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10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

29 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
10k People Came for The Colossus, Where They Had to Sit Will Shock You

The World Series of Poker is embroiled in hosting the biggest live poker tournament ever, but we're beginning to think they're running out of places to seat everyone.

We're expecting 10,000 players today and maybe even more tomorrow so it's no wonder the WSOP staff has had to get creative.

First they started sticking tables in the poker kitchen, which was fine, but from there things took a turn for the worse.

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Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict

19 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict

Like many other poker players Bertrand Grospellier -- ElkY as you may know him -- is a true gamer at heart.

One of the most successful poker pros of all time with $10.9m in live tournament earnings ElkY began his gaming career as a professional Starcraft player in Korea at the age of 20.

As if he didn't already have enough gaming passions, he recently started playing the latest online phenomenon Hearthstone.

We asked him a few questions about his new obsession.

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Crypto Chips Introduces Bitcoin Poker Chips

15 May 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Crypto Chips Introduces Bitcoin Poker Chips

There are Bitcoin poker sites but Crypto Chips is taking it one step farther and introducing physical Bitcoin-branded poker chips.

Owner/founder Ken McGrail manufactures the chips as a hobby and got into it after he got bored with mining Bitcoin.

Crypto Chips are standard ceramic 39mm, 10-gram poker chips that have been branded with logos from various digital currencies.

McGrail decided to skip the substandard sticker technique of adhering graphics to the chips and went instead with superior ink injection printing.

They are not only available for Bitcoin but you can also order LiteCoin, Dogecoin, Darkcoin and 85 other unique designs.

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Since they don’t actually represent individual Bitcoin hashes, like some other coins, what are they for?

Some people use them as knick knacks to give to fellow Bitcoin fans. You can also buy a complete set and play poker with them.

Because Bitcoin is entirely digital the market for physical Bitcoin products has actually been substantial.

McGrail originally considered making metal coins but after a trip to Vegas realized light-weight poker chips were far superior for his purposes.

The chips cost $2.50 a piece with free shipping and you can pay using Bitcoin, Lightcoin, Dogecoin and a variety of other cryptocurrencies.

You can purchase Crypto Coins poker chips here.

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Follow the 2015 WSOP Conference Call Live(ish)

12 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Follow the 2015 WSOP Conference Call Live(ish)

It happens but once a year.

Caesars puts the call out to all the various media outlets in the poker industry and gives us one final preview of the upcoming WSOP.

The WSOP already provided the official media guide, which offered a few tidbits, like the fact the November Nine will be played over three days this year from Nov. 8-10, 2015.

The guide also introduces a $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em event with 90-minute levels.

Despite the guide the WSOP always seems to save a couple surprises for the media call and they also take questions from the media.

Today we’re going to do things a little differently and try to live blog the entire media call as fast as we can type it. Check below to see how it all unfolds:

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The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker

07 May 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker

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.

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Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone

06 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone

Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world. But there’s an entirely different game that’s grabbed his attention lately.

After a recent widely-popular foray onto Twitch.tv for streaming poker, Negreanu has taken one step closer to the video game world by getting his feet wet with card game/video game hybrid Hearthstone.

As Negreanu himself put it on Twitter:

“I can not stop playing #hearthstone this game is incredibly addicting and fun. Soooo much fun!”

Negreanu’s not the only famous poker pro who has taken up the Hearthstone. In fact his PokerStars teammate Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (who used to be a pro StarCraft player) has been streaming plenty of Hearthstone on Twitch.tv as well.

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:

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Watch EPT Grand Final (S11) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

29 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

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.

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Watch the Celebrity Cash Kings Live Stream Right Here!

25 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Watch the Celebrity Cash Kings Live Stream Right Here!

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.

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PokerStars Brings User Interaction to Poker TV with Play Along App

20 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
PokerStars Brings User Interaction to Poker TV with Play Along App

What’s arguably the #1 feature of poker on TV?

Accessibility.

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.

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Guns, Jets & Sex: A Scientific Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)

17 April 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Guns, Jets & Sex: A Scientific Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)

Poker fame.

The phrase itself is almost an oxymoron.

Mike "Timex" McDonald has breathless fans following him into the toilet on the EPT circuit but wouldn't even get a nervous twitter in the Chipotle lineup.

