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What Online Poker Sites Fare the Best in SEO?

This week, the popular Scouting Report from PokerScout took a look at SEO from the major non-US online poker sites. In other words, when a prospective customer searches terms like "poker," "online poker," "holdem," and "free poker," how do the major sites stack up' And, is there a correlation between SEO visibility and liquidity' Does a poor SEO result equate to a death sentence'

DanDan
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Oct 28th, 2014 0
Pro-Gambling Forces Leading Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

According to an article published on Monday on , Sheldon Adelson's vaunted Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is ironically being led by former lawmakers who were pro-gaming. Oops. The article singled out former New York Republican Governor George Pataki (pictured) and former Denver Democrat Mayor Wellington Webb, both of whom have been trumpeting the alleged evils of internet gambling to the ...

DanDan
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Oct 28th, 2014 5
US Full Tilt Players with Incomplete Information Could See Claims Denied

In a notice posted on , the Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt refunds, issued a warning on Monday to petitioners who failed to provide correct social security information. In fact, giving incomplete or incorrect social security information could result in a player's claim being denied.

DanDan
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Oct 28th, 2014 0
PokerStars on FX Changes: "We'll Continue to Make Tough Calls"

As you probably know by now, PokerStars changed its foreign exchange policy in the last few days, which has elicited quite a reaction from the poker community. The site has introduced a margin of what appears to be about 2.5%, which only applies to deposits and withdrawals and not transfers within PokerStars. You'll only encounter a fee if you have to change currencies.

DanDan
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Oct 27th, 2014 8
WSOP on ESPN: "Eleven Outs for Kentucky Justice"

A pretty entertaining pair of one-hour episodes highlighting Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN on Sunday night starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Kyle Keranen was the start-of-coverage chip leader and the action was at the tail end of the sixth day of play.

DanDan
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Oct 27th, 2014 3
How to Manage Two Kids and Final Table the Sunday Million

Earlier this month, tomnovicki (pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Million, banking $54,000. Perhaps more impressively, he did so while juggling two kids, one of whom was two days old and the other of whom is two years old. Yes, it sounds like complete bedlam.

DanDan
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Oct 26th, 2014 3
Update on Ray Bitar: Forfeiture Details Released, "Dying" of Heart Ailment

In April, former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar (pictured) pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the online poker site's financial debacle and was sentenced to time served despite facing three-and-a-half decades behind bars. The reason: a potentially fatal heart condition that gave him a 50% chance of living less than a year. Six months later, his health condition seems to be status quo, ...

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Oct 25th, 2014 11
"Never Give Up! Learn About Poker, Talk About Poker, Play Poker"

One of a handful of PocketFivers to receive a $1 million cash badge this month is Croatia's marko2701 (pictured). He is the top-ranked player in the capital city of Zagreb and is a brand new member of the PocketFives community. "I feel proud of myself. This is a result of three years of work and dedication to online poker," he told us in an exclusive interview.

DanDan
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Oct 25th, 2014 1
Jean-Robert Bellande Needs to Lose 9 Pounds in 9 Days for $70K Weight Loss Bet

Reporting on a guy like Jean-Robert Bellande never gets old. The "Survivor: China" castaway is nearing the end of a weight loss bet to get down to 254 pounds by the end of October. According to F5 Poker, he has $70,000 in bets riding on it. However, with a week to go in October, can Bellande pull it off'

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Oct 24th, 2014 18
Key to the Sunday Brawl: "I Play a Maximum of 18 Tables at the Same Time"

Earlier this month, Portugal's Tiago tiago_dias Dias (pictured, image courtesy PokerPT) finished in third place in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. There were slightly more than 600 entrants that week and Dias' deep run was worth $13,000, bringing his lifetime total to nearly $800,000 in online tournaments. "I'm feeling very good," Dias told PocketFives. "I feel I am playing my best game."

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Oct 24th, 2014 3
Daniel Negreanu, Jack McClelland Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

The Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been announced! After a multi-month public nomination process as well as voting from the living Hall of Fame members and a select group of media that included this author, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Jack McClelland have been elected. Negreanu, a six-time bracelet winner, and McClelland, a game-changing tournament director, were the only two this ...

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Oct 23rd, 2014 2
Sports Books Set Odds for 2014 WSOP Main Event Winner

With the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event set to kick off in less than three weeks, gambling sites have started to post betting odds on which of the November Nine will go the distance to win the coveted gold bracelet and a cool $10 million for first place.

