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  1. Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois made his way through a star-studded PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker final table on Tuesday to take home the second-largest score of his online poker career and fourth six-figure cash of the last month. Lefrancois outlasted 464 other players including Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams, Pavel 'silentm0de' Plesuv at the final table to win Event #96 High ($5,200 Second Chance Main Event) for $416,741.68. Eventual runner-up Alfred 'Kzzon' Karlsson walked away with $309,752.07 while William 'hellzito' Arruda had to settle for a third-place finish and the accompanying $230,229.63 prize money. Lefrancois' has been putting up big numbers in big buy-in events on partypoker and PokerStars over the last month. He won Poker Masters Online Event #9 ($1,050 Six Max NLHE) for $243,988.68 on April 15 and followed that up by winning Event #23 ($25,500 Six Max PLO) on April 24 for a career-high $527,509.70 payday. On Monday, the Canadian added a Super High Roller Bowl Online title to his growing collection and $259,628.98 to his bankroll after winning Event #5 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller). 'TripleAjaxxx' outlasted 1,815 other players in Event #99 High ($530 NLHE PKO) to win their first SCOOP title, $58,694.81 from the prize pool and another $28,346.08 in bounties. The last bounty they collected came from runner-up 'boydst1' who had to settle for $58,693.75 from the prize pool and $19,912.55 in bounties. 'Cmon_Gasquet' wound up in third for $34,824.47 and collected $17,832.74 from bounties. Former #1-ranked online poker player Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson took down Event #101 High ($1,050 NLHE) for $61,140.99. Falling one spot short of the title forced 'YASOMAN' to console themselves with a $46,310.74 cash while 'Korrinho' took home $35,077.73 for finishing in third place. Mattsson wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver to make the final table. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth wound up in fifth place and earned $20,124.84 for his efforts. The final event on the schedule was also the fastest. Event #104-H ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO) had 1,059 entries and took just five hours to crown a champion. When all was said and done 'Ryokan' stood tall and won $37,220.36 from the prize pool and picked up $32,439.34 from bounties collected on their way to the title. Runner-up 'hopezACE' grabbed $37,219.66 from the prize pool and another $13,583.97 from bounties. 'poker@luffyD' rounded out the podium finishers and earned $22,523.28 and collected just $4,285.16 in bounties. Other 'Crismano' (Event #96-L), Fabio 'LFFF22' Freitas (Event #96-M), Justin 'jlapka' Lapka (Event #97-L), 'ThuthBeTold7' (Event #97-M), 'Hudison747' (Event #99-L), 'Opresqu' (Event #99-M), 'KKAArdoso' (Event #101-L), 'benyie' (Event #101-M), 'xTheWall' (Event #104-L), and 'AlainHajj' (Event #104-M). Event #96-H: $5,200 Second Chance Main Event Entries: 465 Prize pool: $2,325,000 Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois - $416,741.68 Alfred 'Kzzon' Karlsson - $309,752.07 William 'hellzito' Arruda- $230,229.63 Pavel 'silentm0de' Plesuv- $171,123.02 Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams - $127,190.75 Andrey 'Anjeyyy' Novak- $94,537.05 temka99 - $70,266.91 Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov - $52,227.17 Event #99-H: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,816 Prize pool: $908,000 TripleAjaxxx - $58,694.81 + $28,346.08 in bounties boydst1 - $58,693.75 + $19,912.55 in bounties Cmon_Gasquet - $34,824.47 + $17,832.74 in bounties poker@luffyD - $24,824.08 + $9,760.00 in bounties JenOrek - $17,695.46 + $2,445.31 in bounties DeLaBijen - $12,613.93 + $2,367.19 in bounties gnetaren - $8,991.65 + $3,819.33 in bounties mraink - $6,409.57 + $7,156.74 in bounties Event #101-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 325 Prize pool: $325,000 Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson - $61,140.99 YASOMAN - $46,310.74 Korrinho - $35,077.73 Big-Ego-Issues - $25,569.43 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $20,124.84 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $15,243.44 t4t0PAGAU - $11,546.04 Cavalito - $8,745.45 Garrin4e - $6,624.18 Event #104-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Entries: 1,059 Prize pool: $529,500 (including $264,750 in bounties) Ryokan - $37,220.36 + $32,439.34 in bounties hopezACE - $37,219.66 + $13,583.97 in bounties poker@luffyD - $22,523.28 + $4,285.16 in bounties psxfrcndhe - $16,256.78 + $8,398.43 in bounties SnowmanTony - $11,733.74 + $4,357.42 in bounties manuverd0n - $8,469.14 + $9,759.77 in bounties gusmaa - $6,112.83 + $2,031.25 in bounties anonymstruts - $4,412.11 + $3,046.89 in bounties
  2. The PocketFives Rankingshave been recalculated, as they are every Wednesday, and Sweden's eisenhower1 continues to dominate the field. He has 8,121 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the leaderboard, which is almost 1,400 more than the next closest player. eisenhower1 has been on a tear as of late. He took down the 888 Poker Crocodile for $6,300 last week and, at the end of September, the Swede finished 29th in the WCOOP Main Event for $32,000 and took second in the Sunday Kickoff for another $24,000 the same day. Forty-eight hours before that, he won a WCOOP bracelet in a $700 No Limit Hold'em Cubed event and bagged $133,000. Another Swede, C Darwin2, moved up six spots to #4 this week. After cracking the top 10 for the first time ever last Wednesday, C Darwin2 inched closer to the top. He won the Winamax High Roller and 888 Poker Volcano on October 6 for a combined $29,000 and took home the gold in the Winamax Grand two days before that and bagged $36,000. He has $3.2 million in career online tournament winnings. Vancouver's jbrown8777moved up from #13 to #5, his highest ranking ever, after winning the PokerStars $109 Rebuy and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Progressive Super Knockout for $23,000 combined earlier this week. On Tuesday, he finished third in the Big $162 and continued to add to his war chest. He is one of 102 PocketFivers in Vancouver with PLB scores. Brazil's Bernardo bedias Dias (pictured) reentered the top 10 this week at #10, eight spots off his all-time high set earlier this year. Dias won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Holdem Turbo on Sunday for $17,000, his 162nd tracked victory, to bring his lifetime total to $3.8 million. He has another $221,000 in live tournament winnings to his name, according to the Hendon Mob. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about Hungarian diablo8807, who cracked the top 100 at #77 in the world, his best showing ever. He has five wins in the last week and is the top-ranked player in his home nation. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1- 8,121 points 2. Tiny_molester - 6,742 points 3. NigDawG - 6,733 points 4. C Darwin2 - 6,692 points 5. jbrown8777- 6,678 points 6. PokerKaiser - 6,654 points 7. Legenden - 6,536 points 8. cswami - 6,536 points 9. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,474 points 10. bedias- 6,373 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="618"] Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings to #8, his best showing ever[/caption] There was a lot of movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week. What didn't change, however, was the #1 ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', who is enjoying his second straight week in the top spot. What did change was the makeup of the top 10, which includes three new players. First, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up seven spots to #7 in the world, his highest ranking ever. He made a splash in a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, finishing in fourth place for $108,000 and 542 PLB Points. Aslanidis is closing in on $2 million in career online tournament winnings as a result and is the top-ranked player in his home country. Also riding a major SCOOP score into the top 10 of the rankings is Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo, who moved up 15 spots to #8, his best showing ever. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller over the weekend for a whopping $222,000 and 847 PLB Points. It was his largest online cash ever. Palumbo, from Genoa, Italy, is up to almost 400 top-three finishes in online MTTs, is about to pass $4 million in lifetime winnings, and just hit $2 million on PokerStars, where he plays under the handle 'sephirot88'. "I'm super happy with the result that put me at #8," Palumbo said of his SCOOP score. "It's the first time that I've really been doing great on PokerStars.com. I look forward to attacking the rankings now that I'm in the black." [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias is up six spots in the rankings to #9[/caption] The third and final newcomer to the top 10 of the rankings this week was Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who rose six spots to #9. Mathias was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as January 2015, so being in the top 10 isn't anything new, but this time around his march toward the top comes on the heels of two recent wins. The first came on partypoker in the site's Heavyweight $50,000 Guaranteed Rebuy, a tournament he took down for $11,000 and 223 PLB Points. Then he found the winner's circle of the PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max for $7,500 and 166 PLB Points. Those two brought his career win total to 260. Outside of the top 10, Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas was up 32 spots to #17. He was the runner-up in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event for over a quarter-of-a-million dollars and almost 1,000 PLB Points, shooting him up the leaderboard into the top 20. This is the highest he has ever been ranked on PocketFives and, to boot, Cimbolas just passed $2 million in career online tournament winnings. "I feel great about it," Cimbolas said. "I am focusing on my game right now." Uruguay's 'elHongo' reentered the top 100 this week at #36 in the world, one spot shy of his all-time high set in 2015. He defeated 'Cimbolas' in the aforementioned SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event and bagged a healthy $357,000 along with 1,409 PLB Points. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the South American nation and plays as 'elmelogno4' on PokerStars. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved up from #75 to #38. With almost $8 million in career online tournament winnings, the 13th most of anyone in the online poker community, Korsar final tabled the SCOOP Super Tuesday last week for almost $45,000 and won the Hot $109 over the weekend for another $25,000. That was his 157th career win. Australia's Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov moved up 45 spots to #43 on PocketFives. Like other players who shot up the leaderboard, Kozlov excelled in early SCOOP action, finishing fifth in a $21,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller for $190,000 over the weekend. Kozlov is the second-ranked online poker player in Australia and was ranked as high as #2 in the world last year. Finally, Dylan 'ImaLucSac' Linde is up 43 spots to #46, his highest ranking ever. The longtime PocketFiver has three top-10 finishes in SCOOP events this year, including a sixth place finish in a $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Rebuy on May 10 for $27,000. Linde also finished eighth in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max event on the 15th. When the final cards were dealt, he Tweeted, "Another day, another 8th place in a SCOOP-H. All the pain and all the profits combined yet again." This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,136 points joaosimaobh - 8,052 points lena900 - 7,753 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,315 points Ariados - 7,087 points Big Huni - 7,044 points damourinio - 6,938 points RoccoGe - 6,860 points joaomathias - 6,808 points moorman1 - 6,740 points
  4. [caption width="658"] 'lena900' hit #1 this week in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] Three of the last four players to hit #1 on PocketFives all call Sweden home. The poker powerhouse has churned out top-tier talent after top-tier talent. The latest Swede to hit #1 is 'lena900', who moved into the top spot for the first time ever on Wednesday. Heading into last week 'lena900' trailed fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' by only a few PLB Points. He won a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on PokerStars on Tuesday for $6,400 and, on March 20, won a Powerfest event on partypoker for $34,000, his second Powerfest victory in three days. "It feels good," 'lena900' said. "I've been playing more tournament this year instead of cash games and it's fun that you can be ranked and compete in a different way than in cash. 'C Darwin2' is a good friend of mine, so it's even more good for that reason alone." 'lena900' has $4.1 million in career online tournament winnings, breaking through the $4 million mark thanks to 30 in the money finishes in the last three days. He hails from the western coastal county of Vastra Gotaland. 'C Darwin2' had been #1 on PocketFives since February 10 - a seven-week reign. He swapped places with 'lena900' this week to land at #2, but only trails by 50 points. 'C Darwin2' finished second in the partypoker High Roller six days ago for almost $10,000. On the 20th of March, he won both the Sunday Supersonic and Sunday High Roller in an impressive showing on PokerStars' French-facing site. Up eight spots this week to #6 in the world is Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen. He reached #1 on PocketFives last year and is fresh off an impressive last eight days during which he finished seventh in the PokerStars Super Tuesday, won the site's $109 Sunday Kickoff, and took down the $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max. His total haul from those three tournaments was over $55,000. [caption width="638"] Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen moved up six spots[/caption] Hunichen has 559 top-three finishes and $8.3 million in career winnings, the eighth highest total of anyone. He's the top-ranked online poker player that Costa Rica has to offer and owns $1.2 million in career live winnings to boot, according to the Hendon Mob. "I have been focusing on working really hard to correct a few leaks I had last year that really put a dent in my overall ROI," Hunichen said. "I finally feel like I'm back on top of the game and really excited for the near future grinding online and then heading to the WSOP. I have been playing this game a long time, but I feel like now I am finally peaking at the highest level I have ever played at and don't plan on looking back. Expect bigger and better things to come from me in 2016." Greek poker player Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis is up 17 spots this week to #14, his highest ranking ever. Aslanidis won the Wednesday $320 on PokerStars one week ago for $25,000 and has 44 in the money finishes since then to bolster his resume. He's the top-ranked player in Greece and owns $1.6 million in career winnings. Malta's Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede moved up 19 spots to #25. After a two-week absence from cashing in online MTTs, de Goede made the money 10 times on March 27 to hit his all-time high in the rankings. He plays as 'PIPI tapis!' on PokerStars, where he has $1.2 million in career winnings, more than half of his overall haul of a little over $2 million. He's the #2 ranked player in his home country. England's Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor hit #51 this week, up 24 places over last Wednesday, after wins in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Battle Royale and 888 Saturday Challenge. Those were the 37th and 38th online wins of his career and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard in the English county of Lancashire. Taylor's big online claim to fame is winning a WCOOP bracelet last year in the Sunday Million for almost $300,000. "It feels good to be going in the right direction again since I know I dropped off a lot after traveling for a month and only playing the odd session here and there," Taylor said. "I've been playing really well lately and studying hard, which only bodes well for SCOOP." Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar won the partypoker High Roller and finished second in the PokerStars Bounty Builder in the last week for almost $30,000 combined. Consequently, the $7.6 million man landed at #62 worldwide in the rankings, up 19 spots. Amazingly, he's the 14th ranked Swede despite being at #62, which should tell you all you need to know about Swedish poker domination. Finally this week, Sweden's 'Discoovery' entered the top 100 at #77, his highest position ever. He turned in three wins on March 28: the 888 Monsoon, partypoker Heavyweight Rocky, and PokerStars $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo. The trio of gold medals was worth almost $10,000 total and moved this up-and-coming player's win total to 17. He has $678,000 in career online winnings, about half of which has come on PokerStars under the screen name 'shipitftw911'. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings: lena900 - 7,277 points C Darwin2 - 7,226 points Ariados - 7,042 points veeea - 6,924 points SvZff - 6,728 points Big Huni - 6,689 points MendaLerenda - 6,506 points DeathbyQuads - 6,404 points eisenhower1 - 6,396 points jbrown8777 - 6,396 points
  5. [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
  6. [caption width="653"] The top five of the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' has a chokehold on the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings. He's been #1 since February 10, but there are several talented players nipping at his heels. Take Vancouver's Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, for example, who moved up five spots in the rankings this week to settle at #5, two spots off his all-time high. Brown won a PartyPoker Powerfest tournament on Tuesday for $67,000 and a mammoth 635 PLB Points. That event drew a field of 808 players and had a buy-in of $530. To close out February, Brown took third in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $20,000 and is closing in on $4 million in online tournament winnings lifetime. He was ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives last year and is the top-ranked player in Canada. [caption width="667"] Stats for 'jbrown8777'[/caption] 'jbrown8777' has 6,796 PLB Points and trails top-ranked 'C Darwin2' by 600. 'C Darwin2', from Sweden, hasn't recorded an online MTT win since February 7, but has put up plenty of volume and plenty of results. He finished second in the PokerStars $109 Rebuy on Tuesday for $6,100 and final tabled a Powerfest event on March 7 for $10,000. 'C Darwin2' has almost 30 in the money finishes so far in March and has helped lead Swedes to the top three spots worldwide in the rankings, and five of the top nine. Over the years, 'C Darwin2' has accumulated over 2,000 in the money finishes, 130 top-three runs, and $3.7 million in online winnings. There wasn't much movement in the top 10 this week. Outside of the top 10, however, players jostled for position with gusto, as 'MiracleQ' rose 15 spots to #17, his highest ranking ever. 'MiracleQ' won the PokerStars Hot $55 on Tuesday for $9,200 and also has two victories this month in the PartyPoker Heavyweight Drago and one win in the PokerStars Hot $82. He's the #2 ranked player in Russia. 'philroyal888', from the UK, also set a personal best this week, moving up 16 spots from #54 to #38. He won Powerfest Event #87 on PartyPoker on Monday for $45,000 and 484 PLB Points, defeating a field of 469 entrants. One day prior, he finished fourth in the 888 Baby Whale. The next top-three finish he records will be the 100th of his career. A familiar face in the rankings, Sweden's 'Sheater', was up 31 spots this week to #42. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as 2014 and has four wins already this month: the PokerStars $40,000 Guaranteed, PartyPoker High Roller, PokerStars Big $109, and PokerStars $10,000 Guaranteed. Those four have driven his career win total north of 200. The arrow of Mexico's 'Blackk' is also pointing up after he rose 28 spots this week to #50. The top-ranked player in Mexico, 'Blackk' has four wins this month, including in the 888 Volcano for $23,000. Two days before that, he was the runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance. He plays as 'Biack88' on PokerStars, where he just hit $3 million in career winnings, and is the owner of five PocketFives Triple Crowns. Noah 'dirtybrasil' Vaillancourt hit #67 in the rankings this week, 22 spots higher than last week. He's now 26 slots shy of his all-time high and took fifth in the FTOPS Main Event over the weekend for $17,000. Over the first weekend of March, he final tabled the Sunday Million, so he'll look to three-peat in this weekend's Sunday Majors. Hungary's 'breeth' returned to the top 100 this week at #78 thanks in part to a final table in the PokerStars Bigger $55 over the weekend for $10,000. Earlier in the month, 'breeth' won the PartyPoker High Roller for $5,000 more than that. He's the third-ranked player in Hungary and has more career online wins (115) than second and third places combined (98). [caption width="615"] Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #85[/caption] Finally this week, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #85. He was ranked as high as #40 in the world last year. Larsen won the Sunday 500 in 2014 and 2015 and came within inches of another victory over the weekend, but bowed out in fourth place for $25,000. Current Top 10 Players: C Darwin2 - 7,423 points eisenhower1 - 6,953 points lena900 - 6,814 points MendaLerenda - 6,801 points jbrown8777 - 6,796 points Ariados - 6,682 points SvZff - 6,665 points gray31 - 6,601 points DeathbyQuads - 6,369 points veeea - 6,308 points
