The Guest Blog

A menagerie of poker pros, celebrities, poker writers and industry figures.

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

Created By: PokerListings.com
12 August 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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“

Created By: PokerListings.com
11 August 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
29 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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.

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

Created By: PokerListings.com
15 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog, The Online Grind
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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?

Created By: PokerListings.com
08 July 2014
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
27 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
26 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
25 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
24 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
23 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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

Created By: PokerListings.com
18 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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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Sasha Daygame: How to Pick Up a Girl at a Poker Tournament

Created By: PokerListings.com
16 September 2013
Posted in: The Guest Blog

Note: Renowned "Pick-Up Artist" Sasha Daygame will be at the 2013 Battle of Malta and put together these suggestions for meeting girls at poker tournaments.

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Beating Microstakes Cash Games: How to Play Preflop

Created By: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams
05 October 2012
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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So last time I talked about how to properly set up your HUD and the importance of good table selection. And before that I discussed the overall mental approach necessary for success in poker.

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How to Build Your Own Poker Table for Under $300 (Guide, Images & Plans)

Created By: PokerListings.com
28 August 2012
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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If you've ever been in the market for a poker table, you're well aware the cost for even a basic set-up can run you $1,500+.

For something customized to your home/space or something truly show-stopping, you're looking at twice that or more.

It doesn't have to be that way though.

Guest blogger Jeff Kuronen has put together exclusively for PokerListings.com a full step-by-step guide to building your own poker table including images for every step and detailed CAD plans.

We think it's the perfect Do-It-Yourself solution to building a great poker table for under $300 - and in a reasonable amount of time.

Once you're done, you're all set to host the weekly card game you've always wanted to.

For tips on running the perfect home game, check our complete 14-part guide here.

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Beating Microstakes Cash Games: HUDs and Table Selection

Created By: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams
04 May 2012
Posted in: The Guest Blog, The Online Grind
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Having the right HUD (heads up display) setup and exercising good table selection are two of the most fundamental keys to success in online poker regardless of the stakes.

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Pop Poker: The History of Poker on M*A*S*H

Created By: Martin Harris
03 April 2012
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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Poker has long been a favored diversion for those serving in the military, particularly during times of war when the game provides a much needed escape from the steeper life-or-death stakes of battle. 

It’s only fitting, then, that the popular TV show M*A*S*H -- a comedy set against the backdrop of the Korean War -- would feature America’s favorite card game so prominently.

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How to Beat Microstakes Cash Games: The Right Approach

Created By: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams
29 March 2012
Posted in: The Guest Blog, The Online Grind
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Editor's note: Nathan "Blackrain79" Williams has played over 6 million hands of online poker at the microstakes and boasts some of the most impressive winrates in the game.

In his new series on PokerListings.com Williams will be giving you the benefit of that experience, reporting from the microstakes on everything from the latest strategy trends to who's been winning the most money.

Today he kicks things off with the first in a beginner series on how to beat microstakes cash games.

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Chris Ferguson

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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Kevmath Presents: Awkward Moments with Tatjana Pasalic

Created By: PokerListings
15 October 2011
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Industry Insider

In September, PokerListings contacted me about possibly doing some work for them on their site. I was the first person filmed for The Circuit during the WSOP in Las Vegas in July, and had received a lot of positive responses. Considering the fact that I had plenty of free time, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Forex Trading: Legit Plan B for US Online Poker Players?

Created By: PokerListings.com
05 August 2011
Posted in: The Guest Blog, Industry Insider
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The jury’s still out on what happens next for online poker players in the United States.

Some, like Phil Galfond, have already left for Canada to keep playing. Some have started the transition to live poker.

Most are still in limbo though. And despite a more optimistic outlook for legislation lately, there’s still no definite timeline for online poker’s mass return to the US.

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Elaine Forshee is starting a blog right here on PokerListings.com.

She’ll be keeping us updated on her progress grinding live cash games and tournaments, as well as giving us an inside look at Las Vegas events and her lifestyle as a model and poker player.

Check back for more posts, photos and video from Elaine at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Introducing Elaine Forshee, aka Playboy Cyber Girl Nicolette Shea.

Vitals: Poker player, model, $2/$5 live grinder, insider informant

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Heads-Up!

Poker is as much a game of emotion as it is of money. Poker is also more a game of emotional control than anything else. It isn't just the emotions that get stirred up during the course of a hand, a session, a year of play, it's the way in which you grasp those emotions, experience them, react to them.

I maintain that more money is lost at poker because of poor management of emotional highs and lows than any other factor, more than stupidity, more than bad game selection, more than bad luck.

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2010 PCA Final Table

We began this discussion with some history on the unsavory elements of poker.

Today, some case studies of "marginal" situations where these elements present themselves. Cases like these make nice "intuition pumps" - they get you thinking.

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Phil Ivey

A couple of months back we did a psychological analysis of Phil Ivey and his approach to poker. I want to do another one because several recent comments from Phil got me to thinking about the depth of his analysis of the game.

In fact he's taken it so far he's become an implicit psychologist. By implicit here I mean unaware, not conscious.

Phil's game has a number of elements to it that make it remarkably sophisticated from a psychological point of view, although I suspect Phil is unaware of these psychological factors. Indeed, I would have been pleased to have thought of them myself.

If you read carefully, you will see intriguing strategic elements in them.

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Blogs have many uses. One is to treat them like the classic soapboxes of the British parks, where you just stand up and start talking, talking about what you're thinking, why you're thinking it and why everyone else ought to start thinking about it too.

So, this will begin an off-and-on soapbox series looking at the "fine lines" in poker. The ones that we cross, sometimes because we didn't even know there was a line there in the first place.

Today's line is the one that divides the tricksters, the masters of deception and geniuses of artifice from the con artists, the scammers and the cheats. But this line isn't a clean one. It moves about and it's not always clear when it's been crossed.

Many choose to ignore this topic, claiming it isn't of any real importance. They are wrong.

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