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"I Really Liked That You Could Turn a Little Money Into a Lot of Money"

"I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark's Filurn (pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment.

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Apr 24th, 2014 0
PokerStars Enters California Online Poker Agreement with Card Clubs, Morongo

In breaking news, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has entered a formal agreement with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and three of the largest card clubs in California to supply online poker software and infrastructure when and if the industry is regulated in the state.

DanDan
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Apr 23rd, 2014 15
Who is LarsLuzak?

Off to a hot start in 2014 is PocketFives member LarsLuzak (pictured), who is known in the real world as Sami Kelopuro. This Finnish poker pro has a final table in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event and a win in the site's $250,000 Guaranteed already this year for a combined $134,000. Additionally, he has one of the largest cashes ever recorded by a PocketFiver. We'll have more on that to come.

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Apr 23rd, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: lilachaa Reaches Highest Position Ever

The PocketFives Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and, unlike last week, the top 10 worldwide remained relatively unchanged. Your #1 player in the world is still Anton VnilaVader Herrmann, who is one of four Swedes in the top seven of the Rankings and won the PokerStars Bigger $55 three days ago for $42,000 to solidify the top spot for the second straight week. Herrmann has about 300 PLB ...

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Apr 23rd, 2014 1
Blair Hinkle (blur5f6) First to Win Same WSOP Circuit Main Event 3 Times

History is being made across the live felts this week. On Sunday, Vicky Coren became the first two-time European Poker Tour Main Event champion after a win in San Remo. On Monday, one day later, PocketFiver Blair blur5f6 Hinkle (pictured) became the first person ever to win a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event three times at the same stop. Hinkle took down the Council Bluffs Main Event for ...

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Apr 22nd, 2014 8
PPA: "We Have Been Playing Defense Against the New Federal Bills"

We're four months into 2014, a year that has been a mixed bag on the legislative front. While a bill proposed by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) would lay the groundwork for regulated online poker in the US, bills from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would ban the game, including the legal markets in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, there has been little to no ...

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Apr 22nd, 2014 4
Patrik Antonius Up $1.3 Million in the Last Two Weeks

According to HighStakesDB, Finland's Patrik Antonius (pictured) has been on fire lately. In fact, Antonius, who plays as "FinddaGrind" on Full Tilt, is up $1.3 million in the last two weeks and a total of $773,000 in 2014.

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Apr 22nd, 2014 3
Vicky Coren-Mitchell Becomes First Two-Time EPT Champion

History was made over the weekend in San Remo, Italy, as Victoria Coren-Mitchell (pictured), a member of Team PokerStars Pro, became the first two-time European Poker Tour champion. Her reward was €476,100. Coren-Mitchell, who calls the United Kingdom home, formerly won the 16th EPT Main Event, which took place in London in 2006. This weekend, she took down the 98th EPT Main Event, which had a ...

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Apr 21st, 2014 7
"I'm Lucky Enough to Have Chris Moorman as a Friend"

Success in poker is partly about who you surround yourself with. For PocketFiver Jonas donut604 Mackoff (pictured), a solid core of poker minds helped push him to the top of the pack in a Full Tilt Poker $340 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry FTOPS event earlier this month for a solid $117,000. That score came on the heels of a chop in the PokerStars Super Tuesday.

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Apr 21st, 2014 4
PocketFives Open Returns Wednesday to Winamax, SISMIX Package Added

The PocketFives Open is back after a three-month hiatus. This week, we're headed to Winamax, which accepts players from the European Union. For the first time in a while, we're adding a live poker event package, a €950 trip to the SISMIX Main Event in Marrakech in May, which consists of the tournament's €550 buy-in and €400 to use for travel. So, mark your calendars: the PocketFives Open ...

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Apr 21st, 2014 0
"There's No Better Way to Enjoy Your Money"

Last month, Bernardo bedias Dias (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Million and boosted his bankroll by $233,000. It was the largest Sunday score for any PocketFiver that week and Dias defeated PokerStars player RudiTurbo heads-up in the 7,789-entrant field.

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Apr 20th, 2014 4
"It's My First Big Win Where I'm Really Proud of the Way I Played"

On the first weekend of April, Fedor Holz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as CrownUpGuy, took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for an even $75,000 after a heads-up chop. The tournament paid out nearly a half-million dollars and Holz, who calls Austria home, continued a tradition of an early morning breakfast after big poker wins. Let's check out what he had to say.

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Apr 19th, 2014 6
Heads-Up with FTOPS Main Event Champion firaldo

Last weekend, Scotland's Niall firaldo Farrell (pictured) struck gold in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event, coming away with the win for $236,000 following a three-way chop. The tournament, a $635 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry event, drew over 2,500 entrants, four of whom walked off with six-figures. We caught up with Farrell to break down his landmark score that has shot him up to #35 worldwide ...

