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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Just four days ago we wrote about the WPT’s Legends of Poker Final Table.  I was rooting for poker icon Phil Hellmuth to finally grab his first WPT Title, but to my surprise and dismay he was denied the big W once again. In heads up play, on the final hand, Art Papazyan, who was holding the chip lead, went all in with  KcQs as did Hellmuth with AhKd preflop. Papazyan got a Queen of hearts on the flop which was all he needed to lock it down and grab the win for all the marbles, including $653,692 in first prize money; a $15,000.00 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions; the Hublot watch, and best of all … the title of World Poker Tour Champion. So that was last Thursday night, which got me and my wife slightly upset, because after all we love brats and Phil Hellmuth is the Poker Brat of all time.

Then we rested a couple of days to get our heads into the upcoming football battle between our beloved Texas A&M Aggies and the infamous UCLA Bruins. Sunday rolled in and amidst all the usual pre-game hoopla we were hyped up and ready to watch our Aggies outperform the Bruins and for the first half of the game we weren’t disappointed as they ran over the Bruins with ease, taking a 31-3 lead with 4:11 left in second quarter. UCLA managed to score their first TD to make it 31-10. Not to be intimidated by that the Aggies answered immediately when Trayveon Williams ran for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Aggies a 38-10 lead late in the second quarter.

The third quarter had the Aggies score two field goals to make it 44-10. Then it seemed as if all hell must have broken loose in the Bruins game, and they started getting a lot tougher and ultimately came back and scored late in the third quarter to make it 44-17 and continued their push through the 4th. Scoring 4 TDs for a total of 35 unanswered points giving the UCLA Bruins a 45 to 44 VICTORY over our beloved but now deflated Texas A&M Aggies.

And with that, we’re heading back to the poker tables where our anxiety levels can be a lot calmer.

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

Although our blog focuses mainly on poker for obvious reasons, I have to get this out of the way quickly. It’s college football season and I’m stoked!

UCLA vs Texas A&M AggiesFor those of you who are regulars, you know that we’re huge Texas A&M football fans at the Texas Poker Store.  That’s why I can’t wait for the Aggies to open their 2016 season tomorrow (Saturday) at the “Home of the 12th Man”, Kyle Field, against the 16th pre-season ranked U.C.L.A.  Bruins. SEC vs. Pac-12 and all the hype that goes with it.

This is definitely a Big-Time Game to begin the season.

2016AggiesvsBruins2It’s also a game that might set the tone for the season. It might show us what we need to know about how good Trevor Knight is and how much protection he can count on from the O-line. Jermaine Eluemunor,and youngsters Colton Prater and Eric McCoy will have their hands more than full in the trenches against the highly talented veteran UCLA  defenders, especially a healthy Eddie Vanderdoes, but if they manage to hang in there, it will pave the way for our ground game, which HAS to improve significantly to make a run in the SEC.

Then there’s our incredibly talented roster of receivers. Will Knight be able to connect with Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and the rest of the Aggie receivers? And will they be able to hold on to the ball against the experienced UCLA secondary?

Maybe most importantly, can the Aggie D stop the Bruins’ talented star QB, Josh Rosen? We know that DC John Chavis expects Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall to pass rush the hell out of him. But that only works if the rest of our defense can: a) stop the run and b) cover UCLA’s wideouts, who definitely know where to be and how to catch those bullets from Rosen.

It’s almost impossible to predict anything with certainty before the first game of the season. Even when your new OC, Noel Mazzone, is the Bruins’ old OC. There are always unknowns, no matter what you think you know. UCLA is favored to win by about 3 points by most pundits. Not being a pundit, I’m going with the Aggies.

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Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

With March Madness just around the corner, fans of college hoops can hardly wait for the bids to go out, the seeds to be set and the final brackets announced on Selection Sunday. That’s when an intense case of “bracketology” fever seems to overwhelm just about everyone in the country until the NCAA Championship is played on April 4th.

At the Texas Poker Store we’re especially excited this year. Our favorite team, Texas A&M, clinched the SEC Regular Season Conference Championship and secured a lock on at least a fifth place seed at the Big Dance. But even if you don’t care much about basketball during the regular season, you’re bound to get caught up in March Madness and take a break from the poker tables to fill out your brackets.

March Madness at Texas Poker StoreSo, we’re challenging YOU to predict the FINAL FOUR before the madness officially begins. The person who is FIRST to predict the four teams to compete for a spot in the National Championship game will be declared the winner of our grand prize: our finest set of 500 Las Vegas clay composite casino-grade poker chips, customizable by denominations and housed in an impressive heavy-duty black mahogany case.

Submit your Final Four predictions as many times as you want but remember; you have to be FIRST to get all four teams right! Good luck to your team; good luck with your brackets and let the madness begin!

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

So here we are again – Bowl games and New Year’s Eve. It’s hard to believe another year has passed at the speed of light, we have played a lot of poker hands, watched a lot  of football games, played a lot of music and now are ending the year with our favorite college football team, the Fighting Texas A&M Aggies going up against the Louisville Cardinals in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.  Music City Bowl

What Aggie fans are hoping for is a fourth straight Bowl win under Kevin Sumlin, basing their hopes primarily on Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall’s ability to sack the QB and dominate the Louisville offense. On the other hand, the Cardinals’ D has been extremely tough against opposing offenses, and the Aggie offensive line has had plenty of trouble with less talented teams. Add to that the fact that Jake Hubenak, A&M quarterback, will be making his first career start . . . in a Bowl game.  Hubenak, however, has a strong, accurate arm and if the Ags get Tra Carson running the rock early and then let Hubenak choose his receiver, we are betting on the Aggies winning this match-up in a close game. We don’t have much longer to wait; the game is on in less than an hour!

Then, tomorrow night it will be New Year’s Eve. Unbelievable. We’re going to stay home and enjoy a quiet poker game among friends as we usher in 2016. Happy New Year to all!

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