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Can’t get enough poker? Need more action in your day-to-day life?

There are plenty of times where you don’t have enough time to fit in a full poker game -- at the office for instance -- but you can still take part in some incredibly fun action-packed poker gambling games.

Chinese Poker is probably the most famous of these types of games but it can take a little too long if you're really pressed for time.

Over the years we’ve come across numerous poker games that take as little as 30 seconds to play but still provide some excitement.

The great thing about these games is that because they require very little skill nearly everyone can play and it’s a fantastic way to teach people basic poker hand rankings as well as build camaraderie. You might even inspire someone to start playing actual poker.

The following games all forgo betting and you’re essentially all-in on every hand. It’s best to bet a $1 a game or something similar and keep track of the results.

There are no hard and fast rules for these kinds of games and most of them are always evolving. You might know some of the following games by different names. These are a few of our favorite ones but be sure to share your own in the comments section below.

Keep in mind you'll need to know basic Poker Hand Rankings to play.

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Benny Binion: The Man Who Invented the World Series

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18 February 2015
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Tournament Trail
Benny Binion

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.

This week’s subject is Benny Binion. Check back weekly for more profiles.

By Christian Henkel

Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas.

But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker.

These are the stories of the men who made Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest place on earth.

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Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4

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From sunglasses and hoodies to Rounders and credit card roulette, we painstakingly break down the many likes of the modern poker player.

Whether you want to reminisce about the things you love, or better understand a poker-loving friend or family member, this periodic table intimately explains the inner workings of the poker player's psyche.

Click the image above or click here to see the full size infographic and if you think we missed some important ones, please post in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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tag team poker

Free iOS apps aren’t usually the place for innovation in poker but newly-released Tag Team Poker offers something that’s never been seen in even the most-advanced poker software.

Tag Team Poker, as you might expect, is all about Team Poker but with one big difference: you can actually see your opponent’s hole cards and strategize together in real time.

Yes that’s right: Collusion is actively encouraged in Tag Team Poker.

How Does it Work?

You’ll can either select a friend as a teammate or be randomly assigned one. From there you’ll be seated at a table where you’ll face off against other duos.

The game is standard No-Limit Hold’em but you can see your opponent’s hand and you share a bankroll at the table.

It differs from the standard tag team events that are usually played live because you each have a hand instead of sharing one.

In terms of strategy it’s somewhat similar to Pot-Limit Omaha (you’re dealing with four cards essentially) but not exactly (you’re in trouble if you have split aces etc).

There are some unique strategies in Tag Team Poker that you wouldn’t find anywhere else such as staying in a hand just to block your opponent’s outs while your tag team partner attempts to win the pot with a made hand.

If you feel you have a tell on an opponent you can encourage your opponent to fold.

It’s really cool.

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Watch EPT Deauville (S11) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

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02 February 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

Sacre bleu! The blustery but fun-spirited winter extravaganza knowns as EPT Deauville is on to the final table of the Main Event!

Live streaming begins today at 11 pm and ends when a brand new EPT champion is crowned.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Note: If the previous day's coverage is stil showing, click the "i" up in the top right of the screen and scroll to the newest day.

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What’s the perfect game?

Is it poker? Or maybe chess? Starcraft?

Prismata is an upcoming strategy game that defies all attempts to define it by drawing on influences from an incredibly diverse cross-section of games.

It’s quickly garnered the attention of famous poker players like Mike “Timex” McDonald as well as professional video game players like TrumpSC and Kripparian.

We’re going to take a closer look at the game today and investigate why it could be the next big online game.

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Mike McDonald HoloLens

You know how heads-up displays, or HUDs, have changed the way people play online poker?

Well Microsoft’s pie-in-the-sky Sci-Fi headset HoloLens that was announced this week could bring exactly that kind of tool to live tournaments.

Here’s the skinny on the futeristic device:

It’s a self-contained headset, somewhat similar to Google Glass, but more advanced because it will actually overlay 3D holograms onto your real-life environment.

While HoloLens offers some features of Virtual Reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus it actually has even more potential because VR devices are limited by their screens.

HoloLens has a transparent screen/lens so it can project objects onto your real-world settings. This is Microsoft’s promo video for the device:

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Another week, another new Bitcoin poker site.

Between Bryan Micon’s original SealsWithClubs, the new Michael Mizrachi-backed GetLuckyPoker and the old-school heavy Breakout Poker it’s getting pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle.

So why should you care about Bitnplay?

Well it remains to be seen if Bitnplay will find success (it hasn’t launched yet) but it offers a few unique features that you won’t find on the other sites.

We’ll take a closer look at three of the major features in this article.

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Watch the 2015 PCA Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

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10 January 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

Hello, 2015!

The blockbuster annual kickoff event to the poker year - the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - is back for its newest edition and is already one for the ages.

Over 65 entries hit the opening $100k Super High Roller and another jam-packed main event is now on to the final table with just 6 players left to vie for the $1.5m first-place prize.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Matt Broughton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Note: If the previous day's coverage is stil showing, click the "i" up in the top right of the screen and scroll to the newest day.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Ante Up Poker

This week the Internet Archive released more than 2,300 classic video games for free in-browser play including a handful of poker games.

While most gamers are tickled at the thought of nostalgic favourites like Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia and Super Street Fighter II there are plenty of obscure games to be found when you comb through the massive free library. 

We spent a couple hours perusing the database to see if there was anything poker-related in the archive. It turns out there was and if you are ready to deal with a few glitches and awkward controls then you’ll be treated to some of the greatest 16-bit poker action around.

You can view the complete archive of all 2,300+ titles here.

In addition to the following titles there’s also Amarillo Slim's Dealer’s Choice but we couldn’t get past the second screen unfortunately.

