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Rankings Update: The rdcrsn Formula

Last week, rdcrsn (pictured) taught us all how to crack the top 10 (win over $100k in 7 days or less, remember?). This week, he continued his benevolent ways by bestowing upon us a formula for the next crucial step: advancing within the top ten. The formula is quite simple really: just win a tournament worth $141,000. That's all, no sweat right? Rdcrsn won the PokerRoom $500,000 Guaranteed Grand Tournament XXI for that very amount, and in doing so he moved into 9th place in the PocketFives.com World Wide Rankings.

In the top 20 four players made strides towards the top. Moorman1 (pictured left) had another impressive week, this time consisting of three different 5-figure scores. He won the PokerRoom $50,000 European Rebuy for $14,600, placed 2nd in the FullTilt $750,000 Guarantee for $36,592, and finished 4th in the FullTilt Sunday Mulligan for $15,230. These results boosted him up into 11th, two better than his previous ranking. Also advancing by two is gboro780. He is now 15th. Shaundeeb is right behind him at 16th. Djk123 won two tournaments–the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand and a PokerStars $109 Rebuy–for a total of $66,386. Two hard fought wins allowed him to take over 18th (previously 27th).

Moving on to the top 50, there are five players attempting to stir up the rankings. Goodvibe (pictured right) cashed for $24,217 last week and improved to 30th. Rizen won the UltimateBet $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty and took over 34th. Sketchy1 made five final tables, including a 4th place finish in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $11,192. His new ranking is 44th, eleven better than last time. Makavelyces won a PokerStars $55 Rebuy for $10,713 and is now 48th. Ship Happens finds himself at 49th this week after winning the FullTilt $65,000 Guarantee for $31,632.

In the top 100, at least six players had weeks worth mentioning. ElMastermind won the PokerStars $215 Rebuy for $46,485, won the FullTilt Turbo $20,000 Guarantee for $11,232, and placed 2nd in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $11,960. This nice run helped him jump 19 spots into 54th. THEDONATOR (pictured left) had a great week as well. He won a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $31,709 and the very next day placed 2nd in another $109 Rebuy for $15,208. This facilitated a large move up (28 places to be exact) to 61st. Pbdrunks continues the trend of big jumpers as he climbed 19 in getting to 64th. He won the PokerStars $20,000 Guaranteed, won the FullTilt $25,000 Guarantee, and took 3rd in the FullTilt $64,000 Guarantee for a grand total of more than $35k.

The next three players in the top 100 are Mkind16 (pictured right), Anbessa, and Zugwat. Mkind won the UltimateBet $20k Guaranteed and improved to 70th in the rankings. Anbessa, a huge mover in this week's update, final tabled seven tournaments and won three of them, the most significant of which was a win in the UltimateBet $200k Guaranteed for $48,048. He is now ranked 71st (previously 99th). Zugwat took over 81st after a solid performance in the PokerStars Super Tuesday, where he finished 3rd for $33,681.

New or returning to the rankings are GhettoFabolous, The-Toilet, aaronbeen (pictured left), stevoL, and bigredAK (ranked 86th, 88th, 95th, 97th, and 99th respectively). GhettoFabolous took 4th in the PokerStars SuperTuesday for $26,160 and 1st in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $23,898. The-Toilet won the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty and went out in 3rd in the FullTilt $55,000 Guarantee. Aaronbeen finished 5th in the PokerStars SuperTuesday for $19,620. SteveoL, the #1 ranked player in Australia, took 2nd in the FullTilt $60,000 Guarantee. BigredAK won the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand for $27,786.

That does it for this update, but be sure to check back next week for all the news and action on the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.

Closer Look: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!”

Beautiful Australia. The land of crocodiles, kangaroos, backwards spinning toilet water and of course the 2005 Main Event champion, Joe Hachem. Since 2005, the chant "Aussie, Aussie Aussie! Oy, oy oy!" has at one point or another rattled the eardrums of poker players and fans across the world signaling the arrival of a new breed of competitor from down under. I can't say for sure that any of these top Aussie players have tamed a wild crocodile, like say Steve Irwin, however I think their ferocious nature at the tables would garner the respect of The Crodile Hunter nonetheless. Without further ado, here are the top five players from Australia.

