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  1. It was another busy Sunday for U.S. regulated online poker this week with no shortage of options for players to compete for healthy paydays across the board. Players in Pennsylvania and New Jersey turned to their respective PokerStars clients to participate in the ongoing Summer Series while WSOP.com provided some of the biggest prize pools of the weekend. The $320 buy-in WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday nearly doubled it’s already hefty guarantee this week as 641 entries boosted the prize pool to $192,300. Long time grinder and World Poker Tour champion Justin ‘tamaratibles’ Young shipped the event for a $47,113.50 payday. ‘dunningkrugr’ had two podium finishes on the day and finished as the runner-up in this one, taking home $26,441.25 for second place. Steven ‘Resilient85’ Watson claimed the bronze, adding $16,153.20 to his bankroll. The WSOP.com $50,000 Weekly Sunday nearly broke the six-figure prize pool mark as well when 196 players posted their $500 buy-in to create a $91,532 prize pool. U.S. top-ten ranked Daniel ‘redsoxnets5’ Sewnig took down the tournament and added $25,628.86 to his over $1.4 million in career online earnings. ‘Israelavital’ fell in second place, taking home $14,828.18. ‘dunningkrugr’ made the top three in back-to-back tournaments, earning $8,512.47 for third place and finishing the day just $7 short of $35,000 in total earnings. The PokerStars Summer Series was running in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey this weekend giving players a plethora of tournaments to choose from. ‘aldirch801’ outlasted the 1,041 runners in the PokerStars PA Summer Series Sunday Special (Event #12) to take home the $16,330.11 first-place prize. ‘AlasPoorYorick!‘ lived long enough to see second place, which was good for $11,655.88. ‘TheStrider124’ also walked away with a nice payday, turning their $100 buy-in into an $8,319.57 paycheck. The $250 buy-in PokerStars PA Sunday High Roller also did big business as 123 players created a prize pool of $28,659. ‘TurkTerminator’ eliminated the competition, picked up the victory, and $6,382.49 for their efforts. ‘AshyL4rry22’ was back at a PA final table, finishing in second place for $4,627.45 while ‘love2playpoker’ likely loved earning $3,355.06 for climbing into third. Over in New Jersey, the PokerStars NJ Summer Series Sunday Special (Event #13) saw 239 runners build a prize pool of $45,000. Garden State grinder ‘JinYangPP’ picked up the win and $8,661.04 for first, one of two major final table for them on Sunday. ‘chinoloco121’ fell just one place short of the title, taking home $6,462.02 for second place and ‘xaverian412’ fell in third place, earning $4,821.43. Daniel ‘AvaGray’ Lupo picked up another career victory by taking down the PokerStars NJ Summer Series $75 NLHE (Event #12). He bested the 306 entries to add the $3,919.21 to his impressive $3.3 million in career online earnings. ‘BrigBeast06’ fell in second place for $2,824.08 while 'StephGod30' hit a trey for $2,035.08. WSOP.com $100K Gtd Sunday Buy-in: $320 Entries: 411 (230 rebuys) Prize pool: $192,300 Justin ‘tamaratibles’ Young - $47,113.50 dunningkrugr - $26,441.25 Steven ‘Resilient85’ Watson - $16,153.20 vagab0nd - $12,307.20 circleball - $10,384.20 dusty4 - $8,461.20 thewholefunk - $6,345.90 pocket10z - $4,230.60 maddogmark25 - $2,788.35 WSOP.com $50,000 Weekly Sunday [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 116 (80 rebuys) Prize pool: $91,532 Daniel ‘redsoxnets5’ Sewnig - $25,628.96 Israelavital - $14,828.18 dunningkrugr - $8,512.47 ParxBigStax - $6,681.83 Art.Vandelay - $5,766.51 ShadowFiend1 - $4,851.19 WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Deepstack Buy-in: $50 Entries: 199 (159 rebuys) Prize pool: $23,068.50 beastro - $6,228.49 ppp37 - $3,633.28 phatdaddy - $2,076.16 armNhammer - $1,614.79 protential - $1,384.11 LearnToSwim - $1,153.42 Kvitka - $876.60 davec933 - $553.64 GreenMonster - $392.16 WSOP.com $10,000 Weekly Sunday [KO] Buy-in: $100 Entries: 231 Prize pool: $21,714 beastro - $4,223.83 + $250 in bounties M.A.O.L.I - $2,470.54 + $200 in bounties AA_QTIP_KK - $1,410.60 + 150 in bounties pedr023 - $1,083.85 + $75 in bounties gamblegamble - $924.46 + $300 in bounties TIPnTimeBOMB - $765.07 + $200 in bounties pokermaster8 - $573.80 + $75 in bounties jenny1122 - $382.53 + $75 in bounties hagzzz021 -$270.96 + $75 in bounties PokerStars PA $75 NLHE [6-Max] Summer Series Event #11 Buy-in: $75 Entries: 346 Prize pool: $23,614.50 BlackBerlioz - $4,431.48 MR.20InchArms - $3,193.24 yaboylenny - $2,301.10 KERMIT_the_FROG - $1,658.21 RealizeRealLiez - $1,194.93 ZDUBZX - $861.09 PokerStars PA $100 NLHE [Sunday Special SE] Summer Series Event #12 Buy-in: $100 Entires: 1,041 Prize pool: 100,000 aldrich801 - $16,330.11 AlasPoorYorick! - $11,655.88 TheStrider124 - $8,319.57 phillythekid724 - $5,938.24 LZRM1111 - $4,238.51 NAAAARD - $3,025.30 alphanomasker - $2,159.36 ScottScottF - $1,541.27 bdlybldngpkrplr - $1,100.11 PokerStars PA $75 NLHE [8-Max, PKO] Summer Series Event #14 Buy-in: $75 Entries: 438 Prize pool: $29,893.50 OT_gR1d - $2,310.71 + $2,911.37 in bounties HodorHodorHodor - $2,310.49 + $995.50 in bounties Deuce9off - $1,394.42 + $491.79 in bounties bigdoritoTito - $1,004.75 + $172.63 in bounties DJHSMHBDH - $723.97 + $505.07 in bounties Pennny619 - $521.66 + $126.81 in bounties Heavyhev327 - $375.88 + $541.33 in bounties AndrewYang2020 - $270.84 + $59.68 in bounties PokerStars PA Sunday High Roller Buy-in: $250 Entries: 123 Prize pool: $28,659 TurkTerminator - $6,382.49 AshyL4rry22 - $4,627.45 love2playpoker - $3,355.06 rrobmsm1992 - $2,432.53 Quakers1991 - $1,763.67 bwb5026 - $1,278.72 PokerStars PA Nightly Stars NLHE Buy-in: $100 Entries: 219 Prize pool: $20,104.20 fredsandfor886 - $3,931.71 GTOThanos_PB - $2,908.10 md429 - $2,151.11 TryptophanMan - $1,591.17 wnunley - $1,176.98 jackspratt33 - $870.61 Manimal7985 - $643.98 A Frequent ? - $476.35 MDeals - $352.36 PokerStars NJ $75 NLHE [6-Max] Summer Series Event #12 Buy-in: $75 Entires: 306 Prize pool: $20,884.50 Daniel 'AvaGray' Lupo - $3,919.21 BrigBeast06 - $2,824.08 StephGod30 - $2,035.08 nuttedd - $1,466.51 TiltedHard - $1,056.79 JETSgoJETS - $761.54 PokerStars NJ Sunday Special SE Summer Series Event #13 Buy-in: $200 Entries: 239 Prize pool: $45,000 JinYangPP - $8,661.04 chinoloco121 - $6,462.02 xaverian412 - $4,821.43 Stonniepokes - $3,597.36 sublion - $2,684.07 matt glantz - $2,002.63 Marshy7777 - $1,494.20 D.Drumpf - $1,114.85 Skrelnick - $831.81 PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [6-Max] Buy-in: $500 Entries: 24 Prize pool: $11,280 Pokeher299 - $5,640 JinYangPP - $3,384 J3tBl@ckP0pe - $2,256 partypoker Sunday $35K GTD No Limit Hold’em Buy-in: $215 Entries: 167 Prize pool: $35,000 ($1,600 overlay) Jonuzi - $7,455 RiverMan - $5,075 wheels4920 - $3,815 BigDickRick - $3,150 Jeremyd2 - $2,695 FellateMe - $2,310 treetrap - $1,925 supremetny - $1,575 Allyoucaneat - $1,225
  2. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Make sure to check out this week's episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie as they bring you the latest news and sharpest views from all around the world of poker. This week on the show, the guys talk about the developing schedule for the 2020 World Series of Poker including the recently revealed 'Value Menu' that offers players up to 25 events all priced at $1,000 or less. Plus the Aussie Millions gets underway and the World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship has reached the final table. Listen in and click subscribe wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  3. With the PokerStars Sunday Million and the $530 High Roller Club both scheduled for two days, the partypoker MILLION had the top of the marquee status for this week's Sunday Majors. 'Ladderless77' topped the 1,010 players who had advanced to Day 2 to win $170,000 for the victory after a four-way chop. Eventual runner-up 'Testosterone1' picked up $111,810 and third-place finisher 'badunkadonk' walked away with $106,195. 'RoseBtn' was the only player in the deal who wound up taking home less than six figures after earning $95,965.04. The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up had 1,254 players with 'sebasnato' taking it down for $39,094.59. Narrowly missing out on the title came with a $28,370.24 score for 'Kakiers04' while 'GaryT20' banked $20,588.27 for coming in as the third-place finisher. A pair of Bounty Builder events on PokerStars wrapped up on Sunday. The $215 buy-in event drew 1,839 entries won by 'Free100' for $23,713.68 and another $13,729.17 in bounties. The $109 buy-in event had 5,573 entries with 'huiiiiiiiiii' walking away with the victory and $33,344.18 in $ 18,608.86 from bounties. The GGPoker GGMasters had another record-setting turnout with 3,203 players beating last week's total by 82. It still meant for an overlay on the $500,000 guarantee of $57,986 with 'exotico' outlasting everybody else to win $71,947.50. Runner-up 'HATTENA' earned $50,874.60 and third-place finisher 'santorro75' banked $35,973.80. The 888poker PKO Series Main Event was the biggest event on their Sunday slate, wrapping up the 10-day PKO Series. the 1,809 players fired a total of 726 rebuys to build a total prize pool of $253,500. 'petty1997' wound up taking home the vicotry, $21,408.61 and also earned $9,036.53 in bounties. Runner-up 'ALLCasH90' had to settle for $15,235.35 from the prize pool and another $4,497.59 worth of bounties. The bottom spot on the podium belonged to 'NSP14' who grabbed $11,661.00 and another $2,875.75 in bounties. PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,839 Entries $367,800 prize pool Free100 - $23,713.68 + $13,729.17 Kobasteris - $23,712.12 + $10,829.21 Criss1301 - $14,068.99 + $4,953.91 ryco123 - $10,028.25 + $2,737.00 IownYoUlolz - $7,148.91 + $675 jmslee21 - $5,095.99 + $3,711.53 Z-ENERGIES - $3,632.61 + $1,028.13 Top Grind - $2,589.45 + $1,681.26 Bang1k - $1,845.85 + $568.75 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up 1,254 Entries $250,800 prize pool sebasnato - $39,094.59 Kakiers04 - $28,370.24 GaryT20 - $20,588.27 99dm84 - $14,940.90 stoian777 - $10,842.61 LeslieGroves - $7,868.47 needdollarz - $5,710.13 4FKvoteh - $4,143.84 KKremate - $3,007.19 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 5,573 Entries $557,300 prize pool huiiiiiiiiii - $33,344.18 + $ 18,608.86 Zhakinec09 - $33,340.11 + $3,160.31 Petr0star - $18,502.75 + $4,874.61 persh600 - $12,646.19 + $4,859.98 molswi47 - $8,643.36 + $331.25 Sajanas171 - $5,907.54 + $2,632.22 ludako123 - $4,037.66 + $2,540.51 $w4g4l1c10u$ - $2,759.66 + $3,636.38 eisenhower1 - $1,886.18 + $2,231.14 partypoker MILLION Final Day 1,010 Entries $1,301,204 prize pool Ladderless77 - $170,000 Testosterone1 - $111,810 badunkadonk - $106,195 RoseBn - $94,965.04 GreatOfPokerUni - $39,681.23 RentouUutua - $26,905.17 kremito - $18,877.85 Earth - $12,086.51 888poker PKO Series Main Event 1,809 players + 726 rebuys $253,500 prize pool petty1997 - $21,408.61 + $9,036.53 ALLCasH90 - $15,235.35 + $4,497.59 NSP14 - $11,661.00 + $2,875.75 TOPTeg - $8,238.75 + $989.65 mariooo1985 - $6,020.62 + $1,341.98 fabrioenatos - $4,816.50 + $437.11 guydeet39 - $3,612.37 + $1,196.09 jamesc127 - $2,408.25 + $862.49 dovester123 - $1,368.90 + $626.56 GGPoker GGMasters 3,203 Entries $500,000 prize pool exotico - $71,947.50 HATTENA - $50,874.60 santorro75 - $35,973.80 puntwiththebest - $25,437.35 sendhelp - $17,986.95 jqoehcn - $12,718.7 JesseJames - $8,993.55 LlevoCoche - $6,359.35 Cerys14 - $4,496.75
