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Picking on Devo

Bryan badbeatninja Devonshire (pictured) is a great poker player and someone I consider a close friend. He is also a player and a person who I believe generally gets it and is great for the game. He is interesting, personable, and fun to be around. But, I want to pick on him a little bit today. I noticed a Tweet from him a few days back complaining about a floorman not reducing the rake to ...

CourtCourt
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2006
Dec 14th, 2013 4
Michael Azzaro (Mikey Casino) Wins PartyPoker NJ $50K in Back-to-Back Weeks

Michael "Mikey Casino" Azzaro (pictured) is the first player in New Jersey regulated online poker history to win a Sunday Major on back-to-back weekends. He won the PartyPoker $50,000 Guarantee on December 1 and then again on December 8 for a total of $15,140. He is no stranger to poker. According to the Hendon Mob, he has cashed for a total of $113,219 in live MTTs. We caught up with Azzaro to ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 16th, 2013 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni Reenters Top 10

Last year, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) peaked as high as #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings. Now, after a nine-spot jump, he is back in the top 10 at #9 worldwide. On Tuesday, Hunichen won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for over $100,000 officially and booked a 738-PLB Point windfall. Once that score is added to his PLB tally, he'll likely climb even higher when ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 18th, 2013 4
Poker Debt Collector Allegedly Used MMA Fighters to Intimidate Players

A defendant in a case that saw more than 30 people charged with gambling-related crimes used mixed martial arts fighters to intimidate customers into paying their debts, according to Federal prosecutors.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Dec 19th, 2013 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 24, 2014

This weekend on the virtual felts in New Jersey, pst34 (petey3412 on PocketFives) made three final tables on Party/Borgata. On Saturday, he finished in eighth place in the Party/Borgata $10K Guarantee and then came in third in the same tournament on Sunday. Wanda_praiseHIM took down the $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on Party/Borgata, pocketing $11,248, while petey3412 finished in second place, ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 24th, 2014 4
"I Was Playing Table Tennis, But Knew I Would Never Be World Champion"

"I was in a bad place in my life since I didn't know what I wanted to do as a profession. I was playing table tennis for a living, but came to the conclusion I would never be world champion. Then, I had to decide between normal society and poker. I had a great start with poker, so the choice was easy." Those were the words of Pim de Goede, who is known on PocketFives as joppiesaus. He came away ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 29th, 2013 4
PocketFivers Win Nearly $1 Billion in 2013

With the 2013 calendar year having come and gone, we thought it would be useful to take a look back at the past 12 months. Here's an incredible stat for you: in 2013, PocketFives members raked in nearly $1 billion in tracked online MTTs combined, or $959 million to be exact.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 2nd, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 31, 2014

In New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker's Sunday Major this weekend was bumped up to a $100K guarantee, which attracted 544 runners, just meeting the guarantee. In the end, the winner was Appalachia, who took home a cool $17,140 after a final table deal was struck.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 31st, 2014 4
PokerStars Launches January Daily Challenge

Starting January 2, PokerStars is holding the January Daily Challenge, shelling out over $500,000 in cash and over 10,000 gifts until the final day of the month. In order to participate, you'll need to opt in using the word "CHALLENGE". If you're on your regular PC, just click on "Account" and type in the star code "CHALLENGE" to opt in.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 2nd, 2014 4
Jason Mercier Issues $100,000 No Drinking Prop Bet

Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) has taken a slightly more aggressive approach than most to ensure he sticks with one of his New Years resolutions: by betting a huge amount of cash. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner recently announced he is looking to wager at least six-figures that he can abstain from alcohol for all of 2014.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jan 3rd, 2014 4
First Ever PocketFives Open Series Begins Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday is the first ever PocketFives Open Series. Rather than hold one PocketFives Open, our main community-building event, we're holding three of them over the next two weeks on Winamax, PokerStars, and 888 Poker. Combined, there's over $6,000 in added cash and prizes and anyone with an account on those three sites is more than welcome to play. The winner of each Open gets a ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 21st, 2014 4
Will the 2014 WSOP Main Event Guarantee $10 Million to First?

