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  1. This week in New Jersey, Borgata/PartyPokerran its nightly $10K Guarantee, with first place paying out as much as $2,200. PocketFiver Mike Gags30Gagliano bested a field of 120 runners to take down the Boragata/PartyPoker $10K on Monday. He took home $2,184 for his efforts. Also making the final table that day was Scott Pendergrast (mindwise on PocketFives), who finished in third place, pocketing $1,201. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to March 4 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name in your PocketFives profile by clicking here to be tracked. 888 Pokerran its nightly $1,500 Guarantee this week, and Freddyfreakmade back-to-back final tables. He won the $1,500 Guarantee on 888 on Wednesday and then followed that up with a seventh place finish on Thursday for a total of $727. WSOP.comfeatured its $5K and $10K Guarantees this week each night. Dan Lupo (centrfieldr on PocketFives) finished third in the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Tuesday, taking home $559. The highlight of the week on WSOP was the $10K Guarantee on Thursday. Four PocketFivers made the final table, with Gary Bogdanski (GB2005on PocketFives, pictured above) coming out on top for $3,186. Dan Cooley (rtheusaon PocketFives), who was recently interviewed on our site, finished in third place the same night for $1,005. Ultimate Pokerran its nightly $5K Guarantee, which literally has been a freeroll this week. This is due to the site's No-Verlay promotion, which awards players their buy-ins back for tournaments meeting their guarantees. Making back-to-back final tables this week was 2marcelos (2marcelos on PocketFives), finishing fifth on Tuesday and eighth on Wednesday in the Ultimate Poker $5K Guarantee for a total of $684. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 120 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,184. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ned_plimpton - $2,184 (Gags30) 2. clemslad - $1,610 3. mindwise - $1,201 (mindwise) 4. happy1 - $982 5. POLTER50 - $819 6. Studsg - $682 7. TheHorror - $573 8. Leo618 - $464 9. Papo353 - $354 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 105 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,588. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Beahmer - $1,588* 2. SMDisReal - $1,539* 3. TaintedLady - $1,447* 4. Mikey_TheKidd - $900 5. Godzilla - $750 6. centrfieldr23 - $625 (centrfieldr) 7. greenmateo24 - $525 8. Binkedit8899 - $425 9. Eyerakemup - $325 *Final table chop ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, March 5th had 114 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,074. The top 9 finishers were: 1. adjust21466 - $2,074 2. feeluckyday - $1,530 3. Pot4Jack0ff - $1,141 4. cfran26 - $933 5. munsoned - $778 6. Thrall - $648 7. Flawlessbinkage - $544 8. jazzyjay1 - $440 9. perryl - $337 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 123 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,238. The top 9 finishers were: 1. SleepyGuy - $2,238 2. flushoff11 - $1,650 3. Godzilla - $1,231 4. voodooman75 - $1,007 5. VI545454 - $839 6. sonofa_nh - $699 (sonofa_nh) 7. THAKID04 - $587 8. allace10 - $475 9. boxxcarr - $363 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Monday, March 3rd had 68 runners with a total prize pool of $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Degenerate - $631 2. ShankU4DaPot - $369 3. Crackhead - $261 4. Titan91 - $217 5. KMD1973 - $174 6. ArdijanLFC - $150 7. SMDisReal - $128 8. JayDaddy888 - $106 9. Panamajack1 - $76 10. PlantLeaf - $60 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Tuesday, March 4th had 62 runners with a total prize pool of $2,048. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $575. The top 10 finishers were: 1. TONY0807 - $575 2. LeahLovin_ - $337 3. Betrainn - $238 4. Gregory1985 - $198 5. fantastat - $158 6. yourkidingme - $136 7. Millertime62 - $117 8. Jacksdad - $97 9. Black9 – $69 10. Moony - $55 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Wednesday, March 5th, had 66 runners with a total prize pool of $2,112. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $612. The top 10 finishers were: 1. freddyfreak - $612 2. Crushing - $359 3. Lilpapi22 - $253 4. phatchoy - $211 (phatchoy888) 5. Frankm68 - $168 6. njkingpin - $145 (njkingpin) 7. SLHalper13 - $124 (s.l.halper) 8. Caliper - $103 9. Lifetaker - $73 10. RichL86 - $59 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Thursday, March 6th, had 61 runners. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $566. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ShAbbA - $566 2. mogo123 - $331 3. TONY0807 - $234 4. onoreally - $195 5. jimmyice99 - $156 (jimmyice99) 6. LifeTaker - $134 7. freddyfreak - $115 8. jaxjunk1968 - $95 9. cylon – $68 10. sandip89 - $54 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Monday, March 3rd had 244 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 240 re-buys for $10 and 137 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,210. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,645. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Stripey - $1,645 2. Mad_Chipz.17 - $962 3. Atsky - $608 4. leshabs714 - $484 5. whitechapel - $422 6. kondrella - $285 7. alwhite36 - $223 8. Poker_player - $173 9. cclark314 - $136 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 189 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 206 re-buys for $25, 117 add-ons for $25, totaling $12,800. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,456. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FinessingYou - $3,456 2. Smacster - $2,016 3. 9handicap - $1,140 4. AtHomeDad - $1,152 5. rbam13 - $896 6. TaintedLady - $768 7. bucknaked64 - $640 8. tlv720 - $486 9. JingboSlice - $307 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Tuesday, March 4th had 226 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 218 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,710. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,513. The top 9 finishers were: 1. StumbDoner - $1,513 2. pshobbes479 - $885 3. centrfieldr - $559 (centrfieldr) 4. snake1125 - $445 5. LBI63 - $388 6. Chady1 - $262 7. BlackKnight8 - $205 8. greatgrandma - $159 9. GetChipsy - $125 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 169 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 196 re-buys for $25, 108 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,825. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,192. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Grandpa10 - $3,192 2. midnight84 - $1,862 3. fredbet11 - $1,064 4. OoopsMyBad - $827 5. sy_fy - $709 6. BrennanHuff - $591 7. Twenty - $449 8. douhveasiste - $283 9. Brodie - $201 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Thursday, March 6th had 221 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 217 re-buys for $10 and 123 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,610. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,486. The top 9 finishers were: 1. maraa - $1,770 2. jverr17 - $869 3. NoYouDidnt - $549 4. Acejoker - $437 5. bearsrule - $381 6. EVIL_GRIN - $258 7. JemBender - $201 (JemBender) 8. Quadfours - $157 9. Mr300 - $123 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 144 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 198 re-buys for $25, 100 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,800. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,038. The top 9 finishers were: 1. GB2005 - $3,186 (GB2005) 2. unclejimmy - $1,768 3. rtheusa - $1,005 (rtheusa) 4. billybizz69 - $784 5. RedsoxNets5 - $674 (RedsoxNets5) 6. pst34 - $563 7. itWasThatOr0 - $430 (Gags30) 8. muckbrews - $276 9. Silkworms - $198 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Monday, March 3rd had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Jojo0506 - $1,830 2. niborl - $1,247 3. BabyGoose - $896 4. lion99 - $605 5. DocRivers - $488 6. johnnymonmon - $371 7. Ddetoma88 - $255 8. JMPoker - $196 9. bigcakes - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Tuesday, March 4th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. muckyou - $1,830 2. acesfullrjr - $1,247 3. biggerbill - $896 4. JMPoker - $605 5. 2marcelos - $488 (2marcelos) 6. vasio - $371 7. speedypete - $255 (fnasty97) 8. danny_boy_14 - $196 9. cloverfold - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Wednesday March 5th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Maverik007 - $1,830 2. PocketProfit - $1,247 3. BrokePoker - $896 4. DocRivers - $605 5. DEFCON.1 - $488 6. stunnadaboss - $371 7. Ahmad - $255 8. 2marcelos - $196 (2marcelos) 9. FooQuan - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Thursday, March 6th had 70 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Town Knave - $1,830 2. tranced - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. Eminem - $605 5. PocketProfit - $488 6. jal79 - $371 7. headsup - $255 8. tups - $196 9. Sloppo - $138 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? 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  2. This weekend in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPokerran its $10K nightly guarantee. On Friday, Jake Perry (jtsnakeson PocketFives) outlasted a field of 109 players to win the $10K, taking home $2,000. ArtVandelaywon the $10K on Saturday, pocketing $2,202. The Borgata/Party $50K Guarantee Sunday Major experienced technical difficulties with 12 players left. This resulted in the tournament stopping and the remaining 12 players getting an even chip-chop of the prize pool. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to February 28 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name here. In the 888 Poker$1,500 Guarantee on Saturday, Jimmyice99finished in third place. The 888 Big Sunday $10K Guarantee was won by Lucky5, who banked $3,200 for his efforts. WSOP.comadded new guarantees to its weekend line up. Saturday features a Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee, a $55 R&A. The winner of that tournament was UrMyAtmToday (curiousgeorge77 on PocketFives), who took home $2,555. The night before, curiousgeorge77 also made the final table of the WSOP $10K Guarantee, finishing in sixth place for $536. The other new guarantee that ran on Saturday was a $3,000 Guarantee Re-Rntry with a buy-in of $33. The winner of that tournament was GD2123, who took home $1,023. Deuxexmachin (WillisNYCon PocketFives) won the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Friday, pocketing $1,584. The $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on WSOP.com was taken down by CANTBREATHE, who earned the top prize of $7,315. Jake Schafer (schaf4206 on PocketFives, pictured above) won the WSOP $10K Guarantee Sunday weekly for $3,500. This follows up his third place finish in the Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee on WSOP.com, where he won $1,095. Schafer has over $319,075 in recorded cashes, with his largest cash being $23,000 in the Full Tilt $125K Guarantee back in May 2010. The No-Verlay promotion ended this weekend on Ultimate Poker. The $5K Guarantee met its guarantee all weekend and the $20K Sunday Major also met its guarantee. Sdariwon the latter, taking home $6,635. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 109 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,000. The final 9 finishers were: 1. jakep747 - $2,000 (jtsnakes) 2. wanda_praiseHIM - $1,475 3. AAKKiah - $1,100 4. devin1 -$900 5. JayDaddy - $750 6. Jamdizzi777 - $625 7. starx - $525 8. dookeybaby - $425 9. set_j - $325 ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Saturday, March 8th had 121 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,202. The final 9 finishers were: 1. ArtVandelay - $2,202 2. EkaL1 - $1,624 3. MIkeG5 - $1,211 4. dontBscurrd -$990 5. q.kwesi112 - $825 6. shizman792 - $688 7. Splits89 - $578 8. torubu - $467 (torubu) 9. jcgamblers - $357 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee -$35 buy in for Friday, March 7th had 68 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 10 finishers were: 1. Nemernet - $631 2. Ednice1 - $369 3. BBQPChop - $261 4. BusDriver07 - $217 5. speedy247 - $174 6. Jokeman61 - $150 7. LuckAA - $128 8. Rammcwill - $106 9. capone1340 - $76 10. Gmoney27 - $60 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Saturday, March 8th had 57 runners for a prize pool totaling $1,824. 9 spots were paid with 1st place $547. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FOLDFAST - $547 2. Gmoney27 - $319 3. L_P_L8906 - $222 4. South732Paw - $186 5. mrbozeee - $147 6. dakid17 - $129 7. BeanTaco - $111 8. runnethover - $93 9. mikes_96 - $67 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 71 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,272. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $658. The top 10 finishers were: 1. PokerLee - $658 2. Louconte - $386 3. jimmyice99 - $272 (jimmyice99) 4. Jyuka16 - $227 5. triangle313 - $181 6. centrfieldr5 - $156 (centrfieldr) 7. dakid17 - $134 8. KennyNoodles - $111 9. L8nyte1520 - $79 10. LifeTaker - $63 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee-$200 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 50 runners. 8 spots were paid with 1st place $3,200. The top 8 finishers were: 1. Lucky5 - $3,200 2. djmw1972 - $1,800 3. rahwaypoker1 - $1,250 4. IntensT - $1,050 5. edoogie - $830 6. TBone123 - $730 7. itwasalladrm - $620 (Joey Gloves) 8. E0992396- $520 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Friday, March 7th had 210 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 261 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,980. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,584. The top 9 finishers were: 1 Deuxexmachin - $1,584 (WillisNYC) 2. Newmpiece17 - $926 3. flex46 - $586 4. briand - $466 5. Whoopsy - $406 6. sy_fy - $275 7. Chrisco1420 - $215 8. BlackKnight8 - $167 9. notoriousC - $131 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 151 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 175 re-buys for $25, 103 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,725. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,895. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ifoldak - $2,895 2. uNbrOkeN - $1,689 3. mawall13 - $965 4. Jets31 - $750 5. scaf4206 - $643 6. UrMyAtmToday - $536 (curiousgeorge77) 7. jverr17 - $407 8. DrawingDead - $257 9. JNP09123 - $182 (JPetch01) ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $3,000 Guarantee Re-entry for Saturday, March 8th had 75 runners buying in for $33 ($30+$3) each for a prize pool totaling $3,300. 8 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. GD2123 - $$1,023 2. DeadWr0ng - $693 3. BlackWidow - $429 4. cclark314 - $330 5. JennyB - $280 6. Stackbundles - $214 7. kazy15 - $181 8. PureGenius - $148 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com Weekend Warm Up $5,000 Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 58 runners buying in for $55 ($50+$5) each, 53 re-buys for $50 and 35 add-ons for $50, for a prize pool totaling $7,300. 6 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. UrMyAtmToday - $2,555 (curousgeorge77) 2. Zdvol632 - $1,606 3. schaf4206 - $1,095 (schaf4206) 4. RonSwanson - $803 5. JennyB - $657 6. burritoboy28 - $584 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 245 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 270 re-buys for $10 and 128 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,430. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,703. The top 9 finishers were: 1. jmzit2u - $1,703 2. burritoboy28 - $996 3. Bigcakes1 - $630 4. mhofspades - $501 5. schwe82 - $437 6. BlackKnight8 - $295 7. ickytoy1 - $231 8. glytterpyss - $180 9. thewayiam - $141 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $25,000 Guarantee-$215 ($200 + $15) for Sunday, March 9th had 133 runners. 25 spots were paid with 1st place $7,315. The top 9 finishers were: 1. CANTBREATHE - $7,315 2. Squertz - $4,256 3. jmzit2u - $2,420 4. rungood27 - $1,888 (rimmer27) 5. MooseLife - $1,622 6. olmuggins - $1,356 7. rocnation - $1,037 8. GrumpChumpy - $665 9. juice - $478 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee - $109 ($100 + $9) for Sunday, March 9th had 125 runners. 20 spots were paid with 1st place $3500. The top 9 finishers were: 1. schaf4206 - $3,500 (schaf4206) 2. Hap1wldfree - $2,025 3. TurboLicious - $1,162 4. farley2508 -$912 5. adaptations - $787 (adaptations) 6. Edjord24 - $662 7. eyetea - $525 8. JennyB - $350 9. AstepA - $262 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly Friday, March 7th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. OneFuji - $1,830 2. dopest - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. kevvlo - $605 5. TallandTesty - $488 6. tranced - $371 7. miw210 - $255 (miw210) 8. SMY23 - $196 9. boochilly - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Saturday, March 8th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. epich - $1,830 2. Sloppo - $1,247 3. bluemageftw - $896 4. MuckYourLife - $605 (Pker4Dummies) 5. JSmoneyman33 - $488 6. Executioner - $371 7. Ddetoma66 - $255 8. virii - $196 9. RonPT - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Sunday, March 9th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. RounderAK - $1,830 2. partyguy - $1,247 3. phatdaddy - $896 4. TheGreatScot - $605 5. acesfullrjr - $488 6. Sharmatito - $371 7. PALLADIN2 - $255 8. UltimateFool - $196 9. Smashes - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $20,000 guarantee Sunday Major for March 9th had 300 runners buying in for $100 each ($91+$9) for a prize pool totaling $27,300. 36 spots were paid with 1st place $6,635. The 9 finishers were: 1. sdari123 - $6,635 2. Flyerfan - $4,860 3. FooQuan - $3,162 4. bluemageftw - $2,275 5. Yogi - $1,542 6. stoverny - $1,010 (stoverny) 7. phatdaddy - $832 8. rlamanna - $655 (torubu) 9. BiggDaddy - $477 (BiggDaddy)
  3. After Uruguay football star Luis Suarez (pictured) allegedly bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini last week during the World Cup in Brazil, which entered its knockout stage on Saturday, FIFA handed down a punishment of nine Uruguayan matches and four months of play along with a fine of over $100,000. Suarez was also a brand ambassador of 888 Poker, and when we say, "he was," we mean 888 severed ties with the football player late last week. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- The "bite heard round the world" took place last Tuesday in Natal, Brazil and it took 888 all of a few days to distance itself from the "Twilight"-like saga. 888 commented on Friday, "888 Poker signed Luis Suarez following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognized. Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888 Poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect." According to the New York Daily News, Suarez argued that rather than intentionally biting an opponent, he merely fell awkwardly, writing in a letter last Wednesday, "In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment, I hit my face against the player, leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth." Interestingly, Chiellini called the punishment handed down "excessive" and argued, "I sincerely hope he will be allowed to stay close to his teammates during the games because such a ban is really alienating for a player." In PocketFives' original article, we pointed out that it wasn't Suarez's first run-in involving biting: "In 2010 while playing for AFC Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie, Suarez received a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal… In 2013, he received a 10-match ban in the English Premier League for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic." Tweets and a blog announcing Suarez's arrival to 888 Poker, which happened in mid-May, have been removed. Suarez is also a brand ambassador for the shoe company Adidas, which yanked a poster on Copacabana of the football player with his mouth open wide (pictured). Below his likeness was a caption that translated to "all or nothing." Visitors and locals alike were posing with the poster as if Suarez were biting them. Adidas noted, "Adidas certainly does not condone Luis Suarez's recent behavior and we will again be reminding him of the high standards we expect from our players. We have no plan to use Suarez for any additional marketing activities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. 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. PocketFives: Congrats on your win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge. Tell us how you're feeling about it John Shamon: I'm stoked! It's a pretty surreal feeling. I'm in the middle of my university exams and can only really play on the weekends, so to win one of the Majors is amazing. PocketFives: Can you walk us through how the tournament went in general? Did you take your one rebuy? John Shamon: No, luckily I didn't need to. I got really short just before the rebuy period ended with about eight or so big blinds and was wondering if I'd take the rebuy at all if I busted. But, I got one double, then another, and all of a sudden I was back in the game. I never really had a big stack until late in the tournament where I just kept adapting to the situation and luckily with about five or six players left, my hands held and I ended up winning. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? John Shamon: Nothing planned yet, but with university holidays starting, I'm sure I'll find something to spend it on. I might even save it for an end-of-year trip to England. PocketFives: Where do you go to school and what are you studying? Is there any potential to play poker after you graduate? John Shamon: I am currently studying to get a Bachelor of Business and Commerce with a Major in Sports Management in Sydney. I'm not too sure about my poker future, but for now I'm happy trying to balance studying and playing. I hope to one day be part of a sports club in their management and boardroom. Whether that means I play poker in between or not we will see, but all I know is I'm loving the lifestyle of both worlds even if I have to grind at crazy hours. PocketFives: Has it been easy to juggle poker and school? John Shamon: It hasn't been that easy. I usually start from around 11:00pm and just grind through the morning. I have to organize my university schedule so I can play on the weekends and get in some good volume. That means having long days at university with classes bunched together and then come home and play what I can. PocketFives: What sports clubs would you want to be part of? John Shamon: The ultimate dream is working for Liverpool FC, but right now I've got some work experience at my local Rugby League club, which I love just as much. A job at either club would be unreal. PocketFives: So you're in Australia, but root for Liverpool? John Shamon: Yeah, I've loved sports my whole life and football is right at the top. I remember going out to family functions and they would carry on into the morning, so I would sit there and watch the Premier League. I didn't care who was playing. I would just watch and I don't know how, but I grew to love Liverpool. That was when I was around six or seven and now, 16 years later, I love them more than ever. Luckily, I caught a game when I visited England in October and got to see Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, and Luis Suarez all score in front of me. That experience was only matched by when two mates and I drove from Sydney to Melbourne to see the preseason friendly. I'm gutted we lost the title, but onwards and upwards. No doubt we'll be up there again next season and for a long time. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? How'd you find the game and why was it interesting? John Shamon: My buddy invited me to a pub freeroll. Then, I found online poker and kept depositing $10 here and there on Full Tilt Poker. I was terrible for a long time until I found a great group to be around and watched videos and listened to good players. From the first moment, I loved the game, the mental side of it. Being able to out-think someone is a great feeling and almost as satisfying as the money that comes along with it. I've only been playing properly for just over a year now and it has been so enjoyable. I have to thank Miguel kingmiguel3 King so much for playing a big part in that process of being a bad, losing player and now becoming a tougher opponent. PocketFives: How did kingmiguel3(pictured) help you out? John Shamon: We met on Skype and he kind of took me under his wing. He got me into a staking deal and helped me whenever and however he could, whether that be help with how to play a hand, how to think at the tables, how to manage yourself while playing, or generally being that person you know you can get support from no matter what situation you're in. Some of the time it was by not even talking poker, but tennis. We both love tennis and talking about it for hours would put me in a better mood and forget any problems I was having. PocketFives: Is there anyone you'd like to give a shout out to? John Shamon: I wanted to give a shout out to Miguel obviously and also the other guys in our group like LostOstrich, Pietro, Greg, and Hannah, who are all different characters, but equally great people to have around me. Also, shout out to my friend Juan. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee when you make a deposit. Click here to sign up. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. 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 lilachaaBilic, 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). --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- We caught up with Jovovic following his win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge for $24,000, a tournament that saw him defeat a field of 883 entrants. "It feels awesome," Jovovic told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I've missed a major title a couple of times, so it is a great relief to finally bink one." It was the first time Jovovic had ever entered the Sunday Challenge, so he is officially one-for-one in the weekly tournament on 888 Poker. "I noticed the difference between blind levels is smaller than in other tournaments," Jovovic said. "I had more time to pick my spots, especially at the final table, as I wasn't a big stack during most of it. The field was a little easier than in PokerStars' majors." Speaking of PokerStars, last year, Jovovic earned $62,000 after finishing fifth in the Sunday Million, his largest tracked score to date. "I hadn't had much success in majors until then," he admitted. "Then, I made it to the final table. It was surreal for me. I decided to play for the win there and played very aggressively, so ultimately I went out in fifth place. I probably could have made a pay jump or two, but I don't mind." His PokerStars winnings afforded him financial independence and the opportunity to play higher stakes games without much stress. Let's get to the meat of our interview, talking about what's in the water in the Bosnia and Herzegovina pokercommunity. "lilachaa is the hardest working player I know," Jovovic said of his fellow countryman. "He can take beats for days, but still returns tomorrow to grind some more. I guess that's what makes him a great player." He added, "We had similar styles even before we became friends, so I guess we improved together slowly." Read our interview with lilachaa (pictured). The Bosnia and Herzegovina community is #60 on PocketFives in our Country Poker Rankings. The group is just 85 players strong to start with and they've combined for nearly $3 million in lifetime winnings. Jovovic is finishing his master's degree in computer scienceand what he pursues after he graduates is anyone's guess. "I want to finish my degree," Jovovic remarked. "I value education highly in my life, but I have yet to decide if I will become a full-time poker pro or be some kind of computer developer." If he chooses poker, it's conceivable he'd face some backlash. "My friends and family approve of my poker playing right now, but I have to say I have heard some disapproving comments behind my back from people I don't know so well about my poker career. They say the standard stuff about poker being a gambling game and about me being a compulsive gambler." One of his biggest motivators to enter the poker world in the first place was the Chris Ferguson Challenge in which the embattled former Full Tilt Poker front man tried to turn $0 into $10,000. "I decided I would do the same thing," Jovovic said. "And did it. I started with freerolls and moved up in stakes." He has parlayed his early efforts into nearly $800,000 in tracked scores, a little less than one-third of the haul of his entire homeland, and says he enjoys skiing in the mountains in his free time. There's a ski resort located right by his home, so we'd expect we'd see him there quite often. The Sunday Challenge runs weekly on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Bob s.l. halperTaylor (pictured) out of Garwood, New Jersey has had much success in online poker before and after the launch of regulated poker in the Garden State. He has close to $200,000 in recorded cashes online. He finished in third place in the WSOP.comMini Fest Main Event $25,000 Guarantee for $2,250, won the WSOP $5,000 Guarantee for $1,452, and finished in second place in the 888 PokerBig Sunday $10,000 Guarantee for $1,800, among other scores. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest. PocketFives: What are your favorite New Jersey online poker sitesto play and why? Bob Taylor: I currently play most of my games on WSOP.com and 888 Poker. I like the software and structure of the tournaments on both sites. I also like Betfair and enjoyed grinding out the small guarantee tournaments on that site just after the launch. PocketFives: What got you started playing poker? How long have you been playing? Bob Taylor: I have been playing poker since I was very young. Growing up, poker was the social activity in my family. Saturday nights often involved my extended family members sitting around a kitchen table playing poker for fun and small profits. Poker games were always going on among my friends; poker keeps me connected to my friends even as our lives have gone in different directions. I still play in regular games with my high school friends and our holiday party is the Festivus Invitational, an all-night poker game that is the highlight of the year. The only disappointment in my poker career is that I am not yet a Festivus champion and my friends always remind me of that fact. My friends began playing online poker in the early 2000s. After watching their success, I started playing in December 2006 in freerolls and soon switched to real money tourneys. I won the first MTT I played on PokerStars and have been part of the online poker community ever since. I got to play regularly against the world's most successful players in MTTs and SNGs until Black Friday sent me back full-time to my career. I am so happy to have the opportunity to play online poker again in New Jersey. PocketFives: To what do you attribute your current online success? Bob Taylor: Once I decided I wanted to improve my game, I studied the game. I reviewed my hand histories and watched training videos. After busting out of my own games, I would pull up a top player's tables and follow their play. I would watch JohnnyBax(pictured) and Annette_15in MTTs or Stevie444or Jorg95 in SNGs to try to understand why they were making certain plays in certain circumstances. After a while, I would try to fit some of these plays into my own game and some of them stuck. PocketFives was a great place to develop my game. Once I gained the courage to start posting hands, I became a better player. The responses within threads would force me to focus on why I made a certain play rather than if I won or lost a hand. I love discussing poker strategy and was glad to find a community on PocketFives that felt the same way. Also, online poker is a solitary experience. It helps to have the support and competition of a community of like-minded people to get through the grind. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. Our most recent PocketFives Openwas held on 888 Pokerduring the off-day of the World Cup prior to the knockout round. As football fans around the world took a breather from rooting on their favorite countries, the PocketFives community event on 888 kicked off. Your winner: Michael SuarezisKing Lawrence, who calls the United Kingdom home. We caught up with our most recent PocketFives Open champion. PocketFives: Thank you for joining us. How are you feeling about the win? Michael Lawrence: Winning any poker MTT is great, but I know there were some really good players in the PocketFives Open, so it gave me great satisfaction to take it down. PocketFives: What online poker games do you typically play? Michael Lawrence: I am a six-max specialist, as I play a lot of poker at Sky Poker, a UK-only site. They only play six-max, so being that the PocketFives Open was six-max and the whole structure was so good, I felt I had an edge. I lost one-third of my stack in two hands very early on, as there were some very aggro players, so I just waited. The hand that I believe defined my tournament was K-3 of diamonds in the big blind. UTG limped and it folded to the small blind, who just called. Yippee a free flop, which had three diamonds and was ace-high, so I flopped the nut flush. In the end, I managed to keep the UTG limper to the river and he re-raised my value bet all-in. Happy days! He had Q-9 of diamonds and was a bit unlucky. That hand gave me the chip lead and I never looked back. I did get a bit lucky in a couple of all-ins, but you need a little bit of luck. PocketFives: What are your plans for the money? Michael Lawrence: Add it to my bankroll and treat my kids. PocketFives: How did you get started playing poker? Michael Lawrence: I have played poker ever since I was a child with my uncle, but I never really got started until about five years ago after watching "Late Night Poker" on TV with Jesse May (pictured). I got the bug and signed up for Sky Poker. PocketFives: Where do you see your poker career in five years? Michael Lawrence: I'm not sure were I want to be, but I at least want to be able to enter the WSOP Main Event within five years. PocketFives: What parting words do you have for us? Michael Lawrence: Poker is a great game. Even the bad beats make you want to play more. The rush is awesome, especially when you win. If you don't already have an 888 account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee. Get started by clicking here!
