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PokerStars Power Up Game Marries Hearthstone and No Limit Hold’em

PokerStars Power Up is currently in Alpha mode, but could be open to the public soon Poker players have often looked down at their hole cards, double-checked the board, and wished they could change one of their hole cards, or one of the community cards, to make a better hand. Now PokerStars is making that possible with their most recent innovation, PokerStars Power Up, which is currently in ...

LanceFeb 18th, 2017 8
Matt Mendez Becomes A Family Man And Champion Overnight

Matt Mendez was overcome with emotion last year after winning The Big Stax XV High Roller only a month after the birth of his daughter. (Parx photo) Winning poker tournaments can have a contagious effect. Just ask Fedor Holz. There may be no pure way to prove that “momentum” exists in poker but there is an empirical effect of confidence that some players will attest becomes apparent when ...

Matt ClarkFeb 16th, 2017 7
Scott Blumstein Wins And Loses For The Greater Good

Scott Blumstein is ready to enter a new stage in his poker career with a little help from Jimmy V. “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day.” Those words were spoken by famed college basketball coach Jim Valvano during the 1993 ESPY awards and his speech has lived long past his death to inspire many. A fan of Valvano’s, Scott ‘Sblum2711’ Blumstein is hoping to use ...

Matt ClarkApr 1st, 2017 7
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
Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott Is Out To Put New Jersey In A Headlock

Jesse Elliott won the PokerStars NJCOOP Main Event in October and is setting his sights on bigger scores to come. (Borgata photo) Since PokerStarsNJ was first introduced to the New Jersey online poker scene, there has been a considerable effort made by the site to offer online championship serie's in the state similar to what is offered on its worldwide client. The limitations on the population ...

Matt ClarkMar 3rd, 2017 6
Troy 'teckidtq' Quenneville Turns Confidence Boost Into Results

Troy ‘teckidtq’ Quenneville and his girlfriend Paulina Back in November 2016, when Canadian Troy ‘teckidtq’ Quenneville turned up to play some live poker at the World Poker Tour partypoker Million festival in Punta Cana, the regs probably didn’t think anything of him. After all, he had just two live cashes to his name, combined to the tune of $559. But Troy was something of a Trojan ...

SupafuzApr 1st, 2017 6
DOJ Begins AbsolutePoker and UB Claims Remission Process

Players with balances on AbsolutePoker and UB can now apply for a refund through the US Department of Justice. Just five days before what will be the sixth anniversary of Black Friday, online poker players affected by the shutdown of and have gotten good news from the United States Attorney's Office or the Southern District of New York. Beginning immediately, players who had funds on and ...

LanceApr 10th, 2017 6
RANKINGS: SCOOP Success Propels ' girafganger7' To #1 Ranking

As the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table on Monday, there was one name that had a lot of people talking. Belgium's 'girafganger7' was at the final two tables of the High version of the Main Event while also chip leader of Event #1 High ($1,050 NLHE Phase 2). While he didn't win either event, he did enough to move into the #1 spot ...

LanceMay 27th, 2017 6
WSOP Partners with 888poker As Exclusive Satellite Provider

In 2015 Tommy Yates turns a penny into a WSOP Main Event seat and a ride of a lifetime. The 2017 World Series of Poker is just over 100 days away and players around the world now know they can again qualify for the WSOP Main Event via one of the world's leading online poker sites. The WSOP and 888poker announced a two-year extension of their current contract that sees 888 act as exclusive ...

LanceFeb 13th, 2017 5
888poker Super XL: Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet Wins High Roller, $88K

In the history of online poker there are a select few players who have been managed to have sustained success over the course of their career. Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet is a member of that elite group and on Tuesday the Canadian-based grinder found himself standing tall on top of the biggest buy-in event of the 888poker Super XL Series with almost $88,000 in earnings. Van Fleet, who was ...

LanceJan 25th, 2017 4
RANKINGS: Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo Takes Over #1 Spot In NJ

Daniel 'centrfieldr’ Lupo is now the #1-ranked online poker player in New Jersey. (Borgata photo) It took nearly five months, but Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger’s run as the king of New Jersey online poker has come to an end. Danger dominated the last few months of the 2016 and held the number one ranking for months on end, but he has been dethroned by Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo for the top ...

Matt ClarkFeb 2nd, 2017 4
Optimizing your Playing Environment for Online Poker

Tom Dwan and David Benefield had a minimalist approach to their online poker work space back in the day. Most serious poker players are aware of the impact that factors like game selection, mental game work, scheduling and time management can have on long-term profits, but there's one factor that often gets overlooked. We know it's important to stay as focused and relaxed as possible at the ...

theginger45Feb 5th, 2017 4
Andrew Neeme Brings Cash Game Journey to the Masses with Vlog

Andrew Neeme has quickly established himself as one of the fastest growing poker vloggers on YouTube. YouTube has quickly emerged as one of the more popular mediums to consume poker content. Andrew Neeme has just as quickly grown to become one of the more popular poker YouTubers on the web. Neeme, a Las Vegas based professional poker player, started a vlog about four months ago, ...

