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  1. Since last October, no one has been able to stay at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsfor longer than four weeks. Sure enough, this week was no exception, as Canada's p0cket00regained the top spot worldwide, surpassing Sweden's r4ndomr4gs (pictured), who was ranked #1 for a week. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- This is p0cket00's seventh stint at #1 and his first since 2011. He won the Sunday Big Ticket over the weekend for $25,000 and finished second in the Full Tilt Sunday Major ten days ago for $23,000. p0cket00's $7.8 million in online MTT cashes is the second largest total of anyone on PocketFives. In case you're wondering what happened to r4ndomr4gs, you'll be comforted to know that he only slid one spot and can currently be found at #2 in the world. In fact, he only trails p0cket00 by about 100 PLB Points, so we could see another changing of the guard next Wednesday when the Rankings are recalculated. Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known on PocketFives as Romeopro, jumped from #19 to #7 this week, his highest spot ever in the Rankings. The fuel was a blockbuster Sunday that saw him win the 888 PokerWhale for $54,000, take down the PokerStars $265 NLHE Knockout for $11,000, and finish second in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $14,000. We should mention, again, that all three scores came on the same day. Mark dipthrong Herm, who is second in a WSOP $1,500 NLHE Mixed-Max event with 10 players left, also found time to move up from #15 in the world to #8. The Canadian-based player final tabled the PokerStars Big $109 over the weekend for $11,000 and has 10 online MTT wins since June 11, raising his career total to 141. Herm has been a member of PocketFives since mid-2006 and his all-time high is #5, reached in 2010. Finally, Austria's 23NoraB moved up from #14 to #9, two spots off his all-time high. He won the iPoker Super Tuesday eight days ago for $9,300 and took down the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max for $22,000 on June 22. 23NoraB snagged a $4 million cash badge on June 23, one day before Romanovskyi accomplished the same feat. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00- 8,163 points 2. r4ndomr4gs- 8,058 points 3. VnilaVader - 7,685 points 4. pleno1 - 7,624 points 5. lukethafluke - 7,597 points 6. TheClaimeer - 7,336 points 7. Romeopro- 7,209 points 8. dipthrong- 6,963 points 9. 23NoraB- 6,961 points 10. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,829 points Congrats to all of our ranked members! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrongHerm (pictured) dominated the competition in the most recent Full Tilt Online Poker Series, or FTOPS, which wrapped up over the weekend. And when we say Herm dominated, we're not just throwing that term around lightly. In fact, the Toronto poker player won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by a commanding 219 points. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- We logged cashes for Herm in eight FTOPS events: 7th place in Event #1 9th place in Event #3 10th place in Event #4 4th place in Event #8 6th place in Event #9 2nd place in Event #14 25th place in Event #29 79th place in Event #30 All told, all but two of Herm's eight FTOPS cashes were top ten finishes. He secured a four-month Black Card sponsorship in the process, which starts on September 1. As part of his sponsorship, Herm gets 100% cashback on his play at Full Tilt during the four-month period and Black Card Pro merchandise. Here were the final FTOPS leaderboard standings: 1. dipthrong - 1,013 points 2. osziIIator – 794 points 3. ptweedsdro – 784 points 4. ponyo88 – 623 points 5. jbrow8777 – 607 points 6. CHADda2ND – 550 points 7. RushAAKKandQQ – 543 points 8. GoLeafsGoEh – 542 points 9. ImDoneCallin – 524 points 10. Gennadiy As – 508 points In a thread in the Poker Community forum, posters were congratulating Herm on his success, with PocketFives Admin wackyJaxonheralding, "Congrats to dipthrong for winning the FTOPS leaderboard competition. Bosses gonna bawse, nice job!" Swiss PocketFiver Lenail added, "And it's not even close, congrats boss!!! Damn, 6 top 10 finishes in the first 14 events." Herm has $4.5 million in career online tournament earnings in his PocketFives profile and is currently #8 in the PocketFives Poker Rankings, three off his all-time high set in 2010. If you play on PokerStars, you know Herm as shipp itt. He has almost 2,400 in the money finishes for an average of $1,897 apiece. Congrats to Herm on winning the FTOPS XXVI Leaderboard with emphasis! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. 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.
