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  1. As the poker world has witnessed over the last several weeks, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is usually an opportunity for the best players in the world to shine. The likes of Matthias Eibinger, Ole Schemion, Dominik Nitsche, Patrick Leonard, and Connor Drinan all managed to add SCOOP titles to their collections over the last 28 days. So it's rare to see a new name emerge through one of the tougher fields to claim victory and a massive score. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday however, as 2020 SCOOP drew to a close. 'b@d0s' beat out 2,438 other players to win Event #121 High ($1,050 NLHE PKO) for $153,478.18 from the prize pool and another $117,025.03 of bounties collected. This is the first significant cash for 'b@d0s'. Finishing in second-place earned 'AtanasPPP' a $153,477.36 score to go along with $13,404.31 in bounties. The current #1-ranked online poker player in the world, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford finished in third place and won $91,061.65 as well as another $32,428.45 in bounties. Former #1-ranked Joao Simao also picked up a SCOOP title on the final day of play. After outlasting 416 other players, Simao beat Steve O'Dwyer heads-up to win Event #120 High ($2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE) for $150,546.78. O'Dwyer, who has been as high as #7 on the Rankings, earned $112,819.20 for his runner-up performance. Third-place went to Job 'DeadNylan' Grebe and came with a $84,546.43 score. 'Kjeppen' won Event #119 High ($530 NLHE PKO) for $39,529.58 plus $40,683.69 more from bounties. Falling one spot short of the title, 'neverfoldQ5' had to settle for a $39,529.41 score and just $6,955.07 in bounties while third place went to 'iamivar' for $23,453.52 and $11,174.07. The last Pot Limit Omaha title of 2020 SCOOP went to 'jokkee_apart'. Topping the 265-player field in Event #122 High ($2,100 Six Max PLO) earned the Norwegian grinder a $101,164.68 payday. Austria's 'rObetOblancO' took second for $74,986.89 and '31PokerGod31' out of Romania finished in third place for $55,583.06. There were seven other players who earned SCOOP titles as the series wrapped up including 'plirio' (Event #119-L), 'tenyooo' (Event #119-M), 'Andrey_pok21' (Event #120-L), 'kappawhit3' (Event #120-M), 'snake8484' (Event #121-M), 'YYYeaHHH' (Event #122-L), 'Spowi07' (Event #122-M). Event #119-H: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,174 Prize pool: $587,000 Kjeppen - $39,529.58 + $40,683.69 neverfoldQ5 - $39,529.41 + $6,955.07 iamivar - $23,453.52 + $11,174.07 BrigaDatada - $16,718.49 + $4,843.75 FreeLancerZZ - $11,917.53 + $3,798.34 Black88 - $8,495.24 + $7,236.33 mraink - $6,055.72 + $1,164.06 wizowizo - $4,316.73 + $4,867.19 Event #120-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE Entries: 418 Prize pool: $836,000 João 'IneedMassari' Simão - $150,546.78 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $112,819.20 DeadNylan - $84,546.43 mikki696 - $63,358.85 OLD TIME GIN - $47,481.03 ArtHouse2011 - $35,582.16 jwall888 - $26,665.22 wisopekeno - $19,982.82 m.a-0000 - $14,975.10 Event #121-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO Entries: 2,439 Prize pool: $2,439,000 b@d0s - $153,478.18 + $117,025.03 AtanasPPP - $153,477.36 + $13,404.31 1_conor_b_1 - $91,061.65 + $32,428.45 IDOLLS - $64,911.91 + $11,808.59 rsehnem77 - $46,271.36 + $28,005.35 MikiDave - $32,983.81 + $6,171.88 Dannyz0r - $23,512.08 + $13,645.50 Rebozeio - $16,760.19 + $16,585.94 Event #122-H: $2,100 Six Max PLO Entries: 265 Prize pool: $530,000 jokkee_apart - $101,164.68 rObertOblancO - $74,986.89 31PokerGod31 - $55,583.06 beastishngry - $41,200.23 kmpk90 - $30,539.07 Fabahaba - $22,636.72
