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  1. On Thursday, Kevin KevMathMathers (pictured) had the honor of issuing the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal" command at the World Series of Poker Main Event. The tournament had its Day 2C on Thursday and, for Mathers, it was a much-deserved honor. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- He was introduced as follows: "We at the World Series of Poker, on behalf of all our staff, want to acknowledge and thank Kevin Mathers for all he does surrounding our event. He truly is a bright light and great friend to everyone in the game. We applaud his efforts and his selfless giving of time and information to help the cogs of the game continue to roll forward." Mathers has been a staple on Twitter of anything and everything related to the WSOP, including questions about event start times, structures, and live streams. He hit 70,000 Tweets lifetime during the WSOP this year and ultimately busted out of the Main Event on Day 2C. He works at Bluff– not for the WSOP – and lives in Atlanta. After his elimination, Mathers posted a few comments on Twitter, saying in part, "They say the saddest day of the year is when you bust out of the WSOP Main Event, and I'll admit to feeling that way at the moment. A huge thank you to everyone that bought pieces of my action and to those rooting me on." He candidly added, "Five years ago, the level of fame among the poker community was surpassed by my level of reclusiveness. Today, I did the 'Shuffle up and deal' for over 2,700 players in the Main Event. Guess that means it's not the saddest day of my year after all." A total of 1,796 players remain in contention in the 2015 WSOP Main Event entering Day 3; 654 survived Day 2AB on Wednesday, while 1,142 survived Day 2C on Thursday. Six former Main Event champions are still in: Ryan Riess (pictured), Phil Hellmuth, Jim Bechtel, Scotty Nguyen, and Joe Hachem. Riess, who won the Main Event in 2013, is in 37th place with a stack of 291,700. The top four players on the leaderboard entering Friday's combined Day 3 all are from Day 2AB. Massachusetts' Amar Anand leads the way with a stack of 603,500, the lone player to cross 600,000 and one of only two players to pass 500,000. Day 3 takes place on Friday at Noon PT with the field combined for the first time. Here's how the top 10 in chips looks right now: 1. Amar Anand - 603,500 2. Calvin Lee - 500,700 3. Luther Tran - 479,700 4. Charles Chattha - 423,300 5. David Jackson - 408,800 6. Zach Jiganti - 401,900 7. Alan Mastic - 400,000 8. Sotirios Koutoupas - 393,000 9. Shawn Van Asdale - 388,000 10. Joe Lu - 387,400 Click here for the full leaderboard. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. Last week, the 10 nominees for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class were announced. The selection process now moves on to the living Hall of Fame members plus a blue-ribbon media panel, of which PocketFives' Kevin KevmathMathers and Dan Cypra are members. We have 10 votes to allocate to up to three nominees based on a set of criteria. With that, we wanted to share our thoughts on each one. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The theme of this year's list of Poker Hall of Fame finalists is the attempt to add a non-US based member of the poker community, one of the biggest critiques about the Poker Hall of Fame. Chris Bjorin Kevmath's Take: One of a select group of players with a WSOP bracelet won in Vegas and Europe, Bjorin is considered the "godfather" of poker in Scandinavia. A problem Bjorin and other Poker Hall of Fame nominees have is a lack of desire to promote themselves for election into the PHOF, something others had no problem doing to get inducted. Dan's Take: I agree with a lot of what Kevmath said. Bjorn is #2 on the all-time money list for Sweden and was once ranked #22 worldwide. He has cashes dating back to before many people reading this were born. He has helped grow poker in Scandinavia, a vital market to the poker world, but needs to be vocal among the Hall of Famers and media. David Chiu (pictured) Kevmath's Take: A five-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT World Champion, Chiu is also one of the most prolific cashers in WSOP history. Dan's Take: Chiu has been unstoppable on the felts. He won the WPT Championship in 2008 and has almost $8 million in live tournament winnings. But, can he convince the panel he's worthy given very stiff competition? I don't know. Bruno Fitoussi Kevmath's Take: One of the most influential members of the French poker community, Fitoussi helped get Hold'em into the Aviation Club de France in Paris and played a huge role in getting poker on French television. Dan's Take: I like his chances of getting in despite the talented nominee pool. Like Kevmath said, he helped pioneer poker in Europe. I'm not sure what the makeup of the media panel is, but hopefully it includes Europeans and not just Americans so guys like Fitoussi can get serious consideration. Jennifer Harman (pictured) Kevmath's Take: A longtime veteran of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, it's interesting that she hasn't been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame earlier. In a recent blog, recent PHOF member Daniel Negreanu encouraged fellow voters to induct her based on results, not gender. Dan's Take: There are only two female Poker Hall of Fame members: Linda Johnson and Barbara Enright. Harman has two bracelets, but only has seven live cashes since 2010. Has she stood the test of time, one of the requirements for entry? I'm not so sure. John Juanda Kevmath's Take: His recent win at the European Poker Tour event in Barcelona gives voters another look at his impressive tournament resume with over $17 million in live tournament