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WSOP: Danielle Andersen Confronts Howard Lederer Over WSOP Return

Danielle Andersen found herself sitting across from Howard Lederer on Day 1B of the 2016 WSOP Main Event In a matter of minutes Sunday night, Danielle Andersen’s 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event went from enjoyable to emotionally draining and it had absolutely nothing to do with the cards. It had everything to do with one of the, if not THE central Black Friday villain, Howard Lederer.

LanceJul 11th, 2016 23
Howard Lederer Issues Statement Apologizing for Full Tilt Poker Failure

Howard Lederer issued a statement about his responsibility in the collapse of Full Tilt Poker. Five years ago Howard Lederer became persona non grata in the poker community. After the Department of Justice seized the Full Tilt Poker assets, the truth about the company’s financial situation became a matter of public record and Lederer, along with Ray Bitar, was labeled as the executives in ...

LanceMay 20th, 2016 19
Chino Rheem Wins $10K WPT Finale for Third Career WPT Title

Chino Rheem is now one of just four players to win three World Poker Tour titles. (WPT/Joe Giron photo) When the final table of the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Finale began, there were a couple of storylines in play. Spain’s Adrian Mateos was hoping to become the youngest player to win poker’s Triple Crown and Chino Rheem, with two previous WPT titles under his belt, was looking to ...

LanceApr 21st, 2016 15
Jan Bendik Wins EPT Grand Final Main Event for €961,800

Jan Bendik won the EPT Grand Final Main Event (photo: PokerNews) Slovakia's Jan Bendik won the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. His reward: €961,800 and a spade-shaped trophy. After a grueling week of play, Bendik finally cracked a smile and multiple waves of confetti rained down.

DanMay 6th, 2016 12
PocketFives Rankings: Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis Enters Top 10

Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8 in the PocketFives Rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time ever (photo: Merit Poker). As the old saying about the Trojan Horse goes, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." In the PocketFives Rankings, it's "Beware of Greeks cracking the top 10." This week, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8, ...

DanApr 20th, 2016 11
"Breaking Bad" Actor Aaron Paul Joins LA Sunset GPL Team

"Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul has been drafted by the Global Poker League's LA Sunset. Last week, "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul was a guest on the "Late Late Show with James Corden." This week, he's the newest member of the Global Poker League's LA Sunset, the second and final wild card pick from team manager Maria Ho.

DanApr 11th, 2016 10
PokerStars Joins Forces with eSports Franchise Team Liquid

Jeffrey 'Sjow’ Brusi (left), Janne 'Savjz' Mikkonen (center) and Dario 'TLO' Wünsch (right) are part of eSports franchise Team Liquid that will be working with PokerStars. With the skill set needed to beat both online poker and strategy-based video games largely the same, it’s no surprise that players on both sides have crossed over and had success in both of the two industries. Now, ...

LandSharkMay 18th, 2016 9
Two-Time Sunday Million Winner Rob Tinnion Launches MTT Training Site

Rob Tinnion is ready to teach the world how to win MTTs For most poker players, the thought of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million is nothing more than a pipe dream. But for UK-based grinder Rob Tinnion, fantasy turned into reality when he took down the tournament not once, but twice in the span of just five months.

LandSharkMay 16th, 2016 8
Online Poker Bill Passes 53-5 in New York State Senate

The New York State Senate passed a bill regulating online poker introduced by John Bonacic "Happy birthday, [State Senator] John Bonacic." Those were some of the final words spoken before the New York State Senate approved S5302D, which would grant 11 online poker licenses in New York, by a 53-5 vote.

DanJun 15th, 2016 8
WSOP: With Bracelet in Hand, Fedor Holz Retiring From Poker

Fedor Holz collects his World Series of Poker bracelet On Tuesday afternoon Fedor Holz stood on stage at the 2016 World Series of Poker and was awarded the bracelet he won in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller just two days earlier. In a quick speech he thanked his friends, his family, and the woman who cooked his food all summer long.

LanceJul 13th, 2016 8
Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio Parlaying $213K Score into More Live Play

Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio won the Sunday Million and is using part of his winnings for live play If you were an up-and-coming poker player who just had a pile of cash fall into his lap, what would you do with it' How would it change your career' Would you play higher stakes' Would you swim your way out of make-up' Would you stake others in hopes that they'd have a monstrous score as well'

DanApr 7th, 2016 7
PokerStars and Full Tilt Merge Players May 17, FTP Software Retired

The once-loved Full

LandSharkMay 6th, 2016 7
WSOP: The Kindergarten Teacher Who Might Become a Millionaire

Lisa Meredith needs to outlast 13 more players to win a million dollars. When the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule was announced, Dustin and Lisa Meredith circled a few events they wanted to play. Their first choice was the $1,500 Monster Stack, but Lisa's parents, who had volunteered to look after the kids one weekend, weren't available that weekend, so they chose the Millionaire Maker ...

