Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come.
However, there is a new #2 in the world.
Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables.
The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker‘s Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours.
‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world.
van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3.
Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000.
Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in.
partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points.
The UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week.
Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder.
|3||Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff||9,083.24||2|
|4||Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth||7,895.77||4|
|7||Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren||7,601.04||5|
|9||Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao||7,084.07||16|
|10||Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford||7,045.12||8|
|11||Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez||7,024.58||12|
|12||Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleksins||7,007.26||18|
|14||Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar||6,938.29||11|
|15||Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky||6,861.65||25|
|16||Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone||6,860.84||13|
|17||Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan||6,768.96||21|
|18||Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard||6,740.57||15|
|19||Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Ödeen||6,714.12||19|
|21||Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas||6,648.43||20|
|22||Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert||6,643.17||17|
|23||Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hassan||6,510.73||36|
|25||Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha||6,509.76||22|