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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 10
"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 26
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 7
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 10
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.

DanDan
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Jul 18th, 2014 0
What is gifuhorna? A Finnish Candy

Last month, Finland's gifuhorna won the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame.

DanDan
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Jul 18th, 2014 1
The Opposite of an Epakfailer

About the same time as the World Series of Poker kicked off this year from Las Vegas, Mario Alina (pictured), who goes by Epakfailer on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars $100 Rebuy three ways for $32,000. There were almost 900 entrants and Alina earned the third largest payout of the group.

DanDan
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Jul 17th, 2014 1
World Cup Final Sinks Online Poker Traffic By 40%

On Sunday, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina played out from Brazil. Football fans from across the world tuned into the match, which – spoiler alert – saw Germany win 1-0 in extra time. As you might have guessed, many poker players, especially those in Germany and Argentina, were glued to the game. As a result, traffic on the world's largest online poker sites took a major ...

DanDan
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Jul 17th, 2014 0
Full Tilt Drops "Poker" from Domain, Moves to FullTilt.com and FullTilt.eu

If you blinked, then you might have missed that Full Tilt Poker has moved domains from to simply . For now, the brand is still called Full Tilt Poker, but with the addition of casino games in recent weeks and a pending purchase by Amaya Gaming, we could see the word "Poker" dropped from the "Full Tilt Poker" brand in the not-too-distant future.

DanDan
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Jul 16th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 at #1 for Third Straight Week

We're seeing a dynasty of sorts at the top of the PocketFives Rankings, as for the third straight week Canada's p0cket00 is #1 worldwide. Since March, we've had one player – Sheater – be ranked #1 for longer than three weeks, and no player has been #1 for longer than four weeks since last October.

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Jul 16th, 2014 2
WSOP National Championship on ESPN: First Outdoor Final Table Since 1997

On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey.

DanDan
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Jul 16th, 2014 0
2014 WSOP November Nine Set

We've reached the 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine. The Main Event played down to its final nine players on Monday night and six countries are represented, including, for the first time ever, Brazil. The other five nations that will be part of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine festivities are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

DanDan
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Jul 15th, 2014 9
17 Players Remain in WSOP Main Event, Martin Jacobson Leads

We're coming down to the wire in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which has 17 players remaining at the time of writing and will determine its November Nine this evening from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play began with 27 still standing at Noon Pacific Time on Monday and consolidated to two tables just a few hours later.

DanDan
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Jul 14th, 2014 2
Michael Kamran – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

It is the dream of every tournament grinder to play on the "big stage" that is the World Series of Poker Main Event. For the 2014 WSOP Main Event, that mantle was being carried by Los Angeles' Michael Kamran. Kamran entered Day Six of the 2014 WSOP Main Event in 34th position, roughly the middle of the field, with a 2.6 million chip stack that he meticulously built.

DanDan
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Jul 13th, 2014 0
Mark Newhouse Chasing WSOP History, Leads with 79 Left in Main Event

Mark Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event as a member of the November Nine, leads entering Day 6 this year, when 79 remain. The Main Event cash will likely push Newhouse over $1 million in career WSOP earnings and his ninth place finish last year was worth nearly three-quarters of a million bucks.

DanDan
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Jul 13th, 2014 0
PocketFives US Poker League Returns Starting Tuesday

It has been a while, but we're happy to be able to bring back PocketFives' US online poker league. We used to run it on HogWild, but this time around, we're headed to NLOP. There's absolutely no cost to play and our league games will run every Tuesday at 9:30pm Eastern Time starting this coming Tuesday, July 15. US players are welcome.

DanDan
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Jul 12th, 2014 7
Trump Plaza in Atlantic City Closing, Future of Betfair Unclear

According to Fox News and several other sources, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey will close on September 16. The future of the casino's associated online poker site, Betfair, remains up in the air. PocketFives reached out to Betfair officials, but our e-mails were not returned at press time.

DanDan
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Jul 12th, 2014 15
Flush_Entity Third in WSOP Main Event After Day 4

We're four days through the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. There are 291 players remaining and coming armed to Day 5 on Saturday with the third highest chip count is Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured). The former #1 player on PocketFives is making his fifth cash of the 2014 WSOP in the Main Event.