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Apr 18th, 2014 9
"I Told Myself I Wasn't Shaving Until I Made $50K This Year"

On the last Sunday of March, Miguel kingmiguel3 King (pictured) took down the iPoker Network Sunday Special to the tune of $34,000. He beat a field of over 2,200 entrants in the $95 No Limit Hold'em tournament and, unfortunately for his facial hair, it was time for a shave. "I can shave now," King joked. "I told myself I wasn't shaving until I made $50,000 this year."

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Apr 18th, 2014 3
"I Learned a Lot From Spewing Away All That Money"

Orjan athilla Skommo (pictured) isn't the first PocketFives member we've interviewed who hit it big, lost most of it, and then built up a usable bankroll. In fact, that trend seems to be rather common. But, it's what you learn from the experience that defines you as a poker player.

DanDan
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Apr 17th, 2014 5
Next US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Coming By May 31

According to an update posted on the official Full Tilt Poker Claims website on Wednesday, the next round of US Full Tilt Poker refunds will be sent out by the end of May. About 1,000 people will get their money back this time around, over three years after Full Tilt vacated the US market on Black Friday.

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Apr 17th, 2014 1
Beat 900 Other Players? Not a Challenge!

Late last month, the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $90 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew a field of 893 players. Among them was PocketFiver Joldis moiadcosmin Cosmin (pictured), who waltzed to a $24,000 payday after claiming gold. He admitted, "This is the first time someone has wanted to interview me," which made us feel quite flattered.

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Apr 16th, 2014 7
2014 PokerStars SCOOP Schedule Released, $40 Million Guaranteed

On Wednesday, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, announced the schedule for the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP as it's more commonly called. The series will run from May 4 to May 18 and guarantee $40 million. View the schedule here.

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Apr 16th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: VnilaVader New #1 Player After Shakeup

There was a major shakeup this week atop the PocketFives Poker Rankings when the leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday. Let's start with last week's #1, Chris moorman1 Moorman, who slid to #5 with 7,225 PLB Points. It was, incredibly, Moorman's 21st stint at #1 and he remains within striking distance of the top spot, which Sweden's Anton VnilaVader Herrmann (pictured) now owns with 7,516 PLB ...

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Apr 16th, 2014 0
Brent Beckley: Absolute Poker's Transaction Coding "Wasn't About Being Shady"

In an article that appeared late last month on , Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley (pictured, image courtesy August Miller Photo) talked about the history of what was once one of the largest online poker rooms in the world. Then, Black Friday forced Absolute and its sister site, , out of the American market. Later, the rooms reportedly entered liquidation with no sign that players will ...

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Apr 15th, 2014 14
Winamax Awarding SISMIX Main Event Seat in PocketFives PLB Competition

In April, PocketFives and Winamax are teaming up for an exclusive PLB competition that's only open to players whose Winamax accounts were created through the links on PocketFives. The top prize this month is a €550 buy-in to Marrakech SISMIX Electro Poker Festival Main Event that takes place in May.

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Apr 15th, 2014 0
Check Out the New PocketFives Rail Feature

There's a brand new feature on PocketFives that launched today called Rail. Each member of PocketFives now has their own personal Rail to keep tabs poker-wise on anyone they'd like, similar to Twitter. To view your Rail, just click on the link that says "Rail" at the top of the site underneath the PocketFives logo. You must be logged in to see and use the new Rail feature.

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Apr 15th, 2014 5
Hank Mlekoday Wins PocketFives Main Event at Running Aces

On Sunday, the second and final day of the PocketFives Main Event at Running Aces played out. The capstone of a 13-day series, the $750 Main Event sported a field of 111 entrants and the top 12 finished in the money. In the end, a three-way chop saw Hank Mlekoday of Minneapolis (pictured) receive $18,802 and the crystal trophy.

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Apr 14th, 2014 0
Resolution Issued in Borgata Chipgate Scandal

It has been three long months, but we have a resolution in a tournament marred by fake chips at Borgata in Atlantic City. New Jersey gaming officials and Borgata announced on Monday that each of the final 27 players, who have watched the prize pool sit frozen since January, will receive $19,323. Read the ruling.

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Apr 14th, 2014 8
PokerStars, Full Tilt Downloadable Clients Unaffected by Heartbleed Bug

According to a statement posted on the sites' blog, the Heartbleed Bug did not affect PokerStars' or Full Tilt Poker's real money clients. The bug attacked an issue in OpenSSL, but according to PokerStars officials, "At no stage were our downloadable clients on either PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker vulnerable to this issue at any time. This applies to both desktop and mobile clients."

