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Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang Hits $4 Million Earnings Mark Two Sundays ago, Canada’s Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang beat out 6,261 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Million and the $187,667.92 first place prize money that came with it. That win represents the second largest score of Lang’s online career and propelled him to within striking distance of $4,000,000 in earnings. It took him just four more days and a fourth place finish in the 888poker Tornado to push past that number. Lang is the 165th player, and 29th Canadian, to hit that number. ‘pappadogg’ Joins $3 Million Club Just 328 players have managed to earn more than $3,000,000 in their online poker careers. The most recent member of that exclusive club is the top-ranked player in the Czech Republic, ‘pappadogg’. He hit the number thanks to a pair of min-cashes on America’s Cardroom. He wasn’t the only player to hit a significant earnings milestone this past week. Brazilian ‘keyhell’ moved past $2,000,000 in earnings and 'DelfiNchik1' and Fellipe ‘FellipeD’ Drapichinski became the 1,683rd and 1,684th players to crack seven figures in lifetime earnings. Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk On Verge of Top 25 Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk is the top-ranked player in Canada right now and suddenly finds himself just outside of the top 25 of the Worldwide Rankings. Kruk moved from #33 to #27 this past week. Dutch phenom ‘etxnl01’ continues to move his way up the rankings. After first joining the top 100 just a few weeks ago, he moved from #94 to #92 this past week. The #2-ranked player in Australia, ‘paul_peaches’, cracked the top 100 Worldwide and now sits #98. Other players who reached career-high rankings in the top 100 this past week: papan9_p$ - #67 to #37 funwheel - #47 to #43 Lorenzo Bazei - #70 to #62 Kovalski - #67 to #66 ZDARLIGHT23 - #92 to #89
[caption width="640"] Connor Drinan, who plays out of Vancouver, takes over as the new Canadian #1. (WPT photo)[/caption] Some of the best online poker players in the world play from the confines of Canada. A breeding ground of some the game’s most influential players including Daniel Negreanu, World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Michel ‘SirWatts’ Watson and Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald. However, in the post-Black Friday scramble to keep the grind alive, many players from the U.S. moved north to set up shop so keep that in mind as we examine the current group that is the Canadian Top 10. Case in point, the new King In The North is actually from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (6,596.41 PLB points), who had been lying in wait in the #2 spot, ascended to take the top spot this month with a series of eye-popping scores including his victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 in late October for $49,153 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for another $54,307. The scoring surge not only pushed Drinan into the #1 spot in Canada but catapulted him back into the Top 20 in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #18. The roles have reversed for Canada’s former #1-ranked player, Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk (6,182.05) who now trails Drinan by just over 400 PLB points. A closer look into the number though, reveals Kruk’s amazing staying power. Since we last took a hard look at the Canadian rankings, Kruk has put in very light volume, recording merely four scores - two of which were for over $30,000. In total, Kruk amassed over $73,000 in four tournaments including a third place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller on November 12 for $31,889 and then, the very next day, a victory in the partypoker High Roller for an additional $34,005. Should he continue to post results like these, Kruk may be in line for another stay atop the Canadian rankings. Currently, Kruk sits as the #26-ranked player in the world and is very likely to eclipse $2 million in lifetime earnings in the very near future. The #3 spot belongs to the most recent winner of the partypokerLive Millions Punta Cana, Toronto’s Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood (5515.83). Greenwood has been on a tear, both live and online, not only taking down the Main Event in Punta Cana, but finishing