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Newsweek on Ripping Online Poker: "No Bias For or Against Online Gambling"

In response to a letter to the editor, Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman (pictured) explained the rationale for and background to the cover story in the magazine's August 22 edition espousing the societal ills of online gambling. Despite not conveying any reaction from pro-gambling forces, Goodman asserted, "No view was unwelcome and there was no bias for or against online gambling. The focus ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 16th, 2014 5
"Everyone Was Folding Down to 2 Big Blinds Waiting for A-A"

The MicroMillions Main Event on PokerStars brought out almost 58,000 entrants, each paying $22. The result was that the $1 million guaranteed tournament ended up with a $1.1 million prize pool and, in the end, Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured) from Brazil walked away with a third place finish for $57,000, or 2,590 times his buy-in.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 2nd, 2014 5
Tournament Review for September 29, 2014

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) launched its final events of the weekend, with the $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event final table playing out early Tuesday morning Eastern Time. PocketFives member CrownUpGuy of Austria (ranked #593) earned a payday of at least $1.1 million (6-way deal) as three-handed play continued Tuesday. Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured) will also ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Sep 29th, 2014 5
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Chris Daniels (cjd45021)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with longtime member Chris cjd45021 Daniels (pictured), who resides in Westville, New Jersey. A member with PocketFives since 2006, Daniels has over $150,000 in tracked online cashes. He recently quit his 9-5 job to pursue a full-time poker career. Some of his notable success include a win in the $10,000 Guarantee for $2,764, a win in the Ultimate ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Sep 10th, 2014 5
"Getting 7,800 People in One Tournament is a Big Accomplishment"

One of the highlights of this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stack event, which drew a crowd of 7,862 entrants. Finishing second, and amazingly edging out nearly the entire field, was Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on PocketFives and calls North Wales, Pennsylvania home. McKeehen earned $820,000. Right before we talked to McKeehen, he ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 21st, 2014 5
Recap: Phil Ivey Defends Edge-Sorting on 60 Minutes

With millions of dollars of baccarat winnings on the line, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey (pictured) granted a rare interview to "60 Minutes Sports" this week, during which he defended his reputation while giving viewers a unique glimpse into his past.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Oct 8th, 2014 5
PPA: "We Have Been Playing Defense Against the New Federal Bills"

We're four months into 2014, a year that has been a mixed bag on the legislative front. While a bill proposed by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) would lay the groundwork for regulated online poker in the US, bills from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would ban the game, including the legal markets in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, there has been little to no ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 22nd, 2014 4
Gibraltar Power Station Explosion Wreaks Havoc on Online Poker Rooms

An explosion at a Gibraltar power station on Sunday (pictured, image courtesy Telegraph) put a damper the Easter festivities of many people in the territory, as electricity to the area was knocked out for several hours. The blast's effects were not just felt locally, though, as the lack of power started a ripple effect, blacking out telecommunications services used by online gambling operators ...

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Apr 22nd, 2014 4
Tournament Review for August 18, 2014

Finland online poker tournament specialist European had his second-best career cash in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship event over the weekend, winning it for a payday of $185,500 as a result of a heads-up chop. The victory puts the #24-ranked player worldwide on the fast track to earning a potential spot in the Top 10 for the first time ever.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Aug 18th, 2014 4
Howard Lederer's Las Vegas House for Sale for $8.9 Million

According to RedFin and Zillow, the Las Vegas mansion once occupied by the embattled Howard Lederer (pictured) is for sale for $8.9 million. The property, located at 99 Hawk Ridge Drive, was originally listed in August 2013, according to Zillow, but the poker community has recently begun gabbing about it.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 8th, 2014 4
Eric Blair (blizair): En Fuego Entering 2014 WSOP

The 2014 World Series of Poker is less than two weeks away. One of the players who has been on a roll in recent weeks, just in time for the Las Vegas extravaganza, is Eric blizair Blair (pictured), who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006. According to the Hendon Mob, three of Blair's last four live cashes are for wins.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 15th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player George Cicak (Cicakman)

George Cicak (Cicakman on PocketFives, pictured) out of Bloomfield, New Jersey plays under the handle Glytterpyss on PartyPoker and grinds online just about every day. Cicak has over $40,000 in tracked online cashes and is currently 13th in PocketFives' New Jersey online poker rankings.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 28th, 2014 4
Brock Parker (t soprano) Wins Third WSOP Bracelet

