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  1. Denmark's therealfuddebuf, known in the real world as Mikael Hansen (pictured), turned in quite an impressive feat last November and December, finishing third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 twice for well over $80,000 officially. He is one of a handful of players from Denmark we've interviewed lately, so is Denmark the new hotbed for poker? We sat down with Hansen, who has one of the coolest full-time jobs ever, to find out. "Final tabling it twice within a short period of time is clearly running good. Even though the tournament is one of the toughest every week, the combination of players taking shots and winning satellites to get in combined with the superb structure gives you a chance to take advantage if you build a stack," Hansen responded when asked what he attributed his Sunday 500 success to. He earned 600 PLB Points total from the pair of third place runs. Even if Hansen is coming out on the right side of variance, he is clearly taking an optimal approach as well. "Early on, I try to play pots in position with hands that flop well to build a big stack," Hansen said of his game plan entering the Sunday 500 each week. "If that doesn't happen, I kind of nit it up, take advantage of the great structure, and wait for my spots. I think it is the major with the best structure, which allows you to be patient." His 2013 was a roller-coaster. He explained that he finished second in a SCOOP event in May for over $50,000 before going on a downswing over the next five months. His two Sunday 500 final tables ended the year, so the money from them will help replenish his bankroll. He stands at $1.5 million in tracked scores from nearly 1,800 in the money finishes, an average of $880 apiece. Let's get to the heart of the matter: the Denmark pokercommunity. "Poker is really popular in Denmark," Hansen relayed. "If you look at the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings, you can see that Denmark is doing really well. There is pretty big pool of gifted players playing online and live here. At one point, Denmark won three EPT Main Events in a row." Who plays online and live poker in Denmark? And why has the game become so popular? "I think online is mostly a young man's game," Hansen said. "Live, you have the usual mix of older grinders and younger online players. Poker was in limbo in Denmark for years. That changed in 2013, when online poker was regulated by the State and now it seems like the environment is good for the game to thrive. You can see the Danish community growing and the results showing up." Hansen got started in poker after watching coverage of the World Poker Tour on television and witnessing fellow Dane Gus Hansen (pictured) railroad the competition. He said, "I remember watching Gus Hansen winning a lot and thinking, 'That looks fun.' I grew up playing a lot of card games, so learning poker came pretty quickly for me. I dabbled online in small-stakes for fun, but then started having success in MTTs. In the last three or four years, I have worked hard on my game and the results are coming now." When we think of poker in Denmark, Gus Hansen and Peter Eastgate (pictured) are the first two names that pop into our head. The former spurned Denmark's thirst for the game, according to our interview subject: "Gus Hansen was huge. I think he is the biggest part of poker taking off in Denmark 10 years ago. Peter Eastgate was, and is, a really well liked member of the Danish community. Everybody thought him winning the Main Event was fantastic, but I don't think it changed poker in Denmark. If you want to speak of a Moneymaker Effect in Danish poker, it was Gus doing so well in the early WPT events." Interestingly, poker is not his full-time gig. Instead, he is a production manager for the largest television network in Denmark. He mainly works at major sporting events where his network is the host broadcaster or has general coverage. As such, he has been juggling playing poker with working 40 to 50 hours per week, a balancing act he described as "hard… Until now, it has worked, so I try to enjoy it while it lasts." When we caught up with Hansen, he was hard at work on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he was able to take Mondays off in order to play poker. He explained his inner circle's reaction to his success: "Without a really understanding wife and good coworkers, it would not be possible to balance work, my private life, and poker. Sometimes I sell packages for live events or big online tournaments with no markups to my coworkers so they can have a sweat. Sometimes I get 40 or 50 buyers that way. I think that shows most of them believe poker is pretty cool." He wanted to send a shout out to "the grinders out there who combine a normal life with poker. I think it is good for the game not to have just 20-year-old wiz-kids cleaning up online, but also players who show that if you dedicate yourself, you can mix it up with the best of them." 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 one free month of PocketFives Training. 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.
