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  1. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime 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!"
  2. After a year away, partypoker’s marquee online festival, MILLIONS Online, is set to take place from February 13 through March 9 with 28 events, nearly $18 million in total guaranteed prize money, and an expanded satellite schedule designed to give players of every buy-in level a shot at a seat in some of the series' biggest tournaments. The schedule for the three-week series features a variety of high buy-in tournaments ranging from $530 to the $102,000 Mega High Roller. But for a pair of the schedule's featured events, partypoker is already running an abundance of low-cost satellites to make sure everyone has an opportunity to win their way in. One of the major tournaments partypoker is getting players qualified for is this year’s $5,300 Main Event with $5 million guaranteed. The Main Event has two starting flights, the first taking place on Sunday, February 21, and the second one week later on Sunday, February 28. This will be followed by three days of play until the final table when a winner is crowned on Wednesday, March 3. This year’s MILLIONS Main Event is a throwback of sorts for partypoker. In 2018, the $5,300 MILLIONS Online Main Event came with a $20 million guarantee and an eye on setting online poker’s largest prize pool of all time. The event did just that, eclipsing $21.7 million and paying out four seven-figure sums. In 2019, partypoker took aim at their own record. They doubled the buy-in to $10,300 and kept the $20 million guarantee. While they missed the mark on the record, the just over $21 million prize pool was another massive achievement. Only the GGPoker 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event with its Guinness World Record-setting $27.5 million prize pool eclipses the records set by those two MILLIONS Online Main Events. However, rather than make another run at the record through a guarantee, partypoker has decided to go back to its 2017 guarantee of $5 million while increasing its satellite schedule to make it more accessible for players to participate. "We’re extremely proud to be hosting yet another online leg of the world-renowned MILLIONS tour," said Chris Donnchie, partypoker’s Head of Poker Room Management."The satellite framework this year has been designed with a view to make both the Main Event and Mini Main Event even more accessible to players of all buy-in levels." partypoker has ensured that players of every buy-in level can have a chance to win a Main Event seat with a variety of ways including through a satellite tree that starts at just $0.01. The 'centroll' satellites feed into $5.50 events, the winners of which will earn a $55 phase satellite ticket. Those that survive the $55 phase will be entered into a Sunday final that promises at least 10 seats to the Main Event will be awarded. "One of my favorite things about poker is the zero-to-hero stories we hear on a regular basis," said Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard. "When I started playing, somebody would qualify for a $5,000 event from a $1,000 satellite and it was a great story when they went on to the final table." "Recently, at partypoker, we’ve seen numerous people qualify for huge events for as little as $0.01 and win life-changing amounts. MILLIONS Online is always an amazing tournament and any player with a bankroll of $0.01 or more should get ready," Leonard added. The Main Event is not the only event bringing players in via satellite as the $1,100 buy-in Mini Main Event and it’s $1,000,000 guarantee features a similar satellite tree which starts at a penny and leads to an $11 phase tournament. The Mini Main Event kicks off the entire MILLIONS Online series on February 13 and after two starting flights and three days of play will determine a winner on Wednesday, February 17. partypoker 2021 MILLIONS Online Schedule [table id=165 /]
  3. Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured), who is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, has had one heck of a run over the last three weeks. On February 23, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Upfor $94,000, the largest amount given away, and final tabled the Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million one week later for another $110,000. On March 15, he won the site's $100 Rebuy for $13,000. Those three scores, which combined for $217,000, could push him even closer to the top 100 here on PocketFives. PocketFives: You finished ninth in the Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million for $110,000. Tell us how you're feeling about the six-figure score. Patrick Leonard: It's a little bit bittersweet. $110,000 is a lot of money to anybody who entered the tournament, so of course I'm really grateful for running well enough to be in a position to be playing for that kind of money, but of course I keep asking myself, "What if," especially since my exit hand was A-Q
  4. Last week, we began our PocketFives Rankings Update by saying there was a very good chance we'd have a new #1 player worldwide this week. And, sure enough, our statement came true, as Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) is your new top dog in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week, our first new #1 since July 2. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Leonard has 7,740 PLB Points, 34 more than p0cket00, who was ranked #1 last week, so we have a pretty tight race at the top of the leaderboard. Leonard won his first PocketFives Triple Crownearlier this month, a feat that included a win in the PokerStars Big $162 for $44,000 and 527 PLB Points. He just passed $1 million in career online poker scores. We had three newcomers to the top 10 this week, the most we've had in quite some time, and expect even more turnover as we distance ourselves from the summer poker lull. The first top 10 newcomer is Vienna, Austria's huiiiiiiiiii (pictured), who moved from #11 to #4 on the strength of a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $72,000 officially and 636 PLB Points. Four days prior, he won the PokerStars $30,000 Guarantee for almost $9,000. Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro jumped from #19 to #7, or 12 spots, on the wave of a half-dozen online MTT wins so far in August, boosting his career total to 199. Fierro is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Chile and was ranked as high as #3 on our site as recently as 2011. The final new entrant into the top 10 worldwide is a familiar name: Mark dipthrong Herm. The longtime PocketFiver moved up from #12 to #8 and has 83 in the money finishes this month for a total of $78,000. Herm has $4.5 million in career tracked scores and was ranked as high as #5 on PocketFives four years ago. Outside the top 10, Peru's Diego Ventura Die Ventura Chunga (pictured) moved up from #80 to #55 after winning the PokerStars Big $162 on Monday for $19,000. He has 89 first place finishes in online tournaments and is Peru's top-ranked poker talent. Finally, turning in the highest debut in the top 100 is Cyprus poker player daskalos, who entered at #67. On August 3, daskalos final tabled the WCOOP Challenge Main Event and brought home $146,000. He is on the cusp of passing $2 million in career online tournament winnings and is the #1 player in his home country. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. pleno1 - 7,740 points 2. p0cket00 - 7,706 points 3. r4ndomr4gs - 7,583 points 4. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,277 points 5. TheClaimeer - 6,910 points 6. Romeopro - 6,860 points 7. PokerKaiser - 6,795 points 8. dipthrong - 6,746 points 9. lukethafluke - 6,735 points 10. jbrown8777 - 6,734 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. After a one-week reign at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings by Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, there's a new sheriff in town: England's Patrick pleno1 Leonard. He jumped from #3 to #1 this week and has 8,024 PLB Points, the only member of PocketFives with a PLB score north of 8,000. This is Leonard's second stint at #1; he was formerly at the top of the Rankings in mid-August. By the way, Fierro dropped to #3 worldwide with a PLB score of 7,916. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Leonard has had a hot start to November. Despite the month only being five days old, he has won the PokerStarsBigger $55 for $41,000 and taken third in the Big $109 for $12,000. He logged five tracked MTT wins in October to boot, raising his career total to 33. Read our recent interview with pleno1. Moving up four spots from #10 to #6 is Andreas r4ndomr4gs Berggren, who was last ranked #1 in July. He won an iPOPS High Roller Event over the weekend for $23,000, his first tracked win since October 14. Berggren is the top-ranked Swedish player on PocketFives. Jumping 10 spots from #23 to #13 is Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured), who climbed as high as #2 on our site earlier this year. huiiiiiiiiii won a $320 Six-Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $13,000, one day after final tabling a PartyPoker Pokerfest event for $11,000. Prior to those two scores, he hadn't recorded a five-figure cash since the end of September. Ukraine's accussity rose nine spots in the Rankings to land at #17 in the world, his highest mark ever. accussity final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend and won four tournaments during the second half of October. He is the top-ranked poker player in Ukraine. Austria's 23NoraB moved up 15 spots to #32 on the strength of three wins in the last week, the largest of which was worth $8,700 and came in the PokerStars $109 Rebuy. 23NoraB was ranked as high as #7 on PocketFives last year and just passed $3 million in winnings on PokerStars. Another Austrian making waves in the top 100 is mindgamer, who rose from #74 to #48 after a productive Sunday that saw him final table the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $53,000 and win the site's $40,000 Guaranteed for another $9,000. He is on the cusp of passing $3.8 million in lifetime winnings and was ranked #1 on our site in December of last year. Finally, Aleksandr NoPlanB Mordvinov (pictured) entered the top 100 worldwide at #57, 19 spots off his all-time high. He finished second in an FCOOP High Roller Event on Sunday for $76,000 and won a Six-Max tournament on PokerStars.fr the next day, taking home another $7,600. He is the fifth-ranked player in Russia. Here are the top 10 players worldwide on PocketFives along with the PLB score for each: 1. pleno1- 8,024 points 2. Yuri Martins - 7,970 points 3. PokerKaiser- 7,916 points 4. p0cket00 - 7,515 points 5. CrownUpGuy - 7,168 points 6. r4ndomr4gs- 7,116 points 7. jbrown8777 - 7,102 points 8. European - 7,009 points 9. TheClaimeer - 7,003 points 10. joaomathias - 6,990 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Over the weekend, Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuyfor $21,000. He's the #3 player in the PocketFives Rankings despite only transitioning to MTTs earlier this year and stands at $1.3 million in lifetime winnings. You can find him on Stars under the user name pads1161 and he was kind enough to give us his thoughts on what he considered a monumental breakthrough. PocketFives: Nice job on the Sunday $100 Rebuy final table. How are you feeling about it? Patrick Leonard: Sundays have been fantastic to me all year. I really try to prepare for them. I've final tabled almost all of Majors this year, but the one tournament I never cashed in and seemed to bust early from was the $109 Rebuy. I joked with friends the week previously that I'd never play the tournament again when I lost A-A to A-2 all-in pre-flop. My friend said he'd bet me $1,000 that I would play it again, but I didn't take the bet. To come in fourth is good. I get back a lot of the money I lost playing it previously and a little more to spend in future weeks. Coming in fourth was quite disappointing, honestly. I went into the final table 2/9 and had a big gap over third. I blew up in one hand where I 5bet-folded on an 8-8-2 flop against the chip leader where I never expected him to 4bet a value hand (8-8 or 2-2). Despite me not playing a value hand like that either, I put in 700,000 out of my 1.2 million-chip stack, but he instantly eyeballed me and I felt really stupid. All of the medium stacks busted consecutively, though, meaning I locked up a $20,000+ cash, but going into the final table, I definitely wouldn't have wanted fourth. PocketFives: What about the $109 Rebuy made it difficult