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Oct 23rd, 2014 4
PPA Singles Out "Poker Jokers"

It's almost election time in the United States, which means one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Voters will head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November and, when they do, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) wants to remind them who has sided with Sheldon Adelson and his crusade to outlaw online poker in the US.

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Oct 23rd, 2014 3
Ari Engel (BodogAri) Wins Seventh WSOP Circuit Ring, Now Second All-Time

Known to many on PocketFives as BodogAri, Ari Engel has hit it big in the live poker world over the years. This week, Engel won his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit ring and moved into a tie for second all-time on that leaderboard behind only Alex Masek, who has eight. Also with seven Circuit rings is Chris Reslock.

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Oct 22nd, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: TheClaimeer Reenters Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means a brand new installment of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week, Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) reentered the top 10 after being ranked as high as #4 earlier this year. This week, he moved up from #23 to #10 after chopping a PartyPoker Pokerfest event heads-up for $35,000.

DanDan
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Oct 22nd, 2014 1
Nolan Dalla on Dan Colman: "Are You Kidding Me?"

In a recent segment on "Poker Night in America," Nolan Dalla (pictured) did what only Nolan Dalla is capable of doing. The show's creative director recently took the hammer to World Series of Poker One Drop champion Dan Colman, who has called poker a "very dark game" and "a distraction" despite winning over $22 million from live tournaments this year, according to the Hendon Mob. He ducked ...

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Oct 22nd, 2014 11
"It's Difficult to Tell Whether You Played Really Well or Ran Like a God"

He might be a tad modest, but Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $68,000, defeating a group of 765 entrants. As he told us, "I'm feeling awesome about it. It's my favorite tournament of the regular Sunday Majors, so I am very happy I finally won it."

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Oct 21st, 2014 1
WSOP on ESPN: "I Play a Lot Better When I Get Kings Against Jacks"

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN on Sunday night with a pair of one-hour episodes beginning at 9:00pm Eastern Time. The program began with the start of Day 6 and 79 players remaining. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who made the 2013 November Nine, was chip leader, poised to become the first two-time November Niner.

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Oct 20th, 2014 0
"My Plans for the Money? Doubling Down on MTTs! #Vamos"

Earlier this month, PocketFiver David d.quang Quang (pictured) lit up the field of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, coming in second place for $17,000. There were 612 entrants and the cash helped push him to just shy of $2.5 million in lifetime scores. "It's always a great feeling to final table any major, but it's never an awesome feeling if you don't win it," he told us. "I also final tabled the ...

DanDan
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Oct 19th, 2014 8
GSN Launches Survey About "High Stakes Poker"

Between 2006 and 2011, cable station GSN aired seven seasons of "High Stakes Poker." The poker show is probably this author's favorite in the genre, a high-takes cash game featuring some of the top players in the game including the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Doyle Brunson. It contained some of the richest pots in poker history.

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Oct 18th, 2014 15
"You Don't Go to the Galapagos to Play Poker"

"You don't go to the Galapagos to play poker." There's perhaps the understatement of the year and it came out of the mouth of TiltTheBho (pictured), who chopped the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up last month and earned $179,000. He officially took third place and was second in chips when the four-way deal was struck.

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Oct 18th, 2014 4
Sheldon Adelson Minion: "Gambling on the Internet is for Chumps"

In a rather peculiar move, the Philadelphia Tribune published an op-ed this week entitled "Hidden Dangers of Internet Gambling." Its author: former Denver mayor and current Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling minion Wellington Webb (pictured). The Coalition, as you probably know, is headed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose casinos include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and ...

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Oct 17th, 2014 28
George Danzer Wins 2014 WSOP Player of the Year

The title of 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year officially belongs to George Danzer (pictured). The German won three WSOP bracelets in 2014, becoming the sixth player ever to win three bracelets in a single year. In that elusive department, he joins Puggy Pearson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Jeffrey Lisandro.

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Oct 16th, 2014 4
Phil Hellmuth Offered Spot on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap"

According to various news outlets, Phil Hellmuth (pictured), a 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and former Main Event champion, had a chance to appear alongside his better half on the ABC reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap." However, Hellmuth reportedly is leaning toward not appearing on the show out of deference to his bride.

