Archive for December 2016

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As 2016 draws to a close (thankfully, for many of us) it’s probably a good time to revisit our sporadic review of the status of legal online poker. When we began covering it, we assumed that there would be exciting news to report on a semi-regular basis as state legislatures voted to follow Nevada’s lead to legalize and regulate online poker.  However, with the exception of New Jersey and Delaware, nothing much has happened since 2013. In fact, more states have legalized marijuana than online gaming, something we could never have predicted.Online Poker

Looking ahead to 2017, there are four states that might push to get a bill passed – Pennsylvania, California, Michigan and New York — although all face hurdles that may be difficult to overcome.

As Greg Raymer, member of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Board of Directors put it, “Every state has a chance, and the best way to get online poker in your state is to let your representatives know you want it, and that their decision on this issue makes a difference when it’s time for you to vote. Tell them now, and tell them often. And get your poker friends to do the same.”

It is difficult to understand how states which already allow betting on horse racing, Daily Fantasy sports, and the sale of lottery tickets haven’t made more progress getting an online poker bill passed. It’s not like they couldn’t make good use of the potential millions of dollars of revenue generated by legalizing and regulating the poker industry.

On the federal level, it’s anybody’s guess, since predicting what the President-elect will do is a foolhardy proposition. What we do know is that there are several congressmen who pushed for an online gambling ban in 2016, including Senators Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee and U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick. Behind the desire to ban online poker is none other than billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, an ardent anti-online gaming mogul. How much he will attempt to influence the new administration is not known, but if he wants republicans to protect his brick and mortar interests, all bets for a 2017 online gambling victory will be off.

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In the meantime, those of us who live in a state which still does not allow online poker have to be content with playing on the virtual felt of online poker free-roll tables.

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We are happy to report that our 10% Off Everything Holiday Special was very successful. Many of you took advantage of our sale to order new poker supplies and several fantastic poker tables in time for the holidays.Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk custom Poker Table

We have several new owners of our popular Nighthawk Poker Table. In fact, a few were customized with their name or logos like our very own Team TPS pictured here.

 

Custom Rockwell Poker TableCustom Poker Chips

Others preferred our customized Rockwell Poker Table with custom poker chips.

 

Here’s the GOOD NEWS! Because we STILL have products in stock we are EXTENDING OUR SALE UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF 2016, so there’s still time for y’all to get in on the bargains. Don’t get left behind. Check it out for yourselves, but hurry. The sale ends soon!!

Christmas at the Texas Poker Store

To all our customers and poker-playing friends from coast to coast, we wish you a joyous and peaceful 2017.

Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Texas Poker Store Holidays Specials
The poker world saw a lot of action this year, including the successful first season of “team poker” with the 12-team Global Poker League, as well as the thrilling Final Table at the 2016 World Series of Poker. We loved watching the daring new WSOP Champion, Mr. Qui Nguyen, who by now has probably had a blast completing his holiday shopping spree. Those of you who didn‘t have an $8M payday, however, may need a little help as well as some bargains!

When poker has a good year, it means the Texas Poker Store has a good year, which makes us feel generous. Because we’re feeling generous, we are running our 10% Off Everything Holiday Special. Use it for the poker enthusiasts on your shopping list or get yourself a poker accessory you’ve always wanted. Here are three of our top picks: Set of 300 Las Vegas 14 Gram Chips

• This set of 300 Las Vegas Poker chips is ideal for your next home game. Each chip is made from clay composite materials and weighs 14 grams. The chips are housed in a rich walnut case.

 

Lumen Poker Table with HD Lights• Our kick-ass Lumen Poker Table, a spacious (101.5 in x 46 in), ten-player plus dealer “kidney bean” shaped poker table, accented by its signature, remote-controlled waterproof LED trim.

2 decks of world class copag playing cards

 

• A set of world class Copag™ cards with Poker Size Regular Index – Orange and Brown Setup – grab a set for yourself or several sets as stocking stuffers. Copag™ cards are considered by many to be the finest in the world.

And lots and lots more……

We have more than 300 products available now (as long as they remain in stock). So hurry up and start shopping; we don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% on your poker-related shopping list.

Happy Holidays to all.

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When I began writing a regular poker blog I got very lucky. I didn’t know much about poker, but I really wanted to make a contribution to the Texas Poker Store — the online poker supply store my husband and I own. Of course, he has run it pretty much on his own for the past five years, but when I retired from working full-time at Texas A&M, I had a lot more free time to help with the “family business.” And that’s when I stumbled upon the Global Poker League.

Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and EntertainmentMy first blog was written on February 21. It was titled “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard Of it?” The brainchild of Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and Entertainment, the GPL was the perfect story for me. It was bold and innovative, it had teams to get passionate about just like other sports and since it was brand new, it could be my special beat; I could introduce it to our followers.

And I followed the hell out of the GPL. I watched it online religiously and pitched it like an evangelist. I probably wrote more than 30 blogs about it, and I tweeted and posted to try to get people as excited as I was about “sportifying” poker. I described everything I loved in my columns: learning how to play poker from some of the world’s best players, getting to know and care about them, getting inside their heads, the webcams and the software and the Cube, along with the poker knowledge and witty repartee of the commentators. I loved having a poker team to root for (in my case the LA Sunset).

But mostly I was incredibly impressed with how dedicated the professional poker players were to the League, to their respective teams and to their team managers, all of whom were terrific spokespeople for the GPL and for poker in general. They were also respectful of their fans, including newbies like me, who might never have seen players like Mercier, Busquet, Kenney, Boeree, Jaffe, Filatov, Bonomo, McDonald, Elky, Duhamel and dozens more were it not for their wholehearted commitment to, and enthusiastic participation in, the GPL.

In the end, after some glitches and delays along the way, the GPL pulled off their season-ending Playoffs and first-ever Championship (won by the Montreal Nationals) in a series of strategic, hard-fought, engrossing and sometimes thrilling matches held from November 29th – December 1st in the Cube in Vegas. The dedication demonstrated by the players was extraordinary considering that they weren’t playing for the money ($100,000 split six ways). They all seemed to realize that something much greater was at stake; this was a way to showcase the game they love and to recapture the spirit of competition. In that way it transcended other poker tournaments played for huge stakes all over the world.

It saddens me to know that I could probably write a blog tomorrow and title it, “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard Of it?”– it certainly hasn’t had the impact I imagined it would have. But Alex Dreyfus is still a hero in my book. He accomplished what he set out to do; he made his vision a reality. He got poker superstars to play for team loyalty and the love of poker, and he greatly expanded the potential audience for poker. Next year, with the sponsorship of PokerStars and the countless lessons learned this season, I’m betting on the Global Poker League to hit its stride and never look back. In the mean time there are a lot of poker games to play in, we hope you get the best cards and wish you luck.

Global Poker League Finals

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