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Daniel Negreanu: "A Professional Poker Player is a Small Business Owner"

In a blog published on Friday on FullContactPoker, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) gave his take on becoming a professional poker player. He explained, "A professional poker player is a small business owner, in the business of entertaining their customers (players who aren't as skilled as they are)."

Dan Apr 25th, 2015 4
PocketFives Rankings: Say hellohellohello to the Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Poker Rankings have been updated. After moving into the #1 spot for the first time ever last week, norfair18 is still the winner in the clubhouse this week with 7,489 PLB Points, 68 ahead of second place.

Dan Apr 29th, 2015 4
"Real Estate is the Easiest Way to Gain Wealth in the Long-Run"

A few weeks ago, Lockhurt (pictured), who calls Ontario, Canada home, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright and earned $70,000. There were almost 800 entrants that day and Lockhurt beat out a final table that included five other PocketFivers. It was the fourth largest cash we've tracked for him.

Dan May 5th, 2015 4
WCGRider, Humans Winning Brains Versus AI Challenge

With the event headed into the homestretch, four poker pros have built up an edge over a specially-created poker playing bot in a first-of-its-kind demonstration. On April 24, four players – World Series of Poker bracelet winner and online guru Doug WCGRider Polk (pictured), Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Bjorn Li – set out in the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition being held live at ...

Earl Burton May 6th, 2015 4
HUSNG Aid Causing Controversy on PokerStars

Controversy is brewing in the heads-up sit and go community after an article published on disclosed that a PokerStars player with the screen name Skier_5 created an aid to help himself and other players automate many of their decisions in heads-up sit and gos.

wackyJaxon May 23rd, 2015 4
AnteSvante Wins May PLB

The points have been awarded and, by the slimmest of margins, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the May Monthly PLB on PocketFives with 3,529 points. He was about 70 points ahead of Chris moorman1 Moorman, who finished in second place with 3,461 points.

Dan Jun 5th, 2015 4
Sam Greenwood (Pudge714) Wins WSOP $1K NLHE Event

Two years ago, Sam Pudge714 Greenwood (pictured) won $100,000 in a tournament on the daily fantasy sports site DraftKings. At the time, it was one of the largest DFS prizes ever given out. Now, you can add a World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume.

Dan Jun 12th, 2015 4
Jason Mercier (treysfull21) Wins WSOP $5K NLHE 6-Max Event

Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) continues to dominate the poker world. On Wednesday, he won his third World Series of Poker bracelet after taking down a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. He now has 43 WSOP cashes and 13 final tables that account for almost $3 million in career WSOP winnings.

Dan Jun 18th, 2015 4
Heads Up with New Jersey Poker Player Christian Soto (ChinIAM)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with North Bergen's Christian ChinIAM Soto (pictured), who is a poker coach over at and a co-author of the poker book "Late Position," which talks about a collection of hands played from the button, cutoff, and hijack and discusses important concepts.

Dlorican Jun 23rd, 2015 4
Eli Elezra's Las Vegas Home on Sale for $1.9 Million

Only days after its owner won his third World Series of Poker bracelet, Eli Elezra's home has hit the market in Las Vegas. Before you jump to conclusions, however, there could be a logical explanation for the home being sold.

Earl Burton Jul 1st, 2015 4
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
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
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
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
Tournament Review for March 9, 2015

biggest winners over the weekend came in the PokerStars Sunday Million, with Romania’s xkosssx (pictured) leading the way by besting the 7,193-player field for $215,795. Bulgaria's alcos picked up a huge payday in this tournament as well, taking home $115,088 for his third place finish.

wackyJaxon Mar 9th, 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
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 10, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Angel nutella Soto took down the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee on Monday night, banking $2,190. Thursday was PocketFiver epatrickpburg's turn to ship the same tournament. Epatrickpburg also managed to be the runner-up in the 888 Poker/WSOP $10,000 Guarantee for $2,361.

