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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.

Corona Quarantine Poker
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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.

training coronavirus

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 has one of the craziest poker careers of all times.
This child prodigy went from the top of the world to losing over 20 million dollars and having to get a regular job as an accountant. A meteoric rise and an unreal fall.
This is the crazy story of an absolute legend, Gus Hansen.

We’ve also made this blog post into a video, if you’d rather watch than read. 
The text version continues beneath the video. 

EARLY LIFE

Gustav B. Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 13th of February, 1974.
He was born an only child and showed great potential from an early age. For the majority of his time in elementary school, Gus was homeschooled by his mom and aunt. 

But Gus wasn’t just a bright mind, he also dominated the national youth ranks of tennis.
In fact he was well on his way to becoming a pro, when a serious injury put a stop to his plans.

Frustrated and eager to find a new outlet for his competitive spirit, Gus started playing backgammon. Something his dad had taught him.

Gus Hansen as a Child

He spent an entire summer perfecting his skills and learning various strategies.
Gus, once again, proved a natural and would beat every opponent that played him. And so he started organizing bigger and bigger tournaments that took place on school grounds and would bring in the best players from around the country.
But even they didn’t stand a chance against Gus who was playing at a World Champion level.

When Gus wasn’t playing backgammon, he could be found studying. His mom had instilled a hard working mentality in him, and he was especially skilled in mathematics. Since backgammon wasn’t a very lucrative profession Gus leveraged his mathematical skills to secure an academic scholarship – thinking a degree in accounting would suit him well.

Always eager to find new challenges, and having beaten every backgammon player in Denmark, Gus chose to enroll in the University of California, Santa Cruz.

INTRODUCTION TO POKER

Alright, so, Gus was now in the US, enjoying the sun and life of California.
One day, he was invited to a friend’s weekly poker tournament. The game was Texas Hold’em – something Gus had never played before. Perhaps for this reason, Gus’ friends thought we would be an easy win. But he quickly understood the game and began playing around with different strategies. By the end of the night, Gus was the last player standing, and was forever hooked.

Gus began playing more often, at the local Ocean View Card Room. Although he clearly had a talent for the game, he found that he still had a long way to go. Rather than discourage him though, this only added to his passion. 

Two years into college, Gus had to go back to Denmark to serve in the military. Back then, most young men in Denmark had to complete at least 9 months of basic military training. 

During his downtime, Gus would play poker against the other recruits. He kept experimenting with different strategies and even tried other forms of poker like Omaha, Razz and Seven-card stud. Hansen kept improving his skills and after finishing his military training, he was on the next flight back to the US.  

DEVELOPING THE ‘GUS HANSEN POKER STYLE’

After serving his time in the Danish military, Gus flew to New York to live out his dreams and follow his passion for gambling. But, the first couple of years would be hard on the young Dane. He would primarily play cash games but had his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in 1996. Gus was eliminated in the very beginning of the tournament, and although he is often described as an overnight success, people often forget his hard times during this period in New York.

But Gus didn’t stop.
He was determined to get better and decided on a bold new strategy.

He was going to switch it up and play his hands with a variety so crazy – it would make him impossible to read. He would see a lot of flops, with a variety of odd starting poker hands.Not afraid of big bluffs, this style would focus on confident, aggressive post flop play.

This was the birth of the Gus we know and love.
“I’ve raised with cards less attractive than what’s in my toilet after I took a dump in it”, Gus famously said. 

He would often fly to Las Vegas, to play bigger games and finally started getting some traction. Although he of course lost a lot of hands, he would more than make up for it on the hands he actually won. And the poker community took notice.

In 2002, Gus decided to test his loose, aggressive style of play, when he returned to tournament poker by attending the World Poker Tour’s Five-Diamond World Poker Classic. Gus absolutely cleaned up, beating all 146 opponents and taking home a cash prize of 550 thousand dollars!
Gus, and his new style of play was definitely on to something.

GUS HANSEN’S POKER CAREER

After his big win at the World Poker Tour, Gus was eager to prove that it wasn’t just beginners luck. He wanted to solidify his place amongst the greatest. And in 2003 he did just that. Gus won the WPT LA Poker Classics, collecting a cash prize of half a million dollars, and the respect of the poker world. 

