PocketFives About Us


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Nashville, TN 37219
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PocketFives.com is a popular online poker forum and community launched in early 2005 by Vanderbilt University graduates Cal Spears, Adam Small, and Riley Bryant. PocketFives focuses on online poker tournament play, but players of all types from around the globe use the site on a daily basis.

Why do we call ourselves PocketFives? If you don't already know, pocket fives is the most culturally rich hand in poker. Nicknamed "presto," this hand has developed its own subculture, particularly in online card rooms and message boards, since the early 1990s. The proliferation of online poker has since solidified this hand in poker lore. It has a certain mystique, which made the name a perfect fit for our community.

Within five years of its launch, PocketFives grew to over 100,000 members from all over the world. Our site originally gained fame by ranking online poker players. Since then, the PocketFives Rankings have become the standard by which online poker players are measured. We've also diversified to display Country Rankings and Sortable Rankings that allow users to determine who the top players are in a particular city or region.

PocketFives offers unique content about poker news, legislation, tournament results, interviews, and lifestyle. Our team of experienced content writers brings the industry to life on a daily basis. Here's an overview of our writing staff.

Dan Cypra (View Profile)

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Twitter - @pocketfives

Dan Cypra has been contributing to PocketFives since 2006 and became its Editor-in- Chief in 2011. He's one of the youngest students ever to graduate with an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he resides with his wife Mary.

Cypra is been a member of the medial voting panel for the Poker Hall of Fame and also contributes to ESPN's poker rankings, "The Nuts." He has written articles for a variety of poker news outlets, including PokerSoftware, Poker News Daily, MacPoker, and TheNuts. Cypra also authors several monthly articles in Poker Pro Magazine.

When he's not writing about poker, Cypra is busy hosting a weekly bar trivia game in Nashville or keeping stats for his beloved Vanderbilt Commodores, a position he's held since 1999.

David Huber (View Profile)

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"dhubermex" began playing online poker in 2004. He quickly became profitable in low- stakes sit and gos on PokerStars, often playing 10 or more tables at once. He eventually moved up to multi-tabling $55 sit and gos on PokerStars before moving on to MTTs in 2007, a year in which he was a profitable mid-stakes online tournament player.

In 2008, Huber served as Editor-in-Chief of PocketFives.com and still works with PocketFives as an administrative member, Podcast host, and forum moderation consultant. Huber is a resident of Mexico and his "dhubermex" handle is one of the most recognized names on PocketFives.

Dan Katz (View Profile)

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Dan Katz has been in the poker industry since 2005, serving primarily as a poker news writer for a number of websites. A micro-to-low stakes casual online player before becoming involved in writing, Dan has also written many strategy articles geared towards the novice recreational player who wants to gain a more solid footing in the game. Dan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Emory University, so a career in poker made perfect sense. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

Earl Burton (View Profile)

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Twitter - @EarlBurton75

An established veteran of the poker media world, Burton has been writing about a variety of poker topics for over seven years. He has been a member of several of the largest poker news organizations in the industry, covering the players, events, news, and products that the poker world has to offer. He also plays the game actively, having participated in the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and various smaller events across the United States. Earl brings an extensive knowledge of the international poker world to PocketFives and looks to impart some of that knowledge to our readers.

Steve Brogan (View Profile)

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Steve Brogan is a regular contributor to the PocketFives Nevada Community. He reports on the largest tournaments on the regulated online poker sites in Nevada multiple times a week and has interviewed countless Nevada poker players.

A newcomer to Las Vegas, having moved from New Hampshire in 2011, Brogan enjoys all things poker. He considers himself a recreational player and really enjoys being able to play PLO and PLO8 online.

He and his wife, Diane, are involved in the local poker discussion group (WPDG) and enjoy the many things that there are to do in Vegas and the area. With over 35 casinos in the area, he will be kept busy finding new attractions to enjoy and review, not to mention the WSOP events at the Rio.

Dennis Lopez (View Profile)

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Twitter - @DLO_Rican

Dennis Lopez lives in Somerset, New Jersey with his wife and dog and is a regular contributor to PocketFives' New Jersey poker community. He has been playing live poker since 1997 and online poker since 2001. He started writing about poker in late 2013 for PocketFives and has worked for a camera manufacturer since 2000.

In his free time, he can be found hanging out with his wife, playing basketball, attending New York Yankees games, and, of course, playing poker. A fact he doesn't share that much is he went to high school and used to work with the great Phil Ivey. But, the two lost touch when Ivey moved to Vegas and they haven't spoken since. He has participated in WSOP Circuit events and WPT events in New Jersey with a few cashes.

Bill Grinstead (View Profile)

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Twitter - @BillGrins

Bill Grinstead has hands-on experience in every aspect of the online poker industry. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing, he traveled to Costa Rica, securing a job with a popular online poker site during the industry's boom years.

He soon found that playing poker full-time was much more profitable than his day job and decided to go pro, specializing in mid-stakes Limit Hold'em. Utilizing his experience in marketing, web design, and content writing, he went on to create a profitable affiliate website to supplement his online poker earnings.

After 10 years of living in Costa Rica, he decided to move back to the United States and now lives in Atlanta where he works as a writer in the poker industry.

Aaron Bass (View Profile)

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Aaron Bass graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Statistics in 1998. He moved to Las Vegas immediately after graduation and has been dealing craps and blackjack ever since. He started playing Limit Hold'em in 2000 and turned to sit and gos during the early days of online poker at Paradise Poker. Known as "allyourbase" on PokerStars, he found himself in the 99th percentile of tournament players in 2007 and 2008 according to officialpokerrankings.com.

Today, he lives with his wife Susan and is back to playing online a few times per week on both legal and regulated sites in Nevada. Now known as "lvkid7", he contributes regularly to the PocketFives Nevada Poker Community.