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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 4: Annette_15 Wins in the Dark

30 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 4: Annette_15 Wins in the Dark
In September 2007 an 18-year-old girl from Norway named Annette Obrestad hit the live poker stage with a bang. One day before her 19th birthday she won the inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event and £1m in prize money. That made her the youngest bracelet winner in the history of the WSOP. However, she had already caught the attention of the poker community two months earlier when she won a 180-player sit-and-go without looking at her hole cards. Challenge: Win a 180-player SnG without checking your cards Record Holder: Annette Obrestad (NOR) Date: July 2007

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Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches

27 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches
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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Top Five Nearby Spas for Unwinding During the Battle of Malta

22 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Top Five Nearby Spas for Unwinding During the Battle of Malta
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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Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday

21 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday
The Battle of Malta is much more than just a poker tournament. 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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25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta

20 October 2014, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta
With the 2017 Battle of Malta fast approaching it's time to start planning some of the potential side activities 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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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 3: Boku87 Destroys SNGs for $100k

10 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 3: Boku87 Destroys SNGs for $100k
In 2009, there was no one in Europe who played as many poker tables simultaneously as Germany's Thomas “boku87” Boekhoff. He played up to 50 tables and devised an entirely new system for playing online poker. To prove that his system worked – and to promote a book he had planned – Boekhoff decided to play two bankroll challenges in low-stakes Sit-and-Gos (SNGs). Challenge 1: Turn $100 into $10k within 15 days playing SNGs w/ $16 max buy-in Challenge 2: Turn $5 into $100,000 within 12 months Record Holder: Thomas Boekhoff (GER) Dates: Challenge 1 March 3-17 2009; Challenge 2 July 15 2009 - May 19 2010

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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 2: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k

7 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 2: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k
In 2006, when Chris Ferguson was still Jesus, he set out to make a fortune without using any of his own money. Ok, that came out wrong. The goal of Ferguson's famous online poker challenge was to make $10,000 by starting with $0 and playing according to strict bankroll management. The Mission: Turn $0 into $10,000 Record Holder: Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Dates: March 2006-September 2007

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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 1: ElkY Sets SnG World Record

30 September 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges Pt. 1: ElkY Sets SnG World Record
In 2009, France's Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier went after a world sit-and-go record during the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. The goal: To play as many SnGs as possible within 60 minutes while remaining profitable. In the first part of a new series on the Greatest Online Poker Challenges attempted we'll break down ElkY's World Record and see how it made it into the record books. The Mission: Play maximum number of SnGs, make a profit Record Holder: Bertrand Grospellier (FRA) Date: April 28th, 2009

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5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)

24 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)
The Hero Call is a spectacular showpiece move in the arsenal of a poker player. Just like a goalkeeper deflecting an unsaveable ball in football, poker players can save a hand from a hopeless-looking situation by simply calling. You don't always need a monster to invest your entire stack. A second or third pair - or sometimes even just ace-high  - is enough to expose an expensive bluff from your opponent. When you get it right in a big hand, there's no bigger or better feeling in poker. Here are five pretty spectacular - and instructive - Hero Calls in video form, picked out by PokerOlymp's Arved Klöhn.

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How Poker's Top Earners Stack Up Against Sport, Music, CEO Kingpins

12 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
In just eight weeks or so, one out of the nine players at the final table of the WSOP main event will win $10m. Getting that kind of money - basically for playing cards for a week, wrapped around a four-month break -  is a pretty unique thing. The famed winner shots of the happy player standing behind a wall of cash also contributes to the general image of poker players as guys who live the good life without doing much for it. It's true to some extent. Top poker players make millions of dollars. And the $21m Dan Colman has earned so far in 2014, which has spurred much debate about both the glory and realities of tournament poker, is an impressive number to say the least. But, truth be told, top poker tournament players are miles away from what top earners in other businesses cash out every year. PokerListings Germany's Dirk Oetzmann breaks it down.

