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Poker Players Troubled by Merge Gaming Withdrawal Issues

Earlier this month, the troubled US-facing site Lock Poker abruptly shut down operations while still owing millions to its customers. Now, players are concerned that cashout issues at Merge Gaming sites could mean their balances are in jeopardy there as well. Note that PocketFives does not recommend depositing on Merge sites, which aren't regulated in the US, as we feel your funds could be at ...

LandSharkApr 30th, 2015 54
Allegations of Brian Hastings Multi-Accounting Surface

A little more than a week ago, Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) became the first player to win multiple bracelets during this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) after first winning the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and subsequently winning the $1,500 Ten-Game Mix. Since then, Hastings has found himself immersed in a multi-accounting controversy after David Bakes Baker shared with ...

wackyJaxonJun 25th, 2015 36
The "Slowroll" to End All Slowrolls

At the Irish Poker Open over the weekend, Andreas Gann (pictured) of Germany dished out the slowroll to end all slowrolls. Right or wrong, intentional or not, it was a slowroll, but it has certainly gained the attention of our community, so we wanted to highlight what happened. The full video is given at the bottom of this article. When you're done watching the five-minute hand, leave a comment ...

DanApr 7th, 2015 34
Cheating Alleged in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event

After facing off against a Moldovan poker player in the WSOP $10K Heads-up No Limit Hold'em Championship, several respected grinders have become suspicious that they were cheated by their opponent.

LandSharkJun 4th, 2015 29
bigdogpckt5s Banned from Twitch After Mistakenly Streaming Porn

"This just in: I Twitched while checking out porn without realizing it." Those were the words of Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek (pictured), who was promptly banned from Twitch for violating its Terms of Service. The incident came a few months after a poker player was robbed during a live stream and serves as a warning for those of you using Twitch. Read the thread.

DanJun 17th, 2015 29
America's Cardroom: "Tell Your Bank It's for Sporting Goods from China"

If you need a firm case for regulation of online poker in the US, here's an example. Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver Mike timex McDonald (pictured) posted on Twitter that he was having issues depositing onto America's Cardroom, an offshore US-facing site not licensed by any state. Note that PocketFives does not recommend playing on sites like ACR, which aren't regulated in the US but take ...

DanApr 14th, 2015 26
PokerStars, PartyPoker Announce Major Changes to Third-Party Software Policy

Proponents of third-party poker software were dealt a blow this week after PokerStars and PartyPoker announced that they would begin severely restricting the functionality of such utilities or prohibit their use altogether.

LandSharkOct 2nd, 2015 22
PLO Bot Ring Reportedly Won $1.4 Million on PokerStars

The rumors are true. PokerStars confirmed to PokerNews that it's investigating an alleged bot ring permeating mid-stakes PLO tables. PokerStars explained in an email posted on PokerNews, "We are indeed aware of the online discussions alleging a group of accounts to be operating poker bots."

DanJun 11th, 2015 21
Chad Batista (M8kingmoves) Passes Away

On Thursday, Chad M8kingmoves Batista (pictured) passed away. His family released a statement on Twitter that read, "It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother, and friend, Chad lilholdem954 Batista. Chad died suddenly this beautiful Thursday afternoon with his family surrounding him."

DanAug 21st, 2015 21
Ivan Demidov on 2008 WSOP Main Event Cash: "My Backer Did Not Pay Me"

The year 2008 was a turning point in the history of the World Series of Poker, as it was the first in which the final table of the Main Event was delayed until November. The winner of that year's WSOP Main Event was Peter Eastgate, who nabbed a first prize of over $9 million. The runner-up in a fantastic heads-up match was Russia's Ivan Demidov (pictured), who despite likely being disappointed ...

Dan KatzMay 26th, 2015 20
German Online Gamblers Concerned after Bank Freezes Online Player's $60K Win

Imagine the feeling of hitting a big tournament score with your last few dollars, only to have your bank refuse to cash out your winnings. That's exactly what happened to poker player RuiDeck, who has been put through a roller coaster of emotions since taking third place in the PokerStars MicroMillions Main Event for $59,480. This according to a few sites, including PokerNews.

LandSharkApr 24th, 2015 19
GoFundMe Account Established for Bryan Micon's Defense in Nevada

On the heels of an arrest warrant filed against him in a Las Vegas court, friends and acquaintances of embattled poker player Bryan Micon (pictured) are supporting a GoFundMe account that Micon started in an attempt to raise money for his legal defense.

