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Report: Could PokerStars Have Bought the New Orleans Saints?

According to a report by longtime poker industry veteran Nolan Dalla, PokerStars, now owned by Amaya Gaming, reportedly was floating the idea of buying the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2006. At the time, Dalla was PokerStars' Director of Communications.

DanDan
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Aug 31st, 2014 1
"Anyone Who Works Hard and Has Confidence in Himself Knows Anything is Possible"

One of the most recent members of the PocketFives community to hit $1 million in online tournament cashes is Portugal's Acacio Bispo (pictured). The 12th ranked player in his home nation, Bispo is the lone PocketFiver from the northeastern town of Macedo De Cavaleiros. Given how popular poker has become in Portugal, we thought the occasion would be appropriate for an interview.

DanDan
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Aug 31st, 2014 4
MatveichukR Wins Sixth Triple Crown

Late last month, Russia's MatveichukR (pictured) took down his sixth PocketFives Triple Crown. If the award isn't familiar to you, the way to get one is to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. PocketFivers have won 106 of them in 2014 and exactly 900 all-time.

DanDan
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Aug 30th, 2014 1
Don't Call it a Comeback: Gus Hansen Up $731,000 on Thursday

He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime.

DanDan
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Aug 29th, 2014 3
PocketFives US-Friendly Poker League Restarts September 1 at NLOP

We're just a few days away from a new month of PocketFives League games at NLOP, or National League of Poker. Players from the United States are welcome and there are five League games on deck for September, each taking place on Tuesday nights at 9:30pm Eastern Time. Sign up for NLOP here so you can take part in our weekly League games.

DanDan
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Aug 29th, 2014 7
PocketFives Rankings Update: veeea, 1bigacehole Crack Top 10

entering the busy time of year in the online poker world. On Wednesday, we had a little bit of a shakeup in the top 10 worldwide of the PocketFives Rankings, as two players returned to the upper echelons of the leaderboard. And don't worry, fans of p0cket00; your boy is still ranked #1 on our site.

DanDan
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Aug 28th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: European Up 20 Spots to #4

It's Wednesday, which means we have recalculated the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Finland's European chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $185,000. The result was a trip to the top five of the Rankings and a 1,156-PLB Point boost. European has $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and three six-figure scores to his credit.

DanDan
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Aug 20th, 2014 4
Who's Your Pick to Win the 2014 WSOP Main Event?

We're three months away from the resumption of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event from the Rio in Las Vegas. The final nine features players from six countries including, for the first time ever, Brazil, whose representative, Bruno Politano, recently signed with 888 Poker.

DanDan
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Aug 19th, 2014 4
dipthrong Wins FTOPS XXVI Leaderboard, Black Card Pro Sponsorship

Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) dominated the competition in the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, which wrapped up over the weekend. And when we say Herm dominated, we're not just throwing that term around lightly. In fact, the Toronto poker player won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by a commanding 219 points.

DanDan
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Aug 18th, 2014 15
Dan Cates Up Nearly $3 Million on Full Tilt This Year

About a week ago, PocketFives brought you an article about Dan "jungleman" Cates breaking $10 million in high-stakes winnings at Full Tilt Poker, a major milestone. Over the weekend, Cates (pictured) continued to roll, inching closer to $3 million in winnings on Full Tilt this year, according to HighStakesDB.

DanDan
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Aug 18th, 2014 1
Amaya: "No Disruption to Core Poker Offering" at PokerStars, Full Tilt

In an article that eGaming Review published on Friday, Amaya CEO David Baazov (pictured) reiterated his company's commitment to an online casino and sports book following the acquisition of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The transaction officially closed earlier this month, well ahead of schedule.

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Aug 17th, 2014 8
"I Felt at the Top of the World After Playing a Long Session and Winning 32 Cents!"

On the final weekend of July, Brazil's capotinha (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $49,000. There were about 900 entrants in the tournament, which offered up a prize pool of $265,000. It was his largest online tournament cash by a factor of three and has helped drive his career total to just south of $1 million.

DanDan
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Aug 17th, 2014 4
Newsweek on Ripping Online Poker: "No Bias For or Against Online Gambling"

In response to a letter to the editor, Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman (pictured) explained the rationale for and background to the cover story in the magazine's August 22 edition espousing the societal ills of online gambling. Despite not conveying any reaction from pro-gambling forces, Goodman asserted, "No view was unwelcome and there was no bias for or against online gambling. The focus ...

