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"As a Food Aficionado, Living Here Opens a Lot of Doors"

On the last weekend of April, Russian transplant harrrrmonica, who now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $25,000. There were almost 600 entrants and harrrrmonica won the tournament for the second time in eight months.

Dan May 17th, 2015 3
Jason Mercier Wins Third SCOOP Title of 2015

You have to be kidding me. Less than a week after winning two SCOOP events in two days, Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) was back at it, taking down a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max event for $178,000 following a heads-up chop. It was his third SCOOP win of 2015.

Dan May 18th, 2015 3
Nicolas Chouity (niccc) Wins Third SCOOP Title

Old school poker pros have seemed to have a leg up so far during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Jason Mercier has won three titles already, while veterans mindgamer and veeea have earned six-figure paydays for wins. Enter Nicolas niccc Chouity (pictured), who won his second SCOOP title of 2015 on Wednesday, his third overall.

Dan May 21st, 2015 3
SirWatts Wins Second SCOOP Title of 2015

The month of May is shaping up to be a solid one for Canadian grinder Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured). After finishing second in the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo, the tournament specialist has captured not one, but two first place prizes in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

LandShark May 22nd, 2015 3
cal42688, Phil Galfond in Final 7 of WSOP $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Event

Event #7 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament, is down to its final seven. If you're looking for heavy-hitters, look no further than the group of 12 that cashed in this 109-man tournament. At stake is $322,000 and a gold bracelet.

Dan Jun 2nd, 2015 3
WSOP Millionaire Maker Attracts 7,275 Entrants, Down 8% from 2014

In 2013, a field of 6,343 entrants turned out for the first ever World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker. The $1,500 buy-in tournament returned last year and was the second largest WSOP event at the time with 7,977 entries. On Saturday night, the attendance for the 2015 Millionaire Maker was announced at 7,275, meaning the field size dipped a modest 8% year over year. It remains 18% above the ...

Dan Jun 6th, 2015 3
Loaded Final 12 in WSOP $10K Razz Includes Hellmuth, Deeb, Seidel

If you're looking for an entertaining World Series of Poker tournament to rail on Monday night, check out the $10,000 Razz event, which is down to its final 12. The group is absolutely loaded with talent, headlined by 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who is looking for bracelets in back-to-back events. Get your popcorn ready.

Dan Jun 8th, 2015 3
Website Hawking Marked WSOP Cards

Amid allegations that Valeriu Coca cheated by marking cards in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the World Series of Poker, word broke that a website is selling marked WSOP cards. The site: . The cost of the cards: about $90.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 3
KingDan, PearlJammer Make Final 6 of WSOP $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball

The final six of the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship at the World Series of Poker are set. As has been a common theme this year, the final table is loaded with talent. Dan KingDan Smith (pictured) is your chip leader with a stack of 661,000, about 100,000 ahead of the next closest person.

Dan Jun 15th, 2015 3
moorman1, ElkY, JAKoon1985, Jymaster0011 Make Final 21 of WSOP $1K NLHE

At this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, no matter how big a tournament's field is, brand name pros are rising to the top. We've already seen pros like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, and Shaun Deeb win bracelets this year. Now, we could have bracelet #1 from Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history.

Dan Jun 16th, 2015 3
Amaya Gaming Insider Trading Investigation Heats Up

In December, Canadian officials raided the offices of Amaya Gaming, the previously fairly anonymous online gambling firm that announced a $4.9 billion deal to purchase PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker six months earlier.

Dan Katz Jun 16th, 2015 3
Players Rue New Modiano Cards at 2015 WSOP

If you haven't heard, the World Series of Poker enlisted a new card supplier for this year, Italian card manufacturer Modiano. Like most high-quality decks that serious poker players use, Modiano's cards are plastic, a much more resilient, durable material than traditional paper cards. Modiano boasts that its cards are "thicker and heavier" than others, a set of traits that "enables Modiano ...

