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  1. 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 C Darwin2 Top $7 Million Lifetime Earnings October’s PLB winner and current #1-ranked online player on the planet, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ added a new accolade to his ever-growing list of accomplishments this week when he surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. Not only did he fly right by the benchmark, he did it in style by outright winning the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for over $16,000. His victory was one of three top 3 finishes over the course of the week, resulting in over $50,000 in cashes. At this rate, it will only be a few weeks before the Swede returns to the Milestones headlines as he closes in on his $7.5 million badge. Making new high marks of his own was The Netherlands #1-ranked player, Tommie ‘TommieJ’ Janssen who grinded his way past the $4 million lifetime earnings mark this week as well. Two More Join $2 Million Romania’s top-ranked pro Nedelcu ‘Narcisus90’ Narcis as well as ‘macqueen56’from France both topped the $2 million mark this week. Narcis’ sixth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder for nearly $4,500 on November 5 was the tournament that helped him get over the hump. In similar fashion, for the full-time grinder ‘macqueen56’ it was his runner-up finish in the partypoker $10,000 GTD on Monday, November 6. A career-high score, in terms of PLB points, for ‘PSCPRODIGY’ helped him become one of four players to earn $1 million in lifetime earnings this week. ‘PSCPRODIGY’, Thailand’s #2-ranked player, soared past the $1 million mark with his win in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $58,039 and 529.15 PLB points. Joining him in earning the million milestone was Lithuania’s ‘shakalas’, Zimbabwe’s ‘Rakietman’ and ‘Pustota’ who plays out of Cheboksary, Russia. ’Jughead11’ enters Top 100, ‘josef_shvejk’ & ‘rolandbauer’ ascend in Top 20 Nine players made moves in the Top 100 Worldwide rankings, with Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse appearing for the first time. As the Canadian Lacasse approached $500,000 in lifetime earnings, his new entry into the Top 100 can be attributed to a string of cashes boosted by his second-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warmup in the last week of October, providing him over 373 PLB points and $34,940. Russia's‘josef_shvejk’ took another step towards the Top 10 as he moved from 16 to 15 in the rankings this week. Ranked #2 in all of Russia, his move up could likely be traced back to his first-place finish in the Hot $109 on PokerStars early in the week earning him over 205.18 PLB points in addition to the approximately $7,500. The most notable move of the week belongs to Austria’s ‘rolandbauer’ who leapt 18 spots from #30 right into the thick of the Top 20, landing at #12. Two big-time finishes in a 48 hours period not only gave him the boost he needed to get to the edge of the Top 10, but it also puts him on the precipice of $2 million in lifetime earnings. He took first place in partypoker’s Sunday Super High Roller for $55,809 and then, just days later, a second place finish in PokerStars Super Tuesday for another $41,988. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #105 to #97 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote dos Santos - #94 to #86 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #74 to 360 'tiarc' - #61 to #54 'kofi89' - #48 to #45 'papan9_p$' - #30 to #29 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha - #22 to #21 'josef_shvejk' - #16 to #15 'rolandbauer' - #30 to #12
  2. 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 Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet Flys By $9 Million Thanks to his headline-making run in the partypoker MILLIONS, old-school grinderJon 'apestyles’ Van Fleet not only surpassed the $9 million lifetime earninsg mark, he’s practically made it halfway to $10 million. His seven-figure victory in the mammoth online event, netting him $1,027,000 for first place, was the largest of his prestigious career - one that includes a WCOOP title, an FTOPS victory, and a PokerStars Sunday Millions final table. The win also jettisoned Van Fleet back deep into the top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings. Last week, Van Fleet was sitting just outside the top 100 bubble, ranked at #101, but now he sits at his current position of #36, due mostly to the enormous 2,266.05 PLB score that accompanied the MILLIONS win. His next challenge is the hike up the steep mountain to $10 million lifetime and he’s well on his way. Only six players have hit that mark to date and after his million dollar score, now only three players are closer to touching $10 million than Van Fleet. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ Tops $8 Million Hailing from the online powerhouse country of Sweden, ‘Ariados’ is the latest of the current crop of Swedes to pass a major milestone. The qualifying cash was his fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $20,588, helping him surpass $8 million in lifetime earnings as well as a six spot jump in the PocketFives Rankings, landing him at #20. To bookend his week, ‘Ariados’ also had a runner-up finish in the Hotter $215 for a second five-figure score in the week, bringing in an additional $13,226. Make It $4 Million for UK’s Billy ‘BillyChat’ Chattaway UK-based mid-stakes grinder Billy ‘BillyChat’ Chattaway clawed his way over the $4 million lifetime earnings mark helped by a pair of top three finishes while grinding on PokerStars. The first ws his runner-up finish in the Sunday $22 Double Deuce for over $14,000 and then he bowed out in third place during the Hot $215 for an additional $4,366. Also of note this week, Top 100 ranked Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse, Ottawa, Canada’s #1 ranked player, just passed the half million mark. Brazil’s ‘sitpro2011’ Win’s PokerStars Half-Price Sunday Million, Surges in Top 100 Perhaps it’s because the holidays are almost here but there was relatively few players making new career-high marks in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100. In fact only three players, hit new heights, the most notable is ‘sitpro2011’who, after winning the PokerStars Half Priced Sunday Million for $197,163 rocketed up the charts from #86 all the way to #31 due to the 1,377.43 PLB points that come with a major victory. Career High Rankings In Top 100 'sngwonder’ - #51 to #47 ’sitpro2011’ - #86 to #31 ’DamageAP’ - #19 to 17
  3. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' holds down the #1 spot yet again this week[/caption] It’s another week in the top spot for ‘C Darwin2’ but due to a week where the Swedish powerhouse put in very light volume his one-time seemingly insurmountable stranglehold on the PocketFives.com Rankings has been reduced to just 218.46 PLB points. And when the man chasing you down is the #2-ranked WCOOP Main Event Champion, Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, a lead of that size can evaporate at any time. Unlike ‘C Dawrin2’, van Zadelhoff has been on the grind, surging upwards in points, closing in on the 10,000 plateau with the help of scores like his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $15,000. The #3 and #4 spots remain the same from last week as well, with six-time Triple Crown winner ‘lena900’ and the #1-ranked Russian ‘josef_shvejk’ holding down their respective spots. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez pushed back into the top five thanks in part to a deep-ish run in the partypoker MILLIONS where he finished in 36th place for just over $25,000. Swapping places with Gonzalez is the #3-ranked Swedish player, ‘Sheater’ who just last week celebrated the massive milestone of crossing the $9 million lifetime earnings mark. Russian‘hellohellohello’ leaped back into the top 10 this week. The former #2-ranked grinder jumped 5 spots from last week thanks to a pair of top 3 qualifying finishes including an overall victory in the Sunday 500 on December 10 for over $30,000 and 406.82 PLB points. The #8-ranked Andreas ’r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren put in work this week, making the money no fewer than 28 times with five final tables. While fellow Swedish countryman, and the 5th member of the Swedish contingency to sit in the top 10, Johannes ‘Greenstone 25’ Korsar, climbed back into the #9 position, just three spots from his all-time high. Russian online destroyer‘veeea’ pushes his way back into the top 10. The former Worldwide #1 took down the PokerStars Daily 500 on December 12 for over $14,000 and a healthy 265.52 PLB score helping him surpass Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who falls outside of the Top 10 by a mere 18.11 points. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao’s decline continues as he also falls outside the Top 10 to the #12 spot. This obviously has little to do with his talent, which is unquestioned, and everything to do with a lack of online play for the better part of a month. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include major jumps from ‘DeathbyQuads’, who surged from the #25 spot up to #14, as well as Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellman, who went from #24 to #15. Also, re-entering the Top 25 is ‘Ariados’ who last week sat just outside at #26 and this week finds himself ranked #20. All three of these players hail from Sweden. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,118.961 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,900.502 3lena9008,727.483 4josef_shvejk7,632.144 5Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,416.055 6Sheater7,354.825 7hellohellohello7,339.4912 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,324.628 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,186.3310 10veeea7,133.9511 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,115.849 12Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,923.767 13Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,805.5513 14DeathbyQuads6,802.2925 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,785.5324 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8416 17DamageAP6,706.6122 18Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,604.1015 19Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,513.3721 20'Ariados'6,504.0026 21Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,474.0314 22rolandbauer6,473.5323 23nilsef6,444.4820 24Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,419.6217 25Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,402.4018
