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Lessons Learned Propel Steve '7douche' Madara To NJ Stardom

Steve Madara captured his first major live title in September following years of dedication to his craft. At the tender age of 24, Steve ‘7douche’ Madara has endured a lifetime of accomplishment and hardship from poker. Only three months ago, Madara won the Almighty Stack event at the Borgata Poker Open for a $169,000 score that despite Madara’s young age, was years in the making.

Matt ClarkDec 20th, 2016 12
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
Daniel Negreanu Sets High Expectations For 2017

Daniel Negreanu has a list of goals he is looking to achieve after a, by his standards, subpar 2016. (PokerStars photo) The start of the new year is rife with resolutions and for Daniel Negreanu, it is no different. The PokerStars Team Pro posted his annual list of goals on his Full Contact Poker blog in addition to a look back at his intentions from the previous year.

Matt ClarkJan 5th, 2017 7
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
Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty Taking Love for Poker to New Heights in NJ

Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty put a journalism career on hold to chase down the pro poker dream (Borgata photo) The regulation of online poker in New Jersey has allowed for players who may not have otherwise had a chance to pursue the game of poker the opportunity to play the game they love. New Jersey has shown time and time again whether you are a longtime professional or a family man looking to ...

Matt ClarkNov 15th, 2016 6
WPT: Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell Wins partypoker WPT Caribbean

Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell now has a WPT title to go along with his EPT win (WPT photo) Niall ‘firaldo’ Farrell is one step closer to being a part of poker’s Triple Crown after taking down the partypoker World Poker Tour Caribbean title for $330,000. 323 entrants took part in the $5,000 buy-in event and after starting the final table among the short stacks, Farrell wound up taking the ...

Matt ClarkNov 24th, 2016 6
Chance Kornuth Explains Role Coaching November Niner Cliff Josephy

Chance Kornuth

SteveSchultDec 23rd, 2016 6
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
Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings Moving on From Pro Poker Career

Brian Hastings is going from poker pro to entrepreneur (SHRPO photo) Once one of the most feared nosebleed stakes online cash game players in the world, Brian Hastings says he is "moving on from poker as a full-time job." Hastings made the announcement in a wide-ranging blog post on his website on Sunday. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner touched on his battles with ...

LanceNov 28th, 2016 5
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
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Takes Massive Chip Lead with 5 Remaining

The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event has new chip leader with five left: Qui Nguyen (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) All eyes were on chip leaderCliff Josephy as the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table got underway in Las Vegas on Sunday night, but it took just one hand for another player to let it be known that this wasn't simply going to be a coronation for one of online poker's most ...

LanceOct 31st, 2016 4
NJ Grinder Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo Combines Family With Poker

Daniel Lupo holds down a full-time job as well as a top-five ranking in New Jersey (Borgata photo) In the competitive world that is New Jersey online poker, most of the names and faces at the top of the PocketFives rankings are players who make their primary living from playing poker. In the case of Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the full-time architect has been making his mark on the New Jersey ...

Matt ClarkNov 1st, 2016 4
Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott Continues Impressive Run Live and Online

Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott has NJCOOP in his rearview mirror as he chases down the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event title Earlier this week Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott, the #10-ranked online poker player in New Jersey, thought he had put the exclamation point on an impressive run of poker when he took down the first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event for ...

LanceNov 4th, 2016 4
Team PokerStars Online's Kevin Martin Shining in New Reality

Kevin Martin went from reality TV to Team PokerStars Online in under a year. (PokerStars photo/Joe Giron) If you want to make Kevin Martin roll his eyes, just call him a Reality TV star. “I don't identify with that word at all. Especially, there's something with the American shows, they get a little bit of fame, but a Canadian reality TV star is even more of an asterisk,” said Martin, ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 4
WPT: Mike Sexton Wins partypoker.net WPT Montreal

Mike Sexton added some hardware to his World Poker Tour legacy on Thursday night in Montreal (WPT photo/Joe Giron) For nearly 15 years Mike Sexton has been the voice of World Poker Tour broadcasts. Thursday night in Montreal the Poker Hall of Famer was unable to be in the broadcast booth as he was busy adding his name to the WPT Champions Cup after overcoming Benny Chen heads-up to win the WPT ...

LanceNov 18th, 2016 4
Where Did All The Online Gambling Regulation Momentum Go?

Regulated online gaming once had a ton of momentum - so what happened' After being empowered by a 2011 opinion issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, online gambling legalization at the state level came out of the gates at a full sprint. Within a year and a half of the OLC opinion being proffered in September 2011, three states passed legislation legalizing ...

