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TCOOP: Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo Zooms His Way to Third Career Title

Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo has three career TCOOP titles after his win on Friday afternoon (PokerStars photo) For the second year in a row, and the third time in his career, Sweden’s Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo found himself as the last player standing in a PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker event on Friday. Day 3 of the 2017 TCOOP also saw the continuation of the Brazil vs. ...

LanceJan 21st, 2017 0
888poker Super XL Series: Renato Lezama Just Misses out on History

When 888poker put the most recent Super XL Series schedule together they included a special pair of tournament on Day 2 that had a mid-range buy-in with a decent guarantee and a little bit of a gimmick. The “Twins Events” were standard MTTs but they had a bonus designed to reward any players that did well in both events. Cash in both and a player gets a $160 Mini Main Event ticket. ...

LanceJan 21st, 2017 0
888poker Super XL Series: Chris Moorman Final Tables Opening Event

The 888poker Super XL Series got off to a flying start on Thursday with an online poker legend making his presence known and possibly the birth of another. Chris Moorman, an 888poker ambassador and online poker’s all-time leading tournament money winner, got straight to work by making the final table of the opening event.

LanceJan 20th, 2017 0
TCOOP: Sweden’s ‘Ector’ Takes Down Fat Thursday SE on Day 2

Sweden got on the TCOOP leaderboard on Thursday with two big wins For those that have closely followed the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings over the past year or so there are two countries that seem to stand out the most; Brazil and Sweden. Day 1 of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker featured a pair of wins for Brazil, Day 2 though saw Swedish players grab a pair of wins of their ...

LanceJan 20th, 2017 0
TCOOP: Renato Akio Kaneoya’s Event #1 Win Highlights Day 1 Action

Renato Akio Kaneoya took home the biggest win on the opening day of PokerStars' Turbo Championship of Online Poker (BSOP/PokerStars photo) Last May, Brazilian players made headlines by dominating the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and if the first two events of the 2017 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker are any indication, they just might do it again. Brazilian’s ...

LanceJan 19th, 2017 2
Chris Moorman Ready for 888poker Super XL Series

Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is ready to take on the world in the 888poker Super XL Series For the next 13 days 888poker is hosting their latest installment of the Super XL Series but this one is easily the biggest and best yet - just ask online poker's all-time leader in tournament earnings, Chris Moorman. “I'm excited that 888poker is pumping up the guarantees and putting more money into ...

LanceJan 18th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: 'lena900' Passes Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez for #1

For the first time since early October the name at the top of the PocketFives Rankings is not Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez For the first time in 14 weeks Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez wakes up as something other than the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. Gonzalez fell to #2 this week after Sweden’s ‘lena900’ put together one of the most impressive weeks in recent ...

LanceJan 18th, 2017 0
What We Learned: The PokerStars Championship Bahamas

The PokerStars Championship Bahamas had some highs and some lows (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart) In August 2016 PokerStars announced a massive change to their live offering that saw all of their tour operations rebranded under the PokerStars Live name. The European Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia-Pacific Poker Tour and other smaller, regional tours were now PokerStars Championship ...

LanceJan 17th, 2017 0
Hall of Famer Tom McEvoy Selling 1983 WSOP Main Event Bracelet

The bracelet Tom McEvoy won for winning the 1983 WSOP Main Event can be yours for just $13,500 For many poker historians, Tom McEvoy holds a special place in poker history. In 1983 the then 38-year-old became the first person to win the World Series of Poker Main Event after winning their way in via a satellite. Now he’s selling off the bracelet he earned for that victory and a number of ...

LanceJan 17th, 2017 2
Luc Greenwood Wins PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25K High Roller

Luc Greenwood outlasted a tough field in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,000 High Roller (PokerStars Photo) The final day of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas included the conclusion of two of the marquee events on the schedule. While Christian Harder and Cliff Josephy were headlining the Main Event final table, the $25,000 High Roller final table included some of the biggest ...

LanceJan 15th, 2017 0
Christian Harder Wins PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event

Christian Harder won the first ever PokerStars Championship event on Saturday, defeating Cliff Josephy heads-up to win PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PokerStars photo) Just 2.5 months ago Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy was at the final table of the WSOP Main Event with a player he once backed in the pre-Black Friday era of online poker. Josephy eventually finished eventually busted in third ...

