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Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk – How the Poker Feud Started

It’s no secret that there has been a public feud between the two professional poker players Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu. Lately the Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk poker feud has reached a high point, as the two players finally agreed to play heads up – something the entire poker community is going crazy over. 

25.000 hands, both live and online, will determine the ultimate winner of one of the biggest feuds in poker history. But how did it all start? Settle in and let me explain it. 

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk – The Beginning

The year is 2014 and Daniel Negreanu a.k.a. KidPoker has cemented his place as one of the biggest stars in the history of poker. With his charismatic person and dominance at the live poker tables, Daniel Negreanu can pretty much walk on water at this point.
In August of that year, Negreanu took part in the “One Drop” event and finished second. Not a bad result, but Negreanu is criticized for a key play. No stranger to online criticism, Kid Poker pretty much ignored the comments.

But one guy, cash game pro Daniel Merrilees, went on twitter and wrote “OK fair enough – I applaud your confidence. Do you think you could jump right in now and play a starts 25/50 6max game and win?”

In his usual style of likeable cockiness, Negreanu answered ‘@danielmerrilees haven’t played in ages so would say NO. However I believe it would take two weeks of work and I would be a winner.” And so it began. 

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk

A lot of people jumped on this – including Doug Polk, perhaps the biggest star of online cash games at the time, who wrote “I respect what you have done in your career, but it’s naive to think that you can log onto PokerStarts and beat $25/$50.”

This led to a long twitter fight between the two poker giants, and the seed for feud was planted.

More Rake is Better

Negreanu’s over the top confidence and character has often landed him in discussions, but Doug Polk’s massive following on social media made this feud a perfect storm. The two went back and forth at numerous occasions after the twitter incident, but the next big episode happened in early 2016. 

For a long time, Negreanu has been sponsored by PokerStarts as the poster child of their brand – always promising to represent player interests. But when the massive poker site got in trouble for rolling back benefits from some of its most loyal players, Negreanu surprised everyone by siding with PokerStars. He went on twitter and argued that the new setup of higher rake would be an overall benefit to the game since it kept pros away.

And he had a point. The world of online poker had certainly become very top-heavy and something needed to be done about it. But even though PokerStars had acted within their legal rights, the entire thing let to a massive shitstorm and Negreanu was caught in the middle, siding against the poker community. And even though he never actually said it, Negreanu’s views were condensed by the poker community to the catchy slogan of ‘More Rake is Better’.

Who is Doug Polk?

Doug Polk was born December 16, 1988 (31 years old). Polk mostly play under the alias WCGRider and specializes in Heads-up No Limit Hold’em.

Doug Polk officially retired from professional poker in September 2018 but kept running his popular YouTube channel with a poker focus.

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk

Two years later, at the time of a big poker tournament in Las Vegas, the long lasting feud between Negreanu and Polk took another turn, when Doug Pol bought a huge billboard outside the event that stated ‘MoreRakeIsBetter.com’. An obvious attack on Negreanu, which caught the attention of the poker community.
Polk also showed up to numerous tournaments wearing t-shirts that said ‘More Rake is Better’ – something that clearly provoked Negreanu and didn’t help their relationship. 

Head to head – Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk

No doubt 2020 is a crazy year – and this is also true for Daniek Negreanu. During a live stream, an online troll attacked Negreanu and made some very rude comments about his wife. Negreanu was quick and harsh in this answer, and his stream was swiftly suspended by Twitch. While one certainly understands Negreanu’s reaction, this was probably not a smart move by a guy representing numerous sponsors and the game as a whole. 

Amidst all this controversy, Doug Polk saw his opportunity to once again poke the bear.
As he’d done many times before, he went on Twitter and challenged Negreanu to a heads-up. But this time, Kid Poker surprised everyone by accepting.
And so finally, the long lasting feud between two absolute giants of poker seem to be coming to a climax.

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk

The Setup for the Heads-up Poker Game

Negreanu and Polk have agreed to play a total of 25.000 hands – with an option to quit after 12.500 hands. Stakes are $200 and $400. First 200 hands are played live, in-person. All remaining hands are played online on two tables at the same time. 

All hands are streamed live either from the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas or on the GGPoker YouTube channel.

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk live game

The first heads up game was played live in Las Vegas in the PokerGo studio. Here Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk were face to face against each other. Doug Polk is registered for $9,4 million in total live earnings – placing him as the 101st highest earning player at official live games. 

Doug Polk is known as the ultimate heads-up wizard in online poker games – so how will he perform against Daniel Negreanu who is notoriously known for his live games? See how it all went down in the video below.

SPOILER WARNING: The result of round 1 was a pretty significant win for Daniel Negreanu. He came out on top with +$116,500 after the forst 200 hands.  

Who is Daniel Negreanu?

Negreanu is one of the most well known and successful poker players in modern time. The Canadian was born July 26, 1974 (46 years old) and is known as KidPoker. Daniel is most known for his live games performance where he has won six World Series of Poker Bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. Tap to read more about Daniel Negreanu’s poker story.

Best Friends?

After the first live heads-up event in Las Vegas most viewers and experts were shocked – and not about the tension. The big time feud just all seemed to disappear as the players were face to face. It actually seemed like they really enjoyed each other’s company like two best friends having a good time around the poker table. 

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Some viewers have called this an embarrassment as they had expected an aggressive feud – just as we have seen online. But as Daniel Negreanu said about Doug Polk: “He (Polk) has been very tough online like, I’m gonna kill this guy and calling me names – but when you see him in person he is much softer. That’s very typical for most online trolls“. It really seems like it played out exactly as Negreanu had predicted.

