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Shaniac Comes Clean on Drug Abuse in Slate Article

In an introspective piece written for by Shane Shaniac Schleger (pictured), the former poker pro and blogger makes the remarkable admission that he has been smoking crack cocaine for the past 15 years. Schleger's intent isn't to shock readers. Instead, he hopes that by sharing his story, he can initiate a frank discussion about drug use that isn't mired in black and white thinking.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Mar 6th, 2014 39
Daniel Coleman Sparks Criticism After Abrupt WSOP One Drop Exit

The poker media was left puzzled and dismayed when World Series of Poker One Drop champion Daniel Coleman (pictured) refused to give interviews after winning a massive $15.3 million first-place prize in the million-dollar buy-in tournament.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 4th, 2014 39
WSOP, Caesars, PBKC Ban Chan Pelton Following Removal of Tournament Chip

Earlier this month, three-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Chan Pelton (pictured) was involved in an incident in which he reportedly tried to remove at least one chip from a Circuit event in Florida at Palm Beach Kennel Club. PokerNews quoted WSOP's Jessica Welman saying at the time, "Tournament staff discovered a player had removed chips from the chip set being used in the event. ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 26th, 2014 35
Ryan Eriquezzo DQ'd From Parx Event After Calling Dealer a "Fat Mfer"

In a controversial ruling, World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time Circuit ring holder Ryan Eriquezzo (pictured) was disqualified from an event at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania for losing his temper and allegedly making threats after a particularly bad beat.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 23rd, 2014 34
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 32
Analyzing Your Hands

Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the end of SCOOP, I have started doing consultations with my students again. Many of them are bringing their SCOOP hand histories to me, wondering what they can learn from them. The opportunity has been great for me, as I've been blessed to receive pay for watching and analyzing many SCOOP final tables. It's something so fun to do that I almost feel ...

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Jun 1st, 2014 30
Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $50 Million Playing Poker in the Last 12 Months

In May, poker playboy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roof into a pool, only to have said porn star clip her foot and injure it, resulting in legal action. Now, Bilzerian is back in the news, this time after appearing on the "Howard Stern Show." Never a dull moment.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 25th, 2014 27
First Round of US Full Tilt Payments Scheduled for February 28

In breaking news, Garden City Group, the designated Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker funds, has announced that the first round of refunds will take place this Friday, February 28.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 24th, 2014 26
Chris Moorman (moorman1) Wins WPT LAPC for $1 Million

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 7th, 2014 25
Texas Governor Rick Perry Voices Concerns About US Online Gambling

More powerful names in the world of politics are joining the side of Sheldon Adelson in the fight against online poker. Texas Governor Rick Perry (pictured) and former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln have taken up the cause rather vocally, lending their weight in the escalating struggle.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Mar 25th, 2014 24
PocketFives, Borgata Teaming Up for Live Poker Tournament July 27-29

From July 27 to 29, PocketFives and Borgata in Atlantic City will host the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open. The live re-entry tournament, which comes complete with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, will take place in Borgata's poker room and feature a $350 + $50 buy-in. There will be plenty of opportunities to satellite in via , a regulated online poker site in New Jersey.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 17th, 2014 23
"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
US Congressman Jason Chaffetz Introducing Bill Banning Online Poker

US Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (pictured), is gearing up to introduce a bill that seeks to reinstate a Federal ban on internet gambling, according to the Congressman's spokeswoman. Chaffetz's bill is said to be very similar to one that GOP Senator Lindsey Graham will likely unveil before the end of the week and could roll back the huge gains made by the US online gambling industry in ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Mar 20th, 2014 22
Sheldon Adelson Goes After PokerStars in New Jersey

The proposed deal between Amaya Gaming and the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has brought the world's largest online poker room back into the discussions for New Jersey's online gaming industry. In response, an ally of Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling has penned an op/ed for the Newark Star-Ledger that advocates for the ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 15th, 2014 22
Full Tilt Refunds Begin Hitting US Bank Accounts

Posters on PocketFives and TwoPlusTwo have begun reporting that their Full Tilt Poker refunds have hit their bank accounts. One PocketFives member wrote on Thursday night, "Payments have started! I got a pending ACH transaction from 'EveryDay Checking 5631 02/27/2014 $XX,XXX.02 PPD DOJ POKER STARS POKERPAY01 ROUTING NO. 04400002.' Funds will be available at 9pm tonight. Finally!"

