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  1. [caption id="attachment_617354" align="alignnone" width="640"] Three of the top 100 players in the world call Lithuania home.[/caption] 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 its 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). The score brought him his highest PLB points of the current period, 399.83, as well as 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 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 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 C Darwin 2 24,397.83 2 lena900 22,094.19 3 r4ndomr4gs 19,322.16 4 inhoo 19,097.50 5 SvZff 18,576.64 6 Sheater 17,889.45 7 1_conor_b_1 17,799.69 8 SixthSenSe19 17,447.32 9 veeea 17,338.14 10 Ariados 17,284.62  
  2. The PokerStars Winter Series came to a conclusion on January 7 with the 152-event extravaganza shattering guarantees and paying out hefty sums to players from all over the world. With events running from December 25 through January 7 the Winter Series provided two straight weeks of value-packed action in the form of 38 different events, each broken into four different buy-in categories: micro, low, medium and high. PokerStars boasted $25,000,000 in guarantees for the tournaments and it was clear early on that this lofty number would clearly be shattered. Players helped generate well over $37,000,000 in prize pools and over 25 players were awarded six-figure sums during the series. Damian Salas Has A Career Series It’s going to be hard for Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to ever reach his previous high point in poker. The #1-ranked Columbian was, after all, seated at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. That day in July he finished in seventh place for $1.425 million, far and away a career-high score. During the Winter Series, he put some of that Main Event money to use by playing in the two biggest buy-ins of the series and ending up with a new online poker career-high cash in the process. Early in the series in Event #7-Hight ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) Salas made his way to an absolutely stacked final table that included the Worldwide #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, who finished in sixth, Belgium’s #1 player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson (fifth), the UK’s Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister (third), ‘girafganger7’ (runner-up) and top 30-ranked player ‘dattebayo’, who ended up winning the event for $138,000. It was a who’s who of online poker elite players and Salas, who fit right in, finished in fourth for over $63,000. A just a week and a half later, in Event #25-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em), Salas didn’t settle for fourth. Instead, he outlasted the talented 127 runner field to collect a no-chop first place prize of $139,182. By defeating ‘DEX888’ heads-up, Salas secured the largest online sum he’d ever won to date and helped propel him into the Worldwide top 100 to his current rank of #52 in the world. As was noted in the most recent Milestones column, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick took fifth in Event #25 for $48,836, helping him push past the $5 million lifetimes earnings mark. ‘BadWolfOne’ 3713x’s His Money The largest tournament of the series belonged to Event #37-Micro ($2.20 No Limit Hold’em). This was the Main Event for the micro-grinders and it generated an impressive $111,900 prize pool. There were 55,966 entries and in the end it was ‘BadWolfOne’ who carved out the best of it in a four-way deal collecting $8,170.56 for his $2.20 investment. Impressively, he did it on a single bullet. The other three players in the deal ‘MatroSkin280’, ‘545TV’ and ‘Fabio_BH01’ all took home $5,932 for their efforts. Six-Figure Scores, Platinum Passes Highlight The Main Event ‘BadWolfOne’ wasn’t the only player to leverage the final day of the series to find a huge score. As expected, both the High and the Medium buy-in tiers of the Event #37 generated the two highest prize pools of the entire series, both crushing their guarantees. Event#37-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em ) saw 10,644 players pony up for a shot at a piece the over $2.1 million prize pool. At the final table, the final five agreed to a deal that would guarantee each of them a six-figure score. In the end, ‘The Haamer’ took the top spot and $221,965 for the win. PocketFivers ‘mrvogt’ (third for $145,633) and ‘NoTilit’ (fourth for $141,763) from Lithuania also were part of the chop. In the High buy-in of the Main Event, 1,116 entries helped surpass the $1.5 million guarantee by nearly $750,000. Five players in this event also won six-figure sums, but there was no deal made in this one. Canada’s ‘freezeplay’ ended up winning it all for $363,177 - the largest payday of the entire Winter Series. PocketFiver Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonias finished as the runner-up taking home $266,207 for second. ‘ikkedus’, currently the #316-ranked player in the world, finished in third for over $195,000 and PocketFiver ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ took seventh for over $56,000. The four winners of the Main Events, all of those mentioned above as well as ‘smir9david’ who won Event #37 Low, all received a coveted PokerStars Player Championship pass. The pass gives them free entry into the 2019 $25,000 buy-in Hold’em Championship to be held at the 2019 PokerStars PCA. The tournament is being touted as likely to be the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. With the Winter Series in the rearview mirror, online players can begin dreaming about the next big PokerStars series which is likely to be the 2018 SCOOP, coming in the first half of the year.
  3. UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach a new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 Former 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table participant (seventh place), Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwich cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
  4. The #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, added another accolade to his resume by ending the year as the 2017 PocketFives.com overall PLB leader. The yearly PLB differs from the Sliding PLB, which helps determine the weekly Worldwide rankings, in that it takes the top 100 PLB point scores of the calendar year for any player into consideration and the accumulation of those points determines the top performers. The powerhouse country of Sweden is home to the top four players (and six of ten) in the 2017 PLB rankings. First and foremost is ‘C Darwin2’. Having spent more time as the #1-ranked player in the world than any other player in 2017, ‘C Darwin2’ posted consistent results on volume that reflects his seemingly non-stop work ethic. His signature point total came when he racked up 819.05 PLB points by taking seventh place in the Event #55 of PokerStars’ SCOOP, the $10,500 Main Event. He also earned $178,883 for his efforts. That was one of two six-figure scores for ‘C Darwin2’ who wrapped up 2017 with over 60 five-figures scores and 24,397.83 PLB points. The only other player to finish with over 20,000 PLB points in 2017 was ‘lena900’. Also a 2017 mainstay in the Top 5 Worldwide rankings, ‘lena900’ had multiple 500+ PLB scores including his first-place finish in a September $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Side Event for $94,350. Surprisingly, that score is not the Swede’s top PLB score. It came early in the year when he took down the $1,050 Sunday Grand on PokerStars for $58,319 and 556.78 base points. In addition to racking up 22,094 PLB points, ‘lena900’ eclipsed $8 million in lifetime earnings in 2017 and at his current pace, he’ll easily see $9 million in 2018. Another Swedish former #1 ranked player, Andreas ‘r4andomr4gs’ Berggren, takes the #3 spot. Berggren, a voluminous grinder, consistently posted big-time results in 2017 including his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday on May 30 for nearly $50,000 and a win in the Winamax W Series Event 6 for $39,436 and a year-high 450.29 PLB points. He also ended the year on a heater, finishing in fourth place in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Roller for over $44,000 and 312.07 PLB points and another runner-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder on December 3 for $32,500. In total, thanks to large scores like these, Berggren racked up 19,322 qualifying PLB points for the year. 2017 saw yet another Swedish superstar climb the ranks of the Worldwide rankings while collecting valuable PLB points. ‘inhoo’, who checks in at #4 in the 2017 PLB Yearly rankings, reached as high as #2 in the Worldwide last year while collecting 19,097.50 PLB points. He made his mark early when he took first place in Event #14 of PokerStars’ TCOOP ($320 No Limit Hold’em Zoom) for over $86,000 and a PLB score of 757.76, his best for the year. He followed that up in May with a pair of final table appearances. The first came during Event #6 during PokerStars SCOOP ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max) where he finished in fourth for $62,505. Then, days later, ‘inhoo’ finished in fifth during Event #12 of the same series ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) that brought him another $69,992. He slowed down his schedule a bit at the end of the year which saw him slip down the Worldwide Rankings just a bit. He currently sits at #33 Worldwide, but he did enough to stay top 5 for the year in PLB points. The top 5 is capped off the man who holds the single largest PLB point score of the year. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff earned that honor when he won what is arguably the most prestigious online tournament of the year, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The $5,200 Main Event awarded van Zadelhoff a career-high cash of $1,624,502 and a massive 3,303.79 PLB boost. The points helped keep the Malta pro in the top 5 Worldwide. Then, after a red-hot first week in December, where he recorded a runner-up finish in Event #18 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for over $89,000, he took possession of the #1 Worldwide spot for the very first time in his career. Soon thereafter, van Zadelhoff took a short break from the online grind and has since slipped back to the #2 spot, where he finished the year with 18,576.64 Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ comes in sixth for the year with 17,899.45 points in 2017. His largest PLB score came right at the beginning of the year when he scored a victory in the January 12 edition of PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill for over $46,000 and 511.86 points. ‘Sheater’ just recently surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings and will be accumulating PLB points in 2018 to try and get back to his all-time high ranking of #1 in the world. The UK’s current top online player Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford checks in at #7. His runner-up finish in PokerStars SCOOP Event #34-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em 4-Max) for $40,852 also brought him 434.64 of his 17,799.69 total PLB points. He finishes less than 100 points behind ‘Sheater’, one of the closes gaps between players in the top 10. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez earned the #8 spot. His victory in the partypoker Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up on November 13 brought him a PLB year-high score of 707.11 and over $80,000. The final two in the top 10 for 2017 both have 1000+ PLB scores on their resumes. At #9, Russian online legend ‘veeea’ earned 17,338.14 PLB points with a large potportion that belonging to his victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million in July for 1,053.94 PLB points, earning him $166,530. Wrapping up the countdown in #10 is yet another Swede in ‘Ariados’. The two-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner took down the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller for 1,027.13 PLB points and a massive $226,825 score. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar just missed out on being included in the top 10 for 2017, both having still accumulated over 17,000 PLB points. 2017 Yearly PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 C Darwin 2 24,397.83 2 lena900 22,094.19 3 r4ndomr4gs 19,322.16 4 inhoo 19,097.50 5 SvZff 18,576.64 6 Sheater 17,889.45 7 1_conor_b_1 17,799.69 8 SixthSenSe19 17,447.32 9 veeea 17,338.14 10 Ariados 17,284.62
  5. The #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, added another accolade to his resume by ending the year by winning the 2017 PocketFives Leaderboard. The yearly PLB differs from the Sliding PLB, which helps determine the weekly rankings, in that it takes the top 100 PLB point scores of the calendar year for any player into consideration and the accumulation of those points determines the top performers. The powerhouse country of Sweden is home to the top four players (and six of ten) in the 2017 PLB rankings. First and foremost is ‘C Darwin2’. Having spent more time as the #1-ranked player in the world than any other player in 2017, ‘C Darwin2’ posted consistent results on volume that reflects his seemingly non-stop work ethic. His signature point total came when he racked up 819.05 PLB points by taking seventh place in the Event #55 of PokerStars’ SCOOP, the $10,500 Main Event. He also earned $178,883 for his efforts. That was one of two six-figure scores for ‘C Darwin2’ who wrapped up 2017 with over 60 five-figures scores and 24,397.83 PLB points. The only other player to finish with over 20,000 PLB points in 2017 was ‘lena900’. Also a 2017 mainstay in the Top 5 Worldwide rankings, ‘lena900’ had multiple 500+ PLB scores including his first-place finish in a September $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Side Event for $94,350. Surprisingly, that score is not the Swede’s top PLB score. It came early in the year when he took down the $1,050 Sunday Grand on PokerStars for $58,319 and 556.78 base points. In addition to racking up 22,094 PLB points, ‘lena900’ eclipsed $8 million in lifetime earnings in 2017 and at his current pace, he’ll easily see $9 million in 2018. Another Swedish former #1 ranked player, Andreas ‘r4andomr4gs’ Berggren, takes the #3 spot. Berggren, a voluminous grinder, consistently posted big-time results in 2017 including his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday on May 30 for nearly $50,000 and a win in the Winamax W Series Event 6 for $39,436 and a year-high 450.29 PLB points. He also ended the year on a heater, finishing in fourth place in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Roller for over $44,000 and 312.07 PLB points and another runner-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder on December 3 for $32,500. In total, thanks to large scores like these, Berggren racked up 19,322 qualifying PLB points for the year. 2017 saw yet another Swedish superstar climb the ranks of the Worldwide rankings while collecting valuable PLB points. ‘inhoo’, who checks in at #4 in the 2017 PLB Yearly rankings, reached as high as #2 in the Worldwide last year while collecting 19,097.50 PLB points. He made his mark early when he took first place in Event #14 of PokerStars’ TCOOP ($320 No Limit Hold’em Zoom) for over $86,000 and a PLB score of 757.76, his best for the year. He followed that up in May with a pair of final table appearances. The first came during Event #6 during PokerStars SCOOP ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max) where he finished in fourth for $62,505. Then, days later, ‘inhoo’ finished in fifth during Event #12 of the same series ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) that brought him another $69,992. He slowed down his schedule a bit at the end of the year which saw him slip down the Worldwide Rankings just a bit. He currently sits at #33 Worldwide, but he did enough to stay top 5 for the year in PLB points. The top 5 is capped off the man who holds the single largest PLB point score of the year. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff earned that honor when he won what is arguably the most prestigious online tournament of the year, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The $5,200 Main Event awarded van Zadelhoff a career-high cash of $1,624,502 and a massive 3,303.79 PLB boost. The points helped keep the Malta pro in the top 5 Worldwide. Then, after a red-hot first week in December, where he recorded a runner-up finish in Event #18 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for over $89,000, he took possession of the #1 Worldwide spot for the very first time in his career. Soon thereafter, van Zadelhoff took a short break from the online grind and has since slipped back to the #2 spot, where he finished the year with 18,576.64 Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ comes in sixth for the year with 17,899.45 points in 2017. His largest PLB score came right at the beginning of the year when he scored a victory in the January 12 edition of PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill for over $46,000 and 511.86 points. ‘Sheater’ just recently surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings and will be accumulating PLB points in 2018 to try and get back to his all-time high ranking of #1 in the world. The UK’s current top online player Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford checks in at #7. His runner-up finish in PokerStars SCOOP Event #34-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em 4-Max) for $40,852 also brought him 434.64 of his 17,799.69 total PLB points. He finishes less than 100 points behind ‘Sheater’, one of the closes gaps between players in the top 10. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez earned the #8 spot. His victory in the partypoker Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up on November 13 brought him a PLB year-high score of 707.11 and over $80,000. The final two in the top 10 for 2017 both have 1000+ PLB scores on their resumes. At #9, Russian online legend ‘veeea’ earned 17,338.14 PLB points with a large potportion that belonging to his victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million in July for 1,053.94 PLB points, earning him $166,530. Wrapping up the countdown in #10 is yet another Swede in ‘Ariados’. The two-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner took down the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller for 1,027.13 PLB points and a massive $226,825 score. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar just missed out on being included in the top 10 for 2017, both having still accumulated over 17,000 PLB points. 2017 Yearly PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 C Darwin 2 24,397.83 2 lena900 22,094.19 3 r4ndomr4gs 19,322.16 4 inhoo 19,097.50 5 SvZff 18,576.64 6 Sheater 17,889.45 7 1_conor_b_1 17,799.69 8 SixthSenSe19 17,447.32 9 veeea 17,338.14 10 Ariados 17,284.62
