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WCOOP: Viktor Blom Ends WCOOP Drought with HORSE Victory

Viktor Blom finally got himself a WCOOP title on Wednesday (PokerStars photo) Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom has had all kinds of success in online poker. He's won (and lost) in the nosebleed cash games online and he's also found success in the tournament arena. He won the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1,096,200 as well as two other SCOOP titles. But he'd never won a World ...

LanceSep 21st, 2017 0
Steffen Sontheimer Wins Poker Masters $100K, Takes Purple Jacket

Steffen Sontheimer won the $100K Poker Masters event to easily take home the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo) Steffen Sontheimer came into the $100,000 Poker Masters final event as the leading money earner through the first four $50,000 events. Sontheimer finished fourth in Event #1, won Event #2 and then finished fifth in Event #4. His total earnings were $1,221,000 and he was the ...

LanceSep 21st, 2017 0
WCOOP: Brazilians Dominate Podium, Take One Title

Brazilians took five of the nine podium spots in Tuesday's WCOOP action Brazilians have made a habit out of taking more than their fair share of COOP prize pools over the last few years. On Tuesday players from Brazil took all three podium positions in one event and took two of the three podium positions in another one.

LanceSep 20th, 2017 0
WCOOP: ‘power2prut’ Wins $2,100 Sunday Million Special Edition

For the second time

LanceSep 19th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Phillip Gruissem Adds WCOOP Title to Impressive Resume

Phillip Gruissem now has a WCOOP title to go along with all of the other titles he's won over the course of his career. (WPT photo) Sunday was yet another busy day on the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker schedule with four events wrapping up and one of poker's top players walking away with his first WCOOP title. Philipp 'philbort' Gruissem beat out the 676-player field in ...

LanceSep 18th, 2017 0
Brandon Adams Beats Doug Polk to win Poker Masters $50,000 Event #4

Brandon Adams won the final $50,000 buy-in Poker Masters event on Sunday (PokerCentral photo) Heading into the final table of the last $50,000 Poker Masters event on Sunday afternoon, it looked like German Steffen Sontheimer might be on his way to a second win. The German came into the final table behind only Doug Polk and Brandon Adams in chips. When the dust settled though, Sontheimer ...

LanceSep 18th, 2017 0
WCOOP: ‘CROSA COLL’ Wins Thursday Thrill SE for First COOP Title

Three players grabbed the first WCOOP win of their careers on Saturday/ Saturday’s World Championship of Online Poker action was all about first time champions. Three different events wrapped up on the High side, with three players each emerging to win the first WCOOP title of their careers.

LanceSep 17th, 2017 0
Bryn Kenney Outlasts Erik Seidel to Win Poker Masters Event #3

Bryn Kenney took home another six-figure score by winning Poker Masters Event #3 on Saturday (Poker Central photo) While the storyline from the first two Poker Masters final tables has been the success of the Germans in the field, one of the questions heading into the final table of Event #3 was where are the Germans' There were no German players among the final seven players in Event #3 but ...

LanceSep 17th, 2017 0
Steffen Sontheimer Beats Fedor Holz to Win Poker Masters Event #2

Steffen Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz to win Poker Masters Event #2 and take the lead for the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo) On Thursday night, in the opening event of the Poker Masters, Steffen Sontheimer had to settle for a fourth place finish as Nick Schulman went on to victory. Friday night Sontheimer made up for it by posting a comeback for the ages against his good friend Fedor Holz to ...

LanceSep 16th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Former #1 'girafganger7' Wins WCOOP Super Tuesday SE, $197K

A former #1-ranked PocketFivers took down his first WCOOP title on Thursday Over the last year, Belgium's 'girafganger7' has held down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings on two occasions. There's a good chance we could see him back there soon. On Thursday night he won his first World Championship of Online Poker title after beating out a star-studded field in Event #34 ($1,050 Super ...

LanceSep 15th, 2017 1
Nick Schulman Wins Poker Masters $50,000 Event #1 for $918K

Nick Schulman won $918,000 for winning the first $50,000 buy-in Poker Masters event (PokerCentral photo) When PokerGO announced the Poker Masters series as part of the live streaming schedule, many people hoped that Nick Schulman would be one of the voices in the booth, calling the action. Schulman had other ideas. Schulman beat out a final table that included four of the German pros that ...

