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  1. David Peters won his first U.S. Poker Open title in 2018. He followed that up in 2019 by winning his second career U.S. Poker Open title on his way to topping the series leaderboard. Like the rest of the poker world, Peters wasn't able to add a third title in 2020 with the series postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday night, the former GPI Player of the Year defeated Jared Jaffee heads up to win the largest event in the three-year history of the U.S. Poker Open. The 99 entries in Event #7 ($10,000 NLHE) beat the previous record by nine runners and produced a prize pool of $9
  2. John Riordan overcame a two-time GPI Player of the Year and a self-described 'King of No Limit Duece' to win U.S. Poker Open Event #4 ($10,000 Big Bet Mix) on Monday night in Las Vegas. The tournament featured a rotation of three games; No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, and No Limit Deuce to Seven. Riordan outlasted a final table that included Alex Foxen, who won GPI POY in 2018 and 2019, Jim Collopy, and Sean Perry, who began the final table with the lead, to take home the title and the accompanying $163,200 first-place prize money. The final table broadcast started five-handed followi
  3. Niklas Astedt is having himself one helluva week. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver, who is a #1 seed in the PocketFives #1 Number One contest, has rattled off win after win over the past week, with success coming at both the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and GGPoker Spring Festival tables. On Tuesday, the Swedish superstar took home nearly $1.1 million for winning GGPoker Spring Festival Event #41 ($25,500 Sunday Five Million [2-Day Event]). Astedt beat out 201 other entries to pick up the win, his fourth of the series. Shawn Daniels finished second for $821,689.32 and Jaso
  4. For every fantastic poker movie of the past 25 years (Rounders, Mississippi Grind), there’s been another which missed the mark. But the poker world (for better and for worse) isn’t lacking in incredible storylines, interesting characters, and dramatic tension. From epic biopics and romantic melodramas to buddy comedies and political thrillers, the poker world should be a screenwriter’s goldmine. Imagine cast sheets packed with poker’s biggest names (Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Stu Ungar) and the A-list Hollywood stars who would portray them. Here are five of the best real-life poker plot l
  5. On Saturday, Alex Foxen tweeted that he was looking to make some bracelet bets for the 2019 World Series of Poker. Sifting through the responses, it appears he found a few takers. One of the first players to pop into Foxen’s mentions was recent WPT L.A. Poker Classic winner David 'ODB' Baker, who offered $20,000 per bracelet against Foxen. After a little bit of back and forth between the two, they settled on the original offer from Baker at $20,000 per bracelet. Baker then tweeted that his "shop is open for business" and took in a few "friendly" offers of his own. He booked $2,000 pe
  6. Andras 'PokerBluff1' Nemeth was among the biggest Sunday winners after he took down the GGPoker GGS #151: $25,000 $750k Gtd Super High Roller for an eye-watering $475,311. The world-ranked #2 secured his second largest online cash after defeating 'AlfredDelia' heads-up, who took away $290,483 as runner-up, with 'HectorHermano', 'Chun Lei Zhou' and 'LuckyChewyFan' also securing six-figure results having reached the final table. Alex 'FkTheseGuysBro' Foxen, Mike McDonald, and Michael Soyza all narrowly missed out on a heads-up battle in the GGPoker GGS #155: $200k Gtd Super High Roller $2,500
  7. The Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is full of some of the best poker players on the planet for the start of Day 2 of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. Of the original 56 entries, 33 players survived Day 1. With registration open through the beginning of Day 2, a number of pros who went broke in the first eight levels decided to fire another $100K bullet including Daniel Negreanu and Super High Roller defending champion Cary Katz. We decided to take a quick look around the room at some of the players who are taking part in the nosebleed tournament act
  8. 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
  9. All of the final tables at the 2019 US Poker have been stacked and Friday's $50,000 No Limit Hold'em event was a perfect example of that. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion, two former GPI Players of the Year, and one of the two hottest players at the USPO all fell by the wayside as Koray Aldemir picked up the win and the second biggest score of his career - $738,000. Seth Davies started the final table with a little more than 10 big blinds and it took just eight minutes for him to find a hand to seek a double up with. Unfortunately for Davies, it had a terrible outcome. Fro
  10. On Sunday, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas topped won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event for a whopping £940,000. Despite entering the final day with the chip lead, the road to the winner’s circle wasn’t an easy one for Angelou-Konstas, who had to defeated a field of 1,015 entries and top a final table that included Alex Foxen, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, and Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton, among others. The victory proved by far the largest of Angelou-Konstas’ career, as previously the Greek player with two WPTDeepStacks titles had $874,921 in live tournament earnings. Angelou-Konstas defeated Foxen
  11. South Florida has been the hot spot for poker over the past few weeks with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open attracting some of the best players in the world and an impressive amount of local players. All of that action wrapped up on Tuesday with the Big 4 final tables all streamed live on Twitch thanks to Poker Night in America. Brandon Eisen Takes Down Championship Event Brandon Eisen topped the 914 entries in the $5,250 Championship event to win $771,444 and his first live win since taking down a $200 Deep Stack Extravaganza event in February 2013. He beat out a final table that included
