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  1. While each of the four "regional" brackets in the #1 Number One contest is comprised of online poker's all-time greats, the Diamonds bracket could easily be dubbed the "group of death". Not only does it feature some of the most successful players to have ever reached #1 on PocketFives, but it also features some of the most popular players in online poker history. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro holds the #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, but his path to victory isn't an easy one. The 16 players have a combined $111 million in lifetime online earnings, the most of any of the four brackets, and six of the 16 players have cracked the $10 Million earnings mark. Fierro will need to navigate through the likes of Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, Calvin 'cal4268'Anderson, and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - each of whom could run into one another as the contest advances through the subsequent round. The bracket also features three of the best players that Brazil has ever produced: Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, the current #1 player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten, and Caio Pessagno. Shaun Deeb, thanks to his PocketFives Legacy Award at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, earned a first-round bye. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! PokerKaiser (#1) vs P0KERPR033 (#16) Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro has been ranked #1 six different times, one of just six players to have done that, and his 24 combined weeks in the top spot is the tenth best. He has earned $12.6 Million online and with 21 Triple Crowns, is the only player within striking distance of the all-time leader in that category, Chris Moorman (30). His first-round opponent, Jim 'P0KERPR033' Campbell could be a bit of a sleeper pick. He was #1 for just one week in July 2007, but with $5.7 Million in lifetime earnings, most of it earned before Black Friday, he has the OG status that could earn him an upset victory. Flush_Entity (#2) vs mindgamer (#15) Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger could be one of the most popular players to ever hold down the top spot on PocketFives. He did it five different times and has spent 32 weeks at #1 and has earned six Triple Crowns. He last held the #1 spot in May 2014. Since then he's gone on to have great success on the live felt, including his seventh-place finish at the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka comes in as a #15 seed, but only because he stopped tracking his results on PocketFives. Jedlicka was #1 for two weeks in December 2013. Since then he's won the PokerStars Sunday Million, WCOOP, and SCOOP titles. Yuri Martins (#3) vs 1bigacehole (#14) Yuri Martins Dzivielevski enters the #1 Number One as a #3 seed and with a ton of momentum after taking hold of the #1 spot for a third time on March 23. Dzivielevski has more than $11 Million in lifetime earnings and has enjoyed some time in the poker spotlight the past few years thanks to his bracelet wins in 2019 and 2020 and his deep run in the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Meanwhile, TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer is another player to have held the #1 spot for a single week. Ulmer grabbed the brass ring in August 2012. He's since cracked the $10 Million in lifetime earnings mark and continues to pile up cashes even though he's no longer tracking on PocketFives. cal42688 (#4) vs telks (#13) Any fan of March Madness will tell you that #4 seeds make it to the Final Four all time. In fact, it's happened 13 times with one of those turning into a National Championship. If you had to pick a #4 seed to follow that path, it's probably Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson. His eight different turns at #1 have him third all-time and he's spent a combine 40 weeks on top. He's dominated poker's biggest stages with 10 PokerStars SCOOP titles and another pair of WCOOP titles. His first-round opponent, Michael 'telks' Telker, was #1 for just two weeks in December 2011 but has more than $11 Million in earnings and a Triple Crown to his credit. Big Huni (#5) vs joaomathias (#12) Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took hold of the #1 ranking in January 2015 and held on to it for five weeks in his only reign. He's earned seven Triple Crowns in his career and has nearly $13 Million in lifetime earnings. He's also successfully transitioned to playing live High Rollers against some of the other best players in the world while continuing to grind online. Joao Mathias Baumgarten isn't a cupcake opponent though. Two different