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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 ...

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Jan 30th, 2015 6
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, ...

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Jan 30th, 2015 0
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."

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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."

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Jan 29th, 2015 11
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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

DanDan
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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Jan 22nd, 2015 10
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DanDan
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Jan 11th, 2015 1
OMG BWFCLEE FTW

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.

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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.

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Jan 10th, 2015 17
"I Have Had a Goal Since Childhood to See All Seven Continents"

In the middle of December, selinantis (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $35,000. There were over 700 entrants that day and selinantis, who calls Lithuania home, finished third among them. He has over $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings and sat down with PocketFives to talk about his sixth largest cash ever.

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Jan 9th, 2015 1
Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum) Wins PCA Super High Roller for $1.8 Million

Highly successful PocketFiver Steve MrTimCaum O'Dwyer (pictured) can add another feather to his cap. On Thursday, he won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $1.8 million. He told PCA officials, "I ended Day 1 not very happy about it and now I've ended the tournament feeling pretty good about it. I don't really care about the money ever. I just ...

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Jan 9th, 2015 12
"It Feels Great to Start the New Year With a Big Score"

On the very first Sunday of 2015, Mat Checktrap11 Cuthbertson (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy two ways and walked off with $47,000. There were 942 entrants that day and Cuthbertson, who has almost $1 million in career online MTT winnings, took home 17% of the $276,000 prize pool. The London resident was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about it.

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Jan 8th, 2015 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 Knocking on the Door of #1

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been updated. On top for the fourth straight week is Brazil's Yuri Martins, who is enjoying the longest stint at the top of the Rankings for any PocketFiver since September and the third longest streak since April.

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Jan 7th, 2015 0
Ssick_one Wins December PocketFives Monthly PLB

On Tuesday, PocketFives sewed up our Yearly PLB for 2014 and our Monthly PLB for December. As you might already know, TheClaimeer took down the 2014 Yearly PLB. Now, it's time to recognize Ssick_one, who won our December Monthly PLB with 2,969.77 points and a high of 632.46.

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Jan 6th, 2015 3
TheClaimeer Wins 2014 PocketFives Yearly PLB

Congratulations to Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) on winning the 2014 Yearly PLB on PocketFives. Over the course of 2014, Trigg amassed 17,810.21 PLB Points, with a high score of 500. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and has been a force to be reckoned with over the years.

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Jan 6th, 2015 22
New Credit Card Code Coming for Legal US Online Gambling Transactions

According to a recent press release, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) officials alluded to a new credit card code for legal internet gambling transactions that could greatly aid players' ability to deposit on regulated sites.

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Jan 5th, 2015 2
How to Outlast a 34,000-Player Field: "Tight is Right"

Last month, PocketFiver ruslanmd (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. While it wasn't a life-changing amount of money, it was worth an interview on PocketFives due to the fact that the field numbered over 34,000 entrants, or half the capacity of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The top 5,400 players finished in the money and ruslanmd booked his largest online MTT score to ...

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Jan 4th, 2015 3
H0LDiT It Now, Hand Over That $75,000

Recently on PokerStars, Double Vision Sunday featured two installments of the Sunday Warm-Up. The six-handed version had 2,939 entrants and ended with PocketFiver H0LDiT (pictured) taking second place for $75,000. Four of the six members of the final table were part of our community, which raked in $293,000 total.

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Jan 4th, 2015 2
And the Biggest Online Cash Game Winner of 2014 Was…

We're done with 2014, which means it's time to look back on the year that was and dole out a few awards. PokerNews highlighted the biggest cash game winners of the year and taking home the largest payday at $2.8 million on Full Tilt was Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured).

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Jan 3rd, 2015 4
Making Supernova Elite Four Times: "You Get into a System"

In the closing weeks of 2014, Michael MacHugh, who is known on PocketFives as SilentPurple, came away with a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million, earning a not-so-paltry $78,000. "It always makes for a nice Sunday," MacHugh said of his final table. "I didn't really pay much attention until last couple hundred players. I was busy studying. By then, I was always bouncing around the ...

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Jan 2nd, 2015 4
Dan Colman Sweeps CardPlayer, Bluff Player of the Year Honors

In 2014, Dan Colman (pictured) earned $22.3 million from live poker tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob, and made waves with his off-the-felt antics. He more than doubled the next closest person on the 2014 money list, won the most money ever by a tournament player in a year, and, accordingly, captured the CardPlayer and Bluff Player of the Year honors.