  6. The PokerStars Winter Series came to a conclusion on January 7 with the 152-event extravaganza shattering guarantees and paying out hefty sums to players from all over the world. With events running from December 25 through January 7 the Winter Series provided two straight weeks of value-packed action in the form of 38 different events, each broken into four different buy-in categories: micro, low, medium and high. PokerStars boasted $25,000,000 in guarantees for the tournaments and it was clear early on that this lofty number would clearly be shattered. Players helped generate well over $37,000,000 in prize pools and over 25 players were awarded six-figure sums during the series. Damian Salas Has A Career Series It’s going to be hard for Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to ever reach his previous high point in poker. The #1-ranked Columbian was, after all, seated at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. That day in July he finished in seventh place for $1.425 million, far and away a career-high score. During the Winter Series, he put some of that Main Event money to use by playing in the two biggest buy-ins of the series and ending up with a new online poker career-high cash in the process. Early in the series in Event #7-Hight ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) Salas made his way to an absolutely stacked final table that included the Worldwide #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, who finished in sixth, Belgium’s #1 player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson (fifth), the UK’s Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister (third), ‘girafganger7’ (runner-up) and top 30-ranked player ‘dattebayo’, who ended up winning the event for $138,000. It was a who’s who of online poker elite players and Salas, who fit right in, finished in fourth for over $63,000. A just a week and a half later, in Event #25-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em), Salas didn’t settle for fourth. Instead, he outlasted the talented 127 runner field to collect a no-chop first place prize of $139,182. By defeating ‘DEX888’ heads-up, Salas secured the largest online sum he’d ever won to date and helped propel him into the Worldwide top 100 to his current rank of #52 in the world. As was noted in the most recent Milestones column, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick took fifth in Event #25 for $48,836, helping him push past the $5 million lifetimes earnings mark. ‘BadWolfOne’ 3713x’s His Money The largest tournament of the series belonged to Event #37-Micro ($2.20 No Limit Hold’em). This was the Main Event for the micro-grinders and it generated an impressive $111,900 prize pool. There were 55,966 entries and in the end it was ‘BadWolfOne’ who carved out the best of it in a four-way deal collecting $8,170.56 for his $2.20 investment. Impressively, he did it on a single bullet. The other three players in the deal ‘MatroSkin280’, ‘545TV’ and ‘Fabio_BH01’ all took home $5,932 for their efforts. Six-Figure Scores, Platinum Passes Highlight The Main Event ‘BadWolfOne’ wasn’t the only player to leverage the final day of the series to find a huge score. As expected, both the High and the Medium buy-in tiers of the Event #37 generated the two highest prize pools of the entire series, both crushing their guarantees. Event#37-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em ) saw 10,644 players pony up for a shot at a piece the over $2.1 million prize pool. At the final table, the final five agreed to a deal that would guarantee each of them a six-figure score. In the end, ‘The Haamer’ took the top spot and $221,965 for the win. PocketFivers ‘mrvogt’ (third for $145,633) and ‘NoTilit’ (fourth for $141,763) from Lithuania also were part of the chop. In the High buy-in of the Main Event, 1,116 entries helped surpass the $1.5 million guarantee by nearly $750,000. Five players in this event also won six-figure sums, but there was no deal made in this one. Canada’s ‘freezeplay’ ended up winning it all for $363,177 - the largest payday of the entire Winter Series. PocketFiver Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonias finished as the runner-up taking home $266,207 for second. ‘ikkedus’, currently the #316-ranked player in the world, finished in third for over $195,000 and PocketFiver ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ took seventh for over $56,000. The four winners of the Main Events, all of those mentioned above as well as ‘smir9david’ who won Event #37 Low, all received a coveted PokerStars Player Championship pass. The pass gives them free entry into the 2019 $25,000 buy-in Hold’em Championship to be held at the 2019 PokerStars PCA. The tournament is being touted as likely to be the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. With the Winter Series in the rearview mirror, online players can begin dreaming about the next big PokerStars series which is likely to be the 2018 SCOOP, coming in the first half of the year.
  7. The PokerStars Winter Series came to a conclusion on January 7 with the 152-event extravaganza shattering guarantees and paying out hefty sums to players from all over the world. With events running from December 25 through January 7 the Winter Series provided two straight weeks of value-packed action in the form of 38 different events, each broken into four different buy-in categories: micro, low, medium and high. PokerStars boasted $25,000,000 in guarantees for the tournaments and it was clear early on that this lofty number would clearly be shattered. Players helped generate well over $37,000,000 in prize pools and over 25 players were awarded six-figure sums during the series. Damian Salas Has A Career Series It’s going to be hard for Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to ever reach his previous high point in poker. The #1-ranked Columbian was, after all, seated at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. That day in July he finished in seventh place for $1.425 million, far and away a career-high score. During the Winter Series, he put some of that Main Event money to use by playing in the two biggest buy-ins of the series and ending up with a new online poker career-high cash in the process. Early in the series in Event #7-High ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) Salas made his way to an absolutely stacked final table that included the #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, who finished in sixth, Belgium’s #1 player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson (fifth), the UK’s Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister (third), ‘girafganger7’ (runner-up) and top 30-ranked player ‘dattebayo’, who ended up winning the event for $138,000. It was a who’s who of online poker elite players and Salas, who fit right in, finished in fourth for over $63,000. A just a week and a half later, in Event #25-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em), Salas didn’t settle for fourth. Instead, he outlasted the talented 127 runner field to collect a no-chop first place prize of $139,182. By defeating ‘DEX888’ heads-up, Salas secured the largest online sum he’d ever won to date and helped propel him into the Worldwide top 100 to his current rank of #52 in the world. As was noted in the most recent Milestones column, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick took fifth in Event #25 for $48,836, helping him push past the $5 million lifetimes earnings mark. ‘BadWolfOne’ 3713x’s His Money The largest tournament of the series belonged to Event #37-Micro ($2.20 No Limit Hold’em). This was the Main Event for the micro-grinders and it generated an impressive $111,900 prize pool. There were 55,966 entries and in the end it was ‘BadWolfOne’ who carved out the best of it in a four-way deal collecting $8,170.56 for his $2.20 investment. Impressively, he did it on a single bullet. The other three players in the deal ‘MatroSkin280’, ‘545TV’ and ‘Fabio_BH01’ all took home $5,932 for their efforts. Six-Figure Scores, Platinum Passes Highlight The Main Event ‘BadWolfOne’ wasn’t the only player to leverage the final day of the series to find a huge score. As expected, both the High and the Medium buy-in tiers of the Event #37 generated the two highest prize pools of the entire series, both crushing their guarantees. Event#37-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em ) saw 10,644 players pony up for a shot at a piece the over $2.1 million prize pool. At the final table, the final five agreed to a deal that would guarantee each of them a six-figure score. In the end, ‘The Haamer’ took the top spot and $221,965 for the win. PocketFivers ‘mrvogt’ (third for $145,633) and ‘NoTilit’ (fourth for $141,763) from Lithuania also were part of the chop. In the High buy-in of the Main Event, 1,116 entries helped surpass the $1.5 million guarantee by nearly $750,000. Five players in this event also won six-figure sums, but there was no deal made in this one. Canada’s ‘freezeplay’ ended up winning it all for $363,177 - the largest payday of the entire Winter Series. PocketFiver Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonias finished as the runner-up taking home $266,207 for second. ‘ikkedus’, currently the #316-ranked player in the world, finished in third for over $195,000 and PocketFiver ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ took seventh for over $56,000. The four winners of the Main Events, all of those mentioned above as well as ‘smir9david’ who won Event #37 Low, all received a coveted PokerStars Player Championship pass. The pass gives them free entry into the 2019 $25,000 buy-in Hold’em Championship to be held at the 2019 PokerStars PCA. The tournament is being touted as likely to be the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. With the Winter Series in the rearview mirror, online players can begin dreaming about the next big PokerStars series which is likely to be the 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker, coming in the first half of the year.
