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  1. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. Former #1-ranked online player in the world Chris Moorman is one of the most respected and successful online tournament players of all-time. He was the first player in history to break through the $10 million lifetime earnings mark and by continually grinding he currently sits at #3 on the All-Time Online Money List with over $16.4 million in cashes. Moorman continues to hold the record for the most career Triple Crowns and in 2019 PocketFives Editor-in-chief Lance Bradley presented Moorman with the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards for his achievements in both online and live poker. An 888poker ambassador since 2016, Moorman has represented the online site in events all over the world including the last 888poker LIVE London Festival, where he took down the series' High Roller Event for over $34,000 putting him just $67,000 short of $6 million in total live earnings. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? Playing pickleball with my friends. For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s essentially mini tennis and anyone can pick up the game pretty quickly. 
What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? Upload on Amazon Prime has been a guilty pleasure of mine. Even though it’s pretty cheesy, I ended up binging it hard. Like everyone else, I’ve also been watching The Last Dance to get my sports fix. 
What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? I’ve not really had any to be honest. I’m pretty lucky to be at home with my wife so I haven’t been too lonely. Also, I don’t have to worry about certain things that a lot of people do, such as losing a job, so it’s important to realize how lucky you are even if it can be a bit annoying being stuck at home all the time. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The awful ‘funny’ poker stories people come up with at the tables that really aren’t funny at all. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? The amount of online poker action has been insane and has felt a bit like the glory years pre-Black Friday playing for big money with soft fields. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Mainly by playing at the moment as the action is just too good. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? Not necessarily something I’ve learned but I’m trying to get better at running with my goal eventually by the end of the year is to run a 6-minute mile. What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Probably back home to London to see all of my family. Fortunately, I was just there in January so the gap shouldn’t be too long
  2. On the back of an impressive February, New Jersey online grinder Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon has returned to the top of the USA Online Poker Rankings. After spending the past two months in the #2 spot, Kwon (4,516 PLB points) seemingly doubled-down his efforts in February. He increased his volume and picked up a total of 69 cashes, earning more than $86,000 in the month. Of those results, 12 were PLB-qualifying scores including his spotlight score in the February 26 edition of the WSOP.com’s $25,000 NLHE High Roller where he finished as the runner-up for $9,283 and 149.82 PLB points. That came just days after he made a final table run in the WSOP.com’s $50,000 Monthly Sunday where he earned $6,150 and 103.64 PLB points. In February, Kwon booked 25 four-figure scores in the month and 21 total podium finishes. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] That’s what it took to surpass David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman (4,459), who dropped one spot to #2. Like Kwon, Coleman spent the majority of the month grinding online, posting 48 total cashes for a total of just over $57,000 in earnings. Coleman kicked off the month with a runner-up finish in the February 5 edition of the BorgataPoker.com Mega $535 Tuesday for $5,060 and 100.06 PLB points. Days later he posted what would be his high score for the month with a second-place finish in the WSOP.com’s $30,000 Weekly Sunday for $7,902 and 138.23 PLB points. His recent results have helped him climb to be the #85-ranked player in the world. Michael ‘JohnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. (4,076) jumped up three spots to take over the #3 spot in the US Online Rankings. Haberman had a fast start to February with a victory in the PokerStars NJ Sunday Special for $4,450 and 127.21 PLB points. Then he went on a tear during the WSOP.com Winter Online Championships, taking home three titles. His first came in Event #3 (NLHE 4-Max) where he earned $9,440 plus 188.99 PLB points. Five days later, he went the distance in Event #18 ($15,000 NLHE Turbo Deepstack) for another $5,516 and 142.00 PLB points. His biggest score of the month arrived with his third Winter OC title as he outlasted 353 entries of Event #43 ($30,000 NLHE Special Sunday Deepstack) for $11,932 and another 218.47 PLB points. All in all, Haberman finished the month earning over $62,000 on 54 total cashes and climbed to a career-high ranking of #124 in the world. Longtime New Jersey grinder Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein jumped up one spot to #4 this month after taking all of January off. He returned to the online tables in mid-February to pick up 15 total cashes including a victory in Event #22 of the Winter OC ($10,000 NLHE Knockout) for $4,191 and 153.07 PLB points. Helping him in the rankings, eight of his 15 cashes were PLB-qualified scores. Completing the top-5 for February is Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov, who steps back a single spot to #5. A good part of the reason Alexandrov moved back is simply a lack of volume. The New Jersey resident took the better part of the month off, recording just eight total cashes. However, he booked a big score by taking down the February 19 edition of the BorgataPoker.com Mega $535 Tuesday for $6,765 and 143.18 PLB points. U.S. Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 4516 2 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4459 3 Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. 4076 4 Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein 3815 5 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 3805 6 Dan “centrfieldr” Lupo 3782 7 Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun 3400 8 Michael “Gags30” Gagliano 3381 9 tc_ownz 3250 10 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 3228 ‘Bamatide88’ Continues His Silver State Reign It’s another month on top of the Nevada Rankings for Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat (2,756 PLB points). Bibat put in a solid month of grinding in February, picking up six PLB-qualified cashes over the course of 17 total results. His spotlight score came early in the month when he finished as the runner-up in February 2 edition of the WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Saturday for $3,140. Nevada Online Poker Rankings RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat 2756 2 David ‘bewater’ Goodman 2389 3 Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman 2328 4 Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman 2136 5 prdawg420 2078
