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WSOP Staking Could Be in Danger

The Nevada State Senate has proposed a bill, which, if passed, would make taking a piece of action of another player, or staking, within the state's borders a felony.

wackyJaxonwackyJaxon
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Jan 24th, 2015 54
Vicky Coren Quits PokerStars for Site's Promotion of Casino Games

UK poker player and media personality Vicky Coren (pictured) has announced that she will no longer represent PokerStars due to the company's decision to offer casino games alongside its online poker product.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 27th, 2014 39
Dan Colman Calls Phil Hellmuth "Spineless" and a "Cancer"

In a thread discussing Phil Hellmuth’s appearance on a podcast hosted by Rounders writer Brian Koppelman, 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman (pictured) had some unexpectedly harsh words for the so-called Poker Brat.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 16th, 2014 37
Dan Colman: Poker is a "Distraction," We Should Stop "Idolizing" Players

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 13th, 2014 33
PokerStars Announces Major Rake, Promotional Changes

PokerStars announced new promotional and rake changes effective in November and the beginning of 2015. These changes could lighten the wallets of just about every PokerStars customer via a reduction in benefits and increased rake across the board for cash games, sit and gos, and tournaments.

wackyJaxonwackyJaxon
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Oct 30th, 2014 32
Spin and Gos Eroding PokerStars' Cash Game Traffic

The secret is out: Lottery Sit and Gos are popular. They caught on quickly when they were introduced by Winamax in July 2013, again when they were launched by iPoker earlier this year, and yet again when Full Tilt and PokerStars.es got on board more recently. But they officially hit the prime time when PokerStars rolled out its version, Spin and Go, on its dot-com site just a couple of weeks ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Oct 14th, 2014 30
"I Ended Up Busting My First Bankroll to Viktor Blom"

Earlier this month, woohoo42 (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Super XL Main Event, a $600 NLHE tournament with a $1 million guarantee. There was no chop and woohoo42 banked $199,000 for the win. "I'm going to continue working with my staking group," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I will increase their buy-ins. They were probably happier than I was."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 28th, 2014 29
Sheldon Adelson Minion: "Gambling on the Internet is for Chumps"

In a rather peculiar move, the Philadelphia Tribune published an op-ed this week entitled "Hidden Dangers of Internet Gambling." Its author: former Denver mayor and current Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling minion Wellington Webb (pictured). The Coalition, as you probably know, is headed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose casinos include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 17th, 2014 28
Potential DDOS Attacks Uncovered at Merge

Over the past few days, online poker players have alleged that the Merge Gaming Network is experiencing issues with a network attack or possibly cheating.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Dec 10th, 2014 28
PokerStars Launching Sports Betting and Casino Games Globally

On Friday, PokerStars announced that it will roll out blackjack and roulette "on a market-by-market basis beginning this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2014 reaching nearly half PokerStars' current player base. PokerStars will add sports betting and other popular casino games in 2015. It also plans to launch a fully-featured casino on mobile and web in 2015."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 21st, 2014 25
Judge Rules Against Phil Ivey in London Edge-Sorting Case

Poker legend Phil Ivey (pictured) took one of the most expensive beats of his career on Wednesday when a London judge dismissed his $12.5 million suit against Crockfords Casino, ruling that the 38-year-old's actions had constituted cheating.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Oct 9th, 2014 24
"I Wanted to Eat My Chinese Takeaway, So I Started Shoving All-In"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 14th, 2014 23
Daniel Negreanu Would ‘Bet A Million’ He Could Beat $25/50 Online

Fresh off his second place finish in the million-dollar WSOP Big One for One Drop, Daniel Negreanu seems as confident as ever. But after some recent comments on social media claiming that he could beat high-limit online cash games, some high-stakes regulars believe the Canadian pro has bitten off more than he can chew.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 22nd, 2014 23
Lex Veldhuis: Antonio Esfandiari is "Worthless"

