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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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
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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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Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone

6 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone
Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world. But there’s an entirely different game that’s grabbed his attention lately. After a recent widely-popular foray onto Twitch.tv for streaming poker, Negreanu has taken one step closer to the video game world by getting his feet wet with card game/video game hybrid Hearthstone. As Negreanu himself put it on Twitter: “I can not stop playing #hearthstone this game is incredibly addicting and fun. Soooo much fun!” Negreanu’s not the only famous poker pro who has taken up the Hearthstone. In fact his PokerStars teammate Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (who used to be a pro StarCraft player) has been streaming plenty of Hearthstone on Twitch.tv as well. Mike McDonald, Benny Spindler, Gabe "GWalls" Walls and even 2011 WSOP champ Pius Heinz have also mentioned playing Hearthstone in the past but Negreanu is by far the most well-known poker pro to profess an appreciation for the game. Poker pros are hardly the only people interested in Hearthstone. The game recently passed 30 million players and is frequently one of the most popular games on Twitch. So could an old-school poker pro like Daniel Negreanu actually make the switch to an up-and-coming pro Hearthstone career? Ha, no. The money involved with poker still dwarfs Hearthstone. Negreanu recorded $10.2 million in live tournament results last year. Winning the Hearthstone World Championships only got James “firebat” Kostesich $100,000 last year and that was by far the biggest Hearthstone event. Here are Negreanu’s Tweets about his new-found hobby:

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PokerStars Brings User Interaction to Poker TV with Play Along App

20 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
PokerStars Brings User Interaction to Poker TV with Play Along App
What’s arguably the #1 feature of poker on TV? Accessibility. Sports fans may never be able to go one-on-one with Lebron James or shelf a wrister on Henrik Lundqvist but they sure as hell can 3-Bet a famous TV pro. Or, at the very least, make fun of the way they play pocket jacks. Well PokerStars is going one step farther with its new Poker Play Along app that actually lets players interact with TV poker programming. During every PokerStars TV broadcast, such as an EPT or Shark Cage, players will be able to actually play along during certain segments. It’s perfect for poker as you’ll finally get to guess what the correct play in certain situations would be whether it’s call, raise or fold.

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Former Counter-Strike Pro Griffin “shaGuar” Benger Now Streaming Poker

14 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Former Counter-Strike Pro Griffin “shaGuar” Benger Now Streaming Poker
Former Counter-Strike legend Griffin “shaGuar” Benger is officially streaming on Twitch.tv but it’s not for the reason you might think. First off, Benger isn’t streaming Counter-Strike. Benger’s actually been out of the pro video game scene for quite awhile. Instead the Toronto native is streaming online poker and giving some incredible insight into what he's thinking when he's at the virtual tables. This isn’t a complete surprise since plenty of pros including Jason “Jcarver” Somerville, Jonathan Little and Dan O’Brien are already streaming online poker on Twitch with considerable success. Benger’s background, however, is unique since he was one of the most famous Counter-Strike pros and a member of the original Team NoA.

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