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  1. PocketFives.com, the leading online poker community, has added their second high profile hire in the last three months, naming Lance Bradley as President and Editor in Chief. Bradley will oversee business development and bring his wealth of experience in developing quality poker content to the company. While continuing to provide the best coverage of the world of online poker under Bradley, PocketFives will have a more well-rounded approach to covering poker and will expand to include regular longform features, player profiles and podcasts. "Lance is passionate about poker and he's passionate about content - it's a perfect fit for PocketFives as we look to expand our audience," said PocketFives co-founder Adam Small. "With over ten years of working in the poker industry, Lance brings with him the respect of his peers." Bradley joins PocketFives after nearly eight years with BLUFF Media where he was Vice President of Content and Editor in Chief. During his time there, Bradley gained the respect of the poker community by producing top quality content, both online and in print. "The passion that PocketFivers have for the game of poker is really special and I hope we can cover the players and the game in a way that honors that," said Bradley. "Adam was the first person I heard from after BLUFF closed and after talking to him once, I knew it was where i was going to end up." One of poker's most respected journalists, Bradley has covered the poker world since 2006 and joined BLUFF in 2008. Prior to that he worked with Bodogfor five years including 2.5 years as Poker Room Manager, giving him a unique understanding of the business side of the game. Longtime PocketFives editor Dan Cypra will continue his role with the company and serve as Managing Editor, reporting directly to Bradley.
  2. A few scant hours are all that's left of 2015. As the countdown to 2016 begins, many of you will spend time reminiscing about 2015 and making big plans for 2016. The last 12 months in the poker world have produced controversy, countless victories, feuds, and even some tragedy. While these might not be the most important stories of the year, here's a look at the ten most-read stories of 2015 on PocketFives.com. 10. Nevada Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Could Have Limited Tournament Backing Poker players backing other players in tournaments is pretty common, even if it's not reported all that often, but in early January, the Nevada State Senate almost made it illegal to buy a piece of another player. The bill, which was amended to only apply to sports betting, eventually passed, but not before putting a scare into players who piece themselves out to the play WSOP events. STORY: WSOP Staking Could Be in Danger 9. Lex Veldhuis Said, "What About Antonio Esfandiari?" Feuds in the poker world are fairly common - even predictable - but in early January Lex Veldhuis introduced poker fans to a new feud that seemed to come out of nowhere. Appearing on Joe Ingram's 'Poker Life Podcast', Veldhuis somehow started talking about Antonio Esfandiari and let Ingram know exactly how he felt about the former Big One for One Drop champion, calling him "worthless" and relaying a story about their first interaction. STORY: Lex Veldhuis: Antonio Esfandiari is "Worthless" 8. Twitch Audience Gets an Unexpected Surprise One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the emergence of Twitch as a streaming platform for poker players and tournaments. While Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples were building big audiences with their poker play and personalities, Casey ' bigdogpckt5s' Jarzabek found himself in the headlines for leaving his stream running during some "personal time." STORY: bigdogpckt5s Banned from Twitch After Mistakenly Streaming Porn 7. Ivan Demidov Claims His Backer Never Paid Him His WSOP Winnings When Ivan Demidov finished runner-up to Peter Eastgate in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, he won what should have been life-changing money. Instead of walking away $5.8 million richer, however, Demidov never saw a cent. Or so he claims. In an interview with ALL IN, Demidov casually mentioned that his backer never paid him his share of the winnings. STORY: Ivan Demidov on 2008 WSOP Main Event Cash: "My Backer Did Not Pay Me" 6. Aria Poker Room Theft Investigation Leads to Staff Changes Poker room management and dealers found themselves unemployed following reports of widespread theft at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas. While the matter never went the legal route, Aria management spoke to numerous employees and concluded that changes needed to be made. STORY: Report: Theft Results in Major Shakeup at Aria Poker Room 5. The Merge Poker Network Struggles to Make Payouts Since Black Friday, poker players in the United States have had limited options for playing online poker. One company that was still accepting U.S. players was the Merge Gaming network. Unfortunately, the company struggled to pay players throughout 2015, as was first reported by PocketFives in April. STORY: Poker Players Troubled by Merge Gaming Withdrawal Issues 4. Online Poker Loses a Legend Chad Batista was outspoken and many would consider him brash, but to deny that he was a talented poker player would be a massive mistake. In August, Batista passed away following what was described as a period of declining health. After his passing, a number of poker players took to Twitter to offer their condolences and own stories about Batista, the person. STORY: Chad Batista (M8kingmoves) Passes Away 3. Bank of America Won't Do Business with Poker's Biggest Winner Daniel Negreanu is a wealthy man. Between his poker winnings (he is the all-time leading in money earned from tournaments), his PokerStars endorsement contract, and other marketing opportunities he has, Negreanu does just fine. That's not good enough for the Bank of America though. In late December, Negreanu had his bank accounts closed by Bank of America as part of 'Operation Chokepoint'. STORY: Bank of America Closes Daniel Negreanu's Bank Accounts 2. In the Midst of WSOP Success, Brian Hastings Called Out for Multi-Accounting on PokerStars In many ways, Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings had a year to remember. He cashed seven times at the 2015 WSOP, including two bracelet wins, and found himself in contention for WSOP Player of the Year. There was a dark cloud, however, as David 'Bakes' Baker brought to light some accusations that Hastings had played on PokerStars under an account other than his own during a deep SCOOP run. STORY: Allegations of Brian Hastings Multi-Accounting Surface 1. PokerStars VIP Changes Lead to Player Boycott Things at PokerStars have been, for the lack of a better word, different since Amaya acquired the site in mid-2014. Small changes here and there were met with mild disdain from players, but things got heated in November when the company announced it was essentially axing the SuperNova Elite VIP program for 2016 - even if players had done enough in 2015 to qualify. The changes got players fired up enough to organize a protest aimed at the company's bottom line. STORY: Players Organizing Boycott of PokerStars from December 1 to 3
  3. The next two weekends of online poker already promise to be some of the biggest of the year with the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and partypoker Powerfest offering million dollar guarantees. PocketFives has found a way to make it even bigger - $50,000 bigger. Any PocketFives member who final tables both of the selected tournaments, one on partypoker and one on PokerStars on the same day, on either May 14, 2017 or May 21, 2017, wins an additional $50,000 US from PocketFives. Players must make both final tables on the same day to win the $50,000. "We wanted to find a way to celebrate an amazing couple of weekends of online poker," said Lance Bradley, President and Editor in Chief of PocketFives.com. "We'd love nothing more than to write a check for $50,000 to one, or even two, of our members." The events chosen have buy-ins ranging from $109 to $215 with both sites offering a wide array of qualifying options, making nearly every online poker player eligible for the $50,000 bonus. To be eligible for the $50,000, players must have a PocketFives account with both PokerStars and partypoker screennames listed before the start of tournaments each Sunday. If you're not already a PocketFives member, you can sign-up for free right now and be eligible for the $50,000 bonus. If you are a PocketFives member, be sure to login and ensure your PokerStars and partypoker screennames are listed. To add a new screenname click here. The eligible events are as follows: Sunday, May 14 PokerStars SCOOP Event #31 (Medium) - Sunday Million Special Edition: $215 buy-in / $1,000,000 guaranteed partypoker Powerfest Event #152 - $215 buy-in / $1,000,000 guaranteed Sunday, May 21 PokerStars SCOOP Event #55 (Low) - SCOOP Main Event - $109 buy-in / $1,500,000 guaranteed partypoker Powerfest Event #293 - Powerfest Main Event - $215 buy-in / $1,000,000 guaranteed If you do not already have an account on both sites, sign-up now and get in on the action. Sign-up for partypoker here. Sign-up for PokerStars here. In the event that two players final table both events on the same Sunday, the $50,000 bonus will go to the player who earns the most combined cash in those two events. Should two different players pull off the feat on May 14 and May 21, both players will receive $50,000.
