American Idol – Self Improvement Brought to Life By Jordin Sparks

So, another season of American Idol comes to an end with the crowning of Jordin Sparks as American Idol 2007. On the night, she was a deserving winner, as well as being a beautiful person and a wonderful singer. Only the most cynical and spiteful of observers can argue that American Idol does not produce some great singers, it does; or that Jordin is not one of them, she is. We know already that the top three, as last year, will probably be superstars. So we can look forward to great things and big album sales from Melinda Doolittle and Blake Lewis, as well as Jordin. Apart from loving music of many types, one of the reasons I enjoy American Idol is the way, when it gets down to the final 16 and the serious singing contest, you can watch as young talented people develop before your eyes. The whole […]

Famous Poker Hands

Doyle Brunson’s 10-2 This hand was made famous Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, one of poker’s all-time legends and a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. Brunson won the World Series of Poker Championship event in back to back years (1976 and 1977). In 1976, Brunson’s final opponent was Jesse Alto who held Ace-Jack. Brunson held the 10 and 2 of spades. On the previous hand, Brunson had just taken a large pot, and called Alto’s raise before the flop. The flop came down A-J-10, Alto hit a pair of twos and Brunson picking up a pair of tens. When the turn came out a 2, Brunson put the pressure on Alto. The river brought another 10 and Brunson made a full house (three 10s and two 2s). This easily beat Alto’s two pair and Brunson won his first championship. Ironically, Brunson was holding 10-2 again the following year, when […]