In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker.
PokerStars‘ 2018 World Championship of Online Poker came to a conclusion this week and the two-week online festival paid out nearly $100 million to tournament grinders from all over the world.
Amongst those competing for the six-figure scores and title of WCOOP champion were some of the one-time PocketFives #1-ranked players. Here we take a look back on how some of the best poker players in the world fared during the series.
Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb
WCOOP Titles: 2
Total Earnings: $176,533
Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb found the time to put his beef with William Kassouf aside and grind the WCOOP. And grind he did. Deeb seemingly played everything on the schedule and found his way into the money an astonishing 48 times for over $176,000. His 48 in-the-money results were, far and away, the most cashed by any former or current #1 ranked player.
In the process, Deeb picked up two victories, both while playing Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better. His first triumph was in Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then the four-time WSOP bracelet winner won again in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,000. Deeb pulled off four final tables and five cashes of five-figures.
While Deeb is no longer a top-100 ranked player, due to his inability to play with regularity from inside the United States, he continues to prove that he is still a top online tournament player. Deeb has accumulated over $6.7 million in lifetime online earnings.
WCOOP Titles: 1
Total Earnings: $189,871
The current #1-ranked ‘lena900’ picked himself up a WCOOP title early in the series. He booked the win during Event #27-H ($530 PLO Six Max) for $58,228. However, that was not the Swedish superstar’s largest result of the series as he had a final table finish in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $62,942.
‘lena900’s 29 cashes during the series helped put him up over $12 million in lifetime earnings, making him only one of three players to ever reach this plateau. He’s second only to Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, who recently passed $15 million, in terms of total lifetime earnings.
Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver
WCOOP Titles: 1
Total Earnings: $300,007.65
Florida native, but playing out of Costa Rica, Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver also picked up a WCOOP title when he defeated online giant ‘bencb789’ for the victory in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for over $250,000. The win represents one of the single largest scores by a former PocketFiver #1 during the 2018 series.
In total, Oliver registered 21 WCOOP cashes, 10 of which were for four-figures of better. This helped propel him back inside the top 25, jumping 38 spots from 59th to his current rank of 21st.
WCOOP Titles: 1
Total Earnings: $214,368.42
UK crusher ‘girfganger’ fought his way to three final tables during WCOOP and booked a title win in Event-55-M ($530 PKO No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for $55,846. But like ‘lena900’, his title win wasn’t the largest of the series for him as he was a final table participant in one of the biggest tournaments of the series. He took eighth place in Event-12-H ($10,300 Eight Max High Roller) for over $62,000.
The #14-ranked ‘girafganger7’ earned 20 total WCOOP cashes helping him rocket past $6.5 million in lifetime earnings
In addition to the four former #1-ranked players who added WCOOP Champion to their resume, a number of other players turned in big-time performance.
Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen
Total Earnings: $305,772.26
With his fifth-place finish in Event-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max High Roller), Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen took home of the largest cashes of the series, $204,221.95. The #16-ranked Hunichen also nearly captured a title of his own finished as the runner-up in Event-10-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win The Button) for $61,567.36.
His series helped elevated him to over $11.6 million in lifetime earnings, good for fourth-place in total career online earnings.
Total Earnings: $247,247.09
The man who held the #1 spot for the better part of a year, ‘C Darwin2’ did as he was expected to do – he crushed tournaments. In total, the Swede cashed in 27, made four final tables and finished 10th in Event-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) for $72,681.57.
He had a runner-up finish in Event-38-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em PKO) for $48,164.70 and six five-figure cashes overall.