Archive for December 2015

Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

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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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

So far we’ve had our best ever holiday season at TPS, with many of our fans and current customers choosing to buy a loved one (or themselves) a little something poker-related with which to stuff their stockings or wrap with a big bow and place under the Christmas tree. Of course, some made purchases too big to put under any tree, except maybe the one at Rockefeller Center, and they didn’t care because they wanted to enjoy their shiny new poker tables right away — throughout the holidays and beyond.Elite Poker Table

One happy customer, Greg Privett, was kind enough to send us a pic of his brand new, magnificent Elite Poker Table, one of our best-selling and most popular tables, all set up in his man-cave, complete with the ten matching chairs he ordered.

Elite Poker TableWe texted him back right away to thank him for the terrific shot, and to ask if he had taken any more. He responded by sending another pic with his friends and family gathered around their new poker table, obviously enjoying Greg’s Christmas present as much as he was. And his satisfaction, along with the fact that he generously shared it with us, was definitely a Christmas present for the Texas Poker Store!

Of course, just because you didn’t get a new table for Christmas, don’t let that stop you from ordering one of our premium tables to enjoy all year round.

Thank you you for playing with us all year and now we want to wish y’all a very Happy Holiday Season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

So far we’ve had our best ever holiday season at TPS, with many of our fans and current customers choosing to buy a loved one (or themselves) a little something poker-related with which to stuff their stockings or wrap with a big bow and place under the Christmas tree. Of course, some made purchases too big to put under any tree, except maybe the one at Rockefeller Center, and they didn’t care because they wanted to enjoy their shiny new poker tables right away — throughout the holidays and beyond.Elite Poker Table

One happy customer, Greg Privett, was kind enough to send us a pic of his brand new, magnificent Elite Poker Table, one of our best-selling and most popular tables, all set up in his man-cave, complete with the ten matching chairs he ordered.

Elite Poker TableWe texted him back right away to thank him for the terrific shot, and to ask if he had taken any more. He responded by sending another pic with his friends and family gathered around their new poker table, obviously enjoying Greg’s Christmas present as much as he was. And his satisfaction, along with the fact that he generously shared it with us, was definitely a Christmas present for the Texas Poker Store!

Of course, just because you didn’t get a new table for Christmas, don’t let that stop you from ordering one of our premium tables to enjoy all year round.

Thank you you for playing with us all year and now we want to wish y’all a very Happy Holiday Season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I was debating with someone the other day about what it took to get into the Poker Hall of Fame when my wife walked by and said, “You mean, there’s actually a Poker Hall of Fame?” She seemed just skeptical enough to make me want to prove it to her; after all, why wouldn‘t there be a Hall of Fame for great poker players? So then she asked if getting in was based on total earnings or  longevity or popularity or what, and since I had to look it up, I figured I’d share it with any of you who might have the same question.

Jen Harman and John JuandaThe two latest players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015 were Jennifer Harman and John Juanda, who became the 49th and 50th members. The public nominated 10 potential inductees, and then Harman and Juanda were officially selected by a 39-person panel of existing Poker Hall of Famers. Their induction ceremony took place on November 6 at 7:00 pm in the former Benny’s Bullpen inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, which hosted the first final table of the WSOP in 1970. Both Harman and Juanda have played high stakes poker for more than 20 years with great success. (Incidentally, there has not yet been a European player who has garnered enough votes to get in yet.) But what, exactly, did it take for Harman and Juanda to make it?

Daniel Negreanu - Poker Hall of Fame 2014To answer that question I turned to Hall of Famer and my personal favorite player, Daniel “The Kid” Negreanu. Before this year’s voting, he posted a list of the criteria that must be met in order to be considered a true Hall of Fame contender. I have “borrowed” his list to share with you: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition; they must have played for high stakes; they must be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination; they must have played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers and they must have stood the test of time. In addition, there is also a category for non-players, who “must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.”

So there it is. No flash-in-the-pans. No overnight successes.  And no 22-year-olds! And my wife was satisfied because the answer came from Negreanu, who happens to be her favorite, too. Now I can get back to the tables and practicing my game.

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