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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Odd Rules and Exceptions

18 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Odd Rules and Exceptions
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 12th article we’re going to take a look at some of the odd rules, mistakes and exceptions that can pop up over the course of a poker game. Familiarize yourself with these oddities and you’ll be able to deal with 90% of the issues that arise during your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble

16 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble
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. In our 11th article we’ll show you how to break free from the shackles of No-Limit Hold’em. It’s a big, gambley world out there if you know what games to play. These three games are easy to play and guaranteed to inject some action into your home game if you’re stuck in a Hold’em rut. As the numbers get higher the gamble quotient goes up. Once you get to number three you might as well just put your stack in the middle blind.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Protect Your Game from Cheaters

11 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Protect Your Game from Cheaters
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. In our ninth article we’re looking at a most unsavory topic, cheaters at your home game. It’s important to accept that the possibility of cheating always exists, even if you’re not playing for money. Some people are just wired to cheat and do it regardless of the cash, others are simply trying to exploit you for financial gain. As the stakes get bigger and your familiarity with the players go down, the more you need to be on the lookout for would-be charlatans. The good news is the people you’re looking for will rarely be accomplished card mechanics, and there are a few easy things you can do to seriously limit their opportunities to cheat. Follow these steps to protect yourself and the players in your game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends

8 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends
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. In our ninth article we’re looking at how to actually beat your friends, and how to do it diplomatically enough so that they don’t boycott your game for good. We’ll look at a number of typical home-game player types and the best strategies to use to separate them from their stack. We’ll include a ton of links to the essential strategy content and tell you where and when it’s appropriate to use it. And above all we’ll teach you the subtle art of getting someone to hand over their money, and do it with a smile on their face.

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How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette

3 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette
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 eighth article we’re looking at poker home game etiquette. We’re going to give you nine poker etiquette rules and while we can’t guarantee your friends won’t resort to childish name-calling, we can promise you’ll finish the game with your honor in one piece. Etiquette is all about respect, and it’s what separates the civilized world from the animal kingdom, and Atlantic City.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite

1 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite
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 seventh article we’re going to take a look who you actually want to invite to your game and what you can expect from each demographic. These are a few of the basic groups that you can choose, or choose not, to invite to your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Eat

26 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Eat
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. Our six article is another special one as John Donohue of Stay at Stove Dad has provided a meal plan for your epic evening of card playing. Donohue is 42-year-old journalist and father of two who started the Stay at Stove Dad as a way of chronicling his effort’s to feed himself and his family. He’s since edited a book called Man with a Pan that features 21 writers and chefs discussing cooking. If you like what you see here we highly recommend you check out his excellent Stay at Stove Dad blog. Bon appetite!

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink

24 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink
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. Our fifth article is a special one as Christopher Null of Drinkhacker.com fame has provided a fantastic selection of potential adult beverages to serve at your next poker game. If you like this piece, be sure to head over to Drinkhacker.com where you’ll find a plethora of recipes, reviews and all-around knowledge for the discriminating drinker.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up

21 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up
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 fourth article in the series we’re going to take a look at the basic set-up for your home game including how much money to put in the game, how many chips you’ll need and whether to host a small tournament or a cash game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy

17 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy
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 third article we’re going to take a look at how a Texas Hold’em game works at its most basic level and some simple strategy. The first thing you need to learn is poker hand rankings (which you’ll find in the previous article) but from there it’s time to learn how to determine the winning hand in a game. The majority of poker hands are fairly easy to determine a winner (a pair of aces beats a pair of kings) but there are some trouble spots. Here are three very good points to keep in mind when playing poker: You must make the best hand possible using exactly five cards No cards outside of the best five have any bearing on the strength of the hand All five cards are used in deciding the strength of the hand In Texas Hold’em you're allowed to use any combination of the cards in your hand and the cards on the board.

