UK’s John ‘eilselnhoj’ Leslie Takes 888poker May Top Earners Title

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UK-based grinder John ‘eilselnhoj’ Leslie took 888poker Top Earners honors for the month of May.

May was another massive month for PocketFivers looking to score in the value-packed tournaments on 888poker. In addition to their newly revamped tournament schedule, promotions like the Early Bird Rakeback and Sunday Sale continued to reap benefits for MTT grinders, of every level, looking to give their bankroll a springtime boost.

This included the UK’s John ‘eilselnhoj’ Leslie who took home the title of Top Earner for May after picking up a total of $15,034 over the course of 43 results. Leslie picked up five victories in the month including a win in the May 4 edition of the $3,000 Big Shot for $846 and another on the same day in the $5,000 6-Max Mayhem for $1,703, his top score of the month.

His victories didn’t stop there, he was in the winner’s circle again on May 9 in the $5,000 PKO Rumble $1,569 and closed out the month with a win in the $5,000 6-Max Mayhem on May 15 for $1,649.

In total, Leslie reached the podium 13 times (30.2% of his cashes) with five four-figure scores. The total amount of his cashes helped lift him just over $550,000 in career online scores and into the top 100-ranked players in the UK.

Right behind Leslie was Canada’s ‘bustindanut’, playing under his 888poker screen name ‘popsnpoker’, raking in $12,465 in cashes. The bulk of his winnings came from two very nice scores, including a runner-up finish on May 3 in the $109 buy-in $20,000 Big Shot which was good for $3,347. Then on May 15, he did one better, taking down the very same tournament for a $4,419 payday.

The Canadian grinder now sits at more than $3.27 million in career lifetime earnings and is just $6,000 away from earning $600,000 on 888poker alone.

Rounding out the top three in May is Portugal’s #10-ranked grinder ‘AKupaA’, who plays on 888poker under his screen name ‘THEKIDM8’. ‘AKupaA’ picked up $10,275 in total cashes over 25 total results.

He found consistent results throughout the month with spotlight scores on May 4 in the $109 buy-in $15,000 Big Shot where he picked up the win and its $4,325 first-place prize. He grabbed another four-figure score on May 19 with a runner-up finish in the $55 $5,000 6-Max Mayhem which was good for $1,238.

‘AKupaA’ is currently ranked #410 in the world with nearly $2.8 million in total career earnings. With another month or two like he had in May, he has a shot at getting back to his career-high ranking of #254 which he last held in 2017.

888poker Top 10 Earners May 2021

PLAYERTOTALCASHESWINS
eilselnhoj$15,034.98435
bustindanut$12,465.52171
AKupaA$10,275.80251
ramabranch$9,559.46165
Kley$8,927.13111
mirog$8,804.83111
motarvm$8,735.54201
N33dCoaching$8,578.51280
cajerogesell$8,508.60151
Gabriel Sebben$7,787.65324

When it comes to most times in the money for May, Norway’s ‘hackket’ tops the Most Cashes list with 69 cashes for a total haul of $4,053. Normally a low-stakes grinder, ‘hackket’ mixed it up this month with some mid-stakes buy-in thanks to a nice score on May 4 where he picked up a $700 payday for a victory in the $4,000 PKO Rumble.

A pair of 888poker grinders join him in the top three of cashes this month as Stephen ‘sizzlinbetta’ Reynolds picked up 66 cashes for a total of $1,889 and the Netherlands ‘HeateN’, who has topped this list many times before, was tied in third with Ukraine’s Vadym ‘vaduwka’ Khabarov as both players earned 57 cashes for the month.

888poker Top 10 Most Cashes May 2021

PLAYERTOTALCASHESWINS
hackket$4,053.71691
sizzlinbetta$1,889.43663
HeateN$1,634.13573
vaduwka$6,420.67575
lucassacul94$3,551.36502
Momentum288$2,860.93485
drbones666$1,279.94430
eilselnhoj$15,034.98435
Koriks88$2,028.42400
AnimaleGO$549.72401

Top Earner Leslie and the aforementioned Khabarov sit atop the Most Wins list having taken down five tournaments each.

They are joined by Thailand grinder Ramiro ‘ramabranch’ Quintana and ‘Momentum288’, both of whom also took down five tournaments last month.

888poker Top 10 Most Wins May 2021

PLAYERTOTALCASHESWINS
Momentum288$2,860.93485
eilselnhoj$15,034.98435
vaduwka$6,420.67575
ramabranch$9,559.46165
Gabriel Sebben$7,787.65324
Dr_rutger$4,991.46294
HeateN$1,634.13573
RespectUA$1,169.28133
rasta.lk$2,739.07223
Johnyk311$1,731.1773