Category: Poker

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.

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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. 

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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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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.   

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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. 

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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.


How to Optimize your EasyPoker Experience

The EasyPoker app is still in, what we consider, a public beta.

By that we mean the app is certainly playable and awesome, but we’re still working around the clock to optimize and better the app and experience. And we are doing so with our users. Laying the tracks while driving the train, so to speak. 

But if you are planning a poker night and want to use EasyPoker there are some actions you can take to avoid potential hiccups in the app.

How to create and launch a game

If you have issues while starting a game, check out this video guide on how to create and launch a game.

Before you Start

Tip #1:

Make sure everyone is on a stable network connection. Bad wifi or internet connection won’t give you a great starting point.

Tip #2:

Make sure you and your friends know how to get a game going. It’s fairly simple, but we’ve made a guide should you need it. The most important thing to remember is that we are not ‘sit and go’. Players can not join a game that has already started – they need to be present in the game lobby when the game is launched.

Tip #3:

Free players can make a game of up to 3 players, and Plus+ members can host up to 12 players. Free players can join as many Plus+ tables as they want – only the host is required to have EasyPoker+.

Tip #4:

Tell your friends to stay in the app as much as possible. While it is possible to leave the app mid game and use your phone to do outer stuff, we see that this is oftentimes the cause for issues. Try not to ‘lock’ your phone as well.

Tip #5:

If a player wants to leave the table – have them do so by force quitting the app. We’ve had user report issues when someone leaves the table by choosing ‘quit game’ from the menu, and while we investigate this we recommend you leave an ongoing table by force quitting the app.


We are of course working on a permanent fix.

If you encounter issues

If rebuy doesn’t appear automatically when a player goes bust, have that player open the in game settings and hit ‘sync table’. This should prompt the rebuy function and send a request to the host of the game.

If someone loses connection you should first have that player open the in game settings and hit ‘sync table’. If that doesn’t clear things up, try playing the current hand to the end, if possible. In most cases, things will sync when a new hand is dealt. If that still doesn’t help, or if you are not able to play the hand to the end, have the player force quit the app. When opening the app again, a pop up will appear with the chance to rejoin the table.

And if all else fails try logging out and back in.

Contact our Support

The EasyPoker support is also open around the clock, both on email and through the chat on our page.  

Hope this helps, and good luck on your poker night!

Thanks,
Ulrik, COO 


Ways to Cheat in Poker

Do not play the cards, play the people. That is one of the most important mantras of poker. A good bluff always beat bad cards. With one major exception. Cheaters beat everything. Unless they get caught.

We have taken a deep dive into some of the ways cheaters cheat in poker.

Marked Cards / Card Marking

When ‘marking cards’, you try to alter the cards in the deck. You will have a big advantage (doh’), when you begin to know the cards and its distinct alteration. Cards are normally marked with bents, dents or small cracks, so be aware of the condition of the cards.

If you are playing in a casino, cheaters will have a hard time playing with marked cards. Dealers, and state of the line casino cameras, are very focused on removing marked cards. BUT during a six year period Mihai Lacatos, a Romanian poker player, managed to cheat the casinos. Mihai used the card marking technique. 

In one week he swindled The Playboy Club in Mayfair, London for about 50.560,96 dollars. Mihai was eventually caught(31 March 2014), but out on bail, he continued to swindle casinos. So dodge Mihai if you meet him at a poker table.

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Marked cards are more commonly found in privat games (home games, backyard games). Poker sharks might try to take advantage. Remember. If you cannot spot the sucker, you might be the sucker yourself.

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Poker Bot

There is nothing new about cheating in poker. When poker became digital. So did the cheaters. A poker bot is a program that is used to give the cheater an advantage. It gives them the opportunity to see all the cards. This was exactly what Russ Hamilton, who owned the Ultimate Bet poker site, did. Russ made a program that gave him an insight into everyone’s cards.

Russ was never arrested due to gray areas of cheating in that period of time.

There are also other ways that a bot can be used to cheat. In online poker, bots are used to calculate best case scenarios. Based on statistics, it knows when to fold, call or bet. Superior to any human. Look out for any account with the name: Skynet.

Therefore, be aware of playing online poker. If you cannot see them, you cannot call their bluff or spot their cheat. Sadly, in this case, convenience does come with a cost, – and if you are unlucky, a bot goes away with the pot.

