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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 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
John Cosgrove Teaches by Day and Crushes by Night

John Cosgrove teaches

Matt ClarkAug 23rd, 2017 7
WSOP: Scott Blumstein Wins 2017 WSOP Main Event, $8.15M

Scott

LanceJul 23rd, 2017 5
New Poker After Dark Highlighted by Tom Dwan Return

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

LanceAug 11th, 2017 5
Daniel Negreanu Raises Stakes In Quest For Poker Masters Jacket

Daniel Negreanu's booking side bets in quest for Poker Masters Purple Jacket (WPT photo) Daniel Negreanu went looking for action and action came running. The Poker Masters, a series of five high roller tournaments from PokerGO, runs September 13-20. The series includes five events, the first four re-entry events come with a $50,000 buy-in while the final freezeout tournament is a three-day ...

JWalshSep 5th, 2017 5
WCOOP: Steven van Zadelhoff Wins WCOOP Main Event for $1.6M

Steven

LanceSep 27th, 2017 5
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
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
From PlanetPoker to PokerStarsNJ, "ActionBob" is Still Winning

Robert Hwang doesn't meet the criteria of most NJ Online players but his playing days dating back to the 1990's serve him well. The general assessment of most New Jersey online poker players is they are of a younger age and started playing a few years on either side of Black Friday. Robert ‘ActionBob’ Hwang first started playing online before most of his NJ opponents ever clicked a mouse.

Matt ClarkAug 3rd, 2017 3
William Kassouf Doesn’t Care That You Think His 15 Minutes is Up

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

LanceAug 28th, 2017 3
PokerStars Rolls Out 'Power Up' for Game Real Money Play

PokerStars' Power Up gives players a new power packed gaming experience Commencing liftoff in 5,4,3,2... PokerStars' much-talked about twist on traditional Texas Hold'em, Power Up, was given clearance for a real-money soft launch on Tuesday. The poker variant combines the principals of traditional NLHE poker, in a three-handed Sit & Go format, with new game-changing “power” that allows ...

JWalshOct 10th, 2017 3
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

Charlie

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
MILESTONES: Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang Cracks $4M in Earnings

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

LanceAug 7th, 2017 2
PokerStars Brings Back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

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

LanceAug 10th, 2017 2
Chris Moorman on How To Maximize Profits in a Longer Series

Chris Moorman has some great tips for how to take advantage of long online series'. One of the busiest periods of online poker tournaments is in the home stretch with many more massive guarantees yet to be paid out in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and the 888poker XL Eclipse. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver and current 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman has played in more ...

Matt ClarkSep 20th, 2017 2
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

Bobby

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

Day 6 of the

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

Wednesday's

LanceMay 18th, 2017 1
Luigi Shehadeh Wins 888Live Barcelona Main Event, Cate Hall Finishes Fourth

Luigi Shehadeh won the 888Live Barcelona Main Event for €110,000 on Thursday. From a field of 609 entries, the €1,100 buy-in 888Live Barcelona Main Event played down to a winner on Monday with Luigi Shehadeh navigating his way to victory and a €110,000 score. The day started with 25 players but after Javier de Vicente Miquel was eliminated in ninth place, the official final table took ...

LanceMay 23rd, 2017 1
SCOOP: Gordon ‘holla@yoboy’ Vayo Wins Event #1, $692K

Gordon Vayo had no trouble closing out Event #1 (High) of the Spring Championship of Online Poker on Monday {WSOP photo) Most of the attention on the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker on Monday was focused squarely on the second day of play in the three Main Events. While those were each playing down to a final table of nine, nine other events wrapped up including the final Phase of ...

LanceMay 23rd, 2017 1
2017 WSOP: The Unofficial Weekend Warrior's Guide

The Pavilion Room will be filled to capacity every weekend of the World Series of Poker as thousands of "Weekend Warriors" take their shot at a bracelet. Each year the World Series of Poker carefully plans its schedule around the lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events that run every weekend of the series. This is done to cater to the “Weekend Warriors” who only have one or two weekends ...

