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  1. Thursday was another big day for the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as eight more events played down to a winner and awarded titles to 24 players. The day’s highlights included one of tournament poker’s most talented players adding to his legacy plus a little unexpected extra value for those who were on the mid-week grind. Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos took down his fourth career SCOOP title, second of the series, after besting the 477-entry field of Event #50-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO). Mateos took home the $36,993.73 first-place prize and added another $47,117.14 in bounties for a total haul of $84,110.87. Mateos grabbed a SCOOP victory earlier in the series when he topped the 873 runners in Event 13-M ($1,050 NLHE). Even though that tournament was considered a “Medium”, it came with a massive $146,714.34 payday. Just like his earlier victory, he was forced to face down against plenty of top talent in Event #50-H including Belgian grinder ‘karimmae’ who finished in second place, earning a total of $47,743.35, bounties included. Not to mention, Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt, who is running white-hot this spring. Astedt ended up in third place, adding just $26,113.55 to his over $22 million in recorded career earnings. There was a little extra value to be had on Thursday as three different tournaments missed their advertised guarantees and provided players some (always welcome) overlay. Sweden’s ‘Grus/Snus’ navigated through the rebuy-heavy field in Event #47-H ($530 + R PLO, 6-Max) to take home their first SCOOP title. After 157 entries fired off 309 rebuys with 83 add-ons, the prize pool came up $25,500 short of the $300,000 guarantee. ‘Grus/Snus’ took full advantage and took home $60,683.52 for first place while ‘MB TREMENDO’ locked up $45,601.02 as the runner-up. ‘Samustti’ finished in third place which was good for $34,267.17. The overlay in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Midweek Freeze) was nearly double that of the tournament that came before it. The Midweek Freeze drew 140 runners which left it $50,000 short of the $750K guarantee. Lithuania’s ‘necgaidziai’ was the biggest beneficiary of the overlay, earning the title and the handsome $157,426.77 first-place prize. ‘DingeBrinker’ also booked a six-figure score, banking $121,869.52 as the runner-up. Dominykas ‘Mikensonas’ Mikolaitis earned $94,343.47 for finishing in third place. The end of the overlays took place in Event #52-H ($1,050 Limit Hold’em 6-Max) and it wasn’t much of a miss. The Limit event drew 62 runners, which technically missed the guarantee by just $3,000. It took just over eight hours for ‘coman567’ to min-raise his way to the $22,850.02 first-place prize and their first SCOOP victory. German grinder Julian ‘jutrack’ Track barely missed out on his second SCOOP win, falling in second place which was good for $15,134.41. ‘2bb100hands’ was the last of the five-figure winners, earning $10,024.09 for third place. In Event #51-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) ‘PatrickRass’ topped the 687-player field to win $58,501 for first. ‘qieng’ from Austria was the runner-up and walked away with $42,157.48 while ‘Jesper8’ captured the bronze and booked a $30,380.17 score. It was another deep run for Russia’s ‘FONBET_RULIT’ in Event #54-H ($530 PLO8, 6-Max) however the two-time SCOOP champion fell just short of acquiring a third title, falling in third place for $16,127.09. ‘onmybicycle’ did one better to finish as runner-up which paid $22,379.58. It was ‘texasilainen’, from Finland, who collected all the chips and claimed their first SCOOP title and the $31,056.39 up top. Ukraine’s ‘Andre_Hansen’ nabbed his second career SCOOP title and $98,159.82 for taking down Event #55-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max). ’FreeLancerZZ’ took second place for $72,978.36 and Alex ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis ended up in third place, padding his bankroll with a $54,256.94 score. The final event of Thursday’s schedule was Event #56-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) which took under five hours to play to a champion. In the end, it was Russian crusher Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin who walked away the winner and earned his third career SCOOP title and $69,958.97 (bounties included) for first place. Finland’s ‘mnstrkll’ was the last elimination of the night, falling in second place and banking $40,142.13 for their efforts. Julian ‘jutrack’ Track notched his second top-three finish of the evening, ending up in third place for a total payday of $22,827.75. Other winners on Thursday included ‘RUS_FISH’ (Event #47-L), ‘exstrike1’ (Event #47-M), ‘davideriksso’ (Event #48-L), ‘mrAndreeew’ (Event #48-M), ‘Castanella’ (Event #50-L), ‘Mr.Pedr0’ (Event #50-M), ‘Alcoholix20’ (Event #51-L), ‘$aymon9’ (Event #51-M), ‘paulera292’ (Event #52-L), ‘pokerqmaster’ (Event #52-M), ‘bamboking’ (Event #54-L), ‘Kashmir_uzi’ (Event #54-M), ‘fafinharj’ (Event #55-L), ‘onmybicycle’ (Event #55-M), ‘Archigram66’ (Event #56-L), and ‘LeoMattosAK’ (Event #56-M). Event #47-H ($530 + R PLO, 6-Max) Entries: 157 + 309 rebuys + 83 add-ons Prize pool: $300,000 ($25,500 overlay) 1. Grus/Snus - $60,683.52 2. MB TREMENDO - $45,601.02 3. Samustti - $34,267.17 Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Midweek Freeze) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $750,000 ($50,000 overlay) 1. necgaidziai - $157,426.77 2. DingeBrinker - $121,869.52 3. Mikensonas - $94,343.47 Event #50-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 477 Prize pool: $477,000 1. Amadi_017 - $84,110.87 2. karimmae - $47,743.35 3. Lena900 - $26,113.55 Event #51-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 687 Prize pool: $343,500 1. PatrickRass - $58,501 2. qieng - $42,157.48 3. Jesper8 - $30,380.17 Event #52-H ($1,050 Limit Hold’em 6-Max) Entries: 62 Prize pool: $65,000 ($3,000 overlay) 1. coman567 - $22,850.02 2. jutrack - $15,134.41 3. 2bb100hands - $10,024.09 Event #54-H ($530 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 331 Prize pool: $165,500 1. texasilainen - $31,056.39 2. onmybicycle - $22,379.58 3. FONBET_RULIT - $16,127.09 Event #55-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 254 Prize pool: $508,000 1. Andre_Hansen - $98,159.82 2. FreeLancerZZ - $72,978.36 3. Pwndidi - $54,256.94 Event #56-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 885 Prize pool: $442,500 1. Zapahzamazki - $69,958.97 2. mnstrkll - $40,142.13 3. jutrack - $22,827.75
  2. In an online series that is guaranteed to feature talented final tables, one of the toughest in recent memory took place on Wednesday during the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Nine top-tier players, including two former #1-ranked pros and the current All-Time Online Money List leader, played down to a winner in the biggest buy-in event on the SCOOP 2021 schedule. Plus, one of the most accomplished online poker pros in history, finally added a SCOOP title to his resume. It’s safe to say that the final table of Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) was one of the most stacked tournaments of 2021. Of course, when the buy-ins are as big as $25K, it tends to draw online poker’s elite players. Even so, it’s a rarity to be able to look at a final table full table of screen names and be able to identify each and every player based on their outstanding accomplishments. The two-day tournament featured 51 players (with 20 re-entries) to generate a prize pool of $1,741,275 and in the end, it was current All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who took home the $469,987.05 first-place prize and his fifth career SCOOP title. The victory was a bit of a breakthrough for Vieira who has found himself at plenty of major final tables as of late but despite taking down big scores, hadn’t locked up the outright win since his PokerStars Turbo Series win on February 25. It’s also a career milestone for ‘Naza114’, as the score now serves as the largest recorded online score of his career. Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski took home the Super High Roller runner-up honors, which was good for $352,019.81, and Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph captured the bronze and booked a $263,662.64. The star power didn’t stop there as former #1’s Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt (8th, $62,152.19) and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (7th, $82,980.28) were early casualties, while Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (6th, $110,788.09) and Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle ($147,914.86) both laddered into six-figure scores. Then, falling just outside the top three was Australia’s Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, who fell in fourth place for $197,483.22. After all that he has accomplished in online (and live) poker, it may be surprising to discover that Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman hadn’t won a PokerStars SCOOP title until Wednesday night. The former #1-ranked pro finally added that accolade to his poker resume with a win in Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) for $78,539.14. Certainly, part of the reason may be that Moorman now calls Las Vegas home. However, this summer, he and his wife Katie Lindsay invested in a property in Mexico which has allowed Moorman to compete on the international stage on a more regular basis. The score ranks in Moorman’s top 20 career score and is his largest of the year. Anton ‘Bomber&Granater’ Wigg was denied his third SCOOP title as the current #24-ranked pro settled for second place and used the $56,390.92 score to leap over $5.5 million in career earnings. ‘BenArfaa10’ rounded out the top three and earned $40,488.58 for their efforts. Earlier in the day, ‘pucho2100’ picked up their first SCOOP victory with a win in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks). They battled through the 288-entry field to win the $54,837.07 first-place prize. Lucas ‘Bit2Easy’ Reeves came in second place, earning $41,521.49 and Aleksejs ’APonakov’ Ponakov grabbed third place and picked up $31,439.75. The final event of the night was Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) where ‘Gigaloff’ wrapped up $25,887.50 for first place and their third career SCOOP title. ‘__akun333__’ picked up $17,575 as the runner-up while 'youre' finished in third place and received $13,300. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Bxrn’ (Event #41-L), ‘missy_gazell’ (Event #41-M), ‘GZingano’ (Event #43-L), ‘Xungazz’ (Event #43-M), ‘Wizzyy10’ (Event #45-L), ‘lamapoopie’ (Event #45-M), ‘monopol’ (Event #49-L), and ‘maxsnel123’ (Event #49-M). Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks) Entries: 288 Prize pool: $288,000 1. pucho2100 - $54,837.07 2. Bit2Easy - $41,521.49 3. APonakov - $31,439.75 Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) Entries: 71 Prize pool: $1,741,275 1. Naza114 - $469,987.05 2. fish2013 - $352,019.81 3. WATnios - $263,662.64 Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 440 Prize pool: $440,000 1. Moorman1 - $78,539.14 2. Bomber&Granater - $56,390.92 3. BenArfaa10 - $40,488.58 Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) Entries: 95 Prize pool: $95,000 1. Gigaloff - $25,887.50 2. __akun333__ - $17,575 3. youre - $13,300
  3. The 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is officially a third of the way complete as another six events came to a conclusion on Monday. The highlights of the day included the fast-paced 6+ Hold’em tournament, a pro-heavy high-roller final table, and a title takedown by one of the most accomplished online poker players in history. It’s been a busy spring for the former #1-ranked Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt who can’t seem to stop padding his legendary online poker resume. In addition to the three GGPoker Spring Festival titles he earned last week, on Monday, the superstar Swede bested the 481-entry field of Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) to pick up his fifth career SCOOP title. Astedt earned $85,430.33 for first, pushing him ever-so-close to eclipsing the $22 million mark in recorded online career earnings. Vicent ‘gordon0410’ Bosca fell just one spot short of earning his second SCOOP title, having to settle for second place and the $63,229.42 that went with it. After finishing as the runner-up himself in Event #22-H, Canada’s Jonah ‘RaiseUpBlind’ Silverstein made it all the way to the end and closed out Event #32-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO) for $71,043.99 plus an additional $65,609.35 in bounties for a total haul of $136,653.34. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel added to his $3.5 million in online career earnings with his second-place finish which was good for a total score of $97,067.05, bounties included. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘seijistar’ Seiji picked up the bronze and collected $45,621.75 plus an additional $28,835.94 in bounties. The largest score of the day belonged to #27-ranked Tuen ’tinnoemulder’ Mulder who outlasted the tough final table of Event 33-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller Club SE) to collect the $247,088.95 first-place prize, the largest score of the series thus far. The stacked final table included Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark (7th, $48,598.31), former #1 Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson (6th, $63,727.51), Joni ‘bustoville’ Jouhkimainen (5th, $83,566.50), and Christoph ’26071985’ Vogelsang (4th, $109,581.58). ‘a_new_hope13’ fell in third place, collecting $143,695.38 and Brazilan MTT pro Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito, current ranked #23 in the world, ended up as the runner-up and added $188,429.05 to his more than $8 million in career earnings. Event #34-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) saw 222 entries crush the $150K guarantee with a $222,000 prize pool. ‘gangstachl9’ picked up their first-ever SCOOP title and took home the first-place prize of $42,896.64. Right behind them was ‘AngryJuice’ who scored $31,892.12 as the runner-up. Three-time SCOOP champion Tobias ’Senkel92’ Leknes fell in third place, earning $23,710.71. Croatia’s ‘mandza17’ earned their second career SCOOP title and a healthy six-figure sum with a victory in Event #35-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) for $131,550.26. ‘thelpoker’ ended up in second place, taking home $92,624.43 while ‘Killer_ooooo’ finished in third place and added $65,217.02 to their bankroll. The final event to conclude on Monday was Event #40-H ($1,050 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, PKO), a curious tournament where, with roughly just minutes left in late registration, only 21 players remained in a field from which 11 got paid. The 6+ Hold’em (aka Short Deck) tournament took just five hours to complete and in the end, Japan’s Shota ‘shorta222’ Nakanishi took home their first SCOOP title and total score of $27,720.89. Julian ‘jutrack’ Track finished in second place, earning $12,767.73 and Poland’s ‘tmk999’ rounded out the top three and collected $7,972.49. Other winners on Monday included ‘Jupitle’ (Event #31-L), ‘Grekzorba’ (Event #31-M), ‘komarcus’ (Event #32-L), ‘Bola_Violin’ (Event #32-M), ‘Mr. Havener’ (Event #33-L), ‘pei_billy’ (Event #34-L), ‘ManOfTheFewWord’ (Event #34-M), ‘jitule53’ (Event #35-L), ‘zerodata’ (Event #35-M), ‘Wang26’ (Event #40-L), and ‘Lovetodo’ (Event #40-M). Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 481 Prize pool: $481,000 1. Lena900 - $85,430.33 2. gordon0410 - $63,229.42 3. anonymous123789 - $46,979.98 Event #32-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 455 Prize pool: $910,000 1. RaiseUpBlind - $136,653.34 2. slayerv1fan - $97,067.05 3. seijistar - $48,505.69 Event #33-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller Club, SE) Entries: 232 Prize pool: $1,160,000 1. tinnoemulder - $247,088.95 2. pabritz - $188,429.05 3. a_new_hope12 - $143,695.38 Event #34-H ($1,050 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $222,000 1. gangstachl9 - $42,896.64 2. AngryJuice - $31,892.12 3. Sengel92 - $23,710.71 Event #35-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $775,000 1. mandza17 - $131,550.26 2. thelpoker - $92,624.43 3. Killer_ooooo - $65,217.02 Event #40-H ($1,050 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 99 Prize pool: $99,000 1. shorta222 - $27,720.89 2. jutrack - $12,767.73 3. tmk999 - $7,972.49
