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  1. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Eclipse enters the final quarter of its massive schedule.[/caption] 888poker's mega-series XL Eclipse officially entered the fourth quarter of their schedule on Thursday, highlighted by the six-figure guarantee of Event #152 ($215 $100,000 Quarterback NLHE). At the end of the day, 157 of the scheduled 197 events would be complete with 13 new champions being crowned. 'Kaktus26rus' topped what ended up to be big day for Russian tournament players as he topped the marquee event of the day, Event #152. With a $100,000 guarantee smashed by its 430 runners, 'Kaktus25rus' took home the bulk of the prize pool and the largest take home of the day, $21,099.40. With 20 people left, Swedish superstar Robin 'Inho' Ylitalo led the way and looked to be in full control, and while he made the final table, the Worldwide #5-ranked Ylitalo would fall in sixth place. Andrey 'drupalucker' Chernokoz took home another one of the biggest prizes of the day when the Worldwide top 100-ranked player took down Event #147 ($160 Crocodile NLHE). While he still has a little way to go, the Russian grinder's take-home of $5,740.50 helps him get ever closer to his next career milestone of $2 million in lifetime cashes. Countryman Mikhail 'zinkaa' Galitskiy added to the Russian domination of the day with his victory in the first tournament of the day, Event #144 ($109 $15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE). Galitskiy not only won over $5,000 but his defeating of Ukranian runner-up 'Fukuruku' denied 'Fukuruku' of a feat that has yet to be accomplished – two XL Eclipse titles on the same day. 'Fukuruku' was one of the few this series with a shot at two titles in a day as he sat at two final tables at the same time. While he wasn't able to close out the aforementioned Event #144, he did one better and won out in the 2nd biggest tournament of the day, Event #149 ($55 $60,000 R&A NLHE). In the end 'Fukuruku', with just under $3,500 locked up from the Lightning 6-Max, made a heads-up deal to take home an additional $9,658.92. While he wasn't able to capture two titles in the same day, his first place win in Event #149 was his 2nd of the series, adding the Ukranian to the short list of XL Eclipse two-time champions. PocketFivers were all over the leaderboards yet again on Thursday. Congratulations are in order for Lithuania's 'wikiwe' who officially achieved his first ever 888poker cash with his victory in Event #151 ($55 $20,000 Monsoon NLHE). His nearly $4,000 score will push his lifetime earnings to just over $40,000. Finland's 'NeveGiveUp' overcame the largest field of the day in Event #150 ($5 $10,000 Mini R&A NLHE). He bested 1,034 players for $2,111.38, one of his largest cashes to date. Finally, 'msksevart', from Russia, ended up on top in Event #155 ($109 $15,000 Tornado NLHE) for nearly $4,400 – a win that also gives him his 2nd XL Eclipse title. XL Eclipse Day 12 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 144$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]zinkAA$5,174 145$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]PushThemOver$3,289.50 146$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]zeniok30$3,257.10 147$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]drupalucker$5,740.50 148$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]StrangeRogue$2,936.58 149$60,000 R&A NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Fukuruku$9,658.92 150$10,000 Mini R&A NLHE$5][poker card="TD"]NeveGiveUp$2,111.38 151$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]wikiwe$3,881.77 152$100,000 Quarterback NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]Kaktus26rus$21,099.40 153$30,000 Mini Quarterback NLHE$44][poker card="TD"]CARRAMROD$5,675.62 154$25,000 Thursday Challenge NLHE$12][poker card="TD"]Fedorable$4,834.36 155$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]msksevart$4,393 156$25,000 Turbo Quarterback NLHE$109ARARAT800$4,640.19 * denotes final table deal
  2. [caption width="640"] 888poker's XL Eclipse is headed into the home stretch.[/caption] It was another action-packed Wednesday on 888poker as their popular XL Eclipse series hits the final stretch. With over $240,000 in guarantees spread over 13 contests, players got busy taking advantage of juiced prize pools and getting warmed up for the race to the Main Event this weekend. A pair of Russian players dominated the day's theme of Eight Max tournaments. 'Smithstudent' was the big winner of the day claiming $10,920.80 for his victory in Event #137 ($109 $50,000 8-Max NLHE). His heads-up win came at the expense of PocketFiver Bruno Ribeiro 'brgomes21' Gomes who walked away with just over $8,000 for his second-place finish. The “Mini” version of the Eight Max, Event #138 ($12 $10,000 Mini Eight Max NLHE) turned into the largest tournament of the day, drawing 1,190 runners and won by 'Deeagle' for over $2,300. PocketFives.com members earned XL Eclipse titles in a number of events on Tuesday. 'alexos888' took down Event #139 ($35 35,000 Wednesday Challenge NLHE). The tournament was one of the best values of the day and brought the Canadian one of the largest paydays of the evening, $8,035.20. PocketFiver 'BehindSpace' was the runner-up, taking home a sizable $5,803.20 for his $35 investment. Yet another Russian player took home the top spot when 'CalmRevolver' won Event #132 ($55 $15,000 Breeze NLHE). With his $3,318,52 prize, 'CalmRevolver' is knocking on a top-200 Worldwide PocketFives.com ranking and nearly $650,000 in lifetime earning. Additionally, 'bezfrke' and 'drbones666' also added XL Eclipse championships to their online poker resumes. XL Eclipse Day 11 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 131$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]baenaoo$6,132.40* 132$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]CalmRevolver$3,318,52 134$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]xulitooo$6,450 135$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]DrBones666$3,064.21 136$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]bezfrke$4,579 137$50,000 8-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Smithstudent$10,920.80 138$10,000 Mini 8-Max NLHE$12][poker card="TD"]Deeagle$2,334.78 139$35,000 Wednesday Challenge NLHE$35][poker card="TD"]alexos888$8,035.20 140$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]N33dCoaching$4,876 141$10,000 Turbo 8-Max NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]slkshoota$2,109.28 142$20,000 Americas NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]YAMAHA13112,168.32 143$5,000 Turbo Americas$55][poker card="TD"]DibreBruxo$1,233.86* * denotes final table deal
  3. [caption width="640"] XL Eclipse unleashed the first of the High Roller contests on Tuesday[/caption] One of the most anticipated tournaments on the 888poker XL Eclipse schedule was Event #36, the $2100 buy-in, $500,000 Guaranteed High Roller. That, along with its $215 Mini High Roller and the nine additional contests that took place Tuesday meant that there was $950,000 in guaranteed money up for grabs. In what has been a rarity during XL Eclipse, as most tournaments have been crushing their guarantees, there was a little extra value to be had in both of the day’s big buy-in events. In Event #36 ($2100 $500,000 High Roller) and Event #37 ($215 $200,000 Mini High Roller) there was a little bit of overlay, providing players fewer runners to have to defeat in order to get to the big money. And there was big money to be had. In Event #36, XL Eclipse crowned it’s first two-time winner when the #1-ranked Ukranian professional, Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky, topped the stacked High Roller event for his second win and the first six-figure score of the series. Romanovsky, fresh off his victory over Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot yesterday, defeated Laszlo ‘lacibaby64’ Bujtas for the $107,500 prize. Runner-up Bujtas grabbed $77,500 as a consolation. Malta’s Pim ‘SuprNintend0’ de Goede emerged victorious in the second largest tournament of the day. Event #37 ($215 $200,000 Mini High Roller) saw 658 runners take their shot, but only de Goede survived, banking a healthy $37,500 score for his victory. Brazil’s Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira also added to his already impressive $3 million+ lifetime earnings total with a victory in Event #39 ($109 $15,000 Tornado) and he was joined by fellow PocketFivers Christian ‘progree69’ Sampaoli and ‘sheikkkeri’ who also ended up with victories on Day 3 of the series. XL Eclipse Day 3 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 30$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHF$109][poker card="TD"]nomoney4ever$5,070 31$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]aaurelilo$3,076.65 32$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]sheikkkeri$3,434.06 33$40,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]PROCHRIS1$8,282.25 34$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]Openpunks$3,298.66 35$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]progree69$4,810.05 36$500,000 High Roller NLHE$2100][poker card="TD"]Romeopro33$107,500 37$200,000 Mini High Roller NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]SuprNintend0$37,500 38$50,000 Tuesday Challenge NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]LobBoXt$9,884.70 39$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]gusma$3,979 40$65,000 Turbo High Roller NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]WulfricB$13,292.50
  4. [caption width="640"] A former #1-ranked player emerged as the August Monthly PLB winner[/caption] 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 RANKPlayerPOINTS 1veeea2,962.32 2SvZff2,596.87 3DeathbyQuads2,548.85 4r4ndomr4gs2,548.01 5OU_dlanger6102,352.13 6SpaceyFCB2,269.21 7apostolis202,173.10 81_conor_b_12,169.47 9Greenstone252,168.32 10MiracleQ2,103.21
