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PocketFives Open Returns Thursday with $1,500 in Added Prizes

Attention non-US players! The PocketFives Open, our main community-building event, is back for the first time since February. This time, we're headed to William Hill, where $1,500 in added prizes will be on the line! Anyone with a William Hill account is welcome to play.

Dan Aug 4th, 2015 0
aguskb Wins July Monthly PLB by 24 Points

By the slimmest of margins, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) won the July Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard with 2,639 points. He edged out second place by a scant 24 points and earned his very first Monthly PLB title.

Dan Aug 4th, 2015 0
PocketFives' US Online Poker League Returns in August

Mark your calendars, US players! Our US online poker league returns this Wednesday, August 5. As its name suggests, US players are more than welcome and, for the third straight month, our host site is . Sign up for for free by clicking here.

Dan Aug 3rd, 2015 0
Why You Need Erdbeer Schnaps

You never quite know where interviews with players are going to go. Sometimes we talk about highly unique hobbies. Sometimes we talk about random adventures to faraway lands. In the case of Austria's neverfoldQ5, however, we digressed into talking about erdbeer schnaps.

Dan Aug 3rd, 2015 2
Say Hello to the Top-Ranked PocketFiver in Bulgaria

In June, Alex Dimitrov (pictured), known on PocketFives as alexd2, won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $38,000 under the screen name grinder1992. There was no chop that day and Dimitrov led the six PocketFivers at the final table.

Dan Aug 2nd, 2015 2
PLO High-Low's "Insane" Rake and Boating in Denmark

In recent weeks, Mads Bertelsen (pictured), known on PocketFives as Mr Longhit, finished second in the PartyPoker $200K Guaranteed and put back $22,000. He was the highest finishing member of the PocketFives community in the tournament and logged his fourth largest score to date.

Dan Aug 1st, 2015 0
Slovakian Casino Responds After Players Boycott Final Table

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about players sitting out the final table of a tournament at the Golden Vegas Poker Club in Slovakia after confusion over the meaning of the word "guarantee." The tournament in question had a €300 buy-in and "guarantee" of €100,000. However, instead of guaranteeing a prize pool of €100,000, officials only paid out €86,666, arguing that the ...

Dan Aug 1st, 2015 7
Daniel Negreanu Makes Final 7 of WSOP National Championship

There are seven players remaining in the World Series of Poker National Championship being held at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina (pictured below). Just a few weeks after his 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) is making another deep run and sits in third place with a stack of 543,000.

Dan Jul 31st, 2015 0
Report: Theft Results in Major Shakeup at Aria Poker Room

According to reports from Todd Witteles and Allen Kessler on Two Plus Two and Poker Fraud Alert, there has been a major shakeup at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas, allegedly due to theft.

Dan Jul 30th, 2015 2
Chris Grove: "Calling a DFS Game 'Fantasy' Does Not Ensure Protection"

On Wednesday, Online Poker Report's Chris Grove (pictured) published a series of Tweets regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS). As we've written about before, Nevada gaming officials are digging into the legality of DFS and could potentially shut the industry down in the state or change the way it's taxed and licensed. Other states could soon follow. Check out Chris on Twitter.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
"Shout Out to Aggro Santos for Helping with Timbey Nonsense Spots"

Just before the main chunk of the World Series of Poker began, Donald d7o1d1s0 Rae won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $20,000. There was no chop that day in the 474-man field and Rae was one of two UK PocketFivers to make the top five.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings: Legenden Knocking on the Door of #1

Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), from Chile, is nearing three months at the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankings. He is at 7,225 PLB Points right now, but could get a run for his money in the coming weeks, as three players are within 400 points of taking the title.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 1
"This Money Will Make My Life Easier During the Downswings"

In recent weeks, Andrey aslamego Lamego (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for almost $80,000. The Brazilian was one of 2,432 players who entered that day and recorded his largest online tournament cash by a factor of five. He plays as Dr_Drey15 on PokerStars and can be found at #473 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.

