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  1. Tuesday’s partypoker POWERFEST High Roller schedule offered players another nine opportunities to add a series title to their poker resumes while picking up a major mid-week payday. The biggest winner on the day was ‘Sundaynighking’ who booked a six-figure score by winning Event #162-SHR ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max) for $108,053.91. Also locking up a huge Tuesday cash was second-place finisher ‘Blackk88’ who walked away with $101,946.10 in a heads-up deal with ‘Sundaynightking’. ‘Player654’ fell in third place, adding $62,500 to their bankroll. Two-time POWERFEST champion ‘DasistMirWurst’ finished the Super High Roller in fourth place, collecting $43,750 for their impressive series earnings. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In Event #161-HR ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max), ’Sebass8u’ outlasted the 171 entries to book the first-place prize of $37,842.30. Finishing right behind them was previous POWERFEST champion ‘Stolewon’ who earned $27,189 for their second-place finish. ‘BaBaDeBaBa’ climbed into third place for $19,836. ’marathur1’ took down the biggest PKO tournament of the day when they won Event #164-HR ($2,100 8-Max PKO) for $23,148 plus an additional $42,196 in bounties for a total score of over $65,000. ‘Irunsogooood’ ran all the way to second place and earned $23,123 and an additional $12,534.37 in bounties. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sami ‘ChimneyBarrel’ Kelopuro wrapped this one up in third place for $6,037 plus $16,525 in bounties which is enough to put him up over $12.2 million in total lifetime online earnings. There were two events labeled Event #165-HR. The first Event #165-HR ($530 PLO 6-Max, PKO) saw ‘ChinHauChu’ take down the lower buy-in event for a $5,603 score. With the additional $10,377 in bounties, ‘ChinHauChu’ earned a total of nearly $11,000. ‘Jackychannnn’ fought their way to second place and earned $5,597.12 and an additional $1,296.09. Kelopuro earned his second third-place finish on the day in this one, picking up a total of just over $5,500 for his efforts. ‘Thor9’ brought down the hammer in the higher buy-in Event #165-HR ($2,100 PLO 6-Max, PKO) defeating the 66 entires and earnings $17,188 plus an additional $31,893 in bounties for a total score of just over $49,000. ‘bonjogo’ finished as the runner-up for $17,175.19 and just $787.50 in bounties. Finally, ‘DasistMirWurst’ was denied their third 2020 POWERFEST title after busting in third place for $9,163 plus $1,050 in bounties. Of note, of the nine high roller events on Tuesday ‘DasistMirWurst’ made the final table in four of the events for a daily total of $66,688. Event #157-HR: $100K Gtd [8-Max, Grind] $530 buy-in 210 entries $105,000 prize pool Clutchmeister - $21,409.50 KarlMarx - $15,540 PavHristivoje - $11,077.50 unluckymelon - $8,190 PabloPotato - $5,775 WiNeGUy - $4,410 Toppairlover - $3,225 PartyAllDayLong - $2,415 Event #160-HR: $30K Gtd [PLO8 6-Max, PKO] $530 buy-in 65 entries $33,312.50 prize pool mo1st - $4,232.03 + $7,965.34 in bounties FONBET_RULIT - $4,228.74 + $2,034.36 in bounties War0fGobelins - $2,256.19 + $131.25 in bounties TTestAA - $1,692.14 + $196.88 in bounties FAL1s7 - $1,222.10 + $615.24 in bounties bitw1 - $846.07 + $328.12 in bounties Event #161-HR: $150K Gtd [8-Max] $1,050 buy-in 171 entries $171,000 prize pool Sebass8u - $37,842.30 Stolewon - $27,189 BaBaDeBaBa - $19,836 NewYorkJimmY - $14,193 Johnnie_blue99 - $9,918 Sundaynightking - $7,695 CalmDownMan - $5,985 N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $4,702.50 Event #162-SHR: $500K Gtd [8-Max] $5,200 buy-in 100 entries $500,000 prize pool Sundaynightking - $108,053.91 Blackk88 - $101,946.10 Player654 - $62,500 DasistMirWurst - $43,750 gastrader - $32,500 SuperNutz - $25,000 WatchMeDance - $20,000 BoldPilot - $16,250 Event #162-HR: $100K Gtd [6-Max, PKO, Fast] $530 buy-in 204 entries $104,500 prize pool Noname69 - $9,348.87 + $14,728.81 in bounties fromHolland1945 - $9,338.57 + $1,214.06 in bounties GlobalHappi - $6,569.77 + $1,480.67 in bounties NewYorkJimmY - $4,759.43 + $2,813.69 in bounties No_No_No - $3,503.87 + $2,173.83 in bounties BigHoney - $2,335.91 + $1,345.30 in bounties Event #164-HR: $250K Gtd [8-Max, PKO] $2,100 buy-in 121 entries $250,000 prize pool ($1,950 overlay) mararthur1 - $23,148.14 + $42,196.88 in bounties Irunsogooood - $23,123.45 + $12,534.37 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $16,525.53 + $6,037.50 in bounties Jizoint - $11,525.53 + $2,100 in bounties Player654 - $8,593.27 + $3,018.75 in bounties cmiuc - $6,610.21 + $4,200 in bounties DasistMirWurst - $5,288.17 + $5,250 in bounties fromHolland1945 - $4,296.64 + $4,987.50 in bounties Event #165-HR: $50K Gtd [PLO 6-Max, PKO] $530 buy-in 117 entries $59,962.50 prize pool ChinHauChu - $5,603.06 + $10,377.02 in bounties Jackychannnn - $5,597.12 + $1,296.09 