LanceSep 15th, 2017 0
Five Players to Watch at the Inaugural Poker Masters

Fedor Holz

LanceSep 13th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Germany's 'DSmunichlife' KOs His Way to Title and $90K Score

Three more players won their first WCOOP title on Tuesday. Tuesday's action in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker saw three more High events wrap up with Germany's 'DSmunichlife' taking home the biggest score of the day. Beating out a 3,686-player field in Event #30 High ($215 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO)), 'DSmunichlife' earned $52,722.77 in prize money plus an ...

LanceSep 13th, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Two More $9 Million Club Members; Brazilians Rising Too

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

LanceSep 12th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Patrick 'prepstyle71' Serda Wins High Roller, $469K

Patrick Serda hit the biggest online tournament score of his career on Monday after winning the WCOOP $10K High Roller (PokerStars photo) Patrick Serda was a pretty busy guy this weekend. On Saturday, he played Day 1B of the World Cup of Cards main event in Montreal and managed to end the day with an above average stack. On Sunday, he played Day 1 of the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of ...

LanceSep 12th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier Grabs WCOOP Title, $97K

Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier keeps adding titles to his collection (PokerStars photo) Jens 'Fresh_oO_D' Lakemeier has quietly put together an impressive list of accomplishments over the last few years. In that time, the German has won a pair of European Poker Tour side events, an Aussie Millions sides event, two Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and earlier this summer he won his ...

LanceSep 11th, 2017 0
The Fives Podcast: Episode 20 - The Legend

Download the latest episode of THE FIVES now! Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders.

LanceSep 10th, 2017 0
WCOOP: ‘magiet12’ Comes From Behind to Win $100K, WCOOP Title

German players took

LanceSep 10th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: 'veeea' Charges to #2; Trails 'C Darwin2' By 23 Points

#1 remained the same this week, but 'veeea' seems intent on taking over. Every year the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker causes the PocketFives Rankings to shift dramatically. It took just four events for the first of the top-ranked players to grab a title and make a big move upward. Russia's 'veeea' won Event #4 ($1,050 Progressive KO) for almost $200,000 and 781.34 PLB points ...

LanceSep 9th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Bruno 'great dant' Volkmann Scores Title, $144K After Chop

Four more WCOOP titles were won on Friday. Over the last several years, Brazilian poker players have found success in all of the PokerStars COOP events as they ascended to the top of the poker world. Bruno 'great dant' Volkmann became the latest Brazilian to grab a COOP title after taking down a World Championship of Online Poker event on Friday. Volkman beat the 862-entry field in Event ...

LanceSep 9th, 2017 0
Parker Talbot: Home Games to Twitch Star to 888poker Ambassador

Parker 'tonkaaaap' Talbot represents a new breed of poker superstar for 888poker. Nine months ago 888poker added another player to their impressive group of ambassadors that might have left casual poker observers asking themselves, 'Uhh, who the hell is Parker Talbot'' 888poker's team of ambassadors already included the likes of online poker's all-time tournament earnings leader Chris ...

LanceSep 8th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner Wins First WCOOP Title

Jon Turner can now add "WCOOP champ" to his list of accomplishments (WPT Photo) Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner was once ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives. He now spends a good chunk of his time in Las Vegas, playing live poker, but when the big online series run, Turner heads to Mexico to play. And with PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker underway, Turner is in action and ...

LanceSep 8th, 2017 0
WCOOP: Austria's 'flauschi16' Banks $198K for Super Tuesday Win

Wednesday's action in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker included four more players walking away with High titles and a pair of highly-respected online grinders both coming close to a pair of wins. The big winner was Austria's 'flauschi16', who beat out a field of 2,679 players to win the half price Super Tuesday for $197,977.83. 'GadMO' finished runner-up for $139,990.26.

LanceSep 7th, 2017 0
WCOOP: #4-ranked 'veeea' Wins Progressive KO for Second WCOOP Title

Anybody who closely follows the PocketFives Rankings knows that every time the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker rolls around, the Rankings see some seismic shifts. With Day 2 of WCOOP now in the books, it looks like there is already going to be some movement near the top.