LanceJun 14th, 2016 7
Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. Wins First NJ Triple Crown

Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. wins first-ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated sites Over the past 11 years, there have been over 1,000 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded, but never one on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms. History is meant to be changed. Earlier this month, Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. etched his name into PocketFives history by becoming ...

wackyJaxonJun 20th, 2016 7
Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Apparently Targeted for Home Robbery

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

LanceAug 13th, 2016 7
Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes' Love of Poker is a Family Affair

Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes and his wife rolling craps at their wedding Some players would say that getting a mental break from poker is healthy. Others grind non-stop until their routers burst into flames. Others have spouses, parents, friends, and family that play poker for a living.

DanMar 31st, 2016 6
Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman: Online Poker Star and "Glorified Housewife"

Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman has been balancing poker with being the father of a 6-year-old, photo: Poker Asia Pacific As anyone who has kids knows, they literally change their parents' lives. You suddenly have the lives of others in your hands and that carefree lifestyle you used to have is gone out the window. Bar-hopping' Nope. Staying up until 3am' Gone.

DanApr 16th, 2016 6
Seth Davies Wins WPT Canadian Spring Championship

Seth Davies beat out 470 other players to win the WPT Canadian Spring Championship. (Joe Giron photo) Just over 10 days ago, the World Poker Tour put a bow on Season 14. Thursday afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, the first champion of Season 15 was crowned with the conclusion of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club. It also likely going to become known as the Seth ...

LanceMay 5th, 2016 6
Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi Wins 2016 SCOOP (H) Main Event Title, $1,468,001

Talal Shakerchi added a major online poker title to his already impressive poker resume on Tuesday. Talal Shakerchi is a regular on the high stakes live tournament scene with over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. The hedge fund manager isn’t a pro but certainly isn’t afraid to play against the best players in the world. And that apparently includes online.

LanceMay 25th, 2016 6
NJSCOOP: ‘Scooby-D0O’ and Moneymaker Steal Show Before Main Event

The first ever NJSCOOP Main Event goes Sunday. If PokerStars executives had any anxiety about turnout for the inaugural New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker, they can rest easy now. Over the first week and a half of play, Garden State poker players turned out in droves for the series, covering 37 out of 44 total guarantees. That's good news for everybody with the Main Event set for ...

LandSharkMay 27th, 2016 6
Rainer Kempe Beats Fedor Holz to Win 2016 Super High Roller Bowl

Rainer Kempe won the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Wednesday (photo courtesy Poker Central/Joe Giron) The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featured 49 of the world’s best poker players and to the surprise of nobody who has been watching the world of high roller poker tournaments the past few years, it ended up being another celebration of German poker excellence.

LanceJun 2nd, 2016 6
Pennsylvania House Passes Online Gambling Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports It's the final countdown… literally. With just two days to go in the Pennsylvania General Assembly's session, the state's House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports.

DanJun 28th, 2016 6
WSOP: Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Headlines 2016 November Nine

LanceJul 19th, 2016 6
Andrew 'Mergulas' Glauberg Becomes Second NJ Triple Crown Winner

Andrew 'Mergulas Glauberg became the second person to earn a PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker sites (Borgata photo). Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to ...

wackyJaxonAug 22nd, 2016 6
“Action Clock” Could Become the Norm at World Poker Tour Events

The World Poker Tour could be using the Protection Poker Action Clock regularly next season.(WPT photo) Matt Savage thought Mike Sexton was crazy. Sexton, World Poker Tour commentator and Poker Hall of Famer, had been pushing Savage, Executive Tour Director of the WPT, to introduce a shot clock to WPT events to speed up the game and prevent players from tanking unnecessarily.

LanceApr 23rd, 2016 5
WSOP Announces Improvements for 2016; Headphones, Kevmath, Payouts

The WSOP made some player-friendly improvements for 2016. Always looking to improve the World Series of Poker experience, organizers of the prestigious event have announced several changes in the digital realm, which they hope will streamline and enhance the experience for participants this summer.