  8. UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 on England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach the new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for a total of over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seventh place finisher, Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but to debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwick cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
  9. The PokerStars Winter Series came to a conclusion on January 7 with the 152-event extravaganza shattering guarantees and paying out hefty sums to players from all over the world. With events running from December 25 through January 7 the Winter Series provided two straight weeks of value-packed action in the form of 38 different events, each broken into four different buy-in categories: micro, low, medium and high. PokerStars boasted $25,000,000 in guarantees for the tournaments and it was clear early on that this lofty number would clearly be shattered. Players helped generate well over $37,000,000 in prize pools and over 25 players were awarded six-figure sums during the series. Damian Salas Has A Career Series It’s going to be hard for Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to ever reach his previous high point in poker. The #1-ranked Columbian was, after all, seated at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. That day in July he finished in seventh place for $1.425 million, far and away a career-high score. During the Winter Series, he put some of that Main Event money to use by playing in the two biggest buy-ins of the series and ending up with a new online poker career-high cash in the process. Early in the series in Event #7-Hight ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) Salas made his way to an absolutely stacked final table that included the Worldwide #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, who finished in sixth, Belgium’s #1 player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson (fifth), the UK’s Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister (third), ‘girafganger7’ (runner-up) and top 30-ranked player ‘dattebayo’, who ended up winning the event for $138,000. It was a who’s who of online poker elite players and Salas, who fit right in, finished in fourth for over $63,000. A just a week and a half later, in Event #25-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em), Salas didn’t settle for fourth. Instead, he outlasted the talented 127 runner field to collect a no-chop first place prize of $139,182. By defeating ‘DEX888’ heads-up, Salas secured the largest online sum he’d ever won to date and helped propel him into the Worldwide top 100 to his current rank of #52 in the world. As was noted in the most recent Milestones column, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick took fifth in Event #25 for $48,836, helping him push past the $5 million lifetimes earnings mark. ‘BadWolfOne’ 3713x’s His Money The largest tournament of the series belonged to Event #37-Micro ($2.20 No Limit Hold’em). This was the Main Event for the micro-grinders and it generated an impressive $111,900 prize pool. There were 55,966 entries and in the end it was ‘BadWolfOne’ who carved out the best of it in a four-way deal collecting $8,170.56 for his $2.20 investment. Impressively, he did it on a single bullet. The other three players in the deal ‘MatroSkin280’, ‘545TV’ and ‘Fabio_BH01’ all took home $5,932 for their efforts. Six-Figure Scores, Platinum Passes Highlight The Main Event ‘BadWolfOne’ wasn’t the only player to leverage the final day of the series to find a huge score. As expected, both the High and the Medium buy-in tiers of the Event #37 generated the two highest prize pools of the entire series, both crushing their guarantees. Event#37-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em ) saw 10,644 players pony up for a shot at a piece the over $2.1 million prize pool. At the final table, the final five agreed to a deal that would guarantee each of them a six-figure score. In the end, ‘The Haamer’ took the top spot and $221,965 for the win. PocketFivers ‘mrvogt’ (third for $145,633) and ‘NoTilit’ (fourth for $141,763) from Lithuania also were part of the chop. In the High buy-in of the Main Event, 1,116 entries helped surpass the $1.5 million guarantee by nearly $750,000. Five players in this event also won six-figure sums, but there was no deal made in this one. Canada’s ‘freezeplay’ ended up winning it all for $363,177 - the largest payday of the entire Winter Series. PocketFiver Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonias finished as the runner-up taking home $266,207 for second. ‘ikkedus’, currently the #316-ranked player in the world, finished in third for over $195,000 and PocketFiver ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ took seventh for over $56,000. The four winners of the Main Events, all of those mentioned above as well as ‘smir9david’ who won Event #37 Low, all received a coveted PokerStars Player Championship pass. The pass gives them free entry into the 2019 $25,000 buy-in Hold’em Championship to be held at the 2019 PokerStars PCA. The tournament is being touted as likely to be the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. With the Winter Series in the rearview mirror, online players can begin dreaming about the next big PokerStars series which is likely to be the 2018 SCOOP, coming in the first half of the year.
  10. UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 on England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach the new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for a total of over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seventh place finisher, Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but to debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwich cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
  11. With the holidays in the rearview mirror, the very best online poker players in the world were back in action this week. Many of them spent their time racking up massive scores and tons of PLB points. As for the rankings, the first week in January finds a solid top 10 but plenty of movement within the rankings of the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 25. One position that didn’t shift was ‘C Darwin2’ and his vice-like grip on the #1 spot. If the first week of the year is any indication the Swede is planning on another extended stay at the top spot. In the past week, he earned three more hefty PLB scores and over $75,000 in earnings. His largest cash was ahis third-place finish on New Year’s Day in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament on PokerStars for $39,314. Ever since relinquishing the #1 ranking for one week, two weeks ago, ‘C Darwin2’ has been on a tear. For the second week in a row, he is the only player with over 10,000 total PLB points. In fact, impressively, he’s less than 40 points from the 11,000 point mark. While ‘C Darwin2’ was back on the grind, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff has been seemingly taking an extended vacation with only five total recorded cashes in the week. His low volume contributed virtually no PLB points to his total, allowing him to slip further behind “CD2”. The now massive 1,435.60 PLB point gap between first and second place is very likely to be way more than a single week's worth of amazing results can breach, almost guaranteeing ‘C Darwin2’ another week or more in the #1 spot. That said, if there’s a pro who can put in the volume and results, it may be van Zadelhoff. Swedish grinder ‘lena900’, once again, is stable in the #3 spot. He did score a pair of solid qualifying cashes on January 2, taking down the Eliminator for over $6,000 and finishing runner-up in the Uppercut for nearly $8,000, both on bwin. But, likely due to aging scores, his PLB score dropped slightly, pushing him farther out from the #2 spot. ‘lena900’ did, however, accumulate over $25,000 in the first week of the year. It seems like only weeks ago he was celebrating passing the $8 million lifetime mark and now he’s closing in on $8.5 million. It seems almost certain, barring a volume slowdown, that he’ll touch $9 million in 2018. Russian countrymen ‘josef_shvejk’ (#4) and ‘veeea’ (#5) also keep their respective slots from last week, making the entire top 5 the same as it was at the end of 2017. ‘josef_shvejk’ put a little distance between himself and the former #1-ranked ‘veeea’ with an outright victory in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for just under $15,000. For his part ‘veeea’ followed in the footsteps of van Zadelhoff by puting in light volume post-New Year’s. He did find the time to take down the partypoker Eliminator right before the end of 2017 for a slight PLB point boost and a cool $3,387. All of the moves in the top 10 took place in the back half and Swedish countrymen Andreas ’r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren and ‘Sheater’ each moved up two spots in tandem. Beggren, who is closing in on the elite $10 million lifetime mark, only had one major PLB score, but it was a good one. His first-place finish in a New Year’s Day $200 PokerStars tournament was good for 378.15 PLB points and over $24,000. ‘Sheater’ made his move thanks to a trio of four-figure scores spread out throughout the week. Both Swedes are former #1-ranked players and, while they have work to do, have the talent to climb back to the top spot in 2018. ‘hellohellohello’ said goodbye to the #6 spot as he falls two places to #8. His drop was likely due to aging results and certainly not due to his recent accomplishments. The Russian scored five qualifying cashes and over $50,000 this week, including an outright win in the bwin Turbo High Roller for $10,192. Fabrizio ‘SixthSense19’ Gonzalez has also been bouncing around the Top 10 in recent weeks. Sitting at #9 two weeks ago he rose to #7 last week. This week, he falls back to #9. His PLB score slipped a touch on light volume. Gonzalez wasn’t steadily at the tables this week and his past results show that he’s prone to taking breaks, which he may be on here at the beginning of 2018. Re-entering the top 10 is the UK’s #1-ranked profession, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Three runner-up finishes in the first week of the year as a part of 22 overall cashes help the Brit leap one spot and round out this week’s top 10. Other notable top 25 moves include Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard rising six spots to #16 and Latvia’s Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins re-entering the top 25 at #23, just one spot shy of a career high for him. Additionally, after spending the week on the outside, Germany’s ‘nilsef’ returns to the top 25 at #25. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,592.8818 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 'C Darwin2' 10,960.87 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,525.27 2 3 lena900 8,359.17 3 4 josef_shvejk 7,663.61 4 5 'veeea' 7,430.76 7 6 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,429.10 8 7 'Sheater' 7,339.73 9 8 hellohellohello 7,264.73 6 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez 7,185.28 7 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,042.61 11 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,025.33 10 12 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 6,921.07 12 13 DeathbyQuads 6,698.75 13 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen 6,695.19 14 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,671.04 15 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,665.98 22 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,586.56 16 19 'sitpro2011' 6,472.64 21 20 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,446.64 23 21 'rolandbauer' 6,377.26 20 22 'Ariados' 6,339.31 19 23 'lovefee' 6,323.03 27 24 Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk 6,313.18 24 25 'nilsef' 6,295.17 26
