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What You Need to Know About the WSOP Colossus

The World Series of Poker Colossus, which starts Friday with the first set of flights, will likely go down as the largest-field live tournament in history. Reportedly, we could see as many as 20,000 entrants at $565 a pop. The tournament has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and, after seeing a ton of buzz on PocketFives, we caught up with Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth ...

Dan May 26th, 2015 0
lasagnaaammm Wins SCOOP Main Event Outright for $1.3 Million

Overnight, Mustapha lasagnaaammm Kanit (pictured) hit the jackpot in the high-stakes Main Event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, taking the tournament down outright for $1.3 million. It was his second SCOOP title and marked the sixth largest online cash ever by a member of PocketFives.

Dan May 26th, 2015 11
No Laughing Matter: allinforthelolz Talks 888 Mega Deep Win

The 888 Poker Mega Deep brought out a field of 748 entrants earlier this month and Carl Johns (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as allinforthelolz, won it outright for $35,000. No, it's not a joke. Instead, it was Johns' third largest online MTT score to date. He won the Super XL version of the tournament last December for $39,000.

Dan May 25th, 2015 0
ale6ka Rakes $40,000 in Bounties in SCOOP Variable Levels Win

The final weekend of SCOOP began with Belarus PocketFiver Aliaksei ale6ka Boika coming away with the win in a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Variable Level Progressive Super Knockout (say that ten times fast) for $111,000 following a heads-up deal. As if the agreed-upon prize money weren't enough, Boika also banked $40,000 in bounties for over $150,000 total.

Dan May 24th, 2015 0
"My Strategy Involves Trying to Make Poker as Technical a Game as Possible"

Earlier this month, Nayeem Syed (pictured), known in the online poker world as dancingbudha, chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 two ways for $50,000, far and away his largest online poker score to date.

Dan May 24th, 2015 1
The End of Sheldon Adelson? Graft Accusations to Be Heard in the US

Those of you rooting for the demise of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) might have finally gotten your wish. On Friday, the Guardian published an article saying that Adelson will soon face graft accusations in a US court of law.

Dan May 23rd, 2015 19
plplaya Becomes 8th Person to Win Multiple SCOOP Events in 2015

To close out the week, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured), who is known on PokerStars as plplaya, became the eighth person to win more than one SCOOP event this year. Overall, he earned his third career SCOOP title; he is the 14th person to have won at least three SCOOP tournaments.

Dan May 23rd, 2015 6
WPTPoker.com Closing June 3

According to a press release sent out on Friday by bwin.party, , a site on the PartyPoker network branded to the World Poker Tour, will shut down on June 3. Officials cited an "ongoing company strategy" as the reason for the closure, adding, "bwin.party has made the decision to focus our online poker efforts entirely on our lead brands: PartyPoker and bwin Poker."

Dan May 22nd, 2015 2
dragonwarior Wins 2 SCOOP Titles in 1 Day

Winning one SCOOP title is impressive enough. Winning two in a lifetime is pretty impressive. Winning two in a single day is almost unheard of, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's dragonwarior this week.

Dan May 21st, 2015 8
Two Guys from Shawinigan Final Table the Sunday Million the Same Month

Late last month, Sammy Lafleur (pictured), known on PocketFives as illraiseyou8, made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $40,000. There were almost 6,400 entrants and Lafleur, part of the Quebec poker community, was one of 990 to make the money. It was the second time a person from his hometown final tabled the Sunday Million in a month.

Dan May 21st, 2015 0
Nicolas Chouity (niccc) Wins Third SCOOP Title

Old school poker pros have seemed to have a leg up so far during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Jason Mercier has won three titles already, while veterans mindgamer and veeea have earned six-figure paydays for wins. Enter Nicolas niccc Chouity (pictured), who won his second SCOOP title of 2015 on Wednesday, his third overall.

Dan May 21st, 2015 2
Luke Schwartz Wins Third SCOOP Title

Luke Schwartz (pictured), who plays on PokerStars as lb6121, won his third SCOOP title this week after taking down a $1,050 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha High-Low Six-Max event. The tournament spanned two days, drew 125 entrants, and sported 69 rebuys and 102 add-ons. Eighteen players made the money and the final seven returned for a Day 2 to determine a winner.

Dan May 20th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: mindgamer Up 56 Spots to #8

A big tournament series like SCOOP means big changes in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, which were recalculated on Wednesday. PokerKaiser retained the top spot by a fairly wide margin, as his 7,744 PLB Points were 800 more than the second place player. Therefore, we'd expect to see PokerKaiser, who won last week's Winamax High Roller, on top again next Wednesday.

