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Has Lock Poker Closed?

Have we seen the end of Lock Poker' According to US Poker, "While the content at Lockpoker.eu loads properly and the download link is operational, the software does not connect to the poker server. The live chat feature is offline. The link to create a new account displays a form; however, it does not work. Adding player information to the form and clicking the submit button simply reloads the ...

Dan Apr 19th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: Biggest Loser in 2015 is Phil Ivey, Down $1.5 Million

According to HighStakesDB, Phil Ivey (pictured) is the biggest loser at the high-stakes tables so far in 2015, and it's not even close. In 74 sessions and 12,642 hands, Ivey, who plays under the user name Polarizing on Full Tilt, is down $1.5 million, three-and-a-half times the next closest person.

Dan Apr 19th, 2015 0
Full Tilt Culls Games, Adrenaline Rush and Irish Poker Axed

After a slew of changes were made to the game mix at Full Tilt last week, site rep Shyam Markus was left to admit, "I can confirm it's not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won't be popular." If you liked Adrenaline Rush Poker, Irish Poker, and high-stakes games, prepared to get your world rocked.

Dan Apr 18th, 2015 2
"Everyone Looks for the November Nine, But Any Top-Three Finish Would be Great"

It's almost time for the World Series of Poker. It's a little more than a month away and will attract players from around the world to Las Vegas, among them Ukraine's Artem FaNjkEEE Kobylynskyi (pictured). He'll come armed to this year's WSOP with plenty of confidence, as he's just a few weeks removed from earning his $3 million cash badge on PocketFives.

Dan Apr 18th, 2015 0
UKIPT Player of the Year, 888 Sunday Challenge Master

Last month, Daragh daragh999 Davey (pictured) finished second in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. There were 844 entrants that day and Davey bagged $15,000 after coming up short on the final hand. "I'm feeling pretty good about it," Davey told PocketFives. "It's my biggest online result in a while. It's always nice to run good on a Sunday."

Dan Apr 18th, 2015 0
Cops Shut Down APPT Nanjing Millions

According to Andrew Scott of World Gaming Magazine, the APPT Nanjing Millions, which was being held at the Wutaishan Sports Centre in China, was shut down by police. According to Scott, a sign on the venue's door read, "Due to the APPT Nanjing Millions tournament being suspected of illegal gambling, the police are now investigating and the event is being ceased. All related staff should go and ...

Dan Apr 17th, 2015 1
"The Asian Time Zones Make it Tough to Grind the Normal MTT Schedule"

Earlier this year, Mexico's Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) earned his $3 million cash badge on PocketFives. It's fitting that we're interviewing him now for a feature article, as he is also at his all-time high in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #21 in the world. He's a poker transplant living in Mexico.

Dan Apr 16th, 2015 0
BRAYD3N Dominates March Monthly PLB, Wins by 800 Points

With one score – yes one, single, solitary score - Brayden BRAYD3N Fritzshall (pictured) won the March Monthly PLB on PocketFives. It's one of the largest in the money finishes a PocketFives member has ever recorded and came with a victory in the Ninth Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million.

Dan Apr 16th, 2015 0
Daniel Negreanu Live Streams on Twitch, Gets 150,000 Views

On Tuesday, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) took the world of Twitch by storm. Negreanu, camped out in Toronto, attracted a whopping 150,000 views in his first Twitch session. He Tweeted beforehand, "Thanks again to @jaimestaples for helping me set up @twitch and @JasonSomerville for making this platform cool. That was fun! More to come." Check out Negreanu's Twitch channel.

Dan Apr 15th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: PokerKaiser #1 By 1 Point

Here's something you don't see every day. On Wednesday, the PocketFives Poker Player Rankings were updated and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) was #1 for the third consecutive week. However, nipping at his heels is Mike norfair18 Phillips, who is trailing Fierro by one PLB Point. The scores: 7,083.89 to 7,082.70.

Dan Apr 15th, 2015 5
America's Cardroom: "Tell Your Bank It's for Sporting Goods from China"

If you need a firm case for regulation of online poker in the US, here's an example. Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver Mike timex McDonald (pictured) posted on Twitter that he was having issues depositing onto America's Cardroom, an offshore US-facing site not licensed by any state. Note that PocketFives does not recommend playing on sites like ACR, which aren't regulated in the US but take ...

