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PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Reclaims #1 Spot

For the first time since November of last year, Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He swapped spots with Chris Big Huni Hunichen to claim the honors and is ranked #1 for just the second time in his career and the first time since last November.

Dan Mar 4th, 2015 1
Takeaways from the American Poker Awards Conference

Last week, the first ever American Poker Conference preceding the American Poker Awards took place in Los Angeles. A four-panel agenda featuring some of the brightest and most visible minds in the industry led to a few takeaways, which I wanted to share.

Dan Mar 3rd, 2015 0
"Hey Dad, I Won $200 with $1"

Last month, Canada's Alexandre Fournier (pictured), known as fournn on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. His reward was $98,000, far and away his largest online poker cash to date, and, as a result, he has zoomed to #536 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Mar 2nd, 2015 1
It's Time to Dumb Down Poker TV

Remember the early World Poker Tour broadcasts on Travel Channel' Each of them opened with an explanation of how to play poker and WPT host Mike Sexton's signature "it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master." All it takes is 60 seconds for me to be able to play No Limit Hold'em' Sign me up.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 9
American Poker Awards: "One of the Most Exciting Nights in Poker History"

On Friday, PocketFives was privileged to be in attendance for the first ever American Poker Awards, held at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. Two-hundred and fifty of the brightest and most influential minds in the industry, along with a cavalcade of players, descended upon a ballroom for a four-hour event featuring booze, chicken, and flatulence. Oh yeah, there were awards given out too. Kara Scott ...

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 4
Two Sunday Major Final Tables, One Win for Zaureos in Februry

On the second weekend of February, Edgar Roberto Briga Claro Valente Oliveira, known as Zaureos on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $39,000. It was his largest cash to date and came in a tournament he's highly familiar with. "I feel really happy because it's one of my favorite tournaments and it's really fulfilling to win it," he told us.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 3
"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get"

In February, the Dominican Republic's Alberto Meran won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a five-way deal. He blasted through a field of almost 2,900 entrants en route to a $74,000 score, as the tournament beat its guarantee by 14%. His payday was the largest given out by about $20,000.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 2
How Do You Follow Up a Second Place TLB Finish?

Back in 2013, New Zealand's asjbaaaf (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for almost $80,000. That score jump-started what, two years later, is still a lucrative poker career. In fact, just a couple of months into 2015, he has already won the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and final tabled the 888 Poker Whale for $13,000.

Dan Feb 28th, 2015 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: norfair18 Up 23 Spots to #6

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. Up 23 spots this week to settle at #6, his highest position ever, is norfair18 (pictured). In the last eight days, this Mexico-based poker player has won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed for a healthy $140,000 combined.

Dan Feb 25th, 2015 8
Shared Poker Liquidity Between Nevada and Delaware "Imminent"

According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, poker liquidity sharing between Nevada and Delaware should go live in four to six weeks, meaning we're dangerously close to the first regulated multi-state compact coming to fruition.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 12
"It's Filled with Guys with Deep Pockets Willing to Gamble it Up Early"

The title of this article is a scouting report of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which runs once a week and, earlier this month, attracted just over 900 entrants. Taking second on the final leaderboard was Andy wiisssppppaa Taylor (pictured), who earned $36,000.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 4
Former Lock Poker Rep: "Player Balances Won't Be Honored"

In an interview with Pokerfuse that was published on Monday, former Lock Poker rep Shane Bridges claimed it was unlikely that players would be paid out any time soon: "I never had access to any real financials," Bridges said, "but with no significant movement on cashouts and promises of the big turnaround now being 12 months old, it would be my assumption that player balances won't be honored ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 14
Bryan Micon: "A Bunch of Guys With Guns Broke Down My Door"

In a five-minute YouTube video, Bryan Micon (pictured) told the poker world about a "traumatizing" event involving cops showing up with guns at 8:00 in the morning to serve a warrant, events that ultimately resulted in the closure of SealsWithClubs last week via a rather cryptic statement. Micon, who is now camped out in Antigua, lashed out against a US "nanny state" and plans to re-launch his ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 6
Naked Fist-Pumping and Personal Pleasure Palaces

Earlier this month, London's ravenjetbyrne (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge and walked away with $25,000, his second career victory in that tournament. There were almost 1,000 entrants that day and ravenjetbyrne was the lone PocketFiver at the final table. We caught up with him to get his take on his big day. You'll be able to tell by his responses that he also writes stand-up ...

