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  1. For the tenth time in his storied career, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ has captured a PocketFives Monthly PLB award. ‘Lena900’, the current #1-ranked player in the world, continues to make the case for being named the greatest online poker player of all time. This time he secured the Monthly PLB title for February after posting 120 cashes which resulted in over $486,000 in earnings. A regular grinder in the biggest stakes MTTs offered, ‘Lena900’ boasted 15 five-figure cashes in the month with 10 outright wins. His spotlight score of the month came in Event 89 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up booking a $65,634 score plus 391.71 PLB points. He also picked up heaps of PLB points by taking down Event 53 of the same series, outlasting the 183 entries of the $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill for $32,235 and 427.78 PLB points. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] In the second half of the month, he picked up large scores playing on partypoker as well. He took down the February 23 edition of the KO Super Sunday 6-Max PLO for $41,928. Two days later he finished in first again on partypoker by winning the High Roller Master $50K for another $20,475. Although ’Lena900’ only had seven PLB-qualifying cashes, they were all such significant scores that it allowed him to win the month by 220 points with a total of 3,194. Not only is ‘Lena900’ the top-ranked player in the world, he is also the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List having just surpassed $18.6 million in earnings. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino (2974 PLB points) nearly caught up with ‘Lena900’ in February thanks to a resume-topping victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million on February 2. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vecino outlasted the 9,851 entries in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the weekly schedule to earn himself his first six-figure score of $105,729 as well as an even 1000.00 PLB points. He used that massive boost to his bankroll to grind the rest of the month, posting 118 cashes and earning a total of $209,294. His heater continues the next day when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for another $11,863 and 204.20 PLB points. Then, just two weeks later, Vecino picked up the fifth-largest cash of his career by taking down Event 177 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($2,100 NLHE) for $41,250, capping off a career-month for the UK grinder. His February success helped him climb to more than $1.5 million in total career earnings and hit a career-high ranking of #20 in the world. The current #2-ranked player in the world Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (2,905 PLB points) finished in third place in the February PLB race in a month where he added more than $325,000 to his over $14 million in career earnings. Of his 118 cashes, 46 were good for four-figures or more with nine of those being for five-figures. He racked up big-time PLB points with a pair of victories in the partypoker KO Series. First, he took down Event 23 ($100K High Roller) on February 6 for $20,389 plus 324.92 PLB points. Then just days later on February 11 he picked up the gold medal in Event 44 for a monthly high cash of $41,376 and 459.51. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (2,639 PLB points) finished in fourth place. The current #10-ranked player in the world picked up a partypoker KO Series title of his own by taking down Event 48 High Roller on February 12 for $24,117 and 336.54. He also had a big day on February 23 when he binked back-to-back five-figure cashes. The first came in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $13,330 and at the same time, he has a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for another $10,852. Finishing in fifth for February was another partypoker ambassador, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (2,398 PLB points). Filatov had an impressive 18 PLB-qualified cashes including a victory in the February 10 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,816 and 277.96 PLB points. Filatov finished the month with 13 podium appearances and six five-figure cashes highlighted by his victory in the February 16 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,966. PocketFives February Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 3194 2 B4NKR0LL3R 2974 3 Greenstone25 2905 4 pleno1 2639 5 nl_profit 2398 6 luis_faria 2245 7 SpaceyFCB 2234 8 C Darwin2 2156 9 selouan1991 2142 10 pitaoufmg 2134
  2. There were another seven High Roller events on the partypoker POWERFEST schedule on Wednesday as the $20 million guaranteed online series ramps up to its Sunday finale. With a victory in Event $176-HR ($2,100 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max), ’DasistMirWurst’ not only took home the biggest payday of Wednesday’s POWERFEST schedule but also secured a third High Roller title for the series. ’DasistMirWurst’, who just yesterday made the final table in four different High Roller events, outlasted the 67 entries to take home the $46,351.69 first-place prize. Finishing right behind them was ‘Stu_Beggs’ who earned $30,150 as the runner-up. High-rolling regular ‘PayAndPlay’ fell in third place, locking up $16,080. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] ‘PayAndPlay’ made three final tables on the day including a fifth-place finish in Event #169-HR ($530 NLHE 8-Max, Deepstack) for a $5,500 score. However, the tournament was won by ‘bitw1’ who earned $20,390 for the win. ‘cmiuc’ finished in second place for $14,800 while ‘headshot’ took home the bronze and $10,550 for their efforts. It was another good day for ‘kgroqigmqtbmqom’ who nabbed another POWERFEST title with a win in Event #173-HR ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max) and added $30,870 to their bankroll. ‘wikidipidi’ made it to heads-up, but was forced to settle for $22,050 for a second-place finish. ‘Thanksbro’ welcomed a $15,750 payday for a third-place finish. The final table in this one was stacked as ’DasistMirWurst’ made yet another final table, taking home $11,025 for fourth place. Also, previous High Roller winners ‘mararthur1’ and ‘Sundaynighking’ both had a seat in the final eight. ‘Toppairlover’ enjoyed a victory in Event $174-HR ($530 6-Max, PKO). They took home the $19,204.36 first-place prize plus an additional $21,430.89 in bounties for a total score of $40,635, nearly good enough to make them the biggest winner on the day. Right behind them, ‘slipperywhenwet’ slid into second place for $19,179.66 plus an additional $4,042.11 in bounties. Online poker legend Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar made it to third place and added $13,794.16 plus $1,049.99 to his long list of POWERFEST cashes. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard made an appearance at the final table as well, finishing in fifth place for $6,930.40 and an additional $5,875.53 in bounties. There were more four-card tournaments played on Wednesday as ‘lennartpronk’ booked a win in Event #176-HR ($530 PLO 6-Max) for $14,610.56. ‘relentless’ took second place in this one for $9,860, making it his third High Roller final table of the day. ‘sendmehome’ was sent home in third place, earning $6,960. ‘PayAndPlay’ wrapped up his third final table of the day in sixth place for $2,407. Finally, ‘marathur1’ took down Event #177-HR (8-6 Mix Max, PKO, Fast) for a healthy $14,754 payday enhanced by another $22,689.88 in bounties for a total of over $37,444. Event #173-HR champ ‘kgroqigmqtbmqom’ nearly went back-to-back in one day, but was forced to finish as the runner-up here, winning $14,739.08 and an additional $1,771.87 in bounties. ‘L0TT0ISMYM0TT0’ ended up in third place and booked a $10,409.49 score with an additional $2,805 in bounties to go with it. Event #169-HR: $100K Gtd [8-Max, Deepstack] $530 buy-in 199 entries $100,000 prize pool ($500 overlay) bitw1 - $20,390 cmiuc - $14,800 headshot - $10,550 Toppairlover - $7,800 PayAndPlay - $5,500 Serenity25 - $4,200 N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $3,100 relentless - $2,300 Event #172-HR: $25K Gtd [PLO8 8-Max] $530 buy-in 52 entires $26,000 prize pool GGGGGGGGGG - $7,658.01 reQuireJunKgent - $7,552 FcknPeasents - $3,900 Frank_Grimes - $2,340 monkeynuts66 - $1,820 Paquiitoo - $1,495 relentless - $1,235 Event #173-HR: $125K Gtd [8-Max] $1,050 buy-in 126 entires $126,000 prize pool kgroqigmqtbmqom - $30,870 wikidipidi - $22,050 Thanksbro - $15,750 DasistMirWurst - $11,025 ladyblake34 - $8,190 mararthur1 - $6,300 Sundaynightking - $5,040 Tugerbluff - $4,095 Event #174-HR: $250K Gtd [6-Max, PKO] $530 buy-in 487 entries $250,000 prize pool ($412.50 overlay) Toppairlover - $19,204.36 + $21,430.89 in bounties slipperywhenwet - $19,179.66 + $4,042.11 in bounties Greenstone25 - $13,794.16 + $1,049.99 in bounties iplaypoker - $9,729.16 + $2,608.59 in bounties Patrick_Leonard - $6,930.40 + $5,875.53 in bounties avocado - $4,398.13 + $4,655.29 in bounties Event #176-HR: $100K Gtd [PLO 6-Max] $2,100 buy-in 67 entries $134,000 prize pool DasistMirWurst - $46,351.69 Stu_Beggs - $30,150 PayAndPlay - $16,080 Licorne fatal - $12,060 idefix - $8,710 Baccarat - $6,030 Event #176-HR: $40K Gtd [PLO 6-Max] $530 buy-in 116 entries $58,000 prize pool lennartpronk - $14,610.56 relentless - $9,860 sendmehome - $6,960 sukamibosak - $4,930 Baccarat - $3,625 PayAndPlay - $2,407 Event #177-HR: $150K Gtd [8-6 Mix Max, PKO, Fast] $1,050 buy-in 139 entries $142,475 prize pool marathur1 - $14,754.57 + $22,689.88 in bounties kgroqigmqtbmqom - $14,739.08 + $1,771.87 in bounties L0TT0ISMYM0TT0 - $10,409.49 + $2,805 in bounties xuxukr1 - $7,373.39 + $393.75 in bounties ThanksBro - $5,421.61 + $262.50 in bounties MeisterYoda - $3,599.95 + $4,823.43 in bounties
  3. There may less than a week left in this edition of partypoker’s POWERFEST but there are still millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs ahead of Sunday’s Main Events. On Tuesday, some of the biggest names in the online poker game were back at it, battling for their share of massive mid-week prize pools. Just days after picking up a $135K score for his third-place finish in Event #70-SHR, ‘EmpireMaker’ bested the 104-entry field of Event #91-SHR ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) to add another $128,625 to his POWERFEST earnings. Right behind him, ‘SpanishFly’ finished as the runner-up and collected $91,875 for their efforts. Two-time 2020 POWERFEST winner ‘CalmDownMan’ continued to stay hot by taking third-place and picking up a $65,625 score. The entire final table of Event #91 featured some of POWERFEST’s biggest winners including partypoker ambassador Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell (4th place, $45,937,50), Event #70 winner ‘LittleRussia’ (5th place, $34,125), Event #43 winner ‘iRunStims' (6th place, $26,250), and Event #80 winner ‘fromHolland1945’ (8th place, $17,062.50). [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] A deal was made in Event #88-HR ($530 Nl Limit Hold’em, Grind) as ‘unluckymelon’ and ‘High Level’ each split up the bulk of the $112,000 prize pool. ‘unluckymelon’ took home the title and $19,775.47 as the winner while ‘High Level’ banked $19,637.34 as the official runner-up. ‘RainMan74’ fell just short of being included in the chop, walking away with $11,818 for third place. ‘Adamm’ outlasted the 211 runners of Event #89-HR ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max) to take home the $43,022 first-place prize. They bested ‘TheresaMaysMum’ in heads-up play, who earned $31,228 as the runner-up. Two days after booking a big win in Event $68-HR for over $94K, ’kristian150’ added a second POWERFEST title by taking down Event #92-HR ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max, PKO). ’kristian150’ picked up $25,900.25 for first place and tacked on an additional $39,210.95 in bounties for a total score of over $65,000. ‘SuperNutz’ settled for second place in this event for a healthy $25,870.79 plus an additional $16,898.43 in bounties. Current worldwide #2-ranked player Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar finished in third place, adding $18,825.79 and an additional $3,808.25 to his over $14.7 million in lifetime cashes. POWERFEST #88-HR: $100K Gtd [8-Max, Grind] $530 buy-in 224 entries $112,000 prize pool unluckymelon - $19,775.47 High Level - $19,637.34 RainMan74 - $11,816 xmetterling - $8,736 Junglemandan - $6,160 I am there - $4,704 Pisky16 - $3,472 XXjaycXX - $2,576 POWERFEST #89-HR: $200K Gtd [8-Max] $1,050 buy-in 211 entries $211,000 prize pool Adamm - $43,022.90 TheresaMaysMum - $31,228 F3ww3_D3_lux3 - $22,260.50 R_D3ck4rd - $16,458 Aspolan35 - $11,605 Irunsogooood - $8,862 LikeBTC - $6,541 basketlove - $4,853 POWERFEST #90-HR: $25K Gtd [PLO8 6-Max, PKO] $530 buy-in 71 entries $36,378.50 prize pool Mr Longhit - $4,622.67 + $8,092.48 in bounties theSDMsickness - $4,619.08 + $1,974.92 in bounties LowballBracelet - $2,464.45 + $262.50 in bounties HappyBRM - $1,848.34 + $1,345.29 in bounties stakelevic24 - $1,334.91 + $1,064.36 in bounties nmrdrma - $924.17 + $438.86 in bounties POWERFEST #91-SHR: $500K Gtd [8-Max] $5,200 buy-in 104 entries $525,000 prize pool EmpireMaker - $128,625 SpanishFly - $91,875 CalmDownMan - $65,625 Krissyb24 - $45,937.50 LittleRussia - $34,125 iRunStims - $26,250 BURNINGMANRULES - $21,000 fromHolland1945 - $17,062.50 POWERFEST #91-HR: $100K Gtd [6-Max, PKO Battle, Fast] $530 buy-in 214 entries $109,675 prize pool tazmania888 - $9,807.11 + $15,942.89 in bounties Vindog03 - $9,796.35 + $4,113.88 in bounties Jacquees - $6,891.82 + $1,271.49 in bounties TheOne - $4,992.74 + $1,460.15 in bounties comtar123 - $3,675.63 + $1,017.18 in bounties RainMan74 - $2,450.42 + $1,739.05 in bounties POWERFEST #92-HR: $300K Gtd [8-Max, PKO] $2,100 buy-in 146 entries $299,300 prize pool kristian150 - $25,900.25 + $39,210.95 in bounties SuperNutz - $25,870.79 + $16,898.43 in bounties Greenstone25 - $18,825.79 + $3,806.25 in bounties Phuck_It_IBet - $13,334.93 + $7,218.75 in bounties fromHolland1945 - $9,412.89 + $1,050 in bounties CocaineKiller - $7,451.87 + $10,828.12 in bounties No_No_No - $5,930.12 + $4,987.50 in bounties RemoveCard - $4,706.44 + $1,050 in bounties POWERFEST #93-HR: $75K Gtd [PLO 6-Max] $1,050 buy-in 95 entries $95,000 prize pool bonjogo - $29,716.57 Dandelion32892 - $18,525 WarrenBluffit - $11,400 JNandez_87 - $8,312.50 attitydsproblem - $5,937.50 DasistMirWurst - $4,037.50 POWERFEST #95-HR: $100K Gtd [8-Max, PKO, Turbo] $530 buy-in 94 entries $50,000 prize pool ($1,825 overlay) ShipAndDate - $5,095.10 + $10,828.16 in bounties Paquiitoo - $5,089.99 + $2,625 in bounties JozinhoPP - $3,578.53 + $885.94 in bounties RiverShove - $2,477.44 + $721.87 in bounties RainMan74 - $1,926.90 + $131.25 in bounties furikuri - $1,445.17 + $787.49 in bounties Lavrentiy11116 - $1,169.90 + $262.50 in bounties feruell - $963.45 + $459.37 in bounties
  4. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  5. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. October brought us one of the biggest stories of 2019 when allegations of cheating by Californian poker pro Mike Postle captured the attention of the entire poker world. Poker Pro Mike Postle Accused Of Cheating California poker pro Mike Postle found himself at the center of one of the biggest poker stories of the year after he was accused of cheating in the live-streamed cash games of Stones Poker Live. Accusations of cheating first came to light when Veronica Brill, a one-time player and commentator for Stones Poker Live, took to Twitter to voice her concerns. Soon after, clips of Postle playing in the game showed him routinely making correct river decisions in spots where it would be difficult to always be correct. Stones Live Poker social media quickly attempted to shut down the concern, dismissing Brill’s allegations as ‘fabricated’ and also claimed that an internal investigation proved no wrongdoing. That’s when popular podcaster Joey Ingram stepped in. He began pouring over hours and hours of Postle’s hands, providing hand-by-hand reviews of his play. The deeper Ingram looked, the more suspicious the play became and top-tier pros weighed in with their thoughts that there was indeed something to the allegations. Postle was not without his defenders and Stones Gambling Hall Tournament Director Justin Kuraitis insisted there that the game was on the up-and-up. But in the end, pressure from the community and the uncovered evidence forced Stones to re-open an investigation and cease all streaming activities. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Postle Story Goes Mainstream The details behind the Mike Postle cheating allegations story became so incredible that mainstream media picked up the story, including some of the biggest media outlets in the world. Perhaps the biggest exposure the story received was from ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt who highlighted the story on his ‘1 Big Thing’ segment during an episode of SportsCenter that took place right after Monday Night Football. The three-minute national segment had Van Pelt breaking down the complicated story into an easy-to-understand narrative for his viewers. “If a guy were able to cheat his way to six-figure gains playing cards and it gets solved by a bunch of poker sleuths on the interest, is that a story that interests you? Because it did me,” Van Pelt teased before hitting on all the major points of the story. Van Pelt wasn’t the only news outlet to run with the Postle story as local news