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Apr 14th, 2014 1
"I've Had No Greater Thrill Than Winning That $1 Tourney All Those Years Ago"

In recent weeks, Nick PureCash25 Rampone (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed after a heads-up chop for $47,000. He has had two tracked scores of over $100,000, but, according to our little chat, his most memorable in the money finish came in a $1 buy-in tournament nearly 10 years ago for $300. Here's what the member of the British Columbia poker community had to say.

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Apr 13th, 2014 9
Heads-Up with Two-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Davidi Kitai (legrouzin)

In mid-2012, Davidi Kitai (pictured), a Belgium native who is known on PocketFives as legrouzin, won the European Poker Tour's Main Event in Berlin for nearly a million bucks. In 2008, it was more of the same. That year, he took third in the EPT Barcelona feature tournament for $649,000. Kitai is a sponsored pro of Winamax, which accepts EU players, and you can sign up for Winamax here to be ...

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Apr 13th, 2014 0
PokerStars Celebrating Tournament #900 Million with Carnival of Tournaments

To celebrate the dealing of its 900 millionth online poker tournament, PokerStars, the largest site in the world, is bringing back its popular Carnival of Tournaments. The series last ran when the room was celebrating tournament #800 million and, this time around, the Carnival will feature $2 million in guaranteed prize money and giveaways.

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Apr 12th, 2014 2
No Hockey? Time to Play Poker!

How did you get started in poker' Did you find the game because of a friend' Did you randomly run across it on television' Did your family play around a kitchen table' For Roundelay (pictured), who calls Newfoundland, Canada home, the cancellation of the 2004-2005 NHL season was enough to steer him to the game we all love. We caught up with him after he final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Second ...

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Apr 12th, 2014 0
Borgata Sues Phil Ivey Over $9.6 Million Baccarat Win

According to and a variety of other outlets, the Borgata in Atlantic City has filed suit against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over a $9.6 million baccarat win that occurred two years ago. The site explained, "While playing,Ivey allegedly cheated by fixating on pattern flaws on the back of the cards, a technique commonly known as 'edge sorting,' according to the lawsuit."

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Apr 11th, 2014 16
Phil Hellmuth Has Given Away 11 of His 13 WSOP Bracelets

According to a series of Tweets from Phil Hellmuth (pictured), the poker pro has given away 11 of his 13 World Series of Poker bracelets, mostly to family members. Hellmuth has the most number of WSOP bracelets of anyone, leading Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson by three. He has amassed $12.2 million in cereer WSOP cashes, the most of anyone not named Antonio Esfandiari.

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Apr 11th, 2014 10
PPA Takes a Stand, Calls Chaffetz/Graham Legislation "Misguided"

On Thursday, the Poker Players Alliance, the primary lobbying voice for poker players in the US, called legislation from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) "misguided" and launched a national call to action campaign to encourage Americans to fight back. The organization has launched a detailed, informative web page allowing players to e-mail, meet, and call their ...

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Apr 11th, 2014 2
Chatting with BillyChat: "Fingers Crossed I'll Be Lifting a Trophy Very Soon"

We think Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) might have one of the most-fun-to-say names on PocketFives. Just try saying it five times fast. The Londoner came out on top in the Ongame ChampionChip last month for $13,000 and, given he's approaching $2 million in tracked scores, we figured it was time to catch up.

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Apr 10th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Christina Lindley (lindeyloo22)

In February, Nevada's Christina lindeyloo22 Lindley (pictured) brought home the win in a Venetian Deep Stack event for $71,000, defeating a field of 317 entrants. That score came just a few months after a final table in a World Poker Tour event in Paris, a score that was worth $112,000. We caught up with her to gab about the World Series of Poker Main Event and her life away from the game. Visit ...

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Apr 10th, 2014 5
"I Believe Poland Can Be One of the Best Poker Nations in the World"

On the last day of March, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed featured a final table that included four members ranked in the top 500 on PocketFives. Among them was Poland's danking, who drove to a first place finish, bringing home a payday of $28,000. There were over 1,100 entrants and danking has risen all the way to #5 in his home nation. We caught up with the Podkarpackie resident to talk ...

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Apr 9th, 2014 2
Main Event Starts Friday at PocketFives Running Aces Live Series

If you're looking for some live poker this weekend, then check out the Main Event of the PocketFives live series going on at Running Aces in Columbus, Minnesota. On Friday, the first of two Day 1s in the $750 buy-in Main Event will take place starting at 5:00pm local time. On Saturday, Day 1B will occur starting at 2:00pm and the fields will combine to determine a winner on Day 2 on Sunday at ...

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Apr 9th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: moorman1 Back on Top

For the 13th time, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) is on top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. When the leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday, Moorman rose one spot from #2 tto #1 and was last ranked atop the pack in mid-March. Did we mention that the Brit is fresh off winning the World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic last month for $1 million' Must be nice!

