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Top 5 Poker Movies Besides Rounders

9 December 2014, 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.

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Online Poker's Greatest Challenges: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k & More!

7 October 2014, Created By: Dirk Oetzmann
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , The Online Grind
Online Poker's Greatest Challenges: Jesus Turns $0 Into $10k & More!
In 2006, when Chris Ferguson was still Jesus, he set out to make a fortune without using any of his own money. Ok, that came out wrong. The goal of Ferguson's famous online poker challenge was to make $10,000 by starting with $0 and playing according to strict bankroll management. Here's an in-depth look at how Ferguson's Challenge played out along with four more iconic online poker challenges from Annette "Annette_15" Obrestad, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Thomas “boku87” Boekhoff and Joe "ChicagoJoey" Ingram.

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

11 August 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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Titanic Thompson: The Greatest Action Man on Earth

29 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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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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7 Online Poker Millionaires You Probably Don't Know

13 November 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , The Online Grind
7 Online Poker Millionaires You Probably Don't Know
If you follow high-stakes online poker you’re no doubt familiar with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey. You may even know that Ivey’s new account on Full Tilt is “Polarizing” or that Antonius has returned to his old "FinddaGrind" alias. Over the last couple years, however, the next wave of online poker players has encroached upon the high-stakes scene. It can be hard for even the most devoted online poker fan to keep track of the new handles so here’s a quick guide to the latest movers and shakers from the last year. Some of these players are still unidentified so feel free to share your thoughts about who the accounts belong to in the comments below.

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Terrance Watanabe

27 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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

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

26 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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

25 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Andy Beal

24 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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

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Poker's Greatest All-Time Whales: Guy Laliberté

23 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog
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.

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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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How to Crush the Poker Mini-Game in Far Cry 3

20 March 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
How to Crush the Poker Mini-Game in Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is a fantastic open-world shooter but it also has a decent poker mini game that you might not know about. You can actually play No-Limit Hold’em and it’s an excellent way to raise some quick cash. It’s especially easy to make money if you are familiar with the fundamentals of Hold’em. There’s also one shortcut you can use to essentially make an endless amount of cash but we recommend spending a bit of time playing the game, because it’s actually pretty decent. Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock poker, where to play and, most importantly, how to beat the game (this guide works for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game).

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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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