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The poker resume of Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson is overflowing with incredible achievements. From seven-figure scores to capturing major online titles, Canada’s current #1-ranked online crusher has added a new accolade by entering the elite air of the top five of the online poker rankings for the first time in his over 14 year career. Thanks to a late-summer surge filled with a string of impressive scores, Watson jettisoned into his current spot at #4 in the world and, for the time being, has eclipsed some of online poker’s biggest names, including ‘Lena900’, Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski and Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, to enjoy a career-high worldwide ranking. One just needs to look at Watson’s dominance in the month of August to see how he leveraged an online heater to hit new heights. He found early month success playing in big buy-in events including the August 9 edition of the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller where he finished as the runner-up for a $92,337 score. Two days later, Watson found another second-place finish in the Natural8 $5K High Roller Blade Prime for $80,176. Watson really hit a mid-month stride when he won back-to-back $10K Short Deck High Rollers on Natural8. On August 12, he topped the small-but-elite field of 20 entries and eventually defeated Mikita Badziakouski heads up to walk away with a $66,569 win. He took those winnings and played the same event the very next day. This time he bested Rozvadov's King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik to pick up another $110,400 victory. While all of those big money scores were an important part of Watson’s month, none of them helped him when it came to his PLB point total. He was smashing huge scores but the field sizes hadn’t done anything for him in terms of rankings. But Watson isn’t just a small-field specialist and he showed that late in the month. ‘SirWatts’ was in the midst of grinding the World Series of Poker on GGPoker and at the same time playing large field events on PokerStars when he racked up an impressive string of results that sent his PLB score soaring. It got started on August 25 when Watson picked up a cash in the High Roller Super MILLION$ on Natural8 for $21,665 and 190.63 PLB points. The next day he took 5th place in WSOP Event #72 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship) on GGPoker for another $26,069 plus 260.52 PLB points. On August 30, Watson was battling for titles during PokerStars 2020 World Championship of Online Poker finishing in second place in Event #2-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for a total of over $198,000 and 597.43 PLB points, the eighth-highest score of his career. He again nearly grabbed the title in Event #3-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max High Roller) where he fell in third place for $20,184 and 205.44 PLB points. The very next day Watson switched his focus and ran deep in a pair of WSOP side events, earning a total of more than $12,000 and, more importantly for his ranking, another 271 PLB points. And while, no longer technically August, he finished off his stretch of PLB pickups with a final table finish in the September 1 edition of the High Roller Super MILLION$ which earned him $45,324 and 420.83 PLB points. In total, over the course of three days and five events, Watson earned nearly 1,500 PLB points. In the month of August alone, Watson earned roughly $677,000 (and 2,031 PLB points) which helped push past the $7 million mark in lifetime online earnings. Of course even though August was over, the winnings didn’t stop there for Watson. Since then, he’s picked up 10 five-figure scores and a considerable amount of PLB points which has helped him hold on to his #4 ranking for the past three weeks. However, in order to keep the momentum going, and take a shot at the #1 spot, Watson will need to get back to the online grind. After a summer of heavy grinding, he only racked up four total results in the entire month of October. That said, with over $20 million in total career earnings, when Watson decides to set his sights on climbing even higher than his current #4 spot, he’s a good bet to get there.
