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Annie Duke's Celebrity Poker Night

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Annie Duke is putting another charity tournament and this time, the WPT, WSOP and Sports Legends Challenge join forces to its Celebrity Poker Night, a charity poker tournament for the benefit of the Decision Education Foundation.

The Celebrity Poker Night will take place at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles . Celebrities and poker pros will all taking the felt incuding Shannon Elizabeth, Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Mena Suvari, Van Nguyen, Phil Laak and Freddy Deeb. This gives all celebrities and poker pros will be having an evening of fun with a "home style" poker game.

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Chess Champion To Poker Champion: Howard “The Professor” Lederer

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Howard Lederer is consider as one of the most quick-witted and the best poker player nowadays with multiple World Series Of Poker bracelets and World Poker Tour titles and roughly $ 5,000,000 in total poker tournament earnings. He seems to have gained the respect of other players and shows a serious intellectual manner of play and it was perhaps this that entitled him the nickname of the professor by teaching his sister Annie Duke how to play poker.

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Tommy Vedes Wins At WPT Festa Al Lago

The final table of the 2009 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago Classic $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em championship commenced yesterday with 275 players had cut down its way down to the final six, and they returned to see who would win with the grand prize of $1,218,255.

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The Poker Legend: Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson

There's no stellar name in poker world than the most recognizable, respected and the most feared poker player - regardless of his age, none other than Doyle Brunson. Even as a young child, Brunson showed a competitive streak. His focus was not on cards, but on more physical, athletic pursuits, including track and field and basketball.

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World's Best Publisher And Poker Player: Barry Shulman

Barry Shulman, Poker PlayerBarry Shulman is famous in the world of poker, not only for being a player of remarkable skill, but also for being a tour de force poker industry and the owner and publisher of Card Player Magazine. Card Player Magazine is also known as the “bible in the poker industry” according to all world's best poker players in the poker business.

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Best Poker Players Nude In ESPN's Body Issue

Hot and Sexy Poker Players in a nude photoA sellout around the United States last week by the launching the Body Issue of “ESPN: The Magazine.” The periodical profiled athletes and their physiques and included an image of Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifer Harman and Daniel Negreanu playing poker in the nude.

Apart from poker, other sports showcased in the magazine include boxing, bull riding, golf, baseball, Motocross, NASCAR, basketball, hockey, football, soccer, softball, swimming, surfing, tennis, track and field, and mixed martial arts.

The latest ESPN's Body Issue shocked the poker industry with some of the best poker player's nude photo. As poker players they concealed theirselves to others in poker tournaments so that they can bluff their way to victory, now they have revealed a lot of themselves in this latest publication.

According to's interviews:

“We’ve always been committed to showing fans a different side of the sports and athletes they love,” said Gary Belsky, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. “This issue, from the amazing photos to the innovative journalism, is just our latest effort to do that. We’re very happy with the results.”

“Yikes,” said Jennifer Harman when she was reminded that ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Jennifer Harman holds 2 World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. In 2000 She won in the Deuce to 7 Draw event and in 2002 she won Limit Hold'em event.

Jennifer Harman admitted that she was nervous about the shoot but went ahead on the assurance of a friend. She said; “I got a phone call from one of my friends at ESPN. He said that it was going to be a good shot and that it would be done with a lot of class.”


Daniel Negreanu wasn’t overly concerned about stripping off after he learned off the other poker players taking part. He said; “It’s not like they were going to have Patrik Antonius or Gus Hansen there. I can fit in with this group.”

Daniel Negreanu or otherwise known as "Kid Poker" was born on July 26, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Ann and Constantin. After ten years, Daniel has achieved possibly the greatest live tournament results record ever seen. In 1998 at just 23 years old, he became the youngest ever player at the time to win a World Series bracelet, after taking down the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event. This was to be the start of an incredible run of success at the WSOP, one that still shows no sign of stopping today.

Negreanu joked; “I worked out I had a nice tan going. I sucked my belly in and I was good to go.”

“This was the only co-ed photo shoot we did for the magazine, so that’s huge,” said Sarah Turcotte, the general editor for ESPN who worked on that particular photo shoot. “To go topless in front of your competitors, that’s tough…But the other players immensely respected Jennifer going into it, having already competed with her in high-stakes poker games.”

The entire photo shoot took about two hours, according to Turcotte.

“The atmosphere was pretty laid back, pretty easy going, a lot of laughing going on,” said Harman. “I felt comfortable. I’ve known these guys forever.”

The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine are now available, get your copies now!

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Top Poker Tournaments In The World

Poker tournament has never been so in demand and the popularity of poker tournaments means great things for all poker players. There are more poker tournaments and more entrants which mean weaker competition overall, and greater prize pools. The rise in poker popularity can be hunt down to a few different things.

The poker tournaments are full of fun, thrill and excitement. If you think, playing in a live tournament is same as playing online. It is not the same. You witness the enthusiasm of other players and would miss out the electrifying atmosphere of the live tournaments.

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Model Gone Poker Pro: Patrik Antonius

Patrik Antonius looks to be as much on what his opponent isn’t willing to do, or what they are afraid of, as he is anything else. In most of his game, even with the best in the poker world, Patrik Antonius mixes up his game in the same style as Gus Hansen, but then tends to use pure aggression and well-timed moves to get opponent to lay down or get bowled over by his huge hands when he does hit them. Antonious also has a eagerness to put all his money on the line in spots when he could get called, if he believes he can make his opponent lay down.

As young Patrik wanted to be a professional tennis player but a serious back injury head off his dreams to come true. Instead poker was beginning to become more than just an interest. By being a self learned poker player, never having read a poker book or taken lessons from anyone.

At a compassionate age of 11 he started playing poker with his friends in his backyard. When he was 14 he played, the game that would become his future profession, on an almost daily basis.

He then went to work as a model, but he found the job mind-numbing. He eventually got into poker, using his modeling income as his bankroll. Patrik began turoning the corner of his poker game, and became a world's best poker player.

Patrik Antonius has become one of the most recognizable poker players at the felt with a great record to kick. Patrik had a big year in 2005, starting off by closely missing the final table of t2 World Poker Tour events.

He had 3 money finishes at the World Series of Poker, and finished 3rd at a European Poker Tour event in Barcelona. In October of 2005, Patrik Antonius won the EPT Baden Classic. He finished off the year by making his first WPT final table, finishing 2nd at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Patrik then made the decision to move to Vegas where he would play online as well as live events. Things were really looking up as Patrik Antonius finished second to Doyle Brunson in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in 2005.

Antonius joined the Circle of Outlaws of Marcel Luske which is a poker group who primarily taught Patrick Antonius style including the Mizrachi brothers, Scott Flansburg, Luca Pagano, Noah Boeken, Erica Schoenberg, Jules Leyser, Frank Sinopoli and Marco Traniello who is the husband of professional poker star Jennifer Harman.

Patrik Antonius plays both online poker and live poker. He is most successful at the online Limit Holdem games. In September 2008, he finished second in the Full Tilt Poker Pot Limit Omaha Championship which won him $320,000. Patrik plays online at Full Tilt Poker under the screenname “Luigi66369,” which may soon be changing to “Patrik Antonius”.

Patrik Antonius has been in the same class to Phil Ivey and Barry Greenstein who also called him one of the biggest winners in the history of online poker.

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