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PocketFives Rankings Update: CrownUpGuy Up to #4 After WCOOP Win

Following his massive $1.3 million payday for winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, CrownUpGuy (pictured) has shot up to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, not surprisingly his highest position ever. He netted over 3,200 PLB Points for his win in the $5,000 buy-in tournament.

Dan Oct 1st, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 27, 2015

This week in New Jersey, several PocketFivers found themselves in the winner's circle across all regulated sites. Maureen Redhotmomma Ludwig won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee on Monday night, earning $2,190.

Dlorican Mar 27th, 2015 2
25,000 MTTs, 1 Triple Crown

On September 14, PocketFiver MendaLerenda (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $6,100. And while it wasn't the heftiest sum of money ever, it marked the first leg of his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. In the span of a week, MendaLerenda went on to win the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex and PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance to complete the bid.

Dan Oct 10th, 2014 2
"I'm Badly Craving Some Ridiculously Massive Live Score"

On the final weekend of September, Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep outright for $33,000, defeating a field of 715 entrants. While it wasn't the largest score he has recorded, it snapped a month of bleeding. As he put it, "The WCOOP didn't go nearly as well as I hoped, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was a very rough three weeks before Sunday, so I am ...

Dan Oct 11th, 2014 2
Study: Experienced Poker Players Are More Emotionally Stable

One of the most important things a poker player can have at the tables is the ability to maintain a "level head" and use that tool to make the correct decision on the felt. Now, there is a study from Finland that has directly linked more experienced poker players with a more emotionally stable base.

Earl Burton Oct 15th, 2014 2
Phil Hellmuth Offered Spot on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap"

According to various news outlets, Phil Hellmuth (pictured), a 13-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and former Main Event champion, had a chance to appear alongside his better half on the ABC reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap." However, Hellmuth reportedly is leaning toward not appearing on the show out of deference to his bride.

Dan Oct 16th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for October 31, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, several PocketFivers found themselves in the winner's circle of the nightly guarantees. Josh jerseyjosh Baer won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Monday, cashing for $1,008. Mike Lav519 Lavenburg shipped the network's $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday, banking $2,300. Wednesday was Jim jimmyice99 Oriente's turn to win the network's $5,000 ...

Dlorican Oct 31st, 2014 2
Daniel Negreanu, Jack McClelland Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

The Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2014 has been announced! After a multi-month public nomination process as well as voting from the living Hall of Fame members and a select group of media that included this author, Daniel Negreanu (pictured) and Jack McClelland have been elected. Negreanu, a six-time bracelet winner, and McClelland, a game-changing tournament director, were the only two this ...

Dan Oct 23rd, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for November 17, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey Online Poker, Jesse No_Xcape Elliot (pictured) made back-to-back final tables in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 guarantee, finishing fifth on Friday and then winning it on Saturday for a total of $2,676. Aaron nutsooncow Selig shipped the network's $10,000 guarantee Sunday night adding $2,979 to his bankroll and extending his hot streak. The winner of the ...

Dlorican Nov 17th, 2014 2
Tournament Review for November 17, 2014

Major online poker tournament participation increased this past weekend following the conclusion of the World Series of Poker Main Event. The PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament was won by PhiRi1 of Belize, who received $177,218 for his victory as a result of a three-way chop. Fellow member KingKong0815 of Germany took home $165,462 for his 3rd place showing, while 278th-ranked ...

dhubermex Nov 17th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 19, 2014

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

Dlorican Dec 19th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Patrick Shelley (my2chis)

PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Patrick my2chis Shelley (pictured, ranked #75 in New Jersey), who calls Pompton Lakes home and started playing poker around the Moneymaker Boom. Shelley qualified for the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic on PartyPoker and managed to eliminate one of the top poker pros around, Vanessa Selbst.

Dlorican Nov 4th, 2014 2
Steve O'Dwyer (MrTimCaum) Wins ACOP Super High Roller for $1.8 Million

Steve MrTimCaum O'Dwyer (pictured) is one of those guys that the casual poker fan might not be too familiar with, but anyone who checks out major tournament results even semi-regularly has seen him at the top of the standings many, many times. His latest triumph: taking the crown at the Asia Championship of Poker Macau $500,000 Super High Roller Event, good for HK $14,050,000, or about USD ...