SteveSchultFeb 23rd, 2017 4
Absolute Poker Founder Scott Tom to Face Black Friday Charges

Scott Tom plead not guilty to the Black Friday charges in a Manhattan court room on Friday. Almost six years after Black Friday, Absolute Poker founder Scott Tom has returned to the United States to face charges that he violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and was engaged in bank fraud and money laundering.

LanceFeb 26th, 2017 4
Phil Ivey Given Green Light to Pursue Supreme Court Appeal in UK

Phil Ivey has won a last chance at overturning his case against Crockfords Casino in London (WPT photo) Phil Ivey is going back to court. The ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner has been granted permission by the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom to appeal the decision handed down in November that ruled he had essentially cheated to win £7.8 million playing Punto Banco, a variant ...

LanceFeb 28th, 2017 4
PokerStars Guarantees $10M for 11th Anniversary Sunday Million

The PokerStars Sunday Million turned 11 this month and PokerStars is ready to celebrate with a guaranteed $10M prize pool. Just over 11 years ago, PokerStars jumped into the deep end with a tournament guarantee that would go on to become the anchor of their weekly tournament schedule when they launched the PokerStars Sunday Million. Daryl ‘aaaaaa’ Jace went on to win that $215 buy-in ...

P5s StaffMar 17th, 2017 4
PokerCentral Partners with ESPN for WSOP; No More November Nine

2016 WSOP Main Event champion Qui Nguyen is the last November Niner (WSOP photo) Poker fans used to have to wait until August to start watching World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN and for the last nine years have had to wait until November to see a new world champion crowned. That's not the case anymore. As part of a groundbreaking announcement made Monday morning, PokerCentral has become ...

LanceMay 15th, 2017 4
Bryan Paris Leads Five Players Racing to Hit $10M in Online Earnings

After a big TCOOP score, Bryan Paris is on the verge of becoming just the second player to reach $10 million in online tournament earnings (PokerStars photo) One small step for Moorman; one giant leap for mankind. That certainly seems appropriate when discussing the all-time leading money winners in online tournaments. It was back in 2013 when Chris 'moorman1' Moorman became the first player ...

SupafuzJan 23rd, 2017 3
Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano Relishing New Opportunity

Michael Gagliano is one of the top spokespeople for online poker in New Jersey through his relationship with . The heyday of online poker provided many players with the chance to earn money and gain notoriety by representing a site through wearing a patch while playing. We all know why that stopped becoming a fad but players in New Jersey have been granted that opportunity through the ...

Matt ClarkJan 27th, 2017 3
Aussie Millions: Satellite Winner Shurane Vijayaram Wins Main Event

Shurane Vijayaram turned a $130 satellite win into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event title. (Crown photo) Sunday night in Melbourne Shurane Vijayaram completed an improbable run that is sure to become an Australian poker legend. Vijayaram, who won his way into the 2017 Aussie Millions Main Event via a $130 satellite, beat out a final table that included Fedor Holz and Ben Heath to win the ...

LanceJan 29th, 2017 3
RANKINGS: Back and Forth Continues, 'lena900' Back at #1

Seems like 'lena900' and Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez are going to battle back and forth for the #1 ranking. It seems like there's a heavyweight fight going on between two of the world's best online poker players and at stake is the #1 ranking on PocketFives. Sweden's 'lena900' and Uruguay's Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez have swapped the #1 spot yet again with 'lena900' sitting on top ...

LanceFeb 8th, 2017 3
PokerStars Puts Up $100K in Hunt for World's Best Cash Game Player

PokerStars is out to find the best cash game players in a monthlong competition this spring. (PokerStars file photo) Are you the best online cash game player in the world]' Are you looking for a way to prove yourself in a rake-free arena with $100,000 in prizes up for grabs' Then look no further than the “PokerStars All Stars” - the latest promotion from the online poker giant.

Matt ClarkMar 9th, 2017 3
Joseph Galazzo’s Life Changes Lead to Big Results On and Off Felt

Joseph Galazzo took time off from poker in 2016 to focus on his health and is seeing a positive change. (Will OC photo) The Borgata Saturday Series is one of the most popular and grueling daily events on the East Coast. The $400 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed event is a weekend staple at The Borgata and for those who are able to make it through the 16 hours of play it takes to reach a winner are ...