Dan Katz Jun 24th, 2015 3
Players Campaigning for Devilfish to Enter Poker Hall of Fame

World Series of Poker officials announced late last week that nominations have been opened for the poker community to nominate qualified players for election to the Poker Hall of Fame. “This is about six weeks earlier than we normally do it,” noted Seth Palansky, the Vice President of Corporate Communications with Caesars Entertainment, to . “The goal was to take advantage of the added ...

Earl Burton Jun 24th, 2015 3
Ireland's Doke Heads-Up For His First WSOP Bracelet

Ireland’s Dara Doke O’Kearney is vying for his first bracelet today when play resumes in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #45: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event.

wackyJaxon Jun 25th, 2015 3
California Online Poker Revenue Projections

The Restoration of America's Wire Act has now been introduced in both the US Senate and House of Representatives, causing at least a little bit of concern in the poker world, but that does not mean that efforts to legalize online poker in individual states has stopped.

Dan Katz Jun 30th, 2015 3
Christian Lusardi Officially Indicted in Borgata Chipgate Scandal

A year-and-a-half after allegedly introducing counterfeit chips into the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Christian Lusardi (pictured) was officially indicted. According to the Press of Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Lusardi "was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury on charges of second-degree trademark counterfeiting, second-degree attempted theft by deception, and ...

Dan Jul 9th, 2015 3
Negreanu, gboro780, P0ker H0 All Alive in WSOP Main Event With 69 Left

What started as a field of 6,420 in the World Series of Poker Main Event has been whittled down to just 69. On Monday, the field will likely be trimmed even further down to 27. Right now, Pierre Neuville leads the way with a stack of 7.1 million. Neuville calls Belgium home and had eight in the money finishes at last year's WSOP.

Dan Jul 13th, 2015 3
GPI Parent Company Secures $4.9 Million Investment, Looks to China

Mediarex Sports & Entertainment (MSE), the parent company of the Global Poker Index (GPI), announced Tuesday that it had raised $4.9 million in Series A funding from private investors to further its goal of uniting the poker industry's disparate entities and further "sportify" the game.

LandShark Jul 16th, 2015 3
apestyles Finishes Third in Sunday Million, Hits $7 Million in Scores

Over the weekend, poker author and longtime PocketFiver Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $89,000. The cash was huge for a number of reasons. Not only was it his sixth largest online poker score ever, but it also put him over $7 million for his career.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
PokerStars Surveys Players About DFS

In recent days, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has been surveying players about daily fantasy sports. Why' As we've reported here before, PokerStars is launching its own DFS site or acquiring an existing one, potentially by the start of football season.

Dan Jul 20th, 2015 3
Money in Your Pocket: That's What Matters

When players first start out in poker, one thing they tend to struggle with is the idea of Expected Value (EV). Getting used to the idea that there is a kind of 'theoretical money' that takes the place of actual dollars is a big step. Many people struggle with it and they end up thinking in very results-oriented terms throughout the early parts of their poker career.

theginger45 Jul 25th, 2015 3
Lottery-Style Games Drag Cash Game Traffic Down 14% in 2015

According to PokerScout, lottery-style games have dragged cash game traffic on the world's online poker sites down 14% in the first half of 2015. As PokerScout explained, "Online poker traffic in the first half of 2015 was down 14% from last year, marking the fourth consecutive year of first half declines. The loss is the largest since 2011/2012, when Black Friday drove traffic down by 28%."

Dan Jul 26th, 2015 3
What Do We Think About on the Flop?

It's something most of us do hundreds, even thousands of times a day: decide how we want to continue with a hand. The information in a given hand is massively clarified from where it stood pre-flop. It's a huge turning point and one of the most important decision points in tournament poker. Do we c-bet or not' If so, what size' What's the board like and what can the turn and river hold for us'

jaimestaples Jul 30th, 2015 3
Heads-Up with San Jose's Flippa42

The most recent member of PocketFives to earn his $2 million cash badge is Costa Rica's Mike Flippa42 Carter (pictured), who did so on August 3. He plays as KaptianKush on PokerStars and Pokeherplayher on PartyPoker and sat down with us to talk about his successful career.