DanDan
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Jul 12th, 2014 5
Chopping an All-PocketFives Full Tilt $250K Final Table

Just before the dog days of summer set in, Ukraine's serhiy1989 won the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guarantee after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFiver joaomathias. The deal was worth $44,000 and PocketFivers ended up sweeping the final table for over $163,000 total.

DanDan
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Jul 11th, 2014 2
Ronnie Bardah Looking for Record Fifth Straight WSOP Main Event Cash

We're just short of the money at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which is entering Day 4 on Friday. On Monday, we'll know the members of this year's November Nine, but in the meantime, two players have set themselves up for success in the long-run: Andrew Liporace and Mehrdad Yousefzadeh. Both bagged over one million in chips at the close of business on Thursday, the only two to do so.

DanDan
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Jul 11th, 2014 0
Daniel Negreanu on Dan Colman Controversy: "Poker Has Given You a Lot"

Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event.

DanDan
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Jul 10th, 2014 20
Phil Ivey Overall WSOP Main Event Chip Leader Entering Day 3

With a half-million in chips, Phil Ivey (pictured), who has already won a bracelet this year, is the overall chip leader in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event after both Day 2s. In fact, he is the lone player to cross the 500,000-chip threshold. There are 1,864 players remaining.

DanDan
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Jul 10th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: gosuoposum1 Up 24 Spots to #25

One of the biggest jumps inside the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week went to Ukraine's gosuoposum1, who rocketed from #49 to #25, or 24 spots. The reason was simple: a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $54,000 over the weekend, which was good for 536 PLB Points. He is up to 240 wins in online MTTs and has $3.6 million in winnings.

DanDan
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Jul 9th, 2014 0
DaPHUNNIEman Fourth in WSOP Main Event After Day 2AB

Players who made it through Day 1A or 1B of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event headed to the Rio's convention center on Tuesday for Day 2AB. Those who played on Day 1A largely found themselves in the Amazon Room to start, while those who played on Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms.

DanDan
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Jul 9th, 2014 0
"$200K Was My Plan for the Year. I Didn't Expect It to Happen So Fast."

In late May, Lionet, whose real name is Bogdan Diaconu (pictured), won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $203,000. No chop took place and Diaconu defeated a final table that had four other PocketFives members at it. He is up to $1.1 million in online MTT scores and told us, "I'm feeling quite good at the moment." Duh, winning!

DanDan
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Jul 8th, 2014 0
One-Handed Main Event Satellites: Wave of the Future?

If you blinked, you might have missed one-handed satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yes, one hand to determine whether or not a person will be able to enter poker's most prestigious tournament, which this year came with the promise of a $10 million first place prize. Why sit and grind a satellite when you can determine your fate in under 30 seconds'

DanDan
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Jul 8th, 2014 11
Day 1C Attracts Largest WSOP Main Event Starting Flight Ever

All three starting days of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event are in the books. A rowdy Day 1C took place on Monday from the Rio in Las Vegas and, although the day wasn't a complete sellout, a record-setting 3,968 players entered, the largest Day 1 starting flight in Main Event history. The previous record was held by Day 1C of the 2013 Main Event, which drew 3,467 players. There were ...

DanDan
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Jul 8th, 2014 0
"The Real Value of the Money is Staying in the Game"

The SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars brought out thousands of players for tournaments that had three different price tags. The mid-stakes version had a $1,050 buy-in and attracted over 4,000 entrants. Besting all but four of them was PocketFiver Kevin Kevish Williams (pictured), whose fifth place finish was worth a healthy $171,000.

DanDan
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Jul 7th, 2014 2
FTOPS XXVI Begins August 3, Satellites Now Running

From August 3 to August 17, the 26th Full Tilt Online Poker Series will take place. The Main Event is a $635 Re-Entry Tournament that will guarantee at least $1 million. The finale occurs on Sunday, August 17 at 13:30 ET. Also of note is a Two-Day Event that gets underway at 12:30 ET on Saturday, August 16 with Day 1. That tournament has a $2,100 buy-in and guarantees $500,000. There are two ...

DanDan
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Jul 7th, 2014 0
basebaldy Makes Final Table of WSOP Little One for One Drop

Longtime PocketFiver and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric basebaldy Baldwin (pictured) has made the final nine of the Little One for One Drop, the $1,111 buy-in version of the annual charity event. Baldwin had an emotional roller coaster on Saturday, all-in with sevens against aces early on, but hitting one of his two outs to stay alive.

