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PocketFives Rankings Update: New #1 For Second Straight Week

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 12th, 2014 1
"When I Started Playing, It Was a Dream to Have a Site Write About Me"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 15th, 2014 1
"Maybe I'll Do Something Boring Like Buy a House"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 16th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 4, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 4th, 2014 1
"I Have an Injured Shoulder and I'm Eight-Tabling"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 17th, 2014 1
PokerStars Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed in Illinois

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 18th, 2014 1
"Then Someone Told Me About a Magical Site Called PokerStars"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 22nd, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for April 18, 2014

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Apr 18th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Steve Scales (Turb0licious)

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

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Mar 27th, 2014 1
Tom Dwan: Baccarat the Way to Recoup Million-Dollar Losses in Macau

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

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Mar 29th, 2014 1
Victims in Borgata Tournament Marred By Fake Chips Still Awaiting Resolution

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Mar 31st, 2014 1
"To Beat Poker, You Have to Be Poker"

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

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 1st, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: Hooray for huiiiiiiiiii

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

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

This weekend on the virtual felts of New Jersey online poker, there were a number of PocketFivers who made multiple final tables. La_Flama_Blan27 (rimmer27 on PocketFives) made back-to-back final tables in the $10,000 Guarantee nightly on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. He finished in fourth place on both Saturday and Sunday for a total of $1,887.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 12th, 2014 1
Lottery Association: US Gambling "Should Be Left Up to States"

A letter from the Executive Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, David Gale (pictured), has outlined the organization's stance on internet gambling and online poker in the United States. The letter, dated March 31, was sent to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has authored a bill to restore the Wire Act of 1961 and ban internet gambling in the United ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 3rd, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Ludovic Lacay (Cutsss)

A longtime member of PocketFives, Ludovic Cutsss Lacay (pictured) is a sponsored pro of Winamax, which accepts players from across the European Union. Lacay has $3.2 million in live cashes under his belt, according to the Hendon Mob, including a win in the EPT San Remo Main Event in 2012 for nearly a million bucks. The acclaimed poker pro sat down with PocketFives to talk about his career and ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 5th, 2014 1
Tournament Review for May 19, 2014

The 2014 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) wrapped up over the weekend with the $10,000+300 NLHE Main Event. Phillip Grindation Mcallister of the United Kingdom wound up in 5th place in the tournament for $350,838 while Canada's NeverScaredB (pictured) finished 6th for $279,225.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
May 19th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 23, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $10,000 Guarantee Nightly with first place paying over $2,000. On Monday, there was a two-way chop, with jOEYBEZZLER taking it down for $2,094. On Tuesday, four PocketFivers made the final table, with Frank Vulpis (Binkedit8899 on PocketFives, pictured) finishing in second place for $1,783. Back on April 4, Vulpus took third ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 23rd, 2014 1
"It's From the Film Rain Man. I Was Always Good with Numbers."

Last month, the PokerStars Micro Millions Main Event played out on the world's largest online poker site. The $22 buy-in tournament attracted a ridiculous field of over 63,000 entrants and, when it finally concluded, PocketFiver Raphael Jude RainmanRJA Augustin (pictured) came away with the win following a heads-up chop and ran off with $78,000, or nearly 3,600 times his buy-in.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 7th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for May 30, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $10,000 Guarantee with a buy-in of $100. David Cheng (phatchoy888 on PocketFives) continued his tear on the virtual felts by winning the $10,000 Guarantee on Monday, taking home $2,094. Splits89 and Jamdizzi777 evenly chopped the Party/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee for $2,242 on Tuesday. VANGUARD was the victor on Wednesday, winning ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 30th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for April 11, 2014

In Nevada this week, ran three of its four $3,000 events as scheduled. On Wednesday, the site ran a special satellite for two $1,500 seats to the 2014 World Series of Poker. All of the events on exceeded the guarantees. There were 223 runners with a total prize pool of 16,225.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Apr 11th, 2014 1
PokerStars, Full Tilt Downloadable Clients Unaffected by Heartbleed Bug

