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  1. The final Thursday of the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker saw six events come to a conclusion with plenty of notable names finding their way into the winner’s circle. The highlights of the day included a PokerStars ambassador nearly booking his first Spring title, a Swedish crusher reminding people why he’s always in contention to be a top-ranked player, and Adrian Mateos making his case for player of the series. It’s been quite a series for Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos who picked up his third SCOOP title of 2021, fifth overall, by taking down Event #84-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max). Early in the series, the high-roller MTT specialist picked up a win in Event 13-M for $146,714.34. He grabbed his second series victory in Event #50-H where he added another $84,110.87 to his SCOOP earnings. On Thursday, he bested the 175-entry field of the 6-Max event for a $69,809.24 payday. All together, Mateos’ heater has been worth a total of just over $300,000 which, unsurprisingly, had made him one of the winningest players of the series thus far. Former #1-ranked, and partypoker pro, Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao found success on rival PokerStars in this one, finishing in second place for $52,768.55. Hungary’s Maszat ‘noirduck’ Marci ended up in third place and added $39,887.64 to his $4.6 million in lifetime online earnings. Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas picked up a little extra equity in Event #77-H ($5,200 NLHE, High Roller) by topping the 193-entry field and snapping up some of the $35,000 in overlay paid by PokerStars. Bujtas worked his way through a tough final table and locked up the $201,606 first-place prize and his fourth career SCOOP title. Bujtas busted Uruguay’s Mario ‘MB TRMENDO’ Bonanata in second place, which was good for a healthy $155,222.20 score. ‘DingeBrinker’, who finished as the runner-up in Event #48 for over $121K, wrapped up in third place here, adding another $119,510 to his 2021 SCOOP earnings. Like many High Rollers in this series, the final table was packed with talent. David ‘dpeters17’ Peters fell in fourth place for $92,014.10 while former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens finished in fifth for $70,844.30. Additionally, Brazil’s Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani and Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson also reached the final nine. The gentle needles that PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ’Spraggy’ Spragg endures from his own sponsor might sting a little more on Friday morning after the Twitch streamer fell just one spot short of capturing his first SCOOP title in Event #79-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO). Instead of taking the title, it was Russia’s ‘serggorelyi7’ who earned their first SCOOP victory and $33,944.91 plus an additional $36,978.49 in bounties. Although it wasn’t first place, Spragg still thrilled his audience with a runner-up performance which was good for $33,944.54 and an additional $8,351.57 in bounties. Spragg’s countryman Andrew ’stato_1’ Hulme ended up in third place and walked with a total score of $22,543.96, bounties included. It wasn’t that long ago that Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen was a worldwide top-5 ranked player and if he continues to post up results as he did in Event #81-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max), it won’t be long before he makes a return to the elite section of the rankings. The longtime Swedish grinder took down the PLO8 event for $62,426.12 and his second career SCOOP title. He fended off Finland’s ‘XD89lol<3’ who recently captured a 2021 title of his own with a victory in Event #71-H. ‘XD89lol<3’s second-place finish marks his fourth High event podium finish and this time he earned $47,514.57 for his efforts. Brazil’s ‘mario4ndre’ took home the bronze and $36,164.99 for third place. It took just over 10 hours for Malta’s ‘zizinhooo’ to take down the 323-player field of Event #80-H ($1,050 NLHE) and capture the $60,764 first-place prize. Brazilian ‘HayasiJoao’ wrapped up as the runner-up and booked a $46,025.75 while Rui ‘sousinha23’ Sousa fell in third place which earned him$ 34,861.87. Also of note, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot from the UK finished in sixth place for $15,149.63 and 2019 PSPC standout Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha ended up in seventh place for a $11,474.99 score. Bulgarian grinder ‘gettingpwned’ blasted through the 467-entry field of Event #85-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo, PKO). The nightly Turbo took a minute under five hours to complete and in that time ‘gettingpwned’ turned their $1K buy-in into an $84,500.75 score, bounties included. ‘DingeBrinker’, who has been bingeing on top-three finishes as of late, took another runner-up slot and added $52,664.63 to his ever-expanding bankroll. Canada’s ‘mraink’ finished in third place and picked up $22,556.10 plus an additional $9,265.10. Other winners on Thursday included ‘Dominick_Hoy’ (Event #77-L), ‘adkaf’ (Event #77-M), ‘giwrgosm’ (Event #79-L), ‘KKing James’ (Event #79-M), ‘jppinheiiro’ (Event #80-L), ‘betsoares’ (Event #80-M), ‘drkamikaze1’ (Event #81-L), ‘iamivar’ (Event #81-M), ‘Hog1092’ (Event #84-L), ‘Aziz.Mancha’ (Event #84-M), ‘pete_robo’ (Event #85-L), and ‘DubbCitySauce’ (Event #85-M). Event #77-H ($5,200 NLHE, High Roller) Entries: 193 Prize pools: $1,000,000 ($35,000 overlay) 1. omaha4rollz - $201,606 2. MB TREMENDO - $155,222.20 3. DingeBrinker - $119,510 Event #79-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 431 Prize pool: $431,000 1. serggorelyi7 - $70,923.40 2. Spraggy - $42,296.11 3. stato_1 - $22,543.96 Event #80-H ($1,050 NLHE) Entries: 323 Prize pool: $323,000 1. zizinhooo - $60,764 2. HayasiJoao - $46,025.75 3. sousinha23 - $34,861.87 Event #81-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $308,000 1. Perrymejsen - $62,426.12 2. XD89lol<3 - $47,514.57 3. mario4ndre - $36,164.99 Event #84-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 175 Prize pool: $350,000 1. Amadi_017 - $69,809.24 2. IneedMassari - $52,768.55 3. noirduck - $39,887.64 Event #85-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 467 Prize pool: $467,000 1. gettingpwned - $84,500.75 2. DingeBrinker - $52,664.63 3. mraink - $31,821.73
  2. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had during the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on Monday night as a number of million-dollar prize pool tournaments crowned winners including one that saw a former #1-ranked pro earn one of the largest cashes of his career. It was back-to-back victories for Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard on Monday as, for the second night in a row, the former #1-ranked pro worked his way through a final table full of top-tier talent to book the win. While it’s nice for Leonard to now have five career SCOOP wins, undoubtedly for the UK grinder, he’s even more thrilled with the $258,007.27 first-place prize that came with it. Getting to win number five was no easy feat either with players like Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger, Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas, and PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg still in contention with two tables left. The final table featured a host of talented pros including Tuen ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder (8th), Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan (5th), and Dario ’Secret_M0de’ Sammartino (4th). Former #1 Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens climbed into third place which was good for a total score of $99,561.58, bounties included. Russian pro Arsenii ‘hello_totti’ Malinov finished as the runner-up and earned $107,772.69 plus another $40,703.13 in bounties for $148,475.82. Longtime pro Noah ‘Exclusive’ Boeken won his third career SCOOP title after outlasting the 143-entry field of Event #58-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max, High Roller). Boeken, with two other SCOOP victories in PLO and 8-Game, added to his non-No Limit poker resume with the victory and six-figure score of $157,426.77. Canada’s ‘roo_400’ took second place honors and also cleared six figures with a $121,004.77 payday. ‘SoGotPwned’, who earned a spot on the podium back in Event #21-H, finished in third place once again, this time winning $93,009.37. Oliver ‘sk2ll_m0dR’ Weis out of Austria not only topped the 937 entry field of Event #62-H ($530 NLHE, PKO, Freezeout), but he faced down one of online poker’s very best in heads-up play to do so. Weis racked up the bounties in this one, including the final elimination of Sweden’s Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson in order to capture his second career SCOOP title and a total score of $66,097, bounties included. Mattsson, who has already picked up a pair of SCOOP victories this year, settled for second place and collected a total of $35,649.12. Bulgarian grinder ‘ludako123’ finished in third place and walked away with a combined haul of $29,822.76. There was a chop at the end of Event #63-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) as Claas ‘SsicK_OnE’ Segebrecht and the UK’s ‘xMFPx’ split up the lion’s share of the over $1 million prize pool. When all was said and done though, Segebrecht picked up the final $10,000 left for the eventual winner and walked away with a total prize of $176,351.14 and his fourth career SCOOP title. For their part of the deal, ‘xMFPx’ booked a $156,201.45 score roughly $15K above what second place was supposed to pay. Left out of the deal was third-place finished ‘Kohlrabi7’ who still earned the handsome sum of $104,687.37. Lander ‘tua133’ Lijo’s second career SCOOP title was a long time coming as the Spanish player was the last man standing in Event #66-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max), nine years after he last took home a SCOOP trophy. Back then he won an $11 buy-in NLHE Rebuy for just over $42,500. Today he’s playing in High events and on Monday he took home booked a six-figure score of $136,630.79. It continues to be a solid series for Canada’s Jonah ‘RaiseUpBlind’ Silverstein who, along with his win in Event 32-H, booked his third runner-up finish in a High event for $100,210.18. ‘nacho2390’ from Argentina claimed third place and added $73,509.83. Other winners on Monday included ‘Carster’ (Event #69-H), ‘le_chefe28’ (Event #58-L), ‘jmslee21’ (Event #58-M), ‘BetoHas’ (Event #62-L), ‘RodriDiaz3’ (Event #62-M), ‘DanyVCD’ (Event #63-L), ‘inca7bar’ (Event #63-M), ‘kleinebakker007’ (Event #64-M), ‘rafayamaki’ (Event #66-L), ‘internet93o’ (Event #66-M), ‘davey86’ (Event #69-L), and ‘Pye_Face21’ (Event #69-M). Event #58-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max, High Roller) Entries: 143 Prize pool: $750,000 ($35,000 overlay) 1. Exclusive - $157,426.77 2. roo_400 - $121,004.77 3. USoGotPwned - $93,009.37 Event #62-H ($530 NLHE, PKO, Freezeout) Entries: 937 Prize pool: $468,500 1. sk2ll_m0dR - $66,097 2. C. Darwin2 - $35,649.12 3. ludako123 - $29,822.76 Event #63-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) Entries: 538 Prize pool: $1,076,000 1. SsicK_OnE - $176,351.14* 2. xMFPx - $156,201.45* 3. Kohlrabi7 - $104,687.37 Event #64-H ($5,200 NLHE, PKO, Sunday High Roller SE) Entries: 255 Prize pool: $1,275,000 1. pads1161 - $258,007.27 2. hello_totti - $148,475.82 3. girafganger7 - $99,561.58 Event #66-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 813 Prize pool: $813,000 1. tua133 - $136,630.79 2. RaiseUpBlind - $100,210,18 3. nacho2390 - $73,509.83 Event #69-H ($1,050 Stud) Entries: 70 Prize pool: $75,000 ($5,000 overlay) 1. Carster - $20,437.50 2. trollringen - $13,875 3. biurtyj - $10,500
  3. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s quest to be the best continued last month as one of Portugal’s most prolific poker pros broke through into the Online Poker Rankings top 10 and racked up over $867,000 in total earnings en route to locking up the March Online Player of the Month title. Vieira finished March with 4,725 points, a good portion of which helped him take an early lead in the Online Player of the Year race and almost all can be traced back to the fact that Vieira took the time to update his profile last month. Once he did, an avalanche of impressive recent results was revealed that took him from the status of unranked right into the thick of battling as the top online poker player in the world. Vieira’s March got off to a quick start with a fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller where he outlasted the likes of Daniel Dvoress, Jason Koon, and Matthias Eibinger to lock up a $222,514 payday, the third-largest score of his career, plus 642.75 points. Then on March 5, he finished in sixth place in the GGPoker $10,300 High Roller for another $74,813 and 400.91 points. Less than a week later, Vieira picked up yet another six-figure score. He finished in third place in the GGPoker Sunday 500 for $142,724 and 569.01 points. At the very same time he was grinding his way to a seventh-place finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers Main Event for an extra $31,885 and 328.53. He closed out the month the same way he started it, with another massive score. Vieira made the final table of the March 23rd edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ and finished in fourth place for $187,255 plus 618.64 points. Consistency was Vieira’s strength in March, a month in which he actually didn’t record a single outright victory. He did, however, accumulate 74 in-the-money finishes for a grand total of $867,833, landing in the top 10 roughly 25% of the time. Vieira currently sits at the #5 ranked player in the world, but perhaps more importantly has climbed to #2 on the Online All-Time Money List with over $21.3 million in total earnings. Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann, who finished as March’s runner-up, had the kind of month most grinders dream of. What he lacked in volume, he more than made up for in astonishing results, picking up 47 cashes for $766,799 and a total of 4,405 points. Of his 47 results, he finished in the top three 15 times (32%) with nine outright wins. That means that in March, Volkmann won 19% of the time he cashed. That includes his victory in the March 2 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $51,922 and 362.29 points. The very next day he was victorious in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters Special for another $17,175 and 457.71 points. The trend continued on March 4 when he binked a win in Event #102 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $44,917. He had to wait three whole days before he won again in the March 7 GGPoker $5,250 High Rollers Special for $57,374. Despite all of his victories, Volkmann’s month was highlighted not with a win but with a runner-up finish in the March 16 edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ where he earned 942.32 points and $318,042, the second-largest score of his online career. Former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens finished as the runner-up in the Online Player of the Month race in February and once again he made a run at it in March, ending up in third place with 3,874 points. The standout score of Stevens’ month came on March 8 when he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller for $655,289, the second-highest haul of his extensive online career, which also netted him 1,175.58 points. March 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=198 /]
  4. For the first time in six years, Brazilian Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski returned to the worldwide #1 ranking in the latest Online Poker Rankings. After months of flirting with the top spot, Dzivielevski finally broke through thanks to his incredible heads-up comeback victory against high-roller tournament savant Michael Addamo in this week’s edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$. 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 /]
