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hags021hags021
Join Date: Feb 15th, 2015
Nov 15th, 2016
By: Matt Clark
Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty Taking Love for Poker to New Heights in NJ
Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty put a journalism career on hold to chase down the pro poker dream (Borgata photo) The regulation of online poker in New Jersey has allowed for players who may not have otherwise had a chance to pursue the game of poker the opportunity to play the game they love. New Jersey has shown time and time again whether you are a longtime professional or a family man looking to make some money on the side, there is a chance to succeed in the Garden State.
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No_XcapeNo_Xcape
Join Date: Dec 6th, 2013
Nov 4th, 2016
By: Lance
Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott Continues Impressive Run Live and Online
Jesse 'No_Xcape' Elliott has NJCOOP in his rearview mirror as he chases down the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event title Earlier this week Jesse ‘No_Xcape’ Elliott, the #10-ranked online poker player in New Jersey, thought he had put the exclamation point on an impressive run of poker when he took down the first ever PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $38,380. Eight days before that he won his first NJCOOP title when he won the $350 buy-in Sunday Special Special Edition for $19,299. Sandwiched in ...
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vicenfishvicenfish
Join Date: Sep 19th, 2014
Oct 18th, 2016
By: AlexHernando
Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Represents the New Breed of Spanish Pro
Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado has made a name for himself online and live. (PokerStars photo) If you consider the statistics of just the European Poker Tour, you might think that the level of Spanish poker is amongst the lowest in Europe. It was just a year ago that Adrián Mateos broke the jinx, winning the first major EPT title for Spain. The biggest online tournaments, high stakes cash games and the most prestigious live tournament always have Spanish representation, something that was almost unthinkable just five or six years ago. ...
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MergulasMergulas
Join Date: Aug 13th, 2014
Aug 22nd, 2016
By: wackyJaxon
Andrew 'Mergulas' Glauberg Becomes Second NJ Triple Crown Winner
Andrew 'Mergulas Glauberg became the second person to earn a PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker sites (Borgata photo). Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to become just the second person to earn this honor.
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FouEnculePLFouEnculePL
Join Date: Jun 7th, 2014
Jul 31st, 2016
By: Dan
'FouEnculePL' Trades Pool Shark for Poker Shark
'FouEnculePL' went from pool shark to poker shark and is nearing $1 million in career online winnings In some respects, pool and poker are very much alike. You have to be selectively aggressive, overly patient, be able to bend the truth when needed, and, at the same time, know the math like the back of your hand. And the keys to being successful in pool and in poker – not coincidentally, they're pretty similar too.
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KovalskiKovalski
Join Date: May 21st, 2009
Jul 21st, 2016
By: Dan
Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski Says Brazil is on the Rise
Brazil's Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski talks about his home country's rise in poker In just a few short days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to the Summer Olympics, hosting athletes, dignitaries, and fans from all over the world. And while sports like golf and gymnastics will be competed, poker won't. The day poker becomes an Olympic sport, however, you can bet your bottom dollar that Brazil will be a medal contender.
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heyalissonheyalisson
Join Date: Sep 16th, 2012
Jul 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Alisson 'heyalisson' Piekazewicz Climbing to New Heights in Poker
Alisson 'heyalisson' Piekazewicz says poker is a lot like rock climbing If you've ever rock climbed, then you know it's in part about setting goals, achieving them, and then setting new goals. Get up to that next ledge, set your rope, and climb some more. When you've hit the summit, find another mountain to climb or find another course to conquer. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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Pot4teUSPot4teUS
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2013
Jul 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman: Poker's Iron Chef
Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman has been able to crush online poker thanks to balanced meals he prepares (photo: Tomas Stacha) A number of poker players will tell you that a healthy, balanced diet improves their performance at the tables by leaps and bounds. Eat greasy pizza, a fatty cheeseburger, or a big old hunk of chocolate cake and your ability to call, raise, fold, and read other players effectively will likely go downhill. Eat a grease-free, balanced meal before playing poker and you might find yourself winning the next big tournament you ...
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Flush_EntityFlush_Entity
Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
Jul 16th, 2016
By: Lance
WSOP: Griffin Benger Wasn’t Even Going to Play the Main Event
Griffin Benger is suddenly among the chip leaders of the WSOP Main Event. Griffin Benger, one of the most decorated players in PocketFives history, had no intentions of playing even a single event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He’d been in Malta working as one of two commentators for the Global Poker League and playing a little bit on online, mostly on Sunday.
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sngwondersngwonder
Join Date: Nov 5th, 2012
Jul 13th, 2016
By: Dan
Owain 'sngwonder' Carey Uses Innate Logic to Dominate Poker
Some people are innately good at math. Once they start learning addition and subtraction, they're instantly ahead of their peers. They're the guys you turn to for help in your linear algebra class. They're the guys who successfully sent a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter.
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AKJMoscowAKJMoscow
Join Date: Dec 22nd, 2010
Jul 12th, 2016
By: Dan
Shane 'AKJMoscow' Mossop Embracing Life as a First-Time Dad
UK poker player Shane 'AKJMoscow' Mossop is adjusting to life as a first-time dad As any first-time parent will tell you, having a child is a world-changer. No days off. No bar-hopping (unless you get a sitter, in which case it's game on). But, you have a little one who thinks the world of you and relies on you to understand everything from talking to walking. The basic life functions.
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EgorrrEgorrr
Join Date: May 4th, 2012
Jul 9th, 2016
By: Dan
Egor 'Egorrr' Boriskin is the Real Life Version of Fight Club
Russia's Egor 'Egorrr' Boriskin says there's a little Fight Club in all of us In 1996, 20 years ago, Chuck Palahniuk released a novel called Fight Club. The psychological thriller later caught the attention of director David Fincher, who turned it into a movie starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, two icons of the gambling film world with their roles in Rounders and Ocean's Eleven, respectively. And although the movie largely bombed at the box office, it hit the jackpot in DVD sales.
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Crackdel29Crackdel29
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2016
Jul 7th, 2016
By: Dan
Joel 'Crackdel29' Visa Jordana Relives Spanish Black Friday
In 2011, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act upended the online poker market in the United States in a big way. Overnight, the four largest US-facing sites – PokerStars, Full Tilt, UB and Absolute Poker – vacated the American market. Since then, only three states have regulated the industry.
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NoPlanBNoPlanB
Join Date: Mar 1st, 2012
Jul 2nd, 2016
By: Dan
Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov Grinds His Way to an MPLB Title
Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov talks about grinding his way to his first PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard title Although grinding online poker games can be draining, it can also be extremely rewarding. For successful, +EV players, volume will invariably lead to deep runs and big scores. It's just a numbers game: the more you play, the more chances you have to hit it big. Case in point: Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, who won last month's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB) with 3,899 points.
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bfizz11bfizz11
Join Date: Jan 23rd, 2010
Jun 30th, 2016
By: Dan
Brian 'bfizz11' Fite Says Poker is All About Goal-Setting
Brian 'bfizz11' Fite has used goal-setting to become incredibly successful in poker In mid-June, Brian 'bfizz11' Fite created a blog that outlined a special bankroll-building challenge. Starting with $1,000, his goal is to get to $50,000 before he leaves Mexico to spend some quality Christmastime back home in Texas. Fite is a goal-setter, driven by a desire to accomplish anything he sets out to do, so it'd be a surprise to see him fall short of $50,000 before December hits.
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bparisbparis
Join Date: Mar 6th, 2006
Jun 29th, 2016
By: Dan
Bryan 'bparis' Paris Wins Triple Crown #5 Live on Twitch
Bryan 'bparis' Paris won a PocketFives Triple Crown while live-streaming on Twitch Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown is hard enough. If you want one, you need to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 players and a real money buy-in. Satellites and qualifiers do not count.
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Palsgaard1Palsgaard1
Join Date: Sep 13th, 2013
Jun 28th, 2016
By: Dan
Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen Trades Twitch for a Stable
Denmark's Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen talks about dropping Twitch in order to join a poker stable Sometimes secrets are made to be kept. For Denmark's Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen, joining a stable and learning more about poker than he ever thought possible meant his Twitch career had to come to a halt. After all, being in a stable meant a moratorium on spilling the beans.
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kurt23xkurt23x
Join Date: Mar 6th, 2009
Jun 25th, 2016
By: Dan
Pura Vida! Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald Settles Down in Costa Rica
Maine transplant Kurt 'kurt23x' Fitzgerald has found a new life as an online poker pro in Costa Rica It's a story that's not as uncommon as you think. A player from the United States moves to another country in order to continue playing online poker, parties, falls in love, and settles down. Many babies ensue. Well, not quite yet.
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dartazzzzdartazzzz
Join Date: May 25th, 2016
Jun 24th, 2016
By: Dan
Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis: Future Beach Volleyball Star'
Tomas 'dartazzzz' Jozonis is the top-ranked Lithuanian online poker player and budding beach volleyball star Do you remember the beach volleyball scene in Top Gun' That completely needless scene to the tune of Kenny Loggins' "Hanging with the Boys"' For a few athletes, volleyball is more than just a beach day diversion.
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norfair18norfair18
Join Date: Dec 16th, 2006
Jun 24th, 2016
By: Dan
Mike 'norfair18' Phillips Mastering Spanish, Moving to Colombia
Mike 'norfair18' Phillips has been able to hop around the world thanks to a desire to master Spanish Remember in high school when you had to take a foreign language class' You were probably thinking, "Oh, this is going to be a giant waste of time" and then zoned out as you were taught French, Spanish, or for you Europeans out there, English.
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JohnnnyDramaJohnnnyDrama
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2014
Jun 20th, 2016
By: wackyJaxon
Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. Wins First NJ Triple Crown
Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. wins first-ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated sites Over the past 11 years, there have been over 1,000 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded, but never one on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms. History is meant to be changed. Earlier this month, Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. etched his name into PocketFives history by becoming the first person to nail down a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated online poker sites.
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Ti0Ti0
Join Date: Aug 15th, 2011
Jun 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Gleb 'Ti0' Tremzin Dancing His Way to Poker Glory
Russia's Gleb 'Ti0' Tremzin has been helping his wife with her dance studio and pounding out six-figure online and live poker scores If your wife says "Jump," the proper response is, "How high'" If your wife says, "Market my dance studio," you do it. Sure, you might be missing out on a few final table opportunities or the new Game of Thrones, but at least your wife's business will be booming.
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Nur1ckNur1ck
Join Date: Apr 8th, 2011
Jun 16th, 2016
By: Dan
Nurlan 'Nur1ck' Bobekov Wins Triple Crown #4
Australia's Nurlan 'Nur1ck' Bobekov shares keys to winning four PocketFives Triple Crowns (image: PokerNews) There have been 1,063 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded over the last 11 years. A Triple Crown requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a week. Each tournament has to have at least 100 entries and satellites don't count. Needless to say, it's not easy.
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bebaimis777bebaimis777
Join Date: Dec 30th, 2013
Jun 15th, 2016
By: Dan
Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas Heading 'Down Under'
Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas is moving "Down Under" later this year and will play more live games At a time when online poker players are trying to flee Australia due to its upside-down grinding schedule, Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas is moving there later this year with his girlfriend. Sure, the online grind typically starts around 2:00 AM local time and the country is located decently far from anything else in the Pacific, but that's not phasing Cimbolas.
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philroyal888philroyal888
Join Date: Mar 11th, 2014
Jun 14th, 2016
By: Dan
Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall Hunting for a Signature Win
Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall is hunting for a major live or online poker score Despite ascending all the way up to #8 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest mark ever, Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall is still hunting for that first signature win.
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icenigelicenigel
Join Date: May 29th, 2013
Jun 13th, 2016
By: Dan
'icenigel' Looking Forward to partypoker Caribbean Poker Party
The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party takes place in November at the Hard Rock Punta Cana There's nothing like sun, sand, and surf to compliment a poker tournament. Whether it's the Bahamas or the Caribbean or southern France, a beautiful backdrop, complete with yachts and seagulls, is the perfect remedy for a bad day at the office and a perfect bonus to a big tournament win. Plus, it'll keep your Vitamin D levels up.
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JWPRODIGYJWPRODIGY
Join Date: May 4th, 2008
Jun 9th, 2016
By: Dan
Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland: "Get Out of Your Hotel"
Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland talks about the importance of exploring the sights at each poker stop When you get caught up in grinding, then grinding some more, then playing a quick cash game in between meals, you can almost forget where you are. Whether you're at home with the sun shining brightly outside or sitting just feet from the Eiffel Tower, if you don't take a moment to soak up your surroundings, you're missing out on potentially life-changing experiences.
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trujustrustrujustrus
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2011
May 29th, 2016
By: Dan
iPoker Restrictions Keep Following Sergio 'trujustrus' Cabrera
Because of iPoker regulations, Sergio 'trujustrus' Cabrera has lived in four countries in the last four years Imagine moving from your home to be able to play online poker with the masses only to have the country you moved to impose restrictions of their own. Then what' Is it time to pick up and move again or should you weather the storm' What about leaving the game behind altogether'
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Anton PetrovAnton Petrov
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2013
May 29th, 2016
By: Dan
Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov Brings Engineering Know-How to Poker
Anton 'surprisefirm' Petrov has experienced success in poker due to his background in engineering Poker is inherently a math-based game. And the most successful players know that math like the back of their hand. How many outs do I have' What are my implied odds' What are my pot odds' How much would I get in an ICM chop' It's all math in the end.
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apestylesapestyles
Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
May 28th, 2016
By: Dan
Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet Hits $7.5 Million in Online Winnings
Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet just passed $7.5 million in career online MTT winnings On May 21, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet became the fifth person this year to pass $7.5 million in online tournament winnings for their career. Nine people did it all of last year, including the likes of former #1 ranked players Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer. Van Fleet, needless to say, is in some pretty elite company.
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goleafsgoehgoleafsgoeh
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
May 25th, 2016
By: Dan
Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah Dishes on Dual SCOOP Wins
Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah talks about winning two SCOOP titles in 2016 and about repping his home country The 48th event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker ended with a win by Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah. The $2,100 Seven card Stud tournament had a field of 65 entrants and Leah's victory was memorable not only because he booked a $42,000 payday, but also because it was his second SCOOP victory of 2016 and second all-time.
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NukeTheFishNukeTheFish
Join Date: Jun 7th, 2011
May 23rd, 2016
By: Dan
Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is Literally a Rocket Scientist
Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson is a rocket scientist turned poker player Normally when you call a person a "rocket scientist," you're kidding. When you call Ireland's Dan 'NukeTheFish' Wilson a "rocket scientist," however, you're telling the truth. Fact.
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random.churandom.chu
Join Date: Aug 21st, 2009
May 22nd, 2016
By: Dan
Stevan 'random.chu' Chew Racks Up Miles for Tournament Series
Stevan 'random.chu' Chew talks about traveling around the world for major poker tournament series like SCOOP and WCOOP (photo: ACOP) Now that it's the end of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, players like Stevan 'random.chu' Chew who relocated during the tournament series are headed back home. The days of "poker tourism" are over, at least until the World Championship of Online Poker rolls around later this year.
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luis_farialuis_faria
Join Date: Sep 12th, 2013
May 19th, 2016
By: Dan
Luis 'luis_faria' Faria Gets Tyson'd, Heads to Poker
Luis 'luis_faria' Faria and his family "The Bite Heard Round the World." It happened in mid-1997 on the Las Vegas Strip and involved Mike Tyson taking a big old bite out of Evander Holyfield's left ear. Tyson was immediately disqualified and, almost 20 years later, his blood-spewing actions still live on in infamy.
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EzGame89EzGame89
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2011
May 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor Likens Leicester City FC to Poker
Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor compares Leicester City's improbable Premier League win to recreational players in poker Heading into the most recent Premier League season, Leicester City was a 5,000:1 underdog to win it all. You know what went down: one of the most improbable football wins the world has ever seen.
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Seba29072Seba29072
Join Date: Dec 3rd, 2008
May 14th, 2016
By: Dan
Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari Making Poker a Side Gig
At age 30, England's Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari is taking his focus off poker and onto his dad's business It's never easy to walk away from a longtime gig. But sometimes, a change of scenery and a new challenge are just what the doctor ordered. Take Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari, for example. The English player just hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings, but is putting poker to the side and focusing on the family business.
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donut604donut604
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2007
May 14th, 2016
By: Dan
Friends, Family, Fitness Keep Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff Thriving
Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff shares how he's managed to stay successful in poker for the last 10 years. As anyone who plays poker knows, spending long hours in front of the computer, your eyes darting back and forth across the screen as tables that require attention pop up, can be exhausting. So can live games in cold, dark tournament rooms around the world.
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treysfull21treysfull21
Join Date: Jul 21st, 2007
May 6th, 2016
By: Dan
Jason Mercier Hopes to Repeat as SCOOP Player of the Series
PokerStars pro Jason Mercier is looking forward to defending his SCOOP Player of the Series title. It's two o'clock in the afternoon in the principality of Monaco. As punctual as ever, PokerStars pro Jason Mercier waltzes into the hip Blue Gin Bar at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort wearing basketball shorts and a black, long-sleeved Miami shirt. His white baseball cap is flipped backwards, he's showcasing jet black glasses, and he's adorned with PokerStars patches.
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firaldofiraldo
Join Date: May 18th, 2009
May 3rd, 2016
By: Dan
Niall Farrell Travels the World of Poker with a Merry Band of Scots
You can find Niall 'firaldo' Farrell at big live events around the world with a boisterous band of Scots They're loud. They have strength in numbers. And when they have a beer in their hands, all bets are off. They're called Scots, and among them is Niall 'firaldo' Farrell, #8 in the PocketFives Rankings for the UK and #2 on Scotland's all-time money list.
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FeCoNiCuZnFeCoNiCuZn
Join Date: Oct 2nd, 2012
Apr 25th, 2016
By: Dan
Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini: Trivia Champ, Sunday Million Winner
Nelson 'FeCoNiCuZn' Maccini talks about his love for team trivia and winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. The flag of Greenland has only two colors on it: white and what other color' Answer: Red. What composer's Requiem Mass in D Minor was completed posthumously by Franz Xaver Süssmayr' Answer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What was the last name of Roseanne's on-air family on the show "Roseanne"' Answer: Conner.
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Gil3000Gil3000
Join Date: Mar 2nd, 2013
Apr 24th, 2016
By: Dan
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill Uses Structure in an Unstructured World
Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill just hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings and scored his first PocketFives Triple Crown. (photo: WPT) Many poker pros play the game for a living because of the flexibility it allows. If you feel like going to Cancun for the weekend, and you've got the cash, then go. If your friends are heading to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, you can go too. Just be sure to get some Euros first.
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m8675309am8675309a
Join Date: Jun 5th, 2010
Apr 19th, 2016
By: Dan
Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo Running a Bar and Winning Sunday Warm-Ups
Mike 'm8675309a' Adamo (at left), who owns SharkBite Bar and Grill in the Turks and Caicos, won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Admit it, you've dreamed of running a bar. Invite your friends over for a beer whenever you want, sing karaoke until daybreak, and come up with cocktails that even Jerry Thomas couldn't imagine. And what if that bar were ocean-side' And visited by sharks'
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The-ToiletThe-Toilet
Join Date: Oct 18th, 2006
Apr 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Faraz Jaka Bullish that Global Poker League Will Be a Home Run
San Francisco Rush manager Faraz Jaka knows the Global Poker League will be a winner. (Danny Maxwell photo) The inaugural season of the Global Poker League is underway. Twelve teams make up the league, and sitting in fifth place after the first two weeks of action in the Americas Conference is the San Francisco Rush, captained by none other than Faraz 'The-Toilet' Jaka.
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d.quangd.quang
Join Date: Sep 26th, 2009
Apr 16th, 2016
By: Dan
After Two Years in Vancouver, David 'd.quang' Quang is Back Home
David 'd.quang' Quang's two-year run in Vancouver to clear his mind came to an end. Now, he's back in Ontario. American author Horace Greeley once popularized the phrase "Go West, young man." It was in reference to westward expansion of the United States in the 19th Century, but in the case of online poker pro David 'd.quang' Quang, "Go West, young man" meant a chance for clear air and a new outlook towards online poker.
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mjw006mjw006
Join Date: Feb 20th, 2011
Apr 16th, 2016
By: Dan
Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman: Online Poker Star and "Glorified Housewife"
Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman has been balancing poker with being the father of a 6-year-old, photo: Poker Asia Pacific As anyone who has kids knows, they literally change their parents' lives. You suddenly have the lives of others in your hands and that carefree lifestyle you used to have is gone out the window. Bar-hopping' Nope. Staying up until 3am' Gone.
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prebzzzprebzzz
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2011
Apr 9th, 2016
By: Dan
Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan Dishes on Poker in Norway
Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan is the top-ranked online poker player in Norway Poker is incredibly different from country to country. From the robust live games in the UK to limited regulated online poker in the US, no matter where you go, poker is inherently different. And that's part of what makes the game so unique.
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alexangeoalexangeo
Join Date: Aug 16th, 2013
Apr 9th, 2016
By: Dan
Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos Pairs Risk Management, Poker
Greece's Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos is pursuing a degree in risk management and won the Sunday Million Some people who play poker but don't plan to pursue the game professionally gravitate towards an occupation that has many of the same trademarks like math, risk, and wealth management.
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XxJoaoFeraxXXxJoaoFeraxX
Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2010
Apr 7th, 2016
By: Dan
Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio Parlaying $213K Score into More Live Play
Joao 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otavio won the Sunday Million and is using part of his winnings for live play If you were an up-and-coming poker player who just had a pile of cash fall into his lap, what would you do with it' How would it change your career' Would you play higher stakes' Would you swim your way out of make-up' Would you stake others in hopes that they'd have a monstrous score as well'
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GM_VALTERGM_VALTER
Join Date: Jan 21st, 2011
Mar 31st, 2016
By: Dan
Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes' Love of Poker is a Family Affair
Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes and his wife rolling craps at their wedding Some players would say that getting a mental break from poker is healthy. Others grind non-stop until their routers burst into flames. Others have spouses, parents, friends, and family that play poker for a living.
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147_star147_star
Join Date: Apr 28th, 2010
Mar 28th, 2016
By: Dan
New Father Paul '147_star' Williams' Near Miss Earns Him $64,000
Paul '147_star' Williams nearly missed late registration for the Sunday Million after the time change The Sunday Million waits for no man, ever, for any reason. For one poker player, forgetting to adjust his clock nearly cost him $64,000.
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Die VenturaDie Ventura
Join Date: Jun 22nd, 2012
Mar 26th, 2016
By: Dan
Diego Ventura Credits DeRose Method for Improved Play
Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura talks about how the DeRose Method has helped his poker game Professor DeRose began focusing on techniques like breathing education, concentration, and meditation in the 1960s. Now, he's known for the DeRose Method.
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davidv1213davidv1213
Join Date: Mar 24th, 2011
Mar 18th, 2016
By: Dan
David 'davidv1213' Vamplew Focusing on Results, Not Spotlights
David 'davidv1213' Vamplew, who just hit $2 million in cashes, values results instead of the spotlight, photo: Neil Stoddart Some players really embrace the spotlight. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are two who come to mind. Any poker TV show, any awards ceremony, any special event, any charity gala, they're there. But, the limelight isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Join Date: Jan 7th, 2011
Mar 17th, 2016
By: Dan
Bahar 'bah22' Musa Navigating Poker and Life with a Young Family
Bahar 'bah22' Musa hit $2 million in career online winnings and has two kids under age four Having two kids under the age of four is not easy. At that age neither kid is self-sufficient and their needs are vastly different. When one poops in his diaper, the other dumps sand all over her new dress. And that's just a typical Monday.
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Join Date: Dec 30th, 2013
Mar 15th, 2016
By: Dan
Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy: A Hearthstone Legend
Online poker pro Nikolay 'NikolasDLP' Prokhorskiy has obtained Legend status in Hearthstone. "I'll never stop enjoying it and learning new things about it." Those were Daniel Negreanu's comments to ESPN about an online card game called Hearthstone, one that several high-profile poker pros have begun playing.
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Join Date: Feb 11th, 2012
Mar 10th, 2016
By: Dan
Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis Preaches Thinking Before Clicking
Latvia's Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis preaches thinking before you click in poker. There are countless factors that go into making one simple decision like whether to raise or fold at the poker table. Does your opponent's line make sense' What does your opponent think you have' Why did he take 10 seconds to act' How much should you bet' Why would you bet so much, Toto' Then you think to yourself, "Wait, I've seen this situation before."
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Join Date: Oct 15th, 2014
Mar 9th, 2016
By: Dan
Carson 'bustindanut' Barton Making His Mark on Poker, Lacrosse
Canada's Carson 'bustindanut' Barton is playing poker while trying to pursue professional lacrosse. Being passionate about two things doesn't always lead to being successful in both of those endeavors. Sure, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders found success playing both football and baseball, but that's the exception, not the rule.
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Join Date: Jul 29th, 2007
Mar 7th, 2016
By: Dan
Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis: Future Underwear Mogul'
Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamalikis hopes his Big Stack Underwear line takes offl David Beckham has his own fragrance line. Kobe Bryant has his own line of sneaker. So does Michael Jordan. John Elway once sold five car dealerships for $80 million. Mike Ditka has a well-known chain of steakhouses.
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Join Date: Jan 27th, 2006
Mar 5th, 2016
By: Dan
Peter 'winwin07' Nigh Appreciating Life, Taking It All In
Peter 'winwin07' Nigh has an improved outlook on life Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. As Happy Gilmore once said, "Go to your happy place." Sometimes success in poker is all about taking a step back and appreciating life, no matter what challenges are thrown your way.
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Join Date: Jun 26th, 2010
Mar 3rd, 2016
By: Dan
New Digs, Fourth Triple Crown for Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill
Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game.
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Join Date: Jun 7th, 2013
Feb 28th, 2016
By: Dan
Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando Using Confidence to Beat Variance
Paul 'Fold Machiii' Dando is using confidence to outlast variance Holding your head up in the face of adversity can be a daunting task. Staring down the face of a losing streak, some poker players would give up, walk away, and accept a 9-5 desk job. Being confident can be even more difficult considering how much poker changes from year to year.
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Join Date: Nov 13th, 2015
Feb 28th, 2016
By: Dan
Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Preaching Importance of Balance
"It takes a lot of work to be a winning player now." A quote from a man who has been around poker for ten years that undoubtedly rings true with players everywhere.
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Join Date: Nov 28th, 2007
Feb 26th, 2016
By: Dan
'marroca5' Going Aggro-Cultural in 2016
Will we see less of 'marroca5' in 2016' Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe has been on a heater lately. A week ago, he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $51,000, his eighth largest cash all-time. Two days later, he hit $4 million in career online tournament scores, only the sixth player this year to pass that mark. However, 2016 and beyond could mean big changes to this successful player's schedule.
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Join Date: May 3rd, 2012
Feb 20th, 2016
By: Dan
'Pokerfan89gr' Could Leave Greece to Get to the Next Level
'Pokerfan89gr' could leave Greece in order to play online poker Everyone hates taxes. Getting a root canal is probably preferable to forking over hard-earned money. For Americans, it was doubly painful that Black Friday in 2011 fell on April 15. For one Greek poker community member, a hefty tax burden could cause him to move permanently.
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Join Date: Oct 3rd, 2015
Feb 19th, 2016
By: Dan
Patrick 'schtruddle' Groppi Leading New Generation of Egyptian Players
Patrick 'schtruddle' Groppi is the top-ranked player in Egypt Some countries aren't known for producing a crop of well-known poker players. Take Egypt, for example, which has just four players in the PocketFives Rankings and the top live money winner from Egypt, according to the Hendon Mob, is Ahmed Abd El Fatah, who is #8,132 on the all-time money list worldwide.
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Join Date: Feb 8th, 2010
Feb 18th, 2016
By: Dan
Ben 'BenFaz' Farrell on the Power of Groups
Without his Skype group, 'BenFaz' wouldn't be where he is today The age-old phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" has applications in poker. A highly potent "group think" can help players soak up knowledge at a much quicker pace than they could on their own.
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RoccoGeRoccoGe
Join Date: Aug 13th, 2010
Feb 14th, 2016
By: Dan
Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo Emphasizing Quality Over Quantity
Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo is going to be playing less online in 2016 Remember when Michael Jordan retired from the NBA to play minor league baseball' Remember when Steve Perry left the band Journey to pursue a solo gig' Sometimes, a new challenge is just what the doctor ordered.
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Join Date: Aug 4th, 2015
Feb 13th, 2016
By: Dan
'kyleeeOMC' is Making His Dad Proud
There's a silver lining to everything. Heck, there's even an Academy Award nominated movie devoted to the topic. For Spain's 'kyleeeOMC', losing a loved one, even though very tragic, resulted in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grind poker.
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Join Date: Jun 25th, 2014
Feb 11th, 2016
By: WILLOC
New Jersey's Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein Headed to Costa Rica
One of the more desirable aspects of being a professional poker player is that you don't have to have a set schedule. You are, in essence, your own boss. You play when you want, where you want, and travel to and from some of the country's and world's most interesting destinations. Sometimes you win very large sums of money.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Feb 9th, 2016
By: dhubermex
Grayson 'gray31' Ramage and 'LilFishAtL' Top Two in Sunday Million
Grayson 'gray31' Ramage was the big winner in the PokerStars Sunday Million with his runner-up finish. (photo credit Neil Stoddart/PokerStars) PocketFives members 'gray31' (ranked #14 worldwide) of Costa Rica and 'LilFishAtL' of Mexico were part of a three-way chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament over the weekend. The former was awarded with a payday of $156,406 for his official runner-up performance while "LilFishAtl" took home $141,000 for the victory.
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RelaxingRelaxing
Join Date: Oct 23rd, 2012
Feb 8th, 2016
By: Dan
'Relaxing' Juggling Poker, Staking, School, Work, Girlfriend
School, work, poker, lady friends, a brand new stable, backlogged episodes of "Game of Thrones." It's hard keeping up with everything, especially if you're trying to jump-start your poker career.
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AriAri
Join Date: Sep 7th, 2005
Jan 31st, 2016
By: Lance
Ari Engel Wins 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event
Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. Ari Engel, the former #1 ranked online poker player in the world, made big noise Sunday in Australia, beating Tony 'Bond18' Dunst heads-up to win the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event and A$1,600,000 ($1,133,650 US).
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AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Jan 28th, 2016
By: Dan
Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald Talks SpinAndGoStrategy, Coaching
It's not easy to coach day after day, week after week, year after year. Not only do your life circumstances change, but so does the industry you're coaching in. For Alex 'Assassinato' Fitzgerald, changing with the times has seemingly been a piece of cake.
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Join Date: Jan 12th, 2014
Jan 22nd, 2016
By: Dan
Brazilian Poker Hero Helio 'hneves182' Neves Hopes Country Changes
Banking $110,000 in four-and-a-half hours is one heck of a feat. Winning the first three-phase tournament ever held on PokerStars is quite impressive too. Add in beating a mammoth field of 53,311 entrants and you have yourself quite a day. However, the win comes with a silver lining for the community in his home nation.
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BlackkBlackk
Join Date: Jan 20th, 2011
Jan 20th, 2016
By: Dan
Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov Hits $5M in Online Tournament Cashes
Only 79 players have hit $5 million in online tournament cashes in MTTs that PocketFives tracks. It's clearly no simple feat. But in 2016 two players have already passed that milestone.
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born2badbeatborn2badbeat
Join Date: Nov 17th, 2015
Jan 19th, 2016
By: Dan
'born2badbeat' Gets Instant Results, Chops Sunday Million
Imagine signing up for PokerStars and ten days later chopping the Sunday Million for six-figures. It sounds too good to be true, right' For one PocketFiver, that's exactly what happened.
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buriedatseaburiedatsea
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2008
Jan 17th, 2016
By: Dan
'buriedatsea' Hopes Sunday Million Chop Leads to Travel, Property
Who says cash game players - especially those who focus on heads-up games - can't steamroll tournaments' They typically swim with the sharks, and fish, during major tournaments and, as one interviewee put it, "go for the glory."
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Join Date: Jan 10th, 2013
Jan 16th, 2016
By: Dan
'Ballage87' Parlays Love of Chess into $826K in Poker Scores
Players who enjoy logic-driven, strategy-based games like chess typically have a leg up at poker. Another player who fits that mold is Hungary's 'Ballage87', who not only enjoys strategy games, but also figured out he could make money playing them.
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RhoNinRhoNin
Join Date: Jul 22nd, 2011
Jan 14th, 2016
By: Dan
'RhoNin' Ninjas Short Stack to Sunday 500 Final Table
When your A-K loses to A-Q and A-10 pre-flop for the chip lead deep in the PokerStars Sunday 500, you probably think it's over, right' Grab a beer, pack it in. You're stuck on the short stack with two tables to go, waiting for that perfect moment to strike... or punting your stack with 7-2.
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prsaluteprsalute
Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2014
Jan 12th, 2016
By: Dan
Paris 'prsalute' Tsokaridis Talks Greek Poker, Sunday Million Run
Paris 'prsalute' Tsokaridis To close out 2015, Paris 'prsalute' Tsokaridis finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Million and raked in $49,000. There were almost 6,000 entrants that day, who together built a prize pool north of $1.1 million. We rarely get to talk to Greek poker players, so when the eighth-ranked player in Greece final tables the Sunday Million, we wanted to reach out.
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Join Date: Sep 12th, 2013
Dec 29th, 2015
By: Dan
"Every One of My Friends Said I Was a Poker Genius"
A couple of weeks ago, benatias made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and banked $28,000, his largest score ever. That cash comes on the heels of wins in the $320 Saturday Super Knockout and Big $109 this year and the Israeli is up to over $600,000 in online MTT scores.
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VinnyCoutVinnyCout
Join Date: Jul 22nd, 2008
Dec 27th, 2015
By: Dan
Every Day There's a Guy Working Harder than You
In mid-November, Vinicius Coutinho (pictured), known on PocketFives as VinnyCout, outlasted a field of 32,447 entrants to win the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward was $25,000, or 2,400 times his buy-in, and he edged out fellow PocketFiver jjshooter heads-up after a two-way chop.
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Join Date: Apr 8th, 2015
Dec 26th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Pretty Crazy to Win the Sunday Million"
Earlier this month, Max yipyiphupbup Rotko (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday Million after a five-way chop and earned $149,000, far and away his largest score to date. There were 5,766 entrants that day and the Fin helped PocketFivers grab almost 40% of the prize pool. He's a student who plays poker on the side, so we virtually traveled to Finland to talk about his career-defining cash.
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hownorezhownorez
Join Date: Feb 16th, 2011
Dec 25th, 2015
By: Dan
A Sunday Million Six-Figure Score and WSOP Main Event Day 7 Run
Up to $2.4 million in career online tournament winnings after hitting $2 million in November is hownorez (pictured) from the Czech Republic. "I feel good about it," he told us of his new profile badge, "but profit is more important to me than winnings. Fortunately, I was able to make some decent profit recently too."
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McNallyvilleMcNallyville
Join Date: Apr 7th, 2007
Dec 13th, 2015
By: Dan
The Weekend Joke: "Oh, You Could Just Win the Million"
In November, Steve McNallyville McNally (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million following a six-way chop and put back $103,000. It was the second largest score of his career and his second cash over $100,000, raising his career total past $5.1 million. McNally is the 11th ranked PocketFiver in Mexico, where he moved from the USA four years ago.
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Anao19Anao19
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2014
Dec 6th, 2015
By: Dan
"The Life of a Poker Player Will Always Be Filled with Defining Moments"
It's deep, Mega Deep. In recent weeks, Brazilian PocketFiver Anao19 (pictured) finished fourth in the 888 Poker Mega Deep. The tournament, which, as its name suggests is deep-stacked, attracted 2,785 entrants and members of the PocketFives community raked in 42% of the prize pool. He had already finished fourth in the Sunday Warm-Up, so we wanted to chat about his latest claim to fame.
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WesssWesss
Join Date: May 31st, 2012
Dec 6th, 2015
By: Dan
Mortgage, Stocks, Bankroll, Bling, and Baby Toys
Last month, Wes Wyvill (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Wesss, was part of a six-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $100,000, not bad for a day's work. He was one of four PocketFivers to participate in the chop and there were 5,573 entrants total.
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DokeDoke
Join Date: May 4th, 2010
Dec 5th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Ireland's Doke
In November, Ireland's Dara Doke O'Kearney (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $36,000 after a heads-up chop. He has had a blockbuster 2015, finishing second in a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas and final tabling another one in Berlin. O'Kearney has been a member of PocketFives since 2010, so we wanted to catch up with one of our favorite Irishmen.
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SvZffSvZff
Join Date: Sep 16th, 2007
Dec 4th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked SvZff
This week, Steven van Zadelhoff (pictured), known on our site as SvZff, moved up to #4 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever. Some of his recent momentum came after he took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and Winamax High-Roller on the same day, an incredible accomplishment. Consequently, van Zadelhoff is knocking on the door of #1 worldwide.
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dancingbudhadancingbudha
Join Date: Nov 28th, 2013
Nov 29th, 2015
By: Dan
That Unexpected Time $91,000 Fell in Your Lap
Last month, London's Nayeem Syed (pictured), known on PocketFives as dancingbudha, took third in the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $91,000, his largest online poker cash to date. There were 5,528 entrants that day and he was the highest-finishing member of the PocketFives community. Syed is #20 in London, #164 in the United Kingdom, and #1,919 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.
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Igor NecretoIgor Necreto
Join Date: Jan 31st, 2014
Nov 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
31,000 Opponents Later, Igor Necreto Wins the Sunday Storm
Last month, Igor Silva (pictured), known on PocketFives as Igor Necreto, took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. A healthy field of 31,000 entrants turned out and Silva was one of three PocketFivers at the final table. Interestingly, the other two members of PocketFives in the final nine, Zackattak13 and UhhMee, are both ranked in the top 100 on our site, so his competition was anything but a cakewalk.
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Join Date: Jun 28th, 2015
Nov 19th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Good Not to Blow Up Between 8th and 14th"
Last month, the United Kingdom's Michael Chi mczhang Zhang (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep and booked a $25,000 payday. There were 783 entrants that week at a buy-in of $215 each, meaning the prize pool swelled to $156,000.
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ipo8181ipo8181
Join Date: Apr 1st, 2013
Nov 17th, 2015
By: Dan
Beware of Greek Accountants Bringing Gifts
One of the most recent recipients of the $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives is Vagelis Prodromou, who is more commonly known as ipo8181 (pictured). Virtually all of his winnings have come on PokerStars. "I am very happy," the Greek told PocketFives. "I have been looking at other players who had this achievement and for me it was one of my basic targets." Mission accomplished.
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Join Date: Mar 5th, 2015
Nov 17th, 2015
By: RicanPhenom
Stephanie Hubbard (stephhub31) Wins Borgata Fall Poker Open Kickoff Event
PocketFives caught up with the Borgata Fall Poker Open $500,000 Guarantee Event #1 champion Stephanie stephhub31 Hubbard (pictured, image courtesy of the Borgata Fall Open Blog), who made history and became the first women to claim a title an open Borgata event. Hubbard collected $159,776 for the win.
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Join Date: Mar 11th, 2011
Nov 15th, 2015
By: Dan
Lady Luck, She Likes to Hang with the Guys Who Practice the Hardest
One of the most recent recipients of a $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives is Germany's wackworm. He has three online MTT wins this month and his largest cash all-time was worth $64,000 and came by virtue of final tabling the PokerStars.fr Sunday Million two years ago.
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Join Date: Dec 21st, 2011
Nov 14th, 2015
By: Dan
jaggalo1231 Gets the Sunday Million Monkey Off His Back
Last weekend, jaggalo1231, from the Czech Republic, finished fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million and raked in $65,000. It was his largest score to date, surpassing a WCOOP final table two years ago, and pushed him over $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings. He's the 18th-ranked player in his home country out of 316 players with PLB scores from the Czech Republic.
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ServejServej
Join Date: Nov 6th, 2013
Nov 8th, 2015
By: Dan
The Best $173,000 Decision You'll Make
Everyone dreams of that big score, and for many players, winning the PokerStars Sunday Million is the Mount Everest of online accomplishments. After five years of playing poker seriously, German native Servej did just that, taking down the Sunday Million outright for a colossal $173,000, defeating a field of 5,552.
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alexd2alexd2
Join Date: Oct 14th, 2012
Nov 7th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Bulgaria's #1 Ranked alexd2
In recent weeks, Bulgaria's #1 ranked Alex alexd2 Dimitrov (pictured) hit $1 million in career online tournament winnings. Almost 60% of that total has come on PokerStars, where he plays as grinder1992, and he has shot up to #49 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings. In June, he final tabled the Super Tuesday for $45,000 and, in January, he was the runner-up in the 888 Poker Whale for $42,000. Not too shabby.
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Clutch HeroClutch Hero
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2011
Nov 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
Clutch Hero Hits $2 Million in Online Winnings. That's Clutch.
In mid-October, Japan's Akira Ohyama (pictured), better known as Clutch Hero on PocketFives, hit $2 million in career online MTT winnings. As he told us, "I'm feeling great about it. I feel like it took a lot longer than I originally expected. The delay is mostly due to my lack of volume, but my recent 12th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event really helped push me past the $2 million mark."
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mandza17mandza17
Join Date: Nov 17th, 2013
Nov 1st, 2015
By: Dan
mandza17, The #2 Ranked Player in Croatia
In late September, Goran mandza17 Mandic (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $25,000. He cashed for $27,000 in a WCOOP event the week before and is a former Supernova on PokerStars. Mandic has the distinction of being the #2 ranked player in Croatia, so we caught up with him to break down his big day.
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CrazymoronCrazymoron
Join Date: Sep 26th, 2011
Oct 25th, 2015
By: Dan
Crazymoron: The Top-Ranked PocketFiver in Belarus
On September 27, almost exactly one month ago, Crazymoron (pictured) final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Major and put back $10,000. While it wasn't the largest sum of money ever, it still represented his 11th richest score to date and helped get nearer to $1 million for his career.
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CkbCkb
Join Date: Jan 11th, 2013
Oct 24th, 2015
By: Dan
Ckb Final Tables 888 Whale on Back-to-Back Weekends
At the end of September, Ckb (pictured) final tabled the 888 Poker Whale and walked away with a $18,000 one week after taking eighth in the same MTT. The London resident is over $600,000 in career online tournament winnings and can be found under the user name ckb4714 on 888.
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Join Date: Mar 15th, 2006
Oct 23rd, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Jamie Armstrong (pokerjamers)
Last month, longtime PocketFiver Jamie pokerjamers Armstrong (pictured) finished third in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max WCOOP event and booked a $141,000 score, his second largest all-time. He has almost $4.5 million in career winnings and was ranked as high as #3 on our site in 2011. Armstrong has been a member of the PocketFives community since 2006.
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yarik1903yarik1903
Join Date: Aug 28th, 2013
Oct 18th, 2015
By: Dan
"Poker is Making Huge Progress in Ukraine"
Recently, Ukraine's yarik1903 (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, taking the tournament down for $73,000. It was worth 681 PLB Points and marked his second largest online poker cash all-time. "I'm feeling really good after winning," he told us after the fact. It's so nice to get a big cash, and I got fourth in the Sunday Second Chance around the same time."
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bartek901bartek901
Join Date: Mar 23rd, 2012
Oct 17th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Cringe" Talking About Working a Regular Job
It has been a groundbreaking year for Polish PocketFiver bartek901 (pictured), who earned his $1 million cash badge, final tabled the WCOOP Super Tuesday for $150,000, and took second in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $64,000, just to name a few scores. He's the top-ranked Poland poker community member on PocketFives.
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stanman420stanman420
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2006
Oct 14th, 2015
By: Dan
Yoga, Fitness, Meditation, Traveling, Sports, Listening to Philosophers, Hiking
If this were the game show "Jeopardy," the answer to the title of this article would be, "What does stanman420 (pictured) enjoy doing outside of poker'" Yes, it's quite an eclectic list. I like hiking and sports too, but I don't know that I have time to do both and do yoga, travel, and hit up some philosophy. Oh yeah, stanman420 did all of that and got his $2 million cash badge on PocketFives. Amazing.
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SvZffSvZff
Join Date: Sep 16th, 2007
Oct 13th, 2015
By: Dan
"I'm Not Gonna Stop Until I've Earned Myself a House in Amsterdam"
In September, Malta's Steven SvZff van Zadelhoff hit $3 million in career online tournament scores. He is the third-ranked player in the European nation and plays as Viktor on Full Tilt Poker. He has several sizable scores to his credit, including a runner-up finish in a 2007 FTOPS event for $247,000 and a Sunday Million victory that same year for another $193,000.
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aguskbaguskb
Join Date: Oct 1st, 2007
Oct 11th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #6 Ranked aguskb
Formerly a #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) can currently be found at #6. He's the top-ranked online player in Mexico and recently hit $4 million in career scores in tournaments we track. Not too shabby.
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BillyChatBillyChat
Join Date: May 23rd, 2011
Oct 9th, 2015
By: Dan
BillyChat Hits $3 Million in Online MTT Scores
In recent weeks, London's Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) hit $3 million in career online tournament winnings. He was one of six PocketFivers to accomplish the feat in September and told us, "I feel good. It wasn't too long ago that I got to $2 million. I will keep pressing on. It's a shame it isn't $3 million in profit, though."
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ENIGMA4U4MEENIGMA4U4ME
Join Date: Jul 14th, 2011
Oct 6th, 2015
By: Dan
From $1.5 Million in Roulette Winnings to Chopping the Sunday Million
A man who once won $1.5 million in roulette just chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million two ways for $138,000. His name: Antonis ENIGMA4U4ME Poulengeris (pictured) and he finished fourth in the Sunday Million two years ago for $75,000. He's over $600,000 in online tournament winnings.
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Fold MachiiiFold Machiii
Join Date: Jun 7th, 2013
Oct 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
Big Up to the Goat Crewdem
In August, UK PocketFiver Fold Machiii (pictured) finished in fourth place in a rock solid final table of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy. He cashed out for $15,000, his fifth largest score to date, and has successfully pulled past $1.3 million in career winnings. He's up to #124 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest slotting ever, and is #12 in the UK.
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selouan1991selouan1991
Join Date: Oct 8th, 2010
Sep 26th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Cannot Imagine Myself Playing Poker at a High Level Without a HUD"
Last month, Brazil's Rodrigo Selouan (pictured), known on PocketFives as selouan1991, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and walked off with $18,000. It was his fourth largest online poker score to date and rocketed him to $553,000 in career online tournament cashes. "I was very happy with this final table," he told us. "It was great to beat a field of great players and it was good for my confidence, especially so close to the WCOOP."
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Shak88888Shak88888
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2013
Sep 25th, 2015
By: Dan
Shak88888 Went Deep, Mega Deep
Last month, Ukraine's Shak88888 took third place in the weekly 888 Poker Mega Deep and earned $10,000. There were over 500 entrants that week and Shak88888 led all PocketFivers, who raked in 36% of the prize pool. He's the #4 player in the capital of Kiev (pictured below) and #22 in the Ukraine poker community, so we wanted to catch up and talk about his most recent hit.
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BmakkBmakk
Join Date: Dec 15th, 2011
Sep 19th, 2015
By: Dan
Say Hello to the Top-Ranked Player in Iceland
Yes, there are poker players in Iceland. The country's population is only a bit over 300,000 people, but there are still 79 PocketFivers from Iceland with PLB scores in our Iceland poker community. Chief among them is Bmakk, who has been a member of our site since 2011 and recently hit $1 million in online tournament cashes.
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p0cket00p0cket00
Join Date: Jan 25th, 2008
Sep 16th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Former #1 Ranked p0cket00
Over the weekend, Canada's p0cket00 (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Whale for a healthy $46,000. There were 402 entrants at $600 a pop, which sent the prize pool to almost $240,000. He moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings as a result and used to be #1 last year.
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David BuettaDavid Buetta
Join Date: Nov 18th, 2012
Sep 11th, 2015
By: Dan
"At Some Point in a Tournament, the Adrenaline Level Rises"
In August, PocketFiver David Buetta (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy heads-up for $27,000 and officially took second place. While the five-figure score certainly wasn't anything to scoff at, he told us, "It's always nice to finish that high in a tough online MTT, but obviously you always want to finish first." He was one of six PocketFivers at the final table.
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asdf26asdf26
Join Date: Nov 25th, 2014
Sep 10th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner Josh Beckley
It's hard to believe that we'll have a winner in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in just two short months. New Jersey's Joshua asdf26 Beckley (pictured) holds the seventh largest stack in the tournament. His total lifetime live winnings heading into the Main Event were just north of $200,000 and he's making his first WSOP final table. He has been a staple of our New Jersey poker community.
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FlatFlat
Join Date: Dec 4th, 2014
Sep 7th, 2015
By: Dan
Flat Wants to Buy a Flat, Duh
Last month, Denis Timofeev (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Flat, took third in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put back $93,000. He's associated with the 2CardsCollege pro poker training team and told PocketFives, "I was very happy about finishing third, but I'm a little upset because I was so close to heads-up. I played with the second largest stack all final table and wanted to make a deal heads-up with another reg and win after that."
