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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
Howard Lederer Issues Statement Apologizing for Full Tilt Poker Failure

Howard Lederer issued a statement about his responsibility in the collapse of Full Tilt Poker. Five years ago Howard Lederer became persona non grata in the poker community. After the Department of Justice seized the Full Tilt Poker assets, the truth about the company’s financial situation became a matter of public record and Lederer, along with Ray Bitar, was labeled as the executives in ...

LanceMay 20th, 2016 19
Chino Rheem Wins $10K WPT Finale for Third Career WPT Title

Chino Rheem is now one of just four players to win three World Poker Tour titles. (WPT/Joe Giron photo) When the final table of the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Finale began, there were a couple of storylines in play. Spain’s Adrian Mateos was hoping to become the youngest player to win poker’s Triple Crown and Chino Rheem, with two previous WPT titles under his belt, was looking to ...

LanceApr 21st, 2016 15
Jan Bendik Wins EPT Grand Final Main Event for €961,800

Jan Bendik won the EPT Grand Final Main Event (photo: PokerNews) Slovakia's Jan Bendik won the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. His reward: €961,800 and a spade-shaped trophy. After a grueling week of play, Bendik finally cracked a smile and multiple waves of confetti rained down.

DanMay 6th, 2016 12
Ari Engel Thinks Aussie Millions Might Propel Him to Play Higher

Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event Life-changing money was awarded at this year's Aussie Millions. The annual poker series Down Under ended with 732 entrants showing up for the Main Event. In the end, a former #1 ranked player on PocketFives, Ari Engel, took it down for USD $1.1 million. He joins the ranks of former Aussie Millions Main Event winners like Tyron Krost, Alexander ...

DanFeb 3rd, 2016 11
Amaya Combining PokerStars & Full Tilt Into Single Player Pool

When PokerStars acquired the Full Tilt Poker assets as part of their Black Friday settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, many wondered about the future of the Full Tilt Poker brand. To the surprise of many, PokerStars kept the Full Tilt Poker brand running separately alongside their own brand. Now, some 3.5 years later, things are changing.

LanceFeb 16th, 2016 11
PokerStars Launching in New Jersey on March 21

The long-awaited return of the PokerStars brand to the US market is here… almost. Amid the hoopla of the ongoing Global Poker League draft, which is taking place in Los Angeles, officials from Amaya Gaming's headquarters in Montreal dropped a bombshell.

DanFeb 25th, 2016 11
PokerStars Changes Continue with Rake Increase

Players will be shelling out more rake in certain games at PokerStars The news over the last 24 hours has been all about PokerStars. And Monday afternoon even more news came in, as the online poker giant announced rake increases for Spin & Gos, multi-table tournaments, and ring games. According to a release announcing the change, the average increase across all games will be 4%.

DanMar 21st, 2016 11
PocketFives Rankings: Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis Enters Top 10

Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8 in the PocketFives Rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time ever (photo: Merit Poker). As the old saying about the Trojan Horse goes, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." In the PocketFives Rankings, it's "Beware of Greeks cracking the top 10." This week, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8, ...

DanApr 20th, 2016 11
It's Not a Leak in Your Poker Game, It's Just a Personality Flaw

We all have leaks in our poker game in one way or another - by which I mean, none of us plays perfectly Game Theory Optimal poker in every situation. We’re only human, not GTO robots. Which is a neat little microcosm of the way it works in life outside of poker - we all have personality flaws, which affect our lives to varying degrees in any number of ways. Nobody’s perfect.

theginger45Mar 24th, 2016 10
"Breaking Bad" Actor Aaron Paul Joins LA Sunset GPL Team

"Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul has been drafted by the Global Poker League's LA Sunset. Last week, "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul was a guest on the "Late Late Show with James Corden." This week, he's the newest member of the Global Poker League's LA Sunset, the second and final wild card pick from team manager Maria Ho.

DanApr 11th, 2016 10
PokerStars Replacing Regular Heads-Up Cash Games with Zoom Pools

Over the past three months, change after change has rocked the landscape at PokerStars. From reducing rewards for high-stakes players to restricting certain poker software, PokerStars has made a litany of moves in order to improve the poker ecosystem. On February 12, another major change will occur.

