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  1. It takes a special player to reach the top of the online poker rankings. In addition to elite skills on the virtual felt resulting in extraordinary results, it requires a dedication to the online grind that provides the amount of volume needed to surpass the competition. This is what makes it so amazing that the UK’s current top talent Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford’s reign at the top of the rankings is closing in on historic highs. Beresford has held on to the #1 spot for more than half of 2020, currently sitting at 26 weeks straight. However, Beresford, who once held a PLB point lead that looked insurmountable, is within striking distance for his fellow online pros for the first time in months. While there are a number of players who could catch Beresford in the upcoming weeks, including current #2 -ranked Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, it might just take a former #1-ranked player to put an end to Beresford’s current hot streak. There are currently 12 former #1-ranked players in the top 100, some of whom it’s been years since they’ve reached the top spot. One thing is for sure, all of them know exactly what is required to get back to the top and take back the throne. The Top 10 The three former #1-ranked players with the best shot at Beresford all are occupying a spot in the top 10. World Series of Poker standout Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski has been turning up the heat all summer long and currently sits at #6 in the world. His rise was thanks in part to a pair of six-figure scores in September. The first was his PokerStars WCOOP win in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Slam) which brought him more than $245,000 and 817.01 PLB points. Days later he picked up another $185,350 with a fifth-place finish in the Natural8 Super MILLION$ High Rollers which brought him an additional 703.52. Dzivielevski held on to the #1 spot two different times back in 2014 and while he has some ground to cover, should he continue to put up big numbers he’s got a shot at closing the gap on Beresford. Right behind him at #7 in the rankings is Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver. The American, who plays out of Costa Rica, last held the top spot in 2010 and now he’s once again in striking distance thanks to his non-stop grind. Oliver’s recent scores include a win in the October 18 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for $48,072 and 500.00 PLB points. He tacked on another 251.80 PLB points on November 8 with a final table finish in the EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) for $31,057 and 251.80 PLB points. Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ knows what it’s like to spend extended time at #1, having held the spot for 33 weeks back in 2018-2019. Now, the Swedish superstar, who was the last player to hold #1 before Beresford, is still in the mix thanks to a pair of PokerStars WCOOP wins back in September. He scored a six-figure score by winning Event #39-H ($5,200 PKO High Roller) for more than $200,000 and 753.33 PLB points. He then went back-to-back and grabbed another WCOOP title in Event #44-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $80,642 and 632.46 PLB points. If ‘Lena900’ can rack up more wins like his October 25 score in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR, where he added more than $48,000 to his All-Time Online Money List leading $21.2 million, sooner than later he may just rule the rankings once again. Not Far Behind partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard last held the top spot just last year and currently sits at #21. Leonard who is known to fire in the biggest buy-in tournaments online built a nice base this summer during WCOOP where he racked up 1,356.38 PLB points. He didn’t have any October scores that added to his rankings performance, but he looks to be back at it in November, which means a good chance he pushed back into the top 20 in upcoming weeks. Sweden’s ’C Darwin2’ is one of online poker’s most prolific players having held the #1 spot eight different times for a total of 66 weeks. He retained a spot in the top 50 this week with a deep run in PokerStars EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $5,436 and 130.54 PLB points. He also earned a pair of five-figure scores in the recent PokerStars Bounty Builder Series when he booked the win in Event #37 ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) for $21,522 and 356.37 PLB points. He then finished as the runner-up in Event #164 ($1,050 