Dan Jul 28th, 2015 1
Nevada Gaming Officials Examining Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports

According to Online Poker Report (OPR) and a Tweet from ESPN writer David Purdum, Nevada Gaming Control Board officials have begun examining the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS), which US players can play on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings for real money.

Dan Jul 27th, 2015 6
Game On: GVC Bids $1.6 Billion for bwin.party

Last week, we reported that shareholders of bwin.party recommended that the company's Board of Directors approve a $1.4 billion acquisition by 888 Holdings, the parent company of 888 Poker. However, not refusing to lay down and die, GVC, which had been in a bidding war with 888, has upped the ante, reportedly bidding $1.6 billion for bwin.party.

Dan Jul 27th, 2015 1
Lottery-Style Games Drag Cash Game Traffic Down 14% in 2015

According to PokerScout, lottery-style games have dragged cash game traffic on the world's online poker sites down 14% in the first half of 2015. As PokerScout explained, "Online poker traffic in the first half of 2015 was down 14% from last year, marking the fourth consecutive year of first half declines. The loss is the largest since 2011/2012, when Black Friday drove traffic down by 28%."

Dan Jul 26th, 2015 3
Phil Ivey Countersues Borgata Over Baccarat Winnings

In April 2014, Borgata in Atlantic City sued Phil Ivey for $9.6 million after the latter went on an epic winning streak in baccarat. The casino claimed Ivey (pictured), a 10-time bracelet winner, edge-sorted in order to gain an unfair advantage over the house and therefore shouldn't be able to retain his winnings. Now, Ivey is countersuing.

Dan Jul 25th, 2015 12
Greg Merson Talks About Going Smoke-Free

Following the World Series of Poker this year, Greg Merson (pictured), who won the Main Event in 2012, decided to go smoke-free. He has overcome several obstacles in his life already, but can he successfully squash smoking' PocketFives caught up with the two-time bracelet winner to talk about his challenge in hopes that it might inspire other poker players to follow suit.

Dan Jul 22nd, 2015 8
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 Back in the Top 10

Another week, another PocketFives Rankings update. This time, a familiar face returned to the top 10: eisenhower1. The Swede moved up 14 spots and now sits at #8 in the world, six off his all-time high. Can he make a run at #1'

Dan Jul 22nd, 2015 1
Heads-Up with #39 Ranked girex91, Malta's Top Dog

Last month, Davide girex91 Marchi (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, finishing second after a three-way chop for a commanding $135,000. It was the second largest amount given away in the deal after almost 5,800 people entered.

Dan Jul 21st, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: thecortster Up $619,000 Last Week

The last seven days have featured some wild swings at the high-stakes online poker tables involving the likes of Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby (pictured) and Viktor Isildur1 Blom. Just to give you an idea, Blom crushed fellow high-stakes player DoorBread for $500,000 in a single session, while Kibler-Melby ended the week up $619,000, according to HighStakesDB. Ho hum.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 0
PokerStars Surveys Players About DFS

In recent days, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has been surveying players about daily fantasy sports. Why' As we've reported here before, PokerStars is launching its own DFS site or acquiring an existing one, potentially by the start of football season.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
apestyles Finishes Third in Sunday Million, Hits $7 Million in Scores

Over the weekend, poker author and longtime PocketFiver Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $89,000. The cash was huge for a number of reasons. Not only was it his sixth largest online poker score ever, but it also put him over $7 million for his career.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
"We Always Have Good Basketball Players and, Nowadays, Good Poker Players"

Last month, Lithuania's Davydenko123 (pictured) was part of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $37,000, the largest payday given out. It was the fourth largest score of his career. "I feel very good," he told us. "After a downswing during the SCOOP series, that hit was necessary and nice to get."

Dan Jul 19th, 2015 0
"It Would Be Really Cool to Be Ranked #1 at the End of the Year Online"

In May, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date.

Dan Jul 18th, 2015 1
Heads-Up with WSOP $10K HORSE Winner Andrew Barber

Earlier this month, 204 people turned out for a $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker. In the end, it was Andrew Barber (pictured) defeating a final table that included two former Main Event winners for over a half-million dollars. We sat down with Barber to talk about his experience and his passion for charity.

