Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Once again, it’s hard to believe that the 48th Annual World Series of Poker is almost here. The  2017 WSOP doors officially open Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Every year at about this time, the staff at the Texas Poker Store starts checking out all the new players who may be the ones to keep our eyes on. And this year is no different.

We’re certain that most of the big-time players will be there, including Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, Phil “The Brat” Hellmuth, Phil “The Tiger Woods of Poker” Ivey, Eric “Sly” Seidel, Fedor Holz, and more. But the newbies to watch out for are serious about their game and will more than likely be a force to reckon with.

The Newbies that we’re watching are:Johanssy Joseph

Johanssy Joseph – With just north of a million dollars in live cashes to his name, and more than a dozen cashes already this year, Joseph is planning on playing most tournaments that are $1,55 or less because his track record shows that to be his most successful road to travel.

Will BerryWill Berry – Coming fresh from a sweet win at the inaugural Main Event at the March 2017 Hard Rock Tulsa Circuit, taking home slightly more than $180,000 and his very first Circuit ring, Berry is feeling his oats and has scheduled himself for several events. And, Berry says he’s ready to try his measured style at this year’s Main Event

Alex RochaAlex Rocha – Having studied and learned well by closely watching Phil Ivey, Rocha has certainly learned well. With slightly over a million and a half in live tournament cashes, Rocha is most definitely a very accomplished player and one to keep your eyes on.


Jim "JJ" JuvancicJim “JJ” Juvancic – He has won a total of more than half a million dollars in live earnings and likes to be diverse in his poker game. He has won WSOP Circuit Rings in H.O.R.S.E. and PLO. Plus, he has scored wins in Stud Poker as well as PLO8 and, of course, has several final table finishes throughout the WSOP Circuit.


Josh ReichardJosh Reichard – Reichard has been around for a while, with his first score coming in Las Vegas at the $185 No-Limit Holdem II back in 2012. There he got his first blood win, taking 25th place for $829. Since then, he has amassed just over half a million dollars and is planning to add to that at the 2017 WSOP.

In the words of “The Police,” all I can say to these guys is; Every Move you make, Every Single Day, Every Game You Play, I’ll be watching you. Will you be watching too?

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

There are times when you’re at the poker tables that would drive anyone to go on tilt and swear that they’ll never play again, but of course, we all know that if you’re a hardened poker player you’ll always come back. Those times usually happen when you are holding what you believe to be an unbeatable hand and shove all-in. Then everyone folds at the table, except the one player who snap calls you.

You’re holding pocket Aces, your caller turns over Ace – King which, justifiably so, makes you a little nervous, but it’s too late now and all you can do is keep your cool and pray to the poker gods that your pocket bullets hold up. The flop is K-6-9 and you smile from ear to ear with your Aces. The turn is a J, and now you’re breathing easy with your bullets in hand, and for good reason. Your opponent has one and only one out, and you’re already thinking that you’re raking the pot; you can imagine the chips moving closer and closer to you. The river comes and all hell breaks lose in your head as you stare at another freaking KING, sending you immediately to the rails while vehemently shaking your head and swearing that you’ll never play again….

We all know that you’ll be back, but nevertheless we feel your pain. We have certainly been there, done that. With that in mind, check out these three Bad Beats from the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As some of you already know, I am an amateur when it comes to poker. Although my husband and I own the Texas Poker Store, an online poker supplies site, I had a full-time job until last year and he pretty much ran the business on his own for close to five years. He also wrote the blogs, often running them by me for some (badly needed) editing. Naturally, I picked up a bit of poker knowledge from doing that, but not much.

Jim "Pocket Bullets" ParisNot only that, but I never particularly enjoyed watching poker being played, live or online. My husband is the poker enthusiast, which is one of the reasons we created the Texas Poker Store in the first place. He’s the one who plays in a friendly poker game once a week and online most nights. He’s the one who has gone to Vegas to cover the WSOP Final Nine each year and he has the photos and poker stories to prove it.

When I retired a little over a year ago, I put my toe in the water and agreed to write a few blogs. It seemed only fair considering that I’m the one who was a communications coordinator at Texas A&M for eight years. Of course, I looked for topics I understood (like March Madness, Texas A&M football — anything to do with sports) and used the blog primarily as a marketing tool to attract visitors to our site.

