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Bacon fans may be asking themselves just how far they are willing to go to show their love for cured meat with a new bacon-themed poker chip set.

Po(r)ker Chips are currently on Kickstarter and have already eclipsed their modest goal of getting $500 in pledges and recently passed the $2,000 mark with 64 backers.

The chips are designed by David Goldklang, who we featured last year for his innovative Polaris deck.

While not made of actual bacon, each casino-quality chip features one of the 10 bacon commandments on it including:

1. There must always be bacon in the fridge.

2. All food is better with bacon on it.

3. Even pigs like bacon – that’s a fact.

4. A meal without bacon is not a meal.

5. Bacon is a great aphrodisiac.

…And so forth.

Pledges start at $6, which gets you one chip, and go all the way up to $1,395 for 2,500 chips.

Every chip weighs 10 grams and is made of ceramic so you’re certainly getting a high-quality chip, regardless of meat affiliation.

If you really, really, really like bacon, well, you’ve probably found your new chip set. Personally we’re waiting for Oreo-themed chips so we can get our TeddyKGB on.

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Seven Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds

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05 February 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Jamie Gold

We all like to tell stories about our heroic, Negreanu-esque home-game folds, don't we?

Kings before the flop. A straight on the turn. A full house on the river.

Hands we "just had a feeling" about and somehow, miraculously, we managed to be right. Or, of course, painfully wrong.

As part of our love and fascination with the psychic fold we've put together (with the help of our friends at Poker Olymp) seven remarkable folds from poker history -- some actually heroic and others, well ... a bit less so.

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Watch EPT Deauville (S10) Live Stream Right Here!

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27 January 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

Season 10 of the European Poker Tour hits Deauville, France, this week for another smash-hit festival.

Live stream feature-table coverage is underway with the start of Day 2 and continues every day right here on

Final-table play with cards-up coverage on a one-hour delay hits on Saturday.

Commentary as always is provided by the legendary duo of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton plus a rotating cast of special guests.

Click above to watch it all go down and click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

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Years ago video game developers figured out a way to make players invest more time in their games and online poker giants like PokerStars are finally taking note.

An achievement-based system in video games is a tried-and-true formula that gives players special titles or trophies based on various extra accomplishments in a game such as never dying once.

In December PokerStars launched their Daily Challenge promo that rewards players for accomplishing a unique feat such as playing one Sit & Go or earning 1 VPP in ring games. It has a lot of similarities to achievement systems like Xbox Live’s Gamerscore program.

“I think in most games – whether they are videogames or social games – there tends to be the game itself but there is also a larger component,” said PokerStars Head of Poker Communications Lee Jones.

“People are really attracted to it. They’re like OK, I’ve played the game but I want to get a level up.”

There have actually been numerous achievement-based systems in online poker but PokerStars introduced one truly compelling feature to the mix: cash.

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Watch 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Live Stream Here!

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10 January 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The star-studded, much anticipated kick-off event to the poker year - the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - has been rolling for the past week and the marquee Main Event has pared itself down to just 8 players.

Proving as always to be must-watch poker from beginning to end feature-table action has been star-studded and fast-paced with dozens of big names rotating through the mix.

Leading the way into the final table are Canadians Mike "Timex" McDonald (who can become the first to win two EPT titles), Pascal Lefrancois and Shyam Srinivasan alongside American Isaac Baron.

Final-table play gets underway at noon ET with bonus coverage of the $25k High Roller in the breaks. Commentary is provided by the legendary duo of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton plus a rotating cast of special guests.

Click the arrow above to watch it all go down and click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

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Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas may or may not return to NBA but for the time being the former Golden State Warrior/Washington Wizard/Orlando Magic/Memphis Grizzly/Shanghai Shark is tossing around expensive poker chips at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.

Arenas was a high-profile guest at the PCA cash games today and wagered thousands at a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha table against pro poker players Jason Mercier and Scott Seiver.

We're not sure how Arenas fared in the game overall but in the time we watched he won a massive pot with a set of tens and then lost a big one to Mercier. Arenas scooped a huge pot against Seiver and then decided to cash out a large stack of chips - what looked to be around $30,000.