Dan Feb 22nd, 2015 4
Daniel Negreanu Tells You Who Should Be Barred from the WSOP

In a recent blog that appeared on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) ran down a list of six people who some have argued should be forever barred from the World Series of Poker. As he put it, "I've always been of the position that unless people have been found to actually cheat at poker, they should be allowed to attend." That's the main criteria you'll see Negreanu use throughout his ...

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 24
PPA Calls House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban i-Gaming "A Real Threat"

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about a hearing scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss a bill from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban internet gambling in the US. The bill, called Restoring America's Wire Act, reportedly comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 4
DaMatrix Cashes in 70+ Tournaments on February 18

On February 19, London's DaMatrix (pictured) posted on Twitter, "Cashed in over 70 tournaments yesterday to break the record of 58 by @MidEGambler1 @PocketFives. Only 1 today tho." We counted 76 MTT cashes for DaMatrix on February 18 that made it to his profile and the feat is pretty astounding.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 19
Two Sunday Million Final Tables, One Win for JimyJamonas

On Super Bowl Sunday, JimyJamonas, from Israel, headed up a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. He cashed for $170,000 and officially took first place, telling us, "I'm really happy! I know there's a lot of luck involved regardless of how well I played, so it was a really nice turn of events." It was his second time final tabling the large-field tournament.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 6
SealsWithClubs Shuts Down

Citing "several events related to operational security" that have resulted in the site operating "in a perpetual state of jeopardy," the bitcoin poker site SealsWithClubs is officially ceasing operations, effective immediately.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 1
Chris Grove Breaks Down US i-Gaming

Heading up the ship at Online Poker Report is Chris Grove (pictured), who has as much knowledge about the past, present, and future of internet gambling in the US as anyone you'll find. On the heels of Thursday's revelation that a House Subcommittee will discuss banning internet gambling in the US on March 5, we caught up with Grove to get his take on where we stand entering the third month of ...

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 5
House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban Internet Gambling Scheduled for March 5

According to Michelle Minton and Online Poker Report, a hearing is scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss Congressman Jason Chaffetz's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would prohibit online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 2
"I Might Buy My New French Bulldog Puppy, Pierre, a New Collar"

Earlier this month, longtime PocketFiver Spraggs (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event and put back $159,000. "I'm so happy," Spraggs told PocketFives following the biggest tournament score of his career. "I feel very lucky to have weaved through a big field in such a huge tournament. I'd always aimed to eventually have a huge six-figure score like this; I just can't believe ...

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 0
pleno1 Final Tables Every PokerStars Sunday Major

Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $52,000. Impressively, he has now final tabled every Sunday Major that PokerStars offers: the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday $100 Rebuy, Sunday 500, and Sunday Second Chance. It's no wonder that Leonard is ranked #6 worldwide on our site.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: MendaLerenda Nearly Cracks Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been updated. Chris Big Huni Hunichen is at the top spot for the fourth straight week and seems poised to be ranked #1 again next week, as he has an almost 300-point lead on second place with 7,657 PLB Points.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: Sebastian Ruthenberg Up $570,000 Over the Weekend

It was a good weekend to be high-stakes poker pro Sebastian Ruthenberg (pictured), who according to HighStakesDB was up $570,000 total on Saturday and Sunday. He plays under the handle taktloss47 on Full Tilt and raked in $209,000 on Saturday. The German followed that up with a $361,000 haul on Sunday.

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 0
US Attorney General Nominee: Address Internet Gambling Through Legislation

In January, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) hijacked a critical Attorney General confirmation hearing to spread the gospel of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. The latter, whose properties include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas, has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the US of online gambling and online poker. Now, the Attorney General nominee has responded after Graham ...

