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Players Organizing Boycott of PokerStars from December 1 to 3

From December 1 to 3, several players in the poker community, including a group of Russians and Dani ansky451 Stern (pictured), are planning to boycott PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site. The reason: a cut in benefits to high-stakes and high-volume players.

DanNov 28th, 2015 2
Jaime Staples Attracts 13,000 Twitch Viewers for Sunday Warm-Up Final Table

As PocketFives reported on Monday, Jaime Staples (pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $22,000. It was the largest online poker tournament cash PocketFives has tracked for Staples and, perhaps not surprisingly, he attracted a throng of 13,000 viewers on his Twitch channel to watch his run. Yes, 13,000.

DanNov 25th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings: Smeckten, IgorK Enter Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. We had two new entrants into the top 10 this week, Smeckten (pictured) and IgorK, who can now be found at #9 and #10, respectively.

DanNov 25th, 2015 0
Matt Smith (SamENole) Gets 2nd and 7th in DraftKings Millionaire Maker

It wasn't the result he was hoping for, but former pro poker player and longtime PocketFiver Matt SamENole Smith (pictured) finished second and seventh in last weekend's $20 buy-in DraftKings Millionaire Maker daily fantasy sports game and earned $430,000. He had already won the Millionaire Maker and was trying to become the first two-time champion.

DanNov 24th, 2015 6
Draftpot Running $4,000 Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, the daily fantasy sports site Draftpot is running a $4,000 Turkey Bowl. This special tournament, which has a salary cap, has a buy-in of $20 and offers a top prize of $500. It's sure to be a small field and you can put on your GM cap and draft the best players possible within a salary cap.

DanNov 24th, 2015 0
Amaya Chief David Baazov Buys $1.7 Million in Common Shares

According to iGaming Business and other news outlets, Amaya Gaming Chairman and Chief Executive David Baazov purchased 110,000 common shares of his company's stock for a total price of $1.7 million. The news comes just two weeks after Amaya's shares dipped by 28% in a single day.

DanNov 23rd, 2015 11
31,000 Opponents Later, Igor Necreto Wins the Sunday Storm

Last month, Igor Silva (pictured), known on PocketFives as Igor Necreto, took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. A healthy field of 31,000 entrants turned out and Silva was one of three PocketFivers at the final table. Interestingly, the other two members of PocketFives in the final nine, Zackattak13 and UhhMee, are both ranked in the top 100 on our site, so his competition was ...

DanNov 22nd, 2015 0
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's Painting of Dogs Playing Poker Sells for $650,000

Last week, one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's very well-known painting of dogs playing poker, aptly called "Poker Game" (pictured), sold for $658,000. It was finished in 1894 and measures 41 inches by 50 inches. The masterpiece sold through the auction house Sotheby's and fetched (pun intended) more than anticipated.

DanNov 21st, 2015 0
FanDuel Running $2.5 Million NFL Sunday Million for Week 11

On Sunday, the daily fantasy sports site FanDuel will run a $2.5 million guaranteed NFL Sunday Million. It starts with the 1:00pm Eastern Time games and needs 100,000 lineups to avoid an overlay. At the time of writing, the tournament, which has a buy-in of $25, has gotten half of that total.

DanNov 21st, 2015 0
Former Poker Pro Alex Jacob Wins Jeopardy Tournament of Champions

If you've been reading PocketFives in recent days, then you know that former poker pro Alex Jacob (pictured) competed on the "Jeopardy" Tournament of Champions last week. Yes, that "Jeopardy." Using an unorthodox strategy of skipping around categories, hunting for Daily Doubles, and bringing tanking to a quiz show, Jacob won the TOC on Friday and earned $250,000.

DanNov 21st, 2015 6
Draftpot Introduces Rake-Free Head-to-Head Contests

If you play on Draftpot, or if you need a reason to, the daily fantasy sports site just rolled out rake-free head-to-head games. These have an array of buy-ins from $1 to $1,000 and all of the money put in by players will be paid out, as no rake will be taken. Check it out.

DanNov 20th, 2015 0
"It's Good Not to Blow Up Between 8th and 14th"

Last month, the United Kingdom's Michael Chi mczhang Zhang (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep and booked a $25,000 payday. There were 783 entrants that week at a buy-in of $215 each, meaning the prize pool swelled to $156,000.