And then I discovered the Global Poker League.

I was fascinated by the idea that there was something new in the poker world that nobody else really knew about. I could become an expert in a topic that was actually about poker. Sports fan that I am, I bought into Alex Dreyfus’ innovative vision to “sportify” poker by incorporating team competition, along with good digital content and enough entertainment value to provide a new kind of “fan experience.” I considered myself a new kind of fan, so it suited me perfectly. Besides, Dreyfus absolutely needed ambassadors to help him make poker more mainstream, and I decided that I was the perfect person to be that ambassador for our site.

My first blog about the new league was titled “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard of It? I admit it; I loved knowing something about poker that our followers didn’t know about, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to introduce this exciting new concept to our readers.

I wrote approximately 30 blogs while following the inaugural year of the GPL. I was both a fierce promoter and a fairly accurate predictor of the problems the league might encounter, and I never hesitated to offer Alex Dreyfus my constructive criticism. (Although he follows me on Twitter, victory enough for my first year, I doubt he ever actually took any of my advice).

The important thing is, in the process I got hooked on poker.  I watch it with my husband on late night TV and I understand what’s going on. When he comes home from his weekly poker game and starts describing his bad beats, or how he drew the gut shot straight on the river or how he bluffed and won with a pair of 3s, I sit in rapt attention instead of yawning.

But I’m still an amateur, a newbie, a vital part of the audience the GPL hoped to attract. Nevertheless, as an amateur, I thought it would be fun to continue writing this blog in my authentic newbie voice, bringing up poker terms I still don’t get, or discussing poker strategies that I, and maybe even some of you, might not totally grasp. If you’re a new-generation poker fan, we can learn together. If you’re an old-time player, you can make comments and add your wisdom to the conversation. Or make fun of me; it’s okay. Either way, I can continue blogging without acting as if I know more than I do. Hopefully, you’ll continue to follow me, and every once in a while, decide to purchase something at the Texas Poker Store.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

On March 3rd I wrote a blog titled, “Isn’t PokerStars’ POWER UP Really Alex Dreyfus’ HOLDEMX?” In it, I went over all that I had enjoyed about the inaugural Global Poker League, primarily to get some answers concerning whether or not there would be a second GPL season!

And, as the title suggests, I was also pointing out what seemed like a tremendous similarity between the GPL’s HoldemX and PokerStars’  new game called Power Up. (Not out of the question, since PS is the exclusive online poker sponsor of the GPL) So I posed the question: Had PokerStars simply taken over the product?

After I posted my blog, I tweeted it out, hoping to attract the attention of Dreyfus. I wanted his response concerning the two similar games, but what I really wanted to know was if he was abandoning the U.S. for China, where all the attention seemed to be focused.

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I made the tweet intentionally provocative, and was quite pleased when Dreyfus responded with the following tweets:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

Hmmmm.  I guess I have to take his word for that one! After all, he’s never lied to me before!!

Dreyfus then continued to tweet, with me responding in order to get my two cents in regarding much-needed GPL improvements:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

So I had my answers, in 140 characters or less! But I really missed the boat by not publishing those responses then.

Instead, on March 16th I posted a blog titled, “GPL Making Great Use of its Down Time” in which I praised the strategies, especially their dynamic, high-quality videos,being implemented by Dreyfus and the league during the long lull in GPL action as Alex Dreyfus’s team (and their PokerStars sponsors?) take their time to make some much-needed improvements to all things GPL (website, merchandising, marketing and the Cube to name a few).

In other words, I buried my own story, which was later covered by Earl Burton in pokernewsdaily.com on March 19th and on cardschat.com on March 20th. As John Reger wrote: Just because the second season has been delayed, Dreyfus said not to mistake that for quitting on his brainchild. He did, however admit there were some problems with the inaugural run of the league and said those need to be corrected before another year of competition can get underway.”

In fairness, I should note that the majority of the aforementioned articles dealt with Dreyfus and the GPL’s expansion into the gigantic poker market in China and other countries, a topic I will cover in a future blog. But one thing is clear; I should have posted THIS blog on the 5th of March!

Guess I was way too distracted with all the action at our own local poker tournament.

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