Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Bluffing is, without a doubt, a fine art when it comes to poker and especially when it comes to Texas Hold ’em. You must have courage, nerves of steel, or to quote our Jewish friends, a lot of chutzpah. But that’s not all, you also need the talent to be able to know when to bluff, when to represent that you have a winner when you may have nothing, and the ability to keep your tells completely under control. That may mean you purposely act one way or another to mislead your opponents or you keep a completely frozen face that tells no one anything.
Next time you sit down at a Texas holdem poker table will you have what it takes to bluff? Will you be able to not give away your tells? Can you hold a straight face long enough for your opponents to never know if you may be bluffing? If you’re ready to win and you’re ready for fun then watch the video below and listen to the song we wrote and produced to get our point across that we “May Be Bluffin’ But You’ll Never know.”
The Octo Nine are ready to go for it all at the final table of the 2012 WSOP starting today, October 29 at 4:30 pst at the Penn and Teller Theatre in the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jesse Sylvia, coming into the Octo Nine as the chip leader, is sure to cause some waves of excitement. He has a commanding chip lead at 43,875,000. That is 14 million+ chips more than the second chip leader, Andras Koroknai, with 29,375,000, which of course, is way more than last place chip holder, Jeremy Ausmus, with only 9,805,000. However, as the song goes, “You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealing’s done;” we know that very well from personal experience. Things can turn very quickly at any Texas Holdem poker table and chip leaders have been known to go all in at the wrong time and give up the chip advantage in the blink of an eye.
Ryan Eriquezzo, a man who almost quit playing poker, is the 2012 World Series of Poker Champion. This is only the second annual WSOP Invitational National Championship. The players who were invited are the top 100 qualifying players from around the United States, selected from games that were played between September 2011 and May 2012. These top qualifiers were joined by 57 of the best WSOP ranked players over the past two years in gold bracelet events for a total field of 157 very strong players. Eriquezzo, a professional poker player from New Haven, Connecticut, did not allow himself to be intimidated or to worry about anything else. He just focused on playing poker with some of the best world-class players around and it paid of big time. He became the second annual WSOP National Champion, collected a sweet $416,051 and his first gold bracelet. And he’s not quitting poker now.
We certainly wouldn’t quit either if we had just won a gold bracelet by defeating some of the best players ever to sit at a Texas Holdem poker table. Now there is only the WSOP Main Event left and there are still 1698 players battling it out to become part of the prestigious group known as the Final Nine of the 2012 WSOP.
If you like country music then you’re sure to like Steve Forde, an Australian country singer. And if you like poker, then you’ll like this little video accompanied by his hit “Guns and Guitars”. The song plays nicely as the background to a Texas Hold ’em poker game with a few shady characters. Comes down to a heads up between the hero vs. a sleazy character one who is willing to bet it all on trip nines…including his woman.
Any game I’ve ever been to has been much tamer than this. Worst case I’ve ever seen was when the host was so sure he had the winning hand that he bet his brand new casino quality Texas holdem poker table and lost it the same way the sleaze on the video lost his beautiful woman.
How far are you willing to take it? if you were completely out of poker chips and money, what would you put up on what you thought was the winning hand?