  2. Fifteen players ended their Friday night by winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title including four players who weren't making their debut in the winner's circle. 'Leqenden', Conor Beresford, Joao Viera, and Connor Drinan, each added another SCOOP title the to their resume but the biggest winner on Friday was Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder. The Dutch poker pro topped the 117-entry field in Event #33 High ($10,300 High Roller PKO) to walk away with $113,785.25 and an additional $165,000 from collected bounties. The final player he eliminated was current #1-ranked 'Lena900' who had to settle for taking $113,785.07 from the prize pool and another $14,218.75 worth of bounties. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth came in third for $76,972.83 and $76,093.75 in bounties. Beresford shipped Event #32 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the third SCOOP title of his career and a $85,959 payday. 'Great dant' finished second for $61,273.96 while 'bencb' walked away with $43,678.21 for coming in third place. Connor Drinan earned his second career SCOOP title by working his way through the 378-entry field in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Along with the title, Drinan picked up $34,420.52. 'cAzimiR69' fell one spot short of their first career title and had to settle for $24,907.44 while 'SilentPurple' took the final spot on the podium and added $18,023.73 to their bankroll. Event #35 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) had a 285-entry field to build up a $570,000 prize pool that 'cooltwister' took the winner's share from. The Belarussian player picked up $108,799.70 while 'riversouza' finished runner-up for $80,646.27. Third place finisher Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won a SCOOP title last year, was left with a $59,778 consolation prize for coming in third. In the fastest-paced event on the day, Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom), 'WhatIfGod' won $37,691.13 by denying 'Passiveaggro' a second 2020 SCOOP title. 'Passiveaggro' ended up earning $13,565.18 for coming in second place. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Friday included 'XOTTAI5bl4' (Event #32-L), 'Achuienas' (Event #32-M), 'Leqenden' (Event #33-L) , Joao 'Naza114' Vieira (Event #33-M), 'Andrej82' (Event #34-L), 'Premove' (Event #34-M), 'AchoBogdanov' (Event #35-L), 'oNinguém' (Event #35-M), 'nEfErRfrE' (Event #38-L), and 'INTL_JONES' (Event #38-M). Event #32-H: $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,072 Prize pool: $536,000 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford - $85,959.00 great dant - $61,273.96 bencb789 - $43,678.21 sebasnato - $31,135.32 s3c3_1978 - $22,194.31 iwillkillset - $15,820.84 AS Leshiy - $11,277.65 T_Dot_D - $8,03.08 KKremate - $5,730.48 Event #33-H: $10,300 High Roller PKO Entries: 117 Prize pool: $1,170,000 Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder - $113,785.25 + $165,000 in bounties Lena900 - $113,785.07 + $14,218.75 in bounties probirs - $76,972.83 + $76,093.75 in bounties WushuTM - $59,637.88 + $41,875.00 in bounties WATnlos - $46,206.92 + $3,750.00 in bounties SamSquid - $35,800.71 + $23,750.00 in bounties imluckbox - $27,738.06 + $9,375.00 in bounties Tomatee - $21,491.20 + $6,562.50 in bounties Event #34-H: $530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $34,420.52 cAzimiR69 - $24,907.44 SilentPurple - $18,023.73 lennart - $13,042.49 tipitip80 - $9,437.92 Spider91_PL - $6,829.55 Jamie_KK - $4,942.06 spieler52 - $3,576.22 Event #35-H: $2,100 Six Max NLHE Entries: 285 Prize pool: $570,000 cooltwister - $108,799.70 riversouza - $80,646.27 Graftekkel - $59,778.00 joaovbarb - $44,309.69 zazano - $32,843.91 Mysters_Y - $24,345.15 Event #38-H: $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom Entries: 709 Prize pool: $354,500 (all in bounties) WhatIfGod - $37,691.13 Passiveaggro - $13,565.18 Julinho888 - $9,688.47 E|SuN007 - $8,521.00
