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  1. [caption width="640"] Jason Lawhun's career as a scientist allows him to see poker from a unique point of view[/caption] Most of the players that comprise the New Jersey online player pool are longtime residents of the state or have moved there to further expand their poker horizons. Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun hails from Ohio but moved to New Jersey in 2013 as part of his career as a scientist in a consumer products company. Since then, he has been a force at the online tables with over $235,000 in tournament winnings to his name. Like many others before him, Lawhun got his start playing poker with friends but gradually moved his way toward the online scene once he entered college. Lawhun says he “lucked out” as his job required him to move to a state with regulated online gaming since where he lived in Ohio did not provide local access to a casino. “If I didn’t happen to move to New Jersey, I think poker would have fallen off into something that I only did very rarely, although it is a game I love to play. It’s a shame more people don’t have the opportunity to compete in this great game because of the current legislation,” said Lawhun. In his life as a scientist, Lawhun says there is a lot in common between the way he solves problems in the lab and that thought process carries over to the poker table. “As a scientist, you need to have a very logical mindset that is able to analyze situations and come up with data-driven conclusions based on your experiments. It’s the same in poker. You analyze the hand (situation) you’re in, and come up with plays (conclusions) based on previous hands (data points from previous experiments) which help you determine likely hand ranges of your opponent and come up with the correct play,” said Lawhun. While the analytical mindset he uses has obviously paid dividends, Lawhun also says he uses an out of the box approach to finding solutions in both science and poker. In fact, he claims that he is at his best when he’s “experimenting” with new betting lines in order to make him harder to read. Lawhun spends roughly 70 hours each week between his day job and poker which forces him to have a familiar routine so he can have the as much success as possible in both ventures. In order to achieve a quality balance in his life, Lawhun usually takes Saturday and Monday off from playing to spend time with his girlfriend, her two kids, and his dog. “A typical day for me now is to get up, go to work, come home and meditate or take a quick nap, exercise, take the dog for a walk and then play poker until I bust out of my last tournament. Then, I try to get a few hours of sleep and start the process all over again the next day," said Lawhun. "I’m grateful my family is very understanding of the passion/goals I have for poker and support me in my poker endeavors.” With such a condensed schedule, Lawhun says he doesn’t allocate much time to studying the game but believes he would be a much superior player versus where he is now. Lawhun played his first major live tournament in September when he played in the World Poker Tour Main Event at the Borgata. He is currently unsure whether or not he will play in the WPT Winter Poker Open in January but is planning to play the World Series of Poker Main Event in July 2017. Being a well-rounded thinker has helped Lawhun to excel in poker and with that success has come an understanding of how to succeed in the game even when things are going poorly in the short-term. “Poker will piss you off, it will make you feel bad about yourself and feel like you’re dumb and the poker gods are out to punish you," said Lawhun. "You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to get unlucky. If you can keep in perspective [that] it’s just part of the game and the game is meant to be played and enjoyed, you’ll be way ahead of the curve.” Above all else, Lawhun uses his “experimental mindset” to continue improving and to learn from his mistakes. “It’s hard not to beat yourself up over mistakes in poker. But if you try to look at mistakes as a learning experience it really helps your mindset. I’ve made plenty of bad plays at the table, but I try to learn from my mistakes and get a little better every time I play,” said Lawhun.
  2. Since New Jersey first welcomed fully regulated online poker to its borders in November 2013, the player pool has produced prominent talents who have seen their tournament earnings grow over the years. Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell has made a new career out of playing online poker in the Garden State and is in the midst of climbing the New Jersey Rankings and sits second only to Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Fred 'BiggDaddy' Ferrell is ranked #3 in New Jersey[/caption] Only a month after online poker became available in New Jersey, Ferrell left his job in a glass-manufacturing warehouse to pursue online poker full-time. Ferrell says he achieved a few quality results that gave him the initial inclination to leave his job and noted that if poker didn’t work out, he felt comfortable being able to find other work if he needed to. “I made good money (at the warehouse) but definitely prefer this luxury,” Ferrell said about his career change. Safe to say, with over $550,000 in earnings to his name, Ferrell will not be looking for alternative employment anytime soon. It takes a lot of confidence and an innate talent to make great decisions in a short time span to leave a job to pursue a full-time poker career, and it is exactly those skills that separate Ferrell from his competitors. When asked what sets him apart from his opponents he is constantly battling against, Ferrell credits his sharp memory and multitasking capability that gives him an edge. Using his 50-inch monitor, Ferrell says he can play “30 tables on autopilot as good as someone who is playing nine tables.” Ferrell says that quick wit and a sharp rapid-fire decision making process are what allow him to make great decisions late in tournaments when he is solely focusing on one or two tables as a result of not succumbing to cognitive burnout. Someone who has that many tables running at once might use a HUD (Heads Up Display) to track a player’s tendencies to help make those fast decisions but Ferrell claims he doesn’t use one. “I don’t really see a need for it since I have a pretty good idea of what people are going to do anyway,” Ferrell said. The competency to ratchet up the focus when it matters most that Ferrell speaks of is backed up on a few occasions with the highlight coming when Ferrell notched two of the largest scores of his career over the course of a single day on WSOP.com in August. Ferrell took home the bronze medal in the “Big Deal” for about $4,900 and then eclipsed that finish with a runner-up effort in the “Ultimate Warrior” for nearly $8,500 more. The ability to move from one task to the next that Ferrell demonstrates allows for him to shake off and absorb the inevitable bad beats and downswings that come with tournament poker. According to Ferrell, “the beats are going to come, [but] eventually the variance is going to work in your favor.” As the end of the year nears, the race for number one on the New Jersey leaderboard is competitive but Ferrell isn’t setting any long-term goals for himself just yet. Despite having a prop bet with Daniel ‘Centerfieldr’ Lupo (currently ranked number three in New Jersey) over who finishes the year higher on the rankings list, Ferrell is more focused on his daily goal of netting at least $300 a day and being able to provide for his three daughters. Despite having a few quality results in live tournaments including a recent cash in September’s Borgata Poker Open WPT Championship, Ferrell doesn’t plan to participate in many more live events before in the near future noting they are “too time consuming.” Ferrell has already qualified for the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event to be held at Resorts in November but says that will likely be the last live event he plays for the rest of this year. With the Borgata Garden State Super Series and the PokerStars NJCOOP currently in full swing, expect to see Ferrell mixing it up in as many events as possible. As Ferrell puts it, “I’m going to grind everyday and crush souls.”
  3. [caption width="640"] The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Takes Over the New Jersey ONline Poker scene for the next 16 days.[/caption] The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker is going to fill up the calendars of New Jersey online poker players over the next couple of weeks. NJCOOP runs October 15 - 31 and includes a total of 43 events and a total of $1.2 million in guaranteed prize pools. This marks the second COOP series to run in New Jersey. The first was in May when the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker had 52 events spread across two weeks. NJCOOP Schedule HighlightsEverything gets underway Saturday, October 15 with two warm-up events and then gets real on Sunday, October 16 with five events in one day. The marquee event that day is the $250 buy-in Sunday Special Special Edition which comes with a $100,000 guarantee. Just six of the 43 events on the schedule are Pot Limit Omaha, but the tournaments offered should offer enough value to keep the biggest PLO junkie happy. The first PLO event is Event #6, on Tuesday, October 6, and the $100 buy-in tournament has a $15,000 guarantee. There is also a $100 buy-in PLO Heads Up event on Wednesday, October 26. The second event on the calendar that comes with a six-figure guarantee is Event #28, the $1,000 buy-in Six Max High Roller. That goes Tuesday, October 25 at 6 pm. And that’s just a prelude to the Main Event. Sign-up now for PokerStarsNJ.com and get a free NBA Swingman jersey. Details here.NJCOOP Main EventThe $500 buy-in Main Event is set to run over two days beginning Saturday, October 30 and it comes with the biggest guarantee of all, $200,000. The Saturday start is designed to allow more recreational players who would otherwise be working on Monday the chance to play the two-day event without fear of having to make arrangements on Day 2. For comparison, the Main Event of the first event PokerStarsNJ Spring Championship of Online Poker last May had a buy-in of $500 and a $200,000 guarantee and drew 392 players to just meet out on the guarantee. The LeaderboardIt wouldn’t be a PokerStars COOP series without a leaderboard. Players who finish in the top 15 for the NJCOOP Leaderboard will earn their share of $10,000 in tournament dollars, with the best performer earning T$2,000. 