  4. For the tenth time in his storied career, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ has captured a PocketFives Monthly PLB award. ‘Lena900’, the current #1-ranked player in the world, continues to make the case for being named the greatest online poker player of all time. This time he secured the Monthly PLB title for February after posting 120 cashes which resulted in over $486,000 in earnings. A regular grinder in the biggest stakes MTTs offered, ‘Lena900’ boasted 15 five-figure cashes in the month with 10 outright wins. His spotlight score of the month came in Event 89 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up booking a $65,634 score plus 391.71 PLB points. He also picked up heaps of PLB points by taking down Event 53 of the same series, outlasting the 183 entries of the $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill for $32,235 and 427.78 PLB points. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] In the second half of the month, he picked up large scores playing on partypoker as well. He took down the February 23 edition of the KO Super Sunday 6-Max PLO for $41,928. Two days later he finished in first again on partypoker by winning the High Roller Master $50K for another $20,475. Although ’Lena900’ only had seven PLB-qualifying cashes, they were all such significant scores that it allowed him to win the month by 220 points with a total of 3,194. Not only is ‘Lena900’ the top-ranked player in the world, he is also the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List having just surpassed $18.6 million in earnings. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino (2974 PLB points) nearly caught up with ‘Lena900’ in February thanks to a resume-topping victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million on February 2. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vecino outlasted the 9,851 entries in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the weekly schedule to earn himself his first six-figure score of $105,729 as well as an even 1000.00 PLB points. He used that massive boost to his bankroll to grind the rest of the month, posting 118 cashes and earning a total of $209,294. His heater continues the next day when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for another $11,863 and 204.20 PLB points. Then, just two weeks later, Vecino picked up the fifth-largest cash of his career by taking down Event 177 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($2,100 NLHE) for $41,250, capping off a career-month for the UK grinder. His February success helped him climb to more than $1.5 million in total career earnings and hit a career-high ranking of #20 in the world. The current #2-ranked player in the world Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (2,905 PLB points) finished in third place in the February PLB race in a month where he added more than $325,000 to his over $14 million in career earnings. Of his 118 cashes, 46 were good for four-figures or more with nine of those being for five-figures. He racked up big-time PLB points with a pair of victories in the partypoker KO Series. First, he took down Event 23 ($100K High Roller) on February 6 for $20,389 plus 324.92 PLB points. Then just days later on February 11 he picked up the gold medal in Event 44 for a monthly high cash of $41,376 and 459.51. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (2,639 PLB points) finished in fourth place. The current #10-ranked player in the world picked up a partypoker KO Series title of his own by taking down Event 48 High Roller on February 12 for $24,117 and 336.54. He also had a big day on February 23 when he binked back-to-back five-figure cashes. The first came in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $13,330 and at the same time, he has a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for another $10,852. Finishing in fifth for February was another partypoker ambassador, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (2,398 PLB points). Filatov had an impressive 18 PLB-qualified cashes including a victory in the February 10 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,816 and 277.96 PLB points. Filatov finished the month with 13 podium appearances and six five-figure cashes highlighted by his victory in the February 16 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,966. PocketFives February Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 3194 2 B4NKR0LL3R 2974 3 Greenstone25 2905 4 pleno1 2639 5 nl_profit 2398 6 luis_faria 2245 7 SpaceyFCB 2234 8 C Darwin2 2156 9 selouan1991 2142 10 pitaoufmg 2134
  5. On Sunday, the competition for the attention of the online poker player was especially heated. No matter where you play, no matter the stakes - this weekend there was an overwhelming selection of tournaments taking place looking to capitalize on the rush of players staying inside and logging on. Perhaps the wealth of options is what led some of the Sunday Majors to stake a small step backward with regards to players, while others were able to easily smash their guarantees. After more than doubling their $1 million guarantee last week in the Sunday Million, PokerStars rolled out a two-day $2 million guaranteed $109 Sunday Million. The tournament brought in 31,356 entries for a massive prize pool of $3,135,600. The winner was determined on Monday, with 'jacko111222' taking top honors and $199,128. There was a four-way deal made and each of the top four finishes earned six figures. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] PokerStars did the same with its popular $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. This week the two-day even drew 3,258 players for a prize pool of $1,620,000, just $19,500 more than last week. The top two places will secure six-figure sums and, no doubt, a hefty bonus in bounties. Even with all of the events of POWERFEST taking place, the partypoker MILLION crushed its guarantee once again as 995 players generated a prize pool of $1,285,718. The total was down a little over $25,000 but that didn’t matter to ‘TifAya13’ who turned their $215 buy-in into a $146,761 score after making a three-way deal. ‘im_fc_fish_pro’ was the official runner-up, locking up $140,648 in the deal. Finally, ‘StrA1dEr’ was the final member of the chop, and booked a $132,701 six-figure score. The GGPoker GGMasters continued to post big numbers as 3,121 played in the site’s flagship weekend event. However, that was actually 149 player drop from last week’s field which increased the overlay to just over $69,000. In the end, ‘mike4444’ struck a heads-up deal with ‘flyyy’ in which ‘mike4444’ took home $66,185.45 as the official winner. ‘flyyy’ settled for the role of the runner-up, adding $58,085.20 to their bankroll. ‘for_science’ also managed a nice payday, banking $37,373.10 for third place. PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up saw a slight uptick in participation as 1,388 players generated a prize pool of $277,600. ‘disquesi!’ walked away as the winner for $42,761 followed closely behind by ‘FrenchDawg’ who settled for $30,744 in second place. ‘sirtammel’ ended up in third place for $22,105 while online poker superstar Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar wrapped up in fourth place for $15,894. ‘picnik75’ picked up $35,018 plus an additional $21,502 in bounties by surviving the 5,808 entries field of the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder. Finishing in second place was ‘pseftis’ who picked up $35,013 and an additional $7,476.91 in bounties. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million (2-day tournament) 31,356 Entries $3,135,600 prize pool jacko111222 - $199,128* BigFudge95 - $116,384.29* pavers88 - $130,046.68* Lord_Sultan - $162,023.12* Ares0966 - $68,211.52 MegaBobeR_55 - $50,620.81 bolsena - $37,566.68 soleeJ - $27,878.93 Matthew101 - $20,689.31 *Denotes a deal was made. PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR (2-day tournament) 3,258 Entries $1,629,000 prize pool PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 2,019 Entries $403,800 prize pool PoWei139 - $25,835.66 + $28,614.47 B3NKR0LL3R - $24,833.73 + $5,996.88 tslugxx - $15,327.76 + $5,398.23 FreeLancerZZ - $10,926.14 + $2,559.39 akasherin - $7,788.51 + $2,089.46 PINOCIO93 - $5,551.90 + $746.88 aJarov - $3,957.58 + $896.87 milennial - $2,821.10 + $2,689.07 jeffreyPL1 - $2,010.98 + $2,260.95 PokerStars $215 Warm-Up 1,388 entries $277,600 prize pool disquesi! - $42,761.01 FrenchDawg - $30,744.72 sirtammel - $22,105.70 Greenstone25 - $15,894.18 leshark81 - $11,428.04 lasgnaaammm - $8,216.84 KKing James - $5,907.96 rodckz - $4,247.86 SerVlaMin - $3,054.23 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 5,808 Entries $580,800 prize pool picnik75 - $35,018.54 + $21,502.83 pseftis - $35,013.35 + $7,476.91 gushuang888 - $20,036.49 + $1,405.87 _sennj_ - $13,960.86 + $5,030.60 pucho2100 - $9,727.52 + $3,736.84 oldfandango - $6,777.84 + $1,916.78 nnanh961 - $4,722.60 + $368.75 zhangly0862 - $3,290.55 + $1,115.23 Korkmaz_mk64 - $2,292.76 + $3,587.44 partypoker MILLION Final Day 995 entries $1,285,718 prize pool TifAya13 - $146,761.04 im_fc_fish_pro - $140,648.89 StrA1dEr - $132,701.91 nema golubica - $57,175.87 feast - $39,214.39 fuchs339999 - $26,588.64 lvlup-00 - $18,655.76 Alexander_Great - $11,944.32 GGPoker GGMasters 3,121 entries 500,000 prize pool ($69,302 overlay) mike4444 - $66,185.45 flyyy - $58,085.20 for_science - $37,373.10 ThePizzaGuy - $26,871.60 luckykaky - $19,320.90 kevin8097 - $13,891.90 mikzoan12 - $9,988.40 dino622 - $7,181.75 benderbey2 - $5,163.75
