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

Seven Best Things About Full Tilt Poker Return

5 November 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Seven Best Things About Full Tilt Poker Return
After being absent from the poker world for over 16 months, Full Tilt Poker is scheduled to re-open in non-U.S. jurisdictions tomorrow. In the time since Full Tilt went offline we’ve seen the rise and fall of the Epic Poker Tour, Phil Hellmuth finish second in the WSOP POY race in back-to-back years and the migration of U.S. online poker players to countries where they can still play. In short: a lot has happened. It’s been so long and there’s been so much controversy it’s easy to forget what made Full Tilt Poker great in the first place.. Obviously the best thing about Full Tilt Poker’s return is that players (at least European ones) will finally be getting access to their account balances. Outside of that here are the seven items that have us excited about the Full Tilt Poker revival.

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The Evolution of Strip Poker Video Games (Infographic)

26 September 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Since the dawn of the computer era man has developed video games of progressively less-pixelated women playing poker and removing their clothing. In our brand new poker infographic we break down every major advancement in strip-poker gaming technology, from the Commodore 64 to the XBox 360. Brush up on your strip poker history so you can properly appreciate this proud digital tradition. Learn how to play Strip Poker with our complete guide to its rules and history. Click here or the image below for the full-sized infographic. Head to the bottom of the page for the code to embed this inforaphic on your site! StripPokerIGfinal2 Embed This Infographic On Your Site! <a href="http://www.pokerlistings.com/assets/Uploads/StripPokerIGfinal.jpg"><img src="http://edge1.pokerlistings.com/assets/photos/StripPokerIGfinal2.jpg" /></a>

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Five Underrated Mobile Poker Apps Worth Downloading

14 August 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Five Underrated Mobile Poker Apps Worth Downloading
Fans of poker know that finding good apps for Android or iPhone can be difficult. There are literally thousands of poker related apps available and it can be a challenge sifting through a sea of sub-par games. Fortunately we’ve handpicked five apps that are actually worth the space they take up on your phone or tablet. We’re looking at less traditional poker apps (sorry Zynga Poker and real-money poker apps) that will appeal to poker enthusiasts. Most of these apps are free but there are a couple ones that cost a few bucks.

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Checking Out the Best in iPhone, Xbox 360 and Android Poker

11 May 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Checking Out the Best in iPhone, Xbox 360 and Android Poker
There have never been more ways to play poker and this week’s Positively Nerd Street takes a look at three new ways to get your fix. Feel free to give us suggestions for future nerdy pieces in the comments. In today’s Positively Nerd Street we’re going to review three separate poker video games that represent a shift from the traditional online poker model popularized by the likes of PokerStars and PartyPoker. We’ve got one of the first reviews of the official World Series of Poker app by EA games (one of the first reviews of the newly launched game), Zynga Poker-competitor Pokerist and finally the casual-style Full House Poker on Xbox 360.

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The Basics of Online Account Security (Infographic)

13 December 2011, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The Basics of Online Account Security (Infographic)
Most online poker players know the ins and outs of keeping their online accounts secure. For new players just getting started in online poker, there are a few basics everyone should know before depositing or transferring money online. The infographic below goes over the basics of securing your online accounts including your poker account.

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How to Play Online Poker with the Xbox Kinect

24 April 2011, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Play Online Poker with the Xbox Kinect
Happy owners of the Xbox Kinect and poker enthusiasts, read the following.  This is a short tutorial that will allow you to play poker online using your Kinect. There's some set-up you'll need to do but for pros PCs like you it'll be child's play to adjust your motion controller and become the king of the green baize. Check out the following video to see how it'll look and read on for full instructions:

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The Evolution of Strip Poker Video Games - Nudity The Hard Way

14 December 2010, Created By: Lars Sundin
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The Evolution of Strip Poker Video Games - Nudity The Hard Way
No other form of poker has quite the “broad audience” of strip poker. This, of course, makes perfect sense. After all, procreation is fundamental. Even more so than money. Essentially as soon as man invented the binary number system, he started drawing digital nude pictures. Early console-based strip poker games may seem awfully pixelated and unsophisticated but they were all necessary steps in the evolution of this important technology. Learn how to play strip poker yourself right here with our easy-to-follow rules and guide.

