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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: The Poker Reporter 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: The Guest 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 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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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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Marvel Poker Super Heroes: 10 Poker Heroes Unmasked at the Table

2 December 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , Poker Comedy
Marvel Poker Super Heroes: 10 Poker Heroes Unmasked at the Table
After watching some of the game's best players ply their craft for over a decade, we're still surprised by how often were awed by something we see at the tables. An amazing soul read. A fearless hero call with 10 high. An impossible fold at the most essential moment. What the best of the best in poker can do seems, at times, to be superhuman. Which is why PokerListings Italy's Francesco Esposito began to notice a few similarities between some of Marvel's most famous superheroes and the players we get to watch at the felt. Read on as he reveals the hidden identities of 10 superheroes of poker. As you might notice, there are a few villains in the mix. Think we've missed someone? Let us know in the comments.

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Get Together & Feel Alright: A Quick Guide to Malta Bars & Nightlife

3 November 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Get Together & Feel Alright: A Quick Guide to Malta Bars & Nightlife
If you've been to the Battle of Malta before you know it's not only about coming to the Portomaso Casino to play poker. For some that's even just the side dish to the REAL centerpiece of the BOM - the parties off the tables. With a spectacular setting and the kind of climate that demands regular stops at each seaside kiosk for a quick sip it's very hard not to get in the spirit of good times. After a hard day at the tables - and with the new Betting Connections bar and lounge within arm's reach - a cocktail is also usually just the ticket. If you want to carry on into the wee hours Malta's second-to-none nightlife offers you no shortage of options. Here are a few to keep in mind:

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Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches

27 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Get Your Feet Wet: Malta's Best Sand Beaches
You might be surprised to know that there are only a handful of sandy beaches on Malta. Most of the coastline is actually covered by rocks and only in a few bays will you find short stretches of sand.  During the summer then, as you might expect, the few beaches to be found are pretty packed -- even on weekdays. In the beginning of November though, with the weather still plenty warm enough to enjoy the sun and sand, those beaches are almost all yours for the taking. Especially early in the morning. And if you're a swimmer the opportunities are everywhere.

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Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday

21 October 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
Sailing, Diving, Cruising: Battle of Malta Makes Perfect Poker Holiday
The Battle of Malta is much more than just a poker tournament. Even though the main purpose of your stay is to play poker you’ll soon find out that there are many more things to do on the island. That’s why we actually dare to say that the Battle of Malta is the perfect poker holiday. So before you board your flight make sure to bring your positive attitude, your poker skills, a pair of sunglasses and swimwear.

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25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta

20 October 2014, Created By: Fred Guillemot
Posted in: Battle of Malta Blog , Tournament Trail
25+ Things to Do in Malta Outside of the Battle of Malta
With the 2017 Battle of Malta fast approaching it's time to start planning some of the potential side activities you can try on your trip. PokerListings is here to guide you through the multitude of excursions and activities available outside of the casino and the more traditional tourist activities. While Malta is a relatively small island there are an amazing number of things to do on this little rock in the middle of the Mediterranean. Last year we gave you an overview of the main attractions on the island: monuments, beaches, boat trips, restaurants, bars & clubs, shops, etc. This year we'll take you off the beaten track a bit and show you what other activities and events you can find.

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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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