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  1. [caption 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. GREAT NEWS: The Fives is now available on Stitcher. Check out the links below to start listening on your favorite podcast app. Live from the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Lance Bradley and Matt Clark get the low-down on the registration fiasco at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond event, give some insight into the WPT's player forum and DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THE FIVES ON STITCHER
  2. [caption width="640"] The World Poker Tour's Five Diamond World Poker Classic returns next week.[/caption] On December 5, the World Poker Tour returns to the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the $10,400 buy-in WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. The six-day affair promises to be a massive event as the tournament has made a millionaire out of every winner since 2012. Looking to take a dive into the deep end? Here’s what players need to know about the tournament itself: the Five Diamond Main Event is one of the deepest offerings on the WPT schedule lasting a full six days with Day 1 starting on December 5 and cards in the air at Noon Las Vegas time. With 90-minute levels (up until the Final Table) and 30,000 in chips, there’s plenty of room to maneuver but should the deck turn cold on you, players are allotted unlimited re-entry through Level 9. That isn’t expected to hit until approximately 5:15 pm on Day 2. Late registration runs until that time as well should your travel schedule keep you from arriving earlier or you’re simply adverse to those pesky “early levels.” One of Las Vegas’ premier poker destinations, the Bellagio Resort and Casino plays host to the tournament as it has since it’s inception as the first event of Season I when a young Danish poker player named Gus Hansen bested the field of 146 to claim the first WPT title and $556,460. In fact, it can be argued that the Five Diamond World Poker Classic is the most recognizable of the WPT tour stops due to it’s rich history of massive prizepools and final tables packed with superstars. A list of past winners of the event reads like a fantasy team of poker all-stars that includes Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Hachem and Eugene Katchalov (when it was briefly re-branded as the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic), David ‘Chino’ Rheem, Daniel Alaei, James Dempsey and Antonio Esfandiari. In more recent years, as the number of entries began to swell, some of the most talented rising stars helped solidify their names as top professionals with victories including Mohsin ‘chicagocards1’ Charania, Ravi Raghavan and regular high roller “King” Dan Smith. One of the players to watch here in 2017 is last year’s winner, the defending Five Diamond champion, James Romero. Last year Romero bested a record field of 791 players, including fellow final tablists Justin Bonomo and Jake Schindler to take home over $1.9 million. The victory easily represented the largest score of the young Oregonians career and it not only launched him into the poker spotlight but sent him into a year of live grinding that brought him over $200,000 in earnings in 2017. This is the final event of the calendar year, but it’s just past the halfway point in the WPT season. Still, the chances are fewer for players to catch the current runaway WPT Player of the Year, Art Papazyan. But if history is an indicator, the field is expected to be on the larger size and, with it being the first $10,000 buy-in of the season, first place could be more than double any other first-place prize this season, including the Guo Liang Chen’s $789,058 take home for his win at the Borgata Poker Open. Preliminary events are running now with a pair of $25,000 High Rollers scheduled for December 8 and 9. For those looking to win their way into the Main Event, the Bellagio is holding a series of $1,100 satellites from December 3-6. The Final Table, set to take place on December 10, will be filmed for television complete with anchor Lynn Gilmartin and commentators Vince Van Patten and Tony Dunst on hand. Additionally, every hand will be streamed live via the PokerGo app.
  3. [caption width="640"] Playing on playMGMpoker this month could send you to the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic (WPT photo)[/caption] For November only, PocketFivers in New Jersey can win one of three $535 World Poker Tour Five Diamond super satellite tickets simply by playing tournaments on playMGMpoker.com. Players can earn leaderboard points by cashing in tournaments on PlayMGMpoker.com throughout the month of November. Points are awarded based on the PocketFives.com Leaderboard Formula and only results from PlayMGMPoker count towards the leaderboard. Points are earned only AFTER players opt in to the leaderboard. The three players who earn the most leaderboard points during this time will each win a $535 WPT Five Diamond Super Satellite ticket good for entry to the December 3 Super Satellite. That Super Satellite awards one $12,000 WPT Five Diamond package, including $10,400 buy-in and $1,600 travel, for every 24 players entered and at least one seat is guaranteed. This is the first time that New Jersey players have been able to qualify for a Las Vegas WPT event. "The leaderboard is just another way for us to give back to our loyal New Jersey community," said Lance Bradley, PocketFives President and Editor in Chief. "We'd love nothing more than for one of our members to turn that $535 ticket into a World Poker Tour title." One of the most prestigious WPT events on the schedule, the Five Diamond Poker Classic, which has a $10,400 buy-in, is set to take place December 5-10 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to extend this to a national offering, with playMGMpoker sponsoring our online satellite program into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic; allowing for participants in New Jersey to compete amongst the best players at an MGM Resorts Destination in Las Vegas,” said Ray Stefanelli, Executive Director of Online Gaming for playMGMpoker. Players who finish 4th - 10th on the leaderboard each receive a PocketFives hooded sweatshirt. To be eligible for this promotion you must have your PlayMGMpoker screen name listed on your PocketFives.com profile. Click here to do that (be sure to select “PlayMGM” from the list of sites). Once you've done that, make sure you visit the PlayMGMpoker WPT Five Diamond Leaderboard and click the green OPT IN button.
