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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 23
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
Joe 'dude904' McKeehen Cruises to 2015 WSOP Main Event Title

Daniel Negreanu called what Joe 'dude904' McKeehen did the past three days the most lopsided performance at a Main Event final table since Stu Ungar won his third title in 1997.

P5s StaffNov 10th, 2015 21
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 20
The Life Rules: Patrick Leonard

Tournament player, backer, poker coach, Budapest This

WeightlessAug 18th, 2015 19
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 19
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
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
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
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
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
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
Amaya Chief David Baazov Buys $1.7 Million in Common Shares

According to iGaming Business and other news outlets, Amaya Gaming Chairman and Chief Executive David Baazov purchased 110,000 common shares of his company's stock for a total price of $1.7 million. The news comes just two weeks after Amaya's shares dipped by 28% in a single day.

DanNov 23rd, 2015 11
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
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
EPT Founder: Poker Hall of Fame Losing Prestige by Shunning Non-US Nominees

This week, the 23 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame (PHoF) voted to induct Jennifer Harman and John Juanda as the 49th and 50th members of the exclusive club. While very few have questioned the accomplishments of Juanda and Harman, a rising tide of industry insiders have begun speaking out against the PHoF's seeming unwillingness to induct non-US players.

LandSharkOct 29th, 2015 10
PokerStars Reducing Rewards for High-Volume and High-Stakes Players

In a corporate blog posted on Sunday, PokerStars announced that it will be "reducing rewards for high-volume and high-stakes players." This is the language used in the blog, not this author's. Headlining the major changes was that "VIP Club rewards will be capped at 30%, impacting mainly high-volume Supernova and Supernova Elite status players." However, players who have achieved Supernova Elite ...

DanNov 1st, 2015 10
Players Organizing Boycott of PokerStars from December 1 to 3

From December 1 to 3, several players in the poker community, including a group of Russians and Dani ansky451 Stern (pictured), are planning to boycott PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site. The reason: a cut in benefits to high-stakes and high-volume players.

DanNov 28th, 2015 10
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.

DloricanDec 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
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
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
The Top Sunday Million Players

Name any poker tournament. Which one is the first that comes to mind' Maybe it is the WSOP Main Event. An online grinder's choice is definitely the Sunday Million. Thousands of amateurs come to online poker with a dream of winning the Sunday Million. Amateurs go to sleep thinking about it and fulfilling this dream is what makes every successful pro happy.

WeightlessOct 13th, 2015 9
veeea Ships Sunday Million, Bigger $109 on Sunday

Sunday was a big day for eighth-ranked veeea (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Million and Bigger $109 outright for a combined $225,000. Yes, he won both high-profile tournaments on the same day. He added 1,500 PLB Points to his coffers as a result, which could vault him into the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings when they are recalculated on Wednesday.

DanNov 16th, 2015 9
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 6th, 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
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
PokerStars Tournament Attracts a Record 253,698 Players

On Monday, PokerStars attracted a record 253,698 players to an online poker tournament, setting the record for the largest online poker tournament ever held, according to a press release. The same release detailed, "It beat the previous record of 225,000 players that was set on June 16, 2013 during the PokerStars 100 Billion Hands Celebration campaign and shows that poker is still growing in ...

DanOct 6th, 2015 8
Harry Reid Calls Online Gaming "Scary"

If you're a sports fan, you're likely familiar with daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which have run plenty of ads for their contests.

LandSharkOct 7th, 2015 8
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
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
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 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
Faraz Jaka (The-Toilet) Wins Super Tuesday While Grinding in a Shared Airbnb

A week ago, Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured), a longtime member of the PocketFives community, won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and bagged $101,000. He is up to $3.7 million in online tournaments PocketFives tracks and has been part of our site since 2006. It was the American's third largest online poker score to date and his largest since a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed jersey run for ...

DanOct 12th, 2015 7
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Mergulas

PocketFives had the opportunity to interview Mergulas (pictured, ranked #2 in New Jersey), who is one of the most respected and consistent winners in the online poker world here in New Jersey. He has held the #1 spot several times in the New Jersey Rankings on PocketFives and continues to stay motivated to remain in the conversation as one of the players to watch.

DloricanOct 27th, 2015 7
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
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
Phil Ivey's Edge Sorting Partner Reportedly Practiced for Three Years

Phil Ivey (pictured) is in a heated legal battle against Atlantic City's Borgata Casino, which is suing the 10-time bracelet winner for $9.6 million, the amount he won at its baccarat tables using a technique that the casino considers to be cheating.

LandSharkOct 8th, 2015 6
Man Accused of Cheating in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event to Be Paid in Full

In breaking news, Valeriu Coca (pictured), the man accused of cheating in the World Series of Poker $10,000 Heads-Up event, will be paid in full for his fifth place finish. WSOP officials posted on Thursday, "Once issues were brought to our attention, we immediately commenced an investigation and worked cooperatively with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The investigation that was performed has ...

DanOct 29th, 2015 6
The Dossier of Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald, tournament professional from Canada Born September 11, 1989, 26 years old.