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Jan 2nd, 2015 4
Report: First Wave of Disputed Full Tilt Claims to Be Sent by March

According to an email that a member of PocketFives received in recent days, the first payments sent to US players with disputed Full Tilt balances will go out no later than March 2015. How many players will be included in the initial distribution and what kinds of disputed claims will be paid out are not known.

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Jan 1st, 2015 3
PocketFives Awards 137 Triple Crowns in 2014

Happy New Year from all of us at PocketFives! One of the major awards we give out to our members is the PocketFives Triple Crown. In order to earn it, a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. After the award was won a record 208 times in 2013, ...

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Jan 1st, 2015 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: Ssick_one Cracks Top 10

After reentering his screen names, Hungary's Ssick_one debuted in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week for the first time ever. His previous high was #109 worldwide, set earlier this year. Propelling his top 10 run were a second place finish in the Winamax High Roller on Sunday for $12,000, a win in the PokerStars Big $162 for $17,000, a runner-up finish in the PartyPoker $200K for ...

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Dec 31st, 2014 3
PokerStars $5 Million Guaranteed Sunday Million Attracts 31,000 Entrants

Over the weekend, PokerStars held a special $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million as part of its December festival. As a result of the inflated prize pool, a colossal field of 31,439 entrants showed up and the prize pool swelled to $6.2 million, more than the second place finisher in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event received. It was one of the largest prize pools in the history of online ...

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Dec 30th, 2014 3
"Being Extremely Competitive Makes Poker Players Successful"

Earlier this month, norfair18 reached $1 million in online tournament cashes, earning himself a fancy new badge in his PocketFives profile. He is one day removed from taking fifth in the Bigger $162 on PokerStars and told us that the $1 million cash badge "feels good. It's something concrete I can point to. I'm sure my parents would be surprised since they really have no idea what kind of stakes ...

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Dec 29th, 2014 6
High Stakes Poker: Gus Hansen Wins $528,000 on Sunday

Although he's still down big overall, Gus Hansen (pictured) rebounded slightly over the weekend, banking over a half-million dollars on Sunday at the high-stakes poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. Hansen profited $528,000 on Sunday and is up $636,000 since Saturday night.

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Dec 29th, 2014 5
"I Ended Up Busting My First Bankroll to Viktor Blom"

Earlier this month, woohoo42 (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Super XL Main Event, a $600 NLHE tournament with a $1 million guarantee. There was no chop and woohoo42 banked $199,000 for the win. "I'm going to continue working with my staking group," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I will increase their buy-ins. They were probably happier than I was."

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Dec 28th, 2014 29
American Idol's William Hung Wins Aria Nightly Tournament

He bangs! William Hung (pictured), who gained fame after a stirring rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" on the FOX reality series "American Idol," has apparently ventured into the live poker world in recent days. Hung took down a $125 Nightly tournament at Aria in Las Vegas for $2,200 last week, defeating a field of 70 entrants.

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Dec 27th, 2014 8
What Are Your Poker Goals for 2015?

We're in the home stretch of 2014. In fact, just four days remain in this calendar year, which means it's time to reflect on the year that was and create a few goals for 2015. In a thread in the Poker Community forum, posters were sharing their goals and aspirations for next year. Whether it was building a bankroll or dabbling in live games, plenty of players are looking forward to the year to ...

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Dec 27th, 2014 1
WSOP Main Event Payouts: "1/6 Going to First Is Absolutely Insane"

Once again next year, the World Series of Poker Main Event will carry a $10 million guaranteed first place prize. First making an appearance this year, the eight-figure guaranteed payday for first place helped draw in 6,683 entrants, with Sweden's Martin Jacobson taking down the title proudly draped in a flag from his home country.

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Dec 27th, 2014 14
High Stakes Poker: rafaelamit Returns to PokerStars

According to HighStakesDB, Rafi Amit (pictured), who is known as rafaelamit online, made his return to PokerStars in recent days after a two-year absence. As HighStakesDB put it on Thursday, "Amit, who is still one of the biggest all-time winners at PokerStars' high-stakes tables since we started tracking, has so far proven that he hasn't lost his touch, winning close to $180k, with $170.7k ...

