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  1. The global Coronavirus pandemic meant poker looked very different in 2020 than it has in any other year. That didn't stop some of the most talented players in the world from putting on a show every time they took to the felt in 2020. It Was Connor Drinan's World, We Were All Just Living In It Connor Drinan had a year any poker player would dream of - and he did it while playing a somewhat limited schedule. In May, Drinan, who calls Las Vegas home, traveled outside of the United States to play the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker more than a week after it began. He quickly made up for lost time and put on a show for the ages. Drinan started things off by winning Event #34 High ($530 PLO) for $34,421 on his first day back in action. Two days later he outlasted 149 other entries to ship Event #40 High ($5,200 PLO Six Max) for $152,011. He didn't even wait another 24 hours before completing the hat trick. Drinan won Event #45 ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO) for a $105,200 payday. Three days after that, Drinan won Event #56 High ($1,050 HORSE) and added $30,223 to his ever-growing bankroll. That win tied him with former #1-ranked Shaun Deeb for most SCOOP titles in a single year with four, but Drinan, wasn't quite finished yet. Just three days later, Drinan beat 158 other runners to win Event #75 High ($10,300 PLO) for what was then a career-best $322,264 score and a record-setting fifth SCOOP title of the year. That final table included the likes of Ben Tollerene, Linus Linus Loeliger, Talal Shakerchi, Gavin Cochrane, Joao Vieira, and eventual runner-up Jens Kyllonen.   Drinan set the record over a nine day span (May 9 - 17) and won a total of $553,504 for those five wins. He had 25 other SCOOP cashes, including one other final table. That was Drinan's spring adventure. When the summer came, Drinan turned his attention the online World Series of Poker events, first in Las Vegas for the WSOP.com schedule, and then back to Mexico to get it on the GGPoker events. In Las Vegas, Drinan cashed six times, highlighted by a sixth place finish in Event #13 ($1,500 High Roller Freezeout) before heading down to Mexico with former PocketFives #1 Chris Moorman to battle the worldwide market in a quest for a bracelet against much larger fields. He started off hot with a seventh place finish in Event #50 ($2,100 NLHE Bounty Championship) and then rattled off 13 more cashes before taking his seat in the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #83 ($10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$). Drinan worked his way through 890 other entries to make the final table alongside former #1 PocketFiver Chris Oliver, Christopher Kruk, and 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli. Despite starting the final table sixth in chips, Drinan worked his way through that group and found himself with a better than 4-1 lead heads-up against Daniyar Aubakirov. Drinan didn't need long to put Aubakirov to rest to claim his first career WSOP bracelet and the $1,423,049 first place prize. Drinan also picked up a few extra dollars thanks to a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Another Conor Crushed 2020, Too Midway through 2020, Conor Beresford did what seemed nearly impossible at one point: he unseeded Sweden's 'lena900' from the #1 spot on PocketFives and then held onto it for more than seven months. Beresford officially took over the highly coveted #1 spot on May 16 after winning SCOOP Event #18 Medium ($215 NLHE Sunday Cooldown SE) on May 3 and Event #32 High on 7. Those wins gave Beresford a combined $124,538 in winnings and 645.25 PLB points, but he had set himself up to move into the #1 spot wish a series of career-defining scores beginning at the end of January. On January 30, Beresford finished runner-up in the GGPoker Phased: 2020 Series Championship event for $611,134 and 399.91 points. The Brit then picked up $617,857 and 1,236.19 points for winning a pair of PokerStars High Rollers events just four days apart in March. In September, Beresford crossed a career accolade off of his to-do list by winning PokerStars WCOOP Event #33 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $162,674.33. Despite his heavy list of accomplishments, this was the first time in his career that Beresford topped a WCOOP event. Attesting to his dominance this year, the four biggest scores in Beresford's online career, five of his top six, and six of his top ten, all came in 2020. The Arena Seemed Not to Matter To Timothy Adams When live poker basically shut down around the world in March, there might not have been a hotter player than Timothy Adams. The Canadian cashed both the $100K and $50K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions in January and then won an Australian Poker Open $25,000 event before winning Super High Roller Bowl Australia. All told, Adams added $2.1 million to his bankroll before Valentine's Day. In March, he found himself in Russia. He posted a fifth place finish in a $25,000 event at the partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series before beating 39 other entries to win Super High Roller Bowl Russia. Those two scores put another $3,716,000 into his bank account. Adams didn't slow down once the action was forced online. Adams won one Poker Masters Online event and cashed in another ten PMO events to finish fourth in the race for the Purple Jacket in April. He closed out the year by finishing runner-up in the European Poker Tour Online event for $728,632.82, finished eighth in the EPT Online $10,000 High Roller, and then won a GGPoker Super MILLION$ for $315,158. Success at Nearly Every Turn: Yuri Dzivielevski While Bruno Botteon rose the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings this year, fellow Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski went about his work. Dzivielevski, who was #1 in 2014 and 2015, won partypoker POWERFEST titles on March 19 and April 3, before earning his second career WSOP bracelet after coming out on top of the 4,356-entry field in Event #42 ($400 PLOssus) for $221,557 in August. He cashed in 14 other WSOP events to wrap up the summer. That was just an appetizer for what Dzivielevski pulled off in the fall. Against the toughest competitors that the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has to offer, Dzivielevski emerged victorious not once, not twice, but three times in the first two weeks of the 25-day festival. He won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7), Event #20 ($1,050 HORSE), and Event #48 ($5,200 NLHE PKO) for more than $180,000 in winnings. Viktor Blom Had Himself a Work Week To Remember While the other players mentioned here all put together a string of results spread out over the course of the entire year, Swedish superstar Viktor Blom condensed all of his crushing into a single week - and still had time for a weekend of rest at the end. In May, Blom won three Super High Roller Bowl Online events in a span of just five days. He won Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) for $213,750 on May 26, Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $407,500 on May 28, and then capped it off by taking down Event #21 ($10,300 High Roller) to earn $195,250 on May 30. He also picked up a runner-up finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $365,500 to bring his SHRB Online earnings to $1,182,000.
  2. For many, 2020 has been a year fraught with anxiety in the face of a global pandemic. If that’s the case for UK online poker superstar Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford it certainly hasn’t shown in his remarkable results this year. After nearly nine years of posting results to PocketFives, Beresford climbed to the top of the worldwide rankings on May 16 and has yet to relinquish the top spot. He got there by putting up some of the biggest cashes of his career and he’s held on to by posting consistent results over an impressive amount of volume. Hitting Career Highs The story of Beresford's rise in the rankings can be traced back to the beginning of 2020 when Beresford binked four of his top-five career online cashes before the end of April. It all started with his career-high cash in the GGPoker 2020 Series Championship where he earned a massive $611,134 score in a runner-up finish. Beresford had a just few six-figure scores prior to this result, but this one seemed to break open the dam. He followed that up with a victory in the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller Kickoff for $180,438 in late March but the real push to the #1 ranking came in the first weeks of April. During the PokerStars High Rollers Series, Beresford picked up two victories in four days. First, he locked up the $378,205 first-place prize in Event #32 ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event) on April 5 for his second-largest career cash. Then on April 9 he added $239,652 with a victory in Event #39 ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max) for a total of more than $617,000 in less than a week. Those four early year results gave Beresford a more than 3000 PLB point surge, sending into the top 5. But the tipping point that put him over the top was his May 7 PokerStars SCOOP title run in Event #32-H ($530 NLHE) which added another $85,959 to his bankroll and enough PLB points to take over the top spot. Applying The Pressure For Beresford, there was no slowing down. In the midst of some of the biggest tournament series of the year, Beresford continued to put up phenomenal results. This included a victory in one of PokerStars longest-running marquee tournaments. In early July, Beresford topped the 10,931-entry field of the $109 Sunday Million for $112,185. The results kept coming. He picked up victories in both the PokerStars Stadium Series and the World Series of Poker Side Events and pushed his PLB point total north of 14,000, create significant distance between himself and those who were looking to catch him. Then, in early September, Beresford added a new title to his poker resume when he took home his very first career WCOOP title in Event #33 ($5,200 High Roller) for $162,674. Including that score, fourteen of Beresford’s top-twenty career cashes have taken place in 2020, six of which were good for six-figures. It’s elevated him to more than $14.5 million in career earnings, which is currently #8 on the All-Time Online Money List. Headed For History Beresford currently sits at 19 weeks as the top-ranked player in the world and, should he hold his position for another week, he will join an elite list of players who have reigned for more than 20 weeks. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ spent 20 weeks at the top in the longest stint of his 66 total weeks at #1. Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson held on to the #1 spot for 22 weeks when he first took over in 2012. Back in 2009, Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross was atop the list for 24 weeks. ‘Lena900’s extensive time at the top comes with two runs of more than 20 weeks at a time. The first was in 2018 when he lead the world for 33 weeks straight. Then he returned to the top in late 2019 and held on for 20 weeks until Beresford claimed the #1 spot. Online poker legend Chad ‘m8kingmoves’ Batista still holds the record for consecutive weeks at #1 at 45 weeks back in 2007. With the current lead that Beresford has in the online rankings it could be a while before any of the other top contenders like Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon, Mike ‘SitWatts’ Watson or even ‘Lena900’ are able to catch him and thus locking in Beresford’s 2020 performance in 2020 as one of the very best in online poker history.