  4. No matter how you look at it, Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt is one of the most dominant online poker players in the history of online poker. The Swedish superstar has hit the top of the Online Poker Rankings ten different times and spent a record 97 weeks in total at #1. On top of that, he was the first player to break through the $20 million career earnings barrier and is the current Online All-Time Money List leader with $21,758,331in earnings. It’s more than the numbers though, ‘Lena900’ has a reputation as the type of grinder who, despite his enormous success, would prefer to never take a day off. It’s his drive that has put him (and kept him) at the top for so many years. As the #1 seed in the Spades bracket, one might think that such eye-popping numbers would ensure that he would have a smooth path to the later stages. But there’s not only some phenomenal talent represented in the Spades bracket, but a healthy mix of current crushers and popular personalities from online poker eras gone by. Players like Alex ‘AJKHoosier1’ Kamberis, Sorel ‘Imper1um’ Mizzi, and Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe are included here. Not to mention Brazilians Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon and Joao ‘jososimaobh’ Simao who have large fan bases. Then of course there’s Ari Engel, one of the most prolific MTT players of all-time. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! lena900 (#1) vs brianm15 (#16) As mentioned above, ‘Lena900’ holds the record for the number of weeks at the #1 spot with 97 and is the current leader on the Online All-Time Money List with nearly $22 million in earnings. While Brian ‘brianm15’ England may have only held down the #1 spot for one week back in 2014, he continues to grind and has amassed an impressive $6.85 million in career earnings. AJKHoosier1 (#2) vs theczar19 (#15) Back in August of 2008, Alex ‘AJKHoosier1’ Kamberis was in what seemed like a weekly battle for the top spot against Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Finally, in September of that year, after two short stints at #1, he claimed it and kept it for 18 weeks straight. Kamberis has a tough first-round opponent in Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli who spent two weeks at #1 in May of 2011 but also went on to garner acclaim for his appearance at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2017. Sheater (#3) vs paulgees81 (#14) Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ first captured the #1 spot back in December 2013. He had two stints in the top spot for a total of eight weeks (one month each time) and picked up a total of five Triple Crowns. Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe took his turn at the top in March of 2011 and spent three weeks there. The longtime tournament grinder amassed more than $5.8 million in online earnings to go along with his more than $8.5 million in live results. LarsLuzak (#4) vs VnilaVader (#13) Well after establishing himself as a renowned nosebleed cash game grinder, Finland’s Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro hit the top of the rankings for the first time in 2019. He spent a total of nine weeks as #1 and he continues to be a presence in the upper echelons of the rankings having accumulated $16 million in tournament earnings. Anton ‘VnilaVader’ Herrman held on to the #1 spot for three weeks back in 2014 and has four Triple Crowns to go along with his more than $4.1 million in recorded career online earnings. BYE Ari (#12) Ari ‘Ari’ Engel is one of the most consistent tournament players in the world and just the third player in history to hold the #1 spot back in 2006, ending the reign of Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy who held the top spot for well over a year. Engel received the PocketFives Legacy Award back in 2018, recognizing his achievements in both the online and live poker arenas. NigDawG (#6) vs bbotteon (#11) The UK’s Christopher ‘NigDawG’ Brammer took two turns as the top-ranked pro in 2012 spending a total of six weeks at the top. A prolific online poker player, Brammer earned six Triple Crowns, seventh-best among the #1s. Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon took over the #1 spot in December of 2020 and held on to it for 11 weeks into 2021. Considered one of Brazil’s best, Botteon has more than $6.8 million in career earnings. probirs (#7) vs imper1um (#10) Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth not only won the PokerStars Sunday Millon back in 2016 but the high-roller tournament pro also sat atop the rankings two different times in 2019 for a total of nine weeks. The sometimes controversial Sorel ‘Imper1um’ Mizzi was a staple on the rankings back in 2007 when he spent 15 weeks at #1 over the course of three reigns and more than $3.6 million in career earnings. joaosimaobh (#8) vs Jymaster0011 (#9) Poker pro and partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao was one of the faces of Brazilian poker in 2016 when he spent four weeks at #1 over three different stints. He’s up against Jordan ‘Jymaster0011’ Young who also had three trips to the top for a total of 12 weeks. Young has accumulated more than $5.6 million in career online earnings. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  5. [caption width="659"] Career stats for February's MPLB winner, 'lena900'[/caption] Given that players from Sweden make up the top four worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, it should come as no surprise that a Swede won the February Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or MPLB. His name: 'lena900'. Not coincidentally, he won the MPLB in January as well. This is the first time a person has won back-to-back Monthly PLB titles since 2009, when Michael 'rock3656' Rocco won it in June and July of that year for 2,732 and 3,339 points, respectively. Astedt is now in a five-way tie with two career MPLB wins, joining the likes of Cal 'cal42688' Anderson and Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger. Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro won the MPLB three times in 2015 (April, June, August), but none of his wins were back-to-back. Last month, he generated 2,981 PLB Points en route to his first MPLB title. Sweden is now up to six MPLB titles, with 'lena900' accounting for one-third of the country's output in that department. 2,625 PLB Points was the winning score for 'lena900' this time around. The largest cash he racked up during the truncated month was worth $12,000 for taking down the PokerStars $215 Weekly Six Max No Limit Hold'em. He earned about the same amount for getting second in the Winamax High Roller one week prior. Other solid scores included a win in the bwin High Roller for $11,000 and a final table in the 888 Whale for $10,000. He has zoomed up to #2 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, the Swede's highest slotting ever. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford finished second in the February MPLB race with 2,455 points. He's ranked #19 in the world, his highest position ever, and won six tournaments in the second half of February alone. Additionally, he final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and Sunday Warm-Up on back-to-back weekends for over $50,000 total. Beresford is #2 in the UK and narrowly missed out on scoring the country's ninth MPLB title. "February went pretty well," Beresford said. "I've had lots of solid Sundays in the past month or so, usually on PokerStars. I finally decided to start playing on PartyPoker and that has been going well. PartyPoker looks like it could make a comeback, so to speak. I'm impressed with their tournament schedule and the Powerfest series is really nice as well. If only they could get some new software. I'm not a big fan of the current software, but I believe they could really compete if they tweak a few things. I really enjoy the structure of the tournaments there too." Third place in the standings went to Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill, who racked up 2,440 points during the 29 days of February. Merrill, who moved from Costa Rica to Colombia last year, picked up his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown in February after wins on PokerStars.fr, PokerStars, and 888, and he sits at #39 worldwide in the rankings. Like 'lena900' and Beresford, it's his best showing ever. [caption width="639"] Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill finished third in February[/caption] Queensland, Australia's 'Corlusion' was the fourth place finisher on the February MPLB leaderboard. He recorded his largest online score ever last month, a second place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $68,000, which was triple his previous best. That score earned him 457 PLB Points, one-fifth of the 2,360 he gained for the month. The Aussie is #135 in the world and #3 in Australia, both personal bests. Rounding out the top five in the February MPLB standings was Norway's 'prebzzz', who finished with 2,280 points. He won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill on February 4 for $52,000, his third largest online poker cash to date, and also took down the PartyPoker High Roller last month, adding another $11,000 to his bankroll. The Norwegian was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives last year. Here were the top 10 finishers in the February MPLB: lena900 - 2,625.06 points 1_conor_b_1 - 2,455.58 points tedSTRETCH - 2,440.57 points Corlusion - 2,360.65 points prebzzz - 2,280.39 points SvZff - 2,273.04 points hellohellohello - 2,266.37 points r4ndomr4gs - 2,251.03 points Big Huni - 2,203.15 points MiracleQ - 2,115.90 points
  6. It was back to work on Monday for online grinders of 888poker’s winter tournament series, XL Blizzard. The schedule backed off just a bit from the massive Sunday lineup just one day prior and opted to simply offer a pair of tournaments. One for those on a budget who wanted to get in on the action and a larger Rebuy & Add-On event that drew plenty of mid-stakes grinders eager to accumulate leaderboard points and four-figure scores. Event #14 - $40,000 R&A Event The larger of the two tournaments of the day saw 414 players buy-in for $55 with 308 rebuys and 252 add-ons. The totality generated a $48,700 prize pool, exceeding the guarantee by $8,700 and promising eight of the nine final table players a four-figure payout. PocketFivers dominated the final table with the eventual winner being ‘yarik1903’, currently the #151-ranked player in the world. Having just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime tournament scores, the Ukranian started his journey to $3 million by adding the first place prize of $9345.53, the largest XL Blizzard payout of the day. ‘yarik1903’ battled against Germany’s ‘hale_bop123’ , who finished as the runner-up cashing for $6,939.75. ‘hale_bop123’ may have been disappointed by not winning but he’s likely ecstatic by the score. The second place prize money is roughly $500 shy of his career high cash and his first four-figure cash since July 2017. Sweden's ‘creutz93’ laddered and finished in fourth place for $3,896. The Swede is ranked #18 in his extremely competitive home country and is no stranger to final tables and big scores as this marks the eighth time he’s cashed for four-figures or more in 2018. Making an appearance in his third final table of the series was Swedish phenom ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’, the #3-ranked player in the world). ‘tutten7’ just came off a day where he earned a total of over $50,000 in XL Blizzard events #10 & #12. On Monday, he continued his series heater and finished in seventh place for an additional $2,069.75. The combination of his scores has moved him into the top 10 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. Event #15 - $10,000 Mini R&A Players came out in force to support the lowest buy-in tournament of the entire XL Blizzard series as 1,477 runners ponied up the $5 buy-in. With the low buy-in, players decided to rebuy early and often, rebuying 1638 times with 829 add-ons. With so much action, this prize pool exceeded the guarantee as well, ending up at $17,945.20. Russia’s ‘DeltaSpider’ and PocketFiver Igor ‘Agelesss1’ Selega from Ukraine brokered a two-way deal. ’DeltaSpider’ eventually finished in first for $2,618.41 while Selega settled for runner-up. Despite finishing in second, he cashed out for slightly more money at $2,676.23, making it the largest cash of his career to date. ‘luckypanch75’ finished in fourth place for $1,220.27, adding to his previous results and pushing him into second place on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. He’s currently sitting right behind ‘Ao1ing’ who cashed yet again in Event #15, finishing in 15th for $122.02. While Event #15 was the lowest buy-in of the tournament, Tuesday is for the high-rollers and includes the gigantic $2,100 $250,000 guarantee High Roller tournament. XL Blizzard Day 5 Winners # Event Winner Payout 14 $40,000 R&A Event yarik1903 $9,345.53 15 $10,000 Mini R&A DeltaSpider $2,618.41*
  7. New faces join the PocketFives Worldwide top 10 this week after massive scores in partypoker’s Powerfest continues to help some of the best in the world accumulate points. One thing that hasn’t changed though is ‘C Darwin2’s reign as the #1 online player in the world. The Swede still commands a lead of over 1000 PLB points over his would-be usurpers and remains the only player in the land with over 10,000 PLB points. Unlike last week, ’C Darwin2’ padded his PLB point lead with a trio of PLB qualifying scores, punctuated by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000 and just over 400 PLB points. Rising to the #2 spot for the second time in three weeks is ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ‘lena900’. The tournament specialist is back to being the main challenger to dethrone ‘CD2’ by racking up a number of qualified PLB scores totaling more than 1000 points. In addition to all those PLB points, ‘lena900’ banked roughly $140,000 thanks to a pair of scores of over $30,000 each. After this week he's now only $43,000 away from $9 million in lifetime earnings. Amazingly, he breached the $8 million mark less than three months ago. Last week’s #2, Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops to #3 this week. He trails ‘lena900’ by only 126 PLB points and after his mammoth week last week, he also dropped down in volume. The Hungarian only registered eight total cashes in the past seven days, but two of them were good enough to help his PLB score. Speaking of light volume, superstar online grinder, and #4 in the rankings this week, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is still on an online poker hiatus. Records will show that he has not cashed in an online tournament in a month. His low output is largely due to him being in attendance at the Aussie Millions where, unfortunately, it is no longer legal to fire up an online poker client and play. ‘hellohellohello’ maintains his status as a top 5 player in the world for the third week in a row. The Russian didn’t have a hefty online schedule and actually did not record any qualified PLB cashes this week, however, his previous scores were enough to keep him right where he is. Unlike last week though, where he had a roughly 500 point PLB lead over the #6 ranked player, the field is now right on his heels with a number of players looking to break into the top 5. The latest player looking to make a big move made the largest leap of any player in the top 10. ‘European’ crashed the top 10 party after a humungous week that helped him skyrocket from #34 last week to #6 this week. His rapid rise was thanks to the large prize pools in partypoker’s Powerfest and his massive success in them in the middle of this week. ‘European’ raked in three five-figure scores for a total of over $148,000. The top score was his win in Powerfest Event #46-M for $86,000 and over 700 PLB points. His surge puts him right in the thick of the top 10, trailing ‘hellohellohello’ by only 164 points. Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky holds down the #7 spot again this week. He finished the week with two-thirds of a PocketFives Triple Crown taking down the 888poker Whale for $34,375 on February 4 and then two days later finishing in first in a PokerStars $109 tournament. Romanovsky also scored big during Powerfest with a fourth-place finish in Event #45-H for over $34,000. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard jettisoned into the top 10 as well this week. Rising seven places to the #8 spot, the former worldwide #1 ranked player crushed one of the largest tournaments on his home turf when he won Powerfest Event #46-H $1M Gtd. Leonard won $207,978 and over 1000 PLB points for the big-time victory. In addition to the win, the UK’s #1-ranked player also picked up four additional qualifying PLB scores to amass 1725.09 points for the week. Fellow Team partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimoabh’ Simoa slips three spots to #9 this week. The Brazilian’s week peaked with a final table finish during Powerfest Event #48-H for $13,860. Argentinan superstar Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues his climb into the ranks of the elite, entering the top 10 for the very first time in his career. He took down the aforementioned Powerfest Event #48-H for $195,720, a career-high score for him, and 1024.70 PLB points. The six-figure win all but assures him a mention in next week’s Milestones column as he currently sits less than $5,000 from surpassing $3 million in lifetime earnings. Other notable moves in the top 25 include 'Sheater', Andreas 'r4andomr4gs' Berggren and 'josef_shvejk' all falling out of the top 10. Sweden's 'Ariados' climbed back into the top 25, reaching all the way to #13 while Russia's 'NoPlanB' also comes in at #21 for the first time in 2018. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,635.56 1 2 lena900 9,540.83 4 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,414.79 2 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,834.11 3 5 hellohellohello 8,366.26 5 6 European 8,201.50 34 7 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,196.68 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,996.74 15 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,980.63 6 10 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 7,956.99 14 11 josef_shvejk 7,592.11 10 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,525.50 11 13 Ariados 7,462.47 28 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,432.02 13 15 Sheater 7,422.30 9 16 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,389.08 8 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,314.10 12 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,890.03 17 19 veeea 6,853.19 16 20 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,820.99 18 21 NoPlanB 6,669.03 26 22 Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk 6,635.17 20 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,529.21 25 24 sitpro2011 6,521.16 21 25 PaDiLhA SP 6,520.89 24  
  8. Sometimes the high stakes just aren’t high enough. As a pair of major online tournament series gets ready to kick off, four of online poker’s very best players have made public a six-figure side bet to run alongside the massive schedules of partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker. The high profile bet pairs the partypoker ambassador and online high-stakes regular Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’ against the Swedish super duo of ‘lena900’, currently the #3-ranked player in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, and the only player to be ranked as the best online player in the world in 2018, ‘C Darwin2’. The details of the high stakes heavyweight bout were laid out on social media on Wednesday. Each pair tallies their combined cashes in tournaments with buy-ins of $109 or greater and a minimum $100,000 prize pool. All tournaments that fall under this category in both POWERFEST and SCOOP count as do any agreed upon tournaments that may occur during the May 6-21 timespan. According to Leonard, all of the tournaments in the scope of the bet have already been agreed upon by both teams. Players must play the selected events and can only opt out of playing an event (making it not count) if their team is behind in the challenge. As if the guarantees of both SCOOP and POWERFEST weren’t enough, there’s a combined $150 million in guarantees between them, the bet is for an undisclosed figure north of $100,000. One may wonder with so much on the line why would these four online superstars risk even more of their bankroll. Perhaps it's to feel properly motivated or a brewing rivalry? “It's just for fun.,” said Leonard. “They [‘C Darwin2’ and ‘lena900’] are seen as the best MTT players in the world and we are very confident in ourselves too. I don't think either side has a huge edge but it's fun to gamble like this and it's good for the community to follow along. When you play by yourself in a series and when things go bad it's easy to start punting. When you're part of a team, and Ben will be counting on me playing my A-game, then it means I'll play as focused as possible so my overall EV from the series increases.” The combined series will literally have hundreds of tournaments, many of which fall under the guidelines of the side bet. With a heavy playing schedule and the additional motivation of a public prop bet Leonard explains that he’ll be on a tight regimen. “I will wake up at 3 pm CET every day. I do 30-minute exercise with bitB players online and then I have a cold shower and meditate. My food delivery comes just after then, I eat, very short second meditation and then start playing around 4:30 pm CET,” Leonard said. “I register until around 10 pm and usually the session finishes around 4 am. Every day we will play dozens of tournaments, there are huge tournaments this year, lots of 5Ks, 10Ks, and 25Ks.” As if the grind weren’t difficult enough, Leonard and his partner ‘bencb789’, who is generally considered one of the best tournament players in the world as well, have decided to poke the elk (the official animal of Sweden). The opposition is two of the most consistent, winningest online players of the past year. Both ‘C Darwin2’ and ‘Lena900’ have the utmost respect of their peers based on their stellar results and the pair have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for online poker. Combined, the pair have accumulated nearly $19 million in lifetime earnings. “I think they are both amazing players, but more importantly very good guys,” Leonard says of those he’s up against in the bet. “I enjoy betting against them and when they win and cost me money I'm genuinely happy for their success. They've always been really good losers in the past too. Their results speak for themselves and I couldn't have any more respect or admiration for them, even if Niklas [‘Lena900’] won't give us the odds we deserve.” The bet generated instant interest from fans as well as the oddsmakers at PokerShares who worked quickly to set lines for which of the dynamic duos would out-cash the other. Clearly, for Leonard, this is one of his favorite times of the year. While some make World Series of Poker bracelet bets to add action to summer, Leonard, one of bitB Staking's head coach, puts it all on the line in the biggest online series of the year. A former #1-ranked online player in his own right, Leonard has a new dedication to the online game to go along with his latest prop bet. “I don't really care about live poker anymore. I’ve retired from it to make sure I'm the best online MTT player in the world. I skipped Barcelona, Monaco, and Montreal to work ten hours every day for the last few months," Leonard said. "I couldn't be more prepared and this is what I live for. I absolutely love online tournament series, it's my drug.” Leonard said on his Twitter that he will be posting results as they happen during the course of the two series. Both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars SCOOP online series get underway on May 6.
