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Rankings: Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Just 33 Points from #1

Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias is within 33 points of being the top player in the PocketFives Rankings Two players who have spent time as the #1 ranked player on PocketFives are duking it out for the title of top dog on PocketFives. Your combatants: Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who has been ranked #1 since early July, and Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, just 33 PLB Points off the lead.

DanAug 10th, 2016 2
Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov Wins MPLB for Second Time in Three Months

Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the second time in three months In a month that saw many of the top pros spend the first two weeks in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, ranked #3 in the world, struck gold once again.

DanAug 4th, 2016 0
Nikolaus 'RealAndyBeal' Jedlicka Wins $243K in July Cash Games

Nikolaus 'RealAndyBeal' Jedlicka had $243,000 in high-stakes cash game profit in July, crushing the competition (image: CardPlayer) The high-stakes cash game leaderboard in July was officially a blowout. Sitting atop the field was Nikolaus 'RealAndyBeal' Jedlicka with a profit of $243,000 in ring games on PokerStars that HighStakesDB tracks. Everyone else had one-quarter or less of that.

DanAug 4th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: 'philroyal888' Nearing Top 10 Return

UK poker player 'philroyal888' is up to #11 in the PocketFives Rankings The top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings is full of some of the most heralded and successful online poker players around. It's no wonder that it's extraordinarily difficult to enter the top 10, even for those who have been there before.

DanAug 3rd, 2016 0
'FouEnculePL' Trades Pool Shark for Poker Shark

'FouEnculePL' went from pool shark to poker shark and is nearing $1 million in career online winnings In some respects, pool and poker are very much alike. You have to be selectively aggressive, overly patient, be able to bend the truth when needed, and, at the same time, know the math like the back of your hand. And the keys to being successful in pool and in poker – not coincidentally, ...

DanAug 1st, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Former #1s 'veeea', 'joaomathias' Climbing

Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, a former #1 on PocketFives, is inching closer to the top spot Once you hit #1 on PocketFives, you're in pretty elite company. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, World Series of Poker November Niners Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, and Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz – they've all been at the top of the podium.

DanJul 27th, 2016 0
Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski Says Brazil is on the Rise

Brazil's Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski talks about his home country's rise in poker In just a few short days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to the Summer Olympics, hosting athletes, dignitaries, and fans from all over the world. And while sports like golf and gymnastics will be competed, poker won't. The day poker becomes an Olympic sport, however, you can bet your bottom dollar that ...

DanJul 22nd, 2016 1
PocketFives Rankings: Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov Hits #3

Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov is up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his best showing ever Every week, a member of the PocketFives community sets a new personal best. Whether it's their largest score ever or a milestone win, it happens every single week.

DanJul 20th, 2016 0
Alisson 'heyalisson' Piekazewicz Climbing to New Heights in Poker

Alisson 'heyalisson' Piekazewicz says poker is a lot like rock climbing If you've ever rock climbed, then you know it's in part about setting goals, achieving them, and then setting new goals. Get up to that next ledge, set your rope, and climb some more. When you've hit the summit, find another mountain to climb or find another course to conquer. Wash, rinse, repeat.

DanJul 18th, 2016 0
Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman: Poker's Iron Chef

Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman has been able to crush online poker thanks to balanced meals he prepares (photo: Tomas Stacha) A number of poker players will tell you that a healthy, balanced diet improves their performance at the tables by leaps and bounds. Eat greasy pizza, a fatty cheeseburger, or a big old hunk of chocolate cake and your ability to call, raise, fold, and read other players ...

DanJul 18th, 2016 0
Owain 'sngwonder' Carey Uses Innate Logic to Dominate Poker

Some people are innately good at math. Once they start learning addition and subtraction, they're instantly ahead of their peers. They're the guys you turn to for help in your linear algebra class. They're the guys who successfully sent a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.

DanJul 13th, 2016 2
PocketFives Rankings: 'JMolloy', 'Greenstone25' Back in Top 10

Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar re-entered the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week (image: WPT) It's Wednesday, which can only mean one thing: Hump Day. Okay, it means two things then: Hump Day and the latest update to the PocketFives Rankings. This week's major storylines: two new entrants into the top 10 and the world's #1 player widened his lead over the competition.

DanJul 13th, 2016 0
Shane 'AKJMoscow' Mossop Embracing Life as a First-Time Dad

UK poker player Shane 'AKJMoscow' Mossop is adjusting to life as a first-time dad As any first-time parent will tell you, having a child is a world-changer. No days off. No bar-hopping (unless you get a sitter, in which case it's game on). But, you have a little one who thinks the world of you and relies on you to understand everything from talking to walking. The basic life functions.

