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WSOP Staking Could Be in Danger

The Nevada State Senate has proposed a bill, which, if passed, would make taking a piece of action of another player, or staking, within the state's borders a felony.

wackyJaxon Jan 24th, 2015 55
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 ...

LandShark Apr 30th, 2015 49
Vicky Coren Quits PokerStars for Site's Promotion of Casino Games

UK poker player and media personality Vicky Coren (pictured) has announced that she will no longer represent PokerStars due to the company's decision to offer casino games alongside its online poker product.

LandShark Nov 27th, 2014 40
Chris Christie Blocking PokerStars in New Jersey as a Favor to Sheldon Adelson

In September of last year, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak hinted that PokerStars' approval to operate in the Garden State was imminent. But as the months pass by, many are wondering just what, exactly, is holding up the process. Speaking to Business Insider, several political insiders place the blame squarely on the shoulders of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and New Jersey Governor ...

LandShark Feb 13th, 2015 35
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 ...

Dan Apr 7th, 2015 31
"I Ended Up Busting My First Bankroll to Viktor Blom"

Earlier this month, woohoo42 (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Super XL Main Event, a $600 NLHE tournament with a $1 million guarantee. There was no chop and woohoo42 banked $199,000 for the win. "I'm going to continue working with my staking group," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I will increase their buy-ins. They were probably happier than I was."

Dan Dec 28th, 2014 29
Potential DDOS Attacks Uncovered at Merge

Over the past few days, online poker players have alleged that the Merge Gaming Network is experiencing issues with a network attack or possibly cheating.

Earl Burton Dec 10th, 2014 28
Mike Sexton Questions the Value of WSOP Bracelets

In a blog recently published on PartyPoker's website, World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton (pictured) questioned the value of World Series of Poker bracelets and called out the WSOP for a few other reasons. Sexton is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and owns one WSOP bracelet, which came in a Stud High-Low event in 1989.

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 26
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 ...

Dan Apr 14th, 2015 26
Doyle Brunson Makes Home Page of TMZ for Bruce Jenner Comments

On Sunday, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson (pictured) made the home page of TMZ for all the wrong reasons. Rather than tout Brunson's accomplishments or talk about his ongoing health battles, TMZ showcased a series of Tweets Brunson sent about former Olympian and current reality TV star Bruce Jenner becoming more like a woman.

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 25
Daniel Negreanu Tells You Who Should Be Barred from the WSOP

In a recent blog that appeared on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) ran down a list of six people who some have argued should be forever barred from the World Series of Poker. As he put it, "I've always been of the position that unless people have been found to actually cheat at poker, they should be allowed to attend." That's the main criteria you'll see Negreanu use throughout his ...

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 24
Lex Veldhuis: Antonio Esfandiari is "Worthless"

Broadcast in recent days on the Poker Life Podcast was an interview with Lex Veldhuis (pictured), who donned his PokerStars patch in what would turn out to be a rather controversial two-hour sitting. It began with Veldhuis lambasting 2012 World Series of Poker One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari.

Dan Jan 18th, 2015 23
New Online Poker Bill Introduced in California

The state of California is considering a new bill that would allow its citizens to participate in a state-regulated online poker market. Introduced earlier this week by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D - Los Angeles, pictured), the bill, known by AB 9 or "The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015," has been marked at this point with an "urgency" status, which means that if ...

Earl Burton Dec 3rd, 2014 22
Poker Pro Dan Bilzerian Arrested, Held Without Bail for Bomb-Making

On Wednesday morning, one of my non-poker playing friends texted me to say, "Your boy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) was arrested at LAX yesterday and is being held without bail. My wife thinks he's hot." Yes, this is what the mainstream world knows about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the industry's bad boy and resident attention-seeker.

Dan Dec 10th, 2014 22
TheClaimeer Wins 2014 PocketFives Yearly PLB

Congratulations to Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) on winning the 2014 Yearly PLB on PocketFives. Over the course of 2014, Trigg amassed 17,810.21 PLB Points, with a high score of 500. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and has been a force to be reckoned with over the years.