DanNov 19th, 2015 4
DraftKings Running $5 Million NFL Millionaire Maker for Week 11

This weekend, DraftKings is running a $5 million guaranteed prize pool NFL Millionaire Maker. Someone is going to win $1 million for a $20 buy-in and the tournament has a capacity of 286,200 lineups. Last week, the Millionaire Maker passed its $5 million prize pool and did not feature an overlay.

DanNov 19th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: veeea Up to #2

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated. And making waves this week in a big way was Russia's veeea (pictured), who climbed six spots to #2 in the world and is knocking on the door of the top spot in all the land.

DanNov 18th, 2015 0
WPT Philippines to Feature Record $200,000 Super High Roller

On Tuesday, records were shattered at the World Poker Tour, as a $200,000 buy-in Super High Roller Event was announced for the tour's stop in the Philippines. The record-breaker starts on January 3, and the festival itself runs from January 2 to 8.

DanNov 17th, 2015 2
Beware of Greek Accountants Bringing Gifts

One of the most recent recipients of the $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives is Vagelis Prodromou, who is more commonly known as ipo8181 (pictured). Virtually all of his winnings have come on PokerStars. "I am very happy," the Greek told PocketFives. "I have been looking at other players who had this achievement and for me it was one of my basic targets." Mission accomplished.

DanNov 17th, 2015 0
DraftKings Week 10 Millionaire Maker Lineup Deconstruction

It was a strange Week 10 in DFS. We saw several defenses like Seattle, St. Louis, and Denver lay eggs. Several high-profile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers struggled, while Julian Edelman went down for the year.

DanNov 17th, 2015 0
veeea Ships Sunday Million, Bigger $109 on Sunday

Sunday was a big day for eighth-ranked veeea (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Million and Bigger $109 outright for a combined $225,000. Yes, he won both high-profile tournaments on the same day. He added 1,500 PLB Points to his coffers as a result, which could vault him into the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings when they are recalculated on Wednesday.

DanNov 16th, 2015 9
Lady Luck, She Likes to Hang with the Guys Who Practice the Hardest

One of the most recent recipients of a $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives is Germany's wackworm. He has three online MTT wins this month and his largest cash all-time was worth $64,000 and came by virtue of final tabling the PokerStars.fr Sunday Million two years ago.

DanNov 15th, 2015 3
jaggalo1231 Gets the Sunday Million Monkey Off His Back

Last weekend, jaggalo1231, from the Czech Republic, finished fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million and raked in $65,000. It was his largest score to date, surpassing a WCOOP final table two years ago, and pushed him over $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings. He's the 18th-ranked player in his home country out of 316 players with PLB scores from the Czech Republic.

DanNov 14th, 2015 1
Turn $15 into $15,000 This Weekend on Draftpot

This weekend on the daily fantasy sports site Draftpot, the largest tournament that will be held is the $75,000 Guaranteed Touchdown, which now has a buy-in of $15. The tournament will pay out to the top 1,100 lineups and, given there are only 550 lineups entered right now, an overlay will likely be had. The top prize is $15,000.

DanNov 13th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with mindCtrl

PocketFives had the chance to interview Ivan, aka mindCtrl online, who is a tournament player and the Heads-Up Head Coach for the Coaching for Profits program at BestPokerCoaching.

DanNov 12th, 2015 0
Current/Former PPA Leaders Form Daily Fantasy Sports Players Alliance

If you're following the world of daily fantasy sports, or DFS, then you know that the industry has come under attack in recent weeks. The New York Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist order to DraftKings and FanDuel on Tuesday and many have begun to call for regulation of the nascent space.

DanNov 12th, 2015 0
DraftKings Holding $5 Million Millionaire Maker for Week 10

This weekend on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings, check out the $5 million prize pool Millionaire Maker. If this weekend is anything like recent weekends, the Millionaire Maker will have an overlay, which means lots of value for anyone who enters.

DanNov 12th, 2015 0
IRS Rakes in $8.4 Million from WSOP Main Event Final Table

On Tuesday, longtime PocketFiver Joseph dude904 McKeehen earned $7.6 million after taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event for his first bracelet. While it was the largest sum of money earned by any single member of the November Nine, it wasn't the largest payday given out. That distinction belongs to the US Internal Revenue Service, which according to Taxable Talk collected $8.4 ...

DanNov 11th, 2015 6
Shares of Amaya Gaming Drop 28% on Tuesday

It has been a rough week for investors of Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt. On Tuesday, shares of Amaya, which are traded in Toronto under the symbol AYA, tanked 28% after the company cut its revenue and earnings estimates. On Wednesday at the time of writing, shares continued to slide, dropping another 4% to CAD $20.25. Talk about a bad beat.