DanDan
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Oct 16th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: RuiNF Jumps to #8 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. One of the notable moves of the week went to Portugal's Rui RuiNF Ferreira (pictured), who moved up from #24 to #8 worldwide, his highest position ever. Ferreira has five wins in the last week:

DanDan
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Oct 15th, 2014 1
Study: Poker Players Are Thin, Young, Like to Drink

The title of this article probably isn't mind-blowing, but it's interesting to see the results of a statistical study related to the demographics and habits of poker players. A report from of 2,131 active British gamblers was released in recent days and revealed that players in our industry tend to skew thin, young, and festive.

DanDan
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Oct 14th, 2014 3
WSOP on ESPN: "Camp Counselors Shouldn't Give Off False Tells"

Day 5 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN, going up against the Philadelphia Eagles' beat down of the New York Giants. When the first of two hour-long episodes began at 9:00pm Eastern Time, there were 139 players left and former #1 ranked PocketFiver Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) was third in chips.

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Oct 13th, 2014 0
BenFaz: "Big-Field Tournaments are a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

Last month, BenFaz came away with a third place finish as part of a chop of the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, which attracted over 8,000 entrants. He walked away with $164,000, the second highest total of anyone, and boosted his lifetime winnings to over $800,000 online.

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Oct 13th, 2014 14
Pro Shakeup Continues, Marvin Rettenmaier Leaves PartyPoker

It has been a rough end of 2014 for sponsored pros of some of the largest online poker sites in the world. If you're a regular reader of PocketFives, you'll know last month, PokerStars parted ways with Marcel Luske and 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner jcada99 Joe Cada.

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Oct 13th, 2014 0
"Winning a Triple Crown Means a Big Psychological Impact"

On September 18, Andrei Krylou (pictured), better known as Happynose on PocketFives, won the first of three tournaments for his first Triple Crown. PokerStars was the site of the victory, which came in a $75 NLHE tournament. The next day, he was off to the races in the Full Tilt Benjamin, coming out on top for $3,200, and his final Triple Crown tournament was the iPoker Saturday Mosh Pit.

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Oct 12th, 2014 0
Discovery Channel Declines to Pick Up Underground Poker

According to co-host Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), Discovery Channel has passed on the opportunity to air additional episodes of "Underground Poker." The show, which starred Esfandiari and longtime cohort Phil Laak, profiled underground card games and the pilot took place in New Orleans.

DanDan
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Oct 11th, 2014 1
"I'm Badly Craving Some Ridiculously Massive Live Score"

On the final weekend of September, Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep outright for $33,000, defeating a field of 715 entrants. While it wasn't the largest score he has recorded, it snapped a month of bleeding. As he put it, "The WCOOP didn't go nearly as well as I hoped, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was a very rough three weeks before Sunday, so I am ...

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Oct 11th, 2014 2
CrownUpGuy: "Give It All You Have and You'll Get There"

We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the ...

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Oct 10th, 2014 7
25,000 MTTs, 1 Triple Crown

On September 14, PocketFiver MendaLerenda (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $6,100. And while it wasn't the heftiest sum of money ever, it marked the first leg of his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. In the span of a week, MendaLerenda went on to win the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex and PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance to complete the bid.

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Oct 10th, 2014 1
Dan Colman Continues to Roll, Wins WPT Alpha8 London

Despite saying that poker is a "very dark game," Dan Colman (pictured) has steamrolled the competition this year. In April, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for a blistering $2.1 million. He followed that up by taking down the WSOP's Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million, famously ducking the media after the victory and lambasting the game on Two Plus Two.

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Oct 9th, 2014 13
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins First #1 Player from Brazil in a Year

Congrats, Brazil. For the first time in a year, a player from your country is #1 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This time, it's Yuri Martins (pictured), who entered his poker site names at the beginning of October and consequently shot all the way to the top of the worldwide leaderboard.

DanDan
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Oct 8th, 2014 10
PokerKaiser Earns Three Triple Crowns in September

Any way you slice it, September was a banner month for Chile's Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). He ascended to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings on September 24 and seems poised to maintain the distinction of being our #1 player when the Rankings are recalculated on Wednesday.

DanDan
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Oct 7th, 2014 9
WSOP on ESPN: "I Wonder if He Trash-Talks Locals"

On Sunday night, going up against the nationally-televised New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals NFL game, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. Two hours of action hit the small screen beginning at 9:00pm ET. This author tuned in at 10:00pm ET for an hour after the Sunday Night Football game ceased to be competitive.