  3. One of the busiest Sundays in the recent history of online poker included nine players adding a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title and a significant boost to their bankroll with the biggest winner of them all taking home nearly $161,000. Dutch grinder 'Passiveaggro' beat out 1,156 other entries in Event #10 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) to earn $79,644.69 from the prize pool plus an additional $82,200.12 from collected bounties. Runner-up 'JoeGall' picked up $79,643,94 from the prize pool but just $15,598.63 in bounties. A third place finish for 'Kungfumonk' came with $48,649.01 and $13,605.47 worth of bounties. Ukrainian Oleg 'Fukuruku' Vasylchenko won Event #9 High ($530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack) for $77,273.17. Finishing second in the 930-entry field gave 'jimmys002' a $55,082.59 boost to their bankroll. Coming in one spot later, 'lissi stinkt' had to settle for $39,264.73. Wrapping up the day, Event #18 High ($2,100 NLHE PKO Turbo Sunday Cooldown SE) had 249 runners with Hungarian 'xnrobix' outlasting all of them to win $42,196.34 and another $44,757.80 in bounties. 'bencb' just missed out on a SCOOP title and took home $42,196.06 and another $13,796.88 in bounties. Michael 'merla888' Gathy took home third place and $27,844.47 from the prize pool plus another $9,625.00 in bounties. A pair of well-known players also picked up SCOOP titles on Sunday. Adam 'Adamyid' Owen won Event #9-Medium for $55,531.49 and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford won Event #18-Medium for $75,095.15. Other Sunday winners included 'Biodelic420' (Event #9-Low), 'marakana1965' (Event #10-Low), 'thegodfisher' (Event #10-Medium), and 'MePsychoUSuck' (Event #18-Low). Event #9 (High) - $530 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 930 Prize pool: $465,000 Fukuruku - $77,273.17 jimmys002 - $55,082.59 lissi stinkt - $39,264.73 !Mp!yaw - $27,989.23 igsaracho - $19,951.70 Hidey7 - $14,222.25 molswi47 - $10,138.11 PaGaOVelhinho - $7,226.79 Event #10 (High) - $1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 1,157 Prize pool: $1,157,000 Passiveaggro - $79,644.69 + $82,200.12 in bounties JoeGall - $79,643,94 + $15,598.63 in bounties Kungfumonk - $48,649.01 + $13,605.47 in bounties AmeNeYO - $35,322.11 + $18,384.77 in bounties LStrelec - $25,646.06 + $1,500.00 in bounties ivan limeira - $18,620.58 + $2,062.50 in bounties Lassiole - $13,519.71 + $12,800.78 in bounties Remi Lebo_10 - $9,816.16 + $875.00 in bounties Event #18 (High) - $2,100 NLHE PKO Turbo Sunday Cooldown SE Entries: 249 Prize pool: $498,000 xnrobix - $42,196.34 + $44,757.80 in bounties bencb789 - $42,196.06 + $13,796.88 in bounties merla888 - $27,844.47 + $9,625.00 in bounties Fresh_oO_D - $21,234.09 + $9,960.94 in bounties pm_marke - $16,193.04 + $22,968.75 in bounties OTT CANADA - $12,348.75 + $4,750.00 in bounties Radioromashka - $9,417.10 + $4,375.00 in bounties TheCleaner11 - $7,181.48 + $2,000.00 in bounties
  4. [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
  5. [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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. After four days of play, Tom Marchese defeated the 536-entry field of the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino to take home the $1,000,000 first place prize. Packed with superstar talent, the $10,000 buy-in event exceeded the $5 million guarantee, generating a prize pool of $5.36 million in partypoker’s first foray into Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. The trip to Sin City paid off for partypoker in what was a dream final table lineup packed with some of the biggest names in the game of poker vying for the MILLIONS title and seven-figure payday. Perhaps the biggest of those names at the final table was that of Chris Moneymaker. The Poker Hall of Fame nominee entered the final table as one of the chip leaders but after losing a clash with Sergio Aido, found himself with a vulnerable stack. After Marchese opened from early position, Moneymaker three-bet from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"]. Marchese made the call holding [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5h"]. Moneymaker bet the flop and Marchese called. The turn provided Marchese the [poker card="8s"]. Moneymaker checked and Marchese took the lead putting out a healthy bet, which Moneymaker called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and after Moneymaker checked for a second time, Marchese moved all-in. Moneymaker quickly called with his overpair but after being shown Marchese’s set, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion headed for the cage to collect his $80,000 prize for finishing in ninth. Germany’s Tobias Duthweiler was the next to exit the final table after shipping his short stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"]. 