DanNov 11th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 #1 for 7 Straight Weeks

For the seventh straight week, Sweden's eisenhower1 is the #1 player worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. His 8,190 PLB Points leads the second-ranked player by more than 1,200, so it's safe to say he'll be ranked #1 for an eighth straight week when the Rankings are recalculated next Wednesday unless someone goes on an epic heater.

DanNov 11th, 2015 0
DraftKings Week 9 Millionaire Maker Winning Lineup Deconstruction

The DraftKings Millionaire Maker for Week 9 of the NFL went down to the wire, with skeener917 winning by a slim 0.1 points, 271.14 to 271.04. That's a sweat for $500,000 in real money if you're keeping track. skeener917 held on, though, and probably had quite a night partying after the Bears/Chargers game. Let's walk through his lineup.

DanNov 10th, 2015 0
Twitter Reacts to WSOP November Nine Day 1

Sunday night marked the resumption of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event after a 120-day break. The November nine reconvened at the Rio in Las Vegas and, as you can read from our team of reporters, PocketFiver Joseph dude904 McKeehen dominated Day 1.

DanNov 9th, 2015 4
PocketFives Open for Non-US Players is Wednesday on 888

On Wednesday at 20:00 UK Time, the PocketFives Open for non-US players returns to 888 Poker. This time around, there will be $3,500 in added cash and prizes plus a permanent profile badge, so there's plenty on the line. The PocketFives Open allows members of our community, high-stakes and low-stakes alike, to play against each other in a friendly environment with plenty of added value. Wednesday ...

DanNov 9th, 2015 0
The Best $173,000 Decision You'll Make

Everyone dreams of that big score, and for many players, winning the PokerStars Sunday Million is the Mount Everest of online accomplishments. After five years of playing poker seriously, German native Servej did just that, taking down the Sunday Million outright for a colossal $173,000, defeating a field of 5,552.

DanNov 8th, 2015 1
accussity Wins October Monthly PLB

Ukraine's accussity (pictured) has won the Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or MPLB, for October with 2,645 points, about 60 more than the next closest person. This is his first ever MPLB win and the third ever for Ukraine.

DanNov 7th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with Bulgaria's #1 Ranked alexd2

In recent weeks, Bulgaria's #1 ranked Alex alexd2 Dimitrov (pictured) hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings. Almost 60% of that total has come on PokerStars, where he plays as grinder1992, and he has shot up to #49 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings. In June, he final tabled the Super Tuesday for $45,000 and, in January, he was the runner-up in the 888 Poker Whale for ...

DanNov 7th, 2015 4
RAWA Hearing Scheduled for December 9

According to the Poker Players Alliance, a hearing in the House Oversight Committee about the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, is on tap for December 9. However, the hearing has not been officially announced on the committee's website. RAWA would ban internet gambling in the United States, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, ...

DanNov 6th, 2015 1
Draftpot Running $70,000 NFL Touchdown on Sunday

On Sunday, Draftpot is running a $70,000 prize pool NFL Touchdown, which has a buy-in of $12. The best part is there's no salary cap, so you can literally start whichever players you want. You think Julio Jones will go off against Tampa Bay' Put him in your lineup. You think Alshon Jeffrey will get 20 targets against the Chargers as your Monday Night Hammer' Use him too.

DanNov 6th, 2015 0
DFS Daily Update for 11/5: Seven-Figure Tourneys for Week 9

If you're playing daily fantasy sports this weekend, Week 9 of the NFL, then head to DraftKings and FanDuel for several seven-figure prize pool tournaments. These are all massive fields too, so we're going to break down each tournament and give you the buy-in, field size, and payouts.

DanNov 5th, 2015 0
Bryan Micon Gets 2 Years' Probation, Fined $25,000

Former Seals With Clubs operator Bryan Micon (pictured) has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $25,000 fine after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed interactive gambling system, according to the Associated Press.

DanNov 5th, 2015 0
DFS Daily Update for 11/4: DraftKings Millionaire Maker Lineup Deconstruction

Let's take a look at the winning lineup from the DraftKings Millionaire Maker for Week 8. Congrats to Gvalstyle on taking down the tournament and winning $1 million. There's another Millionaire Maker lined up for Week 9, so visit DraftKings and play today.

