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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.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 1st, 2014 0
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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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."

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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Sep 7th, 2014 3
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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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Sep 6th, 2014 0
"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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Sep 4th, 2014 12
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.

DanDan
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Sep 4th, 2014 17
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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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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Sep 2nd, 2014 5
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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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Aug 31st, 2014 6
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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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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Aug 18th, 2014 15
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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Aug 15th, 2014 16
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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Aug 15th, 2014 3
"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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Aug 14th, 2014 23
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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Aug 13th, 2014 33
PocketFives Rankings Update: pleno1 New #1

Last week, we began our PocketFives Rankings Update by saying there was a very good chance we'd have a new #1 player worldwide this week. And, sure enough, our statement came true, as Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) is your new top dog in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, our first new #1 since July 2.

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Aug 13th, 2014 4
"For 3.5 Seconds, Toby Thought He Made the Best Fold in the History of Poker"

The title of this article is part of a quote from Aaron Jones reacting to a hand between Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier (pictured) that you can watch by clicking here. It occurred during the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN on Tuesday night and set Twitter ablaze. In the hand, Seiver raised to 1.2 million before the flop with K-10 of spades and Reinkemeier, who ...

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Aug 12th, 2014 21
My Plan? Continue Avoiding Real Work.

On the final Sunday in July, PocketFiver Beq was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $158,000, the second largest amount given out. There were almost 7,000 entrants in the Sunday Million that week and Beq, who calls Finland home, recorded his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of five.

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Aug 12th, 2014 2
Moorman1 Wins 22nd Triple Crown, 2nd of August

Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) now has 22 PocketFives Triple Crowns, the most of anyone on our site by a mile, and just racked up his second award of August, a month that's only a dozen days old. With 22, Moorman has more Triple Crowns than the second and third place players on the Triple Crown leaderboard combined.

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Aug 12th, 2014 12
Morongo, PPA, Card Clubs Respond to California Online Poker Failure

Late last week, PocketFives brought you an article about the bills regulating online poker in California being shelved for 2014. The reason, according to bill author and State Senator Lou Correa: "Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it's done right."

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Aug 11th, 2014 0
Alexonmoon Up $1.2 Million in August

Earlier today, PocketFives brought you word that Dan Cates had passed $10 million in winnings on Full Tilt Poker during his career. Now, with a little help from HighStakesDB, we'll turn our attention to Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau (pictured), who according to the tracking site is up $1.2 million in August.

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Aug 10th, 2014 0
Dan Cates Hits $10 Million in High-Stakes Winnings at Full Tilt

According to HighStakesDB, Dan "jungleman" Cates (pictured) has hit $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker. He reached the mark after scooping $677,000 in a marathon session on Saturday. According to the tracking site, Cates played for 26 hours with a scant one-hour break.

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Aug 10th, 2014 1
GovTrack: US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bills Have Slim Chance of Passing

According to GovTrack.us, which keeps tabs on US legislation and lawmaker voting records, the bills to prohibit internet gambling in the United States have a slim chance of being passed before the end of the current legislation session, which occurs at the end of the year. Any bills not acted upon by the end of 2014 will be considered dead and must be reintroduced in 2015 in order to be ...

DanDan
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Aug 9th, 2014 6
PocketFives Finally Interviews a Player from Iceland

We're pretty sure this is one of the first, if not the first, interviews we've ever done with a poker player from Iceland. After all, the island nation has fewer than 150 registered PocketFives members, so percentage-wise Iceland is a tiny blip on the poker radar. However, in recent weeks, Hrannar Hallgrimsson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as hrabbi87, final tabled the PokerStars ...

DanDan
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Aug 9th, 2014 3
PayPal Eyeing Regulated US Online Gambling Sites?

According to a report from Chris Grove, PayPal could be eyeing regulated US online gambling. The easy-to-use online e-wallet that's accepted by a variety of internet- and land-based retailers "plans to announce a foray into processing regulated online gambling payments in the coming months, according to a source with knowledge of the company's plans."

DanDan
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Aug 8th, 2014 9
"I Would Regret It Later in Life if I Didn't Give Poker a Chance"

The final Sunday of July saw 2,901 entrants show up for the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. With nearly $600,000 on the line, Jorge Alberto Carvalho Abreu (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jorginho88, took home the win for $91,000. We caught up with the Portuguese player to learn about bringing his career online tournament earnings to nearly $500,000.

DanDan
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Aug 8th, 2014 1
The Best Birthday Present Ever?

Today is this author's birthday. Yes, hold your applause and direct all gifts to the PocketFives business address. Two weeks ago, Mike Bartholomew (pictured), who is known as AAcademiKK on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $25,000, defeating a field of nearly 600 entrants just two days before his birthday. We caught up with the Canadian to talk about his largest online ...

DanDan
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Aug 7th, 2014 1
WSOP on ESPN: "When the Cards Turn Against You, They Turn Against You"

Coverage of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop continued on Tuesday night on ESPN. Two one-hour episodes began with 16 players left and Tom Hall was perched atop the chip counts. The One Drop dished out a $15 million top prize.

