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  1. The 2014 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Challenge featured nine events over the weekend, with PocketFives members taking home a substantial amount of the prize money. In the $2,000+100 NLHE Main Event, pktsebensof Australia (pictured) made a strong case for getting back into the Top 500 worldwide rankings with a 3rd place showing for $292,320. DavidBakesBaker finished 6th for $121,800 whilejbrown8777collected $56,480 for his 8th place effort. The $2 Million Guaranteed tournament that was labeled as the "Special Edition" of the Sunday Million sawwillw12345come out on top for a payday of $230,000 as a result of a four-way final table deal. The Netherlands'dimanche205earned $97,056 for 5th place. WCOOP Challenge Event #7 consisted of a Pot Limit Omaha tournament with 1 Rebuy and 1 Add-On.Ariados of Sweden was the runner-up for $110,230 and Orjan athilla Skommo of Norway (pictured) had a 3rd place showing for $80,704. The Stars weekly Sunday 500 was won by rmoriar1, who will likely improve on his all-time highest online tournament ranking thanks to his score of $90,270. Meanwhile JamesEpictetus Flowers of Canada finished 3rd in that event for $49,685 The FTOPS kicked off at Full Tilt Pokerover the weekend and PocketFivers took home the three top spots in the $200+15 NLHE Re-Entry Event #1, led by AndreyZaya Zaichenko of the Russian Federation. Andrey chopped heads-up and won $91,729 while fellow member ekziter (who is currently ranked #16 worldwide) finished 2nd for $85,805. Third place went to Germany's pappadogg, who walked away with $50,160. Congratulations to all PocketFivers who cashed in Sunday's online tournaments. Here are the final table results: --- PartyPoker"$200k Guaranteed Sunday" ($186+$14 NLHE) *$200k Gtd. 1,137 entrants - $211,482 paid out to 216 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. danking11 $28,974.11 (danking) 2. EvnomiYa $17,447.26 (NoPlanB) 3. vaporize11 $10,362.61 4. vitja__ $7,824.83 5. rhino89 $5,604.27 (89rhino89) 6. Maksimilian. $4,123.89 7. MadsMP-_ $3,066.48 (MadsMP) 8. spetsern $2,537.78 9. UlDuffer $2,030.22 (UlDuffer) 10. flanders12345 $1,586.11 --- Winamax "HIGH ROLLER" ($385 NLHE) 193 entrants - $74,294paid out to 21 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. overmino $18,886.96 2. gordonrams $12,237.07 3. -CrushiTTT- $9,080.54 4. Hugo1912 $7,036.21 5. Valpolicella $5,178.86 6. viencherchai $3,694.08 7. MrKoekwous $2,579.12 8. Toto1705 $2,022.33 9. grosMORCEAU $1,670.38 --- Ongame Network($190 NLHE) 306 entrants - $58,140paid out to 46 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. rikswulf $12,419.49 2. Privet13 $8,565.12 3. SCAREDKILLER $6,117.95 (Alexey86) 4. mortificar $4,531.80 5. Gab1PP $3,356.82 6. QhQd $2,573.19 7. Ashley1991 $1,986.78 8. kyrdhmhtrhs $1,557.97 9. DNAR_z_NEBA $1,218.33 10. RedMeHow $944.94 ---- iPoker Network"Sunday Special" ($95 NLHE) 2,261 entrants - $218,481 paid out to 324 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. TEAMMETCHLEY3 $34,319.48 (kingmiguel3) 2. Intangible1 $25,684.06 3. wh1teivey $18,230.86 4. d4waterboy $12,868.84 5. EnglandArise $9,651.63 6. deepresion $7,399.58 7. m1ron0 $5,254.78 8. manse59 $3,109.97 9. lolul7 $1,930.33 ---- 888"$125k Mega Deep" ($200+15 NLHE) *$125k Guaranteed 738 entrants - $147,600 paid out to 108 spots 1. Inho $34,686 (inhoo) 2. CCCC03 $20,797 (CCCC03) 3. jim.franco $13,284 4. r4ndomr4gs $9,594 (r4ndom4gs) 5. |HAVETOW|N $7,380 6. Flush.Gordon $5,904 (DanielSun10) 7. xKoSSSx $4,428 (xkosssx) 8. 2good2beTru $3,100 9. broke24x7 $2,509 (aliveftw) ---- 888"$100k Sunday Challenge" ($90 NLHE 1R) *$100k Guaranteed 889 entrants - $120,778 paid out to 140 spots 1. Right_Sector $25,363 2. Taska85 $16,486 (Taska85) 3. dilligaf25 $10,266 4. m0ney2bl0w $7,247 (Chipsteela) 5. gonti89 $6,039 6. 3ACPAHKA $4,381 7. cookstahorse $3,623 8. JBA888 $2,416 9. FlatTopTony $1,812 (Pudge714) --- Full Tilt Poker"FTOPS Event #1" ($200+15 NLHE Re-Entry) *$250k Guaranteed 2,818 entrants - $563,600 paid out to 360 spots 1. Kroko-dill $91,729 (Zaya) 2. ekziter $85,805 (ekziter) *2-way deal 3. Gl4diat0r $50,160 (pappadogg) 4. SwarozclsMyGod $37,198 5. CUatFT $28,180 6. EastLansing $20,910 (EastLansing) 7. DatWilDoPig $14,935 8. Ipl4yNuts $10,596 9. DBerglin $7,518 (DBerglin) --- Full Tilt Poker"The Sunday Brawl" ($240+15 NLHE Re-Entry Knockout) *$200k Guaranteed 1,350 entrants - $270,000 paid out to 135 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. FAKHRIYYA $54,000.00 2. KJulius10 $35,964.00 (KJulius10) 3. TributeToRoad $25,650.00 4. 19nasi72 $19,170.00 5. negroblanco $14,310.00 (blanconegro) 6. chicagocards1 $10,530.00 7. MoormanI $7,830.00 (moorman1) 8. PokerGuruKuhn $5,670.00 (pokerguru740) 9. Sando85 $4,050.00 --- PokerStars "Sunday Million WCOOP Challenge" ($200+15 NLHE) *$2M Guaranteed 7,789 entrants - $2,426,400 paid out to 1,530 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. willwin88 $230,000.00 (willw12345) 2. dobbelthagen $190,000.00 3. bassss64 $190,000.00 4. DevilShark69 $261,325.46 *4-way deal 5. dimanche205 $97,056.00 (dimanche205) 6. UlrichsAces $72,792.00 7. Vienna Bundy $48,528.00 8. LOLDOLPHIN $24,264.00 9. Malmberget $15,286.32 --- PokerStars"Sunday Warm-Up WCOOP Challenge" ($200+15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 6,400 entrants - $1,280,000 paid out to 810 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. Elfcoder $200,192.00 2. devana ONE $149,120.00 3. N01BiGJOHN $105,408.00 4. Hra_hikka $72,320.00 5. mat12124 $54,400.00 6. gaminator026 $41,600.00 7. DYBYDX $28,800.00 (AshTheDonkey) 8. SifUrPro $16,000.00 (SifUrPro) 9. QQUADRA $10,240.00 --- PokerStars"WCOOP Challenge #7" ($665+35 PLO 6-Max 1R+1A) *$400k Guar. 588 entrants - $787,360 paid out to 78 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. römpsä $149,598.61 2. Sasuke234 $110,230.40 (Ariados) 3. Aftret $80,704.40 (athilla) 4. producent77 $55,115.20 5. chikko1988 $39,368.00 6. niccc $24,486.89 (niccc) 7. Volanthn $16,455.82 (volan) 8. leobog2 $16,455.82 9. dagunman $16,455.82 (dagunman) --- PokerStars"Sunday 500" ($500+30 NLHE) *$300k Guar. 1,046 entrants - $523,000 paid out to 153 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. BizB4Game $90,269.80 (rmoriar1) 2. RomaFresh $65,375.00 3. TDO6H20G $49,685.00 (Epictetus) 4. stinger5158 $36,400.80 5. hateblondies $25,888.50 (hateblondies) 6. nizmo jiz $20,658.50 (Tiny_molester) 7. manecop $15,428.50 8. hielkuh $10,198.50 9. tonyvu76 $5,753.00 --- PokerStars"WCOOP Challenge Main Event" ($2,000+100 NLHE) *$2M Guar. 1,624 entrants - $3,248,000 paid out to 216 spots ~ Full Cash List 1. hitthehole $500,000.00 2. bboooommmmmm $422,594.40 *2-way deal 3. Stella948 $292,320.00 (pktsebens) 4. somnium89 $217,616.00 5. ventox $154,280.00 6. WhooooKidd $121,800.00 (Bakes) 7. ShankingYou $89,320.00 8. jbrown8777 $56,840.00 (jbrown8777) 9. BrynKenney $32,480.00 --- PokerStarsSunday Storm ($10+1 NLHE) *$300k Guaranteed 39,255 entrants - $392,550 paid out to 6,300 spots 1. jjac10 $23,637 2. bici87 $12,056 (bici87) 3. ieie1977 $18,790 4. ido1991 $15,016 5. rataria $17,118 *5-way deal 6. FoxXxLT $4,769 (FoxXxlt) 7. sir boula $3,337 8. b8chatz $2,277 (BillyChat) 9. freekaleek85 $1,668 _________ Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="657"] Stats for the top-ranked players on PocketFives[/caption] Players from Sweden continue to reign over the rest of the online poker community. This week in the PocketFives Rankings, four of the top six players worldwide, and five of the top eight, hail from the Scandinavian country. And the #1 player, who calls Sweden home, just padded his lead over the pack. 'C Darwin2' has 7,324 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, and doubled his lead from 200 points last week to 400 points this week. He has one big win this month, which came in the partypoker High Roller and was good for $15,000 and 236 PLB Points. He also has a dozen top ten finishes in February with 12 days still to go. This is his second week at the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Second place belongs to Grayson 'gray31' Ramage, who moved up four spots. Ramage won the PokerStars $320 Six Max No Limit Hold'em for $8,800 on Tuesday and hit it big two weeks ago in the Sunday Million, officially finishing in second place for a blistering $131,000. That score followed a Turbo Championship of Online PokerHigh Roller win for almost $300,000. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage is 400 points away from #1[/caption] Needless to say, Ramage has been a one-man wrecking crew over the last few weeks. Besides his Sunday Million second place finish and TCOOP victory, the Costa Rica resident has won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy, $109 Cubed, and Big $109 since the end of December and is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $6 million for his career. Another Swede, 'Ariados', moved up five spots from #8 to #3 after a blockbuster Valentine's Day in which he finished fifth in the Sunday 500 and won both the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and PokerStars Bounty Builder for $40,000 total. The day before, he took third in the PokerStars Weekender and put back $10,000. This is the highest he has ever been in the rankings and 'Ariados' trails Ramage by one single, solitary PLB Point. Also moving up this week was Bristol's Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell, who jumped five spots to #4 in the world, his best showing ever. Serradell has won the PokerStars Big $55 and $109 Rebuy in February as well as the site's $25,000 Guaranteed. Those three victories raised his career win count to 130. Serradell is the top-ranked online poker player in the United Kingdom and trails 'Ariados' by just 14 points. After reentering his screen names this week, Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira rejoined the top 100 on PocketFives at #20. On January 29, Ferreira won a TCOOP $215 Rebuy for $81,000 to join the triple COOP club and also took down the site's $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max and $7,500 Guaranteed. Ferreira was ranked as high as #8 on PocketFives two years ago and is the top ranked player Portugal has to offer. [caption width="450"] Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira is back in the top 20[/caption] Greece's Apostolis 'apostolis20' Bechrakis rose 25 spots to #47 in the world. He's attempting to mount another run at the top 10 and his resume this time around includes February wins in the PokerStars Weekender and $55 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo. Bechrakis is $1,700 shy of hitting $3 million for his career and is the second-ranked player in his home country. 