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High Stakes Poker: Gus Hansen Wins $528,000 on Sunday

Although he's still down big overall, Gus Hansen (pictured) rebounded slightly over the weekend, banking over a half-million dollars on Sunday at the high-stakes poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. Hansen profited $528,000 on Sunday and is up $636,000 since Saturday night.

Dan Dec 29th, 2014 5
Kevin Schulz Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

We have a winner in the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. American Kevin Schulz (pictured) came away with the title on Wednesday and banked $1.4 million. According to PokerStars, Schulz is an online grinder who fled to Mexico after Black Friday to continue playing online poker. There were 816 entrants in the 2015 PCA Main Event.

Dan Jan 15th, 2015 5
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Brian Wood (pure_reason)

PocketFives caught up with one of its newest members, Brian pure_reason Wood (pictured, ranked 25th in New Jersey), who juggled playing online poker while attending college and then while attending law school. With over $357,000 in recorded online cashes, some of Wood's notable accomplishments include three wins in the WSOP $10,000 Guarantee (two wins in three days) for a total of $11,550; a win ...

Dlorican Jan 21st, 2015 5
Internet Gambling About to Become Even More Complicated in the UK

Players in the United Kingdom may have more hurdles to cross in order to be able to enjoy online poker from the comfort of their own homes due to new internet filters that will block adult-related material. Starting as soon as this week, UK residents who wish to play online might have to contact their internet service provider and ask them to remove the adult content block.

wackyJaxon Jan 26th, 2015 5
$10 Million Guarantee in WSOP Main Event Nixed in Favor of 1,000 Payees

After previously making a decision that brought the ire of the poker community, officials at Caesars Entertainment and the World Series of Poker have removed the $10 million guarantee for first place in this year's Main Event.

Earl Burton Jan 28th, 2015 5
Nevada Gaming Chief Says Anti-Staking Bill Doesn't Apply to Poker

After industry stalwarts like Steve McLoughin and David Gzesh sounded the alarm about Senate Bill 40 in Nevada, which could have outlawed poker staking, the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, AG Burnett (pictured), clarified the bill's intentions on Wednesday. In an email that appeared on Pokerfuse, Burnett said, "I've seen a couple articles on the Board's bill regarding certain types ...

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 5
Phil Ivey Wins Aussie Millions $250K Challenge for Third Time in Four Years

Talk about dominance. Phil Ivey (pictured) just won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the third time in four years and has now won the event in 2012, 2014, and 2015. According to PokerNews, "Ivey has done the unthinkable by defending his title to win the prestigious event for the third time in four years, not to mention the AU $2.205 million top prize. That means the three largest ...

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 5
moorman1 Hits $12 Million in Online Tournament Cashes

Yet another milestone for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured). The most decorated member of the PocketFives community just passed $12 million in tracked online tournament winnings. He is the only player in the history of PocketFives to hit $10 million and has another $4 million in live cashes according to the Hendon Mob. We caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame.

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 5
PokerStars Goes after Erick Lindgren for $2.5 Million Debt

Former Full Tilt Poker pro Erick Lindgren (pictured) is being sued by PokerStars for $2.5 million after failing to repay various loans, along with an "erroneous" payment made by his former employer.

LandShark Feb 5th, 2015 5
"You Never Expect to Win a Tournament with 34,000 Entrants"

At the tail end of January, Deric Lee (pictured), known on PocketFives as omgitsball, won the PokerStars Sunday Storm after a three-way deal and took home $25,000. As he fittingly put it, "I am happy. It's surreal. You never expect to win a tournament with 34,000 entrants." He took home the largest amount given out and was the lone PocketFiver to make the final table.

Dan Feb 8th, 2015 5
Chris Grove Breaks Down US i-Gaming

Heading up the ship at Online Poker Report is Chris Grove (pictured), who has as much knowledge about the past, present, and future of internet gambling in the US as anyone you'll find. On the heels of Thursday's revelation that a House Subcommittee will discuss banning internet gambling in the US on March 5, we caught up with Grove to get his take on where we stand entering the third month of ...

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 5
High-Stakes Player Tests Skill Versus Luck in PokerStars Spin & Gos

If you're not familiar with them, in PokerStars Spin & Go tournaments, the prize pool isn't known by the players until registration has completed. They were thought to have more of a "luck" factor than skill with their winner-take-all format. However, a notable high-stakes sit and go player has, through a lengthy test, possibly shown that skill trumps luck in Spin & Gos.