With some of the biggest online poker series of the summer concluding last month, it should be no surprise that the PocketFives Monthy PLB race for September was packed with some of the best players the online poker world has to offer. When the dust settled on the World Series of Poker Online series and PokerStars’ 2020 World Championship of Online Poker, it was former #1-ranked grinder Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver who topped the leaderboard for his fourth career Monthly PLB title. Oliver kicked off September with a massive score on September 1 as he clinched a WCOOP title in Event #10-M ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday) for $164,398 and an even 1,000 PLB points. However, as impressive as that six-figure score was, it paled in comparison to his next result which not only made his month but topped his online poker career of more than 13 years. On September 8, he finished in fourth place the WSOP Event #83 ($10K WSOP Super MILLION$) on GGPoker for an online career-high cash of $548,450 plus 1284.49 PLB points. The cash breaks his previous record of $285,311 which he set all the way back in 2012 by finishing as the runner-up in that year's PokerStars TCOOP Main Event. With nearly 125 results in the month, Oliver amassed an amazing 5,161 PLB points which were more than enough to lock up the Monthly PLB award and put an exclamation point on one of his most profitable runs since joining PocketFives back in 2007. Oliver wasn’t the only former #1-ranked player to crack the top 5 in September. Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski (3,909 PLB points) finished in the #2 spot and used his September results to continue his climb back into the elite worldwide rankings in an effort to reach the #1 spot he last held in 2015. Like Oliver, Dzivielevski’s month got off to a quick start. On September 1, he picked up one of his many WCOOP titles in Event #09-H ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,938 and he followed that up with a fifth-place finish in Event #10-M, the same event Oliver ended up winning, for $44,850. He continued his WCOOP dominance with another title run in Event #20-H ($1,050 HORSE) for $31,115. The biggest of his WCOOP wins came just one week later when Dzivielevski went the distance in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam) for $127,410 (plus $118,124.97 in bounties) and a monthly high 817.01 PLB points. That wasn’t the end of the Brazilian’s big month as he added a final table finish in the Super MILLION$ High Roller on Natural8 for another $185,350 which lifted his career online total earnings to over $7.75 million and a spot in the worldwide top-10 rankings, where he currently sits at #6. Fellow Brazilian crusher Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon (3,871 PLB points) wrapped up the month in the #3 spot, thanks to his deep run in one of the biggest heads-up competitions of the year. Coming off a final table finish in the WSOP $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship where he walked away with over $388,000, Botteon’s confidence carried over to WSOP Event #79 ($25,000 Heads Up NLHE). He weaved his way through the 127 player field to make it to the finals where he ended up falling to Fedor Holz, but walked away with a career-high score of $622,300 and 1,161.52 PLB points. Just three days later, he added a WCOOP title to his resume by winning Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $80,642 and narrowly missed out on another WCOOP victory by finishing in second in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for another $95,458. The sum of his efforts has made him the #1-ranked player in the poker hotbed of Brazil and he currently sits as the #2-ranked player in the world. Canada’s Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson (3,818 PLB points) put up consistent results in September, good enough to land him in the #4 spot. Watson went on a run in the second week of the month by first, finishing in third place in the September 7 edition of the Natural8 High Rollers Blade Mulligan for $71,691 and 388.91 PLB points. The next two days must have felt like a reoccurring dream as he finished in third place in WCOOP Event #34-H ($2,100 8-Game) for $25,073 on September 8. Then, the very next day, he notched another third-place finish in WCOOP Event #36-H ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) for $47,804. While Watson may not have grabbed a gold medal, he does currently sits as the #4 player in the world, a career-high ranking for him. The September top 5 wraps up with the current #1-ranked player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, finding himself on yet another leaderboard. Beresford, who is having a career year in 2020, saw his September highlighted by his first career WCOOP title when he won Event #33-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller) for $162,674 and 880.34 PLB points. [table id=110 /]
More PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) action took place on Tuesday, May 12, but the day was more about what's to come than what happened. Only a few of the day's events played to a completion, as several were two-day competitions that set up for big finishes on Wednesday. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson was one of the Tuesday winners, taking the title in Event #51-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $75K Gtd. Watson topped a field of 84 entries to win $22,050. The win was Watson's fourth SCOOP title and he beat Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn in heads-up play. Event #55-H: $530 NL [Progressive KO], $350K Gtd was reached an end, as 'P0KERPR02.0' topped the field of 1,066 entries to win $36,672.56 plus $37,229.38 in bounties. 'PaGaOVelhinho' was runner-up for $36,671.78 plus $7,809.57 in bounties. Now, onto the events that will conclude on Wednesday. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In Event #52-M: $2,100 NL [8-Max], $750K Gtd, a field of 440 entries generated an $880,000 prize pool. After Tuesday, 25 players remained with 'srxakgirona' as the chip leader with 4,672,294 in chips. Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos is second in chips with 3,451,272. Sitting in fifth chip position is Andras 'probirs' Nemeth with 2,672,844. This tournament is set to award $157,734.78 to the winner. In Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd, a field of 89 entries has been whittled down to the final 10. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth leads the way with 6,061,664, so he could have quite the day given that he's fifth in chips in Event #52-M, too. In this event, Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi is second with 3,225,908 and Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion is third with 2,560,483. The event generated a $2.182 million prize pool and the winner is set to take home $521,597.77. Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard leads the final 14 players from a field of 117 entries in Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd. He finished the first day with 1,572,152 in chips. There is $52,605.66 up top. Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs finished with 3,122,502 in chips on the first day of Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd. First place is set at $107,503.65 with 71 players remaining from a field of 609. Another player who could be in for a very big Wednesday is Joao 'Naza114' Vieira. Vieira is fifth in chips in Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd, seventh in chips in Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd, and sixth in chips in Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd. After winning his third SCOOP title in four days, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan maneuvered his way to seventh in chips with 71 players remaining in Event #54. Event #51-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $75K Gtd Entries: 84 Prize pool: $84,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $22,050 Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn - $15,330 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $10,500 ptisan - $7,560 Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $5,670 serkku21 - $4,200 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $3,360 Event #52-M: $2,100 NL [8-Max], $750K Gtd Entries: 440 Remaining: 25 Prize pool: $880,000 srxakgirona - 4,672,294 Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos - 3,451,272 clapjkspit - 3,339,973 BOOGANDEHAH - 3,242,905 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - 2,672,844 Marton 'noirduck' Czuczor - 2,549,400 Michael 'merla888' Gathy - 2,548,212 Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois - 2,520,574 Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - 2,293,172 IADTTMax - 2,249,980 Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd Entries: 89 Remaining: 10 Prize pool: $2,182,725 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - 6,061,664 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - 3,225,908 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - 2,560,483 Chun 'SamRostan' Lei Zhou - 2,044,930 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 2,042,144 Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky - 2,018,569 VbV1990 - 1,249,913 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - 1,170,863 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - 1,038,224 €urop€an - 837,302 Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd Entries: 117 Remaining: 14 Prize pool: $234,000 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - 1,572,152 Little Kraut - 1,436,952 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins - 1,355,809 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - 1,322,589 Noaceforme - 1,259,982 Adrijan_S - 869,524 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 784,797 at0216 - 740,191 WushuTM - 727,132 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - 587,344 Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd Entries: 609 Remaining: 71 Prize pool: $609,000 Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs - 3,122,502 Tr!pleeeee - 2,804,791 B4NKR0LL3R - 2,318,672 Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa - 2,277,785 RUNITSRANN - 2,198,774 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 1,951,109 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - 1,926,488 dulek_jason - 1,872,225 IDontBluffM8 - 1,631,582 Pedro 'pvigar' Vinícius Garagnani - 1,614,900 Event #55-H: $530 NL [Progressive KO], $350K Gtd Entries: 1,066 Prize pool: $533,000 P0KERPR02.0 - $36,672.56 + $37,229.38 in bounties PaGaOVelhinho - $36,671.78 + $7,809.57 in bounties FrenchDawg - $21,758.28 + $7,988.28 in bounties Darwinsfish - $15,510.03 + $8,634.75 in bounties Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $11,056.07 + $562.50 in bounties bubbleboybr - $7,881.15 + $2,875.01 in bounties touchmynuts1 - $5,617.95 + $3,402.35 in bounties Rodrigo 'SELOUAN1991' Selouan - $4,004.64 + $4,263.67 in bounties fornado - $2,854.64 + $10,894.51 in bounties