Dan Apr 14th, 2015 26
PocketFives Community Scores 8 Triple Crowns in 6 Days

If you blinked, you missed the last six days of March. Members of the PocketFives community scored eight Triple Crowns in six days to end the month, one of the busiest spurts we've ever had. To put it in perspective, there were more Triple Crowns awarded in the last six days of March than there were the rest of the month combined.

Dan Apr 14th, 2015 0
"Get Off the Walmart Connection"

"Back in the day, I had a really bad internet connection, and apparently Walmart used to sell really bad internet, so my friends would always tell me to get off the Walmart connection. Actually, a couple of weeks after I made my PokerStars account, I got a job working at Walmart out of sheer coincidence."

Dan Apr 13th, 2015 5
Amaya Coming to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange

According to Seeking Alpha, we could see Amaya, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, debut on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in the United States "within two or three months or less." The allure for Amaya' Seeking Alpha explained that the move will allow the company to "sell its story to a dramatically broadened pool of investors."

Dan Apr 12th, 2015 3
Phil Ivey Appears in Chrysler 300 Commercial

Buzzing this weekend in the online poker world is a Chrysler 300 commercial that includes a brief appearance from poker pro Phil Ivey. It's notable because Chrysler is not a poker-related company; therefore, an appearance by a major poker player in a mass-market commercial is buzzworthy considering the difficulty of non-poker advertisers and sponsors nowadays.

Dan Apr 12th, 2015 3
"Poker is a Game of Constant Evolution"

Late last month, Vinicius Steves (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jason132008, took second place in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $61,000. That week's tournament had 2,585 entrants and the first place player, proh1t, earned $81,000. Steves explained, "It's a very important tournament, even more so for my buy-ins, and to get two great results in it make me very excited."

Dan Apr 12th, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: JayP-AA Up $1 Million in 2015

According to HighStakesDB, JayP-AA, who is known on PocketFives as jcp, has passed $1 million in profit at the high-stakes tables in 2015. He officially stands at $1.05 million in the black and has not fallen into the red at any point this year.

Dan Apr 11th, 2015 0
"Now I Have the Money I Need to Buy a Bigger Apartment and a Car"

Last Month, Cosmin Calea (pictured), who is known as xkosssx on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $215,000. There were almost 7,200 entrants that day and Calea was one of 1,080 to make the money. "I am very happy and excited about the successful performance I had," he told PocketFives after the final cards had been dealt. "A final table in the Sunday Million has been ...

Dan Apr 11th, 2015 2
Rand Paul: "I'm Opposed to Restrictions on Online Gambling"

Republican Presidential hopeful Rand Paul (pictured), who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, has come out against Sheldon Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would ban internet gambling in the United States, even in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

Dan Apr 9th, 2015 9
80% of Full Tilt Poker Petitions Have Been Paid

According to Garden City Group, the appointed claims administrator for US Full Tilt Poker refunds, 80% of petitions have been paid back. The most recent round of payments came on March 31 and was the first destined for players with disputed totals. There were 3,100 payments sent totaling $2.5 million.

Dan Apr 9th, 2015 0
Wherefore Art Thou Romeopro?

Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeopro on PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPoker Saturday Major, Winamax Top 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame.

Dan Apr 9th, 2015 3
Wake Up at 7, Play Poker from 8 to 8, Sleep, Do it Again

Last month, romdom came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $80,000. There were 2,667 entrants that day and, accordingly, he told us, "It feels great. I have been working really hard on my game and it finally paid off." He booked his third largest career online poker score.

Dan Apr 8th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: veeea Threatening Top 10

This week in the PocketFives Rankings, veeea moved up from #30 to #13 after a rock solid showing in recent days. He's currently seven spots off his all-time high of #6 in the world. He won the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic over the weekend for $51,000 and over 550 PLB Points to help his cause.

Dan Apr 8th, 2015 1
The "Slowroll" to End All Slowrolls

At the Irish Poker Open over the weekend, Andreas Gann (pictured) of Germany dished out the slowroll to end all slowrolls. Right or wrong, intentional or not, it was a slowroll, but it has certainly gained the attention of our community, so we wanted to highlight what happened. The full video is given at the bottom of this article. When you're done watching the five-minute hand, leave a comment ...