Earl Burton Feb 25th, 2015 5
Victoria Coren Mitchell Wins Big at the 2014 British Poker Awards

On Monday, the UK’s best and brightest poker players gathered for the 2014 British Poker Awards at London’s Hippodrome Casino, where former PokerStars pro Victoria Coren Mitchell scooped up three of the prestigious accolades.

LandShark Feb 26th, 2015 5
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dan Sewnig (RedsoxNets5)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with one of our New Jersey members, Dan RedSoxNets5 Sewnig (pictured), who hails from Trenton, New Jersey. With over $94,000 in tracked online cashes, some of Sewnig's notable results include two wins in the $10,000 Guarantee in the month of August for a total of $5,639 and a win in the Ultimate Poker $5,000 Guarantee for $1,600.

Dlorican Sep 3rd, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 29, 2014

The last weekend of 2014 in New Jersey saw PartyPoker/Borgata Poker host a $100,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, which attracted a total of 473 players. After all was said and done, the winner of the tournament was TooDue4U, who took home a cool $15,486 after a seven-way-chop.

Dlorican Dec 29th, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 9, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Mike mikewebb68 Webb topped a field of 105 runners to take down the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 guarantee on Tuesday night pocketing $2,190.

Dlorican Jan 9th, 2015 4
Tournament Review for February 9, 2015

Rob rtinnion Tinnion of the United Kingdom (ranked #244 worldwide) captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $200,137. The win almost ensures that he will enter the PocketFives Top 100 for the first time in his career.

dhubermex Feb 9th, 2015 4
Sam Grafton's "Poker and Silence" About Dan Colman Gets Rave Reviews

We can't quit Dan Colman (pictured), can we' The $15 million winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop is on a tear we haven't seen in a quite some time. Since his big win, he placed third in the Aria $100,000 Super High Roller, second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller, and won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Dan Katz Sep 9th, 2014 4
Daniel Negreanu Makes Poker Hall of Fame Ballot in First Year of Eligibility

The 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class have been announced. One name stands out on the list as a potential early favorite for this year's class, Daniel Negreanu (pictured). This author is once again on the voting panel for the Poker Hall of Fame and will likely be casting the majority of his votes to "Kid Poker."

Dan Sep 9th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: MAMOHT_T Up to #5 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated once again. We had several players enter the top 10 this week, but one thing that hasn't changed is our #1 player, p0cket00. In fact, p0cket00 holds a veritable stranglehold on the top spot with a PLB score of 7,708 points, almost 700 ahead of second place.

Dan Sep 10th, 2014 4
Morgan Stanley: 20 US States Will Regulate Online Gambling By 2020

According to a report from Morgan Stanley, 20 US states will have regulated internet gambling by 2020. Currently, three states are online – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware – with others like Pennsylvania and California currently examining the issue.

Dan Sep 17th, 2014 4
Ultimate Gaming Leaves New Jersey

On Friday, following word that its land-based partner casino, Trump Taj Mahal, is facing bankruptcy, Ultimate Gaming announced that it plans to withdraw from the regulated New Jersey marketplace. In doing so, Ultimate terminated its agreement with Trump due to "multiple breaches by Trump Taj Mahal Associates," according to a press release.

Dan Sep 19th, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for October 17, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its daily $5,000 and $10,000 Guaranteed tournaments. Mike MikeyCasino Azzaro won the $10,000 Guarantee on Monday, cashing for $2,365. George cicakman Cicak won the same tournament on Tuesday, pocketing $2,300.

Dlorican Oct 17th, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 7, 2014

This week in New Jersey, David phatchoy888 Cheng took down the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee on Monday, cashing for $2,300. On Thursday, misclick won the network's $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees, pocketing a total of $3,092.

Dlorican Nov 7th, 2014 4
George Danzer Wins 2014 WSOP Player of the Year

The title of 2014 World Series of Poker Player of the Year officially belongs to George Danzer (pictured). The German won three WSOP bracelets in 2014, becoming the sixth player ever to win three bracelets in a single year. In that elusive department, he joins Puggy Pearson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Jeffrey Lisandro.