'philroyal888', from the UK, moved up 37 spots to land at #51, his best showing ever. 'philroyal888' has had a stellar February, chalking up four wins. His largest cash, however, wasn't a win. Instead, it was a bronze in the PokerStars Super Tuesday eight days ago for $52,000. He is at 1,061 career in the money finishes and is the seventh-ranked player in the highly competitive UK poker community. Let's stay in the UK and talk about London's Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano. The Brit moved up 40 spots to #53 after winning the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend and pocketing $35,000. It's one of five wins he's had since the last day of January, raising his career total to 41. Delgado Zamorano was ranked as high as #6 in the world in 2014. Finally, Hungary's 'breeth' reentered the top 100 at #94. He has one win this month – the 888 Crocodile on February 1 – but has generated nine top-10 finishes. Over his career, 'breeth' has won the Sunday Million twice, taken down the Sunday 500 once, and triumphed in the Sunday $109 Rebuy twice. Any momentum he's found could easily result in a rapid climb up the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,324 points gray31 - 6,920 points Ariados - 6,919 points MendaLerenda - 6,905 points eisenhower1 - 6,880 points lena900 - 6,686 points SvZff - 6,665 points Smeckten - 6,645 points veeea - 6,448 points mjw006 - 6,441 points
  3. [caption width="618"] Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden[/caption] In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all. Not even two years later, Swedes rule the roost on PocketFives. Players from Sweden make up half of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and Sweden has entrenched itself at #1 in the Country Poker Rankings, a perch it won't be flung from anytime soon. Jacobson's win propelled him into the poker spotlight and gave the world a glimpse at the brilliance of the Swedish poker community. "I'm sure his win must have boosted the popularity of poker at least a little bit, even though it wasn't that well-covered in the mainstream media," Sweden's 'Ariados' said. "I think what it did was motivate players like me who were taking the game seriously already to get better when we realized how professional Martin's approach was. A lot of us were quite stoked when he won and a little bit jealous. It was like rooting for your country in a big sporting event." Eleven years before Jacobson, Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event, defeating Sammy Farha. Moneymaker, holding 5-4 for a flopped two pair against Farha's top pair of jacks, famously paced around the room during the final hand, his hands clasped behind his head and his beige hat turned backwards. Moneymaker, an "every man" by every standard, hit another five on the river and officially changed poker forever. "This is beyond fairy tale, it's inconceivable," said announcer Norman Chad at the time. Moneymaker, then a 27-year-old accountant from the Bible Belt, won his seat in a satellite on PokerStars. As a result, attendance at the WSOP soared, growing from 839 in the Main Event in 2003 to 10 times that just three years later. There was no fairy tale when Jacobson won. There weren't any glass slippers. Swedes didn't sign up for online poker rooms in droves. The pro's win was the exact opposite of "inconceivable." For Jacobson, it was business as usual. "I don't think any WSOP champion has had the effect Moneymaker had on the global poker market," Jacobson said. Prior to Jacobson's Main Event win, he had a baker's dozen of six-figure live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. He wasn't a spring chicken like his Tennessee counterpart. Now, with more than $15 million in live winnings, Jacobson tops Sweden's all-time money list and is #13 worldwide, ahead of greats like Carlos Mortensen and Vanessa Selbst. "Unfortunately, the interest for poker seems to be really low in Sweden at the moment," Jacobson said. "I feel like it would be tough for one single person like me to change that. It would almost have to be backed by big corporations like PokerStars that have the resources to create advertisements, campaigns, and promotions." While Jacobson's monumental win didn't ignite the masses' desire to play poker, it had a profound effect on poker pros from Sweden. 'Ariados' already alluded to what happened, and he's about to pass $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings because of it. 'Ariados' also just finished third in a partypoker Powerfest event for well over $100,000 and continues to pile on earnings for himself and for his Swedish brethren. [caption width="640"] 'Ariados' is one of the top-ranked players in Sweden[/caption] 'Pot4teUS', ranked #19 in the world and #6 in Sweden, echoed what 'Ariados' said. "Martin is a true legend of the game," 'Pot4teUS' said. "Chris Moneymaker made the Average Joe realize that anyone can make it, while Martin really won it for the pros. He showed the world how much it means to be well-prepared and 100% focused on a goal, from the time he bagged his chips in July until his winning hand. A well-respected pro like Martin winning the title by basically playing a perfect final table isn't going to create any sort of boom in Sweden, but he showed the pros how to be a pro." "I'm not sure we saw any new boom in Sweden after Martin won," #9 ranked Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson said. "Martin is a really nice guy and a good ambassador in general in the poker world, but a Swedish poker pro winning the WSOP Main Event isn't fairy tale enough to trigger Swedish people to try their luck at the tables. They might need an Average Joe, or 'Svensson' as we say in Sweden, or someone who would create a lot of headlines." 'lena900', who passed $4 million in career winnings this month, added, "I don't think Martin's win influenced poker in Sweden. All of the top players from Sweden had been playing too long by that point." Jeppsson, 'lena900', 'Pot4teUS', and 'Ariados' were all members of the PocketFives community long before Jacobson slipped on his gold bracelet in Las Vegas with Swedish flags draped around him. They had all piled on hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashes long before Jacobson wrote his name into poker history. Then there's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, one of the most well-known cash game players in the world and a product of the Swedish poker mill. According to HighStakesDB, Blom has $2 million in career profit on PokerStars, while he's down almost $5 million on Full Tilt after run-ins with guys like Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend. Nevertheless, Blom continues to be a mainstay of the high-stakes cash game world. He was unmasked in 2011. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the poker world's most well-known players[/caption] How did Swedes grow to be such a force in the online poker world, then? Outside of a little inspiration from Jacobson and some hoopla surrounding Blom, it was a combination of peer pressure and group think. "Poker has always been popular in Sweden," 'Ariados' said. "Ever since the poker boom, we've had successful players in both MTTs and cash games. We're a pretty big group of high-stakes MTT players now and most of us know each other. I think we keep motivating each other to perform our very best. When people close to you are successful, you want to achieve that yourself and you realize it's possible. It also helps a lot that you can discuss hands and strategy and keep improving with each other's help." According to 'Ariados', the brand names of the Swedish poker community hang out together outside of the game. So, when they're not grinding online, they're putting back Crocodile beer from Krönleins in the local pubs. "Many of these guys are good friends and hang out a lot outside of poker," 'Ariados' said. "But, I'm not really part of that core group, so for me it's mostly poker-related when we chat. I've met all of them at local clubs or on the live circuit and we keep in contact online and occasionally grind together." It also helps that Sweden isn't known for its incredibly balmy climate. It's never "beach day," so being confined indoors can mean a boon to the local poker population. "I can't say for sure why we've been more successful, but as I said I think we're very good at helping and motivating each other to improve and perform our very best," 'Ariados' said. "I think a lot of us really enjoy the game of poker, not just the success and money that could come with it." The results are striking. The 1,270 registered PocketFives members from Sweden have combined for $123 million in winnings over the years, an average of almost $100,000 each. In the past three months, Swedes have amassed $8.5 million in winnings. The Swedish poker community is the only one that has three players with more than 7,000 PLB Points each. The European nation paces the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 110,987 points, 6,000 more than the next closest locale. [caption width="654"] Key stats for the Sweden poker community[/caption] "'C Darwin2' and 'lena900' are particularly hot right now," 'Ariados' said. "A month from now it could be someone else. We have some pretty talented up-and-comers as well like Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin, who has also had a lot of success this month." While 'Ariados' said that the general public in Sweden, for the most part, does not understand what poker is and what it takes to be successful at it, his parents have come to accept and appreciate the game he loves. "That, however, has taken time," he said. "They'd always support me no matter what I chose to do. They just didn't like the ups and downs that came with poker. I'm in a steadier place right now financially and emotionally, which I think is a relief for them." "My non-poker friends think it's cool and are very happy for me," he added. "Most of them are interested in poker as well and understand the principles of the game."
