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Beyond the Poker Table: Off the Beaten Path in Barcelona

25 August 2017, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Beyond the Poker Table: Off the Beaten Path in Barcelona
For over a decade poker players have journeyed to Barcelona to play PokerStars events. It’s undoubtedly one of the marquee stops on the entire poker circuit and has played host to some of the biggest tournaments ever held. But there's much more to Barcelona than just poker tournaments. It's one of the most culturally rich, downright beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks to leave the casino so here's a little peak at some beyond-the-poker table activities to try to entice you. Bottom line: Barcelona is amazing. Don't miss it.

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The Many, Many Poker Faces of Kevin Hart

28 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
The Many, Many Poker Faces of Kevin Hart
Comedian Kevin Hart is competing against some of the most elite poker players in the world in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl but he’s already beating them in one category. Hart is, without question, the most entertaining player in the room. The Philly-native hasn’t toned down his larger-than-life personality one bit despite playing for a $6m prize.

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888poker's Kara Scott: An Ex-Pat's Little Guide to Ljubljana

15 May 2017, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
888poker's Kara Scott: An Ex-Pat's Little Guide to Ljubljana
While Slovenia in general and Ljubljana in particular are still relatively 'off the beaten path,' they attract more and more tourists each year. It’s no surprise why: Slovenia is the perfect destination for people who like beautiful scenery and peace and quiet. Surrounded by Italy, Austria, Croatia and the Adriatic sea, Slovenia’s weather is ideal in summer. It’s so nice, in fact, that more and more people like Kara Scott, 888poker ambassador and famed ESPN WSOP host, have fallen in love with it and moved there.

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Every* Poker TV Show Ever, Ranked

26 April 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Every* Poker TV Show Ever, Ranked
*Not every There was a time when the idea of televising a poker tournament was absurd. Who would want to see mostly old white men play a card game? You might as well have televised a bridge tournament from a retirement home in Boca Raton. Cue Chris Moneymaker, hole-card cameras and the online poker boom.

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Your Poker Questions Answered: “What Do Movies Get Wrong About Poker?”

15 March 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Your Poker Questions Answered: “What Do Movies Get Wrong About Poker?”
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. PokerListings is going to answer some of the more basic poker questions you might have in a new ongoing weekly feature. These questions are mostly going to be of the new player variety so no question is too simple. The following questions are collected from various places including our poker strategy section, Quora, Yahoo! Answers and other places online. Feel free to drop questions in the comments section below and we’ll answer them next week.

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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.

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The Top 7 Most Exclusive, Invite-Only Private Poker Games

10 April 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
The Top 7 Most Exclusive, Invite-Only Private Poker Games
Poker is a game that’s enjoyed by people from all walks of life. The rich and famous, the blue collar and everyone in between. Ben Affleck, Bill Gates, Tobey Maguire, Nelly, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, Russell Westbrook, Paul Pierce, Sergio Garcia, Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo and Neymar are just a small sample of the notable figures who have been known to enjoy a turn on the felt. There’s a secret world to poker, however, as some of the biggest games don’t take place at a casino or even a poker club. Some of the richest poker games in the world actually take place in the privacy of homes or hotel rooms where the ultra-rich trade pots that are worth cars or even houses to mere mortals. Sometimes it's not even about the money. It's about the famous faces who sit down at the table away from the prying eyes of a public casino.

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The Periodic Table of Stuff Poker Players Like (Infographic)

16 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Tournament Trail
Periodic Table of Poker FOR SITE4 (Click on the image to view it full size) Periodic Table of Stuff Poker Players Like From sunglasses and hoodies to Rounders and credit card roulette, we painstakingly break down the many likes of the modern poker player. Whether you want to reminisce about the things you love, or better understand a poker-loving friend or family member, this periodic table intimately explains the inner workings of the poker player's psyche. Click the image above or click here to see the full size infographic and if you think we missed some important ones, please post in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k & More!

7 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k & More!
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. Here's an in-depth look at how Ferguson's Challenge played out along with four more iconic online poker challenges from Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Thomas “boku87” Boekhoff and Joe "ChicagoJoey" Ingram.