Dan Apr 7th, 2015 31
Can Anyone Stop CrownUpGuy?

Over the weekend, Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $41,000. The feat itself is impressive, as Holz defeated a field of 664 entrants and a top ten that featured four members of the PocketFives community. What's more impressive is the fact that Sunday marked the second time Holz had won the tournament in the last six months. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Dan Apr 6th, 2015 7
Poker World Mourns Loss of David Devilfish Ulliott

On Monday, David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured) lost his battle with colon cancer. One of the true faces of the poker community, he will be missed. Accordingly, our industry mourned his loss, with a variety of high-profile pros extending their sympathies to Ulliott's family and thanking "Devilfish" for the memories. He was 61.

Dan Apr 6th, 2015 5
There Have Been No Lock Poker Payments in One Year

April 2 was an anniversary of sorts. No, not for marriage or some sort of heroics. Instead, it had been exactly one year since Lock Poker paid anyone, according to US Poker and Two Plus Two. And yet the site is still dealing cards.

Dan Apr 5th, 2015 10
Will Harry Reid Push RAWA as His Final Act?

Happy Easter from everyone at PocketFives. We hope our entire community is having a wonderful, relaxing day. All of the restaurants around this author's house are closed, so I decided I'd get a jump-start on work with several news articles that have been piling up over the weekend. The first item on the agenda: Harry Reid (pictured).

Dan Apr 5th, 2015 5
Out of the Hospital, Into the 888 Mega Deep Winner's Circle

Last weekend was a whirlwind one for Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured), who checked into the hospital for a gallbladder problem, only to be discharged and win the 888 Poker Mega Deep. No, we can't make this stuff up. "I pleaded with the doc to let me out on Sunday," Trigg told us. Yes, that's impressive. "They gave me antibiotics by tablet and sent me on my way." The result: a win in the Mega ...

Dan Apr 4th, 2015 6
TDA Bails from Venetian, Will Hold Summit at Aria

After a considerable amount of pressure from the poker community, the Tournament Directors Association, or TDA, announced on Twitter on Friday that its summit will switch venues from Venetian to Aria. The event will take place on June 26 and 27 and registration details will follow.

Dan Apr 3rd, 2015 4
PPA Anticipates Mark-Up of RAWA

A week ago, a hearing in a House Subcommittee discussed the merits of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, which would ban online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated. There have been several legislation-related headlines in recent days, so to get caught up on them and discuss the possibility of RAWA advancing, we sat down ...

Dan Apr 2nd, 2015 8
The Most Final Tables in 24 Hours

In recent days, a thread appeared on PocketFives asking for who has the most number of final tables in tournaments we track in a 24-hour period. It turns out the answer is 27, set by Cristian ErMataNinho Sasso (pictured) in December 2013.

Dan Apr 2nd, 2015 5
veeea Wins 10 Tournaments, 2 Triple Crowns in 10 Days

The last 10 days of March were mighty kind to veeea, who won 10 tournaments and a pair of PocketFives Triple Crowns. No joke. He reentered his screen names in recent days and has quickly climbed to #30 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Apr 1st, 2015 11
PocketFives Rankings: Battle Between PokerKaiser, CrownUpGuy Continues

The battle for #1 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings continued this week, as Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is once again the top dog, claiming the title from Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz. The two have jockeyed back and forth for the last month, each taking the #1 spot away from the other every time the Rankings have been recalculated.

Dan Apr 1st, 2015 0
ChicagoJoey Live-Streaming PLO on Twitch for 750 Straight Days

According to his Twitter account, the boisterous ChicagoJoey (pictured) will be live-streaming PLO on Twitch for 750 straight days. Yes, that's more than two years. A week ago, he Tweeted, "Will be streaming some form of PLO on @Twitch for the next 750 days straight (no joke)." No joke indeed. He added that most of what he'd be playing was "as Level 1 as it gets."

Dan Mar 30th, 2015 6
lasagnaaammm Wins FTOPS XXVIII Main Event

Over the weekend, the 28th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, wrapped up. The FTOPS XXVIII Main Event drew 1,260 entrants, creating a prize pool of almost $1.2 million, which lapped the $1 million guarantee. In the end, United Kingdom's Mustapha lasagnaaammm Kanit took it down for $239,000.

