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Lessons Learned Propel Steve '7douche' Madara To NJ Stardom

Steve Madara captured his first major live title in September following years of dedication to his craft. At the tender age of 24, Steve ‘7douche’ Madara has endured a lifetime of accomplishment and hardship from poker. Only three months ago, Madara won the Almighty Stack event at the Borgata Poker Open for a $169,000 score that despite Madara’s young age, was years in the making.

Matt ClarkDec 20th, 2016 11
Sit-n-Go 2.0 to Make Official Debut at Punta Cana Poker Classic

For better or worse, lottery-style sit-n-gos have become an integral part of today’s online poker landscape. The tournaments, which can randomly pump up prize pools above and beyond what they would normally be, were popularized by PokerStars, after the site introduced its Spin & Go games in 2014. Since then, nearly every major poker site has developed its own lottery SNG offering, each ...

LandSharkOct 15th, 2016 8
Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Apparently Targeted for Home Robbery

Doyle Brunson could have been the victim of an armed robbery this week - but the criminals got the wrong house In a series of tweets on Friday afternoon, poker legend Doyle Brunson claimed that the Las Vegas Metro Police Department informed him of an armed robbery in his neighborhood and that he may have been the initial target of the robbers.

LanceAug 13th, 2016 7
Daniel Negreanu Sets High Expectations For 2017

Daniel Negreanu has a list of goals he is looking to achieve after a, by his standards, subpar 2016. (PokerStars photo) The start of the new year is rife with resolutions and for Daniel Negreanu, it is no different. The PokerStars Team Pro posted his annual list of goals on his Full Contact Poker blog in addition to a look back at his intentions from the previous year.

Matt ClarkJan 5th, 2017 7
WSOP: Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Headlines 2016 November Nine

LanceJul 19th, 2016 6
Andrew 'Mergulas' Glauberg Becomes Second NJ Triple Crown Winner

Andrew 'Mergulas Glauberg became the second person to earn a PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker sites (Borgata photo). Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to ...

wackyJaxonAug 22nd, 2016 6
Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty Taking Love for Poker to New Heights in NJ

Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty put a journalism career on hold to chase down the pro poker dream (Borgata photo) The regulation of online poker in New Jersey has allowed for players who may not have otherwise had a chance to pursue the game of poker the opportunity to play the game they love. New Jersey has shown time and time again whether you are a longtime professional or a family man looking to ...

Matt ClarkNov 15th, 2016 6
WPT: Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell Wins partypoker WPT Caribbean

Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell now has a WPT title to go along with his EPT win (WPT photo) Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell is one step closer to being a part of poker’s Triple Crown after taking down the partypoker World Poker Tour Caribbean title for $330,000. 323 entrants took part in the $5,000 buy-in event and after starting the final table among the short stacks, Farrell wound up taking the ...

Matt ClarkNov 24th, 2016 6
Chance Kornuth Explains Role Coaching November Niner Cliff Josephy

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SteveSchultDec 23rd, 2016 6
How You Talk About Poker is Key to Your Mindset

[CAPTION=100%]The way you talk about poker Watch Your Language: Why Words Matter in Poker There are many different ways in which we conceptualize poker in order to make it easier to talk about. We talk about it as a mathematical construct, we talk about it as a psychological battle between opponents, we increasingly talk about it as a sport, we talk about it as a gambling pastime. One way ...

theginger45Jul 27th, 2016 5
Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings Moving on From Pro Poker Career

Brian Hastings is going from poker pro to entrepreneur (SHRPO photo) Once one of the most feared nosebleed stakes online cash game players in the world, Brian Hastings says he is "moving on from poker as a full-time job." Hastings made the announcement in a wide-ranging blog post on his website on Sunday. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner touched on his battles with ...

LanceNov 28th, 2016 5
The Mistake of Relating Your Confidence to Your Results

The Confidence Paradox Much has been written of the nature of confidence in poker. A lot of mental game literature focuses on confidence as a fundamental tool necessary for success in the game in the long term, but Jared Tendler's The Mental Game of Poker astutely points out that in a game with so much variance, confidence is theoretically not necessary in order to achieve short-term results ...

theginger45Aug 11th, 2016 4
EPT: “Retired” Fedor Holz Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

Fedor Holz won his sixth title of 2016 taking down the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart) Just a month ago Fedor Holz, fresh off of winning the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career, told the world he was retiring from poker. He had already made plans to play the first European Poker Tour event of Season 13 in Barcelona, but after that he was ...