Online heads-up – Who will bring home the gold?

The majority of the heads-up game will be played online. Here Doug Polk has the advantage over Daniel, as this is his speciality. First online game was played on 6th of November 2020. Here Negreanu started out great but ended with short stack as Doug Polk made a strong come-back and played well all through the game. See how it all went down following all rounds.

Round 2

SPOILER WARNING
Round 2 was pretty rough on Daniel Negreanu. Luckely for him he did have a big win from round 1. Watch the whole game below.

Hands played: 424
Overall hands: 624
Result: Polk +$218,292

Overall:
Doug Polk +$101,792

Round 3

SPOILER WARNING
Round 3 played out well for the online heads-up expert Doug Polk. He continued to win and gain an even bigger lead. 

Hands played: 382
Overall hands: 1006
Result: Doug +$166,239

Overall:
Doug Polk +$268,031

Round 4

SPOILER WARNING
Negreanu had his first online win after an intense game with some big hands.

Hands played: 366
Overall hands: 1372
Result: Daniel Negreanu +$87,166

Overall:
Doug Polk +$180,865

Round 5

SPOILER WARNING
Another big win for Daniel Negreanu. Daniel now takes the overall lead.

Hands played: 365
Overall hands: 1737
Result: Daniel Negreanu +$206,994

Overall:
Negreanu +$25,916

Round 6

SPOILER WARNING
Doug Polk fired back and got back his overall lead again.

Hands played: 637
Overall hands: 2374
Result: Polk +$93,542

Overall:
Doug Polk +$67,625

Round 7

SPOILER WARNING
Negreanu is back in the lead with biggest win of the feud yet.

Hands played: 591
Overall hands: 2965
Result: Daniel Negreanu +$222,832

Overall:
Daniel Negreanu +$155,206

Round 8

SPOILER WARNING
Another session that ends up with Mr. Negreanu in the lead. A lot of big pots in this game.

Hands played: 457
Overall hands: 3422
Result: Daniel Negreanu +$24,156

Overall:
Daniel Negreanu +$179,363

Round 9

SPOILER WARNING
Doug Polk gets back in the lead. But just barely by less than one 40k buy-in. 

Hands played: 377
Overall hands: 3799
Result: Doug Polk +$205,521

Overall:
Doug Polk +$26,158

Round 10

SPOILER WARNING
The longest Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk settion yet with over 4 hours of poker logged. 

Hands played: 852
Overall hands: 4651
Result: Doug Polk +$117,624

Overall:
Doug Polk +$143,996

Round 11

SPOILER WARNING
Pre-Thanksgiving session that again goes in the favor of Doug Polk. 

Hands played: 386
Overall hands: 5067
Result: Doug Polk +$120,023

Overall:
Doug Polk +$264,019

Final Results

Check back here to see the final results and who will be the final winner of the Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk feud.

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Poker Tells – Most Common Tells in Poker

Learn how to read the most common poker tells with this easy guide. By the end of this guide you will know what to look for when playing live poker with friends and family – and what you can do to minimize your own poker tells. Enjoy!

Poker Tells – Guide

Live poker is becoming  increasingly popular and assessable with our app EasyPoker – which allows you to play live poker games with friends and family.

After years of sitting alone in the dimly lit rooms of traditional online poker you must now once again learn how to read your opponents by looking them in the eye – and what not to do when you flop the nuts!

We recommend checking out the EasyPoker app to  practice your poker face in games with friends – anytime, anywhere.

Poker Tells
Virtual Poker Game with Friends

This is a complete guide on common poker tells and how to read your opponents. We’ll look at common tactics of poker players – and what police and detectives look for when investigating cases and interviewing suspects.     

Most Common Poker Tells

If you’ve seen the movie Casino Royale you know that James Bond figures out Le Chiffere’s tell. This tell is pretty obvious (finger to temple and eye twitch) and it might not be as easy in real life. But the way Bond finds out about the tell is something you need to learn in order to become the poker champion among your friends.  

As you can see in the video “When He Bluff’s” Le Chiffre plays a week hand but end up winning after the river card. This event of luck is actually unlucky in the long run, as it uncovers his tell. 

This is later uncovered in a conversation between bond and Vesper: 

Bond: Le chiffre is bluffing.
Vesper: But he had the best hand.
Bond: Which he got off the last card.

The take away from this is to learn how your opponents play and analyze when they end up getting the winning hand – and know how they act after that. This is easier said than done, but it’s actually really fun to do – especially when you end up knowing exactly how to play your opponents.

Some common tells to get you started are listed below. 

😩 Acting Weak

This is a very common tell among new players. Sighing, shrugging or a gloomy face might be an indication of a strong hand.  

🙇 Straightened Posture

Player sits differently or suddenly have a straightened posture – This is an indication of a strong hand. Be aware.    

🙃 Unusual Speak Patterns

If a player who normally talks a lot suddenly clamps up – or the other way around. This can mean that he or she has been dealt a strong hand or has hit the nuts.

👄 How Players talk 

When a player bluffs he might have a hard time talking or is trying not to answer questions – or takes a long time to do so. This is because he does not want to give out any tells. Ups.   

⏱ Impatient player

Look out for players that suddenly appears impatient and really wants to get on with the game. This is an indication of a strong hand.

