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Poker is a game that’s enjoyed by people from all walks of life. The rich and famous, the blue collar and everyone in between. Ben Affleck, Bill Gates, Tobey Maguire, Nelly, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, Russell Westbrook, Paul Pierce, Sergio Garcia, Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo and Neymar are just a small sample of the notable figures who have been known to enjoy a turn on the felt. There’s a secret world to poker, however, as some of the biggest games don’t take place at a casino or even a poker club. Some of the richest poker games in the world actually take place in the privacy of homes or hotel rooms where the ultra-rich trade pots that are worth cars or even houses to mere mortals. Sometimes it's not even about the money. It's about the famous faces who sit down at the table away from the prying eyes of a public casino.
If you ask the average poker player to name the best poker film ever, nine times out of 10 you're going to hear Rounders. OK. Maybe 10 out of 10. It's just that good. Rounders is undeniably one of the greatest poker films in history ... but it's not the only great poker film. Below guest contributor James Guill shares his picks for the Top Five Poker Movies besides the Brian Koppleman/David Levien classic.
The Hero Call is a spectacular showpiece move in the arsenal of a poker player. Just like a goalkeeper deflecting an unsaveable ball in football, poker players can save a hand from a hopeless-looking situation by simply calling. You don't always need a monster to invest your entire stack. A second or third pair - or sometimes even just ace-high - is enough to expose an expensive bluff from your opponent. When you get it right in a big hand, there's no bigger or better feeling in poker. Here are five pretty spectacular - and instructive - Hero Calls in video form, picked out by PokerOlymp's Arved Klöhn.
Mainstream media tends to portray professional poker players as reckless gamblers (to be fair, a stereotype that holds true in certain cases). But in reality being a consistent winner at the poker table requires discipline that would make stock brokers uneasy.
There are countless close friendships that have been forged over the poker table but nothing interests people more than a good old-fashioned feud. There’s a reason that Phil Hellmuth berating Shawn Sheikhan and Tony G telling Ralph Perry to get on his bike are two of the most popular poker clips on the Internet. With that in mind there is one poker rivalry that has spanned over a decade and gotten downright nasty at certain points. We’re talking about the seemingly never-ending spat between Daniel Negreanu and Annie Duke.
Poker is a thinking person’s game. Given that the brainy and strategically savvy among us usually prove to be the most successful on the felt, it should come as no surprise that many of them are moving from the best schools in the world straight to the elite levels of high-stakes poker. Here's our look at the five schools responsible for pumping out the most professional poker players. In many cases the pros-to-be didn’t make it all the way to graduation day but it’s tough to blame them. Most of us would trade a mortarboard for a million-dollar score seven days a week.
Christmas is a week away and if you're anything like us that means you're just getting started with your holiday shopping. It can be tough finding something for that poker player on your list so we've put together a handy guide. These are items that a poker player will actually use, unlike that sweater with a royal flush on it I got from my grandmother last year. It's broken down into presents for the casual, live and online player and arranged from cheap to expensive.
PokerListings.com has been at the WSOP for the last four years and even though we're there to report on poker, we're really just trying to take pictures of beautiful women. We've been scouring our WSOP photo database to bring you the best of the best. Some of these girls can actually play the game, some not so much, but what they all have in common is looking great while they do it. There is no ranking system here, just a page filled with lovely ladies at the WSOP felt. After all, we wouldn't want anyone's feelings to get hurt. This is just the first in a hopefully long series of hottest girls posts. We travel the world to report on poker, but our telephoto lenses are always extended and ready.
With the success of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," it only seemed natural to make a list of the five best poker-related songs of all time. There are a lot of songs out there that have to do with poker one way or another. To make it in my top 5 the song has to be at least somewhat about poker, but more importantly it needs to be a kickass song of awesomeness.
After much anticipation, the durrrr Challenge is almost under way between Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Patrik Antonius.
UPDATE: For the latest news on the durrrr Challenge, click here.
It seems redundant to me to call superstitions unreasonable, but many people live their lives in accordance with their superstitious beliefs.
Those of you who have spread a poker home game will understand that there are a bunch of little things you have to account for before you can get the cards in the air.
For the most part in life, we're taught to be respectful and courteous toward strangers and not jump to conclusions about someone solely based on what they look like.
I can't emphasize enough my disdain for automated poker tables - those that take the place of real-life wood and felt games run by a real live dealer.
In live ring games, players tend to lose interest when they are not involved in hands, and find their mind (and eyes) wandering elsewhere.
The gap between pros and amateurs is always huge, whatever the game. Try watching an adult league hockey game and then watch the NHL.
A lot is made of being able to read and catch your opponent when he is on a monster bluff, or trying to induce a heavy call while holding the nuts.
In a previous list, we served up a few ways to induce tilt - to get your opponents to play the game emotionally instead of logically and to give you an advantage at the table.
Phil Hellmuth might be the most bipolar poker player alive. When he's on, he's on top of the world; when he's not, he's spiteful and angry - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.
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