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Tom Marchese Wins Back-to-Back Aria High Rollers

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

Dan Feb 5th, 2015 2
Interview with Twitch Streamer PokerStaples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earl Burton Feb 11th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 8, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Renata LadyBlueSky Colache took down the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on Monday night, pocketing $1,124. Shipping three tournaments in a two-day span was Jake jtsnakes Perry (pictured, ranked #15 in New Jersey), which included the 888 Poker/WSOP $2,500 Guarantee, $2,000 Guarantee, and $5,000 Guarantee for a total of $3.901. Perry has over $268,000 in tracked ...

Dlorican May 8th, 2015 2
House Subcommittee Hearing to Ban Internet Gambling Scheduled for March 5

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

Dan Feb 19th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, Kevin Sofcknsickk Campbell won the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on back-to-back nights, padding his bankroll by an extra $2,250. Campbell also managed to final table the 888 Poker/WSOP $10,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee, finishing seventh for an extra $500.

Dlorican May 11th, 2015 2
How Good at Poker Are You Really? Find Out More Here

Here’s a simple truth — poker players find it hard to be honest about their game.

Dan May 19th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 25, 2015

This holiday weekend in New Jersey, the two Sunday Majors on the PartyPoker and 888 Poker networks had overlays over $10,000. Charlie seedload Zimmerman took down the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on Friday night, banking $1,125.

Dlorican May 25th, 2015 2
Nolan Dalla Blasts the AGA for “Betraying” Poker Players

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

LandShark Feb 27th, 2015 2
"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get"

In February, the Dominican Republic's Alberto Meran won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a five-way deal. He blasted through a field of almost 2,900 entrants en route to a $74,000 score, as the tournament beat its guarantee by 14%. His payday was the largest given out by about $20,000.

Dan Mar 1st, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for June 1, 2015

This weekend on the virtual felts of New Jersey, winning both $10,000 Guaranteed tournaments on the PartyPoker and 888 Poker networks was Stephen sizzlinbetta Reynolds, who will pocket a total of $5,910. The winner of the PartyPoker/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major was Skip_2_My_Lou, who earned the highest payday of the weekend at $10,000.

Dlorican Jun 1st, 2015 2
"Hey Dad, I Won $200 with $1"

Last month, Canada's Alexandre Fournier (pictured), known as fournn on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. His reward was $98,000, far and away his largest online poker cash to date, and, as a result, he has zoomed to #536 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.

Dan Mar 2nd, 2015 2
Lock Poker Nearly a Ghost Town After Non-Payments

Over the past 18 months, the story of Lock Poker has continued to get worse. This week in its Scouting Report, PokerScout has presented some information to show just how far Lock Poker has fallen in the poker community.

Earl Burton Mar 4th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Reclaims #1 Spot

For the first time since November of last year, Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He swapped spots with Chris Big Huni Hunichen to claim the honors and is ranked #1 for just the second time in his career and the first time since last November.

Dan Mar 4th, 2015 2
Anthony Zinno Becomes Third Three-Time WPT Winner

History was made on Thursday, as Anthony Zinno (pictured) became just the third person ever to win three World Poker Tour titles. He took down the LA Poker Classic for $1 million after having just seven big blinds four-handed to stamp his place in poker lore.

Dan Mar 6th, 2015 2
Ty Stewart: "Statistically Harder to Win a WSOP Bracelet" Today

Over the past week, comments from WPT host Mike Sexton about the value of a WSOP bracelet have drawn the attention of the poker world. That attention grew even more significant when the Executive Director of the WSOP, Ty Stewart (pictured), replied to some of Sexton's arguments.

Earl Burton Mar 11th, 2015 2
More Drama: California Tribes Reiterate Opposition to PokerStars, Horse Tracks

Earlier in the year, expectations were high that California lawmakers would make online poker a reality in 2015. But, with the Golden State's gambling stakeholders at an impasse over a few key issues, analysts now believe that the prospect is slipping away. A letter recently sent to Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer by a powerful coalition of tribes does nothing to suggest these factions will ...