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How to Play Poker with Your Rock Band Drum Kit

4 March 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Play Poker with Your Rock Band Drum Kit
About five months ago we did a blog showing how to use your Rock Band guitar to play online poker. After it launched I got a lot of feedback and requests for a similar article using the drum kit. So, naturally, I did just that. The Rock Band (or Guitar Hero) instruments are basically just large controllers with unusual buttons. Instead of pressing the X button, you hit the big green drum. Since these controllers are conveniently compatible with your Windows PC, it's easy to use them for just about anything you want. Play Poker with Your Rock Band Drum Kit It's not hard to do and should take you less than 30 minutes from start to finish. If you just want to see how well it works and already know (or don't care) how to set it up, save yourself a couple of minutes and watch the video at the bottom of the blog.

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Poker Mythbusters: Running the Numbers

18 February 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Poker Mythbusters: Running the Numbers
This all started after hearing, for the thousandth time, someone tell me how pocket aces never hold up online, how the sites are programmed to let people suck out. As a person firmly rooted in logic, I kind of lose my shit when I hear people spout ridiculous superstition and bullshit as if it's fact. Unfortunately, I've come to learn that telling these people they're being dumb isn't really sufficient as an argument. Then, I came to realize that since I have never actually run the numbers of online poker myself, I really was unable to say that these myths are false. Without any proof my word is no more valuable than theirs. So, I set out to get some proof. I decided to take a large number of real-money online poker hands to run statistical analysis on, then compare my results to the perfect math. First, some details: Although I downloaded 60gig worth of hand history text files (somewhere in the neighborhood of 47 million hands), my Dell laptop wasn't really able to run queries on a database that large. So for the following myths I used a total of 3,102,773  unique real-money hands played almost exclusively on Full Tilt Poker. These hands range from $0.25/$0.50 to $500/$1,000. For more details on where I got the hands, and how I came up with my numbers head to the last section of this article: Geeks Only - Technical Details.

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The Ultimate Poker Mouse Showdown

11 February 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The Ultimate Poker Mouse Showdown
Regardless of where you play, how many tables you're on or how long your sessions are, every online poker player needs a good mouse. Even though any simple computer mouse (including those old shitty trackball mice) will technically do the job, getting yourself a serious mouse might be one of the smartest things you can do for yourself. Aside from reducing frustration and muscle strain, a good mouse can increase your precision and productivity, which has the potential to increase your bottom line. At the very least all of the mice below will also help you absolutely rape at COD:MW2. Since we're looking at mouses for online poker I'm ranking them based on the following criteria: Precision (both tracking, and mouse movement) Comfort Well placed fully customizable extra buttons Because we're looking for peformance the only mice worth considering are the ones marketed towards the gaming crowd. These mice are built for razer sharp precision, and hours of extended play-time. There are literally hundreds to choose from but don't worry. We've narrowed it down to the the best of the best.

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Top 5 Essential WordPress Themes for Your Poker Blog

5 February 2010, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Top 5 Essential WordPress Themes for Your Poker Blog
Not long ago we released a list of the Top 10 Poker WordPress Themes. We restricted the list to strictly poker-specific themes and many of our readers suggested that by limiting our scope we were missing out on some great non-poker themes that would work equally well as poker blogs. In light of this we've decided to take another look, and not just at poker themes. First we'll give you a quick intro to setting up a WordPress blog and then we'll look at five of our favorite themes. There are a sick amount of themes out there but if you want to skip the searching and get right to the blogging, any of the following themes will give you a clean-cut and professional looking site.

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Stat Tracking: Excel Formatting and Tricks

4 February 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Stat Tracking: Excel Formatting and Tricks
Yes, I know there are lots of online or downloadable programs for tracking your poker results, but if you’re old school like me, or just like to do shit yourself, this is the article for you. Excel is a far more powerful of a program than most people know. It has the ability to do things that you’ve never even thought of. For example, I once worked as a tech-guy/website developer/network engineer… read GEEK for a large retail company. One aspect of this company is having multiple locations across Canada and the U.S.A, all with their own inventory and full service physical locations. The business also makes a lot of money from its website selling the same stuff, but online. Now, to keep shipping times and costs as low as possible, all physical locations ship product for web orders, rather than having one warehouse dedicated to online ordering. This is a cost effective way to operate, but requires some in-depth solutions to inventory management and control. To manage this we created an excel spreadsheet which automatically updated with the actual inventory count for each product for each store location. It did this buy parsing the accounting software end of day sales figures. On top of this it stores months of sales results allowing forecasting and trending of product sales, all updated automatically and fully configurable. If Excel can do something like this, it can certainly handle your poker stats with flying colors, you just have to learn how to use it. Here are some quick tips and tricks you can use to make your spreadsheet a little more rad.  