  4. [caption width="640"] Mark 'wsopfreezer' Johns jumped three spots to take the top spot of the Nevada Online Poker Rankings[/caption] Mark 'wsopfreezer' Johns had a monster month of August to take over the top spot in the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. He leapfrogged Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn to claim the pole position from McLawhorn, who held it for the month of July. Johns crushed August to the tune of 43 cashes, with most of them being final table appearances and winning six of them. On the first day of the month, Johns cashed five times, all of which were final tables. He never looked back from there. His biggest cash of the month came from winning the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons for $2,190 on August 5. Overall, Johns cashed for over $10,000 in August, which brought his career earnings to $192,765 on WSOP.com alone. McLawhorn dropped one spot to second and Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman held the third spot for the second straight month. Steinman is a fixture on the leaderboard and August was just another example of why he's consistently at the top. Steinman cashed a massive 73 times with 10 wins. Unfortunately for Steinman, most of his deep runs and wins came in smaller buy-in events which carried less points. His biggest cash of the month was a fourth place finish in the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons on WSOP.com. He netted $562 for his finish and was four-handed with two other PocketFives members – ur_a_towel and Stimey661. ChaosTheory and David 'MastAAce08' Goodman each moved up a spot to round out the top half of the rankings, sitting fourth and fifth, respectively. Both ChaosTheory and Goodman put in most of his volume on Americas Cardroom. ChaosTheory won the $20,000 guaratneed Phat Big10 for $3,962, while Goodman's lone win came on WSOP.com. Goodman took down the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons for $1,657. Goodman's biggest cash was on another network, taking second in the $30,000 guaranteed Phat Big10 for $3,825. CloverSparklesFartShovels made one of the biggest jumps on the list. After making his debut in the rankings last month in ninth, he jumped up three spots to sixth. Like everybody else on the list, he had a solid month. He took down six tournaments on WSOP.com Daniel 'voff' Devau held the seventh position for the second straight month. He had four, four-figure cashes on WSOP.com, including two wins, but he was unable to move up in the rankings. Datdude dropped two spots to eighth and the two newcomers this month round out the top 10. James 'VintageATL' Piccolo and Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman move into the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Piccolo has a steady stream of cashes to his name, but picked up the volume in August and earned 32 cashes to push him into the top 10. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 1. wsopfreezer – 2,178.72 (+3) 2. bcm4924 – 2,102.73 (-1) 3. APokerJoker2 – 2,058.77 (-) 4. ChaosTheory – 2,013.44 (+1) 5. MastAAce08 – 1,929.46 (+1) 6. CloverSparklesFartShovels - (+3) 7. voff – 1,632.71 (-) 8. DatDude – 1,446.25 (-2) 9. VintageATL – 1,401.33 (NR) 10. JCHAK – 1,380.75 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – Sunesona, PaulDewald Just Missed – jonmon101 (11th), PaulDewald (12th), Power (13th)
  5. [caption width="640"] Bryan Paris is now just one of two players with million in lifetime online tournament earnings (PokerStars photo)[/caption] A few weeks ago, we told you that several players were fast approaching $10 million in online winnings; none more so than Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris, who led the pack in the race to join Chris 'moorman1' Moorman in that elusive club. After finishing second in a PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker event for $52K on January 22, Paris was only $50K away from reaching the goal. Just two weeks later, he did it. “It feels great,” Paris said. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be only one of two people who has accomplished something like this.” To get to this point, the grinder, Twitch streamer, father, husband, and poker coach believes it came down to a combination of “consistency and longevity”. “I was never the absolute best at any given time,” he said. “But I've maintained a spot close to the top throughout nearly a decade of sweeping changes to the online MTT landscape. “I liken it to the all-time hits record in baseball; you don't necessarily need the best batting average, but you have to show up to play consistently and put in a solid performance over a prolonged period.” Paris, whose biggest career cashes come from a fourth place finish in a 2013 World Championship of Online Poker $1K event for $111K and a Super Tuesday win in 2014 for $108K, realized he was creeping up on $10 million earlier this year, when he started his popular Twitch stream. “I was looking for things to put in my bio and saw that I was very close to overtaking second place in all-time cashes (p0cket00 at the time), which I managed to do in the first month of streaming. He re-took the lead after a Sunday Grand win during WCOOP, but I took it back in October and have maintained the #2 spot since.” The aforementioned TCOOP score was a big launchpad in Paris’ run-up to eight figures. “I got incredibly lucky down the stretch, as is required to win a big field hyper turbo. The biggest hand was beating AA with AK-off all-in pre. We only had about six big blinds each but that kick-started my hot run and a few minutes later I was making a deal three-handed. That was definitely some of the best luck I've had in a tournament, but if you play the Supersonic every week for years and years, you'll hit that streak at the right time eventually.” Another good streak has come since that tournament. Notching up $50K in a couple of weeks in no small feat; was it just business as usual or did he amp up the grind? “It was a little of both,” Paris says. “I have put in a lot more volume the past three weeks or so, but part of that was due to the combination of TCOOP, Super XL, and Powerfest going on. I definitely played a few extra high stakes buy-ins on top of what I normally would to hit the mark faster, but nothing too extreme.” Having moved from Canada to Amsterdam in 2013 with his wife, Paris spent two or three years traveling to European Poker Tour events and other big poker stops. But after the birth of his first son, Alexander, in July 2016, he decided to focus more on his online game - something he’s always looking to improve. “The renewed focus online has helped me become a stronger player,” he said. “I do frequent hand reviews with a couple of coaches, a high-stakes cash player and a high-stakes sit-and-go player. Getting these perspectives from outside the MTT realm has helped me round out my game quite a bit.” Paris believes that studying consistently is essential these days, particularly as there’s some tough competition out there. “The Swedes are killing it - Lena900, C Darwin2, Eisenhower1 etc. They’re very consistent and tough to play against. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard is also very good when he plays, but he's been focusing more on live and his stable management lately, thankfully.” Although his strategy lately has been to try and avoid those guys (by focusing “more on the mid-stakes weekday grind on non-Stars sites”), it’s impossible to avoid them entirely. But when you’ve got $10 million in earnings to your name, a little competition clearly doesn’t hurt. “I'll definitely keep playing online MTTs until someone tells me I can't anymore,” Paris said.
  6. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' continues to pile up results to improve his grasp on the #1 ranking.[/caption] It seems like there’s nothing that can shake Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ from his perch atop the PocketFives Rankings. For the fifth straight week, ‘C Darwin 2’ holds down the #1 spot after a week that saw him add over 450 PLB points to his total thanks to a pair of wins. Outlasting 46 other players in the partypoker $530 High Roller on November 4, ‘C Darwin2’ added $9,100 to his bankroll and 153.3 PLB points to his total. He followed that up on November 9 by taking down the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for $16,083 and 300.33 points. Those two wins helped increase his lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to 1,156.79 points, the biggest gap between any two places in the top 25. That gap would be much bigger had van Zadelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. On November 5, the Malta-based Dutchman picked up $8,173 and 169.63 points for his third place finish in the partypoker Middleweight. Four days later he added $3,118 and 97.18 points for finishing runner-up in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo. Changes inside of the top 10 were scarce this week. For the second straight week, ‘Sheater’ and ‘veeea’ traded the #5 and #6 spots. The only player to move into the top 10 this week was former #1-ranked ‘Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. He jumped from #14 to #9 after picked up a combined 451.83 points from a win in the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday and a runner-up in the partypoker High Roller. There was some re-shuffling in the rest of the top 25, but the only new name this belongs to the #1-ranked player in Austria. ‘rolandbauer’ picked up four qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by winning the partypoker Super High Roller for $55,809 and 484.77 points. He also finished runner-up in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $41,988 and 361.36 points. The #12 ranking marks a career high for ‘rolandbauer’. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week was Sweden's 'Ariados', who dropped from #9 all the way to #28. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,631.741 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,474.842 3lena9008,618.953 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,073.874 5Sheater7,332.796 6veeea7,330.605 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,294.937 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,034.328 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,013.1514 10Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,955.3310 11Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,950.8912 12rolandbauer6,915.5332 13Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,878.5416 14Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,821.2311 15josef_shvejk6,813.8920 16Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,808.5518 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,803.9019 18Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,706.0417 19Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,687.1213 20DeathbyQuads6,616.6315 21Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,552.7823 22nilsef6,527.6522 23Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,527.3624 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,501.2821 25NoPlanB6,461.2725