  4. On the same day that 2014 WSOP November Niner Jorryt Van Hoof won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, Brazil's natfalber11took down the Full Tilt Online Poker Series Main Event for $212,000. More than $2 million was awarded during the final weekend of FTOPS XXVII. A field of 1,767 entrants showed up for the FTOPS XXVII Main Event, each paying $635 to get in or winning a satellite. In the end, the final table shook out as follows: 1. natfalber11 - $212,040 2. paula35 - $141,006 3. B1oshock - $100,719 4. DuerenPlaya - $75,274 5. ftpballerstatus - $56,190 6. Zackattak1327 - $41,347 7. ParusPro - $30,745 8. tinchoarce - $22,264 9. flashdisastr - $15,796 natfalber11 has over $600,000 in online MTT cashes in his PocketFives profile on PokerStars, where he finished second in the Big $55 in August, his largest score to date on that site. He calls Sao Paulo, Brazil home. Meanwhile, Mark dipthrong Herm eviscerated the competition in the FTOPS XXVII Leaderboard, finishing almost 300 points ahead of second place: 1. dipthrong – 1,061 points 2. FeCoNiCuZn – 784 points 3. p00cket00 – 747 points 4. DinamoRiga1 – 635 points 5. TomKKKK1 – 556 points 6. joaoMATHIAS – 544 points 7. Hixx – 536 points 8. nimzon – 531 points 9. Maicoshaa – 521 points 10. ptweedsdro – 511 points 10. cswidler – 511 points For finishing atop the Leaderboard, Herm gets a four-month Black Card Pro Sponsorship contract, starting on January 1. Sponsored players will join the elite Black Card Pro team and receive 100% cash back. Herm won two of the first 12 FTOPS XXVII events and cashed in a third. Full Tilt is currently in the mix of promoting MiniFTOPS XXVII, which starts on January 4. If you don't already have a Full Tilt or PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners. Sign up for PokerStars hereand sign up for Full Tilt 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. After winning two events early on during the 27th Full Tilt Online Poker Series, Mark dipthrong Herm (pictured) took down the competition's leaderboard by a healthy margin. He had 35% more points than the second place player and captured his second straight FTOPS Leaderboard title. Interestingly, he won the FTOPS XXVI leaderboard by about the same margin. PocketFives: Congrats on winning back-to-back FTOPS leaderboards. How are you feeling about it? Mark Herm: It's weird. The past couple of FTOPS, my account seems to run absurdly hot in a lot of the events. Leaderboards have always been my thing since the Absolute Poker days; something about the way my brain works really enjoys the whole leaderboard system. It gives me a clear goal. I've been working a lot on other games and getting coaching from some of the best in the world, so that helps. PocketFives: How much of an achievement is it, in your opinion? Will this ever be done again? Mark Herm: I don't think it's that big of a deal just because I'm kind of a leaderboard freak. I doubt anyone would devote the time necessary along with the knowledge of the way the leaderboard works to do it back-to-back, but who knows. I think I'm probably 50/50 to win it if I try to. PocketFives: Tell us about the two events you won early on. How did those go in general and did they help you in any way mentally for the rest of the series? Mark Herm: I've never won an FTOPS event before those, so it definitely helped with confidence, and the 10-Game bird I won had a tough field. I've always struggled with confidence against tougher players, so that was definitely some sort of milestone for me to win even though it was a lot of Limit, so that felt great. PocketFives: What are some of your immediate poker plans? Mark Herm: This weekend is massive on PokerStars, so that should be fun. I've actually started taking on students for MTTs. I enjoy that and am super pumped about it. I'm really looking to focus a lot of energy on that. I love connecting with people, watching them improve, and I feel like I break down teaching MTTs as well or better than anyone else. I want to continue to work on my Mixed Games, get to the point where I am super confident with them, take those skills to the WSOP, play in some of the $10Ks, and make a name for myself in that arena. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? Mark Herm: I'm really interested in spirituality and how the universe works, so I'm always getting into some new thing or reading some new book. I do a lot of work relating to telling the truth and trying to have authentic connections with people. I find that poker and life are similar struggles in terms of battling fears and living from our true, natural selves. I got sober about three years ago and that kind of got my feet wet with spirituality. I found some pretty shocking changes through it, so I have the bug now. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. 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.
  7. If you missed it, last month, Mark dipthrongHerm (pictured) was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. He officially finished in fourth place for a hair over $50,000, the second largest amount given away, and told us, "It's probably the best tournament I've ever played. I feel I'm at a point in my life where I got rid of a lot of the shit in my head that was holding me back." Herm is a self-proclaimed "huge proponent of chopping" and explained how the deal went down: "We looked at the numbers and I was getting $50,000, so I did it. Times are tough and I have a kid and have to pay for diapers and all that." Besides the Warm-Up, he also passed $5 million in career online tournament winnings in recent weeks. Winning the Warm-Up after the deal was fellow longtime PocketFiver Amit amak316 Makhija (pictured below). "I think Amak is really good, and I don't say that lightly," Herm said. "He has always been super tough when I've played with him in the past. We didn't really get too involved, though. I had a ton of chips to his immediate left and we didn't play any hands together." Herm and Makhija have been members of PocketFives since 2006. This author completely forgot Herm had a child, who is now 10 months old. His name is Luca, aka "The Big Tumbler." He relayed, "He's kind of a legend on Snapchat." As far as parenting goes, this was Herm's take: "Parenting is hard, especially for someone with ADD, but I love him so much and he has so many people in his life that love him, so it's all good." "This was one of the first days I've played online in forever," Herm said of the profitable Sunday. "I play almost no poker anymore, but I'd like to get back to playing Sundays at least. I've been golfing a lot too. I just picked it up, but spending time with the baby and helping out some of the guys I back have kept me busy. I'm hoping I can get the itch to play poker more. It's really hard for me, honestly, not taking drugs and playing. I lose motivation and focus at times." He added, "I honestly believe if I could just play with the knowledge I have, I could incinerate. It's hard for me to be motivated. When I'm in the zone with poker, though, I feel it's one of the best feelings in the world. In that moment, I don't think about norms or standard things at all; it's all flow-based." Herm has been sober for four years and was prescribed a drug called Vyvansefor focus a couple of years ago. The medication, while helpful, impeded his ability to ratchet up his game: "It made playing poker really easy, but it was just a Band-Aid for me. It allowed me to not confront the uncomfortable things I needed to in order to elevate my game to the next level. I feel really raw and dialed in now, though, and I'm way more rational in my game even though I'm a massive psycho at poker." The Canadian's largest online poker score came in 2010 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for a commanding $229,000. In 2008, he took down both the Full Tilt $750,000 Guaranteedand PokerStars $250,000 Guaranteed for almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars combined. He has captured three PocketFives Triple Crowns over the years, two of which came in 2010. Whether he's back for good this year remains to be seen. The Warm-Up was just Herm's 59th tracked online MTT score of 2015. We closed by asking him about his golf game, as we're reasonably sure golf season is nearing its end in Canada. He evaluated, "I'm a hack, but I have this sick ass coach who is super cool. I'm shooting 110 now, which is good for me." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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