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  1. It’s a New Year and with it comes a new season for the popular 888poker LIVE series. The online site has announced all the locations (and most of the dates) that it will be bringing its very own live tournament experience in 2018. All of the action begins on February 8 when 888poker Live returns to London’s Aspers Casino. The Kick-off Event features a €440 buy-in Main Event with four starting flights and heaps of satellites to help you get into the tournament for less. The London events are some of the most popular on the schedule with many of the 888poker Ambassadors attending. "I look forward to going back to London. I definitely look forward to playing in some of the juicy live cash games there," said 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche. The line-up of Team 888, including the newly signed former World Champ Martin Jacobson, will likely be in attendance to many of the scheduled events not only to provide a warm welcome for players but to put would-be champions to the test. You don’t have to wait long after London before jumping right back in as you can follow the 888poker team to the Marriot Hotel in Bucharest, Romania on February 28. They are offering up a two-day €220 tournament that features a €50,000 guaranteed prize pool as well as a package to the future 888poker LIVE Local London event for the eventual winner. Then, just before the start of summer, 888poker LIVE visits the beautiful Barcelona for a festival at Casino Barcelona from May 23 through June 4. Last year, the tournament drew 609 runners and generated a prize pool of over €584,000. In September the crew makes its way once again to South America for 888poker LIVE in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The location and date have yet to be announced but you can be certain that poker fans in Brazil will be eagerly anticipating the stop with Haroldo Ferriera de Silva, the 2017 888poker LIVE Sao Paulo champion, looking to defend his title. As the year begins to wind down the tour hits their home base of the Aspers Casino for the final time on November 23 through December 2. Last year, this was the event that was the debut of the tour’s use of a shot clock. The integration was so well received, it will now be used in all of the tour’s Main Events as well as the High Rollers. Finally, players get to open a holiday gift early by booking their trip to Lisbon, Portugal for the final event of the calendar year on December 11-16 with the locations yet to be announced. In addition to the six 888poker LIVE events, the online site is a sponsor of both the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. The brand will have a presence at the WPT500 event taking place at London’s Aspers Casino on April 1 as well as their own signature event during World Series of Poker, Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights - the four-flight, unlimited re-entry, 8-max tournament that guarantees a first place prize of $888,888. Additionally, 888poker is a main sponsor of the WSOP Main Event once again. The fun begins in London on February 8, but players can qualify for both the London and the Bucharest Main Events right now, online in the Live Events tab on the 888poker client.
  2. Well-known high-stakes professional poker player Isaac Haxton is taking his talents to the partypoker brand. Haxton and the online poker site mutually announced that Haxton would be joining the partypoker team of ambassadors that currency includes the likes of fellow high-stake tournament grinders Jason Koon, Sam Trickett, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Fedor Holz. “I am very excited to be joining the partypoker team,” Haxton said. “I’ve been very impressed with their growth over the last year or so. From expanding their online cash game and tournament offerings, to improving their software, and most of all rolling out their ambitions and innovative live events program, their commitment to growing the game and providing a great product for their players has been clear.” Part of the growth to which Haxton refers to is the expansion of the partypoker MILLIONS brand. The MILLIONS live tournament series is expanding in 2018. Offering six events in the calendar year, all of which carry a minimum of a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. The MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona in early April 2018 promises no less than $11.7 million. The jump to partypoker makes Haxton on of the few pros who have been able to switch brands as an ambassador. A former Team PokerStars Online Pro, Haxton joined PokerStars in 2012 only to leave in 2016 as part of a protest to the controversial sweeping changes the online giant made to its VIP program. Now, just over two years since he left PokerStars, Haxton begins a new sponsorship journey with partypoker. “We are delighted that Isaac is joining us at partypoker,” Tom Waters, Managing Director for partypoker said. “Isaac’s profile and experience makes him a perfect ambassador for the company. Over the years he has also demonstrated a real commitment to principles and will play a key role in helping us meet and exceed player expectations. We are in the process of building a poker site for the players and Isaac will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.” Haxton’s role is said to be that of a liaison between the players and the company. He will be helping to keep the lines of communications open while bringing his own voice to helping partypoker meet the needs of the players. As one of the most respected online and live players in the game, Haxton’s experience speaks for itself. He has accumulated over $15 million in live tournament earnings and currently sits ranked as #21 on the Hendon Mob All-Time Money List. Haxton will be joining his fellow ambassadors in wearing the partypoker patch during live appearances including the remaining events of Season One as well as Season Two of the partypoker MILLIONS live events.
  3. It was back to work on Monday for online grinders of 888poker’s winter tournament series, XL Blizzard. The schedule backed off just a bit from the massive Sunday lineup just one day prior and opted to simply offer a pair of tournaments. One for those on a budget who wanted to get in on the action and a larger Rebuy & Add-On event that drew plenty of mid-stakes grinders eager to accumulate leaderboard points and four-figure scores. Event #14 - $40,000 R&A Event The larger of the two tournaments of the day saw 414 players buy-in for $55 with 308 rebuys and 252 add-ons. The totality generated a $48,700 prize pool, exceeding the guarantee by $8,700 and promising eight of the nine final table players a four-figure payout. PocketFivers dominated the final table with the eventual winner being ‘yarik1903’, currently the #151-ranked player in the world. Having just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime tournament scores, the Ukranian started his journey to $3 million by adding the first place prize of $9345.53, the largest XL Blizzard payout of the day. ‘yarik1903’ battled against Germany’s ‘hale_bop123’ , who finished as the runner-up cashing for $6,939.75. ‘hale_bop123’ may have been disappointed by not winning but he’s likely ecstatic by the score. The second place prize money is roughly $500 shy of his career high cash and his first four-figure cash since July 2017. Sweden's ‘creutz93’ laddered and finished in fourth place for $3,896. The Swede is ranked #18 in his extremely competitive home country and is no stranger to final tables and big scores as this marks the eighth time he’s cashed for four-figures or more in 2018. Making an appearance in his third final table of the series was Swedish phenom ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’, the #3-ranked player in the world). ‘tutten7’ just came off a day where he earned a total of over $50,000 in XL Blizzard events #10 & #12. On Monday, he continued his series heater and finished in seventh place for an additional $2,069.75. The combination of his scores has moved him into the top 10 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A Players came out in force to support the lowest buy-in tournament of the entire XL Blizzard series as 1,477 runners ponied up the $5 buy-in. With the low buy-in, players decided to rebuy early and often, rebuying 1638 times with 829 add-ons. With so much action, this prize pool exceeded the guarantee as well, ending up at $17,945.20. Russia’s ‘DeltaSpider’ and PocketFiver Igor ‘Agelesss1’ Selega from Ukraine brokered a two-way deal. ’DeltaSpider’ eventually finished in first for $2,618.41 while Selega settled for runner-up. Despite finishing in second, he cashed out for slightly more money at $2,676.23, making it the largest cash of his career to date. ‘luckypanch75’ finished in fourth place for $1,220.27, adding to his previous results and pushing him into second place on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. He’s currently sitting right behind ‘Ao1ing’ who cashed yet again in Event #15, finishing in 15th for $122.02. While Event #15 was the lowest buy-in of the tournament, Tuesday is for the high-rollers and includes the gigantic $2,100 $250,000 guarantee High Roller tournament. XL Blizzard Day 5 Winners # Event Winner Payout 14 $40,000 R&A Event yarik1903 $9,345.53 15 $10,000 Mini R&A DeltaSpider $2,618.41*