Dlorican Apr 10th, 2015 3
Phil Ivey Appears in Chrysler 300 Commercial

Buzzing this weekend in the online poker world is a Chrysler 300 commercial that includes a brief appearance from poker pro Phil Ivey. It's notable because Chrysler is not a poker-related company; therefore, an appearance by a major poker player in a mass-market commercial is buzzworthy considering the difficulty of non-poker advertisers and sponsors nowadays.

Dan Apr 12th, 2015 3
Tournament Review for April 27, 2015

The biggest cash by any PocketFiver over the weekend came in the PokerStars Sunday Million, as the United Kingdom's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson finished on top of the 6,393-player field to win $194,479. This is the third tracked six-figure score Margereson has recorded.

wackyJaxon Apr 27th, 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
WPTPoker.com Closing June 3

According to a press release sent out on Friday by bwin.party, , a site on the PartyPoker network branded to the World Poker Tour, will shut down on June 3. Officials cited an "ongoing company strategy" as the reason for the closure, adding, "bwin.party has made the decision to focus our online poker efforts entirely on our lead brands: PartyPoker and bwin Poker."

Dan May 22nd, 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
Jason Somerville Starts 70-Day Twitch Campaign for PokerStars

Late last week, professional poker player and insanely popular online streamer Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured) was announced as the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro. It was not the most shocking of news, but it was still a welcome decision, especially after Somerville was unceremoniously dumped by Ultimate Poker. He kept streaming his online poker sessions, though, and this weekend began ...

Dan Katz Mar 3rd, 2015 3
Heads-Up with WSOP Bracelet Winner Michael Wang (miw210)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Michael miw210 Wang (pictured), a 26-year-old poker pro from Livingston, New Jersey who made his dreams come true by capturing his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #2, a $5,000 buy-in NLHE tournament.

Dlorican May 31st, 2015 3
PocketFives US-Friendly Online Poker League Returns in June

On Wednesday, our free, US-friendly online poker league at returns! We had an excellent showing in May, with PocketFiver jp1979 taking down the overall leaderboard and earning $200 in cash.

Dan Jun 1st, 2015 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Frank Saraf (savant111)

PocketFives caught up with Frank savant111 Saraf (pictured, ranked 26th in New Jersey), who is a behavior analyst by day and poker player by night. Surrounded by various games growing up and making trips to Atlantic City with his family, his grandmother taught him Five-Card Draw, which sparked his interest for poker. Then, after watching the poker movie "Rounders", Saraf was instantly hooked.

Dlorican Jun 2nd, 2015 3
Andy McLEOD Final Tables Sunday 500, $100 Rebuy

Over the weekend, longtime PocketFiver James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured) finished third in both the PokerStars Sunday 500 and Sunday $100 Rebuy for over $60,000 total. He doesn't have his screen names entered in his PocketFives profile, but after a comment from one PocketFiver that read "a third in the Sunday 500 and a third in the Sunday Rebuy, pretty sick for Andy McLEOD," we thought an ...

Dan Mar 10th, 2015 3
PokerKaiser Wins 13th PocketFives Triple Crown

Only three players have ever recorded more than 10 PocketFives Triple Crowns: Chris moorman1 Moorman, who has a record 24; Peter Belabacsi Traply, who has 11; and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), who just earned his 13th, good for the second most all-time.

Dan Mar 13th, 2015 3
Nevada, Delaware Soft Launch Interstate Online Poker

In what was a very quiet move on Tuesday, Nevada and Delaware joined together in an interstate compact with the beginning of a "soft launch." Expected to extend over the coming week, the launch allows the three online poker rooms in Delaware and in Nevada to work out any kinks ahead of a full launch that is expected next week.

Earl Burton Mar 25th, 2015 3
House Judiciary Committee Hearing Recap: It's Fear-Mongering Time

On Wednesday, a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee was charge with discussing Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, a bill reportedly prompted by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and introduced in the House as HR 707 by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). It began an hour late and featured an intermission for "multi-trillion-dollar votes." You can check out the witness list and testimony by ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 3
TDA Announces Summit at Venetian, Poker Industry Revolts

On Thursday, the Tournament Directors Association, led by the esteemed Matt Savage (pictured), announced that the next TDA Summit will take place from June 16 to 17 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Savage added, "Registration details to follow shortly. Send your local TD please." Savage told PocketFives that he was not the one who negotiated the deal with Venetian, but rather just made the ...

