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5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

27 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
5 Awesome Poker Games That Take 5 Mins (or Less) to Play

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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Easy Game Episode 1: Barry Greenstein (Video Mini-Doc)

20 August 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt

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: Which Hand Wins Calculator

24 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Which Hand Wins Calculator

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: Odd Rules and Exceptions

18 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Odd Rules and Exceptions

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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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble

16 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: More Games = More Gamble

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: Protect Your Game from Cheaters

11 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Protect Your Game from Cheaters

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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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends

08 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: How to Beat Your Friends

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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How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette

03 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Home Game: Etiquette

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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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite

01 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Who to Invite

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 seventh article we’re going to take a look who you actually want to invite to your game and what you can expect from each demographic.

These are a few of the basic groups that you can choose, or choose not, to invite to your home game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink

24 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: What to Drink

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.

Our fifth article is a special one as Christopher Null of Drinkhacker.com fame has provided a fantastic selection of potential adult beverages to serve at your next poker game.

If you like this piece, be sure to head over to Drinkhacker.com where you’ll find a plethora of recipes, reviews and all-around knowledge for the discriminating drinker.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up

21 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: The Set-Up

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 fourth article in the series we’re going to take a look at the basic set-up for your home game including how much money to put in the game, how many chips you’ll need and whether to host a small tournament or a cash game.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy

17 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Basic Strategy

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 third article we’re going to take a look at how a Texas Hold’em game works at its most basic level and some simple strategy.

The first thing you need to learn is poker hand rankings (which you’ll find in the previous article) but from there it’s time to learn how to determine the winning hand in a game.

The majority of poker hands are fairly easy to determine a winner (a pair of aces beats a pair of kings) but there are some trouble spots.

Here are three very good points to keep in mind when playing poker:

  • You must make the best hand possible using exactly five cards
  • No cards outside of the best five have any bearing on the strength of the hand
  • All five cards are used in deciding the strength of the hand

In a Texas Hold’em you're allowed to use any combination of the cards in your hand and the cards on the board.

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How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Poker Hand Rankings

12 April 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
How to Host the Perfect Poker Home Game: Poker Hand Rankings

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 second part we’re going to be taking a look at the basic rules of Texas Hold’em (the most popular game of poker) and the hand rankings. This is the first step in understanding the Cadillac of poker.

We’ll start with hand rankings and then move on to how the game progresses.

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Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money

14 November 2011, Created By: Arthur Reber
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Why Lederer and Ferguson (Maybe) Took Your Money

There’s been a lot of speculation about the psychology behind the folks who’ve been indicted in the Full Tilt Poker debacle.

A lot of the recent talk has been about the purported actions of Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, two of poker’s more respected long-time players.

Lederer is often referred to as “The Professor” because of his thoughtful manner and penchant for deep analysis and insightful questions. Chris is actually closer to this role in real life since he holds a Ph.D. and has spent more than a few hours in front of college classrooms.

Until now few have had anything but admiration and respect for them both.

Of course, we’re still in the classic “innocent until proven guilty” mode. I have no idea what the outcome will be. They may be found guilty; they may be exonerated. I am only interested here in the psychological issues.

The question raised most often is: How could these very smart dudes with position, money and prestige do the things they are accused of? It is a good question. It is also one that gets asked every time an odd-ball crime gets committed.

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Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!

23 February 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
Courtney Gee Back from the PokerStars Big Game!

Courtney Gee is back from playing on the PokerStars Big Game in Las Vegas where she experienced the highest stakes and the toughest competition of her life!

Courtney's not allowed to tell us the profits/losses from the session (Damn you PokerStars) but she's got plenty to say about what it's like playing for big money against the best in the world.

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PokerListings/Cardrunners Free Poker Strategy Begins!

21 February 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Thoughts from the Felt
PokerListings/Cardrunners Free Poker Strategy Begins!

We've had this project on the burner for a little while now and we're finally ready to start rolling out the free poker strategy!

Just before the new year we put out the virtual suggestion box to give our readers a chance to voice their biggest poker strategy concerns. The suggestions flooded in here on the site, as well as on Facebook, and we picked the best ten.

We sent that list over to our friends at Cardrunners and they picked ten of their best coaches to tackle these weighty issues.

We've got the list of topics and the list of coaches for you right here, plus a link to the inaugural post which went up today!

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