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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.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 21st, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 14, 2014

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

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

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 17th, 2014 2
The Place Where Dreams Come True

It has been one heck of a poker ride for Joao Paulo Simao (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as joaosimaobh. The Brazilian, over the last three years, has taken down a litany of online poker tournaments, including the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which he won in late December for $53,000. There wasn't even a chop in the Sunday $100 Rebuy, which attracted a field of 940 players and paid ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 18th, 2014 2
Cupid Causes Online Poker Traffic Swings in New Jersey

According to PokerScout's Scouting Report, Valentine's Day had a significant effect on New Jersey's online poker cash game numbers. A lot of it looked like it had to do with the calendar. Last Friday was Valentine's Day. As such, many couples in the mid-Atlantic region took a long weekend and headed over to Atlantic City.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Feb 18th, 2014 2
US Supreme Court Potentially Days Away from Taking Poker Case

In early November, the legal counsel for Lawrence DiCristina, a man charged with violating the Illegal Gambling Business Act after allegedly operating a two-table home poker game, filed a petition for the US Supreme Court to hear their client's case. Their wish could soon be granted. On Friday, the Supreme Court will examine the case and announce on Monday whether the nation's highest judicial ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 19th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 24, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 24th, 2014 2
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for February 21, 2014

In Nevada, ran three of its four $3,000 events as scheduled. On Wednesday, the site ran a special satellite for two $1,500 seats to the 2014 WSOP. All of the events exceeded the guarantees. There were 289 runners with a total prize pool of 18,275 and 43 spots being paid. The players with the highest valued prizes won were LasVegasSam and JFleeZy, each winning a $1,500 seat to an upcoming 2014 ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Feb 21st, 2014 2
Appeals Court Rules Against Kentucky in Internet Gambling Domain Case

In late 2008, the Commonwealth of Kentucky attempted to seize the domains of well over 100 internet gambling sites, including , , and . Although several of the sites in the original group no longer exist or have migrated to different URLs, the case rages on after six years. Last week, an appeals court ruled against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in favor of the Interactive Gaming Council, or ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 23rd, 2014 2
Heads-Up with Phil Collins (USCphildo)

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

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Mar 2nd, 2014 2
"I've Always Had an Eye on Winning a Triple Crown"

We're two months into 2014 and, already, we've awarded 39 PocketFives Triple Crowns. That means we're on pace for 234 this year, which would be a record, surpassing last year's mark of 208. One of the latest PocketFives Triple Crown winners is Derek Schwartz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as domino20.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 26th, 2014 2
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Nixed for 2014

Confirmed by PokerNews and CardPlayer, the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship will not take place in 2014. Poker Productions' Mori Eskandani, whose company produces the series, told PokerNews last week, "NHPC will not be on the calendar this year. But, I have good reason to believe that the future of the series will be bright."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 2nd, 2014 2
Neteller Re-Launching in the United States

According to a press release on Monday, Optimal Payments will launch an all-new Neteller in the United States in coordination with a "federally-insured US financial institution sponsor." Optimal is specifically bringing the Net+ Card and the Neteller online payment processing service to the US, a country it vacated in 2007 following the arrest of the company's founders.

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

It was a very busy and productive week in New Jersey online poker for PocketFivers. In the Party/Borgata $10K Guarantee nightly tournament, Jaybone2315 (Jaybone2315 on PocketFives) took it down on Monday, winning $2,000 after a heads-up chop. Nickdevo1 (nickdevo1 on PocketFives) won the Party/Borgata $10K on Thursday, banking $2,056.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 14th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Dan Cooley (rtheusa)

Dan Cooley (pictured), also known as rtheusa on PocketFives, is a very happy camper nowadays. The reason: he can play online poker in New Jersey legally and competitively. Cooley's accomplishments thus far include a second place finish in the Borgata/PartyPoker $50K Guarantee Sunday Major for $6,808. He also finished in second place and third place on two separate occasions in the nightly $10K ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 6th, 2014 2
PocketFives Hosting 13-Day Live Poker Series at Running Aces

In December, PocketFives hosted a $335 buy-in tournament at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota (pictured). The tournament, which had two starting days and garnered quite a bit of interest among locals and the PocketFives community, ultimately pulled in 329 entrants and shelled out a first place prize of $26,000. As PocketFives Live Event guru Chris Fox Wallace put it, "That's a ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 10th, 2014 2
Michael Mizrachi Talks Poker Shot Clock, Borgata Chips, Online Dealer School

