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The First Online Poker Room: IRC Poker

15 October 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The First Online Poker Room: IRC Poker
When people talk about the first online poker room, they're usually referring to Planet Poker - the brainchild of Mike Caro and the site that dealt the first ever real-money online poker hand on Jan. 1, 1998. What most people don't know is the idea for online poker had been around and functioning for years before then.

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Rad How-To: Play Poker with Your Rock Band Guitar

29 September 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
The thought came to me sort of like this: I'm lazy, and I like the idea of playing poker while sitting on my couch watching TV. Originally, I developed a system to play poker online using voice-control software, but this isn't very useful if you want to chat with your roommates or eat a BLT while you play. The next logical step would be using the wireless poker controller, but I just don't like the idea of paying for something I can build myself for free. The Rock Band (and Guitar Hero) instruments are, basically, wireless controllers. You hit a button on the guitar and it sends that button-press to its little receiver hanging from your Playstation's USB port. I saw no reason why I shouldn't be able to plug the instrument into my computer and use it as my very own wireless poker controller. And besides, playing poker by using a guitar … that's just rad.

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How to Set Up and Play Voice-Controlled Online Poker

17 September 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Have you ever been so lazy that having to use your mouse to play online poker was just too much work? Me neither. And when I first decided to put together a fully functional system for voice-controlled poker, I was doing it simply as a novelty. Surprisingly while testing it out, I found that voice-controlled poker can actually be pretty useful.

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Random Number Generators for Dummies

20 August 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Random Number Generators for Dummies
Ever wondered how poker sites randomly shuffle the deck? Here's everything you need to know about RNGs, but were too afraid to ask. Before we get into the generators, the first step in understanding how a poker site shuffles its decks is to understand what the word random actually means. The actual definition of random is very simple: Random = impossible to be predicted.

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Phil Ivey: The Cristal Balla

20 June 2009, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Unsubstantiated Rumors
Phil Ivey: The Cristal Balla
Hang around Vegas a while and you'll hear many tales of luxurious excess, though few can rival this Phil Ivey anecdote we heard moments ago. Allegedly a group of businessmen were enjoying dinner at the Wynn when they looked over at one of the nearby tables to see none other than Phil Ivey. Big fans of the poker superstar, they summoned the waiter and asked him to send Ivey a bottle of Cristal champagne, compliments of their table.

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Top 5 Poker-Related Songs

2 April 2009, Created By: Sean Lind
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
Top 5 Poker-Related Songs
With the success of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," it only seemed natural to make a list of the five best poker-related songs of all time. There are a lot of songs out there that have to do with poker one way or another. To make it in my top 5 the song has to be at least somewhat about poker, but more importantly it needs to be a kickass song of awesomeness.

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The Session: Sorel Mizzi Part 2

26 May 2008, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Prop Bets and Challenges
The Session: Sorel Mizzi Part 2
During the first part of our roundtable discussion with Sorel Mizzi we spoke about his transition from tournaments to high-stakes cash as well as the importance of a balanced life when it comes to being an online professional. In the second and final segment we'll find out what Imper1um's up to for the World Series of Poker and hear about a few recent prop bets he's had with other big-name players.

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