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 27th, 2014 21
Poll: Americans Want Pot, Don't Want Internet Gambling

According to a PublicMind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University, the percent of Americans who favor legalizing marijuana is nearly double the percent of Americans who favor internet gambling. The study found that 50% of respondents were in favor of legalizing marijuana, while only 27% said they supported regulating and legalizing online gambling.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 10th, 2014 21
"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
Controversial T-Shirts on WSOP Monster Stack Rail Anger Fans

As railbirds watched the World Series of Poker Monster Stack event play out on Monday, focus soon turned to the supporters of final table member Sean Drake, who arrived wearing matching t-shirts with a slogan that many found highly offensive (pictured).

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 7th, 2014 20
Daniel Negreanu on Dan Colman Controversy: "Poker Has Given You a Lot"

Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 10th, 2014 20
Ivey, Esfandiari, Mercier, Galfond Confirmed for WSOP Big One for One Drop

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 19th, 2014 18
Losing Control with Top Pair

"Unknown with 170K in chips joins the table two to my right; He seems to be from Western Europe, Dutch or German. He is young and wearing a hoodie. I have around 146K in chips. At 500/1,000/100, he opens to 2,200. I am in the hijack. I make it 5,400 with Ac-Kd. The Germanic raiser flats. K-J-7 rainbow board comes out. He checks, I bet 8K, and he makes it 28K. I make it 68k. He goes all-in, I ...

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Apr 28th, 2014 18
Chad Brown Passes Away at 52

After being admitted to Calvary Hospice Care in the Bronx, New York, last week, poker pro Chad Brown (pictured) passed away in his sleep early on Wednesday morning. Brown, who had battled a rare form of cancer for the past few years, was 52.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 2nd, 2014 18
Members of Final 27 in Borgata Tournament Marred by Fake Chips Sue

After last month's decision by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regarding the "Chipgate" scandal at the Borgata Winter Poker Open in January, it was thought that was the end of the story. As it turns out, that may have been premature, as six players have entered a lawsuit against the casino for the resolution of the case.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
May 14th, 2014 17
Jeffrey Lisandro on Brandon Cantu: "The Guy's Got a Gambling Problem"

According to many outlets, including Twitter, Two Plus Two, and Bluff Magazine, poker pros Jeffrey Lisandro (pictured) and Brandon Cantu apparently engaged in an argument at the World Series of Poker over an unpaid debt by Cantu. "Apparently, the guy's got a gambling problem, I guess," Lisandro said on Monday to Bluff Magazine. "I guess he's gambled with other people's money and would like to ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 3rd, 2014 17
Body of German Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Found in Slovenian River

The body of missing German poker pro Johannes Strassmann (pictured) was found in the Ljubljianica River on Friday in Slovenia, according to PokerNews and local police, ending a week-old investigation.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 28th, 2014 17
New Baby, New House, New Claim to Fame

Last September, Ireland's luckymo32 (pictured) finished second in a WCOOP $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event and walked off with over $200,000, his largest tracked cash to date by a factor of more than three. Three days before Christmas, he finished fourth in a WCOOP Challenge $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy and earned $63,000. Fast-forward to January, when he won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge to add ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 1st, 2014 16
Borgata Sues Phil Ivey Over $9.6 Million Baccarat Win

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 11th, 2014 16
PokerStars Enters California Online Poker Agreement with Card Clubs, Morongo

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 23rd, 2014 16
Get Poker Advice from Phil Hellmuth for $42,900