Steve RuddockNov 29th, 2016 4
NJ Online Pro Dan ‘redsoxnets5’ Sewnig On Verge Of Live Breakthrough

Dan Sewnig has had a solid set of live results in 2016 Among the more scrutinized transitions in poker is carrying over success from the online world into the live arena. While the game is still effectively the same, the surrounding elements are different when playing live and there are players who struggle figuring out how to reconnect all the pieces.

Matt ClarkNov 30th, 2016 4
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
Five Questions with November Niner Michael Ruane

Michael Ruane sits fifth in chips as the 2016 WSOP Main Event gets underway, but there's more to the New Jersey native than just poker (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you ...

LanceOct 28th, 2016 3
WSOP Main Event: Qui Nguyen Show Continues as Final Table Down to 3

Just two

LanceNov 1st, 2016 3
Qui Nguyen Wins 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event

Qui Nguyen has 8 million reasons to smile after winning the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP Photo / Jayne Furman0 When the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table began on Sunday night, nobody thought Qui Nguyen had a chance at overcoming a field that included two former #1-ranked players on PocketFives, a talented European poker pro, a former PokerStars SuperNova Elite and two young ...

LanceNov 2nd, 2016 3
Father of Two Craig Rubinstein Grinding His Way to the Top in NJ

Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein found time away from the virtual felt re-energized his passion for the game. Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein is not what you first envision as the prototypical New Jersey online tournament grinder. The 41-year-old father of two has only been playing full-time for less than a year but has come on strong over the last few months and recently cracked the top 10 of the ...

Matt ClarkNov 19th, 2016 3
More Wag And Less Bark For NJ Grinder Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro

Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro is a top 20 player in New Jersey (Borgata photo) The closeknit community of New Jersey online poker has allowed for players to connect and grow their games through another. Most of the bonds developed have been player-to-player but Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro has found a special kinship of a different kind.

Matt ClarkNov 26th, 2016 3
Andrew Lichtenberger Launching Online Poker Site, LuckyChewyPoker

Lichtenberger launched LuckyChewy Poker this month (Image c/o LuckyChewy Poker) Andrew ‘luckychewy’ Lichtenberger is used to being a figurative boss at the tables. The poker pro, who has over $8.5 million in live tournament earnings, now has his sights set on being a literal boss, one in charge of an online poker site. Lichtenberger recently launched in beta mode. The online poker client ...

JessDec 14th, 2016 3
Mastering Your Schedule for More Profit

One of the most common questions I get asked early on in the coaching process is about putting together a structured, well-thought-out playing schedule for poker. Recreational players and aspiring professionals alike all have to deal with the reality that poker often has to take a back seat to ‘real-life’ issues - family, work, and social commitments often make it difficult to make time ...

theginger45Dec 16th, 2016 3
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
Five Questions with November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka

Vojtech Ruzicka has concerns about the after party should he win the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Vojtech Ruzicka. Vojtech Ruzicka finds ...

ShillibierOct 25th, 2016 2
Taking on Team PokerStars Pro Randy 'nanonoko' Lew in Atlantic City


PocketFivesNov 3rd, 2016 2
Jason Acosta Wins PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event

Jason Acosta grabbed his biggest live score after taking down the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey (PokerStars photo / Joe Giron) Jason Acosta qualified for the PokerStars Live Festival New Jersey Main Event on not for $200, not for $109, not for $39 - but for 5,000 StarsCoins. Late Friday night in Atlantic City the 30-year-old from Little Ferry, NJ turned that small investment into a ...

LanceNov 5th, 2016 2
Dates Revealed For First 2017 PokerStars Championships & Festivals

PokerStars Championship and Festival events are coming to the Bahamas, Panama, Rozvadov and other locations in 2017 (Neil Stoddart / PokerStars) When PokerStars announced changes to their long-standing European Poker Tour, Asia-Pacific Poker Tour and Latin American Poker Tour series earlier this year, shockwaves were sent through the poker community. PokerStars initially announced that in lieu ...

Matt ClarkNov 28th, 2016 2
RANKINGS: Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Strengthens Hold on Top Spot

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez added over 1,000 points to his PLB total this week Just over 10 days ago one player had a dominating Sunday in the partypoker High Roller and Super High Roller, winning both for just over $75,000. That player, ‘DrMikee’, was relatively unknown, making the feat even more special. It turns out that ‘DrMikee’ is actually the #1-ranked player in the world, ...

