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It was a long grind for Brazil’s Bruno 'brunovolks' Volkmann but now his time is finally here - for the first time in his prolific online career, Volkmann is the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. For the better part of a year, Volkmann has maintained a spot in the top 10, putting up big scores week-in and week-out. He had been consistently working his way to try and breakthrough, reaching as high as #2 in the world, but previously unable to take the top spot. That all changed this week as Volkmann (11,509 leaderboard points), jumped two spots, from #3 to grab the #1 position for the very first time. Volkmann picked up three qualifying scores this week which put him over the top. The first on October 25 in a victory in a $315 Sunday Bounty on GGPoker in which he took home $10,084 and, more importantly for his rankings, 350.71 points. Two days later, Volkmann was at the final table again of the GGPoker event, this time the $1,050 High Rollers Main Event where a fifth-place finish earned him another $11,217 and 149.89 points, just enough to vault him into first place. His final qualifier this week was in GGPoker’s Sunday Fifty $250 where a bronze finish helped him pad his lead with 179.06 points, good for $11,104. All the little scores finally added up for Volkmann, but the backbone of his #1 run was built earlier in the year. Three important victories, spread throughout the year, proved to be important pieces to giving him a base to build on. It started with his May victory in the Super MILLION$ for a hefty $319,831 payday (the second-largest score of his career) and an impressive 954.59 points. In August he went big again, winning a WSOP High Roller on GGPoker for another $111,464 and 714.14. Finally, his PokerStars WCOOP victory in Event #63-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max PKO) for $119,620 and 784.22 points remains the important wins in his rise up the leaderboard. Volkmann is a picture of consistency. Some players make large leaps in the ranking after binking a huge score, but for Volkmann it’s been his consistent result that has finally paid off. While Volkmann will enjoy a stay at the top, how long his reign will be remains to be seen. He has a lead but the leaderboard points are now tight at the top with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic (11,293 points) just 216 points behind. But Smiljkovic also has some catching up to do. A look at his recent results will note a massive gap in online scores, something that doesn’t happen often for this online grinder but there’s a reason for his nearly one month absence on the online scene: he wasn’t playing online, he was playing live. Smiljkovic was spotted at the 2021 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas putting in hours on the live felt. He’s racked up three small cashes but Smiljkovic, September’s Online Player of the Month, still has plenty of time left in the series - including the Main Event - to make a big score before he returns to his online grind. The player Volkmann needs to watch out for right now is fellow Brazilian Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani (11,226who has been skyrocketing up the rankings and currently sits at a career-high rank of #3 in the world. Garagnani has been picking up huge chunks of leaderboard points all year long. His latest conquest was a win in the WPTDeepstacks High Roller on partypoker for $112,079 and 753.70 points on October 24. Two days later he took down the High Rollers Main Event on GGPoker for another $35,620 and 393.70 points. Unlike, Smiljkovic, Garagnani is full speed ahead with his online grind and is just another big win away from taking over the rankings for the first time himself. For Yuri Dzivielevski, now a three-time former #1, he falls to fifth place after an incredible 32 weeks at the world’s top online pro. Of course, those following closely will know that this was completely expected due to the fact that Dzivielevski has been spending his entire autumn in Las Vegas playing live at the World Series of Poker. Still, falling just four spots is a testament to his online accomplishments. Dzivielevski currently has seven cashes in the 2021 WSOP including a final table in the $1,500 Razz in which he finished in fourth place for $29,089. Online Poker Rankings (Week of 11/2) [table id=270 /]
