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17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

6 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP
The 2006 World Series of Poker was memorable for a lot of reasons. For one, it was the biggest Main Event ever held with over 8,000 players getting in on the action before the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, passed later that year, put the brakes on the poker party. It was also the last year where online poker sites were allowed to satellite players directly into the Main Event so the Rio was a zoo as everyone tried to cash in on the poker craze. In other words, it was a high point for poker that some maintain we’ll never see again. Despite all the exposure at the 2006 WSOP there are a number of stories from that year that people tend to forget. Fortunately it was one of the first years that PokerListings covered the WSOP in full force so we still have a few tidbits to share. The following is a look at 17 underreported stories from the 2006 WSOP:

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Benny Binion: The Man Who Invented the World Series

18 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
Benny Binion: The Man Who Invented the World Series
In a new five-part series writer Christian Henkel digs deep into Las Vegas history to uncover the truth behind some of the gambling world's most notorious figures. This week’s subject is Benny Binion. Check back weekly for more profiles. By Christian Henkel Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker. These are the stories of the men who made Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest place on earth.

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The Periodic Table of Stuff Poker Players Like (Infographic)

16 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4 (Click on the image to view it full size) From sunglasses and hoodies to Rounders and credit card roulette, we painstakingly break down the many likes of the modern poker player. Whether you want to reminisce about the things you love, or better understand a poker-loving friend or family member, this periodic table intimately explains the inner workings of the poker player's psyche. Click the image above or click here to see the full size infographic and if you think we missed some important ones, please post in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Get Together and Feel Alright: A Quick Guide to Malta Bars & Nightlife

3 November 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Get Together and Feel Alright: A Quick Guide to Malta Bars & Nightlife
If you've been to the Battle of Malta before you know it's not only about coming to the Portomaso Casino to play poker. For some that's even just the side dish to the REAL centerpiece of the BOM - the parties off the tables. With a spectacular setting and the kind of climate that demands regular stops at each seaside kiosk for a quick sip it's very hard not to get in the spirit of good times. After a hard day at the tables - and with the new Betting Connections bar and lounge within arm's reach - a cocktail is also usually just the ticket. If you want to carry on into the wee hours Malta's second-to-none nightlife offers you no shortage of options. Here are a few to keep in mind:

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Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches

27 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches
You might be surprised to know that there are only a handful of sandy beaches on Malta. Most of the coastline is actually covered by rocks and only in a few bays will you find short stretches of sand.  During the summer then, as you might expect, the few beaches to be found are pretty packed -- even on weekdays. In the beginning of November though, with the weather still plenty warm enough to enjoy the sun and sand, those beaches are almost all yours for the taking. Especially early in the morning. And if you're a swimmer the opportunities are everywhere.

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Top Five Nearby Spas for Unwinding During the Battle of Malta

22 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Top Five Nearby Spas for Unwinding During the Battle of Malta
One of the less-appreciated but key things you need to succeed in a long poker tournament is a state of relaxation in both body and mind. Getting some exercise definitely helps but there's nothing quite like a massage, sauna or bath to ease yourself off the adrenaline high of a big pot or prepare you for a long day. In short: the spa is the best option to unwind from stress and maintain your relaxed state either before or after the cards hit the air. Thankfully the Portomaso Casino and Hilton Hotel, where the 2014 Battle of Malta festival will be held, is very close to five of the best spas on the island.

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Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday

21 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday
The Battle of Malta is much more than just a poker tournament. On top of this year’s BOM Main Event players will get a shot at new side events like the new €4,180 Grandmaster High Roller Event, the €165 Pot-Limit Omaha or the €300 Deepstack No-Limit Turbo. Even though the main purpose of your stay is to play poker you’ll soon find out that there are many more things to do on the island. That’s why we actually dare to say that the Battle of Malta is the perfect poker holiday. So before you board your flight make sure to bring your positive attitude, your poker skills, a pair of sunglasses and swimwear.

