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  1. An explosion at a Gibraltarpower station on Sunday (pictured, image courtesy Telegraph) put a damper the Easter festivities of many people in the territory, as electricity to the area was knocked out for several hours. The blast's effects were not just felt locally, though, as the lack of power started a ripple effect, blacking out telecommunications services used by online gambling operators that have set up shop on the peninsula. The incident began at around 1:00pm local time when a generator caught fire at the Waterport Power Station because of a mechanical failure. The generator then exploded, starting a larger fire that created huge clouds of smoke that could be seen for miles. As a result, power was cut to most residents of Gibraltar. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Among those affected were several online gambling firms, including William Hill, PartyPoker, Betfred, and Ladbrokes, all of which have offices in the vicinity. William Hill's office is located next to the power station; about 50 employees were evacuated. The company's services were down for two-and-a-half hours, aggravating customers who wanted to place bets. "It is just one of those freak events nobody could have predicted," William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe told AFP.com. "There will be those who will claim they would have backed a winner, but there will be others who have been saved from backing a loser." Betfrednotified customers of the outage at 1:42pm local time via Twitter, suggesting that players visit TotePool.com, a Betfred-related sports betting site based in the UK and unaffected by the explosion. Though power had been restored to many locations within a few hours and to virtually everybody by 9:30pm, Betfred did not have all of its functionality restored by 7:45am the next day, though the mobile site was up and running. PartyPokerwas also slow to get back online. Its Gibraltar offices located only about half-a-kilometer from the power station, PartyPoker took upwards of 13 hours to get back up and running. In the meantime, it had to cancel many tournaments on the biggest day of the week, including the Sunday $200,000 Guaranteed, which you may have noticed was absent from our weekly Tournament Review. Looking at PartyPoker's traffic figures on PokerScout, it appears that the extended outage really did a number on the site. In the four days leading up to Sunday, PokerScout showed peak cash game traffic in about the 3,400 to 3,700-player range. On Sunday, the day of the fire, that peak plunged to 1,763 and only rose by another 100 the next day. By comparison, PartyPoker's cash game traffic reached 3,525 players the previous Sunday. The iPoker Network, home to Ladbrokes, William Hill, and BetFred, among others, also took a hit, but because many sites that were not affected buffered the network, things were not nearly as bad as they could have been. iPoker's peak traffic reached 2,711 cash game players on Sunday, falling from a range of about 3,000 to 3,500 during the previous four days. A week earlier, peak traffic was 2,947 cash game players. When the various poker sites initially went down, players took to the internet forums, predictably in a panic. Comments such as "Is this the end?" and "Finally had it with iPoker, uninstalling every client" were not abnormal. Once the reason for the downtime was publicized, many players understood, even if they were a bit frustrated. In the couple of days since the incident, it does not appear that anyone has had any problems with lost funds or any other issues of note. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. The end-of-season World Poker Tour Championship is on the move. This year, the tournament will move across the United States from its old digs at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City. The action begins on April 21 and features the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP, running alongside it, giving players the chance to battle offline and online. Sign up for PartyPoker New Jerseyand sign up for Borgata Poker today. WPT President Adam Pliska commented in a press release that a change of scenery for the WPT Championship should provide a fresh start: "After 11 years in Las Vegas, we saw an interesting opportunity to shake things up and update our iconic Championship. With the move to New Jersey, the lower buy-in, and the support of PartyPoker, which is qualifying players online, we're giving players who may never have been able to join us for this prestigious event a chance to enjoy the ultimate WPT experience." New Jersey players will have a unique opportunity, as PartyPoker and Borgata Poker are qualifying players for the WPT Championship. There are three ways to score a WPT Championship seat, including a 64-player Heads-Up Shootout on April 13 at 4:00pm Eastern Time, three freezeouts the same day that range in buy-in from $100 to $2,000, and a Last Chance Qualifier on April 17. The Borgata has been the site of five of the six largest WPT events ever, including Season X's Borgata Poker Open, which drew 1,313 entrants, and January's Borgata Winter Poker Open, which attracted 1,229 entrants. First place in the WPT Championship is guaranteed $1.35 million. This year, the tournament boasts a more affordable $15,400 buy-in. One PartyPoker official told PocketFives that the WPT Championship represents "one of the best TV poker events in the world and the crown jewel of the WPT." The same source added, "Making the WPT Championship a success in New Jersey would be great for all of us: for PartyPoker, for Borgata, and for the New Jersey poker landscape." Last year, David "Chino" Rheem won the WPT Championshipand earned $1.1 million, defeating Erick Lindgren heads-up in a final table that also included PocketFiver David Davidp18 Peters, who finished sixth. The 2013 WPT Championship, which had a $25,500 buy-in, drew 146 entrants. The NJCOP runs from April 19 to 27, concurrently with the WPT Championship, and has a $500 High Roller on April 27 that guarantees $20,000 to first place. The NJCOP will shell out at least $600,000 total across 15 events. Sign up for PartyPoker New Jerseyand sign up for Borgata Poker today. You don't have to be a New Jersey resident to play on either site; instead, you just need to be physically located in the Garden State. Best of luck to all PocketFivers entering the WPT Championship and NJCOP! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. This week in New Jersey, Borgata/PartyPokerran its nightly $10K Guarantee, with first place paying out as much as $2,200. PocketFiver Mike Gags30Gagliano bested a field of 120 runners to take down the Boragata/PartyPoker $10K on Monday. He took home $2,184 for his efforts. Also making the final table that day was Scott Pendergrast (mindwise on PocketFives), who finished in third place, pocketing $1,201. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to March 4 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name in your PocketFives profile by clicking here to be tracked. 888 Pokerran its nightly $1,500 Guarantee this week, and Freddyfreakmade back-to-back final tables. He won the $1,500 Guarantee on 888 on Wednesday and then followed that up with a seventh place finish on Thursday for a total of $727. WSOP.comfeatured its $5K and $10K Guarantees this week each night. Dan Lupo (centrfieldr on PocketFives) finished third in the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Tuesday, taking home $559. The highlight of the week on WSOP was the $10K Guarantee on Thursday. Four PocketFivers made the final table, with Gary Bogdanski (GB2005on PocketFives, pictured above) coming out on top for $3,186. Dan Cooley (rtheusaon PocketFives), who was recently interviewed on our site, finished in third place the same night for $1,005. Ultimate Pokerran its nightly $5K Guarantee, which literally has been a freeroll this week. This is due to the site's No-Verlay promotion, which awards players their buy-ins back for tournaments meeting their guarantees. Making back-to-back final tables this week was 2marcelos (2marcelos on PocketFives), finishing fifth on Tuesday and eighth on Wednesday in the Ultimate Poker $5K Guarantee for a total of $684. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 120 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,184. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ned_plimpton - $2,184 (Gags30) 2. clemslad - $1,610 3. mindwise - $1,201 (mindwise) 4. happy1 - $982 5. POLTER50 - $819 6. Studsg - $682 7. TheHorror - $573 8. Leo618 - $464 9. Papo353 - $354 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 105 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,588. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Beahmer - $1,588* 2. SMDisReal - $1,539* 3. TaintedLady - $1,447* 4. Mikey_TheKidd - $900 5. Godzilla - $750 6. centrfieldr23 - $625 (centrfieldr) 7. greenmateo24 - $525 8. Binkedit8899 - $425 9. Eyerakemup - $325 *Final table chop ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, March 5th had 114 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,074. The top 9 finishers were: 1. adjust21466 - $2,074 2. feeluckyday - $1,530 3. Pot4Jack0ff - $1,141 4. cfran26 - $933 5. munsoned - $778 6. Thrall - $648 7. Flawlessbinkage - $544 8. jazzyjay1 - $440 9. perryl - $337 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 123 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,238. The top 9 finishers were: 1. SleepyGuy - $2,238 2. flushoff11 - $1,650 3. Godzilla - $1,231 4. voodooman75 - $1,007 5. VI545454 - $839 6. sonofa_nh - $699 (sonofa_nh) 7. THAKID04 - $587 8. allace10 - $475 9. boxxcarr - $363 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Monday, March 3rd had 68 runners with a total prize pool of $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Degenerate - $631 2. ShankU4DaPot - $369 3. Crackhead - $261 4. Titan91 - $217 5. KMD1973 - $174 6. ArdijanLFC - $150 7. SMDisReal - $128 8. JayDaddy888 - $106 9. Panamajack1 - $76 10. PlantLeaf - $60 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Tuesday, March 4th had 62 runners with a total prize pool of $2,048. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $575. The top 10 finishers were: 1. TONY0807 - $575 2. LeahLovin_ - $337 3. Betrainn - $238 4. Gregory1985 - $198 5. fantastat - $158 6. yourkidingme - $136 7. Millertime62 - $117 8. Jacksdad - $97 9. Black9 – $69 10. Moony - $55 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Wednesday, March 5th, had 66 runners with a total prize pool of $2,112. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $612. The top 10 finishers were: 1. freddyfreak - $612 2. Crushing - $359 3. Lilpapi22 - $253 4. phatchoy - $211 (phatchoy888) 5. Frankm68 - $168 6. njkingpin - $145 (njkingpin) 7. SLHalper13 - $124 (s.l.halper) 8. Caliper - $103 9. Lifetaker - $73 10. RichL86 - $59 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Thursday, March 6th, had 61 runners. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $566. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ShAbbA - $566 2. mogo123 - $331 3. TONY0807 - $234 4. onoreally - $195 5. jimmyice99 - $156 (jimmyice99) 6. LifeTaker - $134 7. freddyfreak - $115 8. jaxjunk1968 - $95 9. cylon – $68 10. sandip89 - $54 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Monday, March 3rd had 244 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 240 re-buys for $10 and 137 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,210. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,645. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Stripey - $1,645 2. Mad_Chipz.17 - $962 3. Atsky - $608 4. leshabs714 - $484 5. whitechapel - $422 6. kondrella - $285 7. alwhite36 - $223 8. Poker_player - $173 9. cclark314 - $136 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 189 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 206 re-buys for $25, 117 add-ons for $25, totaling $12,800. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,456. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FinessingYou - $3,456 2. Smacster - $2,016 3. 9handicap - $1,140 4. AtHomeDad - $1,152 5. rbam13 - $896 6. TaintedLady - $768 7. bucknaked64 - $640 8. tlv720 - $486 9. JingboSlice - $307 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Tuesday, March 4th had 226 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 218 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,710. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,513. The top 9 finishers were: 1. StumbDoner - $1,513 2. pshobbes479 - $885 3. centrfieldr - $559 (centrfieldr) 4. snake1125 - $445 5. LBI63 - $388 6. Chady1 - $262 7. BlackKnight8 - $205 8. greatgrandma - $159 9. GetChipsy - $125 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 169 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 196 re-buys for $25, 108 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,825. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,192. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Grandpa10 - $3,192 2. midnight84 - $1,862 3. fredbet11 - $1,064 4. OoopsMyBad - $827 5. sy_fy - $709 6. BrennanHuff - $591 7. Twenty - $449 8. douhveasiste - $283 9. Brodie - $201 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Thursday, March 6th had 221 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 217 re-buys for $10 and 123 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,610. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,486. The top 9 finishers were: 1. maraa - $1,770 2. jverr17 - $869 3. NoYouDidnt - $549 4. Acejoker - $437 5. bearsrule - $381 6. EVIL_GRIN - $258 7. JemBender - $201 (JemBender) 8. Quadfours - $157 9. Mr300 - $123 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 144 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 198 re-buys for $25, 100 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,800. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,038. The top 9 finishers were: 1. GB2005 - $3,186 (GB2005) 2. unclejimmy - $1,768 3. rtheusa - $1,005 (rtheusa) 4. billybizz69 - $784 5. RedsoxNets5 - $674 (RedsoxNets5) 6. pst34 - $563 7. itWasThatOr0 - $430 (Gags30) 8. muckbrews - $276 9. Silkworms - $198 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Monday, March 3rd had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Jojo0506 - $1,830 2. niborl - $1,247 3. BabyGoose - $896 4. lion99 - $605 5. DocRivers - $488 6. johnnymonmon - $371 7. Ddetoma88 - $255 8. JMPoker - $196 9. bigcakes - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Tuesday, March 4th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. muckyou - $1,830 2. acesfullrjr - $1,247 3. biggerbill - $896 4. JMPoker - $605 5. 2marcelos - $488 (2marcelos) 6. vasio - $371 7. speedypete - $255 (fnasty97) 8. danny_boy_14 - $196 9. cloverfold - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Wednesday March 5th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Maverik007 - $1,830 2. PocketProfit - $1,247 3. BrokePoker - $896 4. DocRivers - $605 5. DEFCON.1 - $488 6. stunnadaboss - $371 7. Ahmad - $255 8. 2marcelos - $196 (2marcelos) 9. FooQuan - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Thursday, March 6th had 70 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Town Knave - $1,830 2. tranced - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. Eminem - $605 5. PocketProfit - $488 6. jal79 - $371 7. headsup - $255 8. tups - $196 9. Sloppo - $138 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? 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  4. Oliver odi420Dent (pictured) battled through a field of over 800 players to make the final table of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event on Borgata Pokerand PartyPokeron Sunday, April 27. When all was said and done, Dent finished in seventh place, taking home $4,900, which is his largest cash to date on any of the New Jersey regulated sites. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. PocketFives: Congrats on getting seventh in the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event. Tell us how you are feeling. Oliver Dent: I am pretty happy at the moment considering I took Monday to Friday off prior to that Sunday after an awful run in the $100,000 Guarantee on Party/Borgata the Sunday prior. Pocketfives: How tough was the final table? Oliver Dent: It was pretty tough considering I came in as the short stack with about 15 big blinds and had two monstrous-stack aggro players directly to my left. I tried to wait and pick up a hand to shove with, as the two big stacks were being very active. I picked up Q-Q and shoved into an earlier position raiser, who took about a minute to call with 5-5. He flopped quads, which ended my tournament run. Pocketfives: Do any particular hands stick out during your final table run? Oliver Dent: About five hours in, I had 5-5 in late position facing an UTG min-raise and a call. I called and saw a flop of A-5-J. UTG checked and the caller promptly bet half the pot. I flatted and the UTG raiser instantly made a healthy raise. The caller folded and it was back to me. At this point, I was actually thinking of folding because of the dreaded set versus under-set scenario. After about a minute of going through hand ranges, I put him on A-K or A-J, called, was shown A-J, and the board ran out well for me. I went from about 400th place with 500 left to top 20 and stayed there for pretty much the remainder of the tournament. Pocketfives: Do you have any plans for the money you won? Oliver Dent: I think I am going to surprise the wife with a Jamaican vacation for the week after Christmas. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswithin a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStarsBig $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed Rebuy in the span of six days for his newest profile badge. He was kind enough to lend us a few minutes. PocketFives: Awesome job on the Triple Crown. Tell us how you're feeling. Mads Pedersen: I'm feeling great. I have never felt better poker-wise. I've been close to getting one of them before, so it feels good to finally get there. PocketFives: You had some huge scores in it, including the PokerStars Big $11, which had 10,000 entrants. What was it like navigating that huge field? Mads Pedersen: The Big $11 was actually pretty straightforward, to be honest. I was single-tabling it from when there were about 50 players left. It's always fun to go deep in one of the "Bigs" on PokerStars. I can't remember if I had any huge suckouts, but of course it requires some run-good. That said, I really connected well post-flop and when I first had a stack, I was really cruising. PocketFives: Another leg of your Triple Crown came in the iPoker Super Tuesday. What was that field like? Mads Pedersen: The Super Tuesday at iPoker is a way harder tournament to get through, but I think the structure of it suits me greatly. I've been playing it close to every Tuesday for the last three or four months. PocketFives: Why does its structure suit you? Mads Pedersen: Tournaments with that buy-in are usually deeper, which gives me the opportunity to play more post-flop, where I believe I might have an edge over some or most of the field. Most poker players probably believe they have an edge, though, or else they wouldn't be playing. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money from the Triple Crown tournaments? Mads Pedersen: Building a bigger bankroll and moving up. I might participate in some EPTs in the future, but I'm not sure about that yet. I'm playing backed at the moment, so it's partly up to my backer as well. Right now, I'm playing mid- to high-stakes games and really want to establish myself at the highest stakes online, so that's what I'm trying to do. PocketFives: One of the hot topics in poker recently has been the implementation of a shot clockto limit time spent on decisions in hands. Are you in favor of it? Mads Pedersen: I haven't really thought a lot about that, but I wouldn't mind having it in some cases. Then again, in other cases, I like to have some time to think a specific line through. PocketFives: We have one more question before we let you go. Are you headed to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this year? Mads Pedersen: I'm not planning to go this year, but am way more likely to go next year. I've had one opportunity to go to the WSOP before this year, but don't feel like going there in 2014 since I have a lot of other plans and my live experience isn't really that great. So, I figured going from Denmark to the US to get smashed by live regs - I can probably find something more fun to spend my time on. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Championsto learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. On Sunday, March 16, Anthony Cofone (Parmakeron PocketFives) from Oakland, New Jersey outlasted a field of 342 players to win the Party/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. He took home a cool $12,021 for his efforts. Cofone, who is new to the PocketFives community, also had a deep run in the Party/Borgata $100K Guarantee on March 2, finishing 71st out of 786 players, banking $712. PocketFives: Congrats on your win in the Party/Borgata $50K. Tell us how you're feeling. Anthony Cofone: I hate to answer this like everyone else has, but it's true about feeling numb and it will take days to set in. PocketFives: Do any hands from the $50K stick out to you? Anthony Cofone: There is one hand I didn't play well. It was a non-premium hand played out of position, which left me crippled with 6,300 in chips. We were several hours deep in the tournament with over 3 million chips in play and the average stack of almost 40,000 with 83 players left. Of course, I will always remember the winning hand, calling an all-in bet heads-up pre-flop with 6-6. PocketFives: Do you play on any New Jersey online poker rooms other than PartyPoker and Borgata Poker? Anthony Cofone: I also play on WSOP.comand 888 Poker if there is any sit and go action or a good tournament going on. The graphics are great and truth be told, I love the "Throw Item" feature on 888. I think it is great to throw an egg or snowball at someone who makes you make a hard fold or lays a bad beat on you. I even like when they throw stuff at me. PocketFives: What have your friends and family said about the win? Anthony Cofone: Everyone is very excited and happy for me. Almost as good as winning was getting to have my cousin Joey sitting next to me for the final seven hours. He is the best rail you can have. My wife June has not only been supportive, but also downright encouraging of my poker and I thank her for that. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally and why was it appealing? Anthony Cofone: I grew up in the 60s and 70s in a family and neighborhood where it seamed like everyone played cards. My mom, dad, and I shared a two-family house with my grandparents and uncles. The men mostly played gin. My grandmother, Daisy, ran a $0.05/$0.10 poker game for the ladies in the neighborhood. My first memory of playing poker was at 13. We would play after mass on Sunday at Mrs. Trisolini's house for pennies. I started to play Texas Hold'em eight years ago on a PlayStation WSOP game before depositing on Full Tilt and PokerStars until Black Friday. I love the pure game of tournament poker, love playing live at Borgata, and hope to make it out to the World Series again soon. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. It's springtime in New Jersey. With the changing of the season will come a massive $600,000 guaranteed series on Borgata Pokerand PartyPokercalled the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP. The action begins on April 19 and wraps up eight days later with a gigantic $200 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event on April 27. The winner of the Main Event will take home at least $50,000. Borgata Poker and PartyPoker officials spent the last few days seeking feedback on a draft NJCOP schedule on forums like PocketFives, with one member of our New Jersey PokerCommunity writing, "Definitely a huge upgrade from what we previously saw posted." In a press release sent out on Thursday, PartyPoker's Mike Sexton wanted to thank "all the customers who provided feedback on the draft schedule on the forums." Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Poker Joe Lupo talked about the magnitude of the forthcoming series: "We are pleased to launch the state's largest guaranteed online poker series to-date." A $50,000 freeroll will kick off the NJCOP slate, with everyone at the final table getting entry into all 15 NJCOP events, a prize package worth $2,000. Other events include PLO, Bounty tournaments, and a special High Roller with a $500 buy-in. To take part, sign up for Borgata Poker hereand sign up for PartyPoker here. Check out the schedule of events: April 19 at 4:00pm ET NJCOP #1 - $50,000 Freeroll, final table wins entry to all NJCOP events April 19 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #2 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in April 20 at 2:00pm ET $5,000 Mega Rebuy Satellite to NJCOP #3, 25 seats guaranteed $10 buy-in April 20 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #3 - $100,000 Guaranteed, $25,000 for first place $200 buy-in April 20 at 6:00pm ET NJCOP #4 -$10,000 Guaranteed PLO Rebuy $50 buy-in April 20 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #5 - $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty $100 buy-in April 21 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #6 -$20,000 Guaranteed Six-Max $100 buy-in April 22 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #7 - $20,000 Guaranteed Rebuy $50 buy-in April 23 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #8 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in April 24 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #9 - $20,000 Guaranteed Player's Choice $100 buy-in April 25 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #10 -$20,000 Guaranteed Six-Max $100 buy-in April 26 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #11 - $30,000 Guaranteed $200 buy-in April 26 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #12 - $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty $100 buy-in April 27 at 2:00pm ET $5,000 Mega Rebuy Satellite to NJCOP #13, 25 seats guaranteed $10 buy-in April 27 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #13 - $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event, $50,000 for first place $200 buy-in April 27 at 6:00pm ET NJCOP #14 - $30,000 Guaranteed High Roller $500 buy-in April 27 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #15 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in Visit this thread in our New Jersey Poker Community to discuss!
  8. Marketers at bwin.party are undoubtedly reeling this week after several of the gaming giant's highly trafficked domains were removed from Google results. The disappearance was first reported by eGaming Review and is likely due to a penalty imposed on the Gibraltar-based company by Google for link-building practices. While the company once ranked among the top few results in searches involving terms like "online poker" and "online casino," its domains are now conspicuously absent. Even a search for "PartyPoker.com" now only brings back a result of the site's dot-net page, with similar results for "PartyCasino.com." Holding the top spot for gambling-related keyword searches is a highly sought-after accomplishment for companies like bwin.party. The financial advantages of such free visibility can be huge, as top-ranked sites are sent large amounts of traffic without the need for paid advertising. That means the competition is cutthroat, especially for an industry like online gambling where a site could reap thousands of dollars from just one customer. To get that extra boost, some companies choose to buy links from other high-ranking sites pointing back to their own site, a practice common in the gambling world but generally against Google's terms. While paying for links might be technically against the rules, it can be effective in boosting a page's rank in search results. As far as Google is concerned, if a lot of popular sites link to your site, then your site must be popular as well. But, Google is onto these schemes and has continually refined its algorithm to spot "link profiles" that don't appear to have evolved naturally. In fact, the search engine released an update called Penguin 2.0 last year that specifically targets sites with paid links and links from low-quality websites. Overnight, the balance of search rank shifted tremendously as previously successful sites felt the sting of the new update. "It looks like this is likely the cause of the lost visibility for PartyPoker.com," SEO expert Stacey Cavanagh told eGaming Review. "They have a lot of what Google is likely to deem manipulative inbound links." bwin.party is only the latest high-profile gaming company to incur Google's wrath this year. Last month, a similar fate befell sports book BetOnlinewhen the gaming site was wiped off of the search engine for unscrupulous link buying activity. "It looks like a classic case of not being careful with their link-building and having too many site-wide links," said SEO specialist Nick Garner at the time. In January, gaming behemoth William Hill took a huge search visibility hit when the company's toxic link profile was penalized, causing a huge drop in traffic. "Losing all of your Google organic traffic is, for most sites, a substantial financial hit - many have to replace this traffic through paid search, for example," said Cavanagh, reiterating just how devastating the loss of visibility can be. With the right modifications, however, sites can have their penalties lifted and regain their former standing. In Party's case, that would likely involve having all of the paid links removed and filing a reconsideration request with Google. Once the site is appearing in search results again, it could add the paid links back in a slow, more natural way. Last September, PartyPoker completely revamped its website and client with a focus on recreational players and social gaming features. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. This weekend in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPokerran its $10K nightly guarantee. On Friday, Jake Perry (jtsnakeson PocketFives) outlasted a field of 109 players to win the $10K, taking home $2,000. ArtVandelaywon the $10K on Saturday, pocketing $2,202. The Borgata/Party $50K Guarantee Sunday Major experienced technical difficulties with 12 players left. This resulted in the tournament stopping and the remaining 12 players getting an even chip-chop of the prize pool. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to February 28 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name here. In the 888 Poker$1,500 Guarantee on Saturday, Jimmyice99finished in third place. The 888 Big Sunday $10K Guarantee was won by Lucky5, who banked $3,200 for his efforts. WSOP.comadded new guarantees to its weekend line up. Saturday features a Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee, a $55 R&A. The winner of that tournament was UrMyAtmToday (curiousgeorge77 on PocketFives), who took home $2,555. The night before, curiousgeorge77 also made the final table of the WSOP $10K Guarantee, finishing in sixth place for $536. The other new guarantee that ran on Saturday was a $3,000 Guarantee Re-Rntry with a buy-in of $33. The winner of that tournament was GD2123, who took home $1,023. Deuxexmachin (WillisNYCon PocketFives) won the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Friday, pocketing $1,584. The $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on WSOP.com was taken down by CANTBREATHE, who earned the top prize of $7,315. Jake Schafer (schaf4206 on PocketFives, pictured above) won the WSOP $10K Guarantee Sunday weekly for $3,500. This follows up his third place finish in the Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee on WSOP.com, where he won $1,095. Schafer has over $319,075 in recorded cashes, with his largest cash being $23,000 in the Full Tilt $125K Guarantee back in May 2010. The No-Verlay promotion ended this weekend on Ultimate Poker. The $5K Guarantee met its guarantee all weekend and the $20K Sunday Major also met its guarantee. Sdariwon the latter, taking home $6,635. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 109 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,000. The final 9 finishers were: 1. jakep747 - $2,000 (jtsnakes) 2. wanda_praiseHIM - $1,475 3. AAKKiah - $1,100 4. devin1 -$900 5. JayDaddy - $750 6. Jamdizzi777 - $625 7. starx - $525 8. dookeybaby - $425 9. set_j - $325 ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Saturday, March 8th had 121 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,202. The final 9 finishers were: 1. ArtVandelay - $2,202 2. EkaL1 - $1,624 3. MIkeG5 - $1,211 4. dontBscurrd -$990 5. q.kwesi112 - $825 6. shizman792 - $688 7. Splits89 - $578 8. torubu - $467 (torubu) 9. jcgamblers - $357 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee -$35 buy in for Friday, March 7th had 68 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 10 finishers were: 1. Nemernet - $631 2. Ednice1 - $369 3. BBQPChop - $261 4. BusDriver07 - $217 5. speedy247 - $174 6. Jokeman61 - $150 7. LuckAA - $128 8. Rammcwill - $106 9. capone1340 - $76 10. Gmoney27 - $60 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Saturday, March 8th had 57 runners for a prize pool totaling $1,824. 9 spots were paid with 1st place $547. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FOLDFAST - $547 2. Gmoney27 - $319 3. L_P_L8906 - $222 4. South732Paw - $186 5. mrbozeee - $147 6. dakid17 - $129 7. BeanTaco - $111 8. runnethover - $93 9. mikes_96 - $67 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 71 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,272. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $658. The top 10 finishers were: 1. PokerLee - $658 2. Louconte - $386 3. jimmyice99 - $272 (jimmyice99) 4. Jyuka16 - $227 5. triangle313 - $181 6. centrfieldr5 - $156 (centrfieldr) 7. dakid17 - $134 8. KennyNoodles - $111 9. L8nyte1520 - $79 10. LifeTaker - $63 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee-$200 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 50 runners. 8 spots were paid with 1st place $3,200. The top 8 finishers were: 1. Lucky5 - $3,200 2. djmw1972 - $1,800 3. rahwaypoker1 - $1,250 4. IntensT - $1,050 5. edoogie - $830 6. TBone123 - $730 7. itwasalladrm - $620 (Joey Gloves) 8. E0992396- $520 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Friday, March 7th had 210 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 261 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,980. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,584. The top 9 finishers were: 1 Deuxexmachin - $1,584 (WillisNYC) 2. Newmpiece17 - $926 3. flex46 - $586 4. briand - $466 5. Whoopsy - $406 6. sy_fy - $275 7. Chrisco1420 - $215 8. BlackKnight8 - $167 9. notoriousC - $131 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 151 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 175 re-buys for $25, 103 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,725. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,895. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ifoldak - $2,895 2. uNbrOkeN - $1,689 3. mawall13 - $965 4. Jets31 - $750 5. scaf4206 - $643 6. UrMyAtmToday - $536 (curiousgeorge77) 7. jverr17 - $407 8. DrawingDead - $257 9. JNP09123 - $182 (JPetch01) ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $3,000 Guarantee Re-entry for Saturday, March 8th had 75 runners buying in for $33 ($30+$3) each for a prize pool totaling $3,300. 8 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. GD2123 - $$1,023 2. DeadWr0ng - $693 3. BlackWidow - $429 4. cclark314 - $330 5. JennyB - $280 6. Stackbundles - $214 7. kazy15 - $181 8. PureGenius - $148 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com Weekend Warm Up $5,000 Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 58 runners buying in for $55 ($50+$5) each, 53 re-buys for $50 and 35 add-ons for $50, for a prize pool totaling $7,300. 6 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. UrMyAtmToday - $2,555 (curousgeorge77) 2. Zdvol632 - $1,606 3. schaf4206 - $1,095 (schaf4206) 4. RonSwanson - $803 5. JennyB - $657 6. burritoboy28 - $584 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 245 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 270 re-buys for $10 and 128 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,430. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,703. The top 9 finishers were: 1. jmzit2u - $1,703 2. burritoboy28 - $996 3. Bigcakes1 - $630 4. mhofspades - $501 5. schwe82 - $437 6. BlackKnight8 - $295 7. ickytoy1 - $231 8. glytterpyss - $180 9. thewayiam - $141 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $25,000 Guarantee-$215 ($200 + $15) for Sunday, March 9th had 133 runners. 25 spots were paid with 1st place $7,315. The top 9 finishers were: 1. CANTBREATHE - $7,315 2. Squertz - $4,256 3. jmzit2u - $2,420 4. rungood27 - $1,888 (rimmer27) 5. MooseLife - $1,622 6. olmuggins - $1,356 7. rocnation - $1,037 8. GrumpChumpy - $665 9. juice - $478 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee - $109 ($100 + $9) for Sunday, March 9th had 125 runners. 20 spots were paid with 1st place $3500. The top 9 finishers were: 1. schaf4206 - $3,500 (schaf4206) 2. Hap1wldfree - $2,025 3. TurboLicious - $1,162 4. farley2508 -$912 5. adaptations - $787 (adaptations) 6. Edjord24 - $662 7. eyetea - $525 8. JennyB - $350 9. AstepA - $262 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly Friday, March 7th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. OneFuji - $1,830 2. dopest - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. kevvlo - $605 5. TallandTesty - $488 6. tranced - $371 7. miw210 - $255 (miw210) 8. SMY23 - $196 9. boochilly - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Saturday, March 8th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. epich - $1,830 2. Sloppo - $1,247 3. bluemageftw - $896 4. MuckYourLife - $605 (Pker4Dummies) 5. JSmoneyman33 - $488 6. Executioner - $371 7. Ddetoma66 - $255 8. virii - $196 9. RonPT - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Sunday, March 9th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. RounderAK - $1,830 2. partyguy - $1,247 3. phatdaddy - $896 4. TheGreatScot - $605 5. acesfullrjr - $488 6. Sharmatito - $371 7. PALLADIN2 - $255 8. UltimateFool - $196 9. Smashes - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $20,000 guarantee Sunday Major for March 9th had 300 runners buying in for $100 each ($91+$9) for a prize pool totaling $27,300. 36 spots were paid with 1st place $6,635. The 9 finishers were: 1. sdari123 - $6,635 2. Flyerfan - $4,860 3. FooQuan - $3,162 4. bluemageftw - $2,275 5. Yogi - $1,542 6. stoverny - $1,010 (stoverny) 7. phatdaddy - $832 8. rlamanna - $655 (torubu) 9. BiggDaddy - $477 (BiggDaddy)
  10. In case you missed it on Sunday, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event attracted a sizable field of 892 players at a buy-in of $185 apiece. Despite the nearly 900 players who turned out, the tournament, which took place on Borgata Pokerand PartyPoker and guaranteed $200,000, still featured a $34,000 overlay. You probably won't hear any complaints from the users who cashed, however. MikeFrancesaultimately emerged victorious from the NJCOP Main Event field, earning $33,000 and leading the group of 144 players who cashed. There was a four-way chop when all was said and done, with PocketSomunfinishing in second place for $20,000, cb123579taking third for $26,000, and MotherOfDragons taking fourth for $23,000. Here's how the final nine cashed out, reflecting the deal amounts: 1. MikeFrancesa - $33,577 2. PocketSomun - $20,000 3. cb123579 - $26,459 4. MotherOfDragons - $23,164 5. Atlas - $9,000 6. sp015 - $6,900 7. TheRealOD - $4,900 (odi420) 8. dapunisher - $2,900 9. luckymanib319 - $2,000 In PocketFives' New Jersey pokercommunity, players were posting their runs in the Main Event. Among them was curiousgeorge77, who typed, "So close, yet so far away. Busted 14th got caught stealing with Q-10 into A-8. Then had 20k left, but miracle to get to 60k. Then almost hit another miracle back to 200k with Q-8 vs A-10, flop K-Q-4, turn X, river J, go me. Damn, so close." PocketFiver odi420(pictured) made the final table and finished in seventh place for $4,900. He posted in the same New Jersey Local thread, "Well that was fun. Q-Q < 5-5 for 1.5m at the final table. Aipf and he flops quads. $5k will help take the sting off tomorrow." A few PocketFivers were not too impressed with their performances, among them Redhotmomma, who joked on Monday morning, "I played horribly and want to dip my face in a vat of boiling oil. Too many great opportunities this past week and either I was donked on or I played terribly." Jaybone2315 lamented, "I didn't win a single showdown in almost 4 hours. That was less than exciting." NJCOP was just one of many promotions we'll see on Borgata Poker and PartyPoker in New Jersey. Sign up for Borgata Poker hereand sign up for PartyPoker here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. "I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark's Filurn(pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It feels great to make my first six-figure score," Filurn said of his Sunday Million chop, which saw him bring home the largest payday of anyone. "One of the players asked for a deal early on and normally I think it's fine to deal in certain spots. But, in this one, I felt like I had a decent edge and the chip lead, so I refused at first." He added that chop negotiations fired up once again: "When we were four-handed, the other players showed interest in a deal. Since I had the chip lead and was pretty comfortable at the table, I asked for more than ICM and got it, so I thought it was okay to make a deal that ensured I would get more than second place money." The payouts in the deal ranged from $120,000 to $186,000 after the field numbered over 8,200 entrants. "I bought an apartment a few months ago, so some of the money will go into that, and I'm probably going to travel, but I won't do anything crazy," Filurn said of the uses for his newfound cash. He has $742,000 in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Last December, Filurn won the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfor $45,000, his second largest tracked cash to date next to the Sunday Million final table. Needless to say, he told PocketFives that he feels "great" about his game right now. As he put it, "A lot of things worked out in different spots." He plays on PartyPoker as lundesgaard and has $123,000 in winnings on that site. His friends and family were "amazed" by his Sunday Million chop for nearly $200,000. It's the latest feather in the cap for the nation of Denmark, whose poker roster includes the likes of Gus Hansen (pictured) and World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate. "There are a lot of good players in Denmark," Filurn said. "The tour grinders get more attention than the cash game grinders due to the visibility of tournaments, though. The Danish poker media writes articles pretty often about people shipping events. I'm pretty sure this makes people think of poker as a fun game and so the general public has a positive attitude toward it." He got started in poker by hitting up games on the Boss Media Network after one of his friends got hooked on small-stakes sit and gos. "He was printing money, so we grinded a lot together and he helped me out with the basics," Filurn said. "Then, I tried to adapt some of the game into tournaments and really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." The Sunday Million runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through PocketFives' link and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus. Click here for PocketFives' PokerStars link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. On the last day of March, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfeatured a final table that included four members ranked in the top 500 on PocketFives. Among them was Poland's danking, who drove to a first place finish, bringing home a payday of $28,000. There were over 1,100 entrants and danking has risen all the way to #5 in his home nation. We caught up with the Podkarpackie resident to talk about his big victory. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- PocketFives: How are you feeling about your win in the PartyPoker $200K? danking: When I won the PartyPoker $200K, I was really tired, but also very happy. It was the biggest win of my poker career, which I waited some time for, so this win gave me some self-confidence. Also, at the final table of the tournament were a couple of really good players. PocketFives: As you mentioned, it was a pretty solid final table with guys like NoPlanB(pictured) and MadsMP. Who at the final table gave you the toughest time and why? danking: NoPlanB was really solid against me. He was very aggressive, opened many hands, and read his opponents very well. I tried to resist, so consequently we had many big spots against each other. Eventually, we met heads-up and fortunately I had a huge advantage in chips, so he practically could only play all-in or fold poker. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Is it all going back into poker or do you have anything else planned for it? danking: It was a lot of money for first place, but it's not life-changing. I'll add it to my bankroll. I don't have any special expenses planned beyond that. PocketFives: Tell us about poker in Poland. How is the game viewed and who plays? danking: In my opinion, poker in Poland has grown very fast. The recent successes of Polish players in live tournaments like the PCA, WPT, and EPT have caused mass media in Poland to be interested in the game and everything like who plays, how poker players live, and many other things. The Poland poker community now looks at poker much better, so we are going in the right direction. I really believe we can be, in the future one, of the best poker nations in the world. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? What got you hooked? Do you play full-time now? danking: I started playing poker five years ago. My friend led me to the game and I instantly knew it was for me. In the beginning, I played mainly sit and gos, but for about two years, I focused almost only on MTTs. Not long ago, I started playing poker and also doing another great passion of mine: basketball. I was a professional basketball player, but for something like six months I didn't play professionally and focused only on playing poker. Basketball is still my biggest passion next to poker. Furthermore, I like any kind of sports, especially football, tennis, and going to gym. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. This week in New Jersey online poker, PartyPoker/Borgata Pokerran its nightly $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees. Making four final tables this week on PartyPoker/Borgata Poker was brand new PocketFiver Kevin Campbell (Sofcknsickk, pictured). Campbell finished third in the $10,000 Guarantee, fourth in the $5,000 Guarantee, third in the $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max, and second in the $5,000 Guarantee Six-Max for a total of $3,645. WSOP.comran its $5,000 and $10,000 Guarantees. Chris Daniels (cjd45021on PocketFives) won the $10,000 Guarantee on Monday for $2,764. Dan Lupo (centrfieldron PocketFives) won the $10,000 Guarantee on Tuesday, pocketing $2,800. Exocomet (papsdeeon PocketFives) took down the $10,000 Guarantee on Wednesday, banking $2,853. And rounding out the week was Sean Sisco (sisco on PocketFives), who won the $10,000 Guarantee, cashing for $2,956. In the Ultimate Poker$1,000 Guarantee, the winner on Tuesday was msn199 (msnnjon PocketFives), cashing for $500. Chris cjd45021 Daniels won the Ultimate Poker $1,000 Guarantee on Wednesday for the same amount. Congrats to all PocketFivers who cashed this week. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee for Monday, July 7th had 96 runners buying in for $50 ($45 + $5). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,000. The top 9 finishers were: 1 rajagopalan3888 - $1,000 2 nowitsover - $738 3 THAKID04 - $550 4 SLHalper - $450 (s.l.halper) 5 acesfullrjr - $375 (acesfullrjr) 6 RealEstateWiz - $313 7 Alterbridge - $263 (jmonte1) 8 notoriousC - $213 9 Alceste42 - $163 ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee 6-max for Monday, July 7th had 52 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 9 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,150. The top 6 finishers were: 1 tripod - $1,150 2 pokermaster24 - $900 3 Onallis33 - $700 4 luckyleo80 - $600 (smoothhustler) 5 cgamblers - $500 6 Mr.PapaGiorgio - $400 (Mr.PapaGiorgio) ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, July 7th had 94 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,300. The top 9 finishers were: 1 HodorHodorHodor - $2,300 2 Leo618 - $1,675 3 sofcknsickk - $1,200 (sofcknsickk) 4 pure_reason - $850 5 haveitall - $650 6 AAKKiah - $500 7 El-Chapo - $415 (AvonBarkz) 8 tripod - $350 9 SidVicious23 - $285 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, July 8th had 116 runners buying in for $50 ($45 + $5). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $919. The top 9 finishers were: 1 jcgamblers - $919 2 Alan1431 - $895 3 Onallis33 - $574 4 sofcknsickk - $470 (sofcknsickk) 5 myumjobs - $392 6 SLHalper - $326 (s.l.halper) 7 Scantron - $274 8 IfLoPsEtS74 $222 9 sparc - $170 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee 6-max for Tuesday, July 8th had 11 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 6 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,178. The top 6 finishers were: 1 BigBuxBuro - $1,178 2 ShankU4DaPot - $1,022 (ThePimpOfPoker) 3 sofcknsickk - $1,000 (sofcknsickk) 4 doctor_DNA - $700 5 JerseyMan - $600 6 xICEx - $500 (jimmyice99) ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, July 8th had 110 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,302. The top 9 finishers were: 1 TimmyKGB17 - $2,302 2 SLOWROLLED - $1,677 (cjd45021) 3 Exocomet - $1,201 (papsdee) 4 Master_of_Coin - $851 5 jerseyjosh - $651 6 MikeG5 - $501 7 shak1234 - $415 8 Notmejack - $350 9 Maximus - $285 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, July 9th had 101 runners buying in for $50 ($45 + $5). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,000. The top 9 finishers were: 1 RationalRisk - $1,000 2 luckyleo80 - $738 (smoothhustler) 3 stickyking - $550 (stickyking) 4 Powers - $450 5 obliarjun - $375 6 dontgiveafuk - $313 7 LITTLELUCIANA - $263 8 laumserg - $213 9 r3dsk1ns777 - $163 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee 6-max for Wednesday, July 9th had 45 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 9 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,075. The top 6 finishers were: 1 luckyleo80 - $1,075 (smoothhustler) 2 sofcknsickk - $975 (sofcknsickk) 3 Mr.PapaGiorgio - $700 (Mr.PapaGiorgio) 4 ShellyC626 - $600 5 Karp135_ - $500 6 bison39 - $400 ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, July 9th had 111 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,323. The top 9 finishers were: 1 laumserg - $2,323 2 finally - $1,692 (finally) 3 notoriousC - $1,212 4 Powers - $859 5 AA5454 - $657 6 jr2418 - $505 7 luckyleo80 - $419 (smoothhustler) 8 Alterbridge - $354 (jmonte1) 9 TJFONVIL1120 - $288 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee for Thursday, July 10th had 104 runners buying in for $50 ($45 + $5). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,000. The top 9 finishers were: 1 falcao - $1,000 (rooney) 2 ShankU4DaPot - $738 (ThePimpOfPoker) 3 jrow1133 - $550 4 dtrain - $450 5 SMDisReal - $375 6 Poke1134 - $313 7 jaywentz1976 - $263 8 sparc - $213 9 RivaMonsta - $163 ------------------------------- PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $5,000 Guarantee 6-max for Thursday, July 10th had 48 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 9 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,025. The top 6 finishers were: 1 flipflopdoc - $1,025* 2 bison39 - $1,025* 3 antf028 - $700 4 bobsterman1971 - $600 5 davault - $500 6 iluvmollys - $400 *Final Table Chop ------------------------------ PartyPoker/Borgata Poker $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, July 10th had 106 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,852. The top 9 finishers were: 1 TimmyKGB17 - $1,852* 2 jcgamblers - $1,391* 3 acesfullrjr - $1,391* (acesfullrjr) 4 flipflopdoc - $1,391* 5 Fresh333 - $650 6 Pokertime99 - $500 7 jimmyice99 - $415 (jimmyice99) 8 pokermaster24 - $350 9 JohnnyDrama - $285 (JohnnnyDrama) *Final Table Chop ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Monday, July 7th had 169 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 203 re-buys for $10 and 105 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $4,770 ($230 overlay). 20 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,350. The top 9 finishers were: 1 maraa - $1,350 2 WHeisenburg - $800 3 pocketquadz - $500 4 dalmeetz48 - $400 5 Mad_Chipz.17 - $350 6 MuckYouFold - $245 7 bazinga49 - $195 8 LoFong - $145 9 CB23AA - $120 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, July 7th had 127 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 176 re-buys for $25, 99 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,050. 20 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,764. The top 9 finishers were: 1 SHIPPPITTT - $2,764 (cjd45021) 2 drogba - $1,608 3 MikeG5 - $915 4 Exocomet - $714 (papsdee) 5 schaf4206 - $613 (schaf4206) 6 Jonnyo6184 - $513 7 boom81boom - $392 8 Kennethhhill - $251 9 jellyfish420 - $181 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Tuesday, July 8th had 159 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 220 re-buys for $10 and 107 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $4,860. 20 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,350. The top 9 finishers were: 1 jetsfan14 - $1,350 (itsmejon) 2 michaeltesta - $800 3 centrfieldr - $500 (centrfieldr) 4 Debaser - $400 (Debaser) 5 LightMyFire - $350 (GratefulD3ad) 6 DonDonYen - $245 7 BIGCITO2000 - $195 8 atthebar - $145 9 jimmyice18 - $120 (jummyice99) ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, July 8th had 140 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 206 re-buys for $25, 95 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,025. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,031. The top 9 finishers were: 1 centrfieldr - $2,800 (centrfieldr) 2 outcold1 - $1,620 3 Grassiknoll - $930 4 Big_Bux_Buro - $730 5 JDemya - $630 6 itswhatever1 - $530 7 Butters11 - $420 8 rungood27 - $280 (rimmer27) 9 jmzit2u - $210 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Wednesday, July 9th had 184 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 218 re-buys for $10 and 119 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,210. 20 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,407. The top 9 finishers were: 1 michaeltesta - $1,407 2 MoikeAA - $834 (MoikeAA) 3 valuecheck - $521 4 N00bT4st1c - $417 5 toptech - $365 6 sizzlinbetts - $255 (sizzlinbetta) 7 Atsky - $203 8 SHIPPPITTT - $151 (cjd45021) 9 atthebar - $125 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, July 9th had 136 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 171 re-buys for $25, 108 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,375. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,853. The top 9 finishers were: 1 Exocomet - $2,853 (papsdee) 2 Raisemebabes - $1,660 3 tgchef - $944 4 BiggDaddy - $737 (BiggDaddy) 5 Goldendw17 - $633 6 Adversity45 - $529 7 WhyStopNow - $405 8 pst34 - $259 (petey3412) 9 sisco - $187 (sisco) ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Thursday, July 10th had 174 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 204 re-buys for $10 and 111 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $4,890 ($110 overlay). 20 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,350. The top 9 finishers were: 1 smaulerg - $1,350 2 Drose03 - $800 (doodysocks3) 3 LightMyFire - $500 (GratefulD3ad) 4 nfalz - $400 5 Just_A_Fish - $350 6 N00bT4st1c - $245 7 Hap1wldfree - $195 8 DaNutz44 - $145 9 dma328 - $120 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, July 10th had 150 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 170 re-buys for $25, 110 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,750. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,956. The top 9 finishers were: 1 sisco - $2,956 (sisco) 2 CharlieBrown - $1,720 (money4bacon) 3 wraithboy - $978 4 Cook_E - $763 (Cook_e) 5 smoothustler - $656 (smoothustler) 6 paulierags68 - $548 7 Radonx0421 - $419 8 smaulerg - $269 9 schaf4206 - $194 (schaf4206) ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $1,000 Nightly for Monday , July 7th had 16 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 3 spots were paid with 1st place $500. The 3 finishers were: 1 Maverik007 $500 2 foldurhand $300 3 Ebby $200 ------------------------------ Ultimate Poker the $1,000 Nightly for Tuesday , July 8th had 15 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 3 spots were paid with 1st place $500. The 3 finishers were: 1 msn199 $500 (msnnj) 2 bluemageftw $300 3 HankDaTank - $200 (Bigmike22) ------------------------------ Ultimate Poker the $1,000 Nightly for Wednesday, July 9th had 17 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 3 spots were paid with 1st place $500. The 3 finishers were: 1 GIMMEDALOOT $500 (cjd45021) 2 pokasmoka $300 3 xcoolcat $200