DanJul 12th, 2016 0
Egor 'Egorrr' Boriskin is the Real Life Version of Fight Club

Russia's Egor 'Egorrr' Boriskin says there's a little Fight Club in all of us In 1996, 20 years ago, Chuck Palahniuk released a novel called Fight Club. The psychological thriller later caught the attention of director David Fincher, who turned it into a movie starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, two icons of the gambling film world with their roles in Rounders and Ocean's Eleven, respectively. ...

DanJul 9th, 2016 0
Joel 'Crackdel29' Visa Jordana Relives Spanish Black Friday

In 2011, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act upended the online poker market in the United States in a big way. Overnight, the four largest US-facing sites – PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB and Absolute Poker – vacated the American market. Since then, only three states have regulated the industry.

DanJul 7th, 2016 0
'C Darwin2' Dominates partypoker High Rollers, Now #1 on P5s

The profile and key stats for the new #1 ranked player on PocketFives, 'C Darwin2' The more tournaments you run deep in, the higher you're going to go in the PocketFives Rankings. The rankings formula emphasizes prize pools and finish positions, and Sweden's 'C Darwin2' put on a clinic over the last week in both to become the #1 player in all the land.

DanJul 6th, 2016 0
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins June Monthly PLB in a Landslide

Bryan 'bparis' Paris won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard in June with 3,342 points, 500 more than the next closest player After a photo finish in May, the ending of the June Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard was anything but dramatic. Bryan 'bparis' Paris absolutely crushed the competition last month with 3,342.60 PocketFives Leaderboard Points, over than 500 more than the next closest player.

DanJul 5th, 2016 1
Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates Tops June High-Stakes Cash Game Leaderboard

Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in June After not appearing in the top 10 in May, Dan 'w00ki3z.' Cates topped the high-stakes cash game leaderboard in June according to data compiled by HighStakesDB. The poker pro booked $148,507 in profit.

DanJul 4th, 2016 1
Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov Grinds His Way to an MPLB Title

Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov talks about grinding his way to his first PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard title Although grinding online poker games can be draining, it can also be extremely rewarding. For successful, +EV players, volume will invariably lead to deep runs and big scores. It's just a numbers game: the more you play, the more chances you have to hit it big. Case in point: ...

DanJul 2nd, 2016 0
Brian 'bfizz11' Fite Says Poker is All About Goal-Setting

Brian 'bfizz11' Fite has used goal-setting to become incredibly successful in poker In mid-June, Brian 'bfizz11' Fite created a blog that outlined a special bankroll-building challenge. Starting with $1,000, his goal is to get to $50,000 before he leaves Mexico to spend some quality Christmastime back home in Texas. Fite is a goal-setter, driven by a desire to accomplish anything he sets out to ...

DanJun 30th, 2016 4
NetBet's Twister to Go Features Jackpots Up to €50,000

NetBet is launching a new promotion called Twister to Go Online casino site NetBet is ramping up its lottery-style game Twister Poker with a special promotion called Twister to Go. Jackpots up to €50,000 are available, which means a select few will hit it big. Twister to Go starts on July 4 and runs until July 17.

DanJun 30th, 2016 0
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins Triple Crown #5 Live on Twitch

Bryan 'bparis' Paris won a PocketFives Triple Crown while live-streaming on Twitch Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown is hard enough. If you want one, you need to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 players and a real money buy-in. Satellites and qualifiers do not count.

DanJun 29th, 2016 3
PocketFives Rankings: Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli Joins Top 10

After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli joined the top 10 of the rankings this week at #8 (photo: PokerStars) Board up your windows. Fill up those sandbags. Grab two of every animal. Hurricane Gabrieli is thrashing the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli ...

DanJun 29th, 2016 0
Pennsylvania House Passes Online Gambling Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports It's the final countdown… literally. With just two days to go in the Pennsylvania General Assembly's session, the state's House of Representatives passed HB 2150, a bill that would regulate online poker, internet gambling, and daily fantasy sports.

DanJun 28th, 2016 6
Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen Trades Twitch for a Stable

Denmark's Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen talks about dropping Twitch in order to join a poker stable Sometimes secrets are made to be kept. For Denmark's Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen, joining a stable and learning more about poker than he ever thought possible meant his Twitch career had to come to a halt. After all, being in a stable meant a moratorium on spilling the beans.