  5. This October, bracelet hunters and poker players from around the globe will make their way to the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic when the World Series of Poker returns to Europe for the first time since 2015. Boasting 11 bracelet events and over €20,000,000 in guarantees, the WSOP Europe will take over Europe's largest casino. 888poker, one of the official sponsors of the WSOP, not only wants you to be in attendance, they want to help you take your seat in the Main Event. 888poker have put together special $13,000 player packages to the WSOP Europe Main Event which includes the €10,350 Main Event buy-in, five nights accommodation in Rozvadov, and an additional $400 to help pay for travel, food and other expenses. The best part is, you don't have to be the biggest of ballers to get involved. 888Poker has a series of online satellites so that just about anyone can grind their way from the ground floor and end up winning a seat into the $1050 qualifier for the $13,000 package. Sub-satellites start for a little as $.50. You can work your way up through the steps or jump in at a variety of levels including $.50, $12 or $109. Then, at the end of the week, you compete for the seat. Sub-satellites steps to the WSOP Europe Qualifier $0.50 $12.00 $109.00 If grinding steps isn't your thing and you're the type of player that prefers to simply cut to the chase, players can register directly into the $1,050 qualifier to take their shot at the WSOP European dream package. The online qualifiers are already in full swing with a handful of players having already earned their Main Event seat. If previous qualifying tournaments are any indication, this may be one of the more profitable ways to earn a trip to the Czech Republic. In addition to the Main Event, the WSOPE is bringing a number of their signature summer events to the October series including the Monster Stack, the Little One for One Drop and the High Roller for One Drop. All of these well-loved events are likely to bring out some of the biggest names in poker and help make the 2017 WSOPE an international success. The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event takes place from November 4th-9th in Rozadov and features a massive €5,000,000 prize pool guarantee. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  6. [caption id="attachment_617273" align="alignnone" width="848"] These are the five new players that shined brightest in 2017.[/caption] #5 - Dennys ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos Brazil’s Dennis ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos quickly rose through the ranks in 2017 and broke into the Worldwide Top 100, peaking at #83. Starting the year as a mostly low-to-mid stakes grinder, Ramos found his grind gaining traction when he binked a first-place score in the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Million in early July. The $24,423 payday was his second five-figure one of the year allowing him to increase his shot taking ability. That shot paid off in a career-high cash, when Ramos won partypoker’s Powerfest Event #110 for $75,000. Ramos then backed that up with his fourth five-figure cash earlier in December with a victory in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic, banking another $30,263 in a year that also saw him soar past the $500,000 lifetime earnings mark. #4 - Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone Argentina’s current #1-ranked player, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone had a fast start to 2017 when he final tabled PokerStars’ Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) Event #16 ($700 No Limit Hold’em Zoom), finishing in fourth for nearly $35,000 and backed that up with a third-place finish in TCOOP Event #65 ($700 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo) for another $65,979. After a string of four and five-figure scores throughout the year, Petrone outdid his previous largest cash by winning partypoker’s Powerfest Event #322 for a career-best $75,156.00 helping him skyrocket not just into the Worldwide Top 100, but peaking inside the Top 20 at #18. Having just surpassed $2.5 million in lifetime earnings, Petrone enters 2018 after a December heater that includes three outright victories and roughly $50,000 in cashes. #3 - ‘kofi89’ Another crusher from Argentina graces the Top 5 list as ‘kofi89’ tore thru the Worldwide Top 100 in a matter of weeks, peaking at #25. After taking fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up back in February, for over $21,000, ‘kofi89’ banked six-figures a month later with a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $106,984. His nearly 150 four-figure (or greater) cashes in 2017 helped push him past the $2 million lifetime earnings plateau. In the last half of 2017 the Argentinan ramped up his volume, moving from his early year mid-stakes grind to playing the largest tournaments the internet has to offer complete with making the final table of a WCOOP and outright winning a $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for another $23,354. #2 - ‘DamageAP’ After updating his screen names, the #1-ranked player out of the Philippines, ‘DamageAP’ made one of the largest leaps of the year into the Worldwide Top 100 when he jumped from #102 to #20. Since that time, he’s been grinding away, inching upwards where he currently sits as the #17 ranked player in the world. A regular in the largest online tournaments, ‘DamageAP’ recorded the first of his 10 five-figure cashes of the year with a fourth-place finish in the partypoker Powerfest Event #220 Main Event for over $72,000. His standout victory of 2017, however, was when he defeated a field of 5,897 players to take down the October 29 PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high score of $159,240. The score helped him topple $2.5 million in lifetime earnings and will like see him exceed $3 million in 2018. #1 - ‘josef_shvejk’ It’s no easy feat to be ranked in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100, let alone the Top 10. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’put in the time and volume, producing the results, to not only find himself among the elite players in 2017, but overtaking Russian powerhouse ‘veeea’ as the #1-ranked Russian and completely distrupt the landscape of the Worldwide Top 10. The high-volume grinder started the year playing mostly mid-stakes but by year’s end was seemingly routinely taking down high profile tournaments for five-figure scores and heaps of PLB points. While he had been racking up four-figure cashes, the first of his major hauls can be traced back to a runner-up finish in one of PokerStars’ Super Tuesday tournaments back in July for over $40,000. He backed that up with a victory in the Big $109 in the same month for another $21,889. In September he went on a heater, the highlights of which include a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic for over $25,000 as well as a pair of partypoker Powerfest victories, one in Event #253 the High Roller for $49,862. By the end of the year, he racked up an additional eight five-figure scores for over $213,000 and finished as the #4-ranked player in the world with over $1.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  7. [caption width="640"] Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff ascends to the top spot for the first time in his career.[/caption] For the first time in his multi-million dollar, World Championship of Online Poker Main Event-winning career Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff sits as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On the heels of the Swedish legend 'C Darwin2' for weeks now, van Zadelhoff pulled himself to the top of the heap with a victory in the $250,000 Title Fight on partypoker for $43,000 and 500.00 PLB points. That, along with another pair of qualifying scores, eclipsed both ‘C Darwin2’, who still sits in the #2 spot this week, as well as the difficult to reach 10,000 PLB point barrier. In addition to celebrating the #1 spot this week, van Zadelhoff found himself creeping up over $7.5 million mark in lifetime earnings on the back of a massive $84,000 earnings week. He’s going to have to stay on the grind if he wants to keep his new position though, as ‘C Darwin2’ is only 167 points away from reclaiming the top spot. While the 'C Darwin2's volume was still light this week, the dangerous Swede had a pair of big-time qualifying cashes bringing him over $30,000 and keeping him in striking distance headed into the final week of 2017. Again this week, there was no change to the #3 and #4 spots, as 'lena900' and the top-ranked Russian 'josef_shvejk' both held their respective positions, the rest of the Top 10 had players shifting in the list. 'Sheater' climbed back into the Top 5 this week thanks to his runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller for $8,926 and right on his heels, Russia’s 'hellohellohello' occupies the #6 position, trailing ‘Sheater’ by only 65.79 points and also trailing ‘josef_shvejk’ by a mere 124 points. When speaking about top Russian though, it’s best not to leave out the player in the #7 spot this week, the former #1-ranked 'veeea'. ‘veeea’ jumped up three spots, from #10, on the back of his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $35,180 and nearly 300.00 PLB points. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar continues his climb to get back to his all-time high ranking, as he ascends again this week, climbing 1 spot to #8. In 2016 Korsar, touched the #6 spot and now, at the end of the year, he’s been flirting with not just getting back to that spot, but potentially surpassing it. For that to happen though, he may need a boost in volume, having essentially only played the Sunday schedule this past week. As player go up in rankings that means that some need to slide to make way for them. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez made the most room, falling four spots back to #9 and it’s easy to see why: he likely took a break, as the Uruguay grinder posted a single result this week. Rounding out the holiday Top 10 is Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren who slipped two spots to #10 despite finding victories in three different events on three different sites. While it didn’t qualify for a triple crown, Bergren finished first in a PokerStars $50K Guaranteed, the $15,000 GREAT 8 on 888poker as well as the Eliminator on partypoker - all on the same day - bringing him over $20,000. In other notable Top 25 moves, Brazil’s 'sitpro2011' continues his rapid rise through the ranks, reaching his all-time high by jumping 10 spots to #21 while Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert rejoins the ranks by touching the #25 spot this week. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff10,256.422 2C Darwin210,089.421 3lena9008,448.303 4josef_shvejk7,449.244 5Sheater7,389.036 6hellohellohello7,323.247 7veeea7,242.9810 8Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,220.709 9Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,220.605 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,127.438 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,005.3611 12Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8480.1616 13Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,684.3712 14Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,650.3713 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,614.6715 16DeathbyQuads6,612.6514 17DamageAP6,579.0817 18Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,540.8421 19'Ariados'6,482.2520 20Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,467.6318 21'sitpro2011'6,443.3931 22nilsef6,336.3623 23rolandbauer6,335.4122 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,255.0219 25Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,223.1129
  8. [caption width="640"] WSOP Main Event Champion teams with 888poker headed into 2018[/caption] 888poker unwrapped one last gift this year when they announced that former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson is taking a spot as an ambassador for the online poker room. Jacobson joins an ever-growing team of top-tier pros and personalities, such as Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Vivian Saliba and Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, with a mind for expanding not just the 888poker brand, but the tournaments and events the company is looking to provide. “888poker and I have a mutual interest to make poker great again in ‘taking back the game’,” Jacobson said, “888poker’s goal is to host prestigious events with huge guarantees affordable to anyone by providing a wide rage of buy-ins along with satellites to all tournaments.” While the popular opinion of whether poker is currently great or needs an infusion of greatness is up for debate, the talent of Jacobson is not. The Swede currently sits as the country’s All Time Money List leader and prior to his WSOP Main Event victory for $10 million - the second largest prize ever won in that event - he was long considered a pros pro with an enviable results list both live and online. “We’re super excited to be working with one of the best minds in poker as we embark on our shared goal of providing players all over the world with the best possible poker experience,” the company said. 888poker is starting Jacobson’s tenure off with a freeroll tournament open to any and all depositors. On December 27 at 21:30 GMT the $5,000 Martin Jacobson Welcome Tournament will run and not only will the World Champ be participating but the company has placed an $88 bounty on his head for whoever ends up with the bragging rights of having gotten to knock out the superstar. As far as giving back, this freeroll tournament is just a start for Jacobson who is a well-documented charitable donater to the Raising for Effecting Giving, the charity popularized by poker players. Moving forward part of Jacobson’s reasoning for teaming with 888poker is tied to hopes for the pair to find more ways to give back, not just to poker players, but to those in need. “888poker sees the importance in charitable contributions and are looking to integrate it as a standard fixture in all of their LIVE events,” Jacobson said. “This statement of intent is something I value highly and therefore I’m incredibly excited to come on board.” 888poker's ever-growing list of Live stops is expected to continue into 2018 after a successful season in 2017 that saw stops in London, Barcelona and Sao Paulo. Perhaps with Jacobson on board a stop in Stockholm may be in the cards. Wherever 888Live decides to hold their events, Jacobson has commented that he intends to be on the felt doing his best to create an optimal poker atmosphere for everyone in attendance. “I will actively work closely with the board and share my knowledge and experience from a player's perspective. This will contribute to a better experience for all the players, both regulars and newcomers.”
  9. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings With the holidays upon us, many online players fall into two different camps: one side takes a break to enjoy the end of the year with family and friends, while another takes the abundant amount of free time to double down on the grind. This week, as we head into the final week of the year, we have a conspicuous lack of major, big money milestones but still, for a few, congratulations are in order for hitting new highs in their careers. ’doke’ & ‘rafitia’ Claim Triple Crowns A PocketFives Triple Crown is no easy feat. Longtime readers know the criteria: a victory in three different events, on three different networks with a minimum prize pool of $10K and a minimum of 100 entrants. In fact, the last Triple Crown to be won prior to this week was Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman’s record-setting 26th Triple Crown in the last week of October. In total, only 21 different PocketFives.com members have achieved this feat in 2017. This week we celebrate a pair, as Ireland’s Dara ‘doke’ O’Kearney as well Brazil’s Rafael ‘rafitia’ Freitas both earned themselves one of the prestigious prizes. O’ Kearney, the #1-ranked player in Ireland, took two days to notch his three victories. Taking first place in the PokerStars Big $11, 888poker’s $10,000 Deepstack Swordfish and iPoker’s €10,000 Championship for a combined total of over $10,000. Additionally, for good measure, O’Kearney finished runner-up in the partypoker Counterpunch for an additional $2,160. Should he have won that would have been victories on four different networks in two days. Nevertheless, his heater was more than enough to land him his 7th Triple Crown. Freitas claimed his first career Triple Crown with victories in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, the partypoker CounterPunch and 888poker’s $30,000 Sunday Great EIGHT for nearly $12,000 in total scores. Like O’Kearney the heater didn’t end with the Triple Crown as Freitas took down a fourth tournament when he scored an additional $2,390 in the partypoker Middleweight: Big Brawl. The solid performances have helped Freitas position himself at #163 in the Worldwide rankings, a career high for him. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff Goes As High As He Can Go The biggest news in the Worldwide Top 100 rankings is the ascension of online poker sorcerer Steven ‘SvZff’ Zadelhoff to a career-high ranking of #1 in the world. The WCOOP Main Event Champion’s overtaking of Swedish legend ‘C Darwin2’ was part of a major shift in the Top 10, which saw eight of the ten spots change hands this week. Additionally, the Ukraine’s #3-ranked player ‘fNx_R’joins the Top 100 for the first time, stepping into the #99 spot. Career High Rankings In Top 100 ’fNx_R’ - #101 to #99 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #58 to #51 ’sitpro2011’ - #31 to #21 Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff - #2 to 1
  10. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Hellmuth gunna Hellmuth and he did plenty of that in 2017[/caption] Love him or hate him, when it comes to poker there perhaps is no bigger star in the game than the Poker Brat himself, Phil Hellmuth. If there is a photo op, a name to be dropped or a bracelet to be won, Phil Hellmuth Jr., will not only make an appearance - he's likely to make a scene. Here in 2017, Hellmuth was everywhere - plugging his book, winning heads-up competitions, MCing charity tournaments and throwing his patented temper tantrums - all to the delight of both his fans and haters. So, with plenty to choose from, here is the PocketFives.com Top 5 Hellmuthian Moments of 2017. #5 - Hellmuth Spikes A Three At 2 am on a rainy night in Pittsburgh, PA, after a live stream of Poker Night in America, Doug Polk gave Hellmuth 10:1 that he can’t “straight cold” drain a 3-pointer at a random basketball court. The prop bet had Polk put up $10,000 to Hellmuth’s $1k and the next thing you know Hellmuth, Polk as well as PNIA’s Todd Anderson, Olivier Busquet, Parker ’tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Shaun Deeb and an out of costume Pete Manzinelli gathered on a blacktop basketball court as Hellmuth, a self-proclaimed Golden State Warriors super fan, attempted to join Curry and Thompson as the third Splash Brother. He was given ten dribbles. He used three. Polk filmed and Hellmuth launched the ball at the backboard. Nothing but net. The scene erupted into cheers as Polk sat stunned, having perhaps just paid for Hellmuth’s 15th bracelet and when the excitement died down, Hellmuth looked right into the camera and said “I was really worried about it when it was in the air…not!” #4 - Hellmuth Decides To ‘Burn Them’ Only days into the 2017 World Series of Poker Hellmuth just wasn’t feeling it. He’d only been in town for a few days but he kicked things off on a downswing and wanted to do something to change his fortunes. His idea: Burn his brand new golden tinted shoes. So in the back of the Rio, Hellmuth placed his shoes, deemed “hideous” by Daniel Negreanu who filmed the entire event, in a metal tub, poured lighter fluid all over them and, with the strike of a match, sent his sneakers to the great beyond in an effort to run better. “I called my dad he said ‘burn them.’ I called my mom she said ‘burn them.’ I called my spiritual guru he said ‘burn them.’” Hellmuth said. Did it work? Days later Hellmuth took 10th place in the $111,111 High Roller For One Drop for over $300,000 and finished the series with seven cashes for over $384,000…but no bracelets. #3 - Hellmuth Says Cheese For Hellmuth, it seems, the next best thing to being a champion is to be seen with one. Known for his name-dropping and his more-than-willingness to photographed with anyone with a modicum of fame, he perhaps chose the wrong champion to pose with at the World Series of Poker Europe. #1 - Hellmuth Runs It Up He may be the 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, but perhaps the one thing he currently covets is a World Poker Tour title to place on his mantle. In the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event, Hellmuth was on the cusp of achieving the sick brag as he battled through the massive field of 763 runners to get heads-up with the up-and-coming cash pro Art Papazyan. After a hero call gone wrong Hellmuth found himself at a 3:1 chip disadvantage but was on track to get it all back when the duo got it all in with Hellmuth holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] vs. Papazyan’s [kq][poker card="qs"]. But when the flop unfolded [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="8c"] Hellmuth was going to need some help. The turn presented some additional flush outs with the [poker card="5h"]. But in the end, the [poker card="3s"] ended his tournament life leaving Hellmuth as the runner-up. While he didn’t get the win, Hellmuth did walk with $364,370 in prize money. Combined with his $200,000 winnings for the Poker Night In America King of the Hill competition and his 4th place in the Poker Masters Event #2 Hellmuth brought in a quarter of a million in earnings in under a months time en route to a year that found him cashing for over $1.3 million.
  11. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2017 saw it's fair share of poker players mixing it up both on and off the tables[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. To date we've gone over the top five off-the-felt news stories of 2017, the top heaters of the year, covered the game's newest characters and breakout stars. Now it's time to get into the he said, she said world of grudges Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow vs. Shawn Sheikan. Tom Dwan vs. Dan 'Jungleman' Cates. 'Jesus' Ferguson vs. The Poker Community at Large. Throughout the history of the game of poker, there's been no shortage of ill will, well-timed “needles” and downright disrespect among poker players. 2017 was no different with a number of hard-fought grudges developing over an assortment of disagreements. #5 - Maurice Hawkins vs. Tim Reilly An on-the-felt conflict led to a war of words off-the-felt this summer when 10-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Maurice Hawkins clashed with Massachusetts grinder Tim Reilly. Deep in WSOP Event #23, The Marathon, Hawkins and Reilly played a hand against each other where Reilly spiked a one-outer on the river to give him a royal flush against Hawkins aces full, allowing Reilly to double through Hawkins with only 22 remaining. Then, depending on which of the two you speak with, the reported war of words not only spilled off the table but into the press with Hawkins claiming that Reilly said to him “This ain’t the circuit. Go back to the circuit.” and Reilly saying that Hawkins “literally lies more than anybody I’ve met in my entire life” and that his table talk was simply “trying to belittle him.” As the tournament intensified it seems so did their mutual dislike with the needles going back and forth. Finally, Reilly says he went up to Hawkins to try and squash the beef and apologize but, according to Reilly, Hawkins told “Hey man, you’re a piece of ***.”, right to his face. Both players ended up at the final table with Hawkins finishing in ninth for $54,000 and Reilly in fourth for $224,000. Both went home with a grudge that likely won’t soon be forgotten. #4 - Doug Polk vs…Lots of Players Doug Polk, the YouTuber who won the 2017 High Roller For One Drop for over $3.6 million, has never shied away from the spotlight of controversy and in 2017 he found himself fighting very public battles on many fronts. Not one to be without an opinion and an audience with an insatiable appetite for content, Polk tackled a number of issues troubling to him, firing shots at a variety of popular poker players in the process. Just some of the items Polk took issue with were players who may or may not have angled on Poker Night in America by not having his big chips visible (Alec Torelli), players who may or may not have agreed to appear at televised poker games and opted not to show up (Matt Berkey), players who may or may not have tried to argue the notion that “more rake is better” (Daniel Negreanu) and players who lost a ton of money at the high stakes games on PokerStars (Luke Schwartz). For, each of these issues Polk took to his Silver Play Button YouTube channel (or Facebook live) to call them out. But a good grudge isn’t one sided and Torelli, Berkey, Negreanu and Schwartz all shot back, either defending themselves or attacking Polk directly, on their social media platforms and in the media. Are the grudges real? There seems to be some very real disdain from each of these guys but for Polk, who every day is finding new ways to market himself, 2018 will likely find him embattled in brand new issues with a new cast of high profile players - and we’ll likely be watching. #3 - Phil Hellmuth vs. The Germans Is there anyone who would disagree that the current contingency of German high rollers are crushing the game right now? Yes. Phil Hellmuth. Whether it’s just his public persona or very real hubris, the 14-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner seems to think he’s a favorite against the field in just about any No Limit Hold’em game. After the 2017 Poker Masters, despite a lackluster performance, Hellmuth tweeted out he was “always the #1 seed” in NLHE tournaments and it started off a firestorm between him and Daniel Negreanu as to just how much of a favorite Hellmuth is in today’s modern high-rolling circuit. Negreanu accusing Hellmuth of constantly muttering how bad all the players are, especially the Germans, and how disrespectful he was to their games. For his part, Hellmuth claimed he was a “good guy” and even told Fedor Holz and, the eventual winner of the 2017 Poker Masters Purple Jacket, Steffen Sontheimer that "he liked them". When the war of words began to escalate into a big-time prop bet Hellmuth ended up easing off the gas but never conceding that he is always a huge favorite. Sontheimer, for his part, kept it classy. In the media he talked about how he liked Hellmuth, but is more than willing to play him, just about anytime, anywhere. #2 - Leon Tsoukernik vs. Matt Kirk A late night high-stakes heads-up match at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and “Aussie” Matt Kirk not only ended up with Tsoukernik losing $3 million of money he borrowed from Kirk but after a confusing series of events, the pair have found themselves in a bitter lawsuit in the Nevada court system. Depending on who you listen to Tsoukernik, Kirk or even Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, who ended up as an intermediary between the two parties, Tsoukernik was either was too drunk to know what he was doing, simply lost a massive amount of money and refused to pay it back, or the pair struck a deal for a lesser amount which Kirk’s “backers” refused to take. However you look at it, the situation is cloudy and now the lawyers are involved. The lawsuit at first was simply Kirk wanting his $3 million back but now there is a countersuit from Tsoukernik claiming that the reports in the media that he refused to pay has damaged his reputation and he wants $10 million from Kirk for defamation of character and he also wants the Aria Resort & Casino in on the lawsuit for over-serving. Someone is not going to be happy at the conclusion of this saga and it’s not very likely that the pair will be shuffling chips on the felt together anytime soon. #1 - Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale A three month war of words between the two outspoken professional poker players, Cate Hall and Mike Dentale, reached its conclusion back in March after the pair booked a mini-HU4Rollz match on Poker Night In America, finally putting their money where their mouths were. Dentale, very publicly, called out the play of Hall from a hand during the December 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond. Hall, eventually having enough, issued the challenge and before long the pair sat across the felt from each other with $15,000 playing $75/$150 NLHE in a best two-out-of-three match. While Dentale may have started it with his comments online, Hall finished it off by sweeping the Brooklyn player in two straight matches, earning his $30,000 and, maybe, his respect? Not so much. “Remember you will always suck,” Dentale said to Hall during the match. In the end, Hall took home the cash, Dentale apologized to his fans and both raised money for charity. All's well that ends well for the pair as both went on to earn six-figures over the course of 2017.
