By: Pocket Bullets Paris
During the Aggies Bye Week we took some time of from football to play a little poker and to personally congratulate our latest winner of our famed “Predict the Score” contests, Mr. Paul Marvin, and delivered his prize to him.
Now it’s your chance to make your predictions on the upcoming game between the Texas A&M Fighting Aggies and the Alabama Crimson Tide, and to help you out, here are some thoughts:
- Kyle Field and the 12th Man – When more than 102,000 fans stay in the game and pump energy into their revitalized defense, as the 12th Man has done this season especially during red zone stands, the home field advantage becomes a huge factor. Aggies love their Chavis-inspired “D” and know how to make about as much noise as any fan base in college football. Bama is never intimidated by a big stage, and they’re certainly highly motivated with their season on the line in every game, but will Coker have the composure to communicate with his o-line when it’s impossible to hear anything over the roar of the crowd? Look for the sound to be deafening, causing a mistake or two and helping the Ags maintain their unrelenting pressure. If the Aggie D is as tough and aggressive as they’ve been, and tighten up their run defense, look out.
- Explosive plays – The Crimson Tide is a great football team, but they do better against more conventional offenses. The Aggies will dial up the unconventional and run their usual high-powered attack, forcing the Tide to do more adjusting on defense, including rushing the passer. That means we might see more of the Tide’s pass rushers. With the Ags killing it on play-action, including passes to Kirk, Reynolds and who knows how many others, and the crowd noise making it difficult to make on-the-field adjustments on defense, look for the Aggies to get off to a fast start and keep on going. Alabama will do everything in its power to slow them down by running a lot of plays and keeping Kyle Allen off the field so that he can’t get into his rhythm. But if he does, with all those weapons at his disposal, the Aggies don’t need much time to score.
- Turnovers – The Aggies are plus-two in the turnover margin, with their defense causing fumbles, interceptions and mismatches. On the other hand, Alabama football has always been about wearing down their opponents by running the ball, controlling it, and not turning it over. They won’t be able to do that if the Aggies play up tempo; they’ll need to take some risks to score points. If Jake Coker takes some chances and tries to throw long, he can expect to see a lot of Garrett and Hall in his face. If he can throw screens and scramble for some yardage he could cough up the football. Or, he could fool the Aggie defense, which still doesn’t have the depth or experience of the Bama defense, especially in a game they HAVE to win.
If the Aggies can establish the tempo of the game, pick them to win. If the Tide can manage to play ball control and keep giving the ball to Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake, they will be facing a rushing defense that’s still only 12th in the SEC. It’s a tough call, but it’s a game that Texas A&M can win. So, again, this is your chance to make your prediction and this time you too could be named the winner of the Texas Poker Store’s “Predict The Score” contest. So what do you think? Will the Aggies remain undefeated or will the Crimson Tide prevail?
Whoever predicts the final score first, without going over, will be the next “Texas Poker Store Predict the Score” prizewinner, walking away with this 300 Chip Big Slick Texas Hold’em 11.5 g Set.
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By: Pocket Bullets Paris
We had a lot of final score predictions for this week’s big match-up between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but our winner, with the closest prediction of 30-21, is an Old Ag himself, so he was not only happy to win this week’s prize of an NCAA Decorative Mirror, but also thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy the Aggies incredibly well balanced win over MSU.
The Ags had an explosive offense in the first half, getting off to a two touchdown lead with some brilliant play-calling, a close-t0- perfect Kyle Allen, some mixing and matching with Tra Carson, Christian Kirk and company and Josh Reynolds making some monster catches. When they sputtered a bit in the second half, the defense looking formidable with Myles Garrett, Dae Dae Hall, Amani Watts, Donavon Wilson and too many other stand-outs to name, stepped up big time to hold Dak Prescott and crew to their lowest scoring game of the season.
After all was said and done, the Ags are now 5-0 on the season, 2-0 in the SEC and are going into their “bye” week ranked #9 in the AP poll. Which, of course, for all big-time football fans, sets up what has to be one of the biggest games of the season and in the country on October 17 – The Aggies vs. the Tide. That’s one no college football fan will want to miss. Congrats to the Aggies, and to Mr. Paul Marvin.
