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"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
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
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 12
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 13
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 0
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 24
"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."

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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Nov 13th, 2014 6
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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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."

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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."

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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).

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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, ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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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."

DanDan
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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 ...

DanDan
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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.

DanDan
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Oct 23rd, 2014 4
PPA Singles Out "Poker Jokers"

It's almost election time in the United States, which means one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Voters will head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November and, when they do, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) wants to remind them who has sided with Sheldon Adelson and his crusade to outlaw online poker in the US.

DanDan
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Oct 23rd, 2014 3
Ari Engel (BodogAri) Wins Seventh WSOP Circuit Ring, Now Second All-Time

Known to many on PocketFives as BodogAri, Ari Engel has hit it big in the live poker world over the years. This week, Engel won his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit ring and moved into a tie for second all-time on that leaderboard behind only Alex Masek, who has eight. Also with seven Circuit rings is Chris Reslock.

DanDan
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Oct 22nd, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: TheClaimeer Reenters Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means a brand new installment of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week, Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) reentered the top 10 after being ranked as high as #4 earlier this year. This week, he moved up from #23 to #10 after chopping a PartyPoker Pokerfest event heads-up for $35,000.

DanDan
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Oct 22nd, 2014 1
Nolan Dalla on Dan Colman: "Are You Kidding Me?"

In a recent segment on "Poker Night in America," Nolan Dalla (pictured) did what only Nolan Dalla is capable of doing. The show's creative director recently took the hammer to World Series of Poker One Drop champion Dan Colman, who has called poker a "very dark game" and "a distraction" despite winning over $22 million from live tournaments this year, according to the Hendon Mob. He ducked ...

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Oct 22nd, 2014 11
"It's Difficult to Tell Whether You Played Really Well or Ran Like a God"

He might be a tad modest, but Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $68,000, defeating a group of 765 entrants. As he told us, "I'm feeling awesome about it. It's my favorite tournament of the regular Sunday Majors, so I am very happy I finally won it."

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Oct 21st, 2014 1
WSOP on ESPN: "I Play a Lot Better When I Get Kings Against Jacks"

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN on Sunday night with a pair of one-hour episodes beginning at 9:00pm Eastern Time. The program began with the start of Day 6 and 79 players remaining. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who made the 2013 November Nine, was chip leader, poised to become the first two-time November Niner.

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Oct 20th, 2014 0
"My Plans for the Money? Doubling Down on MTTs! #Vamos"

Earlier this month, PocketFiver David d.quang Quang (pictured) lit up the field of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, coming in second place for $17,000. There were 612 entrants and the cash helped push him to just shy of $2.5 million in lifetime scores. "It's always a great feeling to final table any major, but it's never an awesome feeling if you don't win it," he told us. "I also final tabled the ...

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Oct 19th, 2014 8
GSN Launches Survey About "High Stakes Poker"

Between 2006 and 2011, cable station GSN aired seven seasons of "High Stakes Poker." The poker show is probably this author's favorite in the genre, a high-takes cash game featuring some of the top players in the game including the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Doyle Brunson. It contained some of the richest pots in poker history.

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Oct 18th, 2014 15
"You Don't Go to the Galapagos to Play Poker"

"You don't go to the Galapagos to play poker." There's perhaps the understatement of the year and it came out of the mouth of TiltTheBho (pictured), who chopped the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up last month and earned $179,000. He officially took third place and was second in chips when the four-way deal was struck.

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Oct 18th, 2014 4
Sheldon Adelson Minion: "Gambling on the Internet is for Chumps"

In a rather peculiar move, the Philadelphia Tribune published an op-ed this week entitled "Hidden Dangers of Internet Gambling." Its author: former Denver mayor and current Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling minion Wellington Webb (pictured). The Coalition, as you probably know, is headed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose casinos include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and ...

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Oct 17th, 2014 28
George Danzer Wins 2014 WSOP Player of the Year

The title of 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year officially belongs to George Danzer (pictured). The German won three WSOP bracelets in 2014, becoming the sixth player ever to win three bracelets in a single year. In that elusive department, he joins Puggy Pearson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Jeffrey Lisandro.

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Oct 16th, 2014 4
Phil Hellmuth Offered Spot on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap"

According to various news outlets, Phil Hellmuth (pictured), a 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and former Main Event champion, had a chance to appear alongside his better half on the ABC reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap." However, Hellmuth reportedly is leaning toward not appearing on the show out of deference to his bride.