Dan Oct 16th, 2014 4
"You Don't Go to the Galapagos to Play Poker"

"You don't go to the Galapagos to play poker." There's perhaps the understatement of the year and it came out of the mouth of TiltTheBho (pictured), who chopped the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up last month and earned $179,000. He officially took third place and was second in chips when the four-way deal was struck.

Dan Oct 18th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with Sunday Warm-Up Winner Big Huni

Last weekend, Costa Rica's Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up chop with Phemo. His reward was $89,000 and he became the ninth PocketFiver ever to pass $7 million in online tournament scores for his career.

Dan Nov 28th, 2014 4
Sports Books Set Odds for 2014 WSOP Main Event Winner

With the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event set to kick off in less than three weeks, gambling sites have started to post betting odds on which of the November Nine will go the distance to win the coveted gold bracelet and a cool $10 million for first place.

Dan Oct 23rd, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 8, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey, 12 PocketFivers took down tournaments, which included all of the Sunday Majors. Chopping the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee were David phatchoy888 Cheng and letsflipit, who will both pocket $8,293 for their efforts.

Dlorican Dec 8th, 2014 4
Do You Remember Your First Sunday Major Win?

In recent days, Jimmy JMolloy Molloy (pictured) raced through the field of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, coming away with the win for $46,000 after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFives member besserweg. "It feels great to finally get one through on a Sunday," Molloy told us. "I am really happy about it."

Dan Nov 6th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner Bruno Politano

On Monday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will resume from Las Vegas with the November Nine. The short stack in the room will be Brazil's Bruno Politano, but according to WSOP officials, he'll have the largest rail in the Penn and Teller Theater at 120 friends and family (and potentially more). He'll be repping 888 Poker at the final table.

Dan Nov 7th, 2014 4
Nevada PocketFiver Josh Reynolds Talks About His WSOP Main Event

This week with the conclusion of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, PocketFives had the opportunity to talk with member Josh Reynolds. He won a Main Event entry on in Nevada and finished in the money, but unfortunately did not make it to the final nine this year. He tells us about his experience leading up to and during the event. Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the ...

stevebrogan Nov 12th, 2014 4
Doyle Brunson Undergoing Cancer Surgery

On Thursday, poker legend Doyle Brunson (pictured) Tweeted out some rather disappointing news about his health. From his Twitter handle, @texdolly, he notified the world, "Got my 3rd melanoma confirmed today. Early stages, should be simple operation. Fortunately, it's on my head and everybody knows I'm hardheaded."

Dan Feb 7th, 2015 4
PPA on Ultimate Poker Closing: "Being First Does Not Equate to Being the Best"

One of the major headlines of November was the departure of Ultimate Gaming from the Nevada market. The company, which left New Jersey in September, said of shuttering its Nevada site, "The state-by-state approach to online gaming has created an extremely cost-prohibitive and challenging operating environment. These factors have combined to make the path to profitability very difficult and ...

Dan Nov 20th, 2014 4
Jim Ryan: "I Had No Knowledge or Involvement" in Cheating at UltimateBet

According to an interview with Online Poker Report, Pala Interactive CEO Jim Ryan (pictured), formerly the head of the UltimateBet-linked Excapsa, reinforced that he had no involvement in the cheating scandal that plagued that online poker room and was instead looking forward to bringing Pala to New Jersey.

Dan Nov 24th, 2014 4
PPA on New California Online Poker Bill: "Too Many Flaws to Support It"

On Wednesday, PocketFives published an article about California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introducing AB 9, dubbed the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act. As several members of PocketFives pointed out, the intrastate online poker bill has some serious issues, as it requires deposits at brick-and-mortar casinos, criminalizes players who play on non-regulated sites, and shuts out companies like ...

Dan Dec 4th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with FTOPS Main Event Winner natfalber11

Last weekend, Nathaniel Falber, who is known on PocketFives as natfalber11 (pictured), took down the FTOPS XXVII Main Event outright for $212,000. It was a 333x return on his $635 investment and the largest online MTT score we've tracked for him by a factor of 13. PocketFives caught up with the Brazilian to see what went right that day.

Dan Dec 19th, 2014 4
From Big Two to a Two-Way Chop

If you play games like Crazy Eights and Winner, you might know of a card game called Big Two. We're not going to get into the nitty-gritty details, but the goal is to run out of cards before everyone else does. For Canada's modzillapl (pictured), an early start in Big Two helped propel him to a recent heads-up chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $88,000.

