Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I talk to a lot of casual poker players almost every day. I define casual players as those around the world who may love poker but really could never become professionals, mostly because they just ain’t that good, don’t have the kind of money necessary to hit the pro circuits, or probably could not stand the pace. However, there are some casual players I have watched and thought, now they could be good enough to play professionally, but they just don’t have the money. These guys could do well if they had backers, but backers are hard to get. And, if they did get them could they really handle it? I mean, if it was you, could you handle the rigorous schedules? Could you become a world-class poker player?

Poker game time at our man caveDo you think you could hold your own at the poker tables for prolonged hours, even days against the likes of a Phil  “Unibomber” Laak, who set the world’s record for playing 115 consecutive hours at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than likely the answer would be, “of course not.” After all, Phil did it to get into the Guinness Book of World Records and that really isn’t about poker. However, the real schedule of most poker pros is anything but a walk in the park.

Take our favorite player, Daniel “Kid Poker’ Negreanu; in 2014 he played a total of 56 events for a combined total play time of 505.5 hours. He cashed on 13 of those events including the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic where he walked away with$36,947, nine events at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker for total wins of $8,545,408, two events at the Aussie Millions bringing in another $1,611,022 and lastly one event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that earned him $89, 560. All together he picked up $10,282, 937 give or take a few dollars. To accomplish that, the buy-ins  for the 13 events that he cashed in totaled $1,395,170 and the buy-in for the remaining 43 events that he failed to cash in amounted to an additional $1,788,756. That still gave him a profit before payout for action sold to backers, swaps, taxes and, not to forget, traveling expenses to Vegas, Australia, the Caribbean, etc… of more than $7 million dollars. But that’s the exception. He could have just as easily lost his buy-in money and gone home, since less than 5 percent of poker players can actually make enough to “make it.”

Now think about that for a minute. If you wanted to try that in the hopes of netting the $7 million, you would have to travel and spend sleepless nights in foreign lands, invest more than $3 million dollars, play hundreds of hours, withstand the pressure of tens of thousands of people scrutinizing your every move, accept defeat about 80 to 90 percent of the time with dignity, and move on to the next tourney.  Reality is that only a very small percentage of people who try can really become professional poker players . Can you afford it? Are you a good enough poker player? Or are you satisfied enjoying your life as a casual poker player?

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

For all of you players who are still faithful to Full Tilt Poker there are some significant news that they have recently released. Sometime earlier this month the company that had so much trouble in the not so distant past announced a complete makeover of its royalty program and created “The Players Club.”

Full Tilt - The Players Club

 

They say “The Players Club is where good things come to those who play.” Let’s hope so. The Players Club is offering several freerolls including the following:

  • Jackpot Sit & Go Freeroll – You could win a share of up to $100 in the Jackpot Sit & Go. One can be played every day if you’ve played real-money games in the last seven days.
  • Depositor Freerolls – You’re eligible for this one if you make a deposit within the seven days prior to the freerolls and choose to play for a slice of $1,000 at 11:15 ET and 17:15 ET every Sunday
  • Daily Freerolls – Play real-money games to gain entry to daily $200 freerolls at 14:40 ET and 19:40 ET. $0.50 rebuys or add-ons are available in the earlier freeroll.
  • Weekly Freeroll – You could play for a share of $250 by qualifying via one of the 16 Daily Round 1 Freerolls.
  • Coin Freerolls – With this one up to 500 Coins can be won during the six daily Coin Freerolls. But you must play real money games on the day of the freeroll to gain entry.

There will also be the Weekly Windfall flip freeroll with a special mini-game called The Deal. Then there will be  Club Tournaments running twice a day; you can check the details at their website. However, what caught my interest more than all the others was “The Players Club Party.” Because who doesn’t a good party? And for these parties, Full Till has gone all out to keep you, and me, very interested. Here are some details:

To celebrate the launch of the new Players Club, Full Tilt is seeding the progressive jackpot of The Deal with $100,000. Anyone who completes one of the weekly challenges is registered for a $10K Players Club Party Flip Freeroll on the following Tuesday where two lucky players (and up to five friends) win an all-inclusive holiday that includes flights, accommodation and a $5,000 party!