We’ll see you at the poker tables Mr. Marvin.
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By The Grinder
Continuing with interesting word play related to poker, I’m sure you have all heard of anagrams. It’s simple. You take a word or a sentence, rearrange the letters, and form new words or sentences. You’ll be fascinated to know that many of the new word/words mean something similar—and this is particularly true with names. The best possible solutions to name anagrams reveal an eerily close-to perfect depiction of the person. Again, the mind might choose to see what it wants, nevertheless, this is one of nature’s inexplicable gimmicks. Let’s start with our own Texas Poker Store family members, and continue with celebrity poker professionals. I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise, and I hope you do too!
||I Rip Jams
||How true! Our Chief Dealer, who previously produced the great Buddy Miles, loves Rock ‘N Roll jams.
||Rival Up Man
||I agree. Paul’s a good Heads Up player. I wouldn’t want to rival up with him heads up.
||Bingo! Brave in poker, inutile in everything else.
||Huh? The Limp II
||I’ll take it. He is a tight player. No wonder he won so many tournaments. A master of pot control.
||Unreal! Daniel walks the walk, and talks the talk too. Anyone who knows The Kid, knows that he is full of adrenalin.
||Age is no barrier for this poker maestro, who is still busy traveling the world playing poker.
||If Insane Adoration
||If you watch High Stakes Poker, then you know The Magician is constantly thankful and appreciative of all poker players at his table.
||A prototype among the best.
||Indeed! Hyper aggressive is an understatement.
||A Guru of poker with the stature of a thin, frail, little ant who always ended up with the biggest stack of poker chips.
||Vast ‘n’ Baseless
||Absolutely. Her style is relentless and aggressive.
Good luck at the tables!
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Confessions of a Grinder
“In the midnight hour, they cried ‘More, More, More’, with a Rebel Yell, they cried ‘More. More, More.” Not exactly lyrics from Billy Idol’s classic that I rock out to. A little tweaked, but a good depiction of what goes on around this time of the year. This week, especially, everyone around me is fired up! First, the Ohio State Buckeyes crushing the Aztecs in the Big Ten, then, all the talk about how stoked our boys, the Fighting Texas Aggies are to BTHObama! I have great memories of watching Aggie Football, seeing them beat the Longhorns once live at Kyle Field, and the second time with my Texas Poker buddies Jim ‘Chief Dealer’ Paris, Paul Marvin, and many others, at Paul’s amazing Thanksgiving dinner. The Indian Aggies, Mandar, Sonu Shankar, Kaustavi Sarkar and yours truly, also cherished every moment of the Aggie Spirit. The Aggies didn’t fare exceptionally well in those days, but those were the fondest times, and I wish I were at College Station kicking it with my boys, watching the “Rock Star” Johnny Football kicking some butt, giving the rest of the SEC teams jitters!
Manziel is indeed a rebel, but we recently witnessed another rebel in the world of poker –Daniel Negreanu. Kid Poker was standing right next to his chair when the first card of the deck was pulled out for the deal to begin, at the EPT Barca High Rollers Tournament. Daniel had to forfeit his hand and his poker chips he posted, owing to the new Rule 29, and for the next twenty minutes he went berzerk! He decided to go all in blind, and eventually got knocked out, only to re-enter and finish in the runner-up position and take home close to 300K! Now, who would do this at a high-rollers event? I personally support Negreanu for hating on Rule 29. I have witnessed many dealers in major tournaments go easy on players, and not follow rules such as ‘Show One Show All’ , and ‘One Player To A Hand’. Props to “Kid Poker” and to “Rock Star” Manziel for doing things, as Frankie said, their way, and still coming out victorious.
If you follow TPS blogs, you’d know for sure that our own rock star ‘Chief Dealer’ has some kickass deals and competitions during game days. So keep visiting the Texas Poker Store blog and get in on the action. The song “Rebel Yell” was still ringing loud in my ears till I remembered another tune- one that still gives me goosebumps.
Some may boast of prowess bold
Of the school they think so grand
But there’s a spirit can ne’er be told
It’s the Spirit of Aggieland.