Archive for May 2012

As we wrote in our last blog, the 2012 WSOP has begun and is now underway. Chiab “Chip” Saechao won the “Casino Employees Event”  at the first World Series of Poker tournament of the year. Chip was awarded the  first 2012 WSOP GOLD BRACELET and took home a nice cash payout of  $70,859.

Everywhere we go now, we run into people talking about poker,  and more than ever about the WSOP and the huge payouts made through out the series. There are hotels, clubs, bars and casinos offering to show the series direct on their big screen TVs when they’re broadcasted by ESPN.

There are signs posted in  countless websites, including all of ours, offering everything from tips on making it to this year’s final nine to a ton of predictions running from who will be the biggest disappointment to who is the dark  horse of the year.

We have walked into local bars  offering special poker drinks and poker appetizers; there are poker signs everywhere. Funny ones that say “Liquor in the front, Poker in the rear”, or “Trust Everyone But Always Cut The Cards”. So,  it IS true: poker is everywhere and the 2012 WSOP IS on. And it’s also true: the Texas Poker Store IS offering a 10% discount on all poker signs.

 

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On Sunday, May 27, the 2012  World Series of Poker officially started at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This, the 43rd Annual WSOP, promises to be huge once again and someone will walk off with more than $8,000,000 in hard cash.  The Main Event Championship begins July 7 and there will be a total of 61 Gold Bracelets at stake.

There are a lot of significant changes this year that are sure to entice even more participants. Poker history will be made on July 1 when the World Series of Poker will present the highest buy-in poker tournament in history – The Big One… for One Drop at $1,000,000.  The winner of this event will take away the first ever WSOP Platinum Bracelet and 11.1% of the buy-in will go to support the One Drop Organization.

The 43rd annual WSOP will conclude with the grandest spectacle in all of gaming – the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship (aka “The Main Event”) (Event #61), which begins play Saturday, July 7 and will reach its final table (nine players) on Monday, July 16, at which time, as has been customary,  play will be halted. The delayed final table will return one week earlier than in previous years  because of  the U.S. Presidential Election slated for the first Tuesday in November. Therefore, the WSOP Main Event final table will be held in two stages, from nine players playing down to two on Sunday, October 28, with heads-up play on Tuesday, October 30.  Once again, the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio will host the finale, in front of an anticipated live television audience on ESPN and ESPN2.

We know from your calls and letters that a lot of you picked up any poker dvds and poker books you could find, and even had us search for special ones that you couldn’t find anywhere else so that you could sharpen your skills, with the goal to enter this year’s World Series of Poker. We hope it helped. To all those who we know are gonna try their luck at this year’s WSOP, we wish you the best.

Shuffling cards has been the bane of many a poor soul; a lot of them just can’t seem to get it quite right. They end up folding the cards or they shuffle them so many times that they wear the suits right off of them. So we asked some pros what they thought was the right number of times a deck should be shuffled. The answers we got ran the gamut from down right absurd, to hilarious and even to some well thought out mathematical formula that supposedly figures that the right number of times for a deck of 52 cards would be 7 times for them to be sufficiently mixed, that according to Persi Diaconis as reported in the New York Times several years ago.

That is way too much for us, and we’re sure, most poker players to worry about. We just play the game and as long as you don’t shuffle like Moe of the Three Stooges  in this video, then we’re good. But if all you can do is what Mo does, then maybe you should just pick up a good automatic card shuffler and get on with the game.

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Is Poker bigger than the Super Bowl? Is the sport of kings really high stakes poker? Are poker players the last American cowboys? Is poker really just about the money? This film may cause you to ask a lot of questions, but in the end we  play because although it can be very rewarding, it’s mostly about the excitement. As Doyle Brunson has said; “Poker isn’t about winning or losing, poker is about making the right decision.” He also said; “When luck shuts the door, you gotta come in through the window and that’s where the skill comes in. You gotta have the courage to bluff.”

Like the song we just wrote says;  “I may be bluffin’, but you’ll never know.” When we bluff, that’s when our heart rate jumps, and when we scoop the poker chips, that’s when our adrenalin rushes; that’s why we play. Why do you?

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