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Black Friday History Week: D-Day and Aftermath

13 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: D-Day and Aftermath
April 15, 2011 has become one of the “where were you when” moments of poker. Seemingly just another day, players instead woke up to DOJ seizure notices on the big three websites available to US players – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute/UB. Panic immediately took hold with players scrambling for information. Shortly after a statement was released explaining that 11 defendants had been charged with band fraud and money laundering including PokerStars' Isai Scheinberg, Fill Tilt Poker's Ray Bitar and Absolute Poker's Scott Tom: "As charged, these defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "Moreover, as we allege, in their zeal to circumvent the gambling laws, the defendants also engaged in massive money laundering and bank fraud. "Foreign firms that choose to operate in the United States are not free to flout the laws they don’t like simply because they can’t bear to be parted from their profits.” Suddenly PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute/UB were cut off from the massive U.S. online poker market.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Poker Hand Rankings

12 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Poker Hand Rankings
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. In our second part we’re going to be taking a look at the basic rules of Texas Hold’em (the most popular game of poker) and the hand rankings. This is the first step in understanding the Cadillac of poker. We’ll start with hand rankings and then move on to how the game progresses.

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Black Friday History Week: The Peak of PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB

11 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: The Peak of PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB
When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act hit in 2006 many online poker sites, including industry-leading PartyPoker, decided to vacate the U.S. market as a precautionary measure. And when those online gaming giants pulled out, it left the door open for sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute/UB Poker to dominate. And dominate they did. In the years following UIGEA, PokerStars, Full Tilt and the CEREUS Poker network sucked up over 60% of the online poker market share and brought in hundreds of millions in profit. Here is a closer look at the so-called big three in their prime from 2006-2011:

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Black Friday History Week: How the UIGEA Changed Everything

10 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Black Friday History Week: How the UIGEA Changed Everything
One vague statement tacked on to an unrelated Ports Security Bill. If you want to get down to the nitty gritty of the Black Friday indictments, that's what it comes down to - A loosely defined statement rushed through on the last day before Congress adjourned for the 2006 elections. Called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the UIGEA, in short, “prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law.” What that sentence means is still, over five years later, open to legal interpretation. But has nonetheless resulted in the indictments of over a dozen industry figures, numerous arrests, millions of dollars in seized funds and the virtual crippling of a multi-biliion dollar industry in the United States.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Equipment

10 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Equipment
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for 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 first article we’re going to take a look at the basic equipment needed to run a poker game.

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Black Friday History Week: How it All Began

9 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday History Week: How it All Began
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Satayana One year ago this Sunday, the US Department of Justice brought charges against Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and the Cereus Poker Network (Absolute Poker/UB). Every day this week we'll be taking a closer look at the events that led to poker's Black Friday. Today we reveal the origin stories of Black Friday’s three principal characters. For a full history of what's happened since Black Friday, see our Black Friday Bulletin Board.

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Texas Hold'em Starting Hands Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

4 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Click on the image below to see a bigger version! If you're new to Texas Hold'em you must learn the basics of how to play different hands in different positions. It's one of the most fundamental parts of a good beginner poker strategy and our Texas Hold'em Starting Hands Cheat Sheet Infographic makes it easier than ever. Master this guide and you'll have a headstart whether you're playing online poker or at home with friends.

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10 Questions with Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck

14 March 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
10 Questions with Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck
Ville Wahlbeck is fifth on Finland’s all-time live tournament money list, and unquestionably one of the greatest mixed-game players the country has ever produced. He’s cashed at the WSOP 12 times, including winning the $10,000 8-Game Championship in 2009. He also once told us he was quitting the pro poker grind. As of late Wahlbeck has been focusing on cash games but he told us he’s itching to get back on the live tournament scene. We spoke to him about prop bets, tournament plans and the changing landscape of online poker in Finland in our latest Q&A.