  9. In the aftermath of the major spring tournament series, the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings had a new look and, for the first time in 2018, a new #1. This week though, it’s quite the opposite. There were very few major moves in the Worldwide top 10, with the majority of online poker’s elite holding steady in the same rankings they held last week. This includes another week at the top for the current ruler of the rankings, Sweden’s ‘lena900’. After taking a brief break at the beginning of the week, the consummate grinder ‘lena900’ (12,657 PLB points) got back on the grind. While he was not able to pick up any qualifying PLB cashes this week, he did score a third-place finish in the May 31 edition of the $109 Mini Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for over $6,700. After his enviable SCOOP and POWERFEST showings though, 'lena900's PLB score still sat well above those looking to catch him, resting at 12,657 this week. Trailing ‘lena900’ is his countryman and one time (and future?) king ‘C Darwin2’ (11,362). Like ‘lena900’ he was back at it this week, but unable to secure a qualifying cash. ‘C Darwin2’ was able to score a pair of podium finishes including a third-place showing in the May 27 edition of PokerStars’ Bigger $109 for $12,451. Putting in very light volume this week was Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeropro’ Romanovsky (10,592). Romanovsky registered a total of five cashes for roughly $8,500. He continues his march toward $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just under $70,000 to join the elite club. ‘hellohellohello’ (10,394) maintains his #4 ranking despite not even firing up the online poker client this week. While #5-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth (10,298) has a similar idea, only notching three total results for just over $7,000, none of which helped his PLB score. Montreal, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ (9,838) picked up a victory in the May 31 PokerStars Bounty Builder for $7,870 in route to maintaining his career-high #6 spot. Right behind him, again claiming the #7 ranking this week, is Argentinas #1-ranked player Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (9,463) who, like many on this list, put in light volume. The first major change to the top 10 comes with the resurgence of Brazilian pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (9,302). Simao continued to move forward this week, picking up two big-time qualifying cashes. The first, a final table finish at the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller brought Simao $16,770 and 201.83 PLB points. Then, the very next day, he took down the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $42,712 and 487.65 PLB points. The results not only propel him five spots on the rankings and back into the top 10, but they put Simao in a great state of mind should he makes his way to the World Series of Poker. The third Swedish player in the top 10, ‘Ariados’ (9,041), slipped to the #9 spot this week. He helped himself remain in the top 10 thanks to his bronze medal finish in the May 27 $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for just under $30,000 and 248.08 PLB points. Finally, Pedro ’PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (8,983) kept his #10 spot this week despite not accumulating any cashes in the period. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang leaping seven spots to a career-high ranking in the #20 spot. Additionally, 'Sheater' rises one spot to round out the list at #25. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,657.30 1 2 C Darwin2 11,361.54 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,591.98 3 4 hellohellohello 10,393.83 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,297.73 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,838.44 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,463.22 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,302.03 13 9 Ariados 9,040.99 8 10 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,982.74 10 11 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,901.39 11 12 girafganger7 8,782.85 9 13 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,765.42 14 14 Illini213 8,679.71 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,666.39 12 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,507.42 20 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,482.27 16 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,461.30 15 19 Dattebayo 8,433.13 19 20 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,432.93 27 21 DamageAP 8,370.81 18 22 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,032.65 22 23 NoPlanB 8,029.69 21 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,970.11 24 25 Sheater 7,794.36 26
  10. There's not much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week, as eight of the ten spots held steadfast from last week. The difference this week is it seems that the top tier players are slowly coming back to the tables after their post-spring series breaks. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to top the rankings for the fourth week in a row. The powerhouse put in a good deal of volume and scored a pair of PLB qualifying cashes to solidify his position for at least one more week. His week was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the bwin.com KO Series Event #8. He earned just over $10,000 for the finish and tacked on another 208.63 in PLB points. ‘lena900’ also earned a second five-figure score this week in his final table appearance in Event #13 of the same series for $12,671 and 194.66 PLB points. It is very likely that the Swede will surpass $11 million in lifetime earnings in the next 24 hours as he sits just under $1,500 from that major milestone. The #2-ranked ’C Darwin2’ made a hard charge at the top spot this week, having himself a solid week at the tables. He registered four qualifying PLB scores including an outright win in the Winamax Mini Las Vegas Highroller for $46,404 and 414.57. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ accumulated over 1047 PLB points, putting him in position to potentially catch his countryman. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky didn’t slip in the rankings, remaining in the #3 spot once again. He also didn’t get in on any action. Romanovsky did not register a score this week, having it only slightly affect his PLB score. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ had a similar idea and kept his distance from the online tables. The #4-ranked player in the world only recorded two results this week. They totaled roughly $2,500 in total cashes and no PLB points. While he didn’t give up too much ground, he didn’t gain any this week either. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth dabbled a little more than last week but not much more. The fifth-ranked player did hop into a couple tournaments of partypoker’s KO Series. In Event #2 he made a run to the final three tables, collecting a cash of $3,203 for his 23rd place finish. He picked up 107.76 PLB points to go along with it, however, his total output for the week was but four total cashes. ‘GINS FINEST’ from Canada continued to cash in on his current heater. He claimed victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $49,470 and a PLB boosting 464.76 points. His recent results have deemed him as Canada’s #1-ranked player, #6 in the world and on a crash course with $5 million in lifetime earnings. The #7- ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone put together a nice week this week and scored a pair of five-figure cashes. Both came on June 3. The first was in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, winning him $37,250 and 306.63 PLB points. Then, later that same day, he played on partypoker and, again taking second, he banked another $30,636 in the Super Sunday 1K. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has yet to make an appearance at the World Series of Poker, instead continuing to grind online. He picked up 121.50 PLB points in a final table appearance of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller. He earned $7,244 for that score and it helped him maintain his #8-ranking. The only change in the top 10 rankings this week comes at the bottom where Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha used a pair of bronze medal finishes on partypoker to overtake the #9-ranked spot once held by Sweden’s ‘Ariados’. ‘Ariados’ slips back to the #10 spot despite picking up a pair of qualifying cashes himself. Other moves in the top 25 include ‘European’ rejoining the top 25, climbing from #28 to #21 this week. Additionally, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar surged back to #24, while his fellow Swede ‘Sheater’ departs the top 25, slipping to #26. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,679.22 1 2 C Darwin2 11,474.50 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,503.69 3 4 hellohellohello 10,363.65 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,243.82 5 6 GINS FINEST 10,363.65 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,472.69 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,256.67 13 9 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 9,033.90 8 10 Ariados 9,029.37 10 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,907.37 18 12 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,628.54 20 13 girafganger7 8,626.25 12 14 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,613.11 11 15 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,574.20 13 16 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,510.08 15 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,395.20 17 18 Dattebayo 8,319.78 19 19 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,308.12 16 20 DamageAP 8,216.22 21 21 European 7,984.13 28 22 NoPlanB 7,892.16 23 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 7,868.57 22 24 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,758.56 27 25 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,727.47 24  