Dan Dec 25th, 2014 4
Kara Scott Says Farewell to PartyPoker

Well-known poker media presenter and player Kara Scott (pictured) has announced that she will part ways with sponsor PartyPoker at the end of the year.

LandShark Dec 26th, 2014 4
Daniel Negreanu Critiques Multi-Entry Tournaments

For the uninitiated, multi-entry tournaments are exactly what they sound like: tournaments players can enter more than once. Typically, live tourneys that use a multi-entry format allow players who bust out of one starting flight to try again in a subsequent starting flight. So, get knocked out on Day 1A and you can try again on Day 1B, 1C, etc., for the price of another buy-in. Once in a while, ...

Dan Katz Dec 30th, 2014 4
PocketFives Awards 137 Triple Crowns in 2014

Happy New Year from all of us at PocketFives! One of the major awards we give out to our members is the PocketFives Triple Crown. In order to earn it, a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. After the award was won a record 208 times in 2013, ...

Dan Jan 1st, 2015 4
Who to Target and Who to Fade on FanDuel: Wild Card Round

The Week 18 FanDuel Saturday Million is offering a field of 80,459 a chance to vie for a $175,000 top prize in a $1.75 million in prize pool. The payouts this week go to the top 18% of finishers. rsane21 took down last week's first place prize with a score of 184.6, just about three points per $1,000 salary dollars spent.

kellykip Jan 1st, 2015 4
Dan Colman Sweeps CardPlayer, Bluff Player of the Year Honors

In 2014, Dan Colman (pictured) earned $22.3 million from live poker tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob, and made waves with his off-the-felt antics. He more than doubled the next closest person on the 2014 money list, won the most money ever by a tournament player in a year, and, accordingly, captured the CardPlayer and Bluff Player of the Year honors.

Dan Jan 2nd, 2015 4
Making Supernova Elite Four Times: "You Get into a System"

In the closing weeks of 2014, Michael MacHugh, who is known on PocketFives as SilentPurple, came away with a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million, earning a not-so-paltry $78,000. "It always makes for a nice Sunday," MacHugh said of his final table. "I didn't really pay much attention until last couple hundred players. I was busy studying. By then, I was always bouncing around the ...

Dan Jan 2nd, 2015 4
And the Biggest Online Cash Game Winner of 2014 Was…

We're done with 2014, which means it's time to look back on the year that was and dole out a few awards. PokerNews highlighted the biggest cash game winners of the year and taking home the largest payday at $2.8 million on Full Tilt was Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured).

Dan Jan 3rd, 2015 4
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Underway with Prop Bets-A-Plenty

With the coming of a New Year, the start of the 2015 tournament poker season also kicks off. On Tuesday, the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure marked the start of the 12th annual event with the start of the $100,000 Super High Roller and an episode of "The Shark Cage."

Earl Burton Jan 7th, 2015 4
"It Feels Great to Start the New Year With a Big Score"

On the very first Sunday of 2015, Mat Checktrap11 Cuthbertson (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy two ways and walked off with $47,000. There were 942 entrants that day and Cuthbertson, who has almost $1 million in career online MTT winnings, took home 17% of the $276,000 prize pool. The London resident was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about it.

Dan Jan 8th, 2015 4
California Online Poker Bill Amended, In-Person Registration Requirement Axed

According to a press release, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (pictured) will be making tweaks to his proposed intrastate online poker bill (AB 9), removing language that required players to register at a brick-and-mortar casino. Gatto commented, "My goal remains creating a sensible framework for a new California industry. That will involve a thoughtful process of consultation with all of the ...

Dan Jan 16th, 2015 4
"I Won a Satellite to the Sunday Million and Somehow Won It"

That quote comes from the poker story of Paul pvas2 Vas Nunes (pictured). Without a miracle last-minute satellite entry into the Sunday Million, he may not be playing poker today. We caught up with him following a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy in which he brought home $46,000. We reached out to the England poker player to get the deets on his latest cash.

Dan Jan 20th, 2015 4
Daniel Negreanu Pushing for NHL Team in Las Vegas

One of the passions of Daniel Negreanu (pictured) – besides playing poker, of course – is the national sport of his native Canada, hockey. Recently on his blog at Full Contact Poker, Negreanu offered his thoughts on the game and, in particular, the drive to bring the first professional sports team to his second home, Las Vegas.