  12. In June, the poker world is consumed with results and stories coming out of the World Series of Poker. This year was no different with players, like Michael Mizrachi, accomplishing previously inconceivable feats and legends, like Doyle Brunson, hinting that their time playing the game may have finally come to an end. Here are some of the biggest stories that made headlines in the month of June. World Series of Poker Takeover If you follow poker, then it is impossible to get away from the World Series of Poker in June and here at PocketFives, we brought you wire-to-wire coverage of the big
  13. Online poker multi-table tournaments continued to have massive numbers this Sunday as the COVID-19 lockdown continues around the world. PokerStars drew over 31,000 players to their two-day Sunday Million to beat the $3 million guarantee. The partypoker MILLION had a $1,218,366 prize pool and GGPoker beat the GG Masters guarantee for the first time since moving to a $500,000 guarantee four weeks ago. While Alex Foxen was largely focused on finishing up the Poker Masters, he still managed to pick up a massive score in a $5,200 Powerfest event. Foxen beat former #1-ranked Yuri Dzivielevski
  14. 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
  15. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw
  16. August is the time to go 'Big' or go home. The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and will run from August 1-13 with a 27-event schedule culminating in the return of their four featured tournaments, dubbed ‘The Big 4’. The schedule gets off to a fast start with a multi-flight $1 million guaranteed $600 DeepStack and is followed by a full slate of tournaments with wide-ranging variants and buy-ins that will attract every level of player, leading up to the starting dates of The Big 4. The Big 4 Since 2015, the Sem
  17. 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
  18. In the sixth instalment of the 2020 World Series of Poker online Asia time zone events, Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla overcame 3,247 total entries and 426 other players on Day 2 to win Event #55 HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship. Garla secured his first career bracelet to take home $461,709.47. There were eight different countries across four continents represented at the final table of Event #55 (HK$8,000 NLHE Asia Championship). Brazilian Luis 'Xapilskinha' Assuncao Garla came into the table with a gargantuan 40,674,090 stack with American Alan 'TheCockroach' Schein second in chips with
  19. Kahle Burns is having a helluva week. The 31-year-old Australian was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame along with Lynn Gilmartin on Monday. on Thursday night, Burns beat reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. The two-day event drew 54 entries for a $3,629,281 US prize pool and the field included the likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick and 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Bryn Kenney. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone=
  20. As we move into 2020, 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 2019. December saw one of the largest online poker tournaments ever, a new state regulating online poker, and Pennsylvania players getting their first taste of COOP action. MILLIONS Online Chopped Up Again For the second year in a row, the partypoker MILLIONS Online was chopped up by the final two players. This time, 'frenchsniperrr’ and ‘Lucio’ each ended up with a $2.2 million score. The official winner, ‘frenchsniperrr’, banked $2,2
  21. The PokerStars $109 Sunday Million reverted to a special Progressive Knockout format on Sunday, and the change seemed popular with a massive 16,281 entrants creating a $1,628,100 prize pool. With a $70,097 top-prize, and bounties on each player's head, there was still a possible six-figure payday to play for. Russia's 'Disel59' secured by far their biggest online score to date after banking $36,908 + $7,606 in bounties for third place. 'Bykladjo' was the final player to lose the bounty on their head, and departed as runner-up for $50,859 + $8,675, as 'Newcomer113' won the prestigious gold meda
  22. Alex Foxen won the PocketFives May PLB title. Yes, that Alex Foxen. The live poker crusher, high-rolling sensation that is also the current (and continuing) record holder as the longest-standing #1-ranked player on the GPI. Foxen (5,103.05 PLB points) has been on an absolute rocketship flight up through the online poker rankings, currently sitting at a career-high mark of #7 in the world. Much of his ability to break into the elite ranks of the top 10 came thanks to his massive month of May. In between lining up bracelet bets for the World Series of Poker, Fox spent most of May, in Canad
  23. The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to 35 players, all guaranteed $261,430 and vying for the event’s $10 million first-place prize. After what was an incredibly entertaining day of poker, Nick Marchington is in the lead with 39.7 million. 21-Year-Old Marchington Leads the Way Marchington hails from England and is 21 years old. Despite his youth, he’s a professional poker player, but Marchington’s success in the game comes from the online poker world and not so much the live tournament world. Entering this event, Marchington had just $12,415 in live tournament earnings, stemming
  24. After Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, just 106 players remain in contention for the $10 million top prize. Antonio Esfandiari is among them, as is Sam Greenwood, Alex Foxen, and former PocketFives #1 Chris Hunichen, but it's Timothy Su leading the way. Newcomer Su in the Lead Su bagged 19.235 million in chips and is hands down making the biggest splash of his poker career. Not only has Su never cashed in the WSOP Main Event before, but he’s never played it. He’s a software engineer by trade, not a professional poker player. Prior to the 2019 WSOP Main Event, Su had jus
  25. You can call it cliche if you want, but the World Series of Poker is where the best players in the game go to shine brightest. Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Phil Ivey, and Alex Foxen all enter the 2019 WSOP with the spotlight firmly placed on them. PocketFives editorial staff give their thoughts on how each of these talented players will do this summer. Shaun Deeb "Shaun Deeb is making no secret he wants to go back-to-back as the WSOP Player of the Year. He’s going to be in the mix, but I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to replicate his 2018 summer in 2019. Deeb
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