A flurry of tournament wins in the middle of the month helped Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark pick up an early holiday present in the form of winning the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the month of November.
Clark, currently the #3-ranked player in the United Kingdom, hit a career-high ranking of #18 in the world last month after racking up 95 cashes for just over $330,000 in earnings. Much of those earnings was due to Clark’s fast start in the month, especially on November 2, when he crushed the GGMasters $1,050 High Rollers as the runner-up which earned him a career-high $118,941 score and 659.75 PLB points. At the same time, Clark was making a deep run in GGPoker’s Battle of Malta Event #3 ($215 Kings of Tallinn Main Event) where he picked up $37,360 and 382.78 PLB points.
Clark was nowhere near done racking up results though. He picked up another nice score during GGPoker’s High Roller Week Event #12 ($1,050 Deepstack) where he finished in seventh for another $19,754 and 269.09 points. In the middle of the month, the BBZ Poker coach went on a heater, collecting PLB points in bunches during the Battle of Malta Online series side events. He first won the Bounty Hunters Malta High Roller for $8,044 and 242.38 points on November 16. Five days later he won again, this time in the $315 Bounty Grand Master Side Event for another $22,132 and 378.29 points. He closed out the win with yet another victory in another $315 Bounty Grand Master Side Event, this time picking up $7,858 and 267.49 points.
Clark’s 16 PLB-qualifying cashes was just enough to deny Dan ‘SmilleThHero’ Smilikovic back-to-back Monthly PLB titles. Smilikovic, who took down the October title, comes in a close second after another incredibly productive month that saw him rack up 136 results for roughly $387,144 in earnings.
Currently sitting ranked at #7 in the world, Smilikovic held his elite status in the top 10 thanks in part to a resume-building victory in GGPoker’s marquee Sunday Major tournament, the $150 buy-in $500K GTD GGMasters. The Austrian battled his way through the 4,172-entry field to lock up the victory and $82,223 and 758.77 PLB points in the process. He continued to add to his accolades during PokerStars EPT Online after he finished in fifth place in Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) for $87,274 and 397.49 PLB points. He backed that up with another EPT Online score, this time he went the distance in Event #7 ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) and added the $54,451 first-place prize to his career totals which skyrocketed past $3 million in November.
The November PLB top three is rounded out by perennial online crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens. ‘Giraf’ didn’t put in quite the same amount of volume as Clark or Smilikovic, racking up just 60 results. However, when it came to earnings the online pro had a career month, taking in just over $1,191,000.
‘Giraf’s heater started on November 9 when he took down the GGPoker Battle of Malta High Roller Championship for $439,747 and 1,573.21 PLB points, the second-largest online score of his career. He followed that up with a three-tournament set that included a final table appearance in EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, High Roller) for $51,445 and 324.83 PLB points, a runner-up finish in GGPoker’s High Roller Week Event #7 ($10,300 NLHE) for $262,470 and 752.24, and finally an outright win in EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE) for another $96,144 and 707.11 PLB points.
To add to all of those scores, ‘Giraf’ also took down EPT Online Event 15 ($10,300 NLHE, Turbo High Roller) for $186,238. The score contributed to his leap to over $12 million in total career earnings, placing him 15th on the All-Time Online Money List. It also helped him return back to being ranked #1 in the world, which he held on the week of December 5 for the first time since 2017.
November PocketFives Top 10
|1||Jonathan 'luckyfish89' Clark||4136|
|2||Dan ‘SmilleThHero’ Smilikovic||3683|
|3||Bert 'girafganger7' Stevens||3247|
|4||Rodrigo 'selouan1991' Selouan||3139|
|5||Gregor 'svererii' Šverko||3067|
|6||Luis 'luis_faria' Faria||2869|
|7||Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood||2826|
|8||Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic||2706|
|9||Mike 'SirWatts' Watson||2534|
|10||Rui 'RuiBouquet' Bouquet||2531|