Dan Aug 5th, 2015 3
hneves182 Wins, Gets Second in Sunday 500 in Back-to-Back Months

In May, Helio hneves182 Neves (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and banked $63,000. In June, just one month later, he took the same tournament down for another $58,000. Over $120,000 later, Neves has been on fire in the weekly Sunday tournament. We caught up with the Brazilian to get his side of the story.

Dan Aug 7th, 2015 3
Smart Nutrition Mathematics

Poker and gambling continually evolve. During the different periods of its history, poker demanded different degrees of involvement and different sets of essential qualities necessary for success.

Weightless Aug 11th, 2015 3
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports, Part One: Introduction to DFS

You don’t know anything about sports' That’s fine. I do, and still felt outmatched when considering jumping into the

badbeatninja Aug 14th, 2015 3
Chip Leader dude904 Talks About the WSOP November Nine

In November, Joseph McKeehen (pictured), known on PocketFives as dude904, will hold the chip lead in the World Series of Poker Main Event as part of the 2015 WSOP November Nine. McKeehen has more chips than the second and third place players combined, so we caught up with the Pennsylvania native to get his thoughts just three months out.

Dan Aug 19th, 2015 3
Sheldon Adelson-Backed Group Sues for Wire Act Documents

The "conservative educational foundation" Judicial Watch, which is heavily supported by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured), is doing its part by suing the US federal government for access to documents pertaining to the Department of Justice's 2011 reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

LandShark Aug 20th, 2015 3
Jason Koon Talks High-Stakes Cash Games in Vegas, Macau

We don't normally get a chance to talk about high-stakes live cash games here on PocketFives, so when we do, we're going to relish it. Recently, longtime PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985 Koon (pictured) hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings and although that's where our conversation started, we quickly moved to high-stakes live games in Las Vegas and Macau. Now, it's on to the ...

Dan Aug 20th, 2015 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 27, 2015

This week in New Jersey, several PocketFivers found themselves in the winner's circle across all regulated sites. Maureen Redhotmomma Ludwig won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee on Monday night, earning $2,190.

Dlorican Mar 27th, 2015 2
Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

It was a huge weekend for online poker tournament players with the start of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars.

wackyJaxon May 11th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 15, 2015

This week in New Jersey, continuing to run hot on the virtual felts is Anwar scaredmoney4 Montgomery who shipped the $5,000

Dlorican May 15th, 2015 2
"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get"

In February, the Dominican Republic's Alberto Meran won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a five-way deal. He blasted through a field of almost 2,900 entrants en route to a $74,000 score, as the tournament beat its guarantee by 14%. His payday was the largest given out by about $20,000.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 5, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Jack Jaybone2315 King made back-to-back final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee, finishing first and sixth for a total of $2,681.

Dlorican Jun 5th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 12, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Anthony Eatahoagie Cicali recorded two wins on Monday night winning the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee and Event #27 of the WSOP Online Championship for a combined $3,252.

Dlorican Jun 12th, 2015 2
"Hey Dad, I Won $200 with $1"

Last month, Canada's Alexandre Fournier (pictured), known as fournn on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. His reward was $98,000, far and away his largest online poker cash to date, and, as a result, he has zoomed to #536 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Mar 2nd, 2015 2
Three More Hands Analyzed by 2CardsCollege

Here is another edition of

Weightless Aug 21st, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for August 28, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Sean wishihAdsOMeLUcK Martin notched three final tables by finishing second and third in the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee and also coming in second in the 888 Poker/WSOP $2,500 Guarantee for a total of $3,485.

