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PocketFives Rankings: StrungOut1 Hits #1

After an impressive 16-week run by Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) at the top of the PocketFives Rankings ended on August 26, we now have our second straight week with a new #1. This time, it's Canada's StrungOut1, who reentered his screen names and instantly vaulted to the top.

Dan Sep 2nd, 2015 8
Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) Hired As PocketFives Community Manager

Ten years ago, was created to give people in the poker world who were making a name for themselves online a place to call home. That might never be truer than it is now, as PocketFives has hired Kevin "@Kevmath" Mathers (pictured) to be Community Manager for the site.

Dan Sep 1st, 2015 8
John Juanda Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event for €1 Million

The EPT Barcelona Main Event wrapped up on Sunday with poker pro John Juanda claiming the €1 million first place prize. The Main Event in Barcelona gained the title of the largest EPT Main Event ever held at 1,694 players, eclipsing the Season 7 PCA Main Event, which drew 1,560.

Dan Aug 30th, 2015 5
Isildur1 Up $2.5 Million in the Last 10 Days

Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) probably doesn't want August to end. According to HighStakesDB, he is up $2.3 million this month and $2.5 million over the last 10 days. He won $600,000 on Saturday alone and continues to dominate the high-stakes online poker tables that HighStakesDB tracks. The question is, how long can he keep it up'

Dan Aug 30th, 2015 3
Remote Controlled Airplanes, Off-Road Motorcycles, and Sunday Million Final Tables

Earlier this month, Israel's Kingido87 (pictured) finished third in an un-chopped version of the PokerStars Sunday Million, coming away with a $93,000 payday. There were just over 5,700 entrants that day and PocketFivers captured almost 40% of the prize pool. It was Kingido87's largest score to date.

Dan Aug 29th, 2015 1
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Buy-In Cut to $5,300

In news announced on Friday, the buy-in for the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will be cut from $10,300 to $5,300. PokerStars said the halved price tag was "in line with European Poker Tour Main Events." The 2016 PCA schedule features a record 104 events and kicks off on January 6 from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Dan Aug 28th, 2015 5
Phil Ivey on Borgata Edge-Sorting: "They Never Asked Me What I Was Doing"

In March, Phil Ivey (pictured) was deposed in a case involving alleged edge-sorting at Borgata in Atlantic City. The casino sued Ivey for almost $10 million and, in turn, Ivey counter-sued Borgata. PokerNews managed to obtain a portion of the deposition, which took place in March.

Dan Aug 28th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: We Have a New #1 Player

For the first time since May 6, a span of 16 weeks, we have a new #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. By a slim 63-point margin, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) is our new #1 member worldwide, overtaking Nico PokerKaiser Fierro.

Dan Aug 26th, 2015 10
Two Wins, Four Final Tables in the Sunday Million for CheVeaU

Last year, Brazil played host to the World Cup. Next year, it'll host the Olympics. The South American nation has had a host of success online as well. Late last month, in fact, Guilherme Cheveau (pictured), known on PocketFives as simply CheVeaU, won the PokerStars Sunday Million after a four-way chop for $153,000. Incredibly, it was his second time chopping the Sunday staple.

Dan Aug 25th, 2015 2
Caesars Paying $20 Million for "Anti-Money Laundering Lapses"

According to Reuters, Caesars Entertainment has agreed to pay $20 million "to settle US charges over anti-money laundering lapses and will enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department."

Dan Aug 24th, 2015 1
Jason Somerville Signs with DraftKings

According to Legal Sports Report, run by the same guys as Online Poker Report, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured) has signed a "partnership deal" with DraftKings. He'll continue to be affiliated with the world's largest online poker room, PokerStars, as well.

Dan Aug 23rd, 2015 8
Isildur1 Up Almost $1 Million Since Friday

Talk about a solid weekend. According to HighStakesDB, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is up almost $1 million since Friday. Yes, in about 72 hours, Blom has racked up $950,000 in winnings at the high-stakes tables.

Dan Aug 23rd, 2015 5
"We Have to Make Mistakes to Have Something to Learn From"

On the final weekend of July, N4kai came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. He certainly carried the banner for our community, as he was one of just two PocketFivers at the final table that day. His reward was $15,000 and you can find him on 888 under the user name EternallyYrs.