DanDan
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Aug 16th, 2014 5
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked huiiiiiiiiii

On the 10th day of August, Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500, his second big-time Sunday Major win in the last two years. He is quickly nearing $3.6 million in career online poker tournament earnings and sits at #4 in the PocketFives Rankings. His chopping partner in the Sunday 500 was fellow PocketFiver lilachaa and he graciously sat down with us to talk about ...

DanDan
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Aug 16th, 2014 1
PPA Calls Newsweek Attack on Online Poker "A Failure in Journalism"

On the cover of Newsweek Magazine's August 22 edition will be a child in a white t-shirt holding a tablet with playing cards on it. Below him in big black letters are the words "Poker Face," which accompany an article from Leah McGrath Goodman entitled, "How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand."

DanDan
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Aug 15th, 2014 16
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for August 15, 2014

This week in New Jersey, Jack King (Jaybone2315 on PocketFives, pictured) made four final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee. King finished second on Monday, fifth and third on Tuesday, and eighth in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Thursday for a total of $1,900.

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Aug 15th, 2014 3
"I Wanted to Eat My Chinese Takeaway, So I Started Shoving All-In"

In recent days, Daniel Charlton (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as judgedredd13, was part of a three-way chop of Event #15 of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, a $129 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout. Charlton earned $42,000 as part of the chop, which came just four months after he was part of the historic 900 millionth tournament dealt on PokerStars. Charlton ...

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Aug 14th, 2014 23
Dan Colman: Poker is a "Distraction," We Should Stop "Idolizing" Players

On Tuesday night, the world watched as Dan Colman (pictured) won the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop on ESPN. Colman was largely stoic after the final cards were dealt and for the most part looked stunned. He quickly declined interviews and exited the Rio while second place finisher Daniel Negreanu cordially stuck around, spoke to the press, and took pictures.

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Aug 13th, 2014 32
PocketFives Rankings Update: pleno1 New #1

Last week, we began our PocketFives Rankings Update by saying there was a very good chance we'd have a new #1 player worldwide this week. And, sure enough, our statement came true, as Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) is your new top dog in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, our first new #1 since July 2.

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Aug 13th, 2014 4
"For 3.5 Seconds, Toby Thought He Made the Best Fold in the History of Poker"

The title of this article is part of a quote from Aaron Jones reacting to a hand between Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier (pictured) that you can watch by clicking here. It occurred during the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN on Tuesday night and set Twitter ablaze. In the hand, Seiver raised to 1.2 million before the flop with K-10 of spades and Reinkemeier, who ...

DanDan
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Aug 12th, 2014 21
My Plan? Continue Avoiding Real Work.

On the final Sunday in July, PocketFiver Beq was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $158,000, the second largest amount given out. There were almost 7,000 entrants in the Sunday Million that week and Beq, who calls Finland home, recorded his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of five.

DanDan
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Aug 12th, 2014 2
Moorman1 Wins 22nd Triple Crown, 2nd of August

Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) now has 22 PocketFives Triple Crowns, the most of anyone on our site by a mile, and just racked up his second award of August, a month that's only a dozen days old. With 22, Moorman has more Triple Crowns than the second and third place players on the Triple Crown leaderboard combined.

DanDan
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Aug 12th, 2014 12
Morongo, PPA, Card Clubs Respond to California Online Poker Failure

Late last week, PocketFives brought you an article about the bills regulating online poker in California being shelved for 2014. The reason, according to bill author and State Senator Lou Correa: "Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it's done right."

DanDan
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Aug 11th, 2014 0
Alexonmoon Up $1.2 Million in August

Earlier today, PocketFives brought you word that Dan Cates had passed $10 million in winnings on Full Tilt Poker during his career. Now, with a little help from HighStakesDB, we'll turn our attention to Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau (pictured), who according to the tracking site is up $1.2 million in August.

DanDan
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Aug 10th, 2014 0
Dan Cates Hits $10 Million in High-Stakes Winnings at Full Tilt

According to HighStakesDB, Dan "jungleman" Cates (pictured) has hit $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker. He reached the mark after scooping $677,000 in a marathon session on Saturday. According to the tracking site, Cates played for 26 hours with a scant one-hour break.

