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After watching some of the game's best players ply their craft for over a decade, we're still surprised by how often were awed by something we see at the tables. An amazing soul read. A fearless hero call with 10 high. An impossible fold at the most essential moment. What the best of the best in poker can do seems, at times, to be superhuman. Which is why PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito began to notice a few similarities between some of Marvel's most famous superheroes and the players we get to watch at the felt. Read on as he reveals the hidden identities of 10 superheroes of poker. As you might notice, there are a few villains in the mix. Think we've missed someone? Let us know in the comments.
There’s a good chance if you’re reading this article you barely remember the exact first time you played poker. For many of us it took place when we were still children playing five-card draw for pennies or candy. For others it was when one of our friends dragged us to the casino and we furiously tried to remember hand rankings. The thing is that while it’s difficult to remember our very first session, most of us remember exactly what we were feeling while trying to learn the game. Poker challenges us and the whole “easy to learn, impossible to master” nature of the game has a way of making fools out of even the most hardened online grinders. Here’s a collection of GIFs that help illustrate everything about learning to play poker: The joy, the stupidity, the unbridled enthusiasm, the naiveté and the sudden shock when you learn a flush beats a straight for the first time.
Playing in the World Cup of football (soccer) is a boyhood dream for everyone even remotely interested in the beautiful game. Many of poker's most high-profile stars have shared the same dream - but somehow ended up playing cards instead. Thousands of poker players will be glued to the TV screens at the Rio in Las Vegas this summer following the World Cup in Brazil, and you might find yourself doing a double take every now and then as you look up at the TV and across the table at your fellow players. PokerListings Denmark's Thomas Hviid has put together a team of poker pro/football player lookalikes (and a coach) he thinks might turn your head. Enjoy!
Poker can be a frustrating game sometimes. It's to be expected in a game where the best hand constantly loses and the worse player sometimes wins. Then again, getting bluffed by the better player sometimes hurts just as bad. Poker tilt has undoubtedly been the reason for the tragic end to numerous keyboards, mouses and even laptops over the years. The problem is that non-poker people can’t relate to just how frustrating and challenging the game of poker can be. Fortunately online GIFs can. We’ve gathered a collection of GIFs that express just the level of anger that getting four-flushed in AK vs. AK can produce. Enjoy:
We’ve been in the poker coverage game for over a decade now and we’ve developed a few theories on what makes the great players so damn good. With that in mind we’ve created the monstrosity you see above, which is a Frankenstein-style collection of some of the most famous poker players in the world. If you ever see this guy staring across at you from the other side of the table you might as well fold your hand, give him all your chips and give up poker for Uno tournaments. For those keeping track at home here’s a breakdown of the world’s greatest poker player. 1. Phil Ivey’s intense stare, obv. 2. French Canadian pro Erik Cajelais’ fearsome right arm. Perfect for raising. Or punching. 3. Scotty Nguyen’s luxurious hair. That’s Prince of Poker style, baby. 4. Doyle Brunson’s iconic cowboy hat. It’s seen things. 5. Teddy “Iceman” Monroe’s diamond headphones. The most baller item in poker. 6. Dan Bilzerian’s beard. Hey this girl can’t be wrong. 7. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s laptop. Ready for multi-tabling. 8. Daniel Negreanu’s laugh (not pictured). That’s how you make the fish feel comfortable.
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