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From Big Two to a Two-Way Chop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 4
The Benefits of Structured Poker Learning

A large part of what makes poker such a difficult skill to learn is the sheer breadth and depth of the game. Not only are there a lot of theoretical and practical concepts with which a skilled poker player must be familiar in order to succeed, but in order to improve beyond a certain level, he or she must go further than a mere surface-level understanding of these ideas and delve into the game's ...

theginger45 May 10th, 2015 4
Charity, Skis, and a Nice Bottle of Macallan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 4
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Krishna Kalidas (ninjaGO)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Krishna ninjaGO Kalidas (pictured, ranked 19th in New Jersey), who plays under the handles sharkslayer on Borgata and ninjaGO on WSOP. A Somerset resident, Kalidas was drawn to poker after coming across an ESPN broadcast of the World Series of Poker and immediately knew he wanted to be there one day.

Dlorican Mar 3rd, 2015 4
Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million Attracts 50,000 Entrants

Over the weekend, PokerStars ran a special Ninth Anniversary Sunday Million and the response was overwhelming. Over 50,000 entrants showed up, driving the prize pool north of $10 million. The tournament clocked in as the eighth richest in online poker history, trailing only five World Championship of Online Poker Main Events and two previous Sunday Million special anniversary tournaments.

Dan Mar 16th, 2015 4
Four-Figure Field Already Preregistered for WSOP Colossus Event

We're still more than two months away from the first ever World Series of Poker Colossus event and the field size is already in the four-figures, according to WSOP officials. The tournament has a $565 buy-in, will award a bracelet, and could boast the largest field in the history of live poker.

Dan Mar 17th, 2015 4
Poker Philathropist Guy Laliberte Seeking Cirque du Soleil Buyers

If you've ever watched the World Series of Poker on television or in person, then you know who Guy Laliberté (pictured) is. He's the founder of the highly successful Cirque du Soleil as well as the One Drop foundation, which has parlayed its name into annual charity poker tournaments at the WSOP.

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 4
TDA Bails from Venetian, Will Hold Summit at Aria

After a considerable amount of pressure from the poker community, the Tournament Directors Association, or TDA, announced on Twitter on Friday that its summit will switch venues from Venetian to Aria. The event will take place on June 26 and 27 and registration details will follow.

Dan Apr 3rd, 2015 4
Pennsylvania Internet Gambling Hearing Recap

Pennsylvania's House Gaming Oversight Committee held a hearing with industry executives on Thursday to discuss the possibility of legalizing online gambling in the Keystone State. Legislators specifically discussed Representative John Payne's House Bill 649, which would authorize any interactive internet games approved by the gaming control body.

LandShark Apr 16th, 2015 4
Full Tilt Culls Games, Adrenaline Rush and Irish Poker Axed

After a slew of changes were made to the game mix at Full Tilt last week, site rep Shyam Markus was left to admit, "I can confirm it's not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won't be popular." If you liked Adrenaline Rush Poker, Irish Poker, and high-stakes games, prepared to get your world rocked.

Dan Apr 18th, 2015 4
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
Heads-Up with Sunday Million Winner Aggro Santos

Late last month, Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Million outright and pocketed $194,000. There were almost 6,400 entrants and Margereson led the group of 990 who finished in the money. He is nearing $3 million in career online tournament winnings and told us, "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I can't believe how well I've run."

Dan May 14th, 2015 4
"People See Family and Tournament Poker as Two Things You Can't Unite"

On the final weekend of April, Denmark's Skrigepas (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and bagged $44,000. He officially finished in third place, while fellow PocketFiver micide took the tournament down for $13,000 more. It was Skrigepas' ninth largest online tournament cash to date.

Dan May 14th, 2015 4
James Obst Defeats Joe Cada in SCOOP $1,050 PLO Six-Max Event

"So much for the game being unbeatable and new Europeans taking over the game. Good to see regs from 10+ years ago still on top of the game, as James Andy McLEOD Obst (pictured) shipped the PLO SCOOP High the other day. First ballot shoe-in for the Online Poker Hall of Fame."

