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University of Helsinki Study: Good Poker Players “Keep Cool” Under Pressure

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Poker is a game of big pots and wild swings. So you can’t blame a player for getting a little emotional when they hit a one-outer to stay alive in a tournament. But as research by the University of Helsinki suggests, you can’t let these emotions be too visible if you want to be a good player. Helsinki researchers recruited members of popular online poker forums to participate in their study. They then measured the players’ level of poker experience along with their HEXACO-PI-R personality traits. The latter refers to in-depth facets of Honesty-Humility (H), Emotionality (E), Extraversion (X), Agreeableness …

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Some Players Want Lottery Style Poker Games Banned

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For years, online poker has been a positive-expectation game, where pros feast on fish and make big profits while doing so. But lately, lottery-style poker games are starting to enter the scene. Incorporating large elements of chance, lottery-style games have an obvious focus on recreational players. And so far these offerings have been a huge success. From Full Tilt’s “Jackpot Sit & Gos” to iPoker’s “Twister,” SNG-based lottery games have been generating a significant amount of revenue for online poker sites. And this trend doesn’t look to stop any time soon, with PokerStars rolling out “Spin & Gos.” These are …

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GSN prompts Speculation on Return of TV’s “High Stakes Poker”

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While there have been many poker shows on TV over the years, none captured the attention of mainstream audiences quite like High Stakes Poker (HSP). Running for seven seasons from 2006 to 2011 and featuring a wide array of famous players, HSP was one of the most popular programs on the Game Show Network (GSN). However, Black Friday struck and Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars stopped sponsoring the show, prompting GSN to pull it off the air. So for over three years, HSP has been dormant while a number of other mediocre poker shows have come and gone. But after …

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2014 WSOP APAC Round-up: Events #4, #5 and #6

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Event #4 -Scott Calcagno shakes off Two “Terrible” Years to win $1,650 NL Terminator Cash game pro Scott Calcagno hadn’t had the greatest results over the past two years. “I’ve had a pretty rough last couple of years playing poker,” Calcagno said. “Luckily I have seen a lot of my friends be very successful which has kept me motivated. But my results really have been terrible the last two years.” The Aussie’s fortunes definitely changed at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific since he recently won the Event #4 $1,650 NL Terminator. The Terminator, which means that every player has a $500 …

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Chris Moneymaker finds Fitness in the Bahamas

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Ever since winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, poker has played a dominant role in Chris Moneymaker’s life. He frequently plays in live and online tournaments and still serves as an ambassador for PokerStars. But recently, Moneymaker has become interested in another pursuit: getting healthy. The 38-year-old blogged about his revelation after returning from the Bahamas, where he stayed while playing the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP. Moneymaker roomed with famed online poker player Calvin Anderson, who introduced him to some new habits. That said, here’s a look at what Moneymaker learned from his buddy about fitness. Chris Moneymaker’s exercise and yoga …

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Weekly Flop: Never-ending Durrrr Challenge | Forrest Fighting Matusow | Bitcoin Bonanza

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Remember the Durrrr Challenge between Dan Cates and Tom Dwan? Yeah, we can barely remember either, but it’s still burning in Cates’ mind… Ted Forrest isn’t giving up on the $1.7 million that Mike Matusow owes him – in fact, he’s willing to fight for it… Are old school pros like Forrest, Johnny Chan and Huck Seed the face of the Bitcoin poker revolution? Find out in this edition of the Weekly Flop. Dan Cates still frustrated over Durrrr Challenge By now, most of the poker community has completely forgotten about the Durrrr Challenge between Dan ‘jungleman12’ Cates and Tom …

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Thor Hansen Talks Partying with Larry Flynt and Learning Poker from Young Players

Well over two years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer that had spread to his lungs, Thor Hansen seems to be doing better than ever. He’s still playing in live tournaments and recently took part in the Unibet Open Cannes 2014 tourney. While there, Unibet interviewed the “Godfather of Poker,” which led to some very interesting comments from the legend. Everything from planning Larry Flynt’s £2 million bachelor party to Hansen’s secret of poker longevity was discussed, and you can see the highlights below. Even at 67, Hansen is a student of the game As is often stated, poker has …

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PokerStars Rakeback Refusal Causes Joe Cada and Stars to Split

26 year old poker pro Joe Cada, who has won over $10 million from live tournament poker, recently chucked in his PokerStars Pro Team towel following a refused request that the room pay him 100% rakeback. Joe Cada was signed to PokerStars after he won the 2009 WSOP Main Event, taking $8.5 million. Since then he’s performed consistently in live tournament poker. His most recent success came at this year’s World Series of Poker, where Cada took down event #32 – the $10k No Limit Six-Handed for $670,041. But shortly after this latest live tourney cash, PokerStars and Joe Cada …

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Full Tilt Poker Sit & Go Trio: Play Viktor Blom for $5k

Just recently, Full Tilt Poker pitted Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom against Jake Cody in a Best-of-Three series of sit and go’s. Blom swept the three SNG’s and won $50,000 through the promotion. And now, Full Tilt is giving players an opportunity to take on the champ in the Sit & Go Trio promo. If you’re interested in being one of the players who’ll compete against Isildur1 heads-up for a $5,000 prize, then check out the details below. Full Tilt Sit  & Go Trio Promotion Dates Sit & Go Trio runs from Monday, September 28th to Sunday, October 3rd, 2014. Qualifying players …

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Viktor Blom Beats Jake Cody in Full Tilt Showdown

The much-anticipated “Best-of-Three” showdown recently took place at Full Tilt Poker, but only one half of the original participants were available for the challenge. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom was ready but his opponent, Gus Hansen, had to skip the September 14th showdown. All that Full Tilt offered on the absence was the following: We regret that Hansen was unable to play, and we apologise to his fans. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Gus Hansen did not play the heads-up match against Isildur. Luckily, Jake Cody filled in for Hansen in the Best-of-Three series, which consisted of Stud Hi/Lo, Triple Draw and …

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