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Texas Poker StoreBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

When I decided to write a poker blog under my own name (I finally conceded to the pleading of my husband, “Pocket Bullets” Paris, actually) I thought maybe I should bone up on poker strategy by reading a few ‘how to” books, like the ones we sell on the Texas Poker Store.

Queen of HeartsSo I did a little research, because that’s what I do. And I came across some interesting comments made by our all-time favorite poker star, Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, whose advice is to be careful who you trust. As he pointed out, anyone can get a book published and call themselves a poker expert. In fact, Kid Poker stated, “There are books on the market today that would actually make you a WORSE poker player if you followed their advice.”

Not only has that, but the game of poker itself changed considerably, especially in the last decade, because of the Internet. We now have a generation of young, skilled poker players who can play poker 24/7 if they so desire, thereby acquiring the skills, strategies and experience that used to take years to develop. In other words, the strategies that worked years ago may be obsolete today simply because the overall skill level of poker players has increased significantly.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be impressed by a famous poker player from before the 21st century! There is still a lot to learn from the old masters, including some great stories and fascinating history. There is also a lot to be learned from “how to books if you’re a novice poker player. But if it’s winning strategy you’re looking for, there’s one more question to ask yourself. Why would a player who is killing it at the poker tables tell everyone else how to do it? Wouldn’t they want to keep their best strategies secret?

Or, as Negreanu put it, “The truth is, many of the best poker books will never be written.”

Daniel Negreanu's Hold' em WisdomNevertheless, since our policy at the Texas Poker Store has always been about providing you with the best in poker supplies and accessories, we thought this to be the perfect place to introduce you to some of our favorite poker books.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve always said that sometimes, no matter how good you think your hand is, you may still get beat. That’s what happened to Motoyuki Mabuchi  when he hit quad aces on the river and shoved all in. Mabuchi knew his hand was the nuts, but then Justin Phillips snap-called him and everyone in the room gasped as Phillips showed a royal flush that sent Mabuchi to the rails shaking his head.

Bad beats happen all the time but they are seldom as impressive as the beat that Phillips exercised over Mabuchi. This past year at the “Big One for One Drop” we witnessed another huge bad beat. This time it was for a million dollars. Cary Katz, under the gun, bets $225,000 with pocket aces. The table folded around to Connor Drinan who re-raised to $580,000, then Katz four-bet to $2,000,000. Katsz tries to give some friendly advice. He says “Save your money kid, you can’t win every pot.” Drinan smirks and shoves all in to $4, 970,000, Katz snap-calls and both players show pocket bullets. Drinan held the ace of diamonds and ace of clubs while Katz held the ace of hearts and the ace of spades. Everyone assumed they would split the pot; in fact, it was a 96 percent chance they would. But then a heart came up on the flop. And another on the turn and the kill was another heart on the river giving Katz the flush and the win. Possibly the worst beat in the history of poker at a $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker tournament.

With a name like “Pocket Bullets” Paris, I especially felt Drinan’s pain as he stepped back from the poker table. Damn! Watch the video below and you too could share in Drinan’s pain.

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pocket-bulletsVinny at the Indian Poker Legends TournamentConfessions of a Grinder

Pocket Aces a.k.a. Bullets, Batteries, American Airlines, Pocket Rockets, The Eyes of Texas or Alan Alda. How often do you hear losing stories involving Aces? “I had them bullets but I ended up getting shot in the head” or “I don’t even know why I play Aces. I never win with them”. Beginners tend to overplay Aces over-assuming their strength, or underplay them in a greedy effort to win more.

ultimate-Red 01Playing Aces can be tricky. On a poker table, where people are ready to call almost any raise pre-flop, it’s probably more profitable to ‘just call’ with Aces in an early position, and hope someone raises, so you could make a sizable re-raise. The key is to always play them aggressively either in a pre-flop situation to isolate, or in a post-flop situation to avoid letting someone draw out on you. Play them hard but at the same time, polish your antennae, and get ready to surrender them, when you sense danger.

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