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Nevada Poker Player in Trouble After HUD Use

A Nevada poker player is potentially in hot water with gaming regulators after getting caught using a HUD while playing on . A gaming statute in the state is interpreted by many as saying that third-party software tools are prohibited while playing online poker. Nevada also has a clause in its terms and conditions to prohibit software aids while playing.

wackyJaxonDec 10th, 2015 21
PokerStars Strike Goes Head-to-Head with $100K Milestone Hand Promo

Tuesday marked the first day of a three-day strike by high-stakes players against PokerStars. The group is upset over cuts in benefits to high-stakes players and, at the time of writing, nearly 2,600 people have pledged not to play on PokerStars from December 1 to 3.

DanDec 1st, 2015 17
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
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 15
Isaac Haxton Parts Ways with Team PokerStars Online

Isaac Haxton has decided not to renew his Team PokerStars Online contract Just a few minutes before boarding a flight to Manila to play the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller Cali Cup in the Philpines, Isaac Haxton dropped a bombshell – he was leaving Team PokerStars Online.

LanceJan 1st, 2016 12
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
Bank of America Closes Daniel Negreanu's Bank Accounts

Daniel Negreanu's Bank of America and MasterCard accounts were closed Poker icon Daniel Negreanu has a lot of money. With $32.3 million in live scores, the Toronto native is the world's leading money winner in recorded live tournaments. That's not counting his contract with PokerStars or any cash game winnings he has amassed throughout his long career in the industry.

LandSharkDec 23rd, 2015 11
Antonio Esfandiari Disqualified from PCA Main Event

Antonio Esfandiari is no stranger to high stakes, high pressure situations. There are a number of ways in which a poker player can be disqualified from a tournament. On Sunday, Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified and it had nothing to do with anything the Poker Tournament Directors Association has ever made a rule for.

LanceJan 11th, 2016 11
Ari Engel Thinks Aussie Millions Might Propel Him to Play Higher

Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event Life-changing money was awarded at this year's Aussie Millions. The annual poker series Down Under ended with 732 entrants showing up for the Main Event. In the end, a former #1 ranked player on PocketFives, Ari Engel, took it down for USD $1.1 million. He joins the ranks of former Aussie Millions Main Event winners like Tyron Krost, Alexander ...

DanFeb 3rd, 2016 11
Amaya Combining PokerStars & Full Tilt Into Single Player Pool

When PokerStars acquired the Full Tilt Poker assets as part of their Black Friday settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, many wondered about the future of the Full Tilt Poker brand. To the surprise of many, PokerStars kept the Full Tilt Poker brand running separately alongside their own brand. Now, some 3.5 years later, things are changing.

LanceFeb 16th, 2016 11
PokerStars Launching in New Jersey on March 21

The long-awaited return of the PokerStars brand to the US market is here… almost. Amid the hoopla of the ongoing Global Poker League draft, which is taking place in Los Angeles, officials from Amaya Gaming's headquarters in Montreal dropped a bombshell.

DanFeb 25th, 2016 11
PokerStars Changes Continue with Rake Increase

Players will be shelling out more rake in certain games at PokerStars The news over the last 24 hours has been all about PokerStars. And Monday afternoon even more news came in, as the online poker giant announced rake increases for Spin & Gos, multi-table tournaments, and ring games. According to a release announcing the change, the average increase across all games will be 4%.

DanMar 21st, 2016 11
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
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player TasteRed

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with TasteRed, who plays all forms of poker and is not limited to just No Limit Texas Hold'em. The psychology, math, and chance the game of poker brings are what make it appealing to him and also motivate him to improve his skills. Also, surrounding himself with established players helps with his poker development.

RicanPhenomDec 22nd, 2015 10
Why the WSOP Colossus is Paying $1 Million to First

The WSOP Colossus in 2015 Late last week, the dates for the 2016 World Series of Poker were announced. The tournament series runs from May 31 to July 18 and the details of several events were unveiled, including the second running of the Colossus. Dubbed Colossus II, the $565 buy-in tournament guarantees $7 million (up from $5 million in 2015) and offers a $1 million first place prize, up from ...