LanceSep 6th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: 'C Darwin2' Back in Action, Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo Moves to #3

It seems that knocking ‘C Darwin2’ out of the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings might be impossible. After taking nearly two full weeks off of online play, ‘C Darwin2’ returned to the virtual felt this week and despite not recording a single qualifying cash, can still call himself the top-ranked player in the world.

LanceSep 2nd, 2017 0
Art Papazyan Beats Phil Hellmuth to Win WPT Legends of Poker

Art Papazyan won the 2017 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Thursday night at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles (WPT photo/Joe Giron) The final table of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Thursday night in Los Angeles was a star-studded affair highlighted by Phil Hellmuth chasing his first WPT title. In the end though it was local cash game pro Art Papazyan who emerged victorious, beating ...

LanceSep 1st, 2017 0
Phil Hellmuth Heads to WPT Legends Final Table with New Tactic

Phil Hellmuth is back at a World Poker Tour final table for the first time since 2010. (WPT photos/Joe Giron) It’s been over seven years since Phil Hellmuth last appeared at a World Poker Tour TV final table. His bustout from the 2010 Bay 101 Shooting Star event became one of those Phil Hellmuth moments that everybody remembers.

LanceAug 31st, 2017 0
Former WPT Champ, Full-Time Dad JC Tran Proving He Can Still Hang

JC Tran might have been focusing on family the last few years, but he's still got the chops to play (WPT photo/Joe Giron) There once was a time where JC Tran one of the most feared players at every World Poker Tour stop. And he was at every WPT stop. From Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Atlantic City to Mashantucket, if there was a WPT event going on, Tran was there, usually building stacks on ...

LanceAug 31st, 2017 0
The World Poker Tour’s Unlikely Billionth Dollar Man: TJ Shepherd

TJ Shepherd was short-stacked and happy to have a shot at finishing 47th (WPT photo/Joe Giron) For most people, finishing 47th place in a World Poker Tour event isn’t something worth getting excited about. Often times it returns a small profit and bitter memories of a missed opportunity at a life-changing score. TJ Shepherd isn’t most people though and on Tuesday when he busted in 47th ...

LanceAug 30th, 2017 0
Valentin Vornicu Hopes to Turn First WPT Cash into a Victory

Valentin Vornicu finally has a WPT cash to his credit (WPT photo) When the bubble finally burst in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event on Tuesday afternoon, Valentin Vornicu was one of the happier guys in the Bicycle Casino’s poker room. Guaranteed his first career WPT cash, Vornicu was hoping that his status as a Bike regular would help get him even deeper in the event.

LanceAug 29th, 2017 1
Notoriously Slow Jordan Cristos No Longer Shot Clock’s #1 Opponent

Jordan Cristos has a reputation for taking his time with every decision but he doesn't hate the shot clock conept any more (WPT photo) Sad day. Def an upside with recs wanting the clock and enjoying the game more. But They'd all still play if it was purist poker. Rip Pokez— Jordan Cristos (@jcinblue) July 28, 2017 That was WPT Champions Club member Jordan Cristos on the day that the ...

LanceAug 29th, 2017 0
William Kassouf Doesn’t Care That You Think His 15 Minutes is Up

William Kassouf is in Los Angeles for the first time, playing the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event (WPT photo) Eighteen months ago William Kassouf was still some random, relatively unknown British poker player who’d gotten a bit of poker fame after a hand with Vanessa Selbst. Now though, the 35 year old is a poker celebrity, playing on Poker After Dark and posing for selfies with ...

LanceAug 28th, 2017 3
Scott Stewart Hoping for Fun and Success in "Hometown" WPT Legends

Scott Stewart on Day 1C of the 2017 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Just six weeks ago, Scott Stewart was at the center of the poker universe, playing Day 7 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Now he’s one of 300+ players packed into a ballroom at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles on Day 1C of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker. It’s a stark contrast that isn’t lost on ...

LanceAug 28th, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Honors Continue to Pile Up for 'veeea' and 'kZhh'

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

LanceAug 27th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: Russia's 'veeea' Begins Assault on Swedish Stronghold

Ever since Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez dropped out of the PocketFives Rankings top five, those spots have been held entirely by Swedish players. That's not the case anymore though as Russian pro and former #1-ranked 'veeea' moved up to #3. The only two players higher than him are 'lena900' and #1-ranked 'C Darwin2' - both Swedes.