times he was ranked #1 and he's won five Triple Crowns and has amassed more than $10 Million in lifetime earnings. Romeopro (#6) vs Annette_15 (#11) Seven Triple Crowns, three Monthly Leaderboard wins, $12.5 Million in earnings, and five weeks at #1 make Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky a legitimate threat to advance against any of his potential opponents. To do that though he's going to have to get through the only female player in the field, Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad. As far as online poker legends go, Obrestad is firmly entrenched as one of the most admired. Her ascent to #1 in January 2007, followed by her 13 weeks on top, her 180-person SNG win where she didn't look at her hole cards, were all amplified by her 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event win. pessagno (#8) vs veeea (#9) For many years over the last decade, the PocketFives Rankings have been a battlefield for Russian and Brazilian grinders and this first-round match-up puts two of those players head-to-head. Brazilian Caio Pessagno took over the #1 spot for the first time in July 2013 and held onto it for three weeks. He grabbed it back from Calvin Anderson two weeks later and spent eight weeks at #1. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is the most highly decorated Russian in PocketFives history. Vezhenkov has more than $10 Million in earnings, four Triple Crowns, and is the only Russian to be ranked #1. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. "I wouldn't say it was easy; I just ran really good." Those were comments from Calvin cal42688Anderson to World Series of Poker staff after his victory on Sunday at the Rio in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament. "Seven Stud Hi-Lo isn't a game where you can just start bluffing people in. You have to draw some cards and some cards have to go your way. But, I felt I played really well. I took my time on all the decisions. There were a lot of good opponents for sure, but I ran really good." Anderson is pictured, left, with fellow former #1 player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Anderson, a former #1 player on PocketFives who is currently ranked #30, started the final table with a middle of the road stack. However, he quickly turned on the jets, as when five players remained, the Oklahoma native had more chips than the rest of the table combined. He added what a gold bracelet means to him: "It's a good feeling to win the gold bracelet. I wouldn't say it completely validates me and what I do for a career. I've had a lot of success, although I will certainly get a lot more recognition from this. It's definitely a good thing, especially after coming close a few times." Anderson final tabled a $10,000 HORSE event earlier this month and has won nearly a quarter of a million dollars from his WSOP cashes thus far in 2014. Online, Anderson has a sterling $5.5 million in MTT winnings, including a $303,000 hit for taking down the Full Tilt Poker$1.5 Million Guarantee in 2011. He has SCOOP and WCOOP wins on PokerStars and has won that site's Sunday Second Chance three times. Anderson's bracelet was the 12th claimed by members of the PocketFives community this year through 30 completed events. Here's how the final table of the $1,500 Stud event cashed out: 1st: Place Calvin cal42688 Anderson - $190,538 2nd Place: Joe Tehan - $118,014 3rd Place: Eric Kurtzman - $79,800 4th Place: Levon Torosyan - $55,319 5th Place: Melissa Burr - $39,181 6th Place: Sanjay Pandya - $28,346 7th Place: Jimmy gobboboy Fricke - $20,932 8th Place: John Myung - $15,772 Also at the Rio, Matt All in At 420Stout (pictured) leads the 15 remaining players in Event #31, a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament. A top prize of $418,000 is hanging in the balance and Stout has a stack of 1.13 million in chips, the only player to bag seven-figures. His biggest hand of the day came with, you guessed it, pocket fives. He flopped a set with our eponymous hand and eliminated Alessandro Bardaro in 16th place to add 475,000 to his stack. Here's how the final 15 look: 1. Matt All In At 420 Stout - 1,130,000 2. Aleksandr Gofman - 951,000 3. Brett Shaffer - 812,000 4. Eric Spitzer - 674,000 5. Peter Gould - 639,000 6. Ronald Sullivan - 537,000 7. Steven McNallyville McNally - 463,000 8. Robert Schmidt - 442,000 9. Jason Vanstrom - 422,000 10. Rajaee Wazwaz - 359,000 11. Jim Jakobsen - 350,000 12. Kyle FirstEagle Weir - 181,000 13. Michael Souza - 167,000 14. Bryan Reisner - 133,000 15. Jonathan Kedj - 83,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Wade ricestudTownsend (pictured) has been on a tear so far this year. He opened 2014 by taking down the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy for almost $60,000 officially. He final tabled an FTOPS tournament for $26,000 and then, in a one-week span earlier this month, won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for about $50,000 total. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- In mid-April, Townsend won the PartyPoker $100,000 Guarantee High Roller and added $18,000 to his bankroll. On that win, he told PocketFives, "The field in that tournament is surprisingly soft. I actually took fourth in it the week before. I think it's that Party runs a couple of satellites for it and those players, combined with the regular Party field, make most of the tournaments soft there." Townsend recently hit $2 million in tracked scores and is already up to $2.2 million. He has earned $1.4 million on PokerStars alone and said of his plans for the money, "I want to continue to see things on Earth and live each day like it's the best day ever." Like other PocketFivers, he will shortly head to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, allocating some of his bankroll there and staying in a house with friends. He added, "I'm most interested in the Main Event and any Mixed Game tournaments." As we said, Townsend has been churning out solid result after solid result online as of late and sits at his highest point ever in the PocketFives Poker Rankings at #49 in the world. He is #3 in Mexico and #1 in his picturesque hometown of Cabo San Lucas. "I think I've been progressing quite quickly, so we'll see how it plays out over the next year or so," he said. On the live felts, Townsend has one major score, according to the Hendon Mob, a win in a $760 WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica in 2008 for $77,000. His lifetime live haul is about double that amount. When asked who or what has been most influential in his life, Townsend singled out a recent five-time SCOOP watch winner: "The most influential person in my poker life, by far, is Calvin cal42688 Anderson (pictured). It's kind of ridiculous to be around people six years younger than you whom you look up to based solely on how they think." Anderson is #43 worldwide on PocketFives and was ranked #1 as recently as last November. Finally, in case you're curious, the name ricestud, Townsend's nickname across pretty much every major online poker site, comes from the fact that he attended Rice University in Texas. Creative! See who else on PocketFives has generated $2 million in tracked scores. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. We have a tie! On Friday, Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured), a former #1 ranked player here on PocketFives, tied the record by getting his fifth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker watch. According to PokerStars, Anderson came mighty close to several victories already this year, making six final tables during the 2014 SCOOP before Friday's win: Event #4-M ($55+R NLHE, 6-Max, Action Hour): 5th Place Event #16-M ($109+R NLHE, Big Antes): 2nd Place Event #19-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Shootout): 5th Place Event #31-M ($215 Razz): 5th Place Event #31-H ($2,100 Razz): 8th Place Event #35-H ($2,100 PLO Hi/Lo): 8th Place Anderson ultimately got over the hump in a $2,100 HORSE event on Friday that drew 111 entrants and had a prize pool of $222,000. He chopped heads-up with Mikhail MiklelerSemin (pictured below), but came away with the all-important victory and tied fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeebDeeb for the most number of SCOOP wins ever at five. On the strength of seven final tables and one win, Anderson leads the SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard and has $5.5 million in tracked scores on his PocketFives profile, nearly $4 million of which has come on PokerStars. He was last ranked #1 on our site in November 2013 and is currently #4 in the Mexico poker community. He posted on Twitter after his latest SCOOP victory, "After 6 final tables, I finally won another scoop! 2K horse weeeee." He was camped out in Playa del Carmen during his SCOOP run after flying in from London on the third day of May. Anderson had to navigate a minefield in the $2,100 HORSE event in order to get a win. Here's how the final eight players cashed out: 1. Calvin cal42688Anderson (Mexico) - $47,065 2. Mikhail MiklelerSemin (Russia) - $45,065 3. Matt plattsburgh Vengrin (Mexico) - $28,860.00 4. Bill "PICKLED EGG" Gazes (Brazil) - $19,980.00 5. Crisper (Argentina) - $14,430.00 6. blonytair (Germany) - $11,100.00 7. Pthelegend (Canada) - $8,880.00 8. Christer "lennart" Johansson (Sweden) - $6,660.00 Anderson's five SCOOP wins are as follows. Note that each one has come in a different genre of poker: 2010: PLO Turbo 2011: Stud High-Low 2011: Razz 2013: Limit Hold'em Six-Max 2014: HORSE If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Sign up here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. There are 13 players left in Event #38 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better tournament. Among those still in the hunt is Cal cal42688 Anderson, who is seeking his second bracelet of the year. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- Anderson won his first WSOP event a scant four days agoin a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better tournament for $190,000 and then snapped a pretty memorable picture with fellow former #1 ranked player Griffin Flush_EntityBenger (shown at right). Anderson is in fifth place entering the final day of Event #38, with the entire tournament field looking up at 2014 bracelet winner George Danzer. If you're a fan of poker on ESPN, then you'll be happy to know that announcer Norman Chad is still in this event as well and has the third shortest stack. Chad teased on Twitter, "They say I have cashed, and I hope they are not wrong." WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart joked, "@Normanchad – [is it] true that when you make the @wsop money your ex-wives and their lawyers get a six-way chop," referring to Chad's continuous on-air quips about his ex-wives. A couple of well-known PocketFivers are also in contention: Brian Stinger885Hastings and John $JMONEY$ Racener (pictured). Hastings, who won a bracelet in 2012 in a $10,000 Heads-Up event, bagged the third largest stack on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Racener, who took second in the Main Event in 2010, is the tournament's short stack. Danzer relegated two-time bracelet winner Steve Zolotow to the rail in 14th place, the final elimination of Wednesday's play. Danzer had a pair of aces and a 6-4 low to send Zolotow away; Danzer won his first WSOP bracelet earlier this month in a $10,000 Razz event. Amazingly, seven of Danzer's 10 WSOP cashes are final tables. With so much poker talent, we should see quite a lively finish. There were 134 entrants and everyone remaining is guaranteed at least $25,000. The top prize is $352,000. Here are the 13 remaining stacks: 1. George Danzer - 785,000 2. Jeff Lisandro - 420,000 3. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 415,000 4. Ted Forrest - 387,000 5. Calvin cal42688Anderson - 372,000 6. Richard Sklar - 301,000 7. Alexander Jung - 293,000 8. Todd Brunson - 290,000 9. David Singer - 202,000 10. Chris George - 162,000 11. Norman Chad - 148,000 12. John Monnette - 139,000 13. John $JMONEY$ Racener - 111,000 Also wrapping up on Thursday is Event #37, a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Several online poker players who have experienced a ton of success in the live world are among the final 11 players, including WPT Bellagio Cup III champ Kevin BeL0WaB0VeSaul (pictured) and 2011 PCA Main Event winner Galen Turk Malloy Hall. Saul posted on Twitter, "And we've made our 1st ever Day 3 in a wsop prelim." As he alluded to, Event #37 will mark his first WSOP final table; he won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2012 in the Foxwoods Main Event. Here are the chip stacks remaining, and a top prize of $264,000 is up for grabs: 1. Marcel Vonk - 604,000 2. Brandon Paster - 588,000 3. Galen Turk Malloy Hall - 553,000 4. Matthew HumphreyIN Humphrey - 549,000 5. Kevin BeL0WaB0VeSaul - 506,000 6. Millard millardhale23 Hale - 346,000 7. Dmitrii Valouev - 317,000 8. Dapreesch Scates - 303,000 9. Matthew Dames - 219,000 10. Gabriel yellowhat Nassif - 206,000 11. AP Phahurat - 162,000 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. In a $2,100 Stud event held this week during the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, PocketFiver Calvin cal42688Anderson (pictured) made history. Anderson recorded his sixth SCOOP title, surpassing fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb, who was perhaps not coincidentally also at the final table. Deeb owns five career SCOOP victories. The PokerStars Blog outlined the resoundingly epic lineup that made it to the final eight in the $2,100 Stud event. The group included "shaundeeb(5 SCOOP titles and 2 WCOOP titles), cal42688(5 SCOOP titles and 1 WCOOP title), Dan djk123Kelly (4 WCOOP titles and 2 SCOOP titles), and Kroko-dill(won the Sunday Million, 1 SCOOP title, and 1 WCOOP title)." Combined, that's 13 SCOOP titles and eight WCOOP wins. Anderson went heads-up against Kelly, and the two had nearly equal stacks when two-handed play began. The pair eventually reached a deal where Anderson would take home $35,000, Kelly would take home $34,000, and $1,500 and the SCOOP title would be left in the center to play for. Fifty-four hands after heads-up play began, Anderson earned SCOOP title #6: 1. cal42688 (Mexico): $36,600 2. djk123 (Australia): $34,019 3. Kroko-dill (Russia): $19,800 4. shaundeeb (Mexico): $13,200 5. bedias (Brazil): $9,900 6. calvin7v (Finland): $7,260 7. chokitin (Argentina): $5,940 8. CMoosepower (Denmark): $5,280 Anderson has almost $6 million in career online tournament winnings that PocketFives has tracked, including a victory on Full Tilt just before Black Friday for $303,000. He has WCOOP, SCOOP, Super Tuesday, Sunday Second Chance, Sunday Supersonic, and Sunday $109 Rebuy wins under his belt, just to name a few. Congrats to Anderson on his latest SCOOP victory! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. For the 14th straight week, Chile's Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) is the top dog in the PocketFives Rankings. He has been #1 ever since May 6 and is enjoying the longest run by anyone at #1 since Cal cal42688 Anderson did so for 22 weeks in late 2012 and early 2013. In fact, Fierro's 14 weeks are tied for the eighth longest run ever. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Speaking of longest runs, here's a look at who has been ranked #1 on PocketFives over the years the longest: JohnnyBax: 74 weeks (April 2005 to September 2006) M8kingmoves: 45 weeks (August 2007 to July 2008) gboro780: 24 weeks (February 2009 to August 2009) cal42688: 22 weeks (September 2012 to February 2013) Flush_Entity: 18 weeks (March 2012 to July 2012) AJKHoosier1: 18 weeks (September 2008 to January 2009) gboro780: 17 weeks (February 2010 to June 2010) Gettin Daize: 14 weeks (August 2010 to November 2010) PokerKaiser: 14 weeks (May 2015 to present) Fierro has a 500-point lead over second place in the Rankings this week and continues to churn out impressive results. Since the Rankings were recalculated last Wednesday, the Chilean won the WinamaxHigh Roller for $6,200 and took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep for another $22,000. The two cashes were worth almost 500 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, combined. There were no new entrants into the top 10 worldwide this week. Inside the top 10, Sweden's eisenhower1moved up from #8 to #4 after taking down the PokerStars Hot $55 Turbo on Tuesday for $10,000. Over the weekend, he won the site's $55 NLHE Turbo Re-Entry and raked in $8,500. eisenhower1 was ranked #2 on our site in 2013. Outside of the top 10, a familiar face in the online poker world – Ami UhhMee Barer (pictured) – moved up from #49 to #26 after finishing second in the Bigger $55 for $23,000. He also has four wins since mid-July and is $95,000 shy of hitting $7 million for his career. If he were to hit $7 million, he'd become only the 17th PocketFiver to do so. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Canada's Justin Ouimette, who moved up 35 spots to settle at #55. He's headed back up the Rankings after two wins since July 30 along with three other top-three finishes. Ouimette calls Windsor, Ontario home and is the top-ranked player in the border town. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser - 7,477 points 2. aguskb - 6,957 points 3. hellohellohello - 6,771 points 4. eisenhower1 - 6,642 points 5. joaomathias - 6,582 points 6. Legenden - 6,552 points 7. lasagnaaammm - 6,483 points 8. bedias - 6,456 points 9. r4ndomr4gs - 6,398 points 10. AnteSvante - 6,374 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. On Friday, longtime PocketFiver Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured) won his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Pokerbracelet. He took down a $320 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max tournament for $36,000, defeating a field of 649. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Anderson and fellow PocketFiver Shaun shaundeeb Deeb have been neck-and-neck for the most COOP (WCOOP, TCOOP, and SCOOP) titles won. As the PokerStars Blog put it, "Shaun Deeb did not hold the record for most career COOPs for very long before Anderson tied Deeb with eight. Anderson took down Event #62 to win his second WCOOP bracelet and eighth overall COOP. He had previously been tied with Deeb at seven until Deeb pulled ahead with an eighth win in Event #44 earlier this week. Just as Deeb notched #8, Anderson quickly caught up." Anderson was one of the short stacks entering the final table of the $320 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max tournament. By the time heads-up rolled around, he was a 5:1 underdog. However, Anderson ultimately took the lead, with the Blog explaining, "First blood was drawn by cal42688, who tripled up inside of a few hands and pulled almost even after cal42688 scooped with the Wheel. The two swapped the lead a few times before cal42688 pulled away." Here's how the Six-Max final table cashed out: 1. cal42688 (Mexico) - $36,019 2. Ogom3z (Mexico) - $26,868 3. ismo