  4. [caption width="640"] 'josef_shvejk' mades major moves in the Worldwide Top 10[/caption] The best online players in the world are the best for a reason - typically they both play and crush the highest limits online poker has to offer and they do it with consistency. With the conclusion of the PokerStars High Rollers series, there was bound to be some shifting in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings as the top tier players battled for some of the largest prize pools of the year. Holding a commanding lead headed into the week, Swedish phenom ‘C Darwin2’ retains the #1 spot for an eighth week in a row, picking up another three qualifying scores including $14,491 in High Rollers Series Event #15 (177.17), a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $12,429 (187.77) and, on the same day, a victory in the High Roller Turbo for another $11,874 (223.61). While still trailing ‘C Darwin2’, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff gained some ground this week, thanks in part to his runner-up finish in Event #18 of the High Roller Series for a huge score of $89,818 and 517.39 PLB points. ‘lena900’ retains his spot in the #3 spot, but the new #4 spot belongs to the new #1-ranked Russian grinder ‘josef_shvejk’ who had been aggressively climbing the ranks over the past few weeks. During his heater he’s enjoyed another six qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by a pair of five-figure cashes on Sunday December 3 totaling over $53,000. Both ‘Sheater’ and‘SixthSenSe19’ held firm in their respective #5 and #6 spots while Brazil’s Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao lost some ground slipping from the #4 spot down to #7 due to zero volume in the past couple weeks. With ‘r4ndomr4gs’ holding pat at #8, the Top 10 welcomes back Hungary’s Andras ’probirs’ Nemeth. Last week, he bubbled the Top 10, but just days after his mammoth six-figure score in Event #6 of the High Roller Series he notched back to back qualifying cashes by winning the PokerStars KOmania High Roller for just over $3,500 as well as the Bigger $215 a day later for $15,588. The Top 10 is completed by Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsarwho slipped three spots back from #7 last week. Korsar is looking to gain more ground that he gives as last week he was on the precipice on matching his All-Time high ranking of #6. The largest leap into the Top 25 belongs to the #2-ranked Canadian, Christopher ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk who, after his runner-up finish in Event #15 of the High Rollers Series for $121,341, finds himself at a career-high ranking of #15. The only player to fall out of the Top 25 this week is Argentinan superstar ‘kofi89’ who slipped back two spots, landing just outside the bubble at #27. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,308.241 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,551.062 3lena9008,830.473 4josef_shvejk7,795.139 5Sheater7,522.995 6Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,464.566 7Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,419.254 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,384.508 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,264.82911 10Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,227.457 11veeea7,103.0410 12hellohellohello6,956.6116 13Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,868.2519 14Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,805.2412 15Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk6,803.2028 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,800.5315 17Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,776.5213 18Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,774.4624 19DamageAP6,770.4922 20nilsef6,729.7023 21Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,724.3921 22Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,714.1020 23rolandbauer6,701.3114 24Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,671.41318 25DeathbyQuads6,623.9717