DanFeb 9th, 2016 9
PokerStars New Jersey Launch Live Blog

PokerStars officially launched in New Jersey on Monday, March 21, 2016.

LanceMar 21st, 2016 9
PokerStars Joins Forces with eSports Franchise Team Liquid

Jeffrey 'Sjow’ Brusi (left), Janne 'Savjz' Mikkonen (center) and Dario 'TLO' Wünsch (right) are part of eSports franchise Team Liquid that will be working with PokerStars. With the skill set needed to beat both online poker and strategy-based video games largely the same, it’s no surprise that players on both sides have crossed over and had success in both of the two industries. Now, ...

LandSharkMay 18th, 2016 9
David Baazov Proposes Private Takeover of Amaya and PokerStars

Amaya CEO David Baazov In mid-2014, Amaya Gaming bought PokerStars and Full Tilt in a deal worth $4.9 billion, changing the online poker industry forever. Soon, there could be another upheaval for the company, this one led by its CEO.

DanFeb 1st, 2016 8
New Jersey's Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein Headed to Costa Rica

One of the more desirable aspects of being a professional poker player is that you don't have to have a set schedule. You are, in essence, your own boss. You play when you want, where you want, and travel to and from some of the country's and world's most interesting destinations. Sometimes you win very large sums of money.

WILLOCFeb 11th, 2016 8
Mustapha Kanit's Hot Streak Continues with Sunday Million Victory

Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit had a big Sunday again, winning the PokerStars Sunday Million just one week after winning the Sunday Supersonic.. The online tournament winning streak for Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit continued over the weekend, as the Italian poker pro and #1 overall Global Poker League draft pick took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a score of $177,230 -- just one week ...

dhubermexMar 14th, 2016 8
PokerStarsNJ Tournament Schedule Includes $50K GTD "Sunday Special"

Just days before their full launch, PokerStars NJ announced their tournament schedule. After a long and hard-fought battle, PokerStars New Jersey officially began dealing legal, real money poker hands in New Jersey on Wednesday, kicking off a five-day "soft launch" phase mandated by state regulators. The excitement was palpable amongst the New Jersey poker community, which was happy to see the ...

LandSharkMar 17th, 2016 8
Two-Time Sunday Million Winner Rob Tinnion Launches MTT Training Site

Rob Tinnion is ready to teach the world how to win MTTs For most poker players, the thought of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million is nothing more than a pipe dream. But for UK-based grinder Rob Tinnion, fantasy turned into reality when he took down the tournament not once, but twice in the span of just five months.

LandSharkMay 16th, 2016 8
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
Ben 'BenFaz' Farrell on the Power of Groups

Without his Skype group, 'BenFaz' wouldn't be where he is today The age-old phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" has applications in poker. A highly potent "group think" can help players soak up knowledge at a much quicker pace than they could on their own.

DanFeb 18th, 2016 7
PokerStars Readying for New Jersey Soft Launch, March 16

Poker players are counting down the days until PokerStars returns to U.S. soil. For the first time in nearly five years, players in the United States will be able to play on PokerStars for real money beginning Wednesday, March 16 - but only those who are actually in New Jersey.

LanceMar 11th, 2016 7
Amaya CEO David Baazov Charged with Insider Trading

Amaya CEO David Baazov is facing insider trading charges In the middle of June 2014, Amaya Gaming bought the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and its sister site, Full Tilt Poker, for $4.9 billion. Amaya's stock, which is traded in Toronto under the symbol 'AYA', increased in value by 50% in the days leading up to the transaction, prompting an investigation by Canadian ...

