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  1. Season XVII of the World Poker Tour saw the WPT head to the cold Northeast for the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. A whopper of a field turned out for the $3,500 buy-in event, as 1,415 entries were generated to make it the largest WPT Main Tour event at Borgata and the third-largest WPT Main Tour field size of all time. When play wrapped up on Thursday night, just six players remained. Those six were led by Dave Farah and will now enjoy a 41-day break before playing for the title in Las Vegas on March 13, 2019. Each of the remaining six players is guaranteed $154,734 for reac
  2. 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 Once again Lance Bradley and Matt Clark get together to talk about the amazingly impressive career of Adrian Mateos and the lack of American superstars under the age of 25 while discussing whether or not Bryn Kenney might just be under-appreciated after his big win in the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Super High Roller. They al
  3. On Thursday, Christian Lusardi (pictured), the mastermind behind the so-called Chipgate at Borgata, was sentenced to five years in jail. According to the Associated Press, "Lusardi also must pay $463,540 in restitution to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for the revenue it lost when it canceled the 2014 tournament in Atlantic City and $9,455 to Harrah's Casino Hotel for damaging its plumbing." Lusardi was indicted in July. At the time, the Acting Attorney General in New Jersey said, "Lusardi's alleged scheme to play high-stakes poker with counterfeit chips played out like a Hollywood movie
  4. According to NJ.comand a variety of other outlets, the Borgatain Atlantic City has filed suit against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over a $9.6 million baccarat win that occurred two years ago. The site explained, "While playing,Ivey allegedly cheated by fixating on pattern flaws on the back of the cards, a technique commonly known as 'edge sorting,' according to the lawsuit." If all of this sounds familiar, it's because it is. In 2012, the same year Borgata alleged the cheating at its casino took place, Ivey booked a £7.3 million win at Punto Banco at Crockfords in London, but that casino
  5. The Borgatain Atlantic City has taken the initiative to beef up security in its poker tournaments by introducing brand new chips boasting several modern-day features designed to thwart counterfeiters. The purchase of the high-tech chips was reportedly the direct result of the scandal allegedly caused at least in part by Christian Lusardi, a North Carolina man who was charged with introducing fake chips into an event in January. "This was very expensive, but very necessary," Borgata Senior Vice President Joe Lupo said to the Atlantic City press. "In order to have the biggest tournaments i
  6. The Borgata Fall Poker Open is currently taking place in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel and Spa through November 21. PocketFives caught up with one of its own members and Event #4 champion, Jake jtsnakesPerry (pictured, image courtesy of Borgata blog), which was a $560 buy-in two-day event that attracted 207 entrants for a prize pool of $103,500. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. As of late, Perry has been on a tear on the live poker scene, as back in October, he finished second in the Parx Big Stax Main Event for h
  7. The World Poker Tour returns to the East Coast for the popular WPT Borgata Poker Open. Taking place from September 16-23, the third stop of Season 17 features a $3,500 Main Event with a $3 million guarantee. Get In The Game Those looking to play in the tournament will find what the players on tour have come to expect: a Main Event worthy of being called a major title. It begins with sixty-minute starting levels that expands into 90-minutes as the tournament progresses. The 40,000 starting stack (400bb), the big-blind ante and a 30-second shot clock (when the tournament is one table away from
  8. This week the New Jersey Sunday Majors featured the conclusion of the Spring edition of the partypokerNJ Garden State Super Series on top of the standard Sunday schedule. Event #10 of the GSSS was the $325 NL Hold'em Main Event event, which broke the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. 'Tiger15' won the event outright for $19,623 along with a $2,700 main event seat to the Borgata Spring Poker Open. Event 10 was a $1,060 NL Hold'em tournament that narrowly missed the $50,000 guarantee as a heads-up deal was struck with Josh 'WilfordBrimley' Berarditaking the title and $10,385 and 'Mr._Robot' taking