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 8
Takeover Talks End for William Hill, 888

Last week, PocketFives reported that William Hill was in talks to purchase its live and online gaming rival 888. One week later, those talks appear dead, according to eGaming Review and a regulatory filing, after the two sides were unable to overcome "a significant difference of opinion."

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 0
Doyle Brunson Makes Home Page of TMZ for Bruce Jenner Comments

On Sunday, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson (pictured) made the home page of TMZ for all the wrong reasons. Rather than tout Brunson's accomplishments or talk about his ongoing health battles, TMZ showcased a series of Tweets Brunson sent about former Olympian and current reality TV star Bruce Jenner becoming more like a woman.

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 25
888 Pro Bruno Politano: "My Advice is Study, Study, Study"

Last week, 888 Poker hosted the PocketFives Open. We had well over 200 players enter including two 888 sponsored pros: Bruno Politano (pictured) and Sofia Lovgren. The former finished eighth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event and said of that experience, "It was the best experience of my life. It was amazing! I wish all professional poker players could live that experience one day ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 4
TheSquid on Triple Crown #9: "Following in the Footsteps of the Master"

Earlier this month, Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 8
Caesars: "PokerStars Should Be Considered for Legalization in the US"

In a Tweet posted on Friday, Gambling Compliance's Chris Krafcik confirmed that Caesars Entertainment, which was historically opposed to companies like PokerStars entering the regulated US market due to their acceptance of real money players after 2006, has started humming a new tune.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 4
"Thanks to All Who Believed in Me and My Abilities"

Late last month, Slovenia's Daniel koootnik Kotnik (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $42,000. It remains his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of four and helped put him on the map in the PocketFives Rankings. We caught up with the European while he was firing up satellites for the Eureka Poker Tour.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 1
How Many Friends Can You Fly to Uganda for $75,000?

Late last month, xtheWall (pictured), who calls Sweden home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was the largest amount given out in the chop, $75,000, which also was his largest online tournament cash to date. "I feel great about it," the Swede told us in an exclusive interview. "I was inspired by ImDoneCallin, who reached the final table the week before."

Dan Feb 13th, 2015 7
HustlerGrune's Life-Changing Story

Earlier this month, Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $47,000. More so than the money, a chop in one of the biggest tournaments of the week marked another milestone in his courageous journey from the depths of addiction.

Dan Feb 12th, 2015 17
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni #1 for Third Straight Week

For the third straight week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This is his first stint at #1 and he is certainly making his presence felt, as he won the Betfair/iPoker €25,000 Grand Friday last week for $7,100 and the PokerStars Big $162 two days prior for another $18,000. He has 7,670 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the ...

Dan Feb 11th, 2015 1
William Hill in Talks to Buy 888

Shares of 888 Holdings boomed on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday as word broke that William Hill was in talks to buy the fellow gaming giant. Shares of 888 were up 26.50 pence apiece, or 18%, to settle at 171.50. 888 has already confirmed that it is in takeover talks with William Hill, eliminating any shred of doubt that a deal is being discussed.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
It's Fake! Phil Ivey Not Seeking $20 Million in Seed Capital for Ivey League

A later-revealed-as-fake listing on MergerNetwork said that Phil Ivey's (pictured) training site, Ivey League, was seeking at least $20 million in "seed capital" to elevate the site to the next level. The phony listing said Ivey League will "build out Ivey's personal brand to reach a larger audience as well as support his efforts in poker and training, with an emphasis on international growth… ...