Even our most revered and recognizable stars - Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth - hardly face police-taped legions of fans waiting outside of regional airports.

So why is "real" mainstream fame so elusive for a game with strong roots in nearly every corner of the planet?

PokerListings investigates.

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Former Counter-Strike Pro Griffin “shaGuar” Benger Now Streaming Poker

14 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Former Counter-Strike Pro Griffin “shaGuar” Benger Now Streaming Poker

Former Counter-Strike legend Griffin “shaGuar” Benger is officially streaming on Twitch.tv but it’s not for the reason you might think.

First off, Benger isn’t streaming Counter-Strike.

Benger’s actually been out of the pro video game scene for quite awhile.

Instead the Toronto native is streaming online poker and giving some incredible insight into what he's thinking when he's at the virtual tables.

This isn’t a complete surprise since plenty of pros including Jason “Jcarver” Somerville, Jonathan Little and Dan O’Brien are already streaming online poker on Twitch with considerable success.

Benger’s background, however, is unique since he was one of the most famous Counter-Strike pros and a member of the original Team NoA.

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The Top 7 Most Exclusive, Invite-Only Private Poker Games

10 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
The Top 7 Most Exclusive, Invite-Only Private Poker Games

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.

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Will Pure Hold’em Shake Up Poker Video Games?

30 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Will Pure Hold’em Shake Up Poker Video Games?

The last thing the world needs is another shitty poker video game.

For years game makers have been shoving bad poker game after bad poker game down people’s throats with no real idea of what makes the card game so compelling.

Pure Hold’em, an upcoming game for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, is different than its competitors in one major way:

It’s not really a poker video game.

It would be much more accurate to call it a poker simulation.

The team at VooFoo Studios has painstakingly re-created the entire poker experience with one of the most detailed poker tables you will ever see along with individual chips, cards and seats.

You even hold down LT to peel back your hole cards so there’s a little bit of a sweat to see what you have.

The game also offers most major poker variants including cash games and tournaments with various stakes.

It's clear the developers have a good understanding of poker as they even include basic strategy tips in the loading screens.

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Watch the 2015 EPT Malta Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

23 March 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail

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!

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Are Poker Players Cheating with Card-Reading Poker Analyzer Tools?

20 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Are Poker Players Cheating with Card-Reading Poker Analyzer Tools?

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.

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Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?

13 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?

Is Apple set to change the game again?

The imminent Apple Watch has financial analysts scratching their heads wondering if Apple might once again completely turn a market segment on its head.

The big question that we care about, however, is whether the Apple Watch will have any applications for poker.

We’ll take a close look at the upcoming watch in this article and project some of the possible uses for poker.

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17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

06 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

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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Five New Mobile Poker Apps That Don't Suck

03 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Five New Mobile Poker Apps That Don't Suck

It goes without saying that there are an almost limitless number of poker-related apps available for iOS or Android.

The problem is that the vast majority of them are garbage.

Fortunately we dug through a stack of them and found five apps that were fun, entertaining, informative or at least interesting.

Keep in mind most of these games are free-to-play and do’t compare to the full real-money experiences that you’d get from legit poker companies like Full Tilt, Party Poker or 888poker.

Instead these games are casual enough that you can play them while at a live poker table or if you’re on the bus and don’t feel like wagering actual money.

Check below for five new poker apps that are actually worth downloading for your smartphone or tablet.

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5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

27 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

Can’t get enough poker? Need more action in your day-to-day life?

There are plenty of times where you don’t have enough time to fit in a full poker game -- at the office for instance -- but you can still take part in some incredibly fun action-packed poker gambling games.

Chinese Poker is probably the most famous of these types of games but it can take a little too long if you're really pressed for time.

Over the years we’ve come across numerous poker games that take as little as 30 seconds to play but still provide some excitement.

The great thing about these games is that because they require very little skill nearly everyone can play and it’s a fantastic way to teach people basic poker hand rankings as well as build camaraderie. You might even inspire someone to start playing actual poker.

The following games all forgo betting and you’re essentially all-in on every hand. It’s best to bet a $1 a game or something similar and keep track of the results.

There are no hard and fast rules for these kinds of games and most of them are always evolving. You might know some of the following games by different names. These are a few of our favorite ones but be sure to share your own in the comments section below.

Keep in mind you'll need to know basic Poker Hand Rankings to play.

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