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  1. 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.
  2. For the first time ever, Sweden's C Darwin2cracked the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. The leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday and C Darwin2 jumped 10 spots to land at #10. His top 10 showing was due in part to two wins on Winamax this month: a victory in the Grand for $36,000 and a win in the High Roller on Tuesday for another $8,200. C Darwin2 is up to $3.1 million in career online tournament winnings, the largest of which was worth almost $200,000 and came via a gold in the W Series Million Event in September that netted him over 1,000 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. There wasn't a lot of movement in the top 10 this week. Fellow Swede eisenhower1 remained the top dog for the second straight week with 8,119 PLB Points, a full 1,300 more than the next closest person. He made mincemeat of the recently-completed WCOOP, winning a $700 No Limit Hold'em Cubed event for $133,000 and taking down a Second Chance tournament for $22,000. Outside of the top 10, Denmark's IgorK(pictured) jumped 19 spots to land at #35. He final tabled the PokerStarsSunday $109 Rebuy last month for $35,000 and had wins on back-to-back days in the PartyPokerSuper High Roller and 888 Poker Volcano for $52,000 combined. Another Swede, inhoo, moved up 33 spots to #44 in the world. He logged three five-figure cashes on October 4: a final table in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, an eighth place finish in the Sunday Million, and a third place finish in the $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo. Those three scores were worth over $35,000 combined. Good day. norfair18 reentered the top 100 worldwide at #85. He was ranked #1 on our site earlier this year and won the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo a few days ago for $20,000. norfair18 is up to $1.7 million in career online MTT winnings. Right behind norfair18 is pcayobh, who entered the top 100 at #86. The Brazilian was the winner of the Sunday Million over the weekend and pocketed $177,000, his largest tournament score ever. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1- 8,119 points 2. NigDawG - 6,801 points 3. Tiny_molester - 6,699 points 4. PokerKaiser - 6,671 points 5. cswami - 6,634 points 6. aguskb - 6,563 points 7. Legenden - 6,533 points 8. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,444 points 9. r4ndomr4gs - 6,367 points 10. C Darwin2 - 6,361 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="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
  4. [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
  5. [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
  6. [caption width="639"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up to #4 this week, photo: WPT[/caption] Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Four of the top five players in the world are from Sweden, yet it's the lone non-Swede who made waves last week, sending him to #4 worldwide. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up six spots in the rankings this week to #4. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as February 10 and now finds himself with 6,934 PLB Points. That's only 363 points off first place. Last week, Vezhenkov traveled to Macau from Birma, but still managed to find time to win the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo for $6,400 and 172 PLB Points. Eight days ago, he bolstered his PLB score by taking down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for almost $100,000 officially, defeating a 491-player field and recording his third largest online poker score to date. Vezhenkov passed $5 million in career online winnings nine days ago. He was the second player to do so this month and just the fourth person this year. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is once again #1 worldwide. He has been the top dog on PocketFives since February 10 and turned in a productive Sunday on PokerStars.fr, winning the site's Sunday Supersonic and Sunday High Roller for $15,000 combined. He took down the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed one day before that for $5,600, bringing his career win total to 55. 'C Darwin2' calls Stockholm home and has 2,090 career in the money finishes, along with an average cash of $1,800. He leads the second place player in the rankings, 'lena900', by just 23 points. Outside of the top 10, another Swede shot his way up the leaderboard. Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin moved up from #44 to #28, or 16 spots, after taking second in a partypoker Powerfest event over the weekend for $55,000. That tournament had a buy-in of $530 and attracted almost 800 entrants, resulting in Berglin's largest online poker score ever. [caption width="449"] Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin was up 16 spots, photo: Hendon Mob[/caption] Rhys 'floppinhel' Jones reentered the top 100 at #54 in the world, 36 spots off his all-time high set in 2013. Jones won a Six-Max Powerfest event over the weekend for $28,000 and also took down the Big $162 on PokerStars for another $14,000. Those were the 86th and 87th wins of Jones' career. He has been hitting on all cylinders, as last month he finished sixth in the EPT Dublin Main Event and bagged $134,000, his largest live cash to date. Three spots behind Jones is Ivan 'ivanvilchez8' Vilchez. The Argentinian entered the top 100 this week at #57, his best showing ever, after finishing second in the Powerfest Week 4 Main Event for a healthy $136,000. The $1,050 buy-in tournament had 928 entrants and ended with Vilchez recording his largest cash ever, pushing his career total to $546,000. He is the top-ranked player in Argentina, where he lives in the inland city of Rio Tercero. Ireland's Daniel 'NukeTheFish' Wilson moved up almost 30 spots from #95 to #68 after winning the partypoker Heavyweight Balboa and PokerStars Hotter $5.50 over the weekend for $6,000 total. He has been a man of volume and finished in the money 19 times on March 20 alone. Wilson is approaching 4,500 tracked scores and is about to hit $2 million in career winnings. 'Barry86' moved up to #63 from #86 after two wins in the Heavyweight series on partypoker over the last week. He now has 336 top-three finishes over the years and passed $2 million in career winnings on March 4. The top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,297 points lena900 - 7,276 points Ariados - 7,062 points veeea - 6,934 points eisenhower1 - 6,927 points jbrown8777 - 6,787 points SvZff - 6,714 points MendaLerenda - 6,548 points DeathbyQuads - 6,407 points gray31 - 6,342 points