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $3,952.97 + $1,558.59 in bounties Peasant_Poker - $2,800.02 + $2,739.85 in bounties bitw1 - $2,058.84 + $656.24 in bounties DasistMirWurst - $1,367.07 + $820.31 in bounties Event #165-HR: $100K Gtd [PLO 6-Max, PKO] $2,100 buy-in 66 entries $135,300 prize pool Thor9 - $17,188.44 + $31,893.75 in bounties bonjogo - $17,175.19 + $787.50 in bounties DasistMirWurst - $9,163.62 + $1,050 in bounties JJouhki - $6,872.71 + $8,662.50 in bounties Carnotaurus - $4,963.63 + $8,137.50 in bounties danieltt999 - $3,436.35 + $0.00 in bounties Event #167-HR: $50K Gtd [8-Max, PKO, Turbo] $530 buy-in 102 entries $52,275 prize pool im_fc_fish_pro - $4,801.03 + $6,111.37 in bounties IlProfessore - $4,795.83 + $4,930.08 in bounties FamilyMan72 - $3,427.41 + $1,525.78 in bounties mylifeisajoke - $2,399.19 + $2,329.68 in bounties ladyblake34 - $1,782.25 + $787.50 in bounties ShipAndDate - $1,370.96 + $328.12 in bounties aaaaaaaaaaaa - $1,096.77 + $328.12 in bounties Tigerbluff - $891.12 + $131.25 in bounties
  2. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  3. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In September, the long-rumored sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was finally announced leaving players to wonder what's next for the WSOP. Caesars Sells The Rio, Retains WSOP The rumors that the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino would be sold came to fruition in September as Caesars Entertainment Corp CEO Tony Rodio announced that New York real estate company Imperial Companies purchased the home of the World Series of Poker for $516.3 million. For poker players, the immediate concern was what exactly would happen to the World Series of Poker summer series. “The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and Caesars will retain the rights to the event. The site of future WSOP events will be announced at a later date.” “The retention of the World Series of Poker and retention of Caesars Rewards customers are all factors that make this a valuable transaction for Caesars,” Rodio said. Now that the Rio has officially been sold and the deal closed, speculation will begin as to where the WSOP will land when their deal with Imperial Companies is complete. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Venetian’s ‘Total Prize Pool’ Scheme Earns Criticism The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas drew the ire of the poker community when they decided to try something new with their guaranteed in their upcoming Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing. Rather than offer a traditional guarantee, which can be exceeded if things go well for the poker room, allowing players to battle for larger prize pools - the Venetian rolled out a ‘Total Prize Pool’ scheme which locked in an amount no matter how many people showed up to buy-in. “Any funds collected above and beyond the total prize pool will be the sole property of The Venetian Poker Room,” the structure sheet read. This meant that while the Venetian was on the hook for the advertised prize pool, they were in the position to collect unlimited rake depending on how well the tournament did. In the end, the Venetian's Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing ended up with a $27K overlay. Ken Strauss Arrest Report Shows Troubling Tale After Ken Strauss’s wild display at the World Series of Poker, one that got him disqualified for exposing himself at the table, his legal troubles continued. In the end, he was arrested in September on terrorism charges. In the midst of his bizarre behavior at the Rio and a tabletop dance on a craps table at the Luxor, Strauss drew the attention of authorities based on some troubling tweets and that he told employees at the Venetian that he would ‘harm anyone who comes near him and would also harm himself.” Strauss was arrested, charged with a Class B felony and had bail set at $150,000. ‘BigBlindBets’ Wins WCOOP Main Event High stakes cash game player ‘BigBlindBets’ topped the field of 2,236 entries in the $5,200 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event to take home $1.665 million in prize money. Danilo ‘dans170’ Demetrio finished as the runner-up, taking home $1.187 million for second place while well-known high stakes pro Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi added $846,528 to his already substantial bankroll by finishing in third place. 'LarsLuzak' Crushes In September For PLB Win At one time Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro was more well known for his battles at the nosebleed cash game tables. In 2019, he emerged as one of the best tournament poker players of the year, rising to take the worldwide #1 rank. In September, Kelopuro added to his accolades by winning the PocketFives Monthly PLB and scoring an astounding $4.275 million in a single month thanks to the high stakes tournament scene happening on GGPoker.
