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Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas may or may not return to NBA but for the time being the former Golden State Warrior/Washington Wizard/Orlando Magic/Memphis Grizzly/Shanghai Shark is tossing around expensive poker chips at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.

Arenas was a high-profile guest at the PCA cash games today and wagered thousands at a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha table against pro poker players Jason Mercier and Scott Seiver.

We're not sure how Arenas fared in the game overall but in the time we watched he won a massive pot with a set of tens and then lost a big one to Mercier. Arenas scooped a huge pot against Seiver and then decided to cash out a large stack of chips - what looked to be around $30,000.

The man formally known as "Agent Zero" and "The Hibachi" wasn’t exactly intimidated at the table of hardened pros either. He was extremely active, joked with his tablemates liberally and played nearly every hand before the game finally broke and he headed out for dinner.

The former second-round draft pick has had a controversial career that's included bringing handguns into the locker room, playing online poker at halftime of games and a contract that was named one of the worst in NBA history.

After he was amnestied by the Magic Arenas' contract was even expanded so he'll be playing poker on the NBA's dime well into 2016.

Last month Arenas told TMZ he was training for a return to the NBA. Hit the jump for a collection of photos of Arenas in the Bahamas.

Update: Arenas took a seat in the 2014 PCA Main Event on Day 1a. We'll see if he can transfer his cash game chops to the big $10k tournament.

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Elite Footballers Ronaldo, Piqué Arrive at EPT Barcelona

Created By: PokerListings.com
02 September 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail
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While you wouldn’t confuse EPT Barcelona for the pitch, there are certainly a higher-than-usual number of footballers at the tournament this week.

Brazilian legend Ronaldo, one of the PokerStars SportStars, touched down in Barcelona for his first EPT event.

The retired footballer did a few interviews with the media before taking a seat at a special “Phenomenon Table” with several qualifiers from PokerStars.es.

Meanwhile current Spanish international Gerard Piqué took a seat in the Main Event. Piqué is no stranger to poker tournaments, playing EPT Barcelona last year and also making an appearance at the WSOP Main Event this summer.

Check below for photos of both players in the thick of the action:

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Watch EPT Barcelona (S10) Streaming Live Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
29 August 2013
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

The tenth season of the European Poker Tour is now underway from the very place it began - Barcelona, Spain.

This bigger-than-ever edition of EPT Barcelona is live streaming for all nine days starting August 30 and is available right here on PokerListings.com.

Catch cards-up coverage of both the Main Event and Super High Roller final tables plus feature table coverage every day!

Commentary as always will be provided by James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and special guests.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule.

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WSOP Guest Photo Blog: 2013 Main Event by Shruti Kapoor

Created By: PokerListings.com
14 July 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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The World Series of Poker is nothing if not photogenic and today we're proud to bring you a brand-new perspective from the very talented Shruti Kapoor.

Kapoor is here at the Main Event shooting everything she sees and was nice enough to give us a glimpse of what the WSOP looks like through her lens.

Check out the photos below and make sure to follow Shruti Kapoor on Twitter and Facebook for more great images!

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Every poker fan should travel to Las Vegas to see the WSOP Main Event in all its glory.

But let’s say you can’t. Well we’ve compiled a solid cross-section of photos that illustrate just what it’s like to be at the biggest poker tournament in the world.

The following photos capture the highs, lows and everywhere in between on Day 1a of the 2013 Main Event.

You’ll see some celebs, poker pros, athletes and regular Joes. Poker is a melting pot and nowhere is that more evident than the Main Event where almost every group you can think of is represented.

Check it out after the jump (photos by BJ Nemeth and Arthur Crowson):

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 3

Created By: PokerListings.com
26 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Erik Seidel

In just a couple of weeks thousands of dream-filled hopefuls will take their seats in the 44th annual World Series of Poker Main Event.

With its $10,000 buy-in and historic playing fields the Main Event has produced many of the greatest moments in World Series of Poker history.

Guest blogger James Guill continues his Great Moments in WSOP History series with this Main Event-themed installment.

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 2

Created By: PokerListings.com
17 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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Every year the poker world descends upon Las Vegas for the marquee festival of the year, the World Series of Poker.

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PokerListings.com loves the World Series of Poker.

Why else would we come to the middle of the desert nine years in a row, braving surface-of-the-sun temperatures to cover the biggest poker series on Earth?

And when we come to the WSOP we come armed with the latest in picture-taking technology.

So keep reading and see the 2013 World Series of Poker through our eyes, and through our lens. We'll be adding photos here as we go.

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 1

Created By: PokerListings.com
03 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Chip Reese

The 2013 World Series of Poker is entering its second week at the Rio in Las Vegas and, with a record-breaking start, promises to deliver another set of unforgettable poker moments.

Now in its 44th year the WSOP has provided more of its share of great moments and in this ongoing blog series guest poster James Guill will take a look back at a few of the most memorable.

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When I made the decision to postpone Malta, I started looking into alternate smaller trips I could take in the spring or summer.

I found out about WPT Montreal, a $3.3k tournament at Playground Poker, and it seemed like a slam dunk. People always say that May is a great time to go out East, and I’d never been to Montreal before.

