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Global Poker League Announces 12 Franchises, Managers

The Global Poker League, or GPL, has announced the names and locations of its 12 franchises. As a press release from GPL explained, there are "12 cities, 12 franchises, 12 brands, and as many reasons to build a platform to aggregate fan engagement for the 100 million poker fans (51 million in the USA) in the world."

DanJan 13th, 2016 1
2CardsCollege's History of Poker: UB, Party, and Stars

Last time we told you about the battle between Planet Poker and Paradise Poker as well as the meteoric rise and painful fall of PokerSpot. The year 2000 was coming to an end, and so was the "stone age" of online poker. Today's grinders might have not even heard of the above-mentioned mastodons. Today, 2CardsCollege will talk about how the brands that are well known to us nowadays came into the ...

reckoner4Jan 13th, 2016 1
The Aussie Millions Grows from Humble Start to Premier Poker Event

The Aussie Millions is a can't miss event on the poker schedule. Poker players from all over the world have converged on the Crown Melbourne Resort to participate in the 19th annual Aussie Millions Poker Championship tournament series this week. Highlighted as the marquee event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), this year’s series features 24 events spread over 18 days, with buy-ins ...

LandSharkJan 16th, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: 'veeea' New #1 Worldwide

'veeea' is the new #1 ranked player on PocketFives We have a new #1 ranked player on PocketFives. After a 16-week run at #1, Sweden's 'eisenhower1' dropped to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings this week. Your new #1: 'veeea', who has been ranked #2 for much of the last four months.

DanJan 20th, 2016 1
Brazilian Poker Hero Helio 'hneves182' Neves Hopes Country Changes

Banking $110,000 in four-and-a-half hours is one heck of a feat. Winning the first three-phase tournament ever held on PokerStars is quite impressive too. Add in beating a mammoth field of 53,311 entrants and you have yourself quite a day. However, the win comes with a silver lining for the community in his home nation.

DanJan 22nd, 2016 1
'buzzard1881', 'ugritaly' Win Second 2016 TCOOP Titles

Sal 'ugritaly' Fazzino won his second 2016 TCOOP event Two players managed to win their second title of the 2016 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker on Wednesday. Out of four events held, half crowned repeat winners. Who said skill is marginalized in turbos, anyway'

DanJan 28th, 2016 1
WSOP Town Hall Discusses Shot Clocks, Colossus, New Playing Cards

On Thursday, World Series of Poker (WSOP) Executive Director Ty Stewart and Tournament Director Jack Effel hopped on Twitch for a special town hall meeting. It was two dudes sitting in a room going through PowerPoint, but plenty of changes, ideas, and feedback were discussed. Now, on to the highlights of the broadcast, which received about 250 concurrent viewers at its peak.

DanJan 29th, 2016 1
Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira Joins COOP Triple Crown Club with TCOOP Victory

Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira is now part of a unique club following his TCOOP victory. History was made on the third to final day of PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker as Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira become just the third player to join the PokerStars COOP Triple Crown club with his win in Event #37.

LanceJan 30th, 2016 1
Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano Wins $833K in Cash Games in January

Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano, image courtesy PokerNews 80 sessions. 18,126 hands. $383,800 in profit in a single day. One poker player did exactly that at the high-stakes cash game tables in January.

DanFeb 2nd, 2016 1
Grayson 'gray31' Ramage and 'LilFishAtL' Top Two in Sunday Million

Grayson 'gray31' Ramage was the big winner in the PokerStars Sunday Million with his runner-up finish. (photo credit Neil Stoddart/PokerStars) PocketFives members 'gray31' (ranked #14 worldwide) of Costa Rica and 'LilFishAtL' of Mexico were part of a three-way chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament over the weekend. The former was awarded with a payday of $156,406 for ...

dhubermexFeb 9th, 2016 1
Mustapha Kanit Wins EPT Dublin €25,000 High Roller

Mustapha Kanit won the EPT Dublin €25,000 High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart) In the nine years since the European Poker Tour was last in Dublin, Ireland the Tour has changed quite a bit. One of the biggest changes is the addition of High Roller events to the stop in each EPT city.

LanceFeb 15th, 2016 1
'C Darwin2' Pads PocketFives Rankings Lead

Stats for the top-ranked players on PocketFives Players from Sweden continue to reign over the rest of the online poker community. This week in the PocketFives Rankings, four of the top six players worldwide, and five of the top eight, hail from the Scandinavian country. And the #1 player, who calls Sweden home, just padded his lead over the pack.

