There’s a brand new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. For the second time in his career, Brazil’s Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simaohas claimed the top spot. His first time as the #1-ranked player was in January 2015 and he is one of only two Brazilians to top the leaderboard.
“I feel really happy,” Simao said. “This year, I’m back with my stable and my school. I have a balance with my life and career, so to be #1 in the world proves to myself that I can balance business and career.”
“For the last three years, I had a stable and a poker school,” he added. “It was really nice, but it started to get busier than I planned, so I had to stop studying my game. During that time, I had some big problems away from the table that took my focus. I stopped with the school and the stable and took six hard months studying my game and planning my life to be able to focus 100% on my game. It was hard work, but it looks like it’s working.”
Pushing Simao towards the top of the rankings was a win over the weekend in the partypoker Super High Roller. That tournament, despite having only 77 entrants, had a prize pool of almost $200,000. Simao raked in $52,000 for the “W” and now has 7,361 PLB Points, over 200 more than the next closest player.
That next closest players Sweden’s ‘lena900‘, who moved up two spots from #4 to #2. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives earlier this year and finished second in last Thursday’s Thrill on PokerStars for $36,000 and 330 PLB Points. He had 11 in the money finishes that day in total and continues to combine volume with cashes.
Brazil’s Joao ‘joaomathias’ Mathias moved up nine spots to #8 in the world. Like ‘lena900’, he’s a former #1 player on PocketFives and shot up the leaderboard this week in part due to a win in the PokerStars Big $109 on May 1 for $29,000 and almost 450 PLB Points. The day before, he was the runner-up in the partypoker High Roller. Mathias has 669 top-three finishes over his career.
Former #1s made plenty of waves this week. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, the most accomplished online poker player in history, was up 10 spots to #11. Moorman, who has a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns and $13.2 million in career winnings, is fresh off runner-up finishes in the Hot $55 and Big $215. He also finished fifth in the PokerStars Fat Tuesday at the tail end of April.
Sweden’s ‘Yaya24‘ ticked up 17 spots to #25. He was ranked as high as #5 in the world last year and hit it big on PokerStars on the first day of May, winning the site’s Super-Sized Sunday and $320 No Limit Hold’em Six Max. Those two cashes were worth almost $60,000 total. He’s the #10-ranked player in the powerful Sweden poker community and just hit $3 million in lifetime cashes on PokerStars, where he plays as ‘42ayay‘.
Russia’s ‘NoPlanB‘ was up 22 spots and now sits at #42. On May 1, he finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $63,000. That tournament, which had a $1,000 buy-in, drew 455 entrants; he raked in nearly as many PLB Points for his second place showing. The owner of one Triple Crown, ‘NoPlanB’ is up to $3.3 million in career winnings and can largely be found playing under the alias ‘EvnomiYa‘.
Six-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner Tomi ’emeriaa’ Brouk reentered the top 100 at #87. The second-ranked Fin was ranked as high as #17 on PocketFives last year and his recent ascension comes by virtue of taking down the 888 Crocodile over the weekend for $14,000.
This week’s top 10:
- Joaosimaobh – 7,361 points
- lena900 – 7,150 points
- Ariados – 7,028 points
- Big Huni – 6,960 points
- C Darwin2 – 6,955 points
- hellohellohello – 6,835 points
- veeea – 6,799 points
- joaomathias – 6,591 points
- jbrown8777 – 6,546 points
- damourinio – 6,490 points