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  1. The first round of the PocketFives #1 Number One contest is complete and while all four #1 seeds had little trouble advancing to the second round, there were five first round upsets which could change the fates of a few of the former #1-ranked players. Hearts Bracket Chris 'moorman1' Moorman advanced to the second round thanks to his first round bye. The higher ranked seed in each of the seven other first round matches in the Hearts bracket also advanced. Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista, who passed away in 2015, defeated Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay. #2 seed 'C Darwin2' moved past Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko while Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard eliminated Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund to move onto the second round. [table id=204 /] Moorman versus Batista might be the highlighted second round match up, but the other three matches all include some of online poker's brightest stars. 'C Darwin2' takes on Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver is up against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, and #4 seed 'eisenhower1' battles #5 seed 'Legenden'. Diamonds Bracket The #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro made his way to the second round by defeating James 'P0KERPR033' Campbell. He led the top five seeds in the bracket in advancing before Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad pulled off the first upset of the competition. Obrestad, ranked #11 in the bracket, defeated #6 seed Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. The second upset in the bracket came via #9 seed Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov securing a win over #8 seed Caio 'pessagno' Pessagno. [table id=205 /] Fierro now faces Vezhenkov in the second round that features some of the most beloved PocketFivers ever going head-to-head. Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger squares off against Shaun Deeb, who had a first round bye, #4 seed Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson faces #5 seed Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen, and Obrestad will look for another upset, this time against the current #1-ranked player in the world, Yuri 'Yuri Martins' Dzivielevski. Clubs Bracket Everything went according to the seeding for the first seven matchups in the Clubs brackets before one of the most popular PocketFivers ever pulled off a minor upset. #9 seed Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz sent Tim 'Tmay420' West out in the only upset of the bracket. Top seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski defeated Mike 'StrungOut1' Wasserman, #2 seed Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez beat #15 seed Doc Sands, while Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy moved onto the next round via a bye. [table id=207 /] Sikorski may have an uphill battle in front of him in the second round as he goes toe-to-toe with Holz. Gonzalez takes on Josephy, Steve 'gboro780' Gross is matched up against Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, and #4 seed Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren goes up against #5 seed Dan 'djk123' Kelly. Spades Bracket Just like the Diamonds bracket, the Spades bracket produced a pair of upsets in the first round, including the biggest of the five total upsets. Seeded #14, Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe defeated #3 seed 'Sheater' and will now take on #6 seed Christopher 'NigDawG' Brammer in the second round. Brammer defeated #11 seed and current #9-ranked player in the world, Bruno 'bbotteon' Botteon to advance. The other first round upset came Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, the #9 seed, pushing past #8 seed Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. [table id=206 /] Along with Brammer taking on Volpe, the second round Spades matchups include Young going up against #1 seed 'lena900', and #2 seed Alex 'AJKHoosier1' Kamberis battling #7 seed Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, and Ari 'BodogAri' Engel, who had a first round bye, matched up against Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro. Five Players Tied for Bracket Contest Lead Out of 129 total entries in the #1 Number bracket contest, five players emerged tied after the opening round scoring. They include Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, Harley Stoffmaker, Adam 'Roothlus' Levy, Jason 'wackyjaxon' Glatzer, and 'Degger, each with 300 of a possible 360 points. Full standings. Players are fighting for their share of more than $2,000 in prizes from contest sponsors Run It Once training, Run Good Gear, D&B Poker, and Faded Spade playing cards.
  2. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime online earnings. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  3. Though tens of thousands of players have made their way into the PocketFives Rankings since the website launched in 2005, just 60 different players have climbed to the top and held the #1 spot. This list of players who have been #1 includes some of the most respected and feared players in the game, spanning multiple eras of online poker. There’s no doubt that these 60 players are all great - but who is the greatest #1 of all time? It’s a question that’s never been asked. Until now. And the answer to that question is entirely up to you. Over the next 30 days, poker fans will have the opportunity to help determine who the #1 Number One is in our head-to-head bracket style competition - and can win their own share of more than $2,000 in prizes along the way. The PocketFives #1 Number One is a single elimination tournament with all 60 former #1s. All players were seeded and placed in the bracket based on how many times they hit #1, how long they held onto the top spot, their career online earnings, and how many Triple Crowns they have won. "We wanted to give poker players and fans the opportunity to have their say in who they think is the greatest online poker tournament player of all time," said PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. "The next month should be a lot of fun with some 60 former #1-ranked players vying for the title and the championship belt." With 60 players, the four winners of the Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award each received first round byes: Cliff ’JohnnyBax’ Josephy, Ari Engel, Shaun Deeb and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Show me the bracket! Each day for the next 30 days, PocketFives will release two match-ups via Twitter for poker fans to vote on. Each poll is open for 24 hours with the player receiving the most votes moving on to the following round. This continues until the #1 Number One is determined on May 4, 2021. The player receiving the most votes in the final round earns the title of #1 Number One and the accompanying championship belt. Not only will poker fans around the world have the chance to vote, they'll also be able to win their share of more than $2,000 in prizes by entering a bracket with their predictions for how each match-up goes through all six rounds. Points are awarded for each accurate prediction with the points awarded each round doubling from 10 in the first round up to 320 in the final. ENTER NOW Prizes include a Run It Once Training Pads on Pads course, valued at $999, as well as prizes from D&B Poker, Faded Spade playing cards, and Run Good Gear. To be eligible for prizes, entrants must have a PocketFives account and must follow PocketFives on Twitter. Full details including rules, prizes, and all match-ups are available here.
  4. In a few short weeks, players on the European and global networks of 888poker will be battling it out for a slice of mouth-watering guarantees, prestigious titles and online poker glory with three WPTDeepStacks online series coming to the virtual felts of 888poker in April. The online poker platform has had a massive makeover in the last few months. Their new Made to Play platform and online tournament revamp has been at the heart of these changes. And now 888poker players around the world will have the opportunity to play for massive cash prizes and a WPTDeepStacks title on the site. WPTDS London Online (Worldwide), WPTDS Iberia Online (Portugal and Spain), and WPTDS Italy Online (Italian network) will offer players the opportunity to compete versus their respective network. This is a special occasion as it is first time ever that 888poker’s three networks will be synced for a major online poker series. The WPTDS series begins April 18 and concludes on April 26. Across the events, more than $3 million in prizes is guaranteed. There will be 16 flagship online poker tournaments across all three networks. In addition to an online payday to remember, all tournament winners being recipients of the lauded after WPTDeepStacks trophy. Those that reside and ply their trade in Italy will be vying for a piece of the €350,000 available to them. With €400,000 in prizes available to Portuguese and Spanish based poker players. The main event for both the WPTDS Italy and WPTDS Iberia networks feature a single starting flight on April 25. Both Main Events have a €125 entry fee as well as having a prize pool of at least €150,000. Poker players on the worldwide network will be the happiest of the bunch. These players will have the chance to compete for a lion’s share of the $3 million up for grabs in the WPTDS London Online. With over $2 million in guaranteed prizes and a $1 million guaranteed Main Event, there will be plenty of happy smiles from those who are eligible to play. The WPTDS London Main Event is a multi-flight event with satellite tournaments already underway. Flights will run daily from April 18 through April 25. Day 2 will be played on April 26 until a winner is crowned. Players can buy-in to the WPTDS London Online main event for $1,050. Players will have the chance to lock horns with some of their poker heroes as 888poker ambassadors and WPT® Champions Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche will be taking part in the festival along with the rest of the 888poker pros. Four streaming days are scheduled for the series across major streaming platforms and will feature commentary from David Tuchman, Nick Wealthall and Matt Savage. Entering the WPTDS London Main Event on a Budget Getting into high stakes tournaments via satellite tournaments is a great way for recreational players, with modest bankrolls, to win life-changing scores. Those eligible to play the WPTDS London Main event can save a small fortune by securing their seat from as little as 1¢. Those that want to achieve this feat will have to navigate through three separate tournaments. If that sounds like too much work, playerscan skip the ‘pennybuy’ and register to sub-satellites for $11. There is also the option to bypass the first two steps by participating in direct satellites for $109.