WeightlessNov 6th, 2015 6
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Joe McKeehen Leads Final Three Players

On Sunday, Joe McKeehen played textbook chip leader poker in eliminating three more players at the WSOP Main Event final table. On Monday, he was still the clear chip leader at the table, but he let some of the other players handle the eliminations - but not all of them.

P5s StaffNov 9th, 2015 6
IRS Rakes in $8.4 Million from WSOP Main Event Final Table

On Tuesday, longtime PocketFiver Joseph dude904 McKeehen earned $7.6 million after taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event for his first bracelet. While it was the largest sum of money earned by any single member of the November Nine, it wasn't the largest payday given out. That distinction belongs to the US Internal Revenue Service, which according to Taxable Talk collected $8.4 ...

DanNov 11th, 2015 6
Former Poker Pro Alex Jacob Wins Jeopardy Tournament of Champions

If you've been reading PocketFives in recent days, then you know that former poker pro Alex Jacob (pictured) competed on the "Jeopardy" Tournament of Champions last week. Yes, that "Jeopardy." Using an unorthodox strategy of skipping around categories, hunting for Daily Doubles, and bringing tanking to a quiz show, Jacob won the TOC on Friday and earned $250,000.

DanNov 21st, 2015 6
Mozgolom26 Talks About Tournament Poker

Dmitry "Mozgolom26", head of 2CardsCollege's instruction department, is under no illusion about tournament poker. "It's about time we get accustomed," he says, "to the fact that fairness in poker is a relative concept. You might play well and lose and you might play badly and win. In conditions of such relative fairness, it's hard to remain fair-minded in regard to your skill. Deep down, we're ...

WeightlessNov 27th, 2015 6
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 3rd, 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
Amaya Officially Enters DFS, Acquires Victiv

In breaking news, Amaya, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, made good on its promise to enter the daily fantasy sports world before football season started by acquiring Victiv. The site will be renamed StarsDraft and, according to a press release, will be "initially launched at in select US markets and later through the PokerStars platform." Sign up for Victiv here!

DanAug 13th, 2015 5
Kickboxing in Prague FTW

We have interviewed several players here on PocketFives who have won the Winamax High Roller. The most recent among them: Prague's pappadogg (pictured), who took it down for $13,000. He's primarily a cash game player, but has had a considerable amount of success in the tournament world as well, amassing $1.5 million in cashes in his PocketFives profile. We sat down with the sport fanatic to get ...

DanAug 17th, 2015 5
Isildur1 Up Almost $1 Million Since Friday

Talk about a solid weekend. According to HighStakesDB, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is up almost $1 million since Friday. Yes, in about 72 hours, Blom has racked up $950,000 in winnings at the high-stakes tables.

DanAug 23rd, 2015 5
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Buy-In Cut to $5,300

In news announced on Friday, the buy-in for the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will be cut from $10,300 to $5,300. PokerStars said the halved price tag was "in line with European Poker Tour Main Events." The 2016 PCA schedule features a record 104 events and kicks off on January 6 from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

DanAug 28th, 2015 5
John Juanda Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event for €1 Million

The EPT Barcelona Main Event wrapped up on Sunday with poker pro John Juanda claiming the €1 million first place prize. The Main Event in Barcelona gained the title of the largest EPT Main Event ever held at 1,694 players, eclipsing the Season 7 PCA Main Event, which drew 1,560.

DanAug 30th, 2015 5
The Life Rules: Phil Ivey

This article is courtesy of 2CardsCollege Pro Poker Training. The Life Rules are the quotes from Phil Ivey's past interviews,

WeightlessSep 1st, 2015 5
dipthrong is Back!

If you missed it, last month, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He officially finished in fourth place for a hair over $50,000, the second largest amount given away, and told us, "It's probably the best tournament I've ever played. I feel I'm at a point in my life where I got rid of a lot of the shit in my head that was holding me back."

DanSep 5th, 2015 5
Martin Jacobson 10 for 10 Documentary Released

Having been teased for several months, the documentary following reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson (pictured) has been released. Entitled "10 For 10," the documentary is a nice look back at the Swede's run to poker's World Championship, but a bit disappointing in that it is light on actual content.

Earl BurtonSep 9th, 2015 5
20 Things to Laugh At About Poker

When all the tourneys are over… When the theory work is done… The time to relax comes! Take a look at 20 poker comics

WeightlessSep 16th, 2015 5
Heads-Up with Poker Mind Coach Elliot Roe

One of the top poker mind coaches out there is Elliot Roe (pictured), who runs and offers lessons on busting leaks, boosting your poker mindset, and cooling down post-game, just to name a few. Learn how to reduce tilt, improve focus, and prevent anxiety. With that, let's get on to the interview!

DanSep 17th, 2015 5
Binion's Under Fire for Canceling Poker Open Guarantees

The original home of the World Series of Poker, Binion's Gambling Hall in Downtown Las Vegas is legendary in the eyes of many poker players. But as gamblers shifted their attention from Fremont Street to the Las Vegas Strip, the casino has seen a marked decline in visitors. Now, it's coming under fire for canceling several guarantees in its 2015 Binion's Poker Open due to a disappointing number ...

