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Oceans 11 Poker Scene Home Game

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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David Ulliott

Can you even begin to sum up the life and career of a character as larger-than-life as Dave "Devilifsh" Ulliott in a few videos?

Of course not. But it's the small moments inbetween the big ones that often say the most.

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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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Poker Analyzer

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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jamie gold

The 2006 World Series of Poker was memorable for a lot of reasons.

For one, it was the biggest Main Event ever held with over 8,000 players getting in on the action before the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, passed later that year, put the brakes on the poker party.

It was also the last year where online poker sites were allowed to satellite players directly into the Main Event so the Rio was a zoo as everyone tried to cash in on the poker craze.

In other words, it was a high point for poker that some maintain we’ll never see again.

Despite all the exposure at the 2006 WSOP there are a number of stories from that year that people tend to forget.

Fortunately it was one of the first years that PokerListings covered the WSOP in full force so we still have a few tidbits to share.

The following is a look at 17 underreported stories from the 2006 WSOP:

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Degenerate Gamblers

Can’t get enough poker? Need more action in your day-to-day life?

There are plenty of times where you don’t have enough time to fit in a full poker game -- at the office for instance -- but you can still take part in some incredibly fun action-packed poker gambling games.

Chinese Poker is probably the most famous of these types of games but it can take a little too long if you're really pressed for time.

Over the years we’ve come across numerous poker games that take as little as 30 seconds to play but still provide some excitement.

The great thing about these games is that because they require very little skill nearly everyone can play and it’s a fantastic way to teach people basic poker hand rankings as well as build camaraderie. You might even inspire someone to start playing actual poker.

The following games all forgo betting and you’re essentially all-in on every hand. It’s best to bet a $1 a game or something similar and keep track of the results.

There are no hard and fast rules for these kinds of games and most of them are always evolving. You might know some of the following games by different names. These are a few of our favorite ones but be sure to share your own in the comments section below.

Keep in mind you'll need to know basic Poker Hand Rankings to play.

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Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4

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From sunglasses and hoodies to Rounders and credit card roulette, we painstakingly break down the many likes of the modern poker player.

Whether you want to reminisce about the things you love, or better understand a poker-loving friend or family member, this periodic table intimately explains the inner workings of the poker player's psyche.

Click the image above or click here to see the full size infographic and if you think we missed some important ones, please post in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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tag team poker

Free iOS apps aren’t usually the place for innovation in poker but newly-released Tag Team Poker offers something that’s never been seen in even the most-advanced poker software.

Tag Team Poker, as you might expect, is all about Team Poker but with one big difference: you can actually see your opponent’s hole cards and strategize together in real time.

Yes that’s right: Collusion is actively encouraged in Tag Team Poker.

How Does it Work?

You’ll can either select a friend as a teammate or be randomly assigned one. From there you’ll be seated at a table where you’ll face off against other duos.

The game is standard No-Limit Hold’em but you can see your opponent’s hand and you share a bankroll at the table.

It differs from the standard tag team events that are usually played live because you each have a hand instead of sharing one.

In terms of strategy it’s somewhat similar to Pot-Limit Omaha (you’re dealing with four cards essentially) but not exactly (you’re in trouble if you have split aces etc).

There are some unique strategies in Tag Team Poker that you wouldn’t find anywhere else such as staying in a hand just to block your opponent’s outs while your tag team partner attempts to win the pot with a made hand.

If you feel you have a tell on an opponent you can encourage your opponent to fold.

It’s really cool.

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Watch EPT Deauville (S11) Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
02 February 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

Sacre bleu! The blustery but fun-spirited winter extravaganza knowns as EPT Deauville is on to the final table of the Main Event!

Live streaming begins today at 11 pm and ends when a brand new EPT champion is crowned.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, 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.

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Watch the 2015 PCA Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
10 January 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

Hello, 2015!

The blockbuster annual kickoff event to the poker year - the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - is back for its newest edition and is already one for the ages.

Over 65 entries hit the opening $100k Super High Roller and another jam-packed main event is now on to the final table with just 6 players left to vie for the $1.5m first-place prize.

Commentary as always is 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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Jeff Madsen

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner and freestyle rapper Jeff Madsen says travel, freedom and weed culture are just a few of the things poker pros and rappers have in common.