DanNov 4th, 2015 0
WPT Axes WPT Championship, Adds Tournament of Champions

The schedule for the final World Poker Tour events of Season XIV was unveiled on Wednesday and included one major change. The WPT Championship as we know it is no more. In its place is the WPT Tournament of Champions, an invite-only event to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida in mid-April.

DanNov 4th, 2015 0
Poker Heaven Closing November 12, Cashier Offline November 19

Poker Heaven, which had been in business for 10 years, is closing its doors on November 12, according to a statement posted on its website. The site cited "increased market regulation across Europe and other environmental factors" as the reasons for its closure.

DanNov 4th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: Time to Up the AnteSvante

Sweden's Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) hit it big in the PocketFives Rankings this week, moving up 10 spots to land at #14 in the world. This is two spots off his all-time high and comes on the heels of a blockbuster start to November in which Wigg finished third in an FCOOP High-Roller, was the runner-up in the PartyPoker Super High Roller, and won the PokerStars Big $109 and Hot $75 for a ...

DanNov 4th, 2015 3
Clutch Hero Hits $2 Million in Online Winnings. That's Clutch.

In mid-October, Japan's Akira Ohyama (pictured), better known as Clutch Hero on PocketFives, hit $2 million in career online MTT winnings. As he told us, "I'm feeling great about it. I feel like it took a lot longer than I originally expected. The delay is mostly due to my lack of volume, but my recent 12th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event really helped push me past the $2 million mark."

DanNov 3rd, 2015 0
DFS Daily Update for 11/3: FanDuel Sunday Million Winner Lineup Deconstruction

Eight weeks of the 2015 NFL season are in the books. Over on FanDuel, the latest winner of the Sunday Million was westcoast4, who tallied 215.54 points and earned $500,000. Entering Week 8, westcoast4 had just 35 wins on FanDuel and had been playing for a year. Let's take a look at his winning lineup. Don't forget to visit FanDuel to see what's brewing for Week 9.

DanNov 3rd, 2015 0
WSOP on ESPN: "Running Hotter than the Sun"

The last new, prepackaged episodes of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN against some pretty stiff competition: the Kansas City Royals' Game 5 World Series win on Fox and a battle of 6-0 NFL teams between Green Bay and Denver on NBC. Nevertheless, PocketFives caught the action for an hour starting at 9:00pm ET.

DanNov 2nd, 2015 1
Fish Goes from $8 to Dominating High-Stakes Cash… Find Out How

What would you do if you had your last few cash chips on the table' Not your last cash for the poker game… but in the world!!! How would you feel'

DanNov 2nd, 2015 0
PokerStars Reducing Rewards for High-Volume and High-Stakes Players

In a corporate blog posted on Sunday, PokerStars announced that it will be "reducing rewards for high-volume and high-stakes players." This is the language used in the blog, not this author's. Headlining the major changes was that "VIP Club rewards will be capped at 30%, impacting mainly high-volume Supernova and Supernova Elite status players." However, players who have achieved Supernova Elite ...

DanNov 1st, 2015 10
mandza17, The #2 Ranked Player in Croatia

In late September, Goran mandza17 Mandic (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $25,000. He cashed for $27,000 in a WCOOP event the week before and is a former Supernova on PokerStars. Mandic has the distinction of being the #2 ranked player in Croatia, so we caught up with him to break down his big day.

DanNov 1st, 2015 3
Niall Farrell (firaldo) Wins EPT Malta Main Event

Longtime PocketFiver Niall firaldo Farrell (pictured) won the European Poker Tour's Malta Main Event for €534,000, or $587,000. Farrell made a deal heads-up with fellow PocketFiver Alen lilachaa Bilic, who cashed out for €440,000, or $484,000.

DanOct 31st, 2015 2
DFS Daily Update for 10/31: Week 8 Injury Report

Happy Halloween to everyone. Before setting your NFL lineups on FanDuel or DraftKings this weekend, make sure to check the status of your favorite players. There are a few noteworthy injuries this week, so let's recap some of them. Don't forget to visit FanDuel and visit DraftKings to see what the largest GPPs are this week.

DanOct 31st, 2015 1
WSOP November Nine Betting Lines

On Sunday, November 8, the final nine of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event will reconvene at the Rio's Penn and Teller Theater in Las Vegas. Two days later, we'll have our newest World Champion of Poker. In case you're wondering, yes, you can bet on the Main Event at live casinos like Caesars properties in Las Vegas as well as a host of sites online.