Earl Burton Jan 21st, 2015 4
PPA: "No Doubt" Anti-Internet Gambling Legislation Will Be Re-Introduced

We closed the 2014 calendar year focusing on legislation spearheaded by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson called Restoring America's Wire Act. The bill, which would have banned internet gambling and online poker in the US, ended up being stunted in the waning moments of Congress, but according to Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured), a bill like it will soon ...

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 4
Charity, Skis, and a Nice Bottle of Macallan

If you won $77,000 after chopping a big poker tournament, what would you do with it' Pay off student loans' Sink it back into your bankroll' Drink heavily' Travel around the world' For Andrew jambeyang Robson (pictured), a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in mid-January meant the chance to spend $77,000 however he wanted. His top-of-mind activities: donating to charity, buying a ...

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 4
French High Roller Arnaud Mimran Arrested for Tax Evasion and Murder

French businessman and high-stakes poker player Arnaud Mimran (pictured) has been arrested by France's National Judicial Customs Department for his alleged involvement in a number of financial frauds, along with multiple murders.

LandShark Feb 12th, 2015 4
Caesars: "PokerStars Should Be Considered for Legalization in the US"

In a Tweet posted on Friday, Gambling Compliance's Chris Krafcik confirmed that Caesars Entertainment, which was historically opposed to companies like PokerStars entering the regulated US market due to their acceptance of real money players after 2006, has started humming a new tune.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 4
888 Pro Bruno Politano: "My Advice is Study, Study, Study"

Last week, 888 Poker hosted the PocketFives Open. We had well over 200 players enter including two 888 sponsored pros: Bruno Politano (pictured) and Sofia Lovgren. The former finished eighth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event and said of that experience, "It was the best experience of my life. It was amazing! I wish all professional poker players could live that experience one day ...

Dan Feb 15th, 2015 4
Resorts Gets Green Light for Online Casino in New Jersey

Resorts Casino Hotel will soon become the fifth Atlantic City property to offer online gambling inside New Jersey. Resorts, which holds the distinction of being the first casino to open outside of Las Vegas, announced Wednesday that it had received a transactional waiver from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to accept online bets at .

LandShark Feb 19th, 2015 4
PPA Calls House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban i-Gaming "A Real Threat"

Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about a hearing scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss a bill from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban internet gambling in the US. The bill, called Restoring America's Wire Act, reportedly comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Dan Feb 21st, 2015 4
Naked Fist-Pumping and Personal Pleasure Palaces

Earlier this month, London's ravenjetbyrne (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge and walked away with $25,000, his second career victory in that tournament. There were almost 1,000 entrants that day and ravenjetbyrne was the lone PocketFiver at the final table. We caught up with him to get his take on his big day. You'll be able to tell by his responses that he also writes stand-up ...

Dan Feb 22nd, 2015 4
"It's Filled with Guys with Deep Pockets Willing to Gamble it Up Early"

The title of this article is a scouting report of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which runs once a week and, earlier this month, attracted just over 900 entrants. Taking second on the final leaderboard was Andy wiisssppppaa Taylor (pictured), who earned $36,000.

Dan Feb 24th, 2015 4
American Poker Awards: "One of the Most Exciting Nights in Poker History"

On Friday, PocketFives was privileged to be in attendance for the first ever American Poker Awards, held at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. Two-hundred and fifty of the brightest and most influential minds in the industry, along with a cavalcade of players, descended upon a ballroom for a four-hour event featuring booze, chicken, and flatulence. Oh yeah, there were awards given out too. Kara Scott ...

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for October 3, 2014

This week in New Jersey, Jim jimmyice99 Oriente made five final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker nightly guarantees, pocketing a total of $1,627. Jamie mmmWaWa Kerstetter won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 guarantee Double Chance on Tuesday, banking $1,150.

Dlorican Oct 3rd, 2014 3
Tournament Review for January 19, 2015

The United Kingdom's jambeyang had a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $77,728 as a result of a two-way chop. Mark dipthrong Herm (ranked #50 worldwide) pocketed $35,386 for his official 4th place finish in that event.

dhubermex Jan 19th, 2015 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 16, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey featured two $50,000 Guaranteed tournaments on two different networks. In the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, NuttyBanana outlasted a field of 297 runners to claim the top spot, banking $10,280.