The man formally known as "Agent Zero" and "The Hibachi" wasn’t exactly intimidated at the table of hardened pros either. He was extremely active, joked with his tablemates liberally and played nearly every hand before the game finally broke and he headed out for dinner.

The former second-round draft pick has had a controversial career that's included bringing handguns into the locker room, playing online poker at halftime of games and a contract that was named one of the worst in NBA history.

After he was amnestied by the Magic Arenas' contract was even expanded so he'll be playing poker on the NBA's dime well into 2016.

Last month Arenas told TMZ he was training for a return to the NBA. Hit the jump for a collection of photos of Arenas in the Bahamas.

Update: Arenas took a seat in the 2014 PCA Main Event on Day 1a. We'll see if he can transfer his cash game chops to the big $10k tournament.

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The Best Poker Photos of 2013

Created By: PokerListings
27 December 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
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2013 was a big year for the poker world and was there every step of the way capturing it on camera.

To wrap things up we're digging out the best photos we snapped in the last 12 months.

From poker legends to celebrities to exotic destinations around the world we've had the privilege of visiting the biggest events in poker. Now we're privileged to share it with you.

Photos here were taken by Matt Showell, Arthur Crowson, Joe Giron, Shannon Morris, BJ Nemeth, Shruti Kapoor and Fred Guillemot.

For more photos check out these Poker Picture Books:

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Time Freeze Array 2

Producers of a new documentary on tennis star Rafa Nadal were at EPT Prague last week with an incredible 80-camera rig that can produce stunning time-slice and slow-motion effects.

The timing was perfect, as Nadal played and won his first live poker tournament ever.

Sometimes called bullet time, time freeze, dead time, flow motion or time slice, the effect was made popular in the 1999 film The Matrix, but has been widely used in television shows, commercials and motion pictures.

The effect involves creating super slow or frozen subject-motion while the camera's perspective moves around the scene in normal time.

The effect is achieved in the real world by assembling multiple cameras around the subject and triggering them all to shoot in concert.

Triggering the cameras all at once will make the subject appear frozen in time while the camera moves around it. Triggering them to shoot rapidly one after another creates a slow-motion effect.

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Watch EPT Prague (S10) Streaming Live Right Here!

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12 December 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The final EPT event of 2013 is now underway with record turnouts brewing in Prague.

The biggest-ever Eureka Poker Tour event just wrapped with over 1,200 players buying in, building unprecedented momentum for the EPT Prague Main Event.

Live feature-table streaming gets underway Dec. 12 and runs right through until the champ is crowned Dec. 18. Catch cards-up coverage right here on PokerListings every day!

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

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

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How Bitcoin is Making a Few Average Poker Players Rich

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09 December 2013
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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Online poker has long been the bane of existence for tax-hungry, powerful politicians around the world.

Even in nations that are labeled as “free,” you better believe that performing the unthinkable act of playing Hold’em in the privacy of your home can make you a hardened criminal worthy of a SWAT team visit.

Though, as all players know, it’s not the game the lawmakers are after; it’s the money.

This is why Bitcoin are a thorn in the side of every politico from California to Caracas. The cryptocurrency is digitally signed for and exists over a massive decentralized network of computers.

It’s not Fed-controlled; it’s not accounted for by the EU. It was created out of thin air, in a sense, and belongs to the people – not the powers that be.

And when Bitcoin and poker join forces, it truly changes the game.

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Whether they're over-the-counter, legal or illegal, drugs are routinely in the mix for live and online poker players, and many of those players believe the drugs actually enhance their performance.

13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth once said in an interview on

"There's a drug, I don't know the name of it, but it's something like speed. I'm talking about a really heavy drug. Many poker players have taken this drug in the past 10 years. Almost all players who took this drug have won one or two million dollars over a six to eight month period. But then the effect of the drug stopped working, which left many of them with a drug addiction. I smoked weed about 25 years ago or something like that. But I'm not a person who's into drugs at all."

While the Poker Brat's authority as a drug expert might be questionable, what's not up for debate are drugs' pervasiveness in the poker world.

Today we explore the full catalogue of illicit substances being used by live and online poker players, including street drugs like weed and cocaine as well as so-called "smart pills" like Adderall and Provigil.

We'll go down the list drug-by-drug to find out how they affect poker players and how they fit into the poker world.

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Bertrand Grospellier

Brain training software has never been more popular.

