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Isildur1 Returns to Full Tilt After Two-Month Hiatus

In October, Viktor Isildur1 Blom and Gus Hansen parted ways with Full Tilt Poker, ending the re-launched site's experiment with sponsored pros. Full Tilt officials announced at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom (pictured) and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 18th, 2014 0
Are Ladies Poker Events Still Needed?

In an interview with PokerNews published this week, Maria Ho posed the question, "What if we just got rid of the ladies events' What if we made it so that if a woman wants to play poker, she has to play poker with everybody else' I think we underestimate the will of a woman; I think that if you make them choose between playing in an open event or not playing at all, they will come." Ho clarified ...

DanDan
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Dec 18th, 2014 9
Costa Rican Government Finally Realizes "Runner Runner" is a Bad Movie

It took 15 months, but the Costa Rican government has finally realized that the Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake online poker movie "Runner Runner" paints their country in a not-so-rosy light. Yes, it took over a year for the nation, which was formerly home to belly-up brands like Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker, to speak up. Apparently "Tico Time" is real.

DanDan
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Dec 17th, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins Reclaims #1 Spot

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. This week, we have a new #1 player in the world, Yuri Martins (pictured). The Brazilian has a brisk 8,433 PLB Points, which represents a commanding 742-point lead over second place. Martins was last ranked #1 in October and this is his second stint at the top.

DanDan
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Dec 17th, 2014 2
Lawsuit, Restraining Order Filed Against California Online Gambling Site

A California Tribe thought to be launching the first post-Black Friday online poker room in the state was hit with a lawsuit from the US Government related to its online bingo site. According to a press release, the lawsuit and temporary restraining order are to prevent the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel from continuing to operate Desert Rose Bingo. They cite the Unlawful Internet Gambling ...

DanDan
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Dec 16th, 2014 0
Equity Poker Network Confirms DDOS Attacks

On Tuesday, the Equity Poker Network confirmed that its game servers have been suffering from distributed denial of service attacks, or DDOS. The press release outlined, "The DDOS attacks at EPN have occurred intermittently across the past six weeks, causing some short-term disruptions to Network connectivity and frustrating poker room outages." In most cases, Equity developers were quickly able ...

DanDan
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Dec 16th, 2014 0
natfalber11 Wins FTOPS XXVII Main Event

On the same day that 2014 WSOP November Niner Jorryt Van Hoof won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, Brazil's natfalber11 took down the Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event for $212,000. More than $2 million was awarded during the final weekend of FTOPS XXVII.

DanDan
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Dec 15th, 2014 1
WSOP November Niner Jorryt van Hoof Wins Sunday Warm-Up

Just one month removed from finishing third in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $3.8 million, Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, winning the weekly tournament for $91,000. He plays on PokerStars under the screen name TheCleaner11 and entered the nine-handed final table in third place out of almost 3,000 entrants.

DanDan
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Dec 15th, 2014 0
Time to Terrorize Fish at the Live Poker Tables Following a Sunday Million Chop

A couple of weeks ago, moiadcosmin (pictured), who is known in the real world as Joldis Cosmin, was part of a five-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and reeled in $118,000. "I feel very good," the Romanian told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "Every player wants to do well in that MTT."

DanDan
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Dec 14th, 2014 0
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with Brian Hastings

Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) was formerly a staple of the highest stakes online poker games on the planet. He faced off against some of poker's brightest minds on the cash game felts and has $1.3 million in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Now, he's a regular in daily fantasy sports games on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, which take US players.

DanDan
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Dec 14th, 2014 8
Harry Reid: "Proliferation of Gambling on the Internet is Not Good for Our Country"

If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime ...

DanDan
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Dec 13th, 2014 21
Amaya's Stock Tumbles 18% with Insider Trading Probe

On Thursday, PocketFives brought you an article about Canadian officials showing up at the offices of Amaya Gaming, the owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt, reportedly due to insider trading associated with the company's purchase of the Rational Group back in June. As you might guess, a visit from the fuzz didn't go over too well with investors. The verdict: the stock's price sank by 18% on ...

DanDan
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Dec 13th, 2014 2
Scaling the Sunday Million Like It's the Empire State Building

Last month, Germany's KingKong0815 (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and put back $165,000, officially taking third place. "I'm pretty stoked," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It still feels pretty unreal." Unreal like watching a giant ape climb the Empire State Building'

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Dec 13th, 2014 0
BusinessWeek Profiles Cyber Attack on Las Vegas Sands

In February, PocketFives brought you a story about the websites of Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation being hacked due to remarks he made about nuclear weapons. Sorry poker players, you can't take credit for this one. Visitors to the websites of properties like the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas were unable to do much of anything except view the fruits of the hackers' labor.