According to a statement posted on the sites' blog, the Heartbleed Bug did not affect PokerStars' or Full Tilt Poker's real money clients. The bug attacked an issue in OpenSSL, but according to PokerStars officials, "At no stage were our downloadable clients on either PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker vulnerable to this issue at any time. This applies to both desktop and mobile clients."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 14th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 13, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $10K Guarantee nightly. Bob Taylor (s.l. halper on PocketFives) finished in second place on Monday, taking home $1,829. The winner in the $10,000 Guarantee on Monday was KingsWin, who cashed for $2,511. ThreeBetYou took it down on Tuesday for $2,682. The winner of the Party/Borgata $10,000 Guarantee on Wednesday was PompiAA2, ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 13th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 20, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its $50 buy-in $5,000 Nightly Guarantee along with a $100 buy-in $10,000 Nightly Guarantee. On Tuesday, four PocketFivers made the final table of the $10,000 guarantee, with Jesse Elliot (No_Xcape on PocketFives, pictured) leading the way with the win and taking home $2,069 after a chop heads-up. PocketFiver MikeG5 won the ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 20th, 2014 1
Winamax Awarding SISMIX Main Event Seat in PocketFives PLB Competition

In April, PocketFives and Winamax are teaming up for an exclusive PLB competition that's only open to players whose Winamax accounts were created through the links on PocketFives. The top prize this month is a €550 buy-in to Marrakech SISMIX Electro Poker Festival Main Event that takes place in May.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 15th, 2014 1
Tournament Review for June 23, 2014

Over the weekend, PocketFives members were led by Steve betrthanphil Tripp of Canada (pictured - ranked #432 worldwide), who took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $79,116. Steve's three-way final table negotiation nearly earned him full first place prize money despite chopping the event with two other opponents.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jun 23rd, 2014 1
Next US Full Tilt Poker Refunds Coming By May 31

According to an update posted on the official Full Tilt Poker Claims website on Wednesday, the next round of US Full Tilt Poker refunds will be sent out by the end of May. About 1,000 people will get their money back this time around, over three years after Full Tilt vacated the US market on Black Friday.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 17th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for June 27, 2014

This week in New Jersey, PartyPoker/Borgata Poker ran its nightly $5,000 Guarantee, $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max, and $10,000 guarantee. nas1225 (nas1225 on PocketFives) won the $5,000 Guarantee on Monday for $1,000. pst34 (petey3412 on PocketFives) took down the $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max on Tuesday, winning $1,150. Jim Oriente (jimmyice99 on PocketFives) won the $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max on Wednesday ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jun 27th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: lilachaa Reaches Highest Position Ever

The PocketFives Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and, unlike last week, the top 10 worldwide remained relatively unchanged. Your #1 player in the world is still Anton VnilaVader Herrmann, who is one of four Swedes in the top seven of the Rankings and won the PokerStars Bigger $55 three days ago for $42,000 to solidify the top spot for the second straight week. Herrmann has about 300 PLB ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 23rd, 2014 1
NJCOP Main Event Has $34,000 Overlay, MikeFrancesa Wins

In case you missed it on Sunday, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event attracted a sizable field of 892 players at a buy-in of $185 apiece. Despite the nearly 900 players who turned out, the tournament, which took place on Borgata Poker and PartyPoker and guaranteed $200,000, still featured a $34,000 overlay. You probably won't hear any complaints from the users who cashed, ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 28th, 2014 1
"Confidence in Yourself Plays a Big Role in Getting Out of a Downswing"

Pavel Plesuv (pictured), who can be found on PocketFives under the user name 3p3nipa, rebounded from a downswing in impressive fashion by taking second in an FTOPS Two-Day Event, winning a separate FTOPS event, and taking down the PokerStars $162 Sunday Six-Max for $122,000 combined… all in just two weeks.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Apr 29th, 2014 1
How Big Can the California Online Poker Market Get?

