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  1. 'Twas a humid summer morning back in August 2004. After watching Rounders and a re-run of Moneymaker's 2003 WSOP victory on ESPN, I became hooked on the idea of playing poker. As many of you know, I live in Mexico City, where casinos and B&M card rooms are nonexistent. So, with my American Express Card in hand, I purchased a $50 phone card from Pay Pro, and thus began my online poker career at Party Poker, playing $0.50/$1 Limit Texas Holdem. Within a couple of hours, I had downloaded a few beginners' guides that mainly contained Starting Hand charts and vocabulary. At around 3:00am, I received an e-mail from Party Poker security stating that I would need to contact them by phone in order to verify my identity. Taking a break from my new vice, I dialed the number provided and was treated with respect and courtesy. I had turned my original $50 into about $107 in a few hours, and I was certain that most of the red-carpet treatment was due to the 'fact' that the Party Poker administration knew I was a winning player based on the awesome results I had initially shown in my first few hours of play...+$57!!! That was around $20/hour and I was playing the lowest limits available! The online poker world was about to witness the rise of an unknown player! The next afternoon, I asked my wife if she would support my decision to play poker seriously, and she sighed and replied in Spanish, "Do I have a choice, David?" So, with $107 in my account, I logged-on and began a 10-hour session that ended with me busting out. I quickly deposited another $50 and managed to get that up all the way to $500+ through a combination of Limit MTT's and Limit Sit & Go Tournaments. I had cashed in four straight $30 S&G's, and I showed my wife what we could 'expect' to earn if my results continued. And why wouldn't they? After all, I already had FOUR sample tournaments to base my future earnings on. For sure, I could expect to make at least $200 per day, every day, for the remainder of my poker career. I was on my way... Well, to make a long story short, I eventually busted out again....and again. Fourteen times I busted out over nine months; establishing the price of my introductory poker education at $700 and 1,000+ hours of online play. Somewhere in the middle of all that late-night poker playing, it occurred to me that perhaps it took a little more effort than I had originally thought to be successful at this game. My marriage was suffering as well, since I was doing all this online "work" without any positive monetary benefits to show for it. I began to doubt my game, my talent, my dedication, and myself personally. Then, at the beginning of March 2005 (after continued study and even more online play than before), I was finally coming around to playing break-even poker at the low buy-in levels. I was becoming more patient at the tables and gradually controlling my emotions and avoiding tilt. It was at this point in my very short poker career that I went on my first genuine bad run while playing $10 S&G's on Party Poker. For 5 weeks, I pouted, griped, fumed, and whined about the beats, until the cards starting cooperating again in early April. But it was at the END of the bad run when I had a true revelation: After all the bad luck I had endured, I hadn't lost any money! My account was still at a healthy 50+ buy-ins. It was now clear that I would be okay if I could just keep my head on straight and weather the bad runs. It was then that I knew I was capable of playing winning poker. Since that time, I've been able to earn back the cost of my introductory poker education, and then some. My wife has come to appreciate the convenience of being able to cash out on demand, and she has shown an understanding of the mental concentration and ability it takes to encourage a positive outcome at the tables. Now, the amount of money I make per month playing poker online is laughable to many pros, so although this supplemental income has provided a boost to my family's well-being and circumstance lately, most would regard $1,000-$2,000/month as 'extra' money. On a recent post, one top player suggested that a poker player who only makes $60k per year is not a very good player, but a pro nonetheless. So, this correspondingly puts me into a category somewhat inferior to 'not very good' when it comes to poker earnings. However, I am not discouraged by this at all. It simply provides a foundation on which to build upon as I improve my game and endeavor to experience and learn the non-trivial subtleties of online poker. Having disclosed a brief summary of my young poker career, I would now like to move on to a subject that may be of some interest to many online poker players. For those who have not read any of my prior posts/articles, I am originally from Gonzales, Texas, and a 30-year-old married father of twin boys living in Mexico City. I multi-table low buy-in Sit & Go Tournaments on Poker Stars nowadays, and have had a certain (albeit moderate) amount of success since my Pre-Intermediate poker education began back in April. With that being said, let's now talk about dealing with poker depression & guilt, and how it affects your game. Now, this article is aimed at helping those who are still in the beginning stages of their poker career, although some other players may find it useful as well. First of all, I'll state the obvious: no matter who you are, somebody - somewhere, in your family or among your friends, is going to have a negative opinion about you playing poker. So let's take a look at some of the common examples you may encounter. Let's use my personal situation described above as the first example. In this case, I was feeling guilty and depressed about playing poker so much, as well as receiving criticism from my wife. And why wouldn't I? After all, I spent most Sunday afternoons in bed while my wife and twins (12-18 months old at the time) went out by themselves. I KNEW what I was doing was incorrect parenting, and was breaking MY OWN set of values and beliefs by not spending time with my family; thus becoming depressed. So what adjustments did I make? Well, the first step was admitting I had a problem... not a problem with gambling/poker/etc., but a problem with raising my kids and spending time with my family. So, thankfully I exchanged late-night poker for early-evening poker, spent (and enjoyed) a lot more time with my family, and regained my children's' love and my wife's respect. My family became #1 and my poker playing became #2, and BOTH benefited. This allowed me to become a student of the game and dedicate a reasonable amount of time to improving it, while not having to worry about depression and guilt. But many of you will not be able to relate to my situation, since the negative impact often comes from parents, grandparents, uncles/aunts, good friends, etc. Sometimes, it's just impossible to persuade others that poker isn't exactly 'gambling' in the way that word is perceived by most. If this is the case in your personal situation, then I would advise you just to leave it alone as much as possible so both parties can be happy. Nothing can be gained if there's no room for understanding or ideological compromise (this goes both