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APDAPD
Join Date: Mar 8th, 2011
Sep 5th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Also Enjoy Indulging in the Occasional Game of Battlefield"
In August, Andrew APD Dean (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500. All three finishers walked away with about the same amount of money, between $47,000 and $51,000, and Dean told us, "It was awesome. The Sunday 500 will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first legit score when I started playing MTTs."
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dipthrongdipthrong
Join Date: May 22nd, 2006
Sep 5th, 2015
By: Dan
dipthrong is Back!
If you missed it, last month, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He officially finished in fourth place for a hair over $50,000, the second largest amount given away, and told us, "It's probably the best tournament I've ever played. I feel I'm at a point in my life where I got rid of a lot of the shit in my head that was holding me back."
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Demitri1985Demitri1985
Join Date: Dec 10th, 2013
Sep 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
The Super Bowl of Low-Stakes Poker
In August, Brazil's Demitri1985 hit his first major career score, taking down the $11 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Storm to the tune of $17,000 after a seven-way chop. He only started playing poker full-time in the last year, but he is the latest in an ever-growing line of Brazilian players to win major tournaments.
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Kingido87Kingido87
Join Date: Mar 9th, 2011
Aug 29th, 2015
By: Dan
Remote Controlled Airplanes, Off-Road Motorcycles, and Sunday Million Final Tables
Earlier this month, Israel's Kingido87 (pictured) finished third in an un-chopped version of the PokerStars Sunday Million, coming away with a $93,000 payday. There were just over 5,700 entrants that day and PocketFivers captured almost 40% of the prize pool. It was Kingido87's largest score to date.
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CheVeaUCheVeaU
Join Date: Jun 21st, 2012
Aug 25th, 2015
By: Dan
Two Wins, Four Final Tables in the Sunday Million for CheVeaU
Last year, Brazil played host to the World Cup. Next year, it'll host the Olympics. The South American nation has had a host of success online as well. Late last month, in fact, Guilherme Cheveau (pictured), known on PocketFives as simply CheVeaU, won the PokerStars Sunday Million after a four-way chop for $153,000. Incredibly, it was his second time chopping the Sunday staple.
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N4kaiN4kai
Join Date: Jan 5th, 2012
Aug 23rd, 2015
By: Dan
"We Have to Make Mistakes to Have Something to Learn From"
On the final weekend of July, N4kai came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. He certainly carried the banner for our community, as he was one of just two PocketFivers at the final table that day. His reward was $15,000 and you can find him on 888 under the user name EternallyYrs.
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MLS20MLS20
Join Date: May 25th, 2013
Aug 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
From 12/12 to Chopping the Sunday Million for $103,000
Late last month, Matthias Lipp (pictured), known on PocketFives as MLS20, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $103,000. He officially finished in second place, falling heads-up to 180th ranked CheVeaU, and it was his largest online MTT score ever. The path to a near-victory for the live cash game player was quite impressive.
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JAKoon1985JAKoon1985
Join Date: Feb 7th, 2007
Aug 20th, 2015
By: Dan
Jason Koon Talks High-Stakes Cash Games in Vegas, Macau
We don't normally get a chance to talk about high-stakes live cash games here on PocketFives, so when we do, we're going to relish it. Recently, longtime PocketFiver Jason JAKoon1985 Koon (pictured) hit $4 million in career online tournament winnings and although that's where our conversation started, we quickly moved to high-stakes live games in Las Vegas and Macau. Now, it's on to the interview with the Run it Once pro!
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StatusUpStatusUp
Join Date: Dec 19th, 2006
Aug 18th, 2015
By: Dan
"It Felt Good to Win Something Other Than a Satellite"
Over the weekend, Canada's Jason StatusUp Lavallee (pictured) won the 888 Poker Whale for $31,000. The $600 buy-in tournament that runs every two weeks attracted almost 300 entrants and had a $155,000 prize pool. It was his fourth largest online poker cash to date and raised his career winnings in online MTTs past $2 million.
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pappadoggpappadogg
Join Date: Dec 19th, 2007
Aug 17th, 2015
By: Dan
Kickboxing in Prague FTW
We have interviewed several players here on PocketFives who have won the Winamax High Roller. The most recent among them: Prague's pappadogg (pictured), who took it down for $13,000. He's primarily a cash game player, but has had a considerable amount of success in the tournament world as well, amassing $1.5 million in cashes in his PocketFives profile. We sat down with the sport fanatic to get the inside dish on his latest Sunday win.
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joaosimaobhjoaosimaobh
Join Date: Jun 1st, 2009
Aug 16th, 2015
By: Dan
The Power of a Poker House
In recent weeks, Brazil's Joao Simao (pictured), known on PocketFives as joaosimaobh, won the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance and Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday on the same day for a combined $60,000. He's a proud Brazilian who has successfully managed to balance poker and his family and even final table a few major live tournaments. In fact, he has $3.2 million in tracked online tournament winnings to go along with $500,000 in live cashes. That's almost $4 million total!
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perrymejsenperrymejsen
Join Date: May 26th, 2014
Aug 16th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #33 Ranked perrymejsen
To close out July, Jerry Odeen, known on PocketFives as perrymejsen, took second in the weekly PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $40,000. There were 606 entrants that day and Odeen was one of six PocketFivers to finish in the top 10. Consequently, PocketFivers earned 46% of the prize pool.
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prof. ch4osprof. ch4os
Join Date: Mar 31st, 2014
Aug 15th, 2015
By: Dan
Then, I Accidentally Registered for a $5,000 Heads-Up Sit and Go
At the end of May, Lithuania's prof. ch4os (pictured, image courtesy Triobet and PokerNews) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $22,000. It was his second largest online MTT score to date and marked his best showing in a Sunday Major. He's the 14th-ranked player in Lithuania and a rising star with an interesting back-story, including one heads-up sit and go that was completely out of his league.
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SheaterSheater
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2011
Aug 13th, 2015
By: Dan
It's the Tournament "Everyone Wants to Win"
If you haven't heard of Sweden's Sheater before reading this article, where have you been' Seriously. Have you been living under a rock' Or perhaps on the top of a mountain with no internet' Maybe we'll give you a pass. The Swede is the #4 player worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings and a former #1.
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Pokerjoe48Pokerjoe48
Join Date: Mar 4th, 2009
Aug 11th, 2015
By: Dan
Strategy, Psychology, and Expensive Grinding Days
Over the weekend, Austria's Pokerjoe48 finished second in the PartyPoker Sunday Major and walked away with almost $20,000. It was his fourth largest online MTT score to date and helped propel him to over $1.2 million in career winnings. We virtually traveled to Europe to talk with him about his latest payout.
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rwpradorwprado
Join Date: May 14th, 2012
Aug 9th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Really Good to See the Brazil Poker Community Evolve So Much"
In June, Rafael Watanabe do Prado (pictured), aka rwprado on PocketFives, took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $31,000. There were 620 entrants that day and the tournament fell short of its guarantee, creating a little extra value for everyone who entered. The Brazilian was one of five PocketFivers at the final table.
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hneves182hneves182
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2014
Aug 7th, 2015
By: Dan
hneves182 Wins, Gets Second in Sunday 500 in Back-to-Back Months
In May, Helio hneves182 Neves (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and banked $63,000. In June, just one month later, he took the same tournament down for another $58,000. Over $120,000 later, Neves has been on fire in the weekly Sunday tournament. We caught up with the Brazilian to get his side of the story.
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papan9_p$papan9_p$
Join Date: Feb 11th, 2014
Aug 6th, 2015
By: Dan
From the White Wolves to the Sunday Warm-Up
In June, Russia's Viktor papan9_p$ Ustimov won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up after a three-way deal and walked off with $66,000. That was the largest amount given out and Ustimov was one of four PocketFivers to make the final table. Although it was just his ninth tracked win, he has almost $500,000 in online tournament scores to his credit.
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Flippa42Flippa42
Join Date: Apr 29th, 2010
Aug 5th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with San Jose's Flippa42
The most recent member of PocketFives to earn his $2 million cash badge is Costa Rica's Mike Flippa42 Carter (pictured), who did so on August 3. He plays as KaptianKush on PokerStars and Pokeherplayher on PartyPoker and sat down with us to talk about his successful career.
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neverfoldQ5neverfoldQ5
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2013
Aug 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
Why You Need Erdbeer Schnaps
You never quite know where interviews with players are going to go. Sometimes we talk about highly unique hobbies. Sometimes we talk about random adventures to faraway lands. In the case of Austria's neverfoldQ5, however, we digressed into talking about erdbeer schnaps.
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alexd2alexd2
Join Date: Oct 14th, 2012
Aug 2nd, 2015
By: Dan
Say Hello to the Top-Ranked PocketFiver in Bulgaria
In June, Alex Dimitrov (pictured), known on PocketFives as alexd2, won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $38,000 under the screen name grinder1992. There was no chop that day and Dimitrov led the six PocketFivers at the final table.
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Mr LonghitMr Longhit
Join Date: May 31st, 2014
Aug 1st, 2015
By: Dan
PLO High-Low's "Insane" Rake and Boating in Denmark
In recent weeks, Mads Bertelsen (pictured), known on PocketFives as Mr Longhit, finished second in the PartyPoker $200K Guaranteed and put back $22,000. He was the highest finishing member of the PocketFives community in the tournament and logged his fourth largest score to date.
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d7o1d1s0d7o1d1s0
Join Date: Feb 22nd, 2009
Jul 29th, 2015
By: Dan
"Shout Out to Aggro Santos for Helping with Timbey Nonsense Spots"
Just before the main chunk of the World Series of Poker began, Donald d7o1d1s0 Rae won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $20,000. There was no chop that day in the 474-man field and Rae was one of two UK PocketFivers to make the top five.
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aslamegoaslamego
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2014
Jul 28th, 2015
By: Dan
"This Money Will Make My Life Easier During the Downswings"
In recent weeks, Andrey aslamego Lamego (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for almost $80,000. The Brazilian was one of 2,432 players who entered that day and recorded his largest online tournament cash by a factor of five. He plays as Dr_Drey15 on PokerStars and can be found at #473 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.
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girex91girex91
Join Date: Nov 23rd, 2014
Jul 21st, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #39 Ranked girex91, Malta's Top Dog
Last month, Davide girex91 Marchi (pictured) hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, finishing second after a three-way chop for a commanding $135,000. It was the second largest amount given away in the deal after almost 5,800 people entered.
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Davydenko123Davydenko123
Join Date: Apr 29th, 2013
Jul 19th, 2015
By: Dan
"We Always Have Good Basketball Players and, Nowadays, Good Poker Players"
Last month, Lithuania's Davydenko123 (pictured) was part of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and earned $37,000, the largest payday given out. It was the fourth largest score of his career. "I feel very good," he told us. "After a downswing during the SCOOP series, that hit was necessary and nice to get."
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AnteSvanteAnteSvante
Join Date: May 28th, 2008
Jul 18th, 2015
By: Dan
"It Would Be Really Cool to Be Ranked #1 at the End of the Year Online"
In May, Anton AnteSvante Wigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date.
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NateSD222NateSD222
Join Date: Nov 3rd, 2013
Jul 12th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Think I Just Grabbed a Bohemia and Watched Some Netflix"
How do you celebrate an important win' Sip a cocktail and watch "Breaking Bad." Such is the life of Mexico's NateSD222, aka Richard Schenz-Davis (pictured), who is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $500,000 in online MTTs and won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy as well as a WCOOP Second Chance event last year.
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CrazedZachCrazedZach
Join Date: Jan 1st, 2007
Jul 4th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Have Never Heard of Anyone Winning at Razz"
Last month, Woody CrazedZach Deck (pictured) won a pair of SCOOP events. The first was a $215 Stud tournament, while the second, which happened nine days later, was a $700 HORSE event. Deck's reward: $34,000 and two SCOOP titles.
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IgorKIgorK
Join Date: Mar 5th, 2013
Jul 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
"I Was Looking at Poker Hand Rankings While I Was Playing"
You remember the days of being a newbie in poker. For PocketFiver Simon Ronnow Pedersen (pictured), known as IgorK on our site, those days are, thankfully, long past. Last month, he took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $32,000. He plays on the site under the user name SuzukiTorben007.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Jun 28th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Really Important to Be On Point with Your All-In Ranges"
At the start of this year's SCOOP on PokerStars, 1,100 people turned out for a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. In the end, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) finished in second place for a commanding $143,000. It was his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of two.
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W_P_SW_P_S
Join Date: Aug 11th, 2013
Jun 27th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Like the Game and Like the Money, and There's Lots of Money in this Game"
Last month, Hungary's W_P_S was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Storm. His reward for making it to the final three of the 32,000-man tournament was $17,000. "I had a very tough year, so this helps me a lot now," he told us. "I had lot of crazy beats deep in past tournaments when the money was big."
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Ravic85Ravic85
Join Date: Aug 13th, 2013
Jun 12th, 2015
By: Dan
"Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol the Night Before a Tournament"
Last month, Moscow's Ravic85 (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy outright for $63,000. There were well over 1,100 entrants that day and Ravic85 outlasted five other PocketFives members at the final table. Now, he's camped out in Las Vegas for the annual World Series of Poker.
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F1kusF1kus
Join Date: May 20th, 2014
Jun 4th, 2015
By: Dan
How Did You Celebrate' I Went to Work Six Hours Later
Last month, Filip Milovanovic (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as F1kus, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $55,000. He officially took fourth place and is now closing in on $300,000 in online tournament winnings.
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miw210miw210
Join Date: Jan 24th, 2007
May 31st, 2015
By: RicanPhenom
Heads-Up with WSOP Bracelet Winner Michael Wang (miw210)
PocketFives had the opportunity to chat with Michael miw210 Wang (pictured), a 26-year-old poker pro from Livingston, New Jersey who made his dreams come true by capturing his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in Event #2, a $5,000 buy-in NLHE tournament.
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moertelmumoertelmu
Join Date: Jan 6th, 2011
May 30th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Was One-Tabling at 9:30am While Sipping Beers From the Mini Bar"
Earlier this month, Martin Mulsow (pictured with Sam TheSquid Grafton), known on PocketFives as moertelmu, came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $25,000. There were over 900 entrants that day and Mulsow helped push his career online tournament cash total to over $2.6 million. You can find him on 888 under the screen name IknowUfish.
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allinforthelolzallinforthelolz
Join Date: Jul 3rd, 2010
May 25th, 2015
By: Dan
No Laughing Matter: allinforthelolz Talks 888 Mega Deep Win
The 888 Poker Mega Deep brought out a field of 748 entrants earlier this month and Carl Johns (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as allinforthelolz, won it outright for $35,000. No, it's not a joke. Instead, it was Johns' third largest online MTT score to date. He won the Super XL version of the tournament last December for $39,000.
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dancingbudhadancingbudha
Join Date: Nov 28th, 2013
May 24th, 2015
By: Dan
"My Strategy Involves Trying to Make Poker as Technical a Game as Possible"
Earlier this month, Nayeem Syed (pictured), known in the online poker world as dancingbudha, chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 two ways for $50,000, far and away his largest online poker score to date.
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apestylesapestyles
Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
May 19th, 2015
By: Dan
"It Was Kind of an Old School Final Table"
Earlier this month, Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) ran away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and took home $22,000. In the process, he defeated a field of 533 entrants and a final table loaded with former World Series of Poker bracelet winners and European Poker Tour champions.
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harrrrmonicaharrrrmonica
Join Date: Dec 6th, 2012
May 17th, 2015
By: Dan
"As a Food Aficionado, Living Here Opens a Lot of Doors"
On the last weekend of April, Russian transplant harrrrmonica, who now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $25,000. There were almost 600 entrants and harrrrmonica won the tournament for the second time in eight months.
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SkrigepasSkrigepas
Join Date: Feb 3rd, 2009
May 14th, 2015
By: Dan
"People See Family and Tournament Poker as Two Things You Can't Unite"
On the final weekend of April, Denmark's Skrigepas (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and bagged $44,000. He officially finished in third place, while fellow PocketFiver micide took the tournament down for $13,000 more. It was Skrigepas' ninth largest online tournament cash to date.
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Aggro SantosAggro Santos
Join Date: Jan 29th, 2012
May 14th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Sunday Million Winner Aggro Santos
Late last month, Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Million outright and pocketed $194,000. There were almost 6,400 entrants and Margereson led the group of 990 who finished in the money. He is nearing $3 million in career online tournament winnings and told us, "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I can't believe how well I've run."
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inca7barinca7bar
Join Date: May 8th, 2013
May 11th, 2015
By: Dan
"It Feels Good, But I'd Rather Have $1 Million in Profit"
Known as inca7bar on PocketFives, Miguel Silva is up to $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings. He officially hit $1 million last month and told us that while he'll definitely take a new profile badge, "I'd rather have $1 million in profit." Wouldn't we all'
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gray31gray31
Join Date: Jul 11th, 2008
May 9th, 2015
By: Dan
"Winning Is Always More Fun, But Third Place Felt Pretty Good"
Last month, Grayson Gray31 Ramage (pictured) made not one, but two Sunday Major final tables on the same day. He finished third in the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $21,000 and followed that up by finishing ninth in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for another $4,000. A total of $25,000 later, it was a productive Sunday for the poker refugee now camped out in Costa Rica.
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FjaluzFjaluz
Join Date: Oct 1st, 2014
May 7th, 2015
By: Dan
"That's What I Pray For Every Time I Go to Bed"
The 99th ranked member of the PocketFives community is Sweden's Fjaluz, who recently hit $1 million in career online tournaments scores and is officially at $1.3 million now. He won the PokerStars Hotter $75 and final tabled the PokerStars.fr SCOOP Main Event, both in January, for almost $50,000 total.
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elliottpetelliottpet
Join Date: Oct 28th, 2014
May 6th, 2015
By: Dan
"Hopefully This Allows Me to Play SCOOP, WSOP Without Too Much Pressure"
Last month, Elliott elliottpet Peterman (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and put away $19,000. That week's edition had 786 entrants and a prize pool that almost hit $400,000. "I was pretty happy to finish fifth in a tough field," he told PocketFives. "It's just a disappointing feeling not to finish higher when you reach the final table. I had some tough breaks with 18 left when I had a decent chip lead that forced me to play a short stack from then on."
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LockhurtLockhurt
Join Date: Mar 24th, 2010
May 5th, 2015
By: Dan
"Real Estate is the Easiest Way to Gain Wealth in the Long-Run"
A few weeks ago, Lockhurt (pictured), who calls Ontario, Canada home, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright and earned $70,000. There were almost 800 entrants that day and Lockhurt beat out a final table that included five other PocketFivers. It was the fourth largest cash we've tracked for him.
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dilimAAdilimAA
Join Date: May 27th, 2014
May 3rd, 2015
By: Dan
"I Started in Poker After Watching Casino Royale"
In 2006, three years after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event, Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen starred in "Casino Royale," the latest James Bond movie. This author remembers going to opening night of the 007 flick, which ended up being the fourth highest grossing movie of the year. Also seeing it was Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured), and, after the fact, his poker career was born.
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EuropeanEuropean
Join Date: Sep 14th, 2013
Apr 28th, 2015
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Finland's European
Over the weekend, Finland's European added to his already impressive poker resume with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $48,000. He defeated almost 1,000 entrants in the process and notched his fifth largest score to date. "I feel amazing," he told PocketFives on Monday. "It's motivating to get such a nice score right before the biggest two weeks of my poker career kick off."
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dscturrrdscturrr
Join Date: Sep 25th, 2013
Apr 28th, 2015
By: Dan
"Please, One Time, Take a Cab and Bring Me Some Red Bulls"
A week ago, the PokerStars Sunday Storm, an $11 buy-in tournament, celebrated its fourth anniversary. The result: 104,000 entrants and a prize pool that lapped $1 million. Coming in second place when all was said and done was Bulgaria's Georgi Nikolov (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as dscturrr and earned $56,000 following a five-way deal.
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HAHALIVEPROSHAHALIVEPROS
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2013
Apr 26th, 2015
By: Dan
"What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger"
Perhaps Kelly Clarkson (pictured) put it best: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Or maybe it was actually Friedrich Nietzsche. Or maybe it was Shak Kaz, who is known on PocketFives as HAHALIVEPROS. Either way, Kaz won the PokerStars Sunday Million a couple of weeks ago after a heads-up chop and banked a healthy $183,000.
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justin ouimettejustin ouimette
Join Date: May 22nd, 2010
Apr 25th, 2015
By: Dan
Winning the Sunday Brawl Twice in 2015: "It Feels Awesome"
Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $26,000, defeating a field of 646 entrants. Amazingly, it was his second time winning the tournament this year, his first coming in January for $24,000. Did we mention that he also final tabled the Super Tuesday last month for $43,000, his largest online tournament score to date' Yes, it's good to be Justin Ouimette.
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Charlisgore8Charlisgore8
Join Date: Aug 5th, 2008
Apr 23rd, 2015
By: Dan
"I Was a Student, and Students Always Need Money"
On the final weekend of March, Hungary's Charlisgore8 made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $57,000. It was his largest tracked cash to date by a factor of three, passing a $20,000 haul in the Sunday Storm last year.
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Join Date: Sep 7th, 2013
Apr 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
"If You Have 10-15 BB, Don't Think It's Over"
Last month, the FTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker attracted a field of 2,160 entrants and had a prize pool that nearly topped $1.2 million. Your winner: PocketFiver Mustapha Kanit (pictured), who is known as lasagnaaammm.
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RasARasA
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2012
Apr 21st, 2015
By: Dan
"As Long As I'm Enjoying Playing and Getting Good Results, I'm Happy"
Late last month, Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $69,000. The field numbered 776 that day and Larsen booked his third largest tracked score to date.
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FaNjkEEEFaNjkEEE
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2011
Apr 18th, 2015
By: Dan
"Everyone Looks for the November Nine, But Any Top-Three Finish Would be Great"
It's almost time for the World Series of Poker. It's a little more than a month away and will attract players from around the world to Las Vegas, among them Ukraine's Artem FaNjkEEE Kobylynskyi (pictured). He'll come armed to this year's WSOP with plenty of confidence, as he's just a few weeks removed from earning his $3 million cash badge on PocketFives.
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daragh999daragh999
Join Date: Jan 15th, 2008
Apr 18th, 2015
By: Dan
UKIPT Player of the Year, 888 Sunday Challenge Master
Last month, Daragh daragh999 Davey (pictured) finished second in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. There were 844 entrants that day and Davey bagged $15,000 after coming up short on the final hand. "I'm feeling pretty good about it," Davey told PocketFives. "It's my biggest online result in a while. It's always nice to run good on a Sunday."
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aguskbaguskb
Join Date: Oct 1st, 2007
Apr 16th, 2015
By: Dan
"The Asian Time Zones Make it Tough to Grind the Normal MTT Schedule"
Earlier this year, Mexico's Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) earned his $3 million cash badge on PocketFives. It's fitting that we're interviewing him now for a feature article, as he is also at his all-time high in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #21 in the world. He's a poker transplant living in Mexico.
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WALMARTcnxnWALMARTcnxn
Join Date: Feb 10th, 2013
Apr 13th, 2015
By: Dan
"Get Off the Walmart Connection"
"Back in the day, I had a really bad internet connection, and apparently Walmart used to sell really bad internet, so my friends would always tell me to get off the Walmart connection. Actually, a couple of weeks after I made my PokerStars account, I got a job working at Walmart out of sheer coincidence."
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jason132008jason132008
Join Date: Apr 15th, 2014
Apr 12th, 2015
By: Dan
"Poker is a Game of Constant Evolution"
Late last month, Vinicius Steves (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jason132008, took second place in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $61,000. That week's tournament had 2,585 entrants and the first place player, proh1t, earned $81,000. Steves explained, "It's a very important tournament, even more so for my buy-ins, and to get two great results in it make me very excited."
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xkosssxxkosssx
Join Date: Jul 17th, 2013
Apr 11th, 2015
By: Dan
"Now I Have the Money I Need to Buy a Bigger Apartment and a Car"
Last Month, Cosmin Calea (pictured), who is known as xkosssx on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $215,000. There were almost 7,200 entrants that day and Calea was one of 1,080 to make the money. "I am very happy and excited about the successful performance I had," he told PocketFives after the final cards had been dealt. "A final table in the Sunday Million has been one of my dreams since I started playing poker."
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RomeoproRomeopro
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2010
Apr 9th, 2015
By: Dan
Wherefore Art Thou Romeopro'
Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeopro on PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPoker Saturday Major, Winamax Top 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame.
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romdomromdom
Join Date: Apr 9th, 2008
Apr 8th, 2015
By: Dan
Wake Up at 7, Play Poker from 8 to 8, Sleep, Do it Again
Last month, romdom came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $80,000. There were 2,667 entrants that day and, accordingly, he told us, "It feels great. I have been working really hard on my game and it finally paid off." He booked his third largest career online poker score.
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TheClaimeerTheClaimeer
Join Date: Nov 6th, 2007
Apr 4th, 2015
By: Dan
Out of the Hospital, Into the 888 Mega Deep Winner's Circle
Last weekend was a whirlwind one for Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured), who checked into the hospital for a gallbladder problem, only to be discharged and win the 888 Poker Mega Deep. No, we can't make this stuff up. "I pleaded with the doc to let me out on Sunday," Trigg told us. Yes, that's impressive. "They gave me antibiotics by tablet and sent me on my way." The result: a win in the Mega Deep for $40,000 after defeating a field of nearly 1,000.
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das_rektumousdas_rektumous
Join Date: Mar 9th, 2010
Mar 28th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Have Been Running So Badly, So This Feels So Good"
Earlier this month, Tomi Taanila (pictured), known on PocketFives as das_rektumous, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major and earned $39,000. He defeated a field of 650 entrants and was one of 90 players to make the money in the $250 buy-in tournament. "I feel great," Taanila told PocketFives. "The beginning of the year has been hard until this point. I have been running so badly, so this feels so good."
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FizhhFizhh
Join Date: Apr 11th, 2011
Mar 27th, 2015
By: Dan
"This is the Score I Have Been Looking For"
Recently, Luis Alberto Montano Rodriguez (pictured), known as Fizhh on PocketFives, came in second place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and cashed for $155,000. There was no chop to be had and Rodriguez, who calls Mexico home, outlasted over 7,000 opponents. We caught up with him to break down his big day.
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G4uthsG4uths
Join Date: Jul 24th, 2013
Mar 26th, 2015
By: Dan
Let's Get the Heck Out of the Cold!
In recent weeks, Jonathan G4uths Gauthier (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and bagged $68,000. It was the largest cashed we've tracked for the Canadian by a factor of nine and he accordingly told us, "I am feeling super good. I've been waiting for that kind of ship for a long time."
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Gil3000Gil3000
Join Date: Mar 2nd, 2013
Mar 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
"Unfortunately, I'm a Massive Life Nit"
Late last month, England's Jonathan Gil3000 Gill (pictured) took fourth place in the PokerStars Sunday Million and put away $74,000. It was his largest online tournament score to date and he outlasted over 7,000 other entrants to get it. Gill has since shot up to the top 500 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and gave us the run-down of his big hit.
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marktbmarktb
Join Date: Feb 6th, 2014
Mar 21st, 2015
By: Dan
Chopping the Sunday Million the Day After Your Bachelor Party
Last month, Denmark's marktb (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $72,000. There were over 800 entrants that day and marktb bested a final table that included a half-dozen members of the PocketFives community. That score came a few years after a pretty memorable hit in the Sunday Million on a very special weekend. More on that to come.
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NukeTheFishNukeTheFish
Join Date: Jun 7th, 2011
Mar 15th, 2015
By: Dan
A PhD in Astrophysics, But a Career in Poker
Over the first weekend in March, Dan NukeTheFish Wilson (pictured) was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 and raked in $58,000. It was the largest score of his online tournament career by a factor of almost three and he has since shot up to #245 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. We caught up with him to discuss his life, which included getting a PhD in Astrophysics.
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Join Date: Apr 29th, 2013
Mar 12th, 2015
By: Dan
Sunday $100 Rebuy Win, Super Tuesday Final Table in the Same Week
The end of February was pretty lucrative for Audrius Miliauskas (pictured), who goes by Davydenko123 on PocketFives. On the 22nd, he won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy after a four-way chop and put away $42,000. Two days later, he finished fourth in the site's Super Tuesday for another $45,000. It was a pretty profitable way to end the shortest month of the year.
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sammejaosammejao
Join Date: Nov 18th, 2013
Mar 10th, 2015
By: Dan
Six-Max Games, Einstein References, and My Friend Mangejao
Earlier this year, Australia's sammejao (pictured) won the Winamax High Roller for the second time. His first taste of victory in it came in 2014 on a Sunday and was good for $20,000, while his latest go-around came during the week for almost $6,000. To win a high-dollar six-max tournament two times is quite a feat, so we thought an interview was appropriate.
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jareth3542jareth3542
Join Date: Sep 12th, 2013
Mar 7th, 2015
By: Dan
Celebratory McDonald's Breakfast with Double Sausage and Egg
A few weeks ago, Jareth jareth3542 East (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $41,000, defeating a field of 675 entrants. "One word that springs to mind is 'relief,'" he told us following his big hit. "On PokerStars and Full Tilt, I have been making a lot of big final tables recently and getting eighth and ninth place every time. It was getting really frustrating, so to win one feels great."
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aimazingaimazing
Join Date: Aug 18th, 2014
Mar 5th, 2015
By: Dan
Staring at a Screen for 14 Hours: "It Doesn't Happen that Often"
In the middle of February, the 888 Poker Mega Deep pulled in 829 entrants and offered up a prize pool of $165,000. The money made a 14-hour tournament much more palatable to Polish PocketFiver aimazing (pictured), who told us, "I'm feeling awesome. It's my biggest score ever. However, I felt a little bit disappointed since I lost heads-up to a recreational player." He took second for $22,000.
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fournnfournn
Join Date: Jan 13th, 2014
Mar 2nd, 2015
By: Dan
"Hey Dad, I Won $200 with $1"
Last month, Canada's Alexandre Fournier (pictured), known as fournn on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. His reward was $98,000, far and away his largest online poker cash to date, and, as a result, he has zoomed to #536 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.
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ZaureosZaureos
Join Date: Dec 27th, 2012
Mar 1st, 2015
By: Dan
Two Sunday Major Final Tables, One Win for Zaureos in Februry
On the second weekend of February, Edgar Roberto Briga Claro Valente Oliveira, known as Zaureos on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $39,000. It was his largest cash to date and came in a tournament he's highly familiar with. "I feel really happy because it's one of my favorite tournaments and it's really fulfilling to win it," he told us.
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Alberto MeranAlberto Meran
Join Date: Nov 8th, 2013
Mar 1st, 2015
By: Dan
"The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get"
In February, the Dominican Republic's Alberto Meran won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a five-way deal. He blasted through a field of almost 2,900 entrants en route to a $74,000 score, as the tournament beat its guarantee by 14%. His payday was the largest given out by about $20,000.
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asjbaaafasjbaaaf
Join Date: Jul 26th, 2012
Feb 28th, 2015
By: Dan
How Do You Follow Up a Second Place TLB Finish'
Back in 2013, New Zealand's asjbaaaf (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for almost $80,000. That score jump-started what, two years later, is still a lucrative poker career. In fact, just a couple of months into 2015, he has already won the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and final tabled the 888 Poker Whale for $13,000.
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wiisssppppaawiisssppppaa
Join Date: Nov 25th, 2012
Feb 24th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Filled with Guys with Deep Pockets Willing to Gamble it Up Early"
The title of this article is a scouting report of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which runs once a week and, earlier this month, attracted just over 900 entrants. Taking second on the final leaderboard was Andy wiisssppppaa Taylor (pictured), who earned $36,000.
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ravenjetbyrneravenjetbyrne
Join Date: Jul 16th, 2011
Feb 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
Naked Fist-Pumping and Personal Pleasure Palaces
Earlier this month, London's ravenjetbyrne (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge and walked away with $25,000, his second career victory in that tournament. There were almost 1,000 entrants that day and ravenjetbyrne was the lone PocketFiver at the final table. We caught up with him to get his take on his big day. You'll be able to tell by his responses that he also writes stand-up comedy on the side and is pretty creative.
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JimyJamonasJimyJamonas
Join Date: Nov 13th, 2011
Feb 20th, 2015
By: Dan
Two Sunday Million Final Tables, One Win for JimyJamonas
On Super Bowl Sunday, JimyJamonas, from Israel, headed up a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. He cashed for $170,000 and officially took first place, telling us, "I'm really happy! I know there's a lot of luck involved regardless of how well I played, so it was a really nice turn of events." It was his second time final tabling the large-field tournament.
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SpraggsSpraggs
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2007
Feb 19th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Might Buy My New French Bulldog Puppy, Pierre, a New Collar"
Earlier this month, longtime PocketFiver Spraggs (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event and put back $159,000. "I'm so happy," Spraggs told PocketFives following the biggest tournament score of his career. "I feel very lucky to have weaved through a big field in such a huge tournament. I'd always aimed to eventually have a huge six-figure score like this; I just can't believe it's happened."
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pleno1pleno1
Join Date: Mar 21st, 2010
Feb 18th, 2015
By: Dan
pleno1 Final Tables Every PokerStars Sunday Major
Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $52,000. Impressively, he has now final tabled every Sunday Major that PokerStars offers: the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday $100 Rebuy, Sunday 500, and Sunday Second Chance. It's no wonder that Leonard is ranked #6 worldwide on our site.
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TheSquidTheSquid
Join Date: Feb 28th, 2010
Feb 15th, 2015
By: Dan
TheSquid on Triple Crown #9: "Following in the Footsteps of the Master"
Earlier this month, Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next closest person.
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koootnikkoootnik
Join Date: Jan 13th, 2014
Feb 14th, 2015
By: Dan
"Thanks to All Who Believed in Me and My Abilities"
Late last month, Slovenia's Daniel koootnik Kotnik (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $42,000. It remains his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of four and helped put him on the map in the PocketFives Rankings. We caught up with the European while he was firing up satellites for the Eureka Poker Tour.
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xtheWallxtheWall
Join Date: Aug 29th, 2005
Feb 13th, 2015
By: Dan
How Many Friends Can You Fly to Uganda for $75,000'
Late last month, xtheWall (pictured), who calls Sweden home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was the largest amount given out in the chop, $75,000, which also was his largest online tournament cash to date. "I feel great about it," the Swede told us in an exclusive interview. "I was inspired by ImDoneCallin, who reached the final table the week before."
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HustlerGruneHustlerGrune
Join Date: Jun 3rd, 2009
Feb 12th, 2015
By: Dan
HustlerGrune's Life-Changing Story
Earlier this month, Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $47,000. More so than the money, a chop in one of the biggest tournaments of the week marked another milestone in his courageous journey from the depths of addiction.
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rphrph
Join Date: May 2nd, 2011
Feb 9th, 2015
By: Dan
If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Three More Times
Late last month, Uruguay's rph took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright and banked $25,000. There were over 600 entrants that week and rph was one of 63 to make the money. Even though he has over $3 million in online MTT cashes, this was his largest score on Full Tilt and the second time he final tabled the tournament in January.
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omgitsballomgitsball
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2012
Feb 8th, 2015
By: Dan
"You Never Expect to Win a Tournament with 34,000 Entrants"
At the tail end of January, Deric Lee (pictured), known on PocketFives as omgitsball, won the PokerStars Sunday Storm after a three-way deal and took home $25,000. As he fittingly put it, "I am happy. It's surreal. You never expect to win a tournament with 34,000 entrants." He took home the largest amount given out and was the lone PocketFiver to make the final table.
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neverfoldQ5neverfoldQ5
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2013
Feb 8th, 2015
By: Dan
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Triple Crowns
Watch "The Sound of Music," which is set in Austria, if the title of this article is confusing. On January 11, a little more than a week into the new year, Austria's neverfoldQ5 (pictured) took down a $33 No Limit Hold'em Cap tournament on PokerStars. He scooped $2,800 and, perhaps more importantly, registered the first leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown.
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apestylesapestyles
Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
Feb 6th, 2015
By: Dan
apestyles on "A Massive Heater with Very Little Volume"
Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume."
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onel4playonel4play
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2014
Feb 4th, 2015
By: Dan
"You Never Know What's Next in Poker"
On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4play Onel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Feb 4th, 2015
By: Dan
moorman1 Hits $12 Million in Online Tournament Cashes
Yet another milestone for Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured). The most decorated member of the PocketFives community just passed $12 million in tracked online tournament winnings. He is the only player in the history of PocketFives to hit $10 million and has another $4 million in live cashes according to the Hendon Mob. We caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame.
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jambeyangjambeyang
Join Date: Apr 21st, 2011
Feb 1st, 2015
By: Dan
Charity, Skis, and a Nice Bottle of Macallan
If you won $77,000 after chopping a big poker tournament, what would you do with it' Pay off student loans' Sink it back into your bankroll' Drink heavily' Travel around the world' For Andrew jambeyang Robson (pictured), a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in mid-January meant the chance to spend $77,000 however he wanted. His top-of-mind activities: donating to charity, buying a new pair of skis, and sipping a nice bottle of Macallan whiskey.
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Big HuniBig Huni
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
Jan 31st, 2015
By: Dan
Two Is Not a Winner and Three Nobody Remembers
Oh yes, the title of this article is most definitely a Nelly reference. It's relevant because earlier this week, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time ever. He's the first player from Costa Rica to top the Rankings in a year and is closing in on $7.5 million in tracked online MTT scores.
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papamat25papamat25
Join Date: Nov 12th, 2008
Jan 29th, 2015
By: Dan
Horseshoes, Bonfires, Fishing, Camping, and $50K Poker Cashes
It's not easy being Matt papamat25 Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself."
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justin ouimettejustin ouimette
Join Date: May 22nd, 2010
Jan 29th, 2015
By: Dan
"It's Nice to Finally Bink a Full Tilt Bird"
Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette (pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird."
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Jan 27th, 2015
By: Dan
urbanlights Finishes Top Three in the Super Tuesday Twice in a Month
If you missed it, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Super Tuesday twice in December, finishing in third place on the 16th and as the runner-up two days before the end of the year. Together, the two un-chopped scores meant over $136,000 in real money along with almost 1,000 PLB Points.
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hbo06hbo06
Join Date: Aug 10th, 2013
Jan 25th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Also Enjoy Playing Video Games, Especially FIFA on PlayStation 4"
To close out the 2014 calendar year, hbo06 (pictured) was part of a six-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million Special Edition for a commanding $241,000. A few weeks later, he is at his all-time high in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings at #1,099 worldwide and plays as manipulator on PokerStars and dajmiczipsy on 888 Poker.
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Tonyfish77Tonyfish77
Join Date: May 4th, 2014
Jan 23rd, 2015
By: Dan
"To Succeed in Poker, You Need to Have the Whole Package"
Earlier this month, Antonio Da Silva (pictured), who is known online as Tonyfish77, finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $52,000. It was a life-changer on every level and represented his largest tracked cash to date by a mile. Now, he is considering quitting his construction job to jump into the online poker world. We caught up with Da Silva, who calls the English resort town of Bournemouth home.
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random.churandom.chu
Join Date: Aug 21st, 2009
Jan 22nd, 2015
By: Dan
A Not-So-Random Score for random.chu
To open 2015, a field of 3,181 entrants descended on the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. When all was said and done, Stevan random.chu Chew (pictured) from Adelaide, Australia came away with $74,000 after bowing out in second place. It was his largest online poker score ever and helped grow his lifetime total to over $2.2 million.
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pvas2pvas2
Join Date: Dec 20th, 2010
Jan 20th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Won a Satellite to the Sunday Million and Somehow Won It"
That quote comes from the poker story of Paul pvas2 Vas Nunes (pictured). Without a miracle last-minute satellite entry into the Sunday Million, he may not be playing poker today. We caught up with him following a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy in which he brought home $46,000. We reached out to the England poker player to get the deets on his latest cash.
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da Apeda Ape
Join Date: Oct 17th, 2013
Jan 17th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Was the Guy Who Hated Poker and Didn't Want to Play with My Friends"
Just before the calendar rolled over to 2015, da Ape took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed, outlasting a field of 969 entrants. The Thai player is up to almost three-quarters of a million dollars in tracked online MTT cashes and can be found at #378 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.
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bparisbparis
Join Date: Mar 6th, 2006
Jan 13th, 2015
By: Dan
bparis Becomes Fifth Person Ever to Hit $7.5 Million in Online Cashes
On Sunday, Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) became just the fifth PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online tournament cashes and the first to do so since November. To that end, Paris joins a prestigious group that also includes Jeremy daisyxoxo Fitzpatrick, Shyam s_dot11 Srinivasan, p0cket00, and Chris moorman1 Moorman.
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Rhyno2008Rhyno2008
Join Date: Jun 21st, 2012
Jan 12th, 2015
By: Dan
Rhyno2008 Wins Sunday Million for $217K, Wakes Up Parents at 6am
A few days before Christmas, Pablo Nerro (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Rhyno2008, won the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for $217,000, defeating a field of 7,420 entrants. He took down the lion's share of the almost $1.5 million awarded and shot up to #3 in his home country of Uruguay.
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BWFCLEEBWFCLEE
Join Date: Jul 29th, 2012
Jan 10th, 2015
By: Dan
OMG BWFCLEE FTW
A few days before Christmas, Santa visited Lee BWFCLEE Taylor (pictured) in a big way. As part of Double Vision Sunday, Taylor was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $84,000, officially taking second place. As a result, he has leapt over $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings.
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selinantisselinantis
Join Date: Jan 13th, 2012
Jan 9th, 2015
By: Dan
"I Have Had a Goal Since Childhood to See All Seven Continents"
In the middle of December, selinantis (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $35,000. There were over 700 entrants that day and selinantis, who calls Lithuania home, finished third among them. He has over $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings and sat down with PocketFives to talk about his sixth largest cash ever.
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Checktrap11Checktrap11
Join Date: Apr 29th, 2012
Jan 8th, 2015
By: Dan
"It Feels Great to Start the New Year With a Big Score"
On the very first Sunday of 2015, Mat Checktrap11 Cuthbertson (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy two ways and walked off with $47,000. There were 942 entrants that day and Cuthbertson, who has almost $1 million in career online MTT winnings, took home 17% of the $276,000 prize pool. The London resident was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about it.
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ruslanmdruslanmd
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2014
Jan 4th, 2015
By: Dan
How to Outlast a 34,000-Player Field: "Tight is Right"
Last month, PocketFiver ruslanmd (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm for $29,000. While it wasn't a life-changing amount of money, it was worth an interview on PocketFives due to the fact that the field numbered over 34,000 entrants, or half the capacity of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The top 5,400 players finished in the money and ruslanmd booked his largest online MTT score to date.
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H0LDiTH0LDiT
Join Date: Feb 16th, 2009
Jan 4th, 2015
By: Dan
H0LDiT It Now, Hand Over That $75,000
Recently on PokerStars, Double Vision Sunday featured two installments of the Sunday Warm-Up. The six-handed version had 2,939 entrants and ended with PocketFiver H0LDiT (pictured) taking second place for $75,000. Four of the six members of the final table were part of our community, which raked in $293,000 total.
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SilentPurpleSilentPurple
Join Date: Feb 15th, 2009
Jan 2nd, 2015
By: Dan
Making Supernova Elite Four Times: "You Get into a System"
In the closing weeks of 2014, Michael MacHugh, who is known on PocketFives as SilentPurple, came away with a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million, earning a not-so-paltry $78,000. "It always makes for a nice Sunday," MacHugh said of his final table. "I didn't really pay much attention until last couple hundred players. I was busy studying. By then, I was always bouncing around the top three, so I was able to take down a lot of pots without much fighting back from the table."
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norfair18norfair18
Join Date: Dec 16th, 2006
Dec 29th, 2014
By: Dan
"Being Extremely Competitive Makes Poker Players Successful"
Earlier this month, norfair18 reached $1 million in online tournament cashes, earning himself a fancy new badge in his PocketFives profile. He is one day removed from taking fifth in the Bigger $162 on PokerStars and told us that the $1 million cash badge "feels good. It's something concrete I can point to. I'm sure my parents would be surprised since they really have no idea what kind of stakes I play."
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woohoo42woohoo42
Join Date: Apr 25th, 2013
Dec 28th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Ended Up Busting My First Bankroll to Viktor Blom"
Earlier this month, woohoo42 (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Super XL Main Event, a $600 NLHE tournament with a $1 million guarantee. There was no chop and woohoo42 banked $199,000 for the win. "I'm going to continue working with my staking group," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I will increase their buy-ins. They were probably happier than I was."
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modzillaplmodzillapl
Join Date: Jun 13th, 2012
Dec 25th, 2014
By: Dan
From Big Two to a Two-Way Chop
If you play games like Crazy Eights and Winner, you might know of a card game called Big Two. We're not going to get into the nitty-gritty details, but the goal is to run out of cards before everyone else does. For Canada's modzillapl (pictured), an early start in Big Two helped propel him to a recent heads-up chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $88,000.
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dipthrongdipthrong
Join Date: May 22nd, 2006
Dec 20th, 2014
By: Dan
dipthrong Talks About Winning Back-to-Back FTOPS Leaderboards
After winning two events early on during the 27th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) took down the competition's leaderboard by a healthy margin. He had 35% more points than the second place player and captured his second straight FTOPS Leaderboard title. Interestingly, he won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by about the same margin.
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natfalber11natfalber11
Join Date: Oct 8th, 2013
Dec 19th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with FTOPS Main Event Winner natfalber11
Last weekend, Nathaniel Falber, who is known on PocketFives as natfalber11 (pictured), took down the FTOPS XXVII Main Event outright for $212,000. It was a 333x return on his $635 investment and the largest online MTT score we've tracked for him by a factor of 13. PocketFives caught up with the Brazilian to see what went right that day.
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moiadcosminmoiadcosmin
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2013
Dec 14th, 2014
By: Dan
Time to Terrorize Fish at the Live Poker Tables Following a Sunday Million Chop
A couple of weeks ago, moiadcosmin (pictured), who is known in the real world as Joldis Cosmin, was part of a five-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and reeled in $118,000. "I feel very good," the Romanian told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "Every player wants to do well in that MTT."
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KingKong0815KingKong0815
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2008
Dec 13th, 2014
By: Dan
Scaling the Sunday Million Like It's the Empire State Building
Last month, Germany's KingKong0815 (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and put back $165,000, officially taking third place. "I'm pretty stoked," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It still feels pretty unreal." Unreal like watching a giant ape climb the Empire State Building'
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TheDegenFundTheDegenFund
Join Date: Feb 17th, 2010
Dec 11th, 2014
By: Dan
"I'm Back Home to Punt the Rest of My Winnings on More Tournaments"
Last month, TheDegenFund was one of five people to chop the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a healthy $52,000, $17,000 more than fourth place would have made otherwise, and he has since risen to #150 in the PocketFives Rankings, his all-time high.
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lynskey99lynskey99
Join Date: Jun 6th, 2009
Dec 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Ended Up Playing the Whole Final Table in the Hotel Lobby"
Imagine playing for the title in the PokerStars Sunday 500, a $530 buy-in tournament with one of the largest top prizes of the week, and being forced out of your hotel room because it's checkout time. Such was the nightmare of Alex lynskey99 Lynskey (pictured), who was in Hong Kong for the tournament, but had to play the final table from the corner of a bustling hotel lobby. Oops. Fortunately for Lynskey, who is from Queensland, Australia, the Sunday Major ended in a heads-up chop for $67,000.
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pistons87pistons87
Join Date: Jun 28th, 2008
Dec 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"Heads-Up Is Not As Lucrative As It Used to Be"
Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money.
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kelvin_fparkelvin_fpar
Join Date: Dec 2nd, 2011
Dec 5th, 2014
By: Dan
"The Chop Was Well-Timed Because I Just Bought a House for My Mother"
Last month, Brazil's Kelvin Kerber (pictured), who is known as kelvin_fpar on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy heads-up and earned $50,000, the largest amount given out. "I'm really happy about it," Kerber told PocketFives. "I had been chasing a result like that for a while. The chop was well-timed because I just bought a house for my mother." Son of the Year award!
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noclue_justnoclue_just
Join Date: Feb 24th, 2013
Nov 30th, 2014
By: Dan
"Most People Have No Idea What Poker Is About and Will Never Consider It a Career"
Earlier this month, Hong Kong's noclue_just (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 to CrownUpGuy and earned $47,000. "I feel very happy and excited about it," he told PocketFives in an exclusive post-game interview. "This is my biggest score ever in a tournament." noclue_just plays poker full-time online and live and said he'd use the money to build a bigger bankroll and move up in stakes for live cash games.
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skyboyskyboy
Join Date: Nov 15th, 2013
Nov 30th, 2014
By: Dan
"It Was a Good MTT to Win Because Rebuys Are My Best Game"
Earlier this month, Portugal's skyboy (pictured) came away with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. There were over 1,000 entrants and his reward for beating all of them was $55,000. "It was a good MTT to win because rebuys are my best game," he told us. In fact, his top three cashes dollar-wise are all in tournaments involving rebuys.