LanceAug 26th, 2017 1
The Fives Podcast: Episode 19 - The Lineup

Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders.

LanceAug 25th, 2017 0
Igor Kurganov Wins PSC Barcelona €50K High Roller

Igor

LanceAug 22nd, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton Passes $5M Earnings Mark

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

LanceAug 20th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: Swedes Refuse to Give Up Top Five; ‘C Darwin2’ Stays #1

At this point, it might just take a miracle or two for somebody to unseat the Swedish players from the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Yet again, Swedish players fill every single spot in the top five and have seven of the top 10. ‘C Darwin2’ maintained the #1 ranking despite putting in only a single day of play over the last week. Taking advantage of the Sunday schedule, ‘C ...

LanceAug 19th, 2017 0
888poker XL Eclipse Series Schedule; 197 Events, $9.1M Guaranteed

Every September the attention of the online poker world turns to the big series' put on by each of the top operators. While PokerStars announced their 2017 WCOOP schedule on Thursday, 888poker wants to make sure the world knows they're not messing around with their XL Eclipse series schedule.

LanceAug 18th, 2017 0
The Fives Podcast: Episode 18 - Reboot

Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders.

LanceAug 18th, 2017 0
PokerStars Releases 2017 WCOOP Schedule; 162 Events Total

As far as online poker tournament series’ go, PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker is the gold standard. As the days of August began to fade away, players anxiously awaited the release of the 2017 WCOOP schedule. The wait is now over. PokerStars released the complete schedule on Wednesday with 162 events - 81 at the High level and a mirrored 81 at the Low level - filling the ...

LanceAug 17th, 2017 0
John Andress Beats Mike Leah to Win SHRPO High Roller

John Andress took home just over $800,000 for winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller (SHRPO photo) On Monday, on the bubble of the $25,000 High Roller event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, John Andress found himself as the center of attention with less than half of a big blind. While others waited for him to bust, Andress managed to survive the bubble and rebuild his stack ...

LanceAug 16th, 2017 0
Chris Moorman's New Book Offers Readers Autobiography and Analysis

Chris Moorman's

LanceAug 14th, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Kenny Hallaert Grabs Second Triple Crown

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

LanceAug 13th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: 'C Darwin2' Stays on Top; Swedes Hold 7 of Top 10

For the fifth consecutive week 'C Darwin2' continued to hold down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings and the Swedish superstar has plenty of company from his fellow countrymen at the top of the rankings 'C Darwin2' is one of seven Swedish players in the top 10 including the all of the top five.

LanceAug 12th, 2017 1
New Poker After Dark Highlighted by Tom Dwan Return

Tom Dwan is the headliner in the first three episodes of Poker After Dark on PokerGO (WPT photo) When PokerGO announced they were bringing Poker After Dark back as part of their schedule, there was plenty of speculation as to who would be on the show. Fans seemed to want some of the players who played on the show before mixed in with some of the top younger talent that has emerged since the ...

LanceAug 11th, 2017 5
The Fives Podcast: Episode 17 - The Producers

Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders.

LanceAug 11th, 2017 0
PokerStars Brings Back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

PokerStars is sticking around the Bahamas but bringing back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure name. This time last year PokerStars that the European Poker Tour was dead and all live tournaments run by the online poker giant would be branded as PokerStars Live. That meant the end of the flagship live event, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - at least in name. When January rolled around and ...

LanceAug 10th, 2017 2
Jay Lee Wins WPT Choctaw Main Event in Dramatic Fashion

Jay Lee had every reason to smile after winning almost $600,000 and his first live tournament at WPT Choctaw (Joe Giron/WPT photo) Jay Lee had just over $10,000 in lifetime tournament earnings when he woke up on Tuesday morning. By the time he went to bed though, he'd added $593,173 to that total and added his name to the World Poker Tour Champions Cup after beating Jeb Hutton heads-up to win ...

LanceAug 9th, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang Cracks $4M in Earnings

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

LanceAug 7th, 2017 2
RANK & FILE: Bryan Piccioli Closes Out $5M 2017 WSOP for Former #1s

Former #1-ranked PocketFivers had a pretty good overall summer. The 2017 World Series of Poker is over and once again, former #1 PocketFivers had a summer to remember, including two bracelet wins and another Main Event final table appearance.