  5. A quick glance at this week’s Online Poker Rankings gives off the impression that not much has changed. Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens, the United Kingdom-based online MTT crusher, retained the #1 spot for the second week in a row while nine of last week’s top 10 ranked players remained in the top 10. But under the surface, it was a very active week. Steven’s closest challengers for the top spot have significantly closed the gap threatening to end his position atop the leaderboard after just two weeks. Plus, the addition of one of the game’s top online talents to the rankings has the possibility to shake everything up over the next few weeks. Last week, Stevens took over the #1 ranking it for the fourth time in his career. However, his longest time spent atop the leaderboard top in each of his previous reigns was just two weeks - where he is right now. And if Portugal’s Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira has anything to say about it, it may end at just two weeks once again. The current #2-ranked Ferreira pulled within four points of Stevens, a razor-thin margin. In addition to Ferreira’s recent win in the GGPoker $10,300 High Roller for $268,974 and 1,174.73 points, he also piled on an additional 350.93 points with a deep run in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller for $49,157. He’s been on a rapid rise up the rankings and has never been in a better position to take over the #1 spot than he is right now. Ferreira’s not alone in being within striking distance of Stevens. Russia’s #3-ranked Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov sits just 318 points back, an amount that can easily be earned on the high-stakes MTT scene. Malinov’s last significant score took place in the same $25,500 Super High Roller referenced above where he walked away with $180,167 and 608.11 points for a sixth-place finish. However, it’s one thing to be close and it’s another entirely to actually become #1. Even with multiple players targeting him at the top, there’s a good chance that Stevens can keep his streak going for a third week in a row. In both Ferreira and Malinov’s cases, their volume throughout the week appears to be down while Stevens has been on the grind. He picked up five-figure cashes in the PokerStars High Roller Club on March 14 for $12,731 and in the GGPoker High Roller Deepstack for another $17,659. Welcome Back 'Naza' While the coming weekend may determine who will emerge as the #1, there’s a new player in the top 10 to contend with as well. High-stakes crusher Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, who was actually unranked last week, updated his PocketFives profile which added new scores to his total. The result is Vieira came in at #6 this week, becoming Portugal’s second player in the top 10 and pushing out WSOP Main Event champ Damian 'tritu' Salas, who slipped to #11. Additionally, Vieira took over the early lead in the Online Player of the Year standings. One of Vieira’s updates was adding his GGPoker real name, which included some of his biggest cashes in recent weeks. Early in March, he took sixth place in the Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 High Roller for $74,813 and 400.91 points. Then just this past week, he added a third-place finish in the GGPoker $5,250 Sunday 500 for $142,724 and 569.01 points. Finally, on the same day as his six-figure score, he locked up another $31,885 and 328.53 points with a final table finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers. Moving forward, Vieira and his high-roller output will be another major factor in the elite sections of the rankings. Additionally, it lends more evidence that Vieira continues to be in the discussion as one of the best players in the world. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Brazil’s Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold hit a new career-high ranking this week, leaping 20 spots from #36 to #16 this week after a weekend that brought him three five-figure scores including a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $43,869 and a runner-up finish in the GGPoker Global MILLION$ for $84,522 and 659.75 points. • Back-to-back final tables in the PokerStars High Roller Club helped Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark climb 19 spots this week to #62. He grabbed a fifth-place finish in the $530 Bounty Builder on March 14 for 13,070 and 208.10 points and two days later took down another $530 Bounty Builder HR for $8,856 and another 226.94 points. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=188 /]