for you to get over the hump? Patrick Leonard: I'm not sure. I was definitely running badly. By the end of the rebuy period, lots of tables are starting to pop up that take my attention, so perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention to it. In the last two Sundays, I've taken out PartyPokerand 888 Poker, which make my eyes bleed. That has helped me focus more on PokerStars and Full Tilt, which definitely has helped. I think previously I tried some ambitious bluffs when sometimes you've got to realize that it's Sunday and nobody ever folds a bluff-catcher. PocketFives: You've been at or near the top of the PocketFives Rankings for a while now. How big of an accomplishment is that for you? Do you pay any attention to your position? Patrick Leonard: I definitely pay attention to it. People often say that the PocketFives Rankings don't mean anything, but look at all of the guys in the top 10. I think all of them are up at least $200,000 and most of them are up even more. Of course, there are some guys who don't play high volume who will never be there, but the guys who rise to the top aren't guys who got lucky in one or two tournaments; they are guys who are consistently putting up solid results. TheClaimeer (pictured), for example, grinds really hard most days. If there were no Rankings, then guys like him would go un-noticed. Lots of guys who are "very good at poker" are not very good at making money in poker, either. I really get spurred on by the Rankings and they were one of my main reasons for transitioning from cash games to MTTs. I stopped playing for two or three weeks and it was just after I got to #1 on PocketFives. Previously, I would check every week and see myself going from fifth to fourth to third to second and then first. When I stopped playing, I was almost scared to look that I would be out of the top 10. I saw I was 15th or so and grinded hard to get back to the top. The Rankings, if anything, make me put in volume; hopefully if I put in volume I will make money. PocketFives: What has been the biggest change in your game over the last 12 months? Patrick Leonard: Understanding what MTT guys do. It's well documented that I didn't play tournaments until March of this year. Lots of things I would do in cash games just don't work in MTTs. The "blow up" from the $109 Rebuy on Sunday was similar to that. I think knowing when to hold it in and when to fire out is the biggest thing. Everybody knows how to bluff, how to play tight, how to 3bet, etc., but the thing that separates the okay from the best is knowing when to do what, and a lot of that comes with experience. I'm definitely still learning and am far away from a finished product despite having a good year. PocketFives: You mentioned the Rankings caused you to want to play tournaments. What else prompted that change? Patrick Leonard: I played a live tournament where I met some cash game friends, lost some stupid flip deep into the money, and went to bed telling them I'd never play a tournament again. We woke up, it was Sunday, we hadn't eaten yet, and we just started registering for tournaments that day. I chopped the Warm-Up, won the $250 Six-Max on PokerStars.fr and the $30 Rebuy on PokerStars.com, and my roommate won the 888 Poker Major and something else. I wasn't planning on playing tournaments, but the week after was the anniversary Sunday Million; I came in ninth for $110,000 and decided to stick with it. The Sunday $100 Rebuy runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. There are 115 players remaining in the World Series of Poker's $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold'em event. It began with over 1,900 entrants on Saturday and a bracelet should be awarded on Tuesday. In the meantime, Yevgeniy Jovial Gent Timoshenko (pictured) is out in front with a stack of 405,000. He's the only person to cross the 400,000-chip mark. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The Extended Play event is brand new to the WSOP this year and features 90-minute levels instead of the usual 60. As you might expect, and as has been the theme of the WSOP this year, the cream of the crop has risen to the top. Timoshenko, for example, has almost $5 million in career online tournament cashes and won the 2009 WCOOP Main Event. He also took down that year's World Poker Tour Championshipfor over $2 million. Timoshenko is #69 on the all-time money list and was ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2007. Timoshenko also scored big on prop bets on Sunday, winning $2,300 after throwing a water bottle into a trash can 30 feet away. As coverage of the bet on WSOP.com detailed, "It sails through the air, dodges the bottom of the Pius Heinz banner, and hits dead center. A cheer goes up and the loser of the bet goes to his wallet to hand over $2,300." He Tweeted when all was said and done, "Ran hot and bagged the chip lead heading into Day 3 of #WSOP42. All credit goes to my lucky #TiasHope card protector!" Right behind Timoshenko on the leaderboard with a stack of 368,000 is Antonio Esfandiari (pictured). He's #2 on poker's all-time money list thanks to a win in the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012 for an incredible $18 million. He has three bracelets and two WPT titles. On Sunday, Esfandiari stacked chips courtesy of Blair blur5f6Hinkle, also a bracelet winner. On a board showing 9-J-A-5, Hinkle checked and Esfandiari pushed out a bet of 17,600. Hinkle check-raised to 55,000, Esfandiari shoved, and Hinkle tossed his hand into the muck. Fourth place in the Extended Play event belongs to Patrick pleno1 Leonard. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives last year and bagged 354,000 in chips on Sunday night. Leonard is searching for his first career five-figure cash at the WSOP, but has almost $2 million in career online tournament winnings. The winner of this tournament will get $478,000 and everybody still in is guaranteed $3,500. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. [caption width="640"] The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez broke into the top 10 and is hot on Baumgarten's heels. Baumgarten added 695.55 points to his total thanks to a third place finish in WCOOP Event #60, the $2,100 buy-in Super Tuesday Special Edition. He also walked away with $163,807, but he wasn't done there. On Sunday the Brazilian grinder put up a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $27,310 and 272.96 points. Those additional points proved to be useful as Gonzalez had a strong week. The Uruguayan had five of his 17 cashes last week count towards his PLB score. He started the week off with a fourth place finish in WCOOP Event #59 for $38,755 and 366.1 points. The next day he cashed in both WCOOP Event #62 and #63 for a total of $18,508 and 328.32 points. He then posted a runner-up finish in the $21,000 buy-in WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event, earning $355,731 and 910.96 points. He wrapped up his big week with another runner-up finish, this time in the PokerStars Saturday Scuffle for $8,447/177.03 and a 16th place finish in the WCOOP Wrap-Up for $8,671/210.89. Gonzalez's move into the top 10 was certainly impressive and placed him just 326.86 points behind Baumgarten, but his big jump was actually overshadowed by a former #1-ranked player making an appearance in the top 10 after not being in the top 100 just a week ago. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, who had two short stints at #1 back in 2014, jumped from #101 all the way up to #7 and not surprisingly it was success in WCOOP that propelled him there. Leonard made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest High Roller on September 20 to earned $2,723 and 9.36 points for the first of his five qualifying cashes. The second one was the biggest, though. Leonard topped a 1,605-entry field to win WCOOP Event #65 for $162,054.98 and a massive 1,033.11 points. His next two qualifying cashes came in partypoker Powerfest event and totaled $15,248/272.5. He then final tabled WCOOP Event #77, finishing fourth for $87,804 and 605.2 points. All told, Leonard added 2,000.97 points to his total and now sits just 1,285.65 points out of taking over the top spot for the third time in his career. With Gonzalez and Leonard both entering the top 10 this week, two players were forced out. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman fell from #8 to #15 and Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov dropped from #10 to #14. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,588.821 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,261.9612 3C Darwin28,227.842 4Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,807.363 5Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,445.215 6lena9007,439.414 7Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,303.17101 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,222.149 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Greenstone257,084.016 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,043.567
  9. [caption width="640"] partypoker's new top tier of their VIP program aims to reward high volume players with increased rakeback.[/caption] In an online poker landscape where many sites are cutting rewards and scaling back cash bonuses to high volume players, partypoker is reversing the trend with the implementation of their new Diamond Club VIP Program. Players that earn 100,000 points over the course of a calendar year will qualify for Diamond Club status, which is at the top of the Cashback Loyalty Program that was implemented by the site. Players who meet the requirements will earn at least 50% rakeback along with other bonuses. The change comes after Mike Sexton, the new partypoker Chairman, laid out 10 commitments he’d like to deliver to the poker community. One of his goals was to “reward players who start games and keep the action going.” Sexton wants to reward the regular players and the Diamond Club does that by rewarding regulars over all of the different poker variants. Players can qualify for this level of rewards by grinding cash games, Multi-table tournaments, Sit & Gos, Fast Forward and Sit & Go Hero games. Since this is a program to reward high volume players, partypoker decided to have a respected poker pro oversee the program. Former #1 overall player on PocketFives and current partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘Pleno1’ Leonard will oversee the operations of the club. Leonard, who is currently 12th on the PocketFives worldwide leaderboard, will be a point of contact for players, consulting with them on improvements to the system, the software and the overall product that partypoker is putting out. “I joined partypoker initially because management promised me they would have the player’s best interests in mind and invest in the poker community,” said Leonard. “The Diamond Club will be an important part of this strategy.” Leonard hopes that with the implementation of this level of rewards, partypoker will change the poker ecosystem for the better, rewarding those who keep the action going on the site. “Over recent year, I have unfortunately seen certain online sites punish regular players who start games and encourage predatory regulars to prey on amateur players and weaker players,” said Leonard. “The Diamond Club will reward regulars who start games and continue games and not reward these predatory regs who jump into a game for a small amount of time when they believe their win rate is sky high and sit out when the weaker players has gone broke.” While other programs have shifted away from rakeback based reward programs, Leonard doesn’t feel that any of the new innovations in reward programs have worked. He thinks the best way to run a rewards program is to reward your most loyal customer base. “I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t have a background in poker try and come up with ‘revolutionary’ ways to improve loyalty systems and not surprisingly, most of them have failed,” said Leonard. “Quite simply, those who want to support partypoker and make this their home for playing poker will be rewarded generously.” In addition to the extra cash rewards, Diamond Club members will receive a dedicated Customer Support line on Skype, which is available 24/7. Once achieving Diamond Club status with partypoker, players will have their additional Diamond Club rakeback and VIP bonuses deposited into their account every Monday on top of their normal rewards. If a player earns the required amount of points in less than 12 months, they will begin receiving benefits immediately. Sign-up now for partypoker.com to take full advantage of the Diamond Club VIP Program.