The online poker traffic monitoring site published its weekly Scouting Report on Monday, detailing some of the latest goings-on in the industry. A portion of the piece focused not on what happened in the past, but rather would could possibly happen in the future when it comes to the United States' potential golden poker goose: California.

Dan KatzDan Katz
Join Date: Jan 10th, 2012
Apr 30th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Randy Lew (Nanonoko): The Next Ansel Adams?

In 2013, Team PokerStars Online member Randy Nanonoko Lew (pictured) logged five in the money finishes at the World Series of Poker, including a top-ten showing in a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up tournament for $54,000, his largest WSOP cash to date. Now, Lew, whom we associate with mass-multi-tabling online, is one of the many players who are just three weeks away from descending on Sin ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 4th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Tommy Schenck (ThePimpOfPoker)

New Jersey online poker grinder Tommy ThePimpOfPoker Schenck (pictured) was one of many US players who relocated outside of the country in order to continue playing online poker after Black Friday. He plays in New Jersey under ShankU4Chips on and 888 Poker and under Pot4Jack0ff on Borgata Poker.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
May 6th, 2014 1
RuiNF Defeats lukethafluke in SCOOP Heads-Up Event

The high-stakes version of Event #8 of the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was a $700 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up contest that brought out 765 players. In the end, it was only fitting that two PocketFivers chopped heads-up.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 7th, 2014 1
"He Can Take Beats for Days, But Still Returns Tomorrow to Grind Some More"

At one point last month, we interviewed back-to-back players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is a rarity for any country, more or less Bosnia and Herzegovina. First it was Alen lilachaa Bilic, who is now #12 worldwide on PocketFives and, perhaps not coincidentally, a good friend of the second player from the European country we spoke to, Marko drjovaside Jovovic (pictured).

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 8th, 2014 1
"I Always Wondered How a Big Hit Could Change My Poker Career"

Late last month, Brazil's Luciano Santos de Hollanda (pictured), known as LucianoHollanda on PocketFives, earned his $1 million cash badge. He is the top-ranked player in the city of Curitiba and told us he's "feeling really good" about his brand new profile badge. Perhaps even more importantly, Hollanda is "even more excited about the game."

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 10th, 2014 1
Jason Mercier (treysfull21) Wins First SCOOP Title

Chalk up the first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title for Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured). The longtime PocketFiver won a $215 Eight-Game event on Thursday and now needs a TCOOP victory to become poker's third Triple COOP champion.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 16th, 2014 1
Bryan Devonshire (badbeatninja) – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

Henderson, Nevada poker playe, Bryan badbeatninja Devonshire headed into Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in 16th place out of the 79 players remaining with 3,830,000 in chips.

wackyJaxonwackyJaxon
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Jul 13th, 2014 1
"I'll See Things on Earth and Live Each Day Like It's the Best Day Ever"

Wade ricestud Townsend (pictured) has been on a tear so far this year. He opened 2014 by taking down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for almost $60,000 officially. He final tabled an FTOPS tournament for $26,000 and then, in a one-week span earlier this month, won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for about $50,000 total.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 18th, 2014 1
Gus Hansen Wins $546,000, Still Down Almost $18 Million on Full Tilt

According to HighStakesDB, Gus Hansen (pictured) had a solid Sunday on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, winning $546,000 at the cash game tables. However, he is still down almost $18 million since the site began tracking his account in 2006.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 19th, 2014 1
SCOOP Main Events Shell Out $12.7 Million, Ari Wins Low-Stakes Version

The three PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Events wrapped up on Monday and, when the smoke cleared, $12.7 million had been distributed to over 26,000 total entrants. All three Main Events more than doubled their guarantees.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 20th, 2014 1
Get a Big Score, Get the Heck Out of Europe During the Winter