888poker sponsored pro Ana Marquez reshoved with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The race was on and the board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"][poker card="th"][poker card="ad"] giving Marquez the hand and Duthweiler $100,000 for finishing in eighth place. Rainer Kempe shipped his stack in holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"] in late position, however Marchese looked down at [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"] in the big blind and made the call to put Kempe at risk. Kempe was going to need some help, but the board of [poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="7s"] provided little drama. Kempe, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion, finished his tournament in seventh place adding $130,000 to his over $20 million in career live earnings. The next elimination happened when Jeremy Ausmus opened the hand with [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] only to be three-bet all in by UK online phenom Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who picked up [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"]. Ausmus made the call and Beresford saw the bad news. The flop fell [poker card="3d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"] providing little help to Beresford who was going to need to spike a ten or running straight cards. The turn was the [poker card="qs"], leaving Beresford drawing to two outs. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Beresford exited in sixth place, collecting a career-high live cash of $170,000. Already with a massive chip lead, Marchese added to his stack in a hand with Sergio Aido. Marches raised under the gun with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"] and Aido put in his remaining chips holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"]. After a short deliberation, Marchese called and the flop came [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="jc"] offering Aido a few extra chop outs. However the turn was the [poker card="9s"] and the river was the [poker card="th"] sending Aido to the rail in fifth place for $230,000. Marchese wasn’t done knocking players out and his next opponent was poker legend Freddy Deeb. Marchese put in a raise holding [poker card="9s"][poker card="9d"] and Deeb made his all in move holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"]. Marchese made the call and the flop came [poker card="7c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="9c"] giving Marchese top set. Deeb needed running cards to get out from under but the turn was the [poker card="2d"] and the river the [poker card="8s"]. Deeb finished in fourth place for $319,200, his largest cash since 2015. After Ausmus picked up chips off Marchese, the two of them had a large chip advance over Ana Marquez. After battling for some time, Marquez’ tournament came to an end in a blind on blind confrontation with Ausmus. From the small blind Marquez put her short stack in holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="2h"] and Ausmus made the quick call with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="9s"][poker card="qd"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Ausmus a pair, taking away some outs for Marquez. The turn came [poker card="3s"] and the [poker card="5d"] river saw the 888poker ambassador exit in third place for $445,000. Heads up play began with Marchese holding a sizable chip lead that was quickly equalized by Ausmus. Although he got close to Marchese at one point, Marchese never relinquished the chip lead and Ausmus soon saw the gap widen as Marchese eventually opened up a 4:1 chip advantage. The pair of Aria regulars battled for quite some time until the final hand of