Dan Jul 18th, 2015 0
Report: Bill to Halt Expansion of Online Poker Coming in US

According to the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill, a bill could be introduced in the US Congress that "would block new states from licensing online poker while a federal study is conducted."

Dan Jul 17th, 2015 9
It's Official: 888 Buys bwin.party for $1.4 Billion

After a flurry of bids, 888 Holdings won the battle to buy rival bwin.party on Friday. The price: $1.4 billion in a cash and stock deal. 888 won out over a similarly-priced joint bid by GVC and Amaya, the latter of which already owns PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Dan Jul 17th, 2015 6
CDI Reportedly Laying Off Bluff Staff, But Keeping Website

According to Online Poker Report and founder Eric Morris on Twitter, Bluff is "winding down" operations in the next month. Morris Tweeted midday on Thursday, "@BLUFFMedia has let go of entire staff. Looks like operations will cease as of Aug 15th. Sad day for company I founded in 2004."

Dan Jul 16th, 2015 0
WSOP Attendance Up 25% in 2015 to 103,512

Due in part to the Colossus, a $565 buy-in tournament that fetched a field of 22,374 entrants, attendance at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was up 25% to 103,512 this year. That number represents a new all-time high for the annual tournament series.

Dan Jul 16th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: r4ndomr4gs Reenters Top 10 at #9

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. For the 11th straight week, Nico PokerKaiser Fierro from Chile stands tall above the rest, this time with a PLB score of 7,402 points, 300 ahead of the next closest person.

Dan Jul 15th, 2015 0
2015 WSOP November Nine Set, dude904 Has Commanding Lead

After a grueling 10 days, the World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine has been determined. Much to everyone's chagrin, the group does not include six-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who busted in 11th place. However, the November Nine does have six Americans, two Europeans, and one Israeli.

Dan Jul 15th, 2015 8
Nevada's Butters Leads WSOP Main Event with 27 Remaining

We're down to the final 27 in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. You'll notice that we've published a series of player bios on the group, which we'll update as eliminations occur throughout the day on Tuesday. The field will be whittled all the way down to the November Nine on Tuesday starting at Noon PT.

Dan Jul 14th, 2015 1
Negreanu, gboro780, P0ker H0 All Alive in WSOP Main Event With 69 Left

What started as a field of 6,420 in the World Series of Poker Main Event has been whittled down to just 69. On Monday, the field will likely be trimmed even further down to 27. Right now, Pierre Neuville leads the way with a stack of 7.1 million. Neuville calls Belgium home and had eight in the money finishes at last year's WSOP.

Dan Jul 13th, 2015 3
Joe McKeehen (dude904) Leading WSOP Main Event with 237 Left

We're down to 237 players in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. If you're a regular reader of PocketFives, then you'll recognize the name Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on our site. He has the chip lead in the tournament entering Day 5 with 3.1 million and is one of only two players to have more than 3 million.

Dan Jul 12th, 2015 4
"I Think I Just Grabbed a Bohemia and Watched Some Netflix"

How do you celebrate an important win' Sip a cocktail and watch "Breaking Bad." Such is the life of Mexico's NateSD222, aka Richard Schenz-Davis (pictured), who is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $500,000 in online MTTs and won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy as well as a WCOOP Second Chance event last year.

Dan Jul 12th, 2015 0
2015 WSOP: The Summer of Brian Hastings

The 2015 World Series of Poker began with Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) blowing up Twitter with bracelet bets. With almost 70 bracelet events on deck this year, Hastings seemingly had plenty of chances to make good on his wagers. Sure enough, within a couple of weeks of the 2015 WSOP starting, Hastings took down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,000 and reportedly made ...

Dan Jul 11th, 2015 4
Alleged Cheating in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event Still Under Investigation

Allegations against Valeriu Coca (pictured) for cheating in the $10,000 Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker were lodged last month. However, six weeks later, no resolution has been reached, according to WSOP officials. Coca has not been found to have committed any wrongdoing.