  12. ‘lena900’ Crushes $9 Million The #2 ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘lena900’, surged past $9 million in lifetime earnings this week after booking a win in the bwin.com High Roller for over $10,000. Perhaps what makes this milestone even more amazing that how much money it is, is how quickly he achieved it since his last one. It was roughly three months ago that the former worldwide #1 ranked player surpassed $8 million and now he’s on the fast track to the rarified air of the $10+ million club. He’d been able to make massive strides in the past few months due to incredible performances in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s Powerfest. The one-two punch of performing well in both series with augmented prize pools helped push ‘lena900’ into the chase not only for $10 million, but also in position to recapture the #1 ranking in the world. It’s $5 Million For Sam ’Pudge714’ Greenwood Canadian high-stakes player Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings this week and rejoined the ranks of the top 100 in the world. After taking nearly two months off from the online grind to travel the high-roller circuit, including the PokerStars PCA and Aussie Millions series (and throw a little shade at the German contingency), Greenwood fired up his online client and put up a total of five results, two of which were runner-up finished on partypoker for more than $10,000 in total. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner hit the mark with a top 20 finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 on February 13 for $1,245 which was a part of over $18,000 earned for the week. While most players would marvel a week of that caliber, Greenwood spent the last month crushing the live scene racking up over $450,000 in cashes. 'DeathbyQuads' Makes It $4 Million, Three Go For $3 Million Another superstar Swede hits a major milestone this week as former top 10 ranked player ‘DeathbyQuads’ sneaked past the $4 million mark. On February 15, he finished runner-up in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $6,792 which did the trick. ‘DeathbyQuads’ is currently ranked #34 in the world. Current top 10 superstar, Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings this week thanks to a runner up finish in the PokerStard $530 Bounty Builder for nearly $14,000. In addition to the milestone cash, Petrone climbed, yet again, in the Worldwide Rankings to #8, another career-high for the rising star. Joining Petrone in the $3 million club is Steve ‘betrthanphil’ Tripp, whose week was headlined by a victory in the PokerStars Bigger $33 for $4,475. Also Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall from the UK surpassed $3 million thanks in part to a nice victory in the PokerStars Hotter $162 for just over $8,000. ‘notmole1’ Takes Home First Triple Crown It’s the first PocketFives Triple Crown award for Lithuania’s ‘notmole1’ as the #383 ranked player was victorious in three different events on three different rated sites this week. The first of his victories came during the partypoker Daily Grind on February 10 for just over $2,000. He followed that up with a pair of wins over on Winamax, including a victory in the DERBY on February 11 for $4,449. Finally, he clinched the crown by taking down The Storm on PokerStars for over $3,000. ‘notmole1’s Triple Crown is the sixth of the calendar year. ‘rayastar’, ‘quiditbear’, & ‘Flat’ Hit Career-High Rankings In The Top 25 This week three of online poker’s current batch of stars made new marks in the rankings as Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues to carve his way up the rankings, currently sitting at #8. Not too far behind him is Germany’s Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson who along with ‘Flat’ from Russia have both hit career-high rankings as they enter the Worldwide top 25. Three PocketFivers make their debut in the top 100 this week. ‘Clarkson’ from the UK rocketed up 36 positions to land at #94, while Canada’s ‘MATTHOLVIK’ used a victory in the PokerStars Bog $109 to assume the #97 rank. Joining them is ‘Storimos’ from Poland who makes his top 100 debut at #82. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 Clarkson7 - #130 to #94 MATTHOLVIK - #116 to #97 mzzl83 - #97 to #96 Storimos - #102 to #82 Flat - #31 to #23 quiditbear - #23 to #22 rayastar - #10 to #8
  13. ‘lena900’ Crushes $9 Million The #2 ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘lena900’, surged past $9 million in lifetime earnings this week after booking a win in the bwin.com High Roller for over $10,000. Perhaps what makes this milestone even more amazing that how much money it is, is how quickly he achieved it since his last major career badge. It was roughly three months ago that the former worldwide #1 ranked player surpassed $8 million and now he’s on the fast track to the rarified air of the $10+ million club. He’d been able to make massive strides in the past few months due to incredible performances in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s Powerfest. The one-two punch of performing well in both series with augmented prize pools helped push ‘lena900’ into the chase not only for $10 million, but also in a position to recapture the #1 ranking in the world. It’s $5 Million For Sam ’Pudge714’ Greenwood Canadian high-stakes player Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings this week and rejoined the ranks of the top 100 in the world. After taking nearly two months off from the online grind to travel the high-roller circuit, including the PokerStars PCA and Aussie Millions series (and throw a little shade at the German contingency), Greenwood fired up his online client and put up a total of five results, two of which were runner-up finished on partypoker for more than $10,000 in total. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner hit the mark with a top 20 finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 on February 13 for $1,245 which was a part of over $18,000 earned for the week. While most players would marvel a week of that caliber, Greenwood spent the last month crushing the live scene racking up over $450,000 in cashes. 'DeathbyQuads' Makes It $4 Million, Three Go For $3 Million Another superstar Swede hits a major milestone this week as former top 10 ranked player ‘DeathbyQuads’ sneaked past the $4 million mark. On February 15, he finished runner-up in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $6,792 which did the trick. ‘DeathbyQuads’ is currently ranked #34 in the world. Current top 10 superstar, Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings this week thanks to a runner up finish in the PokerStard $530 Bounty Builder for nearly $14,000. In addition to the milestone cash, Petrone climbed, yet again, in the Worldwide Rankings to #8, another career-high for the rising star. Joining Petrone in the $3 million club is Steve ‘betrthanphil’ Tripp, whose week was headlined by a victory in the PokerStars Bigger $33 for $4,475. Also Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall from the UK surpassed $3 million thanks in part to a nice victory in the PokerStars Hotter $162 for just over $8,000. ‘notmole1’ Takes Home First Triple Crown It’s the first PocketFives Triple Crown award for Lithuania’s ‘notmole1’ as the #383 ranked player was victorious in three different events on three different rated sites this week. The first of his victories came during the partypoker Daily Grind on February 10 for just over $2,000. He followed that up with a pair of wins over on Winamax, including a victory in the DERBY on February 11 for $4,449. Finally, he clinched the crown by taking down The Storm on PokerStars for over $3,000. ‘notmole1’s Triple Crown is the sixth of the calendar year. ‘rayastar’, ‘quiditbear’, & ‘Flat’ Hit Career-High Rankings In The Top 25 This week three of online poker’s current batch of stars made new marks in the rankings as Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues to carve his way up the rankings, currently sitting at #8. Not too far behind him is Germany’s Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson who along with ‘Flat’ from Russia have both hit career-high rankings as they enter the Worldwide top 25. Three PocketFivers make their debut in the top 100 this week. ‘Clarkson’ from the UK rocketed up 36 positions to land at #94, while Canada’s ‘MATTHOLVIK’ used a victory in the PokerStars Bog $109 to assume the #97 rank. Joining them is ‘Storimos’ from Poland who makes his top 100 debut at #82. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 Clarkson7 - #130 to #94 MATTHOLVIK - #116 to #97 mzzl83 - #97 to #96 Storimos - #102 to #82 Flat - #31 to #23 quiditbear - #23 to #22 rayastar - #10 to #8
  14. The Grizzly Games, the second championship series held by online poker site Global Poker, exceeded the expectations of all in involved when, in total, over $2,000,000 in real cash prizes were paid out to their players. Global Poker, the online site that caters to players from the U.S. and Canada using its unique sweepstakes-based system, offered an ambitious schedule that included a Main Event that was positioned to be the largest tournament ever held on the up-and-coming site. Over the course of roughly three weeks, the Global Poker team was offering north of 200 tournaments, at a variety of buy-ins, and $1.5 million guaranteed. When all was said and done, the guarantees shattered the $2 million mark with over 200 players crowned Grizzle Games Champions. Each of those players were awarded a real-life trophy (shipped to their house!) and a grab bag full of Global Poker swag including t-shirts, hats and more. The Main Event of the Grizzly Games did indeed turn out to be the largest tournament the site had ever held. Organizers places a SC$50,000 guarantee on the contest, more than they'd ever promised, but when 415 runners posted the SC$218 buy-in the prize pool shot up to SC$82,800 - blasting the guarantee by over SC$30,000! Players battled for their share but in the end, the winner of the Main Event was Maryland’s own ’smacchamp2015’. Not only did he claim the title of Grizzly Games champion but also the hefty SC$15,690 first place prize, one of the largest ever doled out on the young site. The overall leaderboard also provided some extra value, which was picked up by ‘MommyGingery’. The grinder took down two Grizzly Games tournaments and earned the right to represent Global Poker in a live tournament of their choosing with the $5,000 package awarded by the site. With the Grizzly Games in the books and it, by all standards, being considered a massive success, what can players look forward to a future championship series? While the site has yet to announce when the next online series will be, there’s no reason to think that Global Poker will take a step backwards - which means look for them to go even bigger the next time around. Getting started with Global Poker is easy. Players who sign up for the site get Gold Coins which allows them to play online poker for free. When players purchase additional Gold Coins, they are rewarded with the additional of '$weeps Cash' and can then jump into games that use that currency. '$weeps Cash' can be redeemed for real cash and payouts come with ease via PayPal.    
