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  1. The legal battle in the ongoing cases against California-based poker player Mike Postle in connection with cheating allegations during the Stones Live cash games took another interesting turn this week. Postle is being accused of using a ghostwriter in his Motion to Dismiss the California case he faces against Veronica Brill and other named plaintiffs. Also, in an entirely separate matter, Postle is being accused of dodging service in the Nevada case brought by poker player Marle Cordeiro. On Tuesday, April 28 Maurice ‘Mac’ VerStandig, lead counsel for Veronica Brill and the other named plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Mike Postle, filed a pair of motions in federal court of the Eastern District of California in opposition to a previously filed Motion to Dismiss by Postle in late March. In the 36-page Opposition Motion to Postle’s Motion to Dismiss, Plaintiff’s counsel reinforced their arguments against Postle, bringing back the allegations of cheating while deconstructing Postle’s Motion to Dismiss in an effort to make sure the case will proceed. In a second California filing, VerStandig is asking for sanctions against Postle, accusing him of using a ghostwriter in filing his Motion to Dismiss. Alleged in VerStandig’s filed Motion for Sanctions, the Motion to Dismiss filing submitted and signed by Postle, who is not officially represented by a lawyer at this time, was “actively violating the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure” by either using a ghostwriter or, worse, plagiarizing another Motion to Dismiss filed by a lawyer known by Postle. While using ghostwriting in legal settings is not against the law, there are ethical concerns when a lawyer provides services without providing their name. “This case concern’s Mr. Postle’s representations he was honestly playing games of poker on his own when, in fact, he was cheating as such games with the help of one or more unidentified confederates. Unfortunately, it now appears his approach to this litigation is identical, as he purports to be a pro se litigant but is, in fact, having court papers ghostwritten by one or more unidentified attorneys.” The document alleges that the Motion to Dismiss the case submitted by Postle on March 25 was a “cleanly-drafted document, replete with citations to controlling law” in perfect format. That’s something VerStandig alleges Postle, who submitted the document under his own name, simply couldn’t do on his own without any legal background. The Motion for Sanctions then cites Postle’s relationship with attorney William Portanova who, while not formally representing Postle, was named as his attorney in an article in The Sacramento Bee. It compares the similarities between a Motion to Dismiss filed by Portanova in a totally unrelated case and Postle’s Motion to Dismiss, alleging that Postle either used Portanova as a ghostwriter or used it unauthorized. Citing numerous accounts of California courts discussing the ethics of ghostwriting, including a ruling that called it a “serious ethical breach”, the Plaintiffs counsel asked for the striking of Postle’s original filing and for him to essentially be instructed to file his own work or, if he has an attorney of record, to them be named and appear in court. At the same time, on Monday, VerStandig, representing poker player Marle Cordero in Nevada, filed a Motion for Alternative Service after alleging that Postle has “thus far avoided nine (9) separate efforts by a process server” as well as ignoring four emails and Twitter messages. In addition to direct contact, VerStandig reached out to and connected with Postle's mother to ask her to reach out to him to check his e-mail. Being unable to serve Postle through traditional means, VerStandig is looking for the court to serve Postle via FedEx to his home, via email and social media as a means that “will satisfy the rigors of governing law” and allow the case to proceed.
  2. On Thursday, PokerStars unveiled the complete schedule for their marquee online poker series, the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker. This year SCOOP will take place from April 30 to May 19 and feature $85 million in total guaranteed prize money spread out over 80 events. Each event will feature three buy-in levels (Low, Medium, and High) for a total of 240 tournaments that spans nearly every variant of poker. Massive Main Events The $85 million guarantee makes this year’s SCOOP the richest in the event’s 12-year history. The prize money eclipses the 2019 series by $5 million and adds an additional 7 events (21 tournaments) to the schedule. The entire series is anchored by three Main Events, which in total account for $13 million of the prize money. The $109 buy-in Low Main will guarantee $3 million while the $1,050 buy-in Medium Main and the $10,300 buy-in High Main Event both promise a hefty $5 million guarantee. The $10,300 SCOOP Main Event is always one of the main attractions in online poker, offering some of the game’s elite players a shot at an online seven-figure score. This year, all eyes will be on Gianluca ‘Tankanza’ Speranza the reigning, defending and history-making back-to-back SCOOP Main Event champion as he attempts to add to his legacy with another deep run in the event. Packed With Promotions PokerStars is packing the entire SCOOP festival with promotions as well. Once again, there will be a Player of the Series leaderboard where players will accumulate points based on cashes and wins. Rewards will include free entry into future SCOOP events as well as cash prizes in each of the various buy-in levels. The winner of the overall leaderboard taking home an additional $20,000 and a 2020 SCOOP Trophy. For those who play in a SCOOP event but fall short of the cash, PokerStars has been running daily Second Chance Freerolls where players who bust an event the day before have a shot at getting a free boost back to their bankroll. Spin And You’re In With so much money on the line, PokerStars is doing everything they can to help players qualify for nearly every event. In addition to standard satellites, PokerStars is rolling out special SCOOP Spin & Gos that award both cash prizes and well as tickets to some of the biggest events on the schedule, including all three Main Events. The buy-ins for the special Spin & Gos are $4 and $22 ensuring that at least a few shot takers will have the chance at a life-changing score in the SCOOP High Main Event for the absolute minimum. So block off the month of May as the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker gets underway on Thursday, April 30. PokerStars 2020 SCOOP Schedule DATE EVENT 5-17 SCOOP 01-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase Event], $200K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 01-M: $22 NLHE [Phase Event], $1M GTD 5-17 SCOOP 01-H: $215 NLHE [Phase Event], $2M GTD - - 4-30 SCOOP 02-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $300K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 02-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $750K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 02-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1M GTD 4-30 SCOOP 03-L: $22 PLO [6-Max], $80K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 03-M: $215 PLO [6-Max], $200K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 03-H: $2,100 PLO [6-Max], $400K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 04-L: $11 NLHE, $80K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 04-M: $109 NLHE, $250K GTD 4-30 SCOOP 04-H: $1,050 NLHE, $350K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 05-L: $11 NLHE, $125K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 05-M: $109 NLHE, $300K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 05-H: $1,050 NLHE, $400K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 06-L: $22 8-Game, $30K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 06-M: $215 8-Game, $60K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 06-H: $2,100 8-Game, $150K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 07-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $80K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 07-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $300K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 07-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 08-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $35K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 08-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $100K GTD 5-01 SCOOP 08-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $200K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 09-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Afternoon Deep Stack], $50K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 09-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Afternoon Deep Stack], $175K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 09-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Afternoon Deep Stack], $300K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 10-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $200K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 10-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $500K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 10-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $750K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 11-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw [Progressive KO], $15K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 11-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw [Progressive KO], $25K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 11-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw [Progressive KO], $40K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 12-L: $2.20+R NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $25K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 12-M: $22+R NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $100K GTD 5-02 SCOOP 12-H: $215+R NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $200K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 13-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $50K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 13-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Kickoff SE], $250K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 13-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $400K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 14-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max], $100K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 14-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $350K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 14-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 15-L: $22 NLHE [Mini Sunday Million SE], $275K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 15-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Million SE], $1M GTD 5-03 SCOOP 15-H: $2,100 NLHE [Sunday HR SE], $1M GTD 5-03 SCOOP 16-L: $22 PLO [6-Max], $80K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 16-M: $215 PLO [6-Max], $200K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 16-H: $2,100 PLO [6-Max], $400K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 17-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max], $400K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 17-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max], $750K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 17-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $1M GTD 5-03 SCOOP 