Man vs. Machine: Jungleman Heads-Up with Pokersnowie AI

Pokersnowie is a sophisticated artificial intelligence designed to play game-theory optimal poker, and teach aspiring poker players how to make fewer mistakes and earn more money. At the PokerListings.com Battle of Malta PokerSnowie takes on one of the most successful heads-up No-Limit Hold'em players in history, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, and we capture the match and Jungleman's reaction on video.

      2014 Battle of Malta Features Parties, Pros and €500k in Prizes 02:01
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      2014 Battle of Malta Features Parties, Pros and €500k in Prizes

      We spoke to poker pros Maria Ho, Kara Scott, Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren and Gaelle Baumann about what makes the PokerListings Battle of Malta so special. With a €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, new celebrity host and a packed schedule of side events and parties, the Battle of Malta will have tons to offer both on and off the felt. This November the Battle of Malta will set the record for the biggest poker tournament every held in Malta and poker pros from all over the world will be competing. Listen to five hugely successful poker pros explain why you should consider adding the Battle of Malta to your poker vacation schedule. Whether you qualify online or buy in directly for the affordable price of €550, you'll have the chance to play in one of the best-value poker events on the planets. Playing out November 6-9 at the beautiful Portomaso Casino, the 2014 Battle of Malta will be held in a new, bigger tournament room and will feature a brand-new High Roller Event. Go to http://www.pokerlistings.com/battle-of-malta for more information and to find out how to qualify!

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      Pay Attention - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 5

      Even if you learn a ton of poker strategy, it's not going to pay off unless you pay attention to your opponents and what's happening at the poker table. In the latest episode of our beginner poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker, we teach you exactly how to pay attention at the poker table to make more money. Pay Attention to Every Hand This is a tip that every poker player has heard but many fail to put into practice. Every hand that plays out at your table is a chance for you to learn something about your opponents. That means that even if you fold, you need to watch and take note of how the people still in the hand are playing. Pay attention to how often players are raising before the flop and from what position. And if their preflop raise gets called, how often are they continuation betting on the flop? Do they like to play their draws fast by betting and raising, or are they just calling and shutting down when they miss? The second you sit down at the poker table you should be watching every other player in the game and profiling them as tight, loose, aggressive or passive. Most players are a combination of more than one style so make sure to pay close attention. Identify the Weak Spots To win at poker you don't have to be best in the world, you just have to better than your opponents. The same thing goes for your table. You don't have to be better than everyone, but if you're the worst player at the table you're going to lose. Most of your profits will come from the worst couple players at the table so you have to be able to identify the weak spots and focus on playing as many pots against them as possible. You also have to be honest with yourself and be able to see when you're the weak spot at the table. Don't let your ego get in the way. Just pick up your chips and find a game where you're not the mark.

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      Learn Basic Odds - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 4

      There's no two ways about it: Sucking at poker sucks. We're here to show you how not to suck and our latest episode is an important one: Learning basic poker odds. This video will teach you the basics of pot odds, pot equity and how to compare the two to find out whether you should make a call. Keep watching our 10-part series on How Not to Suck at Poker to stop sucking and start winning today. You don't need to learn any advanced math but you do need to be comfortable calculating things like pot odds, equity, and how common hands match up against each other. If you shy away from learning math, don't worry. You already learned everything you need to know to calculate basic poker odds when you were in elementary school. The whole point of learning poker odds is so you can judge how likely you are to win a hand and how much you should bet or call to get to showdown. Pot Odds The first thing you need to get familiar with is pot odds and it's a really simple concept. Pot odds refer to the amount you have to call compared to the amount you stand to win. Pot odds are important but they're only one piece of the puzzle. Pot Equity refers to your chances of having the best hand at showdown, and by comparing it to your pot odds you can figure out whether or not you should make a call. If your pot odds ratio is bigger than your pot equity ratio you should make the call, if it's smaller, you should fold.

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      Get Early Bird Savings for 2014 Battle of Malta €500k GTD Main Event

      For a limited time you can get big savings and a guaranteed seat to the 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta. This year our annual tournament is back with a bigger €500k guaranteed Main Event and it's set to be the biggest poker event Malta has ever seen. Get your buy-in to the €500k guaranteed Main Event, four nights at the five-star Hilton Malta, daily buffets and tickets to exclusive VIP parties, all for €1,300. And you can bring a friend, share a hotel room and both play the €550 Main Event for just €1,800. Sign up not for Europe's hottest low buy-in poker event.

      Count Your Outs: How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 3 02:57
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      Count Your Outs: How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 3

      Playing poker is a lot less fun when you suck at it. That's why we've put together an easy-to-follow crash course for beginner poker players to get in the game and skip the sucking. The third lesson is how to count your outs. One really important thing to get into the habit of when you’re playing poker is counting your outs. Outs refer to the cards you need to hit to improve to the winning hand, and counting them the first step in figuring out basic poker odds. Accurately counting outs can betricky since you have to be able to put your opponent on some sort of hand, but in a lot of cases it’s really easy. If you have 2-3 suited and flop a flush draw, for example, chances are you’re going to have to improve to win the hand. So how many cards are there left in the deck that will complete your flush? The good news is that if you put in some work counting your outs now it’ll became second-nature really quickly. Even more good news, once you know how many outs you have, there’s a really easy trick to figure out the odds of hitting one of them.

