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  1. After a couple of close calls earlier in 2020, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard has clinched the PocketFives Monthly PLB award for the month of May. With every major online poker site offering a full slate of premium high-stakes events, Leonard could be found in the lobby of nearly every major tournament, living up to his reputation as one of the game’s most dedicated grinders. Although Leonard’s monthly stat sheet is usually replete with impressive scores, this May was exceptional. The partypoker ambassador managed to book a career-high online score last month with his runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online $10M Gtd High Roller. The $25,000 buy-in event saw its prize pool swell to over $12.3 million, becoming one of the largest tournaments in online poker history. Leonard’s second-place finish earned him $1,611.342 and a massive 2,320.66 PLB points. The result jettisoned him right past the $10 million mark in lifetime earnings, up to over $11.4 million and into the top 20 on the All-Time Online Money List. His heater certainly didn’t end with his seven-figure score as Leonard also spent tons of time grinding the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He picked up his first 2020 SCOOP title on May 12 in Event #53-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max) banking $52,606 and 483.74 PLB points. He booked a second 2020 SCOOP win two weeks later in Event #93-H ($215+R NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) by outlasting the 460 runners to take home the $41,809 first-place prize and another 482.54 PLB points. The exceptional month is just what Leonard needed to lock up the top spot in May. He finished fourth in the PLB chase in February and second in March. This is his first Monthly PLB victory since October 2014. It was going to take a gigantic month for Leonard to top the incredible May performance of Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan. Drinan, a PocketFiver since 2007, went on a heater during the PokerStars SCOOP that saw him win an unprecedented five SCOOP titles in a single series, all within two weeks. His run started on May 7 when he won Event #34-H ($530 PLO8, 8-Max) for $34,421. Two days later, he took the title in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max) for another $152,011. The very next day he was victorious again in Event #45-M ($215 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO) for $28,348. That streak alone had heads turning, but Drinan wasn’t done. He conquered Event #56-H ($1,050 H.O.R.S.E) for $30,233 and finished off his historic heater with his biggest victory of the series, a win in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO Main Event) for $322,264. His 23 PLB-qualifying cashes have the Chicago native currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Canada. May was also a big month for the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Although he didn’t win the Monthly PLB award, as he did in April, it was the month that he became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world for the very first time. On the back of a pair of SCOOP victories, Beresford touched the top spot in the rankings for the first time on May 16 and has held the position for the past three weeks. He grabbed a SCOOP title on May 3 in Event 18-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO) for over $38,579. He did it again in Event #32-H ($530 NLHE) for $85,959 and a monthly-high PLB score of 732.12. He finished up May with his largest score of the month by finishing third in SCOOP Event #121-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) for over $91K. Alex ‘Dynoalot’ Difelice finished May in fourth place after racking up 1,276.54 PLB points for his third-place finish in the 2020 SCOOP Event #74-H ($10,300 Main Event) for $567,776. The deep run in the Main Event was a career-high score for Difelice who finished the month with 24 PLB-qualifying cashes, helping him to his current ranking of #62 in the world. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff rounded out the top five for May. Zadelhoff put in a maximum grind, registering over 200 results and playing buy-ins at every level including picking up victories in the $250 buy-in and $100-buy-in Daily Special on Natural8. His spotlight score in SCOOP Event #48-H ($530 NLHE) where he had a final table finish for over $51,000. PocketFives May Monthly PLB [table id=53 /]
  2. Eight more World Poker Tour Online series titles were handed out over the weekend including one for the UK’s Elliott Peterman who survived the multi-flight 6-Max Weekender to take home nearly a quarter-million-dollar payday. Sixty-nine players made it to the final stage of $1 million guaranteed Event #33 ($2,100 6-Max Weekender) but it was Peterman who outlasted the star-studded field to take home the $235,508 first-place prize. Also notching six-figure scores were Italy's Eugenio Peralta who won $174,816 as the runner-up and Alexandros Kolonias who picked up $125,649 for finishing in third. Russia’s Alexandr Trofimov topped the lower buy-in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) to take home a WPT title and the $74,938.20 first-place prize. Nicolas Yunis also turned his $215 buy-in into a healthy five-figure score cashing in for $56,589.60 as the runner up. Australia’s Luke Martinelli added $42,997 to his bankroll with a third-place finish. A pair of non-NLHE tournaments actually incurred some slight overlays for the series. First, Muriel Figueredo took full advantage of a $12,500 overlay in Event #35 ($1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) by besting the 125-entry field for the $50,381.20 first-place prize. Erik Tamm wrapped up as the runner-up which was good for $34,000. Mikko Alho grabbed third place and $24,000 for his efforts. Event #35 ($162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) just barely missed the target as the 265-entry field came up just $250 short of the $40,000 guarantee. Emrah Yildiz rose to the top to claim the $9,400 first-place prize while Quentin Krueger settled for second and $6,200. Antti Suominen ended up in third place and picked up $4,407.92. A pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers were in position to take home a WPT title in Event #36 ($1,050 Mix-Max Tubro) as Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff battled it out in the top three. However, both ended up falling to Stewart Kirby who closed out the tournament and picked up $38,037.86 as the winner. van Zadelhoff earned $25,670 as the runner-up while Leonard added $18,120 to his over $9.7 million in career online cashes. Markus Pohl was the last man standing in Event #38 ($530 6-Max Turbo Bounty) having survived the 638-entry field and banking the $22,387.82 first-place prize. Add to that another $27,239.31 in bounties and Pohl wrapped up the weekend with a total score of $49,627.13. Finishing right behind him was Alessandro Valli who earned $22,355.83 and an additional $5,985.36 in bounties as the runner-up. Viliyan Petleshkov fell in third place which was good for $16,817.38 and an additional $5,257.81 in bounties. Event #33: $2,100 6-Max Weekender Final 69 entries $1,214,000 prize pool Elliott Peterman - $235,508.74 Eugenio Peralta - $174,816 Alexandros Kolonias - $125,649 Luc Greenwood - $88,622 Dimitar Danchev - $63,128 Aliaksei Boika - $40,062 Event #33: $215 6-Max Weekender Final 279 entires $554,800 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $74,938.20 Nicolas Yunis - $56,589.60 Luke Martinelli - $42,997 Emil Olsson - $31,068.80 Stavros Kalfas - $20,583.08 Marc-Andre Ladouceur - $11,928.20 Event #35: $162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 265 entries $40,000 prize pool ($250 overlay) Emrah Yildiz - $9,400 Quentin Krueger - $6,200 Antti Suominen - $4,407.92 Pablo Menezes - $3,220 James Collopy - $2,400 Matura Bratkovic - $1,600 Event #35: $1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 125 entires $200,000 prize pool ($12,500 overlay) Murilo Figueredo - $50,381.20 Erik Tamm - $34,000 Mikko Alho - $24,000 Tyler Jardine - $17,000 Alexander Harty - $12,500 Aleksandr Sazhinov - $8,300 Event #36: $109 Mini Mix-Max Turbo 946 entries $100,000 prize pool ($5,400 overlay) Gabriel Schroeder - $16,750 Ivan Zhechev - $12,500 Dario Marinelli - $9,250 Nicholas Romanello - $6,350 Wayne Parsons - $4,150 Stefan Ivanov - $2,564.40 Event #36: $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Stewart Kirby - $38,037.86 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $25,670 Patrick Leonard - $18,120 Laszlo Molnar - $12,835 Thomas Middleton - $9,437.50 Christopher Brammer - $6,266.50 Event #38: $530 6-Max Turbo Bounty 638 entries $319,000 prize pool Markus Pohl - $22,387.82 + $27,239.31 in bounties Alessandro Valli - $22,355.83 + $5,985.36 in bounties Viliyan Petleshkov - $16,817.38 + $5,257.81 in bounties Nikita Kupchin - $12,046.34 + $7,126.96 in bounties Jonathan Theme - $8,432.44 + $3,648.43 in bounties Simon Deadman - $5,162.71 + $1,882.81 in bounties Event #38: $55 6-Max Turbo Bounty 2224 entries $111,200 prize pool Mario Carrascon - $5,993.51 + $5,763.29 in bounties Michal Wilczyriski - $5,981.97 + $882.36 in bounties Viktor Saraev - $4,590.51 + $1,194.91 in bounties Brian Nolan - $3,353.01 + $1,191.74 in bounties David Hoffer - $2,221.37 + $568.97 in bounties Carlos Porto - $1,220.25 + $824.54 in bounties
  3. For the tenth time in his storied career, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ has captured a PocketFives Monthly PLB award. ‘Lena900’, the current #1-ranked player in the world, continues to make the case for being named the greatest online poker player of all time. This time he secured the Monthly PLB title for February after posting 120 cashes which resulted in over $486,000 in earnings. A regular grinder in the biggest stakes MTTs offered, ‘Lena900’ boasted 15 five-figure cashes in the month with 10 outright wins. His spotlight score of the month came in Event 89 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up booking a $65,634 score plus 391.71 PLB points. He also picked up heaps of PLB points by taking down Event 53 of the same series, outlasting the 183 entries of the $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill for $32,235 and 427.78 PLB points. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] In the second half of the month, he picked up large scores playing on partypoker as well. He took down the February 23 edition of the KO Super Sunday 6-Max PLO for $41,928. Two days later he finished in first again on partypoker by winning the High Roller Master $50K for another $20,475. Although ’Lena900’ only had seven PLB-qualifying cashes, they were all such significant scores that it allowed him to win the month by 220 points with a total of 3,194. Not only is ‘Lena900’ the top-ranked player in the world, he is also the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List having just surpassed $18.6 million in earnings. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino (2974 PLB points) nearly caught up with ‘Lena900’ in February thanks to a resume-topping victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million on February 2. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vecino outlasted the 9,851 entries in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the weekly schedule to earn himself his first six-figure score of $105,729 as well as an even 1000.00 PLB points. He used that massive boost to his bankroll to grind the rest of the month, posting 118 cashes and earning a total of $209,294. His heater continues the next day when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for another $11,863 and 204.20 PLB points. Then, just two weeks later, Vecino picked up the fifth-largest cash of his career by taking down Event 177 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($2,100 NLHE) for $41,250, capping off a career-month for the UK grinder. His February success helped him climb to more than $1.5 million in total career earnings and hit a career-high ranking of #20 in the world. The current #2-ranked player in the world Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (2,905 PLB points) finished in third place in the February PLB race in a month where he added more than $325,000 to his over $14 million in career earnings. Of his 118 cashes, 46 were good for four-figures or more with nine of those being for five-figures. He racked up big-time PLB points with a pair of victories in the partypoker KO Series. First, he took down Event 23 ($100K High Roller) on February 6 for $20,389 plus 324.92 PLB points. Then just days later on February 11 he picked up the gold medal in Event 44 for a monthly high cash of $41,376 and 459.51. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (2,639 PLB points) finished in fourth place. The current #10-ranked player in the world picked up a partypoker KO Series title of his own by taking down Event 48 High Roller on February 12 for $24,117 and 336.54. He also had a big day on February 23 when he binked back-to-back five-figure cashes. The first came in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $13,330 and at the same time, he has a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for another $10,852. Finishing in fifth for February was another partypoker ambassador, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (2,398 PLB points). Filatov had an impressive 18 PLB-qualified cashes including a victory in the February 10 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,816 and 277.96 PLB points. Filatov finished the month with 13 podium appearances and six five-figure cashes highlighted by his victory in the February 16 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,966. PocketFives February Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 3194 2 B4NKR0LL3R 2974 3 Greenstone25 2905 4 pleno1 2639 5 nl_profit 2398 6 luis_faria 2245 7 SpaceyFCB 2234 8 C Darwin2 2156 9 selouan1991 2142 10 pitaoufmg 2134
  4. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  5. Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky won his third gold medal of 2019, and Patrick Leonard secured his first in another busy Sunday of online poker action. Romanovsky's victory came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $38,381. A 79-player field created a $158,000 prize pool, and when the players had been whittled down to the final three, it was 'iamivar' who departed with the bronze medal for $23,614. 'subiime' then faced off against Romanovsky for the title, but they were unable to find a way to the win and fell in second place for $30,105. 'r1d3rst0rm' came through a 5,909 field in the PokerStars Sunday Million to win a cool $159,563.64. Brazil's 'Caz_Carneiro' lost out in the heads-up battle and departed as runner-up for his biggest recorded online cash worth $111,973. 'kirdface' took the bronze medal for $78,579, while there was also final table appearances for 'ReraiseRob', 'nili-nilsen', 'AlinAUT' and Jamie 'Ship It 2010' O'Connor. Ireland's 'Rowniwn' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a career-best $36,255 + $30,400 in bounties score. There were no less than six PocketFivers on the final table with 'nilsef', 'bubbleboybr', 'Kzzon', 'alexos888', and 'Mr.Bittar' all falling before 'lht23276' exited in third place for $19,479 + $12,898. 'Rowniwn' then sealed their win by sending 'droulis9' to the rail heads-up, with the latter banking $26,574+ $2,412. Brazil's 'aaurelio' was the overall winner in this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up deal. The prize pool was set at $212,000 after 1,060 entrants took part. 'Liqqa' banked $17,782 for third place, before 'aaurelio' and 'staxzilla99' made a money deal. The latter then hit the rail in second place and took away $27,909 for their share, with 'aaurelio' adding $31,202 to his bankroll. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard was the last player standing in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter after he saw off the 133 player field. Leonard's fellow partypoker teammate Richard Dubini finished in sixth place for $3,829 + $1,982 in bounties. 'x_zola25' walked away with $9,700 + $1,592 in third place, while 'rudiqa1' had to settle for $13,338 +$2,860 as runner-up, after Leonard secured victory for his first gold medal of 2019 and a $18,585 + $21,515 score. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,909 entrants, $1,181,800 prize pool r1d3rst0rm - $159,563.64 Caz_Carneiro - $111,973.89 kirdface - $78,579.77 ReraiseRob - $55,144.91 FREDYWOLF - $38,699.10 nili-nilsen - $27,157.88 TheDudes777 - $19,058.65 AlinAUT - $13,374.90 Ship It 2010 - $9,386.21 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, 100k Gtd 79 entrants, $158,000 prize pool RomeOpro - $38,381.14 subiime - $30,105.57 iamivar - $23,614.39 bencb789 - $18,522.79 Crazy Elior - $14,529.01 Greenstone25 - $11,396.35 ExactSystems - $8,939.13 RickLogrado - $7,011.72 youngstar28 - $5,499.