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Jul 6th, 2014 3
"Just Cooked a WSOP Main Event Breakfast: 6 Eggs and 8 Pieces of Bacon"

On Friday, PocketFives' co-founder Cal Spears was playing cash games in the mammoth Pavilion Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, one day before the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Out of the hundreds of tables set up in the room on the US Independence Day, only a few were in use. Finding Cal when this author woke up was easy; he was the only one there.

DanDan
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Jul 5th, 2014 1
AreTheseUtz Heads-Up for First WSOP Bracelet

We're down to two players remaining in Event #60 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. After a grueling day of play on Thursday, Brandon AreTheseUtz Hall (pictured) and Salman Jaddi elected to pack it in for the night and return on Friday at 1:00pm PT to determine a winner.

DanDan
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Jul 4th, 2014 0
"Be Ready to Get a Punch to Your Face and Liver"

We've done a lot of interviews here on PocketFives featuring players who have won some of the largest tournaments offered on a weekly basis. Recently, Russia's hellohellohello (pictured), whom we'll refer to as H3 from here on out, won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $23,000, an iPOPS event for $25,000, and the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $65,000 officially. All three scores, which combine for ...

DanDan
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Jul 4th, 2014 5
SirWatts, dipthrong Finish 2-3 in WSOP $1,500 NLHE Mixed-Max

Two players who have been members of PocketFives since 2006 nearly scooped a World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max event (#58). Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured) and Mark dipthrong Herm finished second and third, respectively.

DanDan
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Jul 3rd, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 New #1

Since last October, no one has been able to stay at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings for longer than four weeks. Sure enough, this week was no exception, as Canada's p0cket00 regained the top spot worldwide, surpassing Sweden's r4ndomr4gs (pictured), who was ranked #1 for a week.

DanDan
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Jul 2nd, 2014 1
Daniel Negreanu Becomes Tournament Poker's All-Time Money Leader

On Tuesday, Dan Colman won the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker for $15.3 million. While Colman might have won the battle, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) won the war, becoming tournament poker's all-time money leader according to the Hendon Mob. Negreanu passed Antonio Esfandiari, who won the 2012 One Drop.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 3
Dan Colman Wins WSOP Big One for One Drop

A $15.3 million payday was forked over to 23-year-old Dan Colman (pictured), who won the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament, at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up. According to , Colman is a heads-up sit and go specialist who plays online under the handle mrgr33n13.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 4
gboro780 Second in WSOP $1K NLHE Event with 16 Left

Sixteen players are still standing in Event #56 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Former #1 ranked Steve gboro780 Gross (pictured), who won a bracelet last year in a $5,000 PLO Six-Max event, is in second place entering the tournament's final day with a stack of 859,000, trailing Raymond Henson, who leads the way with 897,000.

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Jul 1st, 2014 7
Poker Night in America: Then Darvin Moon Showed Up

If you're in the United States, then you might know that Sunday was the premiere of "Poker Night in America" on the CBS Sports Network. Showcasing poker celebrities on and off the felt, two 30-minute episodes of the show aired starting at 10:00pm Eastern Time. This author fired up his DVR to watch and had a mixed reaction. Then, it was on to catch up with "24."

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Jun 30th, 2014 3
Bowl with PocketFives on July 6 in Las Vegas

It's hard to believe it's already that time of year again, but the World Series of Poker Main Event is about to fire up on Saturday, July 5. PocketFives will once again be in Las Vegas for it and we're going to be bowling at the Gold Coast Bowling Center on Sunday, July 6 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm local time. It's completely free and you're invited!

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Jun 30th, 2014 1
Sam Trickett Leads WSOP Big One for One Drop After Day 1

Forty-two players showed up for this year's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. After officials thought the tournament might sell out, there were more than a dozen openings in the 56-max tournament. Nevertheless, a cavalcade of brand name players turned out, including Sam Trickett (pictured), who has a pace-setting stack of 13.4 million entering Day 2 on Monday.

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Jun 30th, 2014 3
HustlerGrune, dude904 Among WSOP Monster Stack Leaders with 62 Left

What started as the third largest field in World Series of Poker history, and second largest when you just count unique entrants, is down to 62 players. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack will dole out a $1.3 million first place prize when a winner is crowned on Sunday or Monday. The restart happens on Sunday at 3:00pm PT.