  9. [caption width="640"] Calvin Anderson hasn't played a single WSOP event yet this summer - and he's just fine with that (PokerStars photo)[/caption] A few days before the 2017 World Series of Poker began, WSOP bracelet winner and former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, Calvin Anderson fired out a tweet that caught a lot of people off guard. As he has in years past Anderson had been in Mexico playing the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He cashed 39 times, including a win in Event #13 (High) for $69,920 and a third place finish in Event #15 (Medium) for $154,400. With that kind of recent success, and his WSOP success in years past, Anderson was sure to be one of the most drafted players in the numerous WSOP fantasy drafts and that factored into his decision to not play his normal summer schedule. “I don’t like the pressure of getting on all of these fantasy teams and then I feel like I have to play every event,” said Anderson. “Not everybody feels this way, but I feel a bit responsible to play because I know I’m really talented and I play all the games a lot and I’m able to beat the fields, but it’s just a bit exhausting.” Anderson’s SCOOP schedule meant playing multiple events every day for three weeks straight and getting an average of four hours sleep each night. After years of jumping in to the WSOP right after SCOOP, Anderson wanted a more balanced approach and a chance to recharge while still being involved He arrived in Las Vegas earlier this week and was on the rail earlier this week as his longtime girlfriend, Kami Hudson, made a run in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, eventually finishing 10th. “I’ve been stepping back and buying some action, advising some people and that’s a role I would like to take more I would say,” said Anderson. “I’ve been working on a lot of mindset stuff and energy and vibrational stuff and it’s just more rewarding or fulfilling.“ Anderson cashed in six WSOP events in 2016, including a runner-up finish in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop for almost $325,000. He’s cashed 21 times over the previous four years and won his only career bracelet in 2014. It’s that level of success that has allowed Anderson to take a more measured approach this summer. “Once you get to a point where you have a certain amount of money, you’re able to sit back and chill and think about what your skill set is. For me, a lot of people consider me to be a pretty good poker player, but I consider myself to be a pretty good teacher, too, and I back and advise quite a few people and I want to fine tune how a lot of things work,” said Anderson, who has recently joined the chorus of poker players trading cryptocurrencies. Even though he’s not playing a full schedule, Anderson does still plan to play some events in the second half of the WSOP schedule. He’s just able to pick his spots based on how he’s feeling each day, rather than a need to chase Player of the Year of WSOP fantasy points. “From a big picture standpoint, it’s time to take some time off and not feel pressure about the world. The World Series is crazy. You come here, every single tournament is such good value so you feel like a crackhead around here because you’re running around here playing all these tournaments,” said Anderson. “I feel like I’m finally a bit out of the rat race and I can just relax and play some tournaments, late-reg if I want to, if I don’t feel like playing, don’t play.”
  10. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium and Low versions of that event were won by 'elabuga' and 'Michael Keys' for - $11,038.35 and $4,390.24 respectively. The biggest SCOOP winner on Sunday was former #1-ranked 'Lena900' who won Event #25-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) outright for $102,15.24. The win gives "Team Sweden" a bit of a stranglehold on the six-figure prop bet against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and 'bencb789'. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson finished as runner-up for $76,598.70. 'SmilleThHero' took down the Medium version of the event for $56,763.81 while 'PomGinJ' took home $20,146.50 after chopping the Low version heads-up with 'HATZA12345'. Event #23-High, the $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha tournament, drew 318 players with 'BigTreeStump' emerging victorious for $29,791.28. 