Dlorican Aug 28th, 2015 2
Lock Poker Nearly a Ghost Town After Non-Payments

Over the past 18 months, the story of Lock Poker has continued to get worse. This week in its Scouting Report, PokerScout has presented some information to show just how far Lock Poker has fallen in the poker community.

Earl Burton Mar 4th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Reclaims #1 Spot

For the first time since November of last year, Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He swapped spots with Chris Big Huni Hunichen to claim the honors and is ranked #1 for just the second time in his career and the first time since last November.

Dan Mar 4th, 2015 2
Anthony Zinno Becomes Third Three-Time WPT Winner

History was made on Thursday, as Anthony Zinno (pictured) became just the third person ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. He took down the LA Poker Classic for $1 million after having just seven big blinds four-handed to stamp his place in poker lore.

Dan Mar 6th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 20, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Mike Gags30 Gagliano made the final table of both the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 and $10,000 guarantee, earning a total of $1,941 for his respective second and third place finishes. Both final tables were broadcast during his live stream (pictured) on PocketFives TV, and can be viewed On Demand directly from the PocketFives TV page.

Dlorican Mar 20th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 23, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Yong ykwon17 Kwon final tabled the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on back-to-back nights, recording a win and a second place finish for a total of $1,995. Jamie mmmWaWa Kerstetter accomplished the same feat with the network's $10,000 Guarantee. She finished fourth on Friday and shipped it on Saturday, pocketing a total of $2,945.

Dlorican Mar 23rd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 3, 2015

This week in New Jersey, making his return to the virtual felt after a short break due to playing more live poker was Jon itsmejon Borenstein (pictured, ranked 32nd in New Jersey). Borenstein wasted no time getting to work by making four final tables which included a win in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 guarantee, third in the network's $10,000 guarantee, fourth in the 888 Poker/WSOP ...

Dlorican Apr 3rd, 2015 2
Ty Stewart: "Statistically Harder to Win a WSOP Bracelet" Today

Over the past week, comments from WPT host Mike Sexton about the value of a WSOP bracelet have drawn the attention of the poker world. That attention grew even more significant when the Executive Director of the WSOP, Ty Stewart (pictured), replied to some of Sexton's arguments.

Earl Burton Mar 11th, 2015 2
More Drama: California Tribes Reiterate Opposition to PokerStars, Horse Tracks

Earlier in the year, expectations were high that California lawmakers would make online poker a reality in 2015. But, with the Golden State's gambling stakeholders at an impasse over a few key issues, analysts now believe that the prospect is slipping away. A letter recently sent to Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer by a powerful coalition of tribes does nothing to suggest these factions will ...

LandShark Mar 13th, 2015 2
A PhD in Astrophysics, But a Career in Poker

Over the first weekend in March, Dan NukeTheFish Wilson (pictured) was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $58,000. It was the largest score of his online tournament career by a factor of almost three and he has since shot up to #245 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. We caught up with him to discuss his life, which included getting a PhD in ...

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 2
Taylor Paur (taypaur) Narrowly Misses Second Straight WPT Title

Taylor taypaur Paur just missed a chance at back-to-back World Poker Tour (WPT) titles recently, finishing in third place at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event for $113,154.

wackyJaxon Mar 19th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with Nevada Online Poker Player Bobby McLawhorn (bcmclawh)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with bcm4924 aka bcmclawh on in Nevada. His real name is Bobby McLawhorn and he spends most of his time in East Las Vegas when he isn't traveling to the East Coast. Among Nevada players, he is currently ranked as #4 with lifetime winnings on of $54,781. Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the latest news and discussion from Nevada players.

stevebrogan Mar 23rd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 8, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Renata LadyBlueSky Colache took down the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on Monday night, pocketing $1,124. Shipping three tournaments in a two-day span was Jake jtsnakes Perry (pictured, ranked #15 in New Jersey), which included the 888 Poker/WSOP $2,500 Guarantee, $2,000 Guarantee, and $5,000 Guarantee for a total of $3.901. Perry has over $268,000 in tracked ...