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Dec 26th, 2014 2
From Big Two to a Two-Way Chop

If you play games like Crazy Eights and Winner, you might know of a card game called Big Two. We're not going to get into the nitty-gritty details, but the goal is to run out of cards before everyone else does. For Canada's modzillapl (pictured), an early start in Big Two helped propel him to a recent heads-up chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $88,000.

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Dec 25th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: Romeopro, JMolloy Reenter Top 10

We'll start off this week's PocketFives Rankings Update by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! No matter what your plans are, we hope you have a wonderful day! Now, let's get to the business at hand. The PocketFives Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and Yuri Martins is once again your top-ranked player. He has over 600 PLB Points more than second place to boot, meaning we'd expect to ...

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Dec 25th, 2014 1
2015 WSOP to Feature the Colossus: $565 buy-in, $5M GTD

Officials from the World Series of Poker continually mix up the event to keep it fresh. From the Millionaire Maker to the November Nine, each year has generally featured some sort of new and exciting concept to draw in players and generate buzz. Enter The Colossus, this year's new kid on the block. The $565 buy-in tournament will take place during the opening weekend of the 2015 WSOP and have a ...

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Dec 23rd, 2014 13
WSOP November Niner Martin Staszko Wins Sunday Warm-Up

Over the weekend, members of the PocketFives community took down the Winamax High Roller, 888 Mega Deep, 888 Sunday Challenge, and PokerStars Sunday Million. Given all the excitement, we thought we'd take some time to single out 2011 World Series of Poker November Niner Martin Staszko (pictured), who plays as filfedra on PokerStars according to PokerNews. Staszko won the Sunday Warm-Up II Double ...

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Dec 23rd, 2014 1
Seize the Day and Get $59,000

Earlier this month, carpediem200 (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $59,000. There were over 800 entrants in the $530 buy-in tournament, which paid out to the top 117 finishers. It was the largest score PocketFives has tracked for carpediem200, who sits with $1.5 million in career online tournament winnings.

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Dec 22nd, 2014 2
Isaac Haxton Takes $180,000 from Viktor Blom in CAP PLO

On Saturday, Isaac Haxton (pictured) and Viktor Blom, better known as luvtheWNBA and Isildur1 online, respectively, took to the $200/$400 CAP PLO tables on Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB. As the tracking site outlined, when all was said and done, Haxton ended the match up $180,000, not a bad haul for one day.

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Dec 21st, 2014 0
chicagocards1, luckychewy Win WPT Titles in Las Vegas

The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the televised WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas both wrapped up in recent days, with two members of the PocketFives community taking home titles. We'll start with the larger payday, $2.1 million, which went to Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger (pictured) for taking down the Alpha8 event. In fact, it was the largest Alpha8 ever.

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Dec 21st, 2014 1
1,392 PocketFivers Have $1 Million in Tracked Scores

As you probably know, PocketFives awards badges in user profiles showing how much money each person has won in online MTTs. Once a person amasses $100,000 from tournaments we track, they get a badge. Once they reach $250,000 in scores, they get a new badge. There are also badges for $500,000, $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million, $5 million, $7.5 million, $10 million, and $15 ...

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Dec 21st, 2014 8
dipthrong Talks About Winning Back-to-Back FTOPS Leaderboards

After winning two events early on during the 27th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) took down the competition's leaderboard by a healthy margin. He had 35% more points than the second place player and captured his second straight FTOPS Leaderboard title. Interestingly, he won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by about the same margin.

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Dec 20th, 2014 11
How Much Does Advertising Affect Problem Gambling?

If you think that more gambling advertising begets an increase in problem gambling, think again. According to the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) in the UK, "Problem gambling rates and participation rates among children and young people have both been at worst stable during a period of unprecedented growth in gambling advertising. There is also little to suggest correlation with the ...

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Dec 19th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with FTOPS Main Event Winner natfalber11

Last weekend, Nathaniel Falber, who is known on PocketFives as natfalber11 (pictured), took down the FTOPS XXVII Main Event outright for $212,000. It was a 333x return on his $635 investment and the largest online MTT score we've tracked for him by a factor of 13. PocketFives caught up with the Brazilian to see what went right that day.

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Dec 19th, 2014 4
Isildur1 Returns to Full Tilt After Two-Month Hiatus

In October, Viktor Isildur1 Blom and Gus Hansen parted ways with Full Tilt Poker, ending the re-launched site's experiment with sponsored pros. Full Tilt officials announced at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom (pictured) and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising ...

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Dec 18th, 2014 1
Are Ladies Poker Events Still Needed?

