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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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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

7 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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5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)

24 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)
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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How Poker's Top Earners Stack Up Against Sport, Music, CEO Kingpins

12 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
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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What it's Like Learning to Play Poker [In GIF Form]

25 August 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Comedy
What it's Like Learning to Play Poker [In GIF Form]
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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Poker Players, Meet Your Unknown World Cup of Soccer Twin!

23 May 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Comedy
Poker Players, Meet Your Unknown World Cup of Soccer Twin!
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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10 GIFs That Perfectly Express Your Bad Beat Rage

14 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Comedy
10 GIFs That Perfectly Express Your Bad Beat Rage
Poker can be a frustrating game sometimes. It's to be expected in a game where the best hand constantly loses and the worse player sometimes wins. Then again, getting bluffed by the better player sometimes hurts just as bad. Poker tilt has undoubtedly been the reason for the tragic end to numerous keyboards, mouses and even laptops over the years. The problem is that non-poker people can’t relate to just how frustrating and challenging the game of poker can be. Fortunately online GIFs can. We’ve gathered a collection of GIFs that express just the level of anger that getting four-flushed in AK vs. AK can produce. Enjoy:

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Behold the World’s Greatest/Most Terrifying Poker Player

28 February 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Comedy
Behold the World’s Greatest/Most Terrifying Poker Player
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

21 February 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
The Ultimate $10 Million Poker Home Game Set-Up
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

14 February 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
14 Highly Questionable Poker-Themed Tattoos
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

5 February 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Seven Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds
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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Gilbert Arenas Plays High-Stakes Poker with Pros in Bahamas

6 January 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Gilbert Arenas Plays High-Stakes Poker with Pros in Bahamas
Gilbert Arenas may or may not return to NBA but for the time being the former Golden State Warrior/Washington Wizard/Orlando Magic/Memphis Grizzlie/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

27 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
The Best Poker Photos of 2013
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: WSOP November Nine Final Table by Matt Showell WSOP Europe by Joe Giron WSOP Main Event by Shruti Kapoor WSOP Asia Pacific by Shannon Morris A Day at the WSOP by BJ Nemeth

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Weed, Speed and Smart Pills: A Guide to How Drugs Help and Hurt Your Poker Game

6 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Weed, Speed and Smart Pills: A Guide to How Drugs Help and Hurt Your Poker Game
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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Easy Game Episode 6: Terrence Chan (Video Mini-Doc)

14 March 2013, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Click here to watch on iPad and iPhone. Terrence Chan has been a big part of the poker world for more than a decade. First as a member of the team that developed PokerStars and later as a high-stakes, heads-up Limit Hold'em specialist. You could say Chan had it made. So why did the 32-year-old from Vancouver, Canada put it all on the line to pursue a career in mixed martial arts? In the latest episode of our poker documentary series Easy Game, we follow Chan to find out. We go to his gym, his home and all over his native Vancouver to learn how Terrence Chan is going to make it to the UFC. More Easy Game Episodes: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger Shaun Deeb Barry Greenstein

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10 Essential Texas Hold'em Moves (Infographic)

10 January 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
They say Texas Hold'em takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master but we're here to tell you there are a handful of special moves that can make the difference between winning and losing at the poker table. Over the last year we've been bringing you the most effective of those moves but to make it even easier we've put the ten best on this infographic.

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Easy Game Episode 4: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Video Mini-Doc)

28 November 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
In Episode 4 of our poker documentary series Easy Game we fly to Toronto to tell the story of Griffin Benger, one of the greatest Counterstrike players to ever play the game and now one of the most successful online poker players on the planet. Before Benger ever played a hand of poker he was traveling the world making money playing video games, but since making the switch he's earned millions of dollars and risen to the very top of the online MTT rankings. We speak to Griffin's father and close friend Mike Stroh and go on to join Benger in Las Vegas at the WSOP Main Event final table where he had 2% of world champion Greg Merson. Stay tuned for more episodes of Easy Game as we show you the many sides of online poker culture. More Easy Game Epsiodes: Shaun Deeb Barry Greenstein

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Dan Cates Out of the Jungle, Into the Water (Pictures)

27 November 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Dan Cates Out of the Jungle, Into the Water (Pictures)
High-stakes online legend Daniel "Jungleman" Cates was on the Mediterranean for the first ever PokerListings Battle of Malta but he did more than just play poker. Cates took a few hours to visit the Malta Marine Park to swim with the dolphins. Little did the dolphins know they'd be swimming with a shark. (Sorry for that but had to do it) Check out the photos from Jungleman's adventure below! Photos by Martin Pettersson.

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Easy Game Episode 1: Barry Greenstein (Video Mini-Doc)

20 August 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Few people have seen as much of the poker world as Barry Greenstein. From high-stakes cash games to major tournament wins, Greenstein was among the first crop of legitimate post-boom celebrity poker players. Greenstein was playing poker for a living before most of today’s young guns were even born. He’s been one of the most successful and respected players in the game for decades, and he’s gained a unique perspective on poker from those years of experience. That’s why we’re kicking off our new video series Easy Game with a few words of wisdom from Barry Greenstein. PokerListings.com explores Greenstein’s origin story and the changes he’s seen the poker world undergo since his career began so many years ago. Greenstein was gracious enough to invite us into his home in Los Angeles to share the story of a bright young man from Chicago who grew up to be one of the greatest poker players who ever lived. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the first installment in our new interview series Easy Game. More Easy Game Epsiodes: Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger Shaun Deeb

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Which Hand Wins Calculator

24 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Which Hand Wins Calculator
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our 13th and final article we’re simply going to leave you with our Which Hand Wins Calculator. If you’ve never seen one before this is a very useful tool to ascertain which hand wins if you’re uncertain. Just enter the various hands of the players involved in the hand, enter the flop, turn and river and then scroll to the right slightly and click Which Hand Wins. Our calculator is accurate 100% of the time. Hopefully it will cut down on the number of arguments in your home game.

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