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  1. 2019 marks the 50th annual World Series of Poker. The most prestigious poker festival in history has played a pivotal role in creating many of the legends and superstars of the game. To commemorate the occasion, PocketFives editorial staff each ranked the top 50 players in WSOP history in an effort to define and rank the most important, influential, and greatest WSOP players of all time. #50 - Eli Elezra BRACELETS CASHES WINNINGS TOP 10s 3 59 $1,882,898 20 When Eli Elezra picked up his first WSOP cash in 1999, nobody knew that it would lead to a career that inclu
  2. For many who take the game of poker seriously, they can point to another player who has had a profound effect on their game. Whether it’s emerging from obscurity to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, pulling off heart-stopping bluffs on High Stakes Poker, or crushing the nosebleed stakes of online poker, some of the best poker players in the world have helped to inspire generations of new players find their way in poker. We've spoken with some of the biggest stars in the game today about who it their poker idols are. Brazil’s Vivian Saliba first gained the attention of the
  3. The first gold bracelet won every summer at the World Series of Poker is always a special one. For the winner, it’s an unbelievable thrill, a tone setter, a bankroll booster, and a stress reliever all at once. For the media and fans, it’s the first of many headline-grabbing triumphs. For other competitors, it represents that there is gold at the end of the long rainbow. All of those things are great, but does success beget further success? Here’s a look at how the first gold bracelet winner of the summer has performed throughout the rest of the WSOP. For this article, PocketFives examined t
  4. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier has one WSOP bracelet this year, but narrowly missed out on a second on Wednesday night.[/caption] For the last 72 hours the attention of the poker world has been squarely on Jason Mercier thanks to his first bracelet win of the summer and the six and seven-figure bracelet bets he made before the 2016 World Series of Poker began. On Monday night, Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event for his fourth career bracelet and in the process won more money from his side action than he did for winning the actual tournament. Mercier has mul
  5. In an ongoing AMA on Reddit, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst (pictured) fielded a variety of questions, including how she stacks up against online poker players. Her response may have been surprising to some: "I'd probably suck at online pokersince I basically don't ever play, don't really know how to use programs very well, and don't have a database of stats to reference." --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated
  6. Over 2,200 entrants showed up for Event #4 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. A top prize of $360,000, just about enough for one year's worth of daily $1K events, is on the line and Kyle da_kyky Cartwright (pictured) leads the way entering the final day. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for the real royal bonus and win $1,000. --- When Friday's play began, 186 players remained, each of whom was in the money
  7. [caption width="640"] Shaun Deeb grabbed his second WSOP bracelet on Thursday in the ,500 Seven Card Stud event (WSOP photo)[/caption] Just two bracelets were awarded on Thursday at the 2016 World Series of Poker and for both winners it was there second time winning one. Shaun Deeb beat a stacked final table to win the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event just one year after winning his first bracelet. Kristen Bicknell, the 2013 Ladies Champion, won her second career bracelet by coming out on top of the $1,500 Bounty event. While Deeb and Bicknell were winning their second career bracelets, Jas
  8. [caption width="640"] It's hard to look back at the 2016 WSOP as anything but the Summer of Jason Mercier[/caption] The 2016 World Series of Poker is a wrap. Okay, yes there’s still the matter of playing down the final table of the Main Event beginning in October, but 68 of the 69 bracelets have been awarded, the Amazon Room is devoid of any poker tables and poker players have scattered around the world to rebuild their bankrolls just in time to do it all over again next summer. But this past WSOP was packed with storylines and themes including heroes, villains and of course, money – lo
  9. [caption width="640"] Vanessa Selbst won the ,000 Mixed Max No Limit event at the 2014 WSOP.[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2018 schedule hit the presses this month with the usual rollout of acclaim and complaints. A record 78 events are on the calendar for next summer but as is the case most years, a few events have been omitted. The WSOP isn’t shy about trying new events out but there are some that were there in recent years that are glaring in absence. #5 - Six Max Pot Limit Omaha The number of Pot Limit Omaha events has increased in events each year at the WSOP. More f
  10. [caption width="640"] Heidi May won the Ladies Championship on Sunday (WSOP photo)[/caption] If the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event was going to have any chance of breaking 7,000 for the first time since 2010, it needed a great turnout on Sunday for Day 1B. That’s exactly what tournament organizers got as 2,164 players turned out to push the total number of entrants through the first few flights to just under 3,000. Sunday’s great turnout wasn’t what had everybody buzzing though. It was an exciting hand that aired live on ESPN between Vanessa Selbst and Gaelle Baumann that might e