Broadcast in recent days on the Poker Life Podcast was an interview with Lex Veldhuis (pictured), who donned his PokerStars patch in what would turn out to be a rather controversial two-hour sitting. It began with Veldhuis lambasting 2012 World Series of Poker One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 18th, 2015 23
New Online Poker Bill Introduced in California

The state of California is considering a new bill that would allow its citizens to participate in a state-regulated online poker market. Introduced earlier this week by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D - Los Angeles, pictured), the bill, known by AB 9 or "The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015," has been marked at this point with an "urgency" status, which means that if ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Dec 3rd, 2014 22
Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Arrested, Held Without Bail for Bomb-Making

On Wednesday morning, one of my non-poker playing friends texted me to say, "Your boy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) was arrested at LAX yesterday and is being held without bail. My wife thinks he's hot." Yes, this is what the mainstream world knows about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the industry's bad boy and resident attention-seeker.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 10th, 2014 22
TheClaimeer Wins 2014 PocketFives Yearly PLB

Congratulations to Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) on winning the 2014 Yearly PLB on PocketFives. Over the course of 2014, Trigg amassed 17,810.21 PLB Points, with a high score of 500. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and has been a force to be reckoned with over the years.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 6th, 2015 22
"For 3.5 Seconds, Toby Thought He Made the Best Fold in the History of Poker"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 12th, 2014 21
Former Sponsored Pro William Reynolds Rips Ultimate Poker on Twitter

We reported to you late last week that Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in the US, had vacated the New Jersey market after alleging that its land-based partner, Trump Taj Mahal, had "multiple breaches" of contract. The casino has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and could close before the calendar year is through.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 23rd, 2014 21
WSOP Main Event Winner Ryan Riess Talks Stocks on CNBC

This week, with just several days to go before a winner is crowned in this year's tournament, reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) talked stocks on "Street Signs" on CNBC. You might recall that Riess officially won $8.3 million in the 2013 Main Event. However, he told CNBC that he ended up with about $2 million after taxes and expenses. Watch the video.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 1st, 2014 21
Harry Reid: "Proliferation of Gambling on the Internet is Not Good for Our Country"

If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 13th, 2014 21
Winning Poker Network Suffers Tech SNAFU During Million Dollar Tournament

A seven-figure online tournament met its demise because of technical problems this weekend when an ambitious event from the Winning Poker Network had to be halted mid-stream.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Dec 16th, 2014 21
Mark Newhouse Finishes Ninth in WSOP Main Event for Second Straight Year

It took 56 hands, but we had our first elimination from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. The man who exited first for the second straight year: Mark Newhouse, who called a 3bet from William Tonking pre-flop to see a flop of 2-4-J.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 10th, 2014 19
Dan Cates Throws Chips "Like a Baseball Player" at an Opponent

Sunday was a bad day to be Dan Cates (pictured), as running kings into aces multiple times at the Aussie Millions proved too much for the high-stakes poker pro to stomach. During the series' $100,000 Challenge, Cates ran kings into aces twice, but couldn't control his emotions the second time around and snapped.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 26th, 2015 19
Allen Kessler Boycotts Legends Of Poker Due To Quantum Reloads

Poker pro Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler has for years been a staple at the Legends of Poker series held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. But this time around, he’s planning on boycotting the event due to a new tournament buy-in innovation known as Quantum Reload, something he thinks is bad for poker.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 23rd, 2014 18
Jean-Robert Bellande Needs to Lose 9 Pounds in 9 Days for $70K Weight Loss Bet

Reporting on a guy like Jean-Robert Bellande never gets old. The "Survivor: China" castaway is nearing the end of a weight loss bet to get down to 254 pounds by the end of October. According to F5 Poker, he has $70,000 in bets riding on it. However, with a week to go in October, can Bellande pull it off'

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 24th, 2014 18
Olivier Busquet: "Idea that Current Pros Owe Past Pros is Just Nonsense"

In a series of Tweets, poker pro Olivier livb112 Busquet (pictured) seemingly called out the "old guard" of poker. He Tweeted last week, "This idea that current pros 'owe' some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense." According to a later Tweet, the one person who could receive an exemption from Busquet's blanket statement is 2003 World Series of Poker Main ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 25th, 2014 18
Another Move Coming for Poker Refugees in Mexico?

