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  1. For the second straight week, we have a new #1 player atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, which are recalculated every Wednesday. This time, it's Sweden's Sheater, who was last ranked #1 in January. This is Sheater's second stint at #1, a spot no player has held for more than four weeks since the middle of last year. Sheater moved up two spots to #1 and has a slim four-point edge over Chris moorman1Moorman, last week's #1 who now sits at #2 and just won a World Poker Tour titlein Los Angeles. Sheater finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $17,000 and 224 PLB Points, and incredibly has 22 tracked in the money finishes with two wins since Sunday. Another former #1 making waves this week was Vinkyy (pictured), who moved up three spots to reenter the top 10 at #8 worldwide. Vinkyy was last ranked #1 in October and has $5.2 million in tracked scores. He is about 800 PLB Points away from eclipsing Sheater for #1, so he has some ground to make up, but just passed 5,000 tracked in the money finishes, one of the highest totals of anyone on PocketFives. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to Malta's fzkk, who just won his second PocketFives Triple Crown. He moved up from #52 worldwide to #23, a jump of 29 spots, and recently recorded five wins in four days to help push him toward the top 20. The Malta player earned his $1 million cash badge on PocketFives on March 6. Leaping 23 spots to settle at #44 in the world is 23NoraB, who calls Austria home. He is another March Triple Crown winner and can be found at #4 in his home nation. Other than his third Triple Crown, his big claim to fame in recent days is taking down the Full Tilt Poker T-Rex for $33,000 on Sunday, earning 380 PLB Points in the process. He has 159 tracked wins that have helped boost his career earnings to $3.5 million. Canada's blanconegrowon the Full Tilt $250,000 Guarantee over the weekend for $55,000 and a solid 524 PLB Points to move up 24 places in the Rankings to #59. He received his $3 million cash badge on Wednesday, the same day as the Rankings were updated, and seems poised to shatter his all-time high of #40 worldwide, set last year. The highest debut in the top 100 of the Rankings went to Poland's TryToExploit (pictured), who entered at #71, three places off his highest position ever. TryToExploit won the PokerStars Sunday Million last weekend for 1,348 PLB Points officially, the largest score of the week on any site. He finished 68th in the PokerStars Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million on March 2, which earned him 210 PLB Points. Here's a look at the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater - 7,647 points 2. moorman1 - 7,643 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,593 points 4. VnilaVader - 7,145 points 5. jdpc27 - 6,966 points 6. young_diamond18 - 6,937 points 7. Flush_Entity - 6,856 points 8. Vinkyy - 6,818 points 9. chaz_man_chaz - 6,795 points 10. inhoo - 6,732 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Sweden continued its attack on the upper reaches of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsthis week, claiming three of the top four spots worldwide. Holding down the fort at #3 worldwide and #2 in Sweden is Sheater, who took down the Winamax Grand Tournament over the weekend, a $1,311 buy-in tournament, for a cool $45,000. "It feels great," Sheater told PocketFives in an exclusive interview following his Sunday Major victory. "Last Sunday was about to turn into a really bad day. I final table bubbled a couple of tournaments and lost some big stacks. At the same time, my internet went down and my backup internet didn't work. The connection was unstable, but I had this tournament left with a really good stack." Despite the tech issues, Sheater stayed connected and continued navigating the 123-man field, but not without a few setbacks. He narrated, "I lost K-K to K-T offsuit for the chip lead with around 12 left. At that point, I was pretty tilted and was one of the shortest stacks left. I managed to get back into it and ran really well after that, though. I won A-T to A-Q with four left versus fellow PocketFiver Ariados for a big pot. Then, I knocked out the aggressive chip leader with A-A versus A-Q on a board of 2-3-5-Q-X. After that, I was chip leader again and managed to hold it all the way." As a result of the score, Sheater has over $60,000 in tracked scores on Winamax, which accepts EU players, and $4.5 million overall. Nearly half of the latter total has come on PokerStars, where he plays under the user name gnetaren. "I probably don't celebrate scores enough," Sheater responded when asked if and how he enjoys big wins. "I just bought a new bed for myself, though. For this score, I haven't celebrated yet. I like to play on Monday and Tuesday, so I had to wait a few days to do anything." Sheater was ranked #1 in the world on PocketFives starting on Christmas and stretching for four weeks. His profile has over 25,000 views, one of the highest counts of anyone, and he told us what it means to have been the top-ranked player: "It felt great to be at the top for some time, especially for my confidence in my game. I think it depends a lot on how much volume you put in and whether you manage to get first or second in a tournament instead of fifth or sixth, which I was fortunate to do for some time there." He added, "Some top players don't play as much volume as I have been, but when they do they rise, they do so pretty fast in the Rankings." Sweden overtook Canadafor the top spot in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankingslast month and an incredible 11 Swedes are in the top 50 worldwide on PocketFives. Is there something in the water in the Sweden poker community? "It's tax-free on PokerStars for Swedish players now, so the best players play a lot more volume than before and more top Swedish players have created a PocketFives account," Sheater said. "It has also been winter in Sweden (pictured), which is a good time to be indoors playing poker." Today's high in Stockholm: 39 degrees Fahrenheit. One of Sheater's biggest claims to fame came last May, when he final tabled two PokerStars SCOOP events for a combined score of over $170,000 officially. Last November, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $52,000. If you're wondering, his $45,000 effort in the Winamax Grand Tournament represents his fifth largest score to date. If you don't already have a Winamax account but have an EU bank account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee and be tracked for our exclusive March PLB competition on Winamaxthat awards €1,100 in tickets! Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. We had two new entries into the top 10 of the PocketFives Poker Player Rankingsthis week. In fact, both came from the 20s in a very impressive showing. We'll start with Costa Rica's Nicholas rounder63 Carrillo (pictured), who moved up from #20 to #5, his highest slotting ever. He has a healthy $4.4 million in tracked scores. Carrillo won the PartyPoker$100,000 Guaranteed High Roller over the weekend for $14,000 and 327 PLB Points one day after taking down the PokerStarsBig $162 for $21,000 and 346 PLB Points. All told, he has 220 tracked wins and over 600 top-three finishes. Carrillo now sits with 6,952 PLB Points, 650 away from the #1 overall ranking, which belongs to Sweden's Sheater. The other new entry from the 20s was Germany's overthetop43, who moved up 19 spots to settle at #10. He is $3,000 away from cracking $2 million in lifetime scores and finished third in the weekend's Sunday Supersonic for $31,000 and 291 PLB Points. The same day, he took down the PokerStars $265 No Limit Hold'em Knockout for $16,000 and the same 291 points. He is the top-ranked player in Germany and, like Carrillo, has reached his highest ranking ever. Brian bparisParis (pictured), who was ranked #5 worldwide earlier this year, moved up 10 places to #12. Paris has the eighth highest cash total of any PocketFiver at $6.6 million and took down the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance on March 16 for $14,000 and 279 PLB Points. Paris has nearly 7,000 tracked in the money finishes and is a two-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner. We could very well see him reenter the top 10 next Wednesday when the Rankings are recalculated. Also shooting up the charts this week was Portugal's JDias99, who final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000 and 351 PLB Points. The same day, he finished sixth in the 888 Poker Mega Deep and bagged another $3,000. JDias99 moved up from #25 in the world to #13 and has $67,000 in earnings from 30 scores this month. Leaping almost 30 spots in the Rankings was Russia's MAMOHT_T, who landed at #38 after being ranked #67 last week. He won the weekend's Full Tilt $250,000 Guaranteed for $52,000 and a massive 513 PLB Points to help his cause and is on the verge of earning a $4 million cash badge. He is #1 in Russia and was once ranked as high as #8 in the world on PocketFives. Finally, we wanted to single out moneyinbag (pictured), who had one of the biggest movements in the top 100, rising from #90 to #57, his best ranking ever. He was the runner-up in the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $37,000 and 366 PLB Points and took down the PokerStars $265 No Limit Hold'em Knockout for $14,000 a week before that. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater- 7,611 points 2. lukethafluke - 7,509 points 3. moorman1 - 7,485 points 4. VnilaVader - 6,968 points 5. rounder63- 6,952 points 6. jdpc27 - 6,934 points 7. young_diamond18 - 6,878 points 8. Vinkyy - 6,839 points 9. chaz_man_chaz - 6,771 points 10. overthetop43- 6,769 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. It was a good week to be Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured), who shot up 12 spots to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. The top-ranked player in Austria, huiiiiiiiiii earned $11,000 after a runner-up finish in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars on Sunday. Two days prior, he hit the jackpot in a WCOOP Challenge $215 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, officially taking home $126,000 and 676 PLB Points after exiting in second place. The WCOOP Challenge was the largest score we've tracked for huiiiiiiiiii, more than doubling his second largest, which came in 2011 after an 11th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event. He won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last year for $52,000 and is fresh off earning his $3 million cash badge. We had two other new entrants into the top 10 this week, which meant quite a shakeup at the top of the pack for the first time in a while. ekzitermoved up from #16 to #6 on the strength of a second place finish in the opening Full Tilt PokerFTOPS event on Sunday. His performance was worth $85,000 in cash plus 495 PLB Points, moving him over $2.5 million lifetime. ekziter is a four-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner, three of which came last year. Also entering the top 10 this week was Charlie chaz_man_chazCombes (pictured), who rose eight spots to settle at #10. A member of PocketFives since 2010, Combes won the PokerStars Big $162 on March 25 for $23,000 and 363 PLB Points. Three days later, he took down the Tyrannosaurus Rex for nearly $10,000 along with 229 PLB Points. Combes is up to $4.3 million in tracked scores after earning his $4 million cash badge in January. Connor Drinan, who goes by blanconegroon PocketFives, rocketed from #39 to #15, his highest position ever, after final tabling the Sunday Brawl over the weekend for $14,000 and 197 PLB Points. He final tabled a WCOOP Challenge event on March 28 for $38,000 and recorded three tracked wins last month to bring his total to 49. Drinan is the top-ranked player in the British Columbia poker community. It feels like we frequently mention Toby 810ofclubs Lewis, who moved up 23 spots from #51 to #28 this week. He has a monstrous Sunday that included a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $48,000. All told, he had a dozen in the money finishes that day for $62,000 and nearly 1,000 PLB Points total. Finally, we wanted to single out Brazil's pedrohennn (pictured), who ended up at #45 this week after being ranked #85 seven days ago. The recent PocketFives signup also turned in a rock solid Sunday that included wins in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo for $35,000 and $11,000, respectively. He has $1.4 million in online scores and plays as peterwhooo on the largest online poker site in the land, PokerStars. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each. Swedes still hold three of the top five spots and 10 of the top 40: 1. Sheater - 7,442 points 2. moorman1 - 7,337 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,228 points 4. huiiiiiiiiii- 7,200 points 5. VnilaVader - 7,025 points 6. ekziter- 6,890 points 7. JDias99 - 6,847 points 8. Flush_Entity - 6,753 points 9. rounder63 - 6,738 points 10. chaz_man_chaz - 6,733 points Congrats to all of our ranked members. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday, with Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) making a major splash. The former #1 player in our Rankings, last seen at the top in mid-2012, Benger moved up from #14 worldwide to #4 and is 700 points off the pole position. Benger has been on a roll lately, including a third place finish in the Full Tilt Poker$250,000 Guarantee over the weekend for $23,000 in cash plus 259 PLB Points. He won the PokerStars $10,000 Guarantee the same day for $5,900 and has raked in $141,000 in tracked MTTs so far in March across 91 in the money finishes, an average of $1,550 each. Portugal's JDias99 cracked the top 10 of the Rankings for the first time ever this week after moving up three spots. He final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 two weeks ago for $44,000 and 351 PLB Points to help his cause. Over the weekend, he drove to a fifth place finish in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and earned $9,500 along with 138 PLB Points. JDias99 is the top-ranked player in Portugal. Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured, that's 10 i's if you're keeping track), ascended from #23 worldwide to #15, six spots shy of his all-time high in the Rankings set last year. He plays as IneedMoneyXXon Full Tilt and iPoker and took fourth in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday, one spot better than JDias99, three days ago for $12,000. Late last month, huiiiiiiiiii won the PokerStars Bigger $162 for $42,000 and a mammoth 516 PLB Points. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to DaFace. The Costa Rica poker community stalwart landed at #25 worldwide, up 27 spots, on the strength of a half-dozen tracked wins already this month for over 1,000 PLB Points combined. He is the #3 ranked player in Costa Rica and tops in the capital of San Jose. Another Costa Rican, teamwispy, rose 29 spots in the Rankings from #65 to #36 on the strength of three sizable cashes on PokerStars on Sunday. He took down the Bigger $11, finished seventh in the Sunday 500, and exited in fourth from the $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for $40,000 and 800 PLB Points combined. You can find him on Full Tilt Poker under the user name Private ATM. Longtime PocketFiver Toby 810ofclubs Lewis rose 32 spots to settle at #51 in the world. Lewis was the runner-up in the weekend's Full Tilt $250,000 Guarantee, one spot ahead of Benger, and took second in the PokerStars.fr Sunday Six-Max the same day for another $9,200. Lewis has $3.8 million in tracked scores, the largest of which was worth a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Swedes still dominate the Rankings and own three of the top five spots, led by #1 ranked Sheater. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater - 7,611 points 2. moorman1 - 7,360 points 3.lukethafluke - 7,230 points 4. Flush_Entity - 6,929 points 5. VnilaVader - 6,875 points 6. jdpc27 - 6,829 points 7. Vinkyy - 6,754 points 8. rounder63 - 6,725 points 9. overthetop43 - 6,716 points 10. JDias99 - 6,643 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been recalculated. Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is at the top of the leaderboard once again this week. In fact, he has an 800-point lead over second place, so we wouldn't foresee him dropping from that perch anytime soon. Fierro has won 10 tournaments since June began to keep him atop the Rankings. He won a seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event on June 11 on 888 Poker, two days after taking down the PartyPoker Daily Major for $7,600. Fierro has been ranked #1 on PocketFives since May 6. Australia's Martin Tiny_molesterKozlov moved up from #12 to #8 this week, his best showing ever. The Lysterfield resident is $3,000 shy of hitting $2 million for his career and took second in the PokerStars $109 Cubed ten days ago for $14,000. Over the weekend, he final tabled the Sunday Brawl. Appropriately, Kozlov is the top-ranked player in Australia. veeea (pictured) moved up from #13 to #9. The former #2 player in the Rankings just hit $4 million in online tournament scores and finished second in the Hotter $75 on PokerStars three days ago for $15,000. Over the weekend, veeea took down the iPoker €10,000 Grand Saturday. If you want to play on iPoker, by the way, you can sign up for sites like William Hill, bet-at-home, and mybet through the links on PocketFives and get a free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners when you deposit. Then there's Sweden's Sheater, who rose five spots to #10 this week thanks to six wins since June 9, all of which have come on PokerStars and PokerStars.fr. He recently passed $6 million in career online tournament winnings and was #1 in the PocketFives Rankings last year. You can find him under the screen name O Shark Eater O on Full Tilt. Davide girex91 Marchi moved up from #47 to #25 this week. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings and comes on the heels of a victory in the 888 Poker Mega Deep over the weekend for $25,000. He's the top-ranked poker player in Malta. Thailand's Jordan JWPRODIGY Westmorland (pictured) moved up 16 spots to #65. He won the Big $109 four days ago for $16,000, his 125th tracked win. Westmorland is the top-ranked player in Thailand and hit an all-time high of #38 in the Rankings two years ago. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Brazil's Alisson heyalisson Piekazewicz, who debuted in the top 100 at #84. He won the Super Tuesday on June 9 for almost $100,000 and over 700 PLB Points, the metric that determines the Rankings. The Brazilian has $1.3 million in career online tournament winnings across 4,364 in the money finishes, an average of $300 apiece. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,958 points 2. AnteSvante - 7,157 points 3. hellohellohello - 7,039 points 4. lasagnaaammm - 6,914 points 5. bedias - 6,841 points 6. joaomathias - 6,677 points 7. mindgamer - 6,674 points 8. Tiny_molester - 6,667 points 9. veeea- 6,658 points 10. Sheater- 6,651 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. If you haven't heard of Sweden's Sheaterbefore reading this article, where have you been? Seriously. Have you been living under a rock? Or perhaps on the top of a mountain with no internet? Maybe we'll give you a pass. The Swede is the #4 player worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankingsand a former #1. Over the weekend, 788 players turned out for the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy, creating a prize pool that passed $220,000. Not surprisingly, Sheater skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard and earned $41,000, defeating a final table that included #2 ranked aguskb. "It feels great," Sheater told us in an exclusive interview. "I have always wanted to win that particular tournament on a Sunday. It has a tough field and it just feels like the one everyone wants to win." Five of the top seven finishers were members of the PocketFives community, including the #2, #4, #15, #131, and #206 ranked players. That's a ton of talent. The ending of the Sunday $109 Rebuy was anything but normal. Instead of seeing Sheater go at it with aguskb, the tournament's final hand was dealt during three-handed play. Sheater opened the button with A-Q as the chip leader, seahawk89 re-shipped with 18 big blinds, and aguskb went all-in for 30 big blinds. Sheater called only to see A-X and K-K, but sucked out for the win. "aguskb (pictured) sucked out once before at the final table, so it was fair in my opinion," Sheater joked. "He played solidly. You don't notice him that much because he is not crazy aggressive, but he is always deep with lots of chips, so I have a big respect for his game. Pot4teUS and he were the guys to watch out for at the final table." One day later, Sheater took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday Night Live, a two-day tournament, for another $21,000 and consequently shot up 12 spots in the Rankings to #4 worldwide. On whether he is primed for another stint at #1 after winning $62,000 in 24 hours, Sheater postulated, "I guess it could happen, but I have to enjoy the Swedish summer too. You can play more when the never-ending darkness comes to Sweden." Perhaps some of Sheater's success has to do with a lessening of his workload. He explained that rather than bust his butt for 60 hours a week grinding and studying, he has toned it down: "That kind of schedule wears on you after a while. Now, my girlfriend moved in, so I spend more time with her instead and feel much happier. So, I have to credit my recent success to her." Oh yeah, we get to talk about floorballand golf, two sports Sheater plays regularly. The former is an indoor sport mostly played in countries like Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland. It's played six-on-six and is a derivation of floor hockey. Then there's golf. Sheater admitted that he "sucks" at golf, but explained, "I just started. I haven't really played too much yet, but I want to play more. I think it would be a good combo with poker. You can play for six months or so in Sweden and while traveling during the winter." He has $6.2 million in career online tournament winnings and five scores that have eclipsed $50,000. He owns an impressive 476 top-three finishes in tournaments we track. His advice for you newbies out there: "Only play when you enjoy it, don't play too many tables, and discuss hands with friends when you're not playing if you want to get better." Congrats to Sheater on his continued domination. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. Don't look now, but there's a familiar name in the online poker world barreling towards the top of the PocketFives Rankings: Sweden's Sheater. He was up a very healthy 12 spots this week and ended up at #4 with 6,586 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Sheater was ranked #1 on PocketFives last year and turned in a rock solid weekend in which he won both the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and PokerStars.fr Sunday Night Live. The two cashes were worth over $60,000 combined as well as more than 800 PLB Points. It's easy to see why he's in the top five worldwide once again. Another Swede, AnteSvante(pictured), moved up five spots to #5 and sits one position behind Sheater. AnteSvante won the Full Tilt Fat Tuesday earlier this month for $14,000 and took down the PokerStars.fr Six-Max Club four days later. His real name is Anton Wigg and he has over $5.6 million in career online tournament winnings. We've already talked about two Swedes in the top 10, so we might as well highlight the other two as well. Yes, there are four Swedes in the top 10 worldwide on PocketFives. The first is eisenhower1, who is #7 on our site. He won the Hot $55 earlier this month for $10,000 two days after taking down a $55 NLHE Turbo Re-Entry on PokerStars. His $7.2 million in online tournament winnings is the 13th most of any PocketFiver. The fourth and final Sweden pokercommunity member in the top 10 is Ariados, who moved up from #11 to #8 this week, his all-time high. He took down the PokerStars $215 Rebuy on August 2 for $12,000, his 51st tracked win. He plays as Sasuke234on PokerStars and SODA1RAon PartyPoker. Outside of the top 10, we wanted to single out joaosimaobh (pictured), who calls Brazil home and reentered the top 100 at #47, the best top-100 debut of anyone. He had a blockbuster Sunday in which he won the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for over $60,000 total. He is seven spots off his all-time best showing in the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser - 7,348 points 2. aguskb - 7,146 points 3. hellohellohello - 6,668 points 4. Sheater- 6,586 points 5. AnteSvante- 6,566 points 6. lasagnaaammm - 6,412 points 7. eisenhower1- 6,355 points 8. Ariados- 6,337 points 9. joaomathias - 6,330 points 10. Legenden - 6,283 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. [caption width="628"] Sweden's 'Sheater' won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown[/caption] For the first time in more than two years, Sweden's 'Sheater' won a PocketFives Triple Crown. And this one was a milestone, as it marked the fifth won by the longtime online poker player who is nearing $7 million in career winnings. And amazingly, two of his Triple Crown qualifying wins this time around came against the same player. In order to score a Triple Crown, a player must win three multi-table tournaments, each of which starts within the same seven-day period across any three of the networks tracked for the PocketFives Rankings. Each tournament must have a prize pool of at least $10,000, at least 100 players, and have a real money buy-in. Satellites do not count. After not recording a win in an online MTT since March 13, 'Sheater' came back with a vengeance. On April 4, his Triple Crown quest began with a win in the 888 Crocodile for $5,200 and 146 PLB Points. The $160 buy-in tournament generated a field of 161 entrants and had a prize pool north of $21,000. 'Sheater' beat 'ractigons7' heads-up and, incredibly, members of the PocketFives community raked two-thirds of the prize pool. One day later, 'Sheater' took advantage of the popular Heavyweight series at PartyPoker by winning the network's Heavyweight Drago for $2,900 and 113 PLB Points. The Drago carries a $109 buy-in and fetched 128 players. Crazily enough, the Swede once again beat out 'ractigons7', the latter of whom could have had two legs of a Triple Crown in his pocket had the cards gone the other way. And once again, members of the PocketFives community raked two-thirds of the prize pool. On April 7, his Triple Crown quest was complete with a win in the Hot $33 on PokerStars. The tournament had 987 players – nearly 1,000 – and, as its name suggests, sports a $33 buy-in. 'Sheater' earned $4,600 for the win and defeated Romania's 'ramondemon77' heads-up. Perhaps more importantly, a win in the Hot $33 meant his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown was secure. "It feels good to get my fifth Triple Crown," 'Sheater' said. "My game has been up and down. I've had a few scores, but had many losing days too." Here's a look at Sheater's Triple Crown runs over the years: August 18, 2013 – William Hill, PokerStars, Unibet – 624.80 points October 20, 2013 – PokerStars, Full Tilt, PokerStars.fr – 956.33 points November 5, 2013 – PokerStars, Full Tilt, William Hill – 884.17 points January 5, 2014 – William Hill, 888, PokerStars – 450.18 points April 7, 2016 – 888, bwin, PokerStars – 432.11 points His latest Triple Crown marks the first time he has won a leg on bwin or PartyPoker. It's just the second time that a tournament on William Hill has not appeared in his list of victories, and it's the 64th Triple Crown all-time won by a player from Sweden. It's the 20th won by anyone in 2016.
  10. [caption width="660"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao topped the April Monthly PLB race with 3,180.87 points (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] With 3,180 PLB Points, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao from Brazil, who hit #1 worldwide a few days ago, won the April Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB). This is his first MPLB win and the sixth all-time for Brazil. "It's really nice," Simao said. "I'm very happy to find that my ways keep working. Now all I need is to keep balance in my life. Poker is amazing, but it's only one of the many amazing things in life." Simao started off April by taking second in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for $20,000 and 263 PLB Points on the 4th. Six days later, he hit it big in the Mountain Series on PokerStars, barreling to a win in the $1,050 Rebuy Denali, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament, for a commanding $167,000 and 872 PLB Points, his largest score of the 30-day month. On April 21, Simao took down the Hot $162 on PokerStars and put back $5,500 and added another 168 points to his coffers. He closed out the month in style, winning the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance on April 24 for $37,000 and finishing fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller the same day for $27,000. Simao's 3,180 PLB Points were the most by an MPLB winner since Sweden's Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson had almost 4,000 last September. His average score in April was 159 points. Sweden's Andreas 'Sheater' Samuelsson was the runner-up in the April MPLB with 2,987 points, almost 200 fewer than Simao. He closed out the month on a winning streak, taking down four tournaments in the last two days of April. Whereas Simao was about big scores, Samuelsson was all about volume. His largest score PLB-wise was a win in the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for 223 PLB Points. He also final tabled the site's Super High Roller for another 222 PLB Points, his second largest point haul of the month. "I'm kind of surprised actually," Samuelsson said. "But I played a lot last month, so that's probably why I did so well." Another Swede, 'Discoovery', who moved all the way up to a personal best #13 in the PocketFives Rankings this week took third in the April MPLB race. After claiming his first Triple Crown on the final day of March, he came out swinging in April, taking down the partypoker Super High Roller on April 24 for $67,000, his largest score of the month. The same day, the Swede finished fifth in the Sunday 500 for another $17,000. All told, 'Discoovery' had 10 tracked wins in online MTTs, bumping his career total to 31. He's nearing $1 million in online tournament winnings and is already over 800 in the money finishes in total. He had 2,959 PLB Points in April and trailed second place by only 28 points. Sweden's 'lena900', who won back-to-back MPLB titles in January and February, nearly added one more to his mantel by finishing fourth in April. 'lena900' was the runner-up in the Thursday Thrill on the third-to-last day of April and bagged $36,000. He final tabled the Sunday 500 on April 13 and took eighth in the Kilimanjaro tournament as part of the PokerStars Mountain Series for almost $20,000. He started the month off by winning the partypoker High Roller and earned 2,653 PLB Points during the month. Finally, Norway's 'prebzzz' finished fifth in April, helped in part by a gold medal on the month's third day in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $67,000 and almost 600 PLB Points. One week later, he was back at it, scoring $58,000 for final tabling the Everest event of the Mountain Series, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed on April 24 for $12,000. 'prebzzz' amassed 2,575 points during the month. "It feels great," 'prebzzz' said. "I had some big scores in April and I have a lot of confidence going into SCOOP this month." Here were the top 10 in April: joaosimaobh - 3,180.87 Sheater - 2,987.68 Discoovery - 2,959.22 lena900 - 2,653.64 prebzzz - 2,575.82 RoccoGe - 2,482.07 Ariados - 2,437.77 aJarov - 2,401.45 1bigacehole - 2,399.12 mjw006 - 2,366.91
  11. [caption width="640"] Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert has had himself an amazing year, both live and online (WSOP Photo/JoeGiron)[/caption] It was Christmas Day 2013 when ‘Sheater’ made PocketFives history by becoming the first Swedish player to sit atop the PocketFives Rankings. Since then six other Swedes have taken the #1 spot at some point while ‘Sheater’ has continued to grind away. This week ‘Sheater’ became just the third Swede to pass the $8,000,000 earnings mark, joining Johannes ’Greenstone25’ Korsar and Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. ‘Sheater’ hit the milestone thanks to three decent scores spanning April 25-26. He finished runner-up in the 888poker $25,000 Tuesday Challenge and then posted consecutive wins in the PokerStars $215 Turbo NLHE and PokerStars $109 NLHE. Those three scores combined to give him nearly $15,000 in earnings. Another Swede, ‘Pot4teUS’, also moved up into rare air this week and he was joined by Brazil’s Ariel ’ArielBahia’ Celestino. Both players moved past $4,000,000 in earnings. ‘Pot4teUS’ did it in dramatic fashion, winning the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut on April 26 for $9,632.35. Celestino though had bigger things in mind. The #8-ranked player in Brazil won the PokerStars Hot $215 for $19,818 to become the 7th player from his home country with at least $4 million in earnings. From November Nine to Top 50 Worldwide Last summer Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert navigated his way through the WSOP Main Event minefield to find himself in the 2016 November Nine. The Dutchman eventually finished 6th, but rather than rest on his laurels and $1.46 million score, Hallaert has continued to put in time online and now finds himself reaching new heights. This past week he went from #56 in the world to #47, breaking in to the top 50 for the first time in his career. Other players to hit career highs inside of the top 100 this past week included Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone going from #30 to #28, Diego ’MrBittar’ Bittar moving from #43 to #36, Adrijan ‘Adrijan_S’ Sinishtaj from #59 to #50 and recent PokerStars Sunday Million champ ‘TheFan83’ getting into the top 100 for the first time in his career, rising from #130 to #89. Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis Grabs PLB Haul Winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up is a boon for almost any player, and Latvian pro Dainis 'ex6tence' Budovskis is not different. Beating out 1,755 other players, Budovskis won $53,438.46 and walked away with a career-best 594.31 PLB points. He’s now ranked #63 in the world and #2 in Latvia. Hungary’s ‘kiscash’ also hit a massive score, earning 431.67 PLB points for winning the $22 buy-in Mini Sunday Million on PokerStars. His next biggest career score came two days earlier when he earned 98.51 points for winning an $11 NLHE Turbo event on PokerStars.
