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A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv

10 May 2017, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
A Quick Guide to the Best Poker Live Streams on Twitch.tv
Want to get better at poker? Some very-skilled poker pros are giving tons of information completely free on services like Twitch.tv. The theory used to be that once you found a way to beat poker you kept everything you learned a secret. Giving away that information was giving away your edge. Well, an entirely new generation of poker player is taking a vastly different approach by live streaming themselves playing online poker. The following is a quick-start guide to getting started with poker livestreaming.

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Are Poker Players Cheating with Card-Reading Poker Analyzer Tools?

20 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Are Poker Players Cheating with Card-Reading Poker Analyzer Tools?
When you first sit down at the poker table one of the greatest fears is getting cheated out of your money. Once you’ve played for awhile you tend to realize those concerns are usually unfounded as both casinos and online poker sites utilize a large assortment of security measures (depending on where you play of course!). Technology is always changing, however, and the latest device to come out of China has some players worried. The gadget in question is generally referred to as a “Poker Analyzer”. There are a few variants but the basic idea behind the Poker Analyzer is that it can tell you what cards are going to be dealt. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at how Poker Analyzers work and whether it's a legitimate danger at the tables.

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Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?

13 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Will the Apple Watch Be a Useful Tool for Poker?
Is Apple set to change the game again? The imminent Apple Watch has financial analysts scratching their heads wondering if Apple might once again completely turn a market segment on its head. The big question that we care about, however, is whether the Apple Watch will have any applications for poker. We’ll take a close look at the upcoming watch in this article and project some of the possible uses for poker.

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Why Prismata Represents Convergence of Card Games, Video Games

30 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Why Prismata Represents Convergence of Card Games, Video Games
What’s the perfect game? Is it poker? Or maybe chess? Starcraft? Prismata is an upcoming strategy game that defies all attempts to define it by drawing on influences from an incredibly diverse cross-section of games. It’s quickly garnered the attention of famous poker players like Mike “Timex” McDonald as well as professional video game players like TrumpSC and Kripparian. We’re going to take a closer look at the game today and investigate why it could be the next big online game.

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Bitnplay Becomes First Poker Site to Crowdfund Start-up Capital

16 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Bitnplay Becomes First Poker Site to Crowdfund Start-up Capital
Another week, another new Bitcoin poker site. Between Bryan Micon’s original SealsWithClubs, the new Michael Mizrachi-backed GetLuckyPoker and the old-school heavy Breakout Poker it’s getting pretty easy to get lost in the shuffle. So why should you care about Bitnplay? Well it remains to be seen if Bitnplay will find success (it hasn’t launched yet) but it offers a few unique features that you won’t find on the other sites. We’ll take a closer look at three of the major features in this article.

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5 Classic MS-DOS Poker Games You Can Play in Your Browser

9 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Classic MS-DOS Poker Games You Can Play in Your Browser
The Internet Archive has now released more than 2,300 classic video games for free in-browser play including a handful of poker games. While most gamers are tickled at the thought of nostalgic favourites like Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia and Super Street Fighter II there are plenty of obscure games to be found when you comb through the massive free library. 

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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.

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Virtual Reality Poker: Oculus Rift Support Coming?

27 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Virtual Reality Poker: Oculus Rift Support Coming?
Could the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset change the way we experience online poker? It’s not out of the question as the Rift represents perhaps the biggest leap in gaming since 3D characters were rendered for the first time in the 90s. Poker technology has remained relatively stagnant over the last five years with many clients that, at least visually, haven’t changed very much since the late 2000s. We’re going to take an in-depth look at the Oculus Rift and propose two unique ways the VR could be utilized in an online poker setting.

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What Will Poker Look Like in the Future?

17 March 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
What Will Poker Look Like in the Future?
Outside of the odd game of Open-Face Chinese or Courchevel, poker has remained relatively unchanged for decades. There’s something timeless about the game and there’s a good chance some form of Hold’em or Draw poker will be played 100 years from now. That said, what other poker-like games do you think will be played in the future?

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5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone

20 February 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone
Over the last six months an online card game has taken the gaming world by storm and almost instantaneously created a massive online community with countless blogs dedicated to the game’s strategy and development. No we’re not talking about online poker. Hearthstone, which was developed by gaming giant Blizzard, is shaking up the gaming status quo with its free-to-play model that’s already attracted tens of thousands of players. Incredibly Hearthstone is still in open beta and hasn’t even been officially launched. The designers of Magic: The Gathering are likely worried and they should be with Forbes publishing articles like “How Hearthstone Could Change the PC Gaming Landscape” and “Five Reasons Hearthstone is Better Than a Real Card Game.” Why does this matter to poker players? Hearthstone and online poker have nearly identical demographics. If a game like Hearthstone can generate huge player fields in a matter of months, there’s no reason online poker can’t do the same. Blizzard has stated their goal with Hearthstone is to simply make collectible card games accessible, describing the game as, “deceptively simple, yet insanely fun.” Online poker could learn a thing or two from that logic. Here are five elements that online poker should adapt from Hearthstone:

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Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?