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Oct 7th, 2014 3
PokerKaiser Wins September Monthly PLB

The final numbers are in for the September Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or PLB, on PocketFives. This time around, we have a two-time Monthly PLB winner: Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). The Chilean racked up 4,026 PLB Points during the month, beating second place Yuri Martins by 47 points.

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Oct 5th, 2014 0
Phil Ivey: "My Job is to Lawfully Reverse or Reduce the Perceived House Edge"

This week has featured poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) spinning his side of his now infamous edge-sorting tale. Ivey, a 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, has been in hot water on both sides of the Atlantic by virtue of allegedly edge-sorting in order to gain an advantage at forms of baccarat. As we reported last week, you can catch his side of the story on a special "60 Minutes ...

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Oct 5th, 2014 7
"I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Today if it Weren't for Gangnam Style"

Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, revolutionized the world of pop music in 2012 with his hit "Gangnam Style." As a matter of fact, its music video was the first to reach a billion views on YouTube and one PocketFiver we're sure couldn't get enough of it was Costa Rica's Peter winwin07 Nigh (pictured), who finished third in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major earlier this month for ...

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Oct 4th, 2014 11
PPA: Sheldon Adelson "Forgets He Owns a Casino"

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) spoke at the G2E gaming industry conference held his home casino, the Venetian in Las Vegas. Adelson, as you may know, said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to outlaw online gambling in the United States and has become public enemy #1 in our industry.

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Oct 1st, 2014 12
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Up to #4 After WCOOP Win

Following his massive $1.3 million payday for winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, CrownUpGuy (pictured) has shot up to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, not surprisingly his highest position ever. He netted over 3,200 PLB Points for his win in the $5,000 buy-in tournament.

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Oct 1st, 2014 2
Sickest Sunday Session Ever?

The title of this article was inspired by the title of a thread in the Poker Community forum talking about the sick Sunday of Pablo gordiju Gordillo (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $26,000, the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $44,000, and the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $30,000. The three tournaments had almost 43,000 entrants combined and the fact that he won all of them on the ...

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Sep 30th, 2014 13
CrownUpGuy Wins WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 Million

PocketFiver CrownUpGuy (pictured), whose real name is Fedor Holz, won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event early Tuesday morning for $1.3 million. The 21-year-old outlasted a field of 2,142 entrants in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament.

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Sep 30th, 2014 2
Aggro Santos = Master of WCOOP Titles

In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStars WCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the ...

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Sep 29th, 2014 10
A Three Week Old Son and a Sunday Brawl Win

It has been a big last month for Vasilis Mantis (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jellyfish223. Not only did he take down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright for $33,000, but he also welcomed his first son into the world, who now checks in at around a month.

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Sep 28th, 2014 1
"Hopefully My Next Interview Will Be After Winning the WCOOP Main Event"

Two weeks ago, Alexander Ivanov (pictured), who is known as s3c3 on PocketFives, finished in second place in the Full Tilt Sunday Major, a $215 Re-Entry tournament, for $30,000. There were nearly 900 entrants and Ivanov, who calls Russia home, booked his second largest cash to date.

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Sep 27th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser New #1

There's a brand new #1 ranked player on PocketFives. After a five-week reign by p0cket00, Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) assumed the position with 7,589 PLB Points, a scant 57 more than p0cket00, who now sits in second place. The PocketFives Rankings are recalculated every Wednesday.

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Sep 24th, 2014 1
Former Sponsored Pro William Reynolds Rips Ultimate Poker on Twitter

We reported to you late last week that Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in the US, had vacated the New Jersey market after alleging that its land-based partner, Trump Taj Mahal, had "multiple breaches" of contract. The casino has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and could close before the calendar year is through.

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Sep 23rd, 2014 21
Dan Cates on Tom Dwan: "He Failed to Uphold Any Promises He Made"

Let the drama and personal insults continue to fly! This week, PokerListings sat down with Dan Cates (pictured), who was formerly in the midst of the Durrrr Challenge with Tom Dwan. The challenge, which was set to last 50,000 hands, is only about 40% completed and, according to PokerListings and other sites, Cates is up $1.25 million thus far. If Cates is up after 50,000 hands, Dwan owes him ...

