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  1. 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. Don't miss another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie recap all of the most important news and results from this week in the world of poker. This week, the poker world was abuzz with the fiasco at the live Midway Poker Tour that left players who made a deep run collecting "precious metals" in lieu of an immediate cash payout. Plus GGPoker took a hard stance against online RTA usage by banning a number of accounts on their site and returning over $1 million to players. Social media was in full form this week as Phil Galfond unexpectedly praised Phil Hellmuth for his performance on Poker Central's The Duel and Dan Bilzerian put Jean-Robert Bellande on blast over some live game shenanigans. Also, the guys salute the late Darvin Moon and his contribution to poker as the runner-up in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  2. 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. Don’t miss this week’s all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down all of the news from a busy week in the world of poker. First up, the guys dive into the latest numbers coming out of the Doug Polk/Daniel Negreanu high-stakes heads-up challenge. Polk still holds a commanding lead while Negreanu has strung together a number of winning sessions - will the challenge end at 12,500 hands or extend to the full 25,000? The guys get to the bottom of it. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is taking place this month with the first flights of the international leg taking place on GGPoker. In the United States, as players prepare to take their shot in the $10K buy-in event, an issue cropped up in one of the satellites on WSOP.com which had the poker community buzzing. Also, GGPoker’s signing of social media influencer Dan Bilzerian drew both praise and sharp criticism from all corners of the poker world. Is the controversial Bilzerian good for the game of poker? Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  3. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land poker players were playing, getting in one last hand. The bad-regs were grinding at the tables with care in hopes that some run good soon would be theirs. The locals were nestled, all snug in their seats, with visions of jackpots brought on by bad beats. Playing live on the strip, no PokerBros app. Is that Mike Postle with his phone in his lap? When out in the lobby, someone backed up a truck. I sprang from my seat to see what the f**k. There was Doug Polk celebrating a win, and Joey beside him, a shit-eating grin. The scene was electric, a buzz filled the air. Like Galfond’s big comeback, I’m glad I was there. When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear? A high-stakes affair, the big game was here! With cameras, lights, and high society stacks, a commentary team of Schulman and Platt. As if from a chimney, the great Mori came and he whistled and shouted and called them by name: “It’s Ivey, and Dwan! There’s Doyle and Gus Hansen! Daniel and Bellande! That’s Dan Bilzerian!” They all took a seat Stacking chips with a grin “Splash away! Splash away! Let’s go all-in!” They got ready to play, the rail became deep. I was pushed to the back, it was hard just to see. But then the crowd parted, Daniel stood on his seat, he said “We need one more!” and he pointed at me. Nervous but ready I knew this was my chance. A seat with the best, a trip to the dance. A Perkins-sized buy-in, it’s all on the line. Like Mike versus Teddy, it’s my time to shine. They shuffled and dealt, chips and cards flew. I was tight, I was snug, it was all I could do. The pros were relentless, betting and raising. The pots quickly grew, these guys were amazing. Finally the time to play a hand had arrived. With joy I looked down, I spied Pocket Fives I opened with a raise, but Ivey three-bet. Folded back to me, should I mine for a set? I looked in his eyes, not a read to be had. The poker world will see this, will math nerds be mad? I called and I gulped and awaited the flop. Ivey laughed, turned to Doyle, and said “We’re on for props!” An ace and a queen with a five in the door. Ivey didn’t slow down, he bet even more. Just what I wanted, I set the trap. “Let’s play for it all”, I pushed in my stack. Ivey snap-called, like I hoped he would do. He flipped over his cards, he flopped top two. We just had to hold, I showed down my set. The turn was a deuce, we’re not safe just yet. I used my ”one time”, I prayed to St. Nick The river was dealt, “It’s a brick, it’s a brick!” With the pot pushed my way, Ivey vanished from sight “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