  2. February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort. Before we hop into the interview, we wanted to highlight the seven tournaments he impressively won in a span of 14 days: February 2: Betfair Sunday Late Night February 6: Betfair €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy February 10: Betfair High Roller Monday February 14: PokerStars Big $22 February 14: Betfair €5,000 Guaranteed February 14: PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Turbo Rebuy February 16: Betsafe Barracuda "It feels unreal," x_zola25 said about his first Triple Crown. "I'm really happy and really proud. I have always seen a Triple Crown as something for top pros that I have dreamed of doing, but never really believed I could do." On what he attributed his run to, he remarked, "I was on a hot streak, no doubt. But, I finally got a big result on PokerStars, which I have been trying to get for a very long time (1,000+ tournaments), so that gave me some extra confidence." His seven wins boosted him to 61 over the course of his career in tracked MTTs. Those five-dozen scores have helped boost his total online winnings to $376,000 and, accordingly, he is up to #18 in the Denmark poker community. Speaking of Denmark, he said of poker in his home country, "I don't think people in general know much about poker here and I believe the general view of poker is a bit negative. People probably think a lot of poker players are gambling addicts." There have been a host of well-known Danish players over the years, including Gus Hansen (pictured), Peter Eastgate, and Theo Jorgensen. x_zola25 said, "Simon Ravnsbaek is one the guys who wins it all here, so I believe he is one of the guys who people look up to the most. In addition, AlexKP is insane (in a good way). They are both amazing players and play extremely well." He is a student at Aarhus University in Denmark and said his poker schedule is fairly mercurial: "This semester, I probably won't play that many Sundays because I have lectures pretty early on Mondays. Until now, I have played a lot of Sundays. In the future, I probably will play on Mondays and try to take down the High Roller a few more times. On average, I would say I probably play 25 hours per week." One of his favorite tournaments is the $50 Rebuy on PartyPoker, which he has shipped four times in the last seven months, each for over $6,000. Helping x_zola25 go through the motions in poker is his Skype group, with whom he discusses strategy and reviews hands. The clan includes fellow Danes like madsmk, jonhdinno, J. Dinnowich, and Rune. He cautioned, "Look out for the last three players. Their breakthroughs will come within the year!" Meanwhile, madsmk is quickly nearing $1 million in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Also pushing him along is his girlfriend. He gleaned, "I'd like to thank my amazing girlfriend for letting me postpone the date we had on Sunday to let me go for the Triple Crown!" That's quite an awesome gesture. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to see who else has won this prestigious award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswithin a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStarsBig $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed Rebuy in the span of six days for his newest profile badge. He was kind enough to lend us a few minutes. PocketFives: Awesome job on the Triple Crown. Tell us how you're feeling. Mads Pedersen: I'm feeling great. I have never felt better poker-wise. I've been close to getting one of them before, so it feels good to finally get there. PocketFives: You had some huge scores in it, including the PokerStars Big $11, which had 10,000 entrants. What was it like navigating that huge field? Mads Pedersen: The Big $11 was actually pretty straightforward, to be honest. I was single-tabling it from when there were about 50 players left. It's always fun to go deep in one of the "Bigs" on PokerStars. I can't remember if I had any huge suckouts, but of course it requires some run-good. That said, I really connected well post-flop and when I first had a stack, I was really cruising. PocketFives: Another leg of your Triple Crown came in the iPoker Super Tuesday. What was that field like? Mads Pedersen: The Super Tuesday at iPoker is a way harder tournament to get through, but I think the structure of it suits me greatly. I've been playing it close to every Tuesday for the last three or four months. PocketFives: Why does its structure suit you? Mads Pedersen: Tournaments with that buy-in are usually deeper, which gives me the opportunity to play more post-flop, where I believe I might have an edge over some or most of the field. Most poker players probably believe they have an edge, though, or else they wouldn't be playing. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money from the Triple Crown tournaments? Mads Pedersen: Building a bigger bankroll and moving up. I might participate in some EPTs in the future, but I'm not sure about that yet. I'm playing backed at the moment, so it's partly up to my backer as well. Right now, I'm playing mid- to high-stakes games and really want to establish myself at the highest stakes online, so that's what I'm trying to do. PocketFives: One of the hot topics in poker recently has been the implementation of a shot clockto limit time spent on decisions in hands. Are you in favor of it? Mads Pedersen: I haven't really thought a lot about that, but I wouldn't mind having it in some cases. Then again, in other cases, I like to have some time to think a specific line through. PocketFives: We have one more question before we let you go. Are you headed to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this year? Mads Pedersen: I'm not planning to go this year, but am way more likely to go next year. I've had one opportunity to go to the WSOP before this year, but don't feel like going there in 2014 since I have a lot of other plans and my live experience isn't really that great. So, I figured going from Denmark to the US to get smashed by live regs - I can probably find something more fun to spend my time on. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Championsto learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. "I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark's Filurn(pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment. --- 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 feels great to make my first six-figure score," Filurn said of his Sunday Million chop, which saw him bring home the largest payday of anyone. "One of the players asked for a deal early on and normally I think it's fine to deal in certain spots. But, in this one, I felt like I had a decent edge and the chip lead, so I refused at first." He added that chop negotiations fired up once again: "When we were four-handed, the other players showed interest in a deal. Since I had the chip lead and was pretty comfortable at the table, I asked for more than ICM and got it, so I thought it was okay to make a deal that ensured I would get more than second place money." The payouts in the deal ranged from $120,000 to $186,000 after the field numbered over 8,200 entrants. "I bought an apartment a few months ago, so some of the money will go into that, and I'm probably going to travel, but I won't do anything crazy," Filurn said of the uses for his newfound cash. He has $742,000 in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Last December, Filurn won the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfor $45,000, his second largest tracked cash to date next to the Sunday Million final table. Needless to say, he told PocketFives that he feels "great" about his game right now. As he put it, "A lot of things worked out in different spots." He plays on PartyPoker as lundesgaard and has $123,000 in winnings on that site. His friends and family were "amazed" by his Sunday Million chop for nearly $200,000. It's the latest feather in the cap for the nation of Denmark, whose poker roster includes the likes of Gus Hansen (pictured) and World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate. "There are a lot of good players in Denmark," Filurn said. "The tour grinders get more attention than the cash game grinders due to the visibility of tournaments, though. The Danish poker media writes articles pretty often about people shipping events. I'm pretty sure this makes people think of poker as a fun game and so the general public has a positive attitude toward it." He got started in poker by hitting up games on the Boss Media Network after one of his friends got hooked on small-stakes sit and gos. "He was printing money, so we grinded a lot together and he helped me out with the basics," Filurn said. "Then, I tried to adapt some of the game into tournaments and really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." The Sunday Million 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.
  5. According to HighStakesDB, Gus Hansen (pictured) had a solid Sunday on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, winning $546,000 at the cash game tables. However, he is still down almost $18 million since the site began tracking his account in 2006. His damage on Sunday was done at the Eight-Game and Triple Draw tables, according to HighStakesDB: "Hansen played for a couple of hours post-midnight, winning at both the Triple Draw and Eight-Game tables, building a six-figure profit before taking 11 hours away from the tables, returning in the early afternoon, where he added another $87,000, putting his daily profit over $200,000." Hansen didn't sit on $200,000 in profit, however. Instead, he came back for a nighttime session that saw him take $193,000 off an Eight-Game table with the likes of Phil "Polarizing" Ivey, Macau's punting-peddler, Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau, Hac "trex313" Dang, samrostan, and Patrik "FinddaGrind" Antonius. When all was said and done, Hansen walked off with $546,000. As HighStakesDB noted, Hansen is down $17.8 million on Full Tilt since 2006. He is currently one of the lead faces of the site, dubbed the Professionals, and has dropped $7.2 million in Draw Games, $5.7 million in Pot Limit Omaha High-Low, $2.6 million in Mixed HA, $1.5 million in No Limit Texas Hold'em, and $1.3 million in Limit Omaha High-Low. He is up nearly $500,000 combined in Limit HORSE and Eight-Game. The tracking site has logged about 1.5 million hands for Hansen. Despite the bleeding online, Hansen has been a beast on the live tournament felts. The Hendon Mob has logged $11.2 million in career live MTT earnings for the Danish player, who has largely been among the top 100 worldwide on the tournament poker money list since 2002: 2002 Money List: 12th 2003 Money List: 13th 2004 Money List: 70th 2005 Money List: 24th 2006 Money List: n/a 2007 Money List: 20th 2008 Money List: 23rd 2009 Money List: 486th 2010 Money List: 24th 2011 Money List: 394th 2012 Money List: 30th 2013 Money List: 5,149th Hansen is tops