LanceAug 23rd, 2016 4
Fifth Triple Crown Leads Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov to August MPLB Win

Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov wion the August MPLB and his fifth Triple Crown Bulgaria's Aleks 'alexd2' Dimitrov has been tearing things up this year and recently climbed up to third place in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, his all-time high. Last month was a particularly good month for Dimitrov, as he won the August Monthly Points Leaderboard with 3,016.82 points despite playing for less than ...

wackyJaxonSep 7th, 2016 4
New Son, Another COOP Title: A Crazy Day in the Life of Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo) Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as ...

ShillibierSep 16th, 2016 4
Partypoker Implements New Cash Game Changes On October 5

Hand histories on partypoker are going to look a lot different after October 5. Beginning on October 5, cash game hand histories on partypoker will be anonymized. Hand histories will still be available for players to download, but they won’t have their opponents’ screen names attached to the hand. Players on partypoker will see their screen name in front of their hole cards, but their ...

SteveSchultSep 28th, 2016 4
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Takes Massive Chip Lead with 5 Remaining

The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event has new chip leader with five left: Qui Nguyen (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) All eyes were on chip leaderCliff Josephy as the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table got underway in Las Vegas on Sunday night, but it took just one hand for another player to let it be known that this wasn't simply going to be a coronation for one of online poker's most ...

LanceOct 31st, 2016 4
NJ Grinder Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Combines Family With Poker

Daniel Lupo holds down a full-time job as well as a top-five ranking in New Jersey (Borgata photo) In the competitive world that is New Jersey online poker, most of the names and faces at the top of the PocketFives rankings are players who make their primary living from playing poker. In the case of Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the full-time architect has been making his mark on the New Jersey ...

Matt ClarkNov 1st, 2016 4
Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott Continues Impressive Run Live and Online

Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott has NJCOOP in his rearview mirror as he chases down the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event title Earlier this week Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott, the #10-ranked online poker player in New Jersey, thought he had put the exclamation point on an impressive run of poker when he took down the first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event for ...

LanceNov 4th, 2016 4
Team PokerStars Online's Kevin Martin Shining in New Reality

Kevin Martin went from reality TV to Team PokerStars Online in under a year. (PokerStars photo/Joe Giron) If you want to make Kevin Martin roll his eyes, just call him a Reality TV star. “I don't identify with that word at all. Especially, there's something with the American shows, they get a little bit of fame, but a Canadian reality TV star is even more of an asterisk,” said Martin, ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 4
WPT: Mike Sexton Wins partypoker.net WPT Montreal

Mike Sexton added some hardware to his World Poker Tour legacy on Thursday night in Montreal (WPT photo/Joe Giron) For nearly 15 years Mike Sexton has been the voice of World Poker Tour broadcasts. Thursday night in Montreal the Poker Hall of Famer was unable to be in the broadcast booth as he was busy adding his name to the WPT Champions Cup after overcoming Benny Chen heads-up to win the WPT ...

LanceNov 18th, 2016 4
Where Did All The Online Gambling Regulation Momentum Go?

Regulated online gaming once had a ton of momentum - so what happened' After being empowered by a 2011 opinion issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, online gambling legalization at the state level came out of the gates at a full sprint. Within a year and a half of the OLC opinion being proffered in September 2011, three states passed legislation legalizing ...

Steve RuddockNov 29th, 2016 4
NJ Online Pro Dan ‘redsoxnets5’ Sewnig On Verge Of Live Breakthrough

Dan Sewnig has had a solid set of live results in 2016 Among the more scrutinized transitions in poker is carrying over success from the online world into the live arena. While the game is still effectively the same, the surrounding elements are different when playing live and there are players who struggle figuring out how to reconnect all the pieces.

Matt ClarkNov 30th, 2016 4
888poker Launches BLAST - New Lottery Style SNG Format

888poker is hoping BLAST Poker is a huge hit Lottery-style sit-n-gos have been all the rage in the online poker world the past 18 months and now 888poker has come up with a new twist on the format called BLAST Poker. Similar to other lottery-style sit-n-gos, BLAST is a shorthanded, hyper-turbo SNG with a randomly drawn prize pool that ranges from 2X to 10,000X the buy-in. The game deviates, ...

LandSharkJul 23rd, 2016 3
888poker Launches State of the Art Personalized Video Program

888poker is giving players around the world the chance to star in their own poker story video. Many poker players just want to maximize their profits when they sit down at the poker table. For them, it’s all about the money. But there’s another group of poker players who have another motivation in mind when they buy-in to a tournament or a cash game. They want to see their name in ...