NLHE, Thursday Thrill) for another $28,844 and 279.91 PLB points. It’s been over four years since Russia’s ‘veeea’ last touched #1, but he’s still one of the most feared online grinders playing today as he sits at #52 in the world. This week alone, ‘veeea’ racked up four PLB-qualifying scores including two wins in the PokerStars High Roller Club for a total of over $17,500. His spotlight score of the month so far came in EPT Online Event #3 where his third-place finish earned him $86,183 and 418.65 PLB points, his 11th largest career online cash. Big Names In The Back Half While they may be in the back half of the top 100, all of these former #1-ranked players have continued to put up impressive results. Former PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winner Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff touched the top spot in 2017 and currently sits at #61. His victory in the October 18 PokerStars $125 Sunday Subsonic kept him in good shape with a $17,814 score and 316.11 PLB points. It’s been an amazing week for #68-ranked ‘girafganger7’ who has been crushing the PokerStars EPT Online. One day after a final table finish in Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE) for $51,445, he won Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE) for another $96,144 and 707.11 PLB points. He topped that three days later with another win in Event #15 ($10,000 6-Max, High Roller) for $186,238, a top-5 career score. It’s been a year since nosebleed cash game legend Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro first held the #1 ranking. Now, at #75, he continues to turn in impressive tournament results including his runner-up finish in EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $34,900 and 321.86 PLB points. Mike ‘telks’ Telker is a true grinder. The American, playing out of Costa Rica like the aforementioned Chris Oliver, has more than $11.7 million in lifetime cashes and was the #1 player in the world back in 2011. Today, he’s ranked #78 and stays there by playing anything and everything on the tournament schedule and booking scores like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 for $7,058 and 167.79 PLB points. Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren spent three weeks at #1 back in 2014 and continues to be a force in online poker today. With seven PocketFives Triple Crown awards and just under $14 million in lifetime earnings, Berggren could soar up the rankings at any point using results like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 where he earned $8,541 and 215.59 PLB points. Finally, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman who spent the better part of his summer in Mexico grinding the online events in the World Series of Poker, sits at #90 in the world. After purchasing a house in Mexico, Moorman has been splitting his time between his home in Las Vegas where he grinds on WSOP.com and being able to play against the international player pools as he did on November 10 when he won the $109 NLHE on PokerStars for $3,219 and 123.53 PLB points. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  2. It took a big week at the online tables by #1-ranked ‘lena900’ in order for him to hold on to his spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings again this week. Though the majority of the top 10 remain in the same spots they occupied last week, the online action was plentiful. For ‘lena900’, he turned in a big-time performance on Sunday, August 19 that brought him two victories, over 900 PLB points and over $80,000. The highlight of his week was his victory in the bwin.com Sunday Big Bounty Hunter where he took home over $37,000 of his $80,000. It turns out that 'lena900' needed every PLB point he could muster. What was once a 2000 PLB point lead just weeks ago over fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' has been slimmed down to just over 169. ‘C Darwin2’ is one good week away from recapturing the throne that he held on to for most of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ celebrated surpassing $10 million in lifetime earning this week. He did it in what may have seemed like a trivial result to the online high roller. He crossed the milestone with a 15th place finish in the August 18 edition of the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $1,647. The was by no means ‘C Darwin2’ best score of the week as he booked three tournament victories this week, two of which for five-figures. This included a win in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for $17,942 and 318.43 PLB points. On the morning of Monday, August 20, it