  4. Eight wins. Thirty top-ten finishes. 2,981.55 points. And that was just one month. The scores have been calculated. We've made a list. We've checked it twice. 'lena900' won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, or MPLB, in January with a total of 2,981.55 PLB Points. He led the second place total belonging to Bryan 'bparis' Paris by 200. After largely taking off the month of December, 'lena900' came to play in January. The Swede won the PokerStars Hot $162 for $7,500, PokerStars Big $162 for $14,000, a Winamax W Series event for $13,000, and the PokerStars $10,000 Guaranteed for $3,100. That was just the first three weeks of the month. He went on to win the PokerStars $215 Weekly Pot Limit Omaha H/L, 888 Octopus, PokerStars $8,000 Guaranteed, and PokerStars Big $82 as well. On the last day of the month, 'lena900' cashed in 16 tournaments tracked by PocketFives. What a way to close out the first 31 days of 2016. This was the first MPLB title 'lena900' has won and the fourth claimed by his home nation of Sweden. He won his first PocketFives Triple Crown in January to boot and is up to $3.8 million in career online tournament winnings. 'lena900' is the #7 ranked player in the world. How much higher can he go in the rankings? And can he keep up his smoking hot pace? Stay tuned to find out. Bryan 'bparis' Parisfinished in second place in the January MPLB with 2,771.09 points. Paris nearly missed out on his second MPLB title, having first won the award five years ago in January 2011. Paris won the PokerStars $215 Rebuy in January for $15,000, his largest cash of the month, and, like 'lena900', he crushed the stanza's final day, cashing in 17 tournaments. Paris had two cashes during EPT Prague to close out 2015. [caption width="450"] Bryan 'bparis' Paris[/caption] "It was definitely one of my best months ever despite the biggest individual score being around $12,000," Paris said. "I'd say it was a combination of three factors: spreading out onto more sites, a lot of good regs taking the start of the year off due to PCA and Aussie Millions, and re-dedicating myself to studying a lot more towards the end of 2015. My goal is to keep up a similar pace for the rest of 2016 and make a run at getting in the top 10 again." Another Swede, 'inhoo', appeared in third in the January MPLB standings with 2,762.82 points. He is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $6 million for his career and won a TCOOP $700 NLHE Eight-Max Progressive Knockout for $46,000 last month and a commanding 514 PLB Points. Also in January, 'inhoo' final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $17,000 and took second in the site's Bigger $22 for $15,000. On the 25th of the month, the Swede finished fourth in the PartyPoker High Roller. He has never earned an MPLB title, but is the holder of five Triple Crowns and is the #9 ranked player in Sweden. Four of the top five finishers in the January MPLB were from Sweden, as the country continues to dominate the worldwide rankings on PocketFives. [caption width="450"] Sweden's 'inhoo'[/caption] Fourth place belonged to Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who ascended to #1 this week worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' recorded his third largest cash ever during January, an $89,000 score for getting second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on the final week of the month. He also final tabled a TCOOP Wrap-Up event for $62,000, his fifth largest score ever. All told, he had 2,649.39 points in January. Finally, Sweden's 'Ariados' landed in fifth place in the January MPLB with 2,627.32 points. He is ranked #8 worldwide on PocketFives and had 39 cashes in the first 15 days of January and finished the month with 81. His largest cash came on the last day of the month, a final table in the Sunday Second Chance for $22,000. He won his second Triple Crown of his career last month as well. Here were the top 10 finishers in the January Monthly PLB:
  5. [caption width="660"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings this week to #6 after a Mountain Series win (photo credit Danny Maxwell)[/caption] 872.35 PLB Points. That's how many Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao received for taking down the PokerStars Mountain Series Denali event over the weekend. The Brazilian earned $167,000 officially for the win in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy and was one of many players to score big in the last week. The victory also moved Simao all the way up to #6 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest ranking ever. That's a 15-spot increase from last Wednesday's rankings update. He's the top-ranked Brazilian online poker player and calls the inland city of Belo Horizonte home. The Mountain Series event that Simao took down had 257 players and a prize pool that swelled to $761,000. Also this month, he finished second in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for over $20,000, and he's dangerously close to passing $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Simao has 6,653 PLB Points, about 600 fewer than the rankings leader, 'lena900', who has 7,270. 'lena900' also found success in PokerStars' Mountain Series, as he finished eighth in the Kilimanjaro, a $700 No Limit Hold'em tournament, for $18,000 on Sunday. To open the month of April, 'lena900' took down the bwin High Roller and put back $13,000. Nipping on the heels of 'lena900' is another Swedish player, 'Ariados', who rose two spots in the rankings this week to #2. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been and came in part via a win in the partypoker High Roller on Saturday for $14,000 and 304 PLB Points. 'Ariados' has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and a PLB score of 7,081 points. Besides Simao, there were two other new entrants into the top 10 worldwide. The first was Russia's 'hellohellohello', who moved up a half-dozen spots and can now be found at #8. He won the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for almost $10,000 on Monday, one day after taking down the 888 Octopus and PokerStars $109 Rebuy for almost $20,000 total. He's the top-ranked player in Russia and climbed as high as #2 worldwide on PocketFives last year. "It feels great," 'hellohellohello' said. "Soon I will be ranked in the top three worldwide." Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo also climbed into the top 10, moving up two spots to #9. This is his highest ranking ever and comes on the heels of a win in a PokerStars.fr SCOOP Pot Limit Omaha event for $14,000. The day before, he took down the $530 Monday Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max on PokerStars for $14,000. Palumbo is originally from Italy. "I've been playing very well and running very well," Palumbo said. "I'm feeling pumped by the result. It's a step in the right direction and that's all the motivation I need." Norway's Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots to #11 in the world. He had a huge score in the Mountain Series Mount Everest, final tabling it for $58,000 and well over 400 PLB Points. That pushed the top player in Norway's career winnings north of $1.1 million. You can find him on PokerStars under the user name 'prebz'. [caption width="600"] Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots this week[/caption] "It has been an amazing start to April," Stokkan said. "I think I've been taking my game to a new level lately. I have been studying the game a lot and it's paying off now." Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas moved up 41 spots to #44 after finishing second in the Mountain Series Kilimanjaro for $119,000 and 650 PLB Points. Also in the last three weeks, he has won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, finished sixth in the Sunday 500, and won the Sunday 500. Not too shabby. Cimbolas is the ninth-ranked player in the UK and #1 in London. Also making waves outside of the top 10 was Russia's 'KuraRyaba', who moved up 27 spots to #64. He final tabled the Mountain Series Mount Everest for $38,000 and an even 400 PLB Points over the weekend and took second in the partypoker High Roller on April 1 for $12,000. 'KuraRyaba' is the top-ranked player in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,270 points Ariados - 7,081 points veeea - 7,071 points C Darwin2 - 7,036 points Big Huni - 6,926 points joaosimaobh - 6,653 points MendaLerenda - 6,586 points hellohellohello - 6,567 points RoccoGe - 6,455 points SvZff - 6,372 points
  6. [caption width="450"] 'eisenhower1' is one of four Swedes at the top of the PocketFives rankings[/caption] Sweden is dominating the PocketFives Rankings. It's not like this is anything new, as Swedes are typically staples of the top 10. However, this week, Swedes hold down the top four spots worldwide. Leading the way is 'C Darwin2', who has been #1 on PocketFives since February 10. He continues to pile up cashes, including a second place in the Winamax High Roller on February 28 for $12,000. Four more cashes on Tuesday pushed his PLB score to 7,371 points - 400 more than second place. That spot belongs to Sweden's Niklas "Lena900" Astedt, who is at his all-time high in the rankings after moving up one notch this week. He has 6,956 PLB Points and took down the PokerStars $215 Weekly Six Max over the weekend for almost $13,000, his 86th career win. He is now $71,000 away from hitting $4 million in winnings all-time and is the top-ranked player in the Swedish county of Vastra Gotaland. Swapping places with fellow Swede 'lena900' is 'Ariados', who is at #3 worldwide. He won the PartyPoker High Roller last week for $17,000 and also took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and PokerStars Bounty Builder last month for almost $25,000 total. 'Ariados' plays under the screen name 'Sasuke234' on PokerStars, where he has $2.2 million in career winnings. Former #1 ranked 'eisenhower1' rounds out the Swedish contingent. 'eisenhower1' is up one spot this week and just hit $8 million in career online tournament winnings, the ninth most of anyone. He has a PLB score of 6,792 points and plays under the handle 'FergieTime5' on PartyPoker. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown moved back into the top 10 this week. He was at #15 last Wednesday, but jumped to #9 on the strength of a final table over the weekend in the Sunday Second Chance for $20,000. In the middle of February, he won the PartyPoker High Roller and earned $27,000, his largest score of 2016. The Canadian was ranked as high as #3 in the world last year. Continuing to shoot up the rankings is England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, who rocketed from #47 to #19 this week, his highest ranking ever. He has eight wins since February 7, two of which came in the PartyPoker High Roller. The Englishman is the second-ranked player in the UK and tops in the city of York. Also moving up was Russia's 'NoPlanB', who started the week at #44 and ended it at #20, his best showing ever. He's the top-ranked player in Moscow and won the weekend's PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $37,000 and 455 PLB Points. Three wins in February raised his career total to 119 and he plays as 'EvnomiYa' across most of the major sites. Poland's 'sickpastor' entered the top 100 at #82, his best ranking ever, after winning four tournaments last month. He claimed gold in a TCOOP event on the last day of January for $105,000, his largest cash to date, and just passed $500,000 in career winnings. 'sickpastor' is the top-ranked player Poland has to offer. Reentering the top 100 was Finnish player 'European', who was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives two years ago. 'European' won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy on Tuesday and is up to $2.6 million in career winnings. He chopped the Sunday Million in late 2014 for $185,000 and has also final tabled a Six Max SCOOP event for over $200,000. [caption width="450"] Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg reentered the top 100 at #90[/caption] Finally, England's Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg reentered the top 100 at #90. Trigg was once #4 on PocketFives and won the PokerStars $11 Rebuy over the weekend to boost his bankroll by $9,200. The Brit has 552 top three finishes and was the 2014 Yearly PLB champion. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,371 points lena900 - 6,957 points Ariados - 6,906 points eisenhower1 - 6,793 points gray31 - 6,738 points SvZff - 6,702 points MendaLerenda - 6,687 points Smeckten - 6,612 points jbrown8777 - 6,593 points veeea - 6,468 points
  7. [caption width="664"] Stats for 'C Darwin2', the top-ranked player in the world[/caption] It's officially a three-peat. For the third straight week, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is #1 in the PocketFives Rankings. It's his longest stint at the top. Can he make it four in a row next week? 'C Darwin2' has 7,324 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, and leads the second place score of 6,837 points belonging to 'Ariados' by almost 500. The former has only one win that's tracked for the rankings in February, which came in the PartyPoker High Roller on February 7 for $15,000, but has made up for it with top ten finish after top ten finish. In fact, 'C Darwin2' has 18 top-ten runs this month and is pushing $3.7 million in career online tournament scores. 'Ariados' moved up one spot this week to #2. Also from Sweden, 'Ariados' had a blockbuster Valentine's Day, winning the PokerStars Bounty Builder and PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller that day for almost $25,000 total. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been in the rankings and he's one of five Swedes in the top eight worldwide. Speaking of Sweden, 'lena900' moved up from #6 to #3, one spot off his all-time high. Closing in on $4 million in lifetime scores, 'lena900' won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed on Tuesday and finished second in the Winamax High Roller over the weekend for $12,000. He has six wins this month, bringing his lifetime total to 85. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] 'IgorK' reentered the top ten[/caption] Simon 'IgorK' Ronnow Pedersen reentered the top ten at #10. He's had five wins in February, including in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $15,000 and PartyPoker High Roller for $10,000. Pedersen just passed $2.1 million in career online winnings and owns almost 300 top-three finishes. Hitting #47 in the world, his best showing ever, was '1_conor_b_1'. This poker player from the UK has been on fire in recent weeks, taking third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $41,000, final tabling the Sunday 500 for $23,000, and getting fourth in the Sunday Second Chance. That's three Sunday Majors in three weeks. He is the top-ranked online poker player in the city of York and it would not be surprising to see him crack the top 20 worldwide in the near future. [caption width="428"] Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk moved up 20 spots[/caption] Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk moved up 20 spots in the rankings this week to #54. Brouk is the top-ranked player from Finland and made it as high as #17 in the world last year. He took second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $42,000 officially, his seventh largest cash all-time. Brouk has 333 top-three finishes over the years. Also advancing 20 spots in the rankings was Brazil's Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar, who ended up at #69, one off his all-time high. He won the PokerStars Hotter $162 over the weekend for $20,000 and finished first in the site's Big $162 on the first day of February for $12,000. Bittar is the sixth-ranked player in the South American country and #1 in the capital city of Brasília. Denmark's 'x_zola25' reentered the top 100 at #79. He was once ranked in the top ten on PocketFives and is fresh off winning the PokerStars $109 Rebuy over the weekend for $8,200; he took down the same tournament earlier this month for about the same amount. The Dane's February has also included a win in the PartyPoker High Roller. [caption width="615"] Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #91 (photo: Pokernyhederne.com)[/caption] Another Danish player, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen, reentered the top 100 this week. Larsen can be found at #91 and took third in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy over the weekend and put back $21,000. He won the same tournament on February 7 for almost $40,000, his tenth largest cash to date. Larsen reached as high as #40 in the world on PocketFives last year and is the fourth-ranked player in Denmark. Here are the top ten players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,324 points Ariados - 6,837 points lena900 - 6,832 points gray31 - 6,798 points eisenhower1 - 6,726 points MendaLerenda - 6,691 points SvZff - 6,652 points Smeckten - 6,497 points veeea - 6,403 points IgorK - 6,184 points
  8. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] 'veeea' is the new #1 ranked player on PocketFives[/caption] We have a new #1 ranked player on PocketFives. After a 16-week run at #1, Sweden's 'eisenhower1' dropped to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings this week. Your new #1: 'veeea', who has been ranked #2 for much of the last four months. 'veeea' has been on fire in January. He has won seven tournaments so far this month, including the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo (twice), PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, PartyPoker Heavyweight Drago, PartyPoker High Roller, PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack, and PokerStars $33 Cubed. All told, the seven wins were worth over $35,000 and just over 1,000 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings. 'veeea' has 7,220 PLB Points and leads 'eisenhower1' by 107. Therefore, there could easily be a changing of the guard again next Wednesday when the scores are recalculated. 'eisenhower1' had been ranked #1 since September 30, and his 16 weeks in the top spot tied for the eighth longest reign by anyone. Here's a look at the longest stints at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings over the years: Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy – 74 weeks (April 18, 2005 to September 18, 2006) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista – 45 weeks (August 22, 2007 to July 2, 2008) Steve 'gboro780' Gross – 24 weeks (February 25, 2009 to August 12, 2009) Cal 'cal42688' Anderson – 22 weeks (September 5, 2012 to February 6, 2013) Alex 'AJKHoosier1' Kamberis – 18 weeks (September 24, 2008 to January 28, 2009) Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger – 18 weeks (March 14, 2012 to July 18, 2012) Steve 'gboro780' Gross – 17 weeks (February 24, 2010 to June 23, 2010) Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro – 16 weeks (May 6, 2015 to August 26, 2015) 'eisenhower1' – 16 weeks (September 30, 2015 to January 20, 2016) Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver – 14 weeks (August 28, 2010 to November 24, 2010) Sweden's 'Ariados' moved up three spots from #10 to #7 this week. Like 'veeea', he has made mincemeat of the online poker felts this month, winning nine MTTs: the PokerStars.fr Full KO (twice), Winamax High Roller, PartyPoker High Roller (twice), PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, iPoker Sunday Masters, and iPoker €25,000 Grand Tuesday. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been ranked on PocketFives. He plays as 'Sasuke234' on PokerStars, where he has $2.1 million in tracked winnings. 'Ariados' won his second PocketFives Triple Crown three days ago and is the third-ranked player in Sweden. 'Ariados' told PocketFives that being ranked #7 is "very motivating." When asked if he could take over the top spot, the Swede responded, "I don't think it's impossible by any means, but I'd have to continue to put in a lot of volume and also hopefully score something bigger, but I'm gonna need quite a bit of luck for that part." One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to Malta's Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede, who shot up 42 spots from #70 to #28. He won the Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend for $80,000 and 714 PLB Points, his third largest tracked score to date. This is the highest de Goede has ever been ranked on PocketFives. [caption width="640"] Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede moved up 42 spots this week[/caption] "I've been dedicating more time to my MTT and short-stack play over the last year or so," de Goede said. "I feel like things are going well regarding my skill level, although I still feel like I am a cash game, deep-stack player by heart. I do spend a lot of time on the cash game tables still." Having found himself in the top 30, de Geode admits being that high is more about bragging rights within his circle of friends than anything else. "I am excited to have a great result in the Warm-Up and move up in the rankings. For me, it's more about the fun competition between friends to see who can obtain the highest ranking," said de Geode. "However, it's a pity that the highest ranked player is by no means the best player. Who is going to tell me how I should be playing my J-3 double-suited under-the-gun now? I am #28 in the world; I must have figured it all out." London's '10111420' reentered the top 100 at #69, 14 spots off his all-time high. He is fresh off hitting $1 million in career online MTT winnings and took down the PokerStars Big $55 for $13,000 four days ago. He is the top-ranked player in the English city and #8 in the UK. Finally this week, Ozgur 'phaplap' Arda returned to the top 100 at #85, four spots shy of his best ranking ever. Arda started off 2016 with a bang by winning the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $45,000, one of three tracked victories this month. For his career, the Turkish player has 3,307 in the money finishes for an average of $713 each. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Ozgur 'phaplap' Arda returned to the top 100 at #85[/caption] Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: veeea- 7,220 points eisenhower1- 7,113 points Smeckten - 6,970 points mjw006 - 6,693 points Legenden - 6,574 points SvZff - 6,554 points Ariados- 6,538 points lena900 - 6,538 points IgorK - 6,353 points C Darwin2- 6,295 points