Dan Mar 30th, 2015 5
PokerKaiser Wins 14th PocketFives Triple Crown, 4th This Year

2015 has been mighty kind to Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). This year, which mind you is three months old, he has won four PocketFives Triple Crowns, an award that requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings in a seven-day period. On March 26, he won his 14th career PocketFives Triple Crown, his second of ...

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 3
David "Devilfish" Ulliott Reportedly Has Colon Cancer

According to posts on his Facebook page and comments made in a thread on Two Plus Two, veteran poker pro David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured) has colon cancer and may have a short time to live. As one person who claimed to be close to the situation commented, "Ulliott has colon cancer (maybe more) and indications suggest it is terminal. I do not know how long they have known about the cancer, ...

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 1
David Peters (Davidp18) Wins EPT Malta High Roller for €597,000

On Saturday, longtime PocketFiver David Davidp18 Peters (pictured) started the weekend by winning the European Poker Tour Malta High Roller Event, which had a €10,000 buy-in, and earned €597,000. It's the biggest cash of his poker career. PocketFives has tracked three online scores for Peters that have passed $100,000.

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 2
"I Have Been Running So Badly, So This Feels So Good"

Earlier this month, Tomi Taanila (pictured), known on PocketFives as das_rektumous, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major and earned $39,000. He defeated a field of 650 entrants and was one of 90 players to make the money in the $250 buy-in tournament. "I feel great," Taanila told PocketFives. "The beginning of the year has been hard until this point. I have been running so badly, so this feels so ...

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 2
Poker Philathropist Guy Laliberte Seeking Cirque du Soleil Buyers

If you've ever watched the World Series of Poker on television or in person, then you know who Guy Laliberté (pictured) is. He's the founder of the highly successful Cirque du Soleil as well as the One Drop foundation, which has parlayed its name into annual charity poker tournaments at the WSOP.

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 4
Dzmitry Urbanovich Becomes First Person to Win Four Events at an EPT Festival

Here's something you don't see every day. Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich (pictured, image courtesy EPT) became the first person ever to win four events at a single European Poker Tour festival. Four! It all went down at EPT Malta, where he won a €200 Crazy Pineapple event to secure his fourth title.

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 13
"This is the Score I Have Been Looking For"

Recently, Luis Alberto Montano Rodriguez (pictured), known as Fizhh on PocketFives, came in second place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and cashed for $155,000. There was no chop to be had and Rodriguez, who calls Mexico home, outlasted over 7,000 opponents. We caught up with him to break down his big day.

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 1
TDA Announces Summit at Venetian, Poker Industry Revolts

On Thursday, the Tournament Directors Association, led by the esteemed Matt Savage (pictured), announced that the next TDA Summit will take place from June 16 to 17 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Savage added, "Registration details to follow shortly. Send your local TD please." Savage told PocketFives that he was not the one who negotiated the deal with Venetian, but rather just made the ...

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 3
Buy Barry Shulman's Las Vegas Home for $4.9 Million

If you're looking for a little "Louis XIV-inspired, three-floor penthouse" in Las Vegas, look no further than a $4.9 million pad just put on the market by Barry Shulman and his wife Allyn, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Dan Mar 26th, 2015 0
Let's Get the Heck Out of the Cold!

In recent weeks, Jonathan G4uths Gauthier (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $68,000. It was the largest cashed we've tracked for the Canadian by a factor of nine and he accordingly told us, "I am feeling super good. I've been waiting for that kind of ship for a long time."

Dan Mar 26th, 2015 1
PPA On RAWA Hearing: "This Bill Should Die Today"

If you were hiding under a rock, you missed the two-hour-long fear-mongering fest that was a House Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on Restoring America's Wire Act, a bill that comes at the behest of Sheldon Adelson. It ended with a threat for a markup and among those in the room on Capitol Hill during the hearing was Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured).

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
House Judiciary Committee Hearing Recap: It's Fear-Mongering Time

On Wednesday, a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee was charge with discussing Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, a bill reportedly prompted by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and introduced in the House as HR 707 by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). It began an hour late and featured an intermission for "multi-trillion-dollar votes." You can check out the witness list and testimony by ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Retakes Top Spot Worldwide

It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
What Online Poker Games Will Be Pooled in Delaware and Nevada?

