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Things To Look Forward To At The 2015 WSOP

From May 27-July 14, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will host poker’s most popular tournament series, the World Series of Poker. The 46th annual edition will feature 68 events and close to $200 million in prize money. The venue itself is also...

Top 10 Jobs Poker Players Would Be Good At

Only a small percentage of dedicated professionals choose poker as their lifelong career and most of those who consider themselves professional poker players sooner or later choose to move on to a different career path. Fortunately, poker leaves long time players with...

How To Prove That Poker Isn’t Just About Luck

Is poker a game of skill or luck? Does it really take skill to win? Isn’t it just a gamble, like roulette or the slot machines? These age-old questions have dogged poker since its inception, and I want to set the record straight. While there is no denying that luck...

Top 10 Most Successful Poker Promotions

All poker players love a good promotion. While most promotions come and go, some really capture the attention of online poker players, sometimes even changing the fortunes of entire poker rooms. Let’s take a look at the top 10 online promotions that poker rooms have...

10 Poker Life Lessons

Poker, much like most other forms of competition, has real-life parallels. The skills you learn grinding it out on the felt have more use than just getting your opponent to jam into your nut flush (although that is important). Controlling emotions, dissecting other...

Top 10 Craziest Televised Hands

A few weeks ago it was announced that 2015 will see the launch of the first 24/7 poker channel. While many poker players agree that the heyday of televised poker has passed, this is still an interesting development for poker, which shows that the game is not as ‘dead’...

Top 10 Biggest Poker Donations

Every year, poker players and organizations alike donate millions to various causes all around the world. Just a few decades ago, poker may not have been associated very closely with charitable causes, but this perception has been strongly changing ever since the...

Top 10 Ways for Poker Players to Stay Healthy

As poker players know, very few things can’t be measured in dollars, but health is definitely one of them. Staying healthy should be a top priority for anyone, especially someone sitting at a PC or a poker table for hours and hours at a time. Improving your heath is...

If They Weren’t Playing Poker….

For most of us out there, poker is a fun (and hopefully financially rewarding) hobby, but at the end of the day, it’s exactly that: a hobby. While everyone has dreamed about turning poker into a full-time profession, usually it is something you play when you get home...

Top 10 Ways to Cheat at Poker

Just like any sport where money is involved, poker faces a number of its own challenges. For online poker, the most recent challenge has been the huge number of hackings taking place. While live poker is immune to the perils of the internet, it is by no means...

Top 10 Biggest Tournament Overlays

An overlay is a tournament player’s best friend and a casino’s worst nightmare. When the number of players registered for a tournament is not enough to cover the guarantee of the tournament, then we have an overlay, meaning free money for the players. The one thing...

Top 10 biggest poker rooms in the world

Players can argue for ages about which poker room is the best and there are good arguments for many of them. However, no one can argue with size. If you are a recreational player, you don’t want to wait for ages on waiting lists and if you’re a pro, having a vast...

Greatest Artworks Created by Online Results Pt. 2

For the second week in a row, FTR is looking into some unique results produced by players in the brief period of online poker’s dominance. Just in case you didn’t feel like framing any of the great artworks featured in the first part of this series, check out these...

Animals At The Poker Table

The world of poker has oft been described as a vast wilderness; it is a ravenous jungle full of all sorts of animals and creatures, some friendly, and some formidable. From the fearsome lion and the mischievous jackal, all the way down to the minuscule goldfish and...

Poker Books That Will Never Sell

I’ve been a poker player for the better part of a decade, and during my up-and-down journey I’ve read my fair share of poker strategy books. We all have. Virtually every player serious about winning has taken a peak in Doyle Brunson’s Super System books, leafed...

Biggest WSOP Main Event Winners (After Taxes)

Most poker players have dreamed about making the biggest final table on the yearly poker calendar, although probably most of them never realize the amount of taxes they would have to pay if they actually did win the Main Event. Looking back at the winners of the last...

Top 10 Best Poker Strategy Books

Nowadays, there are hundreds of poker strategy books available, but most of them are likely not worth your time. On the other hand, some poker strategy books that were written decades ago still hold valuable information for modern poker players. If you are looking...

Top 10 Live Tournament One-hit Wonders

It takes luck to win any individual tournament. If you are an amateur player, you need a lot more luck to do it. It’s fairly easy for an amateur player to win a small entry field tournament in his local casino, but most major tournaments across the world attract the...

Top 10 Biggest Downswings Ever

Most poker pros grind hard to get ever higher up the stakes ladder and moving up to the highest stakes is an understandable dream of most poker players. What most pros don’t consider is that with great opportunity comes great risk of running into the downswing of a...