In 2012, Bulgaria's Slaven Varnatrader Popov (pictured) won the PokerStars SCOOP Mid-Stakes Main Event for over a half-million dollars. Two years later, he followed up the colossal hit by final tabling a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE tournament for another $108,000, shooting him well over $1 million in tracked online poker scores. As a result, he did what any rational Bulgarian would do: headed to Asia to ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 21st, 2014 1
William Pappaconstantinou – 2014 WSOP Poker Player Profile

William Pappaconstantinou was an unknown poker player prior to his run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Pappaconstantinou hails from Salem, New Hampshire and started Day 6 of the Main Event with 3,370,000 in chips, which was good for 25th place out of 79 players remaining.

wackyJaxonwackyJaxon
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Jul 13th, 2014 1
Dominik Nitsche (bounatirouIMO) Wins WSOP National Championship

The World Series of Poker National Championship crowned its first ever non-US winner on Saturday, Dominik Nitsche (pictured), who is known as bounatirouIMO here on PocketFives. The German raced through a field of 126 players for the win and collected $352,000 along with the first gold bracelet awarded this year. Prior to Saturday, no European had ever final tabled the National Championship.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 25th, 2014 1
PPA: Disputed Full Tilt Poker Claims Will Now Receive More Attention

This week, the official claims website for former US Full Tilt Poker players was updated to reveal that a new round of payments will be sent in mid-June. Totaling $15 million, the latest round of funding will be sent to players who "submitted complete, timely, or late petitions confirming their FTP account balance. Also included in this round of payments are affiliates who submitted petitions ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
May 30th, 2014 1
Daniel Negreanu Puts Controversial Self-Help University Back in the Spotlight

Daniel Negreanu's recent blog post on Full Contact Poker lauding Choice Center has once again brought his association with the self-help organization into light, prompting a debate over whether the institution's primary focus is exploiting its members for financial gain. Read the post.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
May 31st, 2014 1
"WSOP $1,500 Six-Max Event Gets 1,587 Entries. Poker is Dead, Right?"

"@WSOP $1,500 Six-Max event gets 1,587 entries, up from 1,069 in 2013. Poker is dead, right'" That was a Tweet from ESPN's Andrew Feldman lauding the growth in Event #11 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, which started on Monday and will crown a winner on Wednesday. Percentage-wise, attendance in the $1,500 Six-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament was up almost 50% year-over-year.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 3rd, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: lukethafluke Returns to #1 After One-Week Absence

It took all of one week for Sweden's Lukas lukethafluke Berglund (pictured) to reclaim his spot atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Berglund was ranked #1 for one week from May 21 to 28 until fellow Swede r4ndomr4gs took over. Now, Berglund is back on top for the fourth time.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 4th, 2014 1
California Tribal Alliance Offers Online Poker Bill

As the debate rages on the Golden State about the future of online poker, the powerful California Indian Tribal Alliance has reached consensus on the framework of a bill for the state's General Assembly to consider.

Earl BurtonEarl Burton
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2006
Jun 4th, 2014 1
2014 WCOOP Main Event Featuring $10 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool

In Las Vegas, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will guarantee $10 million to its winner. Online, we're seeing another $10 million guarantee. This time, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event will have a $10 million guaranteed prize pool, officials for the site announced on Wednesday.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 4th, 2014 1
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for July 14, 2014

This weekend in New Jersey online poker, several PockeFivers found themselves in the winner's circle. Bob Taylor (s.l. halper on PocketFives) won the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee on Friday for $1,000. Dan Cooley (rtheusa on PocketFives) took down the network's $10,000 Guarantee on Saturday, pocketing $2,300.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 14th, 2014 1
Tournament Review for July 28, 2014

