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  1. 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.
  2. PocketFivers turned out in force on 888poker in the month of August, taking down tournaments and padding their bankrolls. Some of the top earners of the month are also some of the biggest names in online poker. This includes former top-10 ranked Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy. Russia's ‘josef_shevik’ earned over $37,000 on the site in August, thanks in large part to a victory in the August 19 edition of the $80,000 Whale where he took home the top prize of $26,000. Right behind him on the list of top moneymakers is the 888poker Ambassador himself, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Moorman had a number of smaller scores, however, the bulk of his nearly $30,000 in the month also came from the Whale. The week before 'josef-shevjk' won the Whale, Moorman earned the gold in the same tournament. And, like the Russian, Moorman earned $26,000 for his efforts. Matveychuk ‘MatveichukR’ Roman rounds out the top three of those that took home the most money last month. The Russian scored a second place finish in the August 12 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep for $18,000 of his nearly $21,000 in cashes. 888poker Top 10 Earners In August PLAYER WINNINGS josef_shvejk $37,544.80 moorman1 $29,637.80 MatveichukR $20,926.61 bparis $18,247.53 karevtlt $17,442.83 sonmonedas $17,318.58 msksevart $17,240.16 rataj $17,075.97 goeon $16,704.48 Pot4teUS $16,619.00   When it comes to the number of times actually getting into the money nobody did it more than ‘jickydzikipl’. The UK grinder, who plays almost exclusively on 888poker, reached the cash a staggering 111 times in August. Putting that in perspective,‘DoperHarley’ who was the top casher in July, made the money 73 times. Though ‘jickydzikipl’ is a low stakes grinder, he is rapidly approaching $200,000 in lifetime earnings, with over $185,000 of that being won on 888poker. Not that far behind ‘jickydzikipl’ is Brazil’s Victor ’vsmithc413’ Cavalcanti with 105 cashes. Like his UK counterpart, Cavalcanti grinds out the lower buy-in tournaments. His runner-up finish in the $5.50 BIG Fish for $1,250 was one of the largest in his young career and helped push him over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. Another Brazilian, Flavio ‘LendaFlavio’ Costa picked up 87 cashes. Of those, three were outright wins, helping propel him to over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. 888poker Top 10 Cashers In August PLAYERS CASHES jickydzikipl 111 vsmithc413 105 Flavio Felipe 87 sizzlinbetta 82 JhowFla 73 hudfoter 66 JefersonLA 63 gailius46 62 Lockerl71 58 BotsaSlayer 55   On the topic of outright wins, ‘zapara678’ leads the pack by earning eight gold medals in the month. Two of his victories appeared on the same day in back-to-back fashion. The Ukranian first took down the August 20 edition of the $1,500 R&A for $555 while at the same time he was wrapping up a victory in the $3,000 Early Lightning Six Max for another $731. When you book 105 cashes, some of those hopefully are winners. So it’s no surprise that Victor ’vsmithc413’ Cavalcanti is also near the top of the winner's list. Of those 105, Cavalcanti took down seven tournaments. That’s tied with ‘hudfoter’ who also won seven times. For ‘hudfoter’ his continued presence on the top winner's list has helped him to a career-high ranking. 888poker Top 10 Winners In August PLAYER WINS zapara678 8 vsmithc413 7 hudfoter 7 Lockerl71 6 marma07 5 gailius46 5 goeon 5 CNAFish 5 Fisherman101 4 FlyinFinn 4
  3. The month of September was a big one for online poker as both PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and partypoker’s POWERFEST brought out the biggest names in the game to compete for the largest prize pools of the year. Here are a few of the biggest PocketFives headlines in the month of September. WCOOP and POWERFEST Take Center Stage There’s no doubt about it, when the biggest online poker sites in the world offer massive guarantees, poker players from all over the world stop what they are doing to log on and grind. That is exactly what happened in September as both PokerStars and partypoker presented their hefty fall super series schedules. Marquee players like Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Shaun Deeb, Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer and ‘girafgander7’ all picked up titles over the course of the series. Here’s a look back at some September’s biggest results. READ: WCOOP - ‘wann2play’ Wins High Main Event, $1.35M READ: POWERFEST - Steve O’ Dwyer Wins $25K Super High Roller for $896K READ: WCOOP - Shaun Deeb Picks Up Another Victory On Son’s Birthday READ: POWERFEST - Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman Victorious In Six Max PKO Take a look back on all of PocketFives' WCOOP and POWERFEST content. Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights After a pair of huge online series, there is bound to be titanic shifts in the online rankings. Major amounts of PLB points are there for the taking and players who may only log on to play in the biggest events are sent soaring up the charts due to big-time wins. PokerStars tournaments alone generated a prize pool of close to $100 million and so when players won, they often won big. So we took a closer look at which players were the biggest beneficiaries of their grind. The list includes Steve O’ Dwyer, Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido, Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth and Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong. READ: Huge WCOOP Paydays Propel Players To New Rankings Heights Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Does It Again When PokerStars expanded their WCOOP schedule to include three different levels of tournaments (High/Medium/Low), as they had traditionally done during SCOOP, it gave players a chance at racking up multiple WCOOP titles. No one took more advantage of that then Russia’s Denis ‘aDreNAalin710’ Strebkov. Strebkov went on a WCOOP heater, racking up wins and becoming one of the biggest stories of the entire series. At one point he sat atop multiple WCOOP leaderboards and was in contention for the Low, Medium, High and Overall all at the same time. On this day, Strebkov took down his fourth title en route his record-breaking run. READ: WCOOP - Denis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov Leads The Way With Fourth Win Phil Galfond’s Online Poker Site Gets Closer To Launch “We’re getting to the point now where, while there are still a lot of known bugs and we’re working on them, they’re fewer and further between.” - Phil Galfond discussing Run It Once Poker in September. There was a point when Phil Galfond’s Run It Once online poker site had a September target date for launch. While they were unable to make that mark, Galfond did come out with a major update and include some of the first video of actual gameplay of the future site. At the same time, he expanded the beta program (which is currently still in full swing) after positive feedback from those who have been playing on the closed site. READ: Phil Galfond Shows Off Run It Once Software In Latest Update Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Rises To #1 In The UK In September PocketFives had the opportunity to touch base with 2018 UK breakout star Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot to take about his amazing results and rise in the rankings. The 28-year old professional talks about coming up in the online scene, building up a bankroll, going broke and turning into a ‘bad reg.’ After finding inspiration from Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot online, Proudfoot gathered himself and rededicated his focus to his online game. This led him to an incredible victory in the 888poker XL Inferno Main Event for a career-high cash of over $209,000. Since that time Proudfoot continues to compete at the highest level, staying in the top 10 worldwide conversation. READ: From ‘Bad Reg’ to #1 in the UK - Johnny ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang Claims September Monthly PLB Award Absent from the headlines above is the tremendous run that the UK’s Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang went on during September. Zhang picked up 17 PLB qualifying scores and as impressive as that is, it doesn’t even begin to tell the story of his month. Zhang put together six five-figure scores before he set a new personal best cash of $265,995 in WCOOP-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller). He was just getting started. Four days later, he broke that record in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) where he took fifth for a new career-high cash of $382.252. He then went on to nearly break that record with a fourth-place finish in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $336,740. Then he, for the third time in the month, set a new career high cash with his third-place finish in the partypoker POWERFEST #122-SHR ($3M Championship Event) for $468,000 on September 21. It was an amazing month for Zhang allowing him to take time away from the online tables as he hasn’t logged an online result since September 24.
  4. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
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