Dan Katz Nov 4th, 2014 2
What to Expect at this Year's WSOP November Nine

If you're thinking of heading to the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio on Monday for the long-awaited restart of the World Series of Poker Main Event or are planning on watching the gala unfold on television, expect "the craziest year yet," according to Caesars Interactive Entertainment Vice President Seth Palansky.

Dan Nov 5th, 2014 2
Tournament Review for December 22, 2014

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

dhubermex Dec 22nd, 2014 2
Mark Newhouse: "Stakes Are Even Higher" at This Year's WSOP

On Monday, Mark Newhouse (pictured) will be one of nine players vying for a $10 million top prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Newhouse, as you probably know by now, made history as the first ever two-time November Niner and is the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. Newhouse, however, navigated fields of over 6,000 ...

Dan Nov 9th, 2014 2
"Having My Own Dramatic Series on HBO Would Be a Dream Come True"

A couple of weeks ago, Simon pokerbrat13 Charette (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $95,000. There was no chop in sight and the field numbered 3,037. Charette told PocketFves in an exclusive interview, "I feel great. I ran extremely well in the Warm-Up. I was all-in pre-flop a lot more often than usual and won them all. I've had plenty of Sunday final tables this year, but ...

Dan Nov 9th, 2014 2
cswidler Simultaneously Final Tables Sunday Supersonic, Gets 32nd in PCA Main Event

Pretty impressive news coming out of the Bahamas, the site of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The weekend's Sunday Supersonic on PokerStars brought out $1,238 entrants. The prize pool of the $215 buy-in tournament swelled to $291,000 and, when the smoke cleared, PocketFiver Carter cswidler Swidler (pictured) finished fourth for $21,000.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
Amaya Revenues Up 6x After PokerStars Purchase

In June of this year, Amaya Gaming announced it had purchased the Rational Group, the owners of Full Tilt and PokerStars. The transaction has set off a chain of events including increased rake at PokerStars' tables, changes to forex policies, and a rumored overhaul of the site's VIP program. The transaction has also increased Amaya's revenues by a factor of six, according to eGaming Review.

Dan Nov 14th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for January 23, 2015

This week in New Jersey, the Garden State Super Series II on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker continued to run, with four events offered at three buy-in levels for a total of $111,500 in guaranteed money. BobbyOboodi and Eddie Pompiaa2 Roman chopped Event #15 High, which was a $25,000 guaranteed heads-up event, earning $6,875 each. PocketFiver anthonymason, who plays under the handle mislclick on ...

Dlorican Jan 23rd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for January 26, 2015

This weekend in New Jersey, the Garden State Super Series II concluded on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. This big winner this weekend was Scott Sblum2711 Blumstein (pictured, ranked 17th in New Jersey), who shipped the $150,000 Guaranteed Main Event, outlasting a field of 755 runners for a cool $20,805 after a three-way deal at the final table. Blumstein is no stranger to big wins, as he won the ...

Dlorican Jan 26th, 2015 2
High Stakes Poker: SanIker Up $1 Million in 1 Week

The last seven days have been pretty lucrative for SanIker, according to HighStakesDB. He reeled in almost $400,000 at the $2,000/$4,000 Triple Draw tables on Full Tilt on Monday to push his seven-day winnings to $1 million.

Dan Nov 25th, 2014 2
Heads-Up with Borgata WPO Event Winner Daniel Buzgon (wildman75)

PocketFives had to opportunity to catch up with New Jersey poker pro Daniel wildman75 Buzgon (pictured, image courtesy of Borgata), who recently won Event #15, a $1,000,000 guarantee, of the Borgata Winter Open for a cool $194,509. Buzgon outlasted a field of 2,882 runners to capture his first live tournament win.

Dlorican Feb 2nd, 2015 2
PPA Confirms First Disputed Full Tilt Payments Will Be Sent by March

In a thread on PocketFives, the Poker Players Alliance has confirmed that the first round of disputed Full Tilt payments for US players "is on track" to be sent by the end of March.

Dan Feb 2nd, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 6, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Mitch money4bacon Friedberg made four final tables on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. He came in fourth, fifth and eighth in the network's $5,000 Guarantee and seventh in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $1,737 in cashes.

Dlorican Feb 6th, 2015 2
From Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports with SamENole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

actionDJ Dec 8th, 2014 2
Who to Target and Who to Fade on FanDuel: Week 15

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

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

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

Dan Dec 13th, 2014 2
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for March 20, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Mike Gags30 Gagliano made the final table of both the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 and $10,000 guarantee, earning a total of $1,941 for his respective second and third place finishes. Both final tables were broadcast during his live stream (pictured) on PocketFives TV, and can be viewed On Demand directly from the PocketFives TV page.