Dan Jan 6th, 2015 22
Harry Reid: "Proliferation of Gambling on the Internet is Not Good for Our Country"

If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime ...

Dan Dec 13th, 2014 21
Winning Poker Network Suffers Tech SNAFU During Million Dollar Tournament

A seven-figure online tournament met its demise because of technical problems this weekend when an ambitious event from the Winning Poker Network had to be halted mid-stream.

Dan Katz Dec 16th, 2014 21
DaMatrix Cashes in 70+ Tournaments on February 18

On February 19, London's DaMatrix (pictured) posted on Twitter, "Cashed in over 70 tournaments yesterday to break the record of 58 by @MidEGambler1 @PocketFives. Only 1 today tho." We counted 76 MTT cashes for DaMatrix on February 18 that made it to his profile and the feat is pretty astounding.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 20
Stay Classy: 22 Men Enter EPT Deauville Ladies Event

At the European Poker Tour Deauville stop over the weekend, 22 men entered the €200 + €20 Ladies Event. Before you ask how men could have played in an event designed for women, the simple fact of the matter is they cannot be legally barred from playing. Registration is an "on your honor" thing and casinos expect men to stay out for that one tournament. But every year, we still see men trying ...

Dan Katz Feb 3rd, 2015 20
The Difference Between Confidence and Self-Belief

Playing poker for a living or even taking it seriously as a way to make money recreationally puts a lot of strain on your mental processes. It forces you to examine in great detail the way you think and behave and allows you to get to know your own brain better than you ever have before. This can be both a blessing and a curse at times.

theginger45 Feb 5th, 2015 20
Dan Cates Throws Chips "Like a Baseball Player" at an Opponent

Sunday was a bad day to be Dan Cates (pictured), as running kings into aces multiple times at the Aussie Millions proved too much for the high-stakes poker pro to stomach. During the series' $100,000 Challenge, Cates ran kings into aces twice, but couldn't control his emotions the second time around and snapped.

Dan Jan 26th, 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 Burton Apr 29th, 2015 19
Olivier Busquet: "Idea that Current Pros Owe Past Pros is Just Nonsense"

In a series of Tweets, poker pro Olivier livb112 Busquet (pictured) seemingly called out the "old guard" of poker. He Tweeted last week, "This idea that current pros 'owe' some past group of pros for paving the way or growing the game is just nonsense." According to a later Tweet, the one person who could receive an exemption from Busquet's blanket statement is 2003 World Series of Poker Main ...

Dan Nov 25th, 2014 18
Another Move Coming for Poker Refugees in Mexico?

An upheaval of sorts could be in store for US online poker players who relocated to Mexico following Black Friday. According to iGaming Business, legislation could soon be passed in Mexico that would ring-fence that nation and could cause poker refugees to flee once more.

Dan Dec 8th, 2014 18
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.

LandShark Apr 24th, 2015 18
Horses and Chickens and a Girlfriend, Oh My!

When you date someone, everything they love becomes everything you love. For PocketFiver girafganger7 (pictured), that meant horses and chickens. Luckily, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million Double Vision late last month for $88,000, the third largest amount given out in the four-way deal. We're sure that money will go a long way in helping his animal friends.

Dan Jan 10th, 2015 17
HustlerGrune's Life-Changing Story

Earlier this month, Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $47,000. More so than the money, a chop in one of the biggest tournaments of the week marked another milestone in his courageous journey from the depths of addiction.

Dan Feb 12th, 2015 17
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Anthony F. Cicali III (eatahoagie)

Riverside, New Jersey's Anthony F. Cicali III (eatahoagie on PocketFives, pictured) juggles many hats besides playing poker part-time. He is a police officer, entrepreneur, and a family man. Cicali began playing poker in the fifth grade and continued to gain experience through his college years. With over $45,000 in tracked online cashes, some of his notable accomplishments in New Jersey include ...