On Tuesday, 888 Holdings released its financial figures for 2014 and among the highlights was word that a compact between Nevada and Delaware to pool online poker traffic is close to being a reality. As a matter of fact, the company said it had already achieved "successful deployment of shared poker network across states of Delaware and Nevada in March 2015, creating significant competitive edge ...

Dan Mar 24th, 2015 1
888 Posts Record-Breaking 2014 Financials

According to iGaming Business and other outlets, 888 Holdings, which runs 888 Poker, has turned in a record-breaking 2014 calendar year with revenues of $455 million. That figure is up 14% over 2013 and, as outlined by IGB, "888 has announced a final dividend at 4.5 cents per ordinary share as well as an additional one-off dividend of 7.0 cents per share."

Dan Mar 24th, 2015 5
"Unfortunately, I'm a Massive Life Nit"

Late last month, England's Jonathan Gil3000 Gill (pictured) took fourth place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put away $74,000. It was his largest online tournament score to date and he outlasted over 7,000 other entrants to get it. Gill has since shot up to the top 500 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and gave us the run-down of his big hit.

Dan Mar 22nd, 2015 9
Chopping the Sunday Million the Day After Your Bachelor Party

Last month, Denmark's marktb (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $72,000. There were over 800 entrants that day and marktb bested a final table that included a half-dozen members of the PocketFives community. That score came a few years after a pretty memorable hit in the Sunday Million on a very special weekend. More on that to come.

Dan Mar 21st, 2015 0
Four-Figure Field Already Preregistered for WSOP Colossus Event

We're still more than two months away from the first ever World Series of Poker Colossus event and the field size is already in the four-figures, according to WSOP officials. The tournament has a $565 buy-in, will award a bracelet, and could boast the largest field in the history of live poker.

Dan Mar 17th, 2015 3
Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million Attracts 50,000 Entrants

Over the weekend, PokerStars ran a special Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million and the response was overwhelming. Over 50,000 entrants showed up, driving the prize pool north of $10 million. The tournament clocked in as the eighth richest in online poker history, trailing only five World Championship of Online Poker Main Events and two previous Sunday Million special anniversary tournaments.

Dan Mar 16th, 2015 4
A PhD in Astrophysics, But a Career in Poker

Over the first weekend in March, Dan NukeTheFish Wilson (pictured) was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $58,000. It was the largest score of his online tournament career by a factor of almost three and he has since shot up to #245 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. We caught up with him to discuss his life, which included getting a PhD in ...

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 2
Cash Plays? Not So Much at MGM Properties

According to Online Poker Report, cash will no longer play at MGM Resorts properties around the United States. The site pointed out that impacted poker rooms will include casinos from Las Vegas to Michigan: Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Mirage, Beau Rivage in Biloxi, and MGM Grand Detroit. The change will be enforced as of April 1.

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 1
Taylor Paur (taypaur) Wins WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star

Out of the six members of the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Star final table, five were part of the PocketFives community. In the end, Taylor taypaur Paur (pictured) came out on top and took home a rock solid $1.2 million.

Dan Mar 14th, 2015 6
High Stakes Poker: bbvisbadforme Up $626,000 in March

If you're looking for a winner of the high-stakes poker realm in March so far, look no further than the Full Tilt member bbvisbadforme. According to HighStakesDB, bbvisbadforme is up $626,000 so far this month, more than three times the next closest player. Yes, more than three times the next closest person the site tracks.

Dan Mar 13th, 2015 0
PokerKaiser Wins 13th PocketFives Triple Crown

Only three players have ever recorded more than 10 PocketFives Triple Crowns: Chris moorman1 Moorman, who has a record 24; Peter Belabacsi Traply, who has 11; and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), who just earned his 13th, good for the second most all-time.

Dan Mar 13th, 2015 3
Sunday $100 Rebuy Win, Super Tuesday Final Table in the Same Week

The end of February was pretty lucrative for Audrius Miliauskas (pictured), who goes by Davydenko123 on PocketFives. On the 22nd, he won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy after a four-way chop and put away $42,000. Two days later, he finished fourth in the site's Super Tuesday for another $45,000. It was a pretty profitable way to end the shortest month of the year.