  6. Monday brought another full slate of online poker action courtesy of partypoker’s ongoing $20,000,000 guaranteed POWERFEST series. In total, 43 tournaments concluded on Monday with ‘SunTzu’ emerging as the day's biggest winner. They outlasted the 146 entries that registered for POWERFEST #17-SHR: $100K guaranteed [6-Max, PKO] to take home the $13,983.54 first-place prize. However, the real money for ‘SunTzu’ came by picking up an additional $21,566.06 in bounties, creating a total score of $35,550.14. Finishing right behind ‘SunTzu’ in this event was ‘Stolewon’ who earned $13,968.88 as the runner-up and $5,291.01 in bounties for a grand total of $19,259.89. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] ‘PayAndPlay’ had a nice day on the grind as well. They made a pair of High Roller final tables on Monday including an outright win in POWERFEST #14-HR: $75K Guaranteed [8-Max] for $23,320. 'PayAndPlay' followed that up with a deep run in POWERFEST #18-HR: $20K Guaranteed [6-Max, PLO], finishing in fourth place for another $4,361.25. 'slayerv1fanpkr' also picked up a nice boost their bankroll in POWERFEST #14, earning $16,280 as the runner-up. The largest prize pool of the day belonged to POWERFEST #17-H: $150K Guaranteed [6-Max, PKO]. Over 590 runners piled into the lobby and paid the $320 buy-in, pushing the prize pool to $182,028. ‘Kvrlee’ took home the title and $12,443.46 for first place, plus another $14,028.75 in bounties for a total score of $26,472. ‘whofish’ finished in second place, pulling in $12,425.36 but was only able to add an additional $474 in bounties. partypoker Team Online member Matthew Staples finished in ninth place in this one for a combined score of $5,194. Matthew Staples wasn’t the only partypoker Team Online pro to make a deep run on Monday. While he didn’t win it all, Jeff Gross played his way to the final table of POWERFEST #18-HR: $20K Guaranteed [6-Max, PLO] for a fifth-place finish earning him $2,593.75. Gross currently sits as the #245-ranked player in the world. However, the real story of this tournament was the victory for ‘attitydsproblem’. The POWERFEST title, for which he earned $12,961.47, arrived just days after they won the March 8 edition of the partypoker MILLION for over $153,000. POWERFEST #14-HR: $75K Guaranteed [8-Max] $1,050 buy-in 88 entries $88,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $23,320 slayerv1fanpkr - $16,280 NoWey - $11,440 spoubledy - $7,920 Awesam - $6,160 AndreyBolkonsky - $4,620 cmiuc - $3,740 EllieRose11 - $3,080 POWERFEST #15-HR: $20K Guaranteed [PLO8 6-Max, Rebuy] $530 buy-in 38 entries $41,000 prize pool AngryKitten - $16,400.01 relentless - $10,493.74 StrawberryGirl - $5,330 StackinSlav - $3,690 AntonChigurh87 - $2,870 astenia - $2,216.25 POWERFEST #16-HR: $75K Guaranteed [8-Max, PKO, Fast] $530 buy-in 172 entries $88,150 prize pool GordonBanks. - $7,295.70 + $10,274.51 in bounties qpakup - $7,286.94 + $2,514.28 in bounties onehundredeyes - $5,319.39 + $3,888.29 in bounties Bijzettafel - $3,806.12 + $1,837.49 in bounties furlkuri - $2,659.69 + $2,666.01 in bounties R4t4_ta - $2,063.55 + $1,624.21 in bounties Greenstone25 - $1,604.99 + $1,050 in bounties kristian150 - $1,261.06 + $689.06 in bounties POWERFEST #17-H: $150K Guaranteed [6-Max, PKO] $320 buy-in 591 entries $182,028 prize pool Kvrlee - $12,443.46 + $14,028.75 in bounties whofish - $12,425.36 + $474 Noname69 - $9,347.09 + $4,287.62 Coaching - $6,695.35 + $1,821.94 anth0nypappa - $4,686.74 + $3,246.42 danludan - $2,869.43 + $681.37 POWERFEST #17-HR: $100K Guaranteed [6-Max, PKO] $1,050 buy-in 146 entries $149,650 prize pool SunTzu - $13,983.54 + $21,566.06 in bounties Stolewon - $13,968.88 + $5,291.01 in bounties Benetnasch - $9,865.54 + $2,132.81 in bounties lazypeach - $6,988.09 + $2,756.24 in bounties grootheden - $5,138.30 + $2,526.56 in bounties frenchsniperrr - $3,411.83 + $4,150.78 in bounties POWERFEST #18-HR: $20K Guaranteed [6-Max, PLO] $530 buy-in 83 entries $41,500 prize pool attitydsproblem - $12,961.47 VitoBranciforte - $8,092.50 munkkis - $4,980 PayAndPlay - $4,361.25 Jeff ‘JeffGross’ Gross - $2,593.75 notably - $1,763.75
  7. With the coronavirus outbreak forcing millions of people to stay home, online poker operators expected an increase in activity over the weekend and the Sunday Majors provided proof of that coming to fruition. The PokerStars Sunday Million, partypoker MILLION, GGPoker GG Masters and a number of other key events all saw increases in turnout and the corresponding prize pool. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The PokerStars Sunday Million had 13,579 entries - up 2,575 from the last time the event ran without a Progressive Knockout format (March 2). Last week, the event had 14,502 runners using the PKO format. 'blue70mach1' earned $131,418 for an outright victory while 'Momess' picked up $95,361 for coming in second place. Brazilian Geraldo 'GeraldoCesar' Cesar Neto finished with a bronze medal and $69,203 - the second biggest score of his career. One of the biggest increases in field size on PokerStars belonged to the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder. On March 9, the tournament drew 300 entries for a $150,000 prize pool. This week, 1,509 entries created a $754,500 prize pool with Diego 'phounderAA' Veiga scoring $49,721.48 from the prize pool and an impressive $50,378.27 worth of bounties. Former Sunday Million winner 'WATnlos' finished in second place for $49,720.34 and $9,216.79 in bounties. Maxime 'Daghemuneguu' Chilaud wound up in third place for $30,346.85 and another $6,946.76 in bounties. The PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder brought in 4,487 entries and Vietnam's 'Namduong86' topped all of them to win $27,050.63 and another $14,992.30 collected from bounties. His final bounty belonged to 'ZeBaronju' who earned $27,047.25 for coming in second place and another $2,551.59 from the bounties. Third place finisher 'ksieciunio97' picked up $15,312.42 from the prize pool and $2,195.58 in bounties. The partypoker MILLION also saw an uptick in attendance with POWERFEST also kicking off on Sunday. The MILLION burst through the $1 million guarantee with a $1,080,558 prize pool. The final three players agreed to a deal that saw each of them score a six-figure payday. Finishing in top spot gave 'supersmasher' $122,111.89, 'trekgeit' came in second place for $119,674.45, while 'mogvision' pocketed $112,963.25. POWERFEST Recap: 'SpanishFly' Tops Opening Day with $192,359 Win The bump in field sizes helped mark a historic occasion for GGPoker. For the first time in the 11-week history of the GG Masters, the flagship tournament beat the posted guarantee. The 2,260-entry field created a $311,880 prize pool to pass the $300,000 guarantee. Beating that record field came with a $46,252.45 score for 'oldzet'. Coming in as the runner-up gave 'OtxarkoagabrO' a $32,968.92 bankroll boost while '-MortenVM-' grabbed $23,501.34 as the third place finisher. Sunday Majors Results PokerStars Sunday Million 13,579 entries $1,357,900 prize pool blue70mach1 - $131,418 Momess - $95,361 GeraldoCesar - $69,203 anteen - $50,221 pececada - $36,445 HS toaster - $26,448 Cripple86 - $19,193 NoLimit173 - $13,928 du wang ckf02 - $10,108 PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 929 entries $185,800 prize pool Lefebvre1101 - $30,543.13 com 157 - $22,099.16 JElK0 - $16,037.36 1MTM91 - $11,638.30 Gabriel1244 - $8,445.91 HU4FU - $6,129.18 Buehlero - $4,447.94 KANIBAL_MIND - $3,227.86 Eleres88 - $2,342.45 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 4,487 entries $448,700 prize pool Namduong86 - $27,050.63 + $14,992.30 in bounties ZeBaronju - $27,047.25 + $2,551.59 in bounties ksieciunio97 - $15,312.42 + $2,195.58 in bounties nek100 - $10,597.39 + $4,325.87 in bounties Bulancordit6 - $7,334.24 + $4,754.96 in bounties TreeHogan - $5,075.87 + $2,208.41 in bounties Qiwo - $3,512.89 + $2,391.61 in bounties Snozzzi - $2,431.19 + $1,130.16 in bounties ermiamzok - $1,682.48 + $1,112.88 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 1,509 entries $754,500 prize pool phounderAA - $49,721.48 + $50,378.27 in bounties WATnlos - $49,720.34 + $9,216.79 in bounties Daghemuneguu - $30,346.85 + $6,946.76 in bounties MITS 304 - $22,022.68 + $6,773.43 in bounties ShipitFTW911 - $15,981.85 + $6,056.65 in bounties 23noraB - $11,598.02 + $1,359.38 in bounties TonyGPT - $8,41.67 + $9,049.80 in bounties sk2ll_m0dR - $6,107.97 +$6,142.56 in bounties EduardoGarl@ - $4,432.57 + $1,796.88 in bounties partypoker MILLION 830 entries $1,080,558 prize pool supersmasher - $122,111.89 trekgeit - $119,674.45 mogvision - $112,963.25 edy14101 - $48,192.88 Mr Taog - $33,097.49 Toppairlover - $22,453.99 XjoaosimaoX - $15,786.95 KARL1981 - $10,157.24 GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,260 entries $311,880 prize pool oldzet - $46,252.45 OtxarkoagabrO - $32,968.92 -MortenVM- $23,501.34 designed2win - $16,752.57 M@cacoCidadao - $11,941.82 TOMOCHAIN - $8,512.51 ilsy768 - $6,068.03 QualquerDuas - $4,325.49 thmz - $3,083.37 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 773 entries + 268 rebuys $104,100 prize pool Sw33ney - $19,102.35 AndreyNiki - $13,637.10 salue7 - $10,305.90 DONCIKO18973 - $7,755.45 Iplayanyone - $5,413.20 Egption - $4,372.20 Hailey88 - $3,331.20 daltonhb - $2,290.20 jadedjason - $1,353.30
  8. Another Spaniard is beginning to make some bigger waves in the online poker scene. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino, who now calls London home, emerged victorious in the 9,851-player field in the PokerStars Sunday Million for the first six-figure score of his career. Vecino, who won a PokerStars Winter Series event and a High Roller Club event on PokerStars in early January, beat '9cream4' heads-up to win $105,729. It was one of three events Vecino won on Sunday. He also took down the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up and a $55 NLHE event. Runner-up '9cream4' earned $76,727.40 while third-place finisher 'trollringen' ended up with $55,681.20. [ptable zone="Borgata Poker"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Over on partypoker, the MILLION featured a three-way chop and an overlay. The final three players, 'puhpuhpuh', 'moneymonk2', and 'Petter' came to terms on a deal with all three players picking up a six-figure score. The winner's share and title went to 'puhpuhpuh' who outlasted the 4,581 other entries to bank $114,216.88. The event fell 418 players short of making the guarantee and ended up with an $83,714 overlay. The Daniel Negreanu-inspired GG Masters on GGPoker continues to grow. This 1,940 players entered the freezeout event to fall $32,280 short of the guarantee. Germany's 'REPTAR' topped the field to turn their $150 buy-in into $44,945.82. GGpoker streamer Tudor 'Scrimitzu' Stefan finished runner-up for $32,038.92 while 'Joris Gruis' came in third position for $22,838.43. Sunday Major Results - February 2 partypoker $215 MILLION 4,582 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($83,714 overlay) puhpuhpuh - $114,216.88 moneymonk2 - $114,187.70 Petter - $100,695.44 gaules - $44,740 titofarjus99 - $30,750 BigBadBluff - $20,890 luckymelon - $14,710 apex predator - $9,490 partypoker $2,100 KO Series Event #3 Super High Roller 147 entries $301,350 prize pool Tree91 - $25,953.20 + $35,650.80 in bounties BuddyRW - $25,923.70 + $10,483.59 in bounties PayAndPlay - $18,864.29 + $6,792.19 in bounties MrDreamMachine - $13,362.20 in bounties Patrick Leonard - $9,432.14 in bounties WiNeGUy - $7,447.11 + $7,153.12 in bounties SeniorBOB - $5,942.25 + $7,940.62 in bounties