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Christmas Presents That Don't Suck for Poker Players

Created By: Nikki Van de Weijer 
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Christmas Presents That Don't Suck for Poker Players

If you’ve stumbled across this article, you most likely have a poker player in your life and no idea what to get him or her for Christmas. Finding gifts for poker players can be a difficult task but no need to stress; there are plenty of options out there for even the most discerning of poker aficionados. Here are the best of the best poker Christmas gifts.

Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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Sharps, Nudes and Dogs: Cards (and Poker) as Inspiration for Art

Poker, or card games, as inspiration for some of the world's most legendary works of art? It's not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact dozens of the world's most famous painters - including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Picasso - found bottomless inspiration in the minutiae of cards, card games and its varied enthusiasts. PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito digs a little deeper.

Guns, Jets & Sex: A Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)

Created By: Alexander Villegas 
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Guns, Jets & Sex: A Study of Poker Fame v. Real Fame (w/ Graphs!)

Poker fame. The phrase itself is almost an oxymoron. Mike "Timex" McDonald has breathless fans following him into the toilet on the EPT circuit but wouldn't even get a nervous twitter in the Chipotle lineup. Even our most revered and recognizable stars - Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth - hardly face police-taped legions of fans waiting outside of regional airports. So why is "real" mainstream fame so elusive for a game with strong roots in nearly every corner of the planet? PokerListings investigates.

Top 5 Poker Movies Besides Rounders

Created By: PokerListings.com 
Posted in: The Guest Blog , PokerListed

Top 5 Poker Movies Besides Rounders

If you ask the average poker player to name the best poker film ever, nine times out of 10 you're going to hear Rounders. OK. Maybe 10 out of 10. It's just that good. Rounders is undeniably one of the greatest poker films in history ... but it's not the only great poker film. Below guest contributor James Guill shares his picks for the Top Five Poker Movies besides the Brian Koppleman/David Levien classic.

Major Riddle: Godfather (and Fish) of Poker's First Big Game

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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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.

Franҫois-Xavier Thiébaud: "Poker is a Present for Any Photographer“

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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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.

Titanic Thompson: The Greatest Action Man on Earth

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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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. 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.

Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Terrance Watanabe

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Terrance Watanabe

It's the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: Legendary loser Terrance Watanabe

Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Barkley, Jordan and A-Rod

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Barkley, Jordan and A-Rod

It's the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: An off-the-poker-path trio that includes Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Alex Rodriguez.

Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Riddle, Chagra and Karas

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Riddle, Chagra and Karas

The "whale" is the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week guest blogger James Guill breaks down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek.  Next up: An Old-School Vegas three-pack featuring Major Riddle, Jimmy Chagra and Archie Karas.

Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Andy Beal

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Andy Beal

The "whale" is the holy grail of poker - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week guest blogger James Guill is breaking down some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. Next up: Dallas banker Andy Beal

Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Guy Laliberté

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Guy Laliberté

It's the holy grail of poker, really. The "whale" - a big-moneyed, amateur poker player with a bottomless bankroll, an eye for the gamble and next-to-no sense of what's truly happening on the felt. Ask any poker oldtimer about the days a big-time whale rolled into their town and you'll see a gleam in their eyes likely only matched on their wedding day(s) or the birth of their children. Or, likely, never matched at all. Life outside of poker ceases to exist when a whale surfaces and any poker player with a pulse lives for a seat in the game - if only for a few hours. Lifetimes bankrolls can be made in one epic session, and a lifetime of stories too. In honor of the Discovery Channel's now-infamous Shark Week, guest blogger James Guill takes a look at some of poker's biggest-ever donators in a five-part series we've dubbed #WhaleWeek. First up: Cirque du Soleil's Guy Laliberté.

How to Build Your Own Poker Table for Under $300 (w/ Video & CAD Plans)

Created By: PokerListings.com 
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How to Build Your Own Poker Table for Under $300 (w/ Video & CAD Plans)

If you've ever been in the market for a poker table you're well aware the cost for even a basic set-up can run you $1,500+. For something customized to your home/space or something truly show-stopping, you're looking at twice that or more.  It doesn't have to be that way though. Guest blogger Jeff Kuronen has put together a full step-by-step guide to building your own poker table exclusively for PokerListings.com including images for every step and detailed CAD plans. We think it's the perfect Do-It-Yourself solution to building a great poker table for under $300 - and in a reasonable amount of time. Once you're done, you're all set to host the weekly card game you've always wanted to. For tips on running the perfect home game, check our complete 12-part guide here.

Pop Poker: The History of Poker on M*A*S*H

Created By: Martin Harris 
Posted in: The Guest Blog

Pop Poker: The History of Poker on M*A*S*H

Poker has long been a favored diversion for those serving in the military -- particularly during times of war when the game provides a much-needed escape from the steeper life-or-death stakes of battle.  It’s only fitting, then, that the popular TV show M*A*S*H -- a comedy set against the backdrop of the Korean War -- would feature America’s favorite card game so prominently.

Can Poker Players Have Normal Relationships?

Created By: Jason Mercier 
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Tournament Trail

Can Poker Players Have Normal Relationships?

I am sitting here in my condo with 15 minutes left before I am supposed to get started playing online for the next 10-12 hours. This will be my second to last blogpost that I will write for 2009. I am planning on writing my last one about my new year’s resolutions and 2009’s resolutions and how I did with them. I am first going to have to come up with my 2010 resolutions, but my brain has been mulling this over for a few weeks now and I got a rough outline of what I want them to be.

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