DanJun 28th, 2016 0
Pura Vida! Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald Settles Down in Costa Rica

Maine transplant Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald has found a new life as an online poker pro in Costa Rica It's a story that's not as uncommon as you think. A player from the United States moves to another country in order to continue playing online poker, parties, falls in love, and settles down. Many babies ensue. Well, not quite yet.

DanJun 25th, 2016 2
Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis: Future Beach Volleyball Star?

Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis is the top-ranked Lithuanian online poker player and budding beach volleyball star Do you remember the beach volleyball scene in Top Gun' That completely needless scene to the tune of Kenny Loggins' "Hanging with the Boys"' For a few athletes, volleyball is more than just a beach day diversion.

DanJun 24th, 2016 0
Mike 'norfair18' Phillips Mastering Spanish, Moving to Colombia

Mike 'norfair18' Phillips has been able to hop around the world thanks to a desire to master Spanish Remember in high school when you had to take a foreign language class' You were probably thinking, "Oh, this is going to be a giant waste of time" and then zoned out as you were taught French, Spanish, or for you Europeans out there, English.

DanJun 24th, 2016 1
Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba Wins 5th Triple Crown, 2nd of June

Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown, his second of June It's hard enough to win one PocketFives Triple Crown, let alone five. But, Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba did exactly that, capturing the fifth Triple Crown of his career and, incredibly, his second of the month.

DanJun 23rd, 2016 1
Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Now Tied Together in Pennsylvania

An amendment regulating internet gambling introduced by Rosita Youngblood was tacked onto a bill regulating fantasy sports in Pennsylvania Online poker went 2-for-2 on Wednesday. After the California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a bill regulating online poker out West, attention turned to the other end of the US, where the Pennsylvania House approved an amendment to a bill ...

DanJun 23rd, 2016 2
California Online Poker Bill Passes Committee

A bill from Adam Gray regulating online poker in California passed the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday The "most-vetted bill" in California this year passed through the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. "If we held every bill to the standards we've held this bill, we wouldn't have any bills," AB 2863 sponsor Adam Gray said. Gray's measure ...

DanJun 22nd, 2016 3
PocketFives Rankings: Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao Back on Top

Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings for the third time in his career Since April 27, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao have been battling for the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' held down the lead from April 27 to May 4. Then, the Brazilian was #1 for a week before, like a playground ...

DanJun 22nd, 2016 0
DraftKings US Open Millionaire Maker Winner Scores a Perfect Game

Dustin Johnson propelled 'mmcconn' to victory in the DraftKings US Open Millionaire Maker In a final round of the US Open marred by controversy over whether Dustin Johnson made contact with his ball on the fifth hole, one daily fantasy golf player turned in an unquestioned perfect game. 'mmcconn' took down the US Open DraftKings Millionaire Maker with 468.50 points. His reward: $1 million. The ...

DanJun 20th, 2016 0
Gleb 'Ti0' Tremzin Dancing His Way to Poker Glory

Russia's Gleb 'Ti0' Tremzin has been helping his wife with her dance studio and pounding out six-figure online and live poker scores If your wife says "Jump," the proper response is, "How high'" If your wife says, "Market my dance studio," you do it. Sure, you might be missing out on a few final table opportunities or the new Game of Thrones, but at least your wife's business will be booming.

DanJun 18th, 2016 0
Nurlan 'Nur1ck' Bobekov Wins Triple Crown #4

Australia's Nurlan 'Nur1ck' Bobekov shares keys to winning four PocketFives Triple Crowns (image: PokerNews) There have been 1,063 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded over the last 11 years. A Triple Crown requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 entries and ...

DanJun 16th, 2016 1
Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas Heading 'Down Under'

Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas is moving "Down Under" later this year and will play more live games At a time when online poker players are trying to flee Australia due to its upside-down grinding schedule, Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas is moving there later this year with his girlfriend. Sure, the online grind typically starts around 2:00 AM local time and the country is located decently far from ...

DanJun 15th, 2016 0
Swedes Occupy Five of Top 10 Spots in the PocketFives Rankings

'eisenhower1' is one of five Swedes ranked in the top 10 on PocketFives (image: PokerNews) The Swedes are back in town. Players from Sweden own five of the top 10 spots worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week after 'eisenhower1' moved up three spots to #8. He's a former #1 player and could make a serious run to reclaim his crown.