Have you ever dreamed of getting a private poker lesson from Daniel Negreanu or partying with One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari in Vegas' Well, now you can, but it'll cost you. A company called If Only is in the business of offering what it calls "extraordinary experiences for good," where fans of sports stars, musicians, world-class chefs, and more can pay to hang out with their favorite ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 5th, 2014 16
Luis Suarez Could Be Tossed from 888 Roster After Biting Incident

The World Cup in Brazil has been affecting productivity around the world with its group stage play over the last couple of weeks, but an incident in Tuesday's match between Uruguay and Italy could have a far-reaching affect into the poker world.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 25th, 2014 16
Borgata Calls Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting "Premeditated, Practiced, and Intricate"

After lying dormant for much of the last few months, the lawsuit filed by Borgata in Atlantic City against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over $9.6 million that Ivey won at baccarat has heated up in recent weeks.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 23rd, 2014 16
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
2011 WSOP November Niner Sam Holden Semi-Retires from Poker

On Saturday, Sam SamDMND Holden (pictured) announced that he is taking a "semi-retirement" from poker to pursue further academic and professional goals.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Apr 8th, 2014 15
Brent Beckley: Absolute Poker's Transaction Coding "Wasn't About Being Shady"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 15th, 2014 15
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Jamie Ross (finally)

Jamie Ross out of Jersey City, New Jersey plays under the handle finally on all New Jersey regulated online poker sites. Ross has over $20,000 in tracked online cashes, but his biggest highlights since the launch of online poker in New Jersey was winning seats into live events such as the Borgata Winter Open and WSOP Circuit Main Events.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 5th, 2014 15
Talks Between PokerStars, New Jersey DGE to Resume Thursday

According to the Associated Press, talks between Amaya Gaming, which announced one week ago that it plans to acquire the parent company PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will begin on Thursday. The focus: getting PokerStars licensed in the Garden State, a process that wound up in a dead end last December.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 18th, 2014 15
Trump Plaza in Atlantic City Closing, Future of Betfair Unclear

According to Fox News and several other sources, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey will close on September 16. The future of the casino's associated online poker site, Betfair, remains up in the air. PocketFives reached out to Betfair officials, but our e-mails were not returned at press time.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 12th, 2014 15
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
Nevada, Delaware to Share Online Poker Liquidity

In breaking news from both ends of the United States, Nevada and Delaware will share online poker liquidity, officials announced on Tuesday. According to the Las Vegas Sun, "Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell plan to conclude the agreement on Tuesday morning in Wilmington, Delaware." The two states have a combined population that approaches four million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 25th, 2014 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Brian Willis (WillisNYC)

Successful business owner Brian Willis (WillisNYC on PocketFives, pictured) out of North Brunswick, who plays mostly under the handle Deuxexmachin, was introduced to online poker back in 2003 and has never looked back. He couldn't be happier now that regulated online poker has returned to New Jersey. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 23rd, 2014 14
Dewey Tomko Denies Publishing Anti-Online Poker Editorial

In March, PocketFives, along with many other news outlets, reported about a commentary piece that ran in the Press of Atlantic City. The article was supposedly written by Poker Hall of Famer Dewey Tomko (pictured) and "poker pro" Bill Byers and espoused fears that online poker is particularly vulnerable to money laundering and teams of cheaters that prey on novice players undetected.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
May 6th, 2014 14
Molly Bloom's Tell-All Poker Memoir "Destroys Tobey Maguire"

Molly Bloom (pictured), dubbed the "Poker Princess" by the media, was handed down one of the lighter sentences for her role in an illegal high-stakes gambling ring that stretched from coast to coast and was heavily influenced by the Russian mob. Last year, the 36-year-old pleaded guilty to collecting rake in a poker game and was sentenced to one year of probation and a $1,000 fine. Read about ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 8th, 2014 14
Lock Poker Silent on PPA Letter, PPA Recommends Record-Keeping

You'll recall that, late last month, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) issued a letter to Lock Poker's "owners, officers, and managers" asking for the reasons behind prolonged player cashouts, whether Lock Poker segregates player funds, what logic the room uses when processing withdrawals, and its timeline for paying out. Two weeks later, the site has not responded.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 11th, 2014 14
PPA Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for PokerStars in California