  11. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  12. It’s yet another week atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings for the Swedish sensation ‘lena900’. Not only has ‘lena900’ spent the entire month of July in the #1 position on the rankings, he’s held that spot since the start of the summer. What makes his run at the top even more impressive is the fact that he’s only had three total PLB qualifying scores for the entire month. The Swede had built up such an impressive lead, thanks in part to his strong showing in the previous spring series like partypoker's POWERFEST and PokerStars’ SCOOP, that he was able to coast on some pretty light volume this month and still maintain the #1 rank. ‘lena900’s countryman ‘C Darwin2’ continues to play catch up and trails the #1 rank by over 1750 PLB points. Helping him close the gap though was a third-place finish in the July 22 edition of the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $17,131 and 223.84 PLB points. Like much of the top 10 this week, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ kept his same rank as last week, coming in at #3. However, he did manage to put together a pair of impressive scores this week. The first was a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $18,323 and 183.64 PLB points. Later that day he made another final table, finishing in fifth place in the bwin.com Super Sunday 1K for another $9,744/156.05. There continues to be no sign of #4 ranked ’Romeopro’ on the virtual felts. This leaves an opening for the #5 ranked ‘GINS FINEST’ to make a run at overtaking him. The Canadian currently trails ‘Romeopro’ by just over 213 PLB points. He helped himself this week by logging on for the first time since July 1 and finishing as the runner-up in the July 24 edition of PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $11,430 and 190.64 PLB points. A similar situation is evolving between #6 ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth and #7 ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. Nemeth has seen his PLB points slipping while on a multi-week hiatus from online poker. The #1-ranked Argentinan Petrone one the other hand has continued to grind resulting in a pair of qualifying PLB scores this week. On July 25 Petrone scores a pair of victories. The first was in the PokerStars Big $215 for $5,362/152.32 PLB points and then he took down the $109 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo for another $3,603/134.32. Petrone is within striking distance of overtaking Nemeth, trailing him by roughly 200 PLB points. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot has made a new career-high ranking for the second week in a row. Jumping up two spots to #8, the UK grinder had a big week with a pair of five-figure scores. He won the partypoker Tuesday Major for $13,000 and also took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for another $10,760. In total, Proudfoot added 478.98 PLB points to his total this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez held fast at the #9 position. His week was highlighted by a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday Smooth Deepstack for nearly $15,000 and 279.28 PLB points. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. The #10 ranked Leonard posted a pair of monster results on July 22 including a victory in the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for $22,999 and 387.30 PLB points. He then backed that up with a final table finish in the 1K Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for another $13,890/194.66. In other top 25 notable moves: Austria’s #1-ranked player ’Dattebayo’ rejoins the top 25, checking in at #21. When someone enters, someone must leave and this week it was Russia’s ‘NoPlanB’, slipping from #25 to #27. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,123.86 1 2 C Darwin2 10,373.40 2 3 hellohellohello 9,744.33 3 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,605.54 4 5 GINS FINEST 9,392.22 5 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,162.59 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,861.29 7 8 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,645.94 10 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,477.91 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,428.99 13 11 Ariados 8,428.61 8 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,159.57 11 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,003.12 12 14 DamageAP 7,957.50 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,848.22 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,832.14 16 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,676.01 17 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,544.79 18 19 Palyaaa 7,520.87 19 20 girafganger7 7,447.29 20 21 Dattebayo 7,397.16 27 22 European 7,363.20 21 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,281.65 22 24 kofi89 7,200.23 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,157.72 23
  13. There is major movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week as a pair of players that have been steadily rising the ranks have broken new ground resulting in a new look top 5. It seems that the stagnant summer has come to a close with some new challengers gearing up to make a run at #1. But in order to take the crown, they have to get by the Swedish sensation that is ‘lena900’. Even though ‘lena900’ spends another week in the #1-ranking, he has also encountered the problem of not picking up any PLB points. In fact, It’s been over three weeks since he’s accumulated any PLB points causing him to steadily losing ground in that regard. What used to be a 2000 point lead over his countryman, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’ has dwindled to about 1000. That’s still a healthy lead, but it’s one that when the major fall online series fire up (WCOOP, POWERFEST), a lead like that can be eclipsed in short order. ’C Darwin2’, who is ranked #2 again this week, is also in a bit of a PLB point drought not picking up any himself this week either. PLB points haven’t been a problem for Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone who, for the third week in a row, rises in the top 10 to a new career-high ranking. Stone is now in a position to make a run at the Swedish domination of the top two spots. Stone picked up a nice score when he finished as the runner-up in the August 5 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $22,989 and 270.02 PLB points. That, combined with his third-place finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $8,729 and 136.86 PLB points, allowed Stone to cash for over $33,000 in the week. Even though Stone has been making huge leaps in the rankings all summer, he’s going to need some serious results if he wants to break into the next level. He currently sits roughly 1000 points behind ‘C Darwin2’ and that means almost 2000 behind ‘lena900’. With ‘GINS FINEST’ rising that means that ‘hellohellohello’ had to take a step backward, as he slips to the #4 spot. Even though it was light volume, the Russian did spend some time online and was able to pick up over $12,000 and 178.14 PLB points for his final table finish in the August 5 edition of PokerStars’ Sunday 500. Some aging results took their toll on ‘hellohellohello’s total PLB score as he dropped nearly 400 points from last week, even with his score. He still sits just above 9000 points and trails ‘GINS FINEST’ by 374 points. The top 5 also welcomes Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot for the first time. Proudfoot, currently the UK’s #1-ranked player, rises two spots to a career-high ranking. He recorded a silver medal in the Thursday Major on partypoker for $5,453 and 131.62 PLB points. As an additional accolade, Proudfoot managed to capture the July PLB monthly leaderboard. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone maintained his #6-ranking, despite not logging on to the online tables this week. Joining Petrone in keeping the lowest of profiles online is #7-ranked Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who remains in the #8 spot for another week. The top 10 welcomes back Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who leaps five spots to land at #9. Korsar, yet another player from Sweden in the top 10, had a mammoth week on the online felts. Since August 2 he has amassed over $56,000 in cashes. This includes a final table finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $19,970 and 191.72 PLB points. He also picked up back to back victories on PokerStars. The first in the August 6 edition of the Big $109 for $6,030 and 179.16 PLB points. The very next day he won the Daily 500 for another $14,357. In total, Korsar picked up over 1000 PLB points since August 2 and is now in striking distance of his career high ranking of #6, which he last held in 2016. The inactivity finally caught up to Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky as he slips five spots to #10 and in all likelihood, fall back outside of the top 10 next week. He hasn’t been seen at the online tournament tables since May 28. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,333.49 1 2 C Darwin2 10,328.99 2 3 GINS FINEST 9,389.02 4 4 hellohellohello 9,014.65 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,695.05 7 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,228.20 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,173.48 9 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,119.97 8 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,997.32 14 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,977.85 5 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,707.50 12 12 Ariados 7,597.28 11 13 Palyaaa 7,559.39 17 14 PaDiLaH SP 7,543.20 18 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,531.37 10 16 DamageAP 7,527.04 22 17 Dattebayo 7,508.69 13 18 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,492.80 16 19 girafganger7 7,396.62 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,294.27 15 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,223.28 21 22 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,130.78 20 23 kofi89 7,073.16 24 24 MrBittar 6,981.29 33 25 European 6,809.71 23
