs and bet the river. Honestly, it is a mistake, and a lot of the time, you would do much better firing that bet, especially if you have some blockers to go along.

While writing this article, I loaded my HM2 to check c-bet success stats, and it was no surprise that river bet success was the highest one, even going over 52%. It means when I barrel all three streets my opponents are folding 52% of the time on the river, and that is huge. What does that tell you? Well, firstly, that you should be betting unbelievably wide as a bluff on the river.

If you are betting full pot size bet, you only need to see 50% folds to make a profit. However, we are not using this sizing all the time. Thus, if you choose to bet just ½ pot size on the river, you only need 33% folds from your opponent, and if you are getting 52% like me, you are just literally printing money.

On top of that, raising river as a bluff can give you even better results. Most of your opponents will not even consider their options when facing a raise and will fold everything apart from the nut type holdings. When pulling the trigger in this spot, always take in consideration the blockers. You want to have a hand, which blocks your opponents most likely strong holdings and do not block possible bluffs.

If you take this information into consideration when making decisions, you will find yourself running successful bluffs much more often that you can imagine.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker tableSumming it up

Therefore, you have an excellent risk-reward ratio so do not be afraid to run that big bluff next time you find yourself at the poker tables, and you will see the results.

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