2016 PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Schedule Start TimeEvent #TournamentGuarantee Saturday, October 15 6:00 PM1$100 Nightly Stars - NJCOOP Warm-Up$15,000 8:00 PM2$200 NL Hold'em (Turbo) - NJCOOP Warm-Up$10,000 Sunday, October 16 3:30 PM3$150 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super KO)$30,000 5:00 PM4$250 Sunday Special SE$100,000 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1A)$50,000 8:00 PM6$100 PL Omaha (8-max)$15,000 10:00 PM7$150 Sunday SuperSonic SE (Hyper)$15,000 Monday, October 17 6:30 PM8$100 NL Hold'em (Speed-Down)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1B)$50,000 8:00 PM9$500 PL Omaha High Roller (6-max)$30,000 Tuesday, October 18 6:30 PM10$100 NL Hold'em 1R1A$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1C)$50,000 8:30 PM11$300 NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)$20,000 Wednesday, October 19R] 6:30 PM12$100 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super-KO)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1D)$50,000 8:00 PM13$200 Limit Hold'em (6-max)$10,000 Thursday, October 20 6:30 PM14$500 8-Game (6-max)$20,000 7:30 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1E)$50,000 8:00 PM15$50+R NL Hold'em$20,000 Friday, October 21 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1F)$50,000 8:00 PM16$200 TRiple Stud$10,000 9:30 PM17$50+R NL Hold'em (3-Max, Hyper, Rebuy)$7,500 Saturday, October 22 5:00 PM18$100 NL Hold'em (Deepstack, 8-max)$15,000 7:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1G)$50,000 8:00 PM19$200 NL Hold'em (Ante-Up)$10,000 Sunday, October 23 2:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-max, Day 1H)$50,000 3:30 PM20$100 Mixed NLHE/PLO (6-max)$15,000 5:00 PM21$350 Sunday Special SE$75,000 7:00 PM22$200 NL Hold'em (Progressive SuperKO)$35,000 8:00 PM5$50 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 2)$50,000 9:00 PM23$100 NL Hold'em (Shootout, 6-Max, Turbo)$10,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1A)$35,000 Monday, October 24 6:00 PM25$300 NL Hold'em (4-max)$30,000 8:00 PM26$75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo (Rebuy, 8-max)$10,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1B)$35,000 Tuesday, October 25 6:00 PM27$150 NL Hold'em (1R1A)$25,000 7:00 PM28$1,000 NL Hold'em (High Roller, 6-max)$100,000 8:00 PM29$100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo (8-max)$5,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1C)$35,000 Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM30$25+R NL Hold'em (Rebuy)$20,000 8:00 PM31$100 PL Omaha HU$5,000 9:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1D)$35,000 Thursday, October 27 6:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 1E, Turbo)$35,000 7:30 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1A)$50,000 8:30 PM24$150 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Day 2)$35,000 8:00 PM33$50+R PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuy)$10,000 9:00 PM34$150 NL Hold'em (Turbo)$20,000 Friday, October 28 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1B)$50,000 8:00 PM35$100 PL 5-Card Omaha (8-max)$7,500 9:00 PM36$200 NL Hold'em (Deep, Hyper)$15,000 Saturday, October 29 6:00 PM37$300 NL Hold'em (6-max)$30,000 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1C)$50,000 9:00 PM38$75 NL Hold'em (Zoom)$15,000 Sunday, October 30 2:00 PM39$100 NL Hold'em (Big Antes)$15,000 5:00 PM40$500 NL Hold'em Main Event (Day 1)$200,000 7:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1D)$50,000 8:00 PM41$15+R NL Hold'em (6-max, Turbo, Rebuy)$10,000 10:00 PM42$75 Sunday Supersonic SE (Hyper)$10,000 Monday, October 31 6:00 PM40$500 NL Hold'em Main Event (Day 2)$200,000 6:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 1E, Turbo)$50,000 8:00 PM32$100 NL Hold'em (Day 2)$50,000 9:00 PM43$150 NL Hold'em (Deep-Hyper, 6-Max)$15,000
  4. [caption width="640"] The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker runs for 16 days in October.[/caption] While the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker winds down for the site’s global player base, New Jersey poker players will soon have a championship tournament series of their own to look forward to. The Isle of Man-based gaming giant announced the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, which plays out from October 15-31 and feature 43 events with buy-ins ranging from $15 to $1,000. The 16-day series, which is only available to players physically located in New Jersey, culminates with the $500 buy-in, $200,000 No Limit Hold‘em Main Event on October 30-31. PokerStars bills NJCOOP as New Jersey’s richest ever online poker tournament series, and highlights the event as proof of its commitment to growing online poker in the Garden State. The schedule features an array of poker variants, including Pot Limit Omaha, Eight Game and Triple Stud, to be played in a variety of structures and formats. Players can also look forward to a $100,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold‘em High Roller event with a $1,000 buy-in, and a PLO High Roller tournament with a $500 entry fee. Team PokerStars Pro and poker streaming pioneer Jason Somerville played several events in this year’s WCOOP while outside the US and broadcast all of his play on his popular Twitch channel. For NJCOOP he will be back in New Jersey hoping to win even more cash during some of his marathon streams. “I’m so excited that PokerStars is bringing the Championship of Online Poker to New Jersey,” Somerville said. “It’s great that players in the region can experience playing in this prestigious festival and the buzz that comes with chasing big prize money and major tournament titles. I’m looking forward to playing and streaming NJCOOP on Twitch in my hunt to win a title in its debut year.” Daily online qualifiers to all NJCOOP events are already running on PokerStarsNJ.com, with satellite tournaments to the larger buy-in event starting at just $1. Players can also take part in special $2.50 Spin & Go tournaments from September 26 to October 30, which award $500 Main Event tickets and cash prizes. Player of the Series Leaderboard Top performers at this year’s NJCOOP can win even more cash and prizes through the Player of the Series Leaderboard. Up to $10,000 in prizes will be given away to the site’s most consistently successful players, with the overall winner taking home $2,000 in tournament dollars. What’s more, PokerStars is also giving NJCOOP players the opportunity to win one of 20 PokerStars Festival New Jersey 2016 Main Event seats worth $1,100. Players who take part in the five NJCOOP events below will be entered into an All-in Shootout freeroll the following day to try and win their seat. 01 $100 Nightly Stars 04 $250 Sunday Special SE 08 $100 NL Hold'em [Speed-Down] 12 $100 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-KO] 21 $350 Sunday Special SE
  5. [caption width="640"] Jeremy ' Jermz' Danger passed Keith 'donnysack' Donovan for top spot in the New Jersey rankings in August.[/caption] Over the last four summer months, the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings top ten has undergone some serious reconstruction. At the start of the summer, some of New Jersey’s top players, Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg and Michael ‘Gags30’ Gagliano to name a few, headed to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and thus, saw their Garden State stock drop and drop quickly. It was then the loyal local grinders that ascended, with those opting to stay in New Jersey moving themselves up the leaderboard. Since the midway point of July though, order has been restored, with everyone home from their summer vacations, some for business, others for pleasure. Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan was New Jersey’s #1 ranked player since Memorial Day, fighting off charges from players that fit both the traveling and local categorizations above. Unfortunately for Donovan, he couldn’t hold that spot until Labor Day, as his wire-to-wire summer run came up a week short. That’s because Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger claimed fifteen outright wins through the month of August, including four in daily $10,000 GTD events on both BorgataPoker.com and PokerStarsNJ Danger now sits atop the New Jersey top ten, after having to settle for the monthly runner-up over the last two Online Poker Rankings updates. While ‘Jermz’ moved up one spot to take control of the New Jersey lead, Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell saw the biggest jump over the last month. He now sits second, after ending in the bottom half of the top ten. 56 total cashes in the span of a month will do that, with Ferrell logging one of the most consistent month’s that New Jersey has seen since the start of the year. Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon retook his spot in the top four, where he started 2016, thanks to some big wins on PokerStarsNJ. He won a $8,000 GTD Nightly Stars event during the first week of August and then notched two sizable wins through the final ten days of the month. The first of those was in the $500 Sunday ‘High Roller’, with the victory good for over $9,000, and the second was a repeat victory in the $8,000 GTD Nightly Stars. The point difference between Donovan and Kwon is minimal, with close to 30 points separating third and fourtth place. The differences towards the second half of the leaderboard are much greater, with over 200 points keeping ‘Gags30’ and ‘Mergulas’ ahead of Dan ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Lupo might be off the pace of the top five but since joining the leaderboard last month, he’s continued to climb. That’s thanks to two $10,000 GTD wins, on both WSOP.com and PokerStarsNJ, to push himself over $500,000 in career New Jersey online tournament earnings. If Lupo and the rest of the ‘second half’ keep up their charge, there could continue to be some serious movement through the last few months of 2016. The New Jersey Rankings Top 10 Jermz - 3,236 BiggDaddy - 3,176 donnysack - 2,994 ykwon17 - 2,962 JohnnyDrama - 2,837 Gags30 - 2,836 Mergulas - 2,758 centrfieldr - 2,537 phatchoy888 - 2,443 Lav519 - 2,426
  6. [caption width="640"] Dan Sewnig has had a solid set of live results in 2016[/caption] Among the more scrutinized transitions in poker is carrying over success from the online world into the live arena. While the game is still effectively the same, the surrounding elements are different when playing live and there are players who struggle figuring out how to reconnect all the pieces. If there is a face that represents the young and talented crop of young players that have grown from the seed planted by New Jersey’s online poker regulation, Dan ‘redsoxnets5’ Sewnig might be it. The 25-year-old has been profiled in numerous publications as he has honed his craft in the online streets for the last few years. He may always be an online grinder at heart, but 2016 marks Sewnig’s highest grossing year playing live tournament poker. Sewnig’s career year includes cashes in the Borgata Summer Poker Open and Parx Big Stax XVII main events but the one score that stands above the rest is his final table run in the Borgata Poker Open Six Max event. In one of the toughest fields assembled at the Borgata all year, Sewnig put together two stellar days of poker to finish fourth and notch a career-high score of over $27,000. The Six Max final table was live streamed and Sewnig exuded a cool demeanor that he says gives him an edge when playing live. "I almost always feel calm in live tourneys and enjoy talking to the people at my tables, mainly because I like the social interaction. I really enjoy live poker and that final table was one of the more exciting experiences I've had yet. I thought I might feel nervous on that stage but when I sat down it was just another tournament. I didn't really even fear making mistakes; if people disagreed with something I did then I figured I would just chalk it up to a learning experience and use it to improve." Sewnig has learned a lot about what it means to be a professional in his couple of years of playing for a living and realizes even if you put yourself in a position to succeed, the cards may not cooperate but there is always another day. "You simply cannot control your results in a game like poker. Hoping to achieve a certain level of profit is a bit ridiculous; you can't will yourself into winning a flip with seven left in the biggest MTT you play all year. But you can will yourself into making sure you play as much as possible to get yourself back into that position later on." There is a lot that Sewnig says he has learned in 2016, including better bankroll management skills and when to take some time away from the game. As he has started to expand his horizons in live tournaments, Sewnig has also developed a keen eye for game selection as to which formats best suit his style of play. “I've played more tournaments, put myself out there and sold off a bunch to bigger, better structured events. I often play on the nitty side, which lends itself quite nicely to the championship structures of the bigger buy-in events. This year is the first time I've played anything bigger than a $1K and having those tournaments with 90-minute levels really allows players to go card dead for a few hours and not be in desperate shape.” As the calendar nears the start of the new year, Sewnig says his only goals at this point are volume-based for both live and online. There are plenty of live tournament series that will be at Sewnig’s disposal in the coming months and we may soon see him step into the winner’s circle during that time.