🤑 Overly Confident

If a player makes a loose or fast bet this might be a sign of overcompensation. He does this to look strong and confident – but it’s actually a strong indication of a weak hand. 

😶 The “Freeze” Poker Tell

Players that “freeze up” right after doing a bet is often bluffing. If the player is afraid of triggering any tells, he or she will try to sit as still as possible.  

🤩 Suddenly awake – Classic Tell

When a player suddenly seems more energized this often means that he or she has a strong hand – and is ready to battle.  

🙄 Eye Contact

Having a strong hand usually make players more calm and more likely to look you in the eye. If they have a hard time looking you in the eye or have flickering eyes they are likely to be bluffing. 

⏳ Acting time

If a player takes longer than usual to check – he is often thinking about betting or checking. This is a sign that he has a hand that might be strong. 

Meanwhile players with weak hands often check pretty fast. 

👀 Looking at their hand 

If a player keeps looking at his or her cards, this might be an indicator of a strong hand.
Watch out for this.  

Be Aware of Bad Players

You can be the best player at the table and know all the tells of your opponent. You have them right where you want them – but then they end up calling your awesome bluff. All because they have no idea what they are doing…

You can’t read a poker player that basically has no idea what’s going on in the game. This is the kind of player you typically meet at home games with friends and family. Make sure your opponents has at least a basic understanding of the game and hand strength before trying to read their tells. Consider showing this video guide on how to play poker before the start of your home game.

Don’t be an actor

Now that you know these common poker tells – don’t try to act them out. You will look foolish and even bad players will be able to spot your lies and acting. 

Instead you should use this information to think about how you can bring continuity into your way of playing. The more continuity you have – the harder it is for other poker players to read your tells.   

Read Poker Tells like a Detective

FBI, CIA, Detectives and similar officials need to be able to tell whether someone is lying or telling the truth. They can figure this out just by looking at their “Poker Face”, body language and their eyes. Here are some psychological techniques used by officials all over the world – it might help you read your opponents tells.

Facial muscles 

When a person is calm their facial muscles are relaxed as well. And what makes people calm? Yes, having everything under control – and not lying.

But as soon as we see something or someone we do not respond positively to, our muscles around our face tens up. This can be lips that tighten up or even disappear, licking of the lips and cheek muscles tightening up. The nose can also move a bit upwards when we experience distress.

If the lips quickly purse up it’s a sign of a person disagreeing or thinking about something alternatively to what is said or happening. This could be the reaction to a bad flop or some simple talk around the table.

The forehead is also a great way to tell how a person is doing psychologically. If it’s tense or sweaty – then he might be lying and uncomftable. 

Touching the face

Another sign of distress is touching the face. This can be mild facial massaging or stroking. This is a clear indication that something is bothering a person.

The Eyes

If a person reacts positively to something (great cards etc.) their eyes tend to open up just a bit extra while the eyebrows will slightly raise

If we experience something negative or unpleasant people often squeeze their eyes a bit.


Poker Terms and Slang

There’s a ton of poker terms and slang out there and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of it all.
At EasyPoker we’re passionate about facilitating digital poker with friends, and so it seemed only natural to compose a complete poker glossary to go with our app

Poker Terms and Slang
Poker Terms and Slang

Basic Poker Terms

Ante – A small bet put down by all players after being dealt their cards. The ante makes sure there are always some chips to be won in each hand. Most poker styles, however, use ‘blinds’ instead of an ante. 

All-in – Betting all the chips you have. 

Bet – An amount betted by a player.

Betting Round – Refers to the windows of time where players can make bets. In Texas Hold’em, this would be before the flop, after the flop, after the turn and after the river. 

Blind – A forced bet by one or more players before any cards are dealt in a hand.
This is to make sure there’s always chips in the pot for a round. It also means that players have a natural shrinkage in their stack so that a completely passive player will lose chips too. Blinds are typically structured as big- and small blind and put down by the players sitting to the left of the dealer.

Big Blind – A forced bet by the person sitting left of the dealer to get the pot going. Typically twice the value of the small blind. 

Bluff – When you think you have weaker cards but still bet/raise in an attempt to fool your opponent into folding their stronger hand.

Call – To follow the most recent bet or raise and put down the minimum amount to do so, without raising further. 

Check – If a betting round still hasn’t had a bet, you can choose to check, which is essentially betting 0 amount, with the option to call or raise if another player chooses to bet.

Community Cards – The card placed on the table for all players to see and compare their hand to. Also called ‘The Board’. In Texas Hold’em and Omaha this would be the five cards of the flop, turn and river. 

Dealer – The person who’s in charge of dealing the cards. If you’re not at a casino, the role of the dealer typically travels clockwise around the table after every hand. Even if you’re playing digitally and no cards are shuffled or dealt physically, you still need the role of the dealer, since this dictates the role of small- and big blind. 

Flop – The first three community cards. These are all placed on the table for all players to see after the initial betting round.

Fold – When a player chooses to give up his or her cards and take no further part in a hand. 
This can be done in any betting round.

Heads up – When only two players are competing for the pot. 

Kicker – The highest unpaired card in your combination. If two players have almost the same hand, the player with the highest kicker wins. 

Muck – After a hand, if a player doesn’t have to show his or her they can choose not to.
This is called ‘to muck’.

No Limit – Different styles of poker have slightly different rules. Some styles have an upper limit to how much players can bet. No limit means players can choose to bet as much as they have whenever it’s their turn. 