LanceDec 1st, 2016 2
WPT: James Romero Dominates Final Table to Win Five Diamond Classic

James Romero earned almost $2 million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron) The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel ...

LanceDec 11th, 2016 2
NJ Online Poker's Mad Scientist: Jason 'JLaw' Lawhun

Jason Lawhun's career as a scientist allows him to see poker from a unique point of view Most of the players that comprise the New Jersey online player pool are longtime residents of the state or have moved there to further expand their poker horizons. Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun hails from Ohio but moved to New Jersey in 2013 as part of his career as a scientist in a consumer products company. ...

Matt ClarkDec 13th, 2016 2
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez Rides Hot Streak to November PLB Win

Fabrizio Gonzalez was the top online poker tournament player in the world in November (SHRPO photo) For the last nine weeks Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been the #1-ranked player on PocketFives. His rise to the top spot came mostly from his PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker leaderboard win, but he hasn’t exactly been resting on that success. Nobody had a better ...

LanceDec 13th, 2016 2
EPT: William Kassouf Chops His Way to High Roller Title

William Kassouf took down a big birthday payday (Image c/o PokerStars) William Kassouf decided to celebrate his birthday, well, like a boss. The British poker pro took down the last-ever European Poker Tour High Roller Event after a heads-up deal with Patrick Serda. Kassouf put his table talk to good use, negotiating a heads-up chop where he took home a little over €530,000 but got the ...

JessDec 20th, 2016 2
Wayne Gerichten Turns Freeroll Wins into Cash, PSL Bahamas Trip


LanceDec 28th, 2016 2
Despite No New iGaming Regulations in 2016, Hope Remains for 2017

As the calendar turns to 2017, Pennsylvania is still a must-watch state for iGaming regulation. Like years past, 2016 came and went without another state legalizing online gaming. Despite some serious hope in Michigan and Pennsylvania that an online gaming bill would pass in either state during the legislative session, the fact remains that no state has legalized online gaming since Delaware, ...

bames31Jan 3rd, 2017 2
Poker Pros Taking on New Artificial Intelligence Bot ‘Libratus’

Dong Kim is one of four pros playing AI program Libratus The last time poker players squared off against artificial intelligence in 2015, humans were able to prevail over the machine. Four poker pros took on AI bot ‘Claudico’ for 80,000 hands of heads-up No Limit Hold'em action. The battle saw $170 million wagered and the human team winning over $730,000 (in theoretical test money, that ...

JessJan 6th, 2017 2
Jeff Sessions Open to Revisiting Key Wire Act Interpretation

Jeff Sessions might be bad news for regulated online gaming in the United States. In the confirmation hearing this week regarding Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment as Attorney General, a brief exchange between Sessions and Sen. Lindsey Graham piqued the interest of the online poker world. Early in the eight-hour confirmation hearing, Graham asked Sessions for his thoughts on the Department ...

bames31Jan 13th, 2017 2
Hall of Famer Tom McEvoy Selling 1983 WSOP Main Event Bracelet

The bracelet Tom McEvoy won for winning the 1983 WSOP Main Event can be yours for just $13,500 For many poker historians, Tom McEvoy holds a special place in poker history. In 1983 the then 38-year-old became the first person to win the World Series of Poker Main Event after winning their way in via a satellite. Now he’s selling off the bracelet he earned for that victory and a number of ...

LanceJan 17th, 2017 2
TCOOP: Renato Akio Kaneoya’s Event #1 Win Highlights Day 1 Action

Renato Akio Kaneoya took home the biggest win on the opening day of PokerStars' Turbo Championship of Online Poker (BSOP/PokerStars photo) Last May, Brazilian players made headlines by dominating the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and if the first two events of the 2017 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker are any indication, they just might do it again. Brazilian’s ...

LanceJan 19th, 2017 2
How to Talk Poker With Your Non-Poker Playing Friends

One surprisingly frequent question I get asked as a coach usually comes from younger poker players. These players are generally at an age when they're less confident and secure in their own life choices, and more preoccupied with what others might think of them. The question at hand is fairly simple - “how do I talk to my friends and family about poker'” Unfortunately, this question is ...

theginger45Jan 21st, 2017 2
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
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 2
Benger vs. Kassouf: Possibly the ‘Most Famous’ Hand in WSOP History

William Kassouf is interviewed by ESPN's Kara Scott just moments after being eliminated from the 2016 WSOP Main Event by Griffin Benger. “It’s going to be fucking famous,” said Griffin Benger, 2016 November Niner, former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, of the hand that saw him eliminate possibly the most talked about and maybe even most-disliked player of the 2016 World Series of Poker ...