  7. [caption width="654"] The top five of the rankings this week[/caption] Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings and this week, another Swede played his way into the top 10. Debuting at #8, his highest ranking ever, 'DeathbyQuads' is the fifth player from Sweden in the top ten worldwide. The volume-driven 'DeathbyQuads' had eight cashes on Tuesday, the largest of which was worth $11,000 for finishing second in the PokerStars Big $109. In fact, he has just three cashes over $40,000 for his career despite having over $1.5 million in winnings. Two of those three cashes came late last year, a WCOOP third place finish for $49,000 and a Sunday Warm-Up third place finish for $42,000. 'DeathByQuads' moved up five spots this week and has 6,500 PLB Points. Although he's almost 1,000 points shy of first place, he's only 219 away from fifth and could easily make that leap next week. The top spot still belongs to Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who has 7,457 points and has been the #1 ranked player since February 10. He finished sixth in a PartyPoker Powerfest event over the weekend for $10,000 and is quickly approaching $4 million in career online winnings. Interestingly, his last tracked win was on February 7, but since then he has amassed almost 20 top-10 finishes. He is 600 points ahead of second place. Speaking of second place, England's Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell moved up from #7 to #2, his highest position ever, after winning the PokerStars $12,000 Guaranteed on Tuesday, just one week after taking down the 888 Monsoon. He has 338 top-three finishes and is almost at $4 million in winnings for his career. Serradell finished second in a TCOOP event earlier this year for $63,000, his fifth largest score all-time. [caption width="460"] Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell moved up five spots to #2[/caption] Outside of the top 10, don't look now, but Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is back in the top 20. The most successful player in online poker history, Moorman moved up 13 spots after winning the 888 Late Night Crocodile and PokerStars $109 Rebuy on March 3 for almost $15,000 total. Moorman just passed $13 million in career winnings, $4 million more than the next closest player, and has a whopping 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, four more than anybody else. [caption width="550"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is back in the top 20[/caption] England's 'woody1234321' moved up 18 spots to #23 after finishing second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday last week for $74,000. He's 10 spots off his all-time high and is $34,000 away from hitting $3 million in winnings for his career. He's the top-ranked player in the English county of Norfolk. After reentering his screen names, another Brit, 'Bunkervogel', re-joined the top 100 at #65. He took second in the PokerStars Bigger $109 in January for $31,000, his second largest score to date, and has $1.1 million in career winnings. 'Bunkervogel' is the 11th-ranked player in the UK and #1 in Brighton and Hove. Latvia's 'ex6tence' re-entered the top 100 at #70. He's the top-ranked player in his home country and final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy over the weekend for almost $10,000. He has over 50 in the money finishes already in March and just hit $3 million in cashes all-time. You can find him on PokerStars under the moniker 'ex6tenceLV'. Also re-entering the top 100 was former #1 ranked Mike 'telks' Telker, who can be found at #72. Telker took third in the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend to boost his career winnings north of $7.1 million, which puts him in the top 20 all-time. Telker is a longtime member of the online poker community and plays on PokerStars as 'munchenHB'. He was last ranked #1 in December 2011. Finally, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall entered the top 100 at #76, his best showing ever. From the riverside town of Shrewsbury in England, Hall has won three online MTTs this month, including the PokerStars Hot $82 for almost $10,000. Those three raised his career win total to 168. Hall, a 27-year-old, has $2.1 million in cashes lifetime. Top 10 Ranked Players: C Darwin2 - 7,457 points MendaLerenda - 6,836 points lena900 - 6,828 points eisenhower1 - 6,801 points gray31 - 6,719 points Ariados - 6,629 points SvZff - 6,589 points DeathbyQuads - 6,500 points veeea - 6,468 points jbrown8777 - 6,404 points
  8. 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:
  9. [caption width="661"] 'C Darwin2' is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] It has been a volatile last four weeks in the PocketFives Rankings. On January 20, Sweden's 'eisenhower1', who had been #1 for four months, was bucked from the top spot worldwide. Then, 'veeea' assumed the helm for three weeks. Now, there's a new sheriff in town. His name: 'C Darwin2'. He calls Sweden home and has amassed $3.6 million in online tournament winnings over the years. This is the first time he has made it to #1 in the world and was up one spot this week. 'C Darwin2' has 26 in the money finishes already in February, including a $15,000 haul for winning the PartyPoker High Roller, a score that earned him 236 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings. He has 7,341 PLB Points overall and leads second-ranked 'veeea' by almost 200. Swedes appear in five of the top eight spots in the PocketFives Rankings. Grayson 'gray31' Ramagemade waves this week by moving up eight spots from #14 to #6, his highest slotting ever. He finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $156,000 after a three-way deal and earned over 700 PLB Points. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage[/caption] The Sunday Million score was Ramage's sixth largest all-time. Incredibly, at the end of January, he won a TCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em High Roller for almost $300,000 and 1,268 PLB Points. All-time, he's on the cusp of passing $6 million and is the top-ranked poker player in Costa Rica. "It's definitely nice to have moved up, especially since I've had two huge scores recently," Ramage said. "It's not something I focus on too much since I don't put in that much volume, but of course it would be cool to get to #1 at some point." Norway's 'prebzzz' moved up from #34 to #16 on the strength of a win in the Winamax High Roller on Tuesday for $9,200. On February 4, he took down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill and raked in $52,000, his third largest score ever. 'prebzzz' is the top-ranked Norwegian and was ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives last year. Canada's 'roo_400' jumped up 22 spots to #18, his highest ranking ever. He has $2.6 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone and won the site's Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $36,000 and 447 PLB Points. 'roo_400' is the top-ranked player in Canada and plays as 'ipuntstacks2' on PartyPoker, where he has $161,000 in lifetime winnings. He is 11 days away from celebrating his 10th anniversary of being a member of the PocketFives community. Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor, who hails from Leeds in the UK, entered the top 100 at #59, his best showing ever. The Brit was the fourth-place finisher in the Sunday Million over the weekend and holds 242 top-three finishes in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. In the brick-and-mortar world, O'Connor won a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event in Luton four years ago for $73,000, his largest live cash to date, according to the Hendon Mob. [caption width="400" align="alignleft"] Jamie 'EZGame89' O'Connor[/caption] Also entering the top 100 this week was Russia's Mikhail 'zinka' Galitskiy, who landed at #64, his best ranking ever. He has taken down four MTTs in February, including the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $28,000. Galitskiy is the fifth-ranked Russian and #1 in the riverside city of Perm. His largest cash was worth $74,000 and came after winning the Sunday Warm-Up two years ago. Mike 'MikeyG3' Gentili also set a personal best this week, entering the top 100 of the rankings at #83. He's the top-ranked player in the border town of Windsor, Canada and is just a few hours removed from a victory in the PokerStars Big $162 for $16,000. His January included a final table in a TCOOP event for $25,000, a win in the TCOOP Saturday Super Speedway for $24,000, and a gold medal in the PokerStars Big $55 for $14,000. Finally this week, Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano, who was once ranked #6 worldwide on PocketFives, reentered the top 100 at #93. This London resident has four wins since January 30, raising his career total to an even 40. He passed $2 million in career winnings on January 18 and will now look to mount a run at the top 10 once again. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,341 points veeea - 7,153 points SvZff - 6,962 points eisenhower1 - 6,924 points Smeckten - 6,798 points gray31 - 6,797 points lena900 - 6,628 points Ariados - 6,566 points MendaLerenda - 6,539 points mjw006 - 6,501 points
  10. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is the top-ranked poker player in the world[/caption] By the slimmest of margins – 13 points to be exact – 'Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov' leads the PocketFives Rankings. He is starting his third week at the top, but with a small lead, there could be a brand new #1 seven days from now. Vezhenkov is quickly nearing $5 million in career online tournament cashes and is fresh off a sixth place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday at the end of January for $27,000, which netted him 274 PLB Points. He is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner who earned two of them in March of last year. 'veeea' has $3.3 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone and has 7,198 PLB Points. Second place in the Rankings belongs to 'C Darwin2', who has 7,186 PLB Points and trails 'veeea' by a baker's dozen. 'C Darwin2' was up seven spots this week to #2 in the world and finished fourth in a TCOOP Wrap-Up event for $62,000 and 435 PLB Points to help his cause. The same day 'veeea' finished sixth in the Super Tuesday, 'C Darwin2' took second for $89,000 and over 500 PLB Points. Two days prior, he won the Full Tilt Sunday Major. Needless to say, the Swede has been on a tear. Amazingly, four of the top five players in the rankings this week are from Sweden, with 'veeea' being the only exception. 'C Darwin2' calls Stockholm home and sits at $3.5 million in career online MTT winnings across almost 2,000 in the money finishes. Now, can he overtake 'veeea' for the #1 spot? [caption width="460"] Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell[/caption] Moving up four spots in the rankings was Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell from Bristol, who landed at #10. He was ranked as high as #6 on PocketFives last year and won a TCOOP $82 No Limit Draw event one week ago for $7,000. He also took 13th in the series' Main Event over the weekend and earned $12,000. Serradell has 327 top-three finishes and is the top-ranked poker player in the UK. The biggest jump inside the top 100 of the rankings went to Grayson 'gray31' Ramage, who moved up from #95 to #14. Ramage won a TCOOP High Roller for a commanding $291,000 over the weekend, which was good for over 1,200 PLB Points. Ten days before that, he took down the PokerStars $109 Rebuy for another $13,000. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage[/caption] Ramage is nearly at $6 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked player in Costa Rica. He plays as 'swish3113' on Full Tilt and is now seven spots off his all-time high in the rankings set in 2011. Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis entered the top 100 in the world at #31, his highest position ever. He won the Sunday Million over the weekend and raked in 1,100 PLB Points, one of four tournaments he took down in the last three days of January. Aslanidis is the top dog in Greece and has over 3,100 tracked in the money finishes. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] Alex 'tilt21sted' Papazian[/caption] Romania's Alex 'tilt21sted' Papazianmoved up from #79 to #33 on the strength of a runner-up finish in the TCOOP High Roller for $209,000. He is the top-ranked Romanian poker player and could be found as high as #15 on PocketFives last year. On PokerStars, where he has $1.5 million in career winnings, you can find him under the user name 'steakaddict.'. He cashed three times during EPT Prague last December to boot. Finally this week, Hungary's 'Ballage87' cracked the top 50 for the first time. He won his first PocketFives Triple Crown at the end of January and is up to 70 career victories. He's the #2 ranked player in Hungary and is about to pass $900,000 in online tournament scores. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: veeea - 7,198 points C Darwin2 - 7,186 points Smeckten - 6,895 points eisenhower1 - 6,793 points lena900 - 6,701 points SvZff - 6,679 points mjw006 - 6,624 points Legenden - 6,577 points Ariados - 6,566 points MendaLerenda - 6,482 points
  11. [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
  12. [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
  13. [caption width="640"] Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8 in the PocketFives Rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time ever (photo: Merit Poker).[/caption] As the old saying about the Trojan Horse goes, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." In the PocketFives Rankings, it's "Beware of Greeks cracking the top 10." This week, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8, entering the top 10 for the first time ever. Aslanidis is the top-ranked Greek player and had a colossal 90 in the money finishes over the last eight days, including five wins, which came in the PokerStars Hot $33, PokerStars Bounty Builder, 888 $1,500 Guaranteed Turbo Deep, PokerStars Big $162, and PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em. He capped off his big week by final tabling the Super Tuesday for $12,000. Aslanidis has $1.7 million in career online tournament winnings and, after his blockbuster effort, is up to 128 tracked wins and 6,522 PLB points, about 660 off the lead. 'lena900' continues to reign supreme on PocketFives at #1, a spot he has held since March 30. The Swede won both the Winamax High Roller and partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In over the weekend for 300 PLB Points combined and then finished sixth in the Sunday 500 for another $13,000. 