  5. With the tournament changes at 888poker in full swing over, the company has pulled back the curtain to show how and why all of this change came about within one of the world's longest running online poker rooms. Building on the introduction of the Made to Play platform in October 2020, the latest iteration of the 888poker multi-table tournament offering provides another important step towards giving more fun poker experiences to the player base. The company asked their ambassadors to reach out to their followers on social media to find out what gets their blood pumping and the type of experience they’re after when playing online tournaments. "We listen to our players and following their feedback we understand that players want a variety of shorter tournaments, with less re-entries and more players in the money. We want to make it simple and easier for poker players to find a tournament that suits them and make our MTTs affordable and more enjoyable," said an 888poker spokesperson. Trying to accommodate the wants and wishes of all player types is no easy feat to pull off, it’s often difficult to make concessions for one party without upsetting another. "Different players wanted different changes. Players who have kids or a day job the next day wanted shorter tournaments. Regulars and grinders wanted higher guarantees, good structures and higher buy-ins. Some players were asking for more PKO’s. We did our best to offer something for all our players," the spokesperson said. And the way poker sites treat recreational players has increasingly been placed under the microscope of scrutiny as of late. Agreeing with Chris Moorman's breakdown of his favorite changes, more casual players will now less likely have to harbour the usual anxieties they face when logging into their account. "Recreational players will have more tournaments that don’t take so long. Less re-entries (or none in the case of ‘The Classic’) will mean grinders with seemingly unlimited bankrolls will have less of an advantage. A higher percentage of players reaching the money and bigger min cashes means more players will get a more gratifying experience, more often. PKO’s are also popular among recreational players, and now they can enjoy more of them. "Other sites are offering tournaments with very deep structures, long late registration and unlimited re-entries, whereas we now offer many tournaments that are more recreational-player friendly. In addition, we have more satellites and freerolls per tournament than our competitors which is advantageous for both recs and grinders alike. On top of this, our new platform and promotions make our MTT’s even more attractive and fun to play.” To mark the occasion and to celebrate the launch of the new tournament schedule, over $200,000 in tickets and seats to the new tournaments as part of a massive giveaway. "This fun and generous promotion is running until April 2, and players can win tickets via the Winner Spinner, Gift Drops and also through the daily 'no-ticket needed' freerolls." Poker players that are unlucky enough to miss out prize giveaways shouldn't fret too much as there are plenty of ways to enter higher buy-in MTT's without breaking the bank. It's obvious that there's an anticipation to see how players react to the latest tournaments modifications, but there is a real buzz in the air to see how much more enjoyable it is for players to navigate the platform. "It’s fun to hear players’ feedback and adjust our schedules and tournaments accordingly. If we had to choose just one change, we are most excited about, it would probably be having a very clear and organized lobby. It’s so easy now for players to become familiar with 888poker tournament offering and identify which tournament is most suitable," the spokesperson said. "They’ll know that The Voyage has a deep structure, The Dash will be much quicker, The Big Shot will have the highest prizepools and so on."
  6. A host of tournament changes hit the online felt over at 888poker last week, with more recreational-friendly options and bigger prize pools up for grabs. The 888poker revamp and rebrand has started to make its way through the pokerverse and one person who’s excited to get in amongst the action is online crusher, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman. The Englishman capped off 2020 by taking down the High Roller MILLION$ at GGPoker for a cool $251,828 and now has his eyes on the prize(s) that are now up for grabs at 888poker. “888poker is going to become a much better place for MTT players to play in the future due to the vast variety of different tournaments on offer,” said Moorman. The new MTT package has added an extra $500,000 in prizes and with more tournaments that have a guarantee of at least $10,000, it is easy to understand why Moorman, as well as poker players, are beginning to fall head over heels with the overhaul. “My favorite changes to the new tournaments are the bigger prize pools and a greater emphasis on PKO tourneys. I find the knockout events to be really fun from the first hand compared to regular tournaments where I only get excited when I’m deep in the money and at the final table.” And whilst it might be easy for a poker pro, and a world-leading one at that, to get accustomed to the new tournament catalog, it’s often easy to forget that recreational players can sometimes feel isolated when a platform brings wholesale change. Moorman however thinks that the modifications will help players see more prizes and that reiterates that all player types have been kept in mind throughout the thought processes in the build-up to this makeover. “The bigger prize pools are great for players as it feels more worthwhile to play. PKO’s are generally better for recreational players because the edges aren’t as big for pro’s and you often get a percentage of your buy-in back even when the tournament goes poorly,” he said. “The freezeout format is returning in certain events for players that don’t like re-entry events. Essentially there is a different type of event for every player type.” Recreational players, even those with the most modest of bankrolls, can get into the high stakes tournaments on the cheap. With the site’s revamping, a new wave of satellite tournaments are now available to enter, and Moorman recalls how these events often led to some of his biggest thrills in the online poker world. “The Big Shot $109 (a $150,000 GTD tournament) on a Sunday has satellites available all week. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush of playing a tournament bigger than you usually do whilst not having the pressure of paying the actual buy-in.” Explaining the benefits of using satellites to help poker players boost their bankroll, it is easy to see why Moorman has a fondness for them. A small buy-in can turn into a great payday and be the final piece of the puzzle for casual players to begin their poker dreams, allowing them to start checking off items on their poker bucket lists. “Some of my most memorable tournament wins are in tourneys I would never usually play but happened to get in for cheap. Cashing the event after winning a satellite can often result in ten times the profit when normally you see you less than 2x of your initial entry fee.” “From there on out anything else is a massive bonus and allows you to play like you are on a freeroll with no fear.”