  12. The small North Eastern European country of Lithuania may be known around the world as being a former part of the Soviet Union or perhaps it’s deep love with the game of basketball. But when it comes to poker, Lithuania is known for producing one of the most notorious names in the game: Antanas Guoga, aka - Tony G. The blustering, belittling “G” has made a name for himself by goading poker players on television and dunking on them for well over a decade. But Tony G, LiAngelo and LaMelo aren’t the only ballers currently getting their game on in Lithuania. Some of the top-tier online poker professionals call this Baltic State their home. The current #1-ranked Lithuanian is ‘dartazzzz’. Sitting in the PocketFives.com Worldwide top 100 as the #47-ranked player, he’s amassed over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. A regular in the largest tournaments the online poker has to offer, ‘dartazzzz’ absolutely crushed in the month of December. He accumulated eight qualifying cashes, three five-figure scores and pulling in over $85,000 for the month. Right behind ‘dartazzzz’ in the #2 spot hovers ‘Gedis92’. Also in the Top 50 of the Worldwide rankings (#49), ‘Gedis92’ earned his very first PocketFives.com Triple Crown in March of 2017. In September of 2017, he made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest Championship Event ($3,222 No Limit Hold’em) for not just his highest PLB points of the current period, 399.83, but also a career-high cash of $105,000. He’s roughly a quarter-million away from the $2 million lifetime earning milestone, so it’s incredibly likely that he’ll be gracing the Milestones column at some point in 2018. The position of ‘Mikensonas’ mirrors ‘Gedis92’s quite a bit. The #3-ranked Lithuanian is only 2 spots behind ‘Gedis92’ in the Worldwide Rankings. He, too, recorded a Triple Crown in 2017 (September) and he’s also on the precipice of earning a major lifetime cash milestone, only $50,000 short of $1 million. The mid-high stakes grinder had a quick start to 2018, taking first place in the Winamax HighRoller on January 2 for just shy of $13,000. The #4 spot is occupied by ‘bebaimis777’. A former Worldwide top 20 player, ‘bebaimis777’ has amassed over $2.7 million over the course of his career. Whether or not he observes Christmas, the Lithuanian had plenty of reasons to celebrate this holiday as on December 25 alone he unwrapped 11 cashes for nearly $2,000. Since the New Year, he’s been putting in more volume, accumulating at least four four-figure scores in the first week of January. The top 5 is completed by the #1-ranked player our of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. ‘Kepalas89’ pulled off a victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff in late November 2017 for 334.22 PLB points and over $18,000. The PLB points for the win are the mid-stakes grinder's highest for the current period. ‘bagoch’, holding down the #6 spot, just soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on January 2. His second-place finish was worth $95,252.70. In mid-December ‘NoTilit’ took down the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars for $12,243.22 and 252.59 points. The PLB points were good enough to land him as the #7-ranked Lithuanian. ‘Merfinis’, currently ranked #8, touched a career-high ranking in the Worldwide Top 100 in 2017 when he reached #272. In 2018, the mid-stakes grinder will be focused on eclipsing $2 million in lifetime earnings, as he's currently a quarter-million shy of the mark. In September of 2017, ‘AIGiNho’ claimed a partypoker Powerfest championship when he took down Event #10 ($500K Gtd 2 Day Event) for a career-high score of over $82,000. The 530.33 PLB points that came along with it helped elevate him to the #9 rank in Lithuania. Rounding it all out is the #10-ranked player, ‘parukas’. While not an everyday grinder, ‘parukas’ has earned over $300,000 in his online career. Lithuania Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1dartazzzz5,610.92 2Gedis925,539.55 3Mikensonas5,370.67 4bebaimis7774,186.68 5Kepalas893,796.83 6bagoch3,738.19 7NoTilit3520.17 8Merfinis3,479.00 9AlGiNho3,479.00 10parukas3,406.00
  13. [caption id="attachment_617305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman takes over as Nevada's new #1.[/caption] Nevada has a new #1. Two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spot after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while other top Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings in December. His route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State was punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month. One look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the online tables again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb the rankings. This month he accomplished his goal as he takes over the #3 spot. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December. Nine of his cashes which contributed to his boost in PLB points, and overall he added $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating. We’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot due to his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position. Despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00, he's one spot removed from his position last month. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10). Deveau took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  14. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak Makes It $7 Million Former Worldwide #2-ranked player Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak used the last week of the calendar year to work his way up over the $7 million lifetime earnings mark. A pair of four-figure cashes on partypoker helped put the longtime grinder within reach of the massive sum. He scored $2,500 for a runner-up finish in the Title Fight on December 26 and the very next day finished in the same position in the Big Brawl Warm Up for another $2,024. Barshak, a former WCOOP winner, had quite the December accumulating 14 four-figure cashes in total as a part of over $43,000 in earnings. Barshak, who hails from Illinois but plays out of Costa Rica, is currently ranked #143 in the PocketFives Worldwide rankings. Major Victory Pushes Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias Over $6 Million After outlasting a tough field of 662 runners in the PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament on December 27, Brazil’s Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias raced past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark. The first place payout of over $72,000 gave him the post-holiday push he needed to get the job done before the end of the year. The score was the second five-figure cash of the month for Dias as he also banked $21,948 during the PokerStars High Rollers Series in Event #19. Two For $3 Million Malta’s #2-ranked player, Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede and Brazil’s ‘fred_volpe’ both celebrated surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark this week. de Goede made the final table during the partypoker $100K Gtd High Roller for a $2,255 score that both put him both over the milestone as well as helped him to knock on the door of entering the Worldwide Top 100, as he currently ranked #106. ‘fred_volpe’, who was the previous holder of the #106-ranking player on PocketFives, now currently sits in the Top 100 at #68. That rankings leap, as well as his money milestone, was thanks to his first place finish in the PokerStars $50 No Limit Hold’em on December 27. Outlasting a field of 4865 runners, ‘fred_volpe’ turned his $50 into $39,215 and 572.36 PLB points, while not a career high cash it was a career-high points score. Other notable career-high earnings include the Austria’s #1-ranked player ‘rolandbauer’ as well as Russia’s ’papan9_p$’ topping $2 million lifetime. Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett Swings Into Top 100 Unlike past two weeks, this week there are plenty of players who spent the last week of year climbing to career highs in the PocketFives Top 100. One of those players is Chile’s Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett who not only made his debut in the Top 100 this week at #86, but jumped 68 spots to do so with the help of a trio of qualifying cashes including a victory on PokerStars for early $39,000. Also of special note is the career-high ranking of ‘papan9_p$’ who clawed his way up one spot to #28 in the same week that he, as we just mentioned, eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 oddsbaek - #105 to #98 fNx_R - #99 to #92 untaktik - #91 to #85 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #88 to #87 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #154 to #86 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - #54 to #53 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #51 to #45 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #41 to #34 papan9_p$ - #29 to #28