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Top 10: Starter Poker WordPress Themes

25 January 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Top 10: Starter Poker WordPress Themes
Ok, the top 10 is a completely subjective term, and the theme you use really depends on the type of blog. If you’ve ever typed “free WordPress themes” into google, you’ll know that there are approximately 18 million free WordPress themes out there. This might seem like a good thing, but unfortunatey for you 99.9% of those themes suck. To save you some time, I’ve thrown together a quick list of 10 themes that I’d be happy to use myself. Since I like to think that I’m totally awesome, this must mean these themes are rad. NOTE: Just about every free WordPress theme out there requires you to leave the theme’s footer intact exactly as it was when you downloaded it. The links and text in that footer are the fee you pay to use the theme.

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5 Reasons I Hate Google Chrome OS

14 January 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Reasons I Hate Google Chrome OS
In case you haven’t heard (really?), Google has re-invented the wheel, and is gearing up to release their brand new Operating System. Until this year (it’ll like be released in the second half of 2010), there have been three choices for operating systems:   Windows (PC) OSX (Mac) Linux (Geek) Yes there are hundreds of different flavors and versions, but there really are only three main OS’s being used by any sort of numbers. That is until Google announced they’re going to change the world with Chrome OS. Since it’s not out yet, it’s not possible to tell you everything about it, but we already know a lot. Here are the facts:   Open source, this means it’s free. Is built to run on specific hardware with no local data storage. Requires the internet to function. No programs are installed locally; all applications used must be Web Apps. There are no program updates, patches or viruses, since nothing is actually stored on your computer. You can never “lose” data, since it’s always stored on Google’s servers.

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How TableNinja can Change your Life

7 January 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How TableNinja can Change your Life
Regardless of how often you play online poker, installing TableNinja might be the greatest thing you can do for yourself. And by greatest, I mean it’s pretty sweet - and you’ll at least be happy you did. TableNinja is a poker shortcuts app similar to the “Poker Shortcuts” app used for the Rock Band Wireless Poker Controller video. The idea is simple: Instead of having to use your mouse or type out the amount of your bet, you can hit one key and have the program do the rest. When you think about it, you only typically make a small number of actions at a poker table: Fold Check/Call Raise min Raise 3bb Bet Pot Bet ¾ pot Bet All in For most of the poker players in the world, this list is almost 100% of all the actions you’ll ever make. When it comes down to it, using your mouse is always going to be a lot slower than using your keyboard.

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How to Tilt-Proof your Computer

10 December 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Tilt-Proof your Computer
For those of us with uncontrollable aggro monkey-tilt problems, we understand that when the bad beats come our computers are at serious risk of getting smashed, punched, thrown or crushed. I’ve seen mice crushed, monitors thrown, cases kicked and keyboards smashed repeatedly. Not all of these as a result of poker (I used to play a lot of Counter-Strike back in the day), but poker has been known to deal out its fair share of computer carnage. If your rage problems extend to the point of throwing notebooks in pools or snapping the screen from the body, then I probably can’t help you. But for the desktop users around the world who suffer from tilt-induced gorilla rage, this article is for you.

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How to Play Real-Money Poker on your iPhone

26 November 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Play Real-Money Poker on your iPhone
Update!! Click here to see a full list of the best iPhone poker sites online. Even though Apple refuses to allow any iPhone (or iPod Touch) app used for gambling, it's still possible to play real poker on the device with a little help from Jaadu. If you've read some of my other blogs, such as Quick Guide to Poker on the iPhone, you'll already know that it's possible to play real-money poker on your iPhone using a VNC or RDP app. This blog is going to show you exactly how to do that, with some video to show you what kind of performance you can expect.

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The Perfect PC Setup for the Online Grinder

12 November 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The Perfect PC Setup for the Online Grinder
My father once taught me a very important lesson: Always use the proper tool for the job. If playing online poker is your job, or even your hobby, you're going to want the right PC. The first thing to know is that you don't have to buy the most expensive computer and accessories to get what you need. You just need to know what you're looking for. If you do it right, getting the optimal grinder's PC won't actually cost you all that much.