LanceOct 24th, 2016 1
Jason Somerville Brings Run It Up To PokerStars Festival New Jersey

Jason Somerville is bringing the Run It Up show back to Atlantic City as part of the PokerStars Live Festival. The world’s largest poker site is back with a live tournament series on United States soil for the first time in years. Starting on October 29, PokerStars Festival New Jersey kicks off with 40 events to be played in a weeklong span at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. As ...

Matt ClarkOct 25th, 2016 1
Five Questions With November Niner Gordon Vayo

Gordon Vayo sits third in chips at the final table of the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP Photo/Joe Giron) Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Gordon Vayo.

SteveSchultOct 25th, 2016 1
The Importance of Understanding Your Motivation for Playing Poker

Maintaining your motivation to play poker is an important part of being successful. Testing Yourself and Staying Motivated for Poker One of the most common issues suffered by players who reach a certain point in their poker career is a fluctuation in motivation or passion for the game. Poker can be a cruel game from time to time, and we all experience periods where variance hits us a little ...

theginger45Oct 28th, 2016 1
Ranking: Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger Stays #1 in New Jersey

Two months on top of the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings is a great accomplishment in itself, but Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger is soaring to new heights, as he has been number one for three consecutive months now. Danger was active throughout the whole month and put together many quality results in the BorgataPoker Garden State Series and the PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online ...

Matt ClarkNov 5th, 2016 1
Nicolau Villa-Lobos Growing Poker at Home While Seeing the World

Poker success has opened a whole new world for 888poker ambassador Nicolau Villa-Lobos Nicolau Villa-Lobos has made a deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event, he posted a runner-up finish to Mike Watson in the stacked High Roller field at the 2013 WSOP Europe series, but rather than travel the globe seeking only the toughest competition at the higher stakes, Villa-Lobos spends much of ...

JessNov 10th, 2016 1
New Jersey's Keith 'donnysack' Donovan Happy to Grind at Home

Keith 'donnysack' Donovan didn't have to leave home after Black Friday There is something to be said for online tournament grinders who have withstood the relative test of time. The game has changed quite a bit from the immediate post-Moneymaker boom years to what it is now and the players who can still make a living grinding online MTTs have found a way to adjust accordingly with the times. ...

Matt ClarkNov 11th, 2016 1
Focusing on the Poker is the Easiest Way to Get In 'The Zone'

Focus: The Key to Better Decisions Novice poker players tend to spend a lot of time analyzing their results and trying to figure out the best way to generate a better win rate or a better ROI. This is partially because results are where the money comes from, and our society is inherently money-oriented, but it’s also because results provide validation for our efforts, and we’re ...

theginger45Nov 14th, 2016 1
WSOP Circuit Adds Six International Stops This Season

The WSOP Circuit continues to expand its presence in international markets (WSOP photo) The World Series of Poker Circuit has added six stops to the tour’s international schedule, while making one slight change to its domestic schedule. The international additions start as early as November 22 with a stop kicking off in Sydney, Australia at The Star, the country’s second-largest casino. ...

SteveSchultNov 15th, 2016 1
Dan Smith's Annual Charity Drive Aiming for $350,000 in Donations

Dan Smith is aiming to raise $350,000 for charities before year-end. (WPT photo/Joe Giron) They say the winter holidays are a season of giving. Acclaimed poker pro Dan Smith is taking that to another level with his charity drive, which could raise as much as $350,000 for a group of select charities. This is the second year in a row Smith has done a charity drive. In 2015, he and fellow poker ...

JessNov 16th, 2016 1
RANKINGS: Top 10 Shakeup as Andras 'probirs' Nemeth Comes in at #4

LanceNov 16th, 2016 1
888 Poker Guarantees $500,000 for Mega Deep Fifth Anniversary

On Sunday, November 27, 888poker will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its popular Mega Deep tournament. To mark the special occasion, the site is boosting the event’s normal guarantee nearly fivefold to an impressive $500,000. The inaugural Mega Deep launched in January 2012, and started out as something of a well-kept secret amongst poker pros who frequented the event. Eventually, ...