Dlorican May 8th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Retakes Top Spot Worldwide

It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
PPA On RAWA Hearing: "This Bill Should Die Today"

If you were hiding under a rock, you missed the two-hour-long fear-mongering fest that was a House Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on Restoring America's Wire Act, a bill that comes at the behest of Sheldon Adelson. It ended with a threat for a markup and among those in the room on Capitol Hill during the hearing was Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured).

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
Poker Community Dismayed By RAWA Supporters' Ignorance

Wednesday's hearing on Restoration of America's Wire Act in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations predictably featured much fear-mongering from the bill's advocates, contrasted with cool-headed and fact-based testimony presented by its opponents. With the ability to watch the proceedings unfold online, the poker community got a front row seat ...

LandShark Mar 26th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, Kevin Sofcknsickk Campbell won the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on back-to-back nights, padding his bankroll by an extra $2,250. Campbell also managed to final table the 888 Poker/WSOP $10,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee, finishing seventh for an extra $500.

Dlorican May 11th, 2015 2
How Good at Poker Are You Really? Find Out More Here

Here’s a simple truth — poker players find it hard to be honest about their game.

Dan May 19th, 2015 2
"I Have Been Running So Badly, So This Feels So Good"

Earlier this month, Tomi Taanila (pictured), known on PocketFives as das_rektumous, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major and earned $39,000. He defeated a field of 650 entrants and was one of 90 players to make the money in the $250 buy-in tournament. "I feel great," Taanila told PocketFives. "The beginning of the year has been hard until this point. I have been running so badly, so this feels so ...

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 2
David Peters (Davidp18) Wins EPT Malta High Roller for €597,000

On Saturday, longtime PocketFiver David Davidp18 Peters (pictured) started the weekend by winning the European Poker Tour Malta High Roller Event, which had a €10,000 buy-in, and earned €597,000. It's the biggest cash of his poker career. PocketFives has tracked three online scores for Peters that have passed $100,000.

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 25, 2015

This holiday weekend in New Jersey, the two Sunday Majors on the PartyPoker and 888 Poker networks had overlays over $10,000. Charlie seedload Zimmerman took down the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on Friday night, banking $1,125.

Dlorican May 25th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for June 1, 2015

This weekend on the virtual felts of New Jersey, winning both $10,000 Guaranteed tournaments on the PartyPoker and 888 Poker networks was Stephen sizzlinbetta Reynolds, who will pocket a total of $5,910. The winner of the PartyPoker/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major was Skip_2_My_Lou, who earned the highest payday of the weekend at $10,000.

Dlorican Jun 1st, 2015 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Tom Macor (njhockey15)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Milltown resident Tom njhockey15 Macor (pictured, ranked 76th in New Jersey), who can be found on the ice playing hockey when not on the virtual felts in New Jersey. Macor was introduced to poker at the age of 13 and has been playing ever since.

Dlorican Apr 7th, 2015 2
Tournament Review for June 29, 2015

Paul padjes Berende of the Netherlands (pictured) earned a payday of $140,315 for his runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend. With his heads-up chop of the flagship event, Paul could very well be on his way to a return entry into the Top 10 Worldwide Rankings soon. Fellow PocketFiver FlipMaster08 of Brazil took home $90,717 for his 3rd place showing in that ...

dhubermex Jun 29th, 2015 2
"Now I Have the Money I Need to Buy a Bigger Apartment and a Car"

Last Month, Cosmin Calea (pictured), who is known as xkosssx on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $215,000. There were almost 7,200 entrants that day and Calea was one of 1,080 to make the money. "I am very happy and excited about the successful performance I had," he told PocketFives after the final cards had been dealt. "A final table in the Sunday Million has been ...