DanDec 22nd, 2015 10
It's Not a Leak in Your Poker Game, It's Just a Personality Flaw

We all have leaks in our poker game in one way or another - by which I mean, none of us plays perfectly Game Theory Optimal poker in every situation. We’re only human, not GTO robots. Which is a neat little microcosm of the way it works in life outside of poker - we all have personality flaws, which affect our lives to varying degrees in any number of ways. Nobody’s perfect.

theginger45Mar 24th, 2016 10
"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
Over 1,600 Players Registered for Latest PokerStars Boycott

A second boycott of PokerStars is underway. It began on January 1 and runs through Thursday, organized by , Tiltbook, Gypsy Team, and several high-stakes players. As the group put it in a thread on 2+2, "We refuse to play on PokerStars for those seven days and are cashing out at least 10% of our bankrolls on the first day of the boycott." The strike is in response to a reduction in benefits to ...

DanJan 5th, 2016 9
WSOP.com Winter Poker Classic II Starts January 10

If you're in Nevada or New Jersey, the Winter Poker Classic II begins on Sunday, January 10. In Nevada, there's over $85,000 guaranteed, while in New Jersey, there's over $80,000 guaranteed. Eight events will be held in each state on .

DanJan 7th, 2016 9
PokerStars Replacing Regular Heads-Up Cash Games with Zoom Pools

Over the past three months, change after change has rocked the landscape at PokerStars. From reducing rewards for high-stakes players to restricting certain poker software, PokerStars has made a litany of moves in order to improve the poker ecosystem. On February 12, another major change will occur.

DanFeb 9th, 2016 9
PokerStars New Jersey Launch Live Blog

PokerStars officially launched in New Jersey on Monday, March 21, 2016.

LanceMar 21st, 2016 9
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
Pennsylvania Internet Gambling Bill Dead for 2015

According to eGaming Review, a bill from Representative John Payne (pictured) that would regulate online gambling in Pennsylvania is dead for the 2015 calendar year. Many in the industry had thought the measure would be voted on over the weekend, but that never came to fruition.

DanDec 15th, 2015 8
UPDATED: PokerStars Meets With Stern, Haxton, Dvoress; No VIP Changes Coming

Isaac Haxton was one of three high stakes regulars to attend a meeting with PokerStars executives. Isaac Haxton, Dani Stern and Daniel Dvoress finally issued a statement Saturday night, detailing as much as possible their recent meeting with PokerStars and Amaya executives. If you were hoping that the site would backtrack on its many changes that have affected high-stakes and high-volume ...

DanJan 24th, 2016 8
David Baazov Proposes Private Takeover of Amaya and PokerStars

Amaya CEO David Baazov In mid-2014, Amaya Gaming bought PokerStars and Full Tilt in a deal worth $4.9 billion, changing the online poker industry forever. Soon, there could be another upheaval for the company, this one led by its CEO.

DanFeb 1st, 2016 8
New Jersey's Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein Headed to Costa Rica

One of the more desirable aspects of being a professional poker player is that you don't have to have a set schedule. You are, in essence, your own boss. You play when you want, where you want, and travel to and from some of the country's and world's most interesting destinations. Sometimes you win very large sums of money.

WILLOCFeb 11th, 2016 8
Mustapha Kanit's Hot Streak Continues with Sunday Million Victory

Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit had a big Sunday again, winning the PokerStars Sunday Million just one week after winning the Sunday Supersonic.. The online tournament winning streak for Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit continued over the weekend, as the Italian poker pro and #1 overall Global Poker League draft pick took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a score of $177,230 -- just one week ...

dhubermexMar 14th, 2016 8
PokerStarsNJ Tournament Schedule Includes $50K GTD "Sunday Special"

Just days before their full launch, PokerStars NJ announced their tournament schedule. After a long and hard-fought battle, PokerStars New Jersey officially began dealing legal, real money poker hands in New Jersey on Wednesday, kicking off a five-day "soft launch" phase mandated by state regulators. The excitement was palpable amongst the New Jersey poker community, which was happy to see the ...