The Poker Players Alliance conducted a survey in California focused on PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world which vacated the US market on Black Friday. "We have heard from many of you regarding the future of PokerStars in the United States, so we wish to get a sense of the community to help guide our decision-making," the survey said. The results were, on virtually every ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 11th, 2014 14
Allyn Shulman Wants to Set Record Straight About Mike Matusow Penalty

Over the weekend, we reported on an incident involving Mike Matusow at the 2014 World Series of Poker. True to his nickname, Matusow had been given a one-orbit penalty deep in the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low event, reportedly for excessive celebration, after which he had one of his old school blow-ups and busted out of the tournament. On Monday, new information about the episode came ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jun 17th, 2014 14
Las Vegas Sands Corp Suing 35 Websites

Sheldon Adelson, the man who hates online poker with every fiber of his body, is going after internet gambling sites yet again. But this time, he may have a point. The Las Vegas Sands Corp., the company of which Adelson is the CEO, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada on Friday against 35 websites for trademark infringement.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jul 1st, 2014 14
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
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 14
Lindsey Graham Introducing US Legislation to Ban Internet Gambling

According to an e-mail sent on Thursday from the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying group for poker players on Capitol Hill, "Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured) will soon introduce Senate legislation to expand the Wire Act to ban internet poker along with other forms of internet betting" in the United States. When his bill will be dropped remains to be seen. He has reportedly not ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 28th, 2014 13
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Mike Connors (ValueTown)

PocketFives had the chance to chat with one of our newest members Mike ValueTown Connors (pictured). Mike has been a member since February 2014 and has been living in Vegas for the last five years. He has been playing online poker for over nine years. He likes playing cash games and prefers live to online. He plays $1/$2 No Limit and takes a shot at the $2/$5 games as well. His favorite poker ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jun 26th, 2014 13
Daniel Negreanu Blasts Borgata for Edge-Sorting Lawsuit Against Phil Ivey

Daniel Negreanu (pictured) recently made his opinions about Borgata's lawsuit against Phil Ivey abundantly clear, going on several 140-character-fueled tirades defending his friend on Twitter. The Atlantic City casino is suing the poker legend for $9.6 million, claiming he won the cash using a technique it considers to be illegal.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Apr 24th, 2014 13
Sheldon Adelson Says He's "Very Socially Sensitive"

The man trying to eradicate online poker and internet gambling from the US – Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) – claims he's "very socially sensitive," according to a Las Vegas Sun article published this week. Adelson gave his remarks during a talk at UNLV.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 9th, 2014 13
PokerNews Turned Away from Venetian Due to Online Poker Ties

The war against online poker from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and its founder, Sheldon Adelson, ramped up this week, as PokerNews was turned away from reporting on its own sponsored MSPT event at the Venetian in Las Vegas (pictured). The Venetian, a Sands property, reportedly cited "site's affiliation with online poker," according to Pokerfuse.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 5th, 2014 13
Las Vegas Sands Has Spent $460,000 This Year Lobbying on Online Gambling

You might recall that Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the United States of online gambling. In fact, he has corralled two lawmakers – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – into introducing bills to do exactly that. How much money have Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling spent in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 27th, 2014 13
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
PocketFives Rankings Update: rounder63, overthetop43 Vault into Top 10

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 19th, 2014 12
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Jesse Elliot (No_Xcape)

Jesse Elliot (No_Xcape on PocketFives, pictured) out of Voorhees, New Jersey once said that when online poker returns to the Garden State, he would make a lot of noise on the tournament scene. Elliot is a man of his word. He has wins in the $10K Guarantee Nightly for $2,895 and Ultimate Poker $5K Guarantee Nightly for $1,550. He once won the 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee twice in the span of three ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 24th, 2014 12
PPA: Internet Gambling Bills Would Shut Down Regulated Sites in NJ, NV, DE