You read that headline right. A leaked report on Friday indicated that the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event could guarantee $10 million to first place. If it's true, it would be the second largest top prize given out in WSOP history, trailing only Jamie Gold's $12 million haul in 2006.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 1st, 2014 4
California Loses Major Online Poker Advocate

The General Assembly in the state of California has lost one of its key advocates of online poker regulation. Last week, State Senator Rod Wright (pictured) was found guilty of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud in a Los Angeles courtroom and, with that conviction, has seen much of his power evaporate in Sacramento.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Feb 6th, 2014 4
Sands Hackers May Have Accessed Slot Passwords, Player Information

While Sheldon Adelson's Sands websites have been restored after a damaging hacking attack (pictured), a recently posted video shows that the intrusion may have breached much more data than previously suspected. The 11-minute video, uploaded to YouTube by the Anti WMD Team, appeared to show various administrator passwords, including those for accessing slot machine systems and player information ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Feb 20th, 2014 4
US Supreme Court Turns Down DiCristina Poker Case

It has been a very busy Monday in the poker community. One of the latest headlines to come down was word that the US Supreme Court declined to take the case of Lawrence DiCristina, who was charged with operating a poker game that was allegedly in violation of the Illegal Gambling Business Act. The Supreme Court discussed whether to take the case last Friday.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 24th, 2014 4
Two Weeks, Seven Wins, One Triple Crown

February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 8th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with Party/Borgata $50K Winner Anthony Cofone (Parmaker)

On Sunday, March 16, Anthony Cofone (Parmaker on PocketFives) from Oakland, New Jersey outlasted a field of 342 players to win the Party/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. He took home a cool $12,021 for his efforts. Cofone, who is new to the PocketFives community, also had a deep run in the Party/Borgata $100K Guarantee on March 2, finishing 71st out of 786 players, banking $712.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 19th, 2014 4
"Squash – Now That's a Niche Sport"

In recent days, Paul Vas Nunes (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pvas2, was part of a five-way chop of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and earned $29,000. The online poker player from the UK took down his fourth Sunday Major in the process, a pretty impressive accomplishment, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking about his latest score. Oh yeah, we got to talk a little ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 21st, 2014 4
Heads-Up with 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada (jcada99)

Last weekend, Joe jcada99 Cada (pictured), who won the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, added to his bankroll by taking down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $42,000. The field numbered over 1,000 entrants and Cada defeated fellow online and live pro Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee heads-up. The Michigan native who plays online poker across the bridge in Windsor, Canada has undergone vast changes ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 26th, 2014 4
"Obviously I Need to Cooler the Heck Out of People at the Final Table"

Two weeks ago, Mexico's Dan Eich64 Eichhorn (pictured) drove to a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a blistering $78,000 and he nearly defeated a sizable field of over 3,300 entrants. Eichhorn is up to $613,000 in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile from over 2,000 in the money finishes.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 30th, 2014 4
Fraternal Order of Police: "Online Gambling Ban Benefits Criminals"

Following the introduction of legislation last week from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz to ban online gambling and poker in the United States, a key organization responsible for implementing laws came out against their efforts.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Apr 2nd, 2014 4
Isn't it Ironic? Las Vegas Sands Board Member Invests in Online Gambling

While Sheldon Adelson is right in the thick of his anti-internet gambling crusade, one of his Las Vegas Sands Board members has been busy buying up a massive stake in an online gaming giant. Jason Ader, founder of the investment firm SpringOwl, has acquired a 6.1% share of bwin.party, giving him a controlling interest in the London Stock Exchange-traded business.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Apr 3rd, 2014 4
"I've Been Living Out of a Suitcase for the Last Year and a Half"

Poker players inherently travel quite a bit. With live events sprawled throughout the world and online regulations being different in each country, professional players can live quite a nomadic lifestyle. Take Bret vertigo007 Gross (pictured), for example, who has traveled across half of the continents in the world in the last two years playing poker. We caught up with him after he won the 888 ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 5th, 2014 4
Neteller Parent Approved as Payment Processor in New Jersey

The parent company of Neteller, Optimal Payments, was approved as a payment processor for legal and regulated internet gambling sites in New Jersey, the company announced on Monday. Joel Leonoff, President and CEO of Optimal Payments, commented in a press release, "We are excited to be an approved vendor in New Jersey and we look forward to leveraging our vast experience and expertise to help ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 29th, 2013 3
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for November 29, 2013

The daily guaranteed tournaments for each site ran as scheduled, two nightly on Ultimate Poker and two nightly on . Ultimate Poker had a total of 236 players competing for a total prize pool of $16,774, with 38 players being paid. had a total of 762 players competing for a total prize pool of $19,656, with 133 players being paid. Three of the $3,000 events had overlays totaling $1,425.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Nov 29th, 2013 3
Tournament Review For December 2, 2013

