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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
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
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
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 3, 2015

This week in New Jersey, making his return to the virtual felt after a short break due to playing more live poker was Jon itsmejon Borenstein (pictured, ranked 32nd in New Jersey). Borenstein wasted no time getting to work by making four final tables which included a win in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 guarantee, third in the network's $10,000 guarantee, fourth in the 888 Poker/WSOP ...

Dlorican Apr 3rd, 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
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
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
WPTPoker.com Closing June 3

According to a press release sent out on Friday by bwin.party, , a site on the PartyPoker network branded to the World Poker Tour, will shut down on June 3. Officials cited an "ongoing company strategy" as the reason for the closure, adding, "bwin.party has made the decision to focus our online poker efforts entirely on our lead brands: PartyPoker and bwin Poker."

Dan May 22nd, 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
Amaya's NASDAQ Debut Coming June 8

If you think Amaya Gaming, which owns PokerStars and Full Tilt and is reportedly in talks to buy bwin.party, is going to explode in value, now is your time to cash in. This week, Amaya was green-lit for listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Its shares will begin trading on June 8.

Dan May 28th, 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
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
"It Feels Good, But I'd Rather Have $1 Million in Profit"

Known as inca7bar on PocketFives, Miguel Silva is up to $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings. He officially hit $1 million last month and told us that while he'll definitely take a new profile badge, "I'd rather have $1 million in profit." Wouldn't we all'

Dan 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
"As a Food Aficionado, Living Here Opens a Lot of Doors"

On the last weekend of April, Russian transplant harrrrmonica, who now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $25,000. There were almost 600 entrants and harrrrmonica won the tournament for the second time in eight months.

Dan May 17th, 2015 2
Jason Mercier Wins Third SCOOP Title of 2015

You have to be kidding me. Less than a week after winning two SCOOP events in two days, Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) was back at it, taking down a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max event for $178,000 following a heads-up chop. It was his third SCOOP win of 2015.

Dan May 18th, 2015 2
Nicolas Chouity (niccc) Wins Third SCOOP Title

Old school poker pros have seemed to have a leg up so far during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Jason Mercier has won three titles already, while veterans mindgamer and veeea have earned six-figure paydays for wins. Enter Nicolas niccc Chouity (pictured), who won his second SCOOP title of 2015 on Wednesday, his third overall.

Dan May 21st, 2015 2
SirWatts Wins Second SCOOP Title of 2015

The month of May is shaping up to be a solid one for Canadian grinder Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured). After finishing second in the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo, the tournament specialist has captured not one, but two first place prizes in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

LandShark May 22nd, 2015 2
"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
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
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
Tournament Review for May 11, 2015

It was a huge weekend for online poker tournament players with the start of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars.

wackyJaxon May 11th, 2015 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 15, 2015

This week in New Jersey, continuing to run hot on the virtual felts is Anwar scaredmoney4 Montgomery who shipped the $5,000

Dlorican May 15th, 2015 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 #1 for Third Straight Week

For the third straight week, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) sits atop the PocketFives Poker Rankings, this time with a PLB score of 7,758 points. He holds a razor-thin 18-point lead over second place, but is enjoying his second stint in the top spot this year and his longest reign at #1 since late 2011.

Dan Dec 3rd, 2014 1
Who to Target and Who to Fade in This Week's FanDuel Sunday Million

"Look at you… In two years, they'll be marking your gravesite. Me' I'll be right here."

kellykip Dec 4th, 2014 1
Does An Extra $300,000 Really Attract Players?

PokerStars is into the second week of its December Festival, a month-long celebration in which at least $15 million in cash will be handed out across a wide variety of game types. Usually, poker room promotions focus on just tournament players or just cash game players, but this one has something for everybody. The first phase, the $1 Million Milestone Hands promotion, has wrapped up and, to put ...

Dan Katz Dec 9th, 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
natfalber11 Wins FTOPS XXVII Main Event

On the same day that 2014 WSOP November Niner Jorryt Van Hoof won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, Brazil's natfalber11 took down the Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event for $212,000. More than $2 million was awarded during the final weekend of FTOPS XXVII.

Dan Dec 15th, 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
Isildur1 Returns to Full Tilt After Two-Month Hiatus

In October, Viktor Isildur1 Blom and Gus Hansen parted ways with Full Tilt Poker, ending the re-launched site's experiment with sponsored pros. Full Tilt officials announced at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom (pictured) and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising ...

Dan Dec 18th, 2014 1
Who to Target, Who to Fade for Week 16 on FanDuel

This week's FanDuel Sunday Million is offering up $2 million in prize money, with 91,954 entrants competing for a $200,000 top prize. Payouts will be issued to 19% of the field (17,475 places), so get in and claim your share! In Week 15, mperillo86 and btong23 chopped first place with an identical score of 189.6. This winning total (3.16 points per $1,000 of salary), was down from the previous ...

kellykip Dec 18th, 2014 1
PokerStars to Engage in Discussions with California Lawmakers

Earlier this month, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced AB 9, otherwise known as the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. The bill is similar to legislation filed last year, but contains a critical amendment that was seemingly written to block Amaya from launching PokerStars in the state.

LandShark Dec 20th, 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
chicagocards1, luckychewy Win WPT Titles in Las Vegas

The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the televised WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas both wrapped up in recent days, with two members of the PocketFives community taking home titles. We'll start with the larger payday, $2.1 million, which went to Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger (pictured) for taking down the Alpha8 event. In fact, it was the largest Alpha8 ever.

Dan Dec 21st, 2014 1
WSOP November Niner Martin Staszko Wins Sunday Warm-Up

Over the weekend, members of the PocketFives community took down the Winamax High Roller, 888 Mega Deep, 888 Sunday Challenge, and PokerStars Sunday Million. Given all the excitement, we thought we'd take some time to single out 2011 World Series of Poker November Niner Martin Staszko (pictured), who plays as filfedra on PokerStars according to PokerNews. Staszko won the Sunday Warm-Up II Double ...

Dan Dec 23rd, 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
PocketFives Rankings Update: Romeopro, JMolloy Reenter Top 10

We'll start off this week's PocketFives Rankings Update by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! No matter what your plans are, we hope you have a wonderful day! Now, let's get to the business at hand. The PocketFives Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and Yuri Martins is once again your top-ranked player. He has over 600 PLB Points more than second place to boot, meaning we'd expect to ...

Dan Dec 25th, 2014 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
What Are Your Poker Goals for 2015?

We're in the home stretch of 2014. In fact, just four days remain in this calendar year, which means it's time to reflect on the year that was and create a few goals for 2015. In a thread in the Poker Community forum, posters were sharing their goals and aspirations for next year. Whether it was building a bankroll or dabbling in live games, plenty of players are looking forward to the year to ...

Dan Dec 27th, 2014 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 1
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 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