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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.
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.
According to the website Klout.com, 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!
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.
Frequent player points are a great way to promote extended play; the more you play, the more you earn. And with your FPPs you can get everything from TVs to cameras to cars to poker clothing (Please don't). But even though the loyalty programs have gotten better, there are some things you're just never going to be allowed to buy. But hey, we can still dream can't we?
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.
2+2er pepito, armed with his trusty HD pocket cam, ran around the Rio coercing the world's best into non-sequitor quotes for the enjoyment of the News, Views and Gossip faithful. Thread here.
Praise Allah that High Stakes Poker was brought back for a fifth season. Watching actual poker being played for substantial sums of money is infinitely better than listening to Mike and Vince drone on about the umpteenth billion "race situation." Of course, High Stakes Poker Season 5 lived up to the hype, establishing new precedents for huge pots and outrageous bluffs. The top five hands from the fifth season, in no particular order:
We've all seen poker on TV, and we've all seen the wide variety of poker personalities that catch the camera's attention. The question of the day is: Which poker personalities are most likely to induce tilt in your opponents? The following personalities can be used individually or combined into groups of two or more. Feel free to experiment, and post any positive tilt-inducing results in the comments. Together, we can start the first community of Tilt-Artists.
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.
Over the years I've heard fish say a lot of stupid things. Certain comments make me laugh out loud; others tilt the living crap out of me.
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.
First of all we'd like to say that we'd never counsel you to ignore your family, especially during the holidays. Sure, they never leave you alone and they're always wanting something - presents, candy, shoes without holes in the bottoms - but if you ignore them, the authorities will probably have something to say about it.
Christmas is here - time to break out the eggnog, shortbread, turkey, ham, knit sweaters, wrapping paper, plenty of mulled wine to take the edge off the in-laws and of course, the classic Christmas carols.
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