PokerListings Blog

Game of Thrones vs. World Cup at the World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
16 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Game of Thrones2

It’s been an exciting 36 hours at the Rio, mostly due to things happening outside of the Rio.

Down in Brazil, the United States played Ghana in their opening 2014 World Cup game and emerged victorious, beating Ghana 2 to 1.

But before that, last night, millions of eyeballs switched from the felt to television and computer screens, where the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones aired.

Today the Rio is abuzz with talk of both. It’s hard to determine which one is more popular at the moment, so we decided to conduct a 100 per cent accurate and scientific study to determine which event was more monumental at the WSOP.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs

Created By: PokerListings.com
16 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche

German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.

The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks.

In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies

Created By: Allen Rash
14 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Hat guy

Each summer a group of first time WSOP participants descend upon the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino looking to make their name in the game. But they quickly learn that playing in the WSOP is a little different than entering a tournament in your average brick and mortar casino.

There are plenty of WSOP veterans walking the hallways around the Amazon Room, you can generally tell them by their slow gait and the “six-inches of vision” stare. Rookies are opposite, they have a hop in their step and their head is on a swivel taking it all in.

Players coming to Vegas to grind a full schedule of tournaments may be ready to take on the world but often fall short when they don’t anticipate everything that can happen. Being the next poker wizard is more complicated than knowing the math and getting it in good.

Read full post

  • Comments : 2

ZooopItUp: How to Avoid Hypothermia at the World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
12 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
ZoopItUp3

World Series of Poker virgins don’t expect a lot of things when they come to Las Vegas to play the WSOP for the first time.

One of those things? They’re going to be freezing cold all the damn time.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
Dominik Nitsche

German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes.

The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks.

In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences in the heart of poker's signature event.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

World Series of Poker Bracelet Ceremony: Postponed

Created By: PokerListings.com
11 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
PolkPostponed

It's not uncommon for someone who won, say, close to half a million dollars or so in a poker tournament  - in Las Vegas, no less - to go out and celebrate a bit afterwards.

Or a lot.

It's also not uncommon, then, for said victor to sleep a little late the next day.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
Daniel Negreanu

Sports fans are fanatical the world over but true poker fandom is a less-observed phenomenon. Not so at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

At the WSOP, fans can stroll into the tournament room, take a seat to watch a final table, or roam the rail in search of their favorite TV poker star. And it's all free.

You can spot the pros by the crowd of people grouped in front of their table.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
AADavelogo

The less-than-healthy food options at the Rio during the World Series of Poker are well documented - and went unchanged for years until someone new came on the scene to give players a different choice.

Strange things started happening around the Amazon Room in 2011. You could see girls in yoga pants, bags in hand, dashing between tables.

An upstart going by the name of All-American Dave was offering up healthy alternatives complete with table-side delivery.

“Five years ago I had Antonio (Esfandiari), Brian Rast, (Jennifer) Tilly, Phil Laak,” Dave Swanson said, “and said I’m gonna cook you guys food out of my kitchen and bring it down to you twice a day.”

“Everybody started asking where the food was coming from,” he continued, “and each year it got a little bigger and a little bigger.”

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

The Secret Numerology of the 2014 World Series of Poker

Created By: Alexander Villegas
02 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
wsop 2014 by the numbers2

The World Series of Poker loves numbers.

This year, they’re big on the number 10. This is the 10th year the Rio has hosted the WSOP. The Main Event is also guaranteeing $10 million dollars to the next world champion.

This automatically makes it the second-largest WSOP Main Event prize, second only to Jamie Gold’s $12 million victory in 2006.

It’s definitely a step up from the grand total of $0 that Johnny Moss won for winning the first WSOP Main Event back in 1970.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
Amazon Room2

The World Series of Poker offers a huge range of buy-ins but the level most of us will experience is the low buy-in No-Limit Hold'em events.

Thousands of players flood the vast WSOP tournament rooms which means the potential for big money, and big frustration for the unprepared.

We've covered the World Series for nearly a decade. Here are the four most important things about WSOP donkaments we've learned along the way.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Can I Interest You in a Magical Bracelet?

Created By: Allen Rash
29 May 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
negativeionbracelet

When the WSOP first moved to the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino the hallways around the Amazon Room were mostly filled with players and a cloud of nicotine.

WSOP staff quickly learned there was an opportunity there to sell space to vendors hawking their wares to the masses instead of risking the life of their players.

The pre-UIGEA golden days at the Rio featured VIP rooms from all the big online poker rooms, spaces where players could pick up free swag, free drinks and rub elbows with site pros.

Those days are gone and options are now limited to book sales, clothing lines and anyone willing to put up the money to push their products.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

2014 WSOP Poker Kitchen Frees Its Range, XL Seats On Hold

Created By: PokerListings.com
28 May 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
PokerKitchen 5

With a few notable exceptions, poker players in years past were not known for their health-conscious diets and ESPN-worthy physiques.