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Jun 29th, 2014 1
888 Cuts Ties with Luis Suarez After Biting Incident

After Uruguay football star Luis Suarez (pictured) allegedly bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini last week during the World Cup in Brazil, which entered its knockout stage on Saturday, FIFA handed down a punishment of nine Uruguayan matches and four months of play along with a fine of over $100,000. Suarez was also a brand ambassador of 888 Poker, and when we say, "he was," we mean 888 severed ...

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Jun 28th, 2014 5
Body of German Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Found in Slovenian River

The body of missing German poker pro Johannes Strassmann (pictured) was found in the Ljubljianica River on Friday in Slovenia, according to PokerNews and local police, ending a week-old investigation.

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Jun 28th, 2014 17
Phil Ivey Wins Tenth WSOP Bracelet

On Friday, Phil Ivey (pictured) became the fourth player to reach ten World Series of Poker bracelets after taking down a $1,500 Eight-Game event. As a result, those who bet against Ivey and Daniel Negreanu capturing a WSOP bracelet this year were sorely disappointed, not to mention a little poorer.

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Jun 28th, 2014 7
Sweat Time: Ivey, Negreanu Make Final 14 of WSOP $1,500 Eight-Game

Before the World Series of Poker started, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey (pictured) offered a 1:1 bet up to $1 million. The concept was simple: if Ivey or Negreanu won a bracelet in Las Vegas this year, they win. If neither won a bracelet, you win. The odds: a seemingly generous 1:1. Many laughed at the concept of Ivey or Negreanu navigating three- and four-digit player fields en route to ...

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Jun 27th, 2014 10
WSOP Monster Stack Event Draws 7,862 Entrants

One of the largest tournaments in the history of the World Series of Poker began on Thursday, as a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack drew 7,862 entrants. Two flights occurred during the day, the first attracting 4,020 players, the most the Rio could handle at one time. The second flight drew nearly the same number of bodies, meaning first place will take home $1.3 million, nearly 900 times ...

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Jun 27th, 2014 2
"I Lived Life at Full Speed in the Fast Lane"

It has been a whirlwind last few years for Bill Christie (pictured), known on PocketFives as throwinphins. Just a few minutes after signing a lease on a home in Florida, Black Friday struck down his poker hopes and dreams, temporarily of course. With the help of Poker Refugees, he made the decision to relocate to play online poker and has since won his first PocketFives Triple Crown.

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Jun 26th, 2014 7
BigRiskky Leads WSOP $1,500 PLO Hi-Low with 11 Left

Event #48 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament that drew 991 players two days ago when it began. Now, the field is down to 11 and a champion will be crowned on Thursday.

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Jun 26th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 Up to #2 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Poker Rankings have been recalculated. p0cket00 (pictured), a former #1 player, is knocking on the door of the top spot once again after moving up from #5 to #2 this week. However, it could be tough to overtake r4ndomr4gs for #1, as the leader has 8,226 PLB Points, 400 more than p0cket00.

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Jun 25th, 2014 0
iMsoLucky0, imahustla1 Win WSOP Bracelets

PocketFivers are up to 16 World Series of Poker bracelets won this year after capturing two more on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas. We'll start with Jordan iMsoLucky0 Morgan (pictured), who needed an extra day of play to take down a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #44) and bag $478,000.

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Jun 25th, 2014 11
WSOP Prize Pool at Three-Year High, Entrants at Three-Year Low

Through the first 46 events of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the total prize pool stands at a three-year high at $85.7 million, while the total number of entrants is at a three-year low of 48,620.

DanDan
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Jun 24th, 2014 1
888 CEO: PokerStars Would Help Expand US Online Gaming Market

In comments made last week to the Las Vegas Review Journal, 888 CEO Brian Mattingley (pictured) said he would welcome the presence of PokerStars in the US market. As you know by now, PokerStars and its sister site, Full Tilt Poker, were sold to Amaya Gaming for $4.9 billion in recent weeks in a deal that is scheduled to close in September. The transaction could bring PokerStars and Full Tilt ...

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Jun 24th, 2014 3
PocketFives Open Returns Friday for a Special Football Edition

The big football tournament in Brazil is about to reach the knockout stage, which starts on Saturday. However, Friday is an off-day, with no games scheduled, so PocketFives is celebrating by bringing back the PocketFives Open. This is our main community-building event and we're holding it on 888 Poker. So, mark your calendars for this Friday, June 27, at 19:00 UK Time. This is a non-US ...

