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Daniel Coleman Sparks Criticism After Abrupt WSOP One Drop Exit

The poker media was left puzzled and dismayed when World Series of Poker One Drop champion Daniel Coleman (pictured) refused to give interviews after winning a massive $15.3 million first-place prize in the million-dollar buy-in tournament.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 4th, 2014 42
Dan Colman Calls Phil Hellmuth "Spineless" and a "Cancer"

In a thread discussing Phil Hellmuth’s appearance on a podcast hosted by Rounders writer Brian Koppelman, 2014 Big One for One Drop winner Dan Colman (pictured) had some unexpectedly harsh words for the so-called Poker Brat.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 16th, 2014 36
Analyzing Your Hands

Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the end of SCOOP, I have started doing consultations with my students again. Many of them are bringing their SCOOP hand histories to me, wondering what they can learn from them. The opportunity has been great for me, as I've been blessed to receive pay for watching and analyzing many SCOOP final tables. It's something so fun to do that I almost feel ...

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Jun 1st, 2014 34
Ryan Eriquezzo DQ'd From Parx Event After Calling Dealer a "Fat Mfer"

In a controversial ruling, World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time Circuit ring holder Ryan Eriquezzo (pictured) was disqualified from an event at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania for losing his temper and allegedly making threats after a particularly bad beat.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 23rd, 2014 34
Dan Colman: Poker is a "Distraction," We Should Stop "Idolizing" Players

On Tuesday night, the world watched as Dan Colman (pictured) won the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop on ESPN. Colman was largely stoic after the final cards were dealt and for the most part looked stunned. He quickly declined interviews and exited the Rio while second place finisher Daniel Negreanu cordially stuck around, spoke to the press, and took pictures.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 13th, 2014 33
Dan Bilzerian Says He Won $50 Million Playing Poker in the Last 12 Months

In May, poker playboy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roof into a pool, only to have said porn star clip her foot and injure it, resulting in legal action. Now, Bilzerian is back in the news, this time after appearing on the "Howard Stern Show." Never a dull moment.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 25th, 2014 30
Spin and Gos Eroding PokerStars' Cash Game Traffic

The secret is out: Lottery Sit and Gos are popular. They caught on quickly when they were introduced by Winamax in July 2013, again when they were launched by iPoker earlier this year, and yet again when Full Tilt and PokerStars.es got on board more recently. But they officially hit the prime time when PokerStars rolled out its version, Spin and Go, on its dot-com site just a couple of weeks ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Oct 14th, 2014 30
PokerStars Announces Major Rake, Promotional Changes

PokerStars announced new promotional and rake changes effective in November and the beginning of 2015. These changes could lighten the wallets of just about every PokerStars customer via a reduction in benefits and increased rake across the board for cash games, sit and gos, and tournaments.

wackyJaxonwackyJaxon
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Oct 30th, 2014 30
Sheldon Adelson Minion: "Gambling on the Internet is for Chumps"

In a rather peculiar move, the Philadelphia Tribune published an op-ed this week entitled "Hidden Dangers of Internet Gambling." Its author: former Denver mayor and current Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling minion Wellington Webb (pictured). The Coalition, as you probably know, is headed by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, whose casinos include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 17th, 2014 28
Judge Rules Against Phil Ivey in London Edge-Sorting Case

Poker legend Phil Ivey (pictured) took one of the most expensive beats of his career on Wednesday when a London judge dismissed his $12.5 million suit against Crockfords Casino, ruling that the 38-year-old's actions had constituted cheating.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Oct 9th, 2014 24
PokerStars Launching Sports Betting and Casino Games Globally

On Friday, PokerStars announced that it will roll out blackjack and roulette "on a market-by-market basis beginning this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2014 reaching nearly half PokerStars' current player base. PokerStars will add sports betting and other popular casino games in 2015. It also plans to launch a fully-featured casino on mobile and web in 2015."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 21st, 2014 24
PocketFives, Borgata Teaming Up for Live Poker Tournament July 27-29

From July 27 to 29, PocketFives and Borgata in Atlantic City will host the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open. The live re-entry tournament, which comes complete with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, will take place in Borgata's poker room and feature a $350 + $50 buy-in. There will be plenty of opportunities to satellite in via , a regulated online poker site in New Jersey.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 17th, 2014 23
"I Wanted to Eat My Chinese Takeaway, So I Started Shoving All-In"

