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Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst Warns of 'Metabolic Chaos'

Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst relives winning his fourth SCOOP title and warns fellow Aussies about metabolic chaos Series like the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) can be a grind for anyone. Doing so at unnatural hours of the day can lead to a host of health problems. Just ask Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst, who won his fourth SCOOP title this year, ...

DanMay 26th, 2016 0
Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah Dishes on Dual SCOOP Wins

Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah talks about winning two SCOOP titles in 2016 and about repping his home country The 48th event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker ended with a win by Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. The $2,100 Seven card Stud tournament had a field of 65 entrants and Leah's victory was memorable not only because he booked a $42,000 payday, but also because it ...

DanMay 26th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: 'Pot4teUS', 'NoPlanB' Join Top 10

Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' moved up 10 spots to #5 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings The recently-completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) brought plenty of chances for players to pocket six-figures in a variety of games. And with that came plenty of chances to make moves in the PocketFives Rankings. When the smoke cleared, two players punched their tickets into the top ...

DanMay 25th, 2016 0
Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is Literally a Rocket Scientist

Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is a rocket scientist turned poker player Normally when you call a person a "rocket scientist," you're kidding. When you call Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson a "rocket scientist," however, you're telling the truth. Fact.

DanMay 23rd, 2016 0
Stevan 'random.chu' Chew Racks Up Miles for Tournament Series

Stevan 'random.chu' Chew talks about traveling around the world for major poker tournament series like SCOOP and WCOOP (photo: ACOP) Now that it's the end of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, players like Stevan 'random.chu' Chew who relocated during the tournament series are headed back home. The days of "poker tourism" are over, at least until the World Championship ...

DanMay 22nd, 2016 1
European Poker Tour Continues to Evolve, Grow Under Edgar Stuchly

EPT President Edgar Stuchly joined the tour in 2011 The European Poker Tour just wrapped up its 12th season. While it may seem like a relatively simple endeavor to put on six festivals, it's anything but. With an array of languages, local laws, customs, and player demands, running the EPT is a full-time job. The man who fills those shoes: EPT President Edgar Stuchly.

DanMay 21st, 2016 0
Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Wins Second Career SCOOP Title

Paul 'paulgees81 Volpe won his second PokerStars SCOOP title in a $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event Thursday's action in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was all about two syllables: paul-gees. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who has well over $5 million in career online tournament winnings, came out on top in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event for his second ...

DanMay 20th, 2016 1
Luis 'luis_faria' Faria Gets Tyson'd, Heads to Poker

Luis 'luis_faria' Faria and his family "The Bite Heard Round the World." It happened in mid-1997 on the Las Vegas Strip and involved Mike Tyson taking a big old bite out of Evander Holyfield's left ear. Tyson was immediately disqualified and, almost 20 years later, his blood-spewing actions still live on in infamy.

DanMay 19th, 2016 2
Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor Likens Leicester City FC to Poker

Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor compares Leicester City's improbable Premier League win to recreational players in poker Heading into the most recent Premier League season, Leicester City was a 5,000:1 underdog to win it all. You know what went down: one of the most improbable football wins the world has ever seen.

DanMay 18th, 2016 1
Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo Up 15 Spots in PocketFives Rankings to #8

Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings to #8, his best showing ever There was a lot of movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week. What didn't change, however, was the #1 ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', who is enjoying his second straight week in the top spot.

DanMay 18th, 2016 0
World Poker Tour Announces Season XV Schedule, TOC Returns

The World Poker Tour is hitting the road for Season XV With one event already in the books, the World Poker Tour announced the full Season XV schedule featuring 17 more open events and the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions. The new season, which started with the Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club in early May, also has some new additions including the introduction ...

DanMay 17th, 2016 0
Dan Smith, Shawn Buchanan Capture SCOOP Titles

Shawn Buchanan won his second SCOOP event in a week Sunday was a good day to be a pro in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Pros ruled the roost on the final day of the weekend, with several familiar faces winning events.

DanMay 16th, 2016 0
'Ssick_OnE' Wins Second SCOOP Title of 2016

Germany's 'Ssick_OnE' became the first two-time winner of the 2016 SCOOP after outlasting a stacked final table The 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, has been all about two countries: Brazil and Germany. The former is up to 12 victories in the first 60 tournaments, while Germany already has a repeat winner: 'Ssick_OnE'.