DanDan
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Dec 12th, 2014 5
Canadian Police Raid Amaya Offices

According to Forbes, Canadian officials raided the offices of Amaya Gaming in Montreal on Wednesday. According to the company, which purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt in June for $4.9 billion, the investigation centers on "trading activities in Amaya securities surrounding the Corporation's acquisition of [PokerStars and Full Tilt] in 2014."

DanDan
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Dec 11th, 2014 3
"I'm Back Home to Punt the Rest of My Winnings on More Tournaments"

Last month, TheDegenFund was one of five people to chop the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a healthy $52,000, $17,000 more than fourth place would have made otherwise, and he has since risen to #150 in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.

DanDan
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Dec 11th, 2014 7
Mike McDonald (Timex): "I've Been Playing Prismata 40 Hours a Week"

In an AMA on Reddit, longtime poker pro Mike timex McDonald (pictured) talked about his newfound love for a computer game called Prismata. He is apparently ranked fifth in the world at it and told readers, "I've been playing Prismata like 40 hours a week. I'm biased since my friends made it, but I'm over-the-top addicted."

DanDan
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Dec 11th, 2014 0
Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Arrested, Held Without Bail for Bomb-Making

On Wednesday morning, one of my non-poker playing friends texted me to say, "Your boy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) was arrested at LAX yesterday and is being held without bail. My wife thinks he's hot." Yes, this is what the mainstream world knows about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the industry's bad boy and resident attention-seeker.

DanDan
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Dec 10th, 2014 22
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy New #1

With impressive result after impressive result, we suppose it was only a matter of time until CrownUpGuy (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This week, he moved up two spots and officially became the new top dog on our site. His poker resume is quite impressive, as the Austrian won the WCOOP Main Event, Full Tilt Sunday Major, and PokerStars Sunday 500 in ...

DanDan
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Dec 10th, 2014 5
Adelson's Internet Gambling Prohibition Not Included in Final Spending Bill

The internet gambling world can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as, after a couple days' sweat, Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) pet project, Restoring America's Wire Act, did not make it into the final Congressional spending bill. The $1.1 trillion budget measure was agreed to on Tuesday and language banning internet gambling was not included.

DanDan
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Dec 9th, 2014 8
Report: PokerStars Gearing Up to Accept Bitcoin

According to Online Poker Report and other sources, PokerStars, the largest online poker room in the world, is preparing to accept Bitcoin. The site's timeline for doing so is not known, but Chris Grove from OPR told PocketFives that PokerStars has started to assemble the vendors that would be necessary to take Bitcoin.

DanDan
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Dec 9th, 2014 7
Another Move Coming for Poker Refugees in Mexico?

An upheaval of sorts could be in store for US online poker players who relocated to Mexico following Black Friday. According to iGaming Business, legislation could soon be passed in Mexico that would ring-fence that nation and could cause poker refugees to flee once more.

DanDan
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Dec 8th, 2014 18
"I Ended Up Playing the Whole Final Table in the Hotel Lobby"

Imagine playing for the title in the PokerStars Sunday 500, a $530 buy-in tournament with one of the largest top prizes of the week, and being forced out of your hotel room because it's checkout time. Such was the nightmare of Alex lynskey99 Lynskey (pictured), who was in Hong Kong for the tournament, but had to play the final table from the corner of a bustling hotel lobby. Oops. Fortunately ...

DanDan
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Dec 7th, 2014 2
"Heads-Up Is Not As Lucrative As It Used to Be"

Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money.

DanDan
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Dec 7th, 2014 2
Daniel Negreanu's Take on Poker and Gambling

About a week ago, word broke that Vicky Coren, a longtime PokerStars pro, had left the site over its decision to introduce sports betting and casino games. The news rippled through the poker community and many sympathized with Coren for her decision.

DanDan
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Dec 6th, 2014 15
"The Chop Was Well-Timed Because I Just Bought a House for My Mother"

Last month, Brazil's Kelvin Kerber (pictured), who is known as kelvin_fpar on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy heads-up and earned $50,000, the largest amount given out. "I'm really happy about it," Kerber told PocketFives. "I had been chasing a result like that for a while. The chop was well-timed because I just bought a house for my mother." Son of the Year award!

