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  1. It’s mid-December 2020 and a tennis court just north of San Jose, Costa Rica is home to one of the most hotly-contested tennis matches of the year. This isn’t a battle between a couple of former top-ranked tennis pros and the stakes aren’t all that high, but the combatants are going all out for a win. On one side of the court is a 17-year-old spending her Christmas break from school hanging out in the Central American vacation hot spot. Her opponent on this day is her 74-year-old grandfather, a man fortunate enough to be able to spend a few months in Costa Rica hiding from the harsh Canadia
  2. 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
  3. [caption width="552"] 1,180 U.S. players and Professionals of the old Full Tilt Poker will be getting refunded soon[/caption] More money from the old Full Tilt Poker, the one that fled the United States on Black Friday and was subsequently found to be insolvent, is headed to former United States-based players and pros. According to FullTiltPokerClaims.com, the website run by Full Tilt claims administrator Garden City Group, 1,180 petitions will be filled as part of a new wave of payments. This group of petitions totals $2.6 million, an average of $2,200 per claim. At least three groups
  4. Seven years after Black Friday shut down Full Tilt Poker, Chris Ferguson wants you to now he's sorry. In a 42-second video posted by Ferguson to Vimeo on late Wednesday night, the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year and former Full Tilt Poker executive thanked his fans and the poker community for their "patience and support". The 55-year-old claims that he "worked relentlessly to ensure that all players got paid back" and apologizes that it took as long as it did." Most players with a balance on Full Tilt Poker on April 15, 2011 were made whole by the U.S. Government with
  5. [caption width="640"] Ferguson elicits a polarizing range of emotions as he steps back into the spotlight[/caption] Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson won his sixth World Series of Poker bracelet on Wednesday when he took down WSOPE Event #7 (€1,650 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better) for €39,289. With the victory, Ferguson, the current WSOP Player of Year points leader, extended his first place margin over both Ryan Hughes and John Racener, the players nearest to him in the race. Shedding his traditional urban cowboy garb, Ferguson took to the table with a navy T-shirt with a single word silkscreened
  6. According to a Reuters article, Australia's Daniel Tzvetkoff (pictured), who "cooperated with a broader investigation into online poker sites that led to criminal charges against the owners of Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and PokerStars," received no additional jail time in a sentence handed down on Wednesday. He was hit with a $13 million forfeiture for his role with his payment processing company, Intabill. Apparently, Tzvetkoff, who was picked up by the US Government in 2010 in Nevada, is now working for a "respectable organization," according to his attorney, whom Reuters spoke to. Additi
  7. [caption width="640"] Players with balances on AbsolutePoker and UB can now apply for a refund through the US Department of Justice.[/caption] Just five days before what will be the sixth anniversary of Black Friday, online poker players affected by the shutdown of AbsolutePoker.com and UB.com have gotten good news from the United States Attorney's Office or the Southern District of New York. Beginning immediately, players who had funds on AbsolutePoker.com and UB.com on April 15, 2011, can apply to have their balances refunded to them via AbsolutePokerClaims.com. The US Department of
  8. [caption width="640"] Scott Tom plead not guilty to the Black Friday charges in a Manhattan court room on Friday.[/caption] Almost six years after Black Friday, Absolute Poker founder Scott Tom has returned to the United States to face charges that he violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and was engaged in bank fraud and money laundering. Tom, now 37, voluntary arrived back in the United States on Thursday and after a brief hearing where he plead not guilty to the charges, was released on a $500,000 bond. Tom, along with 11 others, was indicted on April 15, 2011 as pa
  9. [CAPTION=100%]Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, with Todd Brunson, was the #1 ranked online player on Black Friday. (PokerListings photo)[/CAPTION] Ask any member of the poker community and they can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on April 15, 2011, a day that will forever live in poker lore as Black Friday. For the top 10 players on the the PocketFives Rankings that day, their world was forever flipped upside down. The number one ranked player at the time was Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, who had ascended to the top spot in the rankings for the third time just two
  10. This week, the cash game traffic monitoring site PokerScoutreported mostly negative news about the state of the online poker industry in its latest Scouting Report. Cash game traffic fell 1% from the week before and, compared to the same time last year, traffic is down 8%. --- 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! --- 888 Holdings and bwin.party reported that their profits we