Dan Mar 12th, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: Ilari Sahamies Nearly Over $1 Million in 2015

We're two-and-a-half months into 2015, but according to HighStakesDB, one person is nearly at $1 million in profit for the year. Ilari Sahamies (pictured), who plays as Ilari FIN on PokerStars, currently has $954,000 in profit for 2015 and is up to $2.78 million since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2011.

Dan Mar 12th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy New #1

For the second time in his career, CrownUpGuy (pictured) is the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. This time, he moved up four spots on the week thanks to a final table in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic that was worth $15,000 and 207 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings.

Dan Mar 11th, 2015 9
Is RAWA All About the Money?

In the last couple of weeks, we've learned that the main man in the US Senate championing Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) legislation to ban internet gambling, Lindsey Graham, has never sent an e-mail. We've also learned that Adelson's camp was a no-show at the Conservative Political Action Conference to debate the merits of i-gaming. Are those championing Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 8
Andy McLEOD Final Tables Sunday 500, $100 Rebuy

Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured) finished third in both the PokerStars Sunday 500 and Sunday $100 Rebuy for over $60,000 total. He doesn't have his screen names entered in his PocketFives profile, but after a comment from one PocketFiver that read "a third in the Sunday 500 and a third in the Sunday Rebuy, pretty sick for Andy McLEOD," we thought an ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 3
Six-Max Games, Einstein References, and My Friend Mangejao

Earlier this year, Australia's sammejao (pictured) won the Winamax High Roller for the second time. His first taste of victory in it came in 2014 on a Sunday and was good for $20,000, while his latest go-around came during the week for almost $6,000. To win a high-dollar six-max tournament two times is quite a feat, so we thought an interview was appropriate.

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 1
Lawmaker Trying to Outlaw Online Gambling Has Never Sent an E-Mail

This author went out and had a great evening stuffing his face with local foods and planned to sleep off his coma when he came home. But, any time we can point out the fallacies of those who are crusading against internet gambling in the United States, we're going to do so. We're like a mini-Rich Muny. Therefore, we present Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who despite taking such a ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 10
SealsWithClubs Cashouts End May 5

In breaking news, cashouts on the now-defunct bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs will end on May 5, according to a message posted on the SealsWithClubs website. The memo, which was posted on March 5, read in part, "The cashout system will only be maintained for another sixty (60) days. All activity on the sealswithclubs.eu domain will cease on May 5, 2015. After this date, it will not be ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 0
Mike Sexton Questions the Value of WSOP Bracelets

In a blog recently published on PartyPoker's website, World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton (pictured) questioned the value of World Series of Poker bracelets and called out the WSOP for a few other reasons. Sexton is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and owns one WSOP bracelet, which came in a Stud High-Low event in 1989.

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 26
Celebratory McDonald's Breakfast with Double Sausage and Egg

A few weeks ago, Jareth jareth3542 East (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $41,000, defeating a field of 675 entrants. "One word that springs to mind is 'relief,'" he told us following his big hit. "On PokerStars and Full Tilt, I have been making a lot of big final tables recently and getting eighth and ninth place every time. It was getting really frustrating, so to ...

Dan Mar 7th, 2015 6
Anthony Zinno Becomes Third Three-Time WPT Winner

History was made on Thursday, as Anthony Zinno (pictured) became just the third person ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. He took down the LA Poker Classic for $1 million after having just seven big blinds four-handed to stamp his place in poker lore.

Dan Mar 6th, 2015 2
Jason Koon (JAKoon1985) Wins Super Tuesday, LAPC High Roller

We're pretty sure Jason JAKoon1985 Koon's favorite day of the week is officially Tuesday. Koon (pictured) has made the last two Tuesdays count, winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday and LA Poker Classic Turbo High Roller on back-to-back weeks for a combined $550,000.

Dan Mar 5th, 2015 8
Staring at a Screen for 14 Hours: "It Doesn't Happen that Often"

In the middle of February, the 888 Poker Mega Deep pulled in 829 entrants and offered up a prize pool of $165,000. The money made a 14-hour tournament much more palatable to Polish PocketFiver aimazing (pictured), who told us, "I'm feeling awesome. It's my biggest score ever. However, I felt a little bit disappointed since I lost heads-up to a recreational player." He took second for $22,000.

Dan Mar 5th, 2015 0
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 2
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 2
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 20
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