LandSharkMar 17th, 2016 8
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
Organizers Say PokerStars Lost $1.3M in Rake During Latest Strike

Union leaders. Teachers. London Underground workers. Poker players. What do these four groups have in common' They've all gone on strike to protest changes in their industries. In order to gain any traction, however, a strike must be successful.

DanJan 14th, 2016 7
Ben 'BenFaz' Farrell on the Power of Groups

Without his Skype group, 'BenFaz' wouldn't be where he is today The age-old phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" has applications in poker. A highly potent "group think" can help players soak up knowledge at a much quicker pace than they could on their own.

DanFeb 18th, 2016 7
PokerStars Readying for New Jersey Soft Launch, March 16

Poker players are counting down the days until PokerStars returns to U.S. soil. For the first time in nearly five years, players in the United States will be able to play on PokerStars for real money beginning Wednesday, March 16 - but only those who are actually in New Jersey.

LanceMar 11th, 2016 7
Amaya CEO David Baazov Charged with Insider Trading

Amaya CEO David Baazov is facing insider trading charges In the middle of June 2014, Amaya Gaming bought the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and its sister site, Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. Amaya's stock, which is traded in Toronto under the symbol 'AYA', increased in value by 50% in the days leading up to the transaction, prompting an investigation by Canadian ...

DanMar 23rd, 2016 7
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
Smeckten Wins Fourth PocketFives Triple Crown

Smeckten just won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown In recent days, Sweden's Smeckten won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown, his first of 2015. If you're not familiar with the award, a Triple Crown requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a week. Each tournament must have at least 100 players and a real ...

DanDec 22nd, 2015 6
2CardsCollege Presents: Best Countries for Online Grinders

The new year is the best time to change your life. You can tell yourself to quit smoking, promise yourself (once again) to start going to the gym, or you can make a much more drastic solution. For example, move to another country. All in all, the most valuable thing in a poker pro's life is freedom. It's the freedom not to answer to anyone and organize your day the way you want as well as the ...

reckoner4Jan 4th, 2016 6
'born2badbeat' Gets Instant Results, Chops Sunday Million

Imagine signing up for PokerStars and ten days later chopping the Sunday Million for six-figures. It sounds too good to be true, right' For one PocketFiver, that's exactly what happened.

DanJan 19th, 2016 6
Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov Hits $5M in Online Tournament Cashes

Only 79 players have hit $5 million in online tournament cashes in MTTs that PocketFives tracks. It's clearly no simple feat. But in 2016 two players have already passed that milestone.

DanJan 20th, 2016 6
Ari Engel Wins 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event

Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. Ari Engel, the former #1 ranked online poker player in the world, made big noise Sunday in Australia, beating Tony 'Bond18' Dunst heads-up to win the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event and A$1,600,000 ($1,133,650 US).

LanceJan 31st, 2016 6
Sweden's 'lena900' Wins January Monthly PLB Title

Eight wins. Thirty top-ten finishes. 2,981.55 points. And that was just one month. The scores have been calculated. We've made a list. We've checked it twice. 'lena900' won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, or MPLB, in January with a total of 2,981.55 PLB Points. He led the second place total belonging to Bryan 'bparis' Paris by 200.

DanFeb 11th, 2016 6
Chris Moorman, Fedor Holz Among 203 Players Eligible for GPL Draft

Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is one of 203 players eligible for the Global Poker League Draft The draft is one of the highlights of any sporting event's season. The NFL Draft is spread over multiple days and attracts hundreds of reporters and thousands of fans. The NBA Draft is only two rounds, upping the drama. Fantasy football enthusiasts probably already have next season's draft date circled on ...

