Archive for March 2012

It’s Friday and tonight’s poker game promises to be a hot one. We have the usual motley crew of about 12 showing up and you can bet they will be talking the usual smack about who’s the best player. And they will all have their stories to tell about the sick hands or the bad beats they have endured or handed out.

But tonight I’m going to bring my famous bacon wrapped Jalapeno Poppers that should shut a few of them up, at least while they try putting out the fires in their mouths. Here’s the recipe in case you have a few mouths you want to shut at your next game. Of course all in fun. Maybe they’ll be so distracted with the poppers that they won’t pay attention to the fact that you’re winning every hand and raking in all the poker chips.

Pick up 25 fresh jalapeno peppers, one 14 to 16 ounce container of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and 2 (16 ounce) packages of bacon. That’s all you’ll need to make these delicious mouth-watering, mouth- burning poppers.

Follow these directions and they’ll be ready to serve in about 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 450.

First cut the stems off of the peppers and cut them all in half longways. Remove most of the seeds from the peppers, but make sure to leave some seeds; the more seeds the hotter the results . Now fill each pepper with cream cheese and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Next wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around each pepper half and they’re  ready for the oven. Place on baking sheets and pop your poppers in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked. Remove and serve when cooled.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Believe me these little beauties will have your guests wanting more even after they lose all their chips. Enjoy!

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If you like country music then you’re sure to like Steve Forde, an Australian country singer. And if you like poker, then you’ll like this little video accompanied by his hit “Guns and Guitars”. The song plays nicely as the background to a  Texas Hold ’em  poker game with a few shady characters. Comes down to a heads up between the hero vs. a sleazy character one  who is  willing to bet it all on trip nines…including his woman.

Any game I’ve ever been to has been much tamer than this. Worst case I’ve ever seen was when the host was so sure he had the winning hand that he bet his brand new casino quality Texas holdem poker table and lost it the same way the sleaze on the video lost his beautiful woman.

How far are you willing to take it? if you were completely out of poker chips and money, what would you put up on what you thought was the winning hand?

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We all know how good  a poker player Daniel Negreanu is, but how many of you knew that he has a huge advantage because he is also a psychic? Watch this little video where he is playing against Jerry Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.  Daniel actually calls for an 8 of diamonds and a jack of diamonds and gets them both on the turn and the river to beat Buss with a straight flush against his ace high flush.

When I saw this my immediate thought was that I would give up all my poker chip racks to become a poker psychic. And my second thought was to never ever play against Daniel Negreanu. How about you; are you a poker psychic? What would you give up to become the Edgar Cayce of the Poker World?

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Ever hear of The Game? Thankfully, this is just a movie and although there are lots of high stakes poker games around the world, I  have never even heard about any games with stakes like these. The King’s Men is a gritty film, still in pre-production, about  an underground poker game where the stakes are your life (or at the very least your health). To play, you  first have to become a member of “The Game” at 250,000 pounds per year. Usual rules apply, with the only difference being that the game is not played for money . . . that’s where the movie  gets edgy and grimy and that’s where I would draw the line.

The movie does present an interesting premise and I hope they finish the production so that we can all see how it turns out. Is there a winner? And what do they win? Maybe I’ll take a poll at our local Thursday night tournament and see how many would stake their lives on their poker playing skills. I will bet one of my custom, silver inlaid 300 poker chips sets that no one would even consider it. But the premise does make for an exciting crime thriller movie.

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