Michael Mizrachi (pictured) is #8 on poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, and launched a first-of-its-kind online dealer training academy this week that is available at . The three-time bracelet winner sat down with PocketFives to gab about the incident involving fake tournament chips at Borgata, the concept of a shot clock in poker, and launching his online academy.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 13th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for April 7, 2014

This weekend in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, a familiar face was seen in the winner's circle. Mike Azzaro, who plays as MikeyCasino, outlasted a field of 304 runners to win the tournament, taking home $11,248. If you recall, Azzaro won the Party/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee on December 1 and then again on December 8 for a total of $15,140.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 7th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 11, 2014

In the $10,000 Guarantee nightly tournament on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker, PocketFiver Mike Gags30 Gagliano came out victorious on Monday, taking home $2,469. Making two final tables this week in the Party/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee was Kenny Egri Jr. (Sonofa_nh on PocketFives, pictured), finishing in second place both times for a total of $3,894. Egri has over $100,000 in recorded online cashes, ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 11th, 2014 2
Tournament Review For April 14, 2014

The $600+35 NLHE FTOPS Main Event was won by Niall firaldo Farrell of the United Kingdom, who had a career high cash of $236,233 as a result of a three-way final table deal. With the win, he could move into the Top 100 worldwide for the first time ever in the PocketFives Rankings. Veteran PocketFiver Mike timex McDonald of Canada (pictured) was also involved in the chop, taking home an even ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Apr 14th, 2014 2
"I Really Want to Establish Myself at the Highest Stakes Online"

Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStars Big $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 24th, 2014 2
Next Up for US Full Tilt Poker Refunds: Players with Minor Banking Errors

It's almost the three-year anniversary of Black Friday and, seemingly just in time, more US players are reportedly in line to receive their Full Tilt Poker refunds. This time around, according to the Vice President of Player Relations for the Poker Players Alliance Rich TheEngineer Muny, players with minor banking errors that are now corrected will be paid out. The time frame: around the end of ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 25th, 2014 2
Tournament Review For April 21, 2014

PocketFives members saw plenty of action at final tables over the weekend, as Marius superfolde Folde of Norway collected $78,263 for his 5th place effort in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship event as a result of a 7-way chop. In the Stars Sunday Warm-Up, Romania's 1banditpanda made a strong case for moving up the worldwide rankings with a victory for $73,927. He has been ranked as ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Apr 21st, 2014 2
From Five Big Blinds to a Third 888 Sunday Challenge Win

The classic poker cliché "a chip and a chair" runs pretty true for Edmonton's aznxray (pictured), who stormed to a win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge despite being down to just five big blinds when four players remained. It was his third Sunday Challenge win all-time, which is pretty impressive considering the tournament drew 1,000 players on that fateful day.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 27th, 2014 2
"There is No Better Game in the World for Me than Poker"

A recent running of the Winamax High Roller, a €300 buy-in tournament, saw Austria's Josip Jozinho6 Simunic (pictured) come away with the win and earn $20,000. He blasted through the 200-player field and told us, "I feel great. I have been running well online and live the last few moths, so I feel very confident and happy." He was one of two PocketFivers to crack the final table of the Winamax ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 28th, 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
Don't Just Sit There! TryToExploit

One of the largest cashes by any PocketFiver recently went to Jose Carlos Garcia (pictured), who is known on our site as TryToExploit. His victory came in the PokerStars Sunday Million after a heads-up chop and was worth a swashbuckling $230,000. The Million that week was gigantic, with well over 9,000 entrants and a prize pool that passed $1.8 million.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 29th, 2014 2
PocketFives Live Event at Running Aces Kicks Off, Tony Lazar Wins Event #1

Tuesday marked the start of PocketFives' first live poker festival. The site: Running Aces Harness Park outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twenty-six events are on tap in total, including a special $300 Pro Bounty this weekend and a $750 Main Event that starts on April 11. View the schedule.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 2nd, 2014 2
Online Poker Sites in Nevada Have Generated $8.5 Million in Revenue

