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"I'm Not Gonna Stop Until I've Earned Myself a House in Amsterdam"

In September, Malta's Steven SvZff van Zadelhoff hit $3 million in career online tournament scores. He is the third-ranked player in the European nation and plays as Viktor on Full Tilt Poker. He has several sizable scores to his credit, including a runner-up finish in a 2007 FTOPS event for $247,000 and a Sunday Million victory that same year for another $193,000.

DanOct 13th, 2015 1
Faraz Jaka (The-Toilet) Wins Super Tuesday While Grinding in a Shared Airbnb

A week ago, Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured), a longtime member of the PocketFives community, won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and bagged $101,000. He is up to $3.7 million in online tournaments PocketFives tracks and has been part of our site since 2006. It was the American's third largest online poker score to date and his largest since a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed jersey run for ...

DanOct 12th, 2015 7
DraftKings, FanDuel Have Record Sunday Turnout

If you played on FanDuel or DraftKings over the weekend, then you might have noticed a ton of people logging in and setting lineups. In fact, according to ESPN, DraftKings and FanDuel had their biggest weekend of the season in Week 5 despite a data leak that has lawmakers calling for formal regulation of the industry.

DanOct 12th, 2015 0
WSOP on ESPN: "Beckley Has Been Drawing Dead for Over an Hour"

The World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN aired head-to-head on Sunday night against a surprisingly competitive football game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants on NBC. The action was in Day 6 of the tournament, when 69 players remained and the average stack was 2.7 million.

DanOct 12th, 2015 0
High Stakes Poker: Isildur1 Up $400,000 in October, $3.1 Million in 2015

We're 11 days into October and, already, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is making the most of the month. According to HighStakesDB, Blom is up almost $400,000 this month, an average of $40,000 per day, at the high-stakes tables the site tracks. He has logged 123 sessions in October and almost 16,000 hands, meaning he's averaging $3,200 in profit per session and $24 in profit per hand.

DanOct 11th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with #6 Ranked aguskb

Formerly a #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) can currently be found at #6. He's the top-ranked online player in Mexico and recently hit $4 million in career scores in tournaments we track. Not too shabby.

DanOct 11th, 2015 1
eisenhower1 Cruises to September Monthly PLB Win

The results are in for September's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or Monthly PLB, and one Swede ran away with the win. Whereas other months have seen Monthly PLB champions crowned by a few dozen points, in September, eisenhower1 took it down by a healthy 700 points over the second place player, Fresh_Oo_D.

DanOct 10th, 2015 0
PokerStars' New Jersey License Requires Dismissal of Four Staffers

On Friday, the transactional waiver allowing Amaya to operate in New Jersey was published. The waiver outlines several terms Amaya must adhere to before launching. It is not known when the Amaya brands PokerStars and Full Tilt will begin operating in New Jersey, where their land-based partner is Resorts.

DanOct 9th, 2015 3
BillyChat Hits $3 Million in Online MTT Scores

In recent weeks, London's Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) hit $3 million in career online tournament winnings. He was one of six PocketFivers to accomplish the feat in September and told us, "I feel good. It wasn't too long ago that I got to $2 million. I will keep pressing on. It's a shame it isn't $3 million in profit, though."

DanOct 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: C Darwin2 Cracks Top 10 for First Time

For the first time ever, Sweden's C Darwin2 cracked the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. The leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday and C Darwin2 jumped 10 spots to land at #10. His top 10 showing was due in part to two wins on Winamax this month: a victory in the Grand for $36,000 and a win in the High Roller on Tuesday for another $8,200.

DanOct 7th, 2015 0
PokerStars Tournament Attracts a Record 253,698 Players

On Monday, PokerStars attracted a record 253,698 players to an online poker tournament, setting the record for the largest online poker tournament ever held, according to a press release. The same release detailed, "It beat the previous record of 225,000 players that was set on June 16, 2013 during the PokerStars 100 Billion Hands Celebration campaign and shows that poker is still growing in ...

DanOct 6th, 2015 8
From $1.5 Million in Roulette Winnings to Chopping the Sunday Million

A man who once won $1.5 million in roulette just chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million two ways for $138,000. His name: Antonis ENIGMA4U4ME Poulengeris (pictured) and he finished fourth in the Sunday Million two years ago for $75,000. He's over $600,000 in online tournament winnings.