covered it extensively as did a feature article on The Ringer and CNBC. Postle Gets Hit With Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit It didn’t take long before the Mike Postle cheating allegations turned into a full-blown court case. Poker playing lawyer Maurice VerStandig of The VerStandig Law Firm, representing 25 total plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit requesting more than $30 million in restitution from the victims of the Stones Live cash games. It seeks $10 million from Stones Gambling Hall for contrastive fraud for not monitoring the games to prevent cheating, another $10 million from Stones and Tournament Director Justin Kuritis for fraud for the potential cover-up and $10 million against Postle himself, as well as other as-yet-unnamed associates for fraud on the allegations of cheating. This matter has not yet been resolved. PokerStars Acquired By Flutter While everyone was waiting for news of PokerStars to launch in Pennsylvania, news of another sort dropped in October as it was announced that The Stars Group, parent company to PokerStars, had been acquired by Flutter Entertainment, the owner of gaming brands Paddy Power, BetFair and FanDuel. The merger created the world’s largest online gaming company with a total 2018 combined revenue of $4.66 billion. “This exciting combination will allow us to enhance and accelerate our existing strategy. In recent years, we have transformed TSG from aa single product operator in poker to a diverse global leader with multiple product offerings across poker, gaming, and sports betting," said The Stars Group CEO, Rafi Ashkenazi. PokerStars Prepares To Go Live In Pennsylvania At the very end of October the news came down that finally, after two years of waiting, online poker players in Pennsylvania were finally going to get to return to their online grind. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that PokerStars would be the first online operator to launch in PA and that the required two-day soft launch would happen on November 4. “We are very excited to be bringing our most popular brands to Pennsylvania in the next week,” a PokerStars representative said just ahead of the launch. At the time, the two-day launch was subject to regulatory approval and potential delays should there have been issues. However, the soft launch period was a resounding success with players flooding the lobbies and proving that not only was the PokerStars client ready for Pennsylvania, but the players were ready for PokerStars. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar Wins October PLB Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar has already had a prolific online poker career, currently sitting at #6 on the PocketFives All-Time Online Money List. However, at the end of 2019, he began to achieve things he’d never done in the over four years since joining PocketFives. The first of those achievements was taking down the October 2019 PLB title. He racked up 80 cashes and over $237,000 en route to earning the October honor. On top of that, Korsar used that momentum to become the #1-ranked player in the world for the first time in his career just weeks later.
  6. Former world-ranked #1 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff topped a 62-player field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $38,529. With seven places paid, 'x_zola25', 'kissyingui', and 'jays94' all cashed before RYE's 'bencb789' hit the rail in fourth place for $14,419. Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar then took the bronze medal for $20,009, before 'edoiler' departed at the last for $27,765 and Van Zadelhoff was crowned the victor. For the second week running, the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million played out as a progressive knockout, with 14,139 entrants taking to the virtual tables. The prize pool reached $1,413,900, although this was over $200,000 less than the previous week. When just three players remained, 'Apoutsos' saw their chances of victory ended for $36,028 + $8,609 in bounties before the final two agreed to a chop and battled heads-up for the bounties. 'Armin2188' ultimately departed as runner-up for $59,038 + $16,188, and Brazil's 'FKAXM', who won a SCOOP Low title back in May, secured the win for $59,038 + $29,705. Matthew 'mjw006' Wakeman came through a 598 player-field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up to bank $21,081. The former WCOOP title winner defeated 'offQbert45' heads-up, who departed with $15,298 as runner-up after 'Kakiers04' took the bronze for $11,101. It was a good day at the office for many of partypoker's Team Pro with Roberto Romanello, Patrick Leonard, and Jeff Gross all achieving podium places. Romanello just missed out on the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator title after 'Greenstone25' won the heads-up battle. Fellow Team Pro Gross departed in sixth place, with 'NewYorkJimmY', 'Und4d0gsonT0P' and 'Martin Fingered' the next to exit, before 'Greenstone25' picked up $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) for victory, with Welshman Romanello adding $11,096 + $5,683 to his online bankroll. Gross made his second final table appearence of the day in partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd. Renato Nomura of Team Pro exited in fifth place for $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) before Gross took the bronze for $9,558 + $3,871. 'BaBaDeBaBa' then took the title for $14,508 + $22,542, as 'NewYorkJimmY' collected $14,496 + $8,760. Patrick Leonard won $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) for third place in the partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter, but it was 'Dandelion32892' who took the glory. 172 entrants created a $88,150 prize pool and 'Dandelion32892' banked $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) as champion after a heads-up victory over 'happymermaid', who banked $7,286 + $3,072 in second place. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed PKO 14,139 entrants, $1,413,900 prize pool FKAXM - $59,038* + $29,705 (in bounties) Armin2188 - $59,038* + $16,188 (in bounties) Apoutsos - $36,028 + $8,609 (in bounties) ŠQ3-Paper - $26,146 + $3,840 (in bounties) jhonne silva - $18,974 + $3,404 (in bounties) BADEXTASY - $13,769 + $1,007 (in bounties) caaaaamel - $9,992 + $2,415 (in bounties) SamuelBT - $7,251 + $ 6,652 (in bounties) dazzy2004 - $5,262 + $3,855 (in bounties) PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 62 entrants, $124,000 prize pool SvZff - $38,529 edoiler - $27,765 Greenstone25 - $20,009 bencb789 - $14,419 jays94 - $10,391 kissyingui - $7,488 x_zola25 - $5,396 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 779 entrants, $389,500 prize pool valdemaar74 - $32,917 + $26,913 (in bounties) Neanderthal4 - $24,127 + $14,343 (in bounties) pisky16 - $17,685 + $5,738 (in bounties) king2173 - $12,963 + $5,314 (in bounties) STWiNNeR26Ru - $9,502 + $1,445 (in bounties) thebigdog09 - $6,965 + $3,179 (in bounties) Be@trixKiddo - $5,105 + $1,945 (in bounties) x_zola25 - $3,742 + $2,289 (in bounties) Tu Ta Tenso? - $2,743 + $2,796 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 598 entrants, $119,600 prize pool mjw006 - $21,081 offQbert45 - $15,298 Kakiers04 - $11,101 babecallme - $8,056 SinkedShrimp - $5,846 paxantho - $4,242 Diadem1 - $3,079 geokrinikali - $2,234 edyvpakistan - $1,621 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $100k Gtd 118 entrants, $120,360 prize pool Greenstone25 - $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) R_Romanello - $11,096 + $5,683 (in bounties) Martin Fingered - $7,930 + $2,421 (in bounties) Und4d0gsonT0P - $5,551 + $6,085 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $4,123 + $1,300 (in bounties) JeffGross - $3,172 + $0 (in bounties) kristian150 - $2,537 + $3,266 (in bounties) Benetnasch - $2,061 + $780 (in bounties) partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $75k Gtd 172 entrants, $88,150 prize pool Dandelion32892 - $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) happymermaid - $7,286 + $3,072 (in bounties) Patrick_Leonard - $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) Bulyba23 - $3,806 + $1,017 (in bounties) hummylun - $2,659 + $1,935 (in bounties) patience - $2,063 + $1,435 (in bounties) AbejlogluBele - $1,604 + $1,082 (in bounties) Vanessa23 - $1,261 + $1,558 (in bounties) partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd 59 entrants, $120,950 prize pool BaBaDeBaBa - $14,508 + $22,542 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $14,496 + $8,760 (in bounties) JeffGross - $9,558 + $3,871 (in bounties) Saul.Goodman - $5,932 + $6,431 (in bounties) Renato_normura - $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) Dinmamaparty - $3,625 + $3,412 (in bounties) HennHuegele - $3,131 + $1,050 (in bounties) Dandelion32892 - $3,131 + $525 (in bounties) partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 628 entrants, $193,424 prize pool John Coffey13 - $13,609 + $19,521 (in bounties) akkaakkkaa - $13,590 + $6,449 (in bounties) shall not fade - $9,222 + $765 (in bounties) CogitoErgoSumUK - $6,348 + $1,333 (in bounties) SentaaPua - $4,439 + $1,972 (in bounties) Gil Wolff - $3,226 + $1,481 (in bounties) Gggiuliooooooooo - $2,323 + $3,108 (in bounties) Dark_Times - $1,649 + $1,984 (in bounties) 888poker $100,000 Mega Deep - PKO Edition 454 entrants – $100,000 prize pool sikosomatik - $10,565 + $8,232 (in bounties) KoxSkirtumas - $7,917 + $2,536 (in bounties) MASTERSH1FU - $6,006 + $1,273 (in bounties) ZDamian - $4,504 + $1,207 (in bounties) Lik3az0mbY - $3,112 + $1,865 (in bounties) donvito1960 - $2,402 + $918 (in bounties) alancoops71 - $1,856 + $218 (in bounties) zz_Myxa_zz - $1,310 + $ 459 (in bounties) Alexia911 - $955 + $743 (in bounties) GGPoker Sunday Blade $10,000 10 entrants, $97,000 prize pool ImLividBuddy - $63,050 MiMosa1 - $33,950 *denotes heads-up deal
  7. For the first time in his prestigious online career, Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar took down the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, taking the honor for the month of October. The fact that this is the first month that Korsar has earned the PLB title is surprising when taking into account how prolific an online grinder he is. He's been a PocketFiver for four years with nearly 8,400 lifetime cashes. He's in elite company as he sits at #6 on the All-Time Online Money List with over $13.6 million in earnings and he's currently the #4-ranked player in the world. One look at Korsar's profile shows you everything you need to know about his online prowess. He has earned a number of High Roller victories in recent years as well picking up a pair of massive six-figure scores, including his runner-up finish in this year’s PokerStars Winter Series Main Event for over $260,000. In October, Korsar picked up nine PLB qualifying cashes including a victory in the October 6 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 for $20,296 and 322.49 PLB points. He also scored big in the October 20 edition of the partypoker High Roller Sunday Big Game for another $46,375 and 316.89 PLB points. In total for October, Korsar picked up five five-figure scores and another 25 four-figure scores. When all was said and done, the #2-ranked Swede cashed in 80 tournaments, good for over $237,000. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] After putting in an amazing amount of volume, Canadian grinder Jimmy ‘JMolloy’ Molloy finished the month less than 200 points behind Korsar. It’s hard to imagine that Molloy had much of a life outside of online poker in October having registered over 325 cashes in the month, playing nearly every tournament on the schedule on both PokerStars and partypoker. He started the month off with a victory in the partypoker Monster Series Event #11 for $3,294 and 167.69 PLB points and he simply never slowed down. He picked up 11 PLB-qualifying cashes with his largest score of the month coming with a victory in the October 20 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $31,905 and 389.87 PLB points. Molloy, also a longtime PocketFiver, has over $7.6 million in lifetime earnings. He’s Canada’s #4-ranked player and currently sits at #50 in the world. Brazil’s Dennys ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos had a solid month in October, good for the #3 spot on the PLB scoreboard. His 12 PLB-qualifying cashes were highlighted by a pair of five-figure scores in the middle of the month. Ramos finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #77 ($1,050 NLHE Eight Max) for $21,125 and 248.61 PLB points, On the same day he ended up winning Event #81 ($530 NLHE) in the same series for another $16,129 and 296.65 PLB points. Finishing in the #4 spot is the former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski. After taking the first half of the month off, Sikorski kicked in his online grind picking up eight PLB-qualifying cashes. He racked up five five-figure cashes including two victories in the PokerStars Bounty Build Series. The first came on October 15 when he took down Event #29 ($1,050 NLHE) for $32,994 and 423.08 PLB points. He followed that up with another victory three days later in Event #68 ($109 NLHE Turbo) for $14,715 and 313.37 PLB points. The final spot in the top 5 belongs to the current #1-ranked online poker player Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. The partypoker ambassador cashed 43 times in the month with his high score coming on October 20 in the partypoker High Roller Gladiator where he took home a massive $78,761 first-place prize and 552.62 PLB points. PocketFives October Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Greenstone25 2612 2 JMolloy 2438 3 dennysramos2 2350 4 p0cket00 2180 5 pleno1 2143 6 bah22 2115 7 pvigar 2102 8 inhoo 2039 9 girafganger7 1949 10 lena900 1940
  8. The PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller fell one entrant short of hitting it's $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, but 49 players took to the action with five places paid. 'Striker33333' and 'WATnlos' cashed before 'fishbones11' took third for $16,828. It was then a battle of Sweden as former PocketFives #1 'Lena900' took on Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar. With $39,235 up top, it was Korsar who prevailed for victory, with 'Lena900' adding $25,696 to his lifetime online earnings. Finland's 'Dumari84' smashed their previous best online cash of $10,000 after coming through the mega-sized PokerStars $109 Sunday Million field to win $114,334. With a share of the $1,124,100 prize pool to play for, it was to back to basics in the Million, with the regular format returning after two weeks of PKO action. 'KennyyPowers' took the bronze medal for $60,208, before 'BluffedLife', who took fifth-place in the Million back in 2017, fell at the final hurdle and scooped $82,965 as runner-up. 'Dumari84' secured the six-figure payday and won close to double his total lifetime online cashes in just one evening. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] World ranked #12 Bruno 'great dant' Volkmann topped an 833 player-field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO. Brazil's Volkmann, who has over $5m in online cashes, defeated 'LeFaisao' heads-up, who took $25,800 + $2,138 in bounties as runner-up, with Volkmann continuing his great form to take the biggest share of the prize pool worth $35,198 + $32,493. Adam 'Adzman300' Maxwell battled through a 715 player-field to win the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up deal. Dusk Till Dawn Poker Room regular Maxwell agreed a money deal with 'DoePopoe' after Brazil's 'Dieferson09' had hit the rail in third for $12,794. Maxwell then came through the final battle for the gold medal alongside $21,903, with DoePopoe banking $20,023 as runner-up. partypoker pro Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov added over $59,000 to his online bankroll after not one, but two, High Roller wins on his partner site. The Russian's first win came in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Predator, with 71 entrants creating a $71,000 prize pool. Filatov saw off 'NewYorkJimmy' heads-up to bank $7,975 + $12,025 in bounties, before pushing on for his second title of the day in the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator. This time there was a 55 player-field to navigate and when 'Benetnasch' departed in third for $9,322 + $5,250 in bounties, 'wikidipidi', second for $14,599 + $4,593, was unable to prevent Filatov from picking up his second Sunday gold and a first-place prize worth $14,610 + $24,937. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,224 entrants, $1,124,100 prize pool Dumari84 - $114,334 BluffedLife - $82,965 KennyyPowers - $60,208 dodi papa - $43,692 Skípper22 - $31,707 mate tdd - $23,010 pnsmckr - $16,698 KKing James - $12,118 ycsousa - $8,794 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 49 entrants, $100,000 prize pool Greenstone25 - $39,235 Lena900 - $25,696 fishbones11 - $16,828 WATnlos - $11,021 Striker33333 - $7,218 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO, $300k Gtd 833 entrants, $416,500 prize pool great dant - $35,198 + $32,493 LeFaisao - $25,800 + $2,138 SmallKindB - $18,911 + $13,666 dartazzzz - $13,862 + $2,054 cantstopmeAA - $10,160 + $3,768 Futurefeyd - $7,447 + $4,250 ModzillaPL - $5,459 + $2,800 ratitoBR - $4,001 + $1,062 Fold Machiii - $2,933 + $4,410 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 715 entrants, $143,000 prize pool Adzman300 - $21,903* DoePopoe - $20,023* Dieferson09 - $12,794 Iveymaker - $9,285 Dragonetti_G - $6,738 Pwndidi - $4,890 192.168.7734 - $3,548 