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Jun 24th, 2014 1
iMsoLucky0 Heads-Up for WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 NLHE Event

Six hours after heads-up play began in Event #44 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, Jordan iMsoLucky0 Morgan (pictured) and Evan McNiff "were exhausted and decided to call it quits for the day after playing through 10 long levels," according to coverage on .

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Jun 24th, 2014 0
"I Love Winning and It's Nice to Be #1 at Something"

Last month, Sweden's Lukas lukethafluke Berglund (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $49,000. He defeated over 1,200 entrants in the weekly tournament, which at the time was competing against the Spring Championship of Online Poker on Full Tilt's sister site, PokerStars.

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Jun 23rd, 2014 0
djk123 on Winning 2nd WSOP Bracelet: "It's Frustrating Getting 6th and 5th"

On Sunday, Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured) carried a major chip lead into the final table of a $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament and closed it out, capturing his second World Series of Poker bracelet. Kelly, who lost the chip lead for much of the final table but managed to claw back, is over $2.2 million in career WSOP earnings and fresh off a solid 2013 WSOP that saw him cash ten times and reach two ...

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Jun 23rd, 2014 1
Mastermind of Assault on Jonathan Duhamel Asks to Stay in Jail

Bianca Rojas-Latraverse (pictured), the ex-girlfriend of 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel who orchestrated an assault on him in 2011, "said she wanted to 'do her time and her sentence,' telling the [parole] board that she hoped it would 'reduce the pain' of Duhamel," according to the Winnipeg Sun.

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Jun 22nd, 2014 6
Sheldon Adelson Allegedly Donates Illegally to Pennsylvania Governor's Campaign

According to PennLive, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured), who has vowed to spend "whatever it takes" to crush the internet gambling and online poker industries in the United States, allegedly contributed nearly $1 million to the reelection campaign of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The problem: the donation was reportedly illegal.

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Jun 22nd, 2014 5
djk123 Holds Commanding Lead in WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold'em with 9 Left

World Series of Poker bracelet number two could be well within the grasp of longtime PocketFiver Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured), who has a commanding lead in Event #43, a $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament. Kelly has 734,000 in chips entering the event's final day on Sunday, leading former World Poker Tour Championship winner David Chiu's second place stack of 473,000.

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Jun 22nd, 2014 2
So You're in Australia, But Root for Liverpool?

Last weekend, New South Wales, Australia's John Shamon (pictured), known on PocketFives as Shamwoww, came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, defeating a field of over 800 entrants for $22,000. He is the #10 ranked player in New South Wales and is undoubtedly zoned into the ongoing World Cup despite the Australian and English teams going a combined 0-4 so far. We managed to pull ...

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Jun 21st, 2014 9
KingKobeMVP Going for Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Event

At 1:00pm Pacific Time from the Rio in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sam KingKobeMVP Stein (pictured) will face off against Davide Suriano in the finals of a $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker. The stakes are high, as the winner gets $335,000 and a bracelet, while the runner-up is "stuck" with a consolation prize of $207,000.

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Jun 21st, 2014 0
PokerStars Running $1 Million GTD Football Fever Phase Tournament

In celebration of the big football tournament happening in Brazil, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, is running a $1 Million Guaranteed Football Fever Phase Tournament with a $27 buy-in. As PokerStars explained on its website, "Play any $27 Phase 1 tournament running daily from June 11 to July 5 at 05:25, 10:25, 13:25, 16:25, and 19:25 ET to advance into Phase 2."

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Jun 20th, 2014 3
taypaur, Daniel Negreanu in Sweet 16 of WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event

There are 16 players left in Event #40 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up tournament. The winner of the Heads-Up event, who will be determined on Saturday, will make $335,000.

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Jun 20th, 2014 0
Everything You've Wanted to Know About #1 Ranked r4ndomr4gs

On Wednesday, Sweden's Andreas Berggren (pictured, image courtesy poker.se), known as r4ndomr4gs in the online poker world, became the new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. This is his second stint at #1 and he is fresh off final tabling the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000, which helped put him over the top. PocketFives managed to run down this top talent to talk a little ...

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Jun 19th, 2014 2
cal42688 Going for Second WSOP Bracelet This Year in $10K Stud Hi-Lo

There are 13 players left in Event #38 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament. Among those still in the hunt is Cal cal42688 Anderson, who is seeking his second bracelet of the year.