DanDan
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Dec 5th, 2014 11
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with SamENole

A member of PocketFives ever since our first year in business, Matt SamENole Smith (pictured) has amassed $1.1 million in online tournament winnings along with almost $400,000 more at brick-and-mortar casinos. Now, he has turned his attention to daily fantasy sports (DFS) on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings and, in fact, is camped out in Atlantis in the Bahamas for a big daily fantasy football ...

DanDan
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Dec 5th, 2014 2
PPA on New California Online Poker Bill: "Too Many Flaws to Support It"

On Wednesday, PocketFives published an article about California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introducing AB 9, dubbed the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act. As several members of PocketFives pointed out, the intrastate online poker bill has some serious issues, as it requires deposits at brick-and-mortar casinos, criminalizes players who play on non-regulated sites, and shuts out companies like ...

DanDan
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Dec 4th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 #1 for Third Straight Week

For the third straight week, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) sits atop the PocketFives Poker Rankings, this time with a PLB score of 7,758 points. He holds a razor-thin 18-point lead over second place, but is enjoying his second stint in the top spot this year and his longest reign at #1 since late 2011.

DanDan
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Dec 3rd, 2014 1
moorman1 Wins 24th PocketFives Triple Crown

What do you give the most successful PocketFiver in history' How about a record-extending 24th PocketFives Triple Crown, more than twice what the next closest person has' Oh yes, Chris moorman1 Moorman has now won two-dozen Triple Crowns, including four this year, blowing the rest of the poker community out of the water.

DanDan
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Dec 3rd, 2014 11
Betfair Closes New Jersey Online Poker Site

According to US Poker, Betfair has officially closed its online poker room in New Jersey after it had largely been a non-factor. As the site outlined, "Betfair New Jersey posted $0 in October 2014 poker rake, according to tax returns filed with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Its poker tables earned $1 in September. Betfair New Jersey's poker rake through the first 10 months of ...

DanDan
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Dec 2nd, 2014 5
"Most People Have No Idea What Poker Is About and Will Never Consider It a Career"

Earlier this month, Hong Kong's noclue_just (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 to CrownUpGuy and earned $47,000. "I feel very happy and excited about it," he told PocketFives in an exclusive post-game interview. "This is my biggest score ever in a tournament." noclue_just plays poker full-time online and live and said he'd use the money to build a bigger bankroll and move up ...

DanDan
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Nov 30th, 2014 5
"It Was a Good MTT to Win Because Rebuys Are My Best Game"

Earlier this month, Portugal's skyboy (pictured) came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. There were over 1,000 entrants and his reward for beating all of them was $55,000. "It was a good MTT to win because rebuys are my best game," he told us. In fact, his top three cashes dollar-wise are all in tournaments involving rebuys.

DanDan
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Nov 30th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Sunday Warm-Up Winner Big Huni

Last weekend, Costa Rica's Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up chop with Phemo. His reward was $89,000 and he became the ninth PocketFiver ever to pass $7 million in online tournament scores for his career.

DanDan
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Nov 28th, 2014 4
Future of High Stakes Poker, Heads-Up Poker Championship in Doubt

According to PokerNews' Chad Holloway, the futures of "High Stakes Poker" and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship are in doubt. As Holloway quoted the producers of both shows as saying, "From @Poker_Prod: 'No talks of HSP been initiated to us by GSN. And likewise, NBC has not confirmed the Heads-Up event for 2015.'"

DanDan
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Nov 27th, 2014 6
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Week for Big Huni

Another week, another update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week was a big one for longtime PocketFiver Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured), who moved up five spots to #4 in the world and is knocking on the door of #1. He has 7,569 PLB Points, 266 shy of being ranked #1 for the first time ever.

DanDan
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Nov 26th, 2014 3
High Stakes Poker: SanIker Up $1 Million in 1 Week

The last seven days have been pretty lucrative for SanIker, according to HighStakesDB. He reeled in almost $400,000 at the $2,000/$4,000 Triple Draw tables on Full Tilt on Monday to push his seven-day winnings to $1 million.

DanDan
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Nov 25th, 2014 2
Olivier Busquet: "Idea that Current Pros Owe Past Pros is Just Nonsense"

In a series of Tweets, poker pro Olivier livb112 Busquet (pictured) seemingly called out the "old guard" of poker. He Tweeted last week, "This idea that current pros 'owe' some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense." According to a later Tweet, the one person who could receive an exemption from Busquet's blanket statement is 2003 World Series of Poker Main ...

DanDan
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Nov 25th, 2014 18
Jim Ryan: "I Had No Knowledge or Involvement" in Cheating at UltimateBet

According to an interview with Online Poker Report, Pala Interactive CEO Jim Ryan (pictured), formerly the head of the UltimateBet-linked Excapsa, reinforced that he had no involvement in the cheating scandal that plagued that online poker room and was instead looking forward to bringing Pala to New Jersey.

