Archive for May 2017

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It’s the beginning of summer which means one thing to poker fans: The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is back!

The 48th annual World Series of Poker, officially beginning today, May 31, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, promises to be bigger and better than ever, including eight new bracelet events.

Most importantly for poker fans, the WSOP Main Event will be televised live on ESPN starting on Day 1A (July8) and continuing until July 22 when they crown the winner of the 2017 WSOP Championship.

The Texas Poker Store HAD to do something. . .  so we are launching our own 2017 WSOP/TPS Championship Game. But our Championship Game is all about YOU!

There are 2 ways to play our game and score big!

    1. Whitney showing us some loveIf you plan to attend the WSOP for even a day, do what our beautiful model is doing. Take a selfie, photo or brief video that demonstrates where you are . . . and then find a clever way to display these three little words: Texas Poker Store.  Hold up a hand-made sign, write it on a napkin with a sharpie, print it on your hat or simply say “I love the TEXAS POKER STORE” on video and submit it to me at Do that to score $200 off of any poker table in our store!
    2. If you can’t attend the WSOP in person, do not despair. With the Main Event on live TV and streaming on, simply follow the same instructions against the backdrop of the WSOP playing on your T.V., computer, tablet or phone, submit to me and score $100 off any poker table from the Texas Poker Store.Poker Tables from the Texas Poker Store

The qualifying entries will be announced at the end July and posted on our Facebook page and everyone will be sent an email notification.

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One thing I never thought Daniel Negreanu needed was a sidekick! Don’t get me wrong; his pairing with Phil Hellmuth as ESPN analysts during their coverage of the 2016 WSOP’s Final Table was positively brilliant, and the pair’s expertise was only exceeded by their dazzling repartee (along with the unpredictable and engaging play of last year’s champion, Qui Nguyen) .

At the time, “Kid Poker” repeatedly made the point that people (especially if they’re new to the game) need to have fun and be entertained—which includes different personalities, exciting styles of play, amusing table talk– if they’re going to become the next generation of poker fans. Negreanu always enjoyed “trash-chatting” at the poker table, but it has gotten harder to do with so many serious young players hiding under their headphones and refusing to engage.

Comedian Kevin Hart

Still, I’m not sure he could have predicted that the fun would be provided by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, recently signed as a spokesperson by PokerStars. At a press conference ostensibly called by the superstar, Hart, accompanied by PokerStars Team Pro Negreanu, made the announcement that he was partnering with PokerStars “to make poker fun again.” Hart described how deeply in love with the game he is, and cited that he’d played in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas back in January and was in Monte Carlo where he had just played the Super High Roller; in fact, he said he’d been playing poker for at least 10 years.

But, Hart continued at the presser, he could see what the game is missing, saying, “and the game is missing ME.”  He went on to say that the game has had Daniel for quite some time, and “Daniel has done his job and brought fun to the game, but what Daniel is missing . . . is the black sidekick!”

Kid Poker did not just play straight man to Hart, often showing his own funny side as they fielded questions from the press, making it very obvious that the two had already developed a close relationship. Most importantly, both are clearly dedicated to the concept of elevating poker so that it’s fun to play and fun to watch. What a boon to poker, and what a party for poker fans.

If you have the time, the full press conference can be found on, along with the article written by Frank Op de Woerd.

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For those of you who haven’t heard the big news yet (think WSOP, not DJT) let me be the first to clue you in.

Do you remember the November Nine? Well, it’s about to be only a memory. Starting now, the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion will be determined in July! No more waiting three months for the players to resume playing for the coveted bracelet. Instead, from day 1 of the main event, ESPN and Poker Central will provide live coverage (on a 30-minute delay per gaming regulations).

This year, the final table will resume after only one day off, which will allow for a Final Table Preview Show to bring fans up to speed and, one assumes, to imbue the requisite hype to the event. Then, the final nine will play down to a champion over the span of three days, from July 20-22. Wow!

ESPN and Poker Central have formed a new partnership regarding the WSOP and have so far agreed to a four-year deal for this updated coverage.The WSOP also noted that any coverage not aired by ESPN will be streamed exclusively through Poker Central’s digital distribution channels.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited by this news! …

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As a self-confessed poker “newbie” I find myself getting totally confused about the numerous tournaments seemingly going on at the same time all over the world. There are days when I decide I’ll just write a quick and dirty blog about the big winners of the week and my eyes cross while my mind goes foggy. The problem: I see big winners everywhere!

As far as I knew, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was the Mother of All Poker (MOAP) tournaments and the one that everyone seemed to be laser-focused on every year. So how do all these tournies attract big-name poker players and how the hell do those players get from one to another so quickly?

The majority of the tournaments seem to be part of the World Poker Tour (WPT). At least that makes sense to me, since it does imply a tournament that covers the world. So, just taking a random look at a variety of poker sites I see the WPT LA Poker Classic, the WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam, the PokerStars Championship WPT MonteDam Swing (because at some point PokerStars teamed up with the WPT to further confuse me), the PokerStars National Championship Monte Carlo, the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event, the 2017 Crown Poker Championships (in Melbourne, Australia), the 2017 APT Championships (in the Philippines), the 2017 Hollywood Open, the WSOP International Circuit (Czech Republic), the 2017 GUKPT (in Edinburgh),the 2017 PokerStars Championship (in Macau) and the list goes on and on ad nauseam.

In fact, there are more than 120 tournaments listed on for the months of April and May! Not counting the thousands of others I didn’t mention and not counting the hugely popular online tournaments that also attract big-name poker players.

I guess it’s no surprise that with poker tournaments being played just about everywhere, it’s impossible for me to keep track of who the big winners are in any given week. So I won’t even try. Instead, I’ll leave it all to the Global Poker Index (GPI) that ranks poker players weekly based on their performance (ie. finishing in cash positions in qualifying tournaments) occurring over the previous 36 month period. It’s all a highly complicated formula that is above my pay grade, but it seems to make sense in the poker world, which is really all that matters.

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