LandShark Mar 13th, 2015 2
A PhD in Astrophysics, But a Career in Poker

Over the first weekend in March, Dan NukeTheFish Wilson (pictured) was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $58,000. It was the largest score of his online tournament career by a factor of almost three and he has since shot up to #245 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. We caught up with him to discuss his life, which included getting a PhD in ...

Dan Mar 15th, 2015 2
Taylor Paur (taypaur) Narrowly Misses Second Straight WPT Title

Taylor taypaur Paur just missed a chance at back-to-back World Poker Tour (WPT) titles recently, finishing in third place at the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event for $113,154.

wackyJaxon Mar 19th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with Nevada Online Poker Player Bobby McLawhorn (bcmclawh)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with bcm4924 aka bcmclawh on in Nevada. His real name is Bobby McLawhorn and he spends most of his time in East Las Vegas when he isn't traveling to the East Coast. Among Nevada players, he is currently ranked as #4 with lifetime winnings on of $54,781. Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the latest news and discussion from Nevada players.

stevebrogan Mar 23rd, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Retakes Top Spot Worldwide

It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in ...

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
PPA On RAWA Hearing: "This Bill Should Die Today"

If you were hiding under a rock, you missed the two-hour-long fear-mongering fest that was a House Judiciary Subcommittee's hearing on Restoring America's Wire Act, a bill that comes at the behest of Sheldon Adelson. It ended with a threat for a markup and among those in the room on Capitol Hill during the hearing was Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas (pictured).

Dan Mar 25th, 2015 2
Poker Community Dismayed By RAWA Supporters' Ignorance

Wednesday's hearing on Restoration of America's Wire Act in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations predictably featured much fear-mongering from the bill's advocates, contrasted with cool-headed and fact-based testimony presented by its opponents. With the ability to watch the proceedings unfold online, the poker community got a front row seat ...

LandShark Mar 26th, 2015 2
"I Have Been Running So Badly, So This Feels So Good"

Earlier this month, Tomi Taanila (pictured), known on PocketFives as das_rektumous, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major and earned $39,000. He defeated a field of 650 entrants and was one of 90 players to make the money in the $250 buy-in tournament. "I feel great," Taanila told PocketFives. "The beginning of the year has been hard until this point. I have been running so badly, so this feels so ...

Dan Mar 28th, 2015 2
David Peters (Davidp18) Wins EPT Malta High Roller for €597,000

On Saturday, longtime PocketFiver David Davidp18 Peters (pictured) started the weekend by winning the European Poker Tour Malta High Roller Event, which had a €10,000 buy-in, and earned €597,000. It's the biggest cash of his poker career. PocketFives has tracked three online scores for Peters that have passed $100,000.

Dan Mar 29th, 2015 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Tom Macor (njhockey15)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Milltown resident Tom njhockey15 Macor (pictured, ranked 76th in New Jersey), who can be found on the ice playing hockey when not on the virtual felts in New Jersey. Macor was introduced to poker at the age of 13 and has been playing ever since.

Dlorican Apr 7th, 2015 2
"Now I Have the Money I Need to Buy a Bigger Apartment and a Car"

Last Month, Cosmin Calea (pictured), who is known as xkosssx on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $215,000. There were almost 7,200 entrants that day and Calea was one of 1,080 to make the money. "I am very happy and excited about the successful performance I had," he told PocketFives after the final cards had been dealt. "A final table in the Sunday Million has been ...

Dan Apr 11th, 2015 2
The Evolution of OFC

Many people, including some avid poker players, avoid OFC because it has such a complex set of rules. The time it takes to learn the game is often too big of an investment when you don't really know what the returns will be. So, in this post I want to reverse engineer the game using the method of the 5 Whys.

sandfarnia Apr 11th, 2015 2
PokerStars Milestone Hands: A Look Back

In its latest Weekly Scouting Report, PokerScout took a look at PokerStars' "meteoric" rise, framing the discussion around Stars' now-famous milestone hands. From the site's inception to its 10 billionth hand in mid-2007, more than five years passed. PokerStars celebrated by giving away loads of money for players involved in that hand and many hands leading up to it, and, from there, things took ...