'lena900' leads the Swedish online poker contingent, which holds the top three spots in the rankings, and has 7,184 PLB Points. Nipping at the heels of 'lena900' is fellow Swede 'C Darwin2', who has 7,003 points. The former #1 ranked player final tabled a W Series High Roller event over the weekend and just lapped $3.8 million in career winnings. He was ranked #1 from March 23 to March 30 of this year. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford is on the brink of entering the top 10 worldwide for the first time ever. He moved up 10 spots this week to #11 on the strength of a win in the partypoker High Roller for $12,000 and 251 PLB Points under the screen name 'LarryErbs'. Beresford is the second-ranked player in the UK and #1 in the city of York. Signing up for PocketFives this week and entering his screen names, 'Bausss', from the Czech Republic, vaulted into 24th place in the rankings. He opened the month of April with four wins in two days, including five-figure scores in the Bounty Builder and Big $55 on PokerStars. He has had four top-10 finishes since the rankings were last calculated and can be found under the user name 'MonkeyBausss' online. Also new to the rankings this week is Bristol's 'showers', who signed up for PocketFives on Monday and debuted at #56. 'showers' took down the 888 Whale on Sunday for $34,000 and 423 PLB Points and finished third in the site's Volcano the day before for $13,000. He has 77 career top-three finishes and is nearing $1 million in lifetime winnings. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren jumped 21 spots[/caption] Sweden's Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren moved up 21 spots to #27. He made the final tables of the partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In and 888 Whale over the weekend for $21,000 combined, pushing his career cash total north of $6.3 million. Berggren was ranked #1 in the world for two stretches in 2014. Brazil's Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes reentered the top 100 at #79 this week. Moraes was the winner of the most recent PokerStars Sunday 500 and bagged $61,000 and 576 PLB Points. It was his second straight month final tabling that Sunday Major, as he finished fifth in it in mid-March as well. Moraes is #4 in Brazil. Finally, Jamie 'pokerjamers' Armstrong reentered the top 100 at #82 in the world. He was ranked as high as #3 five years ago and took second in the Sunday Kickoff three days ago for $20,000, his second five-figure score of April. He has $4.7 million in career online winnings. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,184 points C Darwin2 - 7,004 points Ariados - 6,955 points Big Huni - 6,931 points veeea - 6,879 points hellohellohello - 6,659 points joaosimaobh - 6,646 points damourinio - 6,522 points RoccoGe - 6,520 points MendaLerenda - 6,449 points
  14. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot in the PocketFives Rankings and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world.[/caption] There are six Swedes in the top 20 of the PocketFives Rankings. And when one Swede falls out of the top spot worldwide, another swoops in to take his place. That's exactly what happened this week. Ranked second last week, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world. This is his second stint at #1 after he was the top dog for seven weeks from February 10 to March 30 of this year. 'C Darwin2' has been on a tear as of late. In the last seven days, he won the partypoker Fight Night High Roller for $24,000, finished third in the 888 Mega Deep for $15,000, and taken fifth in the partypoker Super High Roller for $19,000. He has 7,236 PLB Points, exactly 60 more than the next closest player. Speaking of the next closest player, that distinction belongs to Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. Two weeks ago, Simao was up 15 spots to #6. Last week, he moved down one to #7. Now, he's all the way up to #2, his highest ranking ever. [caption width="660"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is the #2 ranked online poker player in the world this week.[/caption] Simao finished fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend, the same tournament 'C Darwin2' placed fifth in. The same day, he took down the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $37,000 and a healthy 457 PLB Points. The Second Chance was the 150th online MTT win of his career and helped push his lifetime cash total north of $4 million. Canada's Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown also made waves this week by moving back into the top 10 at #10. He's up six spots after taking down the partypoker High Roller over the weekend for $12,000, his 149th tracked win. Brown is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $4 million for his career and is on the verge of hitting $3.3 million on PokerStars. Sweden's 'Discoovery' moved up 25 spots to #14. He won the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for over $67,000 and earned 545 PLB Points. The same day, he final tabled the Sunday 500 for another $17,000 and 220 PLB Points. This is the highest 'Discoovery' has ever been ranked on PocketFives; you can find him on PokerStars under the screen name 'shipitftw911'. Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha also on the moved up this week. He rocketed up 26 spots in the rankings to land at #61, 11 spots off his all-time high. Padilha won not one, not two, but three online MTTs on April 20 – two $55 No Limit Hold'em tournaments on PokerStars and the site's $109 Rebuy – for almost $40,000 total. Those scores bumped his career win total to 81. He's the fourth-ranked player from Brazil and has $2.5 million in lifetime scores. 'Barry86', who just passed $1 million in winnings on PokerStars under the moniker 'OMGACEACEACE', reentered the top 100 at #76. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Sunday Edition over the weekend for $18,000 and also took third in the Full Tilt Sunday Major. 'Barry86' was ranked as high as #45 on PocketFives last year. Korea's Jae 'YugiohPro' Kim also reentered the top 100 this week at #94, 60 spots off his all-time high set three years ago. Kim is the top-ranked player in Korea and finished second in Sunday's Fight Night High Roller on partypoker for $23,000. Kim has been a member of PocketFives since 2009 and said the community continues to be vital to his growth as a player. "I still have so much fun reading the articles on PocketFives and checking the updated point totals for all of the players I admire," he said. "PocketFives is really an incredible resource for any MTT player." Here's this week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,236 points joaosimaobh - 7,176 points Ariados - 7,029 points lena900 - 7,027 points Big Huni - 6,910 points veeea - 6,688 points damourinio - 6,667 points MendaLerenda - 6,547 points hellohellohello - 6,520 points jbrown8777 - 6,504 points
  15. [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
