The Poker Reporter Blog

Poker news, gossip, parties, donkstrikery and functioning illiteracy with the PL.com crew!

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

Watch EPT San Remo (S10) Live Stream Right Here!

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

One of the biggest and most popular stops on the European Poker Tour fires up again this week from San Remo, Italy.

Live streaming for the EPT San Remo main event gets underway Wednesday (April 16) with the start of Day 2.

Daily feature-table coverage will run right through until Sunday when the champ is crowned.

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

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

eatprayshove 3

Noted Swedish grinder Sofia “welllbet” Lövgren recently left long-time sponsor PKR Poker for the “next big adventure.”

What is that next project? No one is quite sure but thanks to her marketability in Sweden she might garner some attention from industry titans such as PokerStars or iPoker.

We suggest she take some time off to discover herself like Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love. Albeit with more poker.

It’s with that in mind that we’ve put together a movie poster for Eat Pray Shove, which we’d definitely watch over the Roberts’ feature.

Check below for the complete poster:

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

Watch EPT Vienna (S10) Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
22 March 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

A record-smashing Eureka Poker Tour main event led into Season 10's EPT Vienna stop in grand style this week with over 1,400 players.

Live streaming for EPT Vienna gets underway Sunday with bonus cards-up final table coverage of the Eureka Main Event.

Daily feature-table coverage of the EPT Vienna main event picks up on Monday with Day 1b and continues right through until Saturday when the champ is crowned.

Commentary as always will be provided by James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and special guests. Catch the coverage right here on PokerListings every day!

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

People/Things Less Trustworthy than Poker Players

Created By: PokerListings.com
21 March 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Poker Comedy
lalaw

We'll give you this: Some of the less-than-stellar public perception of poker and its players has been earned.

From the backroom scallywags of the 70s to the personal and corporate shams of recent past sketchiness has, admittedly, always been a thread in poker's fabric.

Dig a little deeper, though, and plenty of people in the game for decades would stake their fortunes on the integrity of poker players.

Among the old guard, the gambler's code still holds. Among the new school, personal reputation and membership in a trusted community are what careers are built on.

There's always going to be a hint of shadiness in high cash-flow industries but, all things considered, poker players get a bad rap for the actions of a small few.

To prove it, here's a running list of people/things we currently trust less. Feel free to add yours in the comments. (Note: Yes, we know this is stupid. It's a joke.)

Read full post

  • Comments : 3

Watch WPT Live Show/Live Stream from WPT Venice Right Here!

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

On the heels of a smashing success at WPT Prague the WPT Live Show and full final-table live stream is back for the WPT Venice main event.

Hosted by much-loved poker industry vet Jesse May, the Live Show will run nightly from 8-8:30 pm (CET) M-F with a round-up of the day's action plus interviews with a mix of pros, PartyPoker reps Kara Scott and Jamie Kerstetter and the Royal Flush Girls.

On Saturday the full live stream coverage of the main event final table will air with commentary from May and special guests.

Each night along the way partypoker will also offer special tournaments, promos and rake races online with a VIP Package to WPT Cyprus on the table.

If you miss it live check in anytime before the next show to watch the replay; check the full schedule below:

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

Separated at Birth: Andreas Høivold and DS9’s Odo

Created By: PokerListings.com
07 March 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Poker Comedy
Odo and Hoivold

Did you know Scandinavian poker pro Andreas Høivold can shape shift?

Neither did we but you’ve gotta admit he looks slightly like surly Deep Space Nine constable/shape shifter Odo.

We’ve never thought about it before but Odo has a pretty killer poker face. It gets even better when he turns into his natural gelatinous form.

Meanwhile Høivold actually has $1.7 million in real-life lifetime tournament earnings including a cash in PokerListings’ own Battle of Malta last fall. So there’s that. 

Who are your favorite poker players and pop culture figures that were separated at birth? Leave your picks in the comments.

Read full post

  • Comments : 2

Frankenpoker ivey face

We’ve been in the poker coverage game for over a decade now and we’ve developed a few theories on what makes the great players so damn good.

With that in mind we’ve created the monstrosity you see above, which is a Frankenstein-style collection of some of the most famous poker players in the world.

If you ever see this guy staring across at you from the other side of the table you might as well fold your hand, give him all your chips and give up poker for Uno tournaments.

For those keeping track at home here’s a breakdown of the world’s greatest poker player.

  • 1. Phil Ivey’s intense stare, obv.
  • 2. French Canadian pro Erik Cajelais’ fearsome right arm. Perfect for raising. Or punching.
  • 3. Scotty Nguyen’s luxurious hair. That’s Prince of Poker style, baby.
  • 4. Doyle Brunson’s iconic cowboy hat. It’s seen things.
  • 5. Teddy “Iceman” Monroe’s diamond headphones. The most baller item in poker.
  • 6. Dan Bilzerian’s beard. Hey this girl can’t be wrong.
  • 7. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s laptop. Ready for multi-tabling.
  • 8. Daniel Negreanu’s laugh (not pictured). That’s how you make the fish feel comfortable.