PocketFives member Beq of Finland earned his largest career online poker tournament score this Sunday with a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $158,165 as a result of a three-way final table deal. Fellow member DaDumon of Austria also had a career outing in the flagship event; placing 4th for $76,241.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jul 28th, 2014 1
WSOP.com Nevada Hits New Highs Thanks to World Series of Poker

It might have taken two weeks of the World Series of Poker being up and running, but , one of the three regulated online poker sites in Nevada, has hit record highs, according to the weekly PokerScout Scouting Report. By the way, if you're headed to Nevada, sign up for now and you'll be able to start playing as soon as you touch down in Vegas.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 9th, 2014 1
All Signs Point to Amaya-PokerStars Announcement

On Friday, we'd expect to hear news that Canadian-based Amaya Gaming will be purchasing the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Isle of Man-based Rational Group. Blackstone, a US-based private equity firm, is reportedly raising $1 billion for the acquisition. All of this is according to Online Poker Report, Bloomberg, and our own sources.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 12th, 2014 1
Dutch Boyd, Eric Buchman Win WSOP Bracelets

Tuesday was a day that featured multiple bracelet winners at the top of leaderboards at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. We'll start with Dutch Boyd (pictured), who took down a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament for his third WSOP victory. A field of 1,688 entrants meant a payday of $288,000 and his first gold bracelet in four years. He is fresh off releasing a new book called "Poker ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 18th, 2014 1
cal42688 Going for Second WSOP Bracelet This Year in $10K Stud Hi-Lo

There are 13 players left in Event #38 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament. Among those still in the hunt is Cal cal42688 Anderson, who is seeking his second bracelet of the year.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 19th, 2014 1
djk123 on Winning 2nd WSOP Bracelet: "It's Frustrating Getting 6th and 5th"

On Sunday, Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured) carried a major chip lead into the final table of a $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament and closed it out, capturing his second World Series of Poker bracelet. Kelly, who lost the chip lead for much of the final table but managed to claw back, is over $2.2 million in career WSOP earnings and fresh off a solid 2013 WSOP that saw him cash ten times and reach two ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 23rd, 2014 1
PocketFives Open Returns Friday for a Special Football Edition

The big football tournament in Brazil is about to reach the knockout stage, which starts on Saturday. However, Friday is an off-day, with no games scheduled, so PocketFives is celebrating by bringing back the PocketFives Open. This is our main community-building event and we're holding it on 888 Poker. So, mark your calendars for this Friday, June 27, at 19:00 UK Time. This is a non-US ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 24th, 2014 1
WSOP Prize Pool at Three-Year High, Entrants at Three-Year Low

Through the first 46 events of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the total prize pool stands at a three-year high at $85.7 million, while the total number of entrants is at a three-year low of 48,620.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 24th, 2014 1
HustlerGrune, dude904 Among WSOP Monster Stack Leaders with 62 Left

What started as the third largest field in World Series of Poker history, and second largest when you just count unique entrants, is down to 62 players. The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack will dole out a $1.3 million first place prize when a winner is crowned on Sunday or Monday. The restart happens on Sunday at 3:00pm PT.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 29th, 2014 1
Bowl with PocketFives on July 6 in Las Vegas

It's hard to believe it's already that time of year again, but the World Series of Poker Main Event is about to fire up on Saturday, July 5. PocketFives will once again be in Las Vegas for it and we're going to be bowling at the Gold Coast Bowling Center on Sunday, July 6 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm local time. It's completely free and you're invited!