'Foxy1029' took home the winner's share after chopping the Medium version of the event with two other players while 'SFARRRR' chopped the Low event with two others. German phenom 'nilsef' showed some mixed game prowess, winning Event #24-High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $63,026.43. Runner-up 'jdaz111293' earned $58,623.57 thanks to a two-way deal between the top two finishers. The Medium version was also subject to a deal, with 'dejanaceking' grabbing a SCOOP title and $19,630.40 for finishing first while Summ3L had to soothe himself with $17,527.60 as the runner-up. 'parmupill' wanted no part of a deal, taking down the Low event outright for $9,096.19. Event #23 (High) $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Era_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39 Event #23 (Medium): $55 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 Event #24 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 nilsef - $63,026.43* jdaz111293 - $58,623.57* RealAndyBeal - $37,500 BiggestFish - $35,500 zilbeee - $19,5000 TheTakeover - $13,500 Event #24 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 563 Prize pool: $112,600 dejanaceking - $19,630.40* Summ3L - $17,527.60* Piquette - $11,541.50 calvin7v - $7,882.00 dezember - $5,630.00 fabsould - $3,603.20 Event #24 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,887 Prize pool: $57,740 parmupill - $9,096.19 Begemott - $6,640.10 m8675309a - $4,850.16 Jenezio - $3,156.83 nilsef - $2,010.50 Mr.Pink2116 - $1,024.88 Event #25 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 391 Prize pool: $560,550 Lena900 - $102,115.24 Aggro Santos - $76,598.70 Kaggis - $57,458.3 vicenfish - $43,100.80 Era_Koira - $ 32,330.84 NigDawG - $24,252.08 WushuTM - $18,192.03 Killer_ooooo - $13,646.19 pabritz - $10,236.31 Event #25 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 2,726 Prize pool: $388,381.95 SmilleThHero - $56,763.81 tinajohn9 - $40,462.21 AchoBogdanov - $28,842.83 AFG_Unit20 - $20,560.15 SOUFODAMS - $14,665.98 ndjoh - $10,447.28 MendaLerenda - $7,447.18 Hendurr - $5,308.59 SrylGotOdds - $3,784.16 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 10,450 Prize pool: $157,324.30 PomGinJ - $20,146.50* HATZA12345 - $15,510.19* July Corn - $10,199.98 john_snow666 - $7,106.98 CAZZETTEE - $4,951.93 Grimeyyyy - $3,450.35 varnak2 - $2,404.10 degan2891 - $1,675.09 gustavo956 - $1,167.15 Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 137 Prize pool: $137,000 cal42688 - $26,305.31* p0cket00 - $21,847.35* blanconegro - $20,098.91* vovtroy - $13,340.99 chokitin - $10,327.73 cmase86 - $7,995.05 NoraFlum - $6,189.26 The Cooker - $4,791.32 Event #26 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 640 Prize pool: $64,000 elabuga - $11,038.35 dimetriospb - $7,868.23 RSchoonbaert - $5,608.74 crazy169 - $3,998.10 vachette17 - $2,849.99 gangst3rn1 - $2,031.57 Spowi07 - $1,448.17 CobelinO - $1,032.30 shullerman - $773.24 Event #26 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 3,100 Prize pool: $30,380 Michael Keys - $4,390.24 Omeljanenko - $3,127.74 theispoker - $2,229.56 ptsekov - $ 1,589.31 ThoraAndrea - $1,132.91 dmdmdm79 - $807.58 shelddmud - $575.67 klanleje - $410.36 sharkDlc - $292.51
  11. Former #1-ranked Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson won a record-breaking ninth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title on Day 6 of SCOOP and catapulted himself into the top spot on the overall series leaderboard. Anderson came into the day's play already holding a record eight SCOOP titles, but by the end of it, he had made that number nine by winning Event #19 (High) for $126,659. After 335 entrants had departed the $2,100 buy-in field, the final three of Anderson, Aaron Been and David 'dpeters17' Peters went to battle. Peters, fresh off the back of his fourth-place finish at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $280,770, was the first to depart taking away $67,143 for third place, leaving Been the only man standing between Anderson and a ninth SCOOP title. However, Been, who has eclipsed over $3.8M in online tournament earnings, was unable to stop the formidable Anderson from achieving the accolade as the American claimed another six-figure score exactly a year to the day after his last, which came during the 2017 SCOOP series. Anderson's victory propels him to the top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, overtaking Roman Romanovsky, in a race that will see the winner receive the trophy and a much coveted PokerStars Platinum pass to next year's PCA worth over $30,000. Elsewhere on Day 6, The UK's Jon 'luckyfish89' Clark also achieved quite a remarkable feat after taking down Event #18 (High) for his third 'Thursday Thrill' title in just over eight weeks. The SCOOP special edition 'Thrill' tournament featured a massive $1m guaranteed prize pool with 1,344 entrants all looking for the first-place prize. But it was the former Sunday Million runner-up Clark who went the distance after beating Oscar 'owilson25' Ramirez heads-up, to claim his first SCOOP title and a prize of $104,935. Canada's 'D PitcherAK' won $51,979 for coming through a 7,334 player field in the Event 18 (Medium) Mini Thursday Thrill. 