DanMay 15th, 2016 1
Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari Making Poker a Side Gig

At age 30, England's Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari is taking his focus off poker and onto his dad's business It's never easy to walk away from a longtime gig. But sometimes, a change of scenery and a new challenge are just what the doctor ordered. Take Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari, for example. The English player just hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings, but is putting poker to ...

DanMay 14th, 2016 0
'begood9999', 'FLBonatto' Win 9th, 10th SCOOP Titles for Brazil

'begood9999' and 'FLBonatto' scored the ninth and tenth PokerStars SCOOP titles for Brazil this year After 17 events of the ongoing Spring Championship of Online Poker, and 51 total tournaments, players from Brazil have won 10 titles. That's one-fifth of the gold medals up for grabs.

DanMay 14th, 2016 0
Friends, Family, Fitness Keep Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff Thriving

Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff shares how he's managed to stay successful in poker for the last 10 years. As anyone who plays poker knows, spending long hours in front of the computer, your eyes darting back and forth across the screen as tables that require attention pop up, can be exhausting. So can live games in cold, dark tournament rooms around the world.

DanMay 14th, 2016 1
'lena900' Bags Largest Triple Crown Since September

Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months. While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB ...

DanMay 13th, 2016 3
He's Back: 'C Darwin2' Retakes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden.

DanMay 11th, 2016 3
Department of Justice Denies Nearly 1,500 Full Tilt Poker Claims

Approximately 1,500 Full Tilt Poker claims were denied because players did not meet the remission requirements The Garden City Group, the company responsible for administering all Full Tilt Poker fund dispersals, recently announced that approximately 1,500 claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Justice after not meeting remission requirements. Affected players were notified via ...

DanMay 11th, 2016 2
Mike McDonald Wins EPT Player of the Year By Less Than a Point

Mike 'timex' McDonald won the EPT Season 12 Player of the Year race by less than a point over Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer After six festivals across two continents and hundreds of tournaments, the European Poker Tour Season 12 Player of the Year was determined by less than a point. The race literally went down to the very last event at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco.

DanMay 10th, 2016 1
Anthony Zinno Making Mixed Games a Focus Ahead of WSOP

Anthony Zinno believes practicing Mixed Games ahead of the World Series of Poker is the key to success(Neil Stoddart/EPT Photo) This year, 69 events appear on the World Series of Poker schedule. Of those, 31 are non-Hold'em tournaments, or almost half the schedule. You'll find Anthony Zinno in many of them, and if he finds success, he can point to hard work and practice ahead of the WSOP.

DanMay 9th, 2016 0
Fatima Moreira de Melo Grounded in an Ungrounded World

In a world of travel, fancy dinners, and high-stakes poker, Fatima Moreira de Melo has managed to maintain her sanity. Three Olympic medals – one gold, one silver, one bronze. An appearance in the finals of the Netherlands singing competition "It Takes 2." A win in the reality series "Expeditie Robinson," a Dutch equivalent of "Survivor." And now a poker career that's taken her around the ...

DanMay 8th, 2016 2
Jason Mercier Hopes to Repeat as SCOOP Player of the Series

PokerStars pro Jason Mercier is looking forward to defending his SCOOP Player of the Series title. It's two o'clock in the afternoon in the principality of Monaco. As punctual as ever, PokerStars pro Jason Mercier waltzes into the hip Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort wearing basketball shorts and a black, long-sleeved Miami shirt. His white baseball cap is flipped backwards, he's ...

DanMay 7th, 2016 2
Alex Papazian Wins EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1M

Alex Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. (photo: Danny Maxwell) Just when you think it's over, it's probably not. Despite double up after double up, dramatic river after dramatic river, Alexandru Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. It was the third cash in Monaco for the Romanian, who defeated Alexandros Kolonias heads-up. ...

DanMay 6th, 2016 4
Jan Bendik Wins EPT Grand Final Main Event for €961,800

Jan Bendik won the EPT Grand Final Main Event (photo: PokerNews) Slovakia's Jan Bendik won the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. His reward: €961,800 and a spade-shaped trophy. After a grueling week of play, Bendik finally cracked a smile and multiple waves of confetti rained down.