ways), so just let it be. However, in today's society, many middle-aged adults are quite capable of grasping the basic concept of online poker and how it works, as well as how the websites charge rake and therefore have no need to make money by rigging the game against any specific/non-specific player. With a little time for discussion, most can come to terms with the fact that there's potential for long-term profit making in poker, since you're ultimately playing against other players instead of the unbeatable 'house'. But here's where the next step of traditional thinking kicks in - and where poker players and concerned parents/loved ones clash time and time again: -- Even if everything we say about poker is true, it still takes an above-average amount/combination of talent, discipline, dedication, commitment, intelligence, and knowledge to make money over any meaningful amount of time. Your skills don't necessarily have to be prodigal, but they'll have to be above-average if you're going to be successful. This is traditional thinking that actually speaks loads of truth when it comes to poker. Unlike the 'bet the nuts, fold the trash' mentality that often leads to weak-tight disease and unsuccessful play at the tables, a lot can be taken from common-sense approaches to bankroll management and overall poker ability. In this conflict between poker player and critic lies an opportunity to reach a general understanding and acceptance. The poker player must endeavor to improve his/her game and play within his/her bankroll, and the critic must accept that decision and provide support (or at least refrain from becoming a negative influence) to our beloved beginner. Once the outside influences have been taken care of, beginning (and quite a few more-experienced) poker players must still deal with depression and guilt that occurs after a losing session or any significant loss to their bankroll. The best deterrent to this problem is basic bankroll management a.k.a. playing within your means. Not always an easy thing to do, mind you, but a winning move nonetheless. One very common misconception among poker players is 'The higher the level someone consistently plays at, the better he/she is.' While someone who consistently beats a $5/10 Limit game may very well have more overall ability than another who can only beat the $1/2 tables, 'x' poker player is not necessarily a "winner" just because he/she frequents the high buy-in/limit tables. In fact, the majority of poker players are inevitably long-term losers because of the rake. And this concept correlates to every level, from penny tables to the biggest games. The gap between winning & losing players isn't all that far apart percentage-wise, since most sites (arguably) don't charge exorbitant rake fees, but a gap exists. So with this known information, let's compare two individual cases. For demonstrational purposes only, let's assume that PLAYER A and PLAYER B are novice players who have similar financial situations and poker ability, and that both can afford to lose about $100 per month playing poker, whether it be from bad play or bad cards. PLAYER A deposits $100 into an online account and routinely buys-in for $20 at a $.25/.50 Limit table where his/her long-term expectation is -10% ROI. PLAYER B deposits $2,000 (a good portion of it borrowed) into an online account and routinely buys-in for $400 at a $5/10 Limit table where his/her long-term expectation is -20% ROI. PLAYER A plays for a month, and eventually loses 100 Big Bets, losing $50. PLAYER B plays the same amount of hands for a month, and eventually loses 200 Big Bets, losing $2,000 and is worse than broke. PLAYER A is satisfied with his/her play, and believes that success can be achieved with just a little more time and dedication. PLAYER B simply needs another $2,000+ so he/she can go out and chase all that rent money currently in the hands of donks/superior players. While this comparison may seem a bit extreme, it's actually a realistic account of what can/will/does happen quite often in poker. So, which of our individuals has an overall better chance at eventual success? Which one will have more problems with poker guilt and depression? Sure, every now and then you'll come across someone who isn't really bothered by being too far in debt, but that just makes things WORSE in most situations. That's when you start to hear short-term promises and red-flag catch phrases like "I guarantee I'll make money tonight" or "Give me 'x' amount of money and two hours, and I'll be up at least 'x' amount of money"... it's nothing more than mindless dribble from disgruntled players, regardless of their overall talent. The next time you sit down at an online table, consider ways to make it easier on you emotionally. Show pride in your ability to make money or avoid losing what you can't afford, and in how you make time for others outside of poker. Think of how poker could be (or has been) a positive influence in your life, then think about how to incorporate your hobby (or job) into providing for the well-being of your loved-ones not only financially, but emotionally too. Remove the guilt and depression aspect from poker and you'll improve your bottom line as well. Good luck at the tables! dhubermex
  2. The PocketFives.com Sortable Rankings, sponsored by PokerRoom, have seen a shift in power over the last six months in Canada, led by Russell "rdcrsn" Carson (right). Russell has put up some amazing results in online tournaments over that period, winning the PokerRoom $500k Guaranteed Grand Tournament XXI for $141,000 in late January. That win alone would be more than enough to brag about in one day, but he was able to take down a $200 freezeout tournament on PokerStars for nearly $46k on the very same day, after placing 2nd in the Stars Sunday 2nd Chance for $26,500 only a week earlier! Subsequent victories in the UltimateBet $20k Bounty and the PokerStars $25k Guaranteed have solidified his points lead in the country of Canada, and "rdcrsn" is currently ranked #4 in the world at online tournament play. Evan "PURPLEPILS99" Parkes is the #2 online tournament player in Canada at the moment, enjoying a nice boost from his end-of-year win in the Full Tilt $1k Monday for $42k, along with a win in the $65k Guaranteed earlier this month. Evan has final-tabled 13 online tournaments so far in the month of March - winning three of them. He is followed by former Top 10 world-wide player Matt "ch0ppy" Kay (left), who has over 5,000 PocketFives.com Leader Board points despite playing a relatively low amount online due to his live poker commitments. Matt's largest online scores have come from taking down the PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance tournament and placing 2nd in the Full Tilt $1k Monday for a combined $110,000. Jeff "YoungSupremacy" Hakim (right) hails from the province of Quebec, and has worked his way up to Canada's #4 spot with his February win in the FTOPS Event #15 for $72,600. He has 19 online scores over $5k in the past 12 months, which helped him overtake Ryan "Gotskillz" Fisler of RealPokerTraining*. "Gotskillz" has proven himself as a top-notch online tournament player by remaining one of Canada's top players for three years, and has 15 cashes over $10,000 since April of last year. PocketFiver "fishbones11" had a very impressive run at the end of 2007, winning the PokerStars $100 rebuy and the Nightly Hundred Grand for a combined $72k - earning him the #6 ranking in Canada. Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi is now ranked #7 in Canada, and has dedicated less time to online tournaments in 2008. P5'er "therookieqq9" has picked up momentum in 2008, winning the Full Tilt Fifty-Fifty and the PokerStars $50k Guaranteed along with placing 2nd in the PokerStars $55k Guaranteed tournament. "Bertrand13" finds himself in the #9 spot after final-tabling the PartyPoker Sunday $300k Guaranteed and the PokerStars $100 rebuy tournaments. Rounding out the Top 10 is Mike "SirWatts" Watson (left) of Toronto, whose three largest scores in 2008 add up to over $72,000. * For information on how you can enjoy 6 months of Free Training from RealPokerTraining, Stox Poker, and Leggo Poker, consult the PocketFives.com Free Training Page. PocketFives.com Sortable Rankings for Canada (as of March 22, 2008, 6:00am Central Time) 1. rdcrsn: 6,294 PLB Points 2. PURPLEPILS99: 5,653 3. ch0ppy: 5,010 4. YoungSupremacy: 4,557 5. Gotskillz: 4,370 6. fishbones11: 4,209 7. Imper1um: 4,099 8. therookieqq9: 3,817 9. Bertrand13: 3,764 10. SirWatts: 3,718 11. bigdogpckt5s: 3,699 12. dajatt13: 3,680
  3. This week's P5's Rankings update features a shake-up in the Top 10, as long-time online tournament grinder "shaundeeb" (right) becomes the #10 ranked online tournament player in the world. Shaun has reached 15 online final tables in the month of March, including a $41k score for 3rd Place in the Full Tilt $1k Monday tournament. Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis moves up two spots to #6 this week, enjoying a nice boost from his victory in the PokerStars $100 rebuy for $39,000 on March 23rd. Johan "busto_soon" Til (left) of The Netherlands continues his rise in the rankings this week, moving up three spots to #18. Johan placed 2nd in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up on March 16th for $51,350. He is followed this week by "GhettoFabolous," who is currently ranked #19 in the world at online tournament play, with a 3rd Place showing in the Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed on March 23rd for $53,000. Josh "pbdrunks" Van Duyn is up eight spots to #22 after final-tabling two Sunday majors on PokerStars. This week's P5's Podcast guest Luke "IWEARGOGGLES" Staudenmaier (right) moves up ten spots to #24. Luke has had three 6-figure scores online in the last four months, as well as an outright victory in the UltimateBet $75k Guaranteed. Brent "bhanks11" Hanks is up five spots to #27 and former #1 Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy moves up 18 to #38 upon winning the Full Tilt $40k Guaranteed and final-tabling the Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed. Adam "Roothlus" Levy is now ranked #42 in the world, and took down the Full Tilt $90k Guaranteed on March 15th for over $25,000. PocketFiver "ComeOnPhish" moves up to #50 this week thanks to his 2nd Place finish in the PokerStars $215 freezeout for $32k on March 17th and his 3rd Place outing in the $100 rebuy a few days later. Ty "Dabears87" Reiman (left) is up 14 to #62 and has four online final tables in the month of March, and"the_Hunt_D" makes his rankings debut at #75 this week. Nicholas "CapTinKisKuiT" Blumenthal (right) enters the rankings at #78 this week - fresh off of his victory in the Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed on March 23rd for $134,000. PocketFives.com Contributing Writer Tony "Bond18" Dunst has had an impressive month, and moves up 17 to #81. He has 20 online final tables in March, including six outright victories. PocketFiver "mendieta19" enters the rankings this week at #86 thanks to winning the Triple Crown earlier this month, and "JOEYTHEB" re-enters at #93 thanks to his win in the Sunday $200 rebuy on PokerStars. Be sure to check back next week for all the updates and action in the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.
  4. This week's P5's Rankings update features two moves within the Top 10, led by Daniel "djk123" Kelly who is now ranked #7 in the world at online tournament play. Daniel finished runner-up in two tournaments on UltimateBet earlier this week: the $75k Guaranteed and the $20k Guaranteed. PocketFiver "moorman1" (right) moved back into the Top 10 this week, and is up two spots to #9 after winning the PokerStars $50 rebuy tournament on March 17th for $10,000. Shawn "phatcat" Luman (left) is now ranked #14 in the world after winning the inaugural Bodog Poker Open Main Event for $76,000. Shawn has well over $100k in tournament cashes for each of the past two months. Johan "busto_soon" Til continued his move up the rankings this week, gaining seven and finishing at #21. Johan took 2nd Place in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up on March 16th for $51k. Brent "bhanks11" Hands (right) moved up six spots to #32 this week; as he continues to enjoy a rankings boost from his $278,000 first place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Luke "IWEARGOGGLES" Staudenmaier saw his ranking improve by 20 spots after having an unbelievable run in online tournaments this month. Luke won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up on March 9th for $108,500, then placed 2nd in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guaranteed on March 16th for $126,400 and is now ranked #34. "PURPLEPILS99" is up six spots to #36 while "fu_15" moves up five spots to #44 this week. Adam "Roothlus" Levy (left) has put up very impressive results this month, and moves up 22 spots to #48. Adam won the Full Tilt $90k Guaranteed on March 15th after winning the PokerStars $50 rebuy tournament a week earlier. PocketFiver "cdbr3799" won the PokerStars $320 freezeout and placed 2nd in the Sunday Warm-UP on back-to-back evenings earlier this month, and is up 14 to #59. Thomas "ChuckSty" Rau is up 15 to #60 this week, after taking 2nd in the Full Tilt $100k Guaranteed rebuy tournament on March 12th. This week's P5's Podcast guest Amit "amak316" Makhija (right) moved up 12 spots to #67. Amit is gaining ground thanks to his victory in the PokerStars $100 rebuy and 2nd Place finish in the UltimateBet $200k Guaranteed on the same day. His good friend from Wisconsin, Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin stormed into the rankings this week at #70 following his wins in the Full Tilt $20k Guaranteed and PokerStars $15k Guaranteed tournaments a few days ago. Jason "Mkind16" Laso also moved up this week, and is now ranked #84 in the world at online tournament play. Nick "agriffrod" Mitchell (left) moved back into the rankings this week at #90 upon winning the PokerStars $25k Guaranteed and $20 rebuy tournaments in the same week. He is followed by P5'er "gregior," who won the PokerStars $100 rebuy last week and enters the rankings at #94. The final player to enter the rankings this week was "D1rtyR1v3r," who also has a victory in the PokerStars $100 rebuy tournament in the month of March. Be sure to check back next week for all the updates and action in the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.