earnings. Juanda has been on the ballot before, but his low-key persona may have hurt his chances in the past. Dan's Take: Juanda certainly has friends in the poker world, like all of the nominees do, but it's about being vocal. If you're going by poker merits alone, though, he's one of the top candidates this year. I question how much the close association of Juanda, Harman, Mortensen, and others on this list with the old Full Tilt Poker will factor in, if at all. Carlos Mortensen (pictured) Kevmath's Take: The only player to win the highest profile events at the WSOP and WPT, Mortensen also has an extensive list of tournament results. His chances of getting in are unlikely this year, though, among the list of nominees with similar profiles. Dan's Take: I think Mortensen should have been in by now. He has helped grow poker throughout Europe, won the WSOP Main Event and WPT Championship, and has resoundingly stood the test of time. Max Pescatori Kevmath's Take: The biggest name in Italian poker, Pescatori earned his fourth WSOP bracelet earlier this year. His chances are also diminished among a group of European players vying for the voters' attention. Dan's Take: Another incredibly influential European player. As Kevmath said, though, there are a lot of players from Europe up for contention this year. And only two people total will make it into the Poker Hall of Fame. Is Pescatori more worthy than Ulliott and Mortensen? I'm not so sure. Terry Rogers Kevmath's Take: The individual with the least name recognition among the poker community. Rogers' visits to the WSOP in the 70s and 80s, serving as an unofficial odds-maker for the Main Event, helped bring some of the biggest names in poker (Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Amarillo Slim) to Ireland to promote the Irish Open, the longest-running tournament held outside the United States. Dan's Take: I'm not sure Rogers' impact on the game measures up to Matt Savage, who is in the same boat as a non-player. He's well-known in Ireland, but has little name recognition. I wonder whether Brunson's influence on the current Hall of Fame voters will come into play. Matt Savage Kevmath's Take: The most popular tournament director in the poker community. Savage is a worthy inductee, but a recent run on tournament organizers (Eric Drache, Linda Johnson, and Jack McLelland) likely hurt his chances of induction this year. Dan's Take: Savage and Devilfish are my two favorites on this year's ballot. He's a founder of the Tournament Directors Association, a go-to resource for many poker players and fellow TDs, the tournament director at Bay 101 and Commerce, and the Executive Tour Director of the WPT. He has had more of an impact on the game today than anyone else on this list. David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured) Kevmath's Take: One of the biggest characters in poker, his passing earlier this year sparked an effort from his friends to get him inducted into the PHOF this year. It will be interesting to see how that translates into votes among the media members and the PHOF's living members. Dan's Take: I like Devilfish a lot. Would I be liking him as much if he didn't recently pass away? I don't know. But, I do know his friends and the poker community were extremely vocal on backing his nomination, which speaks to his impact on the game. He's #2 on the all-time money list for England. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. Ten years ago, PocketFives.com was created to give people in the poker world who were making a name for themselves online a place to call home. That might never be truer than it is now, as PocketFives has hired Kevin "@Kevmath" Mathers (pictured) to be Community Manager for the site. "As soon as we heard Kevin was available we reached out," said PocketFives co-founder Adam Small. "We didn't have an opening at the time, but knew that Kevin would be a great addition to the PocketFives team. It was a no-brainer for us to create a position that made Kevin part of the team." With just over 26,000 Twitter followers, Mathers is considered the go-to resource for poker players, operators, and media like. Beginning Tuesday, Mathers will be heavily involved in the day-to-day operations at PocketFives and will be active in leading and moderating discussion in the PocketFives forums. "PocketFives is one of the most established brands out there. When they contacted me, I was excited to hear what they had in mind," said Mathers. "After talking with them, I was excited about coming on board and becoming part of the team." Prior to joining PocketFives, Mathers served as the Poker Information Manager for BLUFF.com, where he was responsible for building and maintaining the live results database. He was also a moderator on TwoPlusTwo for 10 years, overseeing various forums. This hiring is the first in a series of announcements PocketFives will make over the coming weeks. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. [caption width="640"] The WSOP made some player-friendly improvements for 2016.