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Sep 23rd, 2014 6
PPA: "No Reason to Believe Sheldon Adelson Supports Online Poker in Any Form"

In recent days, PokerUpdate and others have brought up the possibility of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoration of America's Wire Act (S 2159, RAWA) adding a carve-out for online poker during the so-called "lame duck" Congressional session in November. PokerUpdate reported on Saturday, "As Chris Grove reported from C5's US Online Gaming Conference, Bally Tech's John Connelly stated during a ...

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Sep 22nd, 2014 6
Justin Archuleta Admits to Scamming the Poker Community Out of $280,000

In a lengthy post on Two Plus Two, Justin Archuleta (pictured) confessed to allegedly scamming the poker community out of nearly $300,000. Whether the post, which has morphed into a 42-page thread, is a level or the real McCoy remains to be seen, but it has garnered quite a bit of attention from those affected as well as players concerned about account security.

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Sep 22nd, 2014 12
"Getting 7,800 People in One Tournament is a Big Accomplishment"

One of the highlights of this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stack event, which drew a crowd of 7,862 entrants. Finishing second, and amazingly edging out nearly the entire field, was Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on PocketFives and calls North Wales, Pennsylvania home. McKeehen earned $820,000. Right before we talked to McKeehen, he ...

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Sep 21st, 2014 5
When is it Time to Play Like an Agro-Monkey?

On September 7, Poland's Barry86 came away with the win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep for $35,000. The $215 buy-in poker tournament attracted 765 entrants and Barry86 defeated a final table consisting of four other PocketFivers. He just passed $750,000 in online tournament winnings and seems poised to make a quick run at $1 million.

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Sep 20th, 2014 1
Ultimate Gaming Leaves New Jersey

On Friday, following word that its land-based partner casino, Trump Taj Mahal, is facing bankruptcy, Ultimate Gaming announced that it plans to withdraw from the regulated New Jersey marketplace. In doing so, Ultimate terminated its agreement with Trump due to "multiple breaches by Trump Taj Mahal Associates," according to a press release.

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Sep 19th, 2014 4
PokerStars.fr Withdraws from UK Market

Due to impending double-taxation issues, PokerStars.fr, the 11th largest site in the world in terms of cash game volume according to PokerScout, announced that it will withdraw from the UK market. PokerStars.fr is the second largest dot-fr site.

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Sep 19th, 2014 9
"Old Guys Can Still Win Online!"

On the first Sunday of September, longtime PocketFiver Ryan gutshtallin Welch (pictured), who joined our site in 2007, took down the PokerStars Sunday Million, a WCOOP event, after a seven-way chop for $200,000. There were over 11,600 entrants that week and Welch was one of two to pocket at least $200,000.

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Sep 18th, 2014 13
US Players: Special PocketFives Open on September 21

On September 21, we'll be running a special PocketFives Open for US players. This is our way of saying thank you to our US members who have stuck around after Black Friday and are anxiously awaiting regulated online poker in their state. Here's your chance to play against other members of PocketFives in a fairly competitive and fun environment. This time around, the PocketFives Open for US ...

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Sep 18th, 2014 2
Morgan Stanley: 20 US States Will Regulate Online Gambling By 2020

According to a report from Morgan Stanley, 20 US states will have regulated internet gambling by 2020. Currently, three states are online – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware – with others like Pennsylvania and California currently examining the issue.

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Sep 17th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: veeea, PokerKaiser Enter Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means we have a brand new update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. There was a fair amount of movement within the top ten this week, including two new entrants, but what hasn't changed is our #1 ranked player, p0cket00 (pictured). The Canadian leads the way with 7,812 PLB Points, about 10% more than our second ranked player.

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Sep 17th, 2014 0
From Half a Big Blind to $213,000

On the final weekend of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, taking the tournament down outright for $213,000. There were over 7,100 entrants in the weekly $215 tournament and Tinnion was one of three to earn over $100,000.

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Sep 16th, 2014 8
"Having the Work You Do Culminate in an Insane Month is Incredible"

The last few weeks have been mighty kind to Mikael Viuff Hansen, who is better known in the online poker world as therealfuddebuf (pictured). This Danish player finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $114,000 in late August and followed that up with a second place showing in a WCOOP $215 Rebuy for $150,000 a week later. With over a quarter-of-a-million dollars in the books, he will ...

