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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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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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How Bitcoin is Making a Few Average Poker Players Rich

9 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street
How Bitcoin is Making a Few Average Poker Players Rich
Online poker has long been the bane of existence for tax-hungry, powerful politicians around the world. Even in nations that are labeled as “free,” you better believe that performing the unthinkable act of playing Hold’em in the privacy of your home can make you a hardened criminal worthy of a SWAT team visit. Though, as all players know, it’s not the game the lawmakers are after; it’s the money. This is why Bitcoin are a thorn in the side of every politico from California to Caracas. The cryptocurrency is digitally signed for and exists over a massive decentralized network of computers. It’s not Fed-controlled; it’s not accounted for by the EU. It was created out of thin air, in a sense, and belongs to the people – not the powers that be. And when Bitcoin and poker join forces, it truly changes the game.

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Weed, Speed & Smart Pills: How Drugs Help or Hurt Your Poker Game

6 December 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Weed, Speed & Smart Pills: How Drugs Help or Hurt Your Poker Game
Whether they're over-the-counter, legal or illegal, drugs are routinely in the mix for live and online poker players, and many of those players believe the drugs actually enhance their performance. 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth once said in an interview on QuadJacks.com: "There's a drug, I don't know the name of it, but it's something like speed. I'm talking about a really heavy drug. Many poker players have taken this drug in the past 10 years. Almost all players who took this drug have won one or two million dollars over a six to eight month period. But then the effect of the drug stopped working, which left many of them with a drug addiction. I smoked weed about 25 years ago or something like that. But I'm not a person who's into drugs at all." While the Poker Brat's authority as a drug expert might be questionable, what's not up for debate are drugs' pervasiveness in the poker world. Today we explore the full catalogue of illicit substances being used by live and online poker players, including street drugs like weed and cocaine as well as so-called "smart pills" like Adderall and Provigil. We'll go down the list drug-by-drug to find out how they affect poker players and how they fit into the poker world.

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Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?

26 November 2013, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Can Brain Training Software Improve Your Poker Game?
Brain training software has never been more popular. Every day you see people using the programs on smart phones, tablets, laptops and video game consoles. In some ways they aren’t that far removed from multi-tabling online poker as both require critical thinking and dexterity with a mouse. Whether brain-training software actually increases your intelligence is an entirely different matter as numerous studies have shown the programs actually do very little. On the bright side, the programs do allow users to brush up on their math fundamentals and quick reflexes.

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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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Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah

12 September 2013, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street , Poker Gadgets and Technology
Delving Deeper into Bitcoin with John Light, Adam Sah
Cypto-currency Bitcoin remains an intriguing option for online poker players. We investigated the subject earlier this year in a Bitcoin feature we did on SealsWithClubs founder Brian Micon. We’re going one step farther today with a special Q&A by Nadia Hanna with Bitcoin experts John Light and Adam Sah. John Light is an entrepreneur with a professional background in business operations and online marketing. He discovered Bitcoin when researching alternative currencies and eventually decided to move to Silicon Valley to start a Bitcoin consulting business where individuals and companies can learn about the digital currency. Adam Sah opened an artisan food store, Buyers Best Friend, in 2012 and experienced the pain of handling cash, processing credit cards, costs and fees. The company designed their own Point of Sale (POS) system for processing bitcoins.

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