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  1. In poker, there’s no easy path to success. While few may stumble into fortune, for most the winning hand is made with hard work and the right guidance. "'If others can do it, I can do it too.' That’s exactly what I thought," said poker pro Andreas Ponath. "But it turned out to be way harder than I expected." Six years after rediscovering the game of poker, Hamburg, Germany’s Andreas 'derbegott' Ponath is seeing the results of putting in the work. Currently a full-time online grinder, Ponath has been enjoying some of the biggest cashes of his young pro career, including deep runs at some of his highest buy-ins during the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. "SCOOP was really exciting for me since I played my highest [average buy-in] so far and wanted to see how competitive I am while battling the best in the world," Ponath said. "Despite not getting a top-five finish and a lot of very brutal bustouts, I am still happy with my performance." Ponath has every reason to be proud. He racked up 20 total cashes during SCOOP including a seventh-place finish in Event #79 Low ($109 Mini Super Tuesday) for $10,187 and another final table appearance in Event #120 Medium (Sunday Warm-Up SE) for $5,976. But making final tables in one of the most challenging online poker series of the year didn’t come from just picking the game back up from where he left off - it took time and dedication. Like many fans of the game, Ponath first discovered poker during the Moneymaker-inspired boom era. Watching the World Series of Poker on ESPN may have led to home games with friends but no initial dreams of taking the game seriously. Years later, during his first-semester break while at university for an engineering degree, Ponath happened upon a Twitch stream. Someone was grinding poker and, basically, it looked like fun. "I watched him for a bit and decided to download a poker client and play for a bit of fun," he recalls. "After playing for around two years recreationally I thought about how nice it would be to actually make some money on the side playing poker instead of doing some other job." But there was a hard truth to overcome. Today’s game is drastically different from the game he discovered on TV in his youth. He was "losing or breakeven at best" in the low stakes games and knew in order to make that change, he had to change. "I realized that I re-discovered poker when it was on a pretty advanced level already and if I wanna win, I actually have to take it way more seriously and put in a ton of work since everyone was playing for so many years already and is way ahead of me." Luckily for Ponath, studying was (and is) not an issue for him. He started watching videos, lots and lots of videos. He was consuming content from training sites across the board. At the same time that he was learning poker, he zeroed in on his engineering degree and finished up his studies. "After I finished my studies, I decided to give poker a shot, do it full time and try to make a living off of it," he said. "I was thinking about ways to improve my game as quickly as possible. I felt that training courses could not help me anymore really, so looking for a private coach who could screen my game for leaks and bring my game to the next level seemed like the logical next step to me." That’s when Ponath crossed paths with BBZ Poker. Helmed by lead coach Jordan Drummond, BBZ is known for excelling in bringing out the best in their students and stables through private coaching and daily seminars. "The daily BBZ seminars have massive value," Ponath said. "Top coaches like BBZ himself [Drummond] and 'apestyles' [Jonathan Van Fleet] teach every aspect of the game such as preflop, postflop, and ICM adjusted play. I especially like that everything we do has a very scientific approach and is mostly supported by solvers and databases." For Ponath, studying with BBZ has become quite enjoyable. He spends about 30% of his poker time studying and 70% putting in volume on the tables. Even during larger series when he needs to cut back on studying hours, Ponath makes it a point to attending the daily seminars. "Fortunately, I do enjoy studying poker a lot," he said. "The most challenging part about studying for me is figuring out what to actually focus on. You can very easily waste a lot of time studying something that will not actually have any meaningful impact on your game at all." That’s just one of the ways in which BBZ and their Coaching For Profit program have been a benefit to Ponath. For Ponath it was the "perfect fit" as it allowed him to get top-tier coaching without an initial investment. Not only is he seeing results in his game but he’s seeing his studying time become even more efficient. "The first one-on-one session with Jordan was mind-blowing to me," Ponath recalled. "I’d done some work in PT4 and PIO solver before, but watching Jordan work with all these tools is just insane. Analyzing my database it took him like five minutes to identify at least 10 aspects of my game which I have to improve on." "To anyone pretty much who wants to improve their game, book a session with Jordan or one of the BBZ coaches. It is clearly the fastest and most effective way to identify leaks in your game that you maybe never would find on your own." Ponath is now reaping the benefits of his time with BBZ. His average buy-in has gone from $25 last year to battling in the $109s, $215s, and selected $530s. He’s putting in a full-time MTT grind but is still able to step back when he needs to so he doesn’t burn out. "[BBZ] has a way bigger impact on my game than any course or masterclass could possibly have," he said. "What I learned so far boosted my confidence immensely and now there’s barely a spot where I feel completely lost. At the same time, every day I realize how much I still do not know and how much I still have to learn." Ponath has been with BBZ for eight months and his recent success has propelled him into the top-5 rankings in all of Germany. He’s a favorite to surpass $500,000 in total recorded lifetime earnings this year. As for what’s next for him, clearly there’s going to be a lot of studying, playing, and enjoying the ups and downs of poker. "I don’t really have any specific goals like winning a certain event or something…although hitting a six-figure score would be very sweet. I just wanna be able to do what I love for a living. Also, I would love to become a coach myself one day and help other people to become successful players."