the tournament saw Marchese open with [poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] only to be shipped on for 14bbs by Ausmus. Marchese eventually made the call and Ausmus turned over the [poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out clean for Marchese with a [poker card="5c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7d"] flop and a turn [poker card="ah"] which left Ausmus drawing dead to the river [poker card="4h"]. Ausmus finished as the runner-up, settling for $650,000. Tom Marchese picked up an even $1,000,000 for first place, the seventh seven-figure score of his career. partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Payouts 1. Tom Marchese - $1,000,000 2. Jeremy Ausmus - $650,000 3. Ana Marquez - $445,000 4. Freddy Deeb - $319.200 5. Sergio Aido - $230,000 6. Conor Beresford - $170,000 7. Rainer Kempe - $130,000 8. Tobias Duthweiler - $100,000 9. Chris Moneymaker - $80,000
  9. [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
  10. After the Spring Championship of Online Poker, Powerfest and 888poker's XL Inferno series all came to their conclusion last week the world of online poker saw its normal Sunday schedule resume once more this weekend. One player who showed no sign of slowing down was the UK's Michael Chi Zhang, who won the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for the second time this year. Zhang, who collected his first SCOOP title during this year's series after victory in Event #22-High, defeated 'shahter98' heads-up to bank $52,676, and repeat the feat he achieved back in January. The runner-up took away $39,663 as 'Sasuke234' departed with $29,865 for their third-place finish. 'nocz_joker' became $172,360 richer after they took this week's PokerStars Sunday Million crown. The $215 buy-in tournament attracted 6,384 entrants and created a prize pool worth $1,276,800. 'paardman' exited in third-place for $84,881 before 'T3G3S' was the final player to fall, as they collected $120,953. 2016 Irish Open Main Event champion Dan 'NukeTheFish!' Wilson won over $69,000 for his first-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. The Irishman beat 'Cashcid Linc' to the gold medal prize of $36,540 and also collected $32,477 in bounties along the way. 'thagrinda444' came through a Sunday Warm-Up final table that featured 'Kaktus26rus', Tom 'Jabracada' Hall, Michael 'M_Acevedo' Acevedo, Rasmus Agerskov Larsen and Armando 'Zareta' Sbrissa to claim victory for $37,270. The above players had all departed the field before the final four payout spots were awarded and when heads-up play was set 't8ofDiamonds' could not prevent 'thagrinda444' from taking the win and had to settle for the second-place prize of $26,797. 'reallygamble' was able to collect two silver medals in the partypoker Sunday majors for a combined score of $49,820. 'DameUnLimon' took the $25,350 top prize in the $109 Sunday Major after they defeated 'reallygamble' heads-up, and it was to be a second near miss for 'reallygamble' when 'LaurenceGosney' sent them to the rail in second-place in the $1,050 Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller and collected $43,838 as the victor. 'skippyskip5' got the better of 'trucker_' heads-up in the $2,600 Super Sunday Super High Roller for $45,500. World #16 Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford exited in fourth-place for $11,700 before 'barrm111' banked $19,500 in third. 'trucker_' then pocketed $30,550 in second as 'skippyskip5' took the glory. The $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR title went to 'N0-ILPTRI4I2I' after they knocked out 'Dextered' into the runner-up spot for $20,639.92 + $4,078 (in bounties). 'N0-ILPTRI4I2I' collected an impressive $37,618 in bounty rewards on top of the $28,355 winner's prize. 'MentulaMagna' and 'Pider Ninni' are two players that deserve mention after they cashed for $20,843 and $33,129 respectively for achieving double partypoker final table appearances. Over on 888poker, the flagship $1,050 The $100,000 Whale was won by 'derharry69' for a $30,300 payday. 