  7. [caption width="640"] Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn spends a fourth consecutive month at the top of the Nevada Rankings[/caption] With another dominant month, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn has officially spent one third of the 2017 atop the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. McLawhorn finished July atop the rankings and for the fourth consecutive month, McLawhorn holds down the top spot in the Silver State rankings. The top half of the leaderboard held steady for the most part. Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman spent another month in in second. McLawhorn and Hoffman put significant distance between themselves and the rest of the top half of the leaderboard. McLawhorn finished nearly 900 points ahead of ‘Power,’ who moved up one spot to third and Hoffman held just under a 700-point lead over him in his own right. McLawhorn’s July would have made DJ Khaled jealous, as all he did was win poker tournaments. McLawhorn finished took down seven events in July and what makes the feat even more impressive is that it looks as if he only played the first 17 days of the month. He won seven tournaments in 17 days. Hoffman had a solid month of his own, including a win in the Sunday Reloader on WSOP.com for $,614 and cashes in several WSOP.com Online Championship events. ‘Power’ and ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ swapped spots this month, finishing in third and fourth, respectively. ‘Power put in lots of volume in the early and middle portions of the month. He cashed in the $1,000 online bracelet event for $3,490 and finished runner-up for $6,174 in Event #107 of the Online Championships. After being a fixture in the top spot of the leaderboard in the latter half of 2016, ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ has seen his point total steadily drop throughout the recent months, which could be attributed to the WSOP taking place at the Rio. He didn’t race up a ton of scores in July, but he did have a runner-up finish in the Sunday Reloaded for $2,200, which was good for his biggest cash of the month. Ian ‘ApokerJoker2’ Steinman rounded out the top five for another month. He enjoyed an impressive summer at the WSOP on the live felt and ‘DatDude’ finished in sixth for the second consecutive month. Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato made his Nevada debut in the seventh spot and Paul ‘PaulDewald’ Dewald made his return to the rankings in the eighth spot. Didonato took down two events on WSOP.com and finished the month with over 13,000 in earnings for the month. Dewald had an impressive month of his own to make a return to the top 10. He won three events and netted over $21,000 in July. His biggest score came in one of the online bracelet events. He finished 29th in the $3,333 Big Grind for $7,613, which isn’t much of a score for that event, but he also earned $6,192 at the end of the month for a second place finish in The BIG Deal on WSOP.com for $6,192. Jarred ‘GodsBigToe’ Gabin dropped two spots and finished July in ninth, while ‘savannahh’ finished the list in 10th place for the second month in a row. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 bcm4924 – 2,626.41 (-) JCHAK – 2,420.99 (-) Power – 1,742.23 (+1) CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,598.00 (-1) APokerJoker2 – 1,583.73 (-) DatDude – 1,509.69 (-) Wolf_51 – 1,503.85 (NR) PaulDewald – 1,422.37 (NR) GodsBigToe – 1,391.51 (-2) savannahh – 1,375.20 (-) Dropped Out of the Top 10 – wsopfreezer, Butters, Just Missed Out – wsopfreezer (11th), Butters (12th), Jonblvze (13th)
  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 Sweden’s ‘lena900’ Crushes the $9 Million Mark The current #3-ranked player in the world, All-Star Swedish grinder ‘lena900’, surpassed the massive milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings by doing what he’s been doing for years - destroying tournaments and finding his way to top-three finishes. The push over $9 million happened when he picked up $7,859 for his third-place finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller: $530 PLO. Out of the thirteen final tables ‘lena900’ found himself at this week, he played his way into the top 3 seven times. Despite taking a few days off at the end of the week, ‘lena900’ brought in over $47,000 helping him get a jump start on his next conquest - the steep climb to the elite plateau of $9 million. Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey Tops $3 Million UK Top 10 ranked pro Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey marched over the $3 million lifetimes earnings mark this week thanks to his first-place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 for a nice score of $6,944. Carey, currently ranked #59 in the Worldwide Rankings, is approaching his previous all-time high mark (#55 back in 2016) in the Top 100 on the back of five four-figure cashes this week while putting in moderate volume. Joining Carey at the $3 million mark is ‘yrwthmelthr’who accomplished the feat during the same tournament that sent ‘lena900’ over $9 million, the PokerStars Omania High Roller: $530 PLO, when he finished in 12th place for $2,156. ’kofi89’ Continues to Elevate, Surpasses $2 Million If you’ve been paying attention to the Milestones column over the past few weeks you’ll recognize the Argentinan screenname of ‘kofi89’. The crusher has been climbing the ranks of the Worldwide Top 100, hitting new heights week in and week out, including this week. To go along with his new All-Time High ranking of #30, this week ‘kofi89’ sped past the $2 million lifetime earnings mark. ‘kofi89’, the top-ranked player in Argentina, scored $8,208 for his victory in the PokerStars $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic at the beginning of the week which was all he needed to hit his new mark. 'josef_shvejk' Disrupts the Top 10 Ten players made major moves to hit new All-Time Highs in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100 rankings this week including the #2-ranked Russian player in the world‘josef_shvejk’ who now joins his fellow countryman ‘veeea’ in the Top 10, jumping fives spots to #8. Two players make their debut in the Top 100 this week as Hungary’s ‘untaktik’ assumes the #98 rank and Brazil’s ‘sitpro2011’ takes over at #86. The aforementioned 'kofi89' made the largest leap of those obtaining new highs, jumping seven spots to #30, edging ever-closer to cracking the Top 20. Career High Rankings In Top 100 'untaktik' - #104 to #98 'aziz.mancha' - #96 to #94 'lofidream' - #98 to #93 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #93 to #91 'sitpro2011' - #-- to #86 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #56 to #51 'Mikensonas' - #41 to #36 'kofi89' - #37 to #30 ’DamageAP’ - #20 to #19 'josef_shvejk' - #13 to #8
  9. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' continues to do the work necessary to maintain the #1 ranking.[/caption] Events like PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and partypoker’s Powerfest are designed for grinders capable of putting long hours over a concentrated amount of time. It should shock absolutely nobody that the players who inhabit the top of the PocketFives Rankings have also enjoyed success over the past couple of very busy weeks in the online poker world. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’, who was #1 in the world when WCOOP began three weeks ago, continues to hold onto the top spot. In the last week he’s earned over 1,380 PLB points after winning the PokerStars Sunday Grand (PLO) for $39,638 and 449.44 points and then final-tabling and finishing eighth in the Powerfest Championship Event for $39,750/35.72. He then followed those up with a pair of runner up finishes. First in Powerfest Event #248 ($530 High Roller) and then in WCOOP Event #62 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) for $24,920/278.35 and $28,244/303.77 respectively. The biggest jump inside the top 25 this past week came from former #1-ranked Chris Hunichen. The Costa Rica resident took down WCOOP Event #40 High ($530 Six Max Five Card PLO) for $53,537 and 551.82 points. It was Hunichen’s first WCOOP victory. He also managed four other cashes, highlighted by a sixth place finish in the Powerfest Championship Event for $69,00/417.98. Swedish players continue to dominate the top of the rankings. Along with ‘C Darwin2’, there are four other Swedes in the top seven; ‘lena900’ (#2),Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs' Berggren (#5), Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo (#6), and ‘Sheater’ (#7). With ‘lena900’ returning to the #2 spot, that means that Russia’s ‘veeea’ dropped back down one spot to #3. Brazil’s Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved up two spots to #4 while Berggren and Ylitalo each dropped one spot. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin29,263.161 2lena9008,497.413 3veeea8,211.592 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,183.636 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,686.864 6Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,633.025 7Sheater7,271.668 8Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,177.9310 9Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,943.4111 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,896.187 11Ariados6,839.039 12DeathbyQuads6,802.8414 13Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,614.3338 14Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,612.7313 15Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,567.1429 16Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,564.4212 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,467.8915 18nilsef6,456.9816 19Apotheosis6,388.3519 20Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,282.9842 21Ludovich 'ludovi333' Geilich6,277.0722 22Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,268.5918 23Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,212.1620 24Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,170.9733 25Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell6,149.7717