Pocket – Refers to the two cards you were dealt and have in your hand. Like ‘pocket fives’ or ‘pocket aces’.

Raise – To raise means you not only call a bet, but further increase the amount.

Rake – A certain amount of the price that is sometimes taken by the facilitator, be it a casino or an online platform. The EasyPoker app does not do this. 

Small Blind – A forced bet by the person sitting left of the ‘big blind’ to get the pot going. Typically half the value of the big blind. 

Showdown – When all final bets are placed and players show the cards in their hand to determine who’s got the better cards. 

Side Pot – If a player doesn’t have enough chips to call a bet or raise, he or she can bet whatever they have left. A side pot is then created, meaning if that players wins they won’t get the full pot, since they didn’t put as many chips on the line. 

Split Pot – When two or more players have the same hand after showdown they split the pot since there isn’t a winner. 

Tell – An involuntary action that might show if someone is bluffing. For instance if you lean forward or touch your temple (We’ve all seen Casino Royale). 

Turn – The fourth community card on the table, drawn and placed face-up after the second betting round.

Poker Slang

Backdoor – When you play a ‘bad’ hand and catch some good cards on the turn and river to make a winning combination. 

Bad Beat – When a player wins with a weak hand that most players would say you shouldn’t play. Typically used to describe dumb luck. 

Blank – A community card that doesn’t affect any of the hands left in the betting round. 

Board – Meaning all the community cards, both the flop, turn and river. 

Bullets – A pair of aces in the hand.

Burn – Before drawing the turn and river, the dealer will discard (burn) the top card of the deck. This is to ensure that players won’t have peeked the card to come.

Button – A white chip that usually says ‘dealer’. The button is placed on the table in front of whoever is considered the dealer of the round and of course travels with the role. 

Calling Station – A passive player that checks and calls a lot but never really raises or folds.
Generally considered a weak and bad player. 

Chip Leader – The player who has the most chips in their stack.

Crack – When a player is dealt a great hand, but is beaten.
“I cracked your pair of aces…”

Dog – Short for underdog. 

Draw – A hand that has potential to be good but needs the right community cards. 

Maniac – If a player plays very aggressively, constantly betting and raising, this player is calle a maniac. 

Nuts – When you’ve been dealt the best possible hand given the community cards.
For instance, if you have a straight after the flop you might say you ‘flopped the nuts’. 

Offsuit – When cards are not of the same suit. 

Pocket – The two cards you hold in your hand. 

Quads – Slang for ‘four of a kind’.

Rainbow – When the board has no more than two cards of the same suit, meaning a flush is not possible. 

Rock – A player that plays without creativity and only bets when he/she has good cards.
Generally considered a bad strategy, as it is easy to read. 

Set – A set is three of a kind made from the two cards in your hand and just one card from the board. 

Slow Play – When you have a great hand but still don’t raise or bet too aggressively, in an effort to lure the other players to stay in the round and not fold their cards. 

Stack – The personal amount/pile of chips all players have. 

Suited – Cards of the same suit. 

Trips – Slang for three of a kind. 

Under the Gun – The player who is forced to make the first action of a betting round.

Now go play

Now that you know the basic poker terms and slang, why not put them to use by playing poker with friends? The free EasyPoker app is your digital version of a physical poker set and provides both chips and cards for you and your friends. 

Poker Terms and Slang

Poker is an old game but constantly evolving and growing. We want to keep this glossary fresh and up to date with the newest poker terms and slang, so if you have any additions or feedback please let us know in the comments below.

And if you need a brush up on the rules of poker, check out this post on How To Play Poker


Virtual Poker Game with Friends

Hosting a virtual poker game with friends is easy.

Whether you’re sitting apart, or in the same room trying to limit physical interaction, the EasyPoker app is perfect – and it’s free to download and play.

Getting started is quick and easy, just follow these 3 steps:

Virtual Poker Game with Friends

1) Download EasyPoker

EasyPoker is a digital version of the physical poker set you know and love.
The app provides both chips & cards for free and facilitates the entire game – all you and your friends have to do is just play your cards.

Virtual Poker Game with Friends

2) Create a virtual poker game with friends

EasyPoker lets you create a private poker table with a single tap on your screen.
Each table has a four digit game code, which your friends just type on their phone to join the game. We’ve made it extremely easy to share the game code directly from the app by simply tapping on it and choosing how to send it to friends. 

Once everyone is ready and in the game lobby, the host just tap to launch the table.
And that’s it – your virtual poker game with friends is now live. 

Here’s a quick video that shows how to get your game going.

3) Talk together while playing

For this to truly be a virtual poker game with friends you of course need to be able to talk together while playing. EasyPoker has a built-in voice chat feature, which works just like a group call. Voice chat is a premium feature and so while everyone at the table can listen in, only EasyPoker+ members can say something. You turn voice chat on and off in the in game settings that you access from the top right corner.

Using a tool like Zoom is of course also a great (and free) way to hang out virtually while playing. Zoom of course has video calls that allow you to see (and maybe read) each other while playing. EasyPoker and Zoom work great together, since EasyPoker is a mobile app meaning you can dedicate your computer to the video call and not have to switch back and forth. Having them separate also allows you to place and frame your computer how you want so we all avoid those awkward video calls starring the bottom of people’s faces and nostrils.

Virtual Poker Game with Friends

Virtual Poker Game with Friends

Poker is a great game and ideal when you and your friends want to hang out and relax.
With the EasyPoker app, you can have the classic experience of live, face to face poker even when you’re apart. 
And in case you or your friends need a brush up on the rules we’ve made quick a guide on How to Play Poker

If you have an idea for how we might make the experience even better, let us know in the comments below.


