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  1. For the first time in six years, Brazilian Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski returned to the worldwide #1 ranking in the latest Online Poker Rankings. After months of flirting with the top spot, Dzivielevski finally broke through thanks to his incredible heads-up comeback victory against high-roller tournament savant Michael Addamo in this week’s edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski is no stranger to racking up rankings points by way of major tournament scores. Back in December 2014, Dzivielevski leveraged his runner-up finish in the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, for which he earned a career-high payday of $1.2 million, to supplant Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz at #1. He held on to the top spot for five weeks back then, thanks to a recent pair of massive results this past week, he’s finally returned. It was in the first week of February that Dzivielevski finished as the runner-up in the ACR Venom Main Event, earning him $849,150 and 2,026.53 points. This score catapulted the Brazilian into the top 10 and throughout the month of February, he continued to accumulate scores which helped him rise to the #2 spot. Dzivielevski’s performance in February not only set him up to be in a position to take over the rankings, but it also earned him the February Online Player of the Month title. Throughout March, he continued to keep pace, staying inside the top 10. Last week in the rankings, it looked as if former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens’ most likely challengers were going to be Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira and Russia’s Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov, but Dzivielevski proved that he should never be counted out. That was never more true than it was this week in the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski found himself heads-up against a sun-running Addamo, who held a massive chip lead. However, Dzivielevski showed off why he’s one of the best in the world and when the tide turned in his favor, he ended up capturing his first Super MILLION$ title for $408,406 and 1,421.27 points, which turned out to be just enough to leap three spots and overtake Stevens. As impressive as the Super MILLION$ win was, that alone would not have been enough to oust Stevens, who had multiple qualifying scores of his own this week. Dzivielevski also picked up a final table finish in the March 22 edition of the Natural8 Sunday 500 High Roller for $33,294 and 255.39 points. Currently, Dzivielevski sits with 13,726 points, just 114 points ahead of Stevens who fell to #2. Ferreira is the only other player with more than 13,000 points, sitting in third place with 13,370 - trailing by just 356 points. With the elite players at the top so close together in points, the next few weeks - perhaps even months - could see regular changes at the top. A Top 10 Surprise Another major factor in the rankings appeared this week when, out of the blue, Portugal’s Andre ‘xunekas23’ Marques appeared in the top 10, coming in at a career-high ranking of #9 in the world. Marques had been previously ranked, in fact, last week he was #1,400. But after updating his profile with additional screen names, including his well-known alias of ‘PTFisherman23’ he catapulted up the rankings. Many might recognize Marques’ ‘PTFisherman23’ screen name as the winner of the 2020 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event taking home a career-high score of more than $1.1 million. Since that time, Marques has been on a heater in the high rollers in picking up wins in the PokerStars Blowout Series, GGPoker Sunday Main Event (where he plays under the name ‘Sperma’), and, just this month, the High Rollers Second Chance in which he earned $17,356 and 308.22 points. Marques’ new ranking also adds a third player from Portugal inside the top 10, as Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov slips to #11. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s player-to-watch Maskim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov jumped three spots from #20 to #17 this week thanks to a pair of back-to-back deep runs on GGPoker. First, he took fourth place in the March 22 edition of the $840 High Rollers Marathon for $12,594 and 159.10 points. Then he wrapped up a runner-up finish in the $210 Bounty Hunters Sunday Special for another $16,337 and 294.09 points. • Former #1-ranked Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard had a nice week and jumped up 34 spots from #65 to #31 thanks in part to his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers Main Event where he earned $56,683 and 387.52 PLB points. • A trio of high-profile players squeaked back into the top 100 this week as former #1 ‘C Darwin2’ jumped 29 spots to land at #97, Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ rose 73 places to #99, and one of Greece’s top pros, Alex ‘mexican222’ Kolonias rocketed 54 spots to the #100 rank. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=196 /]
  2. It takes a special player to reach the top of the online poker rankings. In addition to elite skills on the virtual felt resulting in extraordinary results, it requires a dedication to the online grind that provides the amount of volume needed to surpass the competition. This is what makes it so amazing that the UK’s current top talent Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford’s reign at the top of the rankings is closing in on historic highs. Beresford has held on to the #1 spot for more than half of 2020, currently sitting at 26 weeks straight. However, Beresford, who once held a PLB point lead that looked insurmountable, is within striking distance for his fellow online pros for the first time in months. While there are a number of players who could catch Beresford in the upcoming weeks, including current #2 -ranked Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, it might just take a former #1-ranked player to put an end to Beresford’s current hot streak. There are currently 12 former #1-ranked players in the top 100, some of whom it’s been years since they’ve reached the top spot. One thing is for sure, all of them know exactly what is required to get back to the top and take back the throne. The Top 10 The three former #1-ranked players with the best shot at Beresford all are occupying a spot in the top 10. World Series of Poker standout Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski has been turning up the heat all summer long and currently sits at #6 in the world. His rise was thanks in part to a pair of six-figure scores in September. The first was his PokerStars WCOOP win in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Slam) which brought him more than $245,000 and 817.01 PLB points. Days later he picked up another $185,350 with a fifth-place finish in the Natural8 Super MILLION$ High Rollers which brought him an additional 703.52. Dzivielevski held on to the #1 spot two different times back in 2014 and while he has some ground to cover, should he continue to put up big numbers he’s got a shot at closing the gap on Beresford. Right behind him at #7 in the rankings is Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver. The American, who plays out of Costa Rica, last held the top spot in 2010 and now he’s once again in striking distance thanks to his non-stop grind. Oliver’s recent scores include a win in the October 18 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for $48,072 and 500.00 PLB points. He tacked on another 251.80 PLB points on November 8 with a final table finish in the EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) for $31,057 and 251.80 PLB points. Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ knows what it’s like to spend extended time at #1, having held the spot for 33 weeks back in 2018-2019. Now, the Swedish superstar, who was the last player to hold #1 before Beresford, is still in the mix thanks to a pair of PokerStars WCOOP wins back in September. He scored a six-figure score by winning Event #39-H ($5,200 PKO High Roller) for more than $200,000 and 753.33 PLB points. He then went back-to-back and grabbed another WCOOP title in Event #44-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $80,642 and 632.46 PLB points. If ‘Lena900’ can rack up more wins like his October 25 score in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR, where he added more than $48,000 to his All-Time Online Money List leading $21.2 million, sooner than later he may just rule the rankings once again. Not Far Behind partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard last held the top spot just last year and currently sits at #21. Leonard who is known to fire in the biggest buy-in tournaments online built a nice base this summer during WCOOP where he racked up 1,356.38 PLB points. He didn’t have any October scores that added to his rankings performance, but he looks to be back at it in November, which means a good chance he pushed back into the top 20 in upcoming weeks. Sweden’s ’C Darwin2’ is one of online poker’s most prolific players having held the #1 spot eight different times for a total of 66 weeks. He retained a spot in the top 50 this week with a deep run in PokerStars EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $5,436 and 130.54 PLB points. He also earned a pair of five-figure scores in the recent PokerStars Bounty Builder Series when he booked the win in Event #37 ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) for $21,522 and 356.37 PLB points. He then finished as the runner-up in Event #164 ($1,050 NLHE, Thursday Thrill) for another $28,844 and 279.91 PLB points. It’s been over four years since Russia’s ‘veeea’ last touched #1, but he’s still one of the most feared online grinders playing today as he sits at #52 in the world. This week alone, ‘veeea’ racked up four PLB-qualifying scores including two wins in the PokerStars High Roller Club for a total of over $17,500. His spotlight score of the month so far came in EPT Online Event #3 where his third-place finish earned him $86,183 and 418.65 PLB points, his 11th largest career online cash. Big Names In The Back Half While they may be in the back half of the top 100, all of these former #1-ranked players have continued to put up impressive results. Former PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winner Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff touched the top spot in 2017 and currently sits at #61. His victory in the October 18 PokerStars $125 Sunday Subsonic kept him in good shape with a $17,814 score and 316.11 PLB points. It’s been an amazing week for #68-ranked ‘girafganger7’ who has been crushing the PokerStars EPT Online. One day after a final table finish in Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE) for $51,445, he won Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE) for another $96,144 and 707.11 PLB points. He topped that three days later with another win in Event #15 ($10,000 6-Max, High Roller) for $186,238, a top-5 career score. It’s been a year since nosebleed cash game legend Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro first held the #1 ranking. Now, at #75, he continues to turn in impressive tournament results including his runner-up finish in EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $34,900 and 321.86 PLB points. Mike ‘telks’ Telker is a true grinder. The American, playing out of Costa Rica like the aforementioned Chris Oliver, has more than $11.7 million in lifetime cashes and was the #1 player in the world back in 2011. Today, he’s ranked #78 and stays there by playing anything and everything on the tournament schedule and booking scores like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 for $7,058 and 167.79 PLB points. Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren spent three weeks at #1 back in 2014 and continues to be a force in online poker today. With seven PocketFives Triple Crown awards and just under $14 million in lifetime earnings, Berggren could soar up the rankings at any point using results like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 where he earned $8,541 and 215.59 PLB points. Finally, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman who spent the better part of his summer in Mexico grinding the online events in the World Series of Poker, sits at #90 in the world. After purchasing a house in Mexico, Moorman has been splitting his time between his home in Las Vegas where he grinds on WSOP.com and being able to play against the international player pools as he did on November 10 when he won the $109 NLHE on PokerStars for $3,219 and 123.53 PLB points. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  3. [caption width="640"] Luke Schwartz took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for Luke Schwartz took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $130,7180,718[/caption] There was a four-way final table deal in the PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament ever the weekend that involved three PocketFives members. Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz' of the United Kingdom earned $130,718 upon becoming the event's official winner, as 'Stoooookie!' finished second for $109,571. The UK's Jayme Jayme 'jayme1987' Bury cashed for the largest amount with a 3rd place take-home of $135,511 and 144th-ranked 'The Great Pike' of Norway was awarded $106,119 for fourth place. The Sunday Warm-Up attracted 1,362 players as 'strflushtome' defeated the field to finish first for $45,627 followed by 'Yuhao_2010' in second for $33,369. The current #1 ranked online poker tournament player in the world 'C Darwin2' of Sweden looks to retain the top slot after overcoming a tough field in the Sunday Grand to win it for $44,377. Croatian Ivan Karlo 'Banicivan' Banic (ranked #50 worldwide) was the runner-up in that tournament for $32,550. A total of 800 players entered the Six Max Hyper Turbo Sunday Supersonic, with 'ismo
  4. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' holds down the #1 spot yet again this week[/caption] It’s another week in the top spot for ‘C Darwin2’ but due to a week where the Swedish powerhouse put in very light volume his one-time seemingly insurmountable stranglehold on the PocketFives.com Rankings has been reduced to just 218.46 PLB points. And when the man chasing you down is the #2-ranked WCOOP Main Event Champion, Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, a lead of that size can evaporate at any time. Unlike ‘C Dawrin2’, van Zadelhoff has been on the grind, surging upwards in points, closing in on the 10,000 plateau with the help of scores like his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $15,000. The #3 and #4 spots remain the same from last week as well, with six-time Triple Crown winner ‘lena900’ and the #1-ranked Russian ‘josef_shvejk’ holding down their respective spots. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez pushed back into the top five thanks in part to a deep-ish run in the partypoker MILLIONS where he finished in 36th place for just over $25,000. Swapping places with Gonzalez is the #3-ranked Swedish player, ‘Sheater’ who just last week celebrated the massive milestone of crossing the $9 million lifetime earnings mark. Russian‘hellohellohello’ leaped back into the top 10 this week. The former #2-ranked grinder jumped 5 spots from last week thanks to a pair of top 3 qualifying finishes including an overall victory in the Sunday 500 on December 10 for over $30,000 and 406.82 PLB points. The #8-ranked Andreas ’r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren put in work this week, making the money no fewer than 28 times with five final tables. While fellow Swedish countryman, and the 5th member of the Swedish contingency to sit in the top 10, Johannes ‘Greenstone 25’ Korsar, climbed back into the #9 position, just three spots from his all-time high. Russian online destroyer‘veeea’ pushes his way back into the top 10. The former Worldwide #1 took down the PokerStars Daily 500 on December 12 for over $14,000 and a healthy 265.52 PLB score helping him surpass Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who falls outside of the Top 10 by a mere 18.11 points. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao’s decline continues as he also falls outside the Top 10 to the #12 spot. This obviously has little to do with his talent, which is unquestioned, and everything to do with a lack of online play for the better part of a month. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include major jumps from ‘DeathbyQuads’, who surged from the #25 spot up to #14, as well as Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellman, who went from #24 to #15. Also, re-entering the Top 25 is ‘Ariados’ who last week sat just outside at #26 and this week finds himself ranked #20. All three of these players hail from Sweden. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,118.961 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,900.502 3lena9008,727.483 4josef_shvejk7,632.144 5Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,416.055 6Sheater7,354.825 7hellohellohello7,339.4912 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,324.628 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,186.3310 10veeea7,133.9511 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,115.849 12Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,923.767 13Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,805.5513 14DeathbyQuads6,802.2925 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,785.5324 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8416 17DamageAP6,706.6122 18Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,604.1015 19Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,513.3721 20'Ariados'6,504.0026 21Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,474.0314 22rolandbauer6,473.5323 23nilsef6,444.4820 24Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,419.6217 25Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,402.4018
  5. [caption width="640"] 'josef_shvejk' mades major moves in the Worldwide Top 10[/caption] The best online players in the world are the best for a reason - typically they both play and crush the highest limits online poker has to offer and they do it with consistency. With the conclusion of the PokerStars High Rollers series, there was bound to be some shifting in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings as the top tier players battled for some of the largest prize pools of the year. Holding a commanding lead headed into the week, Swedish phenom ‘C Darwin2’ retains the #1 spot for an eighth week in a row, picking up another three qualifying scores including $14,491 in High Rollers Series Event #15 (177.17), a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $12,429 (187.77) and, on the same day, a victory in the High Roller Turbo for another $11,874 (223.61). While still trailing ‘C Darwin2’, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff gained some ground this week, thanks in part to his runner-up finish in Event #18 of the High Roller Series for a huge score of $89,818 and 517.39 PLB points. ‘lena900’ retains his spot in the #3 spot, but the new #4 spot belongs to the new #1-ranked Russian grinder ‘josef_shvejk’ who had been aggressively climbing the ranks over the past few weeks. During his heater he’s enjoyed another six qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by a pair of five-figure cashes on Sunday December 3 totaling over $53,000. Both ‘Sheater’ and‘SixthSenSe19’ held firm in their respective #5 and #6 spots while Brazil’s Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao lost some ground slipping from the #4 spot down to #7 due to zero volume in the past couple weeks. With ‘r4ndomr4gs’ holding pat at #8, the Top 10 welcomes back Hungary’s Andras ’probirs’ Nemeth. Last week, he bubbled the Top 10, but just days after his mammoth six-figure score in Event #6 of the High Roller Series he notched back to back qualifying cashes by winning the PokerStars KOmania High Roller for just over $3,500 as well as the Bigger $215 a day later for $15,588. The Top 10 is completed by Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsarwho slipped three spots back from #7 last week. Korsar is looking to gain more ground that he gives as last week he was on the precipice on matching his All-Time high ranking of #6. The largest leap into the Top 25 belongs to the #2-ranked Canadian, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk who, after his runner-up finish in Event #15 of the High Rollers Series for $121,341, finds himself at a career-high ranking of #15. The only player to fall out of the Top 25 this week is Argentinan superstar ‘kofi89’ who slipped back two spots, landing just outside the bubble at #27. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,308.241 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,551.062 3lena9008,830.473 4josef_shvejk7,795.139 5Sheater7,522.995 6Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,464.566 7Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,419.254 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,384.508 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,264.82911 10Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,227.457 11veeea7,103.0410 12hellohellohello6,956.6116 13Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,868.2519 14Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,805.2412 15Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk6,803.2028 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,800.5315 17Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,776.5213 18Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,774.4624 19DamageAP6,770.4922 20nilsef6,729.7023 21Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,724.3921 22Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,714.1020 23rolandbauer6,701.3114 24Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,671.41318 25DeathbyQuads6,623.9717
