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  1. [caption width="640"] Ryan Hohner has a chance at capturing an elusive six-figure score when play resumes Friday for the Winter Poker Open.[/caption] The Event Center inside The Borgata has been buzzing this entire week with players taking their shot in the Winter Poker Open $2,000,000 guaranteed opening event. Over 4,000 entrants are anticipated to register when all is said and done, with a crop of top New Jersey online players among them. Already through to Friday’s Day 2 is Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner, one of the up-and-coming players among New Jersey’s youthful online base. Hohner anticipates that he will be playing most of the major events at the Borgata during this WPO series and has a plan to keep himself fresh during the three-week long grind. “During the WPO, I'll typically make a couple trips back home to spend time with friends and family to kind of hit the reset button if I'm not playing well. After you [register] tournament after tournament after tournament, it can become mundane and with long Day 1's, fatigue can definitely be a factor.” Hohner credits his friend and fellow New Jersey online grinder, Ryan ‘hags21’ Hagerty, with introducing him to yoga. As Hohner notes, yoga “has gone a long way towards making me feel much more relaxed and ready to take on long days.” The 25-year-old Hohner says he started playing online poker as far back as 2008 and during his first two years of college at Ramapo College, he started to commit to the game as a means of making a long-term living. Once Black Friday hit in 2011, though, Hohner soon saw his bankroll vanquished and with it, his vision at that time for being a professional poker player. Despite the life downswing, Hohner remained optimistic he would have another chance and took advantage when the opportunity presented itself. “During the final years of my college education, I worked nights at a local grocery store and continued to pursue a degree in journalism, but knew I wasn't finished playing poker. I continued to work, save money, and sure enough, a door opened up here in New Jersey to play online, and I never looked back.” Hohner has gradually grown more accustomed to the live game in the last year and acknowledges the stark differences between the two. “The foundation to beating live is having an overall good core understanding of game theory and being able to step into the ring psychologically to beat your opponents.” New Jersey online Sundays offer five-figure guarantees on a weekly basis but for live series like the Winter Poker Open, multi-million dollar prize pools are up for grabs that draw players in from up and down the East Coast. With fields numbering in the thousands, some players have a certain strategy for outlasting the masses. Hohner, on the on the other prefers to base his strategy on his the immediate opponents he is up against. “Poker is so very dependent on your opposition and being able to adjust accordingly to fit whatever playing style will win you the most chips. I'd say the biggest aspect as I continually progress my game, as well as my students (since I have recently begun coaching NLH), is being increasingly aware of your opponents at the table and the manner in which they perceive you.” First place prizes numbering in the hundreds of thousands do not come around often and Hohner has a chance to secure the largest tournament cash of his career should he advance deep in the WPO kickoff. Hard work has a tendency to pay off and Hohner is hopeful the time he has invested will pay dividends by week’s end. “It's hard to put into words what exactly making a deep run and notching a significant score would mean to me. This past year, I've put so much work into progressing my life on and off of the felt. A title would be bittersweet and prove to myself that the countless hours of studying amounted to a significant result.”