  6. A major shakeup in this week’s Online Poker Rankings saw UK online crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens jumping up from the #2 spot to assume the #1 rank for the fourth time in his career and ending the three-month-long reign of Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon. Just one week ago, Stevens eclipsed the 13,000 PLB mark, putting him closer to Botteon than anyone had been in the better part of a month. However, he needed a significant score to close the gap and that’s exactly what took place this week. Stevens picked up a runner-up finish in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $25,500 Super High Roller for $655,289, the second-largest online score of his career. Additionally, that came with 1,175.58 PLB points, just enough to push the pro past 14,000 total PLB points and back into the role of the #1 online player in the world. Even though his SHR runner-up finish was perhaps the result that pushed him over the top, his week was littered with significant results that included a third-place finish in the GGPoker $840 High Rollers Marathon for $16,494 and 182.89 PLB points. Also, he made a deep run in the $5,250 Sunday 500 on GGPoker for another $12,146 and 236.06 points. On top of those results, there were plenty of scores that didn’t qualify for PLB points but made for an incredible week for ‘Giraf’. There were nine tournaments, none of which counted into the rankings due to field size, in which Stevens walked away with a five-figure score. In total, those nine tournaments added over $257,000 to his career earnings which soared past the $15 million mark this week. READ: The Poker Dream Is Still Very Much Alive For 'Girafganger7' After a dominant 12-week run, Botteon moved down to #4 this week due to a combination of low volume (he only recorded an uncharacteristic nine total cashes this week) and aging PLB results. Botteon’s current PLB total is 12,858, an amount that he could easily build upon to get back in contention for the top spot in the coming weeks. Steven’s wasn’t the only major move inside the Top 10 this week as Portugal’s Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira continued to grind his way up the rankings and moved from #7 into the #2 spot, a new career-high ranking for him. It was one month ago that Ferreira first broke through into the Top 5 and in the subsequent weeks, he bounced around inside and out of the Top 10. But with four PLB-qualifying scores this week, including an online career-high victory in GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 High Roller for $268,974 and 1,174.73, he was able to vault all the way up to second on the list. Russia’s Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov’s heater continues as well. The recently featured pro jumped three spots this week from #6 in the world to #3 - the closest he’s been to the top spot since 2018. Less than a week after his career-high GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller win for $661,744, Malinov made another deep run in an SHR. On March 8, Malinov finished in sixth place for $180,167 in another GGPoker $25K bringing him an additional 608.11 PLB points and leaving him just 249 points behind Ferriera and 782 behind Stevens. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Following his jump in the rankings last week, Finland’s former #1-ranked pro Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro is back inside the Top 10, rising from #12 to #8 in the world. This is thanks, in part, to a sixth-place finish for over $135,000 in the same $25K Super High Roller that awarded massive points to ‘Giraf’ and Malinov this week. • Speaking of Super High Rollers, Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood posted back-to-back deep runs on Natural8 that brought him over $79,000 and 650 PLB points. It also pushed him up 13 spots in the rankings from #36 back into the Top 25 to #23. • Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton returned to the Top 100 this week, rising from #141 in the world to #89 after making the final table of the PokerStars Turbo Series Event #126 ($5,200 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) where he took home more than $26,000 and 233.35 PLB points. Joining him in breaking back through, was Hungary’s Peter ‘Belabacsi’ Traply who took down a PokerStars $109 and added $4,783 to his more than $18.6 million in career earnings, currently second on the Online All-Time Money List. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=185 /]
  7. For weeks now, the worldwide Online Poker Rankings have been a tight-knit crew. Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon has held down the top spot for the past eight weeks and well-known names like Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, and Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens have occupied their own positions inside the Top 5. But this week, a new player broke through into the upper echelons of the rankings for the first time in his career. Portugal’s #1-ranked pro Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira soared past Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann and Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski to capture the #5 spot, building on what has been, for him, an incredible start to 2021. Ferreira has long been considered a top-tier tournament player but his recent rise in the rankings can be traced back to the beginning of this year when he collected large amounts of PLB points on a daily basis. Many of Ferreira's spotlight scores have come on GGPoker, where he dedicates most of his volume. His first notable score of the year came back on January 4 when he made a deep run in the WSOP Circuit Event #15 ($800 FIFTY STACK), finishing in fifth place for $56,646 and 451.33 PLB points. That was just the start of an onslaught of impressive results that week. In a three-day span, he collected five PLB-qualifying scores including a fifth-place finish in the prestigious $10K Super MILLION$ tournament where he collected $158,690 and 567.28 PLB points. In total, he brought in 1,396.28 points during that span which set him up