Austria's mindgamer, currently ranked #28 in the world at online tournament play, was the outright winner in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $222,934. The major event win represents his second largest online poker tournament cash and could propel him back into the Top 10 Worldwide Rankings. Fellow members joe santana and leggieblufs1 finished 5th and 6th in the Sunday Million ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Dec 2nd, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 20, 2013

This week saw continue to run its nightly $5K and $10K Guarantees. Earlier in the week, No_Xcape (No_Xcape on PocketFives) finished fourth in the WSOP $5K on Monday and then followed that up with a second place finish on Tuesday, winning a total of $1,200. Adaptions (adaptations on PocketFives) also made two final tables this week. He won the $5K Guarantee on Wednesday and also a ninth place ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 20th, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 27, 2013

In this holiday week in New Jersey, the Party/Borgata nightly $10K Guarantee saw three PocketFives members make the final table on Thursday. Finishing in second place was pst34 (petey3412 on PocketFives), who was involved in a three-way chop, took home $1,410 for his efforts. iGetLost (dazedace on PocketFives) finished fifth and lolfishaments (mikewebb68 on PocketFives) finished seventh.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 27th, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 30, 2013

It was a very productive weekend for many Pocketfives members on the New Jersey virtual felts. The $25K Guarantee on had four PocketFives members finish in the top four spots this Sunday. Jakep474 (jtsnakes on PocketFives, pictured) took down the tournament for a top prize of $7,000. Finishing second was schaf4206 (schaf4206 on PocketFives) for $4,050. Finishing in third place was TMoneyStacks ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 30th, 2013 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: cal42688 Back at #1, moorman1 Drops to #2

On Wednesday, Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured) reclaimed the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings, moving from #2 to #1 and swapping places with Chris moorman1 Moorman. Anderson was last ranked #1 on October 23 and is enjoying his eighth stint as the top ranked player in the world.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 6th, 2013 3
Paul Leggett Reportedly Leaving Amaya Gaming

According to US Poker, Paul Leggett (pictured), the former COO of Tokwiro Enterprises, is leaving Amaya Gaming. You'll recall that on Friday, Amaya was one of a handful of companies that received transactional waivers to operate internet gambling sites in New Jersey in advance of the market officially opening up on November 26.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 9th, 2013 3
Garden City Group: Full Tilt Poker Payments Expected by March 31

In breaking news, it was announced on Saturday by the Garden City Group, the designated Claims Administrator for U.S. Full Tilt Poker players, that payments should be made by the end of the first quarter of 2014. You'll recall that the deadline for U.S. players to remit their remission petitions was Saturday.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 17th, 2013 3
Internet Gambling Officially Launches in New Jersey

We've had a ton of activity on our New Jersey poker community page here on PocketFives. Threads have been blowing up with players from the Garden State talking about the soft launch of intrastate internet gambling and online poker sites today, including Borgata Poker, , and PartyPoker. A variety of issues were reported ahead of the official launch of legalized and regulated internet gambling.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 21st, 2013 3
Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Cashing in the Sunday Million for $80,000

Life in Lithuania (pictured) is apparently pretty easy. You wake up, finish fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $80,000, grapple, do some MMA, and go to bed. Such is the routine of VelniaZ, who final tabled the Sunday Million earlier this month for $80,000 and now sits at #14 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings in his home country.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 23rd, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 2, 2013

This weekend featured some of the first regulated online poker tournaments in New Jersey. While some players still had issues getting logged on and verified on certain sites, it did not stop the masses from turning out. PartyPoker kicked off its first Sunday major with a $50K guarantee that had a buy-in of $200. This tournament had 179 runners, with 36 spots paying. Next week, Borgata Poker will ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 2nd, 2013 3
Tax Implications of U.S. Full Tilt Poker Refunds

If you're in the United States, then you may have submitted a petition for remission for your Full Tilt Poker account balance. Likely during the first quarter of 2014, payments will be made to players. Now that you've gotten your Full Tilt balance back, what are the tax implications' PocketFives sat down with Kondler & Associates, CPAs President and Owner Ray Kondler (pictured) to get the inside ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 3rd, 2013 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: mindgamer Climbs 26 Spots to #2

It was a good week to be Austria's mindgamer (pictured), who rose 26 spots in the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings to hit #2 worldwide, his highest mark ever. He just a few thousand dollars shy of $3 million in tracked online MTT cashes and took down the PokerStars Double Vision Sunday Million over the weekend for $222,000 after no chop was had. The victory was also worth a colossal ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 4th, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 21, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPoker ran its nightly $10K Guarantee, with first place prizes playing more than $2,000. Tuesday night saw two PocketFivers made the final table. Jaybone 2315 (Jaybone2315 on PocketFives, pictured) finished in third place, taking home $1,183. Back on January 20, Jaybone2315 won this tournament for $2,020. Jake jtsnakes Perry finished in sixth ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 21st, 2014 3
Winning $161,000 in the PokerStars Sunday Million is Running Goot