  2. Another month of an incomplete roster of New Jersey grinders ended the same way June did. Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo tops the charts for another month (4.275.97 PLB points) and is the only player in the state over the 4,000 point benchmark. Lupo achieved five wins in July topped off by a $12,950 result on PokerStarsNJ. The NJ Summer Series $1,000 High Roller on July 24 attracted 36 of the state's best and Lupo emerged victoriously by beating competitors Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman and Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano on the tournament podium. Overall, Lupo earned 12 top-3 finishes and his career online earnings are up to $1.765 million. David 'dehhhhh' Coleman jumped over Gagliano to take second place for this month. Coleman was in Las Vegas for a week at the start of July and overcame the lack of volume to achieve 12 medals and three golds. The last Sunday of the month proved to be a profitable one. Coleman took third place in the PokerStarsNJ $10,000 GTD High Roller and the NJ Summer Series Main Event to top $12,700 in gross earnings. He wasn't done there. The partypokerNJ $40,000 GTD ended with Coleman in the winner's circle to collect the $7,455 first-place prize. Gagliano fell a spot in the rankings but still had himself a productive month. In only a week of play, Gagliano won the NJ Summer Series $25,000 GTD Six-Max for $6,056 and then place third in events on partypokerNJ and PokerStarsNJ. Gagliano's summer in Las Vegas featured six cashes with the best result coming in the $5,000 NLH Big Blind Ante event where he took 10th place for $27,208. Jason 'JLaw' Lawhun and Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon traded spots on the leaderboard at the fourth and fifth positions. Lawhun jumped a spot thanks in part to a full month of volume which equaled 37 cashes. Two of those scores were wins including a July-ending triumph in the $7,500 GTD KO on WSOP.com. The win came with $3,225 to put Lawhun within $80,000 of cracking the $1 million mark in career online earnings. Kwon didn't jump online until the second to last weekend in July. In that span, he gained a single win on partypokerNJ. Overall, his career earnings are up $1.6 million effective, leaving him only $70,000 behind Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger for New Jersey's all-time tournament winner. Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner held onto sixth place for another month. Hohner cashed a few times upon his return to New Jersey but is awaiting his first major post-WSOP score. While in Las Vegas for the full summer, Hohner cashed in the WSOP Main Event for $33,305 in 413th place to close out his campaign. Seventh place in the NJ rankings belongs to Haberman. Two wins in the $30 $7,000 GTD R&A on WSOP.com for $6,472 total are the primary highlights of Haberman's online month. He also took third in the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday Special on July 23 for $10,322. On the live side, Haberman also cashed in the Main Event in the same pay slot as Hohner for his 359th place result. Ted 'ol muggins' Ely jumped back into the rankings with his eighth-place standing. Ely's July included 12 podium results and two wins. The best of the bunch was the July 12 PokerStarsNJ $7,000 GTD Nightly where Ely claimed the $2,364 first-place prize. 'Thatgood45' also joined the top-10 after a strong five wins in July. 'senor stinks' completes the top-10 for the second month in a row. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 centrfieldr 4,275.97 2 dehhhhh 3,882.43 3 Gags30 3,535.77 4 JLaw 3,516.90 5 ykwon17 3,220.49 6 shipthesherb 3,090.56 7 JohnnnyDrama 3,034.43 8 ol muggins 3,028.15 9 Thatgood45 2,896.14 10 senor stinks 2,818.28
  3. The United States Online Poker Rankings takes a look at the top online players in the current legalized and regulated markets available in the U.S. Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein, the #1 ranked player in New Jersey, has made his way to the top of the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings. Borenstein is coming off a month of March that saw him land notables scores of $7,114, $4,777, and $4,690, and he kicked off April with a second-place finish on WSOP.com worth $14,858. Borenstein sits atop the leaderboard with 4.304.83 points, which is just more than 100 points ahead of David 'dehhhhh' Coleman in second place. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein 4,304.83 2 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman 4,203.27 3 Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner 4,086.83 4 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo 4,066.66 5 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 4,040.34 6 'Hurricane27' 3,947.15 7 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon 3,870.66 8 David 'bewater' Goodman 3,822.50 9 Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov 3,807.28 10 Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman 3,744.76 Borenstein's $4,690 score in March came from a second-place finish in the WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Friday [Re-entry, 6 Max], earning him 111.23 points. His $7,114 score was a seventh-place result in WSOP Circuit Event #8 - $100,000 NLH High Roller 6-Max 2x Re-entry (Official Ring Event) for 132.88 points. He followed that performance with a fifth-place finish in the WSOP Circuit Event #9 - $50,000 NLH 2x Re-entry (Official Ring Event) for $4,777 and 110.21 points. Not too far behind Borenstein is Coleman, and he also had himself an impressive month of March. Coleman won the WSOP.com $10,000 Daily [Re-entry] on March 5 for $4,663 and 129.05 points, took second in the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown - $30,000 GTD [Re-entry] on March 13 for $7,939 and 142.57 points, and won the BorgataPoker.com SUNDAY $35K GTD NLH [3X RE] on March 18 for $7,455 and 187.08 points. Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner, who is currently in third place with 4,086.83 points, had a March that was highlighted by a second place finish in the WSOP Circuit Event #8 - $100,000 NLH High Roller 6-Max 2x Re-entry (Official Ring Event) on March 6. In that event, Hohner won $29,185 and earned 281.77 points. He also had a pair of final table finishes in the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Tuesday [Re-entry] in back-to-back weeks to close out the month, finishing fourth on March 20 for $2,740 and 80.56 points and second on March 27 for $5,997 and 125.78 points. Rounding out the top five were Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo and Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, both regulars at the top of the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings.