  10. At this point, it might just take a miracle or two for somebody to unseat the Swedish players from the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Yet again, Swedish players fill every single spot in the top five and have seven of the top 10. ‘C Darwin2’ maintained the #1 ranking despite putting in only a single day of play over the last week. Taking advantage of the Sunday schedule, ‘C Darwin2’ actually cashed 12 times last Sunday but none were big enough to add to his PLB points total. His lead over the rest of the field is now 358.58 points. The rest of the top five also remained unchanged. ‘Lena900’ continues to hold down the #2 spot even though he also failed to record a single qualifying cash. The players ranked #3-#5, Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo, ‘Ariados’ and Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren all picked up small qualifying cashes but each stayed in the same position. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford did his best to crack the Swedish control of the top five. The #6-ranked player picked up $27,421 and 404.97 points for winning the $530 buy-in High Roller on partypoker on Sunday. He now sits just 53.88 points out of fifth spot. That big score also allowed Beresford to distance himself from another Swede that was hot on his tail. ‘DeathbyQuads’ stayed at #7 despite picking up two big wins on PokerStars for over 350 PLB points. Russia’s ‘veeea’ moved from #10 to #8 after picking up nearly 500 points on partypoker last Sunday alone. He now trails ‘DeathbyQuads’ by just 57.6 points. The final Swede in the top ten came it at #9. ‘Sheater’ won the 888poker Sunday Crocodile for $6,450 and 173.21 points. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth rejoined the top ten this week, moving up one spot from #11. On Sunday, Nemeth won the partypoker Super High Roller for $55,279/393.70 and finished third in the partypoker High Roller for $12,783/182.15. Falling out of the top ten this week was Brazil’s Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,345.051 2lena9007,986.472 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,621.123 4Ariados7,599.714 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,569.325 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,515.446 7DeathbyQuads7,053.217 8veeea6,995.6110 9Sheater6,895.748 10Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,880.9911
  11. [caption width="640"] For the sixth time in as many months, Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn is the #1 online player in Nevada.[/caption] For the sixth time in as many months, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn finished on top of the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. McLawhorn effectively took the whole month of August off but picked up his pace in September. During the month, McLawhorn won seven events on WSOP.com in September and is keeping up that run in October with two tournament wins already. Like he did at the end of August, Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman is in second place behind McLawhorn. Hoffman did not put in any online volume but did pick up two final table scores during the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Thunder Valley. ‘Power' stayed in third place position thanks to three wins and a few other podium finishes. That puts ‘Power’ less than $1,000 away from cracking the $200,000 barrier for career online tournament earnings. Making the leap from seventh to fourth is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who won two events and took second in two others to jump up past the competition. ‘CloverSparkelsFartShovels’ fell from fourth place to sixth but still managed to pick up a few podium finishes to make up for the lack of volume. On the rise from eighth to sixth is‘savannahh’ and coming in at #7 is former #1 in Nevada Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johns. Like most in the state, Johns did not put in a great amount of volume in September but finds himself up two spots in the rankings anyway. ‘APokerJoker2’ goes from #5 to #8 with only 10 cashes on the month, most of which came on WSOP.com. There are two newcomers to the rankings this month. Coming in at ninth place is Jonathan ‘Jonblvze’ Raber with Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau winding up at #10. The two players added multiple wins to their accounts and are in a good position to climb higher on the leaderboard in upcoming months. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 bcm4924 – 2,348.95 (-) JCHAK – 2,022.64 (-) Power – 1,852.46 (-) Wolf_51 – 1,532.75 (+3) CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,529.48 (-1) savannahh – 1,451.03 (+2) wsopfreezer – 1,435.260 (+2) APokerJoker2 – 1,403.32 (-3) Jonblvze – 1,393.89 (NR) voff – 1,363.97 (NR) Dropped Out of the Top 10 – PaulDewald, DatDude Just Missed Out – Butters (11th), PaulDewald (12th), RichardParker (13th)
  12. [caption width="640"] Make it five months in a row that Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn sits atop the Nevada Online Poker Rankins[/caption] It’s a new month and the summer is finally behind everybody, but the story is still the same for the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. There wasn’t any movement at all in the top half of the rankings and Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn finished atop the leaderboard for the fifth consecutive month. Over his stretch atop the rankings, McLawhorn was consistently dominant. So dominant, in fact, that he didn’t need a single cash throughout the entire month to keep a safe distance from the rest of the field and remain in the pole position. Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman didn’t put in much volume either, but still finished in second again and held a sizable lead over ‘Power,’ who finished in third and was the only player in the top five spots to put in a significant amount of volume. ‘Power’ cashed 17 times and won the $3,000 guaranteed nightly no-limit hold’em on WSOP.com for $999, but his biggest cash was his last of the month – a fifth place finish in the $30,000 guarantee The BIG Deal re-entry for $2,490. He had two other four-figure scores to further cement his solid month. ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ and Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman round out the top five in fourth and fifth place, respectively. ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ didn’t put in a ton of volume in August, but when he was grinding, he made it count. He won three tournaments, including the $10,000 guaranteed Sunday Reloader for $3,700. He won about $7,000 during the last month of summer. The two biggest movers in August came in the bottom half of the rankings. Paul ‘PaulDewald’ Dewald moved up two spots to sixth and ‘savannah’ jumped up two spots to eighth. Dewald followed suit with the majority of the players ahead of him in taking most of the month off, but ‘savannahh’ had a solid month to move up in the rankings. He won the $20,000 guaranteed Weekly Sunday for $5,905, which was the biggest score of any player in the rankings in August. Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato made his debut in the rankings last month and kept his spot in seventh after Augustn Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johns had a brief hiatus from the top 10, but returned to the leaderboard in August, finishing in ninth. Johns was one of the few who put in a lot of volume. He cashed a whopping 34 times and won four tournaments. The former top ranked player in the state won the $3,000 guarantee nightly no-limit hold’em with rebuys and add-ons for $2,007, which was his biggest cash of the month. The biggest drop in the rankings rounds out the top 10. ‘DatDude’ dropped three spots to finish August in the 10th spot. Jarred ‘GodsBigToe’ Gabin was the only player to drop out of the top 10 in August. He dropped two spots in July and continued his downward trend in August. With the action at the Rio finishing up at the end of July, it’s not a surprise to see a drop in volume in August. With fall upon Nevada, the volume from its to players should pick up in the final four months of the year. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 bcm4924 – 2,456.72 (-) JCHAK – 2,266.97 (-) Power – 1,824.99 (-) CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,620.06 (-) APokerJoker2 – 1,504.34 (-) PaulDewald – 1,467.26 (+2) Wolf_51 – 1,463.20 (-) savannah – 1,444.86 (+2) wsopfreezer – 1,406.56 (NR) DatDude – 1,403.01 (-3) Dropped Out of the Top 10 – GodsBigToe Just Missed Out – Butters (11th), Jonblvze (12th), GodsBigToe (13th)
  13. It seems that knocking ‘C Darwin2’ out of the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings might be impossible. After taking nearly two full weeks off of online play, ‘C Darwin2’ returned to the virtual felt this week and despite not recording a single qualifying cash, can still call himself the top-ranked player in the world. Sitting right behind him - 177.54 PLB points to be exact - is fellow Swede and former #1-ranked ‘lena900’. He too got back in action this week after being in Barcelona for the PokerStars Championship event but. just like ‘C Darwin2’, didn’t record any qualifying cashes. That wasn’t the case for Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo though. Ylitalo moved up from #5 to #3 after winning the PokerStars NLHE Sunday Grand and the PokerStars Omania Five Card PLO High Roller for a total of $38,848 and 569.44 points. He’s now just 208.31 points out of first. While Ylitalo moved back into the top three, the names in the top 10 remain identical to last week. Russia’s ‘veeea’ and Sweden’s Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren dropped one spot each to #4 and #5 respectively and Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and ‘DeathbyQuads’ swapped the #8 and #9 positions. The biggest mover in the Top 25 was Canada’s Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang. The top-ranked player in his country, Lang moved from #24 to #16 in the world after picking up five qualifying cashes for 898.37 points. Lang is now just 614.91 points out of the #10 spot - his previous highest ranking. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week was Latvian Dainis ‘ex6tence’ Budovskis. He dropped from #25 to #28. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmoreland took the #25 spot, up one spot from #26. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,889.941 2lena9007,712.402 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,504.095 4veeea7,475.473 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,240.364 6Ariados7,206.666 7Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,088.897 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,758.369 9DeathbyQuads6,753.258 10Sheater6,626.2210 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,416.0411 12Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,408.7114 13Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,311.7012 14Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,089.6915 15Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,078.8313 16Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,011.3124 17hellohellohello5,962.9417 18Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich-Jonsen5,937.7518 19Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen5,928.5520 20Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim5,858.0416 21Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic5,837.3019 22Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver5,806.6321 23Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez5,728.8422 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard5,634.9523 25Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmoreland5,603.1326
