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  1. In a career that has spanned more than 12 years, 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche has evolved from a small stakes online grinder to one of the most prolific high rollers in the poker world today. The results of his hard work speak for themselves as Nitsche has amassed more than $6.5 million in online earnings and an amazing $18.65 million in live earnings, a total which places him 32nd on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List. Even after so much success, Nitsche continues to grind. A successful week at the online tables helped Nitsche surge 27 spots in the online poker worldwide rankings to #68, one of the biggest moves inside the top-100 for the week. The rise in rankings helped him take over the #1-ranking in Germany and close in on a career-high spot of #60, which he last hit back in 2009. As Nitsche continues to climb the rankings, it makes for a good time to look back at some of the biggest scores in the DTO private poker coach’s history, including his most recent victory which added a major title to his long list of accomplishments. 2019 PokerStars WCOOP Just over a year ago, Nitsche booked the biggest win of his online poker career during the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker when he made a deep run in Event #25-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller). The tournament drew 90 entries and generated a prize pool of over $2.2 million fueled by some of the toughest competition the poker world has to offer. Nitsche battled his way to the final table, outlasting the likes of Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen, Tim ‘Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mustapha ‘lasagnaaammm’ Kanit, all of who made the money. In the end, Nitsche ended up falling in fifth place walking away with $188,139. Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov ended up winning the event for more than $527,000. 2017 PokerStars SCOOP Two-and-a-half years prior to his big risk, big reward run in the 2019 WCOOP, Nitsche entered another high roller looking to take home a massive score. The field size in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #15-M ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) was a good deal larger as 772 entries drove the prize pool to just over $1.5 million. Again, Nitsche made a deep run to the final table where he battled the impressive online poker talent of Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer and former #1-ranked Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson. Nitsche finished in fourth place that day but locked up a massive $115,800 score for his efforts. $5K High Roller One of the very first high roller tournaments in 2018 took place on January 3 that year and featured a who’s who of top online poker talent. The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller was littered with notable screen names that finished in the money that day. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich, Mike ‘telks’ Telker, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk, and Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick all picked up huge scores that day. Nitsche surpassed all of them though and notched himself a podium finish with a third-place score of $82,445 which helped him get the year off to a good start. In the end, Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas bested ‘DEX888’ for the win and the $139K first-place prize. 2020 PokerStars SCOOP It seems that Nitsche only gets better with age as two of his top 5 all-time scores were won in 2020. The first of which took place on May 22 in the 2020 PokerStars SCOOP when Nitsche fired in the $500,000 guaranteed Event #87-H ($530 NLHE). The field swelled to 956 entries but Nitsche outlasted every single one of them, booking the win and adding the $82,365 first-place prize to what was, at that time, $5.8 million in online earnings. 2020 EPT Online Cup Nitsche’s latest major online score proves that while he may be known for crushing the small field, nosebleed buy-in tournaments he still has what it takes to work his way through a massive field MTT and get the win. On November 14, just over a week ago, Nitsche nabbed himself a title in PokerStars’ first-ever EPT Online series when he outlasted the massive field of 2,833 runners and took down EPT Online Event #14 ($215 NLHE, EPT Online Cup) for $82,093. Along with the major online title, Nitsche picked up 752.73 PLB points which sent him sailing past Germany’s ‘nilsef’ in the rankings and has positioned himself to reach ranking heights he hasn’t seen in over a decade. Since taking home the gold in the EPT Online event, Nitsche continues to add to his PLB point total, grabbing another 169.49 points with his runner-up finish in the $215 Fast Friday just last week. If Nitsche continues to grind the kind of volume he’s been putting in as of late, he’s a favorite to hit a new career-high ranking by the end of the year. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  2. [caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
  3. [caption width="640"] There's no change at the top, but 'C Darwin2' has a new name chasing him.[/caption] The top of the PocketFives Rankings have undergone very little change over the past six weeks, with Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ continuing to hold on to the top spot the entire time. The group of players directly behind him continues to include the usual suspects; ‘Sheater’, ‘veeea’, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, ‘lena900’ and #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, but there’s suddenly a new name in the mix, ‘DamageAP’. One week after posting two big wins and stretching his overall lead, ‘C Darwin2’ was put in less volume this week and failed to record a single qualifying cash. Nine of this 10 cashes this week came from his normal Sunday grind, with a 10th place finish in the 888poker Whale tournament being the closest he got to a final table. The top four spots remained the same with #5-ranked ‘veeea’ and #6-ranked ‘Sheater’ swapping spots for the third straight week. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen moved from #9 up to #7 after a Sunday that saw him win the partypoker High Roller and finish fourth in the Super High Roller for $35,000 in earnings and 440 PLB points. Despite the similarities with last week’s rankings, a new player made their debut this week. ‘DamageAP’ came in at #20 with 6,570.85 points after updating their profile with all associated screennames. In the past week alone, ‘DamageAP’ finished runner-up in a partypoker High Roller, fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Marathon, and then runner-up in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Kick Off. He is now also the #1-ranked player in the Philippines. While Swedish players continue to dominate the Top 25, one of that country’s stalwarts suffered a massive drop this week. Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo, who was #8 just a week ago, ended up at #17 this week despite the fact that he picked up 130.79 points for a fifth place in the PokerStars Daily 500 on November 14. Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk worked his way up to a spot inside the Top 25. Kruk moved from #35 to #22 after his only three cashes this week all counted toward his PLB score. On Sunday, November 22, he finished 22nd in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up and third in the Super High Roller for just over $33,000 in earnings and 327.06 PLB points. He added $34,006 and 462.06 the next day after winning the partypoker High Roller. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,245.431 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,256.592 3lena9008,526.723 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,938.134 5veeea7,674.866 6Sheater7,432.795 7Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,297.529 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,277.987 9Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan7,093.4310 10rolandbauer7,080.2912 11Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,932.4713 12Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,919.4117 13josef_shvejk6,879.7815 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,821.4411 15Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,818.5119 16Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,696.4114 17Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo6,650.198 18Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,645.0618 19DeathbyQuads6,607.1120 20DamageAP6,570.85NR 21Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,538.9716 22Apotheosis22. Apotheosis6,525.1735 23Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,456.9221 24NoPlanB6,411.0525 25nilsef6,325.7022
  4. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings WCOOP Success Leads to Career-Best Rankings Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff has enjoyed an amazing week. He took down the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.6 million and as a result, found himself as the #2-ranked online poker player in the world - a career high. The Dutch grinder, who now calls Malta home, moved into the #2 spot, one spot better than his previous best ranking. Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk might not have won a WCOOP title this year, but seven of his last eight cashes have qualified for PLB points and he’s now ranked #17 in the world and is the top-ranked player in Canada. There were four players who moved into the top 100 for the first time in their careers: ‘neverfoldQ5’ (#71), Alexandre ‘Cavalito’ Mantovani (#73), 'Mikensonas' (#74) and ‘tiarc’ (#87). Other players who moved up to career-best positions inside the top 100: Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - #15 to #9 Pedro’ PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha - #134 to 28 rolandbauer - #52 to 35 Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks - #86 to 82 Renato ‘renaton’ Nomura - #96 to 85 Canada’s ‘Lockhurt’ Moves Past $3M in Lifetime Earnings Okay, we’re going to stop talking about all of the amazing things that came for van Zedelhoff after his huge win - though he did pass through $6M and $7M lifetime earnings because of it. While he was doing that, Canadian ‘Lockhurt’ was grinding his way past the $3 million lifetime earnings mark. The result that put him over the top was a 38th place finish in the 888poker XL Eclipse Main Event for $4,995. He’s the 338th player to hit the $3M mark. There were seven players who joined the seven-figures club this week: Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson, ‘DamienWain’, ‘MaxUdav’, Charbel ‘KING BAIT’ Kanterjian, Alexandre ‘Cavalito’ Mantovani, ‘Stealwave’, and ‘swordfish007’.
  5. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Brian 'brianm15' England Crosses $6 Million Former Worldwide #1-ranked player, Brian 'brianm15' England crossed the $6 million dollar lifetime earnings mark this week. The New Jersey native, now playing out of Costa Rica, made the mark while scoring a victory during his Sunday grind in the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em for $3,725. Additionally, he was propelled to that point through a pair of top-three finishes just days before as he outright won the PokerStars Big $215 November 29 for $8,331 and then, two days later, finished runner-up in the $215 Omania High Roller for another $3,679 on the same site. England, who currently stands as the #125-ranked player in the World, had a healthy online week taking in just under $14,000 in earnings. High Rollers Helps 'Grindation' Over $3 Million Hailing from the UK, Phill 'Grindation' Mcallister joined the $3 million dollar lifetime earnings ranks this week thanks to a runner-up performance in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Event #21 ($1,050 8-Max, Turbo No Limit Hold'em) which brought him $90,227. Mcallister, who appears to play a light online schedule, came out for the High Rollers and found his way into the money in four of them. The score in Event #21 was, far and away, his best of the series as his other three cashes combined went for just over $12,500. The $90,000 cash is Mcallister's largest of 2017 but it's not nearly a career-high, as just last year he made headlines as he claimed victory in PokerStars' WCOOP-53 $10,300 High Roller for a massive $656,866. Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk Crosses $2 Million Canadian crusher Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk is one of three players to pass the $2 million lifetime earnings mark this week. The #2-ranked Canadian player officially got there with his final table performance in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller when he took home $21,678. The major move to the milestone, however, was made the day before when Kruk took second in Event #15 of the High Rollers Series for over $121,000. Kruk jumped two spots in the Worldwide Rankings this week and currently sits at a career-high #15. Joining Kruk in the $2 million club is Alexandros 'mexican222' Kolonian, from Greece. Kolonian flew right past the mark thanks to an impressive performance throughout the High Rollers Series. In total, he cashed five times for over $166,000 helping him get a good start into his next million. Russian mid-stakes grinder '77kol0bok77' had his big $2 million moment during a final table finish in the PokerStars $33+R Sunday Rebuy for over $4,700. Also of note this week, Team PokerStars Online Pro Adrienne 'TalonChick' Rowsome, an Omaha specialist and one-time cash game grinder surpassed the $500,000 mark in tournaments this week. 