Matt ClarkMar 10th, 2017 3
Jason Rivkin Closing In On A Full Life Outside Of Poker

After a stellar year of tournament results, Jason Rivkin is nearing the point of leaving poker as a full-time living. (Will OC photo) There are many schools of thought about how to be a successful poker player on a long-term basis. Some suggest specializing in a single game and increasing your edge as much as possible while others would say it is better to have a diverse background to have ...

Matt ClarkMar 24th, 2017 3
New AG Jeff Sessions Apparently Considering New Online Gaming Ban

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a ban on online gaming. During his confirmation hearing in early January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’d be open to revisiting the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Wire Act, which allowed states the opportunity to legalize online gaming. Just three months later, it appears Sessions may be following through with that ...

bames31Apr 19th, 2017 3
Maria Lampropulos Wins partypokerLIVE MILLIONS Dusk Till Dawn

Maria Lampropulos won the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS on Sunday at Dusk Till Dawn (partypoker photo) The European Poker Tour waited until Season 3 to crown their first female champion. The World Poker Tour didn’t have a woman win an open event until Season XV. PartypokerLIVE, the new live tournament series backed by partypoker, only had to wait until their second event. Maria Lampropulos beat ...

LanceApr 23rd, 2017 3
Mike Sexton Retires From World Poker Tour, Tony Dunst Takes Over

Mike Sexton's final season with the World Poker Tour gave him a grand sendoff as he won his first career WPT title. After 15 seasons in the booth and countless memorable moments, Mike Sexton’s run as the voice of the World Poker Tour is at an end. The WPT announced Sexton’s retirement today as he transitions into the next stage of his poker career.

Matt ClarkMay 22nd, 2017 3
Christoph Vogelsang Wins 2017 Super High Roller Bowl

Christoph Vogelsang put together a comeback effort to win the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. (PokerCentral photo) The biggest event in poker reached a final table after nearly a week of play as the Super High Roller Bowl played to its conclusion over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. The $300,000 buy in event brought out the biggest and brightest stars in poker and it was Christoph Vogelsang ...

Matt ClarkJun 2nd, 2017 3
PokerShares Offering WSOP Odds on Former #1-Ranked PocketFivers

The 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event begins this weekend and many of the former #1-ranked PocketFivers will be taking their place in the field and hoping to earn their place in poker history, the bracelet and of course a hefty paycheck. Mike 'Timex' McDonald announced PokerShares six months ago. The revolutionary poker investment and betting platform gives people the opportunity to ...

P5s StaffJul 7th, 2017 3
WSOP: Scott Blumstein Enters Day 5 Refreshed and Relaxed

Scott Blumstein has been among the chip leaders for most of the Main Event and is coming into Day 5 mentally ready for a deep run. Day 4 of the WSOP Main Event proved to be a moving day of sorts as less than 300 of the 1,084 players who entered the day moved on to Day 5. Scott ‘Sblum2711’ Blumstein started Day 4 top-10 in chips and maintained his stack around the 2,000,000 mark all day ...

Matt ClarkJul 15th, 2017 3
Bryan Paris Becomes Second Player to Reach $10 Million in Earnings

Bryan Paris is now just one of two players with $10 million in lifetime online tournament earnings (PokerStars photo) A few weeks ago, we told you that several players were fast approaching $10 million in online winnings; none more so than Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris, who led the pack in the race to join Chris 'moorman1' Moorman in that elusive club. After finishing second in a PokerStars Turbo ...

SupafuzFeb 8th, 2017 2
New York Seems Poised to Pass Online Poker Regulation in 2017

New York Senator John Bonacic (foreground) and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (background) have teamed up to push online poker legislation in New York State. While no state has legalized iGaming since 2013, New York joins Pennsylvania as a state prepared to do so in 2017. New York Sen. John Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow have introduced identical legislation – S03898 and A05250 – in the ...

bames31Feb 10th, 2017 2
Dan Colman Wins Triton Super High Roller Series Six Max

Dan Colman defeated

Matt ClarkFeb 18th, 2017 2
Mike Leah Says Back-to-Back Fallsview Wins are a Career Highlight

Mike Leah has made a habit out of winning at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls (photo provided) Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah has a poker resume that is comparable with almost anybody in the world. He’s got a World Series of Poker bracelet, multiple World Championship of Online Poker titles, over $5.5 million in live earnings and just shy of $3 million in online earnings. Of all his ...

SteveSchultFeb 22nd, 2017 2
Former #1 Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen Goes From Backed to Backer

Former PocketFives

Matt ClarkMar 1st, 2017 2
NJ SUNDAY MAJORS: Ryan 'ISlowRollYou' Hohner wins $100K Sunday Special

Ryan Hohner grabbed a big score during Sunday's Sunday Majors in New Jersey This week the New Jersey Sunday Majors featured the one-year anniversary celebration of PokerStars being made available in the Garden State. To ring in the second year in style, PokerStarsNJ raised the guarantees of all Sunday Majors and put a $100,000 guaranteed Sunday Special on the schedule. The total prize pool for ...

