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

Although our blog focuses mainly on poker for obvious reasons, I have to get this out of the way quickly. It’s college football season and I’m stoked!

UCLA vs Texas A&M AggiesFor those of you who are regulars, you know that we’re huge Texas A&M football fans at the Texas Poker Store.  That’s why I can’t wait for the Aggies to open their 2016 season tomorrow (Saturday) at the “Home of the 12th Man”, Kyle Field, against the 16th pre-season ranked U.C.L.A.  Bruins. SEC vs. Pac-12 and all the hype that goes with it.

This is definitely a Big-Time Game to begin the season.

2016AggiesvsBruins2It’s also a game that might set the tone for the season. It might show us what we need to know about how good Trevor Knight is and how much protection he can count on from the O-line. Jermaine Eluemunor,and youngsters Colton Prater and Eric McCoy will have their hands more than full in the trenches against the highly talented veteran UCLA  defenders, especially a healthy Eddie Vanderdoes, but if they manage to hang in there, it will pave the way for our ground game, which HAS to improve significantly to make a run in the SEC.

Then there’s our incredibly talented roster of receivers. Will Knight be able to connect with Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and the rest of the Aggie receivers? And will they be able to hold on to the ball against the experienced UCLA secondary?

Maybe most importantly, can the Aggie D stop the Bruins’ talented star QB, Josh Rosen? We know that DC John Chavis expects Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall to pass rush the hell out of him. But that only works if the rest of our defense can: a) stop the run and b) cover UCLA’s wideouts, who definitely know where to be and how to catch those bullets from Rosen.

It’s almost impossible to predict anything with certainty before the first game of the season. Even when your new OC, Noel Mazzone, is the Bruins’ old OC. There are always unknowns, no matter what you think you know. UCLA is favored to win by about 3 points by most pundits. Not being a pundit, I’m going with the Aggies.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We haven’t kept the fact that we’re fans of the Texas A&M football team a secret, but after last night’s 26-10 loss to the Tigers, even die-hard fans like us know that it’s another “wait til next year”. Our defense, although much-improved from last year, has yet to mature into an SEC defense. The Auburn coaching staff came up with the perfect game plan against our “D,” which was to consistently gash us with the run, 311 yards worth; and virtually eliminate our fearsome pass rush, which recorded zero sacks. Our offense was able to move the ball pretty well up and down the field with Kyler Murray at the helm, but that same Kyler Murray who performed so flawlessly against South Carolina turned back into a freshman quarterback again, throwing three picks, including two into the end zone to end our scoring drives.

So, yesterday’s SEC Game was a disappointing loss for the Aggies. Unfortunately we can’t announce a winner of our “Predict the Score” contest for this one as the only players that selected Auburn predicted scores that went over the final score.

It’s a good thing we’re poker fans and can now look forward to the Final Table of 2015 World Series Of Poker, beginning today at 5:00 p.m. PST on the stage in the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year is breaking records even before the November Nine are dealt cards. This year the eldest player ever to make the November Nine, Pierre Neuville is 72 years old; that’s 15 years older than the previous oldest November Niner (Steve Gee was 57 in 2012).

The 2015 November NineHere are the players’ seats and chip counts:

Seat 1: Ofer Zvi Stern – 29,800,000 (74 bb)
Seat 2: Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Joshua Beckley – 11,800,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Max Steinberg – 20,200,000 (50 bb)
Seat 5: Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Joe McKeehen – 63,100,000 (160 bb)
Seat 7: Patrick Chan – 6,225,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000 (15 bb)
Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000 (55 bb)

Tuesday night, November 10th,  the newest WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned. Whoever that may be will take home a WSOP gold bracelet, over $7.6 million dollars, and a well-deserved place in poker history.

Max Steinberg and me at the 2015 WSOPWho do you favor? Personally,  I would have to place my poker chips on Max Steinberg even though the odds are in favor of the current chip leader,  Joe McKeehen. After  meeting  Steinberg and following the brief talk I had with him, I believe he is a fearless, extremely confident and competent player that could easily outplay McKeehen. Of course, we are talking poker and as we all know, anything can happen at the poker tables.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Most of our followers know that around this time every year we ask our poker-loving fans to indulge us as we focus on our favorite team –the fightin’ Texas A&M football team—as they begin SEC play.