  7. [caption width="640"] Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein found time away from the virtual felt re-energized his passion for the game.[/caption] Craig 'craigruby' Rubinstein is not what you first envision as the prototypical New Jersey online tournament grinder. The 41-year-old father of two has only been playing full-time for less than a year but has come on strong over the last few months and recently cracked the top 10 of the PocketFives New Jersey Rankings. Rubinstein comes from a live cash game background but decided to take advantage of the availability of online poker in his home state after leaving his job as the assistant director of a sleep-away camp. “It was not a conscious decision (to start playing online), but I had more time on my hands to play. My kids were in bed by 8:00 and I needed something to do with my night and poker tournaments filled that void.” Rubinstein found initial success in his new venture when he won the PokerStars $50,000 guarantee “Sunday Special Big Game” for over $13,000 in April. Even after his big score, Rubinstein realized there was a distance to go for him to remain competitive long term. “I didn’t know what I was doing in terms of tournament strategies, bankroll strategies and game selection. I played all tournaments on different sites and just wanted the experience of playing tournament poker.” As part of that process of remaining competitive, Rubinstein sought out a coach and found one in Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, a fellow member of the PocketFives top 10. Rubinstein says one of the things he looked for in a coach was a player who looked at the game differently than he did, and Gagliano perfectly fit the bill. “Our coaching relationship has turned into a good friendship. I am able to go into our sessions with a plan and attack challenges that have come up. Just being able to text him questions over the summer (while Gagliano was in Las Vegas) was beneficial.” Even with the added boost of having a great poker mind like Gagliano at this side, it wasn’t until a Labor Day trip to Delaware that really kick started Rubinstein’s recent run. Rubinstein was coming off of a subpar summer and in the midst of a downswing. He soon discovered that time away from the game was exactly what he needed. “Five days away from poker was the longest I’ve spent without playing in months. I had a different mentality when I came back from the vacation and saw immediate results,” Rubinstein said. At this point in his life, Rubinstein wants to continue playing poker for a living for as long as possible and more importantly, have his kids be proud of the work he’s doing. In that spirit, Rubinstein has started to play more live tournaments and has a primary goal of winning a title. “I’m not doing this for the time being. I want to be able to make this a career and make enough money to support my family and my lifestyle. The number goal is to win a live tournament. I haven’t been able to finish despite being close. I want to put the trophy on the mantle and have my kids walk in and see that daddy won.” Rubinstein recently traveled to St. Maartens for the World Series of Poker Circuit stop there after qualifying via online satellite. While he didn’t come home with his sought after victory, he will continue to be a familiar face on the live circuit for the foreseeable future. “There is no competition I can get these days like I can with poker. I like the fact that if I succeed, it’s going to be because of me. When the pressure is on, I’ve always risen to the occasion.”
  8. [caption width="640"] Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro is a top 20 player in New Jersey (Borgata photo)[/caption] The closeknit community of New Jersey online poker has allowed for players to connect and grow their games through another. Most of the bonds developed have been player-to-player but Mike 'MikeyCasino' Azzaro has found a special kinship of a different kind. Azzaro and his roommate Chris 'Hort336' Horter met in 2014 through a mutual friend in Asher Conniff. Horter and Azzaro live together in Brigantine and do most of their online grinding from there. Horter has come into his own this year after winning the Parx Big Stax 300 title in August and taking third in the Borgata Spring Poker Open $1,000,000 guaranteed event in April. Living with a poker mind as sharp as Horter’s would be a tremendous asset for anyone but it is their dog, Crouton, that separates their New Jersey home from other grind lairs. Crouton has become a niche online phenomenon in 2016 thanks in part to the Twitter account, @CroutonSays. The Galapagos Boonwiddle has been a positive addition for all in the poker community but Azzaro has developed a special kinship with the dog. Azzaro says he spends time talking over hands with Horter and finds himself relieving tilt by playing with the dog. A European study published in 2012 in Frontiers of Psychology notes the specific correlation between interacting with animals and the influence of behaviors such as trust, empathy, and a positive mood. The impact of the dog is certainly with merits as Azzaro has achieved some of the best results of his career in 2016. Azzaro made it to Day 5 of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, eventually finishing 182nd for a career-best $42,285 score. The impact shows on the virtual felt as well, as Azzaro is currently 19th in the PocketFives NJ Online rankings. Growing up in Yonkers, NY, Azzaro says he had dreams of becoming a football player but eventually decided to make poker his career. Azzaro is not entirely sure he’ll be playing poker for the rest of his life but is taking his time to decide what his next step might be. “When I was a teenager I wanted to play football or poker but I wasn't good at football so I went with poker. For now poker is what I want to do but I see investing in my future,” Azzaro said. When Azzaro was younger, he learned the basics of the game from his brother and then grew his career toward the professional level as online poker became regulated in New Jersey. “When I was 14, my older brother taught me the basics of Hold’em and we would play all the time. I started playing professionally at 26 and for the first year I was losing until online poker got legalized and it couldn't have come at a better time.” Indeed it did for Azzaro, as he has racked up over $430,000 in online cashes across the finest sites New Jersey has to offer. Outside of the positive influence of Horter and Crouton, Azzaro credits his recent success to eating healthier, additional studying and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Azzaro certainly isn’t the first player in poker to credit the calming influence of a dog on improved results. Considering how big of a part playing online is for Azzaro’s career and for other players across the state, a new trend may be on the horizon. Azzaro notes how he enjoys the stability of online poker and it may now only be a matter of time before he makes an appearance in the PocketFives New Jersey top-10 rankings.
  9. [caption width="640"] Michael Haberman is showing no sign of slowing down after years on top of the New Jersey online rankings.[/caption] The competition at the top of the PocketFives New Jersey online poker rankings becomes tougher with each passing month. The top of the ranks has remained relatively consistent for the larger part of 2016 with Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman among those prominently featured in the top-10 at the end of each month. Haberman has been playing online in New Jersey since the state regulated online play in 2013 and has put together over $670,000 in tournament cashes in that span. Haberman’s online monicker comes from a character in the HBO show Entourage, who was known to be excitable with the potential for unpredictability. Despite the associations that might come with choosing that specific avatar, Haberman’s results have been remarkably consistent. Haberman was ranked number one in the Pocket Fives NJ rankings toward the start of the year and achieved the elusive Triple Crown in June when he won three unique tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. In accomplishing the feat, Haberman became the first player in New Jersey history to do so. One of Haberman’s strengths that he attributes to his constant track record is an ability to do well in a variety of different tournament structures. “I'm not so sure there is a specific format or structure that caters well to my game, and I certainly don't mind playing most tournaments that are on the NJ sites.I do like some of the longer structures as it gives you more room to maneuver, but people sometimes play a little too cautious in turbos and I enjoy the fast paced play.” The preference to play nearly anything on New Jersey’s sites paid off immensely for Haberman as he won the WSOP Ultimate Warrior $50,000 guaranteed in November for a career-high score of $13,500. Due primarily to buy in size, live tournament cashes generally top those of the online realm. That is not the case for Haberman, though, who does not play many live tournaments but thinks that could change in the new year. “I had other commitments in 2016 that kept me from playing as much as I would have liked live, so I definitely see myself getting out to some more high-value tournaments, how many more, we'll see, It's a good change of pace, and you never know what kind of characters will be at your table.” The clash for NJ online supremacy remains fierce and although he has been among the top players for a few years now, Haberman is looking for new ways to improve his game in order to keep his edge sharp. “I'll be working on keeping distractions to a minimum, it can be pretty easy to lose focus while playing, and it can make a world of difference to be in the zone when you play. An extension of that is to close the gap between my 'A game' and 'B game' as some people would say.” With a multi-year sample size already in play, it is clear that Haberman’s “A game” is among the best in the entire state. Given his already immense accomplishments, an even more improved Haberman is plenty for the rest of New Jersey to look out for.