DanFeb 17th, 2016 1
Dzmitry Urbanovich Wins EPT Dublin Main Event

Dzmitry Urbanovich continues to find new ways to dominate the European Poker Tour Last season Dzmitry Urbanovich burst onto the European Poker Tour scene and at 19 years old made easy work of the EPT Player of the Year race even though he never won an EPT Main Event. On Saturday in Dublin the now 20-year-old Polish poker pro found himself on top of the EPT Dublin Main Event field after a ...

LanceFeb 21st, 2016 1
GPL: Boeree Embracing New Opportunity as London Royals Manager

Liv Boeree is one of three female managers in the 12-team Global Poker League A common, almost regular topic of conversation in poker circles is women and their role in poker. That discussion in a whole is for a different day, but three female players will be playing a big role this year, as they manage their respective Global Poker League teams. While Maria Ho heads the Los Angeles team and ...

WILLOCFeb 25th, 2016 1
GPL: Rome Emperors Select Mustapha Kanit #1 Overall in Draft

Mustapha Kanit was the first player selected in the Global Poker League draft Mustapha Kanit is one helluva poker player. As of Thursday afternoon, he’s also the answer to a future trivia question. Who was the first player selected to play in the Global Poker League'

LanceFeb 26th, 2016 1
Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Preaching Importance of Balance

"It takes a lot of work to be a winning player now." A quote from a man who has been around poker for ten years that undoubtedly rings true with players everywhere.

DanFeb 28th, 2016 1
February Legislative Recap: All Eyes on California

Online poker took center stage in California in February California is the largest state in the US at 38.8 million people. If it were its own country, California would be the 35th largest in the world, sandwiched in between Sudan and Poland. In February, all eyes were on the Golden State's deliberate, contentious march towards legalized online poker.

DanMar 1st, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Swedes Hold Top Four Spots

'eisenhower1' is one of four Swedes at the top of the PocketFives rankings Sweden is dominating the PocketFives Rankings. It's not like this is anything new, as Swedes are typically staples of the top 10. However, this week, Swedes hold down the top four spots worldwide.

DanMar 2nd, 2016 1
Top Players Dominating Early Garden State Super Series IV Action

Daniel 'leinad' Buzgon has two GSSS IV victories at the half way point of the series The fourth installment of the partypoker Garden State Super Series is turning into a showcase event for some of the top online poker players in New Jersey. A number of the top-ranked players in New Jersey have made multiple final tables so far, but nobody has had more success than Daniel 'leinad' Buzgon, who ...

WILLOCMar 6th, 2016 1
Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis: Future Underwear Mogul?

Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis hopes his Big Stack Underwear line takes offl David Beckham has his own fragrance line. Kobe Bryant has his own line of sneaker. So does Michael Jordan. John Elway once sold five car dealerships for $80 million. Mike Ditka has a well-known chain of steakhouses.

DanMar 7th, 2016 1
Mustapha ‘lasagnaaammm’ Kanit Wins PokerStars Sunday Supersonic

Mustapha Kanit just keeps finding poker tournament to win. Sunday it was the PokerStars Supersonic. The PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament was won by PocketFiver 'CantWinAFlip' of the United Kingdom, who had a career outing and his first six-figure score for $174,952. PokerStars players 'M.Strelskaya' and 'spearjohn' walked away with $130,317 and $92,117 for their respective ...

dhubermexMar 7th, 2016 1
PocketFives Open Returns Sunday to 888 Poker - $2,000 Added

The PocketFives Open returns Sunday to 888 Poker On Sunday at 19:00 UK Time, the PocketFives Open for non-US players returns to 888 Poker. This is the first PocketFives Open since November and, this time around, there's $2,000 in added cash and prizes.

DanMar 11th, 2016 1
Stefan Schillhabel Wins World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star

Stefan Schillhabel outlasted Adam Geyer to win WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (Joe Giron photo) German poker players have had so much success on the international poker circuit the past three to four years that it's really no surprise when another German star emerges to take down a major title. That's exactly what happened Friday night in San Jose as Stefan Schillhabel came out on top of the World ...