  4. [caption width="640"] Ryan Tosoc beat Alex Foxen to win the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic (Joe Giron/WPT photo)[/caption] One year ago Ryan Tosoc outlasted everybody but James Romero to win the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic. Sunday night at the Bellagio he did one better, beating Alex Foxen heads-up to win the WPT Five Diamond and $1.9 million. It took just over 90 minutes for the first elimination of the final table. Richard Kirsch raised to 150,000 from the cutoff, Mike Del Vecchio re-raised to 500,000 from the small blind. Kirsch moved all in for 1,180,000 and Del Vecchio called. Kirsch tabled [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found himself behind Del Vecchio's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] to eliminate Kirsch in sixth place. Just 30 minutes later, another player was sent to the rail. Sean Perry, who came into the final day with the chip lead, raised to 120,000 from the button and Ajay Chabra called from the big blind. After the [poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"] flop, Chabra check-called Perry's 220,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="8s"]. Chabra checked again and Perry bet 500,000. Chabra eventually check-raised to 1,450,000. Perry moved all in for 7,765,000 and Chabra called all in. Perry tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] while Chabra had [poker card="7c"][poker card="2c"]. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Chabra was eliminated in fifth place. A few hands after giving up the chip lead to Alex Foxen, Perry's attempt at winning the tournament that began the day he turned 21 was cut short. Foxen opened to 180,000 from UTG, Del Vecchio made 520,000 from the button, Perry moved all in for 3,345,000 from the small blind and Tosoc called from the big blind. Foxen and Del Vecchio both folded and Perry tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"] while Tosoc showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"]. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"] to hit both players to keep Tosoc ahead. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the [poker card="5s"] river completed the board, and eliminated Perry in fourth. Del Vecchio, the only previous WPT champion to make the final table, was eliminated just 15 minutes later. Foxen raised to 200,000 from the button and Del Vecchio moved all in for 2,280,000 from the small blind. Tosoc called from the big blind and Foxen folded. Tosoc tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] while Del Vecchio was live with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"] flop changed nothing and neither did the [poker card="2s"] turn or [poker card="ts"] river to send Del Vecchio out in third place. Heads up play began with Tosoc holding about 60% of the chips in play. While the first four eliminations of the final table took 75 hands, it took Tosoc another 49 to pick up the final elimination and secure his victory. Tosoc raised to 500,000 from the button, Foxen moved all in for 2,900,000 and Tosoc called. Foxen was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"] to Tosoc's [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"] but the [poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="jc"] runout gave Tosoc a king-high straight to end the tournament and make the Tosoc the final WPT champion of 2017. Final Table Payouts Ryan Tosoc - $1,958,065 Alex Foxen - $1,134,202 Mike Del Vecchio - $752,196 Sean Perry - $504,090 Ajay Chabra - $350,500 Richard Kirsch - $271,736
  5. [CAPTION=97%] Getting the opportunity to escape the New Jersey winter and play for life-changing money in Las Vegas sounds fantastic. Now, thanks to playMGMpoker.com, you can do just that. PlayMGMpoker, another skin on the same network as BorgataPoker.com and partypokerNJ.com, is running satellites to the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic with at least one $12,000 package guaranteed on Sunday. The $535 buy-in event, which awards one WPT package for every 24 players, runs at 6:20 pm Sunday night. “The ability to qualify New Jersey online gaming players into desirable land-based Borgata poker events has been an extremely valuable resource in helping our poker network grow and succeed within the market,” said Ray Stefanelli, Executive Director of Online Gaming for playMGMpoker. The Five Diamond Poker Classic runs December 5 - 10 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The $12,000 package includes the $10,400 buy-in to the WPT Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio plus $1,600 to cover airfare and hotel. As an added bonus, the package includes a complimentary first-night stay at the Bellagio. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to extend this to a national offering, with playMGMpoker sponsoring our online satellite program into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic; allowing for participants in New Jersey to compete amongst the best players at an MGM Resorts Destination in Las Vegas.” Players can work their way through qualifiers starting at $10. This marks the first time that New Jersey players have been able to qualify for a WPT event outside of the Garden State. Previous qualifiers have sent numerous players to various events at the Borgata. If you don't already have a playMGMpoker.com account, sign up now and use promo code "P5" when making your first deposit of $50 or more and you'll get $25 free, a 100% deposit bonus up to $1,000 PLUS two $10 tournament tickets that you can use to play the $10 Daily WPT qualifiers. SIGN UP NOW.