  14. [caption id="attachment_617305" align="alignnone" width="640"] Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman takes over as Nevada's new #1.[/caption] Nevada has a new #1. Two-time WSOP Circuit Winner Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman rises to the top spot after a month of racking up qualifying cashes while other top Nevadians took some time off. Hoffman, putting in time on WSOP.com, accumulated over $13,000 in earnings in December. His route to becoming the #1-ranked player in the Silver State was punctuated by a pair of victories, one for $3,700 in the $10,000 Gtd Sunday Reloader on December 18 and the second for $6,393 in the Tuesday Showdown on December 27. The latter score was good for 131.45 PLB points, his best for the current period. Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slipped to #2 this month. One look at his recent activity will tell you the story - he simply hasn’t been grinding tournaments as of late. His last qualifying cash was recorded back on October 30. Even with the ample time off, should Mitchell fire up the online tables again soon, he could catch Hoffman as he finds himself only 30.63 PLB points behind the leader. Last month ‘Power’ was sitting in 4th, looking to climb the rankings. This month he accomplished his goal as he takes over the #3 spot. ‘Power’ continues to put in volume, recording 52 cashes in the month of December. Nine of his cashes which contributed to his boost in PLB points, and overall he added $16,000 to his bankroll. Bobby ‘bcm4924 McLawhorne falls two spots to #4 for the same reasons as Mitchell - he’s seemingly taking a vacation from the grind. No recorded cashes in the past two months finds his PLB score deteriorating. We’ll have to wait and see if the former #1-ranked player in Nevada returns to the online tables anytime soon. The top five is completed by Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney who rises one spot due to his 91 recorded cashes in the month of December. There was no slowing down for the holidays as Kearney won nearly $1,500 on Christmas Day alone, making the final table in five out of his six cashes. His largest cash of the month came with his fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $20,000 Gtd Weekly Sunday for $1,416.91. Las Vegas’ ‘stuckonluck7’ is enjoying her highest ranking to date, making her debut in the top 10 at #6 thanks to nine qualifying cashes in December. Less than 10 PLB points behind her is Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato, who falls two spots to #7. ‘wsopfreezer’ finds himself in the #8 position. Despite putting in a healthy schedule and recording a win in the WSOP.com $3,000 Gtd Nightly on December 19 for $1,914.00, he's one spot removed from his position last month. Completing the top 10 are Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts (#9) and Daniel ‘voff’ Deveau (#10). Deveau took the first half of December off but has since returned and is putting up results at a rate that may see him make upward moves in January. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 2.073.41 2 JoeMomasNuts 2,042.78 3 Power 1990.99 4 bcm4924 1,845.82 5 Butters 1,774.42 6 stuckonluck7 1,725.55 7 Wolf_51r 1,717.38 8 wsopfreezerf 1,697.62 9 Roberts34 1607.16 10 voff 1,434.67
  15. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' finishes 2017 as the #1-ranked online player in the world.[/caption] Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff’s time in the top spot was short-lived as Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ ascended this week to, once again, claim the Worldwide #1-ranking to close out 2017. ‘C Darwin2’s sixth-place finish in a PokerStars $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event which brought him 270.88 PLB points and a $37,520 payday, in addition to aging scores, was the big difference maker this week. In fact, the Swede went on a post-holiday heater that had him best a 659 player field in a PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament to take home an additional $72,833. After celebrating his first time atop the rankings last week, van Zadelhoff retreats to the #2 spot. His total PLB score took a hit and now the top-tier pro finds himself 683.14 PLB points behind ‘C Darwin2’. As has become custom over the past month, the #3 and #4 spots have remained the same. Sweden’s ‘lena900' along with one of the rising superstars of 2017, Russia’s ‘josef_shevjk’, maintain their respective positions. As for ‘lena900’, he’s sitting comfortably in the #3 rank with an over 1000 PLB point buffer. ‘josef_shevjk’ on the other hand is going to have to make some moves if he wishes to remain in the Worldwide #4 spot (and as the #1-ranked Russian) due to the resurgence of fellow countryman ‘veeea’, who has catapulted back into the Worldwide Top 5. Russia’s ‘veeea’, a former #1-ranked player, found himself sliding down the leaderboard, losing his title as the #1-ranked Russian player and slipping out of the Top 10 in early December. However, in recent weeks, he’s been back on the grind and back on the climb, ascending into the #5 spot and trailing only 58.9 PLB points behind ‘josef_shevjk’. Despite a limited holiday schedule, ‘veeea’ managed a pair of qualifying cashes including a win in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for over $7,300. ‘hellohellohello’, the third of the three Russians in the Top 10, has held steady at #6 thanks to a trio of cashes on December 27 that, in total, brought him nearly $42,000 and over 562 qualifying PLB points. The rest of the name in the Top 10 remain the same, only their positions have changed. Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rose two spots to end the year at #7 while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren also jumped two spots to claim the #8 position. Berggren scored a pair of qualifying cashes, the largest of which, netted him over $16,000. Sweden’s 'Sheater' took the biggest step backward this week, falling four spots to #9 on light volume and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who celebrated $10 million in lifetime earnings in 2017, will finish the year rounding out the Top 10. Most of the positions in the Top 10 are particularly precarious headed into 2018. While #3 ranked ‘lena900’ has a 1000 PLB point lead over the #4 spot, there is only a 384.68 point difference between #4 and #10. That’s a gap that can be bridged by any of these high-level pros in any given week. For example, Berggren is a scant 10.54 points behind Gonzalez and ‘Sheater’ is only 71.58 points behind Berggren. Should anyone cool off or take a break there’s a number of grinders both inside and just outside the Top 10 who can work their way back into the hunt for #1. Other notable top 25 moves include Sweden’s Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen leap from #32 to the #14 spot and Argentinean pro ‘rayastar’ jumping four spots into the #25 spot. Germany’s #1-ranked pro 'nilsef', who touched a career-high ranking of #16 this year, falls out of the Top 25 this week as does Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 'C Darwin2' 10,208.41 2 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,525.27 1 3 lena900 8,498.45 3 4 josef_shvejk 7,476.64 4 5 'veeea' 7,417.74 7 6 hellohellohello 7,325.57 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez 7,239.74 9 8 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,229.20 10 9 'Sheater' 7,157.62 5 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,111.96 8 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 6,972.30 12 12 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 6,959.23 11 13 DeathbyQuads 6,797.80 16 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen 6,717.21 32 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,694.49 13 16 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,596.00 14 17 DamageAP 6,566.06 17 18 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,561.52 15 19 'Ariados' 6,465.25 19 20 rolandbauer 6,442.77 23 21 'sitpro2011' 6,406.83 21 22 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,377.97 24 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,353.98 18 24 Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk 6,340.57 20 25 rayastar 6,320.87 29
  16. UK's Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick Makes It $5 Million One of the most popular players in the UK, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, returned from an online poker hiatus to launch himself past the $5 million lifetime earning mark. Chidwick, currently #2 on England's All-Time Money list, according to Hendon Mob, took sixth in a $5,000 PokerStars High Roller for over $48,000. Prior to that, Chidwick had not recorded an online cash since September. Nowadays, Chidwick only jumps online to play when the largest series and tournaments are taking place. Otherwise, the high-stakes regular spends his time crushing live events as he is currently ranked #3 on the Global Poker Index. This past December he surpassed $10,000,000 in total live earnings and Chidwick's 2017 included 10 six-figure live cashes. 'NukeTheFish' & 'bagoch' Top $3 Million Lifetime Two more online poker mainstays surpassed the $3 million lifetime marker this week. Ireland's 'NukeTheFish' and Lithuania #4-ranked grinder 'bagoch' both earned enough to reach the new milestone. 'NukeTheFish' got the job done when he finished in 65th place in a $1,000 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,033 on January 2. Just one day prior, he put himself in position to hit the $3 million mark when he scored a victory in a $100 PokerStars tournament for $7,283. 'bagoch', one of Lithuania's top professionals, absolutely destroyed the milemarker when he earned $95,253 for a runner-up finish in a $1,000 PokerStars tournament on January 2. Other notable million dollar milestones include Sweden's 'Discoovery' who passed the $2 million mark and Germany's 'DaCus3' who has now earned a million dollars in his over 10-year career. Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett Earns First Triple Crown of 2018 The UK's Ben 'DoobieFish' Kett completed the first Triple Crown of 2018 on January 2 after besting 771 runners in a $25 PokerStars No Limit Hold'em tournament for $3,344. He combined that victory with his wins in the partypoker Counterpunch for $2,750 and the 888poker $20,000 Christmas Special for $6,192, to not only complete the trifecta but climb to over $800,000 in total lifetime career earnings. It's the first Triple Crown for the longtime grinder who, in the month leading up to his three victories, recorded roughly ninety-five cashes for a total of over $35,000. Kett currently sits ranked #872 Worldwide, and in the top 100 of players in the UK. Should he continue to rack up PLB points like he did when earning his Triple Crown, he could make a run at a career-high ranking in the new year. Damian 'pampa27' Salas jumps 50 spots and into the Top 100 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event seventh place finisher, Damian 'pampa27' Salas has himself a monster week at the online tables earning enough PLB points to not only breach the Worldwide top 100, but to debut at #52. The massive leap is all thanks to his first-place finish in the $5,000 PokerStars High Roller, the same one Steven Chidwick cashed in to surpass $5 million, for an online career-high $139,183 score. Pulling in nearly 800 PLB points also cemented Salas' position as the #1-ranked player in Columbia by roughly 2,500 points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 oddsbaek - #98 to #94 fNx_R - #92 to #84 untaktik - #85 to #83 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - #86 to #82 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #90 to #58 Damian 'pampa27' Salas - #102 to #52 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #45 to #31 drupalucker - #33 to #30 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #34 to #28 sitpro2011 - #21 to #19
  17. Just like that, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn is back on top. Nevada’s former #1 grinder retakes the Silver State throne after coming off an extended hiatus from the online grind. For months, at the end of 2017 and into 2018, McLawhorn was absent from the Nevada online poker scene, not having recorded a cash since early October. Well, he fired up his WSOP.com client and started crushing tournaments again. One may think “crushing” is hyperbole, but McLawhorn registered 12 cashes from January 14 through the end of the month. He final tabled 11 of them, won 6 of them outright and finished as the runner-up in 3 more. Here’s another way to look at his January run: of those tournaments he cashed, he was in for roughly $1800 in base buy-ins (not counting possible re-entry or rebuys). He cashed for just a breath under $39,000. Also, of his 12 cashes, 11 of them brought him qualified PLB points. Of course, it doesn’t tell a complete picture but it’s safe to say, McLawhorn is back and, apparently, he hasn’t missed a beat. Last month’s #1 ranked player, Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman slips to #2, but remains well within striking distance of McLawhorn. Hoffman took a couple weeks off in the middle of the month, presumably to travel to play the World Series of Poker Circuit events at Thunder Valley in California, but managed some significant online results as well. His online grind in January was topped with a win in the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown on January 10 for $5,702.07. He sits only 260 PLB points behind McLawhorn. Reno, Nevada’s ‘Power’ keeps the #3 spot locked up this month. He had a sporadic month in terms of volume, after putting in a massive grind in December of 2017, but managed to add a pair of qualifying cashes to his PLB total. ‘Power’ is on the verge of eclipsing a major milestone as he’s less than $5,000 away from achieving $250,000 in lifetime earnings. He’ll have to put in a little more volume should he wish to earn it this February. Rising four spots in the ranking to #4 is ‘wsopfreezer’. The Las Vegas grinder was doing what he does best to start the year, grinding. He recorded over 70 cashes in the month of January alone, 12 of which were good for qualifying PLB points. Five of his scores were for four-figures, the most notable being a podium finish in Tuesday Showdown on WSOP.com early in the month for over $2,900.00. If ‘wsopfreezer’ continues to push his output in comparison to those who currently rank above him, they won’t be ranking above him for long. Where’d Joe go? Nevada’s former #1 ranked player Joe ‘JoeMomasNuts’ Mitchell slides to #5 this month however, once again, it’s based on old results. The top-tier bracelet winner hasn’t been on the online tables since early November but should he wish to come back, there’s no doubt he’ll be able to pick up where he left off. Jason ‘Roberts34’ Roberts rose in the rankings to #6 this month. Despite light volume from Roberts he managed to pick up valuable PLB points in the few tournaments he did play. Building on a solid December, Roberts picked up $2,500 on January 1 with a runner-up performance in the WSOP.com Sunday Reloader for his largest score of 2018 so far. Slotted in the #7 rank for Nevada is Thomas ‘Butters’ Kearney. Down a couple spots from last month, the Las Vegas player had himself a very good month, recording a hefty 79 total cashes. Six of his scores qualified for PLB points, leaving him roughly 100 points away from his former #5 rankings. ‘stuckonluck7’ (#8) and Jake ‘Wolf_51’ Didonato (#9) both slipped two spots this month as well. ‘stuckonluck7’ put in light volume but she managed to bring in roughly $3,500 in earnings. Didonato only recorded five total results in all of January but he certainly made them count. All five qualified for PLB rankings with one being a victory and another a runner-up finish. Closing out the top 10 is ‘Sporksin’ who just surpassed $50,000 in lifetime online earnings on New Year’s Day when he took second place in the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Sunday for $3,400. He’s since surged into the Nevada top 10 and put together a string of 11 qualifying cashes thus far in 2018. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 bcm4924 2,282.36 2 JCHAK 2,021.55 3 Power 1,846.59 4 wsopfreezer 1,811.84 5 JoeMomasNuts 1,786.48 6 Roberts34 1,700.57 7 Butters 1,683.50 8 stuckonluck7 1,676.45 9 Wolf_51 1,574.22 10 Sporksin 1,570.73
  18. The penultimate day of 888poker’s XL Blizzard brought players out in full force to play some short-handed tournaments. Saturday held a trio of 6-Max tournaments with the promise of $75,000 in guarantees. As the online series winds down, these three contests were some of the last chances players had to warm-up and accumulate XL Blizzard Leaderboard points before the massive slate of events that coincide with the $1,000,000 Main Event on Sunday. Event #28 - $50,000 6-Max The top tournament of the day was the $50,000 6-Max which drew 298 players (with 151 rebuys) putting up the $160 buy-in and pushing the prize pool past the guarantee. The $67,350 prize pool ensured that at least two players would be adding five-figures to their bankrolls with the entire final table earning a minimum of over $2,500. The heads-up battle between a pair of PocketFivers went deep into the night as Sweden’s Alfred ‘Kzzon’ Karlsson and Darragh ‘CrackFiend15’ Curtin from New Zealand battled for the $14,817 first place prize. Karlsson held the chip lead from the get-go and, after a brief surrendering of the lead, ended up closing out the Kiwi. He added the over $14,000 to his over $750,000 in lifetime earnings. Currently the #108 ranked player in the world, he’s likely to see a jump in the rankings this week with the win and potentially surpass his career-best ranking of #103. For his part, Curtin, the #1-ranked player in all of New Zealand, settled for $10,338.22 for his runner-up finish. While he may be disappointed he didn’t take home the title, the five-figure cash will certainly be a welcome addition to his bankroll as his last five figure score came back in September of 2017 when he took fifth in PokerStars WCOOP Event #50 for over $13,000, which was the largest cash of his career. Canada’s ‘mixer_jr’ finished in third for $7,745.25, ‘DarkShrine’ from Ukraine finished in fourth for $5,388 and ‘ZDamian’ took fifth for $4,041. Wrapping up the final table was PocketFiver ’sewart777’ from Russia. The $2,694 cash marks his fourth in the money finish of the XL Blizzard series. Other notable finished in the 6-Max include: XL Blizzard Leaderboard leader ‘Ao1ing’ (18th), ‘Isildur1337x’ (aka ‘C_Darwin2’ - 20th) and XL Blizzard Event #18 Champion ‘LovePorn69’ (25th) Event #29 - $15,000 Mini 6-Max The Mini 6-Max did a great job of exceeding the guarantee with 678 (and their 292 rebuys) elevating the prize pool to $26,675. First place was won by Sweden’s ‘manne8080’ who cashed for $5,068.25 by winning out over ‘JacktheCpt’ during heads-up play. 'JacktheCpt’ from Romania ended up with $3,734.50 for his second-place finish. One of Belarus’ consistent grinders ‘RakDoll’ bowed out in third, cashing for $2,734.18. His consistent results throughout XL Blizzard has him sitting ranked #12 on the series Leaderboard. Russia’s ‘IMurtazin’, ‘KellerA’ from Germany and ‘tonikyalta’ from Ukraine also all made the final table , finishing fourth through sixth respectively. Event #30 - $10,000 Late 6-Max Once again, the last tournament to start was the first to finish. 259 players (with 81 rebuys) jumped into the $10,000 Late 6-Max to take one last shot at making some money for the day. The prize pool surpassed the guarantee by $7,000 and offered a first place prize of $3,910 for the $55 buy-in. Lithuania’s ‘yrkkk’ took down that top prize by beating Germany’s ‘DonMaxiQQ’ heads-up. For his runner-up finish, ‘DonMaxiQQ’ walked with $2,720. Five of the six final tablists, including ‘Moldvarpa’ (3rd), Germany’s ‘KellerA’ (4th) and ‘Laly139’ (5th) were awarded four-figures with only ‘toastmanQ’ having to settle for $697 for sixth place. A note that ’KellerA’, the fourth-place finisher in this one, ended up cashing in all three of the 6-max tournaments on Saturday making the final table of two of them. XL Blizzard Day 10 Winners # Event Winner Payout 28 $50,000 6-Max Kzzon $14,817 29 $15,000 Mini 6-Max manne8080 $5,068.25 30 $10,000 Late 6-Max yrkkk $3,910  
