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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vinny the GrinderBy The Grinder

Let’s face it. Most poker players, including myself, are either complete or partial degenerates, and degeneration is usually accompanied by bad habits. One such habit is junk food. Remember. You are what you eat. Poker players like Antonio Esfandiari have always recommended that you eat right simply because it will make you think smarter, and perform better. Thinking smart has no recipe, sometimes you might find a totally inebriated player making great plays at cash games. However, tournament poker entails grinding for days on end, and maintaining a strong core of patience, perseverance and positivity. Eating right will most definitely help your tournament play in the long run. I love food. To me, eating right isn’t about salads. I’d rather have a healthy alternative to an unhealthy item on the menu. Even better, I’d find a better way to cook unhealthy food. Here is an example. Instead of the traditional greasy cheeseburger, I make a healthy alternative – Ground beef sliders, equally tasty, and much easier on the stomach and heart. Here is the recipe! I hope you enjoy cooking these for your next poker game!


  • 12 miniature buns or dinner rolls
  • 3/4 pound lean ground sirloin. (95% lean or better).
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 24 small dill pickle slices


  • Remove some of the fluffy center from the buns so that they will sit well on top of burgers and set them aside.
  • Combine the beef with Worcestershire sauce and pepper, and form into 12 (2-inch) flat patties.
  • Preheat a lightly oiled (with olive oil spray) grill pan over moderate heat until hot. Cook burgers over moderate heat, turning, and evenly top with cheese, about 2 minutes per side for medium or until cheese is melted. Transfer the burgers to a plate, and grill the buns, cut sides down, for 90 seconds.
  • Sandwich burgers between buns with about 2 pickles per slider.Ultimate Poker Table

Serves 12 people, but you could make more especially if you have a hungry pack of poker wolves at your poker table. Feeds well and feeds right! Happy eating!

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