According to iGaming Business and other reports, the regulated online poker sites in Nevada have amassed $8.5 million in revenue since their inception. Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in Nevada, launched on the last day of April 2013, nearly one year ago. Last September, joined in the party, and in February, Real Gaming, which is affiliated with South Point, came online in ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 6th, 2014 2
Borgata Debuts High-Tech Tournament Chips After Counterfeiting Fiasco

The Borgata in Atlantic City has taken the initiative to beef up security in its poker tournaments by introducing brand new chips boasting several modern-day features designed to thwart counterfeiters. The purchase of the high-tech chips was reportedly the direct result of the scandal allegedly caused at least in part by Christian Lusardi, a North Carolina man who was charged with introducing ...

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Apr 10th, 2014 2
PPA Takes a Stand, Calls Chaffetz/Graham Legislation "Misguided"

On Thursday, the Poker Players Alliance, the primary lobbying voice for poker players in the US, called legislation from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) "misguided" and launched a national call to action campaign to encourage Americans to fight back. The organization has launched a detailed, informative web page allowing players to e-mail, meet, and call their ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 11th, 2014 2
PokerStars Celebrating Tournament #900 Million with Carnival of Tournaments

To celebrate the dealing of its 900 millionth online poker tournament, PokerStars, the largest site in the world, is bringing back its popular Carnival of Tournaments. The series last ran when the room was celebrating tournament #800 million and, this time around, the Carnival will feature $2 million in guaranteed prize money and giveaways.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 12th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for June 16, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major, which saw a $4,490 overlay. The winner was munssoned, who took the top prize of $10,000. Also running this weekend on Party/Borgata was a $500 buy-in High Roller Event, which had a $20,000 guarantee. RugerInMyBoot came out victorious in that tournament, banking $8,250 after a four-way-chop.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 16th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for June 30, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, the $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker saw a total of five PocketFivers make the final table. Leading the way with a second place finish was Sean Sisco (sisco on PocketFives), who banked $7,000 for his efforts. The winner of the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee was pokermaster24, who took home the top prize of $10,000.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 30th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for July 4, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees. Jesse Elliot (No_Xcape on PocketFives) made two final tables on Tuesday, coming in second in the $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max and third in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $2,100. stickyking (stickyking on PocketFives) won the $10,000 Guarantee on Monday for $2,490.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 4th, 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
PocketFives Rankings Update: blanconegro, lilachaa Crack Top 10

The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were recalculated today and, for the third straight week, Anton VnilaVader Herrmann was the top player in the world. He continues to rack up cashes too, including an $11,000 haul for winning a PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament one week ago and a $42,000 haul for taking down the site's Bigger $55 two days before that. Herrmann has a ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 30th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with Nevada Online Poker Player Mike Cook (MrBeaumont)

PocketFives caught up with one of newest Nevada poker community members, Mike MrBeaumont Cook (pictured). His recent series of online successes on include four first place wins, including three tickets to $1,500 events at the World Series of Poker this year at the Rio. Overall, Cook has cashed 22 times for over $15,000. Cook resides in Nevada with his wife, thepokerchic. They moved two years ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
May 5th, 2014 2
Triple COOP Winners Andy McLEOD, buck21 Earn Another SCOOP Title

It was pretty sick coincidence on Monday, as the only two players ever to win PokerStars Triple COOP titles – Shawn buck21 Buchanan and James Andy McLEOD Obst – each won another SCOOP event. Did we mention it happened on the same day' Yes, we're a bit sketched out ourselves.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 13th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Dan Lupo (centrfieldr)

Dan Lupo (pictured) out of Phillipsburg, New Jersey plays under the screen name centrfieldr on most of the regulated New Jersey sites. Lupo is currently ranked #2 on the PocketFives New Jersey online poker rankings and has over $100,000 in recorded online cashes. When he is not busy with his architecture career, he is firing up his computer and playing some cards. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 13th, 2014 2
Jean-Robert Bellande Has "Less Than 30%" of Himself in WSOP One Drop

Jean-Robert Bellande (pictured) recently surprised the poker community when he Tweeted a picture of himself holding bricks of cash, buying into the $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop. Many wondered how someone who has built a social media following by styling himself as being perpetually broke could come up with the astronomical sum necessary to enter such an event.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 22nd, 2014 2
WSOP Recommending Second Form of ID for Non-US Players