Holding the top spot in all of Australia is steveL from South Yarra, Victoria. At the young age of 21, steve has already won 15 tournaments online. Thus far, the largest single injection to his bankroll came last August when he finished 2nd in the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand for $18,191. He has also won the FullTilt $55,000 Guarantee for $15,788 and the PokerStars $20,000 Guaranteed for another $9,828. It seems this Aussie has a knack for closing the deal with countless final tables under his belt and a high percentage of wins. In fact, he has already won two tournaments this year, namely the FullTilt $16,000 Guarantee and the UltimateBet $19,000 Guaranteed for a total of $12,774. Such accomplishments place him at the very top of the down under list with 4,505 PLB points.

Biting at the heels of steveL is Triple Crown Winner Alex "garage13" Dickinson (pictured top) from Melbourne, Victoria. At only 23, Alex puts in a hefty amount of volume across multiple sites. Since he captured his Triple Crown at the beginning of 2007 he has won upwards of 20 tournaments including six already in 2008. Just a few weeks ago he won the FullTilt $55,000 Guarantee for $20,363 and he also won the PartyPoker $20,000 Guaranteed on the same day. His propensity to final table and ultimately close so many tournaments is as inspiring as it is deserving of respect. At the moment he has 4093 PLB points, but don't expect his score to stay still for long.

Coming in at 3rd is 25 year old Jason "Aussie_JaY" Mellross from Geelong, Victoria (AUSSIE_JASE on PokerStars and 20KJAY on FullTilt). Last year he cashed in on three 5-figure scores, the most impressive of which was a 2nd place finish in the FTOPS Event #5 for $66,668 and a 4th place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $73,440. In addition to his online achievements, Jason has also made over $122k in the live arena. Most notably he took 2nd in the $1000 No Limit Hold'em event at the Bellagio Cup II in 2006 for $51,005 and finished 280th in the last WSOP Main Event for $45,422. As of this writing, he has 3659 PLB points and an enviable poker resume.

#4 in Australia is student/poker player Bond18 (pictured left) from Melbourne, Victoria (milwkid on PokerStars, muckthenuts on FullTilt). Bond18 attained a Triple Crown of his own in 2007. His most juicy score was an outright win in the FullTilt Sunday Mulligan for $27,150. He also won the FullTilt $40,000 Guarantee for $15,488 and the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty for $9,555. He has been labeled a rising star and for good reason. The volume he puts in could be considered substantially less than some of the other players, however he makes it work and is definitely a player to watch in 2008 (and you should also watch for his rare but hilarious posts). Currently Bond18 has 3678 PLB.

The last Aussie to make the cut is Daniel "Kochan" Kochan from Sydney, New South Wales (puntnko on PokerStars). He won eight tournaments in 2007 including a nice win in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $29,865. On top of that he has also won the FullTilt $25,000 Guarantee, the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty, and the FullTilt $20,000 Guarantee Turbo for a total of $27,805. Like Bond18, Kochan plays less volume but still manages to make an impact whenever he sits down at the felt. As a result he has 2846 PLB points and rounds out the top five players from Australia.

Until next time, check out how you rank amongst your city, state, country and more at P5s Sortable Rankings.

Stars Adds Steps Leading to the EPT

If you've ever dreamed of one day playing in a big buy-in live event, PokerStars may have just made it easier for you to realize that dream. They recently added steps leading to both the EPT Monte Carlo and the EPT Warsaw.

The total prize package for Monte Carlo is valued at $19,250, and the Warsaw prize package is valued at $11,350. Registration for these step sit & go's are open all the time and can be entered for as little as 500 FPP's or $7.50. Also, those that have leftover PCA step tickets can now use them for the EPT steps.

These steps offer a unique opportunity for any player to satellite into two big-time events. If you don't already have an account with PokerStars now is a great time to sign up, as they are offering a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to $50. Click here to sign-up. See below for more information on the structure and payouts of the steps.


Rankings Update: rdcrsn and How to Crack the Top Ten

So what does it take to crack the top ten? Well, here's one suggestion: get close, then win over $100k in one day. It's a proven method; just ask rdcrsn (pictured). Last sunday he took 2nd in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $26,579 and 3rd in the FullTilt $1 Million Guarantee for $82,986. This added some serious fuel to his fire, hurling him into 10th place and leaving his previous ranking of 14th in the rearview mirror.

In the top 20, moorman1 and gboro780 (pictured left) both advanced three spots, placing them in 13th and 17th respectively. Moorman1 did so behind three final tables and a big win in the FullTilt $50,000 Guarantee for $21,960. Gboro made two final tables, taking 2nd in the PokerStars $20,000 Guaranteed and 7th in the PokerStars $215 Rebuy for a total of $13,674.