  2. Connor Drinan joined an elite club on Thursday and in the process helped form an even more elite one. Drinan became the ninth player with five career PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by winning Event #56 High (1,050 HORSE) and in the process joined Shaun Deeb as the only players to win four SCOOP titles in a single year. Drinan beat Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah heads-up to earn the fourth title and added $30,232.50 to his bankroll. Leah walked away with $21,545 for his efforts while third-place finisher 'wiNNin83' had to settle for $16,680. Deeb became the first player to win four SCOOP titles in 2012. Drinan's previous 2020 came in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better), Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max), and Event #45-M ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO). Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic won Event #57 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) to lock up a $201,606 score. Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist fell one spot short of the title and had $155,222.20 to console himself with. Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet came in third for $119,510.00. The final table also included 'bencb789' and Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis. The Dutch pro's Twitch stream of the final table broke his personal record for viewers with more than 34,000 people tuned in before he was eliminated in seventh place. Event #58 High ($2,100 Heads-Up NLHE) had 119 runners with 'CatLover666' and Phil 'Grindation' McAllister battling through all of them to make the final where 'CatLover666' picked up the win and $71,400. McAllister had to settle for $42,840.00. Ukrainian 'gerasag' outlasted 637 other entries in Event #59 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) to win $48,061.01 from the prize pool and another $50,031.22 worth of bounties. Andres 'wisopekeno!' Gonzalez came in second place and locked up a $48,060.54 windfall and $8,914.07 in bounties. Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice took the final spot on the podium, earning $30,190.06 and $3,218.75 in bounties for a third-place result. After finishing fourth in Event #56 High earlier in the day, Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne put a bow on a victory in Event #61 High ($1,050 Omaha 8-or-better) to win $28,546.77. Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi picked up another strong finish, coming in second place for $22,099.00 while 'Brandon-Tino' walked away with $17,107.61 for finishing third. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Thursday include 'TSubbb' (Event #56-L), 'thomber26' (Event #56-M), 'JUCA_PIRAMA1' (Event #57-L), 'lucianodayan' (Event #57-M), 'JJborio' (Event #58-L), 'd0nkBluff' (Event #58-M), 'Eldon69350' (Event #59-L), 'jonespkr' (Event #59-M), 'fcttom' (Event #61-L), and 'Vitek_vv' (Event #61-M). Event #56-H: $1,050 HORSE Entries: 139 Prize pool: $139,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $30,232.50 Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah - $21,545.00 wiNNin83 - $16,680.00 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $11,815.00 Skint Paddy - $7,645.00 Spokey - $6,255.00 adkaf - $4,865.00 Harleyy30040 - $3,822.50 Event #57-H: $5,200 NLHE High Roller Entries: 184 Prize pool: $1,000,000 Mirza 'zazano' Muhovic - $201,606 Joel 'Odonkor1' Nordkvist - $155,222.20 Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $119,510.00 bencb789 - $92,014.10 EEE27 - $70,844.30 DeadNylan - $54,545.00 Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $41,995.80 kimokh - $32,333.70 Wildace_hun - $24,894.70 Event #58-H: $2,100 Heads-Up NLHE Entries: 119 Prize pool: $238,000 CatLover666 - $71,400.00 Phil 'Grindation' McAllister - $42,840.00 Dominik 'Bounatirou' Nitsche - $23,800.00 fetopoker1 - $23,800.00 Event #59-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 638 Prize pool: $638,000 (including $319,000 in bounties) gerasag - $48,061.01 + $50,031.22 wisopekeno! - $48,060.54 + $8,914.07 dynoalot - $30,190.06 + $3,218.75 Swaggersorus - $22,312.26 + $11,609.38 markovitsus - $16,590.09 + $7,656.25 7tHEcROw7 - $12,187.17 + $4,531.25 lechuckpoker - $9,007.06 + $10,789.06 wktak1 - $6,656.76 + $8,640.63 Event #61-H: $1,050 Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 136 Prize pool: $136,000 Kyle 'km_freestyle' Menne - $28,546.77 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $22,099.00 Brandon-Tino - $17,107.61 flong78 - $13,243.61 krakukra - $10,252.34 Perumov - $7,936.70 bernard-bb - $6,144.08 OK1OK2 - $4,756.35 Kroko-dill - $3,91.44