26 November 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?
Brain training software has never been more popular. Every day you see people using the programs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and video game consoles. In some ways they aren’t that far removed from multi-tabling online poker as both require critical thinking and dexterity with a mouse. Whether brain-training software actually increases your intelligence is an entirely different matter as numerous studies have shown the programs actually do very little. On the bright side, the programs do allow users to brush up on their math fundamentals and quick reflexes.

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Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah

12 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah
Cypto-currency Bitcoin remains an intriguing option for online poker players. We investigated the subject earlier this year in a Bitcoin feature we did on SealsWithClubs founder Brian Micon. We’re going one step farther today with a special Q&A by Nadia Hanna with Bitcoin experts John Light and Adam Sah. John Light is an entrepreneur with a professional background in business operations and online marketing. He discovered Bitcoin when researching alternative currencies and eventually decided to move to Silicon Valley to start a Bitcoin consulting business where individuals and companies can learn about the digital currency. Adam Sah opened an artisan food store, Buyers Best Friend, in 2012 and experienced the pain of handling cash, processing credit cards, costs and fees. The company designed their own Point of Sale (POS) system for processing bitcoins.

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Tech Tips: How to Take Great Poker Photos

2 August 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Tech Tips: How to Take Great Poker Photos
Taking photos of people playing a card game while trying to remain absolutely still in a controlled environment sounds like one heck of an easy photography gig.  And yet there are thousands of bad poker photos circulating the Internet. At PokerListings we’ve been photographing poker tournaments around the world for nearly 10 years now and we’ve taken hundreds of thousands of photos. Some of our photos are good, some are bad, but we like to think we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. We thought it would be a good time to share some tips for anyone just getting into poker photography. This article assumes you already have a camera to work with but stay tuned for our next article about poker photography where we’ll get into the best starting equipment. An intro to poker photography awaits after the break.

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Neo Bot Poker: The Next Step in Artificial Poker Intelligence?

21 February 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Neo Bot Poker: The Next Step in Artificial Poker Intelligence?
Poker bots. The very mention of poker-playing computer programs usually makes serious grinders cringe. In the past there have been black-hat programmers that developed teams of poker bots that would torment players in lower-stakes online poker games (especially in limit) and ultimately produce a significant profit for their creators. Online poker site security is a lot better these days and can usually spot rogue bots but it has still left a very bad taste in some poker players' mouths. Fortunately Neo Poker Laboratory has developed an A.I. they have no intention of ever using in real-money online poker games. Instead the recently-launched Neo Bot Poker is a free-to-play online poker site where poker fans can test their skills against an advanced opponent. It’s an interesting project and provides a glimpse into how an elite bot would act.

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New Polaris Deck Reinvents Playing Card Through Design, Usability

8 January 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
New Polaris Deck Reinvents Playing Card Through Design, Usability
These days it’s rare to see anything truly unique when it comes to poker equipment but that's exactly what David Goldklang has created with his Polaris cards. A graphic designer, David has been around cards his entire life and always wanted to take a stab at making his own. Earlier this year he finally made it happen. David collaborated with brother Jordan Goldklang to create a series of cards called Vända. The project, which was funded through Kickstarter, was wildly successful and easily raised enough money to produce the cards. Not content to rest on their laurels, the pair launched a new Kickstarter project late last month.

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How to Mod Your PokerStars Client for Free

5 December 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
How to Mod Your PokerStars Client for Free
There’s no denying that PokerStars makes one of the best online poker clients available with plenty of customization but there are always going to be people who want to take it one step farther.  Fortunately there are some extra steps you can take to give yourself a truly unique playing experience. The easiest way to completely overhaul the look of PokerStars is to just pick up a theme. Generally they cost money and they will change table, cards, card backs, chips and fonts. They are simple to use, as you just have to click the installation file. We won’t really be covering themes in this guide but there are great communities at tiltbuster.com and pokermods.eu where you can find themes for sale. Beware that the majority are Windows-only. This thread on TwoPlusTwo poker forum also offers a lot of information on modding PokerStars, provided you can get through the 500+ pages. If you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort you can modify individual aspects of the PokerStars client such as backgrounds, chips and the front and back of cards. Check below for a breakdown of how to modify various features of PokerStars.

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Seven Best Things About Full Tilt Poker Return

5 November 2012, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Seven Best Things About Full Tilt Poker Return
After being absent from the poker world for over 16 months, Full Tilt Poker is scheduled to re-open in non-U.S. jurisdictions tomorrow. In the time since Full Tilt went offline we’ve seen the rise and fall of the Epic Poker Tour, Phil Hellmuth finish second in the WSOP POY race in back-to-back years and the migration of U.S. online poker players to countries where they can still play. In short: a lot has happened. It’s been so long and there’s been so much controversy it’s easy to forget what made Full Tilt Poker great in the first place.. Obviously the best thing about Full Tilt Poker’s return is that players (at least European ones) will finally be getting access to their account balances. Outside of that here are the seven items that have us excited about the Full Tilt Poker revival.

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