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  1. The first round of the PocketFives #1 Number One contest is complete and while all four #1 seeds had little trouble advancing to the second round, there were five first round upsets which could change the fates of a few of the former #1-ranked players. Hearts Bracket Chris 'moorman1' Moorman advanced to the second round thanks to his first round bye. The higher ranked seed in each of the seven other first round matches in the Hearts bracket also advanced. Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista, who passed away in 2015, defeated Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay. #2 seed 'C Darwin2' moved past Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Tim
  2. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his col
  3. After a year away, partypoker’s marquee online festival, MILLIONS Online, is set to take place from February 13 through March 9 with 28 events, nearly $18 million in total guaranteed prize money, and an expanded satellite schedule designed to give players of every buy-in level a shot at a seat in some of the series' biggest tournaments. The schedule for the three-week series features a variety of high buy-in tournaments ranging from $530 to the $102,000 Mega High Roller. But for a pair of the schedule's featured events, partypoker is already running an abundance of low-cost satellites to ma
  4. The online poker world had a lot going on on Sunday. The PokerStars Sunday Million 13th Anniversary and the final day of both partypoker POWERFEST and 888poker XL Blizzard, but those didn't distract some of online poker's top-ranked players from putting up big results in some of the other Sunday Majors. 2018 PocketFives POY 'Lena900' came through a 150 player-field to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller Cooldown for over $56,000. 'vic_xcite' took third place for $18,997.89 + $3,000 in bounties, before 'Kraskata85' was the final player to lose their bounty and departed with $24,457
  5. On the heels of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the month of August is usually a reset for many in the poker world after they take some time to recharge from the strenuous Vegas grind. That doesn't mean the news slows down, though. Here are PocketFives’ top stories from August. Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company August closed with a bang as far as news headlines were concerned, after it was made known that Shelby "Anna" McCann, a former employee of poker media outlet CardPlayer, was charged with the theft of $1.1 million from the company. As reported by th
  6. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium a
  7. 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. Lance and Matt return this week to talk about the success of the partypoker MILLIONS North America event and the underwhelming turnout for the World Poker Tour Elite Poker Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Recorded before the European Poker Tour Main Event played down to a winner, Matt talks about what a win for Ole Schemion might mean for him and it puts him
  8. Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, th
  9. The partypoker POWERFEST continued on Tuesday and several more big prizes were won. The biggest prize of the day went to 'kristian150,' who won $22,603.47 plus $46,872.67 in bounties for topping the $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, PKO] tournament. That $69,476.14 score for 'kristian150' was the biggest single win of the day, and he defeated 'PpPlayer1357' in heads-up play. 'PpPlayer1357' took home $31,324.37 from $22,579.84 and $8,744.53 in bounties, but that wasn't the only big result of the day for 'PpPlayer1357.' In the $530 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack] tournament, 'PpPlayer1357' placed fifth for $6,297.
  10. Bulgaria's Rosen 'dtminator' Apostolov banked their first six-figure online cash after navigating through a 10,344 player-field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $108,027. Apostolov crushed their previous best score of $12k after a heads-up victory over Canada's 'Samuel Peace'. Morocco's 'bibichov1989' claimed the bronze medal for $55,843, with the well-known name of Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah making a final table appearance in ninth-place for $7,715. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] World #4 Andras 'probirs' Nemth
  11. PocketFives.com world-ranked #1 Andras Nemeth had a Sunday to remember after the Hungarian cashed for over $450,000, following four final table appearances, and two gold medals. The current top two online players in the world faced off heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, and the match went as the rankings would have suggested. A $196,000 prize pool was created after 98 high rollers took their virtual seat and among the final nine were PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov, 'C.Darwin2', 'hello_totti', 'omaha4rollz' and current world-ranked #3 Patrick Leonard. 'bigbluffzinc' departed
  12. [caption width="640"] partypoker's new top tier of their VIP program aims to reward high volume players with increased rakeback.[/caption] In an online poker landscape where many sites are cutting rewards and scaling back cash bonuses to high volume players, partypoker is reversing the trend with the implementation of their new Diamond Club VIP Program. Players that earn 100,000 points over the course of a calendar year will qualify for Diamond Club status, which is at the top of the Cashback Loyalty Program that was implemented by the site. Players who meet the requirements will earn
  13. 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 FIVES Poker Podcast returns with an all-new episode and Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from around the world of poker. This week, after a much talked about tweet from partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, the guys debate the merit of some kind of poker player's union and the impact of unlimited rebuys in the current online poker surge. Plus, the latest results from all of the major
  14. Former world-ranked #1 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff topped a 62-player field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $38,529. With seven places paid, 'x_zola25', 'kissyingui', and 'jays94' all cashed before RYE's 'bencb789' hit the rail in fourth place for $14,419. Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar then took the bronze medal for $20,009, before 'edoiler' departed at the last for $27,765 and Van Zadelhoff was crowned the victor. For the second week running, the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million played out as a progressive knockout, with 14,139 entrants taking to the virtual tab
  15. On Monday, partypoker released a new version of their online poker client that not only puts an end to third-party heads up displays (HUDs) but will delete all previous player notes and forces every user to select a new alias. The policy shift has been made to protect users from having automated data collected on their playing habits as well as attempting to stop the buying and selling of accumulated data for import into a third-party HUD. The changing of the username, which is forced the next time users log in, will essentially reset the playing field with all players getting a fresh start.