On Tuesday, PocketFiver Brock t soprano Parker (pictured) earned his third World Series of Poker bracelet, this time taking down a $10,000 Limit Omaha High-Low event (#10) for $443,000. The tournament started over the weekend with 178 entrants and Parker won his first bracelet since capturing two in the same week in 2009. It marked his first non-Hold'em WSOP title in only his second non-Hold'em ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 4th, 2014 4
Black Friday Whistleblower Daniel Tzvetkoff Gets Time Served, $13M Forfeiture

According to a Reuters article, Australia's Daniel Tzvetkoff (pictured), who "cooperated with a broader investigation into online poker sites that led to criminal charges against the owners of Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and PokerStars," received no additional jail time in a sentence handed down on Wednesday. He was hit with a $13 million forfeiture for his role with his payment processing ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 4th, 2014 4
Daniel Negreanu Had Offer to Sell FullContactPoker for $170 Million

In an interview that appeared on as part of a series, Daniel Negreanu (pictured), now the front man for PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, revealed that he had an offer to sell his old for-money room, FullContactPoker, for $170 million. However, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), passed in 2006, thwarted the deal.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 7th, 2014 4
Trading of Amaya Halted Amid PokerStars Acquisition Rumors, Deal Imminent?

There's more news about the rumor that Amaya Gaming is in talks to acquire PokerStars. According to Bloomberg, trading of Amaya's stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange was halted on Tuesday "following a 28% surge in the past two days." What the stoppage means regarding a potential acquisition, if anything, is not yet known, but a separate Bloomberg article stated that an announcement of a deal ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 12th, 2014 4
Poker Community Celebratory But Cautious About PokerStars Sale

On Thursday, Amaya Gaming made the stunning announcement that it would acquire PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and parent company Rational Group in a $4.9 billion deal. With the exception of a few rumors, the agreement came virtually out of the blue, and many found it hard to believe that the Canadian firm would be able to put up enough cash for such a large transaction. But now that the deal has ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 13th, 2014 4
Sam Trickett Talks About a $23 Million Pot in Macau

In a recent Google Hangout interview with PokerNews at the World Series of Poker, British poker pro Sam Trickett (pictured) revealed some surprising details about his beef with Andrew Feldman, bad investment opportunities, and a $23 million pot that took place in the ultra high-stakes poker rooms of Macau.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 19th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dan Yoo (danhyoo)

Dan Yoo (danhyoo on PocketFives, pictured) hails from Palisades Park, New Jersey and is the Card Room Manager at Virgin Poker. His handle on is aznthug4lyf. On June 15, Yoo finished second in the Online Championships Main Event, which was a $200,000 guarantee, winning $28,000. He also has over $30,000 in recorded live cashes. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 20th, 2014 4
BigRiskky Leads WSOP $1,500 PLO Hi-Low with 11 Left

Event #48 of the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament that drew 991 players two days ago when it began. Now, the field is down to 11 and a champion will be crowned on Thursday.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 26th, 2014 4
Dan Colman Wins WSOP Big One for One Drop

A $15.3 million payday was forked over to 23-year-old Dan Colman (pictured), who won the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament, at the World Series of Poker on Tuesday. Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up. According to , Colman is a heads-up sit and go specialist who plays online under the handle mrgr33n13.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 2nd, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for July 18, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees. Pells327 (pells327 on PocketFives) won the $5,000 Guarantee on Monday, cashing for $1,107. On Wednesday, Frank Vulpis (Binkedit8899 on PocketFives) made the final table of both nightly guarantees. Vulpis came in second in the $5,000 Guarantee and then came in third in the $10,000 ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 18th, 2014 4
Johannes Strassmann Toxicology Reportedly Reveals Prohibited Drugs

New details have emerged from the autopsy of the late poker player Johannes Strassmann (pictured) that might shed some light on the circumstances behind the German poker pro's death in Slovenia last month.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jul 17th, 2014 4
It's Raining Play Chips! First One Billion Chip Pot at Full Tilt