DanOct 6th, 2015 2
WSOP on ESPN: "Can Matt Jarvis Make Another Main Event Final Table?"

On Sunday night, the 2015 WSOP Main Event aired on ESPN for 2.5 hours. We checked in during the last hour, which aired at 10:00pm ET and began with 87 players left on Day 5. Daniel Negreanu was still camped out at the feature table.

DanOct 5th, 2015 0
PocketFives Open for US Players Returns Wednesday

We're happy to announce that the PocketFives Open for US players will return this Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Our host site is . The last time we held the PocketFives Open there, we had over 500 players and broke the record for the largest tournament ever held on , so we're expecting a large field once again.

DanOct 5th, 2015 0
Impact of PokerStars Being Licensed in New Jersey

The biggest news story last week was the licensure of PokerStars in New Jersey. When the site will launch isn't clear, but what we do know is the world's largest online poker room returning to the US for the first time since Black Friday will have major ramifications for the industry.

DanOct 4th, 2015 8
Another $5.7 Million in US Full Tilt Refunds Approved, Includes Disputed Claims

For those Americans still waiting on their Full Tilt Poker refunds, we have some good news for you. Yes, it has been a full four-and-a-half years since Full Tilt vacated the US market on Black Friday, so for many players with disputed claims, it has been a long, frustrating 50 months.

DanOct 3rd, 2015 0
Big Up to the Goat Crewdem

In August, UK PocketFiver Fold Machiii (pictured) finished in fourth place in a rock solid final table of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy. He cashed out for $15,000, his fifth largest score to date, and has successfully pulled past $1.3 million in career winnings. He's up to #124 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest slotting ever, and is #12 in the UK.

DanOct 3rd, 2015 3
WSOP on ESPN: "She Should Have Named Her Kid Eight"

Amid all of the hoopla of PokerStars being granted a license to operate in New Jersey, we finally had a chance to catch up on this week's coverage of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN. We took in the second of two hours, which aired on Wednesday night in a special time slot. The action began on Day 5 with 162 players left and Max Steinberg holding the chip lead.

DanOct 2nd, 2015 0
PokerStars Gets Approval to Operate in New Jersey, Partnering with Resorts Casino

It might have taken longer than expected, but the Amaya Gaming brands PokerStars and Full Tilt have been authorized to operate in New Jersey, according to an Amaya press release. In what could result in a domino effect of sorts in other states debating whether to allow PokerStars and Full Tilt to operate, New Jersey gaming officials approved both brands, which have a land-based partner in ...

DanSep 30th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 Leaps to #1

It was a pretty turbulent week at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. For the first time in his career, Sweden's eisenhower1 is our new #1 player. He has a massive PLB score of 8,113 points, the most this author can remember seeing by any player in quite some time, and leads second-ranked Tiny_molester by a healthy 1,300 points.

DanSep 30th, 2015 2
High Stakes Poker: Trueteller Up $300,000 in 24 Hours

It was a productive Monday at the high-stakes online poker tables for Russia's Timofey Trueteller Kuznetsov (pictured), who bagged $302,000 in profit according to the tracking site HighStakesDB. He played against some of the game's top minds in the process and managed to erase $190,000 in losses over the previous five days.

DanSep 29th, 2015 0
DFS Daily Update for 9/29: Top 10 NFL GPPs for Week 4

It's hard to believe that it's already Week 4 of the NFL season. If you've been playing daily fantasy sports on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, then you know there have been some six- and even seven-figure prize pools already this year. Here are our top 10 NFL GPPs for Week 4.

DanSep 29th, 2015 1
PokerKaiser Scores 20th PocketFives Triple Crown, 10th of 2015

Look out, Chris moorman1 Moorman. What was thought to be a nearly unbreakable record on PocketFives could soon be broken. Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) now has 20 PocketFives Triple Crowns, trailing Moorman by just five. Incredibly, Fierro has won 10 Triple Crowns this year compared to Moorman's one to close the gap.

DanSep 28th, 2015 1
KJulius10, eisenhower1 Win First WCOOP Bracelets

PocketFivers continue to roll in the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. Two of the most recent winners were Kyle KJulius10 Julius (pictured) and eisenhower1, who both took down high-stakes tournaments for their first WCOOP titles.

