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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Build 'Em: Bryan Berg, Card Whisperer

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25 November 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Not Poker Related

If you play poker at all, either recreationally or for a living, you inevitably will develop a love/hate relationship with the cards themselves.

Sometimes, they're so good to you; others, they break your heart.

As we all know, though, it's not the cards at fault. They're just inanimate objects that sometimes, even, can be turned into spectacular pieces of art.

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The highly-awaited kickboxing match between Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis finally went down in Marbella, Spain, earlier today.

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Yesterday we posted a story about Tatjana Pasalic getting signed to Bodog and of course the first comment was asking why we didn't post better pictures of her.

Damn you shallow internet audience!

But we kid of course. Obviously we've got more pictures for you. After all, where would the internet be without pictures of beautiful women?

Keep reading for said pictures.

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According to Lex Veldhuis's twitter account he's going to fight Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in a Muay Thai-style battle in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker!

We love fights, just ask our little sister. We were like 100 and 0 in that series.

Read on for the Tale of the Tape!

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Matt Stout has been in London playing live majors for the last few weeks and he had a chance to get out and do some sightseeing. Now what do you suppose Stout would be interested in seeing?

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Liv Boeree Maxim

Now listen, we've run a lot of Liv Boeree photos on this site but almost all of them are of Liv playing poker. There's a big difference between that and professional studio shots for Maxim's website.

Alan Barry gets the credits for the shots and Stephen Daultry the words. The article can be found right here but we have all the photos below. Click through to find out the answers to such questions as what Liv's favorite guitar riff is and whether she actually grew up on a farm.

We hung out with Liv and her boyfriend Allie Prescott just a few days ago down in the Bahamas at the PCA and she really seems like someone destined for bigger and better things.

In related Liv Boeree content check out the extended video profile we did with her last year at the WSOP.

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The Atlantis Marina

When we arrived at Atlantis on Paradise Island the first thing we noticed was the marina.

I mean, we've seen yachts before, but never as many or as baller as what they've got right outside the PCA tournament room.

There are probably fifteen ships moored here, ranging in size, price and opulence. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say there's half a billion dollars worth of baller floating around out there.

The sickest one by a pretty wide margin is the Casino Royale. It's the one in the first picture below (make sure you're on the post page to see everything) and it's owned by yacht super-aficionado John Staluppi.

This thing is 163 feet long, has a giant master stateroom, VIP suite, two suites with king bunks and two additional twin cabins. All told there's more than 6,000 square feet of living space.

We approached one of the crewmen on the off-chance they might let us take a look. Obviously that wasn't going to happen. Over the next week though we're going to keep trying and see if one of these yacht owners will let us on board to snap some pictures and get a little backgorund on what it takes to own one of these floating palaces.

In the meantime enjoy the photos.

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Jessa Lynn Hinton

In one of the most non poker-related turns of events ever Playboy Cybergirl of the month Jessa Lynn Hinton has signed with

Ksino produces clothing geared towards poker players, apparently cashing in on the casino-goers proclivity for loud Ed Hardy-esque print designs.

Lacey Jones and Spanish bombshell Leo Margets are repping this company too so we don't really have any complaints about Stay the course, you're doing fine.

We've got photos of Hinton right here, which was really the only point of this post in the first place. Make sure you're on the post page to see them.

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Jason Mercier

As I sat at my parents' house next to my only sister, I asked her what I should write in my blog, as I wanted to post something about Thanksgiving.

She suggested (being the intelligent person that she is <3) that I should make a list of things that I am thankful for. So here it goes.

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Matt Stout

Well first of all, I'd like to thank my New York Yankees for taking a little bit of the sweat out of the equation for me. I have $4,500 riding on the Yankees to win the World Series, and here's why:

1) The Yankees were nearly a 2:1 favorite to win the Series according to Vegas bookies (who seem to know how things will play out with scary/suspicious accuracy)

2) I have a ton of friends from South NJ and PA area who, for whatever reason, have decided to put themselves through the torture of being Phillies fans

3) I <3 $$$

The combination of these facts led to me doing the first significant sports betting of my life. Normally I bet sports very rarely, and when I do it's $20-$100 between friends just for shits and giggles.

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