  19. Apostolis ‘apostolis20’ Bechrakis Hits $5 Million The #1 ranked player in all of Greece, Apostolis 'apostolis20' Bechrakis soared past $5 million in lifetime earnings this week. Bechrakis, who also is ranked #62 in the world (up from #75 last week), took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $19,769 to pass the major milestone. It was all part of a pretty big week for the Grecian grinder in which he cashed in total for over $44,000. Bechrakis has really been doubling down on his volume recently and, incredibly, made the money 22 times on January 21 alone. Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins Scores A Double Milestone Latvian online poker pro Guntis ‘lovefee’ Alaskans has two reasons to celebrate this week. First, he rocketed past $4 million in lifetime earnings when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $33,868. To go along with that, he went deep in a number big-time events and racked up four PLB qualifying cashes for over 900 PLB points helping him achieve a career-high ranking of #12 in the world. He is virtually knocking on the door of the worldwide top 10, sitting less than 40 points behind the current threshold to leap into elite company. $3 Million for Brazil’s ‘brunovolks’ Top 10 Brazilian player ‘brunovolks’ also passed a major money milestone when a final table appearance at the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff resulted in a cash of $7,262. The bankroll boost pushed him past the $3 million lifetime earnings marker and brought him over $10,000 in cashes for the week. Joining ‘brunovolks’ in hitting new highs were fellow Brazilian Luis ‘eduardogarla’ Garla and Germany’s ‘orgi’ both of whom officially made their first million in online earnings this week. Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hassen Continues His Rankings Rise Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson has been a staple in the Milestones column for weeks now, steadily grinding his way up the Worldwide Rankings ladder. This week he makes his debut in the top 25 at #23 after racking up nearly 500 PLB points for taking down the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $38,847. In fact, it was a busy week for players hitting new career-highs in the rankings. Ten players found themselves hitting new rankings heights including ‘rudinhos’ who makes his debut in the top 100, checking in at #99. 'rudinhos' jumped 14 spots this week by making the most of his opportunities. He only recorded seven cashes this week but four of the were qualifying cashes bringing him over 383 PLB points, good enough check in as a top 100 player. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 rudinhos - #113 to #99 Futti18 - #98 to #96 daltonhb - #86 to #71 neverfoldQ5 - #66 to #64 dulek - #84 to #61 untaktik - #63 to #54 nsmirnov - #53 to #48 Flat - #44 to #43 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #31 to #23 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins - #17 to #12
  20. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  21. Day Seven of 888poker’s championship series XL Blizzard is in the books and the action continues with another $60,000 of the $2.9 million overall guaranteed cash up for grabs in a trio of 8-max tournaments. Event #19 - $40,000 8-Max The $109 buy-in $40,000 8-Max was the marquee tournament of the day. With 426 players registering, and contributing 193 rebuys, the posted guarantee was crushed. The prize pool grew to $61,900 ensuring that at least one player on Wednesday was going to walk away with a five-figure score. Malta’s ‘PazzoRJ’ took home the XL Blizzard title and the top prize of the day after defeating PocketFiver Bernardo ’bsdias’ Dias heads-up for the $11,761 score. That’s quite a feat for ‘PazzoRJ’, as Dias is a former worldwide #2-ranked grinder from Brazil with over $6 million in lifetime earnings. Diaz collected $8,666 for his runner-up efforts. Just another score for a top-tier online pro who has multiple five-figure scores already in 2018. Dias wasn’t the only PocketFiver to make the Event #19 final table. Phil ‘Philgreen111’ Green from the UK collected his first four-figure score since April 2017 when the veteran poker player worked his way to fifth place for $3,095. Rounding out the 8 player finale was Russia’s #27-ranked player ‘pokanuktus’ who hit the rail in eighth for $1,238. Plenty of notable players found their way into the money in this one including: ‘GSWarrior30’ (32nd), Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (26th), Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski (16th), ’progree69’ (13th), ‘Iamtrying’ (12th) and ‘gifuhorna’ who just missed out on the final table by finishing in ninth. Event #20 - $10,000 Mini 8-Max The $10,000 Mini 8-Max was the most popular tournament of the day thanks in part to its accessible $12 buy-in. The $10,000 guarantee was more than doubled as 1,325 players (and 695 rebuys) helped create the $22,018 prize pool. No one benefitted from the inflated prize pool more than the UK’s ‘JohnJones34’. He was able to turn his $12 (or perhaps $24) into a major multiple by collecting the $3,963.24 first place prize. PocketFiver Joao ‘Jpvasc’ Vasconcelos from Brazil didn’t fare too badly either. His runner-up finish was good for $2,862.34, the largest recorded online cash of his career. Five players in Event #20 were fortunate enough to turn their lunch money into four-figure scores. Event #21 - $10,000 Late 8-Max The late offering, the $30 buy-in $10,000 Late 8-Max wrapped up in just over six hours as 520 players (and 172 rebuys) once again exceeded the posted guarantee, this time by $9,030. ‘CR1TCHZ’ from Austria booked the first place win for $3,596.67 by defeating the UK’s ‘warhungry90’, who logged off with $2,635.65 added to his account. A pair of PocketFivers sat this final table with Serbia’s ‘Vlada2108’ finishing in fourth for $1,427.25, his fourth four-figure score in the month of January. In sixth place was Sweden’s ‘DefiMensuel’ who won $333.02, which he can add to his over $1 million in lifetime earnings. XL Blizzard Day 7 Winners # Event Winner Payout 19 $40,000 8-Max PazzoRJ $11,761.00 20 $10,000 Mini 8-Max JohnJones34 $3,963.24 21 $10,000 Late 8-Max CR1TCHZ $3,596.67
  22. 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. ‘telks’ Makes $9 Million It’s another major milestone for longtime PocketFives player ‘telks’. He becomes just the 15th person to surpass $9 million in lifetime earnings, joining an elite group of grinders that mark themselves as some of the best players of all time. The big moment happened when he finished in the top 50 of the PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,654. Also adding to his lifetime total this week was his first-place finish in the partypoker Monday Main Event for $11,305. A former #1 ranked player in the world, ‘telks’ currently sits ranked at #53. His impressive resume includes a PocketFives Triple Crown as well as over $1.2 million in live earnings. He's earned victories in side events at the PokerStars PCA, European Poker Tour and the Punta Cana Poker Classic. Next up for the Missouri native is the long march to $10 million to join the likes of Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Nicholas ‘PKaiser’ Fierro and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. World’s #1 Tops $8 Million ‘C Darwin2’ gets twice the coverage this week. Once again, the Swede topped the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings - as he has for every week thus far in 2018 - and he also flew past the $8 million lifetime earnings threshold. Officially he hit the target in his final table finish in the partypoker High Roller on February 20 where he picked up $2,195 for his efforts. Aside from that, he had a massive week earning over $92,000 in total with three five-figure cashes. This included a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $21,119, a victory in the 888poker Volcano for over $17,000 and a final table finish in Event #22 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for an additional $24,123. $4 Million For ‘fviana’ Brazil’s Fernando ‘fviana’ Viana da Costa topped the $4 million lifetime earnings mark this week. He was on the grind all week which included a runner-up finish for $12,424 in the $215 Fat Thursday on PokerStars to help him make it happen. da Costa, a mid-stakes MTT specialist from the city of Aruja, is currently ranked #62 in all of Brazil. Joining da Costa in celebrating million dollar markers this week are Zimbabwe’s ‘Rakietman’, ‘nareee’ from Brazil, ‘etxnl01’ from the Netherlands and the #26 ranked player in the world, ’sitpro2011’ from Brazil all of whom passed $1 million in earnings. Making Moves In the Top 25 There were ten players this week who earned career-high rankings within the top 100, four of which occurred in the top 25. Uruguay’s ‘kofi89’, binked a major six-figure score which propelled him to the #13 spot while Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone stepped up one rung to #7. Petrone is in position, with a solid week, to potentially crack the top 5. Estonia’s Aleksei ‘LeshiyAS’ Smirnov broke through to the top 100 for the first time in his career thanks to a victory in the Winamax High Roller for over $10,000 and 195.65 PLB points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 LeshiyAS - #113 to #99 mzzl83 - #96 to #94 MATTHOLVIK - #97 to #90 Storimos - #82 to #77 OempaLoempah - #78 to #75 dennysramos2 - #83 to #61 proudflop - #24 to 20 Flat - #23 to #18 kofi89 - #31 to #13 rayastar - #8 to #7
  23. When it comes to online poker, there’s no doubt about it: Russia is a superpower. While there’s plenty of popular players that call Russia home, includingVitaly Lunkin, Max Altergott and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov - Russia is churning out online players that are dominating the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 100. Russia claims 12 of the top 100 online players in the world, tied with the United Kingdom and Sweden for first in that stat. Russia also currently sits in the #2 spot, right behind Sweden, in the PocketFives Country Rankings. Having spent the last four weeks as the #5 ranked player in the world, ‘hellohellohello’ sits on top of the Russian rankings. A regular crusher at the high stakes that the online poker world has to offer, ‘hellohellohello’ regularly binks five-figure scores. He did just that in the partypoker $200K Super High Roller on February 18 for just over $50,000. He’s also no stranger to six-figure paydays, such as when he won Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for $101,912 and a massive 728.01 PLB score. He followed that up with a near career-high cash in January of 2018 for $103,380 in the partypoker Powerfest series. He has over $5.8 million in lifetime career earnings and with his talent and high volume schedule, is likely to eclipse $6 million any week now. In the #2 spot is ‘josef_shvejk’, one of the breakout stars of 2017. Having touched as high as #4 in the worldwide rankings earlier in 2018, the #14 ranked ‘josef_shvejk’ rocketed up the rankings thanks to big scores like his first-place finish in the $1,050 PokerStars Super Tuesday for 500 PLB points and $48,687 in November of 2018. He’s a high volume grinder, constantly ranking up cashes, including 5 five-figure scores in the calendar year so far. 30-year old professional from Moscow, ‘NoPlanB’ checks in at #3. He racked up his highest PLB score of the current year when he took down a $519 PokerStars No Limit Hold’em tournament at the end of 2017 for $42,463. Ever since he’s been on a heater accumulating enough PLB points to place him back in the