  9. [caption width="640"] Jamie Kerstetter lives in New Jersey but makes a point to travel around the country and take part in the tournament circuit. (WSOP photo)[/caption] This month alone, there are tournament series going on across all regions of the country. For starters, the LA Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles is nearing its World Poker Tour Main Event, and West Palm Beach, FL just finished playing host to the World Series of Poker Circuit. In between both of those destinations sits Blackhawk, CO and the Golden Gates Casino. Hundreds of players made their way “up t
  10. [caption width="640"] Matt Mendez was overcome with emotion last year after winning The Big Stax XV High Roller only a month after the birth of his daughter. (Parx photo)[/caption] Winning poker tournaments can have a contagious effect. Just ask Fedor Holz. There may be no pure way to prove that “momentum” exists in poker but there is an empirical effect of confidence that some players will attest becomes apparent when they put together multiple deep runs. Matt 'MattEMenz' Mendez is one of the believers and pulled off an amazing run last year that spanned two casinos with Mendez ending
  11. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Anna Antimony climbed high in 2017 and is looking to build on that momentum in the new year. . (AlCantHang photo)[/caption] Anna ‘OhUrAPro’ Antimony used to grind on the slim margins of the Borgata $2/$5 cash games until a tournament result opened her game and life up to new possibilities. Last November, Antimony chopped the Borgata Fall Poker Open Event #1 for $126,146. For the first time in her professional career, Antimony had the bankroll flexibility to take a deep breath and bask in the glow of the work put in to reach this point. Thi
  12. After lying dormant for much of the last few months, the lawsuit filed by Borgata in Atlantic City against poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) over $9.6 million that Ivey won at baccarat has heated up in recent weeks. --- 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 original lawsuit filed by Borgata in April had been quiet as of late, but Ivey's attorneys reopened the battle with
  13. The end-of-season World Poker Tour Championship is on the move. This year, the tournament will move across the United States from its old digs at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City. The action begins on April 21 and features the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP, running alongside it, giving players the chance to battle offline and online. Sign up for PartyPoker New Jerseyand sign up for Borgata Poker today. WPT President Adam Pliska commented in a press release that a change of scenery for the WPT Championship should provide a fresh start: "After 11 y
  14. To start off 2014, the opening event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open was canceled when 27 players remained after officials found "a significant number of counterfeit chips." The tournament carried a healthy $2 million guarantee and first place was scheduled to make $372,000. Two months later, its remaining participants are anxiously awaiting a resolution. One of the final 27 shared an update on TwoPlusTwo saying that Borgata contacted him on March 21. "Borgata had been actively meeting with the [New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement]for several weeks trying to clarify the event that wa
  15. Phil Ivey(pictured) is in a heated legal battle against Atlantic City's Borgata Casino, which is suing the 10-time bracelet winner for $9.6 million, the amount he won at its baccarat tables using a technique that the casino considers to be cheating. In response, Ivey has made counterclaimsalleging it was the casino which tried to take advantage of him using attractive cocktail waitresses and free alcohol. This week, Borgata filed a brief to have those allegations dismissed by summary judgment, a document that revealed new details about the incident. Borgata claims that Ivey and a woman
  16. In recent days, the World Poker Tour wrapped up its annual end-of-season Championship event from the Borgata in Atlantic City. This year, the tournament attracted 239 entries, down 27% from the 328 recorded last year. PokerNews' Donnie Peters (pictured) called the development "worrisome," so PocketFives took to Twitter to figure out why attendance slid so much. Peters gave his take on why the WPT Championship headcount dropped, Tweeting, "5% no High Roller and Super High Roller, 20% timing on schedule, 75% location." The European Poker Tour's Grand Final was taking place concurrently across
  17. Last week, Christian Lusardi (pictured), the alleged mastermind behind the Borgata "chipgate" scandal, pled guilty to two federal charges: copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. He earned a five-year prison sentence and another three years of probationfollowing his release. Lusardi will also have to pay restitution of over $1.1 million. The case against Lusardi was actually ongoing when he allegedly committed his acts in New Jersey that brought his name to light in the poker world. An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security had Lusardi under surveillance
