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David Ulliott

Can you even begin to sum up the life and career of a character as larger-than-life as Dave "Devilifsh" Ulliott in a few videos?

Of course not. But it's the small moments inbetween the big ones that often say the most.

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Degenerate Gamblers

Can’t get enough poker? Need more action in your day-to-day life?

There are plenty of times where you don’t have enough time to fit in a full poker game -- at the office for instance -- but you can still take part in some incredibly fun action-packed poker gambling games.

Chinese Poker is probably the most famous of these types of games but it can take a little too long if you're really pressed for time.

Over the years we’ve come across numerous poker games that take as little as 30 seconds to play but still provide some excitement.

The great thing about these games is that because they require very little skill nearly everyone can play and it’s a fantastic way to teach people basic poker hand rankings as well as build camaraderie. You might even inspire someone to start playing actual poker.

The following games all forgo betting and you’re essentially all-in on every hand. It’s best to bet a $1 a game or something similar and keep track of the results.

There are no hard and fast rules for these kinds of games and most of them are always evolving. You might know some of the following games by different names. These are a few of our favorite ones but be sure to share your own in the comments section below.

Keep in mind you'll need to know basic Poker Hand Rankings to play.

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Few people have seen as much of the poker world as Barry Greenstein. From high-stakes cash games to major tournament wins, Greenstein was among the first crop of legitimate post-boom celebrity poker players.

Greenstein was playing poker for a living before most of today’s young guns were even born. He’s been one of the most successful and respected players in the game for decades, and he’s gained a unique perspective on poker from those years of experience.

That’s why we’re kicking off our new video series Easy Game with a few words of wisdom from Barry Greenstein.

PokerListings.com explores Greenstein’s origin story and the changes he’s seen the poker world undergo since his career began so many years ago.

Greenstein was gracious enough to invite us into his home in Los Angeles to share the story of a bright young man from Chicago who grew up to be one of the greatest poker players who ever lived.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the first installment in our new interview series Easy Game.

More Easy Game Epsiodes:

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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 13th and final article we’re simply going to leave you with our Which Hand Wins Calculator.

If you’ve never seen one before this is a very useful tool to ascertain which hand wins if you’re uncertain.

Just enter the various hands of the players involved in the hand, enter the flop, turn and river and then scroll to the right slightly and click Which Hand Wins. Our calculator is accurate 100% of the time.

Hopefully it will cut down on the number of arguments in your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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 12th article we’re going to take a look at some of the odd rules, mistakes and exceptions that can pop up over the course of a poker game.

Familiarize yourself with these oddities and you’ll be able to deal with 90% of the issues that arise during your home game.

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Winning Hand

How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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.

In our 11th article we’ll show you how to break free from the shackles of No-Limit Hold’em. It’s a big, gambley world out there if you know what games to play.

These three games are easy to play and guaranteed to inject some action into your home game if you’re stuck in a Hold’em rut.

As the numbers get higher the gamble quotient goes up. Once you get to number three you might as well just put your stack in the middle blind.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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.

In our ninth article we’re looking at a most unsavory topic, cheaters at your home game.

It’s important to accept that the possibility of cheating always exists, even if you’re not playing for money.

Some people are just wired to cheat and do it regardless of the cash, others are simply trying to exploit you for financial gain.

As the stakes get bigger and your familiarity with the players go down, the more you need to be on the lookout for would-be charlatans.

The good news is the people you’re looking for will rarely be accomplished card mechanics, and there are a few easy things you can do to seriously limit their opportunities to cheat.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and the players in your game.

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Big stacks are good

How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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.

In our ninth article we’re looking at how to actually beat your friends, and how to do it diplomatically enough so that they don’t boycott your game for good.

We’ll look at a number of typical home-game player types and the best strategies to use to separate them from their stack.

We’ll include a ton of links to the essential strategy content and tell you where and when it’s appropriate to use it.

And above all we’ll teach you the subtle art of getting someone to hand over their money, and do it with a smile on their face.

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We've been taking pictures of Phil Ivey for seven years and we've cobbled together the 88 best into one super massive collage of awesomeness.

Click to get the full-size high definition version for your desktop wallpaper.

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Phil Hellmuth

How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game is a 13-part series on how to run the superlative poker night for all 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 eighth article we’re looking at poker home game etiquette.

We’re going to give you nine poker etiquette rules and while we can’t guarantee your friends won’t resort to childish name-calling, we can promise you’ll finish the game with your honor in one piece.

Etiquette is all about respect, and it’s what separates the civilized world from the animal kingdom, and Atlantic City.

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