  7. [caption width="640"] Andras 'probirs' Nemeth is the #4-ranked player in the world (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to be the world's top-ranked online poker player, but a new threat has emerged to challenge the Uruguayan for world supremacy. After not being included in the PocketFives Rankings for the better part of four years, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth is back and now sits in the #4 spot. Nemeth not only came back to the rankings but put up some results as well. On Sunday alone he finished second in the $215 Bounty Builder on PokerStars for $12,144 and 208.84 PLB points, fifth in the PokerStars PLO Sunday Grand for $9,690/149.41 and then runner-up in the partypoker Super High Roller for $30,450 and 251.23. In the past 30 days, he's also won the partypoker Super High Roller ($53,250/421.31) and the PokerStars PLO Sunday Grand ($38,461/442.72). Gonzalez maintained his hold on the top spot for the fifth straight week despite not being able to add to his PLB total. He made the final table of the partypoker Six Max Turbo High Roller on November 8 and a $215 Turbo event on PokerStars, but neither result was big enough to improve his standing. A runner-up finish in the partypoker Heavyweight for $20,608 and 257.9 PLB points and a win in the WPN Extreme Tuesday for $10,3305/214.01 kept Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov in second spot yet again. He now trails Gonzalez by 478.47 points. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten maintained his hold on the #3-ranking. The former #1 player did so despite not managing to record a single qualifying cash over the past seven days. His closest calls came on partypoker last Sunday when he finished fifth in the Six Max High Roller and sixth in the High Roller. Nemeth's inclusion at #4 meant the rest of the list all moved down. 'lena900', who was #4 last week, dropped to #5 despite his victory in the partypoker Super High Roller for $47,125 and 380.79 points and runner-up finishes in a PokerStars $320 Six Max event for $6,287 and 131.79 and a partypoker High Roller for $9,250 and 147.53. He trails Nemeth by 28.7 points. The only other player to move into the top 10 this week was Canada'sJoel 'jbrown8777' Brown. A win in the partypoker Six Max High Roller on November 8 added $12,280 to his bankroll and 118.41 points to his total. He also managed a third place finish in the PokerStars Big $215 on November 12 for $5,741 and 122.63. The #1-ranked player in Canada is now just seven spots off of his all-time high of #3 in the world. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1SixthSenSe199,230.331 2alexd28,751.862 3joaomathias8,186.813 4probirs8,131.01NR 5lena9008,102.314 6C Darwin27,939.435 7r4ndomr4gs7,168.606 8pleno17,135.808 9Greenstone256,991.067 10jbrown87776,830.2311
  8. [caption width="450"] Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov is up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his best showing ever[/caption] Every week, a member of the PocketFives community sets a new personal best. Whether it's their largest score ever or a milestone win, it happens every single week. This week, Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov set a record of his own. He's up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his best showing ever. He won two tournaments over the last week to do it: the HS Wednesday on Black Chip for $8,300 and a $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Progressive Knockout on PokerStars for another $1,800. Those were the 130th and 131st wins of his online tournament career and inched him closer to $4 million in cashes. He is two months removed from winning the PocketFives Leaderboard title in May and is the top-ranked Russian in all the land. "It feels better than #6," Mordvinov said. "I still have a long way to go to #1, though." Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is once again the #1 player in the world. He has 8,108 PLB Points and owns a 670-point lead over the rest of the community. 'C Darwin2' final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend and booked a $6,200 payday. The king of the rankings will now face competition from pros returning home from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where they couldn't play on the major non-US sites like PokerStars and 888. Now, they'll be out in full force. Another Swede, 'DeathbyQuads', also moved up this week, seven spots to #15. He won the PokerStars Hot $215 on Tuesday for $8,700 and took down a $22 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper Turbo late last week. He's eight wins shy of 100 for his career and just passed $2 million in lifetime online tournament winnings. 'DeathbyQuads' reached an all-time high of #8 in the rankings earlier this year and could be making a run at matching or besting that mark in the near future. Portugal's Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira advanced a dozen spots to #37. Two years ago, he was ranked #8. Now, he is making a case for another top-ten run thanks to recent wins in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, $11 Rebuy, and $109 Rebuy, the latter of which he won twice in a three-day span in mid-July. Ferreira now has 144 career victories and $4.8 million in winnings. He's the top-ranked online poker player in Portugal. [caption width="558"] Hungary's Peter 'breeth' Turmezey is up to #51[/caption] Hungary's Hungary's Peter 'breeth' Turmezey clicked up 11 spots to #51 in the world. The one-time #3 player in the rankings won the 888 Baby Whale over the weekend for $15,000, his first tracked win since May. He's the #2 player in Hungary and is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $6 million in career scores. Moreover, he just hit $4 million on PokerStars under the user name 'twirlpro'. Rodrigo 'rodckz' Motoki, like Mordvinov, set a personal best this week. He was up 16 spots to #57 after making the final two tables of the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend. He also won a $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Progressive Knockout on Tuesday for $2,100. Motoki is the fourth-ranked Brazilian. Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson moved up 20 places in the rankings to #72. He was the runner-up over the weekend in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic, which earned him $23,000. That was Olofsson's 119th second place finish and raised his total number of top-three finishes over the years to 412. The highest-placing newcomer into the top 100 was Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe, who entered at #85. He finished sixth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand three days ago for $11,000, his second sixth-place exit from that tournament this month. Uribe was ranked as high as #63 on PocketFives a half-decade ago and is the second-ranked online poker player in Colombia. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,108 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,438 points NoPlanB - 7,254 points joaosimaobh - 7,163 points lena900 - 7,136 points Pot4teUS - 7,131 points veeea - 7,088 points Greenstone25 - 6,891 points JMolloy - 6,852 points joaomathias - 6,711 points
  9. [caption width="639"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, a former #1 on PocketFives, is inching closer to the top spot[/caption] Once you hit #1 on PocketFives, you're in pretty elite company. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, World Series of Poker November Niners Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, and Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz – they've all been at the top of the podium. To be ranked #1 multiple times is a feat few have accomplished, but two PocketFivers are poised to do exactly that. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov and Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, both already in the top 10 in the PocketFives Rankings, inched up closer this week to claiming the #1 title for the second time. Vezhenkov, from Russia, is up four spots to #3 this week. He took down a $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $6,800 and won the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for $7,200 last Wednesday to help him continue to climb the leaderboard. He has $5.4 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked Russian on PocketFives. Vezhenkov was #1 for a one-week stint in January. Mathias, from Brazil, rose three spots to #7. He hit it big over the weekend, winning the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday for $32,000, his 13th largest score. That came one month after he took down the site's Thursday Thrill for $37,000. Mathias just hit $8 million in career winnings and, amazingly, has almost 700 top-three finishes in tracked tournaments. He was also last ranked #1 in January. Vezhenkov and Mathias have 7,285 and 6,946 PLB Points, respectively. The entire community trails top-ranked 'C Darwin2', from Sweden, who has a PLB score of 7,868 points. The Swede won the Winamax High Roller on Tuesday for $8,500 and, two weeks ago, took down the Sunday Grand for almost $50,0000 to pad his lead. 