  10. Twice in his career Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard has been the #1-ranked online poker tournament player in the world. For the better part of the last year he’s been in and out of the top 10 of those rankings and on Friday afternoon he took a big step toward moving up those rankings with a win in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Leonard beat Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane to win Event #20 Medium ($215 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha) for $18,567.27 and the first SCOOP title of his career. Leonard had no plans on playing on Friday, but it turned out for the best. In the $2,100 High version of the event, ‘_TheJds_’ beat out Australia’s James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst to win $72,600. Obst had to settle for $43,560 as runner-up. PocketFiver ‘Olista19’ and ‘paulmoko’ chopped the $27 Low version, with ‘Olista19’ taking home $5,157.49 after eventually emerging victorious while ‘paulmoko’ earned $4,657.49. The biggest winner on Friday was Germany’s ‘KornmeisterX’ who took down Event #19 High ($1,050 NLHE Thursday Thrill Special Edition) for $139,196.55. He also won $51,521.89 in bounties for a total take home of just over $190,000. Russian ‘Ti0373’ finished second for $101,820 plus another $39,096.62 in bounties. The other big winner on Friday was Robert ‘pokerguru740’ Kuhn. He beat out ‘MITS 304’ to win Event #23 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE Zoom) for a $131,040 payday. SCOOP Event #18 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Entries: 145 Prize pool: $290,000 flong78 - $69,600 Mongano - $47,995 Christopher ‘Ceegee87’ George - $36,250 mrSweet28 - $24,650 MITS 304 - $18,850 nilsef - $13,050 SCOOP Event #18 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Entries: 439 Prize pool: $87,800 inevity - $16,682 Faaascha - $12,292 nilsef - $8,999.50 hotmark777 - $6,146 James ‘Andy mcLEOD’ Obst - $4,390 Jason Mercier - $2,809.60 SCOOP Event #18 (Low): $27 Triple Draw Deuce to Seven Entries: 1,808 Prize pool: $44,386.40 Vovan7778 - $6,576.59* D@ang3rMouse - $5,630.96* Ulett_23 - $3,883.81 Donald - $2,552.21 GuyACampbell - $1,664.49 f0ulG - $936.55 SCOOP Event #19 (High): $1,050 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill SE Entries: 1,697 Prize pool: $1,697,000 $848,500 + $848,500 in bounties KornmeisterX - $139,196.55 + $51,521.89 in bounties Ti0373 - $101,820 + $39,096.62 in bounties despedespi33 - $76,365 + $22,441.39 in bounties ekziter - $56,849.50 + $9,078.11 in bounties Ryan ‘king10clubs’ Madsen - $40,3030.75 + $17,228.49 in bounties MG10tze - $31,818.75 + $14,335.92 in bounties MkMyWishFish - $23,333.75 + $2,562.50 in bounties Strz - $14,848.75 + 2,109.37 in bounties razvyqq - $8,484 + $11,062.50 in bounties SCOOP Event #19 (Medium): $109 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 6,793 Prize pool: $339,650 + $339,650 in bounties starkstud - $32,614.81* + $9,138.38 in bounties Mozgolom26 - $35,340.17 + $2,283.92 in bounties etxnl01 - $33,500* + $1,174.48 in bounties PolisGust - $34,274.32* + $7,896.11 in bounties Noseblow - $14,265.30 + $7,116.56 in bounties Desolas - $10,868.80 + $1219.51 in bounties Slava4777 - $7,472.30 + $1,978.27 in bounties IcaLm - $4,075.80 + $2,190.27 in bounties HairyBotter - $2,632.28 + $1,708.30 in bounties SCOOP Event #19 (Low): $11 NLHE Progressive KO Entries: 19,206 Prize pool: $96,030 + $96,030 in bounties kytra - $9,616.29 + $17,40.69 in bounties mobghost09 - $7,135.98 + $1,881.24 in bounties korasidas77 - $4,801.50 + $641.01 in bounties Anish-1 - $3,841.20 + $1,068.26 in bounties Andyccinni - $2,880.90 + $318.77 in bounties joaovbarb - $1,920.60 + $679.96 in bounties pucho2100 - $1,349.22 + $226.83 in bounties Rastafa0 - $864.27 + $529.35 in bounties NeYoPoker - $576.18 + $348.16 in bounties SCOOP Event #20 (High): $2,100 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 121 Prize pool: $242,000 _TheJds_ - $72,600 James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst - $43,560 Highroller35 - $24,200 Sasuke234 - $24,200 SCOOP Event #20 (Medium): $215 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 512 Prize pool: $102,400 Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard - $18,567.27 Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane - $11,814.92 XingsMaster - $5,907.45 AA88D - $5,907.45 SCOOP Event #20 (Low): $27 Heads-Up Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 1,936 Prize pool: $47,528.80 Olista19 - $5,157.49* paulmoko - $4,657.49* rrinKS - $1,908.75 tonjealeks - $1,908.75 SCOOP Event #23 (High): $2,100 Six Max NLHE Zoom Entries: 312 Prize pool: $624,000 Robert ‘pokerguru740’ Kuhn - $131,040 MITS 304 - $95,472 Kenny ‘kenny05’ Smaron - $71,760 IAmSoSo - $49,920 robinho - $37,440 whereisdonny - $24,960 SCOOP Event #23 (Medium): $215 Six Max NLHE Zoom Entries: 1,498 Prize pool: $299,600 alxwhitty - $48,685 TUTI88 - $36,401 otitov - $26,964 ikkedus - $17,976 brille-390 - $11,984 CrazyLissy - $7,490 SCOOP Event #23 (Low): $27 Six Max NLHE Zoom Entries: 6,075 Prize pool: $149,141.26 Willi28an - $16,337.08* Zemait1s - $18,248.05* CaptainGant - 414,636.18* alyssonpo - $6,711.35 RobMoneyQc - $3,746.42 Perrymejsen - $2,237.11
  11. [caption width="640"] Conor Beresford is the current king of the UK rankings. Photo: PokerStars.[/caption] As an online poker powerhouse country, the UK continues to be in the conversation of producing some of the best poker players in the world. Just as the country itself has been a major world influence in popular culture, players hailing from UK have helped shape the modern-day poker landscape including old school veterans like David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott,Neil Channing and Roland de Wolfe, high-rolling regulars like Sam Trickettand Charlie Carrell and even some of the most recognizable faces of the game in PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree and online poker legend, Chris Moorman. The current crop of Top 10 online players from the United Kingdom uphold the tradition of influential talented grinders and current at the top of the list is Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (6,76.34 PLB Points). Beresford is not only the #1-ranked player in the UK, but also currently sits as the #15-ranked player in the world, according to the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings. His last month is highlighted third-placed place finish in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 8-Max No Limit Hold’em) where he took home $57,781. Beresford, constantly grinding a schedule of the largest online MTTs, cashed 30 times for four-figures or more in November and looks to out do that pace here in December already notching nine four-figure or more paydays including a sixth place finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $10,929. Despite Beresford’s amazing stats and consistency, he’s being hotly pursued by Team partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (6,612.64). The former Worldwide #1-ranked superstar, currently sits as the UK’s #2-ranked player having just recently reached a new personal benchmark of eclipsing over $4 million in lifetime earnings. Leonard also did a good deal of damage in the PokerStars High Rollers Series cashing in five of the events for over $130,000. He final tabled three of the events and his largest score of the month came with his seventh place finish in Event #6 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em - $1M Gtd) for $55,635. David ‘davaman’ Lopez (5,894.23) has ascended to the UK’s #3 spot. While there’s a pretty big gap between him and the duo of Beresford and Leonard, that could be in part due to a lighter play schedule in November. Originally from Spain, but currently playing out of London, Lopez reportedly at one point earned the title of Supernova Elite on PokerStars in only three months but with only a handful of scores for the month of November it looks like the pro is simply taking some time off after a month of everyday scores in October. Still sitting in the Worldwide Rankings at #40, his best recent score was a tenth place finish in the partypoker High Roller back on November 13 for $3,000. Literally right behind Lopez is the UK’s #4-ranked player Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (5,874.55). Proudfoot has been making waves in the Worldwide rankings, climbing just about every week in the month of November, where he currently resides at #41. Proudfoot has been putting in the time and his results have shown it. On the precipice of conquering $1 million in lifetime earnings, Proudfoot racked up 25 four-figure scores in November, not including his victory in the partypoker High Roller on November 28 for $19,734. Sitting less than 20 PLB points behind Lopez, he could, once again, climb the rankings in no time. Charlie ‘chaz_man_chaz’ Combes (5,843.76), caps off the UK’s Top 5, having recently taken down the partypoker High Roller on November 23 for $12,170. Combes is the third of the UK trio that occupies virtually the same space in the Worldwide rankings as he currently stands only 2 spots back from Proudfoot at #43 and as of now is trailing him only 30.79 PLB points, meaning things can change in a hurry on both the UK and Worldwide rankings list. Combes’ December is off to a hot start as well as the daily mid-high stakes tournament grinder has won nearly $40,000 in the first week of play. There’s a little breathing room between the #5 and #6 spots, where Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey (5,581.54) ranks. Carey was recently featured in the PocketFives.com Milestones column for surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark and he also is enjoying his highest placement in the Worldwide Top 100, currently sitting just outside the Top 50 at #51. Playing out of Glasgow as its #1 player, Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich-Jonsen (5,554.91) checks in at #7. After a light November schedule, Geilich-Jonsen emerged to cash in the PokerStars High Rollers Event #19 for over $7,800. PokerStars WCOOP Event #1 Champion‘carpediem200’ (5,426.14) checks in at #8. While still benefitting from the massive points boost a major victory like a WCOOP will give you, he’s not sitting idly by having put in a full schedule over the past two months raking in over 20 four-figure scores in that time period. Bristol’s Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell (5,408.48), a former #2-ranked Worldwide professional, occupies the #9 spot. His victory in PokerStars Bounty Builder on November 14 for $7,297 was his highest PLB points score of November and is basically the difference between him and the #10 spot which belongs to…Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (5,278.54). As we previously mentioned, Moorman is one of the UK’s most popular and accomplished tournament grinders. The 888poker ambassador recently published his second book as well as took down one of the side events at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond (Event #9 $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $37,132. Even with all of his media duties and live play, he still finds the time to grind and add to his over $14 million in lifetime earnings. His most recent only victory came just days after his live win as he took down the PokerStars Bigger $162 for over $5,200. UK Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 11_conor_b_16,6776.34 2pleno16,612.64 3davaman5,894.23 4proudflop5,874.55 5chaz_man_chaz5,843.76 6sngwonder5,581.54 7ludovi333r5,554.91 8carpediem2005,426.14 9MendaLerenda5,408.46 10moorman15,278.54