Dan May 20th, 2015 0
"It Was Kind of an Old School Final Table"

Earlier this month, Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) ran away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and took home $22,000. In the process, he defeated a field of 533 entrants and a final table loaded with former World Series of Poker bracelet winners and European Poker Tour champions.

Dan May 19th, 2015 10
How Good at Poker Are You Really? Find Out More Here

Here’s a simple truth — poker players find it hard to be honest about their game.

Dan May 19th, 2015 1
Chris Moorman Wins PokerStars Sunday 500

Over the weekend, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) continued to dominate the online poker community, winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $87,000. He Tweeted shortly after the tournament ended, "Oi Oi won the @PokerStars Sunday 500 outright with no deals."

Dan May 18th, 2015 13
Jason Mercier Wins Third SCOOP Title of 2015

You have to be kidding me. Less than a week after winning two SCOOP events in two days, Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) was back at it, taking down a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max event for $178,000 following a heads-up chop. It was his third SCOOP win of 2015.

Dan May 18th, 2015 2
"As a Food Aficionado, Living Here Opens a Lot of Doors"

On the last weekend of April, Russian transplant harrrrmonica, who now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $25,000. There were almost 600 entrants and harrrrmonica won the tournament for the second time in eight months.

Dan May 17th, 2015 2
mindgamer, veeea Nab Six-Figure SCOOP Titles

The 2015 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker continues to be lucrative to members of the PocketFives community. The latest players to score SCOOP titles: Stefan mindgamer Jedlicka and Artem veeea Vezhenkov, both top-70 players in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan May 17th, 2015 0
"When You're Married with Kids, It's a Lot Different Than When You're 24"

Recently, PocketFiver Matthew Generaly Lee (pictured) won a World Series of Poker Circuit Event for $36,500. It was a $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament and marked an epic milestone in a poker career that began with an Aruba live tournament package in 2004. He was congratulated en masse in this PocketFives thread, so we thought an article would be appropriate.

Dan May 16th, 2015 0
James Obst Defeats Joe Cada in SCOOP $1,050 PLO Six-Max Event

"So much for the game being unbeatable and new Europeans taking over the game. Good to see regs from 10+ years ago still on top of the game, as James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured) shipped the PLO SCOOP High the other day. First ballot shoe-in for the Online Poker Hall of Fame."

Dan May 15th, 2015 4
#BeastMode: Moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #25

Seriously' This author came home from a delicious Mexican lunch only to see an e-mail from the agent of Chris Moorman1 Moorman (pictured) saying he had won his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. I think it's safe to say that Moorman is not human.

Dan May 15th, 2015 8
Calvin Anderson Wins Record 6th SCOOP Title

In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories.

Dan May 15th, 2015 2
"People See Family and Tournament Poker as Two Things You Can't Unite"

On the final weekend of April, Denmark's Skrigepas (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and bagged $44,000. He officially finished in third place, while fellow PocketFiver micide took the tournament down for $13,000 more. It was Skrigepas' ninth largest online tournament cash to date.

Dan May 14th, 2015 4
Heads-Up with Sunday Million Winner Aggro Santos

Late last month, Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Million outright and pocketed $194,000. There were almost 6,400 entrants and Margereson led the group of 990 who finished in the money. He is nearing $3 million in career online tournament winnings and told us, "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I can't believe how well I've run."

Dan May 14th, 2015 4
Jason Mercier Wins Two SCOOP Events in Two Days

The start of the annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker has been mighty kind to PocketFiver Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured). He managed to score two SCOOP wins in the first eight events.

Dan May 13th, 2015 7
PocketFives Rankings: StrungOut1 About to Be #1

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated. Moving up from #12 to #4 this week and knocking on the door of the top spot worldwide is Canada's StrungOut1. He just hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings and finished fourth in the Super Tuesday in March for $48,000.

Dan May 13th, 2015 1
2015 WSOP: What You Need to Know

In a conference call on Tuesday, World Series of Poker officials outlined a variety of highlights and major changes for this year's tournament extravaganza, which is set to start in 15 days from the Rio in Las Vegas. Sorry, there are no Frisbee-catching dogs this year.

Dan May 12th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Shifting to 3-Day Live Final Table

Change is coming to ESPN's broadcast of the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year, the live final table on the sports station will expand to three days, one more than in years past.