Moving on to the top 50, scarface_79 and Bakes (pictured right) were able to move up substantially. Scarface_79 gained a lot of ground after securing two more 5-figure scores. He took 2nd in the PokerStars $55 Rebuy for $10,536 and 1st in the FullTilt Sunday Mulligan for $40,749. His new ranking is 37th (previously 46th). Bakes moved up ten and into 49th after winning a huge PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $40,750.

In the second half of the rankings, five players are trying (with success) to trampoline their way up the leaderboard. Sketchy1 (pictured left) improved his status by a staggering 27 places. He won the FullTilt $55,000 Guarantee for $20,888 and finished 3rd in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $33,578. He is now 55th. Basebaldy went from 76th to 62nd. He made two final tables, including a win in the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty for $9,689. USCphildo made four final tables, the biggest of which was a 2nd place finish in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $13,100. His new ranking is 66th, fourteen better than last week.

The final two players improving in the top 100 are Cdbr3799 (pictured right) and Charder. Cdbr won the PokerStars $25,000 Guaranteed for $20,950 and is now ranked 75th (previously 87th). Charder picked up 11 spots after winning three tournaments and final tabling five others. He won the FullTilt $16,000 Guarantee, the FullTilt $20,000 Guarantee, and the PokerStars $22 Rebuy. All in all, his week was worth over $32k.

New to the rankings are ElMastermind (73rd), THEDONATOR (89th), and Anbessa (90th). ElMastermind came screaming into the rankings after winning the FullTilt Sunday Brawl for $64,930 AND the PokerStars $215 Rebuy for $46,485. THEDONATOR won the FullTilt $1k Monday for $93,260, and Anbessa took 2nd in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $52,948.

A very exciting week in the rankings to say the least. Check back next time for all the updates and action on PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.

Poker Stars Continues to Shine

It is unfortunate, but true that there has been quite a bit of scandal and concern within the online poker community over the past couple of years. Nevertheless, it seems that PokerStars has always made a concerted effort to separate themselves from such sore-spots while also actively trying to improve the environment that we play in. No other site serves it's customers with such devotion and integrity, and for this very reason PokerStars is the #1 choice for thousands of people worldwide.

PokerStars has always been the pioneering force within the industry. Who could forget that they were the first card room to produce a no-limit hold'em tournament with a guaranteed prize-pool of $1 million dollars? We ask, and they deliver. PokerStars is not the typical mammoth sized business where requests and suggestions fall upon deaf ears. They are constantly improving and trying to remain in tune with us, the players. Just recently members of the PocketFives community petitioned PokerStars to ban a known online cheater from the PCA. Guess what PokerStars did several days later…

From one perspective it could be said that there is a symbiotic relationship present between the players and the sites themselves. Each has a vested interest in the other, and as a result we as players have the ability to demand only the very best from the sites we trust our money with. PokerStars is up to the challenge though. They boast the biggest weekly tournament on the planet with a chance to satellite in for as little as a few dollars, all while providing the highest levels of security.

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in some of the negative news floating around the online poker scene. At the very least it is reassuring to know that PokerStars continues to present a respectable and progressive image of online poker to the world. So rejoice about the fact that we have a site to play on that was built with integrity. For those of you who do not yet have an account with PokerStars, they are running a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to $50 for 2008. The bonus code is "First2008" and you can sign up here.

For most of you who already have an account, good luck at the tables and I hope to see you there!

Rankings Update: SowersUNCC in the Top 10 (again)

This week in the PocketFives.com World Wide Rankings, two high-profile pros moved up into the top 10. The first is Triple Crown winner AJKHoosier1. He was able to climb up another rung on the top ten ladder into 7th. The second player is SowersUNCC (pictured), who burst the top ten bubble and took over 10th (previously 12th). Since the last update, Sowers finished 2nd in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $26,368.

In the top 20, four players are on the rise. Tmay420 (pictured left) moved up yet another three spots and is closer than ever to returning to his original ranking of number one. For now he is ranked 13th, but don't blink. DuckU is back in the rankings update, and this time he improved by two which places him in 15th.

