Posts Tagged ‘Kenny Rogers’

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Does the poker community need an up-to-date musical anthem? WSOP 2017 bracelet winner and hip-hop aficionado, Rulah Divine, thinks so. As he told Chad Holloway of pokernews.com:

“I drew inspiration for this song through all my experience and adventures in poker. Nobody has really created a great poker song since Kenny (Rogers) dropped ‘The Gambler’ all those years ago (except of course, for the song we wrote and produced for the Texas Poker Store: “I May Be Bluffin”.) As a poker community we needed an anthem and I was more than happy to fulfill this need. Poker and hip-hop music are my two biggest passions and it was great to be able to merge them both together.”

Check out “Eye of the Grinder.”

The Albuquerque-born Divine has been grinding in both hip-hop and poker for most of his life. After his 2017 win, he turned his focus to creating a modern anthem for the poker playing community. Now his plan is to coordinate with the WSOP and the Rio to obtain the perfect shots for his planned “Eye of the Grinder” music video.

As Divine explained, “Although I have won a WSOP bracelet I feel like this is my biggest contribution to the poker community and I do hope the players love it.”

So next time you’re in a poker game think about our song, “I May Be Bluffin” before you shove your chips in.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

If you watch poker games as much as we do you’ll catch some very valuable lessons from time to time. Such as when Daniel Negreanu said to Upeshka De Silva … “I didn’t know what I was going to do if he raised me.”

Daniel Negreanu This took place at Level 25 of the 2015 World Series Main Event. He was heads up with Neil Blumenfield and both players raised and re-raised each other to the flop, then both checked the turn and the river. Negreanu took down the pot with {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}against Blumenfield’s {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. Negreanu said to Blumenfield; “I was thinking you had tens or queens.” Then Kid Poker mumbled under his breath “I could have bet one there.”

DeSilva heard that and simply said, “he would not have called you,” to which Negreanu responded as I stated above, and there in lies the valuable lesson:

Before you bet (or raise), know what you’ll do if your opponent raises you back. If you don’t know, it’s usually better to check than to bet, or to call rather than to raise.

Texas Poker Store Nighthawk Poker TableNext time you are at a table and find yourself in a similar situation remember this valuable little lesson and maybe, just maybe, you’ll run the table and win enough to get your very own custom Nighthawk Poker table like the one pictured here on the right. Good Luck!

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Vinny The GrinderBy The Grinder

Here are my top five picks of poker songs that might help you get motivated and pumped up before your big tournament at the World Series of Poker this year. Owing to their compositional brilliance, I loved these songs much before I learned how to play poker, but hearing them again after actually having played poker makes them truly inspirational for their lyrics too! Here’s the top five list in reverse order of favorites, followed by a noteworthy lyrical piece from the song.

The Angel and The Gambler, by Iron Maiden. The brilliant Bass God Steve Harris writes “Best make decisions, Before it’s too late, Take all your chances, Take hold of the reins”. You can neither be too safe playing a tourney, nor cave in to constant pressure. You got to hold the bull by the horns and take bold decisions, but make sure they’re wise ones.

Ace Of Spades, by Motorhead. Lemmy sings “I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is The Ace Of Spades”. It underlines how underrated an Ace is, especially in a short-handed final table. Never underestimate the power of an Ace.

The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers. Kenny sings “You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done”. Sure. Once your money’s in, it’s in! A patient yet strategic grind in a top-heavy tourney will give you rich dividends. In other words, stop thinking about that rent you gotta pay, so you can buy an island when you’re done.

The Jack, by AC/DC. Bon Scott sings “Poker face was her name, Poker face was her nature, Poker straight was her game … If she knew she could get you, She played ’em fast, And she played ’em hard, She could close her eyes, And feel every card”. A reminder that your ego tends to get the better of you sometimes, and you tend to underestimate players, for example, pretty girls. Don’t. Stay focused and keep your ‘A Game’ on at all times. Underestimate no one.

Deal, by Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia writes “I been gambling here abouts, for ten good solid years, If I told you all that went down, it would burn off both your ears”. Doyle Brunson would be a testament to this. Dolly fought cancer, was almost shot, and he crawled and scratched his way to the top. Every successful poker player ‘who didn’t lose it all in the end’ cannot have an easy story.

But then Garcia also writes “Since it cost a lot to win, and even more to lose, You and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose”. If you believe in your game and your chance as a poker professional, please pursue it. You’d rather tread a painstaking path and make it doing what you love, than chase the invisible cheese like rats.

Other than your trance, and your rave, and your house, and your rock, and whatever else gets you going, be sure to give these songs a good listen. Good luck at the World Series this year!

Cheers.

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At our last tourney we had several guys pushing hard all night but with a little luck and patience I was able to get in the money and get paid for 3rd place. Not bad considering that I had gotten into some pretty bad habits, and in past tourneys I was jumping into too many hands. Then I watched this video of my favorite player, “Kid Poker”, going heads up with one of the great poker queens, Vanessa Rousso and immediately understood– I mean it hit me like a Mack Truck — what Kenny Rogers really meant when he sang “You Got To Know When To Hold Them, Know When To Fold Them”.

Daniel knew when to fold them against Vanessa.  And I knew when to fold them and muck my cards at just the right time to keep my 3rd place finish and rake in all those sweet deluxe poker chips.

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