Posts Tagged ‘PokerStars’

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Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

If you are risk averse, like me, and afraid to lose money while learning how to play poker, you need a reliable, free online poker site. According to Pokernews.com, the best of the best for free poker games with no registration is the WSOP Poker app. PokerNews

Obviously, lots of poker players get started on “play money” sites on their desktops and on mobile apps to develop their skills, learn how poker works and what it feels like to engage with poker players all over the world in games of Texas Holdem or Omaha. This is where you can try out all the tips you got from reading Jonathan Little’s blogs or studying videos of Fedor and Negreanu. It’s really the safest way to hone the poker strategies you’ll need in order to win before you start playing with real money.

World Poker TourOther well-known free sites are Zynga Poker and the WPT (World Poker Tour). They both have options to play for fun, or in the case of WPT, real money. However, you have to join ClubWPT to play for real money.

Others (like PokerStarsPartyPoker, and 888Poker) combine free poker games and tournaments with real money ones – so you can have an authentic ‘full poker experience’ always playing on the same website.

World Series of PokerOf course, U.S, players can’t play for real money in most states because it’s –unbelievably – still illegal. For example the WSOP online app allows you to play for real $$ if you live in Nevada.

Have fun at your favorite poker tables whether you’re practicing or playing for real money.

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With all the excitement that poker has brought to fans around the world for over 100 years, and after everything that has ever happened at the poker tables that has contributed to that excitement, you would think that nothing new would excite us. But that was before someone whispered in our ear about a virtual reality poker game that was in the making.

This past week PokerStars announced plans to launch PokerStars VR, a free Virtual Reality poker game. At this time, PokerStars is still in a closed beta testing period. They have  recruited 100 hand-picked volunteers to go through every possible scenario. Once they are satisfied with their testing, they have stated that the commercial launch will be later this year.

This new, immersive and visually stunning poker VR game will allow players to do everything they want to make the game fun while still keeping it realistic; you can access statistics, handle cards and chips, chat in real time, and even study other players’ tells.

You will  have:

Intuitive controls to ensure the new technology is easy to use.

Voice command controls so you can play hands free.

Integrated Twitch broadcasting, as well as video streaming and social media integration on platforms such as Oculus Rift for anyone who wants to play and stream.

“PokerStars VR is a chance for us to take this amazing technology and bring something totally unique to poker players,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. So, check back on the PokerStars Blog for details of the PokerStars VR launch later this year. It’s definitely the next generation of poker, giving players around the world  the chance to meet in a new, virtual reality dimension.

We can hardly contain ourselves and cannot wait to get in on the action of this new immersive, multiplayer no-limit Texas Hold’em Virtual Reality poker game platform.

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One thing I never thought Daniel Negreanu needed was a sidekick! Don’t get me wrong; his pairing with Phil Hellmuth as ESPN analysts during their coverage of the 2016 WSOP’s Final Table was positively brilliant, and the pair’s expertise was only exceeded by their dazzling repartee (along with the unpredictable and engaging play of last year’s champion, Qui Nguyen) .

At the time, “Kid Poker” repeatedly made the point that people (especially if they’re new to the game) need to have fun and be entertained—which includes different personalities, exciting styles of play, amusing table talk– if they’re going to become the next generation of poker fans. Negreanu always enjoyed “trash-chatting” at the poker table, but it has gotten harder to do with so many serious young players hiding under their headphones and refusing to engage.

Comedian Kevin Hart

Still, I’m not sure he could have predicted that the fun would be provided by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, recently signed as a spokesperson by PokerStars. At a press conference ostensibly called by the superstar, Hart, accompanied by PokerStars Team Pro Negreanu, made the announcement that he was partnering with PokerStars “to make poker fun again.” Hart described how deeply in love with the game he is, and cited that he’d played in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas back in January and was in Monte Carlo where he had just played the Super High Roller; in fact, he said he’d been playing poker for at least 10 years.

But, Hart continued at the presser, he could see what the game is missing, saying, “and the game is missing ME.”  He went on to say that the game has had Daniel for quite some time, and “Daniel has done his job and brought fun to the game, but what Daniel is missing . . . is the black sidekick!”

Kid Poker did not just play straight man to Hart, often showing his own funny side as they fielded questions from the press, making it very obvious that the two had already developed a close relationship. Most importantly, both are clearly dedicated to the concept of elevating poker so that it’s fun to play and fun to watch. What a boon to poker, and what a party for poker fans.

If you have the time, the full press conference can be found on Pokernews.com, along with the article written by Frank Op de Woerd.

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On March 3rd I wrote a blog titled, “Isn’t PokerStars’ POWER UP Really Alex Dreyfus’ HOLDEMX?” In it, I went over all that I had enjoyed about the inaugural Global Poker League, primarily to get some answers concerning whether or not there would be a second GPL season!

And, as the title suggests, I was also pointing out what seemed like a tremendous similarity between the GPL’s HoldemX and PokerStars’  new game called Power Up. (Not out of the question, since PS is the exclusive online poker sponsor of the GPL) So I posed the question: Had PokerStars simply taken over the product?

After I posted my blog, I tweeted it out, hoping to attract the attention of Dreyfus. I wanted his response concerning the two similar games, but what I really wanted to know was if he was abandoning the U.S. for China, where all the attention seemed to be focused.

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I made the tweet intentionally provocative, and was quite pleased when Dreyfus responded with the following tweets:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

Hmmmm.  I guess I have to take his word for that one! After all, he’s never lied to me before!!

Dreyfus then continued to tweet, with me responding in order to get my two cents in regarding much-needed GPL improvements:

Alex Dreyfus and Queen of Hearts Paris

So I had my answers, in 140 characters or less! But I really missed the boat by not publishing those responses then.

Instead, on March 16th I posted a blog titled, “GPL Making Great Use of its Down Time” in which I praised the strategies, especially their dynamic, high-quality videos,being implemented by Dreyfus and the league during the long lull in GPL action as Alex Dreyfus’s team (and their PokerStars sponsors?) take their time to make some much-needed improvements to all things GPL (website, merchandising, marketing and the Cube to name a few).

In other words, I buried my own story, which was later covered by Earl Burton in pokernewsdaily.com on March 19th and on cardschat.com on March 20th. As John Reger wrote: Just because the second season has been delayed, Dreyfus said not to mistake that for quitting on his brainchild. He did, however admit there were some problems with the inaugural run of the league and said those need to be corrected before another year of competition can get underway.”

In fairness, I should note that the majority of the aforementioned articles dealt with Dreyfus and the GPL’s expansion into the gigantic poker market in China and other countries, a topic I will cover in a future blog. But one thing is clear; I should have posted THIS blog on the 5th of March!

Guess I was way too distracted with all the action at our own local poker tournament.

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