  4. The “King Of Instagram” is coming to GGPoker as the online site announced that noted social media influencer Dan Bilzerian has signed on to become the latest addition to Team GGPoker in the role of brand ambassador. Bilzerian, perhaps best known for accumulating over 32 million followers on Instagram by providing a window into a lifestyle filled with excess, has also been a figure in the poker world for well over a decade. Back in 2009, Bilzerian, along with his brother Adam, first stepped into the poker spotlight after being featured during ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Soon thereafter, "Blitz" signed on as a pro for the short-lived online poker site Victory Poker. However, Bilzerian’s main ties to poker stem from the assertion that he has amassed a small fortune by playing nosebleed stakes in some of the world’s most exclusive private games. Now, he joins some of the biggest names in the game of poker, including Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier in representing the fast-rising online poker site for both online and live events. “In these crazy times, GGPoker is the best option to get my poker on - they cater to the recreational players and that’s the future of poker, not a bunch of math nerds,” said Bilzerian. “I’ve battled guys from the $2 buy-in to the $200,000 buy-in tables at GGPoker, and will be working with GG to make cash game tables even better for the average player out there.” To celebrate the signing of Bilzerian, as well as his upcoming 40th birthday, GGPoker is holding a $100,000 Birthday Freeroll tournament on Monday, December 7 for new depositors. In addition to the $100,000 guarantee with a $10,000 first-place prize, the event offers a select few exclusive “Blitz”-like prizes including a “once-in-a-lifetime” heads-up match against Bilzerian for the winner and an “all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas” to party with Bilzerian himself for the player who knocks him out of his own tournament. Additionally, for players who eliminate any other Team GGPoker ambassador, member of the GGSquad stream team, or one of Bilzerian’s “special guests” (the list of which has yet to be revealed) GGPoker is gifting special Spin & Gold bundles and a cash prize of $1,000 for one player. “Dan joining Team GGPoker is a huge win!," said Daniel Negreanu about the signing. "No one in poker has a bigger reach than Dan.” More information on the Bilzerian's $100,000 Birthday Freeroll is available at GGPoker.
  5. In a rare interview, poker pro Phil Ivey (pictured) opened up about his past and addressed the latest rumors that he is broke. The interview was published on Bluff Magazine's website, which was able to get the normally reserved Ivey to open up about several issues in his poker career. Apparently taped following his monster $4 million win at the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge, Ivey walked through where he came from to get where he is today. "I started when I was eight years old with my grandfather," Ivey began. "We played Five Card Stud with a jar of pennies… I picked it up again when I was 14 to 15, which is when I started taking the game a lot more seriously." Ivey stated that his next stop on his poker journey was when he moved to Atlantic City around the age of 20. He also talked about his use of a fake ID to gain entrance to the casinos in New Jersey ("something I don't recommend," he said with a smile), which was the breeding ground for how "I got to be as good as I am." One of the things that Ivey is known for – outside of his outstanding poker play – is his propensity to hit the pit games, especially craps. "I don't play as much as I used to," he said in the interview. "I like to take some chances sometimes… If it's within your bankroll and you're able to spare [the money], then it's okay." When asked about the Poker Hall of Fame, Ivey was respectful of the rules set in place that will keep him out until he is age 40. That rule, commonly known as the "Chip Reese Rule," isn't something that Ivey seemed entirely upset by. "Chip was a good friend of mine and I'd like to see him keep that record… He was one of the best players I ever played with. I'm happy to wait." Ivey will be eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016. The real meat of the interview came when Ivey was asked about Dan Bilzerian (pictured), who has promulgated rumors that Ivey is broke. When asked if he had ever played with Bilzerian or knew him well, Ivey chuckled slightly and said, "No, I don't. I don't think I've played a hand of poker with him." When challenged with the Bilzerian rumor, Ivey stated, "People can say what they're going to say… I don't really feed into that. His opinion is his opinion… He really doesn't know my financial status." Ivey's peers have been silent on the interview with Bluff Magazine, but that hasn't stopped the rest of the poker world from sounding off on what was a rare interview with one of poker's most private people. Many of the viewers attempt to get a "read" on Ivey's body language during the discussion, especially when the subject turned to the Bilzerian rumor. One poster commented, "He seems pissed and a little flustered when Bilzerian was first brought up." Others point out that the past few years – which have seen Ivey divorce his wife and witness the shutdown of Full Tilt Poker – might have had an impact on his bankroll, but he should still be in good shape financially. "Ivey is self-made, Bilzerian is not," another poster chimed. "I doubt that Ivey gives a s**t about what Bilzerian thinks." With well over $21 million in career earnings, Ivey ranks second on the all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, behind only Antonio Esfandiari and has won virtually everything there is in the tournament poker world. The holder of nine World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour championship, and three final tables on the European Poker Tour, Ivey has been more acclaimed for his skills in cash games, the true "bread and butter" of a poker pro. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Dan Bilzerian, the high-stakes poker player recently dubbed the playboy "King of Instagram," is sure to gain even more followers after throwing a naked porn starlet off of a roof and into a pool last week, breaking her foot (incident pictured courtesy of TMZ). Bilzerian and 19-year-old porn actress Janice Griffith were shooting a photo spread for "Hustler" magazine at Bilzerian's home in the Hollywood Hills when the pair got the idea for the stunt, according to TMZ. But, unfortunately for her, Griffith didn't quite make it all the way into the pool, catching her foot on the edge and causing the injury. The photo shoot was likely just one of the opportunities that has presented itself to Bilzerian since his Instagram feed was discovered by media outlets around the world. In it, his followers are treated to pictures of the high-stakes gambler's surreal and unapologetically macho lifestyle. The 33-year-old regularly posts pictures of himself surrounded by scantily clad women, high-tech weaponry, sports cars, and multimillion-dollar stacks of poker chips. But even many of his adoring Instagram fans have no idea who Bilzerian is or why he's famous. The high-stakes gambler was born to Paul Bilzerian, a corporate raider who was worth over $40 million by the age of 36 and later spent time in jail for tax and security fraud. The younger Bilzerian later enlisted in the Navy and even tried out to become a SEAL, but was rejected due to a confrontation with a superior. After running up $750 into $187,000 during a gambling spree, Bilzerian decided to quit college and start betting full-time. He has since made a handsome living playing against the rich and famous in private poker games. His name first hit the mainstream media when the victims of Brad Ruderman, CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners (who was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and was a regular in high-stakes Hollywood private games), sued him. They alleged that the millions he lost playing poker were not his to lose and home game opponents like Bilzerian and actor Tobey Maguire (pictured) should pay them back. Bilzerian was later interviewed by several high-traffic websites and his following has exploded. In November, with 44,000 people viewing his Twitter feed, the high-stakes gambler posted, "Played poker tonight with 13 million in front of me, heads up 5K/10K, damn what a rush." He later claimed to have won $10.8 millionin that session, but refused to give more details other than telling CardPlayer that the blinds were $5,000/$10,000. His Twitter account now boasts over 240,000 followers and his Instagram is over 1.6 million. Read a recent interview with Bilzerian on PocketFives. After the incident at Bilzerian's Hollywood home, Griffith seems to take the accident in stride, simply Tweeting, "I broke my foot today" from the hospital. But, in a later interview with TMZ, the young porn starlet hinted that she could sue Bilzerian (pictured), as she missed several scenes that she was scheduled to film in the next few days. Griffith also denied there was any alcohol or drug consumption involved. In the interview, she said that she was still "sorting everything out" and that her main concern was "getting back to work." For his part, Bilzerian doesn't seem to be putting too much thought into the accident and continued giving fans snapshots of his high-octane lifestyle. On April 26, he posted that he was "going to Vegas" and posted a picture of his Jason Bourne-esque luggage filled with thousands of dollars in cash, handguns, and a cat peeking through his travel bag. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. In May, poker playboy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roofinto a pool, only to have said porn star clip her foot and injure it, resulting in legal action. Now, Bilzerian is back in the news, this time after appearing on the "Howard Stern Show." Never a dull moment. --- 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! --- Bilzerian told Stern that he won $50 million playing poker in the last 12 months "and that the largest amount he has lost in a game was $3.6 million," according to HollywoodLife. The site added, "Additionally, Dan said that gambling was the only thing that gave him a 'rush' after he left the military." You can listen to his entire one-hour interview with Stern by clicking here. Bilzerian