  10. [caption width="640"] Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty put a journalism career on hold to chase down the pro poker dream (Borgata photo)[/caption] The regulation of online poker in New Jersey has allowed for players who may not have otherwise had a chance to pursue the game of poker the opportunity to play the game they love. New Jersey has shown time and time again whether you are a longtime professional or a family man looking to make some money on the side, there is a chance to succeed in the Garden State. Ryan ‘hags021’ Hagerty fits another demographic of players making their living in New Jersey as the 24-year-old’s love for the game was too much to put aside as he is now chasing his dreams in Brigantine. Hagerty graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Journalism but soon put the pen down and decided to pursue what stokes the fire within him. “For a while, I’ve just really wanted to be a pro poker player. It’s my passion and I’m not playing just to play or just for the money. I love it when I'm losing and love it when I'm playing. People don’t understand how much I love it. ” Hagerty said his love for the game first ignited when a friend in high school invited him to play in a small house game. From there, Hagerty says he enjoyed the social aspect of it and over time learned to improve his game from using a wealth of study resources. “I had fun but kept on losing $20 at a time. After a while, I figured out that it’s a skill game. I started reading stuff online and pushed myself to get better,” Hagerty said. Hagerty notes that even when he is not playing online, he is spending a lot of his time studying and trying to get better every day. Most players around Hagerty’s age were not playing online before “Black Friday” and Hagerty himself acknowledges that he faces an uphill climb to be among the best players in New Jersey. “I know that I’m a rare breed. New Jersey sites are great, but it’s kind of dead compared to what it once was. There aren’t a lot of kids my age who are trying to do what I’m doing.” Despite being relatively young, Hagerty understands the complexities and challenges that come with being a professional poker player. While some may fully believe in the “hard way to make an easy living” adage, Hagerty knows there’s a chance that one day he may no longer be able to play the game he loves. “Bankroll management is super important and I have to figure it out. My goal is for this not to end and I don’t want to face the day where [poker] is not going to work anymore. I’ll find a way, whatever it takes to make it work. You can become broke in a second and I won’t let that happen,” Hagerty said. Currently, Hagerty is ranked 21st in the PocketFives New Jersey Online Rankings but has his eyes set on much bigger long-term goals with the immediate one being able to travel out to Las Vegas to play in tournaments next summer. Based on his passion and drive for poker, Hagerty is willing to lay it all on the line in his pursuit of being able to play poker professionally for years to come. The drive to be great is something not easily taught and as Hagerty’s career continues to grow, that “love for the game” should carry him a long way.
  11. [caption width="450"] Keith 'donnysack' Donovan didn't have to leave home after Black Friday[/caption] There is something to be said for online tournament grinders who have withstood the relative test of time. The game has changed quite a bit from the immediate post-Moneymaker boom years to what it is now and the players who can still make a living grinding online MTTs have found a way to adjust accordingly with the times. As one of those long-time grinders, Keith 'donnysack' Donovan has been around online poker for nearly a decade and is one of the elite tournament players in the state of New Jersey. Currently, Donovan is ranked fifth in the PocketFives New Jersey online rankings. Donovan started his professional poker career at the ripe age of 19 and struck gold early, winning the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance in September 2008 for a score of over $73,000. That score jumpstarted Donovan’s career and he hasn’t looked back since. With years of experience under his belt, Donovan has collected nearly $1,500,000 in online tournament earnings in that time. The road to his current standing in the poker world wasn’t always a smooth one but Donovan looks back at his mistakes as a younger player as a solid building ground for where he is today. “At the time I first started playing, I was living with my parents and didn’t really understand the value of a dollar. I burned through a lot of money back then [but] I don’t beat myself up over it,” said Donovan. Donovan credits a sizable portion to his growth in the game to his friends Shankar Pillai and Shaun Ruane, brother of 2016 World Series of Poker November Niner, Michael Ruane. “The best way to get better is to go over hands and try to get their perspective,” said Donovan. Of course, for many players like Donovan who made their living playing online, Black Friday was as Donovan says, “a dagger.” Once Black Friday hit, Donovan received backing from Pillai to play more live events and played on unregulated online sites as well. Despite having the option to move out of the country to continue his online career, Donovan hung around his home state of New Jersey long enough to be there when the state opened its doors to regulated online poker. “It was like Christmas Day, when it actually did happen. It was music to my ears to [and] it allowed me to get back to living my life.” With New Jersey online poker continuing to grow, Donovan sees a bright future ahead for the game in his state and specifically sees PokerStars as an important catalyst to growing online poker both in New Jersey and the United States. “PokerStars has been a massive addition to New Jersey. I like how they are trying to promote their brand in the US. The live events are great and the PokerStars brand will be seen more. I hope that can be translated to other states.” Donovan plays a select schedule of live events that consists primarily of Borgata tournament series and a full summer out in Las Vegas. Should he notch a major score, Donovan says he will consider putting the money toward opening a sports bar and look at potentially buying a house with his girlfriend, Emily. Theory and strategy is always changing in the poker world and Donovan plans to stay with all of the latest trends in order to remain successful. “Everyone is so much better and the game is at another level right now. The game is always evolving and you can’t have an ego that you can be better than anyone. If you’re not trying to improve, [your success] is going to change.”
  12. [caption width="640"] Daniel Lupo holds down a full-time job as well as a top-five ranking in New Jersey (Borgata photo)[/caption] In the competitive world that is New Jersey online poker, most of the names and faces at the top of the PocketFives rankings are players who make their primary living from playing poker. In the case of Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo, the full-time architect has been making his mark on the New Jersey scene from the time online poker became regulated in the state and continues to dominate despite playing a limited schedule. With only a few months left in 2016, Lupo sits currently third in the PocketFives New Jersey rankings. Lupo credits his full-time job for giving him a sense a balance along with not having a sense of financial security unrelated to poker. "For me, having a full-time job that can support my family allows me to enjoy poker a lot more and not feel overwhelmed or overburdened by the game and feeling the need to profit every session," said Lupo. Additionally, Lupo says that his brain being wired for the abstract nature of the architecture world to helping him when he plays. "I guess my creative design way of thinking allows me to think outside of the box at times in poker, which can be a good and a bad thing [laughs]. I have been called everything from a nit to a maniac and I think that's great," said Lupo. Even with all of his success, Lupo has been through a lot over the last 12 months. Lupo became a father to twins in late 2015 and was expecting another child before tragedy struck and the pregnancy was lost this summer. Lupo says the ups and downs of the past year have given him a new outlook on poker and life in general. "Within the past 12 months I've had more emotional highs and lows than I ever thought possible. I learned [a lot] this past year about myself and about what's truly important in life. Poker isn't life; there are far more important things out there. But while I'm playing poker, and it's taking time away from me with my family I'm going to give it 100% focus and do my best to provide for my family." With his busy schedule of working as an architect and helping his wife Laura take care of their kids, Lupo still manages to make the most out of the time he is able to play which is usually only a few nights a week. "I'm only playing full MTT sessions twice a week, Sundays and Tuesdays. My weeknight sessions normally start after I help put the kids to bed, while Sundays I spend my 5-minute breaks cramming as much baby time in as I can. I'm very fortunate to have a wife who is understanding with poker and all that it can entail at times," said Lupo. In his online career, Lupo has amassed over $630,000 in total tournament cashes, but has no plans to put a stop to his day job anytime soon. In fact, Lupo hopes to further his career in the architecture world and use that advancement to increase his poker ventures. Lupo says that in a "perfect world" he will eventually open his own firm and possibly move into property development. As part of the reward for accomplishing that goal, Lupo would have more freedom to travel and play events with family vacations scheduled around the venues. For now, Lupo is doing what he can to make a mark in the major online series going on this month across New Jersey. In a single week span last month, Lupo took down a PartyPoker GSSS event and a PokerStars NJCOOP event for over $20,000 combined. In a few days, Lupo will be making a return trip to the live felt for the first time in what he says is a "while" to play the PokerStars Festival New Jersey Main Event. He may not have any current long-term goals for poker, but for the time being Lupo wants to “keep playing, having fun and making money to help my family.”
