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  1. No matter how you look at it, Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt is one of the most dominant online poker players in the history of online poker. The Swedish superstar has hit the top of the Online Poker Rankings ten different times and spent a record 97 weeks in total at #1. On top of that, he was the first player to break through the $20 million career earnings barrier and is the current Online All-Time Money List leader with $21,758,331in earnings. It’s more than the numbers though, ‘Lena900’ has a reputation as the type of grinder who, despite his enormous success, would prefer to never take a
  2. Though tens of thousands of players have made their way into the PocketFives Rankings since the website launched in 2005, just 60 different players have climbed to the top and held the #1 spot. This list of players who have been #1 includes some of the most respected and feared players in the game, spanning multiple eras of online poker. There’s no doubt that these 60 players are all great - but who is the greatest #1 of all time? It’s a question that’s never been asked. Until now. And the answer to that question is entirely up to you. Over the next 30 days, poker fans will have the o
  3. No, some of the best poker players in the world were not packed into the tables at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas chasing down World Series of Poker Circuit rings over the last two weeks. Players in Nevada and New Jersey were, in fact, playing on WSOP.com in the Planet Hollywood Circuit events with 12 rings on the line and the list of winners includes more than a handful of familiar faces including a pair of former #1-ranked online poker players. The 12-event series had a total guarantee of $1.125 million and all 12 tournaments easily cleared their individual guarantee to push the total pri
  4. Most people who play the World Series of Poker Main Event don't even think of bringing their work with them when they come to chase poker immortality. Ben Mintz isn't most people though. Mintz, who hosts a drive-time sports radio show in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, is onto Day 3 of the Main Event but has also made time to get on air while in Las Vegas, even having former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel on as a guest. Mintz last played the Main Event in 2013, long before the radio show was something he'd even considered. Mintz, also a PocketFiver, used to make his living grinding onlin
  5. Just a few short minutes after accomplishing what most poker players dream of - winning a World Series of Poker bracelet - Ari Engel stood in front of the assembled poker media for the customary post-tournament scrum and spoke candidly about how his confidence was low. “So many people are doing work and improving their games and you get owned a time or two from people that you thought were worse than you. I'm the kind of person to lose my confidence real easily,” Engel said. “It's kind of a relative thing. It's not like I thought that I sucked, but maybe not the same level of confidence tha
  6. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES The guest for Episode 3 is none other than World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions winner Daniel Weinman. He talks about his two WPT titles, rooming with Sam Panzica, and what's in store for him now that he's got a signature win (or two) on his resume. The guys also recap the action from the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdow
  7. [caption width="640"] The third annual American Poker Awards go February 23 in Beverly Hills, California[/caption] Wednesday morning saw the announcement of all nominations for the third annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards, which take place Thursday February 23 at the Sofitel Beverley Hills in Los Angeles. It’s World Poker Tour host and all-round legend of the game Mike Sexton who headlines the nominations with three. Sexton is up for Tournament Performance of the Year and Moment of the Year for his win at the WPT Montreal. Away from the tables, Sexton has also been recogniz
  8. [caption width="640"] Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event[/caption] Life-changing money was awarded at this year's Aussie Millions. The annual poker series Down Under ended with 732 entrants showing up for the Main Event. In the end, a former #1 ranked player on PocketFives, Ari Engel, took it down for USD $1.1 million. He joins the ranks of former Aussie Millions Main Event winners like Tyron Krost, Alexander Kostritsyn, Gus Hansen, Tony Bloom, and Ami Barer. Engel beat World Poker Tour host Tony 'Bond18' Dunst heads-up in a battle of longtime, accomplished online poker p
  9. It's hard to believe that 2015 will mark the 10th year PocketFives has been around. One of the members of the poker world who signed up for our site in Year 1 was Ari Engel(pictured), known to many in our community as BodogAri. He has $2.3 million in tracked scores online plus another $1.4 million in the live arena, according to the Hendon Mob. In the last few weeks, Engel won a PokerStarsSpring Championship of Online Poker $109 No Limit Hold'em event for $187,000 after a four-way deal. Engel said, "I'm feeling good. It's always really good to get a big score. They don't come very often,
  10. On Friday at the 2019 World Series of Poker, Dan Zack finished off his 11th cash of the summer with a fourth-place result in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Not only did the run earn Zack another $94,305 in prize money, but it paid big dividends in keeping him in the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race. That same day, Phil Hui had finished off his ninth cash of the 2019 WSOP with a win in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. It was Hui’s third final table appearance of the summer and skyrocketed him to 2,830.68 points. Had Zack not earned at least a sixth-place finish, the race would