Moorman1 (pictured right) had an exceptional week taking down two tournaments and final tabling two others. He won the PartyPoker High Roller $30k Gtd for $17,780 and also won the FullTilt $16,000 Guarantee (rebuy). In addition, he got 3rd in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy and 2nd in the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty. He is now ranked 16th. Shaundeeb picked up three spots in the rankings, putting him in the top 20 at 19th.

Moving on to the top 50, there are five players acting up. T soprano (pictured left) had three 5-figure scores last week. He won the PokerStars $25,000 Guaranteed for $17,925, won a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $15,690, and placed 4th in the FullTilt Sunday Brawl for $24,538. He is now 29th (previously 35th). All In At 420 is the unfortunate player assigned the task of following t soprano, but he did just fine with that. He won the FullTilt $55,000 Guaranteed for $19,875, won the FullTilt $18,000 Guarantee, and finished 6th in the PokerStars $215 Rebuy. He is now seven better than before at 43rd.

Right behind All In At 420 are intervention (pictured right) and Bill Ivey, coming in at 44th and 45th respectively. Intervention realized a payday of $40k as he placed 3rd in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. Bill Ivey also had a nice score, winning a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $23,045. Fu_15 moved up nine positions and won $19,604 for placing 3rd in the PokerStars $215 Rebuy. As a result, he broke the top 50 and is ranked 49th.

In the second half of the rankings, two players were able to significantly upgrade their status. Cmoney3 (pictured left) advanced by ten behind a two win week. He won the UltimateBet $200k Guaranteed for $46,772 and he also won the FullTilt $16,000 Guarantee (rebuy). He is ranked 68th. Sketchy1 saw an imrovement of 15. He placed 2nd in the FullTilt $25,000 Guarantee for $7.5k, 2nd in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $16,573, and 2nd in the FullTilt $32,000 Guarantee for $7,416. He is now in 82nd.

New to the rankings this week are USCphildo, RandALLin, Potroast, and aaronbeen, who are now in 80th, 89th, 94th, and 98th respectively. USCphildo won the FullTilt $1k Monday for $69,680, and RandALLin won both the FullTilt $55,000 Guarantee and the FullTilt $50,000 Guarantee for a total of just under $38k.

Check back next week for all the updates and action on PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings

Closer Look: Denmark

When you mix in the word 'poker' with the place 'Denmark,' one of the first images you may conjure up is the face of a man known as The Great Dane. Gus Hansen has been an integral part of the poker boom that is currently taking place in Denmark, undoubtedly sparking the interest of many a Dane. With or without Gus, however, Denmark is known as one of the most peaceful and livable nations. In 2007 Denmark was ranked as the happiest place in the world. It is kind of ironic then, that the next five happy-go-lucky Danes are spreading anything but cheer when they sit down at the poker tables and wreak havoc on their competition.

The #1 ranked Dane is the widely feared and respected Jonas "Klausen" Klausen (pictured top) from Odensem, Fyn. This 21 year old has had the type of success that turns heads from a distance. Just last month, he had the biggest score of his blossoming poker career, finishing 3rd in the PokerStars $1050 Buy-in Sunday Million for $126,861. Prior to this heavyweight finish, he already had five 5-figure scores totaling $199,286 including four wins, the biggest of which was a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $39,925. Klausen has also had measurable success live, as he finished 3rd in the DKr 30,000 NLHE – Championship Event for $77,000 and won the 1,000 Euro NLHE Event at The Poker Royal Masters in Osterreich for another 34,735. His hard work has paid off in more than just monetary terms, as he is atop the Denmark leaderboard with 3,532 PLB points.

Though Klausen is no easy act to follow, Soren "Kongsgaard" Kongsgaard from Skive, Viborg is more than worthy of the task. This young gun has been phenomenal both online and live, proving that he has what it takes to make it as a professional poker player. In 2007 he had three huge scores online: 3rd in the PokerStars $500 Buy-in for $71,426, 2nd in the FullTilt $1 Million Guarantee for $121,588 (three months ago), and 2nd in the FTOPS #13 for a massive $261,750 (two months ago). Not a bad year on the virtual felt to say the least. In the live arena, he had even more success, winning just under $1.4 million. Most notably, Kongsgaard took third in the 10,000 Euro EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for $814,306, 1st in the 1,000 Euro EPT Barcelona for $140,395, and 1st in the DKr 30,000 NLHE – Championship Event for $234,174 (in which Klausen took 3rd). This type of a poker resume makes Konsgaard a certifiable force and places him 108 PLB points behind Klausen with a score of 3,424.