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 26th, 2014 12
Marvin Rettenmaier on a Poker Shot Clock: It's Impossible to Implement

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 28th, 2014 12
"I Grew Up Wanting to Be the Best Tennis Player in the World"

One of our most recent online poker Triple Crown winners, Matthew mstark87 Stark (pictured), took down the 888 Poker $10,000 Guaranteed R&A Turbo, PartyPoker $15,000 Guaranteed, and iPoker €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy en route to victory. It was his second career Triple Crown and, interestingly enough, all six of his Triple Crown tournament victories have come on just three sites.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 4th, 2014 12
American Gaming Association Withdraws Support for Online Gambling

In what could be a significant blow to the regulatory movement for online gambling and poker in the US, the American Gaming Association – the powerful lobbying organization for the US casino industry – has withdrawn its support for legalization and regulation of the industry.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
May 21st, 2014 12
Laptops, Money Reportedly Stolen from Poker Players During WSOP at Rio

It took all of two days during the 2014 World Series of Poker for several players to report theft of laptops and money. The series of Tweets, originally compiled by PokerNews, evoked memories of security issues at the Hotel Arts Barcelona during last year's European Poker Tour stop in the Spanish city.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 31st, 2014 12
Mike Matusow Calls WSOP Celebration Penalty "Disgusting"

The World Series of Poker is never without drama. After all, we as poker journalists would have nothing to write about if every event ran smoothly and no controversial calls were made. Speaking of hullabaloos, Mike Matusow (pictured) won a massive pot with about two-dozen players left in a $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low event this year and, according to PokerNews, "celebrated the only way ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 15th, 2014 12
Brandon Cantu, Jesse Martin Nearly Brawl at WSOP

Brandon Cantu (pictured) reportedly nearly came to blows with another player at his table during a heated incident in Event #41 at the World Series of Poker late last week.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 21st, 2014 12
California Indian Tribe Opening Online Poker Site Via Federal Loophole

While its state legislature continues to wrangle over the questions regarding regulation of online poker within its borders, a California Indian tribe is potentially moving forward with its own real money operation.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 16th, 2014 12
The Spewtard Wins Two Triple Crowns in First Two Weeks of July

The month of July has been mighty kind to longtime Australian PocketFiver The Spewtard (pictured), who goes by Dominic in the real world. He has taken down seven tournaments in the 19-day-old month a laid claim to two PocketFives Triple Crowns. If you're not familiar with the Triple Crown, it's given to anyone who can win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 19th, 2014 12
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
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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
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Aug 12th, 2014 12
Two Online Poker Bills Introduced in California

Two online poker bills were introduced in the California State Legislature on Friday, which probably not coincidentally was the last day of the current session that lawmakers were allowed to submit bills to the Office of Legislative Counsel.

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Feb 25th, 2014 11
Dewey Tomko Fears Cheating and Collusion at Regulated US Poker Sites

Dewey Tomko (pictured), a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and 2008 Poker Hall of Fame inductee, recently published an editorial in the Press of Atlantic City voicing his concerns about how cheating could have the potential to cause major damage to the newly legalized online poker industry in the US.

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Mar 23rd, 2014 11
US Banning Internet Gambling is "Ludicrous and Downright Foolish"

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

DanDan
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Mar 27th, 2014 11
Borgata Chipgate Ruling: "Don't Know Whether to Waste Winnings on a Lawyer"

On Monday, New Jersey gaming officials and Borgata announced the resolution to the counterfeit chip incident that plagued the first event of the Borgata Poker Open in January. At the time the fake chips were discovered, the tournament was frozen with 27 players remaining. As we told you on Monday, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ruled that those 27 players will each receive ...

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Apr 15th, 2014 11
High-Stakes Poker: Identities of MalACEsia, samrostan, patpatpanda Revealed

According to PokerNews, the real identities of three high-stakes online poker players have been confirmed. The news site said, "Macau high-stakes player Paul Phua is indeed MalACEsia, while Chun Lei Zhou (pictured) has stepped out as samrostan, the player formerly known as patpatpanda.'"