Dan Katz Apr 14th, 2015 2
Who to Target, Who to Fade on DraftKings Fantasy Baseball on April 18

As always, the action will be hot and heavy on Saturday night over at DraftKings, where they are offering up MLB tourneys at every buy-in level imaginable. Let's see if we can spot a lineup that might help you stand out from the crowd and help you grab a handful of that cash! Sign up for DraftKings here.

kellykip Apr 16th, 2015 2
Brian Lemke (ship_the_perc) Wins Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event

Last Friday, Brian Lemke (pictured, image courtesy SPO), known on PocketFives as ship_the_perc, came away with the win in the Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event in Atlantic City, earning $276,000. However, according to the event's blog, winning was anything but easy: "He bagged 31,700 chips at the end of Day 1 – just barely more than the 30,000 starting stack. He bagged 235,000 at the end of ...

Dan Apr 27th, 2015 2
Who to Target and Who to Fade on DraftKings for May 2

With a slate of eight games, Saturday night promises to offer some hefty tournament prizes over at the US-facing daily fantasy sports site DraftKings, where, as is the case every day of the season, they are offering up MLB tournaments at every buy-in level imaginable. So, it's once again time to dig in to the offerings and see if we can bite into some juicy profit centers! Sign up for ...

kellykip May 1st, 2015 2
Nevada Gaming Releases Details of SealsWithClubs Investigation

Last week, an article that appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal outlined an investigation by Nevada authorities into the bitcoin online poker site SealsWithClubs that ended in an arrest warrant being filed for founder Bryan Micon (pictured).

Dan May 4th, 2015 2
Why Poker Players Have Been Buzzing About IRS Form 5754

There has been much discussion recently about the World Series of Poker not accepting Form 5754, which could transfer the tax liability in a poker tournament to another individual. You can read the WSOP's stance in this PocketFives thread. We sat down with Kondler and Associates' Ray Kondler to get his thoughts.

Dan May 8th, 2015 2
chicagocards1 Wins Second SCOOP Title

The 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway and, already, Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania (pictured), who is playing under the user name sms9231, has made waves, taking down Event #4's high-stakes version for $198,000. The $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo is one of just four Turbos on the schedule and was the first SCOOP event to finish.

Dan May 10th, 2015 2
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

This weekend in Nevada, six PocketFives members made it to 12 final tables, cashing for $11,666 total. Butters led the charge, cashing in four events for $2,815. RichrdParker took a first place finish in the Saturday Night $3K for $1,766.

stevebrogan May 11th, 2015 2
WSOP Main Event Shifting to 3-Day Live Final Table

Change is coming to ESPN's broadcast of the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year, the live final table on the sports station will expand to three days, one more than in years past.

Dan May 12th, 2015 2
Calvin Anderson Wins Record 6th SCOOP Title

In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories.

Dan May 15th, 2015 2
"My Strategy Involves Trying to Make Poker as Technical a Game as Possible"

Earlier this month, Nayeem Syed (pictured), known in the online poker world as dancingbudha, chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 two ways for $50,000, far and away his largest online poker score to date.

Dan May 24th, 2015 2
What You Need to Know About the WSOP Colossus

The World Series of Poker Colossus, which starts Friday with the first set of flights, will likely go down as the largest-field live tournament in history. Reportedly, we could see as many as 20,000 entrants at $565 a pop. The tournament has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool and, after seeing a ton of buzz on PocketFives, we caught up with Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth ...

Dan May 26th, 2015 2
2015 World Series of Poker Begins Wednesday

The 2015 World Series of Poker is set to kick off its first day of festivities at Noon Pacific Time on Wednesday. Over the span of the next seven weeks and 68 events, dreams will be realized, bankrolls will be crushed, and history will be made.