Dlorican Mar 20th, 2015 2
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for March 23, 2015

This week in New Jersey, Yong ykwon17 Kwon final tabled the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on back-to-back nights, recording a win and a second place finish for a total of $1,995. Jamie mmmWaWa Kerstetter accomplished the same feat with the network's $10,000 Guarantee. She finished fourth on Friday and shipped it on Saturday, pocketing a total of $2,945.

Dlorican Mar 23rd, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins Reclaims #1 Spot

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

Dan Dec 17th, 2014 2
How Much Does Advertising Affect Problem Gambling?

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

Dan Dec 19th, 2014 2
Seize the Day and Get $59,000

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

Dan Dec 22nd, 2014 2
High Stakes Poker: rafaelamit Returns to PokerStars

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

Dan Dec 26th, 2014 2
The Top Five Poker Stories of 2014

As 2015 officially begins, we take a look back at five of the biggest poker news stories of 2014. At the end of the article, let us know what other headlines you thought were memorable this year.

LandShark Jan 1st, 2015 2
H0LDiT It Now, Hand Over That $75,000

Recently on PokerStars, Double Vision Sunday featured two installments of the Sunday Warm-Up. The six-handed version had 2,939 entrants and ended with PocketFiver H0LDiT (pictured) taking second place for $75,000. Four of the six members of the final table were part of our community, which raked in $293,000 total.

Dan Jan 4th, 2015 2
New Credit Card Code Coming for Legal US Online Gambling Transactions

According to a recent press release, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) officials alluded to a new credit card code for legal internet gambling transactions that could greatly aid players' ability to deposit on regulated sites.

Dan Jan 5th, 2015 2
bparis Becomes Fifth Person Ever to Hit $7.5 Million in Online Cashes

On Sunday, Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) became just the fifth PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online tournament cashes and the first to do so since November. To that end, Paris joins a prestigious group that also includes Jeremy daisyxoxo Fitzpatrick, Shyam s_dot11 Srinivasan, p0cket00, and Chris moorman1 Moorman.

Dan Jan 13th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: Yuri Martins #1 for Fifth Straight Week

For the fifth straight week, Brazil's Yuri Martins (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He ascended to the throne on December 17 and hasn't looked back since. The man they call theNERDguy on PokerStars is up to $4.5 million in tracked online tournament cashes and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Brazilians are #1 and #2 in the Rankings this week.

Dan Jan 14th, 2015 2
Benny Binion Biography Could Appear on the Big Screen

Relativity Media has purchased the screen rights to Doug Swanson's book "Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion," the biography of the legendary creator of the World Series of Poker.

Dan Katz Jan 14th, 2015 2
Poker Refugees Launches Fly First Class

All aboard! Poker Refugees has launched a novel, new service to help players save money on airfare while traveling in comfort and style. It's called Refugees Fly First Class and enables clients to fly in first or business class for 40% to 70% off normal flight prices. The service is open to anyone and is absolutely free to use. Anyone can book online.

KristinPokerRefugees Jan 16th, 2015 2
$1 Million in Tournament Winnings for Five Straight Years: Repeatable?

While poker superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey top the list of WSOP bracelet winners, only one player can boast earning $1 million in tournaments for five years in a row.

LandShark Jan 25th, 2015 2
urbanlights Finishes Top Three in the Super Tuesday Twice in a Month

If you missed it, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Super Tuesday twice in December, finishing in third place on the 16th and as the runner-up two days before the end of the year. Together, the two un-chopped scores meant over $136,000 in real money along with almost 1,000 PLB Points.

Dan Jan 27th, 2015 2
Horseshoes, Bonfires, Fishing, Camping, and $50K Poker Cashes

It's not easy being Matt papamat25 Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself."

Dan Jan 29th, 2015 2
PocketFives Rankings Update: OgSulttaani Wins 9 Tournaments in 4 Days

Thanks to being part of a five-way chop of a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em TCOOP event over the weekend, Denmark's x_zola25 rocketed into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week, debuting at #9 in the world. He was up 15 spots thanks to the mammoth $177,000 score. Amazingly, it came just one week after a victory in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $43,000. Now we'll see if he can keep ...

