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  1. 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
  2. Perhaps the attention of the poker world is transfixed on the happenings of the World Series of Poker Main Event or perhaps it’s simply a wonderful week to go on vacation, but this week is yet another week of minimal movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10. In fact, the nine out if the top ten players in the world retain their exact same rank as they did last week. This includes Sweden’s own ‘lena900’, who maintains his position as the #1-ranked player in the world. For ‘lena900’ not only did he maintain his position, but he also, somehow, managed to keep his exact same PLB points (12,662.67). While the Swede did not manage to accumulate any PLB-qualifying scores, he was back on the grind this week. He picked up two podium finishes this week including a victory in the bwin.com Sunday Omaha Main Event High Roller for an even $10,000. He backed that up on the same day when he took third in the July 8 edition of the bwin.com Super Sunday High Roller for another $12,000. The lack of movement didn’t really matter this week as he still holds an over 1900 PLB point lead over countryman ‘C Darwin2’. ‘C Darwin2’ also had a quiet week on the PLB point front, but he did cash for over $29,000 this week helping him continue his march to $10 million in lifetime earnings. Also like ‘lena900’, the top-tier pro did not suffer much of a PLB point loss, having only slipped less than one total point. One of the biggest questions in the past month or so regarding the Top 10 has been - where is the #3 ranked Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky? It’s been nearly two months since the Ukranian pro has logged an online result. That was back in May when Romanovsky logged a career-high score of $442,299. Perhaps he’s simply still enjoying the spoils of his spring series run good. Russian crusher 'hellohellohello' continues his run as the #4-ranked player in the world. This is thanks in part to his third place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $17,753 and 179.19 PLB points. While he did not put in an overwhelming amount of volume, he did rack up 11 total results this week - seven of which were worth four-figures or more. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth only really took to the online felts on Sunday, July 8 and his results for the day were minimal. He ended the day with three total cashes and without any relevant PLB qualifying scores. Last week he held a nearly 200 point lead over the #6-ranked ‘GINS FINEST’, but this week that lead has degraded to just over 25 points. His decrease in PLB points is simply because of aging scores and not due to anything Canadian ‘GINS FINEST’ did this week, as he did not make a single appearance online this week. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7), ‘Ariados’ (#8) and Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#9) all kept their ranking without putting in any volume online. For UK’s Zhang, his excuse is that he is wrapping up a stay in Las Vegas where he participated in the World Series of Poker. So, while he didn’t make any money in online poker, he did manage a 24th place finish in Event #71: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em for $13,110, the same event that wrapped with Phil Hellmuth taking home gold bracelet #15. The one and only change to the top 10 in terms of players this week is Uruguay’s former #1-ranked player Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rejoining the top 10 at #10. His rise was due in part to a runner-up finish in the partypoker Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller for $17,500 and 208.63 PLB points. Finally, keeping with the theme of this week - there were no other significant movements in or out of the top 25. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,662.67 1 2 C Darwin2 10,752.84 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,008.98 3 4 hellohellohello 9,831.52 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9.348.52 5 6 GINS FINEST 9.323.64 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,061.64 7 8 Ariados 8,630.34 8 9 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,436.77 9 10 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 12 11 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 15 12 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,290.48 10 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 14 14 DamageAP 8,152.15 13 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,125.99 16 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 11 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,796.15 17 18 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,690.47 18 19 girafganger7 7,687.22 19 20 Palyaaa 7,644.14 22 21 European 7,613.00 20 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,408.22 21 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,273.95 25 24 Sheater 7,235.30 23 25 kofi89 7,219.96 24
  3. It’s yet another week atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings for the Swedish sensation ‘lena900’. Not only has ‘lena900’ spent the entire month of July in the #1 position on the rankings, he’s held that spot since the start of the summer. What makes his run at the top even more impressive is the fact that he’s only had three total PLB qualifying scores for the entire month. The Swede had built up such an impressive lead, thanks in part to his strong showing in the previous spring series like partypoker's POWERFEST and PokerStars’ SCOOP, that he was able to coast on some pretty light volume this month and still maintain the #1 rank. ‘lena900’s countryman ‘C Darwin2’ continues to play catch up and trails the #1 rank by over 1750 PLB points. Helping him close the gap though was a third-place finish in the July 22 edition of the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $17,131 and 223.84 PLB points. Like much of the top 10 this week, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ kept his same rank as last week, coming in at #3. However, he did manage to put together a pair of impressive scores this week. The first was a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $18,323 and 183.64 PLB points. Later that day he made another final table, finishing in fifth place in the bwin.com Super Sunday 1K for another $9,744/156.05. There continues to be no sign of #4 ranked ’Romeopro’ on the virtual felts. This leaves an opening for the #5 ranked ‘GINS FINEST’ to make a run at overtaking him. The Canadian currently trails ‘Romeopro’ by just over 213 PLB points. He helped himself this week by logging on for the first time since July 1 and finishing as the runner-up in the July 24 edition of PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $11,430 and 190.64 PLB points. A similar situation is evolving between #6 ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth and #7 ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. Nemeth has seen his PLB points slipping while on a multi-week hiatus from online poker. The #1-ranked Argentinan Petrone one the other hand has continued to grind resulting in a pair of qualifying PLB scores this week. On July 25 Petrone scores a pair of victories. The first was in the PokerStars Big $215 for $5,362/152.32 PLB points and then he took down the $109 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo for another $3,603/134.32. Petrone is within striking distance of overtaking Nemeth, trailing him by roughly 200 PLB points. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot has made a new career-high ranking for the second week in a row. Jumping up two spots to #8, the UK grinder had a big week with a pair of five-figure scores. He won the partypoker Tuesday Major for $13,000 and also took down the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for another $10,760. In total, Proudfoot added 478.98 PLB points to his total this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez held fast at the #9 position. His week was highlighted by a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday Smooth Deepstack for nearly $15,000 and 279.28 PLB points. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. The #10 ranked Leonard posted a pair of monster results on July 22 including a victory in the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for $22,999 and 387.30 PLB points. He then backed that up with a final table finish in the 1K Sunday Big Bounty Hunter for another $13,890/194.66. In other top 25 notable moves: Austria’s #1-ranked player ’Dattebayo’ rejoins the top 25, checking in at #21. When someone enters, someone must leave and this week it was Russia’s ‘NoPlanB’, slipping from #25 to #27. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,123.86 1 2 C Darwin2 10,373.40 2 3 hellohellohello 9,744.33 3 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,605.54 4 5 GINS FINEST 9,392.22 5 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,162.59 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,861.29 7 8 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,645.94 10 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,477.91 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,428.99 13 11 Ariados 8,428.61 8 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,159.57 11 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,003.12 12 14 DamageAP 7,957.50 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,848.22 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,832.14 16 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,676.01 17 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,544.79 18 19 Palyaaa 7,520.87 19 20 girafganger7 7,447.29 20 21 Dattebayo 7,397.16 27 22 European 7,363.20 21 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,281.65 22 24 kofi89 7,200.23 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,157.72 23
  4. The dog days of summer have hit the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings as nine of the top 10 players remain the same as last week. This includes another week at the top of the rankings for the Swedish powerhouse ‘lena900’. Usually one to put in a good deal of volume, ’lena900’ put in a very light schedule this week only recording 12 results. Impressively, all 12 of his cashes took place on Sunday, July 1. Of these, two were PLB point qualifiers, including his first-place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $109 for $14,245 and 292.06 PLB points. He also booked a second five-figure finish by winning The Whale on 888poker for another $20,000/223.61 PLB points. In total, ‘lena900’ added just over $50,000 to his bankroll in a single day, adding to his over $11 million in lifetime earnings. ‘C Darwin2’, June’s PLB points leader, remains in the Worldwide #2 spot this week. Like his countryman ‘lena900’, the Swede took the bulk of the week off, managing 11 cashes on Sunday, June 11, none of which added to his PLB point total. He currently trails the #1 spot by an intimidating 1909 PLB points, the type of gap he used to enjoy over his fellow competitors when he was ranked #1. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky remains on hiatus from the online grind however, his previous efforts helps him remain in the #3 position. The #4-ranked ‘hellohellohello’ is also taking a major break this week. He only recorded a single cash, but it’s a good one. The Russian took first place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on July 1 for $38,215 and 316.23 PLB points. He sits a mere 41 points behind ‘Romeopro’ in his efforts to return to the top 3. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth also retains his rank from last week, checking in at #5. He added 208.63 PLB points to his total with a silver medal finish in the same PokerStars High Roller that ‘hellohellohello’ ended up winning. Nemeth took him 423,498 for his efforts. There were some slight shifts in the bottom half of the top 10 as ‘GINS FINEST’ climbed over Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone for the #6 spot. The ranking for ‘GINS FINEST’ is a new career-high for the grinder and he did it with a third-place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $215 where he won $7,477 and picked up 141.66 PLB points. Petrone didn’t put up much of a fight this week, taking the entire week off from the online grind. The rest of the top 10 had the same idea as ‘Ariados’ (#8), Michael ‘mchang’ Zhang (#9) and Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#10) all continued to stay away from the online grind. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,662.67 1 2 C Darwin2 10,753.59 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,160.29 3 4 hellohellohello 10,118.91 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,521.24 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,331.60 7 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,208.61 6 8 Ariados 8,630.34 8 9 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,436.77 10 10 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,392.75 11 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,345.30 9 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,275.73 15 13 DamageAP 8,267.09 16 14 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,259.31 12 15 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,154.71 14 16 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,018.56 13 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,811.95 17 18 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,707.56 20 19 girafganger7 7,687.22 19 20 European 7,638.99 21 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,548.58 18 22 Palyaaa 7,495.92 23 23 Sheater 7,392.18 22 24 kofi89 7,339.04 26 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,225.90 25