  8. 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. Nowadays, O'Rourke has gone from being a train engineer to engineering six-figure scores online. Last September, he won a PokerStarsWCOOP $320 No Limit Hold'em 3X Chance event for $133,000 officially, his largest tracked score to date. He banked nearly $100,000 for winning a W Series High Roller event on Winamaxand we caught up with him after a victory in the 888 PokerWhale in May for $60,000 and a final table in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl the same day. Yes, it's good to be O'Rourke. "It feels great to take down a Sunday major at last," O'Rourke told PocketFives following his win on 888 and final table on Full Tilt. "I didn't take much notice of the Whale until I busted the Brawl. I was putting all of my concentration into that, but once I busted, I could give it my full attention. I managed to reach the final table third in chips, which is where you want to be. I stayed around third in chips until we were four-handed and got the chip lead. From there, I played my normal game and happily it went my way this time." If you ask O'Rourke, his recent flurry hasn't been a random occurrence. He's not Houdini, pulling wins out of a hat on a whim. Instead, he said, "In the last six months, I have been working a lot on my game and my mental attitude, which I think has been a big factor in my recent success." A half-year ago, O'Rourke quit his job as a train driver to pursue poker, as we said at the top of this article. "It wasn't an easy decision for me," he recalled, "given that I have a family to look after, but after my WCOOP win, I thankfully was in a position to give it a go. I haven't looked back since I have more time now to put into the game and continue to improve." O'Rourke has $1.7 million in tracked scores in online MTTs, including $1.2 million on PokerStars. He is the #1 player in Ireland, where he lives in Port Laoise, which if you're a reality junkie you know was one of the locations visited by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on their honeymoon. Yes, we finally worked those two into an article. Okay, we digress. While O'Rourke was driving trains, he apparently was very into poker books, telling us, "It was a good job, but I always knew it wasn't for me. I knew poker was my way out of the normal 9-to-5 and I put everything into it. Guys I worked with would joke about how every time they saw me, I would be reading a poker book, obviously not while driving. Finally, I have the freedom that comes with being a poker player and feel blessed to be able to do it." Finally, we wanted to highlight O'Rourke's live scores, which total $108,000, according to the Hendon Mob, and primarily consist of a final table in March in the EPT Vienna Main Event for $83,000. He is #139 on the all-time money list for Ireland. The Whale takes place on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwhen you make a deposit. Click here to sign up for 888 Poker. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. 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 vertigo007Gross (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. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It feels great," Gross said about his five-figure score. "It's surreal. I have been grinding and traveling across Europe for the last two years and moved to La Paz, Mexico for eight months as well. I went on a horrible downswing and thought poker would never work out." We're guessing he was wrong. Gross hit up a live poker gathering in Punta Cana last October and drove to a 48th place finish in the series' Main Event for $3,500. Consequently, he traveled back to Mexico to continue the grind and, while there, bought a package to an event in Panama. "I played all three Day 1s," Gross said of the Central American event. "I took a rough beat with 28 players left on Day 1 with 27 advancing." He was all-in with tens against A-Q on a flop of A-Q-T and watched as an ace hit on the turn to give his opponent a boat. In the middle of last month, he avenged his loss with two of his biggest scores ever on 888 Poker, getting fourth in the $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep and first in the $125,000 Mega Deep, which he called "pretty insane." The two cashes were worth nearly $40,000 total. Consequently, he rewarded himself with a trip to Los Angeles to see his family for a week and then headed back to Mexico. In April, he plans to migrate even further south to Brazil. Yes, we said he traveled a lot and we definitely weren't kidding. Fellow PocketFiver BOANG TAO (pictured) hooked him up with a group called the Asia Poker Academy and he noted that because of his affiliation, "I've been living out of a suitcase and traveling for the last year and a half." As far as his newfound riches go, he plans to play in events during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, whose final schedule has not yet been released, but we know it'll likely start in May. He started playing poker while in college, with fellow PocketFivers Jordan inblueCristos and Sarah SaramarTolagson helping him along the way. He closed by sending a shout out to Anthony whiterice1 Petreccia "for the advice to go to Panama for the LSOP." The Mega Deep runs weekly on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwhen you make a deposit. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. 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. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It was nice to win it for the third time," the Canuck told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I remember making a deep run and thinking, 'No way this is happening again.'" Happen it did. He raked in $27,000 for the win, his largest tracked score to date. In fact, all three of his largest scores have come from wins in the Sunday Challenge for $27,000, $24,000, and $24,000. He had a solid stack at one point during his latest Sunday Challenge win and said the final nine were relatively even. Then, the bottom dropped out: "At one point, I 3bet someone who opened in the highjack. I had T-T, he jammed, and I snap called. Given the dynamic, it was a cooler that he showed up with Q-Q. At that point, I was left with five big blinds when it was four-handed." We bet you can guess what happened next. "I made a pretty epic comeback," aznxray perhaps understated. "I picked up a lot of hands and eventually got it in good at the final hand when I 3bet and then 5bet A-T offsuit all-in. The other player snapped me off with A-9 offsuit, surprisingly, despite us not really having much history, and I held." He has $109,000 in lifetime cashes on 888 and $432,000 across all sites. Why the success in the Sunday Challenge? Is the tournament somehow tailor-made for him? He theorized, "I feel the reason I have a lot of success in that tournament is because it has a really good structure. It's not ridiculously slow like the Mega Deep. I can start out with 5,000 in chips then add on to 10,000. A lot of people are playing with 5,000 with the mentality that it's a rebuy, so I feel it's really easy to pick up chips if you're patient." His two other Sunday Challenge wins came at the end of 2013 and, given his latest influx of money, we asked what he'd be splurging in. "I'm going to be playing in the World Series of Poker for the first time this year," aznxray explained. "I turned 21 in November and am looking to play all of the $1Ks and $1.5Ks to get a taste. I am trying to satellite into the Main Event online." The WSOP starts at the end of May and emanates from the Rio in Las Vegas. How will he fare at his first WSOP? "I think as long as I don't give away too many tells, I'll be fine," the Canadian assessed. "The most tiring part about live poker, in my opinion, is keeping track of the chip stacks at the table. I always feel more tired grinding out 10 hours live than online." What about tells? Is the online poker player leery of giving off potentially critical information to the live crowd? He responded, "I think the best strategy for me would be to sit still. Tells are overrated anyhow. I am mindful of the ones I give off, though." Away from poker, aznxray is a student, so he is only able to get in full sessions on the weekends. He's pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce, saying, "I like the idea of having something to fall back on. Poker is a bit too high-stress for me. I don't think I will end up doing it full-time, but you never know." The Sunday Challenge runs weekly on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training, a $30 value. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. The World Cup in Brazil has been affecting productivity around the world with its group stage play over the last couple of weeks, but an incident in Tuesday's match between Uruguay and Italy could have a far-reaching affect into the poker world. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play now for a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- During the second half, the score was nil-nil when one of the more bizarre incidents in sports took place. Battling for position in the penalty box, Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (pictured), an 888 Pokersponsored global ambassador, was being marked by Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as a cross came toward them. As caught by television cameras, Suarez appeared to bite the shoulder of Chiellini as the two players then tumbled into a heap on the pitch. Chiellini immediately jumped up and ran to the referee, pulling his jersey from his shoulder to show a circular welt and teeth marks from Suarez' attack. The official did nothing at the time and, as the game went on, Uruguay scored late in the match to take a 1-0 victory. The ramifications from the bite, however, could result in significant punishment for Suarez. 