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Pr0n for the poker nerd. Hardware, software, gadgets, etc; like poker, but from the future.

A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X

10 March 2017, Created By: PokerListings.com
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A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X
Poker’s overwhelming popularity on the app store has led to hordes of free-to-play trash but it’s rare when a company actually brings something new to the table. Sumo Fox’s Wartime X, at the very least, accomplishes that. The game is hard to describe but it involves poker hands, 1v1 battles and a cybernetic T-Rex. The crux of the game play is that you have three cards and you’re attempting to lay down a card with more value than your opponent (ace beats king etc.) but you can also form pairs, flushes and straights to really pummel your enemies. Occasionally you’ll have more than three cards but you always have to discard down to three. The game doesn’t have much in common with Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha or Stud but you could make the argument it has some similarities to Three Card Brag or Blackjack.

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From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development

7 February 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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From Loki to Libratus: A Look at 20+ Years of Poker AI Development
The rise of poker AI has been a strange journey to say the least. Earlier this month Libratus finished dismantling a human team of heads-up wizards including Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou. It was arguably the most dominant performance by an AI playing poker and a landmark achievement for non-human poker. It’s also been a long time coming as software developers have been tinkering with poker software since the early days of computers. Poker is a unique challenge for AI developers because it’s an incomplete information game compared to something more static like chess. So why bother putting in all the work? Computer scientists believe that solving a game like poker could have real-world applications in areas like negotiation, healthcare and more. We’re going to take look at the long, rather strange, development path that’s taken as all the way to Libratus below.

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The Poker Vlogger 411: Who and Where to Watch

15 December 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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The Poker Vlogger 411: Who and Where to Watch
Twitch.tv has had a pronounced effect on poker with online stars like Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples amassing legions of fans logging in to witness the grind. Now a select group of poker players are taking it to the streets. Or more accurately the real-life felt. Vlogging is the latest trend when it comes to letting people behind-the-scenes of the professional poker lifestyle. The format has actually been around for years but Jake Cody, Trooper97 and even old-school pros such as Mike Matusow have taken it one step further and started shooting footage at the poker tables.

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Prominence Poker Launches on Xbox One, Steam Early Access

19 August 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Prominence Poker Launches on Xbox One, Steam Early Access
Need some evidence that the general public’s thirst for poker hasn’t subsided over the years? Just head over the app store for pretty much whatever game device you rock and you’ll likely find hundreds of different options. Prominence Poker is the latest high-profile poker game to launch on Xbox One and Steam Early Access with a PS4 coming later this month.

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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Watch TonkaaaaP Win Everything

20 May 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Watch TonkaaaaP Win Everything
The Twitch.tv poker train keeps chugging along and interesting streamers are starting to flood the site. One such streamer is super grinder Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot. Talbot has been around for years — there’s a good chance you know him as tonkaaaa on PokerStars or schrutebucksss on Full Tilt — and he’s pretty much been slaying with millions in online earnings.

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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Jonas Palsgård Brings Passion in Spades

12 April 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Jonas Palsgård Brings Passion in Spades
The Twitch.tv revolution is in full swing. Across the board gamers, artist and of course poker players are using the medium to educate or entertain the masses in their particular niche. There are plenty of streams that don't get as much publicity as they might deserve and we're looking to change that with an ongoing spotlight on underrated Twitch streamers. This week we’re going to take a look at Danish grinder Jonas Palsgård.

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Lord of Poker Experiments with RPG Elements in Hold’em

1 April 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Lord of Poker Experiments with RPG Elements in Hold’em
Standard No-Limit Hold’em apparently isn’t good enough anymore. Lord of Poker, designed by two friends from Belarus, is the latest poker/video game hybrid that will attempt to inject some RPG elements into the venerable game of poker. Alexander Petukh and Alexander Bernat see their game as the first-ever “Role Poker Game” as a clever nod to the RPG genre. Inspired by games like Hearthstone, DOTA 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic III the two friends created a system where you travel a virtual world where poker is magic.

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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Tournament Crushing, Lily Allen-Loving Rupert Elder

25 March 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Tournament Crushing, Lily Allen-Loving Rupert Elder
The Twitch.tv revolution is in full swing. Across the board gamers, artist and of course poker players are using the medium to educate or entertain the masses in their particular niche. There are plenty of streams that don't get as much publicity as we're looking to change that with an ongoing spotlight on underrated Twitch streamers. We’re going to start with the U.K. pro Rupert Elder.

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Game Developer Dan Higgins: Pixar + Rounders = Lords of New York

18 March 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Game Developer Dan Higgins: Pixar + Rounders = Lords of New York
Dan Higgins has worked as a programmer on games such as SimCity and Empire Earth but now runs his own indie game studio, Lunchtime Studios, together with his wife and fellow developer, Courtney Pinnell. Their small team is dedicated to quality storytelling and focused on immersive gaming experiences. Set in the mafia world of 1920s New York, ‘Lords of New York’ is a poker-centered RPG.

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A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv

10 March 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv
Want to get better at poker? Some very-skilled poker pros are giving tons of information completely free on services like Twitch.tv. The theory used to be that once you found a way to beat poker you kept everything you learned a secret. Giving away that information was giving away your edge. Well, an entirely new generation of poker player is taking a vastly different approach by live streaming themselves playing online poker. The following is a quick-start guide to getting started with poker livestreaming.