  11. [caption width="640"] Jason Somerville is giving PokerStarsNJ a chance to get up close and personal with him and his Team PokerStars Pro friends. (Neil Stoddart photo)[/caption] Jason Somerville is ready to rumble. The Team PokerStars Pro will be hosting a special Run It Up event at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on May 14 and he’s bringing along a bunch of his Team Pro friends. Run It Up, Somerville’s Twitch stream, is the most popular poker channel on the streaming site and regularly draws 10,000+ viewers. Somerville has been streaming from New Jersey for the past 31 days. Vane
  12. MIAMI 2017 When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and 2017 became real, Jason Mercier was at a Billy Joel concert in Miami, struggling to stay awake. While the Piano Man played all of his classic hits in front of a packed house, Mercier was closing the book on one of the most important and successful years of his life. In 2016, Mercier won a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title, added WSOP bracelets #4 and #5 to his collection, got engaged, won a rumored seven figures in WSOP prop bets, celebrated a milestone birthday, and got married. And then he fell
  13. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz had many millions of numbers to crunch in 2016[/caption] Many are reflecting back on the year and suggesting 2016 is a year we might want to forget. Do not let the celebrity deaths or endless talk of politics keep you from remembering some of the happier storylines the past year had to offer though. It was a memorable year in poker with countless tournaments, feuds, prop bets, cash games, and big stories. We can’t count all of big headlines of 2016, but we can relive a few of the biggest stories in this year-end edition of Number Crunch. 10 - Number of c
  14. The $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop is just a month-and-a-half away and the limited seats on offer are quickly starting to fill. Adding to the 23 participants confirmed in March, WSOP officials have revealed that 10 more players will battle it out for what could be the biggest first place prize in sports history, bringing the total to 33. WSOP officials announced on Thursday that the total attendance is now nearing 40. The recent additions to the list include Anthony Gregg, last year's winner of the One Drop High Roller Event; Igor Kurganov, the top Russian mon
  15. All good things must come to an end. And that end has come for the PCA. As PocketFives reported, when PokerStars announced the return of the PSPC in 2020 they also, unceremoniously, announced that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure would not be back in 2020, ending its run of 16 years. For many, the PCA kicked off the yearly poker calendar with players making plans to escape their winter hardships for weeks of poker, sun and waterslides. At the height of the poker boom, the PCA was one of the most popular stops on the tour as winners of the Main Event added millions to their career earni
  16. As 2018 winds down, PocketFives is taking you a trip down memory lane with a month-by-month year in review. We get things started with January and a trip the Bahamas. Vanessa Selbst Calls It Quits Word actually broke in the closing hours of 2017, but the talk around Vanessa Selbst retiring from poker carried on into the early days of 2018. Selbst, the all-time leading female money winner, announced her decision to retire via a Facebook post. In that post, she explained that she had taken a job with a New York-based hedge fund and had already been working there for a few months. Selbst di
  17. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] The latest episode of The Fives is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.[/caption] Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. After what feels like a ridiculously long hiatus, Lance Bradley and Matt Clark are back with another episode of The Fives. In this episode, the guys talk about Darryll Fish's recent win at the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open and reca
  18. One of poker’s biggest stars from the last two decades is officially on the rail with Vanessa Selbst announcing her retirement. On Sunday, Selbst announced on her Facebook page that she is formally moving away from poker as her full-time career. The Yale law degree graduate now moves toward a life in the financial world. Selbst says she has been working for a hedge fund in New York City for four months with a focus in trading research and strategy. The 33-year-old Selbst accomplished nearly everything she could have wanted to in a poker career that earned her over $11.8 million in tournamen
  19. [caption width="640"] Dzmitry Urbanovich could win more from his bracelet bets this summer than he would from the WSOP itself.[/caption] Every summer a group of fresh-faced 21 year olds make their inaugural trip to the World Series of Poker with hopes of becoming poker’s next big star. Most have honed their game playing online poker and may have tried their hand at European Poker Tour events before finding their way to Las Vegas. Mike McDonald, Tom Dwan, Annette Obrestad, and Viktor Blom are but a few of the players who had the eyes of the poker world glued to them before their maiden W
  20. The 2014 World Series of Poker started with a bang on Tuesday, as a $25,000 Mixed-Max NLHE tournament attracted 131 entrants. The winner, who will be crowned on Friday, will pocket $871,000 and the top 16 will finish in the money. Leading the remaining 60-player field is a familiar name in the poker world: Vanessa Selbst (pictured), who is #1 on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. As PokerNews detailed, Selbst flopped quad jacks in a hand against 2014 PokerStarsCaribbean Adventure High Roller winner Jake Schindler on Tuesday to assume a massive stack. As c
  21. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. The first episode of The Fives for 2018 includes Lance and Matt discussing Vanessa Selbst's decision to walk away from poker, Daniel Negreanu's goals for 2018 and his rather candid rundown of his 2017 year from a financial standpoint. They also preview the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and talk about TwoPlusTwo PokerCast Adam Schwartz completing the first stage of
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