888 Poker has immediately begun to review the situation and determine what course of action to take. According to eGaming Review, 888 Poker released a statement regarding the uproar, saying, "Following the allegations made against Luis Suarez in regards to his behavior during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy, 888 Poker is seriously reviewing its relationship with the player, as we will not tolerate any unsporting behavior." The usage of Suarez as a global ambassador would be hugely diminished if Suarez were to receive any significant penalty for his actions. FIFA, the governing body of football, has launched an investigation into Suarez' actions and instructed the Uruguay National Soccer Team to provide any evidence for the case by 5:00pm on Wednesday. If FIFA does find against Suarez for his actions, he could receive anywhere from a two-match ban to a 24-month ban, which would prevent Suarez from playing for the Uruguay National Team and for his club team Liverpool in the English Premier League. Cries from the football community have called for a lifetime ban for the Uruguayan superstar because this isn't his first infraction for biting another player. In 2010 while playing for AFC Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie, Suarez received a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal. Apparently, Suarez didn't learn his lesson, as in 2013 he received a 10-match ban in the English Premier League for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. FIFA would have to make a decision on Suarez before the team's next match. In the knockout phase that begins Saturday, Uruguay is playing Colombia and, should Suarez receive any type of suspension, it would significantly hurt his country's chances of moving on in the World Cup. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. In recent months, Sarah SaramarTolagson (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. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- PocketFives: How are you feeling about the final table? It's one of your largest online scores ever. Sarah Tolagson: Recently, I've been working really hard to push my game to new limits and take myself out of my comfort zone. Sixteen- to 18-tabling at my peak, I regret my attention being so divided. I always multi-table, but that Sunday I registered for more tournaments than normal and wasn't as zoned as I could have been when a handful of them got deep. Playing too many tables could have been the reason I came up short of an extra final table or win, but all in all, I'm happy with my performance. To have my biggest Sunday was quite gratifying and motivating; I'm just opting for quality over quantity more often now. PocketFives: The 888 Mega Deep featured a pretty tough final table with fellow PocketFivers inblue, VnilaVader, and chaz_man_chaz. Talk about their play and the final table in general. Sarah Tolagson: The final table marked a special achievement for inblue(pictured) and me because we've been dating and grinding since 2010 and haven't made a major final table together. We've probably had 10 runs where we both made it to the final two or three tables where one of us final tabled it, but never both of us. Getting through 1,000+ players in a $100,000+ prize pool is hard enough, so for both of us to make it was really cool. It was clear from the lineup before the start of the final table that it was going to be a battle. The action with two tables left had no shortage of aggression and I wasn't expecting it to slow down. With a deep structure and 30-minute levels, I wasn't too worried about getting chipped down. Luckily, I picked some decent spots to chip up and had a pretty smooth ride to second place with no major fluctuations. PocketFives: Did you migrate to Mexico to play online poker? Sarah Tolagson: I'm originally from California and after Black Friday was playing live in Los Angeles. A few friends and my boyfriend started beating up the smaller American sites for healthy amounts. They recommended them, so in early 2012, I followed suit. I quickly remember thinking that, although I do enjoy live poker, I prefer to grind online. We moved to Mexico when player-to-player transfers were stopped and cashouts started lagging. Basically, the decision to move made itself. PocketFives: Talk about being a woman in a male-dominated game. Do males treat you any differently online versus live or is there no difference? Sarah Tolagson: I think a lot of online grinders don't consider I'm a girl because most people with blatantly girly names online are just guys trying to put off a woman's image to get extra folds or special treatment. Live poker is different though. I always have to take into consideration that an opponent's range might be different against me because I'm a girl. Also, I don't approve of titles like "Last Woman Standing." I think they do a lot more harm than good. We're breeding new women players to think they're competing against other women in a sport that's 90%+ men. Plus, we keep perpetuating this idea to men too. Women naturally have some of the most important aspects of a good poker player: patience and intuition. We should be encouraged to beat the entire field and support each other along the way. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? Sarah Tolagson: I've always loved card games and was a competitive gamer growing up, so it was a natural transition for me. I played online poker a little bit in my early gaming days when the servers went down, but my real interest for it sparked during the Moneymaker Boom. By 17, I was playing in a local $1/$3 game. I wish I had stuck with playing online back then. You get so much more experience than you do live, especially starting out. PocketFives: What has been the highlight of your poker career thus far? Sarah Tolagson: Right when Black Friday was going down, I had a $1,400 live bankroll. I ended up chopping back-to-back live events at Hustler Casino (pictured) for $30,000. Those scores gave me the freedom and confidence to keep approaching the game the way I needed to. It's a highlight for me because I haven't relied on anything but poker since. They were some of the first open events I had ever played. The Mega Deep takes place on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwhen you make a deposit. Click here to sign up for 888 Poker. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. 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. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- Let's talk about his homeland first. Cosmin is from Romania, where he is the country's 20th-ranked player, and has nearly a half-million dollars in tracked scores in his profile. He said, "I can say that we're seeing the beginning of the poker industry in Romania. I think more and more people will play poker very soon." Romania is #14 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 80,367 points. Cosmin added that Romanian players who are involved in poker "see it as a job, a good job that earns them more money than someone who has a job after finishing college. Those who do not play poker, who do not know what's happening, just see it as a game and nothing more. Lately, more people have begun to play poker and learn poker in Romania." Other cashes for Cosmin include a win in the PokerStars Big $11for $14,000 in January 2013 and a final table late last year in the site's Bigger $109 for $13,000. He said of his poker career, "I am a poker player who likes to play all stakes between $1 and $215. I am excited and happy that I managed to defeat a large number of players in a tournament like the Sunday Challenge." That brings us back to the Sunday Challenge on 888 Poker. He final tabled it in 2012 for $9,000 and said this time around he was the chip leader when 30 players remained. He lost a major hand with A-K against A-J all-in pre-flop to sink to the bottom of the pack with a scant six big blinds. He doubled up with A-5 against A-9 and said, "I got some chips without showdown and started to be increasingly aggressive. In the last two tables, I was the chip leader again." He described his overall playing style as "mega-aggressive," saying, "I like to put pressure on all of the other players. I entered the final table and opened UTG+1 with A-K. I shoved with 45 big blinds and the other player had K-J offsuit." Cosmin was the lone PocketFiver at the final table of that week's Sunday Challenge. He plans to use the money from his $24,000 score to play even more poker and he has come a long way since his first year in university, when he received $50 to play and lost it "very, very quickly." He played for fun for a couple of years before taking the game more seriously starting in 2012. The Sunday Challenge runs weekly on 888 Poker. If you don't already have an 888 account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Click here for PocketFives' 888 Poker link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. The big football tournament in Brazil is about to reach the knockout stage, which starts on Saturday. However, Friday is an off-day, with no games scheduled, so PocketFives is celebrating by bringing back the PocketFives Open. This is our main community-building event and we're holding it on 888 Poker. So, mark your calendars for this Friday, June 27, at 19:00 UK Time. This is a non-US PocketFives Open. 888 Poker is generously adding $2,500 in cash to the prize pool, which will be paid out to the top 10 players. And yes, the regular prize pool will be distributed as well. Plus, we're adding ten $25 FIFA gift cards, which you can use to buy whatever football merchandise you'd like in FIFA's online store. Twenty months of free PocketFives Training will also be given out, worth $600 total. The bottom line is there's plenty of value for anyone who wants to get in and the Open is only $11 to enter. View the prizes in this PocketFives thread. Anyone with an 888 Poker account is welcome to play. However, if you don't already have an 888 account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a free PocketFives t-shirtdelivered straight to your door. You'll also get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus on 888 (normally 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee. E-mail support@pocketfives.com to claim your shirt and Training. Get started by clicking here! The winner of the PocketFives Open also gets a permanent badge in their profile, which means eternal bragging rights in the PocketFives community with a badge that only 35 people on PocketFives have. Here are the details: Tournament Name: PocketFives Open - Football Edition Tournament ID: 59166276 Registration: Sign up for 888 Poker here Date: Friday, June 27 Time: 19:00 UK Time Buy-In: $11 Password: P5sOpenWorld Late Registration: 15 minutes We have three bounties lined up including Norway's Derek decamps Decamps, who has been playing football since the age of ten. He has played on clubs in France, Greece, South Africa, and Norway and is currently playing for the Norwegian Tipeliggaen football club. After all, what's a Football Edition of the PocketFives Open without a pro in the field? Sign up for 888 Poker here. We'll see everyone on Friday during the football tournament's off-day.