LanceJul 25th, 2017 0
MILESTONES: Croatia's Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic Approaching Top 10

Ivan Banic continues to move toward cracking the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time in his career (WSOP photo) Even though the Swedish contingent continues to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings, that hasn't stopped players from other countries from doing their best to dethrone the likes of 'C Darwin2' or 'lena900'.

LanceJul 24th, 2017 1
WSOP: Scott Blumstein Wins 2017 WSOP Main Event, $8.15M

Scott

LanceJul 23rd, 2017 5
RANKINGS: Back from Las Vegas, 'C Darwin2' Reasserts Control of #1

With the 2017 World Series of Poker now over, most of the players at the top of the PocketFives Rankings have made their way home from Las Vegas and some have made sure the rest of the online poker world knows. Holding down the top spot again this week is 'C Darwin2' and he did it by reminding the rest of the contenders just how dominant he can be. On July 16 he won the partypoker ...

LanceJul 23rd, 2017 0
Phil Ivey and Devilfish Ulliott Named to Poker Hall of Fame

Devilfish Ulliott and Phil Ivey were named as the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Friday night (WSOP photo) Phil Ivey and David 'Devilfish' Ulliott were announced as the newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame during the broadcast of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table Friday night. Ivey's induction comes in his first year of eligibility. The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner ...

LanceJul 22nd, 2017 0
WSOP: Scott Blumstein Holds Commanding Main Event Lead; Three Left

Scott Blumstein, Benjamin Pollak and Dan Ott are the final three players left in the 2017 WSOP Main Event (Joe Giron photo/WSOP) Scott Blumstein started Day 9 action at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table with nearly half of the chips in play. In just over four hours of play he managed to increase his overall lead and now just has two opponents standing between himself and the ...

LanceJul 22nd, 2017 0
WSOP: Scott Blumstein In Full Control of Final Table; Seven Remain

Scott Blumstein has almost half the chips at the 2017 WSOP Main Event final table (Fabian Gruber/888 photo) The final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event began Thursday night in Las Vegas with Scott Blumstein sitting on the biggest stack. After 5.5 hours of play, two players were sent to the rail early but Blumstein' He remained on top throughout the night and ended with 49.4% ...

LanceJul 21st, 2017 0
WSOP: Chip Leader Scott Blumstein Represents All Main Event Dreamers

Scott Blumstein heads to the final table of the 2017 WSOP Main Event with the chip lead. If you’re an online grinder working your way up from the microstakes, or maybe you make a 45-minute drive to your local casino once a week to play the $75 nightly tournament, then you should be cheering for Scott Blumstein when the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table begins on Thursday ...

LanceJul 20th, 2017 2
WSOP: NJ Grinder Scott Blumstein Leads Main Event Final Table

The 2017 WSOP Main Event final table includes Ben Lamb, Antoine Saout and New Jersey's own Scott Blumstein (WSOP photo / Joe Giron) Scott Blumstein came out to Las Vegas to play the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event because he felt like he was ready. He had hopes of cashing. Instead, the New Jersey native finds himself as the chip leader heading into the final table. “Surreal. I ...

LanceJul 18th, 2017 7
WSOP: Christian Pham Soars to Day 6 Chip Lead; 27 Remain

Christian Pham has over 31 million reasons to smile after Day 6 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Christian Pham once registered for a World Series of Poker tournament by mistake and won it. On Sunday, Pham made all the right moves to end Day 6 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event and ended up as the chip leader with just 27 players remaining. Pham’s move up the chip counts came at the expense of the ...

LanceJul 17th, 2017 1
WSOP: Bryan Piccioli Thriving Through Tragedy with Main Event Run

Bryan Piccioli is enjoying his deepest run in the WSOP Main Event and hopes to keep going. This time last year Bryan Piccioli, once the #1-ranked online poker player in the world, was deep in the World Series of Poker Main Event and updating his friends and family back home in Olean, New York as he made his way through the field. His parents, Dan and Diana, were following along right up until ...

LanceJul 17th, 2017 2
WSOP: PocketFivers Main Event Day 6 Sweat Guide - 22 Still Standing

Kenny Hallaert is one of 22 PocketFives members still in the 2017 WSOP Main Event on Day 6. With just 85 players still standing on Day 6 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, 22 of them are PocketFives members. The group has a combined $33.6 million in lifetime tracked online earnings with former #1-ranked Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli leading the way with $6.36 million.