  14. After Black Friday, a host of brand name PocketFivers headed to Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and a variety of other destinations in order to continue playing online poker. Sticking around in the US for longer than most regulars was Tim tcrames88Cramer (pictured), who has $1.2 million in online MTT winnings. We caught up with him after he final tabled the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed last month. "I am not a huge fan of the new payout structure on Party," Cramer told PocketFives when asked about his runner-up finish for $16,000. "However, the players are so poor there that I am obviously not going to miss a Major." When asked what specifically he dislikes about the payout structure on PartyPoker, Cramer said that the top 20% of the field finishes in the money. For example, when he finished second, 216 players cashed out of the 1,031 who entered. "A 1,000-person, $200 Major should pay more than $27,000 to first, but I think in the long-run it may keep some more players around." In February, Cramer finished second in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday for $27,000 and said of the year so far, "Things have been going okay. I definitely blasted off this SCOOP, so it was nice to get a solid score to heal some wounds." The day he finished second in the PartyPoker $200K, for example, he spent $12,000 on buy-ins; as he put it, "It would have been a really brutal day without that score." Cramer is originally from Orange County, California and grinds online in San Antonio Del Mar in Mexico (pictured), which is about two-and-a-half hours away. He had planned to relocate earlier than he did, but remained in the US before realizing he was "missing way too much value. I have been putting in a ton of hours too. I typically take off Friday and Saturday to spend time with family and friends. They are very supportive and it is nice that I still get to see them at least twice a month." He added, "When I'm back in the States, I just relax and hang out with friends. I play a lot of golf and basketball and hang out on the beach." By the way, if you're considering relocating, check out Poker Refugees. Cramer is #181 in the world in the PocketFives Poker Rankingsand #1 in his hometown. His all-time high in the Rankings was #135, set earlier this year, and he plays on the world's largest online poker site, PokerStars, as Tamiam122. He got started in poker after depositing on PartyPoker and eventually running his bankroll up to $30,000. He said, "I then took a few years off to focus on school and eventually returned back to playing full-time." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. After being knocked down the search rankings of Google for protocol violations, PartyPoker has rebounded over the past month, albeit only slightly. In April, Google reportedly determined that by artificially generating inbound links, bwin.party and its PartyPoker brand were violating the rules of their rankings. This resulted in a disappearance of the brand from pretty much any search that involved poker. Over the course of the last month, however, PokerScout and its weekly Scouting Report have been able to determine that the room has been able to work its way back into the rankings for different search terms, but nowhere near as strong as it once was. According to the PokerScout report, bwin.party and partypoker formerly appeared in each of the top 20 for major search terms regarding poker. After the penalty, the site dropped to only eight of the 20 and continues to stay at that level as we approach the end of May. When it comes to its ranking, PartyPoker has been able to improve from 15th to 14th for the search term "internet poker" after being as high as third prior to the penalties. When a person looks up "play poker," PartyPoker has improved to 17th place over last month's 21st place. Once ranked fourth when people searched for "poker," PartyPoker now no longer appears in the Google search results for that term. The site has also fallen off for the search term "poker sites" after being as high as third on Google. Other phrases such as "online poker" (in 23rd place after being as high as fourth) and "poker sites" (an improvement to 30th place, but vastly down from fourth), have also taken a tumble. Why would this matter to a company such as PartyPoker? Through the usage of search engine optimization, companies can get a cornucopia of advertising from search engines such as Google and Bing without having to spend a dime. In bringing potential customers to its site, companies look to convert them to paying customers and, naturally, increase their revenues. With the penalties applied by Google, PokerScout estimates that PartyPoker has lost about 5% of its traffic in a short time frame. The Google penalties have also hurt PartyPoker's positioning in PokerScout's rankings of the busiest online poker sites in terms of cash game volume. PartyPoker now ranks fourth on PokerScout. Behind the monolith that is PokerStars(22,500 cash game players on average over seven days), 888 Poker (2,100 players), and iPoker (1,800 players), PartyPoker currently has a seven-day average of 1,600 players in its cash games. In the United States, PartyPoker's operations in New Jersey have taken a hit also. Once far and away the leader in that burgeoning market, Party/Borgata has seen its lead over WSOP.com shrink to only 30 players on average. PokerScout's Scouting Report is a daily newsletter for the online poker industry, with in-depth data and analysis of the market. More information can be found by clicking here or contacting support@pokerscout.com. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. A recent software update was made available for PartyPokerand Borgata Poker players in New Jersey. The enhancements made with this update, some of which came at the behest of players, include tournament lobby changes, in-game features, improved mobile geolocation technology, and the addition of payment processing at the Borgata cage during World Poker Tour events. The improvements made with the tournament lobby when viewing in the "Classic View" include a side panel that now appears on the right-hand side that gives you a summary of the details such as buy-in, number of players, prize pool, rebuy availability, and how long late registration is available. Prior to this update, you had to open the tournament lobby to get this information. Sit and go grouping is another feature that was added. This will group all the same sit and gos based on buy-in level and number of seats. By putting a checkmark next to "Group Sit & Gos," the software will consolidate them and not list every sit and go that is not filled up. Just click "Register Now" and it will put you in the next sit and go that is filling up. Sit and go grouping is pictured below. The use of tournament tickets just got easier. When browsing the tournament lobby, a ticket icon will appear next to tournaments with buy-ins that you have tickets for. So, if you have a $200 ticket, an icon will appear next to the $50,000 Guarantee or any other tournament that has a $200 buy-in. You will also notice a "My Tickets" link at the bottom of your tournament lobby that brings you to your tournament ticket page in the "Rewards" section of the software. This is available in both the "Classic" and "One-Touch" lobbies. One important feature that most players wanted to see was an auto re-buy and auto add-on option for rebuy tournaments. You can select to auto rebuy "single" or "double." A checkbox is available for "Auto Add-On," which will automatically deduct the funds needed for the add-on period of an MTT. If you forget to put a checkbox in the "Auto Add-On" box, a display box will appear on your screen asking if you wish to add on. Prior to this, there was no way of knowing when the add-on was available other than awareness of the current stage of a tournament. The software upgrade now provides mobile users with greater certainty and increased accuracy when it comes to getting your location verified for play on phones and tablets. Since the Garden State Super Series will coincide with the WPT Borgata Poker Open, Borgata has announced it will have deposits and withdrawals available for PartyPoker NJ players through the Borgata Casino cashier cages during the tournament series. This will be very convenient for players who will want to move money back and forth from PartyPoker/Borgata Poker. Visit Borgata Pokerand visit PartyPokertoday. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. This week, the cash game traffic monitoring site PokerScoutreported mostly negative news about the state of the online poker industry in its latest Scouting Report. Cash game traffic fell 1% from the week before and, compared to the same time last year, traffic is down 8%. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- 888 Holdings and bwin.party reported that their profits were down and Playtech, the owner of the iPoker Network, said poker revenue had sunk over 7% from last year. Combine all that with the annual summer lull and, while there is nothing worth panicking over, the state of the online poker industry could be better. "To lighten the mood," as PokerScout said, the site reflected back to where things stood five years ago. It was period in between industry-altering legal events. In late 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed, and it would still be a couple years before we were blindsided by Black Friday. It was a good time for poker, even if there was a little uneasiness. By 2009, the reshuffling of the industry caused by the UIGEA had already happened. Many online poker rooms and networks withdrew from the US market. Some of them continued on, refocusing their efforts on Europe (primarily), seemingly content to stare up at a lower ceiling in exchange for remaining alive. Others could not survive without US players and either closed up shop or were absorbed into other networks. PokerStars, more than happy to fill the gigantic void that was left when PartyPoker, the iPoker Network, and others left the US, surged to the top of the cash game traffic rankings. According to PokerScout, PokerStars was growing by more than 50% every year, while the entire industry was up over 35% from the year before. By 2009, PartyPoker, once the king of the online poker world, was down to fourth in the rankings and PokerStars was in the early stages of dominance that has yet to let up. Full Tilt Poker had doubled its traffic in the past year and was now in second place; a heated rivalry was afoot with PokerStars as the two tried to outdo and out-market each other at every turn. TheiPoker Network was perhaps the most interesting of the online poker entities. PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker took advantage of their competitors fleeing the US market; they stayed and grabbed many American customers. But iPoker didn't. It retreated, but rather than slumping back on the couch and bemoaning its luck, Playtech started scooping up the woebegone poker rooms that were about to go under, growing by acquisition. In 2009, the iPoker Network was in third place in PokerScout's rankings and has remained near the top of heap ever since. The now infamous Cereus Network, consisting of UltimateBet and Absolute Poker, also stayed in the US and took up the fifth spot in the rankings. But while US players were happy for the most part, having seemingly survived the rather large speed bump that was the UIGEA, storm clouds were starting to form. In what would become an increasingly common sight, PokerScout reminded us that the US Department of Justice began seizing funds en route from poker sites to customers. PokerStars tried to keep those with financial interests in the company calm by letting everyone know that US players comprised less than half of its customer base, but the dominoes were starting to fall. The rest, as they say, is history. PokerScout's Scouting Report is a daily newsletter for the online poker industry, with in-depth data and analysis of the market. More information can be found by clicking here or contacting support@pokerscout.com. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  18. Barely a few weeks after the unexpected announcement of Amaya Gaming's acquisition of PokerStars, the rumor mill is once again in full swing. But this time, industry insiders are whispering about a possible sale of bwin.party, the parent company of bwinand PartyPoker. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Gibraltar-based company had hired Deutsche Bank AGto weigh its options for a possible breakup or outright sale of the company, according to two anonymous insiders. bwin.party was quick to hit back, though, releasing a statementlater that day denying the rumors. "Since his appointment as Chairman last month, Philip Yea has been working with the executive management team on ways in which the Group can increase shareholder value; however, we can confirm that there are no plans to break up or sell the company," it read. While the response may seem definitive, OnlinePokerReport has stated that it has been able to confirm that a sale is being "seriously discussed" by bwin execs through its own sources. Amaya Gaming released a similar statement, albeit much less firm, after rumors started swirling that it would snap up Rational Group, PokerStars' parent company. As it happened, the speculation turned out to be correct and the small Canadian gaming systems provider purchased the online poker behemoth in a $4.9 billion transaction. The PokerStars sale is a significant blow to bwin.party, as the purchase could allow the well-known brand to reenter the regulated US online gambling market. At the moment, PartyPoker and its casino partner Borgata Pokerare leading the pack in the New Jersey poker market, claiming around 40% of the market. That threat wasn't lost on investors and bwin.party's stock plunged around 11% at the thought of losing so much ground in the state. Furthermore, US i-gaming revenue has been lower than predicted, diminishing some shareholders' hopes that the industry would be a magic bullet to revive the company's value. For bwin investors, the Amaya acquisition is the latest piece of bad news in a string of defeats that have sent shares tumbling. Activist investor Jason Ader, however, believes he can reverse the downward trend and recently bought a controlling stake in the company. Ader has already aggressively pushed to implement major changes at bwin and lobbied to add four executives of his choosing to the Board instead of the one that he was allowed. In the end, the investor came to a truce with shareholders, giving Ader Investment Management President Daniel Silvers a seat while excluding his three other picks. On a now defunct website called savebwinparty, Ader laid out his proposal for reinvigorating the company and suggested refocusing on "growing its core real money wagering business." He also campaigned to end what he viewed as extravagant bonus packages that CEO Norbert Teufelberger (pictured) and other executives have received. On Tuesday, bwin sealed a deal with gaming systems provider IGTthat would allow it to offer games other than those created in-house. Golan Shaked, bwin.party's director of games, said that with the agreement, the company would now be able to offer its players "instantly recognizable, market-attuned content." Even so, the announcement didn't have a positive effect for investors, with share price sliding again before recovering slightly. The past two months have been less-than-ideal for bwin in terms of share value, dropping from a high of 128 pence in early May to 95 pence as of Friday. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  19. Wade ricestudTownsend (pictured) has been on a tear so far this year. He opened 2014 by taking down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for almost $60,000 officially. He final tabled an FTOPS tournament for $26,000 and then, in a one-week span earlier this month, won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for about $50,000 total. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- In mid-April, Townsend won the PartyPoker $100,000 Guarantee High Roller and added $18,000 to his bankroll. On that win, he told PocketFives, "The field in that tournament is surprisingly soft. I actually took fourth in it the week before. I think it's that Party runs a couple of satellites for it and those players, combined with the regular Party field, make most of the tournaments soft there." Townsend recently hit $2 million in tracked scores and is already up to $2.2 million. He has earned $1.4 million on PokerStars alone and said of his plans for the money, "I want to continue to see things on Earth and live each day like it's the best day ever." Like other PocketFivers, he will shortly head to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, allocating some of his bankroll there and staying in a house with friends. He added, "I'm most interested in the Main Event and any Mixed Game tournaments." As we said, Townsend has been churning out solid result after solid result online as of late and sits at his highest point ever in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #49 in the world. He is #3 in Mexico and #1 in his picturesque hometown of Cabo San Lucas. "I think I've been progressing quite quickly, so we'll see how it plays out over the next year or so," he said. On the live felts, Townsend has one major score, according to the Hendon Mob, a win in a $760 WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica in 2008 for $77,000. His lifetime live haul is about double that amount. When asked who or what has been most influential in his life, Townsend singled out a recent five-time SCOOP watch winner: "The most influential person in my poker life, by far, is Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured). It's kind of ridiculous to be around people six years younger than you whom you look up to based solely on how they think." Anderson is #43 worldwide on PocketFives and was ranked #1 as recently as last November. Finally, in case you're curious, the name ricestud, Townsend's nickname across pretty much every major online poker site, comes from the fact that he attended Rice University in Texas. Creative! See who else on PocketFives has generated $2 million in tracked scores. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. Last month, PartyPokerheld a $500,000 guaranteed tournament that attracted just over 3,000 entrants at $200 a pop. A heads-up chop ended matters that saw Belgium's pablito_21 come away with $83,000. In his words, "It was already 9:00am, I was pretty tired, and because the difference between first and second was so big ($115,000 versus $55,000), I agreed to a chip chop when we were about even." Playing heads-up for 60-grand early in the morning was definitely not in the cards. "It feels pretty awesome," pablito_21 said. "I never could get a decent deep-ish run, so it felt good to bink a major on a different site. The field was relatively soft compared to PokerStars' fields and had 3,000 people with lots of satellite winners." pablito_21 started heads-up play up 2:1 in chips and felt like he had a reasonable edge. However, his opponent drew out on kings with sevens for the chip lead, which ultimately led to a chop. The top seven players finished with five-figure paydays and the top 405 landed in the money. "It kind of sucked to get kings cracked for such a huge amount of money, but I can't complain getting heads-up in a major," the Belgian player said. He now has over $600,000 in tracked scores, but said poker isn't a career. Instead, it's a hobby he enjoys while working full-time as an engineer. He is also a new father and so has seen his time stretched thin between working and changing poop-filled diapers. "I got into poker at university when a good friend introduced me to it," the PartyPoker $500,000 Guaranteed chopper said. "I wasn't really drawn to gambling at all, but the skill and reasoning parts interested me. I started playing random freerolls and after that got going from a small no-deposit bonus. To me, gambling at the time was just for degenerates who didn't understand the house always wins, but poker is different in that you don't play versus the house." He took to the internet, reading articles on basic poker strategy and began improving. "Right now, most of my relatives and friends are fine with it," pablito_21 said, "although I don't talk about it all that much." Why would a man who just chopped an online poker tournament for $83,000 not turn to the game full-time? "A couple of reasons," he said. "For one, I'm not sure how long poker will be around for, so I don't think it's viable to consider doing this long-term. I also like doing something more than playing a game for a living. Also, I think I'd go crazy if I played MTTs all the time without having much to do otherwise. The stability of a regular job is definitely nice as well, especially with a family and a kid." Last August, pablito_21 chopped the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $62,000 and, one year ago, took down a SCOOP $11 No Limit Hold'em Wrap-Up event for $38,000. All told, pablito_21 has 30 tracked wins online and is the top-ranked player in his home country. You can find him on Stars under the screen name pablito_2121. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  21. PocketFives had the opportunity to catch up with Jermz(pictured, ranked # 7 in New Jersey), who started playing poker around the fourth grade with his older brother in home games. When not playing poker, he spends time adding content to his blog. With close to $100,000 in recorded online cashes, his accomplishments include two wins in the WSOP.com $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major for over $7,000 each and a win in the PartyPoker/Borgata Poker Garden State Super Series $20,000 Guaranteed PLO Six-Max for $3,650. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. PocketFives: Give us your thoughts and experiences of regulated online poker in New Jersey. Jermz: Regulated online poker in New Jersey has been amazing and terrible at the same time. It's way better than playing on the unregulated sites after Black Friday. The action on the tables has been pretty solid. It is pretty loose and it's often pretty fun to be playing. The reason I say it's terrible at the same time is because the sites are either clueless or putting forth partial effort. There is so much room for things to improve and grow, but the proper actions just aren't taken. It makes things pretty frustrating, especially lately with good MTTs being cut away and not being replaced. The promos the sites are running are misguided or are run pretty poorly, not to mention that MTT players get the shaft in the promo department, as there are no promos run for MTTs. Do the sites really expect growth when they don't even try to get people to play? Every week there are leaderboards for sit and gos and very often there are cash game leaderboards, but what about us MTT grinders? PocketFives: What are your favorite New Jersey online poker sites to play on and why? Jermz: This is a pretty hard question, but I would have to say 888. It might be surprising, but that's the site where I've made the most money this year. Also, I really like the diversity in their MTT schedule. If they can get their guarantees higher, I think they could become the premier MTT site in New Jersey. However, their cash game action is pretty slow right now and it seems to be in a decline for a while. I have to mention that I am extremely disappointed in WSOP. For a site whose brand throws the biggest tournament series every summer in Las Vegas, they should feel embarrassed about having the worst daily tournament schedule. I am down to playing one tournament a night on there and they continually refuse to improve things. A couple of months ago, they cut my favorite small buy-in tournament from their schedule, the $1,500 Bounty, and last month they increased the nightly $10,000 buy-in. I now spend on average $7 more per night. This change came out of nowhere. There was no warning and no reason behind it. They should treat their regulars better than that. PocketFives: How many hours do you dedicate to poker a week? Jermz: I play roughly 35 to 40 hours a week. On top of that, I've been studying more lately. Also, I do a bunch of other random poker-related activities like blogging, making poker videos, checking out new promos, and boo- keeping. It's a lot of computer time. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? Why was it appealing? Jermz: I started playing poker in fourth grade. My older brother would play with his friends all the time and eventually I started joining in. It was always random home games and I don't think we ever played No Limit Hold'em. Instead, there were games like Acey Duecey, 7-27, Midnight Baseball, Five Card Draw, and many others. It appealed to me because it was exciting. You played games for money. Gambling is awesome. Also, poker involves a ton of strategy and I've always loved strategy games. PocketFives: To what do you attribute your current online success? Jermz: Determination and support from friends and family. You're going to fail and get kicked around a lot in poker, but you have to take your beatings. Use it to motivate yourself to learn even more about the game. Also, get your friends and family behind you. I only have one friend who truly has a deep understanding of poker and he has been a giant help with me becoming a winning player. All of my other friends and family might not understand the game at the level I do, but their support helps so much.
