Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy, but while ‘lena900’ has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round.
If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he’ll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin ‘BeL0WaB0Ve’ Saul.
p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16)
Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael ‘StrungOut1’ Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives.
SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15)
Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn’t an easy one though. David ‘Doc Sands’ Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance.
gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14)
It somehow feels like Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross’ $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross’ way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit.
r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13)
djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12)
With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede ‘lena900’.
1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11)
This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin ‘BeL0WaB0Ve’ Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker’s most prestigious hardware.
Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9)
Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz a threat to upset Tim ‘Tmay420’ West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He’s won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events.