DanMar 23rd, 2016 7
Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio Parlaying $213K Score into More Live Play

Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio won the Sunday Million and is using part of his winnings for live play If you were an up-and-coming poker player who just had a pile of cash fall into his lap, what would you do with it' How would it change your career' Would you play higher stakes' Would you swim your way out of make-up' Would you stake others in hopes that they'd have a monstrous score as well'

DanApr 7th, 2016 7
PokerStars and Full Tilt Merge Players May 17, FTP Software Retired

The once-loved Full

LandSharkMay 6th, 2016 7
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
Ari Engel Wins 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event

Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. Ari Engel, the former #1 ranked online poker player in the world, made big noise Sunday in Australia, beating Tony 'Bond18' Dunst heads-up to win the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event and A$1,600,000 ($1,133,650 US).

LanceJan 31st, 2016 6
Sweden's 'lena900' Wins January Monthly PLB Title

Eight wins. Thirty top-ten finishes. 2,981.55 points. And that was just one month. The scores have been calculated. We've made a list. We've checked it twice. 'lena900' won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, or MPLB, in January with a total of 2,981.55 PLB Points. He led the second place total belonging to Bryan 'bparis' Paris by 200.

DanFeb 11th, 2016 6
Chris Moorman, Fedor Holz Among 203 Players Eligible for GPL Draft

Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is one of 203 players eligible for the Global Poker League Draft The draft is one of the highlights of any sporting event's season. The NFL Draft is spread over multiple days and attracts hundreds of reporters and thousands of fans. The NBA Draft is only two rounds, upping the drama. Fantasy football enthusiasts probably already have next season's draft date circled on ...

DanFeb 12th, 2016 6
'marroca5' Going Aggro-Cultural in 2016

Will we see less of 'marroca5' in 2016' Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe has been on a heater lately. A week ago, he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $51,000, his eighth largest cash all-time. Two days later, he hit $4 million in career online tournament scores, only the sixth player this year to pass that mark. However, 2016 and beyond could mean big changes to this successful ...

DanFeb 26th, 2016 6
Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando Using Confidence to Beat Variance

Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando is using confidence to outlast variance Holding your head up in the face of adversity can be a daunting task. Staring down the face of a losing streak, some poker players would give up, walk away, and accept a 9-5 desk job. Being confident can be even more difficult considering how much poker changes from year to year.

DanFeb 28th, 2016 6
New Digs, Fourth Triple Crown for Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill

Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game.

DanMar 3rd, 2016 6
Bahar 'bah22' Musa Navigating Poker and Life with a Young Family

Bahar 'bah22' Musa hit $2 million in career online winnings and has two kids under age four Having two kids under the age of four is not easy. At that age neither kid is self-sufficient and their needs are vastly different. When one poops in his diaper, the other dumps sand all over her new dress. And that's just a typical Monday.

DanMar 17th, 2016 6
Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes' Love of Poker is a Family Affair

Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes and his wife rolling craps at their wedding Some players would say that getting a mental break from poker is healthy. Others grind non-stop until their routers burst into flames. Others have spouses, parents, friends, and family that play poker for a living.

DanMar 31st, 2016 6
Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman: Online Poker Star and "Glorified Housewife"

Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman has been balancing poker with being the father of a 6-year-old, photo: Poker Asia Pacific As anyone who has kids knows, they literally change their parents' lives. You suddenly have the lives of others in your hands and that carefree lifestyle you used to have is gone out the window. Bar-hopping' Nope. Staying up until 3am' Gone.

DanApr 16th, 2016 6
Seth Davies Wins WPT Canadian Spring Championship

Seth Davies beat out 470 other players to win the WPT Canadian Spring Championship. (Joe Giron photo) Just over 10 days ago, the World Poker Tour put a bow on Season 14. Thursday afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, the first champion of Season 15 was crowned with the conclusion of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club. It also likely going to become known as the Seth ...

LanceMay 5th, 2016 6
Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi Wins 2016 SCOOP (H) Main Event Title, $1,468,001

Talal Shakerchi added a major online poker title to his already impressive poker resume on Tuesday. Talal Shakerchi is a regular on the high stakes live tournament scene with over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. The hedge fund manager isn’t a pro but certainly isn’t afraid to play against the best players in the world. And that apparently includes online.