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Sep 16th, 2014 2
Ted Forrest Still Waiting for Payment from Mike Matusow for 2010 Weight Loss Bet

In August 2010, ESPN published an article saying that Ted Forrest (pictured) had won a "shocking" weight loss bet with Mike Matusow. The site quoted Forrest as saying, "We were at the Commerce a few months ago, we'd just had dinner, and I felt full and fat. I weighed about 188 in clothes. I bet him I'd weigh under 140 and he was like, 'No, it's impossible,' so he laid me 20-1 that I couldn't do ...

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Sep 14th, 2014 16
"I Usually Tilt a Lot About Any Tech Problems During a Session"

Oh, tech problems. This author especially hates technology, like when he strolls over to his computer only to find 10 updates that have to be installed before he can check his e-mail. Also in my camp with a disdain for tech issues is Russia's harrrrmonica, who won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl in recent weeks for $26,000.

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Sep 14th, 2014 0
BOA Freezes WCGRider's Accounts: "This is the Icing on the Cake"

In a series of Tweets posted last week, it was revealed that Doug Polk (pictured), who is known in the high-stakes online poker world as WCGRider, had his Bank of America accounts frozen. The bank's actions came in advance of Polk wanting to head to Canada for the ongoing WCOOP on PokerStars.

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Sep 13th, 2014 9
Heads-Up with #5 Ranked MAMOHT_T

Over the last weekend of August, Russia's MAMOHT_T (pictured) came away with the victory in the 888 Poker Mega Deep. Defeating a field of 681 entrants meant a $32,000 payday, as he defeated fellow PocketFiver Grind24seven heads-up.

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Sep 13th, 2014 2
Underground Poker: "I Think the Universe Just Took a Big Dump on Phil Laak"

On Wednesday, "Underground Poker" featuring Phil Laak (pictured) and Antonio Esfandiari aired on the Discovery Channel. If you've never heard of the show before, check out our official preview. This article is a recap of the one-hour pilot, which aired at 10:00pm Eastern Time in case you missed it.

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Sep 12th, 2014 7
DOJ Sending $2 Million in Full Tilt Refunds to 600 Players

According to the most recent update on the official website, another $2 million will be distributed to 600 US claimants by the end of September. In case you're wondering who will be paid this time around, text found on the site explains that the $2 million is earmarked for those who "confirmed their FTP Account Balances. GCG is currently working with the bank selected by the DOJ to set up the ...

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Sep 10th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: MAMOHT_T Up to #5 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated once again. We had several players enter the top 10 this week, but one thing that hasn't changed is our #1 player, p0cket00. In fact, p0cket00 holds a veritable stranglehold on the top spot with a PLB score of 7,708 points, almost 700 ahead of second place.

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Sep 10th, 2014 4
Daniel Negreanu Makes Poker Hall of Fame Ballot in First Year of Eligibility

The 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class have been announced. One name stands out on the list as a potential early favorite for this year's class, Daniel Negreanu (pictured). This author is once again on the voting panel for the Poker Hall of Fame and will likely be casting the majority of his votes to "Kid Poker."

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Sep 9th, 2014 4
PokerStars Meeting Former New Jersey Players

In recent days, PokerStars has been reaching out to former New Jersey VIP players and meeting with them via a series of summits in Jersey City and Atlantic City. The site, which Amaya Gaming purchased along with Full Tilt Poker three months ago, appears on track to enter the New Jersey market by the end of the year and perhaps as soon as next month.

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Sep 9th, 2014 9
"Cash is More Profitable, But I Love the Competitive Aspects of MTTs"

They call him Wicked617 on PokerStars and Tim Reilly (pictured) in the real world. Whatever you want to call him, he's relevant on our site because, in part, he took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy on the final day of August and came away with $51,000. Unlike other Sunday Majors we've reported on, this one had no chop.

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Sep 8th, 2014 2
"I Learned the Hard Way What Not to Do With Your Wages"

Last month, the Winamax High Roller, a $375 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew 162 entrants and paid out a first place prize of $16,000. Its recipient was Scotland PocketFiver squire1888 (pictured), who is up to almost a half-million dollars in career online tournament winnings. "It was my first outright win in a while," squire1888 told PocketFives. "It's always a good feeling to get the monkey ...

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Sep 7th, 2014 9
Renewable Utilities By Day, Chopping the Sunday 500 By Night

Cardiff, UK's Les lpacker Packer hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month, chopping the tournament heads-up for $57,000 and officially taking first place. There were almost 700 entrants in the $530 buy-in event, crushing its guarantee and vaulting Packer to nearly $400,000 in lifetime online tournament winnings.

