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  1. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Bryan Piccioli took down the World Series of Poker Online Event #12 ($500 Turbo Deepstack) for $83,332 and in doing so, captured his second gold WSOP bracelet. At the final table, Piccioli was one of no less than four players from previous WSOP Main Event final tables and got the better of some of the best in the business to strike gold. The final table began in quick fashion, reflecting the tournament overall, which took just seven hours to complete. Darren Elias opened to double the big blind from the hijack with [poker card="Ks"][poker card="8s"
  2. High-stakes cash game pro and former #1-ranked player in the world Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro bested 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian Salas heads-up in this week’s $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ to take home his first Super MILLION$ title and the $408,406 first-place prize. Finland’s Kelopuro has proved to be a regular runner in the Super MILLION$, appearing in 32 out of the 36 times the tournament has taken place. This week marked the third time Kelopuro earned a trip to the final table however in his previous two attempts he had never finished higher than seventh place. T
  3. Police in Medford Township, New Jersey have arrested a 24-year-old in connection with the attempted armed burglary of the home of professional poker player Darren Elias. Shannon Soroka, a part-time poker player, was arrested Friday, one day after he burst into Elias' home armed with a handgun. Elias and his wife were out at the time and Soroka allegedly demanded the 19-year-old babysitter that was home show Soroka where Elias kept his cash. During the robbery, Soroka allegedly held a gun to the woman's back. Elias and his wife were not home at the time. The babysitter was watching the c
  4. The Season XVIII World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic crowned its winner on Saturday, with Alex Foxen topping the record-breaking field of 1,035 entries to win the $1.694 million first-place prize. "It feels, I don't know… surreal," Foxen said in the moments following the win. "It’s kind of hard to put into words, but it feels amazing. The last time I got to this spot, I was a little bit disappointed in the way that I played heads up. It’s just incredible to get the opportunity again and be fortunate enough to pull out the win. I don’t have words." Back in Season XVI, Foxen
  5. Winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet is widely considered by many to be poker’s ultimate achievement. For some players, it defines his or her career. For others, it’s the one prize eluding some of the game’s best. For years, Stephen Chidwick was considered the best poker player without a WSOP gold bracelet. At the 2019 WSOP, Chidwick bucked that monkey off his back like the most turbulent bull does to a rider at a rodeo when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.618 million. Shawn Buchanan was another player in the "best without a bracelet conversation," but, like C
  6. 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. The month of March was headlined by the attempted home invasion robbery of WPT champion Darren Elias and the emotional career-defining victory of David 'ODB' Baker. Darren Elias Targeted In Home Robbery In one of the scariest stories of 2018, four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias was the target of a home invasion robbery by Shannon Soroka, a 24-year old part-time poker player. Elias and his wife were not
  7.   Frankie O'Dell Wins Third Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet Frankie O'Dell just might be the best Omaha Hi-Lo tournament player ever. On Sunday he beat out a final table that included Robert Mizrachi and Owais Ahmed to win his third bracelet in that variation and if you're still unsure about his place in the game, just ask him. "Well if you don't know, there's only one person who has three limit Omaha eight bracelets and you're talking to him," O'Dell said after his win. "So until someone passes me or catches me, I'm not going to say nothing. I'm just going to leave it right there." O'Dell's
  8. 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. This week's episode of The Fives has Lance and Donnie going over the details from Darren Elias' home robbery and finally give some good news about the PokerStars Sunday Million field. They also talk about the new #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Roman Romanovsky and recap the action from the partypoker MILLIONS South America and the Bay 101 Shooting Star event. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google P
  9. 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. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters are LIVE from the HyperX Esports Arena covering the World Poker Tour final tables. This episode features a full recap of David Baker's win in the LA Poker Classic final table including a conversation with an emotional Baker after his win. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  10. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings #5-Ranked ‘Sheater’ Has Huge Week, Passes $9 Million One week after fellow countryman ‘lena900’ crossed the $8 million mark, Sweden’s #3-ranked player ‘Sheater’ did him one better and sped past the $9 million lifetime earnings milestone. The former Worldwide #1 (currently ranked #5 in the world) absolutely shattered the high money mark with his runner-up finish in Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 No
  11. The Season XVII World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic final table was set on Wednesday evening, with the tournament reaching its final six players from a field of 546 entries. The $10,000 buy-in event is now on a short break from action before the final table plays out on March 11, 2019, in Las Vegas. Four-time WPT champion Darren Elias topped the leaderboard entering the hiatus, with a first-place prize of $1.015 million awaiting the winner. The final six players were guaranteed $201,650. When action resumes on March 11, Elias will have a sizable lead on the other five. His stack of 9.07 mil
  12. Joseph Cheong is one of the most consistent, prolific tournament players in the world today. His rise to poker prominence came during a roller-coaster run at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he finished in third place for over $4.1 million dollars. Cheong proved that he was no one-hit wonder, as his resume only continues to add accolades and grow in the years since. He’s amassed over 15 six-figure scores, including a victory at the APT Manilla Millions in 2013 for over $1 million. In total, his lifetime live earnings have soared to over $12 million and he’s earned over $280,000