top 25. Even though he plays a moderate schedule he’s cashed for over $73,000 so far in February alone. ‘Flat’ is ranked #4 in Russia and #23 in the world. He is currently at a career-high ranking and less than $200,000 away from eclipsing $4 million in lifetime career earnings. He recently strung together a pair of big-time five-figure scores in February. The first, on February 8, was a victory in the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for over $30,000. The next came ten days later with a win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for $41,492. The top 5 is completed by online poker legend, ‘veeea’. The former #1-ranked grinder has over $7.6 million in lifetime earnings and is currently ranked #25 in the world. One of the only reasons the veteran online player has slipped in the rankings is because of his light volume for the better part of the past month. There’s little argument that when he’s on the grind, he’s one of the best of all time. Moscow’s ‘papan9_p$’, ranked #6 in Russia, is mostly a mid-stakes grinder and he just picked up his highest PLB score of the period by taking down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill on February 15 for over $28,000 and 388.59 PLB points. Ranked #37 in the world currently, ‘drupalucker’ (#7) has been searching for his first really big score of 2018. His last five-figure cash came in late December 2017 with a third-place finish in a PokerStars $2000 tournament for $35,225.64. Right behind him in the #8 rank is ’nsmirnov’. He just recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime earnings propelled by over 55 four-figure scores in 2018 alone. Playing out of the city of Perm, Russia’s #9 ranked player ’zinka’ is also on the verge of topping $2 million in lifetime earnings, sitting just short of $30,000 of the mark. He recently took first in the 888poker Volcano on February 6 for $17,500. The current tenth ranked Russian is ‘Ti0’. He posted his session high PLB point total back in September of 2017 by taking down Event #203 of partypoker’s Powerfest $100K Gtd for over $30,000 and 292.88 PLB points. Today he sits ranked at #87 in the world. Russian Federation's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 hellohellohello 8,361.77 2 josef_shvejk 7,494.70 3 NoPlanB 6,679.46 4 Flat 6,616.61 5 veeea 6,544.21 6 papan9_9$ 6,335.47 7 drupalucker 6,096.46 8 nsmirnov 5,725.37 9 zinka 5,141.51 10 Ti0 4,909.54
  24. 888poker’s third XL Championship series, XL Blizzard, is in the rearview mirror. With over $2.9 million in guarantees up for grabs, players flocked to the lobbies of the daily tournaments to take their shots at grabbing a piece of the prize pools. As opposed to XL Eclipse, which took place in September 2017 and had 197 events, XL Blizzard slimmed down the tournament schedule to a more manageable 34 events, making it easier for players to get involved in as many as they’d like. So here we take a look back at 11 days of action and some of the stories that came out of yet another memorable online series. Crushing Guarantees A streamlined schedule made it easier for players to focus in on the value of XL Blizzard and they responded by pushing the prize pools of just about every tournament over the guarantee. Of the 34 events, 32 of them exceeded their guarantees. In fact, player participation helped bring approximately $400,000 more to the total overall prize pools, helping the total schedule's prize pool to swell to roughly $3.3 million. Big Names Making Moves Some of online poker’s biggest names were in action and making moves during the series. You could look up and down the resistant list of any tournament and find names like ‘Isildur1337’ (aka #1 ranked ‘C Darwin2), Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez, Sebastian ‘p000cket000’ Sikorski and 888poker ambassadors Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot, Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lovgren and Martin Jacobson. In fact, online superstar Jans ‘Graftekkel’ Arens put his stamp on the series by taking down the very first event. The former PocketFive Triple Crown winner claimed the first XL Blizzard crown and padded his bankroll with over $17,000. Russia’s ‘msksevart’ continued his XL Championship domination as well adding a title to his resume by taking down Event #8 ($20,000 Late Crazy 8). The grinder, who also claimed an XL Eclipse title, made his way into the money four times during the series. While he didn’t end up on top in any of the events, the Worldwide #2 ranked grinder ‘tutten7’ (aka ‘lena900’) had himself one of the best overall days of any single player when on Day 4 he finished in the top three of two of the largest tournaments of the entire series. First, in Event #10 ($200,000 Tune Up) he wrapped up in third for over $19,000. Then, properly ‘tuned up’, he went on to finish as the runner-up in Event #12 ($200,000 Whale) for an additional $32,000. PocketFiver’s Top The Leaderboard Part of the allure of XL Blizzard was the bonuses one could get by winning multiple events or finishing in the top 50 of the XL Blizzard leaderboard. While in this series there wasn’t a double event winner, plenty of PocketFivers made it into the top 50 of the XL Blizzard Leaderboard. 888poker promised the top 50 a tournament of their own, the Champion of Champions tournament that includes a top prize of a $12,000 World Series of Poker Main Event package. The top points earner was PocketFiver Alfred ’Kzzon’ Karlsson. The worldwide #108 ranked player cashed in an impressive 14 events including picking up the win in Event #28 ($50,000 6-Max) for over $14,000. Just as the series was winding down, he passed up ‘Ao1ing’ who had sat atop the leaderboard for the majority of the 11 days. The Russian picked up a ton of points by going deep in events with tons of runner, especially his second-place finish in Event #5 ($20,000 Twins Flush). The top 10 on the leaderboard also included PocketFivers ‘yarik1903’ from the Ukraine - who ended up winning event #14 ($40,000 R&A Event) - and Nicklas ‘Clay_Born’ Kley. Main Event Mania The Main Event with a $1,000,000 guarantee did not disappoint. Thanks to a host of online satellites, players who may not otherwise be able to buy their way into the $1,050 tournament got to take shots at six-figure scores. In the end two players walked with life-changing money. Argentia’s ‘Pepepepe.’ won the event for over $183,000 and Lithuania’s ‘Vienas2’ took home over $130,000 for second place. As a whole, the online series was a success. No technical malfunctions, plenty of new screen names making headlines as well as well-known grinders mixing it up for large sums made it a memorable 11 days. Next up for 888poker is the first 888Live event of the year as the online site brings its live poker festival to London's Aspers Casino on February 8.
  25. The bounty hunters were out in full force on Friday as another three tournaments from 888poker’s XL Blizzard schedule got underway. All three tournaments were of the Knockout variety, giving the player who finished off a competitor a bounty that goes straight back into their bankroll. With $45,000 in guarantees at stake, all three tiers of tournaments ($150, $75 & $35) drew plenty of willing participants and every guarantee was crushed. On the horizon, the $1,050 $1,000,000 GTD Main Event is only one day away when a six-figure first place prize will be awarded. In the meantime, there’s still prelims to get through and XL Blizzard Leaderboard points to be accumulated. Event #25 - $25,000 Knockout The Main Event of the day was the $25,000 Knockout. The guarantee was crushed by a little over $10,000 as 245 players registered to create a total prize pool of $35,045. The split of the $150 buy-in generated $25,000 for the main prize pool and $10,045 available for the bounty hunters. Every person a player knocked out was worth $41.00 This tournament was a bit of a lengthy tournament for the XL Blizzard series, pushing deep into the ninth hour of play as a three-handed battle ensued. But once PocketFiver Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen was knocked out in third place, the final two wrapped it up in a matter of hands. The Netherlands ‘LucySagara70’ took home the top prize of the day for finishing in first. The grinder won $5,112.50 from the main prize pool and sent 10 players to the rail for an additional $410. The UK’s ‘Patsharpe’ cashed for $3,750 and an additional $348.50. The aforementioned Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen, currently the #19 ranked player in the world, finished in third for $2,825 (+$369). For the Swedish crusher, who has over $3.6 million in lifetime earnings and four Triple Crowns, this was his first XL Blizzard result of the series. On the other hand Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez (aka ‘SixthSenSe19’), the #12 ranked player in the world, is making a habit out of racking up XL Blizzard cashes. Joining Odeen on the final table, finishing in seventh for $875 (+$492 - the most bounties of anyone in the entire tournament), Gonzalez cashed in both Event #23 and #24, gaining a head of steam right before the Main Event on Sunday. Event #26 - $10,000 Mini Knockout The $35 $10,000 Mini Knockout drew 731 players to push the prize pool to a total of $23,757.50 with $18,275 going to the main prize pool and $5,482.50 carved out for bounties. In this one, each person came with a $7.50 bounty on their heads. A heads-up deal was made between ‘grigorq77’ and Brazil’s ’SeuZezinho23’. Officially, finishing in first and taking home the XL Blizzard title, ‘grigorq77’ won $2,889.84 out of the main prize pool. He added an addition $97.50 for having knocked out 13 players. ’SeuZeninho23’ took home slightly less from the main prize pool for his second place finish, walking with $2,858.07. He did, however, earn the unofficial title of Biggest Mini Bounty Hunter, being the only person to earn triple digits in bounties - finishing with $105. A pair of PocketFivers got close to closing out this one with appearances at the final table. Brazil’s Hiran ’supertrampbr’ Bass finished in fifth place for $950.30 (+37.50). Currently ranked at #761 in the world, Bass currently has over $600,000 in lifetime earnings and this score marks his third largest cash of 2018. Right behind him is Belarus’ ‘vampa500’, finishing in sixth for $767.55 (+30). This is not the first final table for ‘vampa500’, he also finished as the runner-up in Event #4 for a career-high cash. Then he followed that up with results in Event #7 and Event #15. All told, his series has him sitting ranked #23 on the XL Blizzard Leaderboard with two days of play left. XL Blizzard Day 9 Winners # Event Winner Payout 25 $25,000 Knockout LucySagara70 $5,112.50 + $410 26 $20,000 Twins Flush grigorq77 $2,889.84* + $97.50 *denotes final table deal

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