Earl BurtonApr 29th, 2015 19
The End of Sheldon Adelson? Graft Accusations to Be Heard in the US

Those of you rooting for the demise of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) might have finally gotten your wish. On Friday, the Guardian published an article saying that Adelson will soon face graft accusations in a US court of law.

DanMay 23rd, 2015 19
Poker Community Upset at WSOP Colossus Payouts

The final numbers for the 2015 World Series of Poker Colossus were unveiled on Sunday night and, although the tournament broke records across the board, a chunk of the community was outraged over the 5.7% of the prize pool allocated to first place. Meanwhile, 2,241 entrants of the 22,374 who entered will finish in the money, with a minimum cash of $1,096.

DanMay 31st, 2015 19
James Obst Blasts Brian Hastings' Response to PokerStars VPN Revelations

Just days after winning his second 2015 WSOP bracelet, high-stakes pro Brian Stinger885 Hastings began to receive some unwelcome media attention. The 27-year-old was accused by fellow poker pros of violating PokerStars' terms of service by using a virtual private network (VPN) to obfuscate his location and play on the site from the United States.

LandSharkJul 2nd, 2015 18
The Life Rules: Patrick Leonard

Tournament player, backer, poker coach, Budapest This

WeightlessAug 18th, 2015 18
Patrik Antonius Says He Can't Beat Opponents Who Use Poker Software

After an extended period away from the spotlight, Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius (pictured) resurfaced at the European Poker Tour Barcelona stop, where he gave a few short interviews to the poker media about his absence from the game.

LandSharkSep 4th, 2015 18
Poker Community Reacts to PokerStars Being Licensed in New Jersey

PokerStars has endured setback after setback in its long road to becoming licensed in the US iGaming market. On Wednesday, the company's persistence paid off, as the gaming giant was granted a transactional waiver to open its doors in New Jersey. It's partnering with Resorts Casino Hotel, which also runs .

LandSharkOct 1st, 2015 18
Poker Players Troubled by Merge Gaming Withdrawal Issues: Part 2

One day after we reported on the ongoing withdrawal issues taking place at US-facing Merge Gaming sites, several users have reported having their long-standing cashout requests processed. Note that PocketFives does not recommend depositing on Merge sites, which aren't regulated in the US, as we feel your funds could be at risk.

LandSharkMay 1st, 2015 14
Dani Stern Outraged by EPT Barcelona High-Stakes Cash Game Ruling

When thousands of poker players from all over the globe converge on a relatively small casino, there are bound to be problems. That was certainly the case at the Barcelona stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) earlier this week when a ruling at a nosebleed table left players fuming.

LandSharkAug 29th, 2015 14
"What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger"

Perhaps Kelly Clarkson (pictured) put it best: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Or maybe it was actually Friedrich Nietzsche. Or maybe it was Shak Kaz, who is known on PocketFives as HAHALIVEPROS. Either way, Kaz won the PokerStars Sunday Million a couple of weeks ago after a heads-up chop and banked a healthy $183,000.

DanApr 26th, 2015 13
Chris Moorman Wins PokerStars Sunday 500

Over the weekend, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) continued to dominate the online poker community, winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $87,000. He Tweeted shortly after the tournament ended, "Oi Oi won the @PokerStars Sunday 500 outright with no deals."

DanMay 18th, 2015 13
MIT Offers Free Online Class in Winning Poker Strategy

The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made a course available called Poker Theory and Analytics that can be taken by anyone for free on its website.

LandSharkJul 24th, 2015 13
Daniel Negreanu: Death Should Not Factor into Poker Hall of Fame Voting

The 2015 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) have been announced. They include 10 players who have excelled in the game or have been instrumental to its growth. One of those nominated was David "Devilfish" Ulliott, who passed away earlier this year after succumbing to bowel and liver cancer and is widely known as one of Britain's most successful players. After his death, many called for ...

LandSharkSep 11th, 2015 13
lasagnaaammm Wins SCOOP Main Event Outright for $1.3 Million

Overnight, Mustapha lasagnaaammm Kanit (pictured) hit the jackpot in the high-stakes Main Event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, taking the tournament down outright for $1.3 million. It was his second SCOOP title and marked the sixth largest online cash ever by a member of PocketFives.