LanceJan 15th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Continues Run at #1

Despite spending all week at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez held on to the top spot.(PokerStars photo) It’s been 14 weeks since somebody other than Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has held down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings. Gonzalez held on to the top spot this week despite the fact he played a full schedule at the ...

LanceJan 14th, 2017 0
Sergio Garcia's Passion for Poker Driven by Competitive Spirit

In just a few days Sergio Garcia will board his private jet and make the 10,605-mile flight from The Bahamas to Singapore to play in his first golf event of 2017, the SMBC Singapore Open. Until then though, he’s chilling out at Atlantis Resort, an annual tradition for the 37 year old, and he even found his way into the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event. Garcia, widely regarded as ...

LanceJan 12th, 2017 0
Swedes Dominate 2016 Yearly PocketFives Leaderboard, ’C Darwin2’ Wins

Swedish players took the top two spots on the 2016 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. In one of the closest races in Leaderboard races PocketFives history, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ won the PocketFives Yearly PLB, beating out ‘lena900’ by just 62.6 points. ‘C Darwin2’ finished the year with 19,198.31 PLB points - the fourth highest score for a winner. Over the course of 2016 ‘C ...

LanceJan 11th, 2017 0
Mike McDonald Makes ‘Bank of Timex’ a Reality with PokerShares.com

Mike 'Timex' McDonald is ready to let the world buy shares of poker players in tournament around the world. (PokerStars photo) A few years ago Mike McDonald felt that some players were getting out of hand with how they priced themselves when selling pieces. As a bit of a lark he launched a Twitter account under the name @BankofTimex and started offering his own pricing on some players in high ...

LanceJan 10th, 2017 0
New partypoker Live Tour Promises Multimillion Dollar Prize Pools

The Playground Poker Club will be the first venue to host a partypoker Live event when they bring the partypoker Million North America to Montreal in May. Partypoker is going on a world tour and giving poker players the chance to join them with the launch of partypoker Live. The new tour will be based around $5,300 buy-in main events with million dollar guarantees. The announcement comes in ...

LanceJan 10th, 2017 0
Sacheen Ramchandani Chasing Poker Dream from India to The Bahamas

Sacheen Ramchandani is ready to go on Day 1B of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart) It’s a little over 9,000 miles – or 14,000 kilometers – from Mumbai, India to the Atlantis Resort and Casino where the PokerStars Championship Bahamas is happening this week, but it’s a trip that Sacheen Ramchandani was more than happy to make. Ramchandani is one of ...

LanceJan 9th, 2017 1
Jason Koon Wins PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller

Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo) Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but ...

LanceJan 9th, 2017 1
SOMETIMES A FANTASY: Jason Mercier’s Extraordinary 2016

MIAMI 2017 When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and 2017 became real, Jason Mercier was at a Billy Joel concert in Miami, struggling to stay awake. While the Piano Man played all of his classic hits in front of a packed house, Mercier was closing the book on one of the most important and successful years of his life. In 2016, Mercier won a PokerStars Spring Championship of ...

LanceJan 8th, 2017 0
Dan Colman Looks Back at One Drop Win, 2016 WSOP Main Event Run

Dan Colman has a shot at another million dollar score in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller Just over two and a half years ago, Dan Colman stood on center stage at the World Series of Poker and posed in front of nearly $15 million in cash. Having won the second edition of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, Colman went from anonymous to poker famous with the literal ...

LanceJan 8th, 2017 1
Bahamas-Bound Poker Pros Make Last Flight Out of Fort Lauderdale

Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during Friday's shooting. (WPT photo) Just moments after a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, killing five people and injuring at least another eight, a handful of poker players were waiting to board their flight to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Championship ...

LanceJan 7th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: 'C Darwin2' Moves Up to #2, 'Progre69' Cracks Top 10

Fabrizio Gonzalez sits #1 for the thirteenth straight week - but he has a new threat closing in on him Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to hold on to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings but a familiar face has reappeared at #2. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' took over the #2 spot after a week that saw him record five cashes big enough to add to his PLB total, including the second biggest ...

LanceJan 4th, 2017 0
Jake Cody Vlog Set to Take Over PokerStars Championship Bahamas

For the last seven weeks Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody has been giving fans a chance to get to know him better through his vlog (PokerStars photo) When the PokerStars Championship Bahamas gets underway later this week you might see Jake Cody walking the hallways of the Atlantis Resort, talking to himself. While plenty of poker players walk away from a tournament muttering under their breath or ...