Not coincidentally what you could find to eat in the proximity of a poker tournament reflected that.

But if you follow the exploits of Jason Koon, Daniel Negreanu, Ronit Chamani and Alec Torelli among others you know that stereotype is changing fast in the poker world. And the 2014 World Series of Poker kitchen is showing it.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Top 5 Most Anxiously-Awaited World Series of Poker Events of 2014

Created By: PokerListings
27 May 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Amazon Room 5

The 2014 World Series of Poker kicked off today in Las Vegas and to get you in the mood we're running down the five WSOP events we can't wait to see.

Over the next seven weeks players will have 65 WSOP events to choose from with buy-ins ranging from $500 all the way up to $1,000,000.

These are the five we'd play if we had the bankroll, but will probably just follow on the internet as we multi-table the micro-stakes online.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Watch 2014 PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Live Stream Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
26 May 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The 2014 PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event is down to just nine players at the world-class Playground Poker Club in Montreal with an impressive line-up of local and international pros.

Brazilian Thiago Nishijima and Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia are the headliners along with local French-Canadians Vincent Jacques and Francois Goulet.

Catch the cards-up final table coverage today starting at 12 ET. Commentary from the legendary broadcast team of Joe Stapleton, James Hartigan and guests.

Click through/read on for full schedule.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
rooney koon2

Playing in the World Cup of football (soccer) is a boyhood dream for everyone even remotely interested in the beautiful game.

Many of poker's most high-profile stars have shared the same dream - but somehow ended up playing cards instead.

Thousands of poker players will be glued to the TV screens at the Rio in Las Vegas this summer following the World Cup in Brazil, and you might find yourself doing a double take every now and then as you look up at the TV and across the table at your fellow players.

PokerListings Denmark's Thomas Hviid has put together a team of poker pro/football player lookalikes (and a coach) he thinks might turn your head. Enjoy!

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
Russell Thomas

Mainstream media tends to portray professional poker players as reckless gamblers (to be fair, a stereotype that holds true in certain cases).

But in reality being a consistent winner at the poker table requires discipline that would make stock brokers uneasy.

In a game where your edge is relatively small, you’ve got to use every available advantage to simply stay afloat. Successful poker pros are walking encyclopedias of methods to reduce risk and increase profit.

These secret tricks don’t just work for poker. A great deal of common poker knowledge is actually invaluable in everyday situations in business or even your personal life.

Rookie poker players have their minds blown by when they're introduced to concepts such as EV (expected value) and how variance truly works. It’s an eye-opening experience to say the least.

Maybe you’ll never sit at a poker table, but don’t let that keep you from benefiting from decades of knowledge developed over countless hours at poker tables around the world.

Here are 10 ways to hack your life with secrets from professional poker:

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
online poker

Online poker can be overwhelming for someone just getting into it, but over the last five years the biggest poker sites have made some huge improvements aimed at helping newcomers to the game.

Most recently, Party Poker introduced Casual Cash Game Tables for example. Players are only allowed to play one table at a time, which the site hopes will encourage new players to splash around chips without fear of running into serious grinders.

The hardest part for online poker sites is to protect new players without hurting the hard-core grinders.

It remains a tight-rope walk but here are five of the best features online poker sites have introduced over the last five years to help new players (feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments).

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

Watch UKIPT4 Nottingham Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
09 May 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The 2014 UKIPT4 Nottingham £1m GTD Main Event is underway as we speak with a flotilla of big names making their presence felt.

Liv Boeree, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Roberto Romanello, EPT Grand Final runner-up Jack Salter, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott and more are tossing chips around with the convivilaity and general insouciance we've come to know and love in British poker.

The final two days of action will be immortalized via live stream and you can catch it right here on PokerListings.com.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0
card table

There are two distinct forms of poker: 1. Online poker, which you play on a computer usually against faceless opponents and 2. Live poker where you are face-to-face with other players.

The Card Table on iOS attempts to link together those two forms of poker by utilizing a community iPad and individual iPhones.

While The Card Table isn’t strictly a poker game (you can play most card games) it’s one of the first apps that lets you play a local online poker game without the need for internet.

Here’s how it works:

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

View the EPT Grand Final (S10) Live Stream Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
23 April 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The culmination of every European Poker Tour season - the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo - is always spectacular.

From the luxury setting to the massive cash games to the thrilling main event itself, it's the poker event of the year in Europe.

Live streaming from the Casino Monte Carlo starts on Thursday (April 24) with some extraordinary bonus coverage mixed in.

Commentary as always provided by James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a revolving cast of amazing guests. Tune in daily to watch it here!

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Bloggers