'C Darwin2' has been ranked #1 since July 6. Hungary's 'greengrass67' continued to climb the leaderboard, moving up another 20 spots this week to #27 in the world. On July 24, he won both the partypoker Heavyweight Rocky and PokerStars Big $109 for almost $30,000 total, the 26th and 27th online MTT wins of his career and his fourth and fifth wins of July. This is the highest 'greengrass67' has ever been ranked. Romania's Andrei 'ragaaaila19' Boghean also hit it big this week, entering the top 100 for the first time ever at #59. He's been on a tear over the last 10 days, winning both the PokerStars Big $215 and Sunday Warm-Up for $75,000 total. The same day as his Warm-Up win, he finished fourth in the Big $109. Boghean has $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is the #2-ranked player in Romania. Also new to the top 100 is 'FouEnculePL', who calls the UK home. He entered at #82 after winning the PokerStars Big $215 earlier this month for $20,000, his largest cash ever. 'FouEnculePL' is the ninth-ranked player in the UK and is $9,000 shy of hitting $900,000 for his career. [caption width="450"] Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe is up to #66[/caption] Columbia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe made waves, moving up 19 spots to #66, three off his all-time high. He finished third in the Super-Sized Sunday over the weekend for $13,000, which propelled him to almost $4.4 million in lifetime winnings. Uribe is the #2-ranked player in his home country. Finally, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen, from Denmark, reentered the top 100 at #89. On Monday, the Dane took down both the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event and PokerStars Monday Six Max for $38,000 total, pushing his career win total to 54. The Heavyweight Main Event cash, which was worth $25,000, was his third largest score of 2016. The Top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,868 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,377 points veeea - 7,285 points NoPlanB - 7,284 points lena900 - 7,215 points Pot4teUS - 7,008 points joaomathias - 6,997 points joaosimaobh - 6,946 points JMolloy - 6,769 points Greenstone25 - 6,723 points
  10. [caption width="450"] Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the second time in three months[/caption] In a month that saw many of the top pros spend the first two weeks in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, ranked #3 in the world, struck gold once again. For the second time in three months, Mordvinov won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard. He won the leaderboard in May with 3,899 points and accomplished the same feat this time around with 2,523 points. He has half of Russia's four Monthly Leaderboard wins. "It was a pretty good month," he said. "I played a lot after vacation in June and ran decently. I plan to keep it going." All told, Mordvinov had 101 tracked in the money finishes during the month for exactly $172,000 total winnings, an average of $1,702 per cash. The Russian started July off with a bang, taking down the PokerStars $320 Saturday KO on July 2 for $15,000. The next day, he won the site's Big $109. Also in July, Mordvinov won the $20,000 Octopus on 888, the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller, the $109 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Six-Max on PokerStars twice, the BlackChip HS Wednesday, and a $162 No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deep Stack on PokerStars. Not surprisingly, Mordvinov is all the way up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever, and #1 in his home country. His $172,000 in winnings in July pushed him over $3.8 million in lifetime cashes. You can find him across the world's largest online poker rooms playing under the user name 'EvnomiYa' and, interestingly enough, he did not appear in the top 100 in the June Leaderboard race. Second place in July went to Hungary's 'greengrass67', who with 2,452 points was only 71 points behind Mordvinov. Like Mordvinov, 'greengrass67' is at his apex in the rankings at #26. 'greengrass67', the top-ranked Hungarian online poker player, had five online MTT wins during the month, the largest of which was worth $23,000 for taking down the Big $109 on July 24. He also won the partypoker Heavyweight Rocky, partypoker Heavyweight Super Knockout, PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, and partypoker High Roller. [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias finished in third place last month[/caption] One-hundred points behind 'greengrass67' on the July leaderboard was Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who had 2,346 points, good for third place. Mathias is ranked #7 in the world and is a two-time Monthly Leaderboard champion. He won the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday last month for $32,000 along with the site's Sunday Supersonic for another $30,000. Mathias is over $8.1 million in career online tournament winnings, the 12th highest total of anyone, and started August off with a bang by winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday two days ago for $75,000. The #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Sweden's 'C Darwin2', finished in fourth in the July MPLB race with 2,342 points, missing out on third place by only four points. He was ranked #1 almost the entire month of July and held down the fort thanks to wins in the PokerStars Sunday Grand, PokerStars Bounty Builder, and Winamax High Roller. Rounding out the top five was Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, who had 2,334 points. Vezhenkov is a two-time MPLB champion and also won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown last month. He had seven tracked wins in July and finished second in the Pokertars Super-Sized Sunday on July 10 for $18,000, his largest score of the period. The top 10 in July: NoPlanB - 2,523.69 points greengrass67 - 2,452.53 points joaomathias - 2,346.74 points C Darwin2 - 2,342.92 points veeea - 2,334.47 points FouEnculePL - 2,277.98 points normannolly - 2,262.40 points JMolloy - 2,182.60 points TheSquid - 2,076.29 points DeathbyQuads - 2,063.49 points
  11. [caption width="640"] Swedish players took the top two spots on the 2016 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard.[/caption] In one of the closest races in Leaderboard races PocketFives history, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ won the PocketFives Yearly PLB, beating out ‘lena900’ by just 62.6 points. ‘C Darwin2’ finished the year with 19,198.31 PLB points - the fourth highest score for a winner. Over the course of 2016 ‘C Darwin2’ cashed 760 times and earned a whopping $1,775,691.92. His single largest cash came in May when he won the opening event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (H) for $226,106.00. That win also earned him 1,144.55 PLB points - more than double any other score he had in the year. Other highlights of the Swedish superstar's year include a win in the PokerStars Sunday Grand in July for 444,376.50 and 465.83 PLB points. He also managed two wins in the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller for a combined $79,865.05 and 790.26 PLB points. He had 28 wins, 22 runner-ups and 19 third place finishes. Coming in second was another Swede, ‘lena900’. He put in more volume than ‘C Darwin2’ and ended up cashing 1,234 times in 2016 with $2,079.591.98 in earnings and 19,135.71 PLB points. While ‘C Darwin2’ had the marquee SCOOP win, ‘lena900’ had just two scores worth over 400 points. Instead he managed to post 33 cashes worth 200 or more points. He narrowly missed out on a massive score in September in the $10,000 buy-in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker High Roller. He ended up finishing 11th for $64,056.86 and 447.6 PLB points. The eventual winner, Phil ’Grindation’ McAllister earned 1,886.80 for the win. In six of the last of the nine years, ‘lena900’’s total of 19,135.71 PLB points would have been good enough for him to win. Rounding out the top three was Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov with 18,503.55 PLB points. Dimitrov earned $1,696,005.92 in 2016 on the back of 1,466 cashes. He won 61 events and finished second in another 51. His biggest PLB score came in June when he won the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $62,751.30 and 571.84 PLB points. Here is the 2016 PocketFives Leaderboard Top 10 POSITIONPLAYERPOINTS 1C Darwin219,198.31 2lena90019,135.71 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov18,503.55 4Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten18,440.63 5Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez18,024.48 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford17,302.45 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren16,446.98 8Ariados16,052.74 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar15,944.89 10Pot4teUS15,832.23 Year-by-Year PocketFives PLB Winners YEARPLAYERPOINTS 2007Scott 'SCTRojans' Freeman15,891.92 2008Chris 'moorman1' Moorman19,454.85 2009Chris 'moorman1' Moorman20,850.97 2010Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver20,215.10 2011Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger17,639.21 2012Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay17,856.55 2013Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson18,510.04 2014Rick 'TheClaimeer' TRigg17,810.21 2015eisenhower117,060.64 2016C Darwin219,198.31
