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Success in poker is partly about who you surround yourself with. For PocketFiver Jonas donut604Mackoff (pictured), a solid core of poker minds helped push him to the top of the pack in a Full Tilt Poker $340 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry FTOPS eventearlier this month for a solid $117,000. That score came on the heels of a chop in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "I'm feeling great about it obviously," Mackoff said about his FTOPS jersey. "It was a really great-structured tournament and the field was tough when we got deep, which made it more satisfying than some other wins." There were over 2,200 entrants; the top 270 made the money. Heads-up in the FTOPS Re-Entry tournament, Mackoff forged a deal with fellow PocketFiver bullyon, who took $100,000 back home to Costa Rica. "bullyon was definitely giving me the most trouble of anyone at the final table," Mackoff said. "While trying to leverage my chip lead to put some pressure on people waiting for pay jumps, he was relentlessly making big 4bets against me and putting the pressure on. I thought he played really well throughout and I was happy to do an ICM chop with him when I had the chip lead heads-up, which I may not have done with some of the other players." As far as his plans for the money from his FTOPS and Super Tuesday titles, Mackoff said part of it would be used to offset expenses for a few upcoming trips, including Montrealfor SCOOP, Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, and Rio de Janeiroto visit his brother-in-law and soak up the World Cup. Mackoff is one of several players we've interviewed who have said they're headed to Brazil for the World Cup, which starts in June. "I'm very pumped," he said of the football extravaganza. "I've been meaning to head to Rio at some point anyway to visit family I have there and the city is going to be absolutely insane while the event is going on. I'll be staying with my brother-in-law's family there and will be rooting for Brazil along with them." He now has back-to-back months with six-figure scores and will look to make it three in a row in May. His success comes on the heels of what he termed an "extended downswing" in 2013. "I had become complacent with the way I was playing and it took me a while to take a step back and decide that I needed to start putting in work away from the tables again," Mackoff said. His solution: "I spent a week watching training videos and getting my mind back on the right track. I'm lucky enough to have Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) as a friend and, seeing that I had been struggling, he offered to go over some hand histories with me. After just a few hours of tweaking spots with him, I started seeing immediate results." Moorman is pictured following his recent WPT LAPC win. In addition to Moorman, Mackoff is close with players like Craig mcc3991McCorkell, Chris kid_brammBrammer, Rhys floppinhelJones, Martin molliemalone Malone, and Noah Vaillancourt. As you might expect, Mackoff is focused on improving his game and has enlisted the help of Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz, whom we recently interviewed about his PokerStars Sunday 500 win. "I just finished my first coaching session with him and it went really well," Mackoff said. "I couldn't be more excited about the rest of 2014." FTOPS runs quarterly on Full Tilt Poker. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get $25 free in most locations. Click here for PocketFives' Full Tilt Poker link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
[caption width="640"] Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff shares how he's managed to stay successful in poker for the last 10 years.[/caption] As anyone who plays poker knows, spending long hours in front of the computer, your eyes darting back and forth across the screen as tables that require attention pop up, can be exhausting. So can live games in cold, dark tournament rooms around the world. Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff has been a member of the PocketFives community for nine years and, over that time period, continues to remain highly relevant. He's almost found his way back into the top 100 of the PocketFives Rankings and is just a few short days removed from a second place finish in a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super Knockout for over $100,000. "I have a very solid group of poker friends and a number of them are world-class players," Mackoff said. "Staying relevant and staying successful mean having the right people to talk strategy with day in and day out. That pays big dividends. This isn't how I've chosen my friends or anything, but it's worked out nicely." The hits keep coming. The SCOOP score was the third largest of his career. During a three-week period in 2014, the Vancouver resident won a Full Tilt Online Poker Series jersey and took down the Super Tuesday for almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars combined. Mackoff rooms with Noah 'dirtybrasil' Vaillancourt as well