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Here’s a little secret for you: most online poker software is incredibly easy to run on almost any computer.

Online poker sites have a serious incentive to make their software compatible with even the most antiquated laptops so they can increase their market share.

In fact, we built a premium grinding station in 2009 and honestly it would still play every piece of poker software you could throw at it.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the experience is the same on every computer.

There are a couple features that are particularly important for online grinders. One is screen size (likewise resolution) because you’re going to want to multi-table and another is mobility because most poker players want to travel.

Over the last five years there has been one significant upgrade that will help speed up your poker sessions. That’s the transition from old disk-based hard drives to flash-based solid state drives or SSDs.

SSDs will help you load anything on your hard drive much faster and that includes your poker client. Is it necessary? Nope. Is it awesome? Yes.

Some people will argue about the benefits of a beastly desktop computer brimming with scorchingly-fast silicon. It’s a good choice if you want to play 3D games at max settings but these days it’s hard to see them as anything more than overkill for online poker.

Instead of buying a desktop just attach a couple high quality monitors to your laptop and you are good to go.

Here’s a look at three great choices in 2014 (feel free to add your own in the comments!):

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There’s a good chance if you’re reading this article you barely remember the exact first time you played poker.

For many of us it took place when we were still children playing five-card draw for pennies or candy. For others it was when one of our friends dragged us to the casino and we furiously tried to remember hand rankings.

The thing is that while it’s difficult to remember our very first session, most of us remember exactly what we were feeling while trying to learn the game.

Poker challenges us and the whole “easy to learn, impossible to master” nature of the game has a way of making fools out of even the most hardened online grinders.

Here’s a collection of GIFs that help illustrate everything about learning to play poker: The joy, the stupidity, the unbridled enthusiasm, the naiveté and the sudden shock when you learn a flush beats a straight for the first time.

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It’s good to be lucky in poker.

That’s what pro Oliver Busquet was likely thinking earlier today at the final table of EPT Barcelona’s €50k Super High Roller.

Busquet managed to hit an unthinkable combination of cards when he came from behind with ace-king against Sven Reichardt’s pocket kings.

In the hand Reichardt opened for 160,000 with eight players remaining. Busquet 3-bet shoved for the last of his 1.5 million stack.

Reichardt called and flipped over kings while Busquet was in a world of hurt with #As#2s.

The flop came #Kc#8c#8h and appeared to put the nail in Busquet’s coffin as he had a less than 1% chance to survive.

As it turned out, the turn came #Ah and then the river #Ad, which sent the final table into hysterics.

Busquet not only survived but went on to defeat Dan Colman heads-up for the title and €896,434. Watch the hand starting at around 1h25m below:


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Watch EPT100 Barcelona (S11) Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 August 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

One of the most anticipated stops ever on the European Poker Tour - the 100th EPT event in history - is firing on all cylinders this week from Barcelona, Spain.

Kicking off with a record-breaking Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event, attendance numbers are through the roof as players flock to the sunny shores of BCN.

Live streaming began an Tuesday, August 19, with Day 2 of the 50k Super High Roller event and will continue right through until next Wednesday when an EPT100 Barcelona Main Event champ is crowned.

Commentary, as always, will be provided by James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and special guests.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Watch the 2014 $1m Big One for One Drop Right Here

Created By: PokerListings.com
13 August 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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It was one of the most exciting tournaments ever played with a conclusion that people are still talking about and you can now watch all of it right here.

The 2014 WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop saw Dan Colman cut his way through a field of 42 players to earn a first-place prize of $15.3 million but the interesting part is watching how he got there.

The 2014 Big One for One Drop featured arguably the sickest beat ever when Connor Drinan lost with pocket aces to Cary Katz’ pocket aces and in last night’s episode Tobias Reinkemeier made the mistake of folding pocket aces to Scott Seiver’s paltry K-T.

Finally Dan Colman narrowly defeated poker icon Daniel Negreanu to claim the $15m first-place prize. Kid Poker picked up just over $8 million as a consolidation prize and become poker's biggest all-time winner.

It’s easily one of the greatest TV tournaments ever played but don’t take our word for it. Check out the complete tournament below:

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Major Riddle: Godfather (and Fish) of Poker's First Big Game

Created By: PokerListings.com
12 August 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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In a five-part series writer Christian Henkel digs deep into Las Vegas history to uncover the truth behind some of the gambling world's most notorious figures.

Next up: Major Riddle. Check back regularly for more profiles.

By Christian Henkel

When it comes to poker losses, Major Riddle played in his own league.

In the 1950s/60s there was a whole society of people trying to make money from the pockets of the legendary casino owner.

He opened the first “Topless Cabaret” in Sin City and battled with the authorities. He was the godfather of poker's first “Big Game." He was also its first victim.

He co-owned the legendary Dunes Casino and then lost it piece by piece.

These are the stories of the men who made Las Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest city on Earth.

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Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud: "Poker is a Present for Any Photographer“

Created By: PokerListings.com
11 August 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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In 2013, French photographer Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud published a book of poker images taken over a period of three years at the European Poker Tour stop in Berlin.

His photography from those events has now left the printed format and is available as reprints at an internet photo gallery called GALLMO.

The limited-edition reprints are an asset to everybody who works, lives or spends time in any way in the poker industry.

In the first part of a new series on poker photography PokerListings Germany's Christian Henkel spoke to Thiébaud about his work and its meaning.

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Titanic Thompson: The Greatest Action Man on Earth

Created By: PokerListings.com
29 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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In a new five-part series writer Christian Henkel digs deep into Las Vegas history to uncover the truth behind some of the gambling world's most notorious figures.

First up: Titanic Thompson. Check back weekly for more profiles.