  4. It was back to work on Monday for online grinders of 888poker’s winter tournament series, XL Blizzard. The schedule backed off just a bit from the massive Sunday lineup just one day prior and opted to simply offer a pair of tournaments. One for those on a budget who wanted to get in on the action and a larger Rebuy & Add-On event that drew plenty of mid-stakes grinders eager to accumulate leaderboard points and four-figure scores. Event #14 - $40,000 R&A Event The larger of the two tournaments of the day saw 414 players buy-in for $55 with 308 rebuys and 252 add-ons. The totality generated a $48,700 prize pool, exceeding the guarantee by $8,700 and promising eight of the nine final table players a four-figure payout. PocketFivers dominated the final table with the eventual winner being ‘yarik1903’, currently the #151-ranked player in the world. Having just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime tournament scores, the Ukranian started his journey to $3 million by adding the first place prize of $9345.53, the largest XL Blizzard payout of the day. ‘yarik1903’ battled against Germany’s ‘hale_bop123’ , who finished as the runner-up cashing for $6,939.75. ‘hale_bop123’ may have been disappointed by not winning but he’s likely ecstatic by the score. The second place prize money is roughly $500 shy of his career high cash and his first four-figure cash since July 2017. Sweden's ‘creutz93’ laddered and finished in fourth place for $3,896. The Swede is ranked #18 in his extremely competitive home country and is no stranger to final tables and big scores as this marks the eighth time he’s cashed for four-figures or more in 2018. Making an appearance in his third final table of the series was Swedish phenom ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’, the #3-ranked player in the world). ‘tutten7’ just came off a day where he earned a total of over $50,000 in XL Blizzard events #10 & #12. On Monday, he continued his series heater and finished in seventh place for an additional $2,069.75. The combination of his scores has moved him into the top 10 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A Players came out in force to support the lowest buy-in tournament of the entire XL Blizzard series as 1,477 runners ponied up the $5 buy-in. With the low buy-in, players decided to rebuy early and often, rebuying 1638 times with 829 add-ons. With so much action, this prize pool exceeded the guarantee as well, ending up at $17,945.20. Russia’s ‘DeltaSpider’ and PocketFiver Igor ‘Agelesss1’ Selega from Ukraine brokered a two-way deal. ’DeltaSpider’ eventually finished in first for $2,618.41 while Selega settled for runner-up. Despite finishing in second, he cashed out for slightly more money at $2,676.23, making it the largest cash of his career to date. ‘luckypanch75’ finished in fourth place for $1,220.27, adding to his previous results and pushing him into second place on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. He’s currently sitting right behind ‘Ao1ing’ who cashed yet again in Event #15, finishing in 15th for $122.02. While Event #15 was the lowest buy-in of the tournament, Tuesday is for the high-rollers and includes the gigantic $2,100 $250,000 guarantee High Roller tournament. XL Blizzard Day 4 Winners # Event Winner Payout 14 $40,000 R&A Event yarik1903 $9,345.53 15 $10,000 Mini R&A DeltaSpider $2,618.41*
  5. When looking ahead at the schedule for 888poker’s online poker winter series, XL Blizzard, players likely made a point to circle January 21 on their calendar. Five events took place on Sunday, the most schedules on any day over the entire 11-day schedule, and the $580,000 worth of guarantees that came with them was second only to that of the final day, which includes the $1,000,000 Main Event. With a variety of buy-ins, players packed the lobbies and helped crush just about every guarantee, promising some of the largest paydays thus far in the young series. Event #9 - $120,000 Mega Deep The day got off to a solid start with 565 players registering for the $120,000 Mega Deep. With 209 rebuys, the prize pool grew to $154,800, ensuring multiple five-figure payouts for those who made it all the way to the end. ’23NoraB’ was that player who made it to the end. The Austrian collected $29,257.20 for first place after besting ‘Raise_Once’ from Greece who was forced to settle for $21,439.80 for taking second. Brazil’s #1-ranked player (#16 in the world) Joao ‘Ineedmassari’ Simao finished in fifth place for $7,740. Fellow PocketFivers Rodrigo ‘seijistar’ Seiji (fourth place for $11,610) and ‘merfinis’ (seventh place for $3,870) also took their fair share of cash from the final table. Event #10 - $200,000 Tune Up Bigger still was the $200,000 Tune Up. This was the largest tournament of the day with 1,027 players buying in for $160 and 352 of them firing a second bullet. The result was $206,850 in the prize pool making it the largest XL Blizzard tournament to date. Event #11 - $40,000 Mini Tune Up For those who were unable to buy or win their way into the larger events of the day, the $40,000 Mini Tune Up carried only a $12 buy-in. That was a very appealing entry point for many players as 3,539 of them took a shot at grabbing a piece of what ended up to be a $52,647 prize pool. With so much money at stake for such a reasonable buy-in, it makes perfect sense that a deal was made in this one. ‘geniuspoker’ from Germany and ‘dolaBET’ from Lithuania opted to chop it up. ‘geniuspoker’ nabbed the lion share, earning $6,775,36 for first while ‘dolaBET’ would take slightly less at $6,127.10 - still, the score essentially 510x'd his initial investment. Right behind the pair was PocketFiver Felipe ‘FmoraesP’ Pereira who ended up finishing in third for $4,053.81, helping him push closer to the $500,000 lifetime earnings milestone. Joining him on the final table was James ‘BL1NDRAZOR’ Walsh who busted out in ninth for $400.11. Event #12 - $200,000 Whale There was a slight overlay in the $200,000 Whale. So, even though the 139 player field (with 58 rebuys) in the $1,050 buy-in would likely be the toughest of the day, there was a small $3,000 overlay. Nevertheless, even though the prize pool was nearly that of Event #10, the smaller field meant that whoever was to win the Whale, would be taking home not only the largest cash of the day but the largest payday of the entire XL Blizzard series thus far. That player would be the UK’s ‘CrystalMad’ who topped the stacked final table to take home the first place prize of $46,000. He did it by defeating the #3-ranked player in the world, ‘lena900’ (playing under his 888poker screenname ‘tutten7’). ‘lena900’ won $32,000 for his efforts and likely some valuable PLB points in his attempt to climb back to the Worldwide #1 spot. Six players overall received five-figure payouts including brand new 888poker ambassador Martin Jacobson who finished in fourth for $18,000. In addition to ‘lena900’, PocketFivers represented on the final table with Sweden’s ‘Madeon1994’ (aka former #2-ranked grinder ’Ariados’) earning $6,000 for eighth place and Argentina’s Rodrigo ‘sonmonedas’ Perez finishing in ninth for $5,000. Other notable finished include two more 888poker ambassadors in Dominik '888Dominik' Nitsche and Chris '888Moorman' Moorman finishing in tenth and 11th respectively, both receiving $4,500. Event #13 — $20,000 Late Tune Up The action didn’t slow down for the $20,000 Late Tune Up as 516 players (and their 163 rebuys) once again crushed the posted guarantee, exceeding it by $13,950. Despite starting later than the other four, the “Late” Tune Up was in the books before any of the previous contests. Ukraine’s ‘Avgustys’ topped the payouts after defeating ‘GoFighTer’ heads up. ‘Avgustys’ took in $6416.55 for first as well as his first XL Championship of the series. For his runner-up finish, Belarus’ #3-ranked grinder, ’GoFighTer’, banked $4,702.07. It’s his sixth four-figure score of the month as he is currently enjoying a career-high ranking of #319 in the world. Three other PocketFivers made their way to the final table including two grinders from Russia - ’gruzin_vova’ who finished in fifth for $1,833.30 and former top 10 crusher ‘MAMOHT_T’ who adds to his over $6 million in earnings with his sixth place cash of $1,442.87. ‘HellChiKKen’ from Belarus hit the rail in eighth for $763.87. For those keeping tabs on the ‘Bubble of Bubble’ tournament tickets here’s the names of those who missed out on the massive XL Blizzard paydays, but will duke it out for the World Series of Poker Crazy 8’s package: ‘Iamtrying’, ‘Fackedelic’, ‘Agsur_Seni’, ‘_zufurduo_’ and ’DrMiKee’ (aka Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, the #12 ranked player in the world.)