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 858 entrants, $429,000 prize pool Rowniwn - $36,255.20 + $30,400.27 (in bounties) droulis9 - $26,574.57 + $2,412.11 lht23276 - $19,479.08 + $12,898.43 Mr.Bittar - $14,278.12 + $1,093.75 alexos888 - $10,465.81 + $3,070.32 jutrack - $7,671.42 + $3,132.82 Kzzon - $5,623.13 + $3,570.31 bubbleboybr - $4,121.74 + $1,312.50 nilsef - $3,021.23 + $3,406.27 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,060 entrants, $212,000 prize pool aaurelio - $31,202 staxzilla99 - $27,909.04* Liqqa - $17,782.92 M_Semensky - $12,786.08 guix2x - $9,193.29 cultivaty - $6,610.07 PikkuHUMPPA - $4,752.70 juarnes - $3,417.24 LoneHixx - $2,457.03 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 97 entrants, $100,000 prize pool ScumGang - $24,500 good player - $17,000 jaimelaviande - $12,500 WWWpartyCOM - $8,750 GewoonBoef - $6,500 skippyskip5 - $5,000 Hahaha_Owned - $4,000 Mrakobes20 - $3,250 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $150k 133 entrants, $150,000 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $18,585.15 + $21,515 rudiqa1 - $13,338.60 +$2,860 x_zola25 - $9,700 + $1,592.50 Dark_Poker - $6,871.40 + $5,915 i remember - $4,850.40 + $1,300 RichyDubini - $3,829.90 + $1,982.50 MinusEve - $3,055.75 + $845 Paul07new - $2,455.20 + $650 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 43 entrants, $107,500 prize pool haddoken - $40,312.50 LoSientoGrace - $26,875 skitzo793 - $16,662.50 LarsLuzak1 - $9,675 ACHSO8000 - $7,575 arxigos2 - $6,450 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 89 entrants, $100,000 prize pool honestman36 - $22,795.56* value33 -$22,204.45 rudiqa1 - $13,000 SanityWaterline - $9,000 BOOMALOOM_ - $7,000 SpacePuffin - $5,250 WelshWizard - $4,250 HellmuthTheGr8 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 445 entrants – $100,000 prize pool tmurdah - $19,350 BL1NDRAZOR - $14,500 surprisefam - $11,000 torresfan03 - $8,250 shitakemushu - $5,700 zavor4ik - $4,400 PulledPorker - $3,400 RenanToniolo - $2,400  
  6. January was another massive month for Ukranian online poker superstar Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who put in maximum volume to finish the month with the 2019 January PLB crown. In 2018, Romanovsky took the months of October and November completely off. Then he put in just a handful of days at the online felt during December. But as 2019 heated up, so did Romanovsky. ‘Romeopro’ turned his attention to his online grind and produced more than 215 cashes in January racking up 4,522.98 PLB points. Of those results, an amazing 14 of them were for five-figure scores. They were headlined by a trio of cashes on January 28 where he brought in $98,716 in back-to-back-to-back finishes. Romanovsky has been soaring up the All-Time Online Money List, currently sitting in tenth place with over $11.3 million in career earnings. His results have also propelled him back into the worldwide top 5, where he currently sits as the #4-ranked player in the world. ‘Romeopro’ needed to put in that volume in order to fend off Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (4,134.98), who finished January in the #2 spot. The world’s #2-ranked player also just surpassed a major milestone of his own, climbing over $12 million in lifetime earnings. It was just one year ago that the Swede was celebrating surpassing $8 million. ‘C Darwin2’ started the year off with a victory in the New Year’s Day PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-up for $22,463. He followed that up days later by taking down the PokerStars Winter Series Event 51-H $2,100 NLHE Progressive KO for $57,180. He earned seven outright victories in January and won 10 five-figure scores. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (3,933.71) has also been seeing early returns in 2019 as he finished the month in third place in the PLB race. The former #1-ranked player in the world has returned to the top 5 thanks in large part to his fourth-place finish in the January 28 partypoker $1M GTD Big Game where he took home $82,290 and 447.09 PLB points. Leonard is a player of consistency, constantly mixing it up in the biggest online tournaments available. In January he earned 10 podium finishes including a victory in the January 20 edition of GGPoker’s $500 Blade for $19,663 and a third-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for another $22,475 on the same day. Leonard currently sits at the #1-ranked player in the UK. Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (3,396.04) just celebrated joining the $10 million lifetime earnings club and his persistence in January landed him fourth on the PLB leaderboard. His month was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the partypoker Christmas Freeze Event #46-HR for $36,535 and 361.36 PLB points. ‘inhoo’ made his way into the money over 140 times in January, including six outright victories. ‘inhoo’, a five-time PocketFives Triple Crown award winner, currently sits as the #21-ranked player in the world. January’s top five is rounded out by former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver (3,381.16). Oliver has been on a tear as of late and has climbed back into the top 20, currently sitting ranked at #18 in the world. He posted his largest result of the month on January 27 with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up for $44,261. It was one of his seven five-figure scores in January, helping him to sit in the top 10 on the Online All-Time Money List (9th). PocketFives January PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4522.98 2 'C Darwin2' 4134.59 3 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 3933.71 4 'inhoo' 3396.04 5 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 3381.16 6 'lena900' 3347.41 7 'hellohellohello' 3176.81 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 3001.72 9 'girafganger7' 2981.57 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 2943.69