DanMay 6th, 2016 12
Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao's Hot Streak Earns Him April PLB Win

Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao topped the April Monthly PLB race with 3,180.87 points (photo: Danny Maxwell) With 3,180 PLB Points, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao from Brazil, who hit #1 worldwide a few days ago, won the April Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB). This is his first MPLB win and the sixth all-time for Brazil.

DanMay 6th, 2016 1
Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz Discovering His Ikigai

Can poker help Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz achieve Ikigai' "Every single one of us should strive to discover his reason for being, his Ikigai." That's the sticky you'll find when you look at Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz's Twitter feed. And for Holz, poker might not be the path to his Ikigai.

DanMay 6th, 2016 0
Fabian Quoss Says Break in One-Day High Roller Was Welcome

Fabian Quoss says the overnight break in the €50K Super High Roller during the EPT Grand Final Main Event was much-needed. (photo: Danny Maxwell) The €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller during the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco turned into a veritable marathon. And not a half marathon… the full, 26.2-mile one. Play started at 12:30pm from the Monte Carlo Bay ...

DanMay 5th, 2016 0
Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew Aiming for High-Level Twitch Stream

Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew's Twitch stream is quickly approaching a million views. Some Twitch streams are drier than the Mojave Desert. Some are full of high-level cash game content. Some are full of high-level tournament content. Some are merely gibberish. Twitch is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.

DanMay 5th, 2016 1
Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao Takes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is #1 in the PocketFives Rankings There's a brand new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simaohas claimed the top spot. His first time as the #1-ranked player was in January 2015 and he is one of only two Brazilians to top the leaderboard.

DanMay 4th, 2016 0
Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky Tops Cash Game Leaderboard in April

Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky was the biggest winner at the high-stakes cash game tables in April After finishing third on the high stakes cash game leaderboard in March, Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky moved all the way to #1 in April. He earned $164,642 during the somewhat quiet 30-day period, according to HighStakesDB, beating out the next closest player by $63,000.

DanMay 4th, 2016 1
Holz, Gale and Urbanovich Win 2016 European Poker Awards

Dzmitry Urbanovich won Breakout Player of the Year at the 2015 European Poker Awards The 15th edition of the European Poker Awards was held on Tuesday night at the Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. After a 60-minute happy hour for all attendees, 11 awards were doled out.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 0
Niall Farrell Travels the World of Poker with a Merry Band of Scots

You can find Niall 'firaldo' Farrell at big live events around the world with a boisterous band of Scots They're loud. They have strength in numbers. And when they have a beer in their hands, all bets are off. They're called Scots, and among them is Niall 'firaldo' Farrell, #8 in the PocketFives Rankings for the UK and #2 on Scotland's all-time money list.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 2
Poker Pros Looking Forward to 2016 PokerStars SCOOP

Poker pros like Liv Boeree are looking forward to the 2016 PokerStars SCOOP (photo: PokerStars) Just a few days from now, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker will kick off. There are 55 events that have a total guaranteed prize pool of more than $40 million.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 0
Fabian Quoss Wins Extended EPT Grand Final €50K High Roller

Fabian Quoss defeated Ole Schemion in the €50,000 High Roller during the EPT Grand Final (photo credit Danny Maxwell) It took extra innings, but Fabian Quoss won the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller. The Single-Day High Roller, which started at on Sunday, drew 70 total entries. It was scheduled to last just one day, but due to casino ...

DanMay 2nd, 2016 2
EPT Announces Season 13 Dates for Barcelona, Malta, Prague

The European Poker Tour announced dates for its Season 13 stops in Barcelona, Malta, and Prague (photo: PokerStars) The 12th season of the European Poker Tour is wrapping up this week in Monaco with the conclusion of the series' Main Event and EPT High Roller on Friday. But there's no rest for the weary, as EPT officials announced dates for the first three stops of Season 13.

DanMay 2nd, 2016 0
Qualifiers, First-Timers Invade EPT Grand Final Main Event

Ben Dobson was one of the 300-plus qualifiers in the field in the EPT Grand Final Main Event. Monaco isn't the simplest place to get to. If you're from the US, chances are it requires multiple flights to get to Nice. If you're from Europe, it's probably a flight or two. Then, it's a 30-minute car ride, 30-minute train ride, or seven-minute whirlybird adventure to get there.