for a run to the worldwide Top 10. Less than a week later, Ferreira finished as the runner-up in the Winamax W Series High Roller KO for $131,199, his second six-figure score of the week. The 921.92 PLB points that came with it remains his largest PLB score of the year so far. He wasn’t finished with the W Series as a victory in Event 185 added another $11,194 to his bankroll and helped pad the bed of PLB points he’d need to push into the upper echelons of the rankings. On January 26, he made another deep run in the GGPoker Super MILLION$, finishing in 11th place for $33,604. Ferriera has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the weekly Super MILLION$ having cashed in 15 of his 31 appearances and earning $1,000,053 along the way. After that result, Ferriera had climbed into the #8 spot in the rankings and needed an extra jolt to hit a new career-high rank this week. He got that lift this week after outlasting the 111 runners, and besting Chris Koldnicki heads-up, in the $525 buy-in GGPoker Sunday High Rollers for $12,886 and 235.58 PLB points. On the same day, at a final table that included Ryan Riess, Bryan Paris, and Jack Salter, Ferreira took fifth place in the High Roller MILLION$ for $66,038 and the 473.78 PLB points he needed to break into the Top 5. While he still has a way to go to make a run at #1, as he’s over 3,400 points behind Botteon as of this week, another solid performance over the next week could put him in striking distance of Stevens who sits at #4, just 194 points away. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s Andrey 'kot_spartac' Kotelnikov reached a career-high ranking of #13 in the world, up 12 spots from #25 last week, thanks in part to finishing in fourth place out of a massive 28,404-entry field in the PokerStars 50/50 Series $50 Main Event. He earned $47,045 and 494.56 PLB points to push him past former #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who fell back to #14. • Popular Twitch poker streamer Patrick ‘Egption’ Tardif hit #34 in the world, a new career-high for him, after finishing as the runner-up in the Natural8 $1,050 High Rollers Main Event for $75,480 and 466.52 PLB points. The score helped propel Tardif to up over $3 million in career online earnings. • Brazil’s Gabriel ‘gtavares10’ Tavares made one of the biggest moves of the week, jumping up 27 spots to #58 after his victory in the February 7 PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder for $40,301 and 541.76 PLB points. Brazil has taken over the worldwide top 100, currently holding down 29 of the top 100 spots. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=171 /]
  8. There are a variety of ways to reach the top of the online poker rankings. For some, their ascension is based around a signature score, perhaps outlasting an overwhelming field in a massive marquee event. For others, it’s about the online grind. It’s a day-in, day-out battle against competition (and variance) where players register every tournament in sight and rack up results and PLB points in the process. Whatever path a player takes to succeed in online poker, it’s hardly ever easy. So when big moves in the rankings are made, it’s worth taking a look at who is making them and what they are doing right. Here are some of the biggest rankings risers of this week and some of the scores that helped them get it done. Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens (+54) Online poker crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens saw a massive spike this week thanks to a series of massive scores in November. The former #1-ranked pro is once again in a position to potentially take the top spot after soaring an incredible 54 spots to land this week as the worldwide #4-ranked player. While ‘Giraf’ is constantly grinding, consistently picking up PLB points, his jolt into the top 5 can be credited to a three-tournament heater in the middle of the month. First up, a deep run in EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) on November 10 gave found him battling against a final table full of online poker’s best. Current #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, Tim ’Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson all had a seat and in the end, ‘Giraf’ secured a seventh-place finish for $51,444 and 324.83 PLB points. The very next day, he once again found success again in a high roller when he nearly grabbed the gold in GGPoker’s High Roller Week Event #7 ($10,300 High Roller). At another star-powered final which featured Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, Isaac Haxton, and Dan Smith among others, ‘Giraf’ outlasted the 130 total entries and struck a heads-up deal with Julian Stuer in which he officially finished in second place for $262,470 earning him another 752.24 PLB points. He wasn’t finished though. On the very same day, he booked an outright win PokerStars EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) for another $96,143 and 707.11 PLB points. In total, over those 48 hours, Stevens earned over $410,000 and 1,784.18 PLB. While he still sits over 1,500 PLB points behind Beresford, another 48 hours like that in November could propel him to return to the #1 spot. ‘Futti18’ (+11) ’Futti18’ jumped back into Russia’s top-5 rankings this week after an 11 spot leap to #31 in the world. ‘Futti18’ has leveraged podium results in PokerStars High Roller Club