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Why Prismata Represents Convergence of Card Games, Video Games

30 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Why Prismata Represents Convergence of Card Games, Video Games
What’s the perfect game? Is it poker? Or maybe chess? Starcraft? Prismata is an upcoming strategy game that defies all attempts to define it by drawing on influences from an incredibly diverse cross-section of games. It’s quickly garnered the attention of famous poker players like Mike “Timex” McDonald as well as professional video game players like TrumpSC and Kripparian. We’re going to take a closer look at the game today and investigate why it could be the next big online game.

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How Microsoft’s Wild HoloLens Could Change Live Poker Forever

22 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How Microsoft’s Wild HoloLens Could Change Live Poker Forever
You know how heads-up displays, or HUDs, have changed the way people play online poker? Well Microsoft’s pie-in-the-sky Sci-Fi headset HoloLens that was announced this week could bring exactly that kind of tool to live tournaments. Here’s the skinny on the futeristic device: It’s a self-contained headset, somewhat similar to Google Glass, but more advanced because it will actually overlay 3D holograms onto your real-life environment. While HoloLens offers some features of Virtual Reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus it actually has even more potential because VR devices are limited by their screens. HoloLens has a transparent screen/lens so it can project objects onto your real-world settings. This is Microsoft’s promo video for the device:

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Bitnplay Becomes First Poker Site to Crowdfund Start-up Capital

16 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Bitnplay Becomes First Poker Site to Crowdfund Start-up Capital
Another week, another new Bitcoin poker site. Between Bryan Micon’s original SealsWithClubs, the new Michael Mizrachi-backed GetLuckyPoker and the old-school heavy Breakout Poker it’s getting pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle. So why should you care about Bitnplay? Well it remains to be seen if Bitnplay will find success (it hasn’t launched yet) but it offers a few unique features that you won’t find on the other sites. We’ll take a closer look at three of the major features in this article.

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5 Classic MS-DOS Poker Games You Can Play in Your Browser

9 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Classic MS-DOS Poker Games You Can Play in Your Browser
The Internet Archive has now released more than 2,300 classic video games for free in-browser play including a handful of poker games. While most gamers are tickled at the thought of nostalgic favourites like Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia and Super Street Fighter II there are plenty of obscure games to be found when you comb through the massive free library. 

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Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker

9 September 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker
With much fanfare and hype Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in a high-profile keynote earlier today. While more and more poker players seem to be hopping on the Android train these days the iPhone remains one of the most popular handheld devices amongst poker players. There’s a good reason that most online poker sites have developed special apps just for iOS devices. Today’s announcement actually heralded a number of new features (including an entirely new design) that could potentially benefit poker players who use iPhones to play poker. Here’s a look at six ways the iPhone 6 will be a vastly superior way to play online poker than previous iterations:

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Three Kick-Ass Laptops for Playing Online Poker

28 August 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Three Kick-Ass Laptops for Playing Online Poker
Here’s a little secret for you: most online poker software is incredibly easy to run on almost any computer. Online poker sites have a serious incentive to make their software compatible with even the most antiquated laptops so they can increase their market share. In fact, we built a premium grinding station in 2009 and honestly it would still play every piece of poker software you could throw at it. That doesn’t mean, however, that the experience is the same on every computer. There are a couple features that are particularly important for online grinders. One is screen size (likewise resolution) because you’re going to want to multi-table and another is mobility because most poker players want to travel. Over the last five years there has been one significant upgrade that will help speed up your poker sessions. That’s the transition from old disk-based hard drives to flash-based solid state drives or SSDs. SSDs will help you load anything on your hard drive much faster and that includes your poker client. Is it necessary? Nope. Is it awesome? Yes. Some people will argue about the benefits of a beastly desktop computer brimming with scorchingly-fast silicon. It’s a good choice if you want to play 3D games at max settings but these days it’s hard to see them as anything more than overkill for online poker. Instead of buying a desktop just attach a couple high quality monitors to your laptop and you are good to go. Here’s a look at three great choices in 2014 (feel free to add your own in the comments!):

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Online Video Game Hearthstone + Poker = Gold

23 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Online Video Game Hearthstone + Poker = Gold
Wildly popular free-to-play online card game Hearthstone continues to top mobile gaming charts and the recent Curse of Naxxramas expansion has gamers buzzing. Of course the skill + luck format of the game makes it a natural fit for poker players and many are joining in on the action including former world champ Pius Heinz. We decided to fuse poker and Hearthstone by creating 32 cards that represent some of the most famous characters and incidents from the world of poker. Looking for a "Jesus on Tilt" card? Or maybe a 3-Bet card? We’ve got you covered. While these cards will never, ever, be used in an actual Hearthstone game they have some interesting (if a little overpowered effects). Feel like you could do better? Give us your own suggestions for Hearthstone poker cards in the comments section below. (Also, check out Five Things Online Poker Could Learn from Hearthstone). Special thanks to Fr.PokerListings.com’s Fred Guillemot.