DanSep 27th, 2015 0
"I Cannot Imagine Myself Playing Poker at a High Level Without a HUD"

Last month, Brazil's Rodrigo Selouan (pictured), known on PocketFives as selouan1991, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and walked off with $18,000. It was his fourth largest online poker score to date and rocketed him to $553,000 in career online tournament cashes. "I was very happy with this final table," he told us. "It was great to beat a field of great players and it was good ...

DanSep 26th, 2015 0
cal42688 Wins Second WCOOP Bracelet, Up to 8 COOP Titles

On Friday, longtime PocketFiver Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured) won his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker bracelet. He took down a $320 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max tournament for $36,000, defeating a field of 649.

DanSep 26th, 2015 1
Shak88888 Went Deep, Mega Deep

Last month, Ukraine's Shak88888 took third place in the weekly 888 Poker Mega Deep and earned $10,000. There were over 500 entrants that week and Shak88888 led all PocketFivers, who raked in 36% of the prize pool. He's the #4 player in the capital of Kiev (pictured below) and #22 in the Ukraine poker community, so we wanted to catch up and talk about his most recent hit.

DanSep 25th, 2015 0
Jeans89 is the Biggest High-Stakes Winner at PokerStars Since 2010

After earning close to $100,000 on Wednesday, Jens Jeans89 Kyllonen (pictured) extended his lead as the biggest winner of September at the high-stakes online cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. The Fin also extended his lead as the biggest winner at PokerStars since 2010.

DanSep 24th, 2015 1
New Jersey DGE Doing "Comprehensive Review" of Amaya's PokerStars Purchase

According to iGaming Business and other outlets, the seemingly lengthy delay of PokerStars getting licensed in New Jersey has to do with a "thorough, comprehensive review" by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

DanSep 23rd, 2015 7
PocketFives Rankings: Fresh_Oo_D Up 13 Spots to #6

We may have a free-for-all on our hands at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Aaron aguskb Gustavson is still #1, but his PLB score of 6,854 points is well within striking distance of a few other PocketFivers, one of whom is Fresh_Oo_D (pictured).

DanSep 23rd, 2015 0
WSOP on ESPN: "You Might Be Just Doing that Bully Thing on Me Too"

Episodes 3 and 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN aired on Monday night, going head-to-head with the offensive debacle known as Monday Night Football. There were 416 players left on Day 4 when coverage began and Joe dude904 McKeehen held the chip lead. Joe Hachem was the sole Main Event winner left.

DanSep 22nd, 2015 0
Heads-Up with DraftKings Millionaire Maker Winner Cylus Watson (Cylusballin)

Winning the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball Millionaire Maker last week in dramatic fashion was Cylus Watson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Cylusballin. He's a perfect example of a poker player hitting it big in daily fantasy sports, as he has $600,000 in online poker tournament winnings, another $400,000 in live events, and has received much support from the likes of 2015 WSOP November ...

DanSep 22nd, 2015 8
Shaun Deeb Wins Third WCOOP Bracelet

Writing about longtime PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured) never gets old. Over the weekend, Deeb won his third PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker bracelet, his first in the last five years. This time, Deeb took down a $215 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max tournament.

DanSep 21st, 2015 3
PocketFivers Fresh_oO_D, athilla, RuiNF Pacing WCOOP Leaderboard

With one week to go in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, three PocketFives members lead the WCOOP Leaderboard. At stake for the winner of the series-long leaderboard is a Champion's Trophy, $20,000 in cash, and a 2016 TCOOP Main Event ticket.

DanSep 20th, 2015 0
Say Hello to the Top-Ranked Player in Iceland

Yes, there are poker players in Iceland. The country's population is only a bit over 300,000 people, but there are still 79 PocketFivers from Iceland with PLB scores in our Iceland poker community. Chief among them is Bmakk, who has been a member of our site since 2011 and recently hit $1 million in online tournament cashes.

DanSep 19th, 2015 0
Vanessa Selbst: "I'd Probably Suck at Online Poker"

In an ongoing AMA on Reddit, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst (pictured) fielded a variety of questions, including how she stacks up against online poker players. Her response may have been surprising to some: "I'd probably suck at online poker since I basically don't ever play, don't really know how to use programs very well, and don't have a database of stats to ...