DanOct 31st, 2015 2
DFS Daily Update for 10/30: Eight Players I Like for Week 8

We're already halfway through the NFL season. That's hard to believe. I've done my research and set my lineups on FanDuel and here's who I'm loving this week. Since it's Week 8, I thought it would be appropriate to single out eight guys who are staples of my lineups. When you're done reading, let me know who you like by commenting below. Visit FanDuel to check out all of the pricing this week.

DanOct 30th, 2015 0
PokerStars Contacting New Jersey Players with Outstanding Balances

As reported in PocketFives' New Jersey poker community, PokerStars has begun contacting New Jersey players with outstanding balances ahead of offering real money games in the state. Why' New Jersey regulators mandated that the site dispose of outstanding balances to Garden State players in order to receive a license.

DanOct 30th, 2015 1
Man Accused of Cheating in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event to Be Paid in Full

In breaking news, Valeriu Coca (pictured), the man accused of cheating in the World Series of Poker $10,000 Heads-Up event, will be paid in full for his fifth place finish. WSOP officials posted on Thursday, "Once issues were brought to our attention, we immediately commenced an investigation and worked cooperatively with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The investigation that was performed has ...

DanOct 29th, 2015 6
PokerGuy92 Recaps PocketFives Open Win

Our most recent PocketFives Open was held earlier this month on . It was our second PocketFives Open for US players on that site and ended up being the largest tournament in the history of . Your winner: Matthew Tullo, who is known on PocketFives as PokerGuy92. We caught up with Tullo to break down his big win.

DanOct 29th, 2015 0
November Nine Chip Leader dude904 Victorious in Wynn Fall Classic Main Event

Talk about a tune-up. PocketFiver Joseph dude904 McKeehen (pictured) won the Wynn Fall Classic Main Event this week and earned $90,000. Sure, it wasn't the largest score you'll see on the live circuit, but for a man about to play for a $7.6 million first prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event in two weeks, we're pretty sure the win is far more meaningful.

DanOct 29th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings: prebzzz Leaps to #3 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were refreshed. Just like every week, we had several players make waves, including prebzzz, who entered his screen names and consequently jumped to #3 in the world, a new all-time high. He has $2.5 million in career winnings and is the top-ranked Norwegian on our site.

DanOct 28th, 2015 0
EPT Grand Final Main Event Buy-In Slashed to €5,300

Four stops remain on Season 12 of the PokerStars-backed European Poker Tour. According to a press release PocketFives received on Tuesday, the buy-in of the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo will be reduced from €10,600 to €5,300, or 50%.

DanOct 27th, 2015 0
WSOP on ESPN: "A Realistic Goal is a Silly Goal"

On Sunday night, two-and-a-half hours of coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN and ESPN2. We caught the action on ESPN2, which began at 11:00pm ET with 19 players remaining and lasted for an hour.

DanOct 26th, 2015 0
Crazymoron: The Top-Ranked PocketFiver in Belarus

On September 27, almost exactly one month ago, Crazymoron (pictured) final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Major and put back $10,000. While it wasn't the largest sum of money ever, it still represented his 11th richest score to date and helped get nearer to $1 million for his career.

DanOct 25th, 2015 0
Ckb Final Tables 888 Whale on Back-to-Back Weekends

At the end of September, Ckb (pictured) final tabled the 888 Poker Whale and walked away with a $18,000 one week after taking eighth in the same MTT. The London resident is over $600,000 in career online tournament winnings and can be found under the user name ckb4714 on 888.

DanOct 24th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with Jamie Armstrong (pokerjamers)

Last month, longtime PocketFiver Jamie pokerjamers Armstrong (pictured) finished third in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max WCOOP event and booked a $141,000 score, his second largest all-time. He has almost $4.5 million in career winnings and was ranked as high as #3 on our site in 2011. Armstrong has been a member of the PocketFives community since 2006.

DanOct 23rd, 2015 1
Borgata Chipgate Mastermind Gets 5 Years in Jail

On Thursday, Christian Lusardi (pictured), the mastermind behind the so-called Chipgate at Borgata, was sentenced to five years in jail. According to the Associated Press, "Lusardi also must pay $463,540 in restitution to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for the revenue it lost when it canceled the 2014 tournament in Atlantic City and $9,455 to Harrah's Casino Hotel for damaging its plumbing."