Last month, Running Goot, known as Robert Hordejuk (pictured) in the real world, was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million, reeling in $161,000. The Waterloo, Ontario, Canada resident joined PocketFives in early 2011 and has now amassed $413,000 in tracked online poker earnings. We caught up with him to break down his epic cash.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 8th, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 9, 2013

This weekend in New Jersey, we saw a player take down the Party/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday major on back-to-back Sundays. MikeyCasino survived a field of 179 players last Sunday and a larger 265-player field this week. The increase in player pool was anticipated, as Borgata now offers this Sunday Major as part of its tournament lineup. MikeyCasino's total take for winning both events ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 9th, 2013 3
New Record Set for Longest Continuous Poker Tournament: 48 Hours

Over the weekend, the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Poker Tournament was broken during the Asian Poker Tour Resorts World Manila event in the Philippines.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Dec 18th, 2013 3
2014 World Series of Poker Dates Announced

Mark your calendars. The 2014 World Series of Poker will run from May 27 to July 14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The $10,000 buy-in Main Event, one of the most-hyped tournaments of the year, will take place from July 5 to July 14. Next year is the tenth that the series will emanate from the Rio, which can be found off the Las Vegas Strip.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 19th, 2013 3
"My Child Will Be Born with a Bankroll Intact"

For Kyle Adamo (pictured), known on PocketFives as Van Razor, a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million II earlier this month was worth an outstanding $177,000. He outlasted nearly 5,700 entrants, the top 810 of whom made the money. His six-figure score will go a long way toward paying for diapers, formula, clothes, furniture, and higher education for a soon-to-be-born baby boy. Double congrats to ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 24th, 2013 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 28, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Party/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $10K Guarantee. On Monday, DavidR888 (DavidR888 on PocketFives) finished in second place, taking home $1,527. Right behind him in third place was ItWasAllADream (Joey Gloves on PocketFives), winning $1,295. Exit9Polarizer (SmashMouthPoker on PocketFives) took down the Party/Borgata Poker $10K on Thursday, pocketing the top ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 28th, 2014 3
Sibling Triple Crown Rivalry: YukoEgawa vs moumaife84

Last month, Denmark's Soren Smith (pictured), known on PocketFives as YukoEgawa, won his first Triple Crown after victories in the PartyPoker $12,500 Guaranteed, Ladbrokes Mosh Pit, and PokerStars $7,500 Guaranteed. The three victories were worth about 370 PLB Points combined, but more importantly, they inched him closer to his brother, moumaife84, who owns three Triple Crown titles.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 4th, 2014 3
Will timex Become the First Ever Two-Time EPT Main Event Champion?

On Monday, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will wrap up from the Bahamas. The final group of eight is absolutely stacked with talent and includes Mike timex McDonald (pictured), who is poised to become the first ever two-time EPT Main Event champion.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 12th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Will Ma (TheDreamer)

Just a couple of days before the calendar turned to 2014, Will TheDreamer Ma (pictured) won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $44,000. The bounty tournament drew over 1,100 entrants and he defeated fellow PocketFiver koczwi heads-up. "I was on a small downswing before the win, so it was nice to get the score," Ma told PocketFives.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 19th, 2014 3
2 Ukrainians, 1 Russian, $30,000 to the Winner

The end of the PokerStars Sunday Storm on December 30 featured a three-way deal. The participants: two Ukrainians and a Russian, who received nearly even paydays of $24,000 and played on for another $6,000. When the smoke cleared, Yuriy Kudrynskyy (pictured), known on PocketFives as yarik1903, came away with the win and added $30,000 to his bankroll.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 23rd, 2014 3
"I'm Taking a Trip Around the World, Living in Different Cities Every Month"

One massive perk of being an online poker player is the freedom to travel to your heart's content. All you really need is an internet connection and you can grind just as if you were in the comfort of your own pad. For Mexico's Wade ricestud Townsend (pictured), 2014 could bring a whirlwind trip around the world as he plays poker from exotic locations.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 26th, 2014 3
Poker Pro Garrett Adelstein Part of New Survivor Cast

This author is a pretty religious follower of the CBS reality series "Survivor," whose 28th season will begin on February 26. Among the cast this time around is poker pro Garrett Adelstein (pictured), a 27-year-old who one Two Plus Two member called "the toughest No Limit player I've ever played against."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 28th, 2014 3
"I'm Enjoying Brightness, Sun, and a Little Bit of Chang"