Dan Apr 11th, 2015 2
The Evolution of OFC

Many people, including some avid poker players, avoid OFC because it has such a complex set of rules. The time it takes to learn the game is often too big of an investment when you don't really know what the returns will be. So, in this post I want to reverse engineer the game using the method of the 5 Whys.

sandfarnia Apr 11th, 2015 2
PokerStars Milestone Hands: A Look Back

In its latest Weekly Scouting Report, PokerScout took a look at PokerStars' "meteoric" rise, framing the discussion around Stars' now-famous milestone hands. From the site's inception to its 10 billionth hand in mid-2007, more than five years passed. PokerStars celebrated by giving away loads of money for players involved in that hand and many hands leading up to it, and, from there, things took ...

Dan Katz Apr 14th, 2015 2
Who to Target, Who to Fade on DraftKings Fantasy Baseball on April 18

As always, the action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. Let's see if we can spot a lineup that might help you stand out from the crowd and help you grab a handful of that cash! Sign up for DraftKings here.

kellykip Apr 16th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Ryan Lee (Acpoker0271)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Ryan Acpoker0271 Lee (pictured), who used to play a lot of cash games at Borgata, but then converted to playing online more since regulated poker launched in New Jersey in late 2013. Lee works for Child Protective Services in New Jersey full-time, so poker is more of a part-time hobby for him when he is not out playing sports or catching a comedy show ...

Dlorican Jul 21st, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for August 3, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, PocketFivers shipped several tournaments. Jaime mmmWaWa Kerstetter won the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Friday and then followed that up with a third place finish in the network's $5,000 Guarantee on Saturday for a total of $2,540. Mike mikewebb68 Webb took down the network's $5,000 Guarantee on Saturday for $1,125.

Dlorican Aug 3rd, 2015 2
Brian Lemke (ship_the_perc) Wins Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event

Last Friday, Brian Lemke (pictured, image courtesy SPO), known on PocketFives as ship_the_perc, came away with the win in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event in Atlantic City, earning $276,000. However, according to the event's blog, winning was anything but easy: "He bagged 31,700 chips at the end of Day 1 – just barely more than the 30,000 starting stack. He bagged 235,000 at the end of ...

Dan Apr 27th, 2015 2
The Pareto Principle: Applications in Poker

The more one begins to understand the nuances of the game of poker, the easier it is to start believing that the concepts central to comprehending the game on a deep level are inapplicable in any other field. After all, in what other areas of our lives do we find ourselves regularly attributing mathematical denominations to other people's actions and trying to figure out how to best exploit ...

theginger45 Aug 12th, 2015 2
Who to Target and Who to Fade on DraftKings for May 2

With a slate of eight games, Saturday night promises to offer some hefty tournament prizes over at the US-facing daily fantasy sports site DraftKings, where, as is the case every day of the season, they are offering up MLB tournaments at every buy-in level imaginable. So, it's once again time to dig in to the offerings and see if we can bite into some juicy profit centers! Sign up for ...

kellykip May 1st, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for August 24, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, Ted ol muggins Ely made three final tables, winning the $10,000 Guarantee on PartyPoker/Borgata, finishing third in the 888 Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee, and getting ninth in the 888 Poker/WSOP $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $3,621.

Dlorican Aug 24th, 2015 2
Nevada Gaming Releases Details of SealsWithClubs Investigation

Last week, an article that appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal outlined an investigation by Nevada authorities into the bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs that ended in an arrest warrant being filed for founder Bryan Micon (pictured).

Dan May 4th, 2015 2
Why Poker Players Have Been Buzzing About IRS Form 5754

There has been much discussion recently about the World Series of Poker not accepting Form 5754, which could transfer the tax liability in a poker tournament to another individual. You can read the WSOP's stance in this PocketFives thread. We sat down with Kondler and Associates' Ray Kondler to get his thoughts.

Dan May 8th, 2015 2
chicagocards1 Wins Second SCOOP Title

The 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway and, already, Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania (pictured), who is playing under the user name sms9231, has made waves, taking down Event #4's high-stakes version for $198,000. The $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo is one of just four Turbos on the schedule and was the first SCOOP event to finish.