Madgenius111 - $4,716.07 + $2,000 in bounties partypoker $320 KO Series Event #3 High 1,216 entries $374,528 prize pool funkyfive - $24,548.47 + $33,453.55 in bounties Who I am - $24,511.96 + $3,161.24 in bounties eGGplant - $16,105.48 + $4,325.25 in bounties Snowflake - $10,777.20 + $6,074.75 in bounties vezunchiksss - $7,640.55 + $1,942.90 in bounties Z-ENERGIES_ - $5,388.60 + $711 in bounties All_In_PAV - $3,780.06 + $2,226.81 in bounties ESCOBAR GAVIRIA - $2,533.44 + $2,147.82 in bounties partypoker $320 KO Series Event #2 High Roller 287 entries $374,528 prize pool Adamm - $22,269.44 + $31,598.52 in bounties BaBaDeBaBa - $22,540.69 + $9,326.96 in bounties spirituniverse - $15,819.86 + $10,065.23 in bounties Krimmiii - $11,512.47 + $5,758.59 in bounties Thanksalot - $8,144.87 + $4,167.18 in bounties Player123560423 - $6,108.65 + $1,575 in bounties Talespin - $4,307.38 + $3,117.18 in bounties Tigerbluff - $3,132.64 + $2,165.62 in bounties PokerStars $109 Sunday Million SE PKO 9,851 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($14,900 overlay) B4NKR0LL3R - $105,728.70 9cream4 - $76,727.40 trollringen - $55,681.20 2Sick2Loose - $40,407.90 Pthelegned - $29,324.10 Pendos90 - $21,280.60 Gaelito23 - $15,443.40 A-Angel_10 - $11,207.20 rafaprihl - $8,133.20 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up 722 entries $144,400 prize pool GaborMarton - $24,533.92 tgc88070202 - $17,803.82 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $12,920.23 ¿¿toneecho?? - $9,376.22 PIPON777 - $6,804.31 supersamboy - $4,937.88 Sektor17 - $3,583.41 deivid29 - $2,600.48 samooth - $1,887.16 PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #6 $215 NLHE 3,654 entries $730,800 prize pool T021TP - $44,771.70 + $23,467.85 in bounties mpoc1234 - $44,769.31 + $13,136.66 in bounties BBRS999 - $26,562.71 + $9,771.47 in bounties Jc9c - $18,934.80 + $4,354.29 in bounties Sintoras - $13,497.36 + $3,996.87 in bounties deivid29 - $9,621.38 + $7,638.26 in bounties llewxa - $6,858.44 + $3,821.09 in bounties G30M1T0 - $4,888.90 + $4,796.87 in bounties BrigaDatada - $3,484.96 + $1,896.88 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #9 $530 NLHE 996 entries $498,000 prize pool Guizaoo_ - $35,129.13 + $25,710.60 in bounties Fresh_oO_D - $35,128.47 + $19,554.41 in bounties PKaiser - $20,842.59 + $6,99.03 in bounties abumussad - $14,857.33 + $6,902.83 in bounties WarleyBruno - $10,590.81 + $4,283.20 in bounties luckymo32 - $7,549.40 + $3,761.72 in bounties RacingForever - $5,381.56 + $671.88 in bounties MAMOHT_T - $3,836.16 + $3,602.54 in bounties PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #5 $2,100 NLHE 230 entries $460,000 prize pool pisky16 - $39,550.70 + $52,117.18 in bounties 1_conor_b_1 - $39,550.59 + $24,773.44 in bounties Lena900 - $26,083.38 + $8,234.38 in bounties wisopekeno! - $19,883.61 + $10,187.50 in bounties pokerkluka - $15,157.46 + $4,062.50 in bounties t4t0PAGAU - $11,554.69 + $4,000.00 in bounties EsepasApart - $8,808.24 + $4,625.00 in bounties Amada_017 - $6,714.62 + $6,281.25 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 1,940 entries $300,000 prize pool ($32,280 overlay) REPTAR - $44,945.82 scrimitzu - $32,038.92 Joris Gruis - $22,838.43 Soyboy9000 - $16,280.01 c4rv4lh0 - $11,604.96 hoho33 - $8,272.41 Quamfy - $5,896.86 new7legend7 - $4,203.48 Karlencho - $2,996.40 888poker $100,000 $109 Sunday Mega Deep 743 entries + 266 rebuys $100,900 prize pool KToFTW - $18,515.15 KKingJames23 - $13,217.90 BigWizzard - $9,989.10 yaewn - $7,517.05 usainzeus25 - $5,246.80 XXXAA13 - $4,237.80 kanabal18 - $3,228.80 0nlyBet - $2,219.80 Abhramovici - $1,311.70
  9. 'Lena900' closed 2019 in a big way, winning the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for December. The final month of the year saw 'lena900' rack up 50 cashes for more than $300,000 in prize money. He earned 3,270 leaderboard points and finished 120 points ahead of 'papan9_p$' in second place. The most points 'lena900' earned from a single tournament was on December 3 when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $100K Gtd for $24,887 and 328.63 points. He also picked up 292.83 points on December 28 when he finished second in the PokerStars Winter Series-11-H: $530 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd for $26,920. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] On December 8, 'lena900' picked up $23,255 and 266.79 points when he took third in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd - Guarantee Boost tournament. He also had a deep finish in the PokerStars High Rollers 01: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd on December 1. Although 'lena900' didn't reach the final table in that one, he did finish 10th for $26,869 and 259.61 points. All told, 'lena900' had seven scores in December that earned him more than 200 leaderboard points each, and his average ranked score was worth 164 points. Not only did 'lena900' win the December PLB title, but he became the 2019 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard champion, going back-to-back in that regard. As mentioned, 'papan9_p$' finished second in the December PLB race. He earned 3,150 points. His biggest chunk of points came with a victory in the 888poker $200,000 Dragon. 'Papan9_p$' finished first in that event to win $43,000 and pick up 447.21 points. Rounding out the top five for the month of December were 'C Darwin2' (2,913 points), 'fzkk' (2,382 points), and 'girafganger7' (2,262 points) 'C Darwin2' had the biggest result in December when he finished second in the PokerStars High Rollers 23: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $2M Gtd on December 8 for $338,494 and 1,058.69 points. A notable result for 'fzkk' was a win in the PokerStars High Rollers 03: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd on December 1 for $57,250 and 572.71 points. 'girafganger7' picked up $121,873 and 714.14 points when he won the PokerStars High Rollers 11: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd on December 4. Also cracking the top 10 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, who earned 1,945 points in December and finished the month in 10th place. Van Zadelhoff's highlight of the month was a fourth-place finish in the High Rollers 12: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd on PokerStars on December 4. That result earned him $17,112 and 209.88 points. PocketFives December Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,270 2 papan9_p$ 3,150 3 C Darwin2 2,913 4 fzkk 2,382 5 girafganger7 2,262 6 European 2,219 7 r4ndomr4gs 2,060 8 Greenstone25 2,014 9 YugiohPro 1,946 10 SvZff 1,945
  10. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  11. Just got rid of my MacBook Air and I am looking for suggestions on what to get next. I multi table about 8 games on a couple sites at a time. Looking for something I can hookup multiple monitors to. Thanks for any advice. Gl.
  12. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. The month of March was headlined by the attempted home invasion robbery of WPT champion Darren Elias and the emotional career-defining victory of David 'ODB' Baker. Darren Elias Targeted In Home Robbery In one of the scariest stories of 2018, four-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias was the target of a home invasion robbery by Shannon Soroka, a 24-year old part-time poker player. Elias and his wife were not at home at the time. A babysitter was watching over Elias' two-year-old daughter when Soroka, armed with a handgun, burst into the house and demanded to know where Elias kept his cash. Elias had recently returned home from a third-place finish at the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic where he earned more than $473,000. Soroka locked the babysitter in one of the home’s bathrooms and fled, eventually being caught by the Medford Township Police Department. Soroka was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, mischief and making terrorist threats. No one, including Elias’ daughter or the babysitter, was harmed during the incident. “It’s incredibly scary for me and my family,” Elias said. “It was an awful feeling.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] David Baker Wins LAPC In March, long-time professional poker player David ‘ODB’ Baker secured a career-defining win at the 2019 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic, taking home a career-high score of over $1 million. In the aftermath of his victory, an emotional Baker spoke about what the win meant to him. More than simply how much the money would help his family, Baker reflected on how it felt as validation of a hard-fought career on the grind. “It kinda sounds corny, but it means so much to me,” Baker said. “I’ve battled my whole life in this business. I care about this business. I care about the prestige of these things and I know sometimes some of the guys are a little too cool for school to say that, but I do.” Baker continued to run good in 2019 as he racked up 17 World Series of Poker cashes, including winning his second career gold bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em. West Virginia Legalizes Online Poker West Virginia officially became the fifth U.S. state to legalize online gambling, including online poker. After the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act soared through both the House and Senate, all eyes were on the office of Governor Jim Justice. After all, it was just months ago that Michigan was in a similar situation. In Michigan, a bill had cleared and was simply awaiting a signature but outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder shockingly vetoed the bill on his way out the door. For West Virginia, once the Interactive Wagering Act passed, the Governor had 15-days to act on the bill. That time came and went without any movement from Justice which made it official - online poker would be legal by late June. At the time of this writing, no online poker operators have gone live in West Virginia. partypoker Launches Team Online Less than a month after stepping away from his position as an ambassador for PokerStars, Jeff Gross announced he was joining the rapidly growing team of online ambassadors for partypoker. At the time, the Poker Flow Show host was the highest-profile poker player to be picked up by partypoker. Eventually, the team was filled out with over 13 players including Jaime and Matt Staples, Hristivoje ‘AlLLinPav’ Pavlovic, and Kevin Martin, who has since left the squad. Geraldo ‘grealdocesar’ Cesar Wins Monthly PLB Brazilian online pro Geraldo‘ grealdocesar’ Cesar picked up his first PocketFives Leaderboard victory in March holding off top-tier pros like ‘C Darwin2’ and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Cesar picked up seven five-figure scores in the month including a spotlight victory in the March 11 edition of the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for over $47,000.