LandSharkSep 24th, 2015 5
The Tournament Player's Daily Routine

What is an indicator of a poker player's success' That's right: profit, which, in turn,

WeightlessOct 20th, 2015 5
Olivier Busquet to Fight JC Alvarado

Poker pro Olivier livb112 Busquet (pictured) has announced that he will fight fellow pro JC PrtyPsux Alvarado in an MMA-style match, with each man putting up six-figures of his own cash.

LandSharkOct 24th, 2015 5
WSOP Europe: Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee Wins Main Event

Just five months ago, Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee was just another player chasing his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He changed that this summer when he won his first bracelet in Las Vegas and Saturday in Berlin he won his second bracelet of the year, winning the WSOP Europe Main Event and €883,000 ($972,879 US).

P5s StaffOct 24th, 2015 5
25 Years of Online Poker: The First Poker Site

Poker occupies a special place in the realm of online gambling. The game that has become an instrument of enrichment for recent high school grads has transformed the industry and survived several global catastrophes.

WeightlessOct 27th, 2015 5
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 20th, 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
New Poker Hands Analyzed from 2CardsCollege's Experts

Here is another edition of the hand review from 2CardsCollege expert Yuri, aka "Ivantbearich". This time, we have our training program students' hands on the short-list.

WeightlessAug 14th, 2015 4
Borgata Chipgate Mastermind Could Get 5 Years in Jail

The man who threw a Borgata tournament into disarray after introducing counterfeit poker chips pleaded guilty this week to a charge of second-degree trademark counterfeiting.

LandSharkAug 14th, 2015 4
Then, I Accidentally Registered for a $5,000 Heads-Up Sit and Go

At the end of May, Lithuania's prof. ch4os (pictured, image courtesy Triobet and PokerNews) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $22,000. It was his second largest online MTT score to date and marked his best showing in a Sunday Major. He's the 14th-ranked player in Lithuania and a rising star with an interesting back-story, including one heads-up sit and go that was ...

DanAug 15th, 2015 4
PokerKaiser, inhoo Win Triple Crowns, Up to 24 Combined

It has been a busy month of August on PocketFives. In fact, two of our longtime members, one of whom is ranked #1 worldwide, won PocketFives Triple Crowns. They were the 73rd and 74th Triple Crowns awarded this year.

DanAug 18th, 2015 4
Grind More Tables Effectively with Mosaic Table Organizer

Successful multi-tablers understand the importance of keeping things organized. Mosaic Table Organizer is a tool that can help you keep all of your poker tables organized across many networks regardless of how many tables you are playing at once. We were so impressed with this software when testing it out that we decided to sit down with the brains behind it, Valdemar Akos Kwaysser, to get a ...

wackyJaxonSep 5th, 2015 4
Merge Removes Skrill Withdrawal Option

The Merge Gaming Network has taken away the popular Skrill e-wallet as a withdrawal option, leaving some people with no cashout options right now. On Thursday, September 10, players at the various Merge Gaming Network rooms, including Carbon Poker, Sportsbook.ag, and BetUSA, received an e-mail informing them of the news if they had Skrill withdrawals pending.

Dan KatzSep 15th, 2015 4
New Poker Malware Takes Screenshots of Victims' PokerStars, Full Tilt Hands

If you've ever considered downloading pirated software, you might want to think again. Apart from being illegal, such cracked apps can be modified to carry malware, which can end up costing its user far more than if it were purchased legitimately from the developer.

LandSharkSep 18th, 2015 4
Vanessa Rousso Finishes Third on Big Brother

After three months where she demonstrated some of the best gameplay ever seen on the show – and was recognized by her fellow competitors for it – poker pro Vanessa Rousso (pictured) finished in third place on the CBS reality series "Big Brother." The finale aired on Wednesday night.

Earl BurtonSep 24th, 2015 4
WSOP Europe: Jonathan Duhamel Wins High Roller for Third Bracelet

Friday evening in Berlin, Jonathan Duhamel put himself into elite territory when he beat David Kitai heads-up to win the €25,600 High Roller event at WSOP Europe to win €554,395 ($609,934 US) and his third WSOP bracelet.

P5s StaffOct 23rd, 2015 4
Heads-Up with Bulgaria's #1 Ranked alexd2

In recent weeks, Bulgaria's #1 ranked Alex alexd2 Dimitrov (pictured) hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings. Almost 60% of that total has come on PokerStars, where he plays as grinder1992, and he has shot up to #49 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings. In June, he final tabled the Super Tuesday for $45,000 and, in January, he was the runner-up in the 888 Poker Whale for ...

DanNov 7th, 2015 4
Twitter Reacts to WSOP November Nine Day 1

Sunday night marked the resumption of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event after a 120-day break. The November nine reconvened at the Rio in Las Vegas and, as you can read from our team of reporters, PocketFiver Joseph dude904 McKeehen dominated Day 1.

DanNov 9th, 2015 4