Dan May 12th, 2015 2
"It Feels Good, But I'd Rather Have $1 Million in Profit"

Known as inca7bar on PocketFives, Miguel Silva is up to $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings. He officially hit $1 million last month and told us that while he'll definitely take a new profile badge, "I'd rather have $1 million in profit." Wouldn't we all'

Dan May 11th, 2015 2
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Dan May 11th, 2015 0
chicagocards1 Wins Second SCOOP Title

The 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway and, already, Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania (pictured), who is playing under the user name sms9231, has made waves, taking down Event #4's high-stakes version for $198,000. The $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo is one of just four Turbos on the schedule and was the first SCOOP event to finish.

Dan May 10th, 2015 2
Daniel Negreanu Documentary to Be Released

A two-and-a-half minute YouTube video from PokerStars teases a soon-to-be-released documentary about Daniel Negreanu (pictured) called "Kid Poker." "I'm not surprised where I am," Negreanu narrates on the opening scene. "I always felt like I was going to be successful at whatever it was I did."

Dan May 9th, 2015 9
"Winning Is Always More Fun, But Third Place Felt Pretty Good"

Last month, Grayson Gray31 Ramage (pictured) made not one, but two Sunday Major final tables on the same day. He finished third in the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $21,000 and followed that up by finishing ninth in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for another $4,000. A total of $25,000 later, it was a productive Sunday for the poker refugee now camped out in Costa Rica.

Dan May 9th, 2015 0
Why Poker Players Have Been Buzzing About IRS Form 5754

There has been much discussion recently about the World Series of Poker not accepting Form 5754, which could transfer the tax liability in a poker tournament to another individual. You can read the WSOP's stance in this PocketFives thread. We sat down with Kondler and Associates' Ray Kondler to get his thoughts.

Dan May 8th, 2015 2
"That's What I Pray For Every Time I Go to Bed"

The 99th ranked member of the PocketFives community is Sweden's Fjaluz, who recently hit $1 million in career online tournaments scores and is officially at $1.3 million now. He won the PokerStars Hotter $75 and final tabled the PokerStars.fr SCOOP Main Event, both in January, for almost $50,000 total.

Dan May 7th, 2015 6
"Hopefully This Allows Me to Play SCOOP, WSOP Without Too Much Pressure"

Last month, Elliott elliottpet Peterman (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and put away $19,000. That week's edition had 786 entrants and a prize pool that almost hit $400,000. "I was pretty happy to finish fifth in a tough field," he told PocketFives. "It's just a disappointing feeling not to finish higher when you reach the final table. I had some tough breaks with 18 left when ...

Dan May 6th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: PokerKaiser Overtakes norfair18 for #1

For the fourth time in his career, Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings. He leapfrogged Mike norfair18 Phillips this week to reclaim the top spot, which he last occupied in April.

Dan May 6th, 2015 0
PPA: Next Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Will Total $4 Million

According to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the next wave of Full Tilt Poker refunds for US players will be sent out by the end of August at the latest. This time around, 2,000 petitions totaling $4 million will be distributed.

Dan May 5th, 2015 6
"Real Estate is the Easiest Way to Gain Wealth in the Long-Run"

A few weeks ago, Lockhurt (pictured), who calls Ontario, Canada home, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright and earned $70,000. There were almost 800 entrants that day and Lockhurt beat out a final table that included five other PocketFivers. It was the fourth largest cash we've tracked for him.

Dan May 5th, 2015 4
Why WPT Championship Attendance Dropped 27% This Year

In recent days, the World Poker Tour wrapped up its annual end-of-season Championship event from the Borgata in Atlantic City. This year, the tournament attracted 239 entries, down 27% from the 328 recorded last year. PokerNews' Donnie Peters (pictured) called the development "worrisome," so PocketFives took to Twitter to figure out why attendance slid so much.

Dan May 4th, 2015 3
Nevada Gaming Releases Details of SealsWithClubs Investigation

Last week, an article that appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal outlined an investigation by Nevada authorities into the bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs that ended in an arrest warrant being filed for founder Bryan Micon (pictured).

Dan May 4th, 2015 2
Mustapha Kanit (lasagnaaammm) Wins EPT Grand Final €50K Super High Roller

Over the weekend, Mustapha Kanit (pictured, image courtesy EPT), who is known on PocketFives as lasagnaaammm, won the EPT Grand Final €50K Super High Roller, a one-day event, and banked €936,500. The Italian barreled through a 54-man field, which had 12 reentries and a prize pool of €3.2 million.