  12. [caption width="640"] Former #1-ranked Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard now has million in lifetime online earnings (WPT photo)[/caption] Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings ’pleno1’ Surpasses $4 Million Lifetime Former PocketFives.com #1-ranked Worldwide player, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard crossed the $4 million lifetimes earning mark this week joining Tommie ’TommieJ’ Janssen as the second player to hit that mark this month. The partypoker ambassador leveraged a victory in the partypoker $40K Heavyweight for over $10,000 last week to get him to the $4 million doorstep and then crossed the threshold with a relatively minor cash when the UK pro picked up $438 in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up on November 12. Eclipsing $4 million plateau is, perhaps, the icing on the cake of the year that is 2017 for Leonard. In addition to his online exploits, Leonard went on the heater of a lifetime this summer when, over the course of one week in July, he won, not one, but two Aria High Roller tournaments for approximately $789,000. The #2-ranked UK grinder then found himself winning out in the $10,300 Bellagio Cup XIII Event for an additional $475,000. It’s $3 million for the #300-ranked Georgios ‘zisimo7’ Zisimopoulos. Athen’s own Zisimopoulos had a very successful week online, cashing for over $30,000. This included a third-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $9300, the score that sent him soaring past $3 million. Zimbabwe’s ‘eatyourstac’ also reached new heights as the small-to-mid-stakes grinder surpassed $2 million in lifetime earnings. Notching roughly 40 cashes this week, playing on a variety of sites, the momentus tournament turned out to be his victor in the 888poker $2,000 Pacific Catfish for $558, one of eight top-3 finishes during the week. The million dollar club picked up two new members as well as Conrado ‘conradofpg’ Pereira Galdino and ’NorBaggio’ both earned their $1 million lifetime badges. ’rolandbauer’ Cracks The Top 10, ‘DamageAP’ surges into Top 20 Austria’s top-ranked online pro, ‘rolandbauer’ hit a new high in the PocketFives.com Worldwide rankings this week as he cracked the Top 10 for the very first time. On the back of four top-3 finishes, including a third in the partypoker High Roller Warm-up for over $17,000, ‘rolandbauer’ now looks up at the likes of Conor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan,‘veeea’, Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff as well as the Swedish contingency, led by ‘C Darwin2’, as he attempts to ascend to the top spot. Perhaps looking to follow in ‘rolandbauer’s footsteps is newcomer to the Top 100,‘DamageAP’. The Philippines top player made a major move this week as he not only leapt into the Top 100, he jumped from #102 into the Top 20, landing at #20. ‘DamageAP’ had a successful week highlighted by his runner-up finish in the partypoker Heavyweight: Title Fight Kick-Off which brought his over $14,000 and over 215 PLB Points. Also of note, of the nine players who achieved career-high rankings in the Top 100 this week, seven of them had done so the previous week with ‘tiarc’ making the largest jump forward, 15 spots to #39. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #97 to #93 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote dos Santos - #86 to #77 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #60 to #56 'Mikensonas' - #43 to #41 'tiarc' - #54 to #39 'kofi89' - #45 to #37 ’DamageAP’ - #102 to #20 'josef_shvejk' - #15 to #13 'rolandbauer' - #12 to #10
  13. [caption width="640"] This isn't Conor Beresford - but it could be. He holds the #1 spot in the United Kingdom.[/caption] The United Kingdom is home to a poker-crazed culture and the world’s all-time leading online tournament casher, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. He might be the big name, but the top 10 for the U.K. is filled with some of the world’s best and others who are on the verge of their first major splash. The current #1 in the U.K. is Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In 2016, Beresford made it as high as #2 in the world and passed the $5,000,000 earnings mark this week. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard is #2. Leonard is on the verge of hitting $4,000,000 in cashes and has a productive PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker to thank for that. In the $25,000 buy-in Event #66 (Eight Max High Roller), Leonard placed fifth out of 149 entrants and earned $275,473. Leonard also does a lot of damage in the live scene as does #3 Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich. Though he has been putting in less volume in October, Geilich’s win on the September 24 $109 Bounty Builder earned him 381.58 PLB points which has kept him near the top. #4 ranked Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell recently took down a sizable win of his own. Serradell shipped October 15th’s Sunday Cool Down Turbo on PokerStars for $21,251 and 369.59 PLB points. Spots #5 and #6 belong to David ‘davaman’ Lopez and ‘carpediem200.’ Lopez is currently at his career-high peak on the Worldwide Rankings at #40. That ranking is set to rise higher should Lopez have more days like October 24 when he won the 888poker Monsoon and PokerStars Big 109. Moorman comes in at #7, with a heavy volume being put in during October. Should his pace continue in the short term, there is a high chance of Moorman moving higher in no time. Only $100,000 away from breaking the $3 million barriers is #8 Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey. During partypoker Powerfest, Carey won a $50,000 guaranteed High Roller event for $21,206 and picked up 322.49 PLB points in the process. The two last members of the top-10 are Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks and Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot. United Kingdom's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 11_conor_b_16,775.37 2pleno16,751.90 3ludovi3336,143.80 4MendaLerenda6,133.46 5davaman5,890.96 6carpediem2005,631.42 7moorman15,025.14 8sngwonder4,971.99 9thebigdog094,898.28 10proudflop4,865.71
  14. 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  
  15. From May 6-20 partypoker’s online mega-series POWERFEST returns and, by all accounts, it’s primed to be the biggest yet. The two-week series is scheduled to have a massive 366 events and $40,000,000 total guaranteed prize pool, the largest ever series prize pool ever offered by the online site. “I don’t know who keeps coming up with these insane guarantees but it sure is a great time to be playing with partypoker,” said partypoker ambassador and popular high-stakes regular Jason Koon. Of the 366 events, 13 of them will carry a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, ensuring that plenty of players will have the opportunity at six-figure scores. Another partypoker ambassador, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (currently ranked #23 in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings) has been extremely hands-on when it comes to crafting the upcoming schedule for POWERFEST and according to him, there’s going to plenty for everyone to play for. “I’ve been more heavily involved in this POWERFEST scheduling than ever before. There is a lot of consistent logic throughout giving the most varied, exciting and fun POWERFEST schedule since partypoker’s resurrection a few years ago,” Patrick said to the partypoker blog. “There are more 6-Max events, more PLO, more high rollers but also buy-ins for all bankrolls and most importantly lots of chances of glory. I don’t think I’ll take a day off over the 2 weeks.” Part of the new ALL-IN movement for partypoker has been to push the boundaries of their guarantees in both their live and online events. The previous POWERFEST online series promised $15,000,000 in prize pools while the current partypoker LIVE Season One Grand Final in Barcelona offered €23,000,000 in total guarantees. As the partypoker events get more popular, the guarantees seem to only be growing. “These guarantees both live and online are huge and I can’t wait to play every day of both! With this being the largest POWERFEST on partypoker I am proud to be associated with a company who just keep making things bigger and better for the players,” said Sam Trickett, another member of Team partypoker. Players can be sure that with so much money up for grabs partypoker will be offering a number of satellites and phase tournaments to help players find their way into as many events as possible. Though the full schedule of events has yet to be released, Jason Koon seems pretty fired up about it. “I’ve seen the schedule and I can’t wait for players to see it too, it’s definitely the best one yet.”
