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  1. Chris Moorman is easily one of the most - if not the most - decorated players in PocketFives history. He's been the #1-ranked player 13 different times and has held that spot for a combined 23 weeks. He was the first player to break $10 million and $15 million in lifetime earnings. Those accolades, along with his Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award, afforded the Englishman a first-round bye in the #1 Number One bracket, but the rest of the Hearts bracket presents a formidable challenge if Moorman has any designs on advancing and adding the #1 Number One Championship Belt to his collection. The rest of the bracket includes the likes of 'C Darwin2', Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, and the late Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! C Darwin2 (#2) vs Jovial Gent (#15) Between February 2016 and May 2019, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' enjoyed eight different reigns at the #1 spot for a total of 66 weeks (third all-time). That, coupled with $16,779,066 in lifetime earnings, propelled 'C Darwin2' to the #2 seed in the Hearts bracket and made for a formidable first round opponent for Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko, who comes in at #15. Timoshenko held the #1 spot for a single week in May 2007 and has $4,826,132 in lifetime online earnings. Gettin Daize (#3) vs vinkyy (#14) Chris 'Getting Daize' Oliver took the #1 spot for the first time in August 2010 and then again in December of the same year. In both instances Oliver's grasp on the top spot lasted just one week. Still, the American, who now calls Costa Rica home, has $15,200,033 in lifetime online earnings, which is good enough for fifth best. Oliver's first round opponent, 'vinkyy' was #1 in the world for a single week back in October 2013 and has four PocketFives Triple Crowns to his credit. eisenhower1 (#4) vs brsavage (#13) Chris 'brsavage' Savage was the very first player to hold down the #1 spot on PocketFives. From January 17, 2005 thru April 18, 2005, Savage was considered the top online MTT player in the world. His status as 'PocketFives OG' could lead him to an upset over one of the best players Sweden has ever produced. Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson took his turn at #1 for one week from September 30, 2015 thru October 7, 2015. He's also captured six Triple Crowns. Legenden (#5) vs norfair18 (#12) From March thru May 2013, 'Legenden' was in the online poker streets battling with some of the best in the world and put up results that allowed him to rise to the #1 ranking three different times. The competition was so fierce that two of his reigns lasted just one week and the third was two weeks. His first round opponent, 'norfair18' had a single week as the top-ranked online poker player in the world, taking the spot from Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro in April 2015. pleno1 (#6) vs lukethafluke (#11) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard has been #1 on PocketFives on four separate occasions, most recently in November 2019. That reign, which lasted one week, came more than five years after he first topped the rankings. Leonard has $12.5 million in earnings and has won one Triple Crown and two monthly leaderboards. His first round opponent, Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund earned the #11 seed thanks to four turns at #1 between January and June in 2014 which helped push his lifetime earnings past $5 million. girafganger7 (#7) vs taypaur (#10) With more than $14 million in lifetime earnings and three reigns at #1, Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens still finds himself as an underdog to advance beyond the first round. Even then, he still has to make it past Taylor 'taypaur' Paur. On two separate occasions, Paur was #1 in the world with reigns lasting two weeks and seven weeks respectively. He also has more than $5 million in lifetime earnings. M8kingmoves (#8) vs ch0ppy (#9) Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista had just one reign at #1, but he made the absolute most of it. Batista took over the #1 spot on August 22, 2007 and didn't let go of it for an astonishing 45 weeks, the second-longest reign of all-time trailing only Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy's 74-week reign. Batista still has to get through Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay who had two week-long turns atop the Rankings in in July 2012 and February 2013. The Canadian also has five Triple Crown awards and $7.2 million in lifetime online earnings. 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. On Thursday, Chad M8kingmovesBatista (pictured) passed away. His family released a statement on Twitter that read, "It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, nephew, cousin, brother, and friend, Chad lilholdem954 Batista. Chad died suddenly this beautiful Thursday afternoon with his family surrounding him." --- 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. --- Batista, otherwise known as lilholdem954on PokerStarsand in the poker community, was one of the most successful online poker tournament players before Black Friday. His resume includes being a former #1 ranked player in the world on PocketFives for almost a year from August 2007 to July 2008. Batista was well known for frequently winning the pro-heavy $109 Rebuy on PokerStars numerous times along with three wins in the Full Tilt $1K Monday and a win in the site's $750K Guaranteed. Many of the game's top pros and industry staples paid their respects on Twitter on Thursday. Here's a sample of what we found: Matt Plattsburgh Vengrin: Very sad to hear of Chad's passing today. He might have had a tough guy persona, but the guy was a sweetie. RIP my friend. #legend Greg Merson (pictured): RIP lilholdem, one of the first guys I followed in online tournaments as a railbird. Jessica Welman: If you never talked to Chad Batista away from the tbls, he was genuinely one of the most polite ppl I ever met on the circuit. His poor fam. Derek killingbird Tenbusch: Didn't know Chad Batista personally. But dude was a serious MTT legend. RIP. William Reynolds XO Reynolds: RiP to the lil homie lil hold em'. One of the first MTT accounts I ever railed. Sorel Imper1um Mizzi: RIP to Chad Batista. Undoubtedly one of the true OG's of online poker. Matt Savage: Chad Batista and I texted often about things that bothered him in poker. Always seemed to have a lot of pain but also a ton of passion! #RIP Kyle KJulius10 Julius: Chad was the first person I read about in poker... His story motivated me and helped me get to where I am. Pure character of the game! #RIP Christian charder Harder (pictured): RIP Chad Batista. An online tournament legend. Came from nothing to become one of the best of his time. Adam RoothlusLevy: RIP LilHoldem. We came up together in south Florida. We were like the odd couple running the poker streets in 2005. Gonna miss him. Phil USCphildo Collins: I remember railing Chad when he won the Full Tilt 500k and 1k Monday back-to-back for around 250k. Incredible. Jon PearlJammer Turner: RIP lilholdem, only great memories from the first time we met! A character at the tables, and so genuine irl. Gone way too soon. Chris SLOPPYKLOD Klodnicki: One time I chopped Super Tuesday with lil holdem and another dude and Chad somehow ended up getting more than first place money. RIP JC PrtyPsux Alvarado: Just saw the news about lilholdem. Man... He's one of the most fun characters to ever play the game. Always put a smile on my face. RIP. We wish Batista's family and friends the best and will keep them in our thoughts. Several PocketFivers have paid their respects in this thread. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. Jason "wackyJaxon" Glatzer contributed to this article.