Dan Feb 4th, 2015 2
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
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
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
"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
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
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for September 29, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker was back to its normal weekend MTT schedule, which is capped off by the $50,000 Guarantee. Jesse No_Xcape Elliot, (pictured, ranked #12 in New Jersey) won it, adding a cool $10,000 to his bankroll. This represents Elliot's largest cash since regulated online poker launched in New Jersey.

Dlorican Sep 29th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Scott Blumstein (SBlum2711)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Sblum2711 Blumstein, who plays under the handle Sblast2711 on New Jersey regulated sites. He recently finished in first place in the Garden State Super Series Leaderboard, earning himself $3,000. Hailing from Morristown, New Jersey, Blumstein has over $85,000 in recorded online and live cashes combined. He won two GSSS events, both with ...

Dlorican Sep 29th, 2014 1
Tournament Review for October 27, 2014

Kraig Cardshark927 Harper of Canada was the biggest winner in major online poker tournament action among PocketFives members over the weekend, taking home $138,633 for his 3rd place effort in the PokerStars Sunday Million (4-way deal).

dhubermex Oct 27th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for November 24, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey, Fred BiggDaddy Ferrell made two final tables on Friday on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker, finishing seventh in the $5,000 Guarantee and second in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $2,369.

Dlorican Nov 24th, 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
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for October 3, 2014

In Nevada this week, three PocketFives members made it to the final tables: Voff, Josh Reynolds and DatDude all cashed.

stevebrogan Oct 3rd, 2014 1
Tournament Review for October 13, 2014

Fernando nandinhojah Araujo Abreu of Brazil (pictured, ranked #1,174 worldwide) made a strong case for re-entering the Top 1,000 Rankings over the weekend thanks to his 3rd place showing in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament for $103,408. The score represents his largest career online event cash.

dhubermex Oct 13th, 2014 1
Discovery Channel Declines to Pick Up Underground Poker

According to co-host Antonio Esfandiari (pictured), Discovery Channel has passed on the opportunity to air additional episodes of "Underground Poker." The show, which starred Esfandiari and longtime cohort Phil Laak, profiled underground card games and the pilot took place in New Orleans.

Dan Oct 11th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: RuiNF Jumps to #8 Worldwide

It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings have been recalculated. One of the notable moves of the week went to Portugal's Rui RuiNF Ferreira (pictured), who moved up from #24 to #8 worldwide, his highest position ever. Ferreira has five wins in the last week:

Dan Oct 15th, 2014 1
WSOP on ESPN: "Facial Hair Showdown at the Agro Corral"

We're dangerously close to the live conclusion of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event next Monday and Tuesday. In the meantime, the start of Day 7 aired on Sunday night on ESPN in the form of two one-hour episodes. Scott Palmer made headlines out of the gate, doubling through Dan Smith (pictured) with A-3 against queens after an ace hit on the river. Billy Pappas, who was also in the hand, ...

Dan Nov 3rd, 2014 1
"It's Difficult to Tell Whether You Played Really Well or Ran Like a God"

He might be a tad modest, but Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $68,000, defeating a group of 765 entrants. As he told us, "I'm feeling awesome about it. It's my favorite tournament of the regular Sunday Majors, so I am very happy I finally won it."

Dan Oct 21st, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: TheClaimeer Reenters Top 10

It's Wednesday, which means a brand new installment of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week, Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) reentered the top 10 after being ranked as high as #4 earlier this year. This week, he moved up from #23 to #10 after chopping a PartyPoker Pokerfest event heads-up for $35,000.

Dan Oct 22nd, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 14, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, Mike Gags30 Gagliano and Jamie mmmWaWa Kerstetter chopped the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 guarantee on Monday night both banking over $850 each. Aaron nutsooncow Selig continues to run hot by finishing second in the network's $10,000 guarantee on Wednesday night pocketing $1,707.

Dlorican Nov 14th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Robert Saville (shaunsaville)

PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Robert "Shaun" Saville, Jr. (pictured) aka shaunsaville. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and has lifetime earnings on of $12,731. He has been playing poker for over nine years. He is also a DJ in Downtown Vegas.

stevebrogan Oct 23rd, 2014 1
"Never Give Up! Learn About Poker, Talk About Poker, Play Poker"

One of a handful of PocketFivers to receive a $1 million cash badge this month is Croatia's marko2701 (pictured). He is the top-ranked player in the capital city of Zagreb and is a brand new member of the PocketFives community. "I feel proud of myself. This is a result of three years of work and dedication to online poker," he told us in an exclusive interview.

