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A Beginners Guide to Brand-New Stars Rewards on PokerStars

12 July 2017, Created By: Thomas Hviid
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A Beginners Guide to Brand-New Stars Rewards on PokerStars
PokerStars brand-new loyalty program Stars Rewards is now live and players have to get used to very different-looking rewards landscape. The previous loyalty scheme was very beneficial for the most industrious players who would earn a high rakeback (also known as cash back). For some of these players the rakeback was providing them with their daily bread and butter as games are becoming tougher and tougher.

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Dealing with Discord: PokerStars Experiments with Gaming App

19 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Dealing with Discord: PokerStars Experiments with Gaming App
For years online poker sites have been searching for the best place to interact with their players. Online forums, both official and independent, have sometimes fulfilled that role with varying amounts of success. Poker sites have also tried to utilize social media, which has also been hit-or-miss. Now PokerStars is taking a page out of video games' playbook by starting its own channel on Discord.

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The Poker Vlogger 411: Who and Where to Watch

11 May 2017, 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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A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv

10 May 2017, 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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A Quick Look at Unusual Poker/Battle App Wartime X

10 March 2017, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Watch TonkaaaaP Win Everything

20 May 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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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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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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
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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Jivaro Brings User-Friendly Poker HUD to the People

7 August 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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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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
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
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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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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Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?

13 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?
Is Apple set to change the game again? The imminent Apple Watch has financial analysts scratching their heads wondering if Apple might once again completely turn a market segment on its head. The big question that we care about, however, is whether the Apple Watch will have any applications for poker. We’ll take a close look at the upcoming watch in this article and project some of the possible uses for poker.

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