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10 Things You (More Than Likely) Don’t Know About Malta

27 October 2015, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
10 Things You (More Than Likely) Don’t Know About Malta
How can you really know a place if you don’t know all of its anecdotes and secrets? For the first few Battles of Malta we took you around the island to discover a lot of Malta’s attractions: sightseeing, beaches, water sports, boat trips, spas, shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs. This year we'll shed a light on some lesser-known facts about the archipelago which will hopefully both amaze and amuse you.

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Getting Your Poker Fix with Poker Central’s New App (Review)

25 October 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Getting Your Poker Fix with Poker Central’s New App (Review)
What if there was a Netflix entirely for poker? That’s the feeling you get when you boot up Poker Central’s new app, which is available on a multitude of platforms including Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. Poker Central is first and foremost a TV network but they designed the app to give poker fans a sampling of the shows that are offered on the 24/7 poker network. The app has been getting rave reviews from the community so we decided to take a closer look at it and give you our thoughts:

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Getting Inked for the Battle of Malta: Poker Tattoo Art

28 September 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
Getting Inked for the Battle of Malta: Poker Tattoo Art
November is drawing closer and we’ve got our hands full preparing for this year’s greatest poker tournament - the one and only Battle of Malta. Australian artist Jamie Molin has designed a couple of BoM-themed tattoos which perfectly encapsulate the tournament's competitive spirit and the exciting history around which it is based.

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Jivaro Brings User-Friendly Poker HUD to the People

7 August 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Jivaro Brings User-Friendly Poker HUD to the People
There are plenty of Poker Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) on the market but upstart Jivaro is looking to disrupt the market with a unique emphasis on user-friendly software. For years the industry standards have been Hold’em Manager and Poker Tracker but those services are still overwhelming to new players due to their complexity and cost. Jivaro switches things up with a visually appealing theme and a business model that includes a free version. That’s the idea anyways. In the following post we take a closer look at what Jivaro brings to the table.

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Daniel Negreanu’s Dramatic Final Day at the 2015 WSOP (Photos)

31 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Daniel Negreanu’s Dramatic Final Day at the 2015 WSOP (Photos)
It was the river card heard ‘round the poker world. A fateful queen of hearts completed a straight for the unheralded Joe McKeehen and ended poker icon Daniel Negreanu’s incredible run in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. Negreanu, who missed making the November Nine by just two eliminations, collapsed to the floor out of shock. ESPN, Caesars, poker media members and poker fans everywhere were left wondering what might have been. It was a one-of-a-kind journey for the game’s most popular player (Phil Ivey might have an argument in 2009). This year the buzz around the tournament was taken to another level and, at long last, it looked like the November Nine concept was going to pay off in spades. It wasn’t to be. PokerListings was on hand every second of the World Series of Poker Main Event playdown and had our camera lenses pointed directly at Negreanu for the majority of the day. Here’s a collection of photos from one of the most memorable days in the history of the WSOP. Photos by Arthur Crowson, Matthew Showell and Alcanthang.

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World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker

6 July 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
World Series of Beards? Hipster Style Invades World Series of Poker
Las Vegas is pretty far from Brooklyn but you wouldn’t know it from taking a quick trip around the tournament floor of the 2015 World Series of Poker. A plaid platoon of bearded hipster mountain men has taken over the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. Many of these pros are millionaires but you wouldn’t know it from their rugged beards and sometimes unkempt hair. All that’s missing is a vintage splitting axe slung over their shoulder. Case in point: Matthew Ashton, Andrew Lichtenberger and Steve O’Dwyer have nearly $20 million in combined lifetime live tournament winnings but wouldn’t look out of place in a hotel in Thailand. It’s pretty much the polar opposite of the baller lifestyle image that poker players tried to cultivate in the mid-2000s. You gotta hand it to poker players, when they do something they give it 100%. Here’s a photo gallery of the best beards straight from the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. FYI: This is a $10,000 buy-in poker tournament:

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Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl

3 July 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Photo Blog from the High-Stakes Aria $500k Super High Roller Bowl
Today PokerListings was at the ultra high-stakes Aria Super High Roller Bowl following pro poker player Jason Koon for a new short documentary but that doesn't mean we didn't have time to snap some sweet photos. Keep an eye on this page throughout the event as we add new pics of high-stakes pros including Phil Ivey, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Doc Sands, Jason Koon and many more. The Aria has done a fantastic job of assembling some of the world's best poker pros, along with a group of wealthy businessmen, to play for some of the highest stakes on the planet. The TV set is beautiful, the lighting is great and we'll be snapping pics until they kick us out. Enjoy.