Dan Oct 25th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for November 21, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker continue the $5,000 and $10,000 Nightly Guaranteed tournaments despite a cutback in their overall MTT offerings. Mike mikewebb68 Webb made two final tables this week, coming in eighth and second in the $10,000 Guarantee for a total of $2,205. Rich Pker4Dummies Rodrigo shipped the $10,000 Guarantee on Thursday night, adding $2,365 to his bankroll.

Dlorican Nov 21st, 2014 1
Tournament Review for November 24, 2014

Romanian Joldis moiadcosmin Cosmin (pictured, ranked #1,251 worldwide) took home the largest payday among PocketFives members in major online poker tournament action over the weekend via a 3rd place showing in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $118,096 (five-way chop). Fellow member Ben f3nix35 Dobson of the United Kingdom finished 4th in that event for $103,639 while StoyanB of Bulgaria ...

dhubermex Nov 24th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for December 5, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker launched its new tournament schedule, which saw the nightly $10,000 Guarantee get moved up an hour and the nightly $5,000 Guarantee become a turbo. Mike JohnnnyDrama Haberman, Jr. made the final table of both the $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantee on Wednesday, cashing for a total of $1,122.

Dlorican Dec 5th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: PokerKaiser Retakes Top Spot

The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) overtook Yuri Martins for the top spot. This is Fierro's second stint at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings, snapping Martins' three-week reign. Fierro leads Martins by 40 PLB Points, 8,028 to 7,968.

Dan Oct 30th, 2014 1
High Stakes Poker: Kagome Kagome Up $500,000 in 3 Days

It has been a good week to be Germany's Kagome Kagome (pictured), who is up over $500,000 in the last three days at cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. On Sunday, the site posted that Kagome Kagome had won almost $130,000 at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables on Saturday, increasing his three-day haul to north of half-a-million dollars.

Dan Nov 3rd, 2014 1
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
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 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
WSOP Main Event Restarts at 9:00pm ET on ESPN

Who are you rooting for' The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event restarts at 8:30pm Eastern Time from the Penn and Teller Theater in Las Vegas, with the rest of the world able to catch the action on a 30-minute delay starting at 9:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN and other outlets. Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) will be your chip leader when play resumes at 89.6 million. Following him are Martin Jacobson ...

Dan Nov 11th, 2014 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
PokerStars Celebrating Tournament Number One Billion

On the final day of November, PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, will host its one-billionth tournament. As expected, it's not your run-of-the-mill tournament, as the big one-billion will come with a $2 million guarantee and at least $200,000 for first place, all for a $109 buy-in. Visit PokerStars here.

Dan Nov 15th, 2014 1
Viktor Blom Signing with Unibet?

A curious Tweet from Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) has ignited a swarm of controversy across the poker industry on Monday, as the former Full Tilt sponsored pro may have signed with Unibet, at least in some capacity. Here's the text of the Tweet in question: "In Macau right now, but planning to play the @unibet cash game before @unibetopen at Aspers in London end of November. Looks fun!"

Dan Nov 17th, 2014 1
Chemical Firm During the Week, $78K in the Warm-Up on Sunday

Earlier this month, 3,342 entrants showed up for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, which meant a prize pool of $607,000. Muscling his way to second place was Germany's orhi83, who cashed for $78,000, the largest score of his career and his biggest haul since a $64,000 take in the Super Tuesday in 2013.

Dan Nov 22nd, 2014 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
Navy Officer Denies Using Counterfeit Chips in Casino Despite Evidence

In a case that dates back to last year, a career Navy officer who was suspended from his position as the #2 man in control of the US nuclear submarine fleet and eventually lost said job has continued to deny that he was involved in a counterfeit poker chip ring despite the evidence presented in a thorough investigation.

Earl Burton Nov 27th, 2014 1
"It Was a Good MTT to Win Because Rebuys Are My Best Game"

Earlier this month, Portugal's skyboy (pictured) came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. There were over 1,000 entrants and his reward for beating all of them was $55,000. "It was a good MTT to win because rebuys are my best game," he told us. In fact, his top three cashes dollar-wise are all in tournaments involving rebuys.

Dan Nov 30th, 2014 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