There were literally dozens of winners who claimed big money over the past few days as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker entered September in style. With big winners in the high-ticket events, combined with even more winners at low and medium levels, the latest round of WCOOP events threw some top-quality poker at fans around the world. In Event #42-H, the $5,200 NLHE Championship, Elliott Peterman won the top prize of $146,932 and in doing so, claimed his first-ever WCOOP title. With a modest amount of overlay, it was Peterman who took maximum advantage, getting the better of a stacked final table. There were 136 total entries in the event, including players like former #1-ranked Andras Nemeth (9th for $20,153), Anatoly Filatov (8th for $24,481), and Russian player ‘CrazyLissy’ (6th for $40,851) all of whom busted in the early levels of the final table. Heading into the business end of the event, some multiple winners of WCOOPs past were waiting to battle with Peterman in the shape of Sam ‘Str8$$$Homey’ Greenwood and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich to name just two. As it happened, both men would miss out on heads-up, but the competition was no less intense for the eventual winner, with Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic unlucky to bust in second place for $113,745. There was another big winner in a $5,200-entry event in Event #53-H, the $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller, as British pro Simon Higgins, a.k.a. ‘simon1471’, took the WCOOP title for $127,846. Higgins had to see off 106 opponents in the event, with players such as Greenwood, Conor Beresford, Ami Barer, Fabiano Kovalski, Joao Vieira, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Oliver, Lex Veldhuis, and former #1 Niklas Astedt all heading to the rail outside the 11 money places. Patrick Leonard snuck into the money in 10th place for $15,433, while Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished in 6th place for $34,104. At the top end of the payouts, Higgins may have taken the top prize, but ‘mnstrkll’ ran all the way to second place for $98,155, with ‘Tomatee’ winning $75,369. Elsewhere, the Team PokerStars players had a great day at the felt playing Badugi. No less than four of the Red Spade team scored, with Georgina ‘GJReggie’ James, Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, Tom ‘MajinBoob’ Hayward, and Mason ‘Pye_Face21’ Pye all making the money. The end of the week saw plenty of winners at low and medium levels, with ‘raiseeeeeeeeeee’ (Event #43-L), ‘FabioC.p.br’ (Event #43-M), ‘Dziubinko’ (Event #44-L), ‘Tudlenudle’ (Event #44-M), ‘olibullrider’ (Event #45-L), ‘Nelepo10’ (Event #45-M), ‘The TJS’ (Event #46-L), ‘jp_legacy’ (Event #46-M), ‘Extra-Lost’ (Event #47-L), ‘LaliTournier’ (Event #47-M), ‘Sick-Bluff’ (Event #48-L), ‘pucho2100’ (Event #48-M), ‘torsilov’ (Event #50-L), ‘RunGodlike’ (Event #50-M), ‘Ostlyngen193’ (Event #53-L), ‘Sw33ney’ (Event #53-M), ‘Twiggie1990’ (Event #54-L), ‘n1ceAK’ (Event #54-M) all winning WCOOP titles they’ll treasure for a long time. High Event Results: Event #42 (High) $5,200 NLHE Prizepool: $700,000 Entries: 136 1. 'elliottpet' - $146,931 2. 'SmilleThHero - $113,744 3. Str8$$$$Homey - $88,053.91 Event #43 (High) $2,100 PLO8 6-Max Prizepool: $266,000 Entries: 133 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $55,834 ‘shhharp’ - $42,916 ‘BodogAri’ - $32,987 Event #44 (High) $530 NLHE 7-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $464,500 Entries: 929 ‘joker180785’ - $35,556 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘offQbert45’ - $4,873 (Bounties) $32,993 (Prize) ‘rafitia’ - $6,015 (Bounties) $18,707 (Prize) Event #45 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO Prizepool: 833,000 Entries: 833 ‘Ebaaa11’ - $70,640 (Bounties) $60,669 (Prize) ‘Dannyz0r’ - $8,167 (Bounties) $60,668 (Prize) ‘MAMOHT_T’ - $2,148 (Bounties) $37,659 (Prize) Event #46 (High) $1,050 FL Badugi 6-Max Prizepool: $53,000 Entries: 53 1. ‘Camilancefieldg’ - $18,632 2. ‘donthnrmepls’ - $12,340 3. ‘Muka82’ - $8,173 Event #48 (High) $530 NLHE 6-Max Freezeout Prizepool: $250,000 Entries: 494 ‘davideriksso’ - $44,358 ‘marthijn_own’ - $31,683 ‘FutureofMe’ - $22,630 Event #50 (High) $530 NL08 6-Max Prizepool: $142,000 Entries: 284 ‘vincelis’ - $27,104 ‘PIPON777’ - $20,090 ‘mnstrkll’ - $14,892 Event #53 (High) $5,200 6-Max Turbo High Roller Prizepool: $535,000 Entries: 107 ‘simon1471’ - $127,846 ‘mnstrkll’ - $98,155 ‘Tomatee’ - $75,359 Event #54 (High) $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout Prizepool: $320,000 Entries: 320 ‘drogba060193’ - $44,386 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘karimmae’ - $7,593 (Bounties) $26,340 (Prize) ‘oriente1’ - $7,964 (Bounties) $16,939 (Prize)