Dan May 10th, 2015 2
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, six PocketFives members made it to 12 final tables, cashing for $11,666 total. Butters led the charge, cashing in four events for $2,815. RichrdParker took a first place finish in the Saturday Night $3K for $1,766.

stevebrogan May 11th, 2015 2
Calvin Anderson Wins Record 6th SCOOP Title

In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories.

Dan May 15th, 2015 2
"My Strategy Involves Trying to Make Poker as Technical a Game as Possible"

Earlier this month, Nayeem Syed (pictured), known in the online poker world as dancingbudha, chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 two ways for $50,000, far and away his largest online poker score to date.

Dan May 24th, 2015 2
What You Need to Know About the WSOP Colossus

The World Series of Poker Colossus, which starts Friday with the first set of flights, will likely go down as the largest-field live tournament in history. Reportedly, we could see as many as 20,000 entrants at $565 a pop. The tournament has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and, after seeing a ton of buzz on PocketFives, we caught up with Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth ...

Dan May 26th, 2015 2
2015 World Series of Poker Begins Wednesday

The 2015 World Series of Poker is set to kick off its first day of festivities at Noon Pacific Time on Wednesday. Over the span of the next seven weeks and 68 events, dreams will be realized, bankrolls will be crushed, and history will be made.

Earl Burton May 27th, 2015 2
Dealer Claims Pinnacle Entertainment Shortchanges Employees

A dealer at a Missouri casino has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing his employer of breaking federal and state wage laws by failing to compensate its staff members fairly for their work.

LandShark May 28th, 2015 2
GoLeafsGoEh, JJProdigy Make Final 39 of WSOP Colossus

The World Series of Poker Colossus, which attracted over 22,000 entrants is, within a matter of days, already down to just 39. Nine PocketFivers are among the group and everyone is trailing the chip-leading stack of Raymond Henson, who has 7.4 million, 600,000 more than the next closest person.

Dan Jun 2nd, 2015 2
Tuan Le Becomes First Repeat WSOP Champ Since 2009

For the second time in less than a week, the history books have been rewritten at the 2015 World Series of Poker. After the enormous success of the Colossus and the resulting outrage over the payouts, the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball World Championship saw its defending champion duplicate a feat that hadn't been done since 2009.

Earl Burton Jun 3rd, 2015 2
Ivan Demidov Says His 2008 WSOP Backer Is Paying Up

In the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, Russian grinder Ivan Demidov (pictured) battled his way through 6,843 entrants to take second place after being bested by Peter Eastgate in a lively heads-up match. For the win, Eastgate took home $9.1 million, leaving Demidov with a consolation prize of $5.8 million. But in a recent interview, the Russian poker pro claimed he never saw one cent of ...

LandShark Jun 5th, 2015 2
Adrian Buckley Scores Upset in WSOP Millionaire Maker

The 7,725-entrant Millionaire Maker wrapped up on Tuesday at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. A loaded final table ended with Adrian Buckley (pictured), a 27-year-old part-time poker player from Dacono, Colorado, pulling the upset and winning his first bracelet in his first ever WSOP cash. He took home $1.2 million.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 2
Brian Hastings Wins WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Event

Brian Hastings (pictured), known on PocketFives as Stinger885, won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet on Saturday night in a $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. His reward was $239,000, which came after outlasting a rock solid final table in which the top three finishers were all members of the PocketFives community.

Dan Jun 14th, 2015 2
oakes Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring By Hitting Quad Fives

Last month, Mike oakes O'Connell (pictured) scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in style. On his final hand, he hit quads and pocketed $10,000 from the $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Oh yeah, the hand he hit quads on: pocket fives, of course.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 2
PPA Blasts Lindsey Graham Over Introduction of RAWA in Senate

On Wednesday, while Congress was adjourned, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured) introduced Restoring America's Wire Act in the US Senate. The legislation, driven at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, bans internet gambling and online poker in the US.