  5. It took a big week at the online tables by #1-ranked ‘lena900’ in order for him to hold on to his spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings again this week. Though the majority of the top 10 remain in the same spots they occupied last week, the online action was plentiful. For ‘lena900’, he turned in a big-time performance on Sunday, August 19 that brought him two victories, over 900 PLB points and over $80,000. The highlight of his week was his victory in the bwin.com Sunday Big Bounty Hunter where he took home over $37,000 of his $80,000. It turns out that 'lena900' needed every PLB point he could muster. What was once a 2000 PLB point lead just weeks ago over fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' has been slimmed down to just over 169. ‘C Darwin2’ is one good week away from recapturing the throne that he held on to for most of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ celebrated surpassing $10 million in lifetime earning this week. He did it in what may have seemed like a trivial result to the online high roller. He crossed the milestone with a 15th place finish in the August 18 edition of the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $1,647. The was by no means ‘C Darwin2’ best score of the week as he booked three tournament victories this week, two of which for five-figures. This included a win in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for $17,942 and 318.43 PLB points. On the morning of Monday, August 20, it looked like Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ was going to finally reach the top spot in the rankings. After all, he had just defeated 5957 runners to win PokerStars’ flagship weekly tournament the $1,000,000 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points. Even with his win, the Russian didn’t slow down. He booked two more victories this week as well as two more five-figure scores. In total, ‘hellohellohello’ racked up 1,461.02 PLB points and only sits 489 points behind the #1 spot. He has yet to reach that marker in his career and while he’s sat in the #2 spot once before, he’s never been so close in terms of PLB points. The rest of the top 5 remain the same as Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone retains his #4 spot. Unlike last week, he did fire up the online client this week, however, he was unable to pick up any additional PLB points. Right behind him sits Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot, the UK’s #1-ranked player. Like Stone, Proudfoot fired a few tournaments but his results this week didn’t do anything to add to his pursuit of a new career-high ranking. Both #6-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone and #7-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth continue their vacation from the online grind, perhaps getting ready for the two online super series which begin in under two weeks. It’s another return to the top 10 for former #1-ranked partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard pulled in some valuable PLB points this week including his runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Second Chance High Roller for $9,800 and 156.13. Leonard jumped up three spots this week to land at #8. Will Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky return for the World Championship of Online Poker? That’s the big question hanging over the world’s #9 ranked player. He hasn’t been seen in online tournaments since May and it’s a testament to his incredible previous scores that he’s maintained a top 10 presence for so long without playing. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is another Swedish sensation as 'Ariados' looks to make another Rankings run. He booked a massive win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $34,431 and 460.65 PLB points. Other Top 25 notes: With WCOOP right around the corner it’s fitting that the reigning, defending WCOOP Main Event Champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff returns to the top 25, jumping eight spots to #22. Joining him is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen who used a victory in the Hotter $109 on PokerStars to leap back into the top 25, rising 12 spots to end up at #24. If two people enter the top 25, then two must exit and this week that falls to ‘kofi89’ and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who both remain right around the top 25 bubble. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,490.06 1 2 C Darwin2 10,320.55 2 3 hellohellohello 10,002.02 3 4 GINS FINEST 8,639.55 4 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,059.06 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,012.19 6 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,928.25 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,751.52 11 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,701.45 8 10 Ariados 7,609.43 12 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,570.43 10 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,413.92 14 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,370.20 9 14 Palyaaa 7,336.85 15 15 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,235.42 16 16 DamageAP 7,180.74 18 17 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,976.47 21 18 Dattebayo 6,960.80 13 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 6,939.71 20 20 girafganger7 6,883.07 19 21 PaDiLaH SP 6,851.14 17 22 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 6,779.68 30 23 European 6,725.11 24 24 Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen 6,679.71 36 25 MrBittar 6,661.92 25
  6. There is major movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week as a pair of players that have been steadily rising the ranks have broken new ground resulting in a new look top 5. It seems that the stagnant summer has come to a close with some new challengers gearing up to make a run at #1. But in order to take the crown, they have to get by the Swedish sensation that is ‘lena900’. Even though ‘lena900’ spends another week in the #1-ranking, he has also encountered the problem of not picking up any PLB points. In fact, It’s been over three weeks since he’s accumulated any PLB points causing him to steadily losing ground in that regard. What used to be a 2000 point lead over his countryman, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’ has dwindled to about 1000. That’s still a healthy lead, but it’s one that when the major fall online series fire up (WCOOP, POWERFEST), a lead like that can be eclipsed in short order. ’C Darwin2’, who is ranked #2 again this week, is also in a bit of a PLB point drought not picking up any himself this week either. PLB points haven’t been a problem for Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone who, for the third week in a row, rises in the top 10 to a new career-high ranking. Stone is now in a position to make a run at the Swedish domination of the top two spots. Stone picked up a nice score when he finished as the runner-up in the August 5 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $22,989 and 270.02 PLB points. That, combined with his third-place finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $8,729 and 136.86 PLB points, allowed Stone to cash for over $33,000 in the week. Even though Stone has been making huge leaps in the rankings all summer, he’s going to need some serious results if he wants to break into the next level. He currently sits roughly 1000 points behind ‘C Darwin2’ and that means almost 2000 behind ‘lena900’. With ‘GINS FINEST’ rising that means that ‘hellohellohello’ had to take a step backward, as he slips to the #4 spot. Even though it was light volume, the Russian did spend some time online and was able to pick up over $12,000 and 178.14 PLB points for his final table finish in the August 5 edition of PokerStars’ Sunday 500. Some aging results took their toll on ‘hellohellohello’s total PLB score as he dropped nearly 400 points from last week, even with his score. He still sits just above 9000 points and trails ‘GINS FINEST’ by 374 points. The top 5 also welcomes Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot for the first time. Proudfoot, currently the UK’s #1-ranked player, rises two spots to a career-high ranking. He recorded a silver medal in the Thursday Major on partypoker for $5,453 and 131.62 PLB points. As an additional accolade, Proudfoot managed to capture the July PLB monthly leaderboard. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone maintained his #6-ranking, despite not logging on to the online tables this week. Joining Petrone in keeping the lowest of profiles online is #7-ranked Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who remains in the #8 spot for another week. The top 10 welcomes back Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who leaps five spots to land at #9. Korsar, yet another player from Sweden in the top 10, had a mammoth week on the online felts. Since August 2 he has amassed over $56,000 in cashes. This includes a final table finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $19,970 and 191.72 PLB points. He also picked up back to back victories on PokerStars. The first in the August 6 edition of the Big $109 for $6,030 and 179.16 PLB points. The very next day he won the Daily 500 for another $14,357. In total, Korsar picked up over 1000 PLB points since August 2 and is now in striking distance of his career high ranking of #6, which he last held in 2016. The inactivity finally caught up to Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky as he slips five spots to #10 and in all likelihood, fall back outside of the top 10 next week. He hasn’t been seen at the online tournament tables since May 28. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,333.49 1 2 C Darwin2 10,328.99 2 3 GINS FINEST 9,389.02 4 4 hellohellohello 9,014.65 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,695.05 7 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,228.20 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,173.48 9 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,119.97 8 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,997.32 14 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,977.85 5 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,707.50 12 12 Ariados 7,597.28 11 13 Palyaaa 7,559.39 17 14 PaDiLaH SP 7,543.20 18 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,531.37 10 16 DamageAP 7,527.04 22 17 Dattebayo 7,508.69 13 18 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,492.80 16 19 girafganger7 7,396.62 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,294.27 15 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,223.28 21 22 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,130.78 20 23 kofi89 7,073.16 24 24 MrBittar 6,981.29 33 25 European 6,809.71 23
  7. Both PokerStars and partypoker announced their schedules for their massive fall online poker series this week, which means it’s time for the elite online players in the world to get back to the business of grinding. Once again this week, the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings looks very similar to the way it has shaped up for the previous month. There have, however, been some minor shifts in position as players attempt to put themselves in good positions prior to WCOOP and POWERFEST. The top spot in the rankings remains the same as ‘lena900’ enjoys yet another week as the world’s #1. If there’s one player who is expected to anticipate the large guarantees of the fall online series it would be ‘lena900’. After all, it was his superior performances in the massive spring series that helped propel him above the current #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. For both of these Swedish superstars, this summer has been a quiet one. Both have spent quite a bit of time away from the online scene. For ‘lena900’ it’s the second week in a row that he’s been unable to capture any PLB qualifying scores, watching his PLB total dip below 12,000 for the first time in over a month. ‘C Darwin2’ on the other hand picked up a little ground by taking home over $21,000 and 279.43 PLB points for his runner-up finish in the July 29 edition of the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter. A player who is likely eager to pick up some ground this fall is Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’. This week he remains in the #3 spot, over 1000 PLB points from reaching the Swedish duo. Although he was unable to pick up any PLB points this week, he did just recently hit a new career milestone of over $7 million in lifetime earnings. Canada’s ’GINS FINEST’ has finally surpassed Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky to touch the #4 rank for the first time in his career. He was assisted by a final table finish in the July 29 edition of PokerStars Omania High Roller where he picked up over $6,000 and 109.69 PLB points. The Montreal resident continues to climb the ranks of the top 10 and is currently only 214 PLB points away from making a run at the top 3. Romanovsky slips to the #5 ranking, still keeping his distance from playing online. Putting in his grind though is Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone who jumps up one spot to #6 this week. Petrone booked over $26,000 in cashes this week, highlighted by a victory in the PokerStars Hot $109 for $6,532 and 187.62 PLB points. In total, he earned 439.44 in qualified PLB points. Another player who has not let off the gas is the UK’s #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proutfoot, who checks in at a career-high ranking of #7 this week. He helped himself hit new heights with a fantastic score of $27,938 and 382.75 PLB points in the July 29 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500. Proudfoot is knocking on the door of over $2.5 million in lifetime cashes, sitting under $60,000 away from the milestone. It’s likely, with his skill and volume, he’ll reach that mark by the end of the fall series. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth slips two spots to #8 on no volume while both Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard keep their same rankings from last week, #9 and #10 respectively. Other Top 25 Notes: While there was some shuffling in the top 25, there were no new additions. The biggest move of the week belongs to Austria's 'Dattebayo' who jumped up eight spots to land at #13. He picked up a pair of five-figure scores on July 29, including a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller for $40,828 and 380.79 PLB points. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,918.64 1 2 C Darwin2 10,440.46 2 3 hellohellohello 9,491.36 3 4 GINS FINEST 9,277.31 5 5 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,195.46 4 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,891.29 7 7 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,829.59 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,738.81 6 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,301.85 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,300.92 10 11 Ariados 8,255.58 11 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,986.44 12 13 Dattebayo 7,858.33 21 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,761.31 16 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,752.23 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,723.21 13 17 Palyaaa 7,642.59 19 18 PaDiLaH SP 7,630.84 17 19 girafganger7 7,571.71 20 20 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,565.42 18 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,468.23 23 22 DamageAP 7,416.67 14 23 European 7,345.85 22 24 kofi89 7,131.76 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,882.31 25
  8. It’s another week at the top of the PocketFives Rankings for Swedish crusher ‘lena900’. The online poker superstar has had the luxury of sitting on a wide PLB point lead for weeks, however, it seems that may be coming to an end. It was yet another week without a substantial PLB score for the Swede and, with some aging results, his total PLB score plummeted over 800 points. This puts him under the 11,000 mark for the first time all summer and well within reach for the #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. Despite not picking up PLB points, ‘lena900’ still had a nice week at the online tables booking scores that totaled more than $35,000. This included a victory in the bwin.com $40K Bounty Hunter for $12,651. ‘lena900’s fellow Swede ‘C Darwin2’ one again sits in the #2 spot and now only trails the top spot by roughly 351 PLB points. For ‘C Darwin2’ it wasn’t a matter of climbing the ladder as much as simply holding his position. He did manage a final table finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller to pick up $14,850 however, like his countryman, there were no PLB points earned for the former #1 this week. That cannot be said for Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ who reclaimed the #3 spot this week. He rose one spot on the back of a victory in the August 16 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill where he picked up $27,270 and 378.15 PLB points. In total this week, ‘hellohellohello’ only recorded three cashes, having taken nearly a week off. He currently sits a full 1000 PLB points behind the #2 spot, yet that can all change in an instant one the World Championship Of Online Poker and POWERFEST kick off in early September. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone takes a small step backward from his career-high ranking of #3 and lands at #4 this week. After putting together a big week last week, it looks as though Stone opted to enjoy a week of summer, staying away from the online grind altogether. Perhaps Stone reached out to a few of his fellow top grinders to pitch the idea of a vacation as he wasn’t the only top-tier pro to go dark this week. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (#5) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#6) both held their respective spots in the top 10 despite continued time away from the tables. It was quite the opposite for Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth who made his return to the online tournament scene this week. Prior to this week, the last time Nemeth had recorded a score was July 8. His hiatus ended on August 12, as he hopped online and got back in the game. Nemeth played a couple tournaments and picked up some valuable PLB points, 258.54 in total, which helped him climb one spot to #7 this week. He made the final table in two tournaments earning four-figure scores in both. This included a seventh-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for $7,838. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky actually rises two spots in the rankings despite still being absent from the online scene. It’s a mix of inactivity and aging scores that lands him at #8. Maintaining his #9 spot is Swedish online legend Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar. While he wasn’t able to bring in any PLB points this week, Korsar still sits within striking distance of his all-time best ranking of #6, which he touched back in 2016. Korsar is currently approximately 348 PLB points behind the #6 spot as of this week. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, who slips three spots joining the pros who opted to take the week off. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,529.70 1 2 C Darwin2 10,178.52 2 3 hellohellohello 9,143.29 4 4 GINS FINEST 8,832.51 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,411.17 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,087.84 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,952.56 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,882.11 10 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,739.80 9 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,708.31 7 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,642.11 15 12 Ariados 7,444.91 12 13 Dattebayo 7,357.63 17 14 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,300.63 11 15 Palyaaa 7,277.74 13 16 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,255.38 22 17 PaDiLaH SP 7,253.33 14 18 DamageAP 7,253.33 16 19 girafganger7 7,042.87 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,030.91 20 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,997.57 18 22 kofi89 6,951.77 23 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,864.23 21 24 European 6,770.64 25 25 MrBittar 6,651.31 24
  9. 888poker’s 2018 XL Eclipse online series took place in September resulting in huge scores for plenty of PocketFivers. At the top of the list is the winner of the XL Eclipse $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky. It’s no surprise really as he binked the largest score of the entire series by defeating fellow top-10 ranked pro ‘C Darwin2’ for the mammoth $187,500 payday. Romanovsky cashed in four different XL Eclipse events and along with a final table appearance in the September 16 edition of the $50,000 Whale, racked up a total of $194,111 in earnings on 888poker. His month on September was enough to help catapult him over $10.5 million in lifetime earnings. It’s simple math that if Romanovsky is #1 with his six-figure payday that the runner-up in the Main Event would also win enough money to be a top earner. That man is former #1-ranked ‘C Darwin2’ who finished second to Romanovsky in the Main Event for $135,000. That single score, put a min-cash in the Mini Main Event was good enough to put the Swedish sensation on the top earners for September. Brazil’s ‘GM_VALTER’ won $100,000 for his third-place finish in the XL Eclipse Main Event, good for third for the month. A former top-20 player, the Sao Paulo grinder used the score to push himself up over $5 million in lifetime earnings. 888poker Top 10 Earners In August PLAYER WINNINGS Romeopro $194,111.68 C Darwin2 $135,380.00 GM_VALTER $100,000.00 machiavelli3 $80,551.00 felipesalgado30 $52,500.00 jadedjason $49,644.40 wisoooo $44,931.00 DamageAP $32,500.00 zcedrick $31,125.00 AloofRevolver $26,324.75   In terms of pure cashes on 888poker in September, no one comes close to Flavio ‘LendaFlavio’ Costa. Costa was in the top three of 888poker cashes last month but outdid himself with making the money 132 times. Costa is a low-limit grinder, but with that many times in the money, he was able to accumulate over $7,300 in earnings. A full 48 cashes behind Costa, but still impressive, Austria’s #19-ranked player ‘LockerI71’ posted a remarkable 84 cashes in September. Another small-stakes grinder, the Austrian posted a monthly-best score of $788 in the September 22 edition of $15,000 Mega Deep with a sixth-place finish. In total, he earned over $5,100 and increased the number of times he cashed by 26 from August. Third on the most cashes list is ‘DoperHarley’ from Russia with 81 cashes. In total, he earned little over $2,200 while climbing the ladder to his first $50,000 in earnings. 888poker Top 10 Cashers In August PLAYERS CASHES Flavio Felipe 132 Lockerl71 84 DoperHarley 81 machkonti 81 GagiiX 80 hudfoter 80 sizzlinbetta 76 gailius46 63 BlaaZeKuSH 60 jlaku 54   Along with being in the top 10 in pure cashes, Lithuania’s ‘gailius46’ topped the list for the number of times he finished first. He recorded 11 outright victories which accounted for nearly $6,000 of his $10,700 September earnings. ‘gailius46’ more than doubled the number of times he earned the gold medal month over month, recording five total in August. Tied with ‘gailius46’ is Flavio ‘LendaFlavio’ Costa, with 11 victories. It makes sense, with 132 cashes in a month, one would hope that a number of them would be outright wins. For Costa, that number puts him at an 8% rate of closing out a tournament. To prove the importance of going deep, his 8% victory rate accounts for nearly 30% of his earnings for the month, taking home $2138 of his $7338 in victories. Canada’s ‘BLaaZeKuSH’ locked up a win in six tournaments on 888poker in September, good for third on the list of victories. The Canadian also made the top 10 in the number of cashes with 60 and earned $7,239 in total cash during the month. He is less than $25,000 away from earning the prestigious $1,000,000 lifetime earnings badge and if continues to grind the last quarter the way did in September, there’s a good shot he’ll hit it by the New Year. 888poker Top 10 Winners In August PLAYERS WINS gailius46 11 Flavio Felipe 11 BlaaZeKuSH 6 CNAFish 5 GagiiX 5 EZPZ 5 alyssonspfc 4 lucassacul94 4 hudfoter 4 xXromMmeoXx 4
  10. There was another packed Sunday schedule of online poker across PokerStars, partypoker, and 888poker, with Roman Romanovsky claiming not one, but two, titles. The PokerStars Sunday Million was once again the highlight of the day's action with a prize pool worth $1,555,800 created and resulted in three players taking away six-figure scores. After the 5,779 player field was cut down to the final three, the remaining players agreed to a money-deal before they played on for the title. 'ALIN76poker' was then the first player to depart and took the bronze medal for $100,042. Patrick 'Egption' Tardif, who picked up a first WCOOP title in Event #59-Medium $215 PLO8 [6-Max] for $29,948 just two weeks ago, recorded a lifetime best cash for exactly $100,000 after taking second place, which left Luiz Felipe 'lftgjc' Sales to take down the prestigious title and a share of the prize pool worth $142,372. 'calitox' banked $51,289 for victory in this week's PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller after coming through a heads-up battle with 'Secret_M0d3'. 'Remi Lebo_10 ' took third place in the 117 player field for $29,678, with 'Secret_M0d3' taking away $39,015 as runner-up. Romania's 'xKoSSSx' added over $80,000 to their bankroll after they took the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller title. Canadian high-roller Sam 'Str8$$$Homey' Greenwood just missed out on a place in heads-up after he fell for $20,258 + $5,648 in third place. 'Killer_ooooo' was then the final player to depart and had to settle for a score worth $27,915 + $10,068, as 'xKoSSSx' took the win. It was to be a great day for Roman Romanovsky who took the first of this two titles in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up High Roller. Playing under the alias of 'SanityWaterline,' Romanovsky defeated 'orud74' heads-up to take the $41,825, first-place prize before taking his second gold medal of the day in the 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale event for another $25,160. There was a three-way chop in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller after 96 entrants created a $240,000 prize pool. 'z-boooo' walked away with $45,669 in third-place, followed by 'Chelsea72' in second-place for $46,018, with 'uwannagobud' the eventual winner for '$47,512'. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,779 entrants, $1,555,800 prize pool lftgjc - $142,372.85* Egption - $100,000.00* ALIN76poker - $100,042.44* chenrenqing - $53,931.70 Mortan23 - $37,847.71 capotinha - $26,560.39 Wizir - $18,639.35 XnGo - $13,080.65 Csabesz3 - $9,179.71 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 117 entrants, $234,000 prize pool calitox - $51,289.54 Secret_M0d3 - $39,015.21 Remi Lebo_10 - $29,678.36 p0cket00 - $22,575.92 quiditbear - $17,173.21 apestyles - $13,063.42 nailuj90 - $9,937.16 caecilius - $7,559.06 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $200k Gtd 935 entrants, $467,500 prize pool xKoSSSx - $38,467.69 + $42,275.28 Killer_ooooo - $27,915.38 + $10,068.37 Str8$$$Homey - $20,258.17 + $5,648.44 M_Acevedo - $14,701.35 + $2,398.44 pkrbt - $10,668.77 + $1,531.25 jakoooobsen - $7,742.31 + $2,156.25 3DTemujiN - $5,618.62 + $2,468.76 chrtinho7 - $4,077.41 + $5,894.52 litovchenko8 - $2,958.99 + $5,117.20 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 1,063 entrants, $ 212,600 prize pool T3G3S - $34,496.09 --KarlsenA-- - $24,802.57 lara996 - $17,833.24 raissa1990 - $12,822.26 livinmydream1 - $9,219.31 lw3151wwy - $6,628.78 tua133 - $4,766.15 hdjgkfkgsdl - $3,426.92 tiarc - $2,463.99 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up High Roller $100k Gtd 189 entrants, $189,000 prize pool SanityWaterline - $41,825.70 orud74 - $30,051 Algorhythm - $21,924 megustaestrecha - $15,687 TullaMoreFan12 - $10,962 spinner2255 - $8,505 Spacey1891 - $6,615 YumsYums - $5,197.50 partypoker $215 Sunday Warm-Up 100k 689 entrants, $137,800 prize pool EmilioSurita - $25,120.94 shakentucan - $17,886.44 MoNddLeR - $12,071.28 BuyThaPot - $8,254.22 alienrobot - $5,760.04 GarlaEdu - $4,189.12 TINY44 - $3,031.60 WhyAlwayzMe - $2,122.12 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 96 entrants, $240,000 prize pool uwannagobud - $47,512.46* Chelsea72 - $46,018.24* z-boooo - $45,669.31* Hesskopp - $21,600 PartyRainer - $16,800 KryptoKing420 - $12,600 MOTHERSMATTERS - $10,200 rdcrsnn - $8,400 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR Mix-Max $150k Gtd 209 entrants, $213,180 prize pool savageplenty - $26,027.43 + $29,022.51 BurgerMan41 - $16,720 + $1,885 JimyTransaction - $11,756.25 + $4,485 geileaap - $8,516.75 + $5,037.50 MonkMode - $6,270 + $7,637.49 GlobalHappiness - $4,180 + $3,136.25 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 68 entrants – $68,000 prize pool Romeopro33 - $25,160 Dioszilla - $17,000 radasahk - $10,200 StuntSoHard - $6,800 MisterN411 - $5,100 trino11 - $3,740 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 483 entrants – $96,600 prize pool Ronaldo4112 - $18,837 VALIUM4WIN - $14,007 josef_shvejk - $10,626 NoMamesWeyyy - $7,728 MuckFest - $5,313 mosi157 - $3,864 bah23 - $2,898 shadinho888 - $2,415
  11. This is it. 888poker’s fall online poker series XL Eclipse has come to an end. Sunday's action included four final tournaments including the $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. With a total of $1.3 million on the line and the promise of six-figure sums to be won, Day 11 turned out to be the biggest of the series. ‘Romeopro33’ Wins Main Event Two of the top-ranked online players in the world battled it out for the title of XL Eclipse Main Event winner. In the end, it was Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky who put the finishing touches on the 710 player field in Event #32: $1,000,000 Main Event. For the victory, Romanovsky earned the $187,500 first place prize, the largest of the entire XL Eclipse series. The win pushes the worldwide #9-ranked Romanovsky to over $10.5 million in lifetime earnings. His heads-up opponent was none other than the former #1-ranked Swedish pro ‘C Darwin2’ (aka ‘Isildur1337x’). The current #3-ranked grinder added $135,000 to his bankroll for his runner-up finish. Both Romanovsky and ‘C Darwin2’ are two of the only 13 players in the world to have reached over $10 million in lifetime earnings to date. After winning Event #10 for over $22,000 last week, Sweden’s ‘cuadrado12’ managed to take down his second event of the XL Eclipse series. In Event #31: $100,000 Mega Deep the Swede defeated ’nnnnn_’ heads-up to earn $27,930, adding another title to his resume and picking up an extra $1,000 for winning two of the 34 events. In Event #33: $150,000 Mini Main Event ’TAPIS_TAPIR’ booked a five-figure payday for topping the 869 player field. He walked with $34,182 for first while Malta’s ‘CraiEvryTime’ earned $24,687 for second place. In the final event of the series, Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main Event Germany’s ‘amverskltn97’ picked up $11,974.46 for the win. Sunday's Results Event Buy-In Entries Prize Pool Places Paid Winner Country Prize Event #31: $100,000 Mega Deep $215 486 $147,000 64 cuadrado12 Sweden $27,930 Event #32: $1,000,000 Main Event $1,050 710 $1,000,000 90 Romeopro33 Ukraine $187,500 Event #30: $150,000 Mini Main Event $160 869 $189,000 117 TAPIS_TAPIR - $34,182 Event #34: $50,000 Micro Main Event $33 1,693 $70,890 207 amverskltn97 Germany $11,974.46 The Big Time On the final day of XL Eclipse, plenty of online poker's elite players fought for a piece of the prize pool. In the Main Event, Romanovsky and ‘C Darwin2’ were not the only top 10 ranked pros at the final table. The #6-ranked ‘varonislv’ (aka ‘DamageAP’) finished in seventh place for $32,500. Not far behind was the #1-ranked player in the world, ‘tutten7’ (‘lena900’) who bowed out in 16th place, adding $7,000 to his over $12 million career earnings. 888poker ambassador Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot picked up his first cash in the series. The #50-ranked Talbot worked his way to 37th place for $4,000. Just three spots earlier in 40th, fellow ambassador Sofia ‘sofialovgren’ Lovgren bowed out for the same amount. PocketFivers Taking Their Shot As already displayed, PocketFivers picked up more than their fair share of Sunday’s XL Eclipse prize pool. Joining all of the top 10 ranked players that made the final table of Event #32, Malta’s ‘wisimaki’ battled into sixth place for a score of $42,500. ‘wisimaki’ is the #114-ranked player in the world and this, a career top 5 score for him, will send him rocketing into the top 100. In Event #31, the #35-ranked player in the world Pedro ‘PaDiLhA10’ Padilha finished in ninth for $2,190.30. Joining him at the final table was Sam ‘JstLikeThat’ Dearman busting in eighth for $2,940 and the #3-ranked player in Argentina, Rodrigo ’sonmonedass’ Perez who bowed out in fifth for $7,350. ‘Diffuser’ made the final table in Event #33, earning $9,570.96. In Event #34 Ben ‘DoobieFish’ Kett picked up over $2,600 for a sixth-place finish while Finland’s ‘OlofSpewie’ fell in fourth for over $4,600. They were joined by ‘Afraoc91’ from Peru who earned $2,020.36 for seventh, putting him on the cusp of $350,000 in lifetime earnings. That’s a wrap for 2018 XL Eclipse!
  12. With a month and a half left in the year, Sweden’s 'lena900' (28,117.68) maintains his lead in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. His last few weeks have been filled with plenty of volume as he widened the gap between himself and 'C Darwin2' (25,993.48). There have been no changes to the top five spots on the leaderboard in the past two weeks. PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of November 14 1. 'lena900' - 28,117.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 25,993.48 3. 'hellohellohello' - 23,840.61 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,678.21 5. Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone - 20,526.95 Since the last update on October 23, 'lena900' has added nearly 1,000 points to his total. His largest score since was worth $36,628.52 when he won the $1,050 buy-in partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller on November 4. Other notable recent scores for 'lena900' include a first-place finish in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep on November 4 for $20,867, a win in the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller on November 1 for $10,877.22, a second-place result in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,069.75, and another second-place finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $15,671.39. Although 'C Darwin2' maintained his second-place standing in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race, he only added 237.17 points to his total. Only two recent scores were worth five figures for 'C Darwin2' and both came on PokerStars - a third-place finish in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $10,038.30 and a first-place result in the High Roller Club: Daily 500 for $15,523.81. Russia’s 'hellohellohello' (23,840.61) stays in third place, but he did close the gap a bit between himself and 'C Darwin2.' November has been good to 'hellohellohello' so far, as he’s notched two scores of more than $20,000. The first of the two came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on November 4 for $20,587.78. The second was a victory in the partypoker BIG Bounty Hunter High Roller for $23,446.15. Rounding out the top five spots in the PocketFives 2018 PLB are two players who are no strangers to the top of this race, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky (21,678.21) and Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone (20,526.95). The ground Romanovsky is standing on in fourth place is getting a little shaky, though. He has no recorded results since September 30 and Petrone is grinding hard to try and move up. Then just outside of the top five is Latvia’s 'DamageAP' (20,407.91), just 119.04 points behind Petrone.
  13. Headed into the final months of 2018, the race for the PocketFives 2018 PLB is in the final stretch. Players who have spent the better part of the year inside the top-10 rankings continue to grind out major volume and pack on PLB points in an effort to not only hit huge scores but also finish the year as at the top of the online poker world. The current leader of the pack is Sweden’s ‘lena900’ (27,159.68). The current #1-ranked player in the world took over the top spot in online poker at the end of the major spring online series and has not let go of his lead for the better part of five months. ‘lena900’ has had an amazing year by any standard thus far in 2018 with five six-figure scores. Those five tournaments alone would be enough to put the Swede well over $1 million in earnings for the year. Back in February 2018, he celebrated $9 million in total career earnings, however as of October he has soared past $12.4 million. His highlight score came during the major spring online series. During partypoker’s POWERFEST Event-53-SHR $10K Championship Event ‘lena900’ won the event and earned $430,047 plus 1,414.21 PLB points. It stands as a career-high online score for him and had helped propel him as the frontrunner for the 2018 Yearly PLB award. Not that far behind ‘lena900’ is his fellow countryman, the Swedish sensation ‘C Darwin2’ (25,756.31). Before ‘lena900’ took over as the #1-ranked player in the world, that title was held by ‘C Darwin2’ for the first five months of 2018. Currently ranked #3 worldwide, the Swede has also spent the year skyrocketing up the list of all-time career cashes. He celebrated $8 million in total cashes in February and currently sits with roughly $10.9 million, likely to surpass $11 million before the end of the year. ‘C Darwin2’ recorded his career-high score back on March 20. He took down Event #7 in the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($10,300 NLHE Eight Max) for $267,406 and 1,104.54 PLB points. He recorded another cash by finished as the runner-up in the Main Event of 888poker’s XL Eclipse for $135,000. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (23,147.70) is currently sitting in third place on the Yearly PLB thanks to a scorching hot end of summer run. On August 19, ‘hellohellohello’ added a marquee victory to his resume by winning the PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points.. The cash was one of four six-figure results in 2018 for the Russian, which included back-to-back results of over $100K during the major fall online series. He first found himself fishing in third place in PokerStars WCOOP-62-M ($2,100 NLHE Eight Max High Roller) for $136,573. The very next day he had a bit-time final table finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST-108-SHR for another $114,400. His 2018 journey has led him to rank as high as #2 in the world. He currently sits at #4. Ukrainian pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (21,678.21) is currently sitting in the #4 spot on the Yearly PLB list. Like others on this list, Romanovsky had himself a career-best score in 2018 during the spring online tournaments. On May 9 during PokerStars SCOOP-14-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max High Roller) Romanovsky finished as the runner-up for a massive $442,299 prize. On the same day, he picked up another six-figure cash of $138,525 by taking down SCOOP-16-H ($5,200 NLHE Turbo). Those two results, with the addition of another six-figure score only days earlier, had Romanovsky well over $700,000 for the month of May. After SCOOP, Romanovsky essentially disappeared from the online scene for roughly three months. He made an appearance at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but hardly any results online. When the fall series came back around, so did Romanovsky and he went on to win his fourth six-figure cash of 2018 by taking down the 888poker XL Eclipse Main Event for $187,500. He currently ranks #5 in the world with nearly $10.7 million in lifetime earnings. Rounding out the top five on the Yearly PLB leaderboard is Argentina’s Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. Ranked #9 in the world (having reached as high as #3), Petrone had a trio of scores of over $100,000. He picked up both a POWERFEST and a WCOOP title this year however his largest cash came in the Main Event of PokerStars TCOOP when he finished as the runner-up in Event #72 ($1,000 NLHE Twin Turbos Main Event) for $282,436 which, just similarly to everyone on this list, was a career-high cash. Petrone crossed $3 million in total career earnings in the first quarter of 2018. He now sits on nearly $4.5 million.