Dan May 15th, 2015 4
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
UK Internet Gambling Point of Consumption Tax in Full Effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 3
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
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
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 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
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with SamENole

A member of PocketFives ever since our first year in business, Matt SamENole Smith (pictured) has amassed $1.1 million in online tournament winnings along with almost $400,000 more at brick-and-mortar casinos. Now, he has turned his attention to daily fantasy sports (DFS) on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings and, in fact, is camped out in Atlantis in the Bahamas for a big daily fantasy football ...

Dan Dec 5th, 2014 2
"Heads-Up Is Not As Lucrative As It Used to Be"

Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money.

Dan Dec 7th, 2014 2
"I Ended Up Playing the Whole Final Table in the Hotel Lobby"

Imagine playing for the title in the PokerStars Sunday 500, a $530 buy-in tournament with one of the largest top prizes of the week, and being forced out of your hotel room because it's checkout time. Such was the nightmare of Alex lynskey99 Lynskey (pictured), who was in Hong Kong for the tournament, but had to play the final table from the corner of a bustling hotel lobby. Oops. Fortunately ...

Dan Dec 7th, 2014 2
Diving into Pineapple Open Face Chinese Poker

Pineapple Open Face Chinese Poker – POFC for short - has been on the rise in card rooms, online, and in the app stores

actionDJ Dec 8th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 19, 2014

This week in New Jersey, Josh jerseyjosh Baer made back-to-back final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee, finishing second both times for a total of $3,432. Jamie mmmWaWa Kerstetter shipped the same tournament on Tuesday, pocketing $1,796.

Dlorican Dec 19th, 2014 2
Tournament Review for December 22, 2014

PocketFives members Rhyno2008 of Uruguay and Jon apestyles van Fleet of Canada (pictured, ranked #180 worldwide) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament for $217,718 and $102,960. India's armaan007 earned $70,816 upon finishing 4th in that event. In the Stars Sunday Million "Double Vision" tournament, P5ers girafganger7 of Belgium and BWFCLEE ...

dhubermex Dec 22nd, 2014 2
Who to Target and Who to Fade on FanDuel: Week 15

This week's FanDuel Sunday Million offers 91,954 contestants the opportunity to vie for $2 million in prizes, with 17,475 (19%) earning prize money. Before we get into this Sunday's card, let's take a look back at Week 14's results. Player jrdcolts took down the $250,000 top prize with a score of 207.4 points; in this $60,000 salary cap tournament, his team accumulated an average of 3.45 points ...

kellykip Dec 11th, 2014 2
Amaya's Stock Tumbles 18% with Insider Trading Probe

On Thursday, PocketFives brought you an article about Canadian officials showing up at the offices of Amaya Gaming, the owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt, reportedly due to insider trading associated with the company's purchase of the Rational Group back in June. As you might guess, a visit from the fuzz didn't go over too well with investors. The verdict: the stock's price sank by 18% on ...

Dan Dec 13th, 2014 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
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
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins Reclaims #1 Spot

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. This week, we have a new #1 player in the world, Yuri Martins (pictured). The Brazilian has a brisk 8,433 PLB Points, which represents a commanding 742-point lead over second place. Martins was last ranked #1 in October and this is his second stint at the top.

Dan Dec 17th, 2014 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
How Much Does Advertising Affect Problem Gambling?

If you think that more gambling advertising begets an increase in problem gambling, think again. According to the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) in the UK, "Problem gambling rates and participation rates among children and young people have both been at worst stable during a period of unprecedented growth in gambling advertising. There is also little to suggest correlation with the ...

Dan Dec 19th, 2014 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
Seize the Day and Get $59,000

Earlier this month, carpediem200 (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $59,000. There were over 800 entrants in the $530 buy-in tournament, which paid out to the top 117 finishers. It was the largest score PocketFives has tracked for carpediem200, who sits with $1.5 million in career online tournament winnings.

Dan Dec 22nd, 2014 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
High Stakes Poker: rafaelamit Returns to PokerStars

According to HighStakesDB, Rafi Amit (pictured), who is known as rafaelamit online, made his return to PokerStars in recent days after a two-year absence. As HighStakesDB put it on Thursday, "Amit, who is still one of the biggest all-time winners at PokerStars' high-stakes tables since we started tracking, has so far proven that he hasn't lost his touch, winning close to $180k, with $170.7k ...

Dan Dec 26th, 2014 2