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Apr 9th, 2014 0
"My Advice to Regs: Never Work on Your Game. You Just Have Bad Luck!"

You have to love the advice that GoGooseGo (pictured), whose goes by Paul, gave to his fellow regs on PocketFives: "Never work on your game. You just have bad luck!" All kidding aside, Paul final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last month, cashing for $23,000 following a fourth place finish. He is on the cusp of breaking $900,000 in tracked scores.

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Apr 8th, 2014 0
"It's From the Film Rain Man. I Was Always Good with Numbers."

Last month, the PokerStars Micro Millions Main Event played out on the world's largest online poker site. The $22 buy-in tournament attracted a ridiculous field of over 63,000 entrants and, when it finally concluded, PocketFiver Raphael Jude RainmanRJA Augustin (pictured) came away with the win following a heads-up chop and ran off with $78,000, or nearly 3,600 times his buy-in.

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Apr 7th, 2014 1
WPT Championship Moves to Atlantic City This Month, $5 Million Guaranteed

The end-of-season World Poker Tour Championship is on the move. This year, the tournament will move across the United States from its old digs at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City. The action begins on April 21 and features the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP, running alongside it, giving players the chance to battle offline and online. Sign up for ...

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Apr 7th, 2014 0
Bounties, Bounties Everywhere at PocketFives Running Aces Live Event

Pictured here is the bounty package that was up for grabs on Saturday night at PocketFives' live event at Running Aces Harness Park outside of Minneapolis Minnesota. The special $300 Pro Bounty generated a field of 66 players and coughed up a top prize of $6,300.

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Apr 6th, 2014 0
Online Poker Sites in Nevada Have Generated $8.5 Million in Revenue

According to iGaming Business and other reports, the regulated online poker sites in Nevada have amassed $8.5 million in revenue since their inception. Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in Nevada, launched on the last day of April 2013, nearly one year ago. Last September, joined in the party, and in February, Real Gaming, which is affiliated with South Point, came online in ...

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Apr 6th, 2014 2
"I've Been Living Out of a Suitcase for the Last Year and a Half"

Poker players inherently travel quite a bit. With live events sprawled throughout the world and online regulations being different in each country, professional players can live quite a nomadic lifestyle. Take Bret vertigo007 Gross (pictured), for example, who has traveled across half of the continents in the world in the last two years playing poker. We caught up with him after he won the 888 ...

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Apr 5th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with Ludovic Lacay (Cutsss)

A longtime member of PocketFives, Ludovic Cutsss Lacay (pictured) is a sponsored pro of Winamax, which accepts players from across the European Union. Lacay has $3.2 million in live cashes under his belt, according to the Hendon Mob, including a win in the EPT San Remo Main Event in 2012 for nearly a million bucks. The acclaimed poker pro sat down with PocketFives to talk about his career and ...

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Apr 5th, 2014 1
Second Round of US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Totals $5 Million

According to a message posted on the official Full Tilt Poker claims website, the second round of payments issued to former US Full Tilt players totaled $5 million. The distributions were made on April 1 and Garden City Group, the appointed claims administrator in the case, sent 2,200 of them for an average of $2,272 each.

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Apr 4th, 2014 3
Florida Governor Rick Scott Supports Internet Gambling Ban

According to a statement posted on his Twitter feed, Rick Scott (pictured), the Governor of Florida, says he supports a ban on internet gambling in Florida and at the Federal level in the United States. Scott Tweeted, "Although a national ban would be a better approach, I support a ban on internet gaming in Florida."

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Apr 4th, 2014 6
Lottery Association: US Gambling "Should Be Left Up to States"

A letter from the Executive Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, David Gale (pictured), has outlined the organization's stance on internet gambling and online poker in the United States. The letter, dated March 31, was sent to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has authored a bill to restore the Wire Act of 1961 and ban internet gambling in the United ...

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Apr 3rd, 2014 1
High Stakes Poker: ragen70 Up $1.4 Million in Three Days

April has been mighty kind to ragen70, whose real name is Niklas Heinecker (pictured). He earned $514,000 at the Full Tilt Poker Triple Draw tables on Wednesday to bring his three-day haul to an impressive $1.4 million, according to HighStakesDB. And it's not like Heinecker is facing off against the peons of the poker world either. In fact, he has been battling some of the game's top minds.

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Apr 3rd, 2014 0
Winamax Series IX Coming April 6 with €5 Million Guaranteed

Starting on April 6 is the ninth Winamax Series. This time around, 69 events will comprise the Winamax Series IX schedule, starting with a whopping eight events on April 6. Highlights of the first day include a €50 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Two-Day Event that will crown its champion on April 7 as well as a €300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Two-Day Event that guarantees €175,000. The final ...