  3. In the second half of July, ten PocketFives members scored their $1 million cash badges. Among them was Conor Beresford (pictured, right), who is known as 1_conor_b_1 on PocketFives and captured his new profile badge on July 18. He gleaned, "It was a nice surprise when someone messaged me telling me I'd reached the $1 million cash badge milestone." Beresford is one of eight PocketFivers with PLB scores from the walled city of York, England and earnedSupernova Elite status on PokerStars last year. "It was a grind last year playing lower-stakes Six-Max Hypers," he said, "but it was a very nice stepping stone in the right direction." So far this year, he has generated 700,000 VPPs and intends on shooting for 2 million by the time 2014 is over. His largest online poker score was worth $130,000 and came by virtue of chopping the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million in 2012. The significance of the cash was pretty major, according to Beresford: "At the time, I was in a sizable amount of makeup, so it was huge. It felt like a dream, to be honest. Not many people get that opportunity in their lifetime, but I've been blessed enough to have it happen at least once." In late 2013, Beresford finished fourth in a WCOOP $109 No Limit Hold'em event for $58,000 and, so far this year, has taken down the Hotter $55 and $215 No Limit Hold'em, both on PokerStars, for a combined $45,000. "I used to play with local friends from school when I was 15," he said of how he got started in the game. "I was always watching poker TV shows on CH4. Those got me more intrigued about the game, so I looked further into it. Eventually, I hit the online scene when it was possible." Beresford was grinding online nightly as soon as he turned 18. "I got off to a firing start," he explained, "so I was intending on taking it very seriously. But, I was trying to keep it hidden from my family, as I didn't want them to follow the stereotypes and just consider it a 'gamble.' I lived with my aunt at the time and she actually made me go out and get a job, so at one point I was working in a call center from 9am to 5pm and then coming home and playing poker. I remember coming in fifth in the Sunday Million around 7am and then going to work like 90 minutes later." When he's not playing poker, Beresford enjoys playing other online games and traveling with friends. In fact, he has been a nomad for the last year-and-a-half and has now finally settled back into his home in England. Beresford has found his way to #100 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever, and is #9 in the UK. Check out who else has earned their $1 million cash badge by clicking here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' continues to hold court atop the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] Just last week it appeared that Brazil’s top player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, was set to move into the top spot in the PocketFives rankings. It appears that ‘C Darwin2’ wanted no part of that narrative. The Swedish poker pro finished second in the PokerStars Hot $162 on Sunday to earn $10,227 but more importantly for the rankings, 186.2 PLB points. That score helped increase his lead over Mathias to 248.46 points. He has now been the #1-ranked player in the world since July 6 and this is his fifth time on top. His first time as the world’s top ranked player came in February of this year. Mathias didn’t have a bad week either. He finished fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday to earn $11,250 and 146 points and earlier in the week he finished third in the America’s Cardroom Sunday Special PLO for $4,223 and 104.74 points. While those two players continue to battle for top spot, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ moved up from sixth to third this week after he recorded four PLB qualifying cashes in the last week. The first such score came on August 11 when he took down a $320 Six Max NLHE event on PokerStars for $6,539 and 136.38 points. The next day he finished runner-up in a $109 Bounty Builder on PokerStars for $5,500 and 137.52 points. He ended the week by winning a $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo on PokerStars for $7,169 and 197.57 points and a third place finish in the Winamax High Roller for $7,330 and 129.3 points. Despite no activity since August 4, Aleksandr ‘NoPlanB’ Mordvinov only dropped from third to fourth and maintains his spot as the top-rated player in Russia. Rounding out the top five is Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. The British poker pro had two big scores this past week to help him maintain the #5 ranking. First he finished fourth in the 888 poker Baby Whale. Two days later he turned in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $215. Those two results earned him $13,805 and 266.7 PLB points. The biggest mover in the top 10 this week is Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov. The Bulgarian pro, who won two Sunday Majors back in June, continued his assault on the rankings by going from #14 to #9. He broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career after an outstanding week that saw him book his eighth largest career score, and earn three additional PLB qualifying scores. Dimitrov took 12th in the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand for $4,560 and 123.74 points, fifth in the 888 Baby Whale for $5,489 and 118.15 points before busting out big time in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for $24,000 and 387.3 points. He rounded out his week with a third palce finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $2,553 and 96.12 points. The only player to drop out of the top 10 this week is former 31- ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao who fell from #10 to #12. Simao was ranked #1 as recently as July 5. Current Top 10 Ranked Players C Darwin2 - 7,525.93 joaomathias - 7,277.47 lena900 - 7,109.88 NoPlanB - 7,090.93 1_conor_b_1 6,838.09 veeea - 6,760.51 Greenstone25 - 6,698.71 Pot4teUS - 6,656.80 alexd2 - 6,507.90 JMolloy - 6,433.48
  5. [caption width="660"] Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao found his way back into the top 10 this week (Danny Maxwell photo)[/caption] Seven weeks ago 'C Darwin2' overtook Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao for the #1 spot on the PocketFives rankings and he hasn’t relinquished it since. The Swedish grinder added to his lead this week over Joao Mathias '‘joaomathias' Baumgarten, who also gave up ground to the rest of the field. ‘C Darwin2’ built on his lead with just one cash. He took fifth in the $80,000 888poker Whale for for $5,187 and 111.94 points. He’s now over 515 PLB points ahead of Baumgarten who didn’t record a single cash in the last seven days. Sweden’s 'lena900', who moved up to #3 from #6 last week, stayed at #3 even though he too failed to find the scoreboard in the last seven days. His last cash came on August 14 when he finished third in the Winamax High Roller. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford and Aleksandr ‘NoPlanB’ Mordvinov swapped spots this week with Beresford moving up to #4 and Mordvinov falling to #5. Beresford finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $5,860 and 131.62 points and then posted two big wins. On Saturday he won the partypoker $530 buy-in High Roller for $7,840 and 158.9 points and he followed that up on Sunday by beating 167 other players in a $109 SixMax, Hyper-Turbo NLHE event on PokerStars for an additional $3,528 and 132.06 points. He now leads Mordvinov by just 4.71 points. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov returned to action after a nearly week break and continues to hover just outside of the top five. The former #1-ranked player won the PokerStars $162 Ultra Deep Stacks NLHE for $2,795 and 94.07 points – the only one of his 21 cashes that counted towards his ranking. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was the #1-ranked player in the world as recently as June 5. If he has another week like the one he just finished, he could find himself back in top spot. Simao beat out 817 other players to win the 888poker $30,000 Weightlifting High Roller for $7,475 and 202.67 PLB points. The next day he won the $320 Six Max NLHE event on PokerStars for $5,198 and 109.54. He won the PokerStars $109 rebuy on Thursday ($4,552 / 83.69), finished runner-up in the PokerStars Hot $215 ($5654 / 129.28) and then fifth in the Big $109 on Tuesday night ($2,660 / 88.64). Those five scores propelled the Brazilian from #12 to #7. Simao’s return to the top 10 meant that one player had to fall out of the top 10. Bulgaria’s Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov, who broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career last week fell all the way to #12. Dimitrov earned his 63rd career win after beating out 63 other players in the $109 buy-in $5,000 Hurricane on 888poker on Sunday. The Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,600.251 2joaomathias7,184.482 3lena9006,913.473 41_conor_b_16,724.845 5NoPlanB6,720.134 6veeea6,570.756 7joaosimaobh6,515.7812 8Pot4teUS6,507.548 9Jmolloy6,482.3110 10Greenstone256,441.377
  6. 'Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford of the United Kingdom, currently the #16-ranked player in the world, won the Sunday Warm-Up and collected $43,217 while 88th-ranked Bryan 'bparis' Paris of Canada cashed for $31,362 in second place. Australian star 'Jonathan 'xMONSTERxDONGx' Karamlikis' took down the $1,050 buy-in NLHE Sunday Grand and walked away with $40,927 in a heads-up chop that included 90th-ranked Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland of Thailand (second place for $37,666). 'kjunia' was victorious in the Six Max PLO version of the Sunday Grand and took home $26,977 as 'flaszeczka' received $27,665 for winning the Sunday Supersonic. In the Sunday Storm, 'astinka8' outlasted over 24,000 opponents to cash for $28,051 in first place. 'Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas' won the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller and was awarded $45,500. 74th-ranked 'Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov' of the Russian Federation got the win in the $530 buy-in version of that event for $29,250. Top 100 ranked online poker tournament player 'Zackattak13' walked away with $13,852 upon taking down the 888 Poker WHALE (two-way deal). PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$275K Guaranteed 1,389 entrants - $277,800 paid out to 188 spots 1_conor_b_1 - $43,216.81 Bryan 'bparis' Paris - $31,361.89 Kerm.pro - $22,759.32 Grave Danger - $16,516.46 NestaRasta - $11,985.95 The Ossi - $8,698.22 vladulaNko - $6,312.28 EVidenceSK - $4,580.83 (idemhore) TheKhopMan - $3,324.32 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed 230 entrants - $230,000 paid out to 35 spots xMONSTERxDONGx - $40,927.31 Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland - $37,665.84 *2-way deal kjunia - $26,242.42 LFFF22 - $20,165.41 (FabioLFFF22Freitas) lena900 - $15,495.67 Banicivan - $11,907.30 WayneDaBang - $9,149.90 Cryptasm - $7,031.05 shahter98 - $5,402.86 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 PLO 6-Max) *$100K Guaranteed 120 entrants - $120,000 paid out to 14 spots kjunia - $26,977.28 QuantumX90 - $20,205.69 fjutekk - $15,133.87 Ami 'UhhMee' Barer - $11,335.12 TheKnoba - $8,489.90 nizmo jiz - $6,358.86 (Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$150k Guaranteed 807 entrants - $165,241 paid out to 119 spots flaszeczka - $27,655.71 pads1161 - $18,077.33 (Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard) EdenR - $11,816.65 KungKroon - $7,724.20 gurmeta - $5,049.09 vincelis - $3,300.44 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$275k Guaranteed 24,486 entrants - $275,000 paid out to 4,031 spots astinka8 - $28,051.12 Drogbaaaaaaa - $20,149.25 FireRussia - $14,487.49 rodrir01 - $10,416.67 Buutton - $7,489.68 lykashevich - $5,385.16 spydhysa - $3,871.97 CKDallas - $2,783.99 Havlisak - $2,001.72 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 52 entrants - $130,000 paid out to 7 spots omaha4rollz - $45,500 D0nKanaile_ - $29,250 katya_19 - $19,500 TDurdenWAR - $13,000 (joaomathias) VolZoK_ - $9,750 (Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov) nipa3p3 - $7,150 ownjin - $5,850 partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 276 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 36 spots Biack - $29,250 (Blackk) Algorhytm - $22,409 (Ariados) josueopreto - $15,750 onehundredeyes - $11,528 pokergrl1012 - $8,700 Scouts326 - $6,750 Gl4diat0r - $5,250 (pappadogg) rudis1227 - $3,750 Zaymovishka - $2,850 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$50k Guaranteed 132 entrants - $74,580 paid out to 18 spots dudupa1986 - $13,852 (Zackattak13) dccnesquick - $15,235 *2-way deal OMGsete - $9,061 zebest7r - $6,712 (Mtlboy) d1sclosure - $4,475 (pleno1) HUdonnit - $3,729 HappyVodka - $2,983 palyaaa - $2,237 DrMiKee - $1,865 (Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez) 888 Poker Mega Deep($215 NLHE) *$75k Guaranteed 388 entrants - $77,600 paid out to 54 spots t54_is_a_*** - $14,891 BabyJeff007 - $11,058 fcknutzz - $8,148 CKLouis - $6,208 g3r4rrrr - $4,346 floatmasta - $3,298 justgamblin - $2,522 Corlusion - $1,746 bdubzz - $1,288