Dlorican Nov 29th, 2014 16
He's Back: Sheldon Adelson Continues Crusade Against Internet Gambling

We hope you enjoyed the break. For about four weeks, the online poker industry didn't have to hear about Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson's one-man crusade to rid the United States of internet gambling forever. However, according to TownHall, the ageless wonder is back, and the chalkboard-scratching is louder than ever.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 16
PPA Calls New US Internet Gambling Prohibition Bill "Crony Capitalism"

On Wednesday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, pictured) reintroduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United States, presumably at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. A press conference was held at 11:00am Eastern Time for Chaffetz to trumpet his latest attack on our industry.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 16
rtinnion Wins Second Sunday Million in Five Months

On the final day of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $213,000. It was his largest cash to date and, just over five months later, he did it again, capturing the Sunday Million title for $200,000 and a colossal 1,147 PLB Points. All told, he has earned well over $400,000 from the tournament in the last half-year.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 16
Daniel Negreanu's Take on Poker and Gambling

About a week ago, word broke that Vicky Coren, a longtime PokerStars pro, had left the site over its decision to introduce sports betting and casino games. The news rippled through the poker community and many sympathized with Coren for her decision.

Dan Dec 6th, 2014 15
Are Ladies Poker Events Still Needed?

In an interview with PokerNews published this week, Maria Ho posed the question, "What if we just got rid of the ladies events' What if we made it so that if a woman wants to play poker, she has to play poker with everybody else' I think we underestimate the will of a woman; I think that if you make them choose between playing in an open event or not playing at all, they will come." Ho clarified ...

Dan Dec 18th, 2014 15
PokerStars Reverses Rake Increases

In a surprising turn of events, PokerStars announced on Tuesday that it has rolled back most of the rake increases it implemented in November and is cancelling most of the increases planned for this month. This is quite a pleasant development coming from a company that had been trending steadily downward in customer satisfaction after a series of player-unfriendly moves.

Dan Katz Jan 6th, 2015 15
Dan Colman Pseudo-Apologizes to Phil Hellmuth, Takes Shots at Ryan Riess

Last week, World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop champ Dan Colman (pictured) provoked another firestorm of controversy after popping into a 2+2 thread and laying heavy criticism on 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. After watching his comments spread like wildfire through the poker community, the 24-year-old softened his stance on the "Poker Brat" and issued an apology of sorts. In the ...

LandShark Nov 22nd, 2014 14
Backroom Deal in the Works for Passage of Adelson's RAWA?

According to a report from the Washington Post on Thursday, "Lobbyists for Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been working in recent weeks to press for quick passage of [Restoring America's Wire Act], holding discussions with aides to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)." If you don't already know, RAWA would ban internet gambling in the US ...

Dan Nov 22nd, 2014 14
Felix Stephensen Paying 50% in Taxes on His WSOP Winnings

According to TheLocal.no, there's a massive tax bill awaiting 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen (pictured). The winner of $5.1 million in the Las Vegas tournament, Stephensen, who calls Norway home, will reportedly be taxed at a 50.4% rate, which is almost $2.6 million in real money.

Dan Nov 23rd, 2014 14
WSOP Main Event Payouts: "1/6 Going to First Is Absolutely Insane"

Once again next year, the World Series of Poker Main Event will carry a $10 million guaranteed first place prize. First making an appearance this year, the eight-figure guaranteed payday for first place helped draw in 6,683 entrants, with Sweden's Martin Jacobson taking down the title proudly draped in a flag from his home country.

Dan Dec 27th, 2014 14
Lawmaker: PokerStars Will Launch in New Jersey in March

According to State Senator Raymond Lesniak (pictured), PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, will launch in New Jersey in March. Now that the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress in the US is behind us and lawmakers around the country have taken their posts, the focus in New Jersey may now shift to PokerStars being licensed.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 14
Former Lock Poker Rep: "Player Balances Won't Be Honored"

In an interview with Pokerfuse that was published on Monday, former Lock Poker rep Shane Bridges claimed it was unlikely that players would be paid out any time soon: "I never had access to any real financials," Bridges said, "but with no significant movement on cashouts and promises of the big turnaround now being 12 months old, it would be my assumption that player balances won't be honored ...

Dan Feb 23rd, 2015 14
Dutch Player Gets Supernova Elite in Less Than Two Months

After coming off what he calls a "lazy" 2014, Dutch grinder Martijn "'Quadchrazs" Ardon (pictured) has become the first to hit Supernova Elite at PokerStars this year, and at the same time, has broken the all-time record for the fastest to ever achieve the status. He officially achieved the milestone on February 21.