  4. The current #1-ranked online poker player in the world Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also took the top spot in the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the month of September. Kelopuro’s reputation as a tournament beast is catching up to his status as a legendary nosebleed online cash game grinder as he continues to pile up massive tournament scores and soar up the All-Time Online Money List. September was a huge month for online poker with multiple big-time online series taking place. But it was simply an astounding month for Finland's Kelopuro. He spent the majority of his time putting in volume on GGPoker for their GGS online poker series while also crushing during PokerStars’ recently wrapped up WCOOP. And the results for Kelopuro are staggering. During the month of September, he picked up 121 cashes for a total of $4.275 million. That’s over $4.275 million in earnings in a single month. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] He had 14 six-figure scores and another 45 five-figure scores in September. Out of his 38 podium finishes, Kelopuro won eight of those tournaments outright. His spotlight victory came early in the month when on September 9, on the same day that he took down GGPoker’s GGS Event #11 for over $157,000, he went back-to-back and finished off the bigger GGS Event #7 for $458,770. Just days later he did the same thing, again on GGPoker, except this time he added a third consecutive victory. On September 14 he won GGS Event #128 for $121,638 and then picked up the victory in the $25K Blade for $275,344. Not content with two wins, Kelopuro wrapped up the day with his third gold medal, winning GGS Event #129 for $61,924. Kelopuro racked up 14 qualifying PLB cashes for 4,250 points. In addition to sending him to the worldwide #1 rankings for the first time in his career, his September performance also catapulted him over $10 million in career online cashes. With all of the damage Kelopuro did, it’s amazing that ‘Wildace_hun’ (4,044) was just 206 points behind him. The Hungarian grinder took second in the September PLB race by also packing in the volume, having just played a handful of tournaments since May before the start of the month. Once he got going, ‘Wildace_hun’ showed no signs of rust, collecting plenty of PLB points in bunches. He earned PLB points in 19 different tournaments, with his highlight of the month coming on September 21 when he took home a PokerStars WCOOP title in Event #65-H: $1,050 NLHE Eight Max PKO for $83,855 and 716.59 PLB points. That wasn’t the only major title he took down in the month as earlier, on September 9, he topped a field of 575 runners to take down GGPoker’s GGS Event #5 $250K GTD for $41,428.56. Dzmitry ‘DU12’ Urbanovich (3,978) ranked #3 in September but he is also enjoying a career-high worldwide ranking of #32 in the world. Poland’s top-ranked online pro, Urbanovich put in a heavy grind in the month notching 184 total cashes. The partypoker Sponsored Pro picked up a massive score on his home turf by winning the partypoker KO Series #34-SHR for over $192,000 and 966.06 PLB points. He picked up his second KO Series title on September 18 by taking down KO Series #48-HR for another $33,976. In total Urbanovich picked up over $432,000 in total cashes for the month. Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (3,972) took the fourth place spot in September, earning just 6 PLB points fewer than Urbanovich. Korsar made a massive leap in the worldwide rankings, vaulting into the #5 spot, a career-high ranking for a player that has accumulated over $13 million in career lifetimes earnings. Korsar’s largest PLB point pickup came in by finishing as the runner-up in partypoker’s KO Series #02-SHR for $72,933 and 584.69 PLB points. In total, the Swede had 13 PLB-qualifying cashes in his 100 total cashes in the month. The top five wraps up with Denmark’s #1-ranked player, Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen (3959). Compared to the rest of the top five, Pedersen was pretty light when it comes to volume. cashing only 23 tournaments in the month. But of those 23, he earned PLB points in 15 tournaments. One of those scores was his PokerStars WCOOP victory when he won Event #40-J: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-up for $156,670. PocketFives September Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 LarsLuzak 4250 2 Wildace_hun 4044 3 DU12 3978 4 Greenstone25 3972 5 IgorK 3959 6 pleno1 3855 7 lena900 3709 8 European 3658 9 fzkk 3552 10 dans170 3525
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