DanFeb 12th, 2016 6
'marroca5' Going Aggro-Cultural in 2016

Will we see less of 'marroca5' in 2016' Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe has been on a heater lately. A week ago, he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $51,000, his eighth largest cash all-time. Two days later, he hit $4 million in career online tournament scores, only the sixth player this year to pass that mark. However, 2016 and beyond could mean big changes to this successful ...

DanFeb 26th, 2016 6
Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando Using Confidence to Beat Variance

Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando is using confidence to outlast variance Holding your head up in the face of adversity can be a daunting task. Staring down the face of a losing streak, some poker players would give up, walk away, and accept a 9-5 desk job. Being confident can be even more difficult considering how much poker changes from year to year.

DanFeb 28th, 2016 6
New Digs, Fourth Triple Crown for Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill

Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game.

DanMar 3rd, 2016 6
Bahar 'bah22' Musa Navigating Poker and Life with a Young Family

Bahar 'bah22' Musa hit $2 million in career online winnings and has two kids under age four Having two kids under the age of four is not easy. At that age neither kid is self-sufficient and their needs are vastly different. When one poops in his diaper, the other dumps sand all over her new dress. And that's just a typical Monday.

DanMar 17th, 2016 6
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
Andy Bloch’s Palatial Las Vegas Home on the Market for $9 Million

Poker pro and all-around gambling whiz Andy Bloch has put his spacious Las Vegas mansion on the market for $8.9 million.

LandSharkDec 3rd, 2015 5
Mortgage, Stocks, Bankroll, Bling, and Baby Toys

Last month, Wes Wyvill (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Wesss, was part of a six-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $100,000, not bad for a day's work. He was one of four PocketFivers to participate in the chop and there were 5,573 entrants total.

DanDec 6th, 2015 5
House Oversight Committee Hearing: Everyone Turns on Jason Chaffetz

On Wednesday, a hearing in the House Oversight Committee entitled "A Casino in Every Smartphone – Law Enforcement Implications" took place. It started 30 minutes late and was led by committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, pictured), a minion of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Chaffetz is trumpeting Restoring America's Wire Act (RAWA), which would ban all forms of online gambling in the ...

DanDec 9th, 2015 5
PokerStars Not Altering VIP Plan in Wake of Boycott

PokerStars' announcement that it would drastically reduce VIP benefits for some of the site's biggest grinders was not taken well by the poker community. Angered by the proposed changes, more than 2,500 Stars regulars organized a three-day boycott of the site at the start of this month, the results of which have been mixed. In a recent blog post, PokerStars acknowledged the boycott and discussed ...

LandSharkDec 10th, 2015 5
Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz Wins WPT Alpha8 Bellagio for $1.6 Million

Three seperate times Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz has been the number ranked online poker player in the world. Sunday night in Las Vegas he add the biggest live win to his resume when he beat Nick Petrangelo heads-up to win the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 event at the Bellagio.

LanceDec 21st, 2015 5
p0cket00 Hits $9 Million in Online MTT Cashes

This week, Ontario, Canada's p0cket00 became the second person ever to hit $9 million in career online tournament winnings. The other person to do so: Chris moorman1 Moorman, who hit $10 million in online tournament winnings in 2013.

DanDec 24th, 2015 5
Elliot Roe Hosting Webinar Dedicated to 2016 Goals

Elliot Roe is hosting a webinar on December 29 focusing on 2016 poker goals With 2015 coming to an end, many poker players are reflecting on how things went and setting goals for 2016. Improving is certainly an important thing to focus on. However, some feel that just as important, if not more important, is understanding how to keep a healthy poker mindset.

wackyJaxonDec 26th, 2015 5
December Legislative Recap: RAWA, Pennsylvania, California

John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance December capped off a relatively quiet year on the poker legislation front in the US. However, the month itself was fairly eventful. Let's take a look back at what legislative events happened in December, in case you missed it.

DanJan 5th, 2016 5
Jason Somerville Hoping to Break Records with Aussie Millions Stream

Jason Somerville is bringing the Aussie Millions to Twitch There's an entire generation that grew up playing or watching Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego' It was a game show and series of video games developed to teach kids geography as they took the clues provided and attempted to capture the criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego.