looked like Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ was going to finally reach the top spot in the rankings. After all, he had just defeated 5957 runners to win PokerStars’ flagship weekly tournament the $1,000,000 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points. Even with his win, the Russian didn’t slow down. He booked two more victories this week as well as two more five-figure scores. In total, ‘hellohellohello’ racked up 1,461.02 PLB points and only sits 489 points behind the #1 spot. He has yet to reach that marker in his career and while he’s sat in the #2 spot once before, he’s never been so close in terms of PLB points. The rest of the top 5 remain the same as Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone retains his #4 spot. Unlike last week, he did fire up the online client this week, however, he was unable to pick up any additional PLB points. Right behind him sits Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot, the UK’s #1-ranked player. Like Stone, Proudfoot fired a few tournaments but his results this week didn’t do anything to add to his pursuit of a new career-high ranking. Both #6-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone and #7-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth continue their vacation from the online grind, perhaps getting ready for the two online super series which begin in under two weeks. It’s another return to the top 10 for former #1-ranked partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard pulled in some valuable PLB points this week including his runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Second Chance High Roller for $9,800 and 156.13. Leonard jumped up three spots this week to land at #8. Will Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky return for the World Championship of Online Poker? That’s the big question hanging over the world’s #9 ranked player. He hasn’t been seen in online tournaments since May and it’s a testament to his incredible previous scores that he’s maintained a top 10 presence for so long without playing. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is another Swedish sensation as 'Ariados' looks to make another Rankings run. He booked a massive win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $34,431 and 460.65 PLB points. Other Top 25 notes: With WCOOP right around the corner it’s fitting that the reigning, defending WCOOP Main Event Champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff returns to the top 25, jumping eight spots to #22. Joining him is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen who used a victory in the Hotter $109 on PokerStars to leap back into the top 25, rising 12 spots to end up at #24. If two people enter the top 25, then two must exit and this week that falls to ‘kofi89’ and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who both remain right around the top 25 bubble. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,490.06 1 2 C Darwin2 10,320.55 2 3 hellohellohello 10,002.02 3 4 GINS FINEST 8,639.55 4 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,059.06 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,012.19 6 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,928.25 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,751.52 11 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,701.45 8 10 Ariados 7,609.43 12 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,570.43 10 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,413.92 14 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,370.20 9 14 Palyaaa 7,336.85 15 15 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,235.42 16 16 DamageAP 7,180.74 18 17 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,976.47 21 18 Dattebayo 6,960.80 13 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 6,939.71 20 20 girafganger7 6,883.07 19 21 PaDiLaH SP 6,851.14 17 22 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 6,779.68 30 23 European 6,725.11 24 24 Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen 6,679.71 36 25 MrBittar 6,661.92 25