DanJun 15th, 2016 0
Online Poker Bill Passes 53-5 in New York State Senate

The New York State Senate passed a bill regulating online poker introduced by John Bonacic "Happy birthday, [State Senator] John Bonacic." Those were some of the final words spoken before the New York State Senate approved S5302D, which would grant 11 online poker licenses in New York, by a 53-5 vote.

DanJun 15th, 2016 8
Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall Hunting for a Signature Win

Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall is hunting for a major live or online poker score Despite ascending all the way up to #8 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest mark ever, Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall is still hunting for that first signature win.

DanJun 14th, 2016 0
'icenigel' Looking Forward to partypoker Caribbean Poker Party

The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party takes place in November at the Hard Rock Punta Cana There's nothing like sun, sand, and surf to compliment a poker tournament. Whether it's the Bahamas or the Caribbean or southern France, a beautiful backdrop, complete with yachts and seagulls, is the perfect remedy for a bad day at the office and a perfect bonus to a big tournament win. Plus, it'll keep ...

DanJun 13th, 2016 0
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins 20th Largest Triple Crown Ever

Bryan 'bparis' Paris earned the 20th largest PocketFives Triple Crown ever at 1,036 PLB Points (image: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell) On June 7, Bryan 'bparis' Paris won the PokerStars Super Tuesday. That would be a career-defining accomplishment for anyone, and for Paris, the score was his fifth largest online ever.

DanJun 11th, 2016 2
Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Newest Team 888poker Ambassador

Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, the most successful player in online tournament history, has signed with 888poker The most successful online tournament player in history has a new home. On Thursday, 888poker announced that it had signed Chris 'moorman1' Moorman to be a member of Team888. He'll play on that site under the user name '888moorman'.

DanJun 9th, 2016 0
Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland: "Get Out of Your Hotel"

Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland talks about the importance of exploring the sights at each poker stop When you get caught up in grinding, then grinding some more, then playing a quick cash game in between meals, you can almost forget where you are. Whether you're at home with the sun shining brightly outside or sitting just feet from the Eiffel Tower, if you don't take a moment to soak up your ...

DanJun 9th, 2016 0
Michigan Online Poker Bill Passes Committee by an 8-1 Margin

Mike Kowall is leading the effort to regulate online poker in Michigan First it was John Harbaugh. Then it was Jon Bostic and Stevan Ridley. Now, online gambling could be coming to Michigan. On Wednesday, the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee in the Midwestern state approved a bill to regulate online gambling by an overwhelming 8-1 margin. But, that's just the first of many steps needed for it ...

DanJun 8th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: 'C Darwin2' Back on Top for 4th Time

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the fourth time On February 10, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' ascended to the top of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time. He held down the #1 spot in the world for seven weeks before relinquishing his throne to fellow Swede 'lena900' on March 30.

DanJun 8th, 2016 1
'justinmacmahan' Wins FanDuel Playboy Mansion Championship

Justin 'justinmacmahan' MacMahan won the FanDuel Playboy Mansion Championship for $100,000 on the back of Mark Trumbo Over the weekend, the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California played host to the FanDuel Playboy Mansion Championship. A total of 80 lineups were entered from the likes of longtime poker player Matt 'SamENole' Smith and PocketFives co-founder Cal 'braskey' Spears.

DanJun 6th, 2016 0
Russia's 'NoPlanB' Wins May PocketFives Leaderboard by 50 Points

Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the May PocketFives Leaderboard Like other poker players, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov hit it big during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker last month. During the series' Main Event, he made the final table and finished in ninth place for $104,000, the largest score of his online poker career. He also earned 756 PLB Points for ...

DanJun 6th, 2016 1
Back-to-Back: Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky Tops May Cash Game Standings

Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky was the biggest winner at the high-stakes cash game tables in May with $272,242 in profit Oops, he did it again. After profiting $164,642 at the high-stakes cash game tables in April, Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky did it again in May, according to HighStakesDB. This time, Sulsky added $272,242 to his bottom line, edging out Dani 'supernova9' Stern by a mere $2,000.

DanJun 1st, 2016 0
Daniel Negreanu Documentary 'KidPoker' Now Available on Netflix

The long wait is over, 'KidPoker' is now available on Netflix. The documentary profiling the life of poker superstar Daniel Negreanu is now available on Netflix. The movie, called KidPoker, is now available to watch on the streaming service in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

DanJun 1st, 2016 0
Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao Now #1 in the PocketFives Rankings

Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved up one spot to #1 in the world (photo: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell) For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He moved up one spot this week to wrestle the title away from Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who can now be found at #2.