LandSharkApr 28th, 2016 5
WSOP: Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano Savoring First Bracelet Win

Tonight in Hunterdon County, New Jersey Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano will be sitting with his feet up, watching his nearly three-year-old daughter run around the house after her busy day at the preschool she just started.

LanceJun 30th, 2016 5
How You Talk About Poker is Key to Your Mindset

[CAPTION=100%]The way you talk about poker Watch Your Language: Why Words Matter in Poker There are many different ways in which we conceptualize poker in order to make it easier to talk about. We talk about it as a mathematical construct, we talk about it as a psychological battle between opponents, we increasingly talk about it as a sport, we talk about it as a gambling pastime. One way ...

theginger45Jul 27th, 2016 5
Dani 'supernova9' Stern Tops March High-Stakes Cash Leaderboard

Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in March (photo credit Danny Maxwell/PokerNews) It was no April fool's joke. Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard for March, according to HighStakesDB and beat out all other competitors by almost $100,000.

DanApr 2nd, 2016 4
Revisiting Poker's Darkest Day Through the Tweets of Black Friday

Five years ago the online poker world changed forever. In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed indictments against executives from the three largest online poker operators in the world, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker/UB, and some of the payment processors that served them. Within minutes of the indictments being unsealed the poker world ...

LanceApr 15th, 2016 4
You Might Be Learning Poker in Reverse

I’ve done roughly 750 hours of one-to-one poker coaching over the last two and a half years, and one trend has become evident to me recently among lower-stakes players who are learning the game and trying to take their performance to the next level. It occurs to me that many people who believe they’re taking the right path to poker success are, in fact, more or less attempting to do things ...

theginger45Apr 23rd, 2016 4
Alex Papazian Wins EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1M

Alex Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. (photo: Danny Maxwell) Just when you think it's over, it's probably not. Despite double up after double up, dramatic river after dramatic river, Alexandru Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. It was the third cash in Monaco for the Romanian, who defeated Alexandros Kolonias heads-up. ...

DanMay 6th, 2016 4
Run It Up Legion Takes Over Resorts, ‘RedsoxNets5’ Wins Rumble

Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty (left), Jason Somerville and Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig after the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble Over 125 members of the Run It Up Legion - along with their fearless leader Jason Somerville and a handful of other Team PokerStars pros - took over a ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday for the first live event held by PokerStars since the company ...

LanceMay 17th, 2016 4
WSOP: Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano Wins First Gold Bracelet

Cesar Garcia was one of three WSOP bracelet winners on Saturday )WSOP photo) Many poker players used to grinding day in and day out at the 2016 World Series of Poker took the weekend off for the Electric Daisy Carnival along with 100,000 other party-goers at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a much-needed breather about halfway through the Series. But action pressed on and Saturday saw three ...

PaulOresteenJun 19th, 2016 4
Brian 'bfizz11' Fite Says Poker is All About Goal-Setting

Brian 'bfizz11' Fite has used goal-setting to become incredibly successful in poker In mid-June, Brian 'bfizz11' Fite created a blog that outlined a special bankroll-building challenge. Starting with $1,000, his goal is to get to $50,000 before he leaves Mexico to spend some quality Christmastime back home in Texas. Fite is a goal-setter, driven by a desire to accomplish anything he sets out to ...

DanJun 30th, 2016 4
Strategy: Your Fight For Control is Costing You Money

Why You Need to Stop Fighting to Control Poker We’ve all played poker with people who love to talk about how unlucky they are. Sit down at any low-stakes cash table in Las Vegas or any home game in London and everyone will have a story for you about their latest bad beat or a big hand they lost. These stories will often be accompanied by a muttered self-admonition, along the lines of, ...

theginger45Jul 10th, 2016 4
The Mistake of Relating Your Confidence to Your Results

The Confidence Paradox Much has been written of the nature of confidence in poker. A lot of mental game literature focuses on confidence as a fundamental tool necessary for success in the game in the long term, but Jared Tendler's The Mental Game of Poker astutely points out that in a game with so much variance, confidence is theoretically not necessary in order to achieve short-term results ...

theginger45Aug 11th, 2016 4
EPT: “Retired” Fedor Holz Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

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

LanceAug 23rd, 2016 4
Fifth Triple Crown Leads Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov to August MPLB Win

Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov wion the August MPLB and his fifth Triple Crown Bulgaria's Aleks 'alexd2' Dimitrov has been tearing things up this year and recently climbed up to third place in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, his all-time high. Last month was a particularly good month for Dimitrov, as he won the August Monthly Points Leaderboard with 3,016.82 points despite playing for less than ...

wackyJaxonSep 7th, 2016 4
New Son, Another COOP Title: A Crazy Day in the Life of Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo) Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as ...