  6. [caption width="640"] Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff ascends to the top spot for the first time in his career.[/caption] For the first time in his multi-million dollar, World Championship of Online Poker Main Event-winning career Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff sits as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On the heels of the Swedish legend 'C Darwin2' for weeks now, van Zadelhoff pulled himself to the top of the heap with a victory in the $250,000 Title Fight on partypoker for $43,000 and 500.00 PLB points. That, along with another pair of qualifying scores, eclipsed both ‘C Darwin2’, who still sits in the #2 spot this week, as well as the difficult to reach 10,000 PLB point barrier. In addition to celebrating the #1 spot this week, van Zadelhoff found himself creeping up over $7.5 million mark in lifetime earnings on the back of a massive $84,000 earnings week. He’s going to have to stay on the grind if he wants to keep his new position though, as ‘C Darwin2’ is only 167 points away from reclaiming the top spot. While the 'C Darwin2's volume was still light this week, the dangerous Swede had a pair of big-time qualifying cashes bringing him over $30,000 and keeping him in striking distance headed into the final week of 2017. Again this week, there was no change to the #3 and #4 spots, as 'lena900' and the top-ranked Russian 'josef_shvejk' both held their respective positions, the rest of the Top 10 had players shifting in the list. 'Sheater' climbed back into the Top 5 this week thanks to his runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller for $8,926 and right on his heels, Russia’s 'hellohellohello' occupies the #6 position, trailing ‘Sheater’ by only 65.79 points and also trailing ‘josef_shvejk’ by a mere 124 points. When speaking about top Russian though, it’s best not to leave out the player in the #7 spot this week, the former #1-ranked 'veeea'. ‘veeea’ jumped up three spots, from #10, on the back of his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $35,180 and nearly 300.00 PLB points. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar continues his climb to get back to his all-time high ranking, as he ascends again this week, climbing 1 spot to #8. In 2016 Korsar, touched the #6 spot and now, at the end of the year, he’s been flirting with not just getting back to that spot, but potentially surpassing it. For that to happen though, he may need a boost in volume, having essentially only played the Sunday schedule this past week. As player go up in rankings that means that some need to slide to make way for them. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez made the most room, falling four spots back to #9 and it’s easy to see why: he likely took a break, as the Uruguay grinder posted a single result this week. Rounding out the holiday Top 10 is Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren who slipped two spots to #10 despite finding victories in three different events on three different sites. While it didn’t qualify for a triple crown, Bergren finished first in a PokerStars $50K Guaranteed, the $15,000 GREAT 8 on 888poker as well as the Eliminator on partypoker - all on the same day - bringing him over $20,000. In other notable Top 25 moves, Brazil’s 'sitpro2011' continues his rapid rise through the ranks, reaching his all-time high by jumping 10 spots to #21 while Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert rejoins the ranks by touching the #25 spot this week. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff10,256.422 2C Darwin210,089.421 3lena9008,448.303 4josef_shvejk7,449.244 5Sheater7,389.036 6hellohellohello7,323.247 7veeea7,242.9810 8Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,220.709 9Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,220.605 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,127.438 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,005.3611 12Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8480.1616 13Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,684.3712 14Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,650.3713 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,614.6715 16DeathbyQuads6,612.6514 17DamageAP6,579.0817 18Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,540.8421 19'Ariados'6,482.2520 20Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,467.6318 21'sitpro2011'6,443.3931 22nilsef6,336.3623 23rolandbauer6,335.4122 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,255.0219 25Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,223.1129
  7. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' finishes 2017 as the #1-ranked online player in the world.[/caption] Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff’s time in the top spot was short-lived as Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ ascended this week to, once again, claim the Worldwide #1-ranking to close out 2017. ‘C Darwin2’s sixth-place finish in a PokerStars $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event which brought him 270.88 PLB points and a $37,520 payday, in addition to aging scores, was the big difference maker this week. In fact, the Swede went on a post-holiday heater that had him best a 659 player field in a PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament to take home an additional $72,833. After celebrating his first time atop the rankings last week, van Zadelhoff retreats to the #2 spot. His total PLB score took a hit and now the top-tier pro finds himself 683.14 PLB points behind ‘C Darwin2’. As has become custom over the past month, the #3 and #4 spots have remained the same. Sweden’s ‘lena900' along with one of the rising superstars of 2017, Russia’s ‘josef_shevjk’, maintain their respective positions. As for ‘lena900’, he’s sitting comfortably in the #3 rank with an over 1000 PLB point buffer. ‘josef_shevjk’ on the other hand is going to have to make some moves if he wishes to remain in the Worldwide #4 spot (and as the #1-ranked Russian) due to the resurgence of fellow countryman ‘veeea’, who has catapulted back into the Worldwide Top 5. Russia’s ‘veeea’, a former #1-ranked player, found himself sliding down the leaderboard, losing his title as the #1-ranked Russian player and slipping out of the Top 10 in early December. However, in recent weeks, he’s been back on the grind and back on the climb, ascending into the #5 spot and trailing only 58.9 PLB points behind ‘josef_shevjk’. Despite a limited holiday schedule, ‘veeea’ managed a pair of qualifying cashes including a win in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for over $7,300. ‘hellohellohello’, the third of the three Russians in the Top 10, has held steady at #6 thanks to a trio of cashes on December 27 that, in total, brought him nearly $42,000 and over 562 qualifying PLB points. The rest of the name in the Top 10 remain the same, only their positions have changed. Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rose two spots to end the year at #7 while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren also jumped two spots to claim the #8 position. Berggren scored a pair of qualifying cashes, the largest of which, netted him over $16,000. Sweden’s 'Sheater' took the biggest step backward this week, falling four spots to #9 on light volume and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who celebrated $10 million in lifetime earnings in 2017, will finish the year rounding out the Top 10. Most of the positions in the Top 10 are particularly precarious headed into 2018. While #3 ranked ‘lena900’ has a 1000 PLB point lead over the #4 spot, there is only a 384.68 point difference between #4 and #10. That’s a gap that can be bridged by any of these high-level pros in any given week. For example, Berggren is a scant 10.54 points behind Gonzalez and ‘Sheater’ is only 71.58 points behind Berggren. Should anyone cool off or take a break there’s a number of grinders both inside and just outside the Top 10 who can work their way back into the hunt for #1. Other notable top 25 moves include Sweden’s Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen leap from #32 to the #14 spot and Argentinean pro ‘rayastar’ jumping four spots into the #25 spot. Germany’s #1-ranked pro 'nilsef', who touched a career-high ranking of #16 this year, falls out of the Top 25 this week as does Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 'C Darwin2' 10,208.41 2 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,525.27 1 3 lena900 8,498.45 3 4 josef_shvejk 7,476.64 4 5 'veeea' 7,417.74 7 6 hellohellohello 7,325.57 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez 7,239.74 9 8 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,229.20 10 9 'Sheater' 7,157.62 5 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,111.96 8 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 6,972.30 12 12 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 6,959.23 11 13 DeathbyQuads 6,797.80 16 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen 6,717.21 32 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,694.49 13 16 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,596.00 14 17 DamageAP 6,566.06 17 18 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,561.52 15 19 'Ariados' 6,465.25 19 20 rolandbauer 6,442.77 23 21 'sitpro2011' 6,406.83 21 22 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,377.97 24 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,353.98 18 24 Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk 6,340.57 20 25 rayastar 6,320.87 29
  8. ‘C Darwin2’ is the #1 ranked online poker player in the world and locked up the Monthly PLB title for a second consecutive month in December. It was a close race to end the year. ‘C Darwin2’ edged out worldwide #2 Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff by only 55 points and managed to escape with a win. December finished with ‘C Darwin2’ holding 3,283.45 points and an average of 164.17 per result. ‘C Darwin2’ completed their month with a flourish by winning a $500 MTT on PokerStars on December 28. The win came with $72,833 and 664.83 PLB points. 