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In honor of the 2017 World Series of Poker, the Texas Poker Store invites you to enter our contest and score big!

To score $200 off of any poker table in our store!

Whitney at the 2017 WSOP1.  If you plan to attend the WSOP for even a day, take a selfie, photo or brief video that demonstrates where you are . . . and then find a clever way to display these three little words: Texas Poker Store. Hold up a hand-made sign, write it on a napkin with a sharpie, print it on your hat like our lovely model is doing, or simply say “I love the TEXAS POKER STORE” on video and submit it to me at Queenofhearts@texaspokerstore.com.

To score $100 off any poker table in our store!

2. If you can’t attend the WSOP in person, do not despair. With the Main Event being covered live on ESPN and numerous events streaming on PokerGO, simply follow the same instructions but show the WSOP playing on your T.V., computer, tablet or phone, and submit it to me at Queenofhearts@texaspokerstore.com.

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The qualifying entries will be announced at the end July and posted on our Facebook page – the winners will be determined by . . . you guessed it – the staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s a little difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening at the World Series of Poker. Did you realize that the WSOP is larger than football, baseball, basketball or hockey in overall numbers? For example last year the WSOP attracted more than 107,000 players from over 100 countries and paid out more than $221 million to the winners.

This year the series is expected to be bigger and richer than ever with a total of 74 different events to be played out over the course of 54 days. That, my friends, is more than just a little difficult to keep on top of. Most other sporting events that fans follow are linear in nature. At some point, in other words, it comes down to the top eight, then the top four, and then the two finalists and then the champion. That model even holds true for the Global Poker League.

Not so in poker, especially at the WSOP. There are numerous events going on, some simultaneously, and if you’re an avid fan like we are at the Texas Poker Store, you have a lot of “favorite players” to keep your eyes on, as well as favorite events. So, we love the COLOSSUS ever since its inauguration in 2015 when Cord Garcia plopped down his $565.00 buy-in,  and triumphed over a field of more than 22,000 players to collect his gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars.

Other big favorites, including ours, is the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold’em; the Millionaire Maker with its $1,500 buy-in and guaranteed $1 million first prize, and, of course, the WSOP Main Event, which last year boasted more than 6,700 players and paid the winner, Qui Nguyen, more than $8 million.

With all of the above in mind, we can tell you the following:

Of the finished events:

Event 1 – Casino Employees $565 No-Limit Hold’em won by Bryan Hollis

Event 2 – $10,000 Tag team NL Hold’em won by Igor Kuganov and Liv Boeree

Event 3 -$3000 NL Hold’em Shootout won by Upeshka De Silva

Event 4 -$1500 Omahi Hi-Lo 8 or Better won by Benjamin Zamani

As of this writing, the leader in the $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em is the hugely popular Bertrand” Elky” Grospellier, who holds a commanding chip lead with only nine players remaining. Martin Jacobson, Dario Sammartino, Chris Moore and Rainer Kempe are also among the last nine. With a first-place prize of $3,686,865and a bracelet, this should be one helluva final table!

Of course, by the time we publish, that all might change. That’s just part of why we love the compelling and unpredictable world of poker!

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

It’s the beginning of summer which means one thing to poker fans: The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is back!

The 48th annual World Series of Poker, officially beginning today, May 31, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, promises to be bigger and better than ever, including eight new bracelet events.

Most importantly for poker fans, the WSOP Main Event will be televised live on ESPN starting on Day 1A (July8) and continuing until July 22 when they crown the winner of the 2017 WSOP Championship.

The Texas Poker Store HAD to do something. . .  so we are launching our own 2017 WSOP/TPS Championship Game. But our Championship Game is all about YOU!

There are 2 ways to play our game and score big!

    1. Whitney showing us some loveIf you plan to attend the WSOP for even a day, do what our beautiful model is doing. Take a selfie, photo or brief video that demonstrates where you are . . . and then find a clever way to display these three little words: Texas Poker Store.  Hold up a hand-made sign, write it on a napkin with a sharpie, print it on your hat or simply say “I love the TEXAS POKER STORE” on video and submit it to me at Queenofhearts@texaspokerstore.com. Do that to score $200 off of any poker table in our store!
    2. If you can’t attend the WSOP in person, do not despair. With the Main Event on live TV and streaming on pokercentral.com, simply follow the same instructions against the backdrop of the WSOP playing on your T.V., computer, tablet or phone, submit to me and score $100 off any poker table from the Texas Poker Store.Poker Tables from the Texas Poker Store

The qualifying entries will be announced at the end July and posted on our Facebook page and everyone will be sent an email notification.

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One thing I never thought Daniel Negreanu needed was a sidekick! Don’t get me wrong; his pairing with Phil Hellmuth as ESPN analysts during their coverage of the 2016 WSOP’s Final Table was positively brilliant, and the pair’s expertise was only exceeded by their dazzling repartee (along with the unpredictable and engaging play of last year’s champion, Qui Nguyen) .

At the time, “Kid Poker” repeatedly made the point that people (especially if they’re new to the game) need to have fun and be entertained—which includes different personalities, exciting styles of play, amusing table talk– if they’re going to become the next generation of poker fans. Negreanu always enjoyed “trash-chatting” at the poker table, but it has gotten harder to do with so many serious young players hiding under their headphones and refusing to engage.

Comedian Kevin Hart

Still, I’m not sure he could have predicted that the fun would be provided by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, recently signed as a spokesperson by PokerStars. At a press conference ostensibly called by the superstar, Hart, accompanied by PokerStars Team Pro Negreanu, made the announcement that he was partnering with PokerStars “to make poker fun again.” Hart described how deeply in love with the game he is, and cited that he’d played in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas back in January and was in Monte Carlo where he had just played the Super High Roller; in fact, he said he’d been playing poker for at least 10 years.

But, Hart continued at the presser, he could see what the game is missing, saying, “and the game is missing ME.”  He went on to say that the game has had Daniel for quite some time, and “Daniel has done his job and brought fun to the game, but what Daniel is missing . . . is the black sidekick!”

Kid Poker did not just play straight man to Hart, often showing his own funny side as they fielded questions from the press, making it very obvious that the two had already developed a close relationship. Most importantly, both are clearly dedicated to the concept of elevating poker so that it’s fun to play and fun to watch. What a boon to poker, and what a party for poker fans.

If you have the time, the full press conference can be found on Pokernews.com, along with the article written by Frank Op de Woerd.

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