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  1. Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, but while 'lena900' has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round. If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he'll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16) Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael 'StrungOut1' Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives. SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn't an easy one though. David 'Doc Sands' Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance. gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14) It somehow feels like Steve 'gboro780' Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross' $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross' way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit. r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13) Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren is part of the army of Swedish superstars who have held the #1 spot. Berggren first took the top spot in May 2014 and held onto it for one week before losing it to fellow Swede Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund. He grabbed it back two weeks later for a final two weeks on top. He's also one of just 13 players with at least $14 Million in earnings. Aaron 'aguskb' Gustavson could be in line for an upset here. Gustavson spent one more week on top than Berggren over his two reigns. djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12) With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan 'djk123' Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede 'lena900'. 1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11) This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker's most prestigious hardware. Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9) Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz a threat to upset Tim 'Tmay420' West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He's won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. We had two new entrants this week into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings, which were recalculated on Wednesday. We'll start with one of the biggest advancers inside the top 100, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured), who shot up 22 spots from #29 to #7. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings. Gustavson has $3.6 million in career online tournament winnings and has torn up the online poker felts so far in July. On the 5th, he finished second in the PokerStarsBigger $162 and $109 Cubed for $33,000 total and followed that up with wins in the Full Tilt Five-O and PokerStars Hot $44. He's the top-ranked player from Mexico. Then there was Austria's mindgamer, who returned to the top 10 after a brief hiatus and sits at #10 in the world. The Vienna resident was ranked #1 on our site two years ago and won the Full Tilt Big Ben on the last day of May for $10,000, but has not recorded an in the money score since. Outside the top 10, Romania's tilt21sted(pictured) moved up 27 spots to settle at #33. He just earned his $2 million cash badgeand won the Full Tilt Sunday Major last month for $31,000. He's the #2 ranked player in Romania and plays on PokerStars under the pseudonym steakaddict. Korea's Ryan urbanlights Yu reentered the top 100 at #60 this week thanks to a blockbuster last 10 days during which he final tabled the Super Tuesday for $23,000 and finished fourth in the Thursday Thrill for $16,000. This is the highest Yu has ever been ranked on PocketFives. Russia's Ravic85reentered the top 100 at #94 in the world thanks in part to a win in the 888 Poker Volcano last month for $21,000. He has almost $200,000 in winnings on 888 Pokeralone, where he plays under the user name MetelitsaPro. He was ranked as high as #69 in the world earlier this year. Finally this week, we wanted to point out that Chile's Nico PokerKaiserFierro is entering his 10th week as our #1 ranked player. It's the longest streak by anyone since a 22-week run by Calvin cal42688 Anderson that ended in early 2013. Fierro has 7,466 PLB Points, about 350 more than the second place player: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,466 points 2. hellohellohello - 7,099 points 3. bedias - 6,851 points 4. AnteSvante - 6,676 points 5. Legenden - 6,578 points 6. prebzzz - 6,567 points 7. aguskb- 6,556 points 8. Sheater - 6,552 points 9. lasagnaaammm - 6,496 points 10. mindgamer- 6,482 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. Earlier this year, Mexico's Aaron aguskbGustavson (pictured) earned his $3 million cash badgeon PocketFives. It's fitting that we're interviewing him now for a feature article, as he is also at his all-time high in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #21 in the world. He's a poker transplant living in Mexico. "It's nice since not that many people have accomplished it," Gustavson told PocketFives in an exclusive interview about his new profile badge. He's at a healthy $3.2 million in tracked online MTT scores for his career, including a $135,000 hit for winning the Sunday Warm-Up in 2009. He won an FTOPS event the following year to prove he was no one-hit wonder. Gustavson has $1.5 million in live tournament winnings to boot, according to the Hendon Mob, the majority of which came by winning the EPT London Main Event in 2009. "That score multiplied my bankroll by an enormous amount," he recalled, "so it allowed me to play higher and without financial stress." In the EPT London Main Event, his heads-up foe was none other than Peter Eastgate (pictured), who was a year