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5 Poker Gadgets (or Accessories) You Need Right Now

28 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
5 Poker Gadgets (or Accessories) You Need Right Now

Throw out your old, greasy, discolored deck of nudie cards and your wafer-thin, cheap, red-white-and-blue plastic poker chips.

There’s no room for mundanity in the first-class casino that is your living room (or swimming pool).

Bold, random and a bit ridiculous these poker accessories might even be enough to distract opponents from your weakest game play.

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Watch the Neymar Jr. Charity Home Game Live Stream Right Here!

26 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Watch the Neymar Jr. Charity Home Game Live Stream Right Here!

One of the most idolized sports heroes on the planet, Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. has also recently shared his growing love of poker.

Now an ambassador for Team PokerStars Neymar is hosting a charity poker home game as part of the Brazil Series of Poker to benefit the Neymar Jr. Institute.

Watch the action live right here on PokerListings from Sao Paulo, Brazil!

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Humans of the WSOP 2015 November Nine – Inspirational Poker Memes

23 July 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Humans of the WSOP 2015 November Nine – Inspirational Poker Memes

Don't let the fact that Daniel Negreanu narrowly missed the WSOP Main Event final table get you down. Look on the bright side.

With Negreanu's towering persona gone, the 2015 WSOP November Nine will not spend the next three months in Kid Poker's shadow.

PokerListings.com has comprehensive bios and video interviews with all nine players but to get you started we've curated the best quotes and slapped them on photos in a series of "Humans of New York"-style character sketches.

Get to know all of this year's November Nine quickly and easily with the photos and words below.

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Bubble Bursts as 1,000 Players Lock Up $15,000+ (Photo Gallery)

10 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Bubble Bursts as 1,000 Players Lock Up $15,000+ (Photo Gallery)

The World Series of Poker Main Event bubble is a stressful time.

One ill-timed move at this point of the tournament could mean the difference between going home with $15,000 or absolutely nothing.

This year hand-for-hand began with 1,002 players remaining. Because a thousand players were getting paid this year the bubble was spread out over both the Amazon Room and Brasilia.

As is often the case with big money bubbles in poker tournaments players were told to stay at their tables to speed up the hand-for-hand process but there still a few nervous wanderers who simply couldn’t sit still and risked getting yelled at by a floor manager to scope out some of the other tables.

People tend to approach the bubble in very different ways as a couple players started a backgammon game against each other while others got food. Almost everyone was on their phone either checking live updates or texting their friends and family.

Strategy for the bubble also varies a fair amount too as pros are usually trying to steal blinds from the amateurs and the amateurs are doing everything they can to scrape out a min cash.

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Jersey Watch 2015: Patrick Kane, Andrew Luck Most Popular at WSOP

09 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Jersey Watch 2015: Patrick Kane, Andrew Luck Most Popular at WSOP

The World Series of Poker Main Event is the Super Bowl of Poker. The big difference is that everyone can play in the tournament -- so long as they have $10,000.

There’s also no dress code.

That allows players to rock whatever they want at the poker table whether it’s a T-shirt, tuxedo, spider-man costume or jersey.

Jerseys are actually one of the most popular items of clothing at the WSOP, which makes sense considering the massive crossover between sports fans and poker.

Every year hundreds of jersey-wearing poker players buy into various events at the WSOP.

This year we decided to do a very unscientific study to get a rough idea of what jerseys are the most popular to wear in the biggest poker tournament of the year.

Here’s what we learned:

 

  • Pretty much all pro sports in North America are represented with NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA and NHL all accounted for. Of course poker is a global game and that means soccer jerseys from various leagues in Europe.
  • Football jerseys were the most popular with Steelers, Seahawks and Broncos’ jerseys leading the way.
  • As far as Individual jerseys were concerned Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane and Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck were the most popular.
  • Kane just won a third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks so that’s understandable. Meanwhile Luck carried the Colts to a showdown with the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.

Check below for a massive gallery of the various jersey-wearing players in the field:

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World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker

06 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker

Las Vegas is pretty far from Brooklyn but you wouldn’t know it from taking a quick trip around the tournament floor of the 2015 World Series of Poker.

A plaid platoon of bearded hipster mountain men has taken over the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas.

Many of these pros are millionaires but you wouldn’t know it from their rugged beards and sometimes unkempt hair. All that’s missing is a vintage splitting axe slung over their shoulder.

Case in point: Matthew Ashton, Andrew Lichtenberger and Steve O’Dwyer have nearly $20 million in combined lifetime live tournament winnings but wouldn’t look out of place in a hotel in Thailand.

It’s pretty much the polar opposite of the baller lifestyle image that poker players tried to cultivate in the mid-2000s.

You gotta hand it to poker players, when they do something they give it 100%.

Here’s a photo gallery of the best beards straight from the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. FYI: This is a $10,000 buy-in poker tournament:

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Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl

03 July 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl

Today PokerListings was at the ultra high-stakes Aria Super High Roller Bowl following pro poker player Jason Koon for a new short documentary but that doesn't mean we didn't have time to snap some sweet photos.

Keep an eye on this page throughout the event as we add new pics of high-stakes pros including Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Doc Sands, Jason Koon and many more.

The Aria has done a fantastic job of assembling some of the world's best poker pros, along with a group of wealthy businessmen, to play for some of the highest stakes on the planet.

The TV set is beautiful, the lighting is great and we'll be snapping pics until they kick us out.