Matt ClarkApr 3rd, 2017 2
SUNDAY MAJORS: 'Xavi666' Wins PokerStars Sunday Million, $1.09M

Major online poker tournament action over the weekend saw a number of players take home six-figure paydays thanks to the PokerStars Sunday Million 11th anniversary event which boasted a $10 million guarantee. 'Xavi666' was the winner, taking home $1,093,205 for an outright victory in the Sunday Million, followed by PocketFives member 'Minzopug' of Australia who earned $785,999 for second place ...

dhubermexApr 3rd, 2017 2
Free Fantasy SCOOP Contest Paying Out More Than $1,000 in Prizes

Spring is in the air and for online poker tournament grinders that means the return of PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Now PocketFives has added a new wrinkle - Fantasy SCOOP. Poker players and fans around the world can draft their team of eight players and sweat along through all 171 events on the SCOOP schedule as players rack up PocketFives Leaderboard points. The top 20 ...

P5s StaffMay 4th, 2017 2
SCOOP: Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel Wins Main Event (High), $1.2M


LanceMay 24th, 2017 2
WSOP: Fifty Days and Fifty Nights with Maurice Hawkins

Over the next 50 days, Maurice Hawkins plans to win at least a couple of bracelets and a staggering amount of money. Over the last 11 years, Maurice Hawkins turned the WSOP Circuit into a bit of a personal playground for himself. He’s cashed 53 times, made 28 final tables, won 10 rings and taken home a cool $1,259,947. But that level of success eludes him every summer when the field sizes get ...

LanceJun 3rd, 2017 2
PalaPoker.com Newest Option for New Jersey Online Poker Players

Since New Jersey regulated online gaming in 2013, players have had a limited number of options to choose from when it came to online poker. This week they got another option, with the launch of , the latest from Pala Interactive, the California-based online gaming company run by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

P5s StaffJun 8th, 2017 2
Thomas Pomponio Goes from New Jersey Online Scene to Colossus Champ

Thomas Pomponio is poker's latest darling after winning the WSOP Colossus III Thomas ‘pompyouup’ Pomponio walked into the Rio last week as just another face among the 18,054 entrants in Colossus III. Fast-forward a few days later, Pomponio is the newest millionaire at the WSOP after beating the field to collect the seven-figure first place prize.

Matt ClarkJun 8th, 2017 2
WSOP: Dry Spell For Mike Azzaro Might Be Turned Around By EDC Oasis

A trip to the desert might

Matt ClarkJun 22nd, 2017 2
RANKINGS: Swedes Now Own Top 5 Spots; ‘Lena900’ Remains #1

For the first time in the post-Black Friday history of the PocketFives Rankings, the top five spots all belong to players from one country. Anybody who has been paying attention to the rankings for the last few years won’t be surprised at all to learn that it’s the Swedes who now go #1 through #5.

LanceJun 25th, 2017 2
WSOP: Posthumous Gift Gives Five Friends a Main Event Dream

Judy and Tom O'Meara Sr.

LanceJul 10th, 2017 2
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: 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: 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
Daniel Negreanu Talks Goals, Intention and Dealing with Failure

Daniel Negreanu uses his yearly goals list to keep himself focused and motivated (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo) In the last few days of 2016, and the early days of 2017, a lot of people most likely sat down and came up with one or two or three New Year’s Resolutions. “New Year, New Me” they wrote at the top of the list. It may have included working harder, or losing weight, getting ...

LanceJan 24th, 2017 1
TCOOP: Mike Leah, Ryan Laplante Title Wins Highlight Day 8

Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah added a TCOOP title to his previous WCOOP and SCOOP wins (WPT photo) Over the course of his impressive career, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah has won a couple of World Championship of Online Poker events and another couple of Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. But prior to Wednesday, the Canadian grinder had never managed to win a Turbo Championship of Online Poker ...

LanceJan 26th, 2017 1
TCOOP: WCOOP Main Event Winner Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck Event #46

Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck added a Turbo Championshiop of Online Poker title to his WCOOP Main Event win on Thursday (PokerStars photo) Almost four months to the day after winning the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck won himself another COOP title, this time of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker variety. Lauck won Event #46, a $700 No Limit ...

LanceJan 27th, 2017 1
Aussie Millions: Nick Petrangelo Wins $100,000 Challenge

Nick Petrangelo grabbed his first win of 2017 in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge. You could say that 2017 is treating Nick Petrangelo really well. You could say that "retirement" is treating German phenom Fedor Holz really well too. The pair were front and center at the 2017 Aussie Millions On Saturday at the final table of the ANTON Jewellery $100,000 Challenge. Petrangelo, who ...

