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Adelson's Anti-Internet Gambling Coalition Circulating FBI Letter

Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's crusade against online poker and internet gambling continued this week. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling was "distributing a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that warns internet wagering can be used by criminals to conduct money-laundering activities." Adelson is pictured.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 16th, 2014 48
Biggest Winner In This Year's WSOP Main Event: The Taxman

While poker fans across the world watched Ryan Riess (pictured) and Jay Farber battle heads-up for $8.3 million and a coveted gold bracelet at the WSOP Main Event finale on Tuesday, there was one group that could rest easy knowing that they would get their cut no matter what cards fell: the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 7th, 2013 42
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
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
Jay Farber: "I'm Buying a Ferrari… And an Aston Martin for My Father"

One of the perks of finishing second in the World Series of Poker Main Event for over $5 million is the opportunity for TMZ to hound you. Such is the life of Jay Farber (pictured), who finished second to Ryan Riess after a three-and-a-half hour heads-up session last week in Las Vegas. Watch the interview.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 12th, 2013 29
Review of PokerStars' New Jersey Application Suspended for Two Years

In major breaking news, Forbes is reporting that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is suspending "the review of PokerStars' application for an online gambling license for two years, locking the world's biggest online poker company out of the largest state to regulate online gambling." After a failed takeover of the Atlantic Club, PokerStars partnered with Resorts to offer real money ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 11th, 2013 28
Let's Get to Work

I received a letter from a student recently. The student is from Latvia and is one of the nicest kids I've ever had the pleasure of coaching. He has an incredible attitude and genuinely enjoys learning. I've never been anything but faithful that his poker dreams would come to fruition. Unfortunately, the game has not been panning out well for him.

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Nov 14th, 2013 27
18 States Could Legalize Internet Gambling by 2018

A Bloomberg article published on Tuesday talked about the much-hyped launch of full internet gambling in New Jersey. Six New Jersey casinos were permitted to offer online gambling to the general public without any player caps, which has led to a firestorm of discussion on PocketFives' New Jersey poker community page. Apparently, if all goes to plan in New Jersey, nearly half of the U.S. could ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 26th, 2013 26
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
Jim McDermott Introduces Legislation to Tax Internet Gambling in USA

On Thursday, word broke that U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA, pictured) had introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act. The bill would "create a 12% deposit tax paid by licensed operators," according to the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 15th, 2013 25
Christian Lusardi Arrested for Introducing Counterfeit Borgata Chips

In breaking news, poker player Christian Lusardi (pictured) was arrested for introducing counterfeit chips into the kickoff event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, a deed that ultimately forced the cancellation of the tournament and froze the bulk of the prize pool. According to the Press of Atlantic City, 2.7 million in counterfeit Borgata chips were found in a sewer pipe at Harrah's Atlantic ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 24th, 2014 25
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
USA Today Internet Gambling Editorial: "Time for Congress to Pull the Plug"

On a day when New Jersey will become the third state to legalize and regulate online gambling in the United States, the USA Today Editorial Board published an article calling for the end of the industry in the United States. The piece, entitled "Internet gambling is a bad bet," remarked, "Gambling tends to spread fast, fueled by state governments desperate for new revenue or desperate to protect ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 21st, 2013 23
Sheldon Adelson to Launch Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, Seek Full Ban

There could be quite a maelstrom surrounding internet gambling come 2014. According to the Washington Post, Las Vegas Sands CEO and staunch internet gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson (pictured) will launch the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling next year. And, if you believe the Poker Players Alliance, Adelson could dump tens of millions of dollars into the cause.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 18th, 2013 22
New Jersey to Become Global Online Gambling Hub?

