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  1. On Friday, the transactional waiverallowing Amaya to operate in New Jersey was published. The waiver outlines several terms Amaya must adhere to before launching. It is not known when the Amaya brands PokerStars and Full Tilt will begin operating in New Jersey, where their land-based partner is Resorts. Six Months or Bust The waiver is good for six months "subject to final approval of the Regulated Gaming System and each game by the Division's Technical Services Bureau." During this time period, PokerStars will undergo plenty of testing to ensure it can geo-locate players and address
  2. In June, Rafael Watanabe do Prado (pictured), aka rwpradoon PocketFives, took down the Full Tilt Sunday Major outright for $31,000. There were 620 entrants that day and the tournament fell short of its guarantee, creating a little extra value for everyone who entered. The Brazilian was one of five PocketFivers at the final table. "I'm feeling great," he told us after the fact. "Winning a Sunday Major with so many respected players is very satisfying." He'll use the money from the Full Tilt tournament to pump up his bankroll and play more tournaments. Here's how the final table cashed out
  3. According to the Poker Players Alliance(PPA), the next wave of Full Tilt Poker refunds for US players will be sent out by the end of August at the latest. This time around, 2,000 petitions totaling $4 million will be distributed. PPA Executive Director John Pappas told PocketFives on Tuesday, "The current pool under review includes 1) some petitioners who disputed their petition based on an incomplete withdrawal that we have subsequently been able to match to FTP data; 2) petitioners who filed without login credentials that have been matched to FTP accounts and either claim the balance on
  4. A few weeks ago, Jareth jareth3542East (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Sunday Majoroutright for $41,000, defeating a field of 675 entrants. "One word that springs to mind is 'relief,'" he told us following his big hit. "On PokerStars and Full Tilt, I have been making a lot of big final tables recently and getting eighth and ninth place every time. It was getting really frustrating, so to win one feels great." To celebrate, he did what any rational person would do: went to McDonald's for breakfast. His meal of choice: an Egg McMuffin with double sausage and egg. He had a rock solid month
  5. [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
  6. Brand new to Full Tilt Pokerare Flipout Tournaments, which consist of two rounds. In the first, players go all-in automatically on every hand, with one player per table progressing to the second round. Anyone who reaches the second round of a Flipout Tournament will already be in the money and get a piece of the prize pool. A standard betting structure exists in the second round, which means you can play like normal and know you're already past the bubble. Sarne Lightman, Full Tilt Poker’s Head of Marketing, commented in a press release, "Full Tilt Poker is dedicated to the continual evolut
  7. Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestylesVan Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume." "It's a good way to start the year for sure," Van Fleet told PocketFives about his big win for $33,000. There were 627 entrants in the field last week and he scooped 20% of the $165,000 prize pool. It was the fifth largest cash we have tracked for him on Full Tilt. He had a "massive" chip lead when six players remained and re-shove
  8. In October, Viktor Isildur1 Blom and Gus Hansen parted ways with Full Tilt Poker, ending the re-launched site's experiment with sponsored pros. Full Tilt officials announced at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom (pictured) and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players… We would like to wish Viktor and Gus all the best in their future endeavors." Two months later, Blom returned to Full Tilt
  9. Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money. "It feels good for sure," Mandavia told PocketFives. "I think I got ninth the last time I played it, so it was nice to get some redemption." He has won other Sunday Majors as well, including the Sunday $109 Rebuy, Sunday Second Chance, and Sunday Mulligan. Heads-up, Mandavia went toe-to-toe with former
  10. In an article that eGaming Reviewpublished on Friday, Amaya CEO David Baazov (pictured) reiterated his company's commitment to an online casino and sports book following the acquisition of the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The transaction officially closed earlier this month, well ahead of schedule. --- 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
  11. Just before the main chunk of the World Series of Poker began, Donald d7o1d1s0Rae won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $20,000. There was no chop that day in the 474-man field and Rae was one of two UK PocketFivers to make the top five. "I was really pumped at the time," he said of his emotions, "but it faded pretty quickly. I'm pretty sure I'm still down at timbeys on the year, so one good result doesn't change too much." We're about to use the word "timbey" a few times, so if you don't know what it means, check out this PocketFives thread to get enlightened. Back to the Sunday Brawl now.