  7. It took a big week at the online tables by #1-ranked ‘lena900’ in order for him to hold on to his spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings again this week. Though the majority of the top 10 remain in the same spots they occupied last week, the online action was plentiful. For ‘lena900’, he turned in a big-time performance on Sunday, August 19 that brought him two victories, over 900 PLB points and over $80,000. The highlight of his week was his victory in the bwin.com Sunday Big Bounty Hunter where he took home over $37,000 of his $80,000. It turns out that 'lena900' needed every PLB point he could muster. What was once a 2000 PLB point lead just weeks ago over fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' has been slimmed down to just over 169. ‘C Darwin2’ is one good week away from recapturing the throne that he held on to for most of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ celebrated surpassing $10 million in lifetime earning this week. He did it in what may have seemed like a trivial result to the online high roller. He crossed the milestone with a 15th place finish in the August 18 edition of the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $1,647. The was by no means ‘C Darwin2’ best score of the week as he booked three tournament victories this week, two of which for five-figures. This included a win in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for $17,942 and 318.43 PLB points. On the morning of Monday, August 20, it looked like Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ was going to finally reach the top spot in the rankings. After all, he had just defeated 5957 runners to win PokerStars’ flagship weekly tournament the $1,000,000 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points. Even with his win, the Russian didn’t slow down. He booked two more victories this week as well as two more five-figure scores. In total, ‘hellohellohello’ racked up 1,461.02 PLB points and only sits 489 points behind the #1 spot. He has yet to reach that marker in his career and while he’s sat in the #2 spot once before, he’s never been so close in terms of PLB points. The rest of the top 5 remain the same as Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone retains his #4 spot. Unlike last week, he did fire up the online client this week, however, he was unable to pick up any additional PLB points. Right behind him sits Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot, the UK’s #1-ranked player. Like Stone, Proudfoot fired a few tournaments but his results this week didn’t do anything to add to his pursuit of a new career-high ranking. Both #6-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone and #7-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth continue their vacation from the online grind, perhaps getting ready for the two online super series which begin in under two weeks. It’s another return to the top 10 for former #1-ranked partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard pulled in some valuable PLB points this week including his runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Second Chance High Roller for $9,800 and 156.13. Leonard jumped up three spots this week to land at #8. Will Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky return for the World Championship of Online Poker? That’s the big question hanging over the world’s #9 ranked player. He hasn’t been seen in online tournaments since May and it’s a testament to his incredible previous scores that he’s maintained a top 10 presence for so long without playing. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is another Swedish sensation as 'Ariados' looks to make another Rankings run. He booked a massive win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $34,431 and 460.65 PLB points. Other Top 25 notes: With WCOOP right around the corner it’s fitting that the reigning, defending WCOOP Main Event Champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff returns to the top 25, jumping eight spots to #22. Joining him is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen who used a victory in the Hotter $109 on PokerStars to leap back into the top 25, rising 12 spots to end up at #24. If two people enter the top 25, then two must exit and this week that falls to ‘kofi89’ and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who both remain right around the top 25 bubble. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,490.06 1 2 C Darwin2 10,320.55 2 3 hellohellohello 10,002.02 3 4 GINS FINEST 8,639.55 4 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,059.06 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,012.19 6 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,928.25 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,751.52 11 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,701.45 8 10 Ariados 7,609.43 12 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,570.43 10 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,413.92 14 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,370.20 9 14 Palyaaa 7,336.85 15 15 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,235.42 16 16 DamageAP 7,180.74 18 17 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,976.47 21 18 Dattebayo 6,960.80 13 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 6,939.71 20 20 girafganger7 6,883.07 19 21 PaDiLaH SP 6,851.14 17 22 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 6,779.68 30 23 European 6,725.11 24 24 Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen 6,679.71 36 25 MrBittar 6,661.92 25
  8. 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