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Big HuniBig Huni
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
Nov 28th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Sunday Warm-Up Winner Big Huni
Last weekend, Costa Rica's Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up chop with Phemo. His reward was $89,000 and he became the ninth PocketFiver ever to pass $7 million in online tournament scores for his career.
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faustideofaustideo
Join Date: Dec 3rd, 2013
Nov 23rd, 2014
By: Dan
"Poker in Portugal is on the Rise"
Earlier this month, Portugal's faustideo, who is known as Pedro Faustino in the real world, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million and walked away with $58,000. There were a little more than 7,100 entrants that week and Faustino chalked up his largest online poker score to date by a factor of three.
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orhi83orhi83
Join Date: Mar 21st, 2010
Nov 22nd, 2014
By: Dan
Chemical Firm During the Week, $78K in the Warm-Up on Sunday
Earlier this month, 3,342 entrants showed up for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, which meant a prize pool of $607,000. Muscling his way to second place was Germany's orhi83, who cashed for $78,000, the largest score of his career and his biggest haul since a $64,000 take in the Super Tuesday in 2013.
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MRCOLLEMRCOLLE
Join Date: Dec 2nd, 2013
Nov 20th, 2014
By: Dan
"The Key to Winning Large-Field MTTs Is to Play a Lot"
On the first weekend of November, Brazil's Thulio Colle, known on PocketFives as MRCOLLE (pictured), hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, chopping the tournament four ways and bagging $133,000. "I'm very happy because I've been devoting myself to poker for some time now, about two years, and the Sunday Million is what every player wants to do well in," Colle told PocketFives in an exclusive interview.
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SamuelbtSamuelbt
Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2012
Nov 17th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Might Buy a Couple Pairs of Jordans and Get a Dope Jacket for the Winter"
You have to love poker players' plans for the money they win from tournaments. Many end up sinking a majority of it back into their bankrolls, and while we expect the same from Samuel Samuelbt Tsehai (pictured), he also told us that he told us he "might buy a couple pairs of Jordans and get a dope jacket for the winter." It's always the little things!
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TheClaimeerTheClaimeer
Join Date: Nov 6th, 2007
Nov 13th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #12 Ranked Rick Trigg (TheClaimeer)
Playing under the caps-lock-hitting tHeClaImEr1, Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) took down a $200 No Limit Hold'em PartyPoker Pokerfest event late last month after a two-way deal. His reward was $35,000, helping push his lifetime online tournament winnings north of $5.3 million.
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CrownUpGuyCrownUpGuy
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2013
Nov 13th, 2014
By: Dan
CrownUpGuy's Hot Streak Continues, Wins PokerStars Sunday 500
The end of 2014 has been mighty kind to Austria's Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz (pictured). On the last weekend of September, he took down the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 million following a six-way deal. The following Sunday, he was back at it, winning the Full Tilt Sunday Major for another $38,000. And, in case you were caught up in the WSOP November Nine hoopla, you might have missed Holz winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright over the weekend for $65,000 and a hat trick.
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pokerbrat13pokerbrat13
Join Date: Oct 16th, 2006
Nov 9th, 2014
By: Dan
"Having My Own Dramatic Series on HBO Would Be a Dream Come True"
A couple of weeks ago, Simon pokerbrat13 Charette (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $95,000. There was no chop in sight and the field numbered 3,037. Charette told PocketFves in an exclusive interview, "I feel great. I ran extremely well in the Warm-Up. I was all-in pre-flop a lot more often than usual and won them all. I've had plenty of Sunday final tables this year, but mostly disappointing finishes. You should always be aiming to come in the top three spots because that's where all the money is."
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JMolloyJMolloy
Join Date: Apr 5th, 2012
Nov 6th, 2014
By: Dan
Do You Remember Your First Sunday Major Win'
In recent days, Jimmy JMolloy Molloy (pictured) raced through the field of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, coming away with the win for $46,000 after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFives member besserweg. "It feels great to finally get one through on a Sunday," Molloy told us. "I am really happy about it."
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Chuck BassChuck Bass
Join Date: Dec 14th, 2009
Nov 3rd, 2014
By: Dan
Riding in Kyrgyzstan, Diving in Mexico, and Getting $2 Million in Online Scores
If you like traveling, then you'll love the life of Miikka Chuck Bass Anttonen (pictured), a longtime PocketFiver who eclipsed $2 million in online poker scores over the weekend. He has played poker on five continents, been to almost 70 countries, and has a life that many would be envious of.
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PlayaPlzPlayaPlz
Join Date: Mar 6th, 2006
Nov 1st, 2014
By: Dan
Storming Through the Sunday Storm
Breaking away from the field in the October 19 installment of the PokerStars Sunday Storm was Costa Rica's Robert PlayaPlz Lipkin (pictured), who chopped the tournament heads-up for $31,000. The Storm, as you probably know, attracts a bundle of players every week; in fact, the day Lipkin took it down, almost 37,000 showed up.
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pleno1pleno1
Join Date: Mar 21st, 2010
Oct 31st, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #3 Ranked pleno1
Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $21,000. He's the #3 player in the PocketFives Rankings despite only transitioning to MTTs earlier this year and stands at $1.3 million in lifetime winnings. You can find him on Stars under the user name pads1161 and he was kind enough to give us his thoughts on what he considered a monumental breakthrough.
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tomnovickitomnovicki
Join Date: Jan 28th, 2011
Oct 26th, 2014
By: Dan
How to Manage Two Kids and Final Table the Sunday Million
Earlier this month, tomnovicki (pictured) finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Million, banking $54,000. Perhaps more impressively, he did so while juggling two kids, one of whom was two days old and the other of whom is two years old. Yes, it sounds like complete bedlam.
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marko2701marko2701
Join Date: Oct 12th, 2014
Oct 25th, 2014
By: Dan
"Never Give Up! Learn About Poker, Talk About Poker, Play Poker"
One of a handful of PocketFivers to receive a $1 million cash badge this month is Croatia's marko2701 (pictured). He is the top-ranked player in the capital city of Zagreb and is a brand new member of the PocketFives community. "I feel proud of myself. This is a result of three years of work and dedication to online poker," he told us in an exclusive interview.
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tiago_dias19tiago_dias19
Join Date: May 3rd, 2012
Oct 24th, 2014
By: Dan
Key to the Sunday Brawl: "I Play a Maximum of 18 Tables at the Same Time"
Earlier this month, Portugal's Tiago tiago_dias Dias (pictured, image courtesy PokerPT) finished in third place in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. There were slightly more than 600 entrants that week and Dias' deep run was worth $13,000, bringing his lifetime total to nearly $800,000 in online tournaments. "I'm feeling very good," Dias told PocketFives. "I feel I am playing my best game."
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RasARasA
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2012
Oct 21st, 2014
By: Dan
"It's Difficult to Tell Whether You Played Really Well or Ran Like a God"
He might be a tad modest, but Rasmus Agerskov Larsen (pictured), known as RasA on PocketFives, won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $68,000, defeating a group of 765 entrants. As he told us, "I'm feeling awesome about it. It's my favorite tournament of the regular Sunday Majors, so I am very happy I finally won it."
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d.quangd.quang
Join Date: Sep 26th, 2009
Oct 19th, 2014
By: Dan
"My Plans for the Money' Doubling Down on MTTs! #Vamos"
Earlier this month, PocketFiver David d.quang Quang (pictured) lit up the field of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, coming in second place for $17,000. There were 612 entrants and the cash helped push him to just shy of $2.5 million in lifetime scores. "It's always a great feeling to final table any major, but it's never an awesome feeling if you don't win it," he told us. "I also final tabled the Big $109 that Sunday and lost a flip on the river for the chip lead to bust in sixth. If I had finished in the top three in that, I would've felt pretty ...
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TiltTheBhoTiltTheBho
Join Date: Nov 22nd, 2009
Oct 18th, 2014
By: Dan
"You Don't Go to the Galapagos to Play Poker"
"You don't go to the Galapagos to play poker." There's perhaps the understatement of the year and it came out of the mouth of TiltTheBho (pictured), who chopped the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up last month and earned $179,000. He officially took third place and was second in chips when the four-way deal was struck.
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BenFazBenFaz
Join Date: Feb 8th, 2010
Oct 13th, 2014
By: Dan
BenFaz: "Big-Field Tournaments are a Marathon, Not a Sprint"
Last month, BenFaz came away with a third place finish as part of a chop of the PokerStars WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, which attracted over 8,000 entrants. He walked away with $164,000, the second highest total of anyone, and boosted his lifetime winnings to over $800,000 online.
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HappynoseHappynose
Join Date: Aug 10th, 2013
Oct 12th, 2014
By: Dan
"Winning a Triple Crown Means a Big Psychological Impact"
On September 18, Andrei Krylou (pictured), better known as Happynose on PocketFives, won the first of three tournaments for his first Triple Crown. PokerStars was the site of the victory, which came in a $75 NLHE tournament. The next day, he was off to the races in the Full Tilt Benjamin, coming out on top for $3,200, and his final Triple Crown tournament was the iPoker Saturday Mosh Pit.
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Illini213Illini213
Join Date: Sep 29th, 2007
Oct 11th, 2014
By: Dan
"I'm Badly Craving Some Ridiculously Massive Live Score"
On the final weekend of September, Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep outright for $33,000, defeating a field of 715 entrants. While it wasn't the largest score he has recorded, it snapped a month of bleeding. As he put it, "The WCOOP didn't go nearly as well as I hoped, but that's how it goes sometimes. It was a very rough three weeks before Sunday, so I am thrilled I could cut some of my losses."
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CrownUpGuyCrownUpGuy
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2013
Oct 10th, 2014
By: Dan
CrownUpGuy: "Give It All You Have and You'll Get There"
We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $34,000.
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MendaLerendaMendaLerenda
Join Date: May 2nd, 2012
Oct 10th, 2014
By: Dan
25,000 MTTs, 1 Triple Crown
On September 14, PocketFiver MendaLerenda (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $6,100. And while it wasn't the heftiest sum of money ever, it marked the first leg of his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. In the span of a week, MendaLerenda went on to win the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex and PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance to complete the bid.
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winwin07winwin07
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2006
Oct 4th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Wouldn't Be Who I Am Today if it Weren't for Gangnam Style"
Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, revolutionized the world of pop music in 2012 with his hit "Gangnam Style." As a matter of fact, its music video was the first to reach a billion views on YouTube and one PocketFiver we're sure couldn't get enough of it was Costa Rica's Peter winwin07 Nigh (pictured), who finished third in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Major earlier this month for $22,000, his fourth largest online tournament score to date. We'll get to big Psy later, but in the meantime, let's dive into our interview.
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Aggro SantosAggro Santos
Join Date: Jan 29th, 2012
Sep 29th, 2014
By: Dan
Aggro Santos = Master of WCOOP Titles
In the span of a few days earlier this month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won not one, but two PokerStars WCOOP titles. The first was worth $106,000 and came in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Zoom event. The second occurred two days later in the series' Sunday Warm-Up and was worth nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Not surprisingly, he has shot up to #33 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings and is #6 in the UK. Margereson sat down with PocketFives to talk about his latest accomplishment.
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jellyfish223jellyfish223
Join Date: May 13th, 2013
Sep 28th, 2014
By: Dan
A Three Week Old Son and a Sunday Brawl Win
It has been a big last month for Vasilis Mantis (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jellyfish223. Not only did he take down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright for $33,000, but he also welcomed his first son into the world, who now checks in at around a month.
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s3c3s3c3
Join Date: Oct 27th, 2013
Sep 27th, 2014
By: Dan
"Hopefully My Next Interview Will Be After Winning the WCOOP Main Event"
Two weeks ago, Alexander Ivanov (pictured), who is known as s3c3 on PocketFives, finished in second place in the Full Tilt Sunday Major, a $215 Re-Entry tournament, for $30,000. There were nearly 900 entrants and Ivanov, who calls Russia home, booked his second largest cash to date.
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dude904dude904
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2006
Sep 21st, 2014
By: Dan
"Getting 7,800 People in One Tournament is a Big Accomplishment"
One of the highlights of this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was the $1,500 buy-in Monster Stack event, which drew a crowd of 7,862 entrants. Finishing second, and amazingly edging out nearly the entire field, was Joseph McKeehen (pictured), who is known as dude904 on PocketFives and calls North Wales, Pennsylvania home. McKeehen earned $820,000. Right before we talked to McKeehen, he won a $1,650 Heads-Up event at Borgata in Atlantic City for $37,000.
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Barry86Barry86
Join Date: Jun 1st, 2013
Sep 20th, 2014
By: Dan
When is it Time to Play Like an Agro-Monkey'
On September 7, Poland's Barry86 came away with the win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep for $35,000. The $215 buy-in poker tournament attracted 765 entrants and Barry86 defeated a final table consisting of four other PocketFivers. He just passed $750,000 in online tournament winnings and seems poised to make a quick run at $1 million.
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gutshtallingutshtallin
Join Date: Oct 21st, 2007
Sep 18th, 2014
By: Dan
"Old Guys Can Still Win Online!"
On the first Sunday of September, longtime PocketFiver Ryan gutshtallin Welch (pictured), who joined our site in 2007, took down the PokerStars Sunday Million, a WCOOP event, after a seven-way chop for $200,000. There were over 11,600 entrants that week and Welch was one of two to pocket at least $200,000.
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rtinnionrtinnion
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2011
Sep 16th, 2014
By: Dan
From Half a Big Blind to $213,000
On the final weekend of August, Rob rtinnion Tinnion hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday Million, taking the tournament down outright for $213,000. There were over 7,100 entrants in the weekly $215 tournament and Tinnion was one of three to earn over $100,000.
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therealfuddebuftherealfuddebuf
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2012
Sep 16th, 2014
By: Dan
"Having the Work You Do Culminate in an Insane Month is Incredible"
The last few weeks have been mighty kind to Mikael Viuff Hansen, who is better known in the online poker world as therealfuddebuf (pictured). This Danish player finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $114,000 in late August and followed that up with a second place showing in a WCOOP $215 Rebuy for $150,000 a week later. With over a quarter-of-a-million dollars in the books, he will be well on his way to breaking the top 50 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings when the leaderboard is recalculated on Wednesday.
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harrrrmonicaharrrrmonica
Join Date: Dec 6th, 2012
Sep 14th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Usually Tilt a Lot About Any Tech Problems During a Session"
Oh, tech problems. This author especially hates technology, like when he strolls over to his computer only to find 10 updates that have to be installed before he can check his e-mail. Also in my camp with a disdain for tech issues is Russia's harrrrmonica, who won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl in recent weeks for $26,000.
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MAMOHT_TMAMOHT_T
Join Date: Jun 7th, 2012
Sep 13th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #5 Ranked MAMOHT_T
Over the last weekend of August, Russia's MAMOHT_T (pictured) came away with the victory in the 888 Poker Mega Deep. Defeating a field of 681 entrants meant a $32,000 payday, as he defeated fellow PocketFiver Grind24seven heads-up.
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Wicked617Wicked617
Join Date: Sep 12th, 2012
Sep 8th, 2014
By: Dan
"Cash is More Profitable, But I Love the Competitive Aspects of MTTs"
They call him Wicked617 on PokerStars and Tim Reilly (pictured) in the real world. Whatever you want to call him, he's relevant on our site because, in part, he took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy on the final day of August and came away with $51,000. Unlike other Sunday Majors we've reported on, this one had no chop.
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squire1888squire1888
Join Date: Nov 8th, 2011
Sep 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Learned the Hard Way What Not to Do With Your Wages"
Last month, the Winamax High Roller, a $375 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew 162 entrants and paid out a first place prize of $16,000. Its recipient was Scotland PocketFiver squire1888 (pictured), who is up to almost a half-million dollars in career online tournament winnings. "It was my first outright win in a while," squire1888 told PocketFives. "It's always a good feeling to get the monkey off your back."
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lpackerlpacker
Join Date: Apr 2nd, 2014
Sep 7th, 2014
By: Dan
Renewable Utilities By Day, Chopping the Sunday 500 By Night
Cardiff, UK's Les lpacker Packer hit it big in the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month, chopping the tournament heads-up for $57,000 and officially taking first place. There were almost 700 entrants in the $530 buy-in event, crushing its guarantee and vaulting Packer to nearly $400,000 in lifetime online tournament winnings.
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SSSMforlifeSSSMforlife
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2007
Sep 6th, 2014
By: Dan
"You Always Dream About Final Tabling the Sunday Million"
Last weekend's PokerStars Sunday Million featured a field of 7,133 entrants and paydays of at least $50,000 to over half the final table. Taking fourth place in the weekly blockbuster was Jase SSSMforlife Regina (pictured), who earned $75,000, bringing his career total to over $1.1 million. We sat down with the 70th ranked player worldwide and the #6 player in Ontario, Canada to talk about his big afternoon.
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xxCelticFCxxxxCelticFCxx
Join Date: Dec 13th, 2006
Sep 4th, 2014
By: Dan
"After We Accepted the Deal, There Was Still $5K for 1st, But None of Us Knew It"
Last month, Paul Febers (pictured), known on PocketFives as xxCelticFCxx, was part of a three-way chop of a Full Tilt Online Poker Series $129 No Limit Hold'em Knockout event. His reward was $37,000, the third largest score we've tracked for him.
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MangeJaoMangeJao
Join Date: Apr 11th, 2014
Sep 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
The Allure of Six-Max Tournaments with "Spewy French Regs"
On the final weekend of July, Sweden's MangeJao, whose real name is Magnus Nordmark (pictured), won the Winamax High Roller for $14,000 following a two-way chop. The six-max tournament had 190 entrants and a buy-in of nearly $400, with the top 21 getting paid. Nordmark told us in an exclusive interview, "It felt good. It's always awesome to score a tournament win. I have been to too many second places lately."
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dilimAAdilimAA
Join Date: May 27th, 2014
Sep 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
"Everyone Was Folding Down to 2 Big Blinds Waiting for A-A"
The MicroMillions Main Event on PokerStars brought out almost 58,000 entrants, each paying $22. The result was that the $1 million guaranteed tournament ended up with a $1.1 million prize pool and, in the end, Diego dilimaa Lima (pictured) from Brazil walked away with a third place finish for $57,000, or 2,590 times his buy-in.
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BispoBispo
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2012
Aug 31st, 2014
By: Dan
"Anyone Who Works Hard and Has Confidence in Himself Knows Anything is Possible"
One of the most recent members of the PocketFives community to hit $1 million in online tournament cashes is Portugal's Acacio Bispo (pictured). The 12th ranked player in his home nation, Bispo is the lone PocketFiver from the northeastern town of Macedo De Cavaleiros. Given how popular poker has become in Portugal, we thought the occasion would be appropriate for an interview.
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MatveichukRMatveichukR
Join Date: Jan 7th, 2010
Aug 30th, 2014
By: Dan
MatveichukR Wins Sixth Triple Crown
Late last month, Russia's MatveichukR (pictured) took down his sixth PocketFives Triple Crown. If the award isn't familiar to you, the way to get one is to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. PocketFivers have won 106 of them in 2014 and exactly 900 all-time.
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capotinhacapotinha
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2009
Aug 17th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Felt at the Top of the World After Playing a Long Session and Winning 32 Cents!"
On the final weekend of July, Brazil's capotinha (pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $49,000. There were about 900 entrants in the tournament, which offered up a prize pool of $265,000. It was his largest online tournament cash by a factor of three and has helped drive his career total to just south of $1 million.
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huiiiiiiiiiihuiiiiiiiiii
Join Date: Feb 15th, 2011
Aug 16th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #4 Ranked huiiiiiiiiii
On the 10th day of August, Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500, his second big-time Sunday Major win in the last two years. He is quickly nearing $3.6 million in career online poker tournament earnings and sits at #4 in the PocketFives Rankings. His chopping partner in the Sunday 500 was fellow PocketFiver lilachaa and he graciously sat down with us to talk about his latest success story.
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judgedredd13judgedredd13
Join Date: Nov 20th, 2008
Aug 14th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Wanted to Eat My Chinese Takeaway, So I Started Shoving All-In"
In recent days, Daniel Charlton (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as judgedredd13, was part of a three-way chop of Event #15 of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, a $129 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout. Charlton earned $42,000 as part of the chop, which came just four months after he was part of the historic 900 millionth tournament dealt on PokerStars. Charlton happily agreed to discuss his latest article-worthy achievement.
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BeqBeq
Join Date: Feb 18th, 2012
Aug 12th, 2014
By: Dan
My Plan' Continue Avoiding Real Work.
On the final Sunday in July, PocketFiver Beq was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million and bagged $158,000, the second largest amount given out. There were almost 7,000 entrants in the Sunday Million that week and Beq, who calls Finland home, recorded his largest online poker cash to date by a factor of five.
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hrabbi87hrabbi87
Join Date: May 14th, 2012
Aug 9th, 2014
By: Dan
PocketFives Finally Interviews a Player from Iceland
We're pretty sure this is one of the first, if not the first, interviews we've ever done with a poker player from Iceland. After all, the island nation has fewer than 150 registered PocketFives members, so percentage-wise Iceland is a tiny blip on the poker radar. However, in recent weeks, Hrannar Hallgrimsson (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as hrabbi87, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $25,000. We made that the perfect excuse to interview an Icelandic member.
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jorginho88jorginho88
Join Date: Dec 11th, 2012
Aug 8th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Would Regret It Later in Life if I Didn't Give Poker a Chance"
The final Sunday of July saw 2,901 entrants show up for the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars. With nearly $600,000 on the line, Jorge Alberto Carvalho Abreu (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as jorginho88, took home the win for $91,000. We caught up with the Portuguese player to learn about bringing his career online tournament earnings to nearly $500,000.
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AAcademiKKAAcademiKK
Join Date: Feb 21st, 2012
Aug 7th, 2014
By: Dan
The Best Birthday Present Ever'
Today is this author's birthday. Yes, hold your applause and direct all gifts to the PocketFives business address. Two weeks ago, Mike Bartholomew (pictured), who is known as AAcademiKK on PocketFives, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $25,000, defeating a field of nearly 600 entrants just two days before his birthday. We caught up with the Canadian to talk about his largest online tournament score to date.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Aug 4th, 2014
By: Dan
moorman1 Wins Triple Crown #21 After Seven-Week Hiatus
After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site.
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1_conor_b_11_conor_b_1
Join Date: Sep 11th, 2011
Aug 3rd, 2014
By: Dan
"I Got 5th in the Sunday Million at 7am and Went to Work 90 Minutes Later"
In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, "It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I'd reached the $1 million cash badge milestone."
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BarakyBaraky
Join Date: Oct 29th, 2013
Aug 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
"If I Only Played for the Money, I'd Have Stopped Evolving a Long Time Ago"
Last month, Felipe Baraky Tavares (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. While many players would be excited to find $47,000 sitting in their laps, Tavares wanted more, telling PocketFives, "It could have been better. I had an edge over the other two guys, but it went like that, so I'm fine. In poker, we're only really satisfied with first place."
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SuitedAcesBabySuitedAcesBaby
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2011
Jul 26th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Never Thought I'd Be the Luckbox Who Could Win a Live Tournament"
Late last month, Dublin, Ireland's SuitedAcesBaby (pictured) finished second in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $30,000. The tournament drew 769 entrants and had a prize pool that just barely passed its $225,000 guarantee. As he admitted, "The result came at the right time, as I was on a bit of a downswing." He was also headed to Las Vegas when we talked to him to partake in the final days of the World Series of Poker.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Jul 21st, 2014
By: Dan
The Second Largest Triple Crown of 2014
On June 22, Scotland's Robbie Adreny Bull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crown in five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014.
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betrthanphilbetrthanphil
Join Date: Aug 29th, 2010
Jul 20th, 2014
By: Dan
"All Poker Players Need a Good Support System"
Late last month, Steve Tripp (pictured), who goes by betrthanphil on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $79,000. He officially took down the tournament as well, which meant over 700 PLB Points added to his total. "I couldn't be happier," Tripp told PocketFives. "It was a good way to begin the summer." There were three players involved in the chop and Tripp had the largest payday by a $24,000 margin.
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LEMMlWlNKSLEMMlWlNKS
Join Date: Feb 17th, 2012
Jul 19th, 2014
By: Dan
"More Money to Be Made Playing Online During the WSOP Than at the WSOP"
Here's a thought you might have not had. What if playing online during the World Series of Poker is actually more profitable than going to the WSOP itself' Sure, if you win the WSOP Main Event, you'd be up $10 million, but for all but one member of the poker community, winning the Main Event isn't an option.
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gifuhornagifuhorna
Join Date: Jun 6th, 2011
Jul 18th, 2014
By: Dan
What is gifuhorna' A Finnish Candy
Last month, Finland's gifuhorna won the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame.
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EpakfailerEpakfailer
Join Date: Feb 6th, 2014
Jul 17th, 2014
By: Dan
The Opposite of an Epakfailer
About the same time as the World Series of Poker kicked off this year from Las Vegas, Mario Alina (pictured), who goes by Epakfailer on PocketFives, chopped the PokerStars $100 Rebuy three ways for $32,000. There were almost 900 entrants and Alina earned the third largest payout of the group.
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serhiy1989serhiy1989
Join Date: Jul 22nd, 2013
Jul 11th, 2014
By: Dan
Chopping an All-PocketFives Full Tilt $250K Final Table
Just before the dog days of summer set in, Ukraine's serhiy1989 won the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guarantee after a heads-up chop with fellow PocketFiver joaomathias. The deal was worth $44,000 and PocketFivers ended up sweeping the final table for over $163,000 total.
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LionetLionet
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2012
Jul 8th, 2014
By: Dan
"$200K Was My Plan for the Year. I Didn't Expect It to Happen So Fast."
In late May, Lionet, whose real name is Bogdan Diaconu (pictured), won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $203,000. No chop took place and Diaconu defeated a final table that had four other PocketFives members at it. He is up to $1.1 million in online MTT scores and told us, "I'm feeling quite good at the moment." Duh, winning!
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KevishKevish
Join Date: Oct 28th, 2010
Jul 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"The Real Value of the Money is Staying in the Game"
The SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars brought out thousands of players for tournaments that had three different price tags. The mid-stakes version had a $1,050 buy-in and attracted over 4,000 entrants. Besting all but four of them was PocketFiver Kevin Kevish Williams (pictured), whose fifth place finish was worth a healthy $171,000.
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hellohellohellohellohellohello
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2011
Jul 4th, 2014
By: Dan
"Be Ready to Get a Punch to Your Face and Liver"
We've done a lot of interviews here on PocketFives featuring players who have won some of the largest tournaments offered on a weekly basis. Recently, Russia's hellohellohello (pictured), whom we'll refer to as H3 from here on out, won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $23,000, an iPOPS event for $25,000, and the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $65,000 officially. All three scores, which combine for over $110,000, have happened in the last two months.
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throwinphinsthrowinphins
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2006
Jun 26th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Lived Life at Full Speed in the Fast Lane"
It has been a whirlwind last few years for Bill Christie (pictured), known on PocketFives as throwinphins. Just a few minutes after signing a lease on a home in Florida, Black Friday struck down his poker hopes and dreams, temporarily of course. With the help of Poker Refugees, he made the decision to relocate to play online poker and has since won his first PocketFives Triple Crown.
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lukethaflukelukethafluke
Join Date: Nov 9th, 2013
Jun 23rd, 2014
By: Dan
"I Love Winning and It's Nice to Be #1 at Something"
Last month, Sweden's Lukas lukethafluke Berglund (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $49,000. He defeated over 1,200 entrants in the weekly tournament, which at the time was competing against the Spring Championship of Online Poker on Full Tilt's sister site, PokerStars.
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ShamwowwShamwoww
Join Date: May 5th, 2014
Jun 21st, 2014
By: Dan
So You're in Australia, But Root for Liverpool'
Last weekend, New South Wales, Australia's John Shamon (pictured), known on PocketFives as Shamwoww, came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, defeating a field of over 800 entrants for $22,000. He is the #10 ranked player in New South Wales and is undoubtedly zoned into the ongoing World Cup despite the Australian and English teams going a combined 0-4 so far. We managed to pull him away to talk about his groundbreaking win.
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r4ndomr4gsr4ndomr4gs
Join Date: Dec 13th, 2009
Jun 19th, 2014
By: Dan
Everything You've Wanted to Know About #1 Ranked r4ndomr4gs
On Wednesday, Sweden's Andreas Berggren (pictured, image courtesy poker.se), known as r4ndomr4gs in the online poker world, became the new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. This is his second stint at #1 and he is fresh off final tabling the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000, which helped put him over the top. PocketFives managed to run down this top talent to talk a little poker.
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tcrames88tcrames88
Join Date: Jan 6th, 2010
Jun 16th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Stayed in the US, But Realized I Was Missing Way Too Much Value"
After Black Friday, a host of brand name PocketFivers headed to Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and a variety of other destinations in order to continue playing online poker. Sticking around in the US for longer than most regulars was Tim tcrames88 Cramer (pictured), who has $1.2 million in online MTT winnings. We caught up with him after he final tabled the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed last month.
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AriAri
Join Date: Sep 7th, 2005
Jun 9th, 2014
By: Dan
BodogAri: Still Chopping After All These Years
It's hard to believe that 2015 will mark the 10th year PocketFives has been around. One of the members of the poker world who signed up for our site in Year 1 was Ari Engel (pictured), known to many in our community as BodogAri. He has $2.3 million in tracked scores online plus another $1.4 million in the live arena, according to the Hendon Mob.
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RasARasA
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2012
Jun 6th, 2014
By: Dan
Scooping a Quarter of a Million Dollars' Don't Mind if I Do!
The recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker awarded $81 million to players. One of the big winners was Denmark's Rasmus Agerskov (pictured), who is known as RasA on PocketFives. Agerskov took home $257,000 of that amount, or 0.3%, after chopping Event #22-H of SCOOP, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament.
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pablito_21pablito_21
Join Date: Dec 5th, 2007
Jun 3rd, 2014
By: Dan
Playing Heads-Up for $60,000 at 9:00am' No Thanks.
Last month, PartyPoker held a $500,000 guaranteed tournament that attracted just over 3,000 entrants at $200 a pop. A heads-up chop ended matters that saw Belgium's pablito_21 come away with $83,000. In his words, "It was already 9:00am, I was pretty tired, and because the difference between first and second was so big ($115,000 versus $55,000), I agreed to a chip chop when we were about even." Playing heads-up for 60-grand early in the morning was definitely not in the cards.
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gavonatergavonater
Join Date: Jan 8th, 2008
Jun 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
I've Been Working on the Railroad, But Now Win Sunday Majors
For most players, leaving a "real world" job to pursue a poker career was anything but easy. Enter Gavin gavonater O'Rourke (pictured), who worked as a train driver before pursuing poker. This author's two-year-old son would probably think driving a train is the greatest job imaginable, but for O'Rourke, the promise of a poker career was the trump card. That was six months ago.
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6Thor66Thor6
Join Date: Mar 24th, 2013
May 25th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Feel a Bit Psychologically Battered, But in a Really Great Way"
Even though the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is over and done with, we're happy to be able to report on players who did well in one of the largest series of the year. Among those who earned six-figure paydays this month was Jacob Slevin (pictured), who is known as 6Thor6 on PocketFives.
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SaramarSaramar
Join Date: May 30th, 2012
May 24th, 2014
By: Dan
"Women Naturally Have Important Aspects of a Good Poker Player"
In recent months, Sarah Saramar Tolagson (pictured) finished second in the 888 Poker Mega Deep, coming away with $21,000 in a tough final table. We'll get to that in a second, as her boyfriend, a well-known PocketFiver, also made it. She has final tabled the PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller multiple times since November and received a $500,000 cash badge on May 19, just five days ago. We caught up with her after her Mega Deep final table.
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VarnatraderVarnatrader
Join Date: May 19th, 2008
May 21st, 2014
By: Dan
Get a Big Score, Get the Heck Out of Europe During the Winter
In 2012, Bulgaria's Slaven Varnatrader Popov (pictured) won the PokerStars SCOOP Mid-Stakes Main Event for over a half-million dollars. Two years later, he followed up the colossal hit by final tabling a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE tournament for another $108,000, shooting him well over $1 million in tracked online poker scores. As a result, he did what any rational Bulgarian would do: headed to Asia to escape the winter.
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GrindationGrindation
Join Date: Aug 1st, 2011
May 20th, 2014
By: Dan
Grindation Makes Mincemeat of SCOOP
Making mincemeat of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was Phill Mcallister (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Grindation. And, perhaps fittingly, Mcallister's success started in the very first tournament of SCOOP and ended with its Main Event.
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d.quangd.quang
Join Date: Sep 26th, 2009
May 18th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Need to Learn to Fold More. I Also Need to Get More Sleep"
Last month, David Quang (pictured), who goes by d.quang on PocketFives, took down the PokerStars Carnival of Tournaments Big $109 for $26,700 after a heads-up chop and earned 437 PLB Points. It was his third largest score to date, trailing two Super Tuesday final tables in back-to-back months last year.
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ricestudricestud
Join Date: Aug 14th, 2006
May 18th, 2014
By: Dan
"I'll See Things on Earth and Live Each Day Like It's the Best Day Ever"
Wade ricestud Townsend (pictured) has been on a tear so far this year. He opened 2014 by taking down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for almost $60,000 officially. He final tabled an FTOPS tournament for $26,000 and then, in a one-week span earlier this month, won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for about $50,000 total.
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molliemalonemolliemalone
Join Date: Mar 25th, 2012
May 17th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with UK Poker Player Martin Malone (molliemalone)
The 22nd event of the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker featured a mid-stakes version with a $215 buy-in and $1 million guarantee. Nearly 5,600 entrants turned out and UK PocketFiver Martin molliemalone Malone (pictured) was part of a four-way chop for $135,000, the largest amount dished out. He is ranked #214 worldwide on PocketFives and we'd expect him to climb even higher in the future.
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eg23eg23
Join Date: Apr 20th, 2006
May 12th, 2014
By: Dan
Introducing the Winner of the 900 Millionth Tournament on PokerStars
Late last month, Talal eg23 Shoush (pictured) took down the 900 millionth tournament on PokerStars for $152,000 following a three-way chop. The gala drew nearly 19,000 entrants and Shoush, who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006, laid claim to his first six-figure score.
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LucianoHollandaLucianoHollanda
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2011
May 10th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Always Wondered How a Big Hit Could Change My Poker Career"
Late last month, Brazil's Luciano Santos de Hollanda (pictured), known as LucianoHollanda on PocketFives, earned his $1 million cash badge. He is the top-ranked player in the city of Curitiba and told us he's "feeling really good" about his brand new profile badge. Perhaps even more importantly, Hollanda is "even more excited about the game."
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judgedredd13judgedredd13
Join Date: Nov 20th, 2008
May 9th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Want to Be Like a Gas that Can Change and Adapt to Its Surroundings"
Say hello to one of the three players who chopped the 900 millionth tournament on PokerStars late last month: Daniel judgedredd13 Charlton (pictured). The UK native earned $153,000 after a three-way deal, the second largest amount given out and a solid return on his $109 investment. He now has $1.4 million in tracked online poker MTT earnings.
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drjovasidedrjovaside
Join Date: Aug 31st, 2012
May 8th, 2014
By: Dan
"He Can Take Beats for Days, But Still Returns Tomorrow to Grind Some More"
At one point last month, we interviewed back-to-back players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is a rarity for any country, more or less Bosnia and Herzegovina. First it was Alen lilachaa Bilic, who is now #12 worldwide on PocketFives and, perhaps not coincidentally, a good friend of the second player from the European country we spoke to, Marko drjovaside Jovovic (pictured).
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Flush_EntityFlush_Entity
Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
May 7th, 2014
By: Dan
Flush_Entity New #1 on PocketFives
The PocketFives Online Poker Rankings were recalculated on Wednesday and for the eighth time this year, we have a new #1 ranked player. This week, it's Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured), who has been on a tear as of late and assumes the #1 spot for the first time since mid-2012. We caught up with Benger shortly after the Rankings were released. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each:
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ImDoneCallinImDoneCallin
Join Date: Apr 20th, 2008
May 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"You Should Add That I Broke My Neck in 2006 in a Snowboard Accident"
You never know what bombshells will be dropped in player interviews here on PocketFives. Sometimes we've wound up interviewing former professional athletes; other times, we've had natural disasters interrupt our chats, including several earthquakes. In our interview with ImDoneCallin (pictured), however, we were met with word of neck breakage.
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3p3nipa3p3nipa
Join Date: Jun 11th, 2011
Apr 29th, 2014
By: Dan
"Confidence in Yourself Plays a Big Role in Getting Out of a Downswing"
Pavel Plesuv (pictured), who can be found on PocketFives under the user name 3p3nipa, rebounded from a downswing in impressive fashion by taking second in an FTOPS Two-Day Event, winning a separate FTOPS event, and taking down the PokerStars $162 Sunday Six-Max for $122,000 combined… all in just two weeks.
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s_dot111s_dot111
Join Date: Aug 18th, 2007
Apr 27th, 2014
By: Dan
Meet the Player with the Third Largest Cash Total in PocketFives History
Holding down the fort with $7.3 million in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile is Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan (pictured), who took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright earlier this month and earned $58,000. In the process, he defeated a final table that included five members of the top 200 on PocketFives.
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lilachaalilachaa
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2013
Apr 26th, 2014
By: Dan
"The Adjustment From Heads-Up to MTTs Was Huge"
If you look down the list of the largest cashes for Alen Bilic (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as lilachaa, you'll see the PokerStars Sunday 500 four times. In fact, four of his top ten largest cashes ever have come from the Sunday tournament, which he final tabled thrice in 2013 (March, May, and August). Earlier this month, four was the magic number, as he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $71,000 after placing no higher than third the other three times.
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FilurnFilurn
Join Date: Feb 5th, 2012
Apr 24th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Really Liked That You Could Turn a Little Money Into a Lot of Money"
"I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark's Filurn (pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment.
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LarsLuzakLarsLuzak
Join Date: May 13th, 2013
Apr 23rd, 2014
By: Dan
Who is LarsLuzak'
Off to a hot start in 2014 is PocketFives member LarsLuzak (pictured), who is known in the real world as Sami Kelopuro. This Finnish poker pro has a final table in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event and a win in the site's $250,000 Guaranteed already this year for a combined $134,000. Additionally, he has one of the largest cashes ever recorded by a PocketFiver. We'll have more on that to come.
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donut604donut604
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2007
Apr 21st, 2014
By: Dan
"I'm Lucky Enough to Have Chris Moorman as a Friend"
Success in poker is partly about who you surround yourself with. For PocketFiver Jonas donut604 Mackoff (pictured), a solid core of poker minds helped push him to the top of the pack in a Full Tilt Poker $340 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry FTOPS event earlier this month for a solid $117,000. That score came on the heels of a chop in the PokerStars Super Tuesday.
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bediasbedias
Join Date: Sep 3rd, 2010
Apr 20th, 2014
By: Dan
"There's No Better Way to Enjoy Your Money"
Last month, Bernardo bedias Dias (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Million and boosted his bankroll by $233,000. It was the largest Sunday score for any PocketFiver that week and Dias defeated PokerStars player RudiTurbo heads-up in the 7,789-entrant field.
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CrownUpGuyCrownUpGuy
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2013
Apr 19th, 2014
By: Dan
"It's My First Big Win Where I'm Really Proud of the Way I Played"
On the first weekend of April, Fedor Holz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as CrownUpGuy, took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for an even $75,000 after a heads-up chop. The tournament paid out nearly a half-million dollars and Holz, who calls Austria home, continued a tradition of an early morning breakfast after big poker wins. Let's check out what he had to say.
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firaldofiraldo
Join Date: May 18th, 2009
Apr 18th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with FTOPS Main Event Champion firaldo
Last weekend, Scotland's Niall firaldo Farrell (pictured) struck gold in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event, coming away with the win for $236,000 following a three-way chop. The tournament, a $635 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry event, drew over 2,500 entrants, four of whom walked off with six-figures. We caught up with Farrell to break down his landmark score that has shot him up to #35 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings.
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kingmiguel3kingmiguel3
Join Date: Jan 18th, 2012
Apr 18th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Told Myself I Wasn't Shaving Until I Made $50K This Year"
On the last Sunday of March, Miguel kingmiguel3 King (pictured) took down the iPoker Network Sunday Special to the tune of $34,000. He beat a field of over 2,200 entrants in the $95 No Limit Hold'em tournament and, unfortunately for his facial hair, it was time for a shave. "I can shave now," King joked. "I told myself I wasn't shaving until I made $50,000 this year."
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athillaathilla
Join Date: Jun 8th, 2008
Apr 17th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Learned a Lot From Spewing Away All That Money"
Orjan athilla Skommo (pictured) isn't the first PocketFives member we've interviewed who hit it big, lost most of it, and then built up a usable bankroll. In fact, that trend seems to be rather common. But, it's what you learn from the experience that defines you as a poker player.
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moiadcosminmoiadcosmin
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2013
Apr 16th, 2014
By: Dan
Beat 900 Other Players' Not a Challenge!
Late last month, the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $90 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew a field of 893 players. Among them was PocketFiver Joldis moiadcosmin Cosmin (pictured), who waltzed to a $24,000 payday after claiming gold. He admitted, "This is the first time someone has wanted to interview me," which made us feel quite flattered.
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PureCash25PureCash25
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2006
Apr 13th, 2014
By: Dan
"I've Had No Greater Thrill Than Winning That $1 Tourney All Those Years Ago"
In recent weeks, Nick PureCash25 Rampone (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed after a heads-up chop for $47,000. He has had two tracked scores of over $100,000, but, according to our little chat, his most memorable in the money finish came in a $1 buy-in tournament nearly 10 years ago for $300. Here's what the member of the British Columbia poker community had to say.
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RoundelayRoundelay
Join Date: Apr 30th, 2007
Apr 12th, 2014
By: Dan
No Hockey' Time to Play Poker!
How did you get started in poker' Did you find the game because of a friend' Did you randomly run across it on television' Did your family play around a kitchen table' For Roundelay (pictured), who calls Newfoundland, Canada home, the cancellation of the 2004-2005 NHL season was enough to steer him to the game we all love. We caught up with him after he final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $25,000 last month.
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BillyChatBillyChat
Join Date: May 23rd, 2011
Apr 10th, 2014
By: Dan
Chatting with BillyChat: "Fingers Crossed I'll Be Lifting a Trophy Very Soon"
We think Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured) might have one of the most-fun-to-say names on PocketFives. Just try saying it five times fast. The Londoner came out on top in the Ongame ChampionChip last month for $13,000 and, given he's approaching $2 million in tracked scores, we figured it was time to catch up.
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dankingdanking
Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2012
Apr 9th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Believe Poland Can Be One of the Best Poker Nations in the World"
On the last day of March, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed featured a final table that included four members ranked in the top 500 on PocketFives. Among them was Poland's danking, who drove to a first place finish, bringing home a payday of $28,000. There were over 1,100 entrants and danking has risen all the way to #5 in his home nation. We caught up with the Podkarpackie resident to talk about his big victory.
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GoGooseGoGoGooseGo
Join Date: Sep 9th, 2012
Apr 8th, 2014
By: Dan
"My Advice to Regs: Never Work on Your Game. You Just Have Bad Luck!"
You have to love the advice that GoGooseGo (pictured), whose goes by Paul, gave to his fellow regs on PocketFives: "Never work on your game. You just have bad luck!" All kidding aside, Paul final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last month, cashing for $23,000 following a fourth place finish. He is on the cusp of breaking $900,000 in tracked scores.
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RainmanRJARainmanRJA
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2010
Apr 7th, 2014
By: Dan
"It's From the Film Rain Man. I Was Always Good with Numbers."
Last month, the PokerStars Micro Millions Main Event played out on the world's largest online poker site. The $22 buy-in tournament attracted a ridiculous field of over 63,000 entrants and, when it finally concluded, PocketFiver Raphael Jude RainmanRJA Augustin (pictured) came away with the win following a heads-up chop and ran off with $78,000, or nearly 3,600 times his buy-in.
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vertigo007vertigo007
Join Date: Aug 12th, 2012
Apr 5th, 2014
By: Dan
"I've Been Living Out of a Suitcase for the Last Year and a Half"
Poker players inherently travel quite a bit. With live events sprawled throughout the world and online regulations being different in each country, professional players can live quite a nomadic lifestyle. Take Bret vertigo007 Gross (pictured), for example, who has traveled across half of the continents in the world in the last two years playing poker. We caught up with him after he won the 888 Poker Mega Deep for $33,000.
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andyh26andyh26
Join Date: Jan 1st, 2007
Apr 1st, 2014
By: Dan
"To Beat Poker, You Have to Be Poker"
Here's a new adage for you: "To beat poker, you have to be poker." We'll tell you why we care about that phrase in the first place in a little bit, but in the meantime, we'll say that Andy andyh26 Holman took down the PokerStars Sunday Storm last month for a commanding $36,000 after a three-way deal.
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Eich64Eich64
Join Date: Nov 26th, 2010
Mar 30th, 2014
By: Dan
"Obviously I Need to Cooler the Heck Out of People at the Final Table"
Two weeks ago, Mexico's Dan Eich64 Eichhorn (pictured) drove to a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was a blistering $78,000 and he nearly defeated a sizable field of over 3,300 entrants. Eichhorn is up to $613,000 in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile from over 2,000 in the money finishes.
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TryToExploitTryToExploit
Join Date: Jun 19th, 2012
Mar 29th, 2014
By: Dan
Don't Just Sit There! TryToExploit
One of the largest cashes by any PocketFiver recently went to Jose Carlos Garcia (pictured), who is known on our site as TryToExploit. His victory came in the PokerStars Sunday Million after a heads-up chop and was worth a swashbuckling $230,000. The Million that week was gigantic, with well over 9,000 entrants and a prize pool that passed $1.8 million.
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Jozinho6Jozinho6
Join Date: Nov 7th, 2013
Mar 28th, 2014
By: Dan
"There is No Better Game in the World for Me than Poker"
A recent running of the Winamax High Roller, a €300 buy-in tournament, saw Austria's Josip Jozinho6 Simunic (pictured) come away with the win and earn $20,000. He blasted through the 200-player field and told us, "I feel great. I have been running well online and live the last few moths, so I feel very confident and happy." He was one of two PocketFivers to crack the final table of the Winamax tournament.
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aznxrayaznxray
Join Date: May 7th, 2013
Mar 27th, 2014
By: Dan
From Five Big Blinds to a Third 888 Sunday Challenge Win
The classic poker cliché "a chip and a chair" runs pretty true for Edmonton's aznxray (pictured), who stormed to a win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge despite being down to just five big blinds when four players remained. It was his third Sunday Challenge win all-time, which is pretty impressive considering the tournament drew 1,000 players on that fateful day.
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jcada99jcada99
Join Date: Jan 7th, 2008
Mar 26th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada (jcada99)
Last weekend, Joe jcada99 Cada (pictured), who won the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, added to his bankroll by taking down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $42,000. The field numbered over 1,000 entrants and Cada defeated fellow online and live pro Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee heads-up. The Michigan native who plays online poker across the bridge in Windsor, Canada has undergone vast changes since winning the Main Event five years ago and sat down with PocketFives to dish about it.
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23NoraB23NoraB
Join Date: Jun 20th, 2011
Mar 25th, 2014
By: Dan
Two-Time March Triple Crown Winner and New Delicatessen Owner
It has been a huge month of March for Austria's 23NoraB (pictured), who has won two PocketFives Triple Crowns so far well over 1,500 PLB Points combined. He has won four Triple Crowns in total, one-fifth of the haul for his home nation. We caught up with 23NoraB to talk about his recent run and his new delicatessen in Panama City, Panama.
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MadsMPMadsMP
Join Date: Mar 2nd, 2013
Mar 24th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Really Want to Establish Myself at the Highest Stakes Online"
Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStars Big $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed Rebuy in the span of six days for his newest profile badge. He was kind enough to lend us a few minutes.
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valkyri3valkyri3
Join Date: Jan 15th, 2012
Mar 22nd, 2014
By: Dan
"Then Someone Told Me About a Magical Site Called PokerStars"
Winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up earlier this month was bittersweet for Feng Zhao, who is known on PocketFives as valkyri3. On the one hand, he earned $117,000 as a result of a heads-up chop, the largest amount given away. On the other hand, he warned PocketFives of a potential Black Friday of sorts coming to his home nation of Singapore. His big cash comes on the heels of a TCOOP final table for $175,000 in February.
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pvas2pvas2
Join Date: Dec 20th, 2010
Mar 21st, 2014
By: Dan
"Squash – Now That's a Niche Sport"
In recent days, Paul Vas Nunes (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pvas2, was part of a five-way chop of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and earned $29,000. The online poker player from the UK took down his fourth Sunday Major in the process, a pretty impressive accomplishment, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking about his latest score. Oh yeah, we got to talk a little squash, so get excited for that.
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RandALLinRandALLin
Join Date: Jun 28th, 2006
Mar 17th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Have an Injured Shoulder and I'm Eight-Tabling"
It was a rough day for longtime PocketFiver Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured), whose shoulder was injured when we talked to him. Oh, and he was also eight-tabling and typing responses to our questions. The veritable Houdini was fresh off winning the Full Tilt Poker $1K Saturday nine days ago for $24,000. It had been a while since we caught up with Flowers, so we reached out for reaction despite the injury.