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Jun 19th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Elliot La Fleur (Iamtheflower)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with one of our longtime Nevada members, Elliot iamtheflower La Fleur. He lives in Nevada and has been successfully grinding on and Ultimate Poker, two of the regulated online poker sites in the state. His combined winnings on both sites are $25,000 for those events that we follow.

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Jun 19th, 2014 0
Talks Between PokerStars, New Jersey DGE to Resume Thursday

According to the Associated Press, talks between Amaya Gaming, which announced one week ago that it plans to acquire the parent company PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will begin on Thursday. The focus: getting PokerStars licensed in the Garden State, a process that wound up in a dead end last December.

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Jun 18th, 2014 15
Dutch Boyd, Eric Buchman Win WSOP Bracelets

Tuesday was a day that featured multiple bracelet winners at the top of leaderboards at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. We'll start with Dutch Boyd (pictured), who took down a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament for his third WSOP victory. A field of 1,688 entrants meant a payday of $288,000 and his first gold bracelet in four years. He is fresh off releasing a new book called "Poker ...

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Jun 18th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: r4ndomr4gs New #1

Sweden's r4ndomr4gs became the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings this week. The Gothenburg resident moved up from #2 to #1 this week on the strength of a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000 and nearly 400 PLB Points. r4ndomr4gs has over $4 million in online MTT cashes, the largest of which was worth $174,000 and came via an ECOOP win in 2009.

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Jun 18th, 2014 0
PocketFives, Borgata Teaming Up for Live Poker Tournament July 27-29

From July 27 to 29, PocketFives and Borgata in Atlantic City will host the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open. The live re-entry tournament, which comes complete with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, will take place in Borgata's poker room and feature a $350 + $50 buy-in. There will be plenty of opportunities to satellite in via , a regulated online poker site in New Jersey.

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Hail to the Victors: Joe Cada Wins Second WSOP Bracelet

Wearing a maize and blue University of Michigan shirt, 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Cada (pictured), known as jcada99 on PocketFives, won his second bracelet on Monday. According to , Cada snapped a rather dubious streak for Main Event winners in the process: "Since Carlos Mortensen won the Main Event in 2001, then followed it up with a second bracelet in 2003, no ...

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Jun 17th, 2014 5
"I Stayed in the US, But Realized I Was Missing Way Too Much Value"

After Black Friday, a host of brand name PocketFivers headed to Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and a variety of other destinations in order to continue playing online poker. Sticking around in the US for longer than most regulars was Tim tcrames88 Cramer (pictured), who has $1.2 million in online MTT winnings. We caught up with him after he final tabled the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed last month.

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Jun 16th, 2014 0
Calvin Anderson (cal42688) Wins First WSOP Bracelet

"I wouldn't say it was easy; I just ran really good." Those were comments from Calvin cal42688 Anderson to World Series of Poker staff after his victory on Sunday at the Rio in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament. "Seven Stud Hi-Lo isn't a game where you can just start bluffing people in. You have to draw some cards and some cards have to go your way. But, I felt I played ...

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Jun 16th, 2014 6
Mike Matusow Calls WSOP Celebration Penalty "Disgusting"

The World Series of Poker is never without drama. After all, we as poker journalists would have nothing to write about if every event ran smoothly and no controversial calls were made. Speaking of hullabaloos, Mike Matusow (pictured) won a massive pot with about two-dozen players left in a $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low event this year and, according to PokerNews, "celebrated the only way ...

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Jun 15th, 2014 12
pokerjamers Leading WSOP $2,500 NLHE With 20 Left

There are 20 players remaining in Event #29 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. What started as a field of 1,165 has been whittled down to a quaint group that has Jamie pokerjamers Armstrong (pictured) at its helm with a stack of 765,000.

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Jun 15th, 2014 5
Sports Betting, Social Gaming to Be Focal Points for Stars, Tilt

In a half-hour conference call held on Friday, one day after Amaya Gaming purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, Amaya executives previewed what's to come for players on the largest and fifth largest online poker sites in the world. While no management changes are expected, it appears that a host of software modifications could be in store.

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Jun 14th, 2014 8
PPA: Isai Scheinberg Settling Would Help "Close the Black Friday Chapter"

Now that the sale of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, to Amaya Gaming has been announced, several in the industry have begun speculating about the future of PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg (pictured, image courtesy Bloomberg) The Canadian and Israeli in his mid-60s was one of 11 individuals indicted on Black Friday, but has yet to turn himself into US ...