Matt ClarkMay 25th, 2017 1
2017 WSOP: The How-To Guide for Registering with a Credit Card

The WSOP is allowing players to register with a credit card for events with buy-ins up to $10,000 for the first time ever. In 2016, the World Series of Poker allowed players to pay tournament entry fees up to $1,500 with a credit card for the first time in history. Players can do that again this year - but the limit has been increased high enough to allow players get themselves into the Main ...

SteveSchultMay 25th, 2017 1
SCOOP: Nick Abou Risk Wins One, Narrowly Misses Another

The 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was supposed to have wrapped up on Tuesday with the final table of the Main Event. A server issue mid-way through the first week forced PokerStars to reschedule a total of nine events for Wednesday. And while most of the poker world was still relishing in Charlie Carrel's Main Event win, Nick Abou Risk almost did something really ...

LanceMay 25th, 2017 1
2017 WSOP Predictions: Seidel, Hellmuth, Volpe, Negreanu & Mercier

How will poker's elite do during the 2017 WSOP. We're here to fill you in. (WPT photo) With the 2017 World Series of Poker now just a few days away, PocketFives asked our writers to make some predictions about what to expect this summer. They took their best guesses at some of the field sizes and talked about which events they were excited about. Now we've asked them to take a look at some of ...

P5s StaffMay 29th, 2017 1
2017 WSOP Predictions: 7 Players Who Could (Finally) Win a Bracelet

These seven players are all seeking their first WSOP bracelet this summer. We're now well into our 2017 World Series of Poker predictions pieces here at PocketFives. We've talked about our most highly anticipated events, how field sizes are going to be this year, which of the elite players will have the best summer and now we want to talk about which player gets the first bracelet of their ...

P5s StaffMay 30th, 2017 1
WSOP: Chris Moorman Finally Captures First Bracelet in $3K Six Max

Chris Moorman

SupafuzJun 17th, 2017 1
WSOP: Chris Moorman Hoping Bracelet Win Leads to More Summer Success

Chris Moorman now has a WSOP bracelet to go with the rest of his accolades. In the early hours of Saturday morning in Las Vegas, Chris Moorman found himself in a spot he’d been in before: heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet. Twice in his career he’s gotten far enough in a tournament to be sitting across from just one player and in both cases, Moorman settled for second ...

LanceJun 19th, 2017 1
WSOP: Legally Blind, Steven Iglesias Tests Himself in $10K Six Max

Just

LanceJun 23rd, 2017 1
WSOP: Mike Azzaro Keeps His Summer Hopes Alive By Playing The Long Game

Mike Azzaro is running out of time to turn his summer around. Poker tournament professionals are keenly aware of the fact that downswings are inevitable. The duration of them is a complete unknown but when they hit, there is no telling when the sun will shine once again. Mike Azzaro struggles continue this summer as he’s only put together a ledger of $3,850 in tournament earnings. July is ...

Matt ClarkJun 29th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: 'girafganger7' Back in Rankings, Takes Over Top Spot

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

LanceJul 1st, 2017 1
WSOP: Chris Hunichen Looking to Main Event as Cap on Great Summer

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

LanceJul 9th, 2017 1
WSOP: Mike Azzaro Comes Into Day 2C With a Chance to Save his Summer

Mike Azzaro made Day 2C of the Main Event and is looking to better his Day 5 finish of a year ago. Over 7,000 entrants jumped in this year’s WSOP Main Event and roughly half of them returned Wednesday for Day 2C. Mike Azzaro is one of those players and is making his second straight Day 2 appearance. Last summer, Azzaro made a Day 5 run that wound up with him earning his best tournament ...

