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Over the past 50 years, for many, the World Series of Poker has grown into more than just a poker series. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts. Players from all over the world head to Las Vegas to take their shot at battling against the best, bringing home a bracelet and possibly be crowned a World Champion. With the WSOP regularly taking place in the U.S., it’s no surprise that American players, far and away, have amassed the most bracelets in WSOP history. It’s nearly 20 times that of the next nearest country. But this year is different and the tables have turned. After the month of July, the focus of the bracelet chase will be handed over to GGPoker where the rest of the world will have the edge on grabbing gold as American players continue to be shut out of the global online poker scene. On GGPoker, players from nations from around the world who wouldn’t otherwise make it to the Rio this summer will be looking to add to their own poker resume while contributing to the WSOP legacy of their country. Brazil It’s no secret Brazilians love their poker. They also love playing online. In the history of PocketFives, four Brazilian players have climbed to the #1 worldwide ranking. But when it comes to the World Series of Poker, Brazil isn’t even in the top 10 countries when it comes to taking down WSOP events. Through the end of 2019, six players have earned a bracelet including one of those former #1-ranked online players, Yuri Martins Dzivielevski. Dzivielevski grabbed his first WSOP win just last year after taking down the $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Li 8 or Better event for over $213K. Dzivielevski, partypoker ambassador Joao Simeo, WSOP bracelet winner Andre Akkari, and GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos are just some of Brazil's top-flight talent that make it so it wouldn’t be unthinkable for Brazil’s total bracelet count to double in 2020. Canada The truth is, it’s been hard for Canada to compete for bracelets in the U.S. Not because of a lack of talent, there’s more than enough. But because of tax ramifications. When Canadians win at the WSOP they can lose as much as 30% to the US-Canada Tax Treaty, making it hard to be profitable in tournaments. That hasn’t stopped Canada from claiming the #2 spot with 60 total bracelets. Led by Daniel Negreanu and his six wins, Canada boasts numerous multi-time bracelet winners including Greg Mueller, Mark Radoja, Kristen Bicknell and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, the first and only Canadian to hold that title. There’s a good chance for Canada to add to their legacy and strengthen their bracelet count in 2020. It’s well known that Negreanu, also a GGPoker ambassador, is going to charging hard for a bracelet with over $500,000 in bracelet bets on the line. Also online crushers like Bicknell, bracelet winner Mike Leah, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski, and recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker winner Mike Watson all have full reign to win without getting punished in the wallet simply for being great. United Kingdom Some of the most colorful characters to grace the World Series of Poker stage have come from the UK. Many of which have contributed to the country’s 51 bracelets. David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, Luke Schwartz, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody, and Barny Boatman are just some of the legendary names that have posed for a WSOP winner’s photo and elevated the profile of poker in the UK. This year it will be a new crop of players who will lead the charge for England starting with the current #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In fact, four of the top 20 online players in the world play from the UK including Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher. In the history of the UK, only seven players have earned multiple bracelets and if there’s one player who is a favorite to join that club it would be high roller savant Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick, who holds a bracelet of his own, is one of the most talented tournament players in both the live and online arena. Provided he has the time, he could even have a shot at catching Benny Glaser, who holds the UK’s record as a three-time bracelet winner. Russia Russia and France both have 22 bracelets, but when it comes to playing online Russia gets a definitive edge. It’s impossible to forget the impact that Russian players have had on the World Series of Poker from Ivan Demidov’s runner-up finish the original November Nine for over $5.8 million to Vitaly Lunkin taking down the 40th WSOP Anniversary event for his second gold bracelet. But while Russia is another talent-rich country, it takes a lot of effort to make it from Moscow to the middle of the Amazon Room. While Dennis ‘aDrENalin710’ Strebkov made the journey in 2019 and went home with a bracelet, many of the online crushers from Russia opt to grind online through the summer. It’s those players, like former #1-ranked ‘veeea’, who could break the tie with France this year and tack on to Russia’s total. That is unless Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has anything to say about it. The truth is that for many countries, the series on GGPoker can really impact their gold bracelet standing. In China, there are four players who have won a bracelet. With GGPoker’s wide exposure to the Asian market, there’s a very good chance that that club will be adding some new members in 2020. There’s only one bracelet winner from Uruguay, Alex Komaromi, who won his at the WSOPE in 2015. Top-ranked players from Hungary, like ‘Wildace_hun’ have the chance to break a long-standing five-country tie of five bracelets. While none of these countries are going to make up much ground on the 1,1132 bracelets earned by Americans, the gold they take home this summer will be an important part of WSOP, and their countries, legacy in poker.