"I'm chilling and enjoying brightness, sun, and a little bit of Chang." Must be a nice life, huh' That was the scene for PocketFives member gifuhorna, who calls Finland home and was camped out in Thailand on vacation before taking down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy following a four-way chop two weeks ago. And in case you're wondering, Chang is a local beer that he said was "delicious."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 4th, 2014 3
Churchill Downs Sues After New Jersey Casino Purchase Falls Through

The Kentucky-based racetrack operator Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) is suing an Atlantic City businessman for allegedly defrauding the company in a deal that would have allowed CDI to set up its own online gambling site in New Jersey.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Feb 8th, 2014 3
Sweden Overtakes Canada for Top Spot in Country Poker Rankings

In what we believe is the first changing of the guard in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings since they debuted in 2011, Sweden has overtaken Canada for the #1 spot. If you're not familiar with the Country Poker Rankings, the combined PLB scores of the top 20 players in a given nation determine its position.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 16th, 2014 3
PokerStars Guaranteeing $8 Million for 8th Anniversary Sunday Million

One of the richest tournaments in the history of online poker will go down on March 2 at 14:30 ET. On that day, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, will celebrate the eighth anniversary of its flagship Sunday Million by guaranteeing a ridiculous $8 million. The buy-in will remain constant at $215, meaning PokerStars is guaranteeing the buy-ins of 40,000 people.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 21st, 2014 3
Black Friday Payment Processor Loses Appeal, Facing Three Years in Jail

According to Courthouse News, one of the payment processors charged on Black Friday, Ira Rubin (pictured), has lost an appeal of his conviction and continues to face 36 months behind bars. He was sentenced way back in August and filed a second appeal one year ago. Last week, the Second Circuit upheld his conviction.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 23rd, 2014 3
"Three Years Ago, No One Knew About Poker Here. Now, Everyone is Interested"

The Romania poker community here on PocketFives consists of a little more than 1,000 players who have combined for over $42 million in lifetime earnings. The group has amassed $5.5 million in the last three months and recently got a boost courtesy of GabrielP (pictured), who is known as Gabriel Popescu in the real world. Popescu won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge in recent weeks to take in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 2nd, 2014 3
Update on US Players with Disputed Full Tilt Poker Balances

According to the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill in the United States, US players with disputed Full Tilt Poker account balances should have a clearer indication on what their next steps will be within the next two to three weeks. Players with undisputed claims were paid out last Friday, with many of them already being reunited with their ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 3rd, 2014 3
Borgata Poker, PartyPoker Counting Down to 30 Million Hands in New Jersey

The countdown to 30 million hands is on at Borgata Poker and PartyPoker in New Jersey, which share the same network. The promotion starts with the 25 millionth hand dealt and ends at the big three-zero, with milestone hands taking place at #25 million, 26 million, 27 million, 28 million, 29 million, and every 100,000 hands until 30 million. Sign up for Borgata Poker and sign up for PartyPoker.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 4th, 2014 3
Dan Cates Up $1.5 Million in Triple Draw in Two Weeks

Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured) has been crushing the 2-7 Triple Draw tables online lately, having racked up more than $1.5 million in profits during the last two weeks, according to HighStakesDB.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Mar 11th, 2014 3
New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Guaranteeing $600,000

It's springtime in New Jersey. With the changing of the season will come a massive $600,000 guaranteed series on Borgata Poker and PartyPoker called the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP. The action begins on April 19 and wraps up eight days later with a gigantic $200 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event on April 27. The winner of the Main Event will take home at least $50,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 13th, 2014 3
Phil Galfond Up $400,000 Since Thursday

We've written quite a bit about the results of high-stakes online poker games here on PocketFives in recent weeks. On Saturday, the news continued, as HighStakesDB revealed that Phil Galfond (pictured), better known as OMGClayAiken online, was up $400,000 in a two-day span.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 16th, 2014 3
US Poker Tax Issues: Reporting Gambling Income, Important Deadlines

It's once again time to pick the brain of Kondler and Associates, CPAs President and Owner Ray Kondler (pictured), whose firm specializes in part in poker taxes. We're just a couple of weeks away from the all-important April 15 tax deadline in the US and, given that many Americans have just received refunds from Full Tilt, there are plenty of tax-related questions flying around. With that in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 21st, 2014 3
Nevada, Delaware Shared Poker Liquidity Could Come Summer 2014