LanceMay 25th, 2016 6
NJSCOOP: ‘Scooby-D0O’ and Moneymaker Steal Show Before Main Event

The first ever NJSCOOP Main Event goes Sunday. If PokerStars executives had any anxiety about turnout for the inaugural New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker, they can rest easy now. Over the first week and a half of play, Garden State poker players turned out in droves for the series, covering 37 out of 44 total guarantees. That's good news for everybody with the Main Event set for ...

LandSharkMay 27th, 2016 6
Rainer Kempe Beats Fedor Holz to Win 2016 Super High Roller Bowl

Rainer Kempe won the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Wednesday (photo courtesy Poker Central/Joe Giron) The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featured 49 of the world’s best poker players and to the surprise of nobody who has been watching the world of high roller poker tournaments the past few years, it ended up being another celebration of German poker excellence.

LanceJun 2nd, 2016 6
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 6
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 28th, 2016 6
WSOP: Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Headlines 2016 November Nine

LanceJul 19th, 2016 6
January Legislative Recap: Progress Slow in Key States

John Payne is spearheading iGaming legislation in Pennsylvania Only a month into 2016, there has been plenty of movement on the legislative front in the United States. Online poker could soon be regulated in Pennsylvania, while states like Washington and New York are seriously considering the same. Here's a recap of the major developments in January.

DanFeb 2nd, 2016 5
“Action Clock” Could Become the Norm at World Poker Tour Events

The World Poker Tour could be using the Protection Poker Action Clock regularly next season.(WPT photo) Matt Savage thought Mike Sexton was crazy. Sexton, World Poker Tour commentator and Poker Hall of Famer, had been pushing Savage, Executive Tour Director of the WPT, to introduce a shot clock to WPT events to speed up the game and prevent players from tanking unnecessarily.

LanceApr 23rd, 2016 5
WSOP Announces Improvements for 2016; Headphones, Kevmath, Payouts

The WSOP made some player-friendly improvements for 2016. Always looking to improve the World Series of Poker experience, organizers of the prestigious event have announced several changes in the digital realm, which they hope will streamline and enhance the experience for participants this summer.

LandSharkApr 28th, 2016 5
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
Peter 'winwin07' Nigh Appreciating Life, Taking It All In

Peter 'winwin07' Nigh has an improved outlook on life Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. As Happy Gilmore once said, "Go to your happy place." Sometimes success in poker is all about taking a step back and appreciating life, no matter what challenges are thrown your way.

DanMar 6th, 2016 4
2016 Super High Roller Bowl Sold Out; Negreanu, Esfandiari Confirmed

The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday. Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name.

LanceMar 15th, 2016 4
Upsets Rule WPT Champions Challenge Round 1; Round 2 Voting Open Now

All four #1 seeds advanced to Round 2 in the WPT Champions Challenge. Just like March Madness, the first round of the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge was all about the upset. Eight of the first 32 first round match-ups ended with the lower seed advancing to the second round.

LanceMar 17th, 2016 4
What We Learned: Day 1 of PokerStarsNJ

PokerStarsNJ is back on U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. Monday, March 21 will go down as one of the brightest early days in the history of regulated poker in the United States. Sure, the markets are few and far between and this new world of online poker is in its infancy, but when PokerStars, after nearly a five-year hiatus from dealing real money poker in the United States, made its ...

LanceMar 22nd, 2016 4
Dani 'supernova9' Stern Tops March High-Stakes Cash Leaderboard

Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in March (photo credit Danny Maxwell/PokerNews) It was no April fool's joke. Dani 'supernova9' Stern topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard for March, according to HighStakesDB and beat out all other competitors by almost $100,000.

DanApr 2nd, 2016 4
Revisiting Poker's Darkest Day Through the Tweets of Black Friday

Five years ago the online poker world changed forever. In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed indictments against executives from the three largest online poker operators in the world, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker/UB, and some of the payment processors that served them. Within minutes of the indictments being unsealed the poker world ...