Matt ClarkJul 12th, 2017 1
WSOP: Gjergj Sinishtaj is the Piece Buying King of The Main Event

Gjergj Sinistaj

Matt ClarkJul 14th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: ‘C Darwin2’ Back on Top After 'girafganger7' Taps Out

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

LanceJul 15th, 2017 1
WSOP: Former #1 Brian England Ends Summer with Main Event Run

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

LanceJul 15th, 2017 1
MILESTONES: Croatia's Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic Approaching Top 10

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

LanceJul 24th, 2017 1
3 Glorious Days: The Scott Blumstein Main Event Final Table Rail

What are you supposed to expect when the event you grew up watching is suddenly live and in front of your own eyes' Scott Blumstein saw Chris Moneymaker win the Main Event when he was a teenager but never thought he’d make it to the poker’s biggest stage in his first ever attempt. Neither did most of his closest friends, many of whom were on the rail at the start of Thursday’s final ...

Matt ClarkJul 28th, 2017 1
Sofia Lövgren on her Main Event run, Sweden's crushers, and heading back to Asia

After cashing the WSOP Main Event,

SupafuzJul 31st, 2017 1
MILESTONES: '1bigacehole' Hits $9M in Career Earnings

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

Matt ClarkJul 31st, 2017 1
Rankings: Yong Kwon Climbs Back to #1 in New Jersey

Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon's is

Matt ClarkAug 3rd, 2017 1
RANKINGS: 'C Darwin2' Stays on Top; Swedes Hold 7 of Top 10

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

LanceAug 12th, 2017 1
MILESTONES: Kenny Hallaert Grabs Second Triple Crown

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

LanceAug 13th, 2017 1
RANKINGS: Russia's 'veeea' Begins Assault on Swedish Stronghold

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

LanceAug 26th, 2017 1
Valentin Vornicu Hopes to Turn First WPT Cash into a Victory

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

LanceAug 29th, 2017 1
Asher Conniff Leads Hurricane Harvey Pledge

Asher Conniff

Matt ClarkSep 1st, 2017 1
XL Eclipse: Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot, 'tutten7' Score Sunday Wins

Guarantees were smashed on Day 1 of 888poker's XL Eclipse Two weeks worth of anticipated online action kicked off on Sunday as 888poker's mammoth, 197-event online poker series, XL Eclipse, finally arrived. The action got off to a fast start with 16 featured No Limit Hold'em events taking place throughout the day. The $1.2 million in Sunday's guarantees were shattered as over 15,000 entrants ...

JWalshSep 11th, 2017 1
WCOOP: Former #1 'girafganger7' Wins WCOOP Super Tuesday SE, $197K

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

LanceSep 15th, 2017 1
WCOOP: Nick 'caecilius' Petrangelo Wins $25K High Roller, $625K

Nick Petrangelo scored a six-figure payday and a WCOOP title on Friday (WPT photo) The final high roller event on the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker schedule wrapped up on Friday night with Nick Petrangelo beating out a talented final table to win over $600,000 after chopping things up with Bryn Kenney and 'bartek901'.

LanceSep 23rd, 2017 1
XL Eclipse: Brazil’s Rui 'Grobbshinit' Rodrigues Earns Six Max Title

888poker's XL Eclipse offers over $300,000 in guarantees on Saturday. The penultimate day of 888poker's XL Eclipse was one of their biggest yet. With over $300,000 in guarantees spread over 13 tournaments, including a trio of 6-Max tournaments, there was plenty of money up for grabs before Sunday's super-sized schedule and the $1,500,000 XL Eclipse Main Event.

JWalshSep 24th, 2017 1
Sweden's Top 10 Features Online Poker's Cream of the Crop

The PocketFives

Matt ClarkOct 9th, 2017 1
New Challenges Await WCOOP Main Event Champ Steven van Zadelhoff

Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff's life changed for the better after taking down the WCOOP Main Event(van Zadelhoff photo) The celebrations are over for Steven van Zadelhoff and now the 2017 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion is getting back to the thing he loves best; grinding. That doesn't mean that he didn't take some days off after winning $1.6 million though. ...