We normally wouldn't get very excited about any article related to play chip poker, but this is something you don't see every day. Last weekend, Full Tilt Poker dealt a one billion-chip pot. Yes, one billion play chips exchanged hands in a single pot, the first time that has happened in Full Tilt's history.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 25th, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for August 11, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran ten tournaments, which included the $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. Mike Gags30 Gagliano, pictured, was victorious in the $50,000 Guarantee, banking the top prize of $9,134 in a chop heads-up. Gagliano's Sunday was not done there. He also won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee and finished third in the $10,000 ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 11th, 2014 4
Amaya Officially Seals the Deal With PokerStars

Just three months ago, almost no one would have predicted that the relatively unknown gaming systems supplier Amaya was in advanced talks to purchase the parent company of the online poker behemoth PokerStars. Yet on Friday, the Canadian firm announced the completion of its acquisition of PokerStars and Full Tilt, instantly transforming it into the biggest publicly traded online gambling company ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 1st, 2014 4
"I Got 5th in the Sunday Million at 7am and Went to Work 90 Minutes Later"

In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, "It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I'd reached the $1 million cash badge milestone."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 3rd, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for August 18, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran ten tournaments, which included the $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. Rodney Koodray (Vetstadium on PocketFives) finished third in the site's $10,000 Guarantee on Sunday for $1,438. The winner of the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee was rockythecat, who took home the top prize of $10,000.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 18th, 2014 4
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dan Sewnig (RedsoxNets5)

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Sep 3rd, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: pleno1 New #1

Last week, we began our PocketFives Rankings Update by saying there was a very good chance we'd have a new #1 player worldwide this week. And, sure enough, our statement came true, as Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) is your new top dog in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, our first new #1 since July 2.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 13th, 2014 4
PokerStars, Ultimate Poker Cut Sponsored Pros

August has not been a good month for sponsored poker pros. In recent weeks, three Latin American grinders have been confirmed cuts from Team PokerStars, while four more have seemingly disappeared from the US online site Ultimate Poker's roster.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 15th, 2014 4
"I Felt at the Top of the World After Playing a Long Session and Winning 32 Cents!"

On the final weekend of July, Brazil's capotinha (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $49,000. There were about 900 entrants in the tournament, which offered up a prize pool of $265,000. It was his largest online tournament cash by a factor of three and has helped drive his career total to just south of $1 million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 17th, 2014 4
Who's Your Pick to Win the 2014 WSOP Main Event?

We're three months away from the resumption of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event from the Rio in Las Vegas. The final nine features players from six countries including, for the first time ever, Brazil, whose representative, Bruno Politano, recently signed with 888 Poker.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 19th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: European Up 20 Spots to #4

It's Wednesday, which means we have recalculated the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Finland's European chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $185,000. The result was a trip to the top five of the Rankings and a 1,156-PLB Point boost. European has $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and three six-figure scores to his credit.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 20th, 2014 4
Heads Up With New Jersey Poker Player Justin "PocketProfits" Wong

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with one of our members, Justin PocketProfits Wong (pictured). A member since May 2014, his lifetime cashes are $56,000 both live and online combined. He currently lives in Piscataway, New Jersey, and recently finished third in the $150,000 guarantee Borgata PocketFives Open held in Atlantic City for $19,000. Some of his online cashes include a win in ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 26th, 2014 4
National Conference Of State Legislatures Formally Opposes Federal I-Gaming Ban

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has formally adopted a resolution opposing the Sheldon Adelson-backed legislation known as the Restoration of America’s Wire Act.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 29th, 2014 4
Sam Grafton's "Poker and Silence" About Dan Colman Gets Rave Reviews

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

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Sep 9th, 2014 4
Daniel Negreanu Makes Poker Hall of Fame Ballot in First Year of Eligibility

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 9th, 2014 4
PocketFives Rankings Update: MAMOHT_T Up to #5 Worldwide

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 10th, 2014 4
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for October 17, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Oct 17th, 2014 4
Morgan Stanley: 20 US States Will Regulate Online Gambling By 2020

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 17th, 2014 4
Ultimate Gaming Leaves New Jersey

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Sep 19th, 2014 4
George Danzer Wins 2014 WSOP Player of the Year