In an interview with PokerNews published this week, Maria Ho posed the question, "What if we just got rid of the ladies events' What if we made it so that if a woman wants to play poker, she has to play poker with everybody else' I think we underestimate the will of a woman; I think that if you make them choose between playing in an open event or not playing at all, they will come." Ho clarified ...

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Dec 18th, 2014 15
Costa Rican Government Finally Realizes "Runner Runner" is a Bad Movie

It took 15 months, but the Costa Rican government has finally realized that the Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake online poker movie "Runner Runner" paints their country in a not-so-rosy light. Yes, it took over a year for the nation, which was formerly home to belly-up brands like Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker, to speak up. Apparently "Tico Time" is real.

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Dec 17th, 2014 6
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins Reclaims #1 Spot

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. This week, we have a new #1 player in the world, Yuri Martins (pictured). The Brazilian has a brisk 8,433 PLB Points, which represents a commanding 742-point lead over second place. Martins was last ranked #1 in October and this is his second stint at the top.

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Dec 17th, 2014 2
Lawsuit, Restraining Order Filed Against California Online Gambling Site

A California Tribe thought to be launching the first post-Black Friday online poker room in the state was hit with a lawsuit from the US Government related to its online bingo site. According to a press release, the lawsuit and temporary restraining order are to prevent the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel from continuing to operate Desert Rose Bingo. They cite the Unlawful Internet Gambling ...

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Dec 16th, 2014 0
Equity Poker Network Confirms DDOS Attacks

On Tuesday, the Equity Poker Network confirmed that its game servers have been suffering from distributed denial of service attacks, or DDOS. The press release outlined, "The DDOS attacks at EPN have occurred intermittently across the past six weeks, causing some short-term disruptions to Network connectivity and frustrating poker room outages." In most cases, Equity developers were quickly able ...

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Dec 16th, 2014 0
natfalber11 Wins FTOPS XXVII Main Event

On the same day that 2014 WSOP November Niner Jorryt Van Hoof won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, Brazil's natfalber11 took down the Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event for $212,000. More than $2 million was awarded during the final weekend of FTOPS XXVII.

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Dec 15th, 2014 1
WSOP November Niner Jorryt van Hoof Wins Sunday Warm-Up

Just one month removed from finishing third in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $3.8 million, Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, winning the weekly tournament for $91,000. He plays on PokerStars under the screen name TheCleaner11 and entered the nine-handed final table in third place out of almost 3,000 entrants.

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Dec 15th, 2014 0
Time to Terrorize Fish at the Live Poker Tables Following a Sunday Million Chop

A couple of weeks ago, moiadcosmin (pictured), who is known in the real world as Joldis Cosmin, was part of a five-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and reeled in $118,000. "I feel very good," the Romanian told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "Every player wants to do well in that MTT."

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Dec 14th, 2014 0
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with Brian Hastings

Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) was formerly a staple of the highest stakes online poker games on the planet. He faced off against some of poker's brightest minds on the cash game felts and has $1.3 million in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Now, he's a regular in daily fantasy sports games on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, which take US players.

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Dec 14th, 2014 8
Harry Reid: "Proliferation of Gambling on the Internet is Not Good for Our Country"

If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime ...

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Dec 13th, 2014 21
Amaya's Stock Tumbles 18% with Insider Trading Probe

On Thursday, PocketFives brought you an article about Canadian officials showing up at the offices of Amaya Gaming, the owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt, reportedly due to insider trading associated with the company's purchase of the Rational Group back in June. As you might guess, a visit from the fuzz didn't go over too well with investors. The verdict: the stock's price sank by 18% on ...

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Dec 13th, 2014 2
Scaling the Sunday Million Like It's the Empire State Building

Last month, Germany's KingKong0815 (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and put back $165,000, officially taking third place. "I'm pretty stoked," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It still feels pretty unreal." Unreal like watching a giant ape climb the Empire State Building'

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Dec 13th, 2014 0
BusinessWeek Profiles Cyber Attack on Las Vegas Sands

In February, PocketFives brought you a story about the websites of Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation being hacked due to remarks he made about nuclear weapons. Sorry poker players, you can't take credit for this one. Visitors to the websites of properties like the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas were unable to do much of anything except view the fruits of the hackers' labor.