  3. Over the weekend, you may have noticed a very familiar name atop the leaderboard in the Full Tilt Sunday Major: Jon apestylesVan Fleet (pictured). After undergoing a few life changes as of late, he's on what he calls "a massive heater with very little volume." "It's a good way to start the year for sure," Van Fleet told PocketFives about his big win for $33,000. There were 627 entrants in the field last week and he scooped 20% of the $165,000 prize pool. It was the fifth largest cash we have tracked for him on Full Tilt. He had a "massive" chip lead when six players remained and re-shoved a button opener with 9-3 offsuit. The raiser called and tabled tens, ultimately winning the hand with two pair. "The reason I did it was because there was a stack with 2.5 big blinds," Van Fleet said of the hand. "According to ICM, the villain should only be calling with J-J+. That said, I don't blame his call. I made the mistake of assuming the villain was going to call ICM tight. I also thought he was raising the button way more loosely than he should have." Despite the setback and dropping to fourth place out of four players left, the longtime PocketFives community member mounted a comeback that included running a big bluff and capitalizing on a hand where he was dealt Q-Q. So what happened in his life? What has changed now? "Grinding 70 hours a week became unimportant," Van Fleet said. "Balance, meditation, physical health, friendships, and community service became more important." He volunteers at a drug treatment center, employs lots of meditation, and is headed to a ten-day "silent retreat" soon. Despite all of the extracurricular activities, he is still focused on poker: "I'm trying to solve poker, so I study a lot. I watch a lot of videos and use programs. I'd like to beat Zoom 500 by the end of the year. I'm starting small, though, and analyzing my game a lot." Besides all of the mental and physical changes in his life, Van Fleet is reentering the music business. "apestyles was originally my DJ name," Van Fleet said. "I stopped making music a long time ago. I was thinking about taking it back up as a hobby. I'm not going to worry about doing it professionally, just trying to make stuff I like and have fun with it. Technology has changed so much since I was DJing and making music, so there will be a learning curve, but it'll be fun." We closed by talking about the recently-revealed 2015 World Series of Poker schedule, which features 68 bracelet events, including an online tournament as well as a $565 Colossus event that promises to have one of the largest fields in WSOP history. "The schedule looks like it should appeal to recreational players with some of the smaller buy-ins. I like the deeper stacks of the bigger buy-in tournaments. To be honest, I may stay online. The fields get so nice around WSOP time. I might grind hard and try to scoop up the monies." Van Fleet took third in the Double Vision Sunday Million in December for over $100,000 officially, one of his five career $100,000+ tournament scores online. He is up to $6.6 million in cashes total, the 14th most of anyone in our community. Van Fleet has been a member of our site ever since Year 1 and is #84 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. He owns one WCOOP and two FTOPS titles and has two victories in the Super Tuesday. Other tournaments he has won over the years include the PokerStars $109 Rebuy (twice), PokerStars $215 Rebuy (twice), Full Tilt $100 Rebuy, and Full Tilt $1K Saturday. Congrats to Van Fleet on his latest win! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. [caption width="640"] partypoker Online is upping the ante in 2018 with their largest online guarantee event.[/caption] The partypoker Online MILLIONS event made headlines in December with a rousing $5 million guaranteed for the $5,300 buy-in. The largest MTT prize pool in partypoker history reached $5.1 million and over $1 million went to first place winner Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet. MILLIONS online returns to partypoker on December 1, 2018, with the same $5,300 buy-in but a quadrupled guarantee. partypoker is laying $20 million on the line and players will have the full year to earn their seat for this massive event. The MILLIONS Online Leaderboard is in effect starting Monday, February 5 with the highest-ranking 10 players each week earning their seat to the event. Along with the leaderboard, the top 20 players win $530, $109 and $22 satellite tickets. Players who finish in the top 10 of a partypoker Live MILLIONS event get a seat to the $5,300 MILLIONS Online event. The first of these seats will be awarded from February 10-18 at Kings Casino for MILLIONS Germany. On adding MILLIONS Online to the partypoker schedule, President of partypokerLive John Duthie said, “I love the concept of a MILLIONS leg on partypoker, it gives us the opportunity to bring together our MILLIONS players from all over the world at the end of the year to compete for an unprecedented prizepool. I was a little nervous about trying this concept out, but players supported us this time so we should return the favour and go for a record-breaking online prize pool in 2018.” partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters added, “Running the first MILLIONS Online this year was an exciting time for us, bringing the concept of our live tour online. The feedback we had from our players was overwhelming, so what better way to say thank you than to run it again but this time making the guarantee a whopping $20,000,000.”