18-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $100K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 18-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $250K GTD 5-03 SCOOP 18-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $400K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 19-L: $11 FLHE [6-Max], $12K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 19-M: $109 FLHE [6-Max], $25K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 19-H: $1,050 FLHE [6-Max], $60K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 20-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $100K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 20-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 20-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $1M GTD 5-04 SCOOP 21-L: $5.50 NLO8 [8-Max], $15K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 21-M: $55 NLO8 [8-Max], $50K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 21-H: $530 NLO8 [8-Max], $100K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 22-L: $11 NLHE, $50K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 22-M: $109 NLHE, $200K GTD 5-04 SCOOP 22-H: $1,050 NLHE, $300K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 23-L: $5.50 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $30K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 23-M: $55 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $100K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 23-H: $530 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $200K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 24-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $350K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 24-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $1M GTD 5-05 SCOOP 24-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $1M GTD 5-05 SCOOP 25-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $25K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 25-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $50K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 25-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $100K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 26-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max], $80K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 26-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max], $200K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 26-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max], $400K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 27-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $40K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 27-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $150K GTD 5-05 SCOOP 27-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $250K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 28-L: $11 Stud Hi/Lo, $15K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 28-M: $109 Stud Hi/Lo, $40K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 28-H: $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo, $80K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 29-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $275K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 29-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $400K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 29-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $750K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 30-L: $5.50+R PLO [6-Max], $35K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 30-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max], $125K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 30-H: $530+R PLO [6-Max], $300K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 31-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $50K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 31-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $250K GTD 5-06 SCOOP 31-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $400K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 32-L: $5.50 NLHE, $35K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 32-M: $55 NLHE, $150K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 32-H: $530 NLHE, $250K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 33-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill], $500K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 33-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill], $1M GTD 5-07 SCOOP 33-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M GTD 5-07 SCOOP 34-L: $5.50 PLO8 [8-Max], $15K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 34-M: $55 PLO8 [8-Max], $50K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 34-H: $530 PLO8 [8-Max], $100K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 35-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max], $80K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 35-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max], $250K GTD 5-07 SCOOP 35-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max], $400K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 36-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max], $125K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 36-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max], $400K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 36-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max], $500K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 37-L: $22 HORSE, $35K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 37-M: $215 HORSE, $60K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 37-H: $2,100 HORSE, $125K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 38-L: $5.50 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $60K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 38-M: $55 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $175K GTD 5-08 SCOOP 38-H: $530 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $250K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 39-L: $11 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $80K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 39-M: $109 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $200K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 39-H: $1,050 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $300K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 40-L: $55 PLO [6-Max], $100K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 40-M: $530 PLO [6-Max], $200K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 40-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max], $750K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 41-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $80K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 41-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $400K GTD 5-09 SCOOP 41-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $750K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 42-L: $5.50 NLHE [Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $50K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 42-M: $55 NLHE [Sunday Kickoff SE], $250K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 42-H: $530 NLHE, $400K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 43-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $200K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 43-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 43-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $1M GTD 5-10 SCOOP 44-L: $55 NLHE [Mini Sunday Million SE], $500K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 44-M: $530 NLHE [Sunday Million SE], $1M GTD 5-10 SCOOP 44-H: $5,200 NLHE [Sunday HR SE], $1M GTD 5-10 SCOOP 45-L: $22 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $60K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 45-M: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $125K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 45-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $200K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 46-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max], $100K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 46-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max], $400K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 46-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max], $750K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 47-L: $5.50 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $40K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 47-M: $55 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $225K GTD 5-10 SCOOP 47-H: $530 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $400K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 48-L: $5.50 NLHE, $80K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 48-M: $55 NLHE, $400K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 48-H: $530 NLHE, $750K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 49-L: $11 Stud, $15K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 49-M: $109 Stud, $35K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 49-H: $1,050 Stud, $60K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 50-L: $5.50 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $35K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 50-M: $55 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $150K GTD 5-11 SCOOP 50-H: $530 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $250K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 51-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $15K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 51-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $25K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 51-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $60K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 52-L: $215 NLHE [8-Max], $500K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 52-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max], $750K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 52-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M GTD 5-12 SCOOP 53-L: $22 PLO8 [6-Max], $40K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 53-M: $215 PLO8 [6-Max], $100K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 54-L: $11 NLHE, $80K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 54-M: $109 NLHE, $250K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 54-H: $1,050 NLHE, $400K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 55-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $40K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 55-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $175K GTD 5-12 SCOOP 55-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $300K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 56-L: $11 HORSE, $20K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 56-M: $109 HORSE, $50K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 56-H: $1,050 HORSE, $80K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 57-L: $55 NLHE, $350K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 57-M: $530 NLHE, $750K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 57-H: $5,200 NLHE [High Roller], $1M GTD 5-13 SCOOP 58-L: $22 NLHE [Heads-Up, Heads-Up], $40K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 58-M: $215 NLHE [Heads-Up, Heads-Up], $100K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 58-H: $2,100 NLHE [Heads-Up, Heads-Up], $200K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 59-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $50K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 