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  1. On the first weekend of April, Fedor Holz (pictured), who is known on PocketFives as CrownUpGuy, took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for an even $75,000 after a heads-up chop. The tournament paid out nearly a half-million dollars and Holz, who calls Austria home, continued a tradition of an early morning breakfast after big poker wins. Let's check out what he had to say. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It felt great," Holz said of his win in the weekly $530 poker tournament on the largest site in the world. "I was playing really focused the whole time andI think it's my first big win where I am really proud of the way I played." There were 990 entrants and Holz recorded his second largest tracked score to date, trailing only a $142,000 haul for winning an FTOPS event last year. Holz entered the final table as the chip leader and "played really aggressively because no one played back." He added, "Four-handed and five-handed, they had big ICM issues, so I played even more aggressively. I lost the lead three-handed where I folded against a tighter regular. I ended up heads-up against him, felt I played my A-game, and finally took it down." Following his win, he continued a breakfast tradition. He relayed, "I went to have breakfast with my roommates. It's kind of a tradition for us. We've had a couple of really good Sundays in the last few months and every time afterwards, we went to a little cafe here in Vienna and had breakfast on the Monday morning after the nice scores. I have a stable too, so if a stakee won something big, that counted too." He has $622,000 in tracked scores in his profile, a number we'd expect to blossom in the near future, and started playing small-stakes cash games and tournaments three years ago. He transitioned into Stud, where he said he was quite successful, before going back to tournaments after Black Friday. On his overall philosophy in life and poker, Holz posted in a blog on Two Plus Two, "You never know what's best for you and you never will, but you have to change your life if you don't feel right. Never let yourself down and give yourself a shot to reach things you would never have dreamed of." Among his projects at the time was donating five-figures to charity, matching donations from fellow players. Nowadays, Holz has built up a stable of players and told PocketFives, "I still have a big passion for the game, so I try to play as much as possible. I can't play in Las Vegas yet, but I am going to stay at a nice house in Canada for the next six weeks with 10 other high-stakes players. While there, I plan to improve my Mixed Game skills in order to win a SCOOP bracelet somehow. Later this year, I will spend two months in South America for the World Cup. I'll also travel around and will be back home for the next EPT season." He wanted to send shout outs to Team GatsbyKempinho and his stable: "These guys are the reason why I am still chasing my dream the way I am. I have big plans for the future and hope we can share even more great experiences. Special thanks to Rainerfor being so supportive." The Sunday 500 runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through PocketFives' link and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus. Click here for PocketFives' PokerStars link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. For the third straight week, Canada's p0cket00(pictured) sits atop the PocketFives Poker Rankings, this time with a PLB score of 7,758 points. He holds a razor-thin 18-point lead over second place, but is enjoying his second stint in the top spot this year and his longest reign at #1 since late 2011. p0cket00 won the 888 Poker Whale last month for $52,000, his 10th largest score to date. Here's a look at his largest cashes all-time: 1st Place: bwin Grand Tournament XXXII, 12/28/2008, $213,000 1st Place: PokerStars Super Tuesday, 5/27/2014, $106,210 5th Place: PokerStars SCOOP $2,100 NLHE, 5/19/2013, $105,638 1st Place: PokerStars Super Tuesday, 1/4/2011, $91,344 4th Place: PartyPoker Monthly Million, 5/2/2010, $88,607 1st Place: PokerStars WCOOP Second Chance $109 Rebuy, 9/3/2012, $66,978 2nd Place: PokerStars Super Tuesday, 5/1/2012, $64,980 12th Place: PokerStars SCOOP Main Event, 5/22/2011, $57,000 8th Place: PokerStars WCOOP Challenge Main Event, 8/3/2014, $56,962 1st Place: 888 Poker Whale, 11/16/2014, $52,390 For the third straight week, we had no new entrants in the top 10 worldwide of the Rankings and no one moved more than two spots in any direction within that group. The only notable change was by r4ndomr4gs, who moved up from #10 to #8 after winning the Full TiltSaturday Six-Max and PokerStars $109 Rebuy over the weekend for a combined $15,000. Knocking on the door of the top 10 and sitting at #12 worldwide, up 12 spots this week, is Sweden's Liinda14(pictured). She won a PokerStars Carnival event on Sunday for $23,000 and is $67,000 shy of hitting $3 million in scores for her career. You can find her on PokerStars under the user name nicelife. Also sitting just outside the top 10 is MendaLerenda, who moved up 18 places to #15 thanks to a win in a $109 No Limit Hold'em tournament on PokerStars and a second place finish in a $215 No Limit Hold'em tournament on the same site for $25,000 total. Like Liinda14, MendaLerenda is at his highest spot ever in the PocketFives Rankings. Finally, we wanted to talk about Canada's David Davidp18 Peters, who moved up 10 spots to #21. He recorded 14 in the money finishes over the weekend for $10,000 total and then won a $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on PokerStars on Monday for $7,900. Peters stands at $4.3 million in tracked online MTT scores for his career and reached an all-time high of #18 in the Rankings earlier this year. Here are the top 10 players on PocketFives this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,758 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,740 points 3. CrownUpGuy - 7,665 points 4. Big Huni - 7,574 points 5. Yuri Martins - 7,563 points 6. vicenfish - 7,266 points 7. pleno1 - 7,247 points 8. r4ndomr4gs- 7,023 points 9. joaomathias - 6,951 points 10. jbrown8777 - 6,785 points Congrats to all of our ranked players this week! