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On Wednesday, Sweden's Andreas Berggren (pictured, image courtesy poker.se), known as r4ndomr4gsin the online poker world, became the new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. This is his second stint at #1 and he is fresh off final tabling the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000, which helped put him over the top. PocketFives managed to run down this top talent to talk a little poker. PocketFives: How are you feeling about being ranked #1 on PocketFives? Andreas Berggren: It feels great. It's one more thing to check off my "to do" list. It would be nice to try to keep a top 10 spot for as long as I can. PocketFives: Sweden is #2 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankingsand Swedes own three of the top four spots worldwide. What's in the water there? Andreas Berggren: I don't know. As some Swedes have said, during the winter, it's not that nice weather outside, which leaves a bit more time for us to spend in front of the computer. Also, we are a pretty large group of players who talk a lot of poker and travel, and many of the Swedes who are now ranked high on PocketFives have been around for many years. So, there are a lot of hours they have put into their game and a lot of volume. PocketFives: Do you talk poker with some of the other higher ranked Swedes? Andreas Berggren: I talk pretty much daily to inhoo(pictured), lena900, eisenhower1, and 42ayay, mostly on Skype, but there are many more of the highly ranked Swedish players I talk to. Almost all of the Swedes on PocketFives know each other in some way, but some of them I mostly talk to during live tournaments. PocketFives: Nice job in the Sunday 500, by the way. Tell us about that win and how it went. It was missing a lot of regs, right? Andreas Berggren: The Sunday 500 isn't a tournament in which I've had many (if any) final tables in the past, so it was nice to finally do well in that one. The field probably was a bit softer and smaller in general because of the WSOP, but it is always going to have a lot of tough competition in it. The Sunday 500 starts pretty late for us too. I had to play all night and finished around 10 in the morning to get second. I usually have a bit too many MTTs running at the time it starts and that could be one reason I usually don't make it deep, besides the tougher field. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? Andreas Berggren: I started out playing with friends and in poker clubs in Gothenburg. I started playing online during the "golden years of online poker." Looking back, I was really terrible at poker, but back then you could always find someone worse than you. PocketFives: Do you plan to keep playing for another decade? Andreas Berggren: I've had many ups and downs in my career and even decided to quit the game seven years ago. I started working some crappy jobs and got so sick of it, so I eventually decided to give poker another go. It was only a six-month break, but it really gave me some perspective. Right now, I'm really enjoy playing again and have no plans to quit in the next two years, but you never now what will happen. Until I figure out a better alternative, I definitely will continue. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? Andreas Berggren: I spend most of my free time with my family. I have two kids and a wonderful girlfriend, so it's really important for me to be with them as much as I can since I put in a lot of hours of poker every week. PocketFives: What do your kids think of your poker career? Andreas Berggren: They are pretty young still at two and four, so I don't really think they've reflected too much about it. But, they get to enjoy the benefits that poker has given me money-wise, plus the fact that I'm home a lot, able to take vacations, and so on. The only part I struggle with still is when I travel and am away from them. I don't really like being away from my family for that long of a time. Check out this week's PocketFives Rankings Update. Congrats to Andreas Berggren on becoming our new #1 ranked player! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings The $9 Million Club Picks Up Two More Members Sweden's Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren and Canada's Ami 'UhhMee' Barer both hit the milestone over the last two weeks.Berggren, who is also a former #1-ranked player, has had a number of big cashes in his career, but the one that put him over the $9M mark was just a $204 score thanks to a 243rd place finish in the PokerStars Mini Super Tuesday. Barer also had a small cash push him into rare air. He finished 181st in the PokerStars $22 Double Deuce for $90.75. The #2-ranked player in Lebanon, Nicolas 'niccc' Chouity, broke through the $4 million earnings mark while 'carpediem200', Mikael 'therealfuddebuf' Viuff Hansen, 'MiracleQ' and Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen all hit $3 million. Three Brazilians Make Top 100 Debuts Three players managed to make their debuts in the Top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings and to the surprise of almost nobody, all three call Brazil home. Marcelo 'bettoBR' Betto showed up at #99, Renato 'renaton' Nomura debuted at #98 and Matheus 'M Cunha G' Cunha moved all the way up to #84. Britain's 'carpediem200' On Verge of Top 25 The Brazilian trio weren't the only ones to enjoy career-high rankings recently. Seven other players inside of the Top 100 managed to move up to new heights. Britain's 'carpediem200' went from #62 in the world to #33 thanks to his huge win in the opening World Championship of Online Poker event. Other players hitting career-best numbers: PaDiLhA SP from 48 to 37 drupalucker from 55 to 50 paul_peaches from 81 to 59 Carlos Felipe Difini from 80 to 66 Lforoni from 83 to 79 M Cunha G from 148 to 84 jonzstars from 96 to 85 renaton from 108 to 98 bettoBR from 186 to 99
Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
There seems to be a massive tournament series going on every week these days in online poker. The higher buy-in events create massive prize pools with huge money up for grabs, and one big score like that can catapult a player up the money lists. This past month saw Swedish legend Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren become just the seventh player to hit that number. But to get to the point where you’re grinding the high stakes takes years; sometimes a decade of hard work and consistent results. And with continued success come money earning-milestones, none more prestigious in online tournament poker right now that the ‘$10 million club’. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has long been the leading man in that scene. He was the first player to reach $10M in earnings back in 2013 after years of playing. Not even five years later and Moorman now has an astonishing $14,697,638 in cashes. Only six other players have joined that club since: Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro ($11.3M), Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski ($11.1M), Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar ($10.9M), Bryan 'bparis' Paris ($10.8M), Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen ($10.3M), and the most recent member: Berggren ($10.02M). Who is next in line to reach the milestone and join the $10M club in 2018? Let’s take a look. Top of the Class Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, who is playing from Costa Rica, is the only player on this list who is within $100K of reaching the $10M milestone. A former PocketFives world #1-ranked player back in 2010, Oliver has managed to sustain an incredible consistency in his performance over the years. He currently boasts $9,924,803 in cashes. Playing under the PokerStars screenname ‘imdanuts’, Oliver’s largest cash came from a second place finish in the 2012 TCOOP $700 Main Event for $285K. He’s come close in plenty of SCOOP and WCOOP events too, finishing second in a 2012 SCOOP $2,100 event for $247K, third place in the same event a year later ($175K), and third place in a $320 WCOOP event for $67K in 2010. Now just $75K away from eclipsing $10M in cashes, Oliver is highly likely to surpass that in 2018. Almost $300K behind Oliver in the all-time rankings in Sweden’s 'Sheater', but the volume this guy puts in could see him clear $10M sooner than you’d think. Ranked no.1 in the world in 2014, 'Sheater' remains 17th in the world rankings at the time of writing as a result of his excellent play and persistent grinding. 'Sheater' has $9,652,260 in cashes right now. On the Horizon Canada’s Shyam 's_dot111' Srinivasan’ has been near the top of the online all-time money rankings for a long time. Known on PokerStars as ‘g's zee’, Srinivasan has amassed $9,574,725, good for tenth all time. That makes him $425K away from $10M, which is clearly a big mountain to climb. But Srinivasan has recorded upwards of half a million in cashes a year in seven of the past eight years, so although he’s had a slow start in 2018, it’s still very possible for him. Just a stone’s throw behind Srinivasan on the list is Canada’s Jon 'apestyles' van Fleet; a PocketFives legend with $9,570,022 in career cashes. His six-figure scores date back to 2006, but his largest by far came in December 2017 with a win in the online partypoker MILLIONS for an incredible $1,027,000. You wouldn’t bet against him joining the $10M club before December, especially when you look at the volume he’s putting in right now, even after such a huge score. van Fleet recorded almost $40,000 in cashes on Sunday (March 25), including a win in partypoker’s $100K-guaranteed High Roller for almost $22K. The Backcourt The next two players on the list closest to $10M could also be described as online legends. Sweden’s 'lena900' is a staple of the world rankings top five, often jostling for the no.1 spot with his fellow countryman 'C Darwin2'. His consistency in putting up huge scores is outstanding, and it’s those amazing results that him rack up $9,391,807 throughout his career. What’s particularly impressive about that huge figure is that 'lena900' has only one six-figure score to date (a Super Tuesday win from 2014 for $104,500). And yet when you look at his results year on year, it’s still very possible he could tip $10M in 2018: 2017 - $1,409,153 2016 - $1,192,575 2015 - $644,579 2014 - $743,311 2013 - $1,056,281 'lena900' has $682,789 in cashes from the past 120 days alone. Keep an eye on this one. Rounding out the top six ‘most likely’ is another Canadian: Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer. With multiple FTOPS, WCOOP, and SCOOP titles to his name, Barer has achieved a lot in his career to the tune of $9,249,522. He’s quickly building on that too; a quick scan through his most recent cashes shows he’s been on a serious grind of late. Barer sits 13th on the online all-time money list, $750K away right now. As well as the players we’ve mentioned in this article, there are only three others who have over $9M in cashes, so special mention also goes to: telks (Costa Rica) - $9,119,942 1bigacehole (Australia) - $9,057,203 Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo (Sweden) - $9,057,203 When will Oliver surpass $10M? Will someone beat him to it? Keep checking back with PocketFives for all the latest.