  14. It was a banner year for PocketFivers over on 888poker as many of the top-tier pros took to the site to take down six-figure scores and pad their bankrolls. With the help of major tournament schedules, like the popular XL Series, PocketFivers picked up millions out of the prize pools in 2018. No one had a better year on 888poker than Ukranian pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky earned over $405,000 on the site, thanks in large part to his takedown of September’s XL Eclipse $1,000,000 Main Event. He bested fellow pro ‘C Darwin2’ heads-up and picked up $187,500 for the win. Of course, this was not his only major score on 888poker in 2018 as early in the year he finished as the runner-up in the XL Blizzard $200,000 Mini Main Event for just over $30,000. He also took down the February 4 edition of the $125,000 Whale for $34,375. Romanovsky continually put up big results in 888poker largest weekly tournament, the Sunday Whale. On April 29 he finished as the runner-up for $20,000. Then again on September 30, Romanovsky took the tournament down once again adding over $25,000 to his 888poker totals. What may be the most impressive part of his 2018 topping results is that he took three months off from online poker during the summer. He never showed any rust, continually crushing on the site. His 2018 results helped him soar to over $10 million in career lifetime scores and touch the worldwide #2-ranking this year. Not that far behind Romanovsky is Finland’s Tomi ‘emeriaa’ Brouk. Brouk amassed $349,763 on 888poker in 2018 with his biggest bink coming from May’s XL Inferno Main Event. Brouk finished as the runner-up in the $1,000,000 Main Event for $150,670. The score remains a career-high cash for the grinder and came only days after he booked a fourth-place finish in XL Inferno Event #16 ($200,000 High Roller) for an additional $31K. XL Inferno wasn’t the only XL series that Brouk did well in as he nearly hit another six-figure score back in January. He finished in third place in the XL Blizzard $1M Main Event for $99,198. All of those scores plus regular four-figure score in the weekly Whale made Brouk the #2 highest casher on 888poker in 2018. He currently sits inside the top 100, ranked at #92 in the world. It was an equally massive year for one of the UK’s top online poker talent, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot. Proudfoot enjoyed a breakout year in 2018 and was the third highest casher on 888poker, racking up $238,121 in online tournament scores. For Proudfoot, there is one major score that defined his year on 888poker. On May 20, he went the distance in the XL Inferno Main Event taking home a career-high cash of $209,779, defeating the man above him on this list heads-up for the win. The victory helped push the rising star of Proudfoot further into the spotlight as it propelled him to a career-high worldwide ranking of #4 in the world and #1 in the UK. Coming in at #4 in 2018 is ‘machiavelli3’. The Swedish grinder spends a good amount of time on 888poker and picked up four five-figure cashes on the site this year. His spotlight victory was when he took down the Event #31 of XL Eclipse ($100,000 Mega Deep) for $27,930. That nice score came only days after he won XL Eclipse Event #10 ($100,000 Tune Up) for another $22,170. In the month of July, ‘machiavelli3’ finished as the runner-up in the weekly Whale on two occasions. The first on July 22 for $16,750 and then again the very next week for an additional $20,445. This after finishing in third place earlier in the month. His prowess on helped push him to a career-high ranking of #19 in 2018 and a money milestone of over $3 million lifetime. He currently sits at #56 in the world. Wrapping up the top 5 in 2018 is legendary Swedish online player ‘C Darwin2’. Currently the #2-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’ seemingly crushes every tournament he enters and this year he lifted $212,599 off of 888poker. His biggest 888poker score of the year was when he finished right behind Romanovsky in the XL Eclipse $1,000,000 Main Event. His runner-up finish added $135,000 to his coffers and helped push him to over $11.4M in lifetime earnings. 888poker Top 10 Earners of 2018 Name Earnings Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky $405,285.50 Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk $349,763.92 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot $238,121.70 'machiavelli3' $219,218.72 'C Darwin2' $212,599.18 'Crib09' $179,030.08 Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatskiy $169,107.76 'lena900' $161,278.63 Bryan 'pbaris' Paris $156,778.42 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski $152,703.41
  15. partypoker ambassadors Joao Simao, Anatoly Filatov, and Kristen Bicknell all won gold medals on an eventful Sunday, as Roman Romanovsky took down the 888poker $1,050 Whale for the fourth time. A three-way deal in this week's PokerStars Sunday Million led to Germany's Arturs 'ARTSchGamble' Scerbaks taking this week's title alongside $134,333. The tournament attracted 6,058 entrants which produced a prize pool worth $1,211,600. Well-known high-stakes player Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi had a deep run but ultimately fell in sixth place for a $26,301 score, before the Brazilian duo of Taka 'ManafesTT' Tamura and Pedro 'FlipMaster08' Paulo hit the rail in fifth ($37,478) and fourth ($53,405) place respectively. The final three remaining players then agreed to a money-deal before play resumed for the title battle. 'The39player' departed with the bronze medal for $98,326, before Scerbaks saw off the challenge from the U.K.'s Andy 'andyh26' Holman, who fell in second place for $106,417, to take the win. 'Naza114' defeated 'Malaka$tyle' heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to bank $65,069. The field was set at 155 entrants and Gerald 'viking47' Ringe, Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson, Ricardo 'riversouza' Souza, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, world ranked #1 'Lena900' and RaiseYourEdge Head Coach 'bencb789' all came and went at the final table before Brazil's 'cassiopak' claimed third place for $38,941. 'Malaka$tyle' became the final player to fall and banked $50,337 leaving 'Naza114' as the victor. Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell just missed out on a second Sunday win of the day after 'mikki696' got the better of the Canadian heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown. Earlier on in the day, Bicknell took the gold medal in the Bigger $215 for $19,883 and continued her good form onto the Cooldown final table. 'Lena900', among others, departed from the final nine before 'TiltMeBig' exited in third place $22,025 + $1,000 (in bounties). There was plenty to the play as Bicknell battled 'Mikki696' for the top prize alongside mega money bounties, but the partypoker ambassador was ultimately confirmed as runner-up for $28,508 + $27,296, with 'Mikki696' adding $36,898 + $44,546 to their bankroll. partypoker ambassador Joao Simao prevented Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot from making it back-to-back Sunday titles on the partypoker client. Proudfoot took down the partypoker 150k Gtd Main Event last week for $29,631 but had to settle for the silver medal this time around in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter. Proudfoot added another $19,440 + $11,319 (in bounties) to his bankroll after the Brazilian Simao came through the final battle to take the win for $26,865 + $26,521. 'SpiritDNA' came through a 117 player field in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller to bank an eye-watering $71,662. Jonathan Proudfoot continued his rich vein of form and made a final table appearance, falling in sixth place for $14,265. 'orud74' and 'aLiNeNok1617' took fifth and fourth place respectively before 'madgenius87' hit the rail in third for $36,562. 'z-boooo' then succumb to the pressure from 'SpiritDNA' and exited in second place for $51,187. But 'SpiritDNA' wasn't done for the day and made a second final table appearance in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter. The prize pool was set at $253,980 after 249 entrants took part and after 'Maddonaa' exited in third place for $13,719 + $3,217, Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov was looking to become the second partypoker ambassador of the day to win a title, but in his way was 'SpiritDNA' who was looking for a double gold medal. Ultimately it was to be the Russian Filatov who continued his hot streak in 2018, and took the win for $29,257 + $30,092, with 'SpiritDNA' banking $19,297 + $14,297 in second place. World ranked #8 Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky took down the 888poker $1,050 Whale for the fourth time in his career to edge closer to the $1m earnings on the client. The tournament came with $50,000 guaranteed, but after 75 entrants took part the final prize pool was set at $75,000. 'Kannwas' took third place for $11,250, before Romanovsky found himself heads-up in the Whale for the fifth time this year, previously winning and losing both twice. The Ukrainian once again went the distance this time around as he got the better of 'PokerJoe332' who took away $16,875 as runner-up and 'Romeopro33' claimed the $26,250 first-place prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,058 entrants, $1,211,600 prize pool ARTSchGamble - $134,333.28* andyh26 - $106,417.07* The39player - $98,326.67* FlipMaster08 - $53,405.99 ManafesTT - $37,478.72 raidalot - $26,301.38 OKO86 - $18,457.54 xJustAwesome - $12,457.54 MyNumber7 - $9,090.09 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 155 entrants, $310,000 prize pool Naza114 - $65,069.75 Malaka$tyle - $50,337.83 cassiopak - $38,941.27 bencb789 - $30,124.93 Lena900 - $23,304.59 stevie444 - $18,028.42 riversouza - $13,946.74 Aggro Santos - $10,789.17 viking47 - $8,346.50 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $150K Gtd 186 entrants, $372,000 prize pool mikki696 - $36,898.61 + $44,546.87 (in bounties) krissyb24 - $28,508.31 + $27,296.88 TiltMeBig - $22,025.97 + $1,000.00 cigarromata - $17,017.58 + $8,312.50 quiditbear - $13,148.04 + $1,000.00 ale6ka - $10,158.37 + $2,000.00 Lena900 - $7,848.51 + $4,218.75 DotComRicher - $6,063.87 + $4,500.00 prebz - $4,974.38 + $1,000.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,114 entrants, $222,800 prize pool steakaddict. - $36,151.33 Geokarak - $25,992.53 ModzillaPL - $18,688.84 Avi Popo - $13,437.44 huoge - $9,661.63 undaDISGUISE - $6,946.81 Erä_Koira - $4,994.81 FeaNoR4eG - $3,591.33 ToGe86 - $2,582.20 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $200k Gtd 270 entrants, $275,400 prize pool joaosimaobh - $26,865 + $26,521.03 (in bounties) proudflop - $19,440 + $11,319.14 sergewiceq - $13,635 + $3,696.87 blackaces93 - $9,922.50 + $2,973.75 AussieOsbourne - $7,020 + $7,980.78 Sheparentao - $5,265 + $6,829.06 jrungood1 - $3,712.50 + $0 Chelsea72 - $2,700 + $1,690 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Deepstack $200k Gtd 218 entrants, $218,000 prize pool rrinKS - $44,450.20 MMb2b - $32,264 MaXiMuSpkr - $22,999 TheBlack_sheep - $17,004 joaosimaobh - $11,990 whresmymind - $9,156 Algorhytm - $6,758 onepunch - $5,014 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 117 entrants, $292,500 prize pool SpiritDNA - $71,662.50 z-boooo - $51,187.50 madgenius87 - $36,562.50 aLiNeNok1617 - $25,593.75 orud74 - $19,012.50 proudflop - $14,625 eet_smakelijk - $11,700 DeanMalenko - $9,506.25 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter: $200k Gtd Mix-Max 249 entrants, $253,980 prize pool NL_Profit - $29,257.54 + $30,092.97 (in bounties) SpiritDNA - $19,297.50 + $14,297.97 Maddonaa - $13,719.65 + $3,217.50 sonmonedass - $10,022.25 + $2,795 maniakboy - $7,470 + $3,753.75 ACHSO8000 - $4,980 + $3,818.75 KryptoKing420 - $3,423.75 + $2,535 ojanOmaha - $3,423.75 + $3,083.44 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 75 entrants – $75,000 prize pool Romeopro33 - $26,250 PokerJoe332 - $16,875 Kannwas - $11,250 doctor877 - $7,500 Johan5390 - $5,625 HateH4teHate - $4,125 2sick2bluff - $3,375 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Gtd 478 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Happynose - $17,607.07* Kale333 - $15,892.93* Hurrrrican3 - $10,750 23NoraB - $7,750 SEWart777 - $5,250 Pik00rs - $3,750 Omegita06 - $2,750 Senta99 - $2,250 *donates deal
  16. Halfway through the final month of 2018, Sweden's 'lena900' remains atop the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. Most of the top five stayed the same, with each of the top four places having the same player as our last update, but the #5 spot did change and it now belongs to 'DamageAP.' PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of December 20 1. 'lena900' - 29,692.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 26,944.29 3. 'hellohellohello' - 24,818.53 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,906.06 5. 'DamageAP' - 21,254.51 Thanks to adding 1,575 points since the last update on November 14, 'lena900' now has a lead of 2,748.39 points over the rest of the field. That's a fair bit more than the lead of 2,124.20 he had on a month ago. Helping 'lena900' extend his lead was a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points. He also won the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter: $100K Gtd [Fast] on November 28 for $30,340 and 316.23 points. In second place stayed 'C Darwin2,' but he only added 950.81 points to the 1,575 for ‘lena900’ and that caused him to fall behind further. With a total of 26,944.29 points and two weeks to go in 2018, it doesn’t appear that 'C Darwin2' is going to be able to catch 'lena900' for the Yearly PLB win. Even still, 'C Darwin2' has been performing well as of late. He has cashes for $20,926 (225.84 points), $14,247 (163.58 points), $13,370 (246.98 points), $12,282 (120.94 points), and $11,000 (137.65 points) in December already. The largest of those came from a fourth-place result in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $150K Gtd on December 2. Russia's 'hellohellohello' stayed in third place and Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky stayed in fourth place, and the big change came with the addition of 'DamageAP' to the top five. 'DamageAP' overtook Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone for fifth place thanks to adding 846.60 points and moving to 21,254.51 points on the year. 'DamageAP' was only 119.04 points behind Petrone when we last updated and he earned 184.08 more PLB points since then. 'DamageAP' cashed for $15,504 and 187.29 points in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd on November 18, he took second in the partypoker KO Series #09-HR: $100K Gtd [Mix-Max Fast] on November 19 for $16,916 and 208.63 points, and he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd for $23,734 and 320.94 points on November 20. In December, 'DamageAP' won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $125K Gtd on December 1 for $13,614 and 267.39 points, and he also won the partypoker Sunday Deepstack: $100K Gtd on December 9 for $16,500 and 316.23 points. Petrone is now the one on the outside of the top five looking in with 21,189.47 points, and 'girafganger7' isn’t too far behind him with 21,119.80 points.