LanceJan 3rd, 2017 0
PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Five 'Must-Play' Events

The ballroom at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas will be packed with poker players soon (PokerStars photo) In just over a week the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas will begin welcoming some of poker's best as well as a number of players hoping to strike it rich. Only this year they won't be chasing down the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure title - thanks to the rebranding of ...

LanceDec 30th, 2016 0
RANKINGS: Fabrizio Gonzalez on Top, Conor Beresford Back in Top 10

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez remains the #1 ranked online poker player in the world for the 12th consecutive week. Even the best online poker players in the world took some time this past week to enjoy the holiday season and spend some time with family and friends rather than grinding away. That lead to a week with no changes at all in the top ten of the PocketFives Rankings with Fabrizio ...

LanceDec 29th, 2016 0
Wayne Gerichten Turns Freeroll Wins into Cash, PSL Bahamas Trip


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RANKINGS: Field Closing in on Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez

Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez saw his lead atop the PocketFives Rankings shrink this week. (SHRPO photo) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has now been the #1-ranked online poker player in the world but in the last week the two players right behind him, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov and 'C Darwin2', continue to move closer to the top spot. While Gonzalez and Dimitrov continue to hold down ...

LanceDec 23rd, 2016 0
RANKINGS: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez Set to Close out 2016 at #1

Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been #1 for nearly 11 straight weeks (SHRPO photo) It has been 75 days since Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world and he doesn’t appear ready to let go of that position any time soon despite a full host of world class players doing their best to take it from him. Gonzalez didn’t put in a lot of ...

LanceDec 17th, 2016 0
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Rides Hot Streak to November PLB Win

Fabrizio Gonzalez was the top online poker tournament player in the world in November (SHRPO photo) For the last nine weeks Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been the #1-ranked player on PocketFives. His rise to the top spot came mostly from his PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard win, but he hasn’t exactly been resting on that success. Nobody had a better ...

LanceDec 13th, 2016 2
WPT: James Romero Dominates Final Table to Win Five Diamond Classic

James Romero earned almost $2 million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron) The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel ...

LanceDec 11th, 2016 2
RANKINGS: Swedes ‘C Darwin2’ and ‘lena900; Making Push for Top Spot

Another week has gone by and Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to find himself as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t contenders out there doing their best to dethrone him. Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov continues to hold on to the #2 spot, but should he look in his rearview mirror he’ll find two hard charging Swedish grinders who have ...

LanceDec 7th, 2016 0
RANKINGS: Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Strengthens Hold on Top Spot

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez added over 1,000 points to his PLB total this week Just over 10 days ago one player had a dominating Sunday in the partypoker High Roller and Super High Roller, winning both for just over $75,000. That player, ‘DrMikee’, was relatively unknown, making the feat even more special. It turns out that ‘DrMikee’ is actually the #1-ranked player in the world, ...

LanceDec 1st, 2016 2
888 Poker Ambassador Chris Moorman Has a November to Remember

Chris Moorman won over $100,000 in November playing live events in the United States Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is easily the most decorated player in PocketFives history. He's the only player to earn more than $10,000,000 in lifetime online earnings and has more than $4,000,000 earnings than any other player. He's won the PocketFives Triple Crown a record 25 times and he's been the #1-ranked ...

LanceNov 29th, 2016 0
Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings Moving on From Pro Poker Career

Brian Hastings is going from poker pro to entrepreneur (SHRPO photo) Once one of the most feared nosebleed stakes online cash game players in the world, Brian Hastings says he is "moving on from poker as a full-time job." Hastings made the announcement in a wide-ranging blog post on his website on Sunday. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner touched on his battles with ...

LanceNov 28th, 2016 5
RANKINGS: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez Has Firm Grasp on #1

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has been #1 in the world for seven straight weeks There was very little movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings with Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez maintaining his hold on #1 for the seventh straight week. But Gonzalez didn't do it by sitting idly by, he went out and did what he could to hang on to top spot. Gonzalez recorded just seven cashes, ...

LanceNov 23rd, 2016 1
Investment Firm Denies Involvement with Baazov's Bid to Acquire Amaya

Former Amaya CEO David Baazov may soon find himself answering questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission David Baazov, the founder of Amaya and the man responsible for guiding the company's purchase of PokerStars from the Scheinberg family in 2014, has found himself at the center of another controversy as he attempts to take the company private.