LanceJan 28th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Philipp Gruissem Takes Down partypoker Powerfest Main

Philipp Gruissem was back online on Sunday, winning the partypoker Powerfest Main Event for just over $80,000 (WPT photo) Philipp 'philbort' Gruissem has made a name for himself in recent years for being part of the German contingent of players dominating the live super high roller scene, but on Sunday Gruissem went back to his online roots and had a day worth celebrating. Gruissem finished ...

dhubermexFeb 6th, 2017 1
Igor Kurganov Joins Team PokerStars Pro

Igor Kurganov joins long-time girlfriend Liv Boeree as a member of Team PokerStars Pro. (PokerStars photo) He's Russia's all-time leading in live tournament earnings. He's had 21 six-figure or bigger scores. He's fluent in three different languages. He's the co-founder of Raising for Effective Giving. And now Igor Kurganov is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. The addition of Kurganov was ...

LanceFeb 10th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: 'C Darwin2' Wins PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up

Some of online poker's best and brightest found themselves front and center at the final table of a number of Sunday Majors this week, none bigger than former #1-ranked 'C Darwin2'. The Swedish grinder outlasted 1,859 other players to win the pokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $56,056.34. Another former #1, Nicolas 'PKaiser' Fierro, finished runner-up in that event for $40,303.96. That cash ...

LanceFeb 13th, 2017 1
WPT: Ema Zajmovic Wins WPT Montreal; First Female Open Event Champ

Ema Zajmovic overcame a field of 380 to win the WPT Montreal event. (WPT photo) There was plenty of intrigue heading into the final table of the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the Playground Poker Club. Former WPT champion Eric Afriat was gunning for a second WPT title while Ema Zajmovic, who made the final table of the previous WPT held at the Playground, was playing to be the first ...

Matt ClarkFeb 15th, 2017 1
Lessons From Dad Paying Off Big for Circuit Grinder Josh Reichard

Josh Reichard is climbing the ladder of all-time WSOP Circuit winner after his sixth win in Wisconsin (WSOP photo) For Josh Reichard, poker has always been a family affair. The 25-year-old poker pro is steadily climbing the all-time ring list on the World Series of Poker Circuit and won his sixth career ring last week at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. The Janesville, WI ...

SteveSchultFeb 15th, 2017 1
Reggie Jones-Sawyer Introduces New Online Poker Bill in California

California could become the next state to regulate online poker if Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer can get his bill advanced. California online poker players have been down this road before. Over the last decade, the state has debated the merits of legalizing online poker, but each year efforts have come up short leaving players out in the cold. In 2017, it appears legislators are once again ...

bames31Feb 21st, 2017 1
Hitting The Road With Jamie Kerstetter

Jamie Kerstetter lives in New Jersey but makes a point to travel around the country and take part in the tournament circuit. (WSOP photo) This month alone, there are tournament series going on across all regions of the country. For starters, the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles is nearing its World Poker Tour Main Event, and West Palm Beach, FL just finished playing host ...

Matt ClarkFeb 23rd, 2017 1
All The Winners From The 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards

The Third Annual American Poker Awards featured a total of 18 winners - including a PocketFives legend. The third annual GPI American Poker Awards took place last night (Thursday 23rd Feb) at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills, California. So, without further ado, here are all the winners from the night.

SupafuzFeb 24th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Austrian 'TheFan83' Wins PokerStars Sunday Million

Two PocketFives members outlasted more than 5,000 opponents to finish first and second in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament over the weekend. Austria's 'TheFan83' walked away with an even $122,000 after winning the event, while Brazilian 'digopapel' earned $112,734 for second place. PokerStars player 'KasparovAKs' walked away with $91,000 after finishing in third.

dhubermexFeb 27th, 2017 1
Daniel Strelitz Wins World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic

Daniel Strelitz beat out a stacked final table to win the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic (WPT photo/Joe Giron) Former World Poker Tour One to Watch Daniel Strelitz lived up to the billing Thursday night in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old overcame a final table that included a poker living legend and two other WSOP bracelet winners to take down the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic and walk ...

LanceMar 3rd, 2017 1
WPT Bay 101 Another Chance for Ian Kalman to Take on the Big Guys

Local businessman Ian Kalman wants a deep run in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star event this week.(HPT photo) When the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event gets underway this week in San Jose, California, Ian Kalman will be in the field taking on some of the biggest names in the game. “I love the Shooting Star tournament. It’s nice that it’s local and easy to get too. I mean, I ...