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Top 12 Worst Poker Etiquette Mistakes (Infographic)

9 May 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
There's more to fitting in at a poker game than fancy chip tricks and an encyclopedic knowledge of WSOP history. You have to know the ins and outs of poker etiquette. Enter the latest PokerListings infographic, explaining the top 12 worst possible etiquette mistakes you can make at the poker table. Stalling, hygeine, acting and talking out of turn, collusion, physical violence and being a bad winner or a bad loser are just some of the essential tips we cover in this poker infographic. Click here or the image below to see it in full size. If you want to embed this on your site, get the html code at the bottom of the post page. etiquette mistakes top 12 620 Embed this infographic on your site with the code below!   <a href="http://www.pokerlistings.com/top-12-worst-poker-etiquette-mistakes-infographic"> <img src="http://edge1.pokerlistings.com/assets/photos/etiquette-mistakes-top-12-620.jpg" alt="Top 12 Worst Poker Etiquette Mistakes (Infographic)"></a><br>Provided by: <a href="http://www.pokerlistings.com/">PokerListings</a>

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Nguyening! The Scotty Nguyen Soundboard Baby!

15 February 2012, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Finally! Now you can order pizza or prank-call Michael DeMichele and sound like the Prince of Poker Scotty Nguyen! Over the years Scotty has busted out some gems baby, one-liners that have become part of poker’s lexicon. But sometimes Scotty’s not around in person when you just have to hear someone cackle maniacally in a Vietnamese accent. That’s where our Scotty Nguyen Soundboard comes in. We’ve immortalized all of Scotty’s famous sayings and made them available for you whenever you need them, all at the touch of a button. And as a special treat, one of the quotes is actually Daniel Negreanu doing his famous (and not at all in bad taste) Scotty Nguyen impersonation.

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Black Friday Bulletin Board | US Online Poker Legal Updates

1 February 2012, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Black Friday Bulletin Board | US Online Poker Legal Updates
The catch-all, one-stop shop for everything related to poker's Black Friday and the ongoing development of online poker in the US. We'll be updating this with news and links whenever something significant occurs in relation to PokerStars, Full Tilt poker sites and AP/UB's ongoing dealings with the US Department of Justice.

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Great Poker Rivalries: Daniel Negreanu vs. Annie Duke

23 September 2011, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
Great Poker Rivalries: Daniel Negreanu vs. Annie Duke
There are countless close friendships that have been forged over the poker table but nothing interests people more than a good old-fashioned feud. There’s a reason that Phil Hellmuth berating Shawn Sheikhan and Tony G telling Ralph Perry to get on his bike are two of the most popular poker clips on the Internet.  With that in mind there is one poker rivalry that has spanned over a decade and gotten downright nasty at certain points. We’re talking about the seemingly never-ending spat between Daniel Negreanu and Annie Duke.

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Best Places to Move to Play Legal Online Poker

21 April 2011, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Industry Insider
Best Places to Move to Play Legal Online Poker
You know things are serious when people are willing to give up their country before they'll give up their game. With Americans looking at a horizon devoid of online poker some are considering taking matters into their own hands and finding a home more hospitable to their chosen profession. Here are our picks for realistic locations where players can legally enjoy online poker.

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Top 10 Online Screen Names in Poker

4 March 2011, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Top 10 Online Screen Names in Poker
Picking an online screen name is one of the least discussed aspects of online poker. It’s something that every online poker player has had to do at some point and it’s something that could be with you for your entire career as a poker player. Although screen names rarely have any effect on actually playing poker there is a certain art to it and every day you’ll see hundreds of awful names with a few clever ones in the mix.

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Top 5 Poker Universities

15 December 2010, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
Top 5 Poker Universities
Poker is a thinking person’s game. Given that the brainy and strategically savvy among us usually prove to be the most successful on the felt, it should come as no surprise that many of them are moving from the best schools in the world straight to the elite levels of high-stakes poker. Here's our look at the five schools responsible for pumping out the most professional poker players. In many cases the pros-to-be didn’t make it all the way to graduation day but it’s tough to blame them. Most of us would trade a mortarboard for a million-dollar score seven days a week.

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