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“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight

2 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
“Bong Hog” John Morgan Steals the SHRS $250k Spotlight
Day 3 of the Aria Super High Roller Series cash game was fairly bereft of poker pros but that didn’t stop multi-millionaire John Morgan from stealing the show with a highlight-reel hand and a few hilarious stories about his past. Morgan is the CEO of the Winmark Corporation, best known for the Play It Again Sports retail stores, but he also loves to play poker. In fact Morgan admitted he frequently plays the $100 tournaments at Aria. It was astounding to poker pro Jean-Robert Bellande that someone with Morgan’s wealth would even bother with such low-stakes events. “So you have a set and someone sucks out on you and hits a full house and busts you from the tournament, are you upset?” asked an incredulous Bellande. “No I just go buy into another $100 tournament,” laughed Morgan. “They run every hour!” Morgan explained his love for poker in more detail. “It’s more of a sociological experiment,” said Morgan. “You meet some of the most interesting people. Sometimes I play the $100 over at the Orleans too.” Apparently Morgan has won a few of the events too. The rest of the players at the table tried to organize a $5,000 last longer prop bet between Morgan and Bellande in the $100 Aria tournament but Bellande wasn’t super keen since Morgan has so much experience playing those particular tournaments.

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Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal

24 June 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Phil Ivey: Agent Cristal
Phil Ivey has been noticeably absent from the 2015 World Series of Poker. Not many people were surprised when Ivey didn’t show up the first few days, as he’s been known to show up late. But as championship event after championship event went by Iveyless, concern started to grow.

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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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The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

31 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
The Watch List: Five High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches
To most, spending five figures on a watch is unthinkable but for some high-stakes poker professionals it's an investment they can wear on their wrist. Noah Schwartz, Bryn Kenney, Eugene Katchalov, Doug Polk and John Racener have combined live tournament earnings of $32 million. The watches they were wearing when we spoke to them have a combined value of $116,000. We wanted to find out what kind of watches they were and why these pros love them. The answers were interesting and the price tags were astonishing.  

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Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict

19 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict
Like many other poker players Bertrand Grospellier -- ElkY as you may know him -- is a true gamer at heart. One of the most successful poker pros of all time with $10.9m in live tournament earnings ElkY began his gaming career as a professional Starcraft player in Korea at the age of 20. As if he didn't already have enough gaming passions, he recently started playing the latest online phenomenon Hearthstone. We asked him a few questions about his new obsession.

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The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker

7 May 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
The 24 Most Insane Promotions in the History of Poker
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once said that a sure sign of failure for a start-up is too much promotional gear. Take a quick look at the poker industry and you’d likely agree 99% of the time. The unregulated online gaming industry in the early 2000s, before the UIGEA passed in 2006, was the wild west of online poker. The marketing teams for these sites pretty much went on a bender that lasted for years. Promos went far beyond just branded swag. It was over-the-top, excessive, ridiculous, greedy and downright sexist at points as online poker sites did absolutely anything they could do attract new players or generate publicity. Here's a closer look at some of the strangest, craziest or improbable promotional campaigns that online poker sites have run over the years.

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Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone

6 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Legend Daniel Negreanu "Addicted" to Hearthstone
Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu is arguably the most popular poker player in the world. But there’s an entirely different game that’s grabbed his attention lately. After a recent widely-popular foray onto Twitch.tv for streaming poker, Negreanu has taken one step closer to the video game world by getting his feet wet with card game/video game hybrid Hearthstone. As Negreanu himself put it on Twitter: “I can not stop playing #hearthstone this game is incredibly addicting and fun. Soooo much fun!” Negreanu’s not the only famous poker pro who has taken up the Hearthstone. In fact his PokerStars teammate Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (who used to be a pro StarCraft player) has been streaming plenty of Hearthstone on Twitch.tv as well. Mike McDonald, Benny Spindler, Gabe "GWalls" Walls and even 2011 WSOP champ Pius Heinz have also mentioned playing Hearthstone in the past but Negreanu is by far the most well-known poker pro to profess an appreciation for the game. Poker pros are hardly the only people interested in Hearthstone. The game recently passed 30 million players and is frequently one of the most popular games on Twitch. So could an old-school poker pro like Daniel Negreanu actually make the switch to an up-and-coming pro Hearthstone career? Ha, no. The money involved with poker still dwarfs Hearthstone. Negreanu recorded $10.2 million in live tournament results last year. Winning the Hearthstone World Championships only got James “firebat” Kostesich $100,000 last year and that was by far the biggest Hearthstone event. Here are Negreanu’s Tweets about his new-found hobby:

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