Read full post

  • Comments : 2

The Ultimate $10 Million Poker Home Game Set-Up

Created By: PokerListings.com
21 February 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
pokerpadroom

Organizing a fun night of poker is, truth be told, much more than just cracking a new deck of cards and buying some beer.

If you're part a group of friends who rotate the hosting duties, the stakes are even higher. And let's be honest: you want to be the alpha male among alpha males with the set-up your crew looks forward to the most.

If you want to be the man with the ultimate poker home game, PokerListings Holland's Hans Faber has sourced the high-end equipment you'll need to put you over the top.

Fair warning, though: your average Walmart-acquired chip set isn't going to cut it.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

14 Highly Questionable Poker-Themed Tattoos

Created By: PokerListings.com
14 February 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
worsttattoos7

We love poker. We truly do.

Tattoos ... meh. We've seen some nice ones over the years, but truth be told we've never been so keen on a virtual date stamp that says "hey, remember what you kind of were into in 1996?"

Poker tattoos are a pretty ballsy decision. It's a great game, for sure, but who knows how you're going to feel about it 10 years from now when you can't beat 1c/2c online.

Here are some poker lovers who clearly aren't concerned about that.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Seven Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds

Created By: PokerListings.com
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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Watch EPT Deauville (S10) Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
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 PokerListings.com.

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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

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

Created By: PokerListings.com
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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

The Best Poker Photos of 2013

Created By: PokerListings
27 December 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
1307 Rio Sign at Sunset3

2013 was a big year for the poker world and PokerListings.com 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:

Read full post

  • Comments : 2

Watch EPT Prague (S10) Streaming Live Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

drugs

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 QuadJacks.com:

"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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 6

Watch UKIPT Isle of Man Live Streaming Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
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 PokerListings.com 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:

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Watch EPT London (S10) Streaming Live Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
03 October 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

The tenth season of the European Poker Tour is underway with its latest stop in the heart of London, England.

This bigger-than-ever EPT London is live streaming for nine days starting Oct. 4 and is available right here on PokerListings.com.

Catch cards-up coverage of the Super High Roller and Main Event final tables plus feature table coverage 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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Nick Javas

Well this is unexpected.

With this being the 10-year anniversary of the European Poker Tour we thought there would be a number of special commemorations to celebrate the tour.

A rap video wasn’t the first thing that came to our mind.

Apparently PokerStars felt differently because they commissioned New Jersey rapper Nick Javas to create a song about the history of the EPT.

The result, titled Ride on the River, is interesting. We’ll let you judge the quality of the music.

On the bright side the video does a good job of showcasing some of the biggest stories over the course of the tour including Jason Mercier, Vicky Coren and Liv Boeree’s impressive breakout victories.

It also highlights some of the more interesting draughts, like how no one has ever won two EPT titles (pretty surprising).

Check out the video after jump.

Read full post

  • Comments : 6

Elite Footballers Ronaldo, Piqué Arrive at EPT Barcelona

Created By: PokerListings.com
02 September 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail
Ronaldo

While you wouldn’t confuse EPT Barcelona for the pitch, there are certainly a higher-than-usual number of footballers at the tournament this week.

Brazilian legend Ronaldo, one of the PokerStars SportStars, touched down in Barcelona for his first EPT event.

The retired footballer did a few interviews with the media before taking a seat at a special “Phenomenon Table” with several qualifiers from PokerStars.es.

Meanwhile current Spanish international Gerard Piqué took a seat in the Main Event. Piqué is no stranger to poker tournaments, playing EPT Barcelona last year and also making an appearance at the WSOP Main Event this summer.

Check below for photos of both players in the thick of the action:

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Watch EPT Barcelona (S10) Streaming Live Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
29 August 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

The tenth season of the European Poker Tour is now underway from the very place it began - Barcelona, Spain.

This bigger-than-ever edition of EPT Barcelona is live streaming for all nine days starting August 30 and is available right here on PokerListings.com.

Catch cards-up coverage of both the Main Event and Super High Roller final tables plus feature table coverage 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.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Top 10 Poker Myths Debunked (Infographic)

Created By: PokerListings.com
26 August 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, PokerListed

Men are better at poker than women. The poker world is full of cheaters. All poker players live a glamorous and jet-setting lifestyle.

These are just a few of the biggest myths about poker and the people who play it.

Today PokerListings.com is taking the top 10 to task Mythbuster-style. We debunk the rumors and uncover the truth about the wide world of poker.

Click on the image below or right here to see it full-size!

POKER MYTHS DEBUNKED US 500

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

WSOP in Pavilion2

It's Monday, July 1st, and the World Series of Poker is in the home stretch, with the Main Event kicking off on Saturday.

The two big stories of the day were the final table of the Event #53 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em) and Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

As a change of pace, we're presenting some of the highlights from WSOP Day 34 in a photo blog format. Enjoy.

Read full post

  • Comments : 1

Kitty Rounders FINAL

We've all been waiting a long time for a sequel to the seminal masterpiece Rounders. This isn't it.

Apparently it's a recut of the original poker film, but with cats playing the parts of the two principal characters.

They were lucky to find two cat actors with such hilariously coincidental names.

Read full post

  • Comments : 0

Bloggers