USA RANKINGS: Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon Maintains Grasp on #1 Spot

Yong Kwon continues to stand tall atop the USA online poker rankings. (Borgata photo)

Over the past few years, there hasn’t been a more dominant player in the New Jersey online scene than Yong ‘LuckySpewy1’ Kwon. He’s won a World Series of Poker bracelet, a pair of PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker titles, and a PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker title and accumulated more than $3.2 million in earnings.

And throughout most of that, he’s been the #1-ranked online poker player in the United States.

Kwon sits atop the USA rankings again after picking up eight qualifying cashes – four of them wins – in May and then kicking off June with a five-figure win. Kwon’s biggest May score came after defeating Chris Moorman heads-up in the $500 buy-in $50,000 Weekly Sunday on May 11 for $22,752 and 285.06 PLB points. He also won the $10,000 daily twice and had three qualifying cashes from the late states of the Spring Online Championships.

Trailing Kwon by 283 points, Mike ‘Lav519’ Lavenburg also had eight qualifying cashes in May including a win the Money May Series Event #92 ($500 Six Max PLO High Roller) where he banked $11,462 and boosted his PLB points total by 217.18. He had a pair of Spring Online Championship final tables as well as another May Series final table. On June 1 he finished 27th in the $100,000 Guaranteed.

Rounding out the top three is yet another New Jersey grinder. Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein is 212 points behind Lavenburg and 495 points behind Kwon. Borenstein started out May on fire adding 659.2 PLB points to his total thanks to four cashes between May 4 and May 6. On May 4 he finished sixth and ninth in a pair of Spring OC events and runner-up in the $50,000 Weekly Sunday. His biggest score of the month came on May 6 when he earned $21,561 and 275.05 PLB points for outlasting 91 other players to ship the $500 Tuesday Showdown.

While the rest of the top 10 is populated by players from the Garden State, the top-ranked player from Nevada is James ‘prdawg420’ Vales. Coming in at #13, Vales is 1,805 points behind Kwon and is only able to collect points on Vales had 13 qualifying cashes in May, highlighted by a runner-up result from the Tuesday Showdown on May 27 where he added $15,206 to his career earnings and 202.13 PLB points to his total.

1Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon5834
2Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg5551
3Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein5339
4David 'dehhhhh' Coleman5162
5Daniel 'wildman75' Buzgon5156
6Ryan 'Whosyourdoddy' Dodd4929
7Michael 'Bigmike22' St. John4669
8Ryan 'hags021' Hagerty4582
9Daniel 'RedsoxNets5' Sewnig4420
10Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro Jr.4202