  11. By the time the 2019 World Series of Poker is over, the "Best Player Without a Bracelet" is going to be all new names. Three more players who have seen their names on the list in the past, pulled out a red marker on Saturday and crossed it off permanently. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, Stephen Chidwick, and Luke Schwartz all won bracelets just a few hours apart on another busy Saturday at the WSOP Stephen Chidwick Ships $25K PLO High Roller for $1.6M Stephen Chidwick, one of the most well-respected players in poker, recently became a father and that life change meant he wouldn't
  12. [caption width="640"] The best of the best from the WSOP Circuit are in Cherokee, NC for the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship.[/caption] Later this week roughly 100 of the best players the WSOP Circuit has to offer will be in Cherokee, North Carolina for the $1,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. And they should have some company. The GCC, which replaced the WSOP Circuit National Championship, is open to three distinct groups of players and awards a WSOP bracelet to the winner. The first is the 100 players who earned a free seat based on their play in
  13. Known to many on PocketFives as BodogAri, Ari Engelhas hit it big in the live poker world over the years. This week, Engel won his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit ring and moved into a tie for second all-time on that leaderboard behind only Alex Masek, who has eight. Also with seven Circuit rings is Chris Reslock. Engel's latest ring came after taking down a $580 HORSE event during the WSOP Circuit's stop in Hammond, Indiana, which drew 128 players. Engel told WSOP officials, "It definitely doesn't get old. It's nice to get a win. It's been a little bit of time. I spend a lot of tim
  14. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Calvin Anderson Hits Six Figures It continues to be a solid summer for Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson who continues to rack up impressive cashes in his pursuit of his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet. After a series of five-figure cashes, Anderson has quickly surpassed six-figures in total cashes so far in the series. Anderson just missed out on the final table
  15. [caption width="640"] In its eighth year, the Punta Cana Poker Classic continues their rich tradition[/caption] The Punta Cana Poker Classic has established itself as one of the most inviting poker vacation tour stops of the calendar year. Since their inaugural tournament back in 2010, they have created a must-play event that has blended plentiful poker and beautiful beaches into a one-of-a-kind experience. Now in their, eighth year, PocketFives decided to take a look back at some of the highlights of the PCPC in years past. 2010 The Punta Cana Poker Classic more than doubling t
  16. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES PocketFives.com Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark discuss the recent rule change by the World Series of Poker meant to curtail stalling, the success of partypokerLIVE MILLION North America in Montreal, the recently released schedule for the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. They also discuss Jessica Welman's
  17. [caption width="640"] Ari Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event.[/caption] Ari Engel, the former #1 ranked online poker player in the world, made big noise Sunday in Australia, beating Tony 'Bond18' Dunst heads-up to win the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event and A$1,600,000 ($1,133,650 US). The final table began with Engel holding 37% of the chips in play with just six other players between himself and the first major win of his career. It didn’t take long for the first elimination. On just the third hand of the day John Apostolidis raised from UTG to 205,000. Action folded
  18. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In June, all eyes were on the 2019 WSOP, which kicked off with a bang that included the largest live poker tournament ever and Phil Ivey's return. WSOP Big 50’s Gigantic Turnout The first installment of the World Series of Poker $500 buy-in 'Big 50' tournament was one for the record books, literally. The tournament that was marketed to give comers from all levels a shot at WSOP glory did that and more, becoming the larges
  19. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. On an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast, your hosts Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters continue to bring you all of the action taking place at the 2019 World Series of Poker. World-class poker players Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel and Luke Schwartz finally capture a WSOP gold bracelet - who are the best players still in the bracelet chase? Plus, the Poker Hall of Fame has announced their 10 finalists for t
  20. When the poker industry gathers in Las Vegas Friday night to celebrate the best of 2018 at the Global Poker Awards, PocketFives.com will honor a player who has collected more accolades over the course of his online poker career than any player in the 15-year history of the site. Chris Moorman, one of the most successful players in online poker tournament history, is this year’s recipient of the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards. “Chris’ success in the online poker world is nearly unmatched. When it came time to pick which player to recognize this year, there was never
  21. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week's episode is full of World Series of Poker news, including Jack Effel's decision to introduce the Big Blind Ante to a limited number of events and the brand's decision to continue to host WSOP Europe at King's Casino despite the legal issues that owner Leon Tsoukernik continues to face. They also go toe-to-toe on the topic of whether or not former #1-ranked Pocke
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