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Oct 16th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: RuiNF Jumps to #8 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. One of the notable moves of the week went to Portugal's Rui RuiNF Ferreira (pictured), who moved up from #24 to #8 worldwide, his highest position ever. Ferreira has five wins in the last week:

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Oct 15th, 2014 1
Study: Poker Players Are Thin, Young, Like to Drink

The title of this article probably isn't mind-blowing, but it's interesting to see the results of a statistical study related to the demographics and habits of poker players. A report from of 2,131 active British gamblers was released in recent days and revealed that players in our industry tend to skew thin, young, and festive.

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Oct 14th, 2014 3
WSOP on ESPN: "Camp Counselors Shouldn't Give Off False Tells"

Day 5 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on Sunday night on ESPN, going up against the Philadelphia Eagles' beat down of the New York Giants. When the first of two hour-long episodes began at 9:00pm Eastern Time, there were 139 players left and former #1 ranked PocketFiver Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) was third in chips.

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Oct 13th, 2014 0
BenFaz: "Big-Field Tournaments are a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

Last month, BenFaz came away with a third place finish as part of a chop of the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, which attracted over 8,000 entrants. He walked away with $164,000, the second highest total of anyone, and boosted his lifetime winnings to over $800,000 online.

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Oct 13th, 2014 14
Pro Shakeup Continues, Marvin Rettenmaier Leaves PartyPoker

It has been a rough end of 2014 for sponsored pros of some of the largest online poker sites in the world. If you're a regular reader of PocketFives, you'll know last month, PokerStars parted ways with Marcel Luske and 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner jcada99 Joe Cada.

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Oct 13th, 2014 0
"Winning a Triple Crown Means a Big Psychological Impact"

On September 18, Andrei Krylou (pictured), better known as Happynose on PocketFives, won the first of three tournaments for his first Triple Crown. PokerStars was the site of the victory, which came in a $75 NLHE tournament. The next day, he was off to the races in the Full Tilt Benjamin, coming out on top for $3,200, and his final Triple Crown tournament was the iPoker Saturday Mosh Pit.

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Oct 12th, 2014 0
Discovery Channel Declines to Pick Up Underground Poker

According to co-host Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), Discovery Channel has passed on the opportunity to air additional episodes of "Underground Poker." The show, which starred Esfandiari and longtime cohort Phil Laak, profiled underground card games and the pilot took place in New Orleans.

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Oct 11th, 2014 1
"I'm Badly Craving Some Ridiculously Massive Live Score"

On the final weekend of September, Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep outright for $33,000, defeating a field of 715 entrants. While it wasn't the largest score he has recorded, it snapped a month of bleeding. As he put it, "The WCOOP didn't go nearly as well as I hoped, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was a very rough three weeks before Sunday, so I am ...

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Oct 11th, 2014 2
CrownUpGuy: "Give It All You Have and You'll Get There"

We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the ...

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Oct 10th, 2014 7
25,000 MTTs, 1 Triple Crown

On September 14, PocketFiver MendaLerenda (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $6,100. And while it wasn't the heftiest sum of money ever, it marked the first leg of his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. In the span of a week, MendaLerenda went on to win the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex and PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance to complete the bid.

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Oct 10th, 2014 2
Dan Colman Continues to Roll, Wins WPT Alpha8 London

Despite saying that poker is a "very dark game," Dan Colman (pictured) has steamrolled the competition this year. In April, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for a blistering $2.1 million. He followed that up by taking down the WSOP's Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million, famously ducking the media after the victory and lambasting the game on Two Plus Two.

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Oct 9th, 2014 13
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins First #1 Player from Brazil in a Year

Congrats, Brazil. For the first time in a year, a player from your country is #1 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This time, it's Yuri Martins (pictured), who entered his poker site names at the beginning of October and consequently shot all the way to the top of the worldwide leaderboard.

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Oct 8th, 2014 10
PokerKaiser Earns Three Triple Crowns in September

Any way you slice it, September was a banner month for Chile's Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). He ascended to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings on September 24 and seems poised to maintain the distinction of being our #1 player when the Rankings are recalculated on Wednesday.

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Oct 7th, 2014 9
WSOP on ESPN: "I Wonder if He Trash-Talks Locals"

On Sunday night, going up against the nationally-televised New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals NFL game, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. Two hours of action hit the small screen beginning at 9:00pm ET. This author tuned in at 10:00pm ET for an hour after the Sunday Night Football game ceased to be competitive.

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Oct 7th, 2014 3
PokerKaiser Wins September Monthly PLB

The final numbers are in for the September Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or PLB, on PocketFives. This time around, we have a two-time Monthly PLB winner: Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). The Chilean racked up 4,026 PLB Points during the month, beating second place Yuri Martins by 47 points.