  7. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio Gonzalez sits #1 for the thirteenth straight week - but he has a new threat closing in on him[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to hold on to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings but a familiar face has reappeared at #2. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' took over the #2 spot after a week that saw him record five cashes big enough to add to his PLB total, including the second biggest PLB points score of his career. 'C Darwin2' beat out 329 other players to win the $530 buy-in partypoker High Roller on Tuesday, December 27. The win was worth $31,928 and 406.2 PLB points - the most he's scored since winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (High) title in May 2016 for 572.68 points. He continued to prove the heater was real on December 27 with a win in the parytpoker Drago: Heavyweight for $3,750/122.47 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $7,586/153.03. Two days later he took down the partypoker Uppercut: Heavyweight for $9,488/226.5. He closed out the week with a New Year's Day runner-up finish in the partypoker Drago: Heavyweight for $,4288/115.03. All told, 'C Darwin2', who last held the #1 spot in September, boosted his PLB points total by 1,023.23 points and now finds himself just 176.02 points behind Gonzalez and one spot above the previous #2, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov. The Uruguayan grinder, who has been #1 for 13 straight weeks, had just seven cashes this week but none were big enough to add to his lead. Dimitrov meanwhile cashed 18 times but failed to find a single score big enough to add to his total and fell to #3 for the first time since mid-October. Spots 4-9 remained unchanged but a new player emerged in the top 10 for the first time in his career. Argentinean Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli had three cashes good enough to add to his PLB total and move him into the #10 spot. Two of them came just minutes apart on December 27. Sampaoli finished runner-up in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $$4,813 and 121.2 PLB points. He followed that up with an 11th place finish in the PokerStars $109 Mini Super Tuesday for $1,360/94.89. Two days later he won the PokerStars $109 Hyper Turbo for $4,562 and 153.85 points. Sampaoli had been sitting just outside the top 10 at #11 since December 21. After making his way back into the top just before the end of 2016, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford dropped out of the top 10 this week, falling to #11. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,656.121 2C Darwin28,480.103 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,072.452 4lena9007,887.924 5Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten7,679.065 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,124.116 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,066.717 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,685.638 9PaTRick 'pleno1' Leonard6,572.219 10Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli6,558.8310
  8. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez remains the #1 ranked online poker player in the world for the 12th consecutive week.[/caption] Even the best online poker players in the world took some time this past week to enjoy the holiday season and spend some time with family and friends rather than grinding away. That lead to a week with no changes at all in the top ten of the PocketFives Rankings with Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez sitting on top for the 12th straight week. Gonzalez cashed only seven times with none of them being big enough to earn him any additional PLB points. That allowed Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov to close the gap to just 265.21 points. Two of the Bulgarian's 43 cashes last week were big enough to add to his PLB total. On December 26 he beat out 514 players to win the PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo for $9,459 and 231.22 points. he followed that up with a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $5,641/129.34. Dimitrov has been #2 for nine consecutive weeks. Former #1-ranked 'C Darwin2' sits third and also finds himself within striking distance of Gonzalez. The Swedish pro took down the partypoker Six Max Turbo High Roller on December 22 for $8,400/144.91. He's now just 518.01 points behind Gonzalez and 265.21 points behind Dimitrov. The rest of the top eight remained unchanged with Sweden's 'lena900' and Brazil's Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten rounding out the top five. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard moved up from #10 to #9 thanks to three final table finishes. The first came on December 22 when he finished runner-up to Chris 'imdanuts' Oliver in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill for $31,026 and 319.49 points. On Christmas Day he finished runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic for $18,077/268.19 and then fifth in the 888 poker $50,000 WHALE for $4,475/101.34. The biggest mover though was former #1Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford. The British pro jumped from #16 to #10 after he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $43,217 and 527.07 points - his highest points score ever. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,546.371 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,281.162 3C Darwin28,028.363 4lena9007,979.084 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,661.415 6Andres 'probirs' Nemeth7,193.596 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,133.367 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,711.268 9Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,547.4710 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,528.4716 Complete PocketFives Rankings
  9. [caption width="450"] Conor Beresford has a one-track mind - not a #1 track mind (PokerStars photo)[/caption] On PocketFives.com, player rankings are obviously pretty darn important. But while some players revel in the glory of a high ranking, for others - like Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford - it’s really just a by-product or something far more important. “I don't really follow my rank that much to be honest,” Beresford says. The young player, who has more than $3.8 million in online winnings, currently sits at the #2 spot in the United Kingdom, and #14 in the world. He’s been crushing so far in 2017, and only a day or two ago was at the top of the UK rankings. Things change quickly, though; something Beresford knows well. “It's nice to know that I was #1 in the UK, but in my opinion it just means I'm one of the most consistent grinders at the highest stakes, which is nice. “There's no true way of setting up a leaderboard that is based on pure skill alone because of the variance in poker, so being up there on what is probably considered the most popular leaderboard in terms of tournaments feels good.” So we shouldn’t expect to see Beresford grinding 12 hours a day every day to get to the worldwide number one spot then? “Number one in the world would be nice, but I'm really just here for the money at the end of the day, not so much the glory.” It’s a mentality that Beresford has held throughout his short but super successful career to date. Back in 2012, he was working in a call centre from 9am to 5pm, heading home to his aunt’s house, and playing online poker until the early hours. A $65K Sunday Million chop in April 2012 got the ball rolling for him (yet he still went to work an hour later). “Things have definitely changed a lot since then,” he tells us. “I lived in Vancouver for a while, and since then I have been living in Amsterdam on and off while travelling to most of the EPT stops.” Beresford has won $142K in live poker, his biggest score coming from a 12th place finish in the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €46K. But you might not see him at many of the new PokerStars Championships and Festivals. “I'm a bit disappointed about the PokerStars stops this year so far,” he says, referring specifically to events coming up in Panama and Macau. “I've heard from multiple people that these are less desirable places to visit and I much prefer European cities just for the travel convenience alone.” So if winning a big live event isn’t necessarily a direct goal, what’s he shooting for right now? “I have no specific goals, but I like to keep my volume as high as possible while we still have the chance,” he says. “It’s tough to really say what will happen with online poker over the next few years, so I'd like to make the most of it while I still can.” He’s certainly been doing that. In February 2016, Beresford chopped the Sunday Warm-Up for $41K. Then, in May, he won the PartyPoker High Roller for $64K. A week later, he won Event #31 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker; a $2,100 4-Max NLHE tournament for $171K - his biggest score to date. The amazing run continued throughout the year, culminating in a Sunday Warm-Up win for $43K in December 2016. This year has got off to a great start too; in January, Beresford chopped the Super Tuesday for $56K. “I had a pretty large stack throughout that Super Tuesday,” he says. “There was also another player with a large stack on the final table who played crazy, but I don't really remember any specific hands. I suppose Graftekkel attempting to steal vs my open for around 20bb with J7s vs my QQ was pretty big, as I considered him the biggest threat at the table.” In order to cope with those threats, Beresford - like most poker pros - credits talking to others as the best way to improve your game. “That's not to say that you wouldn't be able to make it on your own,” he adds. “But when you can go over spots with different opinions from different people, it really makes you think about the game a lot more.”