The man who was the driving force behind the passage of internet gaming legislation in New Jersey has his sights set on expanding that industry to the world. According to eGaming Review, New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak (pictured) has introduced a bill that would do the following: "Just as e-gaming operators are applying for licenses to offer internet gaming in New Jersey and the United ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Nov 20th, 2013 22
Dan Bilzerian Allegedly Wins $10.8 Million in Epic Poker Session

According to Dan Bilzerian's Twitter feed, the poker player, playboy, and multi-millionaire went on a heater few have ever seen. Early in the morning on November 30, Bilzerian Tweeted to his over 44,000 followers, "I played poker tonight with 13 million in front of me, heads up 5K/10K, damn what a rush." Approximately 12 hours following that post, Bilzerian fired off, "Won 10.8 million last ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Dec 4th, 2013 22
Tis the Season: Las Vegas Taxi Driver Returns $300,000 Left By Poker Player

A Las Vegas cab driver got the shock of his life when he found $300,000 cash in a brown paper bag left by a gambler in the back seat of his taxi.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Dec 26th, 2013 22
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
i-Gaming Opponent Sheldon Adelson's Fortune Grew $41 Million Per Day in 2013

As you probably know, Las Vegas Sands chief Sheldon Adelson (pictured) is on the cusp of launching what could be a large-scale crusade against the legalization and regulation of online gambling in the United States. In fact, he told Forbes last month he was willing to spend "whatever it takes" to battle the industry.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 27th, 2013 21
Sheldon Adelson's Sands Websites Hacked

Several websites operated by Las Vegas Sands have been hacked in an apparent show of anger toward company CEO Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) inflammatory remarks regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Feb 14th, 2014 21
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
moorman1 Wins Third Triple Crown This Month, 18th Overall

Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) did it again. He has racked up not one, not two, but three PocketFives Online Poker Triple Crowns in October alone, raising his total to a record-setting 18. The question is: will we be writing about a fourth Triple Crown before Halloween'

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 22nd, 2013 20
WhoJedi "Steps Away from Poker Indefinitely" Following Foxwoods Incident

Jay WhoJedi Newnum (pictured) is leaving the poker world "indefinitely," according to a statement posted on his website on Tuesday. Newnum, who has been entangled in an incident at Foxwoods reportedly involving theft, wrote, "It seems for the best that I step away from the poker world indefinitely. I do want to say thank you to my family and my friends, both inside and outside of poker, who have ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 15th, 2014 20
Isildur1: "Be Aggressive, But Be Smart About It"

You could say that Isildur1 (pictured) isn't exactly a fan of the spotlight. After all, the Swedish poker phenomenon chose to conceal his identity from adoring railbirds for months, even as he created a sensation at the nosebleed tables on Full Tilt. But, after accepting a sponsorship deal at the site where he had already won and lost millions, the enigmatic pro eventually revealed himself to be ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 14th, 2013 19
Sheldon Adelson "Willing to Spend Whatever it Takes" to Stop Internet Gambling

The antics of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) continued in recent days, with the gambling mogul talking with Forbes about his desire to rid the United States of internet gambling. Sands properties include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 24th, 2013 19
Report: Borgata Poker Open Event 1 Suspended Due to Counterfeit Chips

Pretty wild news coming out of Atlantic City, where the first event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open was suspended on Friday due to possible counterfeit chips. Borgata and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement officials are on the scene according to Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo and PokerNews. The chips with a value of 5,000 were reportedly at issue, although PokerNews ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 17th, 2014 19
Steve Wynn Voices Concerns About Online Gambling

Supporters of online poker and online gambling in general may have a new foe: Steve Wynn (pictured). Wynn, the Chairman, Founder, and CEO of Wynn Resorts, recently told Jon Ralston of Ralston Reports that he is convinced that the legalization and regulation of online gambling is a poor idea. This after Wynn received the green light for an internet gambling site in New Jersey on Monday. However, ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Feb 4th, 2014 18
Man Who Flushed Fake Borgata Chips Facing Charges for Bootlegging DVDs

The North Carolina man who reportedly smuggled fake chips into a Borgata poker tournament is facing more charges after authorities found equipment for bootlegging DVDs along with thousands of pirated movies in his home.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Feb 13th, 2014 18
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
Heads-Up with Dan Bilzerian

There have been plenty of mentions of Dan Bilzerian (pictured) in the poker forums here on PocketFives and elsewhere. From a $2,000 stake in Jay Farber in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event that paid off for seven-figures to mainstream media sites flaunting his Instagram, Bilzerian has become a relatively known commodity as of late. We caught up with him on Thursday for his take.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 22nd, 2013 17
"I Moved to Playa del Carmen in 2012. It Was the Best Choice I Ever Made!"