  13. Save for the World Series of Poker Main Event, July is usually a slow time for the poker world and that slowness has seen the top of the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings remain more or less the same heading into the final month of the summer. The changes that have occurred are relatively small in nature but as the calendar turns, some players are putting themselves in great positions to end 2016 in the top ten. Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan looks like he’s a lock to finish the year as one of New Jersey’s most successful grinders. He’s held the top spot in the rankings for the better part of the last four months. July was a relatively quiet month for New Jersey’s #1 ranked player, as he spent the first two weeks of July in Las Vegas recording two WSOP cashes. Donovan was able to record four podium finishes last month, while Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger recorded over 30 top-three finishes in July. His biggest result came in BorgataPoker.com’s Sunday Seconds $10K GTD event, with the win earning Danger just over $2,600. While Danger took the quantity over quality approach in July, Michael 'JohnnyDrama' Haberman did a little bit of both. The former #1 ranked player came on strong through the second half of July, winning the $100 Nightly Stars event twice in the same week. The final Sunday of the month saw Haberman finish as the $40,000 Sunday Championship Bonus runner-up on BorgataPoker.com, for $6,000 and win the BorgataPoker.com Daily $10K on the same night. Haberman now sits just a few PLB points above Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, with the recent WSOP bracelet winner falling out of the top-three. Despite falling a spot since last month, Gagliano hasn’t taken his foot off the pedal since claiming his first WSOP victory, notching four sizable online wins over the last month. Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon held his spot in the top-five, while Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell fell to sixth. Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo makes the biggest jump within the top-ten, moving from tenth to seventh thanks to a half dozen podium finishes in big buy-in events. His best result came midway through July, when Lupo won the WSOP.com Online Championships Event #91 for just shy of $3,000. Lupo’s jump up the leaderboard would be the biggest movement over the last month, if it wasn’t for the emergence of last year’s most dominating player. 'Mergulas' has spent the tail end of the summer racking up results, enough to shoot himself in to the top-ten. 'Mergulas' got off to a relatively pedestrian start early in 2016 but now looks like he’s finally finding his form heading into August. The New Jersey Rankings Top 10 donnysack - 3,235 Jermz - 3,107 JohnnyDrama - 2,968 Gags30 - 2,953 ykwon17 - 2,939 BiggDaddy - 2,705 centrfieldr - 2,632 Mergulas - 2,527 phatchoy888 - 2,484 jtsnakes - 2,444
  14. [caption width="639"] Joshua Berardi (R) concluded a great two-week stretch that includes a win to put him in the 2017 WSOP Main Event field.[/caption] The recent wave of major online series in New Jersey from partypokerNJ and PokerStarsNJ resulted in players having the chance to boost their bankrolls by five-figures should they take down the right event. In addition to those series, WSOP.com started running satellites for the World Series of Poker Main Event in March, giving away one $12,000 package each Sunday. To win five figures or qualify for the Main Event would be a great weekend for anyone but within a two-week span, Joshua ‘jaminonfaces’ Berardi did both. Berardi took down the $50,000 guaranteed $1,060 buy in event on partypokerNJ March 26 for $10,389 and then on April 10, won his seat into the biggest event of the year. Berardi is a New Jersey transplant by way of Las Vegas, and winning the Main Event satellite gives him something great to look forward to when he goes back out west this summer. “I’m excited for the WSOP as a whole. I have a decent amount of friends in Vegas that I like to catch up with while I’m out there. Winning a Main package two months in advance of the series was pretty sweet. Now, I can plan my summer out, focus on playing poker and enjoying time with friends. My first reaction to winning a seat was, 'Now, I can finally stop standing.’” Berardi’s journey to New Jersey came in two stages. He first moved with a friend on a cross-country trip in September 2014 where Berardi was able to stop in Pittsburgh surprise his mother, Deborah, who was battling cancer at the time. That venture only lasted two months for Berardi, who eventually moved back to Las Vegas. Almost a full year later, Berardi moved back to the East Coast. Both WSOP and partypokerNJ were fully operational at the time and PokerStarsNJ was on the verge of opening for business at the time of Berardi’s second arrival. During this trip, he happened to meet his girlfriend, Jillian, who influenced Berardi’s extended tenure in New Jersey. Rather than go back to Las Vegas and try to maintain a long-distance relationship along with only one site available to play on, Berardi says the decision was a “no-brainer” for him. As Berardi’s mother battled cancer, she encouraged her son to stay in Las Vegas to continue his career rather than putting it on hiatus to come and support her. She has been free of cancer for over a year now, but Berardi arriving at her door two years ago remains a lifetime highlight. “That moment when I walked through the door and saw the joy on my mom’s face will be etched in my brain as one of the best moments in my life. My mom was the one that encouraged me to stay in Vegas and play poker instead of coming back to see her go through that horrible process that she had to endure.” The family that Berardi has worked hard to put together and maintain had a new member join in this year. Keeping with his Pittsburgh roots, Berardi adopted his a dog and name him Malkin (named after the Penguins forward). Berardi admits it has been an adventure trying to train his puppy and he has had to find ways to be creative when playing online and handling his duties with the dog. “It took a little while to train him. Hence why I would be playing one table and sitting out on another. I wish I could blame it on GEOLocation, but I run really good on internet power. I learned quickly that multi-tabling tournaments on my desktop wasn’t going to work well with him having to go out every two hours. Playing one table on the phone was more efficient during the week. I was kind of restricted to weekends mostly this year, so far. Luckily, he is starting to grow out of his puppy phase, so I’m able to play a little bit more.” Luckily for Berardi, he won’t have to worry about keeping track of his dog when he plays in the Main Event this summer. If the saying is true that big things come in threes then a deep run in the granddaddy of them all would put a perfect coda on Berardi’s recent success.
  15. [caption width="420"] David Coleman is already one of the top online players in New Jersey after starting to play tournaments full-time in 2016.[/caption] If you are a regular follower of the monthly PocketFives New Jersey Online Rankings, you may notice that the age group of those in the top-10 more or less meet a certain consensus. The general range spans from players in their late-20s to late-30s with the occasional outlier sprinkled in. The latest of those outliers is 23-year-old David 'dehhhhh' Coleman, who surged into the eighth place spot at the start of December and has since climbed to number six, as of publication. Coleman graduated with a degree in finance from Rutgers University in New Brunswick in December 2014 with his eyes sight on working for a major bank. When he realized his lack of work experience would prevent him from achieving that goal in the immediate future, Coleman utilized his “mathematical brain” and started playing poker professionally. If Coleman’s ascension up the New Jersey rankings comes as a surprise, it is because he did not start playing online tournaments on a consistent basis until this year. Online cash games were Coleman’s former bread and butter but the unique elements of tournament poker caused Coleman to make the shift. “In all of 2015 and most of 2016, I didn't play many online tournaments. During that time period, I put in a lot of volume playing online cash games, mostly on WSOP, where I had a lot of success. After playing almost solely online cash games for over a year and a half, I started getting a little bored of them. Tournament poker, on the other hand, excites me much more. Each decision you make in tournament poker is different than any other decision you've ever made, due to the varying stack sizes at the table, the stage of the tournament you're in, the players at your table, etc.” The transition has been a success to this point for Coleman with November marking his full arrival into the upper echelon of New Jersey’s tournament poker scene. Coleman won two events on PokerStarsNJ for a shade over $10,000 each with his current online earnings on the cusp of eclipsing $250,000. Poker is an “enormous” part of Coleman’s life but he has been able to maintain a quality balance outside of the five days a week when he is playing. Coleman is able to do this by combining his love of sports with spending time with his family, which includes three brothers. “When the weather is nice, I like to spend as much time outside as possible. I played a ton of sports in my life [and] still play basketball and soccer pickup games, which I enjoy a lot. I am currently in a men's volleyball league which plays once a week. My dad and brother are both on the team which makes it a lot of fun. It’s important to me to spend as much time with my family as I can since we all still live in New Jersey,” said Coleman. Coleman’s live experience hit a peak in 2016 when he made a few trips to the payout cage in various Borgata Poker Opens, including a near final table finish in a field of over 2,300 in the Summer Poker Open kickoff event. Expanding his horizons farther beyond the shores of Atlantic City, Coleman says he plans to travel “around the world” to play live tournaments in 2017. Since making tournaments his poker mainstay, Coleman’s success has given him plenty of reason to have high hopes for the new year. Before he gets too far ahead of himself, though, Coleman is setting moderate goals in order to keep his winning ways going at a sustainable rate. “I would like to continue to see steady improvement in my game and keep putting in lots of volume online. I don't have concrete numeric goals for 2017, you can't be 'results based' as a poker player. As long as I'm playing to the best of my ability, steadily improving my game within my bankroll, I'll live with the results.”
  16. Since New Jersey regulated online gaming in 2013, players have had a limited number of options to choose from when it came to online poker. This week they got another option, with the launch of PalaPoker.com, the latest from Pala Interactive, the California-based online gaming company run by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. Pala operates under the Borgata license but PalaPoker.com is a standalone poker room, meaning it’s not part of any other network. They're looking to create “We are excited to get our poker product launched as we have spent the last three years building a new poker platform in preparation for state based online gaming regulation in the U.S.,” said Jim Ryan CEO of Pala Interactive. "In addition to the current regulated market in New Jersey, we believe that other states may regulate online gaming and specifically online poker in the foreseeable future.” Sign-up today, with no deposit required, and you’ll get a $50 Welcome Package that features $15 in poker bonuses, more than enough to take the poker room for a spin. The Welcome Package includes $10 in tournament dollars which can be used to enter multi-table or sit-n-go tournaments plus an additional $5 which can be used to play any cash game. There’s also $20 in casino bonuses and an additional $15 in Bingo Bucks. You can also earn an additional free $25 just by playing and giving PalaPoker your feedback. All you need to do to get the free $25 is follow these three steps Be one of the first 200 players to sign-up using P5BETA promo code. Earn at least 1,250 status points by June 30, 2017. Fill out a PalaPoker Beta Survey. Once you’ve done all three, the $25 will be credited to your account. Sign-up now for PalaPoker to make sure you're one of the first 200 to take advantage of this special offer.