  16. Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard won this week's PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $34,522 after coming through a tough final table. The former PocketFives #1 outlasted the man at the top of the current rankings, 'C Darwin2', who finished in eighth place for $3,924, as well as fellow PocketFivers Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot, Stefan 'tfn2183' Engelhardt and Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky/ The PokerStars Sunday Million crown this week went to 'Kenu V' who won $136,284 after a heads-up deal was agreed with 'peterwhooo' meaning they came away with $114,464 and the runners-up spot. 'WATnlos' outlasted 'APonakov', current #3-ranked 'Lena900' and 'bencb789' to take down the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller and received $47,398. While Canada's Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice won $36,574 after defeating 'bigbossrom23' heads-up in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up. ‘thebattler33’ came just short of making it back-to-back victories in the partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major after losing out to 'PhileasFogg' whose first-place finish guaranteed him a score of $48,750. 'thebattler33' added $33,000 to the $61,250 they won last week after securing second-place. Elsewhere on party poker, 'Zhuex' was rewarded with $83,500 after coming through a 2,178 player field in the $215 Super Sunday Main Event, with 'WilliamKassouf' taking the first-place spot in the $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for $31,234. 'lasochobi' continued their impressive form in the 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale after a third-place finish for $15,000. This time around it was to be one better after achieving fourth-place this very time last week. 'papafritas1' was the eventual winner for $32,500 after defeating Tomi 'wellyxx' Brouk. Lastly, 'LevelingMode' succumbed to 'sitiolibre29' in the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep with both players earning $14,500 and $19,500 respectively. Below are this week’s Sunday Major’s final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,455 entrants, $1,091,200 prize pool Kenu V - $136,284.78* peterwhooo - $114,464.78* 54kgPozitiva - $72,563.39 Neblwald - $50,922.86 Onew4214 - $35,736.14 Cechi86 - $25,078.48 UKPokerNinja - $17,599.35 master beto - $12,350.77 SU1990 - $8,667.44 *Deal agreed PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $200k Gtd 98 entrants, $200,000 prize pool WATnlos - $47,398.02 sk2ll_m0dr - $35,895.78 APonakov - $27,184.82 anteen - $20,587.78 Lena900 - $15,591.66 bencb789 - $11,807.98 lissi stinkt - $8,942.48 veeea - $6,772.38 masatotan - $5,819. PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 817 entrants, $408,500 prize pool pads1161 - $34,522.75 DanielLUCKY - $25,304.69 RomeOpro - $18,548.26 stfn2183 - $13,595.83 jjj77777 - $9,965.70 tonkaaaa - $7,304.83 tigran66613 - $5,354.43 C.Darwin2 - $3,924.78 lissi stinkt - $2,876.86 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $225k Gtd 1,157 entrants, $231,400 prize pool dynoalot - $36,574.84 bigbossrom23 - $26,297.22 cxde - $18,907.92 fred7363 - $13,594.95 natecris - $9,774.86 iMpul$e.1 - $7,028.21 ivanvilchez8 - $5,053.33 Pipedream17 - $3,633.39 Mak7893 - $2,612.43 partypoker $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500k Gtd 2,178 entrants, $500,000 prize pool Zhuex - $83,500 CooperKoop - $58,850 Ilove2fish - $38,000 VengaLerenda - $25,250 uBetiWin19 - $17,725 insincere88 - $12,200 melianthinarum - $8,380 CiccionaLA - $5,375 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $150k Super High Roller 60 entrants, $150,000 prize pool PhileasFogg - $48,750 thebattler33 - $33,000 RedDwarf9 - $21,750 uwannagobud - $13,500 Loewe80 - $10,500 rdcrsnn - $8,250 pockjack0 - $7,125 Makemineadouble - $7,125 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd, 322 entrants, $322,000 prize pool WilliamKassouf - $31,234 Xa3aP4uK - $22,540 Shipapotamus - $15,617 WWWpartyCOM - $11,189.50 Aldeberan90 - $7,969.50 MANATA1 - $5,908.70 uBetiWin19 - $4,105.50 tortik747 - $2,994.60 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale, 64 entrants – $100,000 prize pool papafritas1 - $32,500 wellyxx - $21,000 lasochobi - $15,000 chut_up - $10,000 VnilaVader - $7,500 SpaceyFCB - $5,500 Romeopro33 - $4,500 Kannwas - $4,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep, 300 entrants – $100,000 prize pool sitiolibre29 - $19,500 LevelingMode - $14,500 IMiIIk - $11,000 NVladislav - $8,000 Sh1p1it - $5,500 herocaller94 - £4,000 PokerJoe332 - $3,000 ICMMonkey - $2,500  
  17. partypoker is looking to give every player on their site a shot at the big money. Beginning on Sunday, March 25, the online site is offering a new slate of mega satellites that will, in total, award nearly $700,000 worth of Power Series tickets each week. Power Series is the name given to partypoker's regular weekly tournament schedule, which recently increased from $4 million in weekly guarantees to $10 million. “We have decided to add something that we believe will change higher stakes games forever whilst giving more people a chance of big money from small amounts of money.” Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard said in a TwoPlusTwo post There are four buy-in levels for the Power Series Mega Sats: $11 buy-in to win a $109 ticket $22 buy-in to win a $215 ticket $55 buy-in to win a $530 ticket $109 buy-in to win a $1,050 ticket The satellites run daily at 2:30pm ET/ 7:30pm GMT and each of them carries their own impressive guarantee. Monday through Saturday the $11 and $22 buy-in level promises at least 100 tickets will be given away. The $55 buy-in carries a 50 ticket guarantee and the $109 buy-in will award no fewer than 25 tickets. On Sunday, these Mega Satellites will be awarding 250 tickets at both the $11 and $22 level, 100 tickets at the $55 buy-in and 50 tickets for $109. In total, a minimum of 2,300 entries at the various levels will be won on a weekly basis. "Obviously these guarantees are gigantic and there will be a lot of value," Leonard continued. "We could have went for 1/5 and doubled the buy-in, but we don't want people who play the target event to play the sats, it should be bringing NEW players into each game. It is currently adding around 25% to the prize pools, we expect all of our bigger prize pools to grow even more." The satellites are designed to help players who usually play some of the more mid-stakes events have the opportunity at the larger ticket tournaments. Additionally, the Power Series Mega Sats can also be a vehicle for players who normally play at the higher buy-ins to simply find added value in their current schedule. To that end, there will even be feeder satellites to each of the Power Series Mega Sat, meaning players can even win their way into those at a fraction of the cost. One caveat is that every ticket won has a 7-day expiration date. Players will need to use that ticket during the week in which it was won. According to Leonard, this is another big step in partypoker giving more opportunities for those who love online poker. "We believe this will be a game changer for us, prize pools will grow, there will be a lot of stories of players satelliting in for small amounts of money and winning huge amounts. We saw last week in the Irish open a player satelliting in for $0.01 and winning over $100k, we love this."