It took all of 138 characters for World Series of Poker officials to rock the minds of poker players on Thursday: "Attn non-US WSOP players: You'll want a 2nd form of ID besides passport to reg for events. Need ID proving your residency/current address." The message morphed into "a second ID is required or you can't play," which is certainly not the case.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 23rd, 2014 2
Poker is One of the "Safest" Games, According to Norway Study

According to the University of Bergen in Norway, poker is considered one of the "safest," or lowest risk, games available. As PokerNews elaborated, "Researchers found out that poker carries a risk factor of 1.09 out of 10. The value puts the game in a better and safer spot than most of the gambling games, such as live bingo, online bingo, and Belago – a slot-like game played on specific ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 24th, 2014 2
Black Friday Informant Daniel Tzvetkoff Likely Steering Clear of Jail

According to an article that appeared in the Courier Mail out of Australia, Black Friday informant Daniel Tzvetkoff (pictured) is likely to avoid any more jail time than the four months he originally served. According to the news site, "Tzvetkoff faced a 75-year sentence in a Federal jail when he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010 for illegally processing more than $1 billion, but the ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 27th, 2014 2
Blockbuster Field in WSOP $25,000 Mixed-Max Event: Selbst, Rast Lead

The 2014 World Series of Poker started with a bang on Tuesday, as a $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE tournament attracted 131 entrants. The winner, who will be crowned on Friday, will pocket $871,000 and the top 16 will finish in the money. Leading the remaining 60-player field is a familiar name in the poker world: Vanessa Selbst (pictured), who is #1 on tournament poker's all-time money list, according ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 28th, 2014 2
Gal Erlichman – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

Just like in 2013 when Amir Lehavot, an originally a citizen of the country, made the WSOP November Nine, Israel had one hope left if it were to earn another berth in the 2014 World Series of Poker final table. That is Gal Erlichman, another transplanted Israeli who lives in the United States, who came into Day 6 of the $10,000 buy-in tournament with 1.65 million in chips and in 50th place. He ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jul 14th, 2014 2
$15 Million in US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Scheduled for Mid-June

According to an update posted on the official claims website for US Full Tilt Poker players, another round of refunds is scheduled for mid-June. This time, Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator in the case, will refund $15 million over 3,500 payments, or an average of $4,300 per claim.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 29th, 2014 2
Millionaire Maker Attracts Second Largest WSOP Field Ever

The extravaganza known as the World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker kicked off on Saturday with two flights, one at 11:00am local time and one at 5:00pm. When all was said and done, 7,977 entrants turned out, the second largest field in WSOP history, trailing only the 8,773 who turned out for the 2006 Main Event won by Jamie Gold.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 1st, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for July 25, 2014

This week in New Jersey, the $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees ran on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. Having a productive week was Jamie Kerstetter (mmmWaWa on PocketFives, pictured) who made three final tables. Kerstetter came in second in the $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday, won the $5,000 Guarantee, and finished fourth in the $10,000 Guarantee on Wednesday for a total of $3,596 in winnings.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 25th, 2014 2
PocketFivers Sweep Final Table of WSOP $1,500 NLHE Six-Max

Justin ZeeJustin Bonomo (pictured) earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event (#11) that featured a final table entirely composed of PocketFivers. What started as a field of 1,587 players, up 50% year-over-year, was whittled down to 10 by the time Wednesday rolled around. Bonomo had the second largest stack when play began and ended up ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 5th, 2014 2
Scooping a Quarter of a Million Dollars? Don't Mind if I Do!

The recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker awarded $81 million to players. One of the big winners was Denmark's Rasmus Agerskov (pictured), who is known as RasA on PocketFives. Agerskov took home $257,000 of that amount, or 0.3%, after chopping Event #22-H of SCOOP, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 6th, 2014 2
Phil Galfond Sees Mixed Games as the Next Big Thing

Phil Galfond (pictured), needless to say, is one of the biggest winners in online poker history, having profited over $7.8 million in cash games on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, according to HighStakesDB. He's a stud, plain and simple. So, there would be no better person to hear from about where online cash games are headed.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jun 10th, 2014 2
3,500 US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Coming June 12