  14. Both PokerStars and partypoker announced their schedules for their massive fall online poker series this week, which means it’s time for the elite online players in the world to get back to the business of grinding. Once again this week, the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings looks very similar to the way it has shaped up for the previous month. There have, however, been some minor shifts in position as players attempt to put themselves in good positions prior to WCOOP and POWERFEST. The top spot in the rankings remains the same as ‘lena900’ enjoys yet another week as the world’s #1. If there’s one player who is expected to anticipate the large guarantees of the fall online series it would be ‘lena900’. After all, it was his superior performances in the massive spring series that helped propel him above the current #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. For both of these Swedish superstars, this summer has been a quiet one. Both have spent quite a bit of time away from the online scene. For ‘lena900’ it’s the second week in a row that he’s been unable to capture any PLB qualifying scores, watching his PLB total dip below 12,000 for the first time in over a month. ‘C Darwin2’ on the other hand picked up a little ground by taking home over $21,000 and 279.43 PLB points for his runner-up finish in the July 29 edition of the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter. A player who is likely eager to pick up some ground this fall is Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’. This week he remains in the #3 spot, over 1000 PLB points from reaching the Swedish duo. Although he was unable to pick up any PLB points this week, he did just recently hit a new career milestone of over $7 million in lifetime earnings. Canada’s ’GINS FINEST’ has finally surpassed Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky to touch the #4 rank for the first time in his career. He was assisted by a final table finish in the July 29 edition of PokerStars Omania High Roller where he picked up over $6,000 and 109.69 PLB points. The Montreal resident continues to climb the ranks of the top 10 and is currently only 214 PLB points away from making a run at the top 3. Romanovsky slips to the #5 ranking, still keeping his distance from playing online. Putting in his grind though is Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone who jumps up one spot to #6 this week. Petrone booked over $26,000 in cashes this week, highlighted by a victory in the PokerStars Hot $109 for $6,532 and 187.62 PLB points. In total, he earned 439.44 in qualified PLB points. Another player who has not let off the gas is the UK’s #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proutfoot, who checks in at a career-high ranking of #7 this week. He helped himself hit new heights with a fantastic score of $27,938 and 382.75 PLB points in the July 29 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500. Proudfoot is knocking on the door of over $2.5 million in lifetime cashes, sitting under $60,000 away from the milestone. It’s likely, with his skill and volume, he’ll reach that mark by the end of the fall series. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth slips two spots to #8 on no volume while both Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard keep their same rankings from last week, #9 and #10 respectively. Other Top 25 Notes: While there was some shuffling in the top 25, there were no new additions. The biggest move of the week belongs to Austria's 'Dattebayo' who jumped up eight spots to land at #13. He picked up a pair of five-figure scores on July 29, including a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller for $40,828 and 380.79 PLB points. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,918.64 1 2 C Darwin2 10,440.46 2 3 hellohellohello 9,491.36 3 4 GINS FINEST 9,277.31 5 5 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,195.46 4 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,891.29 7 7 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,829.59 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,738.81 6 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,301.85 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,300.92 10 11 Ariados 8,255.58 11 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,986.44 12 13 Dattebayo 7,858.33 21 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,761.31 16 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,752.23 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,723.21 13 17 Palyaaa 7,642.59 19 18 PaDiLaH SP 7,630.84 17 19 girafganger7 7,571.71 20 20 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,565.42 18 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,468.23 23 22 DamageAP 7,416.67 14 23 European 7,345.85 22 24 kofi89 7,131.76 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,882.31 25
  15. It’s another week at the top of the PocketFives Rankings for Swedish crusher ‘lena900’. The online poker superstar has had the luxury of sitting on a wide PLB point lead for weeks, however, it seems that may be coming to an end. It was yet another week without a substantial PLB score for the Swede and, with some aging results, his total PLB score plummeted over 800 points. This puts him under the 11,000 mark for the first time all summer and well within reach for the #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. Despite not picking up PLB points, ‘lena900’ still had a nice week at the online tables booking scores that totaled more than $35,000. This included a victory in the bwin.com $40K Bounty Hunter for $12,651. ‘lena900’s fellow Swede ‘C Darwin2’ one again sits in the #2 spot and now only trails the top spot by roughly 351 PLB points. For ‘C Darwin2’ it wasn’t a matter of climbing the ladder as much as simply holding his position. He did manage a final table finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller to pick up $14,850 however, like his countryman, there were no PLB points earned for the former #1 this week. That cannot be said for Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ who reclaimed the #3 spot this week. He rose one spot on the back of a victory in the August 16 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill where he picked up $27,270 and 378.15 PLB points. In total this week, ‘hellohellohello’ only recorded three cashes, having taken nearly a week off. He currently sits a full 1000 PLB points behind the #2 spot, yet that can all change in an instant one the World Championship Of Online Poker and POWERFEST kick off in early September. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone takes a small step backward from his career-high ranking of #3 and lands at #4 this week. After putting together a big week last week, it looks as though Stone opted to enjoy a week of summer, staying away from the online grind altogether. Perhaps Stone reached out to a few of his fellow top grinders to pitch the idea of a vacation as he wasn’t the only top-tier pro to go dark this week. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (#5) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#6) both held their respective spots in the top 10 despite continued time away from the tables. It was quite the opposite for Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth who made his return to the online tournament scene this week. Prior to this week, the last time Nemeth had recorded a score was July 8. His hiatus ended on August 12, as he hopped online and got back in the game. Nemeth played a couple tournaments and picked up some valuable PLB points, 258.54 in total, which helped him climb one spot to #7 this week. He made the final table in two tournaments earning four-figure scores in both. This included a seventh-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for $7,838. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky actually rises two spots in the rankings despite still being absent from the online scene. It’s a mix of inactivity and aging scores that lands him at #8. Maintaining his #9 spot is Swedish online legend Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar. While he wasn’t able to bring in any PLB points this week, Korsar still sits within striking distance of his all-time best ranking of #6, which he touched back in 2016. Korsar is currently approximately 348 PLB points behind the #6 spot as of this week. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, who slips three spots joining the pros who opted to take the week off. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,529.70 1 2 C Darwin2 10,178.52 2 3 hellohellohello 9,143.29 4 4 GINS FINEST 8,832.51 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,411.17 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,087.84 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,952.56 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,882.11 10 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,739.80 9 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,708.31 7 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,642.11 15 12 Ariados 7,444.91 12 13 Dattebayo 7,357.63 17 14 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,300.63 11 15 Palyaaa 7,277.74 13 16 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,255.38 22 17 PaDiLaH SP 7,253.33 14 18 DamageAP 7,253.33 16 19 girafganger7 7,042.87 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,030.91 20 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,997.57 18 22 kofi89 6,951.77 23 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,864.23 21 24 European 6,770.64 25 25 MrBittar 6,651.31 24
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