DanDan
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Nov 24th, 2014 4
New Jersey Has Explored Compacts with Nevada, UK; No Deal Imminent

According to an Associated Press interview with David Rebuck (pictured), Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey, Garden State officials have been in touch with their counterparts in Nevada and the United Kingdom about sharing online gambling liquidity. However, no deal is "imminent."

DanDan
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Nov 24th, 2014 3
"Poker in Portugal is on the Rise"

Earlier this month, Portugal's faustideo, who is known as Pedro Faustino in the real world, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and walked away with $58,000. There were a little more than 7,100 entrants that week and Faustino chalked up his largest online poker score to date by a factor of three.

DanDan
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Nov 23rd, 2014 0
Felix Stephensen Paying 50% in Taxes on His WSOP Winnings

According to TheLocal.no, there's a massive tax bill awaiting 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen (pictured). The winner of $5.1 million in the Las Vegas tournament, Stephensen, who calls Norway home, will reportedly be taxed at a 50.4% rate, which is almost $2.6 million in real money.

DanDan
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Nov 23rd, 2014 14
Backroom Deal in the Works for Passage of Adelson's RAWA?

According to a report from the Washington Post on Thursday, "Lobbyists for Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been working in recent weeks to press for quick passage of [Restoring America's Wire Act], holding discussions with aides to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)." If you don't already know, RAWA would ban internet gambling in the US ...

DanDan
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Nov 22nd, 2014 14
Chemical Firm During the Week, $78K in the Warm-Up on Sunday

Earlier this month, 3,342 entrants showed up for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, which meant a prize pool of $607,000. Muscling his way to second place was Germany's orhi83, who cashed for $78,000, the largest score of his career and his biggest haul since a $64,000 take in the Super Tuesday in 2013.

DanDan
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Nov 22nd, 2014 1
PokerStars Launching Sports Betting and Casino Games Globally

On Friday, PokerStars announced that it will roll out blackjack and roulette "on a market-by-market basis beginning this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2014 reaching nearly half PokerStars' current player base. PokerStars will add sports betting and other popular casino games in 2015. It also plans to launch a fully-featured casino on mobile and web in 2015."

DanDan
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Nov 21st, 2014 25
"The Key to Winning Large-Field MTTs Is to Play a Lot"

On the first weekend of November, Brazil's Thulio Colle, known on PocketFives as MRCOLLE (pictured), hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, chopping the tournament four ways and bagging $133,000. "I'm very happy because I've been devoting myself to poker for some time now, about two years, and the Sunday Million is what every player wants to do well in," Colle told PocketFives in an ...

DanDan
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Nov 20th, 2014 0
PPA on Ultimate Poker Closing: "Being First Does Not Equate to Being the Best"

One of the major headlines of November was the departure of Ultimate Gaming from the Nevada market. The company, which left New Jersey in September, said of shuttering its Nevada site, "The state-by-state approach to online gaming has created an extremely cost-prohibitive and challenging operating environment. These factors have combined to make the path to profitability very difficult and ...

DanDan
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Nov 20th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 Jumps to #1

We have a new #1 ranked player on PocketFives. This time, coming off a win in the 888 Poker Whale over the weekend, p0cket00 (pictured) has assumed the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings for the ninth time in his career. This is his third stint at #1 this year.

DanDan
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Nov 19th, 2014 0
PPA: No Hearing to Ban Internet Gambling During Lame Duck

According to a Tweet from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), there will not be a hearing during the lame duck session of Congress to ban internet gambling in the United States. This should be welcome news for our community. The Tweet, which was posted by PPA Executive Director John Pappas on Monday, read in part, "Internet poker hearing in House Judiciary cmte has been pulled."

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Nov 18th, 2014 7
"I Might Buy a Couple Pairs of Jordans and Get a Dope Jacket for the Winter"

You have to love poker players' plans for the money they win from tournaments. Many end up sinking a majority of it back into their bankrolls, and while we expect the same from Samuel Samuelbt Tsehai (pictured), he also told us that he told us he "might buy a couple pairs of Jordans and get a dope jacket for the winter." It's always the little things!

DanDan
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Nov 17th, 2014 3
Viktor Blom Signing with Unibet?

A curious Tweet from Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) has ignited a swarm of controversy across the poker industry on Monday, as the former Full Tilt sponsored pro may have signed with Unibet, at least in some capacity. Here's the text of the Tweet in question: "In Macau right now, but planning to play the @unibet cash game before @unibetopen at Aspers in London end of November. Looks fun!"