  12. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio Gonzalez sits #1 for the thirteenth straight week - but he has a new threat closing in on him[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to hold on to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings but a familiar face has reappeared at #2. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' took over the #2 spot after a week that saw him record five cashes big enough to add to his PLB total, including the second biggest PLB points score of his career. 'C Darwin2' beat out 329 other players to win the $530 buy-in partypoker High Roller on Tuesday, December 27. The win was worth $31,928 and 406.2 PLB points - the most he's scored since winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (High) title in May 2016 for 572.68 points. He continued to prove the heater was real on December 27 with a win in the parytpoker Drago: Heavyweight for $3,750/122.47 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $7,586/153.03. Two days later he took down the partypoker Uppercut: Heavyweight for $9,488/226.5. He closed out the week with a New Year's Day runner-up finish in the partypoker Drago: Heavyweight for $,4288/115.03. All told, 'C Darwin2', who last held the #1 spot in September, boosted his PLB points total by 1,023.23 points and now finds himself just 176.02 points behind Gonzalez and one spot above the previous #2, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov. The Uruguayan grinder, who has been #1 for 13 straight weeks, had just seven cashes this week but none were big enough to add to his lead. Dimitrov meanwhile cashed 18 times but failed to find a single score big enough to add to his total and fell to #3 for the first time since mid-October. Spots 4-9 remained unchanged but a new player emerged in the top 10 for the first time in his career. Argentinean Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli had three cashes good enough to add to his PLB total and move him into the #10 spot. Two of them came just minutes apart on December 27. Sampaoli finished runner-up in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $$4,813 and 121.2 PLB points. He followed that up with an 11th place finish in the PokerStars $109 Mini Super Tuesday for $1,360/94.89. Two days later he won the PokerStars $109 Hyper Turbo for $4,562 and 153.85 points. Sampaoli had been sitting just outside the top 10 at #11 since December 21. After making his way back into the top just before the end of 2016, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford dropped out of the top 10 this week, falling to #11. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,656.121 2C Darwin28,480.103 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,072.452 4lena9007,887.924 5Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten7,679.065 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,124.116 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,066.717 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,685.638 9PaTRick 'pleno1' Leonard6,572.219 10Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli6,558.8310
  13. Ramiro Petrone has a firm grasp on the #1-ranking in Argentina, but on Sunday, Ivan 'ivanvilcez8' Vilchez picked up a career-best score and could soon find himself hot on the heels of Petrone. Vilchez outlasted 5,694 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million for $153,830. Vilchez beat a final table that included runner-up 'notbacked', third place finisher Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky and former Sunday Million runner-up, 'blazinchron'. His previous best cash came in March 2016 when he finished runner-up to 'DipesLIVES' in a partypoker Powerfest event for $136,212. Along with the cash, Vilchez also picked up 1,067.24 PLB points and should be the #5-ranked player in Argentina when the rankings are updated later this week. Anton 'anteen' Bertilsson beat Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom heads-up to win the $2,100 PokerStars High Roller Club event for $47,008. Blom had to settle for $36,103 as the runner-up. Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov finished in third place for $27,728. Bertilsson also picked up another $5,439 for his fifth place finish in the 888poker Sunday Mega-Deep. Joao 'Xungazz' Oliveira won just almost $72,000 for his victory in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller event on PokerStars. An impressive $30,220.87 of his earnings came from bounties. Ukraine's 'Remi Lebo_10' grabbed just over $41,000 for his runner-up performance. Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford, the #7-ranked player in the United Kingdom, banked $45,000 for winning the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller. The #2 and #3-ranked players in the world both final tabled this event. Playing under his partypoker screenname, 'PhileasFogg', 'hellohellohello' earned $8,400 for finishing fifth while 'C Darwin2', playing under his 'HellmuthTheGr8' partypoker screenname, took home $7,200 for his sixth place finish. PokerStars Sunday Million ($215 NLHE) Entries: 5,695 Prize pool: $1,139,000 Ivan 'ivanvilchez8' Vilchez - $153,830 notbacked - $107,949 Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky - $75,755 easylimp - $53,163 mraink - $37,308 Pardal7 - $26,181 blazinchron - $18,373 OLDWOLF13 - $12,894 AKK_Zen - $9,048 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($215 NLHE) Entries: 1,048 Prize pool: $209,600 5pathic - $34,009,98 Malaka$tyle - $24,452.58 F.Briatore - $17,581.60 Dr.T.140679 - $12,641.33 ChedrStack - $9,089.22 EL_pimienta85 - $6,535.24 slarki1 - $4,698.89 Liquid_Tuna - $3,378.56 PIPItapis! - $2,429.22 PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller ($530 NLHE PKO) Entries: 1,025 Prize pool: $512,500 Joao 'Xungazz' Oliveira - $41,695.88 + $30,220.87 in bounties Remi Lebo_10 - $30,562.60 + $10,820.53 in bounties jays84 - $22,402.29 + $8,384.75 in bounties MCvisitor - $16,420.80 + $1,531.25 in bounties Kabotajoe - $12,036.39 + $6,564.93 in bounties pkrbt - $8,822.62 + $3,171.88 in bounties AllLoot4Me - $6,466.95 + $2,171.88 in bounties TakiToRivers - $4,740.26 + $6,544.91 in bounties 8_Spizzico_9 - $3,474.62 + $4,606.45 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club ($2,100 NLHE) Entries: 102 Prize pool: $204,000 Anton 'anteen' Bertilsson - $47,008 Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $36,103 Igor 'IgorKurganov' Kurganov - $27,728 Dimitri 'MITS 304' Michaelides - $21,296 David 'MissOracle' Yan - $16,356 P0KERPR02.0 - $12,561 Black8Russia - $9,647 Ivan 'Negriin' Luca - $7,409 Jack 'jackziyang' Salter - $5,690 partypoker Sunday Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) Entries: 48 Prize pool: $120,000 Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford - $45,000 frippu - $30,000 savageplenty - $18,600 HULKMAN8 - $10,800 PhileasFogg - $8,400 HellmuthTheGr8 - $7,200 partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller ($1,050 NLHE) Entries: 148 Prize pool: $150,000 pockjack0 - $34,485 Specter_Litt - $24,750 MOTHERSMATT - $18,000 DeuceofDuc0 - $12,750 Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland - $9,000 Garrin4e - $7,125 HellmuthTheGr8 - $5,670 Chelsea7 - $4,500 partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller ($1,050 NLHE PKO) Entries: 514 Prize pool: $51,400 + $54,484 in bounties Paul 'Sentapied99' Senter - $17,509.20 + $22,213.75 in bounties ababbab - $12,566.40 + $2,843.75 in bounties ABOUDIABY2 - $9,139.20 + $4,452.50 in bounties Patrick_Leonard - $6,473.60 + $2,827.50 in bounties justkot - $4,569.60 + $260 in bounties siddhartha90 - $3,617.60 + $2,665 in bounties smir9david - $2,878.84 + $3,120 in bounties SUPERCOUSER - $2,284.80 + $910 in bounties partypoker Sunday Main Event ($215 NLHE) Entries: 791 Prize pool: $158,200 Russell 'rdcrsnn' Carson - $28,238.70 xe965vlec98 - $20,091.40 PikkuHUMPPA - $13,494.46 patrondelmal - $9,143.96 zidanilo20 - $6,454.56 FMylife - $4,651.08 KovuCatwhale80 - $3,322.20 aceseven33 - $2,309.72 888poker Sunday Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) Entries: 352 (166 rebuys) Prize pool: $103,600 Alex 'Dynoalot' Difelice - $19,943 Moliere12 - $14,763 Kelevra - $11,137 alexos88 - $8,029 Anton 'anteen' Bertilsson - $5,439 checcmate - $3,885 KTBFFH8 - $2,849 tutten7 - $2,331 888poker Whale ($1,050 NLHE) Entries: 43 (17 rebuys) Prize pool: $60,000 Svengate - $19,425* Sam 'sammygrinder' Grafton - $17,774* wellyxx - $9,000 Madeon199 - $6,000 ribamech1 - $4,500 floatmasta - $3,300
  14. With a month and a half left in the year, Sweden’s 'lena900' (28,117.68) maintains his lead in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. His last few weeks have been filled with plenty of volume as he widened the gap between himself and 'C Darwin2' (25,993.48). There have been no changes to the top five spots on the leaderboard in the past two weeks. PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of November 14 1. 'lena900' - 28,117.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 25,993.48 3. 'hellohellohello' - 23,840.61 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,678.21 5. Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone - 20,526.95 Since the last update on October 23, 'lena900' has added nearly 1,000 points to his total. His largest score since was worth $36,628.52 when he won the $1,050 buy-in partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller on November 4. Other notable recent scores for 'lena900' include a first-place finish in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep on November 4 for $20,867, a win in the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller on November 1 for $10,877.22, a second-place result in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,069.75, and another second-place finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $15,671.39. Although 'C Darwin2' maintained his second-place standing in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race, he only added 237.17 points to his total. Only two recent scores were worth five figures for 'C Darwin2' and both came on PokerStars - a third-place finish in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $10,038.30 and a first-place result in the High Roller Club: Daily 500 for $15,523.81. Russia’s 'hellohellohello' (23,840.61) stays in third place, but he did close the gap a bit between himself and 'C Darwin2.' November has been good to 'hellohellohello' so far, as he’s notched two scores of more than $20,000. The first of the two came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on November 4 for $20,587.78. The second was a victory in the partypoker BIG Bounty Hunter High Roller for $23,446.15. Rounding out the top five spots in the PocketFives 2018 PLB are two players who are no strangers to the top of this race, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky (21,678.21) and Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone (20,526.95). The ground Romanovsky is standing on in fourth place is getting a little shaky, though. He has no recorded results since September 30 and Petrone is grinding hard to try and move up. Then just outside of the top five is Latvia’s 'DamageAP' (20,407.91), just 119.04 points behind Petrone.