  5. Over the weekend, poker author and longtime PocketFiver Jon apestylesVan Fleet (pictured) finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Millionfor $89,000. The cash was huge for a number of reasons. Not only was it his sixth largest online poker score ever, but it also put him over $7 million for his career. The Sunday Million had 5,425 entrants this week, which meant a prize pool of a little over a million dollars was up for grabs. There wasn't a chop and, consequently, Van Fleet had the largest cash of anyone on PocketFives this weekend. This was his largest five-figure cash ever. However, Van Fleet has turned in five scores of over $100,000 over the years. Here's a look at how he's wrecked the competition: November 26, 2006 $530 NLHE on PokerStars 2nd place for $135,000 September 5, 2010 WCOOP Second Chance $1,050 NLHE 1st place for $133,000 April 24, 2010 FTOPS Event #5 1st place for $123,000 December 11, 2012 PokerStars Super Tuesday 1st place for $102,000 December 21, 2014 Sunday Million Double Vision 3rd place for $102,000 Van Fleet has been a member of PocketFives since September 2005 and currently plays online poker from Canada, where he's the top-ranked member. Worldwide, the $7 million man is #33 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings and reached an all-time high of #3 in 2007. In a thread on PocketFives, players congratulated Van Fleet on his Sunday Million final table, including one person who wrote, "Confirmed the best ever. You don't need to win to be the best." Alex Assassinato Fitzgerald added, "Apestyles = Greatest online of all-time. I'm calling it now." Van Fleet tore up PocketFives in 2007. As mentioned already, he reached #3 worldwide on our site that year. He also won the August 2007 Monthly PLBrace and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns that month for almost 1,200 points combined. He plays as apestyles on PokerStars and Full Tilt. On 888 Poker, you can find him under the user name chut_up. He's now $500,000 away from becoming only the 10th PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online scores. Congrats to apestyles! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. In the history of online poker there are a select few players who have been managed to have sustained success over the course of their career. Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet is a member of that elite group and on Tuesday the Canadian-based grinder found himself standing tall on top of the biggest buy-in event of the 888poker Super XL Series with almost $88,000 in earnings. Van Fleet, who was once ranked as high as #3 in the world, beat out 202 other players to win the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. To do so he had to make his way through an incredibly talented final table that included the current world #1 and #2-ranked players in the world Fabrizio ‘DrMiKee’ Gonzalez and ‘lena900’ as well as former #2-ranked Bernardo ‘bsdias’ Dias. In the end it was Van Fleet beating out Gonzalez heads-up to claim the the title and the $87,920 first place prize money. The Mini High Roller, with just a $215 buy-in, attracted a field of 639 players. The final two players, ‘StorValle’ and ‘carpediem14’, ended up chopping heads-up play began. After negotiations were finalized the pair continued to play with Sweden’s ’StoreValle’ coming back from a slight chip deficit to win the title. He ended up with $20,323 while British grinder ’carpiediem14’ ended up with $21,326. Canadian grinder ’kamexxx’ finished third for $12,907.00. The $109 buy-in Tuesday Challenge had a field of 713 players with ‘not_the-same' outlasting everybody to win $13,368.75. Russia’s ‘AfraidBubble’ not only made his way past the bubble but ended finishing second for $9,625.50, narrowly missing out on eighth career five-figure score and first of 2017. John ‘jfl1234’ Finnighan-Linkins, the #1-ranked player on the Isle of Man, finished third for $7,130. The final event on Tuesday’s schedule was the $160 buy-in Turbo High Roller. The 371-player field built a prize pool of $55,560. Austria’s ‘sally_os’ and Swiss pro ‘obvo4sal’ made a heads-up deal and played out to a winner with ‘sally_os’ coming out on top for a total of $9,831.04 in earnings. ‘obvo4sal’ had to settle for walking away with $8,778.37 for his second place finish. German ‘overthetop43’ finished third for $5,843.25. Leaderboard Update With two wins to his credit, Canada's 'mindcrushers' sits on top of the Super XL Series Leaderboard with 'PuntSonPunt' close on his tail. 1Mindcrushers775.70 2PuntSonPunt766.38 3Not_the_Same715.45 4trojanmouse674.01 5GoFighTer655.64 Event #28: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Entries: 203 Players Prize pool: $406,000 chut_up - $87,920 DrMiKee - $62,930 bsdias - $47,705 glezna23 - $35,525 WorldIsOurs - $24,360 Poelsetyv - $20,3000 jba888 - $16,240 tutten7 - $12,180 LAP1215 - $8,120 Event #29: $215 No Limit Hold’em Mini High Roller Entries: 639 Prize pool: $127,800 StorValle - $20,323.00* carpediem14 - $21,326.00* kamexxx - $12,907.00 Lov3ThiSGamE - $9,712.80 wisimaki - $6,824.52 zuzina450 - $5,431.50 DedoDeGorila - $4,153.50 pojebaniec87 - $2,875.50 uarebad_lol - $1,917 Event #30: $109 No Limit Hold’em Tuesday Challenge Entries: 713 Prize pool: $71,300 not_the-same - $13,368.75 AfraidBubble - $9,625.50 John ‘jfl1234’ Finnighan-Linkins - $7,130 casinopro888 - $5,347.50 usameeta - $3,743.25 yiy - $3,030 BlacKK_DucKK - $2,317.25 _antikk_ - $1,604.25 PulledPorker - $1,005.33 Event #31: $160 No Limit Hold’em Turbo High Roller Entries: 371 Prize pool: $55,650 sally_os - $9,831.04* obvo4sal - $8,778.37 overthetop43 - $5,843.25 preyondaline - $4,452 ScratchyR - $3,116.40 Ph4N888 - $2,635.12 DePittsterje - $1,808.62 Hitchsslap $1,252.12 Sinatra48 - $923.79