  15. We all know that PokerStarsrules the roost in the online poker world in terms of cash game volume. It has been at the top of PokerScout's cash game traffic rankings for years and shows no signs of coming close to relinquishing that spot any time soon. With a seven-day average of 20,000 cash game players, it is eight-and-a-half times as large as its closest competitor. And that does not even take into account tournaments, where PokerStars is also king. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- It is that closest competitor, though, where things get interesting in the industry. As PokerScout pointed out in its weekly Scouting Report, the fight for second place in the cash game standings is strong. 888 Poker and the iPoker Network are almost in a dead heat, with 888 just 4.5% ahead of iPoker, 2,300 cash game players to 2,200. iPoker has been trailing 888 for most of the year, but since the end of August, it has seen its cash game traffic rise 11%. PokerScout believes some of this improvement could originate from some of the iPoker Network's sites hosting rakeback and leaderboard promotions this month, which tend to draw people in. Two years ago, according to a graph provided by PokerScout, the iPoker Network was comfortably ahead of 888, at times by close to 1,000 players. The gap had closed a bit by the Q2 2013, as while 888 wasn't much higher than it was to start 2012, iPoker had taken a fairly steep downturn. 888 began to climb in late 2013 and by the beginning of this year, it had surpassed the iPoker Network. Both have been on a steady decline most of the year, but are now on the upswing. 888's 11% uptick is stronger than iPoker's 7%, though, leading to them be close to even. In fact, PokerScout says, the iPoker Network inched ahead of 888 briefly last Thursday before falling back. On the whole, online poker traffic increased 1% last week, according to PokerScout, the second straight week the numbers went up. However, the figures are down 9% from the same time last year. PokerScout's Scouting Report is a daily newsletter for the online poker industry, with in-depth data and analysis of the market. More information can be found by clicking here or contacting support@pokerscout.com. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. 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. In part as a result of his recent performance, MAMOHT_T has found his way into the top five of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, settling in at #5 in the world, and just lapped $4.6 million in online tournament winnings. We caught up with the top-ranked Russian to talk about his latest claim to fame. PocketFives: Nice job on the 888 Mega Deep win. How are you feeling about it? MAMOHT_T: I feel great and very happy, of course. PocketFives: Can you walk us through how the tournament went in general for you and give us your thoughts on its structure, field, and buy-in? MAMOHT_T: The tournament went pretty calmly for me. Until there were 40 or 50 players left, I managed to gradually increase my stack – nothing really special. Starting when there were 40 opponents, the field began to play more aggressively and I had to fight back. When there were six players left, I became the chip leader and remained at the top until the end, busting one opponent after another. The tournament is very good. It has a very good and smooth structure and the buy-in is also okay for its structure. PocketFives: You've had several five-figure scores this year, including a win in the Full Tilt $250,000 Guaranteed. Tell us about what has been going right for you this year and why. MAMOHT_T: I play a lot, try hard in every tournament, and sometimes get lucky. The result is victories and it's awesome when a victory comes with a five-figure score. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? What have you used your poker winnings for this year? MAMOHT_T: Nothing special. I live for fun, go on holidays with my wife, and help my parents. I am thinking about getting a good car this year. PocketFives: Speaking of this year, what goals do you have poker-wise for the rest of 2014? MAMOHT_T: I would like to win one or two events during the WCOOP and then go to an EPT stop, as I really want and like to play offline, although I do so rarely. PocketFives: What do you do besides poker? What else interests you? MAMOHT_T: Poker takes up a lot of my time, so I don't have a lot of time to spend on other interests. I love to travel to visit interesting places in other countries, play Dota2 periodically, and the rest of my time is given to my wife, friends, and parents. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus,$88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training. Sign up here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. On the final weekend of September, Steve Illini213Barshak (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." Given the number of players online for the WCOOP, Barshak called the fields that weekend "insanely soft," pointing out, "Even the $5K WCOOP Main Event field was quite weak. It was definitely one of the best weekends of the year in online poker." The $215 Mega Deep runs weekly on 888 and, if you've never played it, we asked Barshak how the tournament stacks up to other $215 ones on PokerStarsand Full Tilt. He explained, "The structure in the $215 on 888 Poker is much better than the structure of the Stars $215 tournaments. In a lot of the Stars ones, the average stack is much closer to 30 big blinds when you get deep, while in the 888 Mega Deep, the blind levels are 30 minutes and the average stack was probably 50+ big blinds at the final table." He added, "I really enjoy the structures at 888, especially the deep stack events. It really makes for a lot more play and I feel like the better players will come out on top much more often with these great structures." Barshak has had plenty of success over the years, including a second place finish in the FTOPS Main Eventin December of last year for $261,000 and victories in a WCOOP $1,050 NLHE event, the Sunday Warm-Up, and the Sunday 500, just to name a few. He has had a comparatively slow 2014, although he's won the Mega Deep twice. "The middle of 2014 was pretty rough for me overall," Barshak told us. "I was on the biggest downswing of my poker career in mid-2014. I wasn't playing well enough in many spots and needed to make a few adjustments with how the game has evolved. I am feeling great about my game right now, though, and plan to have a good mix of live and online poker coming for me in the next six months. I am craving some ridiculously massive live score very badly!" On the live scene, Barshak has almost a half-million dollars in winnings according to the Hendon Mob. His largest cash was $68,000, which came by virtue of a fourth place finish in WPT Denmark in late 2012. He has 11 in the money finishes in WSOP events stretching back to 2010 and is the owner of two Circuit rings. If your game seems to be stuck in a rut and you're not sure what to do, Barshak advised, "Being a top poker player is all about adjusting with the times and not letting your ego get in the way. You have to appreciate and love the challenge of getting better." If you're wondering what Barshak did specifically in order to stop his bleeding, he told us he started "being more disciplined in certain post-flop spots where you might have to make a tough laydown on the river or something of that nature." Additionally, he has gotten better at "dealing with the ridiculous aggression of online poker. Small things like knowing when not to c-bet can go a long way." "Adjustments a lot of times come from noticing leaks in your own game, figuring out how you bust certain tournaments or are losing big spots, and making adjustments accordingly. Adjustments are all about noticing your own leaks, being honest with yourself about it, and fixing it. Sometimes it can take months to make changes since it's quite easy to not think you are doing much wrong." Barshak is from the US, but makes his home in Costa Rica alongside a bevy of other PocketFivers. In fact, he is one of 156 players with PLB scores in Guanacaste and was ranked #2 on PocketFives in 2012. He called the Costa Rican atmosphere "the most relaxed lifestyle possible" and "a great environment for poker." Some of his fellow Costa Rican players like Brian brianm15England (Four-Max bracelet, pictured) and Chris Big Huni Hunichen (two runner-up finishes) also excelled during the recently completed WCOOP. Maybe there's something in the water? If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and a free PocketFives t-shirt shipped to your doorstep. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  18. On September 7, Poland's Barry86came 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. "I feel pretty good about my win because it was my first win in a Sunday Major," he told PocketFives. "In the last three Mega Deeps, I finished around 10th, so I was very close, but didn't make a final table. This time, it went a lot better and I'm also satisfied with how I played at the final table." It was his largest tracked score to date. Players get 10,000 in starting chips in the Mega Deep and the price of poker goes up every half-hour. He said the structure "allows a lot of room for play" and added, "Most of the time, the stacks are pretty deep. The final table lasted around 2.5 hours, so at around five players left, it got a little shallow. For me, it went well." He said he had an average chip stack during the early stages of the Mega Deep and ultimately jumped to third place after winning a coin flip with two tables left. He explained, "I started the final table second in chips and got a good draw because the two other big stacks were sitting on my right. I managed to take most of the chips from the chip leader and then took the lead. I think I played quite well from there and tried to put as much pressure on the other players as I could." He knocked out the one-time chip leader and cruised to victory from there, entering heads-up with a 5:2 edge. Heads-up play lasted all of 15 minutes and ended in a coin flip that saw Barry86 win with 7-7 against K-Q. As far as his plans for the money, Barry86 told us, "The money will go to my bankroll. I don't have any special use for it right now and my buy-ins will remain the same. I don't like to create much variance by playing high-stakes MTTs or high-stakes Turbos. I'm comfortable with what I am playing right now. If I get more scores like this, I will think about playing bigger games, but at the moment I'm fine with playing what I played before." While Barry86 doesn't anticipate his game mix changing in the near future, he plans to go over the 888 Mega Deep with friends in order to continue to improve. As he explained, "Strategy-wise, I plan to review this tournament with my friends and see what I could do better and where I made mistakes. I got a confidence boost, but I hope I will use it the right way and not become an agro-monkey." The experience seemed to leave a mark on the Polish player, who told us, "It was just another day in the office, but this time I was lucky enough to get the cherry on top of the cake. Now, I'm going to keep grinding and working on my game and maybe I can get more scores like this one." He is the sixth-ranked member of the Poland pokercommunity and sits at #203 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. You can find him on PokerStarsunder the user name OMGACEACEACEand on 888 as ForzaMilan00. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  19. 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." He won a $30 Step satellite to get into the $600 buy-in tournament and also won a $160 qualifier. He took the chip lead in the Super XL Main Event at the very beginning and didn't relinquish it for the first three hours. From there, woohoo42 told us, "I had a bad stretch after losing a blind-versus-blind flip with J-10 versus 3-3 against a guy who ended up final tabling as well, so that was sick. He was at my second table with over 1,000 players left and we both went all the way." The Serbian poker player said that the 888 tournament's structure likely contributed to his success. "It was very deep all the way," he said. "Recently, I had a deep run in the Sunday Million, but the average stack was way shorter. In this tournament, I was never all-in for my stack. Since I am a cash game player, it did wonders. I was able to exploit other players a lot post-flop." He had one memorable hand with 5-3 offsuit. He told us, "The key hand was at the final table when we were four-handed. I was the chip leader and opened with 5-3 off. I was playing 90% of the hands at the time from the cutoff and the button. I faced a 3bet from the small blind and saw that his average buy-in was very low, so I knew he couldn't risk going out fourth when he was second in chips. I 4bet him and he called. The flop was 10-7-6 rainbow. I bet one-third of the pot and apparently he folded A-Q. I showed the hand and my rail went crazy in the chat. From there on, I was stealing every hand and was lucky that they didn't get A-A or K-K since that was their all-in range at the time." He started playing poker in 2008. At the time, he had a bankroll from sports betting and said he "went into poker and hit a crazy heater. I ended up busting to Viktor Blom on Bet365. That was how it started. That's why I was never scared money in the Super XL Main Event. My staking group and steady income also help. I would say that staking and coaching is my full-time job." Hold it now. Viktor Blom busted woohoo42 on Bet365? That's not something you hear every day. "He busted my first bankroll, $40,000 or so, in January 2009" he told us. "We were both young sickos. He happened to run better. I dedicated myself to school after that. I had a full scholarship at the University of Richmond, but I dropped out because of poker." Blom continues to be one of the fixtures of the nosebleed-stakes poker community five years later and woohoo42 said of his game, "He was very good at adjusting and he was very good playing deep." Blom recently returned to Full Tilt Poker after a two-month hiatus. Away from poker, woohoo42 plays basketball and spends time with his girlfriend. He is a big fan of the NBA. On 888 Poker, you can find woohoo42 playing under the user name Adza32. In November, he finished fifth in the PokerStars Big $55 and seventh in the Bigger $162 in a 24-hour span for $12,000 total. He finished 19th in the Sunday Million last week. He is one of 242 members of the Serbia pokercommunity on PocketFives that have registered PLB scores. Serbia is #31 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 members of 48,102 points, sitting just ahead of New Zealand. Serbian PocketFivers have combined career online MTT winnings of $6.4 million, $1.8 million of which has come in the last three months. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. Last week, 888 Pokerhosted the PocketFives Open. We had well over 200 players enter including two 888 sponsored pros: Bruno Politano (pictured) and Sofia Lovgren. The former finished eighth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event and said of that experience, "It was the best experience of my life. It was amazing! I wish all professional poker players could live that experience one day in their lives. It's unreal." Politano made almost a million dollars from the WSOP Main Event and said he learned that life is "full of good times. We should take of all of them the best possible way; we need to enjoy all of the good moments." He has since final tabled a Six-Max WSOP event in Australia. Let's get back to the PocketFives Open for a minute. 888 generously added $2,500 in cash to the prize pool. While it certainly didn't come close to the WSOP Main Event, Politano told us, "The Open was a good experience. There were a lot of players talking with me in the chat, which was a lot of fun." He busted in fourth place after an ill-fated semi-bluff. Impressively, his 888 partner in crime, Lovgren, also cracked the top 15 and finished 11th. The Brazil pokercommunity on PocketFives has almost 3,000 registered members, who have combined winnings in excess of $250 million. "I believe poker in Brazil has changed," Politano commented about the game in his home country. "Everybody now plays poker and tries to find tournaments to play online. Poker has also won a lot of space on media channels like magazines and radio." Brazil is #4 in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankingswith a combined PLB score of its top 20 members of 99,930 points. It owns 12 PocketFives Triple Crowns and its members have logged almost exactly 400,000 cashes over the years. In total, poker seems to be exploding in the South American nation. Politano got started in poker 12 years ago with his friends from university. While he was coming up in the game, he was concurrently working in the pharmaceutical industry for the US-based company Sanofi. According to ESPN, his promising poker career took a wrong turn at the 2011 WSOP. After a lackluster run in Las Vegas, "He began concentrating on a company, Couro & Cia, that sells handbags, shoes, and leather accessories. As the business expanded, he opened up a store in the chic downtown area of Sao Paulo. The timing of this store was perfect, as Brazil regulated poker in 2012 and one of the most active poker cities was San Paulo." Politano remains about as determined as it gets in the poker industry. Accordingly, his advice for other players is to "study, study, study. Success in poker is in the information." If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through PocketFives' linksto get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400) and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  21. PocketFives had the opportunity to sit down with Edward Eddiegood86 Espino (pictured, ranked 56th in New Jersey), who started out in the professional video gaming world and quickly transitioned over to playing poker. He would spend endless nights playing cash games, which usually ended in losing sessions, but he used his drive and determination to keep motivating himself to get better at the game. With over $144,000 in tracked online cashes, his bread and butter tournament is the 888 PokerBig Sunday $10,000 Guarantee where he has two wins, a second and a third for a total of $10,589. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? Edward Espino: I use to play video games for a living, fighting games such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken. I would be at my local arcade on a daily basis. One day, kids went over to play poker over someone's house. I had never touched cards before that day and after four hours of playing 25/50 cent No Limit Hold'em, I was hooked. I then was donating all of my paychecks to these guys for maybe six months. I sure wish I knew bankroll management then! PocketFives: What are your favorite New Jersey online poker sites to play on and why? Edward Espino: 888 Poker! I never have had anything negative to say about them except one issue, but that was partially my fault. I'm not a big fan of rebuy tournaments, but they do have ways to get into their Sunday main event for $1! I find that hard to beat. The other sites don't have satellites like that on a daily basis. I don't even want to get started on other sites' customer support. PocketFives: What has been your most memorable cash or win on the New Jersey sites? Edward Espino: The Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee on 888. Over Labor Day weekend of 2014, I took it down for $4,225. I didn't believe it at first because I had not made a score like that in maybe four years. The following week, I took second in the same tournament. The week after that, I took third. This tournament I want to say I take great pride in. It brought me back to life in the poker world. PocketFives: How many hours do you dedicate to poker a week? Edward Espino: As much as I can. I would play all seven days a week if I felt up to it. However, I won't force myself to play anymore. The regulars I see online are on every day. Much respect to them, but I need at least one day of rest when I get two-outed five times in a span of three hours. It's not always fun and definitely can kick your momentum down. The next two months is all poker every day until a six- or decent five-figure hit is done. WSOP in Vegas is the best time to make money for any player. PocketFives: Is there anyone who helped change how you approach the game of poker? Edward Espino: Yes, losing! I don't remember where I read or heard it from, but the words were "In order to learn to win a lot, you must learn to lose a lot." Sadly enough, that made sense to me. I have definitely lost hundreds or possibly thousands in my teen years. As far as anyone helping me, yes. Everyone comes across plenty of great players. I just try to absorb their profitable features and blend them in with my game. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? Edward Espino: I hang out with my friends from grade school. I've known them for over 20 years and none of them plays poker, so it's great. They know nothing of the game and I don't have to hear some poker terminology or joke about a bad beat story every five minutes. Besides that, I am trying to map out a list of places to travel to. I do, however, need to make a big score to make this happen. I know it's all in due time.