  3. PocketFivers looking to start 2020 off on the right foot headed over to 888poker to take advantage of the online site's value-heavy tournament schedule. From mid-stakes to micro grinders, members of the PocketFives community picked up big-time scores and racked up wins to help build their bankrolls for what looks to be another great year on 888poker. Thanks to a deep run in one of 888poker’s marquee events, Portugal’s Rui ‘RuiBouquet’ Bouquet ended up in the #1 spot on the 888poker Top Earners list for January. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Bouquet worked his way through the 824-entry field of the January 12 edition of the $109 buy-in $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep to finish as the runner-up for an 888poker career-high cash of $16,495. The five-figure score came on the heels of weeks worth of grinding on the site. Bouquet, a mid-stakes grinder, was putting in plenty of volume on the site and recording cashes nearly every day in the first two weeks of January. In total, he notched 15 cashes in the month for earnings totaling $18,912. His play on 888poker has helped propel him to be the #192-ranked player in the world and #3-ranked player in all of Portugal. Bouquet adds the over $18,000 to his career lifetime total of over $1.05 million in earnings. The UK’s ‘pszemula’ finished the month just $821 behind Bouquet, earning $18,091 in January. ‘pszemula’ put together a string of 17 cashes to start off the year, including six four-figure scores. He got off to his fast start in January by booking a pair of victories in one of 888poker’s most popular daily tournaments. First, on January 6, ‘pszemula’ faded the field in the $109 buy-in $10,000 Mega Deep to win $3,273. Just two days later, he binked a win in the very same tournament or another $3,275. ‘pszemula’ finished in the top three in eight of his 17 cashes and now sits less than $50,000 away from reaching the $1.5 million mark in career online earnings. The third spot on the Top Earners list belongs to Brazil’s Vinicius ’vinimiranda7’ Miranda. Miranda, playing under his 888poker screen name ‘RegRastafari’, picked up $14,911 in earnings on 17 cashes. The Brazilian had six four-figure results in January. His spotlight score took place on January 20 in the $33 BIG Fish when he outlasted a field of 328 entries to book a win and take home the $2,514 first-place prize. Miranda made the podium in eight of his 17 cashes, four of which were outright wins. Miranda currently sits at #194 in the worldwide rankings and has climbed to #44 in all of Brazil. 888poker Top Earners of January 2020 PLAYER EARNINGS CASHES WINS RuiBouquet $18,912.51 15 0 pszemula $18,091.95 17 2 vinimiranda7 $14,911.38 17 4 Belabacsi $14,180.94 12 4 tdr01 $13,103.80 3 0 LIk3az0mbY $12,478.27 46 1 Gil3000 $10,146.13 27 1 505 $10,110.10 19 0 Kaktus26rus $9,904.13 44 1 plush0 $9,9826.01 14 1 ‘JR Smoker’ decided to buckle down and put in maximum volume in the first month of 2020 and it landed him atop the Most Cashes list with 89 in-the-money finishes. Of those 89 cashes, four of them were outright victories and helped the small-stakes grinder to $2,493 in total earnings. 888poker reg Stephen ’sizzlinbetta’ Reynolds also put his nose to the grindstone in January picking up 81 cashes, good for second on the list. Reynolds added $1,776 to his already impressive $2.362 million in lifetime earnings. Russia’s ’smooke28’, who appears on this list in tenth place last month, rounds out the top three with 60 total cashes. The micro-stakes savant collected $1,135 in total earnings as he continues his climb to $700,000 in total lifetime earnings. 888poker Top 10 Cashers of January 2020 PLAYER EARNINGS CASHES WINS JR Smoker $2,493.04 89 4 sizzlinbetta $1,776.27 81 3 smooke28 $1,135.90 60 1 Durval Santos Silva Neto $1,848.86 59 3 llxandell $2,036.14 57 1 Capitolo 6 $1,088.74 51 2 AnimaleGO $2,208.70 49 0 steveysee $1,206.40 48 2 LIk3az0mbY $12,478.27 46 1 REBAYMEDONK $1,462.90 45 5 There may be no better feeling in poker than closing out a tournament and no one enjoyed that feeling more in January than Russia’s ‘FENOMENICO’ who took down 11 tournaments in 36 cashes. Grinding at the small stakes, the Russian picked up $1,591 during the month and added that to his $516,000 in lifetime earnings. Russia’s ‘Oleg_Smok’ and ‘REBAYMEDONK’ from the Republic of Moldova both took down five tournaments to wrap up the top three First Place Finishers. 888poker Top 10 First-Place Finishers January 2019 PLAYER EARNINGS CASHES WINS FENOMENICO $1,591.68 36 11 Oleg_Smok $955.61 34 5 REBAYMEDONK $1,462.90 45 5 JR Smoker $2,493.04 89 4 vinimiranda7 $14,911.38 17 4 Belabacsi $14,180.94 12 4 BLaaZeKuSH $6,157.16 39 4 TIGHTasYrSis $8,206.43 17 3 Andrejsssss $788.59 37 3 ds10jqka $1,921.08 14 3
  4. Nominations for the second annual Global Poker Awards were announced on Friday with popular poker personality Joey Ingram leading the way with four nominations. The Global Poker Awards, slated to take place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on March 6, celebrates the poker industry by recognizing the game of poker's top talent both on the felt and behind the scenes. This year, awards will be handed out in 19 different categories including two that are voted on by the fans. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="BetMGM NJ"] Multiple Nods Sixteen former award winners are back in contention this year with a number of them recognized in multiple categories. Poker personality and podcast/video producer Joey Ingram picked up nominations in the People’s Choice for Poker Personality of the Year, Podcast of the Year (Poker Life Podcast), Journalist of the Year and Media Content of the Year for his extensive work investigating the Mike Postle cheating allegation story. PocketFives’ own three-time GPI award winner Lance Bradley earned another three nominations for Journalist of the Year, Media Content of the Year, and Podcast of the Year for The FIVES Poker Podcast, alongside PocketFives own Managing Editor Donnie Peters. Daniel Negreanu, Jamie Kerstetter, Lex Veldhuis, Hayley Hochstätter and tournament director Matt Savage each earned two nominations. Alex Foxen, Andrew Neeme, Barny Boatman, Brad Owen, Bryn Kenney, Cary Katz, Joe Giron, Joe Stapleton, Kevin Mathers, Nick Schulman, and Paul Campbell join Bradley, Ingram, Negreanu, Savage, and Veldhuis as previous award winners who find themselves back in the running for even more hardware at the upcoming ceremonies. In addition to the 18 awards that will be voted on and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year awards, the PocketFives Legacy Award will once again be handed out to a PocketFives player who has shown success in both the online and live poker arenas. Previous award winners include Ari Engel, Cliff Josephy and Chris Moorman. 2019 Global Poker Award Nominees GPI BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Robert Campbell (AUS) Ramon Colillas (ESP) Ben Farrell (UK) George Wolff (USA) FINAL TABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Hossein Ensan (GER), WSOP Main Event William Alex Foxen (USA), WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Phillip Hui (USA), WSOP Poker Players Championship Bryn Kenney (USA), Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro TWITTER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Barny Boatman (UK) Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Kitty Kuo (TAI) Kevin Mathers (USA) PLAYERS CHOICE FOR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Michael Addamo (AUS) Kahle Burns (AUS) Stephen Chidwick (UK) Ali Imsirovic (BIH) STREAMER OF THE YEAR Hristivoje Pavlovic (AUS) Benjamin Spragg (UK) Matthew Staples (CAN) Lex Veldhuis (NED) VLOGGER OF THE YEAR Jaman Burton (USA) Andrew Neeme (USA) Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Brad Owen (USA) PODCAST OF THE YEAR DAT Poker Podcast: Terrence Chan, Ross Henry, Adam Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu (CAN) Poker Life Podcast: Joey Ingram (USA) The Fives, a PocketFives Podcast: Lance Bradley (CAN), Donnie Peters (USA) The Grid: Jennifer Shahade (USA) INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Phil Galfond (USA), Run it Once Poker Cary Katz (USA), Poker Central/PokerGO Paul Phua (MAS), Triton Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Burns (USA), Seminole Hard Rock Paul Campbell (USA), Aria Jack Effel (USA), World Series of Poker Matt Savage (USA), WPT/TDA EVENT OF THE YEAR PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas Triton London Million for Charity World Series of Poker Main Event World Series of Poker BIG 50 MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT OF THE YEAR Road to PSPC RUNGOOD Poker Series WPTDeepStacks WSOP Circuit JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Lance Bradley (CAN) Haley Hintze (USA) Joey Ingram (USA) Nick Jones (UK) BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Jamie Kerstetter (USA) Jeff Platt (USA) Nick Schulman (USA) Joseph Stapleton (USA) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: WRITTEN A Fight for Fatherhood: The Biggest Win of Jason Young’s Life, Lance Bradley (CAN) for PoketFives Kevin Roster Spread Sarcoma Awareness at WSOP, Wants to End Life on His Terms, Aleeyah Jadavji (CAN), Hayley Hochstetler (USA) for PokerNews Poker and Pop Culture, Martin Harris (USA) for D+B Publishing The Unabridged Story of The Hendon Mob, Paul Seaton (UK) for PokerNews MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: PHOTO Antonio Abrego (USA): Ryan Laplante in deep thought at the WSOP (PokerNews) Drew Amato (USA): Dario Sammartino folds at the WSOP (Poker Central) Joe Giron (USA): WPT Champion Frank Stepuchin is lifted in victory (WPT) Hayley Hochstetler (USA): Doyle Brunson and Jack Binion at WSOP celebration (WSOP) MEDIA CONTENT OF THE YEAR: VIDEO Investigating Mike Postle Hand Histories from Stones Live, Joey Ingram (USA) Legends of the Game – Stu Ungar (PokerGO) The Big Blind w/Jeff Platt featuring Mike Matusow, Normand Chad, Sarah Herring (PokerGO) Who Makes Money from Professional Poker, Sam Rega (USA) for CNBC PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR POKER PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Joey Ingram (USA) Jonathan Little (USA) Ryan DePaulo (USA) Lex Veldhuis (NED) PEOPLE’S CHOICE FOR HAND OF THE YEAR Bryce Yockey takes a historic hit against Josh Arieh in the WSOP Poker Players Championship Ryan Riess makes 10-high all-in call at EPT Monte Carlo final table Sam Trickett makes Stephen Chidwick fold best hand at Triton London 1M event Thi Xoa Nguyen folds full house to Athanasios Polychronopoulos at PSPC