An upheaval of sorts could be in store for US online poker players who relocated to Mexico following Black Friday. According to iGaming Business, legislation could soon be passed in Mexico that would ring-fence that nation and could cause poker refugees to flee once more.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 8th, 2014 18
Dan Colman Wins Seminole Hard Rock Main Event, Now #3 on All-Time Money List

Despite calling poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game" as well as refusing media interviews, Dan Colman (pictured) has certainly demonstrated that he's a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had a $2.5 million overlay and a $10 million guarantee, to take home $1.4 million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 4th, 2014 17
Horses and Chickens and a Girlfriend, Oh My!

When you date someone, everything they love becomes everything you love. For PocketFiver girafganger7 (pictured), that meant horses and chickens. Luckily, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million Double Vision late last month for $88,000, the third largest amount given out in the four-way deal. We're sure that money will go a long way in helping his animal friends.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 10th, 2015 17
PPA Calls Newsweek Attack on Online Poker "A Failure in Journalism"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 15th, 2014 16
Ted Forrest Still Waiting for Payment from Mike Matusow for 2010 Weight Loss Bet

In August 2010, ESPN published an article saying that Ted Forrest (pictured) had won a "shocking" weight loss bet with Mike Matusow. The site quoted Forrest as saying, "We were at the Commerce a few months ago, we'd just had dinner, and I felt full and fat. I weighed about 188 in clothes. I bet him I'd weigh under 140 and he was like, 'No, it's impossible,' so he laid me 20-1 that I couldn't do ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 14th, 2014 16
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Anthony F. Cicali III (eatahoagie)

Riverside, New Jersey's Anthony F. Cicali III (eatahoagie on PocketFives, pictured) juggles many hats besides playing poker part-time. He is a police officer, entrepreneur, and a family man. Cicali began playing poker in the fifth grade and continued to gain experience through his college years. With over $45,000 in tracked online cashes, some of his notable accomplishments in New Jersey include ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Nov 29th, 2014 16
Phil Hellmuth Hawking Carl's Jr.

If you are a television connoisseur, you are probably quite familiar with commercials for Carl's Jr. restaurants (or Hardee's, depending on where you live). For years, a frequent advertising tactic of the fast food chain has been to have a sexy, often scantily clad woman chow down on an enormous burger. Paris Hilton was the first such pitch-woman for the restaurant and has now been brought back ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Aug 5th, 2014 15
dipthrong Wins FTOPS XXVI Leaderboard, Black Card Pro Sponsorship

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 18th, 2014 15
Sheldon Adelson to Spend Nearly $100 Million on Senate Midterms

GOP insiders say that casino tycoon and staunch internet gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson (pictured) could donate up to $100 million through various conservative political organizations and "dark money" channels in an effort to win back the Senate for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections in the US.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Sep 5th, 2014 15
GSN Launches Survey About "High Stakes Poker"

Between 2006 and 2011, cable station GSN aired seven seasons of "High Stakes Poker." The poker show is probably this author's favorite in the genre, a high-takes cash game featuring some of the top players in the game including the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Doyle Brunson. It contained some of the richest pots in poker history.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 18th, 2014 15
Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 WSOP Main Event

We have a winner! Martin Jacobson (pictured) has won the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeating Felix Stephensen heads-up after starting with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Jacobson received a bundle of praise for playing a near-perfect game from many in the poker community throughout the night. The final tabled last 328 hands.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 12th, 2014 15
Daniel Negreanu's Take on Poker and Gambling

About a week ago, word broke that Vicky Coren, a longtime PokerStars pro, had left the site over its decision to introduce sports betting and casino games. The news rippled through the poker community and many sympathized with Coren for her decision.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 6th, 2014 15
Are Ladies Poker Events Still Needed?