DanMay 26th, 2015 12
Phil Ivey Countersues Borgata Over Baccarat Winnings

In April 2014, Borgata in Atlantic City sued Phil Ivey for $9.6 million after the latter went on an epic winning streak in baccarat. The casino claimed Ivey (pictured), a 10-time bracelet winner, edge-sorted in order to gain an unfair advantage over the house and therefore shouldn't be able to retain his winnings. Now, Ivey is countersuing.

DanJul 25th, 2015 12
Doc Sands Challenges Doug Polk to a $500,000 Fight

When high-stakes poker players get bored, they make prop bets. And when those poker pros have each won millions at the tables, the stakes can quickly get to an absurd level. Such is the case right now between high-stakes grinders Doug Polk and David Doc Sands Sands (pictured). In a Twitter post, Polk revealed that Sands had challenged him to a fight for half-a-million dollars.

LandSharkAug 21st, 2015 12
Harry Reid "Going to Look Closely" into Banning All Internet Gambling

After being at the forefront of the regulatory efforts in Congress for several years, former Senate Majority Leader and current Nevada Senator Harry Reid (pictured) has now firmly aligned himself with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in his fight against online gambling in the US.

Earl BurtonMay 13th, 2015 11
"It Was Kind of an Old School Final Table"

Earlier this month, Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) ran away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and took home $22,000. In the process, he defeated a field of 533 entrants and a final table loaded with former World Series of Poker bracelet winners and European Poker Tour champions.

DanMay 19th, 2015 11
Daniel Negreanu Ruffles Feathers in Speech to TDA

Daniel Negreanu (pictured) has never been shy about speaking his mind, especially when he believes changes can be made to improve the tournament poker experience. Due to his high profile and outspoken views, the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) recently invited the six-time bracelet winner to speak at its industry summit in front of the organization's Board of Directors and attending ...

LandSharkJul 3rd, 2015 11
Jungleman: Durrrr Challenge Will Be Completed in Nine Months

In the years before Black Friday, Tom durrrr Dwan was a star in the online high-stakes community, playing the biggest stakes versus the best in the world, usually on Full Tilt Poker. Dwan was doing so well, in fact, that he was finding it hard to even get any action at the tables.

LandSharkJul 31st, 2015 11
There Have Been No Lock Poker Payments in One Year

April 2 was an anniversary of sorts. No, not for marriage or some sort of heroics. Instead, it had been exactly one year since Lock Poker paid anyone, according to US Poker and Two Plus Two. And yet the site is still dealing cards.

DanApr 5th, 2015 10
Daniel Negreanu Documentary to Be Released

A two-and-a-half minute YouTube video from PokerStars teases a soon-to-be-released documentary about Daniel Negreanu (pictured) called "Kid Poker." "I'm not surprised where I am," Negreanu narrates on the opening scene. "I always felt like I was going to be successful at whatever it was I did."

DanMay 9th, 2015 10
Changes in Third-Party Software Coming to PokerStars

In response to some well publicized issues, PokerStars recently proposed changes to its terms of service for third-party software. These proposed changes were announced by PokerStars Steve on TwoPlusTwo and include prohibiting many programs that reduce the requirements of a person playing, services that facilitate hole card sharing, and tools that provide real-time advice based on the current ...

wackyJaxonJun 15th, 2015 10
Sheldon Adelson's Venetian Poker Room Unfazed by His Anti-Online Poker Stance

In June 2013, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson solidified his anti-online gambling stance in a Forbes editorial, calling the industry "fools gold." Needless to say, the poker community was outraged at the blatant hypocrisy of the billionaire's message and searched for ways to make their opinions known

LandSharkJun 26th, 2015 10
PocketFives Rankings: We Have a New #1 Player

For the first time since May 6, a span of 16 weeks, we have a new #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. By a slim 63-point margin, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) is our new #1 member worldwide, overtaking Nico PokerKaiser Fierro.

DanAug 26th, 2015 10
Daniel Negreanu: "Only Elite Players Can Write the Best Poker Books"

Before the rise of online poker, aspiring pros were hard-pressed to find reading material to help improve their game. But after Chris Moneymaker's seminal 2003 WSOP Main Event victory, poker exploded in popularity and suddenly players had a wealth of books, training videos, and strategy articles to choose from.