ShillibierSep 16th, 2016 4
Martin Jacobson and the Rise of Sweden as a Poker Powerhouse

Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all.

DanMar 29th, 2016 3
Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman Widens Lead in Nevada Rankings

Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman widened his lead in the Nevada rankings After taking hold of top spot in the Nevada rankings in February, Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman made sure there was no changing of the guard in March. After holding down a 233-point lead last month over second place, Steinman widened his lead to over 500 points. He now sits with 2,393 points as the state's top-ranked player.

DanApr 1st, 2016 3
Fedor Holz Highlights 15th Annual European Poker Award Nominees

Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards On May 3, a veritable who's who of the top names in European poker will gather at the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort in luxurious Monaco. Over the course of the evening, nine awards will be given out as part of the 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards, honoring players for their achievements in 2015. The ...

DanApr 4th, 2016 3
Looking Back at the Top 10 Ranked Players on Black Friday

Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, with Todd Brunson, was the #1 ranked online player on Black Friday. (PokerListings photo) Ask any member of the poker community and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on April 15, 2011, a day that will forever live in poker lore as Black Friday. For the top 10 players on the the PocketFives Rankings that day, their world was forever ...

DanApr 15th, 2016 3
After Two Years in Vancouver, David 'd.quang' Quang is Back Home

David 'd.quang' Quang's two-year run in Vancouver to clear his mind came to an end. Now, he's back in Ontario. American author Horace Greeley once popularized the phrase "Go West, young man." It was in reference to westward expansion of the United States in the 19th Century, but in the case of online poker pro David 'd.quang' Quang, "Go West, young man" meant a chance for clear air and a new ...

DanApr 16th, 2016 3
Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo Running a Bar and Winning Sunday Warm-Ups

Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo (at left), who owns SharkBite Bar and Grill in the Turks and Caicos, won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Admit it, you've dreamed of running a bar. Invite your friends over for a beer whenever you want, sing karaoke until daybreak, and come up with cocktails that even Jerry Thomas couldn't imagine. And what if that bar were ocean-side' And visited by sharks'

DanApr 19th, 2016 3
Justin Young Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Justin Young celebrates his first WPT title with his wife Morgan and close friends including Eric Baldwin, David Peters and Jonathan Little (Joe Giron/WPT Photo) More than eight years ago, Justin Young found himself at the final table of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio. After outlasting a final table that included Hoyt Corkins, Amonn Filippi and Steve Sung, Young was ...

LanceApr 21st, 2016 3
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill Uses Structure in an Unstructured World

Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings and scored his first PocketFives Triple Crown. (photo: WPT) Many poker pros play the game for a living because of the flexibility it allows. If you feel like going to Cancun for the weekend, and you've got the cash, then go. If your friends are heading to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, you can go too. Just be sure ...

DanApr 24th, 2016 3
California Online Poker Regulation Takes Key Step Forward

California Assemblyman Adam Gray's online poker bill is on its way to the Assembly It's probably a little too early to get super excited just yet, but Wednesday afternoon saw a California legislative committee pass a bill that would regulate online poker in the Golden State with some suggesting the law could pass in 2016.

LanceApr 28th, 2016 3
He's Back: 'C Darwin2' Retakes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden.

DanMay 11th, 2016 3
'lena900' Bags Largest Triple Crown Since September

Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months. While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB ...

DanMay 13th, 2016 3
Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg Looking Forward to More Live Success

Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg recently had his biggest live score to date in a Parx event. The world of online poker can be a blurry and mysterious one, as a player can garner a following and reputation without anyone actually knowing who that player is. 'Isildur1' is and was the most well known case of that happening but when New Jersey online poker went live a few years ago, ‘mygame’, a ...

WILLOCMay 17th, 2016 3
Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet Hits $7.5 Million in Online Winnings

Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet just passed $7.5 million in career online MTT winnings On May 21, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet became the fifth person this year to pass $7.5 million in online tournament winnings for their career. Nine people did it all of last year, including the likes of former #1 ranked players Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer. Van Fleet, needless to say, is in some ...

DanMay 28th, 2016 3
WSOP: Norm 'slystyle012' Michalek Leads Colossus; Chris Ferguson Returns

Norm Michalek is the Colossus II chip leader heading into Day 2 When WSOP organizers announced that the $565 buy-in Colossus event that was such a huge success in 2015 would be back on the 2016 schedule, the expected to break their own record for largest live tournament ever held. To accommodate they added two more starting flights on a third starting day.