Dan Aug 23rd, 2015 0
Country Poker Rankings: Overall vs Total PLB vs Average PLB

If you haven't already noticed, we have a pretty extensive Country Poker Rankings page here on PocketFives. It lists just about every country in the world in order by the combined cumulative PLB score of its top 20 players. Sweden and Canada have predominantly paced the leaderboard over the years, with the former currently leading with 104,727 points.

Dan Aug 22nd, 2015 0
From 12/12 to Chopping the Sunday Million for $103,000

Late last month, Matthias Lipp (pictured), known on PocketFives as MLS20, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $103,000. He officially finished in second place, falling heads-up to 180th ranked CheVeaU, and it was his largest online MTT score ever. The path to a near-victory for the live cash game player was quite impressive.

Dan Aug 22nd, 2015 1
Chad Batista (M8kingmoves) Passes Away

On Thursday, Chad M8kingmoves Batista (pictured) passed away. His family released a statement on Twitter that read, "It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother, and friend, Chad lilholdem954 Batista. Chad died suddenly this beautiful Thursday afternoon with his family surrounding him."

Dan Aug 21st, 2015 21
Jason Koon Talks High-Stakes Cash Games in Vegas, Macau

We don't normally get a chance to talk about high-stakes live cash games here on PocketFives, so when we do, we're going to relish it. Recently, longtime PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985 Koon (pictured) hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings and although that's where our conversation started, we quickly moved to high-stakes live games in Las Vegas and Macau. Now, it's on to the ...

Dan Aug 20th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: veeea Charges to #4 Worldwide

Don't look now, but veeea (pictured) is making a charge towards the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings. He rose nine spots this week to settle at #4, two off his all-time high. He has been on a tear in recent weeks and finished third in the PartyPoker Sunday Major over the weekend for $12,000.

Dan Aug 20th, 2015 0
Chip Leader dude904 Talks About the WSOP November Nine

In November, Joseph McKeehen (pictured), known on PocketFives as dude904, will hold the chip lead in the World Series of Poker Main Event as part of the 2015 WSOP November Nine. McKeehen has more chips than the second and third place players combined, so we caught up with the Pennsylvania native to get his thoughts just three months out.

Dan Aug 19th, 2015 3
WSOP on ESPN Recap: "It Appears to Be Over. Someone Needs to Tell Them."

On Tuesday, the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN for two hours. The main story of the first hour was the elimination of Daniel Negreanu in sixth place, so we'll move on to the second hour, which began with Loni Harwood (pictured) holding the chip lead five-handed.

Dan Aug 19th, 2015 0
PokerKaiser, inhoo Win Triple Crowns, Up to 24 Combined

It has been a busy month of August on PocketFives. In fact, two of our longtime members, one of whom is ranked #1 worldwide, won PocketFives Triple Crowns. They were the 73rd and 74th Triple Crowns awarded this year.

Dan Aug 18th, 2015 4
"It Felt Good to Win Something Other Than a Satellite"

Over the weekend, Canada's Jason StatusUp Lavallee (pictured) won the 888 Poker Whale for $31,000. The $600 buy-in tournament that runs every two weeks attracted almost 300 entrants and had a $155,000 prize pool. It was his fourth largest online poker cash to date and raised his career winnings in online MTTs past $2 million.

Dan Aug 18th, 2015 1
Dan Cates Loses $5 Million in Live Cash Games in Manila

A few days ago, Dan Cates (pictured), who is known as jungleman online, posted the following on Twitter rather nonchalantly: "Sooo Manila didn't go well, only lost about 38m hkd (5m usd)... Gonna play some 5/10 online and take another shot." Yes, not going "well" meant losing $5 million in high-stakes cash games in Manila.

Dan Aug 17th, 2015 7
Kickboxing in Prague FTW

We have interviewed several players here on PocketFives who have won the Winamax High Roller. The most recent among them: Prague's pappadogg (pictured), who took it down for $13,000. He's primarily a cash game player, but has had a considerable amount of success in the tournament world as well, amassing $1.5 million in cashes in his PocketFives profile. We sat down with the sport fanatic to get ...

Dan Aug 17th, 2015 5
The Power of a Poker House

In recent weeks, Brazil's Joao Simao (pictured), known on PocketFives as joaosimaobh, won the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance and Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday on the same day for a combined $60,000. He's a proud Brazilian who has successfully managed to balance poker and his family and even final table a few major live tournaments. In fact, he has $3.2 million in tracked online tournament ...

Dan Aug 16th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with #33 Ranked perrymejsen

To close out July, Jerry Odeen, known on PocketFives as perrymejsen, took second in the weekly PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $40,000. There were 606 entrants that day and Odeen was one of six PocketFivers to finish in the top 10. Consequently, PocketFivers earned 46% of the prize pool.

Dan Aug 16th, 2015 0
Then, I Accidentally Registered for a $5,000 Heads-Up Sit and Go

At the end of May, Lithuania's prof. ch4os (pictured, image courtesy Triobet and PokerNews) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $22,000. It was his second largest online MTT score to date and marked his best showing in a Sunday Major. He's the 14th-ranked player in Lithuania and a rising star with an interesting back-story, including one heads-up sit and go that was ...

Dan Aug 15th, 2015 4
It's the Tournament "Everyone Wants to Win"

If you haven't heard of Sweden's Sheater before reading this article, where have you been' Seriously. Have you been living under a rock' Or perhaps on the top of a mountain with no internet' Maybe we'll give you a pass. The Swede is the #4 player worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings and a former #1.

Dan Aug 13th, 2015 1
Amaya Officially Enters DFS, Acquires Victiv

In breaking news, Amaya, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, made good on its promise to enter the daily fantasy sports world before football season started by acquiring Victiv. The site will be renamed StarsDraft and, according to a press release, will be "initially launched at in select US markets and later through the PokerStars platform." Sign up for Victiv here!

Dan Aug 13th, 2015 5
PocketFives Rankings: Sheater Skyrockets to #4

Don't look now, but there's a familiar name in the online poker world barreling towards the top of the PocketFives Rankings: Sweden's Sheater. He was up a very healthy 12 spots this week and ended up at #4 with 6,586 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings.

Dan Aug 12th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: spaise411 Up $132,000, August's Biggest Winner

It's hard to believe we're almost to the halfway point of August. Ten days in and there has already been a $132,000 winner at the high-stakes online poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. His name: spaise411.

Dan Aug 11th, 2015 0
Strategy, Psychology, and Expensive Grinding Days

Over the weekend, Austria's Pokerjoe48 finished second in the PartyPoker Sunday Major and walked away with almost $20,000. It was his fourth largest online MTT score to date and helped propel him to over $1.2 million in career winnings. We virtually traveled to Europe to talk with him about his latest payout.

Dan Aug 11th, 2015 0
"It's Really Good to See the Brazil Poker Community Evolve So Much"

In June, Rafael Watanabe do Prado (pictured), aka rwprado on PocketFives, took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $31,000. There were 620 entrants that day and the tournament fell short of its guarantee, creating a little extra value for everyone who entered. The Brazilian was one of five PocketFivers at the final table.

Dan Aug 9th, 2015 4
Jason Somerville Signs Two-Year Partnership with Twitch

According to a post on Twitter, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured) has signed a new two-year partnership with Twitch. Somerville wrote to his throng of followers, "Very excited to have signed a new 2-year partnership with @Twitch! Daily #runitup streams set to return August 16th!" Now we sit just eight days away from the return of Run it Up.

Dan Aug 8th, 2015 5
hneves182 Wins, Gets Second in Sunday 500 in Back-to-Back Months

In May, Helio hneves182 Neves (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and banked $63,000. In June, just one month later, he took the same tournament down for another $58,000. Over $120,000 later, Neves has been on fire in the weekly Sunday tournament. We caught up with the Brazilian to get his side of the story.

Dan Aug 7th, 2015 3
Unibet Continues to Expand, Purchases iGame Group for €59 Million

One month removed from buying rival Stan James Online for £19 million, Unibet continued to shovel out money. This time around, the gaming giant bought the iGame Group for €59 million. iGame is primarily a Scandinavian-facing brand, meaning the transaction will boost Unibet's presence in that part of the world.

Dan Aug 7th, 2015 0
Daniel Negreanu Plans to Buy Piece of Las Vegas NHL Franchise

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of the National Hockey League expanding to Las Vegas. In fact, Vegas and Quebec City moved on to Phase 2 of the expansion process this week, which means Sin City is one step closer to sporting its very own franchise.

Dan Aug 6th, 2015 7
From the White Wolves to the Sunday Warm-Up

In June, Russia's Viktor papan9_p$ Ustimov won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up after a three-way deal and walked off with $66,000. That was the largest amount given out and Ustimov was one of four PocketFivers to make the final table. Although it was just his ninth tracked win, he has almost $500,000 in online tournament scores to his credit.

Dan Aug 6th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with San Jose's Flippa42

The most recent member of PocketFives to earn his $2 million cash badge is Costa Rica's Mike Flippa42 Carter (pictured), who did so on August 3. He plays as KaptianKush on PokerStars and Pokeherplayher on PartyPoker and sat down with us to talk about his successful career.

Dan Aug 5th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: PokerKaiser #1 for 14th Straight Week

For the 14th straight week, Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the top dog in the PocketFives Rankings. He has been #1 ever since May 6 and is enjoying the longest run by anyone at #1 since Cal cal42688 Anderson did so for 22 weeks in late 2012 and early 2013. In fact, Fierro's 14 weeks are tied for the eighth longest run ever.

Dan Aug 5th, 2015 2
PocketFives Open Returns Thursday with $1,500 in Added Prizes

Attention non-US players! The PocketFives Open, our main community-building event, is back for the first time since February. This time, we're headed to William Hill, where $1,500 in added prizes will be on the line! Anyone with a William Hill account is welcome to play.

Dan Aug 4th, 2015 1
aguskb Wins July Monthly PLB by 24 Points

By the slimmest of margins, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) won the July Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard with 2,639 points. He edged out second place by a scant 24 points and earned his very first Monthly PLB title.

Dan Aug 4th, 2015 0
PocketFives' US Online Poker League Returns in August

Mark your calendars, US players! Our US online poker league returns this Wednesday, August 5. As its name suggests, US players are more than welcome and, for the third straight month, our host site is . Sign up for for free by clicking here.

Dan Aug 3rd, 2015 0
Why You Need Erdbeer Schnaps

You never quite know where interviews with players are going to go. Sometimes we talk about highly unique hobbies. Sometimes we talk about random adventures to faraway lands. In the case of Austria's neverfoldQ5, however, we digressed into talking about erdbeer schnaps.

Dan Aug 3rd, 2015 4
Say Hello to the Top-Ranked PocketFiver in Bulgaria

In June, Alex Dimitrov (pictured), known on PocketFives as alexd2, won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $38,000 under the screen name grinder1992. There was no chop that day and Dimitrov led the six PocketFivers at the final table.

Dan Aug 2nd, 2015 2
PLO High-Low's "Insane" Rake and Boating in Denmark

In recent weeks, Mads Bertelsen (pictured), known on PocketFives as Mr Longhit, finished second in the PartyPoker $200K Guaranteed and put back $22,000. He was the highest finishing member of the PocketFives community in the tournament and logged his fourth largest score to date.

Dan Aug 1st, 2015 0
Slovakian Casino Responds After Players Boycott Final Table

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about players sitting out the final table of a tournament at the Golden Vegas Poker Club in Slovakia after confusion over the meaning of the word "guarantee." The tournament in question had a €300 buy-in and "guarantee" of €100,000. However, instead of guaranteeing a prize pool of €100,000, officials only paid out €86,666, arguing that the ...

Dan Aug 1st, 2015 7
Daniel Negreanu Makes Final 7 of WSOP National Championship

There are seven players remaining in the World Series of Poker National Championship being held at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina (pictured below). Just a few weeks after his 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) is making another deep run and sits in third place with a stack of 543,000.

Dan Jul 31st, 2015 0
Report: Theft Results in Major Shakeup at Aria Poker Room

According to reports from Todd Witteles and Allen Kessler on Two Plus Two and Poker Fraud Alert, there has been a major shakeup at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas, allegedly due to theft.

Dan Jul 30th, 2015 2
Chris Grove: "Calling a DFS Game 'Fantasy' Does Not Ensure Protection"

On Wednesday, Online Poker Report's Chris Grove (pictured) published a series of Tweets regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS). As we've written about before, Nevada gaming officials are digging into the legality of DFS and could potentially shut the industry down in the state or change the way it's taxed and licensed. Other states could soon follow. Check out Chris on Twitter.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
"Shout Out to Aggro Santos for Helping with Timbey Nonsense Spots"

Just before the main chunk of the World Series of Poker began, Donald d7o1d1s0 Rae won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $20,000. There was no chop that day in the 474-man field and Rae was one of two UK PocketFivers to make the top five.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings: Legenden Knocking on the Door of #1

Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), from Chile, is nearing three months at the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankings. He is at 7,225 PLB Points right now, but could get a run for his money in the coming weeks, as three players are within 400 points of taking the title.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 1
"This Money Will Make My Life Easier During the Downswings"

In recent weeks, Andrey aslamego Lamego (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for almost $80,000. The Brazilian was one of 2,432 players who entered that day and recorded his largest online tournament cash by a factor of five. He plays as Dr_Drey15 on PokerStars and can be found at #473 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.

Dan Jul 28th, 2015 1
Nevada Gaming Officials Examining Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports

According to Online Poker Report (OPR) and a Tweet from ESPN writer David Purdum, Nevada Gaming Control Board officials have begun examining the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS), which US players can play on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings for real money.

Dan Jul 27th, 2015 7
Game On: GVC Bids $1.6 Billion for bwin.party

Last week, we reported that shareholders of bwin.party recommended that the company's Board of Directors approve a $1.4 billion acquisition by 888 Holdings, the parent company of 888 Poker. However, not refusing to lay down and die, GVC, which had been in a bidding war with 888, has upped the ante, reportedly bidding $1.6 billion for bwin.party.

Dan Jul 27th, 2015 1
Lottery-Style Games Drag Cash Game Traffic Down 14% in 2015

According to PokerScout, lottery-style games have dragged cash game traffic on the world's online poker sites down 14% in the first half of 2015. As PokerScout explained, "Online poker traffic in the first half of 2015 was down 14% from last year, marking the fourth consecutive year of first half declines. The loss is the largest since 2011/2012, when Black Friday drove traffic down by 28%."

Dan Jul 26th, 2015 3
Phil Ivey Countersues Borgata Over Baccarat Winnings

In April 2014, Borgata in Atlantic City sued Phil Ivey for $9.6 million after the latter went on an epic winning streak in baccarat. The casino claimed Ivey (pictured), a 10-time bracelet winner, edge-sorted in order to gain an unfair advantage over the house and therefore shouldn't be able to retain his winnings. Now, Ivey is countersuing.

Dan Jul 25th, 2015 12
Greg Merson Talks About Going Smoke-Free

Following the World Series of Poker this year, Greg Merson (pictured), who won the Main Event in 2012, decided to go smoke-free. He has overcome several obstacles in his life already, but can he successfully squash smoking' PocketFives caught up with the two-time bracelet winner to talk about his challenge in hopes that it might inspire other poker players to follow suit.

Dan Jul 22nd, 2015 8
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 Back in the Top 10

Another week, another PocketFives Rankings update. This time, a familiar face returned to the top 10: eisenhower1. The Swede moved up 14 spots and now sits at #8 in the world, six off his all-time high. Can he make a run at #1'

Dan Jul 22nd, 2015 1
Heads-Up with #39 Ranked girex91, Malta's Top Dog

Last month, Davide girex91 Marchi (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, finishing second after a three-way chop for a commanding $135,000. It was the second largest amount given away in the deal after almost 5,800 people entered.

Dan Jul 21st, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: thecortster Up $619,000 Last Week

The last seven days have featured some wild swings at the high-stakes online poker tables involving the likes of Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby (pictured) and Viktor Isildur1 Blom. Just to give you an idea, Blom crushed fellow high-stakes player DoorBread for $500,000 in a single session, while Kibler-Melby ended the week up $619,000, according to HighStakesDB. Ho hum.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 0
PokerStars Surveys Players About DFS

In recent days, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has been surveying players about daily fantasy sports. Why' As we've reported here before, PokerStars is launching its own DFS site or acquiring an existing one, potentially by the start of football season.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
apestyles Finishes Third in Sunday Million, Hits $7 Million in Scores

Over the weekend, poker author and longtime PocketFiver Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $89,000. The cash was huge for a number of reasons. Not only was it his sixth largest online poker score ever, but it also put him over $7 million for his career.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
"We Always Have Good Basketball Players and, Nowadays, Good Poker Players"

Last month, Lithuania's Davydenko123 (pictured) was part of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $37,000, the largest payday given out. It was the fourth largest score of his career. "I feel very good," he told us. "After a downswing during the SCOOP series, that hit was necessary and nice to get."

Dan Jul 19th, 2015 0
"It Would Be Really Cool to Be Ranked #1 at the End of the Year Online"

In May, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date.

Dan Jul 18th, 2015 1
Heads-Up with WSOP $10K HORSE Winner Andrew Barber

Earlier this month, 204 people turned out for a $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker. In the end, it was Andrew Barber (pictured) defeating a final table that included two former Main Event winners for over a half-million dollars. We sat down with Barber to talk about his experience and his passion for charity.

Dan Jul 18th, 2015 0
Report: Bill to Halt Expansion of Online Poker Coming in US

According to the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill, a bill could be introduced in the US Congress that "would block new states from licensing online poker while a federal study is conducted."

Dan Jul 17th, 2015 9
It's Official: 888 Buys bwin.party for $1.4 Billion

After a flurry of bids, 888 Holdings won the battle to buy rival bwin.party on Friday. The price: $1.4 billion in a cash and stock deal. 888 won out over a similarly-priced joint bid by GVC and Amaya, the latter of which already owns PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Dan Jul 17th, 2015 6
CDI Reportedly Laying Off Bluff Staff, But Keeping Website

According to Online Poker Report and founder Eric Morris on Twitter, Bluff is "winding down" operations in the next month. Morris Tweeted midday on Thursday, "@BLUFFMedia has let go of entire staff. Looks like operations will cease as of Aug 15th. Sad day for company I founded in 2004."

Dan Jul 16th, 2015 0
WSOP Attendance Up 25% in 2015 to 103,512

Due in part to the Colossus, a $565 buy-in tournament that fetched a field of 22,374 entrants, attendance at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was up 25% to 103,512 this year. That number represents a new all-time high for the annual tournament series.

Dan Jul 16th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: r4ndomr4gs Reenters Top 10 at #9

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. For the 11th straight week, Nico PokerKaiser Fierro from Chile stands tall above the rest, this time with a PLB score of 7,402 points, 300 ahead of the next closest person.

Dan Jul 15th, 2015 0
2015 WSOP November Nine Set, dude904 Has Commanding Lead

After a grueling 10 days, the World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine has been determined. Much to everyone's chagrin, the group does not include six-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who busted in 11th place. However, the November Nine does have six Americans, two Europeans, and one Israeli.

Dan Jul 15th, 2015 8
Nevada's Butters Leads WSOP Main Event with 27 Remaining

We're down to the final 27 in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. You'll notice that we've published a series of player bios on the group, which we'll update as eliminations occur throughout the day on Tuesday. The field will be whittled all the way down to the November Nine on Tuesday starting at Noon PT.

Dan Jul 14th, 2015 1
Negreanu, gboro780, P0ker H0 All Alive in WSOP Main Event With 69 Left

What started as a field of 6,420 in the World Series of Poker Main Event has been whittled down to just 69. On Monday, the field will likely be trimmed even further down to 27. Right now, Pierre Neuville leads the way with a stack of 7.1 million. Neuville calls Belgium home and had eight in the money finishes at last year's WSOP.

Dan Jul 13th, 2015 3
Joe McKeehen (dude904) Leading WSOP Main Event with 237 Left

We're down to 237 players in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. If you're a regular reader of PocketFives, then you'll recognize the name Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on our site. He has the chip lead in the tournament entering Day 5 with 3.1 million and is one of only two players to have more than 3 million.

Dan Jul 12th, 2015 4
"I Think I Just Grabbed a Bohemia and Watched Some Netflix"

How do you celebrate an important win' Sip a cocktail and watch "Breaking Bad." Such is the life of Mexico's NateSD222, aka Richard Schenz-Davis (pictured), who is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $500,000 in online MTTs and won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy as well as a WCOOP Second Chance event last year.

Dan Jul 12th, 2015 0
2015 WSOP: The Summer of Brian Hastings

The 2015 World Series of Poker began with Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) blowing up Twitter with bracelet bets. With almost 70 bracelet events on deck this year, Hastings seemingly had plenty of chances to make good on his wagers. Sure enough, within a couple of weeks of the 2015 WSOP starting, Hastings took down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,000 and reportedly made ...

Dan Jul 11th, 2015 4
Alleged Cheating in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event Still Under Investigation

Allegations against Valeriu Coca (pictured) for cheating in the $10,000 Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker were lodged last month. However, six weeks later, no resolution has been reached, according to WSOP officials. Coca has not been found to have committed any wrongdoing.

Dan Jul 10th, 2015 3
KevMath Issues "Shuffle Up and Deal" Command at WSOP

On Thursday, Kevin KevMath Mathers (pictured) had the honor of issuing the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command at the World Series of Poker Main Event. The tournament had its Day 2C on Thursday and, for Mathers, it was a much-deserved honor.

Dan Jul 10th, 2015 0
Christian Lusardi Officially Indicted in Borgata Chipgate Scandal

A year-and-a-half after allegedly introducing counterfeit chips into the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Christian Lusardi (pictured) was officially indicted. According to the Press of Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Lusardi "was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury on charges of second-degree trademark counterfeiting, second-degree attempted theft by deception, and ...

Dan Jul 9th, 2015 3
Brian Hastings, CrownUpGuy Among WSOP Main Event Day 2AB Leaders

The survivors of Days 1A and 1B of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event took to the Rio on Wednesday for Day 2AB. The players from Day 1A made their way to the Amazon Room, while the players from Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms inside the cavernous convention center.

Dan Jul 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: aguskb Up 22 Spots to #7

We had two new entrants this week into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings, which were recalculated on Wednesday. We'll start with one of the biggest advancers inside the top 100, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured), who shot up 22 spots from #29 to #7. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings.

Dan Jul 8th, 2015 2
2015 WSOP Main Event Attracts 6,420 Entrants

After a slow Day 1A and a rain-soaked Day 1B, the World Series of Poker Main Event featured the largest single-day starting flight in its history on Tuesday. A field of 3,963 players turned out, keeping WSOP staff busy and pumping the tournament's attendance up to 6,420, down 4% from last year.

Dan Jul 8th, 2015 0
Despite Flash Floods, WSOP Main Event Day 1B Gets 1,716 Entrants

It was a stormy afternoon in Las Vegas on Monday. This author's plane took off shortly before 4:00pm PT, but within a couple of hours, pictures on Twitter surfaced of a rain storm soaking Las Vegas.

Dan Jul 7th, 2015 1
"I Have Never Heard of Anyone Winning at Razz"

Last month, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured) won a pair of SCOOP events. The first was a $215 Stud tournament, while the second, which happened nine days later, was a $700 HORSE event. Deck's reward: $34,000 and two SCOOP titles.

Dan Jul 4th, 2015 2
"I Was Looking at Poker Hand Rankings While I Was Playing"

You remember the days of being a newbie in poker. For PocketFiver Simon Ronnow Pedersen (pictured), known as IgorK on our site, those days are, thankfully, long past. Last month, he took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $32,000. He plays on the site under the user name SuzukiTorben007.

Dan Jul 3rd, 2015 0
WSOP Online Bracelet Event Attracts 905 Entrants

The first ever World Series of Poker online bracelet event attracted 905 entrants, creating a prize pool of $859,000. The top 100 will finish in the money, with a top prize of almost $200,000 on the line.

Dan Jul 3rd, 2015 2
Anthony Zinno Wins WSOP $25,000 PLO, Second in POY Race

Until Wednesday night, Anthony Zinno (pictured) had been having an impressive World Series of Poker, but had yet to capture his first bracelet. He had four top-seven finishes already and was coming off being crowned the World Poker Tour Player of the Year. Now, he's on his way to becoming the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year after taking down a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.

Dan Jul 2nd, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: prebzzz Enters at #6

After reentering his screen names last week, Norway's prebzzz jumped nearly to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, landing at #6. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings and, not surprisingly, he's the top-ranked PocketFiver in Norway.

Dan Jul 1st, 2015 0
Anthony Zinno's Beastly 2015 WSOP

Reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno (pictured) is at it again. He's leading a $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker with a dozen players remaining with a stack of 2.46 million and will add to an impressive 2015 WSOP run.

Dan Jul 1st, 2015 0
Jonathan Duhamel Wins WSOP High Roller for One Drop

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) has hit it big once again, this time taking down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million. The 27-year-old scored his second gold bracelet in his sixth career WSOP final table.

Dan Jun 30th, 2015 2
"It's Really Important to Be On Point with Your All-In Ranges"

At the start of this year's SCOOP on PokerStars, 1,100 people turned out for a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. In the end, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) finished in second place for a commanding $143,000. It was his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of two.

Dan Jun 28th, 2015 1
25th to 50th Percentile in WSOP DraftKings Event Will Cash for Less than Buy-In

Event #55 of the 2015 World Series of Poker began on Saturday. The $1,500 buy-in DraftKings 50-50 tournament featured a unique structure where half of the field will finish in the money. However, half of the runners who cash won't make their buy-in back. There were 1,123 entrants.

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 0
"I Like the Game and Like the Money, and There's Lots of Money in this Game"

Last month, Hungary's W_P_S was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward for making it to the final three of the 32,000-man tournament was $17,000. "I had a very tough year, so this helps me a lot now," he told us. "I had lot of crazy beats deep in past tournaments when the money was big."

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 2
Bryan Micon Pleads Guilty, But Avoids Jail Time

According to Vegas Inc and several other outlets, former SealsWithClubs owner Bryan Micon (pictured) has pleaded guilty to "operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system," but will not receive jail time. The site explained, "Micon's plea will allow him to avoid jail time and serve probation, after which he can file to have his record reflect a gross misdemeanor instead of a felony, according ...

Dan Jun 26th, 2015 0
Joe Barton Introduces Internet Poker Freedom Act

Let the barrage of online poker-related bills being introduced on Capitol Hill commence! On Thursday, one day after Senator Lindsey Graham introduced legislation to ban i-gaming in the US, Congressman Joe Barton (pictured) rolled out a bill to regulate internet poker.

Dan Jun 25th, 2015 0
PPA Blasts Lindsey Graham Over Introduction of RAWA in Senate

On Wednesday, while Congress was adjourned, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured) introduced Restoring America's Wire Act in the US Senate. The legislation, driven at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, bans internet gambling and online poker in the US.

Dan Jun 24th, 2015 2
oakes Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring By Hitting Quad Fives

Last month, Mike oakes O'Connell (pictured) scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in style. On his final hand, he hit quads and pocketed $10,000 from the $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Oh yeah, the hand he hit quads on: pocket fives, of course.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 2
pleno1, Jovial Gent, elpim Make Final 26 of WSOP Extended Play Event

Twenty-six players remain in the $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker. At stake is a $478,000 first place prize and bracelet winner Barny Boatman (pictured) owns the lead with a stack of 1.15 million in chips.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 1
Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face Gambling Charges

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, former SealsWithClubs head Bryan Micon (pictured) is returning to the US to face gambling charges. An arrest warrant for Micon was issued on April 28 and he reportedly had fled to the island of Antigua.

Dan Jun 22nd, 2015 1