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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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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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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Equipment

10 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Equipment
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for your friends and coworkers. We’ll cover everything from what game of poker is easiest to play, what hand beats what and even what drinks and food to serve. Follow this guide and people will be reserving their seat at your table weeks in advance. For our first article we’re going to take a look at the basic equipment needed to run a poker game.

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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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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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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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