as a successful cash game player. "My two roommates are great role models for me in that they commit a lot of time to studying even when they're winning," the Canadian said. "Just having them around gives me the opportunity and motivation to study more than I would on my own. We became friends through poker a while back and all happened to be interested in getting a place in Vancouver around the same time." Additionally, Mackoff has received coaching from 'BBZ', who also runs a staking service. "I've done a couple of private coaching sessions with him and he has to be one of the most efficient coaches there is," Mackoff said. "He does it for so many players on a regular basis, which makes him very in-tune with population tendencies and very quick to spot leaks in your stats." Whatever he's done has worked with flying colors. Mackoff is over $3.2 million in career online tournament winnings, is ranked #3 in British Columbia, and should re-crack the top 100 of the rankings worldwide in the very near future. "I commit time to strategy a few nights a week. Throughout the week we will discuss interesting hands as they come up," he said. It's not just poker friends and intense studying that have him on top of his game after almost a decade. It's also getting outside, away from the radiation of a computer monitor, to soak in some vitamin D. "If you wake up, get on your computer, and then go to bed and do it all over again, you're going to get burnt out. Getting out and doing stuff outside on a regular basis helps with that massively," Mackoff said. His activities of choice are soccer, squash, golf, and tennis. Yes, all of those are in his wheelhouse. "I play on a couple of soccer teams, once a week each. One of those teams plays full 90-minute games and one is a seven-a-side turf league. I try to play squash whenever I can with Chris 'maxxscam' Back when he's in town and we probably do that one or two times a week on average. Now that it's nicer out, I play golf and tennis as well. Golf is more of a time commitment, so it happens less often." His girlfriend has started to take up squash, so when Back isn't in town, she's next in line. And his family remains a vital part to his continued success in poker, a game ripe with volatility, uncertainty, and variance. "I grew up in Vancouver," Mackoff said, "So, in addition to my girlfriend, I'm lucky to have my parents and one of my sisters still living here. We try to have dinner with them once a week. All of them are great to have around. It's good to have non-poker people in your life so you're not always on that same track in your mind." After almost 10 years, how much longer can Mackoff keep playing? Can he get another 10 years under his belt using friends, family, and fitness to anchor him and guide him? "It's something I've been thinking about recently," he said of his future. "The game is definitely getting tougher each year for a variety of reasons. We're all aware of the rake increases and MTT structure changes at PokerStars. There's also a lot of study material out there for people to improve their game more quickly." "I don't have any solid plans to get out of poker or anything, but I've just started to do a bit of non-poker studying," he added. "If it doesn't become useful, then at least I've learned something, and if it ends up helping me down the road, then that's great. It's almost a freeroll; it just costs a bit of time."
Wednesday's PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker included a well-respected online grinder winning his first SCOOP title, a star-studded Seven Card Stud final table and Austria's 'caaaaamel' chopping his way to the single biggest cash prize of the day. Canada's Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff beat out 244 other players to win Event #36 High ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better) for the first SCOOP title of his career. Mackoff chopped heads-up with 'Fred_Brink' and walked away with $45,437.50. The final table also included Bernardo 'bedias' Dias, Ryan 'PROTENTIALnm' Laplante, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski and Ari 'BodogAri' Engel. The Medium buy-in of the event was chopped three ways with 'Neo_gracz' getting the smallest payout at $13,933.09 but the eventual title. 'WeakyLeeks' and 'Rabscuttle' took home $14,943,78 and $14,418.13 respectively. The low version saw no deal made at the final table with 'theone93' earning $6,019.19 for the outright win. The $2,100 Super Tuesday Special Edition (Event #37 High) drew 771 players with 'caaaaamel' earning $216,875.01 for the victory after making a deal with four players remaining. 'Go0se.core!' ended up second for $175,000, 'Kot_Spartac' finished third for $175,000 while 'etxnl01' took $203,207.20 for his seventh eight cash of SCOOP 2017. Brazil's Fernando 'fviana' Viana da Costa won the Medium version of the event for $72,643.57 after a three-way deal. Austria's 'blank seat' won the $27 buy-in Low version for $31,984.07. The most star-studded final table came in Event #38 High ($1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo) where Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson, Brian 'tsarrast' Rast and Joao 'joaoMathias Mathias Baumgarten couldn't outlast Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas. The win was worth $43,942.50 for Lukas. The fourth place finish for Anderson was his 22nd of SCOOP 2017 - nine behind the overall leader, 'krakukra'. 