  15. [caption id="attachment_617038" align="alignnone" width="640"] Satellites for 888poker's XL Blizzard are running now.[/caption] 888poker’s latest championship series, XL Blizzard, is set to begin on January 18. While the $80,000 Gtd Opening Event is still days away, satellites to help players qualify for the upcoming events are well underway. With $2.9 million in guaranteed prize pools over 34 different events, the online series is sure to create enormous paydays for players. The buy-ins for the series range from as little as the $5 for the Mini Rebuy & Add-On to the massive $2,100 $250,000 Guaranteed High Roller. But for players who would like to find their way into XL Blizzard events, 888poker has plenty of Step Satellites, as well as specific qualifiers, for players to enter to attempt to maximize their budgets. Step Into The Spotlight Step Satellites start for as little as a single penny. That’s right $.01. Every time you win a Step you get a ticket for the next Step. With 6 Steps in total, should you climb the complete ladder you could conceivably win your way into the XL Blizzard Main Event for one cent. Players can start on the Step of their choice. Players can win your way into any of the Steps by playing the one before it. Also, those with the means can simply buy directly into to a Step for their shot to win their way into their favorite XL Blizzard tournament. Here’s a list of your Step Options: Step 1 - $0.01buy-in to win a Step 2 entry or tournament ticket Step 2 - $0.10 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 3 entry or tournament ticket Step 3 - $1 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 4 entry or tournament ticket Step 4 - $5 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 5 entry or tournament ticket Step 5 - $30 buy-in (or ticket) to win a Step 6 entry or tournament ticket Step 6 - $160 buy-in to win (or ticket) to win a $1,050 tournament ticket Main Event Mania The XL Blizzard $1,050 $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event is almost certain to pay out over six-figures for first. In addition to winning a Step 6 tournament, there are a number of other ways for players to qualify for what is likely to be the largest event of the series. 888poker is holding two Mega Satellites during the series that, combined, promise to give away at least 65 seats to the Main Event. The first is held on Sunday, January 21 and the $160 buy-in holds a guarantee of 15 seats. The second is the massive 50 Seat Main Event Mega Satellite on Sunday, January 28 for a $215 buy-in. Additionally, 888poker is holding standard satellites on a regular basis with a $109 buy-in, which itself can be satellites into. Make It A Freeroll With First Deposit New to 888poker? The site is giving away free tickets to first-time depositors into their XL Blizzard Main Event Qualifier. The qualifier runs every day and gives away two seats to the $1,050 Main Event. First-time depositors get three free tickets. That's three shots at a $1,000,000 prize pool. Just make sure you use the promo code: BLIZZARD10. Tickets can also be used on the XL Blizzard Mini Tune-Up Qualifier where the top 20 finishers earn a $12 seat to XL Blizzard Event #11, the $40,000 Mini Tune-Up Event. The XL Blizzard action heats up starting January 18 with satellites for major events happening daily at 888poker.
  16. [caption id="attachment_617330" align="alignnone" width="640"] Global Poker's Grizzly Games offers $1.5 million in real money prizes starting January 15[/caption] It’s time for another Championship Series from GlobalPoker.com! Starting on January 15, Global Poker, the social online poker site that serves US and Canadian customer with their unique Sweepstakes model, is rolling out the inaugural 2018 Grizzly Games. The upcoming series will feature more tournaments and guarantees than ever before with over $1,500,000 in real money prizes up for grabs. $5K Freeroll For All Whether you are a Global Poker veteran or new to the site Global Poker invites you to kick off the Grizzly Games with a $5,000 Sweeps Cash freeroll. On Global Poker you can play in one of two currencies: Sweeps Cash or Gold Coins. You can cash out every dollar of Sweeps Cash you win for real cash via PayPal. That means in the opening event there’s $5,000 in real cash prizes up for grabs and there’s no catch. No deposit needed. No purchase required. Just jump in and get some! $1,500,000 Real Money Prizes Guaranteed From January 15 through February 11 the Global Poker tournament schedule will be littered with over 120 Grizzly Games Championship Events. The buy-ins range from as little as $3.30. Included, for the first time, on February 11, Global Poker is offering their biggest buy-in yet: a $218 SC$50,000 guarantee allowing players to vie for one of the largest prize pools ever offered on the site. In total, the series will offer at least $1.5 million in Sweeps Cash prizes. Whether you are a high roller or building your bankroll, there are plenty of tournaments to be won. The schedule is broken down into Low, Medium and High buy-ins allowing players to play to their comfort level. In addition to No Limit Hold’em, the series incorporates both PLO, as well as Fixed Limit Hold’em into the mix. If playing for Sweeps Cash isn’t your thing and you prefer to play a little more socially - the Grizzle Games will have 127.5 million in Gold Coins up for grabs too. Unlike Sweeps Cash, Gold Coins hold no cash value, but players can accumulate Gold Coins to unlock special avatars. Playing ring games for Gold Coins can also unlock free Sweeps Cash tournaments. Claim A Champions Pack Winners of any one of the Grizzly Games tournaments, Sweeps Cash or Gold Coins, will be crowned a Grizzly Games champion and earn a Champions Pack. The Champions Pack includes a special avatar as well as Global Poker gear delivered to your house. Leaderboards Are Back With Massive Prizes At Stake Who will be the Big Bear? Over SC$15,000 will be given away to those top performers who grind the schedule and post the most results. The series will have both a weekly and an overall leaderboard. The overall leaderboard champion will also get the opportunity represent Global Poker in a live event of their choosing. The winner will get up to $3,500 for a tournament buy-in and $1,500 to put towards flights and accommodations. You win the leaderboard - you pick the tournament. Free Cash For Hometown Heroes In an effort to boost the Global Poker brand, the site is rewarding their players who simply share photos and videos of themselves in Global Poker attire. If you take a photo of yourself in your hometown or win a tournament in Global Poker gear - there’s up to SC$1000 to be had by the Hometown Heroes program. All of the Grizzly action kicks off on January 15. For a full schedule of events and details about Hometown Heroes and Grizzly Games leaderboard prizes check out GlobalPoker.com.