Dan Mar 27th, 2015 3
PokerKaiser Wins 14th PocketFives Triple Crown, 4th This Year

2015 has been mighty kind to Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured). This year, which mind you is three months old, he has won four PocketFives Triple Crowns, an award that requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings in a seven-day period. On March 26, he won his 14th career PocketFives Triple Crown, his second of ...

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 3
Wake Up at 7, Play Poker from 8 to 8, Sleep, Do it Again

Last month, romdom came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $80,000. There were 2,667 entrants that day and, accordingly, he told us, "It feels great. I have been working really hard on my game and it finally paid off." He booked his third largest career online poker score.

Dan Apr 8th, 2015 3
Wherefore Art Thou Romeopro?

Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeopro on PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPoker Saturday Major, Winamax Top 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame.

Dan Apr 9th, 2015 3
Poker Pro Alleges Theft by Hotel Staff at EPT Malta

In a disturbing trend, poker players have become the target of thieves during events held around the globe. These schemes can sometimes be complex and involve sophisticated malware planted on computers in order to access players' online accounts. Furthermore, it's not uncommon for poker players to carry large amounts of cash, which can prove irresistible to hotel staff with sticky fingers.

LandShark Apr 9th, 2015 3
Amaya Coming to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange

According to Seeking Alpha, we could see Amaya, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt, debut on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in the United States "within two or three months or less." The allure for Amaya' Seeking Alpha explained that the move will allow the company to "sell its story to a dramatically broadened pool of investors."

Dan Apr 12th, 2015 3
The Power of Perspective

To view a situation clearly and objectively can be one of the hardest things in poker. As poker players, we constantly read and hear about the need to distance ourselves from our emotions and focus on making the best decision in every situation on a mathematical and purely analytical basis with no emotional considerations taken into account. This is rarely easy, but it's often necessary. ...

theginger45 Apr 15th, 2015 3
"If You Have 10-15 BB, Don't Think It's Over"

Last month, the FTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker attracted a field of 2,160 entrants and had a prize pool that nearly topped $1.2 million. Your winner: PocketFiver Mustapha Kanit (pictured), who is known as lasagnaaammm.

Dan Apr 22nd, 2015 3
Winning the Sunday Brawl Twice in 2015: "It Feels Awesome"

Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $26,000, defeating a field of 646 entrants. Amazingly, it was his second time winning the tournament this year, his first coming in January for $24,000. Did we mention that he also final tabled the Super Tuesday last month for $43,000, his largest online tournament score to date' Yes, it's good to be Justin ...

Dan Apr 25th, 2015 3
PokerStars Ends Lifetime Rev-Share for Affiliates

In a blockbuster announcement on Friday, the first day of May, PokerStars announced that it's ending lifetime rev-share for affiliates, including PocketFives. An email sent to us on Friday morning read in part, "From June 1, 2015, PokerStars will pay revenue shares to affiliates for only the first two years of activity on a player’s account. This will affect all referrals by affiliates, ...

Dan May 1st, 2015 3
"I Started in Poker After Watching Casino Royale"

In 2006, three years after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event, Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen starred in "Casino Royale," the latest James Bond movie. This author remembers going to opening night of the 007 flick, which ended up being the fourth highest grossing movie of the year. Also seeing it was Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured), and, after the fact, his poker career was ...

Dan May 3rd, 2015 3
Why WPT Championship Attendance Dropped 27% This Year

In recent days, the World Poker Tour wrapped up its annual end-of-season Championship event from the Borgata in Atlantic City. This year, the tournament attracted 239 entries, down 27% from the 328 recorded last year. PokerNews' Donnie Peters (pictured) called the development "worrisome," so PocketFives took to Twitter to figure out why attendance slid so much.