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 16th, 2014 4
"You Don't Go to the Galapagos to Play Poker"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 18th, 2014 4
Patrik Antonius Up $1.3 Million in the Last Two Weeks

According to HighStakesDB, Finland's Patrik Antonius (pictured) has been on fire lately. In fact, Antonius, who plays as "FinddaGrind" on Full Tilt, is up $1.3 million in the last two weeks and a total of $773,000 in 2014.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 22nd, 2014 3
Tournament Review for September 1, 2014

Rob rtinnion Tinnion of the United Kingdom (ranked #469 worldwide) was the biggest winner in online poker tournaments over the weekend, taking down the PokerStars weekly flagship event for a payday of $213,995.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Sep 1st, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for October 3, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Oct 3rd, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Jake DiDonato (Wolf_51)

PokerFives got a chance to go heads-up with Nevada poker player Jake DiDonato (pictured), who is known as Wolf_51 on our site. He also plays under that handle on and Ultimate Poker. He may be followed on Twitter at the account @TheWolf_51. Joining PocketFives on April 15, 2014, the third anniversary of Black Friday, he is already cashing in games and ascending our Nevada online poker rankings. ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Apr 25th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Nevada Online Poker Player Brandon Leopard (ZenSatori)

We caught up to PocketFives member ZenEnso, whose name is Brandon Leopard (pictured). He plays on Ultimate Poker and as ZenSatori. He is now a Nevada resident, having moved from Alabama just two months prior to Black Friday. Leopard has cashed five times on each site this year, giving him earnings of over $5,500 in the larger guarantee events. He is also seen at other guarantee events, cashing ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
May 5th, 2014 3
Introducing the Winner of the 900 Millionth Tournament on PokerStars

Late last month, Talal eg23 Shoush (pictured) took down the 900 millionth tournament on PokerStars for $152,000 following a three-way chop. The gala drew nearly 19,000 entrants and Shoush, who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006, laid claim to his first six-figure score.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 12th, 2014 3
PokerStars Reportedly Gets US Patent for Fast-Fold Poker

There could be a virtual monopoly in the fast-fold market for PokerStars' parent company, Rational Group, according to a report on Monday from Pokerfuse. The article read in part, "Late last month, the [United States Patent and Trademark Office] decided to issue a patent to PokerStars' parent company, Rational Group, for fast-fold poker. On May 20, Patent Number 8,727,850 will issue as 'Computer ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 12th, 2014 3
Frisbee Dogs to Invade 2014 WSOP

On Tuesday, just two weeks away from the start of the 2014 World Series of Poker, WSOP officials held a conference call to preview the event and field questions from reporters. PocketFives was on the call and learned that we'll see Frisbee dogs before the "Shuffle up and deal" command at some point this summer. Who doesn't like Frisbee dogs' Answer: Everyone loves Frisbee dogs.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 13th, 2014 3
High-Stakes Poker: Phil Ivey Up $700,000 in Three Days

Phil Ivey (pictured), who plays as "Polarizing" on Full Tilt Poker, is up $712,000 since Tuesday, according to HighStakesDB. After taking a brief hit on Thursday morning courtesy of Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar at the $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em tables on what was once the second largest site in the world, "Ivey was back at the tables a few hours later at the $1,500/$3,000 Eight-Game tables, where ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 16th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for June 2, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $10,000 Guarantee nightly as well as its $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. Making two final tables this weekend was TiltX2, who won the $10,000 Guarantee on Friday and came in fourth in the $50,000 Guarantee on Sunday for a total of $5,089 in winnings. The winner of the Party/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee was croatico, pocketing the top ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 2nd, 2014 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Pro David Cheng (phatchoy888)

Making five final tables last weekend on the virtual felts in New Jersey was David phatchoy888 Cheng (pictired), who hails from Paramus. Cheng plays under the handle Phatdaddy on most of the New Jersey regulated websites. A longtime PocketFiver with over $3 million in recorded online cashes, he couldn't be happier that online poker has returned to the Garden State.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 20th, 2014 3
PartyPoker Slowly Rebounding from Google Penalties