  6. It should be no surprise that Sweden’s #1-ranked player is also, still, the #1-ranked player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ may have slipped a little in the PLB points, but still holds a commanding point lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to remain the only #1 player that 2018 has known. It was a low volume week for ‘C Darwin2’ as the superstar only recorded nine total cashes, none of which qualified to add to his PLB point total. With aging results being a factor, ‘C Darwin2’ slipped back to under 11,000 total points, currently sitting with 10,665. Still, the total is more than enough to fend off any would-be challengers to his current run as #1 as he has an over 1300 point buffer between himself and van Zadelhoff. For his part, van Zadelhoff has even fewer results than ‘C Darwin2’ as the Malta pro seemingly didn’t even click open an online poker client this week having not recorded a result since January 11. This leaves the door open for Sweden’s ‘lena900’ to make his move up the ladder. ‘lena900’ has been holding down the #3 spot for weeks now. He was never in too much danger of slipping down the leaderboard and there has been a persistent gap keeping him from catching van Zadelhoff. This week, with van Zadelhoff’s absence, ‘lena900’ gained some ground when he took third place in the partypoker Super High Roller for $20,891 and over 200 PLB points. The chasm is now just under 800 points, which is still significant but not insurmountable should a gifted player like ‘lena900’ have a week like Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth had two weeks ago. ‘Hungary’s Nemeth rocketed eight spots two weeks ago from #12 to #4 and this week he held his ground. Continuing to add on to his recent bout of run good, Nemeth scored a pair of qualifying cashes on January 14. The first was a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,717 and then he scored another second place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller for an additional $33,430. With there being no shifts in the top 4, Swedish countrymen Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren (#5) and ‘Sheater’ (#6) once again climb up a spot in tandem. Both former #1-ranked players rise one rung in the top 10 this week. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’ falls into the #7 ranking while Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford makes yet another push into the top 10, ascending to the #8 spot. Beresford scored three qualifying cashes this week, two of which were outright victories. The UK pro took down the bwin.com Eliminator Warm Up for $5,540 and days later followed it up with a victory in the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $8,286. Russian countrymen ‘hellohellohello’ (#9) and ‘veeea’ (#10) complete the top 10. Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone made the largest leap of the week jumping from #25 to #13, an all-time high ranking for him. The move comes thanks to a trio of qualifying cashes, topped by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-max for nearly $15,000 and over 232 PLB points. This week also saw some notable names rejoining the ranks of the top 25 as Brazil’s Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#22), Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (#24) and Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky (#25) all rose in the rankings this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,655.00 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,298.63 2 3 lena900 8,511.03 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,849.69 4 5 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,585.84 6 6 Sheater 7,522.10 7 7 josef_shvejk 7,439.45 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,198.72 11 9 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 10 veeea 7,068.34 9 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,010.72 12 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,975.32 10 13 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,848.07 25 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,782.50 13 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,746.28 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,719.47 14 17 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,719.28 19 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,705.66 17 19 sitpro2011 6,696.52 21 20 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 18 21 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,569.26 20 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 27 23 DeathbyQuads 6,465.95 16 24 inhoo 6,463.94 32 25 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,442.82 33
  7. The World Poker Tour Season XVI Europen Championship came to a conclusion on Monday as, out of the 339 starting field, the remaining six players took their seat to battle for the €218,435 first-place prize and the title of WPT Champion. Held at Spelbank Berlin, it was the first time the WPT had held a Championship event on German soil and so it seems only fitting that one of the best players on the planet, Ole Schemion who hails from Germany, should take over the tournament and cruise into the winner’s circle. Schemion entered the final table with a chip lead he had held for the past two days. He used that leverage to eliminate four of the five players, including Czech Republic’s red-hot Michal Mrakes, standing in his way to victory. It took nearly two hours into the six-handed final table for the first of the finalist to hit the rail. After 37-year old Amjad Nader was crippled down to 6 big blinds on the hand prior, he pushed with[poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Schemion flatted with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] as did Mrakes with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"] and Schemion put out a bet that drove Mrakes out of the pot. When the [poker card="8h"] hit the turn, Nader was drawing deal and as the inconsequential [poker card="7h"] completed the hand, Nader stood to collect a career-high cash of 39,010 ($47,323). Born in China, but living in Germany, Hanyong Kuo entered the final table third in chips. Kuo made a gutsy King-high bluff-catching call for the majority of his stack only to be shown Ace-high, leaving him with only five big blinds. Four hands later, he’d make his final move of the tournament by shipping [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"] into the surging Schemion who isolated with[poker card="as"][poker card="9h"]. There was no help to Kuo, a veteran Pot-Limit Omaha cash game specialist, when the board ran out all blanks for the pair. Schemion claimed another victim and Kuo claimed his fifth place prize of 46,705 ($57,118). A mere two hands later another elimination took place as Germany’s Michael Behnert took his ten big blind stack and put it in the middle from the small blind holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"].,Patrice Brandt made the call from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"]. Behnert’s 3:2 advantage quickly diminished on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop. But when the turn came[poker card="5c"], Behnert picked up backdoor flush outs in addition to his two overs, essentially giving himself the same odds Brandt had at the beginning of the hand. But the [poker card="6s"] was of no help and Behnert, who entered the day fifth in chips, laddered to fourth place and took home 60,730 ($74,088). Brandt himself would be the third elimination in five hands as he took his made a stand with his roughly 30 big blind stack against the tournament boss, Schemion. Brandt raised the button with[poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] only to be three-bet by Schemion from the small blind. Mrakes folds the big blind and Brandt calls to see the flop. The flop falls [poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"]. Schemion bet around one-third pot and then, with his two overs and a flush draw, Brandt committed the rest of his chips. Schemion made the call and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"]. While Schemion’s gutshot straight draw and ace-high was the best hand, Brandt was a slight favorite when all the cards were exposed. But it was Schemion’s day and as a pair of bricks in the form of the [poker card="kc"] and [poker card="7c"] sealed Brandt’s fate, Schemion had eliminated his second player with ace-high. Brandt finished in third despite entering the final table with just over 15 big blinds. He earned 93,105 ($115,077) for the result. After a 30-minute break heads-up play began with Ole Schemion holding roughly a 2:1 chip advantage over Michal Mrakes, who had entered the final table second in chips. An early full house for Schemion extended his chip lead and the Germany superstar never looked back. Twenty-one hands later the pair would mix it up on the final hand of the tournament. Schemion raised holding the [kc][7c], Mrakes three-bet with [7s][5s] and was called. When the action flop of [kh][qs][9s] hit Mrakes mad his move and pushed. Schemion was put to a tough decision but ultimately, made the call. The pair watched as the [8h] his the turn opening Mrakes outs to include an inside straight. But the [4d] shut the door on Mrakes comeback and awarded the hometown hero Schemion the victory. Mrakes finishes as the runner up, winning 143,845 ($178,892) for his third career six-figure score. Ole Schemion adds to the accolades of his remarkable career that includes over $13.5 million in tournament cashes. Now in addition to his victories in the Aria High Roller series, the Partouche Poker Tour Championship and EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller, Schemion can now call himself a World Poker Tour Champion. The title includes an entry into the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions at the Aria Resort & Casino in May, a Hublot Big Bang Steel timepiece and, of course, 218,435 ($255,352) for his first place prize money.