  15. Whereas last week, there was a rather large shakeup in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10, this week the majority of the names in the upper echelon rankings remain the same. The entire top 5 remains the same and that means that, once again, the superstar Swede ‘C Darwin2’ is the #1 ranked online player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ still maintains a larger than 1000 PLB point lead over the next nearest player and added to his point total with a victory in the partypoker High Roller on February 13 for over $11,000. He’s less than $60,000 away from surpassing $8 million in lifetime cashes. While ‘C Darwin2’ is poised to make a major milestone, the #2 ranked player in the world ‘lena900’ actually did eclipse a massive money marker this week. Roughly three months after he earned the $8 million lifetimes earnings badge, the Swedish grinder now soars past $9 million in earnings. He put together a solid week, including a pair of qualified PLB finishes that, in total, brought him over $20,000 in earnings and over 388 PLB points to help him keep pace with his #1 ranked countryman. Hungary’s #1 ranked player holds fast at #3 in the world this week. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, for the second week in a row, dropped in overall volume, recording a single cash for the entire week. His previous scores helped hold him in place, even though he lost some ground in total PLB points. Also holding firm are the #4 and #5 ranked online pros. Nothing new on the Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#4) front as he continues his online poker hiatus and, as his scores age, his total PLB points continue to slip. ‘hellohellohello’ from Russia (#5) marks four weeks in the top 5 and he too played a light schedule this week, not recording a cash later than February 11, none of which qualified to be added to his PLB score. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky falls upwards to the #6 spot this week. The Ukraine pro had a fantastic week two weeks ago, but like many in the top 10, failed to make any progress this week due to light volume. He benefitted from large PLB accumulations that have yet to age, allowing him to maintain his PLB base while others fell. One of those that did slip, despite putting together a solid week, was last week’s major mover ‘European’. The pro from Finland, ranked # 7 this week, had one of the largest scores within the top 10 this week when he scored a victory in the partypoker $100K Sunday Major for $46,418 and over 415 PLB points. Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues to impress as he climbs the Worldwide Rankings yet again this week to a career-high rank of #8. The Argentinian collected a pair of qualified PLB scores, including a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,812 and over 212 PLB points. Along with ‘lena900’, expect to see Petrone in this week’s Milestones column having rocketed past $3 million in lifetime earnings with that very score. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard slips one spot to #9 this week without any online poker results to speak of. It’s completely understandable as the partypoker ambassador has been in attendance at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany festival which wraps up this week at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Beresford rejoins the top 10 on the back of a first-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for 442.72 PLB points and a bankroll boost of over $35,000. Other notable moves within the top 25 include former #1 ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski (#27) rejoining the ranks of the top 25 while both Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson (#22) and 'Flat' (#23) hit new career-high rankings within the top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,661.14 1 2 lena900 9,590.10 4 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,146.54 2 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,694.92 3 5 hellohellohello 8,361.77 5 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,196.68 7 7 European 8,138.95 6 8 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 8,100.65 10 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,762.50 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,703.09 12 11 Joao 'joaosimoabh' Simoa josef_shvejk 7,695.15 9 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,510.52 14 13 josef_shvejkAriados 7,494.70 11 14 Ariados 7,284.12 13 15 Sheater 7,260.20 15 16 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,250.07 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,860.93 17 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,756.13 18 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,738.03 20 20 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski 6,709.14 27 21 NoPlanB 6,679.46 21 22 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,631.62 35 23 Flat 6,616.61 31 24 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,571.36 23 25 veeea 6,544.21 19  
  16. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman Earns Record 27th Triple Crown Author, 888poker ambassador and online poker legend Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman extended his record-high number of PocketFives Triple Crown wins this week when he earned his 27th Triple Crown. Moorman’s first victory of the week was on his home site of 888poker when he won the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep on February 5 for $23,446. He then followed it up with a pair of victories over on PokerStars including a win in the Hot $44 for $4,159 on February 6. Finally, to complete the feat he took down a third tournament, the BIG10 $20,000 Gtd, for $3,870 the very next day. His latest Triple Crown badge puts him at six more than the next closest PocketFiver, Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro (21), and makes it his second Triple Crown within the past four months, his previous one coming on October 30, 2017. Along with the Triple Crown, Moorman picked up enough PLB points to catapult him back into the top 100, currently sitting at #71 in the world. Joining Moorman in earning a Triple Crown this week was Ukraine’s #2-ranked player, ‘Palyaaa’. For ‘Palyaaa’, it’s his first time achieving the honor and he did so with victories on partypoker, PokerStars and WPN. On January 30 he took down a $25,000 Gtd for $5,750 and then on February 5 he won a PokerStars $82 tournament for $2,503. Then on the same day, he won two different partypoker tournaments, both for over $2,000 securing him the Triple Crown badge. Next up for the Ukranian is $3 million in lifetime earnings, a mark that he is likely to achieve in 2018. Together ‘Palyaaa’ and Moorman mark the third and fourth Triple Crown of the year. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski Surpasses $11 Million Canada’s Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski achieved another major milestone this week as he becomes only the third person PocketFives history to reach the $11 million lifetime earnings mark. He reached the plateau after taking third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,150. The only other two players to as of yet earn that much are Chile’s #1-ranked player, Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro and the aforementioned Chris Moorman. Sikorski has already achieved the status as being of the greatest online players in history having earned seven Triple Crowns as well as reaching the very top of the Worldwide Rankings on six different occasions. He currently sits ranked #27 in the world. Also hitting a new lifetime earnings milestones this week are a pair of countrymen from Brazil, Ricardo ‘Ricardsons8’ Nascimento and Gustavo ’22ehnutzz’ Mastelotto. Both players passed the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week. Nascimento had a big week accented by a deep run in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary for over $8,000. Mastelotto hit his mark with a final table finish in the partypoker Powerfest Event #45-M, also for just over $8k.    
  17. partypokerLIVE is prepared to hold their first major event of 2018 when their branded MILLIONS series arrives on February 8 in Rozvadov for the MILLIONS Germany poker series. The 11-day festival, which comes with over €12.5 million in guarantees over nine events, will be taking place at Leon Tsoukernik’s King’s Casino. Even though the famous poker palace is technically is in Czechia, it's close enough to the border for the event to still be promoted as taking place in Germany. The Main Event The featured event of the series is the mammoth €5,300 Main Event that carries with it a €5,000,000 guarantee. To help them reach the hefty guarantee, the event will hold four starting flights, beginning on February 14, and each one will allow players a single re-entry. The structure moves swiftly for a €5k, with 40-minute levels on Day 1 then increasing to hour-long levels thereafter. Also, for players who like to shuffle chips, there’s plenty to be had as each starting stack is 1,000,000. While that sounds like a lot, level one starts at 5k/10k making starting stacks a mere 100 big blinds deep. The tournament is also using the button ante system for antes, hopefully helping the speed of play, allowing more hands per level. Keeping An Eye On The Prize To exceed the ambitious guarantee, partypoker will need at least 1000 entries over the four starting flights. While there are ample opportunities for players to blast off and re-enter, they may find that there are a finite number of players who will be willing and able to fire multiple bullets into a 5k. The previous MILLIONS event to offer a similar guarantee was the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party, won by Canadian Sam Greenwood, which exceeded the guarantee by just over $32,000. Just prior to that, the partypoker MILLIONS Russia Main Event missed the mark by $150,000. So many in the industry will be keeping their eyes on the number of runners that make it out to this one. The numbers from the most recent World Series of Poker Europe are certainly promising for the MILLION Germany Main Event. While not a perfect comparison, the €10,350 Main Event for WSOPE, held in the very same room, did fetch 529 runners, creating a prize pool above the €5,000,000 mark. Certainly, satellites will help put players in seats and partypoker has plenty to offer for those looking to win their way in. Online satellites start at $0.50 with steps at the $22, $109 and eventually the $530 level where 10 seats are guaranteed, three times a week. King’s Casino will also be holding two Mega Satellites into the Main Event, both on February 13. Each of the €550 Megas comes with a 50 seat guarantee and both have unlimited re-entry. Tons Of Tournaments In fact, the action all week should be fast-paced. Nine total events are on the schedule starting off with the €500,000 GTD Grand Prix. This €220 event boasts four online starting days and five live starting flights. The tournament will merge on Day 2, February 10, the same day that both a €1,000 and the €25,000 Super High Roller get started. Other events on the schedule include a €10,000 High Roller and what will likely draw the most attention of the series, the €50,000 Super High Roller. In addition to large amounts of winnings available in the variety of prize pools, partypoker is offering ten free $5,300 seats to the massive $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online tournament to the top ten finishers in the Main Event. The online tournament, hoping to have the largest prize pool in online history, is set to run from December 1-4 2018. High Stakes Cash Games In addition to the 24/7 cash games that accompany the tournaments, partypoker is running their televised high stakes cash game, The Big Game. The €50/€100 No Limit Hold'em game will run for 36 hours straight and saddling up to the table will be some of the biggest names in the game. partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett will be joined by bombastic Lithuanian politician Tony G, the owner of popular UK cardroom Dusk till Dawn, Rob Yong, Team partypoker's mustachioed Phillip Gruissem as well as online superstar Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom. All of the action is set to be live-streamed from 6 pm (Noon ET) February 10 until 6 am February 12 (Midnight ET) on partypoker TV. MILLIONS Germany is the final event in a successful inaugural season of the MILLIONS tour. The next and final stop for Season One will be the Grand Final in Barcelona in April.
