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Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. With partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Blizzard ongoing and PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on the horizon, the worldwide rankings are in for a massive shakeup over the next 30 days or so. In fact, they’ve already blown up as Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky, who was a subject in our last MOVERS & SHAKERS report, finally took over the #1 spot for the first time in his career. This week, we have one of the most dangerous high rollers in the game setting himself up for his own shot at the top spot and a hard-charging Brazilian breaking through into the top 10 for the very first time. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth (#3) Worldwide top 10 mainstay Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has been on quite a heater as of late. This week he shook up the upper echelons of the rankings by leaping into the #3 spot thanks to a number of high profile scores that not only brought in fistfuls of cash but plenty of PLB points to go along with it. The Sunday tournaments on the GGPoker network has been giving some of the best in the online poker game major scores as of late. Nemeth has been taking advantage of these tournaments which are the online equivalent of an ARIA high roller series. On the March 31 edition of the Sunday $5K Blade, he picked up a second-place finish for just over $43,000. The very next day he picked up another $20,863 in the PokerStars $1,050 Monday High Roller Club. While those were nice additions to Nemeth’s bankroll, the real victory came on April 5 in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #21-Super High Roller $1M GTD Championship Event. Nemeth defeated the 127 player field taking home the $311,150 first place prize sending his online poker lifetime earnings skyrocketing over $12.6 million and putting him in 5th place on the All-Time Online Money List. He currently sits less than 1000 PLB points behind Romanovsky for the #1 spot and 596 points behind the #2-ranked ‘lena900’. If he were to return to the #2 ranking, it would match his career-high that he set back in 2018. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#10) Brazil’s #1-ranked player Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto has been coming on strong in 2019. This week he finally broke through the top 10 for the first time in his career, touching the #10 spot thanks to his daily dedication to the online grind. The tournament that really helped him breakthrough was his victory in the April 1 partypoker POWERFEST Event #4-H $500K GTD PKO. He took home $64,826 for first place as well as 707.11 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day with a victory in the PokerStars Hot $215 for another $7,901 and 201.00 PLB points. He’s in a tight spot sitting at #10, just 129 PLB points behind Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and 23 PLB points ahead of the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In order to continue climbing the ranks, he’ll need to be diligent about volume and find a way to make another major final table or two. Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin (#18) Belgium’s Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin is enjoying the huge boost that a big-time score in a spring series can give you. Boivin is now the #1-ranked player in Belgium and sits at a career-high ranking of #18 in the world after shooting up 8 spots in the rankings. His rise was in part due to a heater that brought him string of victories last week. Included in his run was a victory in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #12-HR for $42,819 and 458.26 PLB points. He combined that with his April 1 victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily 500 for $13,590 and 249 PLB points. He was not finished for the week when he tacked on another win on April 3 in the same event for another $13,854/256.90. In total, Boivin has just over $1.3M in lifetime earnings, however, if he keeps pace with his recent activity, he’ll soar past $1.5M in no time and just maybe climb into the top 15 in the world. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren had one of the biggest rankings swings of the week as his rocketed back well into the top 50, all the way to #28, after being ranked at #67 just one week ago. He first took down the partypoker High Roller Terminator on March 30 for $6,887 and 147.53 PLB points. Just days later, he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $13,020 and another 237.70. Berggren is a former #1-ranked PocketFiver who has spent plenty of time has a top 100 ranked player and with over $12 million in career earnings. He is also in the top 10 on the All-Time Online Money List. ‘Wildace_hun’ (#63) Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ took a step forward to returning to the top 50 this week after rising 27 spots in the rankings to #63. He can credit the rapid rise to his back-to-back cashes in partypoker’s POWERFEST series. He first had an in the money finish in Event #06-HR for $1,182 and 68.22 PLB points, which was...fine. However, it was his runner-up finishing the Event #03, the $500K GTD Super High Roller for $116,325 and 553.96 PLB point that really did the damage. For many, a $116K score would be a career-defining score but for the Hungarian, it’s nowhere close to his current career-high online score of over $783K. In order to continue his climb back to his all-time high rankings of #37, or beyond, he’ll need to keep collecting cashes in the large field tournaments of the season.
