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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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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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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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Kyle Allen proved all night that he was the right choice in  a game that required his pocket awareness, his knowledge of his reads and his ability to throw the ball downfield; he had his confidence and his arm strength back. In fact, if it hadn’t been for some unfortunate drops, his stats would have been even more impressive – he was that accurate. Yes, our offenTexas A&M vs Vanderbiltse had a problem scoring touchdowns in the red zone. But thanks to senior kicker Taylor Bertolet, who kicked six successful field goals (tying former kicker Alan Smith for the most in A&M history) we got 18 points on the board. Play of the game, however, had to be after the defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back into Allen’s hands on his own four yard line.  After a one yard rush from Carson, Allen connected with wide receiver Josh Reynolds for a beautifully executed 95-yard touchdown pass.  Oh, and Tre Carson, our rock at running back, collected 126 yards on the night. All in all, it’s a nice way to be going into Baton Rouge next week.

No one predicted that the Aggies would pitch a shut-out against the Commodores last night, but they did! But based on our rules, we had a winner. Congratulations, Matt Greene! We will be sending you your well-deserved prize of the the Ultimate Poker DVD Collection including “Beat The Pros”, “Winning Texas Holdem”, and “Mastering Bluffs and Tells” Instructional DVDs from our friendly staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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