This week, as I'm sure many have noticed, there are some relatively major changes in the PocketFives.com Online Player Rankings. We are making some changes in our guidelines for these rankings, and we would like to take this opportunity to inform our readers what some of these changes are.
The primary difference is that we are no longer ranking players who only play the biggest tournaments. That means players such as Exclusive, The Grinder, Who's Bad, DblGutShot, and Ragde will no longer be included in our tournament rankings. While these players are incredibly skilled and have an excellent history of accomplishment in online poker, they are not playing regularly enough (less than 10 multi-table tournaments per month, typically) to merit a ranking on our list. We still plan to recognize the accomplishments of these players in other ways, but they will no longer be included in the tournament player rankings unless they begin to play online tournaments more regularly.
The intentions of the online player rankings are to recognize the best online players and to help our readers find top tournament players from whom they can learn by watching on a regular basis. It just doesn't make sense from that standpoint to rank players who aren't playing tournaments on a regular basis, so we will not be doing so.
Another change we will be making, probably as soon as next week, is the addition of a "last week's ranking" column, which will be replacing the stars in the rankings.