Daniel Negreanu – Poker Player Story

Daniel Negreanu AKA Kid Poker, is one of the most well known and liked poker players in the world.
He is famous for his incredible ability to read players and his may wins and major titles.

His place in the official Poker Hall of Fame is a true testament to his poker-skills and achievements.
This is the story of Daniel Negranue.

Who is Daniel Negreanu?

Daniel Negreanu is a talkative professional Canadian Texas Hold‘em poker player.

His aggressive style of playing, and flair for reading opponents, has earned him 2 World Poker Tour titles and 6 World Series of Poker bracelets (among numerous other wins). Negreanu has also been named The World Series of Poker – Player of the year, twice.

Daniel is currently placed third in all time poker earnings. His total live earnings are currently at a whopping $ 42.053,305.

Daniel Negreanu

Early life of Daniel Negraenue

Daniel Negreanu’s parents immigrated to Toronto, Canada from Romania, seven years prior to Daniels birth on july 26, 1974. They wished for a better future for their children.

By the age of four, Negreanu was hooked on The American Dream. He wanted to be rich. He is described as ‘bad-mannered’ in school and as the years went on and Daniel went to college, he was several credits short of graduating. He was failing.
But at the age of 15, he learned to play poker.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu is synonymous with ‘poker’. His funny wit, charismatic persona and unrivaled skill of reading players, has influenced the poker-scene like few other. Negreanu has appeared on numerous live transmitted poker-events and speaks freely about all things within the range of poker. He has even appeared in movies and made series and books about how to play and win poker.

By age 16, he was already ‘a regular’ at the local pool tables, and at one point he actually thought about becoming a professional snooker player. In the end though, his love of poker won, and Negreanu eventually dropped out of high school and began pursuing a career in poker.
He started off as a
rounder 
An expert player who travels to seek out high-stakes games – appearing at Casino Country and Fundtime. He’s even been rumored to sniff out illegal games.

Daniel began working on his reputation and his bankroll throughout his early twenties and headed to Las Vegas when he was 21. Things didn’t go as planned and he ended up losing more than he could afford.

He moved back to Toronto, and began rebuilding his bankroll.

In 1998, 24 year old Daniel won the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em at the World Series of Poker. The win added an astounding prize of $169,460 to his growing bankroll and his first bracelet – which is kind of a big deal within the poker community. He became the youngest to ever win a bracelet. Hence, Kid Poker.

From this point on, there was np turning back for young Negreanue.

Daniel Negreanu biggest win

Negreanu’s biggest win was in 2014, when he placed second in the Big One For One Drop $1 million buy-in event. Kid Poker battled 41 other poker players for the prize pool of $37,333,338.

Daniel Negreanu came in second only beated by Dan Colman. But Negreanu’s pity prize of $8,288,001 still remains his biggest earning. Negreanu later said that all he could think about after that was how much money he could have won, had he beat Colman.

Bracelets and titles

Daniel Negreanu began his impressive collection of bracelets in 1998, when he won the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em($169,460). In 2003 he went on to win the $2,000 S.H.O.E ($100,440) and followed that up in 2004 by winning the $2,000 Limit Hold’em ($169,100) again.
Four years later, in 2008, he took another bracelet from a $2,000 Limit Hold’em($204,874). In 2013 he won both a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event ($1,038,825) and a €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (€725,000).

Negreanu won both his World Poker Tour Titles in 2004. One for his win in the $10,000 Borgata Poker Open ($1,117,400) and the second in $15,000 Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($1,795,218).

He has several more merits to his name, amongst these, Foxwoods’ World Poker finals in 1997 and British Columbia Poker Championships’ main event, which made him $299,951 richer.

Private life

On the home front, Daniel Negreanu has been married two times. In 2005 he got married to Lori Lin Weber. Lori is a known and accomplished professional poker player. They later separated in 2007 and got divorced later on.

Daniel remarried in 2019 to long-time girlfriend Amanda Leatherman. He had acually bought the rings 10 years prior to that, when they decided to get engaged. But he thought she was not ready to settle down at that point of time. They separated, but eventually got together again, when she returned to Las Vegas.

Daniel Negreanu wedding

Newer controversy

Kid Poker was banned from Twitch in July of this year, when he got caught in a bad mannered outburst at a viewer in the chat. The reason? The viewer had made rude remarks about Negreanu’s wife, Amanda Leatherman.

His wife defended the actions of her husband, stating that she was happy that her husband stood up for her. A month later Daniel / @realkidpoker  was back on Twitch.

Daniel Negreanu Controversy

In 2019 Daniel Negreanu came into new controversy for writing a blog about the worst kind of poker players. He later had to apologize, as many thought he had lost touch with the poker-scene, as he does not grind as much anymore.

Now what?

Even though Daniel Negreanu does not grind as much as he did before, he is still an active and influential poker player. In 2019 he signed on as a GGPoker Brand Ambassador. He’s got a busy schedule and is appearing in different tournaments throughout 2020.

Daniel Negreanu is still ranked the most famous poker player.

Want more? Check out our porfile on poker legend Gus Hansen.

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Are you the Next Negreanu?

Want to test your skills in a game of free online poker with friends? The EasyPoker app provides both chips and cards for a private table poker game.
And it’s free.