P5s StaffJul 30th, 2016 3
World Poker Tour and FOX Sports Sign Five-Year Extension

The World Poker Tour, with Mike Sexton, Lynn Gilmartin and Vince van Patten will be on FOX Sports networks through Season XIX. Fans of the World Poker Tour are going to be happy to learn that FOX Sports and the tour have come to terms on a deal that will see FOX Sports continue to be the broadcast home of the WPT for the next five years. The extension means that FOX Sports will broadcast WPT ...

LanceAug 19th, 2016 3
Sunday Majors: Finland's 'Sand0-85' Wins PokerStars Sunday Million

The Sunday Majors this week included a former November Niner winning big With Season 13 of the European Poker Tour kicking off in Barcelona, entries into major tournaments on PokerStars were down across the board. That's just fine by 'Sand0-85' though. The Finnish player earned an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $163,843. 'Elier9' won $113,390 for finishing runner-up ...

dhubermexAug 22nd, 2016 3
Why Successful Poker Players Shouldn’t Fear Variance

EPT Barcelona winner Sebastian Malec may have understood the truth about variance (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart) If you spend a lot of time discussing hands on poker forums, with friends and fellow players, or with a poker coach (or, like me, with poker students), there’s a certain type of thought process with which I guarantee you’ve come into contact. It goes a little bit like ...

theginger45Sep 7th, 2016 3
Mercier and Somerville Team Up for WCOOP Super High Roller Stream

Boasting over 13 million views and nearly 200,000 follows to his Run It UP poker stream on Twitch, Jason Sommerville is by far the most popular poker broadcaster on the site. While his average shows attract several thousand fans apiece, that number can skyrocket when the Team PokerStars Pro finds himself at a final table, playing for thousands of dollars.

LandSharkSep 8th, 2016 3
Chris Moneymaker Highlights 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Nominees

Chris Moneymaker is one of 10 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame (PokerStars photo) The list of players eligible for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016 include two former WSOP Main Event champions, a highly respected tournament director, five players with strong ties to the success of poker in their home country and the son of a current Hall of Famer who has dominated cash games in ...

LanceSep 9th, 2016 3
WCOOP: Finland's '€urop€an' Wins Super Tuesday, $297,250

New Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden won his first WCOOP title on Wednesday. (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart) You know you've got the respect of other players at the final table when chop discussions start and you end up with an opportunity to walk away with more than first place was supposed to pay. That's exactly what happened to Finland's Samuel '€urop€an' Vosden late Wednesday night as he ...

LanceSep 15th, 2016 3
Rush Street Well Positioned to Be Major Player in US Online Gaming

Rush Street Gaming has entered into real money online play in New Jersey under their SugarHouse brand. Rush Street Gaming recently launched its first real-money US online gambling site, the online casino in New Jersey. Rush Street doesn't own or operate an Atlantic City casino. The launch was made possible thanks to a deal between Rush Street and Golden Nugget that allows the ...

Steve RuddockSep 20th, 2016 3
WPT: Sam Panzica Wins bestbet Bounty Scramble for $354,335

Sam Panzica won WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble for his third live win of 2016 (WPT photo / Joe Giron) Sam Panzica might not be allowed to play World Series of Poker events anymore, but he can now call himself a World Poker Tour champion. Panzica beat Richard Malone Jr. heads-up and survived a final table that included former WPT winners Noah Schwartz and Tyler Patterson to win the WPT bestbet ...

LanceOct 19th, 2016 3
Five Questions with November Niner Michael Ruane

Michael Ruane sits fifth in chips as the 2016 WSOP Main Event gets underway, but there's more to the New Jersey native than just poker (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you ...

LanceOct 28th, 2016 3
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Show Continues as Final Table Down to 3

Just two

LanceNov 1st, 2016 3
Qui Nguyen Wins 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event

Qui Nguyen has 8 million reasons to smile after winning the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP Photo / Jayne Furman0 When the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began on Sunday night, nobody thought Qui Nguyen had a chance at overcoming a field that included two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a talented European poker pro, a former PokerStars SuperNova Elite and two young ...

LanceNov 2nd, 2016 3
Father of Two Craig Rubinstein Grinding His Way to the Top in NJ

Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein found time away from the virtual felt re-energized his passion for the game. Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein is not what you first envision as the prototypical New Jersey online tournament grinder. The 41-year-old father of two has only been playing full-time for less than a year but has come on strong over the last few months and recently cracked the top 10 of the ...

Matt ClarkNov 19th, 2016 3
More Wag And Less Bark For NJ Grinder Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro

Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro is a top 20 player in New Jersey (Borgata photo) The closeknit community of New Jersey online poker has allowed for players to connect and grow their games through another. Most of the bonds developed have been player-to-player but Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro has found a special kinship of a different kind.