59-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $250K GTD 5-13 SCOOP 59-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $300K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 60-L: $11 NLHE, $80K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 60-M: $109 NLHE, $175K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 60-H: $1,050 NLHE, $250K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 61-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max], $25K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 61-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max], $50K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 61-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $100K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 62-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $500K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 62-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M GTD 5-14 SCOOP 62-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M GTD 5-14 SCOOP 63-L: $11 Razz, $20K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 63-M: $109 Razz, $40K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 63-H: $1,050 Razz, $80K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 64-L: $22 NLHE, $125K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 64-M: $215 NLHE, $350K GTD 5-14 SCOOP 64-H: $2,100 NLHE, $500K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 65-L: $11 8-Game, $25K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 65-M: $109 8-Game, $50K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 65-H: $1,050 8-Game, $125K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 66-L: $22 NLHE, $125K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 66-M: $215 NLHE, $250K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 66-H: $2,100 NLHE, $400K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 67-L: $11 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $35K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 67-M: $109 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $125K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 67-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $300K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 68-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout], $40K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 68-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout], $100K GTD 5-15 SCOOP 68-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout], $200K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 69-L: $11 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $80K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 69-M: $109 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $200K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 69-H: $1,050 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stack], $300K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 70-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $100K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 70-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 70-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $750K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 71-L: $11 NLO8 [6-Max, Turbo], $20K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 71-M: $109 NLO8 [6-Max, Turbo], $50K GTD 5-16 SCOOP 71-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max, Turbo], $100K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 72-L: $5.50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $40K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 72-M: $55 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sunday Kickoff SE], $200K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 72-H: $530 NLHE [Progressive KO], $400K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 73-L: $22 NLHE, $200K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 73-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 73-H: $2,100 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE], $750K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 74-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $3M GTD 5-17 SCOOP 74-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $5M GTD 5-17 SCOOP 74-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $5M GTD 5-17 SCOOP 75-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $400K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 75-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 75-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1.25M GTD 5-17 SCOOP 76-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $100K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 76-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $500K GTD 5-17 SCOOP 76-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE], $750K GTD 5-18 SCOOP 77-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $200K GTD 5-18 SCOOP 77-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $750K GTD 5-18 SCOOP 77-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1M GTD 5-18 SCOOP 78-L: $22 NLHE [Turbo], $80K GTD 5-18 SCOOP 78-M: $215 NLHE [Turbo], $200K GTD 5-18 SCOOP 78-H: $2,100 NLHE [Turbo], $300K GTD 5-19 SCOOP 79-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $400K GTD 5-19 SCOOP 79-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $1M GTD 5-19 SCOOP 79-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $1M GTD 5-19 SCOOP 80-L: $11 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $30K GTD 5-19 SCOOP 80-M: $109 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $80K GTD 5-19 SCOOP 80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $175K GTD
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Another week, another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie discussing all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. The first-ever Poker Masters Online series has concluded with Alexandros Kolonias winning the overall leaderboard and taking home the Purple Jacket. Plus the World Series of Poker has teamed up with GGPoker to present the $100,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Super Circuit Series featuring 18 gold rings to be won by players outside of the United States. Click the subscribe button to never miss an episode of The FIVES! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. The momentum from the recently completed PokerStars Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker carried over straight into this week’s PA Sunday Majors as all six highlighted events had no problem soaring past their posted guarantees. The $100 Sunday Special lived up to its name this week as 1,458 entries generated a prize pool of $133,944.40. Then, something you don’t see every day in online poker occurred as the final six players all agreed to a deal to chop up the final $63,000. The six-way pact allowed for three players to walk away with five-figure scores including the official winner ‘Crazzynids’ who banked $12,067.29 for first-place. ‘GordonBomayV’ was listed as the official runner-up, taking home $8,919.57 while ‘YouGotBernd’ earned the bronze and $7,865.99 for their efforts. 'NeillyAA74’ may have come in fourth place in the standings, but they walked away with the most money by adding $12,639.41 to their bankroll. ‘KG717’ picked up $9,946.62 for fifth and the final member of the deal was ‘blossjamiea’ who won $11,795.77. There was also a deal in the $30 Sunday Warm-up as ‘tlkplayer647’ and ‘hefnerrrr’ topped the 845-entry field and agreed to an even chop sending them both offline with $3,311.28. Falling just short of heads-up play was ‘wnunley’ who finished in third place and earned $1,991.47. The $10 Sunday Story Six Max drew a healthy field of 1,032 entries and beat the $7,500 guarantee with a prize pool of $9,39120. ‘PHOn0menal’ emerged as the winner taking down $1,535.45 for first place. Right behind him was ‘ChinalPaul12’ who earned $1,069.13 as the runner-up. In third place, ‘SolusApparatus’ turned their $10 into a $744.94 payday. Another major win for PA online poker players was the field in the $250 High Roller. Just a month ago, the field was taking a bit of a breather and hovering in the 130-140 player range. On Sunday, 212 entries pushed the prize pool to $49,396, more than doubling the $20,000 posted guarantee. In the end, PA online grinder ‘RevoltingBlob12’ picked up the victory and added $9,699.69 to his earnings. ‘imademyhand’ also made $7,029.50 for finishing in second place. The High Roller was was the first of two final tables for ‘rrobmsm1992’, who finished in third place for $5,094.48. The second final table for ‘rrobmsm1992’ came in the $100 Nightly Stars where he made a heads-up deal with ‘TheDirtyLenny’ in which ‘rrobmsm1992’ secured the victory and another $4,681.70. For his part ‘TheDirtyLenny’ nearly earned first-place money, banking $4,672.04 as the runner-up. Third place belonged to ‘mrhoffa99’ who wrapped his evening with $2,899.88. The last of the PA Sunday Majors was the $50 Sunday Supersonic which saw 274 entries fire in the hyper-turbo to create a $12,878 prize pool. ‘dnb128880’ managed to make it to the end, collecting $2,448.54 for first place. ‘vinsanity21287’ took second place for $1,794.56 while ‘JustTheTibbs’ wrapped up in third which was good for $1,315.41. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-up 845 entries $23,068.50 prize pool ($15,000 Gtd) tlkplayer647 - $3,311.28* hefnerrrr - $3,311.28* wnunley - $1,991.47 smitty126620 - $1,431.88 ScottScottF - $1,029.54 chinooksalmon76 - $740.24 stevestevens1 - $5,32.24 dpatch11202 - $382.68 palehorse21 - $275.15 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 1,032 entries $9,391.20 prize pool ($7,500 Gtd) PHOn0menal - $1,535.45 ChinalPaul12 - $1,069.13 SolusApparatus - $744.94 LadyMagoo888 - $519.05 10_8dd - $361.66 DamonthenomaD - $251.99 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 1,458 entries $133,844.40 prize pool ($100,000 Gtd) Crazzynids - $12,067.29* GordonBombayV - $8.919.57* YouGotBernd - $7,865.99* NeillyAA74 - $12,639.41* KG717 - $9,946.62* blossjamiea - $11,795.77* dimatera - $2,848.51 PhillySteve82 - $2,048.10 LarryGrill777 - $1,472.59 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller Six Max 212 entries $49,396 prize pool ($20,000 Gtd) RevoltingBlob12 - $9,699.69 imademyhand - $7,029.50 rrobmsm1992 - $5,094.48 steviestacks420 - $3,692.11 Malignant88 - $2,675.78 dk6690 - $1,939.21 PokerStars PA $100 Nightly Stars 313 entires $28,733.40 prize pool ($20,000 Gtd) rrobmsm1992 - $4,681.70* TheDIrtyLenny - $4,672.04* mrhoffa99 - $2,899.88 plo_head - $2,125.61 wongsic - $1,558.06 NickZagouyko - $1,142.05 jbrink22 - $837.12 KennytheRipper - $613.61 BDGEJLM - $449.77 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 274 entires $12,878 prize pool ($7,500 Gtd) dnb128880 - $2,448.54 vinsanity21287 - $1,794.56 JustTheTibbs - $1,315.41 AndrewYang2020 - $964.19 511D - $706.75 angrypirate1206 - $518.04 deenyce24 - $379.72 lockboyglockboy - $278.33 rounder1861 - $204.02