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pleno1pleno1
Join Date: Mar 21st, 2010
Mar 16th, 2014
By: Dan
"Maybe I'll Do Something Boring Like Buy a House"
Patrick pleno1 Leonard (pictured), who is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, has had one heck of a run over the last three weeks. On February 23, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $94,000, the largest amount given away, and final tabled the Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million one week later for another $110,000. On March 15, he won the site's $100 Rebuy for $13,000. Those three scores, which combined for $217,000, could push him even closer to the top 100 here on PocketFives.
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CrazymoronCrazymoron
Join Date: Sep 26th, 2011
Mar 15th, 2014
By: Dan
"When I Started Playing, It Was a Dream to Have a Site Write About Me"
Yes, PocketFives makes dreams come true. The title of this article was actually the response from Belarus' Kiryl Crazymoron Radzivonau (pictured) when asked why he picked the screen name "Crazymoron" in the first place. He doesn't look so crazy anymore. We caught up with Radzivonau after he chopped the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl heads-up earlier this month and walked away with $41,000, the largest prize given out.
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Aggro SantosAggro Santos
Join Date: Jan 29th, 2012
Mar 11th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Tournament Poker"
Last month, England's Scott Aggro Santos Margereson (pictured) won his third PocketFives Triple Crown. He took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each on three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days and made over $25,000 in the process.
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NohaymiedoNohaymiedo
Join Date: Apr 25th, 2013
Mar 10th, 2014
By: Dan
"This is Why We Grind Every Day: To Win Big MTTs"
Last month, Nohaymiedo (pictured), who calls the Dominican Republic home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and earned $71,000, the second largest amount given away. He is $25,000 away from receiving his $500,000 cash badge here on PocketFives and is the top dog in his home country. Any time we can get a word with someone from the Dominican Republic, we jump at it!
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therealfuddebuftherealfuddebuf
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2012
Mar 10th, 2014
By: Dan
Sunday 500 Final Tables in Back-to-Back Months = therealfuddebuf
Denmark's therealfuddebuf, known in the real world as Mikael Hansen (pictured), turned in quite an impressive feat last November and December, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for well over $80,000 officially. He is one of a handful of players from Denmark we've interviewed lately, so is Denmark the new hotbed for poker' We sat down with Hansen, who has one of the coolest full-time jobs ever, to find out.
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NinemilNinemil
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2006
Mar 9th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Decided Going to College Was a Good Bet. It Turns Out it Was."
The top-ranked online poker player in Dorset, England is Ninemil, better known in the real world as Clayton Hamm (pictured). He stormed to the top of the leaderboard of the Winamax High Roller last month and bagged $19,000, helping push his career online cash total to over $1.2 million. We caught up with Hamm, who is known on Full Tilt Poker as ScrillaGorila.
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x_zola25x_zola25
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2013
Mar 8th, 2014
By: Dan
Two Weeks, Seven Wins, One Triple Crown
February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort.
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melontownmelontown
Join Date: Dec 7th, 2010
Mar 6th, 2014
By: Dan
"When Coming up With a Screen Name, I Figured I'd Use Some Type of Fruit"
We love seemingly random stories about how PocketFivers came up with their user names. For Toronto's melontown, a friendship with another PocketFiver was to blame: "My very good friend bananazoo was the original person who got me interested in poker, so when coming up with a screen name, I figured I might as well use some type of fruit." And so it began.
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SheaterSheater
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2011
Mar 6th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #3 Ranked Sheater
Sweden continued its attack on the upper reaches of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, claiming three of the top four spots worldwide. Holding down the fort at #3 worldwide and #2 in Sweden is Sheater, who took down the Winamax Grand Tournament over the weekend, a $1,311 buy-in tournament, for a cool $45,000.
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GabrielPGabrielP
Join Date: Jul 25th, 2009
Mar 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
"Three Years Ago, No One Knew About Poker Here. Now, Everyone is Interested"
The Romania poker community here on PocketFives consists of a little more than 1,000 players who have combined for over $42 million in lifetime earnings. The group has amassed $5.5 million in the last three months and recently got a boost courtesy of GabrielP (pictured), who is known as Gabriel Popescu in the real world. Popescu won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge in recent weeks to take in $25,000.
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luckymo32luckymo32
Join Date: Feb 22nd, 2011
Mar 1st, 2014
By: Dan
New Baby, New House, New Claim to Fame
Last September, Ireland's luckymo32 (pictured) finished second in a WCOOP $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event and walked off with over $200,000, his largest tracked cash to date by a factor of more than three. Three days before Christmas, he finished fourth in a WCOOP Challenge $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy and earned $63,000. Fast-forward to January, when he won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge to add another $26,000 to his coffer. We caught up with him to talk about his recent hot streak.
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pedrohennnpedrohennn
Join Date: Jan 6th, 2014
Feb 27th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Bubbled 2 Sunday Million Final Tables and Was Worried It'd Happen Again"
Last month, Brazil's Pedro Correa (pictured), known on PocketFives as pedrohennn, final tabled the $215 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Million and earned $61,000. He has already cracked the top 100 worldwide here on PocketFives, is #5 in Brazil, and has a solid $1.3 million in online winnings. We caught up with Correa to rehash his second largest score to date. Check out PocketFives' Brazil poker community to see who else has been performing well.
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domino20domino20
Join Date: May 4th, 2010
Feb 26th, 2014
By: Dan
"I've Always Had an Eye on Winning a Triple Crown"
We're two months into 2014 and, already, we've awarded 39 PocketFives Triple Crowns. That means we're on pace for 234 this year, which would be a record, surpassing last year's mark of 208. One of the latest PocketFives Triple Crown winners is Derek Schwartz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as domino20.
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MalmeiidaMalmeiida
Join Date: Mar 25th, 2012
Feb 22nd, 2014
By: Dan
"I Don't Need to Play Micro and Low Limits Anymore"
Imagine the glee you'd have after waking up, entering the $75 buy-in MiniFTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker, and, many hours later, finishing in second place for a colossal $78,000. That was one Sunday last month for Brazil's Matheus Almeida, who is known as Malmeiida on PocketFives. Not too shabby.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Feb 19th, 2014
By: Dan
Inside Scoop on Chris Moorman's Poker Strategy Book
Later this year, Chris moorman1 Moorman, the most successful player in the history of PocketFives, will release "Moorman's Book of Poker." The strategy book from D&B Poker features Moorman's analysis of over 100 mid-stakes hands from co-author Byron Jacobs, and we're fairly amazed that Moorman has the time and energy to create the 300-page paperback, which you can pre-order by clicking here. PocketFives caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame.
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RoccoGeRoccoGe
Join Date: Aug 13th, 2010
Feb 19th, 2014
By: Dan
Two-Thirds of a Live Poker Triple Crown and a MiniFTOPS Title
In 2012, Rocco RoccoGe Palumbo (pictured) won a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event for nearly a half-million dollars. One year later, he took down a World Poker Tour title in Venice and captured $180,000. As if all that success weren't enough, Palumbo won a Full Tilt Poker MiniFTOPS Two-Day Event for another $93,000 in mid-January.
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joaosimaobhjoaosimaobh
Join Date: Jun 1st, 2009
Feb 18th, 2014
By: Dan
The Place Where Dreams Come True
It has been one heck of a poker ride for Joao Paulo Simao (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as joaosimaobh. The Brazilian, over the last three years, has taken down a litany of online poker tournaments, including the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy, which he won in late December for $53,000. There wasn't even a chop in the Sunday $100 Rebuy, which attracted a field of 940 players and paid out to the top 108.
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Alextoon1Alextoon1
Join Date: Jul 12th, 2010
Feb 17th, 2014
By: Dan
Alextoon1 Heads to Malta, Final Tables Sunday Million
One of the banner ads you might notice on PocketFives is for Poker Refugees, a relocation service that has shuttled hundreds of players to poker-friendly locales for the last three years. Among those who have taken advantage of it is Alextoon1 (pictured), who currently resides in Malta and recently final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million.
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TheClaimeerTheClaimeer
Join Date: Nov 6th, 2007
Feb 16th, 2014
By: Dan
"Poker is Ever-Evolving. The Midweek Grinders Have a Huge Edge."
"Poker is ever-evolving. The midweek grinders have a huge edge on spotting the trends first." Those were the words of observation from Rick Trigg (pictured), known as TheClaimeer on PocketFives, when asked what words of wisdom he had for the poker community. If you're wondering why we care about the Sheffield, England native, it's because he recently scored a PocketFives Triple Crown. Jackpot!
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bediasbedias
Join Date: Sep 3rd, 2010
Feb 15th, 2014
By: Dan
So Many Brazilians, So Little Time
I don't know about you, but it feels like we constantly write about Brazilian success stories here on PocketFives. Obviously, the Brazil poker community must be doing something right, as another one of its members has excelled in a major tournament. This time, it was Bernardo Dias, who goes by bedias here on PocketFives and was part of a four-way chop in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $35,000.
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rounder3989rounder3989
Join Date: Nov 9th, 2010
Feb 13th, 2014
By: Dan
"I've Only Registered for the Sunday Brawl Once, and I Won It"
Germany's rounder3989 is one-for-one in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. That's not an easy tournament to win either, as it brought out 1,186 entrants in mid-January and awarded a first place prize of $47,000. The bottom line: it was a good weekend to be rounder3989. Amazingly, it was the first time he had ever registered for the Sunday Brawl.
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aces_up4108aces_up4108
Join Date: Jan 12th, 2008
Feb 9th, 2014
By: Dan
Who Won the First Triple Crown of 2014'
We're a couple of weeks into 2014 and already a handful of players have claimed PocketFives Triple Crowns. To do so, a person must win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings in a one-week period. The very first Triple Crown, won on New Year's Day, went to aces_up4108. At the end of January, he scored his eighth Triple Crown! Article-worthy' Definitely.
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Checktrap11Checktrap11
Join Date: Apr 29th, 2012
Feb 5th, 2014
By: Dan
Headhunter by Day, Poker Player by Night
We're sure it's a hoot to play poker until 4:00am, escape to bed, and get up three hours later so the boss-man isn't upset you were late to work. Such is the life of many PocketFives readers. For Mat Cuthbertson (pictured), known as Checktrap11 online, working as a headhunter by day and a poker player by night has its perks and drawbacks.
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gifuhornagifuhorna
Join Date: Jun 6th, 2011
Feb 4th, 2014
By: Dan
"I'm Enjoying Brightness, Sun, and a Little Bit of Chang"
"I'm chilling and enjoying brightness, sun, and a little bit of Chang." Must be a nice life, huh' That was the scene for PocketFives member gifuhorna, who calls Finland home and was camped out in Thailand on vacation before taking down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy following a four-way chop two weeks ago. And in case you're wondering, Chang is a local beer that he said was "delicious."
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jenbizzlejenbizzle
Join Date: Jan 29th, 2012
Feb 3rd, 2014
By: Dan
"It Was My Dream to Play Squash for a Living"
"It was an awesome win." Those were the succinct words of Ben Jones (pictured), known affectionately as jenbizzle here on PocketFives, after winning the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed to start off the 2014 calendar year. "It feels great to have had my second largest score, especially with it being so soon after the new year. Running good to start the year definitely helps set the pace for morale and motivation," he added.
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benyubenyu
Join Date: Jan 20th, 2014
Jan 30th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Want to Challenge RasZi in Dota 2 and Flush_Entity in Counter Strike"
You have to love it when we get to talk about Dota 2 and Counter-Strike in interviews here on PocketFives. The two games came up during a sit-down with Ben benyu Yu (pictured), who final tabled the MiniFTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker earlier this month and walked away with $29,000. Yu was one of four PocketFives members at the final table who combined for $144,000.
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BigMeech99BigMeech99
Join Date: Jan 11th, 2010
Jan 29th, 2014
By: Dan
BigMeech99 Wins Third Triple Crown This Month
It's not easy winning one PocketFives Triple Crown, let alone three. Oh yeah, we should mention that all three came in the same month. That's what Sweden's BigMeech99 has managed to accomplish so far in January. He has a bundle of wins over the last four weeks, which together account for three Triple Crowns. Here's a sampling of what he has taken down recently:
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Matu11Matu11
Join Date: Dec 17th, 2013
Jan 27th, 2014
By: Dan
Brazil Continues to Own the World
Two weeks ago, the nation of Brazil continued its hot streak after Mateus Lessa (pictured), known on PocketFives as Matu11, chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up two ways and bagged $94,000. It was his largest tracked cash by a factor of four and the latest in a string of impressive results from Brazilians.
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ricestudricestud
Join Date: Aug 14th, 2006
Jan 26th, 2014
By: Dan
"I'm Taking a Trip Around the World, Living in Different Cities Every Month"
One massive perk of being an online poker player is the freedom to travel to your heart's content. All you really need is an internet connection and you can grind just as if you were in the comfort of your own pad. For Mexico's Wade ricestud Townsend (pictured), 2014 could bring a whirlwind trip around the world as he plays poker from exotic locations.
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chaz_man_chazchaz_man_chaz
Join Date: Apr 1st, 2010
Jan 25th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Charlie Combes (chaz_man_chaz)
In the beginning of January, poker pro Charlie chaz_man_chaz Combes (pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy following a three-way chop. Combes is now up over $4 million in tracked scores in his profile, thanks in part to the $47,000 windfall that came following the Sunday $100 Rebuy victory. He has been a member of PocketFives for the last four years, so we thought it was fitting to break down the UK player's win and his recent poker career in general.
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tilt21stedtilt21sted
Join Date: Apr 24th, 2012
Jan 25th, 2014
By: Dan
"A Big Score That Early On Cannot Be Good in the Long-Run"
Very rarely in poker do we see players getting second chances. Financial hardships and a poor string of events are quite difficult to overcome in the face of variance, large player pools, and finite bankrolls. In the case of tilt21sted (pictured), however, a second chance was most assuredly in the cards. The Romanian chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million on January 6 and banked an outstanding $176,000.
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yarik1903yarik1903
Join Date: Aug 28th, 2013
Jan 23rd, 2014
By: Dan
2 Ukrainians, 1 Russian, $30,000 to the Winner
The end of the PokerStars Sunday Storm on December 30 featured a three-way deal. The participants: two Ukrainians and a Russian, who received nearly even paydays of $24,000 and played on for another $6,000. When the smoke cleared, Yuriy Kudrynskyy (pictured), known on PocketFives as yarik1903, came away with the win and added $30,000 to his bankroll.
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SvendAageSvendAage
Join Date: Apr 13th, 2012
Jan 22nd, 2014
By: Dan
What Degree Does Every Poker Player Need' Humanities!
In late December, Denmark's Peter Anders Rasmussen (pictured), known on PocketFives as SvendAage, claimed a Triple Crown. Doing so meant taking down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. That's no easy feat, but it was Rasmussen's second Triple Crown of December.
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TheDreamerTheDreamer
Join Date: Jan 28th, 2007
Jan 19th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Will Ma (TheDreamer)
Just a couple of days before the calendar turned to 2014, Will TheDreamer Ma (pictured) won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $44,000. The bounty tournament drew over 1,100 entrants and he defeated fellow PocketFiver koczwi heads-up. "I was on a small downswing before the win, so it was nice to get the score," Ma told PocketFives.
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grasiugrasiu
Join Date: Jan 9th, 2007
Jan 19th, 2014
By: Dan
"The First Thing I Did Was Scream, Which Woke Up My Roommate"
It's probably quite an experience waking up in the middle of the night to screaming. No, not the bad kind of screaming, just the kind that comes with winning the 888 Poker Mega Deep for $34,000. That was the experience of the roommate of Poland's Lukasz grasiu Grabowski (pictured). That fateful week, the 888 Poker Mega Deep drew 736 entrants and offered up a prize pool that approached $150,000.
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DoubleS00tedDoubleS00ted
Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2006
Jan 18th, 2014
By: Dan
Winning the Sunday Million for a Second Time: "It's Surreal"
The last weekend of December marked a coup of sorts for PocketFiver DoubleS00ted. He took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $208,000 following a three-way deal. It was his second victory in the weekly Sunday Major, the first coming in 2007 for $184,000 officially. He told PocketFives, "It's surreal right now. It's different this time. When I won it in 2007, I felt on top of the world. I felt like I deserved it and that I was a great player. Now, after taking a few years off after Black Friday, I recognize the game has changed so much and ...
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breethbreeth
Join Date: Jul 18th, 2007
Jan 12th, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with 23rd Ranked breeth
Last month, one PocketFiver hit a huge score, as Hungary's breeth (pictured) came away with a massive $213,000 payday in the PokerStars Sunday Million. There were over 8,300 entrants in the Million that week and the tournament ended in a five-way chop. When the dust settled, breeth was the only person to walk with over $200,000 and told us rather bluntly, "I'm pretty happy about that." That's an understatement!
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gaggleokingsgaggleokings
Join Date: Sep 12th, 2012
Jan 11th, 2014
By: Dan
How Many Kings' A Gaggle of Kings!
We personally love the PocketFives user name gaggleokings (pictured), the brainchild of Tom Ambler. The Chesterfield, England resident recently took down the iPoker Network Sunday Special to the tune of $34,000, defeating a field of 930 entrants. Three of the top four finishers in that tournament were members of the PocketFives community and the $38,000 made for some premium Christmas shopping money.
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Seba29072Seba29072
Join Date: Dec 3rd, 2008
Jan 10th, 2014
By: Dan
Bust EPT Main Event, Late-Reg for Sunday $100 Rebuy, Win $58,000
December 15 was a roller coaster of a day for Sebastian Saffari (pictured), known on PocketFives as Seba29072. He began by busting an EPT Main event, a big live tournament, and promptly late registered for the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. He almost missed the late registration cutoff, meeting the deadline by a matter of minutes, and miraculously went on to win it for $58,000, his second largest tracked MTT to date.
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bblacklegendbblacklegend
Join Date: Aug 9th, 2012
Jan 7th, 2014
By: Dan
Defeating One of the Toughest Final Tables You'll See
To close out 2013, the PokerStars Sunday 500 drew a field of 848 entrants and featured one of the toughest final tables you'll see. The final nine included three members of the PocketFives Top 100 and seven members of the Top 500. Only one person in the top nine was not part of the PocketFives community and five out of the eight PocketFivers had at least $1.5 million in tracked scores. When the smoke cleared, Amit bblacklegend Jain (pictured) came away with the win and $76,000 in cash.
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I AmLegend11I AmLegend11
Join Date: Sep 2nd, 2011
Jan 5th, 2014
By: Dan
"I Moved to Playa del Carmen in 2012. It Was the Best Choice I Ever Made!"
"I moved to Playa del Carmen in January of 2012. It was the best choice I have ever made! There is an amazing group of poker professionals here and I was fortunate enough to meet my fiancée here as well." Those were the words of PocketFiver Eric Biggs (pictured), who is known on our site as I AmLegend11. They are words you would expect to hear out of a player who chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up four ways last month and put away $87,000, the largest amount given out. Additionally, he officially booked the win.
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YukoEgawaYukoEgawa
Join Date: Dec 13th, 2012
Jan 4th, 2014
By: Dan
Sibling Triple Crown Rivalry: YukoEgawa vs moumaife84
Last month, Denmark's Soren Smith (pictured), known on PocketFives as YukoEgawa, won his first Triple Crown after victories in the PartyPoker $12,500 Guaranteed, Ladbrokes Mosh Pit, and PokerStars $7,500 Guaranteed. The three victories were worth about 370 PLB Points combined, but more importantly, they inched him closer to his brother, moumaife84, who owns three Triple Crown titles.
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Illini213Illini213
Join Date: Sep 29th, 2007
Jan 3rd, 2014
By: Dan
Heads-Up with the $261,000 Man, Illini213
The most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event was lucrative to many players. In fact, it ended in a three-way chop that saw longtime PocketFives member Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) walk away with $261,000, the largest amount by far given away in the tournament and the equivalent of almost 16% of the prize pool.
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ahustla16ahustla16
Join Date: Mar 3rd, 2009
Jan 2nd, 2014
By: Dan
Dominating Two-Day Events and Making Time-Lapse Videos
Why sit around for two days playing online poker' Here's why. In December, ahustla16 finished third in an FTOPS Two-Day Event on Full Tilt Poker for a cash windfall of $118,000. Incredibly, the score is the fifth largest we've tracked for him, and his five biggest cashes add up to over $1.1 million total. At least two of them are multi-day events, so we thought we'd discuss the benefits of two-day online poker tournaments. Why should you play them'
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Dec 31st, 2013
By: Dan
Meet the First Japanese Supernova Elite
Achieving Supernova Elite on PokerStars is quite a feat. Doing so requires generating one million VPPs on PokerStars in a year and spending a ton of time at the tables calling, raising, and folding. Kosei Ichinose (pictured), known as shinbunshi on PocketFives, claims he was the first Supernove Elite player ever from the country of Japan, getting the title in 2010. We caught up with him following a victory in the 888 Poker Super XL Mega Deep earlier this month for $39,000.
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VinkyyVinkyy
Join Date: Oct 31st, 2011
Dec 30th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #7 Ranked Vinkyy
On December 18, just seven days before Christmas, Vinkyy (pictured) earned a $5 million cash badge on PocketFives. He is the 13th player to receive the award since June 1 and, amazingly, four PocketFivers have gone over $5 million this month.
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joppiesausjoppiesaus
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2010
Dec 29th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Was Playing Table Tennis, But Knew I Would Never Be World Champion"
"I was in a bad place in my life since I didn't know what I wanted to do as a profession. I was playing table tennis for a living, but came to the conclusion I would never be world champion. Then, I had to decide between normal society and poker. I had a great start with poker, so the choice was easy." Those were the words of Pim de Goede, who is known on PocketFives as joppiesaus. He came away with a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million last month and piled up $132,000.
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Van RazorVan Razor
Join Date: Oct 5th, 2007
Dec 24th, 2013
By: Dan
"My Child Will Be Born with a Bankroll Intact"
For Kyle Adamo (pictured), known on PocketFives as Van Razor, a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million II earlier this month was worth an outstanding $177,000. He outlasted nearly 5,700 entrants, the top 810 of whom made the money. His six-figure score will go a long way toward paying for diapers, formula, clothes, furniture, and higher education for a soon-to-be-born baby boy. Double congrats to him!
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uczniakuczniak
Join Date: Mar 20th, 2012
Dec 23rd, 2013
By: Dan
"I Was So Fed Up with Cash Games That I Decided to Give MTTs a Go"
The country of Poland nearly had a victory in the 19th event of the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, a $129 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Knockout. Nearly 5,100 entries were recorded and over a half-million dollars was up for grabs. When the final cards were dealt, Mateusz Żbikowski (pictured), known as uczniak on PocketFives, was part of a three-way chop for $57,000. We caught up with the member of the Poland poker community to get his thoughts on the tournament that was.
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SmecktenSmeckten
Join Date: Jul 14th, 2013
Dec 22nd, 2013
By: Dan
"I Was Talked into Playing WPT Copenhagen and Was Fortune to Win It"
In November 2012, Emil Ohlsson (pictured), known on PocketFives as Smeckten, came out on top of the field of the World Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event for $230,000. There were 229 entries in that tournament and he was one of two Swedes to land in the top eight. Flash forward to the first day of this month, when he trumped the field of the Winamax High Roller for $15,000 following a two-way deal, a victory that earned him 270 PLB Points.
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SlevinroSlevinro
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2010
Dec 21st, 2013
By: Dan
"As I Know Myself for Being a Bankroll Nit, This Probably Won't Happen"
At the end of November, Romania's Avram Slevinro Bogdan (pictured) came out on top of the pack in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. The outright win in the tournament, which saw him outlast a field of over 3,300 entrants, was worth $105,000 and he defeated fellow PokerStars member Erosss82 heads-up. He is #3 in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, which lies in the country's northwest corner, and sat down with PocketFives to talk about his largest tracked cash to date.
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DaFaceDaFace
Join Date: Sep 9th, 2013
Dec 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"Back Then, The Big Secret Was When to Shove with Less than 10 Big Blinds"
Last month, the Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, kicked off with a $215 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament that drew nearly 3,000 entries. Two members of the PocketFives community – BBOY3110 and DaFace – orchestrated a heads-up chop and earned $100,000 and $78,000, respectively.
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jareth3542jareth3542
Join Date: Sep 12th, 2013
Dec 19th, 2013
By: Dan
I Just Want to Bang on the Drum All Day
We think Todd Rundgren said it best in 1983: "I don't want to work, I just want to bang on the drum all day." For Jareth East (pictured), known on PocketFives as jareth3542, he'll be able to bang his way down to the Bahamas for the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on the heels of a victory in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl last month for $51,000.
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Big HuniBig Huni
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
Dec 15th, 2013
By: Dan
The Biggest Huni of Them All
It's always a pleasure to interview Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured). The Costa Rican has been a member of the site since 2007, was once ranked as high as #3 worldwide, and has experienced the ups and downs that our industry offers. Sitting on a colossal $5.8 million in tracked cashes, the 13th highest total of anyone on PocketFives, Hunichen won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last weekend for $67,000. Despite an earthquake in the middle of our interview, he talked about the Sunday $100 Rebuy, an altered approach to the game, and his goals ...
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Flush_EntityFlush_Entity
Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
Dec 13th, 2013
By: Dan
Flush_Entity Hits $5 Million in Tracked Cashes
If you didn't notice, on December 9, Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) officially passed $5 million in tracked online MTT scores in his PocketFives profile. His award comes on the heels of wins in the last week in the PartyPoker High Roller for $24,000 and the iPoker $100 Rebuy for another $11,000. Did we mention that he also won an EPT Berlin High Roller event earlier this year for a half-million bucks' Yeah, he is pretty good at poker.
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tnapoleaotnapoleao
Join Date: Apr 20th, 2011
Dec 12th, 2013
By: Dan
The Best Honeymoon Ever'
Three months ago, Brazil's tnapoleao (pictured), known in the real world as Thiago Napoleao Gilioli, got married. Now, he is busy taking down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, which he won outright last month for a colossal $109,000. "I'm feeling amazing," Gilioli said about his big win. "I got married two months ago and, since then, the results have reappeared with a very large frequency. Then, this big score came."
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Running GootRunning Goot
Join Date: Jan 30th, 2011
Dec 8th, 2013
By: Dan
Winning $161,000 in the PokerStars Sunday Million is Running Goot
Last month, Running Goot, known as Robert Hordejuk (pictured) in the real world, was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million, reeling in $161,000. The Waterloo, Ontario, Canada resident joined PocketFives in early 2011 and has now amassed $413,000 in tracked online poker earnings. We caught up with him to break down his epic cash.
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IHaveNoIdeaIHaveNoIdea
Join Date: Jan 13th, 2012
Dec 7th, 2013
By: Dan
What's Your Name' IHaveNoIdea
We admit we chuckled a bit when we saw that a PocketFiver with the user name IHaveNoIdea chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last month and earned $39,000. His real name: Viktor Strahl (pictured), and he plays as HokuzzPokuzz on PokerStars. Our interview subject called the chop "a relief" and said, "I've been so close to the big ones for quite a while now, so it was really nice to finally go the whole way."
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pistons87pistons87
Join Date: Jun 28th, 2008
Dec 1st, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Vancouver's pistons87
In mid-November, Ankush Mandavia (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pistons87, came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy following a four-way chop. His reward was $49,000 and members of the PocketFives community landed in the top six spots.
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fbg1919fbg1919
Join Date: Nov 13th, 2006
Dec 1st, 2013
By: Dan
All You Need is a Chip and a Chair, Right'
Last month, Tudor Purice (pictured), known on PocketFives as fbg1919, came away with an outright win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl. He earned $51,000 for his efforts in the un-chopped tournament and outlasted several longstanding members of PocketFives at the final table. He was knocked down to merely a handful of big blinds at several points.
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CushCush
Join Date: Apr 25th, 2011
Nov 30th, 2013
By: Dan
"The Luxury of Being Your Own Boss Was Enough for Me"
"The luxury of being your own boss and not having people telling you what to do and when to do it by was enough for me." Those were the words of Greig Cushnie (pictured), known on PocketFives as Cush, when asked why he wanted to play poker for a living. He calls Dundee City, Scotland home and recently claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown.
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EMSBasEMSBas
Join Date: Jul 28th, 2008
Nov 29th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with EMSBas
Earlier this month, Jon EMSBas Spinks (pictured) stormed to an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. The victory was worth a colossal $115,000 and Spinks outlasted five other members of the PocketFives community at the final table. It was his largest tracked cash to date and his 79th tracked victory. The Brit was kind enough to lend us a few minutes to talk about his big Sunday.
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SheaterSheater
Join Date: Mar 10th, 2011
Nov 26th, 2013
By: Dan
The Newest Winner of the $4 Million Badge Is… Sheater
On November 21, just five days ago, Sweden's Sheater landed his $4 million cash badge here on PocketFives. He has generated an outstanding $4.07 million from tracked MTT across some of the largest online poker rooms in the world. Sheater is also just a few weeks removed from a victory in the weekly Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl, so we caught up with him to talk about his chest-full of achievements.
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VelniaZVelniaZ
Join Date: Jan 11th, 2013
Nov 23rd, 2013
By: Dan
Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Cashing in the Sunday Million for $80,000
Life in Lithuania (pictured) is apparently pretty easy. You wake up, finish fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $80,000, grapple, do some MMA, and go to bed. Such is the routine of VelniaZ, who final tabled the Sunday Million earlier this month for $80,000 and now sits at #14 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings in his home country.
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oussaleoussale
Join Date: Jan 4th, 2012
Nov 19th, 2013
By: Dan
"Greetings to Team Donig!"
"Greetings to Team Donig!" Those were the closing words from Germany's oussale, who sat down with PocketFives after a rock solid final weekend of October. First, he final tabled the Winamax Sunday Surprise under the screen name LeCacao for $8,800. He followed that up with an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for another $102,000.
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TelefonkioskTelefonkiosk
Join Date: Sep 23rd, 2007
Nov 19th, 2013
By: Dan
Telefonkiosk: Still Grinding After All These Years
Ten years ago, Sweden's Telefonkiosk started playing poker. A decade has passed and he is still relevant. In fact, he sits at #116 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings and is #14 in his home nation of Sweden. He rationalized, "I've played for about 10 years now. There are very many good players from those early stages of poker who are gone now, but I'm still left. It was hard some years ago to adapt and I kind of fell behind, but I saw my friend play and it was pretty clear I was way behind. Since then, I've worked a lot with my game ...
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paybackLVpaybackLV
Join Date: May 7th, 2012
Nov 17th, 2013
By: Dan
Music Festivals, Bali, Counter-Strike, and More
There were a little over two-dozen PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded last month. The accolade requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a seven-day window.
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jonna10jonna10
Join Date: Jun 8th, 2013
Nov 16th, 2013
By: Dan
Focusing on PLO, But Chopping the Sunday Million for $148,000
It must be an interesting dichotomy to focus on Pot Limit Omaha and, at the same time, chop the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million four ways for $148,000. Such is the life of Belgium's jonna10, who recorded his largest online poker cash to date last month. He wasn't necessarily pleased with the chop, telling us, "It wasn't the greatest deal from my point of view considering I got $12,000 less than what I should have gotten according to ICM."
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inblueinblue
Join Date: Nov 15th, 2010
Nov 16th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Won a WPT a Week Before, So It Was Just Another Day at the Office"
At the end of August, Jordan Cristos (pictured), known on PocketFives as inblue, took down the World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker for $613,000. He beat longtime poker pro Dan Heimiller heads-up in a field that totaled over 700. Shortly thereafter, he won the iPoker Network Sunday Special for $34,000, his largest tracked online cash to date. It has amounted to a solid second half of 2013 for Cristos, who sat down with PocketFives to talk about his recent run.
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OneTime1TimeOneTime1Time
Join Date: Dec 7th, 2012
Nov 13th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Recently Climbed the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa"
There are very few things not to get excited about when interviewing OneTime1Time, who calls the city of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada home. He is one of eight ranked PocketFivers in Red Deer, a city of 100,000 residents, and finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $119,000. We caught up with him to talk about blowing s**t up and climbing one of the tallest peaks in the world.
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brolleaterNZbrolleaterNZ
Join Date: Jun 23rd, 2010
Nov 11th, 2013
By: Dan
My First Chop Ever… For $89,000
Late last month, New Zealand's brolleaterNZ (pictured) came out on top in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up following a three-way chop. His reward was a hefty $89,000 and you can find him on the felts of the world's largest online poker room under the user name likely2cash. He is the seventh ranked player in the land of Kiwis and a newly converted cash-to-MTT player, so we wanted to catch up, learn more about his career, and talk a little fishing.
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jimbomberjimbomber
Join Date: Sep 20th, 2007
Nov 9th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Finished at 5am and Had to Get Up at 7am, But It Was a Nice Day at Work!"
Last month, England's James Finigan (pictured), better known on jimbomber, finished second in the 888 Poker Whale and earned $36,000. He just passed $1 million in tracked winnings in his PocketFives profile and is ranked #3 in Essex. He has grasped bankroll management the hard way, as he told us, after hitting rock bottom on PokerStars, but he has rebounded in full force. We caught up with Finigan to break down the 888 final table and talk about his career so far.
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mindgamermindgamer
Join Date: Aug 1st, 2007
Nov 3rd, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with #7 Ranked mindgamer
You might not have heard of Austria's Stefan Jedlicka (pictured), but you have definitely heard of his online user name, mindgamer. He is currently #7 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever, and recently chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million to walk away with a payday of $129,000.
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apestylesapestyles
Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
Nov 1st, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up With PocketFives Training Instructor apestyles
One of the instructors at PocketFives Training, which provides MTT training to the poker community, is Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured). A poker author and longtime member of PocketFives, Van Fleet will soon be taking a more active role at PocketFives Training, which should result in some fairly compelling videos for subscribers. If you don't believe us, just read some of his responses to our questions and you'll see how insightful he is.
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Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2008
Oct 27th, 2013
By: Dan
"It's Only Been One Month Since My Last Interview. I Feel Like a Celebrity."
One month ago, PocketFives caught up with England's Liquid_Eyes (pictured) after he took down a Triple Crown. He told us when we approached him recently, "It's only one month since my last interview… I feel like a celebrity now!" A celebrity indeed. This time around, Liquid_Eyes won the most recent PocketFives Open on 888 Poker, a tournament that happened on the 10th of this month.
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IwantbearichIwantbearich
Join Date: May 7th, 2013
Oct 27th, 2013
By: Dan
I Want to Be Rich!
If you make your user name on PocketFives Iwantbearich (pictured), you'd hope that you could live up to your expectations. Anything less than being rich would just be, well, ironic. Earlier this month, Yury Shatalov was part of a two-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500, coming away with a second place finish for $53,000. The win ultimately went to PokerStars member Berkyy, who cashed for $58,000.
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VnilaVaderVnilaVader
Join Date: Jan 18th, 2012
Oct 27th, 2013
By: Dan
Cash Games During the Week, $93,000 MTT Scores on Sundays
Cash games during the week and MTTs on Sundays: such is the life of PocketFiver Anton Herrmann (pictured), who is better known as VnilaVader. Earlier this month, he was one-half of a heads-up chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and ultimately came away with the win and a cash injection of $93,000.
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runninggreatrunninggreat
Join Date: Dec 24th, 2009
Oct 26th, 2013
By: Dan
Chopping the Sunday Million and Writing a Proposal… At the Same Time
Earlier this month, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Robert Cheung (pictured), who is known as runninggreat here on PocketFives, took down the PokerStars Sunday Million following a five-way deal. Four of the five participants in the chop banked at least $100,000, including Cheung, who walked away with $127,000.
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Join Date: Aug 19th, 2013
Oct 25th, 2013
By: Dan
Second Time Playing the PokerStars $100 Rebuy = Championship
Brazil's Marco Nery de Morais (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Marcomorais, typically sticks to playing online poker on smaller sites. We think that approach might change a bit given a recent outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $49,000, a tournament that saw him emerge victorious from a pack of nearly 900 entrants.
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Join Date: Aug 1st, 2008
Oct 21st, 2013
By: Dan
"Even Regs Can Try to Be Heroes in an Event Structured as Well as This"
In the final days of September, PokerStars played host to its annual World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The finale brought out over 2,100 players, each winning a satellite or coughing up a buy-in of $5,200. By the time the dust had settled, PocketFiver Dylan Pokerl)evil Hortin (pictured) exited in seventh place and raked in $213,000.
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Join Date: Dec 29th, 2009
Oct 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"I'm So Happy to Be Able to Avoid Getting a Real Job"
Earlier this month, the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed sported a field of 1,614 entrants. In the end, three of them orchestrated a chop, including Liverpool's Gavin gavb31 Ball (pictured), who landed in second place and walked away with $43,000. Winning the tournament when all was said and done and earning a $54,000 first place prize was mincepie.
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Join Date: Jan 10th, 2008
Oct 19th, 2013
By: Dan
lobbylud vs. Bakes in the PokerStars Sunday 500
The final PokerStars Sunday 500 of September featured a showdown between Kevin lobbylud Parkes (pictured) and David Bakes Baker. The latter had a 4:1 edge in chips when play began and ultimately came away with the win for $98,000, while Parkes booked a not-too-shabby payday of $72,000. Bakes, as you might know, is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner who is on the brink of passing $4 million in tracked cashes.
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Join Date: Apr 13th, 2013
Oct 13th, 2013
By: Dan
How to Turn $200 into $600,000
The recent PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event drew a sizable field of over 2,100 players, creating a prize pool that lapped $10 million. The ending of the $5,200 buy-in tournament was a three-way deal and finishing just on the outside of the chop was Malta's yndzone (pictured), who raked in nearly $600,000. He got into the Main Event through a $200 satellite, meaning he made about 3,000 times his investment after a fourth place finish. Not too shabby.
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Join Date: Aug 13th, 2013
Oct 12th, 2013
By: Dan
Magic: The Gathering Produces More Online Poker Talent
Last month, the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $90 buy-in tournament with one rebuy, attracted a field of 841 players. The $100,000 guaranteed tournament passed its minimum prize pool by 13% and Vasily Tsapko (pictured), who is known as Ravic85 on PocketFives, was among those who turned out. In the end, he came away with the outright win and banked $23,000.
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LFmagicLFmagic
Join Date: Jun 3rd, 2008
Oct 12th, 2013
By: Dan
Getting Healthy, Exercising, and Moving Back Home: Keys to Success'
The MiniFTOPS Main Event on Full Tilt Poker brought out a mammoth field of nearly 7,000 players. The $70 buy-in tournament ended with PocketFives member Luke LFmagic Fields (pictured) coming away with the win and boosting his bankroll by $117,000. He told PocketFives, "I turned down a deal three-handed. They wanted to look at numbers, but I thought I had a decent edge. I've played a lot of heads-up sit and gos and had experience up to $5K before, so dealing seemed like a bad move."
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accussityaccussity
Join Date: Jan 4th, 2012
Oct 11th, 2013
By: Dan
Revenge is Always Sweet
In May, PocketFiver Oleg Vasilchenko (pictured), who goes by the user name accussity, finished third in a PokerStars SCOOP $109 No Limit Hold'em Wrap-Up event and walked off with $64,000 officially. As we learned, revenge in that tournament against a fellow PocketFiver was pretty sweet. We'll get to that a little later. PocketFives caught up with Vasilchenko after he took second in the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed a few weeks ago for $46,000.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Oct 10th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with the Record-Setting Chris Moorman (moorman1)
We've had a plethora of Chris moorman1 Moorman-related articles on PocketFives recently. It's hard to believe that one player can be so successful, but Moorman (pictured) has been on a tear of biblical proportions as of late. Two weeks ago, he became the first PocketFiver ever to pass $10 million in tracked online poker scores. Then, he scored a record-setting 16th online poker Triple Crown. He is far and away the most successful player in the history of PocketFives, so we caught up with Moorman to talk about his latest run.
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GINS FINESTGINS FINEST
Join Date: Sep 14th, 2008
Oct 6th, 2013
By: Dan
Meditation, Heads-Up SNGs, and $163,000 Scores with GINS FINEST
The 23rd event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, was a $10,300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max 2X Chance Two-Day tournament that brought out a crowd of 276 players. Nearly $3 million on the line meant six people walked away with six-figure paydays, including Matt Stone, who is better known as GINS FINEST on PocketFives.
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Join Date: Jan 27th, 2012
Oct 5th, 2013
By: Dan
Going Deep… Mega Deep
Last month, Jason Philpott (pictured), better known as bubbleoutcas on PocketFives, came away with an outright win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep for $33,000. There were over 700 players in the tournament and, as a result, it eclipsed its $120,000 guarantee by nearly $25,000. Philpott, who calls Canada home, told PocketFives, "I am feeling really good. It was good timing with the PokerStars WCOOP going on."
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Sep 30th, 2013
By: Dan
From Sports Betting to Poker: The Life of urbanlights
For the last few months, Ryan urbanlights Yu (pictured) has been trying his hand at a full-time poker career. The Canadian is nearing $500,000 in tracked online scores, about half of which has come on PokerStars, where he plays under the screen name i need sheet. We caught up with Yu to talk about an incredibly successful start to his career and his life as a professional sports bettor.
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treysfull21treysfull21
Join Date: Jul 21st, 2007
Sep 29th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Jason Mercier (treysfull21)
The 24th event of the recently completed PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, was a $700 No Limit Hold'em tournament that came with a $1.5 million guarantee. In the end, over $2.3 million was up for grabs and Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured) was one of four players to chop. Doing so meant a colossal $229,000 payday, the second largest we've tracked for him.
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Big HuniBig Huni
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
Sep 28th, 2013
By: Dan
Big Huni is Back!
It has been a rough 2013 for Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured), who barreled to a second place finish in the 888 Poker Whale last weekend for $39,000 officially. The longtime member of the PocketFives community has $5.4 million in tracked scores, but admitted, "I have had a pretty rough year online for the first time in my life. I was on my last session before getting backed again, so it couldn't have come at a better time."
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GreyboyGreyboy
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2010
Sep 28th, 2013
By: Dan
W in the W Series
Earlier this month, the W Series on Winamax featured a $119 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Turbo that drew a field of nearly 1,000 players. Coming out on top when all was said and done was Hungary's Greyboy, who earned $24,000, the second largest MTT cash PocketFives has tracked for him. Winamax is the newest addition to the PocketFives Rankings and running an EU-only leaderboard promotion in October, so we wanted to get the scoop on the site and on Greyboy's big W Series victory.
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molliemalonemolliemalone
Join Date: Mar 25th, 2012
Sep 27th, 2013
By: Dan
Brawling with molliemalone
Here's a thought: molliemalone just rolls off the tongue. It's almost alliteration and, for England's Martin Malone (pictured), who was in Canada when we caught up with him, it was the chosen user name when he signed up for a PocketFives account in March of last year. Fast-forward 18 months, when Malone took down the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $52,000.
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rtinnionrtinnion
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2011
Sep 27th, 2013
By: Dan
"It Feels Good to Be Undefeated with an 8,000% ROI"
The PokerStars.fr Night on Stars is a €100 buy-in, €40 000 guaranteed tournament. For PocketFiver Rob rtinnion Tinnion, a win in it after selling shares to friends meant an 8,000% ROI and one-third of a PocketFives Triple Crown. He admitted, "It feels pretty good. Over the last few months, working hard has been really starting to pay off."
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cold_smilecold_smile
Join Date: May 3rd, 2010
Sep 26th, 2013
By: Dan
"You Only Win the Sunday Storm Once in a Lifetime"
Two weeks ago, nearly 37,000 players turned out for the PokerStars Sunday Storm. The tournament has a scant $11 buy-in, but guarantees $300,000 and, if you quickly do the math, you'll see that it broke its guarantee by nearly $70,000. In the end, PocketFiver cold_smile (pictured), who lives in Germany and whose real name is Jan, came away with the outright win for $31,000.
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Liquid_EyesLiquid_Eyes
Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2008
Sep 22nd, 2013
By: Dan
"I Get My Kicks From Doing Geeky Calculations and Spreadsheets"
We're on the verge of awarding our 150th Triple Crown of 2013. To recap, in order to get one, a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a week. As our old Podcast commercial used to say, "If you think it sounds difficult, you are right."
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pktsebenspktsebens
Join Date: Jul 15th, 2010
Sep 21st, 2013
By: Dan
"I Despised Waking Up Early and Answering to a Boss"
Last month, Michael Kanaan (pictured) was one of 3,075 players who showed up for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. The $215 buy-in tournament comes with a guaranteed purse of $500,000 and Kanaan, who is better known as pktsebens on PocketFives, came away with a fourth place finish for $35,000. He has over $650,000 in tracked online MTT cashes, so we caught up with him to talk about his latest claim to fame.
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Join Date: Feb 11th, 2012
Sep 21st, 2013
By: Dan
"There Are Almost No Situations Anymore Where I Don't Know What to Do"
The title of this article came from the mouth of PocketFiver Dainis ex6tence Budovskis, who was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month and walked away with $45,000. The member of the Latvia poker community is over $1.1 million in tracked online poker cashes and has been part of PocketFives since early 2012.
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HalfrekHalfrek
Join Date: Mar 28th, 2012
Sep 15th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Halfrek
Brian Elgaard (pictured), better known as Halfrek on PocketFives, has been a member of our community since March 2012. He calls Denmark home and is about to pass $4 million in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile. He incredibly has four tracked scores of at least $200,000 and has taken down a bevy of high-profile tournaments over the years.
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badbeatmebadbeatme
Join Date: Jan 21st, 2007
Sep 15th, 2013
By: Dan
It's Not Every Day You Win a Tournament with 34,000 Entrants
It's not every day you win a tournament with 34,000 entrants. How often does that actually happen in your lifetime' Once' Never' For Reed badbeatme Hensel (pictured), the feat occurred late last month in the PokerStars Sunday Storm, an $11 buy-in tournament that shelled out a prize pool of $346,000 after 34,600 people signed up. First place was worth a commanding $30,000.
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KKremateKKremate
Join Date: Jul 1st, 2010
Sep 14th, 2013
By: Dan
From Chess to $2.2 Million in Tracked Poker Cashes
Last month, another Brazilian hit it big on the online poker felts. His name: KKremate (pictured), who came away with an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $54,000. There were 922 entrants in the tournament, who combined to spit out a prize pool of $290,000, and the South American defeated NhFy heads-up.
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ricestudricestud
Join Date: Aug 14th, 2006
Sep 8th, 2013
By: Dan
From Professional Baseball to Poker
When we asked Wade ricestud Townsend (pictured) for more information on his life, he did what anyone relevant would do: directed us to his Wikipedia page. There, he we saw that he was the eighth overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft in 2004 and 2005, eventually spending time with the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. We caught up with him after a final table in the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month for $31,000.
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padjespadjes
Join Date: May 23rd, 2008
Sep 7th, 2013
By: Dan
What the Heck Does padjes Mean'
There's always a story behind a player's screen name. For some, it's a nickname given to them as a kid. For others, it's based on their favorite sports team or athlete. For a few we've talked to, it's an homage to their home country. For Paul padjes Berende (pictured), it's the following, as he narrated to us: "A friend of mine came up with it a long while ago when we just starting playing poker and he was always lucky. So, I used it on PokerStars hoping I would be lucky as well." The word actually means a frog or toad.
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Join Date: Oct 31st, 2009
Sep 7th, 2013
By: Dan
"The More You Play, the More Chances You Get"
The title of this article is a pretty apt quote from United Kingdom poker player Toby 810ofclubs Lewis (pictured), who took down a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament during the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series and banked $253,000. The field had 599 entries and Lewis chopped heads-up with fellow PocketFives member snake8484.
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Squee451Squee451
Join Date: Mar 28th, 2010
Sep 1st, 2013
By: Dan
Chopping, Coaching, Changing Direction
In the middle of August, nearly 7,500 players turned out for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million, a $215 buy-in tournament. With a prize pool of nearly $1.5 million up for grabs, Adam Squee451 Sherman (pictured) was among four players who negotiated a chop. Sherman raked in $150,000, the second largest payout in the chop, and moved to over $4.5 million in tracked online poker MTT earnings.
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emeriaaemeriaa
Join Date: Dec 30th, 2009
Aug 31st, 2013
By: Dan
3 Triple Crowns + 1 Winamax High Roller Win = emeriaa
2013 has been a quality year for Finland's Tomi Brouk (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as emeriaa. Why' Brouk has thundered through the online poker world, winning three Triple Crowns and recently taking down the High Roller on Winamax. If you've never heard of the High Roller, it's a $373 buy-in tournament that any player from the European Union can sign up for.
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xxCelticFCxxxxCelticFCxx
Join Date: Dec 13th, 2006
Aug 25th, 2013
By: Dan
Hitting that First Signature Live Score is Always Sweet
Earlier this month, the PokerStars-backed UKIPT made its way to the Irish city of Galway. There, a variety of side events were held and the series culminated in a €1,100 buy-in Main Event that attracted 860 entrants. Coming away with a second place score officially worth nearly $200,000 was PocketFiver Paul xxCelticFCxx Febers (pictured). He has $2.7 million in online tracked MTT cashes and has been a member of our site since late 2006.
