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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.
The inaugural World Poker Tour Online series could not have started any better for Leo Fernandez. The Argentinian took down Event #1 (Opener $5,200 NLHE) on Monday for a mid-six-figure score. Fernandez outlasted 496 other entries in Event #1 to win $409,638.98. Zachary Clark finished as the runner-up for $291,636.73 while Joey Weissman had to settle for a third-place finish and $199,929.80. Evgeny Galakhov took down the Event #1 (Mini Opener $530 NLHE) for $115,293.30. The first Progressive Knockout events on the calendar featured a $215 and a $2,100 buy-in event. Paul Höfer beat former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt heads-up to win the $2,100 buy-in event for $74,004.05 and an additional $81,970.71 in bounties. Astedt earned $73,903.80 from the prize pool while picking up another $14,705.08 in bounties. Ilya Anatski came in third place for $50,698.65 and $18,785.16 in bounties. Brazil's Vitor Dzivielevski won the $215 buy-in event (Event #2 - $215 Mini Knockout) to earn $32,332.82 and an additional $25,354.11 in bounties. Day 1A of WPT500 event kicked off on Sunday with 727 entrants playing down to a field of 108. The biggest stacks belonged to Joao Matos (587,716), Anton Wigg (385,258), and Danton Gomes (366,841). Monday saw 439 entrants play down to 55 players with Ferenc Deak (444,257), Artan Dedusha (409,127), and Franco Spitale (372,231) moving onto Day 2 with the biggest stacks. Day 1 flights continue through May 11 when all players will return to play down to a final table. WPT Online Event #1 - Mini Opener - $530 NLHE 1,362 Entries $681,000 Prize Pool Evgeny Galakhov - $115,293.30 Pavel Veksler - $81,992.40 Firoz Mangroe - $53,322.30 Ilya Anatski - $35,616.30 Adam Hari - $25,333.20 Fernando Ferreira - $17,842.30 Gonzalo Palaez - $12,394.20 Simon Ronno Pedersen - $8,240.10 WPT Online Event #1 - Opener - $5,200 NLHE 497 Entries $2,173,150 Prize Pool Leonardo Fernandez - $409,638.98 Zachary Clark - $291,636.73 Joey Weissman - $199,929.80 Istvan Birizdo - $139,081.60 Stewart Kirby - $98,661.01 Umut Kara - $71,713.95 Sylvain Loosli - $51,069.02 Michel Dattani - $36,943.44 WPT Online Event #2 - Mini Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 2,548 Entries $509,600 Prize Pool Vitor Dzivielevski - $32,332.82 + $25,354.11 in bounties Jakub Michalak - $32,280.18 + $5,434.24 in bounties Jakob Miegel - $20,784.67 + $4,092.59 in bounties Maksym Klopotok - $13,815.01 + $789.06 in bounties Christopher Oliver - $9,605.53 + $3,286.32 in bounties Georgios Kapalas - $6,554.36 + $1,118.75 in bounties Patrick Lauber - $4,520.24 + $3,330.46 in bounties Ricard Silva - $2,881.66 + $1,770.31 in bounties WPT Online Event #2M - Knockout - $215 NLHE PKO 501 Entries $1,002,000 Prize Pool Paul Höfer - $74,004.05 + $81,970.71 in bounties Niklas Astedt - $73,903.80 + $14,705.08 in bounties Ilya Anatski - $50,698.65 + $18,785.16 in bounties Andrii Novak - $35,368.63 + $5,187.50 in bounties Jack Sinclair - $25,018.68 + $18,984.37 in bounties Niko Koop - $18,18.38 + $14,382.81 in bounties João Oliveira - $12,950.19 + $17,406.25 in bounties Parker Talbot - $9,368.22 + $26,406.25 in bounties WPT Online WPT500 Day 1A 727 Entries $363,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Joao Matos - 587,716 Anton Wigg - 385,258 Danton GOmes - 366,841 Anton Yakuba - 310,488 Jose Luis Davila Perez - 304,008 Andrea Panarese - 297,502 Ily Anataski - 294,071 Seth Maretz - 272,677 Ian Modder - 27,446 Daniel Wilson - 260,536 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1B 439 Entries $219,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Ferenc Deak - 444,257 Artan Dedusha - 409,127 Franco Spitale - 372,231 Aleksejs Ponakovs - 362,777 Breixo González Peña - 330,214 Alexander Staffan Anders Ivarsson - 298,598 Luis Faria - 292,249 Anatoly Filatov - 275,408 Sergei Denisov - 253,528 Jonathan Clark - 248,363
Five more World Poker Tour Online titles were awarded on Friday night with Elio Fox securing the biggest score of the day and second biggest of the series. Fox started the final table of Event #32 ($25,500 Super High Roller) sitting second in chips behind Juan Pardo Dominguez but managed to flip that script and defeated Dominguez heads-up to win the title and $565,500. Dominguez walked away with $402,375 while Pauli Ayras earned $282,750 for his third place finish. The only player with a bigger WPT Online score is Charlie Carrel who won $600,250 for shipping Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) last week. Viktor Ustimov topped the 451-entry field in Event #31 ($1,575 Eight Max NLHE) to win $127,520.25. Sweden's Jerry Odeen finished in second place earning $90,786.30 while British grinder Jonathan Proudfoot wound up in third place for a $62,238 payday. Jonathan Rosa won Event #31 Mini ($162 Mini Eight Max NLHE) to win $41,171.73. Stuart Menzies defeated Anton Wigg heads-up in Event #34 ($530 Six Max Hyper NLHE) to win $26,672.50. Wigg earned a $17,592.50 consolation prize while Bernard Larabi added $12,507.47 to his bankroll for finishing third. Marllon Pinto topped Event #34 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper NLHE) for $7,038.01. Event #31 Mini $162 Mini Eight Max NLHE 1,627 Entries $244,050 prize pool Jonathan Rosa - $41,171.73 Jonathan Clark - $29,212.78 Marcello Miniucchi - $18,987.09 Eduardo Moreno Cardigo - $12,666.19 Eduardo Silva - $8,981.04 Srdan Tomovic - $6,296.49 Philipp Teipel - $4,36849 Peter Rese - $2,879.7 Event #31 $1,575 Eight Max NLHE 451 entries $676,500 prize pool Viktor Ustimov - $127,520.25 Jerry Odeen - $90,786.30 Jonathan Proudfoot - $62,238 Istvan Birizdo - $43,296 Stefan Schillhabel - $30,713.10 Teun Mulder - $22,324.50 Samuel Vousden - $15,897.75 Dimitrios Farmakoulis - $11,500.500 Event #32 $25,500 Super High Roller 87 entries $2,175,000 prize pool Elio Fox - $565,500 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $402,375 Pauli Ayras - $282,750 Samuel Vousden - $195,750 Mark Davis - $152,250 Timothy Adams - $108,750 Christopher Hunichen - $87,000 Andrii Novak - $76,125 Event #34 Mini $55 Six Max Hyper NLHE 828 entries $41,400 prize pool Marllon Pinto - $7,038.01 Petar Leshtov - $5,185.01 Jan Stazisar - $3,933 Mikhail Zamyatin - $2,691 Carl Duggan - $1,863 Nicolas Vande Wiele - $1,242 Event #34 $530 Six Max Hyper NLHE 227 entries $113,500 prize pool Stuart Menzies - $26,672.50 Anton Wigg - $17,592.50 Bernard Larabi - $12,507.47 Guillaume Nolet - $9,136.75 Kamel Mokhammad - $6,810 Francois Billard - $4,540