on Denmark's all-time money list despite a recent World Series of Poker Main Event winner, Peter Eastgate, also being from that country. He tops the Nordic all-time money list and has one WSOP bracelet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. The recent PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Pokerawarded $81 million to players. One of the big winners was Denmark's Rasmus Agerskov (pictured), who is known as RasAon PocketFives. Agerskov took home $257,000 of that amount, or 0.3%, after chopping Event #22-H of SCOOP, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament. "It's a great feeling to go really deep in one of the biggest events," Agerskov told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I've had quiet a few semi-deep Day 2 runs in SCOOP and WCOOP events, so finally booking a win in one of the big ones is awesome." Event #22-H had nearly $2 million up for grabs by itself, but despite the money on the line, Agerskov admitted that he wasn't automatically gravitating toward chopping. "I was not sure if I wanted to deal. I think I gave up a little bit of value since I was in a very good spot, as I was the chip leader and had direct position on the guy who was second in chips. But, you're not in this situation very often and you are never going to realize your EV here anyway, so I think chopping here is never really bad." He ultimately finished third and his $257,000 was the largest amount given away in the chop. His plans for the money included buying into the SCOOP Main Event and then "traveling quite a bit around Europe this summer, so I guess I'll get lots of chances to spend some of the money during that. Besides that, it's always nice to boost your bankroll with a nice chunk of change." Agerskov, who calls Denmark home, has one other six-figure online score, which came in the Sunday Warm-Up in 2012 for $112,000. "It was my biggest ever online cash until now, so it was huge," he said of the score two years ago. "But, it didn't really change anything career-wise. I was already playing a lot of tournaments and, back then, I also played a lot of heads-up sit and gos, even the highest ones from time to time. I remember I lost $25,000 earlier that day in heads-up sit and gos, so the win came at a very nice time." Agerskov (pictured with his regular hair) had been into sports betting until a friend introduced him to poker. The proverbial light switch didn't come on until he found heads-up sit and gos, which he said were appealing because "you have to act all the time, which made it more fun." He continued, "It was in these games that I started my poker bankroll and network of friends. My first poker buddy, sifosis, I met in these games. We started talking poker and I think this is when I started winning and playing on a more serious basis." Nowadays, he has transitioned away from heads-up sit and gos and toward – you guess it – MTTs. "I think MTTs are more appealing with the change of structure throughout a tournament and the fun in finding yourself in the middle of a big endgame," he said. He has $1.7 million in online MTT winnings and is the #8 ranked player in Denmark. Finally, we always like to ask our interviewees what they do away from poker. After all, there's more to life than the game, right? Agerskov has been playing football since he was a little tyke – four years old, to be exact – and plays squash and tennis as well. He also enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, eating, and having a good time. SCOOP and other big-time tournament series take place on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and deposit to get a 100% up to $600 bonus along with one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Register your PokerStars account here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. Last month, Denmark's marktb(pictured) took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 outright for $72,000. There were over 800 entrants that day and marktb bested a final table that included a half-dozen members of the PocketFives community. That score came a few years after a pretty memorable hit in the Sunday Million on a very special weekend. More on that to come. "It's a relief to take down a big win," marktb told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I have been through a long downswing and the Sunday 500 is a big tournament." He was among the short stacks from 30 players remaining to seven, but doubled up to keep in the hunt. "From there, things went my way and I felt good," he said. "I felt I could control the remaining players." No deal was discussed. marktb has been renovating his house, so some of his newfound riches could defray those expenses. The rest will go to his bankroll. He added, "I hope it will be the start of a good run, as the last two years haven't been good. I have had a lot of bad luck and no consistency. I used to be a farmer, but sold most of the farm due to restrictions and bad conditions for farming in Denmark." He had played poker on the side while farming, but has focused on the game full-time in the last six months. He now plans to concentrate on tournament poker. The Dane put his farm up for sale in 2012 and sold two-thirds of it a year later. The remaining one-third is still up for sale, so if you're looking for a farm in Denmark, here's your big chance. In 2010, marktb finished second in the Sunday Million