DanJun 1st, 2016 0
May Legislative Recap: Battle in Pennsylvania Rages On

May was a busy month for online poker legislation in Pennsylvania The month of May was all about Pennsylvania. The Keystone State resumed its push for regulated internet gambling on May 24 with a hearing about a spending bill. That bill included an amendment containing the framework of HB 649, introduced by Rep. John Payne. HB 649 would green-light regulated online gaming in Pennsylvania, ...

DanMay 31st, 2016 0
iPoker Restrictions Keep Following Sergio 'trujustrus' Cabrera

Because of iPoker regulations, Sergio 'trujustrus' Cabrera has lived in four countries in the last four years Imagine moving from your home to be able to play online poker with the masses only to have the country you moved to impose restrictions of their own. Then what' Is it time to pick up and move again or should you weather the storm' What about leaving the game behind altogether'

DanMay 29th, 2016 1
Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov Brings Engineering Know-How to Poker

Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov has experienced success in poker due to his background in engineering Poker is inherently a math-based game. And the most successful players know that math like the back of their hand. How many outs do I have' What are my implied odds' What are my pot odds' How much would I get in an ICM chop' It's all math in the end.

DanMay 29th, 2016 2
Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet Hits $7.5 Million in Online Winnings

Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet just passed $7.5 million in career online MTT winnings On May 21, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet became the fifth person this year to pass $7.5 million in online tournament winnings for their career. Nine people did it all of last year, including the likes of former #1 ranked players Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer. Van Fleet, needless to say, is in some ...

DanMay 28th, 2016 3
Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst Warns of 'Metabolic Chaos'

Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst relives winning his fourth SCOOP title and warns fellow Aussies about metabolic chaos Series like the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) can be a grind for anyone. Doing so at unnatural hours of the day can lead to a host of health problems. Just ask Australia's James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst, who won his fourth SCOOP title this year, ...

DanMay 26th, 2016 0
Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah Dishes on Dual SCOOP Wins

Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah talks about winning two SCOOP titles in 2016 and about repping his home country The 48th event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker ended with a win by Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. The $2,100 Seven card Stud tournament had a field of 65 entrants and Leah's victory was memorable not only because he booked a $42,000 payday, but also because it ...

DanMay 26th, 2016 0
Australians Win 5 SCOOP Events in 2016, Earn $2.9 Million

James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst won his fourth career SCOOP title in 2016, one of five that Australians won this year The 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker crowned five winners from Australia. The land down under was tied for ninth worldwide with Finland with five event wins, and the entire world trailed Brazil's 21 victories during the 2016 SCOOP. Australia was in a three-way tie for ...

DanMay 25th, 2016 0
Canadians Win 14 Events During 2016 SCOOP, Earn $10.1 Million

Canada's Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan won three SCOOP titles in 2016 The 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker saw a handful of countries bag double-digit titles. Among them was Canada, whose players won 14 SCOOP events,, tied for the third most overall with Germanytrailing Brazil's 21 and the UK's 20. It had 43,454 entrants overall in SCOOP events this year, good for fifth worldwide.

DanMay 25th, 2016 0
PocketFives Rankings: 'Pot4teUS', 'NoPlanB' Join Top 10

Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' moved up 10 spots to #5 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings The recently-completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) brought plenty of chances for players to pocket six-figures in a variety of games. And with that came plenty of chances to make moves in the PocketFives Rankings. When the smoke cleared, two players punched their tickets into the top ...

DanMay 25th, 2016 0
Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is Literally a Rocket Scientist

Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is a rocket scientist turned poker player Normally when you call a person a "rocket scientist," you're kidding. When you call Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson a "rocket scientist," however, you're telling the truth. Fact.

DanMay 23rd, 2016 1
Stevan 'random.chu' Chew Racks Up Miles for Tournament Series

Stevan 'random.chu' Chew talks about traveling around the world for major poker tournament series like SCOOP and WCOOP (photo: ACOP) Now that it's the end of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, players like Stevan 'random.chu' Chew who relocated during the tournament series are headed back home. The days of "poker tourism" are over, at least until the World Championship ...

DanMay 22nd, 2016 1
European Poker Tour Continues to Evolve, Grow Under Edgar Stuchly

EPT President Edgar Stuchly joined the tour in 2011 The European Poker Tour just wrapped up its 12th season. While it may seem like a relatively simple endeavor to put on six festivals, it's anything but. With an array of languages, local laws, customs, and player demands, running the EPT is a full-time job. The man who fills those shoes: EPT President Edgar Stuchly.