'josef_shvejk' Disrupts The Worldwide Top 10 There's a disturbance in the Top 10.That would be the emergence of new #1-ranked Russian grinder 'josef_shvejk'. Not only had he recently supplanted 'veeea' as the new #1 in Russia, his ascension from the #8 spot to another career-high ranking of #4 in the world gives the whole Top 10 a new look. Belgium's #1-ranked player Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson made the largest leap inside the Top 100 this week jumping 34 spots and the Top 100 also joined a pair of newcomers in Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak and 'daltonhb'. Career High Rankings In Top 100 'daltonhb' - #114 to #93 Tomas 'masuronike' Kubaliak - #124 to 90 Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse - #91 to #88 Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos - #85 to #83 Joao 'lofidream' Leao - #82 to #81 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - #92 to #58 'Flat' - #45 to #44 Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland - #19 to #18 Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk - #17 to #15 'josef_shvejk' - #8 to #4
  6. [caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker players who spend their online time inside the Great White North. Currently sitting atop the Canadian rankings is Toronto, Ontario's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (6,535.77 PLB points). The online crusher and Run It Once instructor had a monster September finding himself super deep in many of the biggest buy-in tournaments (WCOOP, Powerfest, XL Eclipse) the month had to offer. Racking up 24 major cashes, seven of which were of the five-figure variety, Kruk not only finds himself as the #1-ranked Canadian, but now sits at #22 in the world. Just behind Kruk and ready to make a run at the top spot is high-stakes phenom Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan (6,273.72). Sitting in second, trailing by 262.05 points, Drinan is making moves to ascend in the ranking thanks to his October grind. While Kruk has yet to post many results yet this month, Drinan, who hails from Illinois but plays in Vancouver, has been piling up the points by grinding out large Sunday schedules through the first part of October. New York resident, playing out of Ontario, Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang (6,181.39) occupies the #3 spot. Lang, currently sitting at #30 in the Worldwide rankings, was a workhorse in September. Seemingly playing every event on the 888poker and PokerStars schedules resulted in 90 cashes for the month, highlighted by his final table finish in the WCOOP Event #82-L ($530 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for over $13,000. Toronto's Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood (6,138.82) is next on the leaderboard. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner packed on the PLB points in September but it was his fifth place finish in the $25,000 buy-in Powerfest Championship Event, for nearly $250,000, that currently accounts as his biggest score for the sliding PLB period. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (6061.87), Windsor, Ontario's #1-ranked player caps off the top five in Canada. A true grinder, Quenneville has been putting up a myriad of results on a daily basis. His volume has him constantly chipping away at the top spot as well as closing in on $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. A nearly 900-point gap separates the top five from the rest of the pack. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, a former top five Worldwide ranked player, occupies the #6 spot while Austin, Texas online poker legend and three-time Triple Crown award winner, Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet, is slotted in #7. Montreal's top player, 'Trans4m', recently took down the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic for over $11,000, good for his highest point total of the period (284.92) and the #8 position. 'Trans4m' sits just inside the Top 100 in the Worldwide Rankings. Former #1-ranked Worldwide player, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, continued to add to his over $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings by finishing in the money over 100 times in September and just ahead of Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron, who completes the current Canadian top 10 list. Sitting only 10 points behind Sikorski, McEatheron recently padded his point total with a recent outright victory in the prestigious PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for nearly $60,000. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,535.77 2Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,273.72 3Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang6,181.39 4Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood6,138.82 5Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville6,061.87 6Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,195.39 7Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet4,823.96 8Trans4m4,713.15 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,636.58 10Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron4,626.95
  7. The completion of the full second week of the 2018 World Series of Poker was a non-stop poker extravaganza. The summer series has reached full throttle as some of the biggest events on the schedule awarded huge sums of life-changing money. Social media surrounding the series had a few moments of sincerity as poker legend, Doyle Brunson, announced his retirement from tournament play. That said, poker Twitter’s trademark snark was in full form as grinders jumped into event after event, trying to capture gold. So if you are watching from afar, enjoy the view as here’s a little taste of life at the Rio in week 2. Brazilian Million Some of Brazil’s best and brightest talent celebrated Roberly Felicio’s victory in Event #7: $565 Colossus. Felicio defeated the over 13,000 players to take home the first place guaranteed prize of $1,000,000. On to Week 3!
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