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untaktikuntaktik
Join Date: Apr 3rd, 2010
Aug 24th, 2013
By: Dan
"Before That, I Had Only Seen Poker in Bud Spencer Movies"
Bud Spencer (pictured). As soon as Hungary's untaktik told us he was originally exposed to poker through Bud Spencer movies, we immediately went to Wikipedia. What we found were flicks like "Odds and Evens," "Double Trouble," and "Ace High." If it weren't for Bud Spencer, we might not be interviewing untaktik, who won the iPoker Network $150,000 Sunday Special earlier this month for $30,000. The tournament takes place weekly on sites like Gala Poker.
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madlammadlam
Join Date: Feb 23rd, 2011
Aug 24th, 2013
By: Dan
Back-to-Back Triple Crowns FTW!
It's not easy grinding poker. Once you wake up, it's time to hit the tables, navigate the ups and downs, eat, exercise, spend time with family and friends, play some more, go to sleep, and do it all again the next day. Grinding does have its perks, though, like online poker Triple Crowns. One of the 13 Triple Crowns awarded thus far in August went to Russia's madlam (pictured). He also booked one in July for good measure.
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aznxrayaznxray
Join Date: May 7th, 2013
Aug 22nd, 2013
By: Dan
How Do You Celebrate an 888 Sunday Challenge Win' Eat, of Course
Earlier this month, Canada's Raymond aznxray Chen (pictured) took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge outright and scooped $24,000. The tournament had 747 entrants and passed its guarantee by nearly 4%. Chen is a relative newcomer to PocketFives, so we thought we'd talk about the Sunday Challenge, his victory celebration (a.k.a. food), and poker life in the middle of Canada.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Aug 18th, 2013
By: Dan
luffyD Chops Sunday Million, Sunday Supersonic on the Same Day
August 11 was a pretty monumental Sunday for Guntis Aleskins (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as luffyD. He chopped not one, but two big tournaments, the PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday Supersonic. The result was about $200,000 in earnings in a single day. In the wake of it, he is closing in on his $500,000 cash badge here on PocketFives and sits at #8 in the country of Latvia.
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NigDawGNigDawG
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2009
Aug 18th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Thought About Moving to Vancouver, But I Fell in Love with a Girl"
"I thought about moving to Vancouver after the World Series of Poker with some friends," Christopher NigDawG Brammer (pictured) told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "but I fell in love with a girl back home and couldn't move." When he headed back to Europe, Brammer put his nose to the ground and took down the kickoff event of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry tournament, and raked in $129,000.
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robika27robika27
Join Date: Apr 4th, 2011
Aug 17th, 2013
By: Dan
How Did You Spend Your First Big Poker Score'
When you hit that first big poker score, there are plenty of options available for how to spend it. You can sink it back into your online poker bankroll, buy something extravagant, or save it for a rainy day. For Hungary's robika27, who is known in the real world as Robert Salk (pictured), taking second in the iPoker Network $150,000 Sunday Special late last month for $20,000 will result in putting half of it back into his bankroll. What to do with the other half'
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HavanaHavana
Join Date: Jun 4th, 2013
Aug 16th, 2013
By: Dan
Gone for 7 Weeks, Return Home, Get Second in Sunday 500
The World Series of Poker wreaked havoc on the schedules of many poker players. For guys like Havana who call the United Kingdom home, a trip to Las Vegas meant enduring a trans-Atlantic flight and then another few hours to the Western United States. The series itself lasted nearly two months, meaning many players weren't home for much of June and July.
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EzGame89EzGame89
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2011
Aug 11th, 2013
By: Dan
"Ever Since I've Been a P5s Member, It Has Been a Goal to Get a Triple Crown"
The third week of July was a big one for England's Jamie EzGame89 O'Connor (pictured), who scored his very first online poker Triple Crown. On the 14th, he took down the ChampionChip on Ongame for $17,000. Then, he scored victories in the iPoker $12,500 Guaranteed for $3,100 and the Ladbrokes Big Night In for $3,300. For good measure, he won another Ladbrokes tournament on the 21st for $6,800. He was stoked to claim the award and kindly let us have a few minutes of his time.
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hellzitohellzito
Join Date: Jan 18th, 2008
Aug 11th, 2013
By: Dan
hellzito Scores Sunday 500 Final Tables in Back-to-Back Months
On the last weekend of July, Brazil's William hellzito Arruda (pictured, image courtesy PokerNews) took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $63,000, a cash that was worth 591 PLB Points. He is fresh off a month of June in which he final tabled the same tournament and walked off with an even $30,000 and 283 PLB Points. Nearly 1,000 PLB Points later, he has become a force to be reckoned with in the weekly Major on PokerStars. In fact, his largest tracked cash came three years ago after winning it.
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The Lab RatThe Lab Rat
Join Date: Apr 4th, 2008
Aug 9th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Have Been Living in a Beautiful Beach Town on the Pacific Ocean"
"I have been living in a beautiful beach town on the Pacific Ocean." That was the answer given by longtime PocketFives member Francis The Lab Rat Anderson (pictured) when asked what he has been up to recently. Tough life, huh' The town in question is Playa del Coco, Costa Rica, which is home to a bevy of online poker transplants who have used services like Poker Refugees to relocate from the United States to continue playing online.
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bobafettbobafett
Join Date: Apr 9th, 2008
Aug 9th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Used to Be a Star Wars Geek and Was Fascinated by Boba Fett"
Where does your online poker screen name come from' A movie' A random catchphrase' A television show' Your nickname growing up' For Scotland's bobafett, "Star Wars" was the inspiration, as he had an obsession with the bounty hunter character Boba Fett. According to Entertainment Weekly, a spin-off movie featuring Fett's character might even be in the works. Then, we can only imagine bobafett's elation.
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squire1888squire1888
Join Date: Nov 8th, 2011
Aug 4th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Better Win the Million or It's Not Worth It"
You know those days when you look outside and wonder why you're still indoors' Sure, your poker session may be going well, but it's so freaking beautiful that a little fresh air might do you some good. Such was Sunday, July 22 for PocketFiver squire1888 (pictured), who took third place in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $107,000. A lively thread in the poker forums ensued, so we thought it would be appropriate to catch up with the Scottish player to recap his +EV decision to stay inside.
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Billyth3kidBillyth3kid
Join Date: Aug 16th, 2010
Aug 3rd, 2013
By: Dan
"Thanks to Everyone Who Told Me Playing Poker Was a Bad Idea"
What motivates you to play poker' Is it the money' Is it the fame' Is it the competition' Is it the women' For UK's Billyth3kid (pictured), succeeding in poker was originally in part about proving his naysayers wrong. Recently, he finished fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $73,000, the largest cash we've tracked for him by a factor of three. You can find him on PokerStars under the user name MR_LITHUANIA.
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ClaydolClaydol
Join Date: Nov 18th, 2012
Aug 2nd, 2013
By: Dan
Three Sundays, Three Major Final Tables on Full Tilt
July was a pretty stellar month for David Yan (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as Claydol. On July 7, he final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $4,200. One week later, he reached the final seven of the Full Tilt $250,000 Guaranteed for $7,200 and then took third in the site's Super Sized Sunday for $13,000. On the 21st, it was back to the final table of the Sunday Brawl, which he took second in for $30,000. We caught up with the New Zealand poker community member, whom you can follow at @missoraclepoker on Twitter.
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P0KERDUUDEP0KERDUUDE
Join Date: Feb 24th, 2008
Aug 1st, 2013
By: Dan
Everything I Know I Learned from Mr. Blonde
In a $1 Rebuy 3X Turbo event held as part of the recently completed PokerStars MicroMillions, Kevin Eyring (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as P0KERDUUDE, came out on top for $17,000 and 464 PLB Points. It was the seventh largest cash we've tracked for Eyring, who lives in Montreal, and he cascaded through a field of over 43,000 players. He has contributed over 2,000 posts to the PocketFives community, so we definitely wanted to interview him about his big tournament victory.
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stpauli111stpauli111
Join Date: Nov 25th, 2006
Jul 28th, 2013
By: Dan
stpauli111 Joins PocketFives Training
Earlier this month, stpauli111, whose real name is Scott Hall, submitted his first video as an instructor for PocketFives Training. In the piece, which clocks in at 40 minutes, Hall circles back through a Two-Day FTOPS tournament talking about concepts like leverage, ranges, and leading. If you're not familiar with PocketFives Training, it specializes in MTT instruction and houses instructors like Jon apestyles Van Fleet and Mike Gags30 Gagliano.
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moertelmumoertelmu
Join Date: Jan 6th, 2011
Jul 27th, 2013
By: Dan
"Every Triple Crown is an Achievement of its Own"
You might think that after three Triple Crowns, the award would just get boring. "Been there, done that" might be your mantra. However, for Germany's Martin Mulsow, who is known on PocketFives as moertelmu, the third Triple Crown was just as meaningful as the first two. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "It was my third Triple Crown and it feels great. Every Triple Crown is an achievement of its own."
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HuddersHudders
Join Date: Apr 14th, 2013
Jul 25th, 2013
By: Dan
Second Time Winning the Ongame ChampionChip: Priceless
Seven months into 2013, David Hudson (pictured), better known as Hudders on PocketFives, has taken down the Ongame ChampionChip twice. His first victory came in February after trumping a field of nearly 800 people and walking off with $26,000. That tournament saw him outlast fellow PocketFiver AKBigFish heads-up and Hudson record his largest tracked score to date.
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LaNocheLaNoche
Join Date: Jul 5th, 2009
Jul 23rd, 2013
By: Dan
LaNoche is Spanish for "The Noche"
It's always uplifting to see Europeans dominating on the virtual felts. Take Hungary's LaNoche, for example, who was part of a five-way chop of the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million last month. His reward was a healthy $115,000 and he officially bowed out of the tournament in third place after outlasting nearly the entire 6,435-player field. His screen name was reminiscent of the Chris Farley "El Nino" skit on "Saturday Night Live," so we went with that.
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tedSTRETCHtedSTRETCH
Join Date: Jun 26th, 2010
Jul 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Snowboarded in the States, So Thought it Would Be Easy to Learn to Surf"
After a two-week vacation in the United States, PocketFiver tedSTRETCH (pictured), whose real name is Brandon, took down his first online poker Triple Crown. Doing so involved three wins in $10,000 prize pool tournaments on Titan Poker, WPT Poker, and Stan James in a one-week period. He amassed nearly 440 PLB Points in the process and, with a clear head, was able to come back and dominate.
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eisenhower1eisenhower1
Join Date: May 8th, 2006
Jul 18th, 2013
By: Dan
What Was the Name of the General Called Desert Fox'
2013 has been pretty blockbuster for eisenhower1. In January, he won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $112,000 officially, the largest online MTT score we've tracked for him by about $15,000. In March, he took down an FTOPS event for $91,000, the third largest score we've tracked for him. $200,000 and nearly 1,100 PLB Points later, the Swede has rocketed to the top five of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings and is closing in on a whopping $4.5 million in tracked scores.
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paeffchenpaeffchen
Join Date: Nov 5th, 2011
Jul 18th, 2013
By: Dan
Finish Second in the Warm-Up in 2011, Win it in 2013
It's not easy being Pascal Hartmann (pictured), who is known as paeffchen here on PocketFives. The member of the Germany poker community made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 2011 for $76,000 before ultimately taking it down last month for $94,000. The tournament was not chopped and he defeated a field of over 3,000 entrants. We caught up with him amid a potentially busy travel season to talk about his monumental Sunday Major victory.
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JCarverJCarver
Join Date: Jan 7th, 2007
Jul 12th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Ultimate Poker Pro Jason Somerville (JCarver)
2011 and 2012 were pretty epic World Series of Pokers for Jason JCarver Somerville (pictured), who is now representing the regulated Nevada online poker room Ultimate Poker. He cashed three times in 2012 for $125,000 total, including a 69th place finish in the Main Event. Somerville won a WSOP bracelet in 2011 in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament and sat down with PocketFives to talk about this year's series, opening up to the community about his personal life, and his evolving relationship with Ultimate Poker.
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OzzyMOzzyM
Join Date: Aug 24th, 2012
Jul 10th, 2013
By: Dan
Warm it Up, OzzyM
Last month, a field of nearly 3,000 players turned out for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. The tournament beat its $500,000 guarantee by about 20% and the top 432 finishers made the money. Fourth place and a windfall of $34,000 went to Poland's OzzyM, who recently received his $250,000 cash badge here on PocketFives.
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woxixwoxix
Join Date: Jul 10th, 2010
Jul 9th, 2013
By: Dan
"You Just Have to Go for it Sunday after Sunday"
Last month, Latvia's woxix (pictured), whose real name is Martins, took down the PartyPoker $250,000 Guaranteed Sunday for $45,000 officially. He stood tall from a starting field of 1,190 players and watched as the tournament fell short of its $250,000 guarantee. It was the largest tracked score we have for Martins by a mile, and so we thought we'd catch up with the Latvian to talk a little poker.
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Die VenturaDie Ventura
Join Date: Jun 22nd, 2012
Jul 7th, 2013
By: Dan
It's Not Every Day We Interview a Player from Peru
There are 63 registered PocketFives members from Peru. That's a comparatively small number compared to other countries we have here on PocketFives, but the Peru poker community rejoiced last month as Diego Ventura Chunga (pictured), known on PocketFives as Die Ventura, took third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $107,000. At the time of writing, the score was the largest among Peruvian members in the last three months.
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LockhurtLockhurt
Join Date: Mar 24th, 2010
Jul 1st, 2013
By: Dan
"I Remember Watching the WPT and Seeing Gus Hansen Win Millions"
Danish poker pro Gus Hansen took down three events in the first two seasons of the World Poker Tour. We remember watching his antics on TV and thinking, "That's freaking awesome," and we're pretty sure that Canada's Lockhurt (pictured), whose real name is Chris, felt the same. In recent weeks, Lockhurt took down the PartyPoker $250,000 Guaranteed for $39,000 following a heads-up chop with PartyPoker member KungSukcram.
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completedonkcompletedonk
Join Date: Mar 4th, 2007
Jun 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"Chopped the $350K, Won FTOPS Outright, and FT the $100R. Run Good!"
Brandon completedonk Barnes (pictured) has had a rock solid 2013. At the halfway point of the year, the Canadian has chopped the Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guaranteed for $65,000, finished second in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $57,000, and claimed an FTOPS title for $85,000. Oh, and the first two scores were on the same day back in March. Not too shabby.
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maxv2maxv2
Join Date: May 10th, 2012
Jun 16th, 2013
By: Dan
"Moving to Costa Rica Was the Best Decision I've Ever Made"
There are quite a few online poker players in the friendly confines of Costa Rica. Some originally are from the United States and used services like Poker Refugees to relocate. Now calling the Central American nation home is Max maxv2 Ludwig (pictured), who lives in Playas del Coco. When we caught up with him, he was camped out in the interior of Costa Rica in San Jose, where he was spending some of his riches from winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 late last month.
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zcedrickzcedrick
Join Date: May 21st, 2012
Jun 10th, 2013
By: Dan
"Isildur1 is a Master at Putting Pressure on You"
The final weekend of May featured the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event. There were 580 entrants in the high-stakes version, which came with a $10,000 buy-in, and Full Tilt Poker pro Viktor Isildur1 Blom came away with the title and $1 million. Getting fifth in the tournament for a not-so-paltry $313,000 was London's Sergio Aido (pictured), better known on PocketFives as zcedrick.
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cedrick1cedrick1
Join Date: Jul 30th, 2010
Jun 7th, 2013
By: Dan
Capitalizing on a 26-Hour Grind
Last month, Canada's cedrick1 (pictured) came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $100,000 guaranteed tournament with a price tag of $90. You can rebuy once in the event, which drew 760 players that day and broke its guarantee by about 1%. cedrick1's reward for taking it down was $23,000 and he defeated fellow PocketFiver bobafett heads-up.
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SallityUASallityUA
Join Date: Jul 5th, 2011
Jun 4th, 2013
By: Dan
Oh Hi There, New Skoda Superb
A few weeks ago, Ukrainian online poker player SallityUA (pictured) came away with the win in the iPoker Network $200,000 Guaranteed Sunday Special, which takes place on sites like Gala Poker. His reward for outlasting nearly 1,000 players was $34,000 and he edged out longtime PocketFiver Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim heads-up. For his part, Hakim banked $25,000 and SallityUA told us, "After winning, I was really calm because I didn't believe I had won."
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jjokoczajjokocza
Join Date: Jun 11th, 2009
Jun 3rd, 2013
By: Dan
"I Have a Secret Tactic: Pressure, Pressure, Pressure"
Last month, Poland's jjokocza came out on top in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. There was no wheeling or dealing. Instead, jjokocza won the tournament outright for $40,000 and outlasted a field of over 1,000 opponents. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview that the key to success was his heads-up prowess, which included a "secret tactic." We'll let him explain: "I have a secret tactic: pressure, pressure, pressure. Heads-up, I can apply pressure in every single hand."
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DokeDoke
Join Date: May 4th, 2010
Jun 2nd, 2013
By: Dan
How to Win a Triple Crown Without or Full Tilt
Triple Crowns usually involve tournaments on Full Tilt Poker and/or . It's very rare to see a person nab one without a victory on one of the two largest online poker sites in the world, but that's exactly what Dara Doke O'Kearney (pictured) did last month after wins on PokerStars.fr, Poker770, and PartyPoker. The result was 353 PLB Points and his third Triple Crown, the first one he's gotten since late 2011.
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blizairblizair
Join Date: Feb 2nd, 2006
May 28th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Live with My Girlfriend, Play Live Cash, and Get a Lot of Golf In"
It's a dual life of sorts for longtime PocketFiver Eric blizair Blair (pictured), who chopped the Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guaranteed earlier this month for $63,000. He has over $4 million in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile and splits his time between Las Vegas for live poker and Rosarito, Mexico for online poker. You can find him playing under the moniker ericb09 on PokerStars, by the way.
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bubbleoutcasbubbleoutcas
Join Date: Jan 27th, 2012
May 26th, 2013
By: Dan
This is What Happens When You Play a Lot of Heads-Up Hypers
This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps. Actually, this is what happens when you play a lot of Heads-Up Hypers. According to Jason Philpott (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as bubbleoutcas, playing a bunch of Heads-Up Hypers can give you the edge in tournaments like the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, which he won earlier this month and ran off with $40,000.
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worst_nutsworst_nuts
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2011
May 25th, 2013
By: Dan
"No One Coolered Me, And if They Did, It Was Always the Short Stack"
It takes a certain amount of run-good to barrel through a high-stakes tournament, especially one that brought in over 3,200 people at a price tag of $215 a pop. Earlier this month, worst_nuts, whose real name is Michael, took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $94,000 following a heads-up chop with DaHussstla. Now, a trip from his homeland of Norway to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker might be in the offing.
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theginger45theginger45
Join Date: Apr 20th, 2011
May 25th, 2013
By: Dan
"Everyone Wants to Be Seen as More than Just a Button-Clicker"
For England's Matthew Hunt Pitt (pictured), known as theginger45 here on PocketFives, several life-changing experiences have him plotting his next move in life. Sure, that next chapter probably won't involve much poker, but teaching in Turkey and France and volunteering with a charity called AIESEC have helped him realize that there's much more to life than poker, hence the title of this article. We caught up with Pitt (no relation to Brad) after his stellar run through the Mini Full Tilt Online Poker Series.
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ozzieowenozzieowen
Join Date: Oct 16th, 2006
May 22nd, 2013
By: Dan
"I Said I Would Buy Her a New Oven if She Made Me Brownies"
On May 6, Owen ozzieowen Shiels (pictured) earned himself a few brownie points, literally. He took third place in the weekly Sunday Million on PokerStars for $116,000 and plans to use part of the funds to upgrade several areas of a newly purchased house, including the oven. Why' So he can indulge in brownies, of course. We caught up with this longstanding member of the England poker community to see what happened.
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Big HuniBig Huni
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
May 20th, 2013
By: Dan
Big Huni on Sixth Triple Crown: "It Feels Good to Get Back in the Groove"
On May 8, Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) booked his sixth online poker Triple Crown. He accomplished the feat after taking down the PokerStars $55 Rebuy, WPT Poker $20,000 Guaranteed, and Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex all in a one-week period. His half-dozen awards are tied for the sixth most all-time on PocketFives and, as always, Hunichen made time for an interview about going where few have gone before.
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psyhoagromorpsyhoagromor
Join Date: Aug 9th, 2011
May 20th, 2013
By: Dan
Pick Off a Bluff by NeverScaredB, Get a Big Stack at the Final Table
In recent weeks, Ukraine's psyhoagromor (pictured) took third place in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. The tournament featured a star-studded final table that included three members of the top 200 on PocketFives, including 16th ranked NeverScaredB, who exited in 10th place. In the end, psyhoagromor, whose first name is Gleb, walked away with $33,000, boosting his lifetime tracked cash total to just shy of $700,000.
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galatrixogalatrixo
Join Date: Nov 16th, 2008
May 19th, 2013
By: Dan
Oh Hi There, $102,000
Recently, the MiniFTOPS Main Event played out on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker. The tournament drew 13,000 entrants and $1 million was paid out. Over $140,000 in prize money separated first place from ninth, and taking second when all was said and done was André galatrixo Pereira (pictured), who calls Portugal home. He was the biggest winner among members of PocketFives that weekend.
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juscjusc
Join Date: Sep 29th, 2010
May 17th, 2013
By: Dan
Live Games, Then SNGs, Then Cash Games, Then MTTs, Then Cash Games
To say that Lithuania's Justas (pictured), better known on PocketFives as jusc, has hopped around games would be an understatement. He started off in live casino games. Then, he headed to sit and gos and subsequently moved over to cash games. He then made MTTs his bread and butter before ultimately heading back to the land of cash. Now, he plays MTTs on Sundays and during larger tournament series.
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debesciak69debesciak69
Join Date: Jan 1st, 2013
May 17th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Lost Everything, But I Really Enjoyed Poker and Kept Going in Freerolls"
Every player has his own unique story of how he got started in the game. Whether through freerolls, low-stakes tournaments, or a massive flash in the pan, each player built his bankroll in a different way. For Poland's debesciak69, an initial run online didn't go so well, but an affinity for freerolls kept him involved and eventually led to a win in an iPoker iPOPS $135 No Limit Hold'em event during the last weekend of April, a cash that was worth $34,000. The iPOPS series played out on sites like WinnerPoker.
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davidv1213davidv1213
Join Date: Mar 24th, 2011
May 11th, 2013
By: Dan
It's My Second Biggest Online Score and It Always Feels Good to Get a Win
The final Sunday in April was monumental for David davidv1213 Vamplew (pictured), who took down the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy outright for $61,000. There were over 1,000 entrants and the member of the Scotland Poker community defeated a final table that included six PocketFivers.
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jamerOKjamerOK
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2011
May 6th, 2013
By: Dan
Counter-Strike > World of Warcraft > Poker
How did you get into poker' Did you see the game on television and decided it looked exciting' Did friends challenge you to a $10 sit and go' For James jamerOK Cawley (pictured), Counter-Strike led to World of Warcraft, which led to poker. Recently, Cawley was the recipient of a PocketFives online poker Triple Crown after wins on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, and PokerStars for a total of 564 PLB Points. We caught up with him to break down his latest profile badge.
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parisdedesparisdedes
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2011
May 5th, 2013
By: Dan
Why Not Play With Real Money Since I am Playing Anyway'
At some point, many of us have stopped playing poker for play chips and started competing for real cash. For Paris parisdedes Dedes (pictured), his poker journey began by battling for free on a Facebook app. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "When I started playing on Facebook, I ended up playing for three or four days and thought, 'Why not play with real money since I am playing anyway''" And so his career was born.
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allintrev23allintrev23
Join Date: Jan 8th, 2012
May 4th, 2013
By: Dan
My Last 6 Months: Wins in the Sunday Warm-Up, iPoker $200K
In November of last year, Trevor Dinneen (pictured), who is known as allintrev23 on PocketFives, took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $110,000 officially. The cash was worth 628 PLB Points and he outlasted a field of over 3,500 opponents. Last month, he was up to his winning ways once more, this time taking down the $200,000 Guaranteed on the iPoker Network and raking in $33,000. To boot, he received another 447 PLB Points.
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UHBigTexUHBigTex
Join Date: Jun 19th, 2005
May 3rd, 2013
By: Dan
On Black Friday, I Was Leaving on a Cruise Out of Miami
Last month, Spencer Hudson (pictured), known on PocketFives as UHBigTex, final tabled the Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guaranteed for $18,000. He is a U.S. transplant now living in Mexico and told us the story about leaving on a cruise out of Miami on Black Friday. He has been a longtime member of PocketFives – June 2005, to be exact – and has more than $2.3 million in tracked online poker scores in MTTs.
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JWPRODIGYJWPRODIGY
Join Date: May 4th, 2008
May 3rd, 2013
By: Dan
We Are Who We Are
In the immortal words of Jordan JWPRODIGY Westmorland (pictured), "We are who we are." Well, we think Ke$ha might have said it too, but who's counting' Westmorland is one of a handful of Thailand poker community members on PocketFives and finished in third place in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up on April 8, booking a $57,000 payday. On May 2, he claimed his $1 million cash badge, so we thought it was time for a sit-down interview.
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SSSMforlifeSSSMforlife
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2007
Apr 28th, 2013
By: Dan
"Paid Off Bills, Bought a New Snowboard, Booked a Trip to Whistler"
Earlier this month, Jase Regina, known on PocketFives as SSSMforlife (pictured), finished third in the weekly Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl and reeled in $19,000. He calls Toronto home and can be found at #509 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings, about 30 spots off his all-time high. He is now headed to Whistler to celebrate his score.
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flyfloflyflo
Join Date: Aug 14th, 2008
Apr 27th, 2013
By: Dan
Maybe I Will Add a Live Tournament to My Schedule
Big scores have varied impacts on players' careers. Some jump up in stakes and volume, some hit the stock market, and others take a little bit of time off. For flyflo, chopping the Full Tilt $350,000 Guaranteed earlier this month means potentially venturing out further into the world of live poker. After all, $68,000 in newfound profit can go quite far. We caught up with flyflo to learn more about his Sunday Major victory.
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Naza114Naza114
Join Date: Oct 19th, 2010
Apr 27th, 2013
By: Dan
Naza114 Wins Triple Crown #9
It's not easy to win one, single, solitary online poker Triple Crown on PocketFives. After all, a person needs to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings in the same seven-day period. Then, there's Naza114 (pictured), who has now captured not one, not two, not three, but a ridiculous nine Triple Crowns, the third highest total all-time on PocketFives. Nine!
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thedingtheding
Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2011
Apr 27th, 2013
By: Dan
A Split Life Between Norway and… Macau'
You have to love the ability of poker players to travel. A person's home city is in some cases irrelevant, as they can travel the world in the blink of an eye and the swipe of a credit card. Take Norway's theding, for example, who won a recent running of the Ongame $100K Guaranteed. He is originally from Norway, but now makes his home part-time halfway around the world in Macau (pictured). Best life ever'
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tlt17tlt17
Join Date: Apr 14th, 2006
Apr 25th, 2013
By: Dan
My Career First and Foremost is Within the Oil and Gas Industry
An online poker tournament gave PocketFives U.K. member Weland tlt17 Holroyd (pictured) $122,000. Yet, as he told us, his primary focus will remain on his "real world" job in the oil and gas industry: "My career first and foremost is within the oil and gas industry, but fortunately this affords me reasonable time off to play if I choose to."
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Gags30Gags30
Join Date: Aug 17th, 2007
Apr 25th, 2013
By: Dan
Chop it Up, Jersey Style
The recent Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event came down to a heads-up battle between PocketFives Training instructor Mike Gags30 Gagliano (pictured) and fellow New Jersey resident Bahbak Oboodi. The result was a heads-up chop that saw Gagliano pocket $220,000 and officially finish in second place. The New Jersey poker community player was kind enough to give PocketFives a few minutes in the days following his monumental live score. Read our recap of the Main Event.
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pessagnopessagno
Join Date: May 21st, 2010
Apr 23rd, 2013
By: Dan
People Started Going After Me Since I Have Been Playing MTTs Regularly
One of the players PocketFives has constantly gotten interview requests for is Caio Pessagno (pictured), who calls Brazil home. Therefore, we wanted to give PocketFivers what they've asked for, an interview with the #4 player in the PocketFives Rankings. Pessagno's month of March included a win in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday for $55,000, a win in the Sunday Second Chance for $54,000, and a final table in the Full Tilt $350,000 Guaranteed for $13,000.
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The-ToiletThe-Toilet
Join Date: Oct 18th, 2006
Apr 21st, 2013
By: Dan
The Rest is a Variance-Filled Roller Coaster That Will Take Care of Itself
If you're going to get hot on the poker felts, now is the ideal time of year. We're just one month away from the start of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and major events like the World Poker Tour Championship are on the horizon. Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured) tuned up for these and other poker tournaments by winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 on the last day of March for $84,000.
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LFmagicLFmagic
Join Date: Jun 3rd, 2008
Apr 18th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Feel Like I'm Going to Register for the $530 Monday PLO!"
"I feel like I'm going to register for the $530 Monday PLO!" That was the response from Luke LFmagic Fields (pictured) when asked how he felt about winning the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright on April 7 for $40,000. The Brawl fell short of its $200,000 guarantee and Fields outlasted a field of nearly 1,000 players for the title. And then it was onto PLO.
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rappy300rappy300
Join Date: Nov 1st, 2010
Apr 12th, 2013
By: Dan
Making the Move Made Me Nervous, But Now I Could Not Be Happier
The March 31 running of the iPoker $200,000 Guaranteed, which is played out on sites like WinnerPoker, attracted a field of nearly 1,000 players. The $215 No Limit Hold'em tournament featured an overlay, which worked to the benefit of Mexico's Eric rappy300 Rappaport (pictured), who finished in first place for $34,000. He is a U.S. transplant who sat down with us to talk about this marquee victory.
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theczar19theczar19
Join Date: Apr 22nd, 2006
Apr 12th, 2013
By: Dan
The Undisputed Czar of Accumulator Events
In the first ever running of WSOP Asia Pacific, or WSOP APAC as it is commonly called, an AUD $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Accumulator event was held. Players could enter on each starting day and combine chip stacks if they made it to Day 2. There were over 1,000 entries when all was said and done and longtime PocketFiver Bryan theczar19 Piccioli (pictured), who was once #1 in our Online Poker Rankings, came away with the win and AUD $211,000. More importantly, he scored his first WSOP bracelet.
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Join Date: Dec 11th, 2010
Apr 11th, 2013
By: Dan
You Are About to Experience the Wrath of Ram
Stand down! If you don't, WrathOfRam is coming for you. It's one of our favorite PocketFives user names and belongs to Ram Siva (pictured), who took down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge on the last day of March for $22,000. The 841-player tournament on 888 Poker had a buy-in of $90.
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Annette_15Annette_15
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2006
Apr 9th, 2013
By: Dan
WSOP Primer: Heads-Up with Annette Obrestad (Annette_15)
In 2007, Annette Annette_15 Obrestad (pictured) won a World Series of Poker bracelet in her first ever WSOP cash. The tournament, the WSOP Europe Main Event, resulted in a payout of £1 million. Since then, she has been one of the top female players in the game, but has yet to make a second WSOP final table. On PocketFives, Obrestad, who calls Norway home, has over $2.4 million in tracked online MTT cashes.
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aJarovaJarov
Join Date: Nov 4th, 2009
Apr 7th, 2013
By: Dan
Kiev: The Capital of Russian, Ukrainian Poker Players
On Saturday, PocketFives published a feature article about Poland's matt86ck, who chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in February and March for $193,000 total. In the latter month, one of his chopping partners was Russia's aJarov (pictured), whose second place finish was worth $76,000. aJarov was camped out in Kiev, Ukraine when we talked to him and he dubbed the city the "capital of Russian and Ukrainian poker players."
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Leroy WongLeroy Wong
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2008
Apr 6th, 2013
By: Dan
How to Win a Tournament with 43,000 Players
That's the million-dollar question: How do you win a tournament with 43,000 players' Last week, Hamilton, Ontario's Leroy Wong (pictured) accomplished that very feat, coming away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Storm. Over 43,000 players entered and first place was worth an amazing $35,000. We caught up with Leroy Wong to celebrate.
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matt86ckmatt86ck
Join Date: Jul 21st, 2012
Apr 6th, 2013
By: Dan
matt86ck Chops Sunday Warm-Up in Back-to-Back Months
We're pretty confident that the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up is the hands-down favorite online poker tournament of matt86ck. Why' The member of the Poland poker community chopped the Warm-Up in back-to-back months in February and March. In February, his second place finish following a heads-up deal was worth $93,000, and in March, he took it down for $100,000 following a three-way deal.
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NigDawGNigDawG
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2009
Apr 5th, 2013
By: Dan
I Have Increased My Concentration on Sundays, But I Obviously Ran Well
Last month, Christopher NigDawG Brammer (pictured) came away with the win in the PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller. His reward was $28,000 and doing so meant outlasting one of the toughest final tables in a Sunday Major we've seen in quite some time. In fact, the group included 20th ranked Romeopro and 38th ranked Big Huni, who landed in third and seventh, respectively.
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decaydecay
Join Date: Oct 20th, 2008
Apr 4th, 2013
By: Dan
One of the Greatest 10-Day Online Poker Runs Ever'
The last 10 days of March were pretty fruitful for Russian poker pro Max decay Lykov (pictured). On the 24th, he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up outright for $110,000, defeating a field of over 3,500 entrants. One week later, he was back at it, this time taking down an FTOPS jersey in a $256 No Limit Hold'em Knockout Six-Max Re-Entry tournament for $126,000. That event brought out over 3,700 players. The day before, he final tabled an FTOPS $109 No Limit Hold'em Rush Rebuy for a cool $36,000.
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whereisdonnywhereisdonny
Join Date: Jul 11th, 2011
Mar 31st, 2013
By: Dan
Donnie Darko. What Kind of Name is That'
The 2001 movie "Donnie Darko" was a classic, so much so that it ignited the imagination of PocketFives member whereisdonny, who lives in Thailand and recently finished second in the GSOP Grand Slam on the Ongame Network, which includes sites like Betsafe. The mammoth score clocked in at $118,000.
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amck1888amck1888
Join Date: Jan 15th, 2013
Mar 31st, 2013
By: Dan
It's Not Every Day You Win the PocketFives Open
Earlier this month, two separate PocketFives Opens were held to celebrate our online poker community, one on 888 Poker for non-U.S. players and one on HogWild Poker for U.S. players. Taking down the former was Suffolk's Andy McKenna, better known as amck1888 here on PocketFives. The tournament drew 235 players and McKenna banked $1,700 for first place, which included $1,100 added by 888.
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FatalErrorFatalError
Join Date: Dec 6th, 2007
Mar 29th, 2013
By: Dan
More Poker to Fantasy Sports with Jonathan Aguiar (FatalError)
Coming up soon on DraftKings, a popular daily fantasy sports site, is the $150K Walk-Off that's part of a massive $300,000 Hardball Hit Parade tournament series in celebration of the beginning of baseball season. One of the people looking forward to it all is longtime PocketFiver and poker player Jonathan FatalError Aguiar (pictured), who has been kind enough to talk about his ongoing journey through the fantasy sports world. This is our latest sit-down interview with the poker veteran.
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CivelCivel
Join Date: Feb 12th, 2010
Mar 28th, 2013
By: Dan
"When You're Playing in a $5K Tournament, the Field is Going to Be Pretty Tough"
Recently, the GSOP Grand Slam was held on the Ongame Network, which includes sites like Betsafe. According to Mexico's Kevin Civel Vandersmissen (pictured), a transplant from Belgium, it was a special tournament designed to reward GSOP event winners and came with a $5,000 buy-in for everyone else. At the end of the day, Vandersmissen raked in $84,000 and officially landed in third place.
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tuna_fish_tanktuna_fish_tank
Join Date: Oct 12th, 2007
Mar 26th, 2013
By: Dan
The Whale of All Whales
Whale, according to Urban Dictionary: "A gambler who has the capacity to win and lose large sums of money in a casino." While it's not necessarily applicable casino-wise, 888 Poker held its $250,000 Whale tournament in recent days, drawing a field of 602 players and offering up a prize pool that just passed $301,000. When the smoke cleared, Ontario's tuna_fish_tank came away with the title and banked an enormous sum of $71,000.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Mar 25th, 2013
By: Dan
The Last Triple Crown Win is Always the Hardest
Once you've gotten two qualifying Triple Crown wins, the race is on for #3. Remember, you need wins in three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for our PocketFives Rankings within seven days. Two wins, while impressive, won't get you a Triple Crown. One of the award's most recent winners is Korea's jjyykk, who told us, "I joined PocketFives and saw all of the badges you could get, so I have been hunting one for a while." The hunt is officially over, and his dog is pictured.
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SenterpiedSenterpied
Join Date: Jul 3rd, 2007
Mar 24th, 2013
By: Dan
100 Legs… and Counting
He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007, our second year in operation. He hails from Cardiff in the United Kingdom and recently took down a coveted online poker Triple Crown. A Triple what' The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings in the same seven-day period. His name: Paul Senter (pictured), but you can call him Senterpied.
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tollgatetollgate
Join Date: Jun 27th, 2009
Mar 24th, 2013
By: Dan
My Brother Lived with Mark Vos at University
Surrounding yourself with some of poker's top minds can only improve your own game. That's a lesson we can learn from Australia's Tom tollgate Grigg (pictured), who recently took down the Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guaranteed for a colossal $71,000. The tournament drew 1,269 players, exceeding its guarantee, and Grigg defeated xqsays heads-up in a non-chopped ending.
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marroca5marroca5
Join Date: Nov 28th, 2007
Mar 17th, 2013
By: Dan
Brawling Your Way Out of a Slump
Heading into last week's Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Colombia's marroca5 was on a major downswing with no end in sight. He told PocketFives that he usually doesn't get discouraged by the swings of poker, but this time was different: "This one was very discouraging because I was on an MTT downswing and, on top of that, I had played cash games and stakes I don't usually play. That combined with some difficulties I was going through outside of poker simply had me on the wrong road, and now I feel back on track in every aspect."
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gavb31gavb31
Join Date: Dec 29th, 2009
Mar 16th, 2013
By: Dan
First Triple Crown in His Stable - Pay the Man His Money!
"We had a bet among eight of us in our stable for the first person to get a Triple Crown, so it's time to get paid!" Those were the words of United Kingdom poker player Gavin gavb31 Ball (pictured), who took down three $10,000 prize pool MTTs across three sites we track for the PocketFives Rankings in a seven-day period, good for his first Triple Crown. Besides winning money, Ball said the award is also quite motivating: "I find that they are good motivation to grind more even when things aren't going too well. Some really great players still ...
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LiveplzLiveplz
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2012
Mar 14th, 2013
By: Dan
Snowboarding in Russia: What's Not to Like'
If you were looking for the optimal snowboarding environment, we'd imagine the frozen tundra of Siberia would be near the top of the list. The snowy Russian locale is home to PocketFiver Sergey Kalinovskiy, who is better known as Liveplz on our site. At the beginning of the month, he marched to a second place finish in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl and raked in $31,000.
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ibluffheapsibluffheaps
Join Date: Aug 6th, 2007
Mar 10th, 2013
By: Dan
Poker, If You Let It, Can Teach You a Lot
Last weekend, the Ongame $200,000 Guaranteed attracted 1,359 players. The $190 No Limit Hold'em tournament shoveled out more than a quarter-million dollars, about one-sixth of which went to Australia's Kristopher ibluffheaps Cunz (pictured), who walked away with $44,000. He was the lone member of the PocketFives community to make the final table of the $200K, which you can find on sites like Betsafe.
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vadkavadka
Join Date: Feb 24th, 2006
Mar 10th, 2013
By: Dan
Donating 10% of My Sunday Warm-Up Profits to Charity
When we ask players what plans they have for gigantic poker cashes, their top-of-mind response is usually putting it back into their bankrolls. For some, investing in the stock market is important, while for others, buying a new house or a new car could be in the offing. Enter Ukraine's vadka (pictured), who recently captured $107,000 for finishing second in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He told us nearly immediately that he plans to give 10% of his profits to charity.
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geeforce1geeforce1
Join Date: Jan 15th, 2006
Mar 9th, 2013
By: Dan
May the geeforce1 Be With You
Holy crap. This is one of the largest online poker tournament scores we've ever reported on here on PocketFives. Last weekend, the Seventh Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million attracted an enormous field of nearly 50,000 players and ended in a three-way chop. Pulling in $836,000 and officially taking second place was Dave geeforce1 Gent (pictured), who calls Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom home.
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AndrzejeczekAndrzejeczek
Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2012
Mar 8th, 2013
By: Dan
It's Always Good to Win Six-Figures
Last weekend, Warsaw's Andrzejeczek (pictured), whose first name is Pawel, chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 heads-up and walked off with $100,000. He joined PocketFives late last year and is just $5,000 shy of lapping $600,000 in tracked online MTT winnings. He is not a full-time player quite yet, as he works in IT as his Monday-to-Friday job, but we'll see how long the "real world" gig lasts.
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padjespadjes
Join Date: May 23rd, 2008
Mar 7th, 2013
By: Dan
My 2013: Second in WPT Baden, Chopped a TCOOP Event for $100K
Paul Berende (pictured), better known as padjes on PocketFives, recently chopped a PokerStars TCOOP event heads-up and booked a $100,000 payday. He is from the Netherlands, was camped out in the Bahamas for the PCA, and then made his way to Brazil on a last-second whim, where he proceeded to chop a TCOOP tournament. The $109 Cubed TCOOP event brought out a field of nearly 3,700 players and PocketFivers landed in the top five spots. The nomadic poker player's chopping partner was fellow community member bullyon.
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squintstersquintster
Join Date: Jan 19th, 2008
Mar 2nd, 2013
By: Dan
It Would Be an Honor, a Privilege, and My Duty to this Community
“Interviewing with you would be an honor, a privilege, and, frankly, my duty to this community.” Those were the first words out of the mouth of Mexico's Shawn Quint (pictured), who appropriately goes by squintster here on PocketFives. Why are we interviewing him' He won a Triple Crown, of course. Quint told us it wasn't easy: “When I grinded in the States, I didn't venture off much from PokerStars and Full Tilt. Over the last 14 months, I've been grinding four to eight sites a day and haven't even come close to snagging one. ...
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rojostarsrojostars
Join Date: Aug 16th, 2011
Mar 2nd, 2013
By: Dan
I Used to Sell Ice Cream, Now I Play Poker
We've had a lot of interesting life stories from players we've interviewed for feature articles here on PocketFives. We've talked to farmers, professional footballers, college basketball players, and now we can cross “ice cream salesman” off the list. Say hello to Argentina's Franco Ernesto Spitale (pictured), who is better known as rojostars on PocketFives. He is the proud owner of a Triple Crown, which he amassed after wins on 32Red, Betsafe, and PokerStars in a five-day span.
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RandALLinRandALLin
Join Date: Jun 28th, 2006
Mar 1st, 2013
By: Dan
From Poker to Fantasy Sports: Randal Flowers (RandALLin)
Plenty of poker players have made the leap to fantasy sports. Daily fantasy sites such as DraftKings feature card-carrying PocketFivers like Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured), who has over $3 million in lifetime online MTT scores to go along with two WPT titles.
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MatejK992SLOMatejK992SLO
Join Date: Sep 1st, 2012
Feb 28th, 2013
By: Dan
Have ch0ppy Bust, Win $28,000, Own Slovenia
In an Ongame $100,000 Guaranteed that happened last month, Matej Kalcic (pictured), better known as MatejK992SLO on PocketFives, came away with the win and scored a $28,000 payday. Getting to the promised land meant a warrior, Matt ch0ppy Kay (ranked #2 worldwide), being knocked out in 10th. Kalcic was in the top 5% in terms of chip counts down the stretch and pointed out that without Kay, the final table “wasn't that hard because my opponents were all so passive and I had control.” You can find the Ongame $100K on sites like ...
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KJulius10KJulius10
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2006
Feb 28th, 2013
By: Dan
Closing on a House, then Chopping the Sunday Million for $199K
In a recent running of the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million, longtime PocketFives member Kyle KJulius10 Julius (pictured) came away with a gratuitous $199,000 payday. The $215 buy-in contest was chopped three ways and Julius, who officially finished second, booked the largest payday of the group. It's not every day that you run through a field of nearly 7,500 players, so his landmark showing was definitely worthy of a feature article here on PocketFives.
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CU at 69USD SnGCU at 69USD SnG
Join Date: Mar 8th, 2011
Feb 21st, 2013
By: Dan
I'll See YOU at a $69 Sit and Go
Last month, Poland's CU at 69USD SnG, who will be referred to as CU for the rest of this article, came away with the win in the Full Tilt Poker $500,000 Guaranteed. The tournament drew 2,739 players, each of whom came up with $216 for the Multi-Entry contest, and a three-way deal ended matters. For CU, the payoff was $80,000, the largest amount given away in the chop, and he earned far more than he would have in a typical $69 sit and go.
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RovoDiceRovoDice
Join Date: Sep 1st, 2012
Feb 12th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Just Felt Like Variance is Not What I Wanted to Experience"
“I just felt like variance is not wanted I want to experience.” Those were the words of Romāns RovoDice Voitovs (pictured), a Latvian player who was part of a five-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million last month for $122,000. One of his chopping partners was Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek, who chopped the tournament in back-to-back weeks. There were over 7,300 entrants and nearly $1.5 million was dished out.
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VeljkoVeljko
Join Date: Jan 8th, 2012
Feb 12th, 2013
By: Dan
Winning One for Serbia
Recently, the nation of Serbia rejoiced as one of its own, Veljko Cocic (pictured), took down a Triple Crown. We believe he is the first Triple Crown winner that Serbia has produced, which makes for a very special occasion. Cocic took down a $2,100 side bet in the process as well, telling us, “I am active on the biggest Serbian forum and haven't played MTTs the past few months because I have a few students and was busy with them. So, I created this challenge to see what I am capable of.”
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NoPlanBNoPlanB
Join Date: Mar 1st, 2012
Feb 12th, 2013
By: Dan
What'! There's No Plan B'!
Sometimes, not having a Plan B can spell disaster. But, we're not into writing about disasters here on PocketFives. When it comes to player interviews, we're all about accomplishments. Recently, Russia's Aleksandr NoPlanB Mordvinov (pictured) was part of a heads-up chop of the PartyPoker $300,000 Guaranteed and walked away with $45,000. He plays on the world's third largest online poker room as EvnomiYa and forged a deal with HenrikX__. We virtually traveled to Moscow for the victory parade.
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brikdog24brikdog24
Join Date: May 2nd, 2007
Feb 11th, 2013
By: Dan
Heads-Up with Josh Brikis (brikdog24)
In recent weeks, Josh Brikis (pictured), who is well known as brikdog24 here on PocketFives, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million for a resounding $125,000. That's not bad for an day's work, especially for a player who in 2009 banked $619,000 for landing in second place in a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max World Series of Poker tournament. Talking about six-figure scores never gets old, so we sat down with Brikis, who just signed with IveyPoker, to get his perspective on what went down.
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GadMOGadMO
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2012
Feb 10th, 2013
By: Dan
So You've Stumbled Upon $250K
If you randomly stumbled across a quarter of a million dollars – say you found it on the side of a road in a garbage bag – you might be inclined to tell your boss off and move to the Caribbean. Okay, maybe you'd need a bit more than $250,000 for that, but for Israel's GadMO, not having to worry about paying bills in the near future is a reality after a $251,000 windfall in this year's PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event.
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1bigacehole1bigacehole
Join Date: Mar 14th, 2006
Feb 6th, 2013
By: Dan
"Especially Because of the Tournament's Structure, It Doesn't Feel Real"
“I feel great. It hasn't really hit me yet. Especially because of the tournament's structure, it doesn't feel real.” Those were the words of Canada's T.J. 1bigacehole Ulmer (pictured), who was part of a seven-way chop of the 2013 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The TCOOP's finale brought out a healthy field of over 5,000 entries, each of which cost $700. Over $3.3 million was shelled out in what will likely be one of the richest online poker tournaments of 2013.
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goleafsgoehgoleafsgoeh
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
Feb 4th, 2013
By: Dan
Mike Leah: "I Know Every Player in the NHL"
This weekend, DraftKings will host what it claims is the largest daily fantasy hockey tournament ever held, the Light the Lamp Classic. The one-day tournament guarantees $25,000 and its champ will walk off with $5,000. The entry isn't as much as you'd think, $109, and an overlay is likely. Among those entering this weekend is longtime PocketFives member Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured), who at one point could be found at #78 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings.
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kansis47kansis47
Join Date: Jun 11th, 2012
Jan 30th, 2013
By: Dan
Bust from the TCOOP Main Event' Get Third in a Hyper Turbo for $65,000
Over the weekend, the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP, Main Event, brought out 5,060 players. Like all but one of them, Latvian PocketFiver kansis47 (pictured) busted from the $700 buy-in tournament, but rather than walk away from the tables, he turned around and bought into Event #50, a $215 No Limit Hold'em Hyper Turbo, and walked away with $65,000 for third place. Talk about a rebound!