LanceNov 23rd, 2016 0
WPT: Mike Sexton Wins partypoker.net WPT Montreal

Mike Sexton added some hardware to his World Poker Tour legacy on Thursday night in Montreal (WPT photo/Joe Giron) For nearly 15 years Mike Sexton has been the voice of World Poker Tour broadcasts. Thursday night in Montreal the Poker Hall of Famer was unable to be in the broadcast booth as he was busy adding his name to the WPT Champions Cup after overcoming Benny Chen heads-up to win the WPT ...

LanceNov 18th, 2016 4
RANKINGS: Top 10 Shakeup as Andras 'probirs' Nemeth Comes in at #4

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RANKINGS: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez On Top For Fifth Straight Week

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez seems pretty comfortable at the top of the PocketFives Rankings It might be harder to dislodge Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez from the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings than anybody imagined. The Uruguayan poker pro held onto the top spot this past week with only two cashes - and only one of them good enough to add to his lead. Gonzalez finished 109th in ...

LanceNov 9th, 2016 0
Team PokerStars Online's Kevin Martin Shining in New Reality

Kevin Martin went from reality TV to Team PokerStars Online in under a year. (PokerStars photo/Joe Giron) If you want to make Kevin Martin roll his eyes, just call him a Reality TV star. “I don't identify with that word at all. Especially, there's something with the American shows, they get a little bit of fame, but a Canadian reality TV star is even more of an asterisk,” said Martin, ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 4
Jason Acosta Wins PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event

Jason Acosta grabbed his biggest live score after taking down the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron) Jason Acosta qualified for the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event on not for $200, not for $109, not for $39 - but for 5,000 StarsCoins. Late Friday night in Atlantic City the 30-year-old from Little Ferry, NJ turned that small investment into a ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 2
PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey: A Tale of Two Qualifiers

Peter Smyth came all the way from England to play the PokerStars Festival New Jersey after winning an online qualifier (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron) Every time PokerStars hosts a live event, whether it’s the European Poker Tour, the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour or the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, there’s always a slew of players who have made their way to the tournament by qualifying ...

LanceNov 4th, 2016 0
Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott Continues Impressive Run Live and Online

Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott has NJCOOP in his rearview mirror as he chases down the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event title Earlier this week Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott, the #10-ranked online poker player in New Jersey, thought he had put the exclamation point on an impressive run of poker when he took down the first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event for ...

LanceNov 4th, 2016 4
Qui Nguyen Wins 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event

Qui Nguyen has 8 million reasons to smile after winning the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP Photo / Jayne Furman0 When the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began on Sunday night, nobody thought Qui Nguyen had a chance at overcoming a field that included two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a talented European poker pro, a former PokerStars SuperNova Elite and two young ...

LanceNov 2nd, 2016 3
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Show Continues as Final Table Down to 3

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LanceNov 1st, 2016 3
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Takes Massive Chip Lead with 5 Remaining

The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event has new chip leader with five left: Qui Nguyen (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) All eyes were on chip leaderCliff Josephy as the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table got underway in Las Vegas on Sunday night, but it took just one hand for another player to let it be known that this wasn't simply going to be a coronation for one of online poker's most ...

LanceOct 31st, 2016 4
Five Questions with November Niner Michael Ruane

Michael Ruane sits fifth in chips as the 2016 WSOP Main Event gets underway, but there's more to the New Jersey native than just poker (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you ...

LanceOct 28th, 2016 3
Moneymaker Excited for Inaugural PokerStars Festival New Jersey

Chris Moneymaker is one of the Team PokerStars Pros making their way to Atlantic City for the first ever Pokertars Festival New Jersey(PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart) For the last six years American poker players have watched as PokerStars-branded live events took place in countries around the world other than their own. Not since Black Friday, when the North American Poker Tour was in the ...

LanceOct 27th, 2016 0
RANKINGS: Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov Rockets to #2, ‘SixthSenSe19’ Still #1

Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales is the #1-ranked player in the world for the third straight week.(SHRPO photo) For the last three weeks Fabrizio ‘SixthSenS19’ Gonzalez has been sitting pretty atop the PocketFives Rankings and watched as the players below him were unable to mount much of challenge. That’s no longer the case. Gonzalez is still the #1-ranked player in the world, but ...