The fun begins this Saturday night at 6 P.M. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington between #14 Texas A&M and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Will it be the Aggies or the Hogs who win the Southwest Classic?

It’s not just that the Aggies are 3-0 and the Hogs are 1-2 coming into this contest that gets our blood pumping. It’s the revamped Texas A&M-John Chavis defense, led by DEs Myles Garrett and Dae Dae Hall leading the SEC with 15 sacks, the return from injury of some of our experienced linebackers, and the outstanding defensive line that’s been winning the battle in the trenches. And it’s the always explosive Aggie offense, with QB Kyle Allen and his uber-talented group of wide-receivers, including Christian Kirk, Speedy Noil, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals Jones and a host of others, along with a vastly improved run game that has mostly featured Tra Carson. And don’t ever forget about dual-threat Kyler Murray!

Of course, the Hogs are desperate for a win to keep their young season from going under. One huge thing they have going for them is their offensive line – the largest (in weight) O-line in both college and professional football. They would like nothing better than to maintain their record for allowing no sacks against the team with the most sacks in the conference. Not only that, but the Razorbacks are currently leading the SEC in passing yards with 916. Go figure.

So it’s time to launch our first round of “Predict the Score.” In case you’ve forgotten the rules:Deluxe Suited Speed Felt Folding Poker Table Top

Whoever comes closest to predicting the final score of the game, without going over, will win this Suited Speed Felt, Folding Poker Table Top, with carrying bag. If there’s a tie, whoever made the correct prediction first is the winner, so you should probably go ahead and do it now!

Click here to make your predictions. Just write them in the comments box and don’t forget your email address. Don’t worry; your email address will not be published.

Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, the Aggies will be playing in their last conference game of the season. It was a difficult season, too, with so many ups and downs, so many great expectations and so many disappointments along the way. What we know is that we have some amazing young talent on the squad and that the future of this football team looks incredibly promising. But what about the immediate future? What about Thanksgiving night, in front of a national audience, at Kyle Field?

Had things gone slightly differently in a few of our games (okay, maybe very differently) this game could have meant something else; it could have been HUGE. But it still means a whole lot to Aggie fans. It could mean going out on a high rather than with the bitter taste of that heart-breaking loss against Mizzou (played without five of our best defensive players, btw) as our last regular season memory. The possibility of a better bowl game and a far more respectable record will be on the line. But most importantly, it would mean that we finally figured out how to beat LSU, a team that has had our number the last two years of SEC play. That’s because LSU plays that old-style, pound the ball, ram it down your throats running game and stops their opponents from scoring with their big, strong, powerful defense. We do NOT match up well.

a-n-m-lsuYet hope springs eternal in the hearts of college football fans, especially the ones in maroon and white. We have the talented freshman quarterback, Kyle Allen, getting better every day, who can sling that ball to an array of great receivers, from Speedy Noil to Josh Reynolds to  senior Malcome Kennedy to RSJ. Those guys have proven they can be play makers; they will have to be against LSU’s deep and physical secondary, fifth best in the country against the pass. If Allen has the time, which he might since LSU has not been putting much pressure on quarterbacks this year, it will be up to the receivers to battle it out with the safeties and corners in the backfield.

So, some questions are: will our defense be able to stop the the Tigers’ running game? Will they be able to hold their own in the trenches where LSU dominates or against their bruising running backs and 295-pound tight end, Dillon Gordon? Will the Aggies be able to get any kind of a running game going so that every down doesn’t become a predictable passing play? Will Myles Garrett be the kind of impact player he has been before his concussion and that we need him to be on Thanksgiving? Will the entire Aggie football team be able to hang with the physically abusive team from LSU or will they get over-powered a third time?

If the Aggies stay focused, physical and intense, if they want this win more than the Tigers do, if they want this win for their seniors, they can win this game. And that would be a helluva good reason to give thanks.Poker Chip set from the Texas Poker Store

Whatever you think, now is the time to predict the winner. If you’re the first to come the closest to predicting the final score, without going over, you’ll win this 300 Poker Chip Set with an Aluminum Case, 2 decks of playing cards and a poker button set.

Click here to make your predictions! Just write them in the comments box and don’t forget your email address. Don’t worry; your email address will not be published.