  10. Perennial high stakes online tournament player 'probirs' of Hungary (ranked #11 worldwide) earned the top spot in the prestigious $2,600 buy-in "Super High Roller" tournament on Partypoker, followed by 'z4vor' in second place for $34,545. The United Kingdom's C=Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford might crack the top five in the PocketFives Rankings this week, thanks to a win in the partypoker $530 High Roller for $27,421. Beresford currently sits sixth. The PokerStars Sunday Million attracted well over 22,000 entrants over the weekend in a half-price event that paid out more than $2 million USD. 'Tomati25' captured an outright victory in the event and took home $228,755 with Brazilian 'Duraircwb' (ranked #424 worldwide) cashing for $163,056 in the runner-up position. Silvia 'sirvim' Costa Melo of Brazil earned his largest online MTT score of his career with a third place finish for $116,232 and 'Frivillig' took home $82,854 in fourth while 'mincepie' received $59,061 in fifth place. Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk of Finland won the Stars Sunday Warm-Up and collected $46,983 as Chilean FabianoTeixeira walked away with $33,780 for second place. In the No Limit Hold'em Sunday Grand, 'th'Kick' took first place for $44,987 while 'anti-durrr' earned the victory and $28,326 upon winning the Pot Limit Omaha version of that event. 'TranBrothers' was victorious in the Sunday Supersonic for $32,824 and 'dekaer' won the half-price Sunday Storm for $28,543 as a result of a two-way final table deal. The 888poker Baby Whale tournament saw 'polarizedOMG' finish atop the leaderboard with a cash haul of $19,845 (two-way deal). In the Mega Deep event, 'Odyseus58' came out on top and walked away with an even $19,000. PokerStars Sunday Million ($107 + $7.50 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 22,292 entrants - $2,229,200 paid out to 3,716 spots Tomati25 - $228,754.61 Duraircwb - $163,056.39 Silvia 'sirvim' Costa Melo - $116,232.04 Frivillig - $82,854.01 agnik80 - $59,061.09 (mincepie) Rass777 - $42,100.44 bluntis77 - $30,010.60 adm1ration - $21,392.29 belosi - $15,249.06 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$275K Guaranteed - 1,539 entrants - $307,800 paid out to 251 spots elmerixx - $46,983.22 (emeriaa) kdrAS - $33,780.43 (FabianoTeixeira) proFISHnal - $24,288.40 needdollarz - $17,463.58 pads1161 - $12,556.45 (Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard) edyvpakistan - $9,028.20 nicosty21 - $6,491.34 Georgi 'dscturrr' Nikolov - $4,667.32 Bassysaffari - $3,355.85 (Sebastian 'Seba29072' Saffari) PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 231 entrants - $231,000 paid out to 31 spots th'Kick - $44,987.17 Killer_ooooo - $33,609.87 ZeelandBoy - $25,110.04 shorezydrew - $18,759.78 Riados015 - $14,015.50 Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $10,471.02 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $7,822.93 nilsef - $5,844.55 carozo1959 - $4,366.47 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$75K Guaranteed - 126 entrants - $126,000 paid out to 14 spots anti-durrr - $28,326.15 NeverFoldYou - $21,215.98 theNERDguy - $15,890.56 Ami 'UhhMee' Barer - $11,901.88 chorizo72 - $8,914.39 Isildur1 - $6,676.80 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$125K Guaranteed - 981 entrants - $200,870 paid out to 143 spots TranBrothers - $32,823.93 Victor 'vitinhorrn15' Dos Santos - $21,455.66 likedaskalos - $14,024.97 gabos451 - $9,167.74 silas22222 - $5,992.70 arxigos - $3,917.25 (Nanos 'Wiesel' Konstantinos) PokerStars Sunday Storm ($5 + $0.50 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 64,590 entrants - $322,950 paid out to 9,620 spots dekaer - $28,542.73 runcanPRA - $23,542.73 *2-way deal AAcrew - $15,237.71 robertomau13 - $10,774.67 lisichka-1 - $7,618.81 JonBon1878 - $5,387.29 rozkoszny - $3,809.38 awcca - $2,693.62 18055433805 - $1,904.66 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,500 + $100 NLHE) *$75K Guaranteed - 62 entrants - $155,000 paid out to 9 spots probirs - $55,279 z4vor - $34,545 skitzo793 - $21,587 ACHSO8000 - $13,490 SLARVBOGMAJS - $8,430 (Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar) PartyRainer - $6,106 onehundredeyes - $5,534 partypoker High Roller ($500 + $30 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 328 entrants - $164,000 paid out to 55 spots ADRIEN_BRODY - $27,421 (1_conor_b_1) YumsYums - $25,418 KONY2012 - $16,125 muhhamadALLIN - $11,702 (heyalisson) Igor 'IgorFederal' Trafane - $8,492 strangejelly - $6,162 (Akash 'funwheel' Majumdar) petdet3ctive - $4,472 (inhoo) 888 Poker Baby WHALE ($300 + 20 NLHE) *$100K Guaranteed - 253 entrants - $114,000 paid out to 36 spots polarizedOMG - $19,845 SHIPITB1TCH - $20,568 *2-way deal McNugget123 - $12,882 Madeon1994 - $9,690 (Ariados) MOI_est_JEAN - $6,612 Nicolas 'PKaiser' Fierro - $5,130 Roulette69 - $3,990 sstringg - $2,850 Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen - $2,166 888 Poker Mega Deep ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$100K Guaranteed - 492 entrants - $100,000 paid out to 64 spots Odyseus58 - $19,000 Palyaaa - $14,000 Alex 'APJennings' Jennings - $10,260 progree69 - $7,500 GrafKohks - $5,000 89Diamonds - $3,500 Felipe 'mr.salgado' Salgado - $2,500 bananove - $2,000 CalmRevolver - $1,490 (AloofRevolver)
  11. [caption width="640"] Conor Beresford is the current king of the UK rankings. Photo: PokerStars.[/caption] As an online poker powerhouse country, the UK continues to be in the conversation of producing some of the best poker players in the world. Just as the country itself has been a major world influence in popular culture, players hailing from UK have helped shape the modern-day poker landscape including old school veterans like David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott,Neil Channing and Roland de Wolfe, high-rolling regulars like Sam Trickettand Charlie Carrell and even some of the most recognizable faces of the game in PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree and online poker legend, Chris Moorman. The current crop of Top 10 online players from the United Kingdom uphold the tradition of influential talented grinders and current at the top of the list is Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (6,76.34 PLB Points). Beresford is not only the #1-ranked player in the UK, but also currently sits as the #15-ranked player in the world, according to the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings. His last month is highlighted third-placed place finish in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 8-Max No Limit Hold’em) where he took home $57,781. Beresford, constantly grinding a schedule of the largest online MTTs, cashed 30 times for four-figures or more in November and looks to out do that pace here in December already notching nine four-figure or more paydays including a sixth place finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $10,929. Despite Beresford’s amazing stats and consistency, he’s being hotly pursued by Team partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (6,612.64). The former Worldwide #1-ranked superstar, currently sits as the UK’s #2-ranked player having just recently reached a new personal benchmark of eclipsing over $4 million in lifetime earnings. Leonard also did a good deal of damage in the PokerStars High Rollers Series cashing in five of the events for over $130,000. He final tabled three of the events and his largest score of the month came with his seventh place finish in Event #6 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em - $1M Gtd) for $55,635. David ‘davaman’ Lopez (5,894.23) has ascended to the UK’s #3 spot. While there’s a pretty big gap between him and the duo of Beresford and Leonard, that could be in part due to a lighter play schedule in November. Originally from Spain, but currently playing out of London, Lopez reportedly at one point earned the title of Supernova Elite on PokerStars in only three months but with only a handful of scores for the month of November it looks like the pro is simply taking some time off after a month of everyday scores in October. Still sitting in the Worldwide Rankings at #40, his best recent score was a tenth place finish in the partypoker High Roller back on November 13 for $3,000. Literally right behind Lopez is the UK’s #4-ranked player Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (5,874.55). Proudfoot has been making waves in the Worldwide rankings, climbing just about every week in the month of November, where he currently resides at #41. Proudfoot has been putting in the time and his results have shown it. On the precipice of conquering $1 million in lifetime earnings, Proudfoot racked up 25 four-figure scores in November, not including his victory in the partypoker High Roller on November 28 for $19,734. Sitting less than 20 PLB points behind Lopez, he could, once again, climb the rankings in no time. Charlie ‘chaz_man_chaz’ Combes (5,843.76), caps off the UK’s Top 5, having recently taken down the partypoker High Roller on November 23 for $12,170. Combes is the third of the UK trio that occupies virtually the same space in the Worldwide rankings as he currently stands only 2 spots back from Proudfoot at #43 and as of now is trailing him only 30.79 PLB points, meaning things can change in a hurry on both the UK and Worldwide rankings list. Combes’ December is off to a hot start as well as the daily mid-high stakes tournament grinder has won nearly $40,000 in the first week of play. There’s a little breathing room between the #5 and #6 spots, where Owain ‘sngwonder’ Carey (5,581.54) ranks. Carey was recently featured in the PocketFives.com Milestones column for surpassing the $3 million lifetime earnings mark and he also is enjoying his highest placement in the Worldwide Top 100, currently sitting just outside the Top 50 at #51. Playing out of Glasgow as its #1 player, Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich-Jonsen (5,554.91) checks in at #7. After a light November schedule, Geilich-Jonsen emerged to cash in the PokerStars High Rollers Event #19 for over $7,800. PokerStars WCOOP Event #1 Champion‘carpediem200’ (5,426.14) checks in at #8. While still benefitting from the massive points boost a major victory like a WCOOP will give you, he’s not sitting idly by having put in a full schedule over the past two months raking in over 20 four-figure scores in that time period. Bristol’s Oscar ‘MendaLerenda’ Serradell (5,408.48), a former #2-ranked Worldwide professional, occupies the #9 spot. His victory in PokerStars Bounty Builder on November 14 for $7,297 was his highest PLB points score of November and is basically the difference between him and the #10 spot which belongs to…Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman (5,278.54). As we previously mentioned, Moorman is one of the UK’s most popular and accomplished tournament grinders. The 888poker ambassador recently published his second book as well as took down one of the side events at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond (Event #9 $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $37,132. Even with all of his media duties and live play, he still finds the time to grind and add to his over $14 million in lifetime earnings. His most recent only victory came just days after his live win as he took down the PokerStars Bigger $162 for over $5,200. UK Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 11_conor_b_16,6776.34 2pleno16,612.64 3davaman5,894.23 4proudflop5,874.55 5chaz_man_chaz5,843.76 6sngwonder5,581.54 7ludovi333r5,554.91 8carpediem2005,426.14 9MendaLerenda5,408.46 10moorman15,278.54