LanceMar 12th, 2016 1
Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy: A Hearthstone Legend

Online poker pro Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy has obtained Legend status in Hearthstone. "I'll never stop enjoying it and learning new things about it." Those were Daniel Negreanu's comments to ESPN about an online card game called Hearthstone, one that several high-profile poker pros have begun playing.

DanMar 15th, 2016 1
David 'davidv1213' Vamplew Focusing on Results, Not Spotlights

David 'davidv1213' Vamplew, who just hit $2 million in cashes, values results instead of the spotlight, photo: Neil Stoddart Some players really embrace the spotlight. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are two who come to mind. Any poker TV show, any awards ceremony, any special event, any charity gala, they're there. But, the limelight isn't everyone's cup of tea.

DanMar 18th, 2016 1
Vlad Darie Wins WPT Vienna Main Event; Dietrich Fast Fourth

Vlad Darie now has his name on the WPT Champions cup after emerging victorious in Vienna. When the final table of the World Poker Tour Vienna stop got underway on Sunday evening, all eyes were on Dietrich Fast. The German poker pro was second in chips behind Zoltan Gal and looking for his second WPT title in a little over two weeks after taking down the L.A. Poker Classic.

LanceMar 20th, 2016 1
Top Seed Carlos Mortensen Bounced from WPT Champions Challenge

Only three of the four top seeds are moving on to the WPT Champions Challenge Sweet 16. Even though they've had little trouble this year, number one seeds don’t always breeze through the NCAA tournament. Upsets happen. It seems that the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge is no different.

LanceMar 22nd, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov Up Six Spots to #4

Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up to #4 this week, photo: WPT Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Four of the top five players in the world are from Sweden, yet it's the lone non-Swede who made waves last week, sending him to #4 worldwide.

DanMar 23rd, 2016 1
Diego Ventura Credits DeRose Method for Improved Play

Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura talks about how the DeRose Method has helped his poker game Professor DeRose began focusing on techniques like breathing education, concentration, and meditation in the 1960s. Now, he's known for the DeRose Method.

DanMar 27th, 2016 1
Amaya CEO David Baazov Takes Indefinite Paid Leave of Absence

Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov has stepped aside - temporarily - to deal with insider trading allegations. Just days after being charged with insider trading, David Baazov has taken an indefinite paid leave of absence from his role as Amaya Chair CEO to deal with the allegations. He will remain a member of the board of directors.

LanceMar 29th, 2016 1
Ivey and Esfandiari Highlight WPT Champions Challenge Final Four

Only four players remain in the WPT Champions Challenge. After three weeks of fan voting the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge is down to just four players. And surprisingly, there isn't a single number one seed remaining.

LanceMar 30th, 2016 1
Global Poker League Releases Inaugural Schedule; Finals in London

The GPL schedule includes the finals in London this November. The Global Poker League is one of the most ambitious poker initiatives launched this year. With the inaugural season kicking off in less than a week, organizers announced the full schedule of events, which includes 15 game weeks, 400+ hours of live streamed content and a two-day final held at The SSE Arena in London at Wembley.

LandSharkMar 31st, 2016 1
Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan Moves to Top Spot in New Jersey Rankings

Mike 'lav519' Lavenburg pushed his way into the top five this month in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings. (Will O'Connor photo) While the addition of PokerStars in the marketplace might have changed the landscape of online poker in New Jersey over the last month, the changes to the PocketFives New Jersey Online Poker Rankings have not been as drastic. The same three players have remained at ...

WILLOCApr 5th, 2016 1
GPL: Hong Kong Stars and New York Rounders Lead After Week 1

Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators won the first Global Poker League tournament. After months of build up and hype, the Global Poker League finally got cards in the air this week with three days of action and it was two players, Randy Lew of the Hong Kong Stars and Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators, who stole the show.

LanceApr 8th, 2016 1
Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan Dishes on Poker in Norway

Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan is the top-ranked online poker player in Norway Poker is incredibly different from country to country. From the robust live games in the UK to limited regulated online poker in the US, no matter where you go, poker is inherently different. And that's part of what makes the game so unique.

DanApr 9th, 2016 1
Becoming a Better Poker Player is All About Deliberate Practice

Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald is back with another lesson on poker study habits. One of the first questions I’ll ask you if you ever do a lesson with me is, "How many hours a week do you study'" The answer most players had for many years was, "Once in a while." I’d ask what they meant by that and they’d explain that they watched a video on occasion. They admitted they probably did not ...