  15. As the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table on Monday, there was one name that had a lot of people talking. Belgium's 'girafganger7' was at the final two tables of the High version of the Main Event while also chip leader of Event #1 High ($1,050 NLHE Phase 2). While he didn't win either event, he did enough to move into the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for the first time in his career. He finished runner-up in Event #1 for $745,000 and 1,591.77 PLB points and then bubbled the Main Event High final table for $72,567 and an additional 661.25 points. That wasn't the end of his run though. That same day he won the partypoker High Roller for $22,130/316.23. He now sits atop the rankings with 10,414.06 and has ended the 10-week run of 'lena900'. The next four spots belong to players from Sweden, lead by 'lena900'. He posted four qualifying cashes this past week, three of them from SCOOP and another from partypoker Powerfest. Those four results were worth 671.65 points which allowed to barely hold off #3-ranked 'inhoo', who posted five qualifying cashes of his own for 1,154.98 points. 'Ariados' earned 1,191.7 points this week thanks to five qualifying cashes, the highlight being a 24th place in the SCOOP High Main Event for $46,088/391.06. Former #1 'C Darwin2' did his best to move up the rankings, winning a Powerfest event for $11,408/268.51 and finishing seventh in the SCOOP High Main Event for $178,883/819.05. He also managed a smaller Powerfest cash for $7,120/181.85. Two players moved back into the top 10 this week. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth moved from #11 to #7 and another Swede, 'Sheater' went from #15 to #10. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren and Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1girafganger710,414.06NR 2lena9009,573.091 3inhoo9,482.332 4Ariados9,376.953 5C Darwin28,941.345 6Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,131.694 7Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,957.4411 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,912.026 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,673.489 10Sheater7,510.4415
  16. This week's PokerStars Sunday Million saw three players turn $215 into over $100,000 after the final four agreed to a deal. 'Rohlik2' was awarded the biggest share of the $1,276,000 prize pool and banked $121,844, but it was 'Adam4_Condor' who took the first-place glory and netted $117,195 after the deal. 'Rohlik2' eventually departed in fourth-place with 'vidi.pkr' claimed the bronze medal in third for $89,558, which left 'nielssie88' to be the final player to fall from the 6,382-entry field and claim their prize of $109,027 as runner-up. Elsewhere, 'Sentapied99' achieved quite the feat after winning the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for the second week in a row. After coming through the 420-player field last week for $40,110, they this time outlasted 327 entrants to claim victory for $31,719 and the honor of defending his title. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang also had a Sunday to remember after final tabling two majors which included victory in the partypoker $2,600 SHR. Zhang took sixth-place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, good for $12,195, and added another $53,662 to his bankroll after coming through the tough partypoker $2,600 SHR final table which included; Roman 'Sanitywaterline' Romanovsky, current PocketFives #1-ranked 'HellmuthTheGr8' and the winner of this tournament last week, 'BenRichards1.' Sweden's 'TanTanSWE' added another $36,910 to their already impressive $5.6m in online earnings after winning the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. 'TanTanSWE' came through the 896-player field to record the victory after seeing out 'ale6ka' into second-place, who took away $27,055. After well-known MTT player 'Bencb789' took down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up last week, it was 'losos007' who this week felt that winning feeling after outlasting the 1,304 entrants to take the title and the first-place prize of $40,653. 'Alexxxd3' was their adversary heads-up but they could not go the distance and claimed $29,501 for second-place. 'justwhackit' was this week's partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event champion after beating Brazil's Fabiano 'ChicoRaise' Kovalski heads-up. The Brazilian's silver medal reward was $23,840 with 'justwhackit' winning $33,620 after overcoming the 1,944 player field. In partypoker's $530 HR Super Sunday Main Event, it was 'lena900' who was the last player remaining after seeing off partypoker pros Dzmitry Urbanovich' and Joao Simao before defeating 'Z-ENERGIES' in a heads-up battle. It would seem the final two players agreed on a deal before playing for the added first-place prize with 'Z-ENERGIES' taking away $32,543 for second and 'lena900' awarded $35,516 for first. Over on 888poker, 65 entrants came together to do battle in the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Gtd Whale event with 'bigblindbets' going the distance and claimed the $30,000 first-place prize. Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky was the runner-up for $20,000 with Russia's 'CalmRevolver' taking $15,000 in third. 'checcmate' was able to live up to their name and beat the 377 entrants in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep to claim the first-place prize of $19,250. 'genbab10' was the unlucky player to fall at the final hurdle and took $14,250 for second-place. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,382 entrants, $1,276,400 prize pool Adam4_Condor - *$117,195.36 nielssie88 - *$109,027.22 vidi.pkr - *$89,558.47 Rohlik2 - *121,844.39 flauschi16 - $41,789.08 Fran-Dutch - $29,326.31 WS Lynx - $20,580.29 Platzhirsch - $14,442.59 florilos - $10,135.38 *Denotes a four-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 110 entrants, $220,000 prize pool imluckbox - $50,386.35 Mad4it4life - $37,939.37 blanconegro - $28,567.22 Berndsen12 - $21,510.25 Sphinx87 - $16,196.57 mczhang - $12,195.52 RJYJYR - $9,182.86 Moloz345 - $6,914.42 Zwyyyy - $6,098.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 896 entrants, $448,000 prize pool TanTanSWE - $36,910.83 ale6ka - $27,055.21 Vokobyarrrrr - $19,831.39 IAmSoSo - $14,536.34 marcelomig - $10,655.09 dammsugarn - $7,810.16 munchenHB - $5,724.83 Mysters_Y - $4,196.28 Idog1974 - $3,075.85 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,304 entrants, $260,800 prize pool losos007 - $40,653.70 Alexxxd3 - $29,501.43 BanicIvan - $21,409.17 Mortan23 - $$15,536.63 camerofelix - $$11,274.93 djleet1337 - $$8,182.20 Manjelleg - $5,937.81 Stulle18 - $4,309.06 Bayesian - $3,127.09 partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event-H $200k Gtd 1,944 entrants, $200,000 prize pool justwhackit - $33,620 ChicoRaise - $23,840 Gancas09 - $15,500 Barsukeen - $10,320 Kuukupoopotin - $7,300 misclckmason - $5,080 WuHuu3Bet - $3,500 felipesinop - $2,280 partypoker $530 Super Sunday Main Event-HR $200k Gtd 415 entrants, $207,500 prize pool lena900 - $35,516.25 Z-ENERGIES - $32,543 k2Schogori - $19,505 DrMiKee - $13,695 HAMENAKE - $9,794 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $7,138 mafaka1 - $5,042.25 joasimaobh - $3,672.75 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller 81 entrants, $202,500 prize pool mczhang - $53,662.50 MentulaMagna - $37,462.50 SanityWaterline - $26,325 BenRichards1 - $18,225 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,175 WelshWizard - $10,631.25 Cool_Dave - $8,606.25 PhileasFogg - $7,087.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 327 entrants, $327,000 prize pool Sentapied99 - $31,719 EggsBenedict - $22,890 whresmymind - $15,859.50 catchinwreck - $11,363.25 A3APTEH - $8,093.25 Dalmatass107 - $6,000.45 CropDustr - $4,169.25 JappieGamble - $3,041.10 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 65 entrants – $100,000 prize pool bigblindbets - $30,000 Romeopro33 - $20,000 CalmRevolver - $15,000 Chikky11k - $10,000 UrShitStorm - $7,500 wellyxx - $5,500 Bullflag - $4,500 Dmilito22 - $4,000 boss7210 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 377 entrants – $100,000 prize pool checcmate - $19,250 genbab10 - $14,250 mndlssbrnt - $10,750 TrollKonst8 - $7,750 Canette_15 - $5,250 HmbleBmble - $3,750 lrdvoldemort - $2,750 Ezreaal - $2,250
  17. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'lena900' returned to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] After 18 weeks looking up the PocketFives Rankings and seeing other players ahead of him, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ took over the #1 spot this week, passing two players in the process. Wins on 888poker and partypoker over the last seven days earned ‘lena900’ just over $51,000 and 624 PocketFives Leaderboard points. He beat out 422 other players on September 30 to win the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut for $8,206.02 and 205.67 points. He followed that up by outlasting 116 other players in the 888poker Whale on October 2 for $43,750 and 418.33 points. He’s now just 15.4 points ahead of ‘C Darwin2’, who had been #1 for the past 12 weeks. This marks the sixth time in his career that ‘lena900’ has held down the top spot. His first reign as the top-ranked online player in the world began on March 30, 2016 and lasted four weeks. ‘C Darwin2’ took some time off this week, registering just three cashes, none of which were big enough to add to his PLB total. He fell to #2, while Steven ‘SvZff' van Zedelhoff dropped from #2 to #3, one week after jumping into the #2 spot. There was some more juggling inside of the top 10 this week, but nobody that was in the top 10 last week dropped out this week. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #7 to #6, swapping spots with ‘Sheater’ while Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas swapped the #9 and #10 spots. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each moved up six spots to #18 and #19 respectively. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved into the Top 25, ending up at #24, up two spots from last week. Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert was the only player to fall out of the top 25, ending up at #29 after being #23 last week. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,274.213 2C Darwin29,258.811 3Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,101.842 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,438.234 5veeea8,267.385 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,737.897 7Sheater7,663.786 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,547.748 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,147.4910 10Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,124.769 11Ariados6,946.2813 12Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,935.9315 13DeathbyQuads6,833.4911 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,812.5512 15Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,797.8716 16Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,777.5514 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,762.1719 18Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,711.7024 19Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,704.1525 20nilsef6,693.8020 21Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,632.8818 22Ludovich 'ludovi333' Ge'lich6,581.0722 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,571.5917 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,481.9826 25Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,436.2221
