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Allegations of Brian Hastings Multi-Accounting Surface

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

wackyJaxonJun 25th, 2015 36
Cheating Alleged in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event

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

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

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

DanJun 17th, 2015 29
PokerStars, PartyPoker Announce Major Changes to Third-Party Software Policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan KatzMay 26th, 2015 20
Poker Community Upset at WSOP Colossus Payouts

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

DanMay 31st, 2015 19
The Life Rules: Patrick Leonard

Tournament player, backer, poker coach, Budapest This

WeightlessAug 18th, 2015 19
James Obst Blasts Brian Hastings' Response to PokerStars VPN Revelations

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

LandSharkJul 2nd, 2015 18
Patrik Antonius Says He Can't Beat Opponents Who Use Poker Software

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

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

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

LandSharkOct 1st, 2015 18
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
MIT Offers Free Online Class in Winning Poker Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LandSharkAug 21st, 2015 12
Daniel Negreanu Ruffles Feathers in Speech to TDA

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

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

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

LandSharkJul 31st, 2015 11
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
Changes in Third-Party Software Coming to PokerStars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WeightlessSep 29th, 2015 10
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
Settling for the Right Answer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan KatzJul 21st, 2015 9
Should Isai Scheinberg Be in the Poker Hall of Fame?

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

LandSharkAug 8th, 2015 9
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
ludovi333, ender555 Top Three in Chips After Day 1 of WSOP $5K NLHE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wackyJaxonJul 28th, 2015 8
Jason Somerville Signs with DraftKings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanOct 4th, 2015 8
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
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Edward Espino (Eddiegood86)

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

DloricanMay 26th, 2015 7
California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DanAug 17th, 2015 7
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
Doc Sands, BrynKenney, Greg Merson Make Final 20 of WSOP $5K NLHE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earl BurtonAug 19th, 2015 6
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
"I Was One-Tabling at 9:30am While Sipping Beers From the Mini Bar"

Earlier this month, Martin Mulsow (pictured with Sam TheSquid Grafton), known on PocketFives as moertelmu, came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $25,000. There were over 900 entrants that day and Mulsow helped push his career online tournament cash total to over $2.6 million. You can find him on 888 under the screen name IknowUfish.

DanMay 30th, 2015 5
Shaun Deeb Wins WSOP $10K PLHE Bracelet

For much of the final table, Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured) was the chip leader of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old father of one ended up triumphing over arguably the most talented final nine at the 2015 WSOP thus far to claim his first bracelet.

DanJun 7th, 2015 5
The 3 Biggest Mistakes Tournament Players Make in Cash Games

Many cash game players think tournament players suck at cash games. They are right and MTT guys probably suck at cash games even more than cash guys suck at MTTs.

Gordon BPCAug 2nd, 2015 5
Jason Somerville Signs Two-Year Partnership with Twitch

According to a post on Twitter, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured) has signed a new two-year partnership with Twitch. Somerville wrote to his throng of followers, "Very excited to have signed a new 2-year partnership with @Twitch! Daily #runitup streams set to return August 16th!" Now we sit just eight days away from the return of Run it Up.

DanAug 8th, 2015 5
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
Amaya's NASDAQ Debut Coming June 8

If you think Amaya Gaming, which owns PokerStars and Full Tilt and is reportedly in talks to buy bwin.party, is going to explode in value, now is your time to cash in. This week, Amaya was green-lit for listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Its shares will begin trading on June 8.

DanMay 28th, 2015 4
AnteSvante Wins May PLB

The points have been awarded and, by the slimmest of margins, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the May Monthly PLB on PocketFives with 3,529 points. He was about 70 points ahead of Chris moorman1 Moorman, who finished in second place with 3,461 points.

DanJun 5th, 2015 4