In an interview with PokerNews published this week, Maria Ho posed the question, "What if we just got rid of the ladies events' What if we made it so that if a woman wants to play poker, she has to play poker with everybody else' I think we underestimate the will of a woman; I think that if you make them choose between playing in an open event or not playing at all, they will come." Ho clarified ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 18th, 2014 15
PokerStars Reverses Rake Increases

In a surprising turn of events, PokerStars announced on Tuesday that it has rolled back most of the rake increases it implemented in November and is cancelling most of the increases planned for this month. This is quite a pleasant development coming from a company that had been trending steadily downward in customer satisfaction after a series of player-unfriendly moves.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jan 6th, 2015 15
Mike Barletta Wins Borgata PocketFives Open, gboro780 Second

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 30th, 2014 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jon Borenstein (itsmejon)

Hackensack, New Jersey's Jon itsmejon Borenstein (pictured) has been playing poker since he was 10 years old with his dad. He plays under the handle jetsfan on and itsmejon on Borgata Poker and has over $62,000 in recorded online cashes to date. His accomplishments include a win in the Knockout Series Main Event for $2,175, a win in the Weekend Warm-Up for $2,000, and, in back-to-back ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Oct 2nd, 2014 14
BenFaz: "Big-Field Tournaments are a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

Last month, BenFaz came away with a third place finish as part of a chop of the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, which attracted over 8,000 entrants. He walked away with $164,000, the second highest total of anyone, and boosted his lifetime winnings to over $800,000 online.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 13th, 2014 14
Analyzing Mark Newhouse's WSOP Main Event Bust-Out Hand

One of the most memorable hands of the WSOP Main Event was Mark Newhouse's bust-out hand. It deserved the attention. Newhouse, after finishing ninth the year before, placed his tournament on the line by turning his pocket tens into a bluff. He made a decision few of us could make, and fewer would know if it were correct.

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Nov 16th, 2014 14
Dan Colman Pseudo-Apologizes to Phil Hellmuth, Takes Shots at Ryan Riess

Last week, World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop champ Dan Colman (pictured) provoked another firestorm of controversy after popping into a 2+2 thread and laying heavy criticism on 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. After watching his comments spread like wildfire through the poker community, the 24-year-old softened his stance on the "Poker Brat" and issued an apology of sorts. In the ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 22nd, 2014 14
Backroom Deal in the Works for Passage of Adelson's RAWA?

According to a report from the Washington Post on Thursday, "Lobbyists for Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been working in recent weeks to press for quick passage of [Restoring America's Wire Act], holding discussions with aides to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)." If you don't already know, RAWA would ban internet gambling in the US ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 22nd, 2014 14
Felix Stephensen Paying 50% in Taxes on His WSOP Winnings

According to TheLocal.no, there's a massive tax bill awaiting 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen (pictured). The winner of $5.1 million in the Las Vegas tournament, Stephensen, who calls Norway home, will reportedly be taxed at a 50.4% rate, which is almost $2.6 million in real money.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 23rd, 2014 14
WSOP Main Event Payouts: "1/6 Going to First Is Absolutely Insane"

Once again next year, the World Series of Poker Main Event will carry a $10 million guaranteed first place prize. First making an appearance this year, the eight-figure guaranteed payday for first place helped draw in 6,683 entrants, with Sweden's Martin Jacobson taking down the title proudly draped in a flag from his home country.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 27th, 2014 14
Lawmaker: PokerStars Will Launch in New Jersey in March

According to State Senator Raymond Lesniak (pictured), PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, will launch in New Jersey in March. Now that the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress in the US is behind us and lawmakers around the country have taken their posts, the focus in New Jersey may now shift to PokerStars being licensed.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 11th, 2015 14
California Online Poker Bill Shelved for 2014

One of the bills that many hoped would legalize online poker in California has been shelved, making it doubtful that there will be any movement by the state legislature on the issue this year.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 7th, 2014 13
Poker Community Divided on Political Statements at the Table

It has been a fun week in the poker world. That period after the World Series of Poker where everyone sinks into a mild depression is over and major live tournament is back. The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker and European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Events are running right now, but things really kicked into high gear last week with the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Event. Popular WSOP analyst ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Aug 26th, 2014 13
"Old Guys Can Still Win Online!"