In recent days, Daniel Charlton (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as judgedredd13, was part of a three-way chop of Event #15 of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, a $129 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout. Charlton earned $42,000 as part of the chop, which came just four months after he was part of the historic 900 millionth tournament dealt on PokerStars. Charlton ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 14th, 2014 23
Daniel Negreanu Would ‘Bet A Million’ He Could Beat $25/50 Online

Fresh off his second place finish in the million-dollar WSOP Big One for One Drop, Daniel Negreanu seems as confident as ever. But after some recent comments on social media claiming that he could beat high-limit online cash games, some high-stakes regulars believe the Canadian pro has bitten off more than he can chew.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 22nd, 2014 23
Sheldon Adelson Goes After PokerStars in New Jersey

The proposed deal between Amaya Gaming and the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has brought the world's largest online poker room back into the discussions for New Jersey's online gaming industry. In response, an ally of Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling has penned an op/ed for the Newark Star-Ledger that advocates for the ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 15th, 2014 22
"For 3.5 Seconds, Toby Thought He Made the Best Fold in the History of Poker"

The title of this article is part of a quote from Aaron Jones reacting to a hand between Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier (pictured) that you can watch by clicking here. It occurred during the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN on Tuesday night and set Twitter ablaze. In the hand, Seiver raised to 1.2 million before the flop with K-10 of spades and Reinkemeier, who ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 12th, 2014 21
Former Sponsored Pro William Reynolds Rips Ultimate Poker on Twitter

We reported to you late last week that Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in the US, had vacated the New Jersey market after alleging that its land-based partner, Trump Taj Mahal, had "multiple breaches" of contract. The casino has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and could close before the calendar year is through.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 23rd, 2014 21
WSOP Main Event Winner Ryan Riess Talks Stocks on CNBC

This week, with just several days to go before a winner is crowned in this year's tournament, reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess (pictured) talked stocks on "Street Signs" on CNBC. You might recall that Riess officially won $8.3 million in the 2013 Main Event. However, he told CNBC that he ended up with about $2 million after taxes and expenses. Watch the video.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 1st, 2014 21
Controversial T-Shirts on WSOP Monster Stack Rail Anger Fans

As railbirds watched the World Series of Poker Monster Stack event play out on Monday, focus soon turned to the supporters of final table member Sean Drake, who arrived wearing matching t-shirts with a slogan that many found highly offensive (pictured).

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 7th, 2014 20
Daniel Negreanu on Dan Colman Controversy: "Poker Has Given You a Lot"

Last week, the Big One for One Drop played out at the World Series of Poker. Its winner, Dan Colman, exited stage right shortly after his $15 million win and refused media interviews despite the fact that ESPN is devoting three weeks of coverage to the event.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 10th, 2014 20
Mark Newhouse Finishes Ninth in WSOP Main Event for Second Straight Year

It took 56 hands, but we had our first elimination from the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. The man who exited first for the second straight year: Mark Newhouse, who called a 3bet from William Tonking pre-flop to see a flop of 2-4-J.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 10th, 2014 19
Chad Brown Passes Away at 52

After being admitted to Calvary Hospice Care in the Bronx, New York, last week, poker pro Chad Brown (pictured) passed away in his sleep early on Wednesday morning. Brown, who had battled a rare form of cancer for the past few years, was 52.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 2nd, 2014 18
Allen Kessler Boycotts Legends Of Poker Due To Quantum Reloads

Poker pro Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler has for years been a staple at the Legends of Poker series held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. But this time around, he’s planning on boycotting the event due to a new tournament buy-in innovation known as Quantum Reload, something he thinks is bad for poker.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 23rd, 2014 18
Jean-Robert Bellande Needs to Lose 9 Pounds in 9 Days for $70K Weight Loss Bet

Reporting on a guy like Jean-Robert Bellande never gets old. The "Survivor: China" castaway is nearing the end of a weight loss bet to get down to 254 pounds by the end of October. According to F5 Poker, he has $70,000 in bets riding on it. However, with a week to go in October, can Bellande pull it off'

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 24th, 2014 18
Jeffrey Lisandro on Brandon Cantu: "The Guy's Got a Gambling Problem"