LanceJun 5th, 2016 3
WSOP: Ben Keeline Wins Colossus II, Berg Takes Down Dealers Choice

Ben Keeline captured $1,000,000 for winning Colossus II Tuesday night. It took six days to do it but the 2016 World Series of Poker crowned a Colossus II winner Tuesday night and the story is almost too good to be true. Ben Keeline, who was down to just 500 chips on his second and final bullet at one point on Day 1, came all the way back to overcome the second largest live tournament in poker ...

LanceJun 8th, 2016 3
WSOP: Despite Near Miss and Twitter Drama, Mercier Remains Focused

Jason Mercier has one WSOP bracelet this year, but narrowly missed out on a second on Wednesday night. For the last 72 hours the attention of the poker world has been squarely on Jason Mercier thanks to his first bracelet win of the summer and the six and seven-figure bracelet bets he made before the 2016 World Series of Poker began. On Monday night, Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to ...

LanceJun 16th, 2016 3
California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee

A bill from Adam Gray regulating online poker in California passed the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday The "most-vetted bill" in California this year passed through the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. "If we held every bill to the standards we've held this bill, we wouldn't have any bills," AB 2863 sponsor Adam Gray said. Gray's measure ...

DanJun 22nd, 2016 3
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins Triple Crown #5 Live on Twitch

Bryan 'bparis' Paris won a PocketFives Triple Crown while live-streaming on Twitch Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown is hard enough. If you want one, you need to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 players and a real money buy-in. Satellites and qualifiers do not count.

DanJun 29th, 2016 3
Ten Names to Consider for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Ten players worth considering as the Poker Hall of Fame public nomination process opens The public nomination process for the Poker Hall of Fame to determine the top ten candidates for official voting for the Class of 2016 opened earlier this month. The nomination period allows poker fans around the world to submit the names of players they think should be considered for inclusion in the Poker ...

PaulOresteenJul 3rd, 2016 3
WSOP: Big One for One Drop Returns - Recreational Players Only

Big One for One Drop is back for 2016 - but with significant changes The biggest buy-in poker tournament - the Big One for One Drop - in history is back for 2016, but there are a few important changes that will be sure to catch a few people by surprise. “The Big One for One Drop is back. This time at the iconic casino in Monte Carlo in a new reinvented format for recreational players ...

LanceJul 11th, 2016 3
WSOP: Fedor Holz Wins One Drop HR, Main Event Draws 1,733 for 1B

Fedor Holz has had himself quite the summer. The former PocketFives#1-ranked player had won a couple of Aria High Rollers, finished runner-up in the Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl and he capped it all off on Sunday by winning the One Drop High Roller for his first career bracelet. Holz’s victory came while Day 1B of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event played out around him and ...

LanceJul 11th, 2016 3
WSOP: Busting Phil Hellmuth a Literal Dream Come True for Sara Hall

Sara Hall was the executioner of Phil Hellmuth's 2016 WSOP Main Event dreams Sara Hall isn’t just some amateur taking a shot at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. She’s an accomplished player, having won a WSOP Circuit ring and she most recently got close to winning Casino Champion at the Circuit stop at Horseshoe Baltimore. On Thursday however, she found herself in a spot many ...

LanceJul 15th, 2016 3
888poker Launches BLAST - New Lottery Style SNG Format

888poker is hoping BLAST Poker is a huge hit Lottery-style sit-n-gos have been all the rage in the online poker world the past 18 months and now 888poker has come up with a new twist on the format called BLAST Poker. Similar to other lottery-style sit-n-gos, BLAST is a shorthanded, hyper-turbo SNG with a randomly drawn prize pool that ranges from 2X to 10,000X the buy-in. The game deviates, ...

LandSharkJul 23rd, 2016 3
888poker Launches State of the Art Personalized Video Program

888poker is giving players around the world the chance to star in their own poker story video. Many poker players just want to maximize their profits when they sit down at the poker table. For them, it’s all about the money. But there’s another group of poker players who have another motivation in mind when they buy-in to a tournament or a cash game. They want to see their name in ...

