“It Would Be Really Cool to Be Ranked #1 at the End of the Year Online”

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In May, Anton AnteSvanteWigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date.

“It feels good,” Wigg told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. “I put in a lot of work during SCOOP and with some near-misses in big events, it felt great to close a big one out on the most important Sunday of the year.” There were over 1,000 entrants that weekend, which also featured the SCOOP Main Events.

Colombia’s Farid farid1221xJattin, who plays on PokerStars under the handle SHiiPTHATiSH, took second place for $65,000 and was the chip leader for much of the final table. Wigg said, “I was out of position on him and also had a bunch of short stacks to contend with. I had to adjust my strategy a bit to avoid awkward ICM spots, but I ran pretty well and got dealt pretty good holdings in key spots, so I managed to chip up while he did most of the busting of other players.”

When we caught up with Wigg, he was in Toronto and headed back to his native Sweden. From there, he was traveling to Spain to spend time with his father for a couple of weeks. After that, his whirlwind adventure continued with a five-day electronic music event called Fusion Festival outside Berlin and a trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Wigg is currently ranked #7 on PocketFives after reaching as high as #2 earlier this year. He has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and lauded, “I’m proud of it. I decided last year that I’d put in more volume, study more, and here I am, almost on top after the biggest series of the year. So, I guess a feeling of accomplishment is the best way to put it.” He’s the top-ranked Swede and is #800 in the Global Poker Index.

He was largely ditching the WSOPin Las Vegas sans the Main Event. “I probably would care more about the WSOP if it weren’t for tax reasons, but given that things are the way they are and it’s the absolute best time of the year back home in Sweden and Europe, I’m not that sad that I’ll miss most of it. The Main Event is special, though, and I’ll try to be there every year for as long as I can.”

Wigg is #11 on the all-time money list for Sweden, according to the Hendon Mob, with $1.8 million in live winnings, and cashed in two events at last year’s EPT Barcelona for almost $200,000 total. Wigg won the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in 2010 for $672,000, his crowning achievement in the live world (pictured).

We’re past the halfway point of 2015. With over half the year gone, what does Wigg hope to accomplish during the remainder of 2015? He told us, “My plan is to take it pretty easy over the summer, play the Sundays that I can, and maybe do the Saturday to Tuesday grind when I feel like it.”

He added, “It would obviously be really cool to be ranked #1 at the end of the year online, but it’s not something I’ll be focusing on given that I’m traveling quite a bit.” He’ll hope to repeat a 2009 that saw him win the Sunday Million for $227,000. Since then, he has won the Sunday 500 twice and taken down the Super Tuesday. He’s two months removed from a victory in the 888 Poker Volcano for $50,000.

We’ll end this interview by sharing a few words of advice that Wigg had for up-and-coming players. So, if you want to learn from a highly successful mind, now’s your big chance: “Put in the work. The technical part is the most important, but I think there is also a big advantage in staying fit both physically and mentally and having a social life that works with playing so you’re able to put in volume and not give up other parts of life.”

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