Dan Jun 24th, 2015 2
"I Like the Game and Like the Money, and There's Lots of Money in this Game"

Last month, Hungary's W_P_S was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward for making it to the final three of the 32,000-man tournament was $17,000. "I had a very tough year, so this helps me a lot now," he told us. "I had lot of crazy beats deep in past tournaments when the money was big."

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 2
Jason Mercier Leading the WSOP PLO Championship With 21 Remaining

Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) has been having an incredible few months dominating poker tournaments by just about anyone’s standards. After winning three SCOOP championships in May on PokerStars, he went on to win a bracelet in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #32: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $633,357.

wackyJaxon Jun 28th, 2015 2
Jonathan Duhamel Wins WSOP High Roller for One Drop

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel (pictured) has hit it big once again, this time taking down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million. The 27-year-old scored his second gold bracelet in his sixth career WSOP final table.

Dan Jun 30th, 2015 2
WSOP Online Bracelet Event Attracts 905 Entrants

The first ever World Series of Poker online bracelet event attracted 905 entrants, creating a prize pool of $859,000. The top 100 will finish in the money, with a top prize of almost $200,000 on the line.

Dan Jul 3rd, 2015 2
"I Have Never Heard of Anyone Winning at Razz"

Last month, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured) won a pair of SCOOP events. The first was a $215 Stud tournament, while the second, which happened nine days later, was a $700 HORSE event. Deck's reward: $34,000 and two SCOOP titles.

Dan Jul 4th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings: aguskb Up 22 Spots to #7

We had two new entrants this week into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings, which were recalculated on Wednesday. We'll start with one of the biggest advancers inside the top 100, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured), who shot up 22 spots from #29 to #7. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings.

Dan Jul 8th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Vince Ciccotelli (PeoplesChamp)

PocketFives caught up with Vince PeoplesChamp Ciccotelli (pictured, ranked 29th in New Jersey), who is very into fitness as well as playing ice hockey when he is not playing poker online. A recent Rutgers graduate, he started getting into poker during the MoneyMaker boom and continues to play as a hobby.

Dlorican Jul 8th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey WSOP Bracelet Winner Connor Berkowitz (nyr9414)

In just his second WSOP event, Manalapan, New Jersey resident Connor Berkowitz (pictured), better known as nyr9414 on PocketFives, topped a massive field of 4,422 runners to win his first gold bracelet along with the top prize of $487,784.

Dlorican Jul 8th, 2015 2
How to Sell Stakes Successfully

Backing/staking is an irreplaceable tool for building a poker player's career. Any talented player may find himself in a situation where backing is the only way to continue playing. A severe downswing or a need to spend most of a bankroll on unforeseen needs sometimes leave a person no choice other than to quit playing or sell stakes.

Weightless Jul 21st, 2015 2
"Shout Out to Aggro Santos for Helping with Timbey Nonsense Spots"

Just before the main chunk of the World Series of Poker began, Donald d7o1d1s0 Rae won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $20,000. There was no chop that day in the 474-man field and Rae was one of two UK PocketFivers to make the top five.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
Chris Grove: "Calling a DFS Game 'Fantasy' Does Not Ensure Protection"

On Wednesday, Online Poker Report's Chris Grove (pictured) published a series of Tweets regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS). As we've written about before, Nevada gaming officials are digging into the legality of DFS and could potentially shut the industry down in the state or change the way it's taxed and licensed. Other states could soon follow. Check out Chris on Twitter.

Dan Jul 29th, 2015 2
Report: Theft Results in Major Shakeup at Aria Poker Room

According to reports from Todd Witteles and Allen Kessler on Two Plus Two and Poker Fraud Alert, there has been a major shakeup at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas, allegedly due to theft.

Dan Jul 30th, 2015 2