  16. [caption width="640"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings for the third time in his career[/caption] Since April 27, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao have been battling for the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' held down the lead from April 27 to May 4. Then, the Brazilian was #1 for a week before, like a playground see-saw, the Swede took back the title for almost a month. Simao was ranked #1 for the first week of June before 'C Darwin2' was ranked #1 for the last two weeks. Now, the tide has shifted once again, as Simao is the big kahuna on PocketFives for the third time in his career. Simao has 7,839 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, which is almost exactly 100 more than his Swedish nemesis. He only has nine in the money finishes through the first three weeks of June, but had a second place finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 to close out the month of May for almost $20,000. Simao, who plays as 'INeedMassari' on PokerStars, boasts $4.2 million in career online winnings, three-quarters of which has come on the world's largest online poker room. He won April's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard on the strength of his largest score ever, which came in the PokerStars Mountain Series for $167,000. 'C Darwin2' dropped to third place this week. And moving up one spot from #3 to #2 was 'lena900'. The Swede, who was last ranked #1 in the world in April, final tabled the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend for $12,000 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy Turbo the same day for another $6,200. 'lena900' has a PLB score of 7,738 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is knocking on the door of the top 10[/caption] There were no new entrants into the top 10 of the rankings this week, but outside of that group there was plenty of drama. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov sits at #11, five spots higher than he was ranked last week, after winning the PokerStars Hot $162 on Sunday and putting back almost $6,000. He also finished fifth in the partypoker High Roller the same day, one of 11 scores he had on June 19. Two spots behind the Russian is Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, who was up eight spots to #13. Molloy has four wins since last Wednesday's rankings update: the PokerStars $320 Six-Max, Hot $27, Big $109, and $82 Turbo Knockout. Those were worth almost $20,000 total and boosted his career win total to 317. Molly is tied for 20th for the most wins in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. The entire community trails Finland's 'mawko', who has a mammoth 471 wins during his career, two-dozen more than anyone: mawko - 471 moertelmu - 448 Thegrinders7 - 447 ErMataNinho - 446 rounder63 - 428 luckymo32 - 421 Trekan61 - 418 FrankTaylor3 395 paybackLV - 395 pessagno - 390 PokerKaiser - 379 OgSulttaani - 361 tedSTRETCH - 350 nilsef - 350 DENGER - 350 domino20 - 339 Karculya - 336 MatveichukR - 325 moorman1 - 325 cedrick1 - 317 JMolloy - 317 "I'm very pleased with my play and results over the last few months," Molloy said. "I've been trying to lower my table count for the most part and cut out some of the smaller buy-ins with bigger fields. I feel like I have a good grasp of people's ranges and overall game plans when we're deep in tournaments and especially at the final table. Also, I have been having more frequent coaching sessions with 'apestyles' recently, so that doesn't hurt either." Sweden's Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen rocketed 21 spots to #54 in the world after a rock solid Sunday in which he won the Winamax High Roller and placed fourth in the partypoker High Roller for almost $30,000 combined. Those were his 19th and 20th largest career scores and helped boost his lifetime cash total to $1.6 million. He reached an all-time high of #23 in the rankings and could easily surpass that mark with a few more top-tier runs. "I'm going to the WSOP next week, so it feels really good to be on an upswing," Odeen said. The best debut of anyone in the top 100 this week went to Brazil's Pedro 'gusma' Madeira, who entered at #73. He won the weekend's Sunday Grand on PokerStars and added $50,000 to his bankroll. At the same time, recorded his second largest score ever. Madeira was ranked as high as #20 worldwide last year and is the fourth-ranked player in his home country. Also entering the top 100 this week was another Brazilian, Fabiano 'Kovalski' Kovalski, who came in at #93, his best ranking ever. Kovalski won the PokerStars Hot $215 last week for $6,100 and finished fourth in this week's Fat Tuesday for another $5,800. Kovalski has $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings, a significant chunk of which came after he took second in a WCOOP Challenge event three years ago for almost $150,000. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,839 points lena900 - 7,738 points C Darwin2 - 7,715 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,494 points Pot4teUS - 7,446 points RoccoGe - 7,221 points damourinio - 6,992 points eisenhower1 - 6,923 points Ariados - 6,821 points NoPlanB - 6,708 points
  17. [caption width="640"] 'eisenhower1' is one of five Swedes ranked in the top 10 on PocketFives (image: PokerNews)[/caption] The Swedes are back in town. Players from Sweden own five of the top 10 spots worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week after 'eisenhower1' moved up three spots to #8. He's a former #1 player and could make a serious run to reclaim his crown. 'eisenhower1' was ranked #1 as recently as January and finished second in the 888 Super XL Main Event in late May for $158,000, his second largest career cash ever. On June 7, he won the PokerStars $55 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo for $3,800 and 141 PLB Points. That win was his 164th career first place finish. 'eisenhower1' owns $8.5 million in online tournament winnings, the seventh most of anyone, and is the reigning Yearly PLB champion. He has a PLB score of 7,019 points, about 1,200 less than the rankings leader, fellow Swede 'C Darwin2'. Speaking of 'C Darwin2', he has been ranked #1 on PocketFives since June 8 and has 8,202 PLB Points. He continues to churn out wins and final tables to preserve his lead over the rest of the community, including victories in the partypoker Heavyweight $30,000 Guarantee Rebuy and Winamax High Roller this month for over $16,000 combined. 'C Darwin2' has $4.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is enjoying his fourth stint as the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. He has $2.5 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone. Other Swedes in the top 10 worldwide include 'lena900', who is #3 once again this week after holding the same spot last week; 'Pot4teUS', who is one spot behind 'lena900' at #4 in the world, his best ranking ever; and 'Ariados', who moved up one spot from #10 to #9. Another Swede, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar, ticked up 11 spots to #25, his best ranking ever. Korsar, who is just a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $8 million for his career, has won the Winamax XTREME and 888 Turbo Mega Deep already this month for over $20,000 total and has eight top-10 finishes to his credit in June. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. [caption width="640"] Bryan 'bparis' Paris moved back into the top 100 this week[/caption] Canada's Bryan 'bparis' Paris reentered the top 100 at #46, the best top-100 debut of anyone this week. Paris is fresh off winning his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown, the 20th largest ever recorded, and has won five MTTs in June, including the PokerStars Super Tuesday. As a result, Paris passed $9.3 million in career online winnings and is quickly closing in on $10 million. As it stands, he has the third highest career cash total of anybody. Also reentering the top 100 this week was Malta's Davide 'girex91' Marchi, who came in at #59. He has four wins in June along with final tables in the PokerStars Super Tuesday and Winamax High Roller. On Tuesday, Marchi won the PokerStars Hot $215 for his 71st career win. He's looking to pass his previous best ranking of #10 in the world, set last year. "It feels good," Marchi said. "I didn't grind for a long time, but now I am. I am going to get in the top 10 soon." Argentina's Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli also made waves this week, shooting up 22 spots to #67. He won the Hot $215 over the weekend for $15,000 and finished second in last week's Thursday Thrill for $32,000. He's the second-ranked player in Argentina and #1 in his hometown of Rosario. Sweden's 'fabregarp' entered the top 100 at #86 this week, his best showing ever. He won last week's PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for $5,200 and 160 PLB Points and then final tabled the site's Sunday High Roller over the weekend. 'fabregarp' is up to $1.8 million in career online MTT winnings and is the top-ranked player in the Swedish town of Norrtalje. Finally, Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson entered the top 100 at #92. This former Triple Crown winner has won two tournaments in June and finished in the money 15 times on June 12 alone to push his way up the leaderboard. Olofsson has $3.3 million in career winnings and reached an all-time high of #51 worldwide in the rankings earlier this year. All told, there are 16 Swedes in the top 100 worldwide, including eight in the top 30. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,202 points joaosimaobh - 8,094 points lena900 - 7,858 points Pot4teUS - 7,490 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,413 points RoccoGe - 7,329 points damourinio - 7,047 points eisenhower1 - 7,019 points Ariados - 6,995 points NoPlanB - 6,837 points
  18. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' moved up 10 spots to #5 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The recently-completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) brought plenty of chances for players to pocket six-figures in a variety of games. And with that came plenty of chances to make moves in the PocketFives Rankings. When the smoke cleared, two players punched their tickets into the top 10. One week ago, Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' was ranked #15 in the world. Then, he zoomed to a third place finish in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament for $157,000 along with 649 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his online poker career and, as a result, he moved up 10 spots to #5. This is the highest ranking ever for 'Pot4teUS' and he's now the #3 ranked player in Sweden. 'Pot4teUS' owns $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings and is part of a ferocious Swedish contingent that holds four of the top seven spots worldwide in the rankings. Right behind the Swede on the leaderboard is Russia's 'NoPlanB', who finished ninth in the SCOOP Main Event for $104,000 and 756 PLB Points, his largest cash ever. Also in recent days, 'NoPlanB' took eighth in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed and put back $15,000. 'NoPlanB' was up 22 spots on the week to a new all-time high. He's the top-ranked online poker player in Russia and just passed $3.6 million in career winnings. He's banked $2 million on PokerStars alone, where he plays under the user name 'EvnomiYa'. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' remains the top-ranked online poker player in the world, a title he has held since May 11. He won a partypoker Powerfest event four days ago for $4,100, the 58th tracked victory of his career, and sits at almost exactly $4.2 million in career online winnings. He leads the second place player on the leaderboard, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, by 38 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12[/caption] Outside the top 10, Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12. This former #1 ranked player won the PokerStars $320 Saturday KO over the weekend for $28,000 and 432 PLB Points. Amazingly, it was his 234th career online tournament win and helped push his lifetime cash total to almost $5.3 million. He was ranked #1 in the world for a three-week stretch that ended in mid-February. Estonia's Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa was up 39 spots this week to #29, his best showing ever. Koplimaa took fifth in the SCOOP High-Stakes Main Event for $416,000 and over 1,000 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his career by a factor of 10 and boosted his lifetime cash total to almost $3 million. Koplimaa leads the 162 Estonian PocketFives members with PLB scores. Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura reentered the top 100 at #48, 20 spots off his all-time high. He won a $109 SCOOP No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super Knockout for $45,000 and 539 PLB Points last Thursday and then finished fourth in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Mix-Max tournament for another $20,000. "I am very happy with my results," Ventura said. "After a few years, I finally got my first SCOOP tittle. I am looking forward to joining the top 10 on PocketFives." Also reentering the top 100 and landing one spot behind Ventura is '3p3nipa'. He scored big in the France Poker Series on PokerStars, taking down its Main Event for $142,000 and 880 PLB Points. That score followed back-to-back days of SCOOP final tables for $66,000 combined. '3p3nipa' is at $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings, three-quarters of which has come on PokerStars. Finally this week, Finland's 'European' reentered the top 100 at #55. He was ranked as high as #3 in the world two years ago and rocketed up the leaderboard thanks to three five-figure SCOOP scores in a three-day span, including a third place finish in a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Three-Max Turbo Progressive Knockout and a 19th place run in the Main Event. He's about to hit $3 million in winnings for his online tournament career. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,265 points joaosimaobh - 8,217 points lena900 - 7,961 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,550 points Pot4teUS - 7,367 points NoPlanB - 7,354 points Ariados - 7,255 points RoccoGe - 7,070 points damourinio - 6,983 points Big Huni - 6,947 points