LandSharkNov 18th, 2016 1
Mass. Tackling DFS, Online Lottery, Casino and Poker in 2017

Massachusetts has a lot of online gaming discussion on the table for next year A number of states will be looking into legalizing and regulating different versions of online gaming in 2017. Some will look into legalizing and regulating online casino and/or online poker. Others will continue to look into legalizing, and in some cases prohibiting, daily fantasy sports. And still others will take ...

Steve RuddockNov 18th, 2016 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: 'DrMiKee' Wins Both partypoker High Roller Events

Sunday's action saw 'DrMiKee' accomplish a rare feat, earning victories in both the $2,600 and $530 buy-in partypoker High Roller events for $42,875 and $32,390. High stakes online poker tournament specialist '3BunPass' of the United Kingdom (ranked #86 worldwide) once again made a marquee partypoker final table and walked away with $27,563 for the seconnd place effort in the Super High ...

dhubermexNov 21st, 2016 1
PokerStars Christmas Festival: $2M Monday Million, $1M Freeroll

PokerStars is celebrating the upcoming holiday season with a calendar filled with goodies, including special giveaways and bonus opportunities, a $1 Million Freeroll and a special Monday Million tournament with a $2 million guarantee. In total, the site will award upwards of $5 million during its six-week long Christmas Festival.

LandSharkNov 22nd, 2016 1
If You Think You're Playing Your A-game, You're Wrong

As a coach, I’ve had several experiences where students have discussed their recent playing sessions or hand histories with me and said something along the lines of, “I really felt like I was playing well at this point in the tournament”. What’s interesting about this statement is that it is actually entirely self-contradictory, for reasons that aren’t always obvious. The ...

theginger45Nov 22nd, 2016 1
RANKINGS: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez Has Firm Grasp on #1

Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has been #1 in the world for seven straight weeks There was very little movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings with Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez maintaining his hold on #1 for the seventh straight week. But Gonzalez didn't do it by sitting idly by, he went out and did what he could to hang on to top spot. Gonzalez recorded just seven cashes, ...

LanceNov 23rd, 2016 1
Sam Trickett Introduced as Newest partypoker Ambassador

Sam Trickett is now a member of partypoker's fast-growing group of ambassadors (WPT photo) Sam Trickett tends to be the life of the party at the table, so it is only fitting he is the latest pro to join the team at partypoker. The Brit announced his new role as a Global Ambassador for the online poker room this week. Trickett, who is the all-time UK money earner with over $20 million in ...

JessNov 25th, 2016 1
SUNDAY MAJORS: Romanian 'Dannyz0r' Wins PokerStars Sunday Million

Romanian 'Dannyz0r' captured the PokerStars Sunday Million this week for a $143,420 payday. . 'Ekmalian' earned a six-figure cash reward of $100,646 after coming in second place in that tournament, while 'limonadik586' and Rodrigo 'Terao90' Terao collected $70,630 and $49,566 for their respective third and fourth place finishes.

dhubermexNov 28th, 2016 1
PokerStarsNJ Ringing in the Season with Christmas Festival

The holiday season is officially upon us and PokerStars New Jersey is ready to brighten everyone’s spirits with the PokerStarsNJ Christmas Festival including freerolls, deposit bonuses and a $100,000 guaranteed main event. $60,000 is in play as part of the All-in Shootout Freerolls, which are running every Sunday this month. Players are able to qualify for these shootouts by completing a ...

Matt ClarkDec 1st, 2016 1
Pennsylania Passes on iGaming Legislation; Michigan Still in Play

While Pennsylvania has decided not to regulate online gaming in 2016, Michigan just might pull it off The calendar has now been flipped to December, and barring a Christmas miracle in Michigan, it's starting to look like 2016 will end without a new state joining the legal online gambling ranks. Despite momentum and legislative progress in several states, when 2017 begins, the number of ...

Steve RuddockDec 1st, 2016 1
Structure the Way You Learn About Poker For Maximum Return

Poker's learning curve is steep - but the payoff can be huge Making Economical Learning Decisions One of the most difficult aspects of attempting to make the leap from losing poker player to long-term winner is knowing what to learn, and when. Without a coach to guide you, it can be easy to get lost and develop a learning pattern that is somewhat scattered or haphazard. But even with the aid ...

theginger45Dec 2nd, 2016 1
NUMBER CRUNCH: Erik Seidel Breaks Through $30 Million in Earnings

Erik Seidel recently broke through the $30 million lifetime earnings mark (WPT photo/Joe Giron) It is pretty easy to talk about Erik Seidel solely using hyperbole. Justified hyperbole, of course, but phrases like “the GOAT”, “the greatest”, or “Seiborg” all are merited to explain his poker career. Seidel recently crossed $30 million in career tournament earnings, putting him second ...