Matt ClarkNov 26th, 2016 3
Andrew Lichtenberger Launching Online Poker Site, LuckyChewyPoker

Lichtenberger launched LuckyChewy Poker this month (Image c/o LuckyChewy Poker) Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger is used to being a figurative boss at the tables. The poker pro, who has over $8.5 million in live tournament earnings, now has his sights set on being a literal boss, one in charge of an online poker site. Lichtenberger recently launched in beta mode. The online poker client ...

JessDec 14th, 2016 3
Mastering Your Schedule for More Profit

One of the most common questions I get asked early on in the coaching process is about putting together a structured, well-thought-out playing schedule for poker. Recreational players and aspiring professionals alike all have to deal with the reality that poker often has to take a back seat to ‘real-life’ issues - family, work, and social commitments often make it difficult to make time ...

theginger45Dec 16th, 2016 3
WSOP: Vojtech Ruzicka Surges to Main Event Day 6 Chip Lead

The eventual Main Event winner walks away with this special Main Event Champion bracelet. Czech poker pro Vojtech Ruzicka ended an abbreviated Day 6 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event with the chip lead after eliminating two players on two separate hands in the last few minutes of play. Ruzicka ended the day with 26,415,000 which puts him ahead of Michael Ruane and former ...

LanceJul 18th, 2016 2
Rank & File: Josephy and Benger Steal Show to Close out 2016 WSOP

Cliff Josephy is the 2016 November Nine chip leader. This was supposed to be the final installment of Rank & File for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It was supposed to show the final tally for how the former #1-ranked players on PocketFives did this summer but it turns out there’s going to be at least one more Rank & File needed after two members of this elite fraternity, Cliff ...

LanceJul 24th, 2016 2
888 Poker Launches Micro Buy-In Summer ChampionChips Series

The 888 Poker Summer Championships runs August 14 - 21 You may or may not have noticed, but a rather major sporting event kicked off this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next weekend 888 Poker launches their own series of events and rather than gold medals, players will be chasing cash and points in the 888 Poker Summer ChampionChips. Consisting of 18 different events running August 14 - ...

LanceAug 7th, 2016 2
All Eyes on California Online Poker This Week: What to Watch For

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Steve RuddockAug 8th, 2016 2
Chris Moorman to be Featured on Season 2 of 'Pokerography'

Chris Moorman highlights Season 2 of Poker Central's Pokerography. The true measure of whether or not a TV show is popular is whether or not the network decides to pick it up for a second season. That doesn’t explain why NBC never renewed Freaks and Geeks after its inaugural season, but thankfully that same fate isn’t following Pokerography to the one season graveyard.

LanceAug 9th, 2016 2
PokerStars Releases Final 2016 WCOOP Schedule, 82 Events Total

The final PokerStars WCOOP schedule is out and includes a different look than previous years. After making countless tweaks to its 2016 World Championship of Online Poker event lineup, PokerStars has released the fifth and final iteration of the series schedule. This year, WCOOP features 82 events, a vast array of games and formats, a Mini-WCOOP companion series and a $1.5 million guaranteed ...

LandSharkAug 10th, 2016 2
Rankings: Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Just 33 Points from #1

Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias is within 33 points of being the top player in the PocketFives Rankings Two players who have spent time as the #1 ranked player on PocketFives are duking it out for the title of top dog on PocketFives. Your combatants: Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who has been ranked #1 since early July, and Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, just 33 PLB Points off the lead.

DanAug 10th, 2016 2
Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier Highlight SHRPO “Big 4” Winners

Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bradley Snider and Ruslan Dykshteyn all took down SHRPO Big 4 events on Tuesday The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was 28 total events but on Tuesday the focus was on the “Big 4” as four final tables, packed with some of the best tournament players in the world, played down to four different winners including Jason Koon and Marvin Rettenmaier.

LanceAug 17th, 2016 2
California Online Poker Dreams Continue to Be a Nightmare

Online poker players in California are probably going to be waiting longer for regulation - but who's at fault' Barring an eleventh hour miracle, California's latest attempt to pass an online poker bill appears to have suffered the same fate as the state's previous efforts that date back nearly a decade.