According to many outlets, including Twitter, Two Plus Two, and Bluff Magazine, poker pros Jeffrey Lisandro (pictured) and Brandon Cantu apparently engaged in an argument at the World Series of Poker over an unpaid debt by Cantu. "Apparently, the guy's got a gambling problem, I guess," Lisandro said on Monday to Bluff Magazine. "I guess he's gambled with other people's money and would like to ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 3rd, 2014 17
Body of German Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Found in Slovenian River

The body of missing German poker pro Johannes Strassmann (pictured) was found in the Ljubljianica River on Friday in Slovenia, according to PokerNews and local police, ending a week-old investigation.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 28th, 2014 17
Dan Colman Wins Seminole Hard Rock Main Event, Now #3 on All-Time Money List

Despite calling poker a "distraction" and a "very dark game" as well as refusing media interviews, Dan Colman (pictured) has certainly demonstrated that he's a force to be reckoned with. On Wednesday, Colman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, which had a $2.5 million overlay and a $10 million guarantee, to take home $1.4 million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 4th, 2014 17
Get Poker Advice from Phil Hellmuth for $42,900

Have you ever dreamed of getting a private poker lesson from Daniel Negreanu or partying with One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari in Vegas' Well, now you can, but it'll cost you. A company called If Only is in the business of offering what it calls "extraordinary experiences for good," where fans of sports stars, musicians, world-class chefs, and more can pay to hang out with their favorite ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 5th, 2014 16
Luis Suarez Could Be Tossed from 888 Roster After Biting Incident

The World Cup in Brazil has been affecting productivity around the world with its group stage play over the last couple of weeks, but an incident in Tuesday's match between Uruguay and Italy could have a far-reaching affect into the poker world.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 25th, 2014 16
Borgata Calls Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting "Premeditated, Practiced, and Intricate"

After lying dormant for much of the last few months, the lawsuit filed by Borgata in Atlantic City against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over $9.6 million that Ivey won at baccarat has heated up in recent weeks.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 23rd, 2014 16
PPA Calls Newsweek Attack on Online Poker "A Failure in Journalism"

On the cover of Newsweek Magazine's August 22 edition will be a child in a white t-shirt holding a tablet with playing cards on it. Below him in big black letters are the words "Poker Face," which accompany an article from Leah McGrath Goodman entitled, "How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 15th, 2014 16
Ted Forrest Still Waiting for Payment from Mike Matusow for 2010 Weight Loss Bet

In August 2010, ESPN published an article saying that Ted Forrest (pictured) had won a "shocking" weight loss bet with Mike Matusow. The site quoted Forrest as saying, "We were at the Commerce a few months ago, we'd just had dinner, and I felt full and fat. I weighed about 188 in clothes. I bet him I'd weigh under 140 and he was like, 'No, it's impossible,' so he laid me 20-1 that I couldn't do ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 14th, 2014 16
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Jamie Ross (finally)

Jamie Ross out of Jersey City, New Jersey plays under the handle finally on all New Jersey regulated online poker sites. Ross has over $20,000 in tracked online cashes, but his biggest highlights since the launch of online poker in New Jersey was winning seats into live events such as the Borgata Winter Open and WSOP Circuit Main Events.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 5th, 2014 15
Talks Between PokerStars, New Jersey DGE to Resume Thursday

According to the Associated Press, talks between Amaya Gaming, which announced one week ago that it plans to acquire the parent company PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will begin on Thursday. The focus: getting PokerStars licensed in the Garden State, a process that wound up in a dead end last December.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 18th, 2014 15
Trump Plaza in Atlantic City Closing, Future of Betfair Unclear

According to Fox News and several other sources, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey will close on September 16. The future of the casino's associated online poker site, Betfair, remains up in the air. PocketFives reached out to Betfair officials, but our e-mails were not returned at press time.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 12th, 2014 15
Phil Hellmuth Hawking Carl's Jr.