LandShark Mar 6th, 2015 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Ben Laves (JudgeBen)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up Ben JudgeBen Laves (pictured, ranked 78th in New Jersey), who calls Somerset home. Mostly a lower stakes online poker player, Laves has accumulated over $53,000 in tracked online cashes to date. An attorney by trade, when he is not practicing law, you can find JudgeBen in just about any tournament that is running day or night. Visit PocketFives' New ...

Dlorican Mar 17th, 2015 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Joe Kerins (Joey Gloves)

PocketFives caught up with Joe Joey Gloves Kerins, (pictured, ranked 143rd in New Jersey), who plays under the handle itwasalladrm across all sites. On his return trip from Canada when he was 18, he got caught up in the Moneymaker boom and started playing poker at home games, then online poker.

Dlorican Mar 24th, 2015 14
2015 WSOP to Feature the Colossus: $565 buy-in, $5M GTD

Officials from the World Series of Poker continually mix up the event to keep it fresh. From the Millionaire Maker to the November Nine, each year has generally featured some sort of new and exciting concept to draw in players and generate buzz. Enter The Colossus, this year's new kid on the block. The $565 buy-in tournament will take place during the opening weekend of the 2015 WSOP and have a ...

Dan Dec 23rd, 2014 13
Dzmitry Urbanovich Becomes First Person to Win Four Events at an EPT Festival

Here's something you don't see every day. Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich (pictured, image courtesy EPT) became the first person ever to win four events at a single European Poker Tour festival. Four! It all went down at EPT Malta, where he won a €200 Crazy Pineapple event to secure his fourth title.

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 13
PocketFives TV to Launch Sunday with PokerStaples

This Sunday, PocketFives TV will launch with an exclusive one-hour stream featuring PocketFiver jaimestaples, who is also known as PokerStaples on Twitch. The exclusive live stream will take place from 9:00am to 10:00am Eastern Time and can be viewed directly on our PocketFives TV page.

dhubermex Jan 24th, 2015 13
apestyles on "A Massive Heater with Very Little Volume"

Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume."

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 13
"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.

Dan Apr 26th, 2015 13
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.

LandShark May 1st, 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."

Dan May 18th, 2015 13
Tournament Review for December 15, 2014

Nathaniel natfalber11 Falber of Brazil, ranked #462 worldwide, won the Full Tilt FTOPS Main Event this weekend and took home $212,040 as a result. The marquee tournament victory will likely place the Brazilian in the Top 100 Worldwide Rankings for the first time in his career. Veteran PocketFiver and 38th-ranked Zackattak13, who has over $6.2 million in lifetime online tournament cashes, may soon ...

dhubermex Dec 15th, 2014 12
"The Chop Was Well-Timed Because I Just Bought a House for My Mother"

Last month, Brazil's Kelvin Kerber (pictured), who is known as kelvin_fpar on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy heads-up and earned $50,000, the largest amount given out. "I'm really happy about it," Kerber told PocketFives. "I had been chasing a result like that for a while. The chop was well-timed because I just bought a house for my mother." Son of the Year award!

Dan Dec 5th, 2014 12
Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum) Wins PCA Super High Roller for $1.8 Million

Highly successful PocketFiver Steve MrTimCaum O'Dwyer (pictured) can add another feather to his cap. On Thursday, he won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $1.8 million. He told PCA officials, "I ended Day 1 not very happy about it and now I've ended the tournament feeling pretty good about it. I don't really care about the money ever. I just ...

Dan Jan 9th, 2015 12
"It's Nice to Finally Bink a Full Tilt Bird"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 12
Shared Poker Liquidity Between Nevada and Delaware "Imminent"

According to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, poker liquidity sharing between Nevada and Delaware should go live in four to six weeks, meaning we're dangerously close to the first regulated multi-state compact coming to fruition.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 12
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dale Holzer (GratefulD3ad)

Recently, WSOP in New Jersey ran the Mini Fest of Poker, which featured a variety of small buy-in tournaments. A leaderboard competition was part of this series, which awarded the top ten players WSOP gear and tournament tickets. When all was said and done, Dale GratefulD3ad Holzer (pictured, ranked 73rd in New Jersey) won the competition, accumulating 114 points, which he earned by cashing in ...