  13. One week after the partypoker MILLIONS Online dominated the online poker tournament scene, the best grinders returned to a fairly normal-looking Sunday Majors schedule. The partypoker MILLION had yet another overlay while PokerStars had a seasonal sale on some of their biggest tournaments, leading to a huge turnout of the PokerStars Sunday Million. The partypoker MILLION had 4,455 runners this week to fall $109,000 short of the $1,000,000 guarantee. That number is down 60 from the 4,515 turnout of a week ago. 'MStaplesDonk' picked up $153,350 for the outright victory while 'upagain' took home $107,050 as the runner-up. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The only other player who earned a six-figure score on partypoker on Sunday was 'HappyHarry66'. They beat out the other 81 entries in the $5,200 High Roller Sunday Big Game to earn $108,650. Second place went to 'BitchrByTrade' who earned $78,850 and 'BierKaptiaen' banked $53,300 for coming in third place. PokerStars offered players half-price discounts on some of their most-prestigious tournaments and the turnout for the Sunday Million should be proof that everybody loves a deal. The Sunday Million buy-in went from $109 to $54.50 and drew 33,317 runners to build a $1,665,850 prize pool. Unlike most weekends, the Sunday Million is a two-day event this week and 'SpinnrDinner' ended Day 1 with the chip lead with 7,007,473. No other player bagged more than 5,000,000. The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up also had a 50% discount, going from a $215 buy-in to a $107.50 buy. The event drew 3,683 players and the final three players came to terms on a deal that spread $115,000 amongst them. 'FlaskeW' took home the title and $47,268.26 after the deal. Runner-up 'PREVED-_-l' pocketed $34,019.34 while third-place finisher 'poltim69' ended up with $34,328.33. partypoker $215 partypoker MILLION 4,455 entries, $1,000,000 prize pool MStaplesDonk - $153,350 upagain - $107,050 AsAgHaL - $68,700 misha17188 - $44,740 GringoSSa - $30,750 NoKing - $20,890 UniformHokkaido - $14,710 PhatToad - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 High Roller Sunday Big Game 82 entries, $410,000 prize pool HappyHarr66 - $108,650 BtchrByTrade - $78,850 BierKaptiaen - $53,300 dollar007 - $36,900 Player_1234 - $28,700 MoStack - $21,525 SpankyMcfarland - $17,425 Vamoos - $14,350 partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter 299 entries, $153,237.50 prize pool MrAlllll89 - $11,756.69 + $17,163.14 in bounties MeisterYoda - $11,741.58 + $4,573.27 in bounties Player_1234 - $8,240.65 + $2,223.02 in bounties BingoMandingo - $5,996.91 + $2,846.49 in bounties Labriout99 - $4,242.71 + $902.34 in bounties Goolgeris - $3,182.03 + $590.62 in bounties fAkETaXi87 - $2,243.74 + $2,977.74 in bounties Jus7TheB3st - $1,631.81 + $1,591.42 in bounties partypoker $320 Gladiator 755 entries, $232,540 prize pool NoToday - $15,910.70 + $16,560.45 in bounties avocado - $15,887.63 + $7,585.24 in bounties AliceGagnon19 - $11,618.47 + $4,087.02 in bounties Greenstone25 - $8,324.69 + $2,137.82 in bounties Kawhi_Tho - $5,809.23 + $3,727.82 in bounties PerritoMalvado - $3,668.99 = $1,813.30 in bounties PokerStars $54.50 Half Price Sunday Million 33,317 entries, $1,665,850 prize pool Top 10 Chip Counts SpinnrDinner - 7,007,473 102040 - 4,844,713 hahahasucker - 4,370,487 sorrel77 - 4,161,494 tatuKK - 3,996,122 jgp9725 - 3,964,011 dufcrab - 3,645,446 Romz28 - 3,581,553 groengras - 3,552,610 M4G1K87 - 3,332,907 PokerStars $107.50 Half Price Sunday Warm-up 3,683 entries, $368,300 prize pool FlaskeW - $47,268.26* PREVED-_-l - $34,019.34 poltim69 - $34,328.33* Freakstah - $18,209.56 Kazeev S.S. - $12,778.86 olle1FIN - $8,967.77 amontobin99 - $6,293.28 Realest-Bdon - $4,416.43 KINGJAQ - $3,099.31 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO 938 entries, $469,000 prize pool Elf Kicker - $38,641.00 + $34,261.86 jospi1313 - $28,323.42 + $5,609.62 Stakelis24 - $20,760.89 + $5,326.17 in bounties pvigar - $15,217.73 + $6,469.21 in bounties ImDaNuts - $11,154.55 + $437.50 in bounties doulas12 - $8,176.26 + $3,585.93 in bounties marlin5555 - $5,993.18 + $4,511.73 in bounties IsnapUcry - $4,392.98 + $2,207.34 in bounties DotComRicher - $3,220.03 + $2,980.47 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up 168 entries, $168,000 prize pool Sanderssi - $30,225.99 MonkeyBausss - $23,478.89 doulas12 - $18,237.97 vascaodf - $14,166.90 yadio - $11,004.58 YRWTHMELTHR - $8,548.14 harrychung - $6,640.04 gusmaa - $5,15784 girafganger7 - $4,250.23 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 430 entries, $100,000 prize pool AceBluff88 - $19,350 SpiderMonk03 - $14,500 mikinads - $11,000 JogaProEven - $8,250 PokerJoe332 - $5,700 paraRC - $4,400 Jack_It_Up - $3,400 Dulce.Vitae1 - $2,400 GASTRADER1 - $1,750
  14. Russian online poker crusher and the current #8-ranked player in the world Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii edged out Swedish superstars ‘DeathbyQuads’ and 'C Darwin2' for the top spot on the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for the month of November. For the better part of two years, Russia’s current #1 player ‘josef_shvejk’ has been grinding his way to the upper echelons of the worldwide rankings and in November, he put those skills to use in order to take down his first PLB title. ‘josef_shvejk’ accumulated five total PLB-qualifying cashes, the largest of which arrived at the end of the month when he took down the November 26 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298 and 275.68 PLB points. He also picked up another big-time PLB score by finishing as the runner up in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for another $17,653 and 247.03 PLB points. In total, ‘josef_shvejk’ cashed for 93 times in the month, 12 of which were good for a top-3 finish. He also racked up just over $127,000 in earnings which helped push him up over $4.4 million in total lifetime earnings. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It was an incredibly close PLB race in November with Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’ (1,909) falling just 41 PLB points of claiming the title for himself. This year has been a good one for the Swede who recently hit a career-high worldwide ranking of #5 in the world and currently sits at #12. By all accounts, ‘DeathbyQuads’ had a very nice month. He earned over $103,000 thanks to some big-time scores in the PokerStars High Roller Club series. His largest score of the month came on November 3 with a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Sunday Warm-Up for $37,494/434.74 PLB points. In fact, the Swede was on a heater for the entire week. On the same day, he took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for another $14,980/178.21 PLB points. He then won back-to-back tournaments on November 7, winning the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $8,957/234.95 PLB points and the Hot $109 for another $5,729/174.64 PLB points. His results helped put him at just over $6 million in total career online earnings. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver ‘C Darwin2’ (1,906) finished in third in November, just 3 PLB points behind his fellow Swedish countryman. ‘C Darwin2’ is no stranger to the PocketFives PLB race. He has taken down the Monthly PocketFivles LeaderBoard eight times in his career. Even though he didn't make November his ninth, he still had a fantastic month on the virtual felt. Of his 28 cashes in the month, nine of them were for five-figures. This included a monthly high score in the November 5 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-Up where he earned the $21,029 first-place prize. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ racked up over $181,000 in cashes and 10 podium finishes. Currently, the online legend sits in fifth place on the All-Tme Online Money List with over $14.3 million in career earnings. Fourth-place PLB finisher ‘lil lolita’s whole month comes down to one huge score. The mid-stakes grinder from Belarus picked up 1,017.25 PLB points after his November 17 victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $108,071. He defeated a field of 10,348 entries to take home the title. The victory not only made him the current #1 player in his home country of Belarus, but also took him to a career-high worldwide ranking of #138. Finishing off the top five is Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher from the UK. Goatcher put in some serious volume and amassed 96 cashes in November including a highlight tournament victory in the November 3 edition of the partypoker Gladiator where he won $16,364 and 273.86 PLB points. PocketFives November Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 josef_shvejk 1958 2 DeathbyQuads 1909 3 C Darwin2 1906 4 lil lolita 1861 5 Wonderboy222 1786 6 Kalina7 1734 7 galochina10 1696 8 mjw006 1692 9 whatisL0v3 1653 10 Vinicius Perri 1626
  15. The state of Michigan is on the doorstep of legalizing and regulating online poker as well as mobile sports betting, daily fantasy sports, and online casino games after an all-encompassing package of iGaming bills passed through the Senate’s Regulatory Reform Committee and is headed to the Senate floor. If approved by the Senate, as it is expected to be, the return of online poker to Michigan will head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. If this all sounds familiar it’s because this is not the first time Michigan has been on the cusp of iGaming legalization. Just last year, a comprehensive online gaming bill passed both the House and Senate and simply needed the signature of the outgoing Governor Rick Snyder. Snyder, in one of his last acts in office, unexpectedly vetoed the bill leaving the lawmakers who were leading online gaming charge, back at square one. Throughout 2019, a renewed effort to resurrect an online gaming bill has been underway and now with less than a week before the end of the legislative session, Representative Brandt Iden, who has been a sponsor for one of the major online gaming bills, and the state of Michigan is poised to finish this multi-year campaign to legalize online gaming. There’s an optimism that this time there will be no surprises. One of the biggest sticking points leading up to this point was the proposed tax rate on iGaming and sports betting. Iden was lobbying for a lower tax rate as not to overly burden suppliers and operators of the new, legalized industry. Governor Gretchen Whitmer was insisting on higher taxes, fearing that legalizing online gaming would replace the income from the current state Lottery, 70% of the profits of which are used to aid Michigan schools. Negotiations between the Governor and those looking to pass the bill appeared to have been hashed out. In the bills that passed through committee on Tuesday, sports betting receiving a slightly lower tax rate than initially proposed and iGaming taxes were increased. Should things go according to plan, the Senate will vote on the iGaming bills as soon as Tuesday afternoon, but before December 19. After that, it will await the signature of Governor Whitmer. Once signed, online poker could be a reality for the players in Michigan before the end of 2020.