'MarioDutraJR' took the silver medal for $35,971 and 'Whatzaq' took $24,894 in third. Jon 'LUFCBas' Spinks finished in a very respectable fourth-place in the mammoth Event #18 (Low) 19,648 player field. The two-time Sunday Warm-Up champion received $3,636 for his efforts as 'rawacha' took the title for $9,797. PokerStars online-pro Jaime Staples made an appearance at the Event #17 (Low) final table, with the well-known Twitch steamer securing a fifth-place finish for $1,461. 'RunGodLike' was the eventual champion for $6,201 after they beat 'Stoffers1' heads-up, who took $4,320 for second place. 'villepn' won $13,701.09 and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira secured $48,271 for winning Event #17 (Medium) and Event #17 (High) respectively. Ferreira was able to come through a final table which featured online phenomenon Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, who exited in sixth-place for $12,876.67 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, ($57,321), 'WhoAreYoux1' ($39,938) and Alberto 'bertotraste' Novoa ($27,828) made up the top three in Event #19 (Medium), as world no.#10 Petrone secured his first SCOOP title. 'GodOf.com' beat 'karas1926' to victory in Event #19 (Low) and jumped to the top of the SCOOP Low Leaderboard. The win earns them $21,995, with the runner-up taking $15,319. Event #23 saw three 5-Card NLO Six-Max Turbo tournaments take place with 'BigTreeStump' taking down the $530 (High) for $29,791.'Foxy1029' turned $55 into $10,512 in the (Medium) tournament after they negotiated a final table that included current world no.#1 'C. Darwin2', who finished in sixth place. The final three players agreed to a deal before 'Foxy1029' became the last player standing. And in the final result on Day 6, 'SFARRRR' took the Event #23 (Low) win for $3,277 after seeing off 'jogrepiria' ($2,180.14) in second, and 'schmidt88888' ($1,963.11) in third after once again a three-handed deal was made. Below are the SCOOP results for Friday, May 11 Event #17 (Low): $22 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 2,074 Prize pool: $41,480 RunGodlike - $6,201.94 Stoffers1 - $4,320.13 nicholaswang - $3,010.14 KeysOfCyprus - $2,097.39 jaimestaples - $1,461.40 Netinho_RJ - $1,018.26 Event #17 (Med): $215 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 373 Prize pool: $74,600 villepn - $13,701.09 EMOYI - $9,971.90 markovitsus - $7,757.86 PikkuHUMPPA - $5,282.50 Dancer King - $3,844.77 JeremiieLand - $2,798.34 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 101 Prize pool: $202,000 RuiNF - $48,271.22 Senkel92 - $37,060.45 PikkuHUMPPA - $28,453.39 Mordnilap - $21,845.24 hotmark777 - $16,771.81 Isildur1 - $12,876.67 Event #18 (Low): $11 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 19,648 Prize pool: $192,550.40 rawacha - $9,797.83 Ignas309 - $7,033.46 Enklereliv - $5,057.11 LUFCBas - $3,636.10 Loko12rus400 - $2,614.38 SamBakuSV - $1,879.75 myrandrea - $1,351.56 cigonas301 - $971.77 Rihard4a - $698.70 Event 18 (Medium): Mini Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 7,334 Prize pool: $733,400 D PitcherAK - $51,979.90 MarioDutraJR - $35,971.14 Whatzaq - $24,894.93 wannawinyou - $17,229.25 fiyaW - $11,924.02 Vladzikass - $8,252.40 Nevks - $5,711.35 ADREKS - $3,952.73 Servasx - $2,735.61 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,344 Prize pool: $1,344,000 luckyfish89 - $104,935.81 owilson25 - $76,179.53 DanielLUCKY - $55,303.92 P0KERPR02.0 - $40,148.90 Cashcid Linc - $29,146.79 xxMaecksxx - $21,159.60 mcc3991 - $15,361.18 Lincownz - $11,151.70 MisterTipper - $8,095.78 Event #19 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,790 Prize pool: $155,800 GodOf.com - $21,995.76 karas1926 - $15,319.84 AadrovanRj21 - $10,674.45 strflushtome - $7,437.64 Runninggreat - $5,182.34 Mihska - $3,610.89 Event #19 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,913 Prize pool: $382,600 ramastar88 - $57,321.20 WhoAreYoux1 - $39,938.58 bertotraste - $27,828.10 zajac69 - $19,389.82 ziototo94 - $13,510.29 TurboDoc - $9,413.60 Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 338 Prize pool: $676,000 cal42688 - $126,659.11 AaronBeen - $92,218.70 dpeters17 - $67,143.15 power2prut - $48,886.08 NLZWERVERNL - $35,593.29 papan9_p$ - $25,915.00 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (Medium): $55 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (High): $530 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Erä_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39    

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