Every month The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings.
Markku Makes $5 Million
Mark ‘markovitsus’ Koplimaa, the #78-ranked online player in the world, crossed the major milestone of $5 million in lifetime earnings. A top-40 finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 brought him $1,103 which was enough to put him in the elite company of those players that are half-way to the $10 million mark.
Koplimaa seems to climb the pay scales by playing every and any tournament on the PokerStars schedules. The #1-ranked Estonian can be seen grinding out a $7.50 bounty tournament as well as cashing in the $1,050 PokerStars High Rollers Event #26 for $5,524. Thus far in April, he has recorded over 40 cashes including a victory in the $109 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max tournament on April 8 for over $2,000.
$3 Million Lifetime Earnings For ‘Teo96’
Greece’s #4-ranked player Theodoros ‘teo96’ Aidonopoulos celebrated a small cash this month when his 239th place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $22 for $71 dollars put him up and over the $3 million in lifetime earnings mark. Aidonopoulos got a huge lift in getting there back on February 4 when he scored a pair of five-figure results on the same day. He finished in the top 100 of the PokerStars Sunday Million 12th Anniversary for $11,510 and then took down the Hotter $44 for an additional $10,844.
The mid-stakes grinder has been on an impressive run since hitting the plateau, notching three podium finishes including a victory in the April 9 edition of the PokerStars Hot $162 for $3,277. In total, he’s run up nearly $10,000 in earnings in the past month as he begins the climb to $4 million in earnings.
Also of note, Austria’s #3-ranked ‘tiarc’ surpassed the $2 million milestone with his third-place finish in the PokerStars Big $109 for over $4,300. The Oberosterreich resident currently sits just outside the Worldwide top 100, ranked #107 in the world. Additionally, Serbia’s ‘Kuconi’ joined the million dollar club this month by hauling in a five-figure score for a runner-up finish in the W Series Monster Stack.
‘bencb789’ Enters The Worldwide Top 100
A handful of players achieved new career-high rankings in the top 100 including the new #1-ranked German, ‘bencb789’. It’s his first foray into the upper echelons of the rankings (debuting at #49) having just joined the ranked of PocketFives.com on April 6.
‘bencb789’s identity may not be common knowledge but he’s well-known for besting Fedor Holz in the $102,000 Super High Roller back in 2016 for over $1.1 million. He’s one of the most sought-after poker coaches in the world and his clients include some of the most prominent high-stakes players in the world. Additionally, he’s the lead coach at Raise Your Edge poker training and now, he’s a PocketFives.com member and ready to climb the ranks of the best in the world.