  9. Sweden's 'lena900' is back on top of the PocketFives Rankings after 'girafganger7' withdrew his name from the Rankings this past week. This marks the fifth time that 'lena900' has held down the number one spot in his career. 'Girafganger7' spent just one week holding down the top spot. Despite cashing 14 times this past week, none were big enough to add to his PLB points total and the race for #1 is as close as it has been in a long time. 'lena900' leads #2 'inhoo' by 229.28 points and #3 'Ariados' by 320.23 points. 'inhoo' closed the gap slightly thanks to a win in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo NLHE event on May 30 for $4,307 and 148 points. It was his only qualifying cash this week. Meanwhile, 'Ariados' was unable to record a single qualifying cash. 'C Darwin2' had just one cash big enough this past week to help out his PLB score. He finished second to Andras 'probirs' Nemeth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO for $19,532 and 224.7 points. The run of Swedes at the top of the Rankings stops at #5 where former #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez resides. The Uruguayan had a solid week, taking down the partypoker Middleweight event on May 28 for $16,700/316.23 and then finished second in the partypoker Super High Roller for $7,840/138.27. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren moved back into the top 10 this week, climbing from #11 to #8 thanks largely to his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on May 30 for $49,448 and 400.23 points. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,573.092 2inhoo9,343.813 3Ariados9,252.864 4C Darwin28,926.565 5Fabrizio 'SixTDSenSe19' Gonzalez8,358.516 6Andras 'probirs' NemeTD8,190.987 7Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro8,068.518 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,720.7611 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,662.319 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,483.1812
  10. The PocketFives Rankings have long been a playground for Swedish players. Just last week 'lena900' moved back into the top spot for the fifth time in his career and now there's six Swedes in the top 10 with another two knocking on the door. Sitting on top certainly seems to serve 'lena900' well. On June 6 he took down a partypoker High Roller for $20,422 and 322.49 PLB points. While it was a big score, it was the only one big enough to add to his total this week. He now sits 353.1 points ahead of the rest of the field - including the the three Swedes directly behind him. Staying at #2 despite no PLB points earned this past week was 'inhoo'. There's just 78.35 points between him and 'C Darwin2' who moved from #4 to #3 this week. The former #1-ranked player had four big scores this week inlcuding a win in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Warm Up for $20,427/358.33 and a partypoker High Roller win for $13,059/237.7. He also finished seventh in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight for $4,700/155.56 and runner-up in the 888poker Volcano for $10,085/160.69. 'Ariados' fell from #3 to #4 despite a runner-up finish in the Winamax Highroller for $13,663/171.88 and a fourth-place finish in the partypoker High Roller on June 6 for $8,043 adn 140.37. There was no change in spots 5 - 9 but Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar jumped from #14 to #10 thanks to his win in the partypoker Super High Roller for $52,437 and 421.31 points. Korsar is the sixth Swede in the top 10 but there may be more soon. 'Sheater' is sitting at #11, just 14.78 points behind Korsar while 'DeathbyQuads' is at #15. PocketFives Rankings Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSRANK 1lena9009,696.911 2inhoo9,343.812 3C Darwin29,265.464 4Ariados9,029.153 5Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,349.815 6Andres 'probirs' Nemeth8,178.526 7Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,903.997 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,800.758 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,487.099 10Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,394.9414
  11. [caption width="640"] Swedish players took the top three spots in the February Monthly Leaderboard[/caption] For the third consecutive month, and fourth time in five months, a Swedish player topped the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard. ‘C Darwin2’ piled up 3,540.45 in the shortest month to win the Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard for the second time this year. Three finishes worth more than 500 PLB points each were the key to victory for ‘C Darwin2’ this month. The first came on February 6 when he finished third in the partypoker PowerFest Super High Roller for $123,963 and 531.32 points. He followed that up three days later with a win in the PokerStars $1,050 buy-in Thursday Thrill that earned him $45,206 and 504.98. The biggest score however came three days later when he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $56,056 and 609.92 points. Of the 20 cashes that counted toward his February total, eight were top three finishes and 17 were final tables. On top of the big three finishes, ‘C Darwin2’ also won the PokerStars Hot $55 on February 15 and the partypoker High Roller on February 21. All told, ‘C Darwin2’ cashed 52 times, earning $318,669. That wasn’t exactly the end of the domination from the Swedish online poker community, though. Fellow Swedes ‘lena900’ and ‘Ariados’ finished second and third respectively. After winning the January Monthly PLB, ‘lena900’ posted the second best score in February. He ended up just 324.69 behind ‘C Darwin2’ thanks to a PokerStars Sunday Grand (NLHE) for $58,319/556.78, a PokerStars Big $109 win for $25,449/410.12 and a partypoker High Roller win for $138,75/235.58. The former #1-ranked player in the world cashed 90 times in February, earning $215,999. Rounding out the top three, ‘Ariados’ got the bulk of his points from one massive score. Beating out 210 other players in the $5,200 buy-in partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller for $226,825 and 1,127.13 points - nearly 35% of his total. He also won a PokerStars $109 Sunday Cooldown, a Winamax Highroller and a PokerStars.fr Nightly. POSITIONPLAYERPOINTS 1C Darwin23,540.45 2lena9003,215.76 3Ariados2,940.23 4RoryYoung2,833.74 5Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov2,713.62
  12. For the fifth consecutive week 'C Darwin2' continued to hold down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings and the Swedish superstar has plenty of company from his fellow countrymen at the top of the rankings 'C Darwin2' is one of seven Swedish players in the top 10 including the all of the top five. Beating 334 other players to win the $530 partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6,'C Darwin2' added $31,273 to his bankroll and 409.27 PLB points to his total. It was his only qualifying cash of the week but it allowed to extend his lead over the rest of the field to 594.34. Despite not recording a single qualifying cash, 'lena900' held on to the #2 spot. In fact, the only change in the top five came from Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo moving up to #3 and 'Ariados' dropping to #4. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren rounded out the top five. The first non-Swede in the rankings also stayed the same with England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford holding on to the #6 spot. Another Swede, 'DeathByQuads', moved from #9 to #7 thanks to three qualifying cashes. He started with a win in the partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6 and followed that up with a seventh place finish in a partypoker High Roller and a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max on Aug. 7. Those three cashes earned him a total of 586.8 points. His success moved him past 'Sheater', the final Swedish player in the top 10, who dropped from #7 to #8. The final two spots went to players moving up into the group. Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved from #14 to #9 and Russia's 'veeea' moved from #13 to #10. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,881.031 2lena9008,286.692 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo8,124.084 4Ariados7,755.543 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,598.515 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,426.796 7DeathbyQuads7,169.279 8Sheater6,953.467 9Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,815.7214 10veeea6,799.1513