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      Poker Basics: How To Play Texas Hold'em Poker

      They say Texas Hold'em takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. We can't promise you'll ever master it but we can teach you how to play in way less than five minutes. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we run through the fundamentals of how to play Texas Hold'em. In Hold'em the game revolves around the dealer. It doesn't matter if each person is dealing, or you have a dedicated dealer like in a casino, the dealer button moves one seat to the left each hand and it determines who acts first in each betting round. Before you even deal the cards there are always mandatory bets called blinds. The player directly to the left of the dealer is known as the small blind and the player to the left of that is the big blind. It's important to know what the big blind is because it determines the minimum opening bet on each betting round. So if you're playing a cash game and the blinds are 1 and 2 dollars, the minimum you can bet on any round is 2 dollars. Next comes the deal. Each player receives two hole cards and the action begins on the player to the left of the big blind. This position is known as “ under the gun”. Action always moves clockwise around the table and players have the option of folding, calling the big blind, or raising. If more than one player is still in the hand after this round the dealer deals the flop, three of the five community cards. When you deal the flop remember to “burn” one card face down before dealing the three community cards face up in the middle of the table. Now comes another betting round with action starting on the player to the left of the dealer. Players now have the option of checking or betting. Next comes the fourth community card, known as the turn. Another round of betting follows before the dealer puts down the final community card, known as the river. A final round of betting follows the river and then comes the showdown. The highest ranked hand wins the pot.

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      Play in Position - How Not to Suck at Poker Ep. 2

      Sucking at poker sucks. That's why PokerListings.com is here to give you a crash course in exactly how not to suck. Lesson 2 is an important one: Play in position! Poker is a game of incomplete information so whenever you can learn something before your opponents it’s always going to pay off. That’s why one of the easiest ways not to suck at poker is to spend most of your time playing in position. Position refers to where you’re sitting at the poker table relative to the dealer button, and it determines who acts first on every round of betting. If you simply folded everything except premium hands unless you’re in late position, you’ d be well on your way to being a winning poker player.

      Poker Basics: How to Read the Board and Which Hand Wins 01:42
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      Poker Basics: How to Read the Board and Which Hand Wins

      In Texas Hold'em hands are made up of the best five cards from a player's two hole cards, and the five community cards. In Hold'em you can use two, one or none of your whole cards to make a hand. Sometimes your hand will be made up of just the five community cards, known as “playing the board”. When two players have a similar hand, all five cards are used to determine who wins. So if you're holding A-Q on this ace-high board, you have a pair of aces and queen-ten-eight. If you have A-J you're playing a pair of aces and JACK-ten-eight. The same is true when two players have a flush with the same high card. Both players have an ace-high flush but the player with the king of hearts wins since he has higher suited cards. Sometimes it's tricky to see which hand wins. The easiest way to figure it out is to determine exactly what five card-hand each player has. If more than one player shares the exact same hand the pot is split evenly between them. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.

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      Play Fewer Starting Hands - How Not To Suck at Poker Ep. 1

      It sucks to suck at things and poker is no different. In this 10-part beginner poker strategy video series PokerListings.com gives you a crash course on the finer points of not sucking at poker. Episode 1 is an important one: Play fewer hands. Most poker players are too loose and end up losing tons of money betting or calling with the worst hand. In Texas Hold’em there are 169 different starting hands and chances are you’re playing too many of them. When you’re starting out it’s important to keep things simple. One big way to do that is to only play when you have really good cards. Beginners often try to copy what they see on TV by raising and bluffing with any two cards but the truth is, in low-stakes poker games bluffing is no-where near as important as getting value from your big hands. Players might be bored, or just more interested in gambling and having fun than making money, and they’re all going to be playing way too many hands. If you want to make money you have to develop some discipline. Let’s start by playing a narrow range of starting hands and giving ourselves the best chance of showing up with the winning hand at showdown. Sticking to good starting hands will also make our post-flop decisions way easier and cut down on the chances we’re dominated and putting money in the pot with the worst hand.

      Poker Basics: Poker Hand Rankings and Values Explained 02:13
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      Poker Basics: Poker Hand Rankings and Values Explained

      The most basic thing you need to know about poker is the hands and hand rankings, basically what hand beats what. In the latest installment of our beginner strategy series Poker Basics we take you through the poker hand rankings from a high card to a pair all the way up to the elusive royal flush. Watch the video to learn all about poker hands, their values and which hands beat other hands. It all starts with a high card, a completely unconnected hand. Ace is the highest and in poker suits don’t count. One pair is when you have two cards of the same rank with three other unconnected cards. Two Pair is exactly what it sounds like: Two cards of the same rank, another two cards of a different matching rank and one other unconnected card. Three of a kind, also called trips or a set, are three cards of the same rank and two other unconnected cards. The first poker hand where all five cards work together is a straight: Five cards in sequential order with at least two different suits. Aces can be either high or low. Next up is a flush, five cards of the same suit. If two or more players have a flush the player with the highest suited card wins. A full house is made up of three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different matching rank. The second best hand in poker is Four a kind, also called quads. Four cards of the same rank and one other unconnected card. The best possible hand is a straight flush: Five cards of the same suit in sequential order. A straight flush to the ace is known as a Royal Flush. Memorize these hand rankings and get ready to play some poker. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.