  5. 'Lena900' closed 2019 in a big way, winning the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for December. The final month of the year saw 'lena900' rack up 50 cashes for more than $300,000 in prize money. He earned 3,270 leaderboard points and finished 120 points ahead of 'papan9_p$' in second place. The most points 'lena900' earned from a single tournament was on December 3 when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $100K Gtd for $24,887 and 328.63 points. He also picked up 292.83 points on December 28 when he finished second in the PokerStars Winter Series-11-H: $530 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd for $26,920. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] On December 8, 'lena900' picked up $23,255 and 266.79 points when he took third in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd - Guarantee Boost tournament. He also had a deep finish in the PokerStars High Rollers 01: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd on December 1. Although 'lena900' didn't reach the final table in that one, he did finish 10th for $26,869 and 259.61 points. All told, 'lena900' had seven scores in December that earned him more than 200 leaderboard points each, and his average ranked score was worth 164 points. Not only did 'lena900' win the December PLB title, but he became the 2019 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard champion, going back-to-back in that regard. As mentioned, 'papan9_p$' finished second in the December PLB race. He earned 3,150 points. His biggest chunk of points came with a victory in the 888poker $200,000 Dragon. 'Papan9_p$' finished first in that event to win $43,000 and pick up 447.21 points. Rounding out the top five for the month of December were 'C Darwin2' (2,913 points), 'fzkk' (2,382 points), and 'girafganger7' (2,262 points) 'C Darwin2' had the biggest result in December when he finished second in the PokerStars High Rollers 23: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $2M Gtd on December 8 for $338,494 and 1,058.69 points. A notable result for 'fzkk' was a win in the PokerStars High Rollers 03: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd on December 1 for $57,250 and 572.71 points. 'girafganger7' picked up $121,873 and 714.14 points when he won the PokerStars High Rollers 11: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd on December 4. Also cracking the top 10 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, who earned 1,945 points in December and finished the month in 10th place. Van Zadelhoff's highlight of the month was a fourth-place finish in the High Rollers 12: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd on PokerStars on December 4. That result earned him $17,112 and 209.88 points. PocketFives December Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,270 2 papan9_p$ 3,150 3 C Darwin2 2,913 4 fzkk 2,382 5 girafganger7 2,262 6 European 2,219 7 r4ndomr4gs 2,060 8 Greenstone25 2,014 9 YugiohPro 1,946 10 SvZff 1,945
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Download the latest episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week, Lance and Donnie dive deep into the announcement by Caesars Entertainment that the home of the World Series of Poker, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, has officially been sold. What does this mean for the WSOP? The guys break it down. Plus, the 2019 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is in the books and there’s a new million-dollar Main Event champion. Also, the WPT Borgata Poker Open ended in a crazy three-way flip…or did it? Should dealmaking be public in the big-time tours? Check it out! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast is back with another brand new episode with Lance and Donnie bringing you the very latest news from the world of poker. This week, after two years of waiting, online poker makes its successful return to Pennsylvania. After a two day soft launch, PokerStars PA got the green light to go live 24/7 - so what does this mean for online poker in the U.S.? Plus, the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe comes to an end with Daniel Negreanu winning his third career Player of the Year title. Download and listen in today! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  8. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  9. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  10. A trio of high profile spring online poker series has wreaked havoc on the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings. In fact, rankings of nine of the top 10 players shifted this week. The only exception…the number one spot still belongs to ‘C Darwin2'. As PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Inferno provide players some of the largest prize pools of the year, online poker’s elite are on the full-time grind. The results posted by those who end up crushing the competition is enough to help them make major moves in the rankings. That said, current king of online poker ‘C Darwin2’ fended off all challengers and retained his top spot. Perhaps the most interesting part of ‘C Darwin2’s week is that his largest qualifying PLB score had nothing to do with any of the major series. His PLB point boost, to keep him as the only player propped up above 11,000 PLB points came in the May 7 edition of the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. He took third in that tournament for $16,888 and 240.19 points. That was good enough this week but if Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky continues on the incredible heater he has been on, next week we may see a new number one for the first time all year. Romanovsky rocketed up 10 spots to a career-high #2 ranking this week. Romanovsky accumulated three six-figure scores and an additional three five-figure scores in what must be the best week of his online poker career. He ripped off a victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #2 (High) for $123,935, another victory in SCOOP Event #16 (High) for $138,536 and a runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14 (High), the $25,000 NLHE High Roller for $442,299. In total, Romanovsky banked over $834,000 this week and now sits on the doorstep of the exclusive $10 million lifetime earnings club. What’s the only thing better than coming in second in the $25,000 High Roller? Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth was the player to best Romanovsky to take down that prestigious event. The win in SCOOP Event #14 (High) brought him $576,087 plus 1,581 PLB points, helping him climb three spots to land in the #3 ranking this week. Just like Romanovsky, the score in Event #14 represents a career-high cash for the Hungarian. In total, Nemeth accumulated over 2100 PLB points during the week, yet still sits around 1100 points behind the #1 spot. ‘hellohellohello’ may have slipped a couple spots to the #4 ranking this week but the Russian certainly held his own in terms of results. He accumulated five qualifying cashes this week and his efforts were highlighted by cashing in both of PokerStars’ SCOOP Event #14, both the High and Mid, for a total combined earnings of over $107,000. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a couple steps back, slipping from #3 to # 5 this week. He finished in fourth place during SCOOP Event #14-M for just over $87,000 and 514.29 PLB points. He and ‘C Darwin2’ are partners in the high-stakes $100,000 results prop bet against Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’. Hello once again to Belgium’s #1-ranked professional ‘girafganger7’ who, after reinstating his screen names, instantly appears in the top 10 at #6. The former #1-ranked player posted a runner-up finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST Event #18 for $14,895 and 258.70. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford jumped up into the #7 spot due to earning six qualified PLB scores including a second place finish in POWERFEST Event #2-HR for over $47,000. After Latvia's Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins took down SCOOP Event #14-M for a career-high cash of just over $240,000 he bounced up into the top 10 for the first time ever. He currently sits acareer-highhigh ranking of #8. The true grinder that he is, just days after basking in a career-defining victory later he found himself playing a pair of $20-something tournaments, cashing for just under $300 for the two. The top 10 is rounded out by a pair of familiar names as Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff slipped 5 spots to #9 on light volume and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone hits the #10 spot even after booking a victory in SCOOP Event #19-M for $57,321. While there was some major shifting within the top 10, there were no other new entries into the top 25 this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,398.47 1 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,640.28 12 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,304.94 6 4 hellohellohello 10,105.47 2 5 lena900 9,836.99 3 6 girfganger7 9,528.18 NR 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,982.60 9 8 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,913.95 15 9 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.10 4 10 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,745.44 8 11 Ariados 8,602.63 7 12 European 8,407.20 5 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,274.99 17 14 DamageAP 8008.26 14 15 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,976.68 11 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,969.42 18 17 GINS FINEST 7,947.27 16 18 kofi89 7940.27 10 19 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,754.96 13 20 Sheater 7,702.84 21 21 josef_shvejk 7,657.10 20 22 perrymejsen 7,325.08 25 23 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,251.36 22 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,246.70 19 25 NoPlanB 7,244.15 23
  11. In the aftermath of the major spring tournament series, the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings had a new look and, for the first time in 2018, a new #1. This week though, it’s quite the opposite. There were very few major moves in the Worldwide top 10, with the majority of online poker’s elite holding steady in the same rankings they held last week. This includes another week at the top for the current ruler of the rankings, Sweden’s ‘lena900’. After taking a brief break at the beginning of the week, the consummate grinder ‘lena900’ (12,657 PLB points) got back on the grind. While he was not able to pick up any qualifying PLB cashes this week, he did score a third-place finish in the May 31 edition of the $109 Mini Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for over $6,700. After his enviable SCOOP and POWERFEST showings though, 'lena900's PLB score still sat well above those looking to catch him, resting at 12,657 this week. Trailing ‘lena900’ is his countryman and one time (and future?) king ‘C Darwin2’ (11,362). Like ‘lena900’ he was back at it this week, but unable to secure a qualifying cash. ‘C Darwin2’ was able to score a pair of podium finishes including a third-place showing in the May 27 edition of PokerStars’ Bigger $109 for $12,451. Putting in very light volume this week was Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeropro’ Romanovsky (10,592). Romanovsky registered a total of five cashes for roughly $8,500. He continues his march toward $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just under $70,000 to join the elite club. ‘hellohellohello’ (10,394) maintains his #4 ranking despite not even firing up the online poker client this week. While #5-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth (10,298) has a similar idea, only notching three total results for just over $7,000, none of which helped his PLB score. Montreal, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ (9,838) picked up a victory in the May 31 PokerStars Bounty Builder for $7,870 in route to maintaining his career-high #6 spot. Right behind him, again claiming the #7 ranking this week, is Argentinas #1-ranked player Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (9,463) who, like many on this list, put in light volume. The first major change to the top 10 comes with the resurgence of Brazilian pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (9,302). Simao continued to move forward this week, picking up two big-time qualifying cashes. The first, a final table finish at the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller brought Simao $16,770 and 201.83 PLB points. Then, the very next day, he took down the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $42,712 and 487.65 PLB points. The results not only propel him five spots on the rankings and back into the top 10, but they put Simao in a great state of mind should he makes his way to the World Series of Poker. The third Swedish player in the top 10, ‘Ariados’ (9,041), slipped to the #9 spot this week. He helped himself remain in the top 10 thanks to his bronze medal finish in the May 27 $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for just under $30,000 and 248.08 PLB points. Finally, Pedro ’PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (8,983) kept his #10 spot this week despite not accumulating any cashes in the period. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang leaping seven spots to a career-high ranking in the #20 spot. Additionally, 'Sheater' rises one spot to round out the list at #25. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,657.30 1 2 C Darwin2 11,361.54 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,591.98 3 4 hellohellohello 10,393.83 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,297.73 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,838.44 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,463.22 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,302.03 13 9 Ariados 9,040.99 8 10 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,982.74 10 11 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,901.39 11 12 girafganger7 8,782.85 9 13 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,765.42 14 14 Illini213 8,679.71 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,666.39 12 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,507.42 20 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,482.27 16 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,461.30 15 19 Dattebayo 8,433.13 19 20 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,432.93 27 21 DamageAP 8,370.81 18 22 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,032.65 22 23 NoPlanB 8,029.69 21 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,970.11 24 25 Sheater 7,794.36 26