  19. [caption width="661"] Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world[/caption] It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden. This is 'C Darwin2's' third stint at #1. He ruled the roost for seven weeks ending March 30. Then, fellow Swede 'lena900' was the #1 player in the world for a month. 'C Darwin2' then regained the title from April 27 to May 4 before the Brazilian was #1 last week. 'C Darwin2', who moved up four spots this week, is three days removed from winning the high-stakes kickoff event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He took down a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em tournament and earned $226,000. As a result of his SCOOP victory, 'C Darwin2' is officially over $4 million in career online tournament winnings and over $2.5 million on PokerStars. He has a PLB score of 8,039 points and leads the second-ranked 'joaosimaobh' by 156. There were two new entrants into the top 10 worldwide, and one of them is the most decorated player in online poker history. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman moved up two spots to #9. He was last ranked #1 two years ago and won the Extreme Tuesday last week for $10,000. This Tuesday, he took down the PokerStars Big $162 for $4,800. [caption width="640"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman reentered the top 10 for the first time since April 2014[/caption] Moorman has a blistering 786 top-three finishes in online MTTs and sits at $13.3 million in career online tournament scores, over $4 million more than the next closest person. This is his first week in the top 10 in 25 months. "It's great to be back in the top 10 again after putting in some volume lately, but I'm really shooting to get back to the #1 spot if I can put together a huge SCOOP," Moorman said. "I've already made a couple of big runs and have been putting a ton of work into my game recently, so I'm feeling very confident right now." Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford also entered the top 10 this week. He's at #10 in the world, his highest ranking ever, and was up seven spots thanks to a win in the partypoker Super High Roller three days ago for $64,000 and almost 500 PLB Points. One day before that, Beresford won the partypoker High Roller and banked $11,000. Beresford is the second-ranked player in the UK and #1 in his home city of York, England. Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy moved up eight places this week to land at #11, three off his all-time best. Molly finished second in a SCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy on Monday for almost $100,000. That score, his largest ever, also boosted his PLB tally by 550 points. You can find him on PokerStars, where he has over $4.5 million in career winnings, under the user name 'Jays94'. "It feels really good," Molloy said. "Hopefully I can crack the top 10 soon enough. It also feels good to get my first six-figure score in the $700 Rebuy SCOOP event. Although it was technically a few dollars short of that, I'm going to count it as one anyways." Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba moved up 38 places to #25 in the world after a blockbuster week in which he finished second in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max on PokerStars and won the Black Chip Sunday Special, PokerStars $12,000 Guarantee, Black Chip $4,000 Guarantee, and an iPOPS event. Those resulted in his third career PocketFives Triple Crown and propelled him to within four spots of his best ranking ever, which was set last year. Also trending towards #1 in a big way was Finland's Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk, who was up 55 spots to #32. The top-ranked Fin has four five-figure scores already this month after wins in the 888 Crocodile, PokerStars Super Sized Sunday, and partypoker High Roller. He also final tabled the Sunday 500 this month for $15,000. Brouk is quickly closing in on $5 million in career online tournament winnings. Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes reentered the top 10 at #36 and passed $4 million in career online winnings to boot. In the last week, he won a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event for $325,000 and a commanding 1,331 PLB Points. That score came just a month removed from a win in the Sunday 500. Moraes is also fresh off finishing third in a €25,750 High Roller event during the European Poker Tour's Grand Final in Monaco last week. That cash netted him well over $600,000 and boosted him to #8 on Brazil's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,039 points joaosimaobh - 7,883 points Ariados - 7,200 points lena900 - 7,146 points veeea - 6,858 points Big Huni - 6,824 points jbrown8777 - 6,807 points hellohellohello - 6,752 points moorman1 - 6,707 points 1_conor_b_1 - 6,702 points
  20. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the fourth time[/caption] On February 10, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' ascended to the top of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time. He held down the #1 spot in the world for seven weeks before relinquishing his throne to fellow Swede 'lena900' on March 30. Four weeks later, 'C Darwin2' was back on top, albeit for a week. After another seven days, however, he once again led the way in the rankings, this time holding down the fort for three weeks ending June 1. Last Wednesday, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became #1, but 'C Darwin2' wouldn't let him revel for too long. This week, 'C Darwin2' moved into the top spot worldwide for the fourth time. He has a PLB score of 8,215 points to lead the way and is 73 ahead of Simao, who is in second place with 8,142 points. Therefore, there could easily be another changing of the guard next week. Both 'C Darwin2' and Simao have virtually identical lifetime cash totals of $4.2 million. It took 'C Darwin2' 2,284 cashes to get there, an average of $1,849 each, while Simao has 3,979 in the money finishes for his career, an average of $1,066 each. They have five combined six-figure cashes for their careers and almost 500 total top-three finishes in online MTTs. [caption width="640"] Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall entered the top 10 at #8, his highest ranking ever[/caption] Joining 'C Darwin2' and Simao in the top 10 is Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall, who moved up from #16 to #8. This UK player won the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO three days ago for $38,000 and an even 400 PLB Points, the sixth largest score of his career. A week before that, he took down the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars and earned $15,000. This is the highest Mighall has ever been ranked on PocketFives and he's up to #2 in the UK. His four online MTT wins in May pushed his career total to 46 and he's less than $30,000 away from hitting $2 million in lifetime winnings. "It's a great achievement," Mighall said of reaching #8. "I'm feeling very proud." Mighall was the lone new entrant into the top 10 this week. Joining them next week could be Sweden's 'eisenhower1', who moved up from #24 to #11. 