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Poker Video of the Week: When King and Jack are Both Wrong Answers

27 April 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: When King and Jack are Both Wrong Answers
As we all know, everything (and anything) is possible in poker. Here’s an example taken from the rather pricy Super High Roller Bowl last year at the Aria in Las Vegas where high-stakes icon Andrew Robl clashed with Dong Kim. Kim keeps it cool when he falls behind on the flop but then a miracle card on the turn gives him new hope.

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Poker Video of the Week: Is He Really Considering a Fold Here?

26 April 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Is He Really Considering a Fold Here?
Europe’s largest casino – the King’s Casino in Rozvadov - has recently partnered up with 888poker and as part of the celebration there’s a cash game festival with a star-studded line-up. It’s called Celebrity Cash Kings and among the players are big names like Max Altergott, George Danzer, Igor Kurganov, Jesper Hougard, Thomas Bichon, Leon Tsoukernik and Liv Boeree. But it was Tobias Reinkemeier who made the move of the week, as you will see.

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Poker Video of the Week: Hellmuth Goes Fetal After WPT Suckout

30 March 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Hellmuth Goes Fetal After WPT Suckout
It's an understatement to say Phil Hellmuth is a polarizing player in the poker world. Some love him for his “winning” instinct and attitude; others hate him for his arrogant, exaggerated and narcissistic posturing at and away from the tables. Whether you like him or not, though, he's undeniably the biggest winner in WSOP history with 14 bracelets. And he makes for great TV. This week’s poker clip sums up everything you either love or hate about poker's #1 practitioner of White Magic.

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Watch 2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

15 February 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Watch 2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Live Stream Right Here!
For the first time in over eight years the European Poker Tour is returning to Dublin, Ireland. The Irish stop was actually one of the seven original tournaments on the inaugural EPT season but it was replaced by Budapest, Hungary in 2008. This year the EPT returns to Dublin in full force with a large collection of side events, the €25k High Roller and €5,300 Main Event.

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Watch EPT Malta (S12) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

26 October 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Watch EPT Malta (S12) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!
Another spectacular event on the European Poker Tour got underway this week with the second-ever edition of EPT Malta. Once again thanks to the all-star PokerStars broadcast team you can watch all the drama of the marquee main event unfold from the comfort of your own living room. The live stream picks up with the start of Day 2 and continues through to Halloween when a champ will be crowned. Commentary in English as usual will be provided by the team of James Hartigan, Matt Broughton, Joe Stapleton and special guests. Warm up with some coverage of the Italian Big Game featuring WSOPE Main Event champ Kevin MacPhee with commentary in Italian! 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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Traveling Through Time in Tallinn with 888Live Poker Series (Photos)

3 September 2015, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Traveling Through Time in Tallinn with 888Live Poker Series (Photos)
888poker likes to take its players to places they might never travel to otherwise. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the Northernmost of the three Baltic countries. It has a population of 450,000; equivalent to a third of the whole country’s population. During the 888Live event “Travel through Time” the players went on a trip to the Old Town and the Bay of Tallinn. Helsinki is only 80 km to the North if you take the ferry – or 800 km if you take the car all around the Gulf of Finland. Scroll down for pictures of a little poker gem hidden on the Northeastern rim of Europe.

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Watch EPT Barcelona (S12) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

25 August 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Another spectacular season on the European Poker Tour got underway this week in Barcelona, Spain, with one of the most popular stops in EPT history. A record 3,242 players turned up for the opening ESPT Main Event and the crowds are following suit for the EPT Main Event. Over 1,100 players have already ponied up the €5k buy-in to make for another life-changing prize up top for the winner. As always, thanks to the a-one PokerStars broadcast team, you can watch the drama unfold from the comfort of your own living room. The live stream picks up with the start of Day 2 on Wednesday and continues through to Saturday when a champ is crowned. Commentary in English as usual will be provided by the 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 Neymar Jr. Charity Home Game Live Stream Right Here!

26 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Watch the Neymar Jr. Charity Home Game Live Stream Right Here!
One of the most idolized sports heroes on the planet, Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. has also recently shared his growing love of poker. Now an ambassador for Team PokerStars Neymar is hosting a charity poker home game as part of the Brazil Series of Poker to benefit the Neymar Jr. Institute. Watch the action live right here on PokerListings from Sao Paulo, Brazil!

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Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl

3 July 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl
Today PokerListings was at the ultra high-stakes Aria Super High Roller Bowl following pro poker player Jason Koon for a new short documentary but that doesn't mean we didn't have time to snap some sweet photos. Keep an eye on this page throughout the event as we add new pics of high-stakes pros including Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Doc Sands, Jason Koon and many more. The Aria has done a fantastic job of assembling some of the world's best poker pros, along with a group of wealthy businessmen, to play for some of the highest stakes on the planet. The TV set is beautiful, the lighting is great and we'll be snapping pics until they kick us out. Enjoy.

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“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight

2 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight
Day 3 of the Aria Super High Roller Series cash game was fairly bereft of poker pros but that didn’t stop multi-millionaire John Morgan from stealing the show with a highlight-reel hand and a few hilarious stories about his past. Morgan is the CEO of the Winmark Corporation, best known for the Play It Again Sports retail stores, but he also loves to play poker. In fact Morgan admitted he frequently plays the $100 tournaments at Aria. It was astounding to poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande that someone with Morgan’s wealth would even bother with such low-stakes events. “So you have a set and someone sucks out on you and hits a full house and busts you from the tournament, are you upset?” asked an incredulous Bellande. “No I just go buy into another $100 tournament,” laughed Morgan. “They run every hour!” Morgan explained his love for poker in more detail. “It’s more of a sociological experiment,” said Morgan. “You meet some of the most interesting people. Sometimes I play the $100 over at the Orleans too.” Apparently Morgan has won a few of the events too. The rest of the players at the table tried to organize a $5,000 last longer prop bet between Morgan and Bellande in the $100 Aria tournament but Bellande wasn’t super keen since Morgan has so much experience playing those particular tournaments.

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FIFA Needs Poker Personalities to Right the Ship

26 June 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
FIFA Needs Poker Personalities to Right the Ship
FIFA needs a fresh start. In our perfect world the successor of Sepp Blatter would be someone completely disconnected from all the FIFA scandals – someone from the poker industry. Sepp Blatter is stepping down (or is he), and the FIFA will appoint someone new for his position who’s probably already also connected to shady deals and negotiations, money laundering, and bribery. What a truly fresh start it would be if FIFA brought in someone who’s never had anything to do with the organization and how smart would it be to look at the poker community for a candidate — poker being an industry that combines all the features of commerce with true love for a game. At PokerListings our international editors took a look at the best potential successors for Sepp Blatter from the poker world. Some are humorous while others are slightly less so.

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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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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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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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