  5. [caption id="attachment_617273" align="alignnone" width="848"] These are the five new players that shined brightest in 2017.[/caption] #5 - Dennys ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos Brazil’s Dennis ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos quickly rose through the ranks in 2017 and broke into the Worldwide Top 100, peaking at #83. Starting the year as a mostly low-to-mid stakes grinder, Ramos found his grind gaining traction when he binked a first-place score in the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Million in early July. The $24,423 payday was his second five-figure one of the year allowing him to increase his shot taking ability. That shot paid off in a career-high cash, when Ramos won partypoker’s Powerfest Event #110 for $75,000. Ramos then backed that up with his fourth five-figure cash earlier in December with a victory in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic, banking another $30,263 in a year that also saw him soar past the $500,000 lifetime earnings mark. #4 - Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone Argentina’s current #1-ranked player, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone had a fast start to 2017 when he final tabled PokerStars’ Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) Event #16 ($700 No Limit Hold’em Zoom), finishing in fourth for nearly $35,000 and backed that up with a third-place finish in TCOOP Event #65 ($700 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo) for another $65,979. After a string of four and five-figure scores throughout the year, Petrone outdid his previous largest cash by winning partypoker’s Powerfest Event #322 for a career-best $75,156.00 helping him skyrocket not just into the Worldwide Top 100, but peaking inside the Top 20 at #18. Having just surpassed $2.5 million in lifetime earnings, Petrone enters 2018 after a December heater that includes three outright victories and roughly $50,000 in cashes. #3 - ‘kofi89’ Another crusher from Argentina graces the Top 5 list as ‘kofi89’ tore thru the Worldwide Top 100 in a matter of weeks, peaking at #25. After taking fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up back in February, for over $21,000, ‘kofi89’ banked six-figures a month later with a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $106,984. His nearly 150 four-figure (or greater) cashes in 2017 helped push him past the $2 million lifetime earnings plateau. In the last half of 2017 the Argentinan ramped up his volume, moving from his early year mid-stakes grind to playing the largest tournaments the internet has to offer complete with making the final table of a WCOOP and outright winning a $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for another $23,354. #2 - ‘DamageAP’ After updating his screen names, the #1-ranked player out of the Philippines, ‘DamageAP’ made one of the largest leaps of the year into the Worldwide Top 100 when he jumped from #102 to #20. Since that time, he’s been grinding away, inching upwards where he currently sits as the #17 ranked player in the world. A regular in the largest online tournaments, ‘DamageAP’ recorded the first of his 10 five-figure cashes of the year with a fourth-place finish in the partypoker Powerfest Event #220 Main Event for over $72,000. His standout victory of 2017, however, was when he defeated a field of 5,897 players to take down the October 29 PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high score of $159,240. The score helped him topple $2.5 million in lifetime earnings and will like see him exceed $3 million in 2018. #1 - ‘josef_shvejk’ It’s no easy feat to be ranked in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100, let alone the Top 10. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’put in the time and volume, producing the results, to not only find himself among the elite players in 2017, but overtaking Russian powerhouse ‘veeea’ as the #1-ranked Russian and completely distrupt the landscape of the Worldwide Top 10. The high-volume grinder started the year playing mostly mid-stakes but by year’s end was seemingly routinely taking down high profile tournaments for five-figure scores and heaps of PLB points. While he had been racking up four-figure cashes, the first of his major hauls can be traced back to a runner-up finish in one of PokerStars’ Super Tuesday tournaments back in July for over $40,000. He backed that up with a victory in the Big $109 in the same month for another $21,889. In September he went on a heater, the highlights of which include a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic for over $25,000 as well as a pair of partypoker Powerfest victories, one in Event #253 the High Roller for $49,862. By the end of the year, he racked up an additional eight five-figure scores for over $213,000 and finished as the #4-ranked player in the world with over $1.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  6. 