DanDan
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Nov 17th, 2014 1
PokerStars Celebrating Tournament Number One Billion

On the final day of November, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, will host its one-billionth tournament. As expected, it's not your run-of-the-mill tournament, as the big one-billion will come with a $2 million guarantee and at least $200,000 for first place, all for a $109 buy-in. Visit PokerStars here.

DanDan
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Nov 15th, 2014 1
Amaya Revenues Up 6x After PokerStars Purchase

In June of this year, Amaya Gaming announced it had purchased the Rational Group, the owners of Full Tilt and PokerStars. The transaction has set off a chain of events including increased rake at PokerStars' tables, changes to forex policies, and a rumored overhaul of the site's VIP program. The transaction has also increased Amaya's revenues by a factor of six, according to eGaming Review.

DanDan
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Nov 14th, 2014 2
High Stakes Poker: Phil Ivey Up $700,000 Online in One Day

In the last 24 hours, Phil Ivey (pictured), who plays on Full Tilt under the user name Polarizing, is up $700,000, according to HighStakesDB. Most of his damage was done at the 2-7 and Eight-Game tables in heads-up sessions against fellow high-stakes pro Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritrsyn.

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Nov 13th, 2014 7
Heads-Up with #12 Ranked Rick Trigg (TheClaimeer)

Playing under the caps-lock-hitting tHeClaImEr1, Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) took down a $200 No Limit Hold'em PartyPoker Pokerfest event late last month after a two-way deal. His reward was $35,000, helping push his lifetime online tournament winnings north of $5.3 million.

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Nov 13th, 2014 6
CrownUpGuy's Hot Streak Continues, Wins PokerStars Sunday 500

The end of 2014 has been mighty kind to Austria's Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured). On the last weekend of September, he took down the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 million following a six-way deal. The following Sunday, he was back at it, winning the Full Tilt Sunday Major for another $38,000. And, in case you were caught up in the WSOP November Nine hoopla, you might have missed Holz ...

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Nov 13th, 2014 6
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni Jumps into Top 10

We had a fair amount of movement within the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week, including a 17-spot jump by longtime member Big Huni (pictured), who cracked the top 10 at #8 in the world. Hunichen won the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo on Tuesday for $10,000 after taking down the site's Big $55 seven days prior for $17,000.

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Nov 12th, 2014 0
Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 WSOP Main Event

We have a winner! Martin Jacobson (pictured) has won the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeating Felix Stephensen heads-up after starting with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Jacobson received a bundle of praise for playing a near-perfect game from many in the poker community throughout the night. The final tabled last 328 hands.

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Nov 12th, 2014 15
Jorryt van Hoof Eliminated in Third Place from the WSOP Main Event

Three hours into three-handed play at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and we have our first bust-out, Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured). He started three-handed as the chip leader, but after a series of missteps and seemingly looking rattled, he was the first elimination.

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Nov 11th, 2014 0
Martin Jacobson Takes WSOP Main Event Chip Lead Three-Handed

We're three-handed at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event and there has been plenty of drama thus far. You can catch the action on a 30-minute delay on ESPN and you will be able to watch until a winner is crowned at some point tonight. Three-handed play began at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Hole cards for anyone who enters a hand are being shown so you can follow along at home.

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Nov 11th, 2014 0
PokerStars in "Time Out" in New Jersey

In case you're wondering why PokerStars has not been approved for a license in New Jersey, the reason is that the site is in "time out," according to internet gambling advocate and State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Yes, PokerStars is in the same state my two-year-old son is in when he throws blocks at the television. The reason PokerStars is off the grid right now in the Garden State: Las Vegas ...

DanDan
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Nov 11th, 2014 13
WSOP Main Event Restarts at 9:00pm ET on ESPN

Who are you rooting for' The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event restarts at 8:30pm Eastern Time from the Penn and Teller Theater in Las Vegas, with the rest of the world able to catch the action on a 30-minute delay starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN and other outlets. Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) will be your chip leader when play resumes at 89.6 million. Following him are Martin Jacobson ...

DanDan
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Nov 11th, 2014 1
Van Hoof, Jacobson, Stephensen to Vie for WSOP Main Event Title

We're down to three players in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. After 244 hands, play ended at the Rio in Las Vegas during the morning rush hour on the East Coast. Jorryt Van Hoof, Martin Jacobson, and Felix Stephensen (pictured) will fight for a $10 million top prize on Tuesday night starting at 8:30pm ET, with the action airing on a half-hour delay starting at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.

