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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.

wackyJaxon Jan 24th, 2015 55
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UK poker player and media personality Vicky Coren (pictured) has announced that she will no longer represent PokerStars due to the company's decision to offer casino games alongside its online poker product.

LandShark 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.

LandShark Nov 16th, 2014 37
Chris Christie Blocking PokerStars in New Jersey as a Favor to Sheldon Adelson

In September of last year, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak hinted that PokerStars' approval to operate in the Garden State was imminent. But as the months pass by, many are wondering just what, exactly, is holding up the process. Speaking to Business Insider, several political insiders place the blame squarely on the shoulders of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and New Jersey Governor ...

LandShark Feb 13th, 2015 35
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.

wackyJaxon 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 Katz 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."

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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 Burton Dec 10th, 2014 28
Mike Sexton Questions the Value of WSOP Bracelets

In a blog recently published on PartyPoker's website, World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton (pictured) questioned the value of World Series of Poker bracelets and called out the WSOP for a few other reasons. Sexton is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and owns one WSOP bracelet, which came in a Stud High-Low event in 1989.

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 26
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."

Dan Nov 21st, 2014 25
Doyle Brunson Makes Home Page of TMZ for Bruce Jenner Comments

On Sunday, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson (pictured) made the home page of TMZ for all the wrong reasons. Rather than tout Brunson's accomplishments or talk about his ongoing health battles, TMZ showcased a series of Tweets Brunson sent about former Olympian and current reality TV star Bruce Jenner becoming more like a woman.

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 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.

LandShark Oct 9th, 2014 24
Daniel Negreanu Tells You Who Should Be Barred from the WSOP

In a recent blog that appeared on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) ran down a list of six people who some have argued should be forever barred from the World Series of Poker. As he put it, "I've always been of the position that unless people have been found to actually cheat at poker, they should be allowed to attend." That's the main criteria you'll see Negreanu use throughout his ...

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 24
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.

Dan 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 Burton 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.

Dan 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.

Dan Jan 6th, 2015 22
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.

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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 Katz Dec 16th, 2014 21
DaMatrix Cashes in 70+ Tournaments on February 18

On February 19, London's DaMatrix (pictured) posted on Twitter, "Cashed in over 70 tournaments yesterday to break the record of 58 by @MidEGambler1 @PocketFives. Only 1 today tho." We counted 76 MTT cashes for DaMatrix on February 18 that made it to his profile and the feat is pretty astounding.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 20
Stay Classy: 22 Men Enter EPT Deauville Ladies Event

At the European Poker Tour Deauville stop over the weekend, 22 men entered the €200 + €20 Ladies Event. Before you ask how men could have played in an event designed for women, the simple fact of the matter is they cannot be legally barred from playing. Registration is an "on your honor" thing and casinos expect men to stay out for that one tournament. But every year, we still see men trying ...

Dan Katz Feb 3rd, 2015 20
The Difference Between Confidence and Self-Belief

Playing poker for a living or even taking it seriously as a way to make money recreationally puts a lot of strain on your mental processes. It forces you to examine in great detail the way you think and behave and allows you to get to know your own brain better than you ever have before. This can be both a blessing and a curse at times.

theginger45 Feb 5th, 2015 20
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.

Dan 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.

Dan Jan 26th, 2015 19
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'

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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.

Dan Dec 8th, 2014 18
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.

Dan Jan 10th, 2015 17
HustlerGrune's Life-Changing Story

Earlier this month, Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $47,000. More so than the money, a chop in one of the biggest tournaments of the week marked another milestone in his courageous journey from the depths of addiction.

Dan Feb 12th, 2015 17
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 ...

Dlorican Nov 29th, 2014 16
He's Back: Sheldon Adelson Continues Crusade Against Internet Gambling

We hope you enjoyed the break. For about four weeks, the online poker industry didn't have to hear about Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's one-man crusade to rid the United States of internet gambling forever. However, according to TownHall, the ageless wonder is back, and the chalkboard-scratching is louder than ever.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 16
PPA Calls New US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bill "Crony Capitalism"

On Wednesday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, pictured) reintroduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States, presumably at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. A press conference was held at 11:00am Eastern Time for Chaffetz to trumpet his latest attack on our industry.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 16
rtinnion Wins Second Sunday Million in Five Months

On the final day of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $213,000. It was his largest cash to date and, just over five months later, he did it again, capturing the Sunday Million title for $200,000 and a colossal 1,147 PLB Points. All told, he has earned well over $400,000 from the tournament in the last half-year.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 16
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.