The app takes care of everything, and so all you and your friends have to do is just play your cards.

DANIEL NEGREANU POKER STORY
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Online Poker Fundraiser with EasyPoker

Looking to host an online poker fundraiser?

The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) forces the nonprofit fundraising world to think in new and digital approaches. Social distance is the new norm, and so we all need to adjust and adapt. The EasyPoker app is here to help you. Like a physical poker set, EasyPoker facilitates the game, but with no gambling and exchange of real life money or virtual currencies. You’ll have to manage that outside of the app.
This means that EasyPoker won’t take a cut of any prize money, a so-called ‘rake’ – making it ideal for nonprofit fundraising.

Setting up everything is easy, just follow these simple steps:

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1) Download the free EasyPoker app

EasyPoker is free to download and play for both iPhone and Android. Players each use their own phone to play, and so everyone participating in the game will need to have the app downloaded.
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2) Sign In

In order to play, you’ll have to create an account and sign in.
Don’t worry though, it’s fast and simple – just sign in using your preferred method. We have this to be able to display player names and show their progress. 

3) Create game 

Now it’s time to create your game. This is done by tapping the big button that says ‘Create Game’.
You are then taken to a ‘game lobby’, the place all players meet before you launch the game.

If you want, you can edit things like stack, poker style and reaction timer by hitting ‘table settings’ in the bottom of the screen.
Each game of EasyPoker has a unique four digit game code, shown in the bottom of your screen. Share this with everyone you want to have a seat and the table of your game (you can just tab the number and you will get all your most used options for sharing). EasyPoker facilitates games of up to 12 players per table. 
If you like, you can tap on each player’s avatar to set an order for your game. This is especially useful if you’re sitting around a table.

Here is a quick video guide of how to get a game going in EasyPoker.

4) Find Game

After signing in to the app, players join your table by hitting ‘Find Game’ and entering your game’s four digit game code. This takes them directly to the game lobby.

5) Play Poker

When you’re ready, launch the game with a single tap on your screen.
The EasyPoker app takes care of everything, and all you need to do is play the cards you’re dealt. Since everything is digital, the app also removes the risk that comes with having players exchange physical cards and chips between them. 
Ideal for social distancing.

6) Live Stream with Zoom

EasyPoker is a digital substitute for a physical poker set, and as such, it’s ideal for live poker, with players sitting face to face. If you want, you can live stream your online poker fundraiser using a service like Zoom

In case players aren’t in the same physical room, you can of course have them jump in the Zoom room separately.

Online Poker Fundraiser with EasyPoker

Online Poker Fundraiser with EasyPoker

Poker is a great tool for fundraising, and COVID-19 shouldn’t stop your important work. Let the EasyPoker app facilitate your game – allowing you to focus on what you do best; creating a fantastic event and raising money for change.

And in case you need a brush up, check out this simple guide on How to Play Poker.


How to Play Poker

Welcome to the full beginners guide on how to play poker. The guide is separated into sections and will take you through everything from introduction to poker and types of games to poker hands rankings and general rules of poker. You can also watch the full guide on how to play poker in the video below. 

How to Play Poker Video Guide

Watch the full tutorial on how to play poker in this video.

The most common types of poker games are Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker. These two go way back to the beginning of poker and have been played by eveyone from cowboys to presidents. This guide will focus on Texas Hold’em – but once you get the hang on the general rules of poker you will easily be able to move to other types of games like Omaha. 

Poker Hands Ranking

Before we start the guide on how to play poker you will need to know the 10 basic hand combinations and how they rank. For an in debt guide on this you should visit our full poker hands ranking guide.
But here is a quick guide:

The lowest ranked is called high card and is basically just used when no players have any other combinations.

The second lowest poker combo is called One Pair. This is two cards of the same number or letter.

One Pair poker rank
One Pair poker rank

Next in line is the Two Pair combination which is two different pairs of cards. Like 10, 10, K, K for instance.

How to play poker two pair poker rank
How to play poker two pair poker rank

Next comes Three of a Kind which are three cards of the same number or letter. 

Three of a kind poker tutorial
Three of a kind poker tutorial

Next up is the Straight which is 5 cards in sequential order. Keep in mind that an Ace can be combined both as A-2-3-4-5 (lowest straight) and 10-J-Q-K-A.

How to play poker combos - straight
How to play poker combos - straight

After the straight comes Flush. The flush consist of 5 cards of the same suit. In any order.

Flush how to poker
Flush how to poker

Then we have the Full House – a combination of Three of a Kind and one Pair – all in one hand. 

Full house poker combination
Full house poker combination

Four of a Kind is 4 cards of the same number or letter. 

Four of a kind hand rank poker holdem
Four of a kind hand rank poker holdem

Next up is the Straight Flush which is a Flush in sequential order. 

Straight Flush in poker
Straight Flush in poker

Finally we have the Royal Flush which is the best hand in all of poker. It’s basically the same as a Straight Flush, but it goes from 10-A. Here’s a fact: The possibility of getting a Royal Flush is 649,739 to 1.

How to Play Poker texas holdem Royal Flush
How to Play Poker texas holdem Royal Flush

How to Play Poker – Getting Started

With Texas Hold’em each player is dealt two cards facing down. These two cards are for your eyes only and must be kept a secret for the other players. These are called hole cards and are just for you.

Once all cards are dealt, the two players sitting clockwise from the dealer button (the player who is dealing) will have to put out the small- and big blind. This is also called ante. These blinds make sure that we always have chips on the table each round. The big blind is usually the double amount of the small blind. Let’s set the blinds to $1 and $2 for this example.   