Dlorican Feb 16th, 2015 3
Renewable Utilities By Day, Chopping the Sunday 500 By Night

Cardiff, UK's Les lpacker Packer hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month, chopping the tournament heads-up for $57,000 and officially taking first place. There were almost 700 entrants in the $530 buy-in event, crushing its guarantee and vaulting Packer to nearly $400,000 in lifetime online tournament winnings.

Dan Sep 7th, 2014 3
DOJ Sending $2 Million in Full Tilt Refunds to 600 Players

According to the most recent update on the official website, another $2 million will be distributed to 600 US claimants by the end of September. In case you're wondering who will be paid this time around, text found on the site explains that the $2 million is earmarked for those who "confirmed their FTP Account Balances. GCG is currently working with the bank selected by the DOJ to set up the ...

Dan Sep 10th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for September 22, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, the Garden State Super Series on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker came to an end. pst34 (petey3412 on PocketFives) won Event 19 Low, a $10,000 Guarantee, taking home $3,952. Winning Event 19 Mid was eyeAMyou, who pocketed $6,916 after chopping with PocketFiver hort336.

Dlorican Sep 22nd, 2014 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Mike Lavenburg (Lav519)

Mike Lavenburg (Lav519 on PocketFives, pictured) is better known as myGAME in the New Jersey online poker community. The Montville resident fell in love with poker after seeing it air on ESPN during the Moneymaker boom. With over $70,000 in tracked online cashes, some of his accomplishments include four wins in the $10,000 Guarantee, one being a WSOPOC event, for a combined $12,832.

Dlorican Sep 25th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for October 13, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey, PocketFiver jerseyjosh won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Friday, taking home $1,150. Mike JohnnnyDrama Haberman, Jr. took down the network's $10,000 Guarantee on Sunday, pocketing $2,350.

Dlorican Oct 13th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player vegaslife

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with DennisG aka vegaslife, who has been a member since 2013. He has been living in Nevada for over seven years and can be seen almost every day in many of the tournaments with guarantees of $500 or more. He is a grinder, making his living playing online at two of the Nevada sites, and Ultimate Poker.

stevebrogan Oct 5th, 2014 3
WSOP on ESPN: "I Wonder if He Trash-Talks Locals"

On Sunday night, going up against the nationally-televised New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals NFL game, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event continued airing on ESPN. Two hours of action hit the small screen beginning at 9:00pm ET. This author tuned in at 10:00pm ET for an hour after the Sunday Night Football game ceased to be competitive.

Dan Oct 7th, 2014 3
Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre Facing Extradition?

After two years of inaction following the indictment of Bodog founder Calvin Ayre (pictured) and other officials from Bodog Entertainment, US prosecutors in Maryland are now seeking to have those parties extradited to the United States.

Earl Burton Oct 8th, 2014 3
Study: Poker Players Are Thin, Young, Like to Drink

The title of this article probably isn't mind-blowing, but it's interesting to see the results of a statistical study related to the demographics and habits of poker players. A report from of 2,131 active British gamblers was released in recent days and revealed that players in our industry tend to skew thin, young, and festive.

Dan Oct 14th, 2014 3
PPA Singles Out "Poker Jokers"

It's almost election time in the United States, which means one-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Voters will head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November and, when they do, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) wants to remind them who has sided with Sheldon Adelson and his crusade to outlaw online poker in the US.

Dan Oct 23rd, 2014 3
Key to the Sunday Brawl: "I Play a Maximum of 18 Tables at the Same Time"

Earlier this month, Portugal's Tiago tiago_dias Dias (pictured, image courtesy PokerPT) finished in third place in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. There were slightly more than 600 entrants that week and Dias' deep run was worth $13,000, bringing his lifetime total to nearly $800,000 in online tournaments. "I'm feeling very good," Dias told PocketFives. "I feel I am playing my best game."

Dan Oct 24th, 2014 3
How to Manage Two Kids and Final Table the Sunday Million

Earlier this month, tomnovicki (pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Million, banking $54,000. Perhaps more impressively, he did so while juggling two kids, one of whom was two days old and the other of whom is two years old. Yes, it sounds like complete bedlam.

Dan Oct 26th, 2014 3
WSOP on ESPN: "Eleven Outs for Kentucky Justice"

A pretty entertaining pair of one-hour episodes highlighting Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN on Sunday night starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time. Kyle Keranen was the start-of-coverage chip leader and the action was at the tail end of the sixth day of play.