DanDan
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Nov 11th, 2014 5
Mark Newhouse Finishes Ninth in WSOP Main Event for Second Straight Year

It took 56 hands, but we had our first elimination from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. The man who exited first for the second straight year: Mark Newhouse, who called a 3bet from William Tonking pre-flop to see a flop of 2-4-J.

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Nov 10th, 2014 19
Jorryt Van Hoof Assumes Massive WSOP Main Event Chip Lead

A huge pot was shipped to Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) on the 48th hand of final table play in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. On a board of K-K-10-5, according to WSOP coverage, "The river completed the board with the Ah and Felix Stephensen checked for a third time as Van Hoof bet out 3.4 million to make this pot bigger than three players' stacks - Martin Jacobson, Billy Pappas, and ...

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Nov 10th, 2014 0
Felix Stephensen Takes WSOP November Nine Chip Lead

On the 33rd hand of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, Felix Stephensen (pictured) muscled the chip lead away from fellow European Jorryt Van Hoof. On a board of A-5-4-K-7, Stephensen fired out a bet of four million and Billy Pappas got out of the way. Just like that, we had our first November Nine chip lead change. Stephensen had Q-2, while Pappas had pocket eights. The pot was worth ...

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Nov 10th, 2014 0
WSOP Main Event Resumes on ESPN2

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event resumed on Monday night on a 30-minute delay on ESPN2. As each member of the November Nine zoomed across the Rio's Voodoo Zip Line, the camera panned into the 1,200-seat Penn and Teller Theater, which was electric. As Bluff's Lance Bradley put it, "Three minutes in and Politano's rail is already the greatest of all time. It’s not even close."

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Nov 10th, 2014 0
Howard Lederer Attends Poker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Sunday, the Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Downtown Las Vegas. Amid a crowd that included poker legends like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Lyle Berman was a curious face: Howard Lederer (pictured). According to Caesars officials, one of the 2014 inductees, reportedly Jack McClelland, invited Lederer to come.

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Nov 10th, 2014 9
WSOP on ESPN: We Have Our November Nine

On Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers were eviscerating the Chicago Bears on NBC, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to its November Nine on ESPN. The final two prepackaged episodes aired before Monday's near-live final table begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2.

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Nov 10th, 2014 0
"Having My Own Dramatic Series on HBO Would Be a Dream Come True"

A couple of weeks ago, Simon pokerbrat13 Charette (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $95,000. There was no chop in sight and the field numbered 3,037. Charette told PocketFves in an exclusive interview, "I feel great. I ran extremely well in the Warm-Up. I was all-in pre-flop a lot more often than usual and won them all. I've had plenty of Sunday final tables this year, but ...

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Nov 9th, 2014 2
Mark Newhouse: "Stakes Are Even Higher" at This Year's WSOP

On Monday, Mark Newhouse (pictured) will be one of nine players vying for a $10 million top prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Newhouse, as you probably know by now, made history as the first ever two-time November Niner and is the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. Newhouse, however, navigated fields of over 6,000 ...

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Nov 9th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner and Foosball Wizard Billy Pappas

Holding the sixth largest stack in the World Series of Poker Main Event when play resumes on Monday will be William Pappaconstantinou, better known as Billy Pappas (pictured). The Massachusetts poker player has 17.5 million in chips and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm quite nervous too. Some people are starting to recognize me. When that stuff happens, it starts to set in." Special thanks ...

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Nov 8th, 2014 0
Darren Elias Becomes First Player to Win Back-to-Back WPTs in Same Season

History was made in the Caribbean on Friday, as longtime PocketFiver Darren darrenelias Elias (pictured) became the first person ever to win back-to-back World Poker Tour Main Events in the same season.

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Nov 8th, 2014 5
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner Bruno Politano

On Monday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will resume from Las Vegas with the November Nine. The short stack in the room will be Brazil's Bruno Politano, but according to WSOP officials, he'll have the largest rail in the Penn and Teller Theater at 120 friends and family (and potentially more). He'll be repping 888 Poker at the final table.

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Nov 7th, 2014 4
Do You Remember Your First Sunday Major Win?

In recent days, Jimmy JMolloy Molloy (pictured) raced through the field of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, coming away with the win for $46,000 after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFives member besserweg. "It feels great to finally get one through on a Sunday," Molloy told us. "I am really happy about it."

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Nov 6th, 2014 4
Will Internet Gambling Prohibition Be Addressed During the Lame Duck Session?