2017 concluded with ‘C Darwin2’ winning five PLB titles and they are already working on the first of 2018. The reigning WCOOP Main Event winner van Zadelhoff started his December strong in the PokerStars High Roller series. van Zadelhoff earned the silver medal in the $500,000 guaranteed Progressive KO event to add $89,818 to his account. The hardware included 517.39 PLB points. The Maltese-living van Zadelhoff wrapped up his 2017 with a month of 13 podium finishes and three wins. van Zadelhoff won September’s PLB title thanks in large part to his Main Event win. Former PocketFives #1 from 2017 ‘lena900’ had the third-best December. ‘lena900’ won PLB titles in January and March and took in 3,125 more points to end the year. The best performing result for ‘lena900’ came at an opportune time on December 1. ‘lena900’ placed second in the $400,000 guaranteed Six Max event in the High Roller Series to start their month with 421.42 points on the board. The third Swede in the December rankings is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Ödeen. The four-time Triple Crown winner closed out 2017 with a consistent month and a hair over 3,000 PLB points. Ödeen reached as high as #12 worldwide in 2017 and will look to break into the top-10 as January moves forward. The legendary Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet joins in at #5. Van Fleet won the partypoker MILLIONS Online for $1.027 million and put his career earnings within striking distance of $10 million. The win produced 2,266 points for Van Fleet and allowed him to ease off the gas for the rest of the month. Van Fleet is the only player who calls Canada their virtual home to make December’s top-10. Brazilian ‘sitpro2011’ is in the PLB top-10 for the first time in their career. The second-ranked player from Brazil used a win in the Half Price Sunday Million to accumulate 1,377.43 points. ‘Sitpro2011’ defeated a field of 18,973 and an award of $197,163 for their efforts. The second former PocketFives #1 to earn elite PLB status is Michael ‘telks’ Telker. Telker averaged 140.93 points in December and used seven wins to carry him to the finish line along with a high volume rate. ‘hellohellohello’ ended November third in PLB points and wrapped up December in the eighth position. The first Russian player on this month’s list won the Sunday 500 to achieve their highest point total for December. The 406.82 points racked up by ‘hellohellohello’ came along with $30,836. The trend of former #1s ending the year strong continues with Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The worldwide #6 is the fourth player from Sweden to appear on December’s PLB rankings. Berggren missed the top-10 in November, placing 11th, and comes back in after placing ninth in October. United Kingdom’s top dog Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford completes his second consecutive month of PLB prestige. Beresford’s top December score of 369.70 came in the December 28 $2,000 event on PokerStars. The former worldwide #2 currently ranks 10th in the world. PLAYER PLB POINTS C Darwin2 3,283.45 SvZff 3,228.69 lena900 3,125.89 perrymejsen 3,000.37 apestyles 2,890.01 sitpro2011 2,850.16 telks 2,818.66 hellohellohello 2,674.38 r4ndomr4gs 2,664.51 1_conor_b_1 2,483.80
  9. The PokerStars Winter Series came to a conclusion on January 7 with the 152-event extravaganza shattering guarantees and paying out hefty sums to players from all over the world. With events running from December 25 through January 7 the Winter Series provided two straight weeks of value-packed action in the form of 38 different events, each broken into four different buy-in categories: micro, low, medium and high. PokerStars boasted $25,000,000 in guarantees for the tournaments and it was clear early on that this lofty number would clearly be shattered. Players helped generate well over $37,000,000 in prize pools and over 25 players were awarded six-figure sums during the series. Damian Salas Has A Career Series It’s going to be hard for Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas to ever reach his previous high point in poker. The #1-ranked Columbian was, after all, seated at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. That day in July he finished in seventh place for $1.425 million, far and away a career-high score. During the Winter Series, he put some of that Main Event money to use by playing in the two biggest buy-ins of the series and ending up with a new online poker career-high cash in the process. Early in the series in Event #7-High ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) Salas made his way to an absolutely stacked final table that included the #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, who finished in sixth, Belgium’s #1 player Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson (fifth), the UK’s Phill ‘Grindation’ Mcallister (third), ‘girafganger7’ (runner-up) and top 30-ranked player ‘dattebayo’, who ended up winning the event for $138,000. It was a who’s who of online poker elite players and Salas, who fit right in, finished in fourth for over $63,000. A just a week and a half later, in Event #25-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em), Salas didn’t settle for fourth. Instead, he outlasted the talented 127 runner field to collect a no-chop first place prize of $139,182. By defeating ‘DEX888’ heads-up, Salas secured the largest online sum he’d ever won to date and helped propel him into the Worldwide top 100 to his current rank of #52 in the world. As was noted in the most recent Milestones column, Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick took fifth in Event #25 for $48,836, helping him push past the $5 million lifetimes earnings mark. ‘BadWolfOne’ 3713x’s His Money The largest tournament of the series belonged to Event #37-Micro ($2.20 No Limit Hold’em). This was the Main Event for the micro-grinders and it generated an impressive $111,900 prize pool. There were 55,966 entries and in the end it was ‘BadWolfOne’ who carved out the best of it in a four-way deal collecting $8,170.56 for his $2.20 investment. Impressively, he did it on a single bullet. The other three players in the deal ‘MatroSkin280’, ‘545TV’ and ‘Fabio_BH01’ all took home $5,932 for their efforts. Six-Figure Scores, Platinum Passes Highlight The Main Event ‘BadWolfOne’ wasn’t the only player to leverage the final day of the series to find a huge score. As expected, both the High and the Medium buy-in tiers of the Event #37 generated the two highest prize pools of the entire series, both crushing their guarantees. Event#37-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em ) saw 10,644 players pony up for a shot at a piece the over $2.1 million prize pool. At the final table, the final five agreed to a deal that would guarantee each of them a six-figure score. In the end, ‘The Haamer’ took the top spot and $221,965 for the win. PocketFivers ‘mrvogt’ (third for $145,633) and ‘NoTilit’ (fourth for $141,763) from Lithuania also were part of the chop. In the High buy-in of the Main Event, 1,116 entries helped surpass the $1.5 million guarantee by nearly $750,000. Five players in this event also won six-figure sums, but there was no deal made in this one. Canada’s ‘freezeplay’ ended up winning it all for $363,177 - the largest payday of the entire Winter Series. PocketFiver Alexandros ‘mexican222’ Kolonias finished as the runner-up taking home $266,207 for second. ‘ikkedus’, currently the #316-ranked player in the world, finished in third for over $195,000 and PocketFiver ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ took seventh for over $56,000. The four winners of the Main Events, all of those mentioned above as well as ‘smir9david’ who won Event #37 Low, all received a coveted PokerStars Player Championship pass. The pass gives them free entry into the 2019 $25,000 buy-in Hold’em Championship to be held at the 2019 PokerStars PCA. The tournament is being touted as likely to be the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. With the Winter Series in the rearview mirror, online players can begin dreaming about the next big PokerStars series which is likely to be the 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker, coming in the first half of the year.
  10. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The was very little movement in the PocketFives.com Worldwide top 10 this week. Nine of the ten players remain the same and seven of the ten players held fast in their position. Still, with a commanding lead, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ maintains his reign at the world’s #1. He had a massive week with three five-figure scores including a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for over $21,000, a win in the 888poker Volcano for over $17,000 and another final table appearance in the PokerStars Turbo Series Event #22, cashing for over $24,000. As a result, ‘C Darwin2’ joined some of his fellow Swedes in surpassing the $8 million in lifetime earnings mark while maintaining more than 10,000 PLB points. The #2 ranked player, ‘lena900’ has done something that no player has been able to do for weeks upon weeks - come within 1000 PLB points of ‘C Darwin2’. ‘lena900’ finished in sixth-place in Event #3 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $16,726 and 276.66 PLB points. This score, with a combination of aging results, puts ‘lena900’ roughly 900 points behind the leader and with the PokerStars Turbo Series slated to continue through March 4, there will be ample opportunity for everyone in the top 10 to collect big time scores. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, like everyone in the top 6, holds his position at #3. His PLB score slipped considerably this week as he hasn’t fired up the online client since February 11. He holds a 112 PLB point lead over the #4 ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, which is very tenuous because…he’s back! After a month-long hiatus, Malta's former #1 ranked player in the world van Zadelhoff was seen back on the online grind this week. Well, it wasn’t a grind exactly as he recorded a total of only eight cashes and none of them actually qualified for PLB points. He did, however, cash in three of the PokerStars Turbo Series events and, in total, pulled in roughly $5,700. Should he opt to get back to playing a full schedule, he could be in for another run at the top spot in the next few weeks. A big-time score helped #5 ranked ‘hellohellohello’ add to his total PLB score. Russia’s #1 online player won the bwin.com Sunday Major High Roller for $50,845 and 447.21 PLB points. That puts him a scant 43 points behind van Zadelhoff and in position to make a major move should he find the winner’s circle again. Another player poised to make a move is Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who holds on to the #6 spot. ‘Romeopro’ also took down a tournament on bwin.com, banking over $26,000 for his win in a Sunday Major High Roller. His PLB total puts him right in the thick of the middle of the top 10, only roughly 300 points behind the third-ranked Nemeth. Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone climbs the ranks again this week, touching a new career high of #7. The pro from Buenos Aires added a pair of PLB qualifying scores to his total including a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Big $215 on February 20 for over $6,000. In order for Petone to move up, ‘European’ had to move down. Even though he slipped to the #8 rank this week, he still had a very lucrative week. ‘European’ was the winner of the Event #26 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for over $58,000. It was a really light week for Team partypoker member Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard, who maintains his #9 ranking this week. Only six total cashes on Sunda, February 18 added to his bankroll but none of them added to his PLB score. Finally, Sweden’s ’Sheater’ rejoins the top 10 this week. He put in a deep grind this week, seemingly playing everything he could and getting rewarded by outright winning Event #12 of the PokerStard Turbo Series for $49,217 and a healthy 560.58 PLB points. The score puts him back in the top 10, only 24 points behind Leonard. Other notable moves in the top 25 included Uruguay's 'kofi89' leaping into the #13 spot, a career high for him, on the back of a $179,000 score that netted him 1000.00 PLB points. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,614.03 1 2 lena900 9,705.51 2 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 8,768.27 3 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,656.36 4 5 hellohellohello 8,613.19 5 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,463.94 6 7 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 8,148.85 8 8 European 7,871.89 7 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,734.82 9 10 Sheater 7,708.97 15 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,633.83 10 12 Joao 'joaosimoabh' Simoa 7,562.95 11 13 kofi89 7,437.48 31 14 josef_shvejk 7,419.05 13 15 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,416.99 12 16 Ariados 7,317.19 14 17 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,225.53 16 18 Flat 7,026.21 23 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,014.65 18 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,834.74 24 21 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,834.37 17 22 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,818.50 19 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,690.94 22 24 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski 6,629.46 20 25 NoPlanB 6,624.08 21
