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A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X

10 March 2017, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X
Poker’s overwhelming popularity on the app store has led to hordes of free-to-play trash but it’s rare when a company actually brings something new to the table. Sumo Fox’s Wartime X, at the very least, accomplishes that. The game is hard to describe but it involves poker hands, 1v1 battles and a cybernetic T-Rex. The crux of the game play is that you have three cards and you’re attempting to lay down a card with more value than your opponent (ace beats king etc.) but you can also form pairs, flushes and straights to really pummel your enemies. Occasionally you’ll have more than three cards but you always have to discard down to three. The game doesn’t have much in common with Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha or Stud but you could make the argument it has some similarities to Three Card Brag or Blackjack.

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Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check

4 March 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check
Usually in our video of the week we present you with particularly spectacular bluffs, calls or even folds. Sometimes, though, we find hands that go against all odds. This week we’re showcasing a hand that would otherwise probably go unnoticed -- even thought it was played by one of the best players in the world and shows his outstanding skills. Playing top pair, Colman finds a check on the river that very few players would be able to make.

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Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?

12 February 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?
It was one of the most controversial scenes of the World Series of Poker last year.  Stacy Matuson and Will Kassouf first battled it out on the felt and then engaged in a verbal back-and-forth over his (and her) behavior in a high-profile hand shown on ESPN. At the 888Live festival in Rozvadov in February 2017, they met again for the first time for a heads-up battle to "settle things" once and for all – and this time, they went differently.

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From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development

7 February 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development
The rise of poker AI has been a strange journey to say the least. Earlier this month Libratus finished dismantling a human team of heads-up wizards including Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou. It was arguably the most dominant performance by an AI playing poker and a landmark achievement for non-human poker. It’s also been a long time coming as software developers have been tinkering with poker software since the early days of computers. Poker is a unique challenge for AI developers because it’s an incomplete information game compared to something more static like chess. So why bother putting in all the work? Computer scientists believe that solving a game like poker could have real-world applications in areas like negotiation, healthcare and more. We’re going to take look at the long, rather strange, development path that’s taken as all the way to Libratus below.

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Video of the Week: Galfond Stars in 'Not Quite the Nuts'

14 January 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: Galfond Stars in 'Not Quite the Nuts'
At the moment, Phil Galfond is deep in the tank working on launching his new online poker room, “Run It Once."  But that shouldn’t keep us from remembering he’s still one of the best players in the world. He only played a couple of tournaments last year. One of them was the $300k Super High Roller Bowl, where he showed us how strong of a move a fold can be.

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Video of the Week: The Longest Bluff in Poker History

3 December 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: The Longest Bluff in Poker History
A brave bluff is one of the most beautiful things poker has to offer. One single good move is often enough to win a pot against a mediocre hand. In our video of the week we’ll see what happens when two stubborn players clash in a hand that doesn’t have any showdown value -- and where the regular laws of poker don’t seem to count anymore.

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Video of the Week: A Little Bit of ThanosBoSs in Each of Us

26 November 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: A Little Bit of ThanosBoSs in Each of Us
An old rule of thumb for poker players is “keep your hands off casino games." Pit games have been the downfall of many a poker pro over the years and will continue to be until the sun itself burns out. While 2016 WSOP Main Event champion Qui Nguyen prefers the Baccarat tables, others can’t resist taking a spin on the dangerous Blackjack tables. In our video of the week one of these players sits down with $19,000 in front of him and you can guess what happens.

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Poker Video of the Week: When Ivey Was King & 5-2 the Nuts

20 November 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: When Ivey Was King & 5-2 the Nuts
Just a few short years ago, he was universally considered the best poker player in the world. Recently, Phil Ivey has mostly been in the headlines for being in court with casinos suing him for edge-sorting. In this week’s video we go back to the glory days when Ivey was at his peak and he pulled off one of the best bluffs we’ve ever seen.

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Poker Video of the Week: Will Kassouf’s KK Cooler Déjà Vu

12 November 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Will Kassouf’s KK Cooler Déjà Vu
You might polarize your hand; Will Kassouf polarizes the poker community. The English attorney drove a number of players mad with his "speech play" during the 2016 WSOP Main Event and became something akin to a pop star on ESPN. But not only his game was spectacular. He also went out with a bang. And then history repeated itself.

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Heritage Malta Brings Original Battle to Life at BoM 2016

10 November 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
Heritage Malta Brings Original Battle to Life at BoM 2016
Over the first four editions of the PokerListings Battle of Malta, from 2012-2015, our focus has been on "making" history. Breaking the record for biggest poker tournament ever held on the island in each event, we did that. In 2016, for our fifth edition, we again broke our records for biggest tournament ever held on Malta and our largest collective prize pool at €1,295,853.15. But this time around, we also spent some time bringing some of Malta's fascinating and important history to our players.

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Watch 2016 Battle of Malta Final Table Right Here

7 November 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
Watch 2016 Battle of Malta Final Table Right Here
Every year the Battle of Malta has gotten bigger and added more features. This year the low buy-in, high value tournament is offering a final table live stream for the first time ever thanks to sponsors Betsafe, Betsson and NordicBet. That’s right, you can actually watch in real-time as nine players attempt to parlay their stacks into a hefty €160,000 first-place prize and arguably the best trophy in poker.

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