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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

03 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

02 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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17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

06 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

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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5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

27 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

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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The Periodic Table of Stuff Poker Players Like (Infographic)

16 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail

Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4

(Click on the image to view it full size)

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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iOS App Tag Team Poker Encourages Collusion in New Twist

11 February 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Gadgets and Technology
iOS App Tag Team Poker Encourages Collusion in New Twist

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!

02 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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!

10 January 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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: Best Poker Rapper and Freestyler of All Time?

08 January 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Jeff Madsen: Best Poker Rapper and Freestyler of All Time?

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

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

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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Online Poker's Greatest Online Challenges Pt. 5: ChicagoJoey Goes SuperNova

17 November 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Online Challenges Pt. 5: ChicagoJoey Goes SuperNova

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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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 4: Annette_15 Wins in the Dark

30 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 4: Annette_15 Wins in the Dark

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

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

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.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 3: Boku87 Destroys SNGs for $100k

10 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 3: Boku87 Destroys SNGs for $100k

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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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 2: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k

07 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 2: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k

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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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 1: ElkY Sets SnG World Record

30 September 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 1: ElkY Sets SnG World Record

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!

29 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
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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