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SuchADegenSuchADegen
Join Date: Jul 21st, 2010
Jan 29th, 2013
By: Dan
Maybe it Pays to Be SuchADegen
Austria's SuchADegen (pictured), whose first name is Hannes, hit it big in the January 16 running of the PokerStars Sunday 500. In that tournament, he stared down fellow decorated PocketFiver Bryan bparis Paris heads-up and the two agreed on a chip chop that left $6,000 to play for. When the smoke cleared after holding down the lead when the deal was struck, Hannes brought home the gold and earned $67,000. For his part, Paris raked in a not-so-laughable $54,000.
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Billyth3kidBillyth3kid
Join Date: Aug 16th, 2010
Jan 28th, 2013
By: Dan
Say Hello to MR_LITHUANIA
A Triple Crown is no easy feat. We have 120,000 registered members here on PocketFives and so far in January, just 12 of them, or a scant 0.01%, have managed to record one. The second largest Triple Crown in terms of the number of PLB Points in January belonged to Billyth3kid (pictured), who recorded wins in the 888 Mega Deep, PokerStars Hot $109, and Full Tilt $10,500 Guaranteed for a combined $36,000 and 590 PLB Points.
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DrewPeacoq8DrewPeacoq8
Join Date: Feb 4th, 2011
Jan 27th, 2013
By: Dan
Pokemon + Poker = Profit
If you haven't heard by now, there's a new instructor at PocketFives Training, the industry's premier source for MTT instruction. John DrewPeacoq8 Gonzalez (pictured) has been added to the site's lineup of pros and took to Pokemon in his first video. The point was to help players classify opponents at the table, as Gonzalez argued to us in an exclusive interview, "The video contains what I think is simple but generally overlooked information. I think that with poker being so popular today, everyone is rushing to find the exact right way to ...
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bigdogpckt5sbigdogpckt5s
Join Date: Aug 31st, 2006
Jan 24th, 2013
By: Dan
bigdogpckt5s on 3-Peating in Sunday Million: "Can't Say I Haven't Thought About It"
It has been one hell of a year so far for Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek (pictured). His epic three-week domination of the online poker community in 2013 has seen him chop the PokerStars Sunday Million twice and win the site's Super Tuesday for a combined haul of nearly $350,000. Did we mention that 2013 is just three weeks old' PocketFives caught up with its longtime member to talk about his truly historical performance.
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Jovial GentJovial Gent
Join Date: Jun 19th, 2005
Jan 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Played 50 Live Events in 2012. That's the Equivalent of Two Sundays Online."
Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) is just $270,000 in online MTT cashes away from $5 million over the course of his career. He won the 2009 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.7 million (read our interview) and, several months earlier, he emerged victorious in the World Poker Tour Championship for $2.1 million. Later this month, he'll be one of 64 players to enter the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which will air on NBC.
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Join Date: Oct 18th, 2006
Jan 20th, 2013
By: Dan
"I'm Staying in a Buddhist Monastery Where I'm Not Allowed to Speak"
Yes, this is a title of an article on PocketFives that will describe the life of Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured) after the 2013 National Heads-Up Poker Championship and Aussie Millions. You can read on to see where he's headed for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, but in the meantime, he is gearing up for the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in Las Vegas that will air on NBC in March. Jaka is one of 64 players who make up the field and we caught up with him to discuss his rather unique lifestyle and interest in Buddhism.
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Join Date: Mar 6th, 2006
Jan 19th, 2013
By: Dan
Every Groom-to-Be Needs to Chop the PokerStars Sunday 500
The world of Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) is about to be turned upside down. Right before Black Friday, he proposed to his girlfriend, but the resulting shakeup of the online poker industry has left the couple still determining when they'll say their vows. The proposal story, according to Paris: "I went up to the diamond district in Los Angeles the day before her birthday and bought the ring secretly. I told her I was going to the DMV so she wouldn't want to go with me and then for her birthday, I took her down to the beach and proposed ...
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Join Date: Jan 5th, 2012
Jan 19th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Started Playing Poker with Friends. It Was Love at First Sight."
Despite many players traveling for the holidays, the final PokerStars Sunday Million of 2012, which occurred on December 30, garnered a field of 8,292 entrants. For PocketFives member Flavio flavioreis88 Reis (pictured), the last Sunday Million of the year was a big one, as he barreled through the pack to land in third place and walked away with $124,000. The un-chopped tournament saw ante_geia_AA pull in nearly a quarter of a million bucks for first place.
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Join Date: Jun 28th, 2006
Jan 17th, 2013
By: Dan
"I Missed Online Poker. I Missed Logging in and Playing Tons of Tourneys."
Camped out in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is longtime PocketFives member Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured). The champion of the World Poker Tour's Festa al Lago event in late 2010 and its Barcelona stop one year earlier, Flowers originally hails from North Carolina and saw his life turned upside down following Black Friday. Originally pursuing a live poker career, Flowers now makes a living online and works closely with the DeepStacks Poker Tour.
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Join Date: Aug 28th, 2008
Jan 16th, 2013
By: Dan
Fighting Squids and Chopping Poker Tournaments
This is a scene right out of "Life of Pi." You look across the virtual poker table and stare down sammy_squid, better known on PocketFives as Sam TheSquid Grafton. Will the Brit ink you right out of the tournament or can you muster up the chops to send him packing' For Michael u shove i call Howard (pictured), Grafton was one of his chopping partners in the final PartyPoker $300,000 Guaranteed of 2012. In fact, Howard managed to outlast the decorated poker player and bank $25,000 for his second place finish.
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Join Date: Jan 27th, 2011
Jan 15th, 2013
By: Dan
Making Mincemeat of the 888 Sunday Challenge
One PocketFives member has made the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge his personal playground. He finished second in the tournament on the last weekend of 2012 before turning around and winning it just two weeks later in the first month of 2013. His name: Akira Ohyama (pictured), better known to you and me as Clutch Hero. The member of the Japanese poker community has been on an absolute tear in the Sunday Challenge in recent weeks, so we sat down with him to talk about why he has been so successful.
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Join Date: May 19th, 2010
Jan 13th, 2013
By: Dan
We Still Don't Have a Book About Poker in Our Language
The final PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up of 2012 saw 3,446 players turn out. Nearly $700,000 in real money was on the line and the un-chopped final table saw inwooke come away with the win and pocket $108,000. Taking third place for about half that amount was Turkish PocketFives member Ozgur phaplap Arda (pictured), who logged his first five-figure score on PokerStars, where he's booked nearly $600,000 in tracked cashes.
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Join Date: Nov 6th, 2011
Jan 11th, 2013
By: Dan
Click Your Mouse and Lose Your Kielbasa
In mid-2006, PocketFivers in the U.S. watched as discussion of internet gambling and online poker took place on Capitol Hill, which included the infamous line, "Click your mouse and lose your house." At the time, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was just months away from being signed into law and the industry would be turned upside down forever. In Poland, according to recent PokerStars Sunday 500 winner Bianconero12, it's "Click your mouse and lose your Kielbasa."
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Join Date: Apr 24th, 2007
Jan 8th, 2013
By: Dan
ch0ppy Wins 2012 Yearly PLB Title
Just 400 PLB Points separated the top two finishers in our 2012 Yearly PLB race. When the smoke cleared on the 366-day stanza, Matt ch0ppy Kay (pictured) edged out Griffin Flush_Entity Benger for the title and amassed 17,856.55 points. Benger finished with 17,442.22 points and the two Canucks were the lone members of the PocketFives community to pass 17,000.
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Join Date: Mar 5th, 2007
Jan 4th, 2013
By: Dan
PocketFiver Wins $100,000 in DraftKings Main Event
During Week 16 of the NFL season, DraftKings, a popular daily fantasy sports site, ran a $250,000 guaranteed Main Event that offered up a $100,000 first place prize. All it took was a stellar lineup for PocketFives member Sam Pudge714 Greenwood (pictured) to earn the top spot on the leaderboard after Week 16 had ended. The Canadian was quite shell-shocked at his six-figure score, but sat down with PocketFives to discuss his monumental afternoon.
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Join Date: Mar 23rd, 2008
Jan 1st, 2013
By: Dan
Contending with The Flying Dutchman at the Sunday Warm-Up Final Table
I'm sure it's a little daunting to look across the table late in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and see Marcel Luske. "The Flying Dutchman" has been around poker for longer than just about everyone reading this article and has more than $4 million in live tournament earnings to his name, according to the Hendon Mob. Playing alongside Luske in the Warm-Up on December 16 was Mat Brown (pictured), who appropriately goes by brownie682 here on PocketFives.
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Join Date: Jun 7th, 2012
Dec 30th, 2012
By: Dan
Success in the FTOPS Main Event Eclipsed All of My Accomplishments
The 21st Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event played out in recent weeks. The tournament attracted 4,766 entries and a prize pool of $2.8 million was up for grabs in one of the largest online poker events held in 2012. Amazingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, members of the PocketFives community came away with seven of the nine final table spots. One of those lucky players was Maxim Mamonov (pictured), who is known in the online poker world as MAMOHT_T.
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Join Date: Jan 1st, 2010
Dec 27th, 2012
By: Dan
I'm Saving the Money Mostly, But My Girlfriend Has Other Ideas
"It felt good," Jonathan peanut172 Peacock (pictured) told PocketFives about finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday Million in mid-December. "It was weird because I was having a horrible day at the time. I was like $5,000 in the hole with one table left and wasn't in the best of moods, but I just grinded away. It's weird because I don't feel any different. I was disappointed to not get top two, in all honesty, but I can't feel bad about getting third."
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Join Date: Aug 13th, 2010
Dec 26th, 2012
By: Dan
I Want to Be a Polish Moorman
Earlier this month, Marcin Wydrowksi (pictured), who is known as Pyszalek here on PocketFives, claimed victory in the World Poker Tour's stop in Prague. A total of 567 players turned out and Wydrowksi became the first ever WPT champion from Poland. We were surprised to hear that no Pole had ever won a WPT event before, so we sat down with Wydrowksi to see how he felt about his big superlative.
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Join Date: Jun 30th, 2008
Dec 25th, 2012
By: Dan
I'm Surprised that Not Many Regs Play it Because There's So Much Value
Just over a week ago, the Ongame Network $100,000 Guaranteed, a $250 No Limit Hold'em tournament, generated a field of 730 players and paid out over $138,000 in total cash. Leading the way was Belgium's Yeshaya (pictured), who pulled in $25,000 and plays under the screen name china_white1 on that network. His real name is Yeshaya Kramer, whom we hunted down for a feature article here on PocketFives. He has been a member of our community since June 2008.
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Join Date: Sep 10th, 2008
Dec 24th, 2012
By: Dan
I Was Trying to Win it For My Rail as Much as Me
In mid-December, Gerald Geraldo22 Cochlan (pictured) came away with a final table in one of the richest tournaments of 2012, the 21st Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event. The tournament drew nearly 4,800 players and ended with a two-way deal in which both finishers booked paydays of over $400,000. Making the final table and landing in fifth place was Cochlan, who walked away with $140,000.
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Join Date: Dec 13th, 2007
Dec 23rd, 2012
By: Dan
A Sunday Warm-Up Winner from Jamaica'
When we saw that a poker player from Jamaica won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in late November, we jumped at the opportunity for an interview. This author can't recall the last time we interviewed someone from the Caribbean nation, if ever, so we're happy to introduce yard_warrior. The Jamaican's victory was worth $93,000 following a heads-up deal with PokerStars member Asul after the two outlasted a field of over 3,300 players.
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Join Date: Feb 22nd, 2011
Dec 21st, 2012
By: Dan
Baby Got Triple Crown
It's not "Baby got back." Oh no. Instead, it's "Baby got Triple Crown." In the middle of last month, Anders sirshipalot Kourtzman (pictured), who calls Sweden home, earned victories in three online poker MTTs over a scant two days to score his first Triple Crown. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "It feels good, being my first one and all. It was a really good two-day period for me."
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Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2010
Dec 20th, 2012
By: Dan
A Triple Triple Crown
On November 20, a win in the €12,500 Guaranteed Rebuy on 32Red for $5,200 gave the Ukraine's gnat777 (pictured) his third online poker Triple Crown. He is up to nearly $1.25 million in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile and is a sponsored pro of MacroPoker. If you've never heard of the latter, MacroPoker is a "unique web-based platform offering poker education and a place for all poker players to hear and be heard by others. You can search for new friends, keep track of the news, communicate, share your experiences, and get ...
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Join Date: Dec 15th, 2011
Dec 16th, 2012
By: Dan
As I Was Winning My Friends' Nickels, I Saw a Gold Mine
"As I was winning my friends' nickels, I saw a gold mine out there, so I decided to learn poker." Those were the words of TheKeyser, who chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 last month for $45,000. He got into poker through movies like "Rounders," but might have never imagined he'd be hauling in five-figure paydays in one of the most challenging tournaments around. We caught up with him to learn about his groundbreaking weekend on PokerStars.
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Join Date: Feb 10th, 2011
Dec 16th, 2012
By: Dan
Win the Sunday Storm, Sleep 3 Hours, Play Again
Last month, Brazil's Pablo Brito Silva, or pabritz (pictured) here on PocketFives, came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday Storm. If you're not familiar with the tournament, it's an $11 buy-in contest that generally attracts around 40,000 players. Yes, 40,000 rabid poker fans turn out for this tournament on a weekly basis, meaning that the top prize typically tops $30,000. It's not for the faint of heart and, with so many players, a win is definitely worthy of a feature article.
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Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
Dec 14th, 2012
By: Dan
If You're Not Winning Semi-Consistently, It's Your Fault, Not the Game's
Here's a number for you: 106. That's how many tracked wins in online poker MTTs we have for Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured), a former #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings who, over the first 14 days of December, has logged 10 wins and two Triple Crowns. Yikes. You can find him at #14 in the Rankings worldwide right now, so we caught up with him to learn more about his rip-roaring month.
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Join Date: Sep 5th, 2005
Dec 12th, 2012
By: Dan
Another Epic Showdown: apestyles vs. telks in PokerStars Super Tuesday
Last week, the finale of an FTOPS event featured former #1 players p0cket00 and moorman1 squaring off head-to-head. This week, another epic battle occurred, with Jon apestyles Van Fleet (pictured) and Mike telks Telker in the finale of the PokerStars Super Tuesday. Ultimately, the $102,000 first place prize went to Van Fleet, while Telker's not-so-paltry consolation prize was $75,000. The showdown brought out a thread in the Poker Community forum. We were able to catch up with Van Fleet, a poker player and author, to get his take on what went ...
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Join Date: Feb 7th, 2007
Dec 2nd, 2012
By: Dan
I Feel the Same as I Felt the Day Before Winning the Warm-Up
"I feel the same as I felt the day before winning the Warm-Up." Those were the words of longtime PocketFives member Jason JAKoon1985 Koon (pictured) when asked about his recent victory in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. There wasn't a chop or any fancy ending to the tournament. Instead, Koon won it outright for $109,000. We sat down with the newly minted Canadian poker player to digest his first time tasting victory in the Sunday Major.
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Join Date: Apr 8th, 2011
Dec 1st, 2012
By: Dan
The First Triple Crown Was More Important, But I'll Take the Second
Last month, it took all of two days for Nurlan Bobekov (pictured), who can be found on PocketFives under the user name Nur1ck, to score his second online poker Triple Crown. Winning one of these puppies requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings within seven days. It's certainly no easy task, so we caught up with Bobekov to learn what went into the making of his second piece of hardware.
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Join Date: Jun 15th, 2010
Nov 30th, 2012
By: Dan
Two Sunday Major Final Tables, One Day
November 18 was a groundbreaking day for one member of the Israel poker community here on PocketFives, timorm1. What happened, you ask' The HaMerkaz resident made a pair of Sunday Major final tables on the same day, chopping the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl three ways for $32,000 and taking fifth in the same site's $500,000 Guaranteed for another $22,000. One day and $54,000 later, timorm1 was on cloud nine.
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Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Nov 27th, 2012
By: Dan
moorman1 Wins Record-Setting Triple Crown #12
Prior to November 19, Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) held the record with 11 online poker Triple Crowns, the most ever by a member of PocketFives. That day, however, he extended his own mark by picking up his 12th award, now the new all-time number to beat. His crowning glory was a win in the iPoker Network's $30 Rebuy, which boasted a prize pool of over $20,000. We tracked him down a few days later to learn what went into the making of his record-breaking week.
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Join Date: Jun 26th, 2010
Nov 24th, 2012
By: Dan
He Thinks I'm a Fish and Follows Me Wherever I Go
At the beginning of November, Alexander Gerlach (pictured), better known as RedIceRap on PocketFives, took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $77,000. The victory for the PocketFives strategy author, which took place on Double Vision Sunday, saw him edge out PokerStars member faza29 heads-up and defeat every one of his 864 opponents. Gerlach calls Germany home and his victory was definitely worthy of a feature article on our site.
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Join Date: Nov 14th, 2010
Nov 22nd, 2012
By: Dan
Not Just Another Phil
On November 11, Costa Rica's Phil AnotherPhil Murphy (pictured) took down a $26 buy-in tournament on the re-launched Full Tilt Poker to capture the third and final leg of his Triple Crown. He banked over $3,000 for the win following a heads-up deal and now sports a brand new badge in his PocketFives profile. You can find him playing on Full Tilt under the screen name Singgularity.
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Join Date: Sep 10th, 2008
Nov 18th, 2012
By: Dan
How to Turn $11 into $24,000 in the PokerStars Sunday Storm
In the November 4 running of the PokerStars Sunday Storm, an $11 buy-in tournament on the world's largest online poker site, a three-way chop occurred that saw Gerald geraldo22 Cochlan (pictured) come away with a $24,000 payday. He officially took second place. "I didn't have the chat box on at first," Cochlan told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It was only after my friend told me they were discussing a chop that I chimed in."
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Join Date: Jun 20th, 2011
Nov 18th, 2012
By: Dan
"I Thought a Triple Crown Was Three Wins in 24 Hours"
"I thought a Triple Crown was three wins within 24 hours," 23NoraB (pictured) told PocketFives after winning three MTTs on October 23 alone. "Then, I realized after the fact that it was three wins within a week." October 23 was a big day for 23NoraB, who won the PokerStars $22 Cubed for $6,800, the Ongame High Roller for $18,000, and the PokerStars.fr Hot €100 for $4,600. Twenty-four hours after it began, the Austrian's Triple Crown bid was complete in impressive fashion.
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Join Date: May 4th, 2008
Nov 12th, 2012
By: Dan
What if We Moved to Thailand for Poker'
You may not know the name Jordan Westmorland (pictured), but you might have heard of his online handle, JWPRODIGY. No, this isn't JJPRODIGY; it's one letter off. JWPRODIGY calls Thailand home and recently took third place in the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $17,000. We took the cash as a unique opportunity to talk to a player from Thailand, where he can be found in Phuket. The American transplant is the #2 player in the Asian country.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Nov 10th, 2012
By: Dan
How the Media Can Affect Poker's Reputation
"It's getting more and more accepted as a profession," Sweden's Srslyfu said about poker in his home country. "But, I think the biggest Swedish newspapers are trashing its reputation and giving the wrong picture to people who don't know anything about poker." It seems, at least in one country, that the media can go quite far in determining how the general public views poker.
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Join Date: Jan 29th, 2012
Nov 8th, 2012
By: Dan
One Year Playing MTTs, One Triple Crown
One of the recent Triple Crowns we've had here on PocketFives went to U.K. poker player Scott Margereson, who is better known on PocketFives as Aggro Santos. Over the course of four days, Margereson took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three poker sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings. It wasn't easy, but the process wrapped up with a win on October 19 in the PokerStars $51 Hyper-Turbo.
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Join Date: Nov 1st, 2010
Nov 3rd, 2012
By: Dan
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo' At the GSOP Grand Slam Final Table!
Last month, the Ongame Network, which includes sites like bwin, held its Grand Slam Final, a massive $5,000 buy-in tournament that attracted just shy of 200 players and shelled out a total prize pool of $896,000. The top 26 players made the money, among them Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), better known on PocketFives as Romeopro. His fifth place finish was good for $57,000, which he'll take back to the Ukraine poker community.
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Join Date: Feb 26th, 2007
Nov 2nd, 2012
By: Dan
Meet the $3.5 Million Man
Jason jdpc27 Wheeler (pictured) has been around the PocketFives community for quite some time. In fact, he's just a couple of months away from celebrating his six-year anniversary of signing up for our site. Over the last half-dozen years, he has cemented over $3.5 million in tracked MTT cashes.
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Join Date: Feb 10th, 2010
Oct 25th, 2012
By: Dan
They Look at You Like You'll Clean Toilets After a While
If you check out the profile of Vladislav Donchev (pictured), better known as vladulaNko here on PocketFives, you'll be met with an image of Mr. Bean. It makes us laugh every time, especially considering that Rowan Atkinson represented the host country in the London Olympic Games a few months ago. Alas, we digress. On October 14, Donchev came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and banked $109,000. There was no chop in the tournament and the top 540 players finished in the money.
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Join Date: Jan 22nd, 2010
Oct 25th, 2012
By: Dan
Making the Final Day of the PokerStars WCOOP Count
On the very last day of the 2012 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, Lebanon's Nicolas niccc Chouity (pictured) and nearly 10,000 other people entered a $215 No Limit Hold'em tournament that guaranteed a million bucks. In the end, almost $2 million was up for grabs and, despite the amount of money at stake, no chop occurred. Instead, Chouity exited in third place and pocketed a cool $143,000.
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Join Date: Oct 31st, 2009
Oct 24th, 2012
By: Dan
Who Has Influenced Your Game the Most' The UK Heroes!
A couple of weeks ago, U.K. poker pro Toby 810ofclubs Lewis (pictured) came away with a win in the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed and took home north of $47,000. It was somewhat small potatoes for Lewis, who has over $2.4 million in tracked online MTT cashes in his PocketFives profile and final tabled the 2011 PokerStars SCOOP Main Event for $167,000. Lewis' name has popped up in plenty of interviews over our time, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to get to know the man who goes by 810ofclubs.
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Join Date: May 24th, 2010
Oct 21st, 2012
By: Dan
Freerolling the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy
Two Sundays ago, the PokerStars $100 Rebuy brought out a field of 943 players and served up a prize pool of $303,000, an average of $321 per capita. At the end of the day, the top three finishers, including PocketFives members Rui RuiNF Ferreira of Portgual and Yaya24 of Sweden, chopped the prize pool. Yaya24 collected a $37,000 payday and officially took third place. His reward was a feature article right here on PocketFives.
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Join Date: Dec 13th, 2006
Oct 21st, 2012
By: Dan
First Year as a Poker Pro, First Triple Crown
To get a Triple Crown here on PocketFives, a player needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings within the same seven-day period. It's definitely a challenge and, despite having 120,000 registered PocketFives members worldwide, we only get about a half-dozen Triple Crown winners each month. In September, the U.K.'s Allan bigal37 Peers (pictured) came away with one in a span of just three days.
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AssassinatoAssassinato
Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Oct 20th, 2012
By: Dan
Pulling Back the Curtain: Assassinato
Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald (pictured) has carved out a name for himself on multiple levels in the online poker world. He's an instructor with PocketFives Training and coached two recent Triple Crown winners, bertulsons and rakis6; latter recorded the second largest Triple Crown ever. Oh yeah, last month, Fitzgerald drove to a chop of a PokerStars WCOOP Second Chance tournament and booked a six-figure payday.
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dhilton12dhilton12
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2006
Oct 19th, 2012
By: Dan
From Costa Rica to Canada: Life of a Poker Refugee
The life of David dhilton12 Hilton (pictured) has been quite a roller coaster over the last 18 months. Hilton, like other Americans, was uprooted on Black Friday and had to move to another country in order to continue playing online poker. He ultimately wound up in Costa Rica sans his family, but through the help of the Poker Refugees relocation service, recently reunited. Now, he's headed straight north to Toronto, Canada.
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Join Date: Jun 5th, 2010
Oct 17th, 2012
By: Dan
You Can't Just Own a Tropical Beach Bar for a Living
I can't recall a single time that PocketFives has interviewed a player from the Turks and Caicos. After all, the island nation is home to just one registered PocketFiver, Mike m8675309a Adamo (pictured), who recently made the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and cashed for a hair over $20,000. While we wish we could have traveled to the West Indies to interview him, we had to settle for a Skype conversation.
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MatveichukRMatveichukR
Join Date: Jan 7th, 2010
Oct 16th, 2012
By: Dan
An iPoker $150K Win and a Triple Crown… All at Once
On the final day of September, a Sunday, Russian online poker player Roman Matveychuk (pictured), who goes by MatveichukR here on PocketFives, took down the iPoker $150,000 Guaranteed. The next day, he booked his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. We'd say that's a pretty good 24 hours, especially when you consider that the iPoker tournament, which takes place on sites like Titan Poker, was worth $33,000 in itself.
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TheCartelTheCartel
Join Date: Jun 19th, 2005
Oct 14th, 2012
By: Dan
How to Chop the WCOOP Main Event for $662,000
Last month, the finale of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, was its $5,200 buy-in Main Event. With over 1,800 entrants, the tournament offered up a mind-boggling prize pool of over $9.1 million and, perhaps not surprisingly, a six-way deal took place. Third in the 2012 WCOOP Main Event belonged to Ryan Carter, who goes by TheCartel on PocketFives and smashed through the minefield under the screen name TheCart3r.
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ch0ppych0ppy
Join Date: Apr 24th, 2007
Oct 13th, 2012
By: Dan
Anything But a ch0ppy Poker Career
Matt ch0ppy Kay (pictured) has been on a tear as of late. Actually, he's more or less been on a tear throughout his entire poker career. Kay signed up for PocketFives in mid-2007 and has since ascended to the very top of our Poker Player Rankings. He's just a few in the money finishes away from scoring a $5 million cash badge and has multiple scores of over $100,000 to his credit. Recently, he took down the Ongame $100,000 Guaranteed, which takes place on sites like bwin.
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Join Date: Jul 14th, 2010
Oct 11th, 2012
By: Dan
The Second Largest Triple Crown Ever
Late last month, rakis6 came away with a PocketFives Triple Crown. It wasn't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Triple Crown, either. Instead, rakis6 racked up the second most number of PLB Points ever for a Triple Crown at 1,632 and was a mere 130 off the all-time record of 1,762 by mathclub in 2010. The nearly record-breaking Triple Crown in PocketFives history is definitely worthy of a feature article, so we sat down with rakis6 to discuss the award and the brand new badge in his profile.
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Join Date: Sep 24th, 2010
Oct 9th, 2012
By: Dan
I Have a Triple Crown, Baby!
One of last month's PocketFives Triple Crown winners was Latvia's Kristaps Bertulis (pictured), who appropriately goes by bertulsons on our site. His run at his first Triple Crown included victories in the 888 Poker $20,000 Friday Challenge for $5,400, the PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Speed for $3,600, and the PokerStars.fr Storm for $2,900. He happily told PocketFives, "I have Triple Crown, baby, and I'm going for another one." Thanks, Scotty Nguyen.
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djk123djk123
Join Date: Jan 14th, 2006
Oct 8th, 2012
By: Dan
What It's Like to Be the Most Accomplished WCOOP Player Ever
Last month, longtime PocketFives member and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured) became the most accomplished PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker player of all-time. Kelly recorded his fourth WCOOP title in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy and booked a $138,000 payday. "I've always really enjoyed WCOOP because there are so many good tournaments in a variety of games," Kelly told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. Needless to say, he has dominated the annual tournament series.
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Join Date: Jul 21st, 2008
Oct 7th, 2012
By: Dan
Environmental Research or Poker'
Environmental research or poker' In the future, Nelius danceofthefdead Foley (pictured) could be faced with that very question. He works as an instrumentation engineer currently, but given a recent string of top-flight online scores, you wonder whether his profession is destined for a major change. In the beginning of September, Foley brought home the gold in the Sunday $100 Rebuy on PokerStars for $79,000.
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Join Date: Apr 7th, 2009
Oct 4th, 2012
By: Dan
A New Krown for KungKroon
Last month, Sweden poker community member Oscar KungKroon Kroon (pictured) claimed his very first online poker Triple Crown. The result: a new badge in his PocketFives profile. It wasn't a small task either, as booking a Triple Crown meant three wins in $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings in a seven-day period. Kroon needed all of five days to complete the feat.
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Join Date: Jun 16th, 2009
Oct 4th, 2012
By: Dan
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
"Norma Jean is Marilyn Monroe's real name and 'normajean' was already taken, so I put an 'L' in front of it," Josh lnormajean Hart candidly told PocketFives in an exclusive interview when asked about the origins of his user name on our site. "I have no idea why I picked that, to be honest. I guess it was just a phase." What's not a phase is Hart's success online, where he recently claimed his $1 million cash badge and took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $38,000.
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Naza114Naza114
Join Date: Oct 19th, 2010
Sep 30th, 2012
By: Dan
A Portuguese Hoop Dreams Story
Earlier this month, a field of 878 players lined up for the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. The $90 buy-in tournament that features one rebuy clipped its $100,000 guarantee by 12% as a result and, when all was said and done, João Vieira (pictured), who goes by Naza114 here on PocketFives, came away with the win and cashed for $23,000. The Portuguese online poker player sits at #8 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, down slightly from a high of #5 in July, and took time out of his busy day to talk with us.
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Join Date: Aug 15th, 2011
Sep 29th, 2012
By: Dan
Giving Em floppinhel
U.K. poker pro Rhys floppinhel Jones (pictured) has been quite successful online in recent weeks. In a one-week time span, he recorded wins in six MTTs tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings and consequently booked not one, but two Triple Crowns. His adventures started on August 26, when Jones won the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars and the 888 Poker $40,000 Turbo Mega Deep.
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teo96teo96
Join Date: Sep 9th, 2011
Sep 23rd, 2012
By: Dan
Selling Wedding Dresses and Chopping the PokerStars $100 Rebuy
In late August, Greece's Theodoros Aidonopoulos (pictured), who might have the most number of letters in his name of anyone we've ever interviewed and who is known as teo96 here on PocketFives, was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. His reward was $45,000, tied for his largest tracked cash here on PocketFives with a final table appearance in the Sunday Million in February.
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Illini213Illini213
Join Date: Sep 29th, 2007
Sep 19th, 2012
By: Dan
Nine 2012 WCOOP Cashes, One Title, Third on Series Leaderboard
Steve Illini213 Barshak (pictured) has been on a tear during the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. In fact, he is in a two-way tie for third on the series' leaderboard, which shells out prizes to the top five and a grand prize that includes a champion's trophy, 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package, 2013 EPT Grand Final package, 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket, and a custom chip set. Needless to say, there's a lot to play for.
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TheSquidTheSquid
Join Date: Feb 28th, 2010
Sep 15th, 2012
By: Dan
Inking His Opponents While 12-Tabling While Interviewing
In late August, the U.K.'s Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured) came away with a second place finish in the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $24,000. It wasn't the biggest cash of his career or the flashiest, but it helped him barrel past $1.5 million in tracked MTT winnings in his PocketFives profile. We really get a kick out of Grafton's accent, so we sat down with him to talk about his recent poker career. Luckily for us, he was 12-tabling, but gave us coherent quotes nonetheless.
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LegitNitLegitNit
Join Date: Aug 26th, 2012
Sep 11th, 2012
By: Dan
No Longer a LegitNit
Late last month, Canada's Jordan Hamilton (pictured), known as LegitNit on PocketFives, barreled his way through the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $90 one-rebuy tournament, and banked $23,000. The momentum from that score has certainly been noticeable, as in back-to-back days in the young month of September, he has reached first and third in the PokerStars Big $109 for nearly $40,000 total. PocketFives sat down with Hamilton for a debriefing of the 888 tournament.
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Join Date: Mar 24th, 2011
Sep 9th, 2012
By: Dan
Play a Lot and Find People to Talk Strategy With
"Playing a lot and finding people to talk strategy with are probably the most important things to do to improve." Those were words of wisdom from David davidv1213 Vamplew (pictured), a former EPT Main Event winner who recently finished second in the PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller, a $500 buy-in weekly tournament that regularly shells out more than $30,000 to its champion.
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Join Date: Dec 24th, 2006
Sep 9th, 2012
By: Dan
King of the Kiwis
Recently, Paul kingpaulie Hockin (pictured) booked a first place finish and $28,000 in the Main Event of the New Zealand Poker Champs series. While it wasn't his largest payday ever, Hockin's top-tier live result earned praises in a thread in the Live Poker forum here on PocketFives. Words like "boss" and "good bloke" were dropped to describe the Waikato resident and longtime PocketFives member.
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Join Date: Oct 9th, 2011
Sep 6th, 2012
By: Dan
Hold'em is So Boring!
"Hold'em is so boring," Dmitriy BudnikovDP Budnikov (pictured) told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. So boring, in fact, that a few weeks back, he took third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, an all-Hold'em tournament, and walked away with $47,000. It was just another day at the office for this Russian poker player, who has over $1.4 million in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile and sits at #27 worldwide in our Online Poker Rankings.
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Join Date: Feb 5th, 2009
Aug 20th, 2012
By: Dan
I Have the Power!
Two of the last three online poker players we've interviewed here on PocketFives have hailed from Brazil. The Brazil poker community dominated the online poker scene two weekends ago, including Julio Oliveira Lins, who goes by powerpokerbr on PocketFives and chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $39,000. A three-way deal, which Lins said he brought up to his opponents, ended matters in the 847-player tournament.
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KKremateKKremate
Join Date: Jul 1st, 2010
Aug 19th, 2012
By: Dan
Everything Starts by Having a Good Place to Grind
"Everything starts by having a good place to grind, a good mindset, and the knowledge that you are not above variance," Brazil's Thiago kkremate Crema (pictured) told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "When you least expect it, success will reach you." Crema shared his advice following a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 last weekend, a tournament score that saw him rake in just shy of $70,000 and helped solidify his standing in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings at #126 worldwide and #7 in Brazil.
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Ant040689Ant040689
Join Date: Mar 16th, 2009
Aug 18th, 2012
By: Dan
From the Short Stack to Your Largest Poker Score Ever
Last weekend, PartyPoker's $200,000 Guaranteed brought out a field of nearly 1,100 players. Anthony Gaughan, who goes by Ant040689 on PocketFives and anupreturns on PartyPoker, found himself in dead last with four players remaining. In line for a $12,000 fourth place payday, Gaughan persevered and laddered all the way up to second place, which brought him $26,000 and his largest cash ever. The United Kingdom poker community member sat down with PocketFives to relive his moment in the sun.
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Join Date: Jul 22nd, 2012
Aug 17th, 2012
By: Dan
From Professional Tennis to Professional Poker
Poker players we've interviewed for feature articles on PocketFives come from all sorts of different backgrounds. Some were former underwear models (well, one was), some were former chess wizards, some played World of Warcraft, some traded stocks, and some left school. Whatever their former professions and passions, they all eventually migrated to poker.
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Join Date: Apr 7th, 2008
Aug 16th, 2012
By: Dan
How a Serious Knee Injury Paid Off
It took a serious knee injury for Canada poker community member Carter cswidler Swidler (pictured) to become hooked on poker. The incident occurred in 2004 and caused him to undergo two operations. However, the time spent rehabbing wasn't a total loss, as he found a brand new career path. Swidler told PocketFives, "I played lots online that year when I was recovering. I won a freeroll to the Aussie Millions and cashed for $33,000, so that got my bankroll started pretty nicely."
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WaGe N WaRzWaGe N WaRz
Join Date: Dec 19th, 2009
Aug 7th, 2012
By: Dan
WaGe N Warz Makes Back-to-Back PokerStars Sunday $100R Final Tables
In July, Australia's Michael Fadersen (pictured), better known in the online poker world as WaGe N Warz, booked back-to-back final tables in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. He finished fourth one week and fifth the next for a combined haul of over $30,000. His 2012 campaign has also included a $26,000 payday in a tournament on bwin in May and a third place finish in the PokerStars Bigger $162 in January for $23,000.
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mcc3991mcc3991
Join Date: Oct 11th, 2006
Aug 6th, 2012
By: Dan
Is a Shootout the Easiest Path to a WSOP Bracelet'
In a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event during the recent World Series of Poker (WSOP), Craig mcc3991 McCorkell (pictured) came away with the win and officially banked $368,000, although a three-way deal was struck. The all-star final table was packed with talent that included One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari. We've heard several players say that a Shootout provides the "easiest" path to a WSOP bracelet, so we went to the winner of the richest one on this year's WSOP schedule to find out.
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VinkyyVinkyy
Join Date: Oct 31st, 2011
Jul 23rd, 2012
By: Dan
Vinkyy Ships iPoker $200K, Second Triple Crown, EPT POY Title
The top dog in the Czech Republic poker community is Ondrej Vinklarek (pictured), affectionately known as Vinkyy here on PocketFives. He's been a card-carrying member of our site for almost a year now and, in that time, has ascended as high as #3 in the PocketFives Rankings; he currently sits three spots behind that mark. Vinkyy is nearing $2 million in cashes on PokerStars alone and recently shipped his second Triple Crown.
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Join Date: Jul 29th, 2007
Jul 21st, 2012
By: Dan
Suddenly, There Were Loud Cheers; There Was Even a Wagging Tail
Last month, Joey cotchery89 Weissman (pictured) brought home a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. The tournament brought out over 1,600 players and Weissman, who hails from Florida, defeated France poker player Jeremy Quehen heads-up. Six nations were represented at the final table and Weissman walked away with nearly $700,000. He appropriately told PocketFives in an exclusive interview that the whole experience "felt like a dream."
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ch0ppych0ppy
Join Date: Apr 24th, 2007
Jul 18th, 2012
By: Dan
Matt Kay (ch0ppy) Reaches #1 in PocketFives Rankings
There's a new #1 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings and he's pumped to be the top dog. Canadian Matt ch0ppy Kay (pictured) moved up one spot in the Rankings from #2 to #1 this week, swapping spots with Griffin Flush_Entity Benger, who had been #1 for an impressive four months. Three of the last four #1 players have been Canadian, so PocketFives sat down with Kay to get the dish on his new claim to fame.
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Join Date: Aug 21st, 2009
Jul 13th, 2012
By: Dan
WSOP Main Event Down to 400 Players, paulgees81 Second
The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has fewer than 400 players. The money bubble has officially burst in poker's most prestigious tournament with four players tying for 666th place and everyone's eyes are set on the $8.5 million top prize. The Main Event is scheduled to play down to the final nine on Monday and, with about 380 players remaining at the time of writing, longtime PocketFives member Paul paulgees81 Volpe (pictured) stands with the second largest stack at 1.95 million.
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shaniacshaniac
Join Date: May 14th, 2005
Jul 8th, 2012
By: Dan
Four Wins, 24 Hours: The Attack of Shaniac
Two weeks ago, a thread emerged in the Poker Community forum entitled, "Shaniac deserves more attention!" Although we truncated the number of exclamation points used in the title of the thread from four to one, the series of posts were about a memorable day for Shane shaniac Schleger (pictured), who won four online poker Turbo and Hyper-Turbo tournaments for $20,000 total in a 24-hour span.
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NeverScaredBNeverScaredB
Join Date: Jul 29th, 2008
Jul 6th, 2012
By: Dan
Never Scared of the PokerStars Sunday 500 Field
On a weekend in June, Ben NeverScaredB Wilinofsky (pictured) fought through a field of 705 players in the PokerStars Sunday 500 and banked $63,000. No chops were in store in the $500 buy-in tournament and Wilinofsky, a Canuck, defeated Lithanua's Laurynas LaurisL91 Levinskas heads-up. Wilinofsky won the European Poker Tour's Main Event in Berlin in April 2011 for $1.1 million and sat down with PocketFives to discuss his first Sunday Major victory.
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Join Date: Feb 20th, 2011
Jun 26th, 2012
By: Dan
Winning Poker Tournaments to the Top of the Wazza
In early June, Australian PocketFives member Matt mjw006 Wakeman (pictured) came out on top in the PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller, booking a $28,000 payday. Wakeman finished second in the PartyPoker $250,000 Guaranteed one year ago for $30,000 and, in late 2011, booked a victory in the PokerStars Turbo $25,000 Guaranteed for $25,000.
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buffyslayer1buffyslayer1
Join Date: Mar 14th, 2008
Jun 25th, 2012
By: Dan
Slaying Vampires and Chopping the Sunday Million
Earlier this month, Jamie buffyslayer1 Wilby (pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million, coming away with a $127,000 payday and officially taking third place. This U.K. player is currently #625 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest mark ever, and he's #76 in the U.K. By the way, if you're from his parts, be sure to check out PocketFives' all-new U.K. poker community.
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Join Date: Apr 26th, 2011
Jun 24th, 2012
By: Dan
His June Poker Results are Near Insanity
Romania's nearinsanity (pictured) lived up to his PocketFives user name earlier this month when he turned in a fourth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $36,000. In last week's update of the PocketFives Poker Player Rankings, he shot up to #312 worldwide, his highest mark ever, and could soon pierce the top 300. PocketFives caught up with nearinsanity to debrief his Sunday Warm-Up final table.
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diegokeepdiegokeep
Join Date: Dec 15th, 2008
Jun 21st, 2012
By: Dan
Two Months, Two Sunday Million Chops for Brazil's diegokeep
Brazil's Diego diegokeep Cardoso (pictured) made out like a bandit in the PokerStars Sunday Million, chopping the tournament in both April and May for a combined $333,000. To make one final table in the richest weekly online poker tournament is hard enough. To make two is even more improbable. And to make two in back-to-back months is worthy of a feature article here on PocketFives. We caught up with Cardoso to break down his assault on the online poker world.
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Join Date: May 23rd, 2011
Jun 17th, 2012
By: Dan
Chatting with BillyChat
Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown on the final day of May was Billy BillyChat Chattaway (pictured), who calls London home. The 33rd player in our PocketFives Poker Rankings scored his second Triple Crown after winning the PokerStars $55 Rebuy for $8,200, the William Hill $25,000 Guaranteed Double Stack for $5,100, and the PokerStars.fr Need for Speed Turbo XL for $3,000 in the span of a week. Chattaway lent PocketFives a few minutes of his time.
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Join Date: Feb 22nd, 2007
Jun 17th, 2012
By: Dan
luckychewy, Tepen69 Make Final 7 of WSOP $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
We're down to the final seven in Event #30 of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP), $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball No Limit. There's a top prize of $101,000 to be had and each player still standing is guaranteed one-tenth of that. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Cantu leads the pack with a stack of 336,100 and has already made a final table this year in a $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.
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Join Date: Jan 16th, 2007
Jun 16th, 2012
By: Dan
stevie444 Makes Final Three of WSOP $1,500 HORSE Event
There are three players remaining in Event #27 of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP), a $1,500 HORSE tournament. At the end of Friday night, the trio bantered as to whether the action would continue for another level or pause for the night, and the latter option prevailed. The tournament picks back up at 1:00pm PT on Saturday, when PocketFives member Stephen stevie444 Chidwick (pictured) will hold the shortest stack. A top prize of $267,000 is on the line.
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Join Date: Oct 16th, 2006
Jun 14th, 2012
By: Dan
Simon Charette (pokerbrat13) Wins WSOP $3,000 NLHE Six-Max
On Wednesday, Canada's Simon pokerbrat13 Charette (pictured) barreled through one of the toughest fields of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) to earn his first bracelet. It happened in a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event (#23) that drew nearly 1,000 players and Charette walked away with $567,000, becoming the seventh member of PocketFives to book a bracelet this year.
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Join Date: Mar 15th, 2006
Jun 12th, 2012
By: Dan
Jamie Armstrong (pokerjamers) Leads WSOP $1K NLHE Entering Final Day
On Tuesday, Event #21 of the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP), a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em contest, will come to a close. Pacing the field with a commanding stack of 1.4 million in chips is Jamie pokerjamers Armstrong (pictured), who sits at #282 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings and has been a member of the community since 2006. The tournament restarts at 1:00pm PT.
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IM_ICMIM_ICM
Join Date: Jul 20th, 2009
Jun 10th, 2012
By: Dan
A Merry Month of May for IM_ICM
When merry month of May came to a close, Austria's IM_ICM finished in the top 10 in the Monthly PLB. He final tabled Sunday Majors on back-to-back weekends to start the stanza, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance on May 6 and scoring a second place in the iPoker $200,000 Guaranteed one week later. The two cashes were worth over $50,000 combined. We caught up with him to talk about his 2,718-PLB point month.
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Join Date: Dec 20th, 2006
Jun 10th, 2012
By: Dan
Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey Make WSOP $10K PLHE Final Day
Hurricane Shaun Deeb (pictured) is back. The man who won four PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles – three in Stud and one in HORSE – made the final 17 of Event #17 of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP), $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em. And like many tournaments Deeb has run deep in during his career, he's up against some stiff competition, including eight-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.
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Join Date: Mar 8th, 2011
Jun 8th, 2012
By: Dan
APD Breaks Down PokerStars SCOOP Chop for $151,000
In a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event held during the recently completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, Andrew APD Dean (pictured) came away with a three-way chop for a hefty $151,000 payday. For Dean, it marked his largest tracked score on PocketFives by a wide margin. Last October, he won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $66,000; he also has a victory in the site's Sunday 500.
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Join Date: Nov 28th, 2010
Jun 6th, 2012
By: Dan
Sweden's papyyrus91 Breaks Down PartyPoker $200K Chop
Sweden's Erik papyyrus91 Hedenstierna (pictured) has been on a tear in recent weeks. In mid-May, he chopped the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $31,000. The four-way deal gave each person a minimum of $21,000 and the Swede ultimately came out on top. Over the weekend, Hedenstierna was up to his winning ways again, this time winning the iPoker $200,000 Sunday Blast for another $32,000. What's next' You'll have to stay tuned to find out.
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Join Date: Aug 19th, 2007
Jun 4th, 2012
By: Dan
subiime Makes Finals of WSOP $5,000 NLHE Mix-Max
It took Joseph subiime Cheong (pictured) all of three hours to dispose of Hugo HHHUGO Lemaire in the semifinals of Event #6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP), a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Mix-Max tournament. Cheong was set to face off against the winner of the other semifinal match, but that one took over nine hours to complete. Consequently, the finale of Event #6 will be held at Noon PT at the Rio on Monday.
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Join Date: Feb 7th, 2007
Jun 1st, 2012
By: Dan
JAKoon1985 Runner-Up in WSOP $3K Heads-Up NLHE/PLO
The quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of Event #3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) a $3,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha tournament, panned out at the Rio in Las Vegas on Thursday. Leif Force, who finished 11th in the Main Event in 2006 for $1.1 million, took home the gold bracelet in Event #3 this year and collected another $207,000. He's now up to nearly $1.6 million in career WSOP earnings after beating Jason JAKoon1985 Koon (pictured) heads-up.
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Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2007
May 30th, 2012
By: Dan
Big Huni Scoops Third PocketFives Triple Crown
It took PocketFives member Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured) all of three days to score his third online poker Triple Crown. On May 15th, he knocked out the first two legs by winning the $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on PokerStars as well as the $40,000 Guaranteed Super Tuesday on iPoker for a combined haul of $20,000. Then, three days later, victory was his in a $100 tournament on Ongame for $3,100. He's one of eight Triple Crown winners we've had in May and sat down with PocketFives to recap his big week.
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Join Date: Jan 20th, 2011
May 29th, 2012
By: Dan
Blackk Recaps 888 Poker Sunday Challenge Win
Earlier this month, Russia's Alexandr Blackk Trofimov (pictured) continued his assault on the upper echelons of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings by taking down the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. The $90 buy-in, one rebuy tournament runs once per week on Sundays, has a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, and shelled out a first place prize of $23,000. He stands at #31 worldwide after being as high as #24 earlier this year.
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Join Date: Jul 1st, 2007
May 24th, 2012
By: Dan
ryanghall Captures $2 Million Cash Badge
It's not easy being Ryan ryanghall Hall (pictured). The Canadian online poker player from Ontario had to be a bounty in today's PocketFives Open on WPT Poker. Players were gunning for him left and right and ultimately Ireland's gerryf23 bounced him from the $11 buy-in community event. He was invited to be a bounty in the first place in celebration of a brand new graphic in his PocketFives profile, the $2 million cash badge, which he officially scored on May 15.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
May 23rd, 2012
By: Dan
2012 WSOP Preview with Chris Moorman (moorman1)
It's hard to believe we're just a few days away from the start of the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The 2012 WSOP schedule kicks off on Sunday, May 27 with the traditional $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em event. On Monday, May 28, the first open tournament takes place, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event.
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May 20th, 2012
By: Dan
Shaun Deeb Wins Fifth SCOOP Title
Early Sunday morning, longtime PocketFives member Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured) captured his fifth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title, extending his own record for the most ever. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview following his victory, "Once I get deep, I just know I'm going to win. I have the craziest confidence that I'll make the right decisions and not get coolered or bad-beated."