  18. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt return this week to talk about the success of the partypoker MILLIONS North America event and the underwhelming turnout for the World Poker Tour Elite Poker Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Recorded before the European Poker Tour Main Event played down to a winner, Matt talks about what a win for Ole Schemion might mean for him and it puts him in position to be the first player to grab all three legs of poker's Triple Crown in the same year. Earlier this week, former #1-ranked online poker player Patrick Leonard released his own version of the live power rankings. Lance and Matt debate the merits of Leonard's list, get into some of the snubs and put out a list of their own top five. They wrap things up by talking about the direction Phil Galfond is taking his Run It Once online poker site. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  19. While Sunday marked the beginning of both partypoker Powerfest and the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, the headlines instead went to 'Bencb789', who came second in the 888poker $100,000 Sunday Whale for $23,680 and helped 'Team BITBRYE' into an early lead against 'Team Sweden' in their six-figure prop bet.Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard confirmed earlier this week that he would be teaming up with RaiseYourEdge head coach 'Bencb789' to take part in a six-figure prop bet against the Swedish duo of 'Lena900' and 'C.Darwin2'. As the first day's play came to an end, it was 'Team BITB RYE' who took the advantage after 'Bencb789', playing under the alias 'f0rmEitseGal', pipped 'C.Darwin2' to second place in the 888poker Whale, after the Swede, could only manage a fourth-place finish for $12,160. https://twitter.com/raiseyouredge/status/993353498199638016 It seems this prop bet will be getting a lot of attention over the next few weeks as the four players go to battle across the all the spring online poker events. As the before mentioned PokerStars SCOOP series begun yesterday, the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up are being played out as two-day tournaments and set to resume Monday at 18:00 WET. Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene and 'yongminbae' were the big winners across the completed PokerStars events yesterday after they took down the $2,100 Sunday High Roller and $530 Bounty Builder High Roller respectively. 2015 WCOOP SHR winner 'Ben86' beat 'ekziter' heads-up to claim the $54,358 first-place prize, while 'yongminbae' came through a field of 1,145 entrants and added $46,577 to their bankroll. Also, Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky made the first of his two 'Sunday Major' final tables this week after finishing in fourth-place in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $23,926. partypoker began their latest Powerfest series with three $1m Gtd events across its opening day. 1,703 entrants went to battle in the Powerfest #04-HR $530 $1m Gtd Championship Event with 'sk2ll_m0dR' defeating New Zealand's 'hamishc2' heads-up after both players agreed to a deal. 'sk2ll_m0dR' took away $144,874, with 'hamishc2' beating his previous best recorded online cash of $10,375 by some margin after claiming $143,525. 'alex2pairs' was the winner in the Powerfest #03-SHR $5,200 $1m PKO Championship Event for $99,992 after coming through the 196 strong field. 'TorTor2012' took second-place for $72,579 with 'JohnBoy_' winning $51,737 for third. Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky appeared at his second major final table of the day in the $1,050 Powerfest #05-HR PKO $1m Gtd Championship Event and repeated his earlier fourth-place finish to win $27,272. 'MonkMode' took the victory for $85,914 after beating 'Ignent' into second-place from the 999 player field for $61,538. Sweden's 'Algorhytm' was pipped at the post in the Powerfest #04-H $109 $200k Gtd event and had to settle for the runners-up prize of $29,742. The current PocketFives world no.#7 succumbed to 'omar091365' heads-up who banked $42,038 and the title. As previously mentioned, 'bencb789' was this week's 888poker $100,000 Whale runner-up and it was 'AceSpade11' who had the honor of beating him for the first-place prize of $35,200. Last but not least, 'GangstaGo' turned $215 into $19,500 after coming through a field of 311 entrants in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep. 'PokerJoe332' was the player to lose the heads-up clash for $14,500, with 'Flopzilla_XD' having to settle for $11,000 in third. Below are this week's Sunday Majors results: PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 124 entrants, $248,000 prize pool Ben86 - $54,358.15 ekziter - $41,349.46 Idog1974 - $31,453.98 RomeOpro - $23,926.61 Korrinho - $18,200.67 anteen - $13,844.99 Black88 - $10,531.69 hdjgkfkgsdl - $8,011.31 philivey2694 - $6,094.10 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,145 entrants, $572,000 prize pool yongminbae - $46,577.53 WATnlos - $34,140.66 aramesko - $25,025.00 "0PIGGYBANK" - $18,343.24 dominicve - $13,445.53 D_DIGGLER99 - $9,855.53 ElfKicker - $7,224.06 alberto.m7 - $5,295.22 Keep2p34Ch" - $3,881.40 partypoker Powerfest #04-H $109 $200k Gtd 2,601 entrants, $260,100 prize pool omar091365 - $42,038.63 Algorhytm - $29,742.43 guerreirodopano - $19,135.55 erdi1989 - $12,718.89 mwhldwn - $8,843.40 thenewfang - $6,034.32 TriggerWord - $4,161.60 NO_COMPRENDO - $2,653.02 partypoker Powerfest #03-SHR $5,200 $1m Championship Event - PKO 196 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool alex2pairs - $99,992.56 TorTor2012 - $72,579.20 JohnBoy_ - $51,737.20 mask0ff - $38,251.20 ITISWHATITIZ - $26,972 veniVidi_Vici - $20,596.80 MOTHERSMATTERS - $15,202.40 Cool_Dave - $11,279.02 partypoker Powerfest #04-HR $530 $1m Gtd Championship Event, 1,703 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool sk2ll_m0dR - $144,874.93* hamishc2 - $143,525.08* FMylife - $77,800 Kaggis_ - $51,900 skoupidotenekes - $36,800 GettinDaize - $25,800 simba8787 - $17,900 Number_Ninjas - $11,800 *denotes a heads-up deal partypoker $1,050 Powerfest #05-HR PKO Championship Event $1m Gtd 999 entrants, $1,018,980 prize pool MonkMode - $85,914 Ignent - $61,538.40 KONY2012 - $40,709.25 SanityWaterline - $27,272.70 JJouhki - $19,330.65 Sr.Penes - $13,686.30 Sizzuurp - $9,590.40 mugggy1 - $6,493.50 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 126 entrants – $126,000 prize pool AceSpade11 - $35,200 f0rmEitseGal - $23,680 KimberSlice - $17,920 Isildur1337x - $12,160 Pimmelspeck - $8,960 Kotyara1089 - $6,720 allesrigged - $5,440 DrMiKee - $4,480 888Moorman - $3,840 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 311 entrants – $100,000 prize pool GangstaGo - $19,500 PokerJoe332 - $14,500 Flopzilla_XD - $11,000 kocoi10 - $8,000 purplegerbil - $5,500 alexos888 - $4,000 DosPoochies - $3,000 Canette_15 - $2,500
  20. 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.
  21. The opening day of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker featured 15 different events, but only three managed to play down to a winner. The biggest winner of the day was 'Sintoras'. The German grinder topped the 578-player field in Event #6 (High) to win $86,825.67 after agreeing to a chop with fellow German 'Succeeed' and Dutchman 'Dhr. Aweseome'. Coming in fourth in the $1,050 buy-in event was former #1-ranked player Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard. 'Deividas K', the #11-ranked player in Luthuania, toko down Event #6 (Medium) for $38,710.64 - the largest score of his career. 'xxLammbockxx' and 'Mr. Dupino' each picked up $25,000 for their respective second and third place finishes while 'Ragnar 2114' earned $24,000.33 for finishing fourth. The Low version of Event #6 attracted 8,435 with Greece's 'loui1989' topping all of them to win $11,610.02 in the only opening day event that did not finish with a deal. Event #6 (Low): $11 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 8,435 Prize pool: $83,633 loui1989 - $11,610.02 guipioi - $8,084.20 a.adil87 - $5,632.85 Quellek - $3,924.81 Eggnivia - $2,734.69 babanaa0522 - $1,905.45 Event #6 (Medium): $109 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 3,104 Prize pool: $310,400 Deividas K - $38,710.64* xxLammbockxx - $25,000.00* Mr. Dupino - $25,000.00* Ragnar 2114 - $24,000.33* retrytm - $10,539.63 mirrorrrrrrr - $7,343.72 Event #6 (High): $1,050 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 578 Prize pool: $578,000 Sintoras - $86,825.67* Succeeed - $67,442.44* Dhr. Awesome - $72,785.71* pads1161 - $37,177.42 Lubczyk88 - $26,548.86 firgli - $18,958.86 *Indicates a deal was made