Dlorican Mar 4th, 2015 12
moorman1 Wins 24th PocketFives Triple Crown

What do you give the most successful PocketFiver in history' How about a record-extending 24th PocketFives Triple Crown, more than twice what the next closest person has' Oh yes, Chris moorman1 Moorman has now won two-dozen Triple Crowns, including four this year, blowing the rest of the poker community out of the water.

Dan Dec 3rd, 2014 11
dipthrong Talks About Winning Back-to-Back FTOPS Leaderboards

After winning two events early on during the 27th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) took down the competition's leaderboard by a healthy margin. He had 35% more points than the second place player and captured his second straight FTOPS Leaderboard title. Interestingly, he won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by about the same margin.

Dan Dec 20th, 2014 11
A Not-So-Random Score for random.chu

To open 2015, a field of 3,181 entrants descended on the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. When all was said and done, Stevan random.chu Chew (pictured) from Adelaide, Australia came away with $74,000 after bowing out in second place. It was his largest online poker score ever and helped grow his lifetime total to over $2.2 million.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 11
veeea Wins 10 Tournaments, 2 Triple Crowns in 10 Days

The last 10 days of March were mighty kind to veeea, who won 10 tournaments and a pair of PocketFives Triple Crowns. No joke. He reentered his screen names in recent days and has quickly climbed to #30 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Apr 1st, 2015 11
Researchers Mathematically Determine Poker is a Game of Skill

Researchers have analyzed a huge database of hand histories in the hopes of determining conclusively whether skill dominates luck in poker, or vice-versa.

LandShark Apr 3rd, 2015 11
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 Burton May 13th, 2015 11
Online Poker Upheaval in Russia Could Severely Affect Global Traffic

According to this week's PokerScout Scouting Report, the coming year will be a pivotal one not only for Russia, but also for online poker worldwide. "Players from the Russian Federation currently comprise a significant portion of total traffic on many of the largest poker sites," the PokerScout report stated. "But if the Russian government has its way, online poker will be about as prevalent in ...

Earl Burton Dec 31st, 2014 10
Daniel Negreanu Argues Against $10 Million WSOP Main Event First Place Prize

In a recent blog post, six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (pictured) argued against the top-heavy $10 million guaranteed first place payout in the WSOP Main Event this year.

LandShark Jan 3rd, 2015 10
Report: Todd Brunson Wins $5 Million from Andy Beal

According to PokerNews, Todd Brunson (pictured) took $5 million off billionaire Andy Beal over the weekend. The game was $50,000/$100,000 Heads-Up Limit Hold'em inside Bobby's Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. PokerNews explained, "Each bought in for $5 million and when all was said and done, Brunson held all the chips."

Dan Jan 25th, 2015 10
Super Bowl's Effect on Online Poker Traffic

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that last weekend was the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. Packed with sharks dancing off-key, depressing insurance commercials about kids dying, and some of the strangest play calls you'll ever see, this year's Super Bowl had it all.

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 10
Caesars, PokerStars Teaming Up Against Sheldon Adelson

Late last week, Caesars Entertainment reversed its long-held stance that PokerStars should not be permitted access to the United States online poker market, a change that has been lauded by the industry. This week, the company took the next step, telling Chris Krafcik of Gambling Compliance that it was time to not only support PokerStars, but also to team up with the internet poker behemoth.

Dan Katz Feb 17th, 2015 10
pleno1 Final Tables Every PokerStars Sunday Major

Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $52,000. Impressively, he has now final tabled every Sunday Major that PokerStars offers: the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday $100 Rebuy, Sunday 500, and Sunday Second Chance. It's no wonder that Leonard is ranked #6 worldwide on our site.

Dan Feb 18th, 2015 10
How Do You Follow Up a Second Place TLB Finish?

