Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Poker can be played anywhere, anytime, and on any surface. In fact, some of my earliest poker playing memories come from the crazy games we had in the army. Those were fun games when we played for pennies and it never mattered when the cards got messed up and our pennies got lost falling into the cracks of the surfaces we sometimes played on.

As your interest in the fine art of poker competition expands, the more and more challenging your opponents become, and the bigger and bigger the stakes grow. When that happens, you soon realize that you no longer want to play on crappy tables where the cards can get messed up and, by now, your bigger pennies get lost in the sand or mud or fall through the cracks of whatever surfaces you’re playing on.

You begin to dream about the perfect table for your growing Man Cave. We found lots of them and here is just one of the many we love: the Aces Pro Tournament Poker Table available at the Texas Poker Store.
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Holding a "Royal Flush"By: Pocket Bullets Paris

These days there are more and more poker players taking home millions of dollars, but only one has taken at least one million every year for five years in a row. Erick Lindgren came away with over a million dollars every year from 2004 to 2008. Those are some fairly strong poker chops in our book.

Not many people can ever achieve such lofty success on the poker tables, but there are several current heavy-duty players that could tie Lingren’s record this year and probably break it in 2016. Our favorite player of all time, Daniel Negreanu, stands a better-than-average chance at taking home more than a million again this year. He has made well over a million each year for the last four years, including more than 10 million last year alone. And with the current high-stake poker games worldwide, there is little doubt that our man will add another million minimum to his bankroll and tie Lindgren’s record.

Other players that could easily tie this record are: Philipp Gruissem (closing in on 10 million in total winnings), Brian Rast (7 million +), and David “Doc” Sands (with more than 5.7 million in poker earnings).

Daniel "Kid Poker" NegreanuEach of these guys has broken the million dollar mark for the last four consecutive years so they all stand a damn good chance at tying Erick Lindgren’s record this year, but we’ll predict that Mr. Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu will tie it and go on to break it in 2016. What do you think?

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It’s not unusual to run into either a good streak or, for that matter, a bad streak. It’s not all that unusual to sit at a Texas Hold ‘em game, sure you are holding the best hand, only to have someone beat you on the river. You’ve done it yourself, you probably have pulled a winner on the river, or even gotten there with a runner-runner for the win. But what is unusual and defies all natural laws of probability, is when you meet up with someone who seems to posses extraordinary, supernatural good luck time after time.

That is the case with one of our newest players at our Thursday’s Texas Hold ‘em tourneys. Seems as though this guy pulls winning hands constantly, and has been doing so from the very first time he joined us. For example, in the game before last everyone had folded round the table till it got to the button, the guy on the button bet about a third of his stack, small blind folded instantly and big blind, our ever-lucky player, snap-called. The flop was 8s – 8d – Kh. Our button man led in with a sizable bet and Mr. Luck again snap-called. The turn was an Ah; both players checked. The river was Ac. The player in position splashes all in and Lucky calls it again. Button man turns up pocket Kings for the full-house, and our super natural, extremely lucky new player turns pocket Aces for quads.

Texas Poker Store chipsAt yesterday’s game, Mr. Lucky had Aces against my Kings; he had an Ace high flush against a King high flush. He had a runner-runner Full-House against a a smaller Full-House. He had trips several times and lots of other insane hands. He even got luck reigning down supreme over his game when he took several pots with low pairs because the other players just didn’t make their flush or straight or  anything at all. I think that at some point he even raked in the poker chips with a pair of deuces.

The funny thing is, Mr. Luck is actually a fairly good player, but with all that luck he is an insane opponent. When you run into a guy like Mr. Luck, it might save you some aggravation to just hand him your buy in and go home.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve always said that sometimes, no matter how good you think your hand is, you may still get beat. That’s what happened to Motoyuki Mabuchi  when he hit quad aces on the river and shoved all in. Mabuchi knew his hand was the nuts, but then Justin Phillips snap-called him and everyone in the room gasped as Phillips showed a royal flush that sent Mabuchi to the rails shaking his head.

Bad beats happen all the time but they are seldom as impressive as the beat that Phillips exercised over Mabuchi. This past year at the “Big One for One Drop” we witnessed another huge bad beat. This time it was for a million dollars. Cary Katz, under the gun, bets $225,000 with pocket aces. The table folded around to Connor Drinan who re-raised to $580,000, then Katz four-bet to $2,000,000. Katsz tries to give some friendly advice. He says “Save your money kid, you can’t win every pot.” Drinan smirks and shoves all in to $4, 970,000, Katz snap-calls and both players show pocket bullets. Drinan held the ace of diamonds and ace of clubs while Katz held the ace of hearts and the ace of spades. Everyone assumed they would split the pot; in fact, it was a 96 percent chance they would. But then a heart came up on the flop. And another on the turn and the kill was another heart on the river giving Katz the flush and the win. Possibly the worst beat in the history of poker at a $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker tournament.

With a name like “Pocket Bullets” Paris, I especially felt Drinan’s pain as he stepped back from the poker table. Damn! Watch the video below and you too could share in Drinan’s pain.

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