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  1. ‘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. Th
  2. 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 interview players and industry leaders. Some are calling Ian Steinman's fold against Joe McKeehen at the WPT Rolling Thunder the greatest fold they've ever seen. Matt was sitting courtside for that hand and gives his take on it. The guys also discuss partypoker's server crash and how it impacts their attempts to take over the reigns as the world's top online poker site. Lance and Matt also geek out a lit
  3. While most known for high-stakes poker, Gus Hansen (pictured) is also considered a formidable bridge player. After a break from the tables at Full Tilt, the Great Dane recently surfaced in the Danish press and revealed that he is investing "millions" into a bridge shuffling machine that will speed up play and solve problems unique to the game. Growing up, Hansen was drawn to games of all types, not just poker. He excelled at many, including backgammon, gin rummy, chess, and bridge and points to these games as his "first small steps in the gambling direction," according to a 2006 interview
  4. As 2015 officially begins, we take a look back at five of the biggest poker news stories of 2014. At the end of the article, let us know what other headlines you thought were memorable this year. 5. Christian Lusardi Causes Havoc at Borgata with Counterfeit Chips Tournament organizers at Borgata's Winter Poker Open in January were forced to cancel the event after finding that several bogus poker chips had been introduced into play. Christian Lusardi (pictured) of Fayetteville, North Carolina was quickly identified as the culprit and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lusardi had
  5. He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime. --- 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 grea
  6. About a week ago, PocketFives brought you an article about Dan "jungleman" Cates breaking $10 million in high-stakes winnings at Full Tilt Poker, a major milestone. Over the weekend, Cates (pictured) continued to roll, inching closer to $3 million in winnings on Full Tilt this year, according to HighStakesDB. --- 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 gre
  7. According to HighStakesDB, Gus Hansen (pictured) had a solid Sunday on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, winning $546,000 at the cash game tables. However, he is still down almost $18 million since the site began tracking his account in 2006. His damage on Sunday was done at the Eight-Game and Triple Draw tables, according to HighStakesDB: "Hansen played for a couple of hours post-midnight, winning at both the Triple Draw and Eight-Game tables, building a six-figure profit before taking 11 hours away from the tables, returning in the early afternoon, where he added another $87,000, putt
  8. Clear your schedules for the next two nights as "Godfather Week" takes over Poker After Dark. Doyle Brunson will be joined by a handful of poker’s biggest names as they compete for astronomical stakes in a mixed game cash game on PokerGO. Along with Brunson, Gus Hansen, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Scott Seiver, Brian Rast, and Billy O'Neill will be playing mixed games at limits of $1,500/$3,000. The minimum buy-in is $50,000 and they will be playing HORSE and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. The action starts at 6 pm ET (3 pm PT) on PokerGO. The all-star team of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will
  9. [CAPTION=100%]All four #1 seeds advanced to Round 2 in the WPT Champions Challenge.[/CAPTION] Just like March Madness, the first round of the World Poker Tour Champions Challenge was all about the upset. Eight of the first 32 first round match-ups ended with the lower seed advancing to the second round. The Champions Challenge is a bracket-style tournament pitting some of the greatest performers in WPT history against each other in a contest driven by fan voting. It's structured identically to the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament with the winner announced on April 11. Four of the
  10. On Monday, PocketFives published a story about Kagome Kagome being up a half-million dollars in three daysat the online poker tables. To show how quickly fortunes can turn when you're playing for gobs of cash for hours on end, Kagome Kagome is quickly back to even on the week thanks to a $474,000 loss to Alexonmoon (pictured). --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a supe
  11. After a dismal first half of the year at the nosebleed tables on Full Tilt, German high-stakes pro SanIkerhas put together a huge comeback, winning just under $2 million in less than 60 days. --- 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! --- In his latest string of wins, the young 2-7 Triple Draw specialist booked a $400,000 session on Tuesday to catapult himself into th
  12. Gus Hansen(pictured) is in the midst of the worst online poker downswing on the books. At $17.66 million in the hole, the Danish pro has more than doubled the losses of noataima, the second biggest money loser in recorded online history, according to HighStakesDB. Even so, Hansen continues to do battle with the best players in the world at the highest stakes online, day in and day out. He was gracious enough to sit down for an interview with PokerStrategy's Tobias Frey at the European Poker Tour in Vienna, where he spoke about his high-stakes opponents, his losses, Macau, the WSOP, and more
  13. Earlier this week, PocketFives published an article about Dan Cates being up $1.5 million in Triple Draw in a two-week span. The Triple Draw games on Full Tilt Pokerhave been in full swing recently and included a 12-hour marathon session between Sebastian taktloss Ruthenberg and Gus Hansen (pictured) on Thursday. We'll defer to HighStakesDBfor the details on the session itself. The tracking site outlined, "Hansen opened up well, winning $105K in an early morning 1.5-hour session. Just ten minutes later, the pair swapped tables and played for eight hours at table Monarcas, where taktloss bui
  14. Although he's still down big overall, Gus Hansen (pictured) rebounded slightly over the weekend, banking over a half-million dollars on Sunday at the high-stakes poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. Hansen profited $528,000 on Sunday and is up $636,000 since Saturday night. Fixed Limit Omaha Eight or Better was Hansen's playground on Sunday, as he faced off against Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau. According to HighStakesDB, FLO8 played to Hansen's strengths, not Luneau's: "Luneau has made no secret of his desire to play Hansen whenever possible, even setting up an alert system to notify him wh
  15. 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
  16. Poker Central has acquired the brand and assets for High Stakes Poker, the company announced on Tuesday, and will begin streaming episodes of the show on the PokerGO platform in the coming months. Additionally, Poker Central is said to have future plans for the series, including new episodes. "High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing mor
  17. All good things must come to an end. And that end has come for the PCA. As PocketFives reported, when PokerStars announced the return of the PSPC in 2020 they also, unceremoniously, announced that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would not be back in 2020, ending its run of 16 years. For many, the PCA kicked off the yearly poker calendar with players making plans to escape their winter hardships for weeks of poker, sun and waterslides. At the height of the poker boom, the PCA was one of the most popular stops on the tour as winners of the Main Event added millions to their career earni
  18. [caption width="640"] The WPT Champions Challenge pits some of poker's biggest stars up against each other[/caption] Sure, everybody at your workplace is focused on just how awesome their NCAA March Madness bracket is. Paul from accounting is convinced that the six-seed he’s got going to the Elite Eight is his key to victory. You’ve got a bracket too – everybody does – but thanks to the World Poker Tour you’re also looking at another bracket. That’s what the WPT is hoping for anyway with their launch of the WPT Champions Challenge, a bracket-style tournament pitting 64 former WPT champi
  19. Denmark's therealfuddebuf, known in the real world as Mikael Hansen (pictured), turned in quite an impressive feat last November and December, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for well over $80,000 officially. He is one of a handful of players from Denmark we've interviewed lately, so is Denmark the new hotbed for poker? We sat down with Hansen, who has one of the coolest full-time jobs ever, to find out. "Final tabling it twice within a short period of time is clearly running good. Even though the tournament is one of the toughest every week, the combination of players ta
  20. The World Poker Tour will close out 2018 action with the prestigious WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The tournament, held at the iconic Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the eighth WPT Main Tour stop of Season XVII. It’s an event that comes with a $10,400 buy-in and has been a part of the World Poker Tour schedule since the very first season. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event kicks off Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and runs through Saturday, December 15. The format calls for 40,000 in starting chips, big blind ante, registration until t
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