DanDan
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Apr 29th, 2014 11
Bet Up to $1 Million Against Negreanu or Ivey Winning a WSOP Bracelet

With the 2014 World Series of Poker nearly upon us, pros like Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Phil Ivey have been busy drumming up their annual high-stakes side action. This year, Negreanu made a simple proposal open to anyone: an even-money bet that either he or Ivey will win a bracelet in one of the WSOP Las Vegas events.

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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 16th, 2014 11
Tony G Wins Membership into European Parliament

Antanas Guoga (pictured), better known in the poker community as Tony G, will either make a fantastic politician or a horrible one. We will soon find out if his "berate you until your ears bleed" persona at the poker tables translates to politics, as he was elected to the European Parliament on Sunday.

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May 27th, 2014 11
iMsoLucky0, imahustla1 Win WSOP Bracelets

PocketFivers are up to 16 World Series of Poker bracelets won this year after capturing two more on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas. We'll start with Jordan iMsoLucky0 Morgan (pictured), who needed an extra day of play to take down a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #44) and bag $478,000.

DanDan
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Jun 25th, 2014 11
One-Handed Main Event Satellites: Wave of the Future?

If you blinked, you might have missed one-handed satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yes, one hand to determine whether or not a person will be able to enter poker's most prestigious tournament, which this year came with the promise of a $10 million first place prize. Why sit and grind a satellite when you can determine your fate in under 30 seconds'

DanDan
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Jul 8th, 2014 11
The Second Largest Triple Crown of 2014

On June 22, Scotland's Robbie Adreny Bull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crown in five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014.

DanDan
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Jul 21st, 2014 11
s_dot111 Third PocketFiver to Reach $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

Tuesday was a big day for Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan (pictured), who became the third PocketFiver ever to reach $7.5 million in online tournament winnings. He joins p0cket00 as the second member of our community to do so this year, as p0cket00 captured the award in May.

DanDan
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Jul 22nd, 2014 11
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
Did Gus Hansen Just Become the Biggest Loser in Online Poker History?

Gus Hansen (pictured) is on the verge of losing $17 million on Full Tilt Poker, according to HighStakesDB, making him the biggest loser in recorded online poker history. He has now more than doubled the losses of "noataima," the previous holder of that distinction.

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Feb 27th, 2014 10
"Last Week, I Got Randomly Attacked at a Bar"

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

DanDan
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Mar 14th, 2014 10
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Rodney Koodray (Vetstadium)

Rodney Koodray (Vetstadium on PocketFives, pictured) out of Waretown, New Jersey mostly plays under the names Chewbroccoli (), twelveparces (Borgata Poker), and Phillybirds (888 Poker). His drive for being competitive in strategy-based games is what drew him to the game of poker. He has wins in the Borgata $5K Guarantee, the $10K Guarantee, and the 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee Deep Stack for over ...

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Apr 1st, 2014 10
New Jersey's No_Xcape Final Tables Ultimate Poker $20K Three Straight Weekends

PocketFiver Jesse No_Xcape Elliot (pictured) accomplished quite a feat recently. He made the final table of the Ultimate Poker $20,000 Guarantee Sunday Major three weekends in a row in New Jersey. He finished in third, eighth and first for a combined $7,877 in winnings. PocketFives caught up with Elliot to talk about his accomplishment. Check out our New Jersey poker community for more details.

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Apr 8th, 2014 10
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 26, 2014

This Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey online poker, volume dipped a bit, but plenty of PocketFivers still showed up to make multiple final tables. In the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, Mike H. (JohnnnyDrama on PocketFives, pictured) outlasted a field of 229 runners to come out on top, banking the top prize of $10,500. This is his second win in the $50,000 Guarantee ...