  6. [caption width="640"] NJ poker players can win their way into the WPT Five Diamond in Las Vegas on Sunday.[/caption] Poker players in New Jersey can win their way to the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic on Sunday, thanks to playMGMpoker.com. The Super Satellite, which has a $535 buy-in runs at 6:20 pm Sunday night and awards one WPT package, valued at $12,000, for every 24 players in the tournament. There is at least one seat guaranteed. Players looking to get in on the cheap can play the $55 Turbo Qualifier at 5:20 pm where 1 in 11 players moves on to the $535 Super Satellite and, again, at least one seat is guaranteed. The Five Diamond Poker Classic runs December 5 - 10 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. This marks the first time that New Jersey players have been able to qualify for a WPT event outside of their home state since regulated online poker launched. “The ability to qualify New Jersey online gaming players into desirable land-based Borgata poker events has been an extremely valuable resource in helping our poker network grow and succeed within the market,” said Ray Stefanelli, Executive Director of Online Gaming for playMGMpoker. Players have previously been able to qualify for WPT events held at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel & Casino. Sending players to another MGM-owned property makes perfect sense to Stefanelli. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to extend this to a national offering, with playMGMpoker sponsoring our online satellite program into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic; allowing for participants in New Jersey to compete amongst the best players at an MGM Resorts Destination in Las Vegas.” The WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the most prestigious and long-running events on tour. Previous winners include Joe Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, Gus Hansen and Mohsin Charania. If you don't already have a playMGMpoker.com account, sign up now and use promo code "P5" when making your first deposit of $50 or more and you'll get $25 free, a 100% deposit bonus up to $1,000 PLUS two $10 tournament tickets that you can use to play the $10 Daily WPT qualifiers. SIGN UP NOW.
  7. Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen stormed onto the poker scene in 2017 with a year that saw him win more than $1.7 million on the live felt. His 2018 turned out even bigger, as Foxen earned nearly $4.5 million ahead of the December Super High Roller Bowl. A large portion of those winnings came in the later stages of the year, and with the way Foxen is performing right now, the Super High Roller Bowl could end up being quite the icing on the cake to cap off an incredible 365 days. "It feels really good," Foxen said of all the success he's enjoyed in 2018. "I've definitely worked really hard in the last few years and seeing it pay off feels really good. I'm just trying to keep getting better." Like in any area of life, confidence can translate to success, and that’s often something you see at poker tables around the world. At times, success in poker is simply a result of everything coming together. Other times, it's an adjustment or two that one makes to his or her strategy. For Foxen, it's about understanding there's always room to improve and a nonstop willingness to put in the work to do so. "I think just the constant attention to the fact that you're making mistakes every day," Foxen said when asked if there's anything differently he's doing lately in regards to his game. "I think that's one of the things that gives me room to improve. I'm just constantly looking for things that I'm doing wrong, whereas I feel like some people may become complacent in thinking that they're playing spots well or they will take a profitable line when it may not be the most profitable. I'm just focusing on trying to play as well as I possibly can everyday and fix mistakes that I made the day before." One thing Foxen is certainly doing differently this year is competing in the mammoth buy-in Super High Roller Bowl that comes with a $300,000 cost of entry. "It's really cool," Foxen said of competing in the Super High Roller Bowl. "It's a really cool experience to be here. It’s a lot of the people I play with all of the time, so as far as the player pool is concerned, it's not really anything new to me at all. I’ve been playing a lot with these people in the last year or so. It's nothing too new in that regard, but as far as the attention of the event and all of that, it’s really cool." Whether or not his Super High Roller Bowl experience turns into another big payday for the football player turned poker player, Foxen closed out 2018 in impressive fashion. He was recently featured on PocketFives in the 'Movers & Shakers' piece thanks to rising to a new all-time high in the online poker rankings. As November came to a close, Foxen won the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic for $43,057, among several other big scores, and he carried that momentum over into December when he won big at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas. In Vegas at Bellagio, Foxen won a $5,000 no-limit hold'em tournament for $246,768 after topping a field of 159 entries. The series had a second $5,000 event and Foxen