  9. The online poker alias of 'Lena900' is a name that regular PocketFives readers will be familiar with, mainly because the Swedish player can be seen to be battling it out in the highest stakes online poker tournaments have to offer week-after-week. For the past two years, 'Lena900' has just been pipped to the top of PocketFives.com Yearly PLB by his compatriot 'C.Darwin2', but 2018 was the year this all changed as 'Lena900' took the glory in five major festival events to sit at the summit of online poker. 'Lena900' finished 2018 with a total PLB score of 29,952.68, and had a clear gap over runner-up 'C.Darwin2' with 26,992.73. 'Lena900' recorded seven of his top ten online cashes over the past 12 months which included three victories. On May 16th, he reached the final table of the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] event which came with a staggering $430,047 first-place prize. The Swede battled his way to a heads-up match against partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell, and ultimately was the last player standing to pick up his biggest online score to date. But his day wasn't done with the Swede picking up a second PokerStars SCOOP title of the year as well in the #39-High: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max] event. Fast forward to September and 'Lena900' added a second partypoker Powerfest title to his name as well as a PokerStars WCOOP victory. The Swede came through a 194 player-field to win the Powerfest $5,200 #062-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event] for $203,900, as well as picking up the gold medal in the WCOOP-27-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] for $58,228. And just over a week later, there was to be another Powerfest Championship Event final table for 'Lena900', after he achieved a third-place finish in the event #095-SHR for $157,560. Back in 2014, 'Lena900' helped kick-start his online career with a fourth-place finish in the prestigious PokerStars Sunday Million and turned $215 into $81,366. Well in 2018, he was able to go one place better and ended November with a bronze medal worth $80,555. A sensational second half of 2018, helped propel 'Lena900' up to second place on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard with over $13.6m and closed the gap on Chris Moorman who leads the way with $15.6m. As for 'Lena900's closest rivals, 'C.Darwin2' outlasted a field of 122 players to win the PokerStars High Rollers 07: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd event for $267,406, and also took down the PokerStars Turbo Series 70: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $161,411. A silver medal came in the 888 Poker XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event for $135,000, after 'C.Darwin2' was pipped to the title by 2018 PLB fourth-place finisher Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky who banked $187,500 for victory. PLB third-place finisher 'hellohellohello' from Russia beat his best online score three-times throughout 2018, which included victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 during August. Also securing their place in the top ten was Hungary's Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Latvia's 'DamageAP', Argentina's Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, 'Girafganger7', Sweden's 'Ariados', and the U.K.'s Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard. Nemeth took down the PokerStars SCOOP-14-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for an eye-watering $576,087, with Romanovsky taking the silver medal for a cool $442,299. 'DamageAP's top score came in the Powerfest #002-HR: $500K Gtd [PKO] event after defeating a 358 player-field to bank $94,546. Petrone started the year fantastically when he took down the Powerfest #48-H: $1M Gtd Main Event for in February $195,720 and followed it up with a second Powerfest title in September, as well as a SCOOP and WCOOP title. Fellow high-stakes crusher 'GirafGanger7' saw 2018 reward him with another WCOOP title after he won the WCOOP-55-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] for $55,846. 'Ariados' had a day to remember on February 4th after a third-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary $10M Gtd event saw them turn $215 into a career-best $539,554. The Swede followed up this result with several five and six-figure scores including a Powerfest title. And completing the top ten was former world ranked #1 Leonard, who had an imposing end to the year with multiple scores in the PokerStars Winter and High Roller series, having earlier won three Powerfest titles including the #46-High: $1M Gtd NLH event for $207,978. Username Points Biggest Score Average Score 1 lena900 29,952.68 1,414.21 299.53 2 C Darwin2 26,992.73 1,104.54 269.93 3 hellohellohello 24,909.33 1,091.60 249.09 4 Romeopro 21,906.06 1,043.16 219.06 5 probirs 21,783.32 1,581.14 217.83 6 DamageAP 21,684.83 707.11 216.85 7 Ramiro 21,602.44 1,086.29 216.02 8 girafganger7 21,588.41 603.32 215.88 9 Ariados 20,215.49 1,635.79 202.15 10 pleno1 20,177.75 1,009.95 201.78  
  10. Alex Foxen won the PocketFives May PLB title. Yes, that Alex Foxen. The live poker crusher, high-rolling sensation that is also the current (and continuing) record holder as the longest-standing #1-ranked player on the GPI. Foxen (5,103.05 PLB points) has been on an absolute rocketship flight up through the online poker rankings, currently sitting at a career-high mark of #7 in the world. Much of his ability to break into the elite ranks of the top 10 came thanks to his massive month of May. In between lining up bracelet bets for the World Series of Poker, Fox spent most of May, in Canada, grinding online. He put up 98 cashes, 13 of which resulted in five-figures cashes. Of course, the highlight of Foxen’s May was his title run during PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker where he won Event #54-H ($530 NLHE Eight Max Zoom) for $68,904. He also added a partypoker KO Series title to his online poker resume by taking down Event #29-HR for $64,916 on the same day he finished in third place in Event #27-HR for another $36,885. Foxen racked up 20 PLB-qualifying results for an enormous total of over 5,100 PLB points. To put that total in perspective, if he’d never played a single online tournament and turned in this performance in a single month, he’d be instantly ranked in the top 150 players in the world. But add that number to his running total, and now he’s crashed through to the top 10. But the online grind is just that - a grind. If