DanMay 21st, 2016 0
Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Wins Second Career SCOOP Title

Paul 'paulgees81 Volpe won his second PokerStars SCOOP title in a $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event Thursday's action in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was all about two syllables: paul-gees. Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who has well over $5 million in career online tournament winnings, came out on top in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max event for his second ...

DanMay 20th, 2016 1
Luis 'luis_faria' Faria Gets Tyson'd, Heads to Poker

Luis 'luis_faria' Faria and his family "The Bite Heard Round the World." It happened in mid-1997 on the Las Vegas Strip and involved Mike Tyson taking a big old bite out of Evander Holyfield's left ear. Tyson was immediately disqualified and, almost 20 years later, his blood-spewing actions still live on in infamy.

DanMay 19th, 2016 2
Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor Likens Leicester City FC to Poker

Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor compares Leicester City's improbable Premier League win to recreational players in poker Heading into the most recent Premier League season, Leicester City was a 5,000:1 underdog to win it all. You know what went down: one of the most improbable football wins the world has ever seen.

DanMay 18th, 2016 1
Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo Up 15 Spots in PocketFives Rankings to #8

Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings to #8, his best showing ever There was a lot of movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week. What didn't change, however, was the #1 ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', who is enjoying his second straight week in the top spot.

DanMay 18th, 2016 0
World Poker Tour Announces Season XV Schedule, TOC Returns

The World Poker Tour is hitting the road for Season XV With one event already in the books, the World Poker Tour announced the full Season XV schedule featuring 17 more open events and the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions. The new season, which started with the Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club in early May, also has some new additions including the introduction ...

DanMay 17th, 2016 0
Dan Smith, Shawn Buchanan Capture SCOOP Titles

Shawn Buchanan won his second SCOOP event in a week Sunday was a good day to be a pro in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. Pros ruled the roost on the final day of the weekend, with several familiar faces winning events.

DanMay 16th, 2016 0
'Ssick_OnE' Wins Second SCOOP Title of 2016

Germany's 'Ssick_OnE' became the first two-time winner of the 2016 SCOOP after outlasting a stacked final table The 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, has been all about two countries: Brazil and Germany. The former is up to 12 victories in the first 60 tournaments, while Germany already has a repeat winner: 'Ssick_OnE'.

DanMay 15th, 2016 1
Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari Making Poker a Side Gig

At age 30, England's Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari is taking his focus off poker and onto his dad's business It's never easy to walk away from a longtime gig. But sometimes, a change of scenery and a new challenge are just what the doctor ordered. Take Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari, for example. The English player just hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings, but is putting poker to ...

DanMay 14th, 2016 0
'begood9999', 'FLBonatto' Win 9th, 10th SCOOP Titles for Brazil

'begood9999' and 'FLBonatto' scored the ninth and tenth PokerStars SCOOP titles for Brazil this year After 17 events of the ongoing Spring Championship of Online Poker, and 51 total tournaments, players from Brazil have won 10 titles. That's one-fifth of the gold medals up for grabs.

DanMay 14th, 2016 0
Friends, Family, Fitness Keep Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff Thriving

Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff shares how he's managed to stay successful in poker for the last 10 years. As anyone who plays poker knows, spending long hours in front of the computer, your eyes darting back and forth across the screen as tables that require attention pop up, can be exhausting. So can live games in cold, dark tournament rooms around the world.

DanMay 14th, 2016 1
'lena900' Bags Largest Triple Crown Since September

Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months. While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB ...

DanMay 13th, 2016 3
He's Back: 'C Darwin2' Retakes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden.

DanMay 11th, 2016 3
Department of Justice Denies Nearly 1,500 Full Tilt Poker Claims

Approximately 1,500 Full Tilt Poker claims were denied because players did not meet the remission requirements The Garden City Group, the company responsible for administering all Full Tilt Poker fund dispersals, recently announced that approximately 1,500 claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Justice after not meeting remission requirements. Affected players were notified via ...

DanMay 11th, 2016 2
Mike McDonald Wins EPT Player of the Year By Less Than a Point

Mike 'timex' McDonald won the EPT Season 12 Player of the Year race by less than a point over Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer After six festivals across two continents and hundreds of tournaments, the European Poker Tour Season 12 Player of the Year was determined by less than a point. The race literally went down to the very last event at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco.