  11. Former Utah Attorney Generals Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow (pictured) were arrested this week and charged with an array of corruption offenses, some of which are linked to online poker payment processor Jeremy Johnson. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! ---
  12. According to an article that appeared in the Courier Mailout of Australia, Black Friday informant Daniel Tzvetkoff (pictured) is likely to avoid any more jail time than the four months he originally served. According to the news site, "Tzvetkoff faced a 75-year sentence in a Federal jail when he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010 for illegally processing more than $1 billion, but the 31-year-old, along with his parents and mother-in-law, have made a passionate plea to a New York judge ahead of his sentencing." The same article revealed that Tzvetkoff, an Aussie, gave nearly 100,000 documents
  13. [caption width="298" align="alignleft"] Robert Hwang doesn't meet the criteria of most NJ Online players but his playing days dating back to the 1990's serve him well.[/caption] The general assessment of most New Jersey online poker players is they are of a younger age and started playing a few years on either side of Black Friday. Robert ‘ActionBob’ Hwang first started playing online before most of his NJ opponents ever clicked a mouse. As it goes in poker, Hwang’s nickname is of the ironic variety. Over 20 years ago at Foxwoods, Hwang says he had folded for two hours straight then
  14. [caption width="640"] Ian O'Hara is just 23 years old, but already has the respect of some of the game's best (Seminole photo)[/caption] It all started with a tweet from PocketFives Community Manager Kevin Mathers in early May asking who the best American player under the age of 25 was. Of those that responded, the overwhelming opinion was one player: Ian O’Hara. And Mercier would know. Two summers ago, Mercier and O’Hara battled heads-up in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller before chopping up over $1,000,000. Mercier won the tournament, but O’Hara, who wasn’t even 21 at the t
  15. [caption width="640"] Approximately 1,500 Full Tilt Poker claims were denied because players did not meet the remission requirements[/caption] The Garden City Group, the company responsible for administering all Full Tilt Poker fund dispersals, recently announced that approximately 1,500 claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Justice after not meeting remission requirements. Affected players were notified via email. "Certain individuals' petitions were denied was because they did not meet the remission requirements," a DOJ spokesperson said. "This is for specific reasons,
  16. Black Friday and the ramifications from that time still have repercussions today. Several major players in the online poker industry have served jail time and/or paid massive fines for their involvement and the industry in the United States has never recovered. But what happened to the man who "blew the whistle" and essentially brought down online poker as we knew it in the United States? According to the Queensland Courier Mail in an article entitled "Whiz Kid Proves That Crime Can Pay," Daniel Tzvetkoff (pictured), the internet entrepreneur who was responsible for processing many of the p
  17. Five years ago the online poker world changed forever. In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed indictments against executives from the three largest online poker operators in the world, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker/UB, and some of the payment processors that served them. Within minutes of the indictments being unsealed the poker world learned the news as DOJ seizure notices appeared on all three websites. Word spread quickly throughout the poker community on Twitter. Today, on the fifth anniversary of Black Friday, PocketFives loo
  18. [caption width="640"] Danielle Andersen first ran into Howard Lederer during the 2016 WSOP Main Event. A chance encounter this summer at Bellagio gave her a chance to get answers to questions she had of the former Full Tilt Poker executive.[/caption] Day 1 of the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event was sailing along for Danielle Andersen when she went from one side of the emotional spectrum to the other in a moment that had absolutely nothing to do with any sort of fluctuation of her own chip stack. A recreational "fun" player, who had spent the fourth level of the day actually trying
  19. Nearly nine years after the United States federal government charged him with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg has surrendered to U.S. authorities. According to a Forbes.com article, Scheinberg travelled from Switzerland to New York City on Friday, January 17 and was met by federal agents who took him into custody. According to the article, this was the culmination of negotiations between Scheinberg, 73, and the U.S. government which began when an extradition order was sought after Scheinberg travelled to Switzerland months earlier. S
  20. Updated March 26, 10:30 AM ET Nearly nine years after the United States Government Department of Justice charged the owners of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker with operating illegal gambling businesses, in what became known in the poker world as Black Friday, the final defendant has pleaded guilty. Isai Scheinberg, the 73-year-old founder of PokerStars, plead guilty on Wednesday to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. He now faces a maximum of five years in prison. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article
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