  16. For those grinders that clear their schedules on Sunday to take part in online poker’s biggest day of the week, there was, once again, plenty of extra value to be had. Perhaps the highest value tournament of the day was partypoker’s $215 partypoker MILLION. The tournament, which runs Day 1’s all week long, ended up with a total of 4,515 entries, 736 of which returned on Sunday to play out Day 2. There were more runners this week than last, but partypoker was still on the hook for $97,000 worth of overlay to reach its $1 million guarantee. The biggest beneficiary of that massive overlay was ‘Malamanera’ who took home the $136,115 first-place prize. Brazilian grinder ‘KING OF NOIAS’ finished as the runner-up, adding $124,284 to his bankroll, good enough to propel him to over $1.5 million in lifetime earnings. ‘AGALMA’ just missed out on six-figure score, falling in third place for a healthy $68,700 payday. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Although he didn’t take home the most money on Sunday, partypoker player ‘Zeds_dead_baby’ turned in the performance of the weekend by taking down two major tournaments on the partypoker schedule and earning over $78,000. First, in the partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter $250K GTD ‘Zeds_dead_baby’ defeated the field of 464 runners and took home $18,936.80 for the win plus another $21,696.48 in bounties. He was joined on the podium by runner-up ‘Player_1234’ who won $18,911.11 + $8,497.48 in bounties and ‘Whatisinit’ who finished in third for $12,973.18 + $1,985.16 in bounties. Then ‘Zeds_dead_baby’ did it again in the partypoker $320 Gladiator $300K GTD. He outlasted the 962 player field, earning another $20,177.67 plus $17,685.31 in bounties for his second win of the day. He defeated ‘malariver’ who finished in second for $20,147.50 + $1,442.98 in bounties. ‘luckymelon’ took home the bronze in this one for $14,920.10 + $7,032.57 in bounties. There was a small overlay in both of these events. There was certainly no overlay in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million which bounced back this weekend with 11,202 entries generating a $1,120,200 prize pool. The winner was China’s ‘139999’ who took home the better end of a heads-up deal walking away with $107,862.56 for the win. Brazil’s ‘ramonkrop’ took home the biggest score of his career, banking $88,754.96 as the official runner-up. ‘ramonkrop’ is currently ranked #76 in the world, and will likely see a big jump next week due to the result. Finland's ‘zerodeda’ booked a win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller $500K GTD, earning $43,282,51 plus $36,484.25 in bounties for a total score of over $79,000. ‘MrLeeQ’ finished as the runner-up, earning $31,725.47 + $6,886.71 for their efforts. Also appearing in the top three was former #1-ranked PocketFiver and current #3 on the All-Time Online Money List, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ who finished in third place adding $23,254.67 + $4,333.98 to his already massive $16.39 million in lifetime scores. Another one of the best value contests on the Sunday schedule, 888poker’s $215 Mega Deep with its $100,000 guaranteed, once again, had an overlay. This week there was roughly $15,000 of extra cash in the prize pool which Austrian grinder ‘alwayswin111’ took full advantage of. It did take them three bullets to get there, but eventually ‘alwayswin111’ took home the $19,350 first-place prize by defeating ‘THEPWNER’ heads-up, who settled for $14,500 as the runner-up. They were joined on the podium by ‘xFink_Ploydx’ who finished in third place for $11,000 partypoker $215 partypoker MILLION 4,515 entries, $1,000,000 prize pool 1. Malamanera - $136,115.34 2. KING OF NOIAS - $124,284.67 3. AGALMA - $68,700 4. Deus_iustus - $44,740 5. Quantum_Leap - $30,750 6. VamoLaBallar - $20,890 7. dolphinboy - $14,710 8. Vegg0betas - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 High Roller Sunday Bog Game $500K GTD 144 entries, $720,000 prize pool 1. NOLIMITHOLDEM - $165,528 2. player_99887766 - $118,800 3. NL_Profit - $86,400 4. gastrader - $61,200 5. Jizoint - $43,200 6. CocaineKiller - $34,200 7. Quantum_Leap - $27,216 8. NewYorkJimmY - $21,600 partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter $250K GTD 464 entries, $250,000 prize pool 1. Zeds_dead_baby - $18,936.80 + $21,696.48 2. Player_1234 - $18,911.11 + $8,497.48 3. Whatisinit - $12,973.18 + $1,985.16 4. daborreguer - $9,024.82 + $2,596.29 5. RoseBtn - $6,401.98 + $2,046.68 6. jojopoker236 - $4,653.42 + $1,214.05 7. veegar - $3,313.80 + $4,214.36 8. nexthandplease - $2,397.21 + $4,214.36 partypoker $320 Gladiator $300K GTD 962 entries, $300,000 prize pool [Six Max] 1. Zeds_dead_baby - $20,177.67 + $17,685.31 2. malariver - $20,147.50 + $1,442.98 3. luckymelon - $14,920.10 + $7,032.57 4. Dhr Dogsome - $10,242.44 + $4,553.61 5. LikeBTC - $6,693.88 + $8,379.57 6. arowana - $4,136.33 + $955.40 PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M GTD 11,202 entries, $1,120,200 prize pool 1. 139999 - $107,862.56* 2. ramonkrop - $88,754.96* 3. disques! - $59,999.14 4. milennial - $43,541.38 5. ok-ok willDo - $31,597.92 6. viejojuan5 - $22,930.49 7. PeroQmaloSoy - $16,640.57 8. MihneaDan - $12,076.09 9. Heterozygot - $8,763.54 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO $500K GTD 1064 entries, $532,000 prize pool 1. zerodeda - $43,282.51 + $36,484.25 2. MrLeeQ - $31,725.47 + $6,886.71 3. Lena900 - $23,254.67 + $4,333.98 4. parksy1066 - $17,045.59 + $4,900.38 5. BingoJanne - $12,494.36 + $9,552.73 6. Bashov - $9,158.32 + $3,624.22 7. Fresh_oO_D - $6,713.01 + $3,242.18 8. BRzRoll - $4,920.62 + $3,109.39 9. lildan9 - $3,606.82 + $1,109.38 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up $115K GTD 684 entries, $136,800 prize pool 1. great dant - $23,735.95 2. DeZauZeR - $17,224.87 3. MASUR0N1KE - $12,500.08 4. FellipeD - $9,071.30 5. wario203 - $6,583.04 6. nimzo jiz - $4,777.31 7. Mogelwetle - $3,486.90 8. Pessagno - $2,515.92 9. hellzito - $1,825.81 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up $150K GTD [8 Max] 168 entries, $168,000 prize pool 1. EEE27 - $33,869.94 2. silentm0de - $26,206.30 3. doulas12 - $20,276.76 4. WhaTisL0v3 - $15,688.86 5. vascaodf - $12,139.04 6. pampa27 - $9,392.40 7. girafganger7 - $7,267.24 8. pm_marke - $5,622.92 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep $100K GTD 428 entries, $100,000 prize pool 1. alwayswin111 - $19,350 2. THEPWNER - $14,500 3. xFink_Ploydx - $11,000 4. AvoViol - $8,250 5. checcmate - $5,700 6. BeenWonderin - $4,400 7. 1lib3b4ck - $3,400 8. Poelsetyv - $2,400 9. w4II4s - $1,750
  17. It’s not just online poker that is coming back to Pennsylvania, the online poker dream is returning with it. The notion that a player can fire up online tournaments and cash games on demand, take a small bankroll and run it up, and even spend a Sunday taking down a big-time score. It’s no secret that initially it won’t be as big as the pre-Black Friday era. It’s going to take some time to grow, but there's little doubt that there is a new crop of PA-based online poker players out there, ready to make a name for themselves. But before the future king of PA emerges, we took a look back to pay homage to some of the best online poker players to crush in the Keystone State. Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe You can’t talk about the best poker players from Pennsylvania without mentioning Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe. Sure, Volpe earned the nickname ‘The Main Event’ for his sustained success at the World Series of Poker where he’s a three-time bracelet winner. And, yes, Volpe has over $8.2 million in lifetime live earnings but while the Philly crusher was racking up titles in the live arena, he was also ascending the PocketFives rankings where he eventually topped the online charts solidifying himself as one of the very best. Volpe became the #1-ranked online player in March of 2011, arguably one of the toughest times to conquer the online world, just before Black Friday. He’s a PocketFives Triple Crown Award winner and he also has a Monthly PLB title on his resume. A big part of what helped Volpe claim the rankings top spot was his victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million in January of 2011 that brought him an online career-high cash of $253,895. Throughout his career Volpe also took down WCOOP, SCOOP and MiniFTOPS titles as well. While it will take some time for the Pennsylvania market to mature and joining a larger player pool will be necessary for growth, PA players looking to model their career after one of the greats in the state could not choose player better than Volpe. Zachary ‘HustlerGrune’ Grunberg Another former member of the PocketFives top 10 to come out of PA is Zachary ‘HustlerGrune’ Grunberg who, in 2011, reached as high as #4 in the world. Gruneberg has over $2.8 million in career online earnings and another $1.8 million in live earnings. At the height of online poker, Gruneberg routinely found himself atop the payouts of some of the most prestigious online tournaments including taking down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 2009 for an online career-high cash of $118,692. Gruneberg also took down the PokerStars $109 Rebuy, one of the most lucrative tournaments the 2010 era, for $86,085. In total, ‘HustlerGrune’ picked dup over 60 five-figure scores before the end of 2015. Nowadays, he can regularly be seen playing live, including picking up eight cashes at the 2019 World Series of Poker. Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm One of Pennsylvania’s original online superstars is Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm. A well-known online poker backer and coach, Herm used his knowledge to reach #5 in the world back in 2010, racking up impressive total online earnings of over $5.1 million. A three-time Triple Crown Award winner, Herm took down one of the most prestigious of online tournaments when on 10/10/2010 he bested the 7,661 runner field of the PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high online cash of $229,834. That Sunday Million victory was the second six-figure score of his online career having taken down the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee for over $147,000. Herm also has some impressive podium finishes that in his day as well, just missing out on FTOPS and SCOOP titles while finishing second in the popular Full Tilt Sunday Brawl twice and finished third another time, all for healthy five-figure scores. In addition to his prolific online resume, Herm also boasts over $1.7M in live earnings. Chris ‘SLOPPYKLOD’ Klodnicki Chris ‘SLOPPYKLOD’ Klodnicki may reside on the West Coast now, but when he was coming up through the ranks of online poker his PocketFives profile had him racking up wins in Pennsylvania. Before Klodnicki took second place in the 2013 WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller for nearly $3 million, he was grinding online in PA, putting together a resume that included $2.58 million in online earnings with 59 total five-figure scores. His online career-high score came in 2010 when he won $97,070 in the $530 Sunday 500 on PokerStars. Klodnicki’s online success mirrored his live poker achievements as he has over $9.7 million in lifetime live earnings, a World Series of Poker bracelet and circuit ring, a 2nd place finish in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship, a victory in the ill-fated Epic Poker League for over $800,000, and 16 total live cashes of six-figures or better. At the height of his online powers, Klodnicki reached #30 on the worldwide PocketFives rankings. Jesse ‘JMaster130’ Cohen With over $3.3 million in career online earnings, Jesse ‘JMaster130’ Cohen is another one of Pennsylvania's elite with an impressive resume that spans over a decade. ‘JMaster’ was a runner-up in both Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS series as well as PokerStars WCOOP, racking up over 40 five-figure scores including a career-best takedown of $85,206 by finishing in second place during the 2010 FTOPS. While it’s been over a year since Cohen has recorded an online cash, at his height, he scaled as high as #66 in the PocketFives Rankings. Although Cohen may have slowed down in the online arena he continues performing in live tournaments with over $1.7 million in career live earnings. In fact, Cohen just recorded a new career-best live score of over $203,000 on June 29 finishing as the runner-up in the DeepStack Championship Poker Series.
