Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
The newest $10,300 Buy-In Super MILLION$ High Rollers GGPoker champion is Darren Elias. Now that is the way to start a new year, especially this year after such a miserable 2020.
Elias started out this year by winning the much anticipated online poker tourney and taking home a very sweet $448,842.34 after going head to head with Niklas Astedt. Although he was way behind Astedt and you would expect that Astedt would walk away with it all, it just was not meant to be.
The final hand saw Astedt raised 700,000 and Elias jammed for 12,078,400 which Astedt snap called and turned over pocket Queens against Elias’s Ace-Seven. Cards were in Elias favor as the turn dropped an Ace giving him the pot and the championship. Way to start 2021, Darren!
So even though it’s been a difficult time for the last 12 months or so, this proves that you can still play and win a fortune playing poker online. So check out the Texas Poker Store to pick up all your poker supplies to practice with.
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We‘re almost positive none of us could wait to say goodbye to 2020. It was a horrendous, miserable, life-changing (in a bad way) year. If you’re able to come back in 2021, start the year off with positivity. Forget whatever happened last year and bring your “A” game.
Prepare well, whether it’s for poker or life. Whatever you commit to, keep scrupulous track of what you make happen. Be honest about what you’ve achieved. Better yet, under promise and over achieve.
When it comes to building yourself as a poker player, don’t forget about all the burgeoning techniques and innovative ways for communicating we’ve all learned. Plunge into connecting with poker players from other countries, learn something about their cultures and along the way play some poker.
Don’t forget to get enthused about training. You know you could use more, and you can learn from online courses to master classes to poker strategy videos. Just don’t let up and you’ll never know when it’s exactly what you’ll need when life gets back to normal.
Above all, 2021 is still going to be a tough one for most people. We have the vaccine, which brings us all hope, but we have lost so much. Try to be the kind of person you would want around you, and try to treat others with kindness and a smile. Eventually you’ll feel better and notice that those around you are feeling better too; In the meantime play well, be authentic, and dream big.
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Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Poker players have been asked what poker skills would they want for Christmas. Funny, but their answers were all the same things that I had on my list for this Christmas:
2. Play re-bet pots like the pros
3. Knowing what the perfect bet size should always be
4. The ability to make the right decision at every moment
5. Improve my online skills
6. Telepathic abilities to read my opponents
7. Good luck
Pretty unrealistic, I guess, but it’s all in good fun. Whatever your poker skills Christmas wish list is, we hope you get everything you want. And to help that along, you may want to pick up a few poker gifts for yourself and your loved ones.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season. And of course, we wish you all “Good Luck.”
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Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
If you act quickly, you can still go to WSOP.com/PHOF and nominate someone for the Poker Hall of Fame. The poker stars nominated in 2019 are all still eligible, and they are, in alphabetical order: Chris Bjorn; David Chiu; Eli Elezra; Antonio Esfandiari; Chris Ferguson; Ted Forrest; Mike Matusow; and Huckleberry Seed.
The final ballot will be unveiled by Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday, Dec. 16th, at which point it will be sent to the 32 living Hall of Fame members to cast their votes. The sole 2020 inductee will be revealed and honored during the WSOP Main Event heads-up finale on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Whoever is selected will become the 56th individual inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and follow in the footsteps of Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim, who comprised the class of 2019. There are currently 25 living PHOF members.
In order to be eligible for the PHOF, the candidates must meet the following criteria:
- A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
- Be a minimum of 40-years-old at time of nomination
- Played for high stakes
- Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
- Stood the test of time
- Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results
Our preferred choice is Antonio Esfandiari. Not only is he a great poker player who has amassed a fortune of more than $20,000,000.00, but he is also an actor, having appeared in the “Entourage” TV series. He also appeared as an undercover officer in the movie Freelancers starring Robert De Niro. Plus, he is a professional magician. But most of all he seems to be a very cool dude at the poker tables.
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