DanMay 1st, 2016 0
Ronaldo Goes From Football Superhero to Poker Player

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Luis Nazario busted on Day 1 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event, but finished sixth in a charity event (photo: PokerStars) Emerson called him "number one in everything." Alessandro Nesta called him "the hardest attacker I've ever had to face." Coach Bobby Robson said he was "the fastest thing I've ever seen running with the ball."

DanMay 1st, 2016 0
April Legislative Recap: California iPoker Bill Passes Committee

Adam Gray's bill regulating online poker in California highlighted legislative developments in the United States in April April was a banner month for online poker in California. The dream of regulated online poker in the Golden State took a major step forward in the final week of April, as the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee passed AB 2863 unanimously, 18-0.

DanApr 28th, 2016 0
'C Darwin2' Back Atop the PocketFives Rankings

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot in the PocketFives Rankings and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world. There are six Swedes in the top 20 of the PocketFives Rankings. And when one Swede falls out of the top spot worldwide, another swoops in to take his place. That's exactly what happened this week.

DanApr 27th, 2016 0
From 'Grim Reaper' to EPT Mainstay, Mad Harper Has Seen It All

Mad Harper has been with the European Poker Tour since Season 1 Twelve years ago, a relative unknown in the poker world began distributing PokerStars hats to players who busted from events on the European Poker Tour. If you went busto, she showed up with a baseball cap for your troubles. Now, she's still going strong with the EPT as its Media Coordinator as the tour gets ready to wrap its 12th ...

DanApr 26th, 2016 0
Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini: Trivia Champ, Sunday Million Winner

Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini talks about his love for team trivia and winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. The flag of Greenland has only two colors on it: white and what other color' Answer: Red. What composer's Requiem Mass in D Minor was completed posthumously by Franz Xaver Süssmayr' Answer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What was the last name of Roseanne's on-air family on the show "Roseanne"' ...

DanApr 25th, 2016 0
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill Uses Structure in an Unstructured World

Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings and scored his first PocketFives Triple Crown. (photo: WPT) Many poker pros play the game for a living because of the flexibility it allows. If you feel like going to Cancun for the weekend, and you've got the cash, then go. If your friends are heading to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, you can go too. Just be sure ...

DanApr 24th, 2016 3
Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney Wins Fifth PocketFives Triple Crown

Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown. Five years ago, Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. Six months later, he did it again, his second Triple Crown of 2011. He won one more in May 2013 and another two years later. On April 17, he polished off another milestone: Triple Crown number five.

DanApr 20th, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis Enters Top 10

Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8 in the PocketFives Rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time ever (photo: Merit Poker). As the old saying about the Trojan Horse goes, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." In the PocketFives Rankings, it's "Beware of Greeks cracking the top 10." This week, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8, ...

DanApr 20th, 2016 11
Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo Running a Bar and Winning Sunday Warm-Ups

Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo (at left), who owns SharkBite Bar and Grill in the Turks and Caicos, won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Admit it, you've dreamed of running a bar. Invite your friends over for a beer whenever you want, sing karaoke until daybreak, and come up with cocktails that even Jerry Thomas couldn't imagine. And what if that bar were ocean-side' And visited by sharks'

DanApr 19th, 2016 3
Faraz Jaka Bullish that Global Poker League Will Be a Home Run

San Francisco Rush manager Faraz Jaka knows the Global Poker League will be a winner. (Danny Maxwell photo) The inaugural season of the Global Poker League is underway. Twelve teams make up the league, and sitting in fifth place after the first two weeks of action in the Americas Conference is the San Francisco Rush, captained by none other than Faraz 'The-Toilet' Jaka.

DanApr 18th, 2016 0
After Two Years in Vancouver, David 'd.quang' Quang is Back Home

David 'd.quang' Quang's two-year run in Vancouver to clear his mind came to an end. Now, he's back in Ontario. American author Horace Greeley once popularized the phrase "Go West, young man." It was in reference to westward expansion of the United States in the 19th Century, but in the case of online poker pro David 'd.quang' Quang, "Go West, young man" meant a chance for clear air and a new ...

DanApr 16th, 2016 3
Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman: Online Poker Star and "Glorified Housewife"

Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman has been balancing poker with being the father of a 6-year-old, photo: Poker Asia Pacific As anyone who has kids knows, they literally change their parents' lives. You suddenly have the lives of others in your hands and that carefree lifestyle you used to have is gone out the window. Bar-hopping' Nope. Staying up until 3am' Gone.

