Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris
The staff at the Texas Poker Store began popping champagne bottles in jubilation today when we reached 10,000 Likes on our Facebook page.

It turned out that Phillip Jones, a poker player and drag racing enthusiast from Maxton, North Carolina,  was our official 10,000th fan. Phillip JonesWe contacted Mr. Jones to let him know and you can imagine how shocked and surprised he was.  Of course, he was thrilled to learn that he had won a set of casino quality Las Vegas poker chips and even happier to be the 10K man at the Texas Poker Store.

Set of 300 Las Vegas Casino Quality Poker ChipsWhich only goes to prove that you just never know what we have up our sleeve.  if you comment on our posts or visit our FB page and become one of our fans, you, too, could win big at the Texas Poker Store . . . just like Phillip Jones.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Global Poker Masters - World Cup 2015A couple of days ago, on Friday, March 20, at the Hilton Hotel, in St. Julians, Malta, the first-ever Global Poker Masters (GPM), also being being hailed as the “World Cup of Poker,”  started with a special draw party for players, tournament officials, and the media.There will be 25 total eight-max matches played in five rounds of five concurrent matches – which will be followed by the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

The first match began playing cards yesterday with 40 of poker’s best players forming eight teams representing eight countries including Russia, U.K., Ukraine, U.S.A, France, Italy, Canada and Germany. Each team has five players and the action was non-stop as every one of these players did their best to add points to their team.

Team USA at the Global Poker MastersMost of the glory on Saturday went to Dan Smith, the clear winner of the hand of the day securing a bye to the final table for Team U.S.A. The standings at the end of the day were:

Place    Team    Points Earned
1    Team USA    68,000*
2    Team Germany    67,000
3    Team Italy    62,000
4    Team Russia    60,000
5    Team France    52,000
6    Team Ukraine    50,000
7    Team Canada    43,000
8    Team UK    23,000**

*Team USA has earned a bye to the final table.
**Team UK has been eliminated.

The action continues today and we’re sure it will be heated.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

There have always been beautiful women throughout the world of poker, pretty much the same as in any other sport or event that attracts millions. And there have always been world-class stars from other sports who have caught the poker bug and jumped into the wild fray of this phenomenon that we all know and love … POKER!

Yuiko Matsukawa

PokerStars, the world’s largest poker site, an Amaya Gaming Group, Inc. brand, announced that they would be sponsoring the gorgeous and extremely popular Japanese model, Yuiko Matsukawa. She will be joining PokerStars-sponsored high-profile players, including Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo and the number-one poker professional, our favorite, the Poker Kid himself, Daniel Negreanu.

Yuiko MatsukawaThe 24-year-old caught the poker bug and has stated that she wants to share her love of the game with her fans. She feels honored to participate in major poker tournaments and marketing activities to promote poker as a PokerStars brand ambassador.

Yuiko MatsukawaWe wish her the best of luck in all her poker endeavors; she certainly adds to the excitement of the game at any poker table. But if you find yourself at her table, you need to be very careful. If you get too distracted by her beauty, there’s a good chance she’ll take all your chips.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I have a sign over my desk that says, in all CAPS, – “BLUFFING” and then, underneath it says “A Pair of Balls Beats Everything!” I do believe it often takes some major cojones to bluff and thus that sign could be right some times. However, there really is more to bluffing than just splashing your poker chips on the table in hopes that everyone is going to be frightened away.

Bluffing - A Pair Of Balls Beats EverythingI have definitely gotten away with some pretty crazy bluffs and I’ve definitely been burned by some extremely gutsy bluffs. I’m still learning about when it’s smarter to bluff or fold. Most of my learning has come from trial and error at the various poker games I attend. I also have watched a lot of tourneys on TV and have even gone to the WSOP and carefully watched it unfold in front of me all the way to the Final Table. And I have witnessed some serious bluffs that certainly would qualify as reminders of what the sign over my desk says; “A Pair of Balls Beats Everything!”

But I think that a little bit of studying can’t possibly hurt and is sure to go a long ways in mastering the art of bluffing. I recommend reading “Mike Caro’s Most Profitable Hold ‘Em Advice“. Check out Chapter 6 – Bluffing Concepts, then hit the tables and see how your cojones hold up.

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