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Join Date: Nov 1st, 2006
May 19th, 2012
By: Dan
JLizard Joins PocketFives Training Staff
Brand new to the PocketFives Training team is Walt JLizard Wright (pictured), a Costa Rican resident who has been a member of the PocketFives community for the last six years. Wright has laid claim to an amazing half-dozen Triple Crowns, good for the fifth most in the history of PocketFives, and amassed over $2.5 million in tracked cashes, including nearly $900,000 on PokerStars alone.
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May 17th, 2012
By: Assassinato
Poker Hand Analysis with Assassinato and andressoprano
What follows is a unique conversation between PocketFives Training instructor Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald (pictured) and Andres andressoprano Pereyra about a hand that came up at a No Limit Hold'em tournament table. You can learn from pros like Fitzgerald by visiting PocketFives Training. Top-level MTT training starts at just $30 per month.
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May 13th, 2012
By: Dan
Shaun Deeb Picks Up Second 2012 SCOOP Stud Title
The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, has been very kind to longtime PocketFives member Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (pictured). In the first twenty 2012 SCOOP events, Deeb has recorded not one, but two tournament titles, both in Stud. His latest win came by virtue of taking down the high-stakes version of SCOOP Event #19, $2,100 Triple Stud, for $45,000 on Saturday night, which marked his third career SCOOP victory. Deeb became just the second person ever to win three SCOOP titles.
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May 12th, 2012
By: Dan
D Ro Final Tables PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy
Last week, David D Ro Rowan (pictured) came away with a third place finish in the weekly PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. The tournament drew more than 1,200 players and well over $400,000 was given out, nearly double the event's guarantee. Rowan collected $41,000 as his reward and is nearing an amazing $2.5 million in tracked cashes in his PocketFives profile. How'd he do it' PocketFives virtually traveled to his home to find out.
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May 11th, 2012
By: Dan
Bonified (Andy Ward) Breaks Down PartyPoker Pokerfest Main Event Win
The most recent PartyPoker Pokerfest Main Event was monumental for Andy Bonified Ward (pictured). The United Kingdom resident became a "bona fide" champ and walked away with $216,000. The $640 buy-in tournament was one of the richest held on PartyPoker in recent memory. We caught up with him to discuss his big breakthrough.
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Join Date: Feb 28th, 2010
May 10th, 2012
By: John Douglas
TheSquid Inks the Competition in SCOOP Event #2
There have been several mammoth tournaments held so far during the 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP. And, believe it or not, there have been a few of them that didn't feature PokerStars pro Viktor Isildur1 Blom at the top of the leaderboard. Among those flying high so far is Sam TheSquid Grafton (pictured), who recently won a PocketFives Triple Crown and was part of a five-way chop of the high-stakes version of SCOOP Event #2.
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May 5th, 2012
By: Dan
Finland's tohveli Final Tables Ongame $100K
The April 22nd running of the Ongame $100K was monumental for Finland's Mikael Andersson (pictured), who goes by tohveli here on PocketFives. Not only did he record his largest tracked cash on PocketFives (although he won the same tournament for nearly $30,000 before PocketFives tracked Ongame), but it also meant the first time in a while we can remember interviewing a Finnish online poker player.
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May 3rd, 2012
By: John Douglas
Denmark's Troubaduren Final Tables PokerStars Sunday Million
On the third weekend of April, the nation of Denmark rejoiced as Daniel Sorensen (pictured), better known as Troubaduren on PocketFives, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million for $112,000. Denmark has been a hotbed for poker as of late, with Mickey mementmori Petersen winning EPT Copenhagen, Frederik BRINK Brink winning EPT Madrid, Jannick Wrang winning EPT Campione, Morten Lihn winning WPT Vienna, and Martin MartinBHansen Hansen winning a PartyPoker Pokerfest event.
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May 3rd, 2012
By: John Douglas
MartinBHansen = PartyPoker Pokerfest Champion
The fourth event of PartyPoker's Pokerfest saw over 500 players turn out for a $530 No Limit Hold'em tournament. The $250,000 guarantee was passed by $8,000 and when all was said and done, Denmark's Martin MartinBHansen Hansen (pictured) came away with the win and walked off with $54,000. He didn't stray too far, however, as PocketFives was able to catch up with him to celebrate the big win.
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May 2nd, 2012
By: Dan
lucky_scrote Chops PokerStars Sunday 500
On April 22nd, U.K. player Daniel lucky_scrote Carter (pictured) made his mark on the online poker world. How' Carter chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 heads-up and walked away with $65,000. As a result, he's achieved his highest position ever in the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings at #583 worldwide and is the top dog in all of Gloucestershire. PocketFives caught up with Carter for a victory lap of sorts.
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Join Date: Sep 27th, 2006
Apr 28th, 2012
By: Dan
PocketFives Training Instructor Assassinato Wins First Triple Crown
The one-year anniversary of Black Friday meant mixed emotions in the poker community. Many pros are still separated from their bankrolls, but for Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald (pictured), April 15th featured the opening tournament victory of his first Triple Crown. He'd ultimately win a $55 buy-in tournament on PartyPoker, the Merge $60,000 Sunday High Roller, and the Titan Poker $30 Rebuy within a week.
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Join Date: Dec 22nd, 2006
Apr 28th, 2012
By: John Douglas
It's Time to Shine
In late 2006, Ireland's Cathal shinerrr Shine (pictured) signed up for a PocketFives account. Since then, it's been all uphill, as Shine has recorded over $1.2 million in tracked cashes, risen to #370 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, and finished in the money on eight sites we follow. He's the #6 player in the Sortable Poker Rankings for Ireland and tops in his hometown of Tralee.
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Join Date: Oct 3rd, 2010
Apr 23rd, 2012
By: Dan
That's So Sick
One of the perks of watching televised poker is getting to hear the phrase "so sick" multiple times. Whether stemming from a bad beat, a tough decision, or a well-timed call, "so sick" is used relentlessly on poker TV shows. For PocketFives member sosick, who hails from Poland, "so sick" is a way of life. He goes by Pawel in the real world and won last week's PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $104,000.
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Join Date: Jun 15th, 2009
Apr 22nd, 2012
By: John Douglas
Hungary's noirduck Chops PartyPoker High Roller for $26,000
Last weekend, Hungarian online poker player noirduck (pictured) chopped the PartyPoker High Roller heads-up with fellow PocketFiver Cathal shinerrr Shine. His reward for an afternoon of hard work was $26,000 following the two-way deal in a final table that featured members of PocketFives in the top eight spots, including four of our site's top 100. So what does it take to chop the PartyPoker High Roller' PocketFives went straight to the source to find out.
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Join Date: Jan 1st, 2007
Apr 22nd, 2012
By: Dan
rfohrenbach Claims Second Triple Crown
In the first five days of April, Mexico's Ricky rfohrenbach Fohrenbach (pictured) claimed his second online poker Triple Crown. He's been a card-carrying member of PocketFives for the last five years and has generated nearly $2.5 million in tracked cashes. He's an American transplant whose largest tracked tournament cash came in June 2010 in the PokerStars Sunday Million for over $80,000.
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Join Date: Mar 2nd, 2009
Apr 21st, 2012
By: John Douglas
Luck of the Irish: EMSGAWA9 Cracks Top 100 in P5s Rankings
When the latest calculation of the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings took place on Wednesday, Ireland's Jono EMSGAWA9 Crute (pictured) popped up at #96. It marked his first appearance in the top 100 worldwide and came in part due to having the 90th best Sliding PLB tally in the shire. He just topped $1 million in tracked cashes and sat down with PocketFives to celebrate his big accomplishment.
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Join Date: Feb 23rd, 2006
Apr 20th, 2012
By: Dan
Russell Carson (rdcrsn) Wins Fourth Triple Crown
Only seven players have ever amassed more than four Triple Crowns here on PocketFives. Doing so is no easy feat, as a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings in the same seven-day period. PocketFives Training instructor Russell rdcrsn Carson (pictured) recently grabbed Triple Crown #4 and could soon join that elite list of players.
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Join Date: May 24th, 2010
Apr 14th, 2012
By: Dan
Yay for Yaya24
Last weekend, Sweden's Yaya24 came away with the win in the Microgaming €100,000 Guaranteed. The weekly tournament, which takes place on sites like 32Red, drew 485 players in its last go-around and 50 finished in the money. If you've never played in the event, it's a €110 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, and Yaya24's reward for coming away with the victory in it was €25,000. He bluntly admitted in an exclusive interview with PocketFives, "To win a big Sunday tournament is always a big deal."
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Join Date: Jan 10th, 2008
Apr 11th, 2012
By: John Douglas
lobbylud Breaks Down PokerStars $100 Rebuy Chop
On March 18th, a four-way deal ended matters in the PokerStars $100 Rebuy, which sported over 1,000 players on that fateful day and shelled out a prize pool of $340,000. Each player involved in the chop banked $31,000, while Kevin lobbylud Parkes (pictured) officially came away with the win and booked a $35,000 payday. He's just $21,000 shy of his $1 million cash badge here on PocketFives and spoke to us about his monumental score a few weeks after the fact.
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Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2011
Apr 10th, 2012
By: Dan
N1, RLOG
Ross RLOG Loggie (pictured) shot up to #99 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week, his highest position ever. The online poker player from the United Kingdom had been rewarded for some stellar play as of late, highlighted by a final table in the PokerStars Super Tuesday in late March. RLOG was certainly super in that $1,000 buy-in tournament, as he pocketed nearly $70,000 for his second place finish. He had taken fourth in the Super Tuesday three weeks prior, so needless to say, it's been a pretty profitable tournament for him.
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Join Date: Jan 16th, 2012
Apr 10th, 2012
By: Dan
Lithuania's pavasareja Banks $166K in PokerStars Sunday Million
Lithuania has been a steady riser in the PocketFives Country Rankings. The Baltic nation was up two spots last week, jumping from #21 to #19 worldwide helped in part by a tidal wave of recent scores. Among those Lithuanian poker players that have made waves is pavasareja, who goes by the name Aleksas and chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million in late March.
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Join Date: Feb 21st, 2007
Apr 8th, 2012
By: John Douglas
AKBigFish Wins PokerStars $100 Rebuy
In late March, Brian AKBigFish James (pictured) struck a deal in the weekly PokerStars $100 Rebuy. His reward was a $55,000 payday after chopping heads-up with PokerStars member jaybeastie, who earned $51,000. The tournament generated a field of over 1,000 players and a $334,000 prize pool was divvied up. The American transplant now living in sunny, sandy Costa Rica spoke with PocketFives about his largest tracked score to date.
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Join Date: Nov 4th, 2010
Apr 5th, 2012
By: Dan
Heads-Up with WSOP November Niner, 888 Pro Sam Holden
Starting on April 9th on the Poker Channel, 888 Poker sponsored pro Sam SamDMND Holden (pictured) will star in a documentary about poker and his life. A camera crew followed Holden across the world from the U.K. to the United States last year during the 2011 WSOP November Nine, where Holden finished in ninth place. PocketFives was fortunate enough to get an exclusive interview with Holden about this extremely unique poker experience.
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Join Date: Jul 5th, 2011
Apr 3rd, 2012
By: Dan
Brazilian Poker Players, Unite!
On March 25th, Sao Paulo's dowghsantos took second in the PokerStars Sunday 500, banking nearly 100,000 Brazilian Real, or $54,000. He just earned his $500,000 cash badge and is one of the most jubilant interviewees we've ever featured in a front page article. Well, if you were an up-and-coming poker player who has made two Sunday 500 final tables in a half-year, you'd be fired up too.
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Join Date: Feb 26th, 2007
Mar 30th, 2012
By: Dan
jdpc27 Wins bwin $100,000 Guaranteed, Nearing Top 20 in Rankings
Number 25 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings means you're only five spots away from cracking the top 20. But for J.D. jdpc27 Wheeler (pictured), a return to the top 20 is just the first step towards reclaiming what was once his: being #5 worldwide. Wheeler held the near-#1 mark in our Rankings in the final month of 2011. Last weekend, he took down the bwin $100,000 Guaranteed for $25,000 and edged out a pool of 549 players. The same day, he won the 888 Poker Deep Stack for another $25,000.
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Join Date: Apr 14th, 2008
Mar 26th, 2012
By: John Douglas
inhoo Scores Second Triple Crown, Four Tourney Wins in Four Days
In the month of March, inhoo (pictured) has been on fire. He's already up to over $100,000 in tracked online poker winnings, one Triple Crown, and four major tournament titles. Oh, and he took the first two-and-a-half weeks off to visit Thailand. It's just another day at the office for the Swedish online poker pro, who sits at #30 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Player Rankings and has been a card-carrying member of our community since 2008.
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Join Date: Jan 25th, 2008
Mar 26th, 2012
By: Dan
p0cket00 Final Tables Microgaming €100K on Back-to-Back Weekends
March 11th and 18th were blockbuster Sundays for Sebastian p0cket00 Sikorski (pictured), who resides in Canada and final tabled the Microgaming €100,000 Guaranteed each day. Let's not forget that Sikorski is a former #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings and that he has over $4.3 million in tracked online tournament cashes to his credit. Maybe the finishes were really just standard for Sikorski, or maybe his game is firing on all cylinders right now. To figure it out, we went straight to the horse's mouth for an exclusive interview.
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Join Date: Nov 13th, 2006
Mar 25th, 2012
By: John Douglas
fbg1919 Runner-Up in PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $76,000
The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up takes place every weekend and features a half-million dollar guaranteed prize pool. Last weekend, on March 18th, a parade of 3,280 players showed up, boosting the purse to $656,000, and when all was said and done, Tudor Purice, better known as fbg1919 here on PocketFives, took second place for $76,000. This Romanian poker player lapped $500,000 in tracked cashes in the process.
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Join Date: Apr 7th, 2010
Mar 25th, 2012
By: John Douglas
Denmark's MortenVM Finishes Second in PartyPoker High Roller
Two weeks ago, Morten MortenVM Mortensen (pictured), who hails from Denmark, finished second in the $530 buy-in PartyPoker High Roller for $23,000. The tournament, which is also run on sites like WPT Poker, carries a $100,000 guarantee, which was smashed on that fateful day when 304 players turned out. Mortensen fell heads-up to OjanViskaSyn, who reeled in nearly $40,000 for the win, and the top 40 finished in the money.
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Join Date: Feb 4th, 2009
Mar 24th, 2012
By: Dan
Poland's Slayer_pol Wins Second Triple Crown
On March 14th, Poland's Slayer_pol took down a $109 buy-in tournament on 888 Poker. While the cash itself was good for $2,400, it also meant his second online poker Triple Crown. In the previous week, he had taken down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings and earned yet another award. He's at #180 worldwide and sits at #2 in the Sortable Poker Rankings for his European home.
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Join Date: Sep 24th, 2009
Mar 22nd, 2012
By: John Douglas
shevmouse Rehashes Sunday Warm-Up Four-Way Chop
On March 11th, the Netherlands' shevmouse (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Once as high as #50 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, shevmouse can currently be found at #413, but he is quickly gaining steam once again. With a $72,000 bankroll boost in tow, shevmouse was bounced in third place from the PokerStars tournament, which he played in under the screen name Bandano.
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Join Date: Apr 24th, 2007
Mar 17th, 2012
By: John Douglas
Heads-Up with Matt Kay (ch0ppy)
In mid-2007, Matt ch0ppy Kay (pictured) signed up for PocketFives. Since then, the Canadian has been on a tear. He stands at #58 in our Online Poker Rankings and owns a Triple Crown, which he booked in late 2010. He just passed $3.5 million in tracked cashes and in 2008, the Waterloo product could be found as high as #7 worldwide. The Canuck has contributed 200 posts to the community and opened the month of March by winning the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $57,000 on the 11th.
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Join Date: Sep 12th, 2007
Mar 17th, 2012
By: Dan
Sadan Turker (the_snail03) Wins PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy
Last weekend, London native Sadan the_snail03 Turker (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy. He ultimately came away with the win in the 1,000-player tournament and posted a $60,000 payday. Turker nearly grabbed a bracelet at last year's World Series of Poker (WSOP) and, like the rest of the PocketFives community, is anxiously awaiting the start of this year's festivities. We tracked down the Brit to discuss his latest success story.
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Join Date: Sep 14th, 2008
Mar 11th, 2012
By: Dan
Ding Dong, Wedding Bells are Ringing
It has been quite some time since PocketFives sat down with David Doc Sands Sands (pictured). Following Black Friday, Sands, an American poker pro, was forced to rethink his career. We caught up with him a week removed from his second place finish in the World Poker Tour's L.A. Poker Classic for $806,000, a tournament that featured a final table stacked with decorated poker players, while he was parading down the West Coast of the United States scouting potential wedding sites.
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Join Date: Oct 31st, 2010
Mar 10th, 2012
By: Dan
Hakuna Matata: Lion King Wins 888 Sunday Challenge
It means no worries for the rest of your days. In the final days of February, PocketFives member Dimitri van Leent (pictured), who is better known as Lion King on our site, took down the 888 Sunday Challenge. There were over 800 runners in the online poker tournament, which allows one rebuy and dished out a prize pool of $116,000. Simba's namesake is on the cusp of cracking $600,000 in tracked scores here on PocketFives and hails from the Netherlands.
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Join Date: Oct 11th, 2009
Mar 6th, 2012
By: Dan
And the Newest PocketFives Training Instructor Is... ThaSquirrel
There's a brand new instructor at PocketFives Training, which provides some of the top MTT instruction to the online poker community. Malta's ThaSquirrel (pictured) has joined the fray and recently released a video series that focuses on key hands during the Big $22. The second part of the series was published on Tuesday and covers concepts like bet-sizing, stack sizes, equity, ranges, and hand reading.
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Join Date: Sep 26th, 2010
Mar 4th, 2012
By: Dan
tonkaaaa Breaks Down PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Runner-Up Finish
In the middle of February, PokerStars took the liberty of running two Sunday Warm-Ups in a single day. With nearly $1.6 million given away between the two tournaments, plenty of PocketFives members threw their hats into the ring, including Parker Talbot (pictured), who affectionately goes by the name tonkaaaa on our site. We sat down with Talbot to talk about his memorable Sunday.
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Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2011
Mar 3rd, 2012
By: Dan
shfourshank Records Back-to-Back Triple Crowns
The month of February was mighty kind to Espen shfourshank Sorlie (pictured), who brought home a pair of Triple Crowns to his home nation of Norway. His first came after winning the PokerStars.fr Minuit Express for $3,100, a $50 buy-in tournament on Ongame for $3,200, and the PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Speed for $4,900. The three wins combined for 388 PLB Points and while most players would take a break, Sorlie did exactly the opposite.
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Join Date: Mar 19th, 2009
Feb 27th, 2012
By: Dan
mementmori Wins EPT Copenhagen Main Event
He has eight online poker Triple Crowns to his credit, the third most among members of PocketFives. He was once ranked as high as #2 worldwide and has an outstanding $4.6 million in tracked cashes in online poker MTTs. So what do you give a guy who has everything' How about a victory in the Main Event of the PokerStars European Poker Tour’s stop in Copenhagen' That’s exactly what happened to Mickey mementmori Petersen (pictured) over the weekend.
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Join Date: Apr 15th, 2010
Feb 26th, 2012
By: Dan
1banditpanda Cracks Top Five of PocketFives Rankings
When the most recent update of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings was released on Wednesday, Romania’s 1banditpanda stood pat at #5 worldwide. He’s been on a tear as of late and, accordingly, has the fourth best PLB tally worldwide to go along with the 11th best Pro Poll score. 1banditpanda has not one, not two, but three Triple Crowns to boot, an award that requires a player to emerge victorious in three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Rankings within a week.
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Join Date: Jan 21st, 2012
Feb 21st, 2012
By: John Douglas
PetjeXL Relives PokerStars TCOOP $109 Cubed Chop
Several members of the PocketFives community made waves during the recently completed PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP. Representing the Netherlands in the inaugural TCOOP series was Robin PetjeXL van Gils, who was part of a three-way chop of Event #17, a $109 Cubed tournament that featured over 3,300 players.
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Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2006
Feb 20th, 2012
By: Dan
KJulius10 Breaks Down PokerStars Sunday Million Victory
On February 12th, U.S. nomad Kyle KJulius10 Julius (pictured) came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million. There were actually two Sunday Million tournaments that took place that fateful day, and Julius was rewarded with a bankroll boost of nearly $180,000 for finishing first in the second go-around. The supplemental Sunday Million of the day brought out 5,671 entrants and offered up a prize pool of $1.1 million. Right before Black Friday, Julius could be found as high as #14 in the PocketFives Rankings, and currently stands at #139.
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Join Date: Sep 29th, 2007
Feb 19th, 2012
By: Dan
Illini213 Takes Down PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
Two weeks ago, Steve Illini213 Barshak, who now calls Costa Rica home, came away with a victory in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. On a day that saw two of each PokerStars Sunday Major played, Barshak beat a field of over 4,100 players to bank $131,000. The Warm-Up wasn’t chopped and finished with a heads-up battle between the American transplant and Poland’s Woher90. PocketFives caught up with Barshak to break down his latest accolade.
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Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2010
Feb 17th, 2012
By: John Douglas
gnat777 Wins Second Triple Crown
On the first day of February, Aleksandr gnat777 Gnatenko started the month off on the right foot by getting the final win needed for his second online poker Triple Crown. The award came in a big way, as Gnatenko took down the PokerStars Big $162 for $18,000 and over 300 PLB points. Prior to that, he had won the $10,000 Guaranteed on PartyPoker for $3,700 and the $17,500 Guaranteed Turbo on the Merge Gaming Network for $4,400.
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Join Date: Mar 21st, 2010
Feb 2nd, 2012
By: John Douglas
LiroLa Final Tables Sunday Majors on Back-to-Back Weekends
On January 15th and 22nd, Rafael Monteiro (pictured), better known as LiroLa on PocketFives, recorded final tables in Sunday Majors on back-to-back weekends. One of them was even for a win to boot. On January 15th, Monteiro and 3,600 other poker players entered the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and vied for a $734,000 prize pool. When the smoke cleared, Monteiro took third place, the highest finishing spot for a PocketFiver, and walked away with $60,000.
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Join Date: Mar 14th, 2006
Jan 30th, 2012
By: John Douglas
T.J. Ulmer (1bigacehole) Wins PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy
Black Friday changed the lives of poker players from around the United States. Among them was T.J. 1bigacehole Ulmer (pictured), who relocated to Montreal, Canada in order to continue playing online poker. The decision paid off, as in recent weeks, Ulmer walked away with a $67,000 bankroll boost for winning the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. Down the stretch, he contended with several brand name PocketFives members, including Mike timex McDonald and Kenny Hixx Hicks, both of whom made the top 10.
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Join Date: Mar 19th, 2007
Jan 30th, 2012
By: Dan
weavel, Gettin Daize Finish 1-2 in PokerStars TCOOP Main Event
On Sunday, the eyes of the online poker community were fixated on the Main Event of the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, or TCOOP. The 49th event of the first ever TCOOP, and the series’ finale, brought out a field of nearly 3,400 players in a $700 No Limit Hold’em tournament. When the smoke cleared, two PocketFives members cashed in for nearly $700,000 total, David weavel Emmons (pictured) and Chris Gettin Daize Oliver.
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AriAri
Join Date: Sep 7th, 2005
Jan 29th, 2012
By: Dan
Ari Engel Takes Second in Ongame $100K
Seven years ago, and eight months after our community launched, Ari Engel (pictured) joined PocketFives. His results since then have been consistently impressive, as he’s registered about $2.5 million in tracked tournament cashes and ascended all the way to the top spot in the prestigious PocketFives Rankings. Engel was forced out of Las Vegas following Black Friday and now resides in Toronto, Canada, where he continues to enjoy a high level of success.
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BrinkBrink
Join Date: Sep 4th, 2009
Jan 27th, 2012
By: Dan
Poker on the BRINK
It took all of two days for Frederik Brink (pictured), who goes by the user name BRINK here on PocketFives, to score an online poker Triple Crown. If you’re not familiar with the award, a Triple Crown requires a person to bink three online poker tournaments with at least a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. And, as we said, Brink needed all of 48 hours to accomplish the task. PocketFives caught up with the Danish poker pro and former Aussie Millions Main Event second place ...
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TheDreamerTheDreamer
Join Date: Jan 28th, 2007
Jan 24th, 2012
By: Dan Katz
MIT Offering College Course on Poker Bots
Remember when you were in grade school and a couple times a year, the teacher let you play games for an entire class period' Wouldn’t it be grand if that happened at an institute of higher learning' This month, CardRunners instructor Will TheDreamer Ma is teaching a course on poker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is a second-year PhD student.
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busto23busto23
Join Date: Nov 15th, 2010
Jan 22nd, 2012
By: Dan
You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party
On the second Sunday of 2012, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed brought out a field of 1,391 players. As a result, the prize pool of the $215 gala was 50% larger than its guarantee at nearly $300,000 and the top 99 players walked away with some dough. For Romania’s Valentin busto23 Vornicu (pictured), the tournament marked his very first Sunday Major win and a $59,000 bankroll boost for good measure. He’s up to over $125,000 in tracked scores, owns a WSOP Circuit gold ring, and spoke with PocketFives about what the win means to ...
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Join Date: Mar 18th, 2007
Jan 19th, 2012
By: Dan
Kevin Howe (scarface2911) Final Tables PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
Eleven days ago, the United Kingdom’s Kevin scarface2911 Howe (pictured) came away with a fourth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Howe’s reward was $41,000 and he watched as the remaining three players forged a deal guaranteeing each of them at least $81,000. While he called the three-way chop immediately following his exit “frustrating,” Howe still vaulted to #52 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, his highest mark to date, on the strength of having the 43rd best PLB tally.
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Join Date: Jun 3rd, 2009
Jan 17th, 2012
By: Dan Katz
Brendon Rubie (BrendonR) Wins 2012 Aussie Millions Opening Event
The 2012 Aussie Millions is underway at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia and, right off the bat, a PocketFives member is making waves. Brendon Rubie (pictured), known as BrendonR here on the site, won a $1,000 + $100 AUD No Limit Hold’em event, the opening tournament of the annual festival. Rubie outlasted 945 entrants to win an Aussie Millions gold ring and a cash prize of $200,000 AUD (approximately $207,000 USD).
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weavelweavel
Join Date: Mar 19th, 2007
Jan 16th, 2012
By: Dan
weavel Recaps Runner-Up Finish in PartyPoker $100K High Roller
On the second Sunday of 2012, Mexico’s David weavel Emmons (pictured) took second place in the PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller following a two-way chop. His reward was nearly $30,000 in real money and his second largest tracked score to date. He shot up to #25 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings last week and has seemingly flown under-the-radar up until this point. When we talked to Emmons, he was fresh off spending a day at the beach in Cabo San Lucas and needless to say, we were quite jealous.
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szusza84szusza84
Join Date: Dec 12th, 2007
Jan 14th, 2012
By: Dan
szusza84 Chops PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy
Last weekend, Hungary’s Janos szusza84 Toth (pictured) chopped the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy. A field of 999 players turned out for the tournament and after rebuys and add-ons were accounted for, a prize pool of $331,000 was up for grabs. The two-way deal saw selinantis officially come away with the win and land $57,000, while Toth collected a healthy $48,000 payday and finished in second place. He’s on the verge of cracking $3 million in tracked online poker earnings and is at #92 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker ...
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KJulius10KJulius10
Join Date: Aug 2nd, 2006
Jan 14th, 2012
By: John Douglas
KJulius10, The-Toilet Finish 2-3 in PCA Main Event
Kyle KJulius10 Julius (pictured, image courtesy PokerStars) and Faraz The-Toilet Jaka both joined PocketFives in the second half of 2006. Both have over $2 million in tracked online poker earnings and both own a Triple Crown. Oh yeah, and both have previously cracked the top 30 of the prestigious PocketFives Rankings. Coincidence' Maybe. On Friday night, Julius and Jaka finished 2-3 in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
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AhurazorAhurazor
Join Date: Jan 23rd, 2008
Jan 13th, 2012
By: Dan
And the First Triple Crown of 2012 Goes To…
The very first online poker Triple Crown of 2012 went to the nation of Australia, as Trent Ahurazor Jones (pictured) took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Poker Player Rankings in a week. In actuality, Jones needed all of two days to accomplish the feat, as he won the PartyPoker $10 Rebuy and a $100 tournament on bwin on the same day for a combined $7,800. The next day, his Triple Crown quest was complete with a chop in the PokerStars Big $55 for a healthy $16,000 and first place.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Jan 12th, 2012
By: Dan
Sweden's Srslyfu Wins Ongame $100,000 Guaranteed
On the very first day of 2012, poker players took to the felts for the first Sunday Majors of the year. On sites like bwin, the Ongame Network $100,000 Guaranteed was in high gear, as a field of 487 players turned up to create a prize pool that topped $110,000. In the end, Sweden’s Srslyfu came away with the win in the $108 buy-in tournament and banked $21,000. He has rocketed all the way up to #631 worldwide in the Sliding PLB and is #6 in his home country.
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DokeDoke
Join Date: May 4th, 2010
Jan 7th, 2012
By: P5s Staff
Doke Wins Second Triple Crown
In the final days of December, Dara O’Kearney (pictured), who goes by Doke here on PocketFives, walked away with his second online poker Triple Crown. If you aren’t familiar with the award, a PocketFives Triple Crown requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within the same seven-day period. We had a half-dozen Triple Crown winners in December and so caught up with O’Kearney to congratulate the Irishman on his second title.
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Join Date: May 14th, 2005
Jan 7th, 2012
By: Dan
How to Chop the PokerStars Sunday Million Seven Ways
On the first day of January, Shane shaniac Schleger (pictured) got the 2012 calendar year started off on the right foot by taking part in a seven-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. That’s right, the weekly tournament, which attracted about 7,300 players on January 1st, was chopped seven ways. Schleger took home $84,000 and finished in seventh place when all was said and done, a feat stirring enough for us to chase down the longtime PocketFiver for an interview.
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Jan 2nd, 2012
By: Dan
Ben Lamb Edges Out Chris Moorman for 2011 CardPlayer POY
Tulsa, Oklahoma native Ben Benba Lamb (pictured), a member of the 2011 WSOP November Nine, edged out decorated PocketFiver Chris moorman1 Moorman for CardPlayer’s 2011 Player of the Year title. CardPlayer posted the results on Monday showing that Lamb ended up with 6,036 points, about 150 ahead of Moorman’s 5,875. Lamb recorded $5.3 million in tracked earnings in 2011, $4 million of which came after a third place finish in the WSOP Main Event.
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Flush_EntityFlush_Entity
Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
Dec 28th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Heads-Up with Griffin Benger (Flush_Entity)
On December 20th, Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured), the top player in the Poker Rankings, took down the PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed for $3,300. Three days later, he emerged victorious in two contests on the Ongame Network site Betfair for over $12,000 total. On December 24th, his very first Triple Crown was complete after Benger won the PokerStars $12,000 Guaranteed for $5,200. For good measure, he took down the PokerStars $22,000 Guaranteed on Christmas Day for $7,700. That’s a lot of wins in less than a week.
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NigDawGNigDawG
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2009
Dec 27th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
NigDawG Wins PocketFives Triple Crown
So far, the month of December has brought five new Triple Crown winners. The award requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings within a seven-day period. Post-Black Friday, the award has been a rarity, so we sat down with one of its newest recipients, Christopher NigDawG Brammer (pictured). The top-ranked PocketFiver from the U.K. scored his very first Triple Crown and booked 433 PLB Points in the process.
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gray31gray31
Join Date: Jul 11th, 2008
Dec 27th, 2011
By: Dan
gray31 = Online Poker High Roller
The 10th anniversary of PokerStars brought with it a variety of high-stakes tournaments with life-changing prize pools. One event held during the festivities was a $10,300 buy-in 10th Anniversary High Roller tournament that drew a star-studded field of 187 players. The final nine featured some of the top names in online poker, including Grayson gray31 Ramage (pictured), who finished in second place for $289,000 and was one of five players to walk away with six-figure paydays.
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RenRad 01RenRad 01
Join Date: May 18th, 2006
Dec 27th, 2011
By: Dan
RenRad 01 Wins PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $154,000
In mid-December, one of the fastest risers in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, Mark RenRad 01 Darner (pictured), came away with the win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward for winning the tournament un-chopped was a big one, $154,000. The field was nearly 5,000 players strong and almost $1 million was paid out to the top 720 finishers. Darner, who was once ranked as high as #3 worldwide, can currently be found at #17. We sat down with him to walk through his largest tracked cash to date and his first six-figure haul.
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breethbreeth
Join Date: Jul 18th, 2007
Dec 26th, 2011
By: Dan
Living and breething the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy
We hope every member of the online poker community had a very Merry Christmas. Now that your bellies are full of food and you’ve gotten your fair share of stories from the in-laws, it’s time to redirect your attention back to the wonderful world of poker. One player who had a happy holiday season this year was Hungary’s breeth (pictured) who came away with a win in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy in mid-December for $85,000. We caught up with him to discuss his recent achievement and spread a little holiday cheer.
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lubos1980czlubos1980cz
Join Date: Aug 23rd, 2011
Dec 19th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Czech Republic's lubos1980cz Recaps PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Chop
We’ve written about two big finishes in Sunday Majors by players from the Czech Republic today. First, we talked about Jakub Sedrick Dobiáš, who final tabled the PokerStars 10th Anniversary Sunday Storm and walked away with $32,000. The same day, December 11th, fellow Czech player Lubos lubos1980cz Dvorak (pictured) stamped out a chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, walking away with $73,000 and officially taking second place. Needless to say, everything’s coming up Czech.
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SedrickSedrick
Join Date: Nov 3rd, 2011
Dec 19th, 2011
By: Dan
Sedrick Final Tables PokerStars 10th Anniversary Sunday Storm
The December 11th running of the $11 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Storm was part of the site’s 10th anniversary celebration. The guaranteed prize pool of the Sunday Storm was upped to $1 million and at least $150,000 was allocated to the winner. After registration had closed, the tournament mustered an impressive field of 116,000 players and a $1.1 million prize pool. The Czech Republic’s Jakub Dobiáš (pictured), who goes by Sedrick here on PocketFives, survived to see a fifth place finish, which came with a bankroll boost of ...
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I Drastiq II Drastiq I
Join Date: Nov 4th, 2010
Dec 18th, 2011
By: Dan
I Drastiq I Final Tables PokerStars $100 Sunday Rebuy
There are nine members of PocketFives who call Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada home. The lakefront community rejoiced last weekend as one of its own, Jamil I Drastiq I Wakil, final tabled the PokerStars $100 Sunday Rebuy for $34,000. Although it was a healthy payday, Wakil has actually done better, as in May, he won the $750,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt for $123,000. PocketFives caught up with the Canuck to get the inside scoop on his latest claim to fame.
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Join Date: Apr 6th, 2011
Dec 18th, 2011
By: Dan
Gabriel Otranto Chops Sunday Million, Sunday 500 on Same Day
To open the month of December, Brazil’s Gabriel Otranto (pictured) kicked it into high gear by chopping the PokerStars Sunday Million and Sunday 500 on the very same day. After the final cards were dealt, he took second in the former for $149,000 and was the runner-up in the latter for $56,000. All told, he raked in over $200,000 following his two deals and etched his name in the annals of poker history. We caught up with Otranto, who has a tiny three-month-old child to contend with as well, to break down his monstrous Sunday.
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Join Date: Sep 29th, 2007
Dec 17th, 2011
By: Dan
Illini213 Runner-Up in Ongame ChampionChip
Last weekend, a field of nearly 1,300 players assembled for the Ongame Network’s ChampionChip, which doled out cash to the top 220 finishers. Taking second place in the tournament was a familiar face to the PocketFives community, Steve Illini213 Barshak, who banked $26,000. Now hailing from Costa Rica, Barshak has won the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff and Big $109 in the last three months for a combined haul of $44,000. He can be found at #19 worldwide in the prestigious PocketFives Online Poker Rankings.
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telkstelks
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2008
Dec 9th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
telks New #1 in PocketFives Online Poker Rankings
There’s a new sheriff in town. Mike telks Telker (pictured) ascended to #1 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week. He rose three spots in Wednesday’s Rankings release and owns the fourth best Pro Poll tally and PLB score in the land. It’s a big achievement for the Triple Crown winner and world traveler whose volume has remained relatively limited. We managed to hunt him down to congratulate him on his latest achievement. Remember, to this point, Telker had been ranked no higher than #3 worldwide.
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Join Date: Aug 31st, 2006
Dec 7th, 2011
By: Dan
The Big Dog Continues to Growl
There’s something to be said for longevity in poker. Our industry is arguably one of the toughest on the body and mind, making any player who can continue to find success day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year somewhat of an enigma. Take Canada’s Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek (pictured), who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006 and just passed $4.4 million in tracked cashes.
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Join Date: Oct 22nd, 2008
Nov 27th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Masakik86 Wins PocketFives Triple Crown
Members of went five months this year without recording a Triple Crown. The award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Online Poker Rankings in the same seven-day period. With the shutdown of Full Tilt, the industry lost a major tournament site and so the number of Triple Crowns went the way of the dodo. On November 7th, Canada’s Masakik86 (pictured) finally broke through, winning one and snapping a five-month drought.
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4betUr3bet4betUr3bet
Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2010
Nov 26th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
4betUr3bet Breaks Down Sunday Warm-Up Chop
A couple of weeks ago, Austria’s 4betUr3bet came away with a three-way chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He officially took third place for $77,000 after striking a deal with TTycho and Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek, the latter of whom took down the Sunday Major that day for $83,000. It was the Austrian’s largest tracked cash to date and the largest score of his career. Accordingly, we caught up with him to discuss his country’s latest claim to fame.
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Join Date: Jan 20th, 2009
Nov 23rd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
DSRasmussen Recaps Runner-Up Finish in PartyPoker Pokerfest Tourney
In the final days of October, Denmark’s DSRasmussen came away with a second place finish in a $215 PartyPoker Pokerfest tournament. The event drew over 1,600 players and the Dane’s runner-up showing was worth $37,000. 2011 marked the very first installment of Pokerfest, which came your way on one of the industry’s longstanding sites. caught up with DSRasmussen to talk about his largest tracked cash to date.
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ryanghallryanghall
Join Date: Jul 1st, 2007
Nov 13th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
O Canada! ryanghall Wins PokerStars $100 Sunday Rebuy
In the October 30th running of the PokerStars $100 Sunday Rebuy, Canada’s Ryan ryanghall Hall (pictured) came away with a win and boosted his home country’s GDP by $55,000. The un-chopped tournament drew exactly 900 players, who created nearly a $300,000 prize pool. Amazingly, this cash isn’t the largest for the 259th player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, as his largest intake came in August 2008 in a $300 Rebuy FTOPS event.
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dmonddmond
Join Date: Mar 16th, 2011
Nov 13th, 2011
By: Dan
Norway's dmond Finishes Second in PokerStars Sunday 500
The final Sunday of October meant a cash windfall for Norwegian poker player dmond (pictured), who took second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $54,000. It wasn’t his largest cash tracked by PocketFives, but it still earned him well over 400 PLB Points and helped vault him to #159 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. We caught up with this rising star, who you can find perusing the felts under the screen name d-mon-d on PokerStars.
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MastaP89MastaP89
Join Date: Apr 13th, 2008
Nov 9th, 2011
By: Dan
Pius Heinz Wins 2011 WSOP Main Event
Around 3:15am ET on Wednesday morning, Pius Heinz (pictured) became the first World Series of Poker Main Event champion from Germany. After a timely double up, Heinz put an end to the longest heads-up match in the last 10 years at the WSOP. Providing an early congratulations to Heinz was ESPN’s Andrew Feldman, who Tweeted, “Congrats to Pius Heinz, 2011 WSOP Main Event champ & now $8.7 million richer. He eliminated Staszko after an epic heads-up battle.”
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DJ PattiecakeDJ Pattiecake
Join Date: Jun 5th, 2006
Oct 31st, 2011
By: Dan
DJ Pattiecake Final Tables PokerStars Sunday 500 Twice in October
During the month of October, Chris DJ Pattiecake Lovett (pictured) final tabled the $500 buy-in PokerStars Sunday 500 twice. Yes, not once, but twice did Lovett make his way to the final table of the challenging Sunday Major under the screen name run dat game and came away with about $50,000 in cash to show for it. Lovett can be found at #567 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and finished second in the PokerStars Big $109 for $13,000 in October as well. We sat down with him to recap his monumental stanza.
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Join Date: Aug 31st, 2006
Oct 28th, 2011
By: Dan
bigdogpckt5s Posts Back-to-Back PokerStars Sunday Major Chops
Longtime PocketFives member Casey bigdogpckt5s Jarzabek (pictured) has been on a tear over the last two Sundays. On October 16th, Jarzabek was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500 that saw him rake in $43,000 and officially take second place. One week later, he was up to his old tricks again. This time, Jarzabek was part of a three-way deal in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and officially recorded the win for $83,000. We caught up with the Canuck to get the inside scoop on his recent dominance.
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Join Date: Apr 22nd, 2008
Oct 24th, 2011
By: Dan
Andrew Chen (achen) Breaks Down PokerStars Sunday Million Chop
On October 16th, Andrew achen Chen (pictured) was part of a five-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Million. He came away with $112,000 and, perhaps more importantly, his first six-figure online score. Lest we forget that Chen has experienced a considerable amount of success in the live poker world, including a win in the NAPT Bounty Shootout in the Bahamas in January for $263,000. He has nearly $1.8 million in live earnings and sat down with PocketFives to discuss his latest claim to fame.
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inheritance1inheritance1
Join Date: Mar 9th, 2009
Oct 23rd, 2011
By: Dan
inheritance1 Recaps PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Chop
On Saturday, we featured an article on PocketFives about Kyle knet Knecht chopping last weekend’s PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. Today, we’re going to bring you the other side of the coin. PocketFives sat down with inheritance1, who hails from Edmonton and raked in $107,000 in last week’s Sunday Major after chopping heads-up with Knecht. After all, you only record your first six-figure score once.
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Join Date: Mar 12th, 2008
Oct 22nd, 2011
By: Dan
Pipedream17 Shoots Up to #2 Worldwide in PocketFives Rankings
Mike Pipedream17 Dietrich (pictured) has been one of the fastest risers in the PocketFives Rankings. Currently, the Canadian can be found at #3 worldwide, up one spot on the week, and is knocking on the door of top ranked Chris moorman1 Moorman. Dietrich’s impressive poker resume includes more than $3.6 million in tracked online poker earnings, including nearly $2.4 million on PokerStars alone.
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Join Date: Mar 12th, 2008
Oct 19th, 2011
By: Dan
moorman1, Pipedream17 Leapfrog p0cket00 in PocketFives Rankings
For the past several months, it’s been a two-dog fight for the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings between Chris moorman1 Moorman and Sebastian p0cket00 Sikorski. Each week, the pair has flip-flopped at the top. When the leaderboard was recalculated today, Moorman stood tall above the pack, once again supplanting Sikorski. However, there’s a newcomer in the midst, as Mike Pipedream17 Dietrich (pictured) could play spoiler.
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tom44411tom44411
Join Date: Aug 7th, 2007
Oct 15th, 2011
By: Dan
tom44411 Enters The Well
It’s been a while since anyone on has taken the plunge into “The Well.” The what, you ask' If you’re not familiar with the well, I’ll leave it to Steve gboro780 Gross to explain it: “A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become part of. He is shown a well and his guide says, ‘On any day except Tuesday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told the answer.’ The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down, ‘Why not on Tuesday'’ A ...
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sluglifesluglife
Join Date: Jul 4th, 2010
Oct 14th, 2011
By: Dan
sluglife Wins Betfair GSOP $200 NLHE Cubed Event
One week ago, Ireland’s Marc sluglife Macdonnell (pictured) came away with the win in the Betfair Grand Series of Poker’s $200 No Limit Hold’em Cubed tournament (Event #15). Macdonnell, who can be found at #442 worldwide, boosted his bankroll by $44,000 in the process. He’s captured another $200,000 in tracked earnings on PocketFives and sat down with us to discuss his latest claim to fame. By the way, you can find Macdonnell on Betfair under the screen name Chickenimo.
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p3rc4p3rc4
Join Date: Aug 24th, 2009
Oct 3rd, 2011
By: dhubermex
Tournament Review for October 3, 2011
PocketFives member p3rc4 from Oslo, Norway was the biggest winner in major online poker tournaments over the weekend, taking down the PokerStars Sunday Million outright for over $200,000 upon outlasting nearly 6,600 opponents.
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Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
Oct 2nd, 2011
By: Dan
How to Chop the WCOOP Main Event with goleafsgoeh
The Main Event of the 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) ended in a five-way chop that saw Canadian Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) finish in third place for an amazing $560,000. Hailing from Toronto, Leah recorded the largest cash of his poker career and his third online tournament finish of over $100,000. caught up with Leah to break down the score of a lifetime.
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higher wattagehigher wattage
Join Date: Jan 24th, 2009
Oct 2nd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Playing at a higher wattage than the Rest
There are nearly 1,000 registered members in Australia. The country, which is among the most popular for visitors to the online poker community, currently boasts Andrew higher wattage Watson (pictured) at #5 in its Sortable Rankings. Watson is tops in his hometown of Wollongong, owns a pair of Triple Crowns, and can be found at #59 in the Online Poker Rankings. Needless to say, his profile badges are quickly adding up.
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telkstelks
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2008
Sep 19th, 2011
By: dhubermex
Tournament Review for September 19, 2011
Mike telks Telker (pictured) was the largest winner in major online poker tournaments over the extended weekend, taking down the PokerStars $1,000+50 NLHE Event #42 outright for $353,100 after refusing a heads-up chop. Fellow member johnea6 placed 5th in that event for just under $100,000.
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Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
Sep 14th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
goleafsgoeh Wins WCOOP $320 Badugi Event
The lone Badugi event on the 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) schedule panned out on Tuesday. The tournament, the 27th to kick off, drew a field of 292 players and resulted in a prize pool of $87,000. When the smoke cleared, longtime poker pro Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) emerged victorious from the pack and took home a top prize of $17,000.
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Join Date: Dec 17th, 2009
Sep 13th, 2011
By: Dan
BIG_NEMO Wins WCOOP $320 Stud Event
members continued to roll in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) events on Monday, as Canada’s BIG_NEMO pulled away from the pack of a $320 Stud tournament (Event #24). One of the smaller WCOOP events held so far, the contest drew 337 players, doubling its $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. BIG_NEMO hauled in $19,000 for the win and claimed second place in the site’s TLB.
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Join Date: Feb 6th, 2008
Sep 12th, 2011
By: dhubermex
Tournament Review for September 12, 2011
The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) continued over the weekend with the marquee $500+30 and $200+15 NLHE events. PocketFiver Mutha Flushaa was victorious in the $100+9 Sunday Rebuy tournament for $80,300 followed by heißtercamp in 2nd for $58,300 and rolandbauer in 3rd for $44,200. Russia's borvik cashed for $116,400 for 4th place in the WCOOP Event #21 ($200+15 NLHE) following a five-way final table deal as overthetop43 placed 7th for $36,500.
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Join Date: May 29th, 2006
Sep 11th, 2011
By: Dan
Mike McDonald (timex) Wins Epic Poker League Main Event
The second Epic Poker League Main Event panned out in recent days and, when the smoke cleared, Mike timex McDonald (pictured) came away with the win and pocketed a healthy $782,000 first place prize. The field of the $20,000 buy-in tournament numbered 97 and McDonald, one day prior to his 22nd birthday, became just the second Epic Poker League Main Event champion ever, joining the embattled Chino Rheem.
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Sep 10th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Norway's Donald Wins PokerStars WCOOP $215 PLO Six-Max Event
Norwegians, rejoice! PocketFives member Anders Donald Berg (pictured), who hails from your beloved nation, came away with the win on Friday in a $215 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max event (#16) held as part of the ongoing PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP. A bounty of $61,000 went to Berg, a member of Team PokerStars Online who trumped a field of nearly 2,000 players and recorded his largest tracked online poker tournament cash to date.
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Join Date: Sep 4th, 2009
Sep 9th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Brink Wins PokerStars WCOOP $215 Razz Event
The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, is in full swing. Members of the PocketFives community have made themselves known throughout the ongoing series, which continues for another two weeks on the world’s largest online poker site. In the interim, PokerStars will host our 17th PocketFives Open. On Thursday, Denmark’s Brink came away with a WCOOP jersey in a $215 Razz event (#15).
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Join Date: Feb 6th, 2006
Sep 9th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Poker Refugee Profile: Matt Stout (All In At 420)
Black Friday caused many online poker players from the United States to rethink their chosen profession. While some in the industry have taken up residence in brick-and-mortar casinos, this isn’t an option for everyone. Consequently, many online grinders have picked up and moved to other countries. To assist these players in the grueling process of relocating, PocketFives recently launched Poker Refugees, whose client list includes poker veteran Matt All In At 420 Stout (pictured).