On the first Sunday of September, longtime PocketFiver Ryan gutshtallin Welch (pictured), who joined our site in 2007, took down the PokerStars Sunday Million, a WCOOP event, after a seven-way chop for $200,000. There were over 11,600 entrants that week and Welch was one of two to pocket at least $200,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 18th, 2014 13
Sickest Sunday Session Ever?

The title of this article was inspired by the title of a thread in the Poker Community forum talking about the sick Sunday of Pablo gordiju Gordillo (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $26,000, the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $44,000, and the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $30,000. The three tournaments had almost 43,000 entrants combined and the fact that he won all of them on the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 30th, 2014 13
Dan Colman Continues to Roll, Wins WPT Alpha8 London

Despite saying that poker is a "very dark game," Dan Colman (pictured) has steamrolled the competition this year. In April, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for a blistering $2.1 million. He followed that up by taking down the WSOP's Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million, famously ducking the media after the victory and lambasting the game on Two Plus Two.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 9th, 2014 13
Phil Ivey Approved to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Here's something you don't see every day. On Thursday, Las Vegas officials approved 26 applicants for pot dispensaries, and among them was poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured). Yes, that Phil Ivey was among several notable names, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Notables approved for a city pot permit include restaurateur Michael Morton, downtown entrepreneur Michael Cornthwaite, developer ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 31st, 2014 13
Daniel Negreanu Calls PokerStars Changes "Inevitable"

Changes to the rake structure and foreign exchange policies at PokerStars have taken center stage the last few days, even igniting calls for a sit-out on Wednesday. Amid the rash of feedback from players, site front man Daniel Negreanu took to his blog at Full Contact Poker to comment, calling many of the changes "inevitable."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 2nd, 2014 13
PokerStars in "Time Out" in New Jersey

In case you're wondering why PokerStars has not been approved for a license in New Jersey, the reason is that the site is in "time out," according to internet gambling advocate and State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Yes, PokerStars is in the same state my two-year-old son is in when he throws blocks at the television. The reason PokerStars is off the grid right now in the Garden State: Las Vegas ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 11th, 2014 13
How ESPN’s Norman Chad Shaped Modern-Day Poker

If you’ve ever watched a broadcast of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, you’ll likely be familiar with ball-busting color commentator Norman Chad. Alongside partner Lon McEachern, Chad has served as the network’s WSOP funnyman since ESPN began covering the event in 2003. What many might not be aware of, though, is the 56-year-old’s decades-long past as a sports journalist and sharp ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 15th, 2014 13
2015 WSOP to Feature the Colossus: $565 buy-in, $5M GTD

Officials from the World Series of Poker continually mix up the event to keep it fresh. From the Millionaire Maker to the November Nine, each year has generally featured some sort of new and exciting concept to draw in players and generate buzz. Enter The Colossus, this year's new kid on the block. The $565 buy-in tournament will take place during the opening weekend of the 2015 WSOP and have a ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 23rd, 2014 13
PocketFives TV to Launch Sunday with PokerStaples

This Sunday, PocketFives TV will launch with an exclusive one-hour stream featuring PocketFiver jaimestaples, who is also known as PokerStaples on Twitch. The exclusive live stream will take place from 9:00am to 10:00am Eastern Time and can be viewed directly on our PocketFives TV page.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jan 24th, 2015 13
Three US Senators Send Letter to DOJ Supporting Bill Banning Online Gambling

As part of a campaign to put the brakes on internet gambling in the US, three Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday asking for his agency's support for a bill that would reinstate the Wire Act and rid the US of online gambling, even those sites in regulated markets.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 31st, 2014 12
"That Might Be the Worst Beat in the History of Tournament Poker"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 2nd, 2014 12
Bellagio Robbery Suspect: "I Was Smoking Too Much, I Guess"

