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  1. Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, but while 'lena900' has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round. If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he'll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16) Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael 'StrungOut1' Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives. SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn't an easy one though. David 'Doc Sands' Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance. gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14) It somehow feels like Steve 'gboro780' Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross' $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross' way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit. r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13) Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren is part of the army of Swedish superstars who have held the #1 spot. Berggren first took the top spot in May 2014 and held onto it for one week before losing it to fellow Swede Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund. He grabbed it back two weeks later for a final two weeks on top. He's also one of just 13 players with at least $14 Million in earnings. Aaron 'aguskb' Gustavson could be in line for an upset here. Gustavson spent one more week on top than Berggren over his two reigns. djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12) With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan 'djk123' Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede 'lena900'. 1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11) This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker's most prestigious hardware. Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9) Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz a threat to upset Tim 'Tmay420' West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He's won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. While poker superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey top the list of WSOP bracelet winners, only one player can boast earning $1 million in tournaments for five years in a row. The player in question is Erick Lindgren (pictured), who pulled off the accomplishment from 2004 to 2008. During that time, the California native pocketed $6,369,076, for a total of $10,005,543 in lifetime tournament earnings, according to the Global Poker Index. The team at PokerNewswas the first to report on the feat after overhearing it mentioned by Erik Seidel at the tables. While Lindgren might be the only member of the five years, $5 million club, several players are poised to join him. Daniel Negreanu is one of them and is on track to bank over a million dollars for the fifth consecutive year. In 2011, the Canadian grinder posted $1,534,367 in winnings and has seen his yearly scores increase ever since. With his second place finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop, last year's take of $10,284,118 will be tough to beat, though. So far this year, Negreanu has added another $109,680 to his tournament bankroll and has more than enough time pick up the $900,000 he'll need to join the club. Also on deck are David Doc SandsSands (pictured), who has $6,657,264 in winnings over the past four years, Brian tsarrastRast with $6,947,556, and Philipp philbort Gruissem with $9,424,437. Some players have come close, but were sent back to the drawing board after a year of banking less than the seven-figures required. Tournament pro Jason treysfull21 Mercier has had a stellar career at the tables over the last eight years. From 2008 to 2015, Mercier won a total of $13,734,780, posting earnings of less than $1 million only in 2012, when he finished the year $523,587 in the black. This year, Mercier has pocketed $113,860; a one million-dollar 2015 would give the pro three years of consecutive seven-figure cashes. Sam Trickett, the second place finisher in the 2012 Big One for One Drop, also racked up four years of million-dollar cashes, but fell short of the fifth in 2014, when he took only $665,911. In eight years of recorded cashes, Trickett has banked over $20 million. Several others have started on the five-year accomplishment, getting two or three years toward the achievement. Germany's Ole Schemion already has three million-dollar years under his belt, with $27,700 in winnings in 2015. Grinder Joseph subiime Cheong is also knocking on the door, posting seven-figure scores every year since 2012. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. When high-stakes poker players get bored, they make prop bets. And when those poker pros have each won millions at the tables, the stakes can quickly get to an absurd level. Such is the case right now between high-stakes grinders Doug Polk and David Doc Sands Sands (pictured). In a Twitter post, Polk revealed that Sands had challenged him to a fight for half-a-million dollars. --- 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. --- "Today @Doc_Sands asked to fight me for 500k, I said yes. He needs 24 hours to get back to me. Let's see what happens #challengeaccepted," he Tweeted to his 7,600 followers. Sands might have been taken aback by Polk's willingness to throw down and the pair began hashing out the details of the bet. The fight wouldn't be an MMA-style contest, but rather a boxing match. Sands was willing to fight that very night, but Polk balked, claiming he needed more time to prepare. "He wanted to fight me tonight and I am not in shape enough to do so. In 24 hours we will know for sure," he said. Unsurprisingly, both pros' Twitter feeds lit up with interest, with many onlookers waiting for details while discussing the potential bet. "U look pretty chiseled on your podcast... why do u need 6 months to train? Doc is some master street fighter?" asked @slaymerica. "I don't get why he needs 6 months to train, didn't he say challenge accepted?" he added. $500,000 is a lot of money to risk on a prop bet, even for poker players who have made millions. Polk (pictured) reportedly was ready to agree to a $100,000 fight in 6 months, but Sands wanted to raise the stakes, countering with $500,000. Sands and Polk have both made a large chunk of change from cash games and live tournaments. Sands is ranked 48th on the GPI Player of the Year leaderboard and has $7.7 million in live tournament cashes to his name. Polk ranks 365th on the same leaderboard and has banked $4.8 million in live tournaments. For whatever reason, poker players have often placed big bets on physical contests. In 2009, Gus Hansen and Theo Jorgensen went toe-to-toe in the boxing ring, with the latter claiming victory and a five-figure payday. In 2011, Lex RaSZiVeldhuis and Bertrand ElkYGrospellier faced off in a kickboxing match in Spain. The fight ended with Veldhuis landing a kick to his opponent's head. More recently, poker pro and MMA fighter Terrence TChanChan (pictured) and Huck Seed to test their wrestling skills during this year's WSOP. That friendly confrontation was never finished due to security guards breaking up the fight. While it's still not clear if the fight will actually happen, Polk's most recent Tweet indicates that it probably won't. "After talking with @Doc_Sands, we are unable to reach an agreement on time frame. He wants within 4 weeks and I want 6 months to train," he said. Polk wanted to make it clear, however, that there was no ill will between him and his potential opponent. "I also want to say that I have no problem with @Doc_Sands. I think he is a great guy and this wasn't because we were beefin," he said. We'll keep you updated if there are any new developments. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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