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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As promised in our last blog, we continue now with a few more of our favorite poker playing celebrities. The poker bug is capable of biting anyone, whether you’re a well known celebrity, or just a poker junkie. It doesn’t care if you’re a film star, a television regular, a sports legend or just famous for being famous. And it doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, man or woman, as long as you have enough chips for the minimum buy-in, you’re welcome.

Ray RomanoWe’ll start with one of my all-time TV comics from “Everyone Loves Raymond”, Ray Romano. Although he seems to be spotted at the poker tables quite often, he hasn’t had much success; in fact over the course of the last 10 years he’s only picked up about 20 grand in prize money. But Romano loves poker so much that I doubt he will stop trying.

Everyone remembers Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane – Superman’s main squeeze, or as Paris Carver, Agent 007’s ex-lover in “Tomorrow Never Dies.” If you ever got the chance to speak with her, as I did one night several years ago (that’s me with Ms. Hatcher in the photo on the left) she would tell you that she is a closeted poker player, and now she loves having a whole new fan base in the poker world.

Don Cheadle There are those who fall in love with poker and it somehow doesn’t seem to matter whether they win or lose;  they apparently play just for the sheer rush or the banter around the table. Such is the case with Don Cheadle who gave us such an outstanding performance in “Hotel Rwanda”, an inspiring actor who loves poker and doesn’t seem to care if he ever cashes. Cheadle is the co-founder of the “Ante Up For Africa” foundation, dedicated to raising money for Africans in need.

SlashPoker attracts people from every walk of life including hard-playing rock and rollers. We all know Slash from “Guns and Roses,” but not many of us know about his love of poker. He has gone so far as to be the main ingredient in a free poker-playing app, “Poker Slash.”

 

That’s it for now, but we will be back soon with some more well know poker-playing celebrities. Until then have fun playing your favorite poker games; hopefully on one of our premium poker tables .

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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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I really enjoy looking at the various poker signs hanging in a person’s poker room or man cave; they help personalize the space. Some are there to loudly proclaim their favorite NCAA team or “represent” their alma mater. Others are funny poker sayings, while others seem to capture the essence of poker. We carry officially licensed NCAA poker signs and mirrors in the Texas Poker Store, although the most common signs, like the proverbial “Folding is for Quitters” and humorous classics such as: “If You Can’t Spot the Sucker at the Poker Table, It’s Probably You” and “Trust Everyone . . . But Always Cut the Cards” are, unfortunately, often out of stock due to their popularity.

Poker Room Mirror Four AcesSo I started collecting good poker quotes that would make equally good signs if someone clever wanted to produce them. I discovered that a lot of people have made observations about poker, some because they play professionally and others because they happen to love poker. For example, the brilliant playwright David Mamet had a very insightful one: “You Can’t Bluff Someone Who’s Not Paying Attention,” while professional poker player Dan Reed is credited with, “You Will Show Your Poker Greatness by the Hands You Fold, not the Hands You Play.”

The Rounders-inspired poker player, Dutch Boyd, known for creating the first online poker site, is quoted as saying, “Poker is a Lot Like Sex. Everyone Thinks They Are the Best, but Most Don’t Have a Clue What They are Doing.” That would make a heck of a poker sign. It’s kind of like Chris Moneymaker’s well-known quote,The Beautiful Thing About Poker is That Everybody Thinks They Can Play.”Poker Room Sign

Poker star Phil Hellmuth could certainly have sold a lot of signs with his statements about the role of luck, including: “If There Weren’t Luck Involved, I Would Win Every Time” andPoker is 100% Skill and 50% Luck.”

One of my favorites comes from the legendary baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who said, “Baseball is Like a Poker Game. Nobody Wants to Quit When He’s Losing; Nobody Wants YOU to Quit When You’re Ahead.”

We’ll follow up with more ideas for good poker signs in our next blog. Until then, let us know if you have any suggestions. So what is your favorite Poker quote? Send it to us and we just might use it.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve had some fun with our series on the perfect poker-themed Man Cave for your budget, and have so far shared some suggestions for furnishing man caves for high-end and medium-size budgets. But hey, not all of us can afford that much luxury, at least not yet, so until we win the lottery, make our way to some final tables at the WSOP, or find a bucket full of cash somewhere, we’ll just have to be a little thrifty with our man caves. But not to worry; we’ve got you covered.

The following are some suggestions for any of you who may be temporarily financially challenged. Check it out:

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 just under $600.00.

500 Poker Chips SetThen pick up a set of 500 quality poker chips in a nice aluminum case, a couple of decks of cards, and some dealer buttons, all for under $80.00. The rest would be up to you. You can decorate your man cave with posters or poker signs, maybe bring in a mini fridge, a small sound system with well placed speakers for some cool poker tunes, or even a flat screen TV. At that point, you are ready to host a minimum of 10 poker players, all ready and eager to lose their discretionary funds at your table . . .  and that means you can keep on dreaming about your perfect man cave. Good luck.

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