For the last six months, Brazilian Bruno Botteon has been on an absolute rampage on the online felt and on Thursday the #3-ranked player in the world took down a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for the second time in his career. Botteon topped the 192-entry field, including eliminating Gediminas ‘Gedis92’ Uselis heads up, in Event #36 High ($2,100 NLHE Midweek Freeze) to earn the title and $80,642.40. His first WCOOP win came last year when he took down a $530 Heads Up NLHE Turbo PKO Zoom event. Uselis earned $62,088.88 for his performance while Mike Watson finished third for $47,804. For the second time in a week, Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth stood tall at the end of a WCOOP event. After taking down Event #15 High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) on September 3 for his first-ever WCOOP victory, Nemeth outlasted 124 other players in Event #37 High ($5,200 Six Max PLO High Roller) to grab his second career title and $140,506.41. British grinder Sam Grafton also managed to take his name off of the list of top-ranked players without a WCOOP title. Grafton, the #37-ranked player in the world, shipped Event #41 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) to pocket $84,770.52. Steve O'Dwyer finished runner-up for $65,082.57. Andrey 'Gigaloff' Zhigalov defeated Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz heads up to win Event #40 High ($1,050 Razz) to add $27,440 to his bankroll. Former #1-ranked Chris Hunichen rounded out the podium finishers. Dutch pro Silvio 'silskyer' Costa earned $57,121.80 for outlasting 286 other entries in Event #38 High ($1,050 NLHE Freezeout). There were 10 other players who won WCOOP titles on Thursday including 'Samuel Peace' (Event #36 Medium), 'Wizard1998' (Event #36 Low), 'The_Truht' (Event #37 Medium), 'JAG3053' (Event #37 Low), 'NutrsInMacada' (Event #38 Medium), 'Sox[tyol]' (Event #38 Low), 'Supermassa1 (Event #40 Medium), 'kaskaders' (Event #40 Low), 'ILoveScarfGuy' (Event #41 Medium), and 'paila02' (Event #41 Low). WCOOP #36-H: $2,100 NLHE [Midweek Freeze] 192 entries $400,000 prize pool ($16,000 overlay) Bruno ‘botteonpoker’ Botteon - $80,642.40 Gediminas ‘Gedis92’ Uselis - $62,088.88 Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson - $47,804.00 WCOOP #36-M: $215 NLHE [Midweek Freeze] 1,628 entries $325,600 prize pool Samuel Peace - $44,219.16* mvpalls - $40,536.02* Machi_SVK - $25,143.38 WCOOP #36-L: $22 NLHE [Midweek Freeze] 8,622 entries $172,440 prize pool Wizard1998 - $24,197.89 SPEWTARD - $16,742.49 xParaBelluMx - $11,587.14 WCOOP #37-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller] 125 entries $625,000 prize pool Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - $140,506.41 Richard 'raconteur' Gryko - $107,761.37 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $82,647.56 WCOOP #37-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] 493 entries $246,500 prize pool The_Truht - $38,971.87* nilsef -$36,083.38 Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich - $22,234.05 WCOOP #37-L: $55 PLO [6-Max] 2,268 entries $113,400 prize pool JAG3053 - $14,594.25* icandodge22 - $13,915.96* joocs - $8,157.11 WCOOP #38-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout] 287 entries $300,000 prize pool ($13,000 overlay) Silvio 'silskyer' Costa - $57,121.80 !$eveeeeeeen! - $43,251.87 thelpoker - $32,749.74 WCOOP #38-M: $109 NLHE [Freezeout] 2,311 entries $231,100 prize pool NutrsInMacada - $30,792.89* HUMAN PIOSOLVER - $28,013.98* dawid8702 - $17,445.18 WCOOP #38-L: $11 NLHE [Freezeout] 7,914 entries $77,557.20 prize pool Sox[tyol] - $8,338.96* arta300 - $7,969.79* Shark23611 - $7,414.66* WCOOP #40-H: $1,050 Razz 112 entries $112,000 prize pool Andrey 'Gigaloff' Zhigalov - $27,440 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $19,040 Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen - $14,560 WCOOP #40-M: $109 Razz 549 entries $54,900 prize pool Supermassa1 - $8,440.60* juanbonber - $6,709.02* CharlieDewey - $7,046.03* B—rabbit444 - $5,336.82* WCOOP #40-L: $11 Razz 2,288 entries $22,422.40 prize pool kaskaders - $3,813.54 LucasMarcano - $2,690.68 bubz05 - $2,122.05 WCOOP #41-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max] 216 entries $432,000 prize pool Sam ‘SamSquid’ Grafton - $84,770.52 Steve ‘Mr. Tim Caum’ O’Dwyer - $65,082.57 CrazyLissy - $49,967.23 WCOOP #41-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 1,290 entries $258,000 prize pool ILoveScarfGuy - $40,316.26 Guizaoo - $28,090.67 jvieiradias8 - $19,572.78 WCOOP #41-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout] 5,805 entries $116,100 prize pool paila02 - $14,708.75* Veldor84 - $13,295.18* Sanzylicious - $8,011.38