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Oct 5th, 2014 0
Phil Ivey: "My Job is to Lawfully Reverse or Reduce the Perceived House Edge"

This week has featured poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) spinning his side of his now infamous edge-sorting tale. Ivey, a 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, has been in hot water on both sides of the Atlantic by virtue of allegedly edge-sorting in order to gain an advantage at forms of baccarat. As we reported last week, you can catch his side of the story on a special "60 Minutes ...

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Oct 5th, 2014 7
"I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Today if it Weren't for Gangnam Style"

Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, revolutionized the world of pop music in 2012 with his hit "Gangnam Style." As a matter of fact, its music video was the first to reach a billion views on YouTube and one PocketFiver we're sure couldn't get enough of it was Costa Rica's Peter winwin07 Nigh (pictured), who finished third in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major earlier this month for ...

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Oct 4th, 2014 11
PPA: Sheldon Adelson "Forgets He Owns a Casino"

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) spoke at the G2E gaming industry conference held his home casino, the Venetian in Las Vegas. Adelson, as you may know, said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to outlaw online gambling in the United States and has become public enemy #1 in our industry.

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Oct 1st, 2014 12
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Up to #4 After WCOOP Win

Following his massive $1.3 million payday for winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, CrownUpGuy (pictured) has shot up to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, not surprisingly his highest position ever. He netted over 3,200 PLB Points for his win in the $5,000 buy-in tournament.

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Oct 1st, 2014 2
Sickest Sunday Session Ever?

The title of this article was inspired by the title of a thread in the Poker Community forum talking about the sick Sunday of Pablo gordiju Gordillo (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $26,000, the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $44,000, and the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $30,000. The three tournaments had almost 43,000 entrants combined and the fact that he won all of them on the ...

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Sep 30th, 2014 13
CrownUpGuy Wins WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 Million

PocketFiver CrownUpGuy (pictured), whose real name is Fedor Holz, won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event early Tuesday morning for $1.3 million. The 21-year-old outlasted a field of 2,142 entrants in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament.

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Sep 30th, 2014 2
Aggro Santos = Master of WCOOP Titles

In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStars WCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the ...

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Sep 29th, 2014 10
A Three Week Old Son and a Sunday Brawl Win

It has been a big last month for Vasilis Mantis (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jellyfish223. Not only did he take down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright for $33,000, but he also welcomed his first son into the world, who now checks in at around a month.

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Sep 28th, 2014 1
"Hopefully My Next Interview Will Be After Winning the WCOOP Main Event"

Two weeks ago, Alexander Ivanov (pictured), who is known as s3c3 on PocketFives, finished in second place in the Full Tilt Sunday Major, a $215 Re-Entry tournament, for $30,000. There were nearly 900 entrants and Ivanov, who calls Russia home, booked his second largest cash to date.

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Sep 27th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser New #1

There's a brand new #1 ranked player on PocketFives. After a five-week reign by p0cket00, Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) assumed the position with 7,589 PLB Points, a scant 57 more than p0cket00, who now sits in second place. The PocketFives Rankings are recalculated every Wednesday.

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Sep 24th, 2014 1
Former Sponsored Pro William Reynolds Rips Ultimate Poker on Twitter

We reported to you late last week that Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in the US, had vacated the New Jersey market after alleging that its land-based partner, Trump Taj Mahal, had "multiple breaches" of contract. The casino has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and could close before the calendar year is through.

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Sep 23rd, 2014 21
Dan Cates on Tom Dwan: "He Failed to Uphold Any Promises He Made"

Let the drama and personal insults continue to fly! This week, PokerListings sat down with Dan Cates (pictured), who was formerly in the midst of the Durrrr Challenge with Tom Dwan. The challenge, which was set to last 50,000 hands, is only about 40% completed and, according to PokerListings and other sites, Cates is up $1.25 million thus far. If Cates is up after 50,000 hands, Dwan owes him ...

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Sep 23rd, 2014 6
PPA: "No Reason to Believe Sheldon Adelson Supports Online Poker in Any Form"

In recent days, PokerUpdate and others have brought up the possibility of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoration of America's Wire Act (S 2159, RAWA) adding a carve-out for online poker during the so-called "lame duck" Congressional session in November. PokerUpdate reported on Saturday, "As Chris Grove reported from C5's US Online Gaming Conference, Bally Tech's John Connelly stated during a ...

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Sep 22nd, 2014 6