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, shared online poker liquidity between Nevada and Delaware could come as early as this summer. The revelation came during iGaming North America, a major industry conference in Las Vegas. The pact between Nevada and Delaware was announced in February and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (pictured) remarked that its "platform" was still being created.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 23rd, 2014 3
Two-Time March Triple Crown Winner and New Delicatessen Owner

It has been a huge month of March for Austria's 23NoraB (pictured), who has won two PocketFives Triple Crowns so far well over 1,500 PLB Points combined. He has won four Triple Crowns in total, one-fifth of the haul for his home nation. We caught up with 23NoraB to talk about his recent run and his new delicatessen in Panama City, Panama.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 25th, 2014 3
Second Round of US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Totals $5 Million

According to a message posted on the official Full Tilt Poker claims website, the second round of payments issued to former US Full Tilt players totaled $5 million. The distributions were made on April 1 and Garden City Group, the appointed claims administrator in the case, sent 2,200 of them for an average of $2,272 each.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 4th, 2014 3
Chatting with BillyChat: "Fingers Crossed I'll Be Lifting a Trophy Very Soon"

We think Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) might have one of the most-fun-to-say names on PocketFives. Just try saying it five times fast. The Londoner came out on top in the Ongame ChampionChip last month for $13,000 and, given he's approaching $2 million in tracked scores, we figured it was time to catch up.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 10th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Jake Schafer (schaf4206)

Atlantic City's own Jake schaf4206 Schafer (pictured) got hooked on poker during the Moneymaker boom like many other poker players around the world. He has been on a tear in the month of March on the virtual felts in New Jersey, winning the $10,000 Sunday Guarantee on March 9 for $3,500, winning the nightly WSOP $10,000 Guarantee on March 25 for $3,253, and taking second in the WSOP Weekend ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 16th, 2014 3
PocketFives Rankings Update: cal42688, moorman1, pessagno, Vinkyy Vying for 1st

We have a pretty tight race for the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. The leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday and Cal cal42688 Anderson (pictured) sits atop it for the third straight week with a PLB score of 8,035. To help his cause, he had a pair of scores on PokerStars on October 15 of $6,400 and $5,700 that were worth a total of 300 PLB Points.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 17th, 2013 2
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for November 25, 2013

In Nevada, Ultimate Poker ran nine major tournaments over the weekend with guarantees of $1,000 or more. A total of 504 players competed for 74 payouts amounting to $27,640.00. The player with the highest individual cash this weekend on Ultimate Poker was "MikeRoLoVe", who won the Sunday $10,000, for $2,668.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Nov 25th, 2013 2
lobbylud vs. Bakes in the PokerStars Sunday 500

The final PokerStars Sunday 500 of September featured a showdown between Kevin lobbylud Parkes (pictured) and David Bakes Baker. The latter had a 4:1 edge in chips when play began and ultimately came away with the win for $98,000, while Parkes booked a not-too-shabby payday of $72,000. Bakes, as you might know, is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who is on the brink of passing $4 ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 19th, 2013 2
Tournament Review For November 11, 2013

Two PocketFives members came up with six-figure paydays in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship event over the weekend, led by Ysjah of the Netherlands, who took home $165,224 for his runner-up performance. Finishing in 3rd place for $119,760 was Canadian OneTime1Time. Both scores represented career outings for the two PocketFivers.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Nov 11th, 2013 2
Folding the Best Hand

Sometimes you have to. Nobody likes doing it and finding out you have laid down a winning hand can be tilt-inducing and send many players into a downward spiral. But, if you are never folding the best hand, it means you are calling too often with hands that are not the best.

CourtCourt
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2006
Oct 25th, 2013 2
High Stakes Poker: WCGRider Drops $1.2 Million to Isildur1, Gets Half of It Back

Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) and Doug WCGRider Polk had a pretty eventful weekend on the online poker felts. Their encounter during an early morning session on Saturday, according to HighStakesDB, resulted in Polk winning $450,000 from Blom in an hour's worth of $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em. But, that was just the start to what would be a pretty epic weekend online.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 28th, 2013 2
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for November 22, 2013

On Ultimate Poker, 275 players competed for a prize pool totaling $19,100 with all guarantees being met. This week, we saw "@MDGPoker" cashing for the first time in 20 days for $121, giving him over 13 cashes in the last two months totaling $10,812. Congratulations, Michael.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Nov 22nd, 2013 2
Heads-Up with 2013 WSOP Main Event Last Woman Standing Jackie Glazier