[/caption] Always looking to improve the World Series of Poker experience, organizers of the prestigious event have announced several changes in the digital realm, which they hope will streamline and enhance the experience for participants this summer. With 15% of the field in each event being paid out for the first time during the 2016 Series, organizers have been proactive and created a solution designed to avoid long lines at the cage. The new system, dubbed the eQueue Payout Process, allows players to get in line digitally by providing their phone number and filling out the necessary documentation. Players can then leave the area and will receive a text message when their cashout is ready to be picked up. The WSOP has developed its own social chip tracking application called ChipIn, which gives players the ability to share their chip counts with anyone they choose, and update their chip count on WSOP.com in real time. To sign up, players need to navigate to the website and provide your name, Total Rewards number and date of birth. The whole process is encrypted, but the system will verify your name with its backend database so you can’t, for example, pretend to be Phil Ivey. The WSOP live streaming experience has been revamped for this year. David Tuchman will return this year as lead commentator and will be assisted by Tatjana Pasalic, whose role will be expanded to include more on-camera time. Unlike previous years, when multiple final table streams were available, the WSOP will this year put all of its focus into a single stream each day. Announcers will bring in key players for interviews during play, while occasionally looking in at final tables in other events. In addition, organizers will take the previous day’s final table, trim the fat, and broadcast it in a quick-view format. Last year, PocketFives’ own Kevin Mathers manned one of the most useful Twitter accounts throughout the Series - his own. This year, in an attempt to improve their social media outreach, organizers have hired Mathers to man the @WSOP and @WSOPcom Twitter handles, and to monitor the @WSOPChipIn account. "We are very excited to have Mr. Mathers out in Las Vegas for the entire WSOP, and you will be able to find him in the WSOP media Center if you want to say hello or buy him a drink," the company said in a press release. But even the indefatigable Mathers needs a break. "We have to give him some days off and manageable hours,” the release continued. “So if you get some smarmy response, rest assured, Kevin is off duty getting some rest." Mathers will continue his duties as PocketFives Community Manager throughout the summer. For many, the trip to Nevada will also give them the chance to play legal online poker at one of the state’s licensed iGaming websites. WSOP.com has created an online schedule which complements the live series. The site promises more than 500 events, schedule between May 25 and July 10, with $2 million in guarantees and plenty of chances to win seats into live WSOP events. Finally, unlike last year, when grinders were forced to remove their headphones as soon as the field reached the money, the WSOP has received approval from Nevada Gaming to allow players to wear headphones up until the final table is set. Even so, organizers cautioned that players must always be alert and follow the rules and verbal commands from the dealers.
  5. 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. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES A full slate in this week's episode as Lance Bradley and Matt Clark talk about Pennsylvania finally regulating online poker, the PokerNews ownership situation and then bring on the legendary Kevin Mathers to talk all things WSOP Europe.
  6. It’s hard to believe that the World Series of Poker Main Event is already upon us. With the expansive coverage of the event on ESPN and PokerGo, the hopes and dreams of thousands of poker players rise and fall with every hand that is dealt. But that's not the only place we’ve seen some compelling content as photos of starting stacks and tales of the worst bad beat stories ever told have continually spilled onto #pokertwitter and the social media feeds of poker fans around the world. So, while it’s impossible to catch it all, here are a few of some of our favorite social moments from the past week that at the WSOP. GIANT Lines Before the start of the Main Event, players were looking to take their last shot in the $365 GIANT. As poker players are wont to do, many waited until the last minute to purchase their seat, thus making the lines to register for the event befitting of the name. Selfie Stack Spend enough time in Las Vegas and you’ll quickly find out that much of what you see is a mirage. The World Series of Poker is no exception where what you see is not always what you get. (Investors beware!) Hey Ladies! One of the few snafus by WSOP organizers this year occurred at the start of the final table for the Ladies Event. Rather than being the featured table on PokerGo or Twitch, the event was regulated to the back of the room while Razz…yes Razz…got the initial spotlight. Credit to those in charge, the situation was quickly rectified and Jessica Dawley’s victory was broadcast and seen by thousands. Main Event Mascot Joe Camel’s roommate, Chippy, is the new mascot for the World Series of Poker. Not saying Chippy’s not adorable but perhaps he's promoting everything that the WSOP actually doesn’t want at the table: headphones, sunglasses and a bottom row of teeth so yellow it’s clear he’s taken one too many smoke breaks in the 100 degree heat. Look close: Kevmath is about to knock Chippy out of the tournament. Main Event Mania The excitement of playing the Main Event is simply too much for some. They get there, pay their $10K and simply can’t wait to get it in… Max pain for Max Steinberg. The Bank Of Timex is back in action.   Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth. Ausmus showed THEM! Bay to the Bay Area for Blumenfield. Former PocketFives #1-ranked player Jordan Young keeps building...   Stacks on stacks. Class Act The defending WSOP Main Event Champion, upon being eliminated from the event on Day 1 while on a feature table, responds to an online critic with the same class and thoughtful voice that he used throughout his year as the reigning champion. Finally, Ferguson Faces The Truth Hellmuth may be the hero we get, Uncle Ron is the hero we deserve.
  7. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC

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