DanApr 16th, 2016 6
Looking Back at the Top 10 Ranked Players on Black Friday

Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, with Todd Brunson, was the #1 ranked online player on Black Friday. (PokerListings photo) Ask any member of the poker community and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on April 15, 2011, a day that will forever live in poker lore as Black Friday. For the top 10 players on the the PocketFives Rankings that day, their world was forever ...

DanApr 15th, 2016 3
PokerStars EPT Grand Final Includes Record 302 Online Qualifiers

There are 302 online qualifiers in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2016, a new record. The 2016 European Poker Tour Grand Final starts in a couple of weeks from the picturesque principality of Monaco. Its sandy beaches, steep cliffs, celebrities-a-plenty, and famed Grand Prix track will welcome a record number of online qualifiers from PokerStars this year.

DanApr 14th, 2016 2
PocketFives Rankings: Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao Up 15 Spots to #6

Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings this week to #6 after a Mountain Series win (photo credit Danny Maxwell) 872.35 PLB Points. That's how many Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao received for taking down the PokerStars Mountain Series Denali event over the weekend. The Brazilian earned $167,000 officially for the win in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy and was one ...

DanApr 13th, 2016 0
PokerStars Announces 2016 SCOOP Schedule, $40 Million Guaranteed

PokerStars announced the schedule for the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP One of the largest online poker festivals of the year is less than a month away. And this time around, it's bigger and better, with over $40 million in guaranteed prize money ripe for the taking.

DanApr 12th, 2016 0
"Breaking Bad" Actor Aaron Paul Joins LA Sunset GPL Team

"Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul has been drafted by the Global Poker League's LA Sunset. Last week, "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul was a guest on the "Late Late Show with James Corden." This week, he's the newest member of the Global Poker League's LA Sunset, the second and final wild card pick from team manager Maria Ho.

DanApr 11th, 2016 10
'Sheater' Wins Fifth PocketFives Triple Crown

Sweden's 'Sheater' won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown For the first time in more than two years, Sweden's 'Sheater' won a PocketFives Triple Crown. And this one was a milestone, as it marked the fifth won by the longtime online poker player who is nearing $7 million in career winnings. And amazingly, two of his Triple Crown qualifying wins this time around came against the same player.

DanApr 11th, 2016 0
'bidle' Wins DraftKings Masters Millionaire Maker

Danny Willett propelled 'bidle' to the win in the first DraftKings Millionaire Maker of the PGA season Unless you were camped out under a rock on Sunday, you know that The Masters golf tournament wrapped up at August National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It was a wild weekend, from heavy winds to a monumental implosion by 2015 winner Jordan Spieth.

DanApr 11th, 2016 1
Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan Dishes on Poker in Norway

Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan is the top-ranked online poker player in Norway Poker is incredibly different from country to country. From the robust live games in the UK to limited regulated online poker in the US, no matter where you go, poker is inherently different. And that's part of what makes the game so unique.

DanApr 9th, 2016 1
Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos Pairs Risk Management, Poker

Greece's Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos is pursuing a degree in risk management and won the Sunday Million Some people who play poker but don't plan to pursue the game professionally gravitate towards an occupation that has many of the same trademarks like math, risk, and wealth management.

DanApr 9th, 2016 0
DraftKings Running $4 Million Fantasy Baseball World Championship

On August 27, Toronto will host the finals of the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship. On August 27, history will be made in Toronto, Canada. No, the world's largest maple tree won't be chopped down. Instead, Toronto will host the finals of the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship (FBWC). It's one of the largest daily fantasy sports contests that will run this year and will ...

DanApr 8th, 2016 0
Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio Parlaying $213K Score into More Live Play

Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio won the Sunday Million and is using part of his winnings for live play If you were an up-and-coming poker player who just had a pile of cash fall into his lap, what would you do with it' How would it change your career' Would you play higher stakes' Would you swim your way out of make-up' Would you stake others in hopes that they'd have a monstrous score as well'

DanApr 7th, 2016 7
Photo Finish: Marton 'noirduck' Czuczor Wins March Leaderboard

Hungary's Marton 'noirduck' Czuczor won the March Leaderboard (photo credit Danny Maxwell) Every point has been tallied, every chip has been counted and in one of the closest finishes in Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard history, Marton 'noirduck' Czuczor wound up on top after piling up 2,906 PLB Points during the month.