Dan Oct 27th, 2014 3
Storming Through the Sunday Storm

Breaking away from the field in the October 19 installment of the PokerStars Sunday Storm was Costa Rica's Robert PlayaPlz Lipkin (pictured), who chopped the tournament heads-up for $31,000. The Storm, as you probably know, attracts a bundle of players every week; in fact, the day Lipkin took it down, almost 37,000 showed up.

Dan Nov 1st, 2014 3
Global Poker Index's Next Steps to Sportify Poker

In just two years, the Global Poker Index (GPI) has made huge strides in positioning itself as the authority on poker rankings. But that was only one piece of the puzzle, never the end game. Now, CEO Alexandre Dreyfus has announced the next step in GPI's plan to "sportify" poker and bring the game a whole new level of exposure.

LandShark Nov 7th, 2014 3
Tournament Review for February 2, 2015

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) continued this Sunday, with several PocketFives members making final tables. United Kingdom's Spraggs (pictured) finished in 4th place in the TCOOP Main Event for $159,412. Columbia's jxarturo finished in 6th place in this tournament for $90,103, while Germany's pennyfox took 8th place for $34,654.

wackyJaxon Feb 2nd, 2015 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jermz

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Jermz (pictured, ranked # 7 in New Jersey), who started playing poker around the fourth grade with his older brother in home games. When not playing poker, he spends time adding content to his blog. With close to $100,000 in recorded online cashes, his accomplishments include two wins in the $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major for over $7,000 each and ...

Dlorican Nov 12th, 2014 3
"I Might Buy a Couple Pairs of Jordans and Get a Dope Jacket for the Winter"

You have to love poker players' plans for the money they win from tournaments. Many end up sinking a majority of it back into their bankrolls, and while we expect the same from Samuel Samuelbt Tsehai (pictured), he also told us that he told us he "might buy a couple pairs of Jordans and get a dope jacket for the winter." It's always the little things!

Dan Nov 17th, 2014 3
New Jersey Has Explored Compacts with Nevada, UK; No Deal Imminent

According to an Associated Press interview with David Rebuck (pictured), Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey, Garden State officials have been in touch with their counterparts in Nevada and the United Kingdom about sharing online gambling liquidity. However, no deal is "imminent."

Dan Nov 24th, 2014 3
Who is Scooping Up Ultimate Poker's Old Player Pool?

In Nevada, Ultimate Poker was the first regulated room to launch at the end of April 2013, but quickly took a back seat to once that name-brand poker room went live a few months later. Living up to the old line, "This town ain't big enough for the two of us," Ultimate Poker closed up shop this month in Nevada, just two months removed from doing so in New Jersey.

Dan Katz Nov 25th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Week for Big Huni

Another week, another update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week was a big one for longtime PocketFiver Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured), who moved up five spots to #4 in the world and is knocking on the door of #1. He has 7,569 PLB Points, 266 shy of being ranked #1 for the first time ever.

Dan Nov 26th, 2014 3
UK Internet Gambling Point of Consumption Tax in Full Effect

As of December 1, UK-facing online gaming operators are subject to a 15% Point of Consumption (POC) tax as part of the enforcement of the new gaming bill of the land, the UK Licensing and Advertising Act of 2014.

wackyJaxon Dec 4th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Norman Michalek (slystyle012)

PocketFives had the chance to catch up with Westfield, New Jersey's Norman slystyle012 Michalek (pictured, ranked #51 in New Jersey), who plays under the handle Abnormalities on Borgata Poker. Over the summer, he took a three-month trip to Poland to visit family and then came back and went to work on the virtual felts.

Dlorican Dec 9th, 2014 3
Canadian Police Raid Amaya Offices

According to Forbes, Canadian officials raided the offices of Amaya Gaming in Montreal on Wednesday. According to the company, which purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt in June for $4.9 billion, the investigation centers on "trading activities in Amaya securities surrounding the Corporation's acquisition of [PokerStars and Full Tilt] in 2014."

Dan Dec 11th, 2014 3
Caesars Entertainment Defaults on Nine-Figure Interest Payment

The financial woes of Caesars Entertainment are continuing for the beleaguered company, which recently defaulted on a massive bond payment.