According to a statement posted on , the next round of US Full Tilt Poker remission payments will be issued this Thursday, June 12. Included are 3,500 petitioners who will receive a total of $15 million. Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for Full Tilt Poker refunds, has been busy testing bank accounts of petitioners to ensure their correctness.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 10th, 2014 2
Report: $1 Billion-Plus in Funding for Amaya's Purchase of PokerStars

According to Bloomberg, the price tag for Amaya Gaming's rumored purchase of PokerStars' parent company could be more than $1 billion. The news outlet, which released a series of articles on Thursday about the potential acquisition, said, "Blackstone Group LP's credit business, GSO Capital Partners LP, is among the backers of Amaya's bid, arranging more than $1 billion in financing."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 12th, 2014 2
Are Bad Actor Clauses in Poker Legislation Unconstitutional?

There is a great deal of discussion in our community regarding the proposed California online poker legislation and one of its key clauses, the "bad actor" verbiage that would prevent companies that served US players following the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act from being involved with the California online poker industry. Now, a noted academic professor and legal ...

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 19th, 2014 2
Everything You've Wanted to Know About #1 Ranked r4ndomr4gs

On Wednesday, Sweden's Andreas Berggren (pictured, image courtesy poker.se), known as r4ndomr4gs in the online poker world, became the new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. This is his second stint at #1 and he is fresh off final tabling the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000, which helped put him over the top. PocketFives managed to run down this top talent to talk a little ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 19th, 2014 2
Want to Back Phil Hellmuth for the WSOP Big One for One Drop?

With the Big One for One Drop just nine days away, World Series of Poker officials have announced the addition of 11 more players to the event, bringing the total confirmed field to 41. Still absent from the list, though, is 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured), who recently took to Twitter in search of backers.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Jun 20th, 2014 2
djk123 Holds Commanding Lead in WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold'em with 9 Left

World Series of Poker bracelet number two could be well within the grasp of longtime PocketFiver Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured), who has a commanding lead in Event #43, a $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament. Kelly has 734,000 in chips entering the event's final day on Sunday, leading former World Poker Tour Championship winner David Chiu's second place stack of 473,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 22nd, 2014 2
WSOP Monster Stack Event Draws 7,862 Entrants

One of the largest tournaments in the history of the World Series of Poker began on Thursday, as a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack drew 7,862 entrants. Two flights occurred during the day, the first attracting 4,020 players, the most the Rio could handle at one time. The second flight drew nearly the same number of bodies, meaning first place will take home $1.3 million, nearly 900 times ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 27th, 2014 2
"The Real Value of the Money is Staying in the Game"

The SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars brought out thousands of players for tournaments that had three different price tags. The mid-stakes version had a $1,050 buy-in and attracted over 4,000 entrants. Besting all but four of them was PocketFiver Kevin Kevish Williams (pictured), whose fifth place finish was worth a healthy $171,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 7th, 2014 2
Phil Ivey Files Motion to Dismiss Borgata Edge-Sorting Lawsuit

In April, the Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa in Atlantic City filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against Phil Ivey (pictured), saying he allegedly cheated during several sessions of high-stakes baccarat in 2012 resulting winnings of nearly $10 million.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Jul 8th, 2014 2
Phil Ivey Overall WSOP Main Event Chip Leader Entering Day 3

With a half-million in chips, Phil Ivey (pictured), who has already won a bracelet this year, is the overall chip leader in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event after both Day 2s. In fact, he is the lone player to cross the 500,000-chip threshold. There are 1,864 players remaining.

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Jul 10th, 2014 2
Chopping an All-PocketFives Full Tilt $250K Final Table

Just before the dog days of summer set in, Ukraine's serhiy1989 won the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guarantee after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFiver joaomathias. The deal was worth $44,000 and PocketFivers ended up sweeping the final table for over $163,000 total.

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Jul 11th, 2014 2
17 Players Remain in WSOP Main Event, Martin Jacobson Leads

We're coming down to the wire in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, which has 17 players remaining at the time of writing and will determine its November Nine this evening from the Rio in Las Vegas. Play began with 27 still standing at Noon Pacific Time on Monday and consolidated to two tables just a few hours later.

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Jul 14th, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 at #1 for Third Straight Week

We're seeing a dynasty of sorts at the top of the PocketFives Rankings, as for the third straight week Canada's p0cket00 is #1 worldwide. Since March, we've had one player – Sheater – be ranked #1 for longer than three weeks, and no player has been #1 for longer than four weeks since last October.