Dan May 4th, 2015 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Steve Madara (7douche)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit with Pennsville resident Steve 7douche Madara (pictured, ranked #51 in New Jersey), who recently went on a tear on the virtual felts of New Jersey. He was a losing player during his high school days and used that to motivate himself to study the game even harder and become the player he is today.

Dlorican May 5th, 2015 3
"Hopefully This Allows Me to Play SCOOP, WSOP Without Too Much Pressure"

Last month, Elliott elliottpet Peterman (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and put away $19,000. That week's edition had 786 entrants and a prize pool that almost hit $400,000. "I was pretty happy to finish fifth in a tough field," he told PocketFives. "It's just a disappointing feeling not to finish higher when you reach the final table. I had some tough breaks with 18 left when ...

Dan May 6th, 2015 3
"It Feels Good, But I'd Rather Have $1 Million in Profit"

Known as inca7bar on PocketFives, Miguel Silva is up to $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings. He officially hit $1 million last month and told us that while he'll definitely take a new profile badge, "I'd rather have $1 million in profit." Wouldn't we all'

Dan May 11th, 2015 3
"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
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
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
cswidler Simultaneously Final Tables Sunday Supersonic, Gets 32nd in PCA Main Event

Pretty impressive news coming out of the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The weekend's Sunday Supersonic on PokerStars brought out $1,238 entrants. The prize pool of the $215 buy-in tournament swelled to $291,000 and, when the smoke cleared, PocketFiver Carter cswidler Swidler (pictured) finished fourth for $21,000.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
bparis Becomes Fifth Person Ever to Hit $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

On Sunday, Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) became just the fifth PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online tournament cashes and the first to do so since November. To that end, Paris joins a prestigious group that also includes Jeremy daisyxoxo Fitzpatrick, Shyam s_dot11 Srinivasan, p0cket00, and Chris moorman1 Moorman.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins #1 for Fifth Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, Brazil's Yuri Martins (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He ascended to the throne on December 17 and hasn't looked back since. The man they call theNERDguy on PokerStars is up to $4.5 million in tracked online tournament cashes and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Brazilians are #1 and #2 in the Rankings this week.

Dan Jan 14th, 2015 2
Benny Binion Biography Could Appear on the Big Screen

Relativity Media has purchased the screen rights to Doug Swanson's book "Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion," the biography of the legendary creator of the World Series of Poker.

Dan Katz Jan 14th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 23, 2015

This week in New Jersey, the Garden State Super Series II on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker continued to run, with four events offered at three buy-in levels for a total of $111,500 in guaranteed money. BobbyOboodi and Eddie Pompiaa2 Roman chopped Event #15 High, which was a $25,000 guaranteed heads-up event, earning $6,875 each. PocketFiver anthonymason, who plays under the handle mislclick on ...

Dlorican Jan 23rd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for January 26, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, the Garden State Super Series II concluded on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. This big winner this weekend was Scott Sblum2711 Blumstein (pictured, ranked 17th in New Jersey), who shipped the $150,000 Guaranteed Main Event, outlasting a field of 755 runners for a cool $20,805 after a three-way deal at the final table. Blumstein is no stranger to big wins, as he won the ...

Dlorican Jan 26th, 2015 2
Poker Refugees Launches Fly First Class

All aboard! Poker Refugees has launched a novel, new service to help players save money on airfare while traveling in comfort and style. It's called Refugees Fly First Class and enables clients to fly in first or business class for 40% to 70% off normal flight prices. The service is open to anyone and is absolutely free to use. Anyone can book online.

KristinPokerRefugees Jan 16th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with Borgata WPO Event Winner Daniel Buzgon (wildman75)

PocketFives had to opportunity to catch up with New Jersey poker pro Daniel wildman75 Buzgon (pictured, image courtesy of Borgata), who recently won Event #15, a $1,000,000 guarantee, of the Borgata Winter Open for a cool $194,509. Buzgon outlasted a field of 2,882 runners to capture his first live tournament win.