  5. The PocketFives.com Sortable Rankings for the state of Florida have become extremely competitive over the last few months, featuring major scores by some of online poker's best tournament players. Although the top spot has long been occupied by the world's current #1 online tournament player Chad "M8kingmoves" Batista (right), who has close to 8,000 PLB Points, there has been quite a bit of maneuvering within the Top 10. It goes without saying that "M8kingmoves" had one of the most impressive years in online poker history in 2007. With outright victories in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guaranteed, the PokerStars $1k Super Tuesday, the Full Tilt $1k Monday (twice), and a win in the Full Tilt New Year's Resolution, Chad has the results to justify his #1 ranking, along with his comfortable lead over the pack in Florida. However, the Florida Sortable Rankings have seen a shake-up in the Top 10, led by Brian "SN8WMAN" Hawkins (left), who has been on a tear since winning the PokerStars Monthly Sunday Million ($500 buyin) in late January for $278,500. Brian also took down the PokerStars $100 rebuy tournament on March 9th for a cool $41k, and is currently ranked #2 in Florida with 5,632 PLB Points. Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen is in 3rd Place for the state of Florida, with wins in the Ultimate Bet $75k Guaranteed and PokerStars $25k Guaranteed so far this year. His online poker career got a huge boost back in June 2007, when he won the Full Tilt $1k Monday and placed 4th in the PokerStars Quarterly Million for a combined $150,000. Cesar "makavelyces" Fuentes captured the Triple Crown in January, winning tournaments on UltimateBet, Full Tilt, and PokerStars within a week. He stormed onto the scene in late '07 with victories in the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand and $215 rebuy tournaments, along with a 3rd Place finish in the $1k Super Tuesday for a combined $117,000. He's currently ranked #4 in Florida with nearly 5,000 PLB Points. Right behind him is "TheFitGuy," whose incredible run towards the end of 2007 found him in the winner's circle in the FTOPS Event #10 for $214,000. Stuart "THEDONATOR" Paterson (right) is a long-time PocketFiver who's been a top online tournament player for years. Stuart took down the Full Tilt $1k Monday and the PokerStars $100 rebuy in January, and is currently ranked #94 in the world in online play; and #6 in the state of Florida. Another long-time P5'er, Adam "Roothlus" Levy has come on strong so far in 2008, with wins in the Full Tilt $32k Guaranteed and PokerStars $50 rebuy. He also final-tabled the Full Tilt $1k Monday back in January. "Roothlus" is #7 in Florida with 4,605 PLB Points. The final spots in Florida's Top 10 are occupied by extremely competitive online tournament players. "Imustcall" is currently #8 after final-tabling the Full Tilt $750k Guaranteed for nearly $60k in January. Corey "muchaka" Cheresnick (left) placed 3rd in the FTOPS Event #10 for $148k back in February, and Grayson "the_dean22" Nichols is currently ranked #10 in Florida after reaching more than 30 online tournament final tables so far in 2008. The Sortable PLB for the state of Florida is as follows: (as of 7:30pm CT on March 13th) 1. M8kingmoves: 7,974 PLB Points 2. SN8WMAN: 5,632 3. THAY3R: 5,133 4. makavelyces: 4,978 5. TheFitGuy: 4,854 6. THEDONATOR: 4,646 7. Roothlus: 4,605 8. Imustcall: 4,346 9. muchaka: 4,281 10. the_dean22: 4,267
  6. This week's Podcast features interviews with top-ranked online tournament player Owen "OCrowe" Crowe and iMEGA.org President Edward Leyden. Owen Crowe was first got his start in card games as a Blackjack dealer in a local Nova Scotia casino. His online poker career started with a small deposit that he was able to run all the way up to $6,000 before losing it all back. "OCrowe" entered the summer of 2006 with a renewed focus and quickly became a recognizable name after winning the PokerStars Million for $218,000, along with two victories in the $200 Rebuy tournament. Our listeners will enjoy relating to Owen's doubts about his own tournament schedule. He's known for grinding 16-hour days for months on end... but also has a habit of leaving the game for months at a time. Our second guest this week is Edward Leyden of www.iMEGA.org (The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association), which is a leader in our fight to protect online gaming. iMEGA made a huge splash earlier this year when it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General's Office in regards to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. We will talk to Mr. Leyden about recent proposed legislation as well as iMEGA's future role as a major voice for online poker players. We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  7. This week's Podcast features an interview with the current #3 ranked online tournament player in the world, Yevgeniy "Atimos" Timoshenko, along with a Q & A segment with World Series of Poker spokesperson Gary Thompson. Around the middle of 2006, up and coming online tournament player "Atimos" (also known by his PokerStars screen name "Jovial Gent") was starting to gain momentum. He had already achieved numerous 5-digit scores and entered the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings, but had yet to receive the amount of recognition from the online poker community that the top-ranked players were getting. All that changed on November 26, 2006, when Yevgeniy final-tabled and eventually won the PokerStars Sunday Million tournament outright for $250,000. From that point, "Atimos" has quickly moved up the rankings, all the way to the #3 spot he currently occupies. But Mr. Timoshenko has posted respectable live tournament results as well, including two final tables in Paris, along with a victory in the $1,000 Irish Open for $166,000. In his Podcast interview, Yevgeniy talks about his tournament wins and gives our listeners advice on how to improve your outlook on the game of poker.
  8. This week's Podcast features interviews with Matt Graham (mattg1983, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #8) and Jason Laso (mkind16, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #43). Matt Graham's online poker career began in an unlikely fashion. Back in 2004, this Top 10 ranked online tournament player was delivering pizzas part-time and hung out at his manager's house after hours. It wasn't long until Matt's boss introduced him to a game that was catching fire on the Internet. The $.25/$.50 cash games (maximum buy-in $50) were available on several sites, as Matt cut his teeth on the micro levels before becoming a successful tournament player. But MattG1983's story goes beyond that. He's had quite a bit of short-term success in major live tournaments, placing 2nd in a WSOP Circuit event and making it deep in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. Matt's biggest problem nowadays appears to be making Negative EV decisions when he gets upset at the online tables. While many poker players hurl themselves into a downward spiral commonly known as "tilt", Matt simply hurls his laptop against the wall and is forced to buy another one. Our second guest is up-and-coming online tournament player Jason Laso, who goes by the online name of "mkind16". Jason is young, emotional, and oftentimes uncertain about which choice to make... placing him into a group that many of us can relate to (except the youth part). Here at PocketFives.com, we wholeheartedly acknowledge that the game of poker can be one of the most frustrating endeavors any given person undertakes. Early in 2006, Jason became overwhelmed by The Game and made a desperate cry for help on a forum at www.cardrunners.com. Our interview with Jason will reveal how, with the help of Card Runners' owner Taylor Caby, he was able to make a comeback and become one of the top-ranked online tournament players in the world.