All players will have to at least match the big blind in order to continue to the next round. This is called to Call. Players also have the option to Fold and Raise. Folding means to quit the current round and you will have to give up your two cards. If you Raise you not only match the current bet, but raise the price for further participation. 

The Flop

After the initial betting round three new cards will be put out on the table for all players to see. This is called the flop. See image from EasyPoker.

The cards on the table are called Community Cards.
These are for all players to combine with the cards in your hand. 

After the flop comes another round of betting – starting with the player sitting left of the dealer.

All players who wish to stay in the round have to match the highest bet (just like in the initial betting round).
Unlike the initial round, players now also have the option to check, which means not to bet nor fold. This will simply let me go to the next round – but only if nobody makes a bet. If one of the other players bet, yoou will have to either fold, call or raise.

How to Play Poker Flop

The Turn

The dealer “burns” the top card of the deck (meaning it’s removed and put aside) and then proceeds to add another card face up on the table. This means we now have four community cards on the table. 

Players then have another round of betting – following the same format as last time.

The Final Card (River)

The dealer burns another card from the top of the deck and draws a fifth and final community card for the table. After this we have one last round of betting before players have to show their cards.

The player with the highest 5 card combination wins and gets all the chips betted during the round (the pot).

The role of the dealer then changes clock wise as well as the role of small- and big blind before all cards are shuffled and you starting all over for a new round. 

Let an app handle your game

An easy way to get started with poker is to use an app like EasyPoker to facilitate your game.

The app takes care of everything from shuffling to dealing and makes sure that all rules are followed and that chips are correctly distributed.
It’s free to download on the App Store and Google Play. Consider giving it a go. 

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Short Deck Poker – Rules & How to Play

EasyPoker just launched Short Deck Poker – play directly from within the app.

In a recent update we added support for more types of poker games, including Short Deck Hold’em – also known as 6-plus poker. In this post I will talk about why we choose Short Deck Hold’em and how the Short Deck poker rules differ from regular Texas style of play.

Short Deck Poker – using EasyPoker

First off, Short Deck Hold’em is a Plus feature you will find in the EasyPoker table settings. EasyPoker Plus starts from $3.99 and will allow more customization for your home games, as well as many other features. Our goal is to deliver all “need to have” features for free (such as creating a free game for up to 6 players) and nice to have features are Plus. This includes Short Deck Poker.

Virtual poker with friends

Why Chose Short Deck Poker? 

Short Deck Poker is becoming more and more popular each month. And I completely understand why. The Short Deck game is eliminating all the low ranked cards. This makes the gameplay more intense and leaves a greater chance of having impressive hands – both for you and your competition.   

This small but amazing twist made it an obvious choice for EasyPoker to support the poker style. It’s also very closely related to regular texas hold’em, which fits perfectly in the EasyPoker mindset. 

EasyPoker app Short deck poker

Short Deck Poker Rules

Short Deck Poker is very closely related to Texas Hold’em. With Short Deck Hold’em you play without cards lower than 6 (Ace are still included in Short Deck). This means no 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. 

Eliminating these cards means that you have a greater chance of getting a full-house than a flush. It’s also harder to get three of a kind than a straight – unlike in 52 cards poker. This is because you only have 9 cards of each suit, so flushes and three of a kind are pretty rare when playing with a short deck.

Short Deck Poker Hand Rankings

As mentioned above the hand rankings are a bit different when playing Short Deck Poker. This is because the mathematical possibilities change when removing the lower cards. The hand rankings are…

1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a kind
4. Flush 
5. Full House
6. Three of a Kind
7. Straight
8. Two Pair
9. One Pair
10. High Card

As you can see by the colors, Flush and Full House has switched places. So has Three of a Kind and Straight.

How to Play

You start the game by putting out a small blind and big blind. After that you deal each player two cards with the top down – just like in regular Texas Hold’em. All players need to at least match the big blind in order to continue. 

After the initial betting round you lay out the first 3 community cards. Then you have a new betting round. Next you lay out the turn card in the CC, bet again, and then finally add the river card – just like in Texas Hold’em.

In the end all the remaining players need to show their cards in order to find the winner of the pot (keep the mucking rules in mind).

EasyPoker will manage all rules, dealing, blinds etc. for you. Just follow the link to play short deck poker on Android and iPhone or use the buttons below. Just a friendly reminder from me.       

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EasyPoker will allow you to play short deck
hold’em with friends and family.

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Remote Poker App

It is time to make remote poker simple and easy. Let me introduce something we call EasyPoker Remote. It is no secret that the international pandemic have changed how people all across the world are working and spending their free time. This include how people are playing poker.

The EasyPoker app is originally designed to facilitate poker among friends sitting face to face in the same room. It’s basically a replacement for the big silver case with poker chips and playing cards.

EASYPOKER REMOTE

Replacing the need of psychical chips and cards is still the main focus of EasyPoker. However, the pandemic have shown us that users need apps like EasyPoker to play poker with friends – even when they are apart. And we’re ready to make remote poker easy for everyone.

We know it’s important to have an option to play remote poker. A lot of poker clubs and home games have been closed down by athories. Recently a poker game was shut down in Copenhagen, Denmark, and all players were fined. This is because poker is a big hazard. Sitting close for hours, exchanging chips, shuffling and dealing cards are all potential source of infection.

