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.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once said that a sure sign of failure for a start-up is too much promotional gear.
Take a quick look at the poker industry and you’d likely agree 99% of the time.
The unregulated online gaming industry in the early 2000s, before the UIGEA passed in 2006, was the wild west of online poker.
The marketing teams for these sites pretty much went on a bender that lasted for years.
Promos went far beyond just branded swag. It was over-the-top, excessive, ridiculous, greedy and downright sexist at points as online poker sites did absolutely anything they could do attract new players or generate publicity.
Here's a closer look at some of the strangest, craziest or improbable promotional campaigns that online poker sites have run over the years.
Mike McDonald, Benny Spindler, Gabe "GWalls" Walls and even 2011 WSOP champ Pius Heinz have also mentioned playing Hearthstone in the past but Negreanu is by far the most well-known poker pro to profess an appreciation for the game.
Poker pros are hardly the only people interested in Hearthstone. The game recently passed 30 million players and is frequently one of the most popular games on Twitch.
So could an old-school poker pro like Daniel Negreanu actually make the switch to an up-and-coming pro Hearthstone career? Ha, no.
The money involved with poker still dwarfs Hearthstone. Negreanu recorded $10.2 million in live tournament results last year. Winning the Hearthstone World Championships only got James “firebat” Kostesich $100,000 last year and that was by far the biggest Hearthstone event.
Here are Negreanu’s Tweets about his new-found hobby:
It's been a pretty spectacular Season 11 on the European Poker Tour and it's about to go out, as always, in grand fashion.
The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is now underway in ritzy Monaco with a massive 78 (!) events on the schedule from April 30 - May 8.
Among the highlights will be a €100,000 Super High Roller, a €50,000 Turbo High Roller, a €25k High Roller and, of course, the €10k main event.
Thanks to the glory of live streaming and the amazing PokerStars broadcast team you can watch a huge chunk of the action from the comfort of your own living room without having to fork over €35 for a salad.
Action starts on Thursday, April 30 at 3 pm CET with the star-studded Super High Roller and three days of streaming until a winner is crowned on Saturday.
The France Poker Series Main Event Final Table pops in on Sunday for some air time before the grand finale coverage begins on Monday at the start of Day 2.
Commentary in English as always provided by the irascible team of James Hartigan, Matt Broughton, Joe Stapleton and special guests.
Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!
Note: If the previous day's coverage is still showing, click the "i" up in the top right of the screen and scroll to the newest day.
Some of the toughest and most successful poker players in the world are warming up for this year's EPT Grand Final with a high-stakes cash game live from King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
Dan Cates, Phil Gruissem, Ole Schemion, Max Altergott, Igor Kurganov, George Danzer, Dan Colman and Liv Boeree are among the elite players who will join King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik for a fun game of €50/€100 No-Limit Texas Hold'em.
Or at least that's where the game will start. But over the course of three days - Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - who knows where it could end up?
Action starts Sunday, April 26 from 17:30 CET with the stream running on a 30-minute delay. Expect things to get interesting quickly!
Click through/scroll down for the schedule and the full stream.
Sports fans may never be able to go one-on-one with Lebron James or shelf a wrister on Henrik Lundqvist but they sure as hell can 3-Bet a famous TV pro. Or, at the very least, make fun of the way they play pocket jacks.
Well PokerStars is going one step farther with its new Poker Play Along app that actually lets players interact with TV poker programming.
During every PokerStars TV broadcast, such as an EPT or Shark Cage, players will be able to actually play along during certain segments.
It’s perfect for poker as you’ll finally get to guess what the correct play in certain situations would be whether it’s call, raise or fold.
Poker is a game that’s enjoyed by people from all walks of life. The rich and famous, the blue collar and everyone in between.
Ben Affleck, Bill Gates, Tobey Maguire, Nelly, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, Russell Westbrook, Paul Pierce, Sergio Garcia, Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo and Neymar are just a small sample of the notable figures who have been known to enjoy a turn on the felt.
There’s a secret world to poker, however, as some of the biggest games don’t take place at a casino or even a poker club. Some of the richest poker games in the world actually take place in the privacy of homes or hotel rooms where the ultra-rich trade pots that are worth cars or even houses to mere mortals.
Sometimes it's not even about the money. It's about the famous faces who sit down at the table away from the prying eyes of a public casino.
The first-ever EPT/IPT Malta poker festival is winding to its exciting conclusion with the EPT Main Event.
Over 68 events were on the docket over the 12-day festival along with the big-time finale and, as expected, attendance has been plentiful.
Almost 900 entries were pooled for the Main Event putting over €800,000 on the line for first place. Main Event live stream will be available daily right here on PokerListings.com until a winner is crowned on Saturday.
English commentary as always will be 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!
When you first sit down at the poker table one of the greatest fears is getting cheated out of your money.
Once you’ve played for awhile you tend to realize those concerns are usually unfounded as both casinos and online poker sites utilize a large assortment of security measures (depending on where you play of course!).
Technology is always changing, however, and the latest device to come out of China has some players worried.
The gadget in question is generally referred to as a “Poker Analyzer”.
There are a few variants but the basic idea behind the Poker Analyzer is that it can tell you what cards are going to be dealt.
In this article we’re going to take a closer look at how Poker Analyzers work and whether it's a legitimate danger at the tables.
The 2006 World Series of Poker was memorable for a lot of reasons.
For one, it was the biggest Main Event ever held with over 8,000 players getting in on the action before the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, passed later that year, put the brakes on the poker party.
It was also the last year where online poker sites were allowed to satellite players directly into the Main Event so the Rio was a zoo as everyone tried to cash in on the poker craze.
In other words, it was a high point for poker that some maintain we’ll never see again.
Despite all the exposure at the 2006 WSOP there are a number of stories from that year that people tend to forget.
Fortunately it was one of the first years that PokerListings covered the WSOP in full force so we still have a few tidbits to share.
The following is a look at 17 underreported stories from the 2006 WSOP:
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