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Pocket Bullets ParisPocket Bullets Paris

Anyone who follows this blog knows that we’re huge Aggie fans, especially when it’s football season.  That’s why it shouldn’t surprise you that we loved it when we discovered that an Aggie, Jonathan Gaviao, just won the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Tunica, taking home his first gold ring and $181, 757 in prize money.

The victory is just most the recent in a string of successes for the young pro. Barely two weeks ago he finished 14th in the record-breaking 1,428-entry Circuit Main Event at Choctaw Casino. He earned $24,098 for that performance

Jonathan GavioGaviao is a 23-year-old professional poker player from College Station, TX. A student at Texas A&M University, he is currently on a hiatus for missionary work. Most people probably don’t think of poker right off the bat when they think of missionary work, but for Gaviao, they seem to work hand-in-hand. In fact, Gaviao said that his faith and the perspective it shed on the situation is a reason for his success. Judging by the amount of poker chips he’s scooped, I wouldn’t argue it.

Gig 'Em “I felt really confident when we got down to four-handed and I took over the chip lead,” Gaviao said of his run. “I felt like I was playing really well. I knew that whatever happened, it happened for a reason and I was alright with that. Whether I won or lost; there’s more important things in life.”

That might not work for most poker players, but it sure seems to work for Gaviao. GIG ‘EM!

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Confessions of a Grinder Vinny the VenetianConfessions of a Grinder

I called Bubba today and asked him about stuff happening at his end, and especially about poker. He agreed to a phone interview for this week’s blog and promised he’d write one himself next week. Bubba was really excited about the fact that his game has now reached a new level. He was even more excited about the Longhorns vs Sooners and A&M vs Ole Miss games tomorrow, and somehow I felt his undying love for Ole Miss – the same love he has had for any team that faces the Fighting Texas Aggies. Okay. I’ll cut to the chase, and write very briefly about our conversation. Enjoy!

Me:  Thanks so much for agreeing to write and share your insights man. How’s it going with you? Tell us about your recent poker experiences.
Bubba:  Oh. It’s a goin’! Haha I love this site . . .  it has some really cool stuff . . . thanks for letting me write and it’s a good idea to have a real poker player write for a change. heh.. . this TPS stuff is kinda like my stuff..you know the stuff I sell.. by the way dude, I tell you what.. I just came up with this awesome poker hat.. boy, I tell ya . . . them hats gonna’ sell like hotcakes in a state fair.. * chuckle * I’ve had like.. four guys.. call me and tell me.. dude that’s the best hat I’ve ever seen in my life.. could I please have one.. I wuz like I know I know! Hang on.. I’ve had a guy ask me to make him 50,000 hats by December dude.. and
Me: (at this point I had to interrupt him) Yea umm . . .  that’s great man. What about Poker?
Bubba:  Yeah, dude I read this book last week that I found in the McDonald’s parking lot right next to my truck,  while I was on my way to Elmer Dinkley’s cash game at NeeHaw, TX, and I tell you what . . . It’s about this guy who talks about calling a bluff when you see someone nervously swallow his saliva and see his Adam’s Apple move, and then if you see someone lick his lips or dig his nose . . . you snap-call him, and it has taken my game to a new level man… now all I do is keep swallowing my saliva when I have the nuts. . .the other day I wanted this guy to call me so bad cuz I had a full-house, and I kept swallowing for 15 minutes till I had to go to the bathroom and then dug my nose and blinked my eye till I had to go find me some Kleenex… but he still wouldn’t call.. I’m still working on it… Ima beast man.. these fools cannot beat me.. I’m gonna keep swallowing and beat them all!
Me: (sigh) That’s great Bubba. Your thoughts on the college football games tomorrow? How’s the atmosphere in Aggieland? You excited?
Bubba:  Boy I tell you what . . . that Johnny Manziel is a nut. . . that boy ain’t right.. all you fools worship him . . . you guys are silly geese.. . he’s no good.. he sold out and when he does, he’s gonna be glad he left you morons.. . Ole Miss is gonna kick y’alls you know what.. . y’all are just y’all aggies screw y’all.. I’m rooting for Ole Miss! And the Longhorns they gonna beat them Sooners and no ones gonna touch ma boy Mack Brown..he’s gonna be coaching them for ten years… I’m gonna’ have ma Longhorn Tee on tomorrow! Whoop!
Me:  Whoop?
Bubba: I mean . . . hook ’em horns . . . go Longhorns . . . go Ole Miss..go . . . wait a minute that reminds me . . . I gotta go. I just had an awesome lunch.. two devil dogs, fries, and a shake, and I gotta go.. if ya know what I mean…
Me:  All right man.. hey thanks again.. I hope we hear some interesting stories from you next week  . . . our readers are dying to listen to what you will have to say . . . about poker.
Bubba: Yea sure… Hey. I’ll call you later ok? I need to send you the book on how to call someone’s all-in if he strokes his beard and digs his belly button.. you’ll be as good as me dude .. wait and watch…
Poker Chips from the Texas Poker StoreMe: Thanks man. I cannot wait. Take care then.
Bubba: Later…

I am sure Bubba’s personal blogs are going to be worth a read. I’ll make sure I read them when my poker chips are down.

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