  3. A few scant hours are all that's left of 2015. As the countdown to 2016 begins, many of you will spend time reminiscing about 2015 and making big plans for 2016. The last 12 months in the poker world have produced controversy, countless victories, feuds, and even some tragedy. While these might not be the most important stories of the year, here's a look at the ten most-read stories of 2015 on PocketFives.com. 10. Nevada Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Could Have Limited Tournament Backing Poker players backing other players in tournaments is pretty common, even if it's not reported all that often, but in early January, the Nevada State Senate almost made it illegal to buy a piece of another player. The bill, which was amended to only apply to sports betting, eventually passed, but not before putting a scare into players who piece themselves out to the play WSOP events. STORY: WSOP Staking Could Be in Danger 9. Lex Veldhuis Said, "What About Antonio Esfandiari?" Feuds in the poker world are fairly common - even predictable - but in early January Lex Veldhuis introduced poker fans to a new feud that seemed to come out of nowhere. Appearing on Joe Ingram's 'Poker Life Podcast', Veldhuis somehow started talking about Antonio Esfandiari and let Ingram know exactly how he felt about the former Big One for One Drop champion, calling him "worthless" and relaying a story about their first interaction. STORY: Lex Veldhuis: Antonio Esfandiari is "Worthless" 8. Twitch Audience Gets an Unexpected Surprise One of the biggest stories of 2015 was the emergence of Twitch as a streaming platform for poker players and tournaments. While Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples were building big audiences with their poker play and personalities, Casey ' bigdogpckt5s' Jarzabek found himself in the headlines for leaving his stream running during some "personal time." STORY: bigdogpckt5s Banned from Twitch After Mistakenly Streaming Porn 7. Ivan Demidov Claims His Backer Never Paid Him His WSOP Winnings When Ivan Demidov finished runner-up to Peter Eastgate in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, he won what should have been life-changing money. Instead of walking away $5.8 million richer, however, Demidov never saw a cent. Or so he claims. In an interview with ALL IN, Demidov casually mentioned that his backer never paid him his share of the winnings. STORY: Ivan Demidov on 2008 WSOP Main Event Cash: "My Backer Did Not Pay Me" 6. Aria Poker Room Theft Investigation Leads to Staff Changes Poker room management and dealers found themselves unemployed following reports of widespread theft at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas. While the matter never went the legal route, Aria management spoke to numerous employees and concluded that changes needed to be made. STORY: Report: Theft Results in Major Shakeup at Aria Poker Room 5. The Merge Poker Network Struggles to Make Payouts Since Black Friday, poker players in the United States have had limited options for playing online poker. One company that was still accepting U.S. players was the Merge Gaming network. Unfortunately, the company struggled to pay players throughout 2015, as was first reported by PocketFives in April. STORY: Poker Players Troubled by Merge Gaming Withdrawal Issues 4. Online Poker Loses a Legend Chad Batista was outspoken and many would consider him brash, but to deny that he was a talented poker player would be a massive mistake. In August, Batista passed away following what was described as a period of declining health. After his passing, a number of poker players took to Twitter to offer their condolences and own stories about Batista, the person. STORY: Chad Batista (M8kingmoves) Passes Away 3. Bank of America Won't Do Business with Poker's Biggest Winner Daniel Negreanu is a wealthy man. Between his poker winnings (he is the all-time leading in money earned from tournaments), his PokerStars endorsement contract, and other marketing opportunities he has, Negreanu does just fine. That's not good enough for the Bank of America though. In late December, Negreanu had his bank accounts closed by Bank of America as part of 'Operation Chokepoint'. STORY: Bank of America Closes Daniel Negreanu's Bank Accounts 2. In the Midst of WSOP Success, Brian Hastings Called Out for Multi-Accounting on PokerStars In many ways, Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings had a year to remember. He cashed seven times at the 2015 WSOP, including two bracelet wins, and found himself in contention for WSOP Player of the Year. There was a dark cloud, however, as David 'Bakes' Baker brought to light some accusations that Hastings had played on PokerStars under an account other than his own during a deep SCOOP run. STORY: Allegations of Brian Hastings Multi-Accounting Surface 1. PokerStars VIP Changes Lead to Player Boycott Things at PokerStars have been, for the lack of a better word, different since Amaya acquired the site in mid-2014. Small changes here and there were met with mild disdain from players, but things got heated in November when the company announced it was essentially axing the SuperNova Elite VIP program for 2016 - even if players had done enough in 2015 to qualify. The changes got players fired up enough to organize a protest aimed at the company's bottom line. STORY: Players Organizing Boycott of PokerStars from December 1 to 3
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