AssassinatoApr 15th, 2016 1
GPL: Dominik Nitsche Stars for Berlin Bears in Week 2 Action

Dominik Nitsche dominated Week 2 action of the Global Poker League. (PokerStars photo) Don’t call it a comeback just yet, but Week 2 of the Global Poker League’s inaugural season saw the Berlin Bears recover from a disastrous Week 1 with 15 points, good enough to move them out of the Eurasian Conference basement.

LanceApr 16th, 2016 1
NutsBet Chinese Poker Calculator Elevates Your OFC Game

The NutsBet app allows players to calculate optimal plays in Chinese Poker. Chinese Poker was a virtually unknown game until its introduction in the United States just a few years ago. Since then, it has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity and has particularly captivated the high-stakes community, always on the lookout for new games to master.

LandSharkApr 16th, 2016 1
Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney Wins Fifth PocketFives Triple Crown

Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown. Five years ago, Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. Six months later, he did it again, his second Triple Crown of 2011. He won one more in May 2013 and another two years later. On April 17, he polished off another milestone: Triple Crown number five.

DanApr 20th, 2016 1
Mike Shariati Climbs From Low Stakes to Win WPT Player of the Year

Mike Shariati has gone from low-stakes grinder to WPT Player of the Year. (Joe Giron/WPT photo) This time last year, Mike Shariati was just another poker player dreaming of a big break while grinding away in the low-stakes dailies at the Commerce or the Bike or Hawaiian Gardens in Los Angeles.

LanceApr 23rd, 2016 1
Farid Yachou Wins Monster WPT Tournament of Champions

Farid Yachou now has a Corvette and a few hundred thousand dollars after winning the WPT Tournament of Champions Farid Yachou seems to know how to make his tournament appearances count. Last May the Dutch amateur outlasted 340 other players to win WPT Amsterdam and $225,073. Part of that prize pool was a seat to the $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions.

LanceApr 25th, 2016 1
Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan Remains #1 Ranked Player in New Jersey

Steven '7douche' Madara is the #3-ranked player in New Jersey. The trend of the last few New Jersey Online Poker Rankings updates has been minimal changes at the top of the leaderboard, as a few players have seemingly cemented themselves on the podium spots over the last few months. That’s not the case heading into May, as a handful of players shot themselves not only into the top ten, but ...

WILLOCMay 3rd, 2016 1
Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky Tops Cash Game Leaderboard in April

Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky was the biggest winner at the high-stakes cash game tables in April After finishing third on the high stakes cash game leaderboard in March, Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky moved all the way to #1 in April. He earned $164,642 during the somewhat quiet 30-day period, according to HighStakesDB, beating out the next closest player by $63,000.

DanMay 4th, 2016 1
Bryan Micon Gets 2 Years' Probation, Fined $25,000

Former Seals With Clubs operator Bryan Micon (pictured) has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $25,000 fine after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed interactive gambling system, according to the Associated Press.

DanNov 5th, 2015 0
Bicycle Casino Undergoes Massive Expansion

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino has been a go-to place for many poker players and gaming enthusiasts in California and around the world. Now, after many years of planning and development, the casino is about its doors to a new luxury hotel on December 1 to transform the resort into an unparalleled gaming destination.

wackyJaxonNov 5th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Grant Hollien (Jedimind)

PocketFives had the opportunity to interview Grant Hollien (Jedimind on PocketFives, pictured), who is mostly known for his screen name NevaTeachTheWu on both poker networks in New Jersey. Like many others, Hollien is part of the Moneymaker boom that rocked the poker world back in 2003 and has been playing ever since. To improve his game, he signed up to the poker training website Tournament ...

RicanPhenomNov 5th, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 6, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Anthony Thatgood45 Pagan and Kevin Sofcknsickk Campbell (pictured) chopped the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday night. Pagan finished first for $3,180 and Campbell pocketed $3,003 for second place. PocketFiver DeadWr0ng shipped the same tournament on Thursday night, padding his bankroll by an extra $3,495.

RicanPhenomNov 6th, 2015 0
Pros Sound Off on New WPT Tournament of Champions

After dwindling attendance in its WPT Championship, the World Poker Tour recently decided to do away with the signature event in favor of an invite-only Tournament of Champions.