LanceJul 16th, 2017 0
WSOP: Robin Hegele Leads Final 85; Ruane, Hallaert Still Alive

Robin Hagele ended Day 5 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event as the chip leader. Day 5 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event ended with just 95 players still in contention for the $8.15 million first place prize money and 94 of them are looking up at Robin Hegele. The German pro finished just two 5,000 chips shy of being the first player to have more than 10,000,000 in chips. Hegele finished ...

LanceJul 16th, 2017 0
WSOP: Mickey Craft Winning Hearts and Minds of Fans Watching Live

Mickey Craft has spent a good chunk of Day 4 and 5 at the 2017 WSOP Main Event in the ESPN/PokerGO spotlight. Ever year at the World Series of Poker Main Event, some unknown player bursts onto the scene and grabs the attention of poker fans around the world. Sometimes it’s for “speech play”. Sometimes it’s for antics at the table. And sometimes it’s for a playing style that combines ...

LanceJul 16th, 2017 0
WSOP: Former #1 Brian England Ends Summer with Main Event Run

Brian England finished 208th in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. For one week, back in February 2014, Brian England was the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. This past week, England has spent every day battling against 7,220 other players in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. England started Day 5 as one of the shortest stacks in the room, but was happy with his table draw after ...

LanceJul 15th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: ‘C Darwin2’ Back on Top After 'girafganger7' Taps Out

For the last two weeks Belgium’s ‘girafganger7’ has held down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings, taking advantage of the fact that the talented group of Swedes behind him were cashing World Series of Poker glory in Las Vegas. Times have changed though. For the second time in the last six weeks, ‘girafganger7’ removed himself from the rankings, allowing every player below him ...

LanceJul 15th, 2017 1
WSOP: Damian Salas Leads Heading into Day 5; 297 Remain

Damian Salas bagged up the biggest stack at the end of Day 4. One thousand and eighty four players returned to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event on Friday all with the hope of making it through five more levels of play. Just 297 managed to do just that though and at the end of the day, Argentinian Damian Salas put 4,678,000 into a bag to end the day as chip leader. The group behind ...

LanceJul 15th, 2017 0
WSOP: Former November Niners Drawing on Main Event Experience

Antoine Saout is one of 11 former November Niners who started Day 4 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event with chips. At the start of Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker there were 11 players who had, at one point in their careers, been a part of the now retired November Nine. The top three from that group were Antoine Saout, Kenny Hallaert and Ben Lamb. It really shouldn’t be too much of a ...

LanceJul 15th, 2017 0
WSOP: Bubbles Bursts Late on Day 3; Patrick Lavecchia Top Dog

Kenny Hallaert sits just outside of the top 10 after Day 3 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event Quan Zhou picked the wrong time to bluff late Thursday night at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, a decision that made 1,084 other players happy. Zhou was eliminated on the stone bubble of the Main Event just after midnight, sending the remaining players into a celebratory frenzy and Day 4.

LanceJul 14th, 2017 0
WSOP: Chris Conley Goes From ‘tonkaaaa’ Home Game to Main Event

Chris Conley is hoping to turn his domination of the 'tonkaaaa' home game into a huge Main Event score. Canadian poker pro Chris Conley is hoping to become the answer to a trivia question one day with an answer that doesn’t even seem possible. Which World Series of Poker Main Event winner paid the least to be in the Main Event they won' If Conley goes on to outlast the 2,000 or so ...

LanceJul 13th, 2017 2
WSOP: Hellmuth Blows Up, Bows Out on Day 2C; Artan Dedusha Leads

Phil Hellmuth found himself in the EPSN spotlight on Day 2C before being eliminated (WPT photo) It just wouldn’t be the World Series of Poker Main Event without a Phil Hellmuth blow-up. That’s exactly what happened on Day 2C on Wednesday as the Poker Brat went from the ESPN feature table to the rail in a matter of just a couple of hours. Artan Dedusha had the opposite kind of day, going ...