as the runner-up in the partypoker Punta Cana Super High Roller for $242,000 and, just days before that, banking another $124,100 for a third-place finish in the High Roller of the same series. While amazing, none of that factors into his current standing as the Canadian #3. Greenwood seemingly took most of October off from the online grind as he registered only a pair of scores, but he fired up the online client to get some reps in for Punta Cana in early November bringing in four four-figure scores and enough PLB points to hold his position - for now. Fewer than 84 points behind Greenwood sits Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville. Unlike some of his high-rolling colleagues, the #4-ranked Quenneville is a true grinder - posting results on a near daily basis from the mid-stakes schedule up through the PokerStars Sunday Million. To date in November, Quenneville has posted roughly 80 cashes, including a third-place finish in the $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic good for $5,252. His relentless schedule has him approximately $60,000 shy of achieving $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. The current #69-ranked Worldwide player, Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown (5,153.78) rounds out the Top Five. Brown has been crushing the month of November with 36 four-figure scores thus far. That doesn’t include his fifth-place finish in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for an additional $12,224. His productivity is sure to land him in the pages of the PocketFives.com Milestones column soon as he is set to hit $6 million in lifetime earnings any day now. Doug ‘OU_dlanger610’ Lang (5,067.09) has slid back a few spots in the past month or so and currently sits as the #6-ranked “Canadian”. Understandable though as the New York native has been putting in light volume since September, still benefiting (points wise) from his big PokerStars Sunday Million win back in late July. Joseph ‘Jughead11’ Lacasse (4,833.13) assumes the #7 spot as his ranking has been steadily on the rise. The new #1-ranked player in Ottawa has been putting in a ton of volume and posting a myriad of results on a daily basis. Not only is he appearing in the Canadian Top 10 this month, he recently just breached the Worldwide Top 100 rankings as well. Former #2-ranked player in the world, Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich (4,442.89) checks in at #8 still riding high off his PokerStars Sunday Million victory in mid-October where he won over $160,000 and accumulated a massive 1,090.69 point score. Sebastian ‘p0cket00’ Sikorski (4,321.57) continues to hold the #9 spot, trailing Dietrich by only 121.32 points and in November Samuel ‘Samuelbt’ Tsehai (4,192.15) scored victories in a pair PokerStars tournaments including the Bounty Builder for $4,757 and the Big $33 for $2,841 to climb into the final spot in the Top 10. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.41 2Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,182.05 3Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood5,515,83 4Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville5,432.14 5Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,153.78 6Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang5,067.09 7Joseph 'Jughead11' Lacasse4,833.13 8Mike 'Trans4m' Dietrich4,442.89 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,321.57 10Samuel 'Samuelbt' Tsehai4,192.12
[caption width="640"] Canada's current Top 10 is replete with some of online poker's strongest players[/caption] When it comes to the current crop of top-ranked online poker player in Canada, one must remember to shift their mindset to thinking of Canada as simply the location rather than the nationality. In the post-Black Friday online poker landscape, Canada has emerged as one of the major landing spots for many American poker expats who decided to pick up and relocate in order to stay on the grind. So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the PocketFives.com Top 10 ranked poker players who spend their online time inside the Great White North. Currently sitting atop the Canadian rankings is Toronto, Ontario's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (6,535.77 PLB points). The online crusher and Run It Once instructor had a monster September finding himself super deep in many of the biggest buy-in tournaments (WCOOP, Powerfest, XL