Dan Jul 10th, 2015 3
KevMath Issues "Shuffle Up and Deal" Command at WSOP

On Thursday, Kevin KevMath Mathers (pictured) had the honor of issuing the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command at the World Series of Poker Main Event. The tournament had its Day 2C on Thursday and, for Mathers, it was a much-deserved honor.

Dan Jul 10th, 2015 0
Christian Lusardi Officially Indicted in Borgata Chipgate Scandal

A year-and-a-half after allegedly introducing counterfeit chips into the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Christian Lusardi (pictured) was officially indicted. According to the Press of Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Lusardi "was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury on charges of second-degree trademark counterfeiting, second-degree attempted theft by deception, and ...

Dan Jul 9th, 2015 3
Brian Hastings, CrownUpGuy Among WSOP Main Event Day 2AB Leaders

The survivors of Days 1A and 1B of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event took to the Rio on Wednesday for Day 2AB. The players from Day 1A made their way to the Amazon Room, while the players from Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms inside the cavernous convention center.

Dan Jul 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: aguskb Up 22 Spots to #7

We had two new entrants this week into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings, which were recalculated on Wednesday. We'll start with one of the biggest advancers inside the top 100, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured), who shot up 22 spots from #29 to #7. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings.

Dan Jul 8th, 2015 2
2015 WSOP Main Event Attracts 6,420 Entrants

After a slow Day 1A and a rain-soaked Day 1B, the World Series of Poker Main Event featured the largest single-day starting flight in its history on Tuesday. A field of 3,963 players turned out, keeping WSOP staff busy and pumping the tournament's attendance up to 6,420, down 4% from last year.

Dan Jul 8th, 2015 0
Despite Flash Floods, WSOP Main Event Day 1B Gets 1,716 Entrants

It was a stormy afternoon in Las Vegas on Monday. This author's plane took off shortly before 4:00pm PT, but within a couple of hours, pictures on Twitter surfaced of a rain storm soaking Las Vegas.

Dan Jul 7th, 2015 1
"I Have Never Heard of Anyone Winning at Razz"

Last month, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured) won a pair of SCOOP events. The first was a $215 Stud tournament, while the second, which happened nine days later, was a $700 HORSE event. Deck's reward: $34,000 and two SCOOP titles.

Dan Jul 4th, 2015 2
"I Was Looking at Poker Hand Rankings While I Was Playing"

You remember the days of being a newbie in poker. For PocketFiver Simon Ronnow Pedersen (pictured), known as IgorK on our site, those days are, thankfully, long past. Last month, he took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $32,000. He plays on the site under the user name SuzukiTorben007.

Dan Jul 3rd, 2015 0
WSOP Online Bracelet Event Attracts 905 Entrants

The first ever World Series of Poker online bracelet event attracted 905 entrants, creating a prize pool of $859,000. The top 100 will finish in the money, with a top prize of almost $200,000 on the line.

Dan Jul 3rd, 2015 2
Anthony Zinno Wins WSOP $25,000 PLO, Second in POY Race

Until Wednesday night, Anthony Zinno (pictured) had been having an impressive World Series of Poker, but had yet to capture his first bracelet. He had four top-seven finishes already and was coming off being crowned the World Poker Tour Player of the Year. Now, he's on his way to becoming the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year after taking down a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.

Dan Jul 2nd, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: prebzzz Enters at #6

After reentering his screen names last week, Norway's prebzzz jumped nearly to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, landing at #6. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings and, not surprisingly, he's the top-ranked PocketFiver in Norway.

Dan Jul 1st, 2015 0
Anthony Zinno's Beastly 2015 WSOP

Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (pictured) is at it again. He's leading a $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker with a dozen players remaining with a stack of 2.46 million and will add to an impressive 2015 WSOP run.

Dan Jul 1st, 2015 0
Jonathan Duhamel Wins WSOP High Roller for One Drop

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) has hit it big once again, this time taking down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million. The 27-year-old scored his second gold bracelet in his sixth career WSOP final table.

Dan Jun 30th, 2015 2
"It's Really Important to Be On Point with Your All-In Ranges"

At the start of this year's SCOOP on PokerStars, 1,100 people turned out for a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. In the end, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) finished in second place for a commanding $143,000. It was his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of two.