The man who allegedly used a BB gun to brazenly rob a cashier at the Bellagio in Las Vegas last weekend has been apprehended and charged with a myriad of offenses.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 6th, 2014 12
Moorman1 Wins 22nd Triple Crown, 2nd of August

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 12th, 2014 12
PokerStars’ “Double Bubble” Tournaments Will Repay Half The Field

PokerStars announced that it will experiment with a tournament payout structure where an unprecedented 50% of the field receive their buy-in back. They’re calling the idea “Double Bubble” tournaments and plan to roll them out at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in early 2015.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 28th, 2014 12
"After We Accepted the Deal, There Was Still $5K for 1st, But None of Us Knew It"

Last month, Paul Febers (pictured), known on PocketFives as xxCelticFCxx, was part of a three-way chop of a Full Tilt Online Poker Series $129 No Limit Hold'em Knockout event. His reward was $37,000, the third largest score we've tracked for him.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 4th, 2014 12
Justin Archuleta Admits to Scamming the Poker Community Out of $280,000

In a lengthy post on Two Plus Two, Justin Archuleta (pictured) confessed to allegedly scamming the poker community out of nearly $300,000. Whether the post, which has morphed into a 42-page thread, is a level or the real McCoy remains to be seen, but it has garnered quite a bit of attention from those affected as well as players concerned about account security.

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Sep 22nd, 2014 12
PPA: Sheldon Adelson "Forgets He Owns a Casino"

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) spoke at the G2E gaming industry conference held his home casino, the Venetian in Las Vegas. Adelson, as you may know, said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to outlaw online gambling in the United States and has become public enemy #1 in our industry.

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Oct 1st, 2014 12
Phil Ivey Opens Up To 60 Minutes About Edge-Sorting Scandal

While Phil Ivey may be known as one of the best poker players in the world, he’s also one of the most private. In fact, the 38-year-old’s shyness around the media only seems to increase the intrigue around his persona. But facing two lawsuits from big-name casinos, that’s all about to change. In an upcoming interview on 60 Minutes Sports, Ivey will speak to James Brown about his legal ...

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Oct 2nd, 2014 12
Aggressive Iowa Cops Seize $100,000 From Two Poker Players

A poker road trip turned into a nightmare for two California pros after they were stopped by Iowa police and stripped of their $100,000 cash bankroll last year. Now, the men are fighting to get the cash back and believe they were unjustly targeted and illegally stopped.

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Oct 18th, 2014 12
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dale Holzer (GratefulD3ad)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Dale GratefulD3ad Holzer (pictured), who calls Sicklerville, New Jersey home. Holzer plays under the handle LightMyFire on , Grat3fulDead on 888 Poker, and theGrat3fulDead on Borgata Poker. When he is not running or cycling to stay in tip-top shape, he is grinding four to five days a week on the virtual felts in New Jersey. With over $24,000 in ...

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Oct 22nd, 2014 12
Tournament Review for December 15, 2014

Nathaniel natfalber11 Falber of Brazil, ranked #462 worldwide, won the Full Tilt FTOPS Main Event this weekend and took home $212,040 as a result. The marquee tournament victory will likely place the Brazilian in the Top 100 Worldwide Rankings for the first time in his career. Veteran PocketFiver and 38th-ranked Zackattak13, who has over $6.2 million in lifetime online tournament cashes, may soon ...

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Dec 15th, 2014 12
Bracelet Winner Darren Woods Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Collusion

Faced with a multitude of charges regarding online gambling fraud and collusion, 2011 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Darren Woods (pictured) opted to plead guilty to nine counts.

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Oct 29th, 2014 12
Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum) Wins PCA Super High Roller for $1.8 Million

Highly successful PocketFiver Steve MrTimCaum O'Dwyer (pictured) can add another feather to his cap. On Thursday, he won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $1.8 million. He told PCA officials, "I ended Day 1 not very happy about it and now I've ended the tournament feeling pretty good about it. I don't really care about the money ever. I just ...