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Sheldon Adelson on Internet Gambling in 2001: "Our Hat Will Be in That Ring"

In case you think that Las Vegas Sands head Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has a longstanding hatred for the internet gambling industry, you should check out an article from 2001 that appeared in the Las Vegas Sun. In it, Adelson charged that his company will "be in that ring," referring to the internet gambling arena, and praised lawmakers for pursuing pro-internet gambling legislation.

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Sep 6th, 2014 10
"You Always Dream About Final Tabling the Sunday Million"

Last weekend's PokerStars Sunday Million featured a field of 7,133 entrants and paydays of at least $50,000 to over half the final table. Taking fourth place in the weekly blockbuster was Jase SSSMforlife Regina (pictured), who earned $75,000, bringing his career total to over $1.1 million. We sat down with the 70th ranked player worldwide and the #6 player in Ontario, Canada to talk about his ...

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"After We Accepted the Deal, There Was Still $5K for 1st, But None of Us Knew It"

Last month, Paul Febers (pictured), known on PocketFives as xxCelticFCxx, was part of a three-way chop of a Full Tilt Online Poker Series $129 No Limit Hold'em Knockout event. His reward was $37,000, the third largest score we've tracked for him.

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Dan Colman Wins Seminole Hard Rock Main Event, Now #3 on All-Time Money List

Despite calling poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game" as well as refusing media interviews, Dan Colman (pictured) has certainly demonstrated that he's a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had a $2.5 million overlay and a $10 million guarantee, to take home $1.4 million.

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PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 Continues Reign at #1

On July 2, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) ascended to the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankings and stayed there for six straight weeks. It was the longest run by any player since pessagno's eight weeks at #1 that started in August of last year. Then, p0cket00 was bucked by pleno1 on August 13 for one week, but quickly returned to the top spot on August 20. Now, we could see another streak ...

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Sep 3rd, 2014 0
The Allure of Six-Max Tournaments with "Spewy French Regs"

On the final weekend of July, Sweden's MangeJao, whose real name is Magnus Nordmark (pictured), won the Winamax High Roller for $14,000 following a two-way chop. The six-max tournament had 190 entrants and a buy-in of nearly $400, with the top 21 getting paid. Nordmark told us in an exclusive interview, "It felt good. It's always awesome to score a tournament win. I have been to too many second ...

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Sep 2nd, 2014 0
"Everyone Was Folding Down to 2 Big Blinds Waiting for A-A"

The MicroMillions Main Event on PokerStars brought out almost 58,000 entrants, each paying $22. The result was that the $1 million guaranteed tournament ended up with a $1.1 million prize pool and, in the end, Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured) from Brazil walked away with a third place finish for $57,000, or 2,590 times his buy-in.

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Report: Could PokerStars Have Bought the New Orleans Saints?

According to a report by longtime poker industry veteran Nolan Dalla, PokerStars, now owned by Amaya Gaming, reportedly was floating the idea of buying the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2006. At the time, Dalla was PokerStars' Director of Communications.

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Aug 31st, 2014 1
"Anyone Who Works Hard and Has Confidence in Himself Knows Anything is Possible"

One of the most recent members of the PocketFives community to hit $1 million in online tournament cashes is Portugal's Acacio Bispo (pictured). The 12th ranked player in his home nation, Bispo is the lone PocketFiver from the northeastern town of Macedo De Cavaleiros. Given how popular poker has become in Portugal, we thought the occasion would be appropriate for an interview.

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MatveichukR Wins Sixth Triple Crown

Late last month, Russia's MatveichukR (pictured) took down his sixth PocketFives Triple Crown. If the award isn't familiar to you, the way to get one is to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. PocketFivers have won 106 of them in 2014 and exactly 900 all-time.

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Aug 30th, 2014 1
Don't Call it a Comeback: Gus Hansen Up $731,000 on Thursday

He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime.

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Aug 29th, 2014 3
PocketFives US-Friendly Poker League Restarts September 1 at NLOP

We're just a few days away from a new month of PocketFives League games at NLOP, or National League of Poker. Players from the United States are welcome and there are five League games on deck for September, each taking place on Tuesday nights at 9:30pm Eastern Time. Sign up for NLOP here so you can take part in our weekly League games.