LanceMar 5th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene Wins PokerStars Sunday Grand

[/CAPTION]Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene took down the PokerStars Sunday Grand this week (WPT photo/ Joe Giron)[/CAPTION] Major online poker tournament action continued over the weekend, as large cash prizes were awarded to a number of real money players led by PokerStars player 'geob000' who took down the Sunday Million outright for a score of $149,333. 'BARBARVSSA2' finished second in that event and ...

dhubermexMar 6th, 2017 1
How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01

Tommy Yates turned a 1¢ satellite win on 888poker into $19,500 in 2015. The start of the 2017 World Series of Poker is right around the corner and for the third straight year, 888poker is an exclusive satellite partner of the world’s richest tournament series. As part of the partnership, 888poker is once again offering qualifiers into the World Series of Poker Main Event with steps starting ...

Matt ClarkMar 8th, 2017 1
How to Make Yourself Heard in the Push for Online Poker Regulation

Online poker players need to be heard in states considering online poker legislation and we show you how. 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the prospects of online poker as three states – Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania – are all taking steps to legalize online poker. Meanwhile, a handful of other states, including California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, are ...

bames31Mar 9th, 2017 1
Sam Panzica Wins WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star, Second Season XV Title

Sam Panzica is now a two-time WPT winner after taking down the Bay 101 Shooting Star event Friday (WPT photo/Joe Giron) When the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star final table kicked off Friday afternoon in San Jose, California, the focus was clearly on Chino Rheem. With three WPT titles already to his credit, and over 44% of the chips in play, Rheem seemed to be on the verge of becoming ...

LanceMar 11th, 2017 1
Anatomy Of A Feud: Mike Dentale And Cate Hall Set To Square Off

After three months of waiting, Mike Dentale and Cate Hall are ready to battle at SugarHouse Casino. (PokerNight photo) It was the hand heard ’round social media. On Day 3 of theWorld Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic in December, Cate Hall called Barry Hutter’s six-bet shove with and the hand was soon the talk of Twitter. Hall attempted to get in front of the firestorm that she assumed ...

Matt ClarkMar 12th, 2017 1
888Live Headed to Barcelona; 13 Events, €700,000 Guaranteed

888Live Series is heading to CasinoBarcelona for 13 events in May. (888Live photo) Following the immensely successful first 888Live Series of 2017 at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the roadshow of poker festivals is hitting the road to Barcelona. Running from May 11-23, the next 888Live Festival features 13 events with a variety of buy-ins for players of all bankroll levels.

Matt ClarkMar 14th, 2017 1
Olympic Host City Sochi Welcomes partypoker Live Next Week

The Sochi Casino & Resort poker room is going to be packed for the partypoker Sochi Million. Just over three years ago, people from around the world had their eyes on Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics. Starting Friday, the poker world will be watching the Russian resort town closely as the partypoker LIVE Million Sochi event runs for 10 days. The 15-event festival is highlighted by the ...

LanceMar 15th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: 'lena900' Takes Over #1 Spot From 'SixthSenSe19'

After staring up at Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez for the past four weeks, Sweden's 'lena900' has taken over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings - but just barely. 'Lena900' posted two cashes this past week that were big enough to add to his PLB score and move him past Gonzalez. He won a $530 buy-in partypoker Six Max High Roller for $9,488 and 156.52 points. He followed that up on ...

LanceMar 16th, 2017 1
Lawmaker Confident Pennsylvania Will Approve Online Gaming by May

Rep. George Dunbar is one of the key figures in pushing online poker regulation forward in Pennsylvania (photo supplied) As the Pennsylvania legislature continues to consider the prospects of online gaming, the sponsor of the House bill to legalize iGaming remains confident. Rep. George Dunbar, who has sponsored online gaming legislation in each of the past two years, described the process ...

bames31Mar 17th, 2017 1
Cate Hall Sweeps Mike Dentale 2-0 in Heads Up "Grudge Match"

Cate Hall beat Mike Dentale 2-0 in their best of three grudge match Sunday at SugarHouse Casino(Photo Courtesy Jeff Shurilla/PNIA) It was billed as the ‘Twitter feud heard round the world … of poker’ and on Sunday afternoon at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Cate Hall and Mike Dentale added another chapter to their ongoing rivalry. Hall defeated Dentale 2-0 in the best-of-three ...

LanceMar 20th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Troy Quenneville Wins partypoker Super High Roller

Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville won himself a Sunday Major this weekend (WPT photo) Canadian Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville continued his rise up the PocketFives Rankings by taking down the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller this weekend for just over $50,000. Quenneville, the #2 ranked player in Canada, could crack the top 25 of the world wide rankings with the win. There were ...

dhubermexMar 20th, 2017 1
Steve O’Dwyer Wins PokerStars Championship Panama $10K High Roller

Steve O'Dwyer beat Sam Greenwood heads-up to win the PokerStars Championship Panama $10K High Roller (PokerStars photo) Steve O’Dwyer has proven himself to be one of the best poker players in the world over the last 10 years, but he’s shown a real propensity to shine brightest in High Roller events. That was on display again Monday in Panama as O’Dwyer outlasted a talented group of ...