Earl Burton May 27th, 2015 2
Dealer Claims Pinnacle Entertainment Shortchanges Employees

A dealer at a Missouri casino has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing his employer of breaking federal and state wage laws by failing to compensate its staff members fairly for their work.

LandShark May 28th, 2015 2
GoLeafsGoEh, JJProdigy Make Final 39 of WSOP Colossus

The World Series of Poker Colossus, which attracted over 22,000 entrants is, within a matter of days, already down to just 39. Nine PocketFivers are among the group and everyone is trailing the chip-leading stack of Raymond Henson, who has 7.4 million, 600,000 more than the next closest person.

Dan Jun 2nd, 2015 2
Tuan Le Becomes First Repeat WSOP Champ Since 2009

For the second time in less than a week, the history books have been rewritten at the 2015 World Series of Poker. After the enormous success of the Colossus and the resulting outrage over the payouts, the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball World Championship saw its defending champion duplicate a feat that hadn't been done since 2009.

Earl Burton Jun 3rd, 2015 2
Ivan Demidov Says His 2008 WSOP Backer Is Paying Up

In the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, Russian grinder Ivan Demidov (pictured) battled his way through 6,843 entrants to take second place after being bested by Peter Eastgate in a lively heads-up match. For the win, Eastgate took home $9.1 million, leaving Demidov with a consolation prize of $5.8 million. But in a recent interview, the Russian poker pro claimed he never saw one cent of ...

LandShark Jun 5th, 2015 2
Adrian Buckley Scores Upset in WSOP Millionaire Maker

The 7,725-entrant Millionaire Maker wrapped up on Tuesday at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. A loaded final table ended with Adrian Buckley (pictured), a 27-year-old part-time poker player from Dacono, Colorado, pulling the upset and winning his first bracelet in his first ever WSOP cash. He took home $1.2 million.

Dan Jun 10th, 2015 2
Brian Hastings Wins WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Event

Brian Hastings (pictured), known on PocketFives as Stinger885, won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet on Saturday night in a $10,000 Seven Card Stud event. His reward was $239,000, which came after outlasting a rock solid final table in which the top three finishers were all members of the PocketFives community.

Dan Jun 14th, 2015 2
oakes Wins First WSOP Circuit Ring By Hitting Quad Fives

Last month, Mike oakes O'Connell (pictured) scored his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring in style. On his final hand, he hit quads and pocketed $10,000 from the $365 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Oh yeah, the hand he hit quads on: pocket fives, of course.

Dan Jun 23rd, 2015 2
Players Rue New Modiano Cards at 2015 WSOP

If you haven't heard, the World Series of Poker enlisted a new card supplier for this year, Italian card manufacturer Modiano. Like most high-quality decks that serious poker players use, Modiano's cards are plastic, a much more resilient, durable material than traditional paper cards. Modiano boasts that its cards are "thicker and heavier" than others, a set of traits that "enables Modiano ...

Dan Katz Jun 24th, 2015 2
PPA Blasts Lindsey Graham Over Introduction of RAWA in Senate

On Wednesday, while Congress was adjourned, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured) introduced Restoring America's Wire Act in the US Senate. The legislation, driven at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, bans internet gambling and online poker in the US.

Dan Jun 24th, 2015 2
"I Like the Game and Like the Money, and There's Lots of Money in this Game"

Last month, Hungary's W_P_S was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward for making it to the final three of the 32,000-man tournament was $17,000. "I had a very tough year, so this helps me a lot now," he told us. "I had lot of crazy beats deep in past tournaments when the money was big."