The current #1-ranked online poker player in the world Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also took the top spot in the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the month of September. Kelopuro’s reputation as a tournament beast is catching up to his status as a legendary nosebleed online cash game grinder as he continues to pile up massive tournament scores and soar up the All-Time Online Money List. September was a huge month for online poker with multiple big-time online series taking place. But it was simply an astounding month for Finland's Kelopuro. He spent the majority of his time putting in volume on GGPoker for their GGS online poker series while also crushing during PokerStars’ recently wrapped up WCOOP. And the results for Kelopuro are staggering. During the month of September, he picked up 121 cashes for a total of $4.275 million. That’s over $4.275 million in earnings in a single month. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] He had 14 six-figure scores and another 45 five-figure scores in September. Out of his 38 podium finishes, Kelopuro won eight of those tournaments outright. His spotlight victory came early in the month when on September 9, on the same day that he took down GGPoker’s GGS Event #11 for over $157,000, he went back-to-back and finished off the bigger GGS Event #7 for $458,770. Just days later he did the same thing, again on GGPoker, except this time he added a third consecutive victory. On September 14 he won GGS Event #128 for $121,638 and then picked up the victory in the $25K Blade for $275,344. Not content with two wins, Kelopuro wrapped up the day with his third gold medal, winning GGS Event #129 for $61,924. Kelopuro racked up 14 qualifying PLB cashes for 4,250 points. In addition to sending him to the worldwide #1 rankings for the first time in his career, his September performance also catapulted him over $10 million in career online cashes. With all of the damage Kelopuro did, it’s amazing that ‘Wildace_hun’ (4,044) was just 206 points behind him. The Hungarian grinder took second in the September PLB race by also packing in the volume, having just played a handful of tournaments since May before the start of the month. Once he got going, ‘Wildace_hun’ showed no signs of rust, collecting plenty of PLB points in bunches. He earned PLB points in 19 different tournaments, with his highlight of the month coming on September 21 when he took home a PokerStars WCOOP title in Event #65-H: $1,050 NLHE Eight Max PKO for $83,855 and 716.59 PLB points. That wasn’t the only major title he took down in the month as earlier, on September 9, he topped a field of 575 runners to take down GGPoker’s GGS Event #5 $250K GTD for $41,428.56. Dzmitry ‘DU12’ Urbanovich (3,978) ranked #3 in September but he is also enjoying a career-high worldwide ranking of #32 in the world. Poland’s top-ranked online pro, Urbanovich put in a heavy grind in the month notching 184 total cashes. The partypoker Sponsored Pro picked up a massive score on his home turf by winning the partypoker KO Series #34-SHR for over $192,000 and 966.06 PLB points. He picked up his second KO Series title on September 18 by taking down KO Series #48-HR for another $33,976. In total Urbanovich picked up over $432,000 in total cashes for the month. Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (3,972) took the fourth place spot in September, earning just 6 PLB points fewer than Urbanovich. Korsar made a massive leap in the worldwide rankings, vaulting into the #5 spot, a career-high ranking for a player that has accumulated over $13 million in career lifetimes earnings. Korsar’s largest PLB point pickup came in by finishing as the runner-up in partypoker’s KO Series #02-SHR for $72,933 and 584.69 PLB points. In total, the Swede had 13 PLB-qualifying cashes in his 100 total cashes in the month. The top five wraps up with Denmark’s #1-ranked player, Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen (3959). Compared to the rest of the top five, Pedersen was pretty light when it comes to volume. cashing only 23 tournaments in the month. But of those 23, he earned PLB points in 15 tournaments. One of those scores was his PokerStars WCOOP victory when he won Event #40-J: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-up for $156,670. PocketFives September Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 LarsLuzak 4250 2 Wildace_hun 4044 3 DU12 3978 4 Greenstone25 3972 5 IgorK 3959 6 pleno1 3855 7 lena900 3709 8 European 3658 9 fzkk 3552 10 dans170 3525
