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Dealing with Discord: PokerStars Experiments with Gaming App

19 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Dealing with Discord: PokerStars Experiments with Gaming App
For years online poker sites have been searching for the best place to interact with their players. Online forums, both official and independent, have sometimes fulfilled that role with varying amounts of success. Poker sites have also tried to utilize social media, which has also been hit-or-miss. Now PokerStars is taking a page out of video games' playbook by starting its own channel on Discord.

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888poker's Kara Scott: An Ex-Pat's Little Guide to Ljubljana

15 May 2017, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
888poker's Kara Scott: An Ex-Pat's Little Guide to Ljubljana
While Slovenia in general and Ljubljana in particular are still relatively 'off the beaten path,' they attract more and more tourists each year. It’s no surprise why: Slovenia is the perfect destination for people who like beautiful scenery and peace and quiet. Surrounded by Italy, Austria, Croatia and the Adriatic sea, Slovenia’s weather is ideal in summer. It’s so nice, in fact, that more and more people like Kara Scott, 888poker ambassador and famed ESPN WSOP host, have fallen in love with it and moved there.

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The Poker Vlogger 411: Who and Where to Watch

11 May 2017, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
The Poker Vlogger 411: Who and Where to Watch
Twitch.tv has had a pronounced effect on poker with online stars like Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples amassing legions of fans logging in to witness the grind. Now a select group of poker players are taking it to the streets. Or more accurately the real-life felt. Vlogging is the latest trend when it comes to letting people behind-the-scenes of the professional poker lifestyle. The format has actually been around for years but Jake Cody, Trooper97 and even old-school pros such as Mike Matusow have taken it one step further and started shooting footage at the poker tables.

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A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv

10 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv
Want to get better at poker? Some very-skilled poker pros are giving tons of information completely free on services like Twitch.tv. 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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Must-Watch Poker Videos: Crocodile Grabs a Fat Piece of Loot

7 May 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Must-Watch Poker Videos: Crocodile Grabs a Fat Piece of Loot
Every month PokerListings looks back at poker hands that stand out from all over the world.  Poker hands that have become modern classics. Hands that might have been overlooked. Hands that have been played particularly good or bad. And hands that are just weird. This month we've found four great poker hands worth watching again including a Viktor Blom golden moment, a man called Crocodile, girl power and Gus Hansen. Yes, the Gus Hansen.

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Your Poker Questions Answered: “Is Phil Hellmuth Good?”

1 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Your Poker Questions Answered: “Is Phil Hellmuth Good?”
Got a poker question? We might have the answer for you. Every week PokerListings tries to answer some of the more basic poker questions you might have. These questions are mostly for new players so feel free to ask anything. There are no stupid questions. The following questions are collected from various places including our poker strategy section, Quora, Yahoo! Answers and the comments from last week’s Poker Questions piece. This week we’ll take a look at Phil Hellmuth’s skills, the fight for legal poker in America and some of the worst odds in poker. Feel free to drop questions in the comments section below and we’ll answer them next week. ***

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Every* Poker TV Show Ever, Ranked

26 April 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Every* Poker TV Show Ever, Ranked
*Not every There was a time when the idea of televising a poker tournament was absurd. Who would want to see mostly old white men play a card game? You might as well have televised a bridge tournament from a retirement home in Boca Raton. Cue Chris Moneymaker, hole-card cameras and the online poker boom.

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Your Poker Questions Answered: “What if My Opponent Shows His Cards?"

13 April 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Your Poker Questions Answered: “What if My Opponent Shows His Cards?"
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. PokerListings is going to answer some of the more basic poker questions you might have in a new ongoing weekly feature. These questions are mostly going to be of the new player variety so no question is too simple. The following questions are collected from various places including our poker strategy section, Quora, Yahoo! Answers and other places online. Today we’ll take a look at revealing your hands, TV poker and what it means to get “counterfeited” in poker. Feel free to drop questions in the comments section below and we’ll answer them next week.

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Poker Video of the Week: Dwan Turns Back Clock on Doupai.tv

9 April 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Dwan Turns Back Clock on Doupai.tv
He used to be a superstar of poker. Now there are mostly just stories about financial issues, his alleged debts to several high rollers and the never-ending durrrr Challenge against Dan Cates. Rumor has it that he’s travelling in East Asia a lot to play in high-stakes cash games but the former Full Tilt pro hadn't been seen much. But then ka-pow! Thank you Doupai.tv!

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Your Poker Questions Answered: “What Do Movies Get Wrong About Poker?”

15 March 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Your Poker Questions Answered: “What Do Movies Get Wrong About Poker?”
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. PokerListings is going to answer some of the more basic poker questions you might have in a new ongoing weekly feature. These questions are mostly going to be of the new player variety so no question is too simple. The following questions are collected from various places including our poker strategy section, Quora, Yahoo! Answers and other places online. Feel free to drop questions in the comments section below and we’ll answer them next week.

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Poker Video of the Week: One Flop, Two Gutshots

12 March 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: One Flop, Two Gutshots
The gutshot draw has a rather dubious reputation among poker players. Some like it because if you hit the straight it’s very well hidden; others just call it a total waste of money. The double gutshot is even more interesting as it has a respectable eight outs. In this week's video we find a player on Live at the Bike who uses a lot of imagination playing it but ends up paying big time.

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A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X

10 March 2017, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X
Poker’s overwhelming popularity on the app store has led to hordes of free-to-play trash but it’s rare when a company actually brings something new to the table. Sumo Fox’s Wartime X, at the very least, accomplishes that. The game is hard to describe but it involves poker hands, 1v1 battles and a cybernetic T-Rex. The crux of the game play is that you have three cards and you’re attempting to lay down a card with more value than your opponent (ace beats king etc.) but you can also form pairs, flushes and straights to really pummel your enemies. Occasionally you’ll have more than three cards but you always have to discard down to three. The game doesn’t have much in common with Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha or Stud but you could make the argument it has some similarities to Three Card Brag or Blackjack.

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Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check

4 March 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check
Usually in our video of the week we present you with particularly spectacular bluffs, calls or even folds. Sometimes, though, we find hands that go against all odds. This week we’re showcasing a hand that would otherwise probably go unnoticed -- even thought it was played by one of the best players in the world and shows his outstanding skills. Playing top pair, Colman finds a check on the river that very few players would be able to make.

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Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?

12 February 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?
It was one of the most controversial scenes of the World Series of Poker last year.  Stacy Matuson and Will Kassouf first battled it out on the felt and then engaged in a verbal back-and-forth over his (and her) behavior in a high-profile hand shown on ESPN. At the 888Live festival in Rozvadov in February 2017, they met again for the first time for a heads-up battle to "settle things" once and for all – and this time, they went differently.

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From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development

7 February 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development
The rise of poker AI has been a strange journey to say the least. Earlier this month Libratus finished dismantling a human team of heads-up wizards including Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou. It was arguably the most dominant performance by an AI playing poker and a landmark achievement for non-human poker. It’s also been a long time coming as software developers have been tinkering with poker software since the early days of computers. Poker is a unique challenge for AI developers because it’s an incomplete information game compared to something more static like chess. So why bother putting in all the work? Computer scientists believe that solving a game like poker could have real-world applications in areas like negotiation, healthcare and more. We’re going to take look at the long, rather strange, development path that’s taken as all the way to Libratus below.

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