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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. There were 538 entrants in the first ever Borgata PocketFives Open live event in Atlantic City. The $400 buy-in tournament passed its $150,000 guarantee by $38,000 and a four-way chop around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday ended it. There was a huge Day 1B turnout on Monday that included eight bounty players. This author went out with A-K against A-J all-in pre-flop on Day 1B and watched as fellow PocketFives Admins Cal Spearsand Adam Small (on his third or fourth bullet) dropped within an hour of me. The setting was top-notch, the staff was helpful and organized, and the tournament ran rather smoothly. Thank you to Borgata for putting on such a professional event, which brought out a host of old school PocketFivers. Mike Barletta (pictured above) was your winner after a four-way chop and told us, "I feel pretty good. I had more than half the chips in play, but I know what can happen in tournaments, so it's a lot better than second place money. I'm always willing to chop for a profit." Barletta took home $34,000. Barletta has been playing poker for a "long, long time" and added, "I'm mostly a cash player. I'm pretty much here [at Borgata] four or five days per week playing cash and I started playing tournaments about two months ago. I've been playing pretty well." Barletta is from Toms River, New Jersey. Marlboro, New Jersey's Steve gboro780 Gross (pictured), a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and longtime PocketFiver, finished in second place and had a rather large revolving rail for much of Day 2 on Tuesday. Gross said of his willingness to deal, "I didn't really want to deal, but it was a turbo and I was the short stack and they gave me a good deal." Despite having the short stack, he cashed for $24,000, which was $1,000 less than second place was scheduled to make. "I'm glad you guys invited me," the seemingly humble man known as gboro780 said with a smile. "I love PocketFives. I've known the guys forever." Gross has been part of our community since our first year in business and has $6.2 million in tracked scores, the 16th highest total of anyone on our site. He was seen at B Bar at Borgata as late as 1:00am the night before Day 2 and was the last surviving bounty. We asked Gross to evaluate the field's skill level. After all, he has competed in some of the highest stakes games around and plans to head to the Seminole Hard Rock shortly for a $10 million guaranteed event in that Florida casino. He responded, "I thought Day 1, it was pretty soft. By the end, everyone knew how to play. There were no soft spots by the end. I told them if they wanted to give me a good deal, I'd do it. They were willing to do it." Third place belonged to Justin PocketProfitsWong (pictured), another member of the New Jersey poker community, who cashed for $19,000. He said, "It's a great feeling. I've wanted to go deep in one of these for a while, so I felt like I was due. The time finally came. I always come down to Borgata. It's one of my regular casinos. I always come down for the tournaments. It's a great place and has great structures. And I came for PocketFives since I'm a member of the site." Other top finishers included John Dibella, who won the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1.7 million. Borgata reported the official results, so that's what we're posting here: 1. Michael Barletta - $45,473 2. Steve gboro780Gross - $25,571 3. Justin PocketProfitsWong - $16,439 4. Mikhail Volfson- $13,060 5. Onofrio Reina - $10,228 6. Charles Furey - $8,402 7. John Dibella - $6,667 8. Neville Darrell - $5,206 9. Lionel Saban - $3,653 Thank you very much to everyone who came out, to Borgata for hosting, and to BorgataPoker.com for qualifying eight players.. It was quite a unique experience and an opportunity to catch up with a "who's who" of our community over the last decade. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
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