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jun 30th, 2014 1
PocketFives Rankings Update: p0cket00 New #1

Since last October, no one has been able to stay at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings for longer than four weeks. Sure enough, this week was no exception, as Canada's p0cket00 regained the top spot worldwide, surpassing Sweden's r4ndomr4gs (pictured), who was ranked #1 for a week.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 2nd, 2014 1
SirWatts, dipthrong Finish 2-3 in WSOP $1,500 NLHE Mixed-Max

Two players who have been members of PocketFives since 2006 nearly scooped a World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max event (#58). Mike SirWatts Watson (pictured) and Mark dipthrong Herm finished second and third, respectively.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 3rd, 2014 1
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for July 4, 2014

In Nevada this week, ran four $3,000 events as scheduled. All of the events exceeded the guarantees. There were 285 runners with a total prize pool of $20,975 and paying 45 spots.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 4th, 2014 1
"Just Cooked a WSOP Main Event Breakfast: 6 Eggs and 8 Pieces of Bacon"

On Friday, PocketFives' co-founder Cal Spears was playing cash games in the mammoth Pavilion Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, one day before the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Out of the hundreds of tables set up in the room on the US Independence Day, only a few were in use. Finding Cal when this author woke up was easy; he was the only one there.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 5th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for July 11, 2014

In Nevada this week, ran all four $3,000 events as scheduled. Friday was the start of the "Last Chance" series, which has $100,000 in guarantees spread over eight days. All of the events exceeded the guarantees. There were 379 runners, with a total prize pool of $30,675 and 64 spots being paid.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 11th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Online Poker Player Dominick LoPresti (kickdj02)

Dominick LoPresti (kickdj02 on PocketFives, pictured) hailing from Sparta, New Jersey, is one of the more consistent online poker players in the Garden State. With over $24,000 in tracked online cashes, some of his results include a win in the $10,000 Guarantee for $2,800, two wins in the $5,000 Guarantee for a combined $2,719, and a win in the 888 Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee for $3,500.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 11th, 2014 1
The Opposite of an Epakfailer

About the same time as the World Series of Poker kicked off this year from Las Vegas, Mario Alina (pictured), who goes by Epakfailer on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars $100 Rebuy three ways for $32,000. There were almost 900 entrants and Alina earned the third largest payout of the group.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 17th, 2014 1
What is gifuhorna? A Finnish Candy

Last month, Finland's gifuhorna won the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 18th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekday Tournament Review for July 25, 2014

In Nevada this week, ran all four $3,000 events as scheduled. All of the events exceeded the guarantees. There were 305 runners for a total prize pool of 21,675 and 55 spots being paid.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 25th, 2014 1
Nevada Hits $1 Million in Online Poker Revenue for the First Time

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the regulated Nevada online poker sites hit $1 million in combined revenue in June, the first time that's happened since the market launched last year. The number was $1.037 million in a month, to be exact.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Jul 31st, 2014 1
Full Tilt Red Pros, Friends Eligible for Remission; Deadline is September 3

According to an update from Garden City Group, the appointed Claims Administrator for US Full Tilt Poker refunds, "It has been determined that players designated by Full Tilt Poker as 'professionals,' other than Team Full Tilt Players, will be able to submit Petitions for Remission to recover the portion of their account balance that is not attributable to compensation provided by FTP or ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 5th, 2014 1
The Best Birthday Present Ever?

Today is this author's birthday. Yes, hold your applause and direct all gifts to the PocketFives business address. Two weeks ago, Mike Bartholomew (pictured), who is known as AAcademiKK on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $25,000, defeating a field of nearly 600 entrants just two days before his birthday. We caught up with the Canadian to talk about his largest online ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 7th, 2014 1
PokerStars 7 Beta Now Available

PokerStars 7 has just been released in public Beta to .com, .eu, and .es players. The new client has a design that makes it easier for new and existing players to easily find the games they are looking for while having a flexible lobby layout with a few different views to keep just about any PokerStars player happy.

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Join Date: Apr 5th, 2006
Aug 7th, 2014 1
"I Would Regret It Later in Life if I Didn't Give Poker a Chance"

The final Sunday of July saw 2,901 entrants show up for the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. With nearly $600,000 on the line, Jorge Alberto Carvalho Abreu (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jorginho88, took home the win for $91,000. We caught up with the Portuguese player to learn about bringing his career online tournament earnings to nearly $500,000.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 8th, 2014 1
Dan Cates Hits $10 Million in High-Stakes Winnings at Full Tilt

According to HighStakesDB, Dan "jungleman" Cates (pictured) has hit $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker. He reached the mark after scooping $677,000 in a marathon session on Saturday. According to the tracking site, Cates played for 26 hours with a scant one-hour break.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 10th, 2014 1
My Plan? Continue Avoiding Real Work.