Dan Jun 28th, 2015 1
25th to 50th Percentile in WSOP DraftKings Event Will Cash for Less than Buy-In

Event #55 of the 2015 World Series of Poker began on Saturday. The $1,500 buy-in DraftKings 50-50 tournament featured a unique structure where half of the field will finish in the money. However, half of the runners who cash won't make their buy-in back. There were 1,123 entrants.

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 0
"I Like the Game and Like the Money, and There's Lots of Money in this Game"

Last month, Hungary's W_P_S was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward for making it to the final three of the 32,000-man tournament was $17,000. "I had a very tough year, so this helps me a lot now," he told us. "I had lot of crazy beats deep in past tournaments when the money was big."

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 2
Bryan Micon Pleads Guilty, But Avoids Jail Time

According to Vegas Inc and several other outlets, former SealsWithClubs owner Bryan Micon (pictured) has pleaded guilty to "operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system," but will not receive jail time. The site explained, "Micon's plea will allow him to avoid jail time and serve probation, after which he can file to have his record reflect a gross misdemeanor instead of a felony, according ...

Dan Jun 26th, 2015 0
Joe Barton Introduces Internet Poker Freedom Act

Let the barrage of online poker-related bills being introduced on Capitol Hill commence! On Thursday, one day after Senator Lindsey Graham introduced legislation to ban i-gaming in the US, Congressman Joe Barton (pictured) rolled out a bill to regulate internet poker.

Dan Jun 25th, 2015 0
PPA Blasts Lindsey Graham Over Introduction of RAWA in Senate

On Wednesday, while Congress was adjourned, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured) introduced Restoring America's Wire Act in the US Senate. The legislation, driven at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, bans internet gambling and online poker in the US.

Dan Jun 24th, 2015 2
oakes Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring By Hitting Quad Fives

Last month, Mike oakes O'Connell (pictured) scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in style. On his final hand, he hit quads and pocketed $10,000 from the $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Oh yeah, the hand he hit quads on: pocket fives, of course.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 2
pleno1, Jovial Gent, elpim Make Final 26 of WSOP Extended Play Event

Twenty-six players remain in the $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker. At stake is a $478,000 first place prize and bracelet winner Barny Boatman (pictured) owns the lead with a stack of 1.15 million in chips.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 1
Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face Gambling Charges

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, former SealsWithClubs head Bryan Micon (pictured) is returning to the US to face gambling charges. An arrest warrant for Micon was issued on April 28 and he reportedly had fled to the island of Antigua.

Dan Jun 22nd, 2015 1
WSOP Poker Player's Championship Attracts 77 Entrants

There were 77 entrants in this year's Poker Player's Championship at the World Series of Poker, down 25% from last year's tally of 102 as it currently stands. After five 100-minute levels of play, Scott Seiver (pictured) bagged up the Day 1 chip lead with 350,000 and leads a pack of 73 survivors.

Dan Jun 22nd, 2015 1
Jovial Gent Leading WSOP $1,500 Extended Play NLHE with 115 Left

There are 115 players remaining in the World Series of Poker's $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold'em event. It began with over 1,900 entrants on Saturday and a bracelet should be awarded on Tuesday. In the meantime, Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) is out in front with a stack of 405,000. He's the only person to cross the 400,000-chip mark.

Dan Jun 22nd, 2015 0
Ourgame Acquires World Poker Tour for $35 Million

On Sunday night, it was announced that Ourgame International Holdings has acquired the World Poker Tour for $35 million. It's an all cash transaction with no debt. Since 2009, bwin.party has owned WPT, which is renowned for its worldwide live tournaments and events.

Dan Jun 21st, 2015 0
stevie444 Leads WSOP $10K Stud Hi-Lo With 11 Left, Negreanu Also Alive

Eleven players remain in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Owning a healthy lead is PocketFiver Stephen stevie444 Chidwick (pictured), who will return to Sunday's finale with a stack of 808,000 in chips, 250,000 more than the next closest person.