DanDan
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Aug 10th, 2014 1
GovTrack: US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bills Have Slim Chance of Passing

According to GovTrack.us, which keeps tabs on US legislation and lawmaker voting records, the bills to prohibit internet gambling in the United States have a slim chance of being passed before the end of the current legislation session, which occurs at the end of the year. Any bills not acted upon by the end of 2014 will be considered dead and must be reintroduced in 2015 in order to be ...

DanDan
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Aug 9th, 2014 6
PocketFives Finally Interviews a Player from Iceland

We're pretty sure this is one of the first, if not the first, interviews we've ever done with a poker player from Iceland. After all, the island nation has fewer than 150 registered PocketFives members, so percentage-wise Iceland is a tiny blip on the poker radar. However, in recent weeks, Hrannar Hallgrimsson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as hrabbi87, final tabled the PokerStars ...

DanDan
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Aug 9th, 2014 3
PayPal Eyeing Regulated US Online Gambling Sites?

According to a report from Chris Grove, PayPal could be eyeing regulated US online gambling. The easy-to-use online e-wallet that's accepted by a variety of internet- and land-based retailers "plans to announce a foray into processing regulated online gambling payments in the coming months, according to a source with knowledge of the company's plans."

DanDan
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Aug 8th, 2014 9
"I Would Regret It Later in Life if I Didn't Give Poker a Chance"

The final Sunday of July saw 2,901 entrants show up for the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. With nearly $600,000 on the line, Jorge Alberto Carvalho Abreu (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jorginho88, took home the win for $91,000. We caught up with the Portuguese player to learn about bringing his career online tournament earnings to nearly $500,000.

DanDan
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Aug 8th, 2014 1
The Best Birthday Present Ever?

Today is this author's birthday. Yes, hold your applause and direct all gifts to the PocketFives business address. Two weeks ago, Mike Bartholomew (pictured), who is known as AAcademiKK on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $25,000, defeating a field of nearly 600 entrants just two days before his birthday. We caught up with the Canadian to talk about his largest online ...

DanDan
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Aug 7th, 2014 1
WSOP on ESPN: "When the Cards Turn Against You, They Turn Against You"

Coverage of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop continued on Tuesday night on ESPN. Two one-hour episodes began with 16 players left and Tom Hall was perched atop the chip counts. The One Drop dished out a $15 million top prize.

DanDan
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Aug 6th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: lena900 Jumps to #9 Worldwide

There wasn't a lot of movement this week in the top 10 worldwide of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, but Sweden's lena900 moved up from #18 to #9 and was the lone new face in the top 10. On July 29, lena900 won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for over $100,000 officially, a cash that pushed the Swede's PLB Point tally up by 741.

DanDan
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Aug 6th, 2014 2
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Accepting Direct Buy-Ins Via PokerStars

The Main Event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open starts on August 28. Although it's a US-based event that takes place in South Florida, the tournament will see a number of players buy directly in through the PokerStars client.

DanDan
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Aug 5th, 2014 0
Full Tilt Red Pros, Friends Eligible for Remission; Deadline is September 3

According to an update from Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker refunds, "It has been determined that players designated by Full Tilt Poker as 'professionals,' other than Team Full Tilt Players, will be able to submit Petitions for Remission to recover the portion of their account balance that is not attributable to compensation provided by FTP or ...

DanDan
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Aug 5th, 2014 1
moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #21 After Seven-Week Hiatus

After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site.

DanDan
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Aug 4th, 2014 9
New US-Friendly PocketFives League Starts Tuesday on NLOP

The free PocketFives League on NLOP, which welcomes US players, returns for a new month on Tuesday, August 5. We're hitting the reset button on the standings, so everyone will be on equal footing, and there's no cost to play. NLOP is giving out a total of $500 in cash to the top five finishers.

DanDan
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Aug 4th, 2014 0
15,609 Copies of Howard Lederer's "Secrets of NLHE" Sold at Auction

How much would you pay for 15,609 copies of "Secrets of No Limit Hold'em," an instructional DVD from former Full Tilt Poker front man Howard Lederer' Ten dollars' Twenty dollars' One dollar' Try ten cents. In a recent fire sale auction of Full Tilt Poker-related multimedia and gear, 15,609 copies of Lederer's DVD went for $1,560.90 total, or a dime each.