Dan 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.

Dan 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.

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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 Katz Jan 6th, 2015 15
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 ...

Dlorican 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.

Dan 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.

Assassinato 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 ...

LandShark 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 ...

Dan 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.

Dan 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.

Dan 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.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 14
Former Lock Poker Rep: "Player Balances Won't Be Honored"

In an interview with Pokerfuse that was published on Monday, former Lock Poker rep Shane Bridges claimed it was unlikely that players would be paid out any time soon: "I never had access to any real financials," Bridges said, "but with no significant movement on cashouts and promises of the big turnaround now being 12 months old, it would be my assumption that player balances won't be honored ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 14
Dutch Player Gets Supernova Elite in Less Than Two Months

After coming off what he calls a "lazy" 2014, Dutch grinder Martijn "'Quadchrazs" Ardon (pictured) has become the first to hit Supernova Elite at PokerStars this year, and at the same time, has broken the all-time record for the fastest to ever achieve the status. He officially achieved the milestone on February 21.

LandShark Mar 6th, 2015 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Ben Laves (JudgeBen)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up Ben JudgeBen Laves (pictured, ranked 78th in New Jersey), who calls Somerset home. Mostly a lower stakes online poker player, Laves has accumulated over $53,000 in tracked online cashes to date. An attorney by trade, when he is not practicing law, you can find JudgeBen in just about any tournament that is running day or night. Visit PocketFives' New ...

Dlorican Mar 17th, 2015 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Joe Kerins (Joey Gloves)

PocketFives caught up with Joe Joey Gloves Kerins, (pictured, ranked 143rd in New Jersey), who plays under the handle itwasalladrm across all sites. On his return trip from Canada when he was 18, he got caught up in the Moneymaker boom and started playing poker at home games, then online poker.

Dlorican Mar 24th, 2015 14
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 ...

Dan 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.

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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."

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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 ...

LandShark 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 ...

Dan 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.

dhubermex Jan 24th, 2015 13
apestyles on "A Massive Heater with Very Little Volume"

Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume."

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 13
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.

Dan 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 ...

LandShark 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.

LandShark 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 ...

Dlorican Oct 22nd, 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.

Earl Burton Oct 29th, 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 ...

dhubermex Dec 15th, 2014 12
"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!

Dan Dec 5th, 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 ...

Dan Jan 9th, 2015 12
"It's Nice to Finally Bink a Full Tilt Bird"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 12
Shared Poker Liquidity Between Nevada and Delaware "Imminent"

According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, poker liquidity sharing between Nevada and Delaware should go live in four to six weeks, meaning we're dangerously close to the first regulated multi-state compact coming to fruition.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 12
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dale Holzer (GratefulD3ad)

Recently, WSOP in New Jersey ran the Mini Fest of Poker, which featured a variety of small buy-in tournaments. A leaderboard competition was part of this series, which awarded the top ten players WSOP gear and tournament tickets. When all was said and done, Dale GratefulD3ad Holzer (pictured, ranked 73rd in New Jersey) won the competition, accumulating 114 points, which he earned by cashing in ...

Dlorican Mar 4th, 2015 12
"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 ...

Dan 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 ...

Dan 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, ...

Dan 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.

Earl Burton 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.

Dan Dec 3rd, 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.

Dan Dec 20th, 2014 11
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.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 11
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 ...

Dan 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.

LandShark 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.

Dan 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 ...

LandShark 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.

Dan Katz 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 ...

Earl Burton 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.

LandShark Jan 3rd, 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."

Dan Jan 25th, 2015 10
Super Bowl's Effect on Online Poker Traffic

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that last weekend was the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Packed with sharks dancing off-key, depressing insurance commercials about kids dying, and some of the strangest play calls you'll ever see, this year's Super Bowl had it all.