Dan Jun 21st, 2015 0
Brian Hastings Becomes First Multi-Bracelet Winner of 2015 WSOP

Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) came into the 2015 World Series of Poker making bet after bet on Twitter. A week ago, he won his second career gold bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and collected more in bracelet bets than he won for first. On Saturday, he one-upped himself, winning another one and becoming the first repeat winner of the 2015 WSOP.

Dan Jun 21st, 2015 1
Brian Hastings, SirWatts, gpokerg Make Final 9 of WSOP $1,500 10-Game

Tournament after tournament at the 2015 World Series of Poker has featured brand name pros at the top of the leaderboard. Event #39, a $1,500 10-Game Mix, is no exception. We're down to our final nine and the group is loaded with talent, including three bracelet winners. In fact, 2015 bracelet winner Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) leads the way.

Dan Jun 20th, 2015 0
BeL0WaB0Ve Heads-Up for a WSOP $1,500 PLO Bracelet

Corrie Wunstel and Kevin BeL0WaB0Ve Saul (pictured) are heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. The two called it a day late Friday night and will return to the Rio on Saturday at 2:00pm Pacific Time. The winner gets $266,000 and a bracelet, while the runner-up pockets $165,000.

Dan Jun 20th, 2015 1
PokerKaiser Wins 10 Tournaments, 2 Triple Crowns in June

Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) has been tearing apart the online poker community this month. We're not even three weeks into June and the Chilean has already piled up 10 online MTT wins and two PocketFives Triple Crowns. And he still has two weeks left in the month to improve upon those numbers.

Dan Jun 19th, 2015 6
WCGRider, paulgees81, CrownUpGuy Make WSOP $10K Six-Max Final 12

Wow. If you're looking for a World Series of Poker tournament packed with talent, check out the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, which is down to its final two tables. Nosebleed-stakes cash game player Doug WCGRider Polk is atop the field with a stack of 1.4 million, one of two players who bagged seven-figures.

Dan Jun 19th, 2015 1
Plattsburgh, kice32 Three-Handed for WSOP $3,000 HORSE Bracelet

Of the starting grid of 376 players in a $3,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, just three remain. Longtime PocketFiver Matt Plattsburgh Vengrin (pictured) leads the final three, hunting for his first WSOP bracelet and the corresponding $261,000 first place payday.

Dan Jun 19th, 2015 0
Jason Mercier (treysfull21) Wins WSOP $5K NLHE 6-Max Event

Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) continues to dominate the poker world. On Wednesday, he won his third World Series of Poker bracelet after taking down a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. He now has 43 WSOP cashes and 13 final tables that account for almost $3 million in career WSOP winnings.

Dan Jun 18th, 2015 4
bigdogpckt5s Banned from Twitch After Mistakenly Streaming Porn

"This just in: I Twitched while checking out porn without realizing it." Those were the words of Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek (pictured), who was promptly banned from Twitch for violating its Terms of Service. The incident came a few months after a poker player was robbed during a live stream and serves as a warning for those of you using Twitch. Read the thread.

Dan Jun 17th, 2015 29
Andy McLEOD Leads WSOP $5K NLHE Six-Max Event with 20 Left

Twenty players remain in Event #32 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. A familiar face leads the way with a stack of 1.9 million: James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured), who has almost double the stack of the next closest player.

Dan Jun 17th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: Sheater, veeea Reenter Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is at the top of the leaderboard once again this week. In fact, he has an 800-point lead over second place, so we wouldn't foresee him dropping from that perch anytime soon.

Dan Jun 17th, 2015 1
moorman1, ElkY, JAKoon1985, Jymaster0011 Make Final 21 of WSOP $1K NLHE

At this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, no matter how big a tournament's field is, brand name pros are rising to the top. We've already seen pros like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, and Shaun Deeb win bracelets this year. Now, we could have bracelet #1 from Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history.

Dan Jun 16th, 2015 3
PocketFives Open for US Players Returns Thursday, $2,300 in Added Cash and Prizes

We're happy to announce that we're bringing back the PocketFives Open for US players. This is our way of saying thank you to our US members for being patient while online poker is regulated in the US. We know it has taken a while already. It's going down this Thursday, June 18, on . Sign up for here.