Dan May 3rd, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: Isildur1 Up $1 Million in a Week

Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) has been on a tear as of late, according to HighStakesDB. Since April 27, the Swedish transplant is up almost a million dollars on Full Tilt and PokerStars combined. Let's start with the latter, where Blom banked almost $200,000 on April 28 and added another $80,000 to his coffers one day later.

Dan May 3rd, 2015 0
"I Started in Poker After Watching Casino Royale"

In 2006, three years after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event, Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen starred in "Casino Royale," the latest James Bond movie. This author remembers going to opening night of the 007 flick, which ended up being the fourth highest grossing movie of the year. Also seeing it was Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured), and, after the fact, his poker career was ...

Dan May 3rd, 2015 3
PocketFives US-Friendly League Returns May 6 to TexasHoldem.com

We're happy to announce that PocketFives' online poker league for US players is coming back! It has been a couple of years, but our free league returns this Wednesday, May 6, to . Games will take place every Wednesday at 9:00pm Eastern Time and over $1,000 in cash will be given away every month.

Dan May 3rd, 2015 5
Heads-Up with Twitch Sensation Jason Somerville

Earlier this year, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured), now a PokerStars pro, began 70 straight days of live-streaming online poker on Twitch. We caught up with him on Day #60 of his campaign. You can catch him on Twitch seven hours a day live from Canada. However, now that he's just a week away from Day #70, what will happen next' And what does he see as the future of the game on Twitch' Read ...

Dan May 2nd, 2015 1
PokerStars Ends Lifetime Rev-Share for Affiliates

In a blockbuster announcement on Friday, the first day of May, PokerStars announced that it's ending lifetime rev-share for affiliates, including PocketFives. An email sent to us on Friday morning read in part, "From June 1, 2015, PokerStars will pay revenue shares to affiliates for only the first two years of activity on a player’s account. This will affect all referrals by affiliates, ...

Dan May 1st, 2015 3
Asher Conniff (misclick) Wins WPT Championship for $973,000

"The last month of my life has been the craziest month of my life. The last week of my life has been the craziest week of my life. Today has been the craziest day. Everything is just so surreal. I'm happy my dad got to be here. I couldn't have ever imagined this." Those were the words of Asher Conniff (pictured), who is known in the New Jersey poker world as misclick, after taking down the World ...

Dan Apr 30th, 2015 7
Amaya to Purchase DraftDay?

One of the biggest rumors this week in the online poker world has Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, purchasing DraftDay, a US-facing daily fantasy sports site.

Dan Apr 30th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: Say hellohellohello to the Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Poker Rankings have been updated. After moving into the #1 spot for the first time ever last week, norfair18 is still the winner in the clubhouse this week with 7,489 PLB Points, 68 ahead of second place.

Dan Apr 29th, 2015 4
Heads-Up with Finland's European

Over the weekend, Finland's European added to his already impressive poker resume with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $48,000. He defeated almost 1,000 entrants in the process and notched his fifth largest score to date. "I feel amazing," he told PocketFives on Monday. "It's motivating to get such a nice score right before the biggest two weeks of my poker career kick off."

Dan Apr 28th, 2015 7
"Please, One Time, Take a Cab and Bring Me Some Red Bulls"

A week ago, the PokerStars Sunday Storm, an $11 buy-in tournament, celebrated its fourth anniversary. The result: 104,000 entrants and a prize pool that lapped $1 million. Coming in second place when all was said and done was Bulgaria's Georgi Nikolov (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as dscturrr and earned $56,000 following a five-way deal.

Dan Apr 28th, 2015 1
Arrest Warrant Issued for Bryan Micon Over Bitcoin Poker Site

This is a headline we didn't expect to write when we were winding down for the night. An arrest warrant has been issued for Bryan Micon (pictured) over the bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs. Micon was last seen in Antigua after police raided his home in February.

Dan Apr 27th, 2015 5
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with Tony Dunst (Bond18)

This author met longtime PocketFiver and World Poker Tour host Tony Bond18 Dunst (pictured) in Los Angeles during the American Poker Awards cocktail hour. When asked what else he was doing besides producing content for WPT broadcasts, Dunst quickly responded, "Playing daily fantasy sports," or DFS. We caught up with him during Monday's WPT Championship dinner break in Atlantic City.

Dan Apr 27th, 2015 0
Brian Lemke (ship_the_perc) Wins Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event

Last Friday, Brian Lemke (pictured, image courtesy SPO), known on PocketFives as ship_the_perc, came away with the win in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event in Atlantic City, earning $276,000. However, according to the event's blog, winning was anything but easy: "He bagged 31,700 chips at the end of Day 1 – just barely more than the 30,000 starting stack. He bagged 235,000 at the end of ...