  22. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium and Low versions of that event were won by 'elabuga' and 'Michael Keys' for - $11,038.35 and $4,390.24 respectively. The biggest SCOOP winner on Sunday was former #1-ranked 'Lena900' who won Event #25-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) outright for $102,15.24. The win gives "Team Sweden" a bit of a stranglehold on the six-figure prop bet against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and 'bencb789'. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson finished as runner-up for $76,598.70. 'SmilleThHero' took down the Medium version of the event for $56,763.81 while 'PomGinJ' took home $20,146.50 after chopping the Low version heads-up with 'HATZA12345'. Event #23-High, the $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha tournament, drew 318 players with 'BigTreeStump' emerging victorious for $29,791.28. 'Foxy1029' took home the winner's share after chopping the Medium version of the event with two other players while 'SFARRRR' chopped the Low event with two others. German phenom 'nilsef' showed some mixed game prowess, winning Event #24-High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $63,026.43. Runner-up 'jdaz111293' earned $58,623.57 thanks to a two-way deal between the top two finishers. The Medium version was also subject to a deal, with 'dejanaceking' grabbing a SCOOP title and $19,630.40 for finishing first while Summ3L had to soothe himself with $17,527.60 as the runner-up. 'parmupill' wanted no part of a deal, taking down the Low event outright for $9,096.19. Event #23 (High) $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Era_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39 Event #23 (Medium): $55 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 Event #24 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 nilsef - $63,026.43* jdaz111293 - $58,623.57* RealAndyBeal - $37,500 BiggestFish - $35,500 zilbeee - $19,5000 TheTakeover - $13,500 Event #24 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 563 Prize pool: $112,600 dejanaceking - $19,630.40* Summ3L - $17,527.60* Piquette - $11,541.50 calvin7v - $7,882.00 dezember - $5,630.00 fabsould - $3,603.20 Event #24 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,887 Prize pool: $57,740 parmupill - $9,096.19 Begemott - $6,640.10 m8675309a - $4,850.16 Jenezio - $3,156.83 nilsef - $2,010.50 Mr.Pink2116 - $1,024.88 Event #25 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 391 Prize pool: $560,550 Lena900 - $102,115.24 Aggro Santos - $76,598.70 Kaggis - $57,458.3 vicenfish - $43,100.80 Era_Koira - $ 32,330.84 NigDawG - $24,252.08 WushuTM - $18,192.03 Killer_ooooo - $13,646.19 pabritz - $10,236.31 Event #25 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 2,726 Prize pool: $388,381.95 SmilleThHero - $56,763.81 tinajohn9 - $40,462.21 AchoBogdanov - $28,842.83 AFG_Unit20 - $20,560.15 SOUFODAMS - $14,665.98 ndjoh - $10,447.28 MendaLerenda - $7,447.18 Hendurr - $5,308.59 SrylGotOdds - $3,784.16 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 10,450 Prize pool: $157,324.30 PomGinJ - $20,146.50* HATZA12345 - $15,510.19* July Corn - $10,199.98 john_snow666 - $7,106.98 CAZZETTEE - $4,951.93 Grimeyyyy - $3,450.35 varnak2 - $2,404.10 degan2891 - $1,675.09 gustavo956 - $1,167.15 Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 137 Prize pool: $137,000 cal42688 - $26,305.31* p0cket00 - $21,847.35* blanconegro - $20,098.91* vovtroy - $13,340.99 chokitin - $10,327.73 cmase86 - $7,995.05 NoraFlum - $6,189.26 The Cooker - $4,791.32 Event #26 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 640 Prize pool: $64,000 elabuga - $11,038.35 dimetriospb - $7,868.23 RSchoonbaert - $5,608.74 crazy169 - $3,998.10 vachette17 - $2,849.99 gangst3rn1 - $2,031.57 Spowi07 - $1,448.17 CobelinO - $1,032.30 shullerman - $773.24 Event #26 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 3,100 Prize pool: $30,380 Michael Keys - $4,390.24 Omeljanenko - $3,127.74 theispoker - $2,229.56 ptsekov - $ 1,589.31 ThoraAndrea - $1,132.91 dmdmdm79 - $807.58 shelddmud - $575.67 klanleje - $410.36 sharkDlc - $292.51
  23. It's only Day 4 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker but Roman d'Rome0pro' Romanovsky has already secured his second title of the series after defeating his friend Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard heads-up in Event #16 (High). Romanovsky took down Event #2 (High) for $123,935 just days ago and repeated his triumph yesterday after Leonard, and he agreed to a chop before playing out for the title. The Ukrainian took away $135,121 for the win, and Leonard banked $109,898 to help 'TeamBITBRYE' extend their series prop bet lead over 'Team Sweden'. https://twitter.com/plenopads/status/994393136221900800 'Cem1994' was Day 4's highest earner after they became Event #11 (High) Super Tuesday champion for $183,292. 'despedespi33' took second-place for $133,081 after 1,149 entrants came together to create a $1.1M prize pool. There was a career-best online result of $66,395 for Brazil's Everton 'Bitoks' Becker after he won Event #11 (Medium) Mini-Super Tuesday. The Brazilian agreed to a deal with 'MonkeyRush88', who took away $56,503 in second after the UK's Richard 'raconteur' Gryko had departed in third-place for $35,564. Another bumper SCOOP field appeared in Event #11 (Low) as 15,003 entrants paid the $11 tournament fee to create a $147,000 prize pool. After 15,000 players had departed the field, the final three agreed to a deal. 'TazutZ' finished in third-place for $11,664, 'Chick2345' took the silver medal for $11,695, which left 'theillwill' to scoop the title alongside $14,083. 'CAZZETTEE', who narrowly missed out on the win in Monday's Event #3 (Medium) after taking second-place for $45,723, went one better in Event #10 (High) after they won the $2,100 Razz for $51,940. The final table action also saw Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah finish in sixth-place for $10,600 and Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich score $19,080 in fourth. 'aidanb4' took the top spot in Event #3 (Low) after coming through the 2,184 player field to win $7,426. While 'Maicoshaa', who won Event #9 (High) during last year's series, added another victory to their name, this time in Event #10 (Medium) for $17,024. Event #16 (Low) comprised of a $55 Six-Max Turbo High Roller tournament which saw 'ale6ka' come through the 5,977 field after they defeated '[Ro]Cristy' to win the $42,475 first-place. The $530 Six-Max Turbo Event #16 (Medium) was won by 'elhilario' for $75,035 after they came through a final table featuring PocketFives world no.#24 'th'Kick' and two-time PokerStars Super Tuesday champion Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk. Below are the SCOOP results for Wednesday, May 9 Event #10 (Low): $22 Razz Entrants: 2,184 Prize pool: $43,680 aidanb4 - $7,426.61 MikeyMunro89 - $5,241.60 woody1234321 - $4,133.87 spendypenny - $3,057.60 TzR 9999 - $2,184.00 Zbad - $1,310.40 Zoukki - $873.60 Van Bijnen - $436.80 Event #10 (Medium): $215 Razz Entrants: 448 Prize pool: $89,600 Maicoshaa - $17,024.00 TheRabbitFR - $12,544.00 YerickK - $9,408.00 Beeethoven87 - $6,720.00 childers - $4,480 vovtroy - $3,136.00 dolmren - $2,240.00 billygstar - $1,792.00 Event #10 (High): $2,100 Razz Entrants: 106 Prize pool: $212,000 CAZZETTEE - $51,940.00 fr0zZy - $36,040.00 Kroko-dill - $27,560.00 Colisea - $19,080.00 bokkie87 - $13,780.00 goleafsgoeh - $10,600.00 Impetigo_666 - $8,480.00 L1TE-BR1TE - $6,360.00 Event #11 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 15,003 Prize pool: $147,029.40 theillwill - $14,083.46* Chick2345 - $11,695.91* TazutZ - $11,664.67* Nerflix - $6,104.45 gcascay - $4,351.45 Pindebuenas - $3,101.86 kamijaa - $2,211.11 Kuchenapfel - $1,576.15 *denotes a three-player deal Event #11 (Medium): $109 Mini Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,077 Prize pool: $507,700 Bitoks - $66,395.37* MonkeyRush88 - $56,503.08* raconteur - $35,564.48 Harlo1990 - $24,958.02 FaraChef - $17,514.73 koenigskebap - $12,291.26 NeedOfCash - $8,625.56 TakiToRivers - $6,053.15 mizzB111 - $4,247.92 *denotes heads-up deal Event #11 (High): $1,050 Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 1,149 Prize pool: $1,149,000 Cem1994 - $183,292.52 despedespi33 - $133,081.31 OMGACEACEACE - $96,625.26 GamadGADOL - $70,155.75 Machiavelli3 - $50,937.46 19Dan86 - $36,983.66 Pinocchyo - $26,852.47 Stating - $19,496.57 Ticiz - $14,155.68 Event #16 (Low): $55 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,977 Prize pool: $298,850 ale6ka - $42,475.36 [Ro]Cristy - $29,592.39 BornSurvivor - $20,619.15 aikanasnx - $14,366.82 alek-gejel - $10,010.39 AQUA RAIDER - $6,974.94 Event #16 (Medium): $530 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 911 Prize pool: $455,500 elhilario - $75,035.53 mandza17 - $52,282.24 th'Kick - $36,428.84 7Phenom1991 - $25,382.64 Apotheosis92 - $17,685.92 dammsugarn - $12,323.09 Event #16 (High): $5,200 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 132 Prize pool: $660,000 RomeOpro - $135,121.47 pads1161 - $109,898.31 huang33 - $81,848.25 cal42688 - $62,911.99 hotmark777 - $48,356.81 Päffchen - $37,169.08