DanOct 22nd, 2015 2
DraftKings Asks to End WSOP Sponsorship

Last week, officials in Nevada decreed that daily fantasy sports, or DFS, constituted gambling. DFS operators, therefore, were required to obtain licenses from the Nevada Gaming Control Board in order to operate, just like land-based casinos and sports books.

DanOct 22nd, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: lena900 Back Up to #7

Swedes continue to make waves atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. They occupy the top two spots, three of the top seven spots, and seven of the top 19 spots. Making waves this week was Sweden's lena900, who moved up nine places to #7 in the world, four off his all-time high.

DanOct 21st, 2015 2
WSOP on ESPN: "The Only Time 200 Grand Feels Bad is Right Here"

On Sunday, the World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. We checked in during the second episode, which lasted an hour. It was the end of Day 6 when 31 players remained.

DanOct 20th, 2015 0
PokerStars DFS Site Now Only Accepting Real Money Play from 4 States

In major news that came out on Monday, the Amaya-branded daily fantasy sports site StarsDraft is now only accepting real money players from four states. The press release announcing the news added, "StarsDraft players in all jurisdictions will continue to have access to the funds in their online accounts, which are available for withdrawal at any time."

DanOct 19th, 2015 5
"Poker is Making Huge Progress in Ukraine"

Recently, Ukraine's yarik1903 (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, taking the tournament down for $73,000. It was worth 681 PLB Points and marked his second largest online poker cash all-time. "I'm feeling really good after winning," he told us after the fact. It's so nice to get a big cash, and I got fourth in the Sunday Second Chance around the same time."

DanOct 18th, 2015 1
"I Cringe" Talking About Working a Regular Job

It has been a groundbreaking year for Polish PocketFiver bartek901 (pictured), who earned his $1 million cash badge, final tabled the WCOOP Super Tuesday for $150,000, and took second in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $64,000, just to name a few scores. He's the top-ranked Poland poker community member on PocketFives.

DanOct 17th, 2015 2
Yoga, Fitness, Meditation, Traveling, Sports, Listening to Philosophers, Hiking

If this were the game show "Jeopardy," the answer to the title of this article would be, "What does stanman420 (pictured) enjoy doing outside of poker'" Yes, it's quite an eclectic list. I like hiking and sports too, but I don't know that I have time to do both and do yoga, travel, and hit up some philosophy. Oh yeah, stanman420 did all of that and got his $2 million cash badge on PocketFives. ...

DanOct 14th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 Leads By 1,400 Points

The PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated, as they are every Wednesday, and Sweden's eisenhower1 continues to dominate the field. He has 8,121 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the leaderboard, which is almost 1,400 more than the next closest player.

DanOct 14th, 2015 1
"I'm Not Gonna Stop Until I've Earned Myself a House in Amsterdam"

In September, Malta's Steven SvZff van Zadelhoff hit $3 million in career online tournament scores. He is the third-ranked player in the European nation and plays as Viktor on Full Tilt Poker. He has several sizable scores to his credit, including a runner-up finish in a 2007 FTOPS event for $247,000 and a Sunday Million victory that same year for another $193,000.

DanOct 13th, 2015 2
Faraz Jaka (The-Toilet) Wins Super Tuesday While Grinding in a Shared Airbnb

A week ago, Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured), a longtime member of the PocketFives community, won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and bagged $101,000. He is up to $3.7 million in online tournaments PocketFives tracks and has been part of our site since 2006. It was the American's third largest online poker score to date and his largest since a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed jersey run for ...

DanOct 12th, 2015 7
DraftKings, FanDuel Have Record Sunday Turnout

If you played on FanDuel or DraftKings over the weekend, then you might have noticed a ton of people logging in and setting lineups. In fact, according to ESPN, DraftKings and FanDuel had their biggest weekend of the season in Week 5 despite a data leak that has lawmakers calling for formal regulation of the industry.

DanOct 12th, 2015 0
WSOP on ESPN: "Beckley Has Been Drawing Dead for Over an Hour"

The World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN aired head-to-head on Sunday night against a surprisingly competitive football game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants on NBC. The action was in Day 6 of the tournament, when 69 players remained and the average stack was 2.7 million.

DanOct 12th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: Isildur1 Up $400,000 in October, $3.1 Million in 2015

We're 11 days into October and, already, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is making the most of the month. According to HighStakesDB, Blom is up almost $400,000 this month, an average of $40,000 per day, at the high-stakes tables the site tracks. He has logged 123 sessions in October and almost 16,000 hands, meaning he's averaging $3,200 in profit per session and $24 in profit per hand.