  18. Sundays are for grinding. With PokerStars PA now going around the clock, the best online poker players in Pennsylvania now have their own set of Sunday Majors to look forward to each week. While those who still long for the pre-Black Friday MTT schedule might be disappointed, the players in Pennsylvania who have been waiting to get back on PokerStars since that fateful day 8.5 years ago will be excited to head into battle. There's a full tournament schedule to play with buy-ins ranging from $2 to $250 but there are five tournaments worth highlighting. Things get underway at 4 pm with the $30 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up with a $7,500 guarantee. Levels are eight minutes long and players can re-enter up to twice in the first two hours of play. An hour later, the Sunday Storm is a Six-Max event and has just a $10 buy-in and a $5,000 guarantee. Players can fire up to six total bullets into this tournament during the 95-minute late registration period. The highlight of the schedule is the $100 buy-in Sunday Special at 6 PM. The guarantee for the first week is $40,000 and players who bust in the first three hours of play can re-enter up to a maximum of three times. Players looking for a bigger buy-in can fire away at the $250 Sunday High Roller event at 7 pm. The tournament has a $10,000 guarantee and players can re-enter as many as five times during the 2.5-hour re-entry period. Lastly, the Sunday Supersonic has a hyper structure, a $50 buy-in, and a $5,000 guarantee. The tournament begins at 10 PM and late registration is only open for 45 minutes during which players can re-enter up to five times. PokerStars PA Sunday Majors Schedule Time Game Buy-in Name Guarantee 4:00 PM NLHE $30.00 Sunday Warm-Up $7,500.00 5:00 PM NLHE $10.00 Sunday Storm $5,000.00 6:00 PM NLHE $100.00 Sunday Special $40,000.00 7:00 PM NLHE $250.00 Sunday High Roller $10,000.00 10:00 PM NLHE $50.00 Sunday Supersonic (Hyper) $5,000.00 The schedule isn't an exact copy of what PokerStars NJ offers just across the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Outside of the $10 buy-in Sunday Storm, the New Jersey schedule features bigger buy-ins but smaller guarantees. Time Game Buy-in Name Guarantee 4:00 PM NLHE $50.00 Sunday Warm-Up $4,000.00 5:00 PM NLHE $10.00 Sunday Storm $3,500.00 6:00 PM NLHE $200.00 Sunday Special $2,500.00 7:00 PM NLHE $500.00 Sunday High Roller $8,000.00 10:00 PM NLHE $75.00 Sunday Supersonic (Hyper) $4,000.00
  19. The PokerStars PA soft launch is over and the site’s first full day of play is here. Following what was an exciting, but limited, Monday and Tuesday this week, Pennsylvania poker players are now welcome to fully enjoy all that the site has to offer. There is a wide variety of game types and stakes available, so let’s take a look at what PokerStars PA has to offer. Checking out the PokerStars PA lobby, players can find games sectioned off across three tabs. Those tabs are 'Cash,' 'Sit & Go,' and 'Tourney,' with each offering different options for players. Plenty of Cash Games On Offer Checking out the Cash section first, we can find stakes ranging from as low as $0.01/$0.02 all the way up to $100/200. The PokerStars PA No Limit Hold’em offering is predominantly made up of six-handed tables, although there are a few nine-handed tables available. These No Limit Hold’em games range in stakes from $0.01/$0.02 up to $25/$50. If you’re looking for Limit Hold’em, PokerStars PA has that available as well, albeit in a smaller serving. Limit Hold’em games available in the client started at stakes of $0.10/$0.20 and went up to $50/$100. Other cash games available are a few different Omaha variants, the main Stud variants, and some Triple Draw. For Omaha, we found PokerStars PA offering Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low, Limit Omaha Hi-Low, and Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha. For Stud, there is regular Seven Card Stud, Razz, and Stud Hi-Low. There is also a handful of 8-Game tables available to play, with stakes as low as $0.50/$1.00 up to $100/$200. As one could expect, the most populated cash game tables to start the first fully live day of PokerStars PA were the No Limit Hold’em tables. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] SNGs Are All Turbo and Hyper Formats Checking out the Sit & Go section, it’s dominated by Turbo and Hyper SNGs and we don’t find anything other than heads-up or six-handed formats available. The lowest SNG buy-in available was for $1. On the higher end, bigger players could challenge others at the $500 buy-in level. Both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha SNGs are available in the lobby. Tourney Schedule Beefs Up After a successful two days of the soft launch, which included quality attendance in PokerStars PA’s multi-table tournaments, Wednesday brought a fuller offering of MTTs, with buy-ins ranging from $2 to $100 and plenty of guaranteed prize pools. The first tournament of the day was scheduled as a nine-handed, $3 buy-in ‘Time Tourney: 45 Minutes.’ Things quickly ramped up at 12:30 p.m. ET with ‘The Lunchtime Hot $20, $750 Gtd’ tournament, though. The real juicy prize pools were slated for later in the day, specifically at 7 p.m. ET. That’s when ‘The Big $20, $1,500 Gtd’ and ‘Nightly Stars, $7,500 Gtd’ tournaments were scheduled for. The Big $20 has a $20 buy-in and $1,500 guarantee on the prize pool, and then the Nightly Stars comes with a $100 buy-in and $7,500 prize pool. There is also a $50 buy-in ‘Wednesday 6-Max, $5,000 Gtd’ scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below is a screenshot of the MTT lobby about 20 minutes before the first tournament kicked off at 12 p.m. ET. [caption id="attachment_627448" align="alignnone" width="657"] PokerStars PA multi-table tournament offering on first fully live day of action[/caption] The biggest prize pool guaranteed during the two soft launch days was $5,000, so the Nightly Stars will serve as another test of the market. The tournament that had the $5,000 guaranteed prize pool was Tuesday’s ‘Bounty Builder $50, $5,000 Gtd’ and it crushed with a prize pool of $12,103. What's Missing? One noticeable game that's missing from the PokerStars PA lobby is the popular Spin & Go format. Spin & Gos are PokerStars' three-handed Hyper SNG tournaments that feature a randomly drawn prize pool. A second missing game type is PokerStars' Zoom Poker, which groups players at the same game and stakes into a pool and constantly shuffles them around. Once you fold your hand, you're immediately moved to a new table and dealt a new hand, which allows faster gameplay. Spin & Gos and Zoom Poker may be available to PokerStars PA players in the future, but both formats were not available when the site went fully live on Wednesday. There is no 'Events' tab in the lobby, which could be made available in the future should PokerStars PA come out with a Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP). Lastly, Pennsylvania players will have to wait for the Sunday MTT schedule. It's not out yet but will be available soon. Once it's live, we'll let you know what's on offer for online poker's biggest day of the week.
  20. With the two-day soft launch period now in the books, PokerStars PA is officially now the only Pennsylvania online poker room. PocketFives will be live blogging throughout the day with all the news and happenings from the first day of official play. Update 7:00 PM: The first edition of the PokerStars PA Nightly Stars with its $10K guarantee kicks off as the real-money player total soars to over 1K. This wraps up our three-day coverage of the return of online poker to the Keystone State. Thank you for following along with us! Update 6:03 PM: The after-work crowd is here as the total number of players online rocketed to over 800 at 6 pm ET. Update 5:57 PM: We've been keeping an eye on the Sit & Go tab to see if any high stakes SNGs were able to get off the ground. There was a $100 HU Hyper that took place with 'Fuzzy2525' taking it down and we also caught a six-handed $50 Turbo in action. Update 5:02 PM: The player pool has remained robust throughout the day with over 750 players online at the top of the hour. In other news, the $2/$4 8 Game Mix has been up and running for a little while now. Update 4:27 PM: Another guarantee smashed. The $800 GTD Big 15 had 148 entries (106 players, 42 re-entries) and a prize pool of $2,020.20. Update 3:38 PM: Add an event to your calendar: Scrolling down the MTT schedule PokerStars has included a 'We Are In Pennsylvania Freeroll' with $20,000 added on November 17. No hoops to jump through, no bonuses to clear- simply create an account, log on and register at 1:00 pm ET on November 17 to fight for a piece. Update 2:45 PM: One of the larger Pot Limit Omaha games in the early going is currently active as four players are battling on a $5/$10 PLO table. Update 2:40 PM: PokerStars has loaded up the Tourney tab with tournaments extending through the weekend. Check out what a Sunday grind in Pennsylvania looks like with our First Look at PokerStars PA Sunday MTT Schedule. Update 2:36 PM: Hot Lunch! The first guaranteed tournament of the day, The Lunchtime Hot $20, is close to a final table. It's just another early launch guarantee taken down as the players exceeded the $750 GTD mark with 101 total entries for a $1,838.20 prize pool. Update 1:31 PM: With over 550 players on the site, the six-handed $2/$5 NLHE cash game has been running steady for the past half hour. Update 12:37 PM: PokerStars has released a statement regarding their official launch in the Keystone State. "PokerStars PA is now officially live after receiving full approval from the regulator. We look forward to welcoming players in Pennsylvania around the clock and we’re very excited by the level of engagement and support so far," Rebecca McAdam, PokerStars spokesperson. Update 12:35 PM: Want a closer look at all of the games PokerStars PA has to offer? Read: PokerStars PA Fully Live with Wide Variety of Stakes and Formats Update 12:29 PM: We're keeping an eye on the SNG lobby to see if any of the higher buy-in Turbos take place. Right now, for those looking to play a little higher, the $20 Six Max Turbos are running regularly without players having to wait too long. Update 12:05 PM: Just a few minutes after noon on the East Coast and there are over 400 players on the PokerStars PA client. Three of which are splashing around on the first play money table. Update 11:36 PM: While a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the first Sunday MTT schedule, the first day of tournaments includes 28 MTTs running before Midnight. The biggest tournament is the $100 buy-in Nightly Stars event which has a $7,500 guarantee - the PokerStars NJ version of the same event has a $7,000 guarantee tonight. Time Game Buy-in Name Guarantee Speed 12:00 PM NLHE $3.00 Time Tourney: 45 Minutes Turbo 12:30 PM NLHE $20.00 The Lunchtime Hot $20 $750.00 Turbo 1:00 PM NLHE $5.00 Time Tourney: 45 Minutes Turbo 1:30 PM NLHE $15.00 The Big $15 $800.00 2:00 PM NLHE $2.00 $100 Gtd $100.00 2:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $150 Gtd $150.00 3:00 PM NLHE $10.00 Bounty Builder $10 $300.00 3:30 PM NLHE $2.00 $100 Gtd $100.00 4:00 PM NLHE $5.00 The Big $5 $500.00 5:00 PM NLHE $15.00 $250 Gtd $250.00 6:00 PM NLHE $10.00 The Big $10 $1,000.00 6:30 PM NLHE $3.00 $3 NLHE 7:00 PM NLHE $20.00 The Big $20 $1,500.00 7:00 PM NLHE $100.00 Nightly Stars $7,500.00 7:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $500 Gtd $500.00 7:30 PM PLO $20.00 Nightly PLO $400.00 8:00 PM NLHE $50.00 Wednesday 6-Max $5,000.00 8:15 PM NLHE $10.00 The Hot $10 $1,000.00 Turbo 8:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $200 Gtd $200.00 9:00 PM NLHE $20.00 Bounty Builder $20 $1,000.00 9:15 PM NLHE $5.00 The Hot $5 $500.00 Turbo 9:30 PM NLHE $10.00 Deep Hyper-Turbo $500.00 Hyper 10:00 PM NLHE $3.00 $250 Gtd $250.00 10:15 PM NLHE $50.00 The Hot $50 $2,000.00 Turbo 10:30 PM NLHE $15.00 Bounty Builder $15 $850.00 11:15 PM NLHE $30.00 The Hot $30 $1,500.00 Turbo 11:30 PM NLHE $3.00 Deep Hyper-Turbo $100.00 Hyper 12:00 AM NLHE $20.00 Moonlight Express $1,000.00 Hyper Update 11:00 AM: PokerStars PA is now live!