Coming in at #3 in Denmark is comhood from Glostrup. Also at the young age of 21, comhood has already accomplished a great deal. In 2007 he had 27 cashes over $1,000 and won a total of six tournaments. His greatest accomplishment to date occurred at the end of December when he won the PokerStars Nightly Hundred Grand for $26,727. He also won the PokerStars $25k Guaranteed in December, leaving him with some presumably lofty goals for 2008. As of this writing comhood has 2,641 PLB points.

The 4th ranked Dane is 28 year old JCTurn from Singapore, Denmark. JC had a nice 2007, securing five 5-figure scores for a total of over $76k. His largest cash came via a 2nd place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $27,209. In addition, he has won a PokerStars $55 Rebuy, a PokerStars $55 NLHE (6-max), and a PokerStars $109 buy-in freezeout. It will be interesting to see how 2008 pans out for JCTurn and at the moment he is in prime position to overtake comhood with 2,463 PLB points.

The last player to make the cut in Denmark is self-proclaimed online geek vegie_1999 from Aalborg, Nordjylland. In contrast to the other players, vegie competes in somewhat more modest buy-ins. However this in no way diminishes what he's done. In 2007, he took down six tournaments and final tabled 31 more. At the end of the day, he cashed for just over $85k in one year. His largest cash was a 2nd place finish in a PokerStars $11 Rebuy ($45k Guaranteed) for $6,001. He has been a steady winner and may just be due for a big score. For now, vegie has 2,026 PLB points and plenty to be happy about in what is already the happiest nation of them all.

Until next time, good luck at the tables and be sure to check out how you match up to the competition in your corner of the world at P5s Sortable Rankings.

Rankings Update: Ape in the Top Five

This week the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings got stirred up to the brim with countless top players making efforts to improve their status. In the top ten alone, three players stepped up their game. The biggest story of all, though, is apestyles (pictured) who is now in the elite tier of the top five. Within the first six days of January, he accrued two more 5-figure scores, taking 1st place in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $30,030 and 5th in the Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteed for $35,494. Not a bad start in 2008 for our 5th-ranked player.

The other two players making an impact in the top ten are ch0ppy (pictured left) and THE__D__RY. ch0ppy slid into 7th as he took 4th in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $14,694. THE__D__RY blasted his way into the top ten and is now ranked 9th. Precisely one week after he cashed for over $46k in the FullTilt $750,000 Guaranteed, he won a Stars $109 Rebuy for another $37,400. He too is off to an impressive start in 2008.

In the top 20, rdcrsn and Tmay420 (pictured right) are on the rise again. Rdcrsn moved into 13th (previously 15th) after taking 6th in a Stars $109 Rebuy. Tmay, the original #1 player in the PocketFives automated rankings, climbed four spots closer to his original ranking and is now 16th. He won his first tournament of 2008 before most realized the New Year had even begun, winning the Stars $50,000 Guaranteed for $14,946.

In the top 50, a flurry of players are on the move, including dabadestchic (pictured left), phatcat, and goodvibe. Dabadestchic improved his standing by five and overtook 31st in the rankings. He won a Stars $109 Rebuy for $17,280 and also placed 6th in the Stars Super Tuesday for $12,500. Phatcat also improved by five and is currently 36th. On January 3rd, he won a Stars $109 Rebuy for $22,380. Goodvibe moved into 41st.

Also making noise in the top 50 are Rizen, intervention, and All In At 420 (pictured right). Rizen made his way into 44th, five better than before, after placing 4th in the UltimateBet $75,000 Guaranteed. Intervention has had several impressive scores including three final tables. He finished 7th in a Stars $109 Rebuy, and 5th in the FT $1k Monday, and he won the Stars $25,000 Guaranteed. These three final tables earned him just shy of $35,000. All In At 420 has had seven cashes since the last update, and every single one of those cashes was also a final table. Most notably he placed 4th in the Stars Wednesday Hundred Fifty Grand for $14,954 and won the FullTilt $55,000 Guaranteed for $19,875. This gave him a huge surge in the rankings, and he is now 50th (previously 71st).

In the latter half of the rankings update, some big scores have enabled several players to skyrocket. Hoodini10 (pictured left) won a Stars $109 Rebuy on January 1st for $33,600, facilitating his move up 17 places into 55th. Fu_15 has been on an incredible tear lately and is showing no signs of letting up as he cashed for over $50k since the last update. He won the FullTilt Turbo Hundo and the FullTilt Fifty-Fifty, but his biggest score was in the Stars $215 Rebuy where he placed 3rd and won nearly $20k. As a result, he is up 23 spots on the leaderboard and is now in 58th.