Bottom dealing / Base dealing 

Buddying up in poker is not rare. Friends might ‘soft play’ at a game of poker to try to help the other and/ or avoid a big cash clash with each other. Unethical, yes. Illegal, no.

But there are other ways of cheating with a buddy. Bottom dealing is a way of stacking cards to ensure great cards for the partner in crime.

The technique is something that involves sleight of hand. The dealer doubles as a poker mechanic. He makes it look like he shuffles the deck in random, all while he stacks the deck. It is a dying art at the casinos, as it is something that casino cameras can catch. In home games it might still have a way of living.             

As poker continues to evolve into new platforms, cheaters will too. There are endless ways of trying to beat the game, but hopefully all cheaters will get beat in the end. At least you will know how to spot a cheater now.

EasyPoker makes it impossible to bottom deal, mark cards and hopefully make a skynet-like-poker-pro-bot. Until that time, enjoy a game of EasyPoker without the hassle of cheaters. But with plenty of bluffers.

If you want to read more from EasyPoker, then take a look at some of our other blogs.

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7 Things to do in Corona Quarantine

A worldwide pandemic is upon us.

Like something out of a bad movie, the streets lay empty, shops are closed and toilet paper has become everything we thought crypto currency would be. The Corona Quarantine is here.

To prevent the virus from spreading we’ve all gone into a self imposed quarantine and social distancing is now a thing. But what sounded like a welcome holiday has now become a boring nightmare. You’ve seen everything on Netflix and are now desperate for something to fill your day. We’ve got you covered.
Here are 7 things to do in your Corona quarantine. 

1. Play Poker

Yep – big surprise – EasyPoker made our list.
EasyPoker is our brilliant new take on a poker app, allowing you and your friends to play a spontaneous game of face to face poker anytime, anywhere. No need for cards, chips or even a table. Think of it as a digital version of the classic physical poker set. Perfect for the Corona Quarantine.
It’s great fun – and a good way to be social without having to constantly think of new topics for conversation. 

This was always a great idea – but it’s actually even more relevant in these corona times.

Because, even though EasyPoker is a social game – you and your friends play it on each your phone. Regular physical poker has cards and chips shifting hands all the time – a regular virus orgie. EasyPoker allows you to play poker with your friends, while still keeping your government recommended six feet distance and not swapping physical items.

Even though EasyPoker is designed for live, face to face poker, we also see a lot of players these days who use the app combined with facetime or skype. While we would always recommend playing poker face to face, we understand that these times have friends and family seperated – and for good reason. So fire up a game of EasyPoker and text your friends the game code. A virtual game of face to face poker sounds so much more fun than counting the lines on your bedroom ceiling. 

There’s 651, by the way.

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2. Read a Book

We bet there’s a long list of books you’ve wanted to read for the longest time.
But your regular, high paced, life really doesn’t leave much time to fully immerse yourself into a good book. And so you end up watching Netflix. It’s cool – no judgement. We’ve all been there.

But now is your chance to actually pick up those books – or audio books, for that matter.
The world has given you a short window where time has actually slowed down, not only in your life, but around the entire planet. This might never happen again in your lifetime.
Make the most of it! And save the binge watching of series to when your regular life resumes soon enough.

3. Exercise

This lockdown is no reason to skip on your exercise. In fact, this is probably some of the best things you can do to not go crazy indoors. Get that blood pumping, and burn off some energy (and snacks).
There are of course a ton of programmes online, but you can actually come a very long way with just the basics. Push ups, squats and sit-ups.
It’s that simple – and really effective.

If you have to go outside – turn that into a workout as well. Go for a long walk or a nice run. But remember to keep your distance.

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4. Meditate

Another thing you’ve always wanted to do, but that just doesn’t fit your regular busy schedule. Well, now is the time!

This will not only sharpen your mind, but benefit your body and strengthen your immune system. Again, you’ll find a ton of guides online but there are also some very cool apps that can help you. This is one of those things that you just have to get started with, and you’ll be hooked forever. And it requires little to no space – you can even do it from your bed.

5. Check up on Friends & Family

When something like this happens – we come together as humans. Figuratively speaking that is. Everyone is shocked and uncertain. So maybe reach out and let someone know you’re thinking of them. Try it – it’s actually addictive.
At the very least, it’s going to result in a nice catch up conversation.

It sounds flat, but knowing someone is thinking of you is a basic human need.
So pick up the phone, and reach out to friends and relatives. Spread the love.
Oh, and this is something that really shouldn’t be restricted to just times of crisis and quarantine.