With elections having come and gone in the United States, lawmakers will return to Washington, DC for a so-called "lame duck" session next week. Rumors have been flying around our community about a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee to address legislation from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to prohibit online gambling. PocketFives caught up with Poker Players Alliance Executive Director ...

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Nov 6th, 2014 5
What to Expect at this Year's WSOP November Nine

If you're thinking of heading to the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio on Monday for the long-awaited restart of the World Series of Poker Main Event or are planning on watching the gala unfold on television, expect "the craziest year yet," according to Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth Palansky.

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Nov 5th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: pleno1 New #1 Worldwide

After a one-week reign at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings by Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro, there's a new sheriff in town: England's Patrick pleno1 Leonard. He jumped from #3 to #1 this week and has 8,024 PLB Points, the only member of PocketFives with a PLB score north of 8,000. This is Leonard's second stint at #1; he was formerly at the top of the Rankings in mid-August. By the way, Fierro ...

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Nov 5th, 2014 0
High Stakes Poker: Alexonmoon Takes $474,000 from Kagome Kagome

On Monday, PocketFives published a story about Kagome Kagome being up a half-million dollars in three days at the online poker tables. To show how quickly fortunes can turn when you're playing for gobs of cash for hours on end, Kagome Kagome is quickly back to even on the week thanks to a $474,000 loss to Alexonmoon (pictured).

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Nov 4th, 2014 0
High Stakes Poker: Kagome Kagome Up $500,000 in 3 Days

It has been a good week to be Germany's Kagome Kagome (pictured), who is up over $500,000 in the last three days at cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. On Sunday, the site posted that Kagome Kagome had won almost $130,000 at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables on Saturday, increasing his three-day haul to north of half-a-million dollars.

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Nov 3rd, 2014 1
Riding in Kyrgyzstan, Diving in Mexico, and Getting $2 Million in Online Scores

If you like traveling, then you'll love the life of Miikka Chuck Bass Anttonen (pictured), a longtime PocketFiver who eclipsed $2 million in online poker scores over the weekend. He has played poker on five continents, been to almost 70 countries, and has a life that many would be envious of.

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Nov 3rd, 2014 9
WSOP on ESPN: "Facial Hair Showdown at the Agro Corral"

We're dangerously close to the live conclusion of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event next Monday and Tuesday. In the meantime, the start of Day 7 aired on Sunday night on ESPN in the form of two one-hour episodes. Scott Palmer made headlines out of the gate, doubling through Dan Smith (pictured) with A-3 against queens after an ace hit on the river. Billy Pappas, who was also in the hand, ...

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Nov 3rd, 2014 1
Daniel Negreanu Calls PokerStars Changes "Inevitable"

Changes to the rake structure and foreign exchange policies at PokerStars have taken center stage the last few days, even igniting calls for a sit-out on Wednesday. Amid the rash of feedback from players, site front man Daniel Negreanu took to his blog at Full Contact Poker to comment, calling many of the changes "inevitable."

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Nov 2nd, 2014 13
WSOP Main Event Winner Ryan Riess Talks Stocks on CNBC

This week, with just several days to go before a winner is crowned in this year's tournament, reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) talked stocks on "Street Signs" on CNBC. You might recall that Riess officially won $8.3 million in the 2013 Main Event. However, he told CNBC that he ended up with about $2 million after taxes and expenses. Watch the video.

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Nov 1st, 2014 21
Storming Through the Sunday Storm

Breaking away from the field in the October 19 installment of the PokerStars Sunday Storm was Costa Rica's Robert PlayaPlz Lipkin (pictured), who chopped the tournament heads-up for $31,000. The Storm, as you probably know, attracts a bundle of players every week; in fact, the day Lipkin took it down, almost 37,000 showed up.

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Nov 1st, 2014 3
Phil Ivey Approved to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Here's something you don't see every day. On Thursday, Las Vegas officials approved 26 applicants for pot dispensaries, and among them was poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured). Yes, that Phil Ivey was among several notable names, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Notables approved for a city pot permit include restaurateur Michael Morton, downtown entrepreneur Michael Cornthwaite, developer ...

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Oct 31st, 2014 13
Heads-Up with #3 Ranked pleno1

Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $21,000. He's the #3 player in the PocketFives Rankings despite only transitioning to MTTs earlier this year and stands at $1.3 million in lifetime winnings. You can find him on Stars under the user name pads1161 and he was kind enough to give us his thoughts on what he considered a monumental ...

