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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.

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Top Five Poker Movies Besides Rounders

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09 December 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, PokerListed

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.

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5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)

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24 September 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, PokerListed
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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.

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Russell Thomas

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.

In a game where your edge is relatively small, you’ve got to use every available advantage to simply stay afloat. Successful poker pros are walking encyclopedias of methods to reduce risk and increase profit.

These secret tricks don’t just work for poker. A great deal of common poker knowledge is actually invaluable in everyday situations in business or even your personal life.

Rookie poker players have their minds blown by when they're introduced to concepts such as EV (expected value) and how variance truly works. It’s an eye-opening experience to say the least.

Maybe you’ll never sit at a poker table, but don’t let that keep you from benefiting from decades of knowledge developed over countless hours at poker tables around the world.

Here are 10 ways to hack your life with secrets from professional poker:

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Top 10 Poker Myths Debunked (Infographic)

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26 August 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, PokerListed

Men are better at poker than women. The poker world is full of cheaters. All poker players live a glamorous and jet-setting lifestyle.

These are just a few of the biggest myths about poker and the people who play it.

Today is taking the top 10 to task Mythbuster-style. We debunk the rumors and uncover the truth about the wide world of poker.

Click on the image below or right here to see it full-size!


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Viktor Blom

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s entire career has been based around incredible highs and gut-wrenching lows. 

Blom experienced an entirely new high this week by winning his first major tournament (fittingly it was the PCA Super High Roller) and winning a massive $1.3 million first place prize.

Of course with every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction and knowing it’s Isildur1 the railbirds are already circling his signature high stakes tables on PokerStars.

If Blom actually deposited the $1.3 million into his PokerStars account that means there’s a good chance he has the biggest bankroll on an online site since taking on Brian Hastings on Full Tilt Poker in the fall of 2009.

We all know how that one ended. The question is: Will he do it again?

With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of five hot online players who stand a good chance of stealing a piece of Isildur1’s gold.

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top ten social media poker

According to the website, social media in the poker world is led by players like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey.

Klout gathers information from all social media sites and aggregates it into a score, measuring the number of people you reach, how effectively you influence them, and how significant a presence you are within your network.

Some of the names on this list seem obvious, cough Daniel Negreanu, but others prove that sometimes it doesn't take exhaustive social media effort to have one of the biggest voices in poker.

It also proves having 1 million Twitter followers won't get you the number one spot.

Keep reading to see whose social media voice is the loudest in poker. And while you're at it, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

***Update: Due to popular demand we've compiled a new, much more reality-based ranking and we did it with the help of one Kevin Mathers.

Click here for Kevmath's Real Top 10 Social Media Players in Poker.

Click here to follow everyone on both our Top Social Media Poker Players with a handy Twitter List!

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Great Poker Rivalries: Daniel Negreanu vs. Annie Duke

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23 September 2011
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, PokerListed
Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu

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.

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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.

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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.

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