Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings.
For the past two weeks, the top-10 rankings have been at a standstill. The players who lead the online poker world in PLB points have been consistently putting up big time scores, holding their spots at the top. However, up and down the rankings, players who would put the top-10 to the test are making moves to perhaps break into (or in some cases ‘back into’) the upper echelons of the rankings.
Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (#16)
Just about every PocketFiver is familiar with 888poker ambassador Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. He has earned more money from online poker tournaments than anyone in PocketFives history. The UK grinder is a former #1-ranked player and this week he’s made the largest leap of anyone in the top-25.
Moorman jumps up four spots to #16 in the world on the back of a victory in the October 31 edition of ACR’s Extreme Tuesday for $24,000 and 282.82 PLB points. It was the second time in three weeks that he took down the same tournament, earning the exact same amount on October 17. At the same time, while he’s been enjoying his newly remodeled home in Las Vegas, Moorman has been grinding on WSOP.com, where he earned nearly $10K for his bronze medal finish in the $100,000 GTD Sunday back on October 15. After all of these years, the 33-year old Moorman continues to crush tournaments on a daily basis.
Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (#38)
Another big name player climbing the rankings is partypoker sponsored pro Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov. The #4-ranked Russian player jumped up 13 places this week to land at a career-high ranking of #38 in the world. This is thanks in large part to a pair of big-time back-to-back victories that took place on October 28.
Filatov first took down the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller for a massive $52,935 score and 447.21 PLB points. On the same day, he also soared to victory in the Sunday Main Event High Roller for another $20,492 and 317.02 PLB points. Although he hasn’t been putting in a large amount of volume, when he has been online he’s certainly made it count. In the month of October and thus far in November, Filatov has earned north of $92,000 in under 20 results.
Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’ (who plays under the screen name ‘Eijseijs’ on PokerStars) is right on the cusp of his 7000th cash in what continues to be a prolific career. This week, the former top-10 ranked player jumped nine spots back up to #40 in the world.
The final week of October was non-stop action for the Swede as he racked up the PLB points. He took first place in the October 28 edition of the PokerStars $33 Sunday Rebuy for $8500 and 227.02 PLB points. On the same day, he finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter for an additional $20,273 and 257.94 points. That was not the end of his top three finishes as he booked another two four-figure scores on October 31 for a total of over $10,600 and 320.69 PLB points.
Thus far in November, ‘DeathbyQuads’ has been putting in a solid amount of volume and is in a race to eclipse $5 million in total career earnings by the end of 2018.
A former #1-ranked player in the world ‘Veeea’ jumped up 16 spots in the rankings to #42 this week. He clipped a massive score on October 28 when he nearly took down the PokerStars Sunday Million. He eventually finished in third place, bowing out to the eventual winner Paul ‘behindme93’ Jurcuta, for a hefty $71,823 payday and 537.43 PLB points. The Sunday Million score pushed ‘Veeea’ up over $8 million in lifetime earnings.
‘Veeea’ has pulled back from his online grind from the days when he was sitting atop the rankings. A three-time Triple Crown winner, ‘Veeea’ no longer regularly puts in the kind of volume that may take him back to the #1 spot, however whenever he’s in a tournament he’s a favorite to finish in the money. For the month of October, while he only recorded 15 cashes, he made over $80,000. If he decided to return to a full-time online grind, expect to see him jettison up the rankings.
Brand new PocketFiver ‘Erik212’ from Malta, signed up, entered his partypoker screen name and his past results slotted him right into the top 100 at #70. As a new member, his recent scores are tabulated and PLB points are awarded accordingly, as if he had been a community member during those tournaments.
For ‘Erik212’ he picked up a number of solid results back in partypoker’s September POWERFEST series. His highlights included a victory in POWERFEST Event-13-M for $7,945 and 201.40 PLB points. He was also a final table participant in Event-51-HR PKO Championship Event for another $16,130 and 270.38. His initial ranking puts him as the #1-player in Malta with just over $400,000 in lifetime earnings.