  16. As the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table inside the Amazon Room, another eight events were in action on Friday including three that resulted in a player winning the first gold bracelet of their career and another player earning his second. James Anderson, Maximilian Klostermeier, Ivan Deyra, and Shankar Pillai all contributed to tying the record for most bracelets awarded in a single day. James Anderson Ships Little One for One Drop Just five players returned to a chip stack on Day 5 of the $1,111 Little One for One Drop and James Anderson was rig
  17. Day 7 of partypoker POWERFEST had one partypoker pro pick up a title and another one got as close to one as you can get without winning while also making a second final table appearance. Patrick Leonard was the most high profile winner on Day 7 and he pocketed over $40,000 in the process. The former #1-ranked online player in the world and current partypoker team pro beat out 378 other players to win Event #42 High ($530 Six Max No Limit Hold'em PKO) for $20,102.66 from the prize pool plus an additional $21,650.30 in bounties. The #2-ranked player in Russia, 'sweet_dreammm', finished run
  18. On an evening that saw PokerStars have to cancel many of their tournaments halfway through, there was better luck for poker ambassadors Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard as the Brits took down events on their respective partner sites, 888poker and partypoker. Due to a Distributed Denial of Service across the PokerStars network, a high number of tournaments including the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller and Bounty Builder High Roller events were canceled during play with refunds and prizemoney distributed based on the client's tournament cancellation procedure. All-time PocketF
  19. Playing through a money bubble can be tough. This is especially true when there are millions upon millions of dollars up for grabs. That is exactly the situation during the partypoker $20M guaranteed MILLIONS Online. The field will be packed with professional players, shot takers and plenty of qualifiers. Many of those players will be playing in their very first big buy-in tournament and hoping to take home a score that could change the face of their bankroll. After successfully navigating the early levels (and fading a bad beat or two) the players remaining in the tournament watch the
  20. Sometimes the adrenaline at the beginning of a big tournament can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you happened to satellite your way into a tournament that may be outside of your usual bankroll. When it comes to big online tournaments, the upcoming partypoker MILLIONS Online will undoubtedly be the biggest for some time to come. It’s $20 million guarantee will make it the largest online tournament of all time, exceeded the current largest tournament by a massive $7.5 million. In order to just meet that guarantee, the tournament will need roughly 4000 runners. That means that before y
  21. It’s yet another summer week without much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 as Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to ride the wave he had been on for the past two months, retaining the #1 spot. ‘lena900’ did not have a heavy volume week this week, especially for him, but he did manage to book a five-figure score by taking third place in the Super Sunday High Roller on partypoker for $13,050. Even though he wasn’t able to add to his overall PLB score this week, he still maintained a massive lead over his #2-ranked countryman, ‘C Darwin2’. Like ‘lena900’, ‘C Darwin2’ wasn’t able to incr
  22. [caption width="640"] The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez broke into the top 10 and is hot on Baumgarten's heels. Baumgarten added 695.55 points to his total thanks to a third place finish in
  23. [caption width="640"] Conor Beresford is the current king of the UK rankings. Photo: PokerStars.[/caption] As an online poker powerhouse country, the UK continues to be in the conversation of producing some of the best poker players in the world. Just as the country itself has been a major world influence in popular culture, players hailing from UK have helped shape the modern-day poker landscape including old school veterans like David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott,Neil Channing and Roland de Wolfe, high-rolling regulars like Sam Trickettand Charlie Carrell and even some of the most recognizable f
  24. After a one-week reign at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings by Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, there's a new sheriff in town: England's Patrick pleno1 Leonard. He jumped from #3 to #1 this week and has 8,024 PLB Points, the only member of PocketFives with a PLB score north of 8,000. This is Leonard's second stint at #1; he was formerly at the top of the Rankings in mid-August. By the way, Fierro dropped to #3 worldwide with a PLB score of 7,916. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker
  25. Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuyfor $21,000. He's the #3 player in the PocketFives Rankings despite only transitioning to MTTs earlier this year and stands at $1.3 million in lifetime winnings. You can find him on Stars under the user name pads1161 and he was kind enough to give us his thoughts on what he considered a monumental breakthrough. PocketFives: Nice job on the Sunday $100 Rebuy final table. How are you feeling about it? Patrick Leonard: Sundays have been fantastic to me all year. I really try to prepare for th
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