  3. It’s time once again to celebrate the drive of the PocketFives community and some of the major milestones accomplished by those keeping the poker dream alive. Over the past two weeks, some of the biggest names in the online poker game have picked up big-time badges and reached new heights in the rankings. So, let's take a closer look at who has made the the most of the month of March. Steven ‘SvZff’ Van Zadelhoff Eclipses $9 Million Online poker’s king of the keto diet, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, continues to reap the rewards of putting in the work as he soared past the $9 million mark in total career earnings this month. During his March grind, where he’s has been posting results nearly every day, he has already posted 24 four-figure cashes out of nearly 75 total results. This includes a highlight victory in the March 10 edition of the ACR $20,000 GTD High Roller for over $9,800, the very cash that put him up over the new milestone. van Zadelhoff is Malta's #1-ranked player and a former #1-ranked player in the world. He currently sits just inside the top 50 at #49. ’SvZff’ has been an active PocketFiver for over 10 years and he’s accomplished more than most - a Triple Crown, PLB victories, a WCOOP Main Event champion - taking the title in 2017 for his career-high cash of over $1.6 million - and now he’s headed to the $10 million club. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford Hits $8 Million The UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford has long been one of the UK’s very best online players and lately his kicked his career into a new gear. This week, Beresford jettisoned past the $8 million career earnings mark as well as holding down a spot in the worldwide top 10 rankings, currently sitting at #8. The score that put him over the top was a seemingly inconsequential $349 pickup in the March 24 edition of the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder. But since that relatively minor cash, Beresford has gone on a heater. He has picked up over $60K in cashes this week alone. He has binked three five-figure scores including back to back bronze medal finishes on partypoker on March 24. The first result was in the $150K GTD Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $12,128. At the same time, he was wrapping up the Turbo version of the same event for another $20,067. Beresford is the #3-ranked player in the UK, sitting right behind ‘girafganger7’ and Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar Passes $5 Million Brazilian online beast Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar also cruised past a massive milestone by earning his $5 million lifetime earnings badge this month. Bittar picked up a final table finish during the March 12 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter $100K GTD for $5,913 to help him clear the marker. In fact, he’s been running good throughout the entire month, picking up a major five-figure victory in the March 7 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $19,224. He also finished in fourth place in the March 24 partypoker Sunday High Roller Deepstack for $15,600, his second five-figure cash in March. Bittar is currently the #5-ranked Brazilian in the world and ranked #34 in the world. Even More Join The Multi-Millionaire Club A number of PocketFivers continued to climb the Online All-Time Money List this month including Brazil’s Pedro ‘gusma’ Madiera who just passed $4 million lifetime thanks to his cash in the March 24 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday 500 for $1,287. Right behind him, passing $3 million in his career is Lithuania’s ‘baneris’. Also from Lithuania, ‘Mikensonas’ joined ’holyguacmole’ from the Netherlands to earn over $2 million lifetime cashes this month. Finally, ‘krafty’, ‘clods’, ‘Flavius_1337’ and ‘BLaaZeKuSH’ all toppled the million dollar mark this month as well. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky Takes Over At #1 It was a banner week for long-time crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky as he, for the very first time in his celebrated career, took over the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings. Other notable moves in the top 100 include the Netherlands #1-ranked ‘Jorizz’ who made a massive jump from #47, into the top 20 for the first time, landing at #14. Additionally, Brazilian crusher ‘geraldocesar’ who, for the third week in a row, touched a new career high, reaching #16 this week.