removed from winning the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. "Heads-up was really short, but when playing with him throughout the tournament I gained a lot of respect for his game and I enjoyed getting to know him as well," Gustavson said. "Before that tournament, all I knew was that he won the Main Event; I never saw the ESPN footage." In 2009 when all of his various big-time winnings happened, Gustavson had been playing for a while and doing so full-time was his plan. He explained, "After a live score at Borgata and winning the Warm-Up, I made the move to Las Vegas to play full-time." His Borgata score was a win in a $1,600 event during the Summer Poker Open for $53,000. He originally relocated in 2013, two years after Black Friday, and his first stop was Macau. "I did Asia for the first year of relocating, then I made the move to Playa del Carmen and this has been my primary residence for the last 2.5 years," he told PocketFives. He was a big fan of Asia, but as many players in the Asian time zones can tell you, putting in a full-time grind on sites with schedules geared towards the other side of the world can be complicated. Gustavson explained, "The time zone made it really tough to grind the normal MTT schedule. I did not enjoy living in Macau, but I really liked Thailand (pictured). It is one of my favorite places, but since it's so far from the States and given the rough time zone schedule, I'm not over there anymore." He has 5,489 in the money finishes and is averaging a hair under $600 a pop. Away from the tables, Gustavson likes to play basketball. He gleaned, "There is a great basketball community here in Playa and I play regularly with a lot of other tournament players. I'm in the process of fixing a bad knee at the moment, so I've taken a little break." He played Division III basketball in college in New York. See who else has hit $3 million in online tournament winnings. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. We may have a free-for-all on our hands at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Aaron aguskbGustavson is still #1, but his PLB score of 6,854 points is well within striking distance of a few other PocketFivers, one of whom is Fresh_Oo_D (pictured). --- 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. --- Fresh_Oo_D moved up 13 spots this week from #19 to #6 after a blockbuster Monday in which he won the $530 Monday PLO Six-Max and a WCOOP Second Chance tournament for over $50,000 total. That day, he raked in over 700 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, helping vault him to the upper echelons of the leaderboard. Fresh_Oo_D has had eight wins in tournaments we track since September 15, bringing his career total to 211. Last Wednesday, he hit $4 million in online MTT winnings and is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Austria. We had four new entrants into the top 10 this week. Tiny_molester, who was the top 10 bubble boy last week, reached #4 on Wednesday. His Monday consisted of winning the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $10,000 and finishing second in a WCOOP $1,050 PLO Hi-Lo event for another $41,000. This is the highest the top-ranked Australian has ever been on PocketFives. Another Australian, mjw006, cracked the top 10 this week, moving up eight spots to #8. He won a WCOOP $215 Cubed bracelet last week for a whopping $82,000 and pulled in almost 700 PLB Points. His all-time high in the Rankings is #4, which the Australian achieved in 2013. He's the top-ranked player in Sydney. Davide girex91Marchi also made waves this week, moving up 30 spots to #10. This is the highest he has ever been ranked on PocketFives and he has been on a tear over the last week, winning the 888 Poker Whale, PokerStars Big $109, 888 Tornado, PokerStars.it Hot €50 Turbo, and PokerStars.fr Six-Max Club. Marchi calls Malta home. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about C Darwin2, who hit $3 million in career online tournament winnings on Tuesday and moved up 50 spots in the Rankings to #15 in the world. His big hit was a win in the Winamax W Series Main Event for almost $200,000 and over 1,000 PLB Points. He is averaging $1,774 per tracked cash and is now at his all-time apex in the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. aguskb- 6,854 points 2. PokerKaiser - 6,697 points 3. veeea - 6,652 points 4. Tiny_molester - 6,593 points 5. Legenden - 6,517 points 6. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,511 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,416 points 8. mjw006- 6,399 points 9. eisenhower1 - 6,380 points 10. girex91- 6,265 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. After an impressive 16-week run by Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) at the top of the PocketFives Rankingsended on August 26, we now have our second straight week with a new #1. This time, it's Canada's StrungOut1, who reentered his screen names and instantly vaulted to the top. --- 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. --- StrungOut1 has 201 tracked victories in online MTTs and almost 500 top-three finishes. He had four wins in August, including a smashing $145,000 score for taking down the Sunday Million. That was worth 1,000 PLB Points and propelled him to 7,152 points overall, about 150 ahead of second place in the Rankings, which belongs to Aaron aguskb Gustavson. Gustavson (pictured) dethroned Fierro last week and currently sits at #2 worldwide. He is approaching $4 million in career scores online and has another $1.5 million in the live arena. His third largest score ever came earlier this year, a $52,000 haul for finishing as the runner-up in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. One-hundred points behind Gustavson is Fierro, so we certainly have a pretty close race at the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Fierro won the 888Mega Deep twice earlier this year for almost $70,000 total and continues to pace the Chile poker community. A familiar face in the Rankings, r4ndomr4gs, aka Andreas Berggren, moved up from #12 to #6 this week. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives last year and is a few days removed from winning the PokerStars.fr Summer Special for $21,000. He final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy last month and continues to be a staple of major final tables. Cracking the top 10 for the first time in his career is Sergio EV4dGloryOMC Garcia, who calls Ireland home and moved up three spots from #13 to #10. He is $6,000 shy of hitting $1 million in online MTT cashes and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy last month for $10,000. He is the top-ranked player in Ireland out of 628 with PLB scores. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. StrungOut1- 7,152 points 2. aguskb- 7,104 points 3. PokerKaiser- 7,004 points 4. prebzzz - 6,887 points 5. veeea - 6,673 points 6. r4ndomr4gs- 6,291 points 7. Sheater - 6,244 points 8. sifosis - 6,086 points 9. joaomathias - 6,080 points 10. EV4dGloryOMC- 5,987 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. By the slimmest of margins, Aaron aguskbGustavson (pictured) won the July Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard with 2,639 points. He edged out second place by a scant 24 points and earned his very first Monthly PLB title. --- 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. --- Gustavson had almost 200 in the money finishes during July. To open the month, he finished second in both the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo Cubed and Bigger $162 for $33,000 combined. Two days later, he emerged victorious in the site's Hot $44 for $7,700. On July 12, a Sunday, Gustavson final tabled the Warm-Up and raked in $18,000. Two weeks later, he won the $109 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super Knockout for $13,000 and 280 PLB Points, the largest PLB Point total he had in any single tournament during the month. Gustavson is indeed a man of volume. His largest score of 280 PLB Points was the fewest by a Monthly PLB winner since 1banditpanda's 213 points in June 2012. So, grind away he did! This is the ninth Monthly PLB win all-time for Mexico, Gustavson's home poker base. That's the third highest tally by any country, as Mexico trails only the United States (17) and Canada (13) in that department. Fittingly, Gustavson is #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. He's up to 6,756 in the money finishes in online MTTs we track for a total of almost $3.8 million. His largest cash was worth a commanding $135,000 and came after winning the Sunday Warm-Up in mid-2009. The following year, he won an FTOPS jersey and $81,000 in cash. Here's how the July Monthly PLB top 10 shook out: 1. aguskb- 2,639.64 points 2. alexd2 - 2,615.92 points 3. r4ndomr4gs - 2,586.91 points 4. EV4dGloryOMC - 2,584.46 points 5. luckymo32 - 2,543.41 points 6. joaomathias - 2,526.32 points 7. Legenden - 2,294.31 points 8. Smeckten - 2,178.62 points 9. FaNjkEEE - 2,126.59 points 10. aJarov - 1,985.20 points Congrats to Gustavson on his first title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. After adding his screen names back into his PocketFives profile late last week, Romeopro(pictured) reentered the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He sits at #8 right now and is closing in on $6 million in online MTT winnings. --- 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. --- He had a huge hit last Friday, when he finished second in a WCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Three-Stack event for $81,000. There were almost 1,000 entrants in that event and Romepro lost out to fellow PocketFiver Patrick pleno1 Leonard heads-up. As a result, PocketFivers scooped half the prize pool. Romeopro was ranked #3 on our site earlier this year. Aaron Gustavson (pictured), known on PocketFives as aguskb, is #1 for the second consecutive week. He has 6,999 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and has four tracked wins in the last six days, bringing his career total to 195. The Playa del Carmen resident is $13,000 shy of hitting $4 million in online MTT winnings. Sweden's eisenhower1moved up five spots from #10 to #5, three spots off his all-time high set in 2013. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo eight days ago for $13,000 and took fourth in a WCOOP Second Chance event the same day for another $21,000. He has $7.3 million in online tournament winnings to his name. Another Swede, Ariados, moved up from #12 to #10 on the strength of a "W" in the 888 Poker Mega Deep earlier this month for $30,000 and over 400 PLB Points. Ariados is one of four Swedes in the top 10 worldwide on PocketFives and owns $4.6 million in career tournament winnings online. Bubbling the top 10 is Martin Tiny_molester Kozlov, who stands at #11 after moving up 17 spots. Kozlov hit it big over the weekend in the WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, taking fourth in the tournament for almost $70,000. He final tabled a $1,050 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event the same day for another $14,000 and is four spots off his all-time high in the Rankings. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about Finland's emeriaa (pictured), who shot up from #62 to #17. He finished seventh in a WCOOP $10,300 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max tournament for almost $100,000 on September 13. One day before, he took down the PokerStars Weekender for $43,000. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. aguskb- 6,999 points 2. PokerKaiser - 6,811 points 3. veeea - 6,566 points 4. Legenden - 6,484 points 5. eisenhower1- 6,405 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 6,388 points 7. sifosis - 6,277 points 8. Romeopro- 6,214 points 9. Sheater - 6,172 points 10. Ariados- 6,163 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. It's Wednesday, which means it's once again time for the PocketFives Rankingsto be recalculated. After a one-week run by StrungOut1at the top of the Rankings, Playa del Carmen's Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) has taken over. He has a PLB score of 7,104 points, leading the pack by 225. --- 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. --- Interestingly, Gustavson hasn't had a win in a tracked online MTT since August 11, when took down the Full TiltTyrannosaurus Rex. His big claim to fame in 2015 is taking second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday in June for $52,000. He finished fifth in that tournament in April and was the runner-up in the Sunday $109 Rebuy in August. He is approaching 200 tracked wins and is enjoying his second stint at #1. Legenden moved up from #11 to #7 this week. He was ranked #1 on our site in 2013 and has recorded two wins in the PokerStars $51 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo this month already. Legenden is the top-ranked player in Russia and owns $4.3 million in career online tournament winnings. Moving up from #14 to #9 in the world this week is hellohellohello, who calls Russia home and was ranked #2 on our site earlier this year. He final tabled the PartyPoker Sunday Major at the end of August for $15,000 and has five tracked wins since August 21. He's the #2 ranked Russian on PocketFives and hails from the city of Togliatti. Outside the top 10, Vancouver's jbrown8777 moved up 20 spots to settle at #26. He is coming off a blockbuster Tuesday in which he won the PokerStars Big $162 for $32,000 and finished second in the site's $109 Cubed for another $10,000. jbrown8777 is up to $3.1 million in career online tournament scores and was ranked #6 on our site last year. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about Davide girex91 Marchi (pictured), who moved up 30 spots and ended at #38 in the world. He pulled in $61,000 after taking third in the Super Tuesday on the first day of September, his second largest score to date. Earlier this year, he final tabled the Sunday Million and banked $135,000. Marchi is Malta's #1 ranked player. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. aguskb- 7,104 points 2. PokerKaiser - 6,879 points 3. veeea - 6,661 points 4. r4ndomr4gs - 6,356 points 5. Sheater - 6,303 points 6. sifosis - 6,296 points 7. Legenden- 6,100 points 8. joaomathias - 6,099 points 9. hellohellohello- 6,014 points 10. eisenhower1 - 5,926 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. 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.
  10. For the first time since May 6, a span of 16 weeks, we have a new #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. By a slim 63-point margin, Aaron aguskbGustavson (pictured) is our new #1 member worldwide, overtaking Nico PokerKaiser Fierro. --- 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. --- Gustavson is a man of volume. In fact, he has recorded 80 in the money finishes in online MTTs we track in the last five days, an average of 16 per day. To close out June, he was the runner-up in the PokerStars Super Tuesday and earned $52,000. Earlier this month, our new #1 player final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and walked away with $29,000. Gustavson won last month's PocketFives Monthly PLB and is one of 337 PocketFivers with PLB scores from Mexico. He is a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $4 million in winnings all-time. However, with such a slim lead over Fierro, can he retain the #1 spot when the Rankings are recomputed next Wednesday? Fierro (pictured) ruled the roost for 16 straight weeks, the longest run by any PocketFiver since Cal cal42688 Anderson was ranked #1 for 22 weeks from September 2012 to February 2013. Fierro, from Chile, has 675 top-three finishes in online MTTs we track for a total of $8.3 million, the third highest total of anyone on our site. Also shaking up the Rankings this week was prebzzz, who reentered his screen names and debuted at #3 in the world. He has six wins so far this month and has final tabled the Super Tuesday twice this year, once in June and once in January, for a combined $128,000. He calls Norway home and his #3 ranking is his highest so far. Denmark's Allen sifosisBaekke moved up from #13 to #6 this week, his best showing ever, after winning two $109 Rebuys on PokerStars in the last two days. He passed $4 million in career online tournament winnings this week and plays as Baekke2 on William Hill. He is #1 out of 509 Danish PocketFivers with PLB scores. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Windsor's Justin Ouimette(pictured), who shot up from #49 to #27, his highest mark ever, thanks to notching four wins in the last week. Last Tuesday, he took down both the Full Tilt Fat Tuesday and PokerStars Big $55 for a combined $23,000. He is the top-ranked Canadian PocketFiver. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. aguskb - 7,104 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,041 points 3. prebzzz - 6,908 points 4. veeea - 6,571 points 5. Sheater - 6,380 points 6. sifosis - 6,152 points 7. Legenden - 6,093 points 8. eisenhower1 - 6,087 points 9. joaomathias - 6,087 points 10. Ariados - 6,072 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured), from Chile, is nearing three months at the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankings. He is at 7,225 PLB Points right now, but could get a run for his money in the coming weeks, as three players are within 400 points of taking the title. Moving up two spots this week to #2 in the world behind Fierro is Legenden, who was the top dog on our site two years ago. He won the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday over the weekend for $20,000 and trails Fierro by 334 PLB Points. Legenden has $4.2 million in career online tournament winnings to his name and has been a member of PocketFives since 2011. Just nine points behind Legenden, and 343 behind Fierro, is Aaron aguskbGustavson, who calls Mexico home. Gustavson moved up two spots in the Rankings this week to #3, his highest position ever, thanks in part to wins on Sunday in the PokerStars $51 NLHE Hyper-Turbo and $215 NLHE Turbo. On Saturday, he took down the site's $109 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super Knockout. Then there's Brazil's joaomathias(pictured), who was our lone new entrant into the top 10 worldwide this week. He moved up from #15 to #7 after recording four wins in the last three days, including in the 888 Poker Crocodile and PokerStars $109 Cubed for $26,000 combined. joaomathias is up to $6.4 million in career online tournament winnings and was ranked #1 on PocketFives earlier this year. Outside of the top 10, Ukraine's psyhoagromor moved up 21 spots to #30. He won the Sunday $109 Rebuy over the weekend for $33,000 and took down the $109 Cubed the following day for another $5,300, his 107th and 108th career wins. psyhoagromor reached an all-time high of #16 in the world on PocketFives last year and seems poised for another run. Russia's Anton aJarov Yakuba moved up 45 spots and currently stands at #38, his highest position ever. He has five wins in the last 10 days and has been a member of PocketFives since 2009. He's the #3 ranked player in Russia and tops in Saint Petersburg. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,225 points 2. Legenden- 6,891 points 3. aguskb- 6,882 points 4. hellohellohello - 6,821 points 5. bedias - 6,633 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 6,593 points 7. joaomathias- 6,503 points 8. eisenhower1 - 6,501 points 9. lasagnaaammm - 6,483 points 10. AnteSvante - 6,418 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. Formerly a #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured) can currently be found at #6. He's the top-ranked online player in Mexico and recently hit $4 million in career scores in tournaments we track. Not too shabby. "It was a pretty quick run from $3 million to $4 million," Gustavson told us, "so that means I've been putting in good volume, which is the goal. I'm happy with myself for putting in the hours." His largest score this year is a second place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesdayfor $52,000, while his biggest score all-time is a $135,000 splash for winning the Warm-Up in 2009. Gustavson has been a member of PocketFives since 2007. It's hard to believe, but that's eight years ago, so we asked him if he's growing weary of grinding day after day. "This year I'm feeling a little burnt out from all of the hours," he responded, "but overall I'm doing okay. I'm third in the PokerStars Yearly TLB and there's a big jump from third to fourth in prize money, so I'm going to try to grind out the rest of the year and stay at third or better. In general with poker, I'm definitely tired. I plan to play fewer hours starting in January." The Mexico player has certainly spent a bunch of time in his chair, which he has worn out to the point that it barely looks like a piece of furniture (pictured). "I just play with a laptop with a 27" monitor," Gustavson said of his grind station. "I'm transitioning laptops at the moment because my current one is hanging on for its life. My setup is far from baller because I didn't know how long I'd be in this apartment, so I never invested in the setup. Come the middle of next year, the plan is to be settled down in one place a bit more long-term so hopefully I'll have a nicer setup then." As we said, Gustavson is a former #1 playeron PocketFives and was ranked at the top as recently as late September. "Up-and-coming players in tournaments need to truly understand that the swings can be very brutal in this game," he explained. "Mentally, you have to be ready for it. It's extremely important to not to play out of your bankroll because of this. You become too emotional and attached to say one specific flip lost when it's much more about the bigger picture." He added, "Having outlets outside of poker for fun or stress relief is super important as well. I'd say a healthy balance, putting in the hours on and off the table, and being financially smart managing your funds." As he alluded to, it hasn't been a 100% rosy ride to the top for Gustavson. He relayed that "fighting through downswings, especially when you feel like you're playing well" has been the toughest part thus far. "In tournaments, you really need those top finishes. Sometimes those stretches of fifths to 20ths get very frustrating," he said. Congrats to aguskb on hitting $4 million in online MTT cashes. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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