Archive for July 2012

There have been quite a few professional athletes who have turned to the poker felt. Boxing champ Antonio Harber did it in 2007 and 2009, Paralympic gold medalist Marlon Shirley competed in 2009. Even NFL legend Emmit Smith tried it out in 2010, Orel Hershiser participated from 2008-2010 and this year, at the WSOP, we saw Roberto Luongo, arguably one of the NHL’s best goaltenders and goalie for the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

So far, in the 2012 Summer Olympics Michael Phelps has failed to win a medal and looked shocked when he realized that his medal streak was now broken.  So it’s not that much of a stretch to wonder if maybe Phelps, like so many other great athletes, will be attracted by the World Series of Poker Main Event and try out for the poker felts. I know I would root for him if I saw him at the poker tables. Who knows, maybe he can add a nice gold bracelet to go along with all those gold medals. What do you think?

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The 2012 Olympic Games -London, EnglandThere are very few things that can pull me away from a good poker game. There is college football, especially Texas A&M games, NFL games, and of course tonight – the  start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete over the course of the next 16 days and they will keep me riveted to the boob tube.

I’ll have plenty of time to play lots of poker games during the rest of the summer, taking breaks, of course, to watch the Texas A&M Aggies do battle against their first SEC opponents. But for now, I’ll practice my poker chips shuffling and watch my favorite Olympic events as they unfold at the XXX Olympiad.

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I haven’t blogged about poker night food and recipes for a while. It just seems like on these hot summer nights while you’re sweating it out and wondering whether you should call me or not – you might want to reach for one of these delicious Shrimp Bacon Roll-Ups, try to read my poker face and wonder if  “I may be bluffin’.”

I got this recipe from my friend, Sandy with whom I play poker, and who just happens to be the owner of  Uncle Joe’s BBQ. She also happens to be a kick butt poker player who has managed to, on more than one occasion, rake in the chips from whatever Texas Hold em poker table she is on. Here is the recipe straight from her website, order her sauce blends and make a few of these for you next poker night.

SHRIMP BACON ROLL-UPS

1 pound of uncooked shrimp (peeled, deveined and tail off)
1/2 pound of thick sliced bacon

Place shrimp in gallon size baggie and pour about 1/3 cup of dry blend of Habanero into the bag, add the shrimp and shake. Let sit in refrigerator about 1 hour or until ready to use. Cut bacon strips in half and fatten them out with the palm of your hand or rolling pin. Place shrimp onto bacon and roll.

Place bacon wrapped shrimp onto a skewer. Grill slowly on middle rack turning often. Each time you turn paint with sauce until done. You can bake in the oven also. Oven temp about 400 degrees turn every 5 minutes and baste until crispy on outside.

Small portion of sauce 1/3 cup of blend – 1/4 cup of ketchup – 1/2 cup of water of fluid of your choice. We used apple cider most of the time

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Y’ all know that we play a lot of poker and that we report to y’ all about what’s going on in the poker universe. We tell you who’s winning and who’s losing in the WSOP or the WPT, and we tell you when our poker chips are disappearing, as if by magic, into our opponents’ hands. We have seen money vanish into thin air and we have seen lots of poker chips disappear but we have never seen a car that has doors that disappear. Not until now.

We know that this is probably not breaking news to a lot of you, but when we stumbled upon this little video of  a car with disappearing doors we felt obliged to post it here for those of you who may never have seen this. The Retractable Car Door technology also known as the revolutionary “Disappearing Car Door” is the proprietary invention of JATECH, LLC a California Limited Liability Company. The car in the video is a Lincoln Mark VIII but the doors can be made for other types and models of vehicles.

Disappearing chips are not fun and we would bet that these car doors are a lot more fun.

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