Gus Hansen was really making a name for himself, and he was looking to diversify his brand and business. That same year, he started an online poker room called pokerchamps.com. The site quickly got a couple of thousand users, but Gus had a hard time balancing his time between running the site and traveling the world to play poker. 

He ended up selling the site to Betfair for around 15 million dollars. 
Not bad, for a 2 year business venture.

But Gus wasn’t about to slow down.
In December of 2003 he finished 3rd in the Five Diamonds World Poker Classics, and just a month later he took his 3rd WPT title after winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. His crazy style of play, impressive winnings and good looks had made him one of the world’s most famous poker players.

In 2004 he  was even voted one of the Sexiest Men Alive, by People Magazine.

In 2005, Gus was invited to play in the Poker SuperStarts Invitational Tournament. This tournament was a big deal,  with a buy-in of 400 thousand dollars. On top of that, Gus would be up against other poker legends like Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey. But Hansen was hungry, confident and eager to show off his style, and so he entered the tournament. 

This proved to be a great decision, as Gus took the tournament by storm and landed 1st place, taking home the grand prize of one million dollars. Watch this video to see how it happened. 

Gus continued playing in all the biggest tournaments, and in 2007 he flew to Australia, to attend the Aussie Millions Event. He placed in the top ten for most of their smaller tournaments, but ended up winning the main event collecting a massive cash prize of 1.5 million dollars. That’s not a bad payday, and Gus wrote a book about the experience titled ‘Every Hand Revealed’. The book also did really well, and sold thousands of copies in both Denmark and the US.

At this point, it seemed like everything Gus touched turned to gold. And he was about to take home the biggest cash prize of his career. In April of 2008 he played in the $25.000 WPT Championship Event, and despite finishing in second place he picked up a hefty prize of 1.7 million dollars on his way out.

Despiste having won more than 7 million dollars in live tournaments at this point, Gus still considered cash games his speciality. Most poker fans will remember his legendary showdown against Daniel Negreanu in the second season of the High Stakes Poker TV show. Both players had great hands, but Gus turned Quad 5’s against Negreanu’s full house and won the record breaking pot of 575 thousand dollars.

Despiste having won more than 7 million dollars in live tournaments at this point, Gus still considered cash games his speciality. Most poker fans will remember his legendary showdown against Daniel Negreanu in the second season of the High Stakes Poker TV show. Both players had great hands, but Gus turned Quad 5’s against Negreanu’s full house and won the record breaking pot of 575 thousand dollars.

Shortly after appearing on that show, Gus signed a sponsorship with Full Tilt Poker. He appeared in numerous videos for the brand and sported their logo on his shirts for every game he competed in. Full Tilt also agreed to provide his financial backing in exchange for him playing exclusively on their site.

2010 would prove to be a big year for Gus Hansen. He finally won his first World Series of Poker Bracelet after finishing first in the No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up event. He received a cash prize of more than 450 thousand dollars to go with his golden bracelet. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he topped the year off by winning 1 million dollars for finishing first at the Poker Million IX tournament.

GUS HANSEN’S DOWNFALL

Gus Hansen’s last major performance was at the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 No Limit Hold’em Challenge. He made it to the final table, but placed third after Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey. Gus of course wanted to win, but wasn’t too disappointed as the cash prize for third place was 820 thousand dollars.

But this still seemed to mark a turning point in his career.
After that, Gus seemed to struggle. He would still win a couple of thousand dollars here and there, but was no longer making enough money to support himself financially. 

“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.” he told Poker News.

Gus Hansen downfall

And to make matters worse, Gus was losing a lot of money playing online poker. Without the financial backing of Full Tilt, Gus was quickly squandering his fortune away, reportedly losing more than 21 millions dollars on online poker. The most anyone has ever lost. 

“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 apparently I’m not as great at that”, he told a Danish newspaper. 

No longer able to financially support himself through poker, Gus had to go and get a regular job as an accountant. Quite a massive change of pace.

WHERE IS GUS HANSEN NOW?

Working as an accountant has allowed Gus Hansen to stabilize his finances, and given him some much needed clarity and perspective. But the 9 to 5 lifestyle is very different from being a legendary poker player.

Perhaps for this reason, Gus stepped out of retirement a couple of years later. 
He started playing small tournaments and is now, once again, able to finance his life by playing poker. 
He currently lives in Monaco in the south of Europe and travels around the world playing poker. 
But he is looking for a new home in Denmark.