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25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta

20 October 2014, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta
With the 2014 Battle of Malta fast approaching it's time to start planning some of the potential side activites you can try on your trip. PokerListings is here to guide you through the multitude of excursions and activities available outside of the casino and the more traditional tourist activities. While Malta is a relatively small island there are an amazing number of things to do on this little rock in the middle of the Mediterranean. Last year we gave you an overview of the main attractions on the island: monuments, beaches, boat trips, restaurants, bars & clubs, shops, etc. This year we'll take you off the beaten track a bit and show you what other activities and events you can find.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Phil Hellmuth [Photo Gallery]

11 October 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
The Trials and Tribulations of Phil Hellmuth [Photo Gallery]
He didn’t get his 14th WSOP bracelet but every time Phil Hellmuth makes a final table it turns into an event. There was a steady trickle of casual poker fans into Crown Casino today who wanted to see Hellmuth make a run at 14 or at least heckle him a bit along the way. Hellmuth was his usual expressive self at the table and laughed, berated, complained and finally shook everyone’s hand at the final table. Unlike stone-cold Phil Ivey or emotion-less Mike McDonald, Hellmuth puts on a show at a final table. It’s unique experience and the Poker Brat didn’t disappoint during his fourth-place finish in Event 7: $2,200 6-Max at the 2014 WSOP APAC. “I just care so much!” he said during the final table. “I want to win so badly!” You can tell. Here’s a photo journal of his entire final table including a minor blow up and his elimination:

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November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?

25 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?
Now that the 2014 November Nine is officially set, no matter where each of those nine players finishes there's one thing now guaranteed on top of that $730k payout: We're (probably) going to remember all of their names. Year 7 of the great Nov. 9 experiment has produced one of the more intriguing tables in recent history with the jaw-dropping back-to-back run of Mark Newhouse, the wire-to-wire steadiness of Swede Martin Jacobson and foosball wildcard Billy Pappas. How would we feel if a completely different set of nine players had survived the end game this year? How about any other year? It's hard to say, of course, and a semi-ridiculous proposition (you can't change the past after all). But it is fun to think about. And there's a very intriguing set of names to finish in the 10-50 slots over the past seven years. Would we be following Matt Affleck's poker exploits instead of Jonathan Duhamel's? Would Yevgeniy Timoshenko be a mainstream teenage hearththrob? Would Tiffany Michelle be a soap actress or a poker pro? Would women make up a bigger percentage of the poker world? Play along with our What-ifs as we look at the near misses in the history of the November Nine.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Profitable WSOP = Guest Room in New Apt.

22 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Profitable WSOP = Guest Room in New Apt.
Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes. The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets. In the last entry of his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom recaps his very successful summer at poker's signature event.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Nobody Wants to Look Like a Complete Idiot

11 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: Nobody Wants to Look Like a Complete Idiot
Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes. The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker come true and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already. In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul On Stealth Mission at World Series of Poker

7 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul On Stealth Mission at World Series of Poker
We knew, thanks to this recent interview with reality TV star Trishelle Cannatella, that Aaron Paul was a poker fan. A big poker fan, actually, she says. So much so they used to play mini-stakes poker games on the floor of his crappy LA apartment before Breaking Bad hit it big. We hoped to see him at the World Series of Poker this summer. And we did. Sort of.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: If I Don't Play, I Try to Buy Action

30 June 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: If I Don't Play, I Try to Buy Action
German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes. The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks. In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop

29 June 2014, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop
The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is shaping up to be the richest poker tournament in history with a projected first-place prize of over $20 million. Before the event begins, and PokerListings.com starts covering it live in Las Vegas, you need to get acquainted with the players who have a chance at poker's biggest prize ever. Today we'll run down the 41 players who have already committed to playing, complete with photos and bios. Action in the 2014 Big One for One Drop begins June 29 and you can follow the action live on PokerLisings.com.

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Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs

16 June 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Dominik Nitsche's WSOP Diary: I Like to Play the Amateurs
German poker player Dominik Nitsche is a true poker globetrotter with tournaments played on every continent and big results everywhere he goes. The WSOP is his annual opportunity to make his biggest goals in poker a reality and he's proven he has what it takes again in 2014 with two (2!) bracelets already in just three weeks. In his 2014 WSOP Diary Dom will recount his experiences from poker's signature event.

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A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies

14 June 2014, Created By: Allen Rash
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies
Each summer a group of first time WSOP participants descend upon the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino looking to make their name in the game. But they quickly learn that playing in the WSOP is a little different than entering a tournament in your average brick and mortar casino. There are plenty of WSOP veterans walking the hallways around the Amazon Room, you can generally tell them by their slow gait and the “six-inches of vision” stare. Rookies are opposite, they have a hop in their step and their head is on a swivel taking it all in. Players coming to Vegas to grind a full schedule of tournaments may be ready to take on the world but often fall short when they don’t anticipate everything that can happen. Being the next poker wizard is more complicated than knowing the math and getting it in good.

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