LandSharkSep 25th, 2015 10
Bankroll Management of a Tournament Poker Player

This article was prepared by specialists from 2CardsCollege Pro Poker Training. Even strong tournament players fall victim to incorrect bankroll management. For instance, there is a belief that you need 100 or 200 average buy-ins to play tournaments with an average field size of N. That kind of belief can lead strong players to lose their bankrolls.

WeightlessSep 29th, 2015 10
Controversy Erupts as Check Shove Poker Tour Offers to Buy Players' Action

The organizers of a nascent poker tour engaged in a practice that, while not necessarily against the rules or an all-out poker crime, was certainly off-putting to many poker players.

Dan KatzApr 7th, 2015 9
Rand Paul: "I'm Opposed to Restrictions on Online Gambling"

Republican Presidential hopeful Rand Paul (pictured), who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, has come out against Sheldon Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would ban internet gambling in the United States, even in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

DanApr 9th, 2015 9
#BeastMode: Moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #25

Seriously' This author came home from a delicious Mexican lunch only to see an e-mail from the agent of Chris Moorman1 Moorman (pictured) saying he had won his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. I think it's safe to say that Moorman is not human.

DanMay 15th, 2015 9
dragonwarior Wins 2 SCOOP Titles in 1 Day

Winning one SCOOP title is impressive enough. Winning two in a lifetime is pretty impressive. Winning two in a single day is almost unheard of, but that's exactly what happened to Canada's dragonwarior this week.

DanMay 21st, 2015 9
Settling for the Right Answer

Consider the following scenario: You're a new poker player who is invested in a strategy coach to get you on the track to making steady income at the tables. You end up in a hand with Kh2h on a board of AsTh9h4c and your opponent accidentally flashes you his hand of Ac6d.

theweathermanJun 1st, 2015 9
Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) Hired As PocketFives Community Manager

Ten years ago, was created to give people in the poker world who were making a name for themselves online a place to call home. That might never be truer than it is now, as PocketFives has hired Kevin "@Kevmath" Mathers (pictured) to be Community Manager for the site.

DanSep 1st, 2015 9
Phil Hellmuth Wins WSOP Bracelet #14

On Monday night, Phil Hellmuth (pictured) won his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker bracelet. He triumphantly Tweeted when the $10,000 Razz event was over, "BOOOM!! Won my 14th @WSOP Bracelet!!! Dedicated it to a friend I lost recently: Dave Goldberg. Giving my bracelet to Goldies family."

DanJun 9th, 2015 9
Report: Bill to Halt Expansion of Online Poker Coming in US

According to the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill, a bill could be introduced in the US Congress that "would block new states from licensing online poker while a federal study is conducted."

DanJul 17th, 2015 9
Virtual Reality Coming to Online Poker?

One complaint poker "purists" have about online poker is that it doesn't feel like real poker. You can't stare into your opponent's soul to see if he really has the goods, you can't count out your chips, and you can't see and hear the poker room's atmosphere all around you. According to , some of that could change in the next few years thanks to rapidly developing virtual reality technology.

Dan KatzJul 21st, 2015 9
Drama at Slovakian Poker Event, Players Sit Out Final Table

According to a poster named "Scarmaker" on Two Plus Two, there was a controversy surrounding the guaranteed prize pool of a €300 Slovakian Poker Sport event held at the Golden Vegas Poker Club in Bratislava over the weekend.

Dan KatzJul 28th, 2015 9
Should Isai Scheinberg Be in the Poker Hall of Fame?

When Caesars officials put out a call for 2015 Poker Hall Of Fame nominees this year, poker pro and MMA fighter Terrence TChan Chan made a controversial suggestion: PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg (pictured).

LandSharkAug 8th, 2015 9
PocketFives Rankings: StrungOut1 Hits #1

After an impressive 16-week run by Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) at the top of the PocketFives Rankings ended on August 26, we now have our second straight week with a new #1. This time, it's Canada's StrungOut1, who reentered his screen names and instantly vaulted to the top.

DanSep 2nd, 2015 9
High Stakes Poker: Biggest Loser in 2015 is Phil Ivey, Down $1.5 Million

According to HighStakesDB, Phil Ivey (pictured) is the biggest loser at the high-stakes tables so far in 2015, and it's not even close. In 74 sessions and 12,642 hands, Ivey, who plays under the user name Polarizing on Full Tilt, is down $1.5 million, three-and-a-half times the next closest person.