  9. The P5s Podcast team would like to ask P5ers to support our show by tryingTitan Poker. This week's Podcast features interviews with high-profile professional poker player Annie Duke and Bob 'Ditka89' Scheckman. Annie Duke grew up playing cards with her family at a young age. Originally from Concord, New Hampshire, Annie entered Columbia University at the age of 18 - completing a major in English and Psychology. Duke first began to play poker for a living while in Billings, Colorado, in order to help pay the mortgage on her first home. In 1994, her brother, famed poker player Howard Lederer suggested she try her hand at the WSOP. Annie placed 13th in the Main Event that year and collected $70,000. She never looked back. (1) After capturing a WSOP bracelet and Tournament of Champions victory in 2004, Annie became a consultant for ub.com, a poker website with one of the most loyal customer bases on the Net. She has also recently been at the center of a hot issue in the poker world - the lawsuit against the World Poker Tour. Our interview with Annie will focus on her success, her responsibilities as a consultant to UltimateBet, the game of Omaha, and the lawsuit against the WPT. Our second guest is none other than the all-popular Bob Scheckman ("Ditka89", PocketFives Online Tournament Player Ranking #50). Bob is the oldest ranked online tournament player in the business at the age of 62; though he argues he's got the maturity of a teenager in a 62-year-old body. "Ditka89" has been around the game of poker ever since 1958, when he began playing Draw & 7 Card Stud games when he was 14. He later became a hotshot commodities trader at The Chicago Board of Trade before moving to California in 1978. Bob re-met his Lesa, at their 25th high school class reunion in 1987, and they have been together ever since. Our interview with "Ditka89" will provide insight into his personal life as he recounts past experiences in a way almost any listener will be able to relate to. We invite our listeners to send us your questions or comments: (206) 203 - 4730 podcast@pocketfives.com (1) Biography information obtained from www.annieduke.com
  10. This week's PocketFives.com Podcast features interviews with Jon Turner (PearlJammer, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #10), and Isaac Baron (Mr. Menlo, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #22). Jon Turner is originally from North Carolina and began playing online while in college. During the summer of 2005, "PearlJammer" decided it was time to move to Sin City and try his hand at poker for a living. Things worked out as well as he could have hoped, but it wasn't long until he hit a bad streak of cards and became disgruntled with the game. Around this time a friend of his, Jon "Apestyles" Van Fleet, introduced him to PocketFives.com and "PearlJammer" at once started his now famous online tournament career. PearlJammer is a multi-tabler who rarely plays under 8 tournaments at once. It is not uncommon to witness him playing 12 or more tournaments at a time on Sundays, when most poker sites offer larger buy-in major tournaments. It has been 19 months since Jon moved to Las Vegas, and through Distance Education, he will receive his Bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University after the spring semester concludes. Isaac "Mr. Menlo" Baron can be counted among the growing number of young superstars earning six-digit incomes thanks to Onilne Poker. After being introduced to the game in 2005, a friend of Isaac's would occasionally transfer him $20 to play in a Sit & Go or Multi-Table tournament. One night, "Mr. Menlo" got a $22 transfer from a buddy and used that to enter a $22 buy-in tournament on Poker Stars, which he won for a cash of over $4,000. Nowadays, Mr. Menlo alternates between Online tournaments and high stakes cash games ($50/$100 and $100/$200 NL Texas Hold 'em), with his largest tournament win documented at $31,000, and his best cash game session somewhere around +$80,000. His short-term goal... become a millionaire in the next two months. Download the PocketFives.com Podcast today at www.pocketfives.com/podcast!
  11. This week's Podcast features an interview with former #1 ranked online tournament player Chris "brsavage" Savage. Once upon a time, PocketFives.com was an upstart company with the aim of promoting online poker, and the players who formed a part of the industry. When the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings were released in early 2005, the #1 player was none other than "brsavage". Chris' dominance in large buy-in freezeout and satellite tournaments is well-known here in the community, as PocketFivers from around that world have stood on the virtual rail over 2 1/2 years to cheer on Mr. Savage. With several Seats into major live tournaments, final tables in just about every $100+ daily tournament on the net, and a 3rd Place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million, it's no wonder why so many up and coming tournament specialists watch his instructional videos on www.pokerxfactor.com. But Chris' contributions to the PocketFives.com community have gone well beyond top-notch tournament play. "Brsavage" is a frequent poster on the site and has at times gone out of his way to lend a helping hand to members who have poker related questions. The game has evolved enormously in the 29 months since Chris signed up for a P5's account, and there is an ever-growing debate on how the younger multi-tablers (some who play in over 20 MTT's per day) stack up against the "old guard" tournament players who had a large amount of success when player fields were much smaller. Chris will talk about the evolution of online tournament play in his interview this week, as well as his feelings on some of the younger players who have dominated the rankings. Listeners who wish to submit questions for future Podcast guests can do so by emailing podcast@pocketfives.com.
  12. When the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Rankings became a reality in early 2005, professional poker player brSavage topped that list and was an exemplary #1 for three months. On April 17th, 2005, a streaky and fearless player hailing from the state of New York took over the top spot while everyone asked, "Who's JohnnyBax?". After a media frenzy that followed at the 2005 World Series of Poker, hardly anyone outside a handful of poker players knew this poker phenom's real name until he played the 7-Card Stud event in last year's Series. Upon going deep in the first Stud tournament of his life, CardPlayer.com revealed JohnnyBax's real name to be Cliff Josephy, and at last, the public could put a name to possibly the most feared online tournament player in the history of the game. Cliff went on to capture a WSOP bracelet in that Stud event, topped the PokerStars.com Tournament Leaderboard in 2005, and won the hearts of Online Poker fans throughout the world. One of the nicest guys you'll ever have the opportunity to meet, a devout family man, and a natural talent rivaled by only the elite, Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy retained his #1 Online Tournament Ranking for 17 months, being replaced by young superstar Ari Engel only last week. Cliff will answer a lot of questions that have been on the minds of his fellow PocketFivers, including his recent activity in high-stakes cash games, how he juggles his online poker career with his family responsibilities, and his plans for the future. You can learn from JohnnyBax, Sheets, and other top online players at www.pokerxfactor.com. Our second guest is Ranked Online tournament player Kevin Browne (BrowerKid, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #63). Kevin, who's originally from Ireland and moved to New York when he was 5, worked as an accountant before turning his attention to Online Poker. Does he regret his decision to leave his "normal" job? How does he manage to play large buy-in online tournaments and mid-stakes online cash games at the same time? We'll ask Kevin those questions along with our Rapid Fire segment this week. Our listeners may call-in questions for our guests by dialing 206-600-4896 and leaving a voice message, or you can send your emails to podcast@pocketfives.com.