Dan Jun 27th, 2015 2
Jason Mercier Leading the WSOP PLO Championship With 21 Remaining

Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) has been having an incredible few months dominating poker tournaments by just about anyone’s standards. After winning three SCOOP championships in May on PokerStars, he went on to win a bracelet in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #32: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $633,357.

wackyJaxon Jun 28th, 2015 2
Tournament Review for December 29, 2014

PokerStars held its $5 Million Guaranteed Sunday Million Special Edition over the weekend, and five PocketFives members made the final table. Brazilian tgassen collected $265,744 for his official 4th place effort, while hbo06 of Poland walked away with $241,075 upon being part of a six-way final table deal. India's alwaysdegen (pictured) cashed for $96,015 in 7th, followed by ivanbarros (8th for ...

dhubermex Dec 29th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for December 29, 2014

This weekend in Nevada, six PocketFives members made it to eight final tables, cashing for $6,695. Mike ValueTown Connors (pictured) took down the Sunday $15K for $4,376, while Butters and Handsomemaxx cashed in two events each.

stevebrogan Dec 29th, 2014 1
Tournament Review for March 16, 2015

It was a huge Sunday online this past weekend with PokerStars hosting its 9th Anniversary of the Sunday Million with a $9 million guaranteed prize pool and the kickoff of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series.

wackyJaxon Mar 16th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 2, 2015

This week in New Jersey, PocketFiver Mergulas made three final tables on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. He finished fifth and second in the network's $5,000 Guarantee and second in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $2,620. Mike JohnnnyDrama Haberman started off on the right foot in the New Year by shipping the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee on Thursday night, pocketing $2,491.

Dlorican Jan 2nd, 2015 1
Tournament Review for May 18, 2015

It was a huge weekend for tournament players with the start of the second week of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars. Most of Sunday's SCOOP events were two-day events scheduled to end on Monday, May 18.

wackyJaxon May 18th, 2015 1
Weekday Tournament Review for May 22, 2015

It has been another exciting week online with the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in its second week on PokerStars, along with many big tournaments taking place on other sites.

wackyJaxon May 22nd, 2015 1
Tournament Review for January 5, 2015

The first Sunday of the 2015 calendar year saw PocketFives members take the top four spots in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Kazakhstan's vip25459 (ranked #529 worldwide) captured an outright victory in that tournament for a payday of $99,884. Australian random.chu (pictured, ranked #388) put in a runner-up performance in that event for $74,435 while Tonyfish77 of the United Kingdom had a 3rd ...

dhubermex Jan 5th, 2015 1
Tournament Review for May 25, 2015

It was a huge weekend for tournament players with the wrap-up of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars. Most of Sunday's SCOOP events were two-day events scheduled to end on Monday, May 25.

wackyJaxon May 25th, 2015 1
Weekday Tournament Review for May 29, 2015

Prize pools were down this week for online tournaments now the the SCOOP is over and the World Series of Poker has begun. Despite numbers being down, it was still an exciting week for many PocketFivers who recorded big cashes.

wackyJaxon May 29th, 2015 1
2CardsCollege Expanding with Apestyles, Assassinato

If you're not familiar with it, 2CardsCollege is the largest poker school in the Russian-speaking part of the world. Currently, the school regularly trains over 150 students. You might have seen a link that says "Poker School" on the top of our site. Well, it goes straight to 2CardsCollege.

Dan Jun 8th, 2015 1
Cross-Training for MTTs

We all know poker is getting more competitive. It's hard to go online these days without reading someone proclaiming the "death of poker" as soon as they find out they're no longer able to beat a game they once crushed.

theginger45 Jun 25th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 16, 2015

This week in New Jersey, the Garden State Super Series II had six events with $116,500 in total guaranteed prize money up for grabs on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. Off to a hot start is Mitch money4bacon Friedberg (pictured, ranked 25th in New Jersey), who shipped Event #4 High, a $15,000 guarantee, banking $3,061. This follows up his third place finish in Event #1 High last weekend for $6,750.