a player wants to stay atop the rankings they need to continuously play online. With the World Series of Poker upon us and Foxen in Las Vegas grinding bracelet events rather than Sunday Majors, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to repeat this performance in June. But that doesn't mean he couldn't if he wanted to. PocketFives May Monthly PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 5103.05 2 Pablo 'pabritz' Brito Silva 4905.15 3 'C Darwin2' 4793.56 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 4733.95 5 'DamageAP' 4725.86 6 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 4580.92 7 'Discoovery' 4507.39 8 'lena900' 4483.96 9 Kahle 'roflshove' Burns 4273.7 10 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 4259.65 Nearly equally impressive was the month had by Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva (4905.15) who found himself only 197.90 points behind Foxen. The spring online series schedules from PokerStars and partypoker gave everyone a chance to load up on tournaments and pick up hefty amounts of PLB points and Silva did just that. He soared to a career-high ranking of #22 in the world and #2 for the month of May. Silva accumulated 18 PLB point qualifying scores but none were bigger than his current online career-defining victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #31-H ($2,100 NLHE $1M GTD) where he took a home an all-time high score of $249,850 and a massive 1,200,83 PLB point boost. The Swedish Sensation, ’C Darwin2’ (4793.56) took third on the Monthly PLB leaderboard in May thanks to some spectacular scores during the spring series. Like the rest of the Swedish crowd that he runs with (‘lena900’, ‘Sheater’, ‘Greenstone25’) ‘C Darwin2’ is all about volume and in the month of May he didn’t disappoint. He recorded nearly twice as many cashes as Foxen playing just about every tournament he could register for. Even though he was slipping down the rankings for the better part of the month, on May 20 he took down the partypoker KO Series Event #27 ($1M GTD Championship Event) for over $215,000 and 1004.89 PLB points. Anyone who may have thought that ‘C Darwin2’s time in the upper echelons of the rankings had passed better look again, he’s currently sitting ranked #4 in the world. Just before he headed to Las Vegas to grind the WSOP, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (4733.95) was looking to get back to #1 in world. He almost got there too, climbing back as high as number #3 thanks to a solid month of May. Leonard takes the #4 spot on the May PLB leaderboard after putting in work nearly every day during the large online spring series. The partypoker ambassador picked up two KO Series titles including a win in Event #4-HR for $61,765 and 550,40 PLB points and another in Event #11-HR for another $49,738. His victory in the May 19 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up also brought him $57,191 and 551.36 PLB points. Latvia’s ‘DamageAP’ (4725.86) completes the top 5 in May picking up a career-high online score of $175,730 for his victory in the partypoker KO Series $1M GTD Championship Event. He also racked up 1,041.37 PLB points with the win and he currently sits as the #10 ranked player in the world.
  11. For the first time in 10 months, there is a new #1 ranked player in the world of online poker - Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Regardless of rankings, Romanovsky is considered one of the very best MTT players in the entire world. He regularly competes and earns victories in tournaments at the highest stakes offered on every online site he plays. The Ukranian crusher has been a mainstay in the worldwide top 10 for the better part of two years and finally, for the first time, he's taking over the #1 spot. Although this is his first turn at the top of the rankings, it certainly was not the first time he had come close. ‘Romeopro’ had spent some time as the #2-ranked player in the world in 2018, trying to catch the #1-ranked player at the time, 'C Darwin2’. However, throughout 2018 Romanovsky had a reoccurring theme - he’d show up for the biggest online series of the year, dominate them and then take time away from the online tables. At times, those long breaks turned from weeks into months and his pursuit of the #1 spot began to slip away as other top-flight grinders around him put in more volume, accumulating more PLB points. At the beginning of 2019, it appeared that Romanovsky rededicated himself to the grind, with the goal of climbing the rankings in mind. After taking the entirety of October and November 2018 off, and playing for only one week in December that year - Romanovsky came back to online poker with a vengeance. In January, he played and cashed nearly every day, racking up 13 five-figure scores including a fifth-place finish in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. His online grind earned him the January PLB title and with it he began his climb back into the top five, finishing the month as the #4-ranked player in the world. February was another stellar month for Romanovsky. He finished second in the monthly PLB race to ‘Girafganger7’ but still amassed massive amounts of PLB points. He picked up his first six-figure score of 2019 in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game with a bronze medal finish for $105,500 and 517.28 PLB points. Romanovsky kicked off March with a victory in the GGpoker $5K Blade for over $87K and 451.94 PLB points which lifted him back to his then career-high ranking of #2 in the world. He was on the doorstep of overtaking the top spot. It looked like it was going to happen the week of March 15 after picking up two victories for five-figure cashes on March 12. However, when the rankings came out, he was just 2 PLB points shy of besting the leader, ‘lena900’. This week that changed. Aging results for ‘lena900’ dropped