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 0
Dan Bilzerian Escapes Jail Time for Explosives Charges, Will Record PSA

According to the Canadian Press and other sources, high-stakes poker player Dan Bilzerian (pictured) will avoid jail time on a felony explosives charge and will instead record a PSA for the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
rtinnion Wins Second Sunday Million in Five Months

On the final day of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $213,000. It was his largest cash to date and, just over five months later, he did it again, capturing the Sunday Million title for $200,000 and a colossal 1,147 PLB Points. All told, he has earned well over $400,000 from the tournament in the last half-year.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 16
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Three More Times

Late last month, Uruguay's rph took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright and banked $25,000. There were over 600 entrants that week and rph was one of 63 to make the money. Even though he has over $3 million in online MTT cashes, this was his largest score on Full Tilt and the second time he final tabled the tournament in January.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 2
PocketFives Open Series Returns Wednesday

This Wednesday and Thursday, the second ever PocketFives Open Series will take place. The first time we ran the Series was a year ago and we had hundreds of players participate, so we're looking forward to the two tournaments we have lined up this time around. There are thousands of dollars in cash and added prizes on the line on 888 Poker and Winamax.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 0
"You Never Expect to Win a Tournament with 34,000 Entrants"

At the tail end of January, Deric Lee (pictured), known on PocketFives as omgitsball, won the PokerStars Sunday Storm after a three-way deal and took home $25,000. As he fittingly put it, "I am happy. It's surreal. You never expect to win a tournament with 34,000 entrants." He took home the largest amount given out and was the lone PocketFiver to make the final table.

Dan Feb 8th, 2015 5
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Triple Crowns

Watch "The Sound of Music," which is set in Austria, if the title of this article is confusing. On January 11, a little more than a week into the new year, Austria's neverfoldQ5 (pictured) took down a $33 No Limit Hold'em Cap tournament on PokerStars. He scooped $2,800 and, perhaps more importantly, registered the first leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown.

Dan Feb 8th, 2015 7
Doyle Brunson Undergoing Cancer Surgery

On Thursday, poker legend Doyle Brunson (pictured) Tweeted out some rather disappointing news about his health. From his Twitter handle, @texdolly, he notified the world, "Got my 3rd melanoma confirmed today. Early stages, should be simple operation. Fortunately, it's on my head and everybody knows I'm hardheaded."

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 4
Super Bowl's Effect on Online Poker Traffic

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that last weekend was the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Packed with sharks dancing off-key, depressing insurance commercials about kids dying, and some of the strangest play calls you'll ever see, this year's Super Bowl had it all.

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 10
Pala CEO Jim Ryan Talks New Internet Gambling Codes, California Bills

On Friday, PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Pala Interactive CEO Jim Ryan (pictured), who formerly held the same position at Excapsa and bwin.party. Ryan's newest venture has made inroads into the regulated New Jersey gaming market via an online casino and comes with a unique perspective on the future of our industry.

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 1
apestyles on "A Massive Heater with Very Little Volume"

Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume."

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 13
Tom Marchese Wins Back-to-Back Aria High Rollers

It has been a busy week of poker news, but one item we didn't want to overlook was Tom Marchese (pictured) winning back-to-back Aria High Roller Events. On January 30, he took down the first of two High Rollers, which have $25,000 buy-ins. He defeated former WSOP November Niner Ben Benba Lamb in that one to bank $383,000 after a heads-up chop; the final table also included the likes of Antonio ...

Dan Feb 5th, 2015 2
joaomathias Wins Second Monthly PLB Title

The final results for the PocketFives January Monthly PLB are in. The award recognizes the person with the most number of PLB Points generated in January and, for the second time in his career, Brazil's joaomathias (pictured) has won. He tallied 2,970.46 points during the month, leading the second place player by 100.

Dan Feb 5th, 2015 0
"You Never Know What's Next in Poker"

On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4play Onel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 8
moorman1 Hits $12 Million in Online Tournament Cashes

Yet another milestone for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured). The most decorated member of the PocketFives community just passed $12 million in tracked online tournament winnings. He is the only player in the history of PocketFives to hit $10 million and has another $4 million in live cashes according to the Hendon Mob. We caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 5
PPA Calls New US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bill "Crony Capitalism"

On Wednesday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, pictured) reintroduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States, presumably at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. A press conference was held at 11:00am Eastern Time for Chaffetz to trumpet his latest attack on our industry.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 16
PocketFives Rankings Update: OgSulttaani Wins 9 Tournaments in 4 Days

Thanks to being part of a five-way chop of a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em TCOOP event over the weekend, Denmark's x_zola25 rocketed into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week, debuting at #9 in the world. He was up 15 spots thanks to the mammoth $177,000 score. Amazingly, it came just one week after a victory in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $43,000. Now we'll see if he can keep ...