  4. The United States Online Poker Rankings takes a look at the top online players in the current legalized and regulated markets available in the U.S. For the second month in a row New Jersey’s Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner sits atop the leaderboard for the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings. Hohner’s (4,597.95 PLB points) been finding plenty of success online in the last month with 13 four-figure cashes and a pair of five-figure scores since the beginning of May. His spotlight score was a victory in Event #27 of PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker where he not only added an NJSCOOP title to his resume but also $16,827. He backed that up in the May 29 edition of the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown, picking up the win and an additional $12,049. Hohner has accumulated 14 PLB-qualifying cashes since the beginning of May resulting in an impressive 1683.90 PLB bump, good enough to rank him not just #1 in the United States but #182 in the world. Additionally, this month Hohner earned his $1M badge, soaring over the $1,000,000 lifetime earnings mark. If all that wasn’t enough for the New Jersey grinder, he also made his way to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, finishing in 155th place in the largest live tournament of all time, The Big 50, for over $7,000. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Ryan 'shipthesherb' Hohner 4597.95 2 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo 4364.26 3 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon 4244.85 4 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman 4143.13 5 Matthew 'MattEMenz' Mendez 3986.00 6 Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg 3964.95 7 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 3956.22 8 Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein 3953.03 9 Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov 3778.16 10 Brian 'bexel' Sherrier 3687.06   Not far behind Hohner is Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo (4,364.26), currently the #2-ranked player in the U.S. Lupo absolutely crushed the recently completed PokerStars NJSCOOP earning himself five titles including a five-figure score in Event #4-H ($300, NLHE Sunday Special) for $12,263. More recently, Lupo has been grinding the WSOP.com OC series, taking down Event #7 ($50,000 Sunday 6 Max) for $20,336 and 291.09 PLB points. Holding in the #3 spot is Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon (4244.85) who not only has not only been on a non-stop online grind since the beginning on May, right through the first weeks of June but manages to add a World Series of Poker bracelet to his resume. Kwon topped the 1,965 player field to take down WSOP Event #7: $400 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em for a career-high cash of $165,263. Not only did Kwon have to deal with some of the elite online grinders but both Dan ‘MeatJustice’ O’Brien and 15-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil ‘lumestackin’ Hellmuth made the final table. In the end, Kwon stood alone claiming the first online bracelet of 2019. David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman (4143.13) slipped back to the #4 spot this month however he still had a remarkable run in the month of May. He won back-to-back NJSCOOP titles when he took down Event #39-H ($100 NLHE SuperSonic Hyper-Turbo) for $2,429 and then finished in first the next day in Event #40-H ($100 NLHE Nightly Stars Wrap-Up) for another $4,269. In between those two title runs, he also won the Sunday $35K GTD over on BorgataPoker.com for another $7,455. He has yet to produce an online result in the month of June, however, he did make a deep live run in the 2019 WSOP Millionaire Maker for over $4,500. Rounding out the top 5 is Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez (3986.00) who also boosted his ranking with a pair of NJSCOOP title runs. He took down his first NJSCOOP by winning Event #37-L ($50 NLHE Main Event) for $6,761 and 200.00 PLB points. The same day he closed out Event #38-H ($150 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for another $3,545. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 5 New Jersey online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 shipthesherb 4597.95 2 centrfieldr 4364.26 3 ykwon17 4244.85 4 dehhhhh 4143.13 5 MattEMenz 3986.00 Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Nevada online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 JCHAK 3559.54 2 bewater 3257.51 3 Bamatide88 3217.78 4 bcm4924 3012.90 5 wsopfreezer 2378.01 Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Pennsylvania online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 thaiha91 1983.11 2 RyJS 1108.76 3 Billypoker101 977.94 4 sr86 933.29 5 Head218 800.22
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