  22. Earlier this month, Martin Mulsow (pictured with Sam TheSquidGrafton), known on PocketFives as moertelmu, came away with the win in the 888 Poker Sunday Challengefor $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. "I feel great about it," Mulsow told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I am finally a winning player on that site." Mulsow was on a trip with his girlfriend at the time of the tournament and, while he was looking forward to hanging out with her, he took time on Sunday to play poker. "I pretty much had only screen space for one 888 tournament," he said. "At 5:00am, I was already really tired, but was 1/30 in the PartyPoker Major and deep in the 888 Sunday Challenge with a stack." He punted the PartyPoker Major in 24th place on a "spewy bluff" and explained, "I was one-tabling all the way to victory at 9:30am while sipping beers from the mini bar. Then, I woke up my girlfriend and we went for a nice breakfast, only I was drinking beer instead of coffee or milk. The server looked quite surprised when I ordered it." He's headed on a road trip through Eastern Europe in June and plans to allocate a portion of his Sunday Challenge winnings toward nicer hotels. He's also saving up to purchase some real estate. If you're wondering, he'll start his Eastern Europe trip in Romania (pictured), where his girlfriend is from, and then move on to Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Vienna, where he is currently based. We're exhausted just thinking about it. Also during his travels, he attended the Eureka Poker Tour's stop in Hamburg, which is taking place right now, but won't be heading to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. "Live poker really pisses me off," he candidly said. "If things don't go well in Vegas, the lack of online poker plus the variance of these huge-field MTTs will really turn me off." Nevertheless, he usually takes one live poker trip per month. His largest online cash came last November in the PokerStars.fr Sunday Night Live for $32,000. He has 10,581 tracked in the money finishes at an average of $253 each. Mulsow got started in poker playing €2 home games with friends in 2007 and 2008. He explained, "When the boom died, I was the only one who was still interested in playing, so I saw an ad on TV and started crushing play money games on PokerStars. Then, I deposited €20 and never looked back." As far as why poker was appealing, Mulsow said, "I like the mental challenge and competition. Playing games against other people is just fun." Mulsow is #218 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, 100 spots off his all-time high of #114 set three years ago. He's #12 in Austria and #9 in the capital city of Vienna. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus,$88 freein most locations, and one free month of poker training from CardRunners or Tournament Poker Edge. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  23. 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. PocketFives: Tell us how you're feeling about winning the 888 Sunday Challenge. ravenjetbyrne: Numbness mixed with a little stress release. I have tasted the sweet nectar of a Sunday Challenge victory before and wanted that taste again. I was hungry for it. PocketFives: What about the Sunday Challenge has allowed you to have so much success in it? ravenjetbyrne: While my 2012 victory involved naked fist-pumping in the mirror, this one was more of a mellow high, a mental handshake for a job well done. I felt zoned into the energy flow of the game. I remember a very sick double-float value bluff river re-raise against a tough reg that chipped me up at a time of great famine late. I showed it and threw an egg. Both victories were when I came into the last 12 as a short stack and managed to climb the golden mountain to glory. I think I played well short-handed, held my own versus the sickos, and tried to stay focused and relaxed. 888 is my own personal pleasure palace where I am strong and no reg can hurt me. I love the juicy player pool and the low-variance grind that satisfy all my MTT needs. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? ravenjetbyrne: The money goes towards buying a house. I want all the people I love in one big house and eventually I will have a child called Raven Jet Byrne II. This child will complete my legacy. My girlfriend has already agreed to this. We will also have animals. PocketFives: Talk about poker life in London (pictured). Do you get to play live at all? ravenjetbyrne: I never play live in casinos, but I do like an underground cash game with the right people. Glastonbury is my home, where the people are strange. I like to eat good food and spend time with people who matter. I also love making music and being creative when I get time. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? ravenjetbyrne: I first got into poker though an ex-girlfriend's dad whom I used to destroy at chess. He took me to a pub game and I was awful, but I got into the swing of it. I am not a naturally talented person; everything I have succeeded in is through sheer determination and relentless effort. I came from nothing and have had to fight for my dreams. When I started playing poker, it was madness. I had no job, rent to pay, and was using a credit card to get by. I was the worst, but was relentless and got better on my own. I have this fire inside me that drives me and I get obsessed with greatness. Being the best is all that matters. I really loved Phil Hellmuth (pictured) and wanted to berate people and play a game I enjoy. I have a logical brain and used to beat adults at chess when I was young. I moved all around as a child too. My first memory is where I am naked and so is my dad. We are in this teepee and everyone is naked. ravejetbyrne is alive and five. I think I crave order and stability as a reaction to a very free and interesting, yet chaotic start I had. I feel like I have managed to create something worthwhile out of the dark mist. I will always remember what it was like to have nothing. I am fiercely competitive and get upset when I fail. I am trying to get more humble and be the best person I can be, like Gandhi but with some money and better looking. PocketFives: Tell us about your music and comedy careers. ravenjetbyrne: Although I make all my money from poker, I also love to write songs and perform live. I combine sensual, dark songs with very unusual stand-up comedy and visual art. I love to challenge an audience and take their minds and souls into the deep waters of risk and reward by doing something they wouldn't expect. I want to take the show onto the streets and give people memories that stain their essence forever. I have been out there with a crown of thorns and a gun and literally stopped traffic in Glastonbury. That's a very key part of my being. If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up though the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Click here to get started.
  24. According to iGaming Businessand other outlets, 888 Holdings, which runs 888 Poker, has turned in a record-breaking 2014 calendar year with revenues of $455 million. That figure is up 14% over 2013 and, as outlined by IGB, "888 has announced a final dividend at 4.5 cents per ordinary share as well as an additional one-off dividend of 7.0 cents per share." 888 CEO Brian Mattingley (pictured) commented on the strong showing, "2014 was another record-breaking year for 888 during which we again delivered strong growth in revenue and profitability. This outstanding result reflects the fundamental strength of our business and the continued execution of our focused strategy. This is underpinned by our strong brands, exceptional technology, and industry-leading marketing systems." He added, "I am delighted with 888's record achievements in 2014 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each member of our dynamic and talented team for their fantastic efforts during the year." Numbers-wise, 888's B2C revenue came in at $391 million, up 11%, while B2B revenue stood at $64 million, up about one-third. The company, according to IGB, has 17.9 million player accounts, which is up 15% year-over-year. Earnings per share were up 13% to $0.16. The company noted that the World Cup held in 2014 helped bolster its results, labeling its effect "spectacular." The company launched its Sport product in Spain last year, rolled out a mobile product in Italy, and added 13 new Bingo skins to its B2B arm Dragonfish. 888 could also benefit from a forthcoming compact between Nevada and Delaware, two of the three US states with regulated online poker. However, according to recent Tweets from WSOP's Seth Palansky, the integration might not be as deep as many people thought. Palansky said, for example, "Delaware players won't be playing in WSOP satellites even when compact goes live. You still play on Delaware site… because we have to do things in the confines of the regulations and this is what makes the most sense to all parties." Palansky told PocketFives that "almost everything will be linked together." Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  25. In the middle of February, the 888 Poker Mega Deeppulled 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. aimazing said the structure of the Mega Deep was "incredibly good." It has 30-minute levels, which allows for plenty of play, but as he put it, "One of the downsides is the length of the tourney; it took almost 14 hours. From the beginning, I played pretty tight, trying to grab chips in low-variance spots due to the good structure. In the middle, I tried to keep an average stack and not fight too much. In the later stages, I got a good run of cards and started using my tight image to play around with guys who seemed to wait for the pay jumps." By the time the final table rolled around, aimazing got it in three times with aces versus A-Q and A-K. "I have a good life," he joked of his luck. "Heads-up play was rather short. My opponent flatted my 4bet with 10-3 suited and managed to suck out on me." If you're a regular grinder, then looking at a computer screen for 14 hours probably isn't a huge issue, but for some of us, it can become physically taxing. "It's pretty hard, but does not happen that often," aimazing said of being hunkered down for so long. "When you realize you are fighting for such a large first place prize, you can handle it. During the breaks, I try to rest my eyes, do some exercises, and get some fresh air, which help a lot." As far as the money goes, aimazing plans to throw a party for his friends and use the rest to increase his bankroll. He is a month removed from winning a MiniFTOPSevent for $14,000 and so is riding a hot streak of sorts. "I'll definitely start playing more live tournaments," he said. "I have already been to Malta(pictured) and loved the whole experience. I will also move up in tournament buy-ins if I think I have an edge in those games. I will still play lower buy-in tournaments with good prize pools, though." The Polish player is definitely an up-and-comer and just passed 1,000 in the money finishes in online tournaments. His journey originated three years ago when a friend was playing cash games. "I railed his results, which were awesome for me at the time, and decided to play a little bit. I fell in love with the game pretty fast and started playing low buy-in sit and gos." He has $161,000 in tracked cashes thus far and should clear $250,000 in short order. Outside of poker, aimazing studies economics and, in his free time, hangs out with friends. He's also an avid traveler, telling PocketFives, "In the next couple of months, I'm planning on traveling across the Europe and enjoying earned holidays." If you don't already have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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