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 2
Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250K Challenge for Third Time in Four Years

Talk about dominance. Phil Ivey (pictured) just won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the third time in four years and has now won the event in 2012, 2014, and 2015. According to PokerNews, "Ivey has done the unthinkable by defending his title to win the prestigious event for the third time in four years, not to mention the AU $2.205 million top prize. That means the three largest ...

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 5
Nikki_Hefner Wins TCOOP Main Event for Record-Breaking Amount

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, wrapped up over the weekend with a record being set. Nikki_Hefner, a member of the Russia poker community, took down the TCOOP Main Event for $396,000 following a heads-up deal. In the process, he set a new record for the largest single cash in a TCOOP event, beating the previous mark of $382,000 set in last year's High Roller Event.

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 1
PPA Confirms First Disputed Full Tilt Payments Will Be Sent by March

In a thread on PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliance has confirmed that the first round of disputed Full Tilt payments for US players "is on track" to be sent by the end of March.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 2
2015 WSOP Schedule Released

One day after the NFL's Super Bowl, the schedule for this year's Super Bowl of Poker, the 2015 World Series of Poker, was released. There are 68 events on deck in 2015 and the series runs from May 27 to July 14. Click here for the full schedule.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 1
PokerKaiser Wins Two PocketFives Triple Crowns in January

January was a pretty epic month for Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), even by his standards. He took down ten online poker tournaments and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns during the stanza, raising his lifetime total to 12, the second most of anyone in our community.

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 3
Charity, Skis, and a Nice Bottle of Macallan

If you won $77,000 after chopping a big poker tournament, what would you do with it' Pay off student loans' Sink it back into your bankroll' Drink heavily' Travel around the world' For Andrew jambeyang Robson (pictured), a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in mid-January meant the chance to spend $77,000 however he wanted. His top-of-mind activities: donating to charity, buying a ...

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 4
PPA: "Just Because It Isn't True Doesn't Mean Our Opponents Won't Say It"

This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson hijacked the critical Attorney General confirmation proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee. One of his minions, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is "testing the waters" for a 2016 Presidential bid, took time during the hearing to ask Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch about the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act, which says that the ...

Dan Jan 31st, 2015 3
Two Is Not a Winner and Three Nobody Remembers

Oh yes, the title of this article is most definitely a Nelly reference. It's relevant because earlier this week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time ever. He's the first player from Costa Rica to top the Rankings in a year and is closing in on $7.5 million in tracked online MTT scores.

Dan Jan 31st, 2015 5
Sheldon Adelson Minion Asks About Wire Act During AG Confirmation

The Sheldon Adelson propaganda machine is in full swing. Just a couple of days after PocketFives reported that Adelson met with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, the latter had its chance to grill Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who championed legislation from Adelson last Congressional session, spoke for about 75 seconds about ...

Dan Jan 30th, 2015 7
PokerNews Speaks Out About Loss of WSOP Live Updates

In recent days, word broke that PokerNews would no longer be providing exclusive live updates of the World Series of Poker. Instead, WSOP officials will take on the task of providing live updates themselves. We've heard the WSOP's side of the story from Vice President Seth Palansky. Now, PocketFives sat down with Matt Parvis (pictured), Chief Creative Office of iBus Media, which owns PokerNews, ...

