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Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s quest to be the best continued last month as one of Portugal’s most prolific poker pros broke through into the Online Poker Rankings top 10 and racked up over $867,000 in total earnings en route to locking up the March Online Player of the Month title. Vieira finished March with 4,725 points, a good portion of which helped him take an early lead in the Online Player of the Year race and almost all can be traced back to the fact that Vieira took the time to update his profile last month. Once he did, an avalanche of impressive recent results was revealed that took him from the status of unranked right into the thick of battling as the top online poker player in the world. Vieira’s March got off to a quick start with a fifth-place finish in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller where he outlasted the likes of Daniel Dvoress, Jason Koon, and Matthias Eibinger to lock up a $222,514 payday, the third-largest score of his career, plus 642.75 points. Then on March 5, he finished in sixth place in the GGPoker $10,300 High Roller for another $74,813 and 400.91 points. Less than a week later, Vieira picked up yet another six-figure score. He finished in third place in the GGPoker Sunday 500 for $142,724 and 569.01 points. At the very same time he was grinding his way to a seventh-place finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers Main Event for an extra $31,885 and 328.53. He closed out the month the same way he started it, with another massive score. Vieira made the final table of the March 23rd edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ and finished in fourth place for $187,255 plus 618.64 points. Consistency was Vieira’s strength in March, a month in which he actually didn’t record a single outright victory. He did, however, accumulate 74 in-the-money finishes for a grand total of $867,833, landing in the top 10 roughly 25% of the time. Vieira currently sits at the #5 ranked player in the world, but perhaps more importantly has climbed to #2 on the Online All-Time Money List with over $21.3 million in total earnings. Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann, who finished as March’s runner-up, had the kind of month most grinders dream of. What he lacked in volume, he more than made up for in astonishing results, picking up 47 cashes for $766,799 and a total of 4,405 points. Of his 47 results, he finished in the top three 15 times (32%) with nine outright wins. That means that in March, Volkmann won 19% of the time he cashed. That includes his victory in the March 2 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $51,922 and 362.29 points. The very next day he was victorious in the GGPoker $525 Bounty Hunters Special for another $17,175 and 457.71 points. The trend continued on March 4 when he binked a win in Event #102 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $44,917. He had to wait three whole days before he won again in the March 7 GGPoker $5,250 High Rollers Special for $57,374. Despite all of his victories, Volkmann’s month was highlighted not with a win but with a runner-up finish in the March 16 edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ where he earned 942.32 points and $318,042, the second-largest score of his online career. Former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens finished as the runner-up in the Online Player of the Month race in February and once again he made a run at it in March, ending up in third place with 3,874 points. The standout score of Stevens’ month came on March 8 when he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller for $655,289, the second-highest haul of his extensive online career, which also netted him 1,175.58 points. March 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=198 /]
For the second month in a row, a high-profile Brazilian poker pro ran away with the monthly PLB contest as Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski used a pair of major six-figure scores to help clinch the February Online Poker Player of the Month title. It was an impressive performance from Dzivielevski who, despite the shorter month, put up more than 1000 more PLB points than his countryman Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon did when he won the award in January. In the end, Dzivielevski racked up 4,942.38 PLB points, with many of them coming from his battles in the high-roller arenas. It took less than 24 hours into February for Dzivielevski to know it was going to be an epic month. A runner-up finish in the ACR Venom $8 million guaranteed Main Event brought him an $849,150 payday, the second-largest score of his career, and an astounding 2,026.53 PLB points. It was that tournament that set him up to outpace everyone else in the month. One week later he had back-to-back five-figure scores which included a third-place run in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday High Roller for $32,064 and 283.33 points. At the same time, he made the final table of the Winamax Grand Tournament where he added another $14,292 and 181.24 to his daily total. On February 21 Dzivielevski found himself at another GGPoker Super MILLION$ final table battling against the likes of Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, Mikita Badziakouski, and former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt. He ended up falling in fourth place but took home $207,649 for his efforts and 651.46 PLB points. In total, Dzivielevski recorded 38 total cashes for a total of more than $1.55 million in earnings. During that run, he climbed as high as #2 in the Online Poker Rankings. He currently sits ranked at #5 in the world. In most months, what Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens accomplished in February would be more than enough to sit atop the leaderboard. He amassed 4,319.95 points by going on an absolute heater through the high roller tournaments on GGPoker. On February 2, Stevens finished fifth in the $10K Super MILLION$ for $150,112 and 551.73 PLB points. Just three days later be secured a victory in a GGPoker $1,050 High Roller for $45,769 and 447.21 points. At the very same time, he took third place in another $1,050 High Roller, capturing another $56,602 and 365.77 points. The very next day, ‘Giraf’ was taking down another tournament when he walked away with the win in a third $1,050 High Roller, good for $45,769 and 447.21 points. One week later, Stevens was back at another Super MILLION$ final table, finishing in seventh place for another $85,857 and 442.20 PLB points. It just didn’t seem to stop. In total, he added 10 PLB-qualifying cashes to his profile and 16 scores of five-figures or more. While it may not have been enough to bring him the February Player of the Month, it did build the foundation that helped him return to the worldwide #1 ranking, where he currently sits. Rounding out the top three for the month is Brazilian grinder Ramon ‘Ramonkrop’ Kropmanns who amassed the majority of his 4,193.44 PLB points in a single score. Kropmanns outlasted the 3,774 player field in the same ACR Venom $8 million guaranteed Main Event where Dzivielevski finished as the runner-up. Kropmanns ended up taking home a career-high score of $1,113,330 and 3,071.64 PLB points. Kroppmanns is now up to over $3.1 million in lifetime career online cashes and sits just outside the Top 25, ranked #26 in the world. February 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=186 /]