In October of 2020, Gus and his girlfriend Malan had a child. And it’s of course going to be interesting to see if the Great Dane can juggle both a massive poker comeback and his new life as a father.

But what a cool dad Gus must be.

Gus Hansen Kid

Want to test your skills?

Before losing everything, Gus Hansen built a massive brand and fortune playing poker.
No doubt the guy has a talent for the game.

If you and your friends are looking to test your skills in a social game of poker with friends, you should check out our free app, EasyPoker. 

It’s a digital version of a physical poker set, and by far the easiest way to play poker with friends – no chips or playing cards needed.

You create a table with just a single tap on your screen, and friends join in by typing the four digit game code on their phone.
Whether you’re playing live or online, the EasyPoker app is perfect for poker with friends.  

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more poker player stories? 

We’re constantly adding to our library of awesome poker player stories.
Like this one, about the notorious poker playboy Dan Bilzerian. A guy whose number of girls is only rivaled by the zeroes in his bank account. But is it all legit?
There’s a lot of stories and opinions about him, so we collected them all into one easy read.

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If you have anything to add to the Gus Hansen story, or have a wish for who we should profile next, please let us know in the comments below or by reaching out to us.


Actors who play poker

They are masters in the art of acting – and bluffing. They are comedians, footballers, actors and proven players. Be at a lookout for these celebrities, as they are also masters of playing poker. These are some of the best celebrity poker players in the world.

10. JENNIFER TILLY

The female actor voices Bonnie in the animated series, Family Guy. She has also featured in the horror movie Chucky and Modern Family. Her acting aside, Jennifter Tilly is the real deal when it comes to poker. She is a professional poker player and has attended The World Series of Poker numerous times.

Her best live cash is at a remarkable $158,335. She might be as famous in the world of poker, as she is in the world of acting.

9. KEVIN HART

The fast paced actor and comedian has propelled himself into becoming one of the highest earning comedians alive. His big personality makes up for his lack of height. He is featured in major movies such as the new “jumanji”- movies and “Get Hard” with fellow comedian Will Ferrell.

His fast talk makes up for some good trash talking at the poker table. He likes to play poker and is actually pretty good at it. Kevin is part of the PartyPoker-crew. His winning at the casino is currently set at $47,828. He finished at the top of the Event 1, No-Limit Hold’em $40,000 Guarantee in 2010 Lary Flynt’s Challenge Cup.

8. JASON ALEXANDER

He was part of the iconic sitcom Seinfeld with actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In the series he played the part of George Costanze, but in real life, he likes to play the part of a professional poker player. Jason won in the 8th season of The Celebrity Poker Showdown and this year he won another tournament. Both winnings from each tournament, went to a chosen charity. His best live cash is at $16,933.

7. SHANNON ELIZABETH

You know her as the beautiful girl from the American Pie trilogy. In reality, she is a real femme fatale of poker. In 2005 she attended a special celebrity tournament in the World Series of Poker. 83 celebrities attended, but Shannon beat them all. She ended up winning the tournament at Caesars Palace in 2006.
She has since proven herself in other tournaments. She even described poker as her second career. 

6. RAY ROMANO

Everybody loves Ray. Or at least they did in his award winning sitcom: “Everybody loves Raymond”. The funny 62 year old actor is still likable, but vicious at the poker table.
He often attends poker tournaments, amongst these, The World Series of Poker. His best live cash is currently set at $18,176. He likes to host poker games with his friends at home.

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

Breaking Bad (2008) and El Camino (2019) star Aaron Paul has won several poker games and has even faced off against football legend Cristiano Ronaldo. They played heads-up at a special event. Cristiano Ronaldo is used to winning and he actually also ended up winning against the famous actor.

Aaron Paul has not lost courage. He has since played in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Los Angeles more than once.

3. BEN AFFLECK

Superstar and actor Ben Affleck is a true pokerstar. He is known for movies such as “Batman vs Superman”, “Gone Girl”, and his award winning movie “Good Will Hunting”, that he wrote and directed with his long time friend (and next up in the list) Matt Damon.

Ben often appears in poker tournaments.

He is a described as 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 iconic poker-movie Rounders (1998) doesn’t just act the poker life. He lives it.

The movie made a huge impact on the mainstream perception of poker. He made it cool. Shortly after, online poker and Chris Moneymaker cemented the poker-boom.

