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  1. Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski denied Michael Addamo a fourth GGPoker Super MILLION$ title this week by battling back from a nine-to-one chip deficit in a gripping heads-up match to clinch the $408,406 first-place prize and his first Super MILLION$ victory. By all accounts, this week’s 41st edition of the GGPoker $10K Super MILLION$ was Michael Addamo’s for the taking. The Australian superstar entered the final table with an overwhelming chip lead and over the course of the final table went on an impressive heater against a final table full of elite competition that inclu
  2. UK high-stakes tournament pro Lucas Reeves joined the elite company of Darren Elias and Michael Addamo this week by becoming just the third player to win the weekly GGPoker Super MILLION$ two or more times. In the 33rd edition of the $10K buy-in event, Reeves emerged from the middle of the final table chip counts to take down the tournament and lock up the $408,406 first-place prize. Reeves is now two-for-two at Super MILLION$ final tables with his first victory coming back in December, when he earned $381,241 while playing under his original screen name ‘Xingyun888’. This week marked the f
  3. The global Coronavirus pandemic meant poker looked very different in 2020 than it has in any other year. That didn't stop some of the most talented players in the world from putting on a show every time they took to the felt in 2020. It Was Connor Drinan's World, We Were All Just Living In It Connor Drinan had a year any poker player would dream of - and he did it while playing a somewhat limited schedule. In May, Drinan, who calls Las Vegas home, traveled outside of the United States to play the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker more than a week after it began. He quickly made
  4. As you might know, on Tuesday night, PocketFives was camped out at Borgata in Atlantic City watching the finale of the first ever live PocketFives Open. Accordingly, we missed the premiere of ESPN's coverage of the Big One for One Drop, which created such a buzz in the mainstream world that we felt compelled to record a rerun and write about what ESPN commentator Lon McEachern argued could qualify as the "worst beat in the history of tournament poker." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker i
  5. Allegations against Valeriu Coca (pictured) for cheating in the $10,000 Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker were lodged last month. However, six weeks later, no resolution has been reached, according to WSOP officials. Coca has not been found to have committed any wrongdoing. Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President for Corporate Communications, told PocketFives on Friday, "The regulators have updated us on their progress. They have made significant progress on the case, but are still awaiting results from the forensics lab used in the city to process all evidence. We aren't sure where th
  6. After facing off against a Moldovan poker player in the WSOP $10K Heads-up No Limit Hold'em Championship, several respected grinders have become suspicious that they were cheated by their opponent. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- After rumors and speculation had run rampant online and at the WSOP, Connor blanconegroDrinan and
  7. On Thursday, Twitter erupted over allegations that Valeriu Coca (pictured) may have cheated during the World Series of Poker's $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event. Connor blanconegroDrinan spoke on behalf of several players charging that Coca was possibly using invisible ink to mark the cards while wearing special sunglasses that would allow him to see it. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for
  8. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu won his first WCOOP title on Saturday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Daniel Negreanu has seemingly done it all in his Hall of Fame career. He’s won World Series of Poker bracelets and World Poker Tour titles. But on Saturday night Negreanu added one title to his resume that had eluded him to date when he beat Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom for his first World Championship of Online Poker title. Negreanu outlasted the 147-player field to win the $1,050 HORSE Championship and $61,865.47. Negreanu certainly didn’t have it easy. He beat out a final table tha
  9. Entry Numbers were up across the board in the Sunday Majors with 2016 World Championship of Online Poker getting underway on PokerStars. Five WCOOP events started on Sunday but only one of them finished, with a recent EPT High Roller winner walking away with yet another big score. Connor Drinan, who won the EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller last week, walked away with the first WCOOP title of 2016 after winning Event #5 ($320 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max) for $26,614.82. Long-time PocketFives member Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski of Canada (ranked #41 worldwide) won the PokerStars Sun
  10. The busy two-week stretch that included PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker Powerfestand 888poker XL Inferno allowed some of the best online poker players to hit some major career milestones including one player becoming just the fourth ever to crack the $10 million mark. It wasn't anything dramatic, but former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski had a min-cash on PokerStars on May 14 to push his career earnings into eight-figures territory. Sikorski joins Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, Bryan 'bparis' Paris and Chris 'moorman1' Moorman as the only players to have
  11. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker continues to draw in large fields for new events and that trend continued on Thursday. Fields in the hundreds and thousands turned out for tournaments such as the Total Knockout Bounty event and the No Limit Omaha Win The Button. A few familiar faces took down titles including Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth. Kornuth finished on top in Event #39 High ($1,050 Total Knockout Bounty) and earned $81,336, all from collecting bounties. Other players from the 832 who entered, included Andre 'aakkari' Akkari and top #3-ranked 'C. Darwin2'. Justin
  12. [caption width="640"] Mike Del Vecchio defeated a tough final table to take down his first career WPT victory. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The final stop of the World Poker Tour California Swing made its way up to Sacramento and Thunder Valley Casino. There was plenty up for grabs in the event as Rainer Kempe came in looking to lock up his position as the points leader of the California Swing and 421 entrants were looking to close out the West Coast portion of WPT Season XV in style. Mike ‘3kingme3’ Del Vecchio started the final table as chip leader and defeated a talented group of