DanDan
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Aug 3rd, 2014 6
"I Got 5th in the Sunday Million at 7am and Went to Work 90 Minutes Later"

In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, "It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I'd reached the $1 million cash badge milestone."

DanDan
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Aug 3rd, 2014 4
"That Might Be the Worst Beat in the History of Tournament Poker"

As you might know, on Tuesday night, PocketFives was camped out at Borgata in Atlantic City watching the finale of the first ever live PocketFives Open. Accordingly, we missed the premiere of ESPN's coverage of the Big One for One Drop, which created such a buzz in the mainstream world that we felt compelled to record a rerun and write about what ESPN commentator Lon McEachern argued could ...

DanDan
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Aug 2nd, 2014 12
"If I Only Played for the Money, I'd Have Stopped Evolving a Long Time Ago"

Last month, Felipe Baraky Tavares (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. While many players would be excited to find $47,000 sitting in their laps, Tavares wanted more, telling PocketFives, "It could have been better. I had an edge over the other two guys, but it went like that, so I'm fine. In poker, we're only really satisfied with first place."

DanDan
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Aug 2nd, 2014 2
Paddy Power Suffers "Historical Data Breach"

On Thursday, Paddy Power issued a press release warning users of a "historical data breach" that occurred back in 2010. Four years later, Paddy Power is learning the "full extent" of the issue, which affected nearly 650,000 customers.

DanDan
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Aug 1st, 2014 3
Nevada Hits $1 Million in Online Poker Revenue for the First Time

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the regulated Nevada online poker sites hit $1 million in combined revenue in June, the first time that's happened since the market launched last year. The number was $1.037 million in a month, to be exact.

DanDan
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Jul 31st, 2014 1
Amaya Shareholders Approve PokerStars, Full Tilt Purchase

On Wednesday, shareholders of Amaya Gaming approved the acquisition of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt. Following the go-ahead from shareholders, Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov commented, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to extend my appreciation to shareholders for their overwhelming support of the acquisition of Rational Group."

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Jul 31st, 2014 0
Mike Barletta Wins Borgata PocketFives Open, gboro780 Second

There were 538 entrants in the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open live event in Atlantic City. The $400 buy-in tournament passed its $150,000 guarantee by $38,000 and a four-way chop around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday ended it. There was a huge Day 1B turnout on Monday that included eight bounty players.

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Jul 30th, 2014 14
"Even the Bad Beats Make You Want to Play More"

Our most recent PocketFives Open was held on 888 Poker during the off-day of the World Cup prior to the knockout round. As football fans around the world took a breather from rooting on their favorite countries, the PocketFives community event on 888 kicked off. Your winner: Michael SuarezisKing Lawrence, who calls the United Kingdom home. We caught up with our most recent PocketFives Open ...

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Jul 29th, 2014 0
Las Vegas Sands Has Spent $460,000 This Year Lobbying on Online Gambling

You might recall that Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the United States of online gambling. In fact, he has corralled two lawmakers – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – into introducing bills to do exactly that. How much money have Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling spent in ...

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Jul 27th, 2014 13
"I Never Thought I'd Be the Luckbox Who Could Win a Live Tournament"

Late last month, Dublin, Ireland's SuitedAcesBaby (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $30,000. The tournament drew 769 entrants and had a prize pool that just barely passed its $225,000 guarantee. As he admitted, "The result came at the right time, as I was on a bit of a downswing." He was also headed to Las Vegas when we talked to him to partake in the final days ...

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Jul 26th, 2014 3
Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $50 Million Playing Poker in the Last 12 Months

In May, poker playboy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roof into a pool, only to have said porn star clip her foot and injure it, resulting in legal action. Now, Bilzerian is back in the news, this time after appearing on the "Howard Stern Show." Never a dull moment.

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Jul 25th, 2014 27
It's Raining Play Chips! First One Billion Chip Pot at Full Tilt

We normally wouldn't get very excited about any article related to play chip poker, but this is something you don't see every day. Last weekend, Full Tilt Poker dealt a one billion-chip pot. Yes, one billion play chips exchanged hands in a single pot, the first time that has happened in Full Tilt's history.

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Jul 25th, 2014 4
Full Tilt Poker Denies Any Involvement with FTP Store Auction

This week, word of an auction of $3.5 million worth of Full Tilt Poker promotional items popped up on F5 Poker. The sale, run by J. Sugarman Auction Corp., features a host of Full Tilt shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, hats, books, DVDs, and more.

