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When I began writing a regular poker blog I got very lucky. I didn’t know much about poker, but I really wanted to make a contribution to the Texas Poker Store — the online poker supply store my husband and I own. Of course, he has run it pretty much on his own for the past five years, but when I retired from working full-time at Texas A&M, I had a lot more free time to help with the “family business.” And that’s when I stumbled upon the Global Poker League.

Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and EntertainmentMy first blog was written on February 21. It was titled “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard Of it?” The brainchild of Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Mediarex Sports and Entertainment, the GPL was the perfect story for me. It was bold and innovative, it had teams to get passionate about just like other sports and since it was brand new, it could be my special beat; I could introduce it to our followers.

And I followed the hell out of the GPL. I watched it online religiously and pitched it like an evangelist. I probably wrote more than 30 blogs about it, and I tweeted and posted to try to get people as excited as I was about “sportifying” poker. I described everything I loved in my columns: learning how to play poker from some of the world’s best players, getting to know and care about them, getting inside their heads, the webcams and the software and the Cube, along with the poker knowledge and witty repartee of the commentators. I loved having a poker team to root for (in my case the LA Sunset).

But mostly I was incredibly impressed with how dedicated the professional poker players were to the League, to their respective teams and to their team managers, all of whom were terrific spokespeople for the GPL and for poker in general. They were also respectful of their fans, including newbies like me, who might never have seen players like Mercier, Busquet, Kenney, Boeree, Jaffe, Filatov, Bonomo, McDonald, Elky, Duhamel and dozens more were it not for their wholehearted commitment to, and enthusiastic participation in, the GPL.

In the end, after some glitches and delays along the way, the GPL pulled off their season-ending Playoffs and first-ever Championship (won by the Montreal Nationals) in a series of strategic, hard-fought, engrossing and sometimes thrilling matches held from November 29th – December 1st in the Cube in Vegas. The dedication demonstrated by the players was extraordinary considering that they weren’t playing for the money ($100,000 split six ways). They all seemed to realize that something much greater was at stake; this was a way to showcase the game they love and to recapture the spirit of competition. In that way it transcended other poker tournaments played for huge stakes all over the world.

It saddens me to know that I could probably write a blog tomorrow and title it, “What is the Global Poker League (GPL) and Why Haven’t You Heard Of it?”– it certainly hasn’t had the impact I imagined it would have. But Alex Dreyfus is still a hero in my book. He accomplished what he set out to do; he made his vision a reality. He got poker superstars to play for team loyalty and the love of poker, and he greatly expanded the potential audience for poker. Next year, with the sponsorship of PokerStars and the countless lessons learned this season, I’m betting on the Global Poker League to hit its stride and never look back. In the mean time there are a lot of poker games to play in, we hope you get the best cards and wish you luck.

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With Selection Sunday behind us and most everyone’s bracket already filled out, it should be a heck-of-a-lot easier to predict the Final Four than it was when we challenged you in our March 6th Texas Poker Store blog. In fact, a correct prediction at that point would have been based purely on luck, which is why we now know that, although luck can often help at the poker tables, it didn’t help any of our early predictors. None of them (we checked) can possibly be the winner.

That’s because the brackets tell us that if, for example, you put Kansas and Villanova (Southern bracket) or Virginia and Michigan State (Midwest bracket) as two of your final four, it would take more than luck to be the winner. In other words, it’s time to try again.

So now it’s really on! All you have to do is be the FIRST to make the correct FINAL FOUR prediction. Go with the 1 seeds or try one with a couple of longshots and maybe one with your favorite team going all the way. (With Texas A&M getting a #3 seed, I definitely have to include them in one of my Final Four predictions.) Submit as many as you want, but do it fast!March Madness at Texas Poker Store

Remember, it’s only the person who is FIRST to predict the four teams to compete for a spot in the National Championship who will be declared the winner of our grand prize: our finest set of 500 Las Vegas clay composite casino-grade poker chips housed in an impressive heavy-duty black mahogany case.

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

Texas Poker StoreQueen of Hearts ParisBy: Queen of Hearts Paris

With March Madness just around the corner, fans of college hoops can hardly wait for the bids to go out, the seeds to be set and the final brackets announced on Selection Sunday. That’s when an intense case of “bracketology” fever seems to overwhelm just about everyone in the country until the NCAA Championship is played on April 4th.

At the Texas Poker Store we’re especially excited this year. Our favorite team, Texas A&M, clinched the SEC Regular Season Conference Championship and secured a lock on at least a fifth place seed at the Big Dance. But even if you don’t care much about basketball during the regular season, you’re bound to get caught up in March Madness and take a break from the poker tables to fill out your brackets.

March Madness at Texas Poker StoreSo, we’re challenging YOU to predict the FINAL FOUR before the madness officially begins. The person who is FIRST to predict the four teams to compete for a spot in the National Championship game will be declared the winner of our grand prize: our finest set of 500 Las Vegas clay composite casino-grade poker chips, customizable by denominations and housed in an impressive heavy-duty black mahogany case.

Submit your Final Four predictions as many times as you want but remember; you have to be FIRST to get all four teams right! Good luck to your team; good luck with your brackets and let the madness begin!

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

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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