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5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)

24 September 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , PokerListed
5 Spectacular Poker Hero Calls Worth Watching Again (Video)
The Hero Call is a spectacular showpiece move in the arsenal of a poker player. Just like a goalkeeper deflecting an unsaveable ball in football, poker players can save a hand from a hopeless-looking situation by simply calling. You don't always need a monster to invest your entire stack. A second or third pair - or sometimes even just ace-high  - is enough to expose an expensive bluff from your opponent. When you get it right in a big hand, there's no bigger or better feeling in poker. Here are five pretty spectacular - and instructive - Hero Calls in video form, picked out by PokerOlymp's Arved Klöhn.

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Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker

9 September 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Six Reasons the iPhone 6 Will Be Better for Playing Online Poker
With much fanfare and hype Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in a high-profile keynote earlier today. While more and more poker players seem to be hopping on the Android train these days the iPhone remains one of the most popular handheld devices amongst poker players. There’s a good reason that most online poker sites have developed special apps just for iOS devices. Today’s announcement actually heralded a number of new features (including an entirely new design) that could potentially benefit poker players who use iPhones to play poker. Here’s a look at six ways the iPhone 6 will be a vastly superior way to play online poker than previous iterations:

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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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November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?

25 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
November Nine What-ifs: Who Came Close to Changing Poker History?
Now that the 2014 November Nine is officially set, no matter where each of those nine players finishes there's one thing now guaranteed on top of that $730k payout: We're (probably) going to remember all of their names. Year 7 of the great Nov. 9 experiment has produced one of the more intriguing tables in recent history with the jaw-dropping back-to-back run of Mark Newhouse, the wire-to-wire steadiness of Swede Martin Jacobson and foosball wildcard Billy Pappas. How would we feel if a completely different set of nine players had survived the end game this year? How about any other year? It's hard to say, of course, and a semi-ridiculous proposition (you can't change the past after all). But it is fun to think about. And there's a very intriguing set of names to finish in the 10-50 slots over the past seven years. Would we be following Matt Affleck's poker exploits instead of Jonathan Duhamel's? Would Yevgeniy Timoshenko be a mainstream teenage hearththrob? Would Tiffany Michelle be a soap actress or a poker pro? Would women make up a bigger percentage of the poker world? Play along with our What-ifs as we look at the near misses in the history of the November Nine.

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10 Top Footballers Who Could Be New Faces of Online Poker

15 July 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Guest Blog , The Online Grind
10 Top Footballers Who Could Be New Faces of Online Poker
Thanks to another unfortunate biting incident, Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez served as a representative for online poker for only a couple of weeks – a record low. His signing had a lot of potential but ended up an extremely short one as an ambassador for 888poker – or AteAteAtepoker, as the poker community humourosly referred to it briefly. Suarez's signing off has left a big gap in the market, though.

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Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop

29 June 2014, Created By: Matthew Showell
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
Full Player List and Bios for 2014 $1m WSOP Big One for One Drop
The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is shaping up to be the richest poker tournament in history with a projected first-place prize of over $20 million. Before the event begins, and PokerListings.com starts covering it live in Las Vegas, you need to get acquainted with the players who have a chance at poker's biggest prize ever. Today we'll run down the 41 players who have already committed to playing, complete with photos and bios.

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A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies

14 June 2014, Created By: Allen Rash
Posted in: WSOP Blog , Tournament Trail
A Crash Course for World Series of Poker Rookies
Each summer a group of first time WSOP participants descend upon the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino looking to make their name in the game. But they quickly learn that playing in the WSOP is a little different than entering a tournament in your average brick and mortar casino. There are plenty of WSOP veterans walking the hallways around the Amazon Room, you can generally tell them by their slow gait and the “six-inches of vision” stare. Rookies are opposite, they have a hop in their step and their head is on a swivel taking it all in. Players coming to Vegas to grind a full schedule of tournaments may be ready to take on the world but often fall short when they don’t anticipate everything that can happen. Being the next poker wizard is more complicated than knowing the math and getting it in good.

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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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The Ultimate $10 Million Poker Home Game Set-Up

21 February 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
The Ultimate $10 Million Poker Home Game Set-Up
Organizing a fun night of poker is, truth be told, much more than just cracking a new deck of cards and buying some beer. If you're part a group of friends who rotate the hosting duties, the stakes are even higher. And let's be honest: you want to be the alpha male among alpha males with the set-up your crew looks forward to the most. If you want to be the man with the ultimate poker home game, PokerListings Holland's Hans Faber has sourced the high-end equipment you'll need to put you over the top. Fair warning, though: your average Walmart-acquired chip set isn't going to cut it.

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5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone

20 February 2014, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
5 Things Online Poker Could Learn From Hit Game Hearthstone
Over the last six months an online card game has taken the gaming world by storm and almost instantaneously created a massive online community with countless blogs dedicated to the game’s strategy and development. No we’re not talking about online poker. Hearthstone, which was developed by gaming giant Blizzard, is shaking up the gaming status quo with its free-to-play model that’s already attracted tens of thousands of players. Incredibly Hearthstone is still in open beta and hasn’t even been officially launched. The designers of Magic: The Gathering are likely worried and they should be with Forbes publishing articles like “How Hearthstone Could Change the PC Gaming Landscape” and “Five Reasons Hearthstone is Better Than a Real Card Game.” Why does this matter to poker players? Hearthstone and online poker have nearly identical demographics. If a game like Hearthstone can generate huge player fields in a matter of months, there’s no reason online poker can’t do the same. Blizzard has stated their goal with Hearthstone is to simply make collectible card games accessible, describing the game as, “deceptively simple, yet insanely fun.” Online poker could learn a thing or two from that logic. Here are five elements that online poker should adapt from Hearthstone:

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6 Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds

5 February 2014, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
6 Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Poker Folds
We all like to tell stories about our heroic, Negreanu-esque home-game folds, don't we? Kings before the flop. A straight on the turn. A full house on the river. Hands we "just had a feeling" about and somehow, miraculously, we managed to be right. Or, of course, painfully wrong. As part of our love and fascination with the psychic fold we've put together (with the help of our friends at Poker Olymp) six remarkable folds from poker history -- some actually heroic and others, well ... a bit less so.

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