LanceMar 21st, 2017 1
Australian Government Bans Online Poker, Operator Exodus Expected

Online poker players and advocates in Australia are probably flying the flag at half-mast after their federal government moved to ban online poker. Australian online poker players got bad news – the worst news, actually – on Tuesday. The Interactive Gambling Amendment 2016 passed through the Australian Senate on Tuesday, essentially banning online poker and in-play sports betting. This ...

LanceMar 21st, 2017 1
GlobalPoker.com Gives American Poker Players Options

American players can play on and withdraw their winnings via PayPal. Ever since Black Friday, online poker players in the United States have been looking for a way to get back to the game they love. While three states have regulated online poker, players in the other 47 have been left out of the fun. An Australian-based social gaming company hopes to change that. , part of VGW Holdings, ...

P5s StaffMar 24th, 2017 1
How To Qualify For The 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $160

Last year Griffin Benger turned a $160 satellite win into a November Nine appearance. It’s almost here. You have made it through the first five steps of the 888poker World Series of Poker Main Event qualifying stages. All that is standing between you and the chance to play for a Main Event seat is $160 a field of competitors hungry to make to Las Vegas. Sound intimidating' Not to worry. ...

Matt ClarkMar 25th, 2017 1
THE MILESTONES: Joao Simao Cracks $5M, ‘RoryYoung’ Climbs to #21

Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao hit a major earnings milestone this week. Each Sunday The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao Hits $5 Million in Lifetime Earnings Brazilian online poker players are a passionate, talented group and one of the best is Joao ...

LanceMar 26th, 2017 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton Wins PokerStars Sunday Grand

MedStudent91' captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million and took home $152,455 to lead the way in major online poker events over the weekend. The #2-ranked in Uruguay, 'kofi89' finished runner-up in that tournament and collected $106,985 while 'Rhayadder' was awarded $75,078 for third place and 'Kheragon' walked away with $52,688 upon finishing fourth.

dhubermexMar 27th, 2017 1
PokerStars 2017 SCOOP Includes 171 Events, $55M Guaranteed

The 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker is the longest ever - and comes with $55 million in guarantees. Online poker players are going to be quite busy come May. The 2017 edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is the longest one ever and includes a whopping 171 events spread over 24 days. The $55 million guarantee is $15 million higher than 2016. The schedule runs from April ...

LanceMar 28th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: ‘lena900’ Remains #1, ‘C Darwin2’ Inches Up to #2

After wrestling away the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings from Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez two weeks ago, ‘lena900’ doesn’t appear ready to give it up and now Gonzalez has another Swedish nemesis in his way. ‘Lena900’ cashed 40 times this past week, but only one of them was good enough to add to his already PLB points total. The Swedish pro finished third in the ...

LanceMar 29th, 2017 1
World #1-Ranked 'lena900' Cruises to March Leaderboard Win

In early March, Sweden's 'lena900' took over the top spot on the PocketFives Rankings. He spent the rest of the month proving he belonged there and in the process won the March PLB by a massive 369.81 points. For context, the difference between runner-up Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown and 10th place finisher Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis was just 373.96 points.

LanceApr 4th, 2017 1
Tony Sinishtaj Wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Tony Sinishtaj beat out a talented final table to win the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. (WPT photo / Joe Giron) Over 3.5 years ago, Tony Sinishtaj found himself as a part of one of the most popular moments in Seminole Hard Rock poker history as the player Mimi Luu was up against in the “I Can’t Fold This” hand a the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Wednesday night he overcame a ...

LanceApr 6th, 2017 1
The Fives Podcast: Daniel Weinman Talks World Poker Tour TOC Win

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.

P5s StaffApr 14th, 2017 1
Josh Berardi's Two Week Run Propels Him To The WSOP Main Event

Joshua Berardi (R) concluded a great two-week stretch that includes a win to put him in the 2017 WSOP Main Event field. The recent wave of major online series in New Jersey from partypokerNJ and PokerStarsNJ resulted in players having the chance to boost their bankrolls by five-figures should they take down the right event. In addition to those series, started running satellites for the World ...

Matt ClarkApr 15th, 2017 1
PokerStarsNJ Releases NJSCOOP Schedule With Over $1.2M Guaranteed

The PokerStarsNJ NJSCCOP schedule is officially released with 35 events on the calendar. It seems like PokerStars owns the month of May in the online poker world, and now that includes New Jersey. After opening PokerStarsNJ shop last March, the site quickly unveiled the NJ Spring Championship of Online Poker to great adoration from those within the state and the temporary transplants who made ...

