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WSOP: Danielle Andersen Confronts Howard Lederer Over WSOP Return

Danielle Andersen found herself sitting across from Howard Lederer on Day 1B of the 2016 WSOP Main Event In a matter of minutes Sunday night, Danielle Andersen’s 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event went from enjoyable to emotionally draining and it had absolutely nothing to do with the cards. It had everything to do with one of the, if not THE central Black Friday villain, Howard Lederer.

LanceJul 11th, 2016 23
Online Poker Bill Passes 53-5 in New York State Senate

The New York State Senate passed a bill regulating online poker introduced by John Bonacic "Happy birthday, [State Senator] John Bonacic." Those were some of the final words spoken before the New York State Senate approved S5302D, which would grant 11 online poker licenses in New York, by a 53-5 vote.

DanJun 15th, 2016 8
WSOP: With Bracelet in Hand, Fedor Holz Retiring From Poker

Fedor Holz collects his World Series of Poker bracelet On Tuesday afternoon Fedor Holz stood on stage at the 2016 World Series of Poker and was awarded the bracelet he won in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller just two days earlier. In a quick speech he thanked his friends, his family, and the woman who cooked his food all summer long.

LanceJul 13th, 2016 8
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
WSOP: The Kindergarten Teacher Who Might Become a Millionaire

Lisa Meredith needs to outlast 13 more players to win a million dollars. When the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule was announced, Dustin and Lisa Meredith circled a few events they wanted to play. Their first choice was the $1,500 Monster Stack, but Lisa's parents, who had volunteered to look after the kids one weekend, weren't available that weekend, so they chose the Millionaire Maker ...

LanceJun 14th, 2016 7
Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. Wins First NJ Triple Crown

Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. wins first-ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated sites Over the past 11 years, there have been over 1,000 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded, but never one on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms. History is meant to be changed. Earlier this month, Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. etched his name into PocketFives history by becoming ...

wackyJaxonJun 20th, 2016 7
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
Pennsylvania House Passes Online Gambling Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports It's the final countdown… literally. With just two days to go in the Pennsylvania General Assembly's session, the state's House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports.

DanJun 29th, 2016 6
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
WSOP: Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano Savoring First Bracelet Win

Tonight in Hunterdon County, New Jersey Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano will be sitting with his feet up, watching his nearly three-year-old daughter run around the house after her busy day at the preschool she just started.

LanceJun 30th, 2016 5
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
WSOP: Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano Wins First Gold Bracelet

Cesar Garcia was one of three WSOP bracelet winners on Saturday )WSOP photo) Many poker players used to grinding day in and day out at the 2016 World Series of Poker took the weekend off for the Electric Daisy Carnival along with 100,000 other party-goers at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a much-needed breather about halfway through the Series. But action pressed on and Saturday saw three ...

PaulOresteenJun 19th, 2016 4
Brian 'bfizz11' Fite Says Poker is All About Goal-Setting

Brian 'bfizz11' Fite has used goal-setting to become incredibly successful in poker In mid-June, Brian 'bfizz11' Fite created a blog that outlined a special bankroll-building challenge. Starting with $1,000, his goal is to get to $50,000 before he leaves Mexico to spend some quality Christmastime back home in Texas. Fite is a goal-setter, driven by a desire to accomplish anything he sets out to ...

DanJun 30th, 2016 4
Strategy: Your Fight For Control is Costing You Money

Why You Need to Stop Fighting to Control Poker We’ve all played poker with people who love to talk about how unlucky they are. Sit down at any low-stakes cash table in Las Vegas or any home game in London and everyone will have a story for you about their latest bad beat or a big hand they lost. These stories will often be accompanied by a muttered self-admonition, along the lines of, ...

theginger45Jul 10th, 2016 4
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
WSOP: Norm 'slystyle012' Michalek Leads Colossus; Chris Ferguson Returns

Norm Michalek is the Colossus II chip leader heading into Day 2 When WSOP organizers announced that the $565 buy-in Colossus event that was such a huge success in 2015 would be back on the 2016 schedule, the expected to break their own record for largest live tournament ever held. To accommodate they added two more starting flights on a third starting day.