LanceOct 26th, 2016 0
Benger vs. Kassouf: Possibly the ‘Most Famous’ Hand in WSOP History

William Kassouf is interviewed by ESPN's Kara Scott just moments after being eliminated from the 2016 WSOP Main Event by Griffin Benger. “It’s going to be fucking famous,” said Griffin Benger, 2016 November Niner, former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, of the hand that saw him eliminate possibly the most talked about and maybe even most-disliked player of the 2016 World Series of Poker ...

LanceOct 24th, 2016 1
RANKINGS: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzales Holding Strong at #1

Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales seems to quite comfortable sitting at #1 (SHRPO photo) Just two weeks Uruguayan poker pro Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales took over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time and he doesn’t seem to be willing to let go of it any time soon. Gonzales maintained his hold on top spot this past week and has nearly a 1,000-point lead over his ...

LanceOct 21st, 2016 0
WPT: Sam Panzica Wins bestbet Bounty Scramble for $354,335

Sam Panzica won WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble for his third live win of 2016 (WPT photo / Joe Giron) Sam Panzica might not be allowed to play World Series of Poker events anymore, but he can now call himself a World Poker Tour champion. Panzica beat Richard Malone Jr. heads-up and survived a final table that included former WPT winners Noah Schwartz and Tyler Patterson to win the WPT bestbet ...

LanceOct 19th, 2016 3
Elton Tsang Wins Big One for One Drop, Third Largest Payout Ever

Elton Tsang now has another $12 million to his name after winning the 2016 Big One for One Drop (WSOP photo / Neil Stoddart) The biggest buy-in event in poker history was designed to be different than any other big buy-in event ever. The 2016 Big One for One Drop had a buy-in of €1,000,000 ($1.1 million US) and for the first time in the history of the event, no pros allowed, just rich ...

LanceOct 17th, 2016 0
Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

Carlos Mortensen

LanceOct 13th, 2016 1
RANKINGS: Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Takes Over #1 Spot

Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez's hot streak has propelled to the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings (SHRPO photo) You could say that things are going well right now for Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. A little less than three weeks ago he won a World Championship of Online Poker title, his second, after outlasting an elite field in the $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship. He ...

LanceOct 6th, 2016 2
WPT: Zachary Smiley Wins WPT Maryland Live for First Career Cash

Zachary Smiley has one career live cash - a World Poker Tour win (Joe Giron/WPT photo) At a final table that included current World Poker Tour Player of the Year frontrunner Benjamin Zamani, Season XIV breakout star Cate Hall and two-time WPT champion Darren Elias it was a relative unknown that was left standing on Wednesday night as WPT Maryland Live played down to a winner. Zachary Smiley, ...

LanceOct 6th, 2016 0
RANK & FILE: Five Former #1's Book WCOOP Wins, Holz Reigns Supreme

Just like he did at the 2016 World Series of Poker, Fedor Holz used on big score in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker to steal the show for former #1-ranked players (WPT photo) In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 51 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2016 World ...

LanceOct 2nd, 2016 1
RANKINGS: No Change at #1, but Patrick Leonard Makes Massive Move

The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner ...

LanceSep 30th, 2016 1
WCOOP: Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck Wins WCOOP Main Event, $1,500,000

Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck is the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champ It took three days to complete, but in the end Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck stood tall over the 2,090 other entries in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event and walked away with $1,517,541.25 for his efforts.

LanceSep 28th, 2016 1
WCOOP: Mike Watson Beats Ben Sulsky for Eight-Game Championship

Mike 'SirWatts' Watson added another WCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. (PokerStars photo) We’re at the stage of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker where the time remaining can reasonably be measured in hours, not day. With the end of the online series nearing, Mike Watson went to work on Sunday in adding another WCOOP title to his credit.

LanceSep 26th, 2016 0
WCOOP: Daniel Negreanu Beats Viktor Blom for HORSE Championship

Daniel Negreanu

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WCOOP: Patrick Leonard, Sean Winter Grab Six-Figure Wins

Patrick Leonard grabbed another WCOOP title on Friday (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart) Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard saw former #1-ranked players Shaun Deeb, ‘Eisenhower1’ and Dan Kelly winning 2016 World Championship of Online Poker titles and decided he wanted to join the club. He did just that on Friday afternoon, taking down Event #65, $700 Ultra Deep NLHE for $162,054.98. Leonard’s ...