Earl Burton Dec 17th, 2014 3
PokerStars $5 Million Guaranteed Sunday Million Attracts 31,000 Entrants

Over the weekend, PokerStars held a special $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million as part of its December festival. As a result of the inflated prize pool, a colossal field of 31,439 entrants showed up and the prize pool swelled to $6.2 million, more than the second place finisher in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event received. It was one of the largest prize pools in the history of online ...

Dan Dec 30th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: Ssick_one Cracks Top 10

After reentering his screen names, Hungary's Ssick_one debuted in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week for the first time ever. His previous high was #109 worldwide, set earlier this year. Propelling his top 10 run were a second place finish in the Winamax High Roller on Sunday for $12,000, a win in the PokerStars Big $162 for $17,000, a runner-up finish in the PartyPoker $200K for ...

Dan Dec 31st, 2014 3
Report: First Wave of Disputed Full Tilt Claims to Be Sent by March

According to an email that a member of PocketFives received in recent days, the first payments sent to US players with disputed Full Tilt balances will go out no later than March 2015. How many players will be included in the initial distribution and what kinds of disputed claims will be paid out are not known.

Dan Jan 1st, 2015 3
How to Outlast a 34,000-Player Field: "Tight is Right"

Last month, PocketFiver ruslanmd (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. While it wasn't a life-changing amount of money, it was worth an interview on PocketFives due to the fact that the field numbered over 34,000 entrants, or half the capacity of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The top 5,400 players finished in the money and ruslanmd booked his largest online MTT score to ...

Dan Jan 4th, 2015 3
Ssick_one Wins December PocketFives Monthly PLB

On Tuesday, PocketFives sewed up our Yearly PLB for 2014 and our Monthly PLB for December. As you might already know, TheClaimeer took down the 2014 Yearly PLB. Now, it's time to recognize Ssick_one, who won our December Monthly PLB with 2,969.77 points and a high of 632.46.

Dan Jan 6th, 2015 3
Who to Target, Who to Fade in the Divisional Round on FanDuel

This week's FanDuel Saturday Million is offering up $2 million in prize money, with 91,954 entrants competing for the $200,000 top prize. Payouts will be issued to 19% of the field (17,475 places), so get in the playoff spirit and claim your share! In last week's Wild Card round, jerstein took down first place with a score of 149.66. Sign up for FanDuel here!

kellykip Jan 8th, 2015 3
Rhyno2008 Wins Sunday Million for $217K, Wakes Up Parents at 6am

A few days before Christmas, Pablo Nerro (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Rhyno2008, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $217,000, defeating a field of 7,420 entrants. He took down the lion's share of the almost $1.5 million awarded and shot up to #3 in his home country of Uruguay.

Dan Jan 12th, 2015 3
Nevada Anti-Staking Bill: "It's Time to Sound the Alarm"

One of the hot topics in recent days is the introduction of Nevada Senate Bill 40, which was pre-filed on December 20 and "would prohibit [and] criminalize player-to-player staking for brick-and-mortar poker tournaments, among other activities," according to an industry legal rep.

Dan Jan 28th, 2015 3
PPA: "Just Because It Isn't True Doesn't Mean Our Opponents Won't Say It"

This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson hijacked the critical Attorney General confirmation proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee. One of his minions, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is "testing the waters" for a 2016 Presidential bid, took time during the hearing to ask Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch about the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act, which says that the ...

Dan Jan 31st, 2015 3
PokerKaiser Wins Two PocketFives Triple Crowns in January

January was a pretty epic month for Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), even by his standards. He took down ten online poker tournaments and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns during the stanza, raising his lifetime total to 12, the second most of anyone in our community.

Dan Feb 1st, 2015 3
Cole South Recounts Isildur1's Run-In with Brian Hastings

Old memories were drudged up late last week as one of online poker's most successful players, Cole South (pictured), was interviewed by Joe "Chicago Joe" Ingram on his Poker Life podcast. The podcast was quite lengthy – about three hours – so there were plenty of topics discussed, but one of particular interest was about a controversial incident from more than five years ago that resulted in ...

Dan Katz Feb 24th, 2015 3
Two Sunday Major Final Tables, One Win for Zaureos in Februry

On the second weekend of February, Edgar Roberto Briga Claro Valente Oliveira, known as Zaureos on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $39,000. It was his largest cash to date and came in a tournament he's highly familiar with. "I feel really happy because it's one of my favorite tournaments and it's really fulfilling to win it," he told us.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 3