  17. [caption id="attachment_617313" align="alignnone" width="640"] Ivan 'ILS007' Stokes evolved from an elite SNG grinder to poker coach.[/caption] Over a decade ago, a younger Ivan Stokes, then a 15-year old international chess competitor, noticed that some of his older peers weren’t just spending their free time on delving deeper into chess, but they were actually making money by dabbling in poker. Stokes, now well over a decade into his poker playing career, recalls his first exposure to the game he’d eventually fall in love with. “I became really curious and, along with watching poker on TV, I felt there was an opportunity to be had,” Stokes said. “For some reason, even though I hadn’t formally studied the game at the time, I had a sense that a lot of the plays the pros were making on TV had to be bad.” So a young Stokes, encouraged by his instinct, began a journey that found him diving deep into learning the game of poker. Over time, it resulted in him, playing under his ‘ILS007’ screen name, achieving Supernova Elite, the one-time Holy Grail of the PokerStars VIP program, not once but twice. In 2014, Stokes was the sixth person to earn Supernova Elite, profitably grinding his way to the status in a matter of months. In the same year, he tested his tournament chops by reaching the final table of a WCOOP event for over $82,000. Today, Stokes runs his own poker training site, Professional Poker Videos, where he extracts the knowledge of his entire journey of grinding and beating various levels of Sit & Go’s. “I started out playing Sit & Go’s on PokerStars. Initially $4.40 regular speed 180-man, where first place would be just over $200. I remember the first time I won one of those, it was an amazing feeling,” Stokes said. “It sort of validated everything I’d had in my mind before then, that perhaps you could make good side money playing this game.” He did just that, expanding into other Sit & Go variants, broadening his knowledge base, studying not just Sit & Go’s but cash and tournaments as well. But while Stokes may have gone through the process by himself at first, he’s now of a mind that in order to get better in today’s game, everybody needs somebody. “The first few years I lived under a rock in terms of my exposure to the poker community. I was entirely self-taught, just reading a few of the fundamental theory books for No Limit Hold’em and tournament poker. I was influenced by watching the biggest winners in my games, taking notes about the plays and tried to figure out what they were doing differently than everyone else and why they were doing that." But like many who go on a journey through poker, his wasn’t a graph that went straight up. Years into his education, before the Supernova runs, Stokes hit a wall and quickly realized that, for him, the solo approach was no longer working. “Maybe three years or so in, I hit a massive roadblock,” Stokes recalls. He had taken a break and assumed he could resume playing and pick up where he left off. “For some reason, I just couldn’t win anymore. Yet, the before [his break], I was ranking top 3-5 in the world for 180-man Sit & Go’s. The stretch continued for an entire year where I made little to no money and it was soul destroying. I definitely thought about quitting and became increasingly desperate. This is the point that I started researching poker communities, poker coaching and poker software…then a massive Pandora’s Box was opened.” He took on coaches and mentors and switched his approach from sporadic to methodical. He reduced his tables, dropped down in stakes and started from the ground up. Only when ready with his new approach did he move up in stakes and add tables using his prior success as motivation to get back to playing the high-stakes Sit & Go’s. This approach led him to his two Supernova Elite statuses and also into a role as a coach. “My father was a University professor, so there’s something natural about coaching for me. I love the exploration of complex issues and the philosophical task of what makes a good coach. Once I found out about poker coaching and the amazing online communities, it was natural to venture into it.” Stokes said. Stokes has now coached poker players thru Professional Poker Videos since 2012. “People can expect to have a coaching experience underpinned by my background…coaching that has been engineered and re-engineered thousands of times to be refined as much as possible. My approach has two key elements: provide the strongest, most sound foundation for student to base their game upon, that will survive in the very toughest games they face, because ultimately this same approach will also crush softer games too and is more predictably successful and, secondly, target the areas of very highest values first.” Stokes' approach has his student focused on ROI over volume. He seeks edges in a landscape that can no longer bank on rewards from a retired VIP program. “I have been obsessively working on gaining and maximizing edges in games,” Stokes said, having just recently released his Preflop Blueprint Series. “I have also tried to be at the forefront of technological developments so that I can utilize incredibly powerful software to gain edges before more others do, which, in 2018 is more important that it has ever been.” When speaking about coaching, Stokes clearly relies on a strong analytical foundation. His online courses provide strategies for a variety of level of buy-ins, formats and field sizes. But he is quick to point out that while you need to know your numbers to optimally analyze spots, the one thing he recommends to his students to instantly improve their games doesn’t have anything to do with knowing what ranges to shove when. “It’s a no-brainer: Mindset. Honestly, mindset drives everything we do and poker is a very taxing game on the mind. Winrate gains are going to be found immediately for absolutely any individual by working on their mindset constantly. It needs to be part of what you do, who you are. Not just for poker for your life as a whole.” The new Preflop Blueprint, as well as all of Stokes teaching tools, are available for on his website, ProfessionalPokerVideos.com
  18. [caption id="attachment_617305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman takes over as Nevada's new #1.[/caption] Nevada has a new #1. Two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spot after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while other top Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings in December. His route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State was punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month. One look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the online tables again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb the rankings. This month he accomplished his goal as he takes over the #3 spot. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December. Nine of his cashes which contributed to his boost in PLB points, and overall he added $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating. We’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot due to his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position. Despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00, he's one spot removed from his position last month. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10). Deveau took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  19. Nevada has a new #1 as two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spots after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while his fellow Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in his time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings en route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State. Punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month but one look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30 and his last cash a couple weeks after that. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the client again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb and this month he’s done just that assuming the #3 rank. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December, nine of which contributed to his boost in PLB points. and over $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating and we’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot on his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month though came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position, just one spot removed from his position last month, despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10), who took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10   RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  20. [caption id="attachment_617305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman takes over as Nevada's new #1.[/caption] Nevada has a new #1. Two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spot after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while other top Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings in December. His route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State was punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month. One look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the online tables again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb the rankings. This month he accomplished his goal as he takes over the #3 spot. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December. Nine of his cashes which contributed to his boost in PLB points, and overall he added $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating. We’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot due to his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position. Despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00, he's one spot removed from his position last month. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10). Deveau took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  21. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak Makes It $7 Million Former Worldwide #2-ranked player Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak used the last week of the calendar year to work his way up over the $7 million lifetime earnings mark. A pair of four-figure cashes on partypoker helped put the longtime grinder within reach of the massive sum. He scored $2,500 for a runner-up finish in the Title Fight on December 26 and the very next day finished in the same position in the Big Brawl Warm Up for another $2,024. Barshak, a former WCOOP winner, had quite the December accumulating 14 four-figure cashes in total as a part of over $43,000 in earnings. Barshak, who hails from Illinois but plays out of Costa Rica, is currently ranked #143 in the PocketFives Worldwide rankings. Major Victory Pushes Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias Over $6 Million After outlasting a tough field of 662 runners in the PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament on December 27, Brazil’s Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias raced past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark. The first place payout of over $72,000 gave him the post-holiday push he needed to get the job done before the end of the year. The score was the second five-figure cash of the month for Dias as he also banked $21,948 during the PokerStars High Rollers Series in Event #19. Two For $3 Million Malta’s #2-ranked player, Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede and Brazil’s ‘fred_volpe’ both celebrated surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark this week. de Goede made the final table during the partypoker $100K Gtd High Roller for a $2,255 score that both put him both over the milestone as well as helped him to knock on the door of entering the Worldwide Top 100, as he currently ranked #106. ‘fred_volpe’, who was the previous holder of the #106-ranking player on PocketFives, now currently sits in the Top 100 at #68. That rankings leap, as well as his money milestone, was thanks to his first place finish in the PokerStars $50 No Limit Hold’em on December 27. Outlasting a field of 4865 runners, ‘fred_volpe’ turned his $50 into $39,215 and 572.36 PLB points, while not a career high cash it was a career-high points score. Other notable career-high earnings include the Austria’s #1-ranked player ‘rolandbauer’ as well as Russia’s ’papan9_p$’ topping $2 million lifetime. Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett Swings Into Top 100 Unlike past two weeks, this week there are plenty of players who spent the last week of year climbing to career highs in the PocketFives Top 100. One of those players is Chile’s Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett who not only made his debut in the Top 100 this week at #86, but jumped 68 spots to do so with the help of a trio of qualifying cashes including a victory on PokerStars for early $39,000. Also of special note is the career-high ranking of ‘papan9_p$’ who clawed his way up one spot to #28 in the same week that he, as we just mentioned, eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 oddsbaek - #105 to #98 fNx_R - #99 to #92 untaktik - #91 to #85 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #88 to #87 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #154 to #86 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - #54 to #53 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #51 to #45 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #41 to #34 papan9_p$ - #29 to #28
  22. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings With the holidays upon us, many online players fall into two different camps: one side takes a break to enjoy the end of the year with family and friends, while another takes the abundant amount of free time to double down on the grind. This week, as we head into the final week of the year, we have a conspicuous lack of major, big money milestones but still, for a few, congratulations are in order for hitting new highs in their careers. ’doke’ & ‘rafitia’ Claim Triple Crowns A PocketFives Triple Crown is no easy feat. Longtime readers know the criteria: a victory in three different events, on three different networks with a minimum prize pool of $10K and a minimum of 100 entrants. In fact, the last Triple Crown to be won prior to this week was Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman’s record-setting 26th Triple Crown in the last week of October. In total, only 21 different PocketFives.com members have achieved this feat in 2017. This week we celebrate a pair, as Ireland’s Dara ‘doke’ O’Kearney as well Brazil’s Rafael ‘rafitia’ Freitas both earned themselves one of the prestigious prizes. O’ Kearney, the #1-ranked player in Ireland, took two days to notch his three victories. Taking first place in the PokerStars Big $11, 888poker’s $10,000 Deepstack Swordfish and iPoker’s €10,000 Championship for a combined total of over $10,000. Additionally, for good measure, O’Kearney finished runner-up in the partypoker Counterpunch for an additional $2,160. Should he have won that would have been victories on four different networks in two days. Nevertheless, his heater was more than enough to land him his 7th Triple Crown. Freitas claimed his first career Triple Crown with victories in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, the partypoker CounterPunch and 888poker’s $30,000 Sunday Great EIGHT for nearly $12,000 in total scores. Like O’Kearney the heater didn’t end with the Triple Crown as Freitas took down a fourth tournament when he scored an additional $2,390 in the partypoker Middleweight: Big Brawl. The solid performances have helped Freitas position himself at #163 in the Worldwide rankings, a career high for him. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff Goes As High As He Can Go The biggest news in the Worldwide Top 100 rankings is the ascension of online poker sorcerer Steven ‘SvZff’ Zadelhoff to a career-high ranking of #1 in the world. The WCOOP Main Event Champion’s overtaking of Swedish legend ‘C Darwin2’ was part of a major shift in the Top 10, which saw eight of the ten spots change hands this week. Additionally, the Ukraine’s #3-ranked player ‘fNx_R’joins the Top 100 for the first time, stepping into the #99 spot. Career High Rankings In Top 100 ’fNx_R’ - #101 to #99 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #58 to #51 ’sitpro2011’ - #31 to #21 Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff - #2 to 1
  23. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' finishes 2017 as the #1-ranked online player in the world.[/caption] Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff’s time in the top spot was short-lived as Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ ascended this week to, once again, claim the Worldwide #1-ranking to close out 2017. ‘C Darwin2’s sixth-place finish in a PokerStars $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event which brought him 270.88 PLB points and a $37,520 payday, in addition to aging scores, was the big difference maker this week. In fact, the Swede went on a post-holiday heater that had him best a 659 player field in a PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament to take home an additional $72,833. After celebrating his first time atop the rankings last week, van Zadelhoff retreats to the #2 spot. His total PLB score took a hit and now the top-tier pro finds himself 683.14 PLB points behind ‘C Darwin2’. As has become custom over the past month, the #3 and #4 spots have remained the same. Sweden’s ‘lena900' along with one of the rising superstars of 2017, Russia’s ‘josef_shevjk’, maintain their respective positions. As for ‘lena900’, he’s sitting comfortably in the #3 rank with an over 1000 PLB point buffer. ‘josef_shevjk’ on the other hand is going to have to make some moves if he wishes to remain in the Worldwide #4 spot (and as the #1-ranked Russian) due to the resurgence of fellow countryman ‘veeea’, who has catapulted back into the Worldwide Top 5. Russia’s ‘veeea’, a former #1-ranked player, found himself sliding down the leaderboard, losing his title as the #1-ranked Russian player and slipping out of the Top 10 in early December. However, in recent weeks, he’s been back on the grind and back on the climb, ascending into the #5 spot and trailing only 58.9 PLB points behind ‘josef_shevjk’. Despite a limited holiday schedule, ‘veeea’ managed a pair of qualifying cashes including a win in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for over $7,300. ‘hellohellohello’, the third of the three Russians in the Top 10, has held steady at #6 thanks to a trio of cashes on December 27 that, in total, brought him nearly $42,000 and over 562 qualifying PLB points. The rest of the name in the Top 10 remain the same, only their positions have changed. Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rose two spots to end the year at #7 while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren also jumped two spots to claim the #8 position. Berggren scored a pair of qualifying cashes, the largest of which, netted him over $16,000. Sweden’s 'Sheater' took the biggest step backward this week, falling four spots to #9 on light volume and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who celebrated $10 million in lifetime earnings in 2017, will finish the year rounding out the Top 10. Most of the positions in the Top 10 are particularly precarious headed into 2018. While #3 ranked ‘lena900’ has a 1000 PLB point lead over the #4 spot, there is only a 384.68 point difference between #4 and #10. That’s a gap that can be bridged by any of these high-level pros in any given week. For example, Berggren is a scant 10.54 points behind Gonzalez and ‘Sheater’ is only 71.58 points behind Berggren. Should anyone cool off or take a break there’s a number of grinders both inside and just outside the Top 10 who can work their way back into the hunt for #1. Other notable top 25 moves include Sweden’s Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen leap from #32 to the #14 spot and Argentinean pro ‘rayastar’ jumping four spots into the #25 spot. Germany’s #1-ranked pro 'nilsef', who touched a career-high ranking of #16 this year, falls out of the Top 25 this week as does Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 'C Darwin2' 10,208.41 2 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,525.27 1 3 lena900 8,498.45 3 4 josef_shvejk 7,476.64 4 5 'veeea' 7,417.74 7 6 hellohellohello 7,325.57 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez 7,239.74 9 8 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,229.20 10 9 'Sheater' 7,157.62 5 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,111.96 8 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 6,972.30 12 12 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 6,959.23 11 13 DeathbyQuads 6,797.80 16 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen 6,717.21 32 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,694.49 13 16 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,596.00 14 17 DamageAP 6,566.06 17 18 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,561.52 15 19 'Ariados' 6,465.25 19 20 rolandbauer 6,442.77 23 21 'sitpro2011' 6,406.83 21 22 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,377.97 24 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,353.98 18 24 Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk 6,340.57 20 25 rayastar 6,320.87 29
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