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Jan 9th, 2015 12
Greg Merson Explains WPT500 Rant

Nearly three weeks after he issued a Twitter tirade against the World Poker Tour and its $500 buy-in Las Vegas tournament, the WPT500, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Greg Merson (pictured) has responded to critics who thought he took his criticism too far.

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Jul 30th, 2014 11
Mike Matusow Blames Full Tilt for Not Paying Ted Forrest's Weight Loss Bet

Earlier this month, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Ted Forrest went public with a gripe about a high-stakes weight-loss prop bet with Mike Matusow that had supposedly been left unpaid. But this week, "The Mouth" hit back, telling his side of the story and painting the circumstances surrounding the bet in a different light.

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Sep 18th, 2014 11
"I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Today if it Weren't for Gangnam Style"

Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, revolutionized the world of pop music in 2012 with his hit "Gangnam Style." As a matter of fact, its music video was the first to reach a billion views on YouTube and one PocketFiver we're sure couldn't get enough of it was Costa Rica's Peter winwin07 Nigh (pictured), who finished third in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major earlier this month for ...

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Oct 4th, 2014 11
Nolan Dalla on Dan Colman: "Are You Kidding Me?"

In a recent segment on "Poker Night in America," Nolan Dalla (pictured) did what only Nolan Dalla is capable of doing. The show's creative director recently took the hammer to World Series of Poker One Drop champion Dan Colman, who has called poker a "very dark game" and "a distraction" despite winning over $22 million from live tournaments this year, according to the Hendon Mob. He ducked ...

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Oct 22nd, 2014 11
Update on Ray Bitar: Forfeiture Details Released, "Dying" of Heart Ailment

In April, former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar (pictured) pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the online poker site's financial debacle and was sentenced to time served despite facing three-and-a-half decades behind bars. The reason: a potentially fatal heart condition that gave him a 50% chance of living less than a year. Six months later, his health condition seems to be status quo, ...

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Oct 25th, 2014 11
Allen Kessler, Playground Poker Club Square Off Over Tournament Entry Fees

Recently, one of the more vocal members of the poker community, Allen Kessler (pictured), stood up to one of the up-and-coming poker rooms in North America regarding tournament entry fees, which erupted into a full-scale, public battle on a few fronts.

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Nov 19th, 2014 11
moorman1 Wins 24th PocketFives Triple Crown

What do you give the most successful PocketFiver in history' How about a record-extending 24th PocketFives Triple Crown, more than twice what the next closest person has' Oh yes, Chris moorman1 Moorman has now won two-dozen Triple Crowns, including four this year, blowing the rest of the poker community out of the water.

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Dec 3rd, 2014 11
"The Chop Was Well-Timed Because I Just Bought a House for My Mother"

Last month, Brazil's Kelvin Kerber (pictured), who is known as kelvin_fpar on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy heads-up and earned $50,000, the largest amount given out. "I'm really happy about it," Kerber told PocketFives. "I had been chasing a result like that for a while. The chop was well-timed because I just bought a house for my mother." Son of the Year award!

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 5th, 2014 11
dipthrong Talks About Winning Back-to-Back FTOPS Leaderboards

After winning two events early on during the 27th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) took down the competition's leaderboard by a healthy margin. He had 35% more points than the second place player and captured his second straight FTOPS Leaderboard title. Interestingly, he won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by about the same margin.

DanDan
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Dec 20th, 2014 11
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jack King (Jaybone2315)

Longtime PocketFives member and contributor Jack King (Jaybone2315, pictured) can not only be found in the Off Topic threads of PocketFives with close to 50,000 posts, but also grinding on the virtual felts of New Jersey.

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Aug 4th, 2014 10
Sheldon Adelson on Internet Gambling in 2001: "Our Hat Will Be in That Ring"

In case you think that Las Vegas Sands head Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has a longstanding hatred for the internet gambling industry, you should check out an article from 2001 that appeared in the Las Vegas Sun. In it, Adelson charged that his company will "be in that ring," referring to the internet gambling arena, and praised lawmakers for pursuing pro-internet gambling legislation.

