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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
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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
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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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Poker Video of the Week: Full House Ain't Nuthin' Ta F Wit'

16 October 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: Full House Ain't Nuthin' Ta F Wit'
As amateur poker players we sometimes feel like successful, seasoned pros never make a mistake. The truth, though, is that even they misplay a hand from time to time. Chris Klodnicki has been playing professionally for a decade and accumulated over $8.6 million in tournament winnings. He's even finished 12th (!) in the Main Event before. Despite all that success his Day 6 performance at the WSOP 2016 Main Event, so to speak, flopped.

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Beyond Poker Face: A Look at the Most Elaborate Costumes in Poker

13 October 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Beyond Poker Face: A Look at the Most Elaborate Costumes in Poker
Poker is all about deception so donning a costume is not exactly a giant stretch for high-stakes poker pros. Tournaments, which can be quite slow, are also a good venue for putting costumes on display. Over the years there’s been hundreds of poker pros who have donned elaborate costumes at the WSOP, EPT or WPT. Sometimes it’s just for fun, other times it’s because of a lost bet and other times it’s merely a player repping some product or company.

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Video of the Week: From 7% to Heaven in the Main Event

24 September 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: From 7% to Heaven in the Main Event
By now it's no secret that Maria Ho is not only the charming host of the Battle of Malta, she’s also one of the best poker players in the world. Already a two-time Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event, in 2016 she made another deep run before eventually finishing in 242nd-place. To get there, she obviously threw her skill around plenty over the first few days. She also, this time around, needed a little dose of luck.

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Video of the Week: Doyle Stupefies Ivey w/ Kangaroo Read

7 August 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: Doyle Stupefies Ivey w/ Kangaroo Read
Poker players who predominately play live will always tell you how important reads are at the table -- no matter how many hands you’ve played online or how well you play in general. Pros like Jason Mercier, Luca Pagano, Theo Jorgensen, Lex Veldhuis, Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu have all explained to us in depth how they use live reads to make big decisions. In this clip, however, Doyle Brunson takes his read to a completely new level. He doesn't read Phil Ivey’s hand; he reads his mind.

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Top 6 Online Poker Sites You Can Play On Right Now

3 August 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Top 6 Online Poker Sites You Can Play On Right Now
The online poker landscape has changed considerably since the halcyon days of the early 2000s. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great poker sites that you can play right now. In fact if you haven’t played for awhile you might be surprised to find that poker software has improved exponentially and there are now more poker variants than ever before.

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Poker Video of the Week: Four Guys, Three Hearts, One Cooler

30 July 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: Four Guys, Three Hearts, One Cooler
Reigning World Champion Joe McKeehen – winner of $7.6 million in the 2015 WSOP Main Event – has since moved up into the realm of high stakes and done quite well. He came second in this year’s PCA High Roller and made the final table at this year's $111,111 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas. Then he had the misfortune of running into this cooler against one of the hottest players in poker.

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Poker Video of the Week: Jason Mercier Drops Quads on Mikhail Semin

2 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker Video of the Week: Jason Mercier Drops Quads on Mikhail Semin
Up to this point at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the outstanding player is undoubtedly Jason Mercier. He’s won two Championship bracelets and been heads-up in a third, he's leading the Player of the Year race by a mile and he's undoubtedly proved he's a brilliant player. But even he gets lucky sometimes, too.

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Poker Video of the Week: A WSOP Vortex No Player Can Escape

25 June 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: A WSOP Vortex No Player Can Escape
The World Series of Poker is in the midst of another annual windfall and, as it does so often, incredible things are happening at the tables. Traditionally, the first tournament of the series is for the casino employees. At the final table of this one a hand both players involved will never forget killed one player’s tournament while paving the way to victory for the other.

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Poker Video of the Week: When the Nuts is No Longer the Nuts

10 June 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: When the Nuts is No Longer the Nuts
Do you remember the NBC Heads-up Championship? The made-for-TV tournament where top pros and celebrities went and played poker without taking it too seriously? Mike Matusow won the last edition of this event when it ran in 2013, beating his personal friend Phil Hellmuth in the final. Before that, though, there were plenty of interesting and exciting matches. 

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Poker Video of the Week: Calacanis Gets It Wrong, Ends Up Right

3 June 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: Calacanis Gets It Wrong, Ends Up Right
In Harrington on Hold’em, one of the classics of poker literature, Dan Harrington says that you’ve made a mistake if you flop a set and don’t get all your chips in the middle. Is that always true, though? In our video of the week business mogul Jason Calacanis hits one of those rare sets on the flop but then somehow finds a way to fold it.

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