"I moved to Playa del Carmen in January of 2012. It was the best choice I have ever made! There is an amazing group of poker professionals here and I was fortunate enough to meet my fiancée here as well." Those were the words of PocketFiver Eric Biggs (pictured), who is known on our site as I AmLegend11. They are words you would expect to hear out of a player who chopped the PokerStars Sunday ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 5th, 2014 17
Farewell for Now

After two years of weekly articles and seven-and-a-half years of being involved with PocketFives, I have made the decision to step back. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have enough going on, both poker-related and otherwise, that I have to prioritize my time enough that stepping away just makes sense for me. I will continue to play poker and have even been getting the itch to play a ...

CourtCourt
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2006
Dec 27th, 2013 16
Gilbert Arenas Misclicks Out of PCA Main Event

Gilbert Arenas (pictured), a three-time NBA All-Star and amateur poker player, was spotted at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this week making an accidental play that quickly cost him his entire stack in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jan 9th, 2014 16
Borgata Finds "Significant Number of Counterfeit Chips," Cancels Event 1

Friday was a rather eventful day in the Borgata Winter Poker Open. The opening event was suspended at the start of Day 3 when 27 players remained after it was speculated that counterfeit chips with a value of 5,000 were found in play. Read more about the drama. Twenty-four hours later, Borgata officials announced the event had been canceled. As for the future of the prize pool, PokerNews ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 18th, 2014 16
How I Prepare for the Poker Grind

I started playing poker about seven or eight years ago the same way many people here and elsewhere did: with freerolls and low buy-in MTTs. I learned by making mistakes along the way, clicking buttons and hitting rivers (or not hitting). I enjoyed the relaxation it gave me as well as the thrill of winning a huge pot.

DomchiefDomchief
Join Date: May 11th, 2012
Jan 21st, 2014 16
moorman1 Wins 20th PocketFives Triple Crown

Holy smokes. On Sunday, a thread popped up announcing the 20th PocketFives Triple Crown for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured). As it turned out, the British superstar had only completed two-thirds of the award, as a pair of tournaments that would have filled out the historic Triple Crown had fewer than 100 entrants. How did Moorman respond' He won the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $27,000 ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 3rd, 2014 16
Garden City Group Begins Testing Bank Accounts of Full Tilt Petitioners

According to a recent update from Garden City Group, the Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker refunds, petitioners may notice activity in their bank accounts related to the remission process this week. Payments are tentatively expected by the end of the month, which is quickly approaching.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 16th, 2014 16
Inside Scoop on Chris Moorman's Poker Strategy Book

Later this year, Chris moorman1 Moorman, the most successful player in the history of PocketFives, will release "Moorman's Book of Poker." The strategy book from D&B Poker features Moorman's analysis of over 100 mid-stakes hands from co-author Byron Jacobs, and we're fairly amazed that Moorman has the time and energy to create the 300-page paperback, which you can pre-order by clicking here. ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 19th, 2014 16
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
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for January 6, 2014

There was a lot of action in the first weekend of 2014 for online poker in New Jersey from PocketFives members. ran six events with top prizes well over $1,000. Dan centrfieldr Lupo (pictured) won the $10K Guarantee and also finished third in the $25K Guarantee on Sunday night for a total of $5,175. Lupo has over $150,000 in tracked online cashes and $25,000 in live cashes according to the ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jan 6th, 2014 15
Ryan Riess to Tour High Roller Circuit in 2014, Sells Out of Packages

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) will soon get a chance to prove he can hang with the game's elite. Last week, he announced on Facebook that he'll compete in eight tournaments in 2014 that have a combined buy-in of nearly $300,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 17th, 2013 15
Details of Sheldon Adelson's Anti-Internet Gambling Legislation Surface

Over the weekend, respected poker industry reporter Marco Valerio shared details of legislation reportedly being championed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) to rid the US of internet gambling. According to Valerio, it's called the Internet Gambling Control Act and weighs in at a brief three pages.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 13th, 2014 15
Sheldon Adelson to Make Internet Gambling "The Plague"

While his forces continue to fight any Federal legislation that would regulate online gambling and online poker in the US, the Sheldon Adelson-led anti-gaming offensive has announced it will also enter state-by-state battles regarding the issue. Adelson is pictured.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jan 29th, 2014 15
The Members of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling Are...

