Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to become just the second person to earn this honor.
When regulated online poker was launched in November 2013, it was possible, although very difficult, for players to win a Triple Crown with only three licensed networks: partypoker/BorgataPoker, 888poker/WSOP, and Ultimate Poker. To win a Triple Crown, players must win three tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. Less than a year later, Ultimate Poker permanently closed its doors making it impossible for almost two years for any player to win a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated networks.
Unlike players around the world, many players in New Jersey for the past few years didn’t have winning a Triple Crown on their radar. This all changed when PokerStars launched in the Garden State in March 2016, giving players hope of winning one of online poker’s most exclusive accolades.
“Winning a Triple Crown wasn’t something that was actually possible until PokerStars came to New Jersey and I didn’t really think about it until then,” Glauberg said.
Glauberg began his path to his first Triple Crown with two wins on August 1 by outlasting a field of 121 players in the Nightly Stars on PokerStars to win $2,555 and also finishing on top of the 142-player field in the $10,000 Guaranteed Nightly on WSOP to haul in $2,750.
At that point, Glauberg posted on the New Jersey local community with many believing he was calling his shot. However, Glauberg shared his motivation for posting was different.
“I won two of them in one day. I wanted to make sure they both qualified and realized I had about six chances left to win on BorgataPoker,” Glauberg said.
Less than one week later, Glauberg got his biggest win of the three by shipping the BorgatPoker Daily $10,000 for $3,248.
At the same time as winning a Triple Crown, Glauberg also passed the $1 million mark in online tournament cashes as tracked by PocketFives. However, Glauberg says that winning a Triple Crown was more important than the milestone number.
“One million is a cool number, but I think a Triple Crown is more difficult to achieve in New Jersey. You don’t have to be profitable to get to one million,” said Glauberg, who has been playing poker before the start of the decade getting his start while studying accounting in college and decided to pursue the game professionally after graduation.
“I play for a living since I graduated college seven years ago,” said Glauberg. “I was playing online during college and I really liked it. I graduated with an accounting major, and I didn’t really enjoy that as much as I enjoyed poker. So I decided to give online poker a shot. I just kept going and never looked back.”
One might think Glauberg got the majority of his cashes before regulated online poker came to New Jersey. However, despite the fact that he achieved Supernova Elite status on PokerStars in 2010 and 2011, this isn’t the case.
Out of Glauberg’s over $1 million in online winnings, more than $700,000 were earned on New Jersey regulated poker sites. This puts him on top of the list of most cashes by any member of the PocketFives community on New Jersey regulated sites.
Glauberg maintains a considerable lead on the New Jersey all-time online tournament cashes list with a cushion of almost $70,000 against his nearest competitor, Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger, and is over $160,000 ahead of third on the list, Haberman Jr.
PocketFives All-Time Online Cashes on NJ Networks
- Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg – $716,385
- Jeremy ‘Jermz’ Danger – $647,533
- Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. – $553,998
- David ‘phatchoy888’ Cheng – $542,981
- Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon – $528,741
- Anthony ‘Thatgood45’ Pagan – $484,416
- Fred ‘BiggDaddy’ Farrell – $482,235
- Anthony ‘tonydatiger’ Maio – $439,617
- Keith ‘donnysack’ Donovan – $422,749
- Jake ‘schaf4206’ Schafer – $394,696