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 With the holidays upon us, many online players fall into two different camps: one side takes a break to enjoy the end of the year with family and friends, while another takes the abundant amount of free time to double down on the grind. This week, as we head into the final week of the year, we have a conspicuous lack of major, big money milestones but still, for a few, congratulations are in order for hitting new highs in their careers. ’doke’ & ‘rafitia’ Claim Triple Crowns A PocketFives Triple Crown is no easy feat. Longtime readers know the criteria: a victory in three different events, on three different networks with a minimum prize pool of $10K and a minimum of 100 entrants. In fact, the last Triple Crown to be won prior to this week was Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman’s record-setting 26th Triple Crown in the last week of October. In total, only 21 different PocketFives.com members have achieved this feat in 2017. This week we celebrate a pair, as Ireland’s Dara ‘doke’ O’Kearney as well Brazil’s Rafael ‘rafitia’ Freitas both earned themselves one of the prestigious prizes. O’ Kearney, the #1-ranked player in Ireland, took two days to notch his three victories. Taking first place in the PokerStars Big $11, 888poker’s $10,000 Deepstack Swordfish and iPoker’s €10,000 Championship for a combined total of over $10,000. Additionally, for good measure, O’Kearney finished runner-up in the partypoker Counterpunch for an additional $2,160. Should he have won that would have been victories on four different networks in two days. Nevertheless, his heater was more than enough to land him his 7th Triple Crown. Freitas claimed his first career Triple Crown with victories in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, the partypoker CounterPunch and 888poker’s $30,000 Sunday Great EIGHT for nearly $12,000 in total scores. Like O’Kearney the heater didn’t end with the Triple Crown as Freitas took down a fourth tournament when he scored an additional $2,390 in the partypoker Middleweight: Big Brawl. The solid performances have helped Freitas position himself at #163 in the Worldwide rankings, a career high for him. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff Goes As High As He Can Go The biggest news in the Worldwide Top 100 rankings is the ascension of online poker sorcerer Steven ‘SvZff’ Zadelhoff to a career-high ranking of #1 in the world. The WCOOP Main Event Champion’s overtaking of Swedish legend ‘C Darwin2’ was part of a major shift in the Top 10, which saw eight of the ten spots change hands this week. Additionally, the Ukraine’s #3-ranked player ‘fNx_R’joins the Top 100 for the first time, stepping into the #99 spot. Career High Rankings In Top 100 ’fNx_R’ - #101 to #99 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #58 to #51 ’sitpro2011’ - #31 to #21 Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff - #2 to 1
  7. [caption id="attachment_617354" align="alignnone" width="640"] Three of the top 100 players in the world call Lithuania home.[/caption] The small North Eastern European country of Lithuania may be known around the world as being a former part of the Soviet Union or perhaps its deep love with the game of basketball. But when it comes to poker, Lithuania is known for producing one of the most notorious names in the game: Antanas Guoga, aka - Tony G. The blustering, belittling “G” has made a name for himself by goading poker players on television and dunking on them for well over a decade. But Tony G, LiAngelo and LaMelo aren’t the only ballers currently getting their game on in Lithuania. Some of the top-tier online poker professionals call this Baltic State their home. The current #1-ranked Lithuanian is ‘dartazzzz’. Sitting in the PocketFives.com Worldwide top 100 as the #47-ranked player, he’s amassed over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. A regular in the largest tournaments the online poker has to offer, ‘dartazzzz’ absolutely crushed in the month of December. He accumulated eight qualifying cashes, three five-figure scores and pulling in over $85,000 for the month. Right behind ‘dartazzzz’ in the #2 spot hovers ‘Gedis92’. Also in the Top 50 of the Worldwide rankings (#49), ‘Gedis92’ earned his very first PocketFives.com Triple Crown in March of 2017. In September of 2017, he made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest Championship Event ($3,222 No Limit Hold’em). The score brought him his highest PLB points of the current period, 399.83, as well as a career-high cash of $105,000. He’s roughly a quarter-million away from the $2 million lifetime earning milestone, so it’s incredibly likely that he’ll be gracing the Milestones column in 2018. The position of ‘Mikensonas’ mirrors ‘Gedis92’s quite a bit. The #3-ranked Lithuanian is only 2 spots behind ‘Gedis92’ in the Worldwide Rankings. He, too, recorded a Triple Crown in 2017 (September) and he’s also on the precipice of earning a major lifetime cash milestone, only $50,000 short of $1 million. The mid-high stakes grinder had a quick start to 2018, taking first place in the Winamax HighRoller on January 2 for just shy of $13,000. The #4 spot is occupied by ‘bebaimis777’. A former Worldwide top 20 player, ‘bebaimis777’ has amassed over $2.7 million over the course of his career. Whether or not he observes Christmas, the Lithuanian had plenty of reasons to celebrate this holiday as on December 25 alone he unwrapped 11 cashes for nearly $2,000. Since the New Year, he’s