Dan Jun 16th, 2015 1
Phil Galfond Wins WSOP $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Bracelet

On Monday, Phil Galfond (pictured), known in the online poker world as OMGClayAiken, won his second World Series of Poker bracelet. Galfond took down the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $224,000. He recorded his 15th career WSOP cash and passed $2 million in career WSOP winnings.

Dan Jun 16th, 2015 0
KingDan, PearlJammer Make Final 6 of WSOP $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball

The final six of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship at the World Series of Poker are set. As has been a common theme this year, the final table is loaded with talent. Dan KingDan Smith (pictured) is your chip leader with a stack of 661,000, about 100,000 ahead of the next closest person.

Dan Jun 15th, 2015 3
How Good at Tournaments Are You Really?

Are you getting the tournament results you want' Or are you sick and tired of having bad luck against terrible players at a critical stage of the tournament'

Dan Jun 15th, 2015 1
WSOP Monster Stack Draws 7,192 Entrants, Down 8% from 2014

The World Series of Poker Monster Stack held its second of two starting days on Saturday. While the attendance figure of 7,192 entrants was down about 8% from last year, it's still the third straight weekend of massive crowds at poker's most prestigious tournament series. Prior weekends have featured the Millionaire Maker ($1,500 buy-in, 7,275 entrants) and Colossus ($565, 22,374 entrants).

Dan Jun 14th, 2015 0
Brian Hastings Wins WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Event

Brian Hastings (pictured), known on PocketFives as Stinger885, won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet on Saturday night in a $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. His reward was $239,000, which came after outlasting a rock solid final table in which the top three finishers were all members of the PocketFives community.

Dan Jun 14th, 2015 2
Phil Hellmuth Thanks Aria During WSOP Bracelet Ceremony, Twitter Blows Up

In his acceptance speech on Saturday for his 14th World Series of Poker bracelet, Phil Hellmuth thanked his sponsors. He thanked Aria specifically for "sponsoring me and taking really good care of me" and went on to thank other sponsors in general. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Twitter erupted.

Dan Jun 13th, 2015 6
Brian Hastings Leads WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Event with 8 Left

Eight players remain in the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, including three brand name members of the online poker community. Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured), a longtime fixture of the poker and daily fantasy sports worlds, leads the way with a stack of 770,000. Hastings was a top-five chip leader after Day 1 and has already cashed in three WSOP events this ...

Dan Jun 13th, 2015 0
"Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol the Night Before a Tournament"

Last month, Moscow's Ravic85 (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy outright for $63,000. There were well over 1,100 entrants that day and Ravic85 outlasted five other PocketFives members at the final table. Now, he's camped out in Las Vegas for the annual World Series of Poker.

Dan Jun 12th, 2015 6
Sam Greenwood (Pudge714) Wins WSOP $1K NLHE Event

Two years ago, Sam Pudge714 Greenwood (pictured) won $100,000 in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. At the time, it was one of the largest DFS prizes ever given out. Now, you can add a World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume.

Dan Jun 12th, 2015 4
PLO Bot Ring Reportedly Won $1.4 Million on PokerStars

The rumors are true. PokerStars confirmed to PokerNews that it's investigating an alleged bot ring permeating mid-stakes PLO tables. PokerStars explained in an email posted on PokerNews, "We are indeed aware of the online discussions alleging a group of accounts to be operating poker bots."

Dan Jun 11th, 2015 21
SamENole Three-Handed for a WSOP Bracelet

Although he's nursing the short stack, Matt SamENole Smith (pictured) is three-handed for a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. Crazily, Christian Pham, the wire-to-wire chip leader, entered the event by mistake and is now poised for his first WSOP bracelet.

Dan Jun 11th, 2015 1
Daniel Alaei Wins Fifth WSOP Bracelet

On Wednesday, while much of the poker world was fixated on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Daniel Alaei (pictured) won his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet. The 30-year-old took down the $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better Championship for $391,000, the second time in his career he's won it.