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WPT: Jesse Sylvia Wins Borgata Poker Open, $821,811

Jesse Sylvia finally got the monkey off his back Friday night, winning his first ever live title (WPT Photo) When the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open began Friday afternoon, former World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia was the shortest stack at the table and seemed to have little hope of winning the title.

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RANKINGS: 'joaomathias' Bounces 'C Darwin2' From #1 Spot

'Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten retook the #1 spot this week for the first time since 2015 For 10 straight weeks Sweden's 'C Darwin2' held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings and fought off all of those who came calling for the crown. Well that streak is over now after Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten put together a solid enough week to climb all the way up from ...

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WCOOP: 'sousinha23', 'MITS 304', 'jorginho88' Win Titles on Day 18

The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker has most definitely hit the home stretch with just four days left of new events. Wednesday's action included three players winning WCOOP titles for the first time in their careers and a Championship final table that was loaded with star power.

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WCOOP: 'Azrarn' Beats James Obst for Limit Poker Championship

Three more players won WCOOP titles on Tuesday Day 17 of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker saw three more players walk away from as champions while a highly decorated online poker legend had to settle for a runner-up finish.

LanceSep 21st, 2016 0
WCOOP: Finland's '€urop€an' Wins Super Tuesday, $297,250

New Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden won his first WCOOP title on Wednesday. (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart) You know you've got the respect of other players at the final table when chop discussions start and you end up with an opportunity to walk away with more than first place was supposed to pay. That's exactly what happened to Finland's Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden late Wednesday night as he ...

LanceSep 15th, 2016 3
Rankings: ‘C Darwin2’ Still #1 with Fellow Swede ’lena900’ Up to #2

The one constant with the PocketFives Rankings the past 10 weeks has been the name at the top and the frequency at which the name in the #2 spot has changed. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ has been #1 since July 6 and since then a handful of players have occupied the spot right behind him. For the third week in a row the player sitting second has changed with another Swede, ‘lena900’, moving ...

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Sunday Majors: Urbanovich Grabs WCOOP win, Bonomo Gets Super-Sized

Dzmitry Urbanovich was one of the big names winning on Sunday (PokerStars photo) The 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Poker entered its second week with plenty of high stakes action including the start of the $102,000 Super High Roller event that played down to a final table. There were five WCOOP events that wrapped up on Sunday alongside the regular Sunday Majors action with some of the ...

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Chris Moneymaker Highlights 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Nominees

Chris Moneymaker is one of 10 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame (PokerStars photo) The list of players eligible for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016 include two former WSOP Main Event champions, a highly respected tournament director, five players with strong ties to the success of poker in their home country and the son of a current Hall of Famer who has dominated cash games in ...

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WCOOP: Shaun Deeb Wins Fourth WCOOP Title, Welcomes Second Child

Shaun Deeb was one of three WCOOP event winners on Thursday, but he got more than just another title and the prize money. (WPT photo). September 8, 2016 will probably go down as one of the strangest, if not most important, days in the life of Shaun Deeb. He began the day as one of five players left in the Event #12 of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and ended it as the second ...

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RANKINGS: 'C Darwin2' Stays #1, Holds Off Charging Brazilians

Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao might be on his way back to the #1 ranking. (PokerStars photo) For the ninth straight week Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is sitting on top of the PocketFives rankings but if he's not careful, he's going to find two guys named Joao passing him by soon. 'C Darwin2' had just eight cashes over the last seven days and none were big enough to add to his lead. His biggest score was ...

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WCOOP: Cameron 'ishter11' Couch Wins Star-Studded Marathon Event

Cameron 'ishter11' Couch highlighted the 2016 WCOOP Day 4 winners It took him four days, but Cameron 'ishter11' Couch won the first World Championship of Online Poker title of his career on Wednesday. Couch beat out a final table that included a former two-time European Poker Tour High Roller winner and a WSOP bracelet winner to win the $1,050 Marathon Event for a seven-figure score and one of ...

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Rankings: 'C Darwin2' Holds #1, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov Charging

How good are things going for 'C Darwin2', the #1 ranked online poker player in the world, right now' This past week he managed to hang on to the top spot in the PocketFives rankings despite not recording a single qualifying cash.