Eclipse) the month had to offer. Racking up 24 major cashes, seven of which were of the five-figure variety, Kruk not only finds himself as the #1-ranked Canadian, but now sits at #22 in the world. Just behind Kruk and ready to make a run at the top spot is high-stakes phenom Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan (6,273.72). Sitting in second, trailing by 262.05 points, Drinan is making moves to ascend in the ranking thanks to his October grind. While Kruk has yet to post many results yet this month, Drinan, who hails from Illinois but plays in Vancouver, has been piling up the points by grinding out large Sunday schedules through the first part of October. New York resident, playing out of Ontario, Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang (6,181.39) occupies the #3 spot. Lang, currently sitting at #30 in the Worldwide rankings, was a workhorse in September. Seemingly playing every event on the 888poker and PokerStars schedules resulted in 90 cashes for the month, highlighted by his final table finish in the WCOOP Event #82-L ($530 No Limit Hold'em High Roller) for over $13,000. Toronto's Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood (6,138.82) is next on the leaderboard. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner packed on the PLB points in September but it was his fifth place finish in the $25,000 buy-in Powerfest Championship Event, for nearly $250,000, that currently accounts as his biggest score for the sliding PLB period. Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville (6061.87), Windsor, Ontario's #1-ranked player caps off the top five in Canada. A true grinder, Quenneville has been putting up a myriad of results on a daily basis. His volume has him constantly chipping away at the top spot as well as closing in on $4.5 million in lifetime earnings. A nearly 900-point gap separates the top five from the rest of the pack. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, a former top five Worldwide ranked player, occupies the #6 spot while Austin, Texas online poker legend and three-time Triple Crown award winner, Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet, is slotted in #7. Montreal's top player, 'Trans4m', recently took down the PokerStars $22 Mini Sunday Supersonic for over $11,000, good for his highest point total of the period (284.92) and the #8 position. 'Trans4m' sits just inside the Top 100 in the Worldwide Rankings. Former #1-ranked Worldwide player, Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, continued to add to his over $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings by finishing in the money over 100 times in September and just ahead of Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron, who completes the current Canadian top 10 list. Sitting only 10 points behind Sikorski, McEatheron recently padded his point total with a recent outright victory in the prestigious PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for nearly $60,000. Canada's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,535.77 2Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,273.72 3Doug 'OIU_dlanger610' Lang6,181.39 4Sam 'Pudge714' Greenwood6,138.82 5Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville6,061.87 6Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown5,195.39 7Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet4,823.96 8Trans4m4,713.15 9Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski4,636.58 10Ryan 'newguy89' McEathron4,626.95
The final Sunday on the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker schedule featured the start of all five of the Main Events, but also included nine more players taking home titles. The biggest winner of the day was Canada's Doug 'dlanger610' Lang, who beat out 1,040 other players to win Event #72 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO) for $84,999.11 from the prize pool and then picked up $83,730.41 worth of bounties. Russia's 'hello_totti' finished as the runner-up for $61,349.87 and $33,085.92 in bounties. Third-place finisher 'CharlesZy1314' ended up winning $44,280.91 from the prize pool and $5,281.26 in bounties to just miss out on a $50,000 day. Hungary's 'Wildace_hun' went heads-up against Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion and lived to tell the tale to claim the victory in Event #65 High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO) for $83,855.47 