Every day you see people using the programs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and video game consoles.

In some ways they aren’t that far removed from multi-tabling online poker as both require critical thinking and dexterity with a mouse.

Whether brain-training software actually increases your intelligence is an entirely different matter as numerous studies have shown the programs actually do very little.

On the bright side the programs do allow users to brush up on their math fundamentals and quick reflexes.

The inherent problem for poker players when it comes to mainstream brain-training software is that it teaches you to memorize certain numbers but they aren’t poker specific enough.

Instead you’d probably be better served by something like PokerCruncher or DonkeyTest, which would at least build better muscle memory.

All that said, brain training software likely won’t hurt your game so here’s a look at three of the most popular options:

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PokerData Takes Hand Tracking Software to the Cloud

Created By: PokerListings
19 November 2013
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street

Today we're taking a look at PokerData, a brand new poker hand-tracking solution that automatically takes data from wherever you're playing online poker and stores it in the cloud.

That means that whether you're playing on your computer at work, at home or at your friend's house you'll be able to access and add to your poker hand database.

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iPad AirPlay Poker

Does it ever seem ridiculous that you’re grinding away on a 13-inch laptop when you’ve got a 50-inch LED/LCD/Plasma monstrosity five feet away?

Well if you have a newish MacBook or an iPad or iPhone and an Apple TV you can make that happen today.

Apple’s AirPlay protocol makes it ridiculously easy to sling your entire desktop to your TV and we’re going to show you how.

Note: You’ll need an Apple TV to make any of the following guides work.

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Alex Kostritsyn

If you follow high-stakes online poker you’re no doubt familiar with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey.

You may even know that Ivey’s new account on Full Tilt is “Polarizing” or that Antonius has returned to his old "FinddaGrind" alias.

Over the last couple years, however, the next wave of online poker players has encroached upon the high-stakes scene.

It can be hard for even the most devoted online poker fan to keep track of the new handles so here’s a quick guide to the latest movers and shakers from the last year.

Some of these players are still unidentified so feel free to share your thoughts about who the accounts belong to in the comments below.

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Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event 20 is on location at the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and we're keeping a visual record of all the action in our latest World Series of Poker photo blog.

We'll continue to update this blog all the way to a champion so check back often and for long periods of time to get an inside look at the 2013 November Nine in Las Vegas.

For full live updates, chip counts and video check out our 2013 November Nine Live Coverage.

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Ryan Riess

What you wear to the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table says a lot about you and Ryan Riess is pure Michigan.

The East Lansing native was proudly sporting a Calvin Johnson #81 Detroit Lions jersey to start the final table with $8.3 million on the line. Riess follows Detroit sports religiously.

One of the most popular players at the final table, hundreds of friends and family have been screaming “RIESS THE BEAST” as he attempts to become one of the youngest Main Event champions ever.

We've also spotted at least one of Riess's entourage wearing the same jersey.

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Watch UKIPT Isle of Man Live Streaming Right Here!

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02 November 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The UKIPT Season 4 stop in the Isle of Man is available via webcast right here on for two days starting today.

This is a special one for international fans as several of PokerStars' high-profile stars are in the mix including Liv Boeree, Jake Cody and current king-of-all-POY rankings Daniel Negreanu.

Check the schedule below for coverage details:

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A Night in the Life of WSOPE Tournament Chips

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22 October 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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Ever wonder what happens at the end of each day to the thousands of chips bandied around in a big poker tournament? 

PokerListings France's Fred Guillemot gives us a step-by-step photo report from Day 3 of the 2013 WSOPE for reference.

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2013 WSOPE Main Event Picturebook

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19 October 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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A picture is worth a 1,000 words and the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is no exception.

For the entirety of the 2013 WSOPE we’ve had world-class photographer Joe Giron snapping some amazing shots from the tournament floor in Enghien-les-Bains.

Over the next seven days hundreds of poker players will convene to in Enghien-les-Bains to take a shot at the prestigious European title and some serious cash.

Whether it's Phil Hellmuth raking in a pot or fireworks going off over the lake, Giron will be on the scene for the entire Main Event and we’ve decided to feature his work in an ongoing blog.

Keep checking this page to see some Giron’s work and get a feel for what’s happening at the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

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