Finishing 31st in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event was Jackie Glazier (pictured), the Last Woman Standing. She earned $229,000 for her efforts and became the talk of the Rio. A proud Australian, Glazier followed up her Main Event run with a bracelet in Europe in a Ladies No Limit Hold'em event. Given the Main Event is about to wrap up on Monday and Tuesday, we thought it would be ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 2nd, 2013 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 6, 2013

In the first full week of online regulated poker in New Jersey, several PocketFives members were able to get multiple scores in the nightly guarantee tournaments that are being offered. runs nightly $5K and $10K guarantees, which are both rebuy tournaments. PartyPoker and Borgata share the same tournament scheduled and player pools and offer a nightly $10K guarantee that is a freezeout for ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 6th, 2013 2
"A Giant Panda Has Been Ejected from the WSOP Main Event!"

"A giant panda has been ejected from the WSOP Main Event final table. I repeat: a giant panda has been ejected from the WSOP Main Event final table." Those were the words of Matt All In At 420 Stout around 1:30am Eastern Time on Tuesday morning, as Jay Farber's panda mascot has been escorted out of the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas. Now we're talking!

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 5th, 2013 2
Jay Farber, Ryan Riess to Play for WSOP Main Event Bracelet

Around 3:30am Eastern Time, Amir Lehavot was bucked from the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event in third place to set up a heads-up battle between Jay Farber and Ryan Riess (pictured, image courtesy Andrew Feldman) for the title. The two held about two-thirds of the chips in play at one point early on six-handed, so it only seemed to be a matter of time until they were heads-up for the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 5th, 2013 2
Tournament Review for December 30, 2013

What a day it was on Sunday for Canadian resident DoubleS00ted, also known as WhatARunAA on PokerStars, who won $208,372 in a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. He is no stranger to winning this prestigious event, as he also won it back in April 2007. He told PocketFives shortly after his big win, "It's surreal right now. It's different this time. When I won it in 2007, I felt on ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 30th, 2013 2
Dominating Two-Day Events and Making Time-Lapse Videos

Why sit around for two days playing online poker' Here's why. In December, ahustla16 finished third in an FTOPS Two-Day Event on Full Tilt Poker for a cash windfall of $118,000. Incredibly, the score is the fifth largest we've tracked for him, and his five biggest cashes add up to over $1.1 million total. At least two of them are multi-day events, so we thought we'd discuss the benefits of ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jan 2nd, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 3, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPoker ran its nightly $10K Guarantee. On New Year's Day, however, it was a $5K Guarantee, which was won by cjdstable. Jford10 (jford10 on PocketFives) took down the Borgata/Party $10K Guarantee Wednesday night for $2,351.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jan 3rd, 2014 2
DiCristina Poker Case Possibly Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

In a massive petition filed on Tuesday, attorneys for Lawrence DiCristina, the Staten Island man charged with violating the Illegal Gambling Business Act of 1970, are requesting a hearing on the issue in front of the United States Supreme Court. The case centers in part on whether poker is a skill game.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Nov 6th, 2013 2
"I Finished at 5am and Had to Get Up at 7am, But It Was a Nice Day at Work!"

Last month, England's James Finigan (pictured), better known on jimbomber, finished second in the 888 Poker Whale and earned $36,000. He just passed $1 million in tracked winnings in his PocketFives profile and is ranked #3 in Essex. He has grasped bankroll management the hard way, as he told us, after hitting rock bottom on PokerStars, but he has rebounded in full force. We caught up with ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 9th, 2013 2
Former Full Tilt Red Pros Could Be Eligible for Remission

With the deadline for the Full Tilt Poker remissions process looming on November 16, the United States Department of Justice is still making tweaks to the process. The latest: it appears that Full Tilt's Red Pros could be able to submit a claim to be reimbursed their frozen funds. The news was broken last week by Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Vice President of Player Relations Rich TheEngineer ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Nov 12th, 2013 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for January 13, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, Stephen Reynolds (sizzlinbetta on PocketFives, pictured) won the 888 Poker Big Sunday $10k Guarantee for $3,000 and also made the final table of the $25k Guarantee Sunday Major, where he finished in seventh place for $1,050. Reynolds has over $2 million in recorded online cashes and at one time was ranked 74th worldwide on PocketFives.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jan 13th, 2014 2
Tournament Review For January 20, 2014

A number of PocketFives members made important strides in their online poker careers over the weekend. Israel's Alextoon1 received his largest online poker tournament cash to date with a 4th place effort in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship event; walking away with $79,824. Fellow PocketFiver madmax04 earned $63,352 for his 5th place finish - a score which is by far his largest to ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jan 20th, 2014 2
Music Festivals, Bali, Counter-Strike, and More

There were a little over two-dozen PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded last month. The accolade requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a seven-day window.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 17th, 2013 2
New Jersey Internet Gambling Verification Issues Continue

The soft launch of internet gambling in New Jersey continued for the second day on Friday. This time around, location verification issues continued as the industry inched closer to the "hard launch" of internet gambling on Tuesday. Players from across the Garden State flocked to PocketFives' New Jersey poker community to swap stories.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 23rd, 2013 2
Who Are the Top Online Poker Players from Taiwan?