took fourth in that one from a field of 121 entries for $49,882. As if that's not enough, Foxen took third in one of the festival's $25,000 high roller tournaments for $175,000. Of course, all of this came one year after he placed second in the WPT Five Diamond Main Event for a career-best $1.134 million. Whether or not his play in the Super High Roller Bowl results in another impressive score for Foxen is left unsaid. What we do know is that he's proven he wasn't just a one-hit wonder and is here to stay, especially if he continues to put up big result after big result in what can only be described as dominating fashion. "I don't really have any, as far as poker's concerned, specific goals in mind," Foxen said when asked about his greater career aspirations. "Being the best is always the goal. That's just a constant attempt that you'll really never make it to, so there's always something new to strive for." The Super High Roller Bowl Smith is being aired on the online subscription-based PokerGO, and you can get $10 off an annual subscription through using the code "Pocket5s" when signing up. *Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  8. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters are back for another episode of The Fives. This week they discuss the early end of the Rich Alati bathroom prop bet, the record turnout at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio and talk about Dylan Linde's huge win. They also recap all of the action from the European Poker Tour stop in Prague and talk about Dan Smith's Double Up Drive. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  9. Chino Rheem is about as polarizing of a figure as you’ll find in today’s world of poker, but for all of the issues he’s had over the years, there’s no denying his ability to perform on the game’s largest stages. Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, final tabled the WSOP Main Event, and amassed more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings. Coming off a first-place score for more than $1.5 million in the 2019 PCA Main Event, Rheem recently became the 41st poker player in history to win more than $10 million from live poker tournaments. Here’s a look at the five biggest scores of Rheem’s poker career. 7th in 2008 WSOP Main Event ($1,772,650) Rheem had been around the poker world for a handful of years before the 2008 World Series of Poker, and he even had a second-place finish in a gold bracelet event in 2006 that earned him $327,981. He truly made waves in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, though, when he aggressively splashed his way through the 6,844-player field to reach the final table in what was the first-ever WSOP November Nine. Rheem entered the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table in sixth position on the leaderboard. His run ultimately ended in seventh place after he got the last of his money in with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"] against Peter Eastgate’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qd"]. A queen hit the flop, and that was all she wrote for Rheem, who was sent to the rail with a $1.772 million prize. 1st in 2019 PCA Main Event ($1,567,100) The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event attracted 865 entries. With six players left, Rheem entered the final day with the chip lead. He busted all five of his opponents to win the 2019 PCA Main Event and capture its $1.567 million first-place prize. This result proved to be, at the time, the second largest of Rheem's career, just behind his WSOP Main Event seventh-place finish. It also moved him to more than $10.5 million in live tournament earnings and he became the 74th player to eclipse the $10 million earnings mark, per HendonMob. 1st in WPT Five Diamond ($1,538,730) Rheem was one of 497 entries in the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic event at Bellagio in 2008. The event was part of Season VII of the WPT and featured a buy-in of $15,400. The prize pool was $7.231 million, of which Rheem got the most of when he scored the $1.538 million top prize. It was the first of Rheem’s three World Poker Tour titles and came just a month after he finished seventh in the World Series of Poker Main Event. At this final table, Rheem had stiff competition in the form of Justin Young, Evan McNiff, Steve Sung, Amnon Filippi, and Hoyt Corkins. 1st in WPT World Championship ($1,150,297) To conclude Season XI of the World Poker Tour, Rheem won the $25,500 buy-in WPT World Championship. The event was held at Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2013 and attracted 146 entries to create a $3.54 million prize pool. In the end, it was Rheem against Erick Lindgren for the title, with Rheem coming out on top to win a $1.15 million payday and his second WPT title. 1st in Epic Poker League Event #1 ($1,000,000) Currently standing as the fifth largest score of Rheem’s poker career is a victory in the now defunct Epic Poker League. Rheem won the EPL’s first title, defeating a field of 137 entries in the $20,000 buy-in tournament to score the $1 million top prize. At the final table, Rheem out-battled runner-up Erik Seidel and third-place finisher Jason Mercier en route to the title and million dollar payday.
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