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!
Great article that we featured a couple of years ago that we are still receiving emails about, so we thought that it would be cool to repost.
Are you still crying over the last bad beat that took your stack? Maybe watching this video of the top five worst poker bad beats will make you feel a little bit better to know that you’re not alone. Bad beats happen to the best poker players around.
From Chris Moneymaker vs Jason Mercier; Mikel Habb vs Samantha Abernathy; Vannessa Selbst vs Dan Shak; Olivier Busquet vs. Sven Reichardt; and last, but by no means least, there’s the infamous time when Phil Hellmuth got three bad beats in one hand from Ernest Wiggins when, at Hellmuth’s request, they ran the turn and the river four times and Wiggins got unbelievably lucky and handed Hellmuth the bad beat with a full house of kings over nines.
So, at the end of the day, if you have suffered any bad beats, take heart and know that you are not alone in your misery.
Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
We are constantly being asked about playing position in Texas Hold Em . We know that question has been asked and answered a gazillion times but it still confuses a lot of players. Here is a brief description on the positions in Hold Em. Naturally the number of players tends to change the importance of positions, but generally speaking, when a table is full with nine or ten players as in our illustration below, the positions are usually titled Early Positions or EP, Middle Positions or MP and Late Positions or LP. And as their name implies, EPs act first, then MPs and last players to act are LPs.
Early position players:
The small blind is usually considered the worst position after the flop. This player is always the first player to the dealer’s left.
The big blind is to the left of the small blind and his position is usually considered just as bad.
Under the gun is the player who acts first pre-flop. He sits to the left of the big blind and many consider this to be the worst position pre-flop because he must bet or fold first without having any advantage of knowing what everyone else might do.
Middle position players:
These players have a very slight advantage but they are basically in about the same position as EP players. They just get to see a little more action before them and can act accordingly.
Late position players:
Hijack is to the right of the cut off player and has the ability to steal the blinds but needs to be careful because he still has 2 more players to act after him.
Cutoff is a solid position and has the advantage of “cutting off” the dealers chance of stealing the blinds; that is if they haven’t already been hijacked.
Dealer or Button is the absolute best position because this guy has the advantage of acting last on the flop, the turn and the river.
These are your basic positions but how you play them really varies according to your style of playing and, of course, the style of every other player at your poker table. How to play your position, based on the layout of the playing field is entirely up to you. So the question is; do you really know your position?
We‘re almost positive none of us could wait to say goodbye to 2020. It was a horrendous, miserable, life-changing (in a bad way) year. If you’re able to come back in 2021, start the year off with positivity. Forget whatever happened last year and bring your “A” game.
Prepare well, whether it’s for poker or life. Whatever you commit to, keep scrupulous track of what you make happen. Be honest about what you’ve achieved. Better yet, under promise and over achieve.
When it comes to building yourself as a poker player, don’t forget about all the burgeoning techniques and innovative ways for communicating we’ve all learned. Plunge into connecting with poker players from other countries, learn something about their cultures and along the way play some poker.
Don’t forget to get enthused about training. You know you could use more, and you can learn from online courses to master classes to poker strategy videos. Just don’t let up and you’ll never know when it’s exactly what you’ll need when life gets back to normal.
Above all, 2021 is still going to be a tough one for most people. We have the vaccine, which brings us all hope, but we have lost so much. Try to be the kind of person you would want around you, and try to treat others with kindness and a smile. Eventually you’ll feel better and notice that those around you are feeling better too; In the meantime play well, be authentic, and dream big.