Tonight’s poker game promises to be a hot one. We have the usual motley crew of about 12 showing up and you can bet they will be talking the usual smack about who’s the best player. And they will all have their stories to tell about the sick hands or the bad beats they have endured or handed out.
But tonight I’m going to bring my famous bacon wrapped Jalapeno Poppers that should shut a few of them up, at least while they try putting out the fires in their mouths. Here’s the recipe in case you have a few mouths you want to shut at your next game. Of course all in fun. Maybe they’ll be so distracted with the poppers that they won’t pay attention to the fact that you’re winning every hand and raking in all the poker chips.
Pick up 25 fresh jalapeno peppers, one 14 to 16 ounce container of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and 2 (16 ounce) packages of bacon. That’s all you’ll need to make these delicious mouth-watering, mouth- burning poppers.
Follow these directions and they’ll be ready to serve in about 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 450.
First cut the stems off of the peppers and cut them all in half longways. Remove most of the seeds from the peppers, but make sure to leave some seeds; the more seeds the hotter the results . Now fill each pepper with cream cheese and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Next wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around each pepper half and they’re ready for the oven. Place on baking sheets and pop your poppers in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked. Remove and serve when cooled.
Believe me these little beauties will have your guests wanting more even after they lose all their chips. Enjoy!
A while back I was playing a few hands of Texas Hold ’em online with some old friends and a few new ones. When someone mentioned the worst beat they ever had and explained that he was holding a 7 and a 9. The flop was 8, 10 and J of diamonds giving him a Diamond Straight Flush (7 to J) and he splashed all in, he was snap called by his friend who was siting with a Q K of diamonds. The turn was an A and an A giving him the dreaded Royal Straight Flush (10 to A). That certainly qualified as a bad beat. I was reminded of the worst, and craziest bad beat that I had written about several years ago and decided to repost here for your enjoyment
Back half a dozen years or so I was kicking back with a few friends after getting knocked out of our friendly local tourney, enjoying a cold draft and laughing at the BS being bantered around. Someone asked, “What’s the craziest bad beat y’all have seen in a tourney?” One of the guys said he watched a video of this year’s Big One for One Drop at the WSOP. This was when Connor Drinan and Cary Katz, both of whom had paid one million dollars to play, and both of whom picked up pocket aces. Drinan with ace of diamonds and ace of clubs vs Katz’s ace of spades and ace of hearts. After raising and re-raising each other a few times Drinan splashes his poker chips all in and Katz snap calls him.
The flop came down with 2d – Kh – 5h, the turn and the river were both hearts giving Katz a flush and knocking Drinan out in 18th place and out of the money. That definitely qualifies as a bad beat, and certainly many will say it’s the worst ever because of the million dollar buy in.
However, in my mind, the worst beat ever is still the battle between Justin Phillips and Moriyuki Mabuchi at the 2009 WSOP. Mabuchi bet after the river – Phillips raised – Mabuchi splashed his chips all in and Phillips called. The board showed A of hearts, 9 of clubs, Queen-Ten-A of diamonds. Phillips turned over a J-K of diamonds for a Royal Flush and Mabushi turned over the Ace of spades and the Ace of clubs for Quad Aces. Insane beat. Quad Aces destroyed by a Royal Flush. The chance of a royal flush and quad aces happening in the same hand is 1 in 2.7 billion! To me that qualifies it as the worst bad beat ever, despite the money.
Okay, the last Texas Hold’em home poker game I
participated in was, for the most part, lots of fun and often exciting, at least until the river crept up on me and drowned me as my head- to-head opponent pulled a straight royal flush, destroying my full house.
Here’s how it went down. I picked up pocket jacks and bet the pot pre-flop; everyone folded except my arch enemy who snap called me.
The flop was J, Q and 9 of hearts, giving me trip Jacks. Feeling pretty damn confident, I bet half the pot . . . and once again he snap called.
The turn was the Q giving me a full boat… Jacks over Queens. I maintained my poker face and bet the minimum. He raised it, and this time I was the one snap calling.
I knew this was shipping my way and played it cool. The river was the K. I immediately figured he was probably sitting on a flush but my Full House would crush him so I shoved ALL IN. To my amazement he did it again… he snap called!
I turned over my boat and watched him smile as he turned the 10 and Agiving him the dreaded Straight Royal Flush.
I grimaced, and wiped the smile off my face as I watched the dealer ship all the chips his way. He laughed and simply said, “Better luck next time buddy.”
What would you have done? How would you have played this hand?
During a recent poker game, I took a pretty large pot with a 7 of hearts and 2 of clubs. A novice player, who was watching the action, asked me a frequently asked question in poker. He wanted to know “when is it a good time to bluff?” I gave him a couple of tips and after thanking me and patting me on the back for taking that hefty pot with just a 7 and 2 off suit, he left.
I thought about his question and decided that although bluffing has been a topic in many “How To Play Poker” books and I had written about it and talked about it many times, I would revisit the topic once again.
Best times to bluff:
Bluff if you only have one other player still at the table.
Hit it hard if the board cards or the cards you have showing allow you to represent a winning hand.
When your image at the table is that you are a very strong player.
If you are in late position and no one has represented any kind of strong hand.
If you can read your opponents and you really believe that they will fold to your bet or raise.
But you have to tread carefully through the bluffing canyons or you could slip and fall pretty heavily. You really need to try to read your opponents and especially pick up on how they played any of their winning hands. There are very definite times when you should not bluff:
Worst times to bluff:
If you know of any player still in the hand who will always call even when he has nothing. When you meet a player like this it’s best to let him or her shoot themselves in the foot!
If one of the players has raked in a huge pile of poker chips and he can easily cover your bet or raise without much damage to him. Stay away; play it safe!
If there are still a lot of players at the table. Don’t do it!
Just remember these simple do’s and don’ts and be a winner! And while you are wondering about bluffing, remember that we co-wrote the song “I May Be Bluffin’ “. Here it is for your enjoyment: