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"I Have Been Running So Badly, So This Feels So Good"

Earlier this month, Tomi Taanila (pictured), known on PocketFives as das_rektumous, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major and earned $39,000. He defeated a field of 650 entrants and was one of 90 players to make the money in the $250 buy-in tournament. "I feel great," Taanila told PocketFives. "The beginning of the year has been hard until this point. I have been running so badly, so this feels so ...

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 2
Poker Philathropist Guy Laliberte Seeking Cirque du Soleil Buyers

If you've ever watched the World Series of Poker on television or in person, then you know who Guy Laliberté (pictured) is. He's the founder of the highly successful Cirque du Soleil as well as the One Drop foundation, which has parlayed its name into annual charity poker tournaments at the WSOP.

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 4
Dzmitry Urbanovich Becomes First Person to Win Four Events at an EPT Festival

Here's something you don't see every day. Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich (pictured, image courtesy EPT) became the first person ever to win four events at a single European Poker Tour festival. Four! It all went down at EPT Malta, where he won a €200 Crazy Pineapple event to secure his fourth title.

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 12
"This is the Score I Have Been Looking For"

Recently, Luis Alberto Montano Rodriguez (pictured), known as Fizhh on PocketFives, came in second place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and cashed for $155,000. There was no chop to be had and Rodriguez, who calls Mexico home, outlasted over 7,000 opponents. We caught up with him to break down his big day.

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 1
TDA Announces Summit at Venetian, Poker Industry Revolts

On Thursday, the Tournament Directors Association, led by the esteemed Matt Savage (pictured), announced that the next TDA Summit will take place from June 16 to 17 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Savage added, "Registration details to follow shortly. Send your local TD please." Savage told PocketFives that he was not the one who negotiated the deal with Venetian, but rather just made the ...

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 3
Buy Barry Shulman's Las Vegas Home for $4.9 Million

If you're looking for a little "Louis XIV-inspired, three-floor penthouse" in Las Vegas, look no further than a $4.9 million pad just put on the market by Barry Shulman and his wife Allyn, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Dan Mar 26th, 2015 0
Let's Get the Heck Out of the Cold!

In recent weeks, Jonathan G4uths Gauthier (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $68,000. It was the largest cashed we've tracked for the Canadian by a factor of nine and he accordingly told us, "I am feeling super good. I've been waiting for that kind of ship for a long time."

Dan Mar 26th, 2015 1
PPA On RAWA Hearing: "This Bill Should Die Today"

If you were hiding under a rock, you missed the two-hour-long fear-mongering fest that was a House Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on Restoring America's Wire Act, a bill that comes at the behest of Sheldon Adelson. It ended with a threat for a markup and among those in the room on Capitol Hill during the hearing was Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured).

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
House Judiciary Committee Hearing Recap: It's Fear-Mongering Time

On Wednesday, a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee was charge with discussing Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, a bill reportedly prompted by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and introduced in the House as HR 707 by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). It began an hour late and featured an intermission for "multi-trillion-dollar votes." You can check out the witness list and testimony by ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Retakes Top Spot Worldwide

It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
What Online Poker Games Will Be Pooled in Delaware and Nevada?

On Tuesday, 888 Holdings released its financial figures for 2014 and among the highlights was word that a compact between Nevada and Delaware to pool online poker traffic is close to being a reality. As a matter of fact, the company said it had already achieved "successful deployment of shared poker network across states of Delaware and Nevada in March 2015, creating significant competitive edge ...

Dan Mar 24th, 2015 1
888 Posts Record-Breaking 2014 Financials

According to iGaming Business and other outlets, 888 Holdings, which runs 888 Poker, has turned in a record-breaking 2014 calendar year with revenues of $455 million. That figure is up 14% over 2013 and, as outlined by IGB, "888 has announced a final dividend at 4.5 cents per ordinary share as well as an additional one-off dividend of 7.0 cents per share."

Dan Mar 24th, 2015 5
"Unfortunately, I'm a Massive Life Nit"

Late last month, England's Jonathan Gil3000 Gill (pictured) took fourth place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put away $74,000. It was his largest online tournament score to date and he outlasted over 7,000 other entrants to get it. Gill has since shot up to the top 500 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and gave us the run-down of his big hit.

Dan Mar 22nd, 2015 9
Chopping the Sunday Million the Day After Your Bachelor Party

Last month, Denmark's marktb (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $72,000. There were over 800 entrants that day and marktb bested a final table that included a half-dozen members of the PocketFives community. That score came a few years after a pretty memorable hit in the Sunday Million on a very special weekend. More on that to come.

Dan Mar 21st, 2015 0
Four-Figure Field Already Preregistered for WSOP Colossus Event

We're still more than two months away from the first ever World Series of Poker Colossus event and the field size is already in the four-figures, according to WSOP officials. The tournament has a $565 buy-in, will award a bracelet, and could boast the largest field in the history of live poker.

Dan Mar 17th, 2015 3
Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million Attracts 50,000 Entrants

Over the weekend, PokerStars ran a special Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million and the response was overwhelming. Over 50,000 entrants showed up, driving the prize pool north of $10 million. The tournament clocked in as the eighth richest in online poker history, trailing only five World Championship of Online Poker Main Events and two previous Sunday Million special anniversary tournaments.

Dan Mar 16th, 2015 4
A PhD in Astrophysics, But a Career in Poker

Over the first weekend in March, Dan NukeTheFish Wilson (pictured) was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $58,000. It was the largest score of his online tournament career by a factor of almost three and he has since shot up to #245 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. We caught up with him to discuss his life, which included getting a PhD in ...

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 2
Cash Plays? Not So Much at MGM Properties

According to Online Poker Report, cash will no longer play at MGM Resorts properties around the United States. The site pointed out that impacted poker rooms will include casinos from Las Vegas to Michigan: Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Mirage, Beau Rivage in Biloxi, and MGM Grand Detroit. The change will be enforced as of April 1.

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 1
Taylor Paur (taypaur) Wins WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star

Out of the six members of the World Poker Tour's Bay 101 Shooting Star final table, five were part of the PocketFives community. In the end, Taylor taypaur Paur (pictured) came out on top and took home a rock solid $1.2 million.

Dan Mar 14th, 2015 6
High Stakes Poker: bbvisbadforme Up $626,000 in March

If you're looking for a winner of the high-stakes poker realm in March so far, look no further than the Full Tilt member bbvisbadforme. According to HighStakesDB, bbvisbadforme is up $626,000 so far this month, more than three times the next closest player. Yes, more than three times the next closest person the site tracks.

Dan Mar 13th, 2015 0
PokerKaiser Wins 13th PocketFives Triple Crown

Only three players have ever recorded more than 10 PocketFives Triple Crowns: Chris moorman1 Moorman, who has a record 24; Peter Belabacsi Traply, who has 11; and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), who just earned his 13th, good for the second most all-time.

Dan Mar 13th, 2015 3
Sunday $100 Rebuy Win, Super Tuesday Final Table in the Same Week

The end of February was pretty lucrative for Audrius Miliauskas (pictured), who goes by Davydenko123 on PocketFives. On the 22nd, he won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy after a four-way chop and put away $42,000. Two days later, he finished fourth in the site's Super Tuesday for another $45,000. It was a pretty profitable way to end the shortest month of the year.

Dan Mar 12th, 2015 1
High Stakes Poker: Ilari Sahamies Nearly Over $1 Million in 2015

We're two-and-a-half months into 2015, but according to HighStakesDB, one person is nearly at $1 million in profit for the year. Ilari Sahamies (pictured), who plays as Ilari FIN on PokerStars, currently has $954,000 in profit for 2015 and is up to $2.78 million since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2011.

Dan Mar 12th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy New #1

For the second time in his career, CrownUpGuy (pictured) is the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. This time, he moved up four spots on the week thanks to a final table in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic that was worth $15,000 and 207 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings.

Dan Mar 11th, 2015 9
Is RAWA All About the Money?

In the last couple of weeks, we've learned that the main man in the US Senate championing Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) legislation to ban internet gambling, Lindsey Graham, has never sent an e-mail. We've also learned that Adelson's camp was a no-show at the Conservative Political Action Conference to debate the merits of i-gaming. Are those championing Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 8
Andy McLEOD Final Tables Sunday 500, $100 Rebuy

Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured) finished third in both the PokerStars Sunday 500 and Sunday $100 Rebuy for over $60,000 total. He doesn't have his screen names entered in his PocketFives profile, but after a comment from one PocketFiver that read "a third in the Sunday 500 and a third in the Sunday Rebuy, pretty sick for Andy McLEOD," we thought an ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 3
Six-Max Games, Einstein References, and My Friend Mangejao

Earlier this year, Australia's sammejao (pictured) won the Winamax High Roller for the second time. His first taste of victory in it came in 2014 on a Sunday and was good for $20,000, while his latest go-around came during the week for almost $6,000. To win a high-dollar six-max tournament two times is quite a feat, so we thought an interview was appropriate.

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 1
Lawmaker Trying to Outlaw Online Gambling Has Never Sent an E-Mail

This author went out and had a great evening stuffing his face with local foods and planned to sleep off his coma when he came home. But, any time we can point out the fallacies of those who are crusading against internet gambling in the United States, we're going to do so. We're like a mini-Rich Muny. Therefore, we present Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who despite taking such a ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 10
SealsWithClubs Cashouts End May 5

In breaking news, cashouts on the now-defunct bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs will end on May 5, according to a message posted on the SealsWithClubs website. The memo, which was posted on March 5, read in part, "The cashout system will only be maintained for another sixty (60) days. All activity on the sealswithclubs.eu domain will cease on May 5, 2015. After this date, it will not be ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 0
Mike Sexton Questions the Value of WSOP Bracelets

In a blog recently published on PartyPoker's website, World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton (pictured) questioned the value of World Series of Poker bracelets and called out the WSOP for a few other reasons. Sexton is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and owns one WSOP bracelet, which came in a Stud High-Low event in 1989.

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 26
Celebratory McDonald's Breakfast with Double Sausage and Egg

A few weeks ago, Jareth jareth3542 East (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $41,000, defeating a field of 675 entrants. "One word that springs to mind is 'relief,'" he told us following his big hit. "On PokerStars and Full Tilt, I have been making a lot of big final tables recently and getting eighth and ninth place every time. It was getting really frustrating, so to ...

Dan Mar 7th, 2015 6
Anthony Zinno Becomes Third Three-Time WPT Winner

History was made on Thursday, as Anthony Zinno (pictured) became just the third person ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. He took down the LA Poker Classic for $1 million after having just seven big blinds four-handed to stamp his place in poker lore.

Dan Mar 6th, 2015 2
Jason Koon (JAKoon1985) Wins Super Tuesday, LAPC High Roller

We're pretty sure Jason JAKoon1985 Koon's favorite day of the week is officially Tuesday. Koon (pictured) has made the last two Tuesdays count, winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday and LA Poker Classic Turbo High Roller on back-to-back weeks for a combined $550,000.

Dan Mar 5th, 2015 8
Staring at a Screen for 14 Hours: "It Doesn't Happen that Often"

In the middle of February, the 888 Poker Mega Deep pulled in 829 entrants and offered up a prize pool of $165,000. The money made a 14-hour tournament much more palatable to Polish PocketFiver aimazing (pictured), who told us, "I'm feeling awesome. It's my biggest score ever. However, I felt a little bit disappointed since I lost heads-up to a recreational player." He took second for $22,000.

Dan Mar 5th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Reclaims #1 Spot

For the first time since November of last year, Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He swapped spots with Chris Big Huni Hunichen to claim the honors and is ranked #1 for just the second time in his career and the first time since last November.

Dan Mar 4th, 2015 2
Takeaways from the American Poker Awards Conference

Last week, the first ever American Poker Conference preceding the American Poker Awards took place in Los Angeles. A four-panel agenda featuring some of the brightest and most visible minds in the industry led to a few takeaways, which I wanted to share.

Dan Mar 3rd, 2015 0
"Hey Dad, I Won $200 with $1"

Last month, Canada's Alexandre Fournier (pictured), known as fournn on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. His reward was $98,000, far and away his largest online poker cash to date, and, as a result, he has zoomed to #536 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Mar 2nd, 2015 2
It's Time to Dumb Down Poker TV

Remember the early World Poker Tour broadcasts on Travel Channel' Each of them opened with an explanation of how to play poker and WPT host Mike Sexton's signature "it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master." All it takes is 60 seconds for me to be able to play No Limit Hold'em' Sign me up.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 9
American Poker Awards: "One of the Most Exciting Nights in Poker History"

On Friday, PocketFives was privileged to be in attendance for the first ever American Poker Awards, held at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. Two-hundred and fifty of the brightest and most influential minds in the industry, along with a cavalcade of players, descended upon a ballroom for a four-hour event featuring booze, chicken, and flatulence. Oh yeah, there were awards given out too. Kara Scott ...

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 4
Two Sunday Major Final Tables, One Win for Zaureos in Februry

On the second weekend of February, Edgar Roberto Briga Claro Valente Oliveira, known as Zaureos on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $39,000. It was his largest cash to date and came in a tournament he's highly familiar with. "I feel really happy because it's one of my favorite tournaments and it's really fulfilling to win it," he told us.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 3
"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get"

In February, the Dominican Republic's Alberto Meran won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a five-way deal. He blasted through a field of almost 2,900 entrants en route to a $74,000 score, as the tournament beat its guarantee by 14%. His payday was the largest given out by about $20,000.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 2
How Do You Follow Up a Second Place TLB Finish?

Back in 2013, New Zealand's asjbaaaf (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for almost $80,000. That score jump-started what, two years later, is still a lucrative poker career. In fact, just a couple of months into 2015, he has already won the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and final tabled the 888 Poker Whale for $13,000.

Dan Feb 28th, 2015 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: norfair18 Up 23 Spots to #6

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. Up 23 spots this week to settle at #6, his highest position ever, is norfair18 (pictured). In the last eight days, this Mexico-based poker player has won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed for a healthy $140,000 combined.

Dan Feb 25th, 2015 8
Shared Poker Liquidity Between Nevada and Delaware "Imminent"

According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, poker liquidity sharing between Nevada and Delaware should go live in four to six weeks, meaning we're dangerously close to the first regulated multi-state compact coming to fruition.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 12
"It's Filled with Guys with Deep Pockets Willing to Gamble it Up Early"

The title of this article is a scouting report of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which runs once a week and, earlier this month, attracted just over 900 entrants. Taking second on the final leaderboard was Andy wiisssppppaa Taylor (pictured), who earned $36,000.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 4
Former Lock Poker Rep: "Player Balances Won't Be Honored"

In an interview with Pokerfuse that was published on Monday, former Lock Poker rep Shane Bridges claimed it was unlikely that players would be paid out any time soon: "I never had access to any real financials," Bridges said, "but with no significant movement on cashouts and promises of the big turnaround now being 12 months old, it would be my assumption that player balances won't be honored ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 14
Bryan Micon: "A Bunch of Guys With Guns Broke Down My Door"

In a five-minute YouTube video, Bryan Micon (pictured) told the poker world about a "traumatizing" event involving cops showing up with guns at 8:00 in the morning to serve a warrant, events that ultimately resulted in the closure of SealsWithClubs last week via a rather cryptic statement. Micon, who is now camped out in Antigua, lashed out against a US "nanny state" and plans to re-launch his ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 6
Naked Fist-Pumping and Personal Pleasure Palaces

Earlier this month, London's ravenjetbyrne (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge and walked away with $25,000, his second career victory in that tournament. There were almost 1,000 entrants that day and ravenjetbyrne was the lone PocketFiver at the final table. We caught up with him to get his take on his big day. You'll be able to tell by his responses that he also writes stand-up ...

Dan Feb 22nd, 2015 4
Daniel Negreanu Tells You Who Should Be Barred from the WSOP

In a recent blog that appeared on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) ran down a list of six people who some have argued should be forever barred from the World Series of Poker. As he put it, "I've always been of the position that unless people have been found to actually cheat at poker, they should be allowed to attend." That's the main criteria you'll see Negreanu use throughout his ...

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 24
PPA Calls House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban i-Gaming "A Real Threat"

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about a hearing scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss a bill from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban internet gambling in the US. The bill, called Restoring America's Wire Act, reportedly comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 4
DaMatrix Cashes in 70+ Tournaments on February 18

On February 19, London's DaMatrix (pictured) posted on Twitter, "Cashed in over 70 tournaments yesterday to break the record of 58 by @MidEGambler1 @PocketFives. Only 1 today tho." We counted 76 MTT cashes for DaMatrix on February 18 that made it to his profile and the feat is pretty astounding.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 20
Two Sunday Million Final Tables, One Win for JimyJamonas

On Super Bowl Sunday, JimyJamonas, from Israel, headed up a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. He cashed for $170,000 and officially took first place, telling us, "I'm really happy! I know there's a lot of luck involved regardless of how well I played, so it was a really nice turn of events." It was his second time final tabling the large-field tournament.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 6
SealsWithClubs Shuts Down

Citing "several events related to operational security" that have resulted in the site operating "in a perpetual state of jeopardy," the bitcoin poker site SealsWithClubs is officially ceasing operations, effective immediately.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 1
Chris Grove Breaks Down US i-Gaming

Heading up the ship at Online Poker Report is Chris Grove (pictured), who has as much knowledge about the past, present, and future of internet gambling in the US as anyone you'll find. On the heels of Thursday's revelation that a House Subcommittee will discuss banning internet gambling in the US on March 5, we caught up with Grove to get his take on where we stand entering the third month of ...

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 5
House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban Internet Gambling Scheduled for March 5

According to Michelle Minton and Online Poker Report, a hearing is scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss Congressman Jason Chaffetz's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would prohibit online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 2
"I Might Buy My New French Bulldog Puppy, Pierre, a New Collar"

Earlier this month, longtime PocketFiver Spraggs (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event and put back $159,000. "I'm so happy," Spraggs told PocketFives following the biggest tournament score of his career. "I feel very lucky to have weaved through a big field in such a huge tournament. I'd always aimed to eventually have a huge six-figure score like this; I just can't believe ...

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 0
pleno1 Final Tables Every PokerStars Sunday Major

Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $52,000. Impressively, he has now final tabled every Sunday Major that PokerStars offers: the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday $100 Rebuy, Sunday 500, and Sunday Second Chance. It's no wonder that Leonard is ranked #6 worldwide on our site.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: MendaLerenda Nearly Cracks Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been updated. Chris Big Huni Hunichen is at the top spot for the fourth straight week and seems poised to be ranked #1 again next week, as he has an almost 300-point lead on second place with 7,657 PLB Points.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: Sebastian Ruthenberg Up $570,000 Over the Weekend

It was a good weekend to be high-stakes poker pro Sebastian Ruthenberg (pictured), who according to HighStakesDB was up $570,000 total on Saturday and Sunday. He plays under the handle taktloss47 on Full Tilt and raked in $209,000 on Saturday. The German followed that up with a $361,000 haul on Sunday.

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 0
US Attorney General Nominee: Address Internet Gambling Through Legislation

In January, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) hijacked a critical Attorney General confirmation hearing to spread the gospel of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. The latter, whose properties include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas, has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the US of online gambling and online poker. Now, the Attorney General nominee has responded after Graham ...

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 8
Takeover Talks End for William Hill, 888

Last week, PocketFives reported that William Hill was in talks to purchase its live and online gaming rival 888. One week later, those talks appear dead, according to eGaming Review and a regulatory filing, after the two sides were unable to overcome "a significant difference of opinion."

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 0
Doyle Brunson Makes Home Page of TMZ for Bruce Jenner Comments

On Sunday, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson (pictured) made the home page of TMZ for all the wrong reasons. Rather than tout Brunson's accomplishments or talk about his ongoing health battles, TMZ showcased a series of Tweets Brunson sent about former Olympian and current reality TV star Bruce Jenner becoming more like a woman.

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 25
888 Pro Bruno Politano: "My Advice is Study, Study, Study"

Last week, 888 Poker hosted the PocketFives Open. We had well over 200 players enter including two 888 sponsored pros: Bruno Politano (pictured) and Sofia Lovgren. The former finished eighth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event and said of that experience, "It was the best experience of my life. It was amazing! I wish all professional poker players could live that experience one day ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 4
TheSquid on Triple Crown #9: "Following in the Footsteps of the Master"

Earlier this month, Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 8
Caesars: "PokerStars Should Be Considered for Legalization in the US"

In a Tweet posted on Friday, Gambling Compliance's Chris Krafcik confirmed that Caesars Entertainment, which was historically opposed to companies like PokerStars entering the regulated US market due to their acceptance of real money players after 2006, has started humming a new tune.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 4
"Thanks to All Who Believed in Me and My Abilities"

Late last month, Slovenia's Daniel koootnik Kotnik (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $42,000. It remains his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of four and helped put him on the map in the PocketFives Rankings. We caught up with the European while he was firing up satellites for the Eureka Poker Tour.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 1
How Many Friends Can You Fly to Uganda for $75,000?

Late last month, xtheWall (pictured), who calls Sweden home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was the largest amount given out in the chop, $75,000, which also was his largest online tournament cash to date. "I feel great about it," the Swede told us in an exclusive interview. "I was inspired by ImDoneCallin, who reached the final table the week before."

Dan Feb 13th, 2015 7
HustlerGrune's Life-Changing Story

Earlier this month, Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $47,000. More so than the money, a chop in one of the biggest tournaments of the week marked another milestone in his courageous journey from the depths of addiction.

Dan Feb 12th, 2015 17
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni #1 for Third Straight Week

For the third straight week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This is his first stint at #1 and he is certainly making his presence felt, as he won the Betfair/iPoker €25,000 Grand Friday last week for $7,100 and the PokerStars Big $162 two days prior for another $18,000. He has 7,670 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the ...

Dan Feb 11th, 2015 1
William Hill in Talks to Buy 888

Shares of 888 Holdings boomed on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday as word broke that William Hill was in talks to buy the fellow gaming giant. Shares of 888 were up 26.50 pence apiece, or 18%, to settle at 171.50. 888 has already confirmed that it is in takeover talks with William Hill, eliminating any shred of doubt that a deal is being discussed.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
It's Fake! Phil Ivey Not Seeking $20 Million in Seed Capital for Ivey League

A later-revealed-as-fake listing on MergerNetwork said that Phil Ivey's (pictured) training site, Ivey League, was seeking at least $20 million in "seed capital" to elevate the site to the next level. The phony listing said Ivey League will "build out Ivey's personal brand to reach a larger audience as well as support his efforts in poker and training, with an emphasis on international growth… ...

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 0
Dan Bilzerian Escapes Jail Time for Explosives Charges, Will Record PSA

According to the Canadian Press and other sources, high-stakes poker player Dan Bilzerian (pictured) will avoid jail time on a felony explosives charge and will instead record a PSA for the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
rtinnion Wins Second Sunday Million in Five Months

On the final day of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $213,000. It was his largest cash to date and, just over five months later, he did it again, capturing the Sunday Million title for $200,000 and a colossal 1,147 PLB Points. All told, he has earned well over $400,000 from the tournament in the last half-year.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 16
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Three More Times

Late last month, Uruguay's rph took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright and banked $25,000. There were over 600 entrants that week and rph was one of 63 to make the money. Even though he has over $3 million in online MTT cashes, this was his largest score on Full Tilt and the second time he final tabled the tournament in January.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 2
PocketFives Open Series Returns Wednesday

This Wednesday and Thursday, the second ever PocketFives Open Series will take place. The first time we ran the Series was a year ago and we had hundreds of players participate, so we're looking forward to the two tournaments we have lined up this time around. There are thousands of dollars in cash and added prizes on the line on 888 Poker and Winamax.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 0
"You Never Expect to Win a Tournament with 34,000 Entrants"

At the tail end of January, Deric Lee (pictured), known on PocketFives as omgitsball, won the PokerStars Sunday Storm after a three-way deal and took home $25,000. As he fittingly put it, "I am happy. It's surreal. You never expect to win a tournament with 34,000 entrants." He took home the largest amount given out and was the lone PocketFiver to make the final table.

Dan Feb 8th, 2015 5
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Triple Crowns

Watch "The Sound of Music," which is set in Austria, if the title of this article is confusing. On January 11, a little more than a week into the new year, Austria's neverfoldQ5 (pictured) took down a $33 No Limit Hold'em Cap tournament on PokerStars. He scooped $2,800 and, perhaps more importantly, registered the first leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown.

Dan Feb 8th, 2015 7
Doyle Brunson Undergoing Cancer Surgery

On Thursday, poker legend Doyle Brunson (pictured) Tweeted out some rather disappointing news about his health. From his Twitter handle, @texdolly, he notified the world, "Got my 3rd melanoma confirmed today. Early stages, should be simple operation. Fortunately, it's on my head and everybody knows I'm hardheaded."

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 4
Super Bowl's Effect on Online Poker Traffic

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that last weekend was the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Packed with sharks dancing off-key, depressing insurance commercials about kids dying, and some of the strangest play calls you'll ever see, this year's Super Bowl had it all.

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 10
Pala CEO Jim Ryan Talks New Internet Gambling Codes, California Bills

On Friday, PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Pala Interactive CEO Jim Ryan (pictured), who formerly held the same position at Excapsa and bwin.party. Ryan's newest venture has made inroads into the regulated New Jersey gaming market via an online casino and comes with a unique perspective on the future of our industry.

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 1
apestyles on "A Massive Heater with Very Little Volume"

Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume."

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 13
Tom Marchese Wins Back-to-Back Aria High Rollers

It has been a busy week of poker news, but one item we didn't want to overlook was Tom Marchese (pictured) winning back-to-back Aria High Roller Events. On January 30, he took down the first of two High Rollers, which have $25,000 buy-ins. He defeated former WSOP November Niner Ben Benba Lamb in that one to bank $383,000 after a heads-up chop; the final table also included the likes of Antonio ...

Dan Feb 5th, 2015 2
joaomathias Wins Second Monthly PLB Title

The final results for the PocketFives January Monthly PLB are in. The award recognizes the person with the most number of PLB Points generated in January and, for the second time in his career, Brazil's joaomathias (pictured) has won. He tallied 2,970.46 points during the month, leading the second place player by 100.

Dan Feb 5th, 2015 0
"You Never Know What's Next in Poker"

On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4play Onel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 8
moorman1 Hits $12 Million in Online Tournament Cashes

Yet another milestone for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured). The most decorated member of the PocketFives community just passed $12 million in tracked online tournament winnings. He is the only player in the history of PocketFives to hit $10 million and has another $4 million in live cashes according to the Hendon Mob. We caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 5
PPA Calls New US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bill "Crony Capitalism"

On Wednesday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, pictured) reintroduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States, presumably at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. A press conference was held at 11:00am Eastern Time for Chaffetz to trumpet his latest attack on our industry.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 16
PocketFives Rankings Update: OgSulttaani Wins 9 Tournaments in 4 Days

Thanks to being part of a five-way chop of a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em TCOOP event over the weekend, Denmark's x_zola25 rocketed into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week, debuting at #9 in the world. He was up 15 spots thanks to the mammoth $177,000 score. Amazingly, it came just one week after a victory in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $43,000. Now we'll see if he can keep ...

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 2
Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250K Challenge for Third Time in Four Years

Talk about dominance. Phil Ivey (pictured) just won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the third time in four years and has now won the event in 2012, 2014, and 2015. According to PokerNews, "Ivey has done the unthinkable by defending his title to win the prestigious event for the third time in four years, not to mention the AU $2.205 million top prize. That means the three largest ...

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 5
Nikki_Hefner Wins TCOOP Main Event for Record-Breaking Amount

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, wrapped up over the weekend with a record being set. Nikki_Hefner, a member of the Russia poker community, took down the TCOOP Main Event for $396,000 following a heads-up deal. In the process, he set a new record for the largest single cash in a TCOOP event, beating the previous mark of $382,000 set in last year's High Roller Event.

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 1
PPA Confirms First Disputed Full Tilt Payments Will Be Sent by March

In a thread on PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliance has confirmed that the first round of disputed Full Tilt payments for US players "is on track" to be sent by the end of March.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 2
2015 WSOP Schedule Released

One day after the NFL's Super Bowl, the schedule for this year's Super Bowl of Poker, the 2015 World Series of Poker, was released. There are 68 events on deck in 2015 and the series runs from May 27 to July 14. Click here for the full schedule.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 1
PokerKaiser Wins Two PocketFives Triple Crowns in January

January was a pretty epic month for Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), even by his standards. He took down ten online poker tournaments and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns during the stanza, raising his lifetime total to 12, the second most of anyone in our community.

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 3
Charity, Skis, and a Nice Bottle of Macallan

If you won $77,000 after chopping a big poker tournament, what would you do with it' Pay off student loans' Sink it back into your bankroll' Drink heavily' Travel around the world' For Andrew jambeyang Robson (pictured), a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in mid-January meant the chance to spend $77,000 however he wanted. His top-of-mind activities: donating to charity, buying a ...

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 4
PPA: "Just Because It Isn't True Doesn't Mean Our Opponents Won't Say It"

This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson hijacked the critical Attorney General confirmation proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee. One of his minions, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is "testing the waters" for a 2016 Presidential bid, took time during the hearing to ask Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch about the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act, which says that the ...

Dan Jan 31st, 2015 3
Two Is Not a Winner and Three Nobody Remembers

Oh yes, the title of this article is most definitely a Nelly reference. It's relevant because earlier this week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time ever. He's the first player from Costa Rica to top the Rankings in a year and is closing in on $7.5 million in tracked online MTT scores.

Dan Jan 31st, 2015 5
Sheldon Adelson Minion Asks About Wire Act During AG Confirmation

The Sheldon Adelson propaganda machine is in full swing. Just a couple of days after PocketFives reported that Adelson met with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, the latter had its chance to grill Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who championed legislation from Adelson last Congressional session, spoke for about 75 seconds about ...

Dan Jan 30th, 2015 7
PokerNews Speaks Out About Loss of WSOP Live Updates

In recent days, word broke that PokerNews would no longer be providing exclusive live updates of the World Series of Poker. Instead, WSOP officials will take on the task of providing live updates themselves. We've heard the WSOP's side of the story from Vice President Seth Palansky. Now, PocketFives sat down with Matt Parvis (pictured), Chief Creative Office of iBus Media, which owns PokerNews, ...

Dan Jan 30th, 2015 1
Horseshoes, Bonfires, Fishing, Camping, and $50K Poker Cashes

It's not easy being Matt papamat25 Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 2
"It's Nice to Finally Bink a Full Tilt Bird"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 12
He's Back: Sheldon Adelson Continues Crusade Against Internet Gambling

We hope you enjoyed the break. For about four weeks, the online poker industry didn't have to hear about Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's one-man crusade to rid the United States of internet gambling forever. However, according to TownHall, the ageless wonder is back, and the chalkboard-scratching is louder than ever.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 16