Matt ClarkApr 19th, 2017 1
Winning Two Majors In One Sunday Has Josh Rothberg Thinking Big

Josh Rothberg won two Sunday Majors in the span of a few hours on April 9 and has his goals set even higher for the rest of 2017. Winning a Sunday Major in New Jersey is usually the highlight of any player's weekend. Given the week and online series taking place, anywhere from 5-10 majors with five-figure guarantees are up for grabs on New Jersey’s three websites with PokerStarsNJ offering ...

Matt ClarkApr 21st, 2017 1
RANKINGS: No Change at #1, 'girafganger' Re-Debuts at #5

As has been the case for the better of 2017, the top three in the PocketFives Rankings continues to be a combination of 'lena900', Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and 'C Darwin2'. This week, Sweden's 'lena900' held on to the #1 spot for the fifth consecutive week. Despite cashing a total of 41 times, only one of those was big enough to add to 'lena900's PLB score. Finishing fifth in the ...

LanceApr 22nd, 2017 1
The Fives Podcast: The Hashtag King, Winning Ladies, Top Poker Shows

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.

P5s StaffApr 27th, 2017 1
Playground Poker Club: One of North America's Elite Poker Rooms

Poker players are flocking to the Playground Poker Club just outside of Montreal for the upcoming partypokerLIVE MILLION North America. After opening its doors in December of 2010, the Playground Poker Club has quickly become one of North America’s premier poker venues. Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, just on the other side of the St. Lawrence river from downtown Montreal, the Playground ...

SteveSchultApr 28th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: Sweden’s ‘lena900’ Holding Strong at #1 Heading into SCOOP

Just over a week out from one of the busiest periods on the online poker MTT schedule and the PocketFives Rankings continue to feature Sweden’s ‘lena900’ sitting quite comfortable at #1 with the usual suspects staring up at him. Two big runner-up finishes this past week kept ‘lena900’ on top. He finished second to ‘KumariOy’ in the PokerStars Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha for ...

LanceApr 29th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: ‘bcm4924’ Overtakes 'CloverSparklesFartShovels' in Nevada


SteveSchultMay 4th, 2017 1
While Rebuilding His Bankroll Online, Norman Michalek Binked Live

Norman 'slystyle012' Michalek spent the first part of 2017 rebuilding his bankroll online and then hit a major live score at the Spring Poker Open. The Spring Poker Open at the Borgata wrapped up early Saturday morning with 21 different champions being crowned over the past three weeks. The Almighty Stack event drew the second largest field of the entire series as 1,764 players took their ...

Matt ClarkMay 4th, 2017 1
SCOOP: Martin Jacobson Wins First Title, Calvin Anderson Gets #8

Martin Jacobson now has a SCOOP title to go along with his WSOP Main Event title (PokerStars photo) Before Martin Jacobson was a World Series of Poker Main Event champ, he was an online grinder of some repute. Tuesday afternoon the Swede proved he’s still got it when he beat out a tough final table to win the first Spring Championship of Online Poker title of his career.

LanceMay 10th, 2017 1
XL Inferno: Leocir José 'LeoJoseCarne' Carneiro Wins Twice On Day 6

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Matt ClarkMay 13th, 2017 1
SCOOP: Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov Wins One, Narrowly Misses Second

Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov had himself a fun Saturday - one SCOOP title, one SCOOP runner-up (PokerStars photo) Of the six PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker final tables in play on Saturday, nobody made more of them than Andrey ‘Gigaloff’ Zhigalov. The Russian made the final table of both High events, taking runner-up in one and winning the other for the first SCOOP title ...

LanceMay 14th, 2017 1
SCOOP: Ben Sulsky Wins $25K Heads-Up, Justin Bonomo Takes 8 Game

Justin Bonomo was one of a handful of high-profile SCOOP winners on Sunday (WPT photo) Many observers consider Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky to be one of the best poker players in the world and on Sunday he provided more evidence to this after topping the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $25,000 Heads-up No Limit Hold'em event. Sulsky's win was one of 15 SCOOP events that wrapped up on ...

LanceMay 15th, 2017 1
Edwin Roman is a 'GiantGenius' at Both Poker and Twitter

Edwin Roman has cultivated a personality that manifests itself both at the table and on social media. (Borgata photo) The poker world runs through Twitter in 2017 and the majority of the players use Twitter to stay connected, among many other things, as they grind their way through life. Twitter allows players to develop their own voice away from whatever table they are on and Edwin Roman, ...

Matt ClarkMay 17th, 2017 1
SCOOP: 'caaaaamel' Banks $216K for Super Tuesday SE Win


LanceMay 18th, 2017 1