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Unibet Invites Reckful, SuperJJ to eSports Battle Royale II

1 March 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Unibet Invites Reckful, SuperJJ to eSports Battle Royale II
Unibet is inviting some of the most famous gamers on Twitch.tv to a special tournament tomorrow. The eSports Battle Royale II will once again offer a prize pool of £10,000 with £5k for first, £3k for second and £2k for third place. Unibet streamer Sam Grafton will also have a £1k bounty on his head in the event. The entire event will, of course, be live streamed on Twitch.tv.

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What Poker Can Learn From M:TG, Video Games, Twister

30 November 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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What Poker Can Learn From M:TG, Video Games, Twister
At its core, poker is a game. Forget the multi-million dollar industry behind it, the gambling, the money, glamor, degeneracy or sometimes designation as a “sport.” It’s a game. A fun one too, with plenty of strategy and depth. There’s nothing wrong with that. That's a good thing. These days poker seems to be at a turning point with a great deal of consolidation in the industry, wide-spread adoption of Twitch streaming and significant creep into the eSports world. Poker seems to be going through a bit of an identity crisis these days as casual and hardcore audiences continue to drift apart. So what’s the future of poker?

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Getting Your Poker Fix with Poker Central’s New App (Review)

25 October 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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Getting Your Poker Fix with Poker Central’s New App (Review)
What if there was a Netflix entirely for poker? That’s the feeling you get when you boot up Poker Central’s new app, which is available on a multitude of platforms including Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. Poker Central is first and foremost a TV network but they designed the app to give poker fans a sampling of the shows that are offered on the 24/7 poker network. The app has been getting rave reviews from the community so we decided to take a closer look at it and give you our thoughts:

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Poker Video Game “Lords of New York” Generates Indy Buzz at PAX

4 September 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Video Game “Lords of New York” Generates Indy Buzz at PAX
There’s no dearth of poker movies, web series or video games on the Internet but the vast majority have one unfortunate factor in common: They are all pretty awful. It’s a harsh statement perhaps but when you’ve watched Lucky You, Deal, Poker Night or played any of the hundreds of terrible poker video games you start to get a bit cynical. You can only re-watch Rounders so many times. That’s why upcoming indy game Lords of New York, which is themed around poker, is so exciting.

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Jivaro Brings User-Friendly Poker HUD to the People

7 August 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Jivaro Brings User-Friendly Poker HUD to the People
There are plenty of Poker Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) on the market but upstart Jivaro is looking to disrupt the market with a unique emphasis on user-friendly software. For years the industry standards have been Hold’em Manager and Poker Tracker but those services are still overwhelming to new players due to their complexity and cost. Jivaro switches things up with a visually appealing theme and a business model that includes a free version. That’s the idea anyways. In the following post we take a closer look at what Jivaro brings to the table.

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Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict

19 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict
Like many other poker players Bertrand Grospellier -- ElkY as you may know him -- is a true gamer at heart. One of the most successful poker pros of all time with $10.9m in live tournament earnings ElkY began his gaming career as a professional Starcraft player in Korea at the age of 20. As if he didn't already have enough gaming passions, he recently started playing the latest online phenomenon Hearthstone. We asked him a few questions about his new obsession.

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Crypto Chips Introduces Bitcoin Poker Chips

15 May 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Crypto Chips Introduces Bitcoin Poker Chips
There are Bitcoin poker sites but Crypto Chips is taking it one step farther and introducing physical Bitcoin-branded poker chips. Owner/founder Ken McGrail manufactures the chips as a hobby and got into it after he got bored with mining Bitcoin. Crypto Chips are standard ceramic 39mm, 10-gram poker chips that have been branded with logos from various digital currencies. McGrail decided to skip the substandard sticker technique of adhering graphics to the chips and went instead with superior ink injection printing. They are not only available for Bitcoin but you can also order LiteCoin, Dogecoin, Darkcoin and 85 other unique designs. Buy Bitcoin Poker Chips with Bitcoin Since they don’t actually represent individual Bitcoin hashes, like some other coins, what are they for? Some people use them as knick knacks to give to fellow Bitcoin fans. You can also buy a complete set and play poker with them. Because Bitcoin is entirely digital the market for physical Bitcoin products has actually been substantial. McGrail originally considered making metal coins but after a trip to Vegas realized light-weight poker chips were far superior for his purposes. The chips cost $2.50 a piece with free shipping and you can pay using Bitcoin, Lightcoin, Dogecoin and a variety of other cryptocurrencies. You can purchase Crypto Coins poker chips here.

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The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker

7 May 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once said that a sure sign of failure for a start-up is too much promotional gear. Take a quick look at the poker industry and you’d likely agree 99% of the time. The unregulated online gaming industry in the early 2000s, before the UIGEA passed in 2006, was the wild west of online poker. The marketing teams for these sites pretty much went on a bender that lasted for years. Promos went far beyond just branded swag. It was over-the-top, excessive, ridiculous, greedy and downright sexist at points as online poker sites did absolutely anything they could do attract new players or generate publicity. Here's a closer look at some of the strangest, craziest or improbable promotional campaigns that online poker sites have run over the years.

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