been putting in more volume, accumulating at least four four-figure scores in the first week of January. The top 5 is completed by the #1-ranked player our of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. ‘Kepalas89’ pulled off a victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff in late November 2017 for 334.22 PLB points and over $18,000. The PLB points for the win are the mid-stakes grinder's highest for the current period. ‘bagoch’, holding down the #6 spot, just soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on January 2. His second-place finish was worth $95,252.70. In mid-December ‘NoTilit’ took down the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars for $12,243.22 and 252.59 points. The PLB points were good enough to land him as the #7-ranked Lithuanian. ‘Merfinis’, currently ranked #8, touched a career-high ranking in the Worldwide Top 100 in 2017 when he reached #272. In 2018, the mid-stakes grinder will be focused on eclipsing $2 million in lifetime earnings, as he's currently a quarter-million shy of the mark. In September of 2017, ‘AIGiNho’ claimed a partypoker Powerfest championship when he took down Event #10 ($500K Gtd 2 Day Event) for a career-high score of over $82,000. The 530.33 PLB points that came along with it helped elevate him to the #9 rank in Lithuania. Rounding it all out is the #10-ranked player, ‘parukas’. While not an everyday grinder, ‘parukas’ has earned over $300,000 in his online career. Lithuania Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 dartazzzz 5,610.92 2 Gedis92 5,539.55 3 Mikensonas 5,370.67 4 bebaimis777 4,186.68 5 Kepalas89 3,796.83 6 bagoch 3,738.19 7 NoTilit 3520.17 8 Merfinis 3,479.00 9 AlGiNho 3,479.00 10 parukas 3,406.00
  8. 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 Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak Makes It $7 Million Former Worldwide #2-ranked player Steve ‘Illini213’ Barshak used the last week of the calendar year to work his way up over the $7 million lifetime earnings mark. A pair of four-figure cashes on partypoker helped put the longtime grinder within reach of the massive sum. He scored $2,500 for a runner-up finish in the Title Fight on December 26 and the very next day finished in the same position in the Big Brawl Warm Up for another $2,024. Barshak, a former WCOOP winner, had quite the December accumulating 14 four-figure cashes in total as a part of over $43,000 in earnings. Barshak, who hails from Illinois but plays out of Costa Rica, is currently ranked #143 in the PocketFives Worldwide rankings. Major Victory Pushes Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias Over $6 Million After outlasting a tough field of 662 runners in the PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament on December 27, Brazil’s Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias raced past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark. The first place payout of over $72,000 gave him the post-holiday push he needed to get the job done before the end of the year. The score was the second five-figure cash of the month for Dias as he also banked $21,948 during the PokerStars High Rollers Series in Event #19. Two For $3 Million Malta’s #2-ranked player, Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede and Brazil’s ‘fred_volpe’ both celebrated surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark this week. de Goede made the final table during the partypoker $100K Gtd High Roller for a $2,255 score that both put him both over the milestone as well as helped him to knock on the door of entering the Worldwide Top 100, as he currently ranked #106. ‘fred_volpe’, who was the previous holder of the #106-ranking player on PocketFives, now currently sits in the Top 100 at #68. That rankings leap, as well as his money milestone, was thanks to his first place finish in the PokerStars $50 No Limit Hold’em on December 27. Outlasting a field of 4865 runners, ‘fred_volpe’ turned his $50 into $39,215 and 572.36 PLB points, while not a career high cash it was a career-high points score. Other notable career-high earnings include the Austria’s #1-ranked player ‘rolandbauer’ as well as Russia’s ’papan9_p$’ topping $2 million lifetime. Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett Swings Into Top 100 Unlike past two weeks, this week there are plenty of players who spent the last week of year climbing to career highs in the PocketFives Top 100. One of those players is Chile’s Javier ‘Ofbravetight’ Swett who not only made his debut in the Top 100 this week at #86, but jumped 68 spots to do so with the help of a trio of qualifying cashes including a victory on PokerStars for early $39,000. Also of special note is the career-high ranking of ‘papan9_p$’ who clawed his way up one spot to #28 in the same week that he, as we just mentioned, eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 oddsbaek - #105 to #98 fNx_R - #99 to #92 untaktik - #91 to #85 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #88 to #87 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #154 to #86 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - #54 to #53 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #51 to #45 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #41 to #34 papan9_p$ - #29 to #28