Madsen stormed the poker world in 2006 with two WSOP bracelet wins and a few years later was back on ESPN in a rap music video with Liv Boeree, Joe Sebok and Amanda Leatherman.

“I make music with Prahlad Friedman sometimes and there's Brett Richey,” Madsen said of his fellow poker rappers.

“There's The Saurus who's a battle rapper that plays poker. There's a few guys, Alex Fitzgerald. So there's a little bit of a movement I guess.

“But I think I'm the best rapper, freestyle and just pure rap.”

In the last few years there have been several more amazing entries in the poker rap history books, and Madsen doesn't find the crossover surprising at all.

“Poker and rap kind of go hand in hand,” he said. “They're both kind of this job where you have freedom and travel a lot and it's artistic. Poker is artistic expression in a way. Weed culture I guess.”

Madsen even treated us to an impromptu poker freestyle about how his day at the PCA Main Event was going:

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The booming and fun-spirited Prague Poker Festival is into its second week with Day 2 coverage of the EPT Main Event now underway!

Live streaming begins today (Saturday) and continues right through until Wednesday when a brand new EPT champion will be crowned.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Joe Ingram

Joe Ingram, aka ChicagoJoey, had already set a record in May 2009 for most hands played online within a month while making a profit.

A total of 604,000 hands meant he had played a little over 20,000 hands every day. Even the toughest grinders online might take a week to play this amount of hands.

But Ingram had his eyes on even more and aspired to be a record holder in three different disciplines: most hands played in a day, most hands played in a month and becoming Supernova Elite within 80 days.


Record I: Most hands played in one month (604,000)

Date: May 2009

Record II: Most hands played in a day (50,000)

Date: December 2009

Record III: Reach Supernova Elite within 80 days

Date: Oct 11, 2010 till December 31, 2010

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Annette Obrestad

In September 2007 an 18-year-old girl from Norway named Annette Obrestad hit the live poker stage with a bang.

One day before her 19th birthday she won the inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event and £1m in prize money. That made her the youngest bracelet winner in the history of the WSOP.

However, she had already caught the attention of the poker community two months earlier when she won a 180-player sit-and-go without looking at her hole cards.


Challenge: Win a 180-player SnG without checking your cards

Record Holder: Annette Obrestad (NOR)

Date: July 2007

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The anchor event of the EPT - EPT London - has appeared on every season of the famed poker tour and is back again for Season 11.

Already underway with the UKIPT Main Event completed and the first two Day 1s done, attendance numbers are strong and a susbstantial sum is up for grabs for the winner.

Live streaming begins today (Tuesday) with Day 2 of the Main Event and continues right through until Saturday when a winner is crowned

Big-name players through to Day 2 with big stacks include Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Vicky Coren-Mitchell, Liv Boeree, Sofia Lovgren, Stephen Chidwick, Anatoly Filatov, Johnny Lodden and Fedor Holz.

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

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Boku Challenge2

In 2009, there was no one in Europe who played as many poker tables simultaneously as Germany's Thomas “boku87” Boekhoff.

He played up to 50 tables and devised an entirely new system for playing online poker.

To prove that his system worked – and to promote a book he had planned – Boekhoff decided to play two bankroll challenges in low-stakes Sit-and-Gos (SNGs).


Challenge 1: Turn $100 into $10k within 15 days playing SNGs w/ $16 max buy-in

Challenge 2: Turn $5 into $100,000 within 12 months

Record Holder: Thomas Boekhoff (GER)

Dates: Challenge 1 March 3-17 2009; Challenge 2 July 15 2009 - May 19 2010

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Barry Greenstein, Chris Ferguson and Andy Black

In 2006, when Chris Ferguson was still Jesus, he set out to make a fortune without using any of his own money.

Ok, that came out wrong.

The goal of Ferguson's famous online poker challenge was to make $10,000 by starting with $0 and playing according to strict bankroll management.


The Mission: Turn $0 into $10,000

Record Holder: Chris "Jesus" Ferguson

Dates: March 2006-September 2007

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Bertrand Grospellier

In 2009, France's Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier went after a world sit-and-go record during the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

The goal: To play as many SnGs as possible within 60 minutes while remaining profitable.

In the first part of a new series on the Greatest Online Poker Challenges attempted we'll break down ElkY's World Record and see how it made it into the record books.