  22. It has been a rough end of 2014 for sponsored pros of some of the largest online poker sites in the world. If you're a regular reader of PocketFives, you'll know last month, PokerStarsparted ways with Marcel Luske and 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner jcada99 Joe Cada. In August, it was more of the same, as PokerStars parted wayswith Jose "Nacho" Barbero, Angel Guillen, and longtime pro Humberto Brenes. Around the same time, Ultimate Poker, a regulated US site, trimmed its roster of names like William Reynolds XOReynolds, Jeremy Ausmus, Phil USCphildoCollins, and Brent bhanks11Hanks. Reynolds responded by going on a Twitter tirade against his former employer. Jason JCarver Somerville left Ultimate Poker in recent days. So, yes, being a sponsored pro of an online poker site has been anything but stable recently. Enter Marvin Rettenmaier (pictured above), who had been on the roster of Team PartyPoker for the last two-and-a-half years. On Sunday, he announced via Facebook that he had left the PartyPoker stable: "I would like to thank PartyPoker for the good collaboration and the fun times over the last 2.5 years. Don't worry, just because I won't be with Party anymore doesn't mean that I'll need to decrease the partying in my lifestyle." The German pro added, "I'm playing Day 1 of EPT London today and since I won the first tournament with PartyPoker, it's just common sense that I will win the first one without them as well! Good luck everybody!" As outlined by F5 Poker, Rettenmaier spent two years in the top 10 of the Global Poker Index. And, according to the latter site, he spent 18 weeks at #1. He is #7 on the all-time money list for Germany, according to the Hendon Mob, and has turned in a variety of top-tier wins over the years, including the France Poker Series Main Event in Paris for $332,000 in 2011 and the following year's WPT Championship in Las Vegas for $1.1 million. In late 2012, Rettenmaier won WPT Cyprus for $287,000 and took down the EPT Prague High Roller Event several months later for another $477,000. He has $4.7 million in live winnings and passed $500,000 in winnings from brick-and-mortar tournaments every year since 2010. Rettenmaier was still listed as a PartyPoker Team Pro on the site's blog when we checked it out. Kara Scott and WPT host Mike Sexton round out the squad. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. When individual US states were given the green light to legalize internet gambling, we got excited. When Ultimate Poker became the first legal, regulated online poker room to launch in Nevada in April 2013, we got really excited. It seems, though, that the excitement of the poker community alone has not been enough to allow poker to take off in the United States fully. Let's hit some of the highlights with the help of the weekly PokerScout Scouting Report. Let's start with Ultimate Poker, the beacon of hope for American players last year. Months after the Nevada launch, it got its poker room up and running in New Jerseywhen internet gambling became legal in the Garden State. Operating with the Trump Taj Mahal, Ultimate Poker shut down its New Jersey operations last week, citing breaches of contract by Trump Taj Mahal Associates LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In Nevada, where Ultimate Poker had first mover advantage, the site now has 60 cash game players on average over the last seven days, compared to 100 for WSOP.com. And now recent reports from a number of media outlets have said that Chief Marketing Officer Todd Kobrin, Director of Poker Operations Scott Yeates, and Poker Product Manager Chris Danek have all left the company. Additionally, sponsored pro Jason JCarver Somerville, who produces the very popular video series RunItUp, announced during a live stream that he is parting ways with Ultimate Poker. Meanwhile, WSOP.com is leading in Nevada, but it too has had tough sledding. The site got a significant boost during the World Series of Poker, as thousands of people flocked to Las Vegas and were bombarded with advertisements for the site at the Rio, but according to PokerScout, traffic has fallen way off those peak levels. Even a recent 100% reload bonus and double player points did not help all that much. PokerScout reports that WSOP.com traffic was up 12% last week, but compared to the World Series boost, that's not much. Back to New Jersey, PokerScout showed a decline for the state's cash game traffic last week. Sister sites PartyPokerand Borgata Poker are the leaders with 140 cash game players, followed by WSOP.com with 120. With Ultimate Poker gone, 888 Poker is now the short stack with 55 cash game players. Sometimes we forget, but there is a third state, Delaware, that has legalized online poker. Unfortunately, Delaware is so small that the three racino-based online poker rooms are really non-factors in the grand scheme of things. That may change, though, when Delaware's interstate gaming compact with Nevada takes effect. The governors of each state signed the "Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement" in February, which allows players from one state to play on a poker site located and licensed in the other. 888 recently announced that when the Agreement takes effect, it will launch its All-American Poker Network across both states. The three online poker rooms in Delaware already run 888's software, so they will be a part of the network. WSOP.com in Nevada, which runs the software, will be the network's biggest player at the outset, and 888 will be launching two more rooms – one for Las Vegas' Treasure Island Casino and an 888-branded room. Thus, at the outset, the Nevada/Delaware AAPN will have six member rooms. PokerScout also made note of the anticipated launch of PrivateTablein California. The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel had determined that it should be allowed to exert "its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe's reservation." Class II gaming includes poker. The Tribe said it planned to launch PrivateTable in late August, but that has not happened. In the meantime, stakeholders continue to argue over the regulations for online poker in California. PokerScout's Scouting Report is a daily newsletter for the online poker industry, with in-depth data and analysis of the market. More information can be found by clicking here or contacting support@pokerscout.com. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  24. Playing under the caps-lock-hitting tHeClaImEr1, Rick TheClaimeerTrigg (pictured) took down a $200 No Limit Hold'em PartyPoker Pokerfest event late last month after a two-way deal. His reward was $35,000, helping push his lifetime online tournament winnings north of $5.3 million. The following day, Trigg was full of adrenaline, but turned in a rather poor performance at the tables. On Tuesday, one day later, he finally crashed off his high and intended to take a 20-minute nap, but instead slept for six hours. As he put it, "I think Sundays take more out of people than they imagine." Coming off victories in the Pokerfest event and Wednesday Hundred Grand as well as a final table in the Sunday Supersonic this year, Trigg's sights are set on the 2014 Yearly PLB on PocketFives. As such, he plans to sink his recent winnings into poker: "I'm not planning to buy anything, as it's head-down on the grind until the end of the year. I really want to win the Yearly PLB on PocketFives and get a good spot on the PokerStars TLB." He is fourth in the PokerStarsYearly TLB right now and tops in the Yearly PLB on PocketFives. Here's how the 2014 PocketFives Yearly PLB is stacking up now: 1. TheClaimeer - 17,393.60 points 2. PokerKaiser - 16,990.57 points 3. p0cket00 - 16,844.16 points 4. r4ndomr4gs - 16,674.61 points 5. pleno1 - 16,421.46 points 6. jbrown8777 - 16,168.51 points 7. 1bigacehole - 15,685.61 points 8. Romeopro - 15,588.81 points 9. lukethafluke - 15,579.75 points 10. rounder63 - 15,573.70 points Here's how the PokerStars Yearly TLB looks: 1. ismo
  25. After rumors rampantly raced around the industry, it was confirmed by the second largest internet gaming company that it was in discussions with "multiple parties" regarding the sale of all or parts of the business. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- The Gibraltar-based bwin.party confirmed to eGaming Reviewon Wednesday that the company is in talks with several organizations. "Further to recent media speculation regarding a possible bid for bwin.party, the Board… confirms that it has entered into preliminary discussions with a number of interested parties regarding a variety of potential business combinations with a view to creating additional value for bwin.party shareholders," the company stated in an official release. "Such discussions may or may not result in an offer being made for the company. However, as all such discussions remain at a preliminary stage, there can be no certainty as to whether or not they will result in any form of transaction with any party." While the official statement didn't list any of the potential companies, there has been speculation about the list of suitors. At the top of the list is Amaya Gaming, which recently completed the purchase of the Rational Group, the ownership behind PokerStarsand Full Tilt Poker. This possibility could potentially be a longshot, as it would give Amaya an unprecedented monopoly on the online gaming and poker market, not to mention be pricey. A "private equity firm" has been confirmed as "taking a look" at bwin.party, according to eGaming Review. The long history of bwin.party demonstrates the tumultuous nature of the online gaming industry. Originally known as betandwin.com when it was founded in 1997, bwinwas born in 2006 and became one of the strongest online sports betting sites in Europe. Founded that same year, Party Gaming went in the direction of online poker with its powerhouse site PartyPoker and, in 2009, purchased the World Poker Tour from WPT Enterprises. After two years of negotiations, the companies merged in 2011 to create the largest online gaming and poker company in the industry. Once the merger was completed, the newly created bwin.party traded on the London Stock Exchange for 205.07 pence, putting its value at over $1 billion. Since the merger, however, the stock has slipped with increased competition around the globe. After bottoming out at 101 pence in late 2012, bwin.party's stock rebounded to 154 pence in March 2013. Trading at 89.65 pence as late as October 31 of this year, the news of a potential sale drove the stock price up to 119.10 pence at the close of business on Wednesday in London. Even though the stock price isn't what it once was, bwin.party would be attractive to anyone in the online gaming and poker industry. Currently in a dead heat with Full Tilt Poker on the PokerScoutrankings for fifth place in terms cash game volume, the bwin.party poker software and customer lists would be desirable to own. The same could be said of the company's sports betting operations, considered one of the best in the industry. We'll keep you posted on the latest right here on PocketFives. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
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