In recent weeks, the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling - backed with money from Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) - has been able to draw significant support. Besides the former politicians who have sided with the Coalition as lobbyists, last week saw at least 39 organizations firmly announce their support for the Coalition and its pursuit.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Feb 20th, 2014 15
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
Sheldon Adelson Gets New Ammunition in Anti-Online Gambling Crusade

In an attempt to garner more support for his stance against online gambling and poker in the United States, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (LVCS) Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has picked up new support, although his methods might be questionable.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Oct 18th, 2013 14
$1 Million Buy-In Big One for One Drop Returning to 2014 WSOP

It's back, and it's getting bigger. As World Series of Poker officials announced on Saturday, the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament will make its way to the 2014 WSOP. The dates are June 29 to July 1 and, this time around, all play until the televised final table will not be held at the WSOP's home at the Rio, but rather across Interstate 15 at Caesars Palace.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 20th, 2013 14
Mainstream News Sites Take Sides on Online Gambling

As New Jersey began its five-day online gambling soft launch last week, two major media companies went public with differing views regarding the industry's legal return to the country, publishing editorials arguing for either side of the coin.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 28th, 2013 14
Chris Moorman Reviewing One Hand Per Day from PocketFivers

The most accomplished player in the history of PocketFives, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), is giving back this holiday season. Starting on Monday, December 16, Moorman will review and critique one hand per day from the PocketFives community. To have yours considered, just post in this thread. Moorman will then share his advice on the hand in the same thread, allowing all readers a rare ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 14th, 2013 14
Gus Hansen to SallyWoo: "I Believe You Have an O8 Program"

According to a chat transcript pulled from the nosebleed-stakes Omaha 8 tables at Full Tilt Poker on or around Christmas and posted on the forums at HighStakesDB, Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen (pictured) called out noted high-stakes player SallyWoo for using software to aid his play.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Dec 31st, 2013 14
New Jersey Bill Would Allow Players from Other States, Countries

An article from the Associated Press on Thursday revealed that New Jersey is eyeing players from other states and countries. In what could be a landmark moment, State Senators Raymond Lesniak (pictured) and Jim Whelan have introduced legislation that allows New Jersey "to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states or countries where internet gambling is legal. That would allow people in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 24th, 2014 14
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
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 14
MGM CEO Calls US Federal Internet Poker "All But a Lost Opportunity"

Speaking to Vegas Inc recently, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren called the prospects of a U.S. Federal internet gambling bill "all but a lost opportunity." Murren told the gaming news website, "It looks to us that [legalized online poker is] all but a lost opportunity for the Federal Government and that we will be where we are today in a state-by-state environment."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 3rd, 2013 13
Daniel Negreanu Poised for First CardPlayer, Bluff POY Sweep Since 2008

In 2008, John "The Razor" Phan won the Bluff Player of the Year award and CardPlayer Player of the Year award. Since then, there has not been a dual winner of both honors. However, Daniel Negreanu (pictured), the front man of PokerStars, seems poised to sweep the yearlong accolades in 2013.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 8th, 2013 13
Letter Circulating to State Attorney Generals to Ban Internet Gambling in US

Attorney Generals from three states are circulating a letter/petition soliciting support from their brethren across the US. The letter, obtained last week by Poker Players Alliance Vice President of Player Relations Rich TheEngineer Muny and posted on the PPA's website, was sent out by the legal leads of Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina to the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jan 22nd, 2014 13
"A Big Score That Early On Cannot Be Good in the Long-Run"

Very rarely in poker do we see players getting second chances. Financial hardships and a poor string of events are quite difficult to overcome in the face of variance, large player pools, and finite bankrolls. In the case of tilt21sted (pictured), however, a second chance was most assuredly in the cards. The Romanian chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million on January 6 and banked an outstanding ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 25th, 2014 13
Alextoon1 Heads to Malta, Final Tables Sunday Million

One of the banner ads you might notice on PocketFives is for Poker Refugees, a relocation service that has shuttled hundreds of players to poker-friendly locales for the last three years. Among those who have taken advantage of it is Alextoon1 (pictured), who currently resides in Malta and recently final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 17th, 2014 13
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
Who Are the Top Online Poker Players in Australia?