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Jeff Madsen

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner and freestyle rapper Jeff Madsen says travel, freedom and weed culture are just a few of the things poker pros and rappers have in common.

Madsen stormed the poker world in 2006 with two WSOP bracelet wins and a few years later was back on ESPN in a rap music video with Liv Boeree, Joe Sebok and Amanda Leatherman.

“I make music with Prahlad Friedman sometimes and there's Brett Richey,” Madsen said of his fellow poker rappers.

“There's The Saurus who's a battle rapper that plays poker. There's a few guys, Alex Fitzgerald. So there's a little bit of a movement I guess.

“But I think I'm the best rapper, freestyle and just pure rap.”

In the last few years there have been several more amazing entries in the poker rap history books, and Madsen doesn't find the crossover surprising at all.

“Poker and rap kind of go hand in hand,” he said. “They're both kind of this job where you have freedom and travel a lot and it's artistic. Poker is artistic expression in a way. Weed culture I guess.”

Madsen even treated us to an impromptu poker freestyle about how his day at the PCA Main Event was going:

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Poker stream jcarver

Want to get better at poker? Some very-skilled poker pros are giving tons of information completely free on services like

The theory used to be that once you found a way to beat poker you kept everything you learned a secret. Giving away that information was giving away your edge.

Well, an entirely new generation of poker player is taking a vastly different approach by live streaming themselves playing online poker.

The following is a quick-start guide to getting started with poker livestreaming.

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The booming and fun-spirited Prague Poker Festival is into its second week with Day 2 coverage of the EPT Main Event now underway!

Live streaming begins today (Saturday) and continues right through until Wednesday when a brand new EPT champion will be crowned.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Top Five Poker Movies Besides Rounders

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09 December 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, PokerListed

If you ask the average poker player to name the best poker film ever, nine times out of 10 you're going to hear Rounders.

OK. Maybe 10 out of 10. It's just that good.

Rounders is undeniably one of the greatest poker films in history ... but it's not the only great poker film.

Below guest contributor James Guill shares his picks for the Top Five Poker Movies besides the Brian Koppleman/David Levien classic.

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Marvel Poker Super Heroes: 10 Poker Heroes Unmasked at the Table

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02 December 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Poker Comedy

After watching some of the game's best players ply their craft for over a decade, we're still surprised by how often were awed by something we see at the tables.

An amazing soul read. A fearless hero call with 10 high. An impossible fold at the most essential moment. What the best of the best in poker can do seems, at times, to be superhuman.

Which is why PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito began to notice a few similarities between some of Marvel's most famous superheroes and the players we get to watch at the felt.

Read on as he reveals the hidden identities of 10 superheroes of poker. As you might notice, there are a few villains in the mix.

Think we've missed someone? Let us know in the comments.

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Build 'Em: Bryan Berg, Card Whisperer

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25 November 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Not Poker Related

If you play poker at all, either recreationally or for a living, you inevitably will develop a love/hate relationship with the cards themselves.

Sometimes, they're so good to you; others, they break your heart.

As we all know, though, it's not the cards at fault. They're just inanimate objects that sometimes, even, can be turned into spectacular pieces of art.

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Joe Ingram

Joe Ingram, aka ChicagoJoey, had already set a record in May 2009 for most hands played online within a month while making a profit.

A total of 604,000 hands meant he had played a little over 20,000 hands every day. Even the toughest grinders online might take a week to play this amount of hands.

But Ingram had his eyes on even more and aspired to be a record holder in three different disciplines: most hands played in a day, most hands played in a month and becoming Supernova Elite within 80 days.

Record I: Most hands played in one month (604,000)

Date: May 2009

Record II: Most hands played in a day (50,000)

Date: December 2009

Record III: Reach Supernova Elite within 80 days

Date: Oct 11, 2010 till December 31, 2010

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Chips Day 1

Graph above: Chip counts of players over the 244 hands of day one of final table)

A scintillating 11 hours of play has whittled the WSOP Main Event final table down to just three players: the Netherlands' Jorryt van Hoof, Sweden's Martin Jacobson and Norway Felix Stephensen.

On the surface, it was clearly the van Hoof show as he dominated the chip counts for virtually the whole time.

As you might expect, he also dominated the stat sheet.

Scroll down/click through for a look at some of the numbers through the first 244 hands of play.

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Final table

It’s been one hell of a ride at the 2014 Battle of Malta with record-setting fields, huge prizes, Maria Ho and even an unusual truce at the end of the tournament.

In other words it was a pretty noteworthy event.

Our photographers captured the whole thing from the initial shuffle up and deal to the final hand of the final table.

Below is a collection of photos from the final day that eventually saw Antoan Katsarov take down the 2014 Battle of Malta trophy and over €100,000 in cash.

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2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta in Photos: Day 2

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08 November 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
Maria Ho

The bubble has popped, money's being made and play is winding slowly down to final 27 or so we'll end the night with.

At this point the amateurs have been getting the best of the pros for the most part with big names Leo Margets, Luca Pagano, Dominik Nitsche, Rupert Elder, Andreas Hoivold, Dermot Blain, Marcin Horecki, Michael Gathy, Johnny Lodden, Dominik Panka, Sofia Lovgren and Thor Hansen all already on the rail.

Our very own host Maria Ho, French icon Fabrice Soulier, Italy's Luca Moschitta and Russian Konstantin Puchkov are holding the fort down for the pros though with solid stacks midway through Day 2.

We're firing out updates from the tournament floor over on our Live Coverage page but here you can find a collection of photos that capture the spirit of BOM.

Check back for updates to the gallery throughout the day. Click through/scroll down for the full gallery! And revisit our galleries from Day 1a and Day 1b.

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