Steve RuddockAug 23rd, 2016 2
How to Turn Strengths and Weaknesses into Profit

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you identify them in others too(Image courtesy stanciuc /123RF) Turning Your Weaknesses into Strengths Frequently one of the first parts of the poker coaching process involves the coach asking the student about their perceived strengths and weaknesses. There are two common trends in this area - number one, their perceptions in both categories ...

theginger45Aug 31st, 2016 2
Former #1-ranked Player 'Eisenhower1' Earns Second WCOOP Title

WCOOP is underway with a former top-ranked PocketFiver grabbing an early win This time last year Sweden's 'eisenhower1' was the top-ranked online poker player in the world. With the 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker now underway, he may be making a move back up the standings relatively quickly. The Swedish pro continued his winning ways Tuesday by taking down the $215 ...

dhubermexSep 6th, 2016 2
Robert 'Ethanolol' Iwan Wins Two Mini-WCOOP Titles On Same Day

Robert Iwan beat out nearly 30,000 players to win two Mini-WCOOP titles in one day. With the massive fields associated with them, winning two Mini-World Championship of Online Poker titles on PokerStars is an achievement that most poker players don’t accomplish in their entire poker career. Last week, Robert Iwan, known to his online opponents as 'Ethanolol, won two mini WCOOP titles in one ...

SteveSchultSep 19th, 2016 2
Latest Attempt at Federal Online Gambling Ban Is Severely Flawed

Sheldon Adelson continues to push for Federal online gaming prohibition. Yet another attempt to prohibit online gambling at the federal level is afoot in the United States Senate, and Sheldon Adelson is widely believed to be the man behind it. Adelson's war against online gambling began back in 2013 when he told Forbes Magazine he would spend whatever it takes to prohibit online gambling ...

Steve RuddockOct 4th, 2016 2
RANKINGS: Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Takes Over #1 Spot

Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez's hot streak has propelled to the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings (SHRPO photo) You could say that things are going well right now for Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. A little less than three weeks ago he won a World Championship of Online Poker title, his second, after outlasting an elite field in the $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship. He ...

LanceOct 6th, 2016 2
Sunday Majors: Ben 'Bttech86' Tollerene Wins Sunday Grand

Ben 'Bttech86' Tollerene was one of the Sunday Majors winners this week (WPT photo) Ben 'Bttech86' Tollerene might be best known for being one of the best high stakes Pot Limit Omaha players online right now. Or possibly for his recent feud with Doug Polk. On Sunday he put all of that aside to take down a Sunday Major. The Vancouver resident earned $62,458 for winning the $1,050 buy-in ...

dhubermexOct 17th, 2016 2
The Next Three Months Will Be Critical for US Online Gambling

Pennsylvania and Michigan could still find a way to regulate online gaming in 2016 The future of online gambling in the United States could very well be decided between now and the end of the year. The country isn't at a make-or-break point, but with no state legalizing online gaming in over three years, any chance at widespread online gambling legalization by 2020 is slowly slipping away.

Steve RuddockOct 20th, 2016 2
Gordon Vayo: From Underage Online Grinder to 2016 November Nine

Gordon Vayo's journey to the November Nine is a familiar tale (WSOP photo / Joe Giron) There have been plenty of documented cases of poker players lying about their age to play in cardrooms before they turned 21. Gordon Vayo, however, was lying about his age so that he could play online before he turned 18. At just 27 years old, the Illinois native cut his teeth on the virtual felt and has ...

SteveSchultOct 22nd, 2016 2
Five Questions with November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka

Vojtech Ruzicka has concerns about the after party should he win the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Vojtech Ruzicka. Vojtech Ruzicka finds ...

ShillibierOct 25th, 2016 2
Taking on Team PokerStars Pro Randy 'nanonoko' Lew in Atlantic City


PocketFivesNov 3rd, 2016 2
Jason Acosta Wins PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event

Jason Acosta grabbed his biggest live score after taking down the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron) Jason Acosta qualified for the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event on not for $200, not for $109, not for $39 - but for 5,000 StarsCoins. Late Friday night in Atlantic City the 30-year-old from Little Ferry, NJ turned that small investment into a ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 2
Dates Revealed For First 2017 PokerStars Championships & Festivals

PokerStars Championship and Festival events are coming to the Bahamas, Panama, Rozvadov and other locations in 2017 (Neil Stoddart / PokerStars) When PokerStars announced changes to their long-standing European Poker Tour, Asia-Pacific Poker Tour and Latin American Poker Tour series earlier this year, shockwaves were sent through the poker community. PokerStars initially announced that in lieu ...

Matt ClarkNov 28th, 2016 2
RANKINGS: Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Strengthens Hold on Top Spot

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez added over 1,000 points to his PLB total this week Just over 10 days ago one player had a dominating Sunday in the partypoker High Roller and Super High Roller, winning both for just over $75,000. That player, ‘DrMikee’, was relatively unknown, making the feat even more special. It turns out that ‘DrMikee’ is actually the #1-ranked player in the world, ...

