Dan ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic Ships October PLB Title

Dan 'SmilleThHero' Smiljkovic had a month to remember in October, culminating in earning the October PLB title.

Those patiently waiting for the results to be made official can finally rest easy. Dan ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic topped the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for October beating out his nearest competition by 171 points, leaving no need for a recount.

Smiljkovic, the #1-ranked player in Austria and #15 in the world, cashed 151 times and earned $188,130 in the process. His ascent to the top of the October leaderboard began on October 8 when he finished runner-up in the Natural8 $840 High Rollers Marathon event for $14,348 and 190.3 points. The next day he earned his biggest points when he scored 260.04 points for beating out 587 other runners in the Natural8 $125 Daily Special. On October 15, he won the PokerStars Bounty Builder $109 Event for 250.6 points and a $8,447 payday. All told, Smiljkovic accumulated 2,858 points via his 20 qualifying cashes.

Coming in one spot behind Smiljkovic was another Austrian, ‘Grozzorg‘. Three huge scores put the #2-ranked player in Austria (behind Smillkovic) into contention for the October title. The biggest score, both in dollars and points, came on October 5 when they outlasted 589 other entries to win the $400 Sunday Forty Stack on GGPoker. That victory came with a $39,172 score and 471.00 points. One week later, ‘Grozzorg’ fell one position short of a win but still earned $24,250 and 360.70 points for finishing as the runner-up in the GGPoker Bounty Hunter Series Event #6. One week later, ‘Grozzorg’ beat out 572 other entries to take down BHS Event #74 ($215 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em) to add another $8,643 to their bankroll and 239.37 points to their total. 

Julio Cesar ‘jucetoor18’ Torres broke the streak of Austrian players after earning 2,256 points to finish in the bronze medal position. Torres, the #4-ranked player in Mexico, bubbled the PokerStars Sunday Million final table on October 11 for a $5,497 score and 251.19 points. He followed that up by taking down a pair of bounty events on back-to-back days to earn the bulk of his month’s points. The first came on October 14 when he topped the 651-player field in GGPoker BHS Event #58 to win $9,483 and 312.49 points. The next day he binked Event #68 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series to take home $16,860 and add 307.41 to his total. 

October PocketFives Top 10

1Dan 'SmilleThHero' Smiljkovic2,858
3Julio Cesar 'jucetoor18' Torres2,256
5Justin 'noclue_just' Chan1,978
6Zach 'Dabledore' Lipeles1,967
7Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski1,900
8Jakob 'DramaLama' Miegel1,865
9Maksim 'MAMOHT_T' Mamonov1,859
10Pedro 'pvigar' Vinícius Garagnani1,820