LanceJun 5th, 2016 3
WSOP: Ben Keeline Wins Colossus II, Berg Takes Down Dealers Choice

Ben Keeline captured $1,000,000 for winning Colossus II Tuesday night. It took six days to do it but the 2016 World Series of Poker crowned a Colossus II winner Tuesday night and the story is almost too good to be true. Ben Keeline, who was down to just 500 chips on his second and final bullet at one point on Day 1, came all the way back to overcome the second largest live tournament in poker ...

LanceJun 8th, 2016 3
WSOP: Despite Near Miss and Twitter Drama, Mercier Remains Focused

Jason Mercier has one WSOP bracelet this year, but narrowly missed out on a second on Wednesday night. For the last 72 hours the attention of the poker world has been squarely on Jason Mercier thanks to his first bracelet win of the summer and the six and seven-figure bracelet bets he made before the 2016 World Series of Poker began. On Monday night, Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to ...

LanceJun 16th, 2016 3
California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee

A bill from Adam Gray regulating online poker in California passed the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday The "most-vetted bill" in California this year passed through the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. "If we held every bill to the standards we've held this bill, we wouldn't have any bills," AB 2863 sponsor Adam Gray said. Gray's measure ...

DanJun 22nd, 2016 3
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins Triple Crown #5 Live on Twitch

Bryan 'bparis' Paris won a PocketFives Triple Crown while live-streaming on Twitch Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown is hard enough. If you want one, you need to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 players and a real money buy-in. Satellites and qualifiers do not count.

DanJun 29th, 2016 3
Ten Names to Consider for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Ten players worth considering as the Poker Hall of Fame public nomination process opens The public nomination process for the Poker Hall of Fame to determine the top ten candidates for official voting for the Class of 2016 opened earlier this month. The nomination period allows poker fans around the world to submit the names of players they think should be considered for inclusion in the Poker ...

PaulOresteenJul 3rd, 2016 3
WSOP: Big One for One Drop Returns - Recreational Players Only

Big One for One Drop is back for 2016 - but with significant changes The biggest buy-in poker tournament - the Big One for One Drop - in history is back for 2016, but there are a few important changes that will be sure to catch a few people by surprise. “The Big One for One Drop is back. This time at the iconic casino in Monte Carlo in a new reinvented format for recreational players ...

LanceJul 11th, 2016 3
WSOP: Fedor Holz Wins One Drop HR, Main Event Draws 1,733 for 1B

Fedor Holz has had himself quite the summer. The former PocketFives#1-ranked player had won a couple of Aria High Rollers, finished runner-up in the Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl and he capped it all off on Sunday by winning the One Drop High Roller for his first career bracelet. Holz’s victory came while Day 1B of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event played out around him and ...

LanceJul 11th, 2016 3
WSOP: Busting Phil Hellmuth a Literal Dream Come True for Sara Hall

Sara Hall was the executioner of Phil Hellmuth's 2016 WSOP Main Event dreams Sara Hall isn’t just some amateur taking a shot at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event. She’s an accomplished player, having won a WSOP Circuit ring and she most recently got close to winning Casino Champion at the Circuit stop at Horseshoe Baltimore. On Thursday however, she found herself in a spot many ...

LanceJul 15th, 2016 3
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

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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
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
WSOP: Colossus II Flights C and D Bring Out Almost 7,000 Players

There were 6,869 players who sat behind a Colossus II starting stack on Friday (@jr_plante photo) As the 2016 World Series of Poker wrapped up its third day of play, the third and fourth starting flights for Colossus II brought out barely 7,000 more entries bringing the total field in the $565 buy-in event to 12,271 with two more starting flights to come. To break last year’s record for ...

