Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Someone recently asked if I ever played poker while touring the world in my past Rock & Roll history, so I decided to re-post the following. Check it out!
…In the past I have written about rock and roll and alluded to my personal rock ‘n roll past. I wrote about contributing to the Buddy Miles biography in a press release that you can read here, and I have written about how, when we were touring, we often played poker to kill time while cruising in our “Stretched out Silver Eagle” going from one gig to the next. I’ve even written a few poker lyrics that ended up in a collaboration between my wife, myself and the incredibly talented Randy Pavlock. That collaboration ended up with the Texas Poker Store producing the music video of “I May Be Bluffin.”
Recently, a friend sent me this pic of Buddy Miles actually trying to read my poker face, and if memory serves me correctly, he was holding a pair of cowboys that were no match for my trip queens. Buddy was always much better at playing drums than playing Poker!…
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By: Jim Paris
Most of our fans and followers know that I dabbled in the world of Rock and Roll many years ago, in what now seems like another lifetime. If you have followed the Texas Poker Store blog for any length of time then you also know that I used to produce the great, late Buddy Miles.
I’ve written about the poker games we had while touring the country with the Buddy Miles band and wrote a press release announcing that I was going to contribute to the Buddy Miles biography that his wife was planning to write. Unfortunately, Sherrilae passed away before she had a chance to realize her dream; hopefully it will still get done someday.
When Sherrilae and I were discussing Buddy’s bio we had also spoken about the fact that I was writing my own memoirs as well as the role in my life which Buddy had played. I remember telling her in detail how close Buddy and I were and how much I loved and admired him. We laughed about the fact that as masterful of a musician as he was, that the was a horrific poker player. He had the worst possible poker face. Of course, I always knew what he was thinking; he was never able to bluff me.
Recently I finally finished the autobiography that I had originally started writing about 25 years ago. I had shared a lot of it with Sherrilae; we laughed and shed a few tears about the parts that Buddy was involved in, and she let me know that she wanted me to help write his. I titled my bio “Them Changes,” not just in honor of my dear friend and brother George Allen “Buddy” Miles Jr., but because it was the perfect metaphor to describe what my life had always been about. I surely went through them changes.
For our poker friends and fans, you can download a copy of my memoirs at the Amazon Kindle store. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it.
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By The Grinder
Music and poker seem to have one thing in common – classic and pure ideas have been replaced with modern aggressive ones. More usurped than replaced really, at least in the music industry, seeing as how record companies today make stars rather than find them. With a few exceptions, these days the only people who listen to good music that means something are people above 50. It all began with the record companies of the early 1950s creating the Elvis phenomenon, replacing Chuck Berry and the African American likes, for prejudiced reasons. Well, at least Elvis was talented, unlike today’s aural sacrilege in the form of Nicki Minaj and her contemporaries.
In poker too, old school players have expressed their clear dissent about a lot of new school developments over the decades. A lot of old school players hate online poker, clearly because of the larger need for math and statistical knowledge than ‘feel and read based’ poker. The classic phrase ‘I don’t think you got it’, has been replaced by ‘Why would MP re-shove UTG’s shove range when the laggy hijack is short?’. Milk-loving, trance-listening, bald, Norwegian, semi-autistic, hyper-aggressive teens have replaced the classic cigar-in-mouth, soul-reading, Texan Twitch-Police, and your average ‘Pa’ on the poker table, who can’t click his mouse @500 clicks a minute looking at 16 different tables at once, ain’t happy about it. Daniel Negreanu, a younger of the older lot, recently expressed his total disagreement with the new poker rule TDA 29. All in all, poker rules have a come a long way from the time when check-raising was illegal. I believe it’s important to get with the times, and develop a liking and talent for the new stuff. Hold on a minute! I am talking about poker not music. In poker, I strongly encourage you to become a consummate online professional—it’s fast, it’s adrenalizing, and it’s a lot of money. Musically though, stick to the classic stuff, like Buddy Miles’s album Sneak Attack or Black Sheep’s album Trouble in The Streets.
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