Bakes and Mkind16 (pictured right) both ascended the rankings by 19 positions. Bakes won the Stars Super Tuesday for $74,360 and is now 65th. Mkind16 had an impressive run in the Sunday Million, finishing 5th for $42,624. He is now ranked 76th. Cmoney3 won the UltimateBet $200,000 Guaranteed for $46,772 and in doing so moved into 78th, a whole 20 spots better than before. Balla-B13 advanced 10 spots behind a win in the FullTilt $20,000 (rebuy) and a 5th place finish in the UB $75,000 Guaranteed. He is now 89th.

New to the rankings or re-entering the rankings are Mossified84, PURPLEPILS99, and sketchy1. Mossified84 took 2nd in the FullTilt Sunday Brawl for $40,432, effectively making him the new 87th ranked player in the world. PURPLEPILS99 won the FullTilt $1k Monday for $41,850, catapulting him back into the rankings at 95th.

That does it for this weeks update, but be sure to check back next week for all the latest news on the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.

Closer Look: Nova Scotia

For this edition of PocketFives Closer Look, we will be traveling to Nova Scotia, located on the southeastern coast of Canada not too far from the U.S. state of Maine. As is the case with just about any province in Canada, hockey tends to be the most popular topic of conversation. However, poker has become an area of great interest as well. With a respectable ring of homegames erupting and the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax, it seems to make sense that some great players are emerging from this special maritime province. I think it's time to get to know some of these top competitors. Here are the top six players from Nova Scotia:

1. Owen "ocrowe" Crowe (pictured top) from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He had a superb Summer in 2006, defined by two wins in the PokerStars $215 Rebuy and a win in the Sunday Million. In 2007, he put together seven 5-figure scores online that added up to over $145k. In addition, he has had over $122k in live cashes since 2005, proving he has the ability to adapt his game to the varying conditions of live play. As of the writing of this article, ocrowe has 3,138 PLB points and a cushion of almost 1,000 points between himself and the next man, who happens to be his own favorite player.

2. Cory "UGOTPZD" Carroll (pictured left), also from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is known as a very strong and feared player. He has had several deep finishes in the Sunday Million and can be seen playing in the biggest tournaments online. In 2007, he had eight 5-figure scores online, earning him just shy of $150k. A nice number of course, but it's only a fraction of what he made via the live circuit during the same time period. He won the WSOP $5,000 NLHE Championship Event at Caesars Palace last April for more than $515,000. Less than one month later in May, Cory took 2nd in the WPT $9,700 NLHE Championships at the Mirage Poker Showdown for another $561,369. In order to finish where he did, he had to beat out the likes of Darrel "Gigabet" Dicken and Phil Ivey, both of whom were present at the final table. Finally, he made a run last July in the WSOP Main Event, finishing 91st for $67,535. So now you know why he's ocrowe's favorite player and the 2nd ranked player in his province.

3. SaltyFog, also from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The top woman in Nova Scotia, she had four wins last year including one in the FullTilt $55,000 Guaranteed for $18,975. She also won the FullTilt $24,000 Guaranteed twice. The other sites SaltyFog plays on include PokerStars and UltimateBet. If she is able to rally and pick up a few more sizeable scores, it's not inconceivable that she could pass UGOTPZD for 2nd. She trails by 460 points.

4. IronRing08 from Halifax, Nova Scotia. At only 22 years old, IronRing has made poker into quite the profitable hobby for a full-time Chemical Engineering Student. His biggest win was last July when he took 2nd in the Stars $20,000 Guaranteed, eventually chopping it for $8,200. In addition he has come close to final tabling some big Sunday tournaments. All in all, IronRing has cashed for close to $50k on PokerStars. He now has 1,120 PLB points.

5. Ben "benjamin118" Spencer from Halifax. Ben's best finish from a monetary perspective was achieved late in 2007 when he got 3rd in the FullTilt $30,000 Guaranteed for a bankroll booster worth $3,360. In December, he finished 3rd in the FullTilt $16,000 (rebuy) for $2,629 and 2nd in the FullTilt $5,500 KO Guaranteed for $1,951. Similar to IronRing, Ben is also a 22-year-old University student. In his profile, he says that he has goals of one day becoming a very accomplished poker player. With 1,022 PLB points, he is on his way and ranked 5th in all of Nova Scotia.