  13. Ever since Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez dropped out of the PocketFives Rankings top five, those spots have been held entirely by Swedish players. That's not the case anymore though as Russian pro and former #1-ranked 'veeea' moved up to #3. The only two players higher than him are 'lena900' and #1-ranked 'C Darwin2' - both Swedes. Moving from #8 to #3 in a single week isn't easy. 'Veeea' did it thanks to three big cashes in a single week and a Spanish vacation for the Swedes. On August 19, 'veeea' won the partypoker High Roller for $8,775 and 144.91 PLB points. The next day he finished seventh in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $39,036/489.11 and then second in the partypoker High Roller for $14,992/208.63. All told he earned almost 843 PLB points on the week and now finds himself just 586.91 points out of first. Top-ranked 'C Darwin2' held on to the #1 spot even though he didn't play in a single online tournament. His last qualifying cash came on August 7 when he won the partypoker High Roller for $31,273 and 409.27 points. He now leads #2-ranked 'lena900' by just 204.3 points. 'Lena900' followed a similar schedule as 'C Darwin2' and hasn't played anything since August 14. It's not some sort of protest by the Swedes though, none of top five from last week recorded a single qualifying cash as they've been in Barcelona playing in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona events. One player who is not at PSC Barcelona and used the last week to make up ground is former #1-ranked Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro. The Chilean picked up just over 351 points via three qualifying cashes this week. He moved back into the top ten, going from #11 to #9. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,972.601 2lena9007,768.302 3veeea7,385.698 4Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,348.045 5Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,338.263 6Ariados7,301.794 7Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,274.926 8DeathbyQuads6,969.237 9Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,857.3811 10Sheater6,718.349
  14. It’s another week atop the PocketFives Rankings for the Swedish sensation, ‘C Darwin2’. He managed to, once again, put distance between himself and those who would challenge his #1 ranking by vaulting over the 11,000 PLB mark with his runner-up finish in Event #70 of PokerStars Turbo Series. The deep run added a monster 687.22 PLB points to his total, keeping his countryman, the #2-ranked ‘lena900’, trailing by over 1000 points. It also netted him over $161,000, far and away, 'C Darwin2's biggest score of 2018. Speaking of big scores, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone scored a second place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event for massive cash of $282,436 and 1086.29 PLB points. The result was a career-high haul for Petrone and also propelled him into the worldwide #3 ranking, also a new career-high for the Argentinan. Also of note: Petrone seems to have removed his now recognizable moniker of 'rayastar' and replaced it with his first name of 'Ramiro'. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky also rose in the ranks this week, climbing to #4 with the help of a top 20 finish in Event #70 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $13,863. The Ukranian currently sits less than 100 PLB points behind Petrone and should he be able to climb any higher in the ranks, he will, at least, tie his career-best ranking as he makes the push to $9 million in lifetime earnings. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, despite being back on the grind, slipped one spot this week to rest at #5. He did pick up a pair of qualifying cashes this week, including a victory in the PokerStars Daily 500 on March 5 for over $12,000 and 231.30 PLB points. ‘European’, who just last week looked poised to make a run at a top 2 spot, slipped to #6 this week, due to light playing volume. The remaining players in the top 10 including Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (#7), Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth from Hungary(#8) and ‘Ariados’ (#9) and Johannes ‘Greenstone25 Korsar (#10), both from Sweden, all appeared in the top 10 last week, they simply shifted positions this week. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede jettisoning to #21 (from #65) due to a victory in the PokerStars [Twin Turbo] Main Event for over $143,000. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,117.17 1 2 lena900 9,784.72 2 3 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,822.82 8 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,784.22 5 5 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,765.03 4 6 European 8,728.21 3 7 hellohellohello 8,469.89 6 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,276.07 7 9 Ariados 7,763.24 10 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,723.97 9 11 kofi89 7,699.43 14 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,617.24 11 13 Sheater 7,470.58 12 14 josef_shvejk 7,440.08 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,416.15 18 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,344.48 13 17 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,288.09 15 18 NoPlanB 7,269.07 20 19 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,997.24 16 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,977.54 21 21 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,802.32 65 22 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 6,704.72 19 23 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,670.36 22 24 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,652.39 28 25 sitpro2011 6,612.85 29
  15. If you follow the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings at all in 2018 then you know the story. This week it’s more of the same as the Swedish crusher ‘C Darwin2’ continues his reign as the only player to occupy the #1 spot in all of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ locked himself up three qualifying cashes and a pair of five-figure scores this week. But when he took first place in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $16,064 he did something less than 20 players in the history of online poker have done before. He surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings. What is even more amazing is the speed with which he did it. He sprinted through his last million in earnings having achieved $8 million in earnings less than two months ago. He’s one of two Swedish players to eclipse that mark this week and he’s only the 18th player to ever do so. For the second week in a row Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ holds down the #2 spot in the rankings. He does this despite putting in very low volume and not bringing in any new PLB points. Nevertheless, thanks to his massive scores the week before, his PLB score edged slightly closer to the 10,000 PLB mark. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth swapped places in the rankings again this week. ‘lena900’, locking up the #3 rank, put together another stellar week at the tables and boosted his PLB scores with a trio of victories. This included a victory in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Marathon for $18,178 where he ended up besting PokerStars Team Online Pro Lex Veldhuis to take it down. His impressive week brought him four five-figure scores and places him just over 200 points away from re-taking the #2 spot in the rankings. Nemeth, on the other hand, continues his break from the online grind, resulting in his slipping to the #4 rank. The middle of the top 10 rankings remains the same this week as ‘European’ (#5), Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#6) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7) all hold their ground. Petrone managed the largest score of the three grinders this week when he took down the partypoker $200K Super Sunday Main Event to add over $28,000 to his bankroll. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ jumps into the top 10 this week, coming in at #8. Earlier we had mentioned ‘C Darwin2’s $9 million achievement, well, his fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ pulled off the same feat in the same week. 'Ariados', just two days before the #1-ranked player, finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to earn over $33,000 and put him up over the $9 million mark, becoming the 17th player in history to do so. Then to pad his earnings, he ended up winning the PokerStars €250 Sunday High Roller for an extra $14,880 on the same day. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky yielded one place, slipping to #9 this week and the UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford wraps up the top 10 this week. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,820.54 1 2 hellohellohello 9,937.76 2 3 lena900 9,3717.22 4 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,248.54 3 5 European 9,049.75 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.27 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,845.56 7 8 Ariados 8,495.44 12 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,316.67 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,216.93 9 11 kofi89 8,216.74 11 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,095.95 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,022.07 13 14 DamageAP 7,852.23 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,778.47 14 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,679.23 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,521.43 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 18 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 19 20 Sheater 7,420.08 21 21 PaDiLhA SP 7,350.64 26 22 Flat 7,258.36 22 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23 24 josef_shvejk 7,191.77 20 25 NoPlanB 7,080.99 24