  17. [caption width="640"] Daniel 'centrfieldr’ Lupo is now the #1-ranked online poker player in New Jersey. (Borgata photo)[/caption] It took nearly five months, but Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger’s run as the king of New Jersey online poker has come to an end. Danger dominated the last few months of the 2016 and held the number one ranking for months on end, but he has been dethroned by Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo for the top spot in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings. Lupo notched eight tournament victories in January along with five other podium finishes. His largest score of the month came when he won the partypoker Mega Tuesday $500 buy-in $15,000 guaranteed event for a score of $5,934. Despite dropping out of the top spot, Danger still had another solid month of MTTs. Danger won 24 events and became the first person in the history of NJ online poker to record $1,000,000 in tournament winnings. Moving up the rankings from #7 to #3 is David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman, who won 11 tournaments. Coleman notched the largest score of his career on January 24 when he won the PokerStarsNJ Winter Festival $1,000 buy-in $30,000 guaranteed High Roller event for a total of $16,169. Sitting at fourth for the second consecutive month was Craig ‘craigruby’ Rubinstein. Rubinstein reached a peak of #2 earlier in January but dropped back before month’s end. After finishing second in last month’s rankings, Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon, dropped down to fifth place. Right behind him is Dan ‘wildman75’ Buzgon, who first appeared in the NJ rankings in December and finished January in sixth place, once again. For his part, Kwon won 15 total events, including a win in the PokerStarsNJ $500 buy-in $15,000 guaranteed Sunday Six Max, worth $7,144. Fred ‘Biggdaddy’ Ferrell continues to fall in the rankings. Ferrell was previously ranked #5 after being in the top two or three down the stretch of 2016 and is now ranked #7. The #8 and #9 spots are the same as they ever were with Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman and Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg remaining in their respective positions. New to the rankings this month is Ryan ‘hags021’ Hagerty, who overtook Jacob ‘jtsnakes’ Perry for the final spot among New Jersey’s elite. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 centrfieldr – 3,887.99 (+2) Jermz – 3,796.86 (-1) dehhhhh – 3,737.15 (+4) craigruby – 3,624.38 (-) ykwon17 – 3,574.80 (-3) wildman75 – 3,474.68 (-) Biggdaddy – 3,242.67 (-2) Johnnny Drama – 3,101.74 (-) Mergulas – 2,807.79 (-) hags021 – 2,755.24 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – jtsnakes Just Missed – donnysack (#11), Lav519 (#12), jtsnakes (#13)
  18. [caption width="640"] PalaPoker.com announced it is out of "Beta" and adds new Mega tournaments to their schedule[/caption] New Jersey poker players have yet another choice on where to play online with Monday's announcement that Pala Interactive, the online, real money gaming arm of the Pala Casino Spa & Resort, are officially removing the “beta” tag from their new online poker product, PalaPoker.com, making it an official entry into the Garden State marketplace. The initial slate of tournaments, Sit & Go’s and cash games includes Texas Hold’em, Omaha as well as Seven Card Stud. Mike O’ Malley, Pala Interactive’s Chief Operating Officer, seems to understand that while they are off to a good start it will be through the feedback of their customers that their product will continue to expand. “While we still have a robust roadmap of features and functionality to add to our online poker product, we are encouraged enough by the stability and performance of our platform to move past the beta stage,” said O’ Malley. "We look forward to continue to work with New Jersey poker players to refine our offering.” One of the first things PalaPoker.com did when taking off the “beta” tag was also announce three new weekly Mega tournaments with bankroll building guaranteed prize pools. Each of the three Mega tournaments will have a $2,000 guaranteed prize pool and an initial buy-in of $30, with rebuys available. Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night these guaranteed tournaments will run at 7:30pm ET and for those who would like to try and win their way into the Megas, PalaPoker.com will be offering daily Hyper Turbo satellite tournaments for only $3.30. In addition to the three Mega tournaments, the initial schedule of tournaments features over 60 weekly guaranteed tournaments in an effort to be a part of the New Jersey players daily grind. “The Pala Mega events will provide a constant opportunity for players to have a destination tournament on PalaPoker.com where they can substantially add to their bankroll,” O Malley continued. “The new feeder structure we have created will allow players of all bankroll levels an opportunity to participate.” The initial tournament schedule on PalaPoker.com starts everyday at 4:00pm ET and consists of roughly 14 daily tournaments. But for those looking to put in some volume just for fun, there's at least one freeroll per day. As an incentive to give their new platform a try PalaPoker.com is offering new players a 100% match deposit bonus up to $500 as well as $50 in registration bonuses. The free $50 sign-up bonus includes poker tournament dollars to register for MTTs or Sin & Go’s as well as $5 to splash around in their cash games. PalaPoker.com is available as a downloadable client for Mac/Win, to play on a mobile device or as an in-browser experience. Sign-up now for Sign-up now for PalaPoker to get a $50 registration bonus and 100% match bonus on your first deposit up to $500.
  19. [caption width="640"] Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon is #1 in New Jersey for the second consecutive month. (Will OC photo)[/caption] Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon reclaimed his place at #1 in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings in July, maintaining his hold over David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman for the second straight month. Kwon’s volume was down in August but he managed to collect a first, second, and third place finish with a $5,650 cash in the $50,000 guaranteed PokerStarsNJ Sunday Special marking his best result. Coleman finished the past month with seven victories, including a win in the PokerStarsNJ Super Tuesday. Additionally, Coleman crossed over the $700,000 mark in career online earnings. Coming into September, less than 70 PLB points separate Kwon and Coleman with a gap of 400 points standing between Coleman and #3 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. Lupo moved up from #5 in August by virtue of his five wins during the month. On August 20, Lupo won the Sunday Special for $10,225 and moved his career online earnings over $1,000,000 as a result. Holding steady at #4 is John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove, who put in maximum volume over the course of August and finished the month with 11 victories. Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg went from #3 to #5 but made up for his fall with a major live score. Lavenburg finished second in the Parx Big Stax 1500 in a three-way deal and earned $90,000 for his performance. Former NJ #1 Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger comes in at sixth place with his online earnings all the way up to $1,350,000, keeping him as the all-time highest earner in the history of NJ online poker. Josh ‘thejberg’ Rothberg cashed only four times in August but managed to hang inside the top-10 at #7. The two newcomers to the rankings this month are Daniel ‘RedsoxNets5’ Sewnig at #8 and Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg in 10th position. After falling out of the rankings, Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Ferrell is back in at #9. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 ykwon17 – 3,794.06 (-) dehhhhh – 3,725.50 (-) centrfieldr– 3,319.79 (+2) Selurznug – 3,270.38 (+4) Lav519 – 3,063.81 (+2) Jermz – 2,945.67 (+1) therealjberg – 2,833.03 (-1) RedsoxNets5 – 2,793.88 (NR) BiggDaddy – 2,765.99 (NR) Mergulas – 2,761.88 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – wildman75, papamat25, sri100k Just Missed – wildman75 (#11), Gags30 (#12), mjpaol (#13)
  20. [caption width="650"] David 'dehhhhh' Coleman has done well both in live and online tournaments in June.[/caption] The poker action has shifted west over the last few weeks for many of New Jersey’s top online players. Quite a few of them have come to Las Vegas to put their live skills to the test but the action has still been profitable for a few back home. For the third straight month, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman is #1 in the New Jersey Online Poker Rankings. Coleman’s June included 11 victories across New Jersey’s online sites. He also has cashed three times in the World Series of Poker with a payday earned in the $3,333 High Roller event played on WSOP.com. In the last week alone, Coleman has cashed for $21,000 in World Series of Poker events. Up one spot from third to second is Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon, who earned 12 victories in June. Kwon’s wins were highly profitable as he won two PokerStars Sunday Specials with the each victory worth over $10,000 apiece. Rounding out the top-three is Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg. Lavenburg made seven total trips to the winner’s circle along with 10 additional podium finishes. Back in for another month in fourth place is Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo. The former NJ #1 picked up three victories with his largest score coming as a fourth place finish in the PartyPokerNJ $215 buy in $40,000 guaranteed RE + Bonus. Lupo earned $3,600 in that event. There are three newcomers to the Poker Rankings this month with Josh ‘thejberg’ Rothberg and John ‘Selurznug’ Cosgrove coming in at fifth and eighth, respectively. Rothberg won four NJ tournaments in June while Cosgrove took down 10 of his own. Dan ‘wildman75’ Buzgon and Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger each fell one spot and are now sixth and seventh. Buzgon has spent the month playing live in Las Vegas and has three cashes so far this summer. Danger took down 11 titles in June. Falling two spots from seventh to ninth is Craig ‘craigruby’ Rubinstein, who made four top-three finishes. Coming in at #10 is the final newcomer to the rankings, Matt ‘papamat25’ Iles, just edging out Sri ‘sri100k’ Sangannagari. New Jersey Online Poker Ranking Top 10 dehhhhh – 4,202.52 (-) ykwon17 – 4,060.20 (+1) Lav519 – 3,594.55 (-1) centrfieldr – 3,385.54 (-) therealjberg – 3,119.69 (NR) wildman75 – 3,100.38 (-1) Jermz – 3,062.80 (-1) Selurznug – 3,061.41 (NR) craigruby – 2,923.40 (-2) papamat25 – 2,892.85 (-) Dropped Out of Top 10 – MikeyCasino, Biggdaddy, JLaw Just Missed – sri100k (#11), JLaw (#12), Biggdaddy (#13)