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Jul 24th, 2014 6
Churchill Downs Developing Online Casino Software

Operating in a state that tried to seize the domain names of over 140 internet gambling sites a few years ago, Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) is developing its own online casino software, according to and several other news outlets.

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Jul 24th, 2014 2
I. Nelson Rose: Bad Actor Clauses Could Be Legal Under Vice Laws

In an article that will be published in the next issue of Gaming Law Review and Economics that Bluff Magazine previewed, Professor I. Nelson Rose (pictured) of says that "bad actor" clauses could be permitted since gambling is considered a vice. That opinion is in contrast to a theory put forth by Laurence Tribe, who said that bad actor clauses could be unconstitutional.

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Jul 23rd, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: Easylimp Cracks Top 10 Worldwide

We have a brand new member of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, Easylimp (pictured). The England poker player moved up from #26 this week to #8, his first time cracking the top 10, on the strength of an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $69,000.

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Jul 23rd, 2014 2
s_dot111 Third PocketFiver to Reach $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

Tuesday was a big day for Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan (pictured), who became the third PocketFiver ever to reach $7.5 million in online tournament winnings. He joins p0cket00 as the second member of our community to do so this year, as p0cket00 captured the award in May.

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Jul 22nd, 2014 11
The Second Largest Triple Crown of 2014

On June 22, Scotland's Robbie Adreny Bull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crown in five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014.

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Jul 21st, 2014 11
Jerry Yang's Main Event Corum Watch on eBay

Popping up on eBay in recent days is the Corum watch won by 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jerry Yang that was given to him to commemorate his victory. The current bid is $901 and, at the time of writing, 32 bids had been entered to get to that number. The auction ends on July 24, at which point its buyer will get free shipping and a new piece of arm-wear. Hooray free shipping.

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Jul 20th, 2014 6
"All Poker Players Need a Good Support System"

Late last month, Steve Tripp (pictured), who goes by betrthanphil on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $79,000. He officially took down the tournament as well, which meant over 700 PLB Points added to his total. "I couldn't be happier," Tripp told PocketFives. "It was a good way to begin the summer." There were three players involved in the chop and Tripp had the largest ...

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Jul 20th, 2014 6
"More Money to Be Made Playing Online During the WSOP Than at the WSOP"

Here's a thought you might have not had. What if playing online during the World Series of Poker is actually more profitable than going to the WSOP itself' Sure, if you win the WSOP Main Event, you'd be up $10 million, but for all but one member of the poker community, winning the Main Event isn't an option.

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Jul 19th, 2014 3
The Spewtard Wins Two Triple Crowns in First Two Weeks of July

The month of July has been mighty kind to longtime Australian PocketFiver The Spewtard (pictured), who goes by Dominic in the real world. He has taken down seven tournaments in the 19-day-old month a laid claim to two PocketFives Triple Crowns. If you're not familiar with the Triple Crown, it's given to anyone who can win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the ...

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Jul 19th, 2014 12
California Tribe Opening Online Poker Site Says Bad Actor Clause Won't Apply

In recent days, PocketFives brought you an article about the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Indians in California launching real money online poker games on . The rationale: a loophole in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that could allow legal online poker.

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Jul 18th, 2014 0
What is gifuhorna? A Finnish Candy

Last month, Finland's gifuhorna won the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame.

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Jul 18th, 2014 1
The Opposite of an Epakfailer

About the same time as the World Series of Poker kicked off this year from Las Vegas, Mario Alina (pictured), who goes by Epakfailer on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars $100 Rebuy three ways for $32,000. There were almost 900 entrants and Alina earned the third largest payout of the group.

DanDan
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Jul 17th, 2014 1
World Cup Final Sinks Online Poker Traffic By 40%

On Sunday, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina played out from Brazil. Football fans from across the world tuned into the match, which – spoiler alert – saw Germany win 1-0 in extra time. As you might have guessed, many poker players, especially those in Germany and Argentina, were glued to the game. As a result, traffic on the world's largest online poker sites took a major ...