  13. [caption width="640"] The latest episode of The Fives is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.[/caption] 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. GREAT NEWS: The Fives is now available on Stitcher. Check out the links below to start listening on your favorite podcast app. Lance Bradley and Matt Clark recap Sam Greenwood's Punta Cana heater, Darren Elias' continuing domination of East Coast poker t
  14. [caption width="640"] The World Poker Tour prepares to trek to Choctaw to start the US portion of Season XVI. (WPT photo)[/caption] The World Poker Tour’s new season gets into full swing this week when it returns to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK. This is the third time the WPT has made its way to Choctaw and is the only stop in the Midwest in Season XVI. In 2015 and 2016, the fields reached the 1,000 player mark and expectations are similar for 2017. Set about 90 miles north of Dallas, TX, Choctaw has been a poker hotbed for the entire decade. The World Series of Poker Circuit
  15. History was made in the Caribbean on Friday, as longtime PocketFiver Darren darrenelias Elias (pictured) became the first person ever to win back-to-back World Poker Tour Main Events in the same season. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million
  16. [caption width="640"] Darren Elias became one of just five players to win three World Poker Tour titles Friday night in Niagara Falls, Canada {WPT photo)[/caption] Over the course of his career, Darren Elias has shown a real flair for the dramatic at World Poker Tour final tables. He added to his legacy Friday night in Niagara Falls, Ontario, winning WPT Fallsview for his third career WPT title. The final day of play started with 22 players still in contention for the $335,436 first place prize money. It took just over six hours to get down to the six-handed WPT final table but just ove
  17. [caption width="640"] Zachary Smiley has one career live cash - a World Poker Tour win (Joe Giron/WPT photo)[/caption] At a final table that included current World Poker Tour Player of the Year frontrunner Benjamin Zamani, Season XIV breakout star Cate Hall and two-time WPT champion Darren Elias it was a relative unknown that was left standing on Wednesday night as WPT Maryland Live played down to a winner. Zachary Smiley, who dropped out of medical school last week, beat out that group of players to win WPT Maryland Live and $356,536 for his first career live cash. Cate Hall bega
  18. The first World Poker Tour event of 2020 reached its final table on Monday. Now, just six players remain in the Season XVIII WPT Gardens Poker Championship, with Chance Kornuth leading the way. The final six will be on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31, when they will resume play at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final six come from a 257-entry field and are guaranteed $111,795 in prize money. First place takes home $554,495, including a $15,000 buy-in into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, and a Hublot watch. Joining Kornuth at the f
  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. The World Poker Tour has taken over Las Vegas this week with three final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The LA Poker Classic, the Gardens Poker Classic, and the Borgata Winter Poker Open are all going to crown champions this week and Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters preview all three final tables in the first of four podcasts from the city of Las Vegas. Subscribe: Apple Po
  20. Some of the biggest names in poker will put a target on their back as the World Poker Tour returns to Jacksonville, Florida for the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble. The WPT’s $5,000 Main Event will take place from October 19-23 at bestbet Jacksonville and feature 24 players with a $2,500 bounty on their head. The Main Event A staple of the WPT Main Tour, the bestbet Jacksonville has been a key stop for the past seven seasons. The Bounty Scramble Main Event carries a $5,000 buy-in ($4,630 + $290 entry fee + $80 staff) and a $1 million guarantee. Players have the option of two starting days b
  21. 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. In this week's edition of The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters take a journey back through the biggest stories of 2018. They break down the phenomenal years that Justin Bonomo, Alex Foxen and Ali Imsirovic put together and remember Phil Hellmuth's 15th bracelet win, Darren Elias' fourth WPT win and go over some of the biggest news from off the felt, including Gordon Vayo's failed bluff.
  22. The World Poker Tour rolls on. Just days after Eric Afriat’s epic victory in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open the Championship tour turns its attention north of the border to Niagra Falls, Ontario in Canada and the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic. The second Canadian stop of WPT’s Season XVI, the Fallsview Poker Classic brings with it a $5,000 CAD (~ $4,025 USD) Main Event. Unlike the recent WPT stops of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open or the Borgata Winter Poker Open, the Fallsview Poker Classic has a more compact schedule with a single starting day, February 10. Should players bust out on that
  23. [caption width="640"] Paul Petraglia topped the World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble field to win his first WPT title. (WPT photo)[/caption] In the history of the World Poker Tour, no player has ever won the same event twice. Sam Panzica had a chance to be the first to do it on Wednesday, but ran into local player Paul Petraglia who played his way to victory, forcing Panzica to settle for runner-up in the event he won last year. Shankar Pillai came to the final table with just 14 big blinds and lasted just 24 hands. Pillai moved all in from middle position for his last 150,000, Darr
  24. David Baker has done it. He has won the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event for $1.015 million. For Baker, it was a career achievement held in the highest regard, as he considers the WPT L.A. Poker Classic to be the most prestigious major tournament title to win other than the WSOP Main Event. Baker also earned a Hublot Big Bang watch with the victory and a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Bacarrat Crystal Tournament of Champions, in addition to moving to more than $5.4 million in live tournament earnings. WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results 1st: David Baker - $1,015,
  25. The World Poker Tour heads back to fabulous Las Vegas on Monday, March 11, for the first of three consecutive final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. The three final tables to play out are, in order, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, WPT Gardens Poker Championship, and WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic is headlined by four-time WPT champion Darren Elias and has a $1.015 million first-place prize up for grabs. What Are They Playing For? The winner of the Season XVII WPT L.A. Poker Classic will take home $1.015 million in first-place priz
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