DanApr 19th, 2015 8
First Female WSOP Circuit Main Event Winner Crowned

It might be hard to believe, but up until this week, no female had ever won a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event. That all changed on Monday when Michelle Chin (pictured, image courtesy WSOP) took down the Council Bluffs Main Event for $88,000 and a coveted gold ring.

DanApr 21st, 2015 8
Poker Pros Beat Carnegie Mellon Computer in NLHE

After two weeks and 80,000 total hands, four of the world's top online heads-up cash game players emerged victorious against an artificial intelligence program specifically designed to beat humans at No Limit Hold'em.

Dan KatzMay 12th, 2015 8
ludovi333, ender555 Top Three in Chips After Day 1 of WSOP $5K NLHE

The 2015 World Series of Poker kicked off on Wednesday with two events: the $500 Casino Employees Event and a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. The latter had a field of 422 and, after one day of play, Ludovic ludovi333 Geilich and Joe ender555 Ebanks (pictured) sat in second and third, respectively, behind chip leader Darryl Ronconi.

DanMay 28th, 2015 8
2015 WSOP November Nine Set, dude904 Has Commanding Lead

After a grueling 10 days, the World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine has been determined. Much to everyone's chagrin, the group does not include six-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who busted in 11th place. However, the November Nine does have six Americans, two Europeans, and one Israeli.

DanJul 15th, 2015 8
Daniel Negreanu Reflects on Two of His Biggest WSOP Main Event Mistakes

Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (pictured) navigated through a massive field of 6,420 World Series of Poker Main Event entrants only to be knocked out just two spaces shy of locking up a spot as a November Nine finalist. When his pair of aces fell victim to poker pro Joe dude904 McKeehan's rivered straight, the Canadian grinder fell to his knees in anguish before collecting himself and ...

LandSharkJul 17th, 2015 8
Greg Merson Talks About Going Smoke-Free

Following the World Series of Poker this year, Greg Merson (pictured), who won the Main Event in 2012, decided to go smoke-free. He has overcome several obstacles in his life already, but can he successfully squash smoking' PocketFives caught up with the two-time bracelet winner to talk about his challenge in hopes that it might inspire other poker players to follow suit.

DanJul 22nd, 2015 8
Full Tilt Makes Drastic Changes to Ring Games

On Tuesday, Full Tilt announced on its blog and via an email to its players that it has introduced radical changes to its ring games. The announcement boldly promised "big changes at Full Tilt to improve the playing experience by making the game more accessible and exciting."

wackyJaxonJul 28th, 2015 8
Jason Somerville Signs with DraftKings

According to Legal Sports Report, run by the same guys as Online Poker Report, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured) has signed a "partnership deal" with DraftKings. He'll continue to be affiliated with the world's largest online poker room, PokerStars, as well.

DanAug 23rd, 2015 8
Heads-Up with Former #1 Ranked p0cket00

Over the weekend, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Whale for a healthy $46,000. There were 402 entrants at $600 a pop, which sent the prize pool to almost $240,000. He moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings as a result and used to be #1 last year.

DanSep 16th, 2015 8
Phil Hellmuth Comments on UB Cheating Scandal

Fourteen-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) has historically been pretty reticent when it comes to discussing the dark side of UB, the site that formerly sponsored him. From a cheating scandal reportedly masterminded by Russ Hamilton to insolvency that left many players high and dry, UB's embattled past is well-documented.

DanSep 18th, 2015 8
Heads-Up with DraftKings Millionaire Maker Winner Cylus Watson (Cylusballin)

Winning the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball Millionaire Maker last week in dramatic fashion was Cylus Watson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Cylusballin. He's a perfect example of a poker player hitting it big in daily fantasy sports, as he has $600,000 in online poker tournament winnings, another $400,000 in live events, and has received much support from the likes of 2015 WSOP November ...

DanSep 22nd, 2015 8
Impact of PokerStars Being Licensed in New Jersey

The biggest news story last week was the licensure of PokerStars in New Jersey. When the site will launch isn't clear, but what we do know is the world's largest online poker room returning to the US for the first time since Black Friday will have major ramifications for the industry.

DanOct 4th, 2015 8
Can Anyone Stop CrownUpGuy?

