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Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew Leaves PokerStars – Tired of Daily Grind & Streaming

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Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew was a sponsored pro with Team PokerStars Online for almost a decade. However, he recently made the decision to part ways with PokerStars. Lew has made his name by putting in an insane amount of volume on the Stars cash tables. Nanonoko has also become one of the most-prolific Twitch streamers. But he’s tired of the daily grind and having to constantly stream his sessions. You can see more about Lew’s decision to leave PokerStars below, along with a recap of his outstanding poker career. Lew Grateful for His Poker Profits & Friends Nanonoko and PokerStars appear …

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2019 WSOP Europe Schedule Officially Complete – See New Tournaments

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The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) schedule is officially set after some revisions. This premiere tournament series will feature 10 bracelet events running from October 13 to November 4. These tourneys will combine to offer €14 million in guaranteed prize money. King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic will once again serve as the WSOPE host for the third straight year. This is no surprise when considering the WSOP’s desire to make King’s Resort a long-term home. WSOP Directly Gregory Chochon gave some insight into why they like the remote Czech Republic location so much. “We are eager to …

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5 Biggest Challenges Facing Online Poker Today

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Online poker definitely isn’t at the peak it was over a decade ago. Traffic has gradually declined, and the industry has consolidated into fewer sites. But does this mean that internet poker is doomed to keep shrinking year by year? Not exactly. In fact, the industry could start growing again if the right things happen. The only problem, though, is that the game has some distinct challenges facing it right now. Here are five obstacles that online poker must overcome to get back on the path towards growth. 1. Bots Bots, which are programs that can play online poker for …

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Liv Boeree Discusses Skill and Luck in TED Talk

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Liv Boeree knows a thing or two about skill and luck. She’s been a professional poker player since 2009 and has managed to earn $3.85 million in live tournament winnings since then. Boeree isn’t playing as much poker recently. However, she still has plenty of knowledge on the game thanks to her lengthy career. The TV presenter and speaker recently put her knowledge on display during a TED Talk. She discussed whether it’s better to be lucky or skilled on the path to success. Here’s a look at the highlights from her talk. Life Is Like a Game of Poker …

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Americas Cardroom hashes out $1.3 Million High Five series

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If you’re looking to smoke your opponents, you’ll want to log on to Americas Cardroom from April 17th to 21st. That’s when the US-facing poker site is running the latest installment of its popular High Five Tournament Series. The High Five will take your bankroll higher with 25 added tournaments (5 per day) and $1.3 Million in total guarantees. While the High Five has tourneys starting at just $1.05, the high point will be the $420,000 GTD Main Event on Sunday, April 21st at 4pm ET. You can buy a seat for $420+30 or satellite your way in for less. …

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Even Social Online Poker Is Infested with Bots

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Real-money online poker has dealt with a serious bot problem for several years. But now, it seems that social-poker is also running into the same dilemma. As you may know, poker bots are programs that automatically plays hands for the user. These programs have become a larger pain, with their collective skill levels growing stronger. It stands to reason that bot owners would only want to employ these programs in real-money games. However, Zynga, the world’s largest social-poker site, has recently reported that A.I. is now after play-money chips too. Zynga Reveals Bot Problem through Conference Call Zynga recently had …

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Poker Pro Uses Winnings to Launch “Uber for Logistics”

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Many poker pros stick with the game until they no longer find it profitable. Shing Chow, on the other hand, has chosen to take his poker profits and start a business. Chow began his early adult life working for Bain & Co., a management consulting company in Beijing. But after three years, he grew bored with the job and quit. He’d been playing poker recreationally up to this point and decided to turn pro. Chow played professionally for eight years, racking up 30 million yuan (£3.4 million) in cash-game profits. He then used a large portion of his winnings to …

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Maria Konnikova Discusses Realities of a Poker Tournament Pro

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Maria Konnikova had an unconventional start to her poker career. She didn’t grind her way up from the low stakes or master online multi-tabling. She instead began playing poker as part of research for her upcoming book, The Biggest Bluff. A funny thing happened, though. The New York-based writer, who has a Ph.D. in psychology, started winning — and winning big. She won a 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Championship (PCA) side event for $84,600. Two months later, she booked a second-place finish in a 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau event, which was good for another $57,519. Despite being a …

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PokerStars Bans Seating Scripts & Automated Reference Materials

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PokerStars has banned multiple third-party software tools as of March 4. Their new policy is specifically aimed at seating scripts and automated “reference materials.” This move is big on two fronts. On one hand, it takes away certain tools that serious players find useful. However, this policy change also figures to make PokerStars friendlier to recreational players. Keep reading to find out more on why these changes were made along with their long-term implications. PokerStars Wants to Create an Even Playing Field Severin Rasset, director of innovation and poker operations at Stars, noted that third-party tools have always given certain …

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Five reasons why Ivey Room was renamed Table 1

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In 2010, the Aria Resort and Casino launched the “Ivey Room” in hopes of being Las Vegas’ premiere high-stakes poker destination. They named the room after Phil Ivey, who was widely considered the best all-around poker player at the time (he’s still great today). However, Aria recently made the announcement that they’re changing their high-stakes poker room’s name to “Table 1.” Sean McCormack, the casino’s director of poker operations, announced the decision through Twitter (@ThePokerBoss). “We’ve renamed our high limit room,” McCormack tweeted. “Some may ask why “Table 1?” Well, when our players ask to reserve this room they always …

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