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Apr 3rd, 2014 0
PocketFives Live Event at Running Aces Kicks Off, Tony Lazar Wins Event #1

Tuesday marked the start of PocketFives' first live poker festival. The site: Running Aces Harness Park outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twenty-six events are on tap in total, including a special $300 Pro Bounty this weekend and a $750 Main Event that starts on April 11. View the schedule.

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Apr 2nd, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: Hooray for huiiiiiiiiii

It was a good week to be Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured), who shot up 12 spots to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. The top-ranked player in Austria, huiiiiiiiiii earned $11,000 after a runner-up finish in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars on Sunday. Two days prior, he hit the jackpot in a WCOOP Challenge $215 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, officially taking home ...

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Apr 2nd, 2014 1
"To Beat Poker, You Have to Be Poker"

Here's a new adage for you: "To beat poker, you have to be poker." We'll tell you why we care about that phrase in the first place in a little bit, but in the meantime, we'll say that Andy andyh26 Holman took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm last month for a commanding $36,000 after a three-way deal.

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Apr 1st, 2014 1
Victims in Borgata Tournament Marred By Fake Chips Still Awaiting Resolution

To start off 2014, the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open was canceled when 27 players remained after officials found "a significant number of counterfeit chips." The tournament carried a healthy $2 million guarantee and first place was scheduled to make $372,000. Two months later, its remaining participants are anxiously awaiting a resolution.

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Mar 31st, 2014 1
New York Online Poker Bill Introduced, PPA Calls It "A Great First Step"

New York could soon be hopping into the online poker scene, as a bill to legalize and regulate the game was introduced in the state's Senate in recent days. It's numbered S 6913 and allows "Omaha Hold'em and Texas Hold'em poker as well as any other poker game that the Commission determines is the material equivalent of either of those, whether in a cash game or tournament." Read the legislation ...

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Mar 31st, 2014 5
"Obviously I Need to Cooler the Heck Out of People at the Final Table"

Two weeks ago, Mexico's Dan Eich64 Eichhorn (pictured) drove to a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a blistering $78,000 and he nearly defeated a sizable field of over 3,300 entrants. Eichhorn is up to $613,000 in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile from over 2,000 in the money finishes.

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Mar 30th, 2014 4
Don't Just Sit There! TryToExploit

One of the largest cashes by any PocketFiver recently went to Jose Carlos Garcia (pictured), who is known on our site as TryToExploit. His victory came in the PokerStars Sunday Million after a heads-up chop and was worth a swashbuckling $230,000. The Million that week was gigantic, with well over 9,000 entrants and a prize pool that passed $1.8 million.

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Mar 29th, 2014 2
Marvin Rettenmaier on a Poker Shot Clock: It's Impossible to Implement

The concept of a shot clock in poker, in which a person would have only a limited amount of time to act, has taken off recently. The World Poker Tour, for example, surveyed its clientele, who voted 80-20 in favor of implementing a maximum amount of time to act. That spurred World Series of Poker officials to comment that we might see a shot clock on the Circuit this year.

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Mar 28th, 2014 12
"There is No Better Game in the World for Me than Poker"

A recent running of the Winamax High Roller, a €300 buy-in tournament, saw Austria's Josip Jozinho6 Simunic (pictured) come away with the win and earn $20,000. He blasted through the 200-player field and told us, "I feel great. I have been running well online and live the last few moths, so I feel very confident and happy." He was one of two PocketFivers to crack the final table of the Winamax ...

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Mar 28th, 2014 2
From Five Big Blinds to a Third 888 Sunday Challenge Win

The classic poker cliché "a chip and a chair" runs pretty true for Edmonton's aznxray (pictured), who stormed to a win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge despite being down to just five big blinds when four players remained. It was his third Sunday Challenge win all-time, which is pretty impressive considering the tournament drew 1,000 players on that fateful day.

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Mar 27th, 2014 2
US Banning Internet Gambling is "Ludicrous and Downright Foolish"

On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States sans horse racing, which was given a carve-out. Among those groups weighing in on the bills is the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, or SSIGI. Needless to say, the organization was floored about the legislation, which follows the ...

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Mar 27th, 2014 11
Heads-Up with 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada (jcada99)

Last weekend, Joe jcada99 Cada (pictured), who won the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, added to his bankroll by taking down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $42,000. The field numbered over 1,000 entrants and Cada defeated fellow online and live pro Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee heads-up. The Michigan native who plays online poker across the bridge in Windsor, Canada has undergone vast changes ...

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Mar 26th, 2014 4
PPA: Internet Gambling Bills Would Shut Down Regulated Sites in NJ, NV, DE

According to Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas, the draft bills circulating from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban online gambling in the US would also put an end to the existing regulated sites in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, compromises could be made as the bills, which were dropped on Wednesday, are advanced ...