  18. The PocketFives Rankings have been dominated by Sweden in 2017. For the better part of the year, at least half of the top 10 has had the familiar blue and yellow flag next to it. Currently, there are five in that top group. As so many Swedish players are among the best in online poker that the world has to offer, PocketFives is taking a look at the current top 10 rankings for the nation itself. Leading the way for both Sweden and the world is 'lena900'. It did not take long for him to get October off to a strong start as he won the $150,000 guaranteed Whale on 888poker $43,750. Along with the money came 418.33 PLB points. ‘Lena900’ is top dog worldwide and trailing them is ‘C Darwin2,’ who is only behind by 15 points. ‘C Darwin 2’ spent part of 2017 ranked #1 in the world and closed out the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker with a final table in Event #74 High ($530 No Limit $300,000 guaranteed). The sixth-place finish came with 247.70 PLB points. Checking in at #3 for Sweden is Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren, who is ranked #6 worldwide. Berggren won a tournament on 888poker and PokerStars in consecutive days for a combined 332.63 points to give himself some breathing room over #4 ‘Sheater.’ ‘Sheater’ did a lot of damage on partypoker during the partypoker Powerfest series highlighted by his win in the $150,000 guaranteed high roller which gave him 395.60 points and $31,144. The final member of the Swedish contingent to be ranked in the top 10 in the world is #5 Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo. 888poker’s XL Eclipse series was kind to Ylitalo, who won the $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback for $21,356 and 333.92 points. Ranking #6 and #7, respectively are ‘Ariados' and 'DeathbyQuads'. ‘Ariados’ reached a peak of #2 worldwide earlier in 2017 and ‘DeathbyQuads’ is attempting to regain his top form of the year at #7 in the world. Jonatan ‘Po4teUS’ Hellman is in at #8 and attempting to reach the $5,000,000 mark in career earnings before the end of the year. Hellman is about $275,000 short of reaching that target. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar had a strong September that included a Powerfest high roller win and a top-70 finish in the WCOOP Main Event. Korsar is less than $80,000 shy of becoming the sixth player ever to hit $10,000,000 in earnings on PocketFives. Rounding out the Swedish top 10 is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, who crossed over the $3,000,000 mark in earnings this year. Odeen’s highest worldwide ranking this year is #12. Sweden's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1lena9009,274.21 2C Darwin29,258.81 3r4ndomr4gs7,737.89 4Sheater7,663.78 5inhoo7,547.74 6Ariados6,946.28 7DeathbyQuads6,833.49 8Pot4teUS6,762.17 9Greenstone256,632.88 10perrymejsen5,926.02
  19. [caption width="640"] Ryan Franklin added a Sunday Major title to his impressive resume (WPT photo)[/caption] Longtime online poker tournament specialist Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a cash prize of $159,701 with fellow veteran Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov of Russia finishing second for $112,069 and #400-ranked 'vip25459' placing third for $78,646. 'Alexey5758' was awarded $55,192 in fourth place while 'fatboi' of the United Kingdom walked away with $38,732 in fifth place. There was a heads-up final table chop in the Stars Sunday High Roller as 'fish2013' took home $59,662 for the win and 'WATnlos' earned $53,566 in the runner-up position. Belgium's Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson (ranked #92 worldwide) placed third for $37,322 in that event. The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 'anti-VGKC' who received a cash payment of $42,180 upon reaching a two-way deal. Peru's Diego Ventura (ranked #68 worldwide) captured an outright victory in the Sunday 500 for $37,333 and Brazilian Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos looked to move back into the Top 100 with a win in the Sunday Supersonic for $30,263. Online poker tournament specialist 'Chelsea72' came out on top in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on Partypoker, cashing in for $46,857 while 'NoSaalt' finished second in that event for $34,634. The $530 buy-in High Roller was won by 'SentimenTODO23' who was awarded $31,848 with the runner-up 'josef_shvejk' of the Russia (ranked #9 worldwide) taking home $31,720 following a two-way negotiation. The $320 buy-in Baby Whale tournament on 888poker was won by 'Eat1ngAndWIN' for a cash prize of $21,500. 'RakDoll' was the winner in the Mega Deep event and collected $19,114. PokerStars Sunday Million $200 + $15 NLHE 5,914 entrants $1,182,800 paid out to 1,052 spots Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin - $159,701.07 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $112,068.64 vip25459 - $78,646.26 Alexey5758 - $55,191.57 flong78 - $38,731.85 (fatboi) s0nny_bLacCk - $27,180.86 AchoBogdanov - $19,074.77 BongadasVN - $13,386.22 (RomeuRato) cojones2010 - $9,394.15 PokerStars Sunday High Roller $2,000 + $100 NLHE 155 entrants $310,000 paid out to 20 spots fish2013 - $59,662.21 WATnlos - $53,566.43 *2-way deal Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - $37,322.48 raidalot - $28,444.32 Apotheosis - $21,678.08 enigma2018 - $16,521.38 flong78 - $12,591.33 (fatboi) iamivar - $9,596.14 gorodski - $7,313.45 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $200 + $15 NLHE 1,479 entrants $295,800 paid out to 251 spots anti-VGKC - $42,180.32 Vanad3784 - $35,434.86 *2-way deal Futti18 - $23,341.48 Dominic 'BounatirouIMO' Nitsche - $16,782.74 PataNegraXD - $12,066.92 Maui2waui - $8,676.22 Gustavo '22ehnutzz' Mastelotto - $6,238.27 w3c.RaY - $4,485.36 WATnlos - $3,225.01 PokerStars Sunday 500 $500 + $30 NLHE 412 entrants $206,000 paid out to 55 spots Diego Ventura - $37,333.38 Zluka2010 - $27,441.19 joselo29 - $20,170.24 shushko19 - $14,825.82 AppelKruimel - $10,897.50 Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $8,010.04 Flat - $5,887.64 pappadogg - $4,327.62 zÿax - $3,180.96 (OMGpou) PokerStars Omania High Roller $500 + $30 PLO Six Max 208 entrants $94,500 paid out to 23 spots Fresh_oO_D - $17,020.91 chico134 - $13,586.03 sadface11 - $10,844.40 Riphraph94 - $8,656.02 C Darwin2 - $6,909.25 anonymstruts - $5,514.98 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic $200 + $15 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo 895 entrants $183,260 paid out to 101 spots Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos - $30,263.33 isistar185 - $21,540.22 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $15,331.76 --KarlsenA-- - $10,912.74 (andersfk) BobbyW519 - $7,767.41 masatotan - $5,528.63 partypoker Super High Roller $2,500 + $100 77 entrants $192,500 paid out to 13 spots Chelsea72 - $46,857 NoSaalt - $34,634 TheTryangle - $25,599 JeanClaude1970 - $18,922 WelshWizard - $13,986 (the beej) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard - $10,337 mwhldwn - $7,641 ACHSO8000 - $6,607 partypoker High Roller $500 + $30 372 entrants $200,000 paid out to 63 spots SentimenTODO23 - $31,848 josef_shvejk - $31,720 *2-way deal PhileasFogg - $19,244 (hellohellohello) jaimelaviande - $13,965 Chelsea72 - $10,135 McDlsiLDrOoN - $7,355 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $5,337 Batdog666 - $3,873 888poker Baby Whale $300 + $20 NLHE 210 entrants $100,000 paid out to 27 spots Eat1ngAndWIN - $21,500 trino11 - $15,500 AsaNisse4 - $11,750 tigerhooods62 - $8,750 888tonkaaaa - $6,000 nelisschuif - $5,000 TylerRM - $4,000 88TIGER889 - $3,000 888poker MEGA DEEP $200 + $15 NLHE 389 entrants $100,600 paid out to 56 spots RakDoll - $19,114 TrollKnost8 - $14,084 IceStream - $10,563 koenigskebap - $7,545 CraiEvryTime - $5,030 Imyurfriend - $3,521 GramNaKartke - $2,515 (ksieciunio) ckb4714 - $2,012
  20. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings C Darwin2 Top $7 Million Lifetime Earnings October’s PLB winner and current #1-ranked online player on the planet, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ added a new accolade to his ever-growing list of accomplishments this week when he surpassed $7 million in lifetime earnings. Not only did he fly right by the benchmark, he did it in style by outright winning the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for over $16,000. His victory was one of three top 3 finishes over the course of the week, resulting in over $50,000 in cashes. At this rate, it will only be a few weeks before the Swede returns to the Milestones headlines as he closes in on his $7.5 million badge. Making new high marks of his own was The Netherlands #1-ranked player, Tommie ‘TommieJ’ Janssen who grinded his way past the $4 million lifetime earnings mark this week as well. Two More Join $2 Million Romania’s top-ranked pro Nedelcu ‘Narcisus90’ Narcis as well as ‘macqueen56’from France both topped the $2 million mark this week. Narcis’ sixth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder for nearly $4,500 on November 5 was the tournament that helped him get over the hump. In similar fashion, for the full-time grinder ‘macqueen56’ it was his runner-up finish in the partypoker $10,000 GTD on Monday, November 6. A career-high score, in terms of PLB points, for ‘PSCPRODIGY’ helped him become one of four players to earn $1 million in lifetime earnings this week. ‘PSCPRODIGY’, Thailand’s #2-ranked player, soared past the $1 million mark with his win in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $58,039 and 529.15 PLB points. Joining him in earning the million milestone was Lithuania’s ‘shakalas’, Zimbabwe’s ‘Rakietman’ and ‘Pustota’ who plays out of Cheboksary, Russia. ’Jughead11’ enters Top 100, ‘josef_shvejk’ & ‘rolandbauer’ ascend in Top 20 Nine players made moves in the Top 100 Worldwide rankings, with Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse appearing for the first time. As the Canadian Lacasse approached $500,000 in lifetime earnings, his new entry into the Top 100 can be attributed to a string of cashes boosted by his second-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warmup in the last week of October, providing him over 373 PLB points and $34,940. Russia's‘josef_shvejk’ took another step towards the Top 10 as he moved from 16 to 15 in the rankings this week. Ranked #2 in all of Russia, his move up could likely be traced back to his first-place finish in the Hot $109 on PokerStars early in the week earning him over 205.18 PLB points in addition to the approximately $7,500. The most notable move of the week belongs to Austria’s ‘rolandbauer’ who leapt 18 spots from #30 right into the thick of the Top 20, landing at #12. Two big-time finishes in a 48 hours period not only gave him the boost he needed to get to the edge of the Top 10, but it also puts him on the precipice of $2 million in lifetime earnings. He took first place in partypoker’s Sunday Super High Roller for $55,809 and then, just days later, a second place finish in PokerStars Super Tuesday for another $41,988. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #105 to #97 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Pedote dos Santos - #94 to #86 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #74 to 360 'tiarc' - #61 to #54 'kofi89' - #48 to #45 'papan9_p$' - #30 to #29 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha - #22 to #21 'josef_shvejk' - #16 to #15 'rolandbauer' - #30 to #12