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Jul 17th, 2014 0
Full Tilt Drops "Poker" from Domain, Moves to FullTilt.com and FullTilt.eu

If you blinked, then you might have missed that Full Tilt Poker has moved domains from to simply . For now, the brand is still called Full Tilt Poker, but with the addition of casino games in recent weeks and a pending purchase by Amaya Gaming, we could see the word "Poker" dropped from the "Full Tilt Poker" brand in the not-too-distant future.

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Jul 16th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 at #1 for Third Straight Week

We're seeing a dynasty of sorts at the top of the PocketFives Rankings, as for the third straight week Canada's p0cket00 is #1 worldwide. Since March, we've had one player – Sheater – be ranked #1 for longer than three weeks, and no player has been #1 for longer than four weeks since last October.

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Jul 16th, 2014 2
WSOP National Championship on ESPN: First Outdoor Final Table Since 1997

On Tuesday night, the 2014 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN, broadcasted outdoors from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The $10,000 buy-in tournament had played down to its final six, who convened in a tent in front of Bally's. It was the first outdoor WSOP final table since Stu Ungar won the Main Event in 1997 and the first WSOP bracelet awarded in New Jersey.

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Jul 16th, 2014 0
2014 WSOP November Nine Set

We've reached the 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine. The Main Event played down to its final nine players on Monday night and six countries are represented, including, for the first time ever, Brazil. The other five nations that will be part of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine festivities are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

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Jul 15th, 2014 9
17 Players Remain in WSOP Main Event, Martin Jacobson Leads

We're coming down to the wire in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which has 17 players remaining at the time of writing and will determine its November Nine this evening from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play began with 27 still standing at Noon Pacific Time on Monday and consolidated to two tables just a few hours later.

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Jul 14th, 2014 2
Michael Kamran – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

It is the dream of every tournament grinder to play on the "big stage" that is the World Series of Poker Main Event. For the 2014 WSOP Main Event, that mantle was being carried by Los Angeles' Michael Kamran. Kamran entered Day Six of the 2014 WSOP Main Event in 34th position, roughly the middle of the field, with a 2.6 million chip stack that he meticulously built.

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Jul 13th, 2014 0
Mark Newhouse Chasing WSOP History, Leads with 79 Left in Main Event

Mark Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event as a member of the November Nine, leads entering Day 6 this year, when 79 remain. The Main Event cash will likely push Newhouse over $1 million in career WSOP earnings and his ninth place finish last year was worth nearly three-quarters of a million bucks.

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Jul 13th, 2014 0
PocketFives US Poker League Returns Starting Tuesday

It has been a while, but we're happy to be able to bring back PocketFives' US online poker league. We used to run it on HogWild, but this time around, we're headed to NLOP. There's absolutely no cost to play and our league games will run every Tuesday at 9:30pm Eastern Time starting this coming Tuesday, July 15. US players are welcome.

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Jul 12th, 2014 7
Trump Plaza in Atlantic City Closing, Future of Betfair Unclear

According to Fox News and several other sources, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey will close on September 16. The future of the casino's associated online poker site, Betfair, remains up in the air. PocketFives reached out to Betfair officials, but our e-mails were not returned at press time.

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Jul 12th, 2014 15
Flush_Entity Third in WSOP Main Event After Day 4

We're four days through the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. There are 291 players remaining and coming armed to Day 5 on Saturday with the third highest chip count is Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured). The former #1 player on PocketFives is making his fifth cash of the 2014 WSOP in the Main Event.

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Jul 12th, 2014 5
Chopping an All-PocketFives Full Tilt $250K Final Table

Just before the dog days of summer set in, Ukraine's serhiy1989 won the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guarantee after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFiver joaomathias. The deal was worth $44,000 and PocketFivers ended up sweeping the final table for over $163,000 total.

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Jul 11th, 2014 2
Ronnie Bardah Looking for Record Fifth Straight WSOP Main Event Cash

We're just short of the money at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which is entering Day 4 on Friday. On Monday, we'll know the members of this year's November Nine, but in the meantime, two players have set themselves up for success in the long-run: Andrew Liporace and Mehrdad Yousefzadeh. Both bagged over one million in chips at the close of business on Thursday, the only two to do so.

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Jul 11th, 2014 0
Daniel Negreanu on Dan Colman Controversy: "Poker Has Given You a Lot"

Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event.

