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Watch EPT100 Barcelona (S11) Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 August 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

One of the most anticipated stops ever on the European Poker Tour, the 100th EPT event in history fires up this week from Barcelona, Spain.

Already starting with a record-breaking Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event attendance numbers are through the roof as players flock to the sunny shores of BCN.

Live streaming gets underway an Tuesday, August 19, with Day 2 of the 50k Super High Roller event. Over 50 players are already in the mix including Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Mike "Timex" McDonald and more.

Daily feature-table coverage will run right through until next Wednesday when an EPT100 Barcelona Main Event 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!

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10 Hilarious, Imaginative or Unsettling Poker Video Adverts

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 June 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
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Make no mistake. Poker is a game mainly played by guys, so there will be a lot of sex and beer in these clips.

But there are other things, too. There are many creative people in this industry, and you’ll see a lot of that here.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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!

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People/Things Less Trustworthy than Poker Players

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

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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:

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Separated at Birth: Andreas Høivold and DS9’s Odo

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

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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.

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The Ultimate $10 Million Poker Home Game Set-Up

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

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14 Highly Questionable Poker-Themed Tattoos

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

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Seven Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Best Poker Photos of 2013

Created By: PokerListings
27 December 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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