  7. Over the past two weeks, some of the best online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey were grinding away in pursuit of WSOP Circuit rings on WSOP.com. The original schedule for the WSOP Circuit Super Series called for $1.6M in guarantees over 18 events, but another strong turnout in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic pushed the total money won to $3,080,707. Some of the winners included one of the top-ranked players in the country, a pair of players earning their second Circuit ring, another earning their third, and a husband and wife taking the top two podium spots. Here are the highlights from the series. Trophy Hunter Toby Lewis Bags Another One Toby Lewis, who already has a European Poker Tour title and an Aussie Millions Main Event title to his credit, kicked off the WSOP Circuit Super Series by adding a ring to his trophy collection. Lewis beat out 228 other players to take down Event #1 (Big $500 Kick-off Eight Max) for a $35,686 score. The final table also included Tony Dunst (seventh) and Frank Funaro (fifth). Daniel Lupo Shines Bright for Second Ring The #10-ranked player in New Jersey, Daniel Lupo flexed his muscle in Event #8 ($320 No Limit Hold'em) and overcame the 314-runner field to win $24,419. This is the second WSOP Circuit ring that Lupo has won online. In February 2019, he took down Event #3 ($320 Six Max NLHE) for $32,595 for his first ring. Those two rings pair nicely with the WSOP bracelet he won four months later during the 2019 WSOP when he beat 1,766 other players to win Event $46 ($400 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) for $145,274. Katie Stone Breaks Seven Figures with Second Ring Win Katie Stone also added a second career WSOP Circuit ring after she topped 378-entry field and 150 rebuys in Event #12 ($525 NLHE Deep Turbo). The victory added $18,058 to her bankroll and pushed her lifetime online earnings past the $1 million mark. Her first ring also came in an online event. In September 2018 she worked her way through 387 other players before beating Ryan Hohner heads-up for the W. Biggest Buy-in Doesn't Phase John Riordan The biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #13 ($2,000 NLHE Deep Turbo) went to Florida native John Riordan for $68,284 and his third career ring. Riordan topped the 111 other runners in the field, who were responsible for 54 rebuys, to take home $68,284, the single highest first place score in the 18 events. Riordan won his first Circuit ring in 2011 as a 19-year-old at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. He added another one in June 2020 when he won Event #11 of WSOP.com Online Finale Circuit Series for $51,083. Holy Matrimony! Chris Moorman Defeats Katie Lindsay For Ring #1 Former #1-ranked Chris Moorman may have had to spend the night sleeping on the couch after winning Event #14 ($215 NLHE) for $19,511. That's because his first WSOP Circuit ring win came after he defeated his wife, Katie Lindsay, heads-up for the title. Moorman's previous best Circuit finish came in March 2020 when he finished 10th in the Super Circuit Series Grand Finale High Roller Six Max. In that same event, Lindsay came in fourth place. Alex Butcher Wins Ring #1 on His Way to USA #1 The #2-ranked online poker player in the United States, Alex Butcher, shipped Event #16 ($250 NLHE Turbo) for $18,819. That victory has not yet been counted towards his ranking and may push him to the #1 spot in the country. The win is his fourth largest on WSOP.com after wins in the Sunday High Roller ($38,256) on December 14, Weekly Sunday ($24,223) on January 11, and the Tuesday Showdown ($19,637) on November 25. Main Event Makes Mince Meat of $250,000 Guarantee New Jersey grinder Aj Basselini-Truisi worked his way through the 583 entries and 310 rebuys to win the Event #18 ($525 NLHE Main Event Eight Max) for $67,377. PocketFiver Ian Kurzer finished as the runner-up for $49,918.70. The combined 893 entries pushed the total prize pool to $446,500, well past the $250,000 guarantee. Complete Results [table id=166 /]
  8. Chris Moorman is without a doubt one of the best ever to take up online tournament poker. His resumé is the envy of many and is littered with success after success. With a World Series of Poker bracelet, countless online Triple Crowns, and over $16 million in online total earnings, the Englishman has done it all on the virtual felt. But even in his illustrious poker career, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has encountered a couple of hands that have kept him lying awake late at night. Despite trying to stress the importance of not dwelling on hands in poker, a moment Moorman immediately looks back to is in the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe. Along with Johnny Lodden, the pair had been taking turns to bust the bubble with their big chip stacks, in this particular hand the big blind who was a short stack, decided to head to the bar to avoid being the unfortunate bubble. “Johnny and I had big stacks, with myself around the 100 big blind mark and I looked down at pocket kings," Moorman said. “I was more than happy to get all of the money in until I saw he had pocket aces. Even then I was still in shock as the situation was such a setup given the dynamics.” Fortunately for Moorman, he still had a stack of around 20 big blinds after the big clash to try and lock up a min-cash in excess of $46k which would have been his biggest live cash ever by far at the time. However, it would only be moments after that when Moorman would experience the hand that still haunts him to this day. It's one, he admits, he should have approached far differently. “An aggressive Scandinavian player opened for 3x, like everyone did back then, and I had pocket nines.” With still four players away from the money, Moorman thought best to re-raise to half his stack to give off the vibe that he was holding a premium hand to get hands like ace-queen to fold. “I was pretty sure this guy was raising wide enough to make it a profitable play, unfortunately, I misclick min re-raised which easily priced him in to see a flop.” And as one can imagine in a spot like this, how does the flop come? Of course, all the overcards came down, an ace, a king and a queen to be precise. Still, with the villain in the hand having a wide range, Moorman decided to try and end the hand with a small continuation bet. This was then met with an almost instantaneous all-in shove, after a quick eye-roll, Moorman mucked his hand whose chip stack was now on life support. “What a disaster," he said. "After the hand I was left very short and ultimately lost a flip to not even cash the tournament after three and a half days play and having been chip leader on the bubble. “It wasn’t until almost three years later that I was to beat that min-cash amount in a live tournament and I did use to wonder if I’d blown the best chance I’d ever have to win a big live tournament.”
  9. It has been a monumental week for England's Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured), and that's probably an understatement. He started off March by becoming the first PocketFiver ever to earn four Monthly PLB titles, blowing away the competition in February by over 800 points, one of the widest margins ever. On Wednesday, he ascended back to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his 12th stint at #1. On Thursday, one day after he became the #1 player on PocketFives, Moorman won the World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic for $1 million. "I finally did it! #lapc2014 #champ," Moorman posted on Twitter. He started the final table second in chips and got off to a hot start, taking down the first three hands and six of the first nine. It took all of 26 hands for Moorman to overtake Michael Rocco for the chip lead, and the most successful PocketFiver ever padded his edge by dispensing of Josh Neufeld in fifth place. Neufeld 4bet all-in before the flop with A-10 of hearts and Moorman looked him up with pocket tens. No drama was in store and Moorman scooped the pot to stack 163 big blinds, more than twice the second place total. Moorman won 14 of the first 40 pots, the most of anyone, but Rocco charged ahead, claiming seven of the next 20 pots compared to Moorman's three. Then, Patrick Bruel doubled through Moorman, Glenn Lafaye doubled through Bruel, and suddenly, Moorman, albeit by a small margin, was the low man on the totem pole. On the 102nd hand of final table play, Rocco doubled through Moorman, who was left with 23 big blinds. However, Moorman managed to buck Bruel from the LAPC shortly thereafter. Bruel moved all-in on a flop of J-8-2 and Moorman called, flipping over A-J for top pair, top kicker. Bruel showed K-8 for second pair and a running 9-Q sealed the deal for Moorman, who moved into second place and scored his second knockout. A three-way all-in trimmed the table even further. Rocco was all-in pre-flop with A-8, Moorman had 10-10, and Lafaye had both of his opponents covered with Q-J of diamonds. The flop came K-Q-J, giving