On the final Sunday in July, PocketFiver Beq was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $158,000, the second largest amount given out. There were almost 7,000 entrants in the Sunday Million that week and Beq, who calls Finland home, recorded his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of five.

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 12th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with New Jersey Poker Player Paul Scaturro (rimmer27)

New Jersey poker player Paul Scaturro (rimmer27 on PocketFives, pictured) out of Old Bridge, New Jersey is a longtime PocketFives member who has over $600,000 in tracked online cashes. Scaturro plays under La_Flama_Blan27 on PartyPoker and Rungood27 on and Ultimate Poker. On July 26, he took down the $10,000 Guarantee and finished in second in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee the ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Aug 13th, 2014 1
Phil Ivey's Baccarat Partner Sues Foxwoods in New Edge-Sorting Case

The woman who allegedly used the controversial technique known as edge-sorting to help Phil Ivey (pictured) win millions of dollars playing baccarat has filed a lawsuit against Foxwoods Resort Casino claiming she and two companions are owed over $3 million for gambling sessions that took place there in 2011.

LandSharkLandShark
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2013
Aug 14th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked huiiiiiiiiii

On the 10th day of August, Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500, his second big-time Sunday Major win in the last two years. He is quickly nearing $3.6 million in career online poker tournament earnings and sits at #4 in the PocketFives Rankings. His chopping partner in the Sunday 500 was fellow PocketFiver lilachaa and he graciously sat down with us to talk about ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Aug 16th, 2014 1
Heads-Up with Nevada Poker Player Christina Lindley (lindeyloo22)

PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with one of our members, lindeyloo22 aka Christina Lindley (pictured). A member since 2010, her lifetime cashes are an impressive $924,000. Currently living in Nevada, she plays online poker using many different screen names for the sites she is active on like lindeyoo22, WHOAOHIIII, cristinalindley, frankputternuts, lindeyloo22, lindleyloo. Visit ...

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Aug 18th, 2014 1
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for March 31, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with six major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and the Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday. had 367 runners vying for the 48 available prizes totaling $48,445. One of the events was a $215 buy-in with the top prize of an entry to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event worth $10,000.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Mar 31st, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for April 14, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events. had 401 runners vying for the 52 available prizes totaling $47,750. Three of the events had overlays totaling $3,950. One of the major events had a $215 buy-in with the top prize of an entry to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event worth $10,000.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Apr 14th, 2014 0
Heads-Up with "Bet Raise Fold" Star, New Ultimate Poker Pro Danielle Andersen

Danielle "dmoongirl" Andersen (pictured) went from the woman behind one of the most well-known screen names at $25/$50 games on Full Tilt Poker to a household name in the industry via the media juggernaut known as "Bet Raise Fold." The documentary, a product of Taylor Caby and Jay Rosenkrantz, chronicled Andersen, a devoted mother and wife, trying to realize her dream in poker. This week, she ...

DanDan
Join Date: May 1st, 2006
Feb 20th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for June 9, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with six of its seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and the Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday as well as the $1,000 Freezeout on Sunday. The $15,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee was not run while the WSOP Online Championships were running.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jun 9th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for June 16, 2014

weekend in Nevada marked the conclusion of the Online Championships, with some of the largest individual payouts seen this year given a Main Event Guarantee of $200,000.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jun 16th, 2014 0
Tournament Review for June 30, 2014

