For the fourth time in five weeks there has been a change at the top of the PocketFives Rankings but while change seems to be the constant at the top, it's just two players going toe-to-toe.
Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez pushed past 'lena900' to retake the #1 spot thanks to a runner-up finish in the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller that resulted in the second largest score, both in terms of cash and PLB points, in his career. Gonzalez outlasted 209 of the 210 other players in the $5,200 buy-in event to win $163,525 and 677.65. The only time he's earned more in either category came in September 2016 when he finished runner up in the PokerStars World Championship Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $355,731 and 683.22 points.
Gonzalez also had a win in the partypoker $530 High Roller event on February 7 to win $11,049 and 201.25 points. Those two scores pushed Gonzalez's PLB points total over 10,000 for the first time ever.
While Gonzalez had a week that saw him add 878.9 points to his total, Sweden's 'lena900' added 305 points to his total from two wins. He started the week off with a win in the partypoker Six Max Turbo High Roller for $8,800 and 148.32 points. On Sunday he took down the PokerStars Six Max €20,000 guaranteed for $6,383 and 156.68 points. He now trails Gonzalez by 535.55 points.
As has been the case for most of the past two years, Swedish players continue to dominate the top 10 spots. Right behind 'lena900' at #3 is fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' who had a week that included his three largest PLB scores ever. His week started with a third place finish in the Powerfest Super High Roller for $123,963 and 531.32 points. He followed that up with a win in the pokerStars Thursday Thrill for $45,206/504.98 and then took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $56,056 and 609.92 points. He trails 'lena900' by just 196.23 points and is 731.78 points out of first.
While the top three players all remain relatively close in terms of points, the gap between that group and the rest of the top 10 continues to grow. Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov held on to the #4 spot with only one qualifying cash. Dimitrov won the Black Chip Poker BIG10 for $3,649 and 137.68 points and now finds himself 1,855.74 points behind 'C Darwin2' and 2,587.52 points behind Gonzalez.
While the names in the top four spots didn't change, there was considerable movement in the rest of the group. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro moved from #9 to #5 thanks to a win in the Big €100 on PokerStars.fr and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up that garnered him 535.19 points.
'Pappadogg' continued his ascension, moving from #7 to #6, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth dropped from #5 to #7, 'inhoo' moved from #10 to #8 and Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren fell from #6 to #10.
The biggest jump of the week though belonged to the fifth and final Swede in the top 10. 'Ariados' put together four qualifying cashes this past week, including the largest PLB score of his career. 'Ariados' won the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller for $226,825 and a whopping 1,027.13 points. He also won a PokerStars.fr €100 Nightly for 147.62 points, finished 16th in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for 115.56 points and then topped the Winamax High Roller on Sunday for $16,701 and 261.27 points.
Dropping out of the top 10 this week was Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg, who fell all the way to #17.
|1||Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez||10,091.25||2|
|4||Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov||7,503.73||4|
|5||Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro||7,242.00||9|
|7||Andras 'probirs' Nemeth||7,031.78||5|
|9||Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren||6,959.32||6|