There is talk of a sequel. This is currently not confirmed.

Matt Damon has ever since the movie, made himself known and respected within the poker society. He is a role model for the game, the people and the love and lifestyle of poker.

1. NEYMAR

You 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 football field. However, when it comes to poker, the Paris Saint-Germain player does not fool around.

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

In 2015 he signed on as a PokerStars brand ambassador. His best live cash is currently set around $21,072.

ARE YOU ALSO GREAT AT BLUFFING?

Want to test your skills against your friends in a free game of private digital poker? The EasyPoker app provides both chips, cards and an unlimited amount of games – for free. It’s a digital version of a physical poker set that takes care of everything. And so all you have to do is just play your cards. Get the poker app for Android and iPhone

WANT MORE POKER CONTENT?

We’re constantly adding new blogs about all things poker. You can find them all on our blog.

If you have a suggestion for a story you would like to read, or something to add to this one, let us know in the comments below. Thank you.

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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

Looking for a poker drinking game? You’ve come to the right place!
Here are the official rules for the EasyPoker drinking game (Texas Hold’em). This poker drinking game is easy to get started and 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 of course need a poker set – but if you don’t have one, fear not. Just use the free EasyPoker poker app, which is a digital poker set, and allows you to play face to face poker with friends. EasyPoker is available for both iPhone and Android.

…You can also just tap here to download 👇

Get EasyPoker 

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

Beer (or your favorite beverage) 
A loser shot or beverage (We recommend tequila) 

You must take a sip of your beverage 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 finish the rest of their beverage of choice. 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:
Do 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 just count down from 3 and point at a player. The guy with the most fingers pointing at him drinks.) 

A King in the Community Cards:
All men must drink. (Bonus: if no men are playing just count down from 3 and point at a player. The girl with the most fingers ponting at her drinks.)

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

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

And that’s it! If you need a quick brush up on the rules check out this guide on How to Play Poker
Enjoy – and drink responsibly. 

For requests or chats please reach out to us.


7 Poker Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Looking for some interesting poker podcasts to listen to? Then you have come to the right place. We (the team behind EasyPoker) have created this list with our 7 favorite poker podcasts. Our goal is to update the list every month. 

Red Chip Poker Podcast

By Red Chip Poker

The Official Red Chip Poker Podcast focuses on coaching poker on the go. The podcast will learn you new plays and awesome concepts from some of the best coaches Red Chip Poker has to offer.  

Listen to The Red Chip Poker Podcast here.

Just Hands Poker

By Jackson Laskey & Zach Resnick

This is personally one on my favorite poker podcasts. The podcast give their listeners the opportunity to get under the skin of real life high stakes poker players and how they discuss and analyse poker hands. Just Hands wants to give professional insights that up and coming poker player can implement into their own game.

Listen to Just Hands Poker here

The Breakdown

By The Poker Guys

In this poker podcast Grant and Jonathan breakdown big time poker hands and strategies. The podcast comes out twice a week and helps aspiring poker players to really understand the big game. 

Listen to The Breakdown here.  

Full Contact Poker

By Daniel Negreanupoker podcasts

Also one of my favorite poker podcasts – Mainly because of Daniel.
Although this is not 100% about poker (occasionally hockey stuff are mixed in) it’s still very interesting to get Daniel Negreanu’s perspective on breakdowns of hands, poker news and the poker game in general. 

Listen to Full Contact Poker here.  

Top Pair

By Bruce Briggs & Robbie Strazynski

This podcast is, unlike most poker podcasts on this list, 100% home game themed. The podcast features lots of fun stories and interviews – all about the excitement of the home poker game. 

Listen to Top Pair here.

Smart Poker Study

By Sky Matsuhashi

Sky Matsuhashi’s mission is to make you a better poker player through simple and effective play and study strategies. I think Smart Poker Study is a really interesting poker podcast with easy to swallow content, strategies, analysis and interviews. 

Listen to the podcast here.   

The Postflop Poker Podcast

By Merv Harvey

The Postflop Poker Podcast offers insights and learnings that can be taken on by everyone. The podcast aim to improve your overall game and learn you how to take new plays and concepts directly to the poker table.

Listen to the podcast here.

Are we missing your favorite poker podcasts?

Then please leave a comment (or mail) telling us about the podcast and why it’s missing on our list!