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Dec 12th, 2014 5
Canadian Police Raid Amaya Offices

According to Forbes, Canadian officials raided the offices of Amaya Gaming in Montreal on Wednesday. According to the company, which purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt in June for $4.9 billion, the investigation centers on "trading activities in Amaya securities surrounding the Corporation's acquisition of [PokerStars and Full Tilt] in 2014."

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Dec 11th, 2014 3
"I'm Back Home to Punt the Rest of My Winnings on More Tournaments"

Last month, TheDegenFund was one of five people to chop the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a healthy $52,000, $17,000 more than fourth place would have made otherwise, and he has since risen to #150 in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.

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Dec 11th, 2014 7
Mike McDonald (Timex): "I've Been Playing Prismata 40 Hours a Week"

In an AMA on Reddit, longtime poker pro Mike timex McDonald (pictured) talked about his newfound love for a computer game called Prismata. He is apparently ranked fifth in the world at it and told readers, "I've been playing Prismata like 40 hours a week. I'm biased since my friends made it, but I'm over-the-top addicted."

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Dec 11th, 2014 0
Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Arrested, Held Without Bail for Bomb-Making

On Wednesday morning, one of my non-poker playing friends texted me to say, "Your boy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) was arrested at LAX yesterday and is being held without bail. My wife thinks he's hot." Yes, this is what the mainstream world knows about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the industry's bad boy and resident attention-seeker.

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Dec 10th, 2014 22
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy New #1

With impressive result after impressive result, we suppose it was only a matter of time until CrownUpGuy (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This week, he moved up two spots and officially became the new top dog on our site. His poker resume is quite impressive, as the Austrian won the WCOOP Main Event, Full Tilt Sunday Major, and PokerStars Sunday 500 in ...

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Dec 10th, 2014 5
Adelson's Internet Gambling Prohibition Not Included in Final Spending Bill

The internet gambling world can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as, after a couple days' sweat, Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) pet project, Restoring America's Wire Act, did not make it into the final Congressional spending bill. The $1.1 trillion budget measure was agreed to on Tuesday and language banning internet gambling was not included.

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Dec 9th, 2014 8
Report: PokerStars Gearing Up to Accept Bitcoin

According to Online Poker Report and other sources, PokerStars, the largest online poker room in the world, is preparing to accept Bitcoin. The site's timeline for doing so is not known, but Chris Grove from OPR told PocketFives that PokerStars has started to assemble the vendors that would be necessary to take Bitcoin.

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Dec 9th, 2014 7
Another Move Coming for Poker Refugees in Mexico?

An upheaval of sorts could be in store for US online poker players who relocated to Mexico following Black Friday. According to iGaming Business, legislation could soon be passed in Mexico that would ring-fence that nation and could cause poker refugees to flee once more.

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Dec 8th, 2014 18
"I Ended Up Playing the Whole Final Table in the Hotel Lobby"

Imagine playing for the title in the PokerStars Sunday 500, a $530 buy-in tournament with one of the largest top prizes of the week, and being forced out of your hotel room because it's checkout time. Such was the nightmare of Alex lynskey99 Lynskey (pictured), who was in Hong Kong for the tournament, but had to play the final table from the corner of a bustling hotel lobby. Oops. Fortunately ...

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Dec 7th, 2014 2
"Heads-Up Is Not As Lucrative As It Used to Be"

Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money.

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Dec 7th, 2014 2
Daniel Negreanu's Take on Poker and Gambling

About a week ago, word broke that Vicky Coren, a longtime PokerStars pro, had left the site over its decision to introduce sports betting and casino games. The news rippled through the poker community and many sympathized with Coren for her decision.

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Dec 6th, 2014 15
"The Chop Was Well-Timed Because I Just Bought a House for My Mother"

Last month, Brazil's Kelvin Kerber (pictured), who is known as kelvin_fpar on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy heads-up and earned $50,000, the largest amount given out. "I'm really happy about it," Kerber told PocketFives. "I had been chasing a result like that for a while. The chop was well-timed because I just bought a house for my mother." Son of the Year award!

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Dec 5th, 2014 11
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with SamENole

A member of PocketFives ever since our first year in business, Matt SamENole Smith (pictured) has amassed $1.1 million in online tournament winnings along with almost $400,000 more at brick-and-mortar casinos. Now, he has turned his attention to daily fantasy sports (DFS) on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings and, in fact, is camped out in Atlantis in the Bahamas for a big daily fantasy football ...

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Dec 5th, 2014 2