DanDan
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Sep 6th, 2014 10
Aggro Santos = Master of WCOOP Titles

In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStars WCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the ...

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Sep 29th, 2014 10
Steve Wynn on Online Gambling: "Where's the Business Opportunity?"

This week at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, casino tycoons Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn each took to the stage, giving keynote addresses during which they reiterated their objection and disdain for online gambling.

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Oct 3rd, 2014 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins First #1 Player from Brazil in a Year

Congrats, Brazil. For the first time in a year, a player from your country is #1 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This time, it's Yuri Martins (pictured), who entered his poker site names at the beginning of October and consequently shot all the way to the top of the worldwide leaderboard.

DanDan
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Oct 8th, 2014 10
PokerStars Explains Rationale for Recent Changes

In the months following Amaya's acquisition of Full Tilt and PokerStars, the Canadian company has been quick to implement very noticeable changes, some of which have drawn protest. But the recent announcement that the poker giant would be cutting certain promotions and hiking rake seem to have put players over the edge. With the poker community calling for blood, company representatives issued ...

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Oct 31st, 2014 10
Jose Canseco Loses Finger in a Poker Game

Anyone who has played poker knows that no matter how good you are, you have to expect to lose a hand every now and then. It's just a fact of life. What none of us expect, though, is to lose a finger at the table. That's exactly what happened to former baseball star Jose Canseco last Thursday, though. Yes, he lost a finger while playing poker.

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Nov 18th, 2014 10
Online Poker Upheaval in Russia Could Severely Affect Global Traffic

According to this week's PokerScout Scouting Report, the coming year will be a pivotal one not only for Russia, but also for online poker worldwide. "Players from the Russian Federation currently comprise a significant portion of total traffic on many of the largest poker sites," the PokerScout report stated. "But if the Russian government has its way, online poker will be about as prevalent in ...

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Dec 31st, 2014 10
Daniel Negreanu Argues Against $10 Million WSOP Main Event First Place Prize

In a recent blog post, six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (pictured) argued against the top-heavy $10 million guaranteed first place payout in the WSOP Main Event this year.

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Jan 3rd, 2015 10
A Not-So-Random Score for random.chu

To open 2015, a field of 3,181 entrants descended on the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. When all was said and done, Stevan random.chu Chew (pictured) from Adelaide, Australia came away with $74,000 after bowing out in second place. It was his largest online poker score ever and helped grow his lifetime total to over $2.2 million.

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Jan 22nd, 2015 10
Report: Todd Brunson Wins $5 Million from Andy Beal

According to PokerNews, Todd Brunson (pictured) took $5 million off billionaire Andy Beal over the weekend. The game was $50,000/$100,000 Heads-Up Limit Hold'em inside Bobby's Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. PokerNews explained, "Each bought in for $5 million and when all was said and done, Brunson held all the chips."

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Jan 25th, 2015 10
moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #21 After Seven-Week Hiatus

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

DanDan
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Aug 4th, 2014 9
PayPal Eyeing Regulated US Online Gambling Sites?

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 8th, 2014 9
Barry Greenstein Defends PokerStars Against Bad Actor Argument

Barry Greenstein (pictured), Poker Hall of Famer and Team PokerStars Pro, took to his blog this week to make a case for why his sponsor doesn't deserve to be labeled a "bad actor" and prohibited from doing business in the US by state governments considering legalizing online poker. Read the blog.

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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 16th, 2014 9
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Ryan Shaw (Tapouttazz9)

PocketFives sits down with Ryan Shaw (Tapouttazz9, pictured), a bail bondsman out of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He is primarily a micro-stakes cash game player, but also plays online tournaments in New Jersey. Shaw has a brain tumor sitting on his right optic nerve that caused his right eye to go blind, so not only did he survive the tumor, but he also plays poker with one eye.

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Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 19th, 2014 9
PokerTracker, Holdem Manager Merge

The leading poker tracking and HUD software providers PokerTracker and Holdem Manager have merged, officials announced on Thursday. Read the merger release and FAQ.

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Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Aug 21st, 2014 9