DanSep 19th, 2015 0
Phil Hellmuth Comments on UB Cheating Scandal

Fourteen-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) has historically been pretty reticent when it comes to discussing the dark side of UB, the site that formerly sponsored him. From a cheating scandal reportedly masterminded by Russ Hamilton to insolvency that left many players high and dry, UB's embattled past is well-documented.

DanSep 18th, 2015 8
Heads-Up with Poker Mind Coach Elliot Roe

One of the top poker mind coaches out there is Elliot Roe (pictured), who runs and offers lessons on busting leaks, boosting your poker mindset, and cooling down post-game, just to name a few. Learn how to reduce tilt, improve focus, and prevent anxiety. With that, let's get on to the interview!

DanSep 17th, 2015 5
Heads-Up with Former #1 Ranked p0cket00

Over the weekend, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Whale for a healthy $46,000. There were 402 entrants at $600 a pop, which sent the prize pool to almost $240,000. He moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings as a result and used to be #1 last year.

DanSep 16th, 2015 8
PocketFives Rankings: Romeopro Reenters Top 10

After adding his screen names back into his PocketFives profile late last week, Romeopro (pictured) reentered the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He sits at #8 right now and is closing in on $6 million in online MTT winnings.

DanSep 16th, 2015 0
Kevmath's and Dan Cypra's Thoughts on the Poker Hall of Fame Nominees

Last week, the 10 nominees for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class were announced. The selection process now moves on to the living Hall of Fame members plus a blue-ribbon media panel, of which PocketFives' Kevin Kevmath Mathers and Dan Cypra are members. We have 10 votes to allocate to up to three nominees based on a set of criteria. With that, we wanted to share our thoughts on each one.

DanSep 15th, 2015 1
WSOP on ESPN: The Rise and Fall of Phil Hellmuth

On Monday night, going head-to-head with two Monday Night Football games on ESPN, the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event began airing on ESPN2. Like in recent years, the action started not on Day 1, but on Day 4, when 661 entrants remained. Amar Anand held the chip lead and Phil Hellmuth (pictured) graced the feature table.

DanSep 15th, 2015 0
RuiNF Tearing Up 2015 WCOOP, Wins Sunday Kickoff for Kicks

Rui RuiNF Ferreira (pictured) has been making waves during the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. For his latest trick, the Czech Republic poker player won a $215 No Limit Hold'em Big Antes event with an optional reentry for $59,000. But that was only part of a highly successful run so far that has resulted in Ferreira sitting atop the WCOOP Leaderboard after 20 events.

DanSep 14th, 2015 2
Florida Officials Investigating Hialeah Park Poker Tourney

Ten days ago, PocketFives brought you an article about a poker tournament at Hialeah Park in Florida that was marred by a possible chip controversy and other alleged wrongdoings. On Day 2, players noticed that the total number of chips seemed off. On top of that, no rebuy receipts were reportedly given and the results of the event could not be found.

DanSep 13th, 2015 0
pleno1 Defeats Romeopro in WCOOP $700 NLHE 6-Max 3-Stack

If you haven't heard, the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is going on at PokerStars. In a $700 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Three-Stack event that took place over the course of two days, two PocketFivers went at it for the title: Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) and Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi.

DanSep 12th, 2015 1
"At Some Point in a Tournament, the Adrenaline Level Rises"

In August, PocketFiver David Buetta (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy heads-up for $27,000 and officially took second place. While the five-figure score certainly wasn't anything to scoff at, he told us, "It's always nice to finish that high in a tough online MTT, but obviously you always want to finish first." He was one of six PocketFivers at the final table.

DanSep 11th, 2015 2
FantasyFeud Announces the NFL Feud of Champions

It's fantasy football time. And starting this Sunday on the daily fantasy sports site FantasyFeud is the NFL Feud of Champions, which is dishing out $1 million, including $250,000 to first place. It's the largest event ever held on FantasyFeud and culminates in a Main Event that starts in Week 16. Sign up for FantasyFeud here to be part of this historic event.

DanSep 10th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner Josh Beckley

It's hard to believe that we'll have a winner in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in just two short months. New Jersey's Joshua asdf26 Beckley (pictured) holds the seventh largest stack in the tournament. His total lifetime live winnings heading into the Main Event were just north of $200,000 and he's making his first WSOP final table. He has been a staple of our New Jersey poker ...

