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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
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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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Must-Watch Poker Videos: Crocodile Grabs a Fat Piece of Loot

7 May 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Must-Watch Poker Videos: Crocodile Grabs a Fat Piece of Loot
Every month PokerListings looks back at poker hands that stand out from all over the world.  Poker hands that have become modern classics. Hands that might have been overlooked. Hands that have been played particularly good or bad. And hands that are just weird. This month we've found four great poker hands worth watching again including a Viktor Blom golden moment, a man called Crocodile, girl power and Gus Hansen. Yes, the Gus Hansen.

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Every* Poker TV Show Ever, Ranked

26 April 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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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
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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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Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check

4 March 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Poker Video of the Week: Colman Finds World-Class Check
Usually in our video of the week we present you with particularly spectacular bluffs, calls or even folds. Sometimes, though, we find hands that go against all odds. This week we’re showcasing a hand that would otherwise probably go unnoticed -- even thought it was played by one of the best players in the world and shows his outstanding skills. Playing top pair, Colman finds a check on the river that very few players would be able to make.

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Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?

12 February 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Video of the Week: Now Who’s the Boss, Will Kassouf?
It was one of the most controversial scenes of the World Series of Poker last year.  Stacy Matuson and Will Kassouf first battled it out on the felt and then engaged in a verbal back-and-forth over his (and her) behavior in a high-profile hand shown on ESPN. At the 888Live festival in Rozvadov in February 2017, they met again for the first time for a heads-up battle to "settle things" once and for all – and this time, they went differently.

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Video of the Week: Galfond Stars in 'Not Quite the Nuts'

14 January 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
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Video of the Week: Galfond Stars in 'Not Quite the Nuts'
At the moment, Phil Galfond is deep in the tank working on launching his new online poker room, “Run It Once."  But that shouldn’t keep us from remembering he’s still one of the best players in the world. He only played a couple of tournaments last year. One of them was the $300k Super High Roller Bowl, where he showed us how strong of a move a fold can be.

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Video of the Week: The Longest Bluff in Poker History

3 December 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: The Longest Bluff in Poker History
A brave bluff is one of the most beautiful things poker has to offer. One single good move is often enough to win a pot against a mediocre hand. In our video of the week we’ll see what happens when two stubborn players clash in a hand that doesn’t have any showdown value -- and where the regular laws of poker don’t seem to count anymore.

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Beyond Poker Face: A Look at the Most Elaborate Costumes in Poker

13 October 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
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Beyond Poker Face: A Look at the Most Elaborate Costumes in Poker
Poker is all about deception so donning a costume is not exactly a giant stretch for high-stakes poker pros. Tournaments, which can be quite slow, are also a good venue for putting costumes on display. Over the years there’s been hundreds of poker pros who have donned elaborate costumes at the WSOP, EPT or WPT. Sometimes it’s just for fun, other times it’s because of a lost bet and other times it’s merely a player repping some product or company.

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Video of the Week: Doyle Stupefies Ivey w/ Kangaroo Read

7 August 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Video of the Week: Doyle Stupefies Ivey w/ Kangaroo Read
Poker players who predominately play live will always tell you how important reads are at the table -- no matter how many hands you’ve played online or how well you play in general. Pros like Jason Mercier, Luca Pagano, Theo Jorgensen, Lex Veldhuis, Chris Moneymaker and Daniel Negreanu have all explained to us in depth how they use live reads to make big decisions. In this clip, however, Doyle Brunson takes his read to a completely new level. He doesn't read Phil Ivey’s hand; he reads his mind.

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Top 6 Online Poker Sites You Can Play On Right Now

3 August 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Top 6 Online Poker Sites You Can Play On Right Now
The online poker landscape has changed considerably since the halcyon days of the early 2000s. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great poker sites that you can play right now. In fact if you haven’t played for awhile you might be surprised to find that poker software has improved exponentially and there are now more poker variants than ever before.

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

2 July 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
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“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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