6. Get into Cooking

We mean really into cooking. Find recipes and ingredients you haven’t tried before. Challenge yourself a little. Again, there are a ton of great sources for inspiration out there. Make something healthy, and ideally something that can help your immune system.


That being said, don’t focus too much on the result – enjoy the journey.
Put on some music, crack open a bottle of wine and pretend you know what you’re doing. Then you’ll be halfway there.

7. Get Freaky

We know – this isn’t exactly a hard sell. Most people are fans.
In fact, with the current worldwide quarantine, experts predict we’ll see a massive baby boom about nine months from now. Which means that, 13 years after that, we’ll have the so-called ‘Quaranteens’. 

But besides the obvious upsides, being intimate is also scientifically proven to boost your immune system along with your mood. So you’ll actually better your chances of staying healthy! 

There’s really no easier way to save lives.
Do it right, and you might not need the push ups and sit-ups after all. 

You’ll still need EasyPoker though. Everyone needs a break now and then.

Fortunately, we’ve made it super easy for you.
Just choose your app store and download the free EasyPoker app for live multiplayer poker with your friends.

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.


Gus Hansen – Poker Player Story

Gus Hansen went from being one of the best poker players of all time to losing over $20.000.000 and having to get a regular job as an accountant.

In this post you will learn about the life of Gus Hansen and get the whole poker story about the “Great Dane” and his ups and downs. 

Who is Gus Hansen?

Gustav Hansen, better known as Gus Hansen, is a danish professional poker player. He was born February the 13th in 1973 in Copenhagen. 

Gus Hansen is known for his extremely aggressive style of play, playing almost every hand he is dealt.    

Gus has won the World Poker Tour (WPT) four times since his debut in the beginning of 2002. In May the same year he won his first WPT which gave him $556.460 in winnings. This happened in the city of poker, Las Vegas, USA. 

Gus Hansen Portrait

The year after, Gus Hansen won his 2nd WPT in Los Angeles in a $10.000 No Limit Hold’em tournament (L.A. Poker Classics) bringing in $532.490. After that he won $25.000 in the “Bad Boys of Poker” special event. The same year he bagged $276,426 for coming in 3rd in the 2003 Hold’em WPT Championship Event.

Gus’ 4th and latest World Poker Tour victory was in 2004 where we ended up winning $455,780 in a heads-up game against Hoyt Corkins. The poker tournament was held in The Caribbean. Big players such as Daniel Negreanu, Bill Gazes and Chris Ferguson was also attending the tournament.     

In 2004 Gustav Hansen was admitted in the World Poker Tour Hall of Fame. Today he is the 5th most winning player at WPT with a total income of more that $4.000.000.

Early Life of Gus Hansen

Gustav was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. When he was a toddler his mom started calling him Gus. Since then the nickname has been stuck with him. Hansen was homeschooled for the most of his childhood, taught by his mom and aunt. 

Gus Hansen had to grow up quickly, as he had to take care of his smaller siblings when their parent were out working second jobs at night to make ends meet.

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Before becoming the “Great Dane” of poker, Hansen played a lot of backgammon. He spend the whole summer before high school learning the game and strategies behind the board game. He actually ended up becoming one of the worlds best backgammon players at the time.

Gus was a very good student in school. Especially in mathematics. He was placed in advanced math classes in high school and ended up with straight A’s. His great results awarded him with several academic scholarships of which he used to attend University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) with a degree in accounting. After all, math came easy to him.

How Gus Hansen got into Poker

During his time at UCSC Gus Hansen developed an interest in poker. He was invited to a private Texas Hold’em tournament held in a small dorm room. Despite that he had never played poker, Gus ended up winning the 8 player tournament. Gus Hansen’s roommates were amazed of how quickly he picked up the poker game and strategies to outplay them. This was the year of 1993.

After college Gus went back home to Denmark to serve in the military. Here he continued playing backgammon and poker during the down time. He played Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven-card Stud and Razz poker.

In the year of 2000 Gus Hansen moved to New York to play backgammon professionally. Soon after he realized that he should spend his time on the poker scene. After that he entered every poker tournament that he could find.

Gus Hansen's college (UCSC)

His Biggest Win

The biggest win of Gus Hansen was in 2008. In a $25.000 WPT World Championship Event in Las Vegas, USA, Gus was at the final table heads-up against David Chiu. Hansen had a comfortable chiplead but still ended up losing against Chiu. Gus Hansen still won $1.714.800 for coming in second. This is still his biggest win to date (2020). Watch the dramatic final hand in the video below.