Dlorican Jan 16th, 2015 1
Paul and Darren Phua Request Permission to Play Poker While Awaiting Trial

Awaiting trial on charges of running an illegal gambling business, Malaysian businessman Paul Phua (pictured) and his son, Darren Phua, have petitioned the court for permission to enter casinos and play poker. Attorneys for the Phuas, David Chesnoff and Thomas Goldstein, insisted that the men had abided by the conditions of their pretrial release and asked that the court grant more freedom to ...

LandShark Jan 8th, 2015 1
"I Have Had a Goal Since Childhood to See All Seven Continents"

In the middle of December, selinantis (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $35,000. There were over 700 entrants that day and selinantis, who calls Lithuania home, finished third among them. He has over $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings and sat down with PocketFives to talk about his sixth largest cash ever.

Dan Jan 9th, 2015 1
888, WSOP to Share Liquidity in New Jersey

Monday will be a big day for online poker players in New Jersey. To start the work week, WSOP's and 888 Poker's player pools will be partially merged in a move that will increase liquidity in the East Coast state.

Dan Jan 11th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 2, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, the $50,000 Guarantee on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker had an overlay of $10,780, which may have been due to the Super Bowl drawing people away from the virtual felts. A total of four PocketFivers made the Sunday Major final table, with Jesse No_Xcape Elliot (pictured, ranked 8th in New Jersey) leading the way with a second place finish good for $6,800. The winner of the ...

Dlorican Feb 2nd, 2015 1
New Dot-Poker Domains to Open in February

Beginning on February 5, a new dot-poker domain address will be opened up for usage. As it is the first of a three-phase operation, a restricted number of potential applicants will be approved. The applicants must be trademark holders that have been registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and these applications will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Earl Burton Jan 14th, 2015 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Aaron Seligson (nutsooncow)

PocketFives caught up with Aaron nutsooncow Seligson (pictured, ranked #52 in New Jersey), who calls North Arlington home. Seligson converted to poker from playing other casino games such as blackjack and roulette in 2012 and has not looked back. With over $28,000 in tracked online cashes, some of his highlights include a win in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee for $2,979, a third ...

Dlorican Jan 14th, 2015 1
Pala CEO Jim Ryan Talks New Internet Gambling Codes, California Bills

On Friday, PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Pala Interactive CEO Jim Ryan (pictured), who formerly held the same position at Excapsa and bwin.party. Ryan's newest venture has made inroads into the regulated New Jersey gaming market via an online casino and comes with a unique perspective on the future of our industry.

Dan Feb 6th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for February 9, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, Sandi sandip815 Phelps continues her hot streak online by winning the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee for $1,409. So far in 2015, she has six tournament wins across all sites. The network's $50,000 Sunday Major went over the guarantee by $7,165. When the dust settled, AA5454 outlasted a field of 309 runners to claim the top prize of $10,696.

Dlorican Feb 9th, 2015 1
Tournament Review for February 16, 2015

Brazil's rodrigo garrido portaleoni took home $166,746 over the weekend for winning the PokerStars Sunday Million after a 4-way chop. Canada's fournn and Smoothmover also earned big paydays as part of this deal, earning $98,249 and $130,714, respectively, for their third and fourth place finishes.

wackyJaxon Feb 16th, 2015 1
SealsWithClubs Shuts Down

Citing "several events related to operational security" that have resulted in the site operating "in a perpetual state of jeopardy," the bitcoin poker site SealsWithClubs is officially ceasing operations, effective immediately.

Dan Feb 20th, 2015 1
Full Tilt on New Jersey SNAFU: "At No Time Was a Real Money App Available"

According to a variety of sites, including Online Poker Report, Amaya Gaming has asserted that a mobile pop-up alerting players that real money Full Tilt games were available in New Jersey was an error. Call it a Garden State SNAFU that briefly energized the community that Full Tilt was going to enter the market effective immediately.

Dan Jan 22nd, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 9, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, making the final table of both the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees on the same night was Jeremy Jermz Danger, who finished as the runner-up in both tournaments, earning a total of $2,235. Winning the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major was GGlady, who outlasted a field of 313 runners to claim the top prize of $10,834.