  12. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz kicked off the High Rollers Series with a win in Event #1 (WPT photo)[/caption] The PokerStars High Rollers series wrapped up on December 4 completing a comprehensive 22-event schedule with over $10,000,000 in guarantees. If participation is an indicator of success, the High Rollers Series certainly proved there was ample space in the marketplace for such an event as 20 of the 22 events had no problem generating prize pools greater than their guarantees. As expected, the action was more than enough to bring out some of the best and brightest stars in the game to compete creating a number of highlights throughout the week. Main Event Deal Making In the Main Event, Event #19 ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em, $2M Gtd) after navigating a field of 1,135 entrants, a four-way deal was struck giving Finland’s ‘Sanderssi’ first place and the lion share of the $2,270,00 prize pool with a $294,685 payday. For Germany’s ‘jutrack’, the third bullet was a charm as his runner-up finish brought in $226,162 while both‘Maz&Yauskas’ from the UK and Canada’s ’MATT HOLVIK’ were also guaranteed no less than a quarter million in the deal. Holz gunna Holz Fortune smiled on the series early when one of the biggest names in the game, and the current undisputed “King Of The High Rollers”, Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz not only found his way into the event, despite his hectic travel schedule, but managed to do what he always seems to do - score another six-figure victory. Event #1 ($2100 No Limit Hold’em) was one of the two events to miss its guarantee, coming up roughly $116,000 short, but it could be argued that the media attention of having Holz score a victory right off the bat brought a much-needed reminder to the community and energized the series. Holz walked with $178,498 for first while Argentinian runner-up ‘88maca88’ was compensated with $134,058. World’s #1 ‘C Darwin2’ Destroys Event #3 As we’ve mentioned, it’s going to be hard for the rest of the world to catch the current reigningPocketFives.com Worldwide #1-ranked player, Sweden’s‘C Darwin2’ when he continues to post results like he did in the Event #3 ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive KO) of the High Rollers. The Progressive Knockouts have been a popular tournament for PokerStars and this event proved it by more than doubling the $250,000 guarantee. ‘C Darwin2’ not only won the tournament outright for the $45,290 first place prize but racked up a significant number of bounties, including his own by winning, and dragged another $42,929 in bounties on top. The next closest bounty hunter was Finland’s ‘€urop€an’ who collected $23,218 while finishing in fourth place and after him, there wasn’t another five-figure bounty hunter in the field. ’T-Macha’, 'MITS 304' Claim Two Titles UK player ’T-Macha’ may go on to be considered high roller royalty after his double-victory performance this week. He first found the winner’s circle in one of the largest Progressive Knockout tournaments of the year in Event #11 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em Progressive KO). The aggressive $1 million guarantee was shattered by $300,000 as 130 runners went for the kill in this two-day event. ’T-Macha’ not only won $142,470 for first but exceeded that total by collecting an additional $170,781 in bounties, including his own. Finishing this tournament was the aforementioned ‘€urop€an’ who, again, collected the second most bounties adding $69,062 to his second place prize of $110,281. Three days later ’T-Macha’ would again be victorious. This time in Event #15 ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em) where he would defeat Canada’s #2-ranked superstar Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk heads-up for another $156,377. Kruk, on his third entry, would take home $121,341 for second place. 'MITS 304', from Cyprus, accomplished two titles in two different disciplines. First, he chopped up Event #8 ($2,100 8-Max No Limit Hold'em) for $82,615 with the Netherlands' 'Elmagico19A1'and the Worldwide #15-ranked Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford. Then 'MITS 304' played some four card poker and won Event #20 ($2,100 6-Max Pot Limit Hold'em) outright, adding another $85,020 to his bankroll. PokerStars High Rollers Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 01$1,000,000 NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]CrownUpGuy$178,498 02$200K 5-Card PLO [6-Max]$2,100][poker card="TD"]BlackFortuna$54,404.19 03$250K 8-Max, Turbo, Progessive KO NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]C. Darwin2$45,290.72 + $42,929.67 04$400K 8-Max, Progressive KO NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]raidalot$45,470.53 + $60,187.50 05$200K 6-Max Shootout NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]23noraB$44,000 06$1,000,000 NLHE$10,300][poker card="TD"]PlayaPlz$258,639.41 07$400K Turbo, Progressive KO NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]SilliSuhonen$62,269.79 + $70,507.81 08$500K 8-Max NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]MITS 304$82,615.05* 09$500K 6-Max NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]Zagalo87$130,390.08 10$250K 6-Max, Turbo NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]GotURead$88,498.31 11$1,000,000 Progressive KO NLHE$10,300][poker card="TD"]T-Macha$142,470.84 + $170,781.25 12$400K Turbo NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]hello_totti$101,912.30 13$400K 6-Max NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]Graftekkel$80,061.07 14$250K NLHE$1,050+R][poker card="TD"]VbV1990$64,291.42 15$500K 8-Max NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]T-macha$156,377.32 16$200K 6-Max NLO8$2,100][poker card="TD"]BERRI SWEET$51,256.82 17$400K 3-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom NLHE$1,050OLD TIME GIN$37,309.92* + $28,375.45 18$500K Progressive KO NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]KuuL$118,256.62 + $125,537.10 19$2,000,000 Main Event NLHE$2,100][poker card="TD"]Sanderssi$294,685.23* 20$300K 6-Max PLO$2,100][poker card="TD"]MITS 304$85,020.23 21$500K 8-Max, Turbo NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]ruthless848$122,913.93 22$250K Wrap-Up NLHE$1,050][poker card="TD"]Storimos$76,354.04 * denotes final table deal
  13. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' continues to pile up results to improve his grasp on the #1 ranking.[/caption] It seems like there’s nothing that can shake Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ from his perch atop the PocketFives Rankings. For the fifth straight week, ‘C Darwin 2’ holds down the #1 spot after a week that saw him add over 450 PLB points to his total thanks to a pair of wins. Outlasting 46 other players in the partypoker $530 High Roller on November 4, ‘C Darwin2’ added $9,100 to his bankroll and 153.3 PLB points to his total. He followed that up on November 9 by taking down the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for $16,083 and 300.33 points. Those two wins helped increase his lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to 1,156.79 points, the biggest gap between any two places in the top 25. That gap would be much bigger had van Zadelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. On November 5, the Malta-based Dutchman picked up $8,173 and 169.63 points for his third place finish in the partypoker Middleweight. Four days later he added $3,118 and 97.18 points for finishing runner-up in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo. Changes inside of the top 10 were scarce this week. For the second straight week, ‘Sheater’ and ‘veeea’ traded the #5 and #6 spots. The only player to move into the top 10 this week was former #1-ranked ‘Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. He jumped from #14 to #9 after picked up a combined 451.83 points from a win in the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday and a runner-up in the partypoker High Roller. There was some re-shuffling in the rest of the top 25, but the only new name this belongs to the #1-ranked player in Austria. ‘rolandbauer’ picked up four qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by winning the partypoker Super High Roller for $55,809 and 484.77 points. He also finished runner-up in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $41,988 and 361.36 points. The #12 ranking marks a career high for ‘rolandbauer’. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week was Sweden's 'Ariados', who dropped from #9 all the way to #28. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,631.741 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,474.842 3lena9008,618.953 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,073.874 5Sheater7,332.796 6veeea7,330.605 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,294.937 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,034.328 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,013.1514 10Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,955.3310 11Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,950.8912 12rolandbauer6,915.5332 13Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,878.5416 14Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,821.2311 15josef_shvejk6,813.8920 16Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,808.5518 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,803.9019 18Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,706.0417 19Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,687.1213 20DeathbyQuads6,616.6315 21Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,552.7823 22nilsef6,527.6522 23Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,527.3624 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,501.2821 25NoPlanB6,461.2725
  14. 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 Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar Eclipses $10M 2017 has been a banner year for the $10M club. It was four years ago when Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman first broke the $10 million mark and for a long time, he sat alone sat at the top of the mountain. This year though he was joined in the rarified air by four other players, including Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who hit the $10M mark just two weeks ago. Now, right on Hunichen’s heels, there’s a sixth member in the eight-figure fraternity, Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar. Korsar, currently ranked #15 in the world, completed the feat earlier this week when he took down the partypoker $50K guaranteed High Roller Warm Up on for over $13,000 and on the same day followed that up with a 10th place finish in the $50K guaranteed High Roller and a fourth place in the $100K guaranteed High Roller for another $8,391. His combined scores that day was more than enough to put Korsar over the top and in elite company. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford Sails Past $5M The UK’s current top online pro, Conor ‘‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford cruised right past $5,000,000 in lifetime cashes this week when he took first place in the PokerStars $162 Deep Stacks (No Limit Hold’em $7.5 gtd) on October 25 for just over $2,700. The score, which appears as just another deep run in a long list of cashes for the voluminous grinder, makes Beresford the 89th player to reach the prestigious plateau. While Korsar and Beresford both touched major milestones this week, a number of grinders reached new marks in their careers. Latvia’s #1-ranked crusher Dainis ‘ex6tence’ Budovskis exceeded the $4M mark after his fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill for over $14,000. Both Andrey ‘drupalucker’ Chernokoz and ‘iamVolanD’ from Russia passed $2 million lifetime earnings. Chernokoz also made moves in the Worldwide rankings, jumping three spots from 49 to 46th in the world. Ireland’s Kamal ‘AceofShamrocks’ Singh, Farcasanu ‘alexxt7’ Alexandru out of Romania and Brazil’s ‘dibmestre’ all surpassed the $1 million lifetime earnings benchmark this week. Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos Cracks the Top 100 Brazil's 12th ranked pro,Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos made major moved in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Ranking this week, leaping 23 spots and right into the Top 100. The major jump could be attributed to his victory in the partypoker $200K Gtd High Roller which not only brought him 447.21 PLB points but over $33,000. Along with dos Santos and Chernokoz, five other PocketFivers reached new heights in the top 100 Worldwide Rankings. Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos - #117 to #94 Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot - #86 to #74 nsmirnov - #69 to #66 Andrey ’drupalucker’ Chernokov - #49 to #46 Mikensonas - #53 to #45 Bernardo Rocha - #49 to #43 David ‘davaman’ Lopez - #40 to #31
