Every Sunday The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings.
Jon ‘EMSBas’ Spinks Passes $3 Million
Former top 25 grinder from the UK, Jon ‘EMSBas’ Spinks passed the $3 million in lifetime earnings this week. Technically, he got there when he finished in the money during partypoker‘s Powerfest Event #25-M for $845. But his big boost to put the major milestone within reach dates back to January 15 when he took down a $150K GTD tournament on partypoker for over $25,000.
Spinks, a mid-stakes grinder and occasional shot taker, is currently the #55 ranked player in the UK. While his current resume of cashes consists of mostly of finishes that reward him in the hundreds of dollars, it’s clear he knows how to put a run together. His Hendon Mob has him eclipsing over $1 million in live earnings, including a final table of the April 2017 partypoker MILLIONS live event for over $275,000.
A long time PocketFiver, celebrating 10 years on the site this year, Spinks has achieved the coveted online Triple Crown twice and notched multiple six-figure cashes in the course of his illustrious career.
Back in 2013, PocketFives had the opportunity to talk with him after his win of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up – check it out!
$2 Million For A Trio Of P5ers
A trio of PocketFivers toppled the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week.
First up is Russia’s ’nsmirnov’, the current #47 ranked player in the world. The cash that did the deed was a seemingly innocent $750 cash in a standard $150 online tournament. But his entire January was leading up to this ‘level up’ as he hauled in a massive 38 four-figure (or better) scores. His best result of the month came this past week when he took the bronze in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for nearly $12,000. The solid run in 2018 has him currently sitting at a career-high standing in the PocketFives Worldwide rankings.
Chile’s #2 ranked player, Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett also touched $2 million. He final tabled the PokerStars $162 Bounty Builder for $502 to make the mark. Swett, a true grinder, seemingly plays every level of tournament he can register for putting up nearly 40 cashes this week alone.
Finally, Nicolau ‘nicofellow’ Villa-Lobos from Brazil rounds out our $2 million crew for the week. After he made the final table of the PokerStars Daily 500 on January 27, earning $4,233 to hit $2 million, Villa-Lobos never even took a moment to enjoy the plateau. He continued to cruise in tournaments all week and has since accumulated over $20,000 more than the milestone. This comes after he took a full month away from the online tables, starting back up in 2018 on the same day he hit the $2 million mark.
Two Is The Magic Number
When it comes to changes in the Worldwide Top 100 this week, the most important number is 2. First, there are two new members of the top 100. Russia’s Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov breaches the ranks of the top 100 for the first time, entering at #80. He put together a string of big-time cashes during partypoker’s current online series Powerfest including a win in Event #24-H for $57,820. Joining him as a newcomer is Sweden’s Alfred ‘Kzzon’ Karlsson. For Karlsson, he made strides during 888poker’s XL Blizzard event, taking home the victory in Event #28 for $14,817.
But that’s the not the only reason 2 is so special. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth hit a new career high ranking of #2 in the world this week. The Hungarian absolutely destroyed the Powerfest tables this week accumulating over 1600 PLB points to jettison him up to possibly challenge the current king of the rankings, ‘C Darwin2’. More about Nemeth’s run this week can be found in this week’s Worldwide Rankings column.