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May 26th, 2014 10
Phil Hellmuth Has Given Away 11 of His 13 WSOP Bracelets

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

DanDan
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Apr 11th, 2014 10
Gus Hansen: "I Can't Keep Losing. At Some Point, I Have to Quit"

Gus Hansen (pictured) is in the midst of the worst online poker downswing on the books. At $17.66 million in the hole, the Danish pro has more than doubled the losses of noataima, the second biggest money loser in recorded online history, according to HighStakesDB.

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Apr 12th, 2014 10
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 6, 2014

This week on the New Jersey online poker scene, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $10,000 Guarantee, which awarded a first place prize of over $2,000 each night. ihearboobs took it down on Monday for $2,574. Winning on Tuesday was Splits89, pocketing $2,574 as well.

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Jun 6th, 2014 10
Texas Gov Rick Perry: Legalized i-Gaming Creates "Internet Content Cops"

In an op-ed that appeared in the National Review Online, Texas Governor Rick Perry (pictured) wrote about "Online Gambling's Other Cost." Perry also voiced concerns about internet gambling in March, when he sent a letter to the Judiciary Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives urging them to roll back the Department of Justice's 2011 clarification of the Wire Act of 1961.

DanDan
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May 22nd, 2014 10
Chris Wallace (Fox) Wins WSOP $10K HORSE Bracelet

"Really happy for my friend Chris Fox Wallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion." Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Small on Facebook following Wallace's big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP ...

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Jun 11th, 2014 10
Amaya Buys PokerStars Parent for $4.9 Billion, Mark Scheinberg to Resign

After a long day of speculation, it was revealed on Thursday night that Amaya Gaming has acquired the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. According to a press release, it's still subject to Amaya shareholder approval.

DanDan
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Jun 12th, 2014 10
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Maureen Ludwig (Redhotmomma)

Maureen Redhotmomma Ludwig (pictured) out of Glen Ridge, New Jersey is a stay at home mom who juggles a busy lifestyle, but still manages to find time to play online poker in New Jersey. With over $20,000 in recorded online cashes, her notable finishes include a third place in a WSOPOC event for $2,500, a win in the $10,000 Guarantee for $2,750, and a seventh place in the PartyPoker/Borgata ...

DloricanDlorican
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Jun 13th, 2014 10
Sweat Time: Ivey, Negreanu Make Final 14 of WSOP $1,500 Eight-Game

Before the World Series of Poker started, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey (pictured) offered a 1:1 bet up to $1 million. The concept was simple: if Ivey or Negreanu won a bracelet in Las Vegas this year, they win. If neither won a bracelet, you win. The odds: a seemingly generous 1:1. Many laughed at the concept of Ivey or Negreanu navigating three- and four-digit player fields en route to ...

DanDan
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Jun 27th, 2014 10
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.

DloricanDlorican
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Aug 4th, 2014 10
"Full Tilt Money in My Bank Account! I Really Would Have Bet Against It."

Over 1,000 days after Full Tilt Poker vacated the US market on Black Friday, players in the United States have finally been reunited with their funds. Following a muddled deal with Groupe Bernard Tapie that didn't work out, PokerStars swooped in and bought its one-time rival as part of a settlement of over $700 million with the US Government, all leading to Friday's first round of repayments to ...

DanDan
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Feb 28th, 2014 9
WPT Players Vote 80-20 in Favor of a Shot Clock

In a poker tournament, one of the things constantly complained about is the length of time players contemplate what to do with their hands. After polling their players during a recent tournament, one poker tour is looking to attack this issue with a long-proposed idea.

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Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Mar 5th, 2014 9
Mike Leah: "So Absurd. Just Won My Second WSOPC Ring of the Day."

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

DanDan
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Mar 15th, 2014 9
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Oliver Dent (odi420)

Bloomfield, New Jersey's own Oliver odi420 Dent (pictured), who mostly plays under TheRealOD online, enjoys being able to fire up his computer from the comfort of his own home. He has several final table appearances under his belt. On February 28, he finished third in the $10K Guarantee nightly for $1,021. He made the final table of the $10K Guarantee on two other occasions, finishing fifth ...

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Mar 18th, 2014 9