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How Poker's Top Earners Stack Up Against Sport, Music, CEO Kingpins

12 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
In just eight weeks or so, one out of the nine players at the final table of the WSOP main event will win $10m. Getting that kind of money - basically for playing cards for a week, wrapped around a four-month break -  is a pretty unique thing. The famed winner shots of the happy player standing behind a wall of cash also contributes to the general image of poker players as guys who live the good life without doing much for it. It's true to some extent. Top poker players make millions of dollars. And the $21m Dan Colman has earned so far in 2014, which has spurred much debate about both the glory and realities of tournament poker, is an impressive number to say the least. But, truth be told, top poker tournament players are miles away from what top earners in other businesses cash out every year. PokerListings Germany's Dirk Oetzmann breaks it down.

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Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov's Poker Story - Q&A

31 March 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov's Poker Story - Q&A
As far as poker celebrity goes Eugene Katchalov isn't exactly a superstar. What he does have are results, over $6 million worth. Katchalov has only been playing poker 100% professionally for a few short years, having split his time to that point between cards and day trading in New York. In light of his recent endorsement deal with PokerStars, and the fact that he's one of the most profitable tournament players in the world, we wanted to get to know him a little better. We've got a feature piece in our news, to which this Q&A is a companion, so click here for more info about Katchalov's decision to play poker professionally instead of working in finance. And now, the full Q&A.

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First Quarter of 2010 in the Books

30 March 2010, Created By: Jason Mercier
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Cold Hard Facts
First Quarter of 2010 in the Books
Well it's now (almost) official, we are done with the first quarter of 2010. I wanted to reflect on how the year has gone so far, and also update everyone on my plans for the upcoming months. I want to take a look at some of the goals I made for 2010 and where I am at with them along with a few bets I made.

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Sviten Special - The Greatest Poker Game Ever

19 March 2010, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Sviten Special - The Greatest Poker Game Ever
The title might seem sensational but I assure you this is the greatest poker variant I have ever played. This is a game guaranteed to spice up that otherwise dull home game. In fact, this game is so awesome, so terrifically badass, so freakin amazing! I felt I had to write a blog and share it with all of you. The game is called Sviten Special and it was invented by some Swedish guy named Anders Bengtsson. Obviously this Bengtsson guy is a player with a sick need for constant degenerate action on every hand. Although I've never met the guy, I'm sure him and I would get along well. I learned the game from a friend of his, Franke Boy. All I have to say is thank you. Overview Sviten Special is a split pot game, but not in the way you're thinking. The game is basically a mix of Pot-Limit Omaha, and Five-Card Draw. Half the pot goes to best draw hand, half the pot to the best Omaha hand.

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9 Essential Health Tips for the Online Poker Grinder

14 February 2010, Created By: Ronnie Schwartz
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
9 Essential Health Tips for the Online Poker Grinder
Before we get started, let's be honest for a second. Poker players, as a whole, are not the most physically fit group of people. Our brains are processing information on a regular basis but our bodies get little more than the occasional chair wiggle or lethargic stretch. Articles like these need to be realistic. The point isn't to turn grinders into Olympic athletes; the aim is to offer practical advice that can keep the mind sharp and the body healthy. Whether you play live or online, poker guarantees one thing; you spend plenty of time sitting in a chair. In order to be profitable in the long run it's crucial to revitalize the body and mind with exercise and healthy food. Eating well and exercising have a real effect on your ability to make good decisions, the same decisions that translate into wins and losses at the poker table.

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It's Good to be Phil Galfond

19 October 2009, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
It's Good to be Phil Galfond
Ask nine out of ten children what they want in life and they're going to say a slide in their living rooms. The sad thing is that 8.9 out of ten kids' dreams of slides go unfulfilled. Phil Galfond has given hope to children worldwide, however, by installing a slide in his living room. Maybe his parents used to tell him that the house wasn't a jungle gym and he vowed to prove them wrong. Maybe he needed an escape route from the bedroom and the stairs just didn't cut it. Whatever the motivation, the result is sheer awesomeness. Some people might argue the aesthetics of having a giant metal tube coming through the ceiling into your living room but I say to them, "Shut up." Galfond is finally doing something worthwhile with his poker winnings. Watches and cars are all well and good but nothing says, "I've got too much money," like a giant slide built into your living room. Check out Galfond's blog for a couple more pics of his condo.