If you are a television connoisseur, you are probably quite familiar with commercials for Carl's Jr. restaurants (or Hardee's, depending on where you live). For years, a frequent advertising tactic of the fast food chain has been to have a sexy, often scantily clad woman chow down on an enormous burger. Paris Hilton was the first such pitch-woman for the restaurant and has now been brought back ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Aug 5th, 2014 15
dipthrong Wins FTOPS XXVI Leaderboard, Black Card Pro Sponsorship

Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) dominated the competition in the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, which wrapped up over the weekend. And when we say Herm dominated, we're not just throwing that term around lightly. In fact, the Toronto poker player won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by a commanding 219 points.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 18th, 2014 15
Sheldon Adelson to Spend Nearly $100 Million on Senate Midterms

GOP insiders say that casino tycoon and staunch internet gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson (pictured) could donate up to $100 million through various conservative political organizations and "dark money" channels in an effort to win back the Senate for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections in the US.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Sep 5th, 2014 15
GSN Launches Survey About "High Stakes Poker"

Between 2006 and 2011, cable station GSN aired seven seasons of "High Stakes Poker." The poker show is probably this author's favorite in the genre, a high-takes cash game featuring some of the top players in the game including the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Doyle Brunson. It contained some of the richest pots in poker history.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 18th, 2014 15
Martin Jacobson Wins 2014 WSOP Main Event

We have a winner! Martin Jacobson (pictured) has won the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, defeating Felix Stephensen heads-up after starting with nearly a 3:1 chip lead. Jacobson received a bundle of praise for playing a near-perfect game from many in the poker community throughout the night. The final tabled last 328 hands.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 12th, 2014 15
PPA Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for PokerStars in California

The Poker Players Alliance conducted a survey in California focused on PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world which vacated the US market on Black Friday. "We have heard from many of you regarding the future of PokerStars in the United States, so we wish to get a sense of the community to help guide our decision-making," the survey said. The results were, on virtually every ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 11th, 2014 14
Allyn Shulman Wants to Set Record Straight About Mike Matusow Penalty

Over the weekend, we reported on an incident involving Mike Matusow at the 2014 World Series of Poker. True to his nickname, Matusow had been given a one-orbit penalty deep in the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low event, reportedly for excessive celebration, after which he had one of his old school blow-ups and busted out of the tournament. On Monday, new information about the episode came ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jun 17th, 2014 14
Las Vegas Sands Corp Suing 35 Websites

Sheldon Adelson, the man who hates online poker with every fiber of his body, is going after internet gambling sites yet again. But this time, he may have a point. The Las Vegas Sands Corp., the company of which Adelson is the CEO, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada on Friday against 35 websites for trademark infringement.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jul 1st, 2014 14
Mike Barletta Wins Borgata PocketFives Open, gboro780 Second

There were 538 entrants in the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open live event in Atlantic City. The $400 buy-in tournament passed its $150,000 guarantee by $38,000 and a four-way chop around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday ended it. There was a huge Day 1B turnout on Monday that included eight bounty players.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 30th, 2014 14
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jon Borenstein (itsmejon)

Hackensack, New Jersey's Jon itsmejon Borenstein (pictured) has been playing poker since he was 10 years old with his dad. He plays under the handle jetsfan on and itsmejon on Borgata Poker and has over $62,000 in recorded online cashes to date. His accomplishments include a win in the Knockout Series Main Event for $2,175, a win in the Weekend Warm-Up for $2,000, and, in back-to-back ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Oct 2nd, 2014 14
Analyzing Mark Newhouse's WSOP Main Event Bust-Out Hand

One of the most memorable hands of the WSOP Main Event was Mark Newhouse's bust-out hand. It deserved the attention. Newhouse, after finishing ninth the year before, placed his tournament on the line by turning his pocket tens into a bluff. He made a decision few of us could make, and fewer would know if it were correct.

AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Nov 16th, 2014 14
BenFaz: "Big-Field Tournaments are a Marathon, Not a Sprint"

Last month, BenFaz came away with a third place finish as part of a chop of the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, which attracted over 8,000 entrants. He walked away with $164,000, the second highest total of anyone, and boosted his lifetime winnings to over $800,000 online.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 13th, 2014 14
PokerNews Turned Away from Venetian Due to Online Poker Ties

The war against online poker from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and its founder, Sheldon Adelson, ramped up this week, as PokerNews was turned away from reporting on its own sponsored MSPT event at the Venetian in Las Vegas (pictured). The Venetian, a Sands property, reportedly cited "site's affiliation with online poker," according to Pokerfuse.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 5th, 2014 13
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Mike Connors (ValueTown)