For the first time in his prestigious online career, Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar took down the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, taking the honor for the month of October. The fact that this is the first month that Korsar has earned the PLB title is surprising when taking into account how prolific an online grinder he is. He's been a PocketFiver for four years with nearly 8,400 lifetime cashes. He's in elite company as he sits at #6 on the All-Time Online Money List with over $13.6 million in earnings and he's currently the #4-ranked player in the world. One look at Korsar's profile shows you everything you need to know about his online prowess. He has earned a number of High Roller victories in recent years as well picking up a pair of massive six-figure scores, including his runner-up finish in this year’s PokerStars Winter Series Main Event for over $260,000. In October, Korsar picked up nine PLB qualifying cashes including a victory in the October 6 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 for $20,296 and 322.49 PLB points. He also scored big in the October 20 edition of the partypoker High Roller Sunday Big Game for another $46,375 and 316.89 PLB points. In total for October, Korsar picked up five five-figure scores and another 25 four-figure scores. When all was said and done, the #2-ranked Swede cashed in 80 tournaments, good for over $237,000. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] After putting in an amazing amount of volume, Canadian grinder Jimmy ‘JMolloy’ Molloy finished the month less than 200 points behind Korsar. It’s hard to imagine that Molloy had much of a life outside of online poker in October having registered over 325 cashes in the month, playing nearly every tournament on the schedule on both PokerStars and partypoker. He started the month off with a victory in the partypoker Monster Series Event #11 for $3,294 and 167.69 PLB points and he simply never slowed down. He picked up 11 PLB-qualifying cashes with his largest score of the month coming with a victory in the October 20 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $31,905 and 389.87 PLB points. Molloy, also a longtime PocketFiver, has over $7.6 million in lifetime earnings. He’s Canada’s #4-ranked player and currently sits at #50 in the world. Brazil’s Dennys ‘dennysramos2’ Ramos had a solid month in October, good for the #3 spot on the PLB scoreboard. His 12 PLB-qualifying cashes were highlighted by a pair of five-figure scores in the middle of the month. Ramos finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series Event #77 ($1,050 NLHE Eight Max) for $21,125 and 248.61 PLB points, On the same day he ended up winning Event #81 ($530 NLHE) in the same series for another $16,129 and 296.65 PLB points. Finishing in the #4 spot is the former #1-ranked PocketFiver Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski. After taking the first half of the month off, Sikorski kicked in his online grind picking up eight PLB-qualifying cashes. He racked up five five-figure cashes including two victories in the PokerStars Bounty Build Series. The first came on October 15 when he took down Event #29 ($1,050 NLHE) for $32,994 and 423.08 PLB points. He followed that up with another victory three days later in Event #68 ($109 NLHE Turbo) for $14,715 and 313.37 PLB points. The final spot in the top 5 belongs to the current #1-ranked online poker player Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. The partypoker ambassador cashed 43 times in the month with his high score coming on October 20 in the partypoker High Roller Gladiator where he took home a massive $78,761 first-place prize and 552.62 PLB points. PocketFives October Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Greenstone25 2612 2 JMolloy 2438 3 dennysramos2 2350 4 p0cket00 2180 5 pleno1 2143 6 bah22 2115 7 pvigar 2102 8 inhoo 2039 9 girafganger7 1949 10 lena900 1940