'eisenhower1' was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as January and just hit $8.5 million in career online winnings, the seventh most of anyone. 'eisenhower1' took second in the 888 Super XL Main Event in May for $158,000, the second largest score of his online poker career and one of four scores of at least $14,000 he turned in last month. Canada's Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski advanced 13 spots to #32. He's a former #1 ranked player and finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 on May 29 for $13,000 and 216 PLB Points. He had 23 top-10 finishes in May and was last ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2014. Sikorski is the #3 player in Canada and #2 in Ontario. [caption width="400" align="alignleft"] Alex 'Dynoalot' Difelice shot up 24 spots to #74[/caption] Another Canadian, Alex 'Dynoalot' Difelice, made waves after moving up 24 spots to #74. He took fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend and booked a $26,000 payday. Two weeks before that, he finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Three-Max Turbo and put back $71,000, the largest score of his online poker career. Difelice was ranked as high as #43 on PocketFives three years ago and is now the third-ranked player in his hometown of Toronto. He has $2.7 million in career online winnings and is nearing 4,000 total cashes. Brazil's Rodrigo 'rodckz' Motoki entered the top 100 at #96, his highest ranking ever. He took down the Big $55 last week for $9,800 and finished 46th in the SCOOP High Main Event for $27,000 in May. He's the fifth-ranked player in Brazil and is up to $1.1 million in career online winnings. Three spots behind Motoki on the leaderboard is Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe, who reentered the top 100 this week. Uribe, the second-ranked player in Colombia, final tabled the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday and Hot $215 in the last week for over $16,000 combined. He has $4.3 million in career winnings. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,215 points joaosimaobh - 8,142 points lena900 - 7,947 points Pot4teUS - 7,477 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,444 points RoccoGe - 7,194 points NoPlanB - 7,097 points philroyal888 - 7,086 points damourinio - 7,047 points Ariados - 7,045 points
  21. [caption width="660"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved up one spot to #1 in the world (photo: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell)[/caption] For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He moved up one spot this week to wrestle the title away from Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who can now be found at #2. Simao was last ranked #1 from May 4 to May 11. He finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 on May 22 and recorded the largest score of his online poker career in April in the site's Mountain Series after winning a $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy Six-Max for $167,000 and 872 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the rankings. For his career, Simao is up to $4.2 million in winnings from almost 4,000 in the money finishes, an average of $1,068 apiece. He leads the 2,352 Brazilians on PocketFives with PLB scores and plays on PokerStars under the user name 'INeedMassari'. "I'm actually dealing with a health problem in my family right now," Simao said. "All I wish is to find the top doctor around to take care of my son. I hope that everything goes well and I use this to motivate me and push me to my limit to do my best for my family." Unlike last week, there were no new entrants into the top 10 this time around. In fact, there was only one new entrant into the top 20. That honor belonged to Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall, who climbed from #21 to #16, his best showing ever. Mighall, who calls the UK home, took down the PokerStars Fat Tuesday one day ago for $15,000. Last month, he won both the partypoker High Roller and PokerStars $320 Wednesday PLO. After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Denmark's Andreas 'Hoegh93' Hogh entered the rankings at #22, his best showing since he became a member of PocketFives in 2012. Hogh absolutely killed the month of May, registering four scores of at least $30,000 in a span of nine days: May 14: 11th place, SCOOP $21,000 Eight-Max High Roller for $73,000 May 15: 2nd place, SCOOP $2,100 Mixed Omaha for $59,000 May 22: 35th place, SCOOP $10,000 Main Event for $34,000 May 23: 7th place, SCOOP $1,050 NLHE for $57,000 Hogh is on the verge of hitting $2 million in online tournament winnings for his career. He won a PocketFives Triple Crown in 2013 to boot. [caption width="640"] Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved up 23 spots to #40[/caption] After winning the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend, Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland shot up from #63 to #40 this week, two spots off his all-time high set in 2013. Westmorland booked a $69,000 payday for winning the Sunday Grand, his third largest score ever. Two weeks earlier, he finished second in a $109 No Limit Hold'em SCOOP event for $53,000. Westmorland is the #1 ranked online poker player in Thailand and just passed 4,200 tracked in the money finishes for his career. Ukraine's 'STiger' moved up from #100 to #63, one spot off his best ranking ever, thanks to a win in the partypoker High Roller on Monday for $37,000. He took third in the Hot $215 one day before that for $10,000. 'STiger' is the top-ranked player in Ukraine and reached an all-time high of #62 in the rankings last year. Latvia's 'Damage' also made waves. He moved up from #97 to #68, his best ranking ever, after winning last week's Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for $43,000 and 462 PLB Points. Also in May, he finished second in the Sunday Countdown for $19,000, won the site's Big $215 for $24,000, and took third in the 888 Baby Whale for $14,000. 'Damage' is the top-ranked player in Latvia out of the 383 PocketFives members with PLB scores from that country and just hit $1.5 million in career online winnings. He plays on PokerStars and 888 under the screen name 'APonakov'. Finally, Australia's 'Corlusion' reentered the top 100 at #87, four spots off his all-time high set earlier this year. He won the PokerStars Hot $162 and $12,000 Guarantee on May 29 for over $20,000 total and is $99,000 shy of hitting $1 million in scores for his career. 'Corlusion' is the third-ranked online poker player in Australia. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 8,180 points C Darwin2 - 8,166 points lena900 - 7,915 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,461 points Pot4teUS - 7,352 points Ariados - 7,249 points RoccoGe - 7,164 points NoPlanB - 7,118 points damourinio - 6,983 points Big Huni - 6,958 points
  22. [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
  23. [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
  24. [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
  25. [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
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