After being knocked down the search rankings of Google for protocol violations, PartyPoker has rebounded over the past month, albeit only slightly.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
May 28th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for July 7, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Friday saw four PocketFivers make the final table. Leading the way was YouPayMyRent (Brilliant27 on PocketFives), who took down the tournament, taking home $1,062. oDD_li_oDDs (obione on PocketFives) won the $5,000 Guarantee on Saturday for $1,000. Rodney Koodray (Vetstadium on PocketFives) won the ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 7th, 2014 3
Here We Go Again: Phil Hellmuth Makes Final 15 of WSOP $3K NLHE Six-Max

It was just last week that Ted Forrest denied Phil Hellmuth his 14th bracelet in a $1,500 Razz event at the World Series of Poker. Now, Hellmuth (pictured) is once again in position to score his record-extending piece of hardware in a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. However, a parade of PocketFivers and several established pros stand in his way.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 7th, 2014 3
Amaya Purchase Doesn't Automatically Bring PokerStars to the US

On Thursday, Amaya Gaming purchased the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Rational Group, for $4.9 billion. The deal is expected to close in September and will make Amaya the largest publicly held internet gambling company on the face of the Earth. The question many players have been wondering is how fast we can expect to see PokerStars and/or Full Tilt Poker reenter a ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 13th, 2014 3
1SickDisease Heads-Up for First WSOP Bracelet in $5K Six-Max Event

Play went on for 12 hours on Thursday in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament. In the end, the action was paused until 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday with two people remaining: Kevin 1SickDisease Eyster (pictured) and Pierre Neuville.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 13th, 2014 3
1SickDisease Wins First WSOP Bracelet

It took one more day than originally planned, but Kevin 1SickDisease Eyster (pictured) captured gold in Event #24 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament that drew 541 entrants. Eyster told WSOP officials what the win meant: "This is what I've been dreaming about for my whole life. This is what I've been wanting to win my whole life. I've been watching ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 14th, 2014 3
Defeat of Eric Cantor Could Shelve Online Gambling Legislation

As Congressman Eric Cantor's (pictured) shocking defeat in the primary for the Seventh District of Virginia reverberates through the political spectrum, many gambling analysts are beginning to wonder how the loss of this Sheldon Adelson-backed lawmaker will influence the future of internet gaming legislation.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 14th, 2014 3
PokerStars Running $1 Million GTD Football Fever Phase Tournament

In celebration of the big football tournament happening in Brazil, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, is running a $1 Million Guaranteed Football Fever Phase Tournament with a $27 buy-in. As PokerStars explained on its website, "Play any $27 Phase 1 tournament running daily from June 11 to July 5 at 05:25, 10:25, 13:25, 16:25, and 19:25 ET to advance into Phase 2."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 20th, 2014 3
888 CEO: PokerStars Would Help Expand US Online Gaming Market

In comments made last week to the Las Vegas Review Journal, 888 CEO Brian Mattingley (pictured) said he would welcome the presence of PokerStars in the US market. As you know by now, PokerStars and its sister site, Full Tilt Poker, were sold to Amaya Gaming for $4.9 billion in recent weeks in a deal that is scheduled to close in September. The transaction could bring PokerStars and Full Tilt ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 24th, 2014 3
Sam Trickett Leads WSOP Big One for One Drop After Day 1

Forty-two players showed up for this year's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. After officials thought the tournament might sell out, there were more than a dozen openings in the 56-max tournament. Nevertheless, a cavalcade of brand name players turned out, including Sam Trickett (pictured), who has a pace-setting stack of 13.4 million entering Day 2 on Monday.

DanDan
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Jun 30th, 2014 3
Poker Night in America: Then Darvin Moon Showed Up

If you're in the United States, then you might know that Sunday was the premiere of "Poker Night in America" on the CBS Sports Network. Showcasing poker celebrities on and off the felt, two 30-minute episodes of the show aired starting at 10:00pm Eastern Time. This author fired up his DVR to watch and had a mixed reaction. Then, it was on to catch up with "24."

DanDan
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Jun 30th, 2014 3
Daniel Negreanu Becomes Tournament Poker's All-Time Money Leader

On Tuesday, Dan Colman won the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker for $15.3 million. While Colman might have won the battle, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) won the war, becoming tournament poker's all-time money leader according to the Hendon Mob. Negreanu passed Antonio Esfandiari, who won the 2012 One Drop.