6. Jordan "Leafs4ever21" Gray (pictured left), also from Halifax, Nova Scotia (see a common theme?). Jordan plays a wide-range of buy-ins anywhere from $3 to $150, although he is mainly a mid-to-low stakes player. He plays the majority of his poker on Stars but has had significant wins on FullTilt as well. His most rewarding performance came last July when he won the Stars $55 NLHE for a payday of $7,263. In his short career, he has also finished 2nd in the FullTilt $14,500 Guaranteed for $4,695, 2nd in the Stars 10B Celebration [$5,000 added 6-max] for $3,976, and 3rd in the FullTilt $24,000 Guaranteed for $2,857. As a result, he has 983 PLB points and rounds out the top players in one of the most interesting provinces of Canada.

Until next time, check out how you rank amongst your city, state and more at P5s Sortable Rankings.

Rankings Update: D__RY Close to Cracking Top 10

THE__D__RY (pictured) is starting off the new year in a flurry by climbing up the PocketFives.com World Wide Rankings and taking over 12th. It is seldom easy to improve within the rankings, especially when you are already within the top 20, but he's making it look that way regardless. He recently won just over $46k taking 4th in the FullTilt $750,000 Guaranteed and asserted yet again why he is the #1 ranked player in all of Spain and deserving of 12th overall in the world.

Also improving in the top 20 are rdcrsn, DuckU and Tmay420 (pictured left). Rdcrsn moved into 15th and finished 6th in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy. DuckU is still on the rise after an astonishing few weeks consisting of two wins in the UBOC and a nice finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. He is now ranked 18th, two better than his previous ranking. Tmay420 has now cracked the top 20 as well, a powerful stepping stone in his quest to return to the #1 spot in the world. He won another tournament, namely the $55,000 Guaranteed on FullTilt for $16,350. This lifted him up by six and puts him in 20th, but it's doubtful he'll be there for long as he also won a tournament on the first day of 2008.

In the top 50, Annette_15 (pictured right), gboro780 and Rizen advanced substantially. Annette moved into 21st after winning the UltimateBet $19k Guaranteed Rebuy and placing 3rd in the UltimateBet $75,000 Guaranteed. Gboro780 had three 5-figure scores totaling for over $47k. He took 1st and 3rd in the Nightly Hundred Grand (in successive nights) and then placed 5th in a Stars $109 Rebuy. He is now ranked 25th. Rounding out the top 50 is Rizen who comes in at 49th, a whole 11 positions better than last week. After a deep run in the FullTilt $750,000 Guaranteed 11 days ago, Rizen continued to make his presence felt by taking 2nd in a PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $17,430.

The second half of the rankings contains six big movers as well as several newcomers. The first three movers are fishbones11, Jaypez and Ruprikkt, who occupy 61st, 62nd and 63rd respectively. Fishbones jumped 16 spots and won a sizeable Stars $109 Rebuy for $43,625. Jaypez made three final tables, including a 2nd place finish in the PartyPoker High Roller $30k Guaranteed for $11,047. Ruprikkt took 4th in a Stars $109 Rebuy and 5th in a Stars $55 Rebuy.

Next are makavelyces, CrazyZachary and The-Toilet (pictured left). Makavelyces rocketed upward 20 spots and into 68th after having an exceptional week. He won $28,380 by finishing 3rd in the Stars Super Tuesday and won another $10,500 for finishing 5th in the UltimateBet 200k Guaranteed. CrazyZachary picked up 17 places in large part due to a win worth $15,370 in the PokerStars $45,000 Guaranteed just days ago. His new ranking is 69th. The-Toilet worked his way into 88th this week, which is an improvement of 11. He won the $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty on UltimateBet.

New to the rankings are fu_15, brainwash (pictured right) and Balla-B13. Fu_15 came storming into the rankings and is now 81st after winning three tournaments last week. He won the FullTilt Turbo Hundo, the FullTilt $55k Guaranteed and the FullTilt $14,000 KO Guaranteed for a total of almost $29k. Brainwash, known for his enormous success in the Stars Sunday majors in 2005, won two tournaments including a Stars $109 Rebuy for $20,580. He is the new 97th ranked player.

That does it for this update, but be sure to check back next week for all the news and action on the PocketFives.com Online Tournament Player Rankings.

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