DanOct 11th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with #6 Ranked aguskb

Formerly a #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) can currently be found at #6. He's the top-ranked online player in Mexico and recently hit $4 million in career scores in tournaments we track. Not too shabby.

DanOct 11th, 2015 2
eisenhower1 Cruises to September Monthly PLB Win

The results are in for September's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or Monthly PLB, and one Swede ran away with the win. Whereas other months have seen Monthly PLB champions crowned by a few dozen points, in September, eisenhower1 took it down by a healthy 700 points over the second place player, Fresh_Oo_D.

DanOct 10th, 2015 0
PokerStars' New Jersey License Requires Dismissal of Four Staffers

On Friday, the transactional waiver allowing Amaya to operate in New Jersey was published. The waiver outlines several terms Amaya must adhere to before launching. It is not known when the Amaya brands PokerStars and Full Tilt will begin operating in New Jersey, where their land-based partner is Resorts.

DanOct 9th, 2015 3
BillyChat Hits $3 Million in Online MTT Scores

In recent weeks, London's Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) hit $3 million in career online tournament winnings. He was one of six PocketFivers to accomplish the feat in September and told us, "I feel good. It wasn't too long ago that I got to $2 million. I will keep pressing on. It's a shame it isn't $3 million in profit, though."

DanOct 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: C Darwin2 Cracks Top 10 for First Time

For the first time ever, Sweden's C Darwin2 cracked the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. The leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday and C Darwin2 jumped 10 spots to land at #10. His top 10 showing was due in part to two wins on Winamax this month: a victory in the Grand for $36,000 and a win in the High Roller on Tuesday for another $8,200.

DanOct 7th, 2015 0
PokerStars Tournament Attracts a Record 253,698 Players

On Monday, PokerStars attracted a record 253,698 players to an online poker tournament, setting the record for the largest online poker tournament ever held, according to a press release. The same release detailed, "It beat the previous record of 225,000 players that was set on June 16, 2013 during the PokerStars 100 Billion Hands Celebration campaign and shows that poker is still growing in ...

DanOct 6th, 2015 8
From $1.5 Million in Roulette Winnings to Chopping the Sunday Million

A man who once won $1.5 million in roulette just chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million two ways for $138,000. His name: Antonis ENIGMA4U4ME Poulengeris (pictured) and he finished fourth in the Sunday Million two years ago for $75,000. He's over $600,000 in online tournament winnings.

DanOct 6th, 2015 2
WSOP on ESPN: "Can Matt Jarvis Make Another Main Event Final Table?"

On Sunday night, the 2015 WSOP Main Event aired on ESPN for 2.5 hours. We checked in during the last hour, which aired at 10:00pm ET and began with 87 players left on Day 5. Daniel Negreanu was still camped out at the feature table.

DanOct 5th, 2015 0
PocketFives Open for US Players Returns Wednesday

We're happy to announce that the PocketFives Open for US players will return this Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Our host site is . The last time we held the PocketFives Open there, we had over 500 players and broke the record for the largest tournament ever held on , so we're expecting a large field once again.

DanOct 5th, 2015 0
Impact of PokerStars Being Licensed in New Jersey

The biggest news story last week was the licensure of PokerStars in New Jersey. When the site will launch isn't clear, but what we do know is the world's largest online poker room returning to the US for the first time since Black Friday will have major ramifications for the industry.

DanOct 4th, 2015 8
Another $5.7 Million in US Full Tilt Refunds Approved, Includes Disputed Claims

For those Americans still waiting on their Full Tilt Poker refunds, we have some good news for you. Yes, it has been a full four-and-a-half years since Full Tilt vacated the US market on Black Friday, so for many players with disputed claims, it has been a long, frustrating 50 months.

DanOct 3rd, 2015 0
Big Up to the Goat Crewdem

In August, UK PocketFiver Fold Machiii (pictured) finished in fourth place in a rock solid final table of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy. He cashed out for $15,000, his fifth largest score to date, and has successfully pulled past $1.3 million in career winnings. He's up to #124 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest slotting ever, and is #12 in the UK.

DanOct 3rd, 2015 3
WSOP on ESPN: "She Should Have Named Her Kid Eight"

Amid all of the hoopla of PokerStars being granted a license to operate in New Jersey, we finally had a chance to catch up on this week's coverage of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN. We took in the second of two hours, which aired on Wednesday night in a special time slot. The action began on Day 5 with 162 players left and Max Steinberg holding the chip lead.