  17. 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. Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede - Malta It should be no surprise that Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede soared to the top of the rankings in Malta after his historic chop in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online. He took home a massive $2.3 million for what will officially go down as a runner-up finish. Obviously, that is far and away a career-high cash for de Goede, one that will be very difficult to surpass (online or live). The score helped him not just to the #1 ranking in Malta, but also sent him screaming up the rankings to a career-high ranking of #12 in the world. He bypassed both the $4 million and $5 million badges to now sit at a lifetime total of $6.276M in total earnings. For de Goede though, this was not simply a lucky run of cards. He’s been a PocketFiver since January 2010 (coming up on nine years) and is a true grinder with nearly 6,000 cashes in his career. One might think that after a life-changing score like in the MILLIONS Online, a break would be in order. Not for de Goede, who has been racking up cashes throughout the month of December including a 1386th place finish in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter for $8. That’s not going to move the needle like his fourth-place finish in the December 14 edition PokerStars High Roller Club for over $11,000 but it does go to show that even after a $2.3M score, a grinder's work is never done. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky - Ukraine Despite taking a major part of 2018 off, Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky has remained as the #1 player in his county and a mainstay at the top of the worldwide rankings. With impressive performances on 888poker all year long, Romanovsky has emerged as the PocketFiver with the most earning on that site in 2018. Case in point, he took down December 2 edition of the Sunday $50,000 Whale for $26,250 as a part of his over $400,000 worth of earnings on that site. That victory came after taking nearly two months off late in the year, having not recorded an online cash in the months of October or November. Prior to that, Romanovsky earned $187,000 for his win in the 888poker XL Eclipse $1M Main Event. However, if Romanovsky cares to keep his #1 status in Ukraine, he won’t be able to take much more time off as Ukraine’s #2, ‘Palyaaa’ is right behind him in the standings, less than 300 PLB points away. Sam ‘pudge714’ Greenwood - Canada When not traveling the world competing in biggest buy-in tournaments he can find, Sam ‘pudge714’ Greenwood spends his time crushing online. He’s currently the #1-ranked online player in Canada as well as ranked #20 in the world, a career-high ranking for the accomplished player. Greenwood’s uptick in the rankings is directly correlated to his participation in the PokerStars High Roller Club events. Greenwood has been packing on the PLB points with deep finishes in these events all month long. His highlights include a runner-up finish in the December 2 edition of the $530 Sunday 500 for $26,891 and 296.52 PLB points and an outright victory in the December 3 edition of the $530 Daily 500 for another $14,273 and 260.77 PLB points. Both of those results were after the month of November when he picked up another seven PLB qualifying cashes. Greenwood also his a new major milestone, surpassing $6 million in lifetime online earnings to go along with his over $12 million in live earnings. He may be able to hold the top spot in Canada until the end of the year as he holds a 700 PLB point lead over former top-10 ranked Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan. ‘DamageAP’ - Latvia 2018 has been a good one for Latvia’s #1-ranked 'DamageAP'. Not only did he climb to the top of his country but he crashed the elite ranks of the worldwide top-10 and is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of #4 in the world. 'DamageAP' is name-checked as one of the best in the world right now. One look at his results paints a picture of why. He is constantly in the mix in the biggest buy-in tournaments online and consistently putting up big-time results. Take for instance his day on October 28. At the same time, he finished in fifth place in the PokerKing Million Dollar Sunday Encore for $57,000 and also binked a runner-up finish in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller on PokerStars for another $26,000. Since that time 'DamageAP' has posted eight five-figure cashes, including a runner-up finish in the December 17 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for over $12,000. He’s closing in on his $5 million badge (roughly $250K to go). He trails the #3-ranked ‘hellohellohello’ by roughly 1200 PLB points, but holds a massive 3800 PLB points lead in the country of Latvia over Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins, so it’s unlikely he will be losing that title anytime soon. Arturs ‘Artschgamble’ Scerbaks - Germany Another player enjoying new career highs in Germany’s #1-ranked Arturs ‘Artschgamble’ Scerbaks. Scerbaks not only takes over the #1 spot in his country from ‘nilsef’ but is currently sitting at #30 in the world. It goes to show that good things happen when you win a tournament like the PokerStars Sunday Million, as Scerbaks did on December 2. The $154,532 first place prize is another career-high for the German and the 1,069.67 PLB points helped him rocket up the rankings. Scerbaks recently has been playing as a mid-stakes grinder but has also taken some recent shots at the high buy-ins pay off recently. He scored a victory in the November 24 edition PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $13,805 + bounties and also picked up another nice score in the December 5 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $8,941. The Sunday Million cash helped push Scerbaks up over $2 million for his career.