and another $72,88.62 in bounties. Schemion ended up with a $60,524.80 score from the prize pool and then another $31,656.25 in bounties. Ukranian Pavel 'MountainRo$e' Veksler took home $43,685.39 and $10,675.78 in bounties. One of Norway's top-ranked online poker players, Lars Peder 'wulfgarrr86' Malones showed all of that skill off on Sunday to top the 747-player field in Event #64 High ($530 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack) for $64,715.10. Runner-up 'seboraptor' had to settle for $47,828.20 while Adrijan 'Adrijan_S' Sinishtaj banked $35,347.92 for his third-place finish. Other players who picked up a WCOOP title on Sunday were 'snirk', Ronan 'Sw33ney' Sweeney, 'S3d3m2', 'geokrinikali', 'SryIGotOdds', and 'silskyer'. Event #64 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 11,931 Prize pool: $58,462 snirk - $5,927.07* Naneeck - $5,078.38* mandaras21 - $4,176.73* J Thirteen - $4,057.92* KpyTou 6O6P - $1,836.22 July Corn - $1,288.60 JVedette - $904.30 PokeR_2702 - $634.61 GZingano - $445.35 Event #64 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 4,596 Prize pool: $229,800 Ronan 'Sw33ney' Sweeney - $32,737.89 Duraircwb - $22,971.88 PerPer - $16,120.92 babecallme - $11,313.92 Kuvaldur - $7,939.19 spydex - $5,571.47 vuka1950 - $3,909.86 tpb69645 - $2,743.81 shorsho91 - $1,925.51 Event #64 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 747 Prize pool: $373,500 wulfgarrr86 - $64,715.10 seboraptor - $47,828.20 Adrijan_S -$35,347.92 RcknTheSbrbs - $26,124.23 RuiNF - $19,307.37 ShipitFTW911 - $14,269.30 takechip - $10,545.88 vic_xcite - $7,794.04 huiiiiiiiiii - $5,720.26 Event #65 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 24,129 Prize pool: $236,464 S3d3m2 - $11,832.34 + $4,157.56 in bounties WaHeisenberg - $8,415.92 + $674.42 in bounties marco.dhz - $5,999.14 + $918.08 in bounties SnoopDogg82 - $4,276.38 + $780.64 in bounties lusu8691 - $3,047.36 + $818.56 in bounties Gangsstar - $2,172.96 + $1,326.77 in bounties Dimanchezque - $1,548.95 + $399.51 in bounties WantMyNutZ - $1,104.13 + $575.82 in bounties Event #65 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 7,690 Prize pool: $769,000 geokrinikali - $54,254.71 + $18,975.66 in bounties silversliv3r - $38,359.41 + $4,929.46 in bounties SmallKindB - $27,124.20 + $2,774.79 in bounties MaNok23 - $19,179.74 + $1,204.09 in bounties Kaila - $13,562.12 + $7,629.26 in bounties danyboy231 - $9,589.89 + $6,992.77 in bounties PokerFrukten - $6,781.04 + $5,584.18 in bounties Tadevosan - $4,794.90 + $1,428.60 in bounties Event #65 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max PKO Entries: 1,027 Prize pool: $1,027,000 Wildace_hun - $83,855.47 + $72,88.62 in bounties wizowizo - $60,524.80 + $31,656.25 in bounties MountainRo$e - $43,685.39 + $10,675.78 in bounties Zluka2010 - $31,531.10 + $6,312.50 in bounties skarbnik79 - $22,758.37 + $12,828.13 in bounties omggg40 - $16,426.45 + $3,289.06 in bounties josef_shvejk - $11,856.25 - $3,476.56 in bounties dionisism1 - $8,557.58 + $10,695.31 in bounties Event #72 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 14,368 Prize pool: $140,806 SryIGotOdds - $8,171.75 + $4,869.43 in bounties toooozoran1 - $5,818.51 + $409.04 in bounties Batovs - $4,147.63 + $758.15 in bounties Tcheleee - $2,956.58 + $769.56 in bounties cynami - $2,107.55 + $629.28 in bounties mikal12345 - $1,502.34 + $445.20 in bounties I'mGallardo - $1,070.92 + $335.01 in bounties ranalf_pl - $763.39 + $408.97 in bounties Event #72 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 6,212 Prize pool: $621,200 silskyer - $44,144.26 + $23,193.82 in bounties ratajpoker - $31,211.01 + $7,481.43 in bounties AdrianS_2506 - $22,069.52 + $1,541.00 in bounties espanhol42 - $15,605.53 + $3,113.33 in bounties IIDepredator - $11,034.77 + $4,048.39 in bounties Sorjak - $7,802.80 + $1,503.50 in bounties SG_Sergant - $5,517.43 + $1,384.78 in bounties lefalanlimon - $3,901.41 + $756.26 in bounties Event #72 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max Turbo PKO Entries: 1,041 Prize pool: $1,041,000 dlanger610 - $84,999.11 + $83,730.41 in bounties hello_totti - $61,349.87 + $33,085.92 in bounties CharlesZy1314 - $44,280.91 + $5,281.26 in bounties G A W - $31,960.93 + $10,191.40 in bounties Angobet - $23,068.61 + $8,710.94 in bounties elhilario - $16,650.37 + $3,742.19 in bounties u3meha - $12,017.87 + $9,109.39 in bounties lmar54 - $8,674.23 + $6,328.13 in bounties