Over the weekend, Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $41,000. The feat itself is impressive, as Holz defeated a field of 664 entrants and a top ten that featured four members of the PocketFives community. What's more impressive is the fact that Sunday marked the second time Holz had won the tournament in the last six months. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

DanApr 6th, 2015 7
Former Poker Pro Alex Jacob Tearing Up Jeopardy

Demonstrating an impressive overall knowledge of trivia, former poker pro Alex Jacob (pictured) is currently in the middle of a run on the game show "Jeopardy." His run began on Friday, where he was introduced as a "commodities trader" from Chicago, Illinois. Poker fans may have not identified Jacob when he first appeared on the small screen, as he has shed the fabulous afro that would ...

Earl BurtonApr 15th, 2015 7
Heads-Up with Finland's European

Over the weekend, Finland's European added to his already impressive poker resume with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $48,000. He defeated almost 1,000 entrants in the process and notched his fifth largest score to date. "I feel amazing," he told PocketFives on Monday. "It's motivating to get such a nice score right before the biggest two weeks of my poker career kick off."

DanApr 28th, 2015 7
Asher Conniff (misclick) Wins WPT Championship for $973,000

"The last month of my life has been the craziest month of my life. The last week of my life has been the craziest week of my life. Today has been the craziest day. Everything is just so surreal. I'm happy my dad got to be here. I couldn't have ever imagined this." Those were the words of Asher Conniff (pictured), who is known in the New Jersey poker world as misclick, after taking down the World ...

DanApr 30th, 2015 7
Jason Mercier Wins Two SCOOP Events in Two Days

The start of the annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker has been mighty kind to PocketFiver Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured). He managed to score two SCOOP wins in the first eight events.

DanMay 13th, 2015 7
plplaya Becomes 8th Person to Win Multiple SCOOP Events in 2015

To close out the week, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured), who is known on PokerStars as plplaya, became the eighth person to win more than one SCOOP event this year. Overall, he earned his third career SCOOP title; he is the 14th person to have won at least three SCOOP tournaments.

DanMay 23rd, 2015 7
California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee

On Thursday, history was made in California, as AB 431, a shell bill calling for licensing and regulating online poker, passed the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. Gambling Compliance's Chris Krafcik pointed out that it might sit idle for the foreseeable future, however, Tweeting, "Bill heads to Assembly floor, where it will remain inactive until after upcoming hearings."

DanMay 28th, 2015 7
Alleged WSOP $10K Heads-Up Cheater Calls Allegations a "Fantasy"

On Thursday, Twitter erupted over allegations that Valeriu Coca (pictured) may have cheated during the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event. Connor blanconegro Drinan spoke on behalf of several players charging that Coca was possibly using invisible ink to mark the cards while wearing special sunglasses that would allow him to see it.

DanJun 5th, 2015 7
Could Documents Alleging Criminal Activity By Sheldon Adelson Be Unsealed?

What started as a relatively mundane wrongful termination lawsuit against Las Vegas Sands Macau has spiraled into something much more serious after possible links to organized crime groups were brought to light during trial. Now, a nonprofit arm of the Guardian news publication has filed a motion to unseal a document compiled by a former Hong Kong police chief that is believed to spell out ...

LandSharkJun 13th, 2015 7
Jack Salter Accuses Melanie Weisner and Dylan Wilkerson of Collusion

British poker pro Jack Salter has accused fellow pros Melanie Callisto 5 Weisner (pictured) and Dylan Wilkerson of collusion and soft-playing each other during sit and gos at the World Series of Poker. Through his Twitter account, Salter told his 2,400 followers that he was sure that the pair were "working together as a team in the WSOP SNGs" and urged others to re-Tweet the posts "for ...

LandSharkJul 10th, 2015 7
Nevada Gaming Officials Examining Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports

According to Online Poker Report (OPR) and a Tweet from ESPN writer David Purdum, Nevada Gaming Control Board officials have begun examining the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS), which US players can play on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings for real money.

DanJul 27th, 2015 7
Slovakian Casino Responds After Players Boycott Final Table

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about players sitting out the final table of a tournament at the Golden Vegas Poker Club in Slovakia after confusion over the meaning of the word "guarantee." The tournament in question had a €300 buy-in and "guarantee" of €100,000. However, instead of guaranteeing a prize pool of €100,000, officials only paid out €86,666, arguing that the ...