  15. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' continues to do the work necessary to maintain the #1 ranking.[/caption] Events like PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker and partypoker’s Powerfest are designed for grinders capable of putting long hours over a concentrated amount of time. It should shock absolutely nobody that the players who inhabit the top of the PocketFives Rankings have also enjoyed success over the past couple of very busy weeks in the online poker world. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’, who was #1 in the world when WCOOP began three weeks ago, continues to hold onto the top spot. In the last week he’s earned over 1,380 PLB points after winning the PokerStars Sunday Grand (PLO) for $39,638 and 449.44 points and then final-tabling and finishing eighth in the Powerfest Championship Event for $39,750/35.72. He then followed those up with a pair of runner up finishes. First in Powerfest Event #248 ($530 High Roller) and then in WCOOP Event #62 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) for $24,920/278.35 and $28,244/303.77 respectively. The biggest jump inside the top 25 this past week came from former #1-ranked Chris Hunichen. The Costa Rica resident took down WCOOP Event #40 High ($530 Six Max Five Card PLO) for $53,537 and 551.82 points. It was Hunichen’s first WCOOP victory. He also managed four other cashes, highlighted by a sixth place finish in the Powerfest Championship Event for $69,00/417.98. Swedish players continue to dominate the top of the rankings. Along with ‘C Darwin2’, there are four other Swedes in the top seven; ‘lena900’ (#2),Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs' Berggren (#5), Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo (#6), and ‘Sheater’ (#7). With ‘lena900’ returning to the #2 spot, that means that Russia’s ‘veeea’ dropped back down one spot to #3. Brazil’s Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved up two spots to #4 while Berggren and Ylitalo each dropped one spot. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin29,263.161 2lena9008,497.413 3veeea8,211.592 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,183.636 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,686.864 6Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,633.025 7Sheater7,271.668 8Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,177.9310 9Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,943.4111 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,896.187 11Ariados6,839.039 12DeathbyQuads6,802.8414 13Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,614.3338 14Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,612.7313 15Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,567.1429 16Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,564.4212 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,467.8915 18nilsef6,456.9816 19Apotheosis6,388.3519 20Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,282.9842 21Ludovich 'ludovi333' Geilich6,277.0722 22Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,268.5918 23Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,212.1620 24Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,170.9733 25Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell6,149.7717
  16. At this point, it might just take a miracle or two for somebody to unseat the Swedish players from the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Yet again, Swedish players fill every single spot in the top five and have seven of the top 10. ‘C Darwin2’ maintained the #1 ranking despite putting in only a single day of play over the last week. Taking advantage of the Sunday schedule, ‘C Darwin2’ actually cashed 12 times last Sunday but none were big enough to add to his PLB points total. His lead over the rest of the field is now 358.58 points. The rest of the top five also remained unchanged. ‘Lena900’ continues to hold down the #2 spot even though he also failed to record a single qualifying cash. The players ranked #3-#5, Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo, ‘Ariados’ and Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren all picked up small qualifying cashes but each stayed in the same position. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford did his best to crack the Swedish control of the top five. The #6-ranked player picked up $27,421 and 404.97 points for winning the $530 buy-in High Roller on partypoker on Sunday. He now sits just 53.88 points out of fifth spot. That big score also allowed Beresford to distance himself from another Swede that was hot on his tail. ‘DeathbyQuads’ stayed at #7 despite picking up two big wins on PokerStars for over 350 PLB points. Russia’s ‘veeea’ moved from #10 to #8 after picking up nearly 500 points on partypoker last Sunday alone. He now trails ‘DeathbyQuads’ by just 57.6 points. The final Swede in the top ten came it at #9. ‘Sheater’ won the 888poker Sunday Crocodile for $6,450 and 173.21 points. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth rejoined the top ten this week, moving up one spot from #11. On Sunday, Nemeth won the partypoker Super High Roller for $55,279/393.70 and finished third in the partypoker High Roller for $12,783/182.15. Falling out of the top ten this week was Brazil’s Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,345.051 2lena9007,986.472 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,621.123 4Ariados7,599.714 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,569.325 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,515.446 7DeathbyQuads7,053.217 8veeea6,995.6110 9Sheater6,895.748 10Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,880.9911
  17. It seems that knocking ‘C Darwin2’ out of the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings might be impossible. After taking nearly two full weeks off of online play, ‘C Darwin2’ returned to the virtual felt this week and despite not recording a single qualifying cash, can still call himself the top-ranked player in the world. Sitting right behind him - 177.54 PLB points to be exact - is fellow Swede and former #1-ranked ‘lena900’. He too got back in action this week after being in Barcelona for the PokerStars Championship event but. just like ‘C Darwin2’, didn’t record any qualifying cashes. That wasn’t the case for Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo though. Ylitalo moved up from #5 to #3 after winning the PokerStars NLHE Sunday Grand and the PokerStars Omania Five Card PLO High Roller for a total of $38,848 and 569.44 points. He’s now just 208.31 points out of first. While Ylitalo moved back into the top three, the names in the top 10 remain identical to last week. Russia’s ‘veeea’ and Sweden’s Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren dropped one spot each to #4 and #5 respectively and Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and ‘DeathbyQuads’ swapped the #8 and #9 positions. The biggest mover in the Top 25 was Canada’s Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang. The top-ranked player in his country, Lang moved from #24 to #16 in the world after picking up five qualifying cashes for 898.37 points. Lang is now just 614.91 points out of the #10 spot - his previous highest ranking. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week was Latvian Dainis ‘ex6tence’ Budovskis. He dropped from #25 to #28. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmoreland took the #25 spot, up one spot from #26. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,889.941 2lena9007,712.402 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,504.095 4veeea7,475.473 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,240.364 6Ariados7,206.666 7Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,088.897 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,758.369 9DeathbyQuads6,753.258 10Sheater6,626.2210 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,416.0411 12Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,408.7114 13Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,311.7012 14Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,089.6915 15Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,078.8313 16Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,011.3124 17hellohellohello5,962.9417 18Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich-Jonsen5,937.7518 19Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen5,928.5520 20Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim5,858.0416 21Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic5,837.3019 22Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver5,806.6321 23Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez5,728.8422 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard5,634.9523 25Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmoreland5,603.1326
  18. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  19. It should be no surprise that Sweden’s #1-ranked player is also, still, the #1-ranked player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ may have slipped a little in the PLB points, but still holds a commanding point lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to remain the only #1 player that 2018 has known. It was a low volume week for ‘C Darwin2’ as the superstar only recorded nine total cashes, none of which qualified to add to his PLB point total. With aging results being a factor, ‘C Darwin2’ slipped back to under 11,000 total points, currently sitting with 10,665. Still, the total is more than enough to fend off any would-be challengers to his current run as #1 as he has an over 1300 point buffer between himself and van Zadelhoff. For his part, van Zadelhoff has even fewer results than ‘C Darwin2’ as the Malta pro seemingly didn’t even click open an online poker client this week having not recorded a result since January 11. This leaves the door open for Sweden’s ‘lena900’ to make his move up the ladder. ‘lena900’ has been holding down the #3 spot for weeks now. He was never in too much danger of slipping down the leaderboard and there has been a persistent gap keeping him from catching van Zadelhoff. This week, with van Zadelhoff’s absence, ‘lena900’ gained some ground when he took third place in the partypoker Super High Roller for $20,891 and over 200 PLB points. The chasm is now just under 800 points, which is still significant but not insurmountable should a gifted player like ‘lena900’ have a week like Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth had two weeks ago. ‘Hungary’s Nemeth rocketed eight spots two weeks ago from #12 to #4 and this week he held his ground. Continuing to add on to his recent bout of run good, Nemeth scored a pair of qualifying cashes on January 14. The first was a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,717 and then he scored another second place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller for an additional $33,430. With there being no shifts in the top 4, Swedish countrymen Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren (#5) and ‘Sheater’ (#6) once again climb up a spot in tandem. Both former #1-ranked players rise one rung in the top 10 this week. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’ falls into the #7 ranking while Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford makes yet another push into the top 10, ascending to the #8 spot. Beresford scored three qualifying cashes this week, two of which were outright victories. The UK pro took down the bwin.com Eliminator Warm Up for $5,540 and days later followed it up with a victory in the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $8,286. Russian countrymen ‘hellohellohello’ (#9) and ‘veeea’ (#10) complete the top 10. Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone made the largest leap of the week jumping from #25 to #13, an all-time high ranking for him. The move comes thanks to a trio of qualifying cashes, topped by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-max for nearly $15,000 and over 232 PLB points. This week also saw some notable names rejoining the ranks of the top 25 as Brazil’s Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#22), Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (#24) and Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky (#25) all rose in the rankings this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,655.00 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,298.63 2 3 lena900 8,511.03 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,849.69 4 5 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,585.84 6 6 Sheater 7,522.10 7 7 josef_shvejk 7,439.45 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,198.72 11 9 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 10 veeea 7,068.34 9 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,010.72 12 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,975.32 10 13 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,848.07 25 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,782.50 13 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,746.28 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,719.47 14 17 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,719.28 19 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,705.66 17 19 sitpro2011 6,696.52 21 20 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 18 21 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,569.26 20 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 27 23 DeathbyQuads 6,465.95 16 24 inhoo 6,463.94 32 25 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,442.82 33