Lafaye two pair, and a three on the turn set up what would have been a double elimination for the LAPC title. However, an ace on the river gave Moorman Broadway and sent Rocco to the rail. Moorman Tweeted about the miracle river card, "Ace on the river! Heads-up for it all now!" Moorman and Lafaye were virtually deadlocked in chips entering heads-up play. The Brit put on a clinic from there, at one point building a 7:1 chip lead. Lafaye doubled through to cut the gap to 3:1, but couldn't gain any more momentum. On the final hand of the WPT LAPC, Lafaye pushed all-in with 5-4 for an open-ended straight draw on a flop of J-6-7. It wasn't meant to be, as Moorman woke up with aces and held on for the win. Moorman knocked out four of his five final table opponents at his first WPT final table. In addition to the million bucks, Moorman took home a WPT Champion's Trophy, a Commerce Remington trophy, and a pair of Monster 24K headphones. Not too bad. Here were the payouts from the 2014 WPT LAPC: 1. Chris moorman1 Moorman - $1,015,460 2. Glenn Lafaye - $662,840 3. Michael Rocco - $423,440 4. Patrick Bruel - $332,190 5. Josh Neufeld - $264,520 6. Adam Friedman - $200,440 Congratulations for Moorman poured in on Twitter, where poker pro Jude Ainsworth wrote, "Congrats @Moorman1, sick result and well deserved." Craig mcc3991 McCorkell added, "Woke up to some great news! Congrats @Moorman1 #winningplayer." According to the Hendon Mob, Moorman has nearly $4 million in live tournament cashes and is #12 on the all-time money list for England. The LAPC marked his second seven-figure live score; the other came as a result of a runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in Cannes three years ago. He has the highest earnings of anyone in the world on PocketFives at $10.9 million. Congrats on Moorman on his WPT win! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. For the 13th time, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) is on top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. When the leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday, Moorman rose one spot from #2 tto #1 and was last ranked atop the pack in mid-March. Did we mention that the Brit is fresh off winning the World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic last month for $1 million? Must be nice! Moorman has been busy churning away volume online after a brief hiatus to play live poker and pen his forthcoming strategy book in Southern California. April is only nine days old and already Moorman has recorded 70 in the money finishes that are tracked for the Rankings this month for $76,000 total, an average of $1,085 each. He is the most decorated PocketFiver you'll find and has an incredible $11 million in online winnings, $4 million more than the next closest player. After moving up 12 spots to #4 last week, huiiiiiiiiiiclimbed two more places to settle at #2. He is about 60 PLB Points shy of overtaking Moorman for the #1 spot and was the runner-up in the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller over the weekend for $11,000 and 184 PLB Points. One of his big claims to fame came last month in a PokerStars WCOOP Challenge $215 Rebuy, a tournament he finished second in for $126,000 officially. Former #1 ranked Vinkyy shot up from #18 worldwide to #5 this week. He was last #1 in October 2013 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy six days ago for $11,000 and 233 PLB Points. Vinkyy has a healthy 164 tracked wins and $5.4 million in lifetime online cashes. The highest debut in the top 100 of the Rankings this week went to Jonas donut604Mackoff (pictured), who chopped an FTOPS $320 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry event on Full Tilt for $117,000. He took down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $121,000 last month, giving him six-figure scores, both wins, in back-to-back months worth 1,624 PLB Points combined. Mackoff is enjoying his highest position ever in the Rankings at #43. Also climbing this week was Lithuania's Merceko, who moved up 43 spots to land at #44. He won a PokerStars.fr SCOOP event three days ago for $82,000 and 707 PLB Points to help his cause and now has $1.5 million in tracked scores. Merceko is the top dog in Lithuania, where he resides in Klaipeda. Canada's ott-man87 went from #75 to #54 this week on the strength of a victory in the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo Cubed for $10,000 and 223 PLB Points as well as a win one day prior in the site's Hot $55 for $11,000. ott-man87 is the top-ranked player in Windsor, Ontario and just passed 3,700 tracked scores. Finally, we wanted to talk about longtime PocketFiver David Bakes Baker (pictured), who moved up 29 spots to land at #60 in the world. Baker finished fourth in an FTOPS event on Sunday for $32,000, just one week removed from taking sixth in the WCOOP Challenge Main Event for an outstanding $121,000. Those two scores were worth nearly 1,000 PLB Points combined. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB scores for each: 1. moorman1- 7,606 points 2. huiiiiiiiiii- 7,543 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,448 points 4. Sheater - 7,378 points 5. Vinkyy- 6,870 points 6. rounder63 - 6,853 points 7. bparis - 6,849 points 8. Flush_Entity - 6,785 points 9. ekziter - 6,753 points 10. VnilaVader - 6,752 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. There was a major shakeup this week atop the PocketFives Poker Rankingswhen the leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday. Let's start with last week's #1, Chris moorman1Moorman, who slid to #5 with 7,225 PLB Points. It was, incredibly, Moorman's 21st stint at #1 and he remains within striking distance of the top spot, which Sweden's Anton VnilaVader Herrmann (pictured) now owns with 7,516 PLB Points. Herrmann has had quite a blockbuster week. On Sunday, he won the FTOPS Two-Day Event on Full Tilt Pokerfor $109,000 and 742 PLB Points. The tournament, which drew 787 entrants, had a prize pool that passed $550,000 and Herrmann netted the largest tracked online cash of his career in the process. He has $2.7 million in online winnings and plays as mrbraton Full Tilt and MORTIIIIIIIIon PokerStars. Swedes continue to have a death grip on the Rankings, owning three of the top four spots and half of the top 12. Since Christmas, Swedes have held the top spot in the Rankings for all but three weeks. There are 470 Swedish online poker players on PocketFives who have PLB scores. Rick TheClaimeer Trigg (pictured) moved up from #14 to #7 this week, one spot off his highest position ever. Since April began, Trigg has amassed $75,000 in tracked scores across 60 in the money finishes, an average of $1,250 each. He is from Sheffield, England and won a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour live event last November for $84,000. Sweden's inhoo also made waves this week, moving up from #22 worldwide to #8. He won the PokerStars Big $162 on April 7 for $21,000 and is up to $4.1 million in online earnings. Despite being ranked #8 worldwide, inhoo is #4 in his home nation and has been a member of PocketFives since the Beijing Olympics. As we mentioned, the top 10 received quite a makeover this week, including the addition of r4ndomr4gs, who rose 21 spots to land at #10, three off his all-time high. The Swede won the PokerStars Hot $75 on Monday for $11,000, one day after taking down the Sunday Supersonic for $56,000 officially and 566 PLB Points. He has $3.6 million in tracked scores from 2,600 in the money finishes. Outside of the top 10, PureCash25 (pictured) rocketed from #42 to #17 on the strength of three five-figure scores already in April, including wins in the PokerStars Big $22 and $215 Rebuy on back-to-back days last week for $33,000 total. He is the top-ranked PocketFiver in British Columbia, Canada. Finally, we wanted to single out Scotland's Niall firaldo Farrell, who re-entered the top 100 at #35. Usually, the highest-ranked new player in the top 100 is in the 60s or 70s, but Farrell managed to jump all the way to #35. The cause: a $236,000 victory in the FTOPS Main Event that was worth 1,238 PLB Points, one of the largest totals you'll see for a single cash. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. VnilaVader - 7,516 points 2. lukethafluke - 7,485 points 3. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,481 points 4. Sheater - 7,362 points 5. moorman1 - 7,225 points 6. Flush_Entity - 6,962 points 7. TheClaimeer - 6,904 points 8. inhoo - 6,833 points 9. bparis - 6,832 points 10. r4ndomr4gs - 6,813 points Congrats to all of our ranked members this week! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site. This time, Moorman won the iPoker €10,000 Guaranteed Rebuy for $3,600, the Full Tilt Poker Benjaminfor $6,500, and the Winamax High Roller for $20,000 to round out his 21st Triple Crown. Moorman told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "I'm exhausted. I played a 19-hour session on Sunday, waking up at 5.30am to get in the Kickoff and ended up one-tabling the nightly on PokerStars to get a third place finish at 1:00am." Yes, even with the Triple Crown, Moorman is still grinding his ass off. The Winamax High Roller was the cherry on top of his Triple Crown and the two-day event on the EU-facing Winamax is played six-max. Accordingly, Moorman told us, "The Winamax High Roller is one of my favorite tourneys. I've won it four times now, two of which happened to be on a Sunday when it is much bigger." Moorman was the runner-up in the WSOP's Six-Max Championship three years ago, a game that plays to his skill set. "I've always said that six-max is my favorite game," Moorman noted. "You get to play more hands and put more pressure on your opponents because they will have marginal hands in a lot of situations. Full ring tournaments are sometimes a competition of who can get the most premiums/cooler spots in their favor, whereas in six-max, you really have to work for your chips. In six-max, you get to build stronger dynamics with your opponents and take creative lines a lot more often." He returned from Nevada last Tuesday and quickly lost $5,000. He said, "I guess that was the wake-up call I needed and fortunately it has been going much better since." He did not record an online tournament score between June 8 and July 29. Moorman had one in the money finish this year at the WSOPat the Rio and said it was due to what he called a "lack of preparation." The Brit explained, "I had some visa issues arise the week before it started. That meant that I missed the first half of the WSOP. Once I finally did arrive, I feel like I was too eager to make up for lost time and unfortunately didn't bring my A-game." Finally, Moorman has a book coming out on November 18 appropriately entitled "Moorman's Book of Poker" (not to be confused with the "Book of Mormon"). It's being published in conjunction with D&B Poker, with Moorman saying, "At first, it seemed like it was going to be a tough task to write. In all, I've written over 50,000 words, which is not a small task, but I've really enjoyed putting it together. Now that it's essentially finished, I'm really glad I decided to do it." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. Last month, David Quang (pictured), who goes by d.quangon PocketFives, took down the PokerStars Carnival of Tournaments Big $109 for $26,700 after a heads-up chop and earned 437 PLB Points. It was his third largest score to date, trailing two Super Tuesday final tables in back-to-back months last year. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "The early stages of this Carnival tournament were somewhat the same as a normal daily Big in terms of the level of difficulty," Quang told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "The field got a little tougher as it progressed, but I'd still say it was softer than a normal daily Big, maybe because a lot of the regs were on EPT circuits or at Borgata, but I can't complain. Overall, it was a great turnout and I'm excited to continue playing every Big." The tournament drew nearly 2,000 players at $109 a pop and featured four PocketFivers in the top seven spots. "The opponent I chopped with, Bayleysa, gave me the hardest time. I think he mentioned he was a sit and go player, so he had an idea of short-stack shoving and calling ranges. He also had a lot of chips, but I had position, so I was trying to put pressure on him a lot of the time." He added, "Before the final table, I was hanging by a thread for some time. I had less than 20 big blinds and was fortunate enough to pick up some hands and ran it up to about 50 big blinds to start the final table. The table had a lot of unknowns, so I was certainly happy about that." He ultimately chopped two ways, saying, "I'll probably reinvest that back into MTTs since the variance is ridiculous in them." He has been a member of PocketFives since 2009 and nabbed his $2 million cash badgeon April 25. He was one of seven PocketFivers to accomplish that feat in the second half of the month. "It's definitely a great feeling," Quang said on getting to $2 million. "I'm catching up to you, Moorman!" At this point in our conversation, Quang said Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history with $11.1 million in online earnings, was his idol. We weren't sure if he was being facetious or serious, so he followed that up by saying, "Chris knows how play the manipulative and optimal ways very effectively. He's very good at adapting to his opponents, which is key to winning online poker tournaments." Quang now has his sights set on Las Vegas for the 2014 WSOP, which begins at the end of May. He'll be in attendance starting in mid-June and plans to grind it out in Vancouver until then. "I am looking forward to the most prestigious tournament of them all: the WSOP Main Event," he said. "I'm 0/3 in it and still looking for a cash." As he said, he is 0/3 in the Main Event and noted, "I need to learn to fold more. And I also need to get more sleep. The first two years, I probably had a VPIP of 30%. I was playing way too aggressively and just wanted to run down my starting table like it was the final table. That was probably due to the fact that I was running on just two hours of sleep. I wasn't on my game mentally." He'll likely stay at the Rio, the host venue for the WSOP. Why? "My friends will probably have the Rio comped because they're degens, so I'll probably tag along with them to save myself some expenses." This marks the tenth year that the off-Strip Rio has hosted the annual poker gathering after moving from Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas. Speaking of moving, Quang recently relocated to Vancouver (pictured), where he enjoys exploring restaurants, running, and rooting for the far-away Toronto Raptors. He went to school in Waterloo, where he "met all of the prodigies, so that's probably why I got into poker. I chose Vancouver because I wanted a change of scenery and a new chapter in my life. Also, the online tournament schedule actually works as a 9-5 over here as opposed to a 12-8 in the Eastern Time Zone." The Carnival of Tournaments and other poker series run regularly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Sign up here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) now has 22 PocketFives Triple Crowns, the most of anyone on our site by a mile, and just racked up his second award of August, a month that's only a dozen days old. With 22, Moorman has more Triple Crowns than the second and third place players on the Triple Crown leaderboard combined. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Here's a fun fact: Moorman accounts for 2.5% of the 892 Triple Crowns awarded in the history of PocketFives. His latest award came by virtue of winning three $10,000 prize pool tournaments in a seven-day span, each boasting at least 100 players. On August 5, he won the $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo on PokerStarsfor $4,600. The same day, he took down an FTOPS event on Full Tilt Poker for another $6,200. Yes, no Triple Crown is complete without an FTOPS jersey. The final tournament tracked for Moorman's latest claim to fame came on August 11 in the PokerStars.fr Monday Night on Stars for $9,200. He is up to 264 wins in online poker tournaments and has almost 650 top-three finishes. Moorman said on Twitter after Triple Crown #22 was in hand, "Another week of poker, another Triple Crown. This time I did it on my very last tournament that was eligible, #22." That Tweet was re-Tweeted 17 times and marked as a Favorite 42 times. As we mentioned, this is Moorman's second Triple Crown of August. His first Triple Crown bidended two days before his second Triple Crown bid began with a thunderous win in the Winamax High Roller, a two-day event, for $20,000. That Triple Crown came on the heels of Moorman taking almost two months off to attend the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All told this month, Moorman has 92 in the money finishes online for a total of $137,000, or an average of $1,500 apiece. Visit PocketFives' Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to score your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. What do you give the most successful PocketFiver in history? How about a record-extending 24th PocketFives Triple Crown, more than twice what the next closest person has? Oh yes, Chris moorman1 Moorman has now won two-dozen Triple Crowns, including four this year, blowing the rest of the poker community out of the water. Moorman's latest Triple Crown started with a win in the Full TiltBenjamin on November 25 for $4,400 and 127 PLB Points. Five days later, he turned in a victory in the William Hill €25,000 Sunday Warm-Up for another $5,800 and 176 PLB Points. To round out his week, Moorman won a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament on PokerStars, defeating a field of almost 150 entrants en route to a $6,300 payday. In earning his Triple Crown, Moorman topped $11.8 million in career online tournament winnings and is nearing $12 million for his