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Getting Inked for the Battle of Malta: Poker Tattoo Art

28 September 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog
Getting Inked for the Battle of Malta: Poker Tattoo Art
November is drawing closer and we’ve got our hands full preparing for this year’s greatest poker tournament - the one and only Battle of Malta. Australian artist Jamie Molin has designed a couple of BoM-themed tattoos which perfectly encapsulate the tournament's competitive spirit and the exciting history around which it is based.

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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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Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict

19 May 2015, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
Poker Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier: Just Another Hearthstone Addict
Like many other poker players Bertrand Grospellier -- ElkY as you may know him -- is a true gamer at heart. One of the most successful poker pros of all time with $10.9m in live tournament earnings ElkY began his gaming career as a professional Starcraft player in Korea at the age of 20. As if he didn't already have enough gaming passions, he recently started playing the latest online phenomenon Hearthstone. We asked him a few questions about his new obsession.

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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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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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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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