  20. Every poker player hopes to start the New Year off on the right foot. Swedish crusher ‘lena900’ won the January PLB race with an impressive 3,933.25 PLB points. His amazing month cumulated with him earning enough PLB points to catapult him into the worldwide #2 ranking. He did this by putting up massive results in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s online series, Powerfest. In total, ‘lena900’ posted eight five-figure scores with his victory in Powerfest Event #5 for $26,899 and 328.63 PLB points leading the way. That victory came just 24 hours after he picked up over $50,000 in a pair of final table finishes during XL Blizzard and a High Roller victory over on bwin.com for another $25,000. Simply put, ‘lena900’ had a monster January. Ukraine’s #1 online pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (3770.76) also found success in the first month of the year. Romanovsky was able to put together a winning performance in the PokerStars $530 Sunday 500 on January 21 for over $37,000 and 458.80 PLB points. Even though that score brought him his largest PLB score it wasn’t his largest cash of the month. He notched two over $40,000 scores with a pair of runner-up finishes during Powerfest. This helped push the longtime player into striking distance of $8.5 million in lifetime earnings and making $9 million in 2018 more than a possibility but extremely likely. The distance between the second and third place in the January PLB place couldn’t be closer. Hungary’s Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth (3770.57) ended up .19 points behind Romanovsky. The worldwide #4 ranked online player put together a staggering last week of the month by torturing his opponents during Powerfest. In just the last three days of the month alone, Nemeth scored three major victories. First, a win in Event #25 for over $82,000, then a win in Event #32 for $20,839 and, on the same day, first place in Event #33 for over $47,000. The insane heater came on a month where he played moderate volume, but his total results skyrocketed to over $375,000. If there’s a list of big-time results, you know that Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (3,517.95) is going to be on it. The current king of the worldwide rankings started off the year the same way he ended 2017: destroying tournaments. On January 1 he notched what would end up being his largest PB score of the month by taking third in a $1,000 PokerStars event for $39,313 and 324.28 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ had enough of a lead in the Worldwide Rankings to take a little time off and so his schedule was more sporadic than it had been in months prior. Still, he was able to rack up five five-figure scores and 32 final table appearances. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (3,198.70) from the UK had himself a top 5 month as well. Beresford did the bulk of the damage by winning the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for over $62,000 and 549.55 PLB points. The current worldwide #10 followed up that score one day later with his second largest haul of the month when he final tabled the Powerfest Event #26 $5,200 No Limit Hold’em for an additional $33,150. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (3,153.06) checks in at #6 for the month of January. In the same Powerfest event that Beresford took fifth for $33,150, ‘hellohellohello’ finished as the runner-up for over $103,000 (nearly a career high for him) and 471.16 PLB points. Off the island of Papua New Guinea, ‘dulek’ (2,941.27) comes in at #7 for the month. The high-volume grinder scored the victory in a $100 $100,000 GTD tournament for $38,069 and 454.86 PLB points. The big-time score helped elevate him to an all-time career high ranking of #61 in the world. Guntis ‘lovefee’ Alaskans (2,887.42) from Latvia also used a big month of January, in which he came in at #8, to hit a career-high ranking. He moved up to #12 in the world on the back of his finish runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $33,868. Coming in at #9 for January is partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (2,748.23). After taking some well-earned time away from the online tables at the end of 2017, he returned with a vengeance annihilating numerous Powerfest events. He took down Event #13-M for over $16,000 and then, days later scored a victory in Event #17-H for over $62,000 and 447.21 PLB points. He wasn’t done, not by a long shot, final tabling Event #24-H for over $20,000 and then again winning Event #32 for over $50,000. It’s safe to say that Simao is back. Wrapping up the top 10 of the first month of 2018 is Swedish online legend ‘Sheater’ (2,655.78). The former #1-ranked player recorded his highest PLB score back on January 7 when he final tabled a $200 PokerStars contest for 453.95 PLB points and over $33,000. January 2018 PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,933.25 2 Romeopro 3,770.76 3 probirs 3,770.57 4 C Darwin 2 3,517.95 5 1_conor_b_1 3,198.70 6 hellohellohello 3,153.06 7 dulek 2,941.27 8 lovefee 2,887.42 9 joaosimaobh 2,748.23 10 Sheater 2,655.78
  21. Once again, the top spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings belongs to the super Swede ‘C Darwin2’. Though he slipped just beneath the 12,000 PLB point threshold that he’d been keeping for the past couple weeks, the phenom enjoys a lead of well over 2,000 PLB points from the next closest player. ‘C Darwin2’ continues to put the pressure on those who would look to catch him with a pair of qualifying cashes this week, both resulting in five-figure scores. This included a runner-up finish in Event #131 of Winamax’s W Series for $13,553 and 193.63 PLB points. Another reoccurring theme in recent weeks has been top-tier players taking their shot at dethroning ‘C Darwin2’ and this week it’s ‘hellohellohello’s turn. The Russian has ascended to the #2 ranking for the first time in his career after going on an absolute tear on April 8. He earned over $85,000 on that day alone, the bulk of it thanks to his victory in the bwin.com Super Sunday Super High Roller where he took home $48,750 and 387.30 PLB points. He also notched another pair of qualifying cashes helping him become the latest player that could conceivably make the steep climb to the #1 perch. Last week’s #2, Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops back to the #3 ranking this week mostly due to low volume. He was unable to record any qualifying cashes and so he slips from his career-high ranking but remains a mere 188.13 points behind ‘hellohellohello’. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a small step backward as he also had but a single qualifying PLB cash this week. A final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars resulted in a $15,592 score and 170.27 PLB points. That result also helped ‘lena900’ cross $9.5 million in lifetime earnings and with some huge online series coming up in the next month, including PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker’s POWERFEST, he may find himself a member of the prestigious $10 million club sooner than later. Rounding out the top 5 this week is ‘European’, who maintains his same ranking from last week with the help of a final table finish in the PokerStars Bigger $215 for $3,213 and 110.79 PLB points. It should be noted that like Nemeth and ‘lena900’ just ahead of him in the rankings, ‘European’ maintains a PLB score of above 9000. Any one of these elite players could find themselves in the midst of a heater and rocket up the rankings to be the next player to challenge ‘C Darwin2’. The bottom half of the top 10 saw very little movement this week with both Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone both holding fast in their respective #6 and #7 positions. While van Zadelhoff seemed to be taking a breather, Petrone put in work and recorded three qualifying PLB cashes. The three podium finished totaled nearly $25,000 in earnings for the Argentinan and has him in position to make another run back into the top five. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford swapped places with Romanovsky rising to the #8 rankings and Beresford slipping to #9. Beresford didn’t have any volume to speak of this week while Romanovsky took third place in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder Hight Roller for over $18,000 and 233.78 PLB points, enough to help him shift up this week. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar completes the top 10 this week. The Swedish grinder with over $11 million in lifetime earnings, joined those would take their foot off the gas this week, likely preparing for the large volume series that are right around the corner. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,913.36 1 2 hellohellohello 9,573.40 4 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,385.95 2 4 lena900 9,234.95 3 5 European 9,186.70 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,986.06 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,661.43 7 8 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,446.38 9 9 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,362.41 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,288.90 10 11 kofi89 8,162.23 11 12 Ariados 8,146.69 12 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.87 13 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,784.12 23 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,705.96 14 16 DamageAP 7,651.49 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,638.42 15 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 19 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 18 20 josef_shvejk 7,439.46 17 21 Sheater 7,422.04 21 22 Flat 7,339.79 20 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 22 24 NoPlanB 7,100.49 25 25 joppiesaus 7,051.82 26
  22. For as long as 'C Darwin2's current run at the top of the PocketFives Rankings has lasted a new challenger emerged each week, rising up the rankings with the hopes of knocking the Swedish superstar off the throne. Even after a week where he picked up no qualifying cashes, 'C Darwin2' still held off every challenger and continues to hold a massive lead over the rest of the top 25. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff moved back up to #3 from #5 thanks to three qualifying cashes. He finished runner-up in a PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $11,748 and 192.35 PLB points, fourth in an America's Cardroom High Roller for $6,520/124.26 and then ended his week with a runner-up finish in a partypoker Monday Main Event for $16,015/212.76. He now sits 851.44 points behind #2-ranked 'lena900'. After jumping up to #3 last week, Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone dropped one spot to #4 while 'European' moved up one spot to #5. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford moved back into the top 10 this week, jumping from #12 to #8. Beresford put together a solid week, collecting six qualifying cashes for 1,409.07 PLB points. His biggest score of the week came in the partypoker Sunday Major High Roller where he topped a field of 481 players to win $39,748.83 and 490.41 points. Former #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez moved from to #32 all the way up to #19. Gonzalez had six qualifying cashes, adding 1,571.81 points to his total. Of those six cashes, two were wins and his earnings topped $120,555. Two players dropped out of the top 25. Sweden's Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Ödeen fell from #23 to #26 and Brazilian 'sitpro2011' slipped from #25 to #35. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,025.73 1 2 lena900 9,725.56 2 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.12 5 4 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,805.51 3 5 European 8,622.72 6 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,594.02 4 7 hellohellohello 8,457.70 7 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,306.56 12 9 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,049.90 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,998.15 10 11 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,923.17 15 12 kofi89 7,767.25 11 13 Ariados 7,729.91 9 14 josef_shvejk 7,464.67 14 15 Sheater 7,393.64 13 16 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,301.26 17 17 NoPlanB 7,208.25 18 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,112.58 19 19 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,083.56 32 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 7,074.23 20 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,011.93 16 22 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,862.59 21 23 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,791.10 24 24 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 6,735.99 22 25 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,601.33 27
