Jim ParisBy: Jim Paris

Most of our fans and followers know that I dabbled in the world of Rock and Roll many years ago, in what now seems like another lifetime. If you have followed the Texas Poker Store blog for any length of time then you also know that I used to produce the great, late Buddy Miles.

I’ve written about the poker games we had while touring the country with the Buddy Miles band and wrote a press release announcing that I was going to contribute to the Buddy Miles biography that his wife was planning to write. Unfortunately, Sherrilae passed away before she had a chance to realize her dream; hopefully it will still get done someday.

When Sherrilae and I were discussing Buddy’s bio we had also spoken about the fact that I was writing my own memoirs as well as the role in my life which Buddy had played. I remember telling her in detail how close Buddy and I were and how much I loved and admired him. We laughed about the fact that as masterful of a musician as he was, that the was a horrific poker player. He had the worst possible poker face. Of course, I always knew what he was thinking; he was never able to bluff me.

Recently I finally finished the autobiography that I had originally started writing about 25 years ago. I had shared a lot of it with Sherrilae; we laughed and shed a few tears about the parts that Buddy was involved in, and she let me know that she wanted me to help write his. I titled my bio “Them Changes,”  not just in honor of my dear friend and brother George Allen “Buddy” Miles Jr., but because it was the perfect metaphor to describe what my life had always been about. I surely went through them changes.

For our poker friends and fans, you can download a copy of my memoirs at the Amazon Kindle store. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I have sat at many poker tables and played lots of poker games. I have won and lost my share of hands; some were obvious mistakes on my part while others were painful bad beats.

As y’all know, I have written about bad beats many times but I had forgotten about a bad beat a couple of years ago at the World Series of Poker. It happened between Carter Gill and David Paredes. Gill was being a bit obnoxious heckling Paredes and feeling confident holding 10-s and A-d with a flop of 10-h, 4-h and A-c. The turn showed a blank 3-c and Gill shoved all-in. Paredes was holding the Q-d and A-h and made the call. Gill pushed it to the limit when they turned their cards up as he just kept taunting Paredes, “All you need is a Queen…all you need is a Queen.”

And then the river dropped a Queen. The expression on Gill’s face changed from a super-confident smile to a Poker “Bad Beat” face you won’t ever forget. He probably never forgot it either. The moral of this story is simple; “Don’t heckle your opponents and never count your poker chips until the last card is dealt.”

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve often said that when you’re at a poker game you shouldn’t let anything distract you. However, we have to admit that even the most focused players would have a hard time concentrating if they envisioned this WPT model on their table.Don’t get distracted, always concentrate only on the game at hand and what your opponents are up to. If you start having visions like these, perhaps it’s best to step away from the table.

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If you don’t step away and you lose all your chips, don’t take it too hard.  You can always pick up a couple decks of WPT cards at the Texas Poker Store to remind you of your vision and, hopefully, help you stay focused on the game next time.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Caesars Entertainment released the 2015 World Series of Poker official schedule, which was met by the usual excitement, although there were some mixed feelings. Due to some new lower buy-ins this year, some fear that a whole new crop of players will swamp the already huge number of participating players that have made it to the WSOP before.

In 2013, there were a total of 79,471 registered entries and last year we saw that number climb to a staggering 82,360. Now we’re hearing predictions that this year, when the words “Let’s shuffle up and deal”  are heard, there may be more than 100,000 registered participating entries ready to sit at the poker tables for all scheduled 68 events, each and every one of them dreaming about their shiny new bracelets and pockets full of cash.

The mixed feelings range from concerns about starting out with deeper stacks, to the WSOP being much more accessible to casual players. Some loved the idea of an online event which is featured as Event#64: A $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold ’em (July 2-3) while others thought it was highly overrated.

As far as we’re concerned, we believe it’s important for the WSOP to continuously evolve. Obviously, they agree, based on all the changes planned for the 46th Annual World Series of Poker beginning on Wednesday, May 27.

World Series of Poker 2015We’ll see what happens and will keep you posted as always.

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