explained to Stern, "I started at a time when people were just getting into poker and nobody knew how to play and the stakes weren't super high. I was able to play at the highest level the whole time and when you play the biggest games, you're playing with the rich guys and the really good poker players… I was lucky to play in good games and the learning curve wasn't too steep." He had a 94 out of 99 on his military intelligence test and guessed that his net worth is somewhere around $100 million. He added that he owns a used G4 jet and overhauled the interior, although the plane is still a month away from being completed, so he is chartering in the meantime. We hate when that happens. Bilzerian told Stern that he has 20 people working for him, including three assistants and three chefs. "I have them work 12-hour days and I have a house in LA and a house in Vegas, so I have to have one [chef] in Vegas and one in LA and one who covers," Bilzerian said of his need for three cooks. "I eat a lot," he commented, and added that he also parties a lot. Last December, Bilzerian claimed that he won $10.8 million in one session of poker. He posted on Twitter at the time, "I played poker tonight with 13 million in front of me, heads up 5K/10K, damn what a rush." Twelve hours following that post, Bilzerian Tweeted, "Won 10.8 million last night playing poker, headed to Puerto Vallarta to relax." In a thread on PocketFives, players reacted to Bilzerian's nationally aired interview with the shock jock, with one PocketFiver saying, "He plays in games with rich businessmen and celebrities, right? I'm sure some of Macau guys have won similar amounts considering they are playing for multi-million dollar pots pretty frequently." One poster from the UK who listened to Stern's interview weighed in, "I listened to the Howard Stern interview he did and he sounded pretty legit. I was quite shocked at how much I liked it. To be honest, he sounds like quite a clever dude." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. December has been an eventful month for high-stakes poker pro Dan Bilzerian (pictured). Known as the "King of Instagram," the 34-year-old allegedly assaulted model Vanessa Castano while celebrating his birthday at a South Beach nightclub. Just days later, he was arrested, not for the altercation Miami, but for reportedly having bomb-making materials in his possession. Fresh out on bail for the explosives charge, Bilzerian is now facing a lawsuit from Castano, who says that she was "violently and intentionally" kicked in the face by Bilzerian, who wore "what resembled military boots." Speaking to People Magazine, Bilzerian opened up about the incident in Florida and proclaimed his innocence. "The allegations being made about me are absolutely false," he said. "I look forward to shedding light on what happened through proper channels." On Instagram, the high-stakes poker player gave his own account of what transpired at the Miami nightclub. "Two girls attacked a girl I was with to the point they gave her a black eye and threw her off the table and went after her because they wanted to get closer to me," he said. He also lashed out at what he called "trashy gossip websites that don't fact-check" and claimed they have intentionally been publishing misinformation about him. For her part, Castano said that she was only trying to break up a fight, not instigate one. "There were two girls standing next to me at the table that were fighting," she said. "People started getting shoved and I tried to separate them. Then, Dan pushed me off the banquette and once I fell, he kicked me in the face." After the altercation, Castano saw that she was bleeding from one eye, but went home without pressing charges because she "felt fine." After seeing a video of the incident on TMZ, however, she had a change of heart. "I'm lucky that the injuries weren't worse," she said. "I did nothing to deserve that kick to the head. I am going to go ahead and pursue legal action against him." Friends of Bilzerian have come forward in his defense and called the allegations "very, very suspect." "He has never condoned any sort of violence toward women," a friend told People. "That's just not what he's about. Sure, he has sexual relationships with women, but he is all about respecting women… I think that because of Dan's public lifestyle, he is a target for this type of thing." Bilzerian has hired attorney Jose Baez (pictured), best known for getting Casey Anthony off the hook for murder, to defend him against Castano's lawsuit. Friends of the "Instagram King" added that while his feed is full of scantily clad women, guns, and party pictures, he was "distressed" by the charges. "This is so out of character for him," a friend said. "He just wants to put it behind him." But the 34-year-old's legal troubles don't stop there; soon after the incident in Miami, Bilzerian was arrested at LAX and charged with "possessing components of an explosive or incendiary device with intent to manufacture an explosive or incendiary device." On Instagram, Bilzerian made light of the situation, simply posting "Jail… Let's not do that again." The high-stakes poker pro was threatened with yet another lawsuit earlier this year when he threw porn star Janice Griffith off of his roof and into a pool, breaking her leg. The moment was caught on camera and showed Griffith to be a more-than-willing participant in the shenanigans. Bilzerian's attorney crafted a memorable response to the porn starlet, advising her to pack up all of her belongings and send them to his client. "Then he will probably blow it up with the mortar in the desert," he said. Bilzerian is expected to appear in court next month on the explosives charge and faces up to six years in prison. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. On Wednesday morning, one of my non-poker playing friends texted me to say, "Your boy Dan Bilzerian (pictured) was arrested at LAX yesterday and is being held without bail. My wife thinks he's hot." Yes, this is what the mainstream world knows about poker pro Dan Bilzerian, the industry's bad boy and resident attention-seeker. According to LA Weekly, Bilzerian was picked up at LAXon Tuesday night on an out-of-state warrant. He was just a couple of days removed from allegedly kicking model Vanessa Castano in the face at a Miami night club. In South Florida, video from TMZ captured Bilzerian allegedly in the act. TMZ said of the melee, "Bilzerian claims he kicked her because he was trying to help another woman on stage and Castano was blocking him... When cops arrived at the club, Bilzerian had already left and Castano declined to file a report. But, she had a change of heart and filled out the paperwork Sunday night." An update posted by LA Weekly at 12:25am Pacific Time on Wednesday said that Bilzerian was being held without bail several thousand miles away on the Left Coast in California: "The information shows that the Las Vegas resident was arrested at 8:30pm Tuesday by LAX police. He was booked at 10:15pm Tuesday at the LAPD's Pacific Division, according to the sheriff's department. He was assigned to a cell at 11:51pm Tuesday, according to the info. Bilzerian's bail amount is listed, literally, as 'no bail.' No court date is listed, either." On Wednesday, TMZ published an article saying that Bilzerian's arrest had to do with a warrant issued by Nevada officials: "We've learned an arrest warrant was issued in Clark County, Nevada. Bilerzian has been charged with violating a law making it a crime to possess an explosive or incendiary device with the intent to manufacture it. According to the criminal complaint obtained by TMZ, Bilzerian had ammonium and aluminum powder, along with ammonium nitrate mix, and when mixed it acts like pure TNT." If convicted, Bilzerian would face between one and six years in jail, according to TMZ. It's not clear what the playboy was going to do with the explosive. In July, Bilzerian told Howard Stern that he had made $50 million playing poker in the previous 12 months. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. According to the Canadian Press and other sources, high-stakes poker player Dan Bilzerian (pictured) will avoid jail time on a felony explosives charge and will instead record a PSA for the Federal Bureau of Land Management. In mid-December, Bilzerian was arrested at LAXand held without bail. Authorities claimed that Bilzerian and 36-year-old Jeremy Guymon "fired a rifle from a distance to detonate more than 90 pounds of a powdered explosive mix packed into a beverage cooler to destroy a tractor-trailer cab, which they brought to the site. Investigators said truck parts scattered some 300 yards." The incident occurred in November outside of Las Vegas and, according to the same news source, "sparked a small wildfire." According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Bilzerian, who did not appear in court, pleaded no contest through his attorney, David Chesnoff, to a misdemeanor charge of negligently failing to extinguish a fire in the open. Bilzerian also paid a clean-up cost of $17,231.50." In the middle of last year, Bilzerian told Howard Stern he had won $50 million playing poker in the last 12 months, so $17,000 seems like a rather small chunk of change. The Las Vegas news source cited the lead prosecutor as saying, "It is largely unnecessary to go further based on the conditions of the plea and the facts of this case." Accordingly, the Feds are not expected to pursue any charges despite the transgressions taking place on BLM property in the middle of the Nevada desert. Bilzerian's playboy lifestyle has been anything but calm. In May 2014, he made headlines for throwing a naked porn star off a roof. In December 2013, he claimed he won almost $11 million in one session of poker. According to the Review-Journal, Bilzerian "is the son of Paul Bilzerian, a corporate takeover specialist convicted in the 1980s of violating securities and tax laws." The younger Bilzerian has 6.5 million followers on Instagram. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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