PocketFives had the chance to chat with one of our newest members Mike ValueTown Connors (pictured). Mike has been a member since February 2014 and has been living in Vegas for the last five years. He has been playing online poker for over nine years. He likes playing cash games and prefers live to online. He plays $1/$2 No Limit and takes a shot at the $2/$5 games as well. His favorite poker ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jun 26th, 2014 13
Las Vegas Sands Has Spent $460,000 This Year Lobbying on Online Gambling

You might recall that Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the United States of online gambling. In fact, he has corralled two lawmakers – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) – into introducing bills to do exactly that. How much money have Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling spent in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 27th, 2014 13
California Online Poker Bill Shelved for 2014

One of the bills that many hoped would legalize online poker in California has been shelved, making it doubtful that there will be any movement by the state legislature on the issue this year.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 7th, 2014 13
Poker Community Divided on Political Statements at the Table

It has been a fun week in the poker world. That period after the World Series of Poker where everyone sinks into a mild depression is over and major live tournament is back. The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker and European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Events are running right now, but things really kicked into high gear last week with the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Event. Popular WSOP analyst ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Aug 26th, 2014 13
"Old Guys Can Still Win Online!"

On the first Sunday of September, longtime PocketFiver Ryan gutshtallin Welch (pictured), who joined our site in 2007, took down the PokerStars Sunday Million, a WCOOP event, after a seven-way chop for $200,000. There were over 11,600 entrants that week and Welch was one of two to pocket at least $200,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 18th, 2014 13
Sickest Sunday Session Ever?

The title of this article was inspired by the title of a thread in the Poker Community forum talking about the sick Sunday of Pablo gordiju Gordillo (pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $26,000, the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $44,000, and the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $30,000. The three tournaments had almost 43,000 entrants combined and the fact that he won all of them on the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 30th, 2014 13
Dan Colman Continues to Roll, Wins WPT Alpha8 London

Despite saying that poker is a "very dark game," Dan Colman (pictured) has steamrolled the competition this year. In April, he won the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller for a blistering $2.1 million. He followed that up by taking down the WSOP's Big One for One Drop for $15.3 million, famously ducking the media after the victory and lambasting the game on Two Plus Two.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 9th, 2014 13
Phil Ivey Approved to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Here's something you don't see every day. On Thursday, Las Vegas officials approved 26 applicants for pot dispensaries, and among them was poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured). Yes, that Phil Ivey was among several notable names, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Notables approved for a city pot permit include restaurateur Michael Morton, downtown entrepreneur Michael Cornthwaite, developer ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 31st, 2014 13
Daniel Negreanu Calls PokerStars Changes "Inevitable"

Changes to the rake structure and foreign exchange policies at PokerStars have taken center stage the last few days, even igniting calls for a sit-out on Wednesday. Amid the rash of feedback from players, site front man Daniel Negreanu took to his blog at Full Contact Poker to comment, calling many of the changes "inevitable."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 2nd, 2014 13
PokerStars in "Time Out" in New Jersey

In case you're wondering why PokerStars has not been approved for a license in New Jersey, the reason is that the site is in "time out," according to internet gambling advocate and State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Yes, PokerStars is in the same state my two-year-old son is in when he throws blocks at the television. The reason PokerStars is off the grid right now in the Garden State: Las Vegas ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 11th, 2014 13
How ESPN’s Norman Chad Shaped Modern-Day Poker

If you’ve ever watched a broadcast of the World Series of Poker on ESPN, you’ll likely be familiar with ball-busting color commentator Norman Chad. Alongside partner Lon McEachern, Chad has served as the network’s WSOP funnyman since ESPN began covering the event in 2003. What many might not be aware of, though, is the 56-year-old’s decades-long past as a sports journalist and sharp ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Nov 15th, 2014 13
Laptops, Money Reportedly Stolen from Poker Players During WSOP at Rio

It took all of two days during the 2014 World Series of Poker for several players to report theft of laptops and money. The series of Tweets, originally compiled by PokerNews, evoked memories of security issues at the Hotel Arts Barcelona during last year's European Poker Tour stop in the Spanish city.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 31st, 2014 12
Mike Matusow Calls WSOP Celebration Penalty "Disgusting"

The World Series of Poker is never without drama. After all, we as poker journalists would have nothing to write about if every event ran smoothly and no controversial calls were made. Speaking of hullabaloos, Mike Matusow (pictured) won a massive pot with about two-dozen players left in a $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low event this year and, according to PokerNews, "celebrated the only way ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 15th, 2014 12
Brandon Cantu, Jesse Martin Nearly Brawl at WSOP