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Jun 14th, 2014 0
1SickDisease Wins First WSOP Bracelet

It took one more day than originally planned, but Kevin 1SickDisease Eyster (pictured) captured gold in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament that drew 541 entrants. Eyster told WSOP officials what the win meant: "This is what I've been dreaming about for my whole life. This is what I've been wanting to win my whole life. I've been watching ...

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Jun 14th, 2014 3
1SickDisease Heads-Up for First WSOP Bracelet in $5K Six-Max Event

Play went on for 12 hours on Thursday in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament. In the end, the action was paused until 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday with two people remaining: Kevin 1SickDisease Eyster (pictured) and Pierre Neuville.

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Jun 13th, 2014 3
Amaya Purchase Doesn't Automatically Bring PokerStars to the US

On Thursday, Amaya Gaming purchased the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Rational Group, for $4.9 billion. The deal is expected to close in September and will make Amaya the largest publicly held internet gambling company on the face of the Earth. The question many players have been wondering is how fast we can expect to see PokerStars and/or Full Tilt Poker reenter a ...

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Jun 13th, 2014 3
PPA: PokerStars Sale is "Encouraging News for Millions of American Players"

One of the biggest headlines in the history of online poker came down on Thursday night, when it was announced that Amaya Gaming had purchased the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Rational Group, for $4.9 billion. Whether PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker is able to return to the United States in some capacity remains to be seen, but what we do know is that the largest publicly ...

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Jun 12th, 2014 6
Amaya Buys PokerStars Parent for $4.9 Billion, Mark Scheinberg to Resign

After a long day of speculation, it was revealed on Thursday night that Amaya Gaming has acquired the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. According to a press release, it's still subject to Amaya shareholder approval.

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Jun 12th, 2014 10
All Signs Point to Amaya-PokerStars Announcement

On Friday, we'd expect to hear news that Canadian-based Amaya Gaming will be purchasing the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Isle of Man-based Rational Group. Blackstone, a US-based private equity firm, is reportedly raising $1 billion for the acquisition. All of this is according to Online Poker Report, Bloomberg, and our own sources.

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Jun 12th, 2014 1
Report: $1 Billion-Plus in Funding for Amaya's Purchase of PokerStars

According to Bloomberg, the price tag for Amaya Gaming's rumored purchase of PokerStars' parent company could be more than $1 billion. The news outlet, which released a series of articles on Thursday about the potential acquisition, said, "Blackstone Group LP's credit business, GSO Capital Partners LP, is among the backers of Amaya's bid, arranging more than $1 billion in financing."

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Jun 12th, 2014 2
Trading of Amaya Halted Amid PokerStars Acquisition Rumors, Deal Imminent?

There's more news about the rumor that Amaya Gaming is in talks to acquire PokerStars. According to Bloomberg, trading of Amaya's stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange was halted on Tuesday "following a 28% surge in the past two days." What the stoppage means regarding a potential acquisition, if anything, is not yet known, but a separate Bloomberg article stated that an announcement of a deal ...

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Jun 12th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with 2014 WSOP Bracelet Winner Chris Fox Wallace

Earlier this week, longtime PocketFiver and all-around good guy Chris Fox Wallace (pictured) won a $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker. Considered one of the most prestigious bracelets up for grabs this year, the $10,000 HORSE event drew exactly 200 entrants and featured a litany of brand name pros.

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Jun 12th, 2014 6
Hold Onto Your Butts: WSOP $5K NLHE Six-Max Finale on Thursday

On Thursday, Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max contest, will play down from 17 players to one bracelet winner. The field is rock solid, containing nine PocketFivers, one Main Event champion, one November Niner with a huge chip lead, and one player looking to become the second dual bracelet winner of 2014. Besides that, there's not a lot to talk about.

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Jun 12th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: 810ofclubs Up to #4 Worldwide

After being as high as #2 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings in 2011, Toby 810ofclubs Lewis (pictured) is once again making a run at the top. This week, he moved up from #7 worldwide to #4 with 7,462 PLB Points. Lewis has $4.2 million in online winnings in his PocketFives profile, $2.5 million of which has come on PokerStars.

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Jun 11th, 2014 0
Chris Wallace (Fox) Wins WSOP $10K HORSE Bracelet

"Really happy for my friend Chris Fox Wallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion." Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Small on Facebook following Wallace's big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP ...

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