LanceDec 1st, 2016 2
WPT: James Romero Dominates Final Table to Win Five Diamond Classic

James Romero earned almost $2 million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron) The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel ...

LanceDec 11th, 2016 2
NJ Online Poker's Mad Scientist: Jason 'JLaw' Lawhun

Jason Lawhun's career as a scientist allows him to see poker from a unique point of view Most of the players that comprise the New Jersey online player pool are longtime residents of the state or have moved there to further expand their poker horizons. Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun hails from Ohio but moved to New Jersey in 2013 as part of his career as a scientist in a consumer products company. ...

Matt ClarkDec 13th, 2016 2
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Rides Hot Streak to November PLB Win

Fabrizio Gonzalez was the top online poker tournament player in the world in November (SHRPO photo) For the last nine weeks Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been the #1-ranked player on PocketFives. His rise to the top spot came mostly from his PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard win, but he hasn’t exactly been resting on that success. Nobody had a better ...

LanceDec 13th, 2016 2
EPT: William Kassouf Chops His Way to High Roller Title

William Kassouf took down a big birthday payday (Image c/o PokerStars) William Kassouf decided to celebrate his birthday, well, like a boss. The British poker pro took down the last-ever European Poker Tour High Roller Event after a heads-up deal with Patrick Serda. Kassouf put his table talk to good use, negotiating a heads-up chop where he took home a little over €530,000 but got the ...

JessDec 20th, 2016 2
Wayne Gerichten Turns Freeroll Wins into Cash, PSL Bahamas Trip


LanceDec 28th, 2016 2
Despite No New iGaming Regulations in 2016, Hope Remains for 2017

As the calendar turns to 2017, Pennsylvania is still a must-watch state for iGaming regulation. Like years past, 2016 came and went without another state legalizing online gaming. Despite some serious hope in Michigan and Pennsylvania that an online gaming bill would pass in either state during the legislative session, the fact remains that no state has legalized online gaming since Delaware, ...

bames31Jan 3rd, 2017 2
Poker Pros Taking on New Artificial Intelligence Bot ‘Libratus’

Dong Kim is one of four pros playing AI program Libratus The last time poker players squared off against artificial intelligence in 2015, humans were able to prevail over the machine. Four poker pros took on AI bot ‘Claudico’ for 80,000 hands of heads-up No Limit Hold'em action. The battle saw $170 million wagered and the human team winning over $730,000 (in theoretical test money, that ...

JessJan 6th, 2017 2
Jeff Sessions Open to Revisiting Key Wire Act Interpretation

Jeff Sessions might be bad news for regulated online gaming in the United States. In the confirmation hearing this week regarding Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment as Attorney General, a brief exchange between Sessions and Sen. Lindsey Graham piqued the interest of the online poker world. Early in the eight-hour confirmation hearing, Graham asked Sessions for his thoughts on the Department ...

bames31Jan 13th, 2017 2
Hall of Famer Tom McEvoy Selling 1983 WSOP Main Event Bracelet

The bracelet Tom McEvoy won for winning the 1983 WSOP Main Event can be yours for just $13,500 For many poker historians, Tom McEvoy holds a special place in poker history. In 1983 the then 38-year-old became the first person to win the World Series of Poker Main Event after winning their way in via a satellite. Now he’s selling off the bracelet he earned for that victory and a number of ...

LanceJan 17th, 2017 2
Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski Says Brazil is on the Rise

Brazil's Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski talks about his home country's rise in poker In just a few short days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to the Summer Olympics, hosting athletes, dignitaries, and fans from all over the world. And while sports like golf and gymnastics will be competed, poker won't. The day poker becomes an Olympic sport, however, you can bet your bottom dollar that ...

DanJul 22nd, 2016 1
Max Silver Begins Search for the Next Max Silver

Max Silver is looking for a couple of students hoping to get to the next level (EPT photo) Nearly seven years Max Silver wouldn't stop pestering Jason Somerville. The two had met through a SomethingAwful subforum and Silver was always asking Somerville questions, the most consistent being 'will you coach me''. Eventually Somerville agreed and started working with Silver.

LanceJul 28th, 2016 1
'FouEnculePL' Trades Pool Shark for Poker Shark

'FouEnculePL' went from pool shark to poker shark and is nearing $1 million in career online winnings In some respects, pool and poker are very much alike. You have to be selectively aggressive, overly patient, be able to bend the truth when needed, and, at the same time, know the math like the back of your hand. And the keys to being successful in pool and in poker – not coincidentally, ...