LanceOct 12th, 2017 1
Matt 'papamat25' Iles Battles in Familiar Online Territory

Matt 'papamat25' Iles

Matt ClarkOct 13th, 2017 1
Dan DiZenzo Caps Off PokerStars NJCOOP with Main Event Title

Dan DiZenzo rose above

Matt ClarkOct 17th, 2017 1
Chris Ferguson Leads WSOP POY Race Headed Into WSOP Europe

Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson feeling the Player Of The Year the pressure This year's World Series of Poker Europe begins Thursday at King's Casino in Rosvadov, Czech Republic and along with it the race for the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year is enters its final lap. Players have 11 bracelet events left in which they can rack up cashes and add-on to their current point totals from this past summer. The ...

JWalshOct 17th, 2017 1
The Fives Podcast: John Pappas, Bellagio High Rollers, WPT Beijing

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 20th, 2017 0
Tax Rate Issue Could Be Stumbling Block for iPoker in Pennsylvania

As Pennsylvania continues to discuss the specifics of an online gaming framework in the state, a new bill and continued debate over proposed tax rates have taken center stage. On April 4, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed H 271, which legalizes tablet gaming in airports. Although this bill only authorizes tablet gaming, legislators see this as their path to becoming the ...

bames31Apr 21st, 2017 0
SUNDAY MAJORS: Big Sunday for Latvia's Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis

Two players chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million, as 'Drudz777' and 'mahmuttt88'earned $133,595 and $128,246 for their respective first and second place finishes. 'Anjeyyy' cashed for $75,773 in third place while 'WushuTM' placed fourth for $53,175 and 'EdiNegeR' pocketed $37,316 in fifth. Latvia's 'ex6tence' (ranked #115 worldwide) won the Stars Sunday Warm-Up outright for $53,438 followed ...

dhubermexApr 24th, 2017 0
THE MILESTONES: Top Five for 'girafganger7', Diego Ventura Wins Big

Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura had a massive win this week. (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart) Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Belgium's 'girafganger7' Soars to Career-Best Rank Nobody had a bigger jump in the PocketFives Rankings this past week than Belgium's ...

LanceApr 24th, 2017 0
Super High Roller Bowl Brings 888poker Back as Presenting Sponsor

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LanceApr 25th, 2017 0
Dusk Till Dawn Thriving Under the Leadership Of Rob Yong

Rob Yong is the brains behind Dusk Till Dawn Casino and one of the most talked about poker tournaments of 2017. (WPT photo) Dusk Till Dawn Casino and partypokerLive aimed for the stars with their £6,000,000 guaranteed event that wrapped up last weekend in Nottingham, England. The event drew a total field size of over 8,500 entrants that played in online and live stages of the tournament before ...

Matt ClarkApr 25th, 2017 0
How to Win Your Way Into the partypokerLIVE MILLION North America

Playground Poker Club is playing host to partypokerLive Million North America. Playground Poker Club in Montreal has already hosted two World Poker Tour events and is now the site of the next partypokerLIVE event, Million. Similar to the event that recently wrapped up at the Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, England, this tournament starts with Phase 1.

Matt ClarkApr 26th, 2017 0
partypokerLIVE North America Ready to Take Over Montreal

Some of the best poker players in the world are headed to Montreal for partypokerLIVE North America. After a successful stop in Russia last month in Sochi and a record-breaking event at Dusk Till Dawn in England, partypokerLIVE is heading to North America. The partypokerLIVE MILLION North America stop takes place at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal from April 30 – May 10. The 11-day ...

SteveSchultApr 27th, 2017 0
#1 Aussie Rory Young Makes Rosarito, Mexico "Home" for SCOOP Grind

Australia's top-ranked online poker player, Rory Young, adopted a new kitten just days after arriving in Rosarito for SCOOP The top-ranked online poker player in Australia isn't actually in Australia right now. Rory Young is hanging out in Rosarito, Mexico with a few other grinders, preparing for the grind that is the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. And he couldn't be any ...

LanceApr 28th, 2017 0
Bryn Kenney Wins PSC Monaco Super High Roller, $1.94 Million

Bryn Kenney won the PokerStars Championship Monaco Super High Roller event on Saturday (PokerStars photo/Tomas Stacha) In the era of High Roller of Super High Roller tournaments, maybe no player has enjoyed more success than American Bryn Kenney. He’s had six High Roller or Super High Roller wins, two seven-figure scores and 29 six-figure scores. On Saturday in Monaco the 31-year-old added ...