DanAug 1st, 2015 7
Daniel Negreanu Plans to Buy Piece of Las Vegas NHL Franchise

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of the National Hockey League expanding to Las Vegas. In fact, Vegas and Quebec City moved on to Phase 2 of the expansion process this week, which means Sin City is one step closer to sporting its very own franchise.

DanAug 6th, 2015 7
Dan Cates Loses $5 Million in Live Cash Games in Manila

A few days ago, Dan Cates (pictured), who is known as jungleman online, posted the following on Twitter rather nonchalantly: "Sooo Manila didn't go well, only lost about 38m hkd (5m usd)... Gonna play some 5/10 online and take another shot." Yes, not going "well" meant losing $5 million in high-stakes cash games in Manila.

DanAug 17th, 2015 7
StarsDraft Officially Launches, Victiv is No More

On Friday, StarsDraft officially launched. The site, formerly Victiv, is owned by Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars, and continues to promote one of Victiv's promotional staples, the Bankroll Builder. Week 1 of the NFL season officially begins on September 10 with a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the now-not-Tom-Brady-less New England Patriots.

DanSep 4th, 2015 7
The Life Rules: Alex Fitzgerald (Assassinato)

The following is a collection of thoughts from 2CardsCollege coach Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald.

WeightlessSep 22nd, 2015 7
New Jersey DGE Doing "Comprehensive Review" of Amaya's PokerStars Purchase

According to iGaming Business and other outlets, the seemingly lengthy delay of PokerStars getting licensed in New Jersey has to do with a "thorough, comprehensive review" by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

DanSep 23rd, 2015 7
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for April 13, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, several PocketFivers had impressive paydays. Manhat10ite won the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Saturday, taking home $2,250. In the winner's circle of the network's $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major was numbnuts, who earned the top prize of $10,249.

DloricanApr 13th, 2015 6
Alleged Borgata Chipgate Mastermind Jailed for Copyright Infringement

Last week, Christian Lusardi (pictured), the alleged mastermind behind the Borgata "chipgate" scandal, pled guilty to two federal charges: copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. He earned a five-year prison sentence and another three years of probation following his release. Lusardi will also have to pay restitution of over $1.1 million.

Earl BurtonApr 8th, 2015 6
4th Anniversary Sunday Storm Attracts 104,000 Entrants

It's hard to believe that an $11 buy-in tournament not only hit, but surpassed a $1 million guarantee, but that's exactly what happened over the weekend, as the 4th Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Storm attracted 104,939 entrants, one of the largest-field online poker tournaments ever held. A five-way deal ended matters.

DanApr 21st, 2015 6
"Get Off the Walmart Connection"

"Back in the day, I had a really bad internet connection, and apparently Walmart used to sell really bad internet, so my friends would always tell me to get off the Walmart connection. Actually, a couple of weeks after I made my PokerStars account, I got a job working at Walmart out of sheer coincidence."

DanApr 13th, 2015 6
Bryan Pellegrino (PrimordialAA) Sounds Off About the Demise of Lock Poker

With the demise of Lock Poker, stories regarding the operation of the site have begun to leak. First there was former Lock Poker spokesperson Shane Bridges, who warned in February that he believed that the site would never pay out players. Now, Bryan PrimordialAA Pellegrino (pictured) has opened up regarding his time as a sponsored member of the Lock Poker Pro team.

Earl BurtonApr 22nd, 2015 6
PPA: Next Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Will Total $4 Million

According to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the next wave of Full Tilt Poker refunds for US players will be sent out by the end of August at the latest. This time around, 2,000 petitions totaling $4 million will be distributed.

DanMay 5th, 2015 6
"That's What I Pray For Every Time I Go to Bed"

The 99th ranked member of the PocketFives community is Sweden's Fjaluz, who recently hit $1 million in career online tournaments scores and is officially at $1.3 million now. He won the PokerStars Hotter $75 and final tabled the PokerStars.fr SCOOP Main Event, both in January, for almost $50,000 total.

DanMay 7th, 2015 6
888, GVC/Amaya Battling to Acquire bwin.party

According to media outlets in both the mainstream and the gaming community, Luxembourg-based GVC Holdings and the Canadian company Amaya Gaming are jointly trying to acquire what was once the largest gaming company in the industry, bwin.party.