LandSharkNov 6th, 2015 0
accussity Wins October Monthly PLB

Ukraine's accussity (pictured) has won the Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or MPLB, for October with 2,645 points, about 60 more than the next closest person. This is his first ever MPLB win and the third ever for Ukraine.

DanNov 7th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Patrick Chan Busts in Ninth on Second Hand

Coming into Sunday night, all eyes were on the short stacks. The shortest of those stacks, Patrick Chan, had his work cut out for him if he were going to make a final table run. After over three months of waiting, Chan's World Series of Poker Main Event final table run lasted just two hands, as he was quickly dispatched by chip leader Joe McKeehen.

WILLOCNov 9th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Federico Butteroni Eliminated in Eighth Place

After the nearly immediate elimination of final table short stack Patrick Chan, the torch was passed to Federico Butteroni. While seemingly everyone else played some pretty sizable pots, with big stacks mixing in three-bets, four-bets, and even some all-in shoves, Butteroni remained quiet and patient, looking for opportunities to get his short stack in the middle.

WILLOCNov 9th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Pierre Neuville Ends Run in Seventh

Rumor has it that poker is a young man's game and the run of 20-something WSOP Main Event champions just might be proof of that. But, 72-year-old Pierre Neuville came into the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table hoping to win one for the older crowd. Unfortunately, a few key hands - and of course a final confrontation with chip leader Joe McKeehen - ended any hope of Neuville taking the bracelet ...

P5s StaffNov 9th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: The Joe McKeehen Show on Day 1

When the November Nine finally reconvened at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Sunday night in Las Vegas, all eyes were on overwhelming chip leader Joe dude904 McKeehen. The 24-year-old poker pro did nothing to disappoint.

P5s StaffNov 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Open for Non-US Players is Wednesday on 888

On Wednesday at 20:00 UK Time, the PocketFives Open for non-US players returns to 888 Poker. This time around, there will be $3,500 in added cash and prizes plus a permanent profile badge, so there's plenty on the line. The PocketFives Open allows members of our community, high-stakes and low-stakes alike, to play against each other in a friendly environment with plenty of added value. Wednesday ...

DanNov 9th, 2015 0
Tournament Review for November 9, 2015

It was a relatively quiet weekend for PocketFivers at the major online poker tournament tables, as many members were either in Las Vegas or tuning-in to ESPN coverage of Joe McKeehen's World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine performance.

dhubermexNov 9th, 2015 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for November 9, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, 16 PocketFives members made it to 18 final tables and cashed for $14,288 collectively, or 20% of the total prize pool. MastAAce08 took down the Saturday Re-Entry for $1,050, while RichrdParker cashed for $3,596 by taking second place in the Sunday $20K Guarantee.

stevebroganNov 9th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Tom Cannuli Eliminated in Sixth Place

Early in Sunday's opening session of the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table, Pierre Neuville, who was eliminated in 7th place, folded pocket tens pre-flop after Neil Blumenfield put in a sizable three-bet while holding pocket aces. Those two hands ran into each other early in Monday's session of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, with Tom Cannuli going from a big favorite to double, ...

WILLOCNov 10th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Ofer Zvi Stern Eliminated in Fifth Place

Leading up to this Main Event final table in July, Ofer Zvi Stern was one of the more aggressive players late on Day 7, using a "kill or be killed" strategy that saw him accumulate a nearly 30,000,000-chip second place stack coming into Sunday night's November Nine restart. Stern kept up his aggression Sunday, playing a few sizable pots with some of the other big-stacked players, including ...

WILLOCNov 10th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Max Steinberg Eliminated in Fourth

Max Steinberg came into the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table with the fourth biggest stack, but struggled on Sunday night and with just six players left on Monday, he was still fourth, but actually had fewer chips than when he started play.

P5s StaffNov 10th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Keith Donovan (donnysack)

PocketFives had the opportunity to interview longtime member Keith donnysack Donovan (pictured, ranked 9th in New Jersey), who after watching the World Series of Poker on TV with his dad back in 2002 was taught the game he now plays for a living. An online grinder since 2007, he was forced to play more live poker once Black Friday hit and was able to get some modest cashes to keep his career ...

RicanPhenomNov 10th, 2015 0
25 Years of Online Poker: Real Money

In the second part of the article series dedicated to online poker history presented to you by 2CardsCollege and PocketFives, we will tell you about the first industry giant and use the phrase "for the first time in history" several more times. Read Part 1.

