Archive for May 2013

2013 WSOP Championship BraceletThe 44th annual World Series of Poker is underway and will play on for the next seven weeks, ending on July 15th. Then,  the November Nine will play down to a new World Champion on November 4th and 5th.

There are 75,000 entrants expected to take part in this year’s event, which will take place at the famed Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with 480 poker tables spread across the Amazon, Brasilia, and Pavilion Rooms.

This year features 62 bracelet events, one more than offered last year. Buy-ins for bracelet events range from $500 (the Casino Employees Event) to $111,111 (One Drop High Roller). Once again, the bracelets are provided by Jason of Beverly Hills.

Whether you plan to play a bracelet event or not, visitors are always welcome at the WSOP. As y’all know, poker is also a great spectator sport, and anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to drop by the Amazon Room to check out the ESPN stage, root for their favorite pros from the rail, and maybe even get a couple of autographs.

We’ll be keeping you well informed as the WSOP progresses, so poker players and poker fans; grab your poker chips and a seat at your favorite table, here we go again!

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T-Licious adviceBy: T-Licious

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose.  When the latter occurs the one you lost the most to can make all the difference in the felted, padded railed world.

Sure you can analyze your play from that slow played hand turned train wreck to that ill-timed bluff against a killer pocket pair.  And it’s bad enough that hindsight is 20/20, but you remember exactly how each hand played out and your mind is hyper-fixated on every opportunity and failure to the point of becoming enveloped in a fog where Jim McKay’s famous intro “…and the agony of defeat” now haunts your every thought.  If you’re lucky your jaunt home is short and you’ll be in bed soon to pull the heavy iron door firmly shut on this poker outing.  If you have a long journey ahead then you may be thinking about that dirty mangy dog who seemed to have your number all night.  He didn’t have much to say at the table until he was flush with your GLORIOUS POKER CHIPS, Texas Poker Store Custom Poker Chipsthen he suddenly had the wisdom of Solomon to comment on everything from cars to classic rock.  This guy wasn’t a better poker player than you.  He had a horseshoe up his ass that attracted five of the best starting poker hands in a 40-minute span.  He sucked all the hold ’em mojo from the better players pure and simple.

So what is the anesthesia that dulls the pain of losing all your money and taking the long walk of shame home?  Charity.  Every once in a while we end up giving all of our money to someone who either needs it, who rarely wins, or who is just one of the good guys…and then instead of losing to some obnoxious river donkey we can feel good that we donated to a worthy cause.

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vinny-with-shades2Confessions of a Grinder

This blog post is a little experience I wanted to share about my cash session with Chris Moneymaker. I’ve heard people talk negatively about Chris Moneymaker’s style and technique, but what is the Main Event if not a crap shoot. I just have one thing to say about such top-heavy high field tournaments. If you win you’re good, and if you’re good you have more chances of cashing. However, the Main Event of the WSOP is something else, a gateway to a career as a poker player and an ambassador. You are most certainly guaranteed life-long contracts and are literally paid to play.

Ultimae BBO Folding Poker Table Moneymaker brings in a lot of action when he visits the Hollywood Columbus Casino once a month. He also brings in many egos trying to bring him down and rant about how they beat a pro. Recently, I randomly walked in on a cash poker table at the Hollywood Columbus Casino, and found a seat next to Chris. The players were as star struck and jumpy as kids near an ice cream truck, but they tried to be as nonchalant as possible. When one person asked Chris whether he could get a picture with him, Chris personally went up to every seat and offered a picture taken with him. Surely, he appears to be the nicest person, without any hint of an ego. Humility does take you places, and millions of poker winnings can never replace the feeling of being loved, respected and appreciated for who you truly are. About the hands I played with him—I would not want to bore you with detailed explanations; I can only tell you we are even at one win each. Experience does count, and it was a delight watching him tame some young blood on the table. It’s not always just about the money you win, but also about the hearts.

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What better way to reminisce with old friends than a BBQ and poker game on Memorial Day?  A time to share our war stories — some tall tales,  others true stories — of times past. We played lots of poker games when we were just sitting around the barracks during our active duty days. Of course, we weren’t just sitting around that often, but during the few times we had to ourselves, a good ‘ol game of Texas Hold ’em or 7-card stud helped relieve the tension we all felt. This Memorial Day, we’re going to spice it up just a little bit with a delicious crawfish dip added to our standard BBQ. Y’all can do the same with this recipe we picked up online:

Crawfish Dip RecipeCreamy Crawfish Dip

Makes 2 cups
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 bunch green onions (white parts only), chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened and cubed
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon creole seasoning, such as Tony Chachere’s
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 (12-ounce) package crawfish tail meat, thawed and drained
Crusty bread and Louisiana-style hot sauce, for serving

In a medium skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add onions and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.

Stir in the cream cheese, mayonnaise, creole seasoning, and cayenne; whisk until smooth. Reduce heat to low. Add the crawfish tail meat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately with toasted bread slices and hot sauce. Garnish with the green tops of the onions, if desired.Night Hawk Poker Table from the Texas Poker Store

This is a heckuva lot fancier than anything we had in in the barracks, but just the thing for a great Memorial Day.  As we pay tribute to those who served, let’s also enjoying some great food and good times around the poker table with friends.

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