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ESPN Coverage of the 2016 WSOP Main Event Begins September 11

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EPT: €27 Online Qualifier Sebastian Malec Wins Barcelona Main Event


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888poker Bringing 888Live Festival to London this October

Eliot Hirn won the 888Live event in Innsbruck, Austria earlier this year For 10 days in October the city of London is going to be overrun by some of the smartest value-seeking poker players on the planet as 888poker brings the 888Live series to the English capital for the very first time. The Aspers Casino is hosting the 10-day festival beginning on October 13 with buy-ins ranging from £120 ...

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Rankings: 'C Darwin2' Still #1, Joao Simao Returns to Top 10

Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao found his way back into the top 10 this week (Danny Maxwell photo) Seven weeks ago 'C Darwin2' overtook Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao for the #1 spot on the PocketFives rankings and he hasn’t relinquished it since. The Swedish grinder added to his lead this week over Joao Mathias '‘joaomathias' Baumgarten, who also gave up ground to the rest of the field.

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PokerStars Going Global with PokerStars Live, Dropping EPT Brand

PokerStars has made major changes to its live tournament offering The European Poker Tour is going global and at the same time, ceasing to exist altogether. PokerStars announced sweeping changes to its live poker offering on Wednesday that sees the EPT-experience expanding beyond European borders with a new name: PokerStars Live.

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EPT: “Retired” Fedor Holz Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

Fedor Holz won his sixth title of 2016 taking down the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart) Just a month ago Fedor Holz, fresh off of winning the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career, told the world he was retiring from poker. He had already made plans to play the first European Poker Tour event of Season 13 in Barcelona, but after that he was ...

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World Poker Tour and FOX Sports Sign Five-Year Extension

The World Poker Tour, with Mike Sexton, Lynn Gilmartin and Vince van Patten will be on FOX Sports networks through Season XIX. Fans of the World Poker Tour are going to be happy to learn that FOX Sports and the tour have come to terms on a deal that will see FOX Sports continue to be the broadcast home of the WPT for the next five years. The extension means that FOX Sports will broadcast WPT ...

LanceAug 19th, 2016 3
Rankings: #1-Ranked ’C Darwin2’ Increases Lead Over Field

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' continues to hold court atop the PocketFives Rankings Just last week it appeared that Brazil’s top player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, was set to move into the top spot in the PocketFives rankings. It appears that ‘C Darwin2’ wanted no part of that narrative.

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Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier Highlight SHRPO “Big 4” Winners

Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bradley Snider and Ruslan Dykshteyn all took down SHRPO Big 4 events on Tuesday The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was 28 total events but on Tuesday the focus was on the “Big 4” as four final tables, packed with some of the best tournament players in the world, played down to four different winners including Jason Koon and Marvin Rettenmaier.

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Michael Phelps: "I Was Playing Pineapple" Before le Clos Showdown

Michael Phelps' 'game face' was all the rage at the Rio Olympics Michael Phelps’ Olympic career is now officially over and many are wondering if he may turn his attention to poker to fuel his competitive spirit. It seems he may have already done that - even during one of the most iconic moments of Rio games. In an interview with NBC TODAY Show’s Billy Bush, Phelps confessed that while ...

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Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Apparently Targeted for Home Robbery

Doyle Brunson could have been the victim of an armed robbery this week - but the criminals got the wrong house In a series of tweets on Friday afternoon, poker legend Doyle Brunson claimed that the Las Vegas Metro Police Department informed him of an armed robbery in his neighborhood and that he may have been the initial target of the robbers.

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Said El-Yousfi Wins WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship

Said El-Yousfi won the 2016 WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship Of the 126 players who made their way to Cherokee, North Carolina for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship, none came any further than Said El-Yousfi. And none went home any richer. El-Yousfi, who qualified for the GCC by winning the Casino Championship in Marrakech, Morocco in January, beat out the field to win the ...

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Chris Moorman to be Featured on Season 2 of 'Pokerography'

Chris Moorman highlights Season 2 of Poker Central's Pokerography. The true measure of whether or not a TV show is popular is whether or not the network decides to pick it up for a second season. That doesn’t explain why NBC never renewed Freaks and Geeks after its inaugural season, but thankfully that same fate isn’t following Pokerography to the one season graveyard.