The Mission: Play maximum number of SnGs, make a profit

Record Holder: Bertrand Grospellier (FRA)

Date: April 28th, 2009

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Watch the 2014 WCOOP Main Event Final Table Webcast Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
29 September 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog

Isildur1! Fedor Holz! Dylan Hortin! Faraz Jaka!

The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event final table is prepared to annoint one more very happy - and very rich - WCOOP champion.

With a massive $10.7m prize pool compiled $1.8m is guaranteed to this year's winner and you can watch it all shake down on the live webcast right here.

Estimated start time is about midnight ET Tuesday, September 30.

Big-name players prepared to battle it out include the one and only Viktor "Isildur1" BlomDylan Hortin, who final tabled the WCOOP Main Event last year, Faraz Jaka, Elior Sion and rising star/secret poker backer Fedor Holz.

Your hosts and commentators for all of the action will be the famed PokerStars live duo of James Hartigan & Joe Stapleton.

They'll be joined by a revolving group of esteemed commentators including Team PokerStars pros Ike Haxton, Mickey Petersen, Jason Mercier and Jake Cody.

Buckle up - it's gonna be a good one!

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5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)

Created By: PokerListings.com
24 September 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, PokerListed
Luke Schwartz2

The Hero Call is a spectacular showpiece move in the arsenal of a poker player.

Just like a goalkeeper deflecting an unsaveable ball in football, poker players can save a hand from a hopeless-looking situation by simply calling.

You don't always need a monster to invest your entire stack. A second or third pair - or sometimes even just ace-high  - is enough to expose an expensive bluff from your opponent.

When you get it right in a big hand, there's no bigger or better feeling in poker.

Here are five pretty spectacular - and instructive - Hero Calls in video form, picked out by PokerOlymp's Arved Klöhn.

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Cash

In just eight weeks or so, one out of the nine players at the final table of the WSOP main event will win $10m.

Getting that kind of money - basically for playing cards for a week, wrapped around a four-month break -  is a pretty unique thing.

The famed winner shots of the happy player standing behind a wall of cash also contributes to the general image of poker players as guys who live the good life without doing much for it.

It's true to some extent. Top poker players make millions of dollars. And the $21m Dan Colman has earned so far in 2014, which has spurred much debate about both the glory and realities of tournament poker, is an impressive number to say the least.

But, truth be told, top poker tournament players are miles away from what top earners in other businesses cash out every year. PokerListings Germany's Dirk Oetzmann breaks it down.

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Sherlock confused face

There’s a good chance if you’re reading this article you barely remember the exact first time you played poker.

For many of us it took place when we were still children playing five-card draw for pennies or candy. For others it was when one of our friends dragged us to the casino and we furiously tried to remember hand rankings.

The thing is that while it’s difficult to remember our very first session, most of us remember exactly what we were feeling while trying to learn the game.

Poker challenges us and the whole “easy to learn, impossible to master” nature of the game has a way of making fools out of even the most hardened online grinders.

Here’s a collection of GIFs that help illustrate everything about learning to play poker: The joy, the stupidity, the unbridled enthusiasm, the naiveté and the sudden shock when you learn a flush beats a straight for the first time.

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Reichardtflop

It’s good to be lucky in poker.

That’s what pro Oliver Busquet was likely thinking earlier today at the final table of EPT Barcelona’s €50k Super High Roller.

Busquet managed to hit an unthinkable combination of cards when he came from behind with ace-king against Sven Reichardt’s pocket kings.

In the hand Reichardt opened for 160,000 with eight players remaining. Busquet 3-bet shoved for the last of his 1.5 million stack.

Reichardt called and flipped over kings while Busquet was in a world of hurt with #As#2s.

The flop came #Kc#8c#8h and appeared to put the nail in Busquet’s coffin as he had a less than 1% chance to survive.

As it turned out, the turn came #Ah and then the river #Ad, which sent the final table into hysterics.

Busquet not only survived but went on to defeat Dan Colman heads-up for the title and €896,434. Watch the hand starting at around 1h25m below:


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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 - is firing on all cylinders this week from Barcelona, Spain.

Kicking off 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 began an Tuesday, August 19, with Day 2 of the 50k Super High Roller event and will continue 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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