MILESTONES: World’s #15-Ranked Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk Tops $2M


Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings

Brian ‘brianm15’ England Crosses $6 Million

Former Worldwide #1-ranked player, Brian ‘brianm15’ England crossed the $6 million dollar lifetime earnings mark this week. The New Jersey native, now playing out of Costa Rica, made the mark while scoring a victory during his Sunday grind in the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold’em for $3,725. Additionally, he was propelled to that point through a pair of top-three finishes just days before as he outright won the PokerStars Big $215 November 29 for $8,331 and then, two days later, finished runner-up in the $215 Omania High Roller for another $3,679 on the same site.

England, who currently stands as the #125-ranked player in the World, had a healthy online week taking in just under $14,000 in earnings.

High Rollers Helps ‘Grindation’ Over $3 Million

Hailing from the UK, Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister joined the $3 million dollar lifetime earnings ranks this week thanks to a runner-up performance in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Event #21 ($1,050 8-Max, Turbo No Limit Hold’em) which brought him $90,227. Mcallister, who appears to play a light online schedule, came out for the High Rollers and found his way into the money in four of them. The score in Event #21 was, far and away, his best of the series as his other three cashes combined went for just over $12,500.

The $90,000 cash is Mcallister’s largest of 2017 but it’s not nearly a career-high, as just last year he made headlines as he claimed victory in PokerStars’ WCOOP-53 $10,300 High Roller for a massive $656,866.

Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk Crosses $2 Million

Canadian crusher Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk is one of three players to pass the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week. The #2-ranked Canadian player officially got there with his final table performance in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller when he took home $21,678. The major move to the milestone, however, was made the day before when Kruk took second in Event #15 of the High Rollers Series for over $121,000. Kruk jumped two spots in the Worldwide Rankings this week and currently sits at a career-high #15.

Joining Kruk in the $2 million club is Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonian, from Greece. Kolonian flew right past the mark thanks to an impressive performance throughout the High Rollers Series. In total, he cashed five times for over $166,000 helping him get a good start into his next million.

Russian mid-stakes grinder ’77kol0bok77′ had his big $2 million moment during a final table finish in the PokerStars $33+R Sunday Rebuy for over $4,700.

Also of note this week, Team PokerStars Online Pro Adrienne ‘TalonChick’ Rowsome, an Omaha specialist and one-time cash game grinder surpassed the $500,000 mark in tournaments this week.

‘josef_shvejk’ Disrupts The Worldwide Top 10

There’s a disturbance in the Top 10.That would be the emergence of new #1-ranked Russian grinder ‘josef_shvejk’. Not only had he recently supplanted ‘veeea’ as the new #1 in Russia, his ascension from the #8 spot to another career-high ranking of #4 in the world gives the whole Top 10 a new look.

Belgium’s #1-ranked player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson made the largest leap inside the Top 100 this week jumping 34 spots and the Top 100 also joined a pair of newcomers in Tomas ‘masuronike’ Kubaliak and ‘daltonhb’.

Career High Rankings In Top 100