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Jul 16th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Frank Molinari (fnasty97)

Frank Molinari (fnasty97 on PocketFives, pictured), who lives in Moonachie, New Jersey, has been playing online poker since 2007. He plays under the handles randomrags24 on , speedypete on Ultimate Poker, and fnasty97 on Borgata Poker.

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Jul 22nd, 2014 2
Do Lottery-Style Sit and Gos Crush Cash Game Traffic?

Lottery-type sit and gos are the new big thing in online poker, the next wave of games to attract casual players after fast-fold tournaments. To review, lottery sit and gos are short-handed, hyper-turbo, single-table tournaments with small buy-ins ranging from $1 to $10. Typically winner-take-all, they feature randomly drawn prize pools that are announced once the game starts.

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Jul 22nd, 2014 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: Easylimp Cracks Top 10 Worldwide

We have a brand new member of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, Easylimp (pictured). The England poker player moved up from #26 this week to #8, his first time cracking the top 10, on the strength of an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $69,000.

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Jul 23rd, 2014 2
Churchill Downs Developing Online Casino Software

Operating in a state that tried to seize the domain names of over 140 internet gambling sites a few years ago, Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) is developing its own online casino software, according to and several other news outlets.

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Jul 24th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 9, 2014

This week on the New Jersey virtual felts, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $10,000 Guarantee. Finishing in second place on Tuesday in it was fudgie (jgard on PocketFives), winning $1,874.

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May 9th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for May 19, 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. On Sunday, it ran the Sunday Freezeout and Sunday $15,000 Guarantee. had 461 runners vying for the 61 available prizes totaling $54,000.

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May 19th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for June 23, 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 as well as the Freezeout and $15,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee on Sunday.

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Jun 23rd, 2014 1
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for July 18, 2014

In Nevada this week, ran all four $3,000 events as scheduled. All of the events exceeded the guarantees. This week, the Last Chance series was also included in the weekday results. That series concluded on July 17. Overall, there were 683 runners with a total prize pool of $84,275 and 119 spots being paid.

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Jul 18th, 2014 1
Headhunter by Day, Poker Player by Night

We're sure it's a hoot to play poker until 4:00am, escape to bed, and get up three hours later so the boss-man isn't upset you were late to work. Such is the life of many PocketFives readers. For Mat Cuthbertson (pictured), known as Checktrap11 online, working as a headhunter by day and a poker player by night has its perks and drawbacks.

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Feb 5th, 2014 1
Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection Formed in USA

A group of political and industry heavyweights have come together to create an organization that aims to combat the anti-online gambling crusade being waged by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

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Feb 7th, 2014 1
Jovial Gent Defeats Timex in Aussie Millions $100K Challenge

The finale of the Aussie Millions AUD $100,000 Challenge in Melbourne saw two PocketFivers duke it out: Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) and Mike timex McDonald. In the end, the former prevailed, adding to a poker resume that already includes an APPT Macau event win in 2008 for $500,000, a $2.1 million haul in the WPT Championship one year later, and a 22nd place finish in last year's ...

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Feb 9th, 2014 1
Real Gaming Launches in Nevada, PocketFives Sits Down with Co-Founder

If you haven't already heard, South Point Casino in Las Vegas launched on Tuesday, the third regulated online poker site in Nevada. Lawrence Vaughan, Real Gaming's Co-Founder, has been integrally involved in the process of creating the site's poker software and was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his day to talk about the room's soft launch, which is now entering its second day. Real ...

DanDan
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Feb 19th, 2014 1
FTOPS XXV Starts March 30, $6 Million Guaranteed

We're just a few weeks away from the start of the 25th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS. In order to celebrate the milestone, Full Tilt Poker is pulling out all the stops as part of a 15-day FTOPS XXV schedule that begins on March 30. Satellites will kick off on February 21. If you don't have a Full Tilt Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a free $25 in most ...

DanDan
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Feb 20th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for February 24, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with four major events. had 302 runners vying for the 41 available prizes totaling $35,775. One of the events was a $215 buy-in tournament with the top prize being an entry to the 2014 WSOP Main Event, worth $10,000. The player with the highest individual cash this weekend on was AC_SLATER in the WSOP Main Event Qualifier, winning a $10,000 seat into the 2014 ...