  5. As a sign of the times, another major live poker series is being brought online. It was announced this week that the Asian Poker Tour has partnered with Natural8 to bring the APT online for the first time in their 12 year history. The APT 2020 Online Series runs April 29 through May 10 and offers 62 events with more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. The series offers a wide array of events with buy-ins ranging from $50 up through the $5,000 Super High Rollers. Although the series has a concentration on No Limit Hold’em players can also find both Pot Limit Omaha and Short Deck events mixed into the schedule. In fact, the series highlights four major events including the 2020 APT $500 Main Event which kicks off on May 3. The Main Event gives players five flights to choose from over the course of three days in an effort to make it into the final stage on May 5 where there is $200,000 guaranteed to fight for. Other major events include the $400 Pot Limit Omaha Championships on May 6, the $400 Short Deck Championships on May 7th, and the $800 Championships event which wraps up on the final day of the series with a $250,000 guarantee. This is new territory for the APT. Since forming back in 2008, the Asian Poker Tour has grown to become a premier poker brand in the Asia-Pacific market. In their first year, the tour only offered two Main Events, which were won by infamous Australian cash game pro David Saab and well-known tournament grinder Yevgeny Timoshenko. Over the next few years later the tour picked up traction and by 2012, the APT was offering 10 stops in a year. Now in 2020, two APT events have already taken place with at least six more events still on the schedule even after the cancellation of APT Philippines and the postponement of APT Tokyo due to COVID-19 concerns. Of course, the APT is just one of many live poker tours that are being forced to make adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the World Poker Tour announced that they would be teaming up with partypoker to present their very first online series in their 18-year history. In the past two weeks, the World Series of Poker officially postponed the 2020 WSOP summer series as well as announced a partnership with GGPoker to bring players outside of the United States a WSOP Circuit Super Series. Like other live series that have taken place online, including the Irish Poker Open, the APT will reap some of the benefits of taking their series online. In addition to a broader customer base, allowing players from around the world to participate, Natural8 will be running over 180 qualifiers giving players access to the biggest events on the schedule for as little as $6. Additionally, Natural8, which is part of the GGPoker Network, will also be able to offer its unique in-client staking platform, allowing players to sell pieces of themselves for select events. However, the APT isn’t forgoing all of their live traditions however, as winners of the events will be shipped actual trophies and a leaderboard will determine the APT Player of the Series. Asian Poker Tour 2020 Online Series Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN GTD 04-29 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 2: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 3: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $100 $5,000 04-29 APT Event 4: Progressive Bounty 93.50 $200 $12,500 04-29 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 5: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 04-29 APT Event 6: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight A $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 04-30 APT Event 7: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight B $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 8: No Limit Hold'em $100 $10,000 04-30 APT Event 9: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 04-30 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight C $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 10: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight D $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 12: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 13: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight E $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 14: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-01 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 15: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $100 $5,000 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight F $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 16: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Flight G $200 $75,000 05-02 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-02 APT Event 17: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Flight H (Turbo) $200 $75,000 05-02 APT Event 18: No Limit Hold'em $100 $10,000 05-02 APT Event 19: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-02 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-02 APT Event 20: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Final Day N/A $75,000 05-03 APT Main Event Flight A $500 $200,000 05-03 APT Event 21: Super High Rollers $5,000 $100,000 05-03 APT Event 22: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $12,500 05-03 APT Event 23: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-03 APT Event 24: Short Deck $100 $5,000 05-03 APT Main Event Flight B $500 $200,000 05-03 APT Event 25: PLO Turbo $50 $5,000 05-04 APT Main Event Flight C $500 $200,000 05-04 APT Event 26: No Limit Hold'em $200 $12,500 05-04 APT Event 27: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-04 APT Event 28: No Limit Hold'em $300 $15,000 05-04 APT Event 29: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-04 APT Main Event Flight D $500 $200,000 05-04 APT Event 30: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-05 APT Main Event Flight E (Turbo) $500 $200,000 05-05 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 32: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 33: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $10,000 05-05 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 34: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 05-05 APT Main Event Final Day N/A $200,000 05-05 APT Event 35: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-06 APT Pot Limit Omaha Championships $400 $25,000 05-06 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-06 APT Event 36: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 05-06 APT Event 37: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-06 APT Event 38: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-06 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-06 APT Event 39: NLH Turbo - 10,000 GTD $50 $10,000 05-07 APT Short Deck Championships $400 $25,000 05-07 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-07 APT Event 41: Super High Rollers $5,000 $100,000 05-07 APT Event 42: Short Deck $100 $5,000 05-07 APT Event 43: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $10,000 05-07 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-07 APT Event 44: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-08 APT Championships Flight A $800 $250,000 05-08 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-08 APT Event 45: No Limit Hold'em $300 $15,000 05-08 APT Event 46: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-08 APT Event 47: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-08 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-08 APT Championships Flight B $800 $250,000 05-08 APT Event 48: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-09 APT Championships Flight C $800 $250,000 05-09 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-09 APT Event 50: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $200 $10,000 05-09 APT Event 51: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-09 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-09 APT Event 52: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-09 APT Championships Flight D $800 $250,000 05-09 APT Event 53: PLO Turbo $50 $5,000 05-10 APT Championships Flight E (Turbo) $800 $250,000 05-10 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-10 APT Event 54: High Rollers $500 $30,000 05-10 APT Event 55: Progressive Bounty $200 $15,000 05-10 APT Event 56: NLH Hold'em $100 $15,000 05-10 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-10 APT Event 57: NLH Turbo $50 $15,000 05-10 APT Championships Final Day N/A $250,000
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's 2020 and the guys are back on the air and talking poker on another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week, Lance and Donnie get you all caught up with the most important news from the world of poker in the New Year. Phil Galfond prepares to embark on a full schedule of high-stakes poker challenges, online poker site GGPoker introduces a low buy-in, high guarantee Sunday freezeout tournament, and speculation begins about when and if partypoker will finally go live in Nevada. Listen to the latest episode below or download and subscribe from wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Make sure to check out this week's episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie as they bring you the latest news and sharpest views from all around the world of poker. This week on the show, the guys talk about the developing schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker including the recently revealed 'Value Menu' that offers players up to 25 events all priced at $1,000 or less. Plus the Aussie Millions gets underway and the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship has reached the final table. Listen in and click subscribe wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  8. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Check out another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down all of the latest news and important views from the world of poker. This week, Phil Galfond's high-stakes, heads-up PLO challenge kicks off as the Run It Once Poker founder battles online wizard 'VeniVidi1993'. Plus, the World Series of Poker adds another chunk of events to the ever-expanding 2020 WSOP summer schedule including a new 'Mystery Bounty' tournament where someone will win $250K for eliminating an opponent. Listen in below! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  9. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Donnie return to bring you all of the news from another action-packed week in poker on an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. This week the guys talk about PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg surrendering to U.S. authorities to face nine-year-old charges stemming from Black Friday. Plus, the World Series of Poker continues to add to its 2020 summer schedule with the announcement of nine high roller tournaments, including a $250K Super High Roller slated to be the biggest buy-in tournament ever held in Las Vegas. Listen in below or subscribe to The FIVES wherever you download your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  10. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Check out another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie bring you all of the news from another action-packed week in the world of poker. This week the guys bring you all of the results from the Super High Roller Bowl Australia and how Stephen Chidwick pulled out a victory in the Australian Poker Open. Also, Phil Galfond's had quite a rough week in the Galfond Challenge, taking heavy losses against online PLO pro 'VeniVidi1993' and Poker Central plans on bringing back beloved poker programming High Stakes Poker. Plus, as promised, the guys take a close look at the Global Poker Awards nominations and give their picks and snubs. Tune in! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  11. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Just like they promised, Lance and Donnie have returned for another episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. Listen and get caught up on all of the most important news and notes from around the world of poker. This week on the show, the guys talk about the surprise suspension of the very first match in the Galfond Challenge. Down €900,000 to 'VeniVidi1993', Phil Galfond took to Twitter to announce that he's willing to pay a €3K-a-day penalty in order to take some time to figure out if he plans on continuing his battle in the high-stakes, heads-up PLO match. Download, listen and subscribe to the Global Poker Awards nominated The FIVES Poker Podcast. Available wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  12. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Download and listen in to the latest episode of the Global Poker Award-nominated The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie as they break down all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. This week, the guys discuss the recently revealed schedule of online events taking place during the 2020 World Series of Poker. Plus, ESPN and Poker Central have revealed comprehensive televised coverage of this year's Main Event. Also, with High Stakes Poker returning to the PokerGO platform, the guys discuss what they'd like to see from the show when it returns. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Join Lance and Donnie for another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as they break down all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. This week, with the addition of eight new tournaments, officials at the World Series of Poker have announced that the 2020 WSOP summer schedule is finalized. It's going to be the biggest WSOP in history with 101 gold bracelet events set to take place. However, there are grumblings in the poker community on what the impact of the coronavirus could be for the series with some even taking wagers on if the 51st Annual WSOP will even happen at all. Subscribe to The FIVES wherever you download your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  14. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Donnie are back from the 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards to bring you all of the latest news from the world of poker in the latest episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. In addition to discussing the GPAs, the guys take a look at how the poker industry is dealing with the global effects of the coronavirus outbreak. They discuss all of the major poker events that have been canceled or postponed for public safety and look ahead to what may be on the horizon. Plus, there have been some new developments in the Mike Postle cheating allegation lawsuit. Download and listen wherever you get your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  15. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns as Lance and Donnie bring you all of the need-to-know news from this week in poker. With current events driving people indoors, online poker is seeing a boost in popularity as players take to the virtual felt to stay in action. Plus, after bring down over €900,000 in the Galfond Challenge, Phil Galfond has mounted a comeback against his talented opponent 'VeniVidi1993' and has cut his deficit by nearly €600,000. Also, with the majority of live poker events around the world being canceled or postponed everyone is waiting on what is expected to happen to the 2020 World Series of Poker. The guys dive into that and much more so make sure you download, listen and subscribe to The FIVES! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  16. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. On an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast, Lance and Donnie discuss all of the latest news from the world of poker including the record-breaking PokerStars 14th Anniversary Sunday Million event and the continued worldwide surge of online poker. Plus, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg entered a guilty plea this week in connection with the 10-year old charges stemming from Black Friday. Make sure to ownload and subscribe to The FIVES wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Get all caught up with the latest news from the world of poker on another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week Lance and Donnie are talking about the seemingly endless number of events taking place in online poker this week. Plus, popular poker player/vlogger/personality Marle Cordeiro has filed her own lawsuit in the state of Nevada against Mike Postle in connection with the alleged cheating that took place during the Stones Live cash games at the Stones Gambling Hall in California. Subscribe to The FIVES wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  19. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Download and listen in to another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie dive into all of the latest news from the world of poker. This week, Phil Galfond completed his epic comeback bid in the first Galfond Challenge. Once down over €900,000 to his talented opponent 'VeniVidi1993', Galfond pulled ahead with just under 100 hands left to seal the deal and win the $100,000 side bet. Also, online poker history was made this week when the first-ever Irish Poker Open concluded just as the first-ever Poker Masters Online got started. Subscribe wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  20. Thursday night’s PokerStars PA SCOOP schedule was highlighted by a pair of fast and furious head-up, progressive total KO tournaments. The events, which were played as ZOOM tournaments, gave Pennsylvania grinders a different look from the standard No Limit Hold’em tournaments that dominate the schedule. The goal of these heads-up battles is to blast through as much of the opposition as possible, collecting bounties along the way. In the end, how successful you are isn’t directly correlated with what ‘rank’ you end up with. With the entirety of the buy-in placed in the bounty pool, and zero dollars placed in a separate prize pool like traditional PKO’s, a player could only get paid if they took out an opponent. In Event #36-H ($200 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) it was ‘Dragon Kenney’ that not only outlasted the entire field of 197 entries, but also walked away as the biggest heads-up winner taking home $9,153.20 in bounties. He beat ‘wnunley’ in the final match, who picked up $1,986.43 along the way. While ‘wnunley’ technically came in second, he was third in total money earned as ‘HBGgolfSIM’, who finished in fourth place, earned $2,737.69 in bounties. ‘BirdBrain64’ also picked up four-figures worth of bounties, capturing the fourth-highest total of $1,499.63 for their efforts. In the lower buy-in Event #36-L ($20 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) it was ‘NellyAA74’ who was the last player standing, taking home $1,269.24 in total bounties. ‘Chaserr11’ was the official runner-up, turning their $20 buy-in into $713.94 in bounties. ‘theraps316’ officially took home the bronze earning $645.02 in bounties, but it was ‘Clauso224215’ that took home the third-largest score of the tournament, wrapping up in sixth place but walking away with $700.19. Although he didn’t get to the end in the Heads-Up event, ‘BirdBrain64’ finished off the evening with the biggest score of the night by taking down Event #35-H ($100 NLHE) for a $9,611.71 score. Right behind him was ‘kdQuel’ who fell in second place, earning $6,974.93. PokerStars PA reg ‘BMM2019’ also managed to climb into the top three, adding $5,061.70 to their bankroll for third place. During heads-up play in Event #35-L ($10 NLHE), ‘thpinal’ was faced with a four-to-one chip deficit when he made the one time offer to chop evenly - no ICM. “If I double man, I swear I won’t chop I’m just telling you that…” he stated in chat but ‘starrynight42’, undeterred, opted to play it out. “No worries, I’d rather play. Even if you double it’s all good.” he typed in the chatbox. Within five hands ’thpinal’ doubled. With the stacks even, ‘thpinal’ quickly offered an even chop yet again which ‘starrynight42’ ended up agreeing to. The pair played it out for the title, which was earned by ‘thpinal’ who also picked up an extra $125 for first for a total of $1,385.35. As the runner-up, ‘starrynight42’ earned $1,260.35 in the chop. ‘win 1023’ was the third-place finisher, picking up $795.38. Event #35-H: $100 NLHE 594 entries $54,529.20 ($20K Gtd) BirdBrain64 - $9,611.71 kdQuel - $6,974.93 BMM2019 - $5,061.70 pariszoo11 - $3,673.27 NeillyAA74 - $2,665.69 TABLECAPTAINNNN - $1,934.49 StashMoney14 - $1,403.86 love2playpoker - $1,018.78 TightIsRight570 - $739.33 Event #35-L: $10 NLHE 1,042 entries $9,482.20 ($5K Gtd) thpinal - $1,385.35* starrynight42 - $1,260.35* nin1023 - $795.38 Joesgut - $571.88 seanfitz84 - $411.19 Godwinski - $295.85 huntem708 - $212.57 olephillyboy4 - $152.84 Event #36-H: $200 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 197 entries $36,642 ($25K Gtd) Dragon Kenney - $9,153.20 in bounties wnunley - $1,986.43 in bounties Morris Wanchuk - $927.09 in bounties HBGgolfSIM - $2,737.69 in bounties BirdBrain64 - $1,499.63 in bounties king12929 - $1,023.01 in bounties Event #36-L: $20 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 916 entries $16,671.20 ($7.5K Gtd) NellyAA74 - $1,269.24 in bounties Chaserr11 - $713.94 in bounties theraps316 - $645.02 in bounties bradman123 - $332.40 in bounties the0ne08 - $398.84 in bounties Clauso224215 - $700.19 in bounties
  21. “Not only am I on partypoker but I’m here to party.” This week, Kevin Hart, one of the biggest stars in show business, was named a new global ambassador for partypoker. Hart, well-known the world over for his comedy and starring roles in blockbuster movies like Jumanji and Central Intelligence, is known as an avid poker fan and a grinder of some of the biggest Hollywood home games available. “Expect the world of poker to get a lot more fun,” Hart declared in a video announcement posted by partypoker’s Rob Yong. “Expect it to get real…and expect us to get rid of all of the people that make it so f*****g technical, man. It’s a community sport, goddamnit. I’m big on community, I’m big on people.” This is by no means Hart’s first foray into poker. Starting back in 2017, Hart had a role with PokerStars as an ambassador. He appeared on the televised poker shows PokerStars Shark Cage and the Championship Cash Challenge as well as famously raced Usain Bolt in the Bahamas for a PokerStars promo. Outside of his relationship with PokerStars, Hart’s been known to have close ties to poker. In 2017, Hart was cracking jokes as he played in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. In 2018, he was back in the Bahamas battling some of the toughest players in the world in the PokerStars $100K Super High Roller. “He’s the highest stakes amateur poker player in the world,” Rob Yong said of Hart. In fact, Hart’s amateur status is one of the things that partypoker and Rob Yong like best about Hart. The partypoker stable is already packed with big-name pros including Jason Koon, Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett, and Isaac Haxton. However, the entire squad’s combined star power pales in comparison to the over 36 million Twitter followers available to Hart. His Instagram account has even further reach with 88.7 million people taking a look into his day-to-day life as a movie star. As for what Hart will exactly be doing for partypoker, those details "will be revealed in the near future" according to a press release. Yong is hoping that Hart will help him "promote mature poker and promote poker to the masses." So whether it's showing up and bringing the party to a future partypoker MILLIONS event or even just wearing a partypoker patch in a boxing re-match against Antonio Esfandiari, whatever his role is it will likely draw a lot of attention.