LanceApr 15th, 2016 4
You Might Be Learning Poker in Reverse

I’ve done roughly 750 hours of one-to-one poker coaching over the last two and a half years, and one trend has become evident to me recently among lower-stakes players who are learning the game and trying to take their performance to the next level. It occurs to me that many people who believe they’re taking the right path to poker success are, in fact, more or less attempting to do things ...

theginger45Apr 23rd, 2016 4
Alex Papazian Wins EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1M

Alex Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. (photo: Danny Maxwell) Just when you think it's over, it's probably not. Despite double up after double up, dramatic river after dramatic river, Alexandru Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. It was the third cash in Monaco for the Romanian, who defeated Alexandros Kolonias heads-up. ...

DanMay 6th, 2016 4
Run It Up Legion Takes Over Resorts, ‘RedsoxNets5’ Wins Rumble

Matt 'mattybuns1' Laverty (left), Jason Somerville and Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig after the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble Over 125 members of the Run It Up Legion - along with their fearless leader Jason Somerville and a handful of other Team PokerStars pros - took over a ballroom at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday for the first live event held by PokerStars since the company ...

LanceMay 17th, 2016 4
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
Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald Talks SpinAndGoStrategy, Coaching

It's not easy to coach day after day, week after week, year after year. Not only do your life circumstances change, but so does the industry you're coaching in. For Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald, changing with the times has seemingly been a piece of cake.

DanJan 29th, 2016 3
Chris Leong Wins WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship

Chris Leong won the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Friday night. (WPT Live Updates/Joe Giron photo) While some final tables follow a wire-to-wire run by chip leaders, others see short stacks come from the back of the pack to claim the title. That’s exactly what happened in Atlantic City, as Chris Leong outlasted a massive 1,171 player field to claim the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker ...

WILLOCFeb 6th, 2016 3
PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary Features $10M Guarantee

PokerStars is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sunday Million in a big way. Known for offering massive prize pools for a relatively low buy-in, the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament is a player favorite. In March, the online poker giant will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the event, and plans to make it memorable by offering a massive $10 million in guaranteed prize money.

LandSharkFeb 9th, 2016 3
Partypoker Unveils Powerfest Series Complete with $5M Guaranteed

The partypoker Powerfest includes four weeks of tournaments Not to be left behind by the recently concluded PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, partypoker has announced its own major online tournament series. Dubbed Powerfest, the series will offer 98 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million. The action begins on Sunday, February 21 and will culminate in the $1,050 Main Event ...

LandSharkFeb 17th, 2016 3
Dreyfus: Media Partnerships, Team Sponsorships Key to GPL Success

The 12 GPL founding franchises The impending launch of the Global Poker League has plenty of people in the poker industry excited. It also has some detractors, but league founder Alex Dreyfus is sticking to his vision of introducing the game of poker to people around the world through the uniquely formatted league.

DanFeb 17th, 2016 3
Latest California Online Poker Bill Punishes Offshore Players

Online poker players in California have reason to be concerned about the latest regulation efforts A new bill in California that would license and regulate online poker would also make it a felony for players to play on an offshore online poker site - even before regulated sites are up and running.

DanFeb 23rd, 2016 3
David Orsmby Wins WPT Fallsview Main Event, $279,818

David Ormsby came from behind heads-up to win the WPT Fallsview Main Event (photo credit: Rob Gracie/WPT) The World Poker Tour returned to Canada with a CAD 5,000 ($3,650) Main Event at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A field of 423 entries was reduced to an all-Ontario final table, including Soren Turkewitsch, a winner of this very event in 2005. After over 160 hands of play, ...

KevmathFeb 24th, 2016 3
Joe Stapleton Joins Poker Night in America as Commentator

Joe Stapleton is taking his talents to Poker Night in America Fresh off his live appearance on Twitch during the inaugural Global Poker League draft, poker industry personality Joe Stapleton has landed a gig as co-commentator of CBS Sports Networks’s TV program Poker Night in America.

LandSharkMar 1st, 2016 3
Dietrich Fast Wins WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Dietrich Fast added a WPT title to his resume Thursday night in L.A. Dietrch Fast denied Mike Shariati a chance at World Poker Tour History Thursday night at the Commerce Casino and captured the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event title for just over $1 million.

