In perhaps what has become routine, Russian online crusher ‘veeea‘, earned himself yet another accolade as the current #4-ranked online player in the world found himself sitting on top of the Monthly PocketFives.com Leaderboard for the month of August. His remarkable resume of results in August not only helped him accumulate enough PLB points dominate an impressive list of online poker’s elite last month but momentum leading him to victory in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Event #6, earlier this week.
A large chunk of ‘veeea’ 2962.32 points came late in the month when he made a push to the final table in PokerStars Half Price Sunday Million. His sixth place finish brought ‘veeea’ a difference-making 489.11 points as well as a score of just over $39,000. Having notched 63 qualifying cashes in August, 25 of which were of the four-figure or higher variety, the former worldwide #1 banked over $158,000.
The Russian’s massive month gave him a 365-point cushion over the #2 spot, Malta’s current #1-ranked online player, veteran online grinder Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff. A notable month in his own right, van Zadelhoff actually garnered an additional 50 cashes more than ‘veeea’, including two major victories – one in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic for over $33,000 and another in the partypoker $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller for nearly $22,000. ‘SvZff’ completed the month with 2596.87 points, roughly 50 points higher than the #3 and #4 entries ‘DeathbyQuads’ (2548.85) and Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (2548.01), both hailing from Sweden and their places on the leaderboard separated by less than a single point.
Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang completes the top five for last month. Not only was it yet another massive month for Lang, who racked up 2352.13 points on the back of his first place finish in the Black Chip Poker OSS Event #43 for over $25,000, but August marked a milestone for the top ranked Canadian as earlier in the month he passed the $4,000,000 mark in lifetime recorded earnings.
Also of note, Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert who, after coming off yet another incredibly deep finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event in July, turned out enough online results the very next month to place sixth on the leaderboard. Hallaert started the month off red hot with a victory in the PokerStars $1050 Super Tuesday for over $63,000 and less than a week later took down the $120,000 Whale on 888poker for another roughly $44,000. The pair of victories bested eclipsed his 6-figure 2017 WSOP cash.
The August 2017 Top 10