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Jul 2nd, 2014 3
basebaldy Makes Final Table of WSOP Little One for One Drop

Longtime PocketFiver and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric basebaldy Baldwin (pictured) has made the final nine of the Little One for One Drop, the $1,111 buy-in version of the annual charity event. Baldwin had an emotional roller coaster on Saturday, all-in with sevens against aces early on, but hitting one of his two outs to stay alive.

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Jul 6th, 2014 3
William Tonking – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

Sitting on a 1.295 million chip stack and in 58th place at the start of Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was New Jersey’s William Tonking, who has already made his largest tournament cash of his career, but was looking to make this one the biggest of all in winning the Main Event.

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Jul 13th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Addy Litfin (suicidequ33n)

PocketFives had the chance to chat with one of our members, redhat_jane, aka Addy Litfin (pictured) in the real world and suicidequ33n on . She has been a member of PocketFives since December of 2010 and has been a resident of Las Vegas for almost five years. Originally from New York, she has taken quite well to the online scene in Nevada. She has cashed four times on the Nightly $3K events on ...

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Jul 15th, 2014 3
Full Tilt Drops "Poker" from Domain, Moves to FullTilt.com and FullTilt.eu

If you blinked, then you might have missed that Full Tilt Poker has moved domains from to simply . For now, the brand is still called Full Tilt Poker, but with the addition of casino games in recent weeks and a pending purchase by Amaya Gaming, we could see the word "Poker" dropped from the "Full Tilt Poker" brand in the not-too-distant future.

DanDan
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Jul 16th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for July 21, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees. A2ron02 (a2ron02 on PocketFives) won the $5,000 Guarantee on Friday, cashing for $812. Kyle Miller (millertime4244 on PocketFives) took down the same tournament on Saturday, banking $1,000. Exocomet (papsdee on PocketFives) won the $10,000 Guarantee on Sunday, pocketing $2,928.

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Jul 21st, 2014 3
Former Utah Attorney Generals Linked to Online Poker Arrested

Former Utah Attorney Generals Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow (pictured) were arrested this week and charged with an array of corruption offenses, some of which are linked to online poker payment processor Jeremy Johnson.

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Jul 18th, 2014 3
"More Money to Be Made Playing Online During the WSOP Than at the WSOP"

Here's a thought you might have not had. What if playing online during the World Series of Poker is actually more profitable than going to the WSOP itself' Sure, if you win the WSOP Main Event, you'd be up $10 million, but for all but one member of the poker community, winning the Main Event isn't an option.

DanDan
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Jul 19th, 2014 3
"I Never Thought I'd Be the Luckbox Who Could Win a Live Tournament"

Late last month, Dublin, Ireland's SuitedAcesBaby (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $30,000. The tournament drew 769 entrants and had a prize pool that just barely passed its $225,000 guarantee. As he admitted, "The result came at the right time, as I was on a bit of a downswing." He was also headed to Las Vegas when we talked to him to partake in the final days ...

DanDan
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Jul 26th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for August 8, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantee tournaments. On Monday, the $10,000 Guarantee saw Jesse Ellitot (No_Xcape on PocketFives) and Eddie Roman (Pompiaa2 on PocketFives) finish in the top two spots, chopping heads-up for $2,135. romeo8880 (romeo8880 on PocketFives) made back-to-back final tables this week on PartyPoker/Borgata poker, ...

DloricanDlorican
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Aug 8th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for August 15, 2014

This week in New Jersey, Jack King (Jaybone2315 on PocketFives, pictured) made four final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee. King finished second on Monday, fifth and third on Tuesday, and eighth in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Thursday for a total of $1,900.

DanDan
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Aug 15th, 2014 3
Paddy Power Suffers "Historical Data Breach"

On Thursday, Paddy Power issued a press release warning users of a "historical data breach" that occurred back in 2010. Four years later, Paddy Power is learning the "full extent" of the issue, which affected nearly 650,000 customers.

DanDan
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Aug 1st, 2014 3
2014 PokerStars WCOOP Guarantees $40 Million

PokerStars announced the return of its popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) this week. The series will run from September 7 to 28 and feature 66 events and $40 million in guaranteed prize money.