Bracelets

23 years after starting his professional poker career, Gus finally won his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

He got his bracelet by winning the 2010 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up event at the WSOP. Other than winning the signature golden bracelet he bagged over $450.000 that day.

Private Life

Privately Gus Hansen has become known as a playboy. He has been seen dating various girl including the danish professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. At the time she was ranked as the best female tennis player.

In 2004 Gus appeared on People’s Magazine’s 50 Sexiest People. This further affirmed the playboy lifestyle of Hansen. Today it is still very unlikely to see Gus Hansen settling down with wife and kids. He really seems to enjoy the freedom of his lifestyle – who can blame him?

According to himself he is a very individual person not comfortable being in a long term relationship. That said he has been seen with the female Australian Poker Player, Lucy Lechich, on his instagram.

Where is Gus Hansen Now?

Gus Hansen’s last major performance was at the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge. Here he did make it to the final table but ended up losing against Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey. This was not too big a disappointment as he still won $820.000 in cash prize.

After that Gus has been struggling playing the big live poker tournaments. In an interview with Poker News he said “I think every competitive player has to question himself at some point and ask “has the game surpassed me? Am I rusty? Am I not good enough in this game anymore?” I’m asking myself questions and that keeps me up at night”.

Gus kept winning small games but it was not enough to financially support himself. He also performed poorly in online poker losing up to $20.000.000.

In an interview with a danish paper he said “It’s the same game and the same opponents. But when you sit in front of a screen you cannot see your opponent, you just have to push some buttons. And there I just have to state that I am not great.”.

Gus Hansen Online Poker

After that Gus Hansen got a regular job as an accountant and completely left the poker scene. But the 9 to 5 lifestyle is very different from the exciting rush of the poker player lifestyle.

That’s why he stepped out of “retirement” a couple of years later. He started playing small tournaments and is now, once again, able to finance his life from poker. He currently lives in Monaco in the south of Europe and travels around the world playing poker.

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Top 5 actors who play poker

They can act themselves out of any situation. They are masters in the art of acting – and bluffing. Be at a lookout, because these are the top five actors who play poker.

5. Tobey Maguire

The 44 year old actor is a heavy-weight in Hollywood. He has shined in movies such as Spider-Man (2002), Brothers (2009) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

His movie career aside, Tobey has also had much success at the poker table. He has played since 2004 and is rumored to be a tough opponent online as well as offline. Perhaps his spider tingle helps him out when the cards are not in his favor.

4. Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul actor pokerBreaking Bad (2008) and El Camino (2019) star Aaron Paul has won several games and has even faced off against football legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Aaron has even played in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in LA more than once.

3. Ben Affleck

Superstar Ben Affleck is a true pokerstar. He often appears in poker tournaments.
He is a tough opponent, but is known to be pleasant and forthcoming at the tables
(Who wouldn’t want to play against affleck).


The actor won The California State Poker Championship back in 2004 – he has since
shined in movies as well in the game we all love and cherish.

2. Matt Damon

The star of the poker-movie Rounders (1998) doesn’t just act the poker life. He lives it.
Matt has ever since the movie, made himself known and respected within the poker society. He is a role model for the game and for everyone who wants to play it.

1. Neymar

Neymar actingYou do not need a big screen to become an actor. Neymar is renowned for his skills with a ball – but also for how often he acts (injured) on the field. However, when it comes to poker, the footballer does not play around.

Neymar has played in both The World Series of Poker and The European Poker Tour Barcelona. 

 

You should check out the EasyPoker app if you like poker. If we forgot an awesome actor then please send us your feedback.


Poker Movies you Need to Watch (Top 5)

We (the EasyPoker team) have created a top 5 list of what we think are the Best Poker Movies ever made. A
favorite pastime of ours is watching poker movies. So pop some popcorn and enjoy the bests of bets and bluffs and watch with your fellow movie buffs (That rhymed. Unintentional.).