  8. [caption id="attachment_617455" align="alignnone" width="640"] The World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Championship Event starts on January 19.[/caption] After a two year absence, the World Poker Tour brings a Championship Event back to the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Set to take place from January 19-24, the $3,500 Main Event buy-in comes with a $2,000,000 guarantee. Do You Feel Lucky? For those who are looking to find shade from the South Florida sun and take a seat at the tables, here is everything you need to know about the big event. The Lucky Hearts Main Event offers two starting days, the first of which begins on January 19 at noon local time. While there is no re-entry during each individual day, players who opt to play Day 1A and bust are eligible to give it a second shot on Day 1B. Additionally, if players have a stack at the end of Day 1A, but they are unhappy with their stack size, they would need to forfeit that in order to register Day 1B. Days one and two have 60-minute levels, after that the time increases to 90 minutes until a final table of six is reached. Once your there, the levels drop back to 60 minutes and should you be lucky enough to make it heads-up, 30-minute levels are enacted. The WPT Action Clock will be active one the tournament reaches one table outside the money. The Action Clock, which has been touted as a positive addition to the WPT’s major tournaments, gives players 30 seconds in which to make decisions, cutting back on excessive tanking and allowing players to get more hands in per hour. A Look Back At Lucky Hearts The $2,000,000 guarantee is very likely to be crushed when all is said and done but it’s no sure thing. Of all the previous years in which the WPT brought a Championship Event to the Lucky Hearts Poker open only 2015's Season XIII event eclipsed that large of a prize pool. That year, Brian Altman bested a field of 1,027 to take home $723,008 from a total prize pool of over $3.2 million. In Season X, the WPT Main Event was a part of the Lucky Hearts Showdown and the $3,500 buy-in only saw 295 runners. The next year in Season XI, attendance rose and the Lucky Hearts Main Event received a large PR boost with a star-studded final table. Darryl Fish and Matt Salsberg made the final table that saw Matt Giannetti defeat Lily Kiletto heads-up to win $323,804 and the title of WPT Champion. Attendance jumped again to 415 in 2014 when James Calderaro won out over Shannon Shorr and Keven Stammen for over $270,000. WPTDeepStacks Adds Some More Action Expectations are high for this year and much of that is due to the popularity and involvement of the WPTDeepStacks brand. During the multi-year hiatus of the WPT main tour at the Lucky Hearts, the WPTDeepStacks have run one of their Main Events during the festival. The past two years have seen a pair of notable names take down the Lucky Hearts WPTDeepStacks with Salomon Ponte’s win in 2016 and Jerry Wong’s victory in 2017. This year the WPTDeepStacks teams up with the main tour for and opens the Lucky Hearts Poker Open with their $1,000,000 guarantee on January 11. In addition to the WPTDeepStacks event, there are plenty of chances for players satellite into the $3,500 Main Event. Eighteen different Mega Satellites will take place starting as early as January 14. In total, the schedule guarantees over 85 seats to the Championship event with buy-ins ranging from $140-$390. Finally, if that wasn’t enough action to pull you into the land of poker and palm trees there are a number of scheduled post-lims including a $25,500 High Roller and a $50,000 High Roller both with a $1,000,000 guarantee. The Lucky Hearts Poker Open festival kicks off on January 11. The $3,500 World Poker Tour Championship event, a five-day affair with a live-streamed final table, starts on January 19.
  9. Global Poker Grizzly Games Leaderboard Winner Sandra ‘MommyGingerly’ Lefler is hitting the strip. The Las Vegas resident and overall points leader in the latest championship series from GlobalPoker.com will be representing the online site at an upcoming live tournament thanks to her performance in the recently completed series. Global Poker, the online site that uses a unique sweepstakes-based system to service online players both in the United States and Canada, will be well represented in the upcoming Wynn Classic Tournament Series Championship in Las Vegas. Lefler will be patched up and swagged out when she takes her seat at the table after she won two tournaments during the Grizzly Games. He seat bought and paid for by Global Poker. “I love playing on Global Poker,” Lefler says. “I live in Las Vegas and we actually have a large group of Global Poker players that live here and all play together in the live casinos. It is great to be able to represent Global Poker here in my hometown.” Lefler is going to be able to pocket a little extra cash as well. With the Wynn being in her backyard, the $5,000 package she earned will go a long way. Even though she impressed those who followed her rise in the Global Poker ranks with her tournament prowess during the series, Lefler considers herself more of a cash game player. She can often be found mixing it up on the $2/$5 NL tables in Vegas. When she’s not grinding live though, she’s taking to the virtual felts at Global Poker. “I really enjoy the Sit & Gos and the MTTs,” Lefler says. “I also love the big series that Global Poker does. I played every tournament of the Eagle Cup and all but two in the Grizzly Games.” She missed the two tournaments because she was on a family vacation with her young son Brendon. Understandably, with a family at home, it’s not always easy to find her way into the live games. “The best thing about Global Poker is that it gives me the ability to play online from home. I have a young son and it is great to be able to be at home with him instead of having to go out to a live venus to play.” Well, that leaderboard money will certainly help out with getting a sitter as Lefler prepares to play in the upcoming Wynn Poker Classic, which wraps up on March 11. Global Poker's sweepstakes model makes it so players in the U.S. and Canada can easily get started and withdraw real cash prizes with the convenience of PayPal. To get started players purchase Gold Coins. The Gold Coins are one of two currencies on the site. While the Gold Coins have no real cash value, they allow players to play for fun and win entries into other events. When players purchase Gold Coins, the also get $weeps Cash - the second currency of the site. This allows you to play both cash games and tournaments on $weeps Cash tables. Everything a player wins in that arena can be redeemed via PayPal. The Global Poker Grizzly Games series is officially in the books. Word is that there's another one right around the corner and will likely have the largest guarantees in the history of the site. There's never been a better time to check it out.