DanApr 6th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov Climbs Back to #2

Look out, world. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is back up to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings Getting back to the top of the PocketFives Rankings is a lot like riding a bike: once you fall off, you get can get right back on. For Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, losing his grip on the top spot in the rankings in mid-February is probably just a distant memory, as he has risen all the way back to #2 worldwide.

DanApr 6th, 2016 0
Fedor Holz Highlights 15th Annual European Poker Award Nominees

Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards On May 3, a veritable who's who of the top names in European poker will gather at the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort in luxurious Monaco. Over the course of the evening, nine awards will be given out as part of the 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards, honoring players for their achievements in 2015. The ...

DanApr 4th, 2016 3
PocketFives US Poker League Restarts April 6

The PocketFives Online Poker League at restarts on Wednesday, April 6 at 9:00pm ET If you're in the United States and yearning for some online poker, look no further than the PocketFives online poker league taking place at . It's completely free to play and monthly and weekly prizes are awarded. So, even if you can't make a few of the games each month, you still have a chance to take home some ...

DanApr 2nd, 2016 0
Dani 'supernova9' Stern Tops March High-Stakes Cash Leaderboard

Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in March (photo credit Danny Maxwell/PokerNews) It was no April fool's joke. Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard for March, according to HighStakesDB and beat out all other competitors by almost $100,000.

DanApr 2nd, 2016 4
Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman Widens Lead in Nevada Rankings

Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman widened his lead in the Nevada rankings After taking hold of top spot in the Nevada rankings in February, Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman made sure there was no changing of the guard in March. After holding down a 233-point lead last month over second place, Steinman widened his lead to over 500 points. He now sits with 2,393 points as the state's top-ranked player.

DanApr 1st, 2016 3
Poker Decision Makers Heading to iGaming North America

Major decision makers from gaming companies will make their way to Las Vegas next week for the annual iGaming North America conference The annual iGaming North America conference returns to Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood on the famed Las Vegas Strip, April 5 to 7 and features a "who's who" of decision-makers from the live and online gaming arenas, including PocketFives.

DanApr 1st, 2016 0
March Legislative Recap: Sheldon Adelson's 180

Sheldon Adelson will reportedly focus on off-shore, unregulated iGaming sites, photo: Forbes March was a busy month in the world of poker legislation. The highlight: a possible change in focus by Sheldon Adelson, the head of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and the man who once pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the US of online gambling.

DanApr 1st, 2016 0
Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes' Love of Poker is a Family Affair

Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes and his wife rolling craps at their wedding Some players would say that getting a mental break from poker is healthy. Others grind non-stop until their routers burst into flames. Others have spouses, parents, friends, and family that play poker for a living.

DanMar 31st, 2016 6
PocketFives Rankings: 'lena900' Hits #1 for First Time

'lena900' hit #1 this week in the PocketFives Rankings Three of the last four players to hit #1 on PocketFives all call Sweden home. The poker powerhouse has churned out top-tier talent after top-tier talent. The latest Swede to hit #1 is 'lena900', who moved into the top spot for the first time ever on Wednesday.

DanMar 30th, 2016 0
Martin Jacobson and the Rise of Sweden as a Poker Powerhouse

Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all.

DanMar 29th, 2016 3
New Father Paul '147_star' Williams' Near Miss Earns Him $64,000

Paul '147_star' Williams nearly missed late registration for the Sunday Million after the time change The Sunday Million waits for no man, ever, for any reason. For one poker player, forgetting to adjust his clock nearly cost him $64,000.

DanMar 28th, 2016 0
Diego Ventura Credits DeRose Method for Improved Play

Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura talks about how the DeRose Method has helped his poker game Professor DeRose began focusing on techniques like breathing education, concentration, and meditation in the 1960s. Now, he's known for the DeRose Method.

DanMar 27th, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov Up Six Spots to #4

Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up to #4 this week, photo: WPT Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Four of the top five players in the world are from Sweden, yet it's the lone non-Swede who made waves last week, sending him to #4 worldwide.

DanMar 23rd, 2016 1
Amaya CEO David Baazov Charged with Insider Trading

Amaya CEO David Baazov is facing insider trading charges In the middle of June 2014, Amaya Gaming bought the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and its sister site, Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. Amaya's stock, which is traded in Toronto under the symbol 'AYA', increased in value by 50% in the days leading up to the transaction, prompting an investigation by Canadian ...