  23. If you follow the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings at all in 2018 then you know the story. This week it’s more of the same as the Swedish crusher ‘C Darwin2’ continues his reign as the only player to occupy the #1 spot in all of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ locked himself up three qualifying cashes and a pair of five-figure scores this week. But when he took first place in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $16,064 he did something less than 20 players in the history of online poker have done before. He surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings. What is even more amazing is the speed with which he did it. He sprinted through his last million in earnings having achieved $8 million in earnings less than two months ago. He’s one of two Swedish players to eclipse that mark this week and he’s only the 18th player to ever do so. For the second week in a row Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ holds down the #2 spot in the rankings. He does this despite putting in very low volume and not bringing in any new PLB points. Nevertheless, thanks to his massive scores the week before, his PLB score edged slightly closer to the 10,000 PLB mark. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth swapped places in the rankings again this week. ‘lena900’, locking up the #3 rank, put together another stellar week at the tables and boosted his PLB scores with a trio of victories. This included a victory in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Marathon for $18,178 where he ended up besting PokerStars Team Online Pro Lex Veldhuis to take it down. His impressive week brought him four five-figure scores and places him just over 200 points away from re-taking the #2 spot in the rankings. Nemeth, on the other hand, continues his break from the online grind, resulting in his slipping to the #4 rank. The middle of the top 10 rankings remains the same this week as ‘European’ (#5), Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#6) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7) all hold their ground. Petrone managed the largest score of the three grinders this week when he took down the partypoker $200K Super Sunday Main Event to add over $28,000 to his bankroll. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ jumps into the top 10 this week, coming in at #8. Earlier we had mentioned ‘C Darwin2’s $9 million achievement, well, his fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ pulled off the same feat in the same week. 'Ariados', just two days before the #1-ranked player, finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to earn over $33,000 and put him up over the $9 million mark, becoming the 17th player in history to do so. Then to pad his earnings, he ended up winning the PokerStars €250 Sunday High Roller for an extra $14,880 on the same day. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky yielded one place, slipping to #9 this week and the UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford wraps up the top 10 this week. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,820.54 1 2 hellohellohello 9,937.76 2 3 lena900 9,3717.22 4 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,248.54 3 5 European 9,049.75 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.27 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,845.56 7 8 Ariados 8,495.44 12 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,316.67 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,216.93 9 11 kofi89 8,216.74 11 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,095.95 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,022.07 13 14 DamageAP 7,852.23 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,778.47 14 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,679.23 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,521.43 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 18 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 19 20 Sheater 7,420.08 21 21 PaDiLhA SP 7,350.64 26 22 Flat 7,258.36 22 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23 24 josef_shvejk 7,191.77 20 25 NoPlanB 7,080.99 24
  24. The ongoing dominance of the PocketFives Rankings by 'C Darwin2' appears to have no end in sight. The Swedish superstar has been #1 for all of 2018 and leads #2-ranked 'hellohellohello' by 1,835.74 points - the largest gap between any two consecutive spots inside the top 25. 'C Darwin2' picked up two qualifying cashes this past week, both coming with him standing tall at the end of a tournament. The first came in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic (NL08) when he beat out 243 other players to win $9,651 and pick up 223.52 points. Three days later he topped the 104-player field in the $530 Main Event High Roller on partypoker for $12,019.28 and 228.04 points. Those two scores helped widen the gap between himself and 'hellohellohello' because the Russian only picked up one qualifying cash, finishing fifth in the partypoker $1,000 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for $12,818 and 246.74 points. Another Swede, and former #1-ranked player, 'lena900' holds down the third spot on the podium for another week. He too picked up a pair of qualifying cashes and both were victories within minutes of each other. He won the Omania High Roller and the Hot $215, both on PokerStars, for a combined $20,519 and 447.94 points. There were no other changes inside of the top seven. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford moved up from #10 to #8 after winning the partypoker Sunday Smooth Bounty Hunter event for $45,153 and 539.44 points. That's his second largest PLB score ever, trailing only his PokerStars Sunday High Roller win earlier this year. He capped off his week by taking down the PokerStars Big $109 for $8,811 and 222.49 points. 'kofi89' moved up one spot from #11 to #10 despite not picking up any additional points this past week. There are no new names inside the top 25 this week as the rest of the contenders simply shuffled around in the bottom 15. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,661.43 1 2 hellohellohello 9,825.69 2 3 lena900 9,447.74 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,234.26 4 5 European 8,979.42 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,953.90 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,752.99 7 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,686.61 10 9 Ariados 8,418.63 8 10 kofi89 8,182.93 11 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,062.28 9 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.83 13 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,885.46 12 14 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,788.51 21 15 DamageAP 7,773.18 14 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,682.18 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,534.56 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,492.82 18 19 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,408.68 16 20 Sheater 7,352.85 20 21 GINS FINEST 7,351.68 19 22 NoPlanB 7,334.30 25 23 josef_shvejk 7,291.61 24 24 Flat 7,209.76 22 25 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23
  25. Whether you’re packing your bags and heading to Las Vegas to play, or booking time off work so you can stay up late and stream final tables, the World Series of Poker - the most exciting time of the poker year - is fast approaching. But which PocketFivers should you be keeping your own eyes on this summer? Here we’ll be cherrypicking some players from the United Kingdom and Ireland that we think are going to have big results at the 2018 WSOP. Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman We haven’t just picked Moorman due to his PocketFives fame (#1 on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard). We’re singling out the Brit because we think his first WSOP win last year will have lit a fire inside him. Since claiming his long-overdue maiden bracelet in a $3K six-max event for $500K, Moorman has been putting in work. His forte seems to be big-field NLHE events with buy-ins of $1K-$3K, as you can see from his recent results: He’s also been busy on the online felt, winning both the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep and a partypoker Powerfest event for a combined $50K over the past few months, taking his total online winnings up to an unrivaled $14,878,400. Expect to see Moorman reach multiple final tables this year, accompanied by a rowdy rail. EVENT TOURNAMENT DATE POSITION PRIZE partypoker MILLIONS North America C$1,100 MILLIONS Open April 2018 3rd $69,262 partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona €2,700 Warm Up April 2018 8th $39,289 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1,650 PCA National Jan 2018 10th $10,640 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $1,100 TURBO Dec 2017 1st $37,132 DeepStack Extravaganza IV $1,600 NLHE Nov 2017 2nd $70,742 Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford From the most successful British/worldwide player of all time, to the United Kingdom’s current #1 player. Beresford has proved himself as one of the best online players going, racking up $6.36 million in cashes at the time of writing. That quest for cash has also seen Beresford frequent the live felt, most recently at EPT Monte Carlo where he was seen battling in the €25K High Roller. And while he’s yet to win a breakout title live despite $510K in winnings, we think this will be Beresford’s year. Ludovic ‘ludovi333’ Geilich Not only is Scotland’s Geilich a great NLHE tournament player, but he excels in PLO too. Geilich was victorious in the WCOOP $21K PLO High Roller in 2016 ($462K), and later that year he came close to WSOP gold when he finished 7th in the $25K PLO High Roller ($110,035). Geilich’s been pretty busy since then. In April 2018, he took down the €1K Open at the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona for €250K, while at the PokerStars Championship Prague in December 2017 Geilich booked back-to-back runner-up finishes in side events for a combined $320K. With his good friend Niall Farrell winning his first WSOP bracelet last year, 2018 could be Geilich’s turn. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot He may only have $90K in live winnings to date, but the UK’s Proudfoot has been putting in a serious grind online in recent years. He's amassed $1.62 million in winnings, and almost took down a SCOOP event earlier this month, ultimately finishing second in the $530 6-max PKO for $39K plus $12K bounties (interestingly, Beresford finished third). We think this is the year that Proudfoot announces himself in the live world with some healthy WSOP results. Kevin ‘SuitedAcesBaby’ Killeen For our Ireland pick, we’ve gone with Killeen. He’s got several big live results under his belt (most notably a UKIPT win, Irish Open second-place, and EPT Main Event third-place finish), and overall boasts $877K in winnings. But it’s the work he’s been putting in online (under the PokerStars screen name ‘torino2000’) that suggests a good summer. As Killeen’s good friend Fintan Hand said while railing Killeen on a SCOOP final table this month: “He’s going over for the WSOP and I think he’s going to win a silly amount of stuff. Not many people have been working on their game as hard as him.” Killeen ultimately finished seventh in the SCOOP-28-H $530 NLHE for $6,490. If five UK and Ireland players aren’t enough for you, we also predict big years for Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick, Marc ‘sluglife’ MacDonnell, Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton, Toby ‘810ofclubs’ Lewis, and Benny ‘RunGodLike’ Glaser.

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