  10. Global Poker Grizzly Games Leaderboard Winner Sandra ‘MommyGingerly’ Lefler is hitting the strip. The Las Vegas resident and overall points leader in the latest championship series from GlobalPoker.com will be representing the online site at an upcoming live tournament thanks to her performance in the recently completed series. Global Poker, the online site that uses a unique sweepstakes-based system to service online players both in the United States and Canada, will be well represented in the upcoming Wynn Classic Tournament Series Championship in Las Vegas. Lefler, who was victorious in two tournaments during the Grizzly Games, will be patched up and swagged out when she takes her seat at the table, bought and paid for by Global Poker. “I love playing on Global Poker,” Lefler says. “I live in Las Vegas and we actually have a large group of Global Poker players that live here and all play together in the live casinos. It is great to be able to represent Global Poker here in my hometown.” Lefler is going to be able to pocket a little extra cash as well. With the Wynn being in her backyard, the $5,000 package she earned will go a long way. Even though she impressed those who followed her rise in the Global Poker ranks with her tournament prowess during the series, Lefler considers herself more of a cash game player. She can often be found mixing it up on the $2/$5 NL tables in Vegas. When she’s not grinding live though, she’s taking to the virtual felts at Global Poker. “I really enjoy the Sit & Gos and the MTTs,” Lefler says. “I also love the big series that Global Poker does. I played every tournament of the Eagle Cup and all but two in the Grizzly Games.” She missed the two tournaments because she was on a family vacation with her young son Brendon. Understandably, with a family at home, it’s not always easy to find her way into the live games. “The best thing about Global Poker is that it gives me the ability to play online from home. I have a young son and it is great to be able to be at home with him instead of having to go out to a live venus to play.” Well, that leaderboard money will certainly help out with getting a sitter as Lefler prepares to play in the upcoming Wynn Poker Classic, which wraps up on March 11. Global Poker's sweepstakes model is what makes it so players in the U.S. and Canada can easily get started and withdraw real cash prizes with the convenience of PayPal. To get started players purchase Gold Coins. The Gold Coins are one of two currencies on the site. While the Gold Coins have no real cash value, they allow players to play for fun and win entries into other events. When players purchase Gold Coins, the also get $weeps Cash - the second currency of the site. This allows you to play on $weeps Cash tables - both tournaments and cash games - and all your winnings in that arena can be redeemed via PayPal.  
  11. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. ‘telks’ Makes $9 Million It’s another major milestone for longtime PocketFives player ‘telks’. He becomes just the 15th person to surpass $9 million in lifetime earnings, joining an elite group of grinders that mark themselves as some of the best players of all time. The big moment happened when he finished in the top 50 of the PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,654. Also adding to his lifetime total this week was his first-place finish in the partypoker Monday Main Event for $11,305. A former #1 ranked player in the world, ‘telks’ currently sits ranked at #53. His impressive resume includes a PocketFives Triple Crown as well as over $1.2 million in live earnings. He's earned victories in side events at the PokerStars PCA, European Poker Tour and the Punta Cana Poker Classic. Next up for the Missouri native is the long march to $10 million to join the likes of Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Nicholas ‘PKaiser’ Fierro and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. World’s #1 Tops $8 Million ‘C Darwin2’ gets twice the coverage this week. Once again, the Swede topped the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings - as he has for every week thus far in 2018 - and he also flew past the $8 million lifetime earnings threshold. Officially he hit the target in his final table finish in the partypoker High Roller on February 20 where he picked up $2,195 for his efforts. Aside from that, he had a massive week earning over $92,000 in total with three five-figure cashes. This included a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $21,119, a victory in the 888poker Volcano for over $17,000 and a final table finish in Event #22 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for an additional $24,123. $4 Million For ‘fviana’ Brazil’s Fernando ‘fviana’ Viana da Costa topped the $4 million lifetime earnings mark this week. He was on the grind all week which included a runner-up finish for $12,424 in the $215 Fat Thursday on PokerStars to help him make it happen. da Costa, a mid-stakes MTT specialist from the city of Aruja, is currently ranked #62 in all of Brazil. Joining da Costa in celebrating million dollar markers this week are Zimbabwe’s ‘Rakietman’, ‘nareee’ from Brazil, ‘etxnl01’ from the Netherlands and the #26 ranked player in the world, ’sitpro2011’ from Brazil all of whom passed $1 million in earnings. Making Moves In the Top 25 There were ten players this week who earned career-high rankings within the top 100, four of which occurred in the top 25. Uruguay’s ‘kofi89’, binked a major six-figure score which propelled him to the #13 spot while Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone stepped up one rung to #7. Petrone is in position, with a solid week, to potentially crack the top 5. Estonia’s Aleksei ‘LeshiyAS’ Smirnov broke through to the top 100 for the first time in his career thanks to a victory in the Winamax High Roller for over $10,000 and 195.65 PLB points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 LeshiyAS - #113 to #99 mzzl83 - #96 to #94 MATTHOLVIK - #97 to #90 Storimos - #82 to #77 OempaLoempah - #78 to #75 dennysramos2 - #83 to #61 proudflop - #24 to 20 Flat - #23 to #18 kofi89 - #31 to #13 rayastar - #8 to #7
  12. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. A Pair For PocketFives PocketFives.com is not without its own nominations this year as well. President and Editor-In-Chief of PocketFives.com, Lance Bradley, scored a nomination for Journalist of the Year for his work covering the personalities of both the live and online poker scene. Additionally, his article entitled "Resilience Defined: Sheddy Siddiqui Raising His Two Boys #ForCathy" was honored with a nomination for Media Content of the Year. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  13. On Thursday, February 22 the Global Poker Index and PokerStars present the 4th Annual American Poker Awards. The ceremony, being held in Hollywood, will bring together some of the biggest names in poker to celebrate the achievements of both players and industry members in 20 different categories. There’s a lot to look forward to when the celebration of the year-that-was takes place at the Andaz Hotel this week. PokerCentral Leads The Way There’s no doubt that Cary Katz’ PokerGo streaming service, part of Poker Central, has had an important impact on not just how fans can consume their favorite game but how much poker they now have at their disposal. Poker Central leads the way in award nominations with eight opportunities to pick up a trophy. Both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters are included in the Event Of The Year category. Nick Schulman and the longtime poker voice of Poker After Dark, Ali Nejad are competing for the Broadcaster of the Year. Additionally, “Tom Dwan’s Return to Poker After Dark”, Matt Berkey’s “Dead Money” documentary, the Poker Central Podcast and Cary Katz himself are all up for awards as well. Doug And Daniel Go Head To Head It’s no secret that Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk, two of poker’s biggest personalities, have an acrimonious relationship. At the American Poker Awards the pair finds themselves nominated in a trio of categories against one another. Both are nominated for the Video Blogger Award (along with Joe Ingram and Andrew Neeme), The People’s Choice For Poker Personality of the Year (along with Jonathan Little and Andrew Neeme) and Poker’s Biggest Influencer (along with tournament director Matt Savage and Poker Central’s Cary Katz). Players Of The Year A pair of awards are pre-determined as both Bryn Kenney and Kristen Bicknell will be honored for their tournament performances in 2017. Kenney, who destroyed the high roller scene last year, earned himself the 2017 GPI American Player of the Year on the back of 15 six-figure scores. Bicknell will be presented with the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year award with the help of her victory in the $5,000 prelim at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December of 2017 for just under $200,000. The Favorites There’s little doubt that all of the players and industry members that have been nominated are deserving. That said, there are a few that would likely be considered favorites in their respective categories. Vlogger Andrew Neeme crashed the poker personality party in 2017 with his engaging, well-produced vlogs. In a little over a year, the bulk of which occurred in 2017, he’s amassed over 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He’s up against some heavy hitters including the award-winning Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, but his consistent vlogging has opened up the new space of poker content like none other. The Broadcaster of the Year category is stacked with class as well. Longtime ESPN WSOP commentator Lon McEachern, Poker After Dark’s Ali Nejad and the lovable voice of both the PokerStars EPT and Poker Night In America, Joe Stapleton are some of live poker’s biggest assets. But the smooth delivery and easy-to-grasp hand analysis of Nick Schulman took over the coverage of the High Roller Bowl and was as highly-acclaimed as one could be by just about everyone who heard it. In the Podcast category, there’s some amazing content to be had, but the longevity and entertainment of the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast with Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan and Ross Henry may have an edge this year. The trio does it all: addressing poker’s biggest issues, answering listener email, expounding on the latest #pokertwitter drama all while giving their listeners a glimpse into their real lives. It could be a close one, but it should be their year. An Industry Showcased Performances both at the table and away will be celebrated with both players and industry members getting their due. The categories of Breakout Player, Tournament Performance and Moment of the Year shine a light on the people and moments of 2017 that players and fans won’t soon forget. Event Of The Year, Industry Person of the Year, Journalist of the Year and the Media Content category celebrate the efforts of some in the world of poker who dedicate their time to showcasing the game we love. Special Awards A handful of awards are without nominations but will be unveiled on Thursday including the Charitable Initiative award, the Jury Prize, our own PocketFives Legacy Award (celebrating an online legend who has made great strides in the live tournament circuit) and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker. In a field that thrives on competition of the highest order, the American Poker Awards is more of a celebration of another successful year of those moments and individuals that expand the reach and grow the game of poker.