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Mar 26th, 2014 12
PocketFives Rankings Update: Flush_Entity Leaps to #4 Worldwide

The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday, with Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) making a major splash. The former #1 player in our Rankings, last seen at the top in mid-2012, Benger moved up from #14 worldwide to #4 and is 700 points off the pole position.

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Mar 26th, 2014 0
Next Up for US Full Tilt Poker Refunds: Players with Minor Banking Errors

It's almost the three-year anniversary of Black Friday and, seemingly just in time, more US players are reportedly in line to receive their Full Tilt Poker refunds. This time around, according to the Vice President of Player Relations for the Poker Players Alliance Rich TheEngineer Muny, players with minor banking errors that are now corrected will be paid out. The time frame: around the end of ...

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Mar 25th, 2014 2
Two-Time March Triple Crown Winner and New Delicatessen Owner

It has been a huge month of March for Austria's 23NoraB (pictured), who has won two PocketFives Triple Crowns so far well over 1,500 PLB Points combined. He has won four Triple Crowns in total, one-fifth of the haul for his home nation. We caught up with 23NoraB to talk about his recent run and his new delicatessen in Panama City, Panama.

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Mar 25th, 2014 3
"I Really Want to Establish Myself at the Highest Stakes Online"

Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStars Big $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and ...

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Mar 24th, 2014 2
Nevada, Delaware Shared Poker Liquidity Could Come Summer 2014

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, shared online poker liquidity between Nevada and Delaware could come as early as this summer. The revelation came during iGaming North America, a major industry conference in Las Vegas. The pact between Nevada and Delaware was announced in February and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (pictured) remarked that its "platform" was still being created.

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Mar 23rd, 2014 3
"Then Someone Told Me About a Magical Site Called PokerStars"

Winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up earlier this month was bittersweet for Feng Zhao, who is known on PocketFives as valkyri3. On the one hand, he earned $117,000 as a result of a heads-up chop, the largest amount given away. On the other hand, he warned PocketFives of a potential Black Friday of sorts coming to his home nation of Singapore. His big cash comes on the heels of a TCOOP final ...

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Mar 22nd, 2014 1
"Squash – Now That's a Niche Sport"

In recent days, Paul Vas Nunes (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pvas2, was part of a five-way chop of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and earned $29,000. The online poker player from the UK took down his fourth Sunday Major in the process, a pretty impressive accomplishment, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking about his latest score. Oh yeah, we got to talk a little ...

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Mar 21st, 2014 4
US Poker Tax Issues: Reporting Gambling Income, Important Deadlines

It's once again time to pick the brain of Kondler and Associates, CPAs President and Owner Ray Kondler (pictured), whose firm specializes in part in poker taxes. We're just a couple of weeks away from the all-important April 15 tax deadline in the US and, given that many Americans have just received refunds from Full Tilt, there are plenty of tax-related questions flying around. With that in ...

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Mar 21st, 2014 3
Ivey, Esfandiari, Mercier, Galfond Confirmed for WSOP Big One for One Drop

We're three months away from the second-ever running of the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop, a charity tournament with a hefty $1 million buy-in that last took place in 2012. The steep price tag certainly hasn't stopped people from signing up in droves, as 23 poker players, businessmen, and qualifiers have already confirmed their attendance:

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Mar 19th, 2014 18
Full Tilt Launches Flipout Tournaments

Brand new to Full Tilt Poker are Flipout Tournaments, which consist of two rounds. In the first, players go all-in automatically on every hand, with one player per table progressing to the second round. Anyone who reaches the second round of a Flipout Tournament will already be in the money and get a piece of the prize pool. A standard betting structure exists in the second round, which means ...

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Mar 19th, 2014 5
PocketFives Rankings Update: rounder63, overthetop43 Vault into Top 10

We had two new entries into the top 10 of the PocketFives Poker Player Rankings this week. In fact, both came from the 20s in a very impressive showing. We'll start with Costa Rica's Nicholas rounder63 Carrillo (pictured), who moved up from #20 to #5, his highest slotting ever. He has a healthy $4.4 million in tracked scores.

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Mar 19th, 2014 12
PokerStars Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed in Illinois

According to a press release from the Ifrah law firm, a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois by Kelly Sonnenberg has been dismissed. The release detailed, "Sonnenberg sought to recover gambling losses of PokerStars' Illinois players under the Illinois Loss Recovery Act, which allows individuals to collect losses on behalf of third parties, provided those third parties fail to make their own ...