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Jul 10th, 2014 20
Phil Ivey Overall WSOP Main Event Chip Leader Entering Day 3

With a half-million in chips, Phil Ivey (pictured), who has already won a bracelet this year, is the overall chip leader in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event after both Day 2s. In fact, he is the lone player to cross the 500,000-chip threshold. There are 1,864 players remaining.

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Jul 10th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: gosuoposum1 Up 24 Spots to #25

One of the biggest jumps inside the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week went to Ukraine's gosuoposum1, who rocketed from #49 to #25, or 24 spots. The reason was simple: a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $54,000 over the weekend, which was good for 536 PLB Points. He is up to 240 wins in online MTTs and has $3.6 million in winnings.

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Jul 9th, 2014 0
DaPHUNNIEman Fourth in WSOP Main Event After Day 2AB

Players who made it through Day 1A or 1B of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event headed to the Rio's convention center on Tuesday for Day 2AB. Those who played on Day 1A largely found themselves in the Amazon Room to start, while those who played on Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms.

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Jul 9th, 2014 0
"$200K Was My Plan for the Year. I Didn't Expect It to Happen So Fast."

In late May, Lionet, whose real name is Bogdan Diaconu (pictured), won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $203,000. No chop took place and Diaconu defeated a final table that had four other PocketFives members at it. He is up to $1.1 million in online MTT scores and told us, "I'm feeling quite good at the moment." Duh, winning!

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Jul 8th, 2014 0
One-Handed Main Event Satellites: Wave of the Future?

If you blinked, you might have missed one-handed satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yes, one hand to determine whether or not a person will be able to enter poker's most prestigious tournament, which this year came with the promise of a $10 million first place prize. Why sit and grind a satellite when you can determine your fate in under 30 seconds'

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Jul 8th, 2014 11
Day 1C Attracts Largest WSOP Main Event Starting Flight Ever

All three starting days of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event are in the books. A rowdy Day 1C took place on Monday from the Rio in Las Vegas and, although the day wasn't a complete sellout, a record-setting 3,968 players entered, the largest Day 1 starting flight in Main Event history. The previous record was held by Day 1C of the 2013 Main Event, which drew 3,467 players. There were ...

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Jul 8th, 2014 0
"The Real Value of the Money is Staying in the Game"

The SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars brought out thousands of players for tournaments that had three different price tags. The mid-stakes version had a $1,050 buy-in and attracted over 4,000 entrants. Besting all but four of them was PocketFiver Kevin Kevish Williams (pictured), whose fifth place finish was worth a healthy $171,000.

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Jul 7th, 2014 2
FTOPS XXVI Begins August 3, Satellites Now Running

From August 3 to August 17, the 26th Full Tilt Online Poker Series will take place. The Main Event is a $635 Re-Entry Tournament that will guarantee at least $1 million. The finale occurs on Sunday, August 17 at 13:30 ET. Also of note is a Two-Day Event that gets underway at 12:30 ET on Saturday, August 16 with Day 1. That tournament has a $2,100 buy-in and guarantees $500,000. There are two ...

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Jul 7th, 2014 0
basebaldy Makes Final Table of WSOP Little One for One Drop

Longtime PocketFiver and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric basebaldy Baldwin (pictured) has made the final nine of the Little One for One Drop, the $1,111 buy-in version of the annual charity event. Baldwin had an emotional roller coaster on Saturday, all-in with sevens against aces early on, but hitting one of his two outs to stay alive.

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Jul 6th, 2014 3
"Just Cooked a WSOP Main Event Breakfast: 6 Eggs and 8 Pieces of Bacon"

On Friday, PocketFives' co-founder Cal Spears was playing cash games in the mammoth Pavilion Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, one day before the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Out of the hundreds of tables set up in the room on the US Independence Day, only a few were in use. Finding Cal when this author woke up was easy; he was the only one there.

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Jul 5th, 2014 1
AreTheseUtz Heads-Up for First WSOP Bracelet

We're down to two players remaining in Event #60 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. After a grueling day of play on Thursday, Brandon AreTheseUtz Hall (pictured) and Salman Jaddi elected to pack it in for the night and return on Friday at 1:00pm PT to determine a winner.

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Jul 4th, 2014 0
"Be Ready to Get a Punch to Your Face and Liver"

We've done a lot of interviews here on PocketFives featuring players who have won some of the largest tournaments offered on a weekly basis. Recently, Russia's hellohellohello (pictured), whom we'll refer to as H3 from here on out, won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $23,000, an iPOPS event for $25,000, and the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $65,000 officially. All three scores, which combine for ...