  14. When it comes to online poker, there’s no doubt about it: the Russian Federation is a superpower. While there’s plenty of popular players that call Russia home, including Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov, Vitaly Lunkin, Max Altergott and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov - the Russian Federation is churning out online players that are dominating the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 100. Currently, the Russian Federation claims 12 of the top 100 online players in the world, tied with the UK and Sweden for first in that stat. Russia also currently sits in the #2 spot, right behind Sweden, in the PocketFives Country Rankings. Having spent the last four weeks as the #5 ranked player in the world, ‘hellohellohello’ sits on top of the Russian rankings. A regular crusher at the high stakes that the online poker world has to offer, ‘hellohellohello’ regularly binks five-figure scores. He did just that in the partypoker $200K Super High Roller on February 18 for just over $50,000. He’s also no stranger to six-figure paydays, such as when he won Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for $101,912 and a massive 728.01 PLB score. He followed that up with a near career-high cash in January of 2018 for $103,380 in the partypoker Powerfest series. He has over $5.8 million in lifetime career earnings and with his talent and high volume schedule, is likely to eclipse $6 million any week now. In the #2 spot is ‘josef_shvejk’, one of the breakout stars of 2017. Having touched as high as #4 in the worldwide rankings earlier in 2018, the #14 ranked ‘josef_shvejk’ rocketed up the rankings thanks to big scores like his first-place finish in the $1,050 PokerStars Super Tuesday for 500 PLB points and $48,687 in November of 2018. He’s a high volume grinder, constantly ranking up cashes, including 5 five-figure scores in the calendar year so far. 30-year old professional from Moscow, ‘NoPlanB’ checks in at #3. He racked up his highest PLB score of the current year when he took down a $519 PokerStars No Limit Hold’em tournament at the end of 2017 for $42,463. Ever since he’s been on a heater accumulating enough PLB points to place him back in the top 25. Even though he plays a moderate schedule he’s cashed for over $73,000 so far in February alone. ‘Flat’ is ranked #4 in Russia and #23 in the world. He is currently at a career-high ranking and less than $200,000 away from eclipsing $4 million in lifetime career earnings. He recently strung together a pair of big-time five-figure scores in February. The first, on February 8, was a victory in the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for over $30,000. The next came ten days later with a win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for $41,492. The top 5 is completed by online poker legend ‘veeea’. The former #1 ranked grinder has over $7.6 million in lifetime earning and is currently ranked #25 in the world. One of the only reasons the veteran online player has slipped in the rankings is because of his light volume for the better part of the past month. There’s little argument that when he’s on the grind, he’s one of the best of all time. Moscow’s ‘papan9_p$’, ranked #6 in Russia, is mostly a mid-stakes grinder and he just picked up his highest PLB score of the period by taking down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill on February 15 for over $28,000 and 388.59 PLB points. Ranked #37 in the world currently, ‘drupalucker’ (#7) has been searching for his first really big score of 2018. His last five-figure cash came in late December 2017 with a third-place finish in a PokerStars $2000 tournament for $35,225.64. Right behind him in the #8 rank is ’nsmirnov’. He just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime earnings propelled by over 55 four-figure scores in 2018 alone. Playing out of the city of Perm, Russia’s #9 ranked player ’zinka’ is also on the verge of topping $2 million in lifetime earnings, sitting just short of $30,000 of the mark. He recently took first in the 888poker Volcano on February 6 for $17,500. The current tenth ranked Russian is ‘Ti0’. He posted his session high PLB point total back in September of 2017 by taking down Event #203 of partypoker’s Powerfest $100K Gtd for over $30,000 and 292.88 PLB points. Today he sits ranked at #87 in the world. Russian Federation's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 hellohellohello 8,361.77 2 josef_shvejk 7,494.70 3 NoPlanB 6,679.46 4 Flat 6,616.61 5 veeea 6,544.21 6 papan9_9$ 6,335.47 7 drupalucker 6,096.46 8 nsmirnov 5,725.37 9 zinka 5,141.51 10 Ti0 4,909.54
  15. When it comes to online poker, there’s no doubt about it: Russia is a superpower. While there’s plenty of popular players that call Russia home, includingVitaly Lunkin, Max Altergott and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov - Russia is churning out online players that are dominating the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 100. Russia claims 12 of the top 100 online players in the world, tied with the United Kingdom and Sweden for first in that stat. Russia also currently sits in the #2 spot, right behind Sweden, in the PocketFives Country Rankings. Having spent the last four weeks as the #5 ranked player in the world, ‘hellohellohello’ sits on top of the Russian rankings. A regular crusher at the high stakes that the online poker world has to offer, ‘hellohellohello’ regularly binks five-figure scores. He did just that in the partypoker $200K Super High Roller on February 18 for just over $50,000. He’s also no stranger to six-figure paydays, such as when he won Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for $101,912 and a massive 728.01 PLB score. He followed that up with a near career-high cash in January of 2018 for $103,380 in the partypoker Powerfest series. He has over $5.8 million in lifetime career earnings and with his talent and high volume schedule, is likely to eclipse $6 million any week now. In the #2 spot is ‘josef_shvejk’, one of the breakout stars of 2017. Having touched as high as #4 in the worldwide rankings earlier in 2018, the #14 ranked ‘josef_shvejk’ rocketed up the rankings thanks to big scores like his first-place finish in the $1,050 PokerStars Super Tuesday for 500 PLB points and $48,687 in November of 2018. He’s a high volume grinder, constantly ranking up cashes, including 5 five-figure scores in the calendar year so far. 30-year old professional from Moscow, ‘NoPlanB’ checks in at #3. He racked up his highest PLB score of the current year when he took down a $519 PokerStars No Limit Hold’em tournament at the end of 2017 for $42,463. Ever since he’s been on a heater accumulating enough PLB points to place him back in the top 25. Even though he plays a moderate schedule he’s cashed for over $73,000 so far in February alone. ‘Flat’ is ranked #4 in Russia and #23 in the world. He is currently at a career-high ranking and less than $200,000 away from eclipsing $4 million in lifetime career earnings. He recently strung together a pair of big-time five-figure scores in February. The first, on February 8, was a victory in the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for over $30,000. The next came ten days later with a win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for $41,492. The top 5 is completed by online poker legend, ‘veeea’. The former #1-ranked grinder has over $7.6 million in lifetime earnings and is currently ranked #25 in the world. One of the only reasons the veteran online player has slipped in the rankings is because of his light volume for the better part of the past month. There’s little argument that when he’s on the grind, he’s one of the best of all time. Moscow’s ‘papan9_p$’, ranked #6 in Russia, is mostly a mid-stakes grinder and he just picked up his highest PLB score of the period by taking down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill on February 15 for over $28,000 and 388.59 PLB points. Ranked #37 in the world currently, ‘drupalucker’ (#7) has been searching for his first really big score of 2018. His last five-figure cash came in late December 2017 with a third-place finish in a PokerStars $2000 tournament for $35,225.64. Right behind him in the #8 rank is ’nsmirnov’. He just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime earnings propelled by over 55 four-figure scores in 2018 alone. Playing out of the city of Perm, Russia’s #9 ranked player ’zinka’ is also on the verge of topping $2 million in lifetime earnings, sitting just short of $30,000 of the mark. He recently took first in the 888poker Volcano on February 6 for $17,500. The current tenth ranked Russian is ‘Ti0’. He posted his session high PLB point total back in September of 2017 by taking down Event #203 of partypoker’s Powerfest $100K Gtd for over $30,000 and 292.88 PLB points. Today he sits ranked at #87 in the world. Russian Federation's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 hellohellohello 8,361.77 2 josef_shvejk 7,494.70 3 NoPlanB 6,679.46 4 Flat 6,616.61 5 veeea 6,544.21 6 papan9_9$ 6,335.47 7 drupalucker 6,096.46 8 nsmirnov 5,725.37 9 zinka 5,141.51 10 Ti0 4,909.54