  21. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is still some nine months away, but WSOP.com is already working to get players qualified for the event. Over the past several weeks, players in New Jersey and Nevada have been able to play in $215 satellites which have guaranteed at least one seat for the 2020 WSOP Main Event. The early start to qualifying players via their own online platform is in response to player demand and could be a sign of bigger things to come through the rest of the winter and spring. "We started with Main Event satellites in October because we had enough player feedback to suggest they would appreciate and participate in this offering. We plan to continue to ramp up closer to the WSOP as well," said Danielle Barille, WSOP.com’s Senior Manager of Product and Operations. "Satellites are a great way for players to have a chance to play in events they may otherwise not have. If the players respond favorably, we will certainly look to continue to add them more throughout the year." [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 2020 Main Event Field Could Be Record Breaker The 2019 WSOP Main Event was the second largest of all-time, falling just 204 players short of the record-setting 2006 Main Event which drew 8,773 runners. Increasing the number of players qualifying online from WSOP.com could help close the gap and make 2020 the biggest Main Event ever and may even push the total field size within striking distance of 10,000 players. Getting American players into the WSOP Main Event hasn't been easy for WSOP.com. In November 2018, WSOP began offering the rake-free $80 ALL-IN satellites but had trouble getting the 129 players needed for them to run. In the weeks before the 2019 WSOP Main Event, those tournaments did run and were popular with players already in Las Vegas. Those satellites will be back in the client soon and Barille is hopeful they will be successful this year. Once the calendar turns to 2020, WSOP.com players will find even more opportunities to win their way into the Main Event. Barille admits that could include more mega-satellites patterned after the one they run every summer that sends 25 players to the Main Event. "One of our big goals is to always increase satellites to the Main Event, and focus heavily on giving players access to satellites at low buy-ins, especially focused on the 25 Seat Scramble," Barille said. "With the success year after year of the Scramble, we may also start focusing on more mega satellites throughout the year and summer." Players who manage to win a satellite get a $10,000 seat to the 2020 Main Event but unlike how some online operators have run qualifiers for their live events, there is no money included for airfare or hotel. "We have tried these in the past, and there was not as much appetite for these, so we have continued to stick with straight $10K ME satellites," Barille said. "We have done some smaller packages in the past where players can win seats to multiple events in one satellite, called Kick-off packages. They include entry into the events for opening weekend. We plan to continue to offer these types of satellites in the future." Could Pennsylvania Players Get In on the Action? Online poker players in Pennsylvania are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for their chance to play on regulated online poker sites. Barille remained tight-lipped about WSOP.com's plans for the Keystone State but did admit that adding Pennsylvania to their inter-state network would lead to increased traffic and send even more players to poker's most prestigious event. "Adding the PA market to the NV-NJ compact would allow for bigger prize pools as well as more opportunity to add more satellites to the growing liquidity. It would be great for poker players," Barille said.
  22. 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.
  23. The long wait for PA online poker appears to be coming to an end. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board confirmed Wednesday that PokerStars PA is scheduled to begin real money testing on Monday, November 4. This marks the first online poker room to launch in Pennsylvania since regulated online gaming began on July 15. There are currently three online casinos and five online sportsbooks currently operating in the state. Multiple times various reports have indicated that PokerStars PA was on the verge of launching but neither they or the PGCB would confirm anything. "We are very excited to be bringing our most popular brands to Pennsylvania in the next week, subject to regulatory approval. Stay tuned for more details!" a PokerStars representative said via email. PokerStars is partnered with the Mount Airy Casino in Pocono, PA, and their online sportsbook, FOX Bet, has been available since early September. Despite the confirmation of the date, the PGCB has made it clear that even a minor setback between now and Monday could cause yet another delay in the launch. What Does 'Soft Launch' Mean? The PokerStars PA Soft Launch will last two days, November 4 and 5. Players will be able to set up their accounts play on the site from 2 PM until Midnight each day. The PGCB will use this period to monitor various aspects of the system including the geo-location software used to ensure only players inside Pennsylvania borders will be able to access the client and play. If PokerStars PA makes it through the two-day soft launch period without any issues or concerns from PGCB, they should be given the approval to move into full operation mode the following day.
  24. It’s true that the promise of online poker in Pennsylvania has, once again, been slightly delayed. July 15 came and went without the opening of a new online card room, disappointing many of those players were are eager to get back into the online game. There is some forward momentum and some rumblings that one of the major online poker operators will open their virtual doors in the not-too-distant future, giving online grinders their first taste of the new frontier of legal, regulated online poker in the Keystone State. Since it’s been a little while since some of you have had the opportunity to earn an online poker deposit bonus we wanted to take the opportunity to give you some insight on taking that first step when online poker goes live. Ways To Deposit Regulation of online poker has its benefits, one of which is the ease in how players can move their bankroll around. Here are the most popular ways players will be able to get started. Visa/Mastercard For some, putting their first deposit on an online site will be as easy as reaching in their wallet and using their own major credit card. Visa and MasterCard are, for the most part, the most accessible forms of payment in regulated states including Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. A couple of items of note when using a Visa/MasterCard to make a deposit: when you use this method to deposit, however, it usually is not the same method used when you withdraw. This means that online sites don’t put money back on a card as payment. Also, there are some banks that will have a limit or even restrict credit cards from being used in an online gaming situation. Those instances will be bank-specific, so if that happens to be your bank there are plenty of other ways to get funds online. Pre-paid Credit Cards If your bank is one that restricts payments to online poker sites, a pre-paid credit card is another valuable option. These cards can be bought in many mainstream convenience stores and are used just like a credit card with funds being deposited online instantaneously. Cash At Cage Every online operator is paired with a land-based casino. For example, PokerStars PA is a partner of the Mount Airy Casino Resort Spa. Traditionally, those casinos allow players to pay in cash, on-site, for deposit into their online account. So, if a player is looking to put money on WSOP.com, they will be able to do so while they are playing at Harrah’s Philadelphia by simply taking their cash to the cage, then heading home to play online. Online Banking/Instant eChecks Instant eChecks are just like regular checks, but online, with funds being transferred from a checking account electronically (ETF electronic funds transfer). Just like a paper check, those funds aren’t taken out of a checking account immediately, it will usually be overnight and sometimes up to seven days for the deposit to clear. In many cases, the online poker site will credit your account right away, allowing you access to those funds to play. But a player cannot withdraw those funds back until the check officially clears. If the balance in your account is greater than the amount of the eCheck, a player can withdraw the difference. However, only once the eCheck clears are the eCheck funds free to be taken back. eChecks are one of the methods of deposit that is also available to use for withdrawal. PayNearMe The PayNearMe option is available at 7-Eleven stores in Pennsylvania and allows players to use cash to deposit online, similar to paying cash at the cage. Players obtain a barcoded PaySlip from their online casino and can then go to any local 7-Eleven with the PayNearMe service and present both the PaySlip and the cash for an instant transfer of funds to an online account. Other Possible Deposit Methods All of the above deposit methods are currently in use for online gaming in Pennsylvania. However, as online poker expands, popular deposit methods may make their way into the community as additional ways to get money onto poker sites. Skrill Skrill is a popular electronic wallet that allows players to hold funds online and transfer back and forth from an online poker site and their own bank. Skrill accounts are funded from a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers and debit cards, and then used as an intermediary to make payments for purchases or, in this instance, deposit funds on an online site without having to provide credit card information. VanillaDirect VanillaDirect is similar to PayNearMe where you obtain a barcoded slip from the online poker cashier and then present the slip and the amount you wish deposited to a VanillaDirect retailer like Dollar General. PayPal One of the most popular electronic money transfer services on the planet is PayPal. It has had an on-and-off relationship with online poker, including being a former deposit method for a number of online poker sites. Currently, PayPal is widely available for both deposit and withdraw in the regulated states of New Jersey and Nevada and so players in Pennsylvania can be optimistic that PayPal will be up and running when online poker goes live. As you can see, regulation really opens the doors on methods for depositing to your favorite online poker site. There will still be some popular options that are unlikely to make their way into the PA online poker landscape. Direct Crypto Players who have been dealing with the effects of Black Friday by playing in off-shore, unregulated sites are likely to have has some interaction with cryptocurrency and Bitcoin as a method of getting funds on and off those sites. In Pennsylvania, not only will that not be necessary but it’s nearly the opposite of what officials are looking for when they are talking about regulation.
  25. Legal online poker in Pennsylvania finally goes live on July 15. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O’Toole made the announcement at a PGCB meeting Wednesday, and players in the Keystone State can look forward to enjoying regulated online gambling and poker this summer. Seven Pennsylvania casinos have been approved to offer online poker, which became the fourth U.S. state to legalize online gambling in October 2017. Online poker giants like PokerStars, partypoker, and 888Poker have partnered with some of these casinos and will finally debut their PA-based poker clients. The Pennsylvania casinos slated to offer online poker, along with their technology partners, are as follows: Mount Airy Casino Resort (PokerStars) HARRAH’S PHILADELPHIA (WSOP/888poker) VALLEY FORGE CASINO (partypoker) Parx Casino (Gan/Kambi) Hollywood Casino (IGT) Sugarhouse Casino (Rush Street Interactive/Kambi) Sands Bethlehem (TBD) An eighth potential operator, Marina District Development Company/Borgata, has filed a petition to offer online gambling in the state as well. DOJ Opinion Delays Launch Originally expected in early 2019, the launch of legal online gambling in Pennsylvania has been delayed, partly due to the US Department of Justice issuing a reversal of opinion on the Wire Act in January. The unexpected reversal mandated that all infrastructure related to Pennsylvania’s online gambling launch must be entirely contained within state borders, and put an end (for now) to hopes of merged player pools across state lines to other states offering legal online poker. “The recent federal Department of Justice opinion regarding the Wire Act has caused all to take a step back and make sure any online gambling (including other casino-type games and sports wagering) will adhere to that federal law,” PGCB Communications Director Doug Harbach told PocketFives in February. “We have requested from the operators individual plans on how it would adhere to the tenets of this opinion." The original 1961 Wire Act stated that any kind of transfer of money across state lines for a gambling-related transaction was illegal, but in 2011 the DOJ issued an opinion that this language only applied to sports betting. With this clarification of the Wire Act in place, WSOP/888 went forward with a merger of its U.S. player pools in May 2018, giving the US its first multi-state online poker network. WSOP/888 was expected to add the Pennsylvania player pool to its already existing U.S. network and create a merged player base, allowing Pennsylvania players to compete against players from other states (Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware) in the network. Partypoker and PokerStars, both of which operate legal online poker in New Jersey, were expected to do the same. On January 14, 2019, however, the DOJ issued a reversal of the 2011 opinion, stating that the language in the Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling, and would therefore make any kind of interstate poker network, including the already existing WSOP/888 network, illegal. The ruling forced Pennsylvania’s prospective poker operators to rethink their strategies, with the aim of adhering to the new DOJ opinion. Waiting for the Launch of Legal Online Poker Since the October 2017 legalization of online gambling, the state’s 13 land-based casinos have engaged with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in the process of applying for permits to offer “interactive gaming”, an umbrella term which includes online poker, slots, and table games. The casinos that wanted to start offering online gambling were required to apply for separate permits in each of the three interactive gaming categories. All seven of the casinos approved to operate online poker also applied for permits to operate slots and table games as well. Sports betting, which was also legalized in Pennsylvania in October 2017 when Governor Tom Wolf signed off on legislation to expand casino gambling in the state, hasn’t experienced the delays seen with online gambling. Land-based sports betting was up and running at several Pennsylvania casinos as of December 2018. O’Toole originally announced the reasons for the delay of the state’s online gambling launch at a House Appropriations hearing in February. The PGCB issued a letter to the state’s prospective online gambling operators shortly after the DOJ Wire Act ruling, advising to adhere to the new opinion. “What we wanted to accomplish in that letter was to make sure that the casinos thoroughly read that reinterpretation and looked very closely at their plan for implementing interactive gaming in Pennsylvania,” O’Toole said at the hearing. “There had been an expectation that those iGaming operators who were partnering with our casinos in Pennsylvania, if they already had infrastructure in another jurisdiction, that they could leverage that to reduce the cost of implementing iGaming. But with that reinterpretation, it became quite obvious that everything had to be on an interstate basis.” The DOJ ruling certainly contributed to the delay, but it appears that PA’s online poker operators have met the challenge, and players in the Keystone State will soon have access to legal, regulated online poker.
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