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Join Date: May 19th, 2010
Sep 8th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
extasyman Wins PokerStars WCOOP $1,050 NLHE for $216,000
The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, or WCOOP, rolled on in recent days. The ninth event, which spanned two days’ time, saw Romania’s extasyman (pictured) come away with the win in a $1,050 No Limit Hold’em tournament for $216,000. A total of 1,237 players turned out, with 65 surviving to see Day 2 on Wednesday. Visit PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, for more details on the ongoing WCOOP as well as a complete schedule.
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Join Date: Oct 30th, 2009
Sep 5th, 2011
By: dhubermex
Tournament Review for September 5, 2011
The 2011 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicked off over the weekend on PokerStars, and PocketFiver AshTheDonkey took home $430,000 for his outright victory in the $10,300 NLHE Event #2. Fellow member ImaLuckSac placed 3rd in that event for $235,000 and skilled g earned $175,000 for his 4th place performance. The United Kingdom's anonymous_fish was awarded $100,000 for 6th place, SenorPokes cashed for $60,000 in 8th place and kingsofcards rounded out the final table in 9th for $40,000.
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Join Date: Jul 10th, 2007
Jul 21st, 2011
By: Dan
Phil Collins (USCphildo) Discusses WSOP November Nine
Heading into the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine weekend in 100 days, member Phil USCphildo Collins (pictured) will hold the fourth largest stack at 23.89 million, or about 48 big blinds. Collins, who resides in Las Vegas and is one of three Americans at the final table, has been a member of the online poker community since 2007 and will now vie for a monstrous first place prize of $8.7 million.
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Join Date: Jul 18th, 2005
Jul 2nd, 2011
By: Dan
ender555 Defeats moorman1 in WSOP NLHE Six-Max Championship
It was an exciting day to be a member of the online poker community on Thursday, as Joe ender555 Ebanks (pictured) and Chris moorman1 Moorman went toe-to-toe for the title in Event #46 of the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship. A total of 474 players showed up and Ebanks walked away with his first gold bracelet. All six players at the final table were members of .
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Join Date: Sep 27th, 2005
Jun 30th, 2011
By: Dan
aakkari, oerockets Win WSOP Bracelets, P5ers Up to 18 Total
It’s been a busy last couple of days at the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Not one, but two members of the community captured bracelets, boosting our total to 18 through 46 completed events, a 39% success rate. The Main Event is on the horizon and starts next Thursday, July 7th. Let’s take a look back at Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2011 WSOP.
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bukowski101bukowski101
Join Date: Jul 23rd, 2006
Jun 4th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
bukowski101 Discusses Black Friday Fallout
It’s been nearly two months since the Black Friday indictments of April 15th. The online poker world has had a chance to digest the ramifications of the three largest U.S.-facing sites – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker – leaving the market. Among those affected was Pennsylvania’s Kevin McColgan (pictured), who goes by the handle bukowski101 here on . We caught up with McColgan to discuss how Black Friday has affected his livelihood.
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Jovial GentJovial Gent
Join Date: Jun 19th, 2005
Jun 3rd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
neverbluff67, EFro, Jovial Gent in Final 4 of WSOP $25,000 Heads-Up Event
The $25,000 Heads-Up Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has seen its starting grid of 128 slashed all the way down to four. Members of the online poker community stand a relatively high chance of walking away with a bracelet, as Jake neverbluff67 Cody, Eric EFro Froehlich, and Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) all survived to the Final Four, which will play out this afternoon from the Rio in Las Vegas.
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PokerKaiserPokerKaiser
Join Date: Oct 10th, 2007
May 27th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Weekday Tournament Review for May 27th
In a week that did not feature action from any major online poker tournament series, Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), the seventh player in the Rankings, took down the Full Tilt $1K Monday to the tune of $38,000. Fierro, the top ranked player in all of Chile, defeated a field of 163 players in the weekly tournament.
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Join Date: Jul 5th, 2009
May 17th, 2011
By: Dan
teamwispy Talks Online Poker Success
Before the online poker world was turned upside down on April 15th, Jason teamwispy Helder was on a tear. He had turned in wins in a $300 buy-in Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) event for $213,000 in November and, four months later, blasted through the field of the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee for $135,000. Last September, Helder final tabled a $1,050 buy-in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tournament for yet another six-figure score, this time $104,000.
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theczar19theczar19
Join Date: Apr 22nd, 2006
May 12th, 2011
By: Dan
theczar19 Now #1 in PocketFives Online Poker Rankings
He may have been booted from sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker because he’s from the United States, but Bryan theczar19 Piccioli (pictured) moved to #1 worldwide in the Online Poker Player Rankings this week. He’s one of only a few top players ever to hold both the #1 PLB score and #1 Pro Poll score in the land at the same time and sat down with us to discuss his most recent achievement.
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Join Date: Jul 16th, 2007
May 10th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Allingomes Among EPT Grand Final Survivors with 32 Left
A total of 32 players remain in the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Madrid on Day 3. As of about 4:00pm ET on Tuesday, the action was in Level 21, where the blinds were a healthy 8,000-16,000 with an ante of 2,000, and Simon Higgins led the way with a stack of 2.6 million. Among the survivors is Alexandre Allingomes Gomes (pictured), who has a middle-of-the-road stack of 606,000 and was still going strong. The finale of EPT Season 7 wraps up on Thursday.
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bananazoobananazoo
Join Date: Dec 24th, 2010
May 9th, 2011
By: Dan
bananazoo Wins Triple Crown, April Monthly PLB Race
The month of April was mighty kind to Luke bananazoo Chiciak (pictured). Not only did the 30-day stanza mark his first Triple Crown, but it also featured his first Monthly PLB title. He now boasts five badges in his profile and has a total of $692,000 in tracked online poker earnings. caught up with its newest Monthly PLB winner to get the inside scoop on his recent tear.
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Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2005
May 7th, 2011
By: bertminatti
The Well by Jim P0KERPR033 Campbell
Online legend Jim P0KERPR033 Campbell (pictured) reached a remarkable milestone this year by surpassing $5 million in online tournament earnings. He's joined in the elite club by fellow PocketFivers Chris moorman1 Moorman, Steve gboro780 Gross, and most recently PocketFives Training instructor Russell rdcrsn Carson, so it's no surprise that Campbell is one of the most respected players in the online realm.
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ArielBahiaArielBahia
Join Date: Nov 12th, 2010
May 2nd, 2011
By: Dan
ArielBahia Wins FTOPS XX Main Event
A total of 4,666 entries were recorded in the Main Event of the 20th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS. The $640 No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry tournament, whose guarantee had been cut from $7.5 million to $2.5 million in the wake of Black Friday, boasted a healthy $2.8 million purse. In the end, Ariel ArielBahia Celestino came away with the victory and banked $346,000 following a four-way final table deal. Let’s check out who else excelled in this epic tournament.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
May 1st, 2011
By: P5s Staff
What's Next for Online Poker Pros' Chipsteela and The-Toilet
After two weeks of American online poker players’ lives largely being flipped upside down, had a chance to run down two of the game’s most visible pros, longtime community members Jeremy Chipsteela Menard (pictured) and Faraz The-Toilet Jaka. Both joined the site within two months of each other back in 2006 and have seen the industry evolve considerably since then. Now, Menard and Jaka are contemplating their next steps.
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Join Date: Oct 9th, 2007
Apr 25th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
professorpeanut Wins $200,000 Guarantee
Just before the online poker world was flipped upside down, Josh professorpeanut Will (pictured) came away with the win in the $200,000 Guarantee. The CEREUS Network site has since cut the guarantee to $75,000 and no longer allows new U.S. players, but we caught up with Will to break down his landmark victory and wrote about it anyway. After all, how often is it that a five-figure payday lands in your lap'
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Apr 25th, 2011
By: Dan
tormos, Tokyo09 Chop FTOPS $322 NLHE Multi-Entry Event
In the 24th event of the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, two members of the community struck gold. The $322 No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry tournament saw its field of 3,942 whittled down to just two, as in the end, tormos chopped heads-up with Toronto’s Michael Tokyo09 Le. The tournament did not meet its $1.25 million guarantee, but the two top finishers still raked in nearly $400,000 combined.
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PokerKaiserPokerKaiser
Join Date: Oct 10th, 2007
Apr 22nd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
PokerKaiser Takes Second in FTOPS $109 NLHE Six-Max Rebuy
Despite the recent upheaval of the industry in the United States, the 20th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, rolled on in recent days and features a bounty of cash on the line this weekend. In FTOPS XX action so far, Chile’s Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) finished second in a $109 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Rebuy Multi-Entry tournament (Event #10) for $56,000. The un-chopped contest featured a field of 1,231 and the $84,000 first place score belonged to bv4ever.
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Apr 22nd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
What’s Next for Online Poker Pros' RandALLin, benvo123, POTTER
In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice indictments of the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, all three sites have cut off U.S. players. Now what' sat down with several brand name online poker pros to ask what their next moves will be. Will they be heading to the nearest border' Will they be hitting up the live circuit' Will they be leaving the online poker industry forever' Or will they be playing on sites like Carbon Poker'
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rdcrsnrdcrsn
Join Date: Feb 23rd, 2006
Apr 21st, 2011
By: bertminatti
Russell "rdcrsn" Carson Reaches $5 Million in Online Tournament Cashes
Canadian poker pro Russell rdcrsn Carson (pictured) has been playing poker professionally for five years. In that time, he's done something that only three other PocketFives members have been able to accomplish: reach $5 million in online tournament cashes.
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Flush_EntityFlush_Entity
Join Date: Sep 15th, 2010
Apr 11th, 2011
By: Dan
Flush_Entity Recaps UB $1K Win
Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) bested a phenomenally talented final table in the $1,000 buy-in $150,000 Guarantee. The tournament drew 154 players on March 30th and featured one of the most stacked final tables we’ve seen in recent memory. The group included the likes of Bryan Iknewwwit Leskowitz, Scott SCTrojans Freeman, Mike inissint Glasser, Eric whitE_mAmbA Ladny, Charlie chaz_man_chaz Combes, and Cliff JohnnyBax Josephy.
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Tmay420Tmay420
Join Date: Dec 2nd, 2005
Apr 10th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
How the West Was Won
Tim Tmay420 West (pictured) has owned the live poker world as of late. In a one-week span last month, he took down the $5,000 buy-in Wynn Classic Main Event for $318,000 after defeating Full Tilt Poker pro Annette Annette_15 Obrestad heads-up. He wasn’t done there, however. West then traveled even further west to San Diego, where he was the runner-up in the $10,000 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Regional Championship for $174,000.
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bfizz11bfizz11
Join Date: Jan 23rd, 2010
Apr 7th, 2011
By: Dan
bfizz11 Wins First Triple Crown
For a brief period of time, Brian bfizz11 Fite (pictured) sat in the top 200 of the Online Poker Player Rankings. Now, the Las Vegas resident known for his sit and go skills holds down the 224th spot worldwide thanks in part to scoring a Triple Crown last month. Fite took down three five-figure prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Rankings in seven days and told us, “It’s something I’ve been grinding towards for a while, so it feels good to knock it out.”
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darreneliasdarrenelias
Join Date: Nov 15th, 2005
Apr 6th, 2011
By: Dan
darrenelias Final Tables PokerStars $100 Rebuy, Full Tilt $1M Guarantee
The third week of March was quite profitable for member Darren darrenelias Elias (pictured). He powered through the fields of the PokerStars $100 Rebuy and Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guarantee that week for nearly $200,000 total following a pair of second place finishes. He’s up to over $2 million in tracked cashes and sat down with to recap his big seven-day period.
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valekvalek
Join Date: Mar 23rd, 2006
Apr 4th, 2011
By: Dan
valek Recaps Five-Way PokerStars Sunday Million Chop
In a March installment of the PokerStars Sunday Million, a five-way chop occurred. The final five players in the weekly $215 buy-in tournament devised a deal that saw each person walk away with at least $141,000. Taking the fifth spot in the Sunday Major was Marco valek Lang (pictured), who calls Montreal, Canada home. caught up with Lang to learn how the massive deal went down.
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Zackattak13Zackattak13
Join Date: Aug 28th, 2007
Apr 3rd, 2011
By: Dan
Owning the Online Poker World for One Month
There’s a reason that Zackattak13 is in the top 10 of the Online Poker Rankings. After all, he’s procured just about every profile badge we have. His latest came as a result of winning the February Monthly PLB title along with his second Triple Crown. He’s currently ranked #9 worldwide and has over $2 million in online poker earnings to date. Now that we’ve gotten his vital stats out of the way, let’s get his thoughts on his recent hot streak.
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DcHustlerDcHustler
Join Date: Dec 13th, 2006
Apr 3rd, 2011
By: Dan
DcHustler Wins First Triple Crown
David DcHustler Cahill (pictured) is one of the most recent recipients of the Triple Crown. Cahill hails from Georgetown, Canada and cashed in on a Triple Crown by winning three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Poker Player Rankings within a week.
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DNA2RNADNA2RNA
Join Date: Jan 29th, 2008
Mar 29th, 2011
By: Dan
DNA2RNA Recaps MiniFTOPS $33 NLHE Multi-Entry Chop
The 24th event of the recently finished Mini Full Tilt Online Poker Series (MiniFTOPS) saw Daniel DNA2RNA Hirleman come away with a payday of $116,000 following a two-way chop with Full Tilt Poker member FiskenPPP. Over 33,000 entries were recorded in the $33 No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry tournament and nearly 3,700 players landed in the money. It marked Hirleman’s largest online poker cash to date and it came on the same day as a win in the Full Tilt $150,000 Guarantee for $39,000. caught up with Hirleman to break down his big ...
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Join Date: Dec 31st, 1969
Mar 24th, 2011
By: Dan
paulgees81 Moves to #1 in Worldwide Poker Rankings
It seemed like only a matter of time before Paul paulgees81 Volpe (pictured) ascended to the top spot in the Player Rankings. The second highest overall PLB score and the third largest Pro Poll tally were enough to boost Volpe this week to #1 worldwide, jumping over last week’s leader, Taylor taypaur Paur. caught up with Volpe shortly after he received the good news.
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Join Date: Jan 13th, 2006
Mar 22nd, 2011
By: Dan
bbbbb33 Wins First Triple Crown
The month of March has been mighty kind to member bbbbb33 (pictured), who more commonly goes by the name Freddy on the site. Freddy took down three tournaments across three sites tracked for the Online Poker Rankings within a seven-day window for his first Triple Crown. He’s 44th in the Rankings and has over $3 million in tracked tournament earnings to his credit. We caught up with Freddy to recap his latest milestone.
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Join Date: Jul 14th, 2006
Mar 17th, 2011
By: Dan
Blair Hinkle Recaps FTOPS XIX Main Event Chop for $1.1 Million
Blair blur5f6 Hinkle (pictured) has been rock solid throughout the course of his poker career. Three years ago, he booked a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet after blasting through the field of a $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $507,000. In 2010, it was off to the races again, this time in a $1,060 buy-in event during the WSOP Circuit stop at Council Bluffs for $88,000. Now, he’s returned to prominence after chopping the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) Main Event for a colossal $1.1 million.
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telkstelks
Join Date: Dec 25th, 2008
Mar 12th, 2011
By: Dan
telks Recaps FTOPS $1,060 NLHE Multi-Entry Victory
One of the biggest winners of the recently completed Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) was Mike telks Telker (pictured). The 56th player in the Rankings, Telker came away with the jersey in a $1,060 No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry event (#27) for $408,000 following a two-way deal. Upon scoring his first FTOPS jersey, he told , “I was so pumped mostly because I had just won a sick FTOPS more so than because of the money.”
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gnat777gnat777
Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2010
Mar 10th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Ukrainian gnat777 Snags Online Poker Triple Crown
One of the first Triple Crown winners of 2011 was the Ukraine’s very own gnat777. He’s one of about a million people to call the city of Donetsk home and captured a Triple Crown by winning three online poker tournaments across three sites tracked for the Rankings within a seven-day period. Let’s see what he had to say.
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goleafsgoehgoleafsgoeh
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
Mar 8th, 2011
By: Dan
Mike Leah (goleafsgoeh) Breaks Down $111,000 FTOPS Chop
In the 19th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), Canada’s Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) chopped Event #14. The $216 No Limit Hold’em Cubed tournament fielded over 1,300 players and Leah banked $111,000. He officially took second place and his chopping partner, Specunder, cashed for $127,000 and the ceremonial FTOPS jersey. caught up with Leah to schmooze about his big day.
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RenRad 01RenRad 01
Join Date: May 18th, 2006
Mar 6th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
RenRad 01 Recaps FTOPS $216 NLHE Rush Poker Victory
In the 20th event of the recently completed Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), Mark RenRad 01 Darner (pictured) stole the show and walked away with $95,000. The gigantic $216 No Limit Hold'em Rush tournament attracted well over 2,000 players and Darner edged out fellow member Daniel wildman75 Buzgon heads-up. caught up with Darner for the second time in as many months to break down his first FTOPS jersey.
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JAKoon1985JAKoon1985
Join Date: Feb 7th, 2007
Mar 2nd, 2011
By: Dan
JAKoon1985 Discusses FTOPS XIX Chop for $458,000
It’s not every day that nearly a half-million dollars makes its way into your online poker account. However, for Jason JAKoon1985 Koon, six-figure scores have become somewhat the norm. Most recently, he chopped a $322 No Limit Hold’em Multi-Entry event held as part of the 19th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) for $458,000. The Las Vegas resident is on the verge of reentering the top 100 in the Online Poker Rankings and sat down with to rehash the chop of a lifetime.
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wildman75wildman75
Join Date: Aug 8th, 2006
Mar 2nd, 2011
By: P5s Staff
wildman75 Scores Three FTOPS Final Tables
In the 45 events of the recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), Daniel wildman75 Buzgon (pictured) reached the final table of three events. He was one of the big winners in the Main Event to the tune of $321,000. He also final tabled a $216 Limit Seven Card Stud High-Low Eight or Better contest for $12,000 and a $216 No Limit Hold’em Rush event for $61,000.
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Join Date: May 7th, 2009
Feb 27th, 2011
By: Dan
princessdonk Wins $200,000 Guarantee
Late last month, Vanessa princessdonk Peng (pictured) picked up the win in the weekly $200,000 Guarantee on . Her victory was worth $45,000, the largest online poker cash we’ve tracked for the Nevada resident here at , and she’s at over $1 million in earnings from tournaments that count for the Online Poker Rankings. We caught up with one of the up-and-coming female stars of the game to recap her latest accolade.
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Join Date: Sep 22nd, 2010
Feb 25th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
sabby Recaps FTOPS $322 Seven-Game Jersey
We all know that members of the online poker community have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success when it comes to No Limit Hold’em. However, PocketFivers have also come to dominate non-Hold’em games. Take the U.K.’s sabby (pictured), for example, who came away with the win in a $322 Seven-Game tournament during the recently completed Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) for nearly $40,000. caught up with sabby as he was being fitted for his very first jersey.
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T MoneyT Money
Join Date: Jun 16th, 2007
Feb 24th, 2011
By: Dan
T Money Breaks Down Second Full Tilt Sunday Brawl Title
On February 6th, Super Bowl Sunday, T Money (pictured) came away with the win in the weekly Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. No chop occurred in the tournament, and no discussion of one was held. When it was over, T Money booked $111,000 for the win. You’ll remember that, back in August, he took home the bacon in the same tournament for $75,000. caught up with the New Yorker to break down his second Sunday Brawl victory.
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TheDecanoTheDecano
Join Date: Mar 17th, 2008
Feb 22nd, 2011
By: Dan
TheDecano Recaps UBOC Main Event Victory
The sixth Online Championship, or UBOC, wrapped up in recent weeks. Coming away with the victory in the series’ Main Event was member TheDecano (pictured), who banked $231,000 for his efforts and made his home nation of Brazil quite proud. caught up with TheDecano to discuss his monumental cash.
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and217and217
Join Date: Jan 3rd, 2008
Feb 18th, 2011
By: Dan
and217 Wins Titan Poker $200,000 Guarantee
Super Bowl Sunday was a profitable day for many members of the online poker community. Among them was Andras and217 Kovacs (pictured), who came away with the win in the $200 buy-in Titan Poker $200,000 Guarantee. Kovacs of Hungary walked away with $42,000. One week prior, he had final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $80,000.
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shaniacshaniac
Join Date: May 14th, 2005
Feb 18th, 2011
By: bertminatti
Shane Schleger (shaniac) Joins PokerStars Team Online
With every end comes a new beginning. As PokerStars announced that it had parted ways with several of its sponsored pros in recent weeks -- including Greg Raymer, Darus "BejoMas" Suharto and Julian Thew -- the site added 15 pros to its Team Online earlier this month.
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JoeBlazenycJoeBlazenyc
Join Date: May 9th, 2007
Feb 17th, 2011
By: Dan
JoeBlazenyc Breaks Down FTOPS $1,060 NLHE Six-Max Chop
One of the largest fields of the 19th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) could be found in Event #4, a $1,060 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max contest. The tournament drew nearly 1,300 players and offered up a generous prize pool of $1.2 million. A three-way deal ended matters that saw longtime member Joe JoeBlazenyc Chaplin walk away with $177,000 and officially take third place. The FTOPS jersey went to max_zefir, who collected $186,000.
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bparisbparis
Join Date: Mar 6th, 2006
Feb 10th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
bparis Wins January Monthly PLB Title
In January, Bryan bparis Paris (pictured) took home his very first Monthly PLB title. He amassed 3,824 PLB Points in the process, the most since Tyson POTTER Marks accumulated well over 5,000 back in September. Paris helped his cause by final tabling the Full Tilt Poker $100 Rebuy twice during the month for $85,000 total. In addition, he chopped the Sniper $80,000 Guarantee at the tail end of January and even booked a Triple Crown. caught up with Paris to recap his splendid month online.
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M1cKmAcKM1cKmAcK
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2007
Feb 8th, 2011
By: Dan
M1cKmAcK Cracks Top 100 in Online Poker Rankings
In last week’s release of the Online Poker Rankings, Mick M1cKmAcK Carlson (pictured) cracked the top 100. One week ago, he stood at #101 worldwide, his highest ranking to date, and finally got over the hump. Carlson is a two-time Triple Crown winner on whose largest online cash tracked by our site came in November, when he final tabled the Full Tilt Poker $100 Rebuy for nearly $40,000. We caught up with Carlson to discuss his debut.
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wandigowandigo
Join Date: May 8th, 2006
Feb 4th, 2011
By: Dan
wandigo Recaps UBOC $320 NLHE Ante from the Start Victory
In one of the final events of the recently completed Online Championship, or UBOC, contributor Ken wandigo Coppens (pictured) came away with a commemorative watch in a $320 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Ante from the Start tournament (Event #24). His reward was $34,000 following a heads-up chop with member HAMAZRIYA3. caught up with Coppens to rehash the memorable evening.
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P0KERPR033P0KERPR033
Join Date: Aug 3rd, 2005
Feb 3rd, 2011
By: Dan
P0KERPR033 Logs 20 Online Poker Cashes in One Day
January 24th was a memorable day for veteran member James P0KERPR033 Campbell (pictured). He booked 20 in the money finishes in tournaments tracked by for $88,000 total. The highlight of the day was a $74,000 haul for taking down the Full Tilt Poker $150,000 Guarantee and outlasting a rock solid final 25 in the process. caught up with Campbell before last weekend’s grind to rehash his monumental Monday.
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cracker9ballcracker9ball
Join Date: Mar 12th, 2010
Jan 31st, 2011
By: Dan
cracker9ball Notches First Five-Figure Online Poker Score
On January 22nd in the early morning hours, John cracker9ball Reynolds (pictured) started a thread in Poker Discussion right after his first five-figure score. The superlative came as a result of finishing as the runner-up in Event #12 of the Online Championship (UBOC), a $162 Sniper No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack contest, for $11,000. His thoughts read in part, “For all you guys wondering if it can be done, I was a losing player online 2004-2009. In March 2010, I joined P5s, started a poker chat, and joined some training sites. I ...
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tinga81tinga81
Join Date: Jul 22nd, 2009
Jan 29th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
tinga81 Recaps Chop in UBOC $162 Sniper NLHE Deep Stack Event
In Event #12 of the sixth Online Championship, or UBOC, Eric tinga81 Hettinga (pictured) came away with $15,000 following a three-way chop of a $162 No Limit Hold’em Sniper Deep Stack tournament. We caught up with Eric to discuss his most recent five-figure score.
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AshTheDonkeyAshTheDonkey
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2009
Jan 28th, 2011
By: Dan
AshTheDonkey Wins Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan
On January 16th, U.K. poker player Ash AshTheDonkey Mason brought home the bacon in the weekly Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan. The $200 buy-in tournament attracted a field of 1,266 players and Mason outlasted BadBankroll heads-up. In 2010, Mason was a two-time winner of the Full Tilt $75,000 Guarantee and sat down with to rehash his latest claim to fame.
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Zackattak13Zackattak13
Join Date: Aug 28th, 2007
Jan 21st, 2011
By: P5s Staff
Zackattak13 Wins Online Poker Triple Crown
The profile belonging to Zackattak13 here at just received a new badge. The New Yorker, who simply goes by “Zack,” grabbed a coveted Triple Crown after taking down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by in a seven-day period. Zack didn’t need a week, however. Instead, he accomplished the feat in a single day for the rare 24-hour Triple Crown win. We caught up with him to break down this monumental achievement.
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RenRad 01RenRad 01
Join Date: May 18th, 2006
Jan 21st, 2011
By: P5s Staff
RenRad 01 Final Tables UBOC 6 Event, Wins Multi-Fifty
The second event of the ongoing Online Championship, or UBOC, was a $320 No Limit Hold’em Sniper Deep Stack contest that distributed a prize pool of nearly $250,000. KILLERJESS defeated member Mark RenRad 01 Darner (pictured) heads-up to take away $55,000, while Darner earned $33,000 for his second place finish. caught up with Darner to rehash his score, which was his largest tracked for the Poker Rankings.
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theVisionarytheVisionary
Join Date: Feb 6th, 2008
Jan 21st, 2011
By: Dan
theVisionary Takes Down Titan Poker $200,000 Guarantee
On January 16th, Neil theVisionary McFayden (pictured) came away with the win in the Titan Poker $200,000 Guarantee on the iPoker Network. His victory meant nearly $42,000 in real money and marked the latest accolade for the U.K. native, who already has a pair of Triple Crowns and over $1 million in earnings from tournaments tracked by .
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moorman1moorman1
Join Date: May 10th, 2006
Jan 20th, 2011
By: Dan
moorman1 Wins 11th Triple Crown
It’s difficult enough to win one Triple Crown. However, if you’re DoylesRoom Brunson 10 member Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), then winning the award is just another day at the office. On Tuesday, Moorman captured his 11th Triple Crown, the most ever recorded by a member of the online poker community, and pulled in nearly $50,000 in real money. The Brit sat down with to recap his most recent claim to fame and preview the 2011 Aussie Millions.
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goleafsgoehgoleafsgoeh
Join Date: Mar 13th, 2007
Jan 18th, 2011
By: Dan
Mike Leah (goleafsgoeh) Chops Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee
Over 4,000 players turned out for the January 9th Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee. Each won a satellite or put up the $200+16 buy-in and battled for a piece of the $809,000 prize pool. In the end, Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) chopped heads-up with Full Tilt member sasodiits and walked away with a $100,000 cash infusion. For the win, sasodiits pocketed $128,000 after $20,000 was left on the table to play for.
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phatcatphatcat
Join Date: Apr 30th, 2005
Jan 17th, 2011
By: Dan
phatcat Wins PokerStars Sunday 500
The January 9th running of the weekly PokerStars Sunday 500 featured 896 players, but fell short of its half-million dollar guarantee. In the end, veteran PocketFives community member Shawn phatcat Luman (pictured) walked away with a $90,000 top prize and continued dominating the online poker scene six years after he first joined our site. Luman, who has over $3 million in earnings from tournaments tracked by , sat down to relive his Sunday 500 run.
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SirCraftySirCrafty
Join Date: Aug 7th, 2008
Jan 15th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
SirCrafty Wins First Online Poker Triple Crown
It took all of five days for member Sean SirCrafty Ripp (pictured) to come away with an online poker Triple Crown after taking down three tournaments across three sites within the same seven-day period. For Ripp, his journey to the top started on PokerStars, where he won the $22 Cubed on Christmas Day for $8,900. It was one of three four-figure scores that earned him his very first Triple Crown profile badge.
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PokerKaiserPokerKaiser
Join Date: Oct 10th, 2007
Jan 14th, 2011
By: Dan
PokerKaiser Takes Down PartyPoker $250,000 Guarantee
On the second day of 2011, Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) took down the PartyPoker $250,000 Guarantee.The Chilean poker player bested the field in the $215 buy-in tournament, which had a $263,000 prize pool up for grabs. Fierro walked away with $38,000 and, perhaps more importantly, got the new year started off on the right foot. He sits comfortably at #30 in the Rankings, down one spot from last week. We caught up with the Santiago resident, who plays under the handle JokerzFull on PartyPoker, to learn more.
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pageh656pageh656
Join Date: Feb 20th, 2006
Jan 9th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
pageh656 Recaps PokerStars Sunday Million Chop
Last month, member Page pageh656 Harris (pictured) came away with the win following a three-way chop in the PokerStars Sunday Million and banked a colossal $249,000. The top spot was scheduled to pay $255,000, meaning that he nearly locked up first place prize money. Harris’ win in the weekly Sunday Major came on the heels of a victory in the kickoff event of November’s Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, for $117,000, giving him two six-figure scores in a two-month span. caught up with Harris to recap his amazing end to ...
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Jymaster0011Jymaster0011
Join Date: Mar 1st, 2009
Jan 6th, 2011
By: Dan
Jordan Young (Jymaster0011) Wins 2010 Yearly PLB, December Monthly PLB
2010 was a great year for member Jordan Jymaster0011 Young (pictured), the #1 player in the Online Poker Player Rankings. Young took home the Yearly PLB title for 2010, an award that featured DoylesRoom pro Chris moorman1 Moorman as its titleholder in 2009. Young finished atop the Monthly PLB leaderboard for December, an award he also won in August. We caught up with Jordan just days after the New Year to recap 2010.
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stanskistanski
Join Date: Oct 11th, 2010
Jan 4th, 2011
By: P5s Staff
stanski Takes Second in PokerStars Sunday Million
On December 19th, the PokerStars Sunday Million, the high-stakes weekly tournament offered by the world’s largest online poker site, drew a field stocked with 8,486 players. When the final cards had been dealt, Joe stanski Stanski came away with a runner-up finish and a $182,000 payday. As you might expect, Stanski was thrilled to capture his first six-figure payday and told he dreamed "about being heads-up in the Sunday Million so many times, but I never thought it would happen, especially since I was down about $35,000 lifetime in ...
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xxunleashedxxxxunleashedxx
Join Date: Feb 4th, 2006
Jan 4th, 2011
By: Dan
xxunleashedxx Recaps Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan Win
Earlier this month, Michael xxunleashedxx Gattozzi came away with the win in the weekly Full Tilt Poker Sunday Mulligan. The day that Gattozzi took down the title, the Sunday Major brought in a field of 1,214 players and a prize pool of $242,000 was up for grabs. Gattozzi recorded his largest online poker cash to date in the process and told that he was down to a measly 2.5 big blinds early on after pocket tens cracked his pocket aces.
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LeonPLeonP
Join Date: Jan 21st, 2008
Jan 4th, 2011
By: Dan
LeonP Books Over $100,000 in Online Poker Earnings in One Week
member Dan LeonP Colpoys (pictured) made the final days of 2010 count. On December 19th, he finished second in the PokerStars $55 Rebuy for $29,000. Three days later, another five-figure bankroll boost was in the works, as Colpoys won the Full Tilt Poker $75,000 Guarantee for $24,000. One day before Christmas, the Massachusetts resident won the Full Tilt Poker $100 Cubed for $10,000 and then took fourth in the site’s Friday Night Fight on Christmas Eve.
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OU_dlanger610OU_dlanger610
Join Date: Nov 10th, 2009
Jan 2nd, 2011
By: Dan
OU_dlanger610 Wins Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guarantee
The last time we talked to Doug OU_dlanger610 Lang (pictured), he had just claimed a coveted online poker Triple Crown for winning three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by in the same seven-day period. On December 19th, Lang won the Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guarantee for $230,000. The $600+40 buy-in tournament attracted over 2,000 players and ended with Lang, the 54th player in the Online Poker Rankings, edging out missgrinder heads-up.
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FouTightFouTight
Join Date: Jan 17th, 2006
Dec 29th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
FouTight Previews January Low-Stakes PLB Competition
On January 9th, a two-week Low-Stakes PLB Competition organized by member FouTight (pictured) will kick off. The event, which brings out many of the game’s rising stars, could feature more than 60 runners and counts the top 50 scores per team. Fourteen scores from an individual are permitted and the buy-in runs $100 a head.
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D RoD Ro
Join Date: Aug 20th, 2007
Dec 27th, 2010
By: Dan
D Ro Recaps $200,000 Guarantee Win
On December 19th, member David D Ro Rowan came away with the win in the $200,000 Guarantee. The $200 buy-in poker tournament awarded $45,000 to its winner and Rowan closed out the 2010 calendar year with a bang. He told that the timing could not have been better: “I, only in the last month, have returned from a sort of mini-sabbatical. I had an awful WSOP, after which my girlfriend and I decided to split up, and then I had to deal with moving to L.A. and getting adjusted to a new city.”
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apology7apology7
Join Date: Mar 15th, 2006
Dec 17th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
apology7 Recaps Punta Cana Poker Classic
As part of a recent Cake Poker leaderboard competition here on , members of the online poker community battled it out for a trip to the Dominican Republic to play in the Punta Cana Poker Classic. PocketFives member apology7 won the trip, worth $3,100, and survived to see the top 20 in the final standings
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Jymaster0011Jymaster0011
Join Date: Mar 1st, 2009
Dec 15th, 2010
By: Dan
Jymaster0011 Takes His Turn in The Well
In a recent thread in Poker Discussion, Jordan Jymaster0011 Young (pictured) opened the floor up for questions as part of his turn in “The Well,” following in the footsteps of other top members like DoylesRoom Brunson 10 member Steve gboro780 Gross. Young, who sits at #2 worldwide in the Rankings, divulged a pretty significant amount about of personal information and poker strategy in the process. Let’s check out what he had to say.
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dhilton12dhilton12
Join Date: Oct 26th, 2006
Dec 14th, 2010
By: Dan
dhilton12 Recaps PokerStars Super Tuesday Win
At the tail end of November, member David dhilton12 Hilton came away with the win in the PokerStars Super Tuesday, cashing for $81,000. The score was far and away his largest online to date and he defeated a field of 422 players in the $1,000 buy-in event. The Tennessee native has won over $700,000 in tournaments tracked for the Poker Rankings and sat down with us to recap his latest claim to fame.
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Turko_manTurko_man
Join Date: Jul 2nd, 2009
Dec 12th, 2010
By: Dan
Turko_man Relives Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee Chop
In the second to last running of the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee in October, Luis Rodriguez Turko_man Cruz (pictured) chopped three-handed and walked away with just over $90,000. The Spaniard has been representing his motherland well and told what it felt like to come away with nearly $100,000 in a big-time Sunday Major: “The feeling is awesome. It’s great to accomplish something you have been working really hard on.” sat down with Cruz to relive his score.
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siolasiola
Join Date: May 29th, 2007
Dec 2nd, 2010
By: Dan
siola Recaps FTOPS Jersey Win
In last month’s Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, Sam siola Iola (pictured) scored big in a $109 Pot Limit Omaha Rush with Rebuys tournament, coming away with the jersey and a $131,000 cash prize. The field numbered just over 1,000 and Iola bested a talent-rich final table that included 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Niner James Akenhead, a Full Tilt Red Pro. Iola owns the 51st spot in the Online Poker Rankings and sat down with us to recap his first FTOPS jersey.
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JBT449JBT449
Join Date: Feb 21st, 2007
Dec 1st, 2010
By: Dan
JBT449 Breaks Down PokerStars Sunday 500 Win
Two weeks ago, Josh JBT449 Bergman scored his largest online poker payday to date by virtue of taking down the PokerStars Sunday 500. The weekly $500+30 buy-in $500,000 guaranteed event attracts one of the toughest fields in the game and Bergman, the 62nd player in the Rankings, continued to build a case to enter the top 50. He’s steadily been inching his way up worldwide and told that he couldn’t be happier: “It feels amazing. I've been putting in a lot of volume lately and it feels great to see it finally pay off.”
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s00tedj0kerss00tedj0kers
Join Date: Oct 23rd, 2007
Nov 29th, 2010
By: Dan
Kory Kilpatrick (s00tedj0kers) Recaps Second FTOPS Jersey Win
Event #11 of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) saw 9,718 players enter an affordable $129 No Limit Hold’em Knockout tournament. At the end of the day, longtime member Kory s00tedj0kers Kilpatrick came away with his second FTOPS jersey and a smooth $155,000.
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bhanks11bhanks11
Join Date: Jul 8th, 2006
Nov 26th, 2010
By: Dan
Brent Hanks (bhanks11) Breaks Down FTOPS HA Victory
Brent bhanks11 Hanks (pictured) has plenty of wins during the course of his online poker career. In the recently completed Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, Hanks came away with the win in Event #17, a $216 Pot Limit Hold’em and Omaha tournament, for $47,000.
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subiimesubiime
Join Date: Aug 19th, 2007
Nov 24th, 2010
By: Dan
Joseph Cheong (subiime) Speaks Out on WSOP Main Event
Taking third place in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event two weeks ago was Joseph subiime Cheong (pictured). His double up of eventual champion Jonathan Duhamel at the final table was one of the most talked-about hands of the tournament and Cheong, a member of the community since 2007, sat down with us to rehash that fateful pot. He also gave us the scoop on life after the Main Event.
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doubledave22doubledave22
Join Date: Jan 22nd, 2006
Nov 19th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
doubledave22 Wins Full Tilt $150 Rebuy, Final Tables Sunday 500 Simultaneously
November 14th was an especially lucrative day for member Dave doubledave22 D’Alesandro (pictured). Not only did he final table the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $50,000, which normally would have been a cause for celebration for anyone, but he also brought home the win in the Full Tilt Poker $150 Rebuy for another $76,000. Two tournaments and $126,000 later, D’Alesandro wrapped up a highly successful Sunday and sat down with to rehash his deep runs.
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UhhMeeUhhMee
Join Date: Feb 24th, 2009
Nov 19th, 2010
By: Dan
UhhMee Breaks Down FTOPS $216 NLHE Cubed Six-Max Victory
PocketFives members were victorious in 18 of 34 events in the 18th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). Among those who claimed a jersey is Ami UhhMee Barer, who hails from Vancouver. Barer’s win came in a $216 No Limit Hold’em Cubed Six-Max event and was worth $122,000.
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T MoneyT Money
Join Date: Jun 16th, 2007
Nov 18th, 2010
By: Dan
T Money Cracks Online Poker Rankings Top 100
When the Online Poker Rankings were recalculated this week, New York’s T Money (pictured) fell from #100 worldwide to #111. The longtime member of the community was fresh off a two-month period in August and September that saw him win the full-tilt-poker Sunday Brawl for $75,000, final table a pokerstars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) event for $64,000, and win the PokerStars $200 Rebuy for $35,000, among other top-tier finishes. sat down with T Money to discuss joining the upper echelons of the Rankings.
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RoothlusRoothlus
Join Date: Jun 3rd, 2005
Nov 17th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Roothlus Comments on WSOP Main Event Final Table
Among those railing the final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event at the Rio this year was sponsored pro Adam Roothlus Levy (pictured). The veteran came within inches of being part of the November Nine festivities back in July and ultimately bowed out in 12th place for $635,000. In 2008, Levy took 48th in the Main Event for $135,000. He sat down with during the festivities at the Penn and Teller Theater to share his thoughts on this year’s $10,000 buy-in tournament.
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sebbausebbau
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2007
Nov 16th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
sebbau Wins FTOPS $1,060 NLHE Six-Max Event for $274,000
Members of the community continue to dominate six-max events held during the ongoing Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS. On Monday, Germany’s sebbau (pictured) came away with the win in a $1,060 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event (#16) for $274,000 and a coveted FTOPS jersey. Out of the four six-max tournaments held already during FTOPS XVIII, PocketFivers have come away with victories in three of them, or a 75% success rate. Overall, members of the online poker community have taken down eight of the 16 tournaments held, a 50% ...
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Make It RainMake It Rain
Join Date: Apr 12th, 2010
Nov 14th, 2010
By: Dan
Make It Rain Discusses Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed Chop
On the final day of October, Brendan Make It Rain Edmonds came away with the win in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee following a heads-up chop with fellow online poker player eyes7475. The deal was worth $120,000, his second largest cash to date, and he told that he had a mountain of chips to work with throughout the Sunday Major, undoubtedly contributing to the win: “It’s nice to have chips in the biggest tournament of the day, but you never really try to get too excited about it or anything.”
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UhhMeeUhhMee
Join Date: Feb 24th, 2009
Nov 13th, 2010
By: Dan
UhhMee Breaks Down PokerStars Super Tuesday Final Table Appearance
On October 19th, member Ami UhhMee Barer (pictured) lodged his largest online poker score to date after finishing third in the $1,050 buy-in PokerStars Super Tuesday. The Canadian banked $41,000 for his final table appearance, adding to an arsenal of poker scores that already includes runner-up finishes in the PokerStars $55 Rebuy for $31,000 and $100 Rebuy for $15,000. Barer admitted, “It feels good. I've been playing in most of the bigger buy-in tournaments, putting in good volume over the past few months, and I have had some ...
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FatalErrorFatalError
Join Date: Dec 6th, 2007
Nov 7th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Jonathan Aguiar (FatalError) Breaks Down WSOP Main Event Final Table
There are a bevy of PocketFivers in the house at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Among them is live tournament regular Jonathan FatalError Aguiar, who pulled in $16,000 from a pair of cashes this year at the WSOP. Aguiar, who has cashed in all three tournaments held as part of the PokerStars-sponsored North American Poker Tour (NAPT) in 2010, sat down with to dissect the Main Event and look ahead to NAPT Los Angeles.
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KadabraKadabra
Join Date: Oct 30th, 2006
Nov 4th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Kadabra Recaps Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl Win
In mid-October, Alex Kadabra Keating came away with the win in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. The weekly $256 buy-in high-stakes bounty tournament drew a field of 2,739 players to create a prize pool approaching $500,000. Keating was one of three members of the online poker community to make an appearance at the final table and banked $111,000. He also came away with a victory in a $1,050 Rebuy No Limit Hold’em Turbo PokerStars SCOOP event in May for nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
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jp4estjp4est
Join Date: Nov 3rd, 2006
Nov 3rd, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Jeff Forrest (jp4est) Wins WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals
On Tuesday night, Jeff jp4est Forrest (pictured) became the newest World Poker Tour (WPT) champ after taking down the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. Forrest, 22 years of age, made a historic run in his first ever WPT event and banked $548,000. He entered the final table in second place on the leaderboard to Tom Kingsofcards Marchese, holding 81 big blinds, and ultimately came out a winner. Let’s take a look at the marathon final table, which stretched well over 200 hands.
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taypaurtaypaur
Join Date: Jan 13th, 2008
Nov 3rd, 2010
By: Dan
taypaur Wins PokerStars Sunday 500, Joe Cada Makes Final Table
On October 24, Taylor taypaur Paur (pictured) added another major online tournament victory to his impressive resume by taking down the PokerStars Sunday 500. The $500+30 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed prize pool tournament attracted a field of 1,027 entrants and, when the smoke cleared, Paur bested a highly talented table that included 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion Joe jcada99 Cada. Paur pulled down $88,000 for the win, while Cada landed in eighth place for just over $10,000. caught up with Paur to dissect his most ...
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steponusteponu
Join Date: Jul 23rd, 2007
Oct 29th, 2010
By: Dan
steponu Wins $200,000 Guaranteed
Eight-hundred eighty players stepped up to the plate on October 10th in the $200,000 Guaranteed. The weekly tournament boasts a $200 buy-in and Ben steponu Volpe (pictured), who plays on under the handle Life_Donk, walked away $45,000 richer for his wear after outlasting the field. The tournament marked his first outright win in a Sunday Major. caught up with Volpe to rehash his gold medal performance.
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maxxscammaxxscam
Join Date: Mar 14th, 2006
Oct 28th, 2010
By: Dan
maxxscam Wins Triple Crown, Final Tables Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl
Last weekend, Canadian member maxxscam came away with a third place finish in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $52,000. The deep run in the weekly Sunday Major came as a surprise to no one, as maxxscam was fresh off winning his second career Triple Crown by virtue of taking down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Poker Rankings within a week
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moneyinbagmoneyinbag
Join Date: Sep 19th, 2006
Oct 28th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
moneyinbag Breaks Down Sniper $80,000 Guarantee Win
On October 20th, Mike moneyinbag Aron (pictured) came away with a victory in the Sniper $80,000 Guarantee, a weekly tournament that boasted an overlay. Aron banked nearly $20,000 following the win, which saw him defeat online poker legend Eric sheets Haber heads-up. Aron calls Pennsylvania home and has been a contributing member of the PocketFives community for the last four years. We caught up with the new tournament winner to break down his score.
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benvo123benvo123
Join Date: Jan 18th, 2008
Oct 26th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Michael Benvenuti (benvo123) Recaps WPT Festa al Lago Runner Up Finish
In the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) stop at the Festa al Lago, Randal RandALLin Flowers came away with the win over fellow community member Michael benvo123 Benvenuti (pictured). Flowers became the youngest two-time WPT champ in history, while Benvenuti took home a half-million dollar consolation prize. The cash was Benvenuti’s second six-figure live score following a runner-up showing in the 2009 Caesars Palace Classic Championship Event in Las Vegas for $129,000. caught up with Benvenuti to break down his signature live cash.
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hoodini10hoodini10
Join Date: Oct 18th, 2005
Oct 25th, 2010
By: Dan
hoodini10 Takes Second in PokerStars Super Tuesday
In the October 19th edition of the $1,050 buy-in PokerStars Super Tuesday, Joe hoodini10 Udine (pictured) came away with $54,000 after taking second place. The weekly tournament boasts a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool and, with 375 players entering, Udine competed for a slice of a $375,000 purse. He has been a contributing member of the online poker community ever since the site’s first year in existence and has amassed over $3 million in tournaments tracked for the Poker Rankings, one of the highest totals out there.
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RandALLinRandALLin
Join Date: Jun 28th, 2006
Oct 25th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Randal Flowers (RandALLin) Breaks Down WPT Festa al Lago Win
One of the major headlines from last week was member Randal RandALLin Flowers (pictured) taking down the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Festa al Lago in Las Vegas. The $10,000 buy-in tournament attracted 335 players and Flowers became the youngest two-time WPT champ in history at the tender age of 22. He bested fellow member Michael benvo123 Benvenuti heads-up and pocketed an $831,000 top prize. caught up with Flowers to break down his monumental live tournament score.
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McNallyvilleMcNallyville
Join Date: Apr 7th, 2007
Oct 25th, 2010
By: Dan
McNallyville Wins PokerStars Wednesday Quarter Million
On October 13th, Nevada’s Steve McNallyville McNally (pictured) came away with the win in the $320 buy-in PokerStars Wednesday Quarter Million. Originally from Ohio, McNally got his start in the game at an early age after playing card games with his parents, who promptly took him to Las Vegas. Since then, he’s turned in deep runs in major tournaments like the PokerStars Super Tuesday and Full Tilt Poker $40,000 Guarantee. He established his largest score to date by virtue of a runner-up showing in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 ...
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RupertRupert
Join Date: Sep 6th, 2006
Oct 24th, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Rupert Rehashes Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guarantee Chop
Nearly 1,900 aspiring poker players entered last Sunday’s running of the Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guarantee. The prize pool actually eclipsed $1.1 million and the top 261 players landed in the money. The event wrapped up with a three-way chop that featured Rupert Rupert Elder (pictured) coming away with $142,000
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JBurlesonJBurleson
Join Date: Nov 2nd, 2006
Oct 23rd, 2010
By: Dan
JBurleson Discusses UB $200,000 Guarantee Chop
The October 17th running of the $200,000 Guarantee ended in a two-way chop featuring member Jeremy JBurleson Burleson (pictured). He went on a tear in the days immediately following the deal, final tabling the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand and Full Tilt $1K Monday in successive days. The North Carolina native shot up to 138th worldwide in the Online Poker Rankings and holds over $2 million in earnings from tracked tournaments. We caught up with the American to rehash his chop in the weekly event.
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RAWKZRAWKZ
Join Date: Jun 16th, 2009
Oct 23rd, 2010
By: P5s Staff
Australia's RAWKZ Wins Online Poker Triple Crown
Chalk up another win for the Aussies. Liam RAWKZ O’Rourke came away with a coveted online poker Triple Crown after outlasting the fields of a trio of online poker tournaments. He actually took down four MTTs in the process, boosting his bankroll by over $40,000. virtually traveled to the “Land Down Under” to meet up with O’Rourke, a self-professed fan of the movie “Happy Gilmore” who has been influenced by multiple players in his home nation.
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