Dlorican Feb 2nd, 2015 2
PPA Confirms First Disputed Full Tilt Payments Will Be Sent by March

In a thread on PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliance has confirmed that the first round of disputed Full Tilt payments for US players "is on track" to be sent by the end of March.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 6, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Mitch money4bacon Friedberg made four final tables on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. He came in fourth, fifth and eighth in the network's $5,000 Guarantee and seventh in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $1,737 in cashes.

Dlorican Feb 6th, 2015 2
$1 Million in Tournament Winnings for Five Straight Years: Repeatable?

While poker superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey top the list of WSOP bracelet winners, only one player can boast earning $1 million in tournaments for five years in a row.

LandShark Jan 25th, 2015 2
urbanlights Finishes Top Three in the Super Tuesday Twice in a Month

If you missed it, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Super Tuesday twice in December, finishing in third place on the 16th and as the runner-up two days before the end of the year. Together, the two un-chopped scores meant over $136,000 in real money along with almost 1,000 PLB Points.

Dan Jan 27th, 2015 2
Horseshoes, Bonfires, Fishing, Camping, and $50K Poker Cashes

It's not easy being Matt papamat25 Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself."

Dan Jan 29th, 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
PocketFives Rankings Update: OgSulttaani Wins 9 Tournaments in 4 Days

Thanks to being part of a five-way chop of a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em TCOOP event over the weekend, Denmark's x_zola25 rocketed into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week, debuting at #9 in the world. He was up 15 spots thanks to the mammoth $177,000 score. Amazingly, it came just one week after a victory in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $43,000. Now we'll see if he can keep ...

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 2
Tom Marchese Wins Back-to-Back Aria High Rollers

It has been a busy week of poker news, but one item we didn't want to overlook was Tom Marchese (pictured) winning back-to-back Aria High Roller Events. On January 30, he took down the first of two High Rollers, which have $25,000 buy-ins. He defeated former WSOP November Niner Ben Benba Lamb in that one to bank $383,000 after a heads-up chop; the final table also included the likes of Antonio ...

Dan Feb 5th, 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
Interview with Twitch Streamer PokerStaples

In just a few short months, live poker streaming on Twitch has "blown-up," taking a platform once dominated by video game programming and converting it into a hub for poker players worldwide. Jaime jaimestaples Staples (commonly known as PokerStaples) has been instrumental in growing the Twitch live poker streaming industry. Via regular programming of his multi-table tournament activity on ...

dhubermex Feb 6th, 2015 2
Gary Loveman Steps Down as Caesars CEO

On Wednesday, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced that Gary Loveman (pictured) will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the casino giant. Loveman will continue in his role as Chairman of Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., with Mark Frissora taking over the role of CEO.

LandShark Feb 6th, 2015 2
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Three More Times

Late last month, Uruguay's rph took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright and banked $25,000. There were over 600 entrants that week and rph was one of 63 to make the money. Even though he has over $3 million in online MTT cashes, this was his largest score on Full Tilt and the second time he final tabled the tournament in January.

Dan Feb 9th, 2015 2
US Regulatory Agency Investigating Amaya Over PokerStars Purchase

Following an ongoing investigation by the Canadian regulatory agency for financial transactions, an agency in the United States has also launched an investigation into Amaya Gaming and its purchase of PokerStars in 2014.

Earl Burton Feb 11th, 2015 2
House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban Internet Gambling Scheduled for March 5

According to Michelle Minton and Online Poker Report, a hearing is scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss Congressman Jason Chaffetz's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would prohibit online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.

Dan Feb 19th, 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
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
Nolan Dalla Blasts the AGA for “Betraying” Poker Players

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has lobbied on behalf of gambling industry stakeholders since its beginnings in 1996. But from its very inception, the trade group has taken a frustratingly wishy-washy stance on online gambling – first opposing it, while later supporting it, then taking no stance at all. WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla recently took to his blog to highlight the AGA’s ...

LandShark Feb 27th, 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 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
"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
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