Brandon Cantu (pictured) reportedly nearly came to blows with another player at his table during a heated incident in Event #41 at the World Series of Poker late last week.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 21st, 2014 12
California Indian Tribe Opening Online Poker Site Via Federal Loophole

While its state legislature continues to wrangle over the questions regarding regulation of online poker within its borders, a California Indian tribe is potentially moving forward with its own real money operation.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 16th, 2014 12
The Spewtard Wins Two Triple Crowns in First Two Weeks of July

The month of July has been mighty kind to longtime Australian PocketFiver The Spewtard (pictured), who goes by Dominic in the real world. He has taken down seven tournaments in the 19-day-old month a laid claim to two PocketFives Triple Crowns. If you're not familiar with the Triple Crown, it's given to anyone who can win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 19th, 2014 12
Three US Senators Send Letter to DOJ Supporting Bill Banning Online Gambling

As part of a campaign to put the brakes on internet gambling in the US, three Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday asking for his agency's support for a bill that would reinstate the Wire Act and rid the US of online gambling, even those sites in regulated markets.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 31st, 2014 12
"That Might Be the Worst Beat in the History of Tournament Poker"

As you might know, on Tuesday night, PocketFives was camped out at Borgata in Atlantic City watching the finale of the first ever live PocketFives Open. Accordingly, we missed the premiere of ESPN's coverage of the Big One for One Drop, which created such a buzz in the mainstream world that we felt compelled to record a rerun and write about what ESPN commentator Lon McEachern argued could ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 2nd, 2014 12
Bellagio Robbery Suspect: "I Was Smoking Too Much, I Guess"

The man who allegedly used a BB gun to brazenly rob a cashier at the Bellagio in Las Vegas last weekend has been apprehended and charged with a myriad of offenses.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 6th, 2014 12
Moorman1 Wins 22nd Triple Crown, 2nd of August

Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) now has 22 PocketFives Triple Crowns, the most of anyone on our site by a mile, and just racked up his second award of August, a month that's only a dozen days old. With 22, Moorman has more Triple Crowns than the second and third place players on the Triple Crown leaderboard combined.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 12th, 2014 12
PokerStars’ “Double Bubble” Tournaments Will Repay Half The Field

PokerStars announced that it will experiment with a tournament payout structure where an unprecedented 50% of the field receive their buy-in back. They’re calling the idea “Double Bubble” tournaments and plan to roll them out at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in early 2015.

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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 28th, 2014 12
"After We Accepted the Deal, There Was Still $5K for 1st, But None of Us Knew It"

Last month, Paul Febers (pictured), known on PocketFives as xxCelticFCxx, was part of a three-way chop of a Full Tilt Online Poker Series $129 No Limit Hold'em Knockout event. His reward was $37,000, the third largest score we've tracked for him.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 4th, 2014 12
Justin Archuleta Admits to Scamming the Poker Community Out of $280,000

In a lengthy post on Two Plus Two, Justin Archuleta (pictured) confessed to allegedly scamming the poker community out of nearly $300,000. Whether the post, which has morphed into a 42-page thread, is a level or the real McCoy remains to be seen, but it has garnered quite a bit of attention from those affected as well as players concerned about account security.

DanDan
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Sep 22nd, 2014 12
PPA: Sheldon Adelson "Forgets He Owns a Casino"

On Wednesday, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) spoke at the G2E gaming industry conference held his home casino, the Venetian in Las Vegas. Adelson, as you may know, said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to outlaw online gambling in the United States and has become public enemy #1 in our industry.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 1st, 2014 12
Phil Ivey Opens Up To 60 Minutes About Edge-Sorting Scandal

While Phil Ivey may be known as one of the best poker players in the world, he’s also one of the most private. In fact, the 38-year-old’s shyness around the media only seems to increase the intrigue around his persona. But facing two lawsuits from big-name casinos, that’s all about to change. In an upcoming interview on 60 Minutes Sports, Ivey will speak to James Brown about his legal ...

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Oct 2nd, 2014 12
Aggressive Iowa Cops Seize $100,000 From Two Poker Players

A poker road trip turned into a nightmare for two California pros after they were stopped by Iowa police and stripped of their $100,000 cash bankroll last year. Now, the men are fighting to get the cash back and believe they were unjustly targeted and illegally stopped.