A Digital Poker Table

Are you ready for the digital poker table?

Tech is changing everything. And now it’s changing how we play poker in the traditional casino. At least that’s the vision of the company ‘Jackpot Digital’. Their new digital poker table enables up to ten players to play texas hold’em. They call it Jackpot Blizz.

Digital Poker Table

Jackpot Blizz’s digital poker table features an 84-inch 4K resolution touch screen. The table supports gestures we know from online poker. I have not tried it yet but it looks very intuitive. Take a look for yourself.

The whole experience is virtual. The cards are dealt by the computer. You see your cards, call, bet and raise by tabbing on the screen. Seems cool. 

Gimmick or Solid Tech

Jackpot Blizz’s digital poker table has both pros and cons. It’s perfectly designed for cruise ships and small casinos. It has a faster gameplay, needs no dealer and it is impossible to cheat. But will this be enough to replace the traditional poker table or is it just a gimmick?  

Are Digital Poker Tables the Future?

Personally I really enjoy playing poker in a casino. Interacting with other players and the dealer, feeling the cards and playing around with the chips makes me feel like James Bond. It’s something that I can’t do when playing on my phone or computer.

I don’t see Jackpot Digital’s digital poker table replacing traditional poker anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a place in the market.

When we created EasyPoker we weren’t trying to replace traditional poker or even online poker. We simply wanted to make face to face poker more accessible in spontaneous situations. Allowing poker fans to play a game of social, face to face poker – anytime, anywhere.
The social experience of traditional poker, with the convenience we know from online poker.
Therefore, we can certainly appreciate Jackpot Digital’s attempt to shake up and rethink the way we play poker. 

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Poker Facts You Probably Didn’t know

We all know that poker is an awesome game that connects people all around the world. At the EasyPoker headquarters we love poker but we don’t really know much about the origin of the poker game. Therefore we decided to do some research (and a little math) to bring you the best, most interesting, and fun poker facts. Have a great read!

1. Biggest win ever

Our first poker fact is about the professional poker star Antonio Esfandiari. In 2012 Esfandiari won $18,346,673 in the WSOP Event 55. This is the biggest official win of a poker tournament. Ever. That’s a lot of money.   

2. Longest game of poker

One of the craziest poker facts is about a really long game of poker. Actually the longest game in history. Some unverified sources claim that a poker game once ran for 8 years, 5 months and 3 days. Apparently the game was held in a small theatre called “Bird Cage Theatre” located in Tombstone, Arizona.

Another source confirmed by the Guinness book of world records, claims that the longest game of poker ran for over 14 years. This happened at the Dun Glen hotel in Thurmond, West Virginia.

3. Up for a game of poque?

The first people to play poker was the french residents of New Orleans. They called the game poque. Poque quickly became very popular among the english speaking settlers, which evolved the name to poker.

4. Largest poker tournament in history

Not all poker facts are as crazy as this one. The largest poker tournament in word history was an online event with 253,692 participants. The tournament was hosted by PokerStars UK and had a 10,000 US dollar price. In the end an Austrian man won after having played 470 hands. It’s really crazy when you think about it.

5. Ace of Spades

You might have noticed that the Ace of Spades card is different from the rest of the bunch. It actually stems from the 17th century. Back then laws required the Ace of Spades to bear the insignia of the printing house. This has later become a tradition that most printing houses still follow. This fact is so odd that it really deserves a top spot on our list of the greatest poker facts.   

6. Royal Flush is more common than you think

Most people and websites claim that the chances of getting a royal flush is 649.740:1. But it’s actually “far” easier. The 649.740:1 odds is based on a five cards game. But in a 7 card game like Texas Hold’em the chances are 30.931:1. Told you we would do some math for you.

Poker facts rock

Now you’re filled up on cool and unusual poker facts. Casually tell people these facts at your next poker game to appear cool and smart. And hey, if you want to play face to face poker on the go, then please check out the EasyPoker app

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Poker Hands Ranking Guide

Poker is a well known game using 52 playing cards. But it’s not always clear to me which poker hands are the strongest. Therefore I’ve made this guide to mainly help myself and maybe you.

The cards are divided into 4 suits of 13 ranks each. The four suits are Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds. Traditionally, clubs are listed as the highest of the suits, but officially they all have the same rank in poker. 

