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There was a major shakeup in the PocketFives Rankingsthis week thanks to thousands of PLB Points being awarded during the final weekend of the PokerStarsSpring Championship of Online Poker. However, if you're a fan of Nicolas PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), you can breathe a sigh of relief, as he's still our top-ranked player at 7,817 PLB Points. Second place this week belongs to Mustapha lasagnaaammmKanit, who won the high-stakes SCOOP Main Eventfor $1.3 million. Kanit was outside of the top 100 in the Rankings when the week began, but received 2,634 PLB Points for his efforts in the Main Event. Kanit fittingly won the FTOPS Main Eventfor $239,000 in March and took down the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller earlier in May for $1 million. Yes, he's on fire. We told you there was a major upheaval and we weren't kidding. Take Anton AnteSvante Wigg, for example, who moved up from #20 to #3 thanks to a win in the Sunday 500 over the weekend for $90,000 and 723 PLB Points. The same day, he made the final two tables of a SCOOP Wrap-Up event for $10,000 and final tabled a SCOOP event the day before for the same amount. This is the highest Wigg has ever been in the PocketFives Rankings. Say hello to hellohellohello (pictured), your new fourth ranked player worldwide. The Russian moved up 24 spots this week to his highest position ever thanks to four wins in the last seven days as well as a final table in the high-stakes SCOOP Main Event for a solid $104,000. He has $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings. Bernardo bedias Dias moved up from #14 to #5, his highest career ranking, after winning three tournaments on PokerStars on May 21. Two days later, he final tabled a SCOOP PLO contest for $19,000. Dias is the top-ranked Brazilian PocketFiver out of almost 2,000 who have PLB scores. Greece's Apostolis Bechrakis, known on PocketFives as apostolis20, entered the top 100 worldwide at #14 this week, his best showing ever, after winning the low-stakes SCOOP Main Event for $221,000. That score was worth 1,488 PLB Points after the prize pool passed $2.2 million. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about Australia's Martin Tiny_molester Kozlov, who moved up from #90 to #17. He final tabled a SCOOP Wrap-Up event for $101,000 and cashed in the high-stakes Main Event the same day. He's a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $2 million for his career. As you can see, only one member of last week's top five, Fierro, remained in the top five this week. Both PocketFivers who won SCOOP Main Events rocketed into the top 15 in the world. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,817 points 2. lasagnaaammm(pictured) - 7,430 points 3. AnteSvante- 7,396 points 4. hellohellohello- 7,239 points 5. bedias- 7,123 points 6. Romeopro - 6,887 points 7. StrungOut1 - 6,871 points 8. veeea - 6,764 points 9. norfair18 - 6,750 points 10. joaomathias - 6,749 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
The points have been awarded and, by the slimmest of margins, Anton AnteSvanteWigg (pictured) won the May Monthly PLB on PocketFives with 3,529 points. He was about 70 points ahead of Chris moorman1 Moorman, who finished in second place with 3,461 points. Wigg's May began with a win in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for $6,300 on May 5. A week later, he took down the PokerStars $44 No Limit Hold'em Turbo and $109 Cubed on back-to-back days and pocketed another $19,000. On May 16, Wigg final tabled a SCOOP Four-Max event for $13,000 and recorded another fourth place finish a day later in the Stars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry. His second biggest hit during the month was worth $50,000 and came after a win in the 888 Poker Volcano on May 19. That score earned him 441 PLB Points. Five days later, he banked a solid $90,000 for winning the PokerStars Sunday 500. That score was worth 723 PLB Points and helped solidify his Monthly PLB title. This was his first Monthly PLB win. He's the #2 player worldwide in the PocketFives Rankingsand #1 in his native Sweden. Incredibly, despite being a staple of the top of the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings for quite a while now, Sweden had never won a Monthly PLB title before Wigg. The second place player on the leaderboard this month was Moorman, who has a site-leading four Monthly PLB titles. Moorman last won a Monthly PLB in February 2014. Wigg's 3,529 points are the second most by any Monthly PLB winner since last September. Here's how the leaderboard looked: 1. AnteSvante- 3,529.16 2. moorman1- 3,461.26 3. hellohellohello - 3,404.00 4. Legenden - 3,396.43 5. fbg1919 - 3,389.50 6. mindgamer - 3,347.60 7. lasagnaaammm - 3,307.29 8. Puropoker - 3,278.74 9. Tiny_molester - 3,247.78 10. PokerKaiser - 3,180.54 Visit our Monthly PLB Wall of Champions to see who else has won. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
In May, Anton AnteSvanteWigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date. "It feels good," Wigg told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I put in a lot of work during SCOOP and with some near-misses in big events, it felt great to close a big one out on the most important Sunday of the year." There were over 1,000 entrants that weekend, which also featured the SCOOP Main Events. Colombia's Farid farid1221xJattin, who plays on PokerStars under the handle SHiiPTHATiSH, took second place for $65,000 and was the chip leader for much of the final table. Wigg said, "I was out of position on him and also had a bunch of short stacks to contend with. I had to adjust my strategy a bit to avoid awkward ICM spots, but I ran pretty well and got dealt pretty good holdings in key spots, so I managed to chip up while he did most of the busting of other players." When we caught up with Wigg, he was in Toronto and headed back to his native Sweden. From there, he was traveling to Spain to spend time with his father for a couple of weeks. After that, his whirlwind adventure continued with a five-day electronic music event called Fusion Festival outside Berlin and a trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker Main Event. Wigg is currently ranked #7 on PocketFives after reaching as high as #2 earlier this year. He has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and lauded, "I'm proud of it. I decided last year that I'd put in more volume, study more, and here I am, almost on top after the biggest series of the year. So, I guess a feeling of accomplishment is the best way to put it." He's the top-ranked Swede and is #800 in the Global Poker Index. He was largely ditching the WSOPin Las Vegas sans the Main Event. "I probably would care more about the WSOP if it weren't for tax reasons, but given that things are the way they are and it's the absolute best time of the year back home in Sweden and Europe, I'm not that sad that I'll miss most of it. The Main Event is special, though, and I'll try to be there every year for as long as I can." Wigg is #11 on the all-time money list for Sweden, according to the Hendon Mob, with $1.8 million in live winnings, and cashed in two events at last year's EPT Barcelona for almost $200,000 total. Wigg won the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in 2010 for $672,000, his crowning achievement in the live world (pictured). We're past the halfway point of 2015. With over half the year gone, what does Wigg hope to accomplish during the remainder of 2015? He told us, "My plan is to take it pretty easy over the summer, play the Sundays that I can, and maybe do the Saturday to Tuesday grind when I feel like it." He added, "It would obviously be really cool to be ranked #1 at the end of the year online, but it's not something I'll be focusing on given that I'm traveling quite a bit." He'll hope to repeat a 2009 that saw him win the Sunday Million for $227,000. Since then, he has won the Sunday 500 twice and taken down the Super Tuesday. He's two months removed from a victory in the 888 Poker Volcano for $50,000. We'll end this interview by sharing a few words of advice that Wigg had for up-and-coming players. So, if you want to learn from a highly successful mind, now's your big chance: "Put in the work. The technical part is the most important, but I think there is also a big advantage in staying fit both physically and mentally and having a social life that works with playing so you're able to put in volume and not give up other parts of life." Visit PokerStars for more details on the weekly Sunday 500. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.