Rank & File: Former #1-Ranked Players Chasing Bracelets in 2016


Paul ‘paulgees’ Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.

In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings.

But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit.


Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy
Annette ‘Annette_15’ Obrestad
Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb
Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross
Taylor ‘taypaur’ Paur
Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe
Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli
Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly
Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson

As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet.

Paul Volpe

2016 WSOP cashes: 1
2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393

Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg.

Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes.

Dan Kelly

2016 WSOP cashes: 1
2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632

Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette.

Calvin Anderson

2016 WSOP cashes: 2
2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329

Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142.

Steve Gross

2016 WSOP cashes: 2
2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977

Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010.

Small Blinds

  • Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score.
  • Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.