Dan Jan 30th, 2015 1
Horseshoes, Bonfires, Fishing, Camping, and $50K Poker Cashes

It's not easy being Matt papamat25 Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 2
"It's Nice to Finally Bink a Full Tilt Bird"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 12
He's Back: Sheldon Adelson Continues Crusade Against Internet Gambling

We hope you enjoyed the break. For about four weeks, the online poker industry didn't have to hear about Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's one-man crusade to rid the United States of internet gambling forever. However, according to TownHall, the ageless wonder is back, and the chalkboard-scratching is louder than ever.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 16
Nevada Gaming Chief Says Anti-Staking Bill Doesn't Apply to Poker

After industry stalwarts like Steve McLoughin and David Gzesh sounded the alarm about Senate Bill 40 in Nevada, which could have outlawed poker staking, the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, AG Burnett (pictured), clarified the bill's intentions on Wednesday. In an email that appeared on Pokerfuse, Burnett said, "I've seen a couple articles on the Board's bill regarding certain types ...

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni #1 for First Time Ever

The latest installment of the PocketFives Rankings were released on Wednesday and Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) became our #1 player for the first time ever. Part of the reason: a victory in the Full Tilt Sunday Major over the weekend for $36,000 and 421 PLB Points.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 7
Nevada Anti-Staking Bill: "It's Time to Sound the Alarm"

One of the hot topics in recent days is the introduction of Nevada Senate Bill 40, which was pre-filed on December 20 and "would prohibit [and] criminalize player-to-player staking for brick-and-mortar poker tournaments, among other activities," according to an industry legal rep.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 3
urbanlights Finishes Top Three in the Super Tuesday Twice in a Month

If you missed it, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Super Tuesday twice in December, finishing in third place on the 16th and as the runner-up two days before the end of the year. Together, the two un-chopped scores meant over $136,000 in real money along with almost 1,000 PLB Points.

Dan Jan 27th, 2015 2
Dan Cates Throws Chips "Like a Baseball Player" at an Opponent

Sunday was a bad day to be Dan Cates (pictured), as running kings into aces multiple times at the Aussie Millions proved too much for the high-stakes poker pro to stomach. During the series' $100,000 Challenge, Cates ran kings into aces twice, but couldn't control his emotions the second time around and snapped.

Dan Jan 26th, 2015 19
"I Also Enjoy Playing Video Games, Especially FIFA on PlayStation 4"

To close out the 2014 calendar year, hbo06 (pictured) was part of a six-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition for a commanding $241,000. A few weeks later, he is at his all-time high in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings at #1,099 worldwide and plays as manipulator on PokerStars and dajmiczipsy on 888 Poker.

Dan Jan 25th, 2015 0
Report: Todd Brunson Wins $5 Million from Andy Beal

According to PokerNews, Todd Brunson (pictured) took $5 million off billionaire Andy Beal over the weekend. The game was $50,000/$100,000 Heads-Up Limit Hold'em inside Bobby's Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. PokerNews explained, "Each bought in for $5 million and when all was said and done, Brunson held all the chips."

Dan Jan 25th, 2015 10
New Online Poker Bill Introduced in California

A second bill regulating online poker has been introduced in California, according to CardPlayer and other sites. The bill is the brainchild of Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer and is called the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015.

Dan Jan 24th, 2015 0
"To Succeed in Poker, You Need to Have the Whole Package"

Earlier this month, Antonio Da Silva (pictured), who is known online as Tonyfish77, finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $52,000. It was a life-changer on every level and represented his largest tracked cash to date by a mile. Now, he is considering quitting his construction job to jump into the online poker world. We caught up with Da Silva, who calls the English resort town of ...

Dan Jan 23rd, 2015 7
The Second Largest PocketFives Triple Crown in 15 Months

On January 3, Austria poker player monzemann (pictured) completed the third and final leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown. The award is given to anyone who can win three tournaments across three different sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. Each tournament must have at least 100 entrants and at least a $10,000 prize pool. Ultimately, monzemann recorded the second largest ...

Dan Jan 23rd, 2015 6
Full Tilt on New Jersey SNAFU: "At No Time Was a Real Money App Available"

According to a variety of sites, including Online Poker Report, Amaya Gaming has asserted that a mobile pop-up alerting players that real money Full Tilt games were available in New Jersey was an error. Call it a Garden State SNAFU that briefly energized the community that Full Tilt was going to enter the market effective immediately.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 1
PPA: "No Doubt" Anti-Internet Gambling Legislation Will Be Re-Introduced

We closed the 2014 calendar year focusing on legislation spearheaded by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson called Restoring America's Wire Act. The bill, which would have banned internet gambling and online poker in the US, ended up being stunted in the waning moments of Congress, but according to Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured), a bill like it will soon ...