'M4zlTov' was eliminated in the final battle and who took away $20,200 with 'jt7bl2f' receiving $15,150 for third. 'Fukuruku' went the distance in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep after agreeing to a deal with Bryan 'DePittsterje' Paris. The latter was sent to the rail in second-place but took the larger share of the remaining prize pool for $16,864 as 'Fukuruku' banked $16,635 after defeating the American Paris. 'Imyurfriend' earnt $10,750 for a third-place finish with the UK's Ian 'Simpioni' Simpson another notable name on the final table before he exited in sixth-place for $3,750. Below are the selected Sunday tournament results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,384 entrants, $1,276,800 prize pool nocz_joker - $172,360.22 T3G3S - $120,953.30 paardman - $84,881.15 firgli - $59,566.93 jackpot875 - $41,802.17 mentor1904 - $29,335.50 Mortan23 - $20,586.74 alpinko - $14,447.11 NemesisMsop - $10,138.55 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 115 entrants, $230,000 prize pool mczhang - $52,676.64 shahter98 - $39,663.89 Sasuke234 - $29,865.73 pampa27 - $22,487.99 Päffchen - $16,932.78 caipsa - $12,749.86 Danila4444 - $9,600.26 DSmunichlife - $7,228.71 RomeOpro - $6,376.12 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $250k Gtd 887 entrants, $443,500 prize pool NukeTheFish! - $36,540.11 + $32,477.41 (in bounties) Cashcid Linc - $26,783.45 + $4,089.85 (in bounties) GM_VALTER - $19,632.19 + $6,661.13 (in bounties) Niko Mikulic - $14,390.33 + $1,933.59 (in bounties) MIL_O_90 - $10,548.07 + $2,628.80 (in bounties) latscho wast - $7,731.71 + $3,003.91 (in bounties) NationalPPP - $5,667.33 + $7,449.19 (in bounties) bartek901 - $4,154.13 + $867.19 (in bounties) Ferran789999 - $3,044.96 + $765.63 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,179 entrants, $235,800 prize pool thagrinda444 - $37,270.90 t8ofDiamonds - $26,797.25 stevesmobs64 - $19,267.45 patasss - $13,853.46 Kaktus26rus - $9,960.73 Jabracada - $7,161.85 M_Acevedo - $5,149.42 RasA86 - $3,702.48 Zareta - $2,662.11 partypoker $109 Sunday Major $150k Gtd 1,482 entrants, $150,000 prize pool DameUnLimon - $25,350 reallygamble - $18,000 T4ZD3VIL - $11,700 YTheSnaiL - $7,815 gfsg1989 - $5,550 DedoDeGorilla - $3,900 wasa7777 - $2,700 daykotoviezy - $1,785 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday Super High Roller 52 entrants, $130,000 prize pool skippyskip5 - $45,500 trucker_ - $30,550 barrm111 - $19,500 ADRIEN_BRODY - $11,700 MentulaMagna - $9,100 SchelampigaUhu - $7,475 Maniakboy - $6,175 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 298 entrants, $303,960 prize pool N0-ILPTRI4I2I - $28,355.25 + $37,618 (in bounties) Dextered - $20,639.92 + $4,078 (in bounties) Pider Ninni - $15,129.01 + $6,175 (in bounties) frokennatur - $11,089.47 + $7,377 (in bounties) MOTHERSMATTERS - $8,128.54 + $2,242 (in bounties) MentulaMagna - $5,958.21 + $5,785 (in bounties) i-eat-rats - $4,367.63 DaviAugusto - $3,201.26 + $1,040 (in bounties) partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller $200k Gtd 215 entrants, $215,000 prize pool LaurenceGosney - $43,838.50 reallygamble - $31,820 PotatoLottery - $22,682.50 joaosimaobh - $16,770 Pider Ninni - $11,825 boxfresh_ - $9,030 eet_smakelijk - $6,665 RedDwarf9 - $4,945 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 101 entrants – $101,000 prize pool derharry69 - $30,300 M4zlTov - $20,200 jt7bl2f - $15,150 Bullflag - $10,100 InJeBakkes - $7,575 Graftekkel - $5,555 AsaNisse4 - $4,545 nelisschuif - $4,040 stevachenko7 - $3,535 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 462 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Fukuruku - $16,635.21* DePittsterje - $16,864.79* Imyurfriend - $10,750 Madeon1994 - $7,750 JerryBussAA - $5,250 Simpioni - $3,750 Openpunks - $2,750 Kuchiki - $2,250 *denotes heads-up deal  
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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)
  14. [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