LanceMar 4th, 2016 3
Jamie Kerstetter Juggles Live and Online Poker Schedules

Jamie Kerstetter is hoping to find success in the partypoker Garden State Super Series. The East Coast is home to some of the biggest tournament series and events in the country, with regionally-based casinos rolling out massive guaranteed events on a nearly month-to-month basis. Over the next few weeks, though, save for a few WSOP Circuit stops, that live tournament schedule takes a short ...

WILLOCMar 6th, 2016 3
GPL: Anatoly Filatov Embracing Role as Moscow Wolverines Manager

Anatoly Filatov hopes the Russian fighting spirit will lead the Moscow Wolverines to GPL success If you believe American pop culture, the Russians are always the bad guys. In Rocky IV, Ivan Drago was meant to destroy Rocky Balboa. In Rambo, Colonel Podovsky was the one torturing John Rambo. In the WWF, Nikolai Volkoff wouldn’t begin his matches until he sang the Soviet national anthem.

LanceMar 8th, 2016 3
Carson 'bustindanut' Barton Making His Mark on Poker, Lacrosse

Canada's Carson 'bustindanut' Barton is playing poker while trying to pursue professional lacrosse. Being passionate about two things doesn't always lead to being successful in both of those endeavors. Sure, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders found success playing both football and baseball, but that's the exception, not the rule.

DanMar 9th, 2016 3
Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis Preaches Thinking Before Clicking

Latvia's Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis preaches thinking before you click in poker. There are countless factors that go into making one simple decision like whether to raise or fold at the poker table. Does your opponent's line make sense' What does your opponent think you have' Why did he take 10 seconds to act' How much should you bet' Why would you bet so much, Toto' Then you think to yourself, ...

DanMar 10th, 2016 3
PokerStars New Jersey FAQ

Online poker giant PokerStars has returned to New Jersey. Since it has been five years since PokerStars offered real money play to American players, PocketFives has constructed this Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer any questions that may come up.

P5s StaffMar 10th, 2016 3
Expectation Setting: Pointing Yourself in the Right Direction

Expectation Setting: Pointing Yourself in the Right Direction Estimates suggest that anywhere between 65% and 95% of the people who play poker regularly are losing players. One of many reasons why so many people don’t succeed at poker, even when they put a lot of time and energy into it, has to do with their expectations. Not only do they have inaccurate expectations about the game of ...

theginger45Mar 15th, 2016 3
Qualify for $10M Sunday Million for $1 with Exclusive Satellite

The PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary event comes with a $10 million guarantee. Introduced in 2006, the PokerStars Sunday Million has grown to become one of the biggest and most anticipated weekly online poker tournaments in the world. For a buy-in of just $215, poker players of any level compete alongside the best minds in the game for a first place prize regularly in excess of ...

LandSharkMar 16th, 2016 3
'a.urli' Takes Down 10th Anniversary Sunday Million After Chop

'a.urli' started the Sunday Million final table with the chip lead and managed to talk his way into the winner's share of a four-way chop. (PokerStars image) All eyes were on the world's largest poker site this weekend, as the PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary tournament attracted more than 55,000 entries along with an $11 million prize pool. In the end, 'a.urli' negotiated a four-way ...

dhubermexMar 21st, 2016 3
Martin Jacobson and the Rise of Sweden as a Poker Powerhouse

Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all.

DanMar 29th, 2016 3
Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman Widens Lead in Nevada Rankings

Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman widened his lead in the Nevada rankings After taking hold of top spot in the Nevada rankings in February, Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman made sure there was no changing of the guard in March. After holding down a 233-point lead last month over second place, Steinman widened his lead to over 500 points. He now sits with 2,393 points as the state's top-ranked player.

DanApr 1st, 2016 3
Fedor Holz Highlights 15th Annual European Poker Award Nominees

Fedor Holz will receive his 2015 GPI Player of the Year trophy at the European Poker Awards On May 3, a veritable who's who of the top names in European poker will gather at the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort in luxurious Monaco. Over the course of the evening, nine awards will be given out as part of the 15th Annual GPI European Poker Awards, honoring players for their achievements in 2015. The ...