P5s StaffJul 30th, 2016 3
World Poker Tour and FOX Sports Sign Five-Year Extension

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

LanceAug 19th, 2016 3
Sunday Majors: Finland's 'Sand0-85' Wins PokerStars Sunday Million

The Sunday Majors this week included a former November Niner winning big With Season 13 of the European Poker Tour kicking off in Barcelona, entries into major tournaments on PokerStars were down across the board. That's just fine by 'Sand0-85' though. The Finnish player earned an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $163,843. 'Elier9' won $113,390 for finishing runner-up ...

dhubermexAug 22nd, 2016 3
Why Successful Poker Players Shouldn’t Fear Variance

EPT Barcelona winner Sebastian Malec may have understood the truth about variance (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart) If you spend a lot of time discussing hands on poker forums, with friends and fellow players, or with a poker coach (or, like me, with poker students), there’s a certain type of thought process with which I guarantee you’ve come into contact. It goes a little bit like ...

theginger45Sep 7th, 2016 3
Mercier and Somerville Team Up for WCOOP Super High Roller Stream

Boasting over 13 million views and nearly 200,000 follows to his Run It UP poker stream on Twitch, Jason Sommerville is by far the most popular poker broadcaster on the site. While his average shows attract several thousand fans apiece, that number can skyrocket when the Team PokerStars Pro finds himself at a final table, playing for thousands of dollars.

LandSharkSep 8th, 2016 3
Chris Moneymaker Highlights 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Nominees

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

LanceSep 9th, 2016 3
WCOOP: Finland's '€urop€an' Wins Super Tuesday, $297,250

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

LanceSep 15th, 2016 3
Rush Street Well Positioned to Be Major Player in US Online Gaming

Rush Street Gaming has entered into real money online play in New Jersey under their SugarHouse brand. Rush Street Gaming recently launched its first real-money US online gambling site, the online casino in New Jersey. Rush Street doesn't own or operate an Atlantic City casino. The launch was made possible thanks to a deal between Rush Street and Golden Nugget that allows the ...

Steve RuddockSep 20th, 2016 3
Amaya CEO David Baazov Takes Indefinite Paid Leave of Absence

Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov has stepped aside - temporarily - to deal with insider trading allegations. Just days after being charged with insider trading, David Baazov has taken an indefinite paid leave of absence from his role as Amaya Chair CEO to deal with the allegations. He will remain a member of the board of directors.

LanceMar 29th, 2016 2
PokerStars EPT Grand Final Includes Record 302 Online Qualifiers

There are 302 online qualifiers in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2016, a new record. The 2016 European Poker Tour Grand Final starts in a couple of weeks from the picturesque principality of Monaco. Its sandy beaches, steep cliffs, celebrities-a-plenty, and famed Grand Prix track will welcome a record number of online qualifiers from PokerStars this year.

DanApr 14th, 2016 2
Jivaro: A PokerStars Heads-Up Display for the Masses

Jivaro has created an easy-to-use heads-up display for online poker players of all levels The introduction of heads-up displays (HUDs) to online poker undoubtedly transformed the game, elevating the skill level of the competition and making the tables tougher overall to beat. By crunching the data produced by hand history files, software like PokerTracker and Hold'em Manager allowed players to ...

LandSharkApr 20th, 2016 2
Sweden's 'Discoovery' Wins partypoker Super High Roller

Later this week, the PocketFives Rankings might look a little bit different than they do right now. Swedish poker pro 'Discoovery' had a Sunday to remember and come Wednesday, he may find himself in the top 20 worldwide. He took down the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller and finished fifth in the Sunday 500 - those two scores alone earned him just over $85,000 cash and 765 PLB points. He ...

dhubermexApr 25th, 2016 2
PokerStars Announces Inaugural NJSCOOP with $1.1M Guaranteed

New Jersey players now have another online series to look forward to with PokerStars NJ SCOOP. PokerStars is wasting no time making its presence known in New Jersey, announcing the first ever New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker. With $1.1 million in guaranteed prize money, the series promises to be the biggest one ever held since the state regulated online gaming.

LandSharkApr 26th, 2016 2
Fabian Quoss Wins Extended EPT Grand Final €50K High Roller

Fabian Quoss defeated Ole Schemion in the €50,000 High Roller during the EPT Grand Final (photo credit Danny Maxwell) It took extra innings, but Fabian Quoss won the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller. The Single-Day High Roller, which started at on Sunday, drew 70 total entries. It was scheduled to last just one day, but due to casino ...