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Mar 18th, 2014 1
High Stakes Poker: Isildur1 Wins $1.6 Million Over the Weekend

It was a pretty blockbuster weekend for Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured), who was up $1.6 million after a roller coaster of a year so far at the high-stakes tables. As outlined by HighStakesDB, "He went from being on top of the heap with $2.1 million in winnings halfway through February to down over $600,000 on the year come Saturday morning. However, in the last 36 hours, the Full Tilt Pro has ...

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Mar 18th, 2014 9
"I Have an Injured Shoulder and I'm Eight-Tabling"

It was a rough day for longtime PocketFiver Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured), whose shoulder was injured when we talked to him. Oh, and he was also eight-tabling and typing responses to our questions. The veritable Houdini was fresh off winning the Full Tilt Poker $1K Saturday nine days ago for $24,000. It had been a while since we caught up with Flowers, so we reached out for reaction ...

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Mar 17th, 2014 1
Phil Galfond Up $400,000 Since Thursday

We've written quite a bit about the results of high-stakes online poker games here on PocketFives in recent weeks. On Saturday, the news continued, as HighStakesDB revealed that Phil Galfond (pictured), better known as OMGClayAiken online, was up $400,000 in a two-day span.

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Mar 16th, 2014 3
"Maybe I'll Do Something Boring Like Buy a House"

Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured), who is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, has had one heck of a run over the last three weeks. On February 23, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $94,000, the largest amount given away, and final tabled the Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million one week later for another $110,000. On March 15, he won the site's $100 Rebuy for $13,000. Those ...

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Mar 16th, 2014 0
Mike Leah: "So Absurd. Just Won My Second WSOPC Ring of the Day."

It's not every day that a player known in part for his online chops takes down two World Series of Poker Circuit rings in 24 hours, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) on Friday. The scene of the crime: The Bike in Southern California.

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Mar 15th, 2014 9
"When I Started Playing, It Was a Dream to Have a Site Write About Me"

Yes, PocketFives makes dreams come true. The title of this article was actually the response from Belarus' Kiryl Crazymoron Radzivonau (pictured) when asked why he picked the screen name "Crazymoron" in the first place. He doesn't look so crazy anymore. We caught up with Radzivonau after he chopped the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl heads-up earlier this month and walked away with $41,000, the largest ...

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Mar 15th, 2014 1
taktloss Battles Gus Hansen in 12-Hour Triple Draw Session

Earlier this week, PocketFives published an article about Dan Cates being up $1.5 million in Triple Draw in a two-week span. The Triple Draw games on Full Tilt Poker have been in full swing recently and included a 12-hour marathon session between Sebastian taktloss Ruthenberg and Gus Hansen (pictured) on Thursday.

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Mar 14th, 2014 0
"Last Week, I Got Randomly Attacked at a Bar"

When we start interviews, we're never really sure where they're going to go. Most of the time, we talk with players on Skype or over the phone and recently caught up with 88XIN88, who calls Calgary home. When we did, he relayed a story about getting "randomly attacked at a bar." This was definitely a first for us.

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Mar 14th, 2014 9
New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Guaranteeing $600,000

It's springtime in New Jersey. With the changing of the season will come a massive $600,000 guaranteed series on Borgata Poker and PartyPoker called the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP. The action begins on April 19 and wraps up eight days later with a gigantic $200 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event on April 27. The winner of the Main Event will take home at least $50,000.

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Mar 13th, 2014 3
Michael Mizrachi Talks Poker Shot Clock, Borgata Chips, Online Dealer School

Michael Mizrachi (pictured) is #8 on poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, and launched a first-of-its-kind online dealer training academy this week that is available at . The three-time bracelet winner sat down with PocketFives to gab about the incident involving fake tournament chips at Borgata, the concept of a shot clock in poker, and launching his online academy.

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Mar 13th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: New #1 For Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, we have a new #1 player atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, which are recalculated every Wednesday. This time, it's Sweden's Sheater, who was last ranked #1 in January. This is Sheater's second stint at #1, a spot no player has held for more than four weeks since the middle of last year.

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Mar 12th, 2014 1
"I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Tournament Poker"

Last month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won his third PocketFives Triple Crown. He took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each on three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days and made over $25,000 in the process.

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Mar 11th, 2014 5
"This is Why We Grind Every Day: To Win Big MTTs"

Last month, Nohaymiedo (pictured), who calls the Dominican Republic home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and earned $71,000, the second largest amount given away. He is $25,000 away from receiving his $500,000 cash badge here on PocketFives and is the top dog in his home country. Any time we can get a word with someone from the Dominican Republic, we jump at it!

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Mar 10th, 2014 1
Sunday 500 Final Tables in Back-to-Back Months = therealfuddebuf

Denmark's therealfuddebuf, known in the real world as Mikael Hansen (pictured), turned in quite an impressive feat last November and December, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for well over $80,000 officially. He is one of a handful of players from Denmark we've interviewed lately, so is Denmark the new hotbed for poker' We sat down with Hansen, who has one of the coolest ...