  15. [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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing. Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold'em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year. Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt - this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament. Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day. $50K Single-Day [caption id="attachment_622269" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.[/caption]   Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000. [caption id="attachment_622270" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christoph Vogelsang's decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.[/caption] Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner - he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz. [caption id="attachment_622271" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.[/caption] Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000. [caption id="attachment_622272" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December. PCA Main Event Day 2 Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break. [caption id="attachment_622273" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.[/caption] Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein. [caption id="attachment_622274" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.[/caption] Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani. READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success [caption id="attachment_622276" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.[/caption] PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main. [caption id="attachment_622277" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.[/caption] Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments. [caption id="attachment_622278" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.[/caption] Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here's she's putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event. [caption id="attachment_622279" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?[/caption] What do you think of this look? Hate it? Love it? Does it bother you or is it fair game? We want to know what you think - tweet at us @PocketFives
  20. [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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Day 12 of partypoker POWERFEST saw the $5,100 Championship Super High Roller NLHE PKO event take place as well as the crowning of 11 more event champions, including Chris Moorman, just two days after he picked up a silver medal. Event #75 Super High Roller: $5,100 Championship NLHE PKO saw 198 entrants come together to create a prize pool worth $1,009,800, with a six-figure sum up top for the winner. When the action got down to three-handed play, 'dafuqisdis' took the bronze medal for $52,222 + $19,662, which left 'barrm111' and 'SexyFunTimes' left to battle for the $100,930 top prize, mega-money bounties, and the POWERFEST title. Both players ultimately walked away with six-figure scores after 'barrm111' became the final player to exit for $73,260 + $34,368, and 'SexyFunTimes' was crownded victor for a massive $100,930 + $136,418 (in bounties) first-place prize. PocketFives all-time money-list leader Chris Moorman overcame the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle in Event #64 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em just two days ago to pick up the gold medal in Event #76 High: $109 NLHE PKO for a score worth over $22,000. Moorman's second-place finish in Event #64 on Tuesday bagged the Brit an impressive $68,038 but also meant he narrowly missed out on the title. However, this time around Moorman made no mistake and defeated fellow former PocketFives #1-ranked player Caio Pessagno heads-up after a money-deal was agreed. Pessagno walked away with $13,595 for his part of the deal as well as $8,180 in bounties earnt, and Moorman banked $16,000 + $6,193 in bounties to go with the title. partypoker ambassador Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier just missed out on a POWERFEST title after he took second place in Event #77 High Roller: $1,050 NLHE Mix-Max. 