  22. Sunday was another big day in the 2020 PokerStars PASCOOP with nine of the ten scheduled events crushing their advertised guarantees and the PokerStars PA ambassador Jennifer Shahade walking away as the biggest winner of the day. Event #28-H ($200 NLHE) was another special edition of the weekly Sunday Special with 422 players pushing the prize pool to $78,492, more than $28,000 above the $50K guarantee. After eight hours of play, the final three players, which included PokerStars PA pro Jennifer Shahade, agreed to an even-money three-way chop, leaving an additional $1,500 and the PASCOOP title on the felt to be fought for. Shahade, who was streaming the entire final table on her Twitch channel, navigated her way through a prolonged three-handed battle to eventually get heads-up with ‘Jonny LeGOAT’. In back-to-back hands, she came out on the winning end of a flip, then faded a straight draw to finally take home the win for a $11,527 payday. ‘Jonny LeGOAT’, who was the official runner-up, and third-place finisher ‘BMM2019’ both picked up $10,277 for their part in the deal. Once the three players struck the deal, Shahade promised on her live stream to donate $300 of her winnings to a charity providing COVID-19 relief. In other action, ‘TheBigSlick’ went the distance in Event #26-H ($150 NLHE Marathon) outlasting the 314 total entries to take home the $8,122.06 first-place prize and a PASCOOP title. Crossing the line in second place was ‘wnunley’ who earned $5,953.26 as the runner-up. ‘pigsoverus’ claimed the Marathon’s bronze medal and added $4,363.72 to their bankroll. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the lower buy-in Event #26-L ($15 NLHE Marathon), ‘idafoldbitch’ took down the first of their two PASCOOP titles of the day. Surviving the field of 757 runners, ‘idafoldbitch’ claimed $1,756.19 for first. ‘Jessielou660’ wrapped up as the runner-up, earning $1,274.01 for their efforts. Finally, ‘36Benny’ just missed out on a four-figure payday, turning their $15 into $924.55 for third place. Event #27-H ($50 NLHE 6-Max, PKO) bested its $22,000 guarantee by more than $5,000 and ‘V&Elephant80’ took home the biggest share after winning $2,051.33 for first place, plus an additional $2,387.72 in bounties for a total score of $4,439.05. ‘JakesFriend’ settled for the role of runner-up claiming $2,050.99 and an additional $344.93 in bounties. It was ‘Sennettor’ who took the last step on the podium, earning $1,227.92 for third and grabbing another $162.97 in bounties. ‘EpsteinDKH’ was the eventual winner of Event #27-L ($5 NLHE 6-Max, PKO), turning their $5 buy-in into a $264.68 first-place payday plus an additional $227.36 in bounties for a total of over $490. ‘ziggy21444’ picked up second place for a combined cash of $352.98 while ‘Leon6613’ added $9.48 in bounties to his $153.74 third-place prize. The Mini Special, Event #28-L ($20 NLHE), saw ‘idafoldbitch’ pick up their second PASCOOP title of the day. They survived the 1,062 entry field, the largest of the day, to take home another $3,137.09. The two victories netted them $4,893.28 in earnings on for a combined buy-in of $35. ‘BlueWaffleFire’ finished in second place for $2,254.91 and ‘crzynoob12’ cashed for $1,621.29 in third. In Event #30-H, ’TryptophanMan’ took down the PASCOOP edition of the $75 Sunday Supersonic for $3,155.85. He bested ‘dubsesq’ in heads-up play, who picked up $2,332.39 for second place. Finally, it was ‘BirdBrain84’ who fell in third place, walking away with $1,723.92 for the efforts. Event #26-H: $150 NLHE [Marathon] 314 entries $43,237.80 TheBigSlick74 - $8,122.06 wnunley - $5,953.26 pigsoverus - $4,363.72 CL911129 - $3,198.60 and_porter - $2,344.56 NeillyAA74 - $1,718.55 T DUMO - $1259.69 iamafarmer - $923.35 buzzsaw2357 - $676.81 Event #26-L: $15 NLHE [Marathon] 757 entries $10,333.05 prize pool idafoldbitch - $1,756.19 Jessielou660 - $1,274.01 36Benny - $924.55 fla6171 - $670.94 Killerbaby1329 - $486.90 FlyeaglesFly22 -$353.34 An0ldLady - $256.42 sairaghu - $186.08 LT0830 - $135.04 Event #27-H: $50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 596 entries $27,118 prize pool V&Elephant80 - $2,051.33 + $2,387.72 in bounties JakesFriend - $2,050.99 + $344.93 in bounties Sennettor - $1,227.92 + $162.97 in bounties ZDUBZX - $880.30 + $170.97 in bounties A Frequent ? - $631.09 + $625.28 in bounties stevestevens1 - $452.43 + $196.50 in bounties Event #27-L: $5 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] 812 entries $3,694.60 prize pool EpsteinDKH - $264.68 + $227.36 in bounties ziggy21444 - $264.23 + $88.75 in bounties Leon6613 - $153.74 + $9.48 in bounties RunBad4eva - $108.25 + $29.62 in bounties jnewnam - $76.22 + $90.71 in bounties cmillwn0426 - $53.66 + $27.36 in bounties Event #28-H: $200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE] 422 entires $78,492 prize pool JenShahadePA - $11,527* Jonny LeGOAT - $10,277* BMM2019 - $10,277* PokerStarsHYS - $5,565.08 SDotRog - $4,079.18 killerbird019 - $2,990.03 KennytheRipper - $2,191.68 smm570 - $1,606.49 HodorHodorHodor - $1,177.56 Event #28-L: $20 NLHE [Mini Special] 1,062 entires $19,328.40 prize pool idafoldbitch - $3,137.09 BlueWaffleFire - $2,254.91 crzynoob12 - $1,621.29 plug19701110 - $1,165.72 5BetBill - $838.16 blkheartedbitch - $602.65 shawnbr198522 - $433.31 Lachoy14 - $311.55 duecesdueces - $224.01 Event #29-H: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes] 317 entires $43,650.90 prize pool rrobmsm1992 - $3,593.97 + $4,038.23 in bounties thewhitesmith - $3,593.82 + $1,887.70 in bounties T DUMO - $2,306.85 + 292.40 in bounties KnightsofNight - $1,728.49 + $1,066.40 in bounties DJHSMBDH - $1,295.13 + $712.19 in bounties AndrewYang2020 - $970.42 + $154.80 in bounties mcmullend17 - $727.12 + $309.60 in bounties WHATWHYNO - $544.82 + $258.00 in bounties Event #29-L: $15 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes] 1,006 entires $13,731.90 prize pool RupeDonk - $978.21 + $956.99 in bounties wenger4ev314 - $977.60 + $244.37 in bounties TonyD3232 - $596.90 + $143.97 in bounties bss721 - $433.28 + $54.71 in bounties samy5555327 - $314.50 + $150.35 in bounties BlaqShiep - $228.29 + $50.58 in bounties cwbaseball2586 - $165.71 + $54.40 in bounties rhunterd8 - $120.28 + $96.90 in bounties Event #30-H: $75 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE] 232 entires $16,356 prize pool TryptophanMan - $3,155.85 dubsesq - $2,332.39 BirdBrain84 - $1,723.92 ECJERSEY - $1,274.19 PocketDueces22 - $941.78 AndrewYang2020 - $696.09 Allin1out - $514.49 unib777 - $380.27 tyco777 - $380.27 Event #30-L: $7.50 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic] 473 entires $5,000 prize pool ($1,689 overlay) LastCast69 - $890.42 LilAlch - $652.32 xChapsx - $478.14 DomPanik42 - $350.48 DIEZAL801458 - $256.90 ealerp1400 - $188.30 Dougyfresh2019 - $138.03 Tramcar34 - $101.17 flppdt - $74.16