DanMay 2nd, 2016 2
Niall Farrell Travels the World of Poker with a Merry Band of Scots

You can find Niall 'firaldo' Farrell at big live events around the world with a boisterous band of Scots They're loud. They have strength in numbers. And when they have a beer in their hands, all bets are off. They're called Scots, and among them is Niall 'firaldo' Farrell, #8 in the PocketFives Rankings for the UK and #2 on Scotland's all-time money list.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 2
Jason Mercier Hopes to Repeat as SCOOP Player of the Series

PokerStars pro Jason Mercier is looking forward to defending his SCOOP Player of the Series title. It's two o'clock in the afternoon in the principality of Monaco. As punctual as ever, PokerStars pro Jason Mercier waltzes into the hip Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort wearing basketball shorts and a black, long-sleeved Miami shirt. His white baseball cap is flipped backwards, he's ...

DanMay 7th, 2016 2
Fatima Moreira de Melo Grounded in an Ungrounded World

In a world of travel, fancy dinners, and high-stakes poker, Fatima Moreira de Melo has managed to maintain her sanity. Three Olympic medals – one gold, one silver, one bronze. An appearance in the finals of the Netherlands singing competition "It Takes 2." A win in the reality series "Expeditie Robinson," a Dutch equivalent of "Survivor." And now a poker career that's taken her around the ...

DanMay 8th, 2016 2
Department of Justice Denies Nearly 1,500 Full Tilt Poker Claims

Approximately 1,500 Full Tilt Poker claims were denied because players did not meet the remission requirements The Garden City Group, the company responsible for administering all Full Tilt Poker fund dispersals, recently announced that approximately 1,500 claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Justice after not meeting remission requirements. Affected players were notified via ...

DanMay 11th, 2016 2
Luis 'luis_faria' Faria Gets Tyson'd, Heads to Poker

Luis 'luis_faria' Faria and his family "The Bite Heard Round the World." It happened in mid-1997 on the Las Vegas Strip and involved Mike Tyson taking a big old bite out of Evander Holyfield's left ear. Tyson was immediately disqualified and, almost 20 years later, his blood-spewing actions still live on in infamy.

DanMay 19th, 2016 2
WSOP Town Hall Addresses Registration, Payouts, Start Times

The 2016 World Series of Poker is less than two weeks away. In a little under two weeks the halls of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas will transform into a seven week long summer camp for poker players when the 2016 World Series of Poker kicks off. Thursday afternoon WSOP executives held another Twitch Town Hall to discuss some of the changes in store this year. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, ...

LanceMay 20th, 2016 2
Just Another Day in SCOOP: Anderson Wins Title #7, Mercier Wins #5

Jason Mercier is two days away from winning backt-to-back SCOOP Player of the Series titles. No player has had more success in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker than Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson and Friday afternoon he added yet another title to his resume. Anderson beat out 239 other players to win the $27 Eight Game event for the seventh SCOOP win of his career - ...

LanceMay 21st, 2016 2
Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah Wins Second 2016 SCOOP Title

Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah now has two 2016 SCOOP titles. Just four days after beating Ari Engel heads-up to win his first 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker title, Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah scored his second win in Event 48 (H), $2,100 Seven Card Stud, after overcoming a star-studded final table that included Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick and eventual runner-up ...

LanceMay 23rd, 2016 2
Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov Brings Engineering Know-How to Poker

Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov has experienced success in poker due to his background in engineering Poker is inherently a math-based game. And the most successful players know that math like the back of their hand. How many outs do I have' What are my implied odds' What are my pot odds' How much would I get in an ICM chop' It's all math in the end.

DanMay 29th, 2016 2
Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland Wins PokerStars Sunday Grand

Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland won the PokerStars Sunday Grand this weekend. As the poker world now turns its sights towards the 2016 World Series of Poker, there were a number of players who came up big over the weekend in online tournaments. One of those is longtime PocketFiver Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland. The 63rd-ranked player in the world outlasted a field of 200 to win the $1,050 ...

dhubermexMay 30th, 2016 2
David Williams Finds Himself on MasterChef Thanks to His Daughter

David Williams is hoping for a long run on FOX's MasterChef. Last August, one of David Williams’ close friends told him that MasterChef, the FOX cooking show where Gordon Ramsay and a few other celebrity chefs try and find the best home cook in America, was holding auditions in Las Vegas and encouraged him to give it a shot. There was just one problem. Williams had never seen an episode of ...

LanceJun 1st, 2016 2
WSOP: Colossus II Flights C and D Bring Out Almost 7,000 Players

There were 6,869 players who sat behind a Colossus II starting stack on Friday (@jr_plante photo) As the 2016 World Series of Poker wrapped up its third day of play, the third and fourth starting flights for Colossus II brought out barely 7,000 more entries bringing the total field in the $565 buy-in event to 12,271 with two more starting flights to come. To break last year’s record for ...