  13. This week's Podcast focuses on the recent allegations surrounding an Absolute Poker "Super-Account", as we interview respected online poker pros Serge "Adanthar" Ravitch and Michael Josem. By the time Absolute Poker account holder "POTRIPPER" took first place in one of their major tournaments, suspicions had already arisen that AP's high-stakes games were being cleaned out in a statistically impossible fashion. Weeks of investigation that have combined the efforts of the sharpest minds in the online poker community have resulted in stunning allegations - that certain individuals in the upper management of Absolute Poker have been involved in scamming their customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This week's interviews will focus on the allegations surrounding Absolute Poker, as well as the evidence being brought forth as everyone in the online poker community and industry seeks answers. To download this week's show, visit the iTunes Store and search "Online Poker Podcast". Our podcast is the first option listed and can be subscribed to free of charge from the iTunes Store! You can also listen to older podcasts by visiting our podcast landing page: http://www.pocketfives.com/podcast We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  14. The PocketFives.com Podcast returns this week after a two-week hiatus due to coverage of the WSOP Main Event at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For this week's show, we've brought in one of the hottest online tournament players in the game: Kevin 'BeLOWaBOVe' Saul, who is currently ranked the 5th best Online Tournament player in the world. Kevin hails from the Chicago area, where he grew up and learned to play Pot-Limit Omaha at the age of 14 at a local pool hall. All types of stakes card games, including poker, were thought to be merely "gambling" by our special guest, until he finally realized in 2005 that there was long-term profit making potential in the game of poker. A true gambler at heart, things haven't been easy for this superstar. When he began having losing days of several thousand dollars at the horse tracks, it was time to seek help. He spent two months at Gambler's Anonymous at one point in his young life, after being urged to seek help by his father and other close relatives and friends. However, Kevin's work ethic is something for all to admire. An online multi-tabler who often plays over 60 hours per week, BeLOWaBOVe is staked for every tournament he plays; whether it is live or online. Some of his closest friends include his father, and online tournament superstars Eric Haber (Sheets) and Cliff Josephy (JohnnyBax). Our second guest on this week's show placed 23rd in this year's WSOP Main Event. Rob Roseman won two Main Event Seats via Party Poker $215 Multi-Table Satellites this year, and parlayed those wins into cashing almost $500,000. He'll talk to us about the pressure situations he felt during the largest poker tournament in the history of the world, as well as the roles both luck and skill played during his Main Event run.
  15. This week's Podcast features two great interviews with Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and WSOP Main Event 7th Place Finisher Lee Childs. Momentum continues to build as proposed legislation moves its way towards potential passage in the next nine months. A bill proposed by Rep. Wexler would provide a carve-out in the UIGEA for games of skill, including online poker and backgammon. The general consensus is that sooner or later, U.S. politicians will see the staggering potential online poker creates for tax revenue. Our interview with Congressman Wexler will focus on his bill and its potential implications for the online poker world. Our second guest is known to the PocketFives.com community as "Acumen53", and placed 7th in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event for a cash of $705,000. Lee Childs is a pleasant individual who discusses his future plans on this week's Podcast. The now-famous Pocket Queens hand versus eventual winner Jerry Yang will be featured in Lee's interview as well. We would like to thank the reporting team at www.pocketfiveslive.com for their outstanding coverage of the 2007 WSOP, which was sponsored by UltimateBet. If you have any comments regarding this week's show, you may contact us by emailing podcast@pocketfives.com.
  16. This week's Podcast features interviews with Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan and Alex "AK87" Kim. Jordan Morgan has gone from online tournament superstar to live tournament champion. "iMsoLucky0" has earned a great deal of respect from his peers by putting up enviable results in No Limit Texas Holdem, as well as Pot Limit Omaha. His victory earlier this month in the WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica, Mississippi, further adds to a list of accomplishments that includes a $405,000 score at last year's U.S. Poker Championship in Atlantic City. In his interview, Jordan will describe the adrenaline rush of a big TV final table, and talk about the great deal of stamina required to win big at major live tournaments. Will "imsolucky0" focus more on online tournaments and make another run for the Top 10? Tune in to find out! Our second guest this week is Alex "AK87" Kim. Alex, a 3rd-year Finance student at Temple University, talks about his three scores of $46,000 or more so far this year. Many PocketFivers remember a thread from two weeks ago that involved Alex and #1 ranked online tournament player Chad "Lilholdem954" Batista. In his interview "AK87" will answer questions on that controversy along with describing a game called Credit Card Roulette -- which apparently his buddy Isaac "Mr. Menlo" sucks at. We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  17. This week, the PocketFives.com Podcast focuses its attention on the International poker market as we interview Australian poker player Tony G. - owner of www.pokernews.com. You may remember Tony from the final table of the WPT Paris Aviation Club event a few years ago when he made some controversial comments that garnered plenty of TV time on The Travel Channel. While offending a few Frenchmen at their local club may not have made a huge splash in itself, most poker players were somewhat shocked by the recorded footage of Howard Lederer busting out - then refusing to shake Tony G's hand when it was offered (Howard was apparently offended by Tony's etiquette at the tables). Tony is a very reasonable person who conversed openly about what we all saw on TV, and expressed that he is never out to degrade any poker player - it's just a game in which a player should use every opportunity available to accumulate chips. There is a serious side to Tony G., and our listeners will hear it on this week's Podcast as he talks about everything from uniting the poker world to his disagreement with PokerStars.com through his claim that they don't allow 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem to compete in some major events. Nat Arem, who posts on our site as "N 82 50 24" will also join us and discuss how he began his tournament results tracking website, www.thepokerdb.com. While the website has certainly provided a service to many online poker players, it has definitely sparked a controversy about just how much player-tendency information should be available to the poker "public". Data Mining, the act of storing complete Hand Histories from tables you are not seated at, has also become a very hot topic lately. While Nat doesn't see any problem with it, Party Poker recently modified its software in an attempt to eliminate this practice. A short segment on Sit & Go strategy will be featured on this week's Podcast as we briefly chat about multi-tabling and using pre-determined formulas to beat the lower buy-in games. Feel free to send us your comments about the PocketFives.com Podcast either by leaving a voice message (206) 203 - 4730, or by e-mailing podcast@pocketfives.com.