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 10
Caesars, PokerStars Teaming Up Against Sheldon Adelson

Late last week, Caesars Entertainment reversed its long-held stance that PokerStars should not be permitted access to the United States online poker market, a change that has been lauded by the industry. This week, the company took the next step, telling Chris Krafcik of Gambling Compliance that it was time to not only support PokerStars, but also to team up with the internet poker behemoth.

Dan Katz Feb 17th, 2015 10
pleno1 Final Tables Every PokerStars Sunday Major

Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $52,000. Impressively, he has now final tabled every Sunday Major that PokerStars offers: the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday $100 Rebuy, Sunday 500, and Sunday Second Chance. It's no wonder that Leonard is ranked #6 worldwide on our site.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 10
How Do You Follow Up a Second Place TLB Finish?

Back in 2013, New Zealand's asjbaaaf (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for almost $80,000. That score jump-started what, two years later, is still a lucrative poker career. In fact, just a couple of months into 2015, he has already won the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and final tabled the 888 Poker Whale for $13,000.

Dan Feb 28th, 2015 10
Lawmaker Trying to Outlaw Online Gambling Has Never Sent an E-Mail

This author went out and had a great evening stuffing his face with local foods and planned to sleep off his coma when he came home. But, any time we can point out the fallacies of those who are crusading against internet gambling in the United States, we're going to do so. We're like a mini-Rich Muny. Therefore, we present Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who despite taking such a ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 10
PokerKaiser Earns Three Triple Crowns in September

Any way you slice it, September was a banner month for Chile's Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). He ascended to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings on September 24 and seems poised to maintain the distinction of being our #1 player when the Rankings are recalculated on Wednesday.

Dan Oct 7th, 2014 9
Isai Scheinberg Wins UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller Event

For years, Isai Scheinberg (pictured), arguably the most important man in poker, has stayed out of the spotlight. Over the weekend, though, he stepped out of the shadows, bellied up to the poker table, and took down the £2,200 High Roller Event of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Isle of Man stop.

Dan Katz Oct 8th, 2014 9
Daniel Negreanu Calls Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting Verdict "Absurd"

Last week, a judge ruled against Phil Ivey in his high-stakes lawsuit against Crockfords casino in London, concluding that the poker pro had cheated by using edge-sorting to win $12.5 million at the baccarat tables. Daniel Negreanu (pictured), a six-time bracelet winner and friend of Ivey's, was stunned by the verdict and had some harsh words for the casino and the presiding judge in a recent ...

LandShark Oct 16th, 2014 9
Riding in Kyrgyzstan, Diving in Mexico, and Getting $2 Million in Online Scores

If you like traveling, then you'll love the life of Miikka Chuck Bass Anttonen (pictured), a longtime PocketFiver who eclipsed $2 million in online poker scores over the weekend. He has played poker on five continents, been to almost 70 countries, and has a life that many would be envious of.

Dan Nov 3rd, 2014 9
What Do You Want to See at the 2015 WSOP?

Over the years, online poker sites and land-based venues have experimented with unique tournament structures and have even created new game variants, all in an attempt to attract more customers. The World Series of Poker, it seems, doesn't want to be left behind and has called out to players asking for suggestions on which events to include in next year's schedule.

LandShark Oct 24th, 2014 9
Howard Lederer Attends Poker Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Sunday, the Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Downtown Las Vegas. Amid a crowd that included poker legends like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Lyle Berman was a curious face: Howard Lederer (pictured). According to Caesars officials, one of the 2014 inductees, reportedly Jack McClelland, invited Lederer to come.

Dan Nov 10th, 2014 9
Ultimate Poker Ceases Nevada Operations

Ultimate Gaming, the parent company of Ultimate Poker, today announced it will discontinue all operations in the state of Nevada effectively immediately after complying with all of the state’s gaming regulatory requirements.

wackyJaxon Nov 14th, 2014 9
Documentary Captures Mark Newhouse's Reaction to Main Event Defeat

When Mark Newhouse (pictured) overcame staggering odds to secure a seat at his second WSOP Main Event final table in a row this year, hopes were high that the Chapel Hill native would take home a larger chunk of the prize pool than he did for his ninth place finish in 2013. But, after his all-in river bluff was called by William Tonking, Newhouse was once again the first November Niner to be ...

LandShark Nov 29th, 2014 9