LanceAug 9th, 2016 2
888 Poker Launches Micro Buy-In Summer ChampionChips Series

The 888 Poker Summer Championships runs August 14 - 21 You may or may not have noticed, but a rather major sporting event kicked off this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next weekend 888 Poker launches their own series of events and rather than gold medals, players will be chasing cash and points in the 888 Poker Summer ChampionChips. Consisting of 18 different events running August 14 - ...

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WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship Begins Tuesday

The best of the best from the WSOP Circuit are in Cherokee, NC for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. Later this week roughly 100 of the best players the WSOP Circuit has to offer will be in Cherokee, North Carolina for the $1,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. And they should have some company. The GCC, which replaced the WSOP Circuit National ...

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WPT: James ‘Mig.com’ Mackey Wins World Poker Tour Choctaw Title

James Mackey won his first World Poker Tour title in Choctaw, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy Joe Giron/WPT) Just over nine years ago James Mackey joined the rare group of 21-year-old players to win a WSOP bracelet. On Tuesday night in Choctaw, Oklahoma, he joined another exclusive group when he won the World Poker Tour Choctaw event, earning $666,758 in the process.

LanceAug 3rd, 2016 1
David Prociak Giving YouStake Backers a Second Shot at Big Payoff

A lot of YouStake investors passed on David Prociak's WSOP package. Oops. If you had been browsing on , the site that allows poker players to sell pieces of themselves in tournaments around the world, a little over eight weeks ago you would have seen a listing for a 2016 World Series of Poker package for David Prociak and you probably would have had one thought. Who the '#A*&%! is David ...

LanceJul 29th, 2016 0
Max Silver Begins Search for the Next Max Silver

Max Silver is looking for a couple of students hoping to get to the next level (EPT photo) Nearly seven years Max Silver wouldn't stop pestering Jason Somerville. The two had met through a SomethingAwful subforum and Silver was always asking Somerville questions, the most consistent being 'will you coach me''. Eventually Somerville agreed and started working with Silver.

LanceJul 28th, 2016 1
What We Learned: The 2016 World Series of Poker

It's hard to look back at the 2016 WSOP as anything but the Summer of Jason Mercier The 2016 World Series of Poker is a wrap. Okay, yes there’s still the matter of playing down the final table of the Main Event beginning in October, but 68 of the 69 bracelets have been awarded, the Amazon Room is devoid of any poker tables and poker players have scattered around the world to rebuild their ...

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Rank & File: Josephy and Benger Steal Show to Close out 2016 WSOP

Cliff Josephy is the 2016 November Nine chip leader. This was supposed to be the final installment of Rank & File for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It was supposed to show the final tally for how the former #1-ranked players on PocketFives did this summer but it turns out there’s going to be at least one more Rank & File needed after two members of this elite fraternity, Cliff ...

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WSOP: Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Headlines 2016 November Nine

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WSOP: Michael Ruane a Real Main Event Mystery - On Purpose


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Bob, Charlie and a Life-Changing WSOP Main Event Journey

Monday at the 2016 WSOP Main Event, 27 players will play down to just nine - the November Nine. And while those players are living out the fantasy of nearly every poker player alive, one man is leaving Las Vegas and the WSOP with a lifelong dream fulfilled and a truly enriched life because of it. Life-changing money. Life-changing fame. That’s why most of the 6,737 players made their way ...

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WSOP: Vojtech Ruzicka Surges to Main Event Day 6 Chip Lead

The eventual Main Event winner walks away with this special Main Event Champion bracelet. Czech poker pro Vojtech Ruzicka ended an abbreviated Day 6 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event with the chip lead after eliminating two players on two separate hands in the last few minutes of play. Ruzicka ended the day with 26,415,000 which puts him ahead of Michael Ruane and former ...

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WSOP: Jerry Wong Leading Main Event With Just 80 Left

Jerry Wong won a big hand late to take the Day 5 chip lead in the 2016 WSOP Main Event Jerry Wong took the chip lead late on Day 5 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event in a hand that eliminated Bryan Piccioli in 84th place. Wong ended up with 11,555,000 and heads into Day 6 with the lead and just 71 players between himself and a berth in the 2016 November Nine.

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WSOP: Griffin Benger Wasn’t Even Going to Play the Main Event

Griffin Benger is suddenly among the chip leaders of the WSOP Main Event. Griffin Benger, one of the most decorated players in PocketFives history, had no intentions of playing even a single event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He’d been in Malta working as one of two commentators for the Global Poker League and playing a little bit on online, mostly on Sunday.

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