DanSep 10th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: aguskb Back on Top

It's Wednesday, which means it's once again time for the PocketFives Rankings to be recalculated. After a one-week run by StrungOut1 at the top of the Rankings, Playa del Carmen's Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) has taken over. He has a PLB score of 7,104 points, leading the pack by 225.

DanSep 9th, 2015 0
Devilfish, Matt Savage Among Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

On Tuesday, Caesars officials announced the 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class. There are four newcomers to this year's ballot: Italian poker ambassador Max Pescatori, Irish Open founder Terry Rogers, highly influential tournament director Matt Savage, and longtime British poker player David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured).

DanSep 8th, 2015 6
Flat Wants to Buy a Flat, Duh

Last month, Denis Timofeev (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Flat, took third in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put back $93,000. He's associated with the 2CardsCollege pro poker training team and told PocketFives, "I was very happy about finishing third, but I'm a little upset because I was so close to heads-up. I played with the second largest stack all final table and wanted to ...

DanSep 7th, 2015 0
A Top Sit N Go Player Just Blew Our Minds…

Hey Thank God the summer is over… All those people who should be giving us money at the table spending their time outside having fun…. disgusting

DanSep 7th, 2015 0
Sauce123 Up $669,000 Since September 1

In just 10 sessions from September 1 to 6, Ben Sulsky (pictured), known in the online poker world as Sauce123, is up a commanding $669,000 at the high-stakes online poker tables according to HighStakesDB. He leads fellow pro Viktor Isildur1 Blom by about $150,000 in profit for the month despite Blom's recent heater and is the most profitable player HighStakesDB has tracked this month.

DanSep 6th, 2015 1
"I Also Enjoy Indulging in the Occasional Game of Battlefield"

In August, Andrew APD Dean (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500. All three finishers walked away with about the same amount of money, between $47,000 and $51,000, and Dean told us, "It was awesome. The Sunday 500 will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first legit score when I started playing MTTs."

DanSep 5th, 2015 2
dipthrong is Back!

If you missed it, last month, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He officially finished in fourth place for a hair over $50,000, the second largest amount given away, and told us, "It's probably the best tournament I've ever played. I feel I'm at a point in my life where I got rid of a lot of the shit in my head that was holding me back."

DanSep 5th, 2015 5
GVC Holdings Buying bwin.party for $1.7 Billion

It appears the long, drawn-out battle for bwin.party is over. On Friday, it was announced that the company's board had unanimously approved a $1.7 billion offer from GVC Holdings, the owners of Sportingbet. bwin.party is the parent company of PartyPoker and bwin, among other brands.

DanSep 4th, 2015 0
StarsDraft Officially Launches, Victiv is No More

On Friday, StarsDraft officially launched. The site, formerly Victiv, is owned by Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars, and continues to promote one of Victiv's promotional staples, the Bankroll Builder. Week 1 of the NFL season officially begins on September 10 with a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the now-not-Tom-Brady-less New England Patriots.

DanSep 4th, 2015 7
WSOP.com Nevada Now Accepting PayPal, New Jersey Coming Next Week

Some encouraging news coming from the regulated online poker market in the United States, as the Caesars-backed in Nevada is now accepting PayPal for player deposits.

DanSep 3rd, 2015 3
The Super Bowl of Low-Stakes Poker

In August, Brazil's Demitri1985 hit his first major career score, taking down the $11 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Storm to the tune of $17,000 after a seven-way chop. He only started playing poker full-time in the last year, but he is the latest in an ever-growing line of Brazilian players to win major tournaments.

DanSep 3rd, 2015 3
PocketFives Rankings: StrungOut1 Hits #1

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

DanSep 2nd, 2015 9
Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) Hired As PocketFives Community Manager

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

DanSep 1st, 2015 9
John Juanda Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event for €1 Million

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 24th, 2015 1
Jason Somerville Signs with DraftKings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 17th, 2015 7
Kickboxing in Prague FTW

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

DanAug 17th, 2015 5
The Power of a Poker House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 13th, 2015 1
Amaya Officially Enters DFS, Acquires Victiv

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 11th, 2015 0
Strategy, Psychology, and Expensive Grinding Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 4th, 2015 1