DanOct 2nd, 2015 0
PokerStars Gets Approval to Operate in New Jersey, Partnering with Resorts Casino

It might have taken longer than expected, but the Amaya Gaming brands PokerStars and Full Tilt have been authorized to operate in New Jersey, according to an Amaya press release. In what could result in a domino effect of sorts in other states debating whether to allow PokerStars and Full Tilt to operate, New Jersey gaming officials approved both brands, which have a land-based partner in ...

DanSep 30th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 Leaps to #1

It was a pretty turbulent week at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. For the first time in his career, Sweden's eisenhower1 is our new #1 player. He has a massive PLB score of 8,113 points, the most this author can remember seeing by any player in quite some time, and leads second-ranked Tiny_molester by a healthy 1,300 points.

DanSep 30th, 2015 2
High Stakes Poker: Trueteller Up $300,000 in 24 Hours

It was a productive Monday at the high-stakes online poker tables for Russia's Timofey Trueteller Kuznetsov (pictured), who bagged $302,000 in profit according to the tracking site HighStakesDB. He played against some of the game's top minds in the process and managed to erase $190,000 in losses over the previous five days.

DanSep 29th, 2015 0
DFS Daily Update for 9/29: Top 10 NFL GPPs for Week 4

It's hard to believe that it's already Week 4 of the NFL season. If you've been playing daily fantasy sports on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, then you know there have been some six- and even seven-figure prize pools already this year. Here are our top 10 NFL GPPs for Week 4.

DanSep 29th, 2015 1
PokerKaiser Scores 20th PocketFives Triple Crown, 10th of 2015

Look out, Chris moorman1 Moorman. What was thought to be a nearly unbreakable record on PocketFives could soon be broken. Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) now has 20 PocketFives Triple Crowns, trailing Moorman by just five. Incredibly, Fierro has won 10 Triple Crowns this year compared to Moorman's one to close the gap.

DanSep 28th, 2015 1
KJulius10, eisenhower1 Win First WCOOP Bracelets

PocketFivers continue to roll in the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. Two of the most recent winners were Kyle KJulius10 Julius (pictured) and eisenhower1, who both took down high-stakes tournaments for their first WCOOP titles.

DanSep 27th, 2015 0
"I Cannot Imagine Myself Playing Poker at a High Level Without a HUD"

Last month, Brazil's Rodrigo Selouan (pictured), known on PocketFives as selouan1991, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and walked off with $18,000. It was his fourth largest online poker score to date and rocketed him to $553,000 in career online tournament cashes. "I was very happy with this final table," he told us. "It was great to beat a field of great players and it was good ...

DanSep 26th, 2015 0
cal42688 Wins Second WCOOP Bracelet, Up to 8 COOP Titles

On Friday, longtime PocketFiver Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured) won his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker bracelet. He took down a $320 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max tournament for $36,000, defeating a field of 649.

DanSep 26th, 2015 1
Shak88888 Went Deep, Mega Deep

Last month, Ukraine's Shak88888 took third place in the weekly 888 Poker Mega Deep and earned $10,000. There were over 500 entrants that week and Shak88888 led all PocketFivers, who raked in 36% of the prize pool. He's the #4 player in the capital of Kiev (pictured below) and #22 in the Ukraine poker community, so we wanted to catch up and talk about his most recent hit.

DanSep 25th, 2015 0
Jeans89 is the Biggest High-Stakes Winner at PokerStars Since 2010

After earning close to $100,000 on Wednesday, Jens Jeans89 Kyllonen (pictured) extended his lead as the biggest winner of September at the high-stakes online cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. The Fin also extended his lead as the biggest winner at PokerStars since 2010.

DanSep 24th, 2015 1
New Jersey DGE Doing "Comprehensive Review" of Amaya's PokerStars Purchase

According to iGaming Business and other outlets, the seemingly lengthy delay of PokerStars getting licensed in New Jersey has to do with a "thorough, comprehensive review" by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

DanSep 23rd, 2015 7
PocketFives Rankings: Fresh_Oo_D Up 13 Spots to #6

We may have a free-for-all on our hands at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Aaron aguskb Gustavson is still #1, but his PLB score of 6,854 points is well within striking distance of a few other PocketFivers, one of whom is Fresh_Oo_D (pictured).

DanSep 23rd, 2015 0