  12. [caption width="640"] Ryan Franklin added a Sunday Major title to his impressive resume (WPT photo)[/caption] Longtime online poker tournament specialist Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a cash prize of $159,701 with fellow veteran Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov of Russia finishing second for $112,069 and #400-ranked 'vip25459' placing third for $78,646. 'Alexey5758' was awarded $55,192 in fourth place while 'fatboi' of the United Kingdom walked away with $38,732 in fifth place. There was a heads-up final table chop in the Stars Sunday High Roller as 'fish2013' took home $59,662 for the win and 'WATnlos' earned $53,566 in the runner-up position. Belgium's Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson (ranked #92 worldwide) placed third for $37,322 in that event. The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 'anti-VGKC' who received a cash payment of $42,180 upon reaching a two-way deal. Peru's Diego Ventura (ranked #68 worldwide) captured an outright victory in the Sunday 500 for $37,333 and Brazilian Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos looked to move back into the Top 100 with a win in the Sunday Supersonic for $30,263. Online poker tournament specialist 'Chelsea72' came out on top in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on Partypoker, cashing in for $46,857 while 'NoSaalt' finished second in that event for $34,634. The $530 buy-in High Roller was won by 'SentimenTODO23' who was awarded $31,848 with the runner-up 'josef_shvejk' of the Russia (ranked #9 worldwide) taking home $31,720 following a two-way negotiation. The $320 buy-in Baby Whale tournament on 888poker was won by 'Eat1ngAndWIN' for a cash prize of $21,500. 'RakDoll' was the winner in the Mega Deep event and collected $19,114. PokerStars Sunday Million $200 + $15 NLHE 5,914 entrants $1,182,800 paid out to 1,052 spots Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin - $159,701.07 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $112,068.64 vip25459 - $78,646.26 Alexey5758 - $55,191.57 flong78 - $38,731.85 (fatboi) s0nny_bLacCk - $27,180.86 AchoBogdanov - $19,074.77 BongadasVN - $13,386.22 (RomeuRato) cojones2010 - $9,394.15 PokerStars Sunday High Roller $2,000 + $100 NLHE 155 entrants $310,000 paid out to 20 spots fish2013 - $59,662.21 WATnlos - $53,566.43 *2-way deal Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - $37,322.48 raidalot - $28,444.32 Apotheosis - $21,678.08 enigma2018 - $16,521.38 flong78 - $12,591.33 (fatboi) iamivar - $9,596.14 gorodski - $7,313.45 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $200 + $15 NLHE 1,479 entrants $295,800 paid out to 251 spots anti-VGKC - $42,180.32 Vanad3784 - $35,434.86 *2-way deal Futti18 - $23,341.48 Dominic 'BounatirouIMO' Nitsche - $16,782.74 PataNegraXD - $12,066.92 Maui2waui - $8,676.22 Gustavo '22ehnutzz' Mastelotto - $6,238.27 w3c.RaY - $4,485.36 WATnlos - $3,225.01 PokerStars Sunday 500 $500 + $30 NLHE 412 entrants $206,000 paid out to 55 spots Diego Ventura - $37,333.38 Zluka2010 - $27,441.19 joselo29 - $20,170.24 shushko19 - $14,825.82 AppelKruimel - $10,897.50 Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $8,010.04 Flat - $5,887.64 pappadogg - $4,327.62 zÿax - $3,180.96 (OMGpou) PokerStars Omania High Roller $500 + $30 PLO Six Max 208 entrants $94,500 paid out to 23 spots Fresh_oO_D - $17,020.91 chico134 - $13,586.03 sadface11 - $10,844.40 Riphraph94 - $8,656.02 C Darwin2 - $6,909.25 anonymstruts - $5,514.98 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic $200 + $15 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo 895 entrants $183,260 paid out to 101 spots Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos - $30,263.33 isistar185 - $21,540.22 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $15,331.76 --KarlsenA-- - $10,912.74 (andersfk) BobbyW519 - $7,767.41 masatotan - $5,528.63 partypoker Super High Roller $2,500 + $100 77 entrants $192,500 paid out to 13 spots Chelsea72 - $46,857 NoSaalt - $34,634 TheTryangle - $25,599 JeanClaude1970 - $18,922 WelshWizard - $13,986 (the beej) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard - $10,337 mwhldwn - $7,641 ACHSO8000 - $6,607 partypoker High Roller $500 + $30 372 entrants $200,000 paid out to 63 spots SentimenTODO23 - $31,848 josef_shvejk - $31,720 *2-way deal PhileasFogg - $19,244 (hellohellohello) jaimelaviande - $13,965 Chelsea72 - $10,135 McDlsiLDrOoN - $7,355 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $5,337 Batdog666 - $3,873 888poker Baby Whale $300 + $20 NLHE 210 entrants $100,000 paid out to 27 spots Eat1ngAndWIN - $21,500 trino11 - $15,500 AsaNisse4 - $11,750 tigerhooods62 - $8,750 888tonkaaaa - $6,000 nelisschuif - $5,000 TylerRM - $4,000 88TIGER889 - $3,000 888poker MEGA DEEP $200 + $15 NLHE 389 entrants $100,600 paid out to 56 spots RakDoll - $19,114 TrollKnost8 - $14,084 IceStream - $10,563 koenigskebap - $7,545 CraiEvryTime - $5,030 Imyurfriend - $3,521 GramNaKartke - $2,515 (ksieciunio) ckb4714 - $2,012
  13. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' picked up two big wins this week to stretch his overall lead atop the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The problem with being the #1-ranked online poker player in the world is that the rest of the world is chasing you. A bit of a rungood from any of the contenders puts your position in peril. Unless of course, you're Swedish superstar 'C Darwin2'. Thanks to three qualifying cashes over the past week, 'C Darwin2' now sits 1,201.41 ahead over any other competitor. Things started with a bang for 'C Darwin2' this past week. He took down the PokerStars High Roller Series Event #3 for $45,291 and 504.98 points. He followed that up with a win in partypoker's Heavyweight Eliminator for $6,125 and 158.11 points. He rounded things out with an eighth-place finish in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Event #10 for $12,269 and 194.35 points. Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, 'lena900'and Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao all maintained spots #2 - #4 respectively, but another Swedish player worked his way into the #5 spot this week. 'Sheater', a former #1-ranked player, didn't put in his usual amount of volume, but did pick up 240.67 points thanks to a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 and PokerStars High Roller Series Event #21 on November 30. He wasn't the only former #1 to make a big move this past week. Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez picked up two wins on partypoker this week to add 363.05 points and move from #11 to #6. There were four players who moved back into the Top 25 this week. Russia's 'hellohellohello' went from #28 to #16, Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard went from #35 to #21, Germany's 'nilsef' from #29 to #23 and 'kofi89' moved up from #30 to #25. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,484.491 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,283.082 3lena9008,506.973 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,666.634 5Sheater7,628.426 6Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,537.0611 7Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,382.507 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,328.569 9josef_shvejk7,268.308 10veeea7,246.605 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,211.4922 12Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,072.0010 13Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,986.1414 14rolandbauer6,839.1212 15Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,776.3415 16hellohellohello6,760.4628 17DeathbyQuads6,751.4518 18Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,736.3313 19Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,697.6617 20Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,690.3516 21Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,612.6435 22DamageAP6,611.8619 23nilsef6,527.3029 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,484.0224 25kofi8925. kofi896,334.9430
  14. [caption width="640"] Sweden's best players also happen to be amongst the world's best.[/caption] When one thinks about the current state of poker domination, you may be tempted to default to the current crop of German players who have been crushing the live high-roller tournament scene. Names like Holz, Sontheimer and Kempe come to mind when you think about who may be vying for the best of the best. But when one turns their attention to the online poker landscape, at this point in poker history, there should be no doubt - it’s all about the Swedes. In fact, the core cadre of Swedish players is so prolific that each of the top 10 players in the Kingdom all occupy prominent spots, not just in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100, but in the top 50. The top spot, both in the country of Sweden as well as the Worldwide Rankings, is none other than the screenname all online grinders should know: ‘C Darwin2’. Currently in his seventh reign as the #1-ranked player in the world, his unquestioned dedication to the game has helped him recently surpass $7 million in lifetime earnings. The only player with over 10,000 PLB points (10,245.43), ‘C Darwin2’’s recent conquests include a pair of scores for over $50,000 in the past 30 days as well two outright victories in the month of November, one in the partypoker High Roller Turbo on November 4 for over $9,000 and again, less than a week later, in thePokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for another $16,000. His vice-like grip on the Swedish, and Worldwide, leaderboard has arguably extended his reputation from the current king of the hill into bonafide legend status. Looking up at ‘C Darwin2’, in the #2 spot in the Swedish rankings, is another true online genius in‘lena900’ (8,526.72). It was roughly one month ago when ‘lena900’ disrupted the 12-week tenure of ‘C Darwin2’ at #1, by assuming that position himself, if only for one week. Currently sitting at #3 in the Worldwide rankings, ‘lena900’ is on the precipice of eclipsing $8 million in lifetime earnings himself and although he’s trailing that top spot by over 1700 PLB points, the Swedish phenom has proved that should the opportunity arise, he has what it takes to ascend once again. A perfect example of which was his late October victory in the partypoker $530 High Roller ($200K) for $41,866.31 and 475.39 PLB points. Sweden’s current #3-ranked player is another veteran of the online poker community,‘Sheater’ (7,432.79). Hailing from the Sweden’s West Coast, ‘Sheater’, situated at #6 Worldwide, is also approaching a massive milestone as he approaches $9 million in lifetime earnings. His recent string of triple-digit PLB point accumulations is highlighted by his fourth-place finish on Halloween in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for over $23,000. Gothenburg’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren (7,277.98) takes the #4 spot in the wake of eight top 3 finishes over the course of 69 cashes thus far in November. Berggren, like those mentioned before him, is also a current member of the PocketFives.com Top 10, holding on to #8 Worldwide, but is only a heater away from moving up. The latest member of the $10 million club, Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (6,919.41) rounds out the Swedish Top 5. The elite grinder is looking to move up the ranks with the assistance this week’s victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $59,180 (519.62 points) and his third place finish in the Sunday 500 for another $19,338 (229.89) points. In total, just in the month of November, Korsar has accumulated five 5-figure cashes helping push his earning to over $160,000. ‘Pot4teUS’(#6),‘inhoo’ (#7) and ‘DeathbyQuads’ (#8) all are within 100 PLB points of each other and all are members of the Worldwide Top 20. Though ’Pot4teUS’ is on the cusp of achieving $5 million in lifetime earnings, ’inhoo’ and ‘DeathbyQuads’ have both notched five-figure scores in November making it so that any of these three players are threats to overtake, not just each other, but their countrymen who sit in the Worldwide Top 10. The #9 spot belongs to ‘Ariados’. Even with solid results, his light online volume in November may effect his future standings, both in the Swedish rankings and his current status as the Worldwide #31. Capping off the Top 10 is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, a near daily grinder who has finished top three 10 times in November with half of those being outright victories. Sweden's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1'C Darwin2'10,245.43 2'lena900'8,526.72 3'Sheater'7,432.79 4'r4ndomr4gs'7,277.98 5'Greenstone25'6,919.41 6'Pot4teUS'6,696.41 7'inhoo'6,650.19 8'DeathbyQuads'6,607.11 9'Ariados'6,109.83 10'perrymejsen'5,732.72
  15. 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.
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