abumussad - $2,575 Check90 - $1,868 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Predator $50k Gtd 71 entrants, $71,000 prize pool NL_Profit - $7,975 + $12,025 NewYorkJimmy - $7,968 + $3,705 tritu - $5,444 + $910 NowNowNow - $3,500 + $3,770 Baaazinga - $2,722 + $1,040 MoStack - $2,138 + $780 mitcik56999 - $1,847 + $260 SpankyMcfarland - $1,750 + $260 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Terminator - $100k Gtd 114 entrants, $116,280 prize pool fromHolland1945 - $10,731 + $17,615 Jizoint - $10,720 + $780 Lone1 - $7,661 + $2,015 SpaceyFCB - $5,362 + $3,445 wikidipidi - $3,983 + $2,892 Explosive - $3,064 + $2,307 b_chess - $2,451 + $2,535 ImSexy_IKnowIt - $1,991 + $2,015 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd 55 entrants, $112,750 prize pool NL_Profit - $14,610 + $24,937 wikidipidi - $14,599 + $4,593 Benetnasch - $9,322 + $5,250 Jizoint - $5,593 + $4,856 gams123456 - $4,350 + $0 Dandelion32892 - $3.573 + $1,837 R_Romanello - $2,951 + $0 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack - $50k Gtd 63 entrants, $63,000 prize pool kristian150 - $20,475 CalmDownMan - $13,860 SpaceyFCB - $9,135 b_chess - $5,670 bb3ater - $4,410 R_Romanello - $3,465 theprodigalson - $2,992 Sundaynightking - $2,992 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep PKO Edition 501 entrants – $100,200 prize pool shakentoucan - $9,614 + $9,156 jksaha21 - $7,139 + $2,154 GringoSSa - $5,260 + $100 IMAsoLucky - $4,008 + $1,461 Diegoavc - $2,805 + $1,172 Mishantio - $2,129 + $1,608 pro_Kiev888 - $1,628 + $162 RB27. - $1,127 + $990 *denotes deal
  9. The current #1-ranked online poker player in the world Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also took the top spot in the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the month of September. Kelopuro’s reputation as a tournament beast is catching up to his status as a legendary nosebleed online cash game grinder as he continues to pile up massive tournament scores and soar up the All-Time Online Money List. September was a huge month for online poker with multiple big-time online series taking place. But it was simply an astounding month for Finland's Kelopuro. He spent the majority of his time putting in volume on GGPoker for their GGS online poker series while also crushing during PokerStars’ recently wrapped up WCOOP. And the results for Kelopuro are staggering. During the month of September, he picked up 121 cashes for a total of $4.275 million. That’s over $4.275 million in earnings in a single month. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] He had 14 six-figure scores and another 45 five-figure scores in September. Out of his 38 podium finishes, Kelopuro won eight of those tournaments outright. His spotlight victory came early in the month when on September 9, on the same day that he took down GGPoker’s GGS Event #11 for over $157,000, he went back-to-back and finished off the bigger GGS Event #7 for $458,770. Just days later he did the same thing, again on GGPoker, except this time he added a third consecutive victory. On September 14 he won GGS Event #128 for $121,638 and then picked up the victory in the $25K Blade for $275,344. Not content with two wins, Kelopuro wrapped up the day with his third gold medal, winning GGS Event #129 for $61,924. Kelopuro racked up 14 qualifying PLB cashes for 4,250 points. In addition to sending him to the worldwide #1 rankings for the first time in his career, his September performance also catapulted him over $10 million in career online cashes. With all of the damage Kelopuro did, it’s amazing that ‘Wildace_hun’ (4,044) was just 206 points behind him. The Hungarian grinder took second in the September PLB race by also packing in the volume, having just played a handful of tournaments since May before the start of the month. Once he got going, ‘Wildace_hun’ showed no signs of rust, collecting plenty of PLB points in bunches. He earned PLB points in 19 different tournaments, with his highlight of the month coming on September 21 when he took home a PokerStars WCOOP title in Event #65-H: $1,050 NLHE Eight Max PKO for $83,855 and 716.59 PLB points. That wasn’t the only major title he took down in the month as earlier, on September 9, he topped a field of 575 runners to take down GGPoker’s GGS Event #5 $250K GTD for $41,428.56. Dzmitry ‘DU12’ Urbanovich (3,978) ranked #3 in September but he is also enjoying a career-high worldwide ranking of #32 in the world. Poland’s top-ranked online pro, Urbanovich put in a heavy grind in the month notching 184 total cashes. The partypoker Sponsored Pro picked up a massive score on his home turf by winning the partypoker KO Series #34-SHR for over $192,000 and 966.06 PLB points. He picked up his second KO Series title on September 18 by taking down KO Series #48-HR for another $33,976. In total Urbanovich picked up over $432,000 in total cashes for the month. Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (3,972) took the fourth place spot in September, earning just 6 PLB points fewer than Urbanovich. Korsar made a massive leap in the worldwide rankings, vaulting into the #5 spot, a career-high ranking for a player that has accumulated over $13 million in career lifetimes earnings. Korsar’s largest PLB point pickup came in by finishing as the runner-up in partypoker’s KO Series #02-SHR for $72,933 and 584.69 PLB points. In total, the Swede had 13 PLB-qualifying cashes in his 100 total cashes in the month. The top five wraps up with Denmark’s #1-ranked player, Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen (3959). Compared to the rest of the top five, Pedersen was pretty light when it comes to volume. cashing only 23 tournaments in the month. But of those 23, he earned PLB points in 15 tournaments. One of those scores was his PokerStars WCOOP victory when he won Event #40-J: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-up for $156,670. PocketFives September Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 LarsLuzak 4250 2 Wildace_hun 4044 3 DU12 3978 4 Greenstone25 3972 5 IgorK 3959 6 pleno1 3855 7 lena900 3709 8 European 3658 9 fzkk 3552 10 dans170 3525