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Aug 8th, 2014 3
PocketFives Finally Interviews a Player from Iceland

We're pretty sure this is one of the first, if not the first, interviews we've ever done with a poker player from Iceland. After all, the island nation has fewer than 150 registered PocketFives members, so percentage-wise Iceland is a tiny blip on the poker radar. However, in recent weeks, Hrannar Hallgrimsson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as hrabbi87, final tabled the PokerStars ...

DanDan
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Aug 9th, 2014 3
Stakes, Rake, Liquidity: Cash Game Player Trends Since 2010

According to the PokerScout Scouting Report, the last four years have shown a shift in player preferences on PokerStars in terms of the stakes they play. Looking at levels that range from $0.01/$0.02 to $2/$4, the shift has shown a predominance toward lower-stakes play. From 2010 to 2013, play at $0.02/$0.05 showed an increase of 55% and, looking at the 2013 to 2014 comparison, the $0.01/$0.02 ...

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Aug 20th, 2014 3
Don't Call it a Comeback: Gus Hansen Up $731,000 on Thursday

He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime.

DanDan
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Aug 29th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for September 22, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
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Sep 22nd, 2014 3
Renewable Utilities By Day, Chopping the Sunday 500 By Night

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

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

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

DanDan
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Sep 10th, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for October 13, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
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Oct 13th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Mike Lavenburg (Lav519)

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

DloricanDlorican
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Sep 25th, 2014 3
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player vegaslife

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

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

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Oct 7th, 2014 3
Bodog Founder Calvin Ayre Facing Extradition?

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

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Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Oct 8th, 2014 3
Study: Poker Players Are Thin, Young, Like to Drink

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

DanDan
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Oct 14th, 2014 3
Viktor Blom, Gus Hansen Part Ways with Full Tilt Poker

The rumors swirling over the last day or two were true: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen (pictured) are no longer sponsored pros of Full Tilt Poker. There had been reports of their likenesses being removed from the Full Tilt website, so the rumors were strong, but no public statement had been made as to whether it was just a site redesign or if, in fact, the two players were really not part ...

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Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Oct 21st, 2014 3
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for April 28, 2014

The final six events of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker took place this weekend in New Jersey. Winning Event #10, a $20,000 Guarantee Six-Max tournament, was jaywentz1976, who pocketed $4,641.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 28th, 2014 2
Tournament Review For May 5, 2014

The 2014 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) kicked off over the weekend with millions of dollars in guaranteed prize pools spread across three buy-in levels. At the time this article was published, many events were still in progress. We will update the results once the events have concluded.

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Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
May 5th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 25, 2014

This week, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker continued on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker with four events. On Monday, Mitch Friedberg (money4bacon on PocketFives) took down Event #6 of NJCOP, a $20,000 Guaranteed 6-Max, for $5,988.

DloricanDlorican
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Apr 25th, 2014 2
Who is LarsLuzak?

Off to a hot start in 2014 is PocketFives member LarsLuzak (pictured), who is known in the real world as Sami Kelopuro. This Finnish poker pro has a final table in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event and a win in the site's $250,000 Guaranteed already this year for a combined $134,000. Additionally, he has one of the largest cashes ever recorded by a PocketFiver. We'll have more on that to come.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 23rd, 2014 2
Tournament Review for July 14, 2014

Guarantees for major online poker tournaments were slashed over the weekend due to the World Cup final match. Lower MTT participation than general was commonplace on Sunday.

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Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jul 14th, 2014 2
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for July 21, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and the Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday and the Freezeout and $15,000 Guarantee on Sunday. had 539 runners vying for the 75 available prizes totaling $53,330.

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Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 21st, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 2, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker resumed its $10,000 Guarantee nightly tournament. Brian Willis (WillisNYC on PocketFives) took it down on Monday, banking $2,661. On Wednesday, five PocketFivers made the final table of the $10,000 Guarantee, with romeo8880 (romeo8880 on PocketFives) winning the tournament for $2,928. Making back-to-back final tables this week in the $10,000 ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 2nd, 2014 2
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for October 13, 2014

This weekend in Nevada, seven PocketFives members made it to final tables, taking home over $15,000 collectively. Both Aaron lvkid7 Bass (pictured) and Christine lindeyloo2 Lindley took first place finishes this weekend.

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Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Oct 13th, 2014 2