Back in 2013, New Zealand's asjbaaaf (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for almost $80,000. That score jump-started what, two years later, is still a lucrative poker career. In fact, just a couple of months into 2015, he has already won the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and final tabled the 888 Poker Whale for $13,000.

Dan Feb 28th, 2015 10
Lawmaker Trying to Outlaw Online Gambling Has Never Sent an E-Mail

This author went out and had a great evening stuffing his face with local foods and planned to sleep off his coma when he came home. But, any time we can point out the fallacies of those who are crusading against internet gambling in the United States, we're going to do so. We're like a mini-Rich Muny. Therefore, we present Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who despite taking such a ...

Dan Mar 8th, 2015 10
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.

Dan Apr 5th, 2015 10
"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.

Dan May 19th, 2015 10
Documentary Captures Mark Newhouse's Reaction to Main Event Defeat

When Mark Newhouse (pictured) overcame staggering odds to secure a seat at his second WSOP Main Event final table in a row this year, hopes were high that the Chapel Hill native would take home a larger chunk of the prize pool than he did for his ninth place finish in 2013. But, after his all-in river bluff was called by William Tonking, Newhouse was once again the first November Niner to be ...

LandShark Nov 29th, 2014 9
Poker Documentary "Nosebleed" Follows High-Stakes Pros Alexonmoon, Seb86

In the poker documentary "Nosebleed", director Victor Saumont follows high-stakes poker pros Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau (pictured) and Sebastian "Seb86" Sabic on a quest to capture their first World Series of Poker bracelet.

LandShark Dec 6th, 2014 9
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Rich Rodrigo (Pker4Dummies)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with one of its members, Rich Pker4Dummies Rodrigo (pictured), out of Toms River, New Jersey. Rodrigo plays under the handles Muck_Your_Life on Borgata Poker and muckyourlife on 888 Poker. Known for his funny sense of humor, he also is very solid on the virtual felts, with over $48,000 in tracked online cashes.

Dlorican Dec 17th, 2014 9
OMG BWFCLEE FTW

A few days before Christmas, Santa visited Lee BWFCLEE Taylor (pictured) in a big way. As part of Double Vision Sunday, Taylor was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $84,000, officially taking second place. As a result, he has leapt over $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings.

Dan Jan 10th, 2015 9
Can a Bot Play Perfect Heads-Up Limit Hold'em?

Earlier this month, a team of researchers at the University of Alberta announced that they have developed a computer program that can "play an essentially perfect game of poker." The program, named Cepheus, was developed by Michael Bowling, Neil Burch, Michael Johanson, and Oskari Tammelin.

Dan Katz Jan 27th, 2015 9
"You Never Know What's Next in Poker"

On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4play Onel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 9
Rampant Ticket Scalping at WPT Fallsview

Scalping is pretty commonplace at sporting events. Scalping, though, is not something you typically see at poker tournaments, but lo and behold, that is exactly what was going on this weekend for the first event at the World Poker Tour Fallsview stop in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Dan Katz Feb 10th, 2015 9
It's Time to Dumb Down Poker TV

Remember the early World Poker Tour broadcasts on Travel Channel' Each of them opened with an explanation of how to play poker and WPT host Mike Sexton's signature "it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master." All it takes is 60 seconds for me to be able to play No Limit Hold'em' Sign me up.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 9
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy New #1

For the second time in his career, CrownUpGuy (pictured) is the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. This time, he moved up four spots on the week thanks to a final table in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic that was worth $15,000 and 207 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings.

Dan Mar 11th, 2015 9
The Ongoing Debate Over Tanking in Poker

Never too shy to speak his mind, Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu recently got caught up in another Twitter spat, this time with poker pro Jordan Cristos (pictured), who Negreanu believes slows tournament play by “tanking,” or taking an excessive amount of time before each decision.

LandShark Mar 20th, 2015 9
"Unfortunately, I'm a Massive Life Nit"

Late last month, England's Jonathan Gil3000 Gill (pictured) took fourth place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put away $74,000. It was his largest online tournament score to date and he outlasted over 7,000 other entrants to get it. Gill has since shot up to the top 500 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and gave us the run-down of his big hit.

Dan Mar 22nd, 2015 9
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 Katz Apr 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.