LanceJan 23rd, 2016 5
January Legislative Recap: Progress Slow in Key States

John Payne is spearheading iGaming legislation in Pennsylvania Only a month into 2016, there has been plenty of movement on the legislative front in the United States. Online poker could soon be regulated in Pennsylvania, while states like Washington and New York are seriously considering the same. Here's a recap of the major developments in January.

DanFeb 2nd, 2016 5
“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
Daniel Negreanu Talks PokerStars VIP Changes

As the clock ticked down on Monday night to the start of the three-day PokerStars boycott, poker podcaster extraordinaire Joe "ChicagoJoey" Ingram hosted a Poker Hall of Famer and the public face of PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu (pictured), for a chat about the issues surrounding the poker room's recently announced changes to its VIP program. Watch it.

Dan KatzDec 1st, 2015 4
Daniel Negreanu Says He Tried to Delay VIP Changes at PokerStars to 2017

In a new blog on FullContactPoker, PokerStars front man Daniel Negreanu (pictured) told readers, "I've spent the last month having internal discussions in the hopes of delaying the changes until January 1st, 2017." The changes in question refer to PokerStars' recent changes to their VIP program that will greatly alter benefits to high-stakes players.

DanDec 11th, 2015 4
Online Gaming Target of Half of Recorded DDoS Attacks in Q3 2015

According to the Q3 2015 State of the Internet Security Report, the online gaming industry was the target of half of the recorded distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the third quarter of 2015. Online gaming came in at exactly 50%, followed by software and technology at 25% and financial services at 7%.

DanDec 12th, 2015 4
Kevin Eyster (1SickDisease) Wins WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Kevin Eyster (pictured), known on PocketFives as 1SickDisease, won the World Poker Tour's Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Saturday night at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.5 million. He'll also get a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

DanDec 20th, 2015 4
'ismo<3seppo' Wins PokerStars Yearly TLB For Third Straight Year

Aaron Gustavson finished third in the PokerStars Yearly TLB behind winner 'ismo

DanJan 8th, 2016 4
Nick 'fu_15' Maimone Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller

Most High Roller final tables involve a level of conflict. Chip leads go back and forth and eventually one player rises above the rest to win an insane amount of money. That's not quite what happened Thursday night at the final table of the $25,000 High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

LanceJan 15th, 2016 4
Mike Watson Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

Mike 'SirWatts' Watson Wins 2016 PCA Main Event The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has often been the place where poker legends have their coming out party. The final table of the 2016 PCA Main Event, however, took on a different narrative. The six-handed final table included former WPT champ Mike 'SirWatts' Watson, One Drop High Roller winner Tony Gregg, and EPT Vilamoura champ Toby ...

LanceJan 15th, 2016 4
Super High Roller Bowl Returns in 2016, $300,000 Buy-In

It's not every day that a $300,000 buy-in poker tournament comes along. It's one thing to play with your friends around the kitchen table for pizza money, but it's a whole different animal competing for an estimated $5 million first place prize. Oh, and there's a shot clock.

DanJan 15th, 2016 4
Peter 'winwin07' Nigh Appreciating Life, Taking It All In

Peter 'winwin07' Nigh has an improved outlook on life Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. As Happy Gilmore once said, "Go to your happy place." Sometimes success in poker is all about taking a step back and appreciating life, no matter what challenges are thrown your way.

DanMar 6th, 2016 4
2016 Super High Roller Bowl Sold Out; Negreanu, Esfandiari Confirmed

The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday. Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name.

LanceMar 15th, 2016 4
Upsets Rule WPT Champions Challenge Round 1; Round 2 Voting Open Now

All four #1 seeds advanced to Round 2 in the WPT Champions Challenge. Just like March Madness, the first round of the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge was all about the upset. Eight of the first 32 first round match-ups ended with the lower seed advancing to the second round.