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Annie Duke Full Interview Transcript - Taking Poker Mainstream

22 February 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Annie Duke Full Interview Transcript - Taking Poker Mainstream
Annie Duke is one of the most recognizable faces in poker, and she owes much of that popularity to how much time she spends in the mainstream media. Having appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, Ellen and The Colbert Report, and now acting as commissioner of the Epic Poker League, Duke was the perfect person to talk to about the ongoing battle to professionalize poker. Click through here to read our feature article, Why Poker Isn’t More Mainstream, and keep reading for the full transcript of our conversation with Annie Duke.

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WPT vs. EPT: Which Poker Tour is Best? (Infographic)

6 February 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
WPT vs. EPT:  Which Poker Tour is Best? (Infographic)
Apart from the WSOP, the big buy-in live tournament circuit is and always was dominated by two acronyms: WPT and EPT. In today's poker infographic we take a closer look at the world's two biggest traveling poker tours to see which one is truly the greatest. We've got head-to-head comparisons up top and a running timeline as you scroll down the image. The points on those graphs represent every first-place prize from the history of the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. Check it out by clicking the image or these words to see the full-sized version.

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Black Friday Bulletin Board - US Online Poker Legal Updates (Updated 09/19/2012)

1 February 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday Bulletin Board - US Online Poker Legal Updates (Updated 09/19/2012)
The catch-all, one-stop shop for everything related to poker's Black Friday and the ongoing development of online poker in the US. We'll be updating this with news and links whenever something significant occurs in relation to PokerStars, Full Tilt poker sites and AP/UB's ongoing dealings with the US Department of Justice.

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HPT Founder Todd Anderson - Full Interview Transcript

26 January 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
HPT Founder Todd Anderson - Full Interview Transcript
For seven years the Heartland Poker Tour has been showing us what a low buy-in regional poker tour can do and with their recent acquisition by Federated Sports and Gaming things are only going to get bigger. We spoke to HPT co-founder Todd Anderson about why the HPT is poised for growth, and why it offers a unique opportunity for US grinders who might be feeling the pinch post-Black Friday. This interview was used along with quotes from FS+G Chairman Jeffrey Pollack in our news feature Heartland Poker Tour: Hidden Gem of US Poker Circuit.

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Ride a Unicycle, Win $10,000

24 January 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Ride a Unicycle, Win $10,000
Say what you will about Tony G but the man is always good for a prop bet.  Yesterday rumors started swirling that The G had offered Melanie Weisner a seat in the $10,000 Aussie Millions Main Event if she could ride a unicycle around a poker table twice. The rumors were true. We had a feeling when we saw Weisner practicing with a unicycle in the hall earlier today but Tony G confirmed over Twitter that he was indeed offering $10k if she could pull it off. After the third level of the Day 1c Main Event, in which Weisner is already playing, Tony G, Weisner, the media and about 20 of Weisner’s friends congregated on the Crown Casino promenade outside the casino. Weisner and Tony G talked for a few minutes about the arrangement. Weisner wanted to go in a straight line instead of around an object and Tony G finally relented. After a couple test runs Weisner finally took off and came tantalizingly close to winning the bet finally falling of the unicycle within about 15 feet of the makeshift finish line. We’ve got a couple photos from the event after the jump:

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Guide to Poker Hand Nicknames in Australia

19 January 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Guide to Poker Hand Nicknames in Australia
Australians do things a little differently than everyone else and it goes further than just eating pancakes for dinner and being obsessed with Paul Hogan. If you find yourself at the upcoming WSOP APAC you're going to hear some phrases thrown around that might confuse you. Don't worry - we've got you covered with our guide to the most popular poker hand nicknames Down Under.

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Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams - Full Interview Transcript

18 January 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams - Full Interview Transcript
Nathan “Blackrain79” Williams claims to be the biggest winner at NL2 and NL5 ever on PokerStars. Judging by the six million recorded hands he’s got, we’re inclined to believe him. PokerListings.com met Williams in Vancouver to talk about his new book Crushing the Microstakes and find out what it’s like to attain some of the highest winrates ever recorded. Click through here for our feature news review of Blackrain79’s book and keep reading for the full interview transcript.

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