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Top Five Innovations for Online Poker Beginners

9 May 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Top Five Innovations for Online Poker Beginners
Online poker can be overwhelming for someone just getting into it, but over the last five years the biggest poker sites have made some huge improvements aimed at helping newcomers to the game. Most recently, Party Poker introduced Casual Cash Game Tables for example. Players are only allowed to play one table at a time, which the site hopes will encourage new players to splash around chips without fear of running into serious grinders. The hardest part for online poker sites is to protect new players without hurting the hard-core grinders. It remains a tight-rope walk but here are five of the best features online poker sites have introduced over the last five years to help new players (feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments).

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Virtual Reality Poker: Oculus Rift Support Coming?

27 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Virtual Reality Poker: Oculus Rift Support Coming?
Could the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset change the way we experience online poker? It’s not out of the question as the Rift represents perhaps the biggest leap in gaming since 3D characters were rendered for the first time in the 90s. Poker technology has remained relatively stagnant over the last five years with many clients that, at least visually, haven’t changed very much since the late 2000s. We’re going to take an in-depth look at the Oculus Rift and propose two unique ways the VR could be utilized in an online poker setting.

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What Will Poker Look Like in the Future?

17 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
What Will Poker Look Like in the Future?
Outside of the odd game of Open-Face Chinese or Courcheval, poker has remained relatively unchanged for decades. There’s something timeless about the game and there’s a good chance some form of Hold’em or Draw poker will be played 100 years from now. That said, what other poker-like games do you think will be played in the future? Poker has actually played a huge role in Sci Fi pop culture and nearly every series has some form of the game. It’s easy to see why as poker is a great plot device to develop characters that’s been used on everything from Friends to Training Day. But what are these poker-like games in the future? Well for one they seem to have a lot of suits. If there’s one thing to be learned from the various games featured on Sci Fi shows it’s that more suits = more futuristic. Here’s a look at the poker games played in the background of some of the most famous Sci Fi shows.

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Poker Night 2 is the Best Poker Video Game in Years

6 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Poker Night 2 is the Best Poker Video Game in Years
We’ll get this out of the way first: poker video games suck. They are slow, teach very little actual poker strategy and ultimately become mind-numbingly boring after an orbit or two. That said, Telltale’s Poker Night 2, which came out last year, is one of the best video games that’s been released in the last few years and actually worth playing. Forget Full House Poker on Xbox or some terrible Facebook game, Poker Night 2 is the one you want.

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5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone

20 February 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone
Over the last six months an online card game has taken the gaming world by storm and almost instantaneously created a massive online community with countless blogs dedicated to the game’s strategy and development. No we’re not talking about online poker. Hearthstone, which was developed by gaming giant Blizzard, is shaking up the gaming status quo with its free-to-play model that’s already attracted tens of thousands of players. Incredibly Hearthstone is still in open beta and hasn’t even been officially launched. The designers of Magic: The Gathering are likely worried and they should be with Forbes publishing articles like “How Hearthstone Could Change the PC Gaming Landscape” and “Five Reasons Hearthstone is Better Than a Real Card Game.” Why does this matter to poker players? Hearthstone and online poker have nearly identical demographics. If a game like Hearthstone can generate huge player fields in a matter of months, there’s no reason online poker can’t do the same. Blizzard has stated their goal with Hearthstone is to simply make collectible card games accessible, describing the game as, “deceptively simple, yet insanely fun.” Online poker could learn a thing or two from that logic. Here are five elements that online poker should adapt from Hearthstone:

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Poker Equipment You Need: Bacon Po(r)ker Chips

7 February 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Poker Equipment You Need: Bacon Po(r)ker Chips
Bacon fans may be asking themselves just how far they are willing to go to show their love for cured meat with a new bacon-themed poker chip set. Po(r)ker Chips are currently on Kickstarter and have already eclipsed their modest goal of getting $500 in pledges and recently passed the $2,000 mark with 64 backers. The chips are designed by David Goldklang, who we featured last year for his innovative Polaris deck. While not made of actual bacon, each casino-quality chip features one of the 10 bacon commandments on it including: 1. There must always be bacon in the fridge. 2. All food is better with bacon on it. 3. Even pigs like bacon – that’s a fact. 4. A meal without bacon is not a meal. 5. Bacon is a great aphrodisiac. …And so forth. Pledges start at $6, which gets you one chip, and go all the way up to $1,395 for 2,500 chips. Every chip weighs 10 grams and is made of ceramic so you’re certainly getting a high-quality chip, regardless of meat affiliation. If you really, really, really like bacon, well, you’ve probably found your new chip set. Personally we’re waiting for Oreo-themed chips so we can get our TeddyKGB on.

