Archive for July 2015

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

First things first;  the perfect man cave to you may not be perfect to others. We’re going to make our suggestions based on what would be some cool stuff to put into a poker-themed man cave. The following suggestions are based on our experiences playing poker at way too many places from California to New York.

The 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, over the next few days 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 Lumen Poker TableThe Lumen Poker Table, priced at just under $1800, is a kidney-bean shaped table with 11 positions (10 players + a dealer). It has integrated LED lighting, cup holders, Napa pedestal legs, and can be fully customized with your own graphics. Great table perfect for that medium-end budget.

Deser Heat 1000 count 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 aluminum case, comes in at just slightly more than $200.00, and it even includes a dealer button and three decks of cards.

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.

Next time we’ll get into some higher-end rooms. Until then, click here to leave us your comments!

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Y’all know that I got back from the 46th Annual World Series of Poker last week feeling elated by what I was able to get done during my week in Sin City – Las Vegas. What you may not know is how elated I was at having resisted most of what Sin City had to offer. Apart from having way too many tequila shots with old and new friends alike, I returned home unscathed, and even came out on top at the few tables I had time for.

I spoke to a lot of people that played in the various WSOP Events, including the Main Event, and I came to the realization that I have always reported on the big winners, and never took into consideration the thousands of players who, although not making it into final tables did, however, cash out big time and walk away, perhaps a little disappointed at not getting to their final table or earning a WSOP Gold Medal, but nevertheless didn’t exactly go home broke.

For example, in Event #68 The Main Event $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em, the prize pool of $60,348,000 was shared by the top 1,000 players. The total number of registered players was 6,420. The first 5, 420 players lose it all, but after that it’s profit time for the remaining one thousand men and women who get to that magic spot known as cashing. If you were unlucky enough to get bounced out, any where from 1,000th place to 649th place, you still made your money plus 50% back (649th-1000th – $15,000). And the player on the bubble (10th place) for the final table, Alexander Turyansky, still took home a whopping $756,897.

Cord Garcia and me

Cord Garcia and me

We won’t even try to get into details of all the other not-so-lucky players who got sent to the rails early in the other 67 Events this year, but still managed to reach cash. Here are just a few of those “unlucky losers:” Event #5: THE COLOSSUS $565 No-Limit Hold’em – Cord Garcia invested $565.00, took first place and walked away with $638,880; that’s more than a 1,100 to 1 payout, while Breck Schwartz, who busted out at number 2,241 still raked in $1,096, almost doubling his money. In Event #16 MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em the winner, Adrian Buckley, took home $1,277,193 or almost a thousand times his initial investment while the last person to cash in that event was Jamie Cohen, who came in 747th place and took away $2,749, close to doubling his money.

Daniel Negreanu holding my book "Them Changes"

Daniel Negreanu and me

Of course, it’s not always about the money, often times is about the prestige, the glory, the honor of being crowned Champion. As was the case with one of poker’s most recognized names, Daniel”Kid Poker” Negreanu, who, although known as the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, having accumulated over $29,750,000 in prize money, has never won the Main Event and was not a happy camper to once again go out before reaching that elusive final table. He is still our man, and we will always be there for him.

At the end of it all you gotta think…. hmmmm, those are some pretty solid odds; maybe I should try it out next year. Well, I would have to agree with you, but just remember. Don’t gamble with more than you can afford to lose and always remember our motto; “some days you can win with an ace high and other times you can’t win with quad aces.”

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Well, I stayed to the bitter end, and although I tried to get more pictures for this report, when the final tenth player was knocked out, the house exploded into a crazed room filled with a cheering audience and a delirious Final Nine, making it impossible to get any pics.

It certainly was a long hard battle with an unbelievable amount of ups and downs for most of the 6,420 registered players to the 46th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event. But at the end it all came down, as always, to the Final Nine – The November Nine.

The 2015 November NineThe 2015 November Nine are:
Joe McKeehen – 63,100,000 chips
Zvi Stern – 29,800,000 chips
Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000 chips
Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000 chips
Max Steinberg – 20,200,000 chips
Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000 chips
Josh Beckley – 11,800,000 chips
Patrick Chan – 6,225,000 chips
Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000 chips

Daniel NegreanuUnfortunately, our favorite player, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, wasn’t quite able to hold on and was knocked out in 11th place. He was, very obviously, extremely disappointed. Better luck next time. It was a bit sad to watch him lay down on the floor only moments after he had done 30 pushups a couple of hands prior to his demise.

I’m on my way home now and will fill in more details in a later blog in the next few days.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Live fom the Rio Hotel and Casino where I’ve been hanging for the last three days watching all the action from the rails at the feature table. Although I’ve been frustrated at the fact that because of technical difficulties I haven’t been able to blog my reports to y’all, I will say that thus far I’ve had a great time hanging with some old and some new friends. On my first full day, I had a delicious lunch with our old keyboard player on the Buddy Miles band, L.D. Dixon and his lovely wife, Judy. They showed some real estate around Vegas in case we considered moving … don’t think so. I also had a great brunch the next day with Neil Merryweather and we reminisced about the times we spent together while they recorded “Out For Blood” with Lita Ford. I then dragged him with me to the Rio to hang out at the Feature Table.

Daniel NegreanuI met Daniel Negreanu, who as of this writing is still playing strong at the feature table, hanging in at number 21 with approximately 3.7 million in chips. He graciously agreed to take this photo promoting my Rock and Roll memoirs “Them Changes.”

Currently there are still 37 players holding on with Negreanu hanging tight in number 13 spot with almost 7 million in chips, and the only woman, Kelly Minkin, still standing in number 8 spot holding about8.5 million in chips.

I’ll try to write more if I don’t run  into technical issues again. Tomorrow they’ll play to see who makes it to the final table.

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