LanceJun 4th, 2016 2
Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov Wins Two Sunday Majors

Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov grabbed two more victories on Sunday for almost $70,000. Major online poker tournament activity saw a slight decrease in activity this weekend as players flock to Las Vegas to compete in the 2016 World Series of Poker. One player in particular took full advantage of the softer fields. Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov, the top-ranked player in Bulgaria, won the PokerStars Sunday ...

dhubermexJun 6th, 2016 2
Beyond the Bracelets: Colossus II, Phil Ivey, Robert Mizrachi

The 2016 World Series of Poker is now one week in and while there’s been a half dozen or so bracelets awarded, and millions of dollars paid out to the players fortunate enough to cash, there’s a few other stories that can be told with numbers. We give you ten such stories in the premier edition of the PocketFives

LanceJun 8th, 2016 2
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins 20th Largest Triple Crown Ever

Bryan 'bparis' Paris earned the 20th largest PocketFives Triple Crown ever at 1,036 PLB Points (image: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell) On June 7, Bryan 'bparis' Paris won the PokerStars Super Tuesday. That would be a career-defining accomplishment for anyone, and for Paris, the score was his fifth largest online ever.

DanJun 11th, 2016 2
YouStake Makes WSOP Action Accessible to Everybody

Anthony Zinno is one of the high profile players using . (WPT photo) Poker players around the world dream of playing the World Series of Poker and cashing in on some of the riches available. Whether it’s not having a big enough bankroll or not being able to get time off from their day job to travel to Las Vegas, for many players it will always remain just that - a dream. But now one company ...

P5s StaffJun 12th, 2016 2
WSOP: Jason Mercier Wins $10K HORSE for Bracelet #2 of 2016

Jason Mercier made a lot of noise before the 2016 World Series of Poker, making multiple prop bets against any and all comers. He’s made even more noise in the last eight days. After opening this year’s Series by failing to cash in his first nine events, Mercier has posted four straight cashes, including his second bracelet win of the summer early Saturday morning in Las Vegas.

LanceJun 18th, 2016 2
WSOP: Father's Day Bracelet Ceremony Extra Special For Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier won his second 2016 WSOP bracelet with his father Rick cheering him on from the rail Sunday afternoon Jason Mercier will stand in a room full of his peers for his second bracelet ceremony of the 2016 World Series of Poker. This one will be special for sure – winning two bracelets in a single year is a rare feat – but it’s likely going to be even more special for Jason given ...

LanceJun 19th, 2016 2
Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Now Tied Together in Pennsylvania

An amendment regulating internet gambling introduced by Rosita Youngblood was tacked onto a bill regulating fantasy sports in Pennsylvania Online poker went 2-for-2 on Wednesday. After the California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a bill regulating online poker out West, attention turned to the other end of the US, where the Pennsylvania House approved an amendment to a bill ...

DanJun 23rd, 2016 2
Keys to Maintaining Your Focus in Longer Sessions

Poker players need to follow these tips to avoid losing focus easily over longer sessions. Staying Focused During Long Live Sessions With the 2016 World Series of Poker currently in full flow, many poker players are spending a lot of time at the poker table this summer. With the average day’s play in a WSOP event lasting anywhere between eight and 12 hours, this can be a gruelling ...

theginger45Jun 23rd, 2016 2
Pura Vida! Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald Settles Down in Costa Rica

Maine transplant Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald has found a new life as an online poker pro in Costa Rica It's a story that's not as uncommon as you think. A player from the United States moves to another country in order to continue playing online poker, parties, falls in love, and settles down. Many babies ensue. Well, not quite yet.

DanJun 25th, 2016 2
Pennsylvania Still Most Likely to Pass Online Poker Bill in 2016

Pennsylvania may be the next state to make online poker legal. Lawmakers in several states managed to do the impossible; they kept online poker supporters glued to their computers and mobile devices to watch live streams of the tedious and confusing goings on that takes place during legislative sessions, as two legislative bodies voted on and passed an online gaming bill, the New York State ...

Steve RuddockJul 5th, 2016 2
2016-17 WSOP Circuit Schedule Includes 28 Stops, Championship at Cherokee

With the start of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event just a few days away, the bulk of the 47th annual WSOP will soon come to a close. But while we wait for the final table to be played out in November, the organization will be keeping poker players busy with the start of the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit.

LandSharkJul 5th, 2016 2