  16. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  17. The dog days of summer have hit the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings as nine of the top 10 players remain the same as last week. This includes another week at the top of the rankings for the Swedish powerhouse ‘lena900’. Usually one to put in a good deal of volume, ’lena900’ put in a very light schedule this week only recording 12 results. Impressively, all 12 of his cashes took place on Sunday, July 1. Of these, two were PLB point qualifiers, including his first-place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $109 for $14,245 and 292.06 PLB points. He also booked a second five-figure finish by winning The Whale on 888poker for another $20,000/223.61 PLB points. In total, ‘lena900’ added just over $50,000 to his bankroll in a single day, adding to his over $11 million in lifetime earnings. ‘C Darwin2’, June’s PLB points leader, remains in the Worldwide #2 spot this week. Like his countryman ‘lena900’, the Swede took the bulk of the week off, managing 11 cashes on Sunday, June 11, none of which added to his PLB point total. He currently trails the #1 spot by an intimidating 1909 PLB points, the type of gap he used to enjoy over his fellow competitors when he was ranked #1. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky remains on hiatus from the online grind however, his previous efforts helps him remain in the #3 position. The #4-ranked ‘hellohellohello’ is also taking a major break this week. He only recorded a single cash, but it’s a good one. The Russian took first place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on July 1 for $38,215 and 316.23 PLB points. He sits a mere 41 points behind ‘Romeopro’ in his efforts to return to the top 3. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth also retains his rank from last week, checking in at #5. He added 208.63 PLB points to his total with a silver medal finish in the same PokerStars High Roller that ‘hellohellohello’ ended up winning. Nemeth took him 423,498 for his efforts. There were some slight shifts in the bottom half of the top 10 as ‘GINS FINEST’ climbed over Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone for the #6 spot. The ranking for ‘GINS FINEST’ is a new career-high for the grinder and he did it with a third-place finish in the PokerStars Hotter $215 where he won $7,477 and picked up 141.66 PLB points. Petrone didn’t put up much of a fight this week, taking the entire week off from the online grind. The rest of the top 10 had the same idea as ‘Ariados’ (#8), Michael ‘mchang’ Zhang (#9) and Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#10) all continued to stay away from the online grind. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,662.67 1 2 C Darwin2 10,753.59 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,160.29 3 4 hellohellohello 10,118.91 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,521.24 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,331.60 7 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,208.61 6 8 Ariados 8,630.34 8 9 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,436.77 10 10 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,392.75 11 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,345.30 9 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,275.73 15 13 DamageAP 8,267.09 16 14 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,259.31 12 15 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,154.71 14 16 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,018.56 13 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,811.95 17 18 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,707.56 20 19 girafganger7 7,687.22 19 20 European 7,638.99 21 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,548.58 18 22 Palyaaa 7,495.92 23 23 Sheater 7,392.18 22 24 kofi89 7,339.04 26 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,225.90 25
  18. It took a big week at the online tables by #1-ranked ‘lena900’ in order for him to hold on to his spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings again this week. Though the majority of the top 10 remain in the same spots they occupied last week, the online action was plentiful. For ‘lena900’, he turned in a big-time performance on Sunday, August 19 that brought him two victories, over 900 PLB points and over $80,000. The highlight of his week was his victory in the bwin.com Sunday Big Bounty Hunter where he took home over $37,000 of his $80,000. It turns out that 'lena900' needed every PLB point he could muster. What was once a 2000 PLB point lead just weeks ago over fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' has been slimmed down to just over 169. ‘C Darwin2’ is one good week away from recapturing the throne that he held on to for most of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ celebrated surpassing $10 million in lifetime earning this week. He did it in what may have seemed like a trivial result to the online high roller. He crossed the milestone with a 15th place finish in the August 18 edition of the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $1,647. The was by no means ‘C Darwin2’ best score of the week as he booked three tournament victories this week, two of which for five-figures. This included a win in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for $17,942 and 318.43 PLB points. On the morning of Monday, August 20, it looked like Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ was going to finally reach the top spot in the rankings. After all, he had just defeated 5957 runners to win PokerStars’ flagship weekly tournament the $1,000,000 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points. Even with his win, the Russian didn’t slow down. He booked two more victories this week as well as two more five-figure scores. In total, ‘hellohellohello’ racked up 1,461.02 PLB points and only sits 489 points behind the #1 spot. He has yet to reach that marker in his career and while he’s sat in the #2 spot once before, he’s never been so close in terms of PLB points. The rest of the top 5 remain the same as Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone retains his #4 spot. Unlike last week, he did fire up the online client this week, however, he was unable to pick up any additional PLB points. Right behind him sits Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot, the UK’s #1-ranked player. Like Stone, Proudfoot fired a few tournaments but his results this week didn’t do anything to add to his pursuit of a new career-high ranking. Both #6-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone and #7-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth continue their vacation from the online grind, perhaps getting ready for the two online super series which begin in under two weeks. It’s another return to the top 10 for former #1-ranked partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard pulled in some valuable PLB points this week including his runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Second Chance High Roller for $9,800 and 156.13. Leonard jumped up three spots this week to land at #8. Will Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky return for the World Championship of Online Poker? That’s the big question hanging over the world’s #9 ranked player. He hasn’t been seen in online tournaments since May and it’s a testament to his incredible previous scores that he’s maintained a top 10 presence for so long without playing. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is another Swedish sensation as 'Ariados' looks to make another Rankings run. He booked a massive win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $34,431 and 460.65 PLB points. Other Top 25 notes: With WCOOP right around the corner it’s fitting that the reigning, defending WCOOP Main Event Champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff returns to the top 25, jumping eight spots to #22. Joining him is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen who used a victory in the Hotter $109 on PokerStars to leap back into the top 25, rising 12 spots to end up at #24. If two people enter the top 25, then two must exit and this week that falls to ‘kofi89’ and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who both remain right around the top 25 bubble. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,490.06 1 2 C Darwin2 10,320.55 2 3 hellohellohello 10,002.02 3 4 GINS FINEST 8,639.55 4 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,059.06 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,012.19 6 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,928.25 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,751.52 11 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,701.45 8 10 Ariados 7,609.43 12 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,570.43 10 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,413.92 14 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,370.20 9 14 Palyaaa 7,336.85 15 15 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,235.42 16 16 DamageAP 7,180.74 18 17 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,976.47 21 18 Dattebayo 6,960.80 13 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 6,939.71 20 20 girafganger7 6,883.07 19 21 PaDiLaH SP 6,851.14 17 22 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 6,779.68 30 23 European 6,725.11 24 24 Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen 6,679.71 36 25 MrBittar 6,661.92 25
  19. It was an action-packed Sunday with multiple six-figure scores and some of online poker’s biggest names taking their talents to big-money final tables. 'Wild_Smurf', Ivan 'Negriin' Luca Take Home Six-Figures One of the largest payouts of the day went to Germany’s 'Wild_Smurf’ who took down the PokerStars Sunday Million with an outright win for $140,572.39. The tournament drew 5,202 runners creating a prize pool of $1,040,400 allowing everyone at the final table to earn no less than $11,782. Belgium’s ’francais50’ settled for second place and a healthy $98,647.39. PocketFiver ‘BenjaminChalot' made his way to the final table, laddering to seventh place for $16,790.28. With the score, the Hungarian just eclipses $600,000 in lifetime earnings. Usually, the winner of the Sunday Million is the day’s biggest winner, but this Sunday PokerStars was also running Bounty Builder special editions of some of their High Rollers. This led to Argentina’s Ivan ’Negriin’ Luca combining his winnings for his victory in the $2,100 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #4 for the biggest haul on Sunday. He earned $72,909.23 for the win and another $92,671.87 in bounties or a total of just over $165,580. Finishing right behind Luca was former top-10 ranked player ‘ekziter’. He walked with $55,485.96 (+ $17,281.25 in bounties) for his single largest payday of 2018. A familiar name was atop the leaderboard in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up as Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris walked away as the winner. He defeated the 1,031 player field and added $33,458.20 to his already legendary online earnings total of over $11.3 million. Joining him at this final table was another online poker veteran as Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer finished in fourth place for $12,436.27 ‘GlobalHappiness’ Outlasts Karmatskiy In partypoker SHR ‘GlobalHappiness’ celebrated a victory in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller, winning $57,000 for the win. He defeated one of the best Russian players on the planet in Arsenii ‘josef_shvejk’ Karmatskiy who settled for second place and $39,000. The cash is his largest score since taking third place in Powerfest Event #97 for over $64,000 and puts