DanMar 23rd, 2016 7
Grand Prix Poker Tour Heads to Leeds April 9-10

The Grand Prix Poker Tour invades Leeds from April 9 to 10 Elland Road, regularly home to thousands of rabid Leeds United F.C. fans, will play host to a different kind of game on April 9 and 10: poker. The Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT), sponsored by partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn, will invade the stadium's Centenary Pavilion over a two-day period with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.

DanMar 22nd, 2016 0
PokerStars Changes Continue with Rake Increase

Players will be shelling out more rake in certain games at PokerStars The news over the last 24 hours has been all about PokerStars. And Monday afternoon even more news came in, as the online poker giant announced rake increases for Spin & Gos, multi-table tournaments, and ring games. According to a release announcing the change, the average increase across all games will be 4%.

DanMar 21st, 2016 11
Dan 'pimpbotlove' Barbarisi Wins DraftKings FHWC

Dan 'pimpbotlove' Barbarisi won the DraftKings Fantasy Hockey World Championship One day after 'pwnasaurus' won the DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship, another winner was crowned, this time on the hockey rink. His name: Dan 'pimpbotlove' Barbarisi. His first place prize: $100,000.

DanMar 20th, 2016 0
'pwnasaurus' Wins DraftKings FBWC for $1 Million

'pwnasaurus' won the DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship for $1 million. While Northern Iowa was busy sinking half-court shots to advance in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, NBA players James Harden, CJ McCollum, and Patrick Beverley helped one player on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings win $1 million on Friday night.

DanMar 19th, 2016 0
David 'davidv1213' Vamplew Focusing on Results, Not Spotlights

David 'davidv1213' Vamplew, who just hit $2 million in cashes, values results instead of the spotlight, photo: Neil Stoddart Some players really embrace the spotlight. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are two who come to mind. Any poker TV show, any awards ceremony, any special event, any charity gala, they're there. But, the limelight isn't everyone's cup of tea.

DanMar 18th, 2016 1
Bahar 'bah22' Musa Navigating Poker and Life with a Young Family

Bahar 'bah22' Musa hit $2 million in career online winnings and has two kids under age four Having two kids under the age of four is not easy. At that age neither kid is self-sufficient and their needs are vastly different. When one poops in his diaper, the other dumps sand all over her new dress. And that's just a typical Monday.

DanMar 17th, 2016 6
888 New Jersey Launches Spring Fever Promo

Spring Fever is in the air at 888 New Jersey Wednesday's high in Atlantic City: 59 degrees. Thursday: 60. Spring is definitely in the air, and while it's not quite time to grab your sunscreen and surfboard, it's definitely time to play some online poker.

DanMar 16th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown Up Five Spots to #5

The top five of the PocketFives Rankings this week Sweden's 'C Darwin2' has a chokehold on the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings. He's been #1 since February 10, but there are several talented players nipping at his heels.

DanMar 16th, 2016 0
Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy: A Hearthstone Legend

Online poker pro Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy has obtained Legend status in Hearthstone. "I'll never stop enjoying it and learning new things about it." Those were Daniel Negreanu's comments to ESPN about an online card game called Hearthstone, one that several high-profile poker pros have begun playing.

DanMar 15th, 2016 1
DraftKings Running College Basketball Mania Survivor Series

Will Kansas carry someone to a DraftKings college basketball title' Starting Thursday, college basketball's big dance begins: the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Many people will feign illness on Thursday just to be able to watch the non-stop action. Over on DraftKings, plenty of drama will unfold for the series' first two weekends.

DanMar 13th, 2016 0
$2.6M in Refunds Coming for U.S. Full Tilt Players, Professionals

1,180 U.S. players and Professionals of the old Full Tilt Poker will be getting refunded soon More money from the old Full Tilt Poker, the one that fled the United States on Black Friday and was subsequently found to be insolvent, is headed to former United States-based players and pros.

DanMar 12th, 2016 2
Melanie 'Callisto 5' Weisner Pairs Poker with Pole Vaulting

Melanie 'Callisto 5' Weisner has started pole vaulting competitively In the olden days, the concept of pole vaulting came from people needing to traverse obstacles like creeks, marshes, and mud quickly and efficiently. Nowadays, it's a highly competitive Olympic sport whose champs include Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe and America's Jenn Suhr.