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Aug 29th, 2014 7
PocketFives Rankings Update: veeea, 1bigacehole Crack Top 10

entering the busy time of year in the online poker world. On Wednesday, we had a little bit of a shakeup in the top 10 worldwide of the PocketFives Rankings, as two players returned to the upper echelons of the leaderboard. And don't worry, fans of p0cket00; your boy is still ranked #1 on our site.

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Aug 28th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: European Up 20 Spots to #4

It's Wednesday, which means we have recalculated the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Finland's European chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $185,000. The result was a trip to the top five of the Rankings and a 1,156-PLB Point boost. European has $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and three six-figure scores to his credit.

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Aug 20th, 2014 4
Who's Your Pick to Win the 2014 WSOP Main Event?

We're three months away from the resumption of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event from the Rio in Las Vegas. The final nine features players from six countries including, for the first time ever, Brazil, whose representative, Bruno Politano, recently signed with 888 Poker.

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Aug 19th, 2014 4
dipthrong Wins FTOPS XXVI Leaderboard, Black Card Pro Sponsorship

Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) dominated the competition in the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, which wrapped up over the weekend. And when we say Herm dominated, we're not just throwing that term around lightly. In fact, the Toronto poker player won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by a commanding 219 points.

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Dan Cates Up Nearly $3 Million on Full Tilt This Year

About a week ago, PocketFives brought you an article about Dan "jungleman" Cates breaking $10 million in high-stakes winnings at Full Tilt Poker, a major milestone. Over the weekend, Cates (pictured) continued to roll, inching closer to $3 million in winnings on Full Tilt this year, according to HighStakesDB.

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Aug 18th, 2014 1
Amaya: "No Disruption to Core Poker Offering" at PokerStars, Full Tilt

In an article that eGaming Review published on Friday, Amaya CEO David Baazov (pictured) reiterated his company's commitment to an online casino and sports book following the acquisition of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The transaction officially closed earlier this month, well ahead of schedule.

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Aug 17th, 2014 8
"I Felt at the Top of the World After Playing a Long Session and Winning 32 Cents!"

On the final weekend of July, Brazil's capotinha (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $49,000. There were about 900 entrants in the tournament, which offered up a prize pool of $265,000. It was his largest online tournament cash by a factor of three and has helped drive his career total to just south of $1 million.

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Aug 17th, 2014 4
Newsweek on Ripping Online Poker: "No Bias For or Against Online Gambling"

In response to a letter to the editor, Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman (pictured) explained the rationale for and background to the cover story in the magazine's August 22 edition espousing the societal ills of online gambling. Despite not conveying any reaction from pro-gambling forces, Goodman asserted, "No view was unwelcome and there was no bias for or against online gambling. The focus ...

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Aug 16th, 2014 5
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked huiiiiiiiiii

On the 10th day of August, Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500, his second big-time Sunday Major win in the last two years. He is quickly nearing $3.6 million in career online poker tournament earnings and sits at #4 in the PocketFives Rankings. His chopping partner in the Sunday 500 was fellow PocketFiver lilachaa and he graciously sat down with us to talk about ...

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Aug 16th, 2014 1
PPA Calls Newsweek Attack on Online Poker "A Failure in Journalism"

On the cover of Newsweek Magazine's August 22 edition will be a child in a white t-shirt holding a tablet with playing cards on it. Below him in big black letters are the words "Poker Face," which accompany an article from Leah McGrath Goodman entitled, "How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand."

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New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for August 15, 2014

This week in New Jersey, Jack King (Jaybone2315 on PocketFives, pictured) made four final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee. King finished second on Monday, fifth and third on Tuesday, and eighth in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Thursday for a total of $1,900.

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"I Wanted to Eat My Chinese Takeaway, So I Started Shoving All-In"

In recent days, Daniel Charlton (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as judgedredd13, was part of a three-way chop of Event #15 of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, a $129 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout. Charlton earned $42,000 as part of the chop, which came just four months after he was part of the historic 900 millionth tournament dealt on PokerStars. Charlton ...

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Dan Colman: Poker is a "Distraction," We Should Stop "Idolizing" Players

On Tuesday night, the world watched as Dan Colman (pictured) won the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop on ESPN. Colman was largely stoic after the final cards were dealt and for the most part looked stunned. He quickly declined interviews and exited the Rio while second place finisher Daniel Negreanu cordially stuck around, spoke to the press, and took pictures.

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