  7. Earlier this month, Jon apestylesVan Fleet (pictured) ran away with the win in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl and took home $22,000. In the process, he defeated a field of 533 entrants and a final table loaded with former World Series of Poker bracelet winners and European Poker Tour champions. "It was a really nice week overall," Van Fleet told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I had a few other scores and one close finish, so it felt great to close one out. I've never won the Brawl before. It's always nice to have a good run before SCOOP because SCOOP has the potential to go really badly or really well." Let's get to the final table now. The group included David BakesBaker, who finished in sixth place, and Steve MrTimCaumO'Dwyer, who took third. The latter won the EPT Grand Final Main Eventtwo years ago for $1.6 million and followed that up with an ACOP victorya year-and-a-half later for another $1.8 million, among other scores. Baker has two WSOP bracelets, which came in 2010 and 2012, and almost $3 million in live tournament winnings. "Both of those guys have been around for a long time, winning for a long time, both live and online, and they continue to adjust to beating the game," Van Fleet said of his two competitors. "Come to think of it, it was kind of an old school final table. I remember I always thought MrTimCaum (pictured) was really good and his results didn't match his talent. Then he went on a mega-heater and I wasn't surprised." Van Fleet disposed of Baker from the final table after Baker put his last eight big blinds in with pocket tens from the cutoff and Van Fleet called from the small blind with K-J offsuit. He said, "It was a marginal call with ICM. However, strategically, if I won the pot, I would become the chip leader and have leverage over the table. If I lost the pot, I would stay in second in chips, so losing didn't change much for me." O'Dwyer, meanwhile, had position on Van Fleet throughout the tournament and played solidly. "Generally, Steve was playing a passive and trappy style versus me, which is a good adjustment," the eventual Sunday Brawl winner said. So what are Van Fleet's plans for the money? He has been highly successful over the years, but told us he has learned an important lesson: "In the past, I used to spend money on fancy stuff that doesn't retain any value. I'm shifting my views towards money. I don't want expensive watches or cars. I respect the guy who has millions and doesn't have to show it off." He even made a "Duck Tales" reference to explain what he's doing with the cash: "The money is going into the vault in all gold coins so I can swim in it like Scrooge McDuck." Love it. Van Fleet has been a member of PocketFives since 2005, our very first year in business. Nowadays, he is saving up for property and learning about investing when he's not playing cards. And like other US PocketFivers, Van Fleet is getting into daily fantasy sports on sites like FanDueland DraftKings. "My life is really full," he told us. "I take on a lot of projects and coaching and feel it helps me grow as a player and as a teacher. I try to strike a balance with outdoor stuff like hiking, community service, and yoga. I'm roommates with Adam Roothlus Levy and we'll probably play some basketball at some point. I just got back heavily into fitness, but the problem is I love to eat." Van Fleet is about to give it the old college try on a new adventure as well, as he's doing a 10-day Vipassana silent retreat. We're fairly certain that much meditation is involved. No talking is permitted during the retreat. Also banned are electronics and books. He closed by sending a shout out to poker mind coach Elliot Roe. "I think one major reason people don't stick around in poker is that the mental leaks are hard to fix and this game can make you go crazy," Van Fleet argued. "I would definitely recommend getting some help with the mental aspects. It can improve the rest of your life as well. The swings and isolation of being a professional online poker player can be really tough to handle." Congrats to Van Fleet on beating a few old school players en route to a Sunday Brawl title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. Major online poker tournament action over the weekend saw a number of well-known players compete for large cash prizes. The PokerStars Sunday Million was won by player Ariel 'Vilactes' Vila who received $131,000 as a result of a three-way final table deal. PocketFives member Fabiano 'kdrAS' Teixeira of Chile finished second for $110,000 and will likely move back into the Top 1,000 Worldwide while '$trateGema' was awarded $93,071 for third place in that event. [caption width="320" align="alignright"] Ariel 'Vilactes' Vila won the PokerStars Sunday Million this week (CodigoPoker/Lucas Buffa photo)[/caption] 'JacobLarsson' took down the Sunday Warm-Up for $53,180 while Vicente 'vincefish' Delgado Zamorano of the United Kingdom, ranked #105 worldwide, earned $38,236 for his runner-up performance. Jon 'apestyles' van Fleet of Canada, ranked #136 worldwide, captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $57,943. van Fleet had to overcome extremely tough competition in outlasting #6-ranked Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman (second place for $43,351) and #4-ranked 'lena900' (third place for $32,434) -- both from Sweden. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier received the highest payout in the Sunday Supersonic -- taking home $26,075 for his official third place effort as 'pokerjoe485' won $25,443 in first place. The $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller was won by Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood' of Canada, who will move up into the top 200 Rankings while savoring a $51,188 payday. 'Gagurgel' was victorious in the partypoker $530 buy-in version of the High Roller for $35,588. 'TomYamiKai' came out on top in the $600 buy-in WHALE tournament on 888 Poker and took home $32,236. 'Sickmanijfs' took first place in the Mega Deep event on 888 for $25,875. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,383 entrants - $1,076,600 paid out to 764 spots Ariel 'Vilactes' Vila - $131,000.00 Fabiano 'kdrAS' Teixeira - $110,000.00 $trateGema - $93,070.69 *3-way deal boahgerding - $51,784.46 scallpell - $36,082.03 Re8uZ - $25,140.97 ekziter - $17,517.68 Joao joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten - $12,205.84 kalaloom - $8,504.81 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$300K Guaranteed 1,755 entrants - $351,000 paid out to 242 spots JacobLarsson - $53,179.56 Vicente 'vincefish' Delgado Zamorano - $38,235.72 allin0709 - $27,491.82 taartjekomt - $19,766.88 MrBittar - $14,212.55 clancywigam - $10,218.94 Big Popp4 - $7,347.51 Basilaz - $5,282.90 naskeladden - $3,798.45 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$250K Guaranteed 308 entrants - $308,000 paid out to 39 spots Jon 'apestyles' van Fleet - $57,942.80 TanTanSWE - $43,350.81 (Pot4teUS) lena900 - $32,433.66 maggess88 - $24,265.81 kaju85 - $18,154.87 Turko_man - $13,582.89 wozzle9 - $10,162.27 JWPRODIGY - $7,603.07 DeosOner - $5,688.35 (RoryYoung) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$175K Guaranteed 1,113 entrants - $227,898 paid out to 155 spots pokerjoe485 - $25,442.72 Tomatee - $24,827.27 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier - $26,075.35 *3-way deal nailuj90 - $10,246.94 thehushpuppy - $6,698.14 nicosty21 - $4,378.37 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 24,525 entrants - $250,000 paid out to 4,031 spots Freakstah - $19,837.75 +KO2B+ - $17,935.54 Become_No1p - $19,207.63 *3-way deal henkewhafan - $9,469.70 jeanfranco07 - $6,808.80 boboo343 - $4,895.60 vitel1818 - $3,519.97 Samuel13korn - $2,530.90 sandybell13 - $1,819.75 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 63 entrants - $157,500 paid out to 8 spots DeanMalenko - $51,188 (Pudge714) luckytedbear - $33,075 Ilove2fish - $23,625 gotunagi19 - $15,750 Plazya7 - $11,813 (Banicivan) tiote22 - $8,663 broooooooooooo - $7,088 JeanClaude1970 - $6,300 partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed 365 entrants - $182,500 paid out to 45 spots Gagurgel - $35,588 eardleym - $26,919 Ilove2fish - $20,075 AAassasin007 - $15,330 calum27 - $10,494 OwnYrSoul - $8,213 flsh2013 - $6,388 Therealmoorm - $4,563 (moorman1) TragEV - $3,194 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 121 entrants - $18,873 paid out to 18 spots NicholasHalden - $4,340.83 AGoodSport - $3,019.71 RistoRap3Ass - $2,293.09 gt1128 - $1,698.59 karldaly - $1,132.39 4timesBet - $943.66 GGBG1 - $754.93 solvay516 - $566.20 RuningLikeAGod - $471.83 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 279 entrants - $157,635 paid out to 36 spots TomYamiKai - $32,236 cswami - $23,645 BadModafoka1 - $17,813 krokopp - $13,399 ekziter1 - $9,143 dccnesquick - $7,094 grisildur - $5,517 Deeepz - $3,941 urshitstorm - $2,995 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 690 entrants - $138,000 paid out to 90 spots Sickmanijfs - $25,875 33ReNate - $18,630 maketoney - $13,800 (Tiny_molester) icallyamet - $10,350 (dean23price) 974kWRT - $7,245 trino11 - $5,865 (bipbippp) PKaiser - $4,485 Runnerboy23 - $3,105 Xorkoth - $1,946
  9. [caption width="640"] Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet just passed .5 million in career online MTT winnings[/caption] On May 21, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet became the fifth person this year to pass $7.5 million in online tournament winnings for their career. Nine people did it all of last year, including the likes of former #1 ranked players Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer. Van Fleet, needless to say, is in some pretty elite company. "I'm a goal-oriented person," Van Fleet said, "so it's always nice to achieve different milestones. I've always appreciated the rankings and badges for that reason. I know when I first deposited $50 on partypoker, I had no idea it was going to turn into a decade-long career. Mainly, I'm grateful that I've been able to pay the bills playing a game for a living and have some kind of longevity in a fickle industry." Van Fleet has been a member of PocketFives since year one in 2005. He has five scores of at least $100,000 to his name, which came over an eight-year period between 2006 and 2014. He was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives nine years ago and still finds himself knocking on the door of the top 100 in the world at #129. "The ability to adapt, having a work ethic, an open mind, and a little bit of luck are the key ingredients to my success over the years," he said. Van Fleet used to epitomize grinding. Now, he's more focused on coaching, a gig that even led to his Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time book series with co-authors Jon 'PearlJammer' Turner and Eric 'Rizen' Lynch. Nowadays, you'll find him mainly firing up online tournaments primarily only on the weekends. "I made that adjustment because I wanted more balance in my life," Van Fleet said of playing a couple of days a week. "On an average day, I do two to four hours of coaching, one or two simulations using PioSOLVER or CREV, watch a few videos, and am always preparing and discussing concepts with other poker players. Coaching is very beneficial for my game, as it allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of the game. Also, I'm lucky to be in a study group with some elite players who are way smarter than I am, so I get to use their ideas." Part of the reason Van Fleet has had such a longstanding stint in the poker world may have to do with his core beliefs. "I've never totally bought into the go to school, get a 9 to 5, get married plan, so that's part of why poker has worked so well for me," he said. "There's nothing wrong with that plan; it's just not for me. That said, poker as a career has to be hard on partners and kids, and Black Friday was a major upheaval in my life that took a few years to recover from." [caption width="640"] Van Fleet has five scores of at least 0,000[/caption] Van Fleet owns $5 million in winnings on PokerStars alone, more than most players have across all sites, and he almost hit $2 million on Full Tilt. In May, the poker player, coach, and author took down the PokerStars Hot $109 and Big $22, his 99th and 100th career online tournament wins. Given that it's 2016 and he continues to be active in the game, will he still be around five years from now? What about 10 years? "I'm not sure," he said. "There are two reasons that poker as a long-term career doesn't really work for me. First, the instability of the game. I think we have quite a few years left, but it gets tougher and tougher for pros. Second, poker is inherently a selfish game, as any non-team game is going to be. In the long-run, I'd like