JessDec 5th, 2016 1
888 poker Partners with Flow Esports, Top Hearthstone Team

888 poker has partnered with Flow Esports to bring poker to the world of Hearthstone Online poker giant 888 poker has announced a partnership deal with Flow Esports, a professional eSports team comprised of several of the world’s top Hearthstone players. The team is headed by Daniel Märkisch, who ranks as one of the most popular Hearthstone streamers on Twitch, and who regularly ...

LandSharkDec 8th, 2016 1
Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Continuing Streak Of Elite Play

Michael Haberman is showing no sign of slowing down after years on top of the New Jersey online rankings. The competition at the top of the PocketFives New Jersey online poker rankings becomes tougher with each passing month. The top of the ranks has remained relatively consistent for the larger part of 2016 with Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman among those prominently featured in the top-10 ...

Matt ClarkDec 9th, 2016 1
888 Poker Raises BLAST Poker Max Prize to $1M for Holiday Season

BLAST Poker players could find themselves becoming a millionaire next week thanks to the latest promo from 888 poker Earlier this year, 888 launched its own take on the popular jackpot Sit & Go format called BLAST Poker, a four-handed, super-turbo No Limit Hold’em SNG which offers potential prize pools of up to 10,000X the buy-in. For the holidays, however, the online gaming giant is ...

LandSharkDec 20th, 2016 1
The Connection Between Game Selection and Confidence

Confidence at the table can be built up over time by practicing game selection. When starting out in poker, one of the biggest obstacles for many players is a lack of confidence in their own game. Every decision is laced with uncertainty, and even a short run of bad results can lead to a complete dissolution of a player’s faith in their own abilities. The reason for this is much simpler ...

theginger45Dec 21st, 2016 1
Daniel 'wildman75' Buzgon: Drive For Show And Three-Bet For Dough

Daniel Buzgon is an accomplished poker player in his own right but he is also a menace on the golf course. (Will OC photo) While clicking buttons or riffling chips takes up most of the time spent in “the office” of a professional poker player, like any other job, there are hobbies that players enjoy taking part in when they aren’t grinding. When the weather cooperates, the golf course is ...

Matt ClarkJan 6th, 2017 1
Bahamas-Bound Poker Pros Make Last Flight Out of Fort Lauderdale

Asher Conniff and Jessica Dawley were at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during Friday's shooting. (WPT photo) Just moments after a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, killing five people and injuring at least another eight, a handful of poker players were waiting to board their flight to Nassau, Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Championship ...

LanceJan 7th, 2017 1
Dan Colman Looks Back at One Drop Win, 2016 WSOP Main Event Run

Dan Colman has a shot at another million dollar score in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller Just over two and a half years ago, Dan Colman stood on center stage at the World Series of Poker and posed in front of nearly $15 million in cash. Having won the second edition of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, Colman went from anonymous to poker famous with the literal ...

LanceJan 8th, 2017 1
Jason Koon Wins PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller

Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the $100,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo) Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but ...

LanceJan 9th, 2017 1
Sacheen Ramchandani Chasing Poker Dream from India to The Bahamas

Sacheen Ramchandani is ready to go on Day 1B of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart) It’s a little over 9,000 miles – or 14,000 kilometers – from Mumbai, India to the Atlantis Resort and Casino where the PokerStars Championship Bahamas is happening this week, but it’s a trip that Sacheen Ramchandani was more than happy to make. Ramchandani is one of ...

LanceJan 9th, 2017 1
Ross 'Acanthopis' Gottlieb: Treating Animals On And Off The Felt

Ross Gottlieb may be a veterinarian by trade but he is no stranger when walking in the poker jungle. (Will OC photo) Those among the New Jersey online poker fraternity who have a full-time profession other than poker often face difficulties in having time available to play. In that spirit, when the players in this group have time on their hands to play tournaments, they do everything in their ...

Matt ClarkJan 12th, 2017 1
New Year, New You: Considering your Future in Poker

As 2016 becomes 2017, we reach the time of year when everyone starts manically trying to plan the next 12 months of their future in the space of a few days. While many poker players are ahead of the curve in understanding where they want to go in life, it's easy to go through a whole year without thinking much about what you'll be doing the year after. In the case of many recreational ...

theginger45Jan 14th, 2017 1