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 4
High Stakes Poker: joiso Up Almost $1 Million in January

It has been a good year to be poker pro Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (pictured). Despite 2015 being just three weeks old, Kostritsyn is up almost $1 million already at the high-stakes tables, according to HighStakesDB. In fact, he piled up almost $200,000 in profit on Wednesday alone and is the month's biggest winner thus far.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 0
A Not-So-Random Score for random.chu

To open 2015, a field of 3,181 entrants descended on the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. When all was said and done, Stevan random.chu Chew (pictured) from Adelaide, Australia came away with $74,000 after bowing out in second place. It was his largest online poker score ever and helped grow his lifetime total to over $2.2 million.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 11
PocketFives Rankings Update: joaomathias Takes Over #1 Spot

A five-week run at the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankings by Yuri Martins came to an end on Wednesday, as joaomathias (pictured) claimed the #1 spot for the first time ever. The Brazilian finished third in the PokerStars Big $109 in recent days for $12,000. In January alone, he has 68 tracked online MTT scores for $146,000 combined, and we're only 21 days in.

Dan Jan 21st, 2015 6
Marc-Andre Ladouceur Wins Sunday 500

Perhaps lost in the shuffle of a bundle of wins by high-stakes pros over the weekend was a victory by Montreal's Marc-Andre Ladouceur (pictured) in the PokerStars Sunday 500. He outlasted fellow pro David donkcommited Miscikowski after a heads-up chop and earned $59,000 to Miscikowski's $60,000. Ladouceur plays on PokerStars under the user name FrenchDawg.

Dan Jan 20th, 2015 0
"I Won a Satellite to the Sunday Million and Somehow Won It"

That quote comes from the poker story of Paul pvas2 Vas Nunes (pictured). Without a miracle last-minute satellite entry into the Sunday Million, he may not be playing poker today. We caught up with him following a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy in which he brought home $46,000. We reached out to the England poker player to get the deets on his latest cash.

Dan Jan 20th, 2015 4
A Special Sunday Million for donkab0mber

On one of the final days of 2014, Aditya Sushant (pictured), known on PocketFives as donkab0mber, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition and earned $52,000. The tournament brought out well over 31,000 people, making it one of the largest Sunday Millions in history, and the top 5,220 players made the money.

Dan Jan 19th, 2015 7
Lex Veldhuis: Antonio Esfandiari is "Worthless"

Broadcast in recent days on the Poker Life Podcast was an interview with Lex Veldhuis (pictured), who donned his PokerStars patch in what would turn out to be a rather controversial two-hour sitting. It began with Veldhuis lambasting 2012 World Series of Poker One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari.

Dan Jan 18th, 2015 23
DooshCom Sentenced to 15 Months in Jail for Online Poker Fraud

According to various outlets, Darren Woods (pictured), who is known in the industry as DooshCom, has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars for online poker fraud. The UK player was also ordered to return £1 million. However, if he fails to return the money, he'll face another six years in the clinker.

Dan Jan 17th, 2015 7
"I Was the Guy Who Hated Poker and Didn't Want to Play with My Friends"

Just before the calendar rolled over to 2015, da Ape took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed, outlasting a field of 969 entrants. The Thai player is up to almost three-quarters of a million dollars in tracked online MTT cashes and can be found at #378 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.

Dan Jan 17th, 2015 0
California Online Poker Bill Amended, In-Person Registration Requirement Axed

According to a press release, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (pictured) will be making tweaks to his proposed intrastate online poker bill (AB 9), removing language that required players to register at a brick-and-mortar casino. Gatto commented, "My goal remains creating a sensible framework for a new California industry. That will involve a thoughtful process of consultation with all of the ...