  4. Former world-ranked #1 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff topped a 62-player field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $38,529. With seven places paid, 'x_zola25', 'kissyingui', and 'jays94' all cashed before RYE's 'bencb789' hit the rail in fourth place for $14,419. Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar then took the bronze medal for $20,009, before 'edoiler' departed at the last for $27,765 and Van Zadelhoff was crowned the victor. For the second week running, the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million played out as a progressive knockout, with 14,139 entrants taking to the virtual tables. The prize pool reached $1,413,900, although this was over $200,000 less than the previous week. When just three players remained, 'Apoutsos' saw their chances of victory ended for $36,028 + $8,609 in bounties before the final two agreed to a chop and battled heads-up for the bounties. 'Armin2188' ultimately departed as runner-up for $59,038 + $16,188, and Brazil's 'FKAXM', who won a SCOOP Low title back in May, secured the win for $59,038 + $29,705. Matthew 'mjw006' Wakeman came through a 598 player-field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up to bank $21,081. The former WCOOP title winner defeated 'offQbert45' heads-up, who departed with $15,298 as runner-up after 'Kakiers04' took the bronze for $11,101. It was a good day at the office for many of partypoker's Team Pro with Roberto Romanello, Patrick Leonard, and Jeff Gross all achieving podium places. Romanello just missed out on the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator title after 'Greenstone25' won the heads-up battle. Fellow Team Pro Gross departed in sixth place, with 'NewYorkJimmY', 'Und4d0gsonT0P' and 'Martin Fingered' the next to exit, before 'Greenstone25' picked up $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) for victory, with Welshman Romanello adding $11,096 + $5,683 to his online bankroll. Gross made his second final table appearence of the day in partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd. Renato Nomura of Team Pro exited in fifth place for $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) before Gross took the bronze for $9,558 + $3,871. 'BaBaDeBaBa' then took the title for $14,508 + $22,542, as 'NewYorkJimmY' collected $14,496 + $8,760. Patrick Leonard won $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) for third place in the partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter, but it was 'Dandelion32892' who took the glory. 172 entrants created a $88,150 prize pool and 'Dandelion32892' banked $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) as champion after a heads-up victory over 'happymermaid', who banked $7,286 + $3,072 in second place. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed PKO 14,139 entrants, $1,413,900 prize pool FKAXM - $59,038* + $29,705 (in bounties) Armin2188 - $59,038* + $16,188 (in bounties) Apoutsos - $36,028 + $8,609 (in bounties) ŠQ3-Paper - $26,146 + $3,840 (in bounties) jhonne silva - $18,974 + $3,404 (in bounties) BADEXTASY - $13,769 + $1,007 (in bounties) caaaaamel - $9,992 + $2,415 (in bounties) SamuelBT - $7,251 + $ 6,652 (in bounties) dazzy2004 - $5,262 + $3,855 (in bounties) PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 62 entrants, $124,000 prize pool SvZff - $38,529 edoiler - $27,765 Greenstone25 - $20,009 bencb789 - $14,419 jays94 - $10,391 kissyingui - $7,488 x_zola25 - $5,396 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 779 entrants, $389,500 prize pool valdemaar74 - $32,917 + $26,913 (in bounties) Neanderthal4 - $24,127 + $14,343 (in bounties) pisky16 - $17,685 + $5,738 (in bounties) king2173 - $12,963 + $5,314 (in bounties) STWiNNeR26Ru - $9,502 + $1,445 (in bounties) thebigdog09 - $6,965 + $3,179 (in bounties) Be@trixKiddo - $5,105 + $1,945 (in bounties) x_zola25 - $3,742 + $2,289 (in bounties) Tu Ta Tenso? - $2,743 + $2,796 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 598 entrants, $119,600 prize pool mjw006 - $21,081 offQbert45 - $15,298 Kakiers04 - $11,101 babecallme - $8,056 SinkedShrimp - $5,846 paxantho - $4,242 Diadem1 - $3,079 geokrinikali - $2,234 edyvpakistan - $1,621 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $100k Gtd 118 entrants, $120,360 prize pool Greenstone25 - $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) R_Romanello - $11,096 + $5,683 (in bounties) Martin Fingered - $7,930 + $2,421 (in bounties) Und4d0gsonT0P - $5,551 + $6,085 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $4,123 + $1,300 (in bounties) JeffGross - $3,172 + $0 (in bounties) kristian150 - $2,537 + $3,266 (in bounties) Benetnasch - $2,061 + $780 (in bounties) partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $75k Gtd 172 entrants, $88,150 prize pool Dandelion32892 - $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) happymermaid - $7,286 + $3,072 (in bounties) Patrick_Leonard - $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) Bulyba23 - $3,806 + $1,017 (in bounties) hummylun - $2,659 + $1,935 (in bounties) patience - $2,063 + $1,435 (in bounties) AbejlogluBele - $1,604 + $1,082 (in bounties) Vanessa23 - $1,261 + $1,558 (in bounties) partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd 59 entrants, $120,950 