MILESTONES: ‘bencb789’ Debuts At #49 in the Worldwide Rankings

Each week members of the community hit career highs in money earned and positions in the Worldwide Top 100.

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 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 member and ready to climb the ranks of the best in the world.

Career High Rankings In Top 100