Enjoy.

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“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight

02 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight

Day 3 of the Aria Super High Roller Series cash game was fairly bereft of poker pros but that didn’t stop multi-millionaire John Morgan from stealing the show with a highlight-reel hand and a few hilarious stories about his past.

Morgan is the CEO of the Winmark Corporation, best known for the Play It Again Sports retail stores, but he also loves to play poker.

In fact Morgan admitted he frequently plays the $100 tournaments at Aria. It was astounding to poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande that someone with Morgan’s wealth would even bother with such low-stakes events.

“So you have a set and someone sucks out on you and hits a full house and busts you from the tournament, are you upset?” asked an incredulous Bellande.

“No I just go buy into another $100 tournament,” laughed Morgan. “They run every hour!”

Morgan explained his love for poker in more detail.

“It’s more of a sociological experiment,” said Morgan. “You meet some of the most interesting people. Sometimes I play the $100 over at the Orleans too.”

Apparently Morgan has won a few of the events too.

The rest of the players at the table tried to organize a $5,000 last longer prop bet between Morgan and Bellande in the $100 Aria tournament but Bellande wasn’t super keen since Morgan has so much experience playing those particular tournaments.

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The Big Rail for One Drop

29 June 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: WSOP Blog
The Big Rail for One Drop

The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop is one of the largest tournaments in the world. 

Its buy-in, prestige and multimillion dollar first-place prize attracts the largest rails and players in the game. 

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Phil Ivey Touches Down at the 2015 WSOP [Photo Blog]

29 June 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Phil Ivey Touches Down at the 2015 WSOP [Photo Blog]

At long last Phil Ivey has finally made his debut in the 2015 WSOP.

Apparently the $111,111 One Drop High Roller was a little too good for Ivey to pass up and he took a seat in the ultra-tough competition.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart immediately walked up to Ivey and ribbed him about being absent for most of the summer.

“You’re finally here!” joked Stewart. “I thought you’d wait until at least the Main Event.”

Ivey just smirked and went back to the game.

Polk, Colman, Koon Show Up Early

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Former Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman

The $111k One Drop event has already attracted some of the biggest high rollers in poker through the first couple levels of play including Phil Hellmuth, Dan Colman, Jason Koon, Doug Polk and Brian Hastings.

There are also a few businessmen in the field with venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, hedge fund manager David Einhorn and retiree Bill Klein.

The field has already soared to 121 players with more players expected through the day.

Last time the $111k One Drop event was held Anthony Gregg outlasted 166 entries to win $4.8 million. Will the prize pool hit reach that number this year? Only time will tell.

Here’s an early photo gallery of the WSOP $111k buy-in tournament:

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FIFA Needs Poker Personalities to Right the Ship

26 June 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
FIFA Needs Poker Personalities to Right the Ship

FIFA needs a fresh start. In our perfect world the successor of Sepp Blatter would be someone completely disconnected from all the FIFA scandals – someone from the poker industry.

Sepp Blatter is stepping down (or is he), and the FIFA will appoint someone new for his position who’s probably already also connected to shady deals and negotiations, money laundering, and bribery.

What a truly fresh start it would be if FIFA brought in someone who’s never had anything to do with the organization and how smart would it be to look at the poker community for a candidate — poker being an industry that combines all the features of commerce with true love for a game.

At PokerListings our international editors took a look at the best potential successors for Sepp Blatter from the poker world. Some are humorous while others are slightly less so.

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Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

24 June 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

Phil Ivey has been noticeably absent from the 2015 World Series of Poker.

Not many people were surprised when Ivey didn’t show up the first few days, as he’s been known to show up late.

But as championship event after championship event went by Iveyless, concern started to grow.

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That Escalated Quickly: 15 WSOP 2015 Experiences Captured in GIFs

23 June 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
That Escalated Quickly: 15 WSOP 2015 Experiences Captured in GIFs

The World Series of Poker is always a wild ride.

The highs and lows of the marathon poker series are difficult to describe. But that doesn’t keep the poker media from trying to do it every year with gallons upon gallons of virtual ink.

Today we’ll try something a little different, however, and relate the gargantuan series using only GIFs.

Ridiculous? Yes. Unnecessary? Maybe. Fun? Oh yeah.

So buckle in and get ready to experience the 2015 WSOP in the most Internet way possible: non-stop GIFs.

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Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

18 June 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

Poker, or card games, as inspiration for some of the world's most legendary works of art?

It's not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact dozens of the world's most famous painters - including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Picasso - found bottomless inspiration in the minutiae of cards, card games and its varied enthusiasts.

PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito digs a little deeper.

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The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

31 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

To most, spending five figures on a watch is unthinkable but for some high-stakes poker professionals it's an investment they can wear on their wrist.

Noah Schwartz, Bryn Kenney, Eugene Katchalov, Doug Polk and John Racener have combined live tournament earnings of $32 million. The watches they were wearing when we spoke to them have a combined value of $116,000.

We wanted to find out what kind of watches they were and why these pros love them.

The answers were interesting and the price tags were astonishing.

 

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10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

29 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

The World Series of Poker is embroiled in hosting the biggest live poker tournament ever, but we're beginning to think they're running out of places to seat everyone.

We're expecting 10,000 players today and maybe even more tomorrow so it's no wonder the WSOP staff has had to get creative.

First they started sticking tables in the poker kitchen, which was fine, but from there things took a turn for the worse.

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