Dan Apr 27th, 2015 2
High Stakes Poker: bbvisbadforme Up $1 Million in 2015, Paces Industry

According to HighStakesDB, bbvisbadforme has profited the most in the industry at the high-stakes tables in 2015 at a hair over $1 million. In fact, bbvisbadforme just passed $1 million in profits in 2015 for the first time this year.

Dan Apr 26th, 2015 0
"What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger"

Perhaps Kelly Clarkson (pictured) put it best: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Or maybe it was actually Friedrich Nietzsche. Or maybe it was Shak Kaz, who is known on PocketFives as HAHALIVEPROS. Either way, Kaz won the PokerStars Sunday Million a couple of weeks ago after a heads-up chop and banked a healthy $183,000.

Dan Apr 26th, 2015 13
Daniel Negreanu: "A Professional Poker Player is a Small Business Owner"

In a blog published on Friday on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) gave his take on becoming a professional poker player. He explained, "A professional poker player is a small business owner, in the business of entertaining their customers (players who aren't as skilled as they are)."

Dan Apr 25th, 2015 4
Winning the Sunday Brawl Twice in 2015: "It Feels Awesome"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $26,000, defeating a field of 646 entrants. Amazingly, it was his second time winning the tournament this year, his first coming in January for $24,000. Did we mention that he also final tabled the Super Tuesday last month for $43,000, his largest online tournament score to date' Yes, it's good to be Justin ...

Dan Apr 25th, 2015 3
WCGRider, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li, Jason Les Playing Heads-Up Against a Bot

Starting on Friday at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, four high-stakes poker pros will square off against an AI bot. The competition lasts for two weeks and will see Doug "WCGRider" Polk (pictured), Dong Kim, Bjorn Li, and Jason Les each play 20,000 hands heads-up against a bot developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The game is No Limit Texas Hold'em.

Dan Apr 24th, 2015 1
"I Was a Student, and Students Always Need Money"

On the final weekend of March, Hungary's Charlisgore8 made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $57,000. It was his largest tracked cash to date by a factor of three, passing a $20,000 haul in the Sunday Storm last year.

Dan Apr 23rd, 2015 1
"If You Have 10-15 BB, Don't Think It's Over"

Last month, the FTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker attracted a field of 2,160 entrants and had a prize pool that nearly topped $1.2 million. Your winner: PocketFiver Mustapha Kanit (pictured), who is known as lasagnaaammm.

Dan Apr 22nd, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: norfair18 #1 For First Time

After falling short by one poi0nt last week, Mike norfair18 Phillips (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings for the first time ever. He's officially at 7,359 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and leads second-ranked Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured below) by 68 points. Since we have a pretty tight race, could we see a changing of the guard once again ...

Dan Apr 22nd, 2015 5
First Female WSOP Circuit Main Event Winner Crowned

It might be hard to believe, but up until this week, no female had ever won a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event. That all changed on Monday when Michelle Chin (pictured, image courtesy WSOP) took down the Council Bluffs Main Event for $88,000 and a coveted gold ring.

Dan Apr 21st, 2015 8
"As Long As I'm Enjoying Playing and Getting Good Results, I'm Happy"

Late last month, Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $69,000. The field numbered 776 that day and Larsen booked his third largest tracked score to date.

Dan Apr 21st, 2015 1
4th Anniversary Sunday Storm Attracts 104,000 Entrants

It's hard to believe that an $11 buy-in tournament not only hit, but surpassed a $1 million guarantee, but that's exactly what happened over the weekend, as the 4th Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Storm attracted 104,939 entrants, one of the largest-field online poker tournaments ever held. A five-way deal ended matters.

Dan Apr 21st, 2015 6
Has Lock Poker Closed?

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

Dan Apr 19th, 2015 5
High Stakes Poker: Biggest Loser in 2015 is Phil Ivey, Down $1.5 Million

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

Dan Apr 19th, 2015 8
Full Tilt Culls Games, Adrenaline Rush and Irish Poker Axed

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

Dan Apr 18th, 2015 4
"Everyone Looks for the November Nine, But Any Top-Three Finish Would be Great"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Apr 13th, 2015 6
Amaya Coming to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Apr 4th, 2015 7
TDA Bails from Venetian, Will Hold Summit at Aria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Apr 1st, 2015 11