and raked in over $200,000. "It was actually the day after my bachelor party," he said of the largest score of his poker career. "There was a deal giving me $203,000. It allowed me able to be able to go to my first WSOP and EPT Grand Final, but I haven't had luck in big live events yet. It also it gave me confidence that I could make big results." Yes, he banked $203,000 in the Sunday Million the day after his bachelor party. Hangover be damned. He told us, "That was quite a weekend and the wedding was the following Saturday. That is a week that will never happen again." His party consisted of bowling, sailing, and drinking, and he described the Sunday as "hell." Maybe drinking the day before is the key? He took down the PartyPoker $100K in 2010 and is looking at his Sunday 500 victory as the start of his new career after going full-time. He has come a long way since trying out Hold'em at his local casino, which launched his poker career. "I tried it, as I always liked to play cards," he said. "I started out on PokerStars and quickly got a second place finish for a little more than $4,000. It's really a game to love and hate, but most of the time I love it." Congrats to marktb on his $72,000 score! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. You remember the days of being a newbie in poker. For PocketFiver Simon Ronnow Pedersen (pictured), known as IgorKon our site, those days are, thankfully, long past. Last month, he took down the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfor $32,000. He plays on the site under the user name SuzukiTorben007. "I'm feeling quite good," Pedersen told PocketFives after the fact. "It was nice to finally close a Major. The last few weeks have been pretty brutal with some ninths and tenths in various Majors." There were 845 entrants that week, which meant the prize pool fell short of the guarantee and a $31,000 overlay was up for grabs. Pedersen described the final stages of the tournament as a "hard endgame." He explained, "When we were 16 left, there were still three of my friends who are also some of Denmark's best MTT regs left. So, we had a recipe for some fun and interesting hands. I got to the final table second in chips, but after some important hands and steady grind, I was the chip leader and didn't look back. It was a mix of good timing and some important holds." As far as the money goes, he'll recoup a chunk of the previous month's losses. He also entered last month's SCOOP with a high degree of motivation and confidence. The Dane has $1.2 million in tracked online tournament winnings and had a strong end to 2014 with wins in the Sunday Supersonic and Big $109 for a combined $90,000. "It was huge for my career," Pedersen said of last year. "2014 was absurdly good for me. I was lucky enough to have some of the greatest Danish players around me. I also had a lot of off-table work and obviously an absurd amount of run-good." The year wasn't without a few hiccups, though. He candidly explained, "In the middle of the whole thing, right after my Supersonic win, my PokerStars account got banned. It was all because my account had been hacked and PokerStars saw some strange changes to my IP logins. It turned out that a former friend had, without my knowledge, been logging into my account. So, his account was banned and mine was too." Pedersen ended up in time out from PokerStars for three months. He said that during that 90 days he had to "twiddle my thumbs when I had just lost 80% of my volume. But, the first session after my return to PokerStars, I won the Big $109. It was definitely a breakthrough for me on the MTT scene, especially with my side event win at EPT Vienna." As Pedersen mentioned, he won a €1,100 No Limit Hold'em Single Re-Entry tournament at EPT Vienna (pictured) in March 2014 for $101,000. He's #97 on the all-time money list for Denmark, according to the Hendon Mob. The PartyPoker $200K winner got his start in poker with friends in a basement. He recalled, "I remember I was looking at a sheet of poker hand rankings while I was playing, but I don't think it helped at all." Away from poker, Pedersen spends time with his girlfriend and poker friends. He told us, "If I'm not grinding my ass off, I really enjoying fishing at the Danish coasts and trying to find time to hit the gym. That isn't always easy with a messed up sleeping pattern." Congrats to Pedersen on his Sunday Major win! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. On the final weekend of April, Denmark's Skrigepas(pictured) was part of a three-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday 500and bagged $44,000. He officially finished in third place, while fellow PocketFiver micide took the tournament down for $13,000 more. It was Skrigepas' ninth largest online tournament cash to date. "I feel awesome," Skrigepas told PocketFives with a smile. "I have been making tons of deep runs in Sunday Majors lately and have been playing really well, but I have been failing to make it to the top spots, so it felt super good to make it to the top three and secure a great score." There were 729 entrants that day and the top 108 finished in the money. The story of the chop is pretty interesting. In fact, Skrigepas almost busted in fourth place and would have taken home just $26,000. He explained, "With four people left, the guy who finished fourth and I were far behind the two other guys in