him up over $2.8 million in career earnings. Joining the final table of this one was the world’s #4-ranked ‘C Darwin2’ from Sweden. He captured fifth place and added $14,000 to his $10.8 million in lifetime scores. The Swede is on pace to hit $11 million by year’s end. The partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller pulled in 211 runners and exceed the $200K guarantee with its $215,220 prize pool. ‘Dextered’ ended up with all the chips and $21,511.45 (+ $26,341.26 in bounties) for first place. A pair of top 10-ranked player also made the final eight as the #1-ranked player in the world ‘lena900’ (‘Drulitooo’) finished in eighth place adding $2,426.50 to his already $12.3 million in lifetime earnings. Lasting one extra spot was ‘Ariados’ who also took down a major tournament on 888poker. In other partypoker action, ‘MaXiMiSpkr’ defeated the 213 runners in the $1,050 Sunday Main Event High Roller for over $43,000. Also, ‘BOOMALOOM’ made a deal in the $215 Sunday Main Event for $26,195.58. The runner-up, ‘LordPiasonG’ took him $23,356.53 in the deal. Ariados & Ramiro Rule 888poker A pair of Swedish crushers made a deal in the 888poker $60,000 Whale. The #7-ranked player in the world ’Madeon1994’ (aka ‘Ariados’) took home the top prize of $20,054.90 and officially gets the win. His countryman ‘creutz93’ finished as the runner-up, earning nearly $3,000 more than the posted second place, walking with $18,385. ‘creutz93’ is currently ranked 107 in the world. Argentia’s #1-ranked pro Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone bested the 314 runners that registered the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep. The #10-ranked player in the world won $19,500 for his second five-figure cash this week. He climbed up over $4.25 million in lifetime earnings with the victory. ‘Baistipoika’ finished as the runner-up earning $14,500 and PocketFiver ‘wisimaki’ captured the bronze for $11,000. PokerStars Sunday Million Entries: 5,202 Prize pool: $1,040,400 1. Wild_Smurf - $140,572.39 2. francais50 - $98.647.39 3. Galva1388 - $69,227.69 4. razvanik08 - $48,581.79 5. Worjoh - $34,093.28 6. vovtroy - $23,925.66 7. BC1989RF - $16,790.28 8. TheMrsTT - $11,782.94 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, $200K Gtd Entries: 1,031 Prize pool: $206,200 1. bparis - $33,458.20 2. FROGGERT - $24,055.93 3. kill_619 - $17,296.40 4. UhhMee - $12,436.27 5. raissa1990 - $8,941.78 6. que_te_crio - $6,429.23 7. Widzywidzy^^ - $4,622.67 8. S3d3m2 - $3,323.75 PokerStars $530 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #3, $500K Gtd Entries: 1,609 Prize pool: 804.500 1. alitogiu30 - $57,472.04 (+ $44,633.90 in bounties)* 2. cruelShark - $47,236.24 (+ $4,076.17 in bounties)* 3. win2980 - $31,062 (+ $9,329.09 in bounties) 4. pececada - $22,142.41 (+ $3,574.22 in bounties) 5. cartoon2387 - $15,783.88 (+ $17,791.23 in bounties) 6. boris801 - $11,251.29 (+ $8,508.30 in bounties) 7. Proupflop - $8,020.30 (+$5,970.85 in bounties) 8. rojorulez - $5,717.17 (+ $6,839.85 in bounties) * denotes deal PokerStars $2,100 High Roller SE Bounty Builder #4, $500K Gtd Entries: 403 Prize pool: $806,000 1. Negrin - $72,909.23 (+ $92,671.87 in bounties) 2. ekziter - $55,485.96 (+ $17,281.25 in bounties) 3. Pwndidi - $42,226.42 (+ $20,296.88 in bounties) 4. n3xD - $32,135.58 (+ $11,468.75 in bounties) 5. NastyMinder - $24,456.13 (+ $15,031.25 in bounties) 6. Stakelis24 - $18,611.82 (+ $8,343.75 in bounties) 7. 0409479 - $14,164.16 (+ $3,750 in bounties) 8. compris - $10,779.36 (+ $3,500 in bounties) partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event High Roller, $150K Gtd Entries: 213 Prize pool: $213,000 1. MaXiMuSpkr - $43,430.70 2. IamPEAKing - $31,524 3. SouhftW - $22,471.50 4. JimyTransaction - $16,614 5. megustaestrecha - $11,715 6. VolZoK_ - $8,946 7. z-boooo - $6,603 8. MOTHERSMATTERS - $4,899 partypoker $215 Sunday Main Event, $150K Entries: 811 Prize pool: $162,200 1. BOOMALOOM_ - $26,195.58* 2. LordPiasonG - $23,356.53* 3. DieMeerkat - $13,835.66 4. BobBogdanovich - $9,375.16 5. IliusDooo - $6,617.76 6. Iamnotyourbuddy - $4,768.68 7. POKERPRO2.0 - $3,406.20 8. XINBAMA - $2,368.12 * denotes deal partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller, $200K Gtd Entries: 79 Prize pool: $200,000 1. GlobalHappiness - $57,000 2. josef_shvejk - $39,000 3. rdcrsnn - $27,000 4. Phil_Zajmo - $18,000 5. HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,000 6. CapEstel - $11,000 7. MOTHERSMATTERS - $9,500 8. MechaCorta - $8,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR, $200 Gtd Entries: 211 Prize pool: $215,220 1. Dextered - $21,511.45 (+ $26,341.26 in bounties) 2. ItiusDooo - $15,614 (+ $7,385.62 in bounties) 3. RingelStink - 11,130.25 (+ $2,941.25 in bounties) 4. PotatoLottery - $8,229 (+ $4,842.50 in bounties) 5. justkot - $5,802,50 (+ $6,378.12 in bounties) 6. PureBaadi - $4,431 (+ $1,495 in bounties) 7. Algorhytm - $3,270.50 (+ $4,810 in bounties) 8. Drulitooo - $2,426.50 (+ $780 in bounties) 888poker, $1,050 The $60,000 Whale Entries: 45 Prize pool: $62,000 1. Madeon1994 2. creutz93 3. DeuceofDuc0 4. Farrugia_1 5. chazcombes 6. sweet_dr34ms 888poker $215 The $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep Entries: 314 Prize pool: $100,000 1. lasochobi - $19,500 2. Baistipoika - $14,500 3. wisimaki - $11,000 4. summuNNN - $8,000 5. tikkapekka - $5,500 6. Legenden - $4,000 7. KimberSlice - $3,000 8. Holdababy - $2,500
  20. The online poker alias of 'Lena900' is a name that regular PocketFives readers will be familiar with, mainly because the Swedish player can be seen to be battling it out in the highest stakes online poker tournaments have to offer week-after-week. For the past two years, 'Lena900' has just been pipped to the top of PocketFives.com Yearly PLB by his compatriot 'C.Darwin2', but 2018 was the year this all changed as 'Lena900' took the glory in five major festival events to sit at the summit of online poker. 'Lena900' finished 2018 with a total PLB score of 29,952.68, and had a clear gap over runner-up 'C.Darwin2' with 26,992.73. 'Lena900' recorded seven of his top ten online cashes over the past 12 months which included three victories. On May 16th, he reached the final table of the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] event which came with a staggering $430,047 first-place prize. The Swede battled his way to a heads-up match against partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell, and ultimately was the last player standing to pick up his biggest online score to date. But his day wasn't done with the Swede picking up a second PokerStars SCOOP title of the year as well in the #39-High: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max] event. Fast forward to September and 'Lena900' added a second partypoker Powerfest title to his name as well as a PokerStars WCOOP victory. The Swede came through a 194 player-field to win the Powerfest $5,200 #062-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event] for $203,900, as well as picking up the gold medal in the WCOOP-27-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] for $58,228. And just over a week later, there was to be another Powerfest Championship Event final table for 'Lena900', after he achieved a third-place finish in the event #095-SHR for $157,560. Back in 2014, 'Lena900' helped kick-start his online career with a fourth-place finish in the prestigious PokerStars Sunday Million and turned $215 into $81,366. Well in 2018, he was able to go one place better and ended November with a bronze medal worth $80,555. A sensational second half of 2018, helped propel 'Lena900' up to second place on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard with over $13.6m and closed the gap on Chris Moorman who leads the way with $15.6m. As for 'Lena900's closest rivals, 'C.Darwin2' outlasted a field of 122 players to win the PokerStars High Rollers 07: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd event for $267,406, and also took down the PokerStars Turbo Series 70: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $161,411. A silver medal came in the 888 Poker XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event for $135,000, after 'C.Darwin2' was pipped to the title by 2018 PLB fourth-place finisher Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky who banked $187,500 for victory. PLB third-place finisher 'hellohellohello' from Russia beat his best online score three-times throughout 2018, which included victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 during August. Also securing their place in the top ten was Hungary's Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Latvia's 'DamageAP', Argentina's Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, 'Girafganger7', Sweden's 'Ariados', and the U.K.'s Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard. Nemeth took down the PokerStars SCOOP-14-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for an eye-watering $576,087, with Romanovsky taking the silver medal for a cool $442,299. 'DamageAP's top score came in the Powerfest #002-HR: $500K Gtd [PKO] event after defeating a 358 player-field to bank $94,546. Petrone started the year fantastically when he took down the Powerfest #48-H: $1M Gtd Main Event for in February $195,720 and followed it up with a second Powerfest title in September, as well as a SCOOP and WCOOP title. Fellow high-stakes crusher 'GirafGanger7' saw 2018 reward him with another WCOOP title after he won the WCOOP-55-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] for $55,846. 'Ariados' had a day to remember on February 4th after a third-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary $10M Gtd event saw them turn $215 into a career-best $539,554. The Swede followed up this result with several five and six-figure scores including a Powerfest title. And completing the top ten was former world ranked #1 Leonard, who had an imposing end to the year with multiple scores in the PokerStars Winter and High Roller series, having earlier won three Powerfest titles including the #46-High: $1M Gtd NLH event for $207,978. Username Points Biggest Score Average Score 1 lena900 29,952.68 1,414.21 299.53 2 C Darwin2 26,992.73 1,104.54 269.93 3 hellohellohello 24,909.33 1,091.60 249.09 4 Romeopro 21,906.06 1,043.16 219.06 5 probirs 21,783.32 1,581.14 217.83 6 DamageAP 21,684.83 707.11 216.85 7 Ramiro 21,602.44 1,086.29 216.02 8 girafganger7 21,588.41 603.32 215.88 9 Ariados 20,215.49 1,635.79 202.15 10 pleno1 20,177.75 1,009.95 201.78  

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