That’s why we seriously need to rethink how we play poker. Even when we get though the pandemic. Get the Remote Poker App for Android and for iPhone.   

Remote Poker app
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NEW FEATURES FOR REMOTE POKER

EasyPoker Remote is not an external app. It’s actually some new built-in features to make the remote poker experience as smooth and seemingly as the traditional EasyPoker games. We added a feature to share the game code through your favorite chat app with a single tap (video below). This includes Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage and regular texts.
We also added an optional ‘reaction time’. When playing regular poker (and EasyPoker) this is not an issue, but you can’t tell a guy to take his turn if he is doing something else remotely. 

A new (literally) game changing feature we incorporated in EasyPoker is ‘Voice Chat’. This makes is possible to talk to your opponents while playing – directly from within the app. Perfect for when you’re not together.

  • Share game code with a single tap.
  • Turn on a reaction time.
  • Voice Chat directly within the app.

And this is just the beginning. We will be adding more features to make the remote experience even better. If you have a feature request then please reach out to us.

Remote Poker – as it should be 

You don’t need to compromise the poker experience, just because your game is played remotely. According to a lot of our users, other apps that can host remote games are only compatible with PC/Mac or they are clunky and poorly designed. They have been asking for a remote experience created by EasyPoker, as we seem to catch the right user interface and experience they are looking for. 

We are thrilled to hear this from our users and that’s why we have added these new features for the remote poker players all over the world. 

Germ Free Home Poker Games

Running a restriction friendly poker game can be hard. As mentioned before, poker is a hazard. It’s very hard to keep your distance when you need to deal cards and bet chips all the time. In this situation you can run a germ free poker game using the EasyPoker app. 

This will allow you to get as close to a real game of poker as possible – without having to deal with chips and cards. This also allows you to easily keep your distance, as you can sit 6 feet from each other without having to get up to bet, raise or collect chips. Read this guide on how to host a quarantine friendly poker game.  

Bring your Poker Games outside

As you might know, being outside is a great idea when socializing as an enclosed environment with a lot of people is a source of infection. This means it might actually be a good idea to bring your poker games outside. This sounds great as summertime is upon us. 

For this you and your friends can also use the EasyPoker app to facilitate your games of live poker. Germ free and no risk of cards getting blown away by the wind.

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How to Host a Poker Night During Quarantine

In Denmark, a story just broke about a group of friends who were all fined for attending their weekly poker night. The police were called and found that the poker night was in violation of the danish ‘Law of Assembly’, which restricts more than a few people to gather in one location during these times of lockdown.

This story is just one of many crazy ones related to the current Corona quarantines, but it raises a valid question: How to host a poker night during quarantine?

Poker is a Hazard

Poker is everyone’s favorite game – but it’s also a really effective way of spreading a virus between your friends.

You usually sit around a table, in close proximity, and maybe share snacks or drinks.
On top of that, you all take turns touching both cards and chips before putting them into a pile and exchanging them among you. 

It’s a virus frenzy, and not ideal in times like these. 

So, without further adieu, here are some tips on how to host a quarantine-friendly poker night. 

coronavirus poker

Practice good hand hygiene

We use our hands for pretty much anything, and if you come in contact with the virus it will most likely be through your hands. The virus can’t enter your body directly from your hands, but you might transfer it to your eyes, mouth or nose if you touch your face – something the average human does many times an hour.

Therefore, the best way to prevent such a spread would be to keep good hand hygiene. Wash your hands before playing, making sure you don’t bring any outside virus to the table. Ideally, you should wash your hands frequently and every time you’ve touched your face. An alcoholic hand sanitizer will also do.

Keep it small and keep your distance

This is probably the most effective way of stopping the spread.

There’s no way around it – crowds are a bad idea during a quarantine. For this reason, it’s probably best to scale back and keep your poker night small in numbers. In general, you wanna avoid big groups.

The virus can’t jump between you if you keep the recommended distance of 6 feet. This is not ideal, of course, but it goes a long way to prevent the spread.

Get Some Fresh Air

Open a window and let in some fresh air. The Corona virus is airborne and can hang in the room after someone sneezes or coughs. So keeping the air in circulation is a great idea.

In an ideal world, you would have your poker night outside – something we of course realize might be hard with cards and chips everywhere.

EasyPoker will do all this for you

Lucky for you, there’s a free app on the market that takes care of all this, and provides a realistic and completely Corona-safe, face to face poker night. EasyPoker – the digital poker set that fits right into your pocket.

The app lets you create a game with a single tap on your phone, and your friends just enter the four digit game code to join your table.
It’s that easy – and EasyPoker provides both cards and chips.

The app lets you create a game with a single tap on your phone, and your friends just enter the four digit game code to join your table.
It’s that easy – and EasyPoker provides both cards and chips.

You each use your own phone to play, and so EasyPoker eliminates the need for physical cards and chips, which removes the risk of transmitting the virus from your hands. A pretty big win.
Not having to exchange physical cards and chips means you can easily keep your 6 feet distance. The app also has a voice chat feature, allowing you to talk with each other while playing, no matter the distance between you.

You don’t even need a table to play anymore – meaning, for the first time, you can have your poker night anytime, anywhere. This means you can play outside, with plenty of air circulation, without having cards and chips fly everywhere.

This really is a new way to play poker – an easier way.

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So stay safe everyone!

And remember that washing your hands is always a good idea – not only in times of virus and crisis. And always follow the corona quarantine guidelines from WHO.