  12. Every month The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. Markku Makes $5 Million Mark ‘markovitsus’ Koplimaa, the #78-ranked online player in the world, crossed the major milestone of $5 million in lifetime earnings. A top-40 finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 brought him $1,103 which was enough to put him in the elite company of those players that are half-way to the $10 million mark. Koplimaa seems to climb the pay scales by playing every and any tournament on the PokerStars schedules. The #1-ranked Estonian can be seen grinding out a $7.50 bounty tournament as well as cashing in the $1,050 PokerStars High Rollers Event #26 for $5,524. Thus far in April, he has recorded over 40 cashes including a victory in the $109 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max tournament on April 8 for over $2,000. $3 Million Lifetime Earnings For ‘Teo96’ Greece’s #4-ranked player Theodoros ‘teo96’ Aidonopoulos celebrated a small cash this month when his 239th place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $22 for $71 dollars put him up and over the $3 million in lifetime earnings mark. Aidonopoulos got a huge lift in getting there back on February 4 when he scored a pair of five-figure results on the same day. He finished in the top 100 of the PokerStars Sunday Million 12th Anniversary for $11,510 and then took down the Hotter $44 for an additional $10,844. The mid-stakes grinder has been on an impressive run since hitting the plateau, notching three podium finishes including a victory in the April 9 edition of the PokerStars Hot $162 for $3,277. In total, he’s run up nearly $10,000 in earnings in the past month as he begins the climb to $4 million in earnings. Also of note, Austria’s #3-ranked ‘tiarc’ surpassed the $2 million milestone with his third-place finish in the PokerStars Big $109 for over $4,300. The Oberosterreich resident currently sits just outside the Worldwide top 100, ranked #107 in the world. Additionally, Serbia’s ‘Kuconi’ joined the million dollar club this month by hauling in a five-figure score for a runner-up finish in the W Series Monster Stack. 'bencb789' Enters The Worldwide Top 100 A handful of players achieved new career-high rankings in the top 100 including the new #1-ranked German, ‘bencb789’. It’s his first foray into the upper echelons of the rankings (debuting at #49) having just joined the ranked of PocketFives.com on April 6. ‘bencb789’s identity may not be common knowledge but he’s well-known for besting Fedor Holz in the $102,000 Super High Roller back in 2016 for over $1.1 million. He's one of the most sought-after poker coaches in the world and his clients include some of the most prominent high-stakes players in the world. Additionally, he's the lead coach at Raise Your Edge poker training and now, he’s a PocketFives.com member and ready to climb the ranks of the best in the world. Career High Rankings In Top 100 eardleym - #79 to #69 komarolo22 - #78 to 67 OempaLoempah - #75 to #66 Kashmiri - #73 to #65 nl_profit - #59 to 58 bencb789 - debut at #49
  13. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘hellohellohello’ - Russia For the better part of 2018, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ has not only been the #1-ranked player in the country but he has also been a perennial player in the worldwide Top 5. The Russian is currently sitting less than $500 shy of reaching the incredible milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to grind regularly. Even though he has been taking some days off after the large fall online series he has still managed to post up a pair of five-figure scores in October. His largest recent score came with his victory in the October 11 edition of the bwin.com Bounty Roller High Roller for $31,555 and 339.50 PLB points. He followed that up just over a week later with another outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,851 and another 352.14 PLB points. In addition to his October victories, back in September he pulled off back-to-back six-figure score and took home over $647,000 in that month alone. ‘hellohellohello’ is currently ranked #4 in the world. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao - Brazil partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao is not only generally regarded as one of online poker’s best, but he is also currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Brazil. Like ‘hellohellohello’, Simao is closing in on $8 million in lifetime earnings and if he continues to keep grind as he has in October, he’ll likely get there by the end of the year. In October, to date, Simao has earned just over $97,000. His highlight score came in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller where he took second place for $42,875. It was his second five-figure score of the month. The former #1-ranked grinder is currently sitting at #16 in the world thanks in part to his massive month of September in which he picked up 15 PLB qualifying cashes, nine of which were for five-figures or more. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - Hungary Another player who has recently spent regular time in the top 10 is Hungary’s #1-ranked player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Nemeth, the #7-ranked player in the world, is one of the few players in history to eclipse $9 million in lifetime earnings. Nemeth is a regular in the biggest online tournaments available having just made a final table appearance at the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars WCOOP-62-H High Roller, where he finished in sixth place for $201,804. He crushed the month of September, regularly cashing in both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars' WCOOP festivals. In total, he cashed for roughly $650,000 and accrued 14 PLB qualifying scores. In addition to his WCOOP finish, he earned a POWERFEST title in Event-29-SHR where he took first for $177,935 and an even 1000 PLB points. Although Nemeth has been putting in low volume in the month of October, registering only six cashes to date, he already has two five-figure scores. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone - Canada After recently eclipsing over $5 million in lifetime earnings, Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone has become the current #1-ranked player in Canada. He recently posted a major six-figure score by taking down PokerStars WCOOP-45-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO) for $101,928 and over 730 PLB points. When many of the top flight poker pros were taking time off in the summer, Stone was grinding and racking up PLB qualified cashes helping him reach as high as #3 in the world. Since the end of the major fall online series, Stone has scaled down his volume and currently sits as the worldwide #13-ranked player. That’s not to say Stone is not battling it out online in the month of October. To date, he has posted 18 results for just over $17,000 including a runner-up finish in the October 2 edition of the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday for $8,323 and 158.07 PLB points. ‘Dattebayo’ - Austria Austria’s #1-ranked player is ‘Dattebayo’, a former top-10 ranked pro who is climbing back up the rankings. Back in 2012, ‘Dattebayo’ reached as high as #7 in the world, today he currently sits at #24. The Austrian is on the precipice of hitting $6.5 million in lifetime earnings, needing less than $20,000 to get there. One of his country’s true grinders, ‘Dattebayo’ put in work in the month of September. He started the month off strong when he bubbled the final table of the partypoker POWERFEST #3-SHR for $20,000 and 237.23 PLB points. Then he wrapped up the month with a second place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Hight Roller for another $29,587 and 328.39 PLB points. He recorded over 50 cashes in the month for just over $145,000. It’s likely that ‘Dattebayo’ will hold down the top spot in Austria for quite some time as the next closest player to him in the country is over 3000 PLB points behind him.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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  
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. In the aftermath of PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Eclipse, there were some seismic shifts with regards to the PocketFives top 100. These are just a few of the members that have posted incredible results and have made recent major strides in the rankings. Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#2) Although he didn’t end up grabbing the headlines, UK grinder Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang absolutely crushed over recent weeks. The end result was a career-high ranking of #2 in the world and a massive bump to his career total earnings, jumping to over $3.3 million. His September was almost inconceivable, seemingly setting a new career-high cash every other day. In total, Zhang hit four six-figure scores in a matter of 10 days. His first was during WCOOP-43-H ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) where he finished in fourth place for $265,996 - which set a new high for him. He followed that up four days later in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) finishing in fifth for another $382,253, again he set a new bar. Two days later ‘mczhang’ again made the final table of a major event, taking fourth in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max) for $336,741. Not a new high, but it propelled him to over $1 million in earnings for that week. Finally, less than a week later, he took third place in partypoker’s POWERFEST #122-SHR Championship Event for yet another new high of $468,000. With just those four results along, Zhang accumulated over 3,763 PLB points and helped him catapult over some of the games most prominent names, including Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’, to land as the #2 player in the world. His total earnings in September exceeded $1.7 million, more than doubling his career earnings. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro (#16) Nosebleed cash game regular Sami ‘LarsLusak’ Kelopuro is now the #1-ranked player in Finland thanks to a superior performance this September. He rose to a new career-high ranking of #15 in the world and settled back a single spot this week, still benefitting from results like his first place finishing in partypoker’s POWERFEST #142-SHR for over $317,000. That score alone brought Kelopuro 1278.67 PLB points, but in the past month he racked up 21 PLB qualifying scores. His total PLB points for September was an astonishing 4,995.10 which is plenty to pull a player from the depths of the rankings into a top-25 grinder. His results helped push him north of $4 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Kelopuro may begin a descent down the rankings, as he’s a pro that history has shown normally shows up for the big events, but for now, he’s regarded as one of the world’s best. Bruno ’brunovolks’ Volkmann (#33) Brazil’s #2-ranked grinder Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann surged back up the top 100 rankings to land at #33 this week. He did this one the backs of capturing both a WCOOP and a POWERFEST title this fall. His first victory came in the middle of September in WCOOP-49-H ($2,100 NLHE Deep Stacks) where he defeated the 301 player field for over $113,000 and 775.89 PLB points. He did it again by taking down POWERFEST #102-HR Progressive KO for a total of $36,809 and another 453.90 PLB points. His 11 PLB qualifying cashes helped him jump into the top 50 and almost past his previous high ranking of #27. As a regular grinder, ‘brunovolks’ has the opportunity to continue his climb into the top-25. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#47) Another Brazilian making waves is Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto who rocketed into the top 100 and is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of #47. Neto is a longtime PocketFiver with over $3.2 million in cash. Playing the part of a bounty hunter seems to be one of Neto’s strengths as in the past two weeks he’s accumulated six qualifying triple-digit PLB cashes all of which have come at the final tables of bounty tournaments. One of his recent highlights included taking down the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for $33,631 and 327.26 PLB points. Those six tournaments alone pushed his PLB point total an extra 1000 points, good enough to land inside the top 50, making him Brazil’s #6-ranked player. ‘x_zola25’ (#74) A former top-10 ranked player, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’ made one of the biggest moves of this week by leaping 17 spots to land at #74. It didn’t require him to land a big victory in a special tournament - he did it through grinding the regular PokerStars schedule and coming out on top. He picked up 201.87 PLB points in the September 30 edition of the Bigger $109 with a third-place finish for $12,018. Then on the same day, he took down the Bigger $55 for another $16,763 and 346.41 PLB points. To cap off the day, he made the final table of the Bigger $215 for over $3,000/113.70. A PocketFives Triple Crown winner, ‘x_zola25’ is currently grinding his way to $4.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  20. January was another massive month for Ukranian online poker superstar Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who put in maximum volume to finish the month with the 2019 January PLB crown. In 2018, Romanovsky took the months of October and November completely off. Then he put in just a handful of days at the online felt during December. But as 2019 heated up, so did Romanovsky. ‘Romeopro’ turned his attention to his online grind and produced more than 215 cashes in January racking up 4,522.98 PLB points. Of those results, an amazing 14 of them were for five-figure scores. They were headlined by a trio of cashes on January 28 where he brought in $98,716 in back-to-back-to-back finishes. Romanovsky has been soaring up the All-Time Online Money List, currently sitting in tenth place with over $11.3 million in career earnings. His results have also propelled him back into the worldwide top 5, where he currently sits as the #4-ranked player in the world. ‘Romeopro’ needed to put in that volume in order to fend off Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (4,134.98), who finished January in the #2 spot. The world’s #2-ranked player also just surpassed a major milestone of his own, climbing over $12 million in lifetime earnings. It was just one year ago that the Swede was celebrating surpassing $8 million. ‘C Darwin2’ started the year off with a victory in the New Year’s Day PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-up for $22,463. He followed that up days later by taking down the PokerStars Winter Series Event 51-H $2,100 NLHE Progressive KO for $57,180. He earned seven outright victories in January and won 10 five-figure scores. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (3,933.71) has also been seeing early returns in 2019 as he finished the month in third place in the PLB race. The former #1-ranked player in the world has returned to the top 5 thanks in large part to his fourth-place finish in the January 28 partypoker $1M GTD Big Game where he took home $82,290 and 447.09 PLB points. Leonard is a player of consistency, constantly mixing it up in the biggest online tournaments available. In January he earned 10 podium finishes including a victory in the January 20 edition of GGPoker’s $500 Blade for $19,663 and a third-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for another $22,475 on the same day. Leonard currently sits at the #1-ranked player in the UK. Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (3,396.04) just celebrated joining the $10 million lifetime earnings club and his persistence in January landed him fourth on the PLB leaderboard. His month was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the partypoker Christmas Freeze Event #46-HR for $36,535 and 361.36 PLB points. ‘inhoo’ made his way into the money over 140 times in January, including six outright victories. ‘inhoo’, a five-time PocketFives Triple Crown award winner, currently sits as the #21-ranked player in the world. January’s top five is rounded out by former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver (3,381.16). Oliver has been on a tear as of late and has climbed back into the top 20, currently sitting ranked at #18 in the world. He posted his largest result of the month on January 27 with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up for $44,261. It was one of his seven five-figure scores in January, helping him to sit in the top 10 on the Online All-Time Money List (9th). PocketFives January PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4522.98 2 'C Darwin2' 4134.59 3 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 3933.71 4 'inhoo' 3396.04 5 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 3381.16 6 'lena900' 3347.41 7 'hellohellohello' 3176.81 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 3001.72 9 'girafganger7' 2981.57 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 2943.69