'ZISIMO7' and 'BurnsFlipper' earned $14,652 and $4,588.68 respectively for their wins in the Medium and Low buy-in Stud events. SCOOP Event #36 (High): $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 245 Prize pool: 4245,000 Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff - $45,437.50* Fred_Brink - $42,150* Bernardo 'bedias' Dias - $28,175 FrCnnctn1960 - $20,825 Ryan 'PROTENTIALnm' Laplante - $13,475 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $11,025 WTFOMFGOAO - $8,575 Ari 'BodogAri' Engel - $6,737.50 SCOOP Event #36 (Medium): $109 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 1,056 Prize pool: $105,600 Neo_gracz - $13,933.09* WeakyLeeks - $14,943.78* Rabscuttle - $14,418.13* Diego 'begood9999' Bazzo - $7,824.96 Mr Elliot - $5,280 matanzas1 - $3,168 randomic - $2,112 dempa96 - $1,320 SCOOP Event #36 (Low): $11 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better Entries: 3,715 Prize pool: $37,150 theone93 - $6,019.19 Pedry1989 - $4,179.37 jolando2 - $3,343.50 enamoured86 - $2,600.50 Nice2GrindeU - $1,857.50 chico134 - $1,114.50 Naza114 - $501.52 Vichyn88 - $297.20 SCOOP Event #37 (High): $2,100 Super Tuesday Special Edition Entries: 771 Prize pool: $1,542,000 caaaaamel - $216,875.01 Go0se.core! - $175,000* Kot_Spartac - $157,413.79* etxnl01 - $203,207.20* LLinusLLove - $80,184 birs320 - $64,764 makeboifin - $49,334 i need sheet $33,924 Strz - $20,046 SCOOP Event #37 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 2,842 Prize pool: $568,400 Fernando 'fviana' Viana da Costa - $72,643.57* Anjeyyy - $71,750.91* diw.2303 - $59,661.92* bubbleboybr - $32,683 niknaknuk7 - $24,725.40 Brauliocsp - $19,041.40 Ron Jovi 7 - $13,357.40 PaDiLhA SP - $7,684.76 superf1sh - $4,831.40 SCOOP Event #37 (Low): $27 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 8,855 Prize pool: $217,390.25 blank seat - $31,984.07 BAT8377 - $23,369.45 Kelvin_FP:AR - $16,304.26 rzedd - $10,869.51 OFI-SNAKES - $8,695.61 Domasasas - $6,521.70 Carloss.Rox - $4,347.80 fNx_R - $2,391.29 SCOOP Event #38 (High): $1,050 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 217 Prize pool: $217,000 Benjamin 'lulDocuments' Lukas - $43,942.50 Bavoulis - $33,635 Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $24,955 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $18,445 Brian 'tsarrast - $11,935 Joao 'joaoMathias Mathias Baumgarten - $9,765 Galen 'Gakn29' Cranston - $7,595 Maicoshaa - $5,967.50 SCOOP Event #38 (Medium): $109 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 792 Prize pool: $79,200 ZISIMO7 - $14,652 woodbine ave - $10,303.92 gieras - $7,920 Dimon 2242 - $5,940 grapenuts - $3,960 Nelisschuif7 - $2,772 ThomiDaHomi - $1,782 pxc666 -$1,188 SCOOP Event #38 (Low): $11 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Entries: 2,698 Prize pool: $26,980 BurnsFlipper - $4,588.68 plplaya - $3,237.60 smattle - $2,428.20 boahgerding - $1,888.60 VictorVaughn - $1,349 Huzy24 - $809.40 dev209 - $539.60 jminjasper - $269.81
Michiel 'treg' Brummelhuis was the big winner on the first Saturday of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker series after he defeated Austria's Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger to earn $194,883. Event #21 (High) saw 552 entrants create a $1,104,000 prize pool after they all stumped up the $2,100 buy-in. Once the final nine came together and the play resumed PocketFivers 'skyboy69', and Andrei 'ragaaaila19' Boghean was eliminated in eighth and sixth place, and took away $24,976 and $44,921 respectively. Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene, who won the PokerStars $2,100 High Roller last Sunday for $54,000, just missed out on the heads-up battle after he fell in third place for $108,354. Dutchman Brummelhuis, who finished in seventh place at the 2013 WSOP Main Event for $1,225,356, was able to find a way to send Loeliger to the rail in second-place for $145,314 and earnt himself a $194,883 payday alongside a coveted SCOOP title. 'KMasalskas' prevented 'alberto.m7' from earning a second SCOOP title of the series in Event #21 (Medium) after the players had agreed to a heads-up deal. 'alberto.m7', who took down Event #12 (High) earlier this week, agreed to a deal with 'KMasalskas' before eventually falling in second-place for $76,335. 'KMasalskas's win earnt them $89,839 and a title of their very own. In Event #21 (Low), 'pl@ta0plomo' outlasted 16,808 other entrants and turned $22 into $36,434, after winning a heads-up battle against 'FeelTh3Power', who took away $26,186 for second place. The UK's Michael 'mczhang' Zhang took his online tournament earnings over the $1m mark after seeing off Finland's Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk in Event #22 (High). Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger made his second SCOOP final table appearance of the day but departed in sixth place before Phill 'Grindation' Mcallister exited in fourth place for $24,960. 'SwalzB' won $35,880 in third as Zhang and Brouk went to battle for the title. Brouk, who is one-third of the 'BITB' staking main coaching team alongside Patrick Leonard and Samuel Vousden, was the final player to depart the field and picked up the runners-up score of $47,892. Zhang continued his excellent 2018 form to add the title to his honours list as well as $68,640 to his bankroll. Event #22 (Medium) saw Canada's Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff outlast Francisco 'chicalltreta' Correia to win $31,233, on a final table that featured 'TiltzPhil', Igor 'Giopires21' Peredo and Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado. After Mackoff and Correia made it to heads-up play, it was the Canadian who got the better of the Brazilian to earn his second SCOOP title in as many years. In Event #22 (Low), 'Zlushchiy' picked up the first-place prize of $11,921 after coming through the 4,585 field and defeating 'jayme1987' into second place for $8,711. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong went the distance in Event #27 (High) to earn a second career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $86,046. Their win comes just days after taking the bronze medal in Event #9 (Medium). The other two Event #27 Six Max PKO Turbo tournaments were won by 'JoeGall', who took away $44,569 for victory in the 'Medium', and 'MR.BUMFLUFF' who banked $10,301 for coming through the enormous 20,749 player field in the 'Low'. The final event of Day 7 saw three eight-max PLO8 tournaments take place as '1bloodflood' claimed a win in the 'Low' for $4,964. 'Dorination' saw off two-time SCOOP winner 'lukro8' for the title and $14,574 in the (Medium), and 'fers223' was named the 'High' champion for $35,684 after they defeated former no.#1 ranked Brian 'brianm15' England heads-up. Below are the SCOOP results for Saturday, May 12: Event #20 (Low): $11 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 3,534 Prize pool: $34,633.20 1bloodflood - $4,964.61 russiadgl - $3,537.27 netrom84 - $2,521.48 Tube10 - $1,797.40 Nr 1 Enemy - $1,281.24 JJuulliie - $913.31 konna - $651.04 Gibraltarian - $464.08 Event #20 (Medium): $109 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 877 Prize pool: $87,700 Dorination - $14,574.28 lukro8 - $10,388.69 Slavik_Krs - $7,405.41 Smertin - $5,278.82 Proacademik - $3,762.93 HeadSpeaker - $2,682.34 SkyScraper93 - $1,912.07 mhugge - $1,362.98 Event #20 (High): $1,050 Eight Max PLO8 Entrants: 177 Prize pool: $177,000 fers223 - $35,684.39 brianm15 - $27,781.19 Zombob0 - $21,628.39 nb_communist - $16,838.29 xpoh1 - $13,109.06 texasilainen - $10,205.76 robc1978 - $7,945.45 Beeethoven87 - $6,185.76 Event #21 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 16,809 Prize pool: $336,180 pl@ta0plomo - $36,434.53 FeelTh3Power - $26,186.27 robot_werter - $18,828.13 lyonsden6 - $13,537.59 Duze93 - $9,733.62 snackerdelux - $6,998.56 schimenas - $5,032.00 primkiller - $3,618.03 IQspndR - $2,601.39 Event #21 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 3,376 Prize pool: $675,200 KMasalskas - $89,839.95* alberto.m7 - $76,335.94* KauanAnjos - $49,297.29 SwalzB - $35,140.78 JopperHarryN - $25,049.51 24b4tm4n24 - $17,856.13 dani_sun - $12,728.39 Ballage87 - $9,073.27 AQUA RAIDER - $6,467.74 *denotes heads-up deal Event #21 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 552 Prize pool: $1,104,000 utreg - $194,883.23 LLinusLLove - $145,314.66 Ben86 - $108,354.17 GamadGADOL - $80,794.47 mcc3991 - $60,244.50 ragAAAila19 - $44,921.42 Bit2Easy - $33,495.69 skyboy69 - $24,976.12 com 157 - $18,623.48 Event #22 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 4,585 Prize pool: $91,700 Zlushchiy - $11,921.00 jayme1987 - $8,711.50 alexxx9366 - $6,419.00 Maestro Shao - $4,126.50 elion22 - $2,292.50 iGrind4Chips - $1,283.80 Event #22 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 976 Prize pool: $195,200 donut604 - $31,233.44 chicalltreta - $23,424.00 dudd1 - $17,568.00 TiltzPhil - $11,712.00 GioPires21 - $7,808.00 vicenfish - $4,840.96 Event #22 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Shootout Entrants: 156 Prize pool: $312,000 mczhang - $68,640.00 elmerixx - $47,892.00 SwalzB - $35,880.00 Grindation - $24,960.00 cmase86 - $18,720.00 LLinusLLove - $12,480.00 Event #27 (Low): $11 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 20,749 Prize pool: $203,340.20 MR.BUMFLUFF - $10,301.80 JAK-ATTAQ - $7,164.74 lo-fi dream - $4,992.20 Regis R69 - $3,478.44 Thegod84 - $2,423.69 Ässnacke - $1,688.76 Event #27 (Medium): $109 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 6,272 Prize pool: $627,200 JoeGall - $44,569.15 kambo44 - $31,051.60 jeanfranco07 - $21,635.89 zeeh_pb - $15,075.28 DRONCHEK - $10,504.03 David3077 - $7,318.92 Event #27 (High): $1,050 Six Max PKO Turbo Entrants: 1,055 Prize pool: $1,055,000 hummylun - $86,046.93 TonyYayo5 - $59,954.75 henri72 - $41,774.78 jutrack - $29,107.50 TiltMeBig - $20,281.26 tarantaleo - $14,131.40