DanMar 12th, 2016 0
PocketFives Open Returns Sunday to 888 Poker - $2,000 Added

The PocketFives Open returns Sunday to 888 Poker On Sunday at 19:00 UK Time, the PocketFives Open for non-US players returns to 888 Poker. This is the first PocketFives Open since November and, this time around, there's $2,000 in added cash and prizes.

DanMar 11th, 2016 1
Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis Preaches Thinking Before Clicking

Latvia's Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis preaches thinking before you click in poker. There are countless factors that go into making one simple decision like whether to raise or fold at the poker table. Does your opponent's line make sense' What does your opponent think you have' Why did he take 10 seconds to act' How much should you bet' Why would you bet so much, Toto' Then you think to yourself, ...

DanMar 10th, 2016 3
Carson 'bustindanut' Barton Making His Mark on Poker, Lacrosse

Canada's Carson 'bustindanut' Barton is playing poker while trying to pursue professional lacrosse. Being passionate about two things doesn't always lead to being successful in both of those endeavors. Sure, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders found success playing both football and baseball, but that's the exception, not the rule.

DanMar 9th, 2016 3
PocketFives Rankings: 'DeathbyQuads' Up to #8

The top five of the rankings this week Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings and this week, another Swede played his way into the top 10. Debuting at #8, his highest ranking ever, 'DeathbyQuads' is the fifth player from Sweden in the top ten worldwide.

DanMar 9th, 2016 0
'One of a Kind' App Helps Manage Home Games

Start home games in minutes with the One of a Kind App You've been there before. Your friends come over for a home game. You crack open a few beers, put on the big game, and realize you have no idea how many chips to distribute, how long the blind levels should be, or what prizes should be awarded. All of that hassle is gone with the free One of a Kind App for iOS devices in the App Store.

DanMar 8th, 2016 0
Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis: Future Underwear Mogul?

Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis hopes his Big Stack Underwear line takes offl David Beckham has his own fragrance line. Kobe Bryant has his own line of sneaker. So does Michael Jordan. John Elway once sold five car dealerships for $80 million. Mike Ditka has a well-known chain of steakhouses.

DanMar 7th, 2016 1
Peter 'winwin07' Nigh Appreciating Life, Taking It All In

Peter 'winwin07' Nigh has an improved outlook on life Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. As Happy Gilmore once said, "Go to your happy place." Sometimes success in poker is all about taking a step back and appreciating life, no matter what challenges are thrown your way.

DanMar 6th, 2016 4
'Lena900' Goes Back-to-Back, Wins February PLB

Career stats for February's MPLB winner, 'lena900' Given that players from Sweden make up the top four worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, it should come as no surprise that a Swede won the February Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or MPLB. His name: 'lena900'. Not coincidentally, he won the MPLB in January as well.

DanMar 4th, 2016 0
Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman Climbs to #1 Ranking in Nevada

Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman is the new #1 ranked player in Nevada There's a new top dog in town in Nevada. After entering the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings for Nevada in the beginning of January, Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman is now the new #1 player in the state.

DanMar 3rd, 2016 2
New Digs, Fourth Triple Crown for Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill

Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game.

DanMar 3rd, 2016 6
PocketFives Rankings: Swedes Hold Top Four Spots

'eisenhower1' is one of four Swedes at the top of the PocketFives rankings Sweden is dominating the PocketFives Rankings. It's not like this is anything new, as Swedes are typically staples of the top 10. However, this week, Swedes hold down the top four spots worldwide.

DanMar 2nd, 2016 1
Mikael 'ChaoRen160' Thuritz Tops February High Stakes Winners

Mikael 'ChaoRen160' Thuritz was the biggest high stakes cash game winner in February Every chip has been counted, every session has been accounted for, and Mikael 'ChaoRen160' Thurtiz came out on top of the online high stakes cash games in February.

DanMar 1st, 2016 0
February Legislative Recap: All Eyes on California

Online poker took center stage in California in February California is the largest state in the US at 38.8 million people. If it were its own country, California would be the 35th largest in the world, sandwiched in between Sudan and Poland. In February, all eyes were on the Golden State's deliberate, contentious march towards legalized online poker.

DanMar 1st, 2016 1