prize pool BaBaDeBaBa - $14,508 + $22,542 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $14,496 + $8,760 (in bounties) JeffGross - $9,558 + $3,871 (in bounties) Saul.Goodman - $5,932 + $6,431 (in bounties) Renato_normura - $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) Dinmamaparty - $3,625 + $3,412 (in bounties) HennHuegele - $3,131 + $1,050 (in bounties) Dandelion32892 - $3,131 + $525 (in bounties) partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 628 entrants, $193,424 prize pool John Coffey13 - $13,609 + $19,521 (in bounties) akkaakkkaa - $13,590 + $6,449 (in bounties) shall not fade - $9,222 + $765 (in bounties) CogitoErgoSumUK - $6,348 + $1,333 (in bounties) SentaaPua - $4,439 + $1,972 (in bounties) Gil Wolff - $3,226 + $1,481 (in bounties) Gggiuliooooooooo - $2,323 + $3,108 (in bounties) Dark_Times - $1,649 + $1,984 (in bounties) 888poker $100,000 Mega Deep - PKO Edition 454 entrants – $100,000 prize pool sikosomatik - $10,565 + $8,232 (in bounties) KoxSkirtumas - $7,917 + $2,536 (in bounties) MASTERSH1FU - $6,006 + $1,273 (in bounties) ZDamian - $4,504 + $1,207 (in bounties) Lik3az0mbY - $3,112 + $1,865 (in bounties) donvito1960 - $2,402 + $918 (in bounties) alancoops71 - $1,856 + $218 (in bounties) zz_Myxa_zz - $1,310 + $ 459 (in bounties) Alexia911 - $955 + $743 (in bounties) GGPoker Sunday Blade $10,000 10 entrants, $97,000 prize pool ImLividBuddy - $63,050 MiMosa1 - $33,950 *denotes heads-up deal
  5. 'Lena900' closed 2019 in a big way, winning the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for December. The final month of the year saw 'lena900' rack up 50 cashes for more than $300,000 in prize money. He earned 3,270 leaderboard points and finished 120 points ahead of 'papan9_p$' in second place. The most points 'lena900' earned from a single tournament was on December 3 when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $100K Gtd for $24,887 and 328.63 points. He also picked up 292.83 points on December 28 when he finished second in the PokerStars Winter Series-11-H: $530 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd for $26,920. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] On December 8, 'lena900' picked up $23,255 and 266.79 points when he took third in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd - Guarantee Boost tournament. He also had a deep finish in the PokerStars High Rollers 01: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd on December 1. Although 'lena900' didn't reach the final table in that one, he did finish 10th for $26,869 and 259.61 points. All told, 'lena900' had seven scores in December that earned him more than 200 leaderboard points each, and his average ranked score was worth 164 points. Not only did 'lena900' win the December PLB title, but he became the 2019 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard champion, going back-to-back in that regard. As mentioned, 'papan9_p$' finished second in the December PLB race. He earned 3,150 points. His biggest chunk of points came with a victory in the 888poker $200,000 Dragon. 'Papan9_p$' finished first in that event to win $43,000 and pick up 447.21 points. Rounding out the top five for the month of December were 'C Darwin2' (2,913 points), 'fzkk' (2,382 points), and 'girafganger7' (2,262 points) 'C Darwin2' had the biggest result in December when he finished second in the PokerStars High Rollers 23: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $2M Gtd on December 8 for $338,494 and 1,058.69 points. A notable result for 'fzkk' was a win in the PokerStars High Rollers 03: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd on December 1 for $57,250 and 572.71 points. 'girafganger7' picked up $121,873 and 714.14 points when he won the PokerStars High Rollers 11: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd on December 4. Also cracking the top 10 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, who earned 1,945 points in December and finished the month in 10th place. Van Zadelhoff's highlight of the month was a fourth-place finish in the High Rollers 12: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd on PokerStars on December 4. That result earned him $17,112 and 209.88 points. PocketFives December Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,270 2 papan9_p$ 3,150 3 C Darwin2 2,913 4 fzkk 2,382 5 girafganger7 2,262 6 European 2,219 7 r4ndomr4gs 2,060 8 Greenstone25 2,014 9 YugiohPro 1,946 10 SvZff 1,945