  13. [caption width="640"] Jason Koon beat Charlie Carrel to win the 0,000 buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Jason Koon overcame one of the toughest high roller fields on the poker calendar to win the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and a career-best $1,650,300. For the 31-year-old, the win brought back memories of time when he was playing smaller buy-ins but dreaming bigger. “My first PCA, I was walking out of the casino and before I knew Scott Seiver that well, I saw him walk by me with headphones on, walking to the fina
  14. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan beat out 'C Darwin2' for his second career WCOOP victory on Thursday (WPT photo)[/caption] While one of the storylines heading into the final weekend of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is the number of first time WCOOP winners, there’s also been a handful of players that have picked up their second or third title. Connor Drinan joined that group on Thursday, beating the former #1-ranked player in the world heads-up. Drinan topped the 424-player field in Event #62 High ($530 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $37,999.85 and his second W
  15. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the
  16. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan used a massive Sunday score to move into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings (WPT photo)[/caption] The last week was basically more of the same for the players at the top of the PocketFives Rankings as 'C Darwin2' held on to the #1 spot. The Swedish superstar wasn't the only player to hold on to his spot. The top four are the same as last week as Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, 'lena900' and Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao all maintained their spots. The first change came at #5 where Russia's 'veeea' jumped from #6 to #5 after he emerged victorious in th
  17. [caption width="640"] Kenny Hallaert is one of 22 PocketFives members still in the 2017 WSOP Main Event on Day 6.[/caption] With just 85 players still standing on Day 6 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, 22 of them are PocketFives members. The group has a combined $33.6 million in lifetime tracked online earnings with former #1-ranked Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli leading the way with $6.36 million. Two of the 22 are currently ranked in the Top 50 in the PocketFives Rankings. Kenny Hallaert, who starts the day 35th in chips, is ranked #43 in the world while Connor Drinan, who i
  18. [caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker p
  19. As ever the biggest winner from this week’s Sunday Majors came from the Daddy of the Sunday Majors, the PokerStars Sunday Million, and it was old school online MTT grinder Matt 'OLD TIME GIN' Stone who scooped the biggie, adding $161,237 to his bankroll after topping the 5,971 strong field. It’s been a bountiful few weeks over at PokerStars for Canada’s no.7 who took down the $215 Sunday Warm Up $200,000 last weekend for $41,588 just 12 days after winning the $1,050 Super Tuesday for $54,731. This week’s Sunday Million nearly men were 'imas.jr' who placed second for $113,148 with 'ManDrake1317
  20. It's Christmas Eve for poker players. Or, if you want to borrow from the more contemporary metaphor, it's the day before Poker Summer Camp officially kicks off. Poker players from around the world have been flooding into Las Vegas over the past week to get settled and ready for the 2018 World Series of Poker. So, as the tables are getting set up at the Rio and dealers are getting last minute instructions on how to deal Triple Draw, the staff here at PocketFives take their turn at predicting exactly how some of the things at the 2018 WSOP will go down. The Panel Editor in Chief - Lanc
  21. The final Sunday of online poker action in 2018 saw former PocketFives.com #1 ranked player Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard bank over $112,000 after he achieved both a Gold and Silver medal finish. In the biggest event of the day, the PokerStars Sunday Million, 5,597 entrants created a $1,119,400 prize pool with former WCOOP champion 'Erickie' going the distance to win $151,184. 'Gossimer007' departed in third place for $74,452, before Canada's 'pisky16' lost out to Holland's 'Erickie' during heads-up and settled for $106,092 as runner-up. The PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller title went t
  22. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb t
  23. There’s a reason that summer in Las Vegas is often called ‘poker player summer camp’ and it’s not just because the World Series of Poker is going on. During the summer bracelet chasing takes center stage in Sin City but over the past decade, many other Las Vegas poker rooms have battled with the WSOP for the hearts and minds of the poker playing public by consistently scheduling competing summer series that offer players excellent value through great structures and big guarantees. Here's a quick look around the city at some of those non-WSOP tournaments keeping poker players in action.
  24. 'FeaNoR4eG' won the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $113,824 after coming through a heads-up match against former PocketFives World #1 and POY 'Lena900'. This week's entrants total crept over 11,000 and created a guarantee-beating $1,109,000 prize pool. 'Keisuke-ace' took the bronze medal for $59,937 and left none other than 'Lena900' in contention for his first Sunday Million victory. The current world-ranked #3, already had a silver medal to his name after falling last in the Million just six-months ago and history was to repeat itself after 'FeaNoR4eG' sent the Swedish online phenom t
  25. Fifteen players ended their Friday night by winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title including four players who weren't making their debut in the winner's circle. 'Leqenden', Conor Beresford, Joao Viera, and Connor Drinan, each added another SCOOP title the to their resume but the biggest winner on Friday was Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder. The Dutch poker pro topped the 117-entry field in Event #33 High ($10,300 High Roller PKO) to walk away with $113,785.25 and an additional $165,000 from collected bounties. The final player he eliminated was current #1-ranked 'Lena900'
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