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Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

18 June 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art
Poker, or card games, as inspiration for some of the world's most legendary works of art? It's not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact dozens of the world's most famous painters - including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Picasso - found bottomless inspiration in the minutiae of cards, card games and its varied enthusiasts. PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito digs a little deeper.

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Guns, Jets & Sex: A Scientific Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)

17 April 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
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Guns, Jets & Sex: A Scientific Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)
Poker fame. The phrase itself is almost an oxymoron. Mike "Timex" McDonald has breathless fans following him into the toilet on the EPT circuit but wouldn't even get a nervous twitter in the Chipotle lineup. Even our most revered and recognizable stars - Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth - hardly face police-taped legions of fans waiting outside of regional airports. So why is "real" mainstream fame so elusive for a game with strong roots in nearly every corner of the planet? PokerListings investigates.

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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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Top Five Poker Movies Besides Rounders

9 December 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , PokerListed
Top Five Poker Movies Besides Rounders
If you ask the average poker player to name the best poker film ever, nine times out of 10 you're going to hear Rounders. OK. Maybe 10 out of 10. It's just that good. Rounders is undeniably one of the greatest poker films in history ... but it's not the only great poker film. Below guest contributor James Guill shares his picks for the Top Five Poker Movies besides the Brian Koppleman/David Levien classic.

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Marvel Poker Super Heroes: 10 Poker Heroes Unmasked at the Table

2 December 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Poker Comedy
Marvel Poker Super Heroes: 10 Poker Heroes Unmasked at the Table
After watching some of the game's best players ply their craft for over a decade, we're still surprised by how often were awed by something we see at the tables. An amazing soul read. A fearless hero call with 10 high. An impossible fold at the most essential moment. What the best of the best in poker can do seems, at times, to be superhuman. Which is why PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito began to notice a few similarities between some of Marvel's most famous superheroes and the players we get to watch at the felt. Read on as he reveals the hidden identities of 10 superheroes of poker. As you might notice, there are a few villains in the mix. Think we've missed someone? Let us know in the comments.

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Build 'Em: Bryan Berg, Card Whisperer

25 November 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Not Poker Related
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Build 'Em: Bryan Berg, Card Whisperer
If you play poker at all, either recreationally or for a living, you inevitably will develop a love/hate relationship with the cards themselves. Sometimes, they're so good to you; others, they break your heart. As we all know, though, it's not the cards at fault. They're just inanimate objects that sometimes, even, can be turned into spectacular pieces of art.

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Major Riddle: Godfather (and Fish) of Poker's First Big Game

12 August 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Major Riddle: Godfather (and Fish) of Poker's First Big Game
In a 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. Next up: Major Riddle. Check back regularly for more profiles. By Christian Henkel When it comes to poker losses, Major Riddle played in his own league. In the 1950s/60s there was a whole society of people trying to make money from the pockets of the legendary casino owner. He opened the first “Topless Cabaret” in Sin City and battled with the authorities. He was the godfather of poker's first “Big Game." He was also its first victim. He co-owned the legendary Dunes Casino and then lost it piece by piece. These are the stories of the men who made Las Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest city on Earth.

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Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud: "Poker is a Present for Any Photographer“

11 August 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud: "Poker is a Present for Any Photographer“
In 2013, French photographer Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud published a book of poker images taken over a period of three years at the European Poker Tour stop in Berlin. His photography from those events has now left the printed format and is available as reprints at an internet photo gallery called GALLMO. The limited-edition reprints are an asset to everybody who works, lives or spends time in any way in the poker industry. In the first part of a new series on poker photography PokerListings Germany's Christian Henkel spoke to Thiébaud about his work and its meaning.

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Titanic Thompson: The Greatest Action Man on Earth

29 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Titanic Thompson: The Greatest Action Man on Earth
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. First up: Titanic Thompson. Check back weekly for more profiles. By Christian Henkel He killed five men and married five women. He bet against Al Capone and won. He hustled golf and lost at horse-betting. He became so famous his life was eventually turned into a musical. This is the story of one of the men who made Las Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest city on Earth.

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10 Top Footballers Who Could Be New Faces of Online Poker

15 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
10 Top Footballers Who Could Be New Faces of Online Poker
Thanks to another unfortunate biting incident, Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez served as a representative for online poker for only a couple of weeks – a record low. His signing had a lot of potential but ended up an extremely short one as an ambassador for 888poker – or AteAteAtepoker, as the poker community humourosly referred to it briefly. Suarez's signing off has left a big gap in the market, though. With footballers like Ronaldo, Francesco Totti and Andrei Shevchenko showing how successful it can be the trend of football stars repping poker sites isn't going away soon. Question is, who else is suitable for the job? You’ll have to look carefully, operators, but don’t worry -- PokerListings Germany's Christian Henkel is here to help out.

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Poker PFC: Who Makes Poker's World Cup All Star Football Squad?