his total PLB score and, with Romanovsky’s recent surge, the two-point gap collapsed. ‘lena900’s PLB total slipped and Romanovsky now holds a 127 PLB point lead - taking the top spot from the longtime king of the rankings. ‘lena900’ nearly set a PocketFives record, sitting as the #1 ranked player for an astounding 44 weeks. That was just one week shy of the longest consecutive reign which sits at 45 weeks, held by online poker legend Chad ‘M8kingmoves’ Batista in 2007-2008. For ‘lena900’ this may simply be a brief vacation from the top spot as Romanovsky opted not to grind this week. As has been demonstrated time and time again, a 127 point deficit can quickly be covered in the world of the high rollers. Additionally, this isn’t ‘lena900’s first time having dropped from the top spot and needing to retake it. He first earned the #1 ranking back in 2013 and since that time ‘lena900’ has spent seven turns in the pole position. While all eyes will be the battle between Romanovsky and ‘lena900' for the top spot, the grinders had better not take their eyes off the rest of the top 5. Now based in the UK, ‘girafganger7’ is the currently #3 in the world, sitting only 785 PLB points behind Romanovsky. Another one of the most respected tournament players on the scene, ‘Giraf’ has been picking up PLB points in large chunks, including a victory in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter at the beginning of the month for over $42,000 and 447.21 PLB points. ‘Giraf’ is only 12 PLB points ahead of Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ who sits with 10,092 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ just recently took down the March 19 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $21,723 and 316.23 PLB points. The longtime former #1 could easily be back into the top spot in the next few weeks. Rounding out the top 5 is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard has been away from the online grind for a few days while he was running deep in the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event. He finished 10th place for over $61,000. Leonard, also a former #1 ranked player, makes the entirety of the current top 5 alltop-rankedd players.
  12. The upcoming partypoker $20M GTD MILLIONS Online tournament is going to be historic in both guaranteed prize pools as well as the $2.5 million that could be awarded for first place. Putting yourself in a situation to win that top prize requires some luck, a lot of skill and a good deal of preparations. First, you have to find your way into the tournament, perhaps by winning one of the value-added satellites on partypoker. Then a player has to settle in a avoid the pitfalls that can come your way in the early levels. After all, it’s not easy navigating the massive tournament fields that come looking for a historic payday. Then as the money bubble approaches, it’s time to either go on the offensive and try to accumulate chips or do what you have to in order lock up, what could be, a bankroll building min-cash. After all of that, a handful of players will find themselves on the cusp on one of the richest final tables of all time. Is there anything someone can do to prepare themselves should the opportunity arise? “I don’t like to change anything going into a final table that you’ve made yourself by playing whatever style you did to get there,” said Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich. Geilich is a current partypoker ambassador and former top 10-ranked PocketFiver with over $3 million in online earning and another $2.2 in live scores. “If you were going in with 15-40bbs I would just make sure to brush up a lot on your ICM game and make sure you’re not losing a lot of money with plays ICM wise. Going back to my first point, if making the final with a top three stack, I would just be playing the same kind of style as to how I got there as it’s worked well.” His fellow partypoker ambassador Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has a similar message of believing in your own abilities, no matter who you face at the final table. “First, enjoy it,” Leonard said. Leonard understands what it means to both close out and celebrate a final table. He just recently took down the November 18 edition of the $2,100 High Roller Club for just over $41,000. A nice score to be sure, but the money up top on the MILLIONS Online will be a career-changer, even for Leonard. “This is the biggest online final table of all time. If you’ve gotten this far you will know a lot about all the other players from playing and watching the last few tables,” he said. “Stay composed, have faith in yourself. Just because I’m a professional doesn’t mean you have to just accept defeat. Play to your strengths. If you’ve been very tight and people know you are a qualifier, then it’s usually really great for you. You can be aggressive in clever spots. “When the chip leader is raising your big bling, you can re-raise and be aggressive. Your goal should essentially be to gain chips without ever risking your tournament life…easy, huh?” In a recent interview with PocketFives, the UK’s Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen also talked briefly about how to handle a final table such as this. “Just take it as it comes, as hard as that may sound,” Owen said. “You’ve already locked up a lot of money and anything else is a bonus, so just try and play your game…Pay attention to when the pay jumps are, too, just like you would when you approach a normal tournament.” Owen is coming off a deep run in the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event, where he finished in 15th place for $65,000. The partypoker $20M GTD MILLIONS Online takes place from November 25 through December 5. There are five starting flights and a $2.5 million guaranteed first place prize.
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