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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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2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta in Photos: Day 1b

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07 November 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail
Gaelle Garcia Diaz

If you're just catching up with the latest from the Battle of Malta, here's the scoop:

With a non-stop stream of about 900 players entering the tournament on Day 1b today we've simultaneously smashed the 500,000 guarantee and the record for biggest single-day turnout for a poker tournament in the history of Malta.

Combined with the 521 entries from Day 1a yesterday we're past the 1,400-player mark - a truly astronomical number!

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!

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2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta in Photos: Day 1a

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06 November 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail
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The 2014 Battle of Malta is underway with the heady mix of anticipation, anxiety and aspiration only a poker tournament can provide.

We're firing out live updates from the tournament floor all day 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!

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If you've been to the Battle of Malta before you know it's not only about coming to the Portomaso Casino to play poker.

For some that's even just the side dish to the REAL centerpiece of the BOM - the parties off the tables.

With a spectacular setting and the kind of climate that demands regular stops at each seaside kiosk for a quick sip it's very hard not to get in the spirit of good times.

After a hard day at the tables - and with the new Betting Connections bar and lounge within arm's reach - a cocktail is also usually just the ticket.

If you want to carry on into the wee hours Malta's second-to-none nightlife offers you no shortage of options. Here are a few to keep in mind:

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Annette Obrestad

In September 2007 an 18-year-old girl from Norway named Annette Obrestad hit the live poker stage with a bang.

One day before her 19th birthday she won the inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event and £1m in prize money. That made her the youngest bracelet winner in the history of the WSOP.

However, she had already caught the attention of the poker community two months earlier when she won a 180-player sit-and-go without looking at her hole cards.

Challenge: Win a 180-player SnG without checking your cards

Record Holder: Annette Obrestad (NOR)

Date: July 2007

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Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches

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27 October 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail

You might be surprised to know that there are only a handful of sandy beaches on Malta.

Most of the coastline is actually covered by rocks and only in a few bays will you find short stretches of sand. 

During the summer then, as you might expect, the few beaches to be found are pretty packed -- even on weekdays.

In the beginning of November though, with the weather still plenty warm enough to enjoy the sun and sand, those beaches are almost all yours for the taking. Especially early in the morning.

And if you're a swimmer the opportunities are everywhere.

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barracuda restaurant

The Battle of Malta is all about poker, of course. But it's also all about having a good time - at the tables and away from the tables.

Food lovers, read on to find out what culinary adventures await you during your trip to Mediterranean Malta.

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One of the less-appreciated but key things you need to succeed in a long poker tournament is a state of relaxation in both body and mind.

Getting some exercise definitely helps but there's nothing quite like a massage, sauna or bath to ease yourself off the adrenaline high of a big pot or prepare you for a long day.

In short: the spa is the best option to unwind from stress and maintain your relaxed state either before or after the cards hit the air.

Thankfully the Portomaso Casino and Hilton Hotel, where the 2014 Battle of Malta festival will be held, is very close to five of the best spas on the island.

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The Battle of Malta is much more than just a poker tournament.

On top of this year’s BOM Main Event players will get a shot at new side events like the new €4,180 Grandmaster High Roller Event, the €165 Pot-Limit Omaha or the €300 Deepstack No-Limit Turbo.

Even though the main purpose of your stay is to play poker you’ll soon find out that there are many more things to do on the island.

That’s why we actually dare to say that the Battle of Malta is the perfect poker holiday. So before you board your flight make sure to bring your positive attitude, your poker skills, a pair of sunglasses and swimwear.

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With the 2014 Battle of Malta fast approaching it's time to start planning some of the potential side activites you can try on your trip.

PokerListings is here to guide you through the multitude of excursions and activities available outside of the casino and the more traditional tourist activities.

While Malta is a relatively small island there are an amazing number of things to do on this little rock in the middle of the Mediterranean.

Last year we gave you an overview of the main attractions on the island: monuments, beaches, boat trips, restaurants, bars & clubs, shops, etc.

This year we'll take you off the beaten track a bit and show you what other activities and events you can find.

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The anchor event of the EPT - EPT London - has appeared on every season of the famed poker tour and is back again for Season 11.

Already underway with the UKIPT Main Event completed and the first two Day 1s done, attendance numbers are strong and a susbstantial sum is up for grabs for the winner.

Live streaming begins today (Tuesday) with Day 2 of the Main Event and continues right through until Saturday when a winner is crowned

Big-name players through to Day 2 with big stacks include Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Vicky Coren-Mitchell, Liv Boeree, Sofia Lovgren, Stephen Chidwick, Anatoly Filatov, Johnny Lodden and Fedor Holz.

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

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Phil Hellmuth

He didn’t get his 14th WSOP bracelet but every time Phil Hellmuth makes a final table it turns into an event.

There was a steady trickle of casual poker fans into Crown Casino today who wanted to see Hellmuth make a run at 14 or at least heckle him a bit along the way.

Hellmuth was his usual expressive self at the table and laughed, berated, complained and finally shook everyone’s hand at the final table.

Unlike stone-cold Phil Ivey or emotion-less Mike McDonald, Hellmuth puts on a show at a final table. It’s unique experience and the Poker Brat didn’t disappoint during his fourth-place finish in Event 7: $2,200 6-Max at the 2014 WSOP APAC.

“I just care so much!” he said during the final table. “I want to win so badly!”

You can tell.

Here’s a photo journal of his entire final table including a minor blow up and his elimination:

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Boku Challenge2

In 2009, there was no one in Europe who played as many poker tables simultaneously as Germany's Thomas “boku87” Boekhoff.

He played up to 50 tables and devised an entirely new system for playing online poker.

To prove that his system worked – and to promote a book he had planned – Boekhoff decided to play two bankroll challenges in low-stakes Sit-and-Gos (SNGs).

Challenge 1: Turn $100 into $10k within 15 days playing SNGs w/ $16 max buy-in

Challenge 2: Turn $5 into $100,000 within 12 months

Record Holder: Thomas Boekhoff (GER)

Dates: Challenge 1 March 3-17 2009; Challenge 2 July 15 2009 - May 19 2010

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Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson and Andy Black

In 2006, when Chris Ferguson was still Jesus, he set out to make a fortune without using any of his own money.

Ok, that came out wrong.

The goal of Ferguson's famous online poker challenge was to make $10,000 by starting with $0 and playing according to strict bankroll management.

The Mission: Turn $0 into $10,000

Record Holder: Chris "Jesus" Ferguson

Dates: March 2006-September 2007

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Watch the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Right Here!

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07 October 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
2014 WSOP Main Event Bracelet

Forty-five editions in and there's still no more spectacular event in poker than the World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

While one of the newer, International versions plays out all the way in Australia the march to the final table has begun again on ESPN.

Four episodes in and we've already seen virtually the full gamut of poker elation and heartbreak with heros and villains (we're looking at you, Curtis Rystadt) at every turn.

It just doesn't get any better than this. We, of course, encourage you to tune in to the ESPN broadcast every Sunday all the way until the live final in November but as a service to the absent-minded we'll embed episodes below.

Note of course that we (nor the posters) own the copyright so it could (rightfully) come down at any point. But if it's there, you can find it here.

Scroll down/click through to see the episodes:

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