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How to Mod Your Full Tilt Poker Client

5 November 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Mod Your Full Tilt Poker Client
All true geeks of the world share an understanding of one very important principal: no matter what it is, it's always better after it's been modded, customized and hacked. Being a true geek, I've come to the conclusion that using the standard images and sounds that ship with the standard Full Tilt client just won't do. The beauty of modding your Full Tilt client is that it's actually very simple and will only take as much time as you're willing to put into it. The first thing to understand is this is 100% legal. Full Tilt ships its software with its sounds and images unprotected and easily accessible. Only you can see the changes you make and it does not affect the game play in any way.

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Three More iPhone Poker Apps Worth Talking About

22 October 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Three More iPhone Poker Apps Worth Talking About
Over 21 million people in this world own an iPhone. If just 1% of those people play poker, that's over 210,000 people who should read this blog. The original "quick guide" to poker on the iPhone went over some of the best and worst iPhone poker apps available in the app store. At the time I had ranked Zynga as the best poker app available, while Imagine Poker was the absolute worst. In all seriousness, Imagine Poker really is the worst poker iPhone app I've ever used. Who decided that playing poker against the Mona Lisa or Napoleon is something anyone would be interested in? Just thinking about having paid for that app tilts the living shit out of me. But I digress. After a bit more digging around, here are three more poker apps worth talking about.

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The First Online Poker Room: IRC Poker

15 October 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The First Online Poker Room: IRC Poker
When people talk about the first online poker room, they're usually referring to Planet Poker - the brainchild of Mike Caro and the site that dealt the first ever real-money online poker hand on Jan. 1, 1998. What most people don't know is the idea for online poker had been around and functioning for years before then. In 1988, Finnish programmer Jarkko "WiZ" Oikarinen invented IRC (Internet Relay Chat). IRC was the first online "chat room" allowing anyone to set up an IRC server and anyone on that server to create his or her own chat rooms (or channels as they're known). Over time IRC grew in size and functionality, eventually allowing users to do things like send files and, more importantly, create and run scripts - basically computer programs that operate within the parent program itself. In the early 1990s, Todd Mummert and Greg Reynolds created a server and script that allowed IRC users to play poker games and poker tournaments online.

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Rad How-To: Play Poker with Your Rock Band Guitar

29 September 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The thought came to me sort of like this: I'm lazy, and I like the idea of playing poker while sitting on my couch watching TV. Originally, I developed a system to play poker online using voice-control software, but this isn't very useful if you want to chat with your roommates or eat a BLT while you play. The next logical step would be using the wireless poker controller, but I just don't like the idea of paying for something I can build myself for free. The Rock Band (and Guitar Hero) instruments are, basically, wireless controllers. You hit a button on the guitar and it sends that button-press to its little receiver hanging from your Playstation's USB port. I saw no reason why I shouldn't be able to plug the instrument into my computer and use it as my very own wireless poker controller. And besides, playing poker by using a guitar … that's just rad.

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How to Set Up and Play Voice-Controlled Online Poker

17 September 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Have you ever been so lazy that having to use your mouse to play online poker was just too much work? Me neither. And when I first decided to put together a fully functional system for voice-controlled poker, I was doing it simply as a novelty. Surprisingly while testing it out, I found that voice-controlled poker can actually be pretty useful. There are times where I want to sit on my couch, watch TV, and play a table or two of online poker. Nothing too serious, just something to kill time. I've always hated using laptop touch pads, and voice control ended up being a perfect option. This system I've set up is 100% functional. You can start your poker client, find a table, log-in, buy-in and post your blinds. Once you're on a table you can do everything you would normally use your mouse for - freeing up your hands for more important tasks.

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The Future of Poker Bots

15 September 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The Future of Poker Bots
There are hundreds of misconceptions and rumors about poker bots around, including what they are, how they work and if you should be worried about them at the tables. Poker bots are nothing new. The concept of artificial opponents was originally developed for the game of chess. Over time, programmers were able to create computerized opponents that can defeat the world's greatest chess-playing humans. But, luckily for us humans, No-Limit Hold'em is a far more complicated game to teach an A.I. than chess. Limit Hold'em, however, thanks to its primarily mathematical nature, is a bit easier for bots to wrap their silicon heads around. Programmers at the University of Alberta are well known for creating Polaris, the first bot that can actually give humans some real competition in this variant. But as of yet, no programmer has managed to create a truly competitive and competent bot for No-Limit Hold'em.

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