DanMay 10th, 2016 1
Anthony Zinno Making Mixed Games a Focus Ahead of WSOP

Anthony Zinno believes practicing Mixed Games ahead of the World Series of Poker is the key to success(Neil Stoddart/EPT Photo) This year, 69 events appear on the World Series of Poker schedule. Of those, 31 are non-Hold'em tournaments, or almost half the schedule. You'll find Anthony Zinno in many of them, and if he finds success, he can point to hard work and practice ahead of the WSOP.

DanMay 9th, 2016 0
Fatima Moreira de Melo Grounded in an Ungrounded World

In a world of travel, fancy dinners, and high-stakes poker, Fatima Moreira de Melo has managed to maintain her sanity. Three Olympic medals – one gold, one silver, one bronze. An appearance in the finals of the Netherlands singing competition "It Takes 2." A win in the reality series "Expeditie Robinson," a Dutch equivalent of "Survivor." And now a poker career that's taken her around the ...

DanMay 8th, 2016 2
Jason Mercier Hopes to Repeat as SCOOP Player of the Series

PokerStars pro Jason Mercier is looking forward to defending his SCOOP Player of the Series title. It's two o'clock in the afternoon in the principality of Monaco. As punctual as ever, PokerStars pro Jason Mercier waltzes into the hip Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort wearing basketball shorts and a black, long-sleeved Miami shirt. His white baseball cap is flipped backwards, he's ...

DanMay 7th, 2016 2
Alex Papazian Wins EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1M

Alex Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. (photo: Danny Maxwell) Just when you think it's over, it's probably not. Despite double up after double up, dramatic river after dramatic river, Alexandru Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. It was the third cash in Monaco for the Romanian, who defeated Alexandros Kolonias heads-up. ...

DanMay 6th, 2016 4
Jan Bendik Wins EPT Grand Final Main Event for €961,800

Jan Bendik won the EPT Grand Final Main Event (photo: PokerNews) Slovakia's Jan Bendik won the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. His reward: €961,800 and a spade-shaped trophy. After a grueling week of play, Bendik finally cracked a smile and multiple waves of confetti rained down.

DanMay 6th, 2016 12
Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao's Hot Streak Earns Him April PLB Win

Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao topped the April Monthly PLB race with 3,180.87 points (photo: Danny Maxwell) With 3,180 PLB Points, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao from Brazil, who hit #1 worldwide a few days ago, won the April Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB). This is his first MPLB win and the sixth all-time for Brazil.

DanMay 6th, 2016 1
Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz Discovering His Ikigai

Can poker help Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz achieve Ikigai' "Every single one of us should strive to discover his reason for being, his Ikigai." That's the sticky you'll find when you look at Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz's Twitter feed. And for Holz, poker might not be the path to his Ikigai.

DanMay 6th, 2016 0
Fabian Quoss Says Break in One-Day High Roller Was Welcome

Fabian Quoss says the overnight break in the €50K Super High Roller during the EPT Grand Final Main Event was much-needed. (photo: Danny Maxwell) The €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller during the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco turned into a veritable marathon. And not a half marathon… the full, 26.2-mile one. Play started at 12:30pm from the Monte Carlo Bay ...

DanMay 5th, 2016 0
Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew Aiming for High-Level Twitch Stream

Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew's Twitch stream is quickly approaching a million views. Some Twitch streams are drier than the Mojave Desert. Some are full of high-level cash game content. Some are full of high-level tournament content. Some are merely gibberish. Twitch is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.

DanMay 5th, 2016 1
Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao Takes Top Spot in PocketFives Rankings

For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is #1 in the PocketFives Rankings There's a brand new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simaohas claimed the top spot. His first time as the #1-ranked player was in January 2015 and he is one of only two Brazilians to top the leaderboard.

DanMay 4th, 2016 0
Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky Tops Cash Game Leaderboard in April

Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky was the biggest winner at the high-stakes cash game tables in April After finishing third on the high stakes cash game leaderboard in March, Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky moved all the way to #1 in April. He earned $164,642 during the somewhat quiet 30-day period, according to HighStakesDB, beating out the next closest player by $63,000.