WeightlessNov 10th, 2015 0
WSOP Main Event Final Table: Neil Blumenfield Out in Third Place

When the World Series of Poker Main Event final table reconvened on Sunday night, the buzz around nine-handed play was a new Neil Blumenfield. The amateur from San Fransisco, California came out firing, putting in multiple preflop raises, three-bets and four-bets, easily announcing himself as the most aggressive member of the November Nine.

WILLOCNov 11th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: eisenhower1 #1 for 7 Straight Weeks

For the seventh straight week, Sweden's eisenhower1 is the #1 player worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. His 8,190 PLB Points leads the second-ranked player by more than 1,200, so it's safe to say he'll be ranked #1 for an eighth straight week when the Rankings are recalculated next Wednesday unless someone goes on an epic heater.

DanNov 11th, 2015 0
Current/Former PPA Leaders Form Daily Fantasy Sports Players Alliance

If you're following the world of daily fantasy sports, or DFS, then you know that the industry has come under attack in recent weeks. The New York Attorney General issued a cease-and-desist order to DraftKings and FanDuel on Tuesday and many have begun to call for regulation of the nascent space.

DanNov 12th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with mindCtrl

PocketFives had the chance to interview Ivan, aka mindCtrl online, who is a tournament player and the Heads-Up Head Coach for the Coaching for Profits program at BestPokerCoaching.

DanNov 12th, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 13, 2015

This week in New Jersey, on the same night Joe dude904 McKeehen became the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champ, Mike Gags30 Gagliano (pictured) took down the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee, banking a total of $3,625. This is the fourth time Gags has won this nightly tournament on the virtual felts of New Jersey.

RicanPhenomNov 13th, 2015 0
Global Poker Index Announces USA Today Partnership

Global Poker Index (GPI) CEO Alex Dreyfus is on a mission to take poker entertainment to the next level by "sportifying" the game, using his poker rankings site as the backbone. This week, he made another stride in achieving that goal with the announcement of a multi-year partnership with news publication USA Today Sports Media Group. According to the agreement, USA Today will host an online ...

LandSharkNov 13th, 2015 0
Beware of Greek Accountants Bringing Gifts

One of the most recent recipients of the $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives is Vagelis Prodromou, who is more commonly known as ipo8181 (pictured). Virtually all of his winnings have come on PokerStars. "I am very happy," the Greek told PocketFives. "I have been looking at other players who had this achievement and for me it was one of my basic targets." Mission accomplished.

DanNov 17th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: veeea Up to #2

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated. And making waves this week in a big way was Russia's veeea (pictured), who climbed six spots to #2 in the world and is knocking on the door of the top spot in all the land.

DanNov 18th, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 20, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Jon itsmejon Borenstein outlasted Krishna ninjaGO Kalidas in the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee, earning $1,515, Kalidas will pocket $1,005 for second place. Chopping the same tournament the following night were Ted ol muggins Ely and Jaime mmmWaWa Kerstetter. Ely took home $1,178 for first and Kerstetter earned $1,161 for second.

RicanPhenomNov 20th, 2015 0
Microgaming Takes Aim at Short-Stackers

The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) is on the attack against short-stackers. The network plans to experiment by eliminating the ability to buy in as a short stack in some of its games starting on December 1.

wackyJaxonNov 20th, 2015 0
WSOP Looks Overseas for Dealers in 2016

After its humble beginnings in Reno more than 75 years ago, Caesars Entertainment has grown to become a behemoth in the casino gaming world, operating resort destinations like Harrah's and Horseshoe across four continents. The company also owns the World Series of Poker brand, known for organizing the most prestigious tournament series in the world.

LandSharkNov 20th, 2015 0
Capped Range in a 3-bet Pot

The following is hand analysis from 2CardsCollege pro poker training analyzing a capped range in a 3-bet pot.

WeightlessNov 21st, 2015 0
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's Painting of Dogs Playing Poker Sells for $650,000

Last week, one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's very well-known painting of dogs playing poker, aptly called "Poker Game" (pictured), sold for $658,000. It was finished in 1894 and measures 41 inches by 50 inches. The masterpiece sold through the auction house Sotheby's and fetched (pun intended) more than anticipated.