my life's work to be something that was a net-positive on society. So, I have dreams of investing in a drug treatment center at some point in the future." The treatment center is still in its nascent stages, but given how determined Van Fleet is, the idea coming to fruition won't be a challenge if his mind is set on making it happen. "The treatment center will most likely draw from different models like mindfulness-based addiction recovery, CBT, 12-step recovery, and clinical interventions," he said. "There's nothing like watching the lights come back on in a person who had once lost hope. There are a lot of addicts dying out there, so it would be great to make a difference." In the present, Van Fleet knows what it takes to stay relevant for a prolonged period of time. He's outlasted industry upheavals like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act's passage in 2006 and Black Friday in 2011. He's seen the rise and fall of Full Tilt, partypoker and 888 leaving the American market, online poker going the way of the dodo in the US, and the explosion of worldwide interest in the game. "Stay process-oriented and objective, not results-oriented," he advised. "Focus on the things you can improve and work your hardest not to be affected by results. Bankroll management is huge, as is keeping a healthy body and mind. Also, confidence is huge, but a humble confidence. The minute you start thinking you know everything is the minute you start losing. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know. Above all, work hard, treat it like a job, and be professional."
  10. In August, UK PocketFiver Fold Machiii(pictured) finished in fourth place in a rock solid final table of the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy. He cashed out for $15,000, his fifth largest score to date, and has successfully pulled past $1.3 million in career winnings. He's up to #124 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest slotting ever, and is #12 in the UK. PocketFives: Congrats on the Sunday $109 Rebuy final table. Tell us how you're feeling about it. Fold Machiii: I'm really happy with how I played in it and in general recently. I was a little gutted to get fourth, but it was probably the toughest final table lineup I've been in so far. I was joined by my good buddy Aaralynn, so it was a good result for both of us. PocketFives: It was a tough final table, as you mentioned, that featured the likes of Jon apestylesVan Fleet and 24th ranked Yaya24, among others. Walk us through how the final table went and how you went out. Fold Machiii: I came in as the chip leader. I wanted to play very solid early on and ladder. I got down to four-handed and a few spots didn't go my way. The main hand had to be when I raised from the cutoff and apestyles jammed for 23 big blinds. I called with A-Q. I lost that one, but had won my fair share throughout the tournament. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Fold Machiii: I'm backed, so I won't see as much of it as you might think. PocketFives: Your four largest scores have all come this year. Tell us what has been going right. Fold Machiii: I've been working really hard on and off the table. I have been using new software and really taking it seriously, but in all honesty it probably has nothing to do with that and more to do with the fact that I worship a goat called McGinty. I never met the dude, but no doubt he was the best goat around town. It's just a small group of us at the moment, but it'll probably be a religion in years to come. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? Fold Machiii: My uncle taught me years ago and I instantly fell in love with the game. I busted a lot of bankroll and have come a long way since then. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? Do you have any hobbies? Fold Machiii: Most of my time is consumed by poker. The little time I do get off I normally spend with my girlfriend. PocketFives: What poker goals do you have for 2015? Fold Machiii: I'm pretty nitty when it comes to choosing goals. I don't like making goals that are out of my control like an amount of profit. I'd prefer to aim towards something like Supernova to keep me driven during a dry spell. PocketFives: Is there anyone you want to send a shout out to? Fold Machiii: Shout out to the BBZ crew and the main man himself. I wouldn't be here without him, so thank you. And big up to the Goat Crewdem! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. If you're not familiar with it, 2CardsCollegeis the largest poker school in the Russian-speaking part of the world. Currently, the school regularly trains over 150 students. You might have seen a link that says "Poker School" on the top of our site. Well, it goes straight to 2CardsCollege. 2CardsCollege is now launching on the global market with such renowned coaches as PocketFivers Apestylesand Assassinatoon its roster. PocketFives talked to the founder of 2CardsCollege, Ivan, who is better known as tannhauseronline. Ivan started the interview by reminding us, "The times when you could make money in MTTs without working on your game are gone." So, how do you go about working on your game? PocketFives: How can a player keep up with new trends? Ivan: Poker is very dynamic and the play of the "field" changes quickly. What worked well half-a-year ago may not work at all today. One must constantly change their game and adapt it to the new conditions. In the recent past, tournament players who used Flopzilla or ICMizer were way ahead. Today, we are teaching that players starting from an ABI of $10 and top MTT players use CREV as much as cash game players do. PocketFives: Why do players who used to win consistently stop beating the game? Ivan: You can very often observe how a player who used to beat the field with an ROI of 40% suddenly starts losing or struggling. This is a reality. I personally know a few top regulars who have played a lot and managed to maintain an ROI of greater than 35% at high limits for several years now. They all have one thing in common: they spend a tremendous amount of time working on their game. There are still players who continue to win without working on their game. However, this is only a