DanDan
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Aug 6th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: lena900 Jumps to #9 Worldwide

There wasn't a lot of movement this week in the top 10 worldwide of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, but Sweden's lena900 moved up from #18 to #9 and was the lone new face in the top 10. On July 29, lena900 won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for over $100,000 officially, a cash that pushed the Swede's PLB Point tally up by 741.

DanDan
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Aug 6th, 2014 2
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Accepting Direct Buy-Ins Via PokerStars

The Main Event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open starts on August 28. Although it's a US-based event that takes place in South Florida, the tournament will see a number of players buy directly in through the PokerStars client.

DanDan
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Aug 5th, 2014 0
Full Tilt Red Pros, Friends Eligible for Remission; Deadline is September 3

According to an update from Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker refunds, "It has been determined that players designated by Full Tilt Poker as 'professionals,' other than Team Full Tilt Players, will be able to submit Petitions for Remission to recover the portion of their account balance that is not attributable to compensation provided by FTP or ...

DanDan
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Aug 5th, 2014 1
moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #21 After Seven-Week Hiatus

After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site.

DanDan
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Aug 4th, 2014 9
New US-Friendly PocketFives League Starts Tuesday on NLOP

The free PocketFives League on NLOP, which welcomes US players, returns for a new month on Tuesday, August 5. We're hitting the reset button on the standings, so everyone will be on equal footing, and there's no cost to play. NLOP is giving out a total of $500 in cash to the top five finishers.

DanDan
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Aug 4th, 2014 0
15,609 Copies of Howard Lederer's "Secrets of NLHE" Sold at Auction

How much would you pay for 15,609 copies of "Secrets of No Limit Hold'em," an instructional DVD from former Full Tilt Poker front man Howard Lederer' Ten dollars' Twenty dollars' One dollar' Try ten cents. In a recent fire sale auction of Full Tilt Poker-related multimedia and gear, 15,609 copies of Lederer's DVD went for $1,560.90 total, or a dime each.

DanDan
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Aug 3rd, 2014 6
"I Got 5th in the Sunday Million at 7am and Went to Work 90 Minutes Later"

In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, "It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I'd reached the $1 million cash badge milestone."

DanDan
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Aug 3rd, 2014 4
"That Might Be the Worst Beat in the History of Tournament Poker"

As you might know, on Tuesday night, PocketFives was camped out at Borgata in Atlantic City watching the finale of the first ever live PocketFives Open. Accordingly, we missed the premiere of ESPN's coverage of the Big One for One Drop, which created such a buzz in the mainstream world that we felt compelled to record a rerun and write about what ESPN commentator Lon McEachern argued could ...

DanDan
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Aug 2nd, 2014 12
"If I Only Played for the Money, I'd Have Stopped Evolving a Long Time Ago"

Last month, Felipe Baraky Tavares (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. While many players would be excited to find $47,000 sitting in their laps, Tavares wanted more, telling PocketFives, "It could have been better. I had an edge over the other two guys, but it went like that, so I'm fine. In poker, we're only really satisfied with first place."

DanDan
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Aug 2nd, 2014 2
Paddy Power Suffers "Historical Data Breach"

On Thursday, Paddy Power issued a press release warning users of a "historical data breach" that occurred back in 2010. Four years later, Paddy Power is learning the "full extent" of the issue, which affected nearly 650,000 customers.

DanDan
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Aug 1st, 2014 3
Nevada Hits $1 Million in Online Poker Revenue for the First Time

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the regulated Nevada online poker sites hit $1 million in combined revenue in June, the first time that's happened since the market launched last year. The number was $1.037 million in a month, to be exact.

DanDan
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Jul 31st, 2014 1
Amaya Shareholders Approve PokerStars, Full Tilt Purchase

On Wednesday, shareholders of Amaya Gaming approved the acquisition of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt. Following the go-ahead from shareholders, Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov commented, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to extend my appreciation to shareholders for their overwhelming support of the acquisition of Rational Group."

DanDan
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Jul 31st, 2014 0
Mike Barletta Wins Borgata PocketFives Open, gboro780 Second

There were 538 entrants in the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open live event in Atlantic City. The $400 buy-in tournament passed its $150,000 guarantee by $38,000 and a four-way chop around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday ended it. There was a huge Day 1B turnout on Monday that included eight bounty players.

DanDan
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Jul 30th, 2014 14
"Even the Bad Beats Make You Want to Play More"

Our most recent PocketFives Open was held on 888 Poker during the off-day of the World Cup prior to the knockout round. As football fans around the world took a breather from rooting on their favorite countries, the PocketFives community event on 888 kicked off. Your winner: Michael SuarezisKing Lawrence, who calls the United Kingdom home. We caught up with our most recent PocketFives Open ...