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Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker

9 September 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker
With much fanfare and hype Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in a high-profile keynote earlier today. While more and more poker players seem to be hopping on the Android train these days the iPhone remains one of the most popular handheld devices amongst poker players. There’s a good reason that most online poker sites have developed special apps just for iOS devices. Today’s announcement actually heralded a number of new features (including an entirely new design) that could potentially benefit poker players who use iPhones to play poker. Here’s a look at six ways the iPhone 6 will be a vastly superior way to play online poker than previous iterations:

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Three Kick-Ass Laptops for Playing Online Poker

28 August 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Three Kick-Ass Laptops for Playing Online Poker
Here’s a little secret for you: most online poker software is incredibly easy to run on almost any computer. Online poker sites have a serious incentive to make their software compatible with even the most antiquated laptops so they can increase their market share. In fact, we built a premium grinding station in 2009 and honestly it would still play every piece of poker software you could throw at it. That doesn’t mean, however, that the experience is the same on every computer. There are a couple features that are particularly important for online grinders. One is screen size (likewise resolution) because you’re going to want to multi-table and another is mobility because most poker players want to travel. Over the last five years there has been one significant upgrade that will help speed up your poker sessions. That’s the transition from old disk-based hard drives to flash-based solid state drives or SSDs. SSDs will help you load anything on your hard drive much faster and that includes your poker client. Is it necessary? Nope. Is it awesome? Yes. Some people will argue about the benefits of a beastly desktop computer brimming with scorchingly-fast silicon. It’s a good choice if you want to play 3D games at max settings but these days it’s hard to see them as anything more than overkill for online poker. Instead of buying a desktop just attach a couple high quality monitors to your laptop and you are good to go. Here’s a look at three great choices in 2014 (feel free to add your own in the comments!):

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What it's Like Learning to Play Poker [In GIF Form]

25 August 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Comedy
What it's Like Learning to Play Poker [In GIF Form]
There’s a good chance if you’re reading this article you barely remember the exact first time you played poker. For many of us it took place when we were still children playing five-card draw for pennies or candy. For others it was when one of our friends dragged us to the casino and we furiously tried to remember hand rankings. The thing is that while it’s difficult to remember our very first session, most of us remember exactly what we were feeling while trying to learn the game. Poker challenges us and the whole “easy to learn, impossible to master” nature of the game has a way of making fools out of even the most hardened online grinders. Here’s a collection of GIFs that help illustrate everything about learning to play poker: The joy, the stupidity, the unbridled enthusiasm, the naiveté and the sudden shock when you learn a flush beats a straight for the first time.

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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
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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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November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?

25 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?
Now that the 2014 November Nine is officially set, no matter where each of those nine players finishes there's one thing now guaranteed on top of that $730k payout: We're (probably) going to remember all of their names. Year 7 of the great Nov. 9 experiment has produced one of the more intriguing tables in recent history with the jaw-dropping back-to-back run of Mark Newhouse, the wire-to-wire steadiness of Swede Martin Jacobson and foosball wildcard Billy Pappas. How would we feel if a completely different set of nine players had survived the end game this year? How about any other year? It's hard to say, of course, and a semi-ridiculous proposition (you can't change the past after all). But it is fun to think about. And there's a very intriguing set of names to finish in the 10-50 slots over the past seven years. Would we be following Matt Affleck's poker exploits instead of Jonathan Duhamel's? Would Yevgeniy Timoshenko be a mainstream teenage hearththrob? Would Tiffany Michelle be a soap actress or a poker pro? Would women make up a bigger percentage of the poker world? Play along with our What-ifs as we look at the near misses in the history of the November Nine.

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Online Video Game Hearthstone + Poker = Gold

23 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Online Video Game Hearthstone + Poker = Gold
Wildly popular free-to-play online card game Hearthstone continues to top mobile gaming charts and the recent Curse of Naxxramas expansion has gamers buzzing. Of course the skill + luck format of the game makes it a natural fit for poker players and many are joining in on the action including former world champ Pius Heinz. We decided to fuse poker and Hearthstone by creating 32 cards that represent some of the most famous characters and incidents from the world of poker. Looking for a "Jesus on Tilt" card? Or maybe a 3-Bet card? We’ve got you covered. While these cards will never, ever, be used in an actual Hearthstone game they have some interesting (if a little overpowered effects). Feel like you could do better? Give us your own suggestions for Hearthstone poker cards in the comments section below. (Also, check out Five Things Online Poker Could Learn from Hearthstone). Special thanks to Fr.PokerListings.com’s Fred Guillemot.

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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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