  9. It should be no surprise that Sweden’s #1-ranked player is also, still, the #1-ranked player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ may have slipped a little in the PLB points, but still holds a commanding point lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to remain the only #1 player that 2018 has known. It was a low volume week for ‘C Darwin2’ as the superstar only recorded nine total cashes, none of which qualified to add to his PLB point total. With aging results being a factor, ‘C Darwin2’ slipped back to under 11,000 total points, currently sitting with 10,665. Still, the total is more than enough to fend off any would-be challengers to his current run as #1 as he has an over 1300 point buffer between himself and van Zadelhoff. For his part, van Zadelhoff has even fewer results than ‘C Darwin2’ as the Malta pro seemingly didn’t even click open an online poker client this week having not recorded a result since January 11. This leaves the door open for Sweden’s ‘lena900’ to make his move up the ladder. ‘lena900’ has been holding down the #3 spot for weeks now. He was never in too much danger of slipping down the leaderboard and there has been a persistent gap keeping him from catching van Zadelhoff. This week, with van Zadelhoff’s absence, ‘lena900’ gained some ground when he took third place in the partypoker Super High Roller for $20,891 and over 200 PLB points. The chasm is now just under 800 points, which is still significant but not insurmountable should a gifted player like ‘lena900’ have a week like Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth had two weeks ago. ‘Hungary’s Nemeth rocketed eight spots two weeks ago from #12 to #4 and this week he held his ground. Continuing to add on to his recent bout of run good, Nemeth scored a pair of qualifying cashes on January 14. The first was a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,717 and then he scored another second place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller for an additional $33,430. With there being no shifts in the top 4, Swedish countrymen Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren (#5) and ‘Sheater’ (#6) once again climb up a spot in tandem. Both former #1-ranked players rise one rung in the top 10 this week. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’ falls into the #7 ranking while Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford makes yet another push into the top 10, ascending to the #8 spot. Beresford scored three qualifying cashes this week, two of which were outright victories. The UK pro took down the bwin.com Eliminator Warm Up for $5,540 and days later followed it up with a victory in the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $8,286. Russian countrymen ‘hellohellohello’ (#9) and ‘veeea’ (#10) complete the top 10. Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone made the largest leap of the week jumping from #25 to #13, an all-time high ranking for him. The move comes thanks to a trio of qualifying cashes, topped by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-max for nearly $15,000 and over 232 PLB points. This week also saw some notable names rejoining the ranks of the top 25 as Brazil’s Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#22), Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (#24) and Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky (#25) all rose in the rankings this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,655.00 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,298.63 2 3 lena900 8,511.03 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,849.69 4 5 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,585.84 6 6 Sheater 7,522.10 7 7 josef_shvejk 7,439.45 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,198.72 11 9 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 10 veeea 7,068.34 9 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,010.72 12 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,975.32 10 13 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,848.07 25 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,782.50 13 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,746.28 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,719.47 14 17 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,719.28 19 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,705.66 17 19 sitpro2011 6,696.52 21 20 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 18 21 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,569.26 20 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 27 23 DeathbyQuads 6,465.95 16 24 inhoo 6,463.94 32 25 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,442.82 33

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