  16. 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 exactly 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 player 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  
  17. Well before the completion of the Main Event of the inaugural U.S. Poker Open, the trophy and title of U.S. Poker Open Champion were already claimed due to a dominating overall performance from the UK’s Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick. The U.S. Poker Open, Presented by Poker Central and streamed on the PokerGO platform, featured eight high-rolling events that invited some of the best players in the world to compete for both massive amounts of money and the bragging rights of hoisting the title trophy for the very first time. In a twist to the usual high roller series that take place from time to time at the Aria Hotel & Casino, the schedule included a Pot Limit Omaha event as well as a Mixed Game Championship. Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em The first event of the series was well attended with 68 players hoping to make an early score and take an early lead in the USPO standings. Ten players made their way into the money including World Poker Tour Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno ($20,400), high stakes crusher Jake Schindler ($20,400) and final table bubble boy, PokerCentral’s founder, Cary Katz ($34,000). Chidwick would fall in fifth place, a result that would be just beginning a week long stretch of amazing results. Eventual winner Justin Bonomo would out duel Lebanon’s Boutros Naim in a head-up battle to take down Event #1. For Naim, the $136,000 score is currently a recorded career high. For Bonomo, who is a regular at the highest stakes, his $190,400 haul is his fifth best out six recorded cashes in 2018. Final Table Results Justin Bonomo - $190,400 Boutros Naim - $136,000 David Peters - $88,400 Justin Young - $68,000 Stephen Chidwick - $54,400 Sam Soverel - $40,800 Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha The first of the non-NLHE events belonged to mixed-game specialist Mike Gorodinsky after he defeated a field of 64 players to capture the win and over $179,000. Joining the 2015 WSOP Players Championship winner at the final table was Cary Katz, Anthony Zinno and former Super High Roller Bowl Champion Rainer Kempe. Final Table Results Mike Gorodinsky - $179,200 Richard Kirsch - $128,000 Rainer Kempe - $83,200 Anthony Zinno - $64,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - $51,200 Cary Katz - $38,400 Event #3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em The first of the $25,000 events saw Stephen Chidwick take the USPO lead by besting the 44 player field for $374,000. Chidwick defeated Keith Tilston heads up for the win, Tilston would take home $242,000 in this event and begin a heater of his own resulting in over $1,000,000 in cashes over the course of the week. Daniel Negreanu also made the final table of Event #3 along with Jake Schindler and PokerCentral podcast personality Brent Hanks. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $374,000 Keith Tilston - $242,000 Daniel Negreanu - $165,000 Jake Schindler - $110,000 Brent Hanks - $88,000 Seth Davies - $66,000 Event #4 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship It was back-to-back victories for the UK pro as Stephen Chidwick once again posed for the winner’s photo but this time it was for the Mixed Game Championship. The format included Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 in addition to the previously played Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu just missed out on being a part of the stacked final table as he busted in seventh place for his second cash of the series. A short-stacked Phil Hellmuth finished in sixth for $67,500, his lone result of the entire series. Following Hellmuth to the rail was part-time high-roller Dan Shak and 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Benjamin Pollak. Despite coming into the final table with the chip lead, new partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton couldn’t hold on and finished in third. Chidwick ended up closing out Christopher Vitch and putting a large gap between himself and the rest of the field on the USPO leaderboard. Vitch for his runner-up performance took home $247,500, is second largest career score on record. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $382,500 Christopher Vitch - $247,500 Isaac Haxton - $168,750 Benjamin Pollak - $112,500 Dan Shak - $90,000 Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $67,500 Event #5 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em It was Ben Tollerene’s turn in the winner’s circle in Event #5 as the high stakes online cash game pro defeated Jake Schindler heads up for the $187,000 first place prize. Schindler, Katz, Hanks, Tilston and David Peters all found their way into the cash yet again as did former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, who finished in third. Final Table Results Ben Tollerene - $187,600 Jake Schindler - $134,000 Ryan Reiss - $87,100 Cary Katz - $67,000 Kristin Holst - $53,600 Rodger Johnson - $40,200 Event #6 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em On the heels of his fourth-place finish in the Mixed Game Championship, Benjamin Pollak ended up on top in Event #6. Pollak won the heads-up battle with high roller specialist Jason Koon for $416,500. Chidwick once again found himself at a final table, finishing in third and practically putting the USPO trophy on his mantle in the process. Isaac Haxton found himself at another final table as well and, for the second time in a matter of days, Daniel Negreanu found himself on the outside looking in, finishing as the bubble boy for $61,250. Final Table Results Benjamin Pollak - $416,500 Jason Koon - $269,500 Stephen Chidwick - $183,750 Isaac Haxton - $112,500 Brian Green - $98,000 Elijah Berg - $73,500 Event #7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Even though it was David Peters who took down Event #7, all the talk was about the fact that Stephen Chidwick, once again, made his way to a final table. Peters may have won the event for $400,000, besting the 50 total runners, but Chidwick virtually put the inaugural USPO title out of reach with his runner-up finish for $262,000. Tilston, Tollerene and Negreanu all made the Event #7 final table, and all had incredible results throughout the series, but the run of Chidwick had become the focal point of the series. It was going to take a big win by one of Chidwick’s challengers in the final event to have a shot at catching him for the title. Final Table Results David Peters - $400,000 Stephen Chidwick - $262,000 Sean Winter - $175,000 Keith Tilston - $125,000 Ben Tollerene - $100,000 Daniel Negreanu - $75,000 Event #8 - $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event With only 33 runnings posting the $50,000 buy-in, even though the eventual winner would take home $660,000 - there was no catching Chidwick. So by the end of registration for the event, everyone in the field knew they were playing for second place at best. The winner of the Main Event was Keith Tilston who defeated Jake Schindler as the final two. Daniel Negreanu, Thomas Marchese and “Cowboy” Dan Smith rounded out the final five who made it into the money. Final Table Results Keith Tilston - $660,000 jake Schindler - $429,000 Daniel Negreanu - $264,000 Tomas Marchese - $165,000 Dan Smith - $132,000 In the end, Chidwick found his way into the money in five out of the eight contests. He won two, back to back, and had a runner-up finish. The USPO Champion accumulated over $1.25 million in earnings during the course of the series, pushing him to over $11 million in career live earnings to go along with his over $5 million of career online winnings.