  18. Top-ranked PocketFives.com members Jim "P0KERPR033" Campbell and Alex "AJKHoosier1" will be among the competitors on February 27th, at 8:00pm ET, in the DoylesRoom.com Celebrity Bounty Tournament. Online players from around the world can compete against A-list celebrities Nicky Hilton and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (best known for her role as Meadow in the HBO series "The Sopranos") for a chance at $25,000 in bounties. Following are the details on this $27.50 buyin multi-table tournament on DoylesRoom. Celebrity Poker Players Converge at DoylesRoom.com: Nicky Hilton and Jamie-Lynn Sigler Compete: February might be the shortest month of the year, but DoylesRoom.com is making it a month worth remembering by fusing the hottest online poker action with tantalizing Hollywood stars. DoylesRoom.com today announced that joining the Legendary Doyle Brunson will be A-list celebrities Nicky Hilton and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in the DoylesRoom.com Celebrity Bounty Tournament. Two of top ranked online players in the world, Jim "P0KERPR033" Campbell and Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis will also join in on the action. Returning guest bounty Nicky Hilton is not only heiress to the Hilton Hotel empire, but she is rapidly gaining recognition as an enchanting poker hostess and savvy fashion designer. Award-winning Jamie-Lynn Sigler is best known for her role as Tony Soprano's daughter, Meadow, on the Emmy-Award winning HBO series, "The Sopranos." Both will compete alongside poker champions in this popular online poker tournament. The DoylesRoom.com Celebrity Bounty Poker Tournament represents the natural evolution of the wildly successful weekly DoylesRooom.com Bounty Poker Tournaments—where, every Wednesday at 8 pm ET, avid online poker players have the opportunity to play along with the likes of ten-time WSOP Champion Doyle Brunson, 'The Mad Genius", Mike Caro, and other esteemed poker pros. Online poker players reap serious rewards when they eliminate key players from the tournament. On Wednesday, February 27th at 8 pm ET the excitement escalates as the star-studded cast emerges and the Celebrity Bounty Tournament begins. For a $27.50 buy-in, online poker players can compete in this fast action multi-table Texas Hold'em elimination tournament. One lucky online poker player can win a lucrative $25,000 cash prize, simply by knocking out all three key bounties. A handsome $5,000 prize will be awarded if a single player knocks out two key bounties and $500 will be awarded to the player who knocks out any single bounty. First-time Bounty Tournament players have nothing to lose and everything to gain with DoylesRoom.com's generous buy-in rebate. All first-time entrants will receive a 100% refund of their buy-in and fees. With the chance to win serious cash while playing for free against living poker legends and happening celebrities, this surefire smash of a tournament will fill up quickly. Registration for this online Texas Hold'em poker extravaganza is already underway at http://www.doylesroom.com/bounty About DoylesRoom.com: Doyle's Room (www.DoylesRoom.com) is the only online poker site endorsed by poker legend Doyle Brunson. Poker players from North America and around the world can compete for the biggest stakes on the web or sharpen their poker skills while playing Texas Hold'em and other popular games for free. With free poker software, lessons, tournaments, a slew of sit and gos, and all games available at all limits, Doyle's Room is the preeminent poker destination for real live game play—online or anywhere.
  19. Doyle's Room, a poker site that allows U.S. players to participate in real-money games, has become the newest member of the PocketFives.com Free TrainingProgram. Upon signing up for a real-money account at Doyle's Room, and fulfilling the requirements, players are eligible to receive 6 months of Free Training from Leggo Poker, Stox Poker, or Real Poker Training. This adds to the Free Training options of players from around the world, as American poker players now have two sites to choose from to enjoy the benefits of this opportunity. Doyle's Room allows U.S. players to play for real-money on its site, and is now part of the Microgaming (formerly Prima) network. The site offers attractive bounty tournaments, great customer service, low and high stakes cash games and tournaments, along with a chance to win a package to the 2008 WSOP Event #2 and WPT Bootcamp Champions Event that will take place in Las Vegas. Doyle's Room also offers new players a 110% first deposit bonus, up to $550. P5'ers will need to visit the Free Training Page and fill out the necessary information in order to enjoy the full benefits of Free Training. Once the raked-hands requirement has been met, players will be able to enjoy 6 months of Free Training from one of our participating sites. The training will include poker training videos, Q & A sessions with top pros, and overall hand analysis for many situations. Our discussion boards also include a Training Sites Forum, which answers questions about our Free Training promotion along with questions about poker training sites in general. For players interested in taking advantage of this promotion, please consult the Free Training FAQ located in the Training Sites Forum. Leggo Poker, Stox Poker, and Real Poker Training all have unique training material than can help a poker player improve his/her game. These sites offer advice and analysis on cash games, Sit & Go's, and multi-table tournaments. Players signing up through this promotion can choose subscriptions to one of these training sites, and can receive free training from ALL three sites by making real-money deposits on various sites that are included in this promotion. For more information, feel free to send an email to promotions@pocketfives.com. If you're not interested in Free Training but would like to try out the site, you can also download Doyle's Room here as well.
  20. This week's Podcast features interviews with Shaun Deeb and Eric "Basebaldy" Baldwin. Shaun Deeb (who goes by his real name online) became a well-known online poker player in 2006, when he began grinding multi-table tournaments at a rate of 50 per day on PokerStars. Playing just about every tournament he could get his hands on, Shaun final tabled everything ranging from $1 up to $50 buyin. His first break came with a win in the $11 rebuy on PokerStars, and he now has a win in the FullTiltPoker $1k that has contributed to his #34 PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking. But Shaun's online poker game got put on hold during the summer months, as he went wild playing UltimateBet blackjack... wagering nearly $1 million in a week's time and filling online forums with gossip through his actions. How can any player grind such a high volume of tournaments? What was going through his mind during his blackjack run? Shaun answers all those questions and more in this week's interview. Our second guest is Top-50 ranked online tournament player Eric "Basebaldy" Baldwin, who is currently staying at the Rio in Las Vegas for this year's Bellagio series. Eric boasts a degree in Psychology with a minor in Math that has served him well in his profession as a poker player. In his Podcast interview, Eric discusses how to find uncommon edges to exploit while at the virtual tables. We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  21. This week's Podcast features interviews with Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant and Jason Gray. Jeremiah Vinsant normally wakes up at around 12:00 Noon, and proceeds to play anywhere between 8-12 hours of online tournament poker. Hailing from the state of Tennessee, this 25-year old believes the most important aspect of tournament play is to know how (and when) to switch gears. "Believer82" is currently ranked #32 in the world according to the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings, and plans on making a push towards the Top 10 in 2008. Our second guest this week is live and online tournament pro Jason Gray. Jason has been touring on the live circuit for three years, and has recently been on a tear, final-tabling the 2007 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic and taking down huge scores on PokerStars and FullTiltPoker as well. In his interview, Jason will discuss the strategy that has led to his success, and whether or not he plans to move from Oregon to Las Vegas anytime soon. We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  