temporary phenomenon. PocketFives: Can you talk about the pros and cons of existing studying formats? Ivan: Many believe that studying is just watching a couple of training videos a month, picking around their database once, and watching their friend's game. This no longer works. It is hard to imagine a professional boxer who "trains" by hitting a punching bag in his bedroom for half-hour a day and jogs in the mornings when he manages to get up early enough. This analogy is not coincidental. All of the best tournament players who make more than $200K a year treat poker as a sport. The pros and cons of personal coaching: Pros: a) the player receives the knowledge he needs; b) the player is involved in every phase of training and can ask any question at any time; c) the player picks the time for studying that is convenient for him; d) the player has no obligations to his coach and may stop training anytime. Cons: a) personal coaching is very expensive and not everyone can afford it; b) it is hard to tell on your own if the coach is actually good; c) it is possible that the player will receive a one-sided point of view on the topics discussed. Pros and cons of lectures, webinars, videos-on-demand: Pros: a) low price; b) ability to watch VODs from different players; c) wide variety of the material available. Cons: a) it is hard to find the material that solves a particular player's issues; b) you cannot ask a question and receive an explanation; c) language barrier. Pros and cons of Skype conferences for poker players: Pros: a) communication with peers; b) division of duties when searching for specific information or making calculations. Cons: a) generally, there is no organizer; b) low level of quality discussion. Pros and cons of working solo: Pros: a) a player inspects his hand history database on his own; b) finding and removing leaks; c) makes his own calculations and digests the obtained information better. Cons: a) it is easy to pick the wrong topic to study; b) no one can provide you with hints or advice; c) most players do not have enough motivation and discipline to work on their own. At 2CardsCollege, we have tried to incorporate the advantages of every format of studying. We watch every player and know his strengths and weaknesses and then design the training programs and tournament schedules based on this information. We arrange lectures from different coaches; a player works with 4 to 10 coaches on average in one year. The players are divided into small study groups based on their level of skill and motivation. Each group has a Skype-based conference supervised by the regular coach. The coach motivates the players, answers their questions, and monitors the quality of hand analysis and discussion. The players receive homework. The coaches always make sure that it is completed and the results are discussed during the training sessions. All of that has a monthly price comparable to a single training session with a strong regular. Alternatively, this training is free of charge if it comes packaged with a staking contract. PocketFives: How much time should a player devote to studying? Ivan: Studying poker is a complicated process. Not only time and effort are important, but also consistency, correct methodology, and motivation. However, there is a distinct pattern. The more time you spend studying, the more significant the results will be. PocketFives: Who is 2CardsCollege best suited for? Ivan: We coach MTT players of different levels: beginners who play low ABI, mid-stakes players, players with an ABI over $40, and anyone who wants to switch to MTTs from other poker specialties. PocketFives: What are the prerequisites? Ivan: A player has to have made a profit over at least 1,000 tournaments or 180-man SNGs. Currently, we do not coach true beginners. However, if we gather a substantial number of candidates, we will introduce this as well. PocketFives: How often are the training sessions conducted and what are their formats? Ivan: Students get formal training twice a week. The coach assigned to the group conducts the first formal session, which is an intragroup webinar where the students are actively engaged in the discussion. The second session is a school-wide lecture for several groups based on their ABI where players can use chat to ask questions. The students receive homework and are always in touch with their group and the coach via a Skype conference. PocketFives: How is 2CardsCollege different or better than other training sites? Ivan: We spend a lot of time designing the coaching team and the training methodology. We always monitor the coaches' personal results and regularly inspect their graphs. We conduct student surveys asking to evaluate their coaches and conduct informal talks with coaches based on the results. We hire new coaches, including strong players, who never considered coaching before. We can tell a good coach from a bad one. We also develop our own coaches. Some top students have already started coaching the low-limit groups. We offer convenient terms of payment. If a person cannot afford paying for training directly, he likely cannot afford moving up in stakes either. We provide both of these opportunities through staking. Finally, we watch players closely. If someone develops fast, he will quickly move up to another group. We try to give players knowledge, the ability to be part of a strong team, discipline, and motivation. PocketFives: How long have you been involved in training? Ivan: Even though our school has only been in existence for one-and-a-half years, I have been involved in training and backing for over four years. As far as poker, I got interested in it about six years ago. I was looking at it as a field with an opportunity to make money and I focused on playing PLO. I was moderately successful at PLO 200-600. However, at some point I started making more money in my other line of work, so I quit the game as a player, but my love for it did not go away. After a while, I organized a backing fund and started thinking about other projects, which led to the birth of the MTTMarket.com Staking Exchange and 2CardsCollege. Check out 2CardsCollege today
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