By Christian Henkel

He killed five men and married five women. He bet against Al Capone and won.

He hustled golf and lost at horse-betting. He became so famous his life was eventually turned into a musical.

This is the story of one of the men who made Las Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest city on Earth.

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Now that the 2014 November Nine is officially set, no matter where each of those nine players finishes there's one thing now guaranteed on top of that $730k payout:

We're (probably) going to remember all of their names.

Year 7 of the great Nov. 9 experiment has produced one of the more intriguing tables in recent history with the jaw-dropping back-to-back run of Mark Newhouse, the wire-to-wire steadiness of Swede Martin Jacobson and foosball wildcard Billy Pappas.

How would we feel if a completely different set of nine players had survived the end game this year? How about any other year?

It's hard to say, of course, and a semi-ridiculous proposition (you can't change the past after all). But it is fun to think about. And there's a very intriguing set of names to finish in the 10-50 slots over the past seven years.

Would we be following Matt Affleck's poker exploits instead of Jonathan Duhamel's? Would Yevgeniy Timoshenko be a mainstream teenage hearththrob? Would Tiffany Michelle be a soap actress or a poker pro? Would women make up a bigger percentage of the poker world?

Play along with our What-ifs as we look at the near misses in the history of the November Nine.

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Wildly popular free-to-play online card game Hearthstone continues to top mobile gaming charts and the recent Curse of Naxxramas expansion has gamers buzzing.

Of course the skill + luck format of the game makes it a natural fit for poker players and many are joining in on the action including former world champ Pius Heinz.

We decided to fuse poker and Hearthstone by creating 32 cards that represent some of the most famous characters and incidents from the world of poker.

Looking for a "Jesus on Tilt" card? Or maybe a 3-Bet card? We’ve got you covered.

While these cards will never, ever, be used in an actual Hearthstone game they have some interesting (if a little overpowered effects).

Feel like you could do better? Give us your own suggestions for Hearthstone poker cards in the comments section below.

(Also, check out Five Things Online Poker Could Learn from Hearthstone).

Special thanks to Fr.PokerListings.com’s Fred Guillemot.

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Dominik Nitsche

Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.

The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets.

In the last entry of his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom recaps his very successful summer at poker's signature event.

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10 Top Footballers Who Could Be New Faces of Online Poker

Created By: PokerListings.com
15 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, The Online Grind
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Thanks to another unfortunate biting incident, Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez served as a representative for online poker for only a couple of weeks – a record low.

His signing had a lot of potential but ended up an extremely short one as an ambassador for 888poker – or AteAteAtepoker, as the poker community humourosly referred to it briefly.

Suarez's signing off has left a big gap in the market, though. With footballers like Ronaldo, Francesco Totti and Andrei Shevchenko showing how successful it can be the trend of football stars repping poker sites isn't going away soon.

Question is, who else is suitable for the job? You’ll have to look carefully, operators, but don’t worry -- PokerListings Germany's Christian Henkel is here to help out.

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Bryan Devonshire might be shaggy and wear a hat but it's clear he's the Ron Swanson of poker.

Devonshire has the kind of calm and collected mastery of manhood that's only possible through a liberal helping of working with your hands, spending time outside and alcohol.

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Dominik Nitsche

Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.

The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already.

In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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Poker PFC: Who Makes Poker's World Cup All Star Football Squad?

Created By: PokerListings.com
08 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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The world's greatest football showcase is in the throes of its final four with Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands (sorry, Brazil) the only countries left with a shot at bringing the ultimate prize back to their countrymen.

In their honor we ask: who would make poker's all star football squad?

All avid football fans, our PokerListings international editors put together this infographic proclaiming who they think could lead an international poker squad to glory.

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Paul Pierce

It's no surprise NBA superstar Paul 'The Truth' Pierce is back to take another stab at the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event.

A known poker entity now Pierce has been at the tables at the WSOP fairly consistently over the last few years after making his splashy debut in 2011.

He's also been known to sport his oversize 2008 NBA championship ring - just in case, you know, anyone doubts his pedigree.

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We knew, thanks to this recent interview with reality TV star Trishelle Cannatella, that Aaron Paul was a poker fan.

A big poker fan, actually, she says.

So much so they used to play mini-stakes poker games on the floor of his crappy LA apartment before Breaking Bad hit it big.

We hoped to see him at the World Series of Poker this summer. And we did. Sort of.

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Out of World Cup, Gerard Piqué Draws into World Series of Poker

Created By: PokerListings.com
07 July 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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International footballer Gerard Piqué, direct from Spain’s disastrous 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is looking to find some redemption in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.

An accomplished poker player Piqué bought into the $10,000 buy-in event with hopes of winning the $10 million first-place prize.

Piqué has already made several appearances on the European Poker Tour and final tabled a €5k 6-Max event at EPT Barcelona in 2011.

The Barcelona FC player also played last year’s Main Event. He made it to Day 2 but hit the rail well before the money.

Hopefully Piqué will be able to mount more of a performance in the WSOP than the World Cup where Spain went 1-2 and failed to make it to the knockout round.

It was a remarkable turn of events considering Spain won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euro Cup with Piqué playing a big part in both victories.

The Spanish centre-back isn’t the only athlete taking part in the 2014 WSOP Main Event as the Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce also took a seat in the massive tournament this morning.

Check below for more photos of Piqué:

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Quick: Think of an activity that requires a space-age, synthetic microfiber, moisture-wicking spandex jersey less than poker?

Even croquet requires you move around a hot field a little. Poker, well. Maybe you can reap the benefits if you order some spicy wings to the table.

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Dominik Nitsche

Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.

The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already.

In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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