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. We haven't seen a run like Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz's (pictured) in some time. He hit it big last month in the WCOOP Main Event, winning it after a six-way chop for a staggering $1.3 million, one of the highest payouts ever logged by a PocketFiver. Last weekend, he took down the Full TiltSunday Major for another $38,000. On the same day he won the WCOOP Main Event, he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $34,000. Other than that, Holz hasn't done much on the felts recently. "It's a very good feeling," Holz told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I have worked hard away from the tables, especially on my mindset, and am constantly talking with other players." As far as his approach goes, Holz said one of the keys to success is "not tilting in sessions." He added, "Preparing well is key. You have to be focused all the way and always try to play your best game. I think I improved those aspects a lot recently." Holz has rocketed all the way to #4 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and has $2.6 million in tracked online tournament scores to his name. He is the top-ranked player in Austria and said he'd like to allocate a portion of his newfound winnings toward buying property. However, he also wants to attend EPT London, so the real estate plan may get tossed out the window for the time being. If he ends up buying property, it'll likely be in Germany. Holz said, "My family lives there and I could increase their quality of life a lot and take some of the weight off their shoulders." Speaking of the live scene, we'd expect Holz to turn in some sort of breakthrough performance soon. He is #132 on the all-time money list for Germany, according to the Hendon Mob, and has $306,000 in live scores. His largest live cash was $58,000, which came by virtue of a win in an EPT Barcelona Eight-Max event in August. So what advice does a WCOOP Main Event champion have for the rest of us? What can we learn from Holz's recent run? He advised, "As long as you love what you are doing, keep doing it. Give it all you have and you'll get there at some point. Always work on the weakest parts of your game and be open-minded. Try to get as much input from others as possible and always question yourself in a healthy way." Congrats to Holz on his recent success. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your door. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. The end of 2014 has been mighty kind to Austria's Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured). On the last weekend of September, he took down the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.3 millionfollowing a six-way deal. The following Sunday, he was back at it, winning the Full Tilt Sunday Majorfor another $38,000. And, in case you were caught up in the WSOP November Nine hoopla, you might have missed Holz winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright over the weekend for $65,000 and a hat trick. It was the second time Holz has won the Sunday 500 this year. "It feels good," Holz told PocketFives on Thursday. "It's not surreal at all." He attributes his recent hot streak to exploiting the tendencies of his opponents, a proper mindset, working on his game away from the tables, and, as he put it, "a lot of luck." Holz told PocketFives that he uses a Heads-Up Display, or HUD, and said, "I also value game flow and my intuition a lot." In terms of his studies away from the tables, Holz commented, "I work with CREV and HRC and talk a lot with other high-stakes-players about their way of thinking. We go through hand histories and talk about possible improvements. In addition to that, I coach, so there I have to explain my thought process as well, which helps. That's at least one-third of the time I invest in poker." It's hard to believe that we're already near the end of 2014 and, as such, it's time to start looking ahead to 2015. "I want to establish myself in the highest buy-in tournaments," Holz said of his goals for next year, "so I will play a lot of Super High Rollers. I really want to win a big live major." Speaking of his live game, Holz turned in five in the money finishes during EPT Barcelona in August and has $306,000 in career live tournament scores, according to the Hendon Mob. "I have played a lot of live poker in the last 12 months," Holz admitted, "but things didn't go my way in the big tournaments. I'm still confident, though, and enjoy playing live a lot more. I will definitely be at the PCA and Aussie Millions." Finally, the poker community has had a considerable amount of praise for Holz's accomplishments. After all, it's not very often that you see someone win three major tournaments in a span of seven weeks. Holz told us, "It's pure variance. I'm happier that I've consistently been doing well on the highest stakes against the toughest opponents and that I feel comfortable playing those stakes. The wins were awesome and I'm really happy about the way it worked out, but my game didn't change much in that time span." Congrats to Holz on his recent run. The Sunday 500 runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. We had a fair amount of movement within the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankingsthis week, including a 17-spot jump by longtime member Big Huni(pictured), who cracked the top 10 at #8 in the world. Hunichen won the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo on Tuesday for $10,000 after taking down the site's Big $55 seven days prior for $17,000. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Patrick pleno1 Leonard retained the top spot on PocketFives for the second straight week. He has 7,918 PLB Points, 100 more than second place, and has three five-figure scores already in November. Leonard won the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $41,000, finished third in the Big $109 for $12,000, and took second in the Big $162 for another $13,000, helping boost his lifetime total to nearly $1.4 million. We officially have a hat trick for CrownUpGuy(pictured). After winning the WCOOP Main Event and Full Tilt Sunday Major on back-to-back weekends at the end of September and beginning of October, CrownUpGuy took gold the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $65,000 to continue his hot streak. He rose one spot in the Rankings this week and stands at #4 in the world. London's vicenfish is the new sixth-ranked player on PocketFives, up five spots on the week. vicenfish, whose real name is Vicente Delgado Zamorano, won a $320 Six-Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $10,000 and now is at his all-time high in the Rankings. He won a WCOOP event two months ago for a blistering $702,000 officially and almost 2,000 PLB Points. Outside of the top 10, we wanted to single out MendaLerenda, who jumped 50 spots to land at #27 in the world. This Bristol resident, whose real name is Oscar Serradell, won the PokerStars Super Tuesday and $215 NLHE Turbo on back-to-back days this week for almost $120,000 total. Serradell is up to $2.5 million in online tournament winnings and is just $9,000 away from hitting $2 million on PokerStars. Here are the top 10 players worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. pleno1- 7,918 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,817 points 3. p0cket00 - 7,769 points 4. CrownUpGuy- 7,614 points 5. Yuri Martins - 7,525 points 6. vicenfish- 7,116 points 7. jbrown8777 - 7,034 points 8. Big Huni - 6,965 points 9. r4ndomr4gs - 6,944 points 10. joaomathias - 6,916 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Following his massive $1.3 million paydayfor winning the PokerStarsWCOOP Main Event, CrownUpGuy(pictured) has shot up to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, not surprisingly his highest position ever. He netted over 3,200 PLB Points for his win in the $5,000 buy-in tournament. The Austrian is up to $2.5 million in online tournament scores and perhaps lost in the hubbub of his WCOOP win was that he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 on September 28 for another $34,000. Sweden's lena900entered the top 10 at #7 this week, his highest position ever. He made a deep run in the WCOOP Main Event and earned $21,000, pushing his lifetime total to just south of $3 million. You can find him on Full Tiltunder the user name whoozzand he just hit 2,000 tracked cashes. Also entering the top 10 this week is vicenfish, who moved up one spot from #11. He won the PokerStars $215 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance last week for $10,000 and finished first in a WCOOP $10,300 Eight-Max Re-Entry High Roller Event for over $700,000 on September 14. That cash was good for nearly 2,000 PLB Points. One of the biggest movers inside the top 100 this week was David Davidp18 Peters, who rocketed from #85 to #21 in the Rankings. Peters took down a WCOOP Second Chance tournament for $172,000 over the weekend and is up to over $4 million in career online tournament scores. The Ontario resident has been a member of PocketFives since our second year in business. Jimmy JMolloy Molloy jumped 34 spots to settle at #26 in the world. He has had a productive last few days, including running deep in the WCOOP Main Event for $26,000, final tabling the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday for $10,000, and winning the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200. This is his highest showing ever in the PocketFives Rankings. Finally, we wanted to single out Ukraine's psyhoagromor, who entered the top 100 at #30 thanks to a WCOOP Super Tuesday victory for $270,000 and almost 1,300 PLB Points. The same day, he finished second in a separate WCOOP event for $37,000, pushing him over $1.7 million in online tournament scores across 2,300 cashes. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser - 7,891 points 2. p0cket00 - 7,444 points 3. European - 7,233 points 4. CrownUpGuy- 7,106 points 5. MAMOHT_T - 7,101 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 7,099 points 7. lena900- 7,036 points 8. huiiiiiiiiii - 6,989 points 9. 1bigacehole - 6,958 points 10. vicenfish- 6,958 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. PocketFiver CrownUpGuy(pictured), whose real name is Fedor Holz, won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event early Tuesday morning for $1.3 million. The 21-year-old outlasted a field of 2,142 entrants in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament. A six-way chop ended matters and, according to PokerStars, the names of each finisher, along with their hometown and the amount they cashed for, were as follows: 1. Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (Vienna, Austria) - $1,300,000 2. Yuri theNERDguy Martins (Curitiba, Brazil) - $708,251.21 3. Claas neckbr4ke Stoob (Potsdam, Germany) - $651,430.61 4. Elior Crazy Elior Sion (London, England) - $780,227.66 5. Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (Gdansk, Poland) - $945,000 6. Daniel 19Dan86 Rudd (London, England) - $769,813.52 7. Dylan Pokerl)eviL Hortin (Vancouver, Canada) - $214,200 8. Todd MaltLiquor40 Sisley (Toronto, Canada) - $160,650 9. Viktor Isildur1Blom (London, England) - $107,100 As you can see, there was a considerable amount of firepower at the final table, including high-stakes cash game guru Viktor Blom as well as Dylan Hortin, who incredibly also finished seventh in last year's WCOOP Main Event for $213,000. Faraz Jaka, who has been a member of PocketFives since 2006, has over $7 million live and online cashes to his name, according to PocketFives and the Hendon Mob. It was definitely not a walk in the park for Holz. The WCOOP Main Event deal left $200,000 to play for. In the final hand, Holz bested a full house with quads to rake in $1.3 million, the only player in the tournament to walk away with seven-figures. Holz told PokerStars after the WCOOP Main Event had ended, "I always wanted to run deep in such a tournament and it feels amazing to win the biggest tournament of the year. It's my biggest achievement so far and I can't put in words how happy I am." He won an FTOPS jersey a year ago. The $10.7 million prize pool of the WCOOP Main Event was the largest for the tournament since Black Friday and, according to PokerStars, "the 66-event Championship's total of $61,934,886 in prizes makes it the third richest WCOOP, a little over $1 million less than the 2010 World Championship, which still holds the record." The 2014 WCOOP Player of the Year was PocketFiver Alan ajgold23 Gold from the UK, who had a rousing 17 WCOOP cashes this year and two final tables. For being bestowed the title of WCOOP Player of the Year, Gold gets a Champions Trophy, a 2015 PCA package, a 2015 EPT Grand Final package, and a 2015 TCOOP Main Event ticket. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been recalculated. This week, we have a new #1 player in the world, Yuri Martins (pictured). The Brazilian has a brisk 8,433 PLB Points, which represents a commanding 742-point lead over second place. Martins was last ranked #1 in October and this is his second stint at the top. Martins staked out his claim to be #1 thanks to a win in the PokerStarsKnockout Week Main Event on December 14 for $76,000 officially and over 700 PLB Points. Martins was the only PocketFiver at the six-handed final table and the tournament drew 5,000 entrants. He plays as theNERDguyon PokerStars, where he has almost $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Last week's #1, Austria's CrownUpGuy, dropped one spot to #2 in the world. He won the Sunday 500 last month to send his PLB score flying high and is up to $2.7 million in career online tournament winnings. CrownUpGuy had been enjoying his first stint at #1, but we're pretty confident we'll see him back at the top in the future. There wasn't a ton of movement overall in the Rankings this week. One of the biggest jumps inside the top 100 belonged to Sweden's Smeckten(pictured), who rose 19 spots to settle at #40. He has three tournament wins in the last six days – the PokerStars.fr Thursday Full KO, PokerStars Hot $16.50, and Full Tilt Turbo Hundo – for over $16,000 combined. Canada's Mark dipthrong Herm, who won the FTOPS XXVII leaderboard and two FTOPS jerseys, rose 13 spots to #41 in the PocketFives Rankings. Herm has recorded a rock solid eight wins since December began: FTOPS Event #5 for $18,000 PokerStars $5.50R NL Omaha H/L for $315 FTOPS Event #12 for $17,000 PokerStars $55 Saturday PLO for $2,900 PokerStars $55 NLHE KO for $5,200 Full Tilt Benjamin for $3,700 PokerStars $109R for $10,000 PokerStars $22 Cubed for $6,400 Finally this week, we wanted to single out London's lasagnaaammm, who moved up 24 spots thanks to a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend. He's sitting with $5 million in combined live and online tournament winnings and can be found at #57 in the world. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Yuri Martins- 8,433 points 2. CrownUpGuy- 7,691 points 3. p0cket00- 7,502 points 4. PokerKaiser- 7,389 points 5. pleno1- 7,177 points 6. Big Huni - 7,005 points 7. joaomathias- 6,980 points 8. r4ndomr4gs- 6,978 points 9. vicenfish- 6,691 points 10. European- 6,568 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. With impressive result after impressive result, we suppose it was only a matter of time until CrownUpGuy(pictured) became the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. This week, he moved up two spots and officially became the new top dog on our site. His poker resume is quite impressive, as the Austrian won the WCOOP Main Event, Full TiltSunday Major, and PokerStars Sunday 500 in back-to-back-to-back months (September, October, November). He only returned 19 online MTT scores in November, but has still managed to pile up $2.7 million in lifetime winnings across 499 cashes, an average of $5,449 apiece. He has five scores of at least $50,000 and 13 of at least $10,000. For the first time in a few weeks, we had a new entrant into the top 10, Finland's European, who rose from #16 to #10. European won a $320 NLHE Six-Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $10,000. Over the weekend, he took down a $215 Weekly Six-Max NLHE tournament on the same site for another $15,000. European was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives earlier this year. Mexico's norfair18 shot up 26 spots in the Rankings from #74 to #48. He just passed $1 million in career winnings and won a $215 Weekly Turbo NLHE tournament on PokerStars on Saturday for $19,000. This is the highest he has ever been slotted and he is #2 in his home country. Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) debuted in the top 100 at #54 after winning two FTOPS events this month. He took down a $530 Mixed 10-Game Six-Max event for $18,000 and, three days later, emerged victorious from the field of a $109 NLHE Rush Rebuy for another $17,000. All told, he won five MTTs over the first seven days of December. PocketFiver StrungOut1 also debuted in the top 100 this week and entered at #58. He took down the Hotter $75 on Sunday for $25,000 and is up to $3.4 million in career online tournament winnings. He was once ranked as high as #28 worldwide and seems to be poised for another run at the top. Finally this week, we wanted to highlight Sweden's Pot4teUS, who cracked the top 100 at #75 in the world, his highest position ever. He won the Saturday Super Knockout for $26,000 over the weekend on PokerStars, where he plays under the user name TanTanSWE. We won't make you wait any longer. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. CrownUpGuy - 7,797 points 2. p0cket00 - 7,682 points 3. PokerKaiser - 7,661 points 4. Yuri Martins - 7,551 points 5. Big Huni - 7,243 points 6. vicenfish - 7,226 points 7. pleno1 - 7,209 points 8. r4ndomr4gs - 7,060 points 9. joaomathias - 6,997 points 10. European- 6,771 points Congrats to CrownUpGuy on reaching #1! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. For the second time in his career, CrownUpGuy(pictured) is the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. This time, he moved up four spots on the week thanks to a final table in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic that was worth $15,000 and 207 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. CrownUpGuy has had an electrifying last 11 months, winning the WCOOP Main Event for $1.8 million, the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for $150,000 total, and the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy for $54,000. He has been a mainstay of the PocketFives Rankings ever since his WCOOP Main Event win and has $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings. He was last ranked #1 in December. We could see a changing of the guard when the Rankings are recalculated next week, however, as CrownUpGuy has 7,559 PLB Points, just 17 more than PokerKaiser, who was ranked #1 last week. Also making waves this week was Canada's p0cket00 (pictured), another former #1 player on PocketFives. He won the PokerStars Super Tuesday last week for almost $100,000 officially and earned nearly 800 PLB Points. He moved up from #15 in the world on PocketFives to #8 as a result. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to romdom, who moved up 40 spots to land at #18, his highest position ever. romdom took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up outright over the weekend and bagged $80,000 along with 730 PLB Points. He's just a few thousand dollars shy of $3 million for his career. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Die Ventura, who shot up 42 spots to #45. He won the weekend's Sunday Supersonic and earned $53,000. He is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Peru and the #45 ranking is his best all-time. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. CrownUpGuy- 7,559 points 2. PokerKaiser- 7,542 points 3. Big Huni - 7,196 points 4. joaomathias - 7,045 points 5. Yuri Martins - 6,973 points 6. MendaLerenda - 6,926 points 7. norfair18 - 6,893 points 8. p0cket00- 6,791 points 9. vicenfish - 6,559 points 10. Davidp18 - 6,517 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. The battle for #1 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingscontinued this week, as Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) is once again the top dog, claiming the title from Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz. The two have jockeyed back and forth for the last month, each taking the #1 spot away from the other every time the Rankings have been recalculated. PokerKaiser has 7,165 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and recorded a blockbuster last six days of March that included a win in a $44 NLHE Turbo on PokerStars, a win in the PokerStars.fr Minuit Express, and two victories in the iPoker €7,500 Guaranteed. On the 29th, he finished fifth in a SCOOP event on PokerStars.fr for almost $13,000. Holz now has 6,508 PLB Points and can be found at #9 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. However, since final tabling the Sunday Supersonic on March 8 for $15,000, Holz has exactly six in the money finishes, so he'll need to ramp up his volume in order to stay near the top. In the last 13 months, he has won the WCOOP Main Event, the Sunday 500 twice, the Sunday $100 Rebuy, the Bigger $162, and the Full Tilt Sunday Major. Yikes. We had two newcomers to the top 10 in the world this week. The first is Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi (pictured), who moved up from #13 to #7. On March 29, Romanovskyi finished second in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $35,000 and won the site's $109 Cubed for another $18,000. He's one spot off his all-time high in the Rankings. The second newcomer to the top 10 is r4ndomr4gs, who reentered at #10. He's a former #1 player and the top-ranked Swede. Amazingly, r4ndomr4gs is just $60,000 shy of hitting $5 million in career online tournament scores. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,165 points 2. Big Huni - 7,046 points 3. norfair18 - 6,997 points 4. p0cket00 - 6,976 points 5. joaomathias - 6,947 points 6. MendaLerenda - 6,690 points 7. Romeopro- 6,669 points 8. pleno1 - 6,649 points 9. CrownUpGuy- 6,508 points 10. r4ndomr4gs- 6,354 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for almost $7,000. Holz' rap sheet is pretty amazing. In the last 12 months, he has won the WCOOP Main Event, an FTOPS event, the Sunday 500 twice, the Sunday $109 Rebuy, the Bigger $162, and the Full Tilt Sunday Major. He also final tabled the Super Tuesday, the Sunday Supersonic, and a SCOOP $1,050 Rebuy during that time period. We think we'll be seeing plenty more of him down the road. Last week's #1, Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, dropped one spot to #2. He won the 888Mega Deep over the weekend for $32,000 and continues to excel in the industry's biggest tournaments. It was his largest score ever on 888, where he plays as PKaiser. Mexico's norfair18 (pictured) moved up four spots worldwide to settle at #3, his highest ranking ever. He took second in the Super Tuesday last week for $76,000 and has three tracked online MTT wins this month. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2006 and has lifetime winnings of almost $1.5 million. Finally this week, we wanted to feature Canada's OU_dlanger610, who moved up 19 spots to #15, his highest position ever. He finished second in an FTOPS event over the weekend for $36,000 and won the PokerStars $55 Rebuy on Tuesday night. He's the fourth-ranked player in Canada and #3 in Ontario. Here are the top 10 players worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. CrownUpGuy- 7,380 points 2. PokerKaiser- 7,236 points 3. norfair18- 7,146 points 4. Big Huni - 7,130 points 5. joaomathias - 6,967 points 6. p0cket00 - 6,932 points 7. MendaLerenda - 6,690 points 8. Yuri Martins - 6,671 points 9. pleno1 - 6,538 points 10. Davidp18 - 6,495 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  13. Over the weekend, Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured) won the Full Tilt Sunday Major for $41,000. The feat itself is impressive, as Holz defeated a field of 664 entrants and a top ten that featured four members of the PocketFives community. What's more impressive is the fact that Sunday marked the second time Holz had won the tournament in the last six months. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The last year has been rather remarkable for the Austrian. Here's what he has managed to accomplish since April 2014: Won the WCOOP Main Event in September for $1.3 million Won the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for $152,000 total Won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $54,000 Won the Full Tilt Sunday Major twice for $80,000 total Final tabled a SCOOP Big Antes event for $47,000 As a reminder, all of the above occurred in the last 12 months. In tournaments tracked by PocketFives, Holz has pulled in $2.8 million and is currently #9 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. However, with the weekend's win in the Sunday Major, we'd expect him to climb even higher towards #1. He has already been the top dog on our site three times, the last coming earlier this month. What's also remarkable is the fact that Holz has just 19 tracked online MTT wins and 39 top-three finishes total. He is averaging almost $5,000 per in the money finish. Holz found time last month to final table the EPT Malta Main Event for $63,000 and is up to almost a half-million dollars in live tournament cashes, according to the Hendon Mob. He is #306 on the 2015 money list. Congrats to Holz on his recent success! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  14. Germany's Fedor Holz went into Day 7 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in 19th place with 4.645 million chips. If he had won the whole thing, he wouldn't be the youngest to ever do so – that honor belongs to Joe Cada, who was a month shy of 22 years old when he took the title in 2009 – but he would be one of the youngest. He ended up in 25th place for $262,000. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Despite his age, Holz has already accumulated nearly $1.5 million on the live tournament circuit. He has never won a major event, but he did win a preliminary tourney at EPT Barcelona in 2014. He has also had a number of six-figure scores, including two in Super High Roller events at the EPT Grand Final in 2015 ($369,152 and $372,208) and a third place finish in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship ($268,463). Holz is also an accomplished online poker player. The highlight of his online tournament career came in September 2014 when he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event as CrownUpGuy, beating the likes of Faraz Jaka and Viktor Blom at the final table. One interesting tidbit about Holz is that back in October 2013, he started a charity drive on the Two Plus Two poker forums. He set out to play NL500 Zoom Poker on PokerStars for 20 consecutive days and donate half of his winnings to charity. At the same time, he pledged to match all donations dollar for dollar up to $20,000. In the end, he helped raise $45,834.18 for Casa Esperanza in Chile, "a house for children who have lost their families or grown up in absolute poverty."