New Year’s Resolutions For Poker Players

Every New Year, countless people make outlandish claims about starting fresh, making new goals, and improving upon all the mistakes they made in the previous year. For some, this means a new (and overpriced) gym membership; for others, it means quitting smoking or...

The Christmas Present Guide For Poker Players

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and while there’s no gift quite like a giant pile of cash-—or getting dealt pocket aces on the button with two raises in front of you—-we’ve managed to come up with some great holiday gifts for you and all your poker friends. Some of them...

Top 10 Biggest Televised Laydowns

Good poker players know that profit in poker not only comes from maximizing your winnings, but also cutting short your losses. In the long run, making big laydowns is not a huge part of that equation, but if you are in a major tournament, a big laydown may make or...

9 Signs That You Are A Bad Poker Player

Are you constantly losing money on the poker table? Are you blaming bad luck for those thousand dollar downswings? Do your friends always invite you over to their poker games, and then proceed to annihilate you hand after hand? Do you think Q-6 suited is a good...

The Biggest Poker Beefs Pt 2: The Classics

Everybody loves watching drama unfold, especially when there are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, and when it comes to rivalries on the poker table, there is no shortage of bad blood. Last week, we focused our attention on the modern era of poker beefs. Now,...

Top 10 Most Expensive Poker Tables

Already got yourself a Geoffrey Parker $7.5 Million Poker Chip Set? Then you should definitely look into buying yourself a poker table to go along with it. Of course, you cannot just buy a $200 table cover and expect your friends to be impressed, so check out these...

The Biggest Poker Beefs Pt. 1: The Modern Era

In the world of high stakes poker, it’s easy for tempers to flare. With hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars in table action, WSOP bracelet bragging rights, and various side bets, not to mention a hodge-podge of eccentric personalities, arguments and...

Top 10 Hero Calls Gone Wrong

A few weeks ago, FTR brought you the first installment of the Top 10 Hero Calls with 10 of the sickest televised hero calls ever made. Well, hero calls look amazing when they work, but it’s fair to say that most of the time they don’t. So this week, let’s take a look...

Top 10 Televised Phil Ivey Moments

Over the past decade, Phil Ivey has appeared on numerous TV shows and tournament broadcasts, providing the poker world with hundreds of entertaining moments. Let’s take a look at ten moments from Ivey’s televised appearances that show off his abilities. 10. Making...

The Top Poker Fails

In the game of poker, a single mental mistake can be the difference between becoming a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and a cautionary tale. It’s not always easy, however, as long hours and a continuous, relentless mental grind can cause even the smartest...

Top 10 Greatest Completed Poker Challenges

Over the years, a lot of players have set off to accomplish various poker challenges. Many of them failed all together, some succeeded. However, some of those who succeeded will always stand out and be remembered in the poker world due to the difficulty of the...

The Best (and Worst) Poker Halloween Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, which means candy, confections, and costumes! Unfortunately, if you’re looking to dress up in a poker-themed costume this Oct. 31, your options are pretty limited. You can either dress up in suggestive (and revealing) woman’s...

Top 10 Sickest Hero Calls

The term “hero call” may be defined somewhat differently in various sources, but in general, a hero call is a very rare situation in poker where a player calls a sizable bet in a marginal situation, mostly based on his read of his opponent. Hero calls are generally...

Top 10 Toughest Final Tables Of All Time

Before the poker boom came around, you could safely bet that you would see at least a couple of big names at the final table of any big event like the WSOP Main Event. The boom brought changes to the poker world in unexpected ways, one of which was the absence of...

Top 10 Poker Gifts for Hardcore Online Grinders

If you know someone who leaves and breathes online poker, then sooner or later you might encounter him somewhere beyond his workplace. Not only that, but it might be his birthday or Christmas! If you did remember that you should buy a present but have no idea what to...

The Biggest Bluffs in Poker History: Pt. 2

When it comes to fearless bluffs, few if any, poker players compare to Tom “durrrr” Dwan. In fact, he’s had so many bluffs he needed his own editorial to cover them all, which you can find here. That being said, he’s not the only one with balls of steel, as the...

Top 10 Famous Poker Scams

Let’s face it, the game of poker has always had an aura of shadiness around it. There’s a reason why Doyle Brunson had guns pulled on him several times while playing poker, after all. Even though poker is not usually associated with violence nowadays, it has become...

Top 7 Worst Places to be an Online Poker Pro

It seems like only a few years ago most of the world’s governments were oblivious to the presence of online poker and online gambling in general. The complete lack of any regulation had its drawbacks, but when governments finally woke up to the industry that was...