  23. March was another mammoth month for the #1-ranked online poker player in the world as Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ used over 183 cashes to capture the PocketFives Monthly PLB award for the second month in a row. Last month, ‘Lena900’ added $684,024 to his All-Time Online Money List lead and was the first player to cross the $19 million mark. A quick glance at his impressive list of cashes reveals that he spent most of this time last month grinding partypoker’s POWERFEST High Roller Events. More than half of his monthly total, $361,933 was picked up during POWERFEST including his biggest score of the month which came on March 29 when he finished as the runner-up in POWERFEST #135-HR ($400K Gtd 8-Max) for $69,298 and 477.13 PLB points. Granted, ‘Lena900’ is routinely playing at the highest stakes online poker has to offer, but 22 five-figure cashes is still an impressive number. Of those 22, 15 times he finished on the podium. With POWEFEST extending their schedule through most of April, there’s no doubt that ‘Lena900’ will continue down his path of grinding the biggest buy-in available and at this pace, by the end of April, he will be the first person to earn more than $20 million in a career. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard, the current #3-ranked player in the world, finished right behind ‘Lena900’ for the monthly award. As a partypoker ambassador, Leonard also loaded up on POWERFEST events all month long helping him to a monthly earnings of $428,927. Ironically, Leonard picked up his largest score of the month on PokerStars on the very last day of the month. He finished in fifth place during the High Rollers 20: $10,300 NLHE event for a $75,009 score. After that though, it was a victory in the partypoker High Roller Phased: $200 Gtd that brought him a $46,889 payday and a monthly high 501.55 PLB points. Leonard scored nine five-figure scores, including a fourth-place finish in GGPoker’s flagship $150 buy-in GGMasters which brought him $16,235. Leonard has been putting in plenty of volume in 2020, and with $9.1 million in career scores, he’s a considerable favorite to hit the elite $10 million mark this year. For recreational poker players, the grind that Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher put in during March would seem unfathomable. Goatcher, who finished in third in the March PLB race, racked up an amazing 319 cashes for a total of $368,933. Unlike ‘Lena900’ and Leonard, Goatcher not only plays the higher buy-in tournament but he can be seen crushing in the mid-stakes as well which allows him to put in so much volume. The biggest score of the month for ‘Wonderboy222’ took place on the very first day of March when he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $41,572 and 551.82 PLB points. That score helped propelled him over to over $1 million in earnings on PokerStars and $2.3 million in total career earnings. His grind also paid off when it comes to the worldwide rankings where he currently sits at a career-high rank of #13. It was also a career month for Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen who entered the upper echelons of online poker by cracking the top 5 worldwide rankings for the very first time. For Pedersen though, it wasn’t volume that got him there - it was results. He picked up just 39 cashes in March, but he made them count. Especially his massive score in the March 22 PokerStars High Roller Kickoff: $5,200 NLHE where he finished as the runner-up for $140,476 and 624.16 PLB points. However, Pedersen wasn’t done cashing in on huge scores for the month as just days later he went on the finish fifth in the PokerStars High Rollers 15: $5,200 NLHE Main Event for another $139,104. That’s a good month when a $99,529 score in the partypoker POWERFEST #04-SHR is your third-largest score. In total, Denmark’s #1-ranked player added $553,308 to his career online totals which has now surpassed $5 million. It no secret how Stefan ‘CrAzY’ Dragos broke into the Monthly Top 5 for March. That’s what happens when you finish as the runner-up in the PokerStars 14th Annual Sunday Million event, the largest the online site had ever held. Dragon took home $921,328, easily a career-high score, and a whopping 2,845.61 PLB points to go along with it. The score shot him up to #53 in the rankings and marked him as the current #1-ranked player in Romania. PocketFives March Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 4671 2 pleno1 3928 3 Wonderboy222 3871 4 IgorK 3607 5 CrAzY 3254 6 C Darwin2 3194 7 perrymejsen 3117 8 1_conor_b_1 3115 9 nl_profit 3074 10 clapjkspit 3069
  24. For the tenth time in his storied career, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ has captured a PocketFives Monthly PLB award. ‘Lena900’, the current #1-ranked player in the world, continues to make the case for being named the greatest online poker player of all time. This time he secured the Monthly PLB title for February after posting 120 cashes which resulted in over $486,000 in earnings. A regular grinder in the biggest stakes MTTs offered, ‘Lena900’ boasted 15 five-figure cashes in the month with 10 outright wins. His spotlight score of the month came in Event 89 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up booking a $65,634 score plus 391.71 PLB points. He also picked up heaps of PLB points by taking down Event 53 of the same series, outlasting the 183 entries of the $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill for $32,235 and 427.78 PLB points. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] In the second half of the month, he picked up large scores playing on partypoker as well. He took down the February 23 edition of the KO Super Sunday 6-Max PLO for $41,928. Two days later he finished in first again on partypoker by winning the High Roller Master $50K for another $20,475. Although ’Lena900’ only had seven PLB-qualifying cashes, they were all such significant scores that it allowed him to win the month by 220 points with a total of 3,194. Not only is ‘Lena900’ the top-ranked player in the world, he is also the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List having just surpassed $18.6 million in earnings. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino (2974 PLB points) nearly caught up with ‘Lena900’ in February thanks to a resume-topping victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million on February 2. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vecino outlasted the 9,851 entries in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the weekly schedule to earn himself his first six-figure score of $105,729 as well as an even 1000.00 PLB points. He used that massive boost to his bankroll to grind the rest of the month, posting 118 cashes and earning a total of $209,294. His heater continues the next day when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for another $11,863 and 204.20 PLB points. Then, just two weeks later, Vecino picked up the fifth-largest cash of his career by taking down Event 177 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($2,100 NLHE) for $41,250, capping off a career-month for the UK grinder. His February success helped him climb to more than $1.5 million in total career earnings and hit a career-high ranking of #20 in the world. The current #2-ranked player in the world Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (2,905 PLB points) finished in third place in the February PLB race in a month where he added more than $325,000 to his over $14 million in career earnings. Of his 118 cashes, 46 were good for four-figures or more with nine of those being for five-figures. He racked up big-time PLB points with a pair of victories in the partypoker KO Series. First, he took down Event 23 ($100K High Roller) on February 6 for $20,389 plus 324.92 PLB points. Then just days later on February 11 he picked up the gold medal in Event 44 for a monthly high cash of $41,376 and 459.51. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (2,639 PLB points) finished in fourth place. The current #10-ranked player in the world picked up a partypoker KO Series title of his own by taking down Event 48 High Roller on February 12 for $24,117 and 336.54. He also had a big day on February 23 when he binked back-to-back five-figure cashes. The first came in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $13,330 and at the same time, he has a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for another $10,852. Finishing in fifth for February was another partypoker ambassador, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (2,398 PLB points). Filatov had an impressive 18 PLB-qualified cashes including a victory in the February 10 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,816 and 277.96 PLB points. Filatov finished the month with 13 podium appearances and six five-figure cashes highlighted by his victory in the February 16 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,966. PocketFives February Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 3194 2 B4NKR0LL3R 2974 3 Greenstone25 2905 4 pleno1 2639 5 nl_profit 2398 6 luis_faria 2245 7 SpaceyFCB 2234 8 C Darwin2 2156 9 selouan1991 2142 10 pitaoufmg 2134
  25. On Sunday, the competition for the attention of the online poker player was especially heated. No matter where you play, no matter the stakes - this weekend there was an overwhelming selection of tournaments taking place looking to capitalize on the rush of players staying inside and logging on. Perhaps the wealth of options is what led some of the Sunday Majors to stake a small step backward with regards to players, while others were able to easily smash their guarantees. After more than doubling their $1 million guarantee last week in the Sunday Million, PokerStars rolled out a two-day $2 million guaranteed $109 Sunday Million. The tournament brought in 31,356 entries for a massive prize pool of $3,135,600. The winner was determined on Monday, with 'jacko111222' taking top honors and $199,128. There was a four-way deal made and each of the top four finishes earned six figures. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] PokerStars did the same with its popular $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. This week the two-day even drew 3,258 players for a prize pool of $1,620,000, just $19,500 more than last week. The top two places will secure six-figure sums and, no doubt, a hefty bonus in bounties. Even with all of the events of POWERFEST taking place, the partypoker MILLION crushed its guarantee once again as 995 players generated a prize pool of $1,285,718. The total was down a little over $25,000 but that didn’t matter to ‘TifAya13’ who turned their $215 buy-in into a $146,761 score after making a three-way deal. ‘im_fc_fish_pro’ was the official runner-up, locking up $140,648 in the deal. Finally, ‘StrA1dEr’ was the final member of the chop, and booked a $132,701 six-figure score. The GGPoker GGMasters continued to post big numbers as 3,121 played in the site’s flagship weekend event. However, that was actually 149 player drop from last week’s field which increased the overlay to just over $69,000. In the end, ‘mike4444’ struck a heads-up deal with ‘flyyy’ in which ‘mike4444’ took home $66,185.45 as the official winner. ‘flyyy’ settled for the role of the runner-up, adding $58,085.20 to their bankroll. ‘for_science’ also managed a nice payday, banking $37,373.10 for third place. PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up saw a slight uptick in participation as 1,388 players generated a prize pool of $277,600. ‘disquesi!’ walked away as the winner for $42,761 followed closely behind by ‘FrenchDawg’ who settled for $30,744 in second place. ‘sirtammel’ ended up in third place for $22,105 while online poker superstar Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar wrapped up in fourth place for $15,894. ‘picnik75’ picked up $35,018 plus an additional $21,502 in bounties by surviving the 5,808 entries field of the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder. Finishing in second place was ‘pseftis’ who picked up $35,013 and an additional $7,476.91 in bounties. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million (2-day tournament) 31,356 Entries $3,135,600 prize pool jacko111222 - $199,128* BigFudge95 - $116,384.29* pavers88 - $130,046.68* Lord_Sultan - $162,023.12* Ares0966 - $68,211.52 MegaBobeR_55 - $50,620.81 bolsena - $37,566.68 soleeJ - $27,878.93 Matthew101 - $20,689.31 *Denotes a deal was made. PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR (2-day tournament) 3,258 Entries $1,629,000 prize pool PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 2,019 Entries $403,800 prize pool PoWei139 - $25,835.66 + $28,614.47 B3NKR0LL3R - $24,833.73 + $5,996.88 tslugxx - $15,327.76 + $5,398.23 FreeLancerZZ - $10,926.14 + $2,559.39 akasherin - $7,788.51 + $2,089.46 PINOCIO93 - $5,551.90 + $746.88 aJarov - $3,957.58 + $896.87 milennial - $2,821.10 + $2,689.07 jeffreyPL1 - $2,010.98 + $2,260.95 PokerStars $215 Warm-Up 1,388 entries $277,600 prize pool disquesi! - $42,761.01 FrenchDawg - $30,744.72 sirtammel - $22,105.70 Greenstone25 - $15,894.18 leshark81 - $11,428.04 lasgnaaammm - $8,216.84 KKing James - $5,907.96 rodckz - $4,247.86 SerVlaMin - $3,054.23 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 5,808 Entries $580,800 prize pool picnik75 - $35,018.54 + $21,502.83 pseftis - $35,013.35 + $7,476.91 gushuang888 - $20,036.49 + $1,405.87 _sennj_ - $13,960.86 + $5,030.60 pucho2100 - $9,727.52 + $3,736.84 oldfandango - $6,777.84 + $1,916.78 nnanh961 - $4,722.60 + $368.75 zhangly0862 - $3,290.55 + $1,115.23 Korkmaz_mk64 - $2,292.76 + $3,587.44 partypoker MILLION Final Day 995 entries $1,285,718 prize pool TifAya13 - $146,761.04 im_fc_fish_pro - $140,648.89 StrA1dEr - $132,701.91 nema golubica - $57,175.87 feast - $39,214.39 fuchs339999 - $26,588.64 lvlup-00 - $18,655.76 Alexander_Great - $11,944.32 GGPoker GGMasters 3,121 entries 500,000 prize pool ($69,302 overlay) mike4444 - $66,185.45 flyyy - $58,085.20 for_science - $37,373.10 ThePizzaGuy - $26,871.60 luckykaky - $19,320.90 kevin8097 - $13,891.90 mikzoan12 - $9,988.40 dino622 - $7,181.75 benderbey2 - $5,163.75
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