Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The Eurythmics said “Sweet dreams are made of this, Who am I to disagree?” I totally agree but my version is slightly different. Mine goes like this: “Poker dreams are made of this, who are you to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas playing poker and you may find what you’re looking for.”

These guys have certainly had their poker dreams come true.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu the “Poker Kid” has won six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championship titles. As of 2014, his poker dreams have provided him with live tournament winnings that exceed $29,750,000

Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, born Amir Esfandiari, was a professional magician, and now is known for his elaborate chip tricks and his impressive poker earnings. He has won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets in his career, including the “Big One for One Drop” in 2012, a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament benefiting the One Drop Foundation. As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $26,250,000

Phil IveyPhil Ivey  is another dreamer who never let go of his poker dreams and became one of the top money-making professional poker players. He has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. As of 2014, Ivey’s total live tournament winnings exceed $21,400,000.

Erik Seidel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010 and continued dreaming to amass, as of 2014, total live tournament winnings exceeding $20,800,000.

Sam Trickett is another dreamer turned professional poker player who, as of February 25, 2014, had total live tournament winnings of  $19,877,332, placing him 5th on the all-time poker money list.

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phillip Hellmuth, the “Poker Brat,”  dropped out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue his dreams of a poker career. As of 2014, one could say that his dreams paid off. He has total winnings of more than $18,175,000 and has earned an incredible 13 WSOP bracelets. He still dreams of being the greatest poker player of all-time. By many people’s standards he has already seen that dream come true at the poker tables.

There are a lot more players who have traveled the world and the seven seas looking for something, and who have found that what they were looking for was the right cards, at the right time, at the poker tables. Many of them, men and women, too many to mention here,  certainly know that poker dreams are made of this. Who are we to disagree?

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I can’t think of a better day than the one we have planned for tomorrow. Friends of ours invited us over for the perfect trifecta: Texas Hold ‘em, barbecuing, and watching Johnny Manziel make his first start for the Cleveland Browns. Since we’re all Aggie football fans, we’ve really missed the excitement of watching JFF play. As hard as it was losing Johnny to the NFL draft, it’s been even harder watching him sit on the bench while Hoyer has led the Browns. Finally, when head coach Pettine could no longer rationalize continuing to go with Hoyer, he made the decision to start Manziel. Which means a whole lot of football fans who normally couldn’t care less about the Cleveland vs. Bengals game, will be laser-focused on the Browns at 12 noon CST tomorrow.

SPocket Bullets Paris on a hot run at the WSOP o, if things go ideally, Johnny will play lights out, the barbecue will be done to perfection, I’ll be on a hot run at the poker table and we’ll all enjoy the day. If we could only have one out of three, however, I’m pretty sure this group is hoping for a great day for Johnny Football and the beginning of a new era for the Cleveland Browns.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

A couple of days ago I took first in a small Texas Hold’ Em tournament and I did it by following the advice of one of my favorite poker superstars, Daniel Negreanu. A friend asked me what my playing strategies were and I simply told him that I was following what Negreanu said about Small Ball Poker. I wrote about this a few years ago and I thought this would be a good time to revisit this strategy.

Texas Hold Em Poker TournamentNegreanu will tell you that “Small Ball Poker is all about the art of increasing your poker chips without risking a lot of them”.  In his videos he states that aggressive betting in Small Ball Poker will help you win lots of small pots, and I for one certainly agree with him. I know that is a great way to increase my poker chips count.

You, too, could start winning at the Texas Hold em Poker Tables using the following  Small Ball Poker Strategies:

1. Attack blinds aggressively but only raise 3 times the blinds.

2. Don’t try stealing the blinds if someone else has called in front of you.

3. Make sure to try stealing only with hands that have the potential to hit big.

4. Avoid trying to steal with trash hands.

5. Play position; be aggressive and use position to steal pots.

6. Don’t limp in, bet 1/2 to 3/4ths of the pot

Bottom line, to be effective, get into a lot of pots and put constant pressure on your opponents. Good luck!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

There’s a lot of bickering in poker communities all over the world that seems to be centered around the fact that PokerStars announced they would be launching online Sports Betting and Casino Games on a global basis. Personally, I have always believed to each his own; if you prefer poker then that’s your game … if you prefer roulette then go for it, so I don’t really understand what all the bickering is about. Of course, any form of online gambling may be illegal in your community anyway, so it wouldn’t much matter. Nevertheless, people love to bicker and so they will.Vicky Coren-Mitchell

What’s your take? Would you go on the side of Vicky Coren-Mitchell who has left Team PokerStars based on her belief that poker is an essentially fair game as compared to, in her words, “those casino games with unfavorable odds…”

Daniel NegreanuOr would you take Daniel Negreanu’s side? He is cool with it all. As he stated in his blog, “Am I OK with making a living that requires me to take money from people who are less skilled?”  Personally, I agree with Negreanu on this one.

If you’re foolish enough to gamble your life’s savings away on any game, sports betting, lottery tickets or even frog races when you don’t know how or don’t take the time to understand your odds … well, then; We reserved a seat for you at our table and I’d like to invite you to a friendly little game of…..

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