LanceMar 17th, 2016 4
What We Learned: Day 1 of PokerStarsNJ

PokerStarsNJ is back on U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. Monday, March 21 will go down as one of the brightest early days in the history of regulated poker in the United States. Sure, the markets are few and far between and this new world of online poker is in its infancy, but when PokerStars, after nearly a five-year hiatus from dealing real money poker in the United States, made its ...

LanceMar 22nd, 2016 4
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
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
Tournament Review for November 30, 2015

Fahredin FeriBo Mustafov of Bulgaria outlasted over 5,600 opponents to take down the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament for $165,704. The Bulgarian (pictured) had a career day that nearly doubled his all time online poker tournament cash amount upon negotiating a three-way final table deal. Fellow PocketFives member danielt999 of Ireland also scored his largest ever online ...

dhubermexNov 30th, 2015 3
The Life Rules: Vasily Tsapko (Ravic85)

Vasily aka Ravic85, a 2СardsCollege poker school coach, has been ahead of the pack in Russian PocketFives rankings since the end of WCOOP.

WeightlessDec 1st, 2015 3
The Weekend Joke: "Oh, You Could Just Win the Million"

In November, Steve McNallyville McNally (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million following a six-way chop and put back $103,000. It was the second largest score of his career and his second cash over $100,000, raising his career total past $5.1 million. McNally is the 11th ranked PocketFiver in Mexico, where he moved from the USA four years ago.

DanDec 13th, 2015 3
Online Gaming Foe Sheldon Adelson Buys Nevada's Largest Newspaper

The mysterious purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada's largest daily newspaper, last week left many guessing who was behind the acquisition, even the publication's own employees. On Thursday, it was confirmed, however, that casino tycoon and staunch internet gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson (pictured) was behind the $140 million deal, causing some to speculate why the billionaire ...

LandSharkDec 17th, 2015 3
Amaya Says It Will Go After Former PokerStars Owners If Needed In Kentucky

A Kentucky judge has ordered that PokerStars pay a minimum of $250 million in damages to the state for offering online poker in the Commonwealth after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was put into effect.

LandSharkDec 18th, 2015 3
Superheroes of the Super Tuesday from 2CardsCollege

The following is brought to you by 2CardsCollege pro poker training. PokerStars Super Tuesday is the most expensive recurring online poker tournament with the hardest lineup. Victory means one of the most prestigious poker trophies. This event is one-of-a-kind and the challenge of battling high-rollers stands apart from the Sunday Majors. Every week it gathers the best players in the world. ...

reckoner4Dec 28th, 2015 3
"Every One of My Friends Said I Was a Poker Genius"

A couple of weeks ago, benatias made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and banked $28,000, his largest score ever. That cash comes on the heels of wins in the $320 Saturday Super Knockout and Big $109 this year and the Israeli is up to over $600,000 in online MTT scores.

DanDec 29th, 2015 3
Daniel Negreanu's 2016 Goals: Three WSOP Bracelets, $2.5M Earnings

Daniel Negreanu has set the bar high for 2016 We are just a few days away from 2016, and with the new year comes resolutions. In recent years, Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu has posted his poker goals for the coming year. On his blog at Full Contact Poker on Monday, Negreanu listed what he wants to do in 2016 and offered a recap of how he did on his 2015 goals.

Dan KatzDec 29th, 2015 3
Nine Players Passed $7.5 Million in Career Winnings in 2015

Bryan Paris was one of nine players to pass $7.5 million in career online tournament winnings in 2015 In 2015, nine members of the PocketFives community passed $7.5 million in career online tournament winnings. It started in January with Bryan bparis Paris, who passed $7.5 million and is already up to $8.5 million, meaning he has amassed about $1 million in winnings in the last year. Paris' ...

DanJan 2nd, 2016 3
Back-to-Back: Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz Wins Triton SHR Cali Cup

Fedor Holz has won over $5 million in the last two weeks thanks to back-to-back wins It seems like there’s really nothing stopping Fedor Holz these days. Just two weeks after Holz won the WPT Alpha8 event at Bellagio, the German poker pro conquered another tough high roller field, winning the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller at Solaire Resort in the Philippines.

