Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Because it is the Thanksgiving weekend we decided to play a little quick game of Texas Hold’em. It was a friendly heads-up game between  me and my partner and love of my life Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris. I had pocket Kings and the flop was King – 7 – 7.  I tried to trap my baby by just checking and she threw in the min bet which I, of course, snap called, thinking that now the trap was solidified.

The turn was a blank, as was the river and I knew I had her beat with my Kings over 7s boat. I splashed the pot with about a third of my stack just for value and she jumped all in. I gave her a “I’m sorry” look with a wicked smile on my face and threw in the rest of my stack, stood up ready to rake it all in. It was not to be;  she destroyed me by flipping over a pair of 7s to complete her winning hand of Quad Sevens.

Watch the video below to see why our little game reminded me of the amazing poker game on an episode of Star Trek that ended with Dr. Stephen Hawking betting and Dr. Albert Einstein calling him.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The fact that LSU dominated the Aggies in every aspect of the game played on Thanksgiving, and the fact that the Aggies looked pretty bad for most of the game (couldn’t get any offense going, couldn’t stop the Tigers from plowing through them on the same three or four running plays) didn’t make it any easier to actually have an opportunity to win the game in the final minutes (when things were finally gelling) only to have a bad call by the refs decide the outcome. Hopefully, Kyler Murray remains committed to Texas A&M, along with some of the other big name recruits we’re counting on for next season, because this team never really got it together. Neither Kenny Hill nor Kyle Allen has been the spark that was needed, that guy who can put the team on his back and will it to win, proving how very much we missed “Johnny.”

We don’t know yet which bowl we’ll be playing in with our 7-5 regular season record or what team we’ll be battling. We DO know that it will be played without DC Mark Snyder, who was “relieved of his duties” following the game; it’s a pretty safe bet that his bags were already packed.

I-may-be-bluffin-girlsWe also know that we had a winner at The Texas Poker Store. We had an incredibly close prediction by Richard Marks, who chose LSU over the Aggies by a score of 28-17. Not only did he come away with the 300 Poker Chip Set, but we think he should be a regular at the poker tables; he’s definitely a winner!

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Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

If you thought the Thanksgiving story had a gory and violent beginning, you will be surprised to know that the prettiest card in the deck has some not-so-pretty stories associated with it.

Ace of Spades Helmet

Helmets belonging to the 50th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American 101st Airborne Division were marked with a Spade Symbol for luck.

The Ace of Spades looks great as your hole card, especially when it is coupled with a beautiful Queen or a handsome King. Dealers stop at this beauty during a high-card-deal, as it is considered the most important card in the deck of 52. However, this Ace has some bloody lore linked to it, and was used by American soldiers on three occasions. During the Second World War, soldiers had the Ace of Spades imprinted on their helmets for luck. The Ace of Spades was also known as the Death Card. My guess is it has something to do with the fact that the word Spade is derived from the Spanish word spada, meaning sword. Being the most important card in the deck, and considered the luckiest, the soldiers thought that this would bring them a lot of luck to catch and kill their enemy.

Sadam HusseinTwenty years later, during the Vietnam war, the American soldiers used to scatter around this card in enemy territory because this card was considered a sign of death and bad fortune by the Vietnamese soldiers. The US soldiers even shoved this card in the mouths of dead Vietcong soldiers to warn the rest of them. Not gory enough? Much later in 2003, the US soldiers used this card for purposes of war for the third time. The Bush Government issued a deck of playing cards and each card was assigned an Iraqi most-wanted person, in order of hierarchy. The Ace of Spades was assigned to Saddam Hussein, and had his picture on it. I guess third time’s a charm, because they successfully managed to capture Saddam on December 13, 2003— the same year his face was printed on the Ace of Spades!

Frankly, after researching its not-so-pretty past, I’d still prefer having this stunning looking card in my hand. Just like one of my favorite front men of all time, Lemmy, sings in of one of my favorite songs ‘Ace of Spades’ from one of my favorite bands ever, Motorhead—“I don’t share your greed, the only card I need, is the Ace of Spades”.

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Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

I spent Thanksgiving at my friend Kenny’s house for a home-cooked delicious Thanksgiving meal. Initially, I was getting ready to reach his house in the evening, because that is exactly how I used to spend Thanksgiving in Texas, at Paul ‘My House My Rules’ Marvin’s house. We all gathered to watch the Big 12 Longhorns vs Aggies game, warmed up near Paul’s backyard fireplace, drinking and eating till we could eat no more. However, I guess it’s a little different here in the Midwest. In any case, I am looking forward to a day of, or should I say, another day of indulgence. Today, however, I decided to pay a tribute to some really charitable poker players.

Charitable Poker Players

Let’s start with Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu who donated 20 poker tables, 40 decks of cards and 200,000 poker chips to a tournament in the name of Adam Pulling, who died of cancer in 2004. Adam was a Michigan State University student, and this was great gesture by the Kid. He did win the WSOP Player of The Year in 2004, and this was indeed a great way to give back. Our next Poker Robin Hood is Jennifer Harman, who has had both her kidneys replaced by way of organ donation. Jen is heavily involved in charitable causes related to organ donation, and formed Creating Organ Donation Awareness (CODA) in 2004.

Phil Ivey raised $260,000 to support underprivileged children in 2008 organizing and playing in a tournament. Let’s face it—if you have world-class poker celebrities playing in your tournaments then everyone wants to be in. This is a great way to raise funds and I think a lot of casinos should do this more often. The best part about Ivey’s charity is that he likes to keep it hush, and never publicizes it. In fact, Victor Ramdin, who was Ivey’s Protege, donates a lot of his prize winnings to his home country Guyana, providing dental and educational services and funds for underprivileged Africans.

Lastly, we have our most famous Poker Robin Hood, Mr. Barry Greenstein, who donates both his poker winnings and losses to charity. It’s hard to imagine how spiritual one can be. He has a PhD in Mathematics, and who knows, maybe being intelligent has got something to do with being charitable. If you want to start your poker charity, today is a good day to begin! www.pokergives.org, is a site started by Lisa Tenner, and you can find a lot of ways to be involved in poker charity through this website.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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