LanceApr 29th, 2017 0
SUNDAY MAJORS: Ewald Mahr Olivera Chops Way to Sunday Million Win

Peru's #4-ranked online poker player, Ewald 'SPEWTARD' Mahr Olivera is on his way up in the next set after rankings after winning the PokerStars Sunday Million after making a deal with three players remaining. Mahr Olivera walked away with $155,589 for the win, while 'leopol6d1988' earned $89,401 for finishing in second place, and 'antispeed' pocketed $106,002 for finishing third. ...

dhubermexMay 1st, 2017 0
2017 WSOP: The Five Bracelet Events You Just Have to Play

The World Series

Matt ClarkMay 2nd, 2017 0
RANKINGS: David 'dehhhhh' Coleman Claims Top Spot In New Jersey

David 'dehhhhh' Coleman is the new #1 ranked player in New Jersey heading into NJSCOOP. There’s a new sheriff in the state of New Jersey and his name is David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman. The New Jersey Online Poker Rankings have been in flux for most of 2017 and Coleman represents the latest shakeup.

Matt ClarkMay 3rd, 2017 0
Win Super High Roller Bowl VIP Backstage Passes from 888poker

Some of the biggest names in poker are headed to Aria Hotel & Resort in a few weeks for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl. Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel and Dan Smith are just some of the 56 players in the field this year, and now 888poker wants to put you front and center for all of the action.

P5s StaffMay 5th, 2017 0
The Fives Podcast: Episode 6 - Fame Game

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 StaffMay 5th, 2017 0
Raffaele Sorrentino Beats Andreas Klatt to Win PSC Monte-Carlo Main Event

Raffaele Sorrentino won the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Main Event on Friday (Neil Stoddart/PokerStars) When the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo Main Event final table kicked off on Friday afternoon, all eyes were on Andreas Klatt as he attempted to win his second event of the week. Italy’s Raffaele Sorrentino had other ideas though and eliminated the final four players, including ...

LanceMay 5th, 2017 0
StakeKings Awarding WSOP Monster Stack Package to Top SCOOP Backer

Buying pieces of some of the best online poker players in the world as they chase down riches from PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is going to send somebody to Las Vegas with a chance to win hundreds of thousands of their own. Each month offers a leaderboard that tracks how well those buying pieces do. They’ve stepped up big for May’s leaderboard to take full advantage ...

P5s StaffMay 6th, 2017 0
RANKINGS: Swedes Cruising, 'lena900' on Top, Andreas Berggren Charging Hard

One of the busiest two-week spans in the online poker tournament schedule is just hours away and Sweden's 'lena900' enters into it as the top-ranked online poker player in the world for the seventh straight week. 'Lena900' had four cashes big enough this week to add to his PLB points total. he finished fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for $11,255 and 144.36 points. He ...

LanceMay 6th, 2017 0
XL Inferno: Alexandre Almeida Grabs Opening Day’s Biggest Score

The 888poker XL Inferno online poker tournament series got underway Sunday with 16 different events awarding over $1 Million total in cash prizes. Brazilian Brazil's Alexandre 'Xandee1991' Almeida had a career outing and picked up his largest ever online MTT score with a $53,015 take-home victory in the $160 buy-in Opening Event which boasted a field of 1,447 players. The win will likely ...

dhubermexMay 8th, 2017 0
THE MILESTONES: Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren Grabs Two Triple Crowns

Every Sunday

LanceMay 8th, 2017 0
WPT Partners with Adda52 to Bring WPTDeepStacks to India

The World Poker Tour and WPTDeepStacks are bringing the WPT experience to India in November 2017. It seems the World Poker Tour is determined to make sure they really are a global poker. While the tour is currently running WPT and WPT DeepStacks events in Amsterdam, they've announced plans to expand into India and partner with a real power player in the country that has a population of 1.3 ...

Matt ClarkMay 8th, 2017 0