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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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Earl Barron

Earl Barron can multitask.

The journeyman center played the $1,111 buy-in World Series of Poker Little One for One Drop event today.

In between playing actual cards at the table Barron was busy playing virtual cards on the Open-Face Chinese Poker app on his iPad.

The 7"-tall Barron has history of playing poker (he picked it up while playing for the Miami Heat) and has cashed for over $70,000 in live tournaments.

We did a video interview with Barron at the WSOP in 2012 and he mentioned that he loved poker but had a hard time fitting it into his scheduling considering the amount of training he had to do for basketball.

Perhaps now that he’s not playing basketball (although he is still technically a free agent) he has a little more time to devote to poker.

He certainly looked comfortable at the WSOP considering he was playing two forms of poker at the same time.

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Phil Kessel

Daniel Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world and it appears even the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is a fan.

The NHL All-Star was spotted watching the final table of the World Series of Poker’s epic high-stakes $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Kessel joined the action when Negreanu got heads-up against opponent Dan Colman.

“It’s a pretty good little sweat,” said Kessel, in reference to the $7 million jump between first and second place in the tournament.

Negreanu hails from Toronto and has played with Kessel and various Maple Leafs in several charity poker tournaments. Negreanu mentioned on Twitter he played golf with Kessel last week.

Interestingly Kessel, who potted 37 goals for the Leafs this year, makes $8 million a year with Toronto. Negreanu could roughly double that in just three days of work by winning the first-place prize of $15 million.

The Big One for One Drop attracted 42 players this year and created a prize pool of $37 million with over $4 million going towards charity.

Kessel didn’t say whether he would take part in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, which former Vancouver Canuck’s goaltender Roberto Luongo has played for the last two years.

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Rick Salomon

Can you believe it's been 10 years since the famed Rick Salomon-Paris Hilton sex tape 1 Night in Paris hit the Internet? (Officially, that is; technically it was leaked in 2003.)

Not that we've ever seen it, mind you (we're still on 56k dialup so it never fully downloads). But still. Time flies.

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Dominik Nitsche

German poker player 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 a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks.

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

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Phil Hellmuth

So the numbers are in and the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop will come a little short of hitting the 56-player cap.

In total there are 42 players in this year’s edition who will be competing for a prizepool of $37.3 million. It’s hard to complain when the winner will still walk away with well over $15 million.

Still it’s particularly interesting to note the players who played the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop who opted not to return this year.

It looks like 10 businessmen decided to skip this year’s edition while 16 poker pros stayed on the rail.

On the pro side Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Mike Sexton are some of the notable absences.

The biggest, however, is Phil Hellmuth who tried to raise funds last-minute but ultimately couldn’t get into the tournament.

As far as the businessmen go, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, Bill Perkins and Chamath Palihapitiya were perhaps the most glaring omissions.

There are plenty of new faces this year, however, with Greg Merson, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates and Jean-Robert Bellande (!) among the newcomers.

Below is a complete look at every player that played in the 2012 Big One for One Drop but didn’t make it out for the second one.

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The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is shaping up to be the richest poker tournament in history with a projected first-place prize of over $20 million.

Before the event begins, and PokerListings.com starts covering it live in Las Vegas, you need to get acquainted with the players who have a chance at poker's biggest prize ever.

Today we'll run down the 41 players who have already committed to playing, complete with photos and bios.

Action in the 2014 Big One for One Drop begins June 29 and you can follow the action live on PokerLisings.com.

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Poker players are very accustomed to investing large sums of money to play H.O.R.S.E. - the poker version - inside the Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas.

In 2014 they've found a new way to put their money on the line playing H.O.R.S.E. This one under the Vegas sun, and requiring a vastly different skill set than the indoor version.

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10 Hilarious, Imaginative or Unsettling Poker Video Adverts

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 June 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
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Make no mistake. Poker is a game mainly played by guys, so there will be a lot of sex and beer in these clips.

But there are other things, too. There are many creative people in this industry, and you’ll see a lot of that here.

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Mike McDonald

One of the beautiful things about the World Series of Poker is that anybody can win.

As long as you can buy-in, you can become a WSOP champion. There are few no other games or sports where someone can walk off the street and win $10,000,000.

That, therefore, creates a lot of "one-time" big winners while some of the best in the game are left bracelet-free.

Once a summer the inevitable conversation comes around about the best poker players yet to win a WSOP bracelet

We debated the subject with WSOP historian and Media Director Nolan Dalla to come up with five worthy players still to taste WSOP victory.

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