DanMay 4th, 2016 1
Holz, Gale and Urbanovich Win 2016 European Poker Awards

Dzmitry Urbanovich won Breakout Player of the Year at the 2015 European Poker Awards The 15th edition of the European Poker Awards was held on Tuesday night at the Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. After a 60-minute happy hour for all attendees, 11 awards were doled out.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 0
Niall Farrell Travels the World of Poker with a Merry Band of Scots

You can find Niall 'firaldo' Farrell at big live events around the world with a boisterous band of Scots They're loud. They have strength in numbers. And when they have a beer in their hands, all bets are off. They're called Scots, and among them is Niall 'firaldo' Farrell, #8 in the PocketFives Rankings for the UK and #2 on Scotland's all-time money list.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 2
Poker Pros Looking Forward to 2016 PokerStars SCOOP

Poker pros like Liv Boeree are looking forward to the 2016 PokerStars SCOOP (photo: PokerStars) Just a few days from now, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker will kick off. There are 55 events that have a total guaranteed prize pool of more than $40 million.

DanMay 3rd, 2016 0
Fabian Quoss Wins Extended EPT Grand Final €50K High Roller

Fabian Quoss defeated Ole Schemion in the €50,000 High Roller during the EPT Grand Final (photo credit Danny Maxwell) It took extra innings, but Fabian Quoss won the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller. The Single-Day High Roller, which started at on Sunday, drew 70 total entries. It was scheduled to last just one day, but due to casino ...

DanMay 2nd, 2016 2
EPT Announces Season 13 Dates for Barcelona, Malta, Prague

The European Poker Tour announced dates for its Season 13 stops in Barcelona, Malta, and Prague (photo: PokerStars) The 12th season of the European Poker Tour is wrapping up this week in Monaco with the conclusion of the series' Main Event and EPT High Roller on Friday. But there's no rest for the weary, as EPT officials announced dates for the first three stops of Season 13.

DanMay 2nd, 2016 0
Qualifiers, First-Timers Invade EPT Grand Final Main Event

Ben Dobson was one of the 300-plus qualifiers in the field in the EPT Grand Final Main Event. Monaco isn't the simplest place to get to. If you're from the US, chances are it requires multiple flights to get to Nice. If you're from Europe, it's probably a flight or two. Then, it's a 30-minute car ride, 30-minute train ride, or seven-minute whirlybird adventure to get there.

DanMay 1st, 2016 0
Ronaldo Goes From Football Superhero to Poker Player

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Luis Nazario busted on Day 1 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event, but finished sixth in a charity event (photo: PokerStars) Emerson called him "number one in everything." Alessandro Nesta called him "the hardest attacker I've ever had to face." Coach Bobby Robson said he was "the fastest thing I've ever seen running with the ball."

DanMay 1st, 2016 0
April Legislative Recap: California iPoker Bill Passes Committee

Adam Gray's bill regulating online poker in California highlighted legislative developments in the United States in April April was a banner month for online poker in California. The dream of regulated online poker in the Golden State took a major step forward in the final week of April, as the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee passed AB 2863 unanimously, 18-0.

DanApr 28th, 2016 0
'C Darwin2' Back Atop the PocketFives Rankings

Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot in the PocketFives Rankings and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world. There are six Swedes in the top 20 of the PocketFives Rankings. And when one Swede falls out of the top spot worldwide, another swoops in to take his place. That's exactly what happened this week.

DanApr 27th, 2016 0
From 'Grim Reaper' to EPT Mainstay, Mad Harper Has Seen It All

Mad Harper has been with the European Poker Tour since Season 1 Twelve years ago, a relative unknown in the poker world began distributing PokerStars hats to players who busted from events on the European Poker Tour. If you went busto, she showed up with a baseball cap for your troubles. Now, she's still going strong with the EPT as its Media Coordinator as the tour gets ready to wrap its 12th ...

DanApr 26th, 2016 0
Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini: Trivia Champ, Sunday Million Winner

Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini talks about his love for team trivia and winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. The flag of Greenland has only two colors on it: white and what other color' Answer: Red. What composer's Requiem Mass in D Minor was completed posthumously by Franz Xaver Süssmayr' Answer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What was the last name of Roseanne's on-air family on the show "Roseanne"' ...

DanApr 25th, 2016 0
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill Uses Structure in an Unstructured World

Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings and scored his first PocketFives Triple Crown. (photo: WPT) Many poker pros play the game for a living because of the flexibility it allows. If you feel like going to Cancun for the weekend, and you've got the cash, then go. If your friends are heading to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, you can go too. Just be sure ...

DanApr 24th, 2016 3
Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney Wins Fifth PocketFives Triple Crown

Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown. Five years ago, Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. Six months later, he did it again, his second Triple Crown of 2011. He won one more in May 2013 and another two years later. On April 17, he polished off another milestone: Triple Crown number five.

DanApr 20th, 2016 1