Dan Apr 9th, 2015 9
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."

Dan May 9th, 2015 9
Adelson's Internet Gambling Prohibition Not Included in Final Spending Bill

The internet gambling world can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as, after a couple days' sweat, Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) pet project, Restoring America's Wire Act, did not make it into the final Congressional spending bill. The $1.1 trillion budget measure was agreed to on Tuesday and language banning internet gambling was not included.

Dan Dec 9th, 2014 8
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with Brian Hastings

Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured) was formerly a staple of the highest stakes online poker games on the planet. He faced off against some of poker's brightest minds on the cash game felts and has $1.3 million in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Now, he's a regular in daily fantasy sports games on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, which take US players.

Dan Dec 14th, 2014 8
1,392 PocketFivers Have $1 Million in Tracked Scores

As you probably know, PocketFives awards badges in user profiles showing how much money each person has won in online MTTs. Once a person amasses $100,000 from tournaments we track, they get a badge. Once they reach $250,000 in scores, they get a new badge. There are also badges for $500,000, $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million, $5 million, $7.5 million, $10 million, and $15 ...

Dan Dec 21st, 2014 8
American Idol's William Hung Wins Aria Nightly Tournament

He bangs! William Hung (pictured), who gained fame after a stirring rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" on the FOX reality series "American Idol," has apparently ventured into the live poker world in recent days. Hung took down a $125 Nightly tournament at Aria in Las Vegas for $2,200 last week, defeating a field of 70 entrants.

Dan Dec 27th, 2014 8
Jason Somerville Pioneers Online Poker Streaming on Twitch

WSOP bracelet winner Jason JCarver Somerville is on the forefront of poker players using the video streaming site Twitch to broadcast online sessions to fans in near-real-time. The 27-year-old Hold'em specialist believes the site offers an engaging experience that most mainstream poker shows can't match. Check out Somerville's Twitch stream.

LandShark Jan 15th, 2015 8
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.

Dan Apr 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.

Dan Apr 21st, 2015 8
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Charlie Zimmerman (seedload)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Charlie seedload Zimmerman (pictured, ranked #39 in New Jersey), who calls Mt. Laurel home and loves to ski in addition to playing poker. Forced to take some time away from poker due to a health condition, when Zimmerman was better, he got right to work on the virtual felts.

Dlorican Jan 30th, 2015 8
TheSquid on Triple Crown #9: "Following in the Footsteps of the Master"

Earlier this month, Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 8
US Attorney General Nominee: Address Internet Gambling Through Legislation

In January, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) hijacked a critical Attorney General confirmation hearing to spread the gospel of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. The latter, whose properties include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas, has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the US of online gambling and online poker. Now, the Attorney General nominee has responded after Graham ...

Dan Feb 16th, 2015 8
Self-Awareness: Poker's Invisible Edge

Spend five minutes in the company of a group of poker players and you're almost guaranteed to hear the word 'edge' used once or twice. It's undoubtedly one of the most common words in today's poker vernacular since it represents such a broad concept – it simply refers to any situation where one player possesses some kind of advantage over another. Players might refer to a skill edge, ...

theginger45 Feb 17th, 2015 8
PocketFives Rankings Update: norfair18 Up 23 Spots to #6

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. Up 23 spots this week to settle at #6, his highest position ever, is norfair18 (pictured). In the last eight days, this Mexico-based poker player has won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed for a healthy $140,000 combined.

Dan Feb 25th, 2015 8
Jason Koon (JAKoon1985) Wins Super Tuesday, LAPC High Roller

We're pretty sure Jason JAKoon1985 Koon's favorite day of the week is officially Tuesday. Koon (pictured) has made the last two Tuesdays count, winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday and LA Poker Classic Turbo High Roller on back-to-back weeks for a combined $550,000.

Dan Mar 5th, 2015 8
Is RAWA All About the Money?

In the last couple of weeks, we've learned that the main man in the US Senate championing Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) legislation to ban internet gambling, Lindsey Graham, has never sent an e-mail. We've also learned that Adelson's camp was a no-show at the Conservative Political Action Conference to debate the merits of i-gaming. Are those championing Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 8