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Mar 10th, 2014 1
PocketFives Hosting 13-Day Live Poker Series at Running Aces

In December, PocketFives hosted a $335 buy-in tournament at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota (pictured). The tournament, which had two starting days and garnered quite a bit of interest among locals and the PocketFives community, ultimately pulled in 329 entrants and shelled out a first place prize of $26,000. As PocketFives Live Event guru Chris Fox Wallace put it, "That's a ...

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Mar 10th, 2014 2
"I Decided Going to College Was a Good Bet. It Turns Out it Was."

The top-ranked online poker player in Dorset, England is Ninemil, better known in the real world as Clayton Hamm (pictured). He stormed to the top of the leaderboard of the Winamax High Roller last month and bagged $19,000, helping push his career online cash total to over $1.2 million. We caught up with Hamm, who is known on Full Tilt Poker as ScrillaGorila.

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Mar 9th, 2014 8
WSOP Circuit May Test Shot Clock

Last week, PocketFives published an article about players on the World Poker Tour voting 80-20 in favor of a shot clock for decisions. The overwhelmingly slanted vote resulted in WPT ambassador Mike Sexton remarking, "I'm guessing/hoping you'll see some type of 'shot clock' incorporated by the WPT for Season XIII." The momentum for a shot clock has now spilled over to the World Series of Poker, ...

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Mar 9th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player lvkid7

In the Sunday $10K Guaranteed on Ultimate Poker in recent weeks, PocketFives' own Aaron lvkid7 Bass banked $2,900 for finishing first out of 84 players. Bass is a regular contributor to PocketFives' Nevada poker community and so we wanted to get the inside scoop on the first regulated online poker market in the US and one of its frequent players.

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Mar 8th, 2014 0
Two Weeks, Seven Wins, One Triple Crown

February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort.

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Mar 8th, 2014 4
Chris Moorman (moorman1) Wins WPT LAPC for $1 Million

It has been a monumental week for England's Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), and that's probably an understatement. He started off March by becoming the first PocketFiver ever to earn four Monthly PLB titles, blowing away the competition in February by over 800 points, one of the widest margins ever. On Wednesday, he ascended back to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his 12th ...

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Mar 7th, 2014 25
"When Coming up With a Screen Name, I Figured I'd Use Some Type of Fruit"

We love seemingly random stories about how PocketFivers came up with their user names. For Toronto's melontown, a friendship with another PocketFiver was to blame: "My very good friend bananazoo was the original person who got me interested in poker, so when coming up with a screen name, I figured I might as well use some type of fruit." And so it began.

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Mar 6th, 2014 0
Heads-Up with #3 Ranked Sheater

Sweden continued its attack on the upper reaches of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, claiming three of the top four spots worldwide. Holding down the fort at #3 worldwide and #2 in Sweden is Sheater, who took down the Winamax Grand Tournament over the weekend, a $1,311 buy-in tournament, for a cool $45,000.

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Mar 6th, 2014 0
PocketFives Rankings Update: moorman1 New #1, Also in Final 18 of WPT LAPC

What a week for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history. The same week he became the first PocketFiver ever to win four Monthly PLB titles, Moorman reached the top of our Online Poker Rankings with 7,712 Points, four points ahead of second place. If that weren't enough, he is also third in chips entering the final table play down day at the World Poker ...

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Mar 5th, 2014 6
Mad Month Underway at 888 Poker in New Jersey

It's a mad month at 888 Poker in New Jersey, one of the state's legal and regulated online poker sites. Playing on the big college basketball tournament that's about to take place, 888 Poker is holding a Mad Month promotion that includes a big $88,888 Grand Final and plenty of $8,888 freerolls. Get started here.

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Mar 5th, 2014 0
Borgata Poker, PartyPoker Counting Down to 30 Million Hands in New Jersey

The countdown to 30 million hands is on at Borgata Poker and PartyPoker in New Jersey, which share the same network. The promotion starts with the 25 millionth hand dealt and ends at the big three-zero, with milestone hands taking place at #25 million, 26 million, 27 million, 28 million, 29 million, and every 100,000 hands until 30 million. Sign up for Borgata Poker and sign up for PartyPoker.

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Mar 4th, 2014 3
Total Domination: moorman1 Becomes First 4-Time Monthly PLB Winner

February was a monster month for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured, right), the most acclaimed PocketFiver in history. Moorman recorded a lofty 203 cashes in online MTTs for nearly $300,000 total during the stanza, an average of about $1,400 each. As a result, Moorman blew away the competition in the February Monthly PLB race, winning by over 800 points, one of the largest margins of victory we ...

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Mar 4th, 2014 0