  18. The GlobalPoker.com Grizzly Games Main Event is almost here! On February 11, the SC$50,000 guaranteed Main Event is slated to be the largest tournament ever held in Global Poker history and there's still time for players to win their way into the action. Global Poker, the online site that offers real-money prizes to both the U.S. and Canada thanks to its unique Sweepstakes model, is in the midst of their second championship series, the Grizzly Games. With less than a week left until the Main Event, players are feasting on the high-value tournaments and setting themselves up to make a run at the SC$50,000 guarantee slapped on the Main Event. Win And Your In The SC$218 buy-in may make it a major tournament but taking a seat at the table for it doesn’t have to break the bank. Right up until the tournament starts, Global Poker is running satellites to help players get into the action for a fraction of the buy-in. Satellites to a variety of Grizzly Games events start for as little as SC$1.50. With a variety of offerings, bankrolls of any size can find a price point that helps them step their way into Championship tournaments and even into the Main Event. Main Event satellites start at SC$2.14 where winners will earn a ticket to one of the SC$16.50 events. From there, you’re just a finish away from the Main Event as all players who survive that satellite will be playing for big money in the Main Event. Of course, big ballers can buy directly into any level of their choosing. Not only are their a variety of buy-ins but also different variants to help you get in depending on what you like to play. Re-buy tournaments? Yep. Hyper Turbos? Yes, please. Whether you want to get it in quick or play a tournament with more structure, the satellites to the Grizzly Games offers players their preferred style to punch their ticket into the Main. Championship Swag Along with all the Sweeps Cash that is up for grabs, glory is also at stake. The winner of the Main Event takes home a Global Poker Champions Pack that includes some great Global Poker gear as well as a giant, real-life Grizzly Bear Trophy for the mantle. The Main Event is set to take place on February 11, but between now and then there are still a whole host of Grizzle Game events with fantastic prize pools. There is still over SC$150,000 worth of guarantees left in the series so players still have time to cash in on the tremendous values of the Grizzly Games over at GlobalPoker.com.
  19. Just like that, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn is back on top. Nevada’s former #1 grinder retakes the Silver State throne after coming off an extended hiatus from the online grind. For months, at the end of 2017 and into 2018, McLawhorn was absent from the Nevada online poker scene, not having recorded a cash since early October. Well, he fired up his WSOP.com client and started crushing tournaments again. One may think “crushing” is hyperbole, but McLawhorn registered 12 cashes from January 14 through the end of the month. He final tabled 11 of them, won 6 of them outright and finished as the runner-up in 3 more. Here’s another way to look at his January run: of those tournaments he cashed, he was in for roughly $1800 in base buy-ins (not counting possible re-entry or rebuys). He cashed for just a breath under $39,000. Also, of his 12 cashes, 11 of them brought him qualified PLB points. Of course, it doesn’t tell a complete picture but it’s safe to say, McLawhorn is back and, apparently, he hasn’t missed a beat. Last month’s #1 ranked player, Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman slips to #2, but remains well within striking distance of McLawhorn. Hoffman took a couple weeks off in the middle of the month, presumably to travel to play the World Series of Poker Circuit events at Thunder Valley in California, but managed some significant online results as well. His online grind in January was topped with a win in the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown on January 10 for $5,702.07. He sits only 260 PLB points behind McLawhorn. Reno, Nevada’s ‘Power’ keeps the #3 spot locked up this month. He had a sporadic month in terms of volume, after putting in a massive grind in December of 2017, but managed to add a pair of qualifying cashes to his PLB total. ‘Power’ is on the verge of eclipsing a major milestone as he’s less than $5,000 away from achieving $250,000 in lifetime earnings. He’ll have to put in a little more volume should he wish to earn it this February. Rising four spots in the ranking to #4 is ‘wsopfreezer’. The Las Vegas grinder was doing what he does best to start the year, grinding. He recorded over 70 cashes in the month of January alone, 12 of which were good for qualifying PLB points. Five of his scores were for four-figures, the most notable being a podium finish in Tuesday Showdown on WSOP.com early in the month for over $2,900.00. If ‘wsopfreezer’ continues to push his output in comparison to those who currently rank above him, they won’t be ranking above him for long. Where’d Joe go? Nevada’s former #1 ranked player Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slides to #5 this month however, once again, it’s based on old results. The top-tier bracelet winner hasn’t been on the online tables since early November but should he wish to come back, there’s no doubt he’ll be able to pick up where he left off. Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts rose in the rankings to #6 this month. Despite light volume from Roberts he managed to pick up valuable PLB points in the few tournaments he did play. Building on a solid December, Roberts picked up $2,500 on January 1 with a runner-up performance in the WSOP.com Sunday Reloader for his largest score of 2018 so far. Slotted in the #7 rank for Nevada is Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney. Down a couple spots from last month, the Las Vegas player had himself a very good month, recording a hefty 79 total cashes. Six of his scores qualified for PLB points, leaving him roughly 100 points away from his former #5 rankings. ‘stuckonluck7’ (#8) and Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato (#9) both slipped two spots this month as well. ‘stuckonluck7’ put in light volume but she managed to bring in roughly $3,500 in earnings. Didonato only recorded five total results in all of January but he certainly made them count. All five qualified for PLB rankings with one being a victory and another a runner-up finish. Closing out the top 10 is ‘Sporksin’ who just surpassed $50,000 in lifetime online earnings on New Year’s Day when he took second place in the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Sunday for $3,400. He’s since surged into the Nevada top 10 and put together a string of 11 qualifying cashes thus far in 2018. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bcm4924 2,282.36 2 JCHAK 2,021.55 3 Power 1,846.59 4 wsopfreezer 1,811.84 5 JoeMomasNuts 1,786.48 6 Roberts34 1,700.57 7 Butters 1,683.50 8 stuckonluck7 1,676.45 9 Wolf_51 1,574.22 10 Sporksin 1,570.73
  20. Running from February 1-9, Poker Central presents the made-for-streaming high-roller event: The US Poker Open (USPO). The ARIA Resort and Casino is set to host eight events of intense high stakes action that pits the best in the world (and those that have the cash to challenge them) in a series of tournaments that include the disciplines of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Hold’em and an 8-Game Mixed event. A high stakes pro looking to play every event is going to need to have a healthy amount of cash on hand as the total for just firing a single bullet in each event will run $180,000. The scheduled breakdown of events includes two $10,000 No Limit Hold’em contests, three $25,000 No Limit Hold’em, one $25000 Pot Limit Omaha, the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. All of the events are single re-entry. The majority of the No Limit Hold’em tournaments, as well as the lone Pot Limit Omaha tournament, are scheduled to run for two days. The Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event are slated for three days. The Mixed Game Championship will feature a bevy of games that audiences aren’t used to seeing broadcast including Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better as well as mainstays No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Much like the Poker Masters, where a tailored Purple Jacket is presented to the winner, the inaugural USPO comes with a special trophy that will be bestowed upon the player who performs the best over the course of the series. The best part for poker fans is that the entire slate of events will be available for viewing on PokerGo. Veteran poker announcer Ali Nejad will be joined by World Series of Poker Main Event final table participant Jeremy Ausmus in calling all of the action. Every final table will be live-streamed and both the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 Main Event will be shown from Day 2 through the crowning of a winner. As to who will show up to claim the newly made trophy that’s anyone’s guess, but a few players are speaking up and throwing their hat in the ring. Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu is looking to play all the events, even offering another “must-win” prop bet of $50,000 against all comers. One of those who may take him up on the offer is Phil Hellmuth who is currently in Los Angeles shooting segments of “The Raw Deal” for the World Poker Tour. He's just a private plane ride away from Las Vegas. The GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney took to Twitter looking to bet on himself to win the trophy. Adrian Mateos, coming off his runner-up finish in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller, has also confirmed he’ll be firing in some events including the Main Event. While attendance to any poker events is never assured other possible (and perhaps, likely) attendees include Nick Schulman, since he’s not in the broadcast booth. Also perhaps a trio of partypoker ambassadors in Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton and Fedor Holz. The Aria is an Uber ride away for Las Vegas residents Brian Rast, Tom Marchese, and Andrew Robl if they are in town. It’s also likely that viewers will the chance to see some of brave “businessmen” taking their shots including PokerStars PCA High Roller Champion Cary Katz, Lauren Roberts and Steamboat captain Bill Perkins. While the cards are in the air on February 1, viewers will get their chance to watch it all go down starting on Feb 2 with the final table of Event #1. US Poker Open Schedule of Events February 1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em February 3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 5 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship February 6 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 8 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 9 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT
  21. The penultimate day of 888poker’s XL Blizzard brought players out in full force to play some short-handed tournaments. Saturday held a trio of 6-Max tournaments with the promise of $75,000 in guarantees. As the online series winds down, these three contests were some of the last chances players had to warm-up and accumulate XL Blizzard Leaderboard points before the massive slate of events that coincide with the $1,000,000 Main Event on Sunday. Event #28 - $50,000 6-Max The top tournament of the day was the $50,000 6-Max which drew 298 players (with 151 rebuys) putting up the $160 buy-in and pushing the prize pool past the guarantee. The $67,350 prize pool ensured that at least two players would be adding five-figures to their bankrolls with the entire final table earning a minimum of over $2,500. The heads-up battle between a pair of PocketFivers went deep into the night as Sweden’s Alfred ‘Kzzon’ Karlsson and Darragh ‘CrackFiend15’ Curtin from New Zealand battled for the $14,817 first place prize. Karlsson held the chip lead from the get-go and, after a brief surrendering of the lead, ended up closing out the Kiwi. He added the over $14,000 to his over $750,000 in lifetime earnings. Currently the #108 ranked player in the world, he’s likely to see a jump in the rankings this week with the win and potentially surpass his career-best ranking of #103. For his part, Curtin, the #1-ranked player in all of New Zealand, settled for $10,338.22 for his runner-up finish. While he may be disappointed he didn’t take home the title, the five-figure cash will certainly be a welcome addition to his bankroll as his last five figure score came back in September of 2017 when he took fifth in PokerStars WCOOP Event #50 for over $13,000, which was the largest cash of his career. Canada’s ‘mixer_jr’ finished in third for $7,745.25, ‘DarkShrine’ from Ukraine finished in fourth for $5,388 and ‘ZDamian’ took fifth for $4,041. Wrapping up the final table was PocketFiver ’sewart777’ from Russia. The $2,694 cash marks his fourth in the money finish of the XL Blizzard series. Other notable finished in the 6-Max include: XL Blizzard Leaderboard leader ‘Ao1ing’ (18th), ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘C_Darwin2’ - 20th) and XL Blizzard Event #18 Champion ‘LovePorn69’ (25th) Event #29 - $15,000 Mini 6-Max The Mini 6-Max did a great job of exceeding the guarantee with 678 (and their 292 rebuys) elevating the prize pool to $26,675. First place was won by Sweden’s ‘manne8080’ who cashed for $5,068.25 by winning out over ‘JacktheCpt’ during heads-up play. 'JacktheCpt’ from Romania ended up with $3,734.50 for his second-place finish. One of Belarus’ consistent grinders ‘RakDoll’ bowed out in third, cashing for $2,734.18. His consistent results throughout XL Blizzard has him sitting ranked #12 on the series Leaderboard. Russia’s ‘IMurtazin’, ‘KellerA’ from Germany and ‘tonikyalta’ from Ukraine also all made the final table , finishing fourth through sixth respectively. Event #30 - $10,000 Late 6-Max Once again, the last tournament to start was the first to finish. 259 players (with 81 rebuys) jumped into the $10,000 Late 6-Max to take one last shot at making some money for the day. The prize pool surpassed the guarantee by $7,000 and offered a first place prize of $3,910 for the $55 buy-in. Lithuania’s ‘yrkkk’ took down that top prize by beating Germany’s ‘DonMaxiQQ’ heads-up. For his runner-up finish, ‘DonMaxiQQ’ walked with $2,720. Five of the six final tablists, including ‘Moldvarpa’ (3rd), Germany’s ‘KellerA’ (4th) and ‘Laly139’ (5th) were awarded four-figures with only ‘toastmanQ’ having to settle for $697 for sixth place. A note that ’KellerA’, the fourth-place finisher in this one, ended up cashing in all three of the 6-max tournaments on Saturday making the final table of two of them. XL Blizzard Day 10 Winners # Event Winner Payout 28 $50,000 6-Max Kzzon $14,817 29 $15,000 Mini 6-Max manne8080 $5,068.25 30 $10,000 Late 6-Max yrkkk $3,910  
  22. Apostolis ‘apostolis20’ Bechrakis Hits $5 Million The #1 ranked player in all of Greece, Apostolis 'apostolis20' Bechrakis soared past $5 million in lifetime earnings this week. Bechrakis, who also is ranked #62 in the world (up from #75 last week), took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $19,769 to pass the major milestone. It was all part of a pretty big week for the Grecian grinder in which he cashed in total for over $44,000. Bechrakis has really been doubling down on his volume recently and, incredibly, made the money 22 times on January 21 alone. Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins Scores A Double Milestone Latvian online poker pro Guntis ‘lovefee’ Alaskans has two reasons to celebrate this week. First, he rocketed past $4 million in lifetime earnings when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $33,868. To go along with that, he went deep in a number big-time events and racked up four PLB qualifying cashes for over 900 PLB points helping him achieve a career-high ranking of #12 in the world. He is virtually knocking on the door of the worldwide top 10, sitting less than 40 points behind the current threshold to leap into elite company. $3 Million for Brazil’s ‘brunovolks’ Top 10 Brazilian player ‘brunovolks’ also passed a major money milestone when a final table appearance at the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff resulted in a cash of $7,262. The bankroll boost pushed him past the $3 million lifetime earnings marker and brought him over $10,000 in cashes for the week. Joining ‘brunovolks’ in hitting new highs were fellow Brazilian Luis ‘eduardogarla’ Garla and Germany’s ‘orgi’ both of whom officially made their first million in online earnings this week. Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hassen Continues His Rankings Rise Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson has been a staple in the Milestones column for weeks now, steadily grinding his way up the Worldwide Rankings ladder. This week he makes his debut in the top 25 at #23 after racking up nearly 500 PLB points for taking down the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $38,847. In fact, it was a busy week for players hitting new career-highs in the rankings. Ten players found themselves hitting new rankings heights including ‘rudinhos’ who makes his debut in the top 100, checking in at #99. 'rudinhos' jumped 14 spots this week by making the most of his opportunities. He only recorded seven cashes this week but four of the were qualifying cashes bringing him over 383 PLB points, good enough check in as a top 100 player. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 rudinhos - #113 to #99 Futti18 - #98 to #96 daltonhb - #86 to #71 neverfoldQ5 - #66 to #64 dulek - #84 to #61 untaktik - #63 to #54 nsmirnov - #53 to #48 Flat - #44 to #43 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #31 to #23 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins - #17 to #12
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