LanceJul 13th, 2017 1
WSOP: After a Year Away, Adam Levy Rediscovering a Love for Poker

Adam Levy is on his way to Day 3 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Last September, Adam ‘Roothlus’ Levy tweeted out that he wasn’t going to be grinding anymore - live or online. He was trading in his life as a poker pro for regular job in the growing world of esports. He also gave an indication that he wasn’t going to pass up playing the World Series of Poker Main Event.

LanceJul 13th, 2017 0
WSOP: POY Frontrunner John Monnette Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

John Monnette leads the race for WSOP Player of the Year. The 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race has had more than a handful of leaders and even more controversy over who the real leader should be over the last six weeks. Current frontrunner John Monnette doesn’t care much for the controversy, but he’s clearly doing everything in his power to hold onto his lead as he plays ...

LanceJul 12th, 2017 0
WSOP: $10 BLAST Got 888poker Qualifier Marinus Hoogma to Las Vegas

Marinus

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WSOP: Lawrence Bayley Leads Main Event After Day 2AB

Marvin Rettenmaier is one of the familiar faces moving on to Day 3 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event (WPT photo) Tuesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker saw the 576 survivors from Day 1A and the 1,643 from Day 1B return for their own individual Day 2. After five levels of play, just 1,023 found themselves moving on to Day 3 on Thursday. Lawrence Bayley, who began Day 2B second in chips, managed ...

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WSOP: Vivian Saliba is the 2017 Main Event Needle in a Haystack

Vivian Saliba is the only female player in the entire 2017 WSOP Main Event field under the age of 26 (Photo courtesy ) Of the 7,221 players in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event there were just 272 women who played and only one of them was under the age of 26. Age ...

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WSOP: The Main Event Day 1C Number Crunch

Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker was one for the history books with 4,262 players playing, the largest starting field since going to multiple days. It also gave us the first 7,000+ player field since 2010 and only the third one ever.

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WSOP: Ian Steinman Riding First Big Summer into Main Event Day 2B

Ian Steinman has had a very good summer compared to his last few. = Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman, the #4-ranked online poker player in Nevada, has had himself a decent 2017 World Series of Poker. He’s cashed five times, including a final table, and now starts Day 1B of the Main Event with an above average stack of 94,300. It’s a stark difference from years past for Steinman.

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WSOP: Massive Day 1C Field Leads to Third Largest Main Event Ever

Shaun Deeb and Chris Moorman were just two of the 4000+ players who showed up for Day 1C of the 2017 WSOP Main Event. While a number of the bigger names were expected to make it to the Rio Monday for Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, most people were simply watching to see how many players were going to play. In the end, Day 1C turned out to be a record-setting-day with ...

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WSOP: Maurice Hawkins Back in Las Vegas, Ready to Win the Main Event

Maurice Hawkins has just one tournament left to get to his goal of winning $7 million this summer (WPT photo) Seven weeks ago, on the opening day of the 2017 World Series of Poker, Maurice Hawkins told the world that he was going to win $7 million this summer. He’s a had decent enough summer so far, with four cashes for $271,608, but if he’s going to hit that number, he’s got only one ...

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PokerStars Gets With the Flow, Adds Jeff Gross to Team PokerStars

Jeff Gross is the newest addition to Team PokerStars. For the last couple of years Jeff Gross has been working hard to build a social media following and Twitch audience. On Monday that hard work paid off when he showed up to play Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event as the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro. Gross, who has nearly 35,000 Twitter followers, 29,000 Twitch ...

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WSOP: The Main Event Day 1B Number Crunch

History tells us that each starting flight of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is going to be bigger than the previous one and Day 1B was no exception. Sunday’s field was almost three times as big as Saturday’s with 2,164 players entering.

LanceJul 10th, 2017 0
WSOP: 888poker Qualifier Ky Maciejewski Has Nothing to Lose

Ky Maciejewski won his 2017 WSOP Main Event seat in an 888poker freeroll. When the 4,000 or so players sit down on Monday to play Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event there’s one guy who can claim he has nothing to lose. 41-year-old Ky Maciejewski is playing the event having invested exactly zero dollars in his qualification process. Maciejewski, who works as a builder in ...

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WSOP: Huge Day 1B Highlighted By Selbst Bustout; May Wins Ladies

Heidi May won the Ladies Championship on Sunday (WSOP photo) If the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event was going to have any chance of breaking 7,000 for the first time since 2010, it needed a great turnout on Sunday for Day 1B. That’s exactly what tournament organizers got as 2,164 players turned out to push the total number of entrants through the first few flights to just under ...