The final Sunday on the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker schedule featured the start of all five of the Main Events, but also included nine more players taking home titles. The biggest winner of the day was Canada's Doug 'dlanger610' Lang, who beat out 1,040 other players to win Event #72 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO) for $84,999.11 from the prize pool and then picked up $83,730.41 worth of bounties. Russia's 'hello_totti' finished as the runner-up for $61,349.87 and $33,085.92 in bounties. Third-place finisher 'CharlesZy1314' ended up winning $44,280.91 from the prize pool and $5,281.26 in bounties to just miss out on a $50,000 day. Hungary's 'Wildace_hun' went heads-up against Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion and lived to tell the tale to claim the victory in Event #65 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO) for $83,855.47 and another $72,88.62 in bounties. Schemion ended up with a $60,524.80 score from the prize pool and then another $31,656.25 in bounties. Ukranian Pavel 'MountainRo$e' Veksler took home $43,685.39 and $10,675.78 in bounties. One of Norway's top-ranked online poker players, Lars Peder 'wulfgarrr86' Malones showed all of that skill off on Sunday to top the 747-player field in Event #64 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack) for $64,715.10. Runner-up 'seboraptor' had to settle for $47,828.20 while Adrijan 'Adrijan_S' Sinishtaj banked $35,347.92 for his third-place finish. Other players who picked up a WCOOP title on Sunday were 'snirk', Ronan 'Sw33ney' Sweeney, 'S3d3m2', 'geokrinikali', 'SryIGotOdds', and 'silskyer'. Event #64 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 11,931 Prize pool: $58,462 snirk - $5,927.07* Naneeck - $5,078.38* mandaras21 - $4,176.73* J Thirteen - $4,057.92* KpyTou 6O6P - $1,836.22 July Corn - $1,288.60 JVedette - $904.30 PokeR_2702 - $634.61 GZingano - $445.35 Event #64 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 4,596 Prize pool: $229,800 Ronan 'Sw33ney' Sweeney - $32,737.89 Duraircwb - $22,971.88 PerPer - $16,120.92 babecallme - $11,313.92 Kuvaldur - $7,939.19 spydex - $5,571.47 vuka1950 - $3,909.86 tpb69645 - $2,743.81 shorsho91 - $1,925.51 Event #64 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 747 Prize pool: $373,500 wulfgarrr86 - $64,715.10 seboraptor - $47,828.20 Adrijan_S -$35,347.92 RcknTheSbrbs - $26,124.23 RuiNF - $19,307.37 ShipitFTW911 - $14,269.30 takechip - $10,545.88 vic_xcite - $7,794.04 huiiiiiiiiii - $5,720.26 Event #65 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 24,129 Prize pool: $236,464 S3d3m2 - $11,832.34 + $4,157.56 in bounties WaHeisenberg - $8,415.92 + $674.42 in bounties marco.dhz - $5,999.14 + $918.08 in bounties SnoopDogg82 - $4,276.38 + $780.64 in bounties lusu8691 - $3,047.36 + $818.56 in bounties Gangsstar - $2,172.96 + $1,326.77 in bounties Dimanchezque - $1,548.95 + $399.51 in bounties WantMyNutZ - $1,104.13 + $575.82 in bounties Event #65 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 7,690 Prize pool: $769,000 geokrinikali - $54,254.71 + $18,975.66 in bounties silversliv3r - $38,359.41 + $4,929.46 in bounties SmallKindB - $27,124.20 + $2,774.79 in bounties MaNok23 - $19,179.74 + $1,204.09 in bounties Kaila - $13,562.12 + $7,629.26 in bounties danyboy231 - $9,589.89 + $6,992.77 in bounties PokerFrukten - $6,781.04 + $5,584.18 in bounties Tadevosan - $4,794.90 + $1,428.60 in bounties Event #65 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 1,027 Prize pool: $1,027,000 Wildace_hun - $83,855.47 + $72,88.62 in bounties wizowizo - $60,524.80 + $31,656.25 in bounties MountainRo$e - $43,685.39 + $10,675.78 in bounties Zluka2010 - $31,531.10 + $6,312.50 in bounties skarbnik79 - $22,758.37 + $12,828.13 in bounties omggg40 - $16,426.45 + $3,289.06 in bounties josef_shvejk - $11,856.25 - $3,476.56 in bounties dionisism1 - $8,557.58 + $10,695.31 in bounties Event #72 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 14,368 Prize pool: $140,806 SryIGotOdds - $8,171.75 + $4,869.43 in bounties toooozoran1 - $5,818.51 + $409.04 in bounties Batovs - $4,147.63 + $758.15 in bounties Tcheleee - $2,956.58 + $769.56 in bounties cynami - $2,107.55 + $629.28 in bounties mikal12345 - $1,502.34 + $445.20 in bounties I'mGallardo - $1,070.92 + $335.01 in bounties ranalf_pl - $763.39 + $408.97 in bounties Event #72 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 6,212 Prize pool: $621,200 silskyer - $44,144.26 + $23,193.82 in bounties ratajpoker - $31,211.01 + $7,481.43 in bounties AdrianS_2506 - $22,069.52 + $1,541.00 in bounties espanhol42 - $15,605.53 + $3,113.33 in bounties IIDepredator - $11,034.77 + $4,048.39 in bounties Sorjak - $7,802.80 + $1,503.50 in bounties SG_Sergant - $5,517.43 + $1,384.78 in bounties lefalanlimon - $3,901.41 + $756.26 in bounties Event #72 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 1,041 Prize pool: $1,041,000 dlanger610 - $84,999.11 + $83,730.41 in bounties hello_totti - $61,349.87 + $33,085.92 in bounties CharlesZy1314 - $44,280.91 + $5,281.26 in bounties G A W - $31,960.93 + $10,191.40 in bounties Angobet - $23,068.61 + $8,710.94 in bounties elhilario - $16,650.37 + $3,742.19 in bounties u3meha - $12,017.87 + $9,109.39 in bounties lmar54 - $8,674.23 + $6,328.13 in bounties