  14. 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 7,695.15 9 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,510.52 14 13 josef_shvejk 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  
  15. New faces join the PocketFives Worldwide top 10 this week after massive scores in partypoker’s Powerfest continues to help some of the best in the world accumulate points. One thing that hasn’t changed though is ‘C Darwin2’s reign as the #1 online player in the world. The Swede still commands a lead of over 1000 PLB points over his would-be usurpers and remains the only player in the land with over 10,000 PLB points. Unlike last week, ’C Darwin2’ padded his PLB point lead with a trio of PLB qualifying scores, punctuated by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000 and just over 400 PLB points. Rising to the #2 spot for the second time in three weeks is ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ‘lena900’. The tournament specialist is back to being the main challenger to dethrone ‘CD2’ by racking up a number of qualified PLB scores totaling more than 1000 points. In addition to all those PLB points, ‘lena900’ banked roughly $140,000 thanks to a pair of scores of over $30,000 each. After this week he's now only $43,000 away from $9 million in lifetime earnings. Amazingly, he breached the $8 million mark less than three months ago. Last week’s #2, Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops to #3 this week. He trails ‘lena900’ by only 126 PLB points and after his mammoth week last week, he also dropped down in volume. The Hungarian only registered eight total cashes in the past seven days, but two of them were good enough to help his PLB score. Speaking of light volume, superstar online grinder, and #4 in the rankings this week, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is still on an online poker hiatus. Records will show that he has not cashed in an online tournament in a month. His low output is largely due to him being in attendance at the Aussie Millions where, unfortunately, it is no longer legal to fire up an online poker client and play. ‘hellohellohello’ maintains his status as a top 5 player in the world for the third week in a row. The Russian didn’t have a hefty online schedule and actually did not record any qualified PLB cashes this week, however, his previous scores were enough to keep him right where he is. Unlike last week though, where he had a roughly 500 point PLB lead over the #6 ranked player, the field is now right on his heels with a number of players looking to break into the top 5. The latest player looking to make a big move made the largest leap of any player in the top 10. ‘European’ crashed the top 10 party after a humungous week that helped him skyrocket from #34 last week to #6 this week. His rapid rise was thanks to the large prize pools in partypoker’s Powerfest and his massive success in them in the middle of this week. ‘European’ raked in three five-figure scores for a total of over $148,000. The top score was his win in Powerfest Event #46-M for $86,000 and over 700 PLB points. His surge puts him right in the thick of the top 10, trailing ‘hellohellohello’ by only 164 points. Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky holds down the #7 spot again this week. He finished the week with two-thirds of a PocketFives Triple Crown taking down the 888poker Whale for $34,375 on February 4 and then two days later finishing in first in a PokerStars $109 tournament. Romanovsky also scored big during Powerfest with a fourth-place finish in Event #45-H for over $34,000. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard jettisoned into the top 10 as well this week. Rising seven places to the #8 spot, the former worldwide #1 ranked player crushed one of the largest tournaments on his home turf when he won Powerfest Event #46-H $1M Gtd. Leonard won $207,978 and over 1000 PLB points for the big-time victory. In addition to the win, the UK’s #1-ranked player also picked up four additional qualifying PLB scores to amass 1725.09 points for the week. Fellow Team partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimoabh’ Simoa slips three spots to #9 this week. The Brazilian’s week peaked with a final table finish during Powerfest Event #48-H for $13,860. Argentinan superstar Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues his climb into the ranks of the elite, entering the top 10 for the very first time in his career. He took down the aforementioned Powerfest Event #48-H for $195,720, a career-high score for him, and 1024.70 PLB points. The six-figure win all but assures him a mention in next week’s Milestones column as he currently sits less than $5,000 from surpassing $3 million in lifetime earnings. Other notable moves in the top 25 include 'Sheater', Andreas 'r4andomr4gs' Berggren and 'josef_shvejk' all falling out of the top 10. Sweden's 'Ariados' climbed back into the top 25, reaching all the way to #13 while Russia's 'NoPlanB' also comes in at #21 for the first time in 2018. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,635.56 1 2 lena900 9,540.83 4 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,414.79 2 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,834.11 3 5 hellohellohello 8,366.26 5 6 European 8,201.50 34 7 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,196.68 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,996.74 15 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,980.63 6 10 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 7,956.99 14 11 josef_shvejk 7,592.11 10 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,525.50 11 13 Ariados 7,462.47 28 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,432.02 13 15 Sheater 7,422.30 9 16 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,389.08 8 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,314.10 12 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,890.03 17 19 veeea 6,853.19 16 20 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,820.99 18 21 NoPlanB 6,669.03 26 22 Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk 6,635.17 20 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,529.21 25 24 sitpro2011 6,521.16 21 25 PaDiLhA SP 6,520.89 24  
  16. Every poker player hopes to start the New Year off on the right foot. Swedish crusher ‘lena900’ won the January PLB race with an impressive 3,933.25 PLB points. His amazing month cumulated with him earning enough PLB points to catapult him into the worldwide #2 ranking. He did this by putting up massive results in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s online series, Powerfest. In total, ‘lena900’ posted eight five-figure scores with his victory in Powerfest Event #5 for $26,899 and 328.63 PLB points leading the way. That victory came just 24 hours after he picked up over $50,000 in a pair of final table finishes during XL Blizzard and a High Roller victory over on bwin.com for another $25,000. Simply put, ‘lena900’ had a monster January. Ukraine’s #1 online pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (3770.76) also found success in the first month of the year. Romanovsky was able to put together a winning performance in the PokerStars $530 Sunday 500 on January 21 for over $37,000 and 458.80 PLB points. Even though that score brought him his largest PLB score it wasn’t his largest cash of the month. He notched two over $40,000 scores with a pair of runner-up finishes during Powerfest. This helped push the longtime player into striking distance of $8.5 million in lifetime earnings and making $9 million in 2018 more than a possibility but extremely likely. The distance between the second and third place in the January PLB place couldn’t be closer. Hungary’s Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth (3770.57) ended up .19 points behind Romanovsky. The worldwide #4 ranked online player put together a staggering last week of the month by torturing his opponents during Powerfest. In just the last three days of the month alone, Nemeth scored three major victories. First, a win in Event #25 for over $82,000, then a win in Event #32 for $20,839 and, on the same day, first place in Event #33 for over $47,000. The insane heater came on a month where he played moderate volume, but his total results skyrocketed to over $375,000. If there’s a list of big-time results, you know that Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (3,517.95) is going to be on it. The current king of the worldwide rankings started off the year the same way he ended 2017: destroying tournaments. On January 1 he notched what would end up being his largest PB score of the month by taking third in a $1,000 PokerStars event for $39,313 and 324.28 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ had enough of a lead in the Worldwide Rankings to take a little time off and so his schedule was more sporadic than it had been in months prior. Still, he was able to rack up five five-figure scores and 32 final table appearances. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (3,198.70) from the UK had himself a top 5 month as well. Beresford did the bulk of the damage by winning the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for over $62,000 and 549.55 PLB points. The current worldwide #10 followed up that score one day later with his second largest haul of the month when he final tabled the Powerfest Event #26 $5,200 No Limit Hold’em for an additional $33,150. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (3,153.06) checks in at #6 for the month of January. In the same Powerfest event that Beresford took fifth for $33,150, ‘hellohellohello’ finished as the runner-up for over $103,000 (nearly a career high for him) and 471.16 PLB points. Off the island of Papua New Guinea, ‘dulek’ (2,941.27) comes in at #7 for the month. The high-volume grinder scored the victory in a $100 $100,000 GTD tournament for $38,069 and 454.86 PLB points. The big-time score helped elevate him to an all-time career high ranking of #61 in the world. Guntis ‘lovefee’ Alaskans (2,887.42) from Latvia also used a big month of January, in which he came in at #8, to hit a career-high ranking. He moved up to #12 in the world on the back of his finish runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $33,868. Coming in at #9 for January is partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (2,748.23). After taking some well-earned time away from the online tables at the end of 2017, he returned with a vengeance annihilating numerous Powerfest events. He took down Event #13-M for over $16,000 and then, days later scored a victory in Event #17-H for over $62,000 and 447.21 PLB points. He wasn’t done, not by a long shot, final tabling Event #24-H for over $20,000 and then again winning Event #32 for over $50,000. It’s safe to say that Simao is back. Wrapping up the top 10 of the first month of 2018 is Swedish online legend ‘Sheater’ (2,655.78). The former #1-ranked player recorded his highest PLB score back on January 7 when he final tabled a $200 PokerStars contest for 453.95 PLB points and over $33,000. January 2018 PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,933.25 2 Romeopro 3,770.76 3 probirs 3,770.57 4 C Darwin 2 3,517.95 5 1_conor_b_1 3,198.70 6 hellohellohello 3,153.06 7 dulek 2,941.27 8 lovefee 2,887.42 9 joaosimaobh 2,748.23 10 Sheater 2,655.78
