That data is now available for everyone, and it's all just another complement to our ever-growing system of ranking players on PocketFives.com.
"Who are the top players ages 25-39 in Texas?" Before today, it would have taken a bit of research to figure out that jeffbeesdat rests at the top of that list. Now it can be found with a couple simple clicks of the mouse. Sliding PLB data is used to rank players in each subgroup of the site, narrowed down at your discretion as you browse through our new searchable rankings console. You can also compute a Monthly PLB for any month in which we have data and generate a 2007 Yearly PLB to see, for instance, who the top Swedish players are so far this year.
With all these choices, which rankings will you find most intriguing? We now have a console on the front page of the site that allows each user to customize their own personal leader board to follow. The World Wide Rankings will always feature many of the top MTT players on the net, but not everyone out there strives (or has time) to be the best in the world. I might start playing more just to see if I can get to the top 5 in Costa Rica. If I want to follow my progress in the Costa Rican rankings, I can set up my front page console so that every time I log into the site, I'll see a list of my top 10 competitors.
Now that we're tracking many of the tournaments with smaller prizepools, more and more online poker players will have an opportunity to become ranked in at least one subset of our Sliding PLB. As our database grows for these smaller tournaments, we will also be adding at least one new category to the searchable criteria in which certain bigger buy-in/prizepool events are excluded. This ensures that smaller bankroll players will have an opportunity to be ranked strictly against others who play tournaments that are similar in size. In other words, this will be a whole new rankings system geared entirely towards players in the low and medium buy in tournaments.
We're very excited to be able to bring this product to our users, and we sincerely hope that all of you will find something new and interesting in our latest updates. Click here to get started with our new sortable rankings. At the bottom of that page, you'll find a button to make a specific leaderboard your own personal leaderboard on the front page of the site. As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions, and most importantly, enjoy!