The party destinations are:

  • Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand
  • Closing Parties in Ibiza, Spain
  • Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • All-inclusive 5-Star stay in Mexico
  • Luxury Caribbean getaway to Barbados

The only catch is, as mentioned above, that you must first enter and complete one of the following weekly challenges to be eligible for the $10k Players Club Party.

Week Dates Challenge
Week 1       Aug 18-23 Play two or more hands of The Deal
Week 2 Aug 24-30 Qualify for any Weekly Windfall prize
Week 3 Aug 31-Sept 6     Play two or more Jackpot Sit & Go Freeroll tournaments
Week 4 Sept 7-14 Play two or more Club Tournaments

So, bottom line, you can’t party if you don’t play. Go check it out at Full Tilt and maybe we might catch up with each other at the poker tables in Barbados or maybe in Ibiza. Good luck.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve had some fun with our series on the perfect poker-themed Man Cave for your budget, and have so far shared some suggestions for furnishing man caves for high-end and medium-size budgets. But hey, not all of us can afford that much luxury, at least not yet, so until we win the lottery, make our way to some final tables at the WSOP, or find a bucket full of cash somewhere, we’ll just have to be a little thrifty with our man caves. But not to worry; we’ve got you covered.

The following are some suggestions for any of you who may be temporarily financially challenged. Check it out:

Ultimate Poker TableThe Ultimate Poker Table is most deserving of its name for anybody on a budget. It’s a beautiful 10-player positions table with 3″ stainless steel cup holders. Unlike your lesser grade folding leg tables, this folding leg table features a  steel welded frame that will support up to 200 lbs. So even if some of your players get a little out of hand, go on tilt and bounce off the table, it will take most, if not all of their abuse. And if someone gets careless and spills a drink, you have nothing to worry about. The surface is completely removable, so you can easily resurface and upgrade the felt. All that, and it is delivered to your front door at just under $600.00.

500 Poker Chips SetThen pick up a set of 500 quality poker chips in a nice aluminum case, a couple of decks of cards, and some dealer buttons, all for under $80.00. The rest would be up to you. You can decorate your man cave with posters or poker signs, maybe bring in a mini fridge, a small sound system with well placed speakers for some cool poker tunes, or even a flat screen TV. At that point, you are ready to host a minimum of 10 poker players, all ready and eager to lose their discretionary funds at your table . . .  and that means you can keep on dreaming about your perfect man cave. Good luck.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

In our last blog, we concentrated on a medium-budget poker-themed man cave. Today, we’ll step it up and go for one that will hit your bank account a little bit harder, but if you can handle it, then you might as well go for it.

Naturally, it still depends on what size room you are working with, but we’ll leave you to decide what you can or cannot fit into your space. We’ll just provide you with some ultra-cool stuff to use to trick out your man cave.

Rockwell Dining ConversionWe’ll start with a Rockwell Poker Table with room for ten players. Customized with a matching dining room top and ten premium leather-backed chairs for a pre-game dinner for your guests. Once dinner is finished and everyone is ready to play, the dining top comes off The Premium Rockwell Poker Tableto reveal a sweet playing surface customized with your name, logo or any design you want, a comfortable thick arm rest, and 4-inch stainless steel cup holders built into the mahogany race track to hold your guests’ perfect pour of scotch. Complete set comes in around $4,500.00

1000 Paulson Top-Hat & Cane Poker ChipsCopag Poker CardsEveryone buys in and you distribute their stacks of Paulson Tophat & Cane Poker Chips, you break out the new decks of premium Copag cards and you’re ready to “Shuffle Up and Deal.”  1,000 Paulson chips and a few decks of Copags will run about $1,700.00.

And as we said last time, you can decorate your room with a large screen TV, a great sound system to play your favorite tunes, a fully stocked bar with a mini fridge and a few appropriately placed poker signs, and you’re ready for a high-class night of poker. Send out your invites . . . and make sure to send one to us!

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