LanceJun 4th, 2016 2
Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov Wins Two Sunday Majors

Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov grabbed two more victories on Sunday for almost $70,000. Major online poker tournament activity saw a slight decrease in activity this weekend as players flock to Las Vegas to compete in the 2016 World Series of Poker. One player in particular took full advantage of the softer fields. Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov, the top-ranked player in Bulgaria, won the PokerStars Sunday ...

dhubermexJun 6th, 2016 2
Beyond the Bracelets: Colossus II, Phil Ivey, Robert Mizrachi

The 2016 World Series of Poker is now one week in and while there’s been a half dozen or so bracelets awarded, and millions of dollars paid out to the players fortunate enough to cash, there’s a few other stories that can be told with numbers. We give you ten such stories in the premier edition of the PocketFives

LanceJun 8th, 2016 2
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins 20th Largest Triple Crown Ever

Bryan 'bparis' Paris earned the 20th largest PocketFives Triple Crown ever at 1,036 PLB Points (image: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell) On June 7, Bryan 'bparis' Paris won the PokerStars Super Tuesday. That would be a career-defining accomplishment for anyone, and for Paris, the score was his fifth largest online ever.

DanJun 11th, 2016 2
YouStake Makes WSOP Action Accessible to Everybody

Anthony Zinno is one of the high profile players using . (WPT photo) Poker players around the world dream of playing the World Series of Poker and cashing in on some of the riches available. Whether it’s not having a big enough bankroll or not being able to get time off from their day job to travel to Las Vegas, for many players it will always remain just that - a dream. But now one company ...

P5s StaffJun 12th, 2016 2
WSOP: Jason Mercier Wins $10K HORSE for Bracelet #2 of 2016

Jason Mercier made a lot of noise before the 2016 World Series of Poker, making multiple prop bets against any and all comers. He’s made even more noise in the last eight days. After opening this year’s Series by failing to cash in his first nine events, Mercier has posted four straight cashes, including his second bracelet win of the summer early Saturday morning in Las Vegas.

LanceJun 18th, 2016 2
WSOP: Father's Day Bracelet Ceremony Extra Special For Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier won his second 2016 WSOP bracelet with his father Rick cheering him on from the rail Sunday afternoon Jason Mercier will stand in a room full of his peers for his second bracelet ceremony of the 2016 World Series of Poker. This one will be special for sure – winning two bracelets in a single year is a rare feat – but it’s likely going to be even more special for Jason given ...

LanceJun 19th, 2016 2
Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Now Tied Together in Pennsylvania

An amendment regulating internet gambling introduced by Rosita Youngblood was tacked onto a bill regulating fantasy sports in Pennsylvania Online poker went 2-for-2 on Wednesday. After the California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a bill regulating online poker out West, attention turned to the other end of the US, where the Pennsylvania House approved an amendment to a bill ...

DanJun 23rd, 2016 2
Keys to Maintaining Your Focus in Longer Sessions

Poker players need to follow these tips to avoid losing focus easily over longer sessions. Staying Focused During Long Live Sessions With the 2016 World Series of Poker currently in full flow, many poker players are spending a lot of time at the poker table this summer. With the average day’s play in a WSOP event lasting anywhere between eight and 12 hours, this can be a gruelling ...

theginger45Jun 23rd, 2016 2
Pura Vida! Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald Settles Down in Costa Rica

Maine transplant Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald has found a new life as an online poker pro in Costa Rica It's a story that's not as uncommon as you think. A player from the United States moves to another country in order to continue playing online poker, parties, falls in love, and settles down. Many babies ensue. Well, not quite yet.

DanJun 25th, 2016 2
Pennsylvania Still Most Likely to Pass Online Poker Bill in 2016

Pennsylvania may be the next state to make online poker legal. Lawmakers in several states managed to do the impossible; they kept online poker supporters glued to their computers and mobile devices to watch live streams of the tedious and confusing goings on that takes place during legislative sessions, as two legislative bodies voted on and passed an online gaming bill, the New York State ...

Steve RuddockJul 5th, 2016 2
2016-17 WSOP Circuit Schedule Includes 28 Stops, Championship at Cherokee

With the start of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event just a few days away, the bulk of the 47th annual WSOP will soon come to a close. But while we wait for the final table to be played out in November, the organization will be keeping poker players busy with the start of the 2016-17 WSOP Circuit.

LandSharkJul 5th, 2016 2
WSOP: Ten Years Later, Jamie Gold Thinks He's Returning to Form

Jamie Gold is hoping to return piles of cash for his YouStake investors. Ten years ago, before the reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champion was even out of high school, Jamie Gold entertained, confused and shocked the poker world by winning the largest WSOP Main Event in history. A record 8,773 entrants, along with Gold’s $12,000,000 purse for the victory, still stand as the biggest ...