  18. Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky won his third gold medal of 2019, and Patrick Leonard secured his first in another busy Sunday of online poker action. Romanovsky's victory came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $38,381. A 79-player field created a $158,000 prize pool, and when the players had been whittled down to the final three, it was 'iamivar' who departed with the bronze medal for $23,614. 'subiime' then faced off against Romanovsky for the title, but they were unable to find a way to the win and fell in second place for $30,105. 'r1d3rst0rm' came through a 5,909 field in the PokerStars Sunday Million to win a cool $159,563.64. Brazil's 'Caz_Carneiro' lost out in the heads-up battle and departed as runner-up for his biggest recorded online cash worth $111,973. 'kirdface' took the bronze medal for $78,579, while there was also final table appearances for 'ReraiseRob', 'nili-nilsen', 'AlinAUT' and Jamie 'Ship It 2010' O'Connor. Ireland's 'Rowniwn' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a career-best $36,255 + $30,400 in bounties score. There were no less than six PocketFivers on the final table with 'nilsef', 'bubbleboybr', 'Kzzon', 'alexos888', and 'Mr.Bittar' all falling before 'lht23276' exited in third place for $19,479 + $12,898. 'Rowniwn' then sealed their win by sending 'droulis9' to the rail heads-up, with the latter banking $26,574+ $2,412. Brazil's 'aaurelio' was the overall winner in this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up following a heads-up deal. The prize pool was set at $212,000 after 1,060 entrants took part. 'Liqqa' banked $17,782 for third place, before 'aaurelio' and 'staxzilla99' made a money deal. The latter then hit the rail in second place and took away $27,909 for their share, with 'aaurelio' adding $31,202 to his bankroll. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard was the last player standing in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter after he saw off the 133 player field. Leonard's fellow partypoker teammate Richard Dubini finished in sixth place for $3,829 + $1,982 in bounties. 'x_zola25' walked away with $9,700 + $1,592 in third place, while 'rudiqa1' had to settle for $13,338 +$2,860 as runner-up, after Leonard secured victory for his first gold medal of 2019 and a $18,585 + $21,515 score. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,909 entrants, $1,181,800 prize pool r1d3rst0rm - $159,563.64 Caz_Carneiro - $111,973.89 kirdface - $78,579.77 ReraiseRob - $55,144.91 FREDYWOLF - $38,699.10 nili-nilsen - $27,157.88 TheDudes777 - $19,058.65 AlinAUT - $13,374.90 Ship It 2010 - $9,386.21 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, 100k Gtd 79 entrants, $158,000 prize pool RomeOpro - $38,381.14 subiime - $30,105.57 iamivar - $23,614.39 bencb789 - $18,522.79 Crazy Elior - $14,529.01 Greenstone25 - $11,396.35 ExactSystems - $8,939.13 RickLogrado - $7,011.72 youngstar28 - $5,499.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 858 entrants, $429,000 prize pool Rowniwn - $36,255.20 + $30,400.27 (in bounties) droulis9 - $26,574.57 + $2,412.11 lht23276 - $19,479.08 + $12,898.43 Mr.Bittar - $14,278.12 + $1,093.75 alexos888 - $10,465.81 + $3,070.32 jutrack - $7,671.42 + $3,132.82 Kzzon - $5,623.13 + $3,570.31 bubbleboybr - $4,121.74 + $1,312.50 nilsef - $3,021.23 + $3,406.27 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,060 entrants, $212,000 prize pool aaurelio - $31,202 staxzilla99 - $27,909.04* Liqqa - $17,782.92 M_Semensky - $12,786.08 guix2x - $9,193.29 cultivaty - $6,610.07 PikkuHUMPPA - $4,752.70 juarnes - $3,417.24 LoneHixx - $2,457.03 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 97 entrants, $100,000 prize pool ScumGang - $24,500 good player - $17,000 jaimelaviande - $12,500 WWWpartyCOM - $8,750 GewoonBoef - $6,500 skippyskip5 - $5,000 Hahaha_Owned - $4,000 Mrakobes20 - $3,250 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $150k 133 entrants, $150,000 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $18,585.15 + $21,515 rudiqa1 - $13,338.60 +$2,860 x_zola25 - $9,700 + $1,592.50 Dark_Poker - $6,871.40 + $5,915 i remember - $4,850.40 + $1,300 RichyDubini - $3,829.90 + $1,982.50 MinusEve - $3,055.75 + $845 Paul07new - $2,455.20 + $650 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 43 entrants, $107,500 prize pool haddoken - $40,312.50 LoSientoGrace - $26,875 skitzo793 - $16,662.50 LarsLuzak1 - $9,675 ACHSO8000 - $7,575 arxigos2 - $6,450 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 89 entrants, $100,000 prize pool honestman36 - $22,795.56* value33 -$22,204.45 rudiqa1 - $13,000 SanityWaterline - $9,000 BOOMALOOM_ - $7,000 SpacePuffin - $5,250 WelshWizard - $4,250 HellmuthTheGr8 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 445 entrants – $100,000 prize pool tmurdah - $19,350 BL1NDRAZOR - $14,500 surprisefam - $11,000 torresfan03 - $8,250 shitakemushu - $5,700 zavor4ik - $4,400 PulledPorker - $3,400 RenanToniolo - $2,400  
  19. The online poker alias of 'Lena900' is a name that regular PocketFives readers will be familiar with, mainly because the Swedish player can be seen to be battling it out in the highest stakes online poker tournaments have to offer week-after-week. For the past two years, 'Lena900' has just been pipped to the top of PocketFives.com Yearly PLB by his compatriot 'C.Darwin2', but 2018 was the year this all changed as 'Lena900' took the glory in five major festival events to sit at the summit of online poker. 'Lena900' finished 2018 with a total PLB score of 29,952.68, and had a clear gap over runner-up 'C.Darwin2' with 26,992.73. 'Lena900' recorded seven of his top ten online cashes over the past 12 months which included three victories. On May 16th, he reached the final table of the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] event which came with a staggering $430,047 first-place prize. The Swede battled his way to a heads-up match against partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell, and ultimately was the last player standing to pick up his biggest online score to date. But his day wasn't done with the Swede picking up a second PokerStars SCOOP title of the year as well in the #39-High: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max] event. Fast forward to September and 'Lena900' added a second partypoker Powerfest title to his name as well as a PokerStars WCOOP victory. The Swede came through a 194 player-field to win the Powerfest $5,200 #062-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event] for $203,900, as well as picking up the gold medal in the WCOOP-27-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] for $58,228. And just over a week later, there was to be another Powerfest Championship Event final table for 'Lena900', after he achieved a third-place finish in the event #095-SHR for $157,560. Back in 2014, 'Lena900' helped kick-start his online career with a fourth-place finish in the prestigious PokerStars Sunday Million and turned $215 into $81,366. Well in 2018, he was able to go one place better and ended November with a bronze medal worth $80,555. A sensational second half of 2018, helped propel 'Lena900' up to second place on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard with over $13.6m and closed the gap on Chris Moorman who leads the way with $15.6m. As for 'Lena900's closest rivals, 'C.Darwin2' outlasted a field of 122 players to win the PokerStars High Rollers 07: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd event for $267,406, and also took down the PokerStars Turbo Series 70: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $161,411. A silver medal came in the 888 Poker XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event for $135,000, after 'C.Darwin2' was pipped to the title by 2018 PLB fourth-place finisher Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky who banked $187,500 for victory. PLB third-place finisher 'hellohellohello' from Russia beat his best online score three-times throughout 2018, which included victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 during August. Also securing their place in the top ten was Hungary's Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Latvia's 'DamageAP', Argentina's Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, 'Girafganger7', Sweden's 'Ariados', and the U.K.'s Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard. Nemeth took down the PokerStars SCOOP-14-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for an eye-watering $576,087, with Romanovsky taking the silver medal for a cool $442,299. 'DamageAP's top score came in the Powerfest #002-HR: $500K Gtd [PKO] event after defeating a 358 player-field to bank $94,546. Petrone started the year fantastically when he took down the Powerfest #48-H: $1M Gtd Main Event for in February $195,720 and followed it up with a second Powerfest title in September, as well as a SCOOP and WCOOP title. Fellow high-stakes crusher 'GirafGanger7' saw 2018 reward him with another WCOOP title after he won the WCOOP-55-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] for $55,846. 'Ariados' had a day to remember on February 4th after a third-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary $10M Gtd event saw them turn $215 into a career-best $539,554. The Swede followed up this result with several five and six-figure scores including a Powerfest title. And completing the top ten was former world ranked #1 Leonard, who had an imposing end to the year with multiple scores in the PokerStars Winter and High Roller series, having earlier won three Powerfest titles including the #46-High: $1M Gtd NLH event for $207,978. Username Points Biggest Score Average Score 1 lena900 29,952.68 1,414.21 299.53 2 C Darwin2 26,992.73 1,104.54 269.93 3 hellohellohello 24,909.33 1,091.60 249.09 4 Romeopro 21,906.06 1,043.16 219.06 5 probirs 21,783.32 1,581.14 217.83 6 DamageAP 21,684.83 707.11 216.85 7 Ramiro 21,602.44 1,086.29 216.02 8 girafganger7 21,588.41 603.32 215.88 9 Ariados 20,215.49 1,635.79 202.15 10 pleno1 20,177.75 1,009.95 201.78  
  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. December offered one last chance for PocketFivers to make 2018 a memorable year with all of the action going down on 888poker. Plenty of PocketFivers had things go their way on the virtual tables, hauling in hefty scores that made for a happy holiday season. The month’s biggest winner on 888poker was Russian crusher Matveychuk ‘MatveichukR’ Roman. The eight-time Triple Crown Award winner put in plenty of volume on 888poker during the month, cashing in 14 tournaments and taking home $32,376. Roman, who plays on 888poker under the screen name ‘EyeOfSkadi’, scored three podium finishes in the month with his highlight cash being his runner-up finish in the December 9 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep for $14,151. He followed that up later in the month with a fourth-place finish in the December 23 edition of the $125,000 Sunday Mega Deep Bonanza for another $9,688. ‘MatveichukR’ is rapidly closing in on $5.5 million in lifetime earnings and currently sits as Russia’s #15-ranked player. In 2018, whenever one would put together a list of top performers, Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky would likely be on it. Here Romanovsky sits as 888poker’s #2-ranked winner for the month of December. The Ukranian added $26,250 to his more than $11 million in career cashes during the month and it all came from one stellar score. Early in the month, on December 2, Romanovsky bested the 51 runner field and took down the $1,050 Whale for the five-figure score. It was his second time taking down the same event since his victory in the XL Eclipse Main Event, which brought him a score of $187,500. Romanovsky is on the verge of another 888poker milestone, as the #4-ranked player in the world is less than $3,000 from eclipsing $1,000,000 in earnings on 888poker alone. Ivan ‘Hurrrrican3’ Gabrieli also has a December to remember on 888poker as turned in two podium finishes out of three tournaments to earn $25,862. That’s good for the third highest earner on the site. His spotlight score was a runner-up finish in the December 30 edition of the $1,050 Whale where he took home $13,500. Gabrieli is a former top-10 PocketFiver with over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. 888poker Top 10 Earners of December 2018 User Name Total Won MatveichukR $32,376.33 Romeopro $26,250.00 Hurrrrican3 $25,862.50 TheClaimeer $23,187.00 N33dCoaching $17,074.53 SvZff $15,892.93 Progre69 $14,697.50 mugggggy $14,313.52 freddeaik $13,500.00 Neeriukaas $11,027.06 When it comes to putting in max volume, some of the micro and low-stakes grinders have the edge. Russia’s ‘Neverhood007’ tops the list of players who found themselves in the money the most. He put together a month where he survived the money bubble an amazing 105 times. Mostly a small stakes player, ‘Neverhood007’ still earned $3,046 playing tournaments with a buy-in range of $1-$10. Not that far behind the Russian is Brazil’s Felipe ‘fmocci’ Mocci who made the money 77 times in December. Mocci, another small stakes grinder, earned $1,201 for his efforts which is a large percentage of his $25,217 lifetime earnings. Then in third place on the most cashes list for the month is the familiar name of Flavio ‘Flavio Felipe’ Costa who has appeared on this very list in previous months. In December, he spiked 71 cashes, good for just over $3,600. Of those 71 cashes, nine were podium finishes and he even scored a victory in the December 8 edition of the $1,500 Guaranteed Turbo R&A for $308. 888poker Top 10 Cashers of December 2018 User Name Cashes Total Won Neverhood007 105 $3,046.82 fmocci 77 $1,201.34 Flavio Felipe 71 $3,600.26 ArtiTAG 64 $3,207.16 machkonti 62 $4,351.00 Bob_A7 52 $1,807.03 keribazas 48 $1,656.09 jlaku 46 $3,865.17 DoperHarley 46 $1,042.39 Cherman9 41 $2,664.20 PocketFivers often find themselves in the money and the final table of tournaments. However, no PocketFiver took down more tournaments on 888poker in December than Russia’s ’DoperHarley’. The 888poker reg took home the gold medal five times in his 46 cashes, earning $1,042 in the process. ‘Fisherman101’ also had a high percentage of sealing the deal, finishing in first four times out of his 30 total cashes in the month. He is the #1-ranked player out of Honduras and made $1,957 of his $180,000 lifetime cashes in the month. Also tied for second on the top finishers list if the aforementioned ‘Neverhood007’ who took down four of his 105 cashes. 888poker Top 10 1st Place Finishers of December 2018 User Name First Place Cashes Total Won DoperHarley 5 46 $1,042.39 Fisherman101 4 30 $1,957.69 Neverhood007 4 105 $3,046.82 Neeriukaas 3 31 $11,027.06 qixxe_ 3 39 $2,161.63 FENOMENICO 3 20 $1,155.79 Antonovec 3 20 $1,083.39 joey86bu 3 11 $1,451.33 machkonti 3 62 $4,351.00 Rikelmus 3 27 $1,302.64
  22. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
  23. 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.