It was also just a 5 hour flight to get there, which seemed perfect for a short vacation without too much hassle.

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Chips

If you play poker you love poker chips.

Looking at them, touching them, playing with them. Dragging enormous piles of them and meticulously arranging them into intricate vertical structures.

We've compiled our favorite photos of poker chips from over seven years of traveling the international live tournament circuit, and we'll keep adding more as we go.

Continue down the page to get up close and personal with poker chips from all over the world.

Photo credits: Matt Showell for PokerListings.com.

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Courtney Gee LAPT Peru Trip Report (Part 2)

Created By: Courtney Gee
13 December 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, Tournament Trail
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Catch up with Part 1 of Courtney's trip to Peru here.

I’m a really light sleeper and my hotel room was (once again) extremely noisy, so I slept even more badly the night before Day 2 than I did the night before Day 1.

Having slept around 10 hours in the past three nights, I went to the casino feeling like a zombie on Day 2 of the LAPT Grand Final.

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Courtney Gee LAPT Peru Trip Report (Part 1)

Created By: Courtney Gee
10 December 2012
Posted in: Courtney Gee Poker Blog, Tournament Trail
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I somehow went all of November without blogging here. I meant to write before I headed off to Peru for the LAPT Grand Final mid-month, but the writing never materialized. But, better late than never, here I am with a tournament trip report!

For those that don’t know, the LAPT Grand Final was a $2.5k buy-in held in Lima. I played a few satellites trying to win a package to the event, but the closest I got was 2nd place in one of the $22r 3x turbos (which are insanely frustrating, by the way).

In the end I made a small profit playing the satellites, but I had to enter the tournament using FPPs.

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Day 1b of the 2012 Battle of Malta is complete with a total of 97 players making it to Day 2. We've got the chip counts from Day 1b below:

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Trying to tune in for tonight's World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table?

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Phil Hellmuth

Sure Phil Hellmuth may be insufferable if he manages to win his 13th WSOP bracelet but the bottom line is we could potentially see poker history at the WSOPE Main Event final table today.

Check below to see a slightly-delayed live video stream of the event, which begins at 1:45 p.m. CET.

Hellmuth has his work cut out for him as talented elite poker pros Jason Mercier, Joe Cheong and Chris Brammer are all looking to grab a slice of European glory.

Ukrainian Sergii Baranov, who is second in chips to Hellmuth, was also surprisingly good as they played down to a final table.

Meanwhile French fans will likely be pulling for an upset from one of their three remaining competitors: Stephane Albertini, Stephane Girault and Paul Tedeschi.

There’s a lot on the line tonight and if Hellmuth wins he’ll also take down 2012 WSOP Player of the Year and become the only player in poker history to win both the North American and European Main Events.

Check for the live stream after the jump.

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Earl Barron

There are a number of athletes who love the competitive nature of poker and former NBA player Earl Barron certainly counts himself in that group.

Barron picked up the game while he was playing with the Miami Heat and although he doesn’t get to play cards as much as he’d want playing basketball in Puerto Rico he made a special trip out to play to try and qualify in this year’s Main Event.

In the end Barron not only qualified but made it through Day 1c of the 2012 Main Event with 50,550 chips. Here’s a collection of photos from Barron’s first experience in the Main Event.

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Shane Warne's got a good thing going. He's one of the most famous cricketers alive. He's the captian of Team 888poker. And he's dating actor and model Elizabeth Hurley.

Warne is in Las Vegas right now taking a shot at the 2012 World Series of Poker and we caught him at Tryst Nightclub to find out what he loves about the WSOP and 888poker.

Watch the full interview above and make sure to check out our WSOP 2012 Main Event live updates for all the action.

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Earl Barron loves poker. We know because he told us.

And Barron also loves basketball. We know because he was on the 2006 Miami Heat Championship team.

Barron won his way into the 2012 WSOP Main Event through a live satellite and now he's got a shot at $8.5 million. Barron speaks to us about his love of poker and how he picked it up while playing ball in Miami in this World Series of Poker video interview.

Watch the full interview above and make sure to check out our WSOP 2012 Main Event live updates for all the action.

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We're making headway! All three Day 1 flights of this year's Main Event are done and PokerListings is giving you an inside look at the action with our daily WSOP video.

Today on the program we talk to Joe Cada, Erika Moutinho and Vanessa Selbst about what kind of Main Event winner would be best for poker, plus speak to 2006 NBA Champion Earl Barron about playing his first ever Main Event.

Check out the video above to see it all, and make sure to follow the action live with our WSOP 2012 Main Event live updates.

Here's a rough look at the Day 1C leaderboard:


1. Randy Haddox - 188,275
2. Erik Hellman - 175,950
3. Marco Bognanni - 169,600
4. Daniel Morgan - 160,025
5. Mathias Maasberg - 159,150
6. Brandon Adams - 158,100
7. Steve Yea - 157,175
8. Paul McTaggart - 155,475
9. Asa Smith - 148,475
10. Zennawi Petros - 148,150

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