DanApr 4th, 2016 3
Looking Back at the Top 10 Ranked Players on Black Friday

Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, with Todd Brunson, was the #1 ranked online player on Black Friday. (PokerListings photo) Ask any member of the poker community and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on April 15, 2011, a day that will forever live in poker lore as Black Friday. For the top 10 players on the the PocketFives Rankings that day, their world was forever ...

DanApr 15th, 2016 3
After Two Years in Vancouver, David 'd.quang' Quang is Back Home

David 'd.quang' Quang's two-year run in Vancouver to clear his mind came to an end. Now, he's back in Ontario. American author Horace Greeley once popularized the phrase "Go West, young man." It was in reference to westward expansion of the United States in the 19th Century, but in the case of online poker pro David 'd.quang' Quang, "Go West, young man" meant a chance for clear air and a new ...

DanApr 16th, 2016 3
Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo Running a Bar and Winning Sunday Warm-Ups

Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo (at left), who owns SharkBite Bar and Grill in the Turks and Caicos, won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Admit it, you've dreamed of running a bar. Invite your friends over for a beer whenever you want, sing karaoke until daybreak, and come up with cocktails that even Jerry Thomas couldn't imagine. And what if that bar were ocean-side' And visited by sharks'

DanApr 19th, 2016 3
Justin Young Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Justin Young celebrates his first WPT title with his wife Morgan and close friends including Eric Baldwin, David Peters and Jonathan Little (Joe Giron/WPT Photo) More than eight years ago, Justin Young found himself at the final table of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio. After outlasting a final table that included Hoyt Corkins, Amonn Filippi and Steve Sung, Young was ...

LanceApr 21st, 2016 3
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill Uses Structure in an Unstructured World

Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings and scored his first PocketFives Triple Crown. (photo: WPT) Many poker pros play the game for a living because of the flexibility it allows. If you feel like going to Cancun for the weekend, and you've got the cash, then go. If your friends are heading to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, you can go too. Just be sure ...

DanApr 24th, 2016 3
California Online Poker Regulation Takes Key Step Forward

California Assemblyman Adam Gray's online poker bill is on its way to the Assembly It's probably a little too early to get super excited just yet, but Wednesday afternoon saw a California legislative committee pass a bill that would regulate online poker in the Golden State with some suggesting the law could pass in 2016.

LanceApr 28th, 2016 3
He's Back: 'C Darwin2' Retakes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden.

DanMay 11th, 2016 3
'lena900' Bags Largest Triple Crown Since September

Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months. While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB ...

DanMay 13th, 2016 3
Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg Looking Forward to More Live Success

Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg recently had his biggest live score to date in a Parx event. The world of online poker can be a blurry and mysterious one, as a player can garner a following and reputation without anyone actually knowing who that player is. 'Isildur1' is and was the most well known case of that happening but when New Jersey online poker went live a few years ago, ‘mygame’, a ...

WILLOCMay 17th, 2016 3
Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet Hits $7.5 Million in Online Winnings

Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet just passed $7.5 million in career online MTT winnings On May 21, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet became the fifth person this year to pass $7.5 million in online tournament winnings for their career. Nine people did it all of last year, including the likes of former #1 ranked players Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer. Van Fleet, needless to say, is in some ...

DanMay 28th, 2016 3
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
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
Toby ‘810ofclubs’ Lewis Headlines Sunday Major Winners

Toby '810ofclubs' Lewis had himself a nice little Sunday. The PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament was chopped four ways over the weekend, as 'PureRunnings' took home the largest payday of $139,126 for his official third place finish. Two PocketFives members were in on the deal, including 'blazinchron' of Canada (2nd place for $129,684) and 'Snick' of the Ukraine (4th place for ...

dhubermexJan 25th, 2016 2
Six Reasons to Become a Professional Poker Player

Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond – we all know these names. We watch them play and envy their success. However, everyone should remember that the poker legends managed to get where they are today because they worked hard and dedicated their lives to poker.

reckoner4Jan 31st, 2016 2