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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

So here we are again – Bowl games and New Year’s Eve. It’s hard to believe another year has passed at the speed of light, we have played a lot of poker hands, watched a lot  of football games, played a lot of music and now are ending the year with our favorite college football team, the Fighting Texas A&M Aggies going up against the Louisville Cardinals in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.  Music City Bowl

What Aggie fans are hoping for is a fourth straight Bowl win under Kevin Sumlin, basing their hopes primarily on Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall’s ability to sack the QB and dominate the Louisville offense. On the other hand, the Cardinals’ D has been extremely tough against opposing offenses, and the Aggie offensive line has had plenty of trouble with less talented teams. Add to that the fact that Jake Hubenak, A&M quarterback, will be making his first career start . . . in a Bowl game.  Hubenak, however, has a strong, accurate arm and if the Ags get Tra Carson running the rock early and then let Hubenak choose his receiver, we are betting on the Aggies winning this match-up in a close game. We don’t have much longer to wait; the game is on in less than an hour!

Then, tomorrow night it will be New Year’s Eve. Unbelievable. We’re going to stay home and enjoy a quiet poker game among friends as we usher in 2016. Happy New Year to all!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

What a tournament, what a contest … 22,374 entries participated. The $565.00 Colossus broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%. The $5 million prize pool guarantee was more than doubled to $11,187,000. There was a huge year difference between young and old poker players. The youngest player, actually two players, both being 21 years and 1 day old, while the oldest player was 96 years and 2 months old when the tournament began. What a scene it was at the Rio Hotel and Casino as one by one of these anxious, excited poker pros and amateurs sat at the tables in search for poker fame and fortune.

Cord GarciaAnd so it was that in a matter of seven days of battling furiously, Cord Garcia finally over took his last opponent, Brad McFarland, with pocket fours. The flop showed the , the turn was the  and the river turned up the . McFarland announced “all-in” and Garcia snap called and threw down his for the win with a boat while McFarland was left shaking his head and taking home the second place purse of just $386,253 to console him. While Garcia kicked back to enjoy his first WSOP gold bracelet, the sweetness of $638,880 pay-day and the notoriety of winning the biggest poker tournament ever.

Here are the final table results from the Colossus:
1. Cord Garcia – $638,880
2. Brad McFarland – $386,253
3. Ray Henson – $308,761
4. Paul Lentz- $234,927
5. Kenny Hallaert – $182,348
6. Adi Prasetyo – $140,956
7. Garry Simms – $109,632
8. David Farber – $87,817
9. Anthony Blanda – $67,681

As we wrote in our last blog, the 2012 WSOP has begun and is now underway. Chiab “Chip” Saechao won the “Casino Employees Event”  at the first World Series of Poker tournament of the year. Chip was awarded the  first 2012 WSOP GOLD BRACELET and took home a nice cash payout of  $70,859.

Everywhere we go now, we run into people talking about poker,  and more than ever about the WSOP and the huge payouts made through out the series. There are hotels, clubs, bars and casinos offering to show the series direct on their big screen TVs when they’re broadcasted by ESPN.

There are signs posted in  countless websites, including all of ours, offering everything from tips on making it to this year’s final nine to a ton of predictions running from who will be the biggest disappointment to who is the dark  horse of the year.

We have walked into local bars  offering special poker drinks and poker appetizers; there are poker signs everywhere. Funny ones that say “Liquor in the front, Poker in the rear”, or “Trust Everyone But Always Cut The Cards”. So,  it IS true: poker is everywhere and the 2012 WSOP IS on. And it’s also true: the Texas Poker Store IS offering a 10% discount on all poker signs.


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