  12. After a slew of changes were made to the game mix at Full Tiltlast week, site rep Shyam Markuswas left to admit, "I can confirm it's not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won't be popular." If you liked Adrenaline Rush Poker, Irish Poker, and high-stakes games, prepared to get your world rocked. According to PokerNews, the following games have gone the way of the dodo at Full Tilt: Adrenaline Rush (Starting May 1) Cap and Deep-Stack HU NLHE Cap, Deep-Stack, Deep-Stack with Antes 6-Max NLHE Shallow-Stack Full Ring NLHE PLHE HU and 6-Max Full Ring LHE D
  13. Earlier this month, Jon apestylesVan Fleet (pictured) ran away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and took home $22,000. In the process, he defeated a field of 533 entrants and a final table loaded with former World Series of Poker bracelet winners and European Poker Tour champions. "It was a really nice week overall," Van Fleet told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I had a few other scores and one close finish, so it felt great to close one out. I've never won the Brawl before. It's always nice to have a good run before SCOOP because SCOOP has the potential to go really badl
  14. On the last weekend of April, Russian transplant harrrrmonica, who now lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl outright for $25,000. There were almost 600 entrants and harrrrmonica won the tournament for the second time in eight months. "It feels great to get first," harrrrmonica told PocketFives. "I had a long run, maybe around six months, where almost every time I was deep and felt like the win was close, I'd always get sixth to ninth place." He beat fellow PocketFiver pvas2heads-up in the Sunday Brawl and said of his opponent, "The heads-up part itself
  15. On Tuesday, Full Tilt announced on its blog and via an email to its players that it has introduced radical changes to its ring games. The announcement boldly promised "big changes at Full Tilt to improve the playing experience by making the game more accessible and exciting." The most major change ring game players will witness at Full Tilt is that seating will no longer be determined by the player, but by the software itself. Players will be able to select the game and stakes they wish to play and automatically be seated at a table. If more than one table becomes short-handed, the softw
  16. Late last month, Uruguay's rphtook down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl outright and banked $25,000. There were over 600 entrants that week and rph was one of 63 to make the money. Even though he has over $3 million in online MTT cashes, this was his largest score on Full Tilt and the second time he final tabled the tournament in January. "I think it's very important to start the year in good shape," the South American told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I am happy about getting deep twice in the same tournament in only a couple of weeks with very tough fields. At this point, this is ev
  17. Oh yes, the title of this article is most definitely a Nelly reference. It's relevant because earlier this week, Chris Big HuniHunichen (pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time ever. He's the first player from Costa Rica to top the Rankings in a year and is closing in on $7.5 million in tracked online MTT scores. PocketFives: How does it feel to be #1? We know it has been a goal of yours for a while. Chris Hunichen: As expected, it feels really good. Last year around this time, I made it as high as #2 and then was forced to take a couple months off,
  18. Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette(pictured) came away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, outlasting a field of 573 entrants en route to a $24,000 payday. It was his second largest tracked cash overall and his largest on Full Tilt. He is one victory shy of 100 for his career and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. It's nice to finally bink a Full Tilt bird." To be fair, Ouimette, who calls Windsor, Ontario home, doesn't play on Full Tilt all that much, and hasn't since Black Friday. However, he hits up the site on Sundays and during major tournament series. This time around, he was
  19. In recent days, Paul Vas Nunes (pictured), better known on PocketFives as pvas2, was part of a five-way chop of the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and earned $29,000. The online poker player from the UK took down his fourth Sunday Major in the process, a pretty impressive accomplishment, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking about his latest score. Oh yeah, we got to talk a little squash, so get excited for that. PocketFives: Congrats on the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl chop. How are you feeling about it? Paul Vas Nunes: I'm feeling pretty good. It was my first big win on Full Til
  20. [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,
  21. Earlier this month, Justin Ouimette(pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawlfor $26,000, defeating a field of 646 entrants. Amazingly, it was his second time winning the tournament this year, his first coming in January for $24,000. Did we mention that he also final tabled the Super Tuesday last month for $43,000, his largest online tournament score to date? Yes, it's good to be Justin Ouimette. "It feels awesome," he told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "Things have been going super well. The year so far has been a dream. I have had four of my top five scores, my biggest cash ever
  22. According to HighStakesDB, Finland's Patrik Antonius (pictured) has been on fire lately. In fact, Antonius, who plays as "FinddaGrind" on Full Tilt, is up $1.3 million in the last two weeks and a total of $773,000 in 2014. We'll let HighStakesDB describe Antonius' $466,000 win on Sunday, which has helped fuel his recent run: "All of Antonius' winnings came from a 2.25-hour session at FLO8 played against KPR16, Isildur1, and (briefly) Polarizing. The session was already 2.5 hours old when FinddaGrind joined, with Isildur1 sitting on top of a nice $400K stack after winning close to $300K from
  23. According to a variety of sites, including Online Poker Report, Amaya Gaming has asserted that a mobile pop-up alerting players that real money Full Tilt games were available in New Jersey was an error. Call it a Garden State SNAFU that briefly energized the community that Full Tilt was going to enter the market effective immediately. "We have been developing a real money mobile poker app that has been submitted to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as part of the review process of our application to offer real money gaming under a NJ DGE license," the statement from Amaya read.
  24. In June of this year, Amaya Gaming announced it had purchased the Rational Group, the owners of Full Tiltand PokerStars. The transaction has set off a chain of events including increased rakeat PokerStars' tables, changes to forex policies, and a rumored overhaul of the site's VIP program. The transaction has also increased Amaya's revenues by a factor of six, according to eGaming Review. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker ro
  25. The rumors swirling over the last day or two were true: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen (pictured) are no longer sponsored pros of Full Tilt Poker. There had been reports of their likenesses being removed from the Full Tilt website, so the rumors were strong, but no public statement had been made as to whether it was just a site redesign or if, in fact, the two players were really not part of Full Tilt anymore. PocketFives reached out to Full Tilt and the online poker room confirmed that Blom and Hansen are no longer serving as the site's pros. The brief statement is as follows: "W
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