If you rank the countries of the world in terms of Average PLB score on PocketFives, the eighth nation you'll come to is Taiwan. The Average PLB for players in Taiwan is 946 points. Overall, Taiwan is #58 in the PocketFives County Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 17,034 points. Here are the top 10 players in Taiwan in terms of their PLB score:

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Nov 28th, 2013 2
All You Need is a Chip and a Chair, Right?

Last month, Tudor Purice (pictured), known on PocketFives as fbg1919, came away with an outright win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. He earned $51,000 for his efforts in the un-chopped tournament and outlasted several longstanding members of PocketFives at the final table. He was knocked down to merely a handful of big blinds at several points.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 1st, 2013 2
Heads-Up with Vancouver's pistons87

In mid-November, Ankush Mandavia (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pistons87, came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy following a four-way chop. His reward was $49,000 and members of the PocketFives community landed in the top six spots.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 1st, 2013 2
Worlds Collide: GPI, The Hendon Mob, PocketFives Share Online and Live Poker Results

The largest live poker database, ; its holding company, Global Poker Index; and the leading online poker rankings and community site have agreed to share information with each other, allowing each site to have more data available for its readership.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 3rd, 2013 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 14, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPoker ran its nightly $10K Guarantee, which saw an average of 148 runners over the past four days. First place paid as much as $2,600. THAKID04 won the $10K on Monday night, taking home $1,775. LuckySpewy (ykwon17 on PocketFives) finished in fourth place the same night.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 14th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 17, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, the $50K Guarantee on Borgata/PartyPoker saw three PocketFivers make the final table. This winner of this tournament was big.appl3, who battled through a field of 329 runners to pocket the first place prize of $12,173. Tyronebigumz (TyroneBigumz9 on PocketFives) finished in second place in the Borgata/Party $50K Sunday Major, taking home $8,308. Finishing ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 17th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 24, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, there was a five-way final table chop in the Borgata/PartyPoker $50K Guarantee Sunday Major. This resulted in the top four places winning $5,760. DavidR888 (DavidR888 on PocketFives) finished the $50K Guarantee in third place and was part of that five-way chop.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 24th, 2014 2
House i-Gaming Hearing: "No Reported Incident of Underage Access" in Nevada

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee took up internet gambling in a nearly two-hour-long hearing. A variety of topics came up, many centered on problem and underage gambling. Along the way, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured), one of the hearing's six witnesses, brought up an interesting tidbit about legal and regulated gaming in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 11th, 2013 2
Skrill to Cease Processing Canadian Gambling Transactions

Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky recently posted an email he received from Skrill stating the online payment company will no longer process gambling transactions in Canada at the start of 2014.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Dec 12th, 2013 2
Heads-Up with Phil Collins (USCphildo)

PocketFives caught up with Ultimate Poker pro Phil USCphildo Collins (pictured) for an interview. Collins has been a PocketFiver since 2007 and was a member of the 2011 WSOP November Nine. Although he considered a career in law, he found he was successful at Texas Hold'em. This seemed to be a way for Collins to pay off his college loans, and we think it has worked out, as Collins was once #5 in ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Mar 2nd, 2014 2
PayPal Sharing Information with UB-Linked Iovation

According to its privacy policy and sites like US Poker and PokerNews, the online payment processor PayPal shares information with Iovation, whose CEO is Greg Pierson, one of the founders of Ultimate Bet. According to PayPal's Privacy Policy, the company contracts Iovation to "retrieve risk information regarding the IP and device from which you are accessing PayPal [and] research and testing as ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Dec 14th, 2013 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for December 16, 2013

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, there was a new champion crowned in the Borgata/PartyPoker $50K Guarantee Sunday Major, phatdaddy, who took down the tournament for $8,250. Meanwhile, CharlieBrown (money4bacon on PocketFives) finished eighth in the $50K. The $25K Guarantee saw a decline in runners this weekend. The past two times, it had 100+ players, but this weekend saw only 90 ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Dec 16th, 2013 2