Aces, poker hands ranking  

Poker ranks from highest to lowest

When playing a game of poker, the highest card is Ace (A). The lowest card is Deuce (which is the card with the number 2 on it). Here is the full list of the 13 ranks listed from highest to lowest. 

high to low, poker hands ranking

Poker Hands Strength (Highest to Lowest)

I have listed the strongest hands from the highest Royal Flush to the high card standard. But remember; you never play the hand, you play the man.

1. Royal Flush

Royal flush is hands down (no pun intended) the ultimate poker hand. It contains the cards A, K, Q, J and 10, all of the same suit. But don’t get your hopes up. The odds of you getting a Royal Flush is 649,739 to 1. That’s the same as a probability of 0.000154%.

straight flush, poker hands ranking

2. Straight flush

The Straight Flush is like the Royal Flush, except that it doesn’t have to contain the 5 highest ranking cards. That means that the odds of you getting a Straight Flush is simply 72,192.33 to 1. Easy. 

Straight flush, poker hands ranking

3. Four of a Kind

Four of a kind is a pretty good hand. Maybe that’s why it’s ranked as the third best hand in poker? It must be. The hand consists of four of the same cards. Oh, like a book in “Go fish”? Now I get it.

Four of a kind, poker hands ranking

4. Full House

I know what you’re thinking. But a Full House has nothing to do with the classic TV series with the amazing Olsen twins. Been there, done that. A Full House is a poker term that means you have a pair and three of a kind, at the same time. Pretty crazy actually.

Full House, poker hands ranking

5. Flush

Even though this poker hand is given the name of a visit to the toilet, the flush has nothing to do with shit excrements. The flush consists of 5 cards of the same suits.  

flush, poker hands ranking

6. Straight

(Insert gay joke here). A Straight is five cards of sequential ranks like 2-6, 7-J or 10-A. Be aware that Aces (A) can be both the highest and lowest card in a Straight.

Straight, poker hands ranking

7. Three of a Kind

Andy Warhol once said “One’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party”. I’m not sure he was talking about poker, but damn, he was right. The Three of a Kind poker hand consists of three cards of equal rank. The chances of you having a Three of a Kind poker hand is 46.3 to 1. So it’s definitely not impossible to land this dreamy threesome.  

Three of a Kind, poker hands ranking

8. Two Pair

You know that awkward double date where your girlfriend wants you to be best friends with her girlfriends boyfriend? That sucks, especially because her boyfriend has that weird thing or don’t play poker. Luckily, Two Pairs in poker is awesome. The hand consists (funny enough) of two cards of the same rank, plus two other cards of the same rank.

Two Pair, poker hands ranking  

9. One Pair

One pair is pretty simple. You just have to have two cards of the same rank. Even my three legged blind dog can pull that off. 

One pair, poker hands rank

10. High Card

Are your poker hand so weak that it didn’t meet any of the above requirements? Then I would probably just kill myself. Or you can use the High Card rule. Simply just pick out the person with the highest card in the rank from Deuce (2) to Ace (A). And there’s your winner. 

High Card, poker hands ranking guide 

Face to face poker on the go?

Poker is a fantastic game. And now you know pretty much everything there is to know about the poker hands you can play! So why not do a field test?

We’ve created an awesome and free poker app that lets you play face to face poker with your friends anywhere, anytime!


So, we all know and love how poker was originally meant to be played. With friends and foes, face to face, at a table full of crisp cards and booming piles of chips. And we love to do that whenever we can.

But what if you just want to play a spontaneous game of poker with your friends on the go? Say at boring social events, on a long train ride, at the office or in line for a concert? No one cool walks around with a full poker set on them at all times. You may be able to gather half a deck of playing cards – but poker chips? Come on, man.
This is when you make desperate decisions and start using anything from broken matches to rolled up paper as chips. Stop. Right. Now.
We’ve got you.

Unlike other poker apps out there, EasyPoker mimics a real life game of face to face poker. With our app, you play against friends in the same room – not shady avatars from strange countries like “Asabajadar” – whatever that is.

Do you need to connect a credit card? No. A real life poker set doesn’t come with a credit card solution, so neither does EasyPoker.

EasyPoker really is the easiest way to play a game of face to face poker – anywhere, anytime.

The poker app you and your friends have been waiting for – and we think you deserve.

Click here to download the free app from the App Store or Google Play Store!

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