  6. Eight more World Poker Tour Online series titles were handed out over the weekend including one for the UK’s Elliott Peterman who survived the multi-flight 6-Max Weekender to take home nearly a quarter-million-dollar payday. Sixty-nine players made it to the final stage of $1 million guaranteed Event #33 ($2,100 6-Max Weekender) but it was Peterman who outlasted the star-studded field to take home the $235,508 first-place prize. Also notching six-figure scores were Italy's Eugenio Peralta who won $174,816 as the runner-up and Alexandros Kolonias who picked up $125,649 for finishing in third. Russia’s Alexandr Trofimov topped the lower buy-in Event #33 ($215 6-Max Weekender) to take home a WPT title and the $74,938.20 first-place prize. Nicolas Yunis also turned his $215 buy-in into a healthy five-figure score cashing in for $56,589.60 as the runner up. Australia’s Luke Martinelli added $42,997 to his bankroll with a third-place finish. A pair of non-NLHE tournaments actually incurred some slight overlays for the series. First, Muriel Figueredo took full advantage of a $12,500 overlay in Event #35 ($1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) by besting the 125-entry field for the $50,381.20 first-place prize. Erik Tamm wrapped up as the runner-up which was good for $34,000. Mikko Alho grabbed third place and $24,000 for his efforts. Event #35 ($162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) just barely missed the target as the 265-entry field came up just $250 short of the $40,000 guarantee. Emrah Yildiz rose to the top to claim the $9,400 first-place prize while Quentin Krueger settled for second and $6,200. Antti Suominen ended up in third place and picked up $4,407.92. A pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers were in position to take home a WPT title in Event #36 ($1,050 Mix-Max Tubro) as Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff battled it out in the top three. However, both ended up falling to Stewart Kirby who closed out the tournament and picked up $38,037.86 as the winner. van Zadelhoff earned $25,670 as the runner-up while Leonard added $18,120 to his over $9.7 million in career online cashes. Markus Pohl was the last man standing in Event #38 ($530 6-Max Turbo Bounty) having survived the 638-entry field and banking the $22,387.82 first-place prize. Add to that another $27,239.31 in bounties and Pohl wrapped up the weekend with a total score of $49,627.13. Finishing right behind him was Alessandro Valli who earned $22,355.83 and an additional $5,985.36 in bounties as the runner-up. Viliyan Petleshkov fell in third place which was good for $16,817.38 and an additional $5,257.81 in bounties. Event #33: $2,100 6-Max Weekender Final 69 entries $1,214,000 prize pool Elliott Peterman - $235,508.74 Eugenio Peralta - $174,816 Alexandros Kolonias - $125,649 Luc Greenwood - $88,622 Dimitar Danchev - $63,128 Aliaksei Boika - $40,062 Event #33: $215 6-Max Weekender Final 279 entires $554,800 prize pool Alexandr Trofimov - $74,938.20 Nicolas Yunis - $56,589.60 Luke Martinelli - $42,997 Emil Olsson - $31,068.80 Stavros Kalfas - $20,583.08 Marc-Andre Ladouceur - $11,928.20 Event #35: $162 Mini Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 265 entries $40,000 prize pool ($250 overlay) Emrah Yildiz - $9,400 Quentin Krueger - $6,200 Antti Suominen - $4,407.92 Pablo Menezes - $3,220 James Collopy - $2,400 Matura Bratkovic - $1,600 Event #35: $1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 125 entires $200,000 prize pool ($12,500 overlay) Murilo Figueredo - $50,381.20 Erik Tamm - $34,000 Mikko Alho - $24,000 Tyler Jardine - $17,000 Alexander Harty - $12,500 Aleksandr Sazhinov - $8,300 Event #36: $109 Mini Mix-Max Turbo 946 entries $100,000 prize pool ($5,400 overlay) Gabriel Schroeder - $16,750 Ivan Zhechev - $12,500 Dario Marinelli - $9,250 Nicholas Romanello - $6,350 Wayne Parsons - $4,150 Stefan Ivanov - $2,564.40 Event #36: $1,050 Mix-Max Turbo 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Stewart Kirby - $38,037.86 Steven Van Zadelhoff - $25,670 Patrick Leonard - $18,120 Laszlo Molnar - $12,835 Thomas Middleton - $9,437.50 Christopher Brammer - $6,266.50 Event #38: $530 6-Max Turbo Bounty 638 entries $319,000 prize pool Markus Pohl - $22,387.82 + $27,239.31 in bounties Alessandro Valli - $22,355.83 + $5,985.36 in bounties Viliyan Petleshkov - $16,817.38 + $5,257.81 in bounties Nikita Kupchin - $12,046.34 + $7,126.96 in bounties Jonathan Theme - $8,432.44 + $3,648.43 in bounties Simon Deadman - $5,162.71 + $1,882.81 in bounties Event #38: $55 6-Max Turbo Bounty 2224 entries $111,200 prize pool Mario Carrascon - $5,993.51 + $5,763.29 in bounties Michal Wilczyriski - $5,981.97 + $882.36 in bounties Viktor Saraev - $4,590.51 + $1,194.91 in bounties Brian Nolan - $3,353.01 + $1,191.74 in bounties David Hoffer - $2,221.37 + $568.97 in bounties Carlos Porto - $1,220.25 + $824.54 in bounties