8 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Poker PFC: Who Makes Poker's World Cup All Star Football Squad?
The world's greatest football showcase is in the throes of its final four with Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands (sorry, Brazil) the only countries left with a shot at bringing the ultimate prize back to their countrymen. In their honor we ask: who would make poker's all star football squad? All avid football fans, our PokerListings international editors put together this infographic proclaiming who they think could lead an international poker squad to glory.

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Terrance Watanabe

27 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Terrance Watanabe
It's the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: Legendary loser Terrance Watanabe

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Barkley, Jordan and A-Rod

26 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Barkley, Jordan and A-Rod
It's the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: An off-the-poker-path trio that includes Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Alex Rodriguez.

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Riddle, Chagra and Karas

25 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Riddle, Chagra and Karas
The "whale" is the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek.  Next up: An Old-School Vegas three-pack featuring Major Riddle, Jimmy Chagra and Archie Karas.

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Andy Beal

24 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Andy Beal
The "whale" is the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week guest blogger James Guill is breaking down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: Dallas banker Andy Beal

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Guy Laliberté

23 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Guy Laliberté
It's the holy grail of poker, really. The "whale" - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. Ask any poker oldtimer about the days a big-time whale rolled into their town and you'll see a gleam in their eyes likely only matched on their wedding day(s) or the birth of their children. Or, likely, never matched at all. Life outside of poker ceases to exist when a whale surfaces and any poker player with a pulse lives for a seat in the game - if only for a few hours. Lifetimes bankrolls can be made in one epic session, and a lifetime of stories too. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week, guest blogger James Guill takes a look at some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. First up: Cirque du Soleil's Guy Laliberté.

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Puma Swede Ranks Poker Pros on Adult FIlm Potential

18 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Puma Swede Ranks Poker Pros on Adult FIlm Potential
You demanded it, and we delivered. OK demand might be a bit strong. Jokingly suggested, perhaps. But it's here anyway. When word got out international Adult film star Puma Swede would attend the 2013 Battle of Malta a clamor went up for her thoughts on how certain professional poker players would fare in the, err, Adult film department. We forwarded the request and, lo and behold, we now know what type of sausage Puma Swede thinks Gus Hansen has. Don't shoot the messenger; it's all a lark. And don't say we didn't warn you. You can't unread it. Rankings below.

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Trip Report: Analyzing My Play at WPT Montreal

21 May 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog
Trip Report: Analyzing My Play at WPT Montreal
Editor's note: Get up to speed with Part 1 of this trip report here. Day 2 of WPT Montreal started with 302 players remaining. 73 players were scheduled to cash and I thought there was a chance the bubble would happen before the day was over, so I was hoping for another long session of poker. My table was tougher than the table I left at the end of Day 1. I had a couple large stacks to my left, and there was someone I knew to be an online pro to my right. It wasn’t an extremely tough table, but there weren’t any blatant donators like there had been at my first table.

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Trip Report: R&R and Poker at WPT Montreal Part 1

15 May 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail
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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Poker is a Horrible Form of Income for Planning Anything

15 April 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Poker is a Horrible Form of Income for Planning Anything
Last time I talked about earning money for a three-month trip to Malta. Because I wanted to give notice to my landlords at the end of the month, I had to make all the money necessary for the trip in March. The pressure was on. I’m not saying it’s Murphy’s Law or anything, but let’s just say that March did not go well.

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Moving to Malta and Making Poker a Priority

15 March 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Moving to Malta and Making Poker a Priority
Since making it a goal to play 30+ hours per week, I’ve found out how bad I have become at organizing my time. I’ve also realized that poker has never been my number one priority, even after I quit my job to go pro. I’m always talking about how I don’t play enough hours of poker, and a big reason for this is that I don’t make it a priority.

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Emotional Stress, Big ROI, Advice for Moving Up

8 February 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
Emotional Stress, Big ROI, Advice for Moving Up
January was a mixed bag for me. If you’ve been reading my other blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a lot to deal with outside of poker. Someone very close to me is battling alcoholism and things took a turn for the worse late last year. For the last couple of months, I have basically been trying to make sure that she doesn’t die. Helping her out has been very time consuming, but the biggest impact on me has been the emotional stress. Even when I’ve had some spare hours to play poker, it’s sometimes been very difficult to focus. Emotional stability is extremely important when it comes to playing well and I certainly haven't had it these past two months. I took a lot of days off in December and January as a result.

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Courtney Gee: More Volume and Higher Stakes in 2013

17 January 2013, Created By: Courtney Gee
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Courtney Gee: More Volume and Higher Stakes in 2013
The theme of 2012 was definitely “did not play enough”. I did a rough calculation of the hours I played last year and it probably averages to 15 hours per week at the most, which is pretty sad. The main problem I had in 2012 was not knowing which game to play. I spent the first part of the year trying to play mainly 6-max turbo SnGs, but those games got really tough. I wanted to play an average buy-in of ~$220, but I ended up dropping down to an ABI of around $120 before I stopped playing. I just wasn’t +EV enough (if at all) with the number of regs that were in each game, so I had to stop playing.

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