  21. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. There is a lot on the line in this week’s Movers & Shakers. For the first time in a long time, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ is faced with a serious threat to his worldwide #1 ranking. Along with a pair of tournament crushers cruising up the ranks of the top 10, some notable names have made double-digit jumps up the rankings, plus a Bulgarian pro broke into the top 100 for the first time. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (#2) and ‘Girafganger7’ (#3) The column is called Movers & Shakers for a reason, it’s not simply the players who have made the biggest moves inside the top 100, it’s also about those are looking to shake up the rankings. Regular readers of PocketFives will know the names of Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and UK, by way of Belgium, superstar ‘Girafganger7’. But if you haven’t been paying close attention you have missed the major strides the pair have been making, almost in tandem, up the ranks of the top 10. Romanovsky is spending his second week in a row in the #2 position, and now he’s closer than ever to achieving his primary goal of taking over the #1 spot in the world. He trails ‘lena900’ by 357 points, putting him closer to the top spot than any player has been for months. Romanovsky put together some serious PLB points including a runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $28,616 and 314.65 PLB points, followed by a victory in the PokerStars Big $215 for another $5,700 and 166.73 PLB points. This week he had already recorded a third-place finish in the 888poker $50,000 Whale for $8,850 and he’s been grinding nearly every day to hit that new career high. Right behind Romanovsky is ‘Girafganger7’ who displaced ‘C Darwin2’ for the worldwide #3 spot. ‘Giraf’ has been the #1 player in the world once, back in 2017, but in a recent interview with PocketFives, he acknowledged that returning to the top of the PocketFives Rankings was, once again, on his mind. He made major strides in getting back to the top by winning the March 3 edition of the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $42,351 and 447.21 PLB points. The very next day he had another top-three finish when he picked up the silver in the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for another $10,446 and 166.99 PLB points. ‘Giraf’ still trails ‘lena900’ by roughly 1000 PLB points, which is a sizable margin, but with the amount of volume ‘Giraf’ has been putting in lately, a couple more large Sunday scores could really close the distance. DeathbyQuads (#30) 'DeathbyQuads' is Sweden's #5-ranked player and this week he’s jumped up 11 spots to break back into the worldwide top 30. It has been a good few months for ’DeathbyQuads’ as has he recently surpassed more than $5 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to add to that by picking up four four-figure cashes just last week. He saw a spike in the rankings thanks to three solid PLB scores including a final table finish in the March 3 edition of the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $4,774 and 138.93 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day with an outright victory in the PokerStars Hot $82 for another $3,958 and 148.74. ‘DeathbyQuads’ is a perennial presence in the top 100 and a consistent grinder that has the ability to go on a heater and soar back into top 10 contention. Diego ‘MrBittar’ Valadares Bittar (#35) Another well-known name jumping up double-digits in the rankings is Brazilian grinder Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar who broke back into the top 50 by moving up 17 spots. It was a momentous week for Bittar as he, also, just surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings. On March 10 when he finished in the money in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter where he picked up $1,171 for a 33rd place finish. That was the cash that put him over the top of the major milestone. In the meantime, he’s been moving in the right direction on the rankings mostly due to a major victory in the March 7 edition of the PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder where he picked up $19,224 and 326.73 PLB points. Bittar is nearly halfway to his career high ranking of #16 in the world and he sits less than 300 PLB points behind the next nearest Brazilian, that being one of online poker’s all-time greats Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao, who currently sits at #29. Boris ‘olelemaiko’ Koley (#72) The largest leap in the rankings this week belongs to Bulgaria’s Boris ‘olelemaiko’ Koley who shot up the rankings 107 spots. The move puts him into the top 100 for the first time and landing him at a career-high ranking of #72. That kind of shift is usually indicative of a massive score and this is no different for Koley who took down the ACR OSS $1M GTD for a career-high score of $196,741 and 1,098.64 PLB points. It didn't hurt that on the same day, on the same site, he booked a runner-up finish in the $250,000 Sunday Special adding $36,000 and 354.06 PLB points to his one day total. The rise in the rankings puts his as the #2-ranked player in his home country and has sent his lifetime total scores north of $1.5 million.
  22. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. With partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Blizzard ongoing and PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on the horizon, the worldwide rankings are in for a massive shakeup over the next 30 days or so. In fact, they’ve already blown up as Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky, who was a subject in our last MOVERS & SHAKERS report, finally took over the #1 spot for the first time in his career. This week, we have one of the most dangerous high rollers in the game setting himself up for his own shot at the top spot and a hard-charging Brazilian breaking through into the top 10 for the very first time. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth (#3) Worldwide top 10 mainstay Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has been on quite a heater as of late. This week he shook up the upper echelons of the rankings by leaping into the #3 spot thanks to a number of high profile scores that not only brought in fistfuls of cash but plenty of PLB points to go along with it. The Sunday tournaments on the GGPoker network has been giving some of the best in the online poker game major scores as of late. Nemeth has been taking advantage of these tournaments which are the online equivalent of an ARIA high roller series. On the March 31 edition of the Sunday $5K Blade, he picked up a second-place finish for just over $43,000. The very next day he picked up another $20,863 in the PokerStars $1,050 Monday High Roller Club. While those were nice additions to Nemeth’s bankroll, the real victory came on April 5 in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #21-Super High Roller $1M GTD Championship Event. Nemeth defeated the 127 player field taking home the $311,150 first place prize sending his online poker lifetime earnings skyrocketing over $12.6 million and putting him in 5th place on the All-Time Online Money List. He currently sits less than 1000 PLB points behind Romanovsky for the #1 spot and 596 points behind the #2-ranked ‘lena900’. If he were to return to the #2 ranking, it would match his career-high that he set back in 2018. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#10) Brazil’s #1-ranked player Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto has been coming on strong in 2019. This week he finally broke through the top 10 for the first time in his career, touching the #10 spot thanks to his daily dedication to the online grind. The tournament that really helped him breakthrough was his victory in the April 1 partypoker POWERFEST Event #4-H $500K GTD PKO. He took home $64,826 for first place as well as 707.11 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day with a victory in the PokerStars Hot $215 for another $7,901 and 201.00 PLB points. He’s in a tight spot sitting at #10, just 129 PLB points behind Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and 23 PLB points ahead of the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In order to continue climbing the ranks, he’ll need to be diligent about volume and find a way to make another major final table or two. Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin (#18) Belgium’s Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin is enjoying the huge boost that a big-time score in a spring series can give you. Boivin is now the #1-ranked player in Belgium and sits at a career-high ranking of #18 in the world after shooting up 8 spots in the rankings. His rise was in part due to a heater that brought him string of victories last week. Included in his run was a victory in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #12-HR for $42,819 and 458.26 PLB points. He combined that with his April 1 victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily 500 for $13,590 and 249 PLB points. He was not finished for the week when he tacked on another win on April 3 in the same event for another $13,854/256.90. In total, Boivin has just over $1.3M in lifetime earnings, however, if he keeps pace with his recent activity, he’ll soar past $1.5M in no time and just maybe climb into the top 15 in the world. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren had one of the biggest rankings swings of the week as his rocketed back well into the top 50, all the way to #28, after being ranked at #67 just one week ago. He first took down the partypoker High Roller Terminator on March 30 for $6,887 and 147.53 PLB points. Just days later, he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $13,020 and another 237.70. Berggren is a former #1-ranked PocketFiver who has spent plenty of time has a top 100 ranked player and with over $12 million in career earnings. He is also in the top 10 on the All-Time Online Money List. ‘Wildace_hun’ (#63) Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ took a step forward to returning to the top 50 this week after rising 27 spots in the rankings to #63. He can credit the rapid rise to his back-to-back cashes in partypoker’s POWERFEST series. He first had an in the money finish in Event #06-HR for $1,182 and 68.22 PLB points, which was...fine. However, it was his runner-up finishing the Event #03, the $500K GTD Super High Roller for $116,325 and 553.96 PLB point that really did the damage. For many, a $116K score would be a career-defining score but for the Hungarian, it’s nowhere close to his current career-high online score of over $783K. In order to continue his climb back to his all-time high rankings of #37, or beyond, he’ll need to keep collecting cashes in the large field tournaments of the season.
  23. Get inside the mind of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. As an 888poker ambassador Moorman has played poker on camera a countless number of times. But in this latest video for 888poker and PokerGO, the man with over $16 million in online earnings jumps into the role of the commentator to break down a now-famous hand from Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl between two heavyweight poker pros in Daniel Negreanu and Mikita Badziakouski. “I remember watching it at the time, live on the stream, and I was amazed by the end results,” Moorman said. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the video, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver takes a moment to give props to the high caliber of players at the table including Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Brian Rast. Then he proceeds to break the hand down. Street-by-street the PocketFives Legacy Award winner offers his insight and analysis, even taking issue with some of the decisions that were made. He discusses the importance of re-evaluating your thought process and decisions when information you weren’t expecting is introduced, such as when Negreanu is faced by an overbet by Badziakouski on the river. Ultimately, Negreanu finds himself in a tight spot where he makes an amazing laydown where many people might have called off. “It looks amazing because it’s right,” Moorman says. “Definitely in-game though you have a weird sort-of spidey sense feeling. Your gut is telling you to fold and there are definitely times I’ve listened to my gut over the theory and made an exploitable fold and been right.” Check it out below.
  24. It’s another month at the top of the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey online poker grinder Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon. After taking the first couple of weeks in August off, Kwon soon himself back on the online grind picking up PLB-qualifying scores in bunches. Throughout the second half of the month, Kwon racked up four qualifying scores and nine cashes worth four-figures or more. Kwon’s highlight score was a final table finish in the August 14 edition of the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown where he picked up $4,810. In total, he amassed of over $27,000 in cashes for the month. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Kwon’s September is shaping up to be more of the same with two first-place finishes already under his belt including a victory in the September 10 Super Tuesday on PokerStarsNJ for $4,806. His success not only has him as the #1-ranked player in the U.S., but he also sits at #55 in the world. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon 5409 2 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo 5339 3 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4847 4 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4586 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4267 6 Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein 3592 7 Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman 3579 8 Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun 3496 9 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 3327 10 Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez 3282 In past months, since his WSOP online bracelet win, Kwon has held a commanding lead in the rankings. This month, however, the #2-ranked Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo closed the gap and currently sits only 70 PLB points behind Kwon. It’s been a good month for Lupo who finds himself sitting at a career-high rank of #57 in the world. His rise in the rankings can be attributed to nine PLB-qualifying cashes, three of which were outright victories. His largest score in August was his victory in the August 12 edition of WSOP.com’s $30,000 Weekly Sunday Six Max where Lupo took home a $12,852 score. Two weeks later he nearly repeated the feat, coming up just short finishing as the runner up in the same tournament for another $7,229 payday. Another New Jersey player sitting at a career-high in the Worldwide Rankings is Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov. Alexandrov maintains his #3 ranking in the U.S. for another month but rose to #87 in the world on the back of 11 PLB-qualifying cashes in August. In total, he accumulated 1,220.63 points and just over $66,500 in the month. Even though he had four victories in the month, his largest score came from his runner-up finish in the August 19 edition of WSOP.com’s $100,000 GTD Sunday where he won $17,624 and 222.47 PLB points. David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman jumped up one spot in the U.S. Rankings to #4 by amassing a string of four-figure score in August. Coleman grinded his way to 22 four-figure scores in a month where he added over $76,000 to his already impressive $2.29 million in career online earnings. Coleman also picked up a five-figure cash when he defeated Daniel Lupo heads up in the August 26 WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday and picked up $12,852. Like a number of his peers, Coleman is enjoying a career-high rank in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #104 in the world. After taking some time off in July, Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner added a little more volume in August. Dropping to the #5 rank, Hohner still managed to pick up some impressive scores as well three outright victories. His spotlight score for the month came on August 14 when he took down the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Tuesday for just over $9,000 and 178.01 PLB points. Hohner’s September is headed in the right direction as well having just locked up a five-figure score in the September 9 $30,000 Weekly Sunday on WSOP.com for $13,870. Below are the current top 5 rankings for the U.S. regulated states of New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, which is expected to go live with regulated online poker this October. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 5 New Jersey online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5409 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 5339 3 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4847 4 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4586 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4267   Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Nevada online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman 2975 2 David ‘bewater’ Goodman 2916 3 PunnyYouSayThat 2618 4 Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat 2518 5 Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn 2302 Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Pennsylvania online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Thai ‘thaiha91’ Ha 1314 2 Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky 810 3 RyJS 763 4 sr86 604 5 Head218 578
  25. 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.
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