DanAug 1st, 2016 1
WPT: James ‘Mig.com’ Mackey Wins World Poker Tour Choctaw Title

James Mackey won his first World Poker Tour title in Choctaw, Oklahoma (Photo courtesy Joe Giron/WPT) Just over nine years ago James Mackey joined the rare group of 21-year-old players to win a WSOP bracelet. On Tuesday night in Choctaw, Oklahoma, he joined another exclusive group when he won the World Poker Tour Choctaw event, earning $666,758 in the process.

LanceAug 3rd, 2016 1
PokerStars Releases Tentative WCOOP Schedule, Introduces Mini-WCOOP

The 2016 WCOOP schedule includes all the favorites - and a few new additions. With only a month to go before the PokerStars 2016 World Championship of Online Poker, tournament organizers have posted a tentative schedule of events and announced the debut of a micro-stakes companion series which will run alongside the yearly festival for the first time ever.

LandSharkAug 3rd, 2016 1
888poker Super XL Series Is Back with $4 Million Guaranteed

888poker’s popular Super XL Series returns in September for its six edition and features $4 million in guaranteed cash with a $1.5 million Main Event prize pool. This iteration of the online poker festival is the site’s richest yet, boasting a one million-dollar increase in payouts from its May series, and double the prizes handed out in its fourth edition in January.

LandSharkAug 15th, 2016 1
A High EQ Might Be Just as Important as a High IQ for Poker Success

How to Improve Your Poker EQ It doesn’t take much reading to find someone equating poker success with intelligence, or the other way around. It seems relatively obvious that successful poker players are, at least as a population, of above average intelligence. What doesn’t get discussed, though, is the other side of the equation, and the extent to which being a successful poker player ...

theginger45Aug 18th, 2016 1
Rankings: #1-Ranked ’C Darwin2’ Increases Lead Over Field

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' continues to hold court atop the PocketFives Rankings Just last week it appeared that Brazil’s top player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, was set to move into the top spot in the PocketFives rankings. It appears that ‘C Darwin2’ wanted no part of that narrative.

LanceAug 18th, 2016 1
Jason Somerville to Live Stream DeepStacks Poker Tour Championship

Jason Somerville is on his way to Calgary for the Deepstack Poker Championship Poker pro Jason Somerville has amassed a huge following on streaming site Twitch, where he regularly broadcasts his poker play to thousands of viewers under his Run It Up brand. With his popularity growing steadily, the poker industry has taken note, and has been eager to work with the indefatigable pro and leverage ...

LandSharkAug 21st, 2016 1
EPT: €27 Online Qualifier Sebastian Malec Wins Barcelona Main Event


LanceAug 29th, 2016 1
Sunday Majors: Matt 'VegasDietz' Dietrich Books Sunday Million Win

Matt 'VegasDietz' Dietrich was the big winner on Sunday but Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov earned two wins and could find himself in the PocketFives Rankings top five. There was a four-way final table chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million, as Matt 'VegasDietz' Dietrich earned $122,108 for the official victory while 'donki4' won $102,475 for runner-up. Dennis 'DeLaBijen' Bijen and '39REDMAN' walked away ...

dhubermexAug 29th, 2016 1
Rankings: 'C Darwin2' Holds #1, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov Charging

How good are things going for 'C Darwin2', the #1 ranked online poker player in the world, right now' This past week he managed to hang on to the top spot in the PocketFives rankings despite not recording a single qualifying cash.

LanceSep 3rd, 2016 1
Sunday Majors: Connor Drinan Takes Down First 2016 WCOOP Event

Entry Numbers were up across the board in the Sunday Majors with 2016 World Championship of Online Poker getting underway on PokerStars. Five WCOOP events started on Sunday but only one of them finished, with a recent EPT High Roller winner walking away with yet another big score. Connor Drinan, who won the EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller last week, walked away with the first WCOOP title ...

dhubermexSep 5th, 2016 1
WCOOP: Dejan ‘Dejanaceking’ Divkovic Secures Second COOP Title of the Year

Dejan ‘Dejanaceking’ Divkovic won a WCOOP title on Friday to go with the SCOOP title he won earlier this year The three World Championship of Online Poker finishing on Frirday all easily surpassed their guarantees, and in one case skyrocketed to create a nearly $2 million prize pool.

LandSharkSep 17th, 2016 1
WPT: Jesse Sylvia Wins Borgata Poker Open, $821,811

Jesse Sylvia finally got the monkey off his back Friday night, winning his first ever live title (WPT Photo) When the final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open began Friday afternoon, former World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia was the shortest stack at the table and seemed to have little hope of winning the title.