  24. Brazil's Henrique Bastos Coutinho came through a 5,490 player field to bank $148,292 and become this week's PokerStars Sunday Million champion. Playing under the alias 'Galochina10' he was able to beat 'it.happ3ns.' into second-place for $104,064, with 'mrAndreeew' taking away $73,028 in third-place. The win for Coutinho meant he smashed his previous best recorded online cash of $10,244 by some margin. 'sousinha23' came through a tough PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller final table that included the top two ranked players in the world Lena900 and C.Darwin2 to bank $45,028. 'Lena900' followed by '€urop€an', Michael 'mczhang' Zhang, 'Bigfish112392', 'C.Darwin2' and 'roo_400' exited the tournament before 'probirs' took $25,825 in third. 'sousinha23' was then able to get the better of 'cigarromata' heads-up to take the title with the latter taking $34,100 in second. This week's PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller winner was former world #1 ranked 'p0cket00' after they eliminated 'Karssen1987' heads-up. 'p0cket00', who has over $11m in online earnings, won $32,536.83 + $28,122.96 (in bounties) with runner-up 'Karssen1987' banking $23,848.97 + $5,515.62 (in bounties). Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar took away $17,481 + $2,687.50 (in bounties) in third-place. 'mraink' came through a 1,066 player field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up and sent Jonas Palsgård Christensen to the rail during heads-up play to secure a $34,593 payday. Christensen took away $24,872 for his efforts and 'fers223' won $17,883 in third. Also, a shoutout must go to 'Bagelakis23' who was able to achieve sixth-place finishes in both the Sunday Million and the Sunday Warm-Up. 'Malapisk' was able to secure two titles across the partypoker Sunday Majors for a combined total prize of $53,894. Firstly, 'Malapisk' and John Adderley agreed to a heads-up deal in the $1,050 Deepstack-HR to bank $36,694 and $33,685 respectively. There were a total of 198 entries, and after 'FoldDigger' fell in third-place for $21,100 the final two made the money deal before 'Malapisk' took down the win, and John Adderley achieved his highest online cash to date. And their second win of the day came in the $109 Sunday Major for $17,200. 'LeadRush' was the player to fall at the hands of 'Malapisk' this time around during heads-up and took away $12,320 for second-place. Elsewhere on partypoker, there was a field of 39 players in the $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller as 'mwhldwn', AKA RaiseYourEdge head coach 'Bencb', beat partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard to take the win for $40,500. Leonard's prize for second-place was $26,500 with current PocketFives world #2 'HellmuthTheGr8' taking the bronze medal for $16,500. 'Demba_Pa' took the majority share of the $150,000 prize pool in the $530 Sunday Major after they came through the 293 player field for the victory. Paul 'Sheld0nC00per' Allen exited in third-place for $15,230 before 'x_zola25' took $20,778 in second-place and 'Demba_Pa' was awarded with $28,545 for the win. There was also a second final table appearance of the day for Patrick Leonard after he took fifth-place for $8,183. Over on 888poker, Fabrizio 'DrMikee' Gonzalez achieved gold and bronze medals in the flagship 'Sunday Mega Deep' and 'Whale' tournaments. Ivan ‘hurrrrican3’ Gabrieli took down the $1,050 The $100,000 Whale for $24,596 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Alessandro 'ZeroNineee' Valli. Gabrieli, who took the silver medal in last week's 888poker Sunday Mega Deep, went this distance this time around as Valli banked $17,387 as runner-up and Gonzalez claimed $10,950 in third place. Gonzalez then went the distance in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep to add another $19,250 to their Sunday winnings after he defeated 'GangstaGo' heads-up. The runners-up prize was $14,250 with American Bryan 'DePittsterje' Paris taking the final podium spot for $10,750. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,490 entrants, $1,098,000 prize pool Galochina10 - $148,292.04 it.happ3ns. - $104,064.15 mrAndreeew - $73,028.96 ELLA_ELIAS - $51,249.58 felipebeltra - $35,965.42 Bagelakis23 - $25,239.39 RovoDice - $17,712.27 Cndale1 - $12,430.01 miniDanny028 - $8,723.06 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $125k Gtd 95 entrants, $190,000 prize pool sousinha23 - $45,028.15 cigarromata - $34,100.99 probirs - $25,825.57 roo_400 - $14,812.07 C.Darwin2 - $14,812.07 Bigfish112392 - $11,217.58 mczhang - $8,495.35 €urop€an - $6,433.76 Lena900 - $5,528.14 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 770 entrants, $385,000 prize pool p0cket00 - $32,536.83 + $28,122.96 (in bounties) Karssen1987- $23,848.97 + $5,515.62 (in bounties) Greenstone25 - $17,481.23 + $2,687.50 (in bounties) renaton - $12,813.70 + $9,707.04 (in bounties) arvidxoxo - $9,392.40 + $1,125.00 (in bounties) SELOUAN1991 - $6,884.60 + $3,234.37 (in bounties) Dhr.Awesome - $5,046.40 + $5,490.24 (in bounties) betpeter3 - $3,699.00 + $4,285.16 (in bounties) jeremy98rus - $2,711.36 + $3,687.50 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,066 entrants, $213,200 prize pool mraink - $34,593.71 Palsgaard1 - $24,872.57 fers223 - $17,883.57 HU4FU - $12,858.45 TanTanSWE - $9,245.33 Bagelakis23 - $6,647.49 xKoSSSx - $4,779.60 AS Leshiy - $3,436.59 EdilsonRTJ - $2,470.94 partypoker $109 Sunday Major-H $100k Gtd 984 entrants, $100,000 prize pool Malapisk - $17,200 LeadRush - $12,320 mikimiki88 - $8,150 MexiCain241lbs - $5,460 BYLIA - $3,870 d1n0s_Law - $2,740 melogno_jr - $1,920 ows86 - $1,300 partypoker $530 Sunday Major – HR $150k 293 entrants, $150,000 prize pool Demba_Pa - $28,545.30 x_zola25 - $20,778.45 Sheld0nC00per - $15,230.55 TheHoggDogg - $11,163.90 Patrick_Leonard - $8,183.10 Aspartam1967 - $5,998.20 cr3zyem34 - $4,396.95 NoisiaRadio - $3,222.75 GiMMiETheL0T - $3,222.75 partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 39 entrants, $100,000 prize pool mwhldwn - $40,500 Patrick_Leonard - $26,500 HellmuthTheGr8 - $16,500 spinner2255 - $9,000 maniakboy - $7,500 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $200k Gtd 198 entrants, $200,000 prize pool Malapisk - $36,694.74* johnadderley - $33,685.27* FoldDigger - $21,100 Lucky_Chicken - $15,600 rudiqa1 - $11,000 TullaMoreFan12 - $8,400 proudflop - $6,200 stub8ornCnt - $4,600 *denotes heads-up deal 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 53 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Hurrrrican3 - $24,596.69* ZeroNineee - $17,387.31* DrMikee - $10,950 Farrugia_1 - $7,300 Canette_15 - $5,475 InJeBakkes - $4,015 SalsaFiesta - $3,285 *denotes heads-up deal 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 338 entrants – $100,000 prize pool DrMikee - $19,250 GangstaGo - $14,250 DePittsterje - $10,750 rodckz - $7,750 HateH4teHate - $5,250 iBustYa888 - $3,750 Graftekkel - $2,750 ZeroNineee - $2,250
  25. The long reign of 'C Darwin2' is over. For the first time in 2018, a new name sits atop the PocketFives Rankings and it took a schedule packed with PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and partypoker Powerfest events to make it happen. Fellow Swede 'lena900' picked up two SCOOP titles and a Powerfest victory plus three other qualifying cashes to move from #5 to #1. All told, 'lena900' picked up an astonishing 3,375.86 points and $628,508 in those six events. The three victories came in Powerfest #53 ($10,300 Super High Roller NLHE), SCOOP #24-High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) and SCOOP #39-High ($1,050 NLO8). 'C Darwin2' didn't fall far though. The Swede, who held the #1 spot for the last 20 weeks, wound up at #2 thanks in large part to the massive lead he had built up and the four qualifying cashes he picked up over the last week, adding 979.94 points to his total. While 'lena900' has won multiple titles during POWERSCOOP, 'C Darwin2' failed to win in either of those series over the last week. He did pick up a win in the PokerStars Daily 500 on May 12. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth held on to the #3 spot by adding 917.63 points to his total from two Powerfest cashes and one SCOOP cash. Nemeth now sits 852.4 points behind 'C Darwin2' but just 88.99 ahead of his next closest competitor, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. Romanovsky, who won two SCOOP titles two weeks ago, picked up just two qualifying cashes for just 311.75 points this past week and fell from #2 to #4. Russia's 'hellohellohello' stayed in the top five, but dropped from #5 to #4. He picked up just 685.59 points from three qualifying cashes and is one of five players with a PLB points total of 10,000 or more. Other big movers this week include 'GINS FINEST' (#17 to #8), Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#15 to #12) and Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (#24 to #17). The biggest jump inside the Top 25 though comes from 'Dattebayo'. The Austrian moved all the way from #47 to #25 thanks to an astonishing 11 qualifying cashes. The Austrian added 2,161.54 points to his total with 975.52 of those coming from a pair of Powerfest wins on May 12. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,120.06 5 2 C Darwin2 11,627.33 1 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,774.93 3 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,685.94 2 5 hellohellohello 10,643.99 4 6 girafganger7 9,495.45 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,412.94 10 8 GINS FINEST 9,310.73 17 9 Ariados 9,228.53 11 10 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,015.83 9 11 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,925.32 8 12 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,841.52 15 13 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,697.33 7 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,357.73 13 15 European 8,264.97 12 16 DamageAP 8,133.50 14 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 8,125.69 24 18 kofi89 8,046.96 18 19 Sheater 7,895.88 20 20 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,890.79 16 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,738.67 23 22 NoPlanB 7,736.42 25 23 josef_shvejk 7,649.66 21 24 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,521.66 19 25 Dattebayo 7,507.77 45

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