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  1. The accolades for the #2-ranked player in the world, Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang, continue to pile up. His remarkable month of securing six-figure scores has led him to take the top spot of the Monthy PocketFives Leaderboard for September. In what has been well documented in the pages of PocketFives over the past few weeks, the UK’s Zhang went on an incredible tear during the recent PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker as well as partypoker's POWERFEST. In total, Zhang recorded 17 PLB-qualifying scores in September for a total of 6447.67 PLB points. Even though he did not secure a win in one of the major tournaments of the month, Zhang continually set new record high cashes for himself. He booked four six-figure scores, all within 10 days of each other. Combined with all of his other earnings in September, he more than doubled his previous career earnings by winning more than $1.7 million. His highlight haul came in POWERFEST #122 (SHR) when his bronze medal finish brought him a career-high payday of $468,000. The former #1-ranked player from Sweden ‘C Darwin2’ checked in at #2 on the September PLB Leaderboard. ‘C Darwin2’ put in an incredible amount of volume, cashing in no fewer than 160 events. Of those, 16 qualified for his September PLB total of 5,860.99. His largest single PLB score came on September 16 when he bubbled the final table of PokerStars WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) for $72,681.57 and 803.02 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ also finished in second place during 888poker’s XL Eclipse Main Event for a $135,000 payday. His monthly earnings totaled $687,121 putting him in striking distance of achieving $11 million in career earnings by the end of 2018. It’s been an amazing year for the Swede who hit $8 million in lifetime earnings in February of this year. Third on the list was ‘lena900’, the Swedish savant that has held the world’s #1-ranking for the better part of four months. He did the most damage during the partypoker POWERFEST schedule, securing a number of massive scores. He took first place in POWERFEST #62 (SHR) Championship Event for $203.900 and 1000 PLB points. Less than a week later on September 17, he captured third place in POWERFEST #94 (High) Progressive KO for another $157,560. It was only two days later that he, once again, hit a massive score with a final table finish in POWERFEST #111 (SHR) Championship Event for another $84,875. In total for the month, ‘lena900’ brought in 5,763.38 PLB points and nearly $912,000 over the course of 200 times in the money. Whether it’s live or online, there seems to be no stopping Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’Dwyer, who came in at #4 for September. O’Dwyer had two cashes that resulted in PLB scores of over 1,000 points each. The first was his September 16 WCOOP #57 High ($2,100 NLHE Eight Max) victory with resulted in a $227,101 payday and 1,154.99 PLB points. Less than a week later O' Dwyer took down a major POWERFEST title by winning Event #122 (SHR) Championship Event for a mammoth $869,610 and 1,974.84 PLB points. His online earnings for the month topped $1.2 million and he soared to a new career-high ranking of #10 in the world. He carried that momentum into the live arena where he then took down a pair of high rollers during partypoker’s LIVE MILLIONS UK. Wrapping up the September top five is renowned nosebleed cash game player Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. Finland’s new #1-ranked grinder went on an impressive PLB run, stringing together 22 qualifying results in the month. He also booked three six-figure scores. Kelopuro saved the best for last when he scored an outright victory in partypoker’s POWERFEST #142 (SHR) for $317,190 and 1,278.67 points. Kelopuro soared past $4 million in career earnings in September and also hit an All-Time high ranking of 15 in the world. September 2018 Monthly Leaderboard table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 mczhang 6744.67 2 C Darwin2 5860.99 3 lena900 5763.38 4 MrTimCaum 5095.01 5 LarsLuzak 5059.29 6 hellohellohello 5058.87 7 Romeopro 4993.38 8 DamageAP 4881.6 9 probirs 4627.22 10 Ariados 4524.16
  2. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro - Finland Known for his involvement in the high stakes online cash games, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro put on a clinic this fall when it came to his tournament play. So much so that it elevated him to a career-high ranking of #15 in the world and #1 in his home country of Finland. He grinded both partypoker’s and PokerStars’ fall series stringing together one of the most impressive runs of PLB qualifying cashes of the year. He racked up an amazing 5,234.40 PLB points in September alone which was more than enough to jettison him into the worldwide top-25 and overtake countryman ‘European’ for the lead in Finland. His highlight score during that run was his victory in partypoker's POWERFEST #142 SHR Championship Event where he won $317,190 and accumulated 1,278.67 PLB points. There are some pros that only register for tournaments when the major series come around and traditionally, Kelopuro has been one of them. However, he’s returned to tournaments this month putting in light volume but still producing results. On November 6 he won the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Omania Six Max for $11,112, his first major score since the end of September. Kelopuro currently has a 1000 PLB point lead over the field in Finland’s rankings making him a favorite to end 2018 as the #1-ranked player. Aleksei ‘LeshiyAS’ Smirnov - Estonia Estonia’s #1-ranked player is Aleksei ‘LeshiyAS’ Smirnov, a constant presence in the worldwide top-50. A consistent grinder, Smirnov posted a career-high cash back in September when he took down PokerStars WCOOP Event #43-L ($2,100 NLHE Eight Max) for $142,602.89 and 1,001 PLB points. Since that time he’s been on his grind, posting over 80 cashes in November alone for a total of over $35,000. Five of his cashes were for four-figures with his November highlight coming with a victory in the November 3 edition of the PokerStars Hot $215 for nearly $7,000. Smirnov needs to continue to keep his foot on the gas in order to stay ahead in Estonia as fellow countryman ‘markovitsus’ is hot on his heels, only roughly 40 PLB points behind him in the standings. Smirnov is currently ranked #40 in the world. Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang - United Kingdom The reigning king of the United Kingdom continues to be Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang. Not only ranked #1 in his home country, Zhang has spent the better part of two months as a top-5 player in the world, reaching as high as #2. Zhang’s rise through the rankings has been well-documented on PocketFives. He absolutely crushed during POWERFEST and WCOOP, continually setting new career-high cashes. His ultimate score was his third-place finish in the POWERFEST $25,500 buy-in $3M GTD Championship Event where he took home $468,000. For Zhang that was but one of four six-figure cashes in September representing one of the best single months of any online poker player in 2018. Perhaps for the young Brit, earning over $1.7 million in a single month is enough to keep him satisfied for some time. He hasn’t been seen firing up online tournaments since the end of September. Zhang currently sits ranked #4 in the world but will likely hold down the #1 spot in the UK for some time to come as he holds an over 2000 PLB point lead over his closest competition, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. ‘kofi89’ - Uruguay ‘kofi89’ leads the way in Uruguay. Although he has been putting in light volume in the month of November, he has still been able to record some impressive results. ‘kofi89’ has only 10 total cashes so far in November and seven of them are for four-figures or more. This month alone, he has recorded two outright victories. The first is a win in the November 6 edition of the High Roller Club ($530 Daily Supersonic Six Max) for $28,107 and 383.73 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day by taking down the partypoker $30K GTD Bounty Hunter for another $8,348 and 181.55 PLB points. In total ‘kofi89’ has sought $57,000 in November earnings with half a month to go. Currently sitting as the #12-ranked player in the world, he’s has been constantly on the verge of returning to the top 10, where he set a career-high ranking of #10. There is no end in sight to ‘kofi89’s reign in Uruguay as the only player close to him is former #1-ranked superstar Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. ‘kofi89’ surpassed Gonzales thanks to a massive win during the October 15 Black Chip Poker OSS $1M Main Event for $167,500 and 1,001.25 PLB points. The surge in PLB points in October has put ‘kofi89’ 2500 PLB points above Gonzales. A new major milestone is right around the corner for the Montevideo resident as ‘kofi89’ is on the verge of eclipsing $4 million in lifetime earnings. ‘lena900’ - Sweden It stands to reason that if you are the #1-ranked player in the world, that you are also the #1-ranked player in your home country. That certainly is the case for ‘lena900’. The superstar Swede has been atop the rankings in just about every category since SCOOP ended and he continued to lead the way in his talent-rich home country. It seems that ‘lena900’s only real competition these days is himself. He has nearly $12.8 million in lifetime earnings and could very well be the second player to ever reach $13 million by the end of the year. He has a nearly 2000 PLB point lead over his fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ almost assuring him to not only end the year as the #1-ranked player in the world but to also capture the prestigious Yearly PLB award. One look at ‘lena900’s results will give you a snapshot of his story. He’s a pro’s pro who grinds like he just discovered the game. Through the first half of November he already, remarkably, has 87 cashes for over $200,000. Four of those cashes are for five-figures. His largest takedown of the month was a first-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller for $36,629 and 456.07 PLB points. There appears to be no slowing down ‘lena900’ as he continues to dominate, not just Sweden, but the world of online poker.
  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 final table for the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship is set. On Thursday, the final eight players will take their seats to play for a massive $5.1 million first-place prize in what is the largest $25,000 tournament of all time. New York tournament professional Scott Baumstein once again finished the day as the overnight chip leader with 10,725,000 chips. Baumstein, had a roller coaster ride on Day 4, even finding himself all in, at risk and behind only to survive and go on an incredible heater. “It’s a little surreal at the moment, with all of the chips, getting lucky,” said Baumstein in an interview with PocketFives. Two Platinum Pass winners have made the final table including Marc Rivera, who sits right behind Baumstein in terms of chips (10,350,000). Rivera won his Platinum Pass by winning the APPT Manila National in August 2018 and is representing the Philippines at the final table. Rivera and Baumstein are the only two players of the final eight to have more than 10 million in chips which equates to more than 40 big blinds. France’s Julien Martini (8,600,000) continues to find himself towards the top of the end of day chip counts as he has since the completion of Day 2. Colombian pro Farid Jattin (8,525,000), the Day 2 chip leader, also had a very swingy day. He started Day 3 with his chip stack 36th out of 38. However, and with his well-timed aggression and plenty of rungood he, at one point, soared into the chip lead. Jattin finishes the day fourth in chips. The second of the Platinum Pass winners, Ramon Colillas (8,300,000) along with the U.S's Jason Koonce (7,125,000), Day 1 chip leader Talal Shakerchi and Canada’s Marc Perrault (2,275,000) fill out what looks to be an entertaining final table. Those players that were unable to make it through the day but still secured very healthy paydays by making the final two tables include Florian Duta (9th for $405,000), PocketFiver Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (10th, $328,500), Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell (11th, $328,500), Jake Schwartz (12th, $261,750) and Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger (14th, $229,700). Other notable names who made it to Day 4 but were knocked out throughout the day include Scott Stewart ($202,400), Platinum Pass winner Michael Robionek ($150,600), Marvin Rettenmaier ($126,000), Dan O’Brien ($105,000), Mikita Badziakouski ($88,600), Tony Gregg ($86,400) and Platinum Pass winner from Boring, Oregon Jackie Burkhart who finished in 38th place for a career-high score of $86,400. There is still $15.4 million of the over $26.4 million prize pool to be fought over. Six of the top eight will earn themselves no less than $1 million. The final day of play in the PSPC resumes on Thursday a noon ET. 2019 PSPC Final Table Chip Counts 1. Scott Baumstein - 10,725,000 2. Marc Rivera - 10,350,000 3. Julien Martini - 8,600,000 4. Farid Jattin - 8,525,000 5. Ramon Colillas - 8,3000,000 6. Jason Koonce - 7,125,000 7. Talal Shakerchi - 5,500,000 8. Marc Perrault - 2,275,000
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