Dlorican Mar 9th, 2015 1
Pokerfest Returns to PartyPoker with $2.4 Million Guaranteed

In less than two weeks, Pokerfest is back once again on PartyPoker, featuring 77 tournaments with at least a combined $2.4 million in guaranteed prizes to be awarded to the winners.

wackyJaxon Mar 17th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 30, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, the $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker attracted 288 players, generating a prize pool of $53,280. When the dust settled, andend was victorious, earning $10,656. Mike Gags30 Gagliano (pictured) pocketed $7,017 for his second place finish in the same tournament.

Dlorican Mar 30th, 2015 1
PokerNews Speaks Out About Loss of WSOP Live Updates

In recent days, word broke that PokerNews would no longer be providing exclusive live updates of the World Series of Poker. Instead, WSOP officials will take on the task of providing live updates themselves. We've heard the WSOP's side of the story from Vice President Seth Palansky. Now, PocketFives sat down with Matt Parvis (pictured), Chief Creative Office of iBus Media, which owns PokerNews, ...

Dan Jan 30th, 2015 1
2015 WSOP Schedule Released

One day after the NFL's Super Bowl, the schedule for this year's Super Bowl of Poker, the 2015 World Series of Poker, was released. There are 68 events on deck in 2015 and the series runs from May 27 to July 14. Click here for the full schedule.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 1
Nikki_Hefner Wins TCOOP Main Event for Record-Breaking Amount

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, wrapped up over the weekend with a record being set. Nikki_Hefner, a member of the Russia poker community, took down the TCOOP Main Event for $396,000 following a heads-up deal. In the process, he set a new record for the largest single cash in a TCOOP event, beating the previous mark of $382,000 set in last year's High Roller Event.

Dan Feb 3rd, 2015 1
Dan Bilzerian Escapes Jail Time for Explosives Charges, Will Record PSA

According to the Canadian Press and other sources, high-stakes poker player Dan Bilzerian (pictured) will avoid jail time on a felony explosives charge and will instead record a PSA for the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 17, 2015

This week in New Jersey was the kickoff off the second NJCOP series that is running on PartyPoker/Borgata. Event #1 was a Player's Choice event, which was a $20,000 GTD with a $100 buy-in. It attracted 236 runners, with your winner being PokerKarma, who earned $4,057. Asher anthonymason Conniff (pictured) made the final table of the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 and $10,000 GTD on Wednesday night, ...

Dlorican Apr 17th, 2015 1
William Hill in Talks to Buy 888

Shares of 888 Holdings boomed on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday as word broke that William Hill was in talks to buy the fellow gaming giant. Shares of 888 were up 26.50 pence apiece, or 18%, to settle at 171.50. 888 has already confirmed that it is in takeover talks with William Hill, eliminating any shred of doubt that a deal is being discussed.

Dan Feb 10th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: Big Huni #1 for Third Straight Week

For the third straight week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This is his first stint at #1 and he is certainly making his presence felt, as he won the Betfair/iPoker €25,000 Grand Friday last week for $7,100 and the PokerStars Big $162 two days prior for another $18,000. He has 7,670 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the ...

Dan Feb 11th, 2015 1
"Thanks to All Who Believed in Me and My Abilities"

Late last month, Slovenia's Daniel koootnik Kotnik (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $42,000. It remains his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of four and helped put him on the map in the PocketFives Rankings. We caught up with the European while he was firing up satellites for the Eureka Poker Tour.

Dan Feb 14th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for April 27, 2015

In one of the most anticipated, record-breaking weekends in regulated New Jersey online poker history, the PartyPoker/Borgata NJCOP II came to an end. On Sunday, there were a total of seven events which offered $355,000 in combined guaranteed prize pools, including a $150,000 guaranteed Main Event. That tournament had a total of 659 runners, with the winner being MattLoFan89, who will take home ...

