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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Because of the current Covid-19 Pandemic situation world wide, our beloved Poker World has certainly been limited mostly to online games. Of course, this makes it a bit harder for many people but not so much to the poker fanatics among us. Are you a Poker fanatic?

Poker games and poker tournaments can usually be found almost anywhere in the world, and even if you go to some remote island on vacation, the hotel is likely to have an internet connection and you can log in to your favorite online casino and play to your heart’s content; you can play for as long as you can afford to.

When your family or friends see you login in to play, their immediate thoughts are that you are a poker fanatic. These are the top ten signs that they are right:

  1. If you witness something bad happening your first thought is “That’s a bad beat.”
  2. You claim that you know exactly what cards every player has, even when you’re not in the game.
  3. When you count, you always follow “8, 9, 10” with “Jack, Queen, King, Ace.”
  4. Every person that beats you, pisses you off, or just irritates you, are just “donkeys” to you.
  5. If you could, you would celebrate your wedding anniversary by watching a poker tournament on TV.
  6. When booking any hotel room you make sure they have a computer connected to the Internet. That way you can still play online while everyone else goes to the beach.
  7. You can’t help yourself; when you pay for anything you stack up your cash in neat little piles before pushing them to the teller.
  8. You always think you’re the best poker player at any poker table.
  9. When you lose you can’t accept it graciously and always go on “Tilt”
  10. Whenever you lose a hand, you’ll make statements like “I’m just setting traps,” “I knew exactly what he had.”

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Many of our faithful followers know that we have been longtime Daniel Negreanu fans. We love watching him play, with that uncanny ability he has for “knowing” what cards his opponents are holding. We loved his documentary, “Kid Poker” which revealed everything we wanted to know about the man and the legend he became. I always enjoyed his video blogs (Vlogs) during the World Series, when he would invite us all into his life as he explained various poker moves he had made that day, or showed us his exercise routine or how much he  loved playing with his adorable doggies.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisWe were mesmerized watching as his romance with Amanda Leatherman blossomed into marriage in 2019 and of course, we loved it when Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, aka my husband, met DNegs at the WSOP and, after chatting with him for a while gave him a signed copy of his memoir, “Them Changes.”

 

With poker news being a bit slim during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been blogging a little less often. But since Kid Poker decided to try to draw some attention to it, we decided to go along for the ride. In a Tweet on Friday, the Poker Hall of Famer put a challenge out that he would win a bracelet in 2020. He also stated that it didn’t matter if it were the online version of the event or, if it happens, the physical version in Las Vegas.

He spelled out the rules: “I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020,” he stated.  This includes the upcoming “online” WSOP in Nevada and New Jersey or during the run that will be held on GGPoker. Negreanu also includes a caveat that, if there are tournaments held this fall in Las Vegas under the WSOP banner (still a possibility), that those too would be included in the bet. “Tough to win against huge online fields,” Negreanu teased as he looked for action.”Will bet up to $1 million. There have already been a bunch of takers, although at first glance it might seem foolish to bet against Negreanu, considering he just missed winning the 2019 Player of the Year and won it in 2018. However, the Kid hasn’t won a bracelet since 2013. Would you bet against him? We wouldn’t.

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Just think about it, if you make the right bet with him you might win enough to get yourself a poker table like this one with your winnings. Good luck.

 

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As you all know by now, the world of live poker was stopped, and at least for the foreseeable future interrupted, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP Circuit), canceled  their events.

Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker said “We want to do right by our players and see the promised prize money put up for grabs. Our Online Circuit events have been huge successes to date and WSOP.com is a viable alternative for the last qualification spots and this year’s championship. We look forward to returning to Harrah’s Cherokee in 2021 but until then, the show must go on… online.”

Because the number of affected live events, the WSOP chose to hold a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14, which will award a guaranteed 13 spots into the GCC. A dozen of those spots will be awarded to the winners of each event, while the final spot will go to the “Casino Champ” of the WSOP.com series.

Here’s a look at the schedule of upcoming online events:

DateTournamentBuy-In GTDRe-Entry Time
Wednesday, June 3Online Finale Circuit Kick-Off$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 4Online Finale No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 5Online Finale NLH Turbo Deepstack$250$100,0002x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 6Online Finale Circuit Big 500$500$150,0003x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 7Online Finale Circuit Monster Stack$525$200,0003x2 p.m.
Monday, June 8Online Circuit Freezeout$320$100,000N/A4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9Online Finale Circuit High Roller 6-Max$1,000$150,0002x4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 11Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 12Online Circuit NLH Monster Stack$320$100,0003x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 13Online Finale Circuit Double Stack$320$150,0002x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 14Online Finale Circuit Main Event$525$300,0003x2 p.m.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWe hope this will satisfy some, if not all of you. Like all poker players we know, we hope that when this Pandemic finally comes to an end, we all can go back to playing live games at our favorite casinos or at our own poker tables with our friends.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Not surprisingly, all Nevada casinos were ordered closed more than two months ago, turning the Las Vegas strip into a wide, empty road. But many states are beginning to re-open, at least in part and with strict CDC guidelines to follow. Nevada’s governor, Steve Sisolak, has begun permitting casino restaurants to reopen while keeping clubs, shows and gaming shut down. And let’s face it: you all don’t go to Vegas for the restaurants!

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently laid out its health/safety guidelines for casinos to follow when they reopen. One guideline that poker players have already been reluctantly anticipating is that poker rooms must limit poker tables to a maximum of four players. 

But there is more. UNLV epidemiologist, Brian Labus, has said that Vegas is not ready to open the casinos. And when they do, he says, he’s worried that many of the planned safety features won’t be a match for the virus. Limiting card room capacity, adding hand sanitizer stations, and aggressive cleaning of poker chips and chairs can help reduce some risk, Labus says, but the nature of coronavirus won’t allow it to be contained. Poker during Covid-19Players sit together for an extended period of time, coughing and breathing in the same shared air, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Labus also didn’t think the new plexiglass dividers that some poker rooms around the country are trying out, would be effective from a public health standpoint, beyond giving players an artificial sense of security.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWhen the Vegas strip opens, there will be a limited amount of casinos to visit for slots, roulette etc. and even fewer poker rooms, if any. So if you want to play poker in the foreseeable future, Stay Home. You’re either going to be playing online or, after sanitizing everything and making sure no one has a fever, you and a few socially-distanced friends will be playing at your own poker table

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