Earl BurtonMay 20th, 2015 6
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Edward Espino (Eddiegood86)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Edward Eddiegood86 Espino (pictured, ranked 56th in New Jersey), who started out in the professional video gaming world and quickly transitioned over to playing poker. He would spend endless nights playing cash games, which usually ended in losing sessions, but he used his drive and determination to keep motivating himself to get better at the ...

DloricanMay 26th, 2015 6
Doc Sands, BrynKenney, Greg Merson Make Final 20 of WSOP $5K NLHE

It should be an entertaining finish to Event #2 ($5,000 NLHE) of the 2015 World Series of Poker. On Saturday, the field will play down to a winner. Twenty runners remain on Friday out of the starting grid of 422, including several PocketFivers and one former Main Event champion. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge.

DanMay 29th, 2015 6
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Renata Colache (LadyBlueSky)

PocketFives had the chance to sit with Renata LadyBlueSky Colache (pictured), who can be found playing in the live arena the majority of the time, but always manages to find time to grind on some of the regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. She is better known as Tainted Lady on WSOP and LadyMaverick on Borgata.

DloricanJun 9th, 2015 6
"Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol the Night Before a Tournament"

Last month, Moscow's Ravic85 (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy outright for $63,000. There were well over 1,100 entrants that day and Ravic85 outlasted five other PocketFives members at the final table. Now, he's camped out in Las Vegas for the annual World Series of Poker.

DanJun 12th, 2015 6
Phil Hellmuth Thanks Aria During WSOP Bracelet Ceremony, Twitter Blows Up

In his acceptance speech on Saturday for his 14th World Series of Poker bracelet, Phil Hellmuth thanked his sponsors. He thanked Aria specifically for "sponsoring me and taking really good care of me" and went on to thank other sponsors in general. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Twitter erupted.

DanJun 13th, 2015 6
Erick Lindgren Files for Bankruptcy for the Second Time

No one can deny that tournament pro Erick Lindgren (pictured) has had a stellar career at the poker tables. But, a penchant for betting on sports and playing table games has left him near penniless, with creditors demanding the repayment of millions. Unable to cope with his financial burdens, the two-time bracelet winner recently filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in just three ...

LandSharkJun 18th, 2015 6
PokerKaiser Wins 10 Tournaments, 2 Triple Crowns in June

Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) has been tearing apart the online poker community this month. We're not even three weeks into June and the Chilean has already piled up 10 online MTT wins and two PocketFives Triple Crowns. And he still has two weeks left in the month to improve upon those numbers.

DanJun 19th, 2015 6
It's Official: 888 Buys bwin.party for $1.4 Billion

After a flurry of bids, 888 Holdings won the battle to buy rival bwin.party on Friday. The price: $1.4 billion in a cash and stock deal. 888 won out over a similarly-priced joint bid by GVC and Amaya, the latter of which already owns PokerStars and Full Tilt.

DanJul 17th, 2015 6
Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan Want You to Play Six Plus Hold'em

When you've played as many hands of No Limit Hold'em as poker pros Phil Ivey (pictured) and Tom durrrr Dwan have, it's only natural to want to mix it up a bit. For most pros, that usually means games like PLO, Razz, and Triple Draw, but even those variants can get boring after a while. Ivey and Dwan are now promoting a lesser-known game called Six Plus Hold'em, which has apparently become ...

LandSharkAug 13th, 2015 6
Tim James Show Exposes Sheldon Adelson's Hypocrisy

One of the tenets of Sheldon Adelson's fight against online gaming and poker is that "it can't be policed to prevent" underage gaming. It is a belief that the billionaire casino mogul (pictured) has stated on many occasions and about many other subjects including underage drinking and prostitution.

Earl BurtonAug 19th, 2015 6
Devilfish, Matt Savage Among Poker Hall of Fame Finalists

On Tuesday, Caesars officials announced the 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class. There are four newcomers to this year's ballot: Italian poker ambassador Max Pescatori, Irish Open founder Terry Rogers, highly influential tournament director Matt Savage, and longtime British poker player David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured).

DanSep 8th, 2015 6
Will Harry Reid Push RAWA as His Final Act?

Happy Easter from everyone at PocketFives. We hope our entire community is having a wonderful, relaxing day. All of the restaurants around this author's house are closed, so I decided I'd get a jump-start on work with several news articles that have been piling up over the weekend. The first item on the agenda: Harry Reid (pictured).

DanApr 5th, 2015 5