  18. The World Poker Tour’s third Las Vegas final table next week will be the Season XVII WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The final six from the booming 1,415-entry field will look to crown a champion on Wednesday, following the conclusion of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic on Monday and WPT Gardens Poker Championship on Tuesday. Dave Farah is leading the final six with a first-place prize of $728,430 awaiting the winner. Joining Farah and his chip-leading stack of 18.85 million will be Brandon Hall, Daniel Buzgon, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, Ian O’Hara, and Vinicius Lima. Come Wednesday’s return to action,
  19. Sometimes you just have to take a shot. That’s exactly what well-travelled New Jersey grinder Michael Azzaro thought when it came to the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule. One look at Azzaro’s history, both live and online, one can see the bulk of his success has come from East Coast venues in buy-ins of up to $1K. But here at the start of 2019, Azzaro has fired in the $25,000 PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship and now, he’s deep in the $10K Main Event. “I’m definitely taking a shot,” Azzaro said. “I played this Main Event last year for the first time. I’ve played the WS
  20. [caption width="680"] Joseph Galazzo took time off from poker in 2016 to focus on his health and is seeing a positive change. (Will OC photo)[/caption] The Borgata Saturday Series is one of the most popular and grueling daily events on the East Coast. The $400 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed event is a weekend staple at The Borgata and for those who are able to make it through the 16 hours of play it takes to reach a winner are paid handsomely. Just a few months ago, Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo barely had the physical capacity to sit for the long hours required to make a Saturday Series run
  21. [caption width="640"] Moe Farah entered a field of 5,512 in the Winter Poker Open Event 1 and walked away over 1,000 richer after taking part in a seven-way deal. (Will OC photo)[/caption] The 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open wrapped up last week after handing out millions of dollars in prize money over 25 events with thousands of players competing at their chance at a piece of poker glory. The opening event of the WPO offered a $2,000,000 guarantee at the price point of a $560 buy-in and over 5,500 flocked to Atlantic City to play in the record-breaking event. When the dust finally sett
  22. [caption width="640"] Daniel Buzgon is an accomplished poker player in his own right but he is also a menace on the golf course. (Will OC photo)[/caption] While clicking buttons or riffling chips takes up most of the time spent in “the office” of a professional poker player, like any other job, there are hobbies that players enjoy taking part in when they aren’t grinding. When the weather cooperates, the golf course is a well-traveled destination for players as the gambling nature of the game carries over along with the competition aspect. New Jersey native and resident Daniel ‘wildman
  23. In March, Phil Ivey (pictured) was deposed in a case involving alleged edge-sorting at Borgata in Atlantic City. The casino sued Ivey for almost $10 millionand, in turn, Ivey counter-sued Borgata. PokerNews managed to obtain a portion of the deposition, which took place in March. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos,
  24. In April, the BorgataHotel, Casino, and Spa in Atlantic City filed a lawsuitin the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against Phil Ivey (pictured), saying he allegedly cheated during several sessions of high-stakes baccarat in 2012 resulting winnings of nearly $10 million. --- 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! --- Ivey and his gaming partner, Chen
  25. Daniel Negreanu (pictured) recently made his opinions about Borgata's lawsuit against Phil Ivey abundantly clear, going on several 140-character-fueled tirades defending his friend on Twitter. The Atlantic City casino is suing the poker legend for $9.6 million, claiming he won the cash using a technique it considers to be illegal. Negreanu, never afraid to speak his mind, started out by questioning the judgment of the casino staff, who allowed Ivey to allegedly run his "edge-sorting" scheme in the first place: "Been reading up on poker news lately and the people running the Borgata high-li
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