DanNov 21st, 2015 0
31,000 Opponents Later, Igor Necreto Wins the Sunday Storm

Last month, Igor Silva (pictured), known on PocketFives as Igor Necreto, took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. A healthy field of 31,000 entrants turned out and Silva was one of three PocketFivers at the final table. Interestingly, the other two members of PocketFives in the final nine, Zackattak13 and UhhMee, are both ranked in the top 100 on our site, so his competition was ...

DanNov 22nd, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for November 23, 2015

This weekend on the virtual felts of New Jersey, making two final tables on Friday night was Jon itsmejon Borenstein, who managed to finish sixth in the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee and then won the network's $10,000 Guarantee, earning a total of $3,590.

RicanPhenomNov 23rd, 2015 0
Tournament Review for November 23, 2015

There were a pair of PocketFivers who earned six-figure cashes in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend. Thanks to a four-way final table deal, China's born2badbeat and the United Kingdom's buriedatsea took home $106,077 and $113,232 for their respective 2nd and 4th place finishes.

dhubermexNov 23rd, 2015 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for November 23, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, 15 PocketFives members made it to 19 final tables and cashed for $11,284 collectively, or 17% of the total prize pool. lindeyloo22 took down the Sunday $3K Six-Max, winning $1,262. There were three other PocketFivers who cashed multiple times this weekend: nooch55 for $1,863, PaulDewald (pictured) for $1,097, and wsopfreezer for $1,087.

stevebroganNov 23rd, 2015 0
25 Years of Online Poker: Paradise

The new edition of "The History of Online Poker" from PocketFives and 2CardsCollege covers the leader of the industry in early 2000s. These historical events will be backed up by testimonies of contemporaries who discussed such a tumultuous thing as "real money online poker" during this generally calm epoch.

WeightlessNov 24th, 2015 0
The Five Largest Cash Game Hands of 2015

In a recent article, HighStakesDB presented the five biggest online cash game pots of 2015. Let's take a look, starting with number five.

Dan KatzNov 24th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: Smeckten, IgorK Enter Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. We had two new entrants into the top 10 this week, Smeckten (pictured) and IgorK, who can now be found at #9 and #10, respectively.

DanNov 25th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Chris White (chriswhite)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Chris White (chriswhite on PocketFives, pictured), who built up a bankroll working at a local supermarket in order to be able to develop his skills in poker so that he could pursue the game professionally. He played weekly with friends and family in home games until he was old enough to test his skills at the casinos and now online in New Jersey.

RicanPhenomNov 25th, 2015 0
Antonio Esfandiari: Niklas Heinecker is a "Boss"

With over $26 million in live tournament winnings, high-stakes pro Antonio Esfandiari (pictured) is one of the most successful poker players of all time. He has captured three World Series of Poker bracelets, including one for the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, where he won an eye-popping $18 million for his first place finish.

LandSharkNov 26th, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 27, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Dan RedsoxNets5 Sewnig (pictured) shipped the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee and finished second in the network's $10,000 Guarantee, banking a total of $3,400. PocketFiver MistaMenza won the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday night, cashing for $3,357. This is the third time MistaMenza has won this tournament.

RicanPhenomNov 27th, 2015 0
Daniel Negreanu Talks Hair Transplants, Annie Duke, and Hearthstone

Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (pictured) is the star of a new documentary called "KidPoker", a film which follows the Toronto native's life from pool hustler to poker legend. Like any good celebrity with a project to promote, Negreanu took some time out to answer questions from fans in a Reddit AMA, during which he was predictably candid.

LandSharkNov 28th, 2015 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for November 30, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, 16 PocketFives members made it to 18 final tables and cashed for $19,326 collectively, or 27% of the total prize pool. MastAAce08 took down both Saturday and Sunday $3K Nightly events, cashing for $3,192, while iLvpoon took down the Sunday Six-Max for $1,202.

stevebroganNov 30th, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for November 30, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, the PartyPoker network hosted a $100,000 guarantee for a $215 buy-in. A total of 576 players showed up, generating a prize pool of $115,200. When the smoke cleared, the winner of this tournament was OldSpice1968, who outlasted Joseph JOEYdaMUSH Galazzo to claim the top prize of $19,895. Galazzo (pictured) will earn a nice pay day of $14,284 for second place, which is ...