5. Oceans 11 (2001)

By Steven Soderbergh

The ratpack remake of the 1960’s movie of the same name, is a fast-paced American heist
movie – spiced with a dose of great one-liners such as: “We’re in Barney. Barney Rubble.
Trouble!”. Poker is far from the   main-theme, but as the team hits the tables, we are introduced to
a world of gambling and the shiny lights of Las Vegas. This gives Oceans 11 a top five spot on our favorite poker movies list. 
A favorite scene of mine is when Brad Pitt and George Clooney try to hustle a few ‘rookies’ in a
game of poker – that the rookies are portrayed as their real self actors, makes the scene even
more enjoyable to watch.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and oh so many other top notch actors.
IMDB: 7.8 (That’s pretty damn high)

4. Maverick (1994)

By Richard Donner

Mel Gibson is the slick gunslinger and poker player, Bret Maverick. When the submission for

a poker tournament is too high, Maverick finds himself in a desperate need of money. Throw
in a charming thief, high-pursuit horse chases and Maverick’s funny attempts of hustling
money and you’ll find yourself with one heck of a good poker movie.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner.
IMDB: 7.0 (A highly enjoyable watch with a great rating)

3. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

By Norman Jewison

A modern David vs. Goliath, as a young and up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself
against the champ. Steve McQueen aka. The Cincinnati Kid goes head-to-head with Edward. G.
Robinson aka. Lancey Howard.
Women can’t resist him, men want to be him and poker players can’t call his bluff. It’s a
world of no limits and the Cincinnati Kid is taking it all, one game at a time. Working his way
up to the high-stakes table, Lancey Howard will see if the Cincinnati Kid is “all bark and no
bite”.

Starring: Steve McQueen, enough said.
IMDB: 7,3 (An old dog can still learn you new tricks).

2. Casino Royale (2006)

By Martin Campbell

It seems as if tomorrow never comes with the dashing 007 Bond, James Bond that is. The
saga continues with Bond finding himself in the middle of high-stakes poker game. His
adversary is the always brilliant Mads Mikkelsen playing the “ball-crushing” Le Chiffre aka.
Mr. Number/The Cipher. Hot women, dry drinks and a poker movie that combines the best of
action with the intensity of calling someone’s bluff in a game of poker. All in all Casino Royale gets the second highest spot on our best poker movies list.


Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Mads Mikkelsen.

IMDB: 8.0 (Chuck Norris doesn’t even score that high. Joke, of course he does).

1. Rounders (1998)

By John Dahl

This classic is old but gold and definitely deserves the top spot on our best poker movies list. The book smart, law-grad Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) gets
reunited with his, just prison released, best friend Worm (Edward Norton). When Worm
lands himself in some trouble, Mike has to return to the table to save his friend in a game of
poker. The movie devotes its love to poker, seen through the eyes of two young punks who
risk everything with the cards they are dealt.
It breaths poker in every sense and you feel the intensity rise with the flop, the turn and the
river. The movie is voted the best poker movie on IMDB as well, so trust the numbers.

Starring: Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
IMDB: 7,3 (Old but gold. Rounders still got it).

What do you think? Please let us know in the comments if we missed a great movie. Have a good time watching!


Poker Drinking Game by EasyPoker

Up for a poker drinking game? Of Course you are, why else would you be here reading this? Here are the official rules for the EasyPoker drinking game (texas hold’em). This poker drinking game will get your buzz going in no time. Enjoy! 

Poker Drinking Game // Basic Rules

To play the EasyPoker drinking game you must be at least two players. You’ll need a poker set or the EasyPoker poker app in order to play face to face poker. Get EasyPoker for iPhone or Android.

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Okay, let’s get started! Other than a poker set you’ll need:

  • Beer (or your favorite beverage)
  • A loser shot or beverage 

You must drink every time you Fold or Lose a Hand. When a player goes Bust (aka. lose all chips) he or she will have to drink the loser shot or the whole loser beverage. That’s pretty simple.  

Special Events

Other than the basic rules for our poker drinking game, you must drink according to the events listed below. We guarantee that you will be drunk in no time!   

Ace of Spades in the Community Cards:
Cheers! Everyone takes a sip.

Winning with a pair of twos (deuce):
The winner can point out any player to take an extra sip. 

Split pot:
All players involved must finish their drink. 

3 in the Community Cards:
Make a 3-2-1-GO countdown and point to a player. The person who gets the most fingers pointing at them drinks.   

Winning with a bluff/high card:
Everyone takes a sip (except the winner).

A Queen in the Community Cards:
All women must drink. (Bonus: if no girls are playing then make a countdown and point to a player. The guy with the most points drinks.) 

A King in the Community Cards:
All men must drink.

When a player goes All In:
Drink! All players must take a sip.

Winning with a Pocket Aces:
The whole table (including the winner) must finish the rest of their beverages. Cheers!

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