RANKINGS: Talented Russian Top 10 Headlined by World #5 ‘veeea’


Russian players continue to pile up impressive numbers with ‘veeea’ leading the way.

Even before Ivan Demidov made the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, Russia was a burgeoning poker powerhouse. That has translated to the online game where a few of the nation’s finest have been in and currently reside inside the PocketFives worldwide top-10. Without further adieu, PocketFives is proud to introduce the first edition of the Russian rankings.

Former worldwide #1 and current #5 ‘veeea’ leads the Russians with nearly 700 points standing between them and second place. ‘Veeea’ won WCOOP Event #6 ($1,050 Progressive KO $750K GTD) for $97,389 and 781.34 points and has gradually added to that total since. Among other cashes on the resume of ‘veeea’ include WCOOP payouts in the Main Event and a $5,200 side event.

Following an October that saw them finish second in PLB points, ‘josef_shvejk’ is #2 in Russia. The largest win for ‘josef_shvejk’ so far in November is a victory in the Big 109. The first place came on November 4 and earned ‘josef_shvejk’ 205.18 points along with over $7,500.

Poker is working out well for ‘NoPlanB’ who is third in Russia and #25 worldwide. ‘NoPlanB’ was up as high as third in the world in 2016 and recently moved over the $5 million mark in career earnings. One of those recent scores occurred on October 31 when ‘NoPlanB’ placed third in the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,432.

Two players hovering below the 6,000 PLB point mark but holding strong at the fourth and fifth spot, respectively, are ‘hellohellohello’ and‘drupalucker.’ ‘hellohellohello’ gave warm greetings to two first place results last week, which earned them nearly $20,000 in the process.

‘drupalucker’ started their month off well with a win in the PokerStars Big $215, which came with 187.08 PLB points and $7,000.

‘papan9_p$’ stands less than 20 points ahead of ‘Flat’ for the sixth spot on the list. ‘Flat’ ended October with a bang by winning the partypoker High Roller Warm Up to pick up $16,767.

‘papan9_p$’ already has three wins less than two weeks into November.

#8 ranked ‘Ti0’ started of November slow but is picking up the pace based on their win in the 888poker $10,000 Tornado on November 7.

‘MiracleQ’ is gradually accumulating points in the low and midstakes events on PokerStars and is currently ranked #56 in the world.

Finally, in tenth place is ‘NikolasDLP’ who is holding onto the spot despite not having a cash yet in November. ‘NikolasDLP’ did close out partypoker Powerfest with a second place finish in the Championship event, which gave them over $122,000 and 659.75 points.

Russia’s Current Top 10

1 veeea 7,436.10
2 josef_shvejk 6,740.64
3 NoPlanB 6,496.84
4 hellohellohello 5,956.35
5 drupalucker 5,855.99
6 papan9_p$ 5,780.28
7 Flat 5,560.94
8 Ti0 5,539.06
9 MiracleQ 5,469.50
10 NikolasDLP 5,209.84