'PaquesigasCerdo' took third place in the 489 player field for $51,750 before the heads-up battle between Grospellier and 'MoNddLeR' got underway. As well as the title, there was an extra $24,000 to play for, and with no deal agreed it was winner take all. On this occasion, Grospellier was unable to find a win and departed with the silver medal for $72,000, as 'MoNddLeR' took the title alongside $96,997. 'SchelampigaUhu' took down Event #74 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max following a heads-up battle with former PocketFives #2-ranked Conor 'ADRIEN_BRODY' Beresford. A $129,600 prize pool was created after 648 players took part with 'Ignent' banking $12,665 in third-place before Beresford was eliminated by 'SchelampigaUhu' and claimed $16,848 in second place, which left the latter to pick up the win and $22,032. Elsewhere, there were wins for 'SanityWaterline', Guilherme Oliveira Brasileiro, 'rudiqa1', 'frippu', 'tikidiii16', 'NL_Shytn1k_NL' and 'ebony9999.' Event #74 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Entries: 648 Prize pool: $129,600 SchelampigaUhu - $22,032.01 ADRIEN_BRODY - $16,848 Ignent - $12,665.03 ComeOnBro - $9,072 LoSientoGrace - $6,350.40 perfking - $3,888 Event #75 Super High Roller: $5,100 Championship NLHE PKO Entries: 198 Prize pool: $1,009,800 SexyFunTimes - $100,930.50 + $136,418.75 barrm111 - $73,260 + $34,368.75 dafuqisdis - $52,222.50 + $19,662.50 Sheparentao - $38,610 + 14,300 Phil_Zajmo - $27,225 + $8,125 nomoneynoglory - $20,790 + $18,200 WWWpartyCOM - $15,345 + $13,650 fren96 - $11,385 + $15,925 Event #76 High Roller: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 666 Prize pool: $341,325 TodayHave - $30,352.95 + $29,420.21 rmorrell11 - $21,611.70 + $8,153.43 STORTjavlaGL - $14,585.40 + $2,592.21 Ewokwat - $9,973.35 + $1,181.25 RagingDiarrhea - $6,959.70 + $3,948.78 pickleboy17 - $5,061.60 + $787.50 mcgag - $3,663 + $8,084.21 ItsAMaaaanBaby - $2,564.10 + $4,101.56 Event #76 High: $109 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 2,079 Prize pool: $216,216 Therealmoorm - $16,000* + $6,193.64 CPessagno - $13,595.83* + $8,180.14 k2Schogori - $7,900.20 + $2,048.85 mafaka1 - $5,249.47 + $2,837.34 fersen1 - $3,685.02 + $1,450.41 babakohlala - $2,536.38 + $858.93 YouMakeMeClap - $1,742.20 + $636.19 Serbia1952 - $1,117.46 + $727.94 Event #77 High Roller: $1,050 NLHE Mix-Max Entries: 489 Prize pool: $500,000 MoNddLeR - $96,997 ElkY_ - $72,000 PaquesigasCerdo - $51,750 Tyrion2205 - $36,500 ImagineKing - $26,000 MAM0HT_T - $16,500 Event #77 High: $215 NLHE Mix-Max Entries: 1,097 Prize pool: $219,400 rudiqa1 - $34,190.45 yabetledadad - $26,406.98 GreenNaugahyde - $20,140.92 DOnt_DO-iT - $13,931.90 Doyle_B - $9,105.10 GreekyFreaky -$5,626.29 Event #78 High Roller: $530 PLO Hi 6-Max Entries: 112 Prize pool: $56,000 frippu - $14,106.76 Alleasybucks - $9,520 Tiltkorve - $6,720 Jarildur1 - $4,760 georibo11 - $3,500 JgsNV - $2,324 Event #78 High: $109 PLO Hi 6-Max Entries: 152 Prize pool: $15,200 tikidiii16 - $3,213* simoneblondi - $3,200* RagingDiarrhea - $1,824 sabatska - $1,292 babyarmcathead - $950 TA123 - $630.80 Event #79 High Roller: $539 NLHE PKO 6-Max Fast Entries: 259 Prize pool: $132,737.50 SanityWaterline - $15,216.32 + $17,165.17 dominos5524 - $10,036.25 + $2,862.90 its_showtime - $7,135.32 + $459.37 Krissyb24 - $5,212.37 + $1,689.84 margar1tka - $3,885 + $2,198.45 Malakastyle - $2,590 + $4,195.91 Event #79 High: $109 NLHE PKO 6-Max Fast Entries: 906 Prize pool: $94,224 NL_Shytn1k_NL - $7,701.24 - $5,322.49 bebaimis777 - $5,662.50 + $2,240.38 CoCoLin0 - $4,214.07 + $1,185.26 LaheyRandy - $2,944.50 + $693.15 ALLYOURLOOT - $1,925.25 + $866.95 FearTheBeard13 - $1,359 + $675.84 Event #80 High: $109 NLHE Mix-Max Turbo Entries: 362 Prize pool: $36,200 ebony9999 - $7,240.09 KoTuk2016 - $5,357.60 vavilonu4 - $3,891.50 foxmulder92 - $2,743.23 lou045 - $1,991 ANCHOAZO - $1,375.60
  24. [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
  25. 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
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