events throughout November to rack up PLB points and five-figure scores. Back on November 8, the Russian outlasted popular Twitch streamer Hristivoje ‘All In Pav’ Pavolic and Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro at the final table of the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder Two-Day Event for a runner-up finish worth $42,855 and 373.07 PLB points. On November 22, he did it again. ‘Futti18’ finished as the runner in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for another $47,052 and 382.43 PLB points. This time though he added on. The very same day he picked up a third-place finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown which earned him another $6,938 and 116.82 PLB points. ‘Futti18’ is 18 spots away from his career-high rank of #13 which he hit earlier this year and just under $125,000 away from eclipsing $5 million in career earnings. Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton (+15) Sam Grafton may have a reputation of being fun to be around, a lot of laughs at the poker table. But don’t get confused, his charm is just one part of his poker arsenal that, live or online, makes it so when you play against ‘TheSquid’ your playing against one of the best. He shot up 15 spots this week, back into the worldwide top 50 (#46) and back into the top 5 in the competitive country of the UK. Unlike others who make leaps with a single big score, Grafton, who grinds a wide variety of buy-ins, accomplished it by racking up PLB scores in several smaller tournaments. On November 26, Grafton cashed in back-to-back High Roller Club tournaments, the first for $3,030 and the second for $1,848 which brought him a total of 153.35. Those scores were on the back of his November 22 runner-up finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $10,391 and 148.99 PLB points. Those scores contributed in part to Grafton's recently surpassing $8 million in total lifetime online earnings. Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez (+27) A pair of nice scores helped Spain’s Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez jump up 27 spots in the rankings this week, back into the top 100 into #76 in the world. The pro, who plays out of the UK, found success in the November 18 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR, winning it all for over $14,000 and 286.36 PLB points. Perhaps even more impressively, Fernandez then outlasted the 673 runners in the November 22 edition of the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up, taking home the $23,354 first-place prize and another 366.88 PLB points. Fernandez continued to tack on PLB points, posting additional results in the partypoker $5K GTD Gladiator, putting him just 16 spots from his all-time high ranking of #60. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screen names to their PocketFives profile.
  9. The PokerStars EPT Online series wrapped up on Thursday after Sweden’s ‘WhatIfGod’ was crowned the champion of the $5,200 NLHE Main Event and walked away with the $1,019,082 million first-place prize. The first-ever EPT Online looked to bring players similar offerings to that of one of their popular live stops which have been understandably postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And over the past two weeks, some of the world’s top online poker talent packed the PokerStars lobbies to battle for a piece of the $21.1 million in total prize money that was spread out over the series’ 20 events. The Main Event After four days of play, the final nine players reconvened to fight for the biggest prize of the series and the right to be called EPT Main Event Champion. The first three eliminations happened in short order as ‘vip25459’ fell was the first to fall, busting out ninth place for $78,797. Soon after busting ‘vip25459’, online poker legend Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet hit the rail in eighth place ($97,344) when he lost a huge flip holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] against ‘VbV1990’s [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. Then Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou busted in spectacular fashion when he got his [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] all in preflop against David ‘MissOracle’ Yan’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] and when the [poker card="3c"] hit the river, Christoforou was drawing dead. He settled for seventh place and $136,147. Play slowed down at six-handed until Enio ‘Bozzano JNR’ Bozzano suffered a bad beat in sixth place ($190,419) as Yan again came from behind and cracked Bozzano’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] with his [poker card="qh"][poker card="qd"]. Russia’s Viacheslav ‘Vbv1990’ Buldygin was the next to exit when he moved all-in with [poker card="ac"][aj] and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"]. The pocket eights held and Buldygin was eliminated in fifth place for $266,323. Not long after, ‘tikidiii’ busted in fourth place when he open-shoved his [poker card="js"][poker card="th"] into Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams who showed down [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Adams’ pocket eights flopped a set and held through the river as ‘tikidiii’ fell in fourth place for $372,485. The experienced final three players battled for roughly thirty minutes before Yan