  10. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
  11. 'Ifkata' took home this Sunday's biggest prize in online poker after coming through an increased 11,863 player-field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million. The prize pool was set at $1,186,300, which showed a turnaround after last week's missed guarantee, and when just the final three remained, a money-deal was agreed to. 'platin32' then hit the rail with their share worth $74,784, before Croatia's '5 banki' lost out in heads-up and exited with $84,327 as runner-up. 'Ifkata' was left to claim the title and took away $109,996 as the victor. 'Negriin' defeated Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar heads-up to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. The 69 entrants meant the prize pool just crept over the guarantee, with $138,000 collected, and the top eight places paid. 'skippy109641' received the bronze medal worth $21,525 before Sweden's Korstar fell at the final hurdle and banked $28,315 as runner-up, with Argentina's 'Negriin' adding their name to the winner's list and picked up the $37,247 top-prize. Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen topped a 910 player-field to bank over $69,000 in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. The Swedish pro, who has over $5.7m in online earnings, defeated 'AAmichiAA' heads-up to win $37,487 + $32,479 in bounty prizes. 'AAmichiAA' exited with $27,477 + $4,859 in second place, with Norway's 'Tinas21' awarded the bronze medal for $20,141 + $10,925. The UK's 'ImRichAreU?' increased their bankroll by another $23,988 after they topped a 767 player-field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up. Canada's three-time SCOOP champion 'D PitcherAK' just missed out on a podium spot and took away $9,960 in fourth place before Lithuania's 'parednis' collected the bronze for $13,725. The final two players then agree to a money deal, but with an extra $3,000 left to play for they battled on before 'tikidiii' fell as runner-up for $20,988, and 'ImRichAreU?' took the title. This week's partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator title went to 'LornaDoom' following a heads-up battle against 'KONY2012'. Former world ranked #2 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang took fourth place for $5,362 + $2,900 in bounties, before 'UhlenPoker' hit the rail in third place for $10,720 + $4,172. With the final bounty prizes on the line, 'LornaDoom' prevailed and banked $10,731 + $14,247, with 'KONY2012' awarded $10,720 + $4,172 in second. The familiar name of Austria's #1 ranked 'onehundredeyes' once again appeared at the top of the partypoker prize ladder after victory in the $2,100 Sunday High Gladiator. After 'NoisiaRadio' departed in third place from the 79 player-field for $11,719 and no bounty prizes, the final battle saw 'z-boooo's deep run come to an end for $16,920 + $11,615, with 'onehundredeyes' adding another gold medal to their collection. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,863 entrants, $1,186,300 prize pool Ifkata - $109,996* 5 banki - $84,327* platin32 - $74,784* Dil.rus57 - $45,661 SlyderS1 - $33,136 Kennethmedh - $24,047 woody1234321 - $17,451 DanielLUCKY - $12,664 U_MoeFugger - $9,190 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $135k Gtd 69 entrants, $138,000 prize pool Negriin - $37,247 Greenstone25 - $28,315 skippy109641 - $21,525 prebz - $16,363 WushuTM - $12,439 ROFLshove - $9,456 SsicK_OnE - $7,188 Sphinx87 - $5,464 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $325k Gtd 910 entrants, $455,000 prize pool Perrymejsen - $37,487 + $32,479 AAmichiAA - $27,477 + $4,859 Tinas21 - $20,141 + $10,925 gardze_wami - $14,763 + $1,734 hellzito - $10,821 + $2,968 prebz - $7,932 + $6,597 capotinha - $5,814 + $3,132 SmOkeY686 - $4,261 + $500 Squa1l - $3,123 + $6,459 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 767 entrants, $153,400 prize pool ImRichAreU? - $23,988* tikidiii - $20,988* parednis - $13,725 D PitcherAK - $9,960 NationalPPP - $7,228 sonmonedas - $5,245 peterwhooo - $3,806 ladybug1330 - $2,762 tp_raichu - $2,004 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $100k Gtd 114 entrants, $116,280 prize pool LornaDoom - $10,731 + $14,247 KONY2012 - $10,720 + $4,172 UhlenPoker - $7,661 + $3,445 mczhang - $5,362 + $2,900 PhileasFogg - $3,983 + $2,721 Garikbk - $3,064 + $455 georgeza - $2,451 + $2,583 iamrebuhlegov - $1,991 + $3,607 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 649 entrants, $199,892 prize pool zpok86 - $13,929 + $14,386 Schattenlux - $13,910 + $5,732 SantaClaiMEer - $9,394 + $4,862 u3MeHa - $6,423 + $2,574 Frdaa - $4,482 + $1,125 ABCpoker911 - $3,260 + $335 D0nt_DO-iT - $2,359 + $2,007 Jafooliee - $1,651 + $730 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Gladiator $150k 79 entrants, $161,950 prize pool onehundredeyes - $16,936 + $20,540 (in bounties) z-boooo - $16,920 + $11,615 NoisiaRadio - $11,719 + $0 Batdog666 - $7,813 + $12,468 GewoonBoef - $6,076 + $3,675 SouhftfW - $4,774 + $4,462 Gl4diat0r - $4,123 + $1,312 partyplayer2018 - $3,689 + $6,562 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack - $100k Gtd 96 entrants, $100,000 prize pool RedDwarf9 - $26,500 eet_smakelijk - $18,500 CrazyLissy - $13,000 GewoonBoef - $9,000 MOTHERSMATTERS - $7,000 smilethanclick - $5,250 Welsh187 - $4,250 broooooooooooo - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 464 entrants – $100,000 prize pool s4f3tyc4r - $19,350 Streusalz - $14,500 mike_dolph - $11,000 DvaBe - $8,250 Nemesis_25 - $5,700 CPU0r - $4,400 r4ndomr4gs - $3,400 SteveyBG - $2,400 *denotes money-deal
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