  17. Once again, the top spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings belongs to the super Swede ‘C Darwin2’. Though he slipped just beneath the 12,000 PLB point threshold that he’d been keeping for the past couple weeks, the phenom enjoys a lead of well over 2,000 PLB points from the next closest player. ‘C Darwin2’ continues to put the pressure on those who would look to catch him with a pair of qualifying cashes this week, both resulting in five-figure scores. This included a runner-up finish in Event #131 of Winamax’s W Series for $13,553 and 193.63 PLB points. Another reoccurring theme in recent weeks has been top-tier players taking their shot at dethroning ‘C Darwin2’ and this week it’s ‘hellohellohello’s turn. The Russian has ascended to the #2 ranking for the first time in his career after going on an absolute tear on April 8. He earned over $85,000 on that day alone, the bulk of it thanks to his victory in the bwin.com Super Sunday Super High Roller where he took home $48,750 and 387.30 PLB points. He also notched another pair of qualifying cashes helping him become the latest player that could conceivably make the steep climb to the #1 perch. Last week’s #2, Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops back to the #3 ranking this week mostly due to low volume. He was unable to record any qualifying cashes and so he slips from his career-high ranking but remains a mere 188.13 points behind ‘hellohellohello’. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a small step backward as he also had but a single qualifying PLB cash this week. A final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars resulted in a $15,592 score and 170.27 PLB points. That result also helped ‘lena900’ cross $9.5 million in lifetime earnings and with some huge online series coming up in the next month, including PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker’s POWERFEST, he may find himself a member of the prestigious $10 million club sooner than later. Rounding out the top 5 this week is ‘European’, who maintains his same ranking from last week with the help of a final table finish in the PokerStars Bigger $215 for $3,213 and 110.79 PLB points. It should be noted that like Nemeth and ‘lena900’ just ahead of him in the rankings, ‘European’ maintains a PLB score of above 9000. Any one of these elite players could find themselves in the midst of a heater and rocket up the rankings to be the next player to challenge ‘C Darwin2’. The bottom half of the top 10 saw very little movement this week with both Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone both holding fast in their respective #6 and #7 positions. While van Zadelhoff seemed to be taking a breather, Petrone put in work and recorded three qualifying PLB cashes. The three podium finished totaled nearly $25,000 in earnings for the Argentinan and has him in position to make another run back into the top five. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford swapped places with Romanovsky rising to the #8 rankings and Beresford slipping to #9. Beresford didn’t have any volume to speak of this week while Romanovsky took third place in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder Hight Roller for over $18,000 and 233.78 PLB points, enough to help him shift up this week. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar completes the top 10 this week. The Swedish grinder with over $11 million in lifetime earnings, joined those would take their foot off the gas this week, likely preparing for the large volume series that are right around the corner. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,913.36 1 2 hellohellohello 9,573.40 4 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,385.95 2 4 lena900 9,234.95 3 5 European 9,186.70 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,986.06 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,661.43 7 8 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,446.38 9 9 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,362.41 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,288.90 10 11 kofi89 8,162.23 11 12 Ariados 8,146.69 12 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.87 13 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,784.12 23 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,705.96 14 16 DamageAP 7,651.49 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,638.42 15 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 19 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 18 20 josef_shvejk 7,439.46 17 21 Sheater 7,422.04 21 22 Flat 7,339.79 20 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 22 24 NoPlanB 7,100.49 25 25 joppiesaus 7,051.82 26
  18. It’s another week atop the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings for the Swedish phenom ‘C Darwin2’, who has been the only #1-ranked player in all of 2018. What makes the past week so impressive is he has crossed the 12,000 PLB point barrier, touching a new high in 2018 of 12,222.54. He racked up the PLB points thanks to a pair of big money finishes this week. The first was a final table appearance in Event #23 of the PokerStars High Roller series for $81,523 and 557.24 PLB points. On the same day, he notched a runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Major Super High Roller for another $56,000/373.21. The Swede has been so prolific as of late, he finds himself just over $100,000 from his next major milestone - $9 million in lifetime earnings. He surpassed $8 million as recently as late February 2018. At this pace, he may see that number as soon as next week. While ‘lena900’ continues to sit comfortably in the #2 ranking, he now has a 2,687.67 point deficit to make up should he want to make another run at the top spot. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth jumped three spots back up to #3 on the heels of a week that saw him earn over $100,000. The bulk of his winning came in Event #19 the PokerStars High Rollers Series for $57,524/330.82 and he followed that up finishing in third place, right behind ‘C Darwin2’, in the partypoker Sunday Major Super High Roller for $40,000/292.62. ‘European’ remained in the #4 spot as Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ rose two spots to #5 after a pair of qualifying cashes on bwin.com. Malta’s Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff slipped three spots to land at #6 this week. The slip certainly wasn't due to light volume as the popular online grinder was very active this week. He enjoyed four different qualifying cashes this week, including a victory in the bwin.com 6-Max Turbo for $3,985/126.49. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone also took a step back this week, sliding into the #7 spot on light volume. There was no movement in the lower three spots of the top 10 from last week as Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford (#8), Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky (#9) and Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar (#10) all held firm in their respective standings. Other notable Top 25 moves: Conor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan rejoined the top 25, jumping up to the #17 rank from a previous rank of #38. He found himself cashing in five straight PokerStars High Rollers events including a fourth-place finish in Event #23 for over $156,000 and 710.71 PLB points. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot was the only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week, but the UK pro sits just outside the bubble, falling to #26. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 12,222.54 1 2 lena900 9,534.87 2 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,265.43 6 4 European 9,165.75 5 5 hellohellohello 9,073.20 7 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,742.55 3 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,658.16 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,461.37 8 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,333.50 9 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,323.33 10 11 Ariados 8,210.78 13 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,177.55 11 13 kofi89 8,081.50 12 14 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,677.44 16 15 GINS FINEST 7,630.51 14 16 DamageAP 7,558.06 21 17 Conor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 38 18 josef_shvejk 7,471.74 15 19 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,254.56 20 20 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,398.37 19 21 Sheater 7,270.20 17 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,240.23 25 23 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,138.28 18 24 NoPlanB 7,107.85 22 25 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,988.39 23