DanDan
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Jul 29th, 2014 0
Las Vegas Sands Has Spent $460,000 This Year Lobbying on Online Gambling

You might recall that Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the United States of online gambling. In fact, he has corralled two lawmakers – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – into introducing bills to do exactly that. How much money have Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling spent in ...

DanDan
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Jul 27th, 2014 13
"I Never Thought I'd Be the Luckbox Who Could Win a Live Tournament"

Late last month, Dublin, Ireland's SuitedAcesBaby (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $30,000. The tournament drew 769 entrants and had a prize pool that just barely passed its $225,000 guarantee. As he admitted, "The result came at the right time, as I was on a bit of a downswing." He was also headed to Las Vegas when we talked to him to partake in the final days ...

DanDan
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Jul 26th, 2014 3
Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $50 Million Playing Poker in the Last 12 Months

In May, poker playboy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roof into a pool, only to have said porn star clip her foot and injure it, resulting in legal action. Now, Bilzerian is back in the news, this time after appearing on the "Howard Stern Show." Never a dull moment.

DanDan
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Jul 25th, 2014 29
It's Raining Play Chips! First One Billion Chip Pot at Full Tilt

We normally wouldn't get very excited about any article related to play chip poker, but this is something you don't see every day. Last weekend, Full Tilt Poker dealt a one billion-chip pot. Yes, one billion play chips exchanged hands in a single pot, the first time that has happened in Full Tilt's history.

DanDan
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Jul 25th, 2014 4
Full Tilt Poker Denies Any Involvement with FTP Store Auction

This week, word of an auction of $3.5 million worth of Full Tilt Poker promotional items popped up on F5 Poker. The sale, run by J. Sugarman Auction Corp., features a host of Full Tilt shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, hats, books, DVDs, and more.

DanDan
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Jul 24th, 2014 6
Churchill Downs Developing Online Casino Software

Operating in a state that tried to seize the domain names of over 140 internet gambling sites a few years ago, Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) is developing its own online casino software, according to and several other news outlets.

DanDan
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Jul 24th, 2014 2
I. Nelson Rose: Bad Actor Clauses Could Be Legal Under Vice Laws

In an article that will be published in the next issue of Gaming Law Review and Economics that Bluff Magazine previewed, Professor I. Nelson Rose (pictured) of says that "bad actor" clauses could be permitted since gambling is considered a vice. That opinion is in contrast to a theory put forth by Laurence Tribe, who said that bad actor clauses could be unconstitutional.

DanDan
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Jul 23rd, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: Easylimp Cracks Top 10 Worldwide

We have a brand new member of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, Easylimp (pictured). The England poker player moved up from #26 this week to #8, his first time cracking the top 10, on the strength of an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $69,000.

DanDan
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Jul 23rd, 2014 2
s_dot111 Third PocketFiver to Reach $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

Tuesday was a big day for Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan (pictured), who became the third PocketFiver ever to reach $7.5 million in online tournament winnings. He joins p0cket00 as the second member of our community to do so this year, as p0cket00 captured the award in May.

DanDan
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Jul 22nd, 2014 11
The Second Largest Triple Crown of 2014

On June 22, Scotland's Robbie Adreny Bull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crown in five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014.

DanDan
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Jul 21st, 2014 11
Jerry Yang's Main Event Corum Watch on eBay

Popping up on eBay in recent days is the Corum watch won by 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jerry Yang that was given to him to commemorate his victory. The current bid is $901 and, at the time of writing, 32 bids had been entered to get to that number. The auction ends on July 24, at which point its buyer will get free shipping and a new piece of arm-wear. Hooray free shipping.

DanDan
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Jul 20th, 2014 6
"All Poker Players Need a Good Support System"

Late last month, Steve Tripp (pictured), who goes by betrthanphil on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $79,000. He officially took down the tournament as well, which meant over 700 PLB Points added to his total. "I couldn't be happier," Tripp told PocketFives. "It was a good way to begin the summer." There were three players involved in the chop and Tripp had the largest ...

DanDan
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Jul 20th, 2014 6
"More Money to Be Made Playing Online During the WSOP Than at the WSOP"

Here's a thought you might have not had. What if playing online during the World Series of Poker is actually more profitable than going to the WSOP itself' Sure, if you win the WSOP Main Event, you'd be up $10 million, but for all but one member of the poker community, winning the Main Event isn't an option.

DanDan
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Jul 19th, 2014 3
The Spewtard Wins Two Triple Crowns in First Two Weeks of July

The month of July has been mighty kind to longtime Australian PocketFiver The Spewtard (pictured), who goes by Dominic in the real world. He has taken down seven tournaments in the 19-day-old month a laid claim to two PocketFives Triple Crowns. If you're not familiar with the Triple Crown, it's given to anyone who can win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the ...

DanDan
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Jul 19th, 2014 12
California Tribe Opening Online Poker Site Says Bad Actor Clause Won't Apply

In recent days, PocketFives brought you an article about the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Indians in California launching real money online poker games on . The rationale: a loophole in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that could allow legal online poker.

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