PocketFiver Faraz Jaka Wins over $100,000 at the Los Angeles Poker Classic

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For more than three years, online tournament players have made use of poker-related content on our public forums. The PocketFives.com Poker Discussion Forum is a place where online players meet to discuss strategy, cheer-on fellow members, and share information on a wide range of topics from who the best online tournament players are to poker has grown into a mainstream pastime.

Faraz "The-Toilet" Jaka, a senior Economics student at the University of Illinois at Urbana, won the $1k preliminary event at the Los Angeles Poker Classic this week for over $100,000. Formerly ranked as high as #24 in the PocketFives.com Rankings, Mr. Jaka won back-to-back major tournaments in 2007 -- the UltimateBet $200k Guaranteed and the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, for a combined total of $110,000.

In a recent interview with PocketFives.com which can be found here, Faraz tells their reporter, "As far as 2008 goes, I am still in school finishing off my last semester, so I have to cut out on a lot of playing time to focus on grades. I plan on playing in the 2008 WSOP, though. In the long run, I consider myself an entrepreneur first and a poker player second. I plan on traveling the EPT and WPT events all year long, but every now and then I will take a few months off to pursue some business ideas. I plan on using the money I make from poker to finance investments in real estate, the stock market, and future entrepreneurial endeavors."

This week saw one PocketFives.com member capture the Triple Crown by winning three online tournaments on three different sites in a one week period. PocketFiver "Improved" accomplished this feat by taking down the PokerStars $25k Guaranteed, the UltimateBet $20k Bounty tournament, and the Bodog $30 rebuy… all from February 23rd to February 28th.

Jon "PearlJammer" Turner moved up to the #4 spot in the PocketFives.com Rankings this week, and has reached a total of 29 online tournament final tables so far in 2008. He took the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand in February for $33,700 and continues to be one of the highest-volume players on the Net. After winning the PokerStars Monthly Sunday Million ($530 buy-in) for $278,000, P5'er "bhanks11" entered the rankings at #68 in the world, as "xxjondxx" enters the rankings at #88 on the heels of his victory in the AbsolutePoker $1k and final table showing in the PokerStars $1k Super Tuesday.

This week's guest on the PocketFives.com Podcast is Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger, whose recent contribution to a front-page article on the site received a lot of positive feedback. Andy has had success in both online tournaments and cash games; including a 3rd Place finish in the Full Tilt $1k for a score of $107,000. He is viewed by his peers as one of the toughest mid-stakes cash game players in the world, and talks about tournament hand ranges in his Podcast interview. Listeners can subscribe to this Podcast via iTunes, or they can access the program from the Podcast Landing Page here.

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