  7. After a couple of close calls earlier in 2020, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard has clinched the PocketFives Monthly PLB award for the month of May. With every major online poker site offering a full slate of premium high-stakes events, Leonard could be found in the lobby of nearly every major tournament, living up to his reputation as one of the game’s most dedicated grinders. Although Leonard’s monthly stat sheet is usually replete with impressive scores, this May was exceptional. The partypoker ambassador managed to book a career-high online score last month with his runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online $10M Gtd High Roller. The $25,000 buy-in event saw its prize pool swell to over $12.3 million, becoming one of the largest tournaments in online poker history. Leonard’s second-place finish earned him $1,611.342 and a massive 2,320.66 PLB points. The result jettisoned him right past the $10 million mark in lifetime earnings, up to over $11.4 million and into the top 20 on the All-Time Online Money List. His heater certainly didn’t end with his seven-figure score as Leonard also spent tons of time grinding the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He picked up his first 2020 SCOOP title on May 12 in Event #53-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max) banking $52,606 and 483.74 PLB points. He booked a second 2020 SCOOP win two weeks later in Event #93-H ($215+R NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) by outlasting the 460 runners to take home the $41,809 first-place prize and another 482.54 PLB points. The exceptional month is just what Leonard needed to lock up the top spot in May. He finished fourth in the PLB chase in February and second in March. This is his first Monthly PLB victory since October 2014. It was going to take a gigantic month for Leonard to top the incredible May performance of Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan. Drinan, a PocketFiver since 2007, went on a heater during the PokerStars SCOOP that saw him win an unprecedented five SCOOP titles in a single series, all within two weeks. His run started on May 7 when he won Event #34-H ($530 PLO8, 8-Max) for $34,421. Two days later, he took the title in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max) for another $152,011. The very next day he was victorious again in Event #45-M ($215 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO) for $28,348. That streak alone had heads turning, but Drinan wasn’t done. He conquered Event #56-H ($1,050 H.O.R.S.E) for $30,233 and finished off his historic heater with his biggest victory of the series, a win in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO Main Event) for $322,264. His 23 PLB-qualifying cashes have the Chicago native currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Canada. May was also a big month for the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Although he didn’t win the Monthly PLB award, as he did in April, it was the month that he became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world for the very first time. On the back of a pair of SCOOP victories, Beresford touched the top spot in the rankings for the first time on May 16 and has held the position for the past three weeks. He grabbed a SCOOP title on May 3 in Event 18-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO) for over $38,579. He did it again in Event #32-H ($530 NLHE) for $85,959 and a monthly-high PLB score of 732.12. He finished up May with his largest score of the month by finishing third in SCOOP Event #121-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) for over $91K. Alex ‘Dynoalot’ Difelice finished May in fourth place after racking up 1,276.54 PLB points for his third-place finish in the 2020 SCOOP Event #74-H ($10,300 Main Event) for $567,776. The deep run in the Main Event was a career-high score for Difelice who finished the month with 24 PLB-qualifying cashes, helping him to his current ranking of #62 in the world. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff rounded out the top five for May. Zadelhoff put in a maximum grind, registering over 200 results and playing buy-ins at every level including picking up victories in the $250 buy-in and $100-buy-in Daily Special on Natural8. His spotlight score in SCOOP Event #48-H ($530 NLHE) where he had a final table finish for over $51,000. PocketFives May Monthly PLB [table id=53 /]

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