became short-stacked after he was called on a bluffed missed flush draw. Unlike earlier in the tournament when he was able to chip up from the short stack, Yan was unable to recover. He shoved his remaining 16 big blinds in the middle holding [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] against Adams’ [poker card="ac"][poker card="4s"]. Although the tens held to the turn, the [poker card="as"] spiked on the river, shipping the pot to Adams and sending Yan home with a third-place $520,966 payday. Despite both being deep-stacked, Adams and ‘WhatIfGod’ had a brief heads-up battle of just seven hands. It came to a head when Adams raised the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and ‘WhatIfGod’ three-bet with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"] which brought a bet from ‘WhatIfGod’ which Adams called. The turn came the [poker card="8s"] and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked it over to Adams who put in a bet of his own. ‘WhatIfGod’ called. The case ace, the [poker card="ac"], fell on the river and ‘WhatIfGod’ checked again. Adams then shoved his remaining stack and was called by ‘WhatIfGod’ who used his [poker card="tc"] to outkick Adams and clinch the championship. Adams earned $728,633 as the runner up and ‘WhatIfGod’ locked down the seven-figure $1,019,082 first-place prize. EPT Online Main Event Final Table Payouts [table id=123 /] Series Highlights The series got off to a fast start as EPT Online Event #1 ($1,050 NLHE, Arena Championship) racked up a total of 2,426 entries to shatter the $1.5 million event guarantee to the tune of a $2,426,000 prize pool. After four days of play, ‘DON JOHAN’ walked away with a $356,769 payday setting the stage for a series that promised players big-time payouts throughout. While not the first tournament numerically, EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was the first to reach the finish line and, in the end, it was David ‘MonkeyBausss’ Laka that became the answer to the trivia question “Who was the first EPT Online Champion?” Laka outlasted a talent-packed final table that included former #1-ranked pros Chris ‘ImDaNuts’ Oliver and Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov as well as current #2-ranked player from Croatia Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to lock up the $143,567 score. After a three-handed deal was made in EPT Online Event #4 ($530 NLHE), former PokerStars Team Online member Tatiana ‘Mysters_Y’ Barausova took home a trophy, surviving the field of 1139 runners and earning herself $74,951 in the process. The final table of EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a who’s who of online poker. Belarusian crusher Mikita Badziakouski and Mathias Eibinger made a deal heads-up that saw both players take home just over $221,000 but it was Badziakouski who will receive the trophy. 2020 WSOP NLHE PPC Champ Christian Rudolph finished in third place on a final table that included October PLB winner Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic, Canada’s #1-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, Timothy ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and current #1-ranked player in the world Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Also at the final table of Event #6 was high-stakes pro Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens who finished in seventh place for $51,445. A good result to be sure, but it was the beginning of a few days that found him locking up not one, but two EPT Online titles. First, in EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) he struck a deal with Greece’s Alexandros ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis heads up which locked up a $87,984 payday and the trophy. Three days later he bested Michael ‘Imluckbox’ Addamo heads up in EPT Online Event #15 ($10,300 Turbo, 6-Max, High Roller) to take home another $186,238 score. EPT Online Event #10 ($25,000 Super High Roller) had 81 entries fighting over a piece of the $2,000,000 prize pool. Finnish pro Eelis ‘EEE27’ Parssinen denied the victory to likes of Christian Rudolph, Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, Joao Vieira, and Artur Martirosian and took home $539,819 for first, the largest prize outside of the Main Event. PokerStars popular 6+ Hold’em (aka Short Deck) was on display in EPT Online Event #13 ($10,300 6+ Hold’em, High Roller) when Canadian crusher Sam Greenwood topped the small field of 41 entries to add $177,599 to his more than $11.6 million in lifetime career online earnings. One of Brazil’s best and brightest online stars, Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha blasted through the 818 entries of EPT Online Event #18 ($1,050 NLHE, Turbo) to capture the $138,358 first-place prize, a top-5 career score for the longtime grinder. In the final event of the series, former World Series of Poker final tablist Damian Salas used his last chance to pick up a six-figure score by winning EPT Online Event #20 ($1,050 NLHE Last Chance) for $117,475, the second-largest online win of his career. EPT Online Event Winners [table id=121 /] With the big buy-in tournaments of the EPT Online behind them, PokerStars next series caters to the other side of the poker pyramid. The MicroMillions series kicks off on November 19 and runs through November 29.
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