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The first-ever EPT/IPT Malta poker festival is winding to its exciting conclusion with the EPT Main Event.

Over 68 events were on the docket over the 12-day festival along with the big-time finale and, as expected, attendance has been plentiful.

Almost 900 entries were pooled for the Main Event putting over €800,000 on the line for first place. Main Event live stream will be available daily right here on PokerListings.com until a winner is crowned on Saturday.

English commentary as always will be provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Matt Broughton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Note: If the previous day's coverage is stil showing, click the "i" up in the top right of the screen and scroll to the newest day.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 February 2015
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Tournament Trail
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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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Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4

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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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Watch the 2015 PCA Main Event Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
10 January 2015
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

Hello, 2015!

The blockbuster annual kickoff event to the poker year - the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - is back for its newest edition and is already one for the ages.

Over 65 entries hit the opening $100k Super High Roller and another jam-packed main event is now on to the final table with just 6 players left to vie for the $1.5m first-place prize.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Matt Broughton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Note: If the previous day's coverage is stil showing, click the "i" up in the top right of the screen and scroll to the newest day.

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Jeff Madsen

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner and freestyle rapper Jeff Madsen says travel, freedom and weed culture are just a few of the things poker pros and rappers have in common.

Madsen stormed the poker world in 2006 with two WSOP bracelet wins and a few years later was back on ESPN in a rap music video with Liv Boeree, Joe Sebok and Amanda Leatherman.

“I make music with Prahlad Friedman sometimes and there's Brett Richey,” Madsen said of his fellow poker rappers.

“There's The Saurus who's a battle rapper that plays poker. There's a few guys, Alex Fitzgerald. So there's a little bit of a movement I guess.

“But I think I'm the best rapper, freestyle and just pure rap.”

In the last few years there have been several more amazing entries in the poker rap history books, and Madsen doesn't find the crossover surprising at all.

“Poker and rap kind of go hand in hand,” he said. “They're both kind of this job where you have freedom and travel a lot and it's artistic. Poker is artistic expression in a way. Weed culture I guess.”

Madsen even treated us to an impromptu poker freestyle about how his day at the PCA Main Event was going:

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The booming and fun-spirited Prague Poker Festival is into its second week with Day 2 coverage of the EPT Main Event now underway!

Live streaming begins today (Saturday) and continues right through until Wednesday when a brand new EPT champion will be crowned.

Commentary as always is provided by the unmatched team of James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Marc Convey and special guests.

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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It’s been one hell of a ride at the 2014 Battle of Malta with record-setting fields, huge prizes, Maria Ho and even an unusual truce at the end of the tournament.

In other words it was a pretty noteworthy event.

Our photographers captured the whole thing from the initial shuffle up and deal to the final hand of the final table.

Below is a collection of photos from the final day that eventually saw Antoan Katsarov take down the 2014 Battle of Malta trophy and over €100,000 in cash.

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2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta in Photos: Day 1b

Created By: PokerListings.com
07 November 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail
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If you're just catching up with the latest from the Battle of Malta, here's the scoop:

With a non-stop stream of about 900 players entering the tournament on Day 1b today we've simultaneously smashed the 500,000 guarantee and the record for biggest single-day turnout for a poker tournament in the history of Malta.

Combined with the 521 entries from Day 1a yesterday we're past the 1,400-player mark - a truly astronomical number!

We're firing out updates from the tournament floor over on our Live Coverage page but here you can find a collection of photos that capture the spirit of BOM.

Check back for updates to the gallery throughout the day. Click through/scroll down for the full gallery!

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2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta in Photos: Day 1a

Created By: PokerListings.com
06 November 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail
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The 2014 Battle of Malta is underway with the heady mix of anticipation, anxiety and aspiration only a poker tournament can provide.

We're firing out live updates from the tournament floor all day over on our Live Coverage page but here you can find a collection of photos that capture the spirit of BOM.

Check back for updates to the gallery throughout the day. Click through/scroll down for the full gallery!

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juuls2

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

Created By: PokerListings.com
27 October 2014
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog, Tournament Trail
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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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The Battle of Malta is all about poker, of course. But it's also all about having a good time - at the tables and away from the tables.

Food lovers, read on to find out what culinary adventures await you during your trip to Mediterranean Malta.

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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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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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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 anchor event of the EPT - EPT London - has appeared on every season of the famed poker tour and is back again for Season 11.

Already underway with the UKIPT Main Event completed and the first two Day 1s done, attendance numbers are strong and a susbstantial sum is up for grabs for the winner.

Live streaming begins today (Tuesday) with Day 2 of the Main Event and continues right through until Saturday when a winner is crowned

Big-name players through to Day 2 with big stacks include Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Vicky Coren-Mitchell, Liv Boeree, Sofia Lovgren, Stephen Chidwick, Anatoly Filatov, Johnny Lodden and Fedor Holz.

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

Click through/read on for the full webcast schedule!

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Phil Hellmuth

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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In just two years the Battle of Malta has established itself as the premier low buy-in destination poker tournament in Europe.

With 888 entries in the Main Event last year - and a €430,000 prize pool - it's already set the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in Malta.

With a €500,000 guarantee this year and the same affordable buy-in, numbers are expected to swell again and shatter last year's record.

How do the numbers stack up in other areas? We've compiled some of the key stats from our first two events in the infographic below.

A generous thank you goes out to all of our sponsors, players, staff and volunteers from the community for helping to make the Battle of Malta such a success. We look forward to hosting everyone again in 2014 for another record-setting series!

Note: Statistics at the top refer to the Main Event only and don't include side events. Nationality breakdown for 2014 is based on pre-sales of Battle of Malta packages.

Scroll down/click through for the full infographic.

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Watch EPT100 Barcelona (S11) Live Stream Right Here!

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 August 2014
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog, Tournament Trail

One of the most anticipated stops ever on the European Poker Tour - the 100th EPT event in history - is firing on all cylinders this week from Barcelona, Spain.

Kicking off with a record-breaking Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event, attendance numbers are through the roof as players flock to the sunny shores of BCN.

Live streaming began an Tuesday, August 19, with Day 2 of the 50k Super High Roller event and will continue right through until next Wednesday when an EPT100 Barcelona Main Event champ is crowned.

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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