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Jul 4th, 2014 5
SirWatts, dipthrong Finish 2-3 in WSOP $1,500 NLHE Mixed-Max

Two players who have been members of PocketFives since 2006 nearly scooped a World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max event (#58). Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured) and Mark dipthrong Herm finished second and third, respectively.

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Jul 3rd, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 New #1

Since last October, no one has been able to stay at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings for longer than four weeks. Sure enough, this week was no exception, as Canada's p0cket00 regained the top spot worldwide, surpassing Sweden's r4ndomr4gs (pictured), who was ranked #1 for a week.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 1
Daniel Negreanu Becomes Tournament Poker's All-Time Money Leader

On Tuesday, Dan Colman won the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker for $15.3 million. While Colman might have won the battle, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) won the war, becoming tournament poker's all-time money leader according to the Hendon Mob. Negreanu passed Antonio Esfandiari, who won the 2012 One Drop.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 3
Dan Colman Wins WSOP Big One for One Drop

A $15.3 million payday was forked over to 23-year-old Dan Colman (pictured), who won the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament, at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up. According to , Colman is a heads-up sit and go specialist who plays online under the handle mrgr33n13.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 4
gboro780 Second in WSOP $1K NLHE Event with 16 Left

Sixteen players are still standing in Event #56 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Former #1 ranked Steve gboro780 Gross (pictured), who won a bracelet last year in a $5,000 PLO Six-Max event, is in second place entering the tournament's final day with a stack of 859,000, trailing Raymond Henson, who leads the way with 897,000.

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Jul 1st, 2014 7
Poker Night in America: Then Darvin Moon Showed Up

If you're in the United States, then you might know that Sunday was the premiere of "Poker Night in America" on the CBS Sports Network. Showcasing poker celebrities on and off the felt, two 30-minute episodes of the show aired starting at 10:00pm Eastern Time. This author fired up his DVR to watch and had a mixed reaction. Then, it was on to catch up with "24."

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Jun 30th, 2014 3
Bowl with PocketFives on July 6 in Las Vegas

It's hard to believe it's already that time of year again, but the World Series of Poker Main Event is about to fire up on Saturday, July 5. PocketFives will once again be in Las Vegas for it and we're going to be bowling at the Gold Coast Bowling Center on Sunday, July 6 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm local time. It's completely free and you're invited!

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Jun 30th, 2014 1
Sam Trickett Leads WSOP Big One for One Drop After Day 1

Forty-two players showed up for this year's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. After officials thought the tournament might sell out, there were more than a dozen openings in the 56-max tournament. Nevertheless, a cavalcade of brand name players turned out, including Sam Trickett (pictured), who has a pace-setting stack of 13.4 million entering Day 2 on Monday.

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Jun 30th, 2014 3
HustlerGrune, dude904 Among WSOP Monster Stack Leaders with 62 Left

What started as the third largest field in World Series of Poker history, and second largest when you just count unique entrants, is down to 62 players. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack will dole out a $1.3 million first place prize when a winner is crowned on Sunday or Monday. The restart happens on Sunday at 3:00pm PT.

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Jun 29th, 2014 1
888 Cuts Ties with Luis Suarez After Biting Incident

After Uruguay football star Luis Suarez (pictured) allegedly bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini last week during the World Cup in Brazil, which entered its knockout stage on Saturday, FIFA handed down a punishment of nine Uruguayan matches and four months of play along with a fine of over $100,000. Suarez was also a brand ambassador of 888 Poker, and when we say, "he was," we mean 888 severed ...

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Jun 28th, 2014 5
Body of German Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Found in Slovenian River

The body of missing German poker pro Johannes Strassmann (pictured) was found in the Ljubljianica River on Friday in Slovenia, according to PokerNews and local police, ending a week-old investigation.

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Jun 28th, 2014 17
Phil Ivey Wins Tenth WSOP Bracelet

On Friday, Phil Ivey (pictured) became the fourth player to reach ten World Series of Poker bracelets after taking down a $1,500 Eight-Game event. As a result, those who bet against Ivey and Daniel Negreanu capturing a WSOP bracelet this year were sorely disappointed, not to mention a little poorer.

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Jun 28th, 2014 7