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80-Camera Array Creates Amazing 'Bullet Time' Effect for Rafa Nadal Documentary

13 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
80-Camera Array Creates Amazing 'Bullet Time' Effect for Rafa Nadal Documentary
Producers of a new documentary on tennis star Rafa Nadal were at EPT Prague last week with an incredible 80-camera rig that can produce stunning time-slice and slow-motion effects. The timing was perfect, as Nadal played and won his first live poker tournament ever. Sometimes called bullet time, time freeze, dead time, flow motion or time slice, the effect was made popular in the 1999 film The Matrix, but has been widely used in television shows, commercials and motion pictures. The effect involves creating super slow or frozen subject-motion while the camera's perspective moves around the scene in normal time. The effect is achieved in the real world by assembling multiple cameras around the subject and triggering them all to shoot in concert. Triggering the cameras all at once will make the subject appear frozen in time while the camera moves around it. Triggering them to shoot rapidly one after another creates a slow-motion effect.

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How Bitcoin is Making a Few Average Poker Players Rich

9 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
How Bitcoin is Making a Few Average Poker Players Rich
Online poker has long been the bane of existence for tax-hungry, powerful politicians around the world. Even in nations that are labeled as “free,” you better believe that performing the unthinkable act of playing Hold’em in the privacy of your home can make you a hardened criminal worthy of a SWAT team visit. Though, as all players know, it’s not the game the lawmakers are after; it’s the money. This is why Bitcoin are a thorn in the side of every politico from California to Caracas. The cryptocurrency is digitally signed for and exists over a massive decentralized network of computers. It’s not Fed-controlled; it’s not accounted for by the EU. It was created out of thin air, in a sense, and belongs to the people – not the powers that be. And when Bitcoin and poker join forces, it truly changes the game.

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Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?

26 November 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?
Brain training software has never been more popular. Every day you see people using the programs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and video game consoles. In some ways they aren’t that far removed from multi-tabling online poker as both require critical thinking and dexterity with a mouse. Whether brain-training software actually increases your intelligence is an entirely different matter as numerous studies have shown the programs actually do very little. On the bright side the programs do allow users to brush up on their math fundamentals and quick reflexes. The inherent problem for poker players when it comes to mainstream brain-training software is that it teaches you to memorize certain numbers but they aren’t poker specific enough. Instead you’d probably be better served by something like PokerCruncher or DonkeyTest, which would at least build better muscle memory. All that said, brain training software likely won’t hurt your game so here’s a look at three of the most popular options:

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Seven Online Poker Millionaires You Probably Don't Know

13 November 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , The Online Grind
Seven Online Poker Millionaires You Probably Don't Know
If you follow high-stakes online poker you’re no doubt familiar with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey. You may even know that Ivey’s new account on Full Tilt is “Polarizing” or that Antonius has returned to his old "FinddaGrind" alias. Over the last couple years, however, the next wave of online poker players has encroached upon the high-stakes scene. It can be hard for even the most devoted online poker fan to keep track of the new handles so here’s a quick guide to the latest movers and shakers from the last year. Some of these players are still unidentified so feel free to share your thoughts about who the accounts belong to in the comments below.

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Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah

12 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah
Cypto-currency Bitcoin remains an intriguing option for online poker players. We investigated the subject earlier this year in a Bitcoin feature we did on SealsWithClubs founder Brian Micon. We’re going one step farther today with a special Q&A by Nadia Hanna with Bitcoin experts John Light and Adam Sah. John Light is an entrepreneur with a professional background in business operations and online marketing. He discovered Bitcoin when researching alternative currencies and eventually decided to move to Silicon Valley to start a Bitcoin consulting business where individuals and companies can learn about the digital currency. Adam Sah opened an artisan food store, Buyers Best Friend, in 2012 and experienced the pain of handling cash, processing credit cards, costs and fees. They company designed their own Point of Sale (POS) system for processing bitcoins.