LanceJan 4th, 2016 3
2CardsCollege Presents The Life Rules: Liv Boeree

The following is a compilation of quotes from blogs and interviews with Liv Boeree by the team at 2CardsCollege pro poker training.

reckoner4Jan 20th, 2016 3
Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald Talks SpinAndGoStrategy, Coaching

It's not easy to coach day after day, week after week, year after year. Not only do your life circumstances change, but so does the industry you're coaching in. For Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald, changing with the times has seemingly been a piece of cake.

DanJan 29th, 2016 3
Chris Leong Wins WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship

Chris Leong won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Friday night. (WPT Live Updates/Joe Giron photo) While some final tables follow a wire-to-wire run by chip leaders, others see short stacks come from the back of the pack to claim the title. That’s exactly what happened in Atlantic City, as Chris Leong outlasted a massive 1,171 player field to claim the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker ...

WILLOCFeb 6th, 2016 3
PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary Features $10M Guarantee

PokerStars is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sunday Million in a big way. Known for offering massive prize pools for a relatively low buy-in, the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament is a player favorite. In March, the online poker giant will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the event, and plans to make it memorable by offering a massive $10 million in guaranteed prize money.

LandSharkFeb 9th, 2016 3
Partypoker Unveils Powerfest Series Complete with $5M Guaranteed

The partypoker Powerfest includes four weeks of tournaments Not to be left behind by the recently concluded PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, partypoker has announced its own major online tournament series. Dubbed Powerfest, the series will offer 98 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million. The action begins on Sunday, February 21 and will culminate in the $1,050 Main Event ...

LandSharkFeb 17th, 2016 3
Dreyfus: Media Partnerships, Team Sponsorships Key to GPL Success

The 12 GPL founding franchises The impending launch of the Global Poker League has plenty of people in the poker industry excited. It also has some detractors, but league founder Alex Dreyfus is sticking to his vision of introducing the game of poker to people around the world through the uniquely formatted league.

DanFeb 17th, 2016 3
Latest California Online Poker Bill Punishes Offshore Players

Online poker players in California have reason to be concerned about the latest regulation efforts A new bill in California that would license and regulate online poker would also make it a felony for players to play on an offshore online poker site - even before regulated sites are up and running.

DanFeb 23rd, 2016 3
David Orsmby Wins WPT Fallsview Main Event, $279,818

David Ormsby came from behind heads-up to win the WPT Fallsview Main Event (photo credit: Rob Gracie/WPT) The World Poker Tour returned to Canada with a CAD 5,000 ($3,650) Main Event at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A field of 423 entries was reduced to an all-Ontario final table, including Soren Turkewitsch, a winner of this very event in 2005. After over 160 hands of play, ...

KevmathFeb 24th, 2016 3
Joe Stapleton Joins Poker Night in America as Commentator

Joe Stapleton is taking his talents to Poker Night in America Fresh off his live appearance on Twitch during the inaugural Global Poker League draft, poker industry personality Joe Stapleton has landed a gig as co-commentator of CBS Sports Networks’s TV program Poker Night in America.

LandSharkMar 1st, 2016 3
Dietrich Fast Wins WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Dietrich Fast added a WPT title to his resume Thursday night in L.A. Dietrch Fast denied Mike Shariati a chance at World Poker Tour History Thursday night at the Commerce Casino and captured the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event title for just over $1 million.

LanceMar 4th, 2016 3
Jamie Kerstetter Juggles Live and Online Poker Schedules

Jamie Kerstetter is hoping to find success in the partypoker Garden State Super Series. The East Coast is home to some of the biggest tournament series and events in the country, with regionally-based casinos rolling out massive guaranteed events on a nearly month-to-month basis. Over the next few weeks, though, save for a few WSOP Circuit stops, that live tournament schedule takes a short ...

WILLOCMar 6th, 2016 3