WILLOCJul 7th, 2016 2
WSOP: Main Event Begins, Kyllonen, Dunst, Bowker Win Bracelets

After nearly five weeks of events, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off on Saturday with 764 players showing up for Day 1A action. And while the Main Event was kicking off, five other events continued including three that awarded bracelets to some well-known players.

LanceJul 10th, 2016 2
WSOP: Main Event Records Broken, Ivey Returns, Sheehan Leads

Clayton Maguire wasn't part of the Main Event field on Monday - he was too busy winning the first bracelet of his career. Both Day 1A and Day 1B of the 2016 World Series of Poker saw small increases in field size and Day 1C continued that trend, putting a WSOP Main Event record to rest in the process. A total of 4,240 players played on Monday, the single largest starting day field in WSOP Main ...

LanceJul 12th, 2016 2
Owain 'sngwonder' Carey Uses Innate Logic to Dominate Poker

Some people are innately good at math. Once they start learning addition and subtraction, they're instantly ahead of their peers. They're the guys you turn to for help in your linear algebra class. They're the guys who successfully sent a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.

DanJul 13th, 2016 2
WSOP: Griffin Benger Wasn’t Even Going to Play the Main Event

Griffin Benger is suddenly among the chip leaders of the WSOP Main Event. Griffin Benger, one of the most decorated players in PocketFives history, had no intentions of playing even a single event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He’d been in Malta working as one of two commentators for the Global Poker League and playing a little bit on online, mostly on Sunday.

LanceJul 17th, 2016 2
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
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 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
Russia's 'NoPlanB' Wins May PocketFives Leaderboard by 50 Points

Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the May PocketFives Leaderboard Like other poker players, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov hit it big during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker last month. During the series' Main Event, he made the final table and finished in ninth place for $104,000, the largest score of his online poker career. He also earned 756 PLB Points for ...

DanJun 6th, 2016 1
WSOP: Robert Mizrachi and Kyle Julius Win Bracelets, 'Jesus' Cashes

Kyle Julius now has a WSOP bracelet thanks to his win in the $1,000 Turbo Top-Up Monday’s action at the 2016 World Series of Poker featured Robert Mizrachi winning the fourth bracelet of his career and Kyle Julius getting rid of the goose egg next to his name while Colossus II, the second biggest live event in history, reached a final table.

LanceJun 7th, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: 'C Darwin2' Back on Top for 4th Time

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the fourth time On February 10, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' ascended to the top of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time. He held down the #1 spot in the world for seven weeks before relinquishing his throne to fellow Swede 'lena900' on March 30.

DanJun 8th, 2016 1
How Preparation Can Pay Off at the Poker Table

Implementing a Pre-Game Routine One area in which I consistently see intermediate level poker players lacking is in their preparation for playing poker. As the saying goes, "to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail", and that’s no less true in poker than it is in any other discipline. If you don’t currently have any kind of procedure in place for what you do before each poker session, ...

theginger45Jun 8th, 2016 1
Rank & File: Former #1-Ranked Players Chasing Bracelets in 2016

Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer. In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online ...

LanceJun 9th, 2016 1
WSOP: Alan Percal Wins $10K Heads Up, Justin Bonomo Runner Up Again

Alan Percal waited ten years to win his second WSOP bracelet. (WSOP photo) The 2016 World Series of Poker awarded two gold bracelets Thursday but was overshadowed by the record-setting $565 Pot Limit Omaha event. In other action the Dealers Choice championship and the Six Max closed out their respective Day 2s.

PaulOresteenJun 10th, 2016 1
GPL Debuts for Aaron Paul, The Cube and the Summer Series

Former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul made his LA Sunset debut this week There were three big debuts in the Global Poker League this past week. The first was the Summer Series set of matchups that see inter-conference play for the first time, the second was the highly anticipated “Cube” that players play live heads-up matches in and the third was the debut of former Breaking Bad star Aaron ...

ShillibierJun 12th, 2016 1