The Dark Side of Poker

You’ve seen the money, the glitz, the glamour, and all the fancy television shows, but there is more to poker than million-dollar buy-ins: there is also a dark side. Never mind the problems with gambling addiction and bankroll management, we’re talking about the...

Top 8 Sickest Final Table Bubbles

Every tournament, especially the most high profile ones, usually has several bubbles. It can be soul-crushing to get knocked out on the money bubble of the WSOP or WPT Main Event, but what really hurts is just missing out on the final table. Perhaps the worst thing...

9 Poker Players You Meet at the Table

Every year, thousands of people sit down at the poker table. Poker, much like life, brings in all different kinds of players, from all different shapes, sizes, and mentalities. It’s fun (and often quite hilarious) to try and compartmentalize each player into a...

Top 9 Most Famous Hands in Cinema History

Last week, we covered the 9 Most Unforgettable Hands in the History of the WSOP ME. Now, we take a look at the Hollywood side of things to honor our favorite poker scenes from the silver screen. Some of them—Ok, most of them—are improbable, dare we say impossible,...

Happy Birthday Norman Chad!

If you play poker regularly and have no idea who Norman Chad is, you should really be ashamed of yourself! Before Norman started his poker commentary career, he was better known as a sportswriter and syndicated columnist, as well as the occasional host of ESPN’s...

8 Signs of Excessive Celebration

Rarely does a WSOP go by without some sort of controversy emerging about players celebrating way too much after winning pots. This year, Mike Matusow was in the center of the biggest one when he got a one-round penalty for excessive celebration with 22 players left in...

Top 9 Most Unforgettable Hands of WSOP ME

The final table is set for the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Among the nine players in the November Nine, one of them is going to walk away with the world championship, $10 million dollars, and a spot in history. In honor of the final nine, here are the nine...

Top 10 Funniest Poker Commercials

Since the beginning of the poker boom, poker’s rising popularity led to an inevitable flood of TV ads across the US and the rest of the world. While you can still catch an ad or two on TV today and many more are bound to appear with the legalization of online poker in...

Top 10 Biggest Tournament Scores By Celebrities

Over the last decade, many celebrities took to the felt to try their luck at the poker tables. Some of them only visit certain tournaments and don’t play all that much while others are die-hard poker fans, attending the WSOP every year and playing in tournaments all...

Top 10 Superstitious Poker Players

Superstitions have been around since the dawn of humanity and it is no wonder that they made their way into gambling and eventually, poker. Superstitions can range widely and influence players in a lot of ways; they can be generally accepted or personal. A good...

Top 10 Poker Couples

Poker is a game of the brain, the gut, and, perhaps most importantly, the heart. That being said, as a poker player, romance can be hard to come by. For starts, it isn’t the best profession to find a significant other. It also isn’t very financially stable and the job...

Top 10 Poker Nicknames

Actor/musician Dean Martin once said, “You’re nobody till somebody loves you.” In poker, you’re nobody until somebody gives you a cool nickname. While other sports might have nicknames such as “The Great One” or “King James,” poker is similar to boxing and MMA in that...

Top 10 Funniest Bad Beat Reactions

Poker can be a very brutal game and many players have surely experienced a situation where the world collapses on you at the turn of a card. While most players handle these situations in stride, sometimes emotions boil over in unpredictable ways. Let’s take a look at...

Top 10 “I Bet You” Bets

“I Bet You” was a TV show which aired in 2007-2008 starring poker pros, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak and Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari. The series was produced for the MOJO HD network and ran for two seasons before the network went out of...

The Rise Of Gambling In Asia

Since the 1960’s, places like Las Vegas in the US and Monaco in Europe have been the world’s leading gambling hubs, but now the epicenters of the gambling world are steadily shifting to another part of the world – Asia. Even with vast political turmoil surrounding the...

Top 10 Worst Main Event Meltdowns

Many players have been very close or even to the WSOP Main Event final table, at times virtually holding the bracelet in the palm of their hand only to make a move or a series of plays that would undo everything they had done to get to that point. With the 2014 WSOP...

Top 8 Weirdest Tournaments Of All Time

Since poker exploded at the turn of the century, the world has seen an ever-increasing number of online and live tournaments available for everyone to participate in. Whether you like live super deep stack $10K’s or online hyper turbo tournaments for a few bucks, you...

Top 10 Annoying Table Behaviors

Have you ever been on a plane next to someone who smelled badly or had the snivels? Have you been on a date only to realize that the person you thought was hotter than hell chews her food with her mouth open just like your dog? Have you thought about how you’d react...