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Phil Hellmuth WSOPE Entrance FAIL

26 September 2009, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Phil Hellmuth WSOPE Entrance FAIL
Phil Hellmuth made another one of his Roman-themed entrances today at the World Series of Poker Europe main event but things didn't exactly go as planned. PokerListings was front and center outside the Casino at the Empire waiting for Hellmuth to show up, but mostly just to check out the girls he had for the show. After a bit of a wait Hellmuth showed up in the full Centurion gear with the guards and everything. I guess the plan was to roll up, join the group of girls and then walk into the casino. This is when the problems started. Hellmuth and the girls got to the front door and the bouncers stepped in their way and asked for ID! As you can see by the photos the girls didn't exactly have a convenient place to keep their wallets and obviously had no ID. Bear in mind that ESPN has cameras rolling and about 20 media people are taping and shooting photos. You think the coordinators for this stunt might have cleared it with the casino beforehand? Apparently not. So the girls aren't allowed in and Hellmuth is just stunned. The ESPN people are less than enthused and the bouncers aren't budging on letting the girls in without ID. A lot of standing around and hand gesturing followed and we pretty much gave up on the whole thing. Before long someone gets the bright idea to just go and get the IDs from wherever they were and eventually the entrance went on as planned.

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Andrew Feldman Interview: Full Transcript

24 September 2009, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Andrew Feldman Interview: Full Transcript
We do a ton of interviews for stories here on PL.com but every once in a while there's just too much good stuff to fit into the feature. In those cases we think it's only fair to give you a look at the full and unabridged interview. That's exactly what we've done here. What follows is the transcript from an interview done by our News Editor Martin Derbyshire with Andrew Feldman at the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe. If time and/or patience is an issue for you check out the feature news story here.

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Top 5 Strangest American Poker Laws

15 August 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Top 5 Strangest American Poker Laws
American law books are filled from cover to cover with random, obsolete, and outright strange laws created in a time long passed. As I have surmised after spending no time doing any actual research into the subject, laws were created in the olden days only as a reaction to an odd situation. Some laws are so ridiculous I'm just not sure how they ever came to be in the first place, such as: In Connecticut, by law, a pickle is not officially a pickle unless it bounces. Or better yet: In Florida, having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal. If you need a law to tell you that having sex with a porcupine is a bad idea, you have much bigger problems than needing to know a lawyer ... mainly the hundreds of quills you now have stuck deep into your bird. Here are the craziest American laws pertaining to poker:

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The Poker Player Hierarchy

6 August 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
The Poker Player Hierarchy
Before one can understand the differences in poker players they must be classified into specific groups, or taxa. As any responsible poker blogger would do, I've worked diligently to put together the official poker player taxonomic scheme. Under the kingdom Riverrilla Bluff there are many different orders, genera and species. Here's the official poker player Hierarchy. Match up the definitions with the graphic representation to your right.

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How to Get Kicked Out of a Vegas Poker Room

23 June 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
How to Get Kicked Out of a Vegas Poker Room
Rounding the corner in front of the Flamingo, my friend and I run into Dustin Dirksen, high-stakes online professional and full on LAG-tard. After the initial hellos and handshakes, Dirksen, beer in hand, jumped straight into his latest Las Vegas story. At around 2 a.m. on a Monday night, Dirksen and his friend were sitting at a $1/$2 No-Limit table at O'Sheas. As you would imagine from a player who plays games with a big blind equal to the entire buy-in at a $1/$2 table, he can only play the game for so long until something sticky has to hit the fan.

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Poker is a Skill Game, but Cigital Study Flawed

29 April 2009, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Poker is a Skill Game, but Cigital Study Flawed
There has been quite a flurry of reporting in the poker community and elsewhere (the Wall Street Journal had coverage) of the findings of a study by Cigital, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. The report presents what some are calling "definitive" data that "proves" that poker is a game of skill. Now, poker is a game of skill. Luck plays a role, of course, in the impact of the random turn of a card, the flukiness of the flop, the unlikely river card. That's not only the nature of the game; it's an inherent feature of every interesting thing that people do. But the Cigital data do not support the conclusion reached. Let me explain why. In scientific research we hold dear to a singular principle: you have to control alternative possibilities that might be causing the effects seen. The Cigital study does not do this. In fact, it has a large logical flaw in its design.

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Top 5 Poker Books

9 July 2008, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
Top 5 Poker Books
If you are reading this, chances are you're literate ... and you like poker! Well then, this is the perfect guide for you - just a soupçon of the varied world of poker literature out there for the discerning player - and by that I mean you - to read. Some of it is strategic, some of it just anecdotal, but all of these books are worth getting hold of. Here's my top 5 poker books. Read on ...

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