  24. For the first time in 10 months, there is a new #1 ranked player in the world of online poker - Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Regardless of rankings, Romanovsky is considered one of the very best MTT players in the entire world. He regularly competes and earns victories in tournaments at the highest stakes offered on every online site he plays. The Ukranian crusher has been a mainstay in the worldwide top 10 for the better part of two years and finally, for the first time, he's taking over the #1 spot. Although this is his first turn at the top of the rankings, it certainly was not the first time he had come close. ‘Romeopro’ had spent some time as the #2-ranked player in the world in 2018, trying to catch the #1-ranked player at the time, 'C Darwin2’. However, throughout 2018 Romanovsky had a reoccurring theme - he’d show up for the biggest online series of the year, dominate them and then take time away from the online tables. At times, those long breaks turned from weeks into months and his pursuit of the #1 spot began to slip away as other top-flight grinders around him put in more volume, accumulating more PLB points. At the beginning of 2019, it appeared that Romanovsky rededicated himself to the grind, with the goal of climbing the rankings in mind. After taking the entirety of October and November 2018 off, and playing for only one week in December that year - Romanovsky came back to online poker with a vengeance. In January, he played and cashed nearly every day, racking up 13 five-figure scores including a fifth-place finish in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. His online grind earned him the January PLB title and with it he began his climb back into the top five, finishing the month as the #4-ranked player in the world. February was another stellar month for Romanovsky. He finished second in the monthly PLB race to ‘Girafganger7’ but still amassed massive amounts of PLB points. He picked up his first six-figure score of 2019 in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game with a bronze medal finish for $105,500 and 517.28 PLB points. Romanovsky kicked off March with a victory in the GGpoker $5K Blade for over $87K and 451.94 PLB points which lifted him back to his then career-high ranking of #2 in the world. He was on the doorstep of overtaking the top spot. It looked like it was going to happen the week of March 15 after picking up two victories for five-figure cashes on March 12. However, when the rankings came out, he was just 2 PLB points shy of besting the leader, ‘lena900’. This week that changed. Aging results for ‘lena900’ dropped his total PLB score and, with Romanovsky’s recent surge, the two-point gap collapsed. ‘lena900’s PLB total slipped and Romanovsky now holds a 127 PLB point lead - taking the top spot from the longtime king of the rankings. ‘lena900’ nearly set a PocketFives record, sitting as the #1 ranked player for an astounding 44 weeks. That was just one week shy of the longest consecutive reign which sits at 45 weeks, held by online poker legend Chad ‘M8kingmoves’ Batista in 2007-2008. For ‘lena900’ this may simply be a brief vacation from the top spot as Romanovsky opted not to grind this week. As has been demonstrated time and time again, a 127 point deficit can quickly be covered in the world of the high rollers. Additionally, this isn’t ‘lena900’s first time having dropped from the top spot and needing to retake it. He first earned the #1 ranking back in 2013 and since that time ‘lena900’ has spent seven turns in the pole position. While all eyes will be the battle between Romanovsky and ‘lena900' for the top spot, the grinders had better not take their eyes off the rest of the top 5. Now based in the UK, ‘girafganger7’ is the currently #3 in the world, sitting only 785 PLB points behind Romanovsky. Another one of the most respected tournament players on the scene, ‘Giraf’ has been picking up PLB points in large chunks, including a victory in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter at the beginning of the month for over $42,000 and 447.21 PLB points. ‘Giraf’ is only 12 PLB points ahead of Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ who sits with 10,092 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ just recently took down the March 19 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $21,723 and 316.23 PLB points. The longtime former #1 could easily be back into the top spot in the next few weeks. Rounding out the top 5 is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard has been away from the online grind for a few days while he was running deep in the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event. He finished 10th place for over $61,000. Leonard, also a former #1 ranked player, makes the entirety of the current top 5 alltop-rankedd players.
  25. 'BalticMoose' took down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $104,126, just 14 months after falling at the final hurdle. Back in January 2018, the Lithuanian player achieved second place in the original format Sunday Million, but this time around the glory was secured. 'vcezar' finished third in the 10,469 field for $56,518, and with two players remaining a money-deal was agreed. The UK's Charlie 'JIZJOINT' Combes was the final player to hit the virtual rail but banked $83,813 for his efforts as 'BalticMoose' got his elusive gold medal. The PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up plaudits went to 'Matze 90451' after coming through an 809 player field. UK pro Tom 'Jabracada' Hall navigated his way to the final table and ultimately took away $4,342 in seventh place. 'Ambri 81' exited in third place for $15,658, which left 'Matze 90451' and former Sunday Million runner-up 'jpous' to agree to a deal. Switzerland's 'jpous' was then once again unable to take the top spot and departed as runner-up for $24,301, as 'Matze 90451' banked $27,007. 'anteen' got the better of 'Negriin' heads-up to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. Canada's Kristen 'krissb24' Bicknell just missed on a top three finish after she exited in fourth place for $23,384. 'Bit2Easy' took the bronze medal for $30,447, and 'Negriin' fell in second for $39,643, and left 'anteen' to pick up the $51,617 first-place prize. Thomas 'chaAat' Boivin lost out to former Powerfest champion 'nipa3p3' heads-up in the partypoker $2,100 Sunday HR Gladiator. The prize pool was set at $252,150 after 123 entrants took part, and it was to be Austria's 'onehundredeyes' who took third place $16,532 + $9,876 in bounties. Boivin then succumbed to the pressure from his opponent and banked $23,132 + $5,709 as runner-up, with 'nipa3p3' scoring $23,157 plus a massive $38,160 in bounty prizes. 'CardiffPhil' won the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack for $41,391 from a 203 player-field. partypoker pro Roberto 'WelshWizard' Romanello took fifth place for $11,165, before 'justkot' exited in fourth for $15,834. 'aLiNeNok1617' took away $21,416.50 in third before 'CardiffPhil' eliminated 'BigPescado69' in second place for $30,044. Roman 'romeopro33' Romanovsky took the bronze medal in the 888poker $50,000 Whale for $8,850. The PocketFives.com world ranked #2 has won 'The Whale' on four previous occasions but was unable to make it a fifth this week. 'REALTTWIST' who came ninth in the 'Mega Deep' make their second final table appearance of the day to bank $14,750 as runner-up, with 'tmurdah' adding the $21,830 first-place prize to their bankroll. Espen 'DubaiPrince4' Jorstad came close to back-to-back wins in the 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. The Norweigan pro took down the special half-price event last week to win over $24,000 and with a title defense on his mind, he Twitch streamed his deep run, ultimately falling in sixth place for $4,488. 'DeuceofDuc0' defeated 'Barkley83' heads-up to win the $19,737 first-place prize, with the latter banking $14,790 as runner-up. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,469 entrants, $1,046,900 prize pool BalticMoose - $104,126.46* JIZOINT - $83,813.73* vcezar - $56,518.25 iforoni - $40,637.09 Kazeev S.S - $29,218.35 Kley - $21,008.24 gyony77nyc - $15,105.09 Bluestarze - $10,860.64 Donborno3250 - $7,808.82 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $200k Gtd 112 entrants, $224,000 prize pool anteen - $51,617.42 Negriin - $39,643.45 Bit2Easy - $30,447.15 krissyb24 - $23,384.16 CrazyLissy - $17,959.62 omaha4rollz - $13,793.44 Bounatirou - $10,593.69 silentm0de - $8,136.24 veeea - $6,248.83 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 1,042 entrants, $521,000 prize pool daysleft7 - $42,387.47 + $26,393.98 betcallmuck1 - $31,069.49 + $16,130.36 bah23 - $22,773.84 + $4,232.42 pampa27 - $16,693.15 + $10,842.77 hpinceli - $12,236.02 + $7,136.71 limonadik586 - $8,968.96 + $5,339.83 grinder1992 - $6,574.21 + $5,250.00 dlanger610 - $4,818.88 + $4,758.21 GM_VALTER - $3,532.24 + $4,246.09 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 809 entrants, $175,000 prize pool Matze 90451 - $27,007.51* jpous - $24,301.75* Ambri 81 - $15,658.17 TheFan83 - $11,363.15 ShipitFTW911 - $8,246.22 !$eveeeeeeen! - $5,984.28 Jabracada - $4,342.78 otaviobraga - $3,151.55 r1d3rst0rm - $2,287.07 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack $200k Gtd 203 entrants, $203,000 prize pool CardiffPhil - $41,391.70 BigPescado69 - $30,044 aLiNeNok1617 - $21,416.50 justkot - $15,834 WelshWizard - $11,165 whresmymind - $8,526 KryptoKing420 - $6,293 SchelampigaUhu - $4,669 partypoker $2,100 Sunday HR Gladiator - $250k Gtd 123 entrants, $252,150 prize pool nipa3p3 - $23,157.51 + $38,160.95 chaAat - $23,132.85 + $5,709.37 onehundredeyes - $16,532.25 + $9,876.56 JHelppi - $11,572.58 + $11,025 dean23pricel - $8,596.77 + $1,050 IamPEAKing - $6,612.90 + $525 Chelsea72 - $5,290.32 + $5,315.62 rudiqa1 - $4,298.39 + $11,550 partypoker $320 Super Gladiator $250k Gtd 806 entrants, $250,000 prize pool R0meluLukaku - $17,184.55 + $18,909.33 DameUnLimon - $17,159.69 + $5,212.76 electrofarha - $11,533.61 + $2,661.31 MesVsisLygus - $7,815.27 + $2,202.13 fuchs3399 - $5,516.66 + $2,447.77 redcorvette73 - $3,975.24 + $2,283.59 Airdraken - $2,839.45 + $3,335.29 x_zola25 - $1,974.09 + $2,451.48 Schattenlux - $1,435.02 + $424.62 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 231 entrants, $235,620 prize pool WhoDatt. - $18,621.13 + $28,356.25 proudflop - $18,598 + $10,400 ChaAat - 13,265.59 + $6,711.25 lincownz - $9,807.73 + $1,560 hahaha_Owned - $6,915.71 + $1,300 PhileasFogg - $5,281.08 + $975 MechaCorta - $3,897.94 + $617.50 Sentapied99 - $2,892.02 + $2,795 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep 510 entrants – $102,000 prize pool DeuceofDuc0 - $19,737 Barkley83 - $14,790 komarolo222 - $11,220 ivanlimeira - $8,415 nitGMmator - $5,814 DubaiPrince4 - $4,488 Lik3az0mbY - $3,468 LucySagara70 - $2,448 REALTTWIST - $1,785 888poker $50,000 Whale 59 entrants – $59,000 prize pool tmurdah - $21,830 REALTTWIST - $14,750 Romeopro33 - $8,850 IggyGak - $5,900 Farrugia_1 - 4,425 wisimaki - $3,245
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