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Feb 24th, 2014 1
Tournament Review For March 3, 2014

Singapore's Feng valkyri3 Zhao was awarded $117,654 for his official 1st place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. The Stars Sunday Million celebrated its 8th anniversary with an $8 million guaranteed prize pool. PocketFives member Patrick pleno1 Leonard of the United Kingdom (pictured, ranked #927 worldwide) received his largest career online tournament cash upon placing 9th for $110,875.

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Mar 3rd, 2014 1
"I Bubbled 2 Sunday Million Final Tables and Was Worried It'd Happen Again"

Last month, Brazil's Pedro Correa (pictured), known on PocketFives as pedrohennn, final tabled the $215 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $61,000. He has already cracked the top 100 worldwide here on PocketFives, is #5 in Brazil, and has a solid $1.3 million in online winnings. We caught up with Correa to rehash his second largest score to date. Check out PocketFives' Brazil poker ...

DanDan
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Feb 27th, 2014 1
Tournament Review For March 10, 2014

Rising online poker tournament star TryToExploit from Poland (pictured, ranked #205 worldwide) took down the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament over the weekend for a score of $230,707 (2-way deal). The win puts him over the $1.5 million lifetime online earnings mark. In the Stars Sunday 500, PocketFiver Excellence of Germany posted an outright victory for $83,790.

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Mar 10th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 17, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, Party/Borgata ran its nightly $10K Guarantee, which now also runs on Sundays. This is the first time this tournament was available on Sundays along with the regular $50K Guarantee. Speaking of the Party/Borgata $50K, PocketFiver Anthony Cofone (ParMaker on PocketFives, pictured) battled through a field of 342 runners to win the top prize of $12,021. He ...

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Mar 17th, 2014 1
WSOP Circuit May Test Shot Clock

Last week, PocketFives published an article about players on the World Poker Tour voting 80-20 in favor of a shot clock for decisions. The overwhelmingly slanted vote resulted in WPT ambassador Mike Sexton remarking, "I'm guessing/hoping you'll see some type of 'shot clock' incorporated by the WPT for Season XIII." The momentum for a shot clock has now spilled over to the World Series of Poker, ...

DanDan
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Mar 9th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 21, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Party/Borgata ran its nightly $10K Guarantee. On Monday, PocketFiver Brett gank Jungblutt finished in third place, taking home $1,300 after a five-way chop. Dan Lupo (centrfieldr on PocketFives) finished in second place in the $10K Guarantee on Tuesday, pocketing $1,928. Making back-to-back final tables in the Party/Borgata $10K was Jake Perry (jtsnakes on ...

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Mar 21st, 2014 1
Sunday 500 Final Tables in Back-to-Back Months = therealfuddebuf

Denmark's therealfuddebuf, known in the real world as Mikael Hansen (pictured), turned in quite an impressive feat last November and December, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for well over $80,000 officially. He is one of a handful of players from Denmark we've interviewed lately, so is Denmark the new hotbed for poker' We sat down with Hansen, who has one of the coolest ...

DanDan
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Mar 10th, 2014 1
"This is Why We Grind Every Day: To Win Big MTTs"

Last month, Nohaymiedo (pictured), who calls the Dominican Republic home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and earned $71,000, the second largest amount given away. He is $25,000 away from receiving his $500,000 cash badge here on PocketFives and is the top dog in his home country. Any time we can get a word with someone from the Dominican Republic, we jump at it!

DanDan
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Mar 10th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: New #1 For Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, we have a new #1 player atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, which are recalculated every Wednesday. This time, it's Sweden's Sheater, who was last ranked #1 in January. This is Sheater's second stint at #1, a spot no player has held for more than four weeks since the middle of last year.

DanDan
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Mar 12th, 2014 1
"When I Started Playing, It Was a Dream to Have a Site Write About Me"

Yes, PocketFives makes dreams come true. The title of this article was actually the response from Belarus' Kiryl Crazymoron Radzivonau (pictured) when asked why he picked the screen name "Crazymoron" in the first place. He doesn't look so crazy anymore. We caught up with Radzivonau after he chopped the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl heads-up earlier this month and walked away with $41,000, the largest ...