RicanPhenomNov 30th, 2015 0
PartyPoker Introduces Power Series

Online poker tournaments have become much more interesting on PartyPoker thanks to the introduction of the Power Series, which has over 150 tournaments at buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $1,050 with over $1.6 million in guaranteed prize pools. The names of the tournaments are broken out among Featherweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight, and High Rollers. Additionally, there are plenty of ways to ...

wackyJaxonDec 1st, 2015 0
PartyPoker Offering Gladiator Challenge in December

Are you ready for the Gladiator' No, we aren't talking about the Russell Crowe blockbuster movie, but we are instead talking about how you can earn up to $4,000 in cold hard cash on PartyPoker in the Gladiator promotion running in December.

wackyJaxonDec 1st, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: SvZff Up to #4

Steven van Zadelhoff (pictured), aka SvZff on PocketFives, is up to #4 worldwide in our Online Poker Rankings this week. In mid-November, he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and Winamax High Roller on the same day for almost $100,000 total and just lapped $3.5 million in online tournament winnings.

DanDec 2nd, 2015 0
veeea Runs Away with November Monthly PLB

For the second time in his career, veeea (pictured) has won the PocketFives Monthly PLB, or MPLB. And this time, he ran away with it, defeating the second place player by 300 points to tally a score of 3,164. His first MPLB win came in August 2014 and was worth 3,108 points.

DanDec 3rd, 2015 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 4, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Jamie mmmWawa Kerstetter continued her run-good online by shipping the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 guarantee and coming in seventh in the network's $10,000 guarantee on the same night earning a total of $2,400.

RicanPhenomDec 4th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked SvZff

This week, Steven van Zadelhoff (pictured), known on our site as SvZff, moved up to #4 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever. Some of his recent momentum came after he took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and Winamax High-Roller on the same day, an incredible accomplishment. Consequently, van Zadelhoff is knocking on the door of #1 worldwide.

DanDec 4th, 2015 0
Lithuanian Law Won’t Let Tony G Run for Prime Minister

Poker pro, businessman and politician Antanas Guoga, better known as Tony G, was dealt some bad news recently when he discovered that due to his dual citizenship, he would not be eligible to run for Prime Minister of his native Lithuania.

LandSharkDec 4th, 2015 0
Hands Analyzed by 2CardsCollege: Exceptional Circumstances

Vasily Ravic85 Tsapko (pictured), fourth in Main event of the World Championship of Online Poker, shares his memories of the brightest day in his career and analyzes several important hands with his colleague from 2CardsCollege, Vadim vadka Shlez.

WeightlessDec 5th, 2015 0
Heads-Up with Ireland's Doke

In November, Ireland's Dara Doke O'Kearney (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $36,000 after a heads-up chop. He has had a blockbuster 2015, finishing second in a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas and final tabling another one in Berlin. O'Kearney has been a member of PocketFives since 2010, so we wanted to catch up with one of our favorite Irishmen.

DanDec 5th, 2015 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for December 7, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, 22 PocketFives members made it to 30 final tables cashing for $27,286 collectively or 37% of the total prize pool. There were five members that finished in first place this weekend: ChaosTheory in the Sunday $3K Re-Entry event for $1,083, MastAAce08 in the Sunday $10K Re-Loader event for $4,062, CheckRaizeU in the Sunday Freeze-Out for $1,579, Wolf_51 in the Sunday $3K ...

stevebroganDec 7th, 2015 0
Sunday Super Knockout Hand Analyzed By the Experts at 2CardsCollege

A 2CardsCollege student's hand from the $320 Saturday Super Knockout on PokerStars. The student had a small sample of hands and played with his opponents. However, the villain is known to be a moderately aggressive, good regular.

WeightlessDec 8th, 2015 0
PPA: RAWA Calls RAWA Hearing "Hypocrisy," "Crony Capitalism"

On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), held a hearing to debate the merits of Chaffetz's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill, at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, would ban internet gambling in the US, including in states where it's already regulated. Read a recap of the hearing here.

DanDec 9th, 2015 0
PocketFives Rankings: IgorK Up to #7

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings received their weekly facelift. There were no new entrants in the top 10 worldwide this week, but we did have plenty of risers and fallers, including Simon IgorK Pedersen (pictured), who moved up two spots to #7.

DanDec 10th, 2015 0