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Oct 31st, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Retakes Top Spot

The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) overtook Yuri Martins for the top spot. This is Fierro's second stint at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings, snapping Martins' three-week reign. Fierro leads Martins by 40 PLB Points, 8,028 to 7,968.

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Oct 30th, 2014 1
What Online Poker Sites Fare the Best in SEO?

This week, the popular Scouting Report from PokerScout took a look at SEO from the major non-US online poker sites. In other words, when a prospective customer searches terms like "poker," "online poker," "holdem," and "free poker," how do the major sites stack up' And, is there a correlation between SEO visibility and liquidity' Does a poor SEO result equate to a death sentence'

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Oct 28th, 2014 0
Pro-Gambling Forces Leading Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling

According to an article published on Monday on , Sheldon Adelson's vaunted Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling is ironically being led by former lawmakers who were pro-gaming. Oops. The article singled out former New York Republican Governor George Pataki (pictured) and former Denver Democrat Mayor Wellington Webb, both of whom have been trumpeting the alleged evils of internet gambling to the ...

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Oct 28th, 2014 5
US Full Tilt Players with Incomplete Information Could See Claims Denied

In a notice posted on , the Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt refunds, issued a warning on Monday to petitioners who failed to provide correct social security information. In fact, giving incomplete or incorrect social security information could result in a player's claim being denied.

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Oct 28th, 2014 0
PokerStars on FX Changes: "We'll Continue to Make Tough Calls"

As you probably know by now, PokerStars changed its foreign exchange policy in the last few days, which has elicited quite a reaction from the poker community. The site has introduced a margin of what appears to be about 2.5%, which only applies to deposits and withdrawals and not transfers within PokerStars. You'll only encounter a fee if you have to change currencies.

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Oct 27th, 2014 8
WSOP on ESPN: "Eleven Outs for Kentucky Justice"

A pretty entertaining pair of one-hour episodes highlighting Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN on Sunday night starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Kyle Keranen was the start-of-coverage chip leader and the action was at the tail end of the sixth day of play.

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Oct 27th, 2014 3
How to Manage Two Kids and Final Table the Sunday Million

Earlier this month, tomnovicki (pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Million, banking $54,000. Perhaps more impressively, he did so while juggling two kids, one of whom was two days old and the other of whom is two years old. Yes, it sounds like complete bedlam.

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Oct 26th, 2014 3
Update on Ray Bitar: Forfeiture Details Released, "Dying" of Heart Ailment

In April, former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar (pictured) pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the online poker site's financial debacle and was sentenced to time served despite facing three-and-a-half decades behind bars. The reason: a potentially fatal heart condition that gave him a 50% chance of living less than a year. Six months later, his health condition seems to be status quo, ...

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Oct 25th, 2014 11
"Never Give Up! Learn About Poker, Talk About Poker, Play Poker"

One of a handful of PocketFivers to receive a $1 million cash badge this month is Croatia's marko2701 (pictured). He is the top-ranked player in the capital city of Zagreb and is a brand new member of the PocketFives community. "I feel proud of myself. This is a result of three years of work and dedication to online poker," he told us in an exclusive interview.

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Oct 25th, 2014 1
Jean-Robert Bellande Needs to Lose 9 Pounds in 9 Days for $70K Weight Loss Bet

Reporting on a guy like Jean-Robert Bellande never gets old. The "Survivor: China" castaway is nearing the end of a weight loss bet to get down to 254 pounds by the end of October. According to F5 Poker, he has $70,000 in bets riding on it. However, with a week to go in October, can Bellande pull it off'

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Oct 24th, 2014 18
Key to the Sunday Brawl: "I Play a Maximum of 18 Tables at the Same Time"

Earlier this month, Portugal's Tiago tiago_dias Dias (pictured, image courtesy PokerPT) finished in third place in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. There were slightly more than 600 entrants that week and Dias' deep run was worth $13,000, bringing his lifetime total to nearly $800,000 in online tournaments. "I'm feeling very good," Dias told PocketFives. "I feel I am playing my best game."

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Oct 24th, 2014 3
Daniel Negreanu, Jack McClelland Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

The Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been announced! After a multi-month public nomination process as well as voting from the living Hall of Fame members and a select group of media that included this author, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Jack McClelland have been elected. Negreanu, a six-time bracelet winner, and McClelland, a game-changing tournament director, were the only two this ...

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Oct 23rd, 2014 2
Sports Books Set Odds for 2014 WSOP Main Event Winner

With the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event set to kick off in less than three weeks, gambling sites have started to post betting odds on which of the November Nine will go the distance to win the coveted gold bracelet and a cool $10 million for first place.

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