  18. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Sweden’s ‘lena900’ Crushes the $9 Million Mark The current #3-ranked player in the world, All-Star Swedish grinder ‘lena900’, surpassed the massive milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings by doing what he’s been doing for years - destroying tournaments and finding his way to top-three finishes. The push over $9 million happened when he picked up $7,859 for his third-place finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller: $530 PLO. Out of the thirteen final tables ‘lena900’ found himself at this week, he played his way into the top 3 seven times. Despite taking a few days off at the end of the week, ‘lena900’ brought in over $47,000 helping him get a jump start on his next conquest - the steep climb to the elite plateau of $9 million. Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey Tops $3 Million UK Top 10 ranked pro Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey marched over the $3 million lifetimes earnings mark this week thanks to his first-place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 for a nice score of $6,944. Carey, currently ranked #59 in the Worldwide Rankings, is approaching his previous all-time high mark (#55 back in 2016) in the Top 100 on the back of five four-figure cashes this week while putting in moderate volume. Joining Carey at the $3 million mark is ‘yrwthmelthr’who accomplished the feat during the same tournament that sent ‘lena900’ over $9 million, the PokerStars Omania High Roller: $530 PLO, when he finished in 12th place for $2,156. ’kofi89’ Continues to Elevate, Surpasses $2 Million If you’ve been paying attention to the Milestones column over the past few weeks you’ll recognize the Argentinan screenname of ‘kofi89’. The crusher has been climbing the ranks of the Worldwide Top 100, hitting new heights week in and week out, including this week. To go along with his new All-Time High ranking of #30, this week ‘kofi89’ sped past the $2 million lifetime earnings mark. ‘kofi89’, the top-ranked player in Argentina, scored $8,208 for his victory in the PokerStars $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic at the beginning of the week which was all he needed to hit his new mark. 'josef_shvejk' Disrupts the Top 10 Ten players made major moves to hit new All-Time Highs in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100 rankings this week including the #2-ranked Russian player in the world‘josef_shvejk’ who now joins his fellow countryman ‘veeea’ in the Top 10, jumping fives spots to #8. Two players make their debut in the Top 100 this week as Hungary’s ‘untaktik’ assumes the #98 rank and Brazil’s ‘sitpro2011’ takes over at #86. The aforementioned 'kofi89' made the largest leap of those obtaining new highs, jumping seven spots to #30, edging ever-closer to cracking the Top 20. Career High Rankings In Top 100 'untaktik' - #104 to #98 'aziz.mancha' - #96 to #94 'lofidream' - #98 to #93 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #93 to #91 'sitpro2011' - #-- to #86 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #56 to #51 'Mikensonas' - #41 to #36 'kofi89' - #37 to #30 ’DamageAP’ - #20 to #19 'josef_shvejk' - #13 to #8
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Jon ‘EMSBas’ Spinks Passes $3 Million Former top 25 grinder from the UK, Jon ‘EMSBas’ Spinks passed the $3 million in lifetime earnings this week. Technically, he got there when he finished in the money during partypoker's Powerfest Event #25-M for $845. But his big boost to put the major milestone within reach dates back to January 15 when he took down a $150K GTD tournament on partypoker for over $25,000. Spinks, a mid-stakes grinder and occasional shot taker, is currently the #55 ranked player in the UK. While his current resume of cashes consists of mostly of finishes that reward him in the hundreds of dollars, it’s clear he knows how to put a run together. His Hendon Mob has him eclipsing over $1 million in live earnings, including a final table of the April 2017 partypoker MILLIONS live event for over $275,000. A long time PocketFiver, celebrating 10 years on the site this year, Spinks has achieved the coveted online Triple Crown twice and notched multiple six-figure cashes in the course of his illustrious career. Back in 2013, PocketFives had the opportunity to talk with him after his win of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up - check it out! $2 Million For A Trio Of P5ers A trio of PocketFivers toppled the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week. First up is Russia’s ’nsmirnov’, the current #47 ranked player in the world. The cash that did the deed was a seemingly innocent $750 cash in a standard $150 online tournament. But his entire January was leading up to this 'level up' as he hauled in a massive 38 four-figure (or better) scores. His best result of the month came this past week when he took the bronze in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for nearly $12,000. The solid run in 2018 has him currently sitting at a career-high standing in the PocketFives Worldwide rankings. Chile’s #2 ranked player, Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett also touched $2 million. He final tabled the PokerStars $162 Bounty Builder for $502 to make the mark. Swett, a true grinder, seemingly plays every level of tournament he can register for putting up nearly 40 cashes this week alone. Finally, Nicolau ‘nicofellow’ Villa-Lobos from Brazil rounds out our $2 million crew for the week. After he made the final table of the PokerStars Daily 500 on January 27, earning $4,233 to hit $2 million, Villa-Lobos never even took a moment to enjoy the plateau. He continued to cruise in tournaments all week and has since accumulated over $20,000 more than the milestone. This comes after he took a full month away from the online tables, starting back up in 2018 on the same day he hit the $2 million mark. Two Is The Magic Number When it comes to changes in the Worldwide Top 100 this week, the most important number is 2. First, there are two new members of the top 100. Russia’s Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov breaches the ranks of the top 100 for the first time, entering at #80. He put together a string of big-time cashes during partypoker’s current online series Powerfest including a win in Event #24-H for $57,820. Joining him as a newcomer is Sweden’s Alfred ‘Kzzon’ Karlsson. For Karlsson, he made strides during 888poker’s XL Blizzard event, taking home the victory in Event #28 for $14,817. But that’s the not the only reason 2 is so special. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth hit a new career high ranking of #2 in the world this week. The Hungarian absolutely destroyed the Powerfest tables this week accumulating over 1600 PLB points to jettison him up to possibly challenge the current king of the rankings, ‘C Darwin2’. More about Nemeth’s run this week can be found in this week's Worldwide Rankings column. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 rudinhos - #99 to #94 Futti18 - #96 to #88 Kzzon - #103 to #84 nl_profit - #106 to #80 Triple20 - #73 to #59 masuronike - #58 to #51 nsmirnov - #48 to #47 Flat - #43 to #49 probirs - #4 to #2
  22. 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
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