career. The next closest member of PocketFives in that department, by comparison, has $8.5 million. He Tweeted when all was said and done: A PocketFives Triple Crown requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings in seven days. Moorman has won at least one of them every year since 2007 save 2010. Here's a full list: March 7, 2007 (on Full Tilt, Party, Paradise for 353.57 points) August 17, 2007 (on Party, Stars, Full Tilt for 442.43 points) August 16, 2008 (on Full Tilt, PokerRoom, Stars for 553.50 points) October 31, 2008 (on PartyPoker, Full Tilt, PokerStars for 628.27 points) January 2, 2009 (on Full Tilt, Stars, PokerRoom for 1060.93 points) February 12, 2009 (on PokerStars, PokerRoom, Full Tilt for 700.19 points) March 11, 2009 (on Full Tilt, PokerStars, Absolute for 813.06 points) March 24, 2009 (on Titan, Full Tilt, PokerRoom for 530.31 points) November 9, 2009 (on Titan, Full Tilt, PokerStars for 637.00 points) December 8, 2009 (on Absolute, Titan, PokerStars for 664.13 points) January 18, 2011 (on Full Tilt, PokerStars, UB for 764.61 points) November 19, 2012 (on Tilt, Stars, William Hill for 611.24 points) February 12, 2013 (on Tilt, Party, Stars for 560.24 points) April 16, 2013 (on Paddy Power, Tilt, bwin for 573.89 points) September 10, 2013 (on Stars, Paddy Power, bwin for 471.33 points) October 5, 2013 (on bwin, Stars, Stars.fr for 472.83 points) October 13, 2013 (on Winamax, Stars, Full Tilt for 799.10 points) October 19, 2013 (on Tilt, bwin, Stars for 717.56 points) November 17, 2013 (on bwin, EuroPoker, Winamax for 510.64 points) February 2, 2014 (on Stars.fr, Stars, bwin for 780.87 points) August 3, 2014 (on Paddy, Full Tilt, Winamax for 571.78 points) August 11, 2014 (on Stars, Full Tilt, Stars.fr for 534.94 points) September 19, 2014 (on Stars, Stars.fr, Full Tilt for 570.82 points) December 1, 2014 (on Full Tilt, William Hill, Stars for 476.16 points) Congrats to Chris Moorman on his latest claim to fame! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. Yet another milestone for Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured). The most decorated member of the PocketFives community just passed $12 million in tracked online tournament winnings. He is the only player in the history of PocketFives to hit $10 million and has another $4 million in live cashes according to the Hendon Mob. We caught up with the Brit to talk about his latest claim to fame. PocketFives: How does it feel to hit $12 million? Do these milestones blend together at this point? Chris Moorman: I had been aware of that target for a while even though I'm still $3 million off the next badge PocketFives offers. It was nice to get over the line with my first win of 2015, which had been a while coming. PocketFives: You've had a few five-figure scores already in 2015 and one win, as you mentioned. Why is getting that first win of the year so important? Chris Moorman: Just like everybody else, I set targets each year and it's pretty hard to achieve them without winning anything. As a tournament poker player, there is nothing better than that winning feeling, so to experience it sooner rather than later is important for morale and to show that the work you are putting into improving your game is paying off. PocketFives: We saw you cashed in an event at the Aussie Millions. Tell us about your trip. Chris Moorman: The Aussie Millions is a really fun tournament series with a more relaxed attitude among players than other stops. I have very fond memories of the place because it was where I made my first major live final table back in 2011. Overall, I think the tournament series is softer than most, as it is a long trip for pros to make so soon after the PCA. Also, there is so much going on outside of the casino, which ensures a fun trip no matter what happens at the tables. PocketFives: Have you checked out the 2015 WSOP schedule? Chris Moorman: Yes and it has made me excited for the World Series already. I think the extra chips that players will get this year will have a hugely positive impact in events such as the $1Ks and $1,500s. Also, I'm liking the look of the new $1K Hyper and $5K Turbo events. I'm thinking I can use my run good to ship my first bracelet in one of those for sure. PocketFives: There has been a ton of debate on this topic, so we wanted to ask you about it. Would you rather have a $10 million guaranteed first place prize in the WSOP Main Event or 1,000 places paid outand a first place prize around $8 million? Chris Moorman: Normally in a poker tournament, I would be all for a bigger payout for first. With a tournament such as the WSOP Main Event, with so much up top anyway, I think it is important to spread the prize pool more evenly because a min-cash is so important to such a high percentage of players in it. PocketFives: What poker player should we look out for this year? Chris Moorman: I feel like my good friend Rick Trigg (TheClaimeer) is going to build on his 2014 PocketFives Yearly PLB win and make a big splash in live poker at some point this year. Congrats to Chris moorman1 Moorman on passing $12 million in online winnings! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. The survivors of Days 1A and 1B of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event took to the Rio on Wednesday for Day 2AB. The players from Day 1A made their way to the Amazon Room, while the players from Day 1B were seated in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms inside the cavernous convention center. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- As coverage on WSOP.com explained, there was a runaway leader after Day 2AB: "Amar Anand seized control of Day 2 almost immediately after the dinner break. Anand edged his way into the chip lead by winning a flip with ace-queen, then extended his advantage with an aggressive final two levels. He was the first player to cross the 500,000-chip mark and he's still the only player to crest 600,000. Anand finished the day with 603,500 chips, the biggest stack in the room." Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz made the most of the final level of play, doubling up after shoving on a board of J-6-5-5-8. He received a taker who had K-K and rolled over A-A for the win. Holz ended the day in 18th place with a stack of 303,900. Also still alive is Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver ever. Moorman's stack shot up to 145,000 after winning a pot with 6-6 on a board of 8-5-2-8-2. The Brit ended the day just inside the top 100 at #99 with 190,700. Moorman has a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, seven more than the next closest person. Then there was Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured at top). Despite being enveloped in a multi-accounting scandal, Hastings successfully navigated through the second day of the Main Event, winning a sizable pot with K-8 on a board of 2-K-7-5-9 to nearly pass 340,000. He finished strong, ending Day 2AB with a top 10 stack of 367,300. There were numerous high-profile eliminations on Day 2AB. As coverage on WSOP.com explained, "Chris Moneymaker took an early exit when he lost a flip with ace-king against Daniel Colman's pocket queens. Jorryt van Hoofand his king-queen couldn't beat Talal Shakerchi's ace-jack during his final hand… Amit amak316Makhija got his money in even better than those two, holding pocket queens against Vivek Psyduck Rajkumar's ace-ten. Two more aces flopped, though, and Makhija joined the list of eliminations." Former November Niner Jason PBJaxx Senti was among those who made it through to Day 3 on Friday, Tweeting, "Day 2 started with a bang & ended with a whimper. Got up to as much as 150k pretty quickly, but ended up bagging 78k. Very happy with my play." Former champion Jonathan Duhamel added, "Day 2 of @WSOP Main Event is over, 177,400 in the bag, again up and down at the end, but good day overall! Back for Day 3 on Friday!" Jordan Jymaster0011Young (pictured) escaped Day 2AB, telling his followers, "Made one bad read that cost me 50k and lost a few others to end the night with 84,100. Coming back Friday to 800/1,600/200." Ryan ryanghall Hall reported, "Bagged 55,500 to end the day and I'll take it! Day 3 Friday at 800/1,600!" On Thursday, the survivors from Day 1C will migrate to the Rio for Day 2C. They'll play the same five levels that the Day 2AB players did. Then, the field will merge for Day 3 on Friday. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. Over the weekend, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) continued to dominate the online poker community, winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $87,000. He Tweeted shortly after the tournament ended, "Oi Oi won the @PokerStars Sunday 500 outright with no deals." There were exactly 1,000 entrants over the weekend in the Sunday 500 and the top five finishers were all members of the PocketFives community. In fact, PocketFivers took home almost three-quarters of the $500,000 prize pool and UK members, who included Moorman, earned $135,000. Moorman has an outstanding $12.7 million in career online tournament winnings, the most of anyone on PocketFives by over $3 million, and he just scored his record-extending 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. His largest online score came in 2011 in the Full Tilt $1K Monday for $235,000. He has won the $1K Monday twice, the Sunday Brawl twice, and his victory in the Sunday 500 marks the first time Moorman has taken down that tournament. Here's how the final table looked: 1. Moorman1: $87,400 (moorman1) 2. hneves182: $63,500 (hneves182) 3. vladulaNko: $47,500 (vladulaNko) 4. EndlessJ: $35,500 (Chipsteela) 5. Sasuke234: $25,000 (Ariados) 6. LearnToFlyy: $20,000 7. fityfmi: $15,000 8. Stammdogg: $10,000 (Stamdogg) 9. mrAndreeew: $5,750 (r4ndomr4gs) Moorman helped lead a strong showing from PocketFivers over the weekend in major online poker tournaments. Members of our community finished in the top two spots in the iPoker €25,000 Sunday Masters, PartyPoker$200,000 Guaranteed, 888 PokerMega Deep, 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, Full Tilt Sunday Major, Sunday 500, and Sunday $100 Rebuy. Check out this week's Tournament Review for more details. Congrats to Moorman on his latest Sunday Major win! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  19. The points have been awarded and, by the slimmest of margins, Anton AnteSvanteWigg (pictured) won the May Monthly PLB on PocketFives with 3,529 points. He was about 70 points ahead of Chris moorman1 Moorman, who finished in second place with 3,461 points. Wigg's May began with a win in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for $6,300 on May 5. A week later, he took down the PokerStars $44 No Limit Hold'em Turbo and $109 Cubed on back-to-back days and pocketed another $19,000. On May 16, Wigg final tabled a SCOOP Four-Max event for $13,000 and recorded another fourth place finish a day later in the Stars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry. His second biggest hit during the month was worth $50,000 and came after a win in the 888 Poker Volcano on May 19. That score earned him 441 PLB Points. Five days later, he banked a solid $90,000 for winning the PokerStars Sunday 500. That score was worth 723 PLB Points and helped solidify his Monthly PLB title. This was his first Monthly PLB win. He's the #2 player worldwide in the PocketFives Rankingsand #1 in his native Sweden. Incredibly, despite being a staple of the top of the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings for quite a while now, Sweden had never won a Monthly PLB title before Wigg. The second place player on the leaderboard this month was Moorman, who has a site-leading four Monthly PLB titles. Moorman last won a Monthly PLB in February 2014. Wigg's 3,529 points are the second most by any Monthly PLB winner since last September. Here's how the leaderboard looked: 1. AnteSvante- 3,529.16 2. moorman1- 3,461.26 3. hellohellohello - 3,404.00 4. Legenden - 3,396.43 5. fbg1919 - 3,389.50 6. mindgamer - 3,347.60 7. lasagnaaammm - 3,307.29 8. Puropoker - 3,278.74 9. Tiny_molester - 3,247.78 10. PokerKaiser - 3,180.54 Visit our Monthly PLB Wall of Champions to see who else has won. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  20. At this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, no matter how big a tournament's field is, brand name pros are rising to the top. We've already seen pros like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, and Shaun Deebwin bracelets this year. Now, we could have bracelet #1 from Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured), the most successful PocketFiver in history. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Kai Yang from Plano, Texas leads the way with a stack of 1.35 million in chips as we enter Day 3 of a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event (#30). He's one of two players to bag more than one million in chips on Day 2, along with Artur jaggalo1231 Rudziankov. Twenty-one players remain. Then there's Moorman, who has the third largest stack in the tournament at 966,000. Moorman, the owner of a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, already has a World Poker Tour title. He has been the runner-up in two bracelet events during his career, but is still looking for his first WSOP win. Moorman busted Ronald Lee in 25th place on Monday after his pocket sixes beat Lee's pocket fives. The money went in before the flop and both players hit full houses. That hand sent Moorman's stack to almost one million. 2012 Big One for One Drop winnerAntonio Esfandiari (pictured) is also still alive and has the 15th largest stack at 249,000. "The Magician" luck-sacked his way to an elimination of Fernando Brito late on Monday after he spiked a king with K-Q against Q-Q. He has $21.1 million in career WSOP winnings and is #2 on poker's all-time money list. Eleventh place belongs to Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, who has a stack of 471,000. The French bracelet winner will record his first 2015 WSOP cash in this tournament and is seeking his first final table since 2013. Finally, we wanted to single out PocketFivers Jordan Jymaster0011Young and Jason JAKoon1985Koon, who are at #17 and #14 on the leaderboard, respectively. Young was #1 in the PocketFives Rankings in 2011, while Koon cracked the top 40 in 2009. Both are in search of their first bracelet. The $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament restarts at 1:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday from the Rio in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  21. Seriously? This author came home from a delicious Mexican lunch only to see an e-mail from the agent of Chris Moorman1Moorman (pictured) saying he had won his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. I think it's safe to say that Moorman is not human. His latest Triple Crown started on May 8 with a win in an iPOPS event on Everest Poker. The tournament was a $77 Cubed event that drew 521 players and Moorman, playing under the handle RocketMonk, took it down for $15,000. UK PocketFivers, including Moorman, finished in four of the top seven spots and took home 87% of the prize pool. One day later, Moorman was back at it, this time winning the 888 Poker Crocodilefor $6,300. The 888 tournament had 153 players and Moorman, playing under the user name WhatWudJSay, was one of two PocketFivers at the final table. Moorman wrapped up his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown with a win in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on Friday morning for $2,800. The tournament had a field of 115 and, perhaps more important than Moorman's top prize was Triple Crown #25, his second of 2015. The next closest member of PocketFives has 16 Triple Crowns. Moorman told PocketFives on Friday moments after winning the PokerStars tournament, "I felt like this Triple Crown was going to be straightforward because I had six days to win the final leg on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, or PokerStars and I was going to be playing a lot of volume with SCOOP, but then it seemed like it wasn't going to happen after many near-misses. It's nice to get off the mark for 2015. Even with everything going on in my life, this is still an important goal to me to continue winning more Triple Crowns." Congrats to Moorman on his latest claim to fame! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  22. Look out, Chris moorman1Moorman. What was thought to be a nearly unbreakable record on PocketFives could soon be broken. Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) now has 20 PocketFives Triple Crowns, trailing Moorman by just five. Incredibly, Fierro has won 10 Triple Crowns this year compared to Moorman's one to close the gap. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Fierro's latest Triple Crown began on September 15 with a win in the 134-man PartyPoker Daily Major. He plays as JokerzFull on that site and walked away with $3,600. Four days later, the Chilean was back at it, winning the PokerStars.fr Hot €100 for $2,500. He plays as PKaizer on that site and defeated a field of 104 entrants. It took all of one day for Fierro to score his third and final win for the Triple Crown. It came in the PokerStars $27 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo for $5,600 and Fierro defeated a pack of over 1,200 players. The result was his 20th Triple Crown all-time and his 10th this year. Here's a recap of his Triple Crowns: May 10th, 2012 (on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points) March 22nd, 2013 (on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points) May 13th, 2013 (on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points) October 29th, 2013 (on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points) November 18th, 2013 (on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points) March 17th, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points) August 8th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points) September 14th, 2014 (on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points) September 22nd, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points) September 30th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points) January 20th, 2015 (on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points) January 29th, 2015 (on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points) March 2nd, 2015 (on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points) March 26th, 2015 (on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points) April 16th, 2015 (on BetUS, Stars, Stars.fr for 440.11 points) April 21st, 2015 (on 888, BetUS, PokerStars for 721.79 points) June 9th, 2015 (on Winamax, Stars, Aced for 465.14 points) June 16th, 2015 (on Party, Stars.fr, Tilt for 476.07 points) August 9th, 2015 (on 888, Stars, Party for 665.67 points) September 20th, 2015 (on Party, Stars.fr, Stars for 419.70 points) PocketFives has awarded 81 Triple Crowns this year, which means we're on pace for 108. Last year, there were 138 Triple Crowns. All-time, we have awarded 1,013 of them, which means Moorman (pictured) and Fierro have combined for 4.4% of all Triple Crowns awarded on PocketFives. Fierro has $8.4 million in career online tournament winnings, the third most of anyone on our site. He is currently the #2 player worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and has been ranked #1 six times in the last 12 months. Congrats to Fierro on his 20th PocketFives Triple Crown. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  23. [caption width="640"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman continues to dominate the online MTT scene[/caption] Online poker's all-time tournament money leader continues to find ways to add to his already impressive resume. On Sunday Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, online poker's all-time leading tournament money winner, took down the 888 Poker $100K Sunday Challenge for $18,809 to push his career earnings total to over $13 million. The PokerStars Sunday Million weekly flagship tournament was taken down outright by player 'Sr.Rouquinho' over the weekend for a payday of $171,855. 'NEMEZIS JT' earned $128,010 for finishing runner-up in a rare final table that didn't feature a single PocketFives member. However, there was a three-way chop in the Sunday Warm-Up with two PocketFivers at the top, as 'schtruddle' of Egypt and 'Pokerfan89gr' of Greece pocketed $64,428 and $53,416 for their respective first and second place efforts. The 888 Mega Deep tournament was won by PocketFiver 'kot_spartac' of the Russian Federation for $26,864. PokerStars player 'omaha4rollz' won the Sunday 500 outright for $57,750 while 'calo88' was victorious in the Sunday Supersonic and collected $44,737. The PartyPoker $530 buy-in High Roller tournament was won by 'MrsPaintba1l' for a payday of $27,780. _____ PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,494 entrants - $1,098,800 paid out to 810 spots ~ Full Recap Sr.Rouquinho $171,854.75 NEMEZIS JT $128,010.20 amar11111 $90,486.18 ismo
  24. [caption width="640"] Paul 'paulgees' Volpe is one of seven former #1-ranked players hoping to score their second career bracelet this summer.[/caption] In the long and storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, there have been a grand total of 51 players who have earned the #1 spot. Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Shaun Deeb, Sorel Mizzi and Yevgeniy Timoshenko are just a handful of the players who have seen their online poker play take them to the top of the rankings. But only nine of those players have ever turned their dominance online into a World Series of Poker Bracelet. Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly are the only two players with more than one WSOP title to their credit. FORMER #1 RANKED PLAYERS WITH WSOP BRACELETS Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb Steve 'gboro780' Gross Taylor 'taypaur' Paur Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli Dan 'djk123' Kelly Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson As the 2016 World Series of Poker enters its second week PocketFives introduces The Rank & File: a weekly feature tracking the former #1-ranked players on their quest for a WSOP bracelet. Paul Volpe2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $33,393 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe, who was #1 just once in his online career, has already cashed once so far, making the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event. Volpe was eliminated in fourth place by eventual winner Lawrence Berg. Dating back to last summer, five of Volpe’s last six cashes have been top 10 finishes. Dan Kelly2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,632 Dan 'djk123' Kelly, who spent a total of eight weeks in the PocketFives Rankings top spot in his career, also has just a single score so far at the 2016 WSOP. Kelly finished fourth in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event after being eliminated by eventual runner-up John Monnette. Calvin Anderson2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $25,329 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson has climbed to the top of the PocketFives Rankings eight times in his career including a 22-week stint from September 2012 – February 2013. Anderson, who is two years removed from his bracelet win, has two cashes to date this summer. Like 21,612 other players, Anderson took a shot at the $1,000,000 first place prize in Colossus II but had to settle for a 1,691st place finish and a $1,187 cash. He had more success in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud championship, finishing eighth for $24,142. Steve Gross2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $6,977 Steve 'gboro780' Gross also has two cashes this summer, both in lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em events. He finished 682nd in Colossus II for $2,837 and then followed that up with an 84th place finish in the first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Gross had four stints as the #1 ranked player between February 2009 and August 2010. Small Blinds Bryan 'theczar19' Piccioli leads the seven former #1-ranked players who cashed in Colossus II. Piccioli finished 316th for a $5,406 score. Through Event #7, former #1-ranked players have cashed a total of 14 times for $115,583.
  25. [caption width="640"] Former #1-ranked Chris Moorman hit a five-figure score this past week at the 2016 WSOP[/caption] The fate of former PocketFives #1-ranked players hasn’t changed much through the third week of the 2016 World Series of Poker. Paul Volpe continues to be the class of the group and is the only one to grab a bracelet this summer, but there were a few who managed to make a bit of noise in the past week including two of the most respected players in PocketFives history. Chris Moorman2016 WSOP cashes: 2 2016 WSOP earnings: $21,434 Just two weeks after signing as the newest 888poker ambassador, Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman finally got his first cash flying under that banner. Moorman made a deep run in the $1,500 buy-in Summer Solstice event, finishing 13th for $19,943. It’s only his second cash of the summer but, as he showed at the 2015 WSOP, Moorman is capable of turning one good score into a bunch of good results and possibly the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Cliff Josephy2016 WSOP cashes: 1 2016 WSOP earnings: $3,613 Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy is one of the most revered players in PocketFives history. He’s already got two WSOP bracelets but had come up empty at the 2016 WSOP until this week when he finished 114th in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $3,613. He also found himself playing in the Seniors Event, which turned out to have some unique aspects to it. Aaron Gustavson2016 WSOP cashes: 4 2016 WSOP earnings: $16,662 Aaron ‘Aguskb‘ Gustavson tied for the most cashes of all former #1-ranked players in the last week with three, but was unable to turn any of them into a deep run. Gustavson finished 163rd in a $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event, 93rd in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event and then 73rd in the Summer Solstice for a total of $10,960. Yevgeniy Timoshenko2016 WSOP cashes: 6 2016 WSOP earnings: $26,793 Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko is one of just two former #1-ranked players to have secured six cashes so far at the 2016 WSOP along with Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly. Timoshenko posted three cashes in the last week for just over $12,000 in earnings. He finished 104th in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em, 111th in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em and then cracked the top 100 in the $3,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha event for $4,573, his second biggest score of the Series.
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