22. This week's Podcast features interviews with high-stakes Sit & Go specialist Michael "Inissint" Glasser and online poker grinder Joe "LatestLines2" Ward. Not all that long ago, single table Sit & Go Tournaments were a haven for low stakes players wishing to build a bankroll. With a minimum amount of investment, players with little experience could jump into multi-tabling $5-$20 SnG's with the basic strategy of Fold Early, Push Late. It was not uncommon to read posts on the PocketFives.com Forums of members who had turned $100 into $500 in two weeks by grinding out small stakes SnG's, and before long, the trend caught on. Enter 2006, where top poker training sites, including www.PokerXFactor.com, begin featuring lecture videos with one of the greatest Sit & Go players to ever grace the virtual felt, Eric 'Sheets' Haber. As more and more players became familiar with Independent Chip Modeling calculations, and prudently stayed out of trouble early, it wasn't long before these tournaments became much tougher as those PXF lectures revolutionalized play in the single table format on the premier tournament site, PokerStars. Soon, winning mid-stakes players could be seen posting on the boards in complaint. What once was a fish pond had quickly turned into a shark tank. Average Return on Investment statistics for some players were quickly decreased by more than 50%, forcing many grinders to play more tables at a time or find a different game. That's where a large portion of former mid-stakes SnG greats reside today - in a situation where rapid accumulation of Frequent Player Points can sometimes influence one's profit more than winnings at the tables. Many Supernova VIP players on PokerStars have learned that once they reach 180,000 FPPs, they can use them for pretty much anything. A couple of PocketFivers are known to reach this mark monthly (a cash equivalent of $3,000). But among many of today's disgruntled SnG players, there are a handful of specialists who have continued to make huge profit and have somehow weathered the storm of infiltration by competent opponents. Michael "Inissint" Glasser is a Guest Pro instructor at PokerXFactor.com who was tutored by some of the best players in online poker history. His Sharkscope.com statistics show him in the Top 5 of average profit over his last 500 SnG's ranging in stakes from $100 to $300 buy-in. As many former sharks find themselves dwindling into the background, this former criminal defense attorney is raking in thousands of dollars in profit and can be seen playing at stakes over $1,000 for a single Sit & Go. "Inissint's" thoughts and observations featured in this week's interview is something no Sit & Go player will want to miss. Joe "LatestLines2" Ward has lived in the Boston area all his life, where his accent fits in well with others who ignore the letter "R" when speaking. Joe has won two Seats to ub.com's live event in Aruba, and has used that success in combination with his skills to make a living for himself at online poker. Many online players have developed a strategy of playing 4 or more tables at a time, but "LatestLines2" prefers only one or two. His head's up play at $5/$10 No-Limit Texas Holdem has earned him much recognition, as he's had earnings of up to $10,000 in a single session.
  23. This week's Podcast features interviews with Justin "YourTimeIsUp" Schwartz and Jeff "YellowSub" Williams. The past three weeks have been filled with drama in the online poker community. When "YourTimeIsUp" created a thread outing former members DarvinHam and vvubanga for creating a fake account, PocketFivers from across the globe cheered in unison. However, fame quickly turned into infamy when it was disclosed that Justin himself had enabled underage tournament specialist JJProdigy to play online poker after being banned by the major sites. The legitimacy of online tournaments has now been put into question more than ever before, as news of buy-outs, ghosting, multi-accounting, and other questionable practices are perhaps days away from leaking to the mainstream media. More than ever, poker sites are receiving pressure from loyal customers to act in the name of protecting the game's integrity. Our interview with Justin "YourTimeIsUp" Schwartz is aimed at airing his side for purposes of objectivity. The PocketFives.com Podcast has extended an offer to prominent and respected P5'ers who have a contrasting opinion to Justin's, and those interviews will likely be featured on next week's show. Our second guest this week is Jeff "YellowSub" Williams. Jeff took the poker world by storm in March of 2006 when he captured 1st Place in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for a cash of $900,000 Euros (approximately $1.1 Million US Dollars). Jeff's tournament game is one of the best in the world, and he'll talk about his experience at last year's EPT Grand Final. "YellowSub" also happens to be one of the largest backers in online poker, currently staking 15 online players in amounts from $2,500 to $50,000. In his interview, Jeff gives advice to players seeking backing and discusses the pros and cons of the backing business. We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  24. This week's Podcast features interviews with Corwin "Mig.com" Mackey and Steve "Thorladen" Weinstein. When "Mig.com" interviewed on the PocketFives.com Podcast last year, no one could have predicted his 2007 tournament run that would include a WSOP Bracelet ($5,000 NL Holdem - 1st Place $730,740) and a PokerStars WCOOP Bracelet (Event #14: $1,000 NL Holdem - 1st Place $580,000). Corwin's interview will provide our listeners with insight on what it takes to outlast large player fields in today's tournament environment. Last week's podcast guest, Alex "AK87" Kim seems almost prophetic now after predicting mig.com's rise during this year's WCOOP. Our second guest is world-renowned bridge player Steve "Thorladen" Weinstein, who first gained attention in the online poker community through a prop bet he made with "Ozzy87" regarding the August 2005 PokerStars TLB. "Thorladen" won that prop bet (also known as "Gigabet vs. The World") for $100,000. * Steve will also discuss his career as a prodigal bridge player and Wall Street trader, along with his opinion on what it takes to be a successful poker player in the long-term. Listeners are encouraged to submit questions for future podcast guests by emailing podcast@pocketfives.com, or by dialing (206) 734-4655 and leaving a voice message. * An article titled "The Captain's Echo", describing the events that led up to the now famout August 2005 TLB Bet, can be found here: http://www.pocketfives.com/2AD7BE6C-61DB-4103-8041-0A133A982994.aspx We invite our listeners to subscribe to the PocketFives.com Podcast through iTunes. If you have any feedback, please feel free to "Write A Review" of our show by accessing the iTunes Music Store and searching POCKETFIVES.COM. Thank you for your support!
  25. This week's Podcast features an in depth interview with one of the most feared online tournament players to ever grace the virtual felt, Jeff Garza (ActionJeff, PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Ranking #5). Jeff Garza has posted tournament profit results that place him into the upper-income bracket. If you've been a member of PocketFives and read Jeff's posts here Poker Discussion Forum, you're aware that he's highly controversial and even more critical of a handful of his colleagues. Many young players admire his witty posts, while many of the older online players roll their eyes at some of the over-the-top comments. A large portion of our listeners may be pleasantly surprised by the talkative and opinionated ActionJeff, who's actually very rational in his arguments and provides his insights into poker tournament theory in a way that does not offend. Jeff won't hold any punches when it comes to his opinions about some of the top-ranked tournament players on our site, but his criticism comes without personal attacks or unwarranted flaming. This week's show also includes a legislative update from PocketFives.com Marketing Director Dan Cypra, as well as the latest tournament round up and Rankings update. We welcome your questions and comments about this and previous Podcasts. You may contact us at: Voice Mail: (206) 600 - 4896 email: podcast@pocketfives.com * You can watch real-time videos of ActionJeff's tournament play, complete with insight and advice at www.cardrunners.com.
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