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Oct 18th, 2014 12
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dale Holzer (GratefulD3ad)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Dale GratefulD3ad Holzer (pictured), who calls Sicklerville, New Jersey home. Holzer plays under the handle LightMyFire on , Grat3fulDead on 888 Poker, and theGrat3fulDead on Borgata Poker. When he is not running or cycling to stay in tip-top shape, he is grinding four to five days a week on the virtual felts in New Jersey. With over $24,000 in ...

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Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Oct 22nd, 2014 12
Bracelet Winner Darren Woods Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Collusion

Faced with a multitude of charges regarding online gambling fraud and collusion, 2011 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Darren Woods (pictured) opted to plead guilty to nine counts.

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Oct 29th, 2014 12
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 ...

DanDan
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Nov 22nd, 2014 12
Tony G Wins Membership into European Parliament

Antanas Guoga (pictured), better known in the poker community as Tony G, will either make a fantastic politician or a horrible one. We will soon find out if his "berate you until your ears bleed" persona at the poker tables translates to politics, as he was elected to the European Parliament on Sunday.

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May 27th, 2014 11
iMsoLucky0, imahustla1 Win WSOP Bracelets

PocketFivers are up to 16 World Series of Poker bracelets won this year after capturing two more on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas. We'll start with Jordan iMsoLucky0 Morgan (pictured), who needed an extra day of play to take down a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #44) and bag $478,000.

DanDan
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Jun 25th, 2014 11
One-Handed Main Event Satellites: Wave of the Future?

If you blinked, you might have missed one-handed satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Yes, one hand to determine whether or not a person will be able to enter poker's most prestigious tournament, which this year came with the promise of a $10 million first place prize. Why sit and grind a satellite when you can determine your fate in under 30 seconds'

DanDan
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Jul 8th, 2014 11
The Second Largest Triple Crown of 2014

On June 22, Scotland's Robbie Adreny Bull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crown in five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014.

DanDan
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Jul 21st, 2014 11
s_dot111 Third PocketFiver to Reach $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

Tuesday was a big day for Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan (pictured), who became the third PocketFiver ever to reach $7.5 million in online tournament winnings. He joins p0cket00 as the second member of our community to do so this year, as p0cket00 captured the award in May.

DanDan
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Jul 22nd, 2014 11
Greg Merson Explains WPT500 Rant

Nearly three weeks after he issued a Twitter tirade against the World Poker Tour and its $500 buy-in Las Vegas tournament, the WPT500, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Greg Merson (pictured) has responded to critics who thought he took his criticism too far.

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Jul 30th, 2014 11
Mike Matusow Blames Full Tilt for Not Paying Ted Forrest's Weight Loss Bet

Earlier this month, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Ted Forrest went public with a gripe about a high-stakes weight-loss prop bet with Mike Matusow that had supposedly been left unpaid. But this week, "The Mouth" hit back, telling his side of the story and painting the circumstances surrounding the bet in a different light.

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Sep 18th, 2014 11
"I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Today if it Weren't for Gangnam Style"

Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, revolutionized the world of pop music in 2012 with his hit "Gangnam Style." As a matter of fact, its music video was the first to reach a billion views on YouTube and one PocketFiver we're sure couldn't get enough of it was Costa Rica's Peter winwin07 Nigh (pictured), who finished third in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major earlier this month for ...

DanDan
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Oct 4th, 2014 11
Nolan Dalla on Dan Colman: "Are You Kidding Me?"

In a recent segment on "Poker Night in America," Nolan Dalla (pictured) did what only Nolan Dalla is capable of doing. The show's creative director recently took the hammer to World Series of Poker One Drop champion Dan Colman, who has called poker a "very dark game" and "a distraction" despite winning over $22 million from live tournaments this year, according to the Hendon Mob. He ducked ...

DanDan
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Oct 22nd, 2014 11
Update on Ray Bitar: Forfeiture Details Released, "Dying" of Heart Ailment

In April, former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar (pictured) pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the online poker site's financial debacle and was sentenced to time served despite facing three-and-a-half decades behind bars. The reason: a potentially fatal heart condition that gave him a 50% chance of living less than a year. Six months later, his health condition seems to be status quo, ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 25th, 2014 11
Allen Kessler, Playground Poker Club Square Off Over Tournament Entry Fees

Recently, one of the more vocal members of the poker community, Allen Kessler (pictured), stood up to one of the up-and-coming poker rooms in North America regarding tournament entry fees, which erupted into a full-scale, public battle on a few fronts.