Jay FlopJay Stringer of Australia took home his largest online poker tournament score to date with a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Million flagship event for $135,608 over the weekend. He was followed by Brazilian Tonzera, who received $38,573 for his 6th place effort.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jun 30th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for June 30, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday and the Freezeout on Sunday. This week, we are seeing newcomers taking down the biggest prizes offered during the weekend events.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jun 30th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for July 14, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with ten major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee, the Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee, the FreezeOut, and $15,000 Weekly Guarantee. The "Last Chance" series ran during the weekend and these results were also included. had 819 runners vying for the 122 available prizes totaling $98,925.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 14th, 2014 0
Tournament Review for July 21, 2014

Participation in major online poker tournaments increased this past weekend following the conclusion of daily activities at the World Series of Poker as well as the the 2014 World Cup.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Jul 21st, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for July 28, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday and the Freezeout and $15,000 Weekly Sunday Guarantee. had 517 runners vying for the 78 available prizes totaling $51,175.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Jul 28th, 2014 0
New Jersey Weekend Tournament Review for July 28, 2014

This week in New Jersey online poker, mattyice (mattyice31 on PocketFives) was the winner of the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $50,000 Guarantee Sunday major, pocketing $9,310.

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Jul 28th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for August 4, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday and the Freezeout and $15,000 Weekly Guarantee on Sunday. had 467 runners vying for the 69 available prizes totaling $44,120.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Aug 4th, 2014 0
Tournament Review for August 4, 2014

High stakes online poker tournaments saw an overall increase in entrants over the weekend thanks to the start of the PokerStars WCOOP Challenge and Full Tilt FTOPS series.

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Aug 4th, 2014 0
Nevada Weekend Tournament Review for August 11, 2014

In Nevada, kicked off its weekend with seven major events including the Weekend Warm-Up $5,000 Guarantee and Re-Entry R&A $3,000 Guarantee on Saturday and the Freezeout and $15,000 Guarantee on Sunday. had 386 runners vying for the 54 available prizes totaling $18,400.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Aug 11th, 2014 0
Heads-Up With Nevada Poker Player luckisreal

With over 19 cashes in Nevada on Ultimate Poker totaling $9,700, including three first place finishes in a row in the Nightly $2,500, and with nine cashes on for over $2,100, who can deny that luckisreal' And that's for just the first two months of 2014! He ended 2013 with results almost equal to what he has to date this year.

stevebroganstevebrogan
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2012
Feb 24th, 2014 0
Tournament Review For February 24, 2014

PocketFives members placed in the top three spots of the PokerStars Sunday Million flagship over the weekend, led by Mexico's WormNorton who took home $232,444 for his outright win. Fellow members bazeman (pictured) and veryking finished 2nd and 3rd for $170,456 and $116,220 respectively. PocketFiver pleno1 of the United Kingdom received the largest payday in the Stars Sunday Warm-Up despite his ...

dhubermexdhubermex
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Feb 24th, 2014 0
New Jersey Weekday Tournament Review for February 28, 2014

In New Jersey online poker this week, Borgata/PartyPoker ran its nightly $10K Guarantee, with first place payouts ranging from $1,300 up to $2,100. On Wednesday night, three PocketFivers made the final table, led by the second place of greenscarecrow (greenscarecrow on PocketFives), who chopped for $1,878. On Thursday night, Chopitup99 (Chopitup99 on PocketFives) finished in third place in the ...

DloricanDlorican
Join Date: Feb 9th, 2007
Feb 28th, 2014 0
Heads-Up with Nevada Online Poker Player Ronny Lin (sldpkr)

When we first saw sldpkr playing on in Nevada, we immediately thought it was short for "solid poker." It turns out that was not the case, but Ronny Lin has been playing solid poker as of late. On back-to-back days last week, Lin outlasted the rest of the 163-player field in the 9:00pm $5 Rebuy on on Thursday and almost duplicated the feat by finishing second out of 158 players on Friday. He ...

lvkid7lvkid7
Join Date: Feb 21st, 2006
Feb 26th, 2014 0