March was another mammoth month for the #1-ranked online poker player in the world as Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ used over 183 cashes to capture the PocketFives Monthly PLB award for the second month in a row.
Last month, ‘Lena900’ added $684,024 to his All-Time Online Money List lead and was the first player to cross the $19 million mark.
A quick glance at his impressive list of cashes reveals that he spent most of this time last month grinding partypoker’s POWERFEST High Roller Events. More than half of his monthly total, $361,933 was picked up during POWERFEST including his biggest score of the month which came on March 29 when he finished as the runner-up in POWERFEST #135-HR ($400K Gtd 8-Max) for $69,298 and 477.13 PLB points.
Granted, ‘Lena900’ is routinely playing at the highest stakes online poker has to offer, but 22 five-figure cashes is still an impressive number. Of those 22, 15 times he finished on the podium.
With POWEFEST extending their schedule through most of April, there’s no doubt that ‘Lena900’ will continue down his path of grinding the biggest buy-in available and at this pace, by the end of April, he will be the first person to earn more than $20 million in a career.
Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard, the current #3-ranked player in the world, finished right behind ‘Lena900’ for the monthly award. As a partypoker ambassador, Leonard also loaded up on POWERFEST events all month long helping him to a monthly earnings of $428,927.
Ironically, Leonard picked up his largest score of the month on PokerStars on the very last day of the month. He finished in fifth place during the High Rollers 20: $10,300 NLHE event for a $75,009 score. After that though, it was a victory in the partypoker High Roller Phased: $200 Gtd that brought him a $46,889 payday and a monthly high 501.55 PLB points.
Leonard scored nine five-figure scores, including a fourth-place finish in GGPoker’s flagship $150 buy-in GGMasters which brought him $16,235. Leonard has been putting in plenty of volume in 2020, and with $9.1 million in career scores, he’s a considerable favorite to hit the elite $10 million mark this year.
For recreational poker players, the grind that Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher put in during March would seem unfathomable. Goatcher, who finished in third in the March PLB race, racked up an amazing 319 cashes for a total of $368,933.
Unlike ‘Lena900’ and Leonard, Goatcher not only plays the higher buy-in tournament but he can be seen crushing in the mid-stakes as well which allows him to put in so much volume. The biggest score of the month for ‘Wonderboy222’ took place on the very first day of March when he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $41,572 and 551.82 PLB points.
That score helped propelled him over to over $1 million in earnings on PokerStars and $2.3 million in total career earnings. His grind also paid off when it comes to the worldwide rankings where he currently sits at a career-high rank of #13.
It was also a career month for Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen who entered the upper echelons of online poker by cracking the top 5 worldwide rankings for the very first time.
For Pedersen though, it wasn’t volume that got him there – it was results. He picked up just 39 cashes in March, but he made them count. Especially his massive score in the March 22 PokerStars High Roller Kickoff: $5,200 NLHE where he finished as the runner-up for $140,476 and 624.16 PLB points. However, Pedersen wasn’t done cashing in on huge scores for the month as just days later he went on the finish fifth in the PokerStars High Rollers 15: $5,200 NLHE Main Event for another $139,104.
That’s a good month when a $99,529 score in the partypoker POWERFEST #04-SHR is your third-largest score. In total, Denmark’s #1-ranked player added $553,308 to his career online totals which has now surpassed $5 million.
It no secret how Stefan ‘CrAzY’ Dragos broke into the Monthly Top 5 for March. That’s what happens when you finish as the runner-up in the PokerStars 14th Annual Sunday Million event, the largest the online site had ever held.
Dragon took home $921,328, easily a career-high score, and a whopping 2,845.61 PLB points to go along with it. The score shot him up to #53 in the rankings and marked him as the current #1-ranked player in Romania.
PocketFives March Monthly PLB