Dlorican Apr 27th, 2015 1
Heads-Up with Twitch Sensation Jason Somerville

Earlier this year, Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured), now a PokerStars pro, began 70 straight days of live-streaming online poker on Twitch. We caught up with him on Day #60 of his campaign. You can catch him on Twitch seven hours a day live from Canada. However, now that he's just a week away from Day #70, what will happen next' And what does he see as the future of the game on Twitch' Read ...

Dan May 2nd, 2015 1
PartyPoker, Dusk Till Dawn Running $1M Guaranteed Live/Online Tournament

Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham has hosted live tournaments with some of the biggest turnouts in history. The casino attracted an impressive 4,932 players for its Grand Prix in 2013, for example. It appears DTD is about to smash this figure by teaming up with PartyPoker for a $120 buy-in tournament featuring a huge $1 million guarantee. It's called the Grand Prix Million and runs from May 15 to 25.

wackyJaxon Feb 20th, 2015 1
Weekday Tournament Review for May 15, 2015

It has been a busy week online with the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in its first week on PokerStars and the iPOPS wrapping up on Mybet / bet-at-home / William Hill / iPoker.

wackyJaxon May 15th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for May 18, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, Dan RedSoxNets5 Sewnig made three final table appearances, which included a second place in the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee, a fifth place in the 888 Poker/WSOP $2,000 Guarantee, and a final table in the network's $40,000 Guarantee for a total of $3,481.

Dlorican May 18th, 2015 1
Luke Schwartz Wins Third SCOOP Title

Luke Schwartz (pictured), who plays on PokerStars as lb6121, won his third SCOOP title this week after taking down a $1,050 Pot Limit Five-Card Omaha High-Low Six-Max event. The tournament spanned two days, drew 125 entrants, and sported 69 rebuys and 102 add-ons. Eighteen players made the money and the final seven returned for a Day 2 to determine a winner.

Dan May 20th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 22, 2015

This week on the virtual felts of New Jersey, Jason RivJ Rivkin won the PartyPoker/Borgata $5,000 Guarantee on Wednesday night, pocketing $1,125. Artim aceszhuited Zhuta shipped the network's $10,000 Guarantee on Thursday night, earning $2,312.

Dlorican May 22nd, 2015 1
PocketFives New Jersey Baseball Ticket Giveaway

PocketFives is giving you 2 free tickets worth up to $75 combined to the Phillies, Yankees, or Mets. All you need to do is sign up for one of Tropicana Casino, Virgin Casino, or 888 Poker, all of which are licensed in New Jersey, make a deposit of at least $20, and wager real money at least once on anything you want by the end of the day on May 31.

Dan May 28th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 29, 2015

This week in on the virtual felts of New Jersey, Justin PocketProfits Wong (pictured) won the PartyPoker/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday night, earning $2,292. Josh j2thez Ziegelbaum made the final table of the network's $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees, finishing first and second for a total of $2,663.

Dlorican May 29th, 2015 1
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player SirJWAB

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Sir aka SirJWAB, a PocketFives member from Nevada since 2009. With lifetime earnings approaching $100,000, Sir is seen making many final tables on . Visit PocketFives' Nevada poker community for the latest news and discussion from Nevada players.

stevebrogan Feb 28th, 2015 1
Tax Impact of Staking Arrangements

Staking arrangements are prevalent in almost every poker tournament these days. It's a great way to mitigate risk or play larger stakes than you normally would in order to increase your ROI. However, each year, the most prominent question poker players ask revolves around how to treat winnings when you have a backer or when you are backing someone else.

Ray Kondler Mar 3rd, 2015 1
Full Tilt Professionals Included in Latest Round of Refunds

According to a statement posted on Thursday from Garden City Group, the official Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker payments, there's a new round of refunds coming. This one is set to include, for the first time, Full Tilt Poker "Professionals."

Dan Jun 6th, 2015 1