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Tech Tips: Best Cameras, Lenses for Photographing Poker Tournaments

12 August 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Tech Tips: Best Cameras, Lenses for Photographing Poker Tournaments
If you follow the blog we gave you a quick guide to the techniques required in poker photography earlier this month but this week we’re going to take a look at the various tools of the trade. There are actually a number of directions you can take for buying poker photography equipment. Although it’s possible to take a decent poker photo using a cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot (particularly if you can close to the table), we wouldn’t recommend it. Instead you’re probably going to want a DLSR, so you can swap out that kit lens. Right now there are two major options: Standard DSLR or mirrorless. We’ll start with the standard DSLR.

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Tech Tips: How to Take Great Poker Photos

2 August 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Tech Tips: How to Take Great Poker Photos
Taking photos of people playing a card game while trying to remain absolutely still in a controlled environment sounds like one heck of an easy photography gig.  And yet there are thousands of bad poker photos circulating the Internet. At PokerListings we’ve been photographing poker tournaments around the world for nearly 10 years now and we’ve taken hundreds of thousands of photos. Some of our photos are good, some are bad, but we like to think we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. We thought it would be a good time to share some tips for anyone just getting into poker photography. This article assumes you already have a camera to work with but stay tuned for our next article about poker photography where we’ll get into the best starting equipment. An intro to poker photography awaits after the break.

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How to Crush the Poker Mini-Game in Far Cry 3

20 March 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
How to Crush the Poker Mini-Game in Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is a fantastic open-world shooter but it also has a decent poker mini game that you might not know about. You can actually play No-Limit Hold’em and it’s an excellent way to raise some quick cash. It’s especially easy to make money if you are familiar with the fundamentals of Hold’em. There’s also one shortcut you can use to essentially make an endless amount of cash but we recommend spending a bit of time playing the game, because it’s actually pretty decent. Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock poker, where to play and, most importantly, how to beat the game (this guide works for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game).

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Neo Bot Poker: The Next Step in Artificial Poker Intelligence?

21 February 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Neo Bot Poker: The Next Step in Artificial Poker Intelligence?
Poker bots. The very mention of poker-playing computer programs usually makes serious grinders cringe. In the past there have been black-hat programmers that developed teams of poker bots that would torment players in lower-stakes online poker games (especially in limit) and ultimately produce a significant profit for their creators. Online poker site security is a lot better these days and can usually spot rogue bots but it has still left a very bad taste in some poker players' mouths. Fortunately Neo Poker Laboratory has developed an A.I. they have no intention of ever using in real-money online poker games. Instead the recently-launched Neo Bot Poker is a free-to-play online poker site where poker fans can test their skills against an advanced opponent. It’s an interesting project and provides a glimpse into how an elite bot would act.

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New Polaris Deck Reinvents Playing Card Through Design, Usability

8 January 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
New Polaris Deck Reinvents Playing Card Through Design, Usability
These days it’s rare to see anything truly unique when it comes to poker equipment but that's exactly what David Goldklang has created with his Polaris cards. A graphic designer, David has been around cards his entire life and always wanted to take a stab at making his own. Earlier this year he finally made it happen. David collaborated with brother Jordan Goldklang to create a series of cards called Vända. The project, which was funded through Kickstarter, was wildly successful and easily raised enough money to produce the cards. Not content to rest on their laurels, the pair launched a new Kickstarter project late last month. The new custom deck, called Polaris, has a celestial theme with both solar and lunar editions. In addition the cards feature four colors, which makes spotting flushes easier for poker players. Polaris is off to a hot start on Kickstarter and has already raised over $10,000 of its $15,000 goal. PokerListings had the chance to chat with Goldklang and find out what it was like designing his own set of playing cards:

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Simple Guide to Modding PokerStars for Free

5 December 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Simple Guide to Modding PokerStars for Free
There’s no denying that PokerStars makes one of the best online poker clients available with plenty of customization but there are always going to be people who want to take it one step farther.  Fortunately there are some extra steps you can take to give yourself a truly unique playing experience. The easiest way to completely overhaul the look of PokerStars is to just pick up a theme. Generally they cost money and they will change table, cards, card backs, chips and fonts. They are simple to use, as you just have to click the installation file. We won’t really be covering themes in this guide but there are great communities at tiltbuster.com and pokermods.eu where you can find themes for sale. Beware that the majority are Windows-only. This thread on TwoPlusTwo poker forum also offers a lot of information on modding PokerStars, provided you can get through the 500+ pages. If you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort you can modify individual aspects of the PokerStars client such as backgrounds, chips and the front and back of cards. Check below for a breakdown of how to modify various features of PokerStars.

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