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Twitch Poker Spotlight: Watch TonkaaaaP Win Everything

20 May 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Twitch Poker Spotlight: Watch TonkaaaaP Win Everything
The Twitch.tv poker train keeps chugging along and interesting streamers are starting to flood the site. One such streamer is super grinder Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot. Talbot has been around for years — there’s a good chance you know him as tonkaaaa on PokerStars or schrutebucksss on Full Tilt — and he’s pretty much been slaying with millions in online earnings.

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Game Developer Dan Higgins: Pixar + Rounders = Lords of New York

18 March 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Game Developer Dan Higgins: Pixar + Rounders = Lords of New York
Dan Higgins has worked as a programmer on games such as SimCity and Empire Earth but now runs his own indie game studio, Lunchtime Studios, together with his wife and fellow developer, Courtney Pinnell. Their small team is dedicated to quality storytelling and focused on immersive gaming experiences. Set in the mafia world of 1920s New York, ‘Lords of New York’ is a poker-centered RPG.

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What Poker Can Learn From M:TG, Video Games, Twister

30 November 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
What Poker Can Learn From M:TG, Video Games, Twister
At its core, poker is a game. Forget the multi-million dollar industry behind it; the gambling, the money, glamor, degeneracy or sometimes designation as a “sport.” It’s a game. A fun one, too, with plenty of strategy and depth. There’s nothing wrong with that. That's a good thing. These days poker seems to be at a turning point with a great deal of consolidation in the industry, wide-spread adoption of Twitch poker streaming and significant creep into the eSports world. Poker seems to be going through a bit of an identity crisis these days as casual and hardcore audiences continue to drift apart. So what’s the future of poker?

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10 Things You (More Than Likely) Don’t Know About Malta

27 October 2015, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
10 Things You (More Than Likely) Don’t Know About Malta
How can you really know a place if you don’t know all of its anecdotes and secrets? For the first few Battles of Malta we took you around the island to discover a lot of Malta’s attractions: sightseeing, beaches, water sports, boat trips, spas, shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs. This year we'll shed a light on some lesser-known facts about the archipelago which will hopefully both amaze and amuse you.

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

18 June 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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The Watch List: 5 High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches

31 May 2015, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog
The Watch List: 5 High-Stakes Poker Pros and Their Luxury Watches
To most, spending five figures on a watch is unthinkable but for some high-stakes poker professionals it's an investment they can wear on their wrist. Noah Schwartz, Bryn Kenney, Eugene Katchalov, Doug Polk and John Racener have combined live tournament earnings of $32 million. The watches they were wearing when we spoke to them have a combined value of $116,000. We wanted to find out what kind of watches they were and why these pros love them. The answers were interesting and the price tags were astonishing.  

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

17 April 2015, Created By: Alexander Villegas
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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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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17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP

6 March 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
17 Unbelievable Things That Actually Happened at the 2006 WSOP
The 2006 World Series of Poker was memorable for a lot of reasons. For one, it was the biggest Main Event ever held with over 8,000 players getting in on the action before the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, passed later that year, put the brakes on the poker party. It was also the last year where online poker sites were allowed to satellite players directly into the Main Event so the Rio was a zoo as everyone tried to cash in on the poker craze. In other words, it was a high point for poker that some maintain we’ll never see again. Despite all the exposure at the 2006 WSOP there are a number of stories from that year that people tend to forget. Fortunately it was one of the first years that PokerListings covered the WSOP in full force so we still have a few tidbits to share. The following is a look at 17 underreported stories from the 2006 WSOP:

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Benny Binion: The Man Who Invented the World Series

18 February 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Benny Binion: The Man Who Invented the World Series
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. This week’s subject is Benny Binion. Check back weekly for more profiles. By Christian Henkel Benny Binion went to Vegas after the Second World War. Little did anyone know he would change Sin City forever. His motto “If you want to get rich, make little people feel like big people” quickly turned the Horseshoe into one of the best casinos in Las Vegas. But the biggest achievement of his marketing genius was the invention of the World Series of Poker. These are the stories of the men who made Vegas what it is today – the greatest and craziest place on earth.

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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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Why Prismata Represents Best of Poker, Card Games, Video Games

30 January 2015, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Why Prismata Represents Best of Poker, 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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5 Classic MS-DOS Poker Games You Can Play Right Now

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 Right Now
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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