  19. It’s another week atop the PocketFives Rankings for the Swedish sensation, ‘C Darwin2’. He managed to, once again, put distance between himself and those who would challenge his #1 ranking by vaulting over the 11,000 PLB mark with his runner-up finish in Event #70 of PokerStars Turbo Series. The deep run added a monster 687.22 PLB points to his total, keeping his countryman, the #2-ranked ‘lena900’, trailing by over 1000 points. It also netted him over $161,000, far and away, 'C Darwin2's biggest score of 2018. Speaking of big scores, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone scored a second place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event for massive cash of $282,436 and 1086.29 PLB points. The result was a career-high haul for Petrone and also propelled him into the worldwide #3 ranking, also a new career-high for the Argentinan. Also of note: Petrone seems to have removed his now recognizable moniker of 'rayastar' and replaced it with his first name of 'Ramiro'. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky also rose in the ranks this week, climbing to #4 with the help of a top 20 finish in Event #70 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $13,863. The Ukranian currently sits less than 100 PLB points behind Petrone and should he be able to climb any higher in the ranks, he will, at least, tie his career-best ranking as he makes the push to $9 million in lifetime earnings. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, despite being back on the grind, slipped one spot this week to rest at #5. He did pick up a pair of qualifying cashes this week, including a victory in the PokerStars Daily 500 on March 5 for over $12,000 and 231.30 PLB points. ‘European’, who just last week looked poised to make a run at a top 2 spot, slipped to #6 this week, due to light playing volume. The remaining players in the top 10 including Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (#7), Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth from Hungary(#8) and ‘Ariados’ (#9) and Johannes ‘Greenstone25 Korsar (#10), both from Sweden, all appeared in the top 10 last week, they simply shifted positions this week. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede jettisoning to #21 (from #65) due to a victory in the PokerStars [Twin Turbo] Main Event for over $143,000. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,117.17 1 2 lena900 9,784.72 2 3 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,822.82 8 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,784.22 5 5 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,765.03 4 6 European 8,728.21 3 7 hellohellohello 8,469.89 6 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,276.07 7 9 Ariados 7,763.24 10 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,723.97 9 11 kofi89 7,699.43 14 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,617.24 11 13 Sheater 7,470.58 12 14 josef_shvejk 7,440.08 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,416.15 18 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,344.48 13 17 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,288.09 15 18 NoPlanB 7,269.07 20 19 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,997.24 16 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,977.54 21 21 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,802.32 65 22 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 6,704.72 19 23 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,670.36 22 24 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,652.39 28 25 sitpro2011 6,612.85 29
  20. If you follow the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings at all in 2018 then you know the story. This week it’s more of the same as the Swedish crusher ‘C Darwin2’ continues his reign as the only player to occupy the #1 spot in all of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ locked himself up three qualifying cashes and a pair of five-figure scores this week. But when he took first place in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $16,064 he did something less than 20 players in the history of online poker have done before. He surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings. What is even more amazing is the speed with which he did it. He sprinted through his last million in earnings having achieved $8 million in earnings less than two months ago. He’s one of two Swedish players to eclipse that mark this week and he’s only the 18th player to ever do so. For the second week in a row Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ holds down the #2 spot in the rankings. He does this despite putting in very low volume and not bringing in any new PLB points. Nevertheless, thanks to his massive scores the week before, his PLB score edged slightly closer to the 10,000 PLB mark. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth swapped places in the rankings again this week. ‘lena900’, locking up the #3 rank, put together another stellar week at the tables and boosted his PLB scores with a trio of victories. This included a victory in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Marathon for $18,178 where he ended up besting PokerStars Team Online Pro Lex Veldhuis to take it down. His impressive week brought him four five-figure scores and places him just over 200 points away from re-taking the #2 spot in the rankings. Nemeth, on the other hand, continues his break from the online grind, resulting in his slipping to the #4 rank. The middle of the top 10 rankings remains the same this week as ‘European’ (#5), Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#6) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7) all hold their ground. Petrone managed the largest score of the three grinders this week when he took down the partypoker $200K Super Sunday Main Event to add over $28,000 to his bankroll. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ jumps into the top 10 this week, coming in at #8. Earlier we had mentioned ‘C Darwin2’s $9 million achievement, well, his fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ pulled off the same feat in the same week. 'Ariados', just two days before the #1-ranked player, finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to earn over $33,000 and put him up over the $9 million mark, becoming the 17th player in history to do so. Then to pad his earnings, he ended up winning the PokerStars €250 Sunday High Roller for an extra $14,880 on the same day. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky yielded one place, slipping to #9 this week and the UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford wraps up the top 10 this week. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,820.54 1 2 hellohellohello 9,937.76 2 3 lena900 9,3717.22 4 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,248.54 3 5 European 9,049.75 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.27 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,845.56 7 8 Ariados 8,495.44 12 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,316.67 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,216.93 9 11 kofi89 8,216.74 11 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,095.95 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,022.07 13 14 DamageAP 7,852.23 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,778.47 14 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,679.23 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,521.43 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 18 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 19 20 Sheater 7,420.08 21 21 PaDiLhA SP 7,350.64 26 22 Flat 7,258.36 22 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23 24 josef_shvejk 7,191.77 20 25 NoPlanB 7,080.99 24
  21. Sometimes the high stakes just aren’t high enough. As a pair of major online tournament series gets ready to kick off, four of online poker’s very best players have made public a six-figure side bet to run alongside the massive schedules of partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker. The high profile bet pairs the partypoker ambassador and online high-stakes regular Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’ against the Swedish super duo of ‘lena900’, currently the #3-ranked player in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, and the only player to be ranked as the best online player in the world in 2018, ‘C Darwin2’. The details of the high stakes heavyweight bout were laid out on social media on Wednesday. Each pair tallies their combined cashes in tournaments with buy-ins of $109 or greater and a minimum $100,000 prize pool. All tournaments that fall under this category in both POWERFEST and SCOOP count as do any agreed upon tournaments that may occur during the May 6-21 timespan. According to Leonard, all of the tournaments in the scope of the bet have already been agreed upon by both teams. Players must play the selected events and can only opt out of playing an event (making it not count) if their team is behind in the challenge. As if the guarantees of both SCOOP and POWERFEST weren’t enough, there’s a combined $150 million in guarantees between them, the bet is for an undisclosed figure north of $100,000. One may wonder with so much on the line why would these four online superstars risk even more of their bankroll. Perhaps it's to feel properly motivated or a brewing rivalry? “It's just for fun.,” said Leonard. “They [‘C Darwin2’ and ‘lena900’] are seen as the best MTT players in the world and we are very confident in ourselves too. I don't think either side has a huge edge but it's fun to gamble like this and it's good for the community to follow along. When you play by yourself in a series and when things go bad it's easy to start punting. When you're part of a team, and Ben will be counting on me playing my A-game, then it means I'll play as focused as possible so my overall EV from the series increases.” The combined series will literally have hundreds of tournaments, many of which fall under the guidelines of the side bet. With a heavy playing schedule and the additional motivation of a public prop bet Leonard explains that he’ll be on a tight regimen. “I will wake up at 3 pm CET every day. I do 30-minute exercise with bitB players online and then I have a cold shower and meditate. My food delivery comes just after then, I eat, very short second meditation and then start playing around 4:30 pm CET,” Leonard said. “I register until around 10 pm and usually the session finishes around 4 am. Every day we will play dozens of tournaments, there are huge tournaments this year, lots of 5Ks, 10Ks, and 25Ks.” As if the grind weren’t difficult enough, Leonard and his partner ‘bencb789’, who is generally considered one of the best tournament players in the world as well, have decided to poke the elk (the official animal of Sweden). The opposition is two of the most consistent, winningest online players of the past year. Both ‘C Darwin2’ and ‘Lena900’ have the utmost respect of their peers based on their stellar results and the pair have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for online poker. Combined, the pair have accumulated nearly $19 million in lifetime earnings. “I think they are both amazing players, but more importantly very good guys,” Leonard says of those he’s up against in the bet. “I enjoy betting against them and when they win and cost me money I'm genuinely happy for their success. They've always been really good losers in the past too. Their results speak for themselves and I couldn't have any more respect or admiration for them, even if Niklas [‘Lena900’] won't give us the odds we deserve.” The bet generated instant interest from fans as well as the oddsmakers at PokerShares who worked quickly to set lines for which of the dynamic duos would out-cash the other. Clearly, for Leonard, this is one of his favorite times of the year. While some make World Series of Poker bracelet bets to add action to summer, Leonard, one of bitB Staking's head coach, puts it all on the line in the biggest online series of the year. A former #1-ranked online player in his own right, Leonard has a new dedication to the online game to go along with his latest prop bet. “I don't really care about live poker anymore. I’ve retired from it to make sure I'm the best online MTT player in the world. I skipped Barcelona, Monaco, and Montreal to work ten hours every day for the last few months," Leonard said. "I couldn't be more prepared and this is what I live for. I absolutely love online tournament series, it's my drug.” Leonard said on his Twitter that he will be posting results as they happen during the course of the two series. Both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars SCOOP online series get underway on May 6.
