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Ari Engel’s Obsession With Omaha Leads to a WSOP Championship Bracelet


For years, Ari Engel was one of the most consistent players on the poker circuit, final tabling and winning major tournaments all around the country, and the world for that matter. However, before 2019, the former #1-ranked online player on PocketFives simply couldn’t produce the same results at the World Series of Poker. He had never even made a final table after years of playing there until 2019, where he won his first WSOP final table in a $2,500 Event, earning over $427,000.

David ‘ODB’ Baker Hopeful For 2021 WSOP With Vax, Mask Policies In Place


The 2021 World Series of Poker is just a week away, and it promises to be unlike any WSOP we’ve ever seen before. For the first time, the series will be held in the fall instead of the summer, and with the WSOP requiring proof of vaccinations to play, it is truly a mystery how big or small this unique series will be.

One person who plans to be there for at least part of the series is recent Las Vegas resident, David “ODB” Baker. The two-time bracelet winner enjoyed some big success in football betting last year, winning the Westgate Super Contest, and finishing tied for second in the Circa Sports Millions contest. His team earned nearly $800,000, but according to Baker, it wasn’t one of the reasons for the recent move.

Bracelet Win Provided A Glorious End to a Downswing for Ryan Hagerty


Ryan Hagerty made a name for himself late in 2020, when he final-tabled the domestic World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing fourth for $387,310. Hagerty rolled that momentum over to multiple victories in January at the partypoker US Online Poker Series, where he won three events. However, Hagerty said that after that month, he hit a downswing.

DFS Star Gionni Demers Adds WSOP Gold to Three Milly Maker Titles


Poker and Daily Fantasy Sports are two industries that are seeing a fair amount of overlap as both continue to expand to different states nationwide. Many players are splitting their days between grinding on the felt and grinding the virtual gridiron or basketball court at night.

Cathy Zhao Gives World Poker Tour Their Own Rising Star


In honor of International Women’s Day, PocketFives is shining the light on some of the women in poker who have made poker their lives and their careers and are an integral part of moving the game to new heights.

Any poker player who entered a World Poker Tour event over the last few years has likely run into Cathy Zhao at some point or another. The soft-spoken Zhao has quickly become a highly respected, very influential member of the poker world. She came to the United States for education, and ended up using her years of worldwide experience to bring a refreshing voice to a poker industry that is constantly evolving.

Super Bowl 55 Bets From David Baker, Tony Dunst, Chris Moneymaker


Super Bowl 55 is just hours away, and it is a matchup for the ages, as Patrick Mahomes leads the Kansas City Chiefs into battle, looking for their second straight Super Bowl title. Standing in their way is the most successful playoff quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, leading his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some of the biggest names in poker are betting on in the big game, and not just on which team is going to cover the spread.

Brimming With Confidence, Ryan Hagerty Back to Crushing Garden State


It’s been a tough time for poker players recently, especially in the United States. Casinos around the country were closed for most of 2020, and options stateside have been limited to online play in just a few states, primarily Nevada and New Jersey.

David Baker, Mark Gregorich Team Up for Las Vegas SuperContest Win


2020 was a long year for many professional poker players. Back in March, live tournaments and cash games virtually disappeared overnight in Las Vegas, and around the world, and over the summer, the halls of the Rio, normally packed to the brim with Davipoker pros and amateurs alike, were empty. As two-time WSOP bracelet winner David ‘ODB’ Baker put it, “2020 was a terrible year for me and most poker players. The bills don’t stop, but the games did.”

Kane Kalas Answers Call for Polk-Negreanu Grudge Match Commentary


Throughout the years, iconic sports moments have often been memorialized with the equally classic commentary that went with it. The Miracle on Ice will always be paired with Al Michaels and his unforgettable call of “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” Every Premier League fan around the world will always remember Martin Tyler yelling “Balotelli…Agurerooooooo!” when the Manchester City striker scored the winning goal to give his team their first EPL title ever in 2012. The list goes on and on.

WSOP: Adnan Hacialioglu Dominates $1K Turbo Final Table


Adnan Hacialioglu needed just seven hours to go from cards in the air to bracelet winner as the Finnish pro made quick work of the final table in Sunday’s World Series of Poker Online action. Hacialioglu finished on top of the field that saw almost 2,000 players come out and for his efforts, he earned his first WSOP bracelet, $259,872, and a WSOP Europe Package. 

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