chips, so it became a big ICM spot for us. He busted out in a flip and I was left with only a few big blinds. Then, I managed to double up three times in a row and, with all of us being regulars, with agreed to an ICM chop and played for $6,000." He added, "I was pretty much out in third no matter what, so the important thing was to outlast the guy in fourth place. Everything after that was just a bonus." As far as the money goes, he's allocating it for the ongoing SCOOPseries, telling us, "I have surely managed to make my PokerStars account ready for SCOOP. Now the hope is that the money is still there at the end of May!" Also in April, Skrigepas finished third in the Thursday Thrill for $30,000 and won an iPOPS event on Cinco de Mayo for $19,000. He took third in the Super Tuesday late last year and said, "After the Super Tuesday score, I had a long dry spell, so April sure felt great, with scores all over it seems, so I am definitely not complaining." One place you won't see Skrigepas is at the World Series of Poker, which starts in two weeks from the Rio in Las Vegas. Instead, he'll be at home with his three-year-old, saying, "Summer with a three-year-old kid beats the WSOP for me by far." So what does a three-year-old think of a father who has $3 million in online tournament scores? "He's not old enough to completely understand it yet," Skrigepas said. "He enjoys that I work from home, as do I. It's great to have the ability to decide for yourself when you want to work and when you want to spent time with family. Many people see family and playing tournament poker for a living as two things you can't unite, but that's definitely not the case for us. We take the positive things about it and focus on those. Kuddos to my wifefor that." The Dane got started in poker in 2005 playing freerolls. "I got lucky to talk poker with a few good Danish cash game players," he said, "and within a year I was playing $5/$10 NLHE for a living. In 2012, I changed to tournaments after being away from the game for six months. Ever since then, it has just been tournaments." He is currently #37 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, 18 spots off his all-time high set two years ago, and stands at #3 in Denmark. You can catch him under the user name PeNiNaCaNon PartyPoker. He closed by sending a few shout outs: "I want to give some credit to RasAand the PokerStars user CMoosepower. I have been talking a lot of poker with those two lately. So, I want to give five minutes of fame to those two guys." Congrats to Skrigepas on his big Sunday 500 chop! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. In recent weeks, Mads Bertelsen (pictured), known on PocketFives as Mr Longhit, finished second in the PartyPoker $200K Guaranteed and put back $22,000. He was the highest finishing member of the PocketFives community in the tournament and logged his fourth largest score to date. "I'm just trying to grind a lot of MTTs now when I'm running good in these," Bertelsen told PocketFives. "I usually play PLO H/L cash games, but there is not a lot of action anymore. So, now I'm playing poker as an MTT pro instead." Why has the action dried up at the PLO H/L tables? We asked Bertelsen for his take and he told us, "For starters, the rake is insane. There will be a lot of post-flop pots and a lot of split pots, and they take rake from split pots. That means most regulars will lose playing each other heads-up, so it's hard to get games started." If you've never played PLO H/L, Bertelsen called the game "fun" and added, "Equity tends to be close, so fish can play lots of hands and not get punished as much as in Hold'em. Also, there are not as many videos and stuff about the game, so people have to play to improve. The only thing killing the game is the rake." Back to tournament poker now. So far in 2015, Bertelsen has finished fifth in the Sunday Million for $57,000, finished ninth in the Sunday Million for $10,000, and taken third in a PartyPoker Pokerfest event for $30,000. The two Sunday Million final tables took place on back-to-back weekends, a pretty incredible feat. "To get a second chance a week later was insane," he said of his Sunday Million performance. "It made me want to play more. Poker can get boring sometimes. I like to mix it up and play both MTTs and cash games. But now when it's going well in MTTs, I want to play a lot more of them." The #18 ranked player in Denmark got started in poker playing freerolls like many other PocketFivers. Then, he transitioned to small-stakes MTTs. "As I got better, it became more and more fun," he said. "I think we all need to be good at something. It gives us pleasure to know we are good and I guess that's why I kept on playing and improving." Away from the game, Bertelsen has a small boat and enjoys fishing, although he's not able to go very often. "Hopefully I will if summer is good in Denmark this year," he said. You can find him at #317 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, four spots off his all-time high. He is the top-ranked player in the Danish city of Vejle. Don't have a PartyPoker account? Sign up through PocketFives by clicking hereto get a 100% bonus up to $500 along with one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners training, a $30 value. Get started here! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.

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