  22. In the aftermath of the major spring tournament series, the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings had a new look and, for the first time in 2018, a new #1. This week though, it’s quite the opposite. There were very few major moves in the Worldwide top 10, with the majority of online poker’s elite holding steady in the same rankings they held last week. This includes another week at the top for the current ruler of the rankings, Sweden’s ‘lena900’. After taking a brief break at the beginning of the week, the consummate grinder ‘lena900’ (12,657 PLB points) got back on the grind. While he was not able to pick up any qualifying PLB cashes this week, he did score a third-place finish in the May 31 edition of the $109 Mini Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for over $6,700. After his enviable SCOOP and POWERFEST showings though, 'lena900's PLB score still sat well above those looking to catch him, resting at 12,657 this week. Trailing ‘lena900’ is his countryman and one time (and future?) king ‘C Darwin2’ (11,362). Like ‘lena900’ he was back at it this week, but unable to secure a qualifying cash. ‘C Darwin2’ was able to score a pair of podium finishes including a third-place showing in the May 27 edition of PokerStars’ Bigger $109 for $12,451. Putting in very light volume this week was Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeropro’ Romanovsky (10,592). Romanovsky registered a total of five cashes for roughly $8,500. He continues his march toward $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just under $70,000 to join the elite club. ‘hellohellohello’ (10,394) maintains his #4 ranking despite not even firing up the online poker client this week. While #5-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth (10,298) has a similar idea, only notching three total results for just over $7,000, none of which helped his PLB score. Montreal, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ (9,838) picked up a victory in the May 31 PokerStars Bounty Builder for $7,870 in route to maintaining his career-high #6 spot. Right behind him, again claiming the #7 ranking this week, is Argentinas #1-ranked player Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (9,463) who, like many on this list, put in light volume. The first major change to the top 10 comes with the resurgence of Brazilian pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (9,302). Simao continued to move forward this week, picking up two big-time qualifying cashes. The first, a final table finish at the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller brought Simao $16,770 and 201.83 PLB points. Then, the very next day, he took down the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $42,712 and 487.65 PLB points. The results not only propel him five spots on the rankings and back into the top 10, but they put Simao in a great state of mind should he makes his way to the World Series of Poker. The third Swedish player in the top 10, ‘Ariados’ (9,041), slipped to the #9 spot this week. He helped himself remain in the top 10 thanks to his bronze medal finish in the May 27 $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for just under $30,000 and 248.08 PLB points. Finally, Pedro ’PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (8,983) kept his #10 spot this week despite not accumulating any cashes in the period. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang leaping seven spots to a career-high ranking in the #20 spot. Additionally, 'Sheater' rises one spot to round out the list at #25. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,657.30 1 2 C Darwin2 11,361.54 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,591.98 3 4 hellohellohello 10,393.83 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,297.73 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,838.44 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,463.22 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,302.03 13 9 Ariados 9,040.99 8 10 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,982.74 10 11 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,901.39 11 12 girafganger7 8,782.85 9 13 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,765.42 14 14 Illini213 8,679.71 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,666.39 12 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,507.42 20 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,482.27 16 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,461.30 15 19 Dattebayo 8,433.13 19 20 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,432.93 27 21 DamageAP 8,370.81 18 22 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,032.65 22 23 NoPlanB 8,029.69 21 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,970.11 24 25 Sheater 7,794.36 26
  23. There's not much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week, as eight of the ten spots held steadfast from last week. The difference this week is it seems that the top tier players are slowly coming back to the tables after their post-spring series breaks. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to top the rankings for the fourth week in a row. The powerhouse put in a good deal of volume and scored a pair of PLB qualifying cashes to solidify his position for at least one more week. His week was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the bwin.com KO Series Event #8. He earned just over $10,000 for the finish and tacked on another 208.63 in PLB points. ‘lena900’ also earned a second five-figure score this week in his final table appearance in Event #13 of the same series for $12,671 and 194.66 PLB points. It is very likely that the Swede will surpass $11 million in lifetime earnings in the next 24 hours as he sits just under $1,500 from that major milestone. The #2-ranked ’C Darwin2’ made a hard charge at the top spot this week, having himself a solid week at the tables. He registered four qualifying PLB scores including an outright win in the Winamax Mini Las Vegas Highroller for $46,404 and 414.57. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ accumulated over 1047 PLB points, putting him in position to potentially catch his countryman. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky didn’t slip in the rankings, remaining in the #3 spot once again. He also didn’t get in on any action. Romanovsky did not register a score this week, having it only slightly affect his PLB score. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ had a similar idea and kept his distance from the online tables. The #4-ranked player in the world only recorded two results this week. They totaled roughly $2,500 in total cashes and no PLB points. While he didn’t give up too much ground, he didn’t gain any this week either. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth dabbled a little more than last week but not much more. The fifth-ranked player did hop into a couple tournaments of partypoker’s KO Series. In Event #2 he made a run to the final three tables, collecting a cash of $3,203 for his 23rd place finish. He picked up 107.76 PLB points to go along with it, however, his total output for the week was but four total cashes. ‘GINS FINEST’ from Canada continued to cash in on his current heater. He claimed victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $49,470 and a PLB boosting 464.76 points. His recent results have deemed him as Canada’s #1-ranked player, #6 in the world and on a crash course with $5 million in lifetime earnings. The #7- ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone put together a nice week this week and scored a pair of five-figure cashes. Both came on June 3. The first was in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, winning him $37,250 and 306.63 PLB points. Then, later that same day, he played on partypoker and, again taking second, he banked another $30,636 in the Super Sunday 1K. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has yet to make an appearance at the World Series of Poker, instead continuing to grind online. He picked up 121.50 PLB points in a final table appearance of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller. He earned $7,244 for that score and it helped him maintain his #8-ranking. The only change in the top 10 rankings this week comes at the bottom where Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha used a pair of bronze medal finishes on partypoker to overtake the #9-ranked spot once held by Sweden’s ‘Ariados’. ‘Ariados’ slips back to the #10 spot despite picking up a pair of qualifying cashes himself. Other moves in the top 25 include ‘European’ rejoining the top 25, climbing from #28 to #21 this week. Additionally, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar surged back to #24, while his fellow Swede ‘Sheater’ departs the top 25, slipping to #26. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,679.22 1 2 C Darwin2 11,474.50 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,503.69 3 4 hellohellohello 10,363.65 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,243.82 5 6 GINS FINEST 10,363.65 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,472.69 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,256.67 13 9 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 9,033.90 8 10 Ariados 9,029.37 10 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,907.37 18 12 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,628.54 20 13 girafganger7 8,626.25 12 14 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,613.11 11 15 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,574.20 13 16 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,510.08 15 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,395.20 17 18 Dattebayo 8,319.78 19 19 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,308.12 16 20 DamageAP 8,216.22 21 21 European 7,984.13 28 22 NoPlanB 7,892.16 23 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 7,868.57 22 24 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,758.56 27 25 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,727.47 24  
  24. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  25. Perhaps the attention of the poker world is transfixed on the happenings of the World Series of Poker Main Event or perhaps it’s simply a wonderful week to go on vacation, but this week is yet another week of minimal movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10. In fact, the nine out if the top ten players in the world retain their exact same rank as they did last week. This includes Sweden’s own ‘lena900’, who maintains his position as the #1-ranked player in the world. For ‘lena900’ not only did he maintain his position, but he also, somehow, managed to keep his exact same PLB points (12,662.67). While the Swede did not manage to accumulate any PLB-qualifying scores, he was back on the grind this week. He picked up two podium finishes this week including a victory in the bwin.com Sunday Omaha Main Event High Roller for an even $10,000. He backed that up on the same day when he took third in the July 8 edition of the bwin.com Super Sunday High Roller for another $12,000. The lack of movement didn’t really matter this week as he still holds an over 1900 PLB point lead over countryman ‘C Darwin2’. ‘C Darwin2’ also had a quiet week on the PLB point front, but he did cash for over $29,000 this week helping him continue his march to $10 million in lifetime earnings. Also like ‘lena900’, the top-tier pro did not suffer much of a PLB point loss, having only slipped less than one total point. One of the biggest questions in the past month or so regarding the Top 10 has been - where is the #3 ranked Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky? It’s been nearly two months since the Ukranian pro has logged an online result. That was back in May when Romanovsky logged a career-high score of $442,299. Perhaps he’s simply still enjoying the spoils of his spring series run good. Russian crusher 'hellohellohello' continues his run as the #4-ranked player in the world. This is thanks in part to his third place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $17,753 and 179.19 PLB points. While he did not put in an overwhelming amount of volume, he did rack up 11 total results this week - seven of which were worth four-figures or more. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth only really took to the online felts on Sunday, July 8 and his results for the day were minimal. He ended the day with three total cashes and without any relevant PLB qualifying scores. Last week he held a nearly 200 point lead over the #6-ranked ‘GINS FINEST’, but this week that lead has degraded to just over 25 points. His decrease in PLB points is simply because of aging scores and not due to anything Canadian ‘GINS FINEST’ did this week, as he did not make a single appearance online this week. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7), ‘Ariados’ (#8) and Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#9) all kept their ranking without putting in any volume online. For UK’s Zhang, his excuse is that he is wrapping up a stay in Las Vegas where he participated in the World Series of Poker. So, while he didn’t make any money in online poker, he did manage a 24th place finish in Event #71: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em for $13,110, the same event that wrapped with Phil Hellmuth taking home gold bracelet #15. The one and only change to the top 10 in terms of players this week is Uruguay’s former #1-ranked player Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rejoining the top 10 at #10. His rise was due in part to a runner-up finish in the partypoker Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller for $17,500 and 208.63 PLB points. Finally, keeping with the theme of this week - there were no other significant movements in or out of the top 25. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,662.67 1 2 C Darwin2 10,752.84 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,008.98 3 4 hellohellohello 9,831.52 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9.348.52 5 6 GINS FINEST 9.323.64 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,061.64 7 8 Ariados 8,630.34 8 9 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,436.77 9 10 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 12 11 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 15 12 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,290.48 10 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 14 14 DamageAP 8,152.15 13 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,125.99 16 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 11 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,796.15 17 18 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,690.47 18 19 girafganger7 7,687.22 19 20 Palyaaa 7,644.14 22 21 European 7,613.00 20 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,408.22 21 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,273.95 25 24 Sheater 7,235.30 23 25 kofi89 7,219.96 24

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