Sitting pretty at #11 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings is Australia, which has a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 87,766. Australia has the third highest number of Triple Crowns of any country at 36 and is home to the third highest number of registered PocketFivers. Let's take a look at the top 10 online poker players in Australia according to their PLB score.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 23rd, 2013 12
2013 WSOP Main Event Finale: "This is a New Animal"

If you're getting ready for the finale of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN on Monday night, know that you'll be able to see select players' hole cards on a 15-minute delay. Cards will be shown at the end of the hand for all players still in when the action concludes, so as ESPN officials commented on a conference call this week, "If you go to showdown, your cards will be shown."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 31st, 2013 12
Sheldon Adelson's Witness Called "Hypocritical" During Subcommittee Hearing

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled "The State of Online Gaming." Serving as one of the six witnesses for the nearly two-hour long debate was Andrew Abboud, Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. If you regularly read PocketFives, you'll know that ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 10th, 2013 12
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
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Mar 28th, 2014 12
Players Buzzing About PokerStars Sunday Storm Chop

A heads-up deal made in the weekend's PokerStars Sunday Storm has been generating quite a bit of buzz on Monday. As a poster in a thread on PocketFives explained, "Two Russians, one has a 2:1 chip lead and he's taking $65K and the other one is getting $75K... The real payouts are $100K for 1st and $61K for 2nd and the chip leader is agreeing to it."

DanDan
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Dec 16th, 2013 11
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
Could US Full Tilt Poker Funds Be Used to Repay AP/UB Players?

With the Full Tilt Poker remission process in full swing, Rich TheEngineer Muny, Vice President of Player Relations for the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has now turned his attention to helping the victims of Absolute Poker and UB. And, after doing some research, Muny might have found a legal loophole that would allow affected players to file a claim with the Garden City Group (GCG) and be ...

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Oct 31st, 2013 10
Delaware Internet Gambling Facing IP Issues, Lack of Poker Traffic

If you visit the website of Delaware Park in the U.S. state of Delaware, you'll notice a giant home page ad promoting "online casino games." The state's internet gambling sites, which use 888's poker software and are overseen by the Delaware Lottery, launched in recent days. The reviews from players who have tried the sites out are mixed so far.

DanDan
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Nov 10th, 2013 10
High Stakes Poker: ragen70 Cracks $5 Million Barrier for 2013

November has been a good month for at least one high-stakes online cash game player, as Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker savaged the nosebleed tables at Full Tilt Poker. Heinecker has been picking the pockets of some of the venerable all-stars of the high-stakes online world during the month of November, winning over $2.1 million.

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Nov 27th, 2013 10
PocketFives, Running Aces Teaming Up for Winter Poker Open

Come one, come all to the Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota for the first ever PocketFives Winter Poker Open. Located about 30 minutes from Minneapolis, Running Aces will host our event starting on Friday, December 27 at 5:00pm local time, just two days after Christmas, with Day 1A. Day 1B will follow on Saturday, December 28 at Noon and the Winter Poker Open will wrap up on ...

DanDan
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Dec 12th, 2013 10
Robert De Niro Could Play Rounders 2 Villain

When we ask players we interview for feature articles on PocketFives how and why they got into poker, the classic flick "Rounders" is routinely an answer. Released in 1998, "Rounders" is a quintessential poker movie and stars Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich as Teddy KGB. It also features a bevy of other brand name actors like John Turturro, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, and Martin ...

DanDan
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Dec 17th, 2013 10
Greg Raymer Wants You to Stake Him for 2014

Greg "FossilMan" Raymer (pictured) recently turned to the poker community to solicit backers for a slightly unorthodox staking partnership that would see shareholders bankroll the 2004 Main Event champion in tournaments and cash games for the entire year.

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Jan 17th, 2014 10
"Poker is Ever-Evolving. The Midweek Grinders Have a Huge Edge."

"Poker is ever-evolving. The midweek grinders have a huge edge on spotting the trends first." Those were the words of observation from Rick Trigg (pictured), known as TheClaimeer on PocketFives, when asked what words of wisdom he had for the poker community. If you're wondering why we care about the Sheffield, England native, it's because he recently scored a PocketFives Triple Crown. Jackpot!