DanDan
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Mar 15th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 4, 2014

In New Jersey, the $10K Guarantee ran this week on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker with PocketFivers represented at several final tables. On Monday, falcao (rooney on PocketFives) won the Party/Borgata $10K Guarantee, pocketing $2,200. Right behind him in second place was Matt Feeley (newagedp on PocketFives), winning $1,923.

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Apr 4th, 2014 1
"Maybe I'll Do Something Boring Like Buy a House"

Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured), who is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, has had one heck of a run over the last three weeks. On February 23, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $94,000, the largest amount given away, and final tabled the Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million one week later for another $110,000. On March 15, he won the site's $100 Rebuy for $13,000. Those ...

DanDan
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Mar 16th, 2014 1
"I Have an Injured Shoulder and I'm Eight-Tabling"

It was a rough day for longtime PocketFiver Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured), whose shoulder was injured when we talked to him. Oh, and he was also eight-tabling and typing responses to our questions. The veritable Houdini was fresh off winning the Full Tilt Poker $1K Saturday nine days ago for $24,000. It had been a while since we caught up with Flowers, so we reached out for reaction ...

DanDan
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Mar 17th, 2014 1
PokerStars Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed in Illinois

According to a press release from the Ifrah law firm, a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois by Kelly Sonnenberg has been dismissed. The release detailed, "Sonnenberg sought to recover gambling losses of PokerStars' Illinois players under the Illinois Loss Recovery Act, which allows individuals to collect losses on behalf of third parties, provided those third parties fail to make their own ...

DanDan
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Mar 18th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 18, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Norman Michaelek (slystyle012 on PocketFives, pictured) made three consecutive final tables. On Monday, he finished in third place in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee, winning $1,332. On Tuesday, he finished fourth in the WSOP $5,000 Guarantee for $400. Lastly, on Wednesday, Michalek won the Party/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee, pocketing $2,325 ...

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Apr 18th, 2014 1
"Then Someone Told Me About a Magical Site Called PokerStars"

Winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up earlier this month was bittersweet for Feng Zhao, who is known on PocketFives as valkyri3. On the one hand, he earned $117,000 as a result of a heads-up chop, the largest amount given away. On the other hand, he warned PocketFives of a potential Black Friday of sorts coming to his home nation of Singapore. His big cash comes on the heels of a TCOOP final ...

DanDan
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Mar 22nd, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Steve Scales (Turb0licious)

New Jersey poker pro Steve Scales (pictured), who plays under the screen name Turb0licious, loves the fact that legal online poker in his home state is growing more and more every day. On March 23, he won the $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major for $7,040. On the same night, he also made the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Guarantee Sunday Weekly, his third weekend in a row doing so. He has over ...

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Mar 27th, 2014 1
Tom Dwan: Baccarat the Way to Recoup Million-Dollar Losses in Macau

Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond (pictured) has been having a rough year at the tables online. After starting March off strong and winning over $220,000, the high-stakes grinder quickly lost it all back, plus another $1.2 million, in just a few sessions. The sudden downswing led Galfond to post a lighthearted Tweet about his current misfortune: "What's the best way to make a quick $1.4m back' Asking ...

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Mar 29th, 2014 1
Victims in Borgata Tournament Marred By Fake Chips Still Awaiting Resolution

To start off 2014, the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open was canceled when 27 players remained after officials found "a significant number of counterfeit chips." The tournament carried a healthy $2 million guarantee and first place was scheduled to make $372,000. Two months later, its remaining participants are anxiously awaiting a resolution.

DanDan
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Mar 31st, 2014 1
"To Beat Poker, You Have to Be Poker"

Here's a new adage for you: "To beat poker, you have to be poker." We'll tell you why we care about that phrase in the first place in a little bit, but in the meantime, we'll say that Andy andyh26 Holman took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm last month for a commanding $36,000 after a three-way deal.

DanDan
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Apr 1st, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: Hooray for huiiiiiiiiii

It was a good week to be Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured), who shot up 12 spots to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. The top-ranked player in Austria, huiiiiiiiiii earned $11,000 after a runner-up finish in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars on Sunday. Two days prior, he hit the jackpot in a WCOOP Challenge $215 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, officially taking home ...

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Apr 2nd, 2014 1