  21. [caption width="639"] Joseph Galazzo is one of a handful of players who won their way into the WPT Five Diamond via satellites on playMGMpoker.[/caption] If you look at Joseph 'JOEYdaMUSH' Galazzo’s Hendon Mob profile, a couple of things stand out. The first, all of his cashes are in East Coast tournaments. Most are at Borgata. Some are at Parx. The second, is about a month ago he hit a $110,011 cash after posting a second-place official finish in the Borgata Fall Poker Open opening event. It was his biggest score ever. Thanks to a $535 satellite win, Galazzo has a chance to change both of these this week in Las Vegas at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic. The 37-year-old, ranked #52 in New Jersey, won his seat on playMGMpoker.com. He tried working his way up through the steps, but couldn’t make it happen, so he bought straight into the Super Satellite. “I jumped right in. I tried to ladder up a couple of times, because they had those $55 ones, and I couldn’t make any tickets out of those. I think it was the third one that I played because they had five or six. Third time was a charm,” said Galazzo. The win allowed Galazzo to head out to Las Vegas for the first time in his career. “I just never felt comfortable coming out here bankroll-wise, I was just waiting for the right spot,” said Galazzo. “I had my biggest score, about a month ago at Borgata, a six-figure score, so it felt right to expand my horizons beyond the East Coast.” The boost to the bankroll was nice, but Galazzo also admitted that getting that deep in a big event came with a confidence boost that he’s hoping pays off this week. He was one of 400+ players seated at the start of Day 1 and said all the nerves were gone after the first few hands. “I have a pretty good table. I have Mohsin Charania on my left, but I’m trying not to get mixed up with him too much. Everybody else I don’t recognize,” said Galazzo, who also has ClubWPT qualifier Bill Mynatt at his table, which has made things interesting. “He’s limping a lot of pots and it’s making for an interesting dynamic, because everybody’s trying to iso him and I actually paid him off, three streets, he flopped top two on me, I had ace-king and paid him and the camera was rolling. I don’t mind - he seems like a good guy,” said Galazzo. Almost immediately upon landing, Galazzo did something that is almost a rite of passage for Las Vegas virgins. He hit up the In-N-Out burger. “It was amazing. Half the people say it was overrated and the other half say it’s the best thing,” said Galazzo. “It was definitely the best non-gourmet burger I’ve ever had. Way better than Five Guys and everything else. It was amazing. I loved it.” That wasn’t the only touristy thing he’s done since getting into town on Monday night, but he doesn’t plan on doing too much - he wants to save some for a return trip. “I went and saw the fountains at the Bellagio. I didn’t really do anything too crazy yet, I’m only here for a week,” said Galazzo. “I’m definitely coming back in the summer, I’m going to play the World Series. So in the summer I’m going to do a lot of that other stuff, going hiking in the desert.” Even though it’s six months away, Galazzo believes now is the time to make his WSOP debut. “I just feel like I’m playing really well, and it’s just such good value tournaments, not just at RIo, but also at Venetian and Planet Hollywood and just try to cash in on playing well,” said Galazzo.
  22. [caption width="640"] Richard Seymour is back at the WPT Five Diamond after finishing 18th last year (WPT photo)[/caption] Since retiring from the National Football League after the 2012 season, Richard Seymour has become a regular on the live poker tournament scene. As Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic gets underway in Las Vegas, Seymour is one of the players unbagging chips. "From playing a while now I'm a lot more selective in the events that I choose and this is just one of the best tournaments of the year," said Seymour, who finished 18th in this event last year. A deep run this year means Seymour, who lives in an Atlanta suburb, won't be able to attend Saturday's Georgia High School football state championship game. The Five Diamond runs through Sunday night. "Yeah, I will have a conflict, but I think I'll have to stay and watch it on TV," laughed Seymour. Seymour's playing career included three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, seven Pro Bowl appearances and a spot on the Patriots' All-2000s team. Seymour played cards as a kid and then played Texas Hold'em with his Patriots teammates. Once his career ended, Seymour was looking for an outlet for his competitive side and found it through poker. Along with making the final two tables last year, Seymour has cashed four other times and has $103,799 in lifetime WPT earnings. He's picked up $36,159 in cashes in other events. The Five Diamond marks his return to the felt after a bit of a break. "I've only played once since the Main Event. Probably a little rusty, but I'm probably one of the only guys I know that comes to Vegas to relax. Most of these poker guys - they're grinding," said Seymour. During his time on the circuit, Seymour has a made a few friends, including Jason Koon. Their friendship is less about poker, and more about their backgrounds. "Me and Jason hit it off outside of poker," said Seymour. "We both busted a tournament at the same time and we went and grabbed a beer and we just had similar stories and were like-minded in a lot of ways. We're just good buddies." Seymour starts Day 2 with 35,000. Richard Seymour’s WPT Cashes EventYearPlaceEarnings Five Diamond World Poker Classic2016-201718$52,174 Rolling Thunder2015-201640$7,329 Bay 101 Shooting Star2015-201644$21,580 bestbet Bounty Scramble2015-201629$11,817 bestbet Bounty Scramble2014-201537$10,899
  23. It’s time once again for NJ online poker players to clear their October calendars and prepare to play in the PokerStars 2019 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker. Running October 12-28, PokerStars NJ is bringing back its state-wide championship online poker series featuring 50 events and $1,000,000 in total guaranteed prize pools, anchored by a $300 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event with a $100,000 guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] The 2019 schedule boasts three more events than it did in 2018, offering tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $50 up through the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Six Max (October 16). It should be no surprise that the series is packed with NLHE events including the popular Progressive Knockouts, short-handed tournaments, turbos and more. However, No Limit Hold’em isn't the only variant on the schedule as players have the opportunity to win an NJCOOP title in Fixed Limit, Pot Limit Omaha, Mixed Game tournaments and more. PokerStars is pulling out the stops to get players excited for the 17-day series by offering low/no-cost avenues for new and existing PokerStarsNJ players to participate. One of easiest ways to win a seat into the Main Event is to get qualified for the $7,500 Main Event Depositor Freeroll. Players that make a deposit using the promo code 'NJCOOP' between 10:00 ET on Friday, October 11 through 18:59 ET on Saturday, October 26 will pick up a ticket to the freeroll tournaments. Then on October 26, the qualified players will battle for one of 25 free tickets to the $300 buy-in NJCOOP Main Event. Second Chance Freerolls are returning to NJCOOP in 2019. Players who play any NJCOOP event but bust out short of the money will receive a ticket to a secondary freeroll that pays out $1,250 in entires to subsequent NJCOOP events. The Second Chance Freerolls will be taking place daily from October 13-28 and, in total, will be giving back over $20,000 in free entries to NJCOOP events. While not a free entry, PokerStarsNJ will be offering NJCOOP Spin & Go’s where a player can turn a $3 buy-in into a $300 Main Event seat. PokerStars NJCOOP Tournament Schedule DATE EVENT # EVENT TIME GTD 10/12 1 $100 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars - NJCOOP Warm-Up] 6:00 PM $18,000 2 $200 NL Hold'em [Turbo - NJCOOP Warm-Up] 8:00 PM $16,000 10/13 3 $200 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] 2:00 PM $27,500 4 $150 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] 3:30 PM $22,500 5 $250 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $55,000 6 $100 PL Omaha [6-Max] 7:00 PM $10,000 7 $150 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $18,000 10/14 8 $100 NL Hold'em [4-Max, Progressive KO] 7:00 PM $12,500 9 $75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] 8:00 PM $12,000 10/15 10 $250 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] 7:00 PM $35,000 11 $30 NL Hold'em [Mini Super Tuesday] 7:30 PM $10,000 12 $150 NL Hold'em [Escalating Antes] 8:00 PM $16,000 13 $100 NL Hold'em [Bubble Rush] 9:30 PM $12,000 10/16 14 $100 NL Holdem [Progressive KO] 7:00 PM $15,000 15 $1,000 NL Hold'em [High-Roller, 6-Max] 8:00 PM $50,000 16 $150 NL Hold'Em [6-Max] 9:00 PM $10,000 10/17 17 $200 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] 7:00 PM $22,000 18 $50+R NL Hold'em 8:00 PM $12,000 19 $100 NL Hold'em [Turbo] 9:30 PM $10,000 10/18 20 $300 Eight-Game [6-Max] 7:30 PM $12,500 21 $150 NL Hold'em [Bubble Rush, 6-Max] 9:30 PM $10,000 10/19 22 $100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] 5:00 PM $12,500 23 $200 NL Hold'em [Bigstack Turbo] 8:00 PM $10,000 10/20 24 $100 NL Hold'em [Marathon] 1:00 PM $10,000 25 $100 Mixed NLHE/PLO [6-Max] 2:00 PM $10,000 26 $150 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO, 6-Max, Big Antes] 3:30 PM $20,000 27 $350 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] 5:00 PM $60,000 28 $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] 7:00 PM $32,000 29 $100 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $10,000 10/21 30 $300 NL Hold'em [4-Max] 7:00 PM $30,000 31 $500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max] 8:00 PM $18,000 10/22 32 $200 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] 7:00 PM $30,000 33 $100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] 8:00 PM $8,000 10/23 34 $30+R NL Holdem [6-Max] 7:00 PM $10,000 35 $200 NL Hold'em 7:00 PM $20,000 10/24 36 $250 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] 7:00 PM $28,000 37 $150 NL Hold'em [Turbo] 9:00 PM $15,000 10/25 38 $200 FL Holdem [6-Max] 9:00 PM $8,500 39 $200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 9:00 PM $10,000 10/26 40 $300 NL Hold'em [6-Max] 6:00 PM $25,000 41 $75 NL Hold'em [Zoom] 9:00 PM $12,500 10/27 42 $100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes] 2:00 PM $12,500 43 $300 NL Hold'em [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 5:00 PM $100,000 44 $50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure] 6:00 PM $22,000 45 $100 NL Hold'em [Win the Button] 8:00 PM $12,500 46 $150 PL Omaha [6-Max] 9:00 PM $12,500 47 $75 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 10:00 PM $8,500 10/28 48 $150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - NJCOOP Wrap-Up] 7:00 PM $16,500 49 $100 NL Hold'em [Phase Day 2] 8:00 PM $20,000 50 $100 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max] 9:00 PM $10,000 all times ET
  24. The final events of the PokerStars 2019 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker wrapped up on Monday as New Jersey’s Tenzin ‘tc_ownz’ Chakdor won the $300 buy-in $100,000 GTD Main Event for a career-high online score of $19,111.88. Chakdor’s victory capped off over two weeks worth of online action in New Jersey as grinders battled in the 50-event series that paid out over $1 million in total prize pools. Chakdor (playing under his PokerStarsNJ screen name ‘Mc_lovin1632’) navigated his way through the 373-entry field to lock up the biggest payday of the entire series. This isn’t the first time Chakdor has found success during NJCOOP. While it may be his largest cash in terms of money in his pocket, just last year he was the winner of the PSPC Main Event All-in Shootout which awarded him a $25K Platinum Pass and a trip to the Bahamas for the 2019 PSPC. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Multiple NJCOOP Titles With over 50 events, Chakdor has plenty of company when it comes to NJCOOP title winners. Some of those players were lucky enough to take down more than one. New Jersey’s current #5-ranked player Jon ‘toddchipman’ Borenstein racked up the most NJCOOP victories by taking down three tournaments. He earned his first victory in Event #10 ($250 NLHE Super Tuesday) for $7,341.17. Then he followed that up with a first-place finish in Event #15 ($1,000 NLHE High Roller Six Max) after a deal for $16,892.70. Finally, Borenstein captured his third title of the series in the final event of the series, Event #50 ($100 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Six Max) for an additional $2,775.44. His NJCOOP rush will send him up over $1.3 million in lifetime earnings and a career-high ranking of #166 in the world. Borenstein wasn’t the only player to lock up more than one title. He was joined by Anthony ‘FlawlessBINK’ Maio, ‘angel zera’ and ‘snapcallzzz’ all of whom each took down two tournaments. New Jersey’s former #1-ranked grinder David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman also booked a couple of wins when he took down Event #32 ($200 NLHE Super Tuesday) for $6,553.67 and Event #47 ($75 NLHE Sunday SuperSonic Hyper-Turbo) for $2,008.92. Non-Stop Value Added The 2019 NJCOOP also offered plenty of added value for New Jersey online poker players as aggressive guarantees were routinely missed throughout the entire series. Of the 50 events, 28 tournaments played for the guarantee. In one instance, they hit the guaranteed number right on the nose. In seven others, the prize pool surpassed the guarantee, but the online site needed the rake to cover the number. In these cases, players basically played for a reduced rake as part of their rake was used for the prize pool. In 20 events, PokerStars needed to add money to the prize pool to cover the guarantee. The total amount over the course of the series is just over $39,000 worth of overlays with 13 events needing an infusion of at least $1,000. The largest overlay came in Event #30 ($300 NLHE Four Max) where PokerStars added $5,700 to hit the $30K guarantee. In 2020, NJCOOP may find that it is not PokerStars' only major US online poker series. PokerStars is reportedly on the verge of launching its second regulated online poker site in the state of Pennsylvania. When PA online poker finally does go live, perhaps a PACOOP won't be too far behind. PokerStars 2019 NJCOOP Winners # EVENT ENTIRES PRIZE POOL WINNER WINNINGS 1 $100 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars - NJCOOP Warm-Up] 242 $22,215.60 sareeBAcoMEHH $4,273.28 2 $200 NL Hold'em [Turbo - NJCOOP Warm-Up] 67 $16,000.00 bgrif32 $4,400.21 3 $200 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] 134 $27,500.00 TeethOfBags $5,725.84* 4 $150 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] 148 $22,500.00 angel zera $2,847.24 5 $250 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] 201 $55,000.00 CoonG23 $10,814.85 6 $100 PL Omaha [6-Max] 84 $10,000.00 Bortzork $2,404.55 7 $150 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 78 $12,000.00 D.Drumpf $2,926.93 8 $100 NL Hold'em [4-Max, Progressive KO] 213 $19,553.40 DaBirds23 $1,919.90 9 $75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] 48 $12,500.00 grinder03 $4,904.43 10 $250 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] 152 $35,416.00 toddchipman $7,341.17 11 $30 NL Hold'em [Mini Super Tuesday] 397 $10,838.10 BrigBeast06 $1,964.58 12 $150 NL Hold'em [Escalating Antes] 122 $16,799.40 L!ghtSout $3,670.44 13 $100 NL Hold'em [Bubble Rush] 122 $12,000.00 supremetny $2,630.33 14 $100 NL Holdem [Progressive KO] 216 $19,828.80 FlawlessBINK $2,172.31 15 $1,000 NL Hold'em [High-Roller, 6-Max] 46 $50,000.00 toddchipman $16,892.70* 16 $150 NL Hold'Em [6-Max] 100 $13,770.00 J3tBl!ckP0pe $3,182.85 17 $200 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] 109 $22,000.00 zapzer7 $3,036.53 18 $50+R NL Hold'em 74 $12,000.00 rosseg $3,900.00 19 $100 NL Hold'em [Turbo] 100 $10,000.00 AvaGray $2,369.95 20 $300 Eight-Game [6-Max] 55 $15,400.00 D0naldTrump8 $4,620.00 21 $150 NL Hold'em [Bubble Rush, 6-Max] 75 $10,327.50 rosseg $3,050.98 22 $100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] 146 $13,402.80 1EveryDay1 $2,778.23 23 $200 NL Hold'em [Bigstack Turbo] 54 $10,044.00 R@zzleDazz1e $3,479.64 24 $100 NL Hold'em [Marathon] 104 $10,000.00 snapcallzzz $2,077.31* 25 $100 Mixed NLHE/PLO [6-Max] 74 $10,000.00 KoolerU $2,954.25 26 $150 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO, 6-Max, Big Antes] 143 $20,000.00 snapcallzzz $2,131.50 27 $350 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] 174 $60,000.00 MisAnnthr0pe $12,080.33 28 $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] 140 $32,000.00 bluesnj $4,658.77 29 $100 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 90 $10,000.00 ForTheThr1ll $2,369.95 30 $300 NL Hold'em [4-Max] 81 $30,000.00 angel zera $7,317.22 31 $500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max] 35 $18,000.00 mmenz08816 $8,072.53 32 $200 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] 175 $32,550.00 coles93 $6,553.67 33 $100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] 71 $8,000.00 1234 fifffff $2,180.00 34 $30+R NL Holdem [6-Max] 118 $10,000.00 hubbiee $2,600.00 35 $200 NL Hold'em 97 $20,000.00 laura33188 $4,739.85 36 $250 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] 118 $28,000.00 TiltedHard $3,498.54 37 $150 NL Hold'em [Turbo] 109 $15,009.30 iFoldN0T $3,437.65 38 $200 FL Holdem [6-Max] 37 $8,500.00 MacBlackwood $3,400.00 39 $200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo] 55 $10,450.00 JerseyRU $3,726.94 40 $300 NL Hold'em [6-Max] 80 $25,000.00 MartinChatwn $6,812.50 41 $75 NL Hold'em [Zoom] 198 $13,513.50 rayteddy93 $2,653.80 42 $100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes] 126 $12,500.00 Bout2shove $2,739.89 43 $300 NL Hold'em [Main Event, 2-Day Event] 373 $104,440.00 Mc_Lovin1632 $19,111.88 44 $50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure] 500 $22,750.00 cl1ckinbtns $4,042.37 45 $100 NL Hold'em [Win the Button] 148 $13,586.40 FlawlessBINK $2,816.28 46 $150 PL Omaha [6-Max] 58 $12,500.00 notabuyer $4,458.02 47 $75 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] 130 $9,165.00 coles93 $2,008.92 48 $150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - NJCOOP Wrap-Up] 223 $20,471.40 RatherBinAC $3,718.38 49 $100 NL Hold'em [Phase Day 2] 44 $31,212.00 Wsopboy1997 $6,382.91 50 $100 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max] 81 $11,542.50 toddchipman $2,775.44  
  25. American online poker players who have been patiently waiting for a presidential candidate to support the legalization and regulation of online poker in their country had their patience rewarded on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Yang, one of the Democratic presidential candidates, took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on the issue and showed a broader understanding of the issue than candidates on either sides of the aisle have shown over the past eight years while coming out in favor of federal regulation.

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