  15. [caption width="450"] Yuri Martins opened 2015 as the #1 ranked player[/caption] There were nine players who laid claim to the title of #1 in the PocketFives Rankingsin 2015. Plus, there were 14 lead changes during the year, which means there was plenty of movement atop of the Rankings. Let's take a look back at the #1 ranked players of 2015. 2015 began with Brazil's Yuri Martins ranked #1. He had assumed the role on December 27, 2014 and was the top dog until January 21, 2015, or five weeks. Martins won a WCOOP bracelet in September in a $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha High-Low event. Another Brazilian, Joao joaomathiasMathias, bumped his fellow countryman from the #1 spot on January 21. He held down the fort for one week until January 28 when Chris Big HuniHunichen became the #1 ranked online poker player in the world. Hunichen won the PokerStars Super Tuesday around the same time and was ranked #1 on PocketFives for five weeks. It was the only time Hunichen has been ranked #1. On March 5, Nico PokerKaiserFierro and Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz began taking turns at #1. Fierro was #1 for one week before Holz knocked him out, also for a week. Then, Fierro reclaimed the #1 spot before Holz stole it back on March 25. Fierro promptly became the top-ranked player for three weeks until April 22. Fierro won the 888 Mega Deep on March 22 and April 19 to solidify his spot atop the Rankings. [caption width="640"] Nico Fierro spent 21 weeks at #1 in 2015[/caption] On April 25, norfair18 became #1 on PocketFives for the first time in his career. He held the title for two weeks on the strength of a Super Tuesday runner-up finish and Million Dollar Sunday final table before ceding the top spot to Fierro on May 5. Fierro then spent 16 weeks at #1, or almost four months, the longest reign of anyone in 2015. During his run, Fierro took down an OPS event and the 888 Mega Deep. He also earned three PocketFives Triple Crowns. All told, Fierro spent 21 weeks at #1 in 2015, the most of anyone. On August 26, Aaron aguskb Gustavson bucked Fierro from the top spot for a week, the first and only time he has been ranked #1. Gustavson final tabled the Super Tuesday three times in 2015, the best showing of which was a second place finish in June for $52,000. Gustavson is currently ranked 18th in the world on PocketFives. [caption width="450"] Aaron Gustavson was ranked #1 for one week[/caption] One week after Gustavson became #1, StrungOut1assumed the role, also for a week. He won the Sunday Million a few days before becoming #1, a cash worth almost $150,000. Gustavson then retook the #1 spot for a week before Sweden's eisenhower1 became #1 on September 30 and closed out the year on top. eisenhower1 has a PLB score of 7,313 points, only 27 ahead of the second-ranked player, so we could see a changing of the guard in the first week of 2016 when the Rankings are recalculated on Wednesday. If you're a fan of lists, here were the top-ranked PocketFivers of 2015: eisenhower1 September 30, 2015 to Today aguskb September 9, 2015 to September 30, 2015 StrungOut1 September 2, 2015 to September 9, 2015 aguskb August 26, 2015 to September 2, 2015 PokerKaiser May 6, 2015 to August 26, 2015 norfair18 April 22, 2015 to May 6, 2015 PokerKaiser April 1, 2015 to April 22, 2015 CrownUpGuy March 25, 2015 to April 1, 2015 PokerKaiser March 18, 2015 to March 25, 2015 CrownUpGuy March 11, 2015 to March 18, 2015 PokerKaiser March 4, 2015 to March 11, 2015 Big Huni January 28, 2015 to March 4, 2015 joaomathias January 21, 2015 to January 28, 2015 Yuri Martins December 17, 2014 to January 21, 2015
  16. [caption width="640"] Can poker help Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz achieve Ikigai?[/caption] "Every single one of us should strive to discover his reason for being, his Ikigai." That's the sticky you'll find when you look at Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz's Twitter feed. And for Holz, poker might not be the path to his Ikigai. "It's a Japanese idea of what should be the goal of your life," Holz said, pointing to the Venn diagram that explains what the concept of Ikigai is all about. "You should be doing what you get paid for, what you love to do, what you're skilled at, and what has meaning in the world. If you find something that combines all of these four things, you should do it." Passion, mission, profession, and vocation are all part of Ikigai. However, for Holz, poker might not be the key to achieving Ikigai, at least right now. "Poker is not that for me because it's missing the part of doing something good," he said. "I think that's a reason why poker players do a lot of charity work. I also think that's a reason a lot of players quit at some point – they feel like there's something missing." It's not like Holz hasn't been successful in poker. In 2014, he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $75,000. That was just a tune-up, though, for the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, one of the biggest online tournaments of the year. He took that down for $1.3 million. That remains one of the largest online paydays ever. After his WCOOP Main Event win, he found the winner's circle of the Full Tilt Sunday Major and PokerStars Sunday 500 once again. More recently, the German took down the WPT Alpha8 event at Bellagio and the $200,000 buy-in Triton Super High Roller at Solaire Resort in the Philippines. Despite everything, Holz doesn't feel like he can realize Ikigai in poker. "Everyone is different, but I feel like I can't have it in poker," he said. "This environment changes so much, though. Right now, if it stays like this, I would definitely not play as much as I do right now. I think I'd take some time off. Online, the stakes are not high enough to consistently play something. There's nothing more to reach pretty much. Poker is not really growing online. If Americans come back, it could be huge. There are a lot of things we don't know about right now." [caption width="600"] A Venn diagram of Ikigai[/caption] Holz was just getting into poker when Black Friday hit in 2011. He recorded his first live score the following year in Rozvadov. He's seen the