  21. [caption width="641"] Steven van Zadelhoff followed up his great September with the #5 spot in October's PLB (PokerStars photo)[/caption] With PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and all of the other major September series' in the rearview mirror, it was back to the grind for the online regs in October. The Monnthly PLB race featured many familiar faces at the top and one of the most prominent coming out on top in a dominant performance. 'C Darwin2' ran away from the competition in October and compiled 3,930.01 PLB points. That gave him a margin of over 1,000 points versus the nearest competitor in ''. The largest score for ‘C Darwin2’ came in the partypoker $100,000 guaranteed Sunday Super High Roller. The Swede won the event for $52,246 and came away with 469.04 PLB points as a result. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ had seven results of over 200 PLB points which greatly helped his cause toward finishing as #1 and maintaining the top ranking worldwide. October for ‘josef_shvejk’ was a relatively strong one with five wins, three of which came in The Heavyweight on partypoker. #3 in the October PLB was ‘lena900,’ who is also ranked third in the world. The highest score for ‘lena900’ during the month was in the $150,000 guaranteed Whale on 888poker. ‘lena900’ earned $43,750 for first place and 418.33 points. Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellmancomes in at #4 with a month that puts him up to the top-25 worldwide. Hellman claimed multiple wins over the course of a few dozen cashes with a win in the $150,000 guaranteed High Roller Warm Up on partypoker serving as the highwater mark. PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is still #2 in the world and came in at #5 in the October PLB. van Zadelhoff put together a total of 2,516.35 points during October and while he didn’t have any million dollar scores, he did win four events and keep himself over 1,000 points ahead of ‘lena900’ on the worldwide rankings. The fourth Swedish player on the October PLB was ‘Discoovery.’ The #65-ranked player in the world won The Heavyweight on partypoker along with the Big 215 on PokerStars. Those two victories accounted for almost 20 percent of the month’s PLB haul. The biggest PLB score of the month came from Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich. Dietrich won the Sunday Million on October 15 for $160,168 and a whopping 1,090.69 PLB points, putting him in sixth place. The former #2-ranked player is currently 29th in career earnings with over $7.2 million. Coming in at #8 was David ‘davaman’ Lopez. Lopez shipped the $40,000 guaranteed Big 109 for 232.59 points to bring himself up to a career-high worldwide ranking of 31. Another Swede and worldwide top-10 member who made an appearance was Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The #3 Swedish player is top-five in the world and also top-10 in the all-time money list, making for an unofficial Triple Crown. The final member of the PLB’s 10 best was Lithuanian ‘Mikensonas.’ The best cash of the career of ‘Mikensonas’ came on October 1 when they won the Winamax Grand for $26,327. Just outside the top-10 were former #1-ranked players Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman and Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. PLAYERPLB POINTS C Darwin23,930.01 josef_shvejk2,911.73 lena9002,816.68 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman2,750.70 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff2,516.35 Discoovery2,495.89 Mike 'Pipedream17' Dietrich2,465.32 David 'davaman' Lopez2,333.01 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren2,279.99 Mikensonas2,260.01
  22. In the limited amount of time post-World Series of Poker that has seen a more consistent schedule from the top players in the world, 'C Darwin2' continues to hold down the #1 ranking. ‘C Darwin2’ took third place in the Hot $215 on PokerStars, marking his largest score since his return to a full schedule after some time spent in Las Vegas. Staying at #2 in ‘lena900,’ who found a podium finish in the 5-card Pot Limit Omaha event on PokerStars on July 27 and won the Hot $215 for over $13,000 spread between the two cashes. The combined PLB point totals for the events were worth just over 300. The third spot in the list is another familiar face in ‘Ariados.’. They managed to find a fifth place finish in last Sunday’s partypoker High Roller and that was worth just over $8,000 along with 146.22 points. ‘inhoo’ holds steady at #4 after a week that included a win in the PokerStars $109 6-Max Hyper Turbo, which earned 154.86 points. Former #1 players Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro come in at #6 and #7, respectively. Both players are expected to resume their standard online schedules in the upcoming weeks. Dropping back into the final spot in the top-10 is another Swedish player,'DeathbyQuads.' As the online world gets back to normal and WCOOP not far off in the distance, the rankings are expected to change yet again in the near future. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,914.491 2lena9008,568.362 3Ariados8,540.233 4inhoo8,262.484 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,597.755 6Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez7,040.497 7Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,032.558 8Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,003.465 9Sheater6,869.389 10DeathbyQuads6,853.1810
  23. 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
  24. After staring up at Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez for the past four weeks, Sweden's 'lena900' has taken over the #1 spot in thePocketFives Rankings - but just barely. 'Lena900' posted two cashes this past week that were big enough to add to his PLB score and move him past Gonzalez. He won a $530 buy-in partypoker Six Max High Roller for $9,488 and 156.52 points. He followed that up on Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars NLHE Sunday Grand for $21,887 and 229.91 points. The combined 386.43 points moved 'lena900' past Gonzalez by just 71.48 points. Gonzalez didn't exactly go quietly into the night. Despite playing a limited schedule, Gonzalez managed to emerge with a win in the $530 buy-in partypoker Six Max High Roller on March 12. He earned $11,787 and added 247.99 points to his total, but it was the only cash big enough to earn him points. Sitting in third is another Swede and former #1-ranked player, 'C Darwin2'. He also posted a solid week with two cashes, a third place finish in a partypoker High Roller for $10,712/163.58 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $8,828/170.65. While 'C Darwin2' was unable to move up this week, there's certainly no danger of him being caught by anybody below him. The difference between him and #1-ranked 'lena900' is just 444.03 points, but the difference between 'C Darwin2' and #4-ranked 'Ariados' is a massive 1,789.27 points. The group of Swedes dominating the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings did not change at all this week. 'Ariados' sits fourth, 'inhoo' is fifth and Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren sits sixth for yet another week. Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov moved up to #7 from #8 after he earned 524.2 points from four qualifying cashes this week. This represents and all-time high ranking for the Russian grinder. Two former #1-ranked players found their way back into the top 10 this week. Britain's Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard moved from #11 to #8 while Chile's Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro ended up at #10. Germany's 'pappdogg' and Russia's 'veeea' both dropped out of the top 10, falling to #11 and #12 respectively. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,580.722 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,509.241 3C Darwin29,136.693 4Ariados7,347.424 5inhoo7,272.055 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,064.856 7Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov7,029.498 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,823.7711 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,813.027 10Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,800.9312
  25. [caption width="640"] #1 remained the same this week, but 'veeea' seems intent on taking over.[/caption] Every year the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker causes the PocketFives Rankings to shift dramatically. It took just four events for the first of the top-ranked players to grab a title and make a big move upward. Russia's 'veeea' won Event #4 ($1,050 Progressive KO) for almost $200,000 and 781.34 PLB points to move from #4 to #2. He's now just 22.62 points behind Sweden's 'C Darwin2'. It's been 19 months since 'veeea' last held down the #1 spot. It's not like 'C Darwin2' has been idle though. The Swede - one of 10 in the Top 25 - hasn't hit a massive WCOOP score yet, but has enjoyed success in the partypoker Powerfestseries. He won Event #1, Event #32, finished runner-up in Event #20 and 13th in Event #12. Those four cashes earned him just over 909 PLB points. He picked up an additional 145.39 points for a 32nd place finish in WCOOP Event #9. The names in the top 10 remained identical to last week with just a bit of reshuffling. With 'veeea' going to #2, 'lena900' fell one spot to #3.Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #5 to #4, Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo dropped from #3 to #5. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford and 'Ariados' swapped the #6 and #7 spots. Swedes 'Sheater' and 'DeathbyQuads' moved to #8 and #9 respectively while former #1 Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro dropped from #8 to #10. The biggest mover of the top 25 this week was Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar. The Brazilian picked up five qualifying cashes this week, including 355.67 from taking down Powerfest Event #20. He also won a PokerStars $109 Six Max NLHE event as well. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,126.011 2veeea8,103.394 3lena9007,629.132 4Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,510.615 5Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,504.093 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,113.047 7Ariados6,948.496 8Sheater6,676.9210 9DeathbyQuads6,620.529 10Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,605.888 11Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,550.1213 12Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,539.1111 13Pot4teUS6,429.0312 14Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,340.1923 15Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,237.1815 16Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,126.1616 17Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,032.4124 18Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen5,987.8619 19Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert5,924.4714 20Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar5,895.0732 21Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver5,893.7922 22Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic5,786.0721 23Ludovich 'ludovi333' Gelech5,769.5218 24Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim5,722.0520 25hellohellohello5,718.4417

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