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Nov 19th, 2014 11
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 26, 2014

This Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey online poker, volume dipped a bit, but plenty of PocketFivers still showed up to make multiple final tables. In the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, Mike H. (JohnnnyDrama on PocketFives, pictured) outlasted a field of 229 runners to come out on top, banking the top prize of $10,500. This is his second win in the $50,000 Guarantee ...

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Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 26th, 2014 10
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 6, 2014

This week on the New Jersey online poker scene, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $10,000 Guarantee, which awarded a first place prize of over $2,000 each night. ihearboobs took it down on Monday for $2,574. Winning on Tuesday was Splits89, pocketing $2,574 as well.

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Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 6th, 2014 10
Chris Wallace (Fox) Wins WSOP $10K HORSE Bracelet

"Really happy for my friend Chris Fox Wallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion." Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Small on Facebook following Wallace's big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP ...

DanDan
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Jun 11th, 2014 10
Amaya Buys PokerStars Parent for $4.9 Billion, Mark Scheinberg to Resign

After a long day of speculation, it was revealed on Thursday night that Amaya Gaming has acquired the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. According to a press release, it's still subject to Amaya shareholder approval.

DanDan
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Jun 12th, 2014 10
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Maureen Ludwig (Redhotmomma)

Maureen Redhotmomma Ludwig (pictured) out of Glen Ridge, New Jersey is a stay at home mom who juggles a busy lifestyle, but still manages to find time to play online poker in New Jersey. With over $20,000 in recorded online cashes, her notable finishes include a third place in a WSOPOC event for $2,500, a win in the $10,000 Guarantee for $2,750, and a seventh place in the PartyPoker/Borgata ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 13th, 2014 10
Sweat Time: Ivey, Negreanu Make Final 14 of WSOP $1,500 Eight-Game

Before the World Series of Poker started, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey (pictured) offered a 1:1 bet up to $1 million. The concept was simple: if Ivey or Negreanu won a bracelet in Las Vegas this year, they win. If neither won a bracelet, you win. The odds: a seemingly generous 1:1. Many laughed at the concept of Ivey or Negreanu navigating three- and four-digit player fields en route to ...

DanDan
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Jun 27th, 2014 10
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jack King (Jaybone2315)

Longtime PocketFives member and contributor Jack King (Jaybone2315, pictured) can not only be found in the Off Topic threads of PocketFives with close to 50,000 posts, but also grinding on the virtual felts of New Jersey.

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Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 4th, 2014 10
Sheldon Adelson on Internet Gambling in 2001: "Our Hat Will Be in That Ring"

In case you think that Las Vegas Sands head Sheldon Adelson (pictured) has a longstanding hatred for the internet gambling industry, you should check out an article from 2001 that appeared in the Las Vegas Sun. In it, Adelson charged that his company will "be in that ring," referring to the internet gambling arena, and praised lawmakers for pursuing pro-internet gambling legislation.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 6th, 2014 10
Aggro Santos = Master of WCOOP Titles

In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStars WCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the ...

DanDan
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Sep 29th, 2014 10
Steve Wynn on Online Gambling: "Where's the Business Opportunity?"

This week at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, casino tycoons Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn each took to the stage, giving keynote addresses during which they reiterated their objection and disdain for online gambling.

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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Oct 3rd, 2014 10
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins First #1 Player from Brazil in a Year

Congrats, Brazil. For the first time in a year, a player from your country is #1 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This time, it's Yuri Martins (pictured), who entered his poker site names at the beginning of October and consequently shot all the way to the top of the worldwide leaderboard.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 8th, 2014 10
PokerStars Explains Rationale for Recent Changes

In the months following Amaya's acquisition of Full Tilt and PokerStars, the Canadian company has been quick to implement very noticeable changes, some of which have drawn protest. But the recent announcement that the poker giant would be cutting certain promotions and hiking rake seem to have put players over the edge. With the poker community calling for blood, company representatives issued ...

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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Oct 31st, 2014 10