LanceSep 24th, 2016 1
Punta Cana Poker Classic Expects Continued Growth In 2016

One of the premier poker tournaments in the Caribbean kicks off in about a month. The Punta Cana Poker Classic gets underway on October 25 at the Melia Caribe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. There is plenty of poker action for those in attendance. The series features 15 events over the six-day series, highlighted by the $1,650 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. The four-day Main Event ...

SteveSchultSep 24th, 2016 1
WCOOP: 'mighty28' Denies Phil Galfond a WCOOP Title

Phil Galfond almost won a WCOOP title on Monday The penultimate day of the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker had the $5,000 buy-in Main Event playing down to a final table while three other events wrapped up with three new champions crowned. Phil Galfond, who recently announced plans to launch an online poker site of his own to compete with PokerStars, got close to capturing a WCOOP title ...

dhubermexSep 27th, 2016 1
Dominik Nitsche Too Focused on the Grind to Think About Retiring

Dominik Nitsche

JessSep 27th, 2016 1
WCOOP: Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck Wins WCOOP Main Event, $1,500,000

Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck is the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champ It took three days to complete, but in the end Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck stood tall over the 2,090 other entries in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event and walked away with $1,517,541.25 for his efforts.

LanceSep 28th, 2016 1
Why You Can Use Your Emotions to Guide You...Sometimes

With practice, poker players can learn to use their emotions to their advantage. As poker players, we’re frequently encouraged to believe that regular everyday human emotions are the enemy, and that they’re something we should strive to eliminate in order to play better poker. While this is grounded in some logic to the extent that it is true that our brains are better at logical ...

theginger45Sep 30th, 2016 1
RANKINGS: No Change at #1, but Patrick Leonard Makes Massive Move

The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner ...

LanceSep 30th, 2016 1
RANK & FILE: Five Former #1's Book WCOOP Wins, Holz Reigns Supreme

Just like he did at the 2016 World Series of Poker, Fedor Holz used on big score in the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker to steal the show for former #1-ranked players (WPT photo) In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 51 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2016 World ...

LanceOct 2nd, 2016 1
Trusting Your Instincts Will Help You Develop Better Instincts

Poker players need to learn to trust their instincts, even if they're underdeveloped Learning to Trust Your Instincts In a variety of walks of life, we often hear the phrase “trust your instincts”. Whether it’s in sports, relationships, business, the arts or anything else, there seems to be an innate recognition of the role of ‘instinct’ in success at almost any level of almost any ...

theginger45Oct 6th, 2016 1
Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger Holds Onto NJ Top Spot With Monster Month

After a monster August saw him take over the top spot, Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger spends a second consecutive month atop the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings. Danger won 15 tournaments in August and he only let up slightly in September. He took down another 14 tournaments in September as he heads into the final three months of the year. Danger had a lengthy list of tournament results in ...

SteveSchultOct 7th, 2016 1
How You Practice Dictates How You Will Perform at the Poker Table

Establishing A Deliberate Poker Practice A frequent area of concern for most poker beginners is how to manage the process of learning the game. After all, poker is a unique pursuit that requires a learning process very different to almost any other discipline. It’s very hard to construct a focused, structured learning program because every concept is related to every other concept, so ...

theginger45Oct 12th, 2016 1
Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

Carlos Mortensen

LanceOct 13th, 2016 1
PokerStars NJCOOP Starts Saturday: 43 Events, $1.2M Guaranteed

The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Takes Over the New Jersey ONline Poker scene for the next 16 days. The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker is going to fill up the calendars of New Jersey online poker players over the next couple of weeks. NJCOOP runs October 15 - 31 and includes a total of 43 events and a total of $1.2 million in guaranteed prize pools. ...

PocketFivesOct 14th, 2016 1
New Jersey Grinder Fred 'BiggDaddy' Ferrell Ready to 'Crush Souls'

Since New Jersey first welcomed fully regulated online poker to its borders in November 2013, the player pool has produced prominent talents who have seen their tournament earnings grow over the years. Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell has made a new career out of playing online poker in the Garden State and is in the midst of climbing the New Jersey Rankings and sits second only to Jeremy ...

Matt ClarkOct 17th, 2016 1
Brazilian Footballer Denilson Makes Natural Transition to Poker

Brazilian football legend Denilson found a new place to call home: 888 poker Earlier this year, former international footballer Denilson was signed by a different club. No, he wasn’t making a comeback in the world of professional football, but he was announced as a brand ambassador for 888poker. The highly decorated Brazilian footballer, who played 61 times for his country between 1996 and ...

ShillibierOct 20th, 2016 1