Dan Jun 11th, 2015 0
Website Hawking Marked WSOP Cards

Amid allegations that Valeriu Coca cheated by marking cards in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the World Series of Poker, word broke that a website is selling marked WSOP cards. The site: . The cost of the cards: about $90.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: apostolis20, Fresh_Oo_D Crack Top 10

The PocketFives Rankings were updated on Wednesday and making waves was Greece's Apostolis apostolis20 Bechrakis (pictured), who cracked the top 10 worldwide by moving up three spots to #9. If his name is familiar, it's because he took down the low-stakes SCOOP Main Event late last month for $221,000 and 1,488 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 0
Adrian Buckley Scores Upset in WSOP Millionaire Maker

The 7,725-entrant Millionaire Maker wrapped up on Tuesday at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. A loaded final table ended with Adrian Buckley (pictured), a 27-year-old part-time poker player from Dacono, Colorado, pulling the upset and winning his first bracelet in his first ever WSOP cash. He took home $1.2 million.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 2
Phil Hellmuth Wins WSOP Bracelet #14

On Monday night, Phil Hellmuth (pictured) won his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. He triumphantly Tweeted when the $10,000 Razz event was over, "BOOOM!! Won my 14th @WSOP Bracelet!!! Dedicated it to a friend I lost recently: Dave Goldberg. Giving my bracelet to Goldies family."

Dan Jun 9th, 2015 9
2CardsCollege Expanding with Apestyles, Assassinato

If you're not familiar with it, 2CardsCollege is the largest poker school in the Russian-speaking part of the world. Currently, the school regularly trains over 150 students. You might have seen a link that says "Poker School" on the top of our site. Well, it goes straight to 2CardsCollege.

Dan Jun 8th, 2015 1
Loaded Final 12 in WSOP $10K Razz Includes Hellmuth, Deeb, Seidel

If you're looking for an entertaining World Series of Poker tournament to rail on Monday night, check out the $10,000 Razz event, which is down to its final 12. The group is absolutely loaded with talent, headlined by 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who is looking for bracelets in back-to-back events. Get your popcorn ready.

Dan Jun 8th, 2015 3
Shaun Deeb Wins WSOP $10K PLHE Bracelet

For much of the final table, Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured) was the chip leader of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old father of one ended up triumphing over arguably the most talented final nine at the 2015 WSOP thus far to claim his first bracelet.

Dan Jun 7th, 2015 5
WSOP Millionaire Maker Attracts 7,275 Entrants, Down 8% from 2014

In 2013, a field of 6,343 entrants turned out for the first ever World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker. The $1,500 buy-in tournament returned last year and was the second largest WSOP event at the time with 7,977 entries. On Saturday night, the attendance for the 2015 Millionaire Maker was announced at 7,275, meaning the field size dipped a modest 8% year over year. It remains 18% above the ...

Dan Jun 6th, 2015 3
Full Tilt Professionals Included in Latest Round of Refunds

According to a statement posted on Thursday from Garden City Group, the official Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker payments, there's a new round of refunds coming. This one is set to include, for the first time, Full Tilt Poker "Professionals."

Dan Jun 6th, 2015 1
Shaun Deeb Has Commanding Lead in WSOP $10,000 PLHE with 7 Left

At the time of writing, there are seven players left in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Your leader by a sizable margin right now: longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured).

Dan Jun 6th, 2015 0
AnteSvante Wins May PLB

The points have been awarded and, by the slimmest of margins, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the May Monthly PLB on PocketFives with 3,529 points. He was about 70 points ahead of Chris moorman1 Moorman, who finished in second place with 3,461 points.

Dan Jun 5th, 2015 4
Alleged WSOP $10K Heads-Up Cheater Calls Allegations a "Fantasy"

On Thursday, Twitter erupted over allegations that Valeriu Coca (pictured) may have cheated during the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event. Connor blanconegro Drinan spoke on behalf of several players charging that Coca was possibly using invisible ink to mark the cards while wearing special sunglasses that would allow him to see it.

Dan Jun 5th, 2015 7