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Details Emerge on PokerStars 2017 VIP Changes

Gambling News, Poker Articles, Poker News RTR Dennis April 23rd, 2017

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Not long ago, PokerStars players learned that the world’s largest poker site will roll out changes to their VIP program for the third year in a row. As Séverin Rasset revealed on his corporate blog, rewards will be given out on a daily basis (rather than monthly), and StarsCoin will become the universal reward currency across casino, poker, and sports betting verticals. All of this sounds fine, but what high-volume players are worried about is another reduction on the rewards they earn. This is especially a fear when considering that Rasset wrote the following: “The changes being implemented by PokerStars …

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Chinese AI Wins $290k against Six Poker Pros

Gambling News, Poker Articles, Poker News RTR Dennis April 14th, 2017

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Apr

Much has been made about artificial intelligence programs (AIs) beating poker players. And we can add one more story to this trend because a Chinese AI has beaten six poker pros out of $290,000 (£230,000). Dubbed Lengpudashi, the AI faced off against poker pros over a 5-day span. The humans were led by Yue Du, who won $800,586 last year in a $5,000 WSOP Texas hold’em event. Du’s ‘Team Dragon’ consisted of a mix of players and engineers who used their poker/AI knowledge to counter Lengpudashi. Texas hold’em was often thought to be a tough game for AIs to beat …

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PokerStars Ends Team SportStars & 5 Other Big Changes

Gambling News, Poker Articles, Poker News RTR Dennis April 8th, 2017

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Apr

Ever since 2010, PokerStars has been signing high-profile athletes to represent their brand. This trend really took off in 2015, when they signed Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil’s Neymar Jr. to sponsorship deals. These moves marked PokerStars’ commitment to spending big on celebrity athletes who can attract recreational players. But it appears that this era is officially over because the Team SportStars page is completely empty. In addition to the page being empty, PokerStars also emailed affiliates to let them know that banners and other promotional materials involving Neymar and Ronaldo won’t be available any longer. After using current …

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Commerce Casino’s Social Experiment Poker Tournament – No Hoodies, Sunglasses

Gambling News, Poker Articles, Poker News RTR Dennis April 1st, 2017

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Over the past several years, live poker has become filled with players who wear/use one of the following at tables: Headphones Hoodies Smartphones Sunglasses There’s certainly nothing wrong with being on a smartphone at the table since everybody is glued to their phones these days. But when you combine this with hoodies, sunglasses, and headphones, it merely feels like an online webcam table. This being said, LA’s Commerce Casino will hold a unique poker tournament on April 29 that cuts out all of these things. Here’s a tweet from tournament director Matt Savage on the $100k event: “The @CommerceCasino $100,000 …

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Science behind how Sleep Impacts Your Poker Abilities

Gambling News, Poker Articles, Poker News RTR Dennis March 24th, 2017

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When it comes to dominating the felt, nothing is more crucial than your actual poker abilities. But if you want to unlock your personal A-game, then one of the most-important and overlooked elements is sleep. That said, let’s discuss the scientific aspects of sleep that combine to boost your poker abilities. Study Shows that Sleep Helps You Forget Negative Events Want to forget about those bad beats and focus on doing what you need to play good poker? Sleep is crucial if you want to put negative events behind you. Robert Stickgold, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical …

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