DanDan
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Feb 16th, 2014 10
Ex-Stratcom Commander Says He Bought Phony Poker Chips in Casino Bathroom

More details have emerged in the case of Ex-StratCom Deputy Commander Tim Giardina (pictured), who admitted to using counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino last year. Through the officer's own statements and interviews with law enforcement, the Omaha World-Herald was able to piece together a better picture of the bizarre incident, which could cost Giardina his career. Read more about the case.

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Feb 21st, 2014 10
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
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
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
Is it Time to Scrap the WSOP November Nine?

"Time to scrap the 'Nov 9' - it's awful for players, antithetical to the flow of MTTs + the quality of the broadcast suffers too." That was a Tweet on Tuesday from Shane Shaniac Schleger that came just hours before heads-up play would begin in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event between Ryan Riess and Jay Farber.

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Nov 5th, 2013 9
Tom Dwan, Full Tilt Poker Part Ways

According to an article from PokerListings, Tom Dwan (pictured) is no longer a member of the Full Tilt Professionals, the site's team of sponsored pros. A representative from Full Tilt, the second largest online poker room in the land according to PokerScout, told PokerListings, "Full Tilt Poker and Tom Dwan have agreed to part ways following the recent expiration of Dwan's contract. To have one ...

DanDan
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Dec 17th, 2013 9
What Will 2014 Hold for California Online Poker?

While 2013 saw the historic launch of online poker in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, many analysts believe that other US states are not far behind. California, considered the crown jewel by poker site operators, is one such state where lawmakers are keeping a close eye on developments and preparing to keep pushing i-gaming legislation of their own.

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Jan 2nd, 2014 9
DOJ Approves $82 Million in US Full Tilt Repayments

In breaking news, as posted on the PocketFives forums by Patrick Skallagrim Fleming, Director of the Litigation Support Network for the Poker Players Alliance, the US Department of Justice has approved $82 million in undisputed repayments for Full Tilt Poker players, who have had their money in limbo for the last three years. Approximately 30,000 undisputed player claims were approved.

DanDan
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Jan 22nd, 2014 9
"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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Mar 5th, 2014 9
"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 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
High Stakes Poker: Isildur1 Wins $1.6 Million Over the Weekend

It was a pretty blockbuster weekend for Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured), who was up $1.6 million after a roller coaster of a year so far at the high-stakes tables. As outlined by HighStakesDB, "He went from being on top of the heap with $2.1 million in winnings halfway through February to down over $600,000 on the year come Saturday morning. However, in the last 36 hours, the Full Tilt Pro has ...

DanDan
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Mar 18th, 2014 9
"I've Had No Greater Thrill Than Winning That $1 Tourney All Those Years Ago"

In recent weeks, Nick PureCash25 Rampone (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed after a heads-up chop for $47,000. He has had two tracked scores of over $100,000, but, according to our little chat, his most memorable in the money finish came in a $1 buy-in tournament nearly 10 years ago for $300. Here's what the member of the British Columbia poker community had to say.

DanDan
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Apr 13th, 2014 9
PocketFives Rankings Update: Vinkyy New #1

Last week, we wrote about a four-way battle brewing for the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week, we have a new name at #1, Vinkyy (pictured), who has 7,888 PLB Points, about 50 more than the second place player. It's conceivable, therefore, that we might have a new top dog next week as well.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 23rd, 2013 8
Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event

Despite a furious comeback from Jay Farber, 23-year-old Ryan Riess (pictured) won the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event title on Tuesday night. The money went in pre-flop, with a short stacked Farber holding Q-5 of spades against Riess' A-K of hearts. A few hands prior, ESPN commentator Antonio Esfandiari pointed out that Farber had looked a tad deflated. He had also appeared frustrated at ...

DanDan
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Nov 5th, 2013 8
"Greetings to Team Donig!"

"Greetings to Team Donig!" Those were the closing words from Germany's oussale, who sat down with PocketFives after a rock solid final weekend of October. First, he final tabled the Winamax Sunday Surprise under the screen name LeCacao for $8,800. He followed that up with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for another $102,000.

DanDan
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Nov 19th, 2013 8