changes in the poker industry first-hand since PokerStars, Full Tilt, Absolute Poker, and UB left the American market five years ago. "The setup was better around Black Friday because the industry was carried by what happened in the years before that," Holz said. "Now, it's all changing to the new set of sites. Everyone thought there was so much money in poker, but there's not anymore. Now, it's going on a slightly upward trend again. People understand that we can't just spew around money. It's on a good trajectory, but I'm not hooked right now to continue for the next 20 years." In order to find a profession that satisfies Ikigai's demands for something "that the world needs," Holz has turned to coaching. "I really like coaching," he said. "That's what I've been doing. I really like the psychological side of it too. I feel like a lot of my coaching drifts into life coaching. It's about going to the root of the problem and not just getting poker coaching. I really enjoy that and can see myself doing something like that." Holz has received life coaching and now notices a major difference when he sits down at a table. You can tell it when he plays. He's confident, composed, and feels comfortable no matter who he's up against. "There's a big difference when you get life coaching," said Holz. "Most of the time, people understand their problem in some kind of way. But, problems are such that you can see them in so many different ways. Someone saying something in a certain way can change your view completely. You somehow understand what your issue is, but you can't explain it or express it, but if someone talks to you about it, they'll help clarify it." For Holz, life coaching and poker coaching yielded one important leak in his game, which has probably already netted plenty to his bottom line. "I sometimes tried to win hands that I shouldn't be winning or win pots that I shouldn't be winning," Holz said. "Like my coach said, it's not about winning every pot. If that means folding, you won the hand that way. That helped me so much to think that I can fold 50 times in a row. If you win the pot, you might actually lose the hand."
  17. [caption width="640"] Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz added another seven-figure score on Monday after chopping the WCOOP Super High Roller (WPT photo)[/caption] Monday's World Championship of Online Poker action was dominated by the conclusion of the $100,000 Super High Roller event and when all was said and done, poker fans were mostly talking about the guy who didn't win, rather than the guy who did. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz ended up finishing second to 'bencb789' after the two players chopped up over $2.2 million once they got heads up. 'bencb789' ended up taking down the title and leaving with $1,172,360.60 while Holz added another seven-figure score to his collection, earning $1,067,639.40. Salman "salfshb" Behbehani, who started Day 2 with the chip lead, finished third for $560,000. The event drew 24 players for 28 total entries with 'OtB_RedBaron', Jason Mercier, Talal Shakerchi and Timofey Kuznetsov accounting for the re-entries. 3DTemujiN, who won $25,030 last Sunday by topping the pokerStars Sunday Cooldown, banked his second best cash yet in Event #26 ($215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO). The #5-ranked player in Kazakhstan beat out 1,087 other players to walk away with $23,933.75 after a heads-up deal was worked out with eventual runner-up 'jahwise'. Argentina's Leandro 'leitalopez' Bustillo had a career outing in the Sunday Million Special Edition (WCOOP #29) by coming out on top with an outright victory for $298,928. The score will place him in the Top 100 Worldwide Rankings for the first time ever. PokerStars players 'RomeOpro' and 'Maahone' walked away with $214,930 and $154,537 for their respective second and third place efforts in that event, as Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin of Sweden picked up his first career six-figure online tournament cash of $111,113 upon being eliminated in fourth. There was a three-way final table deal in the Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition (WCOOP #27), with 'Poleshchikov' taking home the largest cash prize of $153,010 for the win. Michael 'mczhang' Chip Zhang of the United Kingdom collected an even $130,000 for runner-up and 'kirdface' received $115,462 for third place. Event #26 - $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Progressive KO 1,088 entrants - $163,200 paid out to 131 spots 3DTemujiN - $23,933.75 jahwise - $20,090.05 (RaeDaChef) *2-way deal HajniAK - $11,374.97 insomniac297 - $7,435.48 Kashmir_uzi - $4,860.37 Smertin - $3,177.07 Event #27 - $215 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition 8,221 entrants - $1,644,200 paid out to 2,078 spots Poleshchikov - $153,010.07 Michael 'mczhang' Chip Zhang - $130,000.00 kirdface - $115,462.10 *3-way deal bennybunny18 - $66,240.04 mandza17 - $47,627.04 turcooo - $34,244.24 DonkCommited - $24,621.73 grinder1992 - $17,703.10 (alexd2) dpeters17 - $12,728.57 (Davidp18) PokerStars WCOOP Event #28($102,000 NLHE Super High Roller 8-Max) *$2M Guar. 28 entrants - $2,800,000 paid out to three spots bencb789 - $1,172,360.60 CrownUpGuy - $1,067,639.40 *two-way deal salfshb - $560,000.00 Event #29 - $700 Sunday Million Special Edition 3,109 entrants - $2,067,485 paid out to 368 spots Leandro 'leitalopez' Bustillo - $298,927.63 RomeOpro - $214,929.95 Maahone - $154,536.64 Leo 'ISILDRooN' Nordin - $111,113.25 Siton11 - $79,891.34 donkno2 - $57,442.58 mrAndreeew - $41,301.73 (r4ndomr4gs) FeaNoR4eG - $29,696.32 gusma - $21,351.95
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