Dan Jan 16th, 2015 4
Caesars Division Files for Bankruptcy

On Thursday, a division of Caesars Entertainment filed for bankruptcy. According to the LA Times, "The division, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., owns and operates most of Caesars' 50 properties worldwide." Caesars officials said the casinos would remain open and few changes were expected while the company sorts out a reported $18.4 billion in debt.

Dan Jan 16th, 2015 0
Ilkin Garibli Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event

Not only did the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event wrap up on Wednesday with Kevin Schulz taking down the title, but the PCA High Roller Event also crowned a winner. Ilkin Garibli (pictured) won the record-breaking $25,000 buy-in tournament after a heads-up chop with PocketFiver Joe daPHUNNIEman Kuether.

Dan Jan 15th, 2015 0
Kevin Schulz Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

We have a winner in the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. American Kevin Schulz (pictured) came away with the title on Wednesday and banked $1.4 million. According to PokerStars, Schulz is an online grinder who fled to Mexico after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. There were 816 entrants in the 2015 PCA Main Event.

Dan Jan 15th, 2015 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins #1 for Fifth Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, Brazil's Yuri Martins (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He ascended to the throne on December 17 and hasn't looked back since. The man they call theNERDguy on PokerStars is up to $4.5 million in tracked online tournament cashes and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Brazilians are #1 and #2 in the Rankings this week.

Dan Jan 14th, 2015 2
cswidler Simultaneously Final Tables Sunday Supersonic, Gets 32nd in PCA Main Event

Pretty impressive news coming out of the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The weekend's Sunday Supersonic on PokerStars brought out $1,238 entrants. The prize pool of the $215 buy-in tournament swelled to $291,000 and, when the smoke cleared, PocketFiver Carter cswidler Swidler (pictured) finished fourth for $21,000.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
bparis Becomes Fifth Person Ever to Hit $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

On Sunday, Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) became just the fifth PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online tournament cashes and the first to do so since November. To that end, Paris joins a prestigious group that also includes Jeremy daisyxoxo Fitzpatrick, Shyam s_dot11 Srinivasan, p0cket00, and Chris moorman1 Moorman.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
Rhyno2008 Wins Sunday Million for $217K, Wakes Up Parents at 6am

A few days before Christmas, Pablo Nerro (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Rhyno2008, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $217,000, defeating a field of 7,420 entrants. He took down the lion's share of the almost $1.5 million awarded and shot up to #3 in his home country of Uruguay.

Dan Jan 12th, 2015 3
Winamax Million Event Begins Sunday, Three Day 1s

The first of three Day 1s in the popular Winamax Million Event as part of the Winamax Series XI took place on Sunday. Two more Day 1s are scheduled if you missed out, as Day 1B will take place on Monday and Day 1C will take place on Tuesday. All three starting days begin at 20:00 CET. The tournament has a €150 buy-in, allows rebuys, and, as its name suggests, guarantees €1 million.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 0
Lawmaker: PokerStars Will Launch in New Jersey in March

According to State Senator Raymond Lesniak (pictured), PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, will launch in New Jersey in March. Now that the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress in the US is behind us and lawmakers around the country have taken their posts, the focus in New Jersey may now shift to PokerStars being licensed.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 14
888, WSOP to Share Liquidity in New Jersey

Monday will be a big day for online poker players in New Jersey. To start the work week, WSOP's and 888 Poker's player pools will be partially merged in a move that will increase liquidity in the East Coast state.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 1

A few days before Christmas, Santa visited Lee BWFCLEE Taylor (pictured) in a big way. As part of Double Vision Sunday, Taylor was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $84,000, officially taking second place. As a result, he has leapt over $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings.

Dan Jan 10th, 2015 9
Horses and Chickens and a Girlfriend, Oh My!

When you date someone, everything they love becomes everything you love. For PocketFiver girafganger7 (pictured), that meant horses and chickens. Luckily, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million Double Vision late last month for $88,000, the third largest amount given out in the four-way deal. We're sure that money will go a long way in helping his animal friends.

Dan Jan 10th, 2015 17