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WSOP: Posthumous Gift Gives Five Friends a Main Event Dream

Judy and Tom O'Meara Sr.

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WSOP: The Main Event Day 1A Number Crunch

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event got underway on Saturday with 795 players deciding Day 1A was their time to take a shot at poker glory. Traditionally, Day 1A is the smallest starting field of the three available, but that doesn't mean there's not some interesting numbers worth looking at.

LanceJul 9th, 2017 0
WSOP: Main Event Underway; Harrison Gimbel Completes Triple Crown

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RANKINGS: ‘girafganger7’ Extends Lead; Swedish Contingent Fading

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WSOP: Chris Hunichen Looking to Main Event as Cap on Great Summer

Even over $500,000 in earnings so far this summer, Chris Hunichen is looking to cap things off with another deep WSOP Main Event run (PokerStars photo)[/CAPTION] Almost three weeks ago, Chris ‘Big-Huni’ Hunichen was heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet against Nadar Kakhmazov. Hunichen started with the chip lead, watched Kakhmazov even things up and eventually shook the Russian’s ...

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The Fives Podcast: Episode 15 - The Main Event

Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders.

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WSOP: James Calderaro Wins $25K PLO; Nipun Java Wins $1K Online

James Calderaro

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THE ANNIVERSARY MAN: Greg Merson

Five years ago, Greg Merson won two World Series of Poker Bracelets, $9.75 million and WSOP Player of the Year, but the things that happened to him off the felt just before and after that summer have had a bigger impact on his life. As people go through life, they mentally circle important dates on the calendar in permanent ink. Memories pile up as each calendar page turns, but celebrating or ...

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WSOP: Negreanu Leads $50K PPC Final Table, Four More Win Bracelets

Rulah Divine was one of four players to win their first WSOP bracelet on Wednesday (WSOP photo) Four players added their name to the list of first-time bracelet winners Wednesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker but all were squarely focused on the fourth day of play in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship where some of the biggest names in the game ended up being overshadowed by one poker's ...

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WSOP: Isaac Haxton Leads $50K Poker Players Championship Final 15

Isaac Haxton has just 14 players standing between himself and his first career WSOP bracelet (PokerStars photo) There was supposed to be a bracelet awarded Tuesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker on Tuesday, but the final table of the $888 Crazy Eights event needs one more day to get to a winner. Meanwhile, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship bubble burst after two-time PPC champion ...

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WSOP: Artur Rudziankov Wins $1,500 NLHE, $50K PPC Down to 44

Artur Rudziankov became the second WSOP bracelet from the Czech Republic on Monday (WSOP photo) Tuesday was supposed to be one of the rare bracelet-free days on the 2017 World Series of Poker schedule, but that wasn't the case thanks to an extended heads-up battle that required a fourth day for one of Monday's final table. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship and $888 Crazy Eights event ...

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MILESTONES: 'kZhh' Continues Assault on Rankings, Cracks Top 50

Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

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Beyond the Bracelets: Phil Hellmuth

Phl Hellmuth and the WSOP almost go hand in hand, but what about some of the other things The Poker Brat has done in poker' (WSOP photo) The greatest player in World Series of Poker is Phil Hellmuth. If you don’t believe that, just ask him, he’ll tell you. But Hellmuth has been playing now for 30 years and has accomplished things that a lot of players will only ever be able to dream about: ...

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RANKINGS: 'girafganger7' Back in Rankings, Takes Over Top Spot

In late May, Belgium's 'girafganger7' quietly removed his screennames from his PocketFives account and in the process gave up his control of the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings, allowing the Swedish players to eventually